Thursday, April 29, 2021

It's a crisis, yo!

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Everything is "The American [blank] Plan"

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

Never let a crisis go to waste, eh?

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Oscars are done

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

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

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

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

They were in nursing homes

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

Friday, April 23, 2021

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

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

Joe Biden is a clown

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

Thursday, April 22, 2021

BLM: not all black lives matter

Spiked: "So now cops are racist even when they save a black person’s life?" - "The fury over the killing of Ma’Khia Bryant has exposed the cynicism and hypocrisy of the woke elites."
The tragic Bryant affair really reveals the moralistic impulse behind contemporary ‘anti-racism’. What we have in wokeness is not a continuation of the historical struggles for greater racial equality and fairer forms of justice, but rather a constant hunt for proof that white supremacy still stalks the US and that we need experts, activists and the occasional riot to keep it in check.

It is this tendency – this need, in fact – to read every situation and encounter through the lens of racism that led so many to assume that Reardon was another racist cop and Bryant was another George Floyd. In the 21st century ‘anti-racism’ has become an industry. It provides many people with moral authority, financial comfort and a sense of virtuous power. They were not about to let another possible white-cop-vs-black-person situation go unexploited. They need this stuff. And the girl who was in danger from Bryant? Meh. Not all black lives matter, it seems.
I once saw a YouTube video from a guy who critiques rhetoric and debating and he said that one of the things that makes Ben Shapiro so dominant in debates is that, occasionally, he'll agree with you.  It's a mark of a rational person that they won't defend irrational thoughts.  This incident in Columbus seems to be one of those situations where the overwhelming evidence indicates the police prevented the death or serious injury of somebody on the receiving end of a roundhouse-punch stabbing.  Seems like a good point to note that, golly, not all cops are bastards.

But no.  They have their narrative, their cash, and their homes in Topanga Canyon.  Nothing's going to stop this gravy train.  

About that systemic racism

Red State: "NY Post Reporter Masterfully Turns 'Systemic Racism' Tables on Jen Psaki During Press Briefing."  Jen doesn't want to talk about "Lock 'em up Joe" anymore.  

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Stab it out

National Review: "The Let-Teenagers-Knife-Fight Caucus." - "To be clear, it’s possible more details will emerge that will require us to further reevaluate what transpired in Columbus. But the idea that cops need to take a step back and let teenagers stab it out with each other is completely insane." 

They just made it up

Issues and Insights: "The New York Times Has Just Been Caught In Two Monstrous Lies."  

The Paper of Record Retraction. 

Extra - And then there's Columbus: "About that NYT "police shoot teen-age girl as Chauvin convicted" narrative." - "Instead of telling the truth about this shooting, the New York Times and likely other media outlets want to exploit it for their own political purposes — even when they have seen the evidence and it negates that narrative."  So that's three lies.  

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts

I've been kinda following this case through the comments of Andrew McCarthy at National Review and the legal experts at Legal Insurrection.  The general perspective was that the defense was lackluster but, from a legal perspective, the second-degree murder charge was way over the top.

In the end, the video of George Floyd begging for his life was always going to override these legal sensibilities. 

Extra - National Review: "The cops had the right and responsibility to use some force to restrain and subdue Floyd, and maybe his death was due in part to other factors besides force. But the extended time involved in this case always made it likely that any reasonable jury would convict Chauvin of some crime bearing responsibility for the death of a man who did not deserve to die."  

That'll teach the po-lice

Blaze: "At least 9 teens shot at 12-year-old's birthday party — and not one of the 60 attendees will make a formal statement."  

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.