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February 21, 2024

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Violin and Guitar

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The Morning Report — 2/21/24

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. The political landscape is so utterly paradoxical, and yet it scares the living shit out of me. And Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants is just the perfect metaphor for it. On the one hand, this shambling bastard child of a Roomba-Dalek that blew a fuse can't even climb two steps into Air Force 1 without tripping, and makes even the media-amplified pratt falls of Gerald Ford look like Fred Astaire at the height of his career in comparison. Of course, the real catastrophe is what he has done to our society, our national security, international stability, our economy and our birthright as free individuals vis a vis the Constitution of the United States of America.

Of course, when I say "he" I mean whatever combination of Obama, Jarrett, Rice, Axelrod, Soros, Power, Dr. Jill and whoever the hell else is changing his Depends and pumping him full of B-6, Aricept and prune juice on an hourly basis now. Yes, it's an absolute disaster, and they are the ones that have driven everyone but the most mind-numbed true-believers of their base away to such an extent that they face a truly epic potential electoral wipeout come November.

And yet, lest we forget, our government as it currently exists and functions is anything but the institution of checks and balances that ensures that our rights as laid out in that aforementioned Constitution are protected. It is a massive, centralized, feral bureaucracy whose mission is to hold on to and accrue as much power over the citizenry as possible at the expense of the latter's rights and freedoms. The reason this is so is a complete inversion of morality and ethics in which those in power believe with absolute fervor Gott Mit Uns; that they are the defenders of "democracy" and us knuckle-dragging, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic white supremacist insurrectionists are to be eliminated "by any means necessary."

That is of course giving them far too much credit for merely being wrong. It's a fair wager that most don't necessarily believe that one bit but merely lust after power and its trappings. Sadly, the GOP – Grifting Oleaginous Parasites – are in the main part and parcel of the whole farce.

Yet, even with their hands at the controls, which also includes the ability via whatever election integrity there might have existed before 2020 now mostly totally erased, and worse the complete lack of morality and ethics that prevents individuals who run those elections and of course adjudicate things in the courts from completely disregarding them in the name of political expediency, the sense of desperation is palpable and evident in their actions.

A prime example is how Israel's just war to annihilate the cancer that is Hamas is translating into political calculus here at home:

Just days ago, I wrote that Joe Biden was “inching toward a full betrayal of Israel.” Forget the inching. He’s now sprinting toward the final act.  And he’s doing it at the United Nations, a forum that has been openly promoting antisemitism for decades.

Biden’s latest salvo against the Jewish state is a new plan to have the UN Security Council support his demand for a cease-fire in Gaza. The resolution’s text, now being circulated for reactions, reportedly does not put a deadline on a halt in the fighting and also calls for Hamas to release all the hostages it holds. Both features are appealing, but ultimately serve only to mask the real danger of Biden’s gambit. . .

. . . Meanwhile, the [so-called quote-unquote "president's"] plan to get the UN involved is not a symbolic gesture. A Security Council resolution carries binding power on all UN members, including Israel, which would be more isolated than ever if it didn’t comply. The nation and its leaders could face sanctions. All that would be terrible enough, but the worst is yet to come. Biden has made it clear that, as soon as this war ends, he aims to pave the way for the creation of a Palestinian state, one that would immediately join the UN. 

Crucial details are hazy or don’t exist.

He and Blinken haven’t signed off on any substantive positions on borders, governance, security, funding for rebuilding or scores of other fundamental ­questions. 

All they know is that they want to be able to say they delivered on the long discussed two-state solution — even though it won’t be a solution to anything.  Incredibly, they’ve been silent on Jerusalem.  Both Palestinians and Jews consider it their capital, and the US recognizes Israel’s claim, thanks to the Trump administration. It tried to negotiate with the Palestinians but got nowhere.

Biden now apparently intends to create a state despite rejection across Israeli society, and not even negotiate a unique ally’s security concerns. The sudden sense of urgency and the back-of-the-envelope approach reveals the president’s motivation. Because the birth of a Palestinian state would supposedly happen before the November election, it’s all about saving his political hide. . .

. . . A premature cease-fire would guarantee another Hamas attack, and adding a new country would be one of the biggest and most dangerous appeasements by any American president. The net effect would be to spare many of the leaders who orchestrated the bestial slaughter of Oct. 7 and let them murder and rape again, this time under the cover of statehood.

If there is anything certain in the Mideast, it is that Hamas will not stop trying to kill Jews until either it or Israel is eliminated. As one of its leaders said on Lebanese television of the October invasion, “We will do this again and again.” 

. . . And it’s not just Hamas that wants to destroy Israel. Iran, Hezbollah, the Houthis — the list is long, and all would be encouraged by Biden fathering a new state from which to carry out attacks.  Perhaps most troubling, most Palestinian civilians back the October massacre.

The indoctrination of hate begins early, and numerous online and social-media videos over the years show Palestinian children expressing the hope of growing up to be an Islamic martyr and killing Jews. It is an example of why Netanyahu has insisted on, among other things, a credible plan to deradicalize Palestinian society. The education system, carried out mostly by United Nations personnel, is rife with antisemitism and praise of violence. 

And now Joe Biden wants to turn this swamp into a nation. Just to win an election. 

Michael Goodwin nails the crux of the biscuit right there. But, putting aside the mere naked Jew-hatred that is without any doubt the exclusive hallmark of the Democrat Party and anti-American Leftist movement to the exclusion of any other, do they really have to fear, for example Michigan flipping red this coming November, even if the residents of Dearbornistan just stay home (no, they're not going to all vote Trump)? Perhaps the fear is not so much losing the election but not necessarily having enough of a turnout to make whatever cheat you know is going to happen have the veneer of reality.

Meanwhile, in the Democrat People's Republic of Kalifornia, this just fills all of our hearts with girlish glee:

In San Francisco, California’s Democrat officials are too busy gifting foreign nationals the ability to run the city’s elections to worry about their citizens floundering in crap, crime, and homelessness.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Kelly Wong, a foreign national from Hong Kong, to the city’s Elections Commission. According to KQED, a local outlet, the commission is a “seven-member civilian body that oversees and creates policy for the city’s Department of Elections.”

“There are always voices inside my head. Like, ‘You can’t do it. You’re not competent. You’re an immigrant. This is not your country.’ That’s not true,” Wong, a so-called “immigrant rights advocate,” said. “If I can do it, [other foreign nationals] can do it.”

While ineligible to vote in elections, Wong told KQED that she aims to use her new position, as the outlet described, to “increase engagement among the city’s immigrant and non-English speaking communities” and “ensure that voter materials are translated in a way that people can understand.” To illustrate the latter, Wong noted how there’s currently no Cantonese or Mandarin equivalent to English terms such as “reparations.”

According to Just the News, in 2020 San Francisco axed a citizenship requirement for serving on city boards and commissions. . .

. . . San Francisco is not the only jurisdiction where Democrats have granted foreign nationals voting privileges. While federal law stipulates that only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections, Democrat-led cities in states such as Maryland and California have adopted measures in recent years permitting noncitizen voting in their municipal elections.

Despite their state constitution forbidding such a practice, Rhode Island Democrats introduced legislation during last year’s legislative session aimed at granting such privileges to their noncitizen population. The bill never made it out of committee. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. passed legislation in 2022 granting foreign nationals the ability to vote in the district’s local elections. House Republicans’ legislative efforts to revoke the law have been blocked by Senate Democrats.

Of course, California historically has been on the cutting edge of trends that eventually become national. Meanwhile, as the corrupted justice system twists the rule of a just and stable law to persecute and destroy the candidacy of Donald Trump, with each new false charge and insane writ-of-attainder-like decision hurled against him, he continues to climb in the polls.

We're at the point where both the powers that be cannot let Trump run, win or even serve while at the same time allow an obviously inept, mentally and physically incapacitated vegetable to do the same.

The junta are cornered rats. And considering the near absolute power they wield, it makes them even more dangerous and unpredictable than ever.

    ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

  • "Tucker Carlson’s interview with Mike Benz should be a wake-up call for all Americans that our government is waging war on us."
    Government-Backed Censors Who Rigged The 2020 Election Are Now Stealing 2024
  • "The life, political rhetoric, and death of Malcolm X remain a growing source of misunderstanding about Black/White relations in the U.S."
    The Meaning of Malcolm X’s Death
  • John Stossel: Opening the app's "privacy nutrition label," something I never bother reading, she points out that I give Shell "your purchase history, your contact information, physical address, email address, your name, phone number, your product interaction, purchase history, search history, user id, product interaction, crash data, performance data, precise location, course location ... " The list goes on. No wonder I don't read it. . . Privacy comes down to choice," She replies. "It's not that I want everything that I do to remain private. It's that I deserve to have the right to selectively reveal to the world what I want them to see. Currently, that's not the world."
    Our Sneaky Phones
  • Lloyd Billingsley: "DHS whistleblower branded a criminal long after his mysterious death by gunshot in 2020."
    Philip Haney: Homicide vs. Suicide

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Daily Tech News 21 February 2024

—Pixy Misa

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (2/20/24)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Babysitters Cafe

—Disinformation Expert Ace

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Long point in soccer tennis. (I have no idea what this game is called.)

Repelling bandits at a petrol station. (Yes, I said "petrol station" just to annoy you.)

Kid says goodbye to his dummy. (Yes I said "dummy" instead of "pacifier" to annoy you again.)

Roadwork trolling.

Some fun trick photography. The camera's telling porkies! (Porkies = pork pies = lies. Boy I am really attempting to annoy everyone. Everyone hates it when Americans put on a fake British accent and here I am talking like I'm just hanging out with me Chinas!) (Chinas = China plates = mates.)

Zoom.

'Ere guvnor, that's quite a bit of prancing innit it? (I know you all want to punch me but I can't stop.)

A nice easy Fani. (Fani = Fani's nasty quim = swim.) (Okay I made that one up.)

Rock 'em sock'em... fencing robots? Gor blimey!

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Sausage-Shaped Female John Fani Willis Goes Back to, Get This, Black Church to Accept Trophy for AVN's "Best Gunt of 2023"

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Back to the black church. It's such a f*cking cliche. Democrat get caught in scandal, Democrat goes to black church to talk some black struggle (mmm-hm) nonsense.

She's quotin' some Scripture: "no weapon formed against you shall prosper." But she says "they" will "form weapons" against you, "even if everything you do is the right thing."

Like doing Sweetdick -- doing Sweetick was doing the right thing.

That video below, but Margot Cleveland has some breaking news:

Margot Cleveland @ProfMJCleveland

[Three Fire Emojis]

Ashleigh Merchant confirmed to me: "Yes, I spoke directly on a number of occasions with Bradley. He reviewed my pleadings for accuracy before I filed them. He unequivocally told me the personal & romantic relationship began prior to Wade receiving the contract as a special prosecutor on this case."

Obviously, that's big. Terrence Bradley keeps invoking an absurdly broad claim of lawyer-client privilege to avoid answering questions about what he saw of his friend and business partner or heard through office gossip -- stuff that's outside of the protections for lawyer-client communications. The privilege extends to communications, not observations, and applies to what your client told you in furtherance of seeking legal advice, not what you heard from third parties or what he told you as a buddy.

But Terrence Bradley keeps falsely invoking the privilege -- basically, he's perjuring himself too.

But Ashleigh Merchant (lawyer for Trump "RICO co-conspirator" Michael Roman) says that he confirmed the affair in texts before being called as a witness.

I listened to Megyn Kelly recap Friday's perjury festival, and here are the key points:

Ashleigh Merchant read two texts to Bradley. In one, she asks him if he knows anyone else who can confirm that the affair began before 2022. He says "no one who would be willing to burn that bridge" with Fani Willis, or words to that effect.

She also sent him a file containing the claim she was going to file in court, and asked him for comment on them. The claims included, of course, the allegation that the affair began before Fani Willis hired her boytoy as prosecutor. Bradley responded: "Looks good," thereby confirming all of her allegations were true, in his knowledge.

Bradley agreed that he sent those texts -- despite having falsely testified earlier that he never texted with Ashleigh Merchant directly. Another case of perjury.

Otherwise, he falsely claimed "lawyer-client privilege" to all questions.

Now this is interesting: Fani Willis' team was so determined to destroy Bradley's credibility as a witness that the cross-examined him viciously, asking him why he had been forced out of the Law Partnership of Darrius "Sweetdick" Honeycum, Lance Clamhammer, and Rex DeQuim. The reason for his dismissal, Fani Willis' lawyers (well, the lawyers for the Fulton County DA's office), was that Bradley had been accused by two different women of sexual misconduct.

Whether that's true or not, Fani Willis was attempting to nuke his credibility from space. She knows damn well that he knows the real date the affair began, and she knows it may come out, so she's attempting to paint him a sexual assailant.

But this is the cool part: Terrence Bradley had previously been asked why he left the firm of Sweetdick, Clamhammer, and DeQuim, and had again invoked "attorney-client privilege" to avoid answering.

But when Fani Willis' own team brought up the real reason for the dismissal, the judge, who had previously blocked Bradley's testimony from coming in, accepting, provisionally, his expansive claims of privilege, then said, in so many words, "Whoa, hold up, that is obviously not privileged information, and the fact that you define 'attorney client-privilege' to essentially mean 'I don't answer any question I don't want to answer' gives me serious pause about accepting all of your previous claims of privilege, and I'm going to reevaluate my ruling on all of your privilege claims with this new knowledge that you are baselessly invoking privilege to deny the court information."

So Fani's team, in its desperate attempt to nuke this guy's credibility, opened the door to a close examination of his claims of privilege on all questions.

Below, the sausage-shaped Fani Willis accepts the AVN Award for Best Gunt.

I actually don't know what the award was for. It was for Some Bullshit. Some family gave her the award for perseverance in the face of people telling the truth about you or some bullshit.


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Again: Illegal Aliens Attack Two NYPD Cops Attempting to Make a Lawful Arrest in a Shelter

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Cultural enrichment accelerates.

NYPD officers were once again attacked at a migrant shelter in New York City, marking a concerning trend of violence against law enforcement in these facilities. The incident underscores the escalating tensions and safety concerns within the city's migrant shelters.

Key Details:

NYPD officers were assaulted while responding to a call at a migrant shelter.

This is not the first incident of its kind, indicating a worrying pattern of violence against law enforcement in these facilities.

The event highlights the growing safety concerns and tensions within NYC's migrant shelters.

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This is not an isolated event. Over the past few months, there has been a noticeable increase in such incidents, indicating a worrying pattern of violence against law enforcement in migrant shelters. These attacks not only put the lives of police officers at risk but also create an environment of fear and uncertainty for the migrants residing in these shelters.

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New York Creates Precedent That Could Threaten Every Big Business In New York, and Send Them Fleeing, With Their Money, to Safer Climes; Kathy Hochul Reassures Them By Admitting This Law Will be Applied to Trump Only and No One Else

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Jonathan Turley on the huge, and unconstitutional, penalty the open partisan hack judge levied on Trump -- and his demands that Trump put up the money for his exorbitant fine before Trump is allowed to challenge the fine as excessive.


In the wake of the massive judgment against Donald Trump, many in New York are celebrating the prospect that the former president could be forced to sell off his property just to appeal the $355 million judgment against him. While Trump has good grounds to object to this excessive fine, he still has to come up with close to a half billion dollars just to make his arguments to the New York Court of Appeals.

In order to file an appeal, the courts require a deposit for the full amount of the damages or a bond covering the full amount. Even with escrow options, the call for cash or collateral can be enough to put some executives in a fetal position.

It can be challenging enough for many companies drained from years of litigation. For Trump, the demand for $355 million plus about $100 million in interest could force a fire sale on properties to pony up just the deposit.

Engoron has also decreed that Trump is not allowed to "do business" in New York, which includes borrowing from his previous lenders to pay the money for this bond.

In other words, Engoron has both levied an excessive fine against Trump, while simultaneously forbidding him from obtaining enough in loans to pay for the bond to protest the excessive fine.

Many of us have been critical of the ruling of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron who imposed the astronomical fine despite finding that Trump's "victims" not only did not lose a single dollar but made handsome profits. Indeed, these banks testified that they wanted to continue to do business with Trump as a "whale" client, but Engoron is now barring them from doing so.


Turley also writes that New York has essentially declared war on all real estate developers in New York.

Oscar Wilde wrote that "moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." Justice Arthur Engoron took that line to heart with his absurd imposition of $455 million in fines and interest against Donald Trump and his corporation.

The fine is $355 million, but he slapped on an extra, and very round figure of $100 million, for "interest."

You can tell he really ran the interest calculations to the seventh decimal by how incredibly round the number came out.

It succeeded wonderfully with New Yorkers, who celebrated the verdict like a popular public execution. It also worked wonderfully to make it difficult to appeal.

Much of the criticism of the decision focused on the unprecedented use of the law and the excessive size of the fine. The New York statute has been on the books for decades and has always been something of an anomaly in not requiring an actual victim or loss to justify disgorgement or fines.

Even the New York Times agreed that it could not find a single case in history where this statute was used against an individual or a company that did not commit a criminal offense, go bankrupt, or leave financial victims.

Engoron then combined that unprecedented application with an equally extraordinary penalty, which is greater than the gross national product of some countries.

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There is also an added inequity to Engoron's decision.

Under New York law, Trump cannot appeal this ruling without depositing the full amount, including interest, in a court account. Even for Trump, $455 million is hard to come by. Likewise, a bond would require a company to guarantee payment for a defendant who has been barred from doing business in New York and is facing the need to liquidate much of his portfolio.

Nothing succeeds like excess for judges like Engoron. By imposing this astronomical figure, he can make it difficult or impossible for a defendant to appeal, absent declaring bankruptcy or selling off assets at distress prices.

And who would want to loan Trump money to cover the bond? Anyone who loans Trump money would be the next to be prosecuted by "Tish" James for non-crimes.

This has created fear in the financial community that the everyday business practice of evaluating all of your properties at the highest possible level -- why would you want to admit your properties are worth less than some might be willing to pay for them? -- now makes them all potentially liable for half-billion dollar criminal fines.

The combination of the draconian fine and the threshold deposit for appeal has produced a shudder throughout the New York business community. The city is already experiencing an exodus of businesses and individuals from the top tax brackets. Rising crime, taxes, and eat-the-rich politics have made New York a hostile environment for businesses. At a time with rising costs from undocumented migrants, even Mayor Eric Adams is alarmed about the loss of his high earners.

Ah, but don't worry about New York going after all the other big businessmen who routinely evaluate their properties at the outer limits of plausibility -- Kathy Hochul admits that this is a political prosecution directed at one single political enemy and will never be used against anyone else.


The Hill @thehill

Kathy Hochul tells NY businesses not to fear about Trump verdict: "Nothing to worry about"

The Hill:

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) addressed New York business owners in a new interview and told them there was "nothing to worry about" after former President Trump was hit with a $355 million fine and a ban on conducting business in New York for three years.

Hochul joined John Catsimatidis on 'The Cats Roundtable' on WABC 770 AM, where she was asked if other New York businesspeople should be worried that if 'they can do that to the former president, they can do that to anybody.'

'I think that this is really an extraordinary, unusual circumstance that the law-abiding and rule-following New Yorkers who are business people have nothing to worry about, because they're very different than Donald Trump and his behavior,' Hochul responded.

@amuse @amuse

New York's Democrat governor assures real estate developers that they won't be targeted for real estate valuations like Trump. She just admitted it was a purely partisan political prosecution of Trump. h/t @JRobFromMN pic.twitter.com/IewoCboyuw
-- February 18, 2024


Hochul admits that this application of the law will not be applied to anyone except Trump. Therefore, this is an unconstitutional selective prosecution of a political enemy.


It must be overturned.

Note that Hochul is reassuring big businessmen in New York taking loans against their assets that she knows "everybody does it" -- evaluates their properties at highest potential value -- but that they shouldn't worry, they won't be prosecuted for it.

But Engoron specifically dismisses Trump's defense that everybody does it, that banks of course know that businessmen evaluate their properties at maximum possible value, and says that if "everybody does it," that just demonstrates the need for New York to prosecute EVERYBODY to stop the "fraud."

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So the judge's ruling depends on prosecuting "everybody" who evaluates their property on the high side, but Kathy Hochul says don't worry, we're certainly not going to be prosecuting everyone who does this, just Trump.

Anyone else see a conflict there?

And everyone should stop investing in New York, period. New York is now announcing that they will confiscate hundreds of millions of dollars from anyone who does not follow the leftwing Marxist line.

Indeed, that seems to be what investor Kevin O'Leary recommends:

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Lying Propaganda Media Say They Can't Report On Any Details About the Kansas City Shooters Because They're Under 18; Nick Sandmann and Kyle Rittenhouse Have Questions

—Disinformation Expert Ace

It's officially a crime to notice the race of killers when they're black, and it's also a crime to notice that the media covers up the race of killers when they're black.

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Liberals Nate Silver and Ezra Klein Both Whine: It's Time for Biden to Say Bye-Bye;
NYT: Biden Shook His Fist At Us For Reporting On His Advanced Age

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Sorry for another Biden Old post after the last one.

Hot Air, quoting garbage tier propaganda mill Politico:

The New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger said Monday that the White House is "extremely upset" about its coverage on President Joe Biden's age but the newspaper will "continue to report fully and fairly."
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"We are going to continue to report fully and fairly, not just on Donald Trump but also on President Joe Biden," Sulzberger said in an interview with The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

"He is a historically unpopular incumbent and the oldest man to ever hold this office. We've reported on both of those realities extensively, and the White House has been extremely upset about it."M.b>

I wouldn't say you reported on these issues "extensively." You covered them up until the public no longer believed your lies, at which point you very belatedly offered a Modified Limited Hangout version of the truth.

It's a full court press in the liberal media, driving a drumbeat of "Dump Brandon."


Mike Miller at RedState covers Nate Silver's "truth bombs" for his fellow bloodthirsty authoritarians on the left:

If you're someone who would rather not see Trump re-elected again or who cares about the election for other reasons, it's time to face the facts. You need to adjust to the new reality and not be mired in anchoring bias by your previous impression of the race.

He lists some reasons to doubt that Biden is capable of winning:

First, the president's approval ratings do have some meaningful predictive power at this stage as compared with a year ago. And with the general election matchup all but locked in, Biden's head-to-head polls against Trump provide some meaningful signal, too. So it's no longer safe to ignore that Biden has consistently trailed Trump in polls both nationally and (more importantly) in swing states. Or that Biden's approval rating is just 39 percent and shows no signs of improvement, well below the threshold that would ordinarily make a president a favorite for re-election.

Second, to borrow the poker term, Biden no longer has as many "outs" -- meaning, contingencies that could improve his situation:

In the Republican nomination process, Trump is probably going to win all 50 states; he hasn't gotten bruised up or exposed new fissures within the GOP base.

Trump's various criminal trials are (perhaps predictably) facing delays and the Georgia one is a mess, fairly or not, because of an alleged improper romantic relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and another member of the prosecution team. Yes, Democrats still have some upside if Trump is eventually convicted of something. But so far Trump's favorability ratings have only improved.

And the economy? Well, it has gotten better and both consumer and investor moods have turned more optimistic. I've argued there was never really a gap between economic reality and economic perception in the first place, but if there was, it's pretty much gone now. And yet Biden's standing has not improved. On balance, that ought to be a concerning fact for the White House. It implies that Biden's poor position is not the result of something fixable (the economy) but rather something that very much isn't -- the fact that he's 81 and getting older every day.

His third point is the public perception of Biden has shifted strongly -- maybe even violently -- about Biden's mental fitness.

He notes that Biden refused to take advantage of the traditional Super Bowl powder puff interview (for liberal Democrat presidents, I mean), his caregivers apparently deciding that he wasn't up to such an easy task:

Biden also declined to do a Super Bowl interview that might have allayed public concerns -- something that President Obama did all eight years in office, Trump did three times, and Biden did in 2021. The White House skipped the interview last year when the Super Bowl was carried by Fox, part of a general pattern of Biden avoiding Fox News. But with the game on CBS this year, there were no such excuses.

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It is a reason for Democrats to be the adults in the room and acknowledge that someone who can't sit through a Super Bowl interview isn't someone the public can trust to have the physical and mental stamina to handle an international crisis, terrorist attack, or some other unforeseen threat when he'll be in his mid-80s.

John Sexton at Hot Air reports on leftwing blunderkind Ezra Klein reaching the same conclusion -- and also basing his argument on Joe Biden's self-assessment that he is too cognitively deteriorated to stand up to a puffball interview with CBS leftwing propagandist Gayle King.

Klein points out that while Biden's Praetorian claims he's able to be president -- supposedly -- we have strong evidence he's not capable of running for president. He's simply not traveling to swing states, not giving speeches, and not sitting for powder puff Super Bowl interviews with CBS's biggest Democrat boosters.

This is the question Democrats keep wanting to answer, the question the Biden administration keeps pretending only to hear: Can Biden do the job of president? But that is not the question of the 2024 campaign. The insistence that Biden is capable of being president is being used to shut down discussion of whether he's capable of running for president...

I was stunned when his team declined a Super Bowl interview. Biden is not up by 12 points. He can't coast to victory here. He is losing. He is behind in most polls. He is behind, despite everything people already know about Donald Trump. He needs to make up ground. If he does not make up ground, Trump wins.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest audiences you will ever have. And you just skip it? You just say no?...

More at the link.

Klein is pushing for an open convention, in which delegates choose which candidate to support at the convention itself.

This strategy, he admits, is not without big, delicious risks:

The last open convention Democrats had was 1968, a disaster of a convention where the Democratic Party split between pro- and anti-Vietnam War factions, where there was violence in the streets, where Democrats lost the election.

Blogging Nirvana.


How an Open Convention works (I think):

If Biden withdraws from the race -- or is otherwise incapacitated -- all the delegates he has accumulated are released from supporting him, and can support any other candidate (I think).

So this all depends on Biden withdrawing.

The DNC "superdelegates"* are unbound and can always support who ever they want. I think they make up like 25% of the delegates (something like that, anyway). They can't elect a candidate themselves, but they could embarrass Biden by saying they will support someone else at the convention, thus pressuring him to withdraw.

* DNC "superdelegates" -- party hacks and associates of the Clintons not yet murdered by them

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CNN: Don't Worry About Biden's Mental Decline, Galaxy-Brained Kamala Harris Is Takin' Charge

—Disinformation Expert Ace

I guess a white man finally has positioned Kamala Harris for success-ion.

Robert Spencer sees this as just more evidence that the Democrat-Media Complex is now in full Dump Brandon mode.

CNN published a lengthy exposition on Sunday that could have been entitled "Kamala to the Rescue," for that's what it was all about; the far-left propaganda organ was trying to sell us on the idea that Harris, after showing herself to be abjectly incapable of doing anything beyond spouting preposterous word salads for as long as Old Joe has been showing off his cognitive decline, is now taking charge, calming the jittery rank-and-file apparatchiks and smoothing the Democrats' pathway to inevitable victory in November. Nary a cackle was mentioned in the entire two-thousand-word piece.

"More than two dozen sources" -- wow! Is that like 51 top intelligence professionals? -- "tell CNN that Harris has been gathering information to help her penetrate what she sometimes refers to as the 'bubble' of Biden campaign thinking, telling people she's aiming to use that intelligence to push for changes in strategy and tactics that she hopes will put the ticket in better shape to win."

If Biden won't budge, Kamala may be the one to call for the 25th Amendment ejection from office. That's a pretty unfounded speculation but what if Biden is now so mentally incompetent he doesn't even know he's mentally incompetent?

Meanwhile, the Democrat-Media Complex is using Retard Jiu-Jitsu to claim that Trump is rilly the one in cognitive decline, racists.

It's begun. The left is trying to turn the tables and declare that it is Donald Trump who is in cognitive decline.

If it weren't so sad and desperate, it would be funny. A professor at the University of British Columbia claims to have assessed the cognitive functioning of both Biden and Trump. He warns that Trump's mental decline is "more apparent" than Biden's but Biden's "cognitive failure" could be disastrous in a second term.
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Professor Paul Quirk is described as a politics professor. He's not a mental health expert or a psychologist. He teaches politics. Yet, he claims to have assessed the situation of the presumed frontrunners in the 2024 presidential election. He is an American citizen, having graduated from Harvard and taught at U.S. universities before he went to Canada.

The professor claims that Trump's decline is more obvious because of his 'slurred speech and gross, repeated errors.' That's a fairly clueless observation, IMHO. Biden is known for his inability to speak without slurring and mumbling and the non-stop lies. Is "repeated errors" code for lies? If so, this guy is just clutching for straws. He's Canadian, so take his hot takes for what they are, just another progressive worried that Trump may be on his way back into the White House.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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It is now axiomatic that the Biden/Obama junta is a collection of pathetic midwits* whose wildly inflated sense of their own intellects is driving their decision making. The only unifying things are their desire for power and their hatred of traditional America and Judeo-Christian society, but that is quite enough, as we see with their new drive to stop Israel's just war against its existential enemies: Hamas, Hezbollah, and their philosophical underpinning: militant Islam.

But the drooling, imbecilic, senile mouthpiece for the administration is also demeaning America with his jabbering; his lack of fortitude, and his inability to protect American soldiers, or the sea lanes that are vital to this country. Contrast him with Netanyahu, whose own fortitude sometimes follows the wind, has been a powerful and consistent leader since October 7th's pogrom.

In call, Biden warns Netanyahu on Rafah; PM vows to resist Palestinian state

“My positions can be summarized in the following two sentences,” said Netanyahu, “Israel categorically rejects international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions.”

In addition, said the prime minister, “Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement.”


That's how a leader protects his country.

And this is how a "leader" betrays an ally.

US urges Israel to drop plans for Rafah ground offensive

The US has proposed a UN security council resolution calling for a temporary ceasefire and for Israel not to go ahead with a planned offensive on Rafah in southern Gaza.

The draft text marks the first time the US has explicitly backed a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, though it adds that the temporary truce should be begun “as soon as practicable”, leaving some room for manoeuvre by the Israeli military.

The text is being offered by the Biden administration as an alternative to an Algerian draft resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire that is due to be debated on Tuesday.

The US appeal over Rafah, where about half of Gaza’s 2.3 million population have sought refuge, echoes comments made by Joe Biden in recent days. But the significance of the draft resolution is as a signal that Washington is willing to go through the UN to put pressure on Israel and not rely solely on bilateral messages.


Except...the UN is a collection of virulently anti-Israel ideologues, whose masturbatory fantasies of the destruction of the Jewish state are always front-and-center. The United States was almost always there to stifle those impulses, but now? We have an administration that is subservient to every hard-left or Islamic pressure group that can control more than a few votes, and they want Israel destroyed.

So the incontinent idiot will send his UN representative to Turtle Bay to undercut a loyal ally in the midst of an existential battle, all the while being very careful not to upset his favorite lunatic Islamists in Tehran. The Mad Mullahs have been directing attacks against the West and our troops from the safety of their luxurious villas, and those midwits in Washington are covering for them. How else does one explain the continued existence of the Iranian spy ship Behshad, that has been directing the attacks on shipping?

If the feckless Biden/Obama junta can't protect our sea lanes, can't manage to be loyal to our ally in the region, supports a rabid, civilization-destroying regime in Iran, and OH! don't forget about allowing an invasion across our southern border and whoring for Ukraine/graft, then what exactly are they doing?

Protecting and acquiring power and wealth. Because that is what they do, to the exclusion of all else, and their calculation is that they will get more votes and more graft by betraying Israel than they would get supporting her fight against militant Islam. The only things that matter are the votes of their unhinged supporters and the flow of money. They matter more than our economy...they matter more than our standing in the world...they matter more than our culture...they matter more than our continued existence as a constitutional republic...they matter more than our God-given natural rights as a free people.

*Perhaps an apology is in order to the midwits of the world. The D.C. elites are trending down to dimwits...

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Cabeza de San Pablo
Bartolome Esteban Murillo

It was either this, or a Georges Braque that is guaranteed to irritate some of you.

Shockingly, I chose this one!

Most of Murillo's works are busier and more complex than this one, but I saw a sense of movement in it that intrigued me...almost as if the painting is flowing.

Posted by CBD at 09:40 AM Comments

The Morning Report — 2/20/24

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Yesterday, it went almost without notice that the man behind the Golden EIB microphone, Rush Hudson Limbaugh has been gone from the scene for three years. He was the manifestation of that classic Apple "1984" commercial from 40 years ago of the person hurling a hammer into the video monitor of the dictator speaking to the mind-numbed masses – and nothing was ever the same again.

The fatal delusion of the left is their belief that Rush Limbaugh was some sort of shock-jock entertainer who told us what to think and we parroted him. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Rush Limbaugh merely(!!) articulated what all of us individually were thinking. At a bare minimum, if we weren't consciously aware of the details of how things were going on behind the scenes, he confirmed the feeling that many of us thought that something indeed was rotten in the state of Denmark. That America as it was founded, as we had been taught it functioned or was supposed to function, the two-party system and all of that was a lie.

Thankfully, because President Reagan was able to do away with the muzzling effects of the equal time regulations of the FCC unleashed the first massive challenge to the media-industrial-propaganda complex with talk radio. And the rest as they say is indeed history.

If the media landscape had not changed with talk radio and then the internet, the narrative, or as Rush described it "the daily soap opera" would go on as it had as before. The only reason we are "polarized" as the Left claims (and we are) is because we have access to actual facts and information that challenges the narrative of the junta in power. As more and more of the grift and sham has been exposed, the more desperate and overt the shots across the bow, and in many instances, right in our faces have become.

Any sense of proportion or even the minimum recognition of ethics or a line that people dare not cross to maintain and increase their vise-grip on power is long gone.

AM radio still remains the sounding board, megaphone and rallying point for a vast audience that to say the least, are not on board with the Democrat Left. The fact that AM radios were discontinued or are on track to be discontinued in new model automobiles can only be for one reason.

When Soros first came after Radio Mambi, some Republican legislators, including Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Marco Rubio, and others turned to the FCC, warning that, “far-left ideologues are attempting to consolidate and expand their control over the media, so they can flood the airwaves with propaganda” and asking the federal agency to step in and take action.

That did not happen and nor should anyone expect the FCC to stop Soros now, but the company filed for Chapter 11 in the Southern District of Texas. And while the NRA and Trump already discovered the dangerous powers that state prosecutors have over organizations doing business or even registered in a blue state, there’s no reason the reverse can’t be true.

Audacy’s rapid bankruptcy deal that will make Soros into the company’s biggest shareholder can be examined by state officials including regulators and prosecutors like Attorney General Ken Paxton. Audacy’s reach includes Texas where it has at least one conservative talk radio station, KJCE which, along with local talent, broadcasts Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch and Frontlines of Freedom, and local officials can determine whether the bankruptcy deal and the subsequent Soros takeover will impact the Texas market and viewpoint diversity.

Instead of a rapid bankruptcy followed by a fast takeover, Texas state officials have a duty to thoroughly scrutinize the parameters of the agreement, its local impact and any issues that may arise from the new role of the Soros organization and what its management role may be.

Part of the agreement involves the appointment of a new board of directors. At Radio Mambi, the Soros people brought in Democratic Party operatives in a leadership role. Does Soros have similar plans for Audacy? Who will be on the proposed board of directors? Did George Soros personally play any role in the move by the Soros Management Fund?

The company has signaled that major cuts will be as part of its reorganization. Will those cuts be politically neutral or will they single out conservative employees and the conservative side of the business? Will this reorganization which is officially meant to deal with the debt load really be used as cover for a purge of the political opposition by a major funder of the ruling party.

These are worrisome questions.

When NPR radio stations began turning into conservative talk radio, the media and Democrat legislators quickly mobilized to fight against the transformation. The question is whether Republicans intend to allow George Soros to crush conservative radio without a fight.

One of the shocking truths that Rush Limbaugh, PBUH, made us realize is that Republican does not ipso facto mean conservative. Remember, the GOPe hates us, Trump and the MAGA movement every bit as the Left because in point of fact they are part and parcel of the hypocrisy we were awakened to starting all those years ago.

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Daily Tech News 20 February 2024

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (2/19/24)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

I think that this is really an extraordinary, unusual circumstance that the law-abiding and rule-following New Yorkers who are business people have nothing to worry about because they’re very different than Donald Trump and his behavior, New York Governor "Karen" Hochul


Quote II

"Minnesota has a reputation and long history of protecting LGBTQ people. That reputation is the crux of this." Aaron Zimmerman, executive director of the LGBTQ nonprofit PFund Foundation


Quote III

“So how can you take — as leader — how do you take an issue where the American people support us and lead us into a box, where now, when a bill is produced, it is worse than doing nothing. When that’s rejected, we get blamed. I mean, you got to work overtime to screw that up.” US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)


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Presidential Cafe

—Disinformation Expert Ace

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Baby elephant shows his pop that he's big enough to chase off puny humans.

For discerning fans of sea stacks only.

Switzerland, summer vs. winter. Looks good either way.

Poor little pit bull is kept in a tiny cage just for breeding, then tossed on the side of he road after an "unprofessional c-section." But a good person finds the dog, now called "Pop-Tart," and gives her love for the first time in her life.

Neat tree.

So stunning and so brave. And NOT FUNNY at all, bigots.

She knows her rights.

Shut up, and clap for the dancing nurses.

Mom bringing the kid to soccer practice.

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Conservative Senators Talk About Possible Ouster of Democrat Rat Mitch McConnell

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Press X to Doubt.

The spirit is willing, but the GOP is weak.

Henry Rodgers for the Daily Caller:

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's days leading the Republican minority could be numbered following the collapse of Senate leadership's bipartisan national security supplemental aid bill this week. Several prominent Republican senators expressed that the border bill debacle could push the GOP conference over the edge to remove McConnell from leadership, they told the Daily Caller in exclusive conversations Wednesday.

"Mitch McConnell, in effect, gave the largest in-kind campaign contribution to the Democrats' Senate campaign committee in history," Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told the Caller.

Conservatives both inside the official Republican Party apparatus and out have long criticized McConnell, an institution in the Senate with a reputation for shrewd negotiation and savvy maneuvering, for not taking sufficiently hardline stances on key issues to the party's base. McConnell has continued to keep a stranglehold on power in the Republican conference for nearly two decades, but momentum to remove him has reached a fevered pitch after a tidal wave of backlash to the border policy proposal unveiled this week.

"I think this is our opportunity to take him out, and we're sort of working to figure out if that's possible. I think that there's a bit of a chicken and egg problem where I think you probably have the votes, but you need somebody to step forward and that person's that unwilling to step forward unless you have the votes, it can't just be a Mike and Ted and a sort of everybody who hates Mitch thing," one Republican senator, who was granted anonymity to speak freely without worry of retaliation from leadership, told the Caller. "You obviously have to get kind of the middle of the conference. So that's all being worked on behind the scenes. And I think, frankly, how this vote works out will help determine whether the conference, broadly speaking, is willing to go in that direction."


McConnell put Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford in charge of border deal negotiations with Democrats and the Biden administration. Every Senate Republican the Caller spoke with laid the blame on McConnell, however, saying he was the one truly crafting the deal behind the scenes and used Lankford, who is not running for reelection, as a pawn to take the fall for what the lawmakers said is a gift to their opponents.

"Every single Democrat candidate in the country running for Senate, running for House will use the identical talking points -- they will all say: We wanted to secure the border. We tried to secure the border, but the Republicans wouldn't let us," Cruz continued. "Now, that is a wild-eyed lie. It is completely false. This bill would have made the border crisis worse."

"As long as I've been serving in the Senate, there's never been an issue where the American public is so overwhelmingly in support of our position, which is to secure the border. So how can you take as leader, how do you take an issue where the American people support us and lead us into a box, where now, when a bill is produced, it is worse than doing nothing," Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said. "When that's rejected, we get blamed. I mean, you got to work overtime to screw that up."

"I've even heard privately, Democratic colleagues, tell me 'your leadership was desperate to make a deal, that it made us less willing to negotiate'. So this is an open secret that these guys were not driving a hard bargain and you see the results in the border package that came out," Republican Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance told the Daily Caller. "And now we're seeing the second step of the process, which is kill the border package. Jam through the Ukraine package. It doesn't make any sense."

The Senate deal, which included $60 billion in aid for Ukraine, was shut down Wednesday afternoon after a motion to proceed failed 49-50. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Lankford were the only GOP Senators who voted to pass the legislation. Meanwhile, several Democrats also opposed the deal, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer then put a package on the floor to ship aid to Ukraine and Israel, with no provisions for border security.

Meanwhile, the predictions of Cruz and others came true before the body of the deal was even cold Wednesday. This week, President Joe Biden blamed Republicans for the crisis at the southern border, stating that their inability to pass legislation to solve the problem was going to be used against them every day on the campaign trail between now and November. Other Democrats have begun deploying the same line.

Republican hopes of using Ukraine aid to secure a big win on perhaps 2024's biggest issue, the border, went up in flames.

More at the link.

There are Senators who genuinely want to oust McConnell, but there are many liberal fake Republicans who want to keep him because McConnell is great at scheming at how to advance the Democrat Party's agenda while pretending to be Republicans, and then there are a bunch of cowards and grifters who are afraid to do anything and just want to know that Mitch McConnell's corporate money will keep flowing to them.

Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 06:10 PM Comments

The Newest Wave of Invaders Over Our Open Southern Border? Chinese Nationals

—Disinformation Expert Ace

We're giving away our country and our birthright to a hostile communist foreign power.

The uptick in Chinese nationals illegally crossing the southern border proves the record-breaking number of foreigners walking into our nation and being shipped by border agents to American cities with little to no vetting is no longer a crisis but a full-fledged invasion.

The Biden administration's long-held talking point is that the current border crisis is fueled by a surge of struggling migrants from unstable Latin American countries. Chinese migrants, however, not natural disaster victims in Central America, have become the fastest-growing people group to take advantage of the lapsed southern U.S. border.

Border Patrol agents in San Diego alone recorded encounters with 269 Chinese nationals on Monday, Fox News's Bill Melugin reports.

Since the 2024 fiscal year began, Customs and Border Protection clocked more than 20,000 Chinese nationals illegally crossing into the U.S. via the southern border. Some of them crossed with the help of the Chinese Communist Party-linked app TikTok.

The 2024 number is already dangerously close to the 24,000 Chinese border crossers who were apprehended in the 2023 fiscal year and up significantly from the 450 Chinese arrests border agents made during President Joe Biden's first year in office.

And the CBP is letting them in, putting them on buses, and shipping them into the American heartland.

"My Committee has been informed that some of these Chinese nationals have even been found to be affiliated with the People's Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)--and those are just the ones we've been able to vet," Chairman Mark Green noted. "As the CCP works to undermine and infiltrate our institutions and even military installations, Secretary Mayorkas has made it clear to the entire world that our borders are open. This is simply unsustainable, and the national security risks are massive."
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The New Yorker: Is The Media Prepared for an Extinction-Level Event?

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Note that this is a different article from the similarly titled "Is the Media Heading Towards an Extinction-Level Event?" that appeared in The Atlantic February 2nd.

The media basically just copies from each other and writes the same ten pieces over and over again.

Is the Media Prepared for an Extinction-Level Event? Ads are scarce, search and social traffic is dying, and readers are burned out. The future will require fundamentally rethinking the press's relationship to its audience.

It would be nice if you stopped lying to that audience all the time.

And as far as an audience being "burned out:" maybe you could stop the endless Cycles of Crisis where one Outrage is only displaced by the next Cause for Alarm and then that is replaced by the next Moral Panic.

Maybe your liberal readers -- who are highly neurotic, as every survey shows -- wouldn't be so burned out if you weren't constantly lighting their nervous systems on fire with your panic pornography.


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A report that tracked layoffs in the industry in 2023 recorded twenty-six hundred and eighty-one in broadcast, print, and digital news media. NBC News, Vox Media, Vice News, Business Insider, Spotify, theSkimm, FiveThirtyEight, The Athletic, and Condé Nast--the publisher of The New Yorker--all made significant layoffs. BuzzFeed News closed, as did Gawker. The Washington Post, which lost about a hundred million dollars last year, offered buyouts to two hundred and forty employees. In just the first month of 2024, Condé Nast laid off a significant number of Pitchfork's staff and folded the outlet into GQ; the Los Angeles Times laid off at least a hundred and fifteen workers (their union called it "the big one"); Time cut fifteen per cent of its union-represented editorial staff; the Wall Street Journal slashed positions at its D.C. bureau; and Sports Illustrated, which had been weathering a scandal for publishing A.I.-generated stories, laid off much of its staff as well. One journalist recently cancelled a networking phone call with me, writing, "I've decided to officially take my career in a different direction." There wasn't much I could say to counter that conclusion; it was perfectly logical.

Keep talking that hot, sweaty sexytalk.

"Publishers, brace yourselves--it's going to be a wild ride," Matthew Goldstein, a media consultant, wrote in a January newsletter. "I see a potential extinction-level event in the future." Some of the forces cited by Goldstein were already well known: consumers are burned out by the news, and social-media sites have moved away from promoting news articles. But Goldstein also pointed to Google's rollout of A.I.-integrated search, which answers user queries within the Google interface, rather than referring them to outside Web sites, as a major factor in this coming extinction.

I know sites that are moving to this model.

The media is going to be linked less and less. People are just going to use AI to digest their stories.

I expect the media will, in its death throes, sue. They can't claim copyright because the stories will be rewritten. But they'll claim unfair trade practices. It's worked before.

In International News Service vs. AP (1918), INS, I think, was paying stringers to copy stories off the walls at AP's offices. Then INS would write them up.

AP couldn't sue for copyright infringement because the stories were rewritten completely. But the Supreme Court held that there was a property right in the story, and that there was some protection from unfair poaching.

That will be the new case. But it won't be quite the same, because INS' stories were competing in time with AP's. That is, the INS stories were being delivered at about the same time, taking AP's advantage-of-publishing-first away. In the new situation, these stories will have all gone out into the world before AI begins very rapidly rewriting them.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal analysis, Google generates close to forty per cent of traffic across digital media. Brands with strong home-page traffic will likely be less affected, Goldstein wrote--places like Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Daily Mail, CNN, the Washington Post, and Fox News. But Web sites that aren't as frequently typed into browsers need to "contemplate drastic measures, possibly halving their brand portfolios."

What will emerge in the wake of mass extinction, Brian Morrissey, another media analyst, recently wrote in his newsletter, "The Rebooting," is "a different industry, leaner and diminished, often serving as a front operation to other businesses," such as events, e-commerce, and sponsored content.

They already do this. They're all front companies for George Soros' vicious transnational socialism and of course the Democrat Party.

And Pfizer.

Etc.

In fact, he told me, what we are witnessing is nothing less than the end of the mass-media era. "This is a delayed reaction to the commercial Internet itself," he said. "I don't know if anything could have been done differently."

People like Glenn Greenwald and Megyn Kelly keep repeating the idea that the media will transform from one made up of trusted institutions to trusted individuals. Sites with strong, independent, unique voices.

Hey! We've got some strong, independent unique voices right here! Maybe we'll be fine!

I know one thing: AI might be able to quickly rewrite boring AP headlines but they'll never be able to crank out gems like:

Cash App Cougar Fani Willis: Yes, I Paid Taxpayer Funds to Hire a Human Meat-Mallet to Pound My Snizz Into Thin Tender Strips Like Veal Scallopini

Well, maybe AI will be able to do that.

But not for four or five years.

We've got time, still.

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Viva Frei recaps Sweetdick's and Fani's testimony
He mentions a lot of things I missed (because I was blogging other stories). He points out that the IRS (under Trump, I imagine) will be looking into Sweetdick's finances because he seems to have been billing sexcations as business expenses.
He also points out that Fani claimed she moved to Yeartie's condo, not to have sex with Wade (because her own home was filled with her kids and her dad), but just to escape "death threats." But then, when asked, she admitted that her father stayed in that home -- you know, where the dangerous death threats were being sent. And her kids? They stayed in the Death Threat Home as well!
There's another day of this tomorrow.
Bitter Sweetdick:
When asked whether he recalled paying for a cabin in Tennessee where he and Willis were alleged to have stayed, Wade says simply, "I book lots of cabins."

You do? I think most people book few enough cabins that they remember pretty much all of them. He went on to deny he booked the cabin.
Wade then explains that he and Willis traveled to Tennessee from Atlanta just to have lunch out of fear that she might be recognized. ...

That's the part where he said he and Fani drove two hours to Tennessee (from Atlanta) just so that she wouldn't be recognized (what?), ate for an hour and a half, and then drove back two hours. Definitely, they didn't stay the night in Tennessee, no sir, definitely didn't stay in one of those hundreds of cabins Sweetdick books every other week....
Also: Fani has been scolded by judges for her unethical behavior before
Hmmm, do you think Fani's father would lie about telling his daughter to "always keep six months' worth of cash hidden in your apartment" to help defeat The White Man? Well, he is a co-founder of the radical Black Panther Party. So yes, I think he'd be eager to lie to help his daughter in her lies.
I'll be taking a half day on Monday (President's Day). I'll post some links and some open threads, but I'm going to try to take most of the day off.
Fani taking the stand.
Jonathan Turley on Twitter:
If I were counsel, I would not be thrilled by Willis demeanor. Anger is not an asset in testimony and Willis look like she was red hot when she suddenly appeared.

From Mark1971
I understand her labor -- we're forcing her to do the Emotional Labor of having to explain to us how racist we are.
Sweetdick says he "can't recall" traveling with Fani Willis in 2021, which was before they are now claiming their affair began. He can't deny they went on trips together; he just "can't recall" if they did or didn't.
He is clearly lying.
Sweetdick: I haven't been giving Fani my sweet sweet lovin' since the summer of 2023
Oh no! Now he's claiming the Power Bottom Couple are no longer an item! And this claim is in no way calculated to get the judge to not disqualify them both from the case! They're totally not setting up the defense that even if there had been a conflict of interest, that conflict of interest ended months ago!
I just watched It's a Gundam talking about Madame Web and Dakota Johnson, and she is lot more annoying than I remembered.
Oh, and Adam Scott plays a man called "Ben," and he's from Queens. Bear in mind, this movie takes place a full generation before the current Marvel year. So... Ben from Queens in a Spider-Man movie, huh? With great fan service comes great recognizability.
Sweetdick Update: Sweetdick's lawyers have objected to virtually every single question and answer. They claimed an impossibly broad "attorney-client privilege" for his sometime lawyer Terrence Bradley, claiming that not only were actual communications privileged, but anything Bradley just observed with his eyes. I don't know how that was resolved as I had to stop listening for a bit.
Then a former employee and former "good friend" of Fani Willis' was called, and the lawyers repeatedly objected to every question about her knowledge of their affair, claiming it's "hearsay" for her to report what Fani Willis told her. (Statement against interest is an exception to the hearsay rule.) Ultimately, this witness did testify the affair began in October or November of 2019, making Fani and Sweetdick perjurers. They're not impeaching her testimony, painting her as an angry ex-employee who was disciplined for poor work performance. The only headway Sweetdick's lawyers have made is getting this woman to say she had no knowledge of Fani and Sweetdick actually cohabitating.
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