Friday, July 19, 2019

Don't think I've heard of "damselling"

Ace: "Oh, My: Capital Police Strongly Imply That, Despite the Squad's Claims That They Are the Subjects of Intolerable Death Threats, They're Not Receiving More Threats Than Many Others."  ""Damselling" is internet slang for being a constant attention whore and drama cyclone and always claiming you're under attack, usually to gain sympathy, White Knights, and even money (especially through Patreon donations) and jobs (from leftwing media looking for leftwing "victims" of the right)."

There's an old joke that half the articles in Cosmopolitan are "You're great the way you are" and the other half are "Lose 10 pounds now!"  Modern feminism is full of crybullies who are both strong and powerful but also need constant protection from the meanies.  (See: every AOC tweet.)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Trump's going to get re-elected, isn't he?"

Powerline: "Scenes from the Democratic Panic Room."  "Liberals no longer believe in entrepreneurship and “growing the economy” (in Bill Clinton’s clunky phrase). It’s the Bernie-Lizzie Party now: the system is rigged! Only redistribution and punitive taxation on the prosperous will satisfy the sanctified envy and blood lust of the ascendent left. The Democratic Party is back to loving workers but hating employers. A winning formula I’m sure."




Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I thought it was a BFD, Joe

Reason Online: "Joe Biden's New Health Care Plan Is an Admission that Obamacare Doesn't Work."  "Biden is pitching an expensive overhaul of Obamacare on the promise that it would do what Obamacare was supposed to have already done. Which means that for all the feisty back-and-forth about health care policy, nearly all of the Democrats running for president appear to agree on at least one thing: Obamacare isn't working." 

We're from the government and we're here to help

Imgur album: "The crux of politics is unintended consequences, and the road to hell is paved with good intentions." 

Fauxcahontas on the warpath

This video of Elizabeth Warren grandstanding for the cameras is cringe-worthy.  Twitchy: "Elizabeth Warren has a temper tantrum after trying to shame Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper."

If I remember correctly, Warren has voted "no" on every Trump nominee except for Nikki Haley.  She has no interest in "advise and consent" - she's just there to campaign and pander.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Healing Crystals Lady pulls ahead!

C'mon, man, this is great.  Legal Insurrection: "New Hampshire Poll Has Williamson Polling Ahead of Booker, Gillibrand, and O’Rourke." 

Bernie is losing ground in the state where he trounced Hillary and grabbed everyone's attention in 2016.  But his screaming at the camera act is so stale now.  He was on "Meet the Press" yesterday and I could have predicted every response. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ever wonder why CNN's ratings are in the dumpster?

Twitchy: "Sure, President Obama deported more people than Trump, but CNN looks at the ‘context’."

Orange Man Bad.  Obama good.  We get it, we get it.

The identity politics monster turns on the Dems

Washington Free Beacon: "Pelosi's House of Pain."
She's something, Ocasio-Cortez. At 29 years old, she perfectly embodies her generation's uniquely irritating combo of self-righteousness and cluelessness. Passionate and charming at first blush, her appeal quickly wears off. In a March Quinnipiac poll her favorability was underwater by 13 points.

What Ocasio-Cortez understands is that, in the culture of social media celebrity, the worst possible thing to do is back down. So, when Pelosi stated the obvious to Maureen Dowd—that for all the attention The Squad receives from the media it is, in the end, four votes—Ocasio-Cortez insinuated the speaker is a racist. And they say liberals oppose nuclear war.
Pass the popcorn.  AOC rose to prominence by yelling from a lectern but I don't believe she could withstand substantive debate with either a primary or general election challenger.  She's just not that bright.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Vice deporter in chief

Joe Biden on immigration policy: "To compare him to what this guy is doing is absolutely, I find close to immoral."

Yeah!  Nobody deports illegals like Joe and his buddy Barack!
Joe Biden has had a two-word retort to recent questions about his record on civil rights and race: Barack Obama.

But when it comes to Latinos and immigration, Biden is learning that the Obama defense doesn’t do the trick: The former Democratic administration’s mass deportations of 3 million people provoked fear and fury in the community at the time, and the bad taste has lingered even with Donald Trump in the White House.
In fact, the Obama-Biden team deported illegals at twice the rate of Trump today.  Joe is right: there's no comparison.

Update - Politico tonight: "Protesters rail against Biden on deportations."  Check this out: "I will not apologize for deportation if the person committed a felony,” Biden told the protesters."  That is such weak tea, Sleepy Joe.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mercifully, her fifteen minutes of fame are almost up



Extra - Reason Online: "The U.S. Soccer 'Pay Gap' Is About More Than Just Sexism - The U.S. women's soccer team deserves better, but mandating equal pay isn't the answer." 

A strong female character in a "Terminator" movie?

Say it ain't so!  Breitbart: "'Variety' fabricates hoaxtroversy about 'Dark Fate''s lady Terminator."

This is the worst thing since that black Little Mermaid danced at Boston University.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

That's an unexpected twist

Did not see this coming.  Politico: "Appeals court skeptical Obamacare can survive."

Chief Justice John Roberts famously set up this conflict in Obamacare by ruling the individual mandate could only be administered through the tax power of Congress.  Could he now find some other convoluted reason to save SCOTUScare?  The answer might come in the middle of the 2020 election season.

Monday, July 08, 2019

You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you

Federalist: "Yes, There Is A Soccer Pay Gap: The Women Make More Than The Men Do - Last year, the men's World Cup generated $6 billion, and gave about 7 percent to the teams. The 2019 Women's World Cup made $131 million, and gave out more than 20 percent to the teams."

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Acquire a thick skin

Powerline: "What a conservative learns in college."

I was a conservative student at Rutgers, and publicly so, because I wrote regular articles in several college newspapers.  I really can't attest to the current college climate except from articles like this but it seems like things have gotten markedly worse.  Back then I regularly attended parties with member of the campus left and generally we agreed to disagree.  Now the animosity and acrimony is at a whole other level.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Wut?

Grabien: "Biden: Russia Election Interference Wouldn’t Have Happened ‘on My Watch and Barack’s Watch’."
BIDEN: “Look at what’s happening with Putin. While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe. Look at what’s happening in Hungary, look what’s happening in Poland, look what’s happening. You think that would happen on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.
There's something wrong with this guy.

And then there's this.  CNBC: "Biden vows to bring back Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty for not having insurance."  Dude is self-destructing wayyy too early.  We needed this to happen around March.

Heroes of Twitter - assemble!

I have not been this angry since I saw that video of AOC dancing.  Twitchy: "Alleged racist backlash against black Little Mermaid is only the latest example of ‘fake outrage bait’."

They so want to believe it's true.  So they do!

That's better

The Hill: "Economy adds 224K jobs in June, exceeding expectations."

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Give that man a cigar!

This dude totally called it, two weeks ago:
President Donald Trump’s pollster on Thursday put in writing his prediction that Sen. Elizabeth Warren would soon lead the Democratic primary field, estimating that her rise, coinciding with former Vice President Joe Biden's fall, would be cemented by October.

GOP strategist Ward Baker on Thursday commented on a video of Biden refusing to apologize for comments touting his past ability to work with segregationist senators to get things done in the chamber. "By October he will be #3 in polls," he tweeted. "Just give it time."
Didn't take much time: "Yikes: Two New Polls Show Biden Sliding To … Third Place."

Bye, Joe.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Happy Birthday

I was mesmerized by this video:

Trump loses the census fight

Legal Insurrection: "Census going to print without Citizenship Question."
But the timing was tough because printing the Census is a monumental undertaking. The government had argued, in urging the Supreme Court to expedite the case, that the printing could not wait much beyond the end of the Supreme Court term in June.

The theoretical what-if not longer is what-if. Or so it seems.
Disclosure: in high school, I had a job running a printing press.  So I'm absolutely astonished that a piece of paper that isn't due for at least six months can't be pushed off for some time.  I ran off thousands of multi-page catalogs in one afternoon.  Thanks, Justice Roberts, for another dilatory non-decision.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

What media negligence?

Hot Air: "Ten Years After He Became VP, News Outlets Decide Biden’s Track Record On Busing Is Noteworthy."

Where was the media when Biden was joining the Obama campaign?  Silently celebrating the ascendancy of the One and ignoring anything that would spoil the woke party.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pocahontas really hates corporations

Every single response Elizabeth Warren gives to any answer is that corporations bad.  Here's Stephen Green:
Warren says the problem with private insurance is that insurers want higher premiums, but pay out as little as they can in benefits. She'll fix that by putting you on Medicaid, where your coverage will compete for tax dollars for everything from Lockheed to potholes.
She and DiBlasio were the only ones who raised their hands when asked if they would take away everyone's private health insurance and force Americans onto Medicare for All. 

It's a parking lot

Ace: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Faked Pictures of Crying at Sight of Caged Children, Was Really Just Acting Outside of Empty Parking Lot."
This is too grotesque and clumsy a maneuver for even the media to ignore.

Nah, just having you on. Of course they're ignoring it and pretending they're not aware that Democrats are blocking money for the purchase of toiletries and bedding at the same time they shriek about not having adequate toiletries and bedding.
This nitwit knows one move: accuse anybody critical of her of racism, sexism, anti-New York-ism, and failing to understand "dry humor."  So the press lets her wear the bucket on her head and call it brilliant and brave.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What biased media?

Jim Geraghty: "The Highly Conditional Priorities of Our National News Media."
The argument isn’t mere hypocrisy; the argument is that large swaths of the national news media are only truly interested in topics when they are useful for demonizing Republicans. Immigration-enforcement methods that were bottom-of-page-A24 news in the Obama administration become top-of-page-A1 news in the Trump administration.
.....
Why do most Republicans think that most Democrats are secretly fine, or at least indifferent, to the way ICE searches for, detains, and expels illegal immigrants? Because most Democrats were fine, or at least indifferent, to the way ICE searched for, detained, and expelled illegal immigrants during the Obama administration.
As we get closer to the election, we'll be hearing the evergreen "scare Grandma" stories about cutting entitlements.


Biden is the man with experience...that he's disavowing

Reason Online: "Joe Biden's Immigration Hypocrisy - Biden lambasts Trump for using the harsh enforcement tools that Biden himself helped create."  "[Yesterday] Biden penned an op-ed in the Miami Herald positioning himself as a champion of immigrants whose polices will reflect "American values." But look past the highfalutin rhetoric and what you find is rank hypocrisy combined with the lamest reform agenda." 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Null and void

Ace: "Oh Boy: Special Prosecutor Appointed to Probe Kim Foxx's Corrupt Handling of Jussie Smollett Case; As Kim Foxx's Fake-Recusal Sham Was Illegal, Jussie Smollett May Be Recharged and Retried."

Ace does a rather good review of the case: since DA Kim Foxx had no authority to recuse the case to her deputy, the whole farce is essentially vacated.

If I remember correctly, one of the reasons given for Jussie's sudden release is that prosecuting the case would be expensive for Chicago.  Now the Windy City will have to swallow all the expense so far along with a special prosecutor.  

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Joe Biden celebrates Juneteenth

As only Joe can.  Rolling Stone: "Why Did Joe Biden Praise a Segregationist?"  He's the original Gaffe Machine.  Only 17 more months of this!

Covering the microphone

Politico: "'It’s a farce': Dems livid as Hope Hicks dodges questions."  A White House lawyer appeared with Hicks and pretty much invoked privilege at every question except her name.

It's "Hope Hicks."  Unique!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Don't tread on me

Reason Online: "Stop Treating Government With Respect" - "It's become nothing but a weapon fought over by people who want to smash each other—and you."

Monday, June 17, 2019

The culture of theft

Legal Insurrection: "Student journalist: Shoplifting at Gibson’s Bakery was part of Oberlin College’s “Culture of Theft”."

Two observations: the blog Legal Insurrection should absolutely win a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Gibson's Bakery vs. Oberlin College saga.  It's been an amazing expose, revealing the rot that has taken hold at the liberal college.

Second point: the $33 million penalty imposed on Oberlin is the culmination of a permissive atmosphere where entitled SJW are coddled and never told "no"  You'd think that schools like Evergreen College, the University of Missouri, and Hampshire College would have adjusted course when they started shedding hundreds of students.  Maybe a multi-million dollar fine will send the message they failed to receive when they had the chance.

As a refreshing contrast, here's the administrators at Ohio State telling students to GTFO or they're going to be arrested then expelled:

"We gotta fix this health care mess!" - Amnesiac Joe Biden

Twitchy: "‘Swore he took care of that’! Joe Biden just admitted we were right about Obamacare all along."  #BFD indeed.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

But Orange Man!

The Hill: "Aren't delirious Democrats now accusing Team Obama of treason?"

It's ironic that the only person in Washington who has been definitely shown to have not colluded with foreign powers is Donald Trump.  Do Democrats really want to dredge up their history in the Ukraine, the bogus Steele dossier, and allowing Russian interference?

Let's have that discussion, by all means.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Firing Comey is a "dead letter"

This story was on NPR's Morning Edition yesterday but you need to wait a day until the transcript shows up.  GWU law professor Jonathan Turley had some thoughts about the charges against Trump on obstruction of justice.  He's not impressed:
TURLEY: Correct. Well, firing the FBI director, I think, is a dead letter. I don't think that can be the basis of obstruction. There was a great number of people that believe that Comey should be fired. It didn't impact the investigation, ultimately. A special counsel was appointed. And there is a myriad reasons to do it.
And he's pretty down on the "obstruction" involving White House counsel McGahn:
TURLEY: Well - but also, what the White House has argued is that we wanted to raise a conflict of interest, and that's a legitimate thing for us to raise with the deputy attorney general. And we did not order him to be actually fired, and we weren't trying to stop the investigation.
Speaking of NPR, this afternoon somebody said "we're joined by Adam Schiff" and it was time to put on classic rock.  This guy has nothing.

Get woke, go super broke

Legal Insurrection: "Oberlin College to Jury: We’re cash poor and big punitive award to Gibson’s Bakery will hurt students." 

Monday, June 10, 2019

AOC has never seen "Oleanna"

I've pretty much given up on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because it's obvious she's an idiot who mouths off kneejerk socialism while running away from substantive debate.  Ever the victim, she's beset by sexism, racism, ageism, and people failing to understand her "dry humor."

Today she responded to a story where 60% of male managers indicated they're uncomfortable mentoring female employees because they might be #MeToo'd to death.  In her glib fashion (or maybe it's sarcasm), AOC declares "Is it really that hard to not be creepy?"  It certainly is when there's women like AOC around.

In 1992, American playwright David Mamet premiered a play called "Oleanna".  In that play, a female student utterly ruins her professor's life in a series of escalating conflicts where false accusations stack up until he is overwhelmed.  Mamet saw it coming 27 years ago.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Oberlin College loses

No other person in news or bloggery has been following the case of Gibson's Bakery vs. Oberlin College like Legal Insurrection.  Read the whole thing: "VERDICT: Jury awards Gibson’s Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College."

Friday, June 07, 2019

Biden caves on the Hyde amendment

Twitchy: "Awkward: Biden aide ‘struggled badly’ on CNN to explain boss’s Hyde Amendment one-eighty."  As noted here, the video is remarkable because of the presence of journalism.  The CNN interviewer simply wants an answer as to how Biden supported the Hyde amendment for 42 years (!), reaffirmed his position on Wednesday, then flipped completely on Thursday.

Extra - The Hill: "Such explanations beg the question of what justification — other than cold-eyed political calculation — could be offered for such a rapid U-turn on an issue that is fundamentally the same as it ever was."




Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Broke my phone

Bad news: screen's all screwed up.
Good news: thanks to the "cloud" nothing is lost.  Working off an old Samsung.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Monday, June 03, 2019

Embrace the atom

National Review: "Democrats' curious disdain for nuclear power" - "Until they embrace nuclear energy as a key to reducing emissions, the party’s many presidential candidates will be hard to take seriously on climate change."

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Blowing out of the Windy City

City Journal: "Chicago’s Hemorrhaging Housing Market - High taxes and government debt have soured buyers on Illinois and the nation’s third-largest city."  The housing market has collapsed because nobody wants to buy property in Chicago and assume the high property tax burden.

So much cringe

Twitchy: "If this interview with Elizabeth Warren is any indication, ‘Trump will straight-up murder her in a general election’."

These videos are packed with more cringe than the "Scott's Tots" episode of The Office.  It's bizarre how Warren falls back onto the same shopworn statements but it certainly explains why she won't appear on a Fox News town hall meeting.  All politicians have canned answers but hers peg the B.S. meter every time.

Extra - Legal Insurrection: "Should Trump stop calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” and start calling her “Rachel Dolezal”?"  Meh, she's never going to be the nominee.  Better to focus on Grandpa Joe.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Orange man bad

Issues and Insights: "Mueller’s Final Statement Turns Jurisprudence On Its Head."
How would the average American citizen like this said of him or her after a couple of years of 18 prosecutors scrutinizing his or her affairs? After reviewing all the evidence, we don’t have enough evidence to say that John Doe robbed that store. But we can’t say definitively that he didn’t rob that store, so here’s a bunch of embarrassing revelations about him that we uncovered along the way. Have fun.
Whatever.  There is not going to be impeachment proceedings in the House so this is all theater for the AOC thralls.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The end of women's sports

As somebody said: in the future there will be men's sports and co-ed sports.  Trib Live: "Transgender woman who last year competed as a man wins NCAA track championship."  I love this comment:
"Was applause mandatory? Because that's the next step in this progression."
You will be made to care.

Western Massachusetts update

Way up in the northwest corner.  Hot Air: "Williams College Professor: For Some Of My Students, Social Justice Ideology Trumps Science."  "It’s difficult to imagine the arrogance of an 18 or 19-year-old student telling their professor she ought not to be teaching. But that sort of arrogance seems par for the course when it comes to campus Social Justice Warriors."

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Gentleman's B

Reason Online: "Make School Hard Again."  "The corrupt undergraduate admissions process at most schools today can flourish because the higher branches of the American academic tree are so good. But the lower branches are rotten with grade inflation and social promotion. The move away from an emphasis on genuine academic achievement and meritocratic promotion has done a disservice to the least well-off while offering more opportunities for the rich and connected to buy the trappings of success for their offspring."

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day


U.S. Code 284

I had not heard about this before.  Lawfare: "How Congress and President Obama Made Trump’s Wall Possible."

The author hits upon a popular theme in the libertarian side of politics in that Congress has been handing more power over the the Executive branch and then we're all shocked when the President uses that power.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Elvis Presley's remote control

Elvis Presley famously shot his television after watching Robert Goulet.  I understand Elvis's pain every time I see that "huff and puff, I got COPD" commercial with the guy wearing the light-green shirt.

"Like you do, Grandpa?"
"Yes, grandchild, let me explain to you the symptoms of this disease and the potential side-effects of this drug I'm taking.  They include diarrhea and vomiting." 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

They gain absolution by voting for Bernie

Hot Air: "NY Times Opinion: Progressives Are Complete Hypocrites When It Comes To Housing Policy."  In which he takes apart the San Francisco NIMBYs.
This is a critique conservatives have long made about open-border progressives. If you want people crossing the border to be released on our streets, let’s release them in your neighborhood! It’s probably what motivated President Trump to suggest that the crush of Central Americans arriving at the border now should be directed toward sanctuary cities. If you want us to do this, how about you directly shoulder some of it.
Last summer, I saw a taping of the NPR show "Live from Here" at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  (Truth be told, I was there to see the excellent Lake Street Dive.)  The show had to close with a monologue from the host about immigration with a pointed jab at Donald Trump that elicited a broad cheer from the Massachusetts audience.

If there is a section of the country minimally affected by the unpleasant side-effects of unfettered immigration, it may be the aging hippie population of mountainous and remote Berkshire County.  What a brave position to take in front of this Western Massachusetts crowd, NPR.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

He did the math

My son turned me on to a documentary called "Perfect Bid: The Contestant who knew too much."  It's about a math teacher who obsessively tracked the price of prizes on "The Price is Right" and his potential influence on the most controversial Showcase Showdown ever.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Good enough for the firefighters!

Here's a fun tidbit from the Hill: "Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye."
The theory — worthy of a spy novel — was that a series of data pings between a computer in Trump Tower and Alfa Bank in Moscow actually was a secret beacon alerting the Putin and Trump teams that it was time to talk about colluding on hijacking the American presidential election.

The story eventually made its way to mainstream media such as The New York Times, Slate, CNN and, just last fall, The New Yorker. It has been debunked by the FBI, and it was not mentioned as a reliable allegation in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
The New York Times and CNN you say?  I'm surprised these beacons of light and freedom fell for such an obvious hoax.  /sarc 

The Left hates free speech, continued

Hot Air: "Predictably, People On The Left Are Defending ‘Milkshaking’."  Because literally Hitler.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Saw that coming

Hot Air: "Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Bombed As Predicted."  People just purchased their soda outside of Philly, which then proceeded to lose any tax revenue.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Upset Down Under

The polls were wrong again.  Hot Air: "A Trump-Supporting Conservative Prime Minister Pulled Off A Surprise Win In Australia." 
In essence, the left-leaning party was running on the Green New Deal and Morrison won by pointing out that could damage the economy. It remains to be seen whether those results are transferable to the United States, but you do have some of the same elements in play.
And as Twitchy notes, the NY Times can't believe Australians would vote for economic stability and against Mother Earth: "NYT perplexed because Australians didn’t vote for climate change hoax."  The Left has two reactions to every election: 1) the people have spoken! and 2) stupid people.

Extra - Belmont Club: "Pollsters Blindsided Again: Australian Labor Party's Surprise Defeat Echoes Hillary, Brexit." 

Strict parents won't let girl get an Iphone

Sounds perfectly reasonable....WTF?  Page Six: "Britney Spears conservatorship is going smoothly, but she’s desperate for iPhone."

I had to look it up: Britney Spears is 37 years old and, somehow, her parents control every aspect of her life.  That's just wrong.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

De Blasio enters Presidential race!

Meh...nobody cares.  Seems like a slow news day.  Here's the bass line from "Sir Duke"

Monday, May 13, 2019

Quid pro quo Joe

I did a spit take at this one:
He [Joe Biden] also said that “China’s greatest violation is the way in which they steal our intellectual property. We should make it quid pro quo.”
Oh, Joe knows a thing or two about squeezing some "concessions" out of Red China:
In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president.
Hunter Biden had no previous experience in either private equity or China yet - somehow - his little Rosemont Seneca Partners pulled in an international billion-dollar deal.  Amazing, that.

Pay no attention to that job and wage growth!

Orange Man Bad.  Issues and Insights: "The Blue-Collar Jobs Boom Nobody Seems To Notice (Because It’s Happening Under Trump)."

We need Joe to bring us back to the "new normal" of 2% GDP growth.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Where'd all the apartments go?

Reason: "California's Rent Control Advocates Are About To Get What They Want, Good and Hard - "Everywhere rent control is tried, the same things happen. Landlords exit the market. Developers stop building apartments. Supply drops significantly."

I don't talk about my work situation but a couple years I was offered a job in the Silicon Valley area with a significant salary increase...which would have been completely swallowed up by housing costs.  It was a net loss even before factoring in California's $4 gas.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Somebody is cutting onions in here

They found the "wow" kid.  WGBH: "The Kid Who 'Put Everybody In Stitches' At Boston Symphony Hall Has Been Found."
Ronan didn't mean to be disruptive, said his grandfather, Stephen Mattin, who took Ronan to the concert. His grandson, Mattin explained, is on the autism spectrum, and often expresses himself differently than other people.

"I can count on one hand the number of times that [he's] spontaneously ever come out with some expression of how he's feeling," Mattin said.
Overcome by Mozart.  What a story.

The tragic theater

Issues and Insights: "This ‘Constitutional Crisis’ Has Been Completely Contrived By #Resistance Democrats."

The FBI lied to the FISA Court

Saint Comey of the Forest Walk hardest hit.  The Hill: "FBI's Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA."
It is important to note that the FBI swore on Oct. 21, 2016, to the FISA judges that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and the FBI has determined him to be “reliable” and was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining” to their informant, who simultaneously worked for Fusion GPS, the firm paid by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign to find Russian dirt on Trump.

That’s a pretty remarkable declaration in Footnote 5 on Page 15 of the FISA application, since Kavalec apparently needed just a single encounter with Steele at State to find one of his key claims about Trump-Russia collusion was blatantly false.
The mainstream media warned me that high-level officials were going to jail and they were right!

Extra - From American Greatness.

More - Zero Hedge: "There is no Russian consulate in Miami."

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

In search of the "wow" kid

This story is absolutely adorbs.  Boston Globe: "Handel & Haydn Society wants to find child who charmed crowd with a big ‘wow!’"  Video is below - turn your sound on.




The show must go on

Hot Air: "Judiciary Committee Votes To Hold Barr In Contempt, Nadler Declares “Constitutional Crisis
Note that Nadler was asked point blank here why, if this is an, ahem, “constitutional crisis,” he won’t immediately proceed to take up impeachment of Trump for thwarting congressional oversight on various matters. All he can say is that sometimes impeachment isn’t the answer. Not the answer … to a constitutional crisis? If you needed further evidence that them making an example of Barr is just a way to placate the left amid their refusal to impeach, there you are. Exit quotation from Stephen “redsteeze” Miller: “We’re in the middle of a constitutional crisis which we’re going to allow to continue for more Sunday morning slots on CNN.”
CNN?  What's that?

Extra - Powerline: "Barr says that because it is illegal to disseminate grand jury testimony without the consent of the witnesses, he cannot legally comply with the Democrats’ demands. This position appears to be correct. In any event, I have not seen any attempt at a coherent response to it."

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

What media bias?

I listen to NPR on my morning commute and most of the time I find it quite even-handed.  Then there was this morning with "House Panel Plans Contempt Vote For Barr Over Mueller Report" in which NPR reporter David Greene interviewed Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, who was oh-so-reasonable in his humble requests:
"And we know that there is information that we need in order to fully investigate all of the redactions."
"Well, actually, this vote is necessary in order for us to get the full, unredacted Mueller report."
"We've tried from the moment the report came out to - since before it came out - to make clear that we deserve the full, unredacted report in order for us to do our job."
"What we do is - what we want is for the full report to be delivered."
Never - not once - during this long regurgitation of Democrat talking points did Greene ever challenge Deutch on the fact that he's asking AG Barr to break the law by revealing grand jury testimony.  Only later in the interview when NPR's Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell was brought in for color commentary was this mentioned:
SNELL: Well, we've already heard from the Justice Department that they believe that it isn't legal for Barr to comply with the request. They're saying that he has given them all that they can give them and that if they want more information, they - the Justice Department has offered a closed-door opportunity for Democrats to go and look at the unredacted portions. But, you know, Democrats say that's not enough. They want everything that they see to also be seen by the public.
This isn't even up for debate as 1998 Jerrod Nadler knows but Deutch wasn't challenged on the law or Barr's offer to show a minimally-redacted version, with only the grand jury testimony blacked-out as required by law.

Biased or incompetent?  You make the call.

Confirming what we all suspected

The Flint water crisis turned into a shakedown.  Ace: "Flint, Michigan Democrats Authorize Politically-Connected Firms to Waste Millions of Dollars Digging Up Non-Existent Pipes Instead of Going by the Map That Shows Exactly Where They Are; Left-Wing Media, For Some Reason, Completely Uninterested in This." 

Taxpayer $ and that coveted victim status?  What's not to love?

Monday, May 06, 2019

You guys can pound sand, too

Fox News: "Treasury Secretary Mnuchin denies House Dem's request for Trump's tax returns."
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a letter Monday, denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal's request for President Trump's tax returns, saying the request lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose.”

“As you have recognized, the Committee’s request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers,” the letter read.

Mnuchin told the Massachusetts Democrat he'd relied on the advice of the Justice Department. He concluded that the department was “not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information.
This is the correct decision given that Richie Neal's request was based on the ridiculous premise that he just wanted to make sure the IRS was doing a good job auditing.  This may be a surprise to the "Resist!" crowd, but Congress can't root around in your private files just because

Friday, May 03, 2019

Good

Ace: "Washington Post: The President Might, Get This, Use Justice Department Resources to Harass and Investigate His Rival!!!!"
Glad to see that you monsters are worried about this now.

And you should be worried -- because I'll support Trump every step of the way when he weaponizes the government against you, the same as you did to him (and us).

You wanted Thunderdome for your enemies?

Get ready for Thunderdome for yourselves.
Trump should start off with some of that sweet Lois Lerner action and review all these "non-partisan" groups that are anything but.  Then we'll have the FBI start a "counterintelligence" investigation (since there isn't probable cause for a criminal probe) and assemble - oh let's call it the "Iron + Carbon Dossier."  The veracity of this dossier won't matter at all because the real game will be the investigation and the Democrats' nominee's reaction to it.  If he/she raises a fuss, we can charge with obstruction and then openly question the nominee's temperament to lead the country.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Pound sand

Ace: "AG Barr to Nadler: Have Fun Interviewing Each Other, A--holes."  "Barr is a cabinet-level official, and there are protocols here: While they will consent to be interrogated by someone who's a rough constitutional peer (like a member of Congress), that doesn't mean they'll consent to be insulted and slandered by flunkies."

Extra - National Review: "Barr Won’t Testify Before House Judiciary Due to Dems’ ‘Unprecedented and Unnecessary’ Conditions."

I get that Congress is a co-equal branch of government but this switcheroo stunt by Nadler suggests he's not operating in good faith.  Why should Barr subject himself to a hostile interrogation without any ground rules?  Subpoena away, Nadler.

More - Power Line: "It’s not “complete stonewalling” when Barr agrees to be questioned for hours by Senate Judiciary Committee members on Wednesday and by House Judiciary Committee members for hours the following day, as Barr was willing to do. It’s not stonewalling at all. Nor is it stonewalling to insist on procedures that have been used, apparently without exception, for more than 30 years when Cabinet members testify publicly before Congress."

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The perfect clown for a toilet paper

Here's former labor secretary Robert Reich making an ass of himself in Newsweek: "Congress should be ready to arrest Attorney General William Barr if he defies subpoena."

I'll take "Things that will never happen" for $1000, Alex.  Typical for the failed newsweekly, Reich's prose is dumbed down into staccato bullet points that are mostly lies:
In other words, there is to be no congressional oversight of this administration: No questioning the Attorney General about the Mueller Report.
Barr is literally appearing before a Senate committee tomorrow morning where Democrats will have more than enough opportunity to ask about the Mueller report and keep the Russian hoax alive.  The Attorney General had accepted an invitation to a House hearing but then Jerrold Nadler decided that Congressional counsel would grill the AG for an hour and Barr took a pass.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Scratch a liberal, find a tyrant

Five Thirty Eight: "Political Confessional: I Think Private Schools Should Be Banned."

This interview as such an over-the-top example of an liberal imposing a worldview on everybody else - after she had received the benefit she condemns - I almost thought it was a parody.  Seriously, though, I went from outrage to laughter. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

But good intentions

Issues and Insights: "CBO Report: 1.4 Million Lost Health Insurance Since 2016 — And Obamacare Is To Blame."  "All of the increase in the uninsured over the past two years — all of it — is the result of the massive rate increases Obamacare’s mandates and regulations caused. According to the Health and Human Services Dept., premiums in the individual insurance market doubled from 2013 to 2017. They shot up again in 2018."

Out of the park

First career home run for new Red Sox player Michael Chavis.  I have to see if they got the ball back.

Update - Yeah, he got the ball with the help of Dustin Pedroia.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Day 1: Biden lies

Althouse: "Biden's announcement video is anchored in a demonstrable lie."  "I could not finish watching that video. I tried, but I couldn't force myself. It's utterly toxic bilge.  If Biden does not come forward and retract this video and apologize and commit himself to making amends, I consider him disqualified. He does not have the character or brain power to be President."

More from Twitchy.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Fake news roundup

Brietbart: "Top 51 fake news 'bombshells' the media spread."

Evergreen headline: "Social Security going broke"

Hot Air: "Social Security Will Be Unable To Pay Full Benefits By 2035."
Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget tells the NY Times, “That fact that we now can’t guarantee full benefits to current retirees is completely unacceptable, and it should be cause enough for every policymaker to rally around solutions to restore solvency to those programs.”
This will be my less-than-yearly reminder that if Washington took incremental steps to fix this long-known problem, Americans could adjust to the changes.  But instead we'll just wait until the Titanic hits the iceberg and then scramble for the lifeboats.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Pepe Silvia!

Federalist: "The Collusion Dream Is Dead But The Conspiracy Lives On" - "Our political, intelligence, and media elites sold us this crazy story and promised the American people the proof that never came."

Friday, April 19, 2019

Bravo, Putin, bravo

Ace: "Ohhhh: New York Times Reports That It's Very Possible the Entire Steele Dossier Was Itself Kremlin Disinformation."

Remember how we were told that Russian interference in the election was an attempt to tear America apart with Facebook ads of Satan arm-wrestling Jesus?  It turns out the real con was to dupe oh-so-willing dupes in the media to roll out this two-year charade.  Guess who got played.

Democracy dies in darkness, yo




Thursday, April 18, 2019

Trump exonerated

Powerline: "The Mueller report: early returns"
One of the Democrats’ basic problems is that “attempting” to obstruct the investigation doesn’t make a lot of sense. If Trump had really wanted to obstruct the investigation, he could simply have terminated it. And Mueller acknowledges that the administration fully cooperated with the investigation in every way. So the “attempts to obstruct” come down to Trump expressing outrage at the fact that a baseless, partisan investigation was hampering his administration. Arguably Trump should have brought the Mueller farce to an end, but he didn’t.
Nothingburger yesterday, nothingburger today, nothingburger tomorrow.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Bernie on Fox News for town hall meeting

Ya gotta give the guy props for showing up on Fox News when the other Democrats run scared.  It was clearly a friendly crowd and Sanders couldn't help but take some gratuitous shots at Fox.  That aside, his performance was lackluster - if not bizarre - for a guy who's been in politics for so long.

Shorter Sanders:
1) An issue is raised
2) Bernie: "I'll tell you what I wouldn't do.  I wouldn't do whatever Trump's doing on this issue."
3) Yeah, so what would you do as President?
4) Bernie: Complete nutcase answer

The immigration question was completely predictable and his big idea was better tents.  On the Green New Deal, Martha MacCallum asked a very good question about why it eschews nuclear power which is a reliable energy source that produces no greenhouse gases.  Bernie just deflected with some weird story about how Burlington, Vermont converted to all renewable energy (mostly from burning wood).  On Medicare for All, he just lied about the cost and the ability to see any doctor you want.  His closing statement was essentially "do you want lots of stuff paid for by somebody else?"

The crowd did.

Crybullies in action

National Review: "To Defend Ilhan Omar, Democrats Use Identity Politics as a Shield."  "The Democrats and media cannot have it both ways. They cannot work diligently to elevate Omar’s voice and then rule out of bounds attacks against the person they’ve elevated — especially when her own words are often hateful and cruel."

Notre Dame

Today I learned that the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus at the crucifixion is one of the most cherished relics held at Notre Dame cathedral.

Update - Saved!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Won't somebody defend this poor, anti-semitic victim?

Commentary: "Ilhan Omar, Con Artist - She's got a feel for her dupes."  "You see? She’s just an all-loving, rage-filled, anti-Semitic victim of prejudice."

Friday, April 12, 2019

It's never enough

Let's see: Massachusetts legalized the lottery and, more recently, marijuana and casinos.  But we need more money.  Hot Air: "MA Rolls Out Literal Millionaires Tax."

The Massachusetts constitution dictates that everybody pays the same state tax rate, so the constitution needs to be amended.  But, ya know, "other people's money."

Related - The Atlantic: "What on Earth is wrong with Connecticut?"

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Doubling down on stupidity

Man, this broad is dim.  Red State: "AOC Challenges Dan Crenshaw Over 9/11 With The Hottest Of All Hot Takes, It Doesn’t Go Well."

It's impossible to penetrate AOC's armor of self-regard.  She cares - oh so deeply - and the only route to salvation is to support huge government programs.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, the chair of the House Financial Services Committee




Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Good review of Barr's testimony

This was supposed to be a budget meeting but, of course, it turned to Russia!  Via Ace: "Most Important Take-Aways from AG Barr's Testimony This Morning."  This one is good:
5, when Democrats whined that there's no way that a human could read 300-400 pages of a report (much of which was merely transcripts of testimony which can be skimmed) in a few days, he rebutted that he already knew the general contours of the report because he had been given a preliminary briefing on the findings of no collusion, no obstruction on March 5th.
So Saint Mueller gave Barr a heads-up on the non-charges, allowed Barr to use his conclusions in the summary memo, and is helping with the redactions.

That's how deep the conspiracy goes.


Monday, April 08, 2019

The original race-baiter

Federalist: "Why Are Democrats Kissing The Ring Of Al Sharpton?" - "Many of the same Democrat hopefuls who boycotted AIPAC last month could be found pandering to the infamous race-baiter this week."

As I've written before, I grew up in the New York area (northern NJ) right around the time that Sharpton was pushing the Tawana Brawley hoax.  F that guy.

Throwing shade

Nancy Pelosi follows Obama's lead.  Hot Air: "Pelosi Knocks ‘People With A Lot Of Twitter Followers’ Who Don’t Have The Votes To Pass Anything." 

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Varsity blues for the limousine liberals

You rarely see begging like this from Rod Dreher in "The joy of schadenfreude":
Please, please, please read the whole thing. You have to treat yourself. The friend who sent me the link said that he and his wife were taking turns reading parts of it aloud to each other. It’s that good.
He's referring to this article by Caitlin Flanagan in the Atlantic called "They had it coming" which is a great double-meaning title referring to the evident guilt of parents who cheated to get their kids into elite colleges and their overweening sense of entitlement:
Every parent assumed that whatever alchemy of good genes and good credit had gotten his child a spot at the prep school was the same one that would land him a spot at a hyper-selective college. It was true that a quarter of the class went to the Ivy League, and another quarter to places such as Stanford, MIT, and Amherst. But that still left half the class, and I was the one who had to tell their parents that they were going to have to be flexible. Before each meeting, I prepared a list of good colleges that the kid had a strong chance of getting into, but these parents didn’t want colleges their kids had a strong chance of getting into; they wanted colleges their kids didn’t have a chance in hell of getting into. A successful first meeting often consisted of walking them back from the crack pipe of Harvard to the Adderall crash of Middlebury and then scheduling a follow-up meeting to douse them with the bong water of Denison.
And, as the article reveals, anything but ASU.  This paragraph sums up the mindset:
These parents—many of them avowed Trump haters—are furious that what once belonged to them has been taken away, and they are driven mad with the need to reclaim it for their children. The changed admissions landscape at the elite colleges is the aspect of American life that doesn’t feel right to them; it’s the lost thing, the arcadia that disappeared so slowly they didn’t even realize it was happening until it was gone. They can’t believe it—they truly can’t believe it—when they realize that even the colleges they had assumed would be their child’s back-up, emergency plan probably won’t accept them. They pay thousands and thousands of dollars for untimed testing and private counselors; they scour lists of board members at colleges, looking for any possible connections; they pay for enhancing summer programs that only underscore their children’s privilege. And—as poor whites did in the years leading up to 2016—they complain about it endlessly. At every parent coffee, silent auction, dinner party, Clippers game, book club, and wine tasting, someone is bitching about admissions. And some of these parents, it turns out, haven’t just been bitching; some of them decided to go MAGA.
That's what makes this scandal so delicious.  The self-righteous types who make sartorial choices inspired by Hillary Clinton and now (probably) donate to Elizabeth "The system is rigged!" Warren are the ones doing the rigging.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

It's all too much

Too much government power, that is.  David French: "The Trump era should make libertarians of us all."
Now the Democratic war against Donald Trump has exposed yet another bad law. Congress can investigate your finances — no matter who you are — for any reason or no reason at all. The fact that Trump is the man currently under the microscope should in no way lessen our objection to such an atrocious policy. Bad laws don’t become good just because they’re used to target people you happen to dislike.
How you like that expanded executive power now?


With Beto in Iowa

Via Powerline, a first-hand report of a Beto campaign stop in Iowa.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Have the Democrats learned nothing from the nuclear option?

It's now widely acknowledged by all of Washington that when Harry Reid triggered the nuclear option on judicial nominees, all bets were off.  Here's the New York Times celebrating the "return to democracy":
Republicans warned that the rule change could haunt the Democrats if they lost the White House and the Senate.
And that's how you got Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and (soon) Amy Coney Barrett.  Now they want Trump's tax returns because...they want them.  Hot Air: "Trump Lawyer Sends Letter To Treasury: You Shouldn’t Hand Over His Tax Returns To House Democrats."
A strong letter, worth reading in full. There are legal arguments made and precedents cited but at the heart of it is a simple prudential question:

Why should Congress be able to use the IRS to gather dirt on its political enemies?
As the article explains, the same law that allows Congress the power to look at anybody's tax return also applies to the President.  Do Democrats really want to unleash the Kraken of Trump directing the IRS to look into the Democrats' dirty laundry?  You know that's exactly what he'll do, Lois Lerner-style.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Getting the pill

This is interesting.  Hit and Run: "Over-the-Counter Birth Control Bill Launched by Senate Republicans" - "It would fast-track FDA review of applications to free the pill from prescriptions and let people use health savings accounts for non-Rx drugs."

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The government needs your $$$

Zero Hedge: "Breathtakingly Terrible Idea": Top Democrat Proposes Taxing Unrealized Capital Gains."  "According to the WSJ, the top Democrat on the Senate’s tax-writing committee has proposed taxing unrealized gains in investment assets every year at the same rates as other income, offering not only an idea that would transform how the U.S. taxes the wealthiest people, but a solid reason for those same people to get the hell out of America." 

Monday, April 01, 2019

Moving the goalposts (again) on the Mueller report

In today's NY Times, House Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler wrote that, darn it, we've waited long enough and the entire unabridged Mueller report must be released, post-haste.  Jim Geraghty has some thoughts: "Chairman Nadler’s Cynical Argument."
In his letter to Congress, Attorney General William Barr specifically cited Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), which provides that government attorneys and the jurors themselves, among others, “must not disclose a matter occurring before the grand jury.” Barr didn’t make this rule up, it’s not obscure or optional, and Nadler knows darn well about its importance. Barr stated in a letter to Nadler and the judiciary committee that the special counsel’s office is assisting in identifying portions that are grand-jury testimony or relate to ongoing investigations or prosecutions.

But because the Democrats prefer a narrative of a sinister cover-up, Nadler just averts his eyes and pretends the rules on grand jury testimony don’t exist.
Here's my theory: the Democrats have seen a leaked copy of the Mueller report and they know it's a huge nothingburger.  But they've been selling this hoax for two years so what recourse to they have?  Simple: set up the narrative that the real conspiracy can be found in the redacted sections, the ones that have to be removed by law.

Fun with chyrons

Rachel Maddow: AG Barr is going through the Mueller report by himself!

MSNBC: Don't listen to Rachel.  She cray-cray.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

There must be a pony in here somewhere!

Real Clear Politics: "MSNBC Keeps Mueller Story Alive, But the Public Is Done."

Title refers to a favorite Ronald Reagan joke.

Waiting on the report

I don't know if Mueller's report will include a long explication on the bogus Steele dossier, but I really hope it does.  This phony piece of fiction is the genesis of this whole mess.



Friday, March 29, 2019

That was quick

#MeToo claims Handsy Joe. The Corner: "Joe Biden Is Done."
I think he’ll probably still run — how can an ego monster like Biden resist when the polls put him at the top of the pack? — but his 2020 candidacy will perish as quickly as his previous presidential campaigns. The Democratic candidate with the best chance of beating President Trump is doomed.
Biden suffers from the same enthusiasm gap that plagued Hillary: "sure, I suppose, why not."

Extra - Vox: "The media gave Biden a pass for years. It won’t in 2020."

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Meanwhile in Chicago

Twitchy: "Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association blasts Jussie Smollett deal."  As in it violates Illinois law.

One tweet/comment is interesting: "Something happened that made disposing of that case URGENT for somebody.  There are any number of ways for a prosecutor to make a case go away, even an incompetent fool wouldn't choose to do it the way they did it.  There's something else going on here.  Something very bad."

I think it's crazy they couldn't at least get an apology out of the guy.

Awesome sauce

Sauce for the gander, that is.  Atlantic: "Inside Trump’s Strategy to Use Mueller on the Campaign Trail"
Trump allies see Barr’s letter as a kind of Swiss Army knife—a tool useful in all kinds of situations. Not only is it exculpatory, they say, but it also implicitly rebukes the press for its coverage of the Russia investigation, inoculating Trump from any future scandal that reporters might unearth. According to a source familiar with internal discussions at the Republican National Committee and the pro-Trump super PAC America First, both organizations are “geared up for any nonsense to come.”

They’re already prepared to attack reporters. “Any reporter who tries that will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion,” said the source, who, like others interviewed for this story, requested anonymity to describe private conversations. “Their tweets have all been screencapped. It’s all ready to go.”
I hope Trump goes to the White House Correspondents Dinner and gives a Soviet-style four-hour speech where he reads off all the fake news from the past two years.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Zero point zero votes

Fox News: "Green New Deal fails Senate test vote as dozens of Democrats vote 'present'."

As Instapundit notes, this vote to save the Earth took place in the Republican-controlled Senate but it won't even get a vote in the Democrat-controlled House.  Why do Democrats deny climate change and hate Gaia?

Wrong again

Michael Goodwin: "The New York Times owes Americans a big, fat apology."

Monday, March 25, 2019

Democrats with bylines

Rich Lowry: "The media's disgrace."
There will soon enough be an effort to memory-hole it, but the media coverage of the Russia investigation was abysmal and self-discrediting — obsessive and hysterical, often suggesting that the smoking gun was right around the corner, sometimes supporting its hoped-for result with erroneous, too-good-to-check reporting. Never has so little come of so many screaming chyrons. Every mini-scooplet was played up like major news, and if you went on air and said that collusion was unlikely and we should wait for the evidence, you were often treated like you were in the tank for Trump. The last two years have been a disgrace, and no one should forget it.
This will be the new standard by which all other scandals against Republicans will be judged.


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Extinguish those Mueller votive candles, NY Times

Matt Taibbi (formerly of Rolling Stone) calls out the American press:
Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences “disappointed,” as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news.

Openly using such language has, all along, been an indictment. Imagine how tone-deaf you’d have to be to not realize it makes you look bad, when news does not match audience expectations you raised. To be unaware of this is mind-boggling, the journalistic equivalent of walking outside without pants.

There will be people protesting: the Mueller report doesn’t prove anything! What about the 37 indictments? The convictions? The Trump tower revelations? The lies! The meeting with Don, Jr.? The financial matters! There’s an ongoing grand jury investigation, and possible sealed indictments, and the House will still investigate, and…

Stop. Just stop. Any journalist who goes there is making it worse.
This unvarnished bias was on display in the Sunday morning shows where Adam Schiff is still being allowed to peddle this hoax without serious pushback, following a pattern that started on November 9th, 2016.  Taibbi points out that Schiff cited the Steele dossier as gospel even though the Congressman knew it was unverified.  But the media was uninterested in that because Orange Man Bad:
For years, every hint the dossier might be true became a banner headline, while every time doubt was cast on Steele’s revelations, the press was quiet.
No kidding.  Somewhere in Prague, Michael Cohen's cellphone is pinging away.

Whatever you may think of Trump - and I'm no great fan - he's really exposed the fake news American press.




Saturday, March 23, 2019

No crime but a coup

Andrew McCarthy: "After Mueller’s Exoneration of Trump, Full Disclosure."
In sum, we have endured a two-year ordeal in which the president of the United States was forced to govern under a cloud of suspicion — suspicion of being a traitor, of scheming with a foreign adversary to steal an election. This happened because the Obama administration — which opened the probe of the Trump campaign, and which opted to use foreign counterintelligence spying powers rather than give Trump a defensive briefing about suspected Russian infiltration of his campaign — methodically forced its suspicions about Trump into the public domain.
Read the whole thing.

It was all impeachment fantasy

Swallowed whole by the Democrats and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself).  Here's Caitlin Johnstone via Medium: "The Mueller Report Is In. They Were Wrong. We Were Right."
I’ve been saying Russiagate is bullshit from the beginning, and I’ve been called a Trump shill, a Kremlin propagandist, a Nazi and a troll every day for saying so by credulous mass media-consuming dupes who drank the Kool Aid. And I’ve only taken a fraction of the flack more high profile Russiagate skeptics like Glenn Greenwald and Michael Tracey have been getting for expressing doubt in the Gospel According to Maddow. The insane, maniacal McCarthyite feeding frenzy that these people were plunged into by nonstop mass media propaganda drowned out the important voices who tried to argue that public energy was being sucked into Russia hysteria and used to manufacture support for dangerous cold war escalations with a nuclear superpower.
I was watching Joy Reid on MSNBC this morning to gauge the Left's reaction and I cannot understate the batshit craziness going on there.  I'll try to pull up a transcript when it's available but in the course of about an hour she and her nutcase panel evoked Richard Nixon, Benedict Arnold, and Judas.
Never stop reminding them of this. Never stop mocking them for it. Never stop mocking their idiotic Rachel Maddow worship. Never stop mocking the Robert Mueller prayer candles.
I'm on it!