Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Best and brightest, y'all

Hot Air: "Why can't Karine Jean-Pierre pronounce Nobel Prize?" - "KJP is a perfect example of someone who has a prestigious job simply because she checks off several identity boxes in a Democrat administration."

Monday, November 28, 2022

Stop. Do not pass Go.

Do not spend $200 billion.

Reason: "With Congressional Gridlock, Americans Get a National Breather." - "That's good news for Americans baffled by Democrats' insistence on treating the U.S. economy as something between a laboratory experiment and a toy train set, with lawmakers indulging their whims through serial rounds of life-altering policy moves." 

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Here come the pre-nups

I found this to be an interesting statistic from "‘Financial infidelity’ has money-conscious Gen Zers and Millennials saying ‘I don’t’."
The Knot’s Financial Study 2022 found that 43% of those surveyed were most likely to consider it a deal breaker if their partner was secretive about finances or dishonest about money being spent.

Research has also found that more couples are signing prenups regardless of their financial status — they’re not just for Gisele and Tom Brady. A new report from the Harris Poll found that 15% of U.S. adults surveyed signed a prenup, which is up from just 3% in 2010. It also found that 35% of unmarried people say they’re likely to sign a prenup in the future.
This aligns with other data. A new survey from buy-now, pay-later company Affirm found that millennials see the ability to manage money as the most attractive trait in a partner.
That's not a bad thing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Nice work if you can get it

Just a reminder to consider as you're paying 20% more for Thanksgiving, here's Joe Biden's public schedule since returning from the G20 summit:

Thursday: nothing
Friday: meeting with business and labor leaders
Saturday: wedding
Sunday: birthday party
Monday: pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey
Tuesday: travel to Nantucket
Wednesday (today): nothing

The paper of record

Babylon Bee: "CBS News Officially Confirms That Lincoln Has Been Shot." 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Of course

Fox News: "USDA blames Russia for rising price of Thanksgiving dinner."
USDA did not respond to questions from Fox News Digital about how Russia’s war against Ukraine is affecting turkey prices.
There's that "taking responsibility" White House in action again.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Let them eat solar panels

Time: "Here's How Much More Expensive Your Thanksgiving Dinner Will Be This Year"
The average American’s Thanksgiving dinner is likely to increase by about 20%, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual survey—by far the biggest jump recorded in the 37-year history of the report.

The cost for a holiday feast rose to $64.05 for 10 people, up from $53.31 from last year’s average, and a nearly 37% increase in cost from two years ago. The massive jump is perhaps not surprising, given that food inflation is at a four-decade high—but it demonstrates the increasing pressure on Americans’ finances.
In case you missed it, here's Joe lying yesterday:
Inflation at the grocery store is coming down slightly.
As far as I can tell from reviewing his speeches, this is the only time he's ever addressed food inflation.  People need to eat, Joe.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Also: get diabetes and then save on insulin!

Stop standing

Volokh Conspiracy: "Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Lift Injunction Blocking their Massive Loan Forgiveness Program."
Most experts believe the Administration has a much better chance of prevailing on standing than on the merits. That may be why the administration itself has significantly reduced the scope of the program in order to eliminate some potential plaintiffs who might be able to get standing.
The White House is putting all their effort into preventing standing in this case because they know they will fail on the law itself.  

Thursday, November 17, 2022


The Corner: "Pelosi failed."
Nancy Pelosi is not an especially impressive figure. She was elected to Congress in 1986, and she spent her first six years in Washington, D.C., as a rank-and-file member of Congress who did nothing of any great interest. That changed after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, but the immediate overreach resulted in Pelosi and her colleagues annoying the public so profoundly that the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, and then stayed in the minority for the following twelve.
As noted here, her final act was to undermine the very institution she occasionally led.

I can name that tune in one note

Twitchy: "High school cross-country runner goes from 72nd to first place; What’s her secret?

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Never change, NY Post

The front page of today's New York Post: "Florida man makes announcement."

Story on page 26. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022

This moron used to be a law professor

This tweet was posted this morning and didn't make it to lunch.  CNBC: "Federal appeals court blocks Biden student debt relief program nationwide."

Saturday, November 12, 2022

That's what the media does

TIPP Insights: "Bidenflation Continues To Sting Americans At 13.3% - On Thursday, the media celebrated when Bidenflation rose from 12.8% to 13.3% in October.

Thanks for the votes, stupid

NY Post editorial: "Biden’s student-debt con job fooled Gen Z for the midterms — will the kids wake up?"
By promising young people massive debt relief (that he knew the courts would strike down), Biden likely helped save countless Democrats in the midterms. 

Look at the numbers: 27% of eligible voters aged 18 to 29 cast ballots; 63% percent of those votes, per exit polls, went for Democrats. John Fetterman claimed 70% of the youth vote in his Pennsylvania Senate race; Arizona’s Mark Kelly claimed 76%. 

Yet these whippersnappers are now likely to get nothing for their trouble.
I'm not sure that the youth vote shifted much above it's normal levels but if you judge this issue by the posts on Reddit, it was Gen Z's only reason for voting.

It was always obviously unconstitutional. 

I got a lot of issues

Red State: "This Election Was an Unmitigated Disaster, and It's Time to Air Some Grievances."

Thursday, November 10, 2022

No to Joe's YOLO

The Corner: "Judge Finds That Biden’s Illegal Student-Loan Order Is Illegal."
This particular suit had to do with the Administrative Procedure Act. As the Post noted, “the suit alleges the administration violated federal procedures by denying borrowers the opportunity to provide public comment before unveiling the program.” But that’s just one small part of the order’s extraordinary illegality. From the start, it has been entirely obvious that if the question ever reached the merits of this case, it would be nixed by the courts. And so it has.
It was clear that this Administration was using one machination after another to avoid the question of standing, knowing that this unconstitutional declaration would never survive on legal merits.

Extra - An excerpt from the ruling:
"In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone. Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government…The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution be preserved. And having interpreted the HEROES Act, the Court holds that it does not provide ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the Program proposed by the Secretary." 

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

The rationalization stage

Power Line: "It could have been worse."

Unvarnished disappointment

Townhall: "Republican Voters Deserve Answers and Accountability"
There's no way to sugarcoat it — Republicans got bamboozled in the midterms. All the polls that we reported showing Republican candidates surging in the final weeks of their campaigns, the race ratings from the Cook Political Report, and the overconfident statements from GOP leaders were all significantly overly optimistic about what we all watched play out on Tuesday night. 
No kidding.  I took my cue from Real Clear Politics who predicted a minimum - minimum! - pickup of 14 Republicans in the House and an average of 31.  At this writing, the current pickup is +3.  Three!

RCP also said Republicans would pick up +3 in the Senate and, at this point, it looks like the GOP might pick up only Nevada.  To be fair to RCP, there were a lot of pollsters pulling in the same direction.  Looking at you, Nate Silver.

I don't get it.  We're in a technical recession, inflation is the highest in 40 years, the border is porous, and gas prices are rising again.  Was abortion and "democracy" really the tipping point when mothers can't find baby formula on the shelves?

Worst of all, that desiccated old corn husk of a President is going to shuffle off to the Rose Garden to claim victory.

Heads must roll at the RNC.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Looking like that +37 prediction was high

There were some bellwether races in Virginia that went to Biden that were going to portend whether it was going to be a red wave for Republicans.  Well, it wasn't to be, which surprised me considering Joe Biden literally has the lowest approval rating at this point in his Presidency in the history of modern polling.  I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to stay up for the Senate calls which are very close.

Monday, November 07, 2022

Prediction night

You've been waiting for it, and here it is!  

House: +37 Republicans for the House, bringing majority up to 249.
Senate: +3 in the Senate, picking up Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.  Georgia will go to runoff in December but Walker will win.  Under different circumstances, I would say that Arizona would go to Kelly but Kari Lake is going to the governor's office and I think she'll pull Masters over the finish line.
Governors: Kari Lake wins in Arizona and runs for President in 2024.

Saturday, November 05, 2022

The White House walks back another Biden gaffe

Dementia Joe said he wanted to shut down the coal industry.  Bloomberg: "White House Defends Biden End-of-Coal Remark Manchin Derided."
The White House sought to reframe comments by President Joe Biden on closing coal plants as part of a US “energy transition,” responding to harsh criticism by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin days before midterm elections with Democratic congressional majorities at stake.

Biden’s comments while campaigning in California “have been twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended” and the president “regrets it if anyone hearing these remarks took offense,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Saturday.
Ever the consummate politician, Biden made this comment right before heading to Pennsylvania.

Any comment, John Fetterman?
Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman, who was campaigning with Biden in the final days leading up to the midterm elections, did not respond to a request for comment on whether he shares Biden’s goals for the coal industry. However, during his failed 2016 Senate campaign, Fetterman signed the “Leave It In the Ground” pledge, promising to support a moratorium on any federal leases for energy development, including coal.
Winter is coming.

Pretty much

Red State: "MSNBC's Joy Reid Thinks You're Stupid, Goes Full Clown World With Ridiculous Claim About Inflation."  

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to sell some blood so I can buy some food.

Extra Joy Reid fun:

Friday, November 04, 2022

Joe Biden is truly concerned about the issues of the day

In this case, the press suggesting that crowds aren't enthusiastic to see him:
And I find that, you know, most of the debate that occurs in the places I visit — I know you don’t think it, but I think we have pretty good crowds.  They’re fairly enthusiastic.  You don’t write it that way, but they are.
Crowds are so stoked to see Dementia Joe that they need Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to play hype-woman to a half-filled college gymnasium.

No kidding, you don't say

Hot Air: "NY Times: Biden has made a lot of economic claims recently that aren't true."

Oh, do tell.  Here's Dementia Joe at an event yesterday:
So, the economy is up.  The price of inflation is down.  Real incomes are up.  Gas prices are down and need to come down further. 
And, folks, look, the American people are beginning to see the benefit of the economy that works for them.  Families have more net worth than before the pandemic.  Fewer families are behind on their mortgages, their credit card bills than before the pandemic. 
None of this is true.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Here in the People's Republic

NECN: "Mass. Energy Price Hikes Go Into Effect" - "National Grid’s winter energy price hikes that go into effect Tuesday mean that the average monthly electric bill will go up by 64% and the average monthly natural gas bill will increase by 24%."

Winter heat is overrated.

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

So very true

NY Post: "Democrats desperate to censor anyone that disagrees with them." 

Don't take anything for Granite

See what I did there?  The Other McCain: "Red wave hits New Hampshire?"
So it’s not just one poll — there is a trend of polls showing that the race has shifted toward Bolduc since late September, and this picture of increasing GOP momentum is a nationwide phenomenon.
The big shock today was a St. Anselm poll with a very high sample of >1500 likely voters indicating Don Bolduc has taken a 1% lead in the Senate race over Maggie Hassan.  After factoring in historic undersampling of Republicans in NH polling, Real Clear Politics moved this race to a predicted GOP pickup.