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JULY 3,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

LET'S HEAR IT FOR OUR FEMALE ATHLETES – FROM BIZPACREVIEW.COM:   An investigative report published earlier this week by USA Today claimed that there is little evidence that biological males bring insurmountable physical advantages to female sports competitions, but a new study from Duke University blows away the paper’s findings.  “Across the nation, state lawmakers supporting transgender athlete bans have painted a picture that girls sports teams will be overrun by athletes with insurmountable physical advantages,” the paper reported Wednesday.  “But a USA TODAY investigation of the lobbying effort shows that narrative has been built on vague examples that have been overstated or are untrue, and lawmakers have accepted them as fact with little effort to verify their accuracy,” the report added.  However, a study published by Duke Law found that even the most elite female athletes cannot compare to, or compete with, even non-elite biological males. What’s more, the study found that on the elite level, biological females have no hope of winning competitions against biological men.  “If you know sports, you know this beyond a reasonable doubt: there is an average 10-12% performance gap between elite males and elite females. The gap is smaller between elite females and non-elite males, but it’s still insurmountable and that’s ultimately what matters,” the paper begins.  The paper went on to note that U.S. Olympic runner Tori Bowie’s lifetime best in the 100-meter sprint in 2017 of 10.78 was beaten a total of 15,000 times by both men and boys the same year. In addition, the paper noted that Allyson Felix’s best time for the 400-meter run in the same year was 49.26, which was beaten 15,000 times by men and boys around the world in 2017 as well.
“This differential isn’t the result of boys and men having a male identity, more resources, better training, or superior discipline. It’s because they have an androgenized body,” the Duke Law paper stated.  Case closed, but it will have no influence on the hard-left propagandists, including some "feminists," who put leftist ideology first, and women dead last.

BIDEN LOSES ON THE CRIME ISSUE – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   Americans are giving President Biden dismal ratings on his handling of rising crime, a new poll found.  The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday morning revealed that just 38 percent of Americans approve of the 46th commander-in-chief’s response to recent crime spikes nationwide.  On the other side, 48 percent said they disapproved.  As crime rates have continued to surge, lawmakers have been quick to point fingers to avoid their party taking blame.  Republicans have largely argued that Democrats’ efforts to defund the police, remove qualified immunity for police officers and introduce cashless bail have all contributed to the budding crisis.  Democrats, meanwhile, have blamed guns and economic hardship following the pandemic.  In New York, state officials have blamed a surge in shootings on gun trafficking from other parts of the country, largely ignoring the impact of bail reform on the state.  48 percent of those polled said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of crime.   If the crime wave continues, it may well be the decisive issue in the 2022 midterms.  That is not good news for the president's party.

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THIS IS WHAT WE FEARED, ISN'T IT? – OVERNIGHT:  When "diversity" takes precedence over human life, we are in serious trouble.  From College Fix: 

The National Institutes of Health recently announced a new requirement for participating in its NIH-wide BRAIN initiative: diversity.

The BRAIN initiative is an ongoing effort that joins scientists from various fields to work together to find treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, and traumatic brain injury, according to the NIH website.

But the initiative published a new diversity priority in its latest funding opportunity announcement — “enhancing diverse perspectives as a consideration for scoring,” NIH director Francis Collins announced.

In a commentary in @CellCellPress #NIH scientists, administrators, staff & leaders set forth a framework to end structural racism across the biomedical research enterprise & spur much needed widescale systemic change via the #UNITE Initiative. Read more: https://t.co/4duZFA1fGp pic.twitter.com/wNpaibYP9y
— NIH (@NIH) June 10, 2021

“Also, in keeping with our pledge to be transparent and accountable, the NIH Office of Extramural Research recently released an updated NIH Databook that reports, for the first time, grantee demographics by race/ethnicity,” Collins added.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, scholar Heather Mac Donald explains how this decision effectively makes diversity more important than finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

She first points out that “NIH is determining research priorities to maximize the number of black grant recipients” — which does not bode well considering that in 2019, only “20 blacks nationwide received a doctorate in a neuroscience field — 1.9% of all such degrees awarded in the neurosciences.”

But the problem runs deeper than that, Mac Donald adds:

Science isn’t a social-justice endeavor, despite NIH’s determination to “provide full opportunity and participation to individuals and groups underrepresented in neuroscience.” Those groups are underrepresented for reasons unrelated to discrimination by the academy. Science has one purpose: to advance knowledge about the fundamental workings of nature. Any agenda that imposes extraneous criteria will reduce the quality of the talent pool and divert attention away from the generation of new knowledge. China imposes no such deadweight on its cutthroat race for scientific dominance.

The diversity agenda subverts science in a more fundamental way. The standard argument for what is called “inclusive excellence” is that being black or female affects how one analyzes scientific problems. Skin color even influences the perception of scientific merit. The NIH intends to put more blacks on grant-review panels to increase the number of blacks getting grants.

But science is a universal language, one that unites its participants in a discourse of reason, transcending the particularities of today’s grievance-inspired identity categories. That universality is science’s beauty and its strength. NIH’s diversity obsession, now pervasive throughout the federal science bureaucracies and in academic STEM departments, is a betrayal of the Enlightenment ideals that have alleviated so much human suffering.

COMMENT:  We enter a dark night, a going back in history to a less advanced, more primitive age.  And people will suffer.

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JULY 2,  2021

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THE REAL WOMEN'S MARCH – FROM BREITBART:   In the current midterm election cycle, more Republican women have announced a prospective run for House seats across the country, according to reports.  Wall Street Journal reported that moves like this fuel the confidence in the party’s plans to send a large number of women to the House, building off their successes in the 2020 election cycle. Despite the current pace of Republican women stepping up to run in the House, Democrats have had more female Members of Congress for years.  In the last election, Republican women were among some of the most anticipated candidates to watch across the nation. Most notably, of the 14 Republican wins over the Democrats on election night, 11 of them were women. That grew the number of Republican women in the House to 31, the highest it’s ever been. The previous congress had only 13 Republican women.  So far, the midterm election has drawn 127 women who have signaled they plan to run for a House seat, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). They noted in the 2020 election there were only 50 women who had indicated a potential run by this point. The NRCC Communications Director Michael McAdams said, “The success of Republican women last year is one reason that a large field looks to be shaping up.”   We wish them well.  Republican women are undoubtedly much closer to the real views of American women than are their Democratic counterparts, who live in their own socialist world.

July 2, 2021       Permalink

 

HOLIDAY – OVERNIGHT:  Well, it's a summer weekend, and a holiday weekend, and unless Japan attempts to re-attack Pearl Harbor in a fit of nostalgia, there should be anything too big to worry about.  So the news industry has to find stuff they might ordinarily ignore or suppress, and it has to sell over the hot weekend.  The editors are thus giving us an ample supply of Washington's latest sacrifice, Kamala Harris.  And it is clear that the stuff on Kami is coming from Democrats, Democrats, and more Democrats.  From Fox: 

Democrats, including some Biden administration officials, are reportedly so concerned about Vice President Kamala Harris’s missteps that they don’t believe she could beat a Republican in 2024 if she were to be the nominee – even if her opponent was former President Donald Trump.

Democrats close to the White House told Axios they’re concerned about Harris’s mishandling of politically sensitive issues and "political tone deafness," the outlet reported Friday.

 The vice president was widely panned by the right for her months-long refusal to visit the southern border after she was designated to run point on the migrant surge.

One liberal operative told Axios that most Democrats aren’t saying "'Oh, no, our heir apparent is f---ing up, what are we gonna do?" but instead think "Oh, she’s f---ing up, maybe she shouldn't be the heir apparent.'"

Biden aides still believe he will be the nominee in 2024 but realize the president would be 81 when seeking re-election. Harris, the first Black and Asian woman to hold the vice presidency, would be a shoo-in for the nomination if the Biden stepped aside.

COMMENT:  The Dems are paying the price for that corrupt practice known as identity politics.   When she ran as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Harris had to withdraw before a single vote was cast because, even after months of campaigning, she was at three percent in the polls.   She suffered from terminal obnoxia.  It was politically fatal.  Fortunately, it was covered by Obamacare.

The only reason Biden resurrected Harris was because the left wing of the party demanded a "woman of color" in the vice presidential slot.  She was in stock, but it was quickly obvious that her obnoxia had not been cured.  You may recall that she spent most of the campaign in hiding. 

I think it's unlikely that Biden will be available, one way or the other, for a second term.  Because of racial and gender politics, Harris is the obvious frontrunner for the presidential nomination.  But that's before she opens her mouth.  If the party nominates her, the powers may have to send her on a three-month "secret mission" for world peace.  I can see the campaign slogan:  "She serves in danger while the white Republican campaigns."  If that doesn't work, she can get a top vote getter for her own vice presidential pick.  How about Harris/Trump?  

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