Monday, January 30, 2023

Joe Biden is a congenital liar

Red State: "Biden's Brain Breaks and He Comes up With a Doozy of a New Amtrak Story."

Here it is:
“I can say it now since there’s different leadership,” Biden confided. “I used to about 15% of the time ride with the engineers. For real. And I’m the only guy that I’m aware of, when I stopped riding Amtrak that had a key to get in the back.”
This is absolutely a lie.

I'm in a unique position to comment on this tall tale.  My father was an engineer for Conrail and then Amtrak over a 30-year career working out of Sunnyside Yard in Queens.  He told me in no uncertain terms that unauthorized personnel were not allowed in the cab, under any circumstances.  In fact, he told me the story of a fellow engineer who thought it would be cool to show his young son what he does and bought him into the cab for a ride.  Upon reaching the end of the line, he was summarily fired. 

Why does Biden feel the need to lie about his past, over and over?  Is he that insecure or is he just senile?  You can tell he's lying when he says "not a joke" or "my word as a Biden."  It's fiction.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Returning to the scene of the crime

Twitchy: "Miranda Devine spots a ‘strange’ last-minute change to Biden’s weekend schedule."

The White House updated the President's Daily Schedule to indicate Biden will be leaving his vacation at Camp David to resume his vacation in Delaware this afternoon.

Why the sudden update?  Time to clean out the garage: "FBI seized Biden notebooks that may reference classified material in Delaware home search." 

Friday, January 27, 2023

One question

I wondered if Dementia Joe Biden was going to answer any questions on his classified documents, considering the discovery of additional items were found over the previous weekend by the FBI.  Not only did he avoid the documents issue, Joe only did a handful of events and made sure that there was no chance for the press to ask questions.

Essentially Joe came back from vacation on Monday, answered a single question about Ukraine on Wednesday, and went back on vacation today. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Got his first name wrong and forgot his last

NY Post: "Biden repeatedly calls Dem Rep. Don Beyer by wrong name in echo of ‘Where’s Jackie?’ gaffe." 

Patty Murray recommends

Ace: "Surprise! Biden's Latest Appointment to the Federal Judiciary Doesn't Know What Article II of the Constitution Is."

Here's the moment where she lamely says: "I was told there would be no math."  (Same vibe).

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Lucy and the football again

Hot Air: "So we're doing Social Security reform again?" we're not.  The flailing Biden administration is already spreading the well-worn biannual lie to scare Grandma.  Republicans will recoil from any reform effort and nothing will change.  The only way there will ever be any reform is if responsible politicians start with the fact that Social Security is going broke.

Repeat these words from the Social Security Trustees Report over and over:
Based on our best estimates, the 2022 reports determine:

• The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund, which pays retirement and survivors benefits, will be able to pay scheduled benefits on a timely basis until 2034, one year later than reported last year. At that time, the fund's reserves will become depleted and continuing tax income will be sufficient to pay 77 percent of scheduled benefits.
Until the debate is reframed to emphasize the mathematical fact that benefits will be cut automatically - by law - there will never be any reform.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

He's an awesome musician (his sister too)

Time: "Who Is Clyde Lawrence, the Artist Testifying at the Senate Ticketmaster Hearing?"

I saw Clyde Lawrence on the news tonight and I was so excited.  Lawrence is a soul-funk band with Clyde and Gracie Lawrence at the heart.  I've been a big fan for years and caught their act at the (now defunct) Iron Horse in Northampton, MA.  Boy, I'm so glad I did because 1) they put on an awesome high-energy show, 2) the Iron Horse closed down and 3) they're too big now for podunk venues like Western Massachusetts.

Good for Lawrence.

Here's the acoustic version of "Don't Lose Sight" which you might recognize in the background of a recent Microsoft Surface commercial:

It's come to this

Legal Insurrection: "British Museum Now Banning Term “Mummy” to ‘Respect’ Ancient Dead." 

Saturday, January 21, 2023


Fox News: "DOJ seizes more classified docs from Biden's Wilmington home after 12-hour search." 

The mainstream media commits suicide

Red State: "When It Comes to Trusting the Media, We're Past the Point of No Return."
It’s very hard to argue with the idea that we’re now past the point of no return when it comes to whether or not to trust the mainstream media. Even with Donald Trump out of office, the media hasn’t stopped. They’re only getting worse in their partisan attacks and it’s getting to a point where conservatives really have no recourse other than to not engage anymore.
Here in Western Massachusetts, the Springfield paper has been in a slow decline, filling in the spaces with syndicated stories and advice columnists.  In my opinion, the editorial direction has been so completely lopsided that the once-vibrant letters page used to invite viewpoints from all over the political spectrum.  Now the same four or five kooks write every letter to the paper, always adhering to the far-left viewpoint.  It's one big bubble and anybody to the right of a typical Northampton reader has given up on dialogue...and subscriptions.  

Friday, January 20, 2023

Friday night news dump

Fox News: "Over quarter of a million migrant encounters in December alone, CBP confirms." - "The number of migrant encounters in December surpassed 250,000, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed on Friday -- marking a new high for the Biden-era border crisis as it enters its third year."

Make sure to bury that news in the Saturday paper, amirite?

Furthermore, the story notes that burying this update is a pattern with the Biden administration:
It’s almost a running joke for those who keep an eye on when these numbers are released each month. Typically, the numbers are released sometime within the first ten days or so of a month. That changed as the Biden border crisis continued to grow worse. Each month, the release of the numbers happened a little later in the month. Now DHS releases the numbers during the late middle to end of the month, and always in a Friday evening news dump. This month was no different.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Very on-brand

Power Line: "Democrats try to criminalize free speech."  Because they hate it.

Geoengineering fiction becomes fact

Here's the plot of Neal Stephenson's 2021 novel "Termination Shock":

The book is about a solar geoengineering project conceived by a Texas oil-industry billionaire named T.R. Schmidt. Schmidt builds a launcher on the Texas-Mexico border to fire sulfur into the air, a form of stratospheric aerosol injection intended to cool the planet by reflecting sunlight into space. This technique replicates the effects of volcanic eruptions that inject sulfates into the atmosphere and produce global cooling, such as the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption.

Somebody is doing this now and nobody's quite sure what impact it will make:

An American startup firm has admitted to releasing reactive particles into the atmosphere in an attempt to alter the climate. The move has attracted widespread criticism, and marks a potentially dangerous new stage in the intensifying response to Earth’s “climate crisis”.

Just before Christmas 2022, the firm ‘Make Sunsets’ acknowledged it had launched weather balloons containing sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. The launches took place in April 2022, in Baja California, Mexico, months before the company was even incorporated.

When quizzed about it, the company’s CEO, Luke Iseman, was unrepentant. “It’s morally wrong, in my opinion, for us not to be doing this”, he said, adding that it’s important “to do this as quickly and safely as we can,” because of the threat of man-made climate change.

In the book, the Indian government sends a military squad to destroy the sulfur launching site because the monsoon period was delayed. 

Oh isn't that nice of them?

Wall Street Journal: "Justice Department Considered but Rejected Role in Biden Documents Search - Officials opted for hands-off approach to leave special counsel’s probe uncompromised"
The Justice Department considered having FBI agents monitor a search by President Biden’s lawyers for classified documents at his homes but decided against it, both to avoid complicating later stages of the investigation and because Mr. Biden’s attorneys had quickly turned over a first batch and were cooperating, according to people familiar with the matter.

After Mr. Biden’s lawyers discovered documents marked as classified dating from his term as vice president at an office he used at a Washington-based think tank on Nov. 2, the Justice Department opened an inquiry into why and how they got there. Mr. Biden’s legal team prepared to search his other properties for any similar documents, and discussed with the Justice Department the prospect of having FBI agents present while Mr. Biden’s lawyers conducted the additional searches.
A White House correspondent today, suddenly discovering journalism, asked KJP why White House lawyers contacted the West Wing upon discovering classified documents instead of the Department of Justice.  Of course, she didn't answer.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

So begins the cover-up

Byron York: "The big problem with the Joe Biden documents story."
The biggest problem with the Joe Biden documents story is this: We know only what Joe Biden's lawyers have told us. And the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the case will make the problem worse.
No kidding: now every time Biden is asked about his Corvette storage issues, he can just say: "Oh, the Justice Department is looking into it."

Friday, January 13, 2023

I'll believe it when I see it

This will be a short-lived feint towards credibility.  Hot Air: "Dem disaster: Media bailing on Biden in new scandal?"

The press agrees on one thing: Karine Jean-Pierre is a clown.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Who are these "people," Joe?

Here's Biden on Tuesday:
Well, let me get rid of the easy one first. People know I take classified documents and classified information seriously.
And today, citing the "Corvette standard" of security:
Q  So the material was in a locked garage?
THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, as well as my Corvette.
But as I said earlier this week, people know I take classified documents and classified material seriously.
Who are these "people" that believes Biden takes top secret material seriously?  Unsurprisingly, this is another false conceit that Biden arrogates upon himself.

You have to wonder if the Secret Service has been instructed to take a bullet for Joe Biden's ego.

Biden first did what he habitually does, which is to assert that “people know” some supposed attribute of his that, in fact, is neither an attribute of his nor believed by “people” to be one. In this instance, he said, “People know I take classified documents and classified information seriously.” We don’t know any such thing. The most sensitive thing Biden is known to have handled in his long political career is the pullout from Afghanistan, an utter catastrophe of his own making. He is a notorious plagiarist and résumé inflater whose best-known trait is to say with brimming confidence things that are not only untrue but easily demonstrated to be untrue. Everything about him screams sloppy and erratic, which is why White House aides charged with damage control hold their breath every time he speaks. There is absolutely no reason to believe he is any more careful in his handling of classified intelligence than in his handling of anything else.
"How could anybody be so irresponsible?"  

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Nuclear launch codes

That's how this works, right?  We just assume they're nuclear launch codes until the truth can be quietly reported several months later.

They're classified nuclear launch codes, Joe, and kickback receipts from Ukraine for Hunter's phony-baloney sinecure.  

CNN gonna CNN

Twitchy: "CNN: Biden’s classified documents are ‘a new line of attack’ that fell into Republicans’ laps."

The predictable "Republicans pounce." 

Enjoy your new precedent

Don Surber: "McCarthy cleans House."
Kevin McCarthy kicked Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell off powerful committees, just as he said he would do in November. The move comes two years after Pelosi banned Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar from all committees.

Paybacks aren't a bitch. Pelosi is.

He bounced Swalwell and Schiff from the intelligence committee and barred Omar from the foreign affairs committee. Swalwell slept with Fang Fang, a spy for Red China.
It used to be up to the minority leader to bounce his/her own members but Nancy Pelosi broke that standard.  Ed Driscoll notes: "As with Harry Reid and the filibuster, why do Democrats think the rules they change won’t apply to them when they’re the party out of power?"

Justice Gorsuch says "hi" from the Supreme Court.

Monday, January 09, 2023

Fake news

CBS News: "U.S. attorney reviewing documents marked classified from Joe Biden's vice presidency found at Biden think tank."

You know this is phony because the words "Biden" and "think" are next to each other. 

Man gives hundredth interview whining about loss of privacy

Ace: "Harry Markle Will Be Excluded from Charles' Coronation After Continuing Attacks on Royal Family Made in Quickie Cash-In Book, Spare."

It's been said that a true friend will tell you what you don't want to hear.  I don't think Prince Harry has a single friend to pull him aside and tell him how self-destructive his behavior is in the eyes of the world.

Save your money, Harry.  This book deal will be your last cash cow.

Sunday, January 08, 2023

The Left hates free speech - Schiff edition

Jonathan Turley: "“We Don’t Do This”: Adam Schiff and the Underbelly of American Censorship." - "Rather than simply refute the allegation, Schiff wanted Sperry and other critics silenced. His office reportedly laid out steps to cleanse Twitter of their criticism, including an instruction to “remove any and all content about Mr. Misko and other Committee staff from its service — to include quotes, retweets, and reactions to that content." 

Kabuki theater

Washington Examiner: "Biden’s Potemkin trip to the southern border"
Days before President Joe Biden visited El Paso, Texas, this afternoon, local and federal authorities began clearing out migrant encampments. Federal agents said this was a response to community complaints of rising crime, but it is more likely that the president's impending visit and the need to avoid embarrassing photos was decisive.

Biden will learn nothing from his trip because he doesn’t want to learn anything.
As I've noted before, Biden doesn't take any responsibility for the border crisis.  As long as he can continue to blame Republicans, Biden can absolve himself of all transgressions.  It's his go-to move.


Saturday, January 07, 2023

The hardest working man in Washington

After a week's vacation in St. Croix, Joe Biden held exactly two public events this past week, before heading back to Delaware today. 

McCarthy elected Speaker of the House

PJ Media: "Kevin McCarthy Elected 55th Speaker of the House. Here's How It Went Down."

I like all the concessions he agreed to including spending caps and hard line on the debt ceiling.  Our national debt is utterly out of control in the wake of covid.

Thursday, January 05, 2023

He looks terrible

I don't know if Joe Biden is getting over a cold or something but he looked like death warmed over during his speech on border security today.  Legal Insurrection: "Biden Proves He Knows Nothing About the Border or Immigration in a Rambling Speech - He doesn’t know what CBP stands for, called Vice President Kamala Harris “President Harris,” thought you could replace Title 42 with Title 8, and said 20,000lbs of fentanyl could only kill 1,000 people." 

Every speech that Brandon gives is a self-indulgent ego stroke.  Yesterday he gave a speech on infrastructure which was a non-stop "I am a generous God!" farrago.  Today he needed to address the worst border crisis in America's history and, dontcha know, it's all the Republicans' fault.  When Joey can't blame somebody else for a disaster - like Afghanistan - he just pretends it went great.

Desperate Afghans falling from U.S. Military planes?  Gosh, that was four or five days ago!  Sheesh.


Wall Street Journal: "Public Schools Lost More Than One Million Students During Pandemic."
Declining birthrates, a rise in home schooling and growing competition from private and charter schools are contributing to the decline in traditional public-school enrollment, according to school officials.
Huh, it's almost like - when given the opportunity - Americans are choosing schools they think will provide better outcomes for their children.

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Joey's first day back at work in 2023

Yeah, it's a mystery

Twitchy: "President Biden lets us know why the economy ‘got so bad 2 years ago’." 

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

The man who's always wrong

Legal Insurrection: "CBS Lets Humanity-Hating Curmudgeon Paul Ehrlich Spew More Climate Panic Inanity."

NPR is a left-wing outfit

Looking for even-handed commentary on National Public Radio?  Well, they run the full gamut of opinion from liberal to Communist.  Washington Examiner: "National Progressive Radio strikes again."
NPR’s Morning Edition ran a segment on Monday that perfectly encapsulated the broadcaster’s left-wing assumptions, its determination to spread them, the contemptuous betrayal of its mission to represent varied views, and its modus operandi camouflaging propaganda as news.

It’s worth documenting periodically lest we forget that this bias and lack of intellectual curiosity offers a skewed view of important issues and derogates what the national broadcaster is for. We should not sink into oblivious resignation. The segment, from national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, concerned President Joe Biden outpacing his predecessors in appointing judges and, in doing so, reshaping the federal bench. It’s a vital subject on which a news organization with pretensions to public service (using taxpayer money it describes as "essential" to operations) has a duty to be balanced. Instead, all four people quoted in the piece were from the Left and pursued the same narrative. Two were Biden employees.
You would expect nothing less than the crew that found racism in the Beatles.