Monday, April 06, 2020

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Listen to the stupid experts

PJ Media: "Experts Give Wyoming an 'F' for Social Distancing, Which Is All You Need to Know About Experts."
This is, of course, moronic. Living in Wyoming is the definition of social distancing. It's a place where you need to drive 50 miles just to get a Snickers bar. If anybody gets through this mess, it'll be places like Wyoming. Any competent grader would give the state an A+++, not an F.

Anybody who gives the matter even a moment's thought realizes this. But "giving it a moment's thought" isn't the media's business and never will be. Guys like Ken Dilanian don't get paid to think. They get paid not to.
For the record, it took all of five seconds to confirm that Wyoming is ranked 49th for population density (vast Alaska is 50th), and a rational person would smell out that this story is bogus.  But thinking is not in the wheelhouse of journalists, most of whom who are merely stenographers itching to push the narrative that the red America is stupid

Friday, April 03, 2020

This is my shocked face

Legal Insurrection: "Wuhan cover-up: Evidence suggests real death toll “16 times the official number” reported by China."

It was impossible that the epicenter of the original virus, in the most populous country on Earth, with a secretive and dictatorial government could contain this secret.

Extra - Paper from 2007:
The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb.
China, you say?  Oh my.

Yeesh

Hot Air: "-701,000: March Jobs Report Craters, With Worse To Come." 

The unemployment rate jumped almost a full point to 4.4% and this report doesn't even account for the bulk of the job losses in March.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

This is terrible news

NPR: "Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger Dies At 52 After Contracting COVID-19."

Fountains of Wayne will be forever known for "Stacy's Mom" but they had a fantastic discography from Utopia Parkway to Sky Full of Holes. 

This is a great song from their magnum opus "Welcome Interstate Managers":

Morning Joe is a hero

Hot Air: "Joe Scarborough: Unlike Trump, ‘Everybody Saw This Coming In Early January’."

Here is actual footage of Joe remembering how he tried to warn us all in early January:

Sunday, March 29, 2020

New Yorkers flee Gotham

Fox News: "Cuomo threatens lawsuit over Rhode Island crackdown on virus-fleeing New Yorkers."

I have family in the Hudson Valley of New York and they say the area is being overrun by people from New York City, getting out of town and staying at vacation homes or B&Bs.

Extra - Hot Air: "The Hamptons Is Seeking A Travel Ban… From NYC."

Saturday, March 28, 2020

All is proceeding as foreseen

David Harsanyi: "Will Biden live up to his own principles?"  With regard to Tara Reade, that is.
Surely, as with Kavanaugh, the existence of the accusation is disqualifying?

Apparently not, for ideals of justice seem to be quite malleable these days. Journalistic norms, too. The same media that relayed every unsubstantiated and tawdry rumor during the Kavanaugh confirmation, and that happily transmitted the Michael Avenatti–produced gang-rape smear, is treating Reade’s story quite differently. Why, we might ask, isn’t Reade receiving the same coverage as E. Jean Carroll, a woman who accused Donald Trump of assaulting her in 1995 or 1996 at a Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan? Virtually every major news organization let Carroll tell her story. Reade has been trying to tell hers for decades. Believe women?
This was all predicted during the Kavanaugh smear: that a Democrat would be accused and the mainstream media would shrug it off.  We are not surprised.

For the record, I don't believe this allegation at all.  But I don't get to make that decision.  It was Biden and the Democrats who decided that the mere presence of an allegation in this #MeToo world was enough.  As Harsanyi notes in detail: these are the rules the Democrats set.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Here comes the relief

Legal Insurrection: "House Passes $2 Trillion Wuhan Coronavirus Bill, Heads to Trump’s Desk."

One interesting detail from this story: members of the House were sitting in the gallery so that there would be proper distance between everyone.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

This is a mistake

Twitchy: "Tough guy Joe Biden’s latest shot at Donald Trump isn’t the slam-dunk he thinks it is."  Long story short, Biden is blaming the spike in unemployment claims on Trump.

This is never going to fly because there's no way that Biden can explain what he might have done differently to limit job losses.  Let's see if the deeply unpopular American media will ask him or keep on pretending he's a viable candidate with all his marbles.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It's the New York Times, of course

What happened to this paper?  When I was younger, I read the Times pretty regularly.  It's a sham now.  Power Line: "Our garbage media in one story."

Monday, March 16, 2020

Damn...Dow minus 3 large

Fox Business: "Dow drops 2,997 points on word coronavirus crisis could extend until August."

Until today, I thought the coronovirus threat was overblown but apparently everybody else disagrees.  In the morning, I got an email from Planet Fitness saying they're closing down and in the afternoon my company - the place where I make a living - said they were reviewing options.  Suddenly the old saw that when your neighbor is unemployed, it's a recession but when you're unemployed, it's a depression.

Now I'm scared.  This feels like a black swan event.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hoisted by our own petard

Is the response to coronavirus causing much more damage to health and wealth than the virus itself?  Heather MacDonald: "Compared to what? - Our misguided response to Covid-19"
The number of cases in most afflicted countries is paltry. As of today, 127 countries had reported some cases, but forty-eight of those countries had fewer than ten cases, according to Worldometer. At this point, more people have recovered from the virus than are still sick. But the damage to people’s livelihoods through the resulting economic contraction is real and widespread. Its health consequences will be more severe than those of the coronavirus, as Steve Malanga shows in City Journal. The people who can least afford to lose jobs will be the hardest hit by the assault on tourism. Small entrepreneurs, whether in manufacturing or the service sector, will struggle to stay afloat. Such unjustified, unpredicted economic havoc undermines government legitimacy.
Instapundit posts an email about how restaurants are barren, hurting the livelihoods of the wait staff, busboys, hosts, and cooks.  Panic has already erased trillions in the stock market for fewer deaths than a week in Chicago.

Sundown Joe in a crisis

Politifact: "“During the 2009 swine flu outbreak, Biden made reckless comments unsupported by science & the experts. The Obama Admin had to clean up his mess & apologize for his ineptitude.”

Verdict: Mostly true.

This part made me laugh:
The Obama administration did not issue a formal apology about his comments.
Being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Now I've seen it all

Sarah Palin was unmasked on "The Masked Singer" tonight after singing "Baby Got Back".

Wut.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Here comes the gaslighting

Ace: "Media Rushes In to Defend Old Sick Demented Man."

It was only a couple of days ago that Joe Lockhart was aghast at suggestions of Joe Biden's obvious cognitive decline. Then, today, we were treated to this:

Saturday, March 07, 2020

The class warfare two-step

Charles C.W. Cooke: "The ‘Million Dollars Per Person’ Affair Is Telling."
This, right here, is why so many left-leaning Americans think that “the billionaires” can pay for everything. It’s why Elizabeth Warren was enthusiastically boosted by the media despite her ridiculous pretense that she could pay for a series of gargantuan initiatives without raising taxes on anyone but the extremely rich. It’s why Democrat after Democrat promises not to raise “middle class taxes” while promising programs that require the raising of middle class taxes. How did this bad tweet make it onto TV to be endorsed? Why did Mara Gay agree with it? Why didn’t Brian Williams notice? Because the people involved in this clip thought it was true. This is how they see the world.
That's correct: everybody on the Left views the rich as swimming in rooms of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.  Then they convince themselves those billionaires "don't really need/deserve that money" and all bets are off, opening up spectacularly stupid and unconstitutional ideas like the wealth tax.

I forget who said it - P.J. O'Rourke maybe - but some wag once noted that when you boil it down the motto of the Democratic Party is "gimme a dollar."

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Nevertheless, she desisted

I've been waiting months to make that joke.  But remember: it's not that Elizabeth Warren was a singularly bad candidate.  It's that Democrats are sexist and insecure:
That's right, Democrats. If you didn't support Elizabeth Warren for whatever reason -- her ridiculous policies, her established pattern of brazen lying about her own history, her off-putting personal affect, the awful grating sound of her voice as she hectors you for trying to live your life -- it's because you're insecure.

Please note that none of this applies to any woman who has ever run for political office as a Republican. It's not insecure to vote against those women for any reason. After all, they're Nazis!
Warren was, to borrow a phrase, a congenital liar.  She lied about her heritage, her son's private school, getting fired for being pregnant and almost certainly for Bernie's alleged comment about saying that women couldn't win.  Her public policies bent towards tyranny whether it was the wealth tax, throwing Americans off their health care, or eliminating the filibuster (somehow).  It's not misogyny to state that an unlikable candidate with terrible policy proposals should lose.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

The end of Warren

Well, I can't stay up for the fireworks and what looks like a good night for Sundown Joe.  But we can all laugh at Liz Warren who is heading towards a third place finish in Massachusetts.

What a horribly inept campaign.  In October she was sky-high and then she threw it all away with boundless pandering and fuzzy math.

Choose your destroyer

Reason Online: "On Super Tuesday, Dems Pick Between a Biden Restoration and a Sanders Revolution. Both Are a Disaster for Liberty." 

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Pete is out

This is surprising considering he was just on "Meet the Press" this morning saying he was hopeful for Super Tuesday.  I know the guy has money (a lot more than Biden) so I wonder why the sudden departure.  Maybe it's one of those plays for a future cabinet position.

The fightingest fighter who ever fought is gonna fight and fight

Warren is going to stay in the fight to the bitter end.  Fox News: "Warren declares contested Democratic National Convention the 'final play'."
In a head-turning memo Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign declared that "the reality of this race" is that "no candidate will likely have a path to the majority of delegates" at the July Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis. -- setting out in stark terms the possibility of a bruising convention that party leaders have long feared, and outlining Warren's strategy for winning the presidential nomination there in a dramatic "final play."
Also from the anti-Warren Legal Insurrection: "Warren Goes #StopBernie – Lashes Out After SC, Vows Convention Fight."  So now she's going after Bernie after burning up all her ammunition on Bloomberg in the last two debates.

The fact that Warren is now planning to stretch out her zombie campaign all the way to the convention doesn't surprise me at all.  Her whole schtick - first in Massachusetts and now nationally - is that she's a fighter who fights.  She couldn't possibly stop fighting until the fight is fought.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Buy popcorn stock

Ace: "FiveThirtyEight.com: The Most Likely Result of the Democrat Party -- Now a 50% Likelihood -- is "No Winner/Brokered Convention"
How do we engineer this outcome?

Oh wait, that would be immoral, say the people who have been actively sabotaging the GOP for three election cycles in a row now.
South Carolina has an open primary and the fear/hope was that Republicans would vote for Bernie and force the final showdown between freedom and socialism.  But now the strategy should be to vote for Sundown Joe which would give him a boost into Super Tuesday which then would push the Democrats closer to a brokered convention where the superdelegates will kneecap Sanders.

By the way, I like to check the "betting odds" page on Real Clear Politics because it gives a more up-to-date status of the Democratic race than the lagging national polls.  Let's just say that the Bloomberg boomlet is officially over and Sundown Joe has moved back into second place thanks to mini-Mike's awfulness and Bernie's love for Castro

Look out Bernie!


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Gaffe: accidentally telling the truth

The Hill: "Bloomberg called Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme' as mayor."
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg referred to Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” as mayor and called for cuts to the program as well as to Medicare and Medicaid.

"I don't know if Bernie Madoff got his idea from there, but if there's ever a Ponzi scheme, people say Madoff was the biggest? Wrong. Social Security is, far and away," Bloomberg said in 2009 on the radio program “Live from City Hall” in audio reported by CNN’s KFile.

"We are giving monies out with the next guy's money coming in and at the end of — when the music stops — it's just not gonna be enough chairs for everybody," Bloomberg added.
No less than the Social Security Trustees have said that the music will stop in 2035 and then benefits will be cut back 25% to match incoming revenues.  I wonder how Americans who have paid into the system for their entire lives will feel about this negative rate of return.

I don't think the issue has come up once during the Democratic debates.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

This is why I hate these debates and the mainstream media

Twitchy: "Elizabeth Warren revives her story about being fired for being visibly pregnant at #DemDebate."

Warren has been repeating this lie for a year now and it is a lie but the moderators are absolutely passive and non-confrontational about a false talking point that she's been repeating forever.

Democratic debate

I cannot believe that a party that got absolutely rolled on judicial nominees because Harry Reid changed the rules is now advocating for eliminating the filibuster.

These people are crazy.  

Saturday, February 22, 2020

The madness of the Democrats

Reason Online: "Bernie Sanders Wins the Nevada Caucus. He's on Track To Win the Democratic Presidential Nomination."

The Predictit market for Sanders took a huge jump up tonight.

Extra - Twitchy: "‘Democrats are going to have to sober up’: Hosts of well-known right-wing network MSNBC melt down over Bernie Sanders’ Nevada win." 

Prediction time: Nevada caucuses

Here's my guess:

Sanders
Buttigieg
Klobuchar
Warren
Biden

Yup, I'm predicting a fifth place finish for Biden, despite the polls.  I don't believe there is such a thing as a Biden supporter.  I think when they ask people in these polls, they recognize his name, but that doesn't mean they're going to caucus or vote for him.  His support is a mile wide and an inch deep and nobody is going to stand in a high school gymnasium for two hours for Joe Biden.

Also: Warren tricked me last time into thinking she had support in New Hampshire.  I won't be fooled again.  As Mona Charen recently wrote, Amy is the Democrats' only hope so I'm putting her ahead of Warren.

Mark it down.

Friday, February 21, 2020

It's a wonder nobody trusts the media

Red State: "Shocker: That ‘Bombshell’ About Trump Offering Julian Assange a Pardon to Cover-Up for Russia Was Total Garbage."  "Once again, the media ran with another absolutely garbage Russia collusion story, not bothering to confirm it and not bothering to even get a comment from the person at the center of it (Rohrabacher). And once again, we’ll see no corrections, no apologies, and no introspection. They’ll just move on to the next hoax. But don’t you dare question their value and credibility."

Thursday, February 20, 2020

It's a smash hit!

Townhall: "Oh Good, Nearly 20 Million Saw the Democrats' Bloodbath Wednesday Night."

It wasn't my imagination: Bloomberg was terrible and he's absolutely cratered in the prediction markets.  He might as well set $400 million on fire in the middle of Central Park.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Amazon empire

There's a Frontline special on tonight about the rise of Jeff Bezos and Amazon.  This leads to one of my favorite memes:

Spare the Rod

Associated Press: "President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long."

One of them was former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich who, as Legal Insurrection reminisces, was really guilty and really a jerk.  Of course, as the AP article notes: "But Trump also commuted the sentences of several women with more sympathetic cases to balance out the men convicted of corruption."

Well.  Be that as it may, these pardons smell and I can't understand Trump's rationale except that it's the opening gambit to rationalize Roger Stone's pardon. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Wow, what a great plan

CNBC: "Bloomberg unveils plans for Americans’ Social Security, retirement savings."
"Bloomberg’s plan calls for setting a new, higher minimum benefit to prevent low-income seniors from falling below the federal poverty line."
OK, how about some details?
"Exactly how much benefits would be increased under Bloomberg’s plan was not disclosed."

"Bloomberg’s plan does not stipulate whether he would increase those [payroll tax] thresholds."

"Experts generally agree that repairing the program will require tax increases, benefit cuts or a combination of both. Bloomberg’s plan does not include details on how he would extend the program’s solvency."
This Social Security debate always circles around to the same unpleasant truth that taxes will need to go up and benefits will need to be pared back.  But nobody ever says so.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

The magic (D)

GQ: "Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass?" - "The surging Democratic presidential candidate and Bloomberg LP have fielded nearly 40 sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits over decades."

Gee, I don't know.  Let's ask Governor Ralph Northam.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Go away, Liz

In hindsight, I should have given this story more weight: "Awkward: Liz Warren Interrupts People Eating in a Diner—Who Clearly Want Her to Leave Them Alone."  She couldn't even crack 10% support in the New Hampshire counties bordering Massachusetts.  Yeesh

Prediction time: New Hampshire

Here's my prediction:

Sanders wins by 8%
Buttigieg
Warren
Klobuchar
Biden

I want to believe in the Klobuchar rally but I think there are enough Bay Staters living over the border in New Hampshire to push Pocahontas to third place.

As for Biden: this could be the end tonight, an end that is well-deserved.  I've never seen somebody run such an incompetent campaign.  He could have taken his lumps in Iowa but bounced back with a positive campaign with detailed policy positions.  Instead he decided that the problem is he wasn't screaming like Bernie before repeating - louder - that he's been around forever.  Also, that Buttigieg kid is just a mayor.

You almost couldn't make this up but first he took a break from campaigning, then called a potential voter a "lying dog-faced pony soldier" before he decamped from New Hampshire moments after the polls opened.  Can you imagine being a Biden campaign worker in New Hampshire?  My lord, why would you even vote for Joe after such a disrespectful departure?

I predicted that Joe would drop out after Nevada.  I might have been one state too late.

Extra - Vodkapundit: "Biden 2020: A Pre-Post Mortem."  "Perhaps nothing during this primary season will give me greater pleasure than to write Joe Biden's political obituary, and I might not have to wait long to do it, if recent caucus results, poll numbers, debate performances, and fundraising troubles are anything to go by."

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Shocker: the press does its job

Twitchy: "Does he think we’re stupid? Bernie Sanders gets the front-runner treatment on the talk shows, and it doesn’t go well."

Instead of allowing the usual evasions, both Chuck Todd (!) and Margaret Brennan pushed back on Bernie Sanders on the economy and health care, respectively.  Bernie's entire socialist pitch is that we're living in an economic wasteland. Americans just don't feel that way.

Also, Chuck Todd cornered Bernie on his promise to release his medical records

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Suicide squad

Michael Barone: "Democrats 2020 race is starting to look like a suicide pact."
There’s plenty of material here for an updated version of former President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 “Morning in America” ad, which, over gauzy, feel-good video, highlighted one improved statistic after another, with only a brief shot of the president himself.

What do the Democrats have to offer in return? Criticism of the killing of Iran’s terrorist chief. Tales of economic woe at a time of record-low unemployment and what Trump can reasonably call a “blue-collar boom.”

Six months ago, Democrats were savoring the humiliating defeat of Trump. Today, thanks in part to blunders from Iowa to impeachment, they fear that he, like his three predecessors, may be catching favorable winds and sailing out of the political doldrums toward reelection.
The Soleimani position in last night's debate was an unforced error: America takes out a guy the Pentagon says is responsible for over 600 American deaths and this is a bad thing?  I can't wait for this argument to re-emerge in a general election debate.

Last night's debate



Amy Klobuchar was the winner of this debate if only because she seized the spotlight to say that America wasn't going to accept a socialist candidate.  Everybody else was too afraid of alienating Bernie's base.  Plus she had a funny (scripted) line about how Trump criticized Canada for cutting him out of "Home Alone 2."

Biden's the guy.  He's the guy who's been in Washington for a 100 years.  He single-handedly built the Hoover Dam and gave women the vote.  George W. Bush tricked him on his Iraq war vote, though.

The experience argument is Biden's biggest strength and his most glaring weakness.  He wants everybody to know he's been around forever and is ready to take control.  At the same time, he clings himself to Obama ("the Obama-Biden administration") so tightly even though Obama was a first-term Senator who a couple years before his election was a community organizer.

Friday, February 07, 2020

I'll repeat this yet again

The Presidential debates should be all "yes/no" questions.  It really does not matter one whit what question is asked, the candidates just launch into their stump speeches.

Perfect example: Pete was asked if Soleimani would be alive or dead under a President Buttigieg.  He was asked twice and simply refuses to answer.

Good riddance

Red State: "Alexander Vindman Is Escorted Out of the White House and Pearls Are Clutched."

This dude had nothing to offer except the belief that he should have been running U.S. foreign policy, not that guy who was elected.

Trump caps off a pretty good week

Hot Air: "Surprise! Job Creation Rebounds In January As Economy Adds 225K." 

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Biden implodes

I was in a meeting all day so I'm just now catching up with the news.  Check out the prediction markets for the Democrat nomination: Biden is imploding so thoroughly that Bloomberg is now in second place behind Sanders in line for the nomination.

If you've never seen this graph, it's a wonder to behold the inexorable drop of Liz Warren from her tulip bulb frenzy days of October to single-digit land now.

I'm a-gonna call it now: Joe Biden will drop out after Nevada.  My rationale is that his team has talked non-stop about the "firewall" in South Carolina but by then the handwriting will be on the wall and he'll drop out to avoid yet another defeat.

Extra - Sure, Joe, take a break from New Hampshire.  Great idea.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Happy Exoneration Day!

Let's recap Nancy Pelosi's week:

1) San Francisco loses Super Bowl
2) Democrats completely botch Iowa caucuses; Sleepy Joe Biden comes in 4th
3) State of the Union address; Gallup reports Trump has hit highest approval rating of his Presidency
4) Exoneration Day!

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Iowa brings in a consultant, ha ha ha!


It's 62% Pete

Hot Air: "The (Partial) Results Of The Iowa Caucus! Update: Buttigieg 26.9, Sanders 25.1, Warren 18.3, Biden 15.6."

There are so many stories that demonstrate what a train wreck this has become: 1) it makes the Democrats look completely inept, 2) the Bernie Bros will flip out because they currently lead in the popular vote but are trailing in the delegate count, 3) Joe Biden got his ass whipped and his vote count went down on the second ballot and 4) turnout was low.

Depending on how the final count goes, there's a very real chance that Sundown Joe could finish fifth behind Amy Klobuchar.  That would make me so happy.

Extra - Washington Examiner: "Come on, we basically know how Iowa voted: Against Biden."

What a dumpster fire

Woke up this morning believing I'd get some results from Iowa.  Nope.

Fox News: "Iowa caucus vote totals delayed amid 'inconsistencies'; campaigns lash out at 'crazy' state party."  And, of course, the joke is "...and you want to run my health care."

Sunday, February 02, 2020

The electability argument is collapsing

Washington Examiner: "New South Carolina poll is a disaster for Joe Biden."

I predict a third place finish for Sundown Joe in Iowa, behind Sanders and Buttigieg, mostly due to his strategy of telling voters to "vote for someone else." 

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Get over it

Federalist: "Yes, Trump’s Acquittal Is Real, And It’s Spectacular" - "The most amazing thing about Democrats and their allies in the media is that they never actually lose. Any time it seems like they lose, it’s actually the result of cheating and chicanery."

Extra - American Spectator: "How Not to Impeach a President" - "Arrogance and incompetence were all the spiteful Dems had to offer."


Friday, January 31, 2020

DNC plots to kneecap Bernie...again

Politico: "DNC members discuss rules change to stop Sanders at convention." 

The hero we need

Regrettably he's over in England.  Hot Air: "Students Demanded Divestment From Fossil Fuels, A Professor Offered To Turn Off The Gas Heating."
Two students at St John’s College wrote to Andrew Parker, the principal bursar, this week requesting a meeting to discuss the protesters’ demands, which are that the college “declares a climate emergency and immediately divests from fossil fuels”. They say that the college, the richest in Oxford, has £8 million of its £551 million endowment fund invested in BP and Shell.

Professor Parker responded with a provocative offer. “I am not able to arrange any divestment at short notice,” he wrote. “But I can arrange for the gas central heating in college to be switched off with immediate effect. Please let me know if you support this proposal.”
Unsurprisingly, the students at Oxford failed to see the irony and instead were indignant that they weren't being taken seriously.  Don't worry: it's not just you.  We have Hollywood phonies on this side of the pond.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Looks like a full exoneration on Friday

The Hill: "GOP senators believe they have the votes to block witnesses."

Hot Air: "Schumer: It Looks Unlikely That We’ll Have Enough Republican Votes To Call Witnesses."

The other day I wasn't sure if there would be witnesses but I was quite sure that - if there were - the Republicans would insist on their own list.  That might have been enough to torpedo Democrats' enthusiasm.

On the other side, the Republicans surely realize that it would never be enough.  There was always going to be another shoe to drop or new outrage or whining about a "fair trial" after the House ran that sham kangaroo court.  This was shaping up to be Kavanaugh 2.0 but the Republicans are wise to that ploy now.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Joe and Hunter Biden starring in the Ukraine shakdown

Uh-oh, Jeff Toobin is going to be standing before the Man tomorrow:



ICYMI, here is Pam Bondi laying out the corruption:

As it was predicted

Red State: "The Democrats Are Trying to Run a Kavanaugh Strategy at President Trump’s Impeachment Trial."  As it was foreseen.

It's anybody's guess where we go from here: it looks like Romney and Collins are prepared to vote for witnesses but Murkowski is not committing one way or the other.  It's a near-certainty that if the Senate does extend this farce with witnesses, that Hunter and Joe Biden will be on the list.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Ladies choice

A week after the NY Times picked both Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for their endorsement, Iowa's largest newspaper has endorsed Warren and New Hampshire's has picked Klobuchar

Saturday, January 25, 2020

You had one job

Schiff and Nadler's immediate goal in their presentation to the Senate was to peel off enough moderate Republicans to call witnesses.  Instead: "Schiff Blows Up GOP Support With “Head On A Pike” Reference." 

Matthew Continetti has it right: "Impeachment's target audience isn't moderate Republicans. It's left-wing Democrats." 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Even (checks notes) Chicago Democrats don't care

Seen at Twitchy:

Here it comes

Shot: "On the Bidens, Schiff Opened the Door."  Thanks, Adam!

Chaser: "Trump’s legal team says it will target Biden family in impeach defense."

It was precisely for this moment that I never thought the Democrats would actually go through with passing the articles of impeachment to the Senate.  Now it's out of their hands and now the spotlight will shift to the Bidens and a scandal that Sundown Joe has never been able to explain

Wow, original stuff

This isn't hyperbolic crap at all.  Fox News: "Nadler calls Trump a 'dictator' as Dems wrap opening arguments in Senate impeachment trial." 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Nadal kiss

This is a cute story: a ball girl at the Australian Open took a shot to the cheek and Rafael Nadal stopped to give her a peck on the cheek.  At the end of the match, he gave her his headband as a souvenir.

Legal analysis of the clown show

Here's an extended Washington Post excerpt on Hot Air: "WaPo Columnist: Who Does Schiff Think He’s Kidding On Trial Analogies?"
The House’s articles have been analogized to an indictment, but indictments can only be brought if they are sanctioned by a neutral, disinterested party. A prosecutor must persuade either a judge or a grand jury that there is probable cause a defendant committed a crime to initiate a case. No serious person can call the House Democratic caucus a neutral, disinterested party.

Nor can a prosecutor obtain evidence under subpoena on their whim. Anyone with a subpoena to provide testimony or written evidence can challenge that in court, as many recipients of such subpoenas in investigations supervised by the office of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III did. That is exactly what the president has tried to do in many instances with respect to subpoenas issued by committees controlled by House Democrats. But Schiff and his colleagues not only chose not to permit the judicial process to play out with respect to those subpoenas; they chose to call the president’s attempt to avail himself of his rights “obstruction of Congress” and an impeachable offense itself. How Orwellian.
There's a lot here including how the GAO's dramatic announcement that Trump's action on Ukrainian aid was "illegal" is a non-expert opinion that is ultimately a civil action, not a criminal one.  The brave firefighters in the media failed to report that non-trivial distinction but why should we expect anything different at this point.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

How's the clown show?

Hot Air: "Dems Must End This Sham Impeachment, Says … Former Clinton Adviser?"
Count Mark Penn among those unimpressed by the House Democrats’ impeachment of Donald Trump. Penn, who worked as Bill Clinton’s pollster during the 1998-9 impeachment and later on Hillary Clinton’s Senate and 2008 presidential campaigns, blasts Adam Schiff as a political hitman for Democrats angry over Donald Trump’s win in 2016. Americans may not like Trump or even the phone call to Volodymyr Zelensky, but Penn argues that it doesn’t come close to a reason to reverse an election and remove a president.
I'm convinced the Democrats forced this double-quick through the House at the tail end of 2019 because once the calendar hit 2020, Americans would ask "can't we just vote him out in the election this year?"  Can't let that happen.

Another focus group-tested talking point, no doubt

Byron York: "Impeachment, Democrats, and those 90,000 documents." 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

No, Chuck, no

Yahoo News: "Senate Republicans Block Schumer’s Attempt to Subpoena White House Witnesses, Docs."  Sucks to be in the minority, huh?  We remember.

Playing catch-up

I've literally been incommunicado (as in my cell phone was confiscated) all day.  So I'm getting caught up on the impeachment drama today.

All I know so far is that Chuck Schumer was on NPR Morning Edition this morning and he seemed taken aback when host Rachel Martin told him that Mitt Romney was backing Cocaine Mitch on the rules package.  Surprised by this revelation, Schumer accused Romney of either being ignorant or complicit in a coverup:
SCHUMER: Well, he either hasn't read it or he's gone along with this cover up, which I hope that isn't true.
Awww...sad trombone.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

We really don't expect anything different at this point

Red State: "Nadler Out-And-Out Lies on ‘Face the Nation’: Trump ‘Worked With Russians to Rig 2016 Election’" - "How far have Democrats fallen? Reality and truth don’t matter to them at all."

Gosh, it's like we never had a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investigation into this very claim: "The special counsel found that Russia did interfere with the election, but “did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple efforts from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

Saturday, January 18, 2020

That seems kinda important

Andrew McCarthy: "The Hole in the Impeachment Case."  "Something is missing from the charges against Trump: An impeachable offense."

Grandpa Joe wants to take your Social Security

Politico: "Biden charges Sanders camp ‘doctored video’ to attack him."  "But the video in question — of Biden’s 2018 remarks to the Brookings Institution think tank — was not doctored by Sanders, whose campaign this month stepped up criticisms of Biden’s record on Social Security."

Extra - Twitchy: "Joe Biden accuses Sanders campaign of putting out ‘doctored video’ of him regarding Social Security."

And this - Fox News: "Biden, Sanders trade fire over Social Security." 

Liberal hacks

Federalist: "If CNN Can’t Take Punches, They Shouldn’t Be Throwing Them."

Their appeal is becoming more selective

Victory Girls: "Women’s March 2020 – The Retreat of the Pussyhats."

It's possible there were fewer women at the march this year because they're all working

Dragging out the Kavanaugh playbook

Byron York: "Can Democrats produce a daily impeachment show?"
From now until the trial is over, and perhaps beyond, Republicans expect Democrats to come up with some new something on a regular, if not daily, basis. GOP defenders are beginning to see the next month in the Senate not so much as an impeachment trial but as a replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings: a fait accompli that becomes a cliffhanger with new and progressively more spectacular allegations. None of them were true, but they threw Republicans on the defensive and plunged the confirmation into chaos for a while.

For Democrats facing an uphill climb in a Republican-controlled Senate, why not try the same thing at the very highest level, an effort to remove the president?
Save us Lev!  You're our only hope.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Welcome to the party, pal!

American Spectator: "Sanders Supporters Shocked to Find Bias at CNN" - "Did these people actually believe the cable network was in the news business?"


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The blackout effect

Macworld: "Tech lessons from 72 hours without electricity" - "Backup batteries, solar charges, and UPS boxes kept me afloat during three days mostly cut off from the world."

Yes, it's awful to be off the internet for a couple hours.  As somebody who has lived through several New England snowpocalypses, I would also recommend appliances that run off of camp propane canisters like a camp light, camp heater, and a camp stove.  Personally, I also have a cord of hardwood to burn if things get a little rough.  Think Frontierland.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Flynn thinks twice

Washington Examiner: "Michael Flynn files to withdraw guilty plea."  "The motion, which cites "the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement," comes one week after the Justice Department asked a federal judge to sentence President Trump's former national security adviser to up to six months in prison."

Rough day for Boston sports

ESPN: "Alex Cora out as Red Sox manager following sign-stealing scandals."

Fox News: "Patriots star Tom Brady's Gillette Stadium suite 'cleaned out'."

Monday, January 13, 2020

In a just world, this should be the end of Warren

Twitchy: "‘I thought a woman could win; he disagreed’: Elizabeth Warren issues a statement about her meeting with Bernie Sanders."

Long story short: the Warren campaign leaked that Bernie Sanders said the he didn't think a woman could win the Presidency.  Warren - a thoroughly known liar - confirmed it in a statement but then tried to wrap the whole mess in one of her campaign speeches.  I completely agree with Matt Walsh: I have "no dog in this fight between kooky socialists" but Warren handled this in the worst way possible by floating out the allegation and then claiming she's really focusing on bigger issues.  It's a slimy example of character assassination by innuendo.

Now I am going to watch tomorrow's debate for the fireworks.

Update: "Obama alumnus says Elizabeth Warren’s statement on Bernie Sanders was ‘essentially a suicide bomb’"

It's satire, I think

Babylon Bee: "CNN Reporter Informs Iranian Protesters They're Supposed To Be Shouting 'Death To America'"

Joe Biden wants to cut your Social Security

The Intercept: "Fact check: Joe Biden has advocated cutting Social Security for 40 years."

Sunday, January 12, 2020

"He does know there are cameras, right?"

Washington Examiner: "Stop gaslighting us: Yes, Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War."

At a recent campaign stop, Grandpa Joe was asked about his opposition to the Bin Laden raid and he claimed that - oh heavens no - he advised Obama to "go" with the mission in private.  I pray that he repeats this explanation in a debate sometime soon.

DNC conspires to kneecap Bernie again

Since nobody can figure out what Pelosi's goal was in holding back the articles of impeachment, this theory is as good as any.  Fox News: "McCarthy says Pelosi holding articles of impeachment to hurt Sanders' Iowa chances."

Flashback - to 2016: "Leaked Emails Suggest DNC Was Conspiring Against Bernie Sanders."

Analysis: true

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Hmmmmm....

This is interesting.  PJ Media: "Iran Protesters Curse Soleimani, Chant 'Death to Khamenei!'"

Funny, I've been reliably told that Trump's action against Soleimani have united Iran against America.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

This week in gaffes with Sundown Joe

I laughed at this excerpt from a Matt Taibbi story in Rolling Stone: "Campaign Diary: Notes from the Most Unpredictable Primary Race Ever."
In the days after the New Year, Biden announced he’d be willing to pick a Republican running mate and also said coal miners should “learn to program.” He will go on to say “no one understood Obamacare” in Iowa. Reporters almost universally think he’d be a s**t candidate against Trump, but voters haven’t agreed: he’s still at or near the top of polls.
Believe me, I'm baffled as well, and I think it just comes back to name recognition and Obama nostalgia in the Democrat party.  Kurt Schlichter is likewise confused:
Right now, he’s [Biden] the leader in the polls and he’s the most likely to be nominated. There are two reasons. The first is that he has legacy black Democrat support. He’s the closest to a traditional Democrat, as opposed to one of the faculty lounge snobs that makes up most of the rest of the race. The second is that he has been designated The Democrat Most Likely To Succeed in beating The Donald. It’s unclear why. Sure, some polls say it (though they are shifting in Trump’s direction), but the problem for Joe is that so many liberal media types are wishcasting his victory that they never hit him hard. He’s soft and open to attack.
This is a point I recently made: the media tosses grapefruit questions to Biden with the exception of Peter Doocy who cornered Grandpa Joe on his opposition to the Bin Laden raid followed quickly by Grandpa Joe's inability to face up to his poor decision.  The rest of the media is letting Joe skate by with no hard questions, fat and happy until Donald Trump asks him about Hunter Biden about five seconds into their first debate.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Iran lobs some bombs

To no effect?  Hot Air is doing regular updates and at this writing there are no reported casualties.  It's now looking (this is speculative) that Iran threw some token missiles into the desert to say they've done something and now they're giving President Trump an "out" or an "exit ramp."

Richard Engel is reporting that Iran is indicating they'll invoking the rule of "Even Steven."  You hit us, we hit you, let's call the whole thing off.  If true, I really hope Trump pumps the brakes here.

Rally 'round the mullahs

Twitchy: "Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the ‘needless provocations’ are coming from the Trump administration, not Iran." 

This has been the status quo

So do the Iranians

Jerusalem Post: "Missile attack on US base in Iraq is revenge for Soleimani killing."

This is a very early breaking news story.  Reports are that the Iranians are firing missiles from within Iranian territory into Iraq.

Cocaine Mitch strikes

Politico: "McConnell ready to start impeachment trial with partisan power play" - "GOP leaders have enough votes to ignore Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for witnesses and new evidence."

Monday, January 06, 2020

C'mon man!

Hot Air: "Biden: Come On Man, “No One Did Understand ObamaCare”  Sorry not sorry your dad lost his health insurance but c'mon man.

Real Clear Politics: "Are Dems Crazy?  How can Biden still be their #1 choice?"

Media elite doing journalisming

Ace: "Your Cognitive-Elite Totally-Not-Racist Ruling Class In Action."  Long story short: our brave media firefighters on CNBC showed the Q4 hauls for the Democrat candidates and, instead of putting up a picture of Andrew Yang, decided to put up a picture of the guy who takes your dry cleaning.

Extra - PJ Media: "Washington Post 'Reporter' Has No Idea How Many Americans Died in Benghazi."  Oh that's not news.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Good review on Iran's precarious state

The Corner: "Iran Crosses the Red Line." 

Can't give the guy a win

Joe Lieberman in the Wall Street Journal: "The Democrats and Iran - Why can't the party’s candidates simply admit Qasem Soleimani’s death makes Americans safer?"  -  "President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct. It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats."

I don't understand myself why they can't give Trump a morsel of credit for neutralizing one of the worst men in the terrorism network.  Maybe it's because it's an election year.

Patriots heading home

I guess we can't go to the Super Bowl every year.  The top comment on the Patriots subreddit is "First and goal from the f****** 1."  (I cleaned it up).  Yes, that was supremely frustrating, especially since the Titans knew it was going to be a handoff to Sony Michel every time.

Oh well.  The Ravens were going to win the AFC anyway.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Total recall for Biden in 2020

Real Clear Politics: "What to expect in 2020: Five predictions"
Every politician with a long career must confront the evolution of their political views, and Joe Biden is no different, especially since he’s been on the national stage longer than most. He's already apologized for a long-ago reference to a "partisan lynching," past collaboration with segregationist senators, and an angry confrontation with an 83-year-old Iowa farmer. Watch for the phrase "Biden apologizes" to explode in 2020.

On race, LGBT issues, women's rights and a host of other issues, the Joe Biden of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s is out of step with today's Democratic Party, as are many  Democrats his age. But Biden’s bind is unique. His propensity for embarrassing gaffes, misstatements, and offensive comments makes him an opposition researcher's dream.
Here's where the compliant and biased mainstream media plays into Donald Trump's hands.  Since only Fox News is willing to ask Biden uncomfortable questions, Grandpa Joe is able to skate through these sparsely-attended Iowa meetings without any real challenge (with one notable exception.)

Now imagine the general election fight with Trump.  The first word out of Donald's mouth at the first debate will be "Hunter Biden" followed by a long, unexplored review of Joe Biden's many "legislative achievements" such as they are, from social issues to foreign policy where Joe is always wrong.  The media doesn't want to explore these issues but, brother, Donald Trump will.

Extra - This guys get it.  The Guardian: "Stop saying Biden is the 'most electable'. Trump will run rings round him."  "Did we learn nothing from 2016? Trump is savagely effective at destroying establishment politicians – and Biden would lose."

Friday, January 03, 2020

Expectedly

Ace: "More Completely Unpredictable Reactions from Our Seditious Ex-American Democrats and Marxist Media."

Extra - Federalist: "Democrats Hate Trump More Than They Hate Terrorists Who Kill Americans."

Sundown Joe strikes again

Ye Gods, what it must be like to work on his staff.  Here's Joe insisting that he was all for the attack on Osama Bin Laden side-by-side with Joe saying he was against it.

Soleimani killed

The Atlantic: "Iran Loses Its Indispensable Man" - "The killing of Qassem Soleimani robs the regime of the central figure for its ambitions in the Middle East."

This morning, everybody is holding their breath to see how Iran responds.  Mike Pompeo is making the rounds saying there was an "imminent threat" from Soleimani operatives. 

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The year in "journalism"

Breitbart: "Top 10 most bizarre viral hoaxes in 2019."

In my opinion, the most shameful media moment was the disgusting and completely baseless campaign against Justice Kavanaugh.  That cemented the fact that the mainstream media is the enemy.

Wine caves really paying off

Politico: "Buttigieg finishes year with $24.7 million haul in final quarter."  Buttigieg is currently sitting on top of the polls in Iowa which means he has money and momentum going for him.

Jobs Americans will do

Issues and Insights: "Turns Out, Trump’s ‘Evil’ ICE Raids Benefited American Workers."

Happy New Year!

Let's stay safe out there.