Monday, March 25, 2019

Democrats with bylines

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

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Extinguish those Mueller votive candles, NY Times

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 23, 2019

No crime but a coup

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

It was all impeachment fantasy

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

What else do they got?

Politico: "Democrats plot ways to force release of Mueller findings - Democrats signal that they're ready to use aggressive tactics to force the attorney general to make the report public."

They have invested so much into this narrative that it's impossible for them to accept Mueller's findings, that they once upheld as the gold standard.  The Democrats know that the Muller report contains grand jury testimony and confidential information that, according to DOJ guidelines, cannot be released to the public.  So it will be a year-long campaign of innuendo and hearsay with whispers of a cover-up.

Related - Byron York: "Five things that didn't happen in the Mueller investigation."

Friday, March 22, 2019

Nothingburgers for everyone

Hot Air: "Mueller Submits His Report To Bill Barr, Ending Russiagate Probe; Update: No More Indictments Or Sealed Indictments."

Did you hear that?  No indictments of anyone related to conspiring with Russia.  None.

When will Trump get apologies from the "journalists" who promulgated this farce?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The bassline on "Peg"

Meh, how about something different?  Here's a video I've been watching a lot:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

You, CNN, are the real hero here

"Journalism".  Hot Air: "CNN Wins Cronkite Award For That Garbage Gun-Control Town Hall It Held After Parkland."

Extra - The Corner: "Media Gives Itself Award for Disastrous Gun-Control ‘Town Hall’."  "CNN’s “Parkland Town Hall” was, without a doubt, the single worst thing I have seen aired on a major news station since I moved to the United States eight years ago. For it to have received an award is . . . well, actually quite fitting, I suppose."

Monday, March 18, 2019

Here comes Joe!

Washington Examiner: "Joe Biden's popularity is about to nosedive."

The liberal magazine Harper's last month ran a cover story on "Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy" recounting his tough-on-crime initiatives and chumminess with banking interests.  For example:
Despite pleas from the ­NAACP and the ­ACLU, the 1990s brought no relief from Biden’s crime crusade. He vied with the first Bush Administration to introduce ever more draconian laws, including one proposing to expand the number of offenses for which the death penalty would be permitted to fifty-one. Bill Clinton quickly became a reliable ally upon his 1992 election, and Biden encouraged him to “maintain crime as a Democratic initiative” with suitably tough legislation. The ensuing 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, passed with enthusiastic administration pressure, would consign millions of black Americans to a life behind bars.
If current Democrat voters are unaware of Biden's checkered past, I'm sure his competitors for the nomination will be ready to remind them.

Extra - Ace: "Don't call Joe Biden a hero."

And this - LA Times: "The burden of a 40-year career: Some of Joe Biden’s record doesn’t age well."  "Biden opposed school busing for desegregation in the 1970s. He voted for a measure aimed at outlawing gay marriage in the 1990s. He was an ally of the banking and credit card industries."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A new generation of environmental panic

Associated Press: "Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future."  Cue the drama:
— In Washington, protesters spoke in front of a banner saying “We don’t want to die.”

— In San Francisco, 1,000 demonstrators descended on the local offices of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wanting passage of the massive “Green New Deal” bill proposed in the U.S. Congress.

— In St. Paul, Minnesota, about 1,000 students gathered before the state Capitol, chanting “Stop denying the earth is dying.”
RME, I wish these kids would go back to eating Tide Pods.  These kids are too young to know the apocalypse is always ten years away and they're too invested in the cheap moral high of "saving the world" to know the world has never been cleaner

Low wages and multiple OSHA violations

Why did Bernie Sanders' campaign staff feel the need to unionize?  Let's wildly speculate.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

This is not the Onion

Elizabeth Warren can't believe that somebody would lie about their background to gain a position at a selective college.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The two-year temper tantrum because Hillary lost

Federalist: "If Pelosi Believed Her Claims About Trump And Russia, She Would Impeach - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision not to impeach Donald Trump is the clearest indication possible that Democrats do not believe he colluded with Russia."
One thing is clear to any fair observer: if Pelosi and Schiff really believed their outlandish rhetoric on Russian collusion, they would be moving to impeach the president. If they believed, as they previously claimed, that there is clear evidence to show Trump is in bed with Putin, they could not move fast enough to present that evidence and force Republicans to defend an obviously compromised commander in chief. The fact is, they don’t have the evidence, and they don’t expect Special Counsel Robert Mueller to provide it.
After all this time insisting that the evidence is staring us in the face!, the new spin is that, well, those darn Republicans will never impeach and we don't want to tear the country apart with the process.  Because that's how dedicated the Democrats are to the high principles of fairness, legal procedure, apple pie and America.

Poor Tom Steyer is going to be in my backyard tomorrow night but I just don't think I have the heart (or time) to go heckle him.

Good heavens, she is dim

Hot Air: "AOC Attacks Wells Fargo Bank For Funding The Dakota Access Pipeline."

When is the media going to call her out on this arrant nonsense?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Donkey Chompers is running the show now

Townhall: "Nervous Nancy Has Lost Control of Her Crazy Party."
Suddenly, instead of playing the fake moderate game, Nancy’s minions had to suck up to a bunch of braying bimbos from safe blue seats. All the nonsense Reps. Talib, Omar, and Ocasio-Cortez spewed on social media and MSNBC thrilled the Democrat base. But what Normal people heard was, “We hate Israel. We hate the idea that you can have cars. We hate you.”

And the fact that these commie-come-latelys are so inept is icing on the cake. Rep. Omar couldn’t help but run her fool mouth about what she really thought of the Jews. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez could not manage to let fly with her Green New Deal without making the rookie mistake of telling the people what was actually in it. Free money for those unwilling to work? Maybe that dog hunts among the simpletons in her New York City district, but in America, not so much.
As Kurt Schlichter notes here, Pelosi desperately wanted to present the new House Democrats as the "sensible" party but all they have is fading dreams of impeachment and the Freshwoman Kooks.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

So they got nothin'

From Fox News Sunday this morning, here's Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA):
WALLACE: As you sit here right now, do you feel that you have seen hard evidence that Donald Trump, either in the campaign or as president, committed a crime? And, if so, a crime that rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors for impeachment?

HILL: I believe that I have seen enough that makes me feel like we need to continue down this path. I don't feel like there is enough of -- I feel like impeachment is as much of a political process as it is anything else. And I think that we have to make sure that we are providing all of the information, airing it all out so that the public can feel with as much certainty as -- as, you know, members of Congress, that -- that that's the case and that we need to continue down this path.
This aligns with Adam Schiff's appearance on Meet the Press where he whined that Trump didn't sit down for an interview with Mueller.  We're now approaching the "acceptance" stage where Democrats try to prepare their true believers for the big letdown.

Friday, March 08, 2019

So that's a 'no' on the pay raise?

Reddit: "Jussie Smollett update: 'Empire' actor indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury."

What I think is kinda funny is that initially the police reported they doubted the "attack" took place because they have no video.  Turns out, Smollett wanted to be on video but the camera was facing in the wrong direction.  Just crazy, the whole thing.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Atlantic magazine got woke

And I hope it goes broke.  Exhibit "X"is yesterday's B.S. moral equivalence suggesting that R. Kelly is on the same moral plane as Brett Kavanaugh.  I have pretty much given up on the expectation of an apology from the mainstream media for Justice Kavanaugh whose name was unfairly dragged through the mud without - to this day - a hint of evidence.  But you'd think that even now they could leave the guy alone.

As a former subscriber, I could not agree with this sentiment more:

He sure did

Hot Air: "Did Lanny Davis Confirm Cohen Lied In Testimony About Trump Pardon?"

"Probably lied about Prague, too!" - excited Resistors. 

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Yeah, right, Fox News is the problem

The Federalist: "DNC Blacklisting Of Fox News Proves GOP Needs To Fight Media."

Mollie Hemingway goes into to considerable detail here including Chuck Todd, who is just the worst.  I had the misfortune to catch "Meet the Press" this past weekend and this is accurate:
NBC’s Chuck Todd showed his legendarily extreme bias on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show. He falsely claimed Rep. Jim Jordan was sharing opinion, not facts, when he accurately discussed Michael Cohen’s testimony that he’d never been to Prague — a central claim of a discredited dossier, secretly funded by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, secretly fed to media outlets and intelligence agencies, and used to undermine the Trump administration for more than two years.

But when Sen. Mark Warner claimed there was evidence of collusion with Russia, Todd didn’t push back in any way, despite the lack of evidence. 
High-school graduate Todd interrupted and argued with Jordan but let Warner go along with the Narrative.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Don't call it a fishing expedition

Unintentional humor on NPR's Morning Edition this morning:
MARTIN: But - I mean, it is so sprawling. How do you combat the criticism that it is a fishing expedition?

DEAN: I don't buy that at all. What we're looking at is possibilities of obstruction of justice, public corruption, abuse of power by this administration in these documents, most of which have already been requested by other entities, whether it was the Mueller commission or others. These documents will either reveal that there are things wrong, or they might reveal there's nothing to see here.
There's definitely, absolutely the possibility that there might be something there or not.  We're sending out dozens and dozens of requests for information, and one of them might bear fruit, but don't call it a fishing expedition.

That's not entertainment!

Hollywood in Toto: "Captain Marvel drowns in victimhood, dull action."
Movies like “Wonder Woman,” “The Terminator” and “Aliens” showcased powerful women. They packed a feminist punch without ever suggesting a lecture. They entertained first and foremost. The culture absorbed their subtle messages on their own.

“Captain Marvel,” down to the eye-rolling musical choice of No Doubt’s “Just a Girl,” cares far more about lecturing audiences than entertaining them.

And boy, does it show.
Brie Larson is tired of your mainsplaining and the Hollywood patriarchy.  Here's a clip of Larson dressing down Tom Hiddleston for oppressing her with his lookism and judgementalship at her totally appropriate sartorial choice.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Now on the cover of the "Rolling Stone"

Washington Free Beacon: "Leading Jewish Groups Demand Anti-Semitic Omar Be Removed From Foreign Affairs Committee" - "Jewish groups slam Omar's anti-Semitic language, ties to groups advocating terrorism."

Flashback - Atlantic: "The Women's March Has a Farrakhan Problem" - "The group refuses to be accountable for a high-level alliance with an open anti-Semite."

Author of phony dossier clams up

Why so reticent, Chris?  The Hill: "Christopher Steele cancels remarks on disinformation at conference."  "Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum, who was set to moderate the panel Steele would have taken part in, told Politico that he got "cold feet" and backed out on advice of his counsel."

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Begun the sneaker wars have

I was thumbing through the Boston Globe sports section and there's a half-page ad from Skechers featuring a split Nike sneaker and the tagline "Just Blew It."  Heh.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Save the nukes

Minuteman: "Going nuclear."

One thing I'd like to add to Tom's review on the benefits of nuclear power.  It seems counter-intuitive but the burning of coal releases much more radiation into the atmosphere than atomic power because of radioactive isotopes in the coal. 

Friday, March 01, 2019

Buh-bye Liz

The Bulwark: "Is Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Already Over? - Except for the shouting, yes."  I wanted to highlight this one part:
For Liz Warren, everything is a “fight.” 

Her’s isn’t a presidential campaign, it’s “the fight of our lives.” Her mission is a “fight that began in the streets,” a “fight for big structural change” and, she repeatedly assures us, “I’m in that fight all the way!” She dropped the progressive’s “F-bomb” a total of 26 times in her announcement speech.  
OMG, yes, she's always fighting and fighting the fight against those who need to be fought.  The other joke I make that she alternates between "the rich and the powerful" and "the wealthy and well-connected" depending on what day it is.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Profile in courage, this ain't

The Hill: "Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’."  The Senate Democrats are conspiring to vote 'present' on the non-binding resolution and even the Senator who threw his support behind the plan is backing away:
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Senate co-sponsor of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution, said he’s working with Schumer and declined to say whether he would vote present instead of “yes” on his own proposal.
Brave Ed Markey bravely ran away.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Now we know why this was delayed several times

The Hill: "Michael Cohen's pathetic 'Cry for Me, Argentina' performance."
Okay, so no Russian collusion. No trip to Prague. No direct instruction to lie. And no secret effort asking WikiLeaks to hack the Democratic National Committee.

Pretty good stuff … for the Trump defense team.
Just a lot of hearsay and begging for empathy.  Cohen's big "bombshell" was that Roger Stone gave Trump inside information on Wikileaks in July 2016.  This would be the same information that Julian Assange was tweeting and appearing on TV to tout in June 2016.  Big reveal.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Kerjillion bazillion shabadoo

Hot Air: "Sure, Why Not: Green New Deal Could Cost $93 Trillion Over 10 Years, Study Says."

Remember, though: when you're on the "right side of history" and literally trying to save the world, piffling little things like the cost are not up for discussion.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C.S. Lewis.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Believe some survivors

Associated Press: "Virginia’s Fairfax compares himself to lynching victims."
When he finished his five-minute impromptu speech, stunned senators sat in awkward silence.
I'll bet.  One of Fairfax's accusers is speaking to law enforcement.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Russians everywhere

The Week: "The Mueller Joke"
From the very beginning, the special counsel investigation has been a string of anecdotes, compound adjectives ("Russia-linked"), and vanquished dreams in search of a conspiracy. The only crimes of which Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, and the rest have been accused are ones that were alleged to have been committed either well before or long after the 2016 election; in many cases, indeed, they were said to have occurred during the course of the investigation itself — process crimes. None of the charges in question were about colluding with Russia. The only one that has even directly involved the presidential election was a violation of federal campaign finance law.
This two-year temper-tantrum over Hillary losing has, unfortunately, solidified into doctrine for the anti-Trump left.  It will join Al Gore's "stolen" election and fabulist Christine Blasey Ford's testimony in a long line of "truthy" stories.  After holding up Mueller as the gold standard of investigation, Adam Schiff has indicated he won't accept his conclusions.  Because of course he won't: what purpose does the guy serve without the Russia investigation?

If there's any justice at all, the Mueller investigation will indict Andrew McCabe and Fusion GPS for trying to kneecap a duly-elected President.

Extra - Hot Air: "We’re At Least “One Collusion Short” On Any Mueller Bombshell."

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Enter Sandmann

Big news tonight is that Covington Catholic teen Nicholas Sandman is suing the Washington Post for defamation and some people are really stoked!  A quarter-billion dollars?  Take that, Bezos!

It's times like this it's good to visit a legal blog like Legal Insurrection:
I’ve read the Complaint, but it is hard to find specific false statements about Sandmann. As the Complaint states many times, Sandmann relies on the alleged ” false and defamatory gist” of WaPo’s coverage (that phrase appears 24 times). Many of the statements attributed to WaPo that contributed to this gist are the repetition of statements from Phillips and others as part of the news coverage that create the impression (sometimes explicitly so) that the students (and by implication Sandmann) were the aggressors. I wonder, though, whether those conclusions by WaPo were opinions as a legal matter and thus protected by the First Amendment.

So my gut is telling me there may be some legal problems surviving a motion to dismiss. I’ll be looking for solid legal analysis by others on this. If you find any analysis that’s not just wishful thinking, please post in the comments.

Sandmann may have better claims against Phillips, but good luck collecting.
Well I'm ambivalent here: on the one hand, I dislike nuisance lawsuits but I also hate the mainstream media.  Maybe Sandmann will settle for some college tuition.

Demand is far greater than the supply

Heather MacDonald at City Journal: "The Frenzied Search for Racism" - "Elites bought Jussie Smollett’s story because it confirmed their cherished narrative about a hateful America."

Monday, February 18, 2019

It's like we've been fake-victimized again

Babylon Bee: "Nation's Liberals Devastated After Learning Hate Crime Didn't Actually Happen."
The nation’s liberals were struck by a devastating blow this week after finding out a hate crime, reported by Empire actor Jussie Smollet, didn’t actually happen.

“I needed this to be true,” said liberal columnist Hanna Spalding. “When I first heard the news of this attack, I was filled with so much hope. I felt so validated. Then that was taken away. Now I just want to cry into my pillow.”
The latest news is that Jussie was so upset that his hoax letter didn't lead to Trump's impeachment, he moved on to a hoax attack.

A complete farce

Federalist: "7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe’s Planned Coup" - "McCabe's actions prove that the Russia probe was always tainted and that many in the FBI and DOJ aren’t public servants, but rather incompetent attention-seekers."

The guy is waiting for his indictment from the grand jury so he needs some lawyer cash from his new book.

Extra - Victor Davis Hanson: "Autopsy of a dead coup".  "McCabe was iconic of an utterly corrupt FBI Washington hierarchy, which we now know from the behavior of its disgraced and departed leadership. They posed as patriotic scouts, but in reality proved themselves arrogant, smug, and incompetent. They harbored such a sense of superiority that they were convinced they could act outside the law in reifying an “insurance policy” that would end the Trump presidency."

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Don't forget about Christine "Baby Talk" Ford

Saturday, February 16, 2019

How now, Jussie?

The Chicago police department would like a chit-chat.  Gateway Pundit: "Nigerian Bros Purchased the Rope Found Around Jussie Smollett’s Neck at Ace Hardware – Claim Smollett Paid Them to Orchestrate Attack."

Blondes are telling jokes about her

Powerline: "How dumb is Ocasio-Cortez?"

It's only going to get worse for her as the coverage shifts from "shiny new thing" to a public figure who has to substantiate her positions.  When she announced her Green New Deal the other day a reporter asked about nuclear power and she ceded the microphone to Senator Ed Markey with obvious relief.

Extra - Victory Girls: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Econ Professors Should Be Fired."

Smollett lawyers up

Victory Girls: "Smollett Story Collapses Along with Liberal Virtue Signaling."  Chicago race hoaxer Jussie Smollett, who appears on some show on television, has hired a defense lawyer.  At this point, we can pretty much just move on to the next stage of finding ways to blame his behavior on Trump.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Golly it got quiet from 2009-2016

Thursday, February 14, 2019

It will all be over soon

Federalist: "As The Russia Hoax Begins To Unravel, The Gaslighting Begins" - "The media has started backing away from the Russia collusion hoax. Many seem to know a reckoning is coming."

Ugh. No.

Hit and Run: "Trump Plans To Sign Border Deal and Declare National Emergency. Here’s What That Could Mean."
Trump's use of a national emergency declaration to secure border wall funding should trouble anyone who understands and appreciates separation of powers. According to a 2007 report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the 1976 National Emergencies Act entitles the president to "statutory delegations from Congress" that let him "seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens."

We don't know what limits there are on a president's ability to declare a national emergency. There is definitely potential for civil liberties abuses, particularly in regard to eminent domain, which is the process by which the government forces a property owner to sell.
One of the common complaints I make about the border security issue is that it's so very easy for people in Western Massachusetts to make pronouncements when they will bear very little of the consequences of illegal immigration.  So I hesitate to say this but - c'mon - this is not a national emergency.  This is not terrorists slamming 747s into the World Trade Center; it's the typical level of border crossings that have existed forever.  There's nothing extraordinary about it.

Speaking as someone who has warmed up to Trump, this "emergency" smells like something cooked up to save face and it sets a terrible precedent.

Extra - This Trump tweet aged really well.

More - The Corner: "Courts Should Not Defer to Trump’s National-Security Pretext."

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

You've let him down, Virginia

National Review: "Ralph Northam Has Nobody to Blame but Himself."
In the Post interview, Northam spoke as if the citizens of his state had done something terrible, and needed to make amends:
“It’s obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do. There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity,” he said. “There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship. And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia. It has really raised the level of awareness for racial issues in Virginia. And so we’re ready to learn from our mistakes.”
What’s this “we” stuff?
Sensitivity training for all!

Unexpectedly, Republicans pounce!

Investor's Business Daily: "The Press Needs More Than A Super Bowl Ad To Fix Its Plunging Credibility."

This follows the NY Times parody headline: "Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs A Green New Deal Summary, And Republicans Pounce."  There's only Republican scandals and Democrat scandals that Republicans seize on for political advantage.

And this - "The only problem with left-wing antisemitism is it might help Republicans"  Yup, the New York Times again.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Oh, Kamala

National Review: "Report: Harris Backed Policy of Reporting Arrested Juvenile Aliens to ICE."
During her time serving as San Francisco district attorney, Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) supported a policy that required local law enforcement to report the arrest of juvenile illegal immigrants to federal immigration authorities.

Harris, who as a 2020 presidential contender has cast herself as an advocate for illegal immigrants, in 2008 publicly supported then-mayor Gavin Newsom’s implementation of a policy that required local law-enforcement officers to report the arrest of illegal juvenile aliens suspected of committing a felony, regardless of whether they were ultimately convicted.
Kamala was just trying to please her man.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Liz Warren launches campaign

Here's an exclusive picture of Liz Warren's presidential campaign launch:

I've heard that before

Via Instapundit: "Gabriel Malor: “This week we learned that blackface isn’t disqualifying for Democratic politicians, and plagiarism isn’t disqualifying for elite journalists.”

Ah, but the question should also be: is plagiarism disqualifying for Democratic politicians

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Mistakes were made

It's delicious watching the former editor of the New York Times caught in a plagiarism scandal over her book on the fake news.  Althouse: "Jill Abramson, caught and waffling."

We're all gonna (yawn) die

Manhattan Contrarian: "The Climate Scare: Ever More Shrill, Ever Less Serious."  "Do you think that the Dems would bring in a few serious scientists to prove their case?  Don’t kid yourself.  The majority’s witnesses were two politicians, a clergyman, a climate activist, and a 16 year old."  Oh, they have the best feelz.  (Hat tip: Maggie's Farm).

Friday, February 08, 2019

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Bartenders! Is there anything they can't do?

La-la-la Lola

Ha-ha, my Google Play started to play the Kinks' "Lola" with the parenthetical "(Mono 'Cherry Cola' Single Version.)"

Which leads to a favorite bit of music trivia: in the original version Ray Davies sings "Coca Cola" but the BBC has a strict ban on commercial names, so:
The BBC banned the track for a different reason. The original song recorded in stereo had the word "Coca-Cola" in the lyrics, but because of BBC Radio's policy against product placement, Ray Davies was forced to make a 6000-mile round-trip flight from New York to London and back on June 3, 1970, interrupting the band's American tour, to change those words to the generic "cherry cola" for the single release, which is included on various compilation albums as well.
Davies: "...cherry cola".  "OK, Ray, we're done here."

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Situational standards for fact-checking

Federalist: "The State Of American ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Completely Useless" - "With a veneer of impartiality, fact-checkers engage in a uniquely dishonest style of partisanship."

Thank heaven Trump was corrected in his "one-in-three" claim when it was really only 31%.

Learn to code

Fox News: "Kayleigh McEnany says Instagram removed her Elizabeth Warren post for 'harassment or bullying'"

Aw, this was barely 1/1024 of a bullying.

Monday, February 04, 2019

I can't think of a single example

Twitchy: "‘Has this ever happened before?’ Was Justin Fairfax literally born yesterday?"

Poor guy can't believe he's being attacked over uncorroborated sexual assault allegations.

Extra - Federalist: "Washington Post Displays Glaring Double Standard When Reporting Sexual Assault Claims."

Power Line: "Funny how the Post didn’t apply that same standard of review to Brett Kavanaugh, but of course he’s a Republican so shut up."

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Patriots win!

The New England Patriots are now tied with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins (6).

The Patriots subreddit is gonna be LIT tonight.


Friday, February 01, 2019

Low expectations in Newark

I loved the unintentional humor of this line from an article about Cory Booker:
In Newark, Booker beat the corrupt old guard and became the first mayor in 45 years to leave office without being indicted.
Wow!  Let's skip the election.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ramping up the class warfare

Hit and Run: "Bernie Sanders Wants To Seize 77% of Dead Billionaires’ Estates" - "The estate tax is a form of double taxation."

We'll always have Prague

So much for that theory: "New evidence destroys Adam Schiff's theory about Trump tower meeting."  "The Senate Intelligence Committee obtained phone records showing Donald Trump Jr. did not speak with his father from a blocked telephone number in the days before the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016."  Just like Don Jr. testified.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

That happened

Turtleboy: "The Jussie Smollett Attempted Lynching By Trump Supporters Is One Of The Most Fantastic Works Of Fiction I’ve Ever Heard But It Fits The Narrative So It Doesn’t Matter."
Here’s how this story ends. The perpetrators will never be caught because this never happened. The Chicago Police will find out that he made this all up but he will not be arrested for it, because it’s bad PR for cops in the city where Laquan McDonald was killed 5 years ago by a cop to call out a gay black man for lying about a hate crime. There will be more fake hate crimes in the future and democrats running for President will throw this in the pile with them as part of their narrative that they are the antidote for Trump-inspired hate crimes. The media will do its part to not investigate whether or not any of this true, because the lie is better for business than the truth.
I left for work late today (snow) so I had the misfortune of seeing the "Today" show chowderheads reporting this "attack" without a hint of doubt that it really happened.  And then the topper was seeing a tweet by race huckster Al Sharpton.  I grew up in the metropolitan New York City area when Al Sharpton and his cohorts were peddling the ridiculous Tawana Brawley story and setting race relations back decades.

You and Meathead and Spartacus can shove it.  When this is exposed for the hoax it is, I'm sure AOC will tell us that the facts don't matter because Smollett was morally right.

Saturday, January 26, 2019


Too good to excerpt.  Andrew McCarthy: "Stone Indictment Underscores That There Was No Trump-Russia Conspiracy." 

Liz is coming for your silverware

Kevin Williamson on Liz Warren's scheme to seize assets: "The Kulaks Must Be Liquidated as a Class."  (HT: Maggie's Farm).
Senator Warren apparently has found her guiding spirit and has announced along with her presidential campaign a campaign of economic terror based on force, not law. Specifically, she has proposed to begin seizing a portion of the assets of some wealthy Americans, a course of action that the federal government has no constitutional power to undertake. The seizure of assets is a fundamentally different thing from the taxation of income, which itself took a constitutional amendment to implement. What Warren is proposing is essentially a federal version of the hated asset-forfeiture programs that have been so much abused by law-enforcement agencies — minus the allegation of criminal misconduct and made universal and annual.

The senator is in a bit of a panic: She hadn’t expected to face a challenge from her left in her quest for the Democratic nomination, but as her entire party lurches in a chávista direction, she has been forced to go one step farther lest she fall into the “moderate” class, whose members almost certainly will be slaughtered in the 2020 Democratic primary. And so she proposes this ridiculous and illegal course of action.
I'm silently rooting for a Warren candidacy because if I know one thing about Americans they love a hectoring left-wing Northeast female Senator who lies constantly. 

Buzzfeed: "You'll never guess what happened to the Newseum!"

Newsbusters: "Self-Indulgent Journalistic Shrine to Close After Hemorrhaging Money."


Hot Air: "Covington Bishop Apologizes To Students: “We … Allowed Ourselves To Be Bullied"

Friday, January 25, 2019

This thing is still going on?

Hit and Run: "Roger Stone Indictment Describes a Cover-Up of a Nonexistent Crime."

As I like to say: The Mueller investigation now exists to prosecute people who lie to the Mueller investigation.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The media realizes its own bias. Conservatives pounce.

There were so many mea culpa articles today where the mainstream media admitted they screwed the pooch on the Covington kids story.  This was typical: "NY Times Opinion: Twitter Is Ruining Journalism, Mostly By Revealing The Smug Partisans Who Make Up Its Ranks."

CNN's Brian Stelter wondered if journalists should sign off Twitter since they were fooled so badly by a refrigerator mechanic.  Ace said "heavens no, don't sign off Twitter!"
What twitter exposed was that you were also dumb, easily duped, eager to believe self-justifying conspiracy theories, thin-skinned, arrogant, incompetent, disgracefully lazy, psychologically (and almost certainly physically) inadequate, dunderheadedly unimaginative and unwilling to consider any idea not within the braindead leftwing Incela Corridor Conventional Wisdom Bubble, prone to the most cowardly go-along-to-get-along sort of groupthink, and weak.
I can't believe Ace said that about Time's Person of the Year.  Here's some more conservative pouncing from City Journal:
Reporters have always made errors, but mistakes should occur independent of ideology. What we’re seeing instead is a pattern—media miscues always occur in the same direction, in favor of the liberal perspective. Over the last two years, countless “bombshell” reports have signaled grave danger for the Trump presidency, up to and including impeachment or resignation. Trump’s son got an early look at the Wikileaks pages; Anthony Scaramucci was tied to a dodgy Russian hedge fund; Michael Cohen met Russians in Prague; Paul Manafort met Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London; James Comey would testify that Trump was under investigation; and so on. As outrage ebbs from each discredited story, it is relegated to the memory hole in time for the next one to emerge.
Strangely left off this list: Buzzfeed's super-exclusive on Trump's coaching of Michael Cohen.  Let's all shed a tear for Buzzfeed and Huffpost's beautiful, diverse, inclusive babySad!

Finally, let's conclude with this clear-headed admission from the Atlantic: "The Media Botched the Covington Catholic Story."
I am prompted to issue my own ethics reminders for The New York Times. Here they are: You were partly responsible for the election of Trump because you are the most influential newspaper in the country, and you are not fair or impartial. Millions of Americans believe you hate them and that you will casually harm them. Two years ago, they fought back against you, and they won. If Trump wins again, you will once again have played a small but important role in that victory.
Finally: all the news that's fit to print.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"I can't wait to see this display of wokeness"

"The one that was too #Metoo for Kevin Hart" - nobody.

Even Variety noticed that the most important component of an Academy Award nomination is having a social message.  Prepare yourself for a new ratings low

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Super Bowl 53

I can't remember the last time a Boston-based professional sports team beat Los Angeles.

Oh, wait, now I remember.

Let us now praise famous men

Like this guy:

And this guy:

See you at Super Bowl 53!

They're all Buzzfeed

Hit and Run: "The Media Wildly Mischaracterized That Video of Covington Catholic Students Confronting a Native American Veteran."  "Journalists who uncritically accepted Nathan Phillips' story got this completely wrong."

Extra - From Instapundit.

"Not even a pillow or blanket"

This memo from "Mark" ordering employees to get their ass to work was making the rounds on Reddit yesterday.  Now the owners of the ski resort are letting everyone know that - no - you can't force people to snowshoe to work. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

(Sad trombone)

And just like that, a million dreams of impeachment went up in smoke.  Fox News: "Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie."
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued an extraordinary statement disputing a bombshell news report claiming President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said Friday.
What a great day.  This turd of a report didn't last 24 hours.

Sad trombone.

Extra - Gateway Pundit: "Mueller’s Team NUKES BuzzFeed’s Latest Junk Report."

More - Long post at Instapundit.

Back by popular demand: the dumbest woman in Congress

Federalist: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Setting Women Back Light Years In Politics."
In mere minutes, Ocasio-Cortez managed to affirm nearly every negative stereotype about the female sex, from the trope that we’re no good at math to the notion that you shouldn’t trust us with a credit card. If all you saw was her example, you’d think we’re all just emotional dreamers who need to be reined in by reality.

Ocasio-Cortez is not the feminist hero most media coverage has made her out to be. If anything, her time in the spotlight has set women in politics back.
When Alex saw this blog post, she accused me of being a "snowflake" who gets triggered by strong women and that she had seen guys like me when she used to bartend so she sees right through me.  Then she offered up a detailed explanation how she's going to pay for programs that equal the total tax revenue the federal government collects every year:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

You're in control now, Adam!

How're things going as the new head of the House Intelligence Committee?  Daily Caller: "Bruce Ohr testimony undercuts Adam Schiff's defense of FBI."  "Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s testimony about his meetings with FBI officials regarding dossier author Christopher Steele severely undercuts claims made in 2018 by California Rep. Adam Schiff and his fellow Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee."

Extra - Gregg Jarrett: "Mueller's team knew 'dossier' kicking off Trump investigation was biased and defective."  This was hidden from the FISA court to launch this whole farce.

Here's your luggage, Nancy

Ace has some photos from Nancy's cancelled junket.  It's still funny.

Tell me again how Pelosi is some kind of 4-dimension chess player and master of the Washington game.  First she suggests cancelling the State of the Union because the Secret Service can't provide security.  When that lie was exposed, she said she was uncomfortable asking security personnel to work when they weren't being paid.  Then she decided to get out of Dodge with her Secret Service detail along with all the military security that would attend a trip to Afghanistan.

Trump brilliantly exposed this hypocrisy and twisted the knife by reminding Pelosi she could fly commercially if she liked.  I'll bet Nancy hasn't flown commercial since high school back when zeppelins were still a thing.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

But don't call it a witch hunt

Rich Lowry: "When Did It Become the FBI’s Job to Act as a Check and Balance to the President?" "The proximate cause of the FBI investigation, if the Times reporting is correct, wasn’t any new information about Russia’s activity. It was Trump acting entirely within his powers to fire his FBI director. This might be the first time that a FBI counterintelligence investigation was triggered by a lawful domestic action. This is crazy."

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sweet intentions

National Review: "Philadelphia's soda war."  "A tax on sweetened beverages harms businesses and achieves none of its goals."

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

Via Reddit: "Brewery offering free beer to anyone who can hit the 43-yard FG missed by Chicago kicker Cody Parkey."  Nobody made it but, as the video show and the comments reveal, the whole thing was rigged.  The kickers couldn't plant their feet on the ice-rink astroturf and the brewery banned amateur kickers.

Still sometimes it's nice to see some people get their come-uppance:

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The FBI investigation as a tautology

Andrew McCarthy: "FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump."
But all of these steps were just a matter of finally being overt about something that had been true for over a year: The FBI was conducting a probe to try to make a criminal case on Trump. Because they did not have solid evidence of a crime, they did it under counterintelligence authority rather than criminal authority – calculating that the cover of probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election would enable them to keep investigating while they tried to tighten up the obstruction case or find some other criminal offense.
Make no mistake, though: The investigation was always about Donald Trump, from Day One.
McCarthy details the revelation of this week that the Obama Justice Department opened an investigation on an incoming President under the guise of a "counterintelligence" effort, all the while telling Trump that he was not under investigation.  But the investigation itself was the vehicle to set a trap for Trump where he would be called out for obstruction.

Somebody asked why this investigation is being revealed now and answered that the FBI's conclusion that there is no evidence of collusion with the Russians is a way to telegraph to the anti-Trumpers that the Mueller report is going to be a huge nothingburger.

Gotta let 'em down easy.

Update - Red State: "...this seems like the last gasp of the Russia collusion narrative. Undoubtedly, the Democrats on Mueller’s team and those in-the-know in Department of Justice have told their friends in the media what sane people have known, there is no there there in the primary focus of Mueller’s investigation and they shouldn’t dig themselves in any deeper."

Extra - This article is getting a lot of attention for good reason: "On What Grounds Can the FBI Investigate the President as a Counterintelligence Threat?"

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Twitter star!

Politico: "Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez."  They must be secretly threatened by a strong woman, or something.  It can't possibly be her insane statements and positions.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

It's wrong to laugh at this but c'mon

Hit and Run: "We Found a Perfect Metaphor for Government."  "Woman parks legally. 45 minutes later, workers show up, install no parking signs. Hour later, woman's car is towed away."  Video at the link.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The well runs dry for Venezuela's whore, Joe Kennedy

Every winter, socialist socialite Joe Kennedy sells himself out for some free Venezuelan oil so he can traipse around Massachusetts like the Oil Fairy.  Even the Boston Globe got uncomfortable with the moral implications of accepting handouts from a dictatorship.

I just noticed this winter...hey, where are the commercials?  Then I went to his web page:
The Joe-4-Oil Heat Program is not currently accepting applications for assistance. Please check back here for updates.
Awww, Joe, what happened?  It's almost like the collapse of the Venezuelan economy put a damper on Joe's "charity."

Monday, January 07, 2019


Hot Air: "NYT On Biden’s Pitch: Democrats, I’m Your Only Hope."

I've seen this mania before where a political party wants to beat the incumbent so bad, they'll go for the guy who they think is most "electable."  Biden might be the guy, to be honest.  Maybe I'm old (perish the thought!) but Spartacus, Kamala, and Pocahontas have the gravity of Pluto and would get creamed by Trump.

Um, I mean: go Liz Warren!  All the way.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Apparently, tomatoes in gumbo is sacrilegious

I got an Instant Pot a couple months back and since then I've been searching for good recipes.  Saw a thread on Reddit and I thought a virtual knife fight was going to break out because somebody posted a gumbo recipe that included diced tomatoes.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Mineehaha hilarious

Daily Wire: "Elizabeth Warren Compares Scrutiny Of Her 'Native American Ancestry' To 'Birtherism'."

Warren has never been able to explain away her claims of Native American heritage to land jobs at UPenn and Harvard; she won't escape ongoing scrutiny with this ploy.  Her list of lies soars like an eagle.

Extra - From Legal Insurrection.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year!

This is my favorite thing of 2019, so far:

Related: "Patriots finished this year 11-5...we see it as a down year. Chiefs finished this year 12-4...we see it as an amazing year... ...Does everybody realize that the reason Patriots aren't a #1 seed is cause Gronk isn't a very good safety?"