Monday, August 03, 2020

"They've always been preparing the Torricelli Option"

Always upvote references to the Torricelli option.  Ace: "Surprise! As Sundown Joe's Congnitive Function Rapidly Declines, Media Starts Narrative Push for Idea that Debates Are Contrary to Democracy and American Values."
The most predictable thing ever predicted happens, exactly as predicted, and about at the exact time as predicted.
Now fly, media monkeys, fly!

The narrative from the DNC to the garbage media

Twitchy: "Who saw this coming?’ NY Times shares a take about presidential debates that’s the most predictable thing EVER."

The opinion piece from Elizabeth Drew: "Let's scrap the Presidential debates."  Of course.

So this idea was floated a couple weeks back by the NYT's Tom Friedman and then raised again last week by Democrat hatchet man Joe Lockhart.  Now it's time to keep the drumbeat going with some timely opinion pieces in the NY Times and Washington Post, followed by a Chuck Todd commentary.

Why so scared?  C'mon, we all know why: "Dan Bongino: Sources Say Joe Biden Is Reaching the Point of No Return, Democrats Will Have a Decision to Make."
We’ve all seen how hard Biden’s campaign is working to hide his mental degradation. This is a guy who can’t give a short press conference without a list of hand chosen reporters to call on and detailed notes on how to answer basic questions. Absolutely nothing he does anymore is off the cuff, which is why said press conferences only happen ever three to four months. His speeches are short and even his most scripted moments are painful to watch. He’s been doing live streams from his basement and routinely forgets that he’s talking to a recording. Just the other day, he forgot where he was again, a very common theme from many of his public appearances.
All I can say about Dan Bongino is that he's a former Secret Service agent so I suspect he's been hearing rumors filtered through Joe Biden's detail.  The media elite see it, so they have to align their narrative on Biden's eventual withdrawal from the debates.

More - Althouse: "I knew this was coming, and I'm expecting a lot more of this: "Let’s Scrap the Presidential Debates."

Extra fun:

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Have you considered another mural?

NY Post: "NYC has had more shootings so far this year than in all of 2019."

Funny how that works

Take a wild guess

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Shut up and listen, they explained

Hot Air: "James Lindsay: Why The Woke Won’t Debate You."  Because debating is a power construct and the wokesters refuse to engage within the "master's house" paradigm.  Also, you're a racist.
To be even more specific, the social justice warriors at Evergreen State College didn’t have a hope of out-arguing Professor Bret Weinstein on any topic. But by showing up as a group they could label him a racist and demand his firing. The goal wasn’t enlightenment, it was power.
I call this the "Lecturing Mike Pence from the Hamilton stage" level of debate.  You're not meant to respond, you're supposed to just shut up and take it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Yup, pretty much

Red State: "Martha MacCallum Nails the Barr Hearing: Dems ‘Could Have Just Propped Up a Picture of Him and Yelled at It"

In fact - and I know I've said this before - why didn't Barr just get up and leave?  The guy asked for a 5 minute break because he was hungry and Nadler (initially) said "no."  Is there a Sergeant-at-Arms who would stop the Attorney General from leaving?  I don't think so.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Somebody thought publishing this would be a good idea

Ace: "Incredible: New York Times Publishes Tearjerker Piece About Their Incredibly Wealthy Privileged White Friends Who Are Forced to Move Out of Their Million Dollar NYC Apartments Into Their Vacation Homes Due to Covid."
Literally millions of people are forced out of work by policies the New York Times champions but the Times also wants you to shed some tears for this woman who has more work than ever -- because she can't go out to get a Starbucks vanilla latte.
For the life of me, I can't get worked up about these privileged types nor the detached psychosis of the New York Times because - heaven help me - I just can't stop thinking about what might be the greatest sentence written in the history of newspapers:
"Ms. Smith spends her days working from her bedroom -- locking the door when she doesn't want to be disturbed while during the school year, Dylan attended classes on Zoom from the butler pantry."
Truly, these are times that challenge the best of men and latte-loving women.

Sure, quit now that the Yankees are atop the AL East

Hot Air: "Baseball On The Brink: 14 Miami Marlins Players And Coaches Test Positive For COVID-19; Update: Season “In Jeopardy”; Update: Emergency Meeting."

Well, those three games were fun while they lasted.

This was also predicted

Legal Insurrection: "Pro-Trump Women’s Group Sues To Paint Own Motto On Street Since NYC Painted “Black Lives Matter” - "Seeks Order prohibiting NYC from “denying plaintiff the timely opportunity to use New York City streets to paint its own political or expressive message” 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Get ready for more of this

Red State: "Antifa Goober Gets Cold Cocked While Blocking Traffic."

It looks like this guy was just trying to get home and this "bike brigade" was blocking the street.  So if the police aren't allowed to keep order, ordinary people are going to take the matter into their own hands.

Related - Legal Insurrection: "Something will fill the vacuum left by police, and it seems doubtful the left will like the results." 

Feeding the crocodile

Tucker Carlson: "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot takes orders from agents of chaos" - "Lightfoot is incompetent. She has no idea what she’s doing."

Friday, July 24, 2020

How great is this song? Super awesome great.

Giving in to the mob

Fox News: "Chicago removes Columbus statue from Grant Park in dead of night: reports" - "The statue was being removed partly to de-escalate tensions between protesters and police, a report said."

Oh, is that what the report said?  Well, this should finally appease the protesters. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

This video has 150 million views

This group is Red Velvet and they're one of the most popular and versatile groups in K-pop.  One thing I think is really funny about Red Velvet is that one of their members - Wendy - grew up in Canada and speaks completely fluent English.  There are a handful of videos where the group is being interviewed by English media outlets and Wendy answers for the group while the other girls just nod along in their incomprehension.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Stop me if you've heard this one

Via Fox News, an Illinois politician has been accused of corruption.  I know, right?

Wikipedia: "One governor, Rod Blagojevich, was impeached and removed from office in 2009. Unique among the states is the notable fact that four of Illinois' seven governors between 1961 and 2009 were imprisoned for various forms of corruption while in office." 

What's it going to take for Chuck Todd to lose his job?

Jonathan Turley: "NBC’s Chuck Todd Repeatedly Airs Clip Previously Denounced As Misleading And Wrong"
As bad as that incident was, it is not nearly as bad as Chuck Todd ignoring the controversy and the correction to repeatedly air the same misleading quote. NBC was fully aware that the clip was not just misleading but that it conveyed the opposite of what actually was stated in the press conference. Todd shows clip of people denying the need to wear masks and says that Trump is just ignoring the risks to push to open schools.  He then shows the clip of McEnany that is edited to cut off her reference to scientific data, making it sound that she was saying that the science was not important. The clip was played a second time later in the show.

If an ill-considered tweet is a venial sin for Acosta at CNN, this is a mortal sin for Todd at NBC. This was no careless tweet, but an airing made long after the false account was flagged during the CNN controversy.  It is another example of how the echo-journalistic model not only undermines the faith in the media but actually undermines the effort to fully inform the public on the pandemic. Rather than focus on legitimate questions about the Administration’s efforts, Todd instead knowingly played a false gotcha clip.
Is there any quality control - at all - over at "Meet the Press"?  When Jake Tapper is the voice of reason here, you know you're plumbing the depths of partisan gaslighting.

Flashback: "Chuck Todd is garbage."

Extra - Federalist: "To Smear Trump, Media Lies About Kayleigh McEnany’s School Reopening Comments" - "This isn’t news coverage, it is distortion and propaganda. And they did it with clear knowledge and malicious intent." 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

"They all said yes"

Western Journal: "Look on MSNBC Host's Face Is Priceless as Experts Unanimously Agree US Should Reopen Schools." 

This is what you voted for

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." - H.L. Mencken.

Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post: "Maybe Trump shouldn’t save the Democrat-run cities besieged by violence."
As protests continue to spin out of control in Portland, Ore., President Trump said this week that Democrat-run cities have become “like war zones” and that his administration will soon announce measures to restore order. For those alarmed at this prospect, the alternative is to let the cities burn.
There is an argument for just letting those experiments play out. After all, we are told elections have consequences. Well, the people in those cities voted for weak Democratic mayors and city council members. Maybe if they experience the consequences of incompetent Democratic leadership, they’ll do what New Yorkers did in the 1990s and vote in tough-on-crime Republicans to restore law and order.
Shootings are up +358% in New York City but Bill de Blasio has cops "protecting" the Black Lives Matter graffiti outside Trump Tower. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

It's official: Orion is a boondoggle

Behind the Black: "IG report: NASA’s Orion is a program of lies."

NASA Watch: "NASA OIG: Surprise, Surprise: Orion Is Behind Schedule, Over Cost, And Lacks Transparency."

I think I mentioned this but several years ago I worked on one aspect of the Orion program.  It was a slog of understaffing, frustration, and slipped deadlines.  The turnover was incredible. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The NYT is a garbage paper full of mean girls

Ace: "Neocon Lesbian Bari Weiss Leaves the New York Times, Blaming Woke Millennials for Poisoning the Paper."

Here's her entire resignation letter, pouring vitriol on the New York Times for punishing Wrongthink and letting the Heathers run the joint:
My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.
This letter is great not (only) because it confirms everything I suspected about the corrupt NY Times but that it's so well written.  They harassed this woman out of a job and kept Michelle Goldberg.

The Babylon Bee called it:

Monday, July 13, 2020

The myth of systemic racism

Spiked Online: "BLM: rebels without a cause" - "BLM activists claim they are fighting America's systemic racism. It's just a shame it doesn't exist."

Apocalypse update

Hot Air: "HHS Assistant Secretary: Everything On The Table Regarding Coronavirus".  Here's a little bit of black humor for your morning:
Those Mayans may have been off by eight years or those who studied them miscalculated.
Heh (sob).

Sunday, July 12, 2020

We flattened the curve...and then we didn't

The number of daily cases of coronavirus is surging, according to the Johns Hopkins covid tracker and the CDC update page.  The number of deaths had been steadily dropping but now are edging back up again with new cases.

After initial success, it now seems like everything is spinning out of control:
The painful economic lockdowns imposed in March gave the country time to flatten the epidemiological curve and contain the virus. But that window of opportunity, which came at great economic cost, is quickly slamming shut. Health experts say all signs point to a deadly summer and fall unless government leaders implement a much more robust national strategy.
The breadth of the spread is staggering. Forty-three states have seen the number of cases confirmed on an average day increase in the last two weeks. The number of patients in hospitals has risen over the same period in 29 states. More than 80 percent of intensive care beds are occupied in Alabama, Arizona and Georgia.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb was on "Face the Nation" this morning and said there is a regional effect where New York, for example, had a huge spike which now has come down similar to the covid pattern seen in Italy.  The South and Southwest, on the other hand, is following more of a plateau similar to what was seen in Brazil.

It's depressing: we were making progress and now it seems like an illusion.

Friday, July 10, 2020

More top-notch reporting

Reason: "Churches, Which Account for 0.02% of COVID-19 Cases, Are a 'Major Source' of Infection, The New York Times Says" - "The paper's claim reflects the same arbitrary distinction between religious and secular activities that churches are challenging in court."

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Look at awesome me

Reason: "Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in 'Virtuous Victim Signaling,' Says Study."
Virtue signalers are, essentially, phonies and showoffs—folks who adopt opinions and postures solely to garner praise and sympathy or whose good deeds are tainted by their need for everyone to see just how good they are. Combined with a culture that says only victimhood confers a right to comment on certain issues, it's a big factor in online pile-ons and one that certainly contributes to social media platforms being such a bummer sometimes.
In totally unrelated news: "Work begins on massive Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower."

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

RBG and the wise latina

Hot Air: "SCOTUS Expands Religious-Liberty And Ministerial-Exception Protections In 7-2 Decisions On Little Sisters, Discrimination Claims."

As if I had to check: surprise surprise, the two dissenters were Ginsburg and Sotomayor.  Just like their dissent in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, their inclination is always to force people to do something they don't want to do.

Extra - From Legal Insurrection

Monday, July 06, 2020

Luxury car runs down 2 women in Seattle

Seattle Times: "1 protester dead, 1 injured after man drives into protesters on I-5 in Seattle."

This story has pictures of the two women in the BLM protest.  But when it comes to the responsible party, ABC News wants to make sure you know it was a luxury car.  No mugshots of the driver or the luxury car were provided.

The garbage media again:

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Happy Fourth of July!

My kids are visiting, I have beer, and there's NASCAR on.

God bless the U.S.A.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Pontificating from the "Hamilton" stage

Federalist: "We Can’t Have ‘National Dialogues’ If People Get Fired For Talking Honestly" - "No one outside conservative media can criticize Black Lives Matter without being fired or ostracized, so how can we expect the average American to chime in for a productive dialogue?"

Celebrate freedom: move to Texas

Thursday, July 02, 2020

It's a mystery, you betcha

Hot Air: "WaPo Wonders: Why Did Decades Of Progressive Leadership In Minneapolis Create Even More Inequality?"

Maybe a corollary question might be: why do people keep voting for Democrats in the cities?  Chicago saw 18 people killed last weekend, Detroit famously went bankrupt, crime is soaring in DeBlasio's NYC, and Baltimore just narrowly avoided re-electing the previous mayor who left under fraud charges.  But the Left and this Washington Post reporter always have a ready answer: true progressive policies just haven't been tried hard enough

Oh, now we know who the leaker is

Federalist: "Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action" - "Schiff demands the Trump administration brief all of Congress about the unverified allegations, yet he himself did not ask for a briefing following the February briefing of his own staff." 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

It's funny because it's true

Babylon Bee: "Democrats Prepare To Celebrate Dependence Day." 

Sources and methods

Legal Insurrection: "More Intelligence Sources Confirm Trump Not Briefed on Unsubstantiated ‘Russian Bounties’ Allegations" - “Because the allegations in recent press articles have not been verified or substantiated by the Intelligence Community, President Trump had not been briefed on the items,” NSA Robert O’Brien said in a statement."

So now the former and current Directors of National Intelligence, the National Security Advisor, and the Department of Defense have refuted the story with the Pentagon stating: "To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports.”  The New York Times - who would never push a bogus story - has an anonymous source.

Chuck Todd is garbage

High-school graduate Chuck Todd was at it again: "NBC News’ Chuck Todd slammed for asking Bolton if Trump 'is afraid to make Putin mad' because he wants his help: 'This is not journalism'"
Sunday's question wasn't the first time that Todd has been accused of anti-Republican bias. Earlier this year, he offered an on-air apology after he faced criticism for what was described as a deceptively edited clip of Attorney General William Barr about his defense of the Justice Department's push to drop the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
I've been watching "Meet the Press" since Garrick Utley was bringing his staid style and brown suit to the table.  The show is utterly unwatchable now as Todd pushes his personal agenda.

Speaking of John Bolton: here's a guy who is doing his damnest to cash in on his time in Trump's White House yet never mentioned the explosive charge of Russian bounties in his book.  But now, oh man, he totes remembers!  Or doesn't.  It depends on who's paying.

Extra garbage media - Twitchy: "Members of the press gushing over Carl Bernstein column that is a journalistic mess display all the problems with journalism."  "”Detailed”, he says — with no one on the record, and no true details given."

And this:

Monday, June 29, 2020

The garbage media

Red State: "Kayleigh McEnany Gives ‘Reporter’ Answer He Deserves After Ridiculous Question About Trump and the Civil War." 

If you don't like the science, wait a little bit

Reason: "CDC Antibody Studies Confirm Huge Gap Between COVID-19 Infections and Known Cases" - "The difference implies that the virus is much less deadly than it looks, but it also makes contact tracing a daunting challenge."

We're not far away from the scene from the Woody Allen's "Sleeper" where a guy wakes up 200 years into the future and all the scientists tell him that red meat and smoking are healthy.

Great moments in book reviews

Matt Taibbi: "On “White Fragility” - A few thoughts on America’s smash-hit #1 guide to egghead racialism."
It takes a special kind of ignorant for an author to choose an example that illustrates the mathematical opposite of one’s intended point, but this isn’t uncommon in White Fragility, which may be the dumbest book ever written. It makes The Art of the Deal read like Anna Karenina.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The corrupt FBI and the compliant media

Kimberley Strassel in the WSJ: "Judging FBI Conduct" - "The D.C. Circuit becomes the first court to acknowledge the FBI’s 2016 abuse."
For years the evidence has piled up of a rogue FBI that spun a fake collusion narrative. This was followed by a savage special-counsel team that knew its collusion remit was baseless from the start—and so instead pursued consolation prosecutions. Including one against Mr. Flynn, despite FBI misconduct. Mr. Zelinsky was at the center of the FBI and prosecutorial excess—the actual politicization—that Mr. Barr is attempting to correct. This crew’s only hope of salvaging their reputations is to join Democrats’ campaign to besmirch Mr. Barr and fellow reformers. And the press—with its own Russia-hoax credibility problems—will gladly provide cover.
No kidding. 


Washington Examiner: "White House: Trump wasn't briefed on 'alleged Russian bounty intelligence'."
The White House denied President Trump had been briefed on U.S. intelligence that reportedly determined Russia offered secret bounties to kill U.S. troops.

Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, issued a statement soon after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden castigated Trump for allegedly taking no retaliatory action.

"The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day, and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, national security adviser, and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence," she said on Saturday.
Obama used to pull this "oh man, I just saw this on the news" dodge all the time.  If Trump wasn't briefed then this is a major disconnect between the Commander-in-Chief and his intelligence officials.  Let's have some closed-door hearings to hear from these unnamed officials.

If these GRU bounties extend back into the Obama administration, this story will disappear faster than the Tara Reade allegations.

Update: Former DNI Richard Grenell denies claims.

Another update: So does current DNI John Ratcliffe

Saturday, June 27, 2020

A couple of months, every 4 years

Instapundit in USA Today: "When Black lives matter to Democrats, and when they don't" - "Democrats say Black lives matter but it's becoming clear they only matter sometimes, which explains why Democrats blocked Tim Scott's justice reform bill."

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

NASCAR goes along for the ride

Townhall: "In Race to Avoid Political Correctness Mob over 'Noose' Incident, It Looks Like NASCAR Crashed and Burned."

At this link you can see a picture from 2017, showing the rope loop they're now calling a "noose."  Is it possible that in the midst of this controversy nobody from NASCAR jogged down to Stall #4 to see the offending rope that has been in place for years?  Now I believe they knew it was a garage door pull but either wanted to capitalize on the publicity or were too afraid to contradict Bubba Wallace who is now all-in on the noose theory.

They wasted fifteen FBI agents on this.

Extra - Garbage CNN: "CNN Falls For (Another) Hoax Hate Crime."

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

It was a garage door pull rope

Legal Insurrection: "NASCAR “Noose” Story Was #FakeNoose" - "Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week."

Let me just say as a longtime NASCAR fan that I don't believe Bubba Wallace pulled a Jussie Smollett as some are alleging.  I've seen in some forums that he didn't even see the "noose" and that it was just reported to NASCAR officials who, perhaps, overreacted within the current political climate.

If you're an Alabaman, you probably don't appreciate the stereotypical profiling.

Monday, June 22, 2020

"Under pressure, @WLKY released the full video"

Our garbage media, pushing that narrative button again: "Receipt-filled thread details what REALLY happened in Louisville with driver who allegedly ‘struck’ protester."

Taxpayer-funded NPR was along for the ride. 

They invented some crimes to justify spying

Real Clear Investigations: "No Evidence Needed for Collusion Probe, Just a Pretext Devised by This Man."
Former FBI Director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe have publicly testified they had sufficient evidence to justify investigating the Trump campaign for coordinating with Moscow to hack Clinton campaign emails and troll social media to influence the 2016 presidential  election — a scheme that, if true, would have violated espionage laws and warranted serious felony charges.

But the raft of new documents reveals that the actual basis for the cases was the suspicion that Trump campaign aides failed to file FARA forms with Washington bureaucrats and pay the required $305 in registration fees.
The corrupt FBI, who let Hillary off the hook, dreamed up the FARA and Logan Act charges and then used them as a basis to spy on a Presidential campaign.  The whole thing was a targeted farce.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Surprised it took this long

I said on Monday somebody was going to get killed in the CHAZ/CHOP.  Fox News: "Seattle police union chief calls for 'leadership' after fatal shooting in CHOP zone." 

Look at those circles

Can we appreciate the outstanding job some young staffer did laying out these circles on the floor?  And the spacing is just perfect.  I'm really impressed.

Everybody agrees: the Washington Post sucks

Follow up to this hot garbage story on the offended SJWs.  Hot Air: "Readers Unanimously Agree The Post Made A Huge Mistake Publishing That Halloween Cancel Culture Story."

Friday, June 19, 2020

Bad boys bad boys, whatcha gonna do?

Whatcha gonna do when cancel culture comes for you?

The Hill: "Jimmy Kimmel announces summer leave amid blackface controversy." 

Val Demings' stock drops

I'm on record as predicting that Joe Biden will pick Val Demings as his running mate because she checks all the boxes and comes from the critical state of Florida.  But now Black Lives Matter says "not so fast, pig."  Hot Air: "After Finally Getting A-Klo’s Scalp, BLM Takes Aim At … Val Demings?"  Because when you're blue, you ain't black.

The pressure is now intense that Biden pick a woman of color but the list is narrowing.  So I just want to say that this guy predicted way back in April that Biden would pick Susan Rice. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The garbage media hits a new low and starts digging

From the smug, supercilious scribes at the once-respected Washington Post.  Reason: "The Washington Post's Halloween Costume Hit Job Is a New Low for Cancel Culture."
Brace yourself before diving in, because this is one of the worst newspaper articles of all time. Between the elite media navel-gazing, the smug sanctimony of the cancelers, the absurd one-sidedness of the narrative structure, the spirit of revenge taken to an odious extreme, it's hard not to come away feeling nauseated. Unfortunately, it's so emblematic of the rising dual trends of activist journalism and unforgiving progressivism that I'm going to go into some detail here.
Detail he does about a pair of SJWs who were offended (their natural state) by a Halloween costume.  I laughed and laughed until....
When Schafer was informed recently that the Post was writing about the incident, she thought she should inform her employer. Schafer was promptly fired, which is entirely the Post's fault. Gruber and Prince didn't know Schafer's name and had no way to publicly shame her without the newspaper's assistance.
WT actual F?  She was fired?  She lost her job over this?  Nice going, Washington Post.  A woman got canned because Democracy Dies In Darkness, you pretentious twits.
It's astonishing that this article—a story about a long-ago Halloween party attended by the Post's own staff and principally involving three private persons—made it to print, and everyone involved in its publication should be deeply ashamed. That includes Prince and Gruber, but also Fisher and Trent, and their editors. As far as cancel culture goes, this is a new and depressing low point.
To borrow a quote from the masthead of Ace of Spades: "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

We've come to expect this double standard

Rich Lowry: "Selective Social-Distancing Rules Are One of the Great Scams in American Life." "Massive crowds are wonderful and healthful, if they’re woke. Otherwise, they’re life-threatening."

Can we agree on facts anymore?

Coleman Hughes: "Stories and Data." 
To demonstrate the existence of a racial bias, it’s not enough to cite the fact that black people comprise 14 percent of the population but about 35 percent of unarmed Americans shot dead by police. (By that logic, you could prove that police shootings were extremely sexist by pointing out that men comprise 50 percent of the population but 93 percent of unarmed Americans shot by cops.)

Instead, you must do what all good social scientists do: control for confounding variables to isolate the effect that one variable has upon another (in this case, the effect of a suspect’s race on a cop’s decision to pull the trigger). At least four careful studies have done this—one by Harvard economist Roland Fryer, one by a group of public-health researchers, one by economist Sendhil Mullainathan, and one by David Johnson, et al. None of these studies has found a racial bias in deadly shootings.
Good article.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Programming update

It appears that the Lifetime network has cancelled its "The First 48" marathon for "Grey's Anatomy."

This can only end in tears

PJ Media: "The Morning Briefing: Seattle's CHAZ/CHOP Is One Long Trump Campaign Ad."
While I am generally a fan of cleaning up hippie filth as soon as it erupts somewhere, I think that CHAZ/CHOP should be left to evolve into all of its dumpster fire potential.
Yeah, and that's the problem.  The laughable gardening and the dodgeball games can only go on so long before they set up a woman's-only tent to prevent sexual assault.  Then the actual dumpster fires will begin and somebody will get killed.  Only then will Seattle respond, belatedly and tragically.

Let the Media Reign of Terror continue

Red State: "Rolling Stone Editor Torches His Liberal Colleagues: ‘The American Left Has Lost Its Mind’."

Related - Washington Examiner: "Assault on open speech is an attack on America."

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Tell me more about this institutional racism


National Review: "Black Lives Matter: A Thing of the Left Anchored on a Cop-Hate Strategy."

Eric Hoffer had it right: "Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil." 

Prepare for a plethora of platitudes

Looks like "Face the Nation" is the place to be this morning, since Spartacus is going to rain down righteous indignation over shootings in Minneapolis and Atlanta.  If he (or BLM) ever outlines a pathway towards racial reconciliation, you'll hear it here first.

Update: As expected, Spartacus said nothing of note.  Three times he was asked if changes to qualified immunity would represent a "poison pill" and three times he resorted to amorphous stump speech.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

I don't want to hear one more word about "food deserts"

Wall Street Journal: "Chicago’s Walmart Plea" - "After the riots, the city begs the company it once shunned to stay."
Walmart spent years fighting local politicians to build new stores in Chicago, and it finally won approval in 2010 after paying off unions and liberal groups with a “community benefits agreement.” It now ranks among the largest employers in Chicago’s heavily minority south and west sides and throws off hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for state and city politicians to spend. But after last week’s riots, Walmart seems to be having second thoughts about business in Chicago. 
Many large retailers including Walmart, Walgreens and Target had their stores heavily damaged and looted in the riots. During a conference call last week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot begged them not to bail on the city. Walmart wouldn’t commit to reopening damaged stores. “We are assessing each location to understand our ability to do that,” a Walmart representative said.
Sounds like it's Walmart's turn to shake down Chicago.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Must be an election year

Because Black Votes Matter.  NY Post: "A ‘Black Lives’ pander by Democrats."  "Joe Biden’s video address to George Floyd’s funeral was impressive — but only if you just landed from Mars."
With maudlin soundtrack and husky voice, the former vice president oozed empathy as he churned out empty platitudes about “racial justice” that are at odds with his personal history and the record of the Democratic Party he has represented for 47 years.

“I grew up with Catholic social doctrine which taught me that faith without works is dead,” he said, “and you will know us by what we do.”

OK, I accept the challenge.

Let us know Biden and his party by what they have done for black people in all the decades Dems have enjoyed a firm hold on their vote.
Ah, yes, Mr. "Deeds not words."  Biden sure made a lot of money giving speeches (words) but until the Presidential campaign was an absolute tightwad giving to charity: "Biden gave average of $369 to charity a year." 

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

BLM has no plans other than to raise money

Reddit had an "IamA" interview with Black Lives Matter's managing director Kailee Scales didn't go great.  Reddit isn't exactly a right-wing paradise but she couldn't answer any questions about BLM's plans to help black people and simply refused to answer anything about financial transparency of this organization pulling in millions of dollars.

This was my favorite exchange:
What do you think is the most important thing that we as a society should be focusing on? 
Kailee Scales: "It is an exciting time for transformation. As a society, we must lean into this spirit and lean far. We need to know that we can have the fair, just, equitable world we are fighting for. It is in our reach -- anything is possible. We should continue to push at all levels for justice and liberation for all." 
I support your movement but you seem entirely unprepared for this AMA. You gotta come in here with substance and really engage people, but as it stands you're flopping hard 
It's because the movement itself is lead by people entirely unqualified for that sort of thing. It's going to be interesting to see how and where the millions of dollars of donations get spent. 
You think they have a budgeting oversight committee which tracks every penny spent? I don't think they do. 
So the most important thing to focus on is the spirit of transformation? Is there a more concrete answer? 
Lol that's the most vague surface-level bullshit you could've possibly come up with
If anybody - anybody at all - can tell us what solid goals BLM has other than defunding the police, let us know.  Shelby Steele called them out:
They -- striking to me about this particular one is that there was not even a list of demands, usually, there's always a long elaborate list of demands. That wasn't the case here. There's nothing that you can come away from.
Go ahead and defund the police, though.  It worked out great in Baltimore.

The race hustler

The Lid: "The MSM Continues To Cover Up Al Sharpton’s Racism, Homophobia, Misogyny, And Antisemitism."  "Al Sharpton is a low-life bigoted, anti-white, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, racist homophobe. But instead of pointing out how he spews hatred, the mainstream media covers up for his hatred.  And their adoration of Sharpton at George Floyd’s funeral is just the latest example."

I know I've said this many times but I grew up in the New York metropolitan area during the Tawana Brawley hoax and Sharpton's behavior was completely reprehensible. 

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Let the struggle sessions commence!

Instapundit: "Crybullies claim another scalp: NY Times editorial page editor James Bennet resigns amid staff fury over Tom Cotton op-ed."

Can you imagine allowing an opinion that differs from yours on the opinion page?  Bourgeois and counter-revolutionary madness!

Here's a picture of New York Times staffers rebuking James Bennet before his execution, er, resignation.

Garbage media corrections

The Washington Post issues a correction before darkness destroys our democracy.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

What's the plan, Stan?

Federalist: "Hoover Fellow: The Black Lives Matter Movement Is Deeply Unserious."
“Striking to me is that about this particular one is that there was not even a list of demands. Usually there’s always a long, elaborate list of demands. That wasn’t the case here. There’s nothing that you could come away from, this entire episode, the last two weeks or so that’s meaningful,” [Shelby Steele] said.
This echoes something I wrote earlier: there's no real attempt at meaningful reform in these protests.  Instead they exist to pick at the scab of victimization.  There will be a new round of marches with "No justice no peace!" signs but nothing will change because there are no plans to change. 

Nobody predicted this development

CBS Chicago: "Chicago’s South Side Left With Few Food Options After Weekend Violence."

The main grocery store there was looted for justice.

Gotta focus on the important matters

PJ Media: "This State-Sanctioned Graffiti Is the Ultimate Example of Anti-Trump Pettiness."  The mayor of Washington, D.C. painted "Black Lives Matter" over city streets.

In other news: "2019 had the highest homicide rate D.C. has seen in more than a decade."


Friday, June 05, 2020

Democracy dies in dumbness

Our garbage media at work: "Washington Post blasted over inaccurate 'grim milestone' tweet on unemployment rate: ‘It’s not true’."  They wanted it to be true. 

Did not see that coming

Hot Air: "May Jobs Report ADDS 2.5 Million Jobs; Update: Biggest Jobs Increase Ever, Says CNBC." 

Anecdotally: I'm working a limited number of days on-site and during my commute yesterday I thought there were a lot of cars on the road.  Definitely more than last month when everybody was flying down I-91.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Back on the merry-go-round

Instapundit linked to this article: "Are we being honest about who is to blame for systemic racism?"  In short, the author asks why cities run by Democrats for decades (Minneapolis, Baltimore, Chicago) are such hotbeds of racism:
"A city runs its police department and other services; therefore, if there is so much 'systemic racism' in these organizations, why hasn't it been corrected over so many years under Democratic leaders?

"Why aren't these cities garden spots of racial tolerance, understanding, and virtue?"

There have been no answers.
But I'm more interested in this conclusion:
Unfortunately, in too many cases when people say they want an open and honest discussion about race in America, what they mean is they want an open and honest discussion only about what they say is wrong with people who aren’t them.

When people talk about the need to deal with systemic racism, if they’re not willing to talk about the systems run – often for generations by the political party or politicians they support – they aren’t interested in an open and honest conversation; instead, they want only to use the issue as a club against people who aren’t them.

If that’s the case, we’re condemned to never get off this tragedy of a merry-go-round.
I've been reading articles calling for "police reform" - whatever that means - and "a conversation on race" - whatever that means - and calls to "vote!" - for what we don't know.  This opinion piece from Time magazine is typical:
One thing though: don’t ask me how to start. That’s part of your work, too. The answers are all around you if you are willing to look and listen.
Can we have a hint?  No?  The obvious and critical solutions are always just out of reach, unfathomable to America's first black President, the representative to Minnesota's 5th district, or Minnesota's district attorney.

Extra - Red State: "Bringing up these details — acknowledging who has been in charge in Minnesota, noting the black-on-white crime therein, seeing minority cops are shooting minorities — tends to raise the ire of those outraged and calling for change. This presents a problem to one of their central demands. We hear a lot of calls to have a serious dialogue about race in this country, but they resist when these facts are brought into the dialogue. If we are to have a serious discussion about race, then it has to be an honest discussion." 

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Just making stuff up

The Corner: "A Times Reporter Gets the Facts Dead Wrong."  "One can reasonably disagree with the president’s choice to walk to St. John’s and take a photo with a Bible. But Times reporters should strive to meet a higher standard than making false claims easily disproven by consulting a transcript." 

Peaceful...except for that burning church

Federalist: "Media Falsely Claimed Violent Riots Were Peaceful And That Tear Gas Was Used Against Rioters" - "The entire narrative the media glommed onto in lockstep was that Trump was a monster who tear-gassed peaceful protesters to do something meaningless. None of that was true."

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Pretty sneaky, sis

Babylon Bee: "Clever Churchgoers Avoid Arrest By Disguising Themselves As Rioters." "Religious people in Southern California have found a bold, creative solution for in-person meetings in spite of the continuing lockdown. This past weekend, several area churches attended church services disguised as righteously indignant rioters." 

Monday, June 01, 2020

Bricks and fire

Heather MacDonald: "Darkness Falls" - "The collapse of the rule of law across the country, intensified by Antifa radicals, is terrifying." 

A dog's breakfast

Red State: "Judge Sullivan Delivers Response In Flynn Case and It’s Something."

I'm not a lawyer so I'll accept this legal analysis that Sullivan is making up stuff out of whole cloth.  Waiting for the Legal Insurrection analysis.

See the future of policing in major cities

Wiki on the 2015 Baltimore riots:
The increase in shootings has occurred along with a 50% decline in arrests since the charging of six officers in Gray's death in custody. The heavy police presence in crime-ridden neighborhoods is no longer apparent with one resident stating, "Before it was over-policing. Now there's no police." One officer speaking anonymously stated, "After the protests, it seems like the citizens would appreciate a lack of police presence, and that's exactly what they're getting." Batts stated that his officers are "not holding back" despite encountering hostility in the Western District whenever they make an arrest with "30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time;" he also stated that his officers feel "confused and unsupported" in the wake of the charges. The president of the police union said his members are "afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly."
And the results: "Baltimore breaks city record for killings per capita in 2019" and "At this rate, Baltimore is on pace for 286 murders in 2020. At this point last year, the city was on pace for 284."

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Things I learned on the Sunday morning shows

1. The actions of a handful of looters should not be used to paint a broad brush to condemn the legitimate protesters who are angry over the George Floyd tragedy.

2. The actions of a single cop in Minneapolis indicates systematic failure of the entire American police force and it must undergo sweeping institutional reform.

Out of control in NYC

This story is wild: "NY woman faces attempted murder charges for throwing molotov cocktail at NYPD van."

These two sisters drove down from Catskill, New York (just below Albany) to join in the riots.  The sister who threw the bomb won't be heading home anytime soon.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

SpaceX eclipses NASA

Fox News: "SpaceX makes history, launches NASA astronauts into space from US soil for the first time since 2011."

A couple years ago, I was briefly a project engineer working on the Orion space program for NASA.  I won't get into the job itself but after a while I saw NASA less as an administration to launch people into space and more of a political entity playing upon nostalgia and spreading patronage.  NASA Watch, in particular, has detailed how the Space Launch System (SLS) keeps getting more expensive while falling further behind schedule.

So it's not surprising at all that the future of space flight is in the private hands of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos now.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Law and order and Amy and Kamala

Twitchy: "Is Amy Klobuchar canceled? Possible VP pick gets tangled up in George Floyd case."  Well, as Twitchy explains: yes and no.  She was a prosecutor but at the time of this sensitive case, she was largely running for the Senate.

But will that matter?  Rumor is that African-Americans hate Amy as a VP pick and even peripheral association with the Floyd case is going to depress her stock.  Then there's the buzz that Kamala Harris is on the rise because Biden's "you ain't black" gaffe is going to force him to choose an African-American running mate.  But Kamala Harris has her own racial problems as a former prosecutor as Tulsi Gabbard spectacularly exposed.

So maybe a former prosecutor isn't the winning move for Biden's VP.  Now the freshest cut is that Elizabeth Warren would be Biden's best choice, which is sheer insanity.

Honestly, if I was forced to make a prediction, I'd guess Val Demings of Florida.  She checks the right boxes and comes from a state Biden needs to win.  She also didn't imply Biden was a racist on a national stage.

Extra - Althouse: "Biden will need to gently close the door on Vice President Amy."  

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

In the words of Trump: "Wrong."

Fox News: "Trump warns social media giants that feds can ‘regulate’ or ‘close them down’ amid fight with Twitter."

I can't even imagine what authority Trump has to shut down a free speech platform and this just feeds into the impression that he entertains tyranny whenever his feelings get hurt.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Bar the door, Katy Tur!

Haha, this video is great.  Twitchy: "Classic: Passerby outs MSNBC’s cameraman for not wearing a mask like the reporter on camera."

It's funny because the reporter's only goal was to shame all the people around him.  You can hear his stomach drop when he's forced to say "...and the cameraman."  Self-own complete.

Extra fun - From Red State.

The end of an era

Yesterday, I took all my CDs off the shelf and put them into boxes.  About a year ago, I got a Google Play subscription and now I use it all the time to listen to anything I want.  Really the only place I listen to CDs anymore are in the car and, during most of my commute, I listen to the news.

So, yes, it's nice to think I'll have a copy of "London Calling" in physical form, it will always be near unless the Internet implodes.

Trivia time!

First CD I ever purchased: "Abbey Road" by the Beatles.
The last CD (probably): "The Very Best of Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes"

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The experts were all wrong

Reason: "The CDC's New 'Best Estimate' Implies a COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rate Below 0.3%" - "That rate is much lower than the numbers used in the horrifying projections that shaped the government response to the epidemic."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current "best estimate" for the fatality rate among Americans with COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. The CDC also estimates that 35 percent of people infected by the COVID-19 virus never develop symptoms. Those numbers imply that the virus kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected by it—far lower than the infection fatality rates (IFRs) assumed by the alarming projections that drove the initial government response to the epidemic, including broad business closure and stay-at-home orders.
Let's be honest: the coronavirus response has been a complete s--- show for the "believe science!" narrative.  The Surgeon General said not to use masks, then he did.  The CDC response has been a mess.  Andrew Cuomo darkly warned he needed 30,000 ventilators, didn't use the ones he had, and then shipped them to other states.  The predictive models have been less accurate than a monkey throwing darts.  We've shut down our entire economy based on these models that - oopsie! - are now showing to be an order of magnitude away from reality:
Lockdown caused more deaths than it saved, a Nobel laureate scientist said on Saturday, as he predicted the UK would emerge from Covid-19 within weeks.

Michael Levitt, a Stanford University professor who correctly predicted the initial trajectory of the pandemic, sent messages to Professor Neil Ferguson in March telling the influential government advisor he had over-estimated the potential death toll by "10 or 12 times".
We may not question the Nobel Prize-winning scientist.  Or Greta Thunberg

The deep personality dive on Biden's accuser

Hot Air: "The Media Finally Figures Out How To (Safely) Dismiss Tara Reade."
Simply claiming that Reade is a liar goes completely against the narrative. But giving her the same level of default acceptance as was shown toward Christine Blasey Ford would breathe far too much life into her story and potentially imperil the electoral prospects of Joe Biden. We certainly couldn’t have that, could we?
The Washington Post who reported that Blasey-Ford's family declined to corroborate her account and generally refused to talk to the press.  (Later, the conservative media reported that Blasey-Ford's father essentially apologized for his daughter's behavior.)  You would have thought that red flag would have launched a hundred personality studies in the mainstream media but then that would have been "victimizing survivors all over again."

Suddenly, the media once so bent on FBI investigations and protecting survivors has found a new respect for due process and the "sluts and nuts" narrative. 

The Flynn fiasco

Pretty good summary here: "The Flynn Frame-Up: Everything Was Done by the Book."  "So, yes, the disgraced former FBI director did proceed by the book — the book of illegality and dirty tricks."

Friday, May 22, 2020

Amazing prediction

I really laughed at this: an announced declared that a batter would get his first career home run by hitting a fastball into left-center field on a 3-1 count.  (Second clip in this video). 

Layers of fact-checkers

PJ Media: "On Thursday, GQ added an embarrassing retraction to a story about Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in the abortion case Roe v. Wade (1973). GQ falsely claimed that the notorious Alabama segregationist George Wallace was a Republican."

These mistakes only always go in one direction.


Twitchy: "Joe Biden tells young black man ‘you ain’t black’ since he’s not sure if he’s voting Biden or Trump."

This is the plantation mentality of the Democratic Party where you're either a good Democrat or a traitor to the cause.

Flashback: "Biden tells African-American audience GOP ticket would put them "back in chains"

Extra - Lots of fun tweets at Breitbart.

More - Hot Air: "What’s worse here — the cultural appropriation, or the Democratic-plantation attitude?"

Flashback, 1987-style: "But campaigning in Alabama in April, Biden talked of his sympathy for the South; bragged of an award he had received from George Wallace in 1973 and said ‘we [Delawareans] were on the South’s side in the Civil War."

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The hand of Mandamus!

Sounds like a bad horror movie.  Legal Insurrection (of course): "Appeals Court Orders Judge Emmet Sullivan To Explain His Actions In Michael Flynn Case."
The D.C. Circuit has issued an order which is as unusual as Sullivan’s own conduct.
I'm not a legal expert, but I don't get it either.  What's the end game here?  It's not like the judge can appoint somebody to prosecute the case against Flynn.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Not suspicious at all

Everybody sends themselves an ass-covering email on the very day they leave office.  Federalist: "BREAKING: Declassified Susan Rice Email Confirms Michael Flynn Was Personally Targeted In Oval Office Meeting" - "Newly declassified portions of a key Susan Rice email confirm that Michael Flynn was personally targeted during a January 5 Oval Office meeting with Obama."

Extra - Red State: "What’s most noteworthy though is the lack of any evidence whatsoever to back up their suspicions. Talking to the Russian ambassador is not a crime, nor is discussing future policy goals during a transition. The Obama administration had no right at all to play god here and attempt to sandbag Flynn. They did so anyway, and in a way that would be seen as incredibly scandalous if a GOP administration had pulled this nonsense."  No kidding.

And this - Powerline: "Rice foresaw that despite the Obama holdovers’ best efforts, the truth about their “Russia investigation” could come to light someday. If that happened, she wanted it to be on record that President Obama had authorized her to lie, on advice from James Comey."

No way out

Reason: "Feminists Who Now Claim They Never Meant 'Believe All Women' Are Gaslighting Us" - "The central tenet of the #MeToo movement is being memory-holed."

We tried to warn them this would blow up in their pink hats, but they wouldn't listen.

Monday, May 18, 2020

The media is garbage

An ongoing expose:

We've always been at war with Eastasia

The Corner: "More ‘Believe Women’ Revisionism from Feminists."

Those golden oldies

Fox News: "Dems tell Supreme Court of 'ongoing' new impeachment inquiry in effort to obtain Mueller materials."

Sure, guys.  Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff are now like the guys who wear their letter jacket two years after graduating high school, cornering you at the local bar and talking about the "big game."

"Remember that time we impeached Trump?  That was cool."

What did Joe know and when did he forget it?

Law professor Jonathan Turley: "The unmasking of Joe Biden."
Biden has repeatedly denied knowledge of the investigation. Just a day before the latest disclosure, George Stephanopoulos asked Biden in an interview what he knew of the Flynn investigation. Biden was adamant that he knew nothing about “those moves” and he called it a diversion. But that is not true if he took the relatively uncommon action for a vice president of demanding the unmasking of Flynn information.

Yet none of this matters. A Democratic administration using a secret court to investigate the opposing political campaign does not matter to many in Congress or in the media anyway. An investigation continuing despite the lack of credible information supporting collusion does not matter to them either. A president and a vice president who take personal interest in the surveillance of their political opponents also does not matter.

There was a time, however, when all of this did matter. There was once a time when this would be viewed as the story of the century, including the unmasking of Biden himself in this investigation. But these are not those times, and this cannot be the story. Russian collusion is the story and, as Biden stressed, the rest is just a diversion. It is up to the public to decide who has been ultimately unmasked by the Flynn investigation.
On Friday, Politico writer Jack Schafer dismissed the Obama spying controversy with a wave of his hand.  They just don't care.  The media needs to drag Joe Biden over that finish line, a la "Weekend at Bernies."

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Nice work if you can get it

National Review: "Our nevermind media."  "The media shrug at their massive bungling of major stories." 

Offred nods

This quote is making the rounds:
“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on.”
It's hard for me to write about what we should do about the lockdown because I'm still working so not much has changed.  Clearly, there are others with strong opinions on this matter.  I think if I had been furloughed and told to stay indoors, I'd be clamoring to break out.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

She doesn't recall

Federalist: "Samantha Power Claimed She Never Tried To Unmask Michael Flynn, But Records Show She Unmasked Him 7 Times" - "Newly declassified records show that Samantha Power made seven separate unmasking requests related to Flynn in late 2016 and early 2017."

There won't be any outrage until the parties flip

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Special election time

Shot: "Two Special Elections On Tuesday Could Hint At Another Blue Wave In 2020."

Chaser: "GOP poised to retake Katie Hill's California seat, as Trump-backed candidate wins big in Wisconsin."


There it is again!

Trending phrases on Instapundit this morning:
I STILL THINK THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO PULL A TORRICELLI BEFORE THE ELECTION: Tepid Democratic support for Biden helps odds of Trump reelection.

Call for the FBI investigation

It's the only way to clear your name, Joe.  National Review: "Conservatives Need to Talk about Tara Reade Precisely because Truth Matters."
That brings us back to “believe all women.” You are never, ever going to get liberals, progressives, and Democrats to admit that the standard they espouse is bad and dangerous until they are compelled to live under it themselves (or at least to explain openly why they believe they should be exempt from them, as Linda Hirshman did in her clarifying recent New York Times op-ed, “I Believe Tara Reade. I’m Voting for Joe Biden Anyway”). As I have noted before, that was one of the lessons of the two-decade-long battle over the Independent Counsel statute: Only when it came back to bite one of their own did Democrats admit that the statute was bad and dangerous.
That's what makes it so much fun, all the squirming and equivocating.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

From "I know nothing" to "I was aware" in record time

Deb Heine: "Biden Denies Knowing Anything About Flynn Investigation Before Admitting He ‘Was Aware’."

Lying or misfiring synapses?  You make the call, America!

Flynn and the missing 302

Byron York's Daily Memo: "The big thing we still don't know about the Michael Flynn Case."  "Here's the amazing thing: Michael Flynn's defense has never seen the original 302. Never. Flynn, under enormous pressure from Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI without ever reading what Pientka originally wrote about the interview."

Obamagate emerging

NY Post: "It looks like President Obama ordered up phony RussiaGate scandal."

The lesson here for future Presidents: fire everybody from the previous administration.

Extra - American Thinker: "Obama's coup attempt."  This was all supposed to be hidden by a Hillary administration.  Oops.