Saturday, September 24, 2022

Martha's Vineyard edition

Lots of good memes over at Powerline poking fun at the liberal set.  Apparently, this happened:

The puppetmasters

Glenn Reynolds: "Who’s our real president? Joe Biden — or the staffers who keep walking back his comments?"

Let's fire up that 25th Amendment.

Here's Mr. "Take Responsibility" again

But, folks, in addition to inheriting a failed MAGA Republican economy, we also confronted a global pandemic and Putin’s war in Ukraine, and that’s driven the global inflation we see today.
Remember: Joey won't blame others.  He'll take responsibility:

Friday, September 23, 2022

Violence comes to Sweden

Common Sense: "Two Bombings in One Night? That’s Normal Now in Sweden." - "My country just voted in a right-wing government. The almost 500 bombings since 2018 may have something to do with it.

This article is wild.  I had no idea that shootings and bombings had gotten so out of control in Sweden:

Sweden, which has a population of around 10 million, has the highest per-capita number of deadly shootings of 22 European countries. Forty-seven people have been shot dead so far this year, which, while far from American levels of gun homicide, is extreme for Europe. Other European countries have come to look at Sweden with horror. 

I forget who said it but there's a quote about: when you paint people against illegal immigration as fascists then - guess what - people will vote for the fascists.  That's just what happened in Sweden.

Update - Found it: David Frum of the Atlantic?!?  Wow.  "If liberals insist that enforcing borders is a job only fascists will do, then voters will hire fascists to do the job liberals won't." 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Ross is a psychopath

On my commute, I often listen to a popular podcast called "Stuff you should know."  This past week, they did a series on sitcoms and a brief story on laugh tracks, noting that some shows are eerie and unnatural when the laugh track is removed.  Like this:

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

When Biden goes off-teleprompter

Spectator World: "Do Biden’s words even matter anymore? - As his staff once again rushes in to clarify, it isn’t clear who’s running the country"
All this confusion points to that simple question: do Biden’s words matter or not? Does his administration respect his governing authority or not? If the answer is no, then who is in charge? Is it Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff? Is it domestic policy adviser Susan Rice (who doesn’t get enough attention for her role)? Is is the White House communications team? Is it the Easter Bunny, who was called in to corral his boss during an event last Easter?
This is fine.

Extra - Power Line: "Bordering on incoherence."  This is typical fare for an off-teleprompter question.

This again

Twitchy: "Breaking: Al Gore says the world is at a ‘tipping point’ for climate action."

Keep going, chief: this could be the year!

Monday, September 19, 2022

White House: pay no attention to that old dude

Ace: "Biden Announces He Would Commit US Troops to Defend Taiwan Against China; White House Rushes Out Statement That The "President" Does Not Speak for the U.S. Government."
As you can see, this then forced the White House to once again rush out a statement contradicting the president it supposedly serves, announcing that whatever the Figurehead Puddingbrain claims on TV when he wants to sound like Magnum, P.I., he spoke without authorization and his words are null and void.

This is f------ embarrassing.
It sure is, but President Tough Guy can't help himself.

The other thing that stuck out to me in the 60 Minutes interview is how this thin-skinned dimwit responded to a little bit of pushback on inflation.  Biden tried to say that - golly - inflation only edged up "an inch" on a month-by-month basis and Scott Pelley pointed out it's still the highest rate in 40 years.  This dummy wants credit for keeping inflation from historic highs to even higher highs. You're welcome, America.

Then Biden fell back on his favorite crutch whenever challenged about the economy: the low unemployment rate.  What this has to do with the fact Americans are paying hundreds more for food is unclear but it's all he has since nobody can explain how the Inflation Reduction Act will reduce inflation.

Something something about tax credits if you spend thousands on solar panels for your roof.  Hey, ya gotta spend money to make money!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Party time!

Reason: "As Inflation Soars, Biden Hosts Cringey Concert Celebrating the Inflation Reduction Act" - "All we can ask of politicians is that they stop making the situation worse by spending even more money, and that they stop celebrating the mess they've made while average Americans struggle to pay for groceries."

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Bluff called

Powerline: "The GOP is learning how to fight"
And when I saw the headline that Gov. Ron De Santis had flown two planeloads of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, and that Gov. Abbott had dropped off two busloads of illegal immigrants out front of Kamala “The-Border-Is-Secure” Harris’s residence, I thought sure this had to be another madcap satire of the Babylon Bee. But no, this actually happened.

Finally—Republicans are learning how to fight, and we’ve seen the sanctimony of “sanctuary cities” revealed for what it is. More of this please. I’ve been saying for years that southern border states should send busloads of illegal immigrants to Marin County, Evanston, Westchester, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Malibu, Boulder, Cambridge, etc. Hopefully this is only the beginning, and the pace of these resettlements to affluent blue enclaves will increase. 
A couple years ago I was at a concert at Tanglewood and somebody on stage just couldn't help but make a comment about Trump's immigration policy.  At the time, I told my kids that "nobody in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts will ever face the consequences of illegal immigration."

So I'm loving the freakout on Martha's Vineyard.  They should start dropping them off at every house here in the Pioneer Valley with one of those insufferable "nobody is illegal" signs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

They already paid for the stuff from "Party City"

The White House planned a celebration today for the Inflation Reduction Act and then, sometime between the announcement and the actual event, the Labor Department announced inflation had risen more than expected: "Inflation rose faster than expected in August, keeping prices painfully high - Consumer price index unexpectedly climbed 8.3% in August, despite a decline in gas prices."

Should they cancel the big party?  Well, they already hired the clowns and inflated the balloons so the show must go on:
Nevertheless, given today’s inflation data, it’s perhaps a little unfortunate that the administration will be celebrating the Act later today in Washington, D.C. 
So unfortunate that it would take a heart of stone not to laugh, however bitterly.
How bad was it?  Every minute Joe Biden tried to convince the crowd that everything was peachy the stock market kept dropping until it shed over 1200 points.  Eventually, CNN had to cut away from the happy talk because the split-screen was showing the Dow average slide.

Monday, September 12, 2022

"We're all trying to figure out who keeps pushing these hate hoaxes"

Hot Air: "CNN: 'It feels like there was a rush to judgment' on the Duke volleyball story."

The Washington Post on Fetterman

Red State: "The Washington Post Just Scorches John Fetterman in Surprise Editorial Attack."  I know I was surprised.  Here's part of the editorial:
The campaign’s response to questions about Mr. Fetterman’s health is to point to a doctor’s note, released more than 14 weeks ago, which said “he should be able to campaign and serve in the U.S. Senate without a problem” if he takes his medications and exercises.

That’s not good enough. Mr. Fetterman is asking voters for a six-year contract without giving them enough information to make sound judgments about whether he’s up for such a demanding job. We have called for full disclosure of health records from candidates for federal office in both parties, including Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and we believe Mr. Fetterman should release his medical records for independent review.
There is zero - ZERO - percent chance that Fetterman will ever debate.  Dude just can't.  For a while, I assumed the biased mainstream media would participate in a cover-up but this editorial gives me hope.

Extra - Ace: "Fetterman is getting worse." 

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Dementia Joe shuns the press

And the press is OK with that.  Fox News: "Biden finds time to talk cars with Jay Leno, but hasn’t done TV interview with American journalist in 200 days."

Sometimes I read transcripts from the White House website and it's remarkable to see the cadence of a Joe Biden speech.  They follow a familiar pattern where he starts off with Grampa Simpson-style rambling before rehashing the exact same talking points that have been consistently debunked over and over and over again.  

That's why he won't sit down with the media since Lester Holt broke him in February and it's why the rumors that he's already "quiet quit" continue to swirl.  

Back to Delaware for the weekend!  Joe's exhausted from the four public events he had this week.

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Supply v. demand

Federalist: "How Corporate Media Sold The BYU Race Narrative With Zero Corroborating Evidence." - "The real question here is not whether Richardson was telling the truth but why it took so long for anyone to investigate or corroborate her claims before blasting them to the world."

They never learn.

Monday, September 05, 2022


How it started: "Biden gives Saudis the gesture they wanted. But he returns to Washington with little in hand."

Thanks, suckers

The Hill: "Biden’s student loan bailout treats hard-working Americans as chumps on Labor Day"
President Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 of student loans per borrower is bad policy for numerous reasons. It adds nearly $1 trillion to the national debt. It fuels inflation. And it is illegal executive overreach. (The Job Creators Network Foundation’s Legal Action Fund is currently considering legal options to block it.)

The bailout is also fundamentally unfair to most Americans who never earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. These hard-working folks are forced to shoulder loan forgiveness for the consultant class through their tax dollars. Biden’s action, therefore, makes for an especially depressing Labor Day for ordinary workers who also face declining real wages and living standards because of historic inflation. 
The potential lawsuit by the Job Creators Network is the first legal action I've heard about.

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Saturday, September 03, 2022

Nice work if you can get it

In Joe's defense, just look at this jam-packed work schedule from Wednesday:

 Wow, slow down buddy!

Thursday, September 01, 2022

It's gonna be a "no" from me, dawg

Ramesh Ponnuru at Bloomberg: "Republicans Need to Get Serious About Social Security" - "Party leaders don’t even have a plan to fix it — which is a pity, since benefits are growing beyond the program’s revenue."

Social Security used to be a hobby issue for me but now I'm quite content to see the whole program come crashing down.  Nobody wants to do the tough work of reform.  It would be better to see the automatic cuts kick in and see how Americans react.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Shut up, they explained

Red State: "New Survey Shows How Weak Minded College Kids Are Scared of Different Views."

I have to reminisce about my time in college when (big surprise) I was a conservative among many liberals at a state school.  For a time I wrote for the conservative newspaper on campus and I had a particular beef with one left-wing group.

At the time, I wanted to write an article addressing this group's main goals and invited their head guy for an interview.  He refused.  I said, okay, how about if I tell you the questions in advance to prepare?  No dice.  OK, then, no interview but I'll give you the questions and you can respond in print.  Nope.

At the time, I couldn't understand why somebody wouldn't want to explain his main beliefs to what (at the time) was one of the biggest papers on campus.  I don't wonder anymore.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

This explains so much

Hot Air: "Yellen and Jill Biden advised him not to cancel student loan debt, but Joe listened to someone else."
Joe Biden’s decision to cancel student loan debt was bone-headed at best, cynical at worst. To make a bad decision even worse – Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Jill Biden ( that’s Dr. Jill to you) advised the dazed and confused president not to do it. Instead of listening to a couple of people who might actually know a little something about the subject, Joe Biden decided to listen to Kamala Harris. That’s right. Biden acted on Kamala’s advice.
Haha, OMG.  Best and brightest, y'all.


Hot Air: "Penn-Wharton pegs Biden's Academia bailout potential cost at $1 trillion."

That's $6000 per taxpayer to pay off AOC's useless economics degree.

Washington Post returns to form

It was fun while it lasted.  Twitchy: "‘Mean tweets are good now’! WaPo spotlights newly punchy & feisty White House Twitter account." 

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Hey, that was *my* headline

The Washington Examiner totally stole my headline from yesterday: "Biden to the working class: Drop dead."

We would expect that reaction from the Examiner.  What was more surprising is that Biden's YOLO on student debt was too much for even the Washington Post: "WaPo editors: Biden's Academia bailout is "a regressive, expensive mistake".

Wow, a bridge too far even the Post. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Scranton Joe to America's working class: Drop dead

Hot Air: "Biden's indefensible bribe."
If not for the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, the policy he’s announcing today would be the lowest moment of his presidency.
No kidding.  Frankly, I never thought Brandon would do it.  Not only is student loan forgiveness transparently illegal, it is absolutely a middle finger aimed at America's working class.  I actually watched his announcement today and it was a greatest hits of his debunked statements, dutifully read off a teleprompter followed by a quick getaway.

This guy is never going to do a sitdown interview or a press conference again and his response to a yelled question about people who (responsibly) paid off their debts shows why.  He doesn't have an answer.  He'll never explain why a plumber should pay off the debts of a Harvard grad.

Get ready for months of campaign ads like this:

Tuesday, August 23, 2022


Let's flashback to a year ago: "Pelosi says Biden doesn’t have power to cancel student debt."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested on Wednesday that people who believe President Joe Biden can forgive student debt on his own are misinformed.

“The president can’t do it,” Pelosi said, at a press briefing. “That’s not even a discussion.”

Pelosi said any student debt forgiveness would have to be carried out by Congress.
There can be no “limits,” because the move is illegal. There can be no “decision,” because the move is illegal. There can be no “planning,” because the move is illegal.

I can't believe we're going to have to learn this lesson again, but illegal executive actions like this will only beget illegal actions by future Presidents.  But if Harry Reid's nuclear option has taught us nothing, it's that Democrats never believe their actions will boomerang back on them.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Hidin' Biden

Legal Insurrection: "Joe Biden: The MIA President" - "For instance, he’ll appear in public at the White House for a speech or to make an announcement, but rarely takes questions from the press. He’ll give a speech on the road, but many times will simply ignore reporters. On rare occasions when a yelled question from a reporter gets through to Biden, his handlers work to quash it immediately, hurrying Biden away from the throngs of questioners as though they present a threat to his very existence."

What I think is weird is that the Biden's daily schedule doesn't even show him receiving the President's Daily Briefing.  What's this guy doing all day? 

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Fake news

Twitchy: "ABC News’ Jon Karl spotted ‘pushing completely fake news as part of its obsessive pro-Democrat election meddling’." 

You had one job.

Mr. Potato Head is unemployed

PJ Media: "New CNN CEO Tells Employees, 'You Might Not Like or Understand' What's Coming."

Brian Stelter's last appearance was today and, honestly, I've never seen a second of his show but everybody says it's terrible.  Now I can say that once I was forced to watch Don Lemon's show and he is unambiguously awful.  There's no justification for that guy keeping his job. 

Saturday, August 20, 2022

This caption made me LOL

Yes, I've been in an office with a manager urging us to leverage our synergy:

Luxury beliefs

Twitchy: "Sanctuary cities New York and DC not prepared to handle the ‘massive influx of migrants’."

As I've noted here many times, it's so very easy to post your "Nobody is Illegal" yard signs until somebody breaks into your house. 

So this thing is still going on

NewNeo: "And let’s not forget the Iran deal." - "Betrayal of Israel, concessions and payments to Iran. Then, of course, Trump the Terrible ended all that. But now Biden and company are desperate to go back to those glory days of The Deal."


Thursday, August 18, 2022

Another phony claim

Hot Air: "Biden claimed CHIPS Act would create a million construction jobs, the actual number is around 6,000."

Much like the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, here's another example of the media running to correct a story after the legislation passes.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Lester Holt broke him

Gateway Pundit: "Joe Biden Has Nothing on His Public Schedule Today and Hasn’t Done an On-Camera Interview with American Media Outlet Since February." 

Guess we're not going to get a victory lap on the super-successful one-year anniversary of Afghanistan withdrawal. 

Yes nukes

Reason: "In a Belated Outburst of Rationality, Germany Decides To Keep Three Nuclear Plants Open."

You heard Joe

White House official transcript:

And I’m keeping my campaign commitment: No one — let me emphasize — no one earning less than $400,000 a year will pay a penny more in federal taxes.  (Applause.)

See that: no "one" person.  Surely they won't bait and switch.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Something happened, like, 12 months ago

Hot Air: "NPR, NYT: A year ago, the Taliban took over Afghanistan all on its own, or something."

You'll never guess whose fingerprints are nowhere to be found in these articles:
It just collapsed all on its own, eh? Once again, as Ben pointed out, the name “Biden” appears nowhere in this anniversary analysis. Not once does the NYT or NPR assess Biden’s role in these results of the collapse, especially given his insistence one month before the collapse that the Taliban wouldn’t seize control.
Well, you probably did guess, given the sources.  Of course, if I point out this passive voice style of ass-covering journalism, it will inevitable lead to a "Republicans pounce" article.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Here comes the bait and switch

Reuters: "Biden pledge to tax wealthy, companies revived with Manchin-led bill."
Biden said during a speech on Thursday that the deal would "for the first time in a long time begin to restore fairness to the tax code - begin to restore fairness by making the largest corporations in America pay their fair share without any new taxes on people making under $400,000 a year."
And here's Kamala yesterday getting out the new talking points:
And if people ask you — just in case they might — “Who is going to pay for all of this?”  Well, let them know: As we promised, we are not going to raise taxes on families making less than $400,000 a year, but we are going to expect that our largest corporations will pay their fair share.
See what they did? 

You may not be interested in EVs

But EVs are interested in...your money.

Friday, August 12, 2022

What a tremendous success

Reason: "Congress Just Passed the Inflation Reduction Act. It Will Hike Taxes on Some Middle-class Households." - "In the final hours before the House vote, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) completed a breakdown of how the bill's corporate tax increases would affect households at various income levels. The JTC, a nonpartisan number-crunching agency within Congress, found that households earning between $50,000 and $75,000 are more likely to see a tax increase than a tax decrease next year."

Thursday, August 11, 2022

You can't fool all of the people all of the time

But it looks like you can fool a tiny sliver: "Just 12 Percent of Americans Believe That the Inflation Reduction Act Will Reduce Inflation."
This, obviously, is disastrous for the Democrats. It’s also richly deserved. The Inflation Reduction Act has nothing whatsoever to do with reducing inflation — and everybody knows it. Over and over again, President Biden and his party have had the chance to make it clear that they care about the inflation that their last major bill made much worse, and over and over again, they have chosen to focus on the issues that they wished voters cared about instead. Eventually, after a lot of hemming and hawing, they decided that they were going to keep doing what they’d wanted to do all along, but that, to square the circle, they’d slap the word “inflation” on their work in the hope that the electorate is full of morons.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Where are the fact-checkers now?

Today Dementia Joe said that the United States is now at "zero percent inflation" because the inflation rate dropped from a 40-year high to merely 8.5%.  Red State: "Biden Takes Lying to New Heights as He Redefines Inflation."
But Joe Biden is not only taking a victory lap, he’s descending into complete falsehood with what he’s saying about the inflation number now. He and his team are claiming there was “zero inflation” just because it didn’t go up as much as it went up last month.
If you expected the media to call out this outlandish mendacity, well, think again: "Media lapdogs’ insane spin on new inflation numbers is an outright slap in the faces of struggling Americans."

Look, this Administration - hell, any Administration - is going to spin the numbers as best they can.  Is it so much to ask that the media call out such a brazen lie with the same alacrity and intensity they do for a Republican administration?

That's a rhetorical question. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

This guy griping about illegals being sent to NYC

Narrative shift in Albuquerque

Just a couple days ago, there was a serial killer hunting Muslim men in Albuquerque: "Series of Killings of Muslim Men in Albuquerque Sends Fear Through the Community"
President Joe Biden said he was “angered and saddened” by the killings and that his administration “stands strongly with the Muslim community.”

“These hateful attacks have no place in America,” Biden said Sunday in a tweet.

The conversation about safety has also dominated WhatsApp groups and email groups that Almontaser is on.

“What we’ve seen happen in New Mexico is very chilling for us as a Muslim minority community in the United States that has endured so much backlash and discrimination” since the 9/11 attacks, she said. “It’s frightening.”

Watch this story go straight down the memory hole.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Now, AP to the rescue!

Associated Press wants to set the record straight:
CLAIM: A Washington Post columnist published an opinion article with the headline: “To save democracy, Biden must cancel the midterms.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. No such article appeared on The Washington Post’s website, according to digital archives of the news outlet’s site and a Post spokesperson. A Twitter user who posted a popular version of the altered image later clarified that it was meant to be satire.

THE FACTS: Social media users are sharing a fabricated image of a Washington Post headline to claim that a columnist for the news outlet suggested President Joe Biden should cancel November’s midterm elections to “save democracy.”
Just like Reuters, when satire hits too close to home, it's time to deploy the factcheckers.

Friday, August 05, 2022

In case you missed it

Joey is playing the classics again:
Like I said, I was raised in one of those households where when the price of a gallon of gasoline went up, it was a topic of discussion around the kitchen table.  And we weren’t poor, we were just typical middle-class family in a three-bedroom house with four kids and a grandpop.
And today:
I literally can remember sitting at my mom and dad’s dining room table and watching them choose which bills they’re going to this — that month because there wasn’t enough money to pay all the bills.  I get it.  That’s why I’m doing everything in my power to lower the costs for families.
Sure thing, Joey.  You would never make up a story.  That's what Cornpop told me.

Thursday, August 04, 2022

More inflation on the way

Reason: "The 'Inflation Reduction Act' Won't Actually Reduce Inflation" - "But it will hike taxes, including on Americans earning less than $200,000 annually."
"The impact on inflation is statistically indistinguishable from zero," concluded the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), a number-crunching policy center based at the University of Pennsylvania. In fact, if the bill's passage had any impact on inflation in the short term, it would be to increase it very slightly until 2024, according to the group's preliminary analysis, released on Friday.
It's almost like they're passing it to say "we did something."

Oh, you don't say, you don't say

Hot Air: "NY Times: Say, this influx of migrants to Washington, DC is quite taxing."

I'm sure I told this story before but a couple years ago I saw a concert at Tanglewood deep in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.  Somebody had to make a comment about how "nobody is illegal" and "all are welcome" or something and I told my kids that not a single person in that audience would ever have to face the consequences of illegal immigration.

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Reuters to the rescue!

Powerline: "I scream, you scream, Reuters screams." - "What strikes me about this episode is that Reuters evidently believes that Joe Biden’s mental decline is so severe that people really will think that he wanders away in a fog when he hears an ice cream truck. In that respect, the “fact check” is unintentionally revealing."

It sure is.  

Today must be Opposite Day

I've come to praise Nancy Pelosi and criticize Ron DeSantis.

The Corner: "Why Pelosi Did It, in Her Own Words."  I thought Nancy might shy away from her Taiwan trip but, not only did she go, she laid some serious smack on the Chinese government.  Good for her.

On the other hand, I'm a bit disappointed that Ron DeSantis turned down an offer to appear on "The View."  Back in May, I criticized Chuck Schumer for running away from an invitation to appear on Tucker Carlson's show.  

This was a prime opportunity for DeSantis to face his stupid accusers.  You gotta grab those chances when you can.

Monday, August 01, 2022

Sunday, July 31, 2022

The irony of this tweet

Let's recall this Joe Biden boast the week he both plunged the country into recession and caught Covid twice.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Food is expensive

Breitbart: "Poll: 4 in 10 Americans forced to cut back on groceries due to Bidenflation."

I got some stuff today and do you know what's really expensive?  Cold cuts.  When I make a sandwich for my work lunch, I'm now asking myself: "Can I afford a second slice on this roll?" 

Extra - Sign of the times: "SPAM goes on lockdown due to inflation in NYC."  It's come to this. 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Death of the newsstand

It looks like days of selling ink on the city corner are coming to an end.  As noted in the article, digital media put the newsstand on the ropes and covid killed it:
“I used to stand in the cold selling the New York Times — that’s how I started,” he recalled. “We’d sell 60, 70 copies of the early edition, 200, 300 copies of the late, at a slow location. In the terminal, a thousand copies a day.” On a recent summer Tuesday, despite the crush of street traffic, tourists in the streets, people lazing in the park, he’d sold a total of six.
Maybe people just don't want a lousy product.

Take a break, Joey, you've earned it

For the record, Joe Biden did nothing today.  Must be nice.  Good thing we're not in a recession.

He had no public events on his schedule Wednesday either but the White House quick-scheduled a Rose Garden speech so Biden could announce his negative Covid test. 

This story is LIT

Washington Free Beacon: "Inside the Woke Meltdown at One Domestic Violence Organization - Women Against Abuse discouraged black domestic abuse victims from calling the police. Yes, you read that right."

The ACLU is another example of these left-wing groups who have a core mission that is subsumed by the woke agenda to the point where the original mission fades away.

Remember when the ACLU supported free speech?  I 'member. 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Biden Recession is here

And I, for one, am blown away at Joey's adult-in-charge responsibility-taking.

And, right on cue, the Mainstream Media signals they've received their marching orders: "AP and Bloomberg give a master class for the rest of the MSM on how to spin the Great Biden Recession."

Also: Afghanistan went as well as expected.

Here's the adult-in-chief bravely running away from any questions:

Extra - Red State: "A Petulant Joe Biden Makes a Cowardly Move in Presser Held After GDP News."  I may be wrong but I think the last sit-down interview Dementia Joe had was February with Lester Holt.  Not counting the Jimmy Kimmel train wreck. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Working the refs

Politico: "White House braces for grim news on economy" - "Senior administration officials are hitting the airwaves and arm-twisting reporters in private, imploring anyone who will listen that the economy is still healthy." 

This is a long time coming

Legal Insurrection: "Democrat Activists of Media Shocked That Republicans No Longer Want to Talk to Them" - "DeSantis spokeswoman: “write the same hit piece you were gonna write anyway

Christina Pushaw is your new boss now.

Monday, July 25, 2022

"That's just, like, your opinion, man"

Federalist: "Recession? No Problem. Just Pretend It Doesn’t Exist."

I forget where I saw it today but somebody noted that this is the acid test for the failing mainstream media.  For decades, the definition of a recession has been two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.  Two quarters of negative growth.  It's numbers.  It's an either/or proposition.

It's likely this White House already knows that a recession is coming and the solution is to...redefine the definition of a recession.  The question now is whether the compliant, biased media will go along with this scheme or whether - for once - they'd exhibit a little integrity. 

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Rules matter until you start losing

Then it's "no fair" and time to change the rules.  Bookworm Room: "Progressives Playing Calvinball." - "This is the stuff of adolescent tantrums and Calvinball.  But Calvinball has no place in our nation’s government." 

Friday, July 22, 2022

The adults are back in charge

When your terrible economic policies trigger a recession, the answer is to...change the definition of a recession:
Should the economy decline in the second quarter, it could meet the technical criteria for a recession, which requires a "significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and that lasts more than a few months." Still, the NBER — the semi-official arbiter — may not confirm it immediately.

The White House is now seeking to redefine what constitutes a recession before the data release, which is likely to show two consecutive periods of shrinkage. In a new blog post, White House Council of Economic Advisers chair Cecilia Rouse and member Jared Bernstein argued the economy is nowhere near a downturn as defined by the NBER. 
Maybe the recession will be transitory.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Look upon my barren wasteland

The Corner: "Whose Idea Was It to Have Biden Speak in This Spot?"
Who thought this was a good idea? Which White House staffer chose to have Biden discussing how much he cares about the environment from an empty lot that looks like it’s where the mob dumps bodies?
To be fair, there is so much turnover in this White House that the site was probably chosen by a college sophomore. 

Monday, July 18, 2022

The Chuck Todd effect

Gallup: "Media Confidence Ratings at Record Lows."
Americans' confidence in two facets of the news media -- newspapers and television news -- has fallen to all-time low points. Just 16% of U.S. adults now say they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers and 11% in television news. Both readings are down five percentage points since last year.

Gallup has tracked Americans' confidence in newspapers since 1973 and television news since 1993 as part of its annual polling about major U.S. institutions. The latest readings are from a June 1-20 poll that saw declines in confidence ratings for 11 of the 16 institutions measured and no improvements for any.
If history is any guide, this will lead to zero introspection by the mainstream media. 

Pick a lane, Joe

Twitchy: "Biden’s brag about gas prices coming down hits all kinds of snags."

Namely, when gas prices go up it's Putin's Price Hike and out of Joe's control; but when they go down, it's bragging time!  

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Reap that whirlwind

National Review: "Starbucks CEO: Progressive Cities ‘Have Abdicated Their Responsibility in Fighting Crime’."

Who could have seen this coming?  /sarc

"Cool bone saw, bro!"

Hot Air: "Biden: Saudis are lying and stop talking about our fist-bump."

This whole trip was ill-advised from the get-go.  The Saudis weren't going to raise oil production and, even if they could, they would likely spurn Biden for vowing to turn them into a "pariah" state.  Then, in exchange for nothing, MBS got the fist-bump photo-op he wanted.

No wonder Joe doesn't want to talk about it. 

Saturday, July 16, 2022


I saw that Air Force One is refueling at Mildenhall, UK today so it gives me an excuse to post this great Shins song:

Thursday, July 14, 2022

This dumpster fire Administration can't do anything right

Wall Street Journal: "Baby-Formula Shortage Deepens, Defying Replenishment Efforts - Out-of-stock levels remain high in U.S. stores: ‘Until those shelves are full, the crisis continues’."

And there's this: "Bidenflation pushes producer-price index up 11.3% in June."  Yeesh.  Time to break out the excuses.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Sri Lanka commits suicide

How it started: "Collapse of Sri Lanka Is a Failure of Leftism"
Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, decided in April 2021 to become the world’s first all-organic country. The government banned the use of chemical fertilizers and banned their importation. The move was pitched as creating a self-reliant economy on the island nation and hailed as a great experiment in green policy-making. 
Milton Friedman said that if you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a sand shortage. What the Sri Lankan government has done is almost as unbelievable.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Saturday, July 09, 2022

These people *never* think their tactics will boomerang

Twitchy: "AOC doesn’t understand the pearl-clutching over Kavanaugh protesters (her tweet also got flagged for misinformation)."

I, for one, am enjoying the fruits of Harry Reid's detonation of the nuclear option.

Friday, July 08, 2022

This story makes me so very, very happy

The Blaze: "Ratings hit rock bottom for Chuck Todd's 'Meet the Press'."
"Meet the Press" – the longest-running program on American television – had its worst ratings since Chuck Todd became the host in 2014, according to a new report.

"Meet the Press with Chuck Todd" recorded its lowest-rated quarter over the April-May-June period, according to Radar.

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Sorry kid, regulations

Reason: "FDA Finally Admits It Caused the Baby Formula Shortage" - "The agency is now taking small steps to allow foreign formula manufacturers to import their goods into the U.S.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

When you allow your debating skills to atrophy

This was quite a post at Hot Air: "The overturning of Roe and the left's failure of imagination."  They never saw it coming and never felt the need to defend their position when condescension was so easily accessible:
Douthat piggybacked on that statement by noting the reason pro-choice people haven’t needed to debate the issue is that the entire culture was in lock-step agreement with them. Pro-lifers were just a sort of novelty they never had to really engage beyond a few talking points supplied by the abortion industry. He calls is a failure of imagination.
This is something I've touched upon repeatedly when I post "the Left hates free speech."  The Left doesn't deign to debate ideas with the other side when it's so much easier to just call them racist or sexist.  There's only one political side that regularly calls for censorship of cable news stations they find disagreeable or the deletion of ideas they deem hurtful or dangerous to Mother Earth.

In other words: shut up, they explained.

If the Left had the courage of their convictions, they'd be calling for debate at every turn.  They'd accept every opportunity to meet with conservative icons and put them in their place.  But not only do they refuse to acknowledge a differing viewpoint, they demand censorship. 

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Rudderless, aimless and hopeless is no way to go through life, son

CNN: "After string of Supreme Court setbacks, Democrats wonder whether Biden White House is capable of urgency moment demands."
Top Democrats complain the President isn't acting with -- or perhaps is even capable of -- the urgency the moment demands.
"Rudderless, aimless and hopeless" is how one member of Congress described the White House.
Two dozen leading Democratic politicians and operatives, as well as several within the West Wing, tell CNN they feel this goes deeper than questions of ideology and posture. Instead, they say, it gets to questions of basic management.
Never mind asking if Joe Biden will be able to answer the 3 a.m. call.  He can't answer the 3 p.m. call; that's nap time.

Confidential informer

Townhall: "Will America Ever Find Out Who the Supreme Court Leaker Is?"

I'm surprised that they haven't identified this person considering there are only about 36 suspects (each Justice is allowed up to four clerks).  Conceivably, it could have been somebody in the photocopy room but I doubt it.

Say, they never did find out who leaked IRS tax returns either, did they? 

Probably Ron Klain

Hot Air: "Did a White House "intern" write the ridiculous gas station price hike tweet?

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Mr. "I won't blame others" does nothing but

The Corner: "The Long-Term Problem with Responding to a Crisis With Scapegoating."
If Biden’s message always seems to be some variation of, “I’d like to help, but other forces won’t cooperate, so there’s just not much I can do,” many voters are likely to respond, “if you can’t do anything to help with my problems… then what do we need you for?”

Saturday, July 02, 2022

The show trial continues

Legal Insurrection: "Liz Cheney’s J6 Committee Show Trial Theatrics Are Further Exposed After ‘Concerning Messages’ Source Is Revealed" - “Cheney could have asked Hutchinson about [the messages] right then and there. But she instead chose to do the TV tease and leave everybody hanging.”

"Democrats aren't really this short-sighted, are they?"

Reason: "Abolishing the Filibuster To Protect Abortion Rights Would Clear the Way for Republicans To Ban Abortion." 

Back to the days of Jimmy Carter

The Corner: "On Top of All These Problems, an Economic Recession?"
There is a good chance that on the morning of July 29, the headline will be, “U.S. NOW IN RECESSION.”

Are there voters out there who will be more concerned about abortion, gun control, and the events of January 6? Sure. But those voters will be dwarfed by the number of voters who are irate about runaway inflation, high gas prices, high food prices, difficulty finding infant formula, lingering supply-chain problems, shrinking 401(k)s and the market, dwindling savings, and on top of all that, an economic recession.
Every day it seems to get worse and this Administration has no plans and nobody in charge

Thursday, June 30, 2022

End of the quarter

Breitbart: "Stocks tumble into the worst first half in 50 years."

I usually calculate out my retirement savings on a quarterly basis but I can't do it today.  Too depressing.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

That was quick

Legal Insurrection: "Multiple Reporters: Secret Service to Dispute J6 Committee Star Witness." - "The January 6 Committee’s star witness’s testimony went up in flames almost as soon as she finished it.

Your terms are acceptable

Timothy Carney has a good column called "Yes, liberals, please own the cons" which highlights how the Left continuously and willfully misrepresents the positions of the Right.  They get all their stereotypes from HuffPost comment boards:
Perhaps all of these commentators and operatives are really this ignorant. Perhaps they have never spoken to a pro-lifer about abortion and unwanted pregnancy, to a gun-rights activist about gun ownership, or to a school choice or religious-liberty champion about free exercise and school choice. The other possibility is that these public figures just enjoy stirring up hatred among their followers.

Neither explanation reflects well on any of them. And this, such as it is, is the inherent advantage that conservatives have in the culture wars. We are constantly exposed to the Left's views. They have been shoved down our throats for decades. We know and understand their arguments. Many on the Left are exposed only to caricatures of our views. They can't even conceive of the idea that there are other views.

We know our enemy better than they do.
This reminds me of a study performed where groups were asked to fill out a questionnaire based on their own beliefs and then how they thought somebody on the opposite side of the political spectrum would answer:
The results were clear and consistent. Moderates and conservatives were most accurate in their predictions, whether they were pretending to be liberals or conservatives. Liberals were the least accurate, especially those who described themselves as “very liberal.” 
Sounds like epistemic closure to me.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Word salad Kamala

Seriously, what is wrong with this woman?  Every time she opens her mouth, it's like the sound of a chainsaw cutting through a dictionary.  NY Post: "CNN gives Kamala Harris the easiest layup — and she still misses."

This is what I hear every time Kamala Harris speaks:

The Left hates free speech, a continuing series

Reason: "Supreme Court Says High School Coach's Postgame Prayers Are Protected Free Speech" - "A 6–3 majority sees it as noncoercive and not a violation of the Establishment Clause." 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Just go, Billie Joe

Gateway Pundit: "Washed Up Green Day Singer Says He’s Renouncing His US Citizenship Because of Supreme Court Decision on Roe v Wade."

Armstrong continued, “Oh, I’m not kidding, you’re going to get a lot of me in the coming days.”

Narrator: "He was kidding." 

Also, Billie Joe, you're old enough to join AARP.  Do you have to drop f-bombs in every other word you speak?  Grow up.

Friday, June 24, 2022

I come here to praise Harry Reid

The former Senate majority leader brought us to this moment by triggering the "nuclear option" on judicial nominees.  Hey Harry!  Aren't you worried the Republicans might gain control of the Senate and force through Supreme Court nominees?
REPORTER: “Aren’t you worried Republicans will just get rid of the filibuster on the Supreme Court anyway?”

REID: “Let ‘em do it! Why in the world we’d care? We were trying to protect everybody. I mean, if they want simple majority, fine. I mean all these threats, ‘we’re going to change the rules’ … As Senator Schumer said, what is the choice? Continue like we are or have democracy?”
And they did it!  Marc Theissen called it all the way back in 2011:
While Republicans are in a strong position to take control of the Senate, their odds of winning a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority are remote. But now, thanks to Reid, they may not need 60 votes. Reid has established that the majority can ignore the rules in order to gag the minority and declare something dilatory by simple majority vote. This is a filibuster-busting precedent that a Republican majority could use to overcome Democratic opposition on any number of issues–from taxes and spending to revising the debt-limit deal, reversing defense spending cuts and even repealing Obamacare.

In other words, trampling the rights of the minority when you are poised to become the minority isn’t particularly smart. Reid may come to regret his nuclear hypocrisy if he becomes minority leader again in 2012. Indeed, he may have just given the GOP the key to undoing the Obama agenda. That’s the problem with nuclear fallout–you never know which direction it will blow.
Followed by Jonathan Turley in 2018: "A bill comes due: Reid's folly becomes the Democratic nightmare": "The result was the final demise of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees when the Republicans took power.  The result for the Democrats is Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed by a 50 to 48 vote."

Let's not diminish the contribution by Chuck Schumer though:
We could put Chuck Schumer on the same pedestal. The current Senate Majority Leader led an indisputably stupid attempt to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court in 2017, which led to McConnell’s retributive rule change that used Reid’s precedent to free up Gorsuch’s confirmation vote. That led directly to the confirmations of Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett too, giving the court its current 6-3 conservative lineup.

Harry Reid’s dark and partisan extremism started it all, though. Congrats to all the Senate Democrats who fell into a completely obvious and predictable trap in 2013. Well done.
Well done, indeed.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Yes, I also noticed that statistical trick

Ace: "Lyin' Biden Proposes Suspending the Federal Gas Tax, and Urges States to Cut State Gas Taxes, But Proposes Nothing to Increase Supply; Claims He's Producing More Oil Than Trump, and Claims Only the War in Ukraine Has Caused Increase in Gas Prices."
He claims the US is producing more oil now, "on average," than it did under Trump.

Note he says "on average," not "at peak."

That's because the worldwide covid shutdown and attendant crash in demand for oil caused, naturally, a sharp fall in the production of oil. So Trump's oil production, which had hit all-time records, then slowed down starting in December 2019 -- lowering his "average" oil production.
This is on par with his often-repeated claim that he's reduced the deficit by $1.6 trillion or that he's created a whole bunch of jobs.  Biden doesn't want you to notice that both are due to the end of covid stimuli and the attendant return of lost jobs.

Monday, June 20, 2022


Breitbart: "White House's latest catchphrase: 'Recession is not inevitable.'"  

That's the best news I've heard since "inflation is transitory." 

Is tomorrow the day for Dobbs?

If I'm reading the calendar on SCOTUSblog correctly, there are only two more days where the Supreme Court will issue opinions.  I'm just guessing here but it seems that if they wait until Thursday for the Dobbs decision, it will only be an invitation for a protest to build.

BIden is just living in denial now

Excellent article from Jim Geraghty here:
Joe Biden is 79 years and seven months old. The presidency is one of the toughest jobs in the world. It is partially an issue of mental and verbal discipline, which were never Biden’s strengths to begin with. But now he’s overwhelmed by the problems of the job and coping through denial. Last week, he finally did another sit-down interview in which he contended to the Associated Press that “every other major industrial country in the world” has higher inflation, which is not even close to the case. Biden insisted that there is “zero evidence” that the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March 2021 contributed to inflation, and that it did not have even a “marginal, minor impact on inflation.” He said Americans should not believe warnings about a possible recession. With every available indicator pointing to a GOP tsunami in the midterm elections, Biden insisted that Democrats would not merely keep control of the House and Senate but would “pick up as many as four seats in the Senate.”
If you haven't seen it, the transcript of that interview with the Associated Press is just wild.  It's a farrago of self-puffery, outright lies, and pathetic denial.  Today he was asked about the pending recession and Biden once again lied about the consensus of economists until his daughter whisked him away, Easter Bunny-style.

He simply rejects your reality and replaces it with his own, the one where he's the hero.

Extra - Whoa, Joe!  Slow down with that busy schedule of yours.