Tuesday, October 27, 2020

All opinions are welcome that agree with ours

The Corner: "The New York Times’ Echo Chamber."  "The New York Times opinion section has published, as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, seven consecutive pieces about the need to reform the Supreme Court."  

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Oh, that's unverified...because we refuse to verify it

Here's Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone (neither one a fan of Trump) giving voice to what we all see: "With the Hunter Biden Expose, Suppression is a Bigger Scandal Than The Actual Story - Unprecedented efforts to squelch information about a New York Post story may prove to be more dangerous corruption than whatever Hunter Biden did with a crooked Ukrainian energy company."  

Extra - NPR can't be bothered with Hunter but they sure had time for any unsubstantiated Kavanaugh allegation that came down the pike.

Fun's over

P. J. O'Rourke is my favorite political humorist; I have all his books.  So I have to listen to his latest take on the election:
"Biden's campaign platform is 564 pages long. It promises everything to everybody. It's full of unicorns and flying ponies and candy-flavored rainbows and pixie dust. And when those flying ponies glide with the marzipan rainbows and pixie dust starts to gum up the works of society … we're going to be in for a mess … But on the other hand, I think we're done with this experiment of having the inmates run the asylum."
I'm pessimistic on Trump's chances if only because Trump fatigue is palpable and, as I like to say, sometimes Americans just want to "turn the page."  But then I've been wrong on so many elections, the last time I voted for the "winner" was 2004.  So who knows.  

The Ralph Northam effect

Breitbart: "Jeffrey Toobin proves hating Trump means you can do no wrong."  

Friday, October 23, 2020

TGIF Fun!

It's been a long week at work, so here's a video I liked:

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Democrats hoisted by their petard one more time

Hot Air: "Judiciary Endorses Barrett, 12-0; Lee: “Abuse Of Power Is Their Agenda”  All the Democrats boycotted the vote so how did they get around the quorum call?  By using Chuck Schumer's tactics against him yet again:
The idea of the boycott was to prevent Graham from having a quorum for the vote, delaying the process indefinitely. Graham took a page from the 2013 playbook of Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid and decided to change the precedent, reverting to general Senate rules on committee hearings rather than Judiciary Committee rules. The former do not require anything other than a simple majority to conduct official business.
ACB will be Justice Barrett on Monday. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The fifth column

New Neo: "Compare and contrast: loyalty to the candidates."
When the press takes sides so openly and nakedly, and is joined by social media giants, we have reached a level of partisan information control I thought I’d never see in this country. But that’s where we are. And it’s in service of a candidate who has always been of mediocre intelligence at best and is now cognitively faded, who is almost certainly corrupt, who has been wrong on almost every important issue that exists, is a long-term liar and plagiarist, and will be putty in the hands of the most extreme leftists in his party who hate America and capitalism and want both destroyed.
Say what you will about Trump but he's exposed the rot underneath the floorboards of the American media.  Every single one of them thinks they're Woodward and Bernstein and their standards of fairness will turn on a dime when it suits their crusade.  

Weak deflection, Gray Lady

Red State: "NYTs Tries Desperate Anti-Trump Hit to Distract From Hunter Biden, Makes Things Worse."

In case you're wondering, all those journalistic standards about using leaked information obtained without authorization have flipped again.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Joe, what was the most enchanting thing about your milkshake?

 Rich Lowry: "The Biden Protection Racket."

Never before have the media been so openly fearful of asking or reporting something that might hurt a presidential candidate. What are supposed to be the animating values of our adversarial press — informing the public, getting answers, holding the powerful to account — have all been subordinated to the protection racket that is coverage of Joe Biden.

Classic reference in the title.

Monday, October 19, 2020

The media isn't even pretending anymore

PJ Media: "The Media Will Drag Joe Biden Across the Finish Line if It's the Last Thing They Do."


Victor Davis Hanson gives a review of the unapologetic bias of the American left:
An avuncular Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, Jim Lehrer, or Abe Rosenthal at least went through the motions of reporting news that was awkward or even embarrassing to the Left. Their agenda was 1960s-vintage Great Society liberalism, seen as the natural evolution from the New Deal and post-war internationalism. Edward R. Murrow, the ACLU of old, and Free Speech Movement at Berkeley—these were their liberal referents. Those days are gone.

Yet even during the Obama years, when studies showed the president had received the most slanted media honeymoon in news history, overt media bias was, at least, as hotly denied as it intensified. There were still a few ossified, quarter-hearted efforts now and then to mention the IRS scandal, the surveillance of Associated Press reporters, the various scandals embroiling the Veterans Administration, General Service Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Secret Service. But even that thin pretense is over now, too.
After the eight year tongue bath that the media gave their Chosen One, how about a grace period for the newly-elected President?
When early on in the Trump Administration, the liberal Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that in the first 100 days all news coverage was on average 80 percent anti-Trump—93 percent negative in the case of CNN and NBC—no one seemed embarrassed. 
Have no fear.  The media is on the case to get tough answers from Grandpa Joe: 



Thursday, October 15, 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Nothing to see here, move along

Reason: "The Media Does Not Want You To Read, Share, or Discuss The New York Post's Hunter Biden Scoop."

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sheldon Whitehouse mansplains for 30 minutes straight

Red State: "Sheldon Whitehouse Goes Full-On Looney Tunes While ‘Questioning’ ACB."

"Questioning" is in quotes because he didn't ask a single question.  Maybe he thought he was the one everyone was supposed to be "hearing."

Sunday, October 11, 2020

What media bias? The AP falls in line with the new narrative.

Looks like the new Democrat talking point is that packing the Supreme Court is a valid proposal since the Republicans "packed the court first."  Ya know, with the entirely Constitutional practice of approving judges in the Senate.  Kudos to Jake Tapper (of CNN!) for pointing this out.

Now, with Orwellian speed, the Associated Press has adopted the Democrats' language of "depoliticizing" the Court will replace "packing."  Nothing surprising me when it comes to media bias anymore.  

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Debate prep is for losers, apparently

Rich Lowry: "Trump Is Letting Down His Side."  "If the existence of the country itself is on the ballot, why not prepare better for debates? Why not use Twitter exclusively for messages that advance his cause rather than detract from them? Why waste any time on petty animosities and distractions? Why not write down a health-care plan and a COVID-19 plan to blunt Biden’s most potent issues?"  

The voters don't need to know that

Why should voters know how you stand on a position in an election?  Anyway, I'll just leave this here: 

Friday, October 09, 2020

What a terrible pattern of hacking

Poor Steve Scully: his Twitter account seems to get hacked every time there's an embarrassing post.  Red State: "Whoops: Debate Moderator Steve Scully has a History of Claiming to Be ‘Hacked,’ Deletes Twitter Account."  
This is a good time to remind everyone that Scully was a former intern for Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy. He has a long history of supporting Democrats, including posting glowing pictures with Biden as recently as 2016. He also shared Never Trump material during the previous presidential cycle.

Scully has deleted his account now.
These "journalists" always claim the superhuman power of complete objectivity and, gosh darn it, they're willing to alienate friends and family for the higher good.

That's what they tell themselves.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

What exactly are we doing here?

I've been complaining about the decline of discussion on the Sunday morning talk shows for a long time.  I'm old enough to remember when New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan would go on "Meet the Press" and - imagine this - answer questions.  He was a happy warrior who would state his positions without obfuscation or ambiguity.  I miss that guy.

Then there was the Vice Presidential debate.  Real Clear Politics: "Few Interruptions, Even Fewer Straight Answers."

This began early in the night with a double dodge of the most pertinent question during a pandemic. Debate moderator Susan Page asked: Had they discussed safeguards or procedures with their running mates in case of presidential disability? Pence gave an unrelated answer about how Democrats had “undermined public confidence in a vaccine.” When it was her turn, Harris inexplicably talked about when Biden asked her to join the ticket, calling it “one of the most memorable days of my life.”

Page moved on. Her question went unanswered. The non sequiturs kept coming.

At one point, Pence turned a question about abortion into a meandering reply about the U.S. attack on Iranian intelligence commander Qasem Soleimani. Harris saw that gambit and raised him one: Asked if the next president should be transparent about his health records, Harris brought up Trump’s recently leaked tax returns.

What a waste of time.  After one of the early Democrat debates, it was decreed that the raising of hands to indicate a clear-cut position on an issue was verboten.  Too much honesty!  Now news shows and campaigns and debates will only be the recitation of stale talking points.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

2020 does it again

NY Post: "Eddie Van Halen, rock guitar god, dead of throat cancer at 65."

Not a huge VH fan, but respect the talent.  Trivia for ya: Eddie played the guitar solo in Michael Jackson's "Beat It."  

What happens when you can't level bogus charges

Rich Lowry: "Democrats Haven’t Landed a Punch on Amy Coney Barrett."  "The ratio of progressive outrage over the nomination of federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to supposed reasons that the U.S. Senate shouldn’t confirm her is completely out of whack — there’s a surfeit of the former and almost none of the latter."  

Coddling Grandpa Joe

Fox News: "NBC town hall panned as 'Biden infomercial': 'Undecided voters' didn't seem so 'undecided' - 'Can't blame him for doing it,' Politico reporter Marc Caputo said."

Unsurprising.  Did you see all the stories about Biden saying he depended on a "black woman to stock the grocery shelf?"  Of course you didn't: he's a Democrat and that's not news.

The media plays defense for Grandpa Joe and relentless, indefatigable offense against Trump: "The Media Coverage Of Trump’s Covid Diagnosis Was A Disgrace."  

Monday, October 05, 2020

LA isn't a big media market

Game 1 of the NBA Finals had the lowest ratings of any finals game.

Game 2: "Hold my beer."  

Democrats very concerned about Senators' health

Unless they need legislation passed, then get your ass out there on the Senator floor.  Flashback: "Senator Robert Byrd is seriously ill."
Democrats will need every vote they can get. With the midterm elections on the horizon, Washington is as polarized as ever and, for the second time in just over six months, President Obama’s agenda could once again hinge on Mr. Byrd’s health.

In the final days of the health care debate, Mr. Byrd appeared for several crucial votes — pushed each time to the Senate floor in his plaid wheelchair and greeted by handshakes and applause from his colleagues. He spent six weeks in the hospital last spring with a staph infection, prompting persistent speculation about his health and who would replace him if he became too sick to finish his term.
Funny how it wasn't "reckless" to push an ill 92-year old guy out on the Senate floor back then.

Revisionist history

Issues and Insights: "No Joe, You Didn’t Hand Trump A Booming Economy."  

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Another day, another bad faith argument for delay on ACB

Kevin Williamson calls it:
Chuck Schumer has called for a delay in confirming Barrett because of the president’s COVID diagnosis. In other news, Schumer thinks the vote should be delayed because water is wet, because bears defecate in an arboreal setting, and because it is bad luck to confirm Republican nominees on days of the week ending in “y.”
Chuck Schumer is mimicking Jake Blues' many excuses for why they just can't have hearings.  The latest, via Amy Klobuchar, is that gosh-darn-it, it's just not safe to have hearings, despite the fact that the Senator had previously praised virtual meetings.
Fox News’s Chris Wallace noted that the Judiciary Committee, of which Klobuchar is a member, has held virtual hearings before and that Klobuchar earlier praised the panel's chairman, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), for arranging them.
After the Kavanaugh nightmare, I don't see why Democrats should be afforded an iota of consideration for their many bad faith tactics.  Full steam ahead, Mitch.


Saturday, October 03, 2020

Golden state

Reason: "California Is a Cautionary Tale for America - California bounds from one crisis to another; most of them being self-imposed." 

Friday, October 02, 2020

Um...hmm

Fox News: "Trump being transferred to Walter Reed 'out of an abundance of caution,' after testing positive for coronavirus."  

A NYT editor ventures outside the bubble

Hot Air: "NYT Editor: By Golly, These Anarchists Just Want To Watch The World Burn."
Quinn also didn’t find evidence for the most popular counter-narrative on the Left either, which were that these were conducted by “white supremacists.” Antifa is exactly who everyone except media outlets like the NYT thinks they are — leftist “insurrectionary anarchists” who just want to watch the world burn.

...

Unfortunately for Ms. Stockman, we don’t really have a Joker Award for Belatedly Discovering That Some People Want to Watch the World Burn. (Maybe that should be an Alfred Award, anyway.) However, we do have the Captain Louis Renault Award, and it applies well to an NYT editorial board member who is shocked, shocked to learn that her own paper can’t report on reality.

 

 Actually, I think the more appropriate award would be the Pauline Kael trophy for political insulation:

"I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know. They're outside my ken. But sometimes when I'm in a theater I can feel them."
I only know one person who reads the New Yorker, plus or minus one.  

Yuge news

Fox News: "President Trump, first lady test positive for coronavirus, set to quarantine at White House."

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

What it feels like to be a Republican in Provincetown, MA

 


The whale watch was fun, though.

CNN and NYT white-knighting for their guy

Biden didn't say that thing he said.  Twitchy: "Drew Holden fact-checks the fact-checkers after Tuesday night’s debate."  

Regrettably, I mostly agree with this

Power Line: "A long night":
If President Trump entered the debate trailing in most battleground states, as I believe he did, his performance served him poorly. I can’t believe he won over a single persuadable voter.

Trump’s performance must also have cemented the negative perceptions held by voters who have turned against him. He carried his do not go gentle into that good night mode to wild excess. Perhaps it was President Trump who needed pharmaceutical assistance to dial it back. As it happened, I thought Trump interrupted Biden on a few occasions when a Biden brain freeze was in progress.
It's fair to say that what appeals to a lot of conservatives like me is that Trump is not a wishy-washy McCain or a milquetoast Romney; he gets out there and fights.  But four years of this is exhausting and I can see how the persona that worked so well as an outsider can turn against him as President.  Trump didn't do himself a lot of favors, including interrupting Biden when he was in the midst of bad response.

Also: you'd think by now Trump would amply understand that the press is solidly aligned against him.  This was his opportunity to cut through the bias and directly contradict Biden's many lies.  But he didn't counter the phony Atlantic story until a couple minutes later when he raised Biden's "stupid bastards" comment.  He failed to push back at the moment and gave repetitive replies when he would have been better served by strategic jabs. 

Make no mistake, I thought Biden was terrible as Andrew Sullivan noted: "I’ve never seen Biden seem so old or so weak. He can’t land a strong blow. He’s being successfully heckled."  But if you're a voter looking to move past the high drama and return to some normality, Trump added fuel to your fatigue.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Well, that was fun

That was not a debate, but I think it was what we expected at least from Trump.  Biden gave as good as he got but, once again, he lied repeatedly and was allowed to get away with it since we know the fact checkers will ignore them. 

Prove me wrong, mainstream media.  I didn't keep a running list but - off the top of my head - Biden lied about "very fine people", about the unproven Russian bounty story, the uncorroborated Atlantic story, about Hunter Biden's grift, his adherence to the Green New Deal, Kamala Harris badmouthing science, and his opposition to the travel ban.

On other issues, he refused to state his position on court packing in a Presidential debate, claimed Antifa was just an abstraction, and flip-flopped on election-year nominations to the Supreme Court.

Funniest quote tonight: "God save the transcribers."  

Update - Hot Air: "Biden Told So Many Whoppers Last Night, Burger King May Sue Him." 

Debate night!

I'm on semi-vacation so this is the first time I'm checking the news today.  It looks like the candidate who has been spending half his campaign under the "lid" wants periodic breaks in a 90-minute debate.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

It's nomination day!

Hot Air: "NYT: The Upcoming SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing Could Be A Real Game-Changer — For Trump And The GOP."
And that’s why the assumption that a Kavanaugh-esque spectacle won’t galvanize voters to back Trump is no small wager. Trump’s nomination of Barrett (or Lagoa, or another woman) isn’t going to change many minds about Trump among voters already inclined to oppose him either, but a failure to go all-out in smearing the nominee may well disenchant and disincentivize them to turn out at all. The upcoming confirmation hearing may not be entirely a win-win for the GOP, but it’s very clearly a lose-lose proposition for Democrats — which is why Republicans want to hold the hearing.
Will Democrats be able to curb their worst instincts, or will we see more "Handmaid Tale" costumes shuffling around Capitol Hill?  Probably the latter and they're treading into dangerous ground of religious tests for a nominee considering that the Jewish woman she's replacing was confirmed on a 96-3 vote.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Is Joe Biden dying?

Is this such an extreme question?  In case you missed it, Biden's campaign called their ninth "lid" on the day this month, so Sleepy Joe could rest.  When Biden does appear in public, it's in tightly controlled scenarios to minimal crowds, that are not advertised ahead of time in case they need a quick retreat:
There is scant physical evidence that the former vice president and Democratic nominee is in town. His visits are scarcely publicized beforehand, logistical details are closely held and his event venues serve as much as video studios as places of gathering. Barely anyone is allowed near the candidate.
The most significant recent high-wire act for Biden was the CNN town hall where he was served up countless softballs in a forum that even Politico called a "kid-gloves" treatment.  On the few times he was challenged, he either ignored the questions or went into a weird jag about chicken manure

Usually, a party tries to avoid making the same mistakes that recent losing campaigns made. But Biden’s operation seems to be leaning into dangers that should be obvious. Hillary Clinton’s campaign was dogged by conspiracy theories about her health, ones that were dismissed by her cheerleading journalists until the very moment she seemed to collapse at a public event, and was thrown into the side of a van by her handlers.
Joe Biden has had two aneurysms, he lashes out when he gets the slightest bit of pushback ("Listen, fat"), and now he's spending a third of his time in hiding and the rest of the time led around by his puppeteers.  What, indeed, is going on with this guy?

Two other clues: the Democrats are pivoting away from mail-in voting, perhaps because of the high disqualification factor, but maybe because it locks voters into candidate who may not make it to election day.  Second, Kamala Harris is incommunicado:
“A reminder that it has been 42 days since Harris was tapped as the VP pick. There are 42 days until election day,” NBC News reporter Deepa Shivaram tweeted. “The senator has not once formally taken questions from the press.”
Isn't this weird?  Why isn't she out there promoting Joe Biden?  Maybe it's because she knows Joe is in a downward spiral and it's only a matter of time before she'll be forced to step in.  Until then, the campaign has one goal: hide the decline.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hygiene theater

Reason: "Can the CDC Get Anything Right?"  "As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can't stop proving itself useless and incompetent."  

Monday, September 21, 2020

You know, I thought traffic was light today

Ace: "Sundown Joe Biden: Covid Has Killed Two Hundred Million Americans."

Relevant source: Did Joe Biden kill me?  

Ready for the battle

Bring it on.  Red State: "Lindsey Graham 2.0 Returns, Flames the Dems on SCOTUS in Brand New Statement."  Here's the key part:
“After the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process,” Graham said. “Compare the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh to that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and it’s clear that there is already one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president. I therefor think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy. I am certain if the shoe was on the other foot, you would do the same.”
Speaking of Elena Kagan, I remember the vicious grilling Lindsey Graham gave Kagan after she was nominated by Obama in 2010.  Avert your eyes from this partisan cruelty:


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Because of course

 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Why is the steering wheel on the right?

Gateway Pundit: "Liberal Woman Posts Selfie Video of Hysterical Meltdown Over Death of Justice Ginsburg."  When politics is your religion.  

RBG's activism engendered the current mood

Bookworm Room has a detailed review on Ruth Bader Ginsberg and I could not agree more with point #7:
7. Ginsburg’s politicizing the Court is part of why we’re at the situation we are today, where a Justice’s death can throw an upcoming election into an uproar. When judges legislate, as she and her fellow leftists on the Court have been doing, the Court takes on oversized importance. For decades, leftists who couldn’t get their fellow citizens to vote on their policies were able to use the Court as a super-legislative body. This is not what the Constitution intended, and it means that we Americans are being ruled by a cabal of 9 people who hold their positions for life. They are, in essence, a form of non-democratic absolute monarchy.
To this I would point to her dissent in the 7-2 decision for Masterpiece Cakeshop, a.k.a. the "bake me a cake, hater" case (joined by the worst justice on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor).  As Bookworm notes, Ginsberg was always portrayed as a "fighter" which means she was a politician and not a jurist sworn to uphold the Constitution.  I'll go a step further: I think RBG got caught up in the hagiography around her and simply tailored legal decisions to burnish her leftist bona fides.  The result was judicial activism that led to decisions away from freedom and towards compulsion.  This is why everybody is up in arms about the Supreme Court and now the election is going to be super-mega-insane.

For contrast, look at the legal reasoning of the late Antonin Scalia who leaned towards individual rights ("go ahead and burn that flag!") and often wondered why the Supreme Court was ruling on issues that should be decided by the people:
The States may, if they wish, permit abortion on demand, but the Constitution does not require them to do so. The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.
People voting?  Like in a democracy?  Scalia and Ginsberg were friends, it's said, but I wonder what Nino would have thought about his good friend forcing a baker to create a cake at the barrel of a gun.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sleepy Joe on CNN

Joe Biden did a town hall with Anderson Cooper on CNN tonight.  Here's his answer to every question:
"I'm not Trump who is bad."
And, man, he lied a lot, including the anonymous Atlantic lie, the fracking flip-flop, and the Charlottesville lie.  I'm sure our brave Candy Crowley firefighters will set the record straight.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

To paraphrase Obama: "Yes he does"

Don't Walk, Run! - "Does Joe Biden use a Teleprompter to answer questions?"


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

You gotta be cruel to be kind

Reason: "Federal Regulations Have Made Western Wildfires Worse - Controlled, prescribed burns can stop wildfires from spreading. Too bad they are effectively prohibited by rules like the Clean Air Act."  If you guessed that the environmental whackos in California are making a bad situation much worse, you're correct:
"What you'll often find," Wood says, "is that there are projects which have been extremely well-vetted, which have been years in the work, there will be a 5,000-page document, which no one could conceivably ever read because it's so long and complicated, but then the project will still get put on hold for an indefinite period of time, because some special interest group filed a lawsuit." So much time is spent considering the ramifications of an action; little is spent considering the impact of doing nothing.

From 1999 to 2017, an average of 13,000 acres of California were subjected to controlled burns each year. In February 2020, Nature Sustainability published a report arguing that California needs to burn 20 million acres of forest in order to restore forest health.
But the owls! 

That was two or three hoaxes ago

Red State: "That ‘Bombshell’ Russian Bounty Story Was Just Officially Shown to Be Garbage." 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Nice country. Be a shame if something happened to it.

Federalist: "The Left Is Setting The Stage For A Coup If Trump Wins = Under the guise of planning for right-wing violence if Trump loses, Democrats are gaming out how to steal the election if Trump wins."

Saturday, September 12, 2020

If there's another explanation, I'd love to hear it

Twitchy: "Did Joe Biden get busted by Michael Moore using a teleprompter for his appearance with James Corden?"


Prediction: Sleepy Joe won't debate

That's the opinion of this guy who flatly predicts: "Look for Biden to bow out of the debates within the next two weeks."  From the American Spectator: "Why Biden Will Withdraw From the Debates - It’s the only way for Joe’s handlers to save him from himself."
While Biden has said “he can hardly wait” to take on Trump in the debates, I don’t think his team or his proxies will let him. Even before Kenosha, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Lockhart, and others were publicly urging their candidate to pull out of the debates, ostensibly because of Trump’s alleged incorrigible dishonesty. I expect that the drumbeat to withdraw will increase steadily over the next two weeks. The usual anti-Trump “bombshells” by the media (like those in the Atlantic and in Bob Woodward’s latest book) will provide the Democrats some cover, though dodging the debates will hurt them in some circles.

If Biden defies my prediction and proceeds with the debates — whether out of misplaced confidence or desperation — they are far more likely to be a disaster for him than a success. Although he and Trump are roughly the same age, right now they are worlds apart in terms of their mental and physical abilities. Moreover, Biden’s former, more moderate positions on law and order, patriotism, religious liberties, business, even pro-life issues — are at loggerheads with the progressive stances he’s been forced to adopt in the new Democratic Party.
The other day, Biden emerged from his basement and sat down for an rare interview with Jake Tapper of CNN.  On full display was the confusion cloud that surrounds Sleepy Joe whenever he doesn't have a teleprompter to give him the answers, culminating in obliquely calling Michigan voters racist.  

I believe Biden will debate because his ego tells him he can beat Trump.  But Trump is going to give him the pushback that Biden rarely experiences from the mainstream media and only exploded into view a handful of times on the campaign trail, you dog-faced lying pony soldier.

The paper of record

Babylon Bee: "Nobel Peace Prize Committee Informs Trump He Has Not Launched Enough Drone Strikes To Qualify."  

Friday, September 11, 2020

Show me on this doll where Trump hurt you, Atlantic

Fox News: "The Atlantic calls to 'end the Nobel Peace Prize' following Trump nominations."

Because of course they did.

Extra - Red State: "The TDS at this point is pretty darn hilarious. They’re literally crossing out Nobel because Trump has the possibility of getting it. But when Obama won it, The Atlantic saw it as leading to a new global society with possibly Obama leading it. How delusional is their illness?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ready for some football? America: "Meh"

 Ace: "Gallup Poll: Public Favorability Towards Corporate Spectator Sports Falls THIRTY POINTS, from +20 to -10, in a Single Year."  

Well done, fellas. You were becoming millionaires just by playing children's games.

Good luck moonlighting at Foot Locker.

Let's look back to the 1994 MLB baseball strike when players said "up yours" to the fans:

"I never felt the same way about baseball again after that,'' Dave Stewart, a four-time 20-game winner and then pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, tells USA TODAY Sports. "Even today, after all of my years in baseball, the passion I have for the game has never been the same. All because of that strike."

It took a full decade to get back to baseline attendance:

In 1994, the average attendance was a then-record 31,256. It was not until 2004 — the first year in which players could be suspended for testing positive for steroids, after almost a decade of a drug-fueled home run derby — that the average attendance again topped 30,000.

Americans have had six months to find new interests that don't include $10 beers and preachy millionaires.

Here in the cuckoo Pioneer Valley

Western Massachusetts update: "Massachusetts women's college describes itself as "a women’s college that is gender diverse"

Words - how do they work?

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Good question

McClatchy: "Will Joe Biden ever face tough questions during this campaign?"
Finally, Biden was asked about a new diplomatic development. “President Trump has just announced an economic normalization deal between Serbia and Kosovo. And part of that deal is Kosovo and Israel having diplomatic normalization.” Biden said he knew nothing about it. Imagine if Trump made such a public admission.

The questions didn’t focus on Biden’s claims, qualifications or proposals. Those were all simply assumed to be good with no need for checking or verification.

The main takeaway from the “news event” was a real stunner, that Joe Biden is not Donald Trump. That just happens to fit the professed motivation of almost two-thirds of Biden supporters who say they’re voting against this president, not for the next one.

The event’s subliminal takeaway, however, was that these members of the Fourth Estate, these self-appointed guardians of America’s presidential election process, are just fine with that. But should voters be?
Is there any wonder that Republicans are clamoring for the debates?  It's the first time to stick a crowbar between the Biden campaign and the cheerleader media.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The Atlantic: covering itself with glory

Twitchy: "‘There’s even video of it!’ Sean Davis blasts Atlantic reporter in receipt-filled thread for yet ANOTHER ridiculous lie defending Biden."

They can't help it: TDS comes for even the most august of publications.

Extra - Red State: "In more normal times, the media would be supremely concerned about the lack of access to a presidential candidate. But in these less than normal times, which center wholly on the orange man being bad, they are more than happy to shill for a politician who thumbs his nose at them." 

Monday, September 07, 2020

Another un-anonymous witness goes on the record

Breitbart: "Zach Fuentes, top aide to John Kelly, denies Atlantic story about Trump."
Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Zach Fuentes denied to Breitbart News The Atlantic’s account of President Donald Trump’s comments about troops in Europe.

Fuentes unequivocally denied The Atlantic’s report last week, a huge blow to the establishment media narrative. Fuentes personally briefed President Trump on the weather situation that led to the trip being canceled. He is also a close personal confidante of former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
One reporter in Wisconsin finds that 100% of the people she meets DGAF about this bogus story.

Extra - Federalist: "Atlantic Editor Concedes Central Claim Of Trump Hit Piece Could Be Wrong."  Big concession, considering contemporaneous records and a dozen eyewitnesses say it's fiction.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Confirmed: the media is garbage

Glenn Greenwald: "Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Using “Confirmed” to Mean its Opposite."
But journalism is not supposed to be grounded in whether something is “believable” or “seems like it could be true.” Its core purpose, the only thing that really makes it matter or have worth, is reporting what is true, or at least what evidence reveals. And that function is completely subverted when news outlets claim that they “confirmed” a previous report when they did nothing more than just talked to the same people who anonymously whispered the same things to them as were whispered to the original outlet.

Quite aside from this specific story about whether Trump loves The Troops, conflating the crucial journalistic concept of “confirmation” with “hearing the same idle gossip” or “unproven assertions” is a huge disservice. It is an instrument of propaganda, not reporting. And its use has repeatedly deceived rather than informed the public. Anyone who doubts that should review how it is that MSNBC and CBS both claimed to have “confirmed” a CNN report which turned out to be ludicrously and laughably false. Clearly, the term “confirmation” has lost its meaning in journalism.
These reporters all "heard it from a guy" and then pass the rumor through the Trump-hate filter to determine if it's true.  

The first step is admitting you have a problem

Washington Examiner: "NPR regrets elevating pro-looting anti-Semite."  

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

It was funny in 2013

 


Defund NPR: spreading the Charlottesville lie AGAIN

Here they go again.  This morning, NPR featured a story with a former employee of DHS who opined that Trump wasn't doing enough to fight domestic terrorism.  Here's the story which leaves out the section of the story I heard on the radio repeating the Charlottesville lie. 

If you click on the link reading "10-minute listen" and then fast-forward to 7:20, there it is.  Again.  The "very fine people" lie that will never die.  

It's a mystery!

Western Journal: "If Biden/Harris Really Think Trump Is Responsible for Riots, Why Didn't They Mention It at DNC?"  

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Defund NPR

This morning on NPR's Morning Edition, I had the misfortune of hearing a story titled "Trump Will Fan Protest Flames, Wisconsin State Lawmaker Says."  Here's an excerpt with NPR's Rachel Martin:
MARTIN: And as we understand it, President Trump will not be visiting the family of - either Jacob Blake or his family. I want to ask about what the president has said about Kyle Rittenhouse. This is the 17-year-old suspected of shooting and killing two protesters in Kenosha. As we hear in our previous conversation, he said it appeared that Rittenhouse was, quote, "in very big trouble and probably would have been killed." There is no conclusive evidence to support that claim. But what do you believe to be the effects of those remarks?
No conclusive evidence except, ya know, the Glock pointed at his head.  I guess the dimwits at NPR repeated this in a tweet because later I saw: "Taxpayer-Funded, Government-Sponsored NPR: Trump Claimed, "WITHOUT EVIDENCE," That Kyle Rittenhouse May Have Acted in Self Defense" and "NPR slammed over tweet that Trump claimed 'without evidence' that Kenosha gunman acted in self-defense."

But you needn't have looked any further than the double standard for "conclusive evidence" than the conclusion of the NPR article where this exchange occurred:
MARTIN: Just in seconds remaining, I want to ask about what Joe Biden said. He criticized President Trump for fomenting divisions, but he also said rioting is not protesting. And recent polls indicate that support for Black Lives Matter, especially among white people, is slipping because of the violence from protests in Kenosha. Do you think all this is taking a political toll on Democrats?

BOWEN: Well, I think that there are white supremacists that are implanting themselves in these protests, and they are seeking to discredit the movement.
There is ZERO evidence that this is happening, much less "conclusive evidence."  So NPR's Rachel Martin pushed back hard against this claim!

JK:
MARTIN: David Bowen - he's a Democratic state representative in Wisconsin and a member of Wisconsin's state Legislative Black Caucus. He joined us on Skype. Thank you so much for your time.
Just more gaslighting and narrative protection.  Time to save some taxpayer money.


Sunday, August 30, 2020

"Gunfire erupts" after a "peaceful protest intensified"

Althouse: "Can you guess from this NYT headline whether a person of the right shot a person of the left or a person of the left shot a person of the right?

Background/graphic pictures here.  This story is developing.

Update - Fox Oregon: "Police: Man shot in chest in SE Portland; incident not related to protest."  Hmmm, yet the NY Times reported the victim was wearing a "Patriot Prayer" cap.

Update 2 - Oregonian: "The man’s body lay on Southwest Third Avenue near Alder Street. Next to the body was camouflage gear with infidel and thin blue line patches, which commonly indicate support for law enforcement." 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

In defense of looting

Power Line: "Looting goes mainstream on NPR."  "The whole thing is a window into the mental perversion of today’s left. A lot of people are attacking NPR for featuring such an obvious nut job, but I think we should thank NPR for giving such extended exposure to a view that is widespread in the Democratic Party right now." 

I'm not laughing at this story

Ace: "Antifa Occupies Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's Apartment - Police Called, But No One Responds."

Relevant quote: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Winston Churchill.

Extra - From Red State.

Friday, August 28, 2020

I bought a generator

After years of resisting, I finally broke down and got myself a small inverter generator for emergencies.  We survived through snowpocalypse with just camping gear but, in these modern times, access to a steady supply of electrons is a requirement to stay connected.

Originally, I was looking at the Honda generators but ended up with a Harbor Freight Predator for half the price and, by all accounts, just as much reliability and power.  

Thursday, August 27, 2020

That speech needed an editor

Trump's acceptance speech was way long and felt more like a State of the Union address, including calling out people in the audience.  There was an extended laundry list of accomplishments and policy proposals but there was no thematic glue holding it together.

Clearing the stage for President Trump

It was sure nice of all the professional athletes to stop playing so as not to steal the spotlight from President Trump's speech tonight. 

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes

The New York Times, somehow, commits an act of journalism.  Red State: "In a Bizarre Turn of Events, NYT Investigation of Kenosha Shooting Makes a Strong Case for Self-Defense."  

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Now it's a crisis

Legal Insurrection: "Don Lemon: “The Rioting Has Got to Stop… It’s Showing Up in the Polls” - "Forget about the people who have been killed, the businesses, homes and livelihoods ruined, it’s about the polls."




Segregation now, segregation forever!

Those are the words of Joe Biden's role model, George Wallace.  Bizarrely, it's also the rallying cry of black and "black-identifying" students at NYU.  Reason: "Yes, Black NYU Students Demanded Segregated Housing. No, the University Didn't Agree to It."  

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind

Viking Pundit, Sunday: "The long guns are out."

Today: "Kenosha violence: 3 shot, including 2 fatally in another night of unrest - Police were looking for a man armed with a long gun, reports said." 

Update - Lots of links and shocking videos here.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

That's for turning into Exxon oil!

 Twitchy: "Rioters in Kenosha topple statue of slave-owning dinosaur, also damage charter school, post office, library." 

That dinosaur had it coming. 

Best use of a CNN hack as a verb

Kurt Schlichter: "Now Democrats Are Stuck With Biden."
So, now the bar is raised for the debates since Kierkegaard’s fanboy is the master of rhetoric and the font of all wisdom. He can’t just come out, stand there, and win by not forgetting to zip up his fly or by foregoing groping a production assistant. He’s going to have to deal with Trump, who is as vital and focused as Biden is desiccated and lost. Sure, Joe will have the moderators Candy Crowleying for him big time, trying to cover for his incoherence and take Trump off his game. If Trump is cunning and bloodthirsty, which he is, he’ll ignore the media offensive line, blitz right at Biden, and smear him all over the field. Trump has achievements, promises he’s kept, and if you listen to his speeches (he’s back on the road with smaller crowds), he’s making more promises that he’ll keep. What’s Mr. Jill got? His theme is “I’m kind of nice, and pay no attention to the agenda of the communists pulling my strings.” He’ll raise your taxes, ban fracking, suck up to the ChiComs, let rioters run rampant, defund the cops, and try to take your guns. And the Dems’ plan has worked so well that they literally have the worst possible candidate to defend this idiotic agenda against the best and most aggressive GOP politician in decades.
Haha - love it - we'll never forget Candy.  Biden does fine with a teleprompter or the mainstream media who treats old Grandpa with kid gloves but he goes completely off the rails when he's faced with the slightest bit of confrontation, you dog-faced lying pony soldier.  Trump's gonna give him plenty.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

There goes Joe, plagiarizing again

 Hot Air: "WSJ: Biden’s COVID-19 Plan “Is Mr. Trump’s Without The Bluster” 

The Wall Street Journal notes that everything in Biden's so-called "plan" to address coronavirus has been implemented by Trump.  In this editorial, the WSJ expands on an opinion piece Karl Rove wrote in July: "Joe Biden’s Lazy New Ideas - On Covid, he doesn’t have any. On climate and the economy, they’re liabilities."  

The only new idea Slow Joe has put out is the Federal Mask Requirement which is unconstitutional fantasy unless he means to have Federal officials enforce it.  

Language warning

Damn, Scott Adams really dislikes Joe Biden.  Real Clear Politics: "Scott Adams: Brain-Dead Race Hoaxer Joe Biden Is The Biggest A--hole In America."  

He calls the "fine people" hoax the tentpole hoax that holds up Biden's campaign and belies his whole character argument.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Swimming in a sea of red

Jonathan Turley: "$26,578,000,000,000: U.S. Debt Passes Redline at 106 Percent Of GDP."  

These are extraordinary times and driving up debt for events like war is expected.  But the underlying structural problems of entitlement and other government spending is never addressed and there are never any political consequences.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Here comes the latest hoax

Legal Insurrection: "Desperate Democrats Go All-In On Anti-Trump Post Office Hoax."  

If you want to understand why the USPS has been decommissioning sorting machines and removing mailboxes way before Trump ever arrived on the scene, look no further than the USPS and "First Class Mail Volume since 1926.":

2000: 103 billion pieces of mail
2010: 77 billion
2019: 55 billion

Monday, August 17, 2020

The garbage media is garbage

Federalist: "7 Big Stories Corporate Media Is Ignoring Because The Truth Might Help Trump" - "Due to corporate media’s hatred of Donald Trump, Americans are sorely uninformed about news stories that, under any other presidency, would deservedly flood coverage." 

Here in Western MA, the Springfield paper wrote an editorial about the Israeli-UAE agreement that simply could not give Trump a soupcon of credit:
President Donald Trump was quick to seek plaudits. Fine. Let him take a bow, whether or not he personally had a whole lot to do with seeing the two sides come together. The fact is, Trump is in the White House right now, when a breakthrough was announced, and there are real, notable differences on the ground.
What turgid and biased crap.  Yes, Trump just happened to be around, as he signed a joint statement with Israel and the UAE.  It's a shame he can't win a Nobel Peace Prize for...being Obama.

Didn't he hear about Biden's hard-hitting interview with (checks notes) Cardi B?

 Twitchy: "CNN’s Chris Cillizza in hot water for suggesting it’s high time for Joe Biden to take questions from the press." 

Red State: "Joe Biden Finally Grants an Interview…With Singer Cardi B Which Was Nonsensical and Also Made Sense for the Campaign."

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Life in 2020 AB - after bandwidth

This was a long but really interesting read from a guy who loves New York City but doesn't think it's coming back: "NYC is dead forever...here's why."  Hat tip: Instapundit.  

His argument is that all the things that make the Big Apple special - business, culture, colleges and restaurants - are either closed down or subverted by the availability of high-bandwidth access.  For example, businesses are discovering they can get work done with remote workers on Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  Why would they rent out the Time/Life building at extraordinary rents to pay commuting workers?

Speaking as somebody who has worked in fiber optics his entire career: you're welcome, America.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

It's getting really obvious now

 Here's Chris Wallace on the Guy Benson radio show: "“The Damnedest Thing I’ve Ever Seen” Chris Wallace On Biden Campaign Not Putting Any Surrogates On Sunday Shows Before Convention."  Emphasis in places is mine:

"So I've been doing Sunday shows with conventions. I started on Meet the Press in 1988. I've been doing it on and off. For what? What is that? Thirty two years. And and it always happens that the Sunday before the convention. The campaign puts out top officials to preview the convention and to say this is what we're gonna try to get accomplished. So, you know, we put counting all week on, you know, having a top official from the Biden campaign, the campaign manager, the top pollster, the chief strategist, to talk about what they're going to talk about during this next week. They are not putting anybody out. And at first I thought, well, maybe it's because it's Fox News and they're boycotting us. No, they're not putting anybody out on any of the Sunday shows point. I don't understand what's going on here. This is the damnedest thing I've ever seen that you would you know, you're basically giving a campaign. And as I say, it's a traditional thing. We're gonna do it for the Republicans a week from Sunday. What are you trying to accomplish this week? And they the Biden campaign isn't putting anybody out. And this just is of a piece with the the vice president not not doing really any serious interviews, not answering any questions since the rollout. I don't you know, you can you can try and I understand and has worked pretty well. And he continues to lead with what I'll call the basement strategy. I don't think you can hide from now until Election Day. I just I just don't think it's possible."

So we've already established that Joe Biden won't sit down for extended interviews and his appearances are tightly scripted before the staff comes in and chases reporters away.  But now not even surrogates are going to sit down and answer questions?  Exactly what is going on here?


I blame the last Republican mayor of Chicago

 What a mess he left behind when he stepped down in 1931.  City Journal: "When Authority Vanishes - Chicago’s leaders have surrendered to vandals."

In effect, Chicago has been run over twice. First, machine politics left it with a huge financial and trust deficit among many of its citizens. Now, progressive politics threaten to undermine the legal order, the foundation of the economic growth that the city needs to climb out of its deep hole. Chicago was sick even before the looting and riots of 2020, but things could get worse still. The city could become another Detroit.

In retrospect, Kim Foxx's handling of the Smollett hoax and her subsequent dismissal of felony cases was a window into Chicago's legal atrophy.  

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Just another sign that Joe won't debate

 What rough beast is waking from its slumber?  Twitchy: "‘This is not a show of confidence’: Even New York Times correspondent thought Joe Biden and Kamala Harris shouldn’t have ducked out on questions."

Is that really Sean Ono Lennon? Haha, if so.

 Seen at Instapundit:

Huh...I can't seem to embed the Tweet.  Anyway, it's Sean Ono Lennon tweeting:

Hooray for the Peace deal between Israel and UAE! Wait...what? Trump negotiated it? I meant Boooo! I hate peace, peace is bad! Us dems have always been against peace deals right? Yeah that’s the ticket. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

CJR: "Marching orders received"

 The totally unbiased journalists at Columbia Journalism Review:

Last week, a group called We Have Her Back wrote an open letter demanding that newsrooms treat Biden’s running mate with “the same kind of internal consideration about systemic inequality as you undertook earlier this year,” following the police killing of George Floyd. Leaders from NARAL, EMILY’s List, Time’s Up, and other progressive causes signed on; reporters and columnists echoed the call. Going forward, it’s urgent that we heed their advice in our coverage of Harris. 

Won't Sarah Palin be surprised.  

Gotta keep that trial balloon afloat

 Twitchy: "‘This is fear’: Increasingly desperate Bill Kristol throws bold Hail Mary to try to save Biden from being destroyed by Trump in debates."  

ICYMI - Babylon Bee: "Biden Campaign Warns That For Debate Biden Will Need A Mask That Completely Conceals His Face And He Might Sound Different."  

Once you have your rationale, anything goes

 Hot Air: "BLM Chicago: Corporations Looted Us Far More Than A Few “Looters” Stole This Weekend."  According to the story, the looting in Chicago was an organized event:

This statement might suggest that BLM Chicago had something to do with the planning of the weekend pillaging. The police and the media have already noted that this didn’t resemble normal ad-hoc looting, where a breakdown in order precedes a sudden rush to cash in. When progressive activist priest Rev. Michael Pfleger notices that “this was obviously very orchestrated,” that points to a conspiracy.

Yes, well, a U-Haul pulling up in front of the Magnificent Mile right before the looting started is something of a tip-off.  

BLM has framed this in the context of their banner: everybody looted from us so we get to loot back.   This goofy drum-circle rationale is all they really need, then anybody and everything is a target.  Because, if there's one thing that C.S. Lewis has taught us, once you have "the approval of your own conscience", then all bets are off.

See also: Bill De Blasio's streetfront graffiti.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Free speech for me, but not for thee

 NY Post: "Pro-cop groups sue Mayor de Blasio for denying Blue Lives Matter mural"

The two groups penned a letter to Hizzoner last month requesting the pro-cop mural near NYPD headquarters in downtown Manhattan.

But de Blasio refused, declaring in late July that Black Lives Matter “transcends any notion of politics … This is about something much bigger than any one group.”

All political messages are equal but some are more equal than others.

This is not the Onion

 Federalist: "Biden’s Staff Gave Him A Script So He’d Know Why He Was Calling Kamala Harris."

I'll bet he was sure surprised.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Might be satire

 Financial Times: "Joe Biden would be wise to pick Kamala Harris" - "Most of the other contenders for his vice-presidential choice are not ready for prime time."

Kamala Harris was TKO'd by Tulsi Gabbard in that single debate and her campaign never recovered.  She's an absolutely awful debater and campaigner, which is why she ended up with zero delegates before dropping out.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

CNN white-knights for Cheap Joe

Twitchy has a story about how CNN is shocked that Trump would attack Joe Biden's Catholic faith.  All I know is that, until he ran for President, Joe's relationship with the church seemed distant:
The Bidens reported giving $995 in charitable donations last year — about 0.3% of their income and the highest amount in the past decade. The low was $120 in 1999, about 0.1% of yearly income.

Over the decade, the Bidens reported a total of $3,690 in charitable donations, or 0.2% of their income.
That's Joe.  He's a giver.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Gallup: Americans agree garbage media is garbage

Red State: "New Gallup Poll Delivers Devastating Indictment of News Outlets by an Overwhelming Majority of Respondents."  "But a new major poll from Gallup and the Knight Foundation gives a more in-depth look at just how bad people believe media bias is and who those polled believe is most responsible for the political division in this country." 

Power is back

One observation: in all my years living in a development, I don't think I've ever heard a generator running when the power went out.  This time, I felt like I was the only one without a generator.

I dunno.  I guess if you have small children and want to keep them warm in the winter, that's one thing, but I question the need on a relatively mild summer night.  OTOH, there's the whole refrigerator question which becomes dire after 24 hours.  I think I might get a (small) generator just for that purpose.

Imminent danger

There's a tree that is going to topple over and take out the side of my house, unless things calm down.

Power is out

Power is out.  Tropical storm.

Monday, August 03, 2020