Friday, April 16, 2021

They sure have a surplus of material

Real Clear Politics: "Has the Washington Post Fact-Checker Held Biden Accountable?" - "While fact-checkers are sometimes prone to mistakes or biased reporting, as all media outlets are, it’s important to evaluate their work honestly and give credit where credit is due. The Washington Post has been fair in criticizing the president’s misstatements, and we hope to see this continue." 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Now the truth can be told. Once again.

Federalist: "Surprise! The ‘Russian Bounty’ Story Hyped Up By Corrupt Media To Hurt Trump Turned Out To Be Fake News."  

If anybody in the media besides Glenn Greenwald had an ounce of honesty, they'd admit the media response in 2020 was to kneecap Trump and drag that decrepit plagiarist over the finish line.  

Everybody isn't Archie Bunker

Reason: "When Everything Is 'Systemic Racism,' People Will Tune Out the Term" - "Leveling that grave accusation at every aspect of American life will produce disengagement, alienation, and reaction."

I don't think this thing is going anywhere

This is just some red meat for the base.  Daily Wire: "Democrats Introducing Legislation To Pack Supreme Court With 4 New Justices, Report Says."

You can tell this is a stunt from the lineup of supporters including Jerry Nadler, Hank Johnson, and my own nutcase Senator Ed Markey.  I'd like to believe that there are more than a dozen Democrats in the Senate who are privately mortified at such a brazen power grab.  

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Run from the border

Miranda Devine: "Kamala Harris' response to Biden's border crisis is close to absurd"

It’s humiliating for President Joe Biden that in the almost three weeks since he appointed Kamala Harris as his border point woman, she still hasn’t visited the disaster zone, come up with a plan or held a press conference on the migrant crisis.

Instead, she’s visited a water treatment plant in California and a bakery in Chicago, where the press pool reported on her sweet tooth last week.

"Her favorite is German chocolate, and [she] gets that for her birthday each year, and her staff had pre-ordered a slice for her. The bakery’s specialty is caramel cake, and she said she was looking forward to that too."

Isn't that nice?  

Saturday, April 10, 2021

This outcome was foreseen ten months ago

NY Post: "Marxist BLM leader buys $1.4 million home in ritzy LA enclave."  
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the leader of Black Lives Matter and a self-described Marxist, recently purchased a $1.4 million home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood where the vast majority of residents are white, according to reports.

The home, which features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, is nestled in Topanga Canyon and has a separate guesthouse on the property, according to a celebrity real estate blog which reported the transaction last week
Ten months ago, Reddit hosted an "Ask me Anything" with the managing director of Black Lives Matter.  This session was unintentionally comical because of how this person absolutely refused to answer a single question about the financial transparency of BLM.  You knew it was only a matter of time before all that fat cash started showing up in fancy homes, cars, and jewelry.

What is Kamala doing at the border?

Fox News: "Kamala Harris has gone 17 days without a news conference since being tapped for border crisis role."

Does anybody have the slightest idea what she's doing to address the border crisis?  Anything at all?

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Biden lies and lies and lies

Hot Air: "Biden: Trust me, I'm not violating the Constitution with my gun-control orders".

Here's something that Sleepy Joe said in his prepared statement: "You go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want--no background check."

This is a complete lie.  Considering this is a text of a Presidential address, one needs to ask: is there anybody doing any fact-checking?  Or are these Joe's own scribbles of stuff he just made up along the way?  Does he believe his own nonsense or does he just add it for affect, knowing that the mainstream media isn't going to question him?  

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

The media lives down to expectations

Hot Air: “60 Minutes”: We Stand By Our Atrocious Reporting On Ron DeSantis And Publix."

Then, right on cue, there's "Republicans pounce!"  Charles C.W. Cooke: "The Story Cannot Always Be the Reaction of the Republican Party."
The first step to reform is admitting you have a problem. And the press simply can’t do it. Hell, even rival outlets are unprepared to do it to each other — unless, of course, they’re taking shots at Fox. Every time this happens, the press withers a little more on the vine. It’ll notice eventually — but by then it’ll be too late.
Instapundit: "And talk about burying the lede, CNN discovers that a channel besides Fox News exists:"

Saturday, April 03, 2021

There's no way to push Biden off this lie

Legal Insurrection: "Biden’s Lies About Voter Law Cost Georgia The All-Star Game - President Biden and White House press secretary Jen Psaki continued to make false claims about Georgia’s voting law even after they were debunked. Within 48 hours of Biden’s ESPN interview, MLB announced they were pulling the All-Star game."  

Friday, April 02, 2021

Good news

Daily Caller: "US Added 916,000 Jobs In March As Economy Roars Back To Life."  The unemployment rate dropped to a healthy 6%.  

Defund NPR

Fox News: "NPR issues major correction after falsely claiming Hunter Biden laptop story was 'discredited' by intelligence - ‘U.S. intelligence officials have not made a statement to that effect,’ NPR now admits."

Speaking of glaring bias, NPR was all-too-willing to highlight that the guy who shot some spa workers in Atlanta is white! because they desperately wanted to play into the anti-Asian angle.  But a week later in Boulder, CO, the race of the shooter wasn't newsworthy.  Even less newsworthy was the race of the guy in NY City who put an Asian woman in the hospital.  

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

This statement is 100% true

Kevin Williamson: "Elizabeth Warren Is a Ridiculous, Power-Hungry Crackpot." - "And tyranny is what Senator Warren plainly desires — if we take her at her own word. Of course, there are lots of reasons not to take her at her own word, beginning with the fact that she is a habitual liar."  

Monday, March 29, 2021

Chauvin case - Day 1

Legal Insurrection: "Chauvin Trial Day 1 Wrap-Up: Opening Arguments & Three State Witnesses" - "State Witnesses: 911 dispatcher, grocery worker witness, martial arts witness."  

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021

Best website since "Is Lost a repeat?"

Is that ship still stuck?  

All political persuasions agree: the media sucks

I didn't see Biden's press conference but everybody from the New York Post, to Byron York, to the New Yorker, to the Columbia Journalism Review thinks the Washington press corps did a horrible job.

Unity at last!

Extra - Joe Concha: "The disgrace that was the Biden press conference."  "President Biden called on 10 reporters to answer 30-some questions during his long-awaited first formal press conference on Thursday. But the hour-plus event was a disgrace for some in the press and a dubious performance by the president."

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Oh that would be just terrible

Hot Air: "Margaret Sullivan Hopes Reporters Don’t Grandstand At President Biden’s First Press Conference" - "But I think the bigger point here is that we had four years of this nonsense from Jim Acosta, Yamiche Alcindor and others who made careers out of this sort of thing. After all of that, it’s a bit odd to suddenly worry that someone might do the same to the current president." 

Monday, March 22, 2021


Reason: "The Dream of the '90s Died in Portland" - "Once an up-and-coming city, Portland was destroyed from within by radical activism and political ineptitude." 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Open borders

That's what we have now.  Hot Air: "Migrant Tells ABC: I Came To The Border Because Biden Is President Now Instead Of Trump."  Here's an excerpt from the Washington Post:
During the transition period, career officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection tried to issue sober alarms to the Biden team about the likelihood of a crisis at the border that could quickly overwhelm the nation’s capacity. Senior CBP officials delivered Zoom briefings to the Biden transition team that included modeling projections showing a steep increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors if Trump’s policies were suddenly lifted, according to one current and two former Department of Homeland Security officials…

Biden transition officials understood the risks, as well, identifying a surge of unaccompanied minors and a dearth of shelter space exacerbated by the pandemic as the most pressing problems.

Yet Biden immediately embarked on an aggressive strategy to roll back Trump administration policies.
But no mean tweets are awaiting the 15,500 unaccompanied minors at the border.  

On a side note: although I didn't see Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on the Sunday news shows, it sounds like his attempts to blame Trump for the challenges crisis on the border didn't go over too well.  Of course, awful Chuck Todd who is terrible, called it a "political crisis" which is another way of saying "Republicans pounce." 

Friday, March 19, 2021

All race, all the time

Andrew Sullivan: "When The Narrative Replaces The News" - "How the media grotesquely distorted the Atlanta massacres."
But this story has also been deeply instructive about our national discourse and the state of the American mainstream and elite media. This story’s coverage is proof, it seems to me, that American journalists have officially abandoned the habit of attempting any kind of “objectivity” in reporting these stories. We are now in the enlightened social justice world of “moral clarity” and “narrative-shaping.”
Well, you know what’s coming. Accompanying one original piece on the known facts, the NYT ran nine — nine! — separate stories about the incident as part of the narrative that this was an anti-Asian hate crime, fueled by white supremacy and/or misogyny. Not to be outdone, the WaPo ran sixteen separate stories on the incident as an anti-Asian white supremacist hate crime. Sixteen! One story for the facts; sixteen stories on how critical race theory would interpret the event regardless of the facts. For good measure, one of their columnists denounced reporting of law enforcement’s version of events in the newspaper, because it distracted attention from the “real” motives. Today, the NYT ran yet another full-on critical theory piece disguised as news on how these murders are proof of structural racism and sexism — because some activists say they are.
I've been listening to NPR in the morning and every story on this shooting is a master class in "begging the question."  The fact don't matter: they just feel that it's a hate crime and so it is.

Bracket buster

NY Post: "Oral Roberts shocks Ohio State in massive March Madness upset."

Only the ninth time that a #15 seed knocked off a #2 seed.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Crisis at the border

How it started: "Smoking Gun: Here's Joe Biden Basically Inviting Illegal Aliens to Surge the Border"

Filibuster follow-up

The Week: "Why the talking filibuster won't work." - "The talking filibuster worked for Jimmy Stewart, but it probably won't work for Democrats."

I forget where I saw it but somebody said that, in addition to dragging out the legislative session, the talking filibuster means that - at any time - a Senator can note a quorum is not present.  So if Ted Cruz is filibustering at two in the morning and asks for a quorum call, either the Democrats need to get 51 Senators on the floor or the Senate adjourns.  

So the filibuster ain't goin' anywhere.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Federalist: "Democrats Plot To Kill Filibuster Because They Only Care About Power."

Friends of the conservative persuasion keep sending me panicked emails and texts about the Democrats eliminating the legislative filibuster in the Senate.

I just don't see it happening.

Getting rid of the filibuster would be a "crossing the Rubicon" moment in American history.  The Democrats already triggered the "nuclear option" on judicial nominees and it blew back on them spectacularly with Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett.  At this moment, the Democrats hold a 50-50 "majority" in the Senate with the midterms coming up in 2022, where the President's party typically loses several seats in Congress.  Do the Democrats really want to kneecap minority rights in the Senate right before they lose it?  Who knows, man, those cats are wild.

Aside from Joe Manchin and Kristin Sinema, I suspect there are other established Democrats who understand the consequences of eliminating the filibuster and, silence aside, will not vote to cut their own throats.

Florida man

Ace: "Leftwing Media Admits The Man They Defamed for Months as "DeathSantis" Might Have Been Completely Right In His Covid Response."

Hard to believe, but sometimes people take credit for their own actions, unlike Joe Biden who spreads the blame around.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Endgame time for Cuomo

ABC News: "Cuomo should resign if allegations confirmed: Biden in exclusive ABC News interview."

Cuomo is now in the position where he's going to have to contend that seven women are making it up.  Unlike the charge against Brett Kavanaugh, there's actual evidence that Cuomo and these women have met.

Let's not forget about all the dead grandparents, too.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Packing them into the "soft-sided facilities"

Associated Press: "Children packed into Border Patrol tent for days on end."
Despite concerns about the coronavirus, the children are kept so closely together that they can touch the person next to them, the lawyers said. Some have to wait five days or more to shower, and there isn’t always soap available, just shampoo, according to the lawyers.
Maybe somebody can ask Joe Biden about this at his next press conference.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Glorious leader is beneficent to all!

Today's must-read is from Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi: "The Sovietization of the American Press" - "The transformation from phony "objectivity" to open one-party orthodoxy hasn't been an improvement."
Reality in Soviet news was 100% binary, with all people either heroes or villains, and the villains all in league with one another (an SR was no better than a fascist or a “Right-Trotskyite Bandit,” a kind of proto-horseshoe theory). Other ideas were not represented, except to be attacked and deconstructed. Also, since anything good was all good, politicians were not described as people at all but paragons of limitless virtue — 95% of most issues of Pravda or Izvestia were just names of party leaders surrounded by lists of applause-words, like “glittering,” “full-hearted,” “wise,” “mighty,” “courageous,” “in complete moral-political union with the people,” etc.

Some of the headlines in the U.S. press lately sound suspiciously like this kind of work:

Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty

Champion of the middle class comes to the aid of the poor

Biden's historic victory for America
Of note in this essay is the compare and contrast in the New York Times' coverage of the exact same executive decision on America's posture towards Saudi Arabia after the Jamal Khashoggi murder.  Revulsion turned to statesmanship just. like. that.

We can't say we didn't see this coming.

Friday, March 12, 2021

The dam is breaking

Earlier today, I had a conversation with an old friend from Long Island who opined that Andrew Cuomo would ride out his sexual harassment/killing Grandma scandal.  I replied that: I dunno but these things tend to take on a momentum of their own.

Tonight: "New York Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand call for Gov. Cuomo's resignation."  So, along with AOC and Gerry "Gerry Gerry Gerry!" Nadler, the most prominent Democrat politicians from New York have all joined together to throw Cuomo overboard.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

You and me both, brother

Jim Treacher: "I Am Really Freaking Sick of Anthony Fauci":
This isn’t science. This is religion. Fauci has styled himself as the Pope of COVID, and his enablers in the media have been more than happy to confer him with papal infallibility. He’s established himself as the only true mediator between the unwashed masses and God Science. And whenever he says something that doesn’t make sense or he contradicts himself, well, don’t you fret your little head about it. You just need to have faith. Pope Anthony the First would never lie to you.
This guy was supposed to be the face of Science in this time of uncertainty and he just engendered more uncertainty by contradicting himself at every turn. 

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

She's very bad at her job

Hot Air: "Psaki Dodges When Asked About Surge Of Migrants At Border: That’s Not Our Program, That’s DHS’s Program."

Jen is going to circle back after she checks to see if DHS is an Executive branch responsibility.  It's probably run by some guy over in that outfit over there.

Extra - From Twitchy.  

Monday, March 08, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen, the New York Times

Federalist: "The New York Times Is Having An Embarrassing Meltdown Over Josh Hawley’s Existence."
As silly as the whole thing is, the Times’ Elaina Plott and Danny Hakim debased themselves further by — and I’m in no way joking here — asking Hawley’s high school prom date for her thoughts. His prom date. HIS PROM DATE.

Jury selection starts (or not) in George Floyd case

This is a really excellent review of the legal challenges in the case against Derek Chauvin from Andrew McCarthy: "The George Floyd Murder Trial: A Charging Nightmare."

In short, McCarthy breaks down the legal distinctions between manslaughter and murder.

Update - Fox News: "Derek Chauvin trial jury selection delayed amid wrangling over 3rd-degree murder charge."  McCarthy explained how third-degree murder is reserved for depraved indifference like shooting into a crowd. 

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Blogging is killing the mainstream media? Good.

Here's former conservative Jonah Goldberg mouthing off about blogging (safe link):
Conservatives were complaining about liberal media bias decades before Spiro Agnew was decrying “pusillanimous pussyfooters” and “nattering nabobs of negativism.” But in the blogging age, the complaints metastasized into cancerous obsessions. Yes, part of the story is the way in which the mainstream media often strived to earn much of the contempt conservatives have for it (a development that also has a lot to do with the influence of blogging). But part of it was simply structural. Blogging encouraged writers to focus less on the news than on the way it was presented and those who presented it. Commenting intelligently and quickly on actual news is pretty hard. Finding fault in others is much easier—and more fun.
Goldberg is now a favorite on NPR since every appearance is him bemoaning the state of the Republican party.  But there's two reasons why bashing the media has become so much easier: 1) the bias is real and 2) the Internet allows for quick cross-referencing on how stories are covered.  To take a very recent example, here's "WaPo Puts Out Full-On Biden Propaganda Tweet That Just Might Blow Your Mind."  Compare and contrast how the Washington Post headlined covid relief packages:

When Trump was President, the border "crisis" was a 24/7 affair with kids in cages and false claims of migrants drinking water out of toilets.   This past weekend, it was announced that due to a huge influx of new migrants, the Biden administration was suspending their covid protocols and filling up facilities to 100% capacity.  This morning I did a search on CNN and any mention of this story was buried as the last highlighted story in the "Politics" section.

Don't even get me started on the hagiography of Andrew Cuomo, prolific killer of grandmas.

After Trump's surprise election in 2016, there was about a week where the mainstream media was questioning their own bias as they wondered how they could have missed the revolt so badly.  But they soon fell back on their own ways culminating in the full-on coverup of any stories that might reflect badly on Candidate Not Trump.

Media criticism is easy, Jonah?  It sure sure is.  

Nick Sandmann says "hi". 

Saturday, March 06, 2021

The details

The Senate just passed the latest covid relief bill and the Associated Press has the rundown.  

Saturday, February 27, 2021

It's best to squash their hopes early

Not the Bee: "Boston Public Schools just canceled advanced classes for high-performing students because too many of the kids who qualified were white."  

Extra - From Legal Insurrection.  

The JSF is a POS

Way back in 2003, PBS had a two-hour Nova documentary called "Battle of the X-Planes" about the competition between Lockheed Martin and Boeing in a bid for the next generation of fighter planes: the Joint Strike Fighter.  From an engineering perspective, it's a fascinating look into the progression of a project from concept to execution, and the documentary holds up well as a fight between two businesses for the largest contract in Department of Defense history.  Lockheed Martin won the bid and their X-35 became the F-35.

I've mentioned that for a while I worked on a NASA program and got so disillusioned, so fast.  NASA would send out these newsletters that talked about how they had contractors (i.e. supplying jobs) spread out over a bunch of states.  ("It'd be a shame if you voted against those jobs, Congressperson").  Building the final product seemed to be an afterthought and the scheduled slipped and slipped and slipped.  For the record, this was not the Space Launch System but I mention it because NASAWatch had the same thoughts:
This is my favorite, by far: "The editorial board complains that SLS is "years behind schedule." If it had bothered to look, it would have realized that every major launch vehicle developed by NASA and by private industry ends up running years behind schedule." So in other words, its OK for NASA to propose schedules and then let the companies walk all over them and stick out their hands to say 'more money please' since everyone overruns. Who needs schedules or budgets, right? It is just taxpayer money anyway.
The problem here is that these large government programs morph into job programs and then there's no political will to pull the plug.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Joe Biden's Gulag Archipelago

We all saw this story developing months ago.  Hot Air: "Crisis Looms: Surge In Unaccompanied Minors Heading To The U.S.-Mexico Border."  So, of course, these kids need to be detained while Homeland Security figures out how to process their cases.

How would the media react?  Well, last week we saw that "tent cities" had magically transformed into "soft-sided facilities."  But how could they spin the obvious cage-like properties of shipping containers used to detain these unaccompanied minors?  Could they possibly reveal their complete hypocrisy by giving Sleepy Joe a pass?

Oh, they can, and they will.  Twitchy: "To the rescue! WaPo firefighter rides in to set the record straight once and for all about Joe Biden’s ‘kids in cages’."  Ackshually, they're "migrant facilities" don't ya know.  Ace has a complete rundown of "before and after" posts here: "Gimme Shelter: Biden Now Putting Kids in Cages "Shelters," and the Media Is Gushing About It!"  They're like super-fun clubhouses!

With so much room for activities.  Why is media trust in the tank?  Truly, it's a left-wing riddle wrapped up in a New York Times enigma, chased down the street by pitchforks.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Here in Western Massachusetts

PJ Media: "'Critical Race Theory' Costs a Brave Smith College Whistleblower Her Job."  

The ongoing press embargo

New Neo: "Biden and the Big COVID Lie"
The first point – an obvious one – is that there is no serious effort by the press to call Biden on anything he does or says. If Biden knows anything at this point (and he does still know quite a few things) he knows that. Here and there you may see some mild fact-checking, but the administration knows it has a general pass ... to make whatever claim it wants.
To be fair, the Washington Post fact-checker called out Kamala Harris for the exact same lie that Biden keeps repeating.  So that's something. 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Move those goalposts

Hot Air: "Media Discovers: Presidenting In A Pandemic Is Unexpectedly Difficult."

Oh, do tell, do tell.  I was assured I only needed to wear a mask for 100 days.

"How does this keep happening?" - rake-stepping media

Axios: "Media trust hits new low."  This story reports that it's not just an American phenomenon: trust in the media is down around the world and "Mistrust of media is now a central part of many Americans' personal identity — an article of faith that they weren't argued into and can't be argued out of."

Haha, cry me a river.

The media is suddenly discovering that this Andrew Cuomo guy is a bad, bad man
It might be understandable that politicians who need to work with Cuomo didn’t want to challenge Cuomo’s behavior publicly. But where was the media while this “stuff of legend” played out? Shouldn’t they have been reporting this all along, and not just when Cuomo finally let it rip against a member of his own caucus?
The media had other priorities, obviously. They spent the last year lionizing Cuomo, hailing his leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic as a contrast to You Know Who in the White House. Cuomo spent the year getting feted by the glitterati, winning an Emmy for holding press conferences and going on tour bragging about how he beat the virus while covering up how his policies may have led to thousands of unnecessary deaths in nursing homes.

Extra - Daily Signal: "Cuomo Revelations Should Embarrass Media."  As if they were capable of embarrassment.

Also - Federalist: "Andrew Cuomo Didn’t Create The Myth Of Andrew Cuomo, Corporate Media Did" - "The myth of Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Master of Pandemics, Destroyer of Trump, Boyfriend of America didn't create itself: It was the creation of U.S. media."

Monday, February 15, 2021

This "mostly false" fact-check aged well

In August 2020, Politifact handed down their verdict on this Michael Caputo tweet:
"Does the #DemConvention know @NYGovCuomo forced nursing homes across NY to take in COVID positive patients and planted the seeds of infection that killed thousands of grandmothers and grandfathers?"
Verdict: "Mostly false."  Probably because it was complicated. 

In light of recent evidence that it was totally true, the Federalist wants to know if Politifact will amend their original judgement: "PolitiFact Stays Silent On ‘Fact-Check’ Defending Cuomo’s Deadly Nursing Home Policy." 

Assemble the social workers!

NY Post: "Soaring crime is killing NYC’s subway system."

Look at this Chicago Tribune headline: "‘Operation Safe Pump’: Chicago aldermen creating safe spaces to pump gas due to carjacking spike."  Carjacking up 135% in 2020 over 2019 numbers.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

It's complicated

The media have two hard and fast rules for covering stories.  Rule #1 is that if a story is unflattering to Republicans, that's the story; if it's unflattering to Democrats the story is "Republicans pounce!"

Rule #2 is that when "fact checkers" are called to referee, those damaging stories for Democrats are either "complicated" or "totally false."  

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Biden built the cages

Reason: "Biden Is Still Separating Families at the Border. Where Is the Media Outrage?" - "Buried in the news cycle around Biden's gesture, however, is that the updated guidance does not, in fact, stop family separations. It just tells the state to use discretion."

The Democrats and media (I repeat myself), who excoriated Trump for "tent cities," are now using the euphemism "soft-sided facilities".  Isn't that nice?

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Another lesson from Cuomo's book

New York Post exclusive: "Cuomo aide admits they hid nursing home data so feds wouldn’t find out." - "Governor Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing-home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them “we froze” out of fear the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, The Post has learned." 

As noted before, the evidence was all there but the media wasn't interested in investigating Saint Andrew.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

NBC News' Chief Washington Correspondent/Anchor

What an idiot.

The new tolerance

Charles C.W. Cooke: "Our illiberal moment." - "Voltaire's apocryphal maxim “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” is in the process of being turned squarely on its head. Today, a more suitable rendering might read: “I disapprove of what you say, you are exiled, goodbye.”  

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Cabin fever in the time of covid

I came across a discussion board post that was one of those "sign of the times" moments, and I wanted to share and say "I feel ya buddy."

Let me preface this by saying that I'm one of those Disney people.  I've been to Disney World nearly every other year since my kids were little and, once they got too big for rides, we've done Disney cruises.  Our last one was in November 2019, right before corona, and we had a fantastic time.  Since then, I've taken one week of vacation and that's because my boss said I had to take time or lose it.  I couldn't leave the state so we spent a week in September on Cape Cod.  It was OK, but just OK.

So I had a little chuckle at this poor soul on the Disboards DCL forum who was asked if he/she would put up with a long list of travel restrictions if it meant going on a cruise:
honestly right now, as someone who has worked straight through since March without a break, and leaves the house less than once a month, I would be ok with ALL of this. I haven't been further than 5 km from my house in months, and the only human contact I have is with my mom, who I live with. If this is what it takes to go on a cruise and to be somewhere other than my house, then so be it, when does check in open.
Haha - oh man.  I could totally put up with wearing a mask, socially-distanced activities, and even confinement to quarters at certain times.  But I wouldn't go if certain dining options were closed down such as the buffets or the premiere restaurants.  C'mon, man, you gotta eat.

Technically open

Reason: "Biden Airlifts the Goalposts on School Reopening: 1 Day a Week!" - "Administration wants to spend $200 billion hiring new teachers for closed schools that are bleeding students. What could go wrong?

Everybody knows that everything is fixed with more government spending.  

Monday, February 08, 2021

Let's talk about the GOAT

Tom Brady, man, Tom Brady.  He's the first quarterback to win both an NFC and AFC championship, first to win a Superbowl in three different decades, and the owner of this absolutely incredible statistic:

Sunday, February 07, 2021

This woman is certifiably insane

Twitchy: "Columnist conflicted after ‘Trumpist next door’ plowed her driveway without being asked (this LA Times op-ed is ‘a thing to behold’)."  

If her house burned down, she would stay in the neighbor's home...but grudgingly and without absolution.

Extra - Rod Dreher: "The Snowplow Test."  "This Heffernan column is so revealing."  It sure is.

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Wasn't even there

This is pretty funny:

Why is this even up for a vote?

Twitchy: "Senate passes amendment to prohibit stimulus checks from going to illegal aliens."

How would that even work?  You'd mail a check to a residence based on tax returns that were never filed with Social Security numbers that don't exist?

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

You're the real hero, mayor

FEE: "Local Kroger Stores Close as California ‘Hero Pay’ Ordinance Backfires - This result certainly wasn’t what local lawmakers intended, but it was actually quite predictable."

You'll never guess what happened next!  Oh, wait, yes you will.  

Monday, February 01, 2021

The Minneapolis Effect

The Volokh Conspiracy: "Explaining the Great 2020 Homicide Spike" - "While a new report released today by the Council on Criminal Justice downplays the role anti-police protests played in last year's unprecedented homicide spike, a decline in pro-active policing following the protests remains the most likely cause." 

Now it's safe to tell the truth about Cuomo

Following up on a New York Times article today titled "9 Top N.Y. Health Officials have quit as Cuomo scorns expertise" the Federalist torches the enablers in the media: "As Health Officials Resign, Cuomo Says He Doesn’t Trust The Experts - Nine top health officials in New York have resigned in recent months because Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused to listen to them."
In a strange way, Cuomo himself is a victim of the media here. They don’t care about him; they never actually liked him that much. They just used him to make the other guy look bad. Now, with Cuomo having served his purpose, his sycophants in the press are happily flaming him for clicks or a good headline. I can’t feel sorry for him; his choices were his own, but one can’t help wonder if they might have been a little different had the media been honest with us and with him.

What we are learning as Trump recedes from power and the media resumes some modicum of truth-telling is just how badly they lied to us for over a year now. People have been destroyed because of it. Now as the corporate press happily flicks the halo from atop Saint Andrew’s head with their finger, the truth is coming out. It is far too late. And the people of America, not just New York, have every reason to be very, very angry about it.
And as a cherry on top, here's notable non-partisan Chris Cillizza of objective CNN with a representative headline for Saint Cuomo: "Andrew Cuomo's Covid-19 performance may have been less stellar than it seemed."

Oh.  It's praising with faint criticism.  

Extra - The Corner: "Apparently now that Donald Trump is out of office, it is safe to take a clear-eyed look at the performance of prominent Democratic officeholders and speak honestly about it."  And perhaps correct the record on Republican officeholders.  

When demand outstrips supply

Legal Insurrection: "Less Than One Percent of 1,200 Reported Racial Incidents in Last Five Years at Michigan State Were Valid."  

Saturday, January 30, 2021


Twitchy: "Tweets from CNN’s Chris Cillizza praising Gov. Cuomo & slamming Gov. DeSantis among those that have disappeared."  

In his defense, Joe had no idea what he was signing

Manhattan Contrarian: "Biden presidency: The dopes have taken full control."  (Hat tip: Maggie's Farm)
There are multiple EOs on this subject of energy policy, but this one , issued yesterday, is the big one, going on and on for what would be the equivalent of maybe 40 pages if it were typed out on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets.  The provisions run into the dozens and dozens.  It’s all entirely fantasies and fairytales, with no attempt to estimate or even mention costs of anything, even though it’s clear that the costs will be enormous and destructive, and that it’s all going to get charged to you, and that the costs will fall disproportionately on the relatively low of income. 
Just learn how to make solar panels, peasants. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Lesson #1: Cover up Grandma's death

Six months ago there was this curious statistic:
As far back as May 5, we were writing about curious undercounts in New York’s tally of nursing-home deaths. In the August story, the AP noted the bizarre fact that New York’s “official” percentage of COVID deaths attributable to nursing-home residents was freakishly lower than in other neighboring states. In New Jersey it was 44 percent, in Massachusetts 64 percent, and in Pennsylvania 68 percent. In New York it was … 20 percent. “Whatever the cause, there is no way New York could be truly at 20%,” said one geriatric expert about the figure.
Far from putting the heat on Cuomo, he was being lauded for his handling of the virus.  Now Janice Dean has some thoughts.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Reddit pranks the hedge funds

This post explains how the lack of Gamestop stock to cover shorts only drove the price of the stock even higher:
The most important thing is that there were so many shorts that there weren't even enough stocks being traded to cover them. It was such a sure thing that the price would go down, nobody was paying attention.

All those institutions aren't just desperate to cut their losses, they actually HAVE to come up with stocks and their aren't enough for sale. 
This is like when oil futures went negative in June 2020, except with a twist.  Back then, oil prices plunged because winning the future contract meant taking physical delivery of thousands of barrels of oil.  The GameStop flip drives the price up to cover the promise to cover the stock short.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

The absolute GOAT

Man, can we talk about the fact that 43-year-old Tom Brady just won the NFC championship and will be heading to his tenth Superbowl?   Just saw this bit of trivia on Reddit: "Tom Brady is the first QB in NFL history to win both the AFC Championship and NFC Championship, and with his tenth Super Bowl appearance, will now have twice as many as any other QB."  That's crazy.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

ACAB except for the ones protecting me

Turtleboy: "Boston Police Are Sitting Outside Of Ayanna Pressley’s House In Hyde Park After She Requested Full Time Detail Despite Calling For Defunding The Police."  

All along, the "plan" was to wave a white flag

Red State: "In a Completely Unexpected Development, Biden Admits His Biggest Campaign Promise Was a Lie." - "But now that Biden has taken office, he is shrugging and saying there’s nothing he can do. It’s absolutely amazing, and infuriating to witness. What’s even dumber is that Biden is, at the same time, claiming that his “100 day challenge” to wear masks will somehow save 50,000 lives. So can we change the trajectory of the virus or not? Make up your mind."  

ICYMI, Joe Biden and his family violated his own mask mandate but Jen Psaki said it's totally OK thanks to the "celebration" loophole.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Today's media roundup

Reason: "The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water - "At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political "team" or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception."

City Journal: "Slouching Toward Post-Journalism" - "The New York Times and other elite media outlets have openly embraced advocacy over reporting."

"Listen, baby, I know I said I wouldn't cheat on you but were confused by my misstatement."  

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Ya know, the systemic racism (waves hands) all around

The idea of "systemic racism" depends on the idea that racism is both everywhere and yet nobody can identify what system needs fixing and what steps could be taken to address the so-called problem.  So I had a hearty laugh at this excerpt from an NPR interview this morning with a Democratic representative from Delaware:
KING: OK. The president signed an executive order yesterday to combat racial inequity, to advance equity in federal policymaking, to root out systemic racism in programs and institutions. In his inaugural address, he mentioned systemic racism, which may, I think, be the first time for a U.S. president in that type of speech. What are the specifics of this executive order?

BLUNT ROCHESTER: Well, you know, actually, the focus of this entire campaign, as well as his focus, will be to look at the structural and systemic challenges that we face. And so, you know, one of the things that even COVID-19 has done is shown us that within agencies, within policies, we have institutional and structural racism. And so doing that deeper dive into the structures, the policies, the things that - for example, the collection of data...
You know, the structures and stuff!  Noel King bravely tries again:
KING: But again, if I - yeah, I'd love to ask about specifics. Yes, exactly. It sounds as though President Biden admits that systemic racism is a problem. So that's a step forward. But this executive order is saying, I want to do something about it. How does he want to do something about it?

BLUNT ROCHESTER: Well, you will - and I have to be, you know, clear, we as the - and I'm in the Congress, not in his office.

KING: Sure.

BLUNT ROCHESTER: But we're still actually getting a lot of the language for both the executive orders. And we will be working with him on the legislative side as members of Congress. But I can tell you, his intentions are based on, again, the things that he has seen, the things that he has experienced and his desire to move this country forward and recognizes that when we look at everything from how people are trained, you know, to how we collect data, if we don't know the information, then we're - and we're not measuring - then we won't be able to really make the changes that we want to see. And so it is his intention that we look at it through a lens. We're doing the same thing in Congress today.
What a word salad that says exactly nothing.  But then it's not a problem to be solved.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The media starts their 4-year nap

Ben Shapiro: "Get Ready for 4 Years of Media Sycophancy."

Monday, January 18, 2021

Ref leaves Touchdown Tom hanging


After the game, Tom Brady came out of the locker room to hang with Drew Brees in a really nice moment

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Science fiction take another step towards reality

THE YEAR WAS 2081 2021, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

Some things about living still weren't quite right, though. April for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron's fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away.

It was tragic, all right, but George and Hazel couldn't think about it very hard. Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.

A dangerously expanding definition

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

All Trump, all the time, forever

The Hill: "Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable."

Is this really what Sleepy Joe wants?  The first months - if not years - of his long-awaited administration will be consumed with the legally dubious charges against Trump, sucking up all the oxygen in the room.  He was always going to live in the shadow of Obama and now he'll have to grapple with Trump in real time.

Monday, January 11, 2021

To be a fly on the wall for this conversation

The Left hates free speech, a continuing series

Legal Insurrection: "Germany’s Merkel Slams Twitter for Trump Ban."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in Monday on Big Tech's recent move to censor President Trump in response to the Capitol riot by pro-Trump supporters last week.

"A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech," Musk replied to a tweet of a satirical article entitled "Evil Fascist Dictator Censored and Voted Out Of Office."

Not the Bee: "Instagram just pulled one of our posts for "violence and incitement" ... It was a screenshot of Twitter's trending topics. The irony is beautiful."  

Sunday, January 10, 2021

You can go now

Heather MacDonald: "Trump’s Exit" - "Encouraging a mob to target his own allies and disrupt the rule of law, the president has ended his tenure disgracefully—and emboldened the Left."  (HT: Maggie's Farm).

I thought maybe there was a chance that Trump would resign, in the spirit of "you can't fire me, I quit."  Instead it looks like we have to endure ten more days.

Another view

Andrew McCarthy: "Trump has committed an impeachable offense" - "Trump made a reckless speech that incited a throng on the mall, which foreseeably included an insurrectionist mob."

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Chaos and madness

The Corner: "A Video That Captures Just How Dangerous and Out-of-Control the Rampage in the Capitol Was."

I heard former Clinton administration official Leon Panetta on NPR Thursday and, while he condemned Trump and the protesters, he was in disbelief at the complete lack of security in the Capitol.  

This must mean the DOJ are lackeys again

Legal Insurrection: "DOJ Won’t Charge Trump, Speakers at Save America Rally for ‘Inciting a Riot at Capitol Hill’." - "I’m reading Trump’s speech at the rally and it’s the same old, same old that he has said at every rally since November 3rd." 

Extra - Reason: "Did Trump Commit a Crime When He Riled Up His Supporters Before They Rioted" - "Under federal law, incitement to riot does not include "advocacy of ideas" or "expression of belief" unless it endorses violence, which Trump did not do."

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Absolutely disgraceful

I'm just getting caught up with the events of today but there's no proper response except disgust and revulsion at this third-world behavior in the world's oldest democracy.  Apparently Trump incited the crowd to march on Congress and the blame largely lies with him.  The Washington Examiner is correct here: "Trump and his mob have dishonored America."
The mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was engaged in nothing less than a seditious insurrection. Everyone who participated in the violence and lawlessness acted disgracefully. Officials who set the tone for the sedition, especially President Trump, acted even more disgracefully, as they are expected to know better, indeed to lead.
"Today, the United States Capitol — the world’s greatest symbol of self-government — was ransacked while the leader of the free world cowered behind his keyboard — tweeting against his Vice President for fulfilling the duties of his oath to the Constitution," Sasse, who has been a critic of Trump's in the past, said in a statement. 

"Lies have consequences. This violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the President’s addiction to constantly stoking division," he continued. 
I'm not going to engage in equivocation like some others.  And, yes, I thought Trump's bluster after losing the election - which I acknowledged on election day - was mostly empty sore-loser hot air.  I figured we would just have to listen to these hallow complaints for a month and then he'd be gone.  But, instead, Trump confirmed all the dictatorial and anti-democratic criticisms aimed against him and then distanced himself when it all went sideways.  Inauguration Day can't come soon enough.

Update - I just saw the Senate reconvene; Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell gave good speeches defending American traditions and norms.

Update2 - Washington Post editorial: "Trump caused the assault on the Capitol. He must be removed.

Update3 - Scott Johnson at Powerline: "A shameful day" - "President Trump seems determined to leave office in a manner that vindicates the vile accusations hurled at him by his opponents over the past four years. After a speech rehearsing his electoral grievances and calling on his vice president to abrogate his ministerial duty today, some of the assembled multitude followed the logic of Trump’s grievances and stormed the Capitol." 

Update4 - Seen on Reddit: "I used to say that conservatives wouldn't act the way liberals did 4 years ago... I stand corrected. Consider this my resignation from caring about either side. Good luck, Biden. I don't give a f--- anymore."  

Update5 - Michael Goodwin at the NY Post: "Trump is responsible for this day of infamy in America."

Monday, January 04, 2021

Your non-Georgia update

Federalist: "Radical Democrats Are Turning Minneapolis Into A Violent Wasteland" - "If you want to know what the real-time self-destruction of a city looks like under Democrats’ dangerous ideology, Minneapolis offers the perfect model."