Friday, July 30, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The mark of every evil Empire

Let's see, just off the top of my head: Princess Leia in "Star Wars", Katniss in "The Hunger Games", and Tris in "Divergent."  There are many other novels and movies where the dystopian government stabs you in the arm.

No.  The answer is no, it can't.  Dummy.

"It's for your own good"

An illegal taking

Reason: "Should Taxpayers Be on the Hook for All Rental Debt Accrued During the Pandemic? - A new lawsuit from landlords argues that the CDC's eviction moratorium was a taking, and that they're entitled to compensation."

A recent ruling from the Supreme Court seems to support their argument:
Helping the NAA's case is a U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Cedar Point Nursery case handed down in June. That decision found that a California law requiring employers to give union organizers access to their property was a taking, and thus entitled those employers to compensation.

"The Supreme Court gave a big boon to challenges to these moratoria on Takings Clause  grounds," said Blevins. "All you have to show is that the government has authorized a temporary invasion of private property and this really does look like that. The CDC moratorium, even though it's temporary, requires landlords to allow a tenant who's in breach of the lease agreement because of nonpayment  to occupy the premises."
There's going to be a lot of demand for U-Haul trucks this weekend.

The science is settled...for a day or so

Twitchy: "‘Goalposts keep on moving’! Biden denies ever saying the vaccinated don’t need masks, then says ‘that was true at the time’."


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Aristocrats!

Matt Taibbi: "The Vaccine Aristocrats - Covid-19 cases are rising, but the "Pandemic of the Unvaccinated" blame-game campaign is the worst way to address the problem."
The former group, the people who say they’re paying the bills, have spent years now trying to let the rabble know there’s a limit to both their patience and their generosity. They’ve made it clear there are limits to how much speech freedom they’ll confer, how much political choice or right to assembly will be permitted, how much ignorance will be allowed to fester. The news landscape has become writer Thomas Frank’s dreaded “utopia of scolding,” with every screen full of finger-wagging Rahms and croaking Brian Stelters telling us how “fed up” they are with others’ inadequacy. This approach not only will fail, it already has, over and over.
My feeling is that it's entirely rational for Americans, especially young and healthy Americans, to question whether the threat of covid is worse than a vaccine that is being distributed under emergency status and has not been approved (yet) by the FDA.  It's not crazy to question whether there might be unseen long-term effects of the vaccine, especially for kids who have an extremely low rate of covid complications.

All the superior scolding is not going to change this viewpoint.

Monday, July 26, 2021

What happened to the ACLU?

The Corner: "The ACLU Promotes an Absurd Conspiracy Theory about the Second Amendment."

The liberal organization used to have a core mission of defending the liberties spelled out in the Bill of Rights.  Now it looks like the Second Amendment is as flexible as their new position on the First: "The ACLU Retreats From Free Expression"
The American Civil Liberties Union has explicitly endorsed the view that free speech can harm “marginalized” groups by undermining their civil rights. “Speech that denigrates such groups can inflict serious harms and is intended to and often will impede progress toward equality,” the ACLU declares in new guidelines governing case selection and “Conflicts Between Competing Values or Priorities.”

This is presented as an explanation rather than a change of policy, and free-speech advocates know the ACLU has already lost its zeal for vigorously defending the speech it hates. 

Philippines wins its first gold medal

This is such a great story: the Philippines has never won a gold medal since they started attending the Olympic games in 1924.  Today, Hidilyn Diaz took the gold in women's weightlifting.  Nice!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

You can go now

Hot Air: "Texas Democrats unravel - "I'm just pissed off" that Biden won't meet with them."

I'm reminded of the old axiom that guests and fish start to smell after 3 days.  These clowns have done nothing but spread covid.

Friday, July 23, 2021

This is intimidation of a Supreme Court justice

National Review: "Brett Kavanaugh Faces Another Round of Smears and Intimidation."  This is in regard to 4500 so-called "tips" to an FBI hotline.  Not only were they all bogus but every Senator had access to the FBI's report:
Mike Davis, who served as chief counsel for nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Kavanaugh hearings, tells National Review that there was a summary of all 4,500 tips in the FBI’s report, which was available to all 100 U.S. senators.
“They printed out the entire tip-line summary,” says Davis. “Every senator had full access to read those things if they wanted to.”
Davis makes a crucial point about Senate Democrats now expressing outrage: “If there was anything that caught their attention, they could have flagged it for further investigation.”

Every whack-job in the world called into that thing. That’s why there were 4,500 [tips],” says Davis. “Grassley’s team went through the entire tip-line. It was nonsense.”
This is all just the latest ploy to stir up the Democrat base and work up the argument for court-packing.  And if a good man like Kavanaugh has to go through this character assassination yet again, well, you need to break some eggs to make an omelet. 

That liar Christine Blasey-Ford and her lawyers need to be sued.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The CNN-Biden dumpster fire

Shot: "Biden, Don Lemon roasted for performances during CNN town hall: ‘Uncomfortable to watch’."

News coverage of Biden's mumble-fest has been sparse...for some reason.

The Grifter

Ace: "Incredible: Hunter Biden to Meet Personally, Face-to-Face, from the "Art Buyers" Who Are Supposed to Remain Anonymous."

When Hunter started his new grift, we were assuaged by the White House that - oh, heavens no - this isn't selling access because the buyers of Hunter's finger-paintings will be anonymous.  Now, like the conclusion of "Animal Farm," we're told that "anonymous buyers good but face-to-face buyers better!"

Jen Psaki is really earning that Baghdad Bob reputation, insisting that Hunter Van Gogh is just following his passion.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Super-woke NPR

Matt Taibbi: "NPR's Brilliant Self-Own."
NPR has not run a piece critical of Democrats since Christ was a boy. Moreover, much like the New York Times editorial page (but somehow worse), the public news leader’s monomaniacal focus on “race and sexuality issues” has become an industry in-joke. For at least a year especially, listening to NPR has been like being pinned in wrestling beyond the three-count. Everything is about race or gender, and you can’t make it stop.

Conservatives have always hated NPR, but in the last year I hear more and more politically progressive people, in the media, talking about the station as a kind of mass torture experiment, one that makes the most patient and sensible people want to drive off the road in anguish.
This article was a hoot but the real gold is in the comments.  Dozens of people who say they once listened to NPR now say they simply can't stand the relentless woke-ness.  This was my favorite:
When NPR is on I play a game: see how long it can go before it mentions race, gender, and oppression thereof. I've clocked them at about 15 seconds.
When I left work today, I played the NPR Game.  The first story to come up was about problems in foster care and - bang! - any problems in foster care are worse for blacks and people of color.  Right there in the introduction.

Monday, July 19, 2021

That's not how it works, Joe

Fox Business: "Biden insists massive government spending will tamp down inflation."

This is like putting out a fire with gasoline.

Defund NPR and the lying liars who work there

Ace: "Taxpayer-Funded State Media NPR: Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire Is "Misinformation" Because It Favors One Political Party."

If I could take a slight diversion, I was listening to NPR this morning and they hosted Senator Amy Klobuchar to talk about the recently-passed voting reform law in Georgia.  And by "talk", I mean "lie":
KLOBUCHAR: This couldn't be more important, Noel. We are seeing, as you just pointed out, nearly 400 bills that have been introduced across the country, a number of them actually signed into law, including this one right here in Georgia, which is Exhibit A - so egregious with the limits it puts on mail-in balloting, on ballot boxes, on no water for voters in line to be given out by nonpartisan volunteers.
And here's my beef with NPR: when they have a conservative on the air, they are constantly challenged by NPR hosts but when there's a liberal like Klobuchar on, she is allowed to make these provably false statements without a hint of pushback.  This goes on at NPR all the time.  

Here are the facts on the Georgia voting law:

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Return of the misery index

National Review: "Welcome back, Carter." - "The 70s are back!," declares French fashion magazine l’Officiel. No kidding: Prices are up, crime is up, Iranian kidnapping plots targeting Americans are up. . . . Surely the groovy sounds of disco and a heady whiff of Hai Karate cannot be far behind." 

Extra - From Powerline.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Taxes, death, and more taxes

National Review: "Biden’s ‘Double Death Tax’" - "After these unrealized, unsold, phantom gains are subject to the new 50 percent double death tax, there is still the matter of the old death tax to deal with. Imagine a 50 percent death tax followed by a 40 percent death tax on what is left, and you get the idea. Karl Marx called for the confiscation of wealth at death, but even he probably never dreamed this big."

It's always for your own good

Legal Insurrection: "Biden Admin Calls for Cross-Platform Social Media Deplatforming - When fascism comes to America it will look like Jen Psaki and will be carrying the DNC flag." 

Look upon my martyrdom and tremble

Twitchy: "‘Performative nonsense’: Dem who fled Texas on a chartered jet now forced to wash her bra and panties in the sink."

These people are high on their own supply.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Atlantic under water

Legal Insurrection: "Report: ‘The Atlantic’ Has Lost Tens of Millions of Dollars, May Not Turn a Profit Until 2023" - "According to NBC News, “[Editor-in-chief Jeffrey] Goldberg has privately expressed fear that Powell Jobs and her organization, Emerson Collective, might pull the plug if the magazine doesn’t reach profitability within the next four to five years, Atlantic sources said."  

As a former subscriber, let me tell Jeffrey Goldberg where The Atlantic lost its way.  Here is a cover from the Atlantic from 2014 back when they wrote interesting stories:

I remember this story so distinctly as it described scheduled play dates and helicopter parents, and the long-term effects of children dependent upon their parents for socializing and conflict-resolution.  It's the kind of story that appeals to a wide audience, relevant, measured, and topical.

Then Trump won the Presidency and The Atlantic went full retard.  Here are just a handful of cover stories they featured:

"The Trump Presidency: A Damage Report"
"How American Politics Went Insane"
"Can Satire Save the Republic?" (with an Alec Baldwin cover)
"How to Build an Autocracy"
"Is Democracy Dying?"
"How to Destroy a Government"
and, of course: "Impeach."

Those were just the covers, but every issue had the same drumbeat that never changed.  Even if you agreed with the magazine, it was a crushingly monotonous bore. 

Clearly not allowed

Red State: "Dems Can't Help Themselves; Embed the PRO Act into the Infrastructure Bill Reconciliation."

The Byrd rule of budget reconciliation says the bill can only deal with spending or taxes.  Bernie just went ahead anyway so he can claim he tried.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Ponzi scheme winds down

Reason: "Shaky Social Security Trust Fund May Run Out in 11 Years" - "Are you ready for 30 percent cuts in benefits to keep the program alive?"  

Squinting at the teleprompter

Legal Insurrection: "Joe Biden’s BIG LIE About Republican Voter Suppression Is About Busting The Legislative Filibuster" - "Biden blabbering about “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War” is just an excuse to curtail liberty and destroy voting integrity."

First of all, I'm well on-record predicting there will be no change to the legislative filibuster.  Not gonna happen.  So we can skip that concern.

Second, after reading several accounts of "Biden's" speech, I'm struck by how exactly nobody thinks he had a hand in writing a single word.  The vast consensus is that his handlers pushed him on stage to read some words, with the promise of a pudding after he's done.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Eventually, the media will run out of questions on ice cream flavors

American Greatness: "The Democrats’ Topsy-Turvy Spin Machine - The media can’t cover for Joe Biden’s “Gong Show” administration indefinitely."
Everything appears to be topsy-turvy: the chairman of the joint chiefs and the chairman of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, made almost identical statements about critical race theory. The Democrats now claim the Republicans are the ones who wished to defund the police, and now they suddenly have discovered the virtue of voter identification, which, up until yesterday, they had been shrieking from the roof-tops was tantamount to the restoration of slavery. Apparently, it’s not Jim Crow after all. 

The media are so absurdly partisan they will try to allow the Democrats a free pass across the barricades on those issues. But the accumulating disasters for the Biden Administration will not be entirely absorbed by the (agonizingly slow) return to work of Americans after COVID and the miracle of the Warp Speed vaccine development, (for which Trump must receive no credit). The media can’t cover for this “Gong Show” administration indefinitely, but I must admit they have lasted longer than I expected, given their invertebrate response to almost everything else. 
Speaking of accumulating disasters: "Inflation surges to 13-year high."  

Monday, July 12, 2021

Minority rights

Red State: "Texas Democrats Decide to Play a Ridiculous Game of Chicken They Can't Win."

I'm so confused: is it the right of a minority to thwart the majority OK or not?  It's a binary question.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Tone deaf

Fox News: "Kamala Harris slammed for claiming rural Americans can't photocopy their IDs - The vice president tried to back her claim by saying rural communities don't have Kinkos or OfficeMax."

Do you know where I make my photocopies?  On my 20-year-old HP scanner/printer.

She's a piece of work.

Extra - From Twitchy

Afghan skedaddle

Althouse, quoting a CNN story: ""On Thursday President Joe Biden spoke in defense of his ill-considered, hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, in remarks peopled with straw men and littered with false assertions."

One of these assertions is that, even though Biden has reversed dozens of Trump policies, gosh-darn-it he just can't reverse the agreement Trump made with the Taliban.

Extra - Instapundit: "This is from Biden-friendly CNN, so you know it’s bad." 

Friday, July 09, 2021

Already over the Olympics

Reason: "With Spectators Banned, Tokyo Olympics Look Like an Even Bigger Money Pit."

Ugh.  I really have no interest in watching the woman's gymnastic team 20/7.

Conversations from Vox SJWs on race

This video showed up on my recommended YouTube videos: "Worst Vox Video EVER?"  I was intrigued.  It was a group of self-important, mid-20s people from Vox doing the only thing they ever do when it comes to the subject of race: self-flagellation.

Except for the black guy who said, no, it's not racist to want to date people from your same race.  "You like who you like."  Good for you, buddy.

Otherwise, what I absolutely loved and sent my head nodding up-and-down was when the host noted that there are always conversations about having conversations on race.  We need to acknowledge our sins and come together to have a real conversation.  We need to look past our biases and have that conversation.

One problem: we never have that conversation.

Anyway, check it out.  Well done, dude.

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Saturday, July 03, 2021

While the U.S. media hides the decline

Daily Wire: "Foreign Media Skewer Joe Biden As ‘Barely Cogent,’ ‘Bizarre’." 

Ermergawd, Joe got ice cream again!

The internal polling must be horrific

Twitchy: "‘This is unbelievable’: Jen Psaki dials the ‘defund the police’ gaslighting up to eleven (again)."

More Kamala leaks?

Red State: "Dems Leak More Fears About Kamala for the Future."

What's going on here?  Is this just disgruntled staffers or something more?  Some have suggested that the answer to cui bono is Jill Biden who (allegedly) has a frosty relationship with Kamala.  

Thursday, July 01, 2021

DOJ case against GA probably DOA

Power Line: "Supreme Court delivers major blow to Dems' campaign against state election laws."

The Department of Justice case against Georgia's election law was already ridiculous and now the Supreme Court has telegraphed it has no basis in law. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Token in waiting

Politico: "‘Not a healthy environment’: Kamala Harris’ office rife with dissent." 

Gosh, I can't believe the California candidate who dropped out before the Iowa caucus would be accused of ineptness.  /sarc

Monday, June 28, 2021

Ignore her

Hot Air: "Dan Crenshaw: Gwen Berry should be kicked off the U.S. Olympic team."

Can we not do this?  Look: she made her grand gesture and it's probably the last time we'll ever see her.

It's not funny but it's kinda funny

Look at the sign language translator behind Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot when she's asked about a couple killed execution-style.  At the 50 second mark.  

Friday, June 25, 2021

Butt-hurt over the failure of HR1

Andrew McCarthy: "Biden Lawsuit against Georgia Election Law Illustrates Radicalism of DOJ and Its Civil Rights Chief." - "As our Caroline Downey reports, the Justice Department will today announce that it is suing Georgia over the latter’s election-integrity law. This is ridiculous. The law provides for voting far more extensive than the Constitution’s minimal standards, and well beyond what, about five minutes ago, were state-law norms. The lawsuit is yet another sign, as if we needed one, that the Biden Justice Department is the Obama DOJ 2.0, an activist tool that puts the awesome law-enforcement power of the federal government in the service of woke progressivism."  

It's funny because of the truthiness

Babylon Bee: "Biden Says Latinx Aren't Getting Vaccinated Because Their Giant Sombreros Make It Impossible To Enter Pharmacies."  

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Unsurprising and so satisfying

There it is, American media: you're the worst.  The absolute worst: "U.S. Has Lowest Trust of Media In 46 Countries Surveyed, According to Reuters Institute Report."

Remember how after Trump surprised everybody and you guys were going to engage in some introspection?  For example, this New York Times article on November 9th, 2016: "How Did the Media — How Did We — Get This Wrong?"
Mr. Rutenberg had just finished writing about how the media had missed Mr. Trump’s wide appeal, and what that misfire says about journalists’ flawed understanding of major swaths of our country.
You guys were going to have a corn dog at the Iowa State Fair and rub elbows (the suede elbows on your tweed jackets) with the NASCAR fans.  But soon you fell back on your insular, hive-mind, bi-coastal ways and here we are.  Or rather, there you are.  At the bottom.

You earned this, American media.

Checking the box

Hot Air: "House Dem: This Harris border visit is a joke, you know."  Yeah, we know. 

Buckhead pulls on to the off-ramp

PJ Media: "Atlanta May Be Headed for a Final Divorce as Communities Nationwide Seek to Redraw the Lines."

Buckhead, a portion of Atlanta, Georgia, is looking to break free from the rest of a city in rapid decline. After decades of increased safety that started ahead of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, it took one woman and a single summer to ruin it. Not even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can beat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ time for running a city into the ground. It took de Blasio two terms. Bottoms has been so spectacular she’s announced she won’t even run for a second one.

The stories of runaway crime are shocking, just violent assaults without a robbery motive.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

As predicted, Kamala fails

Aside from handling the border crisis, Kamala Harris was given the job of moving the "For the People" act through the Senate.  She botched it.  And I'm not saying it was easy but it would have been a moral victory to peel off a single Republican and call it a bipartisan win.  Instead, it's obvious that Kamala backed away from her assignment and did absolutely nothing.

Hot Air had an article this morning about how the Left is noticing that Biden and Harris don't do much:
Did progressives even notice how Biden and Kamala Harris campaigned for their jobs last year? Biden restricted himself to tightly controlled appearances with very few people in attendance, and Harris didn’t get out much more than that. At the time, we assumed this was a political version of Mohammed Ali’s “Rope-a-Dope,” forcing the media to cover Trump rather than Biden. Strategy or not, it succeeded.

Since inauguration, however, Biden has barely changed this strategy — hiding from the media until forced into the open. It took more than two months for Biden to hold his first open press conference, and then didn’t do another until his G-7 trip and summit with Putin last week. He’s back in the White House now and hasn’t popped out to test his shadow since. It’s not that Biden and Harris aren’t using their bully pulpits to lead on the progressive agenda — it’s that they’re not leading at all.
Joe is an old dude.  What's Kamala's excuse, other than her unalloyed ineptness (see: her campaign.)?  She's just so bad at her job.  

Monday, June 21, 2021

This video is wild

Hot Air: "WaPo video: Here's how to understand your whiteness."

I can't fathom the mindset of these self-loathing white women.  It's Racial Stockholm Syndrome.

On the other hand are the American parents who are not insane: "The Backlash against Critical Race Theory Is Real"
Some of these approaches will be more effective — and more appropriate — than others, but, they are all now inevitable. They will not be stopped by academic sophistry. They will not be stopped by epithets and insults. And they certainly will not be stopped by professional pococurantists who simply refuse to believe that anyone could possibly care about the matter at all.
I had to look up pococurantist, too.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Defund NPR and CRT

This morning I was on the road and heard this tripe on NPR: "Understanding The Republican Opposition To Critical Race Theory."  Short summary: we're all a bunch of backward hicks for opposing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and - gosh darn it - we just don't understand it:
SPRUNT: You'll also hear some Republican lawmakers and media outlets say, you know, this theory is unpatriotic. It tells white people that they're racist, you know, just for being white, when, of course, the actual theory itself is about institutions, not individuals.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Right. It's about the systems that are in play and how that has actually created more difficulties for Black and brown people.
Oh, heavens no, we're not attacking white people, just systemic racism.  Ben Shapiro has several videos where he asks the question: "What system?  What institution?"  But there's never an answer.  "Systemic racism" exists as a Schrodinger's Cat of social systems, both existing yet unprovable.

But remember: we're the uneducated rubes in this morality play, duped by those puppet masters at Fox News.

Noah Rothman has an article in Commentary saying the backlash against CRT is real and it's spectacular (excerpt on Instapundit):
The idea that conservatives did anything more than notice this mania is laughable. The legislative efforts on the local level, some of which flirt with violating civic and constitutional propriety, deserve skepticism because this reckoning is entirely organic. Right-wing overreach threatens that emerging consensus. But Republicans should take heart in how Democrats are trying to convince themselves that none of this is real, and no serious person questions the validity of CRT’s sudden ubiquity. They’ll never see it coming.
Americans are a tolerant group and they'll put up with a lot of stuff they don't necessarily agree with.  That is, until you get to their kids.  Then, brother, the gloves are off. 

Also: defund NPR.  Enough is enough.

Virtue signalling is a hell of a drug

Meanwhile, here in the Pioneer Valley, the Amherst-Northampton nexus of white liberals is up to their old tricks: "A price tag on trauma? Amherst weighs Black reparations."

I'm quite sure this effort is going nowhere fast since nobody - from Cori Bush to Ta-Nahesi Coates - has ever been able to articulate a plan for reparations.  Even the aggrieved former professor in the MSN story shrugs his shoulders and suggests they rename an office for him.

Related - Legal Insurrection: "Eleven U.S. Mayors Call For Paying Reparations In Their Cities" - "But have no idea how the money will be paid."  

Friday, June 18, 2021

Putin wins again

I'm sure Sleepy Joe gave Putin a real tongue-lashing before caving in.  Hot Air: "White House temporarily halts $100 million weapons sale to Ukraine."  

Even if this was planned or simply standard policy, why make this move less than a week after meeting with Putin?  C'mon, man!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

He ain't getting any younger

Jim Treacher: "Joe Biden Is Too Old to Be President - We all know it"

Here's your "when you've lost CNN" moment: "CNN’s Jeff Zeleny says he’s never seen a president so protected by his aides as Joe Biden."  That explains why Dementia Joe has had a grand total of (checks notes) one formal press conference.

This was the end result of his blow-up at Kaitlin Collins: "Biden Gets No Pudding Cup Today As Punishment For Taking A Question."  

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Leave Sleepy Joe alone!

This tweet is a near-perfect encapsulation of media bias:  

Commenting is back on

Wow, my buddy Roger asked about commenting and, honestly, I wasn't aware it was turned off.  I had an...incident some time ago and I think my caretaker must have turned off comments.

Anyway, have at it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

But good intentions, part 2

Reason: "Study Finds Biden's American Jobs Plan Would Result in Fewer American Jobs - It’s a jobs plan that isn’t about jobs, and an infrastructure plan that isn’t about infrastructure." 

At least we'll have plenty of inflation

Monday, June 14, 2021

But good intentions

The Corner summarizes a study comparing the behavior of businesses in California and Texas with regard to minimum wage workers: "Unintended Consequences of a Minimum-Wage Hike."
Interestingly, as the minimum wage crept up in California relative to Texas, stores in the Golden State did not measurably reduce the number of employee hours they paid for. What they did, instead, was to spread those hours around: hire more workers, but have each employee work fewer hours.

What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, as the authors note, “workers have to work at least 20 hours per week on average to be eligible for retirement benefits and work at least 30 hours per week for employer-sponsored health insurance based on the [Affordable Care Act].” They estimate that stores can save roughly a quarter of the cost of the higher wages simply by getting out of contributing to these benefits.
In addition, the reduced hours per employee were more erratic as businesses tried to hold workers below the benefit threshold. 

Full docket

Volokh Conspiracy: "SCOTUS will decide 18 cases in the next two weeks" - "Trump is out of office. Justice Barrett replaced Justice Ginsburg. And there is an actual presidential commission considering Court Packing. And almost every outstanding case will turn right. Red June lies ahead."  

Sunday, June 13, 2021

You done messed up, Tom Hanks

Did you think you could escape the Wokeness Apocalypse?  Wrong, Forrest Gump; it's never enough.

Sleepy media for Sleepy Joe

Washington Examiner: "Most of the media will sleep through the Biden years." - "No wonder Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald calls the legacy media “stenographers for the state.” Press coverage of Biden isn’t just soft. It’s the least critical of any president in the past three decades, according to a study by nonpartisan think tank Pew Research Center."

I can think of a couple reasons for this aside from the media's typical bias.  Tapioca Brains can barely perform his minimal duties before Jill needs to lead him away by the elbow.  It's cruel to criticize a man who doesn't know what's going on half the time.  So the media calls a lid.

Extra - Twitchy: "Joe Biden's presser is just a hot mess."  "120 days," he growled, then fled.

Only ten?

Michael Goodwin: "My Top 10 media lies."  

Friday, June 11, 2021

Je suis Charlie

Reason: "The World Loves Free Speech—Except When They're Offended" - "Americans oppose restrictions, but report feeling less free to speak about political matters."  

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The Ralph Northam standard of absolution

Shot: "The New York Times Helped a Vindictive Teen Destroy a Classmate Who Uttered a Racial Slur When She Was 15."

You're not going to move Manchin

Hot Air: "Breakdown: Biden ends talks with Capito over infrastructure".  Here's a take:
My half-baked cloak-and-dagger theory is that Biden tanked the negotiations deliberately, to put more pressure on Manchin at a moment when he’s already under tremendous pressure from the left to figure out a way to pass their agenda along partisan lines. The sooner he shows Manchin that the GOP won’t agree to anything, the sooner Manchin has to decide once and for all if he’s movable on doing things by a simple majority or if this is how it’s going to go for the rest of Biden’s presidency.
Honestly I don't know where people think this magical "pressure" is going to come from.  The dude has made his opinion on both the filibuster and reconciliation crystal-clear in speech and writing.  Repeatedly.

Chuck Schumer can't bring any pressure on Manchin.  The moment he does, Manchin could flip Republican and Chuckie is back to bring minority leader.  Nobody in West Virginia is putting pressure on Manchin to cave to the Democrats.  

The media and Democrats (I repeat myself) can't move Manchin.  He doesn't give a s--t.  

Monday, June 07, 2021

AOC's abuela is still poor

Jim Treacher: "AOC = Abjure Offered Cash"
AOC has yet to make a public statement about any of this, and I doubt any “journalists” will pursue it because they don’t want to embarrass her. What is she supposed to say? Her attempt to leverage her family’s problems for political ends was brilliantly exposed as a cheap stunt, and she can hardly condemn the people who raised a ton of money to help her grandma.

Congratulations to Matt Walsh at the Daily Wire for figuring out how to get AOC to finally shut up: Try to help her.
I've pretty much stopped writing about AOC because - let's face it - she's low-hanging fruit.  She's a deeply dumb person who, nonetheless, keeps shooting off her mouth and inviting ridicule.  When she's backed into a corner, she deploys one of two defenses: 1) you don't understand our culture and 2) I used to be a bartender.  Matt Walsh's trolling perfectly exposed her game.

And, no, the media won't ask her any questions.  Not poor Sandy. 

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Nothing outside the State

Red State: "AOC's Family Rejects Generous Matt Walsh Fundraiser to the Tune of $100,000."

It is way more important for AOC to keep her dear abuela as a prop for the narrative that help can only come from the government.

Very revealing, indeed.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Trolling level: Legend

Daily Caller: "Matt Walsh’s Campaign To Save Ancestral Home Of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Abuela Raises More Than $10,000 In One Hour."

I just checked the GoFundMe page and it's up to almost $92,000.  Dios mio.  

Slowly, so slowly, the light dawns

Twitchy: "‘Purely coincidental’?: Biden admin. changes its tune after lackluster jobs report."

After news that the labor participation rate dropped last month, certain lucid members of the Biden administration are admitting the obvious that paying people to stay home isn't working out. 

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Stunning and brave

Federalist: "Biden Promises To Fly Gay Pride Flags ‘Around The World,’ Except Where Homosexuals Are Being Persecuted."  

It really isn't

Twitchy: "New York Times’ Ben Smith finds it ‘really amazing’ how the media mostly looked away from the lab-leak theory."

These no-talent ass clowns never learn.  You'd think the shock of the 2016 election and a breathless year of "Russia! Russia! Russia!" would force these dopes into some introspection.  Instead, they seem to have doubled down on woke.  They found a hero in Anthony Fauci because he was not Trump and mortgaged their credibility:
While the propagandist media is busy fawning over Fauci as some sort of superhuman godlet who was single-handedly battling WuFlu in some kind of one-man cage match against President Trump and the Wuhan coronavirus, these emails reveal a startling truth. They tell the story not just of Fauci’s blatant, politically-motivated lies to the public but also the great lengths the legacy media and Big Tech went to shut down any discussion of the virus’s origins or mask use efficacy. It was not about stopping the spread of “misinformation” but was a calculated political ploy to shut down the truth.  But we knew that.  And now we have proof.

Legal Insurrection’s very own Leslie, in her extensive coverage of the virus, posted reports that COVID-19 may have originated in a Chinese lab in March 2020. Such statements were deemed “misinformation” and banned from YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Ben Smith is now the media critic at the New York Times and this happened on his watch:
Last week [July 2020], the Times ran a story about a 30-year-old Texas man who believed COVID-19 was a hoax and contracted the disease at a “COVID party” before dying. Every detail of the story was uncorroborated, which made it exactly the kind of urban legend that moral panics produce. Though it was viral on social media, because it confirmed all the prejudices of the Times’s energized liberal readership, the Times began to edit the story as it was criticized here in National Review and in Wired. The entire tone of the story went from credulous to skeptical, but you wouldn’t have noticed the difference if you hadn’t been paying close attention, because no editor’s notes were appended to it announcing the changes. The Times has begun “stealth editing” its stories in this manner more and more lately, effacing the traditional journalistic ethic that seeks to keep an intact record not just of the news, but of how the reporting of the news evolves.
I've highlighted the very important part to explain how narrative has supplanted fact in the media.  "Amazing," Ben?  Nope, it's the all-too-predictable result of the hive mentality in the Bubble.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Also doomed: the entire Democrat agenda

Big news via Hot Air: "Senate parliamentarian all but quashes new attempt at reconciliation."

Put briefly, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the Democrats already used their one "get out of filibuster free" card and can't use it again until the next fiscal year.

Looks like Mitch McConnell is back in charge.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Let's hear it for the 14th amendment, too

Federalist: "Federal Court Strikes Down Race-Based Restaurant Bailouts In Biden’s COVID-19 Spending Bill."

This rule is so obviously a violation of the equal protection clause that I can't believe the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 on the decision.  But then I never thought a Supreme Court justice could come to the conclusion a baker could be forced to decorate a cake.

Freedom of speech, baby

This is a really excellent article: "Answers to 12 Bad Anti-Free Speech Arguments: Featuring That XKCD Cartoon Everyone Likes to Quote!"  

Friday, May 28, 2021

A confederacy of bootlickers

American Greatness: "Fawning Media Gets a Big Scoop on Biden’s Favorite Ice-Cream" - "When given a rare opportunity to question Joe Biden on any number of critical issues facing the nation—the crisis at the southern border, inflation, the Wuhan lab leak, skyrocketing gas prices, and rising crime rates, to name a few—the fawning corporate media on Thursday opted to grill him about his choice of ice cream instead."

It's funny because it's believable - Babylon Bee: "Reporters Cheer As Biden Takes Huge Bite Out Of Microphone Mistaking It For Ice Cream."  

It's inflation

PJ Media: "A Terrifying Omen For America Under Biden Becomes Even Worse."  

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The narrative rules at the NY Times

Volokh Conspiracy: "Another Example of Why the New York Times is Not a Trustworthy Source" - "The Times doesn't even pay attention to its own reporting when it doesn't suit the narrative, in this case that until this month, recent antisemitic violence was largely a Trump-related phenomenon." 

Assemble the social workers

NY Post: "Atlanta councilman Antonio Brown, who voted to defund police, has car stolen."

Irony can be pretty ironic.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Alternate viewpoint

Red State: "Fox News' The Five Just Announced a Major, Permanent Departure"

It's Juan Williams who - I'll admit - I like.  While I disagree with him on most issues, he stands in the arena and defends his position. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

North to Alaska!

Reason: "A 135-Year-Old Maritime Law Is Stopping Cruise Ships From Returning to Alaska" - "President Biden signed a bill Monday that temporarily waives the regulation. Why not just repeal the law?"

Short version: Maritime law requires cruise ships to make at least one stop in a foreign country.  So if you take a cruise to Alaska, you're either going to depart from Vancouver or make a stop in Victoria.  But Canada was closing their ports due to covid and Congress passed a regulation waiver double-quick to get those cruise ships running again (both House and Senate passed on a voice vote).

Monday, May 24, 2021

Facts and "facts"

Matt Taibbi: "Fact-Checking" Takes Another Beating."  Concerning the origin of Covid:
The consensus was so strong that some well-known voices saw social media accounts suspended or closed for speculating about Covid-19 having a “lab origin.” One of those was University of Hong Kong virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who went on Tucker Carlson’s show last September 15th to say “[Covid-19] is a man-made virus created in the lab.” After that appearance, PolitiFact — Poynter’s PolitiFact — gave the statement its dreaded “Pants on Fire” rating.
Taibbi gives a defense of fact-checkers but also correctly notes they bent the truth if it meant giving Trump an ounce of credit. 

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Running out of other people's money

American Institute for Economic Research: "The War on Retirement"

Ironically, this war on retirement began with Social Security in 1935. Rather than establishing a forced savings program wherein people would save money during their working years and have that money returned to them during retirement, the government established a Ponzi scheme wherein later participants paid off earlier participants. As with all Ponzi schemes, the program was sustainable only if there were more people paying into the system than were receiving benefits from it. By the early 1980s, too few people were paying in, and Congress fired its first salvo at retirees by making previously tax-free retirement benefits taxable. This tweak in the rules breathed new life into the Ponzi scheme, and Social Security reserves once again grew. But the scheme faltered again in 2010 and since then, Social Security has been paying out more than it brings in. Current estimates have the trust fund becoming insolvent by 2035.

To keep this bloated program afloat, Congress will eventually be forced to fire yet another salvo when it either raises workers’ taxes or reduces retirees’ benefits. And with each passing year this albatross around workers’ necks will become heavier.

The only way the Social Security Ponzi scheme could keep on running was if Americans keep pumping out kids to become workers paying into the system.  Yet birth rates have been steady declining for the last six years leading to this moment: "U.S. Birthrate Fell By 4% In 2020, Hitting Another Record Low."  

Social Security contains the seeds of its own demise.  In the aforementioned year of 2035, per current law, once the Trust Fund is depleted, benefits will be automatically cut by 25% since the program can only pay out benefits equal to income.  For a program that already has a negative rate of investment return (unless you live over 90), this benefit cut will really expose the house of cards.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

It's a riot they can't figure this out

A laugh riot, of course.  Twitchy: "Authors of NY Times op-ed get some help diagnosing reasons for ‘rapid decline’ in BLM support last year." 

I'm really curious what accounts for the Democrats' (still) positive opinion of BLM.  Here's a group that has pulled in millions of dollars in contributions and the only investment they've made is real estate in Topanga Hils, California.  

"Learn to code" - Mushhead Joe

Babylon Bee: "Laid-Off American Construction Workers Dress Up As Russians In Hopes Of Getting Job On New Russian Pipeline."  

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Nothingburgers for dinner again

The Week: "The enormous downside of another long, public Trump investigation that comes to nothing."
At present, it's not clear Trump himself will ever be prosecuted. Tuesday's news is zero guarantee he'll be charged, tried, convicted, or imprisoned. To my mind, with the information currently available to the public, telling the American people to expect Trump's prosecution is telling them to engage in fantasy.
Memeorandum hit count tonight: "Trump" 16, "Biden" 8. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

In Nancy Pelosi's America

Law Enforcement Today: "Walgreens has closed 17 stores in Nancy Pelosi’s police-defunded San Francisco due to ‘out of control’ shoplifting."

The San Francisco Chronicle story is behind a pay wall but there's this detail:
In fact, a shoplifting incident occurred right in front of San Francisco Chronicle writer Phil Matier, as he was working on a story about “rampant shoplifting” and Walgreens closures.

Matier reported:

“No sooner had the clerk spoken than a man wearing a virus mask walked in, emptied two shelves of snacks into a bag, then headed back for the door.

“As he walked past the checkout line, a customer called out, ‘Sure you don’t want a drink with that?’”
Somebody had the munchies.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Crackpot adjacent here in Gilead

Margaret Sullivan, the media correspondent for the Washington Post, wrote (or implied) that "the United States is on track to become functionally an authoritarian White Christian nationalist state in the very near future."  Charles C.W. Cooke was not amused: "Bravo, Washington Post, You’re Now Spreading the Beliefs of Crackpots."
This is sheer lunacy. It is gibberish. It is the sign of a diseased mind. And it matters, because it is being shared by Margaret Sullivan, who is not some random from Twitter, but the former public editor of the New York Times and the current media columnist for the Washington Post. That Sullivan considers these words to be worth spreading around is an indictment of her judgment and of her conception of the world around her.
In a similar vein, I keep reading stories and hearing drivel on NPR about how America is "drifting away from democracy" because Georgia asked voters to provide a social security number before receiving a mail-in ballot.  

These journalism clowns can't bear to think that they're merely pencil scribblers so they need to invent these scenarios where they're the brave frontline fighters against Christians and fascists.

Highly related - Kurt Schlichter: "The Media Hates You And Is Shocked That You Hate It Back."  Get bent, hacks.  

Saturday, May 15, 2021

They can't quit Trump

Newsbusters: "America Declines, Media Obsess Over GOP Squabbles."

Sometimes I head over to Memeorandum which describes itself as: "an auto-generated summary of the stories that US political commentators are discussing online right now."  So I guess you can't blame the site for bias since it appears to be run by some algorithm.  When I'm there, I do a word search on "Trump" and one on "Biden."

I don't think there's been a single day that there are more "Biden" mentions than "Trump."  Even this morning, five months after Inauguration Day, there are 11 Trump mentions to 8 for Biden.  

It's a bizarre obsession for a guy who isn't tweeting and really not doing much newsworthy.  The media wanted him gone and please come back.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Ain't so tough without your Twitter, are you Sandy?

I realize that Congress is supposed to this place of tradition and decorum, but this Washington Post story warms my heart.  (Safe Hot Air link here).
Two Washington Post reporters witnessed Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) exit the House chamber late Wednesday afternoon ahead of Greene (Ga.), who shouted “Hey Alexandria” twice in an effort to get her attention. When Ocasio-Cortez did not stop walking, Greene picked up her pace and began shouting at her and asking why she supports antifa, a loosely knit group of far-left activists, and Black Lives Matter, falsely labeling them “terrorist” groups. Greene also shouted that Ocasio-Cortez was failing to defend her “radical socialist” beliefs by declining to publicly debate the freshman from Georgia. “You don’t care about the American people,” Greene shouted. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”
AOC scurried away from Greene without a word of retort and then her spokesperson said the matter would be referred to the House's Sergeant at Arms.

So, AOC, who never tires of calling people racist on Twitter, fascists on Instagram, and unAmerican on Twitch streams (I assume) doesn't want to confront that very real threat IRL.  LOL.

The hypocritical icing on the cake is that the "Defund the Police" girl ran to the coppers for protection.  Because their speech is violence but our violence is speech.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

No comment

The Corner: "Democrats Finally Find Something They Don’t Want to Blame on Putin."  

Otherwise, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln

I meant to link this one yesterday.  Twitchy: "RCP’s Tom Bevan highlights how far the media (WaPo in this case) will go to ‘soften the blow of bad news for Biden’."

In short, the Washington Post said the highest rise in inflation since 2008 isn't so bad if you ignore food and gasoline.  Ya know, stuff people need to survive.  

Monday, May 10, 2021

Oh, yeah, it's because of the diversity

Fox News: "NBC won't air 2022 Golden Globes."  In their official statement, NBC lied and said it was because they need to see "meaningful reform."  Because NBC cares.

It's totally, totally not due to this:

Extra - From Twitchy.  

This is what you voted for, Baltimore

City Journal: "Anatomy of a Crime Wave - Baltimore’s experiment with de-policing has been disastrous—and deadly."
A decade ago, Baltimoreans became lab rats in a fateful experiment: their elected officials decided to treat the city’s long-running crime problem with many fewer cops. In effect, Baltimore began to defund its police and engage in de-policing long before those terms gained popular currency.

This experiment has been an abject failure. Since 2011, nearly 3,000 Baltimoreans have been murdered—one of every 200 city residents over that period. The annual homicide rate has climbed from 31 per 100,000 residents to 56—ten times the national rate. And 93 percent of the homicide victims of known race over this period were black.
Whatever you do, Baltimore, don't stop voting for the same politicians who perpetuate the same policies, while running a side hustle.  Same with you, Chicago.  

It's a treadmill

Daily Wire: "Dave Chappelle: ‘No One Can Be Woke Enough’."  

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Twitter white-knights for Jimmy Carter

Hot Air: "Twitter's take on a tweet by Donald Trump Jr. is really something special."

Ed Driscoll has it 100% correct here:
I’m assuming the young tykes who program Twitter’s “Trending Posts” are far too young to have been around in the 1970s, and have no knowledge about just how gloomy the Carter years were, with runaway inflation, unemployment, interest rates, gas prices, a defenestrated military and the infamous “malaise speech.” They just know he has a (D) after his name,  he’s not the Bad Orange Man, and his son must be wrong, so Carter must be defended.
Those of us who lived through survived Carter's presidency remember the misery index, gas lines, and American impotence with the hostages in Iran.  The kiddies only know he swung a hammer to build some houses.

By the way, for about a week the Mobil in Chicopee that I pass on my way to work had a sign out front that read: "Store open / NO GAS" and I thought I was back in 1979 again.

Friday, May 07, 2021

When your only tool is a hammer...

...every problem looks like a nail of more spending.

I read this morning that out of 79 financial analysts, only two predicted the job gain would be less than 800,000. 

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Beneath the skin, we're all the same

Which is to say: nobody wants to pay taxes.  Yahoo: "50 Cent moves from New York to Houston months after tax rant."  Here's the short answer:

New York state top rate: 8.82%
Texas state top rate (and bottom rate): 0%

This reminds me of a story way back in 2000 when Venus Williams won the U.S. Open.  Then-President Bill Clinton called to congratulate her and Venus complained about paying taxes:
That's $800,000 before Uncle Sam takes his big bite. Which may be why when Bill Clinton called to offer his congratulations, this year's Grand Slam winner took the occasion to make a pitch for a tax cut. Her reasoning was impeccable. Recounting her conversation to the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Williams described it as follows: "He said, 'You really worked hard.' I said, 'See, I did work hard and I want to keep this for me. I'm a good citizen.' " She asked, "Can you lower my taxes, please?"
So unpatriotic.  

Better to keep your mouth shut and be counted a fool

Fox News: "Jen Psaki admits Biden taking impromptu reporter questions is ‘not something we recommend’."  

Monday, May 03, 2021

Mad Libs for race hustlers

Every major newspaper has one: the black columnist who writes the same column over and over and over.  The Boston Globe has the awful Renee Graham but the New York Times has Charles Blow who has extruded the next column on his assembly line of race grievance.  This one is called: "Is America a Racist Country?"

Spoiler alert: Blow says "yes."  These articles have become so boilerplate, they can be filled in like a Mad Libs page on a bad baseball team. 

Step One: "Can you believe this guy?" preaching to the choir:
Last Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina added himself to the long list of Republicans who have denied the existence of systemic racism in this country. Graham said on “Fox News Sunday” that “our systems are not racist. America’s not a racist country.”
Can you believe this white guy?  How can he, or Tim Scott, or Kamala Harris deny we live in a racist country?  C'mon!

Step Two: The history from 150+ years ago:
Eight of the first 10 presidents personally enslaved Africans. In 1856, the chief justice of the United States wrote in the infamous ruling on the Dred Scott case that Black people “had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
That's right: nothing - nothing at all - has changed since Dred Scott.  Not Brown v. Board of Education, not the Civil Rights Act, not the Fair Housing Act.  We're always living in the sin of Dred Scott.

Step Three: Hard evidence of systemic racism (just kidding):
So, what does it mean for a system to be racist? Does the appellation depend on the system in question being openly, explicitly racist from top to bottom, or simply that there is some degree of measurable bias embedded in those systems? I assert the latter.
He sure does.  Blow can't demonstrate there's any system or institution that is explicitly racist, so we're left to fall back on the old disparate outcome dodge.  It goes like this: if there are racial disparities, it can only be explained by racism.  See how easy it is!  It certainly explains why the NBA is 75% black: racism against white guys.

Every single article is exactly like this, but Blow insists we need a "genuine debate among honest intellectuals" because, in his mind, he's the honest intellectual in this drama.  Only a racist would say otherwise in the ultimate win-win.

There's knitting to be done

Victory Girls: "Kamala Gets Another Job She Won’t Do."  

Sunday, May 02, 2021

It also works in Zoom meetings

Joe Biden loves him some science.  Hot Air: "Tapper to Anita Dunn: Hey, why is Biden still wearing a mask outdoors?"  

By the way, remember when Zombie Joe was telling us we only need to wear masks for 100 days - that's all he's asking?  

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Update from the Pioneer Valley

The University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble had a free concert in downtown Amherst today.  Somewhat surprisingly (to me), they started with the "Star-Spangled Banner" and in a crowd of >300 people, I think only three wannabe hippies remained seated.  

Thursday, April 29, 2021

It's a crisis, yo!

Byron York: "Joe Biden, crisis monger." - "Last night, in his address to a joint session of Congress, Biden outdid himself, using "crisis" or "crises" ten times as he tried to whip up a sense of urgency to support his massive spending proposals and accompanying tax increases."

Reason: "Biden Is Using the Pandemic as an Excuse for Permanent Expansions of Government Power" - "For Biden, the pandemic has become a catchall justification for a slew of big-government programs that he and the Democratic Party already wanted to pursue."  

That's why he wears that ridiculous mask every chance he gets: gotta keep the covid panic ginned up.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Everything is "The American [blank] Plan"

National Review: "Biden’s Trillion-Dollar Train Wreck."  - "No, really, you can’t keep track of the Biden administration’s trillion-dollar spending bills without a scorecard." 

Never let a crisis go to waste, eh?

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Oscars are done

The next one will be broadcast on Netflix.  Kyle Smith: "Oscar Ratings Crater, Hit Another Record Low" and by "record low" we mean losing half your audience.
Everyone knew this was coming, given how pathetic the ratings were for the Golden Globes and the Grammys, but even so, the viewership numbers are a shocking disaster for the Academy Awards broadcast. After last year’s rock-bottom viewership hit 23.6 million and the top award went to a Korean film, Parasite, the average person hadn’t even heard of, this year’s Oscars went full woke. You never go full woke . . .

Ratings crashed 58 percent off last year’s abysmal viewership, down to 9.85 million Americans. Let that sink in: In a nation of 330 million, not even ten million Americans watched the Oscars

The star power is gone. The glamour is gone. The public interest is gone.
Ace makes a similar point here: when you disagree with the direction someone or something is taking, at first you complain and then you forget about it altogether.  The Oscars have crossed that threshold. 

For the record, here's one of my favorite Oscar moments (back when I looked forward to them): Louise Fletcher wins Best Actress for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and thanks her deaf parents.

They were in nursing homes

Hot Air: "New York loses congressional seat in reapportionment -- by a margin of 89 people." - "Which raises an ominous possibility: Did Cuomo’s horrible mismanagement of New York’s initial outbreak last spring cost his state an electoral vote and a House seat? Realistically there’s no way that it didn’t, is there? New York’s lost more than 50,000 people to COVID and was seeing around 800 deaths per day last spring at its peak."  

Friday, April 23, 2021

There won't be a kid in a cage to be found

Christian Toto: "Seven Causes You Won’t Hear Championed During the Oscars" - "They’re inconvenient to the industry. Some reflect poorly on President Joe Biden. Others make Hollywood denizens look like hypocrites of the highest order. The causes reveal the ideological limitations of an industry that purports to be modern-day truth tellers but acts like a Democratic Super PAC."  

Joe Biden is a clown

Seriously, what is this guy's fetish with wearing multiple masks all the time?  Twitchy: "A fully-vaccinated Biden shows up as the ONLY masked world leader during Zoom call and people have thoughts."  Here's one of them: