Thursday, October 21, 2021

Manchin channels Judge Smails

Axios: "Scoop: “How about zero?” Manchin, Sanders get heated behind closed doors."

It's amazing that Democrats and old Socialists like Bernie still think they can somehow jawbone or threaten Manchin into supporting this multi-trillion-dollar pork train they're calling the reconciliation bill.  I feel like I read a variation of this same update every day.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

How to tell a Democrat is President, a continuing series

Fox News: "Washington Post crushed for piece calling on American consumers to lower expectations: 'Joe Biden's America' - "'Why breadlines are the new buffets'"

Expectations have been lowered:

The adults are back in charge. The stupid adults.

Spectator World: "Who knew that governing was so ‘complicated’?" - "Not the Biden administration, apparently."

We all know that Dementia Joe is a dimwit but what's the excuse of everybody else?  Mayor Pete is proving to be a disaster and Kamala Harris can't find the border or the Space Force.  Then there's this clown from Massachusetts:
There are no shortage of floundering amateurs in this administration. Former Boston mayor Marty Walsh was caught off guard in an embarrassing interview this week with Axios reporter Dan Primack. To be fair though, Dan did ambush him. Asking the Labor Secretary about jobs…how could Marty have ever seen that one coming?

Primack asked Walsh questions about why people aren’t returning back to work and how long can people afford to stay home before they have to start paying their bills. Walsh responded nervously, ‘These questions are asked every month.’ Primack pushed back and asked, ‘What’s the answer?’ Walsh replied, ‘I don’t think there is an answer.’
Doesn't anybody here know how to play this game?

Monday, October 18, 2021

It's come to this

Newsweek: "Photo Shows Dunkin' Store Out of Donuts as Food Shortages Hit U.S."  A Dunkin' Donuts in Baltimore, for the record.

At least no beloved American holidays will be ruined.
Some food producers have already issued warnings. For example, Butterball, which is one of the leading turkey producers in the U.S., has warned of a shortage of turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving in late November.
Great.

Nine has been fine since 1869

National Review: "Nobody Cared About Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court Because It Was Pointless" - "Thing is, though: Democrats being a little sad does not a crisis make. Hell, it does not even a problem make. A few years ago, Joe Biden understood this. Today, like the rest of his party, he does not. Happily, though, the total lack of response to the Commission suggests that a majority of Americans still do."  

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Joe got zinged!

Here's the single bit of satire aimed at Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live last night:
Weekend Update managed to squeeze in one Biden joke this Saturday, with co-host Michael Che saying a new report found Biden is, on average, 22 minutes late to events. 

"Worse, he only does it to appeal to Black voters," Che said.
Ah, yes, that's the issue that has driven criticism of Joe Biden: his lack of punctuality.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Backfire

Politico, yesterday: "‘We’re going to make her life unpleasant’: Activists aren’t finished with Kyrsten Sinema."

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a key moderate, told fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives this week that she will not vote for a multitrillion-dollar package that is a top priority for President Joe Biden before Congress approves a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, according to a source briefed on the meeting.
In fact, Sinema and Manchin told the Democrats they would not abide by any deadlines linking together the Infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Bloat.  These two haven't moved an inch since this invented crisis started and yet people like Bernie keep thinking they have some kind of leverage.

Spoiler alert: they don't.

"Another victory like that and we are done for"

Twitchy: "Jen Psaki explains that everything’s going the way it is because ‘we’ve made progress in the economy’."

Can we have a little less "progress" and bring back gas prices from a year ago?  


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Funemployment all over again

Shot: "Inflation Rises To Highest Level In Over 13 Years."


* - funemployment reference from 2009.

The narrative wins

Instapundit: "KATIE COURIC COVERED UP RBG’S DISLIKE FOR TAKING THE KNEE: Anchor says she edited 2016 interview to ‘protect’ the justice after she said people who kneel are showing ‘contempt for a government that made a decent life possible:’
In new memoir, Going There, Couric writes that she edited out a part where Ginsburg said that those who kneel during the national anthem are showing ‘contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.’

The published story, which Couric wrote for Yahoo! News in 2016, did include quotes from Ginsburg saying refusing to stand for the anthem was ‘dumb and disrespectful’, but omitted more problematic remarks.
Can you imagine allowing the hoi polloi making up their own minds based on facts?  Crazy!



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Sure, why not?

Politicians never tire of giving you "free" stuff.  Reason: "New York City Considers Requiring Landlords to Provide Free Internet to Tenants" - "A new bill introduced by Council Member Ben Kallos would require landlords to provide broadband internet. It would also forbid them from passing on the costs of internet service to tenants." 

Monday, October 11, 2021

The deuce you say, the New York Times?

I've been told they're the paragon of professionalism, according to the NY Times.  Reason: "The New York Times Spreads Misinformation About COVID-19." - "In general, her pandemic reporting has manifested a paranoid slant. But the Thursday article wasn't just slanted; it was wrong, wrong, wrong." 

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Chuck roast

PJ Media: "McConnell Tells Biden, 'You're On Your Own' When It Comes to the Debt Limit."
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has never been known as one of the brightest bulbs in the room. He proved it once again on Thursday night when he took off on an epic partisan rant against Republicans who had just thrown him a lifeline on extending the debt limit by agreeing to a short-term increase.
This would be the speech that Joe Manchin called "f-n stupid" and Mitt Romney complained was unhelpful partisan slander.  Even after announcing the debt increase deal, McConnell had to whip for 10 Republican votes to overcome the filibuster rules.  Now that Schumer's bad faith has been established, there is a slim chance Republican senators will fall for this a second time.

The good news is that Chuck has two months to assemble a debt increase through the reconciliation process.  Better get busy.

Extra - NBC News: "After McConnell's blink, Democrats hold a weaker hand - Analysis: Democratic sources say there is no plan for avoiding a messier debt limit fight in December — and the Senate minority leader insists he won't help again."

Thursday, October 07, 2021

The still-failing media

Gallup: "Americans' Trust in Media Dips to Second Lowest on Record."

I like this subheading: "Democrats' Trust in Media Dwarfs Republicans' and Independents'."  Yes, I imagine it does.

How's that "language" coming along?

Federalist: "Joe Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Doesn’t Exist. It’s Just A Press Release - Americans are no longer living under representative government. We are living under government by the screen people, of the screen people, for the screen people." 

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

All kinds of time

Bluff called.  National Review: "Schumer v. McConnell on the Debt Ceiling."
Raising the debt ceiling through reconciliation would not affect Democrats’ ability to pass their social-spending reconciliation bill: “According to the parliamentarian’s office, Democrats could [raise the debt ceiling through reconciliation] without impacting the existing reconciliation package. That legislation would stay on its own separate track and not lose its privilege in the Senate, meaning it can’t be filibustered and would only require a majority vote for approval,” Punchbowl News reported on Monday.

But, as Phil notes, McConnell has now made Schumer an offer that makes it plain to absolutely everyone that Senate Democrats have the time and the power to raise the debt limit through reconciliation.
The Democrats are so used to favorable coverage from the press, I wonder if they think they can still press on with default and blame the Republicans.  I have my doubts if only because, driving home today, I heard NPR describe this as a kind of lifeline to Chuck Schumer and a way to avoid fiscal catastrophe.  NPR!

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Burn the heretic!

Jim Geraghty: "The Piranhas Come for Kyrsten Sinema." - "The progressive Left — represented not just by Democratic politicians but by activists, aligned groups, institutions, cultural figures, and certain journalists — operates on the mentality that anyone who stands in the way of it getting what it wants must be destroyed."

I forget where I saw it but somebody quipped that Sinema is going to get so fed up with this relentless harassment that, by next week, she'll be wearing a MAGA hat.

Extra - Wall Street Journal: "Kyrsten Sinema, the Bad Maverick - While John McCain was cheered as a hero, the Arizona Democrat is treated as a traitor."

Monday, October 04, 2021

Restoring the norms of decency

Charles C.W. Cooke: "Chasing Kyrsten Sinema into a Bathroom Is Not Normal."
One imagines that this might be more obvious if the politics were slightly different. If, instead of a left-winger berating a moderate Democrat in the loo, a right-winger had berated a moderate Republican, it would have been the biggest news of the year. Within minutes, the occurrence would have had a name — the “Arizona Attack,” perhaps. Within a day, it would have been deemed to be representative of everything that was wrong with the American Right — and with the United States itself. Within a week, we would have been drowning in breathless TV segments, tendentious op-eds, and mawkish lectures about the sanctity of democracy in America.

I can hear the rhetoric now. Change a handful of inconvenient details, and this incident would be cast as an attack on “women,” on “the LGBT community,” and on “our democracy itself.” Put the motivating criticisms in the mouth of Tucker Carlson, instead of Chris Hayes, and the episode would be widely held as “the logical endpoint of the climate of hatred that has been whipped up.” Attribute the passion to a MAGA type instead of a progressive, and it would be said to “evoke the painful memories of January 6.”
This was such an easy lay-up for Biden who could have condemned the bathroom incident with a simple "that's not who we are"-type of statement.  But that demented fool forgot everything he learned from his days of Senatorial decorum and, of course, the media was ready to defend him.  
It is without fail that whenever President Joe Biden finds himself on the receiving end of legitimate criticisms from his political opposition (which is quite literally every day, almost every hour), there will be an array of Democrat apologists in the mainstream media who rush to his defense in order to suggest that whatever he said or did was either taken out of context or was really not the shocking moment people make it out to be.

Today was no exception.
Democrats never think their actions will boomerang on them (e.g. Joe Biden voting against debt limit increases, the nuclear option for judicial nominees) so they'll be shocked when people start following Chuck Schumer into the commode.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Civil War

Hot Air: ""Inexcusable": Did Biden's infrastructure meeting with House Dems backfire?"  It sure looks that way and now Kirsten Sinema has a new statement out strongly suggesting she's washing her hands of the entire deal.

Extra - Politico: "The fact that the president came to the Hill and whipped against his own bill is the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.” 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Why can't we have an honest discussion on natural immunity?

Mises Wire: "Why "Natural Immunity" Is a Political Problem for the Regime." - "At this point, it would be embarrassing for the regime to admit what actual scientific inquiry has shown: that natural immunity is generally superior to receiving the vaccine. The regime doesn't like to be embarrassed, and neither do the countless doctors and nurses who have long toed the regime's political line. So expect more of the same." 

Two stories out of Western Massachusetts

Here in my neck of the woods, two stories have been getting national attention.  Hot Air: "Smith & Wesson bailing out of blue Massachusetts."

This battle of cultures has been going on for ages here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts and about once a year the anti-gun protesters show up outside the Springfield factory.  Last month, a billboard was put up right across the plant on I-291:

Just over Interstate 291, a billboard appears a few hundred yards from the Smith & Wesson factory of slain high school student Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who was shot four times with a M&P15 rifle made by the Springfield-based factory.

“I can’t turn 21 and enjoy my first legal beer because a Florida teen was allowed to get his first legal AR-15,” the billboard reads.

Now Smith & Wesson is moving some production to Tennessee and laying off 550 workers from really well-paying jobs.

The second story is a report that Black students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have received anonymous hate emails.  But the university is hot on the trail: "UMass Amherst enlists leading cybersecurity firm in effort to unmask sender of racist emails sent to Black student groups."

At this point, I'm 90-95% sure this is yet another hate crime hoax so if/when these cybersleuths uncover the actual perpetrator, the story will either be buried or turned into a "teachable moment" for us all.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Wait until the press hears about this

Federalist: "President Biden Governs Through Obvious, Ham-Fisted Lies - Biden’s most recently revealed Afghanistan lie is just the latest in a string of outright falsehoods and deceptions the White House is resorting to in the face of failure."

I'm trying to retire the "but Trump" trope but it was sure nice of the mainstream media to retire their Presidential Lie Count just in time for Zombie Joe Biden to take office.  Thank heaven Joey never lied about the size of the crowd at his Inauguration.  

About that House vote that's definitely happening tomorrow

Going down in flames.  The Hill: "House appears poised to pull infrastructure vote amid stubborn stalemate."  

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Democracy dies in dumbness

Fox News: "WaPo columnist savaged for downplaying $3.5 trillion bill and saying it will be paid for."

Prepare the popcorn

Red State: "Pelosi Backs off Monday Vote on Infrastructure, Which May Be the Death Knell of Biden's Agenda."

Briefly: Nancy Pelosi agreed to an up-or-down vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill tomorrow (9/27) and now it looks like she's going to break her word because she doesn't have the votes.  But if she doesn't hold the vote as agreed, moderate Democrats in the House claim they'll vote against anything and Kirsten Sinema (among other in the Senate) has stated she'll sink the reconciliation bill.

It's gonna be awesome.

Bounces off the crossbar for extra drama

Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens just broke the NFL record for a field goal at 66 yards.  The doink off the crossbar was (chef's kiss).

Update - Sorry, it looks like the NFL blocked this video.  You can see it here, I think.  

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Norms restored

National Review: "Biden’s Shameful Attack on Border Patrol." - "After saying nary a discouraging word about the Taliban as they chased us from Afghanistan and held us to an exit deadline that meant abandoning American citizens, green-card holders, and Afghan allies behind enemy lines, Joe Biden has finally found a focus for his moral indignation — Border Patrol agents on horseback."

Friday, September 24, 2021

Unclear on the concept

First, a flashback to this headline: "US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media, Reuters Institute report finds - Just 29% of people surveyed in the U.S. said they trust the news, compared to 45% in Canada and 54% in Brazil."

Have no fear, because the (checks notes) New York Times is on a mission to restore faith in the news.  Vanity Fair: "Crisis of Trust in the Media: Inside A.G. Sulzberger's Top Times Project"
“The media in general and The New York Times in particular have taken a lot of shots in recent years, and every poll will tell you that the media is not trusted,” one source said. “How do we, in this era of so much distrust in the media, show the rigor we use in preparing our report to sort of win people over?"
Oh, I have several ideas, but you won't like them A.G.  But do go on.
"The fact that we have a Supreme Court reporter who’s a lawyer, or that we have a medical doctor writing about COVID—we know that stuff, but how do we get that across?” The other source familiar with the project said, “It’s about ensuring that people understand how and why we do what we do.” And crucially, that this sense of understanding transcends the Upper West Side, or any other stereotypical Times constituencies. “This work, more broadly,” the source said, “will hopefully resonate with right of center people, centrists, left of center people—a lot of the work is just to ensure people understand what the Times does.”
So it looks like the plan here is an appeal to authority, with their lawyerly Supreme Court reporter, and not to consider the viewpoints of Americans in flyover country.

The last Republican candidate that the New York Times endorsed for President was Dwight Eisenhower.  A lot of Americans already understand how and why and what you do.

Extra - Remember this NYT gem from four days ago?

And this:


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

How to tell a Democrat is President

Financial Times: "Inflation is back with a vengeance — but is that a bad thing?"

Yes, inflation is the greatest gift since Obama's era of "funemployment!

"The Wonder Years" reboot - surprisingly good

Without getting too deep into the racial themes of 1968 Alabama, the show captured the spirit of the original with the confusion of a 12-year-old living in troubled times.

One aspect of the original "Wonder Years" that I always loved - carefully recreated here - is the strong father figure.  It seems like every other sitcom has the "silly Dad" Homer Simpson character, bum-stumbling from one crisis to another.  Dan Lauria's original dad was a hard-working, occasionally bitter man who above it all loved his family and wanted to do the right thing.  In the reboot, Dule Hill plays the cool and confident, nonplussed father, anchoring his own family.

By the way, I LOL'd when the parents suggested sending their daughter to Spelman College, a black all-female college, calling it a "win-win" proposition.  As in a "win-win" for the two parents.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Even Romney gets it

Ace: "Mitch McConnell: The GOP Will Not Vote to Raise the Debt Ceiling"
Mitt Romney, of all people, explains the thinking: If the Democrats are making all spending and taxing decisions without bipartisan give-and-take, why should Republicans have to help Democrats with this vote?
Youse guys wanna cram through historic, war-time spending?  Go ahead and cram through the debt increase, too. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

The NY Times is a parody of itself

This article is unbelievable.  What's in the water over there?  Newsbusters: "New York Times: Iran's Top Bomb-Maker Loved Persian Poetry, Drives to the Seashore."

Sinema calls the tune

Hot Air: "Sinema reportedly calls Pelosi's bluff: Pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill next week or I'll tank reconciliation."

A bit of background: some moderate Democrats in the House cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi.  She agreed to bring the infrastructure bill, that passed the Senate, up for a vote on September 27th.  She did this to buy some time to get the $3.5 trillion spending bill completed and pass the bills together.  Well, that ain't gonna happen.

If Pelosi calls for a vote on September 27th, progressive Democrats may balk and Nancy will need to depend on Republican votes to pass the infrastructure bill.  But if she tries to delay, Sinema will scotch the $3.5 trillion bill (which is probably dead anyway based on Joe Manchin's comments.)

My feeling is that Democrats will take half-a-loaf and pass infrastructure then the multi-trillion wish list will die in the Senate.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Adios, financial privacy

Reason: "Biden's Plan To Crack Down on Tax Cheating: Snooping on Everyone's Bank Accounts - The president says the IRS needs just two bits of information: all the money that goes into your bank account, and all the money that comes out." 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Insulting allies in every hemisphere

Reuters: "France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal."
PARIS (Reuters) -France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a historic defence export contract to supply Australia with submarines.

The United States, Britain and Australia announced they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will help Australia acquire U.S. nuclear-powered submarines and scrap the $40 billion French-designed submarine deal.

“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told franceinfo radio. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”
Mr. Competency and Foreign Relations, pissing off allies from Perth to Paris.

Australian media pounces

This is normal.  Politico: "‘That fellow Down Under’ — Aussies cringe as Biden appears to forget PM’s name."
SYDNEY — Pal. Fellow Down Under. Hey … you.

Sure, Washington, London and Canberra have just signed a huge new defense pact. But what Australians are talking about is U.S. President Joe Biden appearing to forget their prime minister’s name.
The American media covered up for Dementia Joe but the Aussies weren't quite as forgiving:
Twitter lit up with hundreds of comments calling out Mr Biden, with social media users describing him as "hopeless" and "embarrassing". 
Hey, man, he remembered Boris Johnson's name.  You can't expect him to remember the name of two guys.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

As predicted, here comes the ransom

Red State: "The Other Shoe Drops: Biden Admin Announces Millions in Aid to Afghanistan."  

"Siri, why do people think the media is full of it?"

Twitchy: "NPR: Man dies after being turned away from 43 ICUs at capacity due to COVID, according to his family."

That happened.  I was the Ivermectin.

The adults in the room shift blame like 8-year-olds

Hot Air: "Blinken: Trump left us a deadline for withdrawal on Afghanistan but not a plan."

Of course, this is false, but let's assume there's a universe where the mainstream media remembers Biden's July 8th press conference the one where he said the Taliban wouldn't take over.  Oh never mind.  Let's assume a President who wasn't hell-bent on getting out by 9/11 for his photo-op, and recognized the lack of a plan was a serious problem.

The new spin is that, although there was no plan, gosh darn it they just had to stick that deadline.  It's called leadership, people.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Massachusetts is not a federal jurisdiction

National Review: "Washington Post Legal Analysis Exhibits Confusion about How Law Works." 

Consistently inconsistent

MSN: "ACLU denounced pandemic mandates before COVID-19."  Now, ackshually, being forced to take the vaccine will "further civil liberties."

The standard joke about the ACLU now is that they've strayed so far from their core principles pretty soon they'll be finding an excuse to quarter soldiers in your home.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

They said if I voted for Trump, we'd get a fascist tyrant for President...

...and they were right!



Of course, everything Joe Biden says nowadays is contradicted by something he said before.  Flashback to December 2020: "Joe Biden says he won’t mandate getting COVID-19 vaccine, wearing masks."
“No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory,” Biden said of vaccines at a press conference in Delaware.

“But I would do everything in my power — just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide — I will do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing. And when they do it, demonstrate that it matters.”
As many have pointed out, going full tyrant on covid serves many purposes but mainly 1) diverting attention from Afghanistan and 2) setting up a scapegoat for the horrible economy.

Usually when I see power grabs like this, I check out the legal bloggers.  Here's Powerline:
I cannot imagine what the constitutional basis for such an order would be. But then, I am old-fashioned. I assume that we still have a Constitution.
And here's Legal Insurrection:
Joe Biden is a full-on fascist. He has the most divisive administration ever. His plan is not constitutional. None of it is legal.
Cato lawyer Walter Olson:
This recently updated Congressional Research Service report on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) authority & Covid notes that the agency “has rarely used this authority in the past—not since the courts struck down its ETS on asbestos in 1983.” 
I'll leave Ben Shapiro the final word: if the CDC can decree an eviction moratorium and the Department of Labor can decree a vaccination mandate, there are no limited power in the government:

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

This is just sad

Red State: "This Ridiculous 'News' Segment by CNN Explains New Reports of Cratering Ratings."

I was recently in a situation - won't get into the details - where I was forced to listen to Don Lemon's show.  My emotions went from annoyance to bemusement at the tendentious crap he was serving up and, although I hadn't watched CNN in years, it all became clear why CNN is bleeding eyeballs.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Hollywood standards

Variety: "Eva Longoria Weighs in on Time’s Up Turmoil: ‘It’s OK to Make Mistakes in the Efforts to Topple the Patriarchy’."  Haha - OMG.

The press doesn't do that

National Review: "Secretary Blinken’s Gibberish about Afghanistan." - "Secretary Blinken, quoted below from Doha on September 6, is dissembling. He is talking in gibberish and the press is not holding him to account." 

By the way, how many Americans have made it out of Afghanistan over the past week?  Why don't we have an updated number?  Insanity.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Rolling Stone does another faceplant

Back in 2014, Rolling Stone published an article that was a journalistic train-wreck, leading to a full retraction and a series of lawsuits.

Proving that they've learned exactly nothing when there's a juicy narrative to push, Rolling Stone published an online article that ticked all the boxes: backward hicks in flyover country, covid panic, and rural gun culture.  And it was all a lie.  Twitchy: "NO one thought to fact-check?’ Rolling Stone, Rachel Maddow BUSTED pushing FAKE story about OK hospitals overwhelmed with horse dewormer ODs."

I read this article before the hospital in the article corrected the record and it was full of red flags, most notably that it depended almost entirely on the testimony of a single doctor.  There were no statistics, no facts from official sources, and no supporting evidence.  It took me all of 10 seconds to find this statement online:
Since May 1, Oklahoma's poison control center has received 11 reports of human exposure to ivermectin. One call was in May, three calls came in July, and six calls reported a total of seven patients in August. Most people developed only minor symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, and there have been no reported fatalities.
Eleven cases of upset tummies.  Awesome job, professional journalists.

Extra - Drew Holden has a long list of credulous lefties repeating this phony story:
It should go without saying, but inventing a narrative out of thin air simply because it confirms your priors is not going to help rebuild trust in the media.

It would’ve taken a single phone call to shoot this story down.

Why didn’t that happen?
It's truly a mystery why people keep losing faith in the media year after year after year.

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Thursday, September 02, 2021

IRS scheme would pay for 1 day of spending

National Review: "Another Biden Pay-For Comes up Short"

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today published its revenue estimate for President Biden’s proposed increase in IRS funding to close the tax gap, which is the difference in the amount taxpayers owe compared with what the IRS actually collects. The CBO estimates that an $80 billion increase in IRS funding would raise an extra $200 billion over the next ten years, so it would increase revenue by $120 billion on net.

So that extra $12 billion a year will be swallowed up in a single day of federal spending.  (Actually it's closer to 12 hours of spending).  

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

A little sanity

Hot Air: "McConnell: We're not impeaching Biden over Afghanistan."

Basically, the argument here is that there is no "high crime or misdemeanor" in Biden's gross incompetence and, even if you believe there was, the remedy is at the ballot box. 

The Left hates free speech, a continuing series

Matt Taibbi on Substack: "NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response - In an irony only public radio could miss, "On the Media" hosts an hour on the perils of "free speech absolutism" without interviewing a defender of free speech."

Going broke

Reason: "Social Security Will Be Insolvent in 12 Years - Without policy changes, beneficiaries will receive only 78 percent of what was promised starting in 2034."
When Social Security launched in 1935, the average life expectancy for Americans was 61. That means the average person died four years before qualifying for benefits. It was imagined as a safety net for the truly needy, not a conveyor belt to transfer wealth from the younger, working population to the older, relatively wealthier retired population.

Now, the average American lives to 78, more than a decade past the age (67) when they can start collecting Social Security benefits—and 16 years beyond the eligibility age (62) for early retirees to collect partial benefits.
Every time the very reasonable proposal of raising the retirement age comes up it's met with screams of outrage, even though people are living much longer and work in the 21st century is nothing like the ditch-digging years of the mid-20th.

By the way, I recently stumbled across a very handy (and free) retirement calculator.  Adjust your expected social security benefit down by 22% for maximum accuracy.

Didn't we used to impeach Presidents for phone calls like this?

Ace: "Leaked Phone Transcript Reveals That Biden Told Former Afghan President Ghani to Lie About His Government's Success Against the Taliban."  

Jen Psaki doesn't want to talk about private conversations.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Mr. "The Buck stops with me" blames his generals

WSJ: "Who Abandoned Bagram Air Base? - Biden says the military, but the military says he gave them little choice."
President Biden on Thursday essentially blamed his generals for the Bagram pullout. “They concluded—the military—that Bagram was not much value added, that it was much wiser to focus on Kabul,” he said. “And so, I followed that recommendation.” What Mr. Biden neglected to mention is that the President sets the constraints under which the military draws up plans and evaluates options.
The generals and Trump are to blame; anybody but Joey.

Unnamed planners and facilitators

Red State: "Joe Biden's Afghanistan Drone Strike Against ISIS-K Is a Joke, and We Are the Punchline."

Friday, August 27, 2021

Contradicted again

Fox News: "State Department contradicts Biden's remarks that there may be a 'kill list' provided to Taliban - 'That is simply wrong, simply wrong," the State Dept spokesperson said."

This is the third or fourth time over the past week that Biden has been contradicted by administration officials within a day of making a false statement.  Who is briefing this guy?  Or does he just go out in front of the microphones and wings it?

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Can't spin this

Howard Kurtz: "Media pummeling Biden from left and right as Afghanistan crisis deepens - Some disasters defy political spin."

I think most media outlets know that the full spectrum of this disaster will become evident a week from now.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Ancient wisdom


The media just can't hide it

Rich Lowry: "The Media's Finest Hour."
The White House is unfamiliar with what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the kind of media feeding frenzy that Florida governor Ron DeSantis experiences every other day (almost always involving spurious storylines).

But on Afghanistan, Joe Biden in effect set out to test how much shameless incompetence and dishonesty the media would accept. The answer? Not nearly enough.

The press is blatantly biased and has become even more so over time, repeatedly propagating false narratives that have shredded its credibility. Still, there are limits beyond which even it can’t be pushed.
I must say that I feel the same way and the lack of "Republicans pounce!" articles is proof-positive.  The cynic in me would say that journalists trapped in Afghanistan are the proverbial "liberal who has been mugged."  But I won't say that and just be happy they're doing their unbiased jobs for once.


Even CNN can't hide it.  CNN!

Sure was nice to get an update on the infrastructure bill

Red State: "Joe Biden, With Eyes Bloodshot and Five Hours Late, Insults Everyone Watching With Surreal Presser."  

52 hostages? Jimmy Carter was a piker

Commentary: "The Largest Hostage Crisis in American History."  

Monday, August 23, 2021

The Afghanistan collapse

Pretty much says it all

Powerline quoting the New York Times:
A week later, on July 2, Biden, in an ebullient mood, gathered a small group of reporters to celebrate new jobs numbers that he said showed that his economic recovery plan was working. But all the questions he received were about news from Afghanistan that the United States had abandoned Bagram Airfield, with little to no notice to the Afghans.

“It’s a rational drawdown with our allies,” he insisted, “so there’s nothing unusual about it.”

But as the questions persisted, on Afghanistan rather than the economy, he grew visibly annoyed. He recalled Ghani’s visit and said, “I think they have the capacity to be able to sustain the government,” although he added that there would have to be negotiations with the Taliban.

Then, for the first time, he was pressed on what the administration would do to save Kabul if it came under direct attack. “I want to talk about happy things, man,” he said.
Then ice cream was served.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Respected again in the world community

Now that the adults are back in charge.  Hot Air: "Tony Blair brands "Sleepy Joe" Biden an "imbecile" over Afghanistan withdrawal."
Earlier, according to participants at a meeting of party members, Merkel said she believed the US decision to press ahead with the withdrawal was taken for “domestic political reasons” were partly to blame.

The leader of her party, Armin Laschet, went further, calling the entire Afghanistan operation a failure and the withdrawal “the biggest debacle that NATO has suffered since its founding.”
Say what you want about Joe Biden but people just accused Trump of destroying NATO.  Joe Biden gets it done.

Extra - Powerline reports that Boris Johnson calls Biden "Sleepy Joe" behind closed doors.

Nobody should, any longer, pretend that Joe Biden is fit to lead this nation

National Review: "Joe Biden Is Who We Said He Was."  
The pandemic was a godsend, allowing him to hide in his basement for months and avoid unscripted questions. He won the election by making himself as small and low-profile as he needed to be. Opinion polls for much of this year have shown him enjoying a honeymoon period with voters tired of Trump who are happy to have an absentee president for a while.

Biden’s handling of Afghanistan has exposed all of that. Presidents can remain aloof from Capitol Hill. They can send out underlings to handle public-health guidance, lawsuits, or new regulations. But foreign crises demand active, personal leadership. That has gone badly. Everyone who said for decades that Biden was a lightweight ill-equipped to handle a major crisis has been vindicated.
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy, one who always overestimated and oversold his meager achievements.  And, for me, that's the thing I despise about Biden.  If he had a bit of self-awareness about his limitations, I could lend some sympathy.  But this guy has been blowing his own Cornpop Horn for 50 years and now his comeuppance is here. 

Friday, August 20, 2021

You're not going to believe this: Biden lied again

Daily Wire: "Biden Will Not Expand Kabul Airport Perimeter, Press For Special Evac Missions, Even As France, UK Leave Base To Rescue Trapped Citizens."

Here comes the empathy reboot

Hot Air: "Third time's the charm? Biden to explain himself *again* at 1 ET."

Ed Morrissey has it exactly right here: this is damage control to inject some empathy into the discussion which has been defined by "that was five days ago, man!"

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dateline: July 13th, 2021

Wall Street Journal exclusive: "Internal State Department Cable Warned of Kabul Collapse" - "July memo shows that administration officials were cautioned about Taliban’s quick advance."

WASHINGTON—An internal State Department memo last month warned top agency officials of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the U.S.’s Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the document.

The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.

Keep lying, Joe.  These stories are just going to proliferate.  

That was...something

ABC News: "Full transcript of ABC News' George Stephanopoulos' interview with President Joe Biden."

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

See you Friday

I'm offline for a couple days.  Enjoy the latest from Red Velvet:

Looks like the internal polling is in

Twitchy: "White House lifts earlier lid in anticipation of President Biden’s return from Camp David this evening." 

Joe lied

Remember that July 8th press conference where a reporter asked about intelligence assessments and Joe Biden said "no, they didn't say that."?
Q    Mr. President, thank you very much.  Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse.

THE PRESIDENT:  That is not true. 

Q    Is it — can you please clarify what they have told you about whether that will happen or not? 

THE PRESIDENT:  That is not true.  They did not — they didn’t — did not reach that conclusion. 

Drew Holden has the receipts

Federalist: "The Media Can’t Hide From Their Terrible Afghanistan Reporting" - "Biden's failure to fulfill corporate media's promises of his competence has made them look deeply foolish as he displays the folly they predicted of Trump." 

I have to say though: the media has been pretty brutal on Biden over the last 24 hours.  It's almost like they're trying to regain some credibility.  

Europe: Bring back the mean tweets

Politico Europe: "Disbelief and betrayal: Europe reacts to Biden’s Afghanistan ‘miscalculation’."
Until Sunday, Europe thought Joe Biden was an expert on foreign policy.

Now, the American president’s decision to allow Afghanistan to collapse into the arms of the Taliban has European officials worried he has unwittingly accelerated what his predecessor Donald Trump started: the degradation of the Western alliance and everything it is supposed to stand for in the world.

Across Europe, officials have reacted with a mix of disbelief and a sense of betrayal. Even those who cheered Biden’s election and believed he could ease the recent tensions in the transatlantic relationship said they regarded the withdrawal from Afghanistan as nothing short of a mistake of historic magnitude.
i'm sure glad "the adults are back in charge." 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Biden to Afghanistan: Drop dead

That's tomorrow's editorial in the Wall Street Journal: "We had hoped that Mr. Biden would accept some responsibility and explain how he would fix this mess. He did none of that, making it clear that he himself is the main architect of this needless American surrender. It does not bode well for the rest of his Presidency."  

Biden to address the nation this afternoon

Federalist: "No, Biden Can’t Blame Trump For The Afghanistan Withdrawal Disaster."

It would be insanity for Biden to try to pin this on Trump, even if he sincerely believed it.  Biden would look weak, trying to pass the blame on to the guy who left office seven months ago.  A better man would realize that he's got to eat the s--t sandwich, but I doubt Joe Biden is that man.

Update - Well, Joe blamed three previous Presidents and the Afghan army but also said "the buck stops with me." 

More - Hot Air: "But Biden’s guilty of the same rhetorical trick that Tony Blinken pulled yesterday and was properly challenged on by Jake Tapper. He tried to change the subject in his speech from the gross tactical debacle that led to the scenes playing out today at the airport to his more defensible strategic decision to withdraw. I can’t ask our boys to die for their country when their own boys won’t do it, says Biden." 

That's why Biden ran away after his remarks and took no questions from the press.

Drunk Nancy Pelosi

C'mon Nance, it's not even noon yet.  Daily Caller: "Nancy Pelosi Praises Biden After Taliban Advances Into Kabul"
"Any political settlement that the Afghans pursue to avert bloodshed must include having women at the table. The fate of women and girls in Afghanistan is critical to the future of Afghanistan. As we strive to assist women, we must recognize that their voices are important, and all must listen to them for solutions, respectful of their culture."
FFS, it's like she doesn't even know who the Taliban are.  Here's a hint:
At a park in Kabul, transformed since last week into a shelter for the displaced, families told the AP on Friday that girls riding home in a motorized rickshaw in the northern Takhar province were stopped and lashed for wearing “revealing sandals.”
Drunk, stupid, and botoxed is no way to go through life, Nance.

Hogging the Camp David ice cream machine

PJ Media: "Where is Joe Biden?"

Sunday, August 15, 2021

True to form

Charles C. W. Cooke: "President Biden’s Afghanistan Predictions Were Disastrously Wrong." - "If one wishes to, one can argue that this wasn’t Biden’s fault, or that he inherited a bad situation, or that it’s far more complicated than it looks. One can even argue that what’s happening doesn’t change the rationale for Biden’s decision. But, under no circumstances, can one argue that this is turning out how the president imagined it would."  


Extra - Axios: "Rarely has an American president's predictions been so wrong, so fast, so convincingly as President Biden on Afghanistan." 

If you were wondering if Joe Biden would blame Afghanistan on Trump...

...well, come collect your prize.  Breitbart: "Joe Biden blames Donald Trump for Afghanistan collapse - despite calling Taliban takeover 'unlikely' in July."

The media is dutifully advancing that narrative with their "gosh, this has been going on for years" schtick, a blame-spreading story they surely would have run if Trump were still in office.  /sarc

If you're wondering where Joe Biden learned this technique, well, he learned it from the Master: "President Obama took credit in 2012 for withdrawing all troops from Iraq. Today he said something different."
For much of that election year, Obama had included a line of celebration in his standard stump speech, one that among an electorate exhausted by more than a decade of war always drew a rousing applause: “Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq,” Obama proclaimed in Bowling Green, Ohio, in September 2012, and did nearly every day after until the election. “We did.”
Take a wild guess what happened when it all went south and ISIS rushed into the power vacuum:
On Thursday, Obama addressed reporters in the White House Briefing Room about Iraq’s latest crisis. “Do you wish you had left a residual force in Iraq? Any regrets about that decision in 2011?” a reporter asked. “Well, keep in mind that wasn’t a decision made by me,” Obama said. “That was a decision made by the Iraqi government.”
Because, gosh-darn-it, Obama just couldn't do anything about the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that Dubya had negotiated back in 2008.  It's not like he's Commander in Chief or anything.  Truly a Profile in Courage.

The final word:

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Resetting expectations

 

This chaos is more chaotic than expected

Hot Air: "Collapse: Marine vanguard to Kabul."
In multiple provinces, the Taliban have already begun burning down schools that accepted girls as students. In Takhar province earlier this week, three women who were riding home in a rickshaw were stopped by Taliban fighters and lashed and beaten in the street for wearing “revealing sandals.”

It’s still possible that we’ll pull off this evacuation without any additional loss of life to Americans or the Afghan workers inside the green zone. But it’s also possible that we won’t. As I’ve said here in the past, right now is a time for action, but when all of this is said and done, we will need to have full congressional hearings to determine how the planning for this exit was botched so badly and who should have had the foresight to know that the Taliban was always going to do precisely what they are doing right now.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

What's going on in Afghanistan?

This National Review story "Afghanistan for the Layman" links to this Vox piece "How is the Taliban gaining so fast in Afghanistan? - An expert on the Taliban’s sweep and what it means for Afghanistan."

One thing to note is that, yes, the Taliban is gaining in these remote regional capitals but it's not like there's a strong government presence there anyway:

One Afghan government official told them some of these districts fell when 10 Taliban fighters showed up. A lot of this was just the collapse of government authority, and if it could collapse in the face of 10 Taliban fighters, we have to be honest: It was barely there to begin with.

I'm with Joe Biden with this one: we've been nation-building in this no-win country for two decades.  The United States has poured billions into propping up the Afghan forces.  Time to step up or slide back into the 12th century again. 

A sophisticated crowd

What's wrong with these uneducated, anti-science rednecks in (checks notes) Martha's Vineyard?


Must be all the motorcycle rallies.

Journalism 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

About that inflation blip

Hot Air: "CNN: Inflation has already wiped out wage gains from stimulus/relief bills.

The science is settled

Don't wear a mask.
Wear a mask.
Wear two masks.
If you're vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask.
If you're vaccinated, wear a mask.
You won't get sick if you're vaccinated.
You might get sick if you're vaccinated.

Axios: "The study found the Pfizer vaccine was only 42% effective against infection in July, when the Delta variant was dominant. "If that's not a wakeup call, I don't know what is," a senior Biden official told Axios."

Coming soon: You're going to need a booster shot every three months.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Free speech for me, not for thee

National Review: "Washington D.C.’s Free-Speech Double Standard Blesses BLM but Punishes Pro-Lifers" - "Your ability to exercise even basic constitutional freedoms increasingly depends on how much those in authority share your moral and political point of view."  

Chicago snub

Daily Wire: "Chicago Cops Turn Backs On Mayor After Female Cop Killed."

Cuomo is out

I remember when OJ Simpson was sent to prison for stealing sports memorabilia or something, Saturday Night Live quipped: "OJ Simpson went to jail this week for theft...but really murder."

That's how I feel about soon-to-be-ex-governor Cuomo: "Andrew Cuomo resigned his office for sexual harassment charges...but really for killing Grandma."

Anyway, the relentless New York Post is taking a victory lap.  

Monday, August 09, 2021

Musical interlude

Wow, this great song came up on my shuffle and I don't think I've heard it since 1984.  Chaka Khan's smooth ballad "Through the Fire" only hit #60 on the Billboard chart and got overshadowed by her megahit "I Feel For You" (written by Prince).

But this song is smoooth and soulful.  Check it out.


Sunday, August 08, 2021

You know what this means: pouncing and seizing

Washington Examiner: "Obama seen dancing maskless at booze-filled birthday bash." 

Extra - From Powerline: "It has been obvious from the beginning that the rules that CDC and Democratic governors inflict on the rest of us do not apply to liberal elites. Chuck Todd is not a journalist, and “Doctor” Fauci is not a scientist. No wonder so many people don’t bother to listen to either one." 

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Why we can't have an honest debate

Hot Air: "Malcolm Nance vs. Ben Shapiro really encapsulates the non-debate the left insists on having over CRT in schools."

The video embedded in this story is really wild and a perfect example of the kind of "debate" we expect from the Left on critical race theory.  If you ever wonder why this kind of debate happens so rarely, this is why.

Friday, August 06, 2021

Police for me but not for thee

Peasants.  PJ Media: "Is Cori Bush the Biggest Hypocrite on All of Capitol Hill? This Video Says 'Yes!'."

Professional CNN hack Chris Cillizza is all over the real scandal here: "Cori Bush just handed Republicans a 2022 gift."

There go those Republicans again with all their pouncing and seizing. 

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Impeach Biden

National Review: "The Eviction-Moratorium Decree: Why It’s Unconstitutional"
Consequently, by unilaterally decreeing a moratorium extension in the teeth of that ruling, President Biden is acting in bad faith. It is now a constitutional offense. Specifically, and in blatant violation of his solemn duty to execute the laws faithfully, Biden has usurped Congress’s legislative authority and declared the power to legislate. He is running roughshod over the separation of powers, which is the foundation of our constitutional framework, limiting power and preserving liberty.

That is why this is a constitutional violation, one even more profound than a theorized violation stemming from the Commerce Clause — since Biden has been admonished by the Supreme Court that what he is now doing would be wrong. Moreover, the administration publicly conceded on Monday that there was no “legal authority for even new, targeted eviction moratoriums.”

There is also no doubt that Democrats, who twice impeached President Trump for abusing his office, would be calling for the impeachment of a Republican president who did such a thing.
Even the Washington Post can't paper over this impeachable offense and note the double standard:
If the Trump administration had ignored a direct warning from the Supreme Court, Democrats would rightfully line up to condemn the president. Mr. Biden does not get a pass on the rule of law because his heart is in the right place.
Oh, liberals love their good intentions: it's a free pass to do whatever they want "for the children."  This must be the return to normal we were told about.

CNN's wasteland

PJ Media: "CNN Achieves Embarrassing Viewership Milestone."  "Things haven’t been going well for the network, particularly without Donald Trump in the White House, and it has now gone an entire week without reaching 1 million viewers."  

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

11th out of 12

Red State: "More Go Woke, Go Broke: Olympic Hammer Thrower Gwen Berry Goes Down to Humiliating Defeat."

For the record, I called it a month ago that the U.S. Trials would be the last time we'd see her.  But good luck to her in the Woman's Professional Hammer Throwing League (WPHTL).  

Fredo must go

MSNBC: "Biden calls on Andrew Cuomo to resign. He's not the only Cuomo who needs to go."

Is there any way than CNN can sink any lower?

"Hold my beer" - Stephen Collinson

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

So this is where we are

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the CDC's eviction moratorium was unconstitutional and would have to end this past weekend.  Then this happened today: "President Biden Announces on Live TV That He Intends to Break His Oath of Office."
President Biden knows that the CDC’s eviction moratorium is illegal, having, per Gene Sperling, “not only kicked the tires,” but “double, triple, quadruple checked.” He also knows that the Supreme Court has ruled that it is illegal, and that the majority of the legal scholars he has consulted think that the Court is correct.

And yet, because a bunch of progressives have spent the day complaining, Biden announced just now that he intends to violate his oath and reissue the order anyway. “The bulk of the constitutional scholars,” Biden admitted at his press conference just now, “say it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.” Then he said that he was prepared to try his luck anyway.

Big day for the “norms” crowd.
Biden is a weak President and basically he got worn down by left-wing brow beating.  The Executive branch is supposed to execute the laws, not look for procedural loopholes:
In other words, he knows it’s unconstitutional and it wouldn’t be upheld but he knows that legal action against this extension will take time, so he’s going to try to do it anyway and then blame others and the courts when he’s sued and he loses. Can we talk about how wrong this is? He doesn’t care that it’s illegal. He knows it’s contrary to what the Supreme Court has already indicated yet he’s flying in their face anyway, something that just defies belief.
The CDC is now writing laws.  How Looney Tunes is this?  Yeah, big day for "norms" and "restoring order."