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January 20, 2022

Quick Hits

—Ace

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True Conservative Dan Crenshaw enjoying some Celebrity Face Time
with likely murderess Carol Baskin,
December 9, 2021
Dan likes semi-celebrities
This was shortly after Danny branded the Freedom Caucus
as "grifters" who just wanted attention

More bad polling news for Brandon--left-leaning AP shows him at a fresh low for their poll, 43% approving, 56% disapproving.

And:

As of now, just 28% of Americans say they want Biden to run for reelection in 2024, including only 48% of Democrats.

He's not running, and everyone knows that -- we don't know if he'll even be existing for that election -- so this has no real-world impact, but it does tell you about people's Brandon Tolerance Level.

And:

Only about a quarter were very confident that Biden "has the mental capability to serve effectively as president" or "is healthy enough to serve effectively as president." Close to half are not confident in Biden's mental capability or health.

Drew Holden has a great thread on all the bluecheck activist "journalists" who uncritically amplified Nina Totenberg's claim that Gorsuch is waging germ warfare against the wise Latina. I mean, I amplified it too, but I'm openly an activist and not a journalist and also, I think it's funny.

Good thread though-- why do zero "journalists" check sources now? Wasn't that supposed to be the foundation of their craft and why you were supposed to believe them?

In an interview I think I'll post tomorrow, Walter Kirn points out that almost no "journalists" leave their computer screens or even pick up a phone any longer -- literally all their "journalism" is reading tweets and retweeting. A major journalistic activity might be sending an email or DM for comment on a hit piece they've finished writing.

Speaking of illegitimate elections -- those drop boxes the Wisconsin governor lawlessly ordered in 2020? And the open invitation to voter fraud that is "ballot harvesting"? Yeah, those were both illegal. A judge has banned their use in 2022.

A judge in the key battleground state of Wisconsin ruled Thursday that ballot drop boxes and ballot harvesting violate state law and cannot be used in the upcoming midterm elections.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren determined "there is no statutory authority" to allow for either practice, which became highly controversial in Wisconsin following the state's razor-thin outcome in the 2020 presidential election. President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump in the state by approximately 20,000 votes.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission, which is under fire for allegedly bending and even openly violating state law to give Biden an edge, authorized the dramatic increase in the use of ballot drop boxes, but Judge Bohren held that the agency lacked lawful authority to do so.

The plaintiffs, voters represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), argued that state law allowed for only two methods of returning an absentee ballot: Through the mail or in person at the municipal clerk's office. Nowhere does it allow for a ballot to be dropped off in a drop box.

Likewise, Wisconsin law provides that no person "may receive a ballot from or give a ballot to a person other than the election official in charge." This, the plaintiffs argued, is a clear prohibition on ballot harvesting, the practice of third parties collecting absentee ballots from voters.

I wonder which blogger, apart from AllahPundit, will write this up at Hot Air.

Oh, I already know. It was Jazz Shaw.

Most perfect election in the history of the universe.

M&Ms will become "more inclusive;" the animated characters representing the candies will be given "nuanced personalities."

Candy is about to get more "inclusive," with the maker of M&M's announcing its famed characters are getting modern makeovers and will have more "nuanced personalities."

Mars, Incorporated, the company behind the colorful, candy-coated chocolates, announced Thursday a "global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels they belong and society is inclusive."

What are the odds that two of the "nuanced personalities" turn out to be "gay" and "trans"?


Via Andrew Kerr of the DC Examiner, quoting the New York Times: Kathy Griffin once asked CNN's head and Chief Dwarf Jeff Zucker for a raise.

He was so offended that this zero-talent, who was lucky to have a job at all, was demanding a raise, that he fired her on the spot.

Later, he thought it over and rehired her... at a 20% pay cut.

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Second look at Jeff Zucker?!

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Posted by Ace at 06:42 PM Comments


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—Ace

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Eagles bickering.

Owls cooperating.

I don't think this is very funny. This poor innocent dog. Kind of makes me think of men and women.

Sometimes cats' preference for chaos works in dogs' favor.

Sharing.

Quokka is happy, as usual.

Friends.

More baby goats in pyjamas. I bet this would be a good image for going to sleep.

Saving a beached sea turtle.

Inman: Grandma packs a wallop.

Caught fish gets last licks.

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Posted by Ace at 05:41 PM Comments


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NBC News: "Conservative Activists" (Parents) Want the Schools (Government Agencies) to Disclose Their Lessons Plans (Government-Created Materials). But That's Bad.

—Ace

The Media Faction is actually now arguing that the Government Has Privacy Rights and should be allowed to keep secrets from citizens.

They're literally arguing that parents should be forced -- by threat of violence -- to fund schools, but that schools should then conduct their business in secret, protected from parents' prying eyes.

This.

Cannot.

Last.

They fought critical race theory. Now they're focusing on 'curriculum transparency.'


Conservative activists want schools to post lesson plans online, but free speech advocates warn such policies could lead to more censorship in K-12 schools.

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Some conservative activists say the curriculum transparency effort is a potent strategic move to expose and root out progressive ideas from schools

So you're admitting conservatives are attempting to de-politicize the politicization already effected by your fellow progressives?

Oh, of course they're not admitting that; in any question like this, they immediately default to the claim that "the truth has a progressive bias." Progressivism belongs in the schools because progressive politics is The Science.

Lawmakers in at least 12 states have introduced legislation to require schools to post lists of all of their teaching materials online, including books, articles and videos. The governors of Arizona, Florida and Iowa, who have previously raised concerns about how teachers discuss racism's impact on politics and society, called for curriculum transparency laws in speeches to their legislatures this month.

"Florida law should provide parents with the right to review the curriculum used in their children's schools," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said in his State of the State address last week.

Horrors! Parents want control over -- or even a heads up about -- the schools they're legally required to fund and which their children are legally required to attend.

But the Government Has Rights!, we shall soon see.

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"People are going to disagree on a lot of these issues," said Matt Beienburg, the Goldwater Institute's director of education policy. "Transparency is something I think that at least allows for that conversation to know what is being taught. Everybody should be able to rally around the fact that we shouldn't be teaching something in secret."

But teachers, their unions and free speech advocates say the proposals would excessively scrutinize daily classwork and would lead teachers to pre-emptively pull potentially contentious materials to avoid drawing criticism. Parents and legislators have already started campaigns to remove books dealing with race and gender, citing passages they find obscene, after they found out that the books were available in school libraries and classrooms.

"It's important we call this out," said Jon Friedman, the director of free expression and education at PEN America, a nonprofit group that promotes free speech. "It's a shift toward more neutral-sounding language, but it's something that is potentially just as censorious."

The only people in America who have full free speech rights are government workers during their government-paid jobs teaching your children in a venue your children are legally required to be present at.

You, on the other hand, do not have any free speech rights. You also do not have the right to show up at school board meetings to challenge the methods and materials used to indoctrinate your children.

But teachers, ah, the blessed teachers! Those for whom It's All About The Kids, as we've learned so many times over the past two years!

They have carte blanche to indoctrinate and groom your children as they will.

And how will that work out for them?

Well, according to a new Trafalgar Poll: Not great. Not great.

Republicans soar to a preposterous 13.5% lead on the generic Congressional ballot.

Of the 1,083 likely general election voters surveyed between 01/12/22 and 01/15/22, just 38.7 percent approved of Biden's performance and 59.2 percent disapproved. Nearly 50 percent of voters said they strongly disapprove of the job Biden is doing.

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Trafalgar's party preference poll, conducted between 01/12/22 and 01/15/22, resulted in very ominous numbers for congressional Democrats.

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Respondents said they preferred Republicans over Democrats 55.7 percent to 42.2 percent.


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As a wise woman once said: "It is time to do what we have been doing, and that time is every day."

Amen.

Alternate post title:

Fake News Says It's Good For Children To Keep "Secrets" With Adult Strangers

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Posted by Ace at 05:33 PM Comments

Gird. Your. Loins.: Rachel Maddow Claims That Biden Heroically Stood at the Podium for One Hour and Fifty Minutes to... Send a Powerful Signal to Vladimir Putin That He Was Strong And Had Stamina for the Long War Ahead

—Ace

Remember when I said the only thing the left could find to praise in Biden's press conference was its duration? (Which wasn't even all that long?)

Well, Maddow decided to take the leftist meme of the night and go insane with it -- as usual -- and link it to MuhRussia -- as usual -- and claim that Biden stood there and took questions for a full 110 minutes just to send an unmistakable signal to Putin that he was ready for a push-up contest with nuclear missiles if Vladdy wanted one.

This isn't Trump's America anymore, Vlad! Poppa Biden's gonna show you how he took care of business with Corn-Pop!

"With all the talk about Putin and him talking about ... the question of whether Putin is going to invade Ukraine might ... be decided by which side of the bed Putin wakes up on -- and all this stuff about trying to get Putin's head. One part of me wondered if he was trying to sort of ape Putin's annual press conference thing where he does these sort of feats of strength. He does these feats of stamina showing how long that he can continue to go taking these questions. So that was part of it," Maddow said.

You all heard Biden give Putin the go-head for a "just the tip" "minor incursion" into Ukraine.

Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, saw Biden deliver a "Tear down this wall" challenge.


Sounds like Rachel's girding her own loins for a man for the first time in her life.

Speaking of overpromoted coozes: Kamala Harris. I will take Kamala Harris' side 100% non-ironically and say absolutely, the old white man who is her boss-puppet emphatically did not position her for success, because she had to go out on TV shows and explain whether Biden did or did not believe that the midterm elections would be illegitimate.

Because Kamala Harris didn't know the answer -- I mean, does Biden actually know what Biden thinks? Did Ron Klain tell him what Biden thinks? -- she had to do what Kamala always does, dodge the question by filling up the air with nonsensical babblings.

And when that doesn't work, she gets, what is the word?

Bitchy. She gets bitchy.

Which is what her nasty senile boss does, too.

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Posted by Ace at 04:18 PM Comments

Ugly Dwarf Robert Reich: Democrats Should Give Sinema "the Backs of Their Hands"

—Ace

The Party of Women, y'all.

Former Democratic Labor Secretary Robert Reich became the latest figure on the left to viciously attack Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., over her filibuster stance, suggesting Senate Democrats should assault her for it.

"Tonight, Republican senators lined up to shake Kyrsten Sinema's hand," he wrote in a now-deleted tweet on Thursday. "Democratic senators should have given her the backs of their hands."

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"No big deal," tweeted radio host Larry O'Connor. "Just Democrat/Socialist icon [Robert Reich] encouraging violence against a female senator who didn't vote the way he wanted."

A malignant communist dwarf with barely-repressed anger issues against women?

I shan't believe it! I simply shannot!


Update: Robert Reich has now acknowledged fault.

He acknowledged that this is all the fault of the conservative media, for "wildly misinterpreting" his statement.

Robert Reich @RBReich Last night I deleted a tweet because it was widely misinterpreted and distorted by conservative media. "Back of the hand" is an idiom for rebuke. I wholeheartedly condemn violence against women.

Why didn't you say it about Manchin then, Miguelito Loveless?


Last week, Jonathan Turley was perplexed -- remember how the media used to love "mavericks" like John McCain -- or Mitt Romney -- Republicans who defied their party to vote with the other party?

How come the leftwing media isn't celebrating two mavericks, Joe Manchin and especially the unconventional Kirsten Sinema?

I mean, you can't get more mavericky than Kirsten Sinema.

And yet the media hates them.

Liberal commentators this week went after Sinema with sputtering, blind fury, many mocking that she became emotional as she described the anger and divisions in the country.

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Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, who previously called for burning down the Republican Party, tweeted, "Sinema is effectively asking the authors of Jim Crow and vote-rigging to give their permission for her to stop it. This is worse than incoherent or cowardice. It's a moral disgrace. Ask the segregationists for permission to vote for Civil Rights Act?"

So, senators voicing the same position recently held by Democrats such as Biden, Obama and Schumer are now "segregationists"?

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) [was once hailed as a brave maverick] he voted to convict then-President Trump in his second impeachment trial; liberal commentators showered him with praise. In 2020, Stephen Colbert heralded Romney as "a ray of hope" who spoke the truth and was "willing to put up with whatever the blowback for this decision is."

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Yet, according to the Liberal pundits, Sinema is no Romney. She had the audacity to stand on principle rather than politics....

Sinema's speech was denounced by those who insist that bipartisanship is a "myth" in the age of rage. She is, according to MSNBC's Nina Turner, a "soulless coward" for seeking common ground and compromise. She is hated precisely because she did not hate enough. She did not hate Republicans so blindly as to declare them modern Bull Connors like Biden did or to call the filibuster "a relic of Jim Crow."

So, why does the media celebrate "mavericks" like McCain, Romney, Cheney, and Kinzinger, and condemn mavericks like Manchin and Sinema to hell?

I can't figure this Groovy Mystery out.

Can you?

Posted by Ace at 03:26 PM Comments

Biden Claims That He's Greatly Overperformed Expectations, and The Media Actually Bothers Asking the Public: Do You Agree?

—Ace

Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.

This was just an absolutely bizarre claim from Biden, during an evening of bizarre claims.

I know Trump really innovated and disrupted in the field of puffery -- "People are always telling me, you've done a really great job on trade, they can't believe what a great job we're doing" -- but at least those claims had some basis in reality. They were a bit exaggerated, maybe, and they put Trump's own self-assessments into the mouths of others, but they were located somewhere in the same plane of existence that most of us find our energies vibrating in most of the time.

But Biden claiming that he's outperformed all expections?

What?

What is happening?


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Posted by Ace at 02:25 PM Comments

Study: Natural Immunity Is More Protective Against Delta Than Vaccination

—Ace

You don't say.

No wonder Fauci, Walensky and the federal vaccine-enforcement agencies have refused to investigate this crucial issue until forced to.

They claim that the vaccine was more protective against the alpha version of covid than natural immunity, but delta changed that.

Surviving a previous infection provided better protection than vaccination against Covid-19 during the Delta wave, federal health authorities said, citing research showing that both the shots and recovery from the virus provided significant defense.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that data from California and New York last year showed people who were unvaccinated and hadn't previously contracted Covid-19 faced a far greater risk than both people who had gotten the shots and people who had been infected.

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"Before the Delta variant, Covid-19 vaccination resulted in better protection against a subsequent infection than surviving a previous infection," CDC official Benjamin Silk said.

Um, doubt.

"When looking at the summer and fall of 2021, when Delta became predominant in this country, however, surviving a previous infection now provided greater protection."

Dr. Silk said the research didn't apply to the current Omicron wave and occurred before the wider rollout of Covid-19 booster shots. "It would be like comparing apples and oranges," he said.

The CDC also said that the timing of the research coincided with many people likely experiencing waning vaccine-induced immunity.

Note that being vaccinated of course provides superior protection to being unvaccinated and having no prior infection.

Below, a righteous rant by Kim Iverson that makes some great points about the CDC and Fauci's Only-Vax approach to covid.

She says that the CDC and NIH and NIAID have "abandoned" people with covid to "fend for themselves." She means that they provide almost no guidance for treatment. Either you go to the hospital, or you "self-isolate" and "take Nyquil and Tylenol" and "hope for the best."

That's it. That's the extent of their "recommendations."

Other possible remedies -- ivermectin, HCQ -- which might provide some but not great recuperative effects against covid have been demonized. Monoclonal antibodies were demonized, too. They're now being tightly rationed by the US government.

Because the US government is pursuing a Vax-Only policy against covid.

The other point Iverson makes is that the government, by refusing to do research into the protection afforded by natural immunity, has killed thousands of people.

She says that she personally is caring for someone infected by covid, and knows other people in the same situation. She says she knows of old people infected by covid who have family members who are too terrified of covid to go into the homes of the infected and care for them.

But some of these people have had covid before.

Shouldn't they know if their previous covid makes them more or less immune to covid? Or to serious covid, at least? So that they can go care for their dying older relatives?

Shouldn't we at least know if nurses who have had covid before are especially protected and therefore safe to treat covid patients?

Why doesn't Fauci want to know this?

Why doesn't he want us to know this?

In the current regime of deliberate, state-enforced ignorance and fear, Iverson says, covid-panicked people are letting their covid-striken old family members waste away, alone, too weak to even get off their beds to get water. Their food is just left on the doorstep, and they're too weak to go to the door to get it.

If these panic-stricken cowards at least knew that their risks of getting serious covid were very very low, perhaps they'd take the great risk of carrying the food and pedialite into the home, and maybe spend five minute with their stricken family member to make sure she's not actually dying.

But no, they're too afraid, so they just leave them to die, locked up in their death chambers.

Again, because Fauci's damnable obsession is Vax-Only.

He can't tell anyone that they're at a lower risk for covid, because then they might think they have a lesser need for the vaccine-- which is true, but he won't allow you to think that, so he's going to lie to you to make everyone think they have the same risk of death from covid and keep them all equally terrified.

Vax-Only, Vax-Only, Vax-Only. Just get Vaxed, and then pray.

And when you get covid anyway -- which, let's face it, you probably will -- then just pray some more.

Which is a strange recommendation from "The Science."

Don't worry, though: the Mad Gnome is focused on what really matters.

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Rand Paul: It's Dangerous for the Country for the World to See and Hear Joe Biden. He Should Go Back to Hiding In the Basement So as Not to Encourage Our Enemies.

—Ace

He said this on Hugh Hewitt's Cvck Emporium, quoted and clipped at Instapundit.

Senator Rand Paul Tells Hugh Hewitt That It Is "Dangerous to the Country" for President Biden To Be Talking in Public. "I Think We Are Stuck With Him Until 2024 [but] It Would Be Good for the Country for Him Not To Speak and Not To Appear in Public."

My pocket actuarial tables say that we're stuck with him until 2022, 2023 at the outside.

Below: As Greg Price says, this is legitimately hard to watch.

NeverForget the hustlers, grifters, demagogues and Phony Virtue Mongers that lied to foist this feeble, demented National Security Risk on us.

BTW, do give these clips a watch. I had forgotten them. Biden is really struggling to connect neurons here. His Alzheimer's is on full display here for the Kremlin and the Forbidden City.

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The Morning Rant
[Dave in Fla, Guest Monkey]

—Open Blogger

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Sometimes it is useful to stop a moment and consider how your enemies think. We make fun of how insane they are on a regular basis but consider for a moment how they appeal to their voters. What themes and messages do they think resonate?

I don't know why, but somehow the DCCC got my phone number and thought I was a good target for fundraising. So I received their pitch to raise money for congressional campaigns. This is an interesting look into what they consider to be winning messages.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report - 1/20/22

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Thursday and during yesterday's Potemkin village "press conference," the shambling, shuffling, stuttering, alternately-shrieking-and-whispering, heavily-doctored demento whose name tag "Doctor" Jill had sewn on his Depends reads "Joe Biden" actually managed to deliver one stunning, crystal clear absolute emmes truth. Probably, the first true thing he uttered in 50 years in politics if not his entire damnable existence in this world.

"I didn't overpromise, but I probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen."

Absolutely 100% fuckin' A, bubba. Between the eye-bleeds, the incoherent shrieking, the perpetual fog and all the other in your face signs of a decrepit geezer who's two spoonfuls of paste down the windpipe from being laid out on the slab in the center of the Capitol Rotunda (just as soon as they remove McCain), I thought for sure that he'd be gone inside of six months. Yet one absolutely disastrous year later, there he blows. When queried why the American people have doubts about his cognitive ability (surprised that that one got through the censors), he stated "I have no idea." No idea about why the American people think he has the medulla oblongata of a sponge or no idea what the reporter is asking him? Either way, this country - what's left of it - is proper fucked.

Despite a media that is a propaganda arm (if not the actual makers of policy as some suggest) that is desperate to spin and shield the American people from this disaster they foisted on us, they see right through it. Mostly because they are getting "the most successful economic recovery in history" good and hard at the gas pump, supermarket and everywhere else. That is, where there are actual products on the shelves to sell at stagflationary prices and not stuck on a container ship off the coast or looted from a UP boxcar in LA.

Not only do we see it, but you bet your ass the rest of the world sees it.

The situation along the Ukraine-Russia border is so serious that one hesitates to make a quip, but here goes: If you ever get a chance to play poker with Joe Biden, take it. As you're playing, Biden will talk a lot and maybe reveal his cards. And yet whether he's revealing the truth about his intentions or not, there'll be plenty of tells as to the cards he's playing, such that if you're watching him closely, you'll win most of the pots.

Of course, the [so-called quote-unquote "president"] isn't playing card games these days, and yet the commander-in-chief is playing for some very high stakes in the geopolitical arena -- and against some sharp players, notably Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Unfortunately for the U.S., Biden has never had much self-discipline, and even more unfortunately, he's gotten, well, old.

So it's no wonder that Biden's White House handlers have been keeping him on a short leash. His solo press conference today was his first in ten months. The fear, of course, was that Biden would say something stupid -- and that's exactly what he did.

Asked about Putin's plans toward Ukraine, Biden answered, "My guess is he will move in, he has to do something. . . "

. . .To be sure, Biden indicated that he was against Russia attacking Ukraine, and yet at the same time, over the course of a two-hour session with the press -- he obviously enjoys being off the leash -- the [so-called quote-unquote "president"] telegraphed to Putin that he was willing to split hairs, that he might not call a spade a spade: "It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do," he told reporters. In other words, maybe an incursion is okay, but not an invasion. Got that?

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) summed it up: "Joe Biden's impotence emboldened Vladimir Putin and now he just green-lighted Putin to invade Ukraine . . ."

. . . Back in January 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlined the U.S. defense perimeter in East Asia and excluded South Korea. Six months later, North Korea attacked South Korea. The U.S. intervened after all, and over the next three years of fighting, American armed forces suffered 33,686 deaths. It's widely believed that had the U.S. been more clear about what it would do, about its willingness to defend South Korea, the North Koreans would never have attacked.

In other words, the whole Korean War was based on a misunderstanding. So we can see: Clarity can be a good deterrent and can save a lot of lives.

Sadly, in our time, it wasn't a secretary of state, but rather, a much more important figure -- the [so-called quote-unquote "president"] himself -- who was clear as mud. And so we don't know what Putin will do, just as we don't know what Biden will do.

This is how nations stumble into wars.

To Biden, a minor incursion is when he shares a bathtub with his daughter. On a purely personal level, owing to my family's history, I could give a rat's ass about Ukraine and Russia for that matter. But the fact is, we made commitments to defend Ukraine and the infamous promise to protect their independence if they gave up their nukes was as worthless as Chamberlain's Munich agreement. Whether it was right or wrong to make that pledge, we did and by reneging on it, it led to Putin taking Crimea as well as our word being seen as worthless to friend and foe alike.

The problem here is that with Biden absolutely failing and flailing politically as well as policy-wise everywhere you turn, there's no better time for the tail to wag the dog. Given the fact that he and his handlers at the Kalorama Klown Komintern got utterly and deservedly raked over the coals over the Afghanistan bug-out disaster, going to war to re-establish his alleged tough guy machismo image, such as he/they try to project, is just the ticket to get the junta back on track.

Ho. Lee. Fook, if that is their calculus. If they even have freaking calculus as opposed to just flinging utter horseshit in all directions and praying something sticks. And forgetting our national security and foreign policy, what will Biden do vis a vis Ukraine because of his and his bastard son's "O'Rourke Enterprises" dealings with the corrupt government there? In any case, let's not forget that we're not talking about shooting off a few cruise missiles into an empty tent or a disused aspirin factory in the fictional Mission: Impossible third world country of San Cristobal or the East European People's Republic located somewhere on Gower between Sunset and Melrose.

This is potentially a shooting war between Russia. Russia that has nuclear weapons. THAT Russia. The Chi-Coms have got to be having projectile orgasms over the potential to waltz into Taiwan while the 101st Airborne Junk-Tucker Division parachutes in Klinger's heels into the Pripyat Marshes. I can't even . . .

What a complete, unmitigated clusterfuck. But while our enemies are laughing their asses off at their good fortune, the American people, or at least those of us in the nation formerly known as the United States who identify as American (or American-American for those into identity politics), Biden threw down the gauntlet. Funny how he always manages to be clear-headed when he's hurling threats, insults and lies.

"Speaking of voting rights legislation, if this isn't passed, do you still believe the upcoming election will be fairly conducted and the results will be legitimate?" Allison Harris of NewsNation asked [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Biden.

"Well, it all depends on whether or not we're able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election."

So, elections were secure, fair, and legitimate when Trump was president, but won't be secure, fair, or legitimate unless the Democrats' voting legislation is passed.

In other words, elections are only secure, fair, and legitimate when Democrats win.

Now that Manchin and Sinema held firm to preserve the filibuster and at least in theory kill the Democrats attempt to codify in law a federalizing of our elections that in effect would allow them to rig every national election forever, if indeed the midterms, as predicted, deliver a wipeout to the Democrats, you better believe that BLM/Antifa and every other Democrat-sanctioned terrorist is going to take to the streets to engage in a real insurrection. Certainly not the fake FBI-planned and led "riot" of 1/6/21 that was the worst threat to "our precious democracy" (vomit) since the Civil War, Pearl Harbor and 9/11 combined.

As a complete aside, but something I do not want to get lost in the sauce, I submit this nugget of madness:

Arrest Warrants Count as ID For Illegal Migrants at Airport Security, TSA Says

So, the left thinks voter ID is racist and repressive but in DC itself, you cannot walk the streets without showing your ausweiss.

Gevalt.

The End of America: 100 Days That Shook the World available here.

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:43 AM Comments

OregonMuse

—CBD

[I am keeping this on the main page so people can continue to express their condolences.]

We got the worst possible news...our friend and coblogger OregonMuse passed away yesterday afternoon (1/18/2022).

He was surrounded by his family, and the last contact I had from him he was his usual combative and optimistic self...sure that he was going to beat Covid.

OregonMuse has been the proprietor (his wonderful term) of the Book Thread forever! He put his deft and interesting touch on it and it has become a fixture on AoSHQ. His Morning Rant was his usual combination of sometimes savage observation tempered with what one can only describe as kindness! Not toward his targets, but for everything else...

He even created a devoted following for the Chess Thread. How many political blogs can boast of an accomplished amateur chess player doing a weekly post?

I have nothing but fond memories of him...his relentless optimism coupled with that wonderful perspective that amazed me every single time I read his rants.

I did a search of my emails, and I have hundreds from him...seemingly every single one had that spark of hopefulness and sanguinity that was his marvelous signature.

He will be missed by all....

HaMakom y'nachem etchem b'toch sh'ar a'vaylay Tzion v'Y'rushalayim
[May the Omnipresent comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem]

Posted by CBD at 07:30 AM Comments

Daily Tech News 20 January 2022

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • Disinformation is mostly bullshit. (Harpers)

    If you read the article, note that much of it is biting satire. The point is that most of the claims being made regarding disinformation are themselves disinformation - or more specifically, utterly baseless, pseudoscientific garbage.


  • Not that this is going to stop anyone, or even slow them down much. (ZDNet)

    Australia is demanding to know why Google and Facebook aren't censoring "disinformation" faster.

    While our government is as shitty as America's in this respect and unconstrained by our constitution, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the Big Tech companies that gleefully dug this hole for themselves.


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Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:00 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (1/19/22)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T OregonMuse Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-21-2017)

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It was about this time last evening I received a call from CBD. He had informed me that Oregon Muse had passed on. My sincerest condolences go to his family. I know you lost a great man, husband and father. The Blog has lost a dear friend. And the world lost an intelligent, thoughtful, warm and humorous man.

Although we had never met outside of these "Gray Boxes" I felt I had known him for years. He seemed to be an old friend where we could pick up a conversation which had ended earlier. Good bye Oregon Muse.

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Quick Hits

—Ace

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National Review prides itself on not being too quick to jump on the "crazy" ideas of the "far right." So it takes them 18 months to two years to acknowledge the "crazy" ideas of the "far right" are actually correct. It would be "irresponsible" to endorse these ideas sooner, without a full vetting.

They never seem to acknowledge that their rivals on the "far right" advanced these positions long ago. They always pretend they're first to the market in bravely declaring for these positions.

And they never seem to mind that they've supported the positions of the far left for eighteen months to two years. That doesn't bother them. It's not "irresponsible" to embrace and amplify the claims of the far left for eighteen months to two years before actually getting around to vetting them.

But do send them your money. They're "Fighting For You." They're defending conservatism, conservatively.

A lot of that going around lately.


Super True Conservative and Totally Real Christian Dan Crenshaw referred to Jesus as a "hero archetype" "like Superman," who is then contrasted him to "real characters" like Ronald Reagan, when speaking to the broader media, but says Jesus is the literal son of God only when speaking with Tea Party audiences.

When a young girl (identified here as ten, but I dunno) asked him about this Yasser Arafat mode of speaking to one audience in one way and another audience in another way, he snaps at her, "Don't question my faith."

Sounds like a great epitaph for your political gravestone, Neocon F*ck.

Remember just yesterday he explained why he had done absolutely 100% nothing on behalf of the J6 political prisoners because "that would help me [politically] but not them."

Right, Dan. Right. That would help you politically with all your northeastern corporate donors. I'm sure, I'm sure. And Lord knows political prisoners can never use media attention.

Slimy cowardly scumbag.

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Out: Dan Crenshaw for President

In: Dan Crenshaw for President of NPR

I'm so sick of these guys. They're still working the same script they've worked since 1988 -- sing a few bars of "Eagles, Flags, 'Merica, Trucks and Jesus!" for the two months before an election and then ignore/subvert every single demand of your actual constituents, working assiduously on behalf of the leftist corporate Uniparty.

We.

Aren't.

Buying.

It.

Any.

More,

Scumbags.

An arrest has been made in the case of the 24-year-old LA woman killed for no reason in a furniture store. The killer turns out to be -- get this -- a deranged homeless man who had been previously set free after having been arrested.

He's not white so the media will not care about this story.

Los Angeles police on Wednesday arrested the man they say killed a 24-year-old woman while she worked alone in a furniture store.

The suspect, believed to be homeless, attacked Brianna Kupfer with a knife just before 2 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

He fled through the store's back door and Kupfer's body was soon found on the floor by a customer, police said.

Police on Tuesday identified the suspect as 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith and asked for the public's help in finding him.

On Wednesday, Smith was spotted by a citizen who recognized him from the news and responding officers found him at a bus bench in Pasadena, police said.

Tucker Carlson talked about the willfull degeneration of society last night.

Brianna had texted a friend that she was getting some "really bad vibes" from the perp.

Political correctness is deadly. I'm speculating here, but it seems she knew that this guy posed a threat to her life, but she took no action to save her life -- such as calling the police -- because it wouldn't be PC. It wouldn't be "nice."

It's insane. People are so bombarded with propaganda that you shouldn't judge people that when someone who is looks for all the world a dangerous, violent lunatic menaces them...

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...they suppress their instincts and tell themselves they're bad for thinking that.

The hell with that. Now that government has decided to legalize crime and give mentally-ill criminals free range to hunt the streets, it's on every citizen to protect herself or himself.

Speaking of:

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Because our society is entirely subverted and degenerated and social rank is determined by your willingness to repeat stupid, obvious lies.


A lot of people are Seizing and Pouncing on this denial of a previous report by Nina Totenberg of the New York Times that Sotormayor is staying at home because Neil Gorsuch won't wear a mask at Supreme Court hearings, despite Roberts' request that all the justices do so.

Adam Liptak @adamliptak


NEW: A statement from Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch:

"Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us. It is false. While we may sometimes disagree about the law, we are warm colleagues and friends."

Everyone seems to believe the denials from court personnel. But... eh, don't institutions routinely organize denials like that?

I mean, when there are rumors of feuding between the stars of a TV show and they both deny it to the press, does everyone rush to believe them? Because I don't. I mean, I also don't care very much, but I don't rush to believe them.

Also, I just like the idea of Gorsuch telling this subliterate Disinformation Spreader and Panic-Addicted CNN Super-Viewer, "No, grow up Karen, I won't wear your filthy Fauci rag," so I'm going to continue believing, and I do realize this is weird, Nina Totenberg of the New York Times.

#IBelieveNina.



Tim Pool
@Timcast
Last night a man trespassed on our property, bypassing a large warning sign, and then entered our house.

He entered just after our guests came in confusing our staff.

Anyone entering this way risks serious bodily harm from our dogs and security.

He was promptly removed

And then:

Tim Pool @Timcast

We got Swatted again

He talks about the swatting here.

Isn't it strange the aggressive, criminal Antifa Left feels so much more empowered under Democrat-held DOJs?

The 27th and 28th House Democrat have announced their retirements, amidst what even leftwing propaganda outlet NBC calls an imminent "shellacking" at the midterms.

Two more House Democrats announced Tuesday they would retire from Congress at the end of their terms, bringing the total to 28 amid polls that show President Biden's party in danger of losing its majority.

Rep. James Langevin, an 11-term lawmaker from Rhode Island who serves on the coveted House Armed Services Committee, announced his decision in an op-ed Tuesday.

He said it was 'time for me to chart a new course, which will allow me to stay closer to home and spend more time with my family and friends.

...

His announcement came on the same day California Rep. Jerry McNerney announced he would leave Congress at the end of his term.

...

NBC News cited its latest poll as a predictor in off-year elections where the party controlling the White House is usually at a disadvantage.

'And right now, the arrows are pretty much pointing in the SHELLACKING territory for President Biden and the Democrats as we debut our Midterm Meter, which will use our poll to gauge the overall political environment for the president's party,' the network's 'First Read' wrote.

I missed this: Apparently Nancy Pelosi had even more plastic surgery, this time resulting in her eyebrows migrating somewhere north of Baffin Island.


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"President" (lol) Brandon: If Republicans Question the Legitimacy of an Election, It's Treasonous. But Oh, By the Way, If I Don't Get the Election Laws I Want, the Results of the Midterms Are Illegitimate.

—Ace

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I don't credit leftwing sources when I lift their stuff, so I'm not crediting the Salon and Maggie Haberman fave here.

Remember, we have lived in a regime for a full year in which it has been claimed, quite seriously, that anyone who doubts the legitimacy of the 2020 election is a security risk and potential terrorist.

Democrats are actually attempting to disqualify currently-serving Republican congressmen from running in 2022 based on statements that they doubt the results of 2020.

That is banana-republic, end-of-democracy stuff. But they're doing it anyway, all based on the claim that to question an election is so dangerous we dare not countenance it.


And here's Brandon saying that unless he gets his federal takeover of elections, the results of the midterms are illegitimate, when he loses:

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Posted by Ace at 06:07 PM Comments

Joey Fishsticks "Press" Conference (With Zero Pressing), Part Two

—Ace

We're spending endless minutes on Russia.

This is all to the good of Brandon -- he'd much rather talk in Bullshit Tough-Guy Tones about Russia than his disasters at home. Pivoting to Foreign Policy -- even though he's failing on Foreign Policy, too -- is tactically beneficial for him, because it's the domestic policy failures that are killing him.

Allowing a "president" to talk about foreign policy at least makes him sound "presidential" -- which this flailing, failing incompetent desperately needs right now.

This is all planned by the media. They're deliberately avoiding his gaping, gushing wounds to pick at his scratches.

There have been zero questions -- Z E R O -- about Brandon being warned by liberal Democrat economists and analysts like Larry Summers that Brandon's trillions in stimulus would cause inflation. Brandon ignored this warning and when inflation first started to show up, he denied inflation and claimed it was "transitory" and cited unnamed "experts" who said it was transitory.

Brandon chuckled proudly as he boasted that he'd gotten the biggest spending bill ever through Congress. Zero follow-ups about the costs -- in terms of inflation and real wage reduction -- for his "achievement."

Zero questions on his biggest liability. Forty minutes on something which, while yes, another Brandon failure, people just don't care about.


Look, fat, Joey Fishsticks is claiming, in a Jedi Mind Trick Whisper, that "Five Republican Senators" keep telling him that they want to vote with him but they're afraid, due to the Trumpenfuhrer (who he does not name), that they'd be primaried out of office.

Alas, on this point, I can pretty much believe him!

Joey Fishsticks thinks it's amazing that someone out of office would continue to have a hold on his party -- despite the fact that Obama essentially runs his administration.

Look, fat, Joey Fishsticks is claiming that the majority of his problems are caused by "Republican candidate" (unnamed) who won't say that Brandon won the election and so is undermining all the good things he's doing. He's really claiming this.

As Methos narrates:

Biden is blaming Trump. "One man out of office is controlling the entire party because people are afraid of primaries. I have people tell me they agree with me, but are worried about being primaried. This has to change. How did we get to the point where not a single Republican will agree on a major issue?"

Boy this really bothers him. I can't believe that just short of one half of all legal votes were cast for this asshole.

Look, fat -- I missed this. Earlier, Joey Fishsticks said that a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine would be no big deal and that the US would permit it.

But Trump's a Russian Agent, pass it on.

Gayballz zero-T cant-babbler and Biden Voter has the sadz:

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OMG. He spoke so casually about Russians killing Ukrainians.
Posted by: Jane D'oh

Shut up, Trump is a Russian Agent.


LOOK, FAT: THE ANGRY SENILE YELLER IS HERE!!! HE'S ANGRILY SHOUTING AS HE DENIES THAT HE COMPARED THOSE OPPOSED TO HIS VOTING TAKEOVER BILL TO BULL CONNOR AND GEROGE WALLACE!!!


Look, fat, he's claiming that he pressed the Chinese for transparency on the coronavirus origin, but he can't explain how it was that none of his press office seemed aware that he'd done it (and did not report that he'd pressed the Chinese on this).

James Rosen brings up the elephant in the room: 49% of the public disagrees with the statement that Joey Fishsticks is "mentally fit."

Brandon says that he'll leave that to people to decide, then says he has no idea how people came to doubt his "cognitive fitness" (as Rosen put it).

Literally no other questions on this, one of the most salient and obvious questions.

Look, fat, Can you think of any other president who's done as much in one year?

Brandon's really claiming this.


Look, fat: "I don't believe the polls." Joey Fishsticks announces that he agrees with Sarah Palin -- "polls are made for strippers" -- and blows off question about winning back moderates and independents who disapprove of his performance.

He has said repeatedly he's not changing anything.

Look, fat: The GOP is much more obstructive now than it was under Barack Obama. They were much more interested in working with us then.

That's not what Obama or Brandon were claiming at the time.

Now Brandon is claiming that Republicans have no position on anything -- including... taxes.

Pretty sure they have a position on that. I think he might be referring to Republicans not being in favor of the Tax Cut for the Rich the Democrats are now keen to pass, specifically, undoing Trump's cap of the SALT tax deduction, which only shelters high income taxpayers from blue cities in blue states.


Posted by Ace at 05:06 PM Comments

"President" (lol) Brandon's Slurred, Sundowning Speech

—Ace

Sundown speaking after 4pm?

Bold call.

Let's see how late the Medical Team is in prepping Sundown for this mundane ordeal.

Sundown's almost on time! I guess they know the methamphetamines will wear off in an hour or so, and Brandon will want his palliative ice cream.

I can feel the empathy and compassion already!!!!


"I have a three part plan" -- Ah, the Clinton Special, breaking down an insoluble problem into three smaller insoluble problems!!!!


163 LOOK FAT, THE ECONOMY GREW BY OVER 2%
Posted by: Joe Biden

BIG MEAT!!! We must break up Big Supermarket!

Brandon: "I didn't overpromise. What I did was probably out-perform what anyone thought would happen."

Yeah, that's it, Brandon.

Look, fat, I'm going to pre-emptively call the next election illegitimate even though I also say it's treasonous to do that.

Yes, he just suggested the next election is illegitimate unless he gets the federal takeover he's demanding. Even though the left says that any questioning of an election's integrity is treasonous.

Look, fat, Biden breaks out his Emphasis Whisper to push the lie that "95%" of schools are open. I assume he's including "virtual learning" schools as "open."

Look, fat, I'm gonna impose sanctions like Putin has never seen. One day, maybe.

I remember when Trump merely imposed tough sanctions on Putin and was called a KGB agent for doing so little. Where is the B52 bombing run on Moscow, Tough-Guy?

596 We/ve had frank discussions with Putin: I told him that ballpark franks are the best, hands down. I had Putin shaking. Posted by: WisRich
608 Look fat, this is the best US economy in 200 years and I am the best president in the last 300. Posted by: runner

Joey Fishsticks is now basically begging Putin to be a Nice Guy through the TV.

651 nyt! read that [pre-cleared] question motherf***er Posted by: BifBewalski

Tough-Guy Biden, who's totally not kowtowing to Putin, publicly states that he will not allow Ukraine into NATO and will not put weapons into Ukraine. Which is Putin's demand.

Look, fat, Trump was a Russian Agent because he wasn't sufficiently eager to get into a war for Ukraine, but here I am telling Russia that we're agreeing, prior to actual negotiations, to exclude Ukraine from NATO and preserve it as part of the Soviet sphere of influence.

I don't disagree, but I'd like to stress the absolute dishonesty of Democrat-media (as if there's a distinction) claims that anything less that a commitment to fight a war for Ukraine's independence constituted a "soft on Putin" policy.

775 Both biden & lincoln project supportive of minor incursions - twitter. Posted by: Dr Spank

Look, fat, you're going to have to pay more for gas and, uh, hamburgers now so that in the future you can pay less for, uh, child care and health care.

He's actually claiming this, that somehow his massive inflation will... cause lower prices in non-related sectors of the economy in the future.

Pivot to reassuring Karen.

Biden keeps insisting that his massive spending plans will bring down prices in the future but never explains the theory by which this miracle is supposed to happen.


833 Big Meat and Mitch McConnell.

Those are America's problems.
Posted by: Huck Follywood

Look, fat, Joey Fishsticks is claiming, in a Jedi Mind Trick Whisper, that "Five Republican Senators" keep telling him that they want to vote with him but they're afraid, due to the Trumpenfuhrer (who he does not name), that they'd be primaried out of office.

Alas, on this point, I can pretty much believe him!

Joey Fishsticks thinks it's amazing that someone out of office would continue to have a hold on his party -- despite the fact that Obama essentially runs his administration.

Look, fat, Joey Fishsticks is claiming that the majority of his problems are caused by "Republican candidate" (unnamed) who won't say that Brandon won the election and so is undermining all the good things he's doing. He's really claiming this.

Boy this really bothers him. I can't believe that just short of one half of all legal votes were cast for this asshole.

Look, fat -- I missed this. Earlier, Joey Fishsticks said that a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine would be no big deal and that the US would permit it.

But Trump's a Russian Agent, pass it on.

Gayballz zero-T cant-babbler and Biden Voter has the sadz:

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OMG. He spoke so casually about Russians killing Ukrainians. Posted by: Jane D'oh

Shut up, Trump is a Russian Agent.

As some slack commentators pointed out, this is all to the good of Brandon -- he'd much rather talk in Bullshit Tough-Guy Tones about Russia than his disasters at home. Pivoting to Foreign Policy -- even though he's failing on Foreign Policy, too -- is tactically beneficial for him, because it's the domestic policy failures that are killing him.

This is all planned by the media. They're deliberately avoiding his gaping, gushing wounds to pick at his scratches.

There have been zero questions -- Z E R O -- about Brandon being warned by liberal Democrat economists and analysts like Larry Summers that Brandon's trillions in stimulus would cause inflation. Brandon ignored this warning and when inflation first started to show up, he denied inflation and claimed it was "transitory" and cited unnamed "experts" who said it was transitory.

Zero questions on his biggest liability. Forty minutes on something which, while yes, another Brandon failure, people just don't care about.


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Ray Epps Will Sit For a "More Formal" Chat With the January 6 Committee

—Ace

"More formal," but still not formal.

Ray Epps, the former Arizona Oath Keeper at the center of pro-Trump conspiracy theories related to Jan. 6., intends to sit for a transcribed interview Friday with the select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, his attorney said in a phone interview.

Oh, remember Kinzinger's claim that he "testified" he had no association with the government?

Turns out that was an "informal" chat, so he could say anything with no legal consequences.

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The last meeting was so "informal" they didn't even write down what he'd said -- no record of it. That's why Kinzinger couldn't quote him. There were no quotes.

This newest sit-down will be "more formal" and yet still not formal.

I still don't think they're going to put him under oath.

Posted by Ace at 03:03 PM Comments

Chuck Schumer, Who Controls Whether Tech Monopolies Will Face Anti-Trust Action, Has Daughters Who Work for... Amazon and FaceBook

—Ace

Oh.

Ohhhhhh.

Oh I see now. It's all fake. It's all rigged.

It's all a scam and we're the marks.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is responsible for shepherding antitrust bills that aim to crack down on Big Tech -- and both his children are on the payroll of companies the proposals would seek to rein in, On the Money has learned.

Jessica Schumer is a registered lobbyist at Amazon, according to New York state records. Alison Schumer works at Facebook as a product marketing manager.

Advocates of the legislation fear that the tech companies' ties to Sen. Schumer's children could create a conflict of interest, people close to the matter told On the Money. And they say Schumer's familial connection to the tech companies is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cozy relationships some members of Congress have with the firms.

"When you put together the amount of money Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi made off tech with the fact that leader Schumer's two kids work for giant tech companies, Democrats are going to have a very hard time explaining if major legislation doesn't move forward this session," one progressive operative told The Post.

And I mean, why not point out that Nancy Pelosi continues betting on stocks whose fortunes she controls and has advanced knowledge of, and also that her crooked son is involved in five companies currently being investigated by the feds?

EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Pelosi's son Paul was involved in FIVE companies probed by the feds as shocking paper trail connects him to a slew of fraudsters and convicted criminals

A shocking paper trail shows Nancy Pelosi's son, Paul Pelosi Jr.'s connections to a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers and convicted criminals

A DailyMail.com investigation can reveal that Paul, 52, was involved in five companies probed by federal agencies before, during or after his time there

He joined the board of a biofuel company after it defrauded investors, according to an SEC ruling, and whose CEO was convicted after bribing Georgia officials

Paul was president of an environmental investment firm that turned out to be a front for two convicted fraudsters, documents reveal

He served as vice president of a company previously embroiled in an investigation of scam calls that targeted senior citizens

A medical company Pelosi Jr. worked for was accused of testing drugs on people without FDA authorization, DailyMail.com can reveal

A source close to a firm Nancy's son worked for told DailyMail.com that Pelosi Jr. received $2.8 million of shares allegedly issued as part of a massive $164 million fraud in July 2016

Posted by Ace at 02:11 PM Comments

Nearly Half of All Democrats -- Who Claimed to #Resist Fascism -- Support Actual Internment Camps for the Unvaccinated

—Ace

Internment camps.

Is there ever any doubt that this is where the "anti-fascist" left was always headed?

Democrats were more than twice as likely as other voters to favor harsh government restrictions being placed on unvaccinated people's lives, ranging from fines to loss of child custody, according to a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute.

Forty-eight percent of Democratic voters said the government should be able to fine or imprison those who publicly question the COVID-19 vaccine's efficacy, while only 27% of all voters supported the proposal, according to the poll results.

Fine or imprison people who... question the efficacy of a vaccine whose efficacy has been increasingly questionable.

Fines against those who refuse to take the vaccine were viewed favorably by 55% of Democratic voters and just 19% of Republicans, and 59% of Democrats favored a policy requiring unvaccinated people to stay inside their homes at all times, except for emergencies, the poll found. Seventy-nine percent of Republicans opposed a house arrest policy for unvaccinated people.

Forty-five percent of Democratic respondents favored the government forcing people into "designated facilities" until they get the vaccine -- a measure opposed by 71% of all voters.

A government program using digital devices to track the movements of unvaccinated people and ensure that they are quarantined or socially distancing was opposed by two-thirds of likely voters, but 47% of Democratic respondents supported the idea of such a program.

29% of Democrats support the state taking children away from the unvaccinated people.

The same people who shrieked about "family separation" for illegal border-crossers!

Rasmussen's report on Democrat support for fascism is here.

The survey found that 75% of likely Democratic voters -- but only 21% of Republicans and 38% of unaffiliated voters -- have a favorable opinion of Dr. Fauci. Among other findings of the survey:

-- Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters would oppose a proposal for federal or state governments to fine Americans who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, 55% of Democratic voters would support such a proposal, compared to just 19% of Republicans and 25% of unaffiliated voters.

-- Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democratic voters would favor a government policy requiring that citizens remain confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies, if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Such a proposal is opposed by 61% of all likely voters, including 79% of Republicans and 71% of unaffiliated voters.

-- Nearly half (48%) of Democratic voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. Only 27% of all voters -- including just 14% of Republicans and 18% of unaffiliated voters -- favor criminal punishment of vaccine critics.

-- Forty-five percent (45%) of Democrats would favor governments requiring citizens to temporarily live in designated facilities or locations if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Such a policy would be opposed by a strong majority (71%) of all voters, with 78% of Republicans and 64% of unaffiliated voters saying they would Strongly Oppose putting the unvaccinated in "designated facilities."

-- While about two-thirds (66%) of likely voters would be against governments using digital devices to track unvaccinated people to ensure that they are quarantined or socially distancing from others, 47% of Democrats favor a government tracking program for those who won't get the COVID-19 vaccine.

How far are Democrats willing to go in punishing the unvaccinated? Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democratic voters would support temporarily removing parents' custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine. That's much more than twice the level of support in the rest of the electorate -- seven percent (7%) of Republicans and 11% of unaffiliated voters -- for such a policy.

The more you support Biden, the more you support outright fascism:


President Biden's strongest supporters are most likely to endorse the harshest punishments against those who won't get the COVID-19 vaccine. Among voters who have a Very Favorable impression of Biden, 51% are in favor of government putting the unvaccinated in "designated facilities," and 54% favor imposing fines or prison sentences on vaccine critics. By contrast, among voters who have a Very Unfavorable view of Biden, 95% are against "designated facilities" for the unvaccinated and 93% are against criminal punishment for vaccine critics.


The left really ought to slow their roll on supporting these kind of fascisitic punishments against detested political outgroups because we're listening, we're taking notes, and we're making future plans based on your current ones.

The rules you would make for us are the rules you're writing for yourselves.

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Gallup: Biden Falls to Lowest Approval Yet

—Ace

Just one point shy of Trump's approval -- and Trump had the media making up Russiagate lies about him. Brandon's been supported and lied for by the media.

During his first year in office, an average of 48.9% of Americans approved of the job President Joe Biden was doing. Biden's job approval ratings started relatively strong at 57%, but by September had plunged to 43%. A new Gallup poll finds 40% of U.S. adults approving of the job he is doing, his lowest to date.

Among post-World War II presidents elected to their first term, only Donald Trump had a lower first-year average rating, at 38.4%. Bill Clinton's first-year average was similar to Biden's, but all other first-year presidents averaged 57% or better.

...

After a messy U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August, marred by a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. troops, his approval fell further and has yet to show signs of improvement. In the latest survey, 40% of Americans approve and 56% disapprove of the job he is doing, as the U.S. is plagued by the highest inflation in four decades and another surge of COVID-19 cases, this time fueled by the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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It is in the context of this disaster -- and Biden's last loyal constituency, the press, complaining that they are no longer content to cover up for him while he hides in Delaware -- that Brandon will attempt to "reset" his failed presidency with a press conference in which he will change literally nothing about his disastrous policies.

He'll just rely on his, get this, "empathy and compassion" to win over the public.

Or at least the press.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that "for a long time, we saw that Biden no matter what was given the benefit of the doubt from the American people, who would say, 'He's a good guy. He's trying his best.' "

But Afghanistan, she said, proved to be "his first major hit."

"That was the moment where Biden himself looked callous, uncaring, incompetent, and failed in a key moment of leadership," McDaniel said. "The rest has been attrition by covid and inflation and other things. Right now most Americans are frustrated you can't get a test, you can't get anything you think the Biden administration should have been reasonably prepared for."

'He seems weak'

"Old." "Incoherent." "Lazy." "Sleepy Joe."

These were among the first descriptions that came to mind for 10 suburban women swing voters who gathered late last year for a virtual focus group conducted by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake on behalf of several liberal organizations. The results were reviewed by The Post on the condition of anonymity to protect the identity of the participants and the groups.

Asked to elaborate, the women in the focus group said it seemed like "he's trying," but that Biden shuffles and frequently seems to lose his train of thought. Biden is "wishy-washy" in standing up to his own party, one woman said, explaining that she thought the president seemed more like an actor in a "supporting role."

"He doesn't convey being strong to me," she said. "He seems weak."

Others offered suggestions: "If he needs a nap beforehand, take that, because we need him to be there for us."

In an attempt to overcome such criticism, the administration has begun to change its messaging strategy, allowing Biden to more frequently speak directly to Americans who are struggling, a top official said. Aides believe Biden's capacity for empathy comes through in such appearances.

Are you kidding me? He comes across as what he is, an old, senile, angry and bitter man who has inappropriate outbursts when challenged or inconvenienced in any way.

The press hid his dementia from us. They're continuing to hide it from us.

...

Biden's tone has changed as well. In two high-profile speeches this month -- one to mark the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and the other to push for voting rights legislation -- the president took a more forceful approach, directly challenging Trump and Republicans.

And oh yeah, what a triumph that was. A speech so rancid that even the rancid Dick Durbin had to concede that "maybe it went a bit too far."

The more aggressive posture heartened Democrats who think Biden spent his first year too bogged down in the minutiae of legislating and insufficiently focused on leadership. Some allies griped that Biden -- a senator of nearly four decades -- was behaving more like the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman he once was than the president. Several times, Biden traveled to Capitol Hill to push one of his legislative goals, only to get thwarted by members of his own party.

The Washington Post continues babbling -- they really think that Biden's "tone" in his disastrous Georgia speech was helpful.

It pleased hardcore, bitter-ender leftwing partisans -- like the Washington Post "journalists" spinning for Brandon here.

It alienated key allies (like Manchin and Sinema) and further convinced Americans that Biden was out-of-touch, focused only on his own inside-baseball partisan obsessions, and filled with bitter senile distemper.

Unbelievable:

White House officials and other Democrats also argue that Biden inherited an epic mess from his predecessor and deserves credit for a range of victories, from helping to vaccinate nearly 75 percent of Americans against the coronavirus with at lease one dose and reopening the majority of schools to passing both a $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

"It's important to take stock of where we've come," said Jen O'Malley Dillon, a deputy White House chief of staff. "This isn't a time to, you know, spike the football; there's a lot of work ahead. But there is also just a really strong story to be told about what's happened in this administration over the last year and the president's focus on covid and on the economy and passing legislation to help the American people directly in their lives."

While Brandon continues obsessing over his plan to federalize voting laws, the public has shifted hard to preferring Republicans on the most important issues:

Michael McAdams @M_McAdams


NEW POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll

On the issues that matter most, Republicans hold commanding leads.

R's in Congress are favored over Dems to handle:


The economy (47%-34%)
Jobs (45%-35%)
Immigration (45%-37%)
National Security (49%-32%)

Per that poll, Biden is at 40% approval, 56% disapproval.


The Gallup and Politico polls have brought the RCP average to new lows:

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Tom Bevan @TomBevanRCP

New polls from Gallup and Politico/Morning Consult have driven Biden's job approval to a new low of 40.9% in the RCP Average this morning.

On the same day 4 years ago, Trump's approval was 40.1% and headed upward from his all-time low of 37.0% on December 13. If Biden doesn't improve his standing, Trump's approval rating will eclipse Biden's by the end of January.


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Wednesday Morning Guest Rant: The Press' Mental Slaves [Joe Mannix]

—Open Blogger

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(Last week, people insisted that I needed an ape picture.
This one was recommended. What do you think?)

Friday saw the publication of an article in the Salt Lake Tribune, where the editorial board of the paper argued that the National Guard should be deployed to isolate and freeze out the dread unvaccinated. The general content of this article has already been examined, including by Ace on Monday and I will not rehash it here. These paragraphs, though, stood out to me for a different reason:

... Any move or recommendation to mask up or, when safe and effective vaccines became available, to make vaccination a requirement of admission to public places and society in general was shouted down as an unwarranted imposition on individual freedoms.
So now we are free all right. Free to fend for ourselves. To watch our children lose weeks, months or more of their precious educational opportunities. To wonder whether it is safe to go to work or to the store or to sporting events. To see businesses close for want of employees or lack of customers.

This is a fairly remarkable statement for how it reveals the mindset of the people who call for these policies. Opposition to mandates (not suggestions, as the article states, but mandates) because they curtail freedoms has only given us the freedom to be hurt and afraid and on our own.

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The Morning Report - 1/19/22

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Wednesday and once again the subject of civil war or at the least some sort of national divorce/dissolution has reared its ugly but unavoidable head. The disgusting, vitriolic rhetoric and insults that are borderline blood-libels is not emanating from the pie-hole of some low-life Antifa droog, sprawled out on a louse infected, semen stained, vitrified mozzarella encrusted couch somewhere in CHAZ-topia, making Molotov cocktails for world peace. It is emanating from the pinnacle of American power, the Oval Office (no doubt via a house in Kalorama), and parroted by the aforementioned and far too many individuals that can do a hell of a lot more damage than merely (!) setting a police station or two on fire.

Recently the Washington Post ran an op-ed from three retired generals, Antonio Taguba, an immigrant who had accused America of war crimes during the fight against Islamic terrorists in Iraq, Steven Anderson, a board member of the left-wing VoteVets, and Paul Eaton, a senior VoteVets adviser, urging that the military prepare for a "2024 insurrection" in proper Soviet style.

The three left-wing ex-generals called for "intensive intelligence work" to "identify, isolate and remove potential mutineers" and "guard against efforts by propagandists."

A Commie commissar couldn't have said it any better than Taguba, Anderson, and Eaton.

These "propagandists" and "mutineers" are not the members of the pro-Hillary "Resistance" who pledged to undermine and sabotage the Trump administration in 2016. Nor are they the Democrats who insisted that President George W. Bush was illegitimately elected.

Only conservatives are up for the purge.

Or as Eaton had tweeted before the election, "The empty shirt in the White House deserves your contempt. Aiding and abetting is treason. What American could vote for such a person? I know: a traitor."

This Eaton scum is not an outlier in terms of the highest, and quite possibly even the secondary or tertiary, echelons of command in our military. Barack Obama, like Stalin in the late 30s and Hitler after Stalingrad and for sure after July '44, purged their militaries of the most competent officers and replaced them with ass-kissing sycophants and like-minded ideologues. Those two did it primarily because they were paranoid. The dog-eater did it as an act of willful sabotage that, in the cold light of day, is arguably the greatest act of treason against the national security of this nation since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's atomic betrayal. Possibly worse.

Now cue Joey Soft-Serve, via the estimable Salena Zito:

Speaking Tuesday at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, Biden uttered venomous, brutal accusations lacking factual basis. His shouting-in-the-wind delivery was inexplicable, and his decision to lash out at members of his own party -- Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) -- appears to have only strengthened their resolve not to give in to his demands.

Biden called those who disagree with his political views on legislation "domestic enemies." He compared them to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and former Alabama Democratic Party committeeman and ardent, violent segregationist Bull Connor. In American politics, that is about as divisive as one can get -- at least he didn't mention Hitler. . .

. . .You don't warn a nation that a winter of "severe illness and death" is coming for the unvaccinated because your aim is to bring people together; those words are intended as a threat and a slight, just like his resurrection of George Wallace in last week's speech to score cheap political points.

Look all around you; since last January this junta has been flailing, failing and is desperate. But the unvarnished truth is that all of that is not the reason that they have been spouting the eliminationist rhetoric against us. As an aside, mentioned yesterday by Ace, Paul "the forehead" Begala ripped into his own base by claiming "Democrats don't have bad leaders, they have bad followers." In any case, the hatred flowing from the Left has always been there. They have always wanted to subjugate or eradicate those of us whom they could not subjugate. See Larry Grathwohl discussing Bill Ayers.

But that was back in the early 70s. We're not talking about a group of violent subversives fantasizing about a "final solution" to the freedom problem while on the lam from the, heh, FBI (the irony). We're now talking about a sizeable chunk of our allegedly fellow citizens as well as the government, the bureaucracy, the courts, quite astonishingly the not-so-much-anymore private sector and, yet again, law enforcement and the military.

The US Army is set to conduct a "guerrilla warfare exercise" later this month in North Carolina where troops will battle against "freedom fighters."

Yes, really.

The two week "unconventional warfare exercise" will take from from Jan. 22-Feb. 4 on privately owned land in a remote location which remains unknown.

"Called Robin Sage, the exercise serves as a final test for Special Forces Qualification Course training and it places candidates in a politically unstable country known as Pineland," reports the Charlotte Observer.

"These military members act as realistic opposing forces and guerrilla freedom fighters, also known as Pineland resistance movement," said the the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center. . .

. . . The exercise will do little to dampen concerns that the Biden [junta] is launching a de facto 'domestic war on terror' targeting patriots and Trump supporters.

Following the January 6 Capitol riot, Democrats ludicrously compared the events to September 11 in an attempt to justify using federal resources that would normally be focused on actual terrorists against American conservatives.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department created a new "specialized unit focused on domestic terrorism" in response to an "elevated" threat from violent extremists in the United States.

So, Waukesha and Colleyville, along with the Burning, Looting & Murdering that took place over the course of months in the wake of George Floyd dying while resisting arrest are to be spun as mostly peaceful displays of patriotism, or failing that, altogether ignored. Yet, mere verbal opposition to anything and anyone of, by and for the Left is tantamount to insurrection and treason - even when these alleged acts of insurrection and treason are manufactured by the junta itself to further their agenda of political oppression. No doubt in my mind that what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021 was pre-planned and executed by the FBI in collusion with the DC police and possibly at the behest of or with the tacit approval beforehand of Democrat Party leadership. The detainees now rotting away in the Garland Archipelago were merely unlucky or foolish enough to walk into the set-up.

Where does all of this leave us?

Regime propaganda is so ubiquitous that even if, like me, you make no effort to seek it out and even take steps to avoid it, you can't help but notice that our masters have fastened onto a new narrative: the coming "civil war."

This was the crux of all the maudlin, dishonest January 6 retrospectives, of several "think pieces," and at least three new books: America is facing a second civil war and it will be started by the Right.

Really? With what? In one of his more lucid moments, Joe Biden himself noted that the disaffected on the Right have no chance of taking on the United States government without F-15s and nukes. Like the blind squirrel finding a nut, the old man was onto something. The government's overwhelming advantages in technology, firepower, manpower, money, transportation, supply networks, surveillance tools and much else would be so lopsided as to make the military buzzword "asymmetric" a grim joke. Think, instead, Bambi versus Godzilla. . .

. . . Psy-ops can have many objectives, demoralization being the most common. But they can also be used to prep the ground for other operations, to create opportunities that otherwise might not present themselves.

That's what's going on now. The regime wishes to crush all actual and potential opposition. To do this, it needs to criminalize dissent. But doing that runs against the letter and spirit of the great charters of American liberty, and against the grain of the American character. To do what they want to do requires changing public opinion. Or, more specifically, it requires wearing down Americans' inborn resistance to censorship and political persecution . . .

. . . The truth is that for the last 50 years, and accelerating greatly over the last 10, America's elites have relentlessly divided the country, strip-mined its institutions, leeched its wealth, and attacked a large portion of its people. Those actions, taken together, may be said to be almost a recipe for civil war. Perhaps the smarter elites have concluded that such a war is now inevitable and they want to get a jumpstart on assigning blame. A cynical person (not me!) might wonder if civil war is not exactly what the ruling class wants and is trying to provoke.

We might therefore analogize every fresh provocation to those feds who apparently entrapped some very imprudent men into trying to kidnap the governor of Michigan. They want you not just to talk about civil war, but to begin taking concrete actions that they can insist are preludes to war. Then they will have free rein to impose ever more censorship, surveillance, no-knock raids, computer and records seizures, asset confiscation, frivolous (but deadly serious) criminal charges, endless pretrial detention, and draconian sentences for misdemeanors and non-crimes.

Excellent essay as usual by Michael Anton, but it does beg the question, considering all the forces arrayed against us and the absolute undeniable fact that those forces absolutely stole the 2020 election, given that no doubt they will try that again - and that sadly the party that allegedly is the opposition to it is mostly in bed with them - what do we do?

We have effectively been overthrown and now it's a matter of the junta attempting to consolidate power and cement the overthrow. They already have scores if not hundreds of innocent Americans rotting away in the Garland Archipelago as "insurrectionists" and "white supremacists."

I am not advocating violence at all. But unless and until some massive movement akin to Solidarnosc organically happens, we are slouching our way into becoming East Germany. The vast majority of real Americans have more important things to do - like work and care for their families - than to take to the streets and do the BLM/Antifa boogaloo.

That said, with the economy fast becoming the bastard child of Weimar Germany and Zimbabwe, a mass economic upheaval that makes Black Tuesday and 2008 look like a blip might be the black swan event (although anyone with eyes to see can predict it coming) that sends people into the streets.

The reaction of the junta and its base that already want to send the unvaccinated into concentration camps (or worse) is what worries me. Is all of this avoidable? Possibly, but given everything we've been through and the current trajectory, less and less likely with each passing day.

Whatever happens, I could care less what their narrative is; if blood is shed, it is all on the Left. If there is neither a civil disengagement nor G-d forbid an actual shooting civil war, then it won't necessarily be because we have been rounded up by police or military forces. It will be because those who we thought were our fellow citizens will be the enforcers.

Almost half of Democratic voters -- 48 percent -- think the government should be able to fine or imprison individuals "who publicly question the efficacy of the existing [Chinese] COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications."

This is not the most astonishing finding of a poll just released by Rasmussen. Let's go through the relevant points: Nearly the same percentage of Democratic voters -- 47 percent -- think the government should be able to put a tracking system, like an ankle monitor or a locked collar, on people who refuse the vaccine. And 45 percent favor putting the unvaccinated in camps. Camps.

More than half of Democratic voters -- 55 percent -- think people who refuse the vaccine should be fined. Fifty-nine percent favor confining all unvaccinated people to their homes. More than a quarter of Democratic voters -- 29 percent -- think that the government should be able to confiscate the children of unvaccinated parents . . .

Is any of this Nazi enough for you yet? You are living next door to the people who would have turned you over to the Comite de salut public for opposing the "Law of Suspects" -- the law that authorized the arrest of all suspected enemies of the Revolution and ushered in the Reign of Terror. You are living next door to the people who would have turned you over to the NKVD for "moral sabotage of the Soviet Union." You are living next door to the people who would have called up the Gestapo and said, "My neighbor is hiding a Jew."

First it's vaccines. Then it's questioning the approved number of genders. Or the legitimacy of the 2020 election. And on and on.

Nightmare fuel, my fellow babies.

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    ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

  • "The Wag The Dog scenario looms larger as the Biden vortex deepens."
    Biden Needs a War. Don't Give Him One.
  • Michael Anton: "Psychological operations can have many objectives, demoralization being the most common. But they can also be used to create opportunities that otherwise might not present themselves."
    The "Civil War" Psy-Op
  • "Your Democrat neighbors won't be ordered to vote for laws that ostracize you from society, steal your property, or send you away to a concentration camp. They will do it burning with pride."
    The Nazi Next Door
  • "Advocates of the legislation fear that the tech companies' ties to Sen. Schumer's children could create a conflict of interest, people close to the matter told On the Money. And they say Schumer's familial connection to the tech companies is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cozy relationships some members of Congress have with the firms." (this one link just crystallizes the rot that is our government and the even more rotten souls of our alleged leaders - jjs)
    Cuck Schemer's Meesekeit Daughters Work for Amazon, Facebook as He Holds Power Over Antitrust Bill

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Daily Tech News 19 January 2022

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

  • Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. (PC Perspective)

    In cash.

    Activision has been around since 1980 and is the publisher of classic titles such as Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Jackal Assault VR Experience. Blizzard was for years a license to print money with Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft, then they got woke and went broke.

    I don't know if Microsoft can turn the beleaguered company around, but if anyone can do it, it's them, because they are still motivated by good old-fashioned greed - they don't even bother to pretend they are doing things for your own good.


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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (1/18/22)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"The streets were just empty. I had expected that they would be accustomed to the cold and there would be everyday life happening in the streets, but instead people were very wary of the cold." New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple


Quote II

“Well, I’ll help you. Put a period after Jesus and don’t question my faith.” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)


Quote III

Clearly, by its inaction, America is revealing its refusal to risk its own security in a war with Russia over a Ukraine whose sovereignty and territorial integrity are not vital U.S. interests sufficient to justify war with the largest country on earth with its huge arsenal of nuclear weapons. Patrick J. Buchanan


Quote IV

“More and more businesses are moving to productivity focused strategies to enable them to reduce worker hours without reducing pay.

“We are excited by the growing momentum and interest in our pilot program and in the four-day week more broadly." Joe O’Connor, pilot programme manager for 4 Day Week Global

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Splash Landing Cafe

—Ace

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Poor dog thinks he's ugly!

Rainbow seen from elevation is almost a complete circle.

ICYMI, the Penguin Uber Taxi clip, with the story. The penguin had jumped on the boat to escape a seal lion. They drove the boat around to bring him back to his friends.

It was all just a wonderful dream... or was it???

Invasion of the sea otters.

Dog is literally rolling the first ball of a snowman.

Possibly cute, or she's the anti-Christ.


Inman: Looter fail.

Karen uses Sith Force Push, which is countered by Taser Lightning.

Karen's just not having a good day today.


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Quick Hits

—Ace

Karol Markowicz made me literally LOL trolling Parkland troll Fred Guttenberg. It's seriously funny.


Leftwing dullard and Disinformation pusher Sonia Sotomayor is refusing to attend Supreme Court hearings in person because Neil Gorsuch refuses to humor her by wearing a useless face-doiley.

She's diabetic and a badly-misinformed leftwing Karen who apparently watches CNN, so she demands everyone join her in Mask Theater. Roberts asked the other justices to go along with her charade and wear masks.

Gorsuch said, "No."

Legend.


Say, why did "President" (lol) Brandon speculate about Kyle Rittenhouse's motive (for self defense!), but refuse to speculate about why a radical Muslim with a history of anti-semitic ravings took Jews hostage?

That's weird, isn't it?

On Sunday, Joe Biden acknowledged the Texas synagogue hostage situation, dubbing the incident an "act of terror," but refused to "speculate" on Akram's motives when asked about it by reporters.

"No, I don't. I -- there's speculation, but I'm not going to get into that. I will -- I'm going to have a press conference on Wednesday, and I'll be happy to go into detail of what I know in detail at that time," Biden said in a press conference Sunday.

The now-dead hostage-taker was identified as Malik Faisal Akram, and he demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a jihadi known as "Lady al Qaeda."

Just like the FBI, Biden seems intent on "whitewashing" Akram's motives. Akram only targeted a synagogue. I wonder what his motives were.

This insistence on pretending that Akram's motives are unknown is troubling but not surprising. So much of this incident doesn't fit the preferred narrative of the political left.

But it wasn't all that long ago that Joe Biden was very willing to speculate the motives of Kyle Rittenhouse--who shot and killed two people in self-defense during the Kenosha riots--and label him a white supremacist without any proof whatsoever.

Jim Geraghty points out that if the government continues denying the obvious motive behind radical Muslims' attack, it gives rise to the equally-obvious conclusion that radical Muslims are so dangerous that we must only whisper about them, for fear of provoking them further.

Who, or what, is served by contending that it is impossible to know the true motive of a gunman who attacks a synagogue and takes hostages and demands the release of a convicted al-Qaeda operative? Why is it so vertoben to say "jihadism" or "support for al-Qaeda and Islamist terror groups"? Why were authorities so reluctant to say antisemitism was a motive, as if the gunman had chosen to target a synagogue at random?

Is it that authorities are now so afraid of being accused of inciting anti-Muslim hate crimes that they are reluctant to acknowledge the obvious?

The quickest and easiest way to convince people that the threat of jihadism is much, much worse than they thought is for law-enforcement authorities to appear as though they're hiding something or afraid to speak the truth.

Jim Treacher realizes, Hey, maybe only white people can commit "hate crimes."

Have you ever noticed how crime is only racially motivated when it's committed by a white person? According to our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press, anyway. They're very devoted to Critical Race Theory and whatnot, so they just love it when white folks do bad things. "See? There's your proof! White people really are to blame for all the world's ills!"

He notes the case of a deranged homeless man who threw an Asian woman into the path of an oncoming subway train, murdering her.

Why wasn't this murder made national news and the centerpiece of another #StopAsianHate campaign?

Well, you know why. Because he perp wasn't white -- the only race which can commit a hate crime.

He's black, so the murder is officially recorded as Committed by an SUV.

Is it that only white people can commit hate crimes, or that only white people can commit crimes of any kind, period?

Because: when is the last time you saw a crime committed by a perp of any race other than white get more than 24 hours of attention in the press controlled by the Media Faction?


NYC Mayor Eric Adams, who ran on restoring law and order to New York but who seems to be as bad as Di Blasio, isn't so upset about the umteenth brutal attack in the subways -- and yet another person being pushed into the path of an oncoming train -- but about the "perception" of violence.

Brand-new New York City Mayor Eric Adams says there's an unfair "perception of fear" about subway crime, just one day after another random murder on the city's "safe" subway system.

Mentally ill homeless ex-con Simon Martial was arrested Saturday for the murder of 40-year-old consultant Michelle Go, whom he pushed in front of an oncoming subway train.

"Yeah, because I'm God," Martial shouted at reporters while being removed by police. "Yes, I did. I'm God, I can do it."

Martial had turned himself in to police just minutes after the murder, following a subway ride of his own.

...

Subway crime -- as well as all serious crime -- has been on the rise in New York City for the past two years.

Nevertheless, "New Yorkers are safe on the subway system," Adams told reporters.

"I think it's about 1.7 percent of the crimes in New York City that occur on the subway system. Think about that for a moment. What we must do is remove the perception of fear."

It wasn't a "perception" that pushed Michelle Go to her death in front of an oncoming subway train, Mr. Mayor.

I've mentioned before a video of a woman who brings an extra long belt with her into the subways, which she uses to secure herself to pillars -- so that she can't be pushed into the tracks.

But yeah, we just have to worry about "the perception of fear," and not the fact that New York City is now basically an open-air asylum for mentally ill drug addicts. Oh, and of course: A safe haven for criminals where most crime is now legal.

A 24/7 Purge District.


Oh -- just in. More "Perception of Fear" as terrified women take cover beyond the turnstiles as another lunatic paces, screams, and menaces along the subway platform.

NYC subway travel 2022: Straphangers wait on the WRONG SIDE of turnstiles to protect themselves from screaming man and being pushed off platform after spate of track shove attacks

Three women riders were met with a menacing, screaming man on Tuesday morning at the 23rd Street Station in Manhattan

Jennifer Smith, 29, who has lived in the area for two years, and two other women had to stand behind the turnstiles as he paced the platform

Smith also told DailyMail.com that she, and the other women, had to rush onto the train once it arrived to avoid him

New Mayor Eric Adams, 61, has been preaching to New Yorkers that the subways are 'safe' and the only real terror is the 'perception of fear'

Adams changed Tuesday, saying that he also is fearful on the subways and does not feel safe riding

Subway crimes have been an ongoing problem throughout the pandemic and are already up more than 65 per cent in 2022

Yeah we'll all just "Shelter in Place" so that the unmedicated mentally ill can freely menace the streets.


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Kebum @tgrdad

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Oh my! A drive-by shouting! Thoughts and prayers.

Republican Senators are demanding that Education Secretary Cardona detail his role in setting up the pretext of the Domestic Terrorist letter the NSBA sent to the DOJ, at his request.

Two dozen Republican senators are calling on Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to explain his role in soliciting a letter from the National School Boards Association that compared school parents to domestic terrorists.

An email released this week showed that an association official told a colleague that Cardona asked the group to write the Sept. 29 letter that urged President Joe Biden to use the FBI to investigate threats made against school board members. The letter was the catalyst for Attorney General Merrick Garland's decision to form a federal task force to track school board threats across the country.

...

A group of senators, led by Tim Scott (R., S.C.), on Thursday asked Cardona what role he played in crafting the letter.

"While we knew early on that White House staff were complicit in the creation of this letter, it is only recently that information has surfaced implicating you and your office in this shameful episode," the senators wrote.

They also asked Cardona if he received instruction from the White House regarding the letter.

Paul Begala, a fossilized se'enhead spin-merchant from the mists of the Clinton Administration, has some bold spin on Brandon's behalf.

It's not that the Democrat Party has bad leaders, you see.

No.

It's that the Democrat Party has bad... followers.

Begala responded by saying that the problem isn't the Democratic leadership. Instead, it's the children who are wrong.

"Well, he got infrastructure passed and that's a good thing because success can breed success," Begala said. "He is putting the full force of the presidency behind it. I think the problem for the Democrats right now is not that they have bad leaders. They have bad followers, ok?"

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True Conservative Superhero Dan Crenshaw: I Have No Power to Help the January 6 Political Prisoners and I Won't Even Bring Attention to Their Plight Because That Would Just be "A Performance" That Helps Me But Not Them

—Ace

Actually, you won't do it because it would help them and hurt you, Dannie, which the crowd immediately grasps.

Coward. Liar. Grifter.

Neoliberal corporate tool.

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