Sunday, July 30, 2023


Seen online with the title "most Massachusetts picture ever":

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Good thread

Twitchy: "Historian says Florida's African American history curriculum is a model for other states."

IMO, the Left is so invested in victimology, there is no room for anything deviating from this polemic.  They teach learned helplessness and then complain about the results, rinse and repeat.

That's one way to avoid the press

Go on vacation!  Again.  Red State: "Biden Ducks and Covers on Another Vacation Amidst the Spiraling Scandal." 

This clown has spent nearly 40% of his Presidency on vacation.  

Friday, July 28, 2023

Obvious headline is obvious

NY Post: "Hunter Biden plea deal wording proves it: DOJ sought to protect JOE." 

Dementia Joe spent the entire week assiduously avoiding the press at all costs before retreating to his Delaware beach home for the weekend.  

Uh-oh, polling's in

Fox News: "Biden finally speaks out on granddaughter he refused to acknowledge for years."

Navy must be primed for a position at a foreign energy company. 

Thursday, July 27, 2023

The Left hates free speech: the numbers

Hot Air: "Pew Research: Democrats Value Free Speech Far Less than Republicans." 

Hidden in Paragraph 15

Legal Insurrection: "Hunter Biden’s Hearing Transcript Shows How Defense, Prosecution Tried to Slip In ‘Blanket Immunity’."

By various accounts, the corrupt DOJ tried to hide the immunity in Paragraph 15 of the Diversion agreement instead of the plea agreement.  Then the judge asked why this gift wasn't listed as part of the Plea Agreement and Hunter's lawyer responded: well, it's in the Diversion agreement.

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Games liberals play

Or: how to lie with statistics.  From "Why is Joe Biden so unpopular?"  See if you can spot the trick:
In contrast, a gallon of gas today costs roughly 30% less than it did 12 months ago. At 3.6%, unemployment is on par with 50-year lows — and down by almost half since Biden took office. The U.S. economy added 4 million jobs over the past year. Inflation has cooled to 3% after peaking last summer at triple that rate. And America’s so-called misery index — a combination of unemployment and inflation — is lower now than it has been during 83% of all months since 1978.
In other news, Joe Biden bought the polio rate down 99.9% since 1952!  You can make any statistic look favorable once you adjust the time scale.  Gas is down from a year ago?  What was it when Dementia Joe took office?  (It was $2.39/gallon).  Similarly, how was that misery index before Joe took over?

It seems like only the more conservative media wants to address these constant falsehoods: "The continuing unreality of Bidenomics"
A distinctive feature of Joe Biden’s presidency is the frequency with which his economic claims are rebutted by the government’s own statistics. One can find this disturbing or amusing—or perhaps both if one is determined to carry a good mood into the weekend while remaining clear-eyed about the country’s challenges.
Today in a Journal op-ed President Joe Biden follows up on a piece from last year in which he pretended to be the author of an economic rebound who took office amid a “stalled” recovery. Yet Mr. Biden’s own Commerce Department affirms that the U.S. economy was growing faster during the quarter he took office than it has in the two years since.
It's a mystery why Joe Biden is so unpopular.  Assemble the Scooby Doo gang.

Don't worry: the mainstream media *loves* to correct lies

Charles C.W. Cooke: "Kamala Harris Is Brazenly Lying about Florida’s Slavery Curriculum."

This is a brazen lie. It’s an astonishing lie. It’s an evil lie. It is so untrue — so deliberately and cynically misleading — that, in a sensible political culture, Harris would be obligated to issue an apology.

I guess it's up to Community Notes nowadays. 

Extra - Looks like the talking points were emailed out to everybody.

Saturday, July 22, 2023


Red State: "The Washington Post Is Facing a Financial Buzzsaw."

I would suggest to Jeff Bezos that the $100 million loss in 2023 is due to the retirement of the "Presidential Lie Counter."

Our corrupt media

Jonathan Turley: "“So Called” Journalism: NBC Calls the Two Respected IRS Veterans “So Called Whistleblowers
I wrote years ago that the media had bought into the Biden spin of the corruption story to the point that they would have a difficult time acknowledging the growing evidence of influence peddling and special dealing. Even after Joe Biden’s discussions of Hunter’s deals were revealed, the media continued to deny it.
Dementia Joe's schedule has been set up to avoid shouted questions that might reveal anything.  Forget about ever seeing a wide-ranging press conference again.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Democracy is threatened by...democracy

Reason: "The Real Worry Behind the Unhinged Freakout Over No Labels - No amount of third-party/RFK Jr. shaming can erase the fact that Joe Biden is a weak and unpopular incumbent." 

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Raiding the petroleum piggy bank

Vodkapundit: "Well, Biden Screwed Us Forever on Another Damn Thing."

The SPR was created under President Gerald Ford in 1975 following the 1973–1974 Arab oil embargo, which turned out to be just the first of that decade’s two major oil shocks. Set in massive salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas, the SPR was supposed to hold enough crude oil—714 million barrels— to help us weather any future embargo. While it was never large enough to do that for any significant time, the SPR’s very existence strengthened our geopolitical position versus some very nasty oil producers in places like Iran and Russia.

It took until about 2010—35 years!—to fill those reservoirs all the way up. It took Dementia Joe just two years to cut our reserves in half, down to levels not seen since 1983.

Check out this graph:

It's a good thing we're not going to war with Russia anytime soon.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Twenty times a day?

Fox News: "Video shows San Francisco Walgreens chain freezers shut after shoplifters rob store 20 times a day." - "Workers told the local media that shoplifters clean out all the pizza and ice cream from their inventory every night. They also say thieves hit the store and fill their bags with stolen goods 20 times a day." 

Monday, July 17, 2023

Oh no

Fox News: "Actor, writer strikes could lead to Hollywood's 'absolute collapse' if not resolved soon: Former Paramount CEO."

Hollywood isn't dying because of a lack of writers; Hollywood is dying because of writers who produce dreck like this:

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Clown show at the Washington Post

Democracy dies in darkness, you know.  Twitchy: "Charles C.W. Cooke UNLEASHES on Jen Rubin and 'The Washington Post' for fake news." 

These mistakes only go in one direction. 

Covid exposed the fragility of American education

City Journal: "Our Failing Schools Are a National Crisis - Recent test scores show a 50-year downward trend for American students. We need to change course immediately."
Most analysts blame students’ dismal showing on the Covid-induced shutdowns that gripped public education in 2020 and 2021. The hysterical response to the pandemic certainly did damage. But, as Kevin Mahnken notes for The 74, the latest scores, which highlight long-term trends that extend back to the 1970s, “widen the aperture on the nation’s profound academic slump.” In doing so, the latest test serves “as a complement to the 2020 iteration of the same test, which showed that the math and English skills of 13-year-olds had noticeably eroded even before the emergence of COVID-19.”
If I were President-for-a-day, I would disassemble the Department of Education and salt the earth.  There is absolutely no evidence that there is a national policy for incremental progress in education.  We'd be better off just dispersing all that federal waste to charter schools. 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

I believe the Secret Service

Ace: "Secret Service Ends Investigation Into White House Cocaine, Claims All the Cameras in the Most Secure Place on Earth Can't Point Them Towards Any Suspect."
Was Hunter Biden in the area of the cubbies on Thursday and Friday?

Note that they do not say he wasn't.

Because he was.
Maybe.  Or maybe Hanlon's Razor applies here: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." Hanlon's Razor is also what Hunter uses to cut his coke lines.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Headline of the year

Charles C.W. Cooke: "Joe Biden is an a**hole"
Character matters. Biden has none. As president, the man spends his days considering how he can mislead voters about his record, how he can get around the Constitution, and how he can demagogue the other branches. All that talk in 2020 about “the soul of America”? That was guff. Flotsam. Malarkey. There is nothing the man won’t lie about. He lies about inflation. He lies about gas prices. He lies about the deficit. He lies about the border. He lies about having been arrested for his civil-rights activism, and about having been raised by Puerto Ricans and Greeks and Jews, and about having traveled to Afghanistan to pin a Silver Star on a Navy hero, and about his son’s death, and about the crash that killed his first wife and baby daughter, and about the small kitchen fire that he had 15 years ago, which, in his inimitable style, he has managed to transmute into “having had a house burn down with my wife in it.”
A legend in his own mind.

Extra - From Instapundit.  

Monday, July 10, 2023

The knives are out for Old Yeller

Red State: "Media's New Nickname for Angry Biden Is Going to Make Him Melt Down."

Looks like the talking points went out:

Sunday, July 09, 2023

The crimson tide

Federalist: "CBO Report Illustrates The Cause Of Our Debt Problem: It’s The Spending, Stupid! - The combination of rising debt and rising interest payments creates a ‘doom loop,’ where interest accumulates faster than the interest gets paid down." 

When is that human fart Chuck Todd going to leave MTP?

He's the worst.  There is literally no reason to talk about Trump this week but he's completely obsessed.  Please just leave already. 

End of quote

American Spectator: "Joe Biden Is Not Senile — He’s Stupid - Now people chalk up to age what we all knew way back was IQ." 

Saturday, July 08, 2023

No legal skillz required

Manhattan Contrarian: "How To Think Like A Liberal Supreme Court Justice -- Part II."
Thus you would be justified in coming to these dissents expecting to find brilliant insights into our legal system and constitutional order.  If so, you will be greatly disappointed.  There is nothing complicated about the thinking of a liberal Supreme Court justice.  Each of these dissents follows the same rote formula: the heart of the opinion is an appeal to fear and/or guilt, completely divorced from anything about the law.  The basic argument is that because of either some looming menace, or your sins, or both, you must cede infinite power to your betters to run things outside the constitutional order.  The law?  Somewhere in the thousands of statutes and precedents out there, or maybe just from our superior moral compass, we can find something to serve as a pretext to support our desired result.  The desired result is always more power to the bureaucrats and/or liberal elites.  QED.
Many examples here of affirmative-action Justices supplanting Constitutional interpretation with liberal hysterics.  Sotomayor has been doing it for years and now Jackson lives up to expectations.

Thursday, July 06, 2023

It's Hunter

The Corner:
Is there any reason why the Biden administration would not want the person who brought the cocaine into the White House to be prosecuted? Because on Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wouldn’t answer that question.
KJP just won't get into "hypotheticals" even on the simple question as to whether somebody who committed a crime should be charged with that crime.
We can think of one person who is a frequent visitor to the White House, whose name does not appear in the White House visitor logs, and who was, at one point in the not-too-distant past was “smoking crack every 15 minutes” and living with a serious addiction to cocaine. Even if this particular figure did not bring the cocaine, it is not hard to imagine a scenario where a relapsing addict wanted someone else to bring him drugs.
And this is a person that the president would not want to see prosecuted.
As Amy Curtis notes, where are the "decency" and "restoration of norms" media stars now? 


Hot Air: "There is so much wrong with this NYT piece on censorship."

Nothing displays the perfidy of modern journalism than its cheerleading for censorship while getting their facts wrong in the process. 

Tuesday, July 04, 2023

Ministry of Truth hardest hit

Hot Air: "Federal judge issues injunction against WH, gov't agencies on speech suppression." 

Gimme gimme gimme

Cato Institute: "Independence in 1776; Dependence in 2023." = "The chart shows that there are 2,418 federal grant or subsidy programs in 2023, more than double the number in 1990. Each new subsidy program requires higher taxes or more federal borrowing. Each subsidy generates a bureaucracy, spawns lobby groups, and encourages more special interests to demand handouts." 

Monday, July 03, 2023

South Africa is on the brink

Good video here:

Everything is going swimmingly

Gallup: "Confidence in U.S. Government Continues Free Fall"
The U.S. has seen a sharp decline in the public’s confidence in the national government over the past couple of years. In 2020, almost half (46%) of U.S. adults expressed faith in their government, likely boosted by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But after President Joe Biden took office, confidence in government slipped to 40% in 2021 and again to 31% in 2022. This is on par with the lowest rates of confidence measured in the U.S. government since Gallup started tracking it globally in 2006.
That's right: worse than Covid.  But, hey, we'll have lower baggage fees at the airport, amirite?

Still stupid

Reason: "Joe Biden's Incoherent Student Loan Logic." 

The state of media bias

Wall Street Journal: "Hunter Biden and the Media’s Terms of Evasion - What’s going on is ‘unclear,’ but ‘Republicans pounce’ anyway."
Obviously, if Joe Biden were a Republican, the whistleblowers’ claims would be front page news from now until Christmas. Reporters would be tripping over each other to get a story that could conceivably topple a president. But that’s not what we have here. It’s no mystery why.

I’d love to live in a world without media bias. What a relief it would be to open my morning paper in full confidence that the news stories were playing it straight—no political bias, no partisan spin. I might even settle for having to guess which side the journalists were pulling for. But most of them make it perfectly clear.
If Joe Biden were a Republican, his disowned granddaughter would be discussed on MSNBC nightly.  

Saturday, July 01, 2023

But we saved so much on insulin

Wall Street Journal: "Bidenomics in One Lesson - The Bureau of Labor Statistics says real average hourly earnings have fallen 3.16% during the Biden Presidency." 

This is just elder abuse

Spectator World: "Biden's decline deepens in MSNBC interview."
At this stage in his obvious mental decline, Biden can only manage about fifteen minutes of unscripted remarks before he slips into broken sentences, impossible to diagram, that meander between fond personal memories and aw shucks “it ain’t your father’s Republican Party” bullet points hammered so deeply into his psyche that he leans on them in moments of confusion.
As somebody who (regrettably) has read a lot of Joe's speeches, this is indisputably true: Joey has his talking points and he's going to repeat them whether they're true or not.  The MSNBC interview paid commercial was the opposite of journalism, where Grandpa was allowed to ramble on about his time in the war.  Nicolle Wallace didn't ask softball questions, she didn't ask questions at all.  So Dementia Joe just repeated his greatest hits.

It's clear that Biden can't think and speak extemporaneously anymore.  In every speech, he stares at either a teleprompter or prepared notes then takes no questions as the press is huddled out of the room.  He's been caught with embarrassingly-detailed notes meant for a toddler or advanced notification of questions in a press conference.  On the rare times a shouted question gets past his handlers, he regularly gets angry and then says things that are either untrue or self-serving, usually both.  

There was a point when conservatives would point at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and say "get a load of this dopey broad."  But then it became old news: she's a dimwit.  But it's now beyond tiresome to say that Biden is a slow guy who makes up stories to elevate himself.  He's the President of the United States who obviously cannot do the job, who is in mental and physical decline, and endangers the country.  His family props him up for the cash while the media does it for clicks and laughs.

Biden is at Camp David again this weekend, with no public events, and an oxygen mask strapped around his face.