Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Yup, pretty much

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

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

Monday, July 27, 2020

Somebody thought publishing this would be a good idea

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

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

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

Well, those three games were fun while they lasted.

This was also predicted

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

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Get ready for more of this

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

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

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

Feeding the crocodile

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

Friday, July 24, 2020

How great is this song? Super awesome great.

Giving in to the mob

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

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

This video has 150 million views

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

Monday, July 20, 2020

Stop me if you've heard this one

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

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

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

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

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

Flashback: "Chuck Todd is garbage."

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

Sunday, July 19, 2020

"They all said yes"

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

This is what you voted for

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

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

Thursday, July 16, 2020

It's official: Orion is a boondoggle

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The NYT is a garbage paper full of mean girls

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

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

The Babylon Bee called it:

Monday, July 13, 2020

The myth of systemic racism

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

Apocalypse update

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

Sunday, July 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 10, 2020

More top-notch reporting

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

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Look at awesome me

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

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

RBG and the wise latina

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

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

Extra - From Legal Insurrection

Monday, July 06, 2020

Luxury car runs down 2 women in Seattle

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

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

The garbage media again:

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Happy Fourth of July!

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

God bless the U.S.A.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Pontificating from the "Hamilton" stage

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

Celebrate freedom: move to Texas

Thursday, July 02, 2020

It's a mystery, you betcha

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

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

Oh, now we know who the leaker is

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