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May 25, 2022

FDA's Top Official Will Acknowledge They Did Not Even Begin Discussing For the Impending Baby Formula Crisis Until Mid-February-- and Did Nothing About It Until the Last Several Weeks

—Ace

The Adults Are Back in Charge, Baby.

The FDA's top official will acknowledge a string of failures that contributed to the current infant formula shortages when he faces lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

In their prepared testimony released Tuesday evening, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and several senior officials for the first time lay out a timeline of the agency's response to reports last fall that infants had been hospitalized after consuming formula made at an Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Mich. ...


Up until now, however, FDA officials declined to comment on why it took months between the first report of a bacterial infection linked to the plant last September, their inspection this winter, which turned up a range of food safety problems, and the recall. But the new details aren't likely to tamp down the criticism of the agency, rather, they are already fueling further outrage from lawmakers.


"The FDA, at every step of this process, dropped the ball," Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, told POLITICO in an interview about the new details revealed in the testimony. "It put infants at risk."

The FDA timeline laid out in the prepared testimony acknowledges the FDA didn't hold interagency discussions about potential supply chain disruptions until Feb. 14, three days before the Abbott Nutrition plant at the center of the current shortages shut down and issued a formula recall. And the agency didn't notify the Agriculture Department, which oversees a critical federal nutrition program that purchases about half of the nation's infant formula, about potential disruptions until a week before the Abbott plant shut down. The program, known as WIC, serves 1.2 million infants from low-income families. Abbott supplies nearly half of all infant formula provided through WIC state contracts.

The testimony also blames "mailroom issues" for the fact that senior FDA officials, including Woodcock and FDA's top food safety official, Susan Mayne, did not receive hard copies of the whistleblower report from last October detailing alarming concerns about the Abbott plant, including poor food safety practices and that officials there had falsified documents and intentionally information from FDA inspectors. The FDA did not interview the whistleblower until December.


According to Califf's testimony, Woodcock and Mayne eventually received the whistleblower report via email from another FDA staffer on Feb. 14, three days before the recall. The agency says copies of the whistleblower report sent to Mayne and another FDA official were found in the FDA's mailroom in May, but officials have yet to locate the copy sent to Woodcock. It was "likely due to COVID-19 staffing issues" and "a mailroom analysis is underway," the prepared remarks state.

...

DeLauro was not satisfied with the agency's explanation for its slow response to the whistleblower report. "Take responsibility. If you are the director, if you are the acting director, then you have to know what the hell is going on," said DeLauro, who has criticized the FDA for allowing Woodcock to also lead the internal review of its response.

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Califf's testimony also addresses why it took the FDA until the end of January to begin its inspection of Abbott's Sturgis plant, despite receiving warnings last fall.

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Despite the delays detailed in the timeline, the testimony argues that FDA "since the first day...has worked tirelessly with U.S. government partners to mitigate the supply chain disruption for both regular and specialty formulas." But lawmakers have questioned why it wasn't until May 16 that the FDA and Abbott agreed on a deal to reopen the Sturgis plant.

So it was shut down for months -- with no plan for reopening it, and no plan for what would replace the supply of baby formula it was supplying.

White House and USDA officials have privately complained about the FDA's decision not to warn other parts of the administration earlier, while allowing the situation to grow into a food security crisis for American families and a political crisis for President Joe Biden, just months ahead of the November midterms.

Oh, the White House is complaining about the political aspect of it, not the fact that babies might literally die from malnutrition, or face permanent developmental losses.

Unrelated: Media "journalists" conspire with Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke to allow him a place at a press conference to "confront" Greg Abbott.

Obviously the "journalists" should be stripped of any official credentials and never permitted on state grounds again, and the media organizations they work for banned as well.

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King Harv Imperial Coffee

Overly Elaborate Backyard Cafe

—Ace

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Annecy, France
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Well-mannered dog doesn't want to make you feel weird by staring at your food. At least, not when you're looking at him.

Kitten enjoys jumping out to scare boy.

Squirrel enjoying a backyard slide.

Lucid swimming.

Two cool soccer goals achieved by trickeration: the Phantom Striker and the Okey-Dokey Pokey.

The rescuers.

Owlkitty Park.

Dog taking care of her puppies, who are ducklings.

Company dropped by for breakfast.

Dogs just want to help.

The Transformers aesthetic comes to yacht design. Note it's just a design; it's a CGI video.

Monkey buffet.

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Democrats Ponder: What Are We Going to Do About Biden?

—Ace

The difficult conversation many families have at some point about Pop-Pop.

Democrats are having that discussion about Biden now.

They're not sure if he's serious about running again in 2024 or just blathering and bullshitting and blustering like he usually does, and they're pretty sure they want him to just be blathering and bullshitting and blustering. They're pretty sure they don't want an 82-year-old running for president, when the 79-year-old version is already in steep decline.

But they're not sure what their backup plan would be.

On a Tuesday evening in April, nearly half a century after Joe Biden first publicly mused about running for president, an unsettled cross section of the Democratic Establishment assembled at Pinehurst, a golf resort in North Carolina. Inflation was at a 40-year high, Biden's disapproval rating sat at 56 percent, and editors at the New York Times were readying a front-page report about how his signature achievement -- $1.9 trillion in coronavirus-relief spending -- has "barely registered with voters." The lobbyists, donors, staffers, and elected officials were gathering for the spring policy meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, and the scheduled sessions concerned such topics as health care and diversity in governance. But between panel discussions, in the hallways and at the cocktail reception on the lawn, conversation shifted from grim -- the midterms -- to grimmer: the state of the party's planning for 2024, when Biden will stand for reelection on the eve of his 82nd birthday.

Biden hasn't formally announced his campaign for a second term, but in his mind there's no question he's running. "That's my expectation," he said early in his tenure. "Yes!" he told an interviewer nine months later, sighing a little performatively at having to keep repeating it. "It's been his life," says one of his longtime advisers. "It's like a shark that keeps swimming. It's how he stays alive." Or as another top Democrat puts it, "He was told in '16 he couldn't cut it. He runs in '20 and everybody rolls their eyes, and he still wins. So why in the world now would he be like, 'You guys are right. I am old'?" And yet many of the plugged-in Democrats wandered Pinehurst not entirely persuaded, calculating contingencies: If Biden's health turned, or if his polling truly collapsed, which of the party's governors might step up and save them from electoral ruin -- and the nightmare of a Trump comeback?

The article discusses a few possible alternative candidates -- including Governor Pritzker of Illinois and Governor Murphy of NJ (???). And Bernie Sanders, who's announced he's running again.

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In the past few months[,] many of the Democratic Party's biggest donors -- even as they pledge to back Biden's reelection in earnest -- have quietly started to poke around for alternatives in 2024, partly out of a sense of responsibility just in case Biden steps aside. Several have bombarded Obama's old associates with pleas for insight into some sort of top-secret real plan that must exist for the next presidential contest.

There is no substantial precedent for the volume of questions about Biden's future. His inner circle's insistence that his doldrums will pass, that there's no cause for concern, is of little reassurance even to some close allies in the party. One person who fits this description has tried casually mapping out ways Biden could get away with avoiding a reelection bid without losing face, if it comes to that, such as insisting he is too busy to campaign because he's trying to prevent Russia's invasion of Ukraine from turning into World War III. But the ally hasn't gotten anywhere. As this person puts it, "The fumes from the paint in the White House are pretty strong."

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Imagining an alternative is far from just a D.C. parlor game. Only three in ten Americans think Biden will seek a second term, according to a recent Wall Street Journal poll. That survey also revealed that even among Democrats, a group that likes and approves of Biden in general, fewer than half are sure the president is planning on round two and a third outright think he isn't. Biden can't discredit the findings; the data was gathered in part by the research firm led by his own pollster, John Anzalone. More troubling -- because it indicates that such doubts aren't just about transitory twitches in popularity -- is that similar skepticism arose in a series of private focus groups conducted by left-leaning organizations supportive of Biden last year. And that was before his approval ratings started to approach Trumpian lows.

This untenable state of affairs -- in which Biden insists he wants the job until he's 86 but much of his party won't listen -- is only partially a by-product of his not yet officially declaring his candidacy. (He's following the traditional timeline, in which the incumbent relaunches after the midterms.) It's partly because of Biden's own occasional hedges: With family tragedies and two brain aneurysms in his past, he has always allowed that he might step aside if his health declined or if "fate intervened." But its origins may also be traced precisely to March 9, 2020, when Biden pitched Democratic voters on a certain vision of the future.

One bit of analysis that was news to me was the idea that, if Biden doesn't run, or can't run, then Kamala Harris is the front-runner.

I assumed that Kamala Harris was all done. I assumed that she'd be allowed a Courtesy Run at the presidency, and then would be ushered out of the contest early, just a little less early than she'd been forced out of the 2020 primaries.

This article says no: She's the odds-on favorite to win the primary if Biden doesn't run.

The reason? The same reason Biden won in 2020. She's popular with the mainstays of the Democrat primary electorate, black voters.

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Harris has never let anyone doubt that she expects Biden to seek a second term, and she has made no moves to set up a contingency campaign. She has effectively ceased to have contact with many of the highest-ranking advisers to her own 2020 bid. Yet if Biden did step aside, Harris would start the succession contest as the clear front-runner. A Politico newsletter recently pointed out that 27 surveys have tested the prospect of a Biden-free primary in the past year, and Harris has led 21 of them. (The remaining six were led by Michelle Obama, who is perhaps less likely to run than her constitutionally ineligible husband.), Underwater or not at the national level, Harris's popularity among Black voters in particular may make her impossible to beat in a primary -- which Biden, who won largely on the strength of his own relationship with Black voters, especially in South Carolina, knows as well as anyone.

This makes sense, I guess; it's just insane. It's insane that Kamala Harris is actually Positioned for Success to be the Democrat Party's nominee for president in 2024.

I mean, it's great for us.

The only thing that would be better for us is if the Great White Dope also ran -- Pete Bootyjudge, so beloved by the White Leftist Gentry class -- and turned the Democrat primary into a real race vs. race and class vs. class battle royale.

Last fall, a rumor started to spread within the West Wing. Some of Transportation Secretary Buttigieg's 2020 donors and fund-raisers had started to meet privately to debate his future and map out a possible path toward the presidency -- perhaps as early as the next election. The whispers were mostly true, if sometimes egregiously overstated.... As Insider prepared to reveal the meetings' existence in October, Buttigieg's staff warned the White House the story was coming, and some of his supporters went on record to clean up the mess: These donors were freelancing without his knowledge, and he had no thoughts of running for president.

Sure, sure. He's keeping in touch with his donors and his PAC is still accepting donations.


The article also notes that Elizabeth Warren is still running -- never stopped, in fact -- as is Amy Kobuchar and Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna is somehow in the mix now too.

The article finishes up by making the riotous claim that those who know Biden best -- that is, the people most expected to lie for him -- are the most insistent that he's healthy as a horse and hasn't lost a step.

The article also revivifies the long-dead claim that his verbal struggles are just due to a "stutter."

The consensus of people who deal with Biden in person, from aides to journalists to senators, is that he has shown no signs of slowing down mentally and that the clips frequently circulated by right-wing media personalities of his momentarily struggling to speak are nothing new -- just examples of his lifelong stutter and his (long notorious within Washington) difficulty with teleprompters.

Weird how his "lifelong stutter" only showed itself when he hit the ripe old age of 76 and also never actually exhibits itself as a stutter at all, but rather as a slur or as saying the wrong thing or as making up completely invented nonsense words.

But never as an actual stutter with repeated syllables.

To think anything else, the Biden faithful argue, is to fall for Republican misinformation. To take one bad-faith example, Senator Tom Cotton recently tweeted a video of Biden stumbling badly over the word kleptocracy during an address about Ukraine. Biden closed his eyes and tried to recover, landing on "the guys who are the kleptocracies" and laughing ruefully. They were some of the only garbled moments in a long speech, but the video gathered more than 3.4 million views within four days.

Many of Biden's backers are taking solace in the idea that his own unpopularity is more structural than personal.

Fun fact: Biden cannot say the word "structural." He cannot say any word with multiple consonants in a row. He makes up a new word with fewer consonants. So he would say "structural" as "shructal" or something.

Because of his stutter, see.

My fear, and my prediction, actually, is that when Biden doesn't run -- and he won't -- we'll see a darkhorse billionaire enter the race. Maybe Bloomberg again. Maybe Bill Gates. Maybe that idiot from Starbucks.

I think people take false comfort in the idea that the left would never accept these arch capitalists as their standard-banners. First of all, the hard left has now fully fused with the neocon pseudoright; it's now accepted it is the party of the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor. It makes no bones about the fact that it is the Party of Wealth. It's proud about that. It frequently brags about that.

The left is evolving a new catechism that works something like this: You're not really a plutocrat if you believe in global warming and a Woman's Right to Choose and that Trans Women Are Women.

Second of all, when the left is scared -- and they are very very scared of Trump, and just as scared of DeSantis -- they will run to any champion they think can save them.

They all hated Biden, too, or at least disliked him. But they thought he could beat the Bad Orange Man, so they got behind him. As Hillary told the Democrat troops in 2004, I think: You don't have to fall in love, you just have to fall in line.

And they will fall in line.


Posted by Ace at 05:16 PM Comments

Schumer Won't Schedule Gun Control Votes

—Ace

He says it's because he doesn't have Republican votes, but the more immediate problem is that he doesn't have all of the Democrat votes.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told colleagues on the Senate floor Wednesday that he will not immediately bring gun control measures to the floor in the wake of two mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, because he doesn't expect them to muster enough Republican votes to pass.

Instead, the Democratic leader said he will wait for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other members of his caucus to try to negotiate a bipartisan compromise with Republicans on a measure that has a better chance of securing 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, various moderate Democrats, and Democrats seeking election in November, are cool to the idea of the typical Democrat gun confiscation program.

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Posted by Ace at 04:04 PM Comments

FBI: We Totally Stopped Another Terror Attack, You Guys

—Ace

FBI: We totally disrupted a completely real ISIS plot against George W. Bush by a real ISIS terrorist that we totally didn't set up ourselves so we could get a positive headline and Demonstrate Value in the DENNIS system.

Tom Winter @Tom_Winter

NBC News: Shihab Ahmed Shihab, of Columbus, OH, is in custody after the FBI says he wanted to smuggle 4-6 individuals from Iraq into the United States through the Mexico border to kill former president George W. Bush, court documents and law enforcement officials say.


MORE: Shihab allegedly wanted to conduct the attack on Bush in the name of ISIS.

At all times, court documents show, Shihab was talking to a FBI confidential informant and under some form of surveillance, meaning the physical threat to Bush was low.

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Oh, Fusion Ken contributed? Gold standard. Now I believe.

Notice the wording here: First of all, he "wanted" to do these thing. It does not say he took actual actions likely to result in these things happening.

Also notice he was "talking to a confidential FBI informant." Just one?!?! What, is the FBI facing a staffing crunch? Why not a dozen?

To get a conspiracy conviction, you only have to establish two things: One, an agreement with another person that a crime should be committed. Note that you yourself don't have to agree to commit the crime; you can agree that your co-conspirator (or your FBI Informant) should commit the crime.

The other thing required, to prove that this isn't merely hot talk and gassy dreams without real intent, is proof that you've undertaken some overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy. But that "overt act" can be very minor and completely non-criminal. It could be something as minor as "I googled George Bush's home address."

Back during Bush's term, the FBI would sometimes admit these plots were "mainly aspirational." Are they no longer categorizing them in that way? Is every "plot" now supposedly real?

I'm not saying I don't trust these guys but... also, I am saying that.

I think we'll eventually learn that the "FBI informant" was more eager to advance this plot than the "ISIS terrorist." The FBI only busts the "terrorists" and "insurrectionists" they recruit themselves.

But hey, the FBI has branded me an "insurrectionist." Self-interest alone requires that I oppose their efforts to apprehend other "insurrectionists."

That's sort of the problem with making half the country Persons of Interest in a vaguely defined Conspiracy.

Posted by Ace at 02:45 PM Comments

The Man That NeverTrump and the GOPe Promised Us Would Unite Americans Delivers Sick, Partisan Screed Standing on the Bodies of Children

—Ace

Are you not united?

Are your norms not restored?

Katie Pavlich sums up Biden's repulsive campaign ad yesterday:

During his remarks, Biden didn't use the time to honor the victims and their families. Instead, he rehashed old jokes about deer wearing kevlar and ranted while reading the teleprompter.


He also claimed it was time for Congress to "do something," but did not say what specific law would have prevented the killer from carrying out his heinous crimes. He blamed the situation on "the gun lobby."

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Parkland School Shooting Survivor "X Gonazalez" -- Formerly Emma Gonzalez -- Makes Public Death Threat Against Governor of Texas

—Ace

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Via Twitchy:

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She posts that in addition to a lot of other unhinged screeching.

Note that the left routinely calls this sort of "Kill Yourself" post a "death threat," so this ugly mutant just lodged a death threat against the governor of Texas.

Wikipedia has this to say about her. I mean, about them:

Gonzalez is bisexual and uses they/them pronouns. According to Vogue, their buzz cut is not a reaction to the school shooting, but rather to Florida's climate. "People asked me, 'Are you taking a feminist stand?' No, I wasn't. It's Florida. Hair is just an extra sweater I'm forced to wear," Gonzalez recalled. "I even made a PowerPoint presentation to convince my parents to let me shave my head, and it worked." In May 2021, González announced the usage of a new personal name, X, citing dissociation with their previous personal name and feminine pronouns.
Posted by Ace at 01:00 PM Comments

Kellyanne Conway Writes About Her Husband Throwing Away Their Marriage For Some Twitter Validation and Payback

—Ace

I doubt that this is the whole story, but at least it's some of the story.

I don't think Twitter Addicts realize that normal people wonder about them, and no, we're not wondering about their wit. We're wondering, "Why aren't you spending time with your spouse? Or significant other? Don't you have children you're supposed to take care of from time to time? Don't you have a job?"

Twitter Addicts think they're dazzling us as they spend hour after hour grinding and grinding for validation on Twitter, but they're actually just creating a series of highly negative inferences about themselves.

Chiefly: If you're spending hours begging for validation on Twitter, that means you're not getting validation in real life.

I've mentioned this, but even when I was wasting way, way too much time on Twitter, I began imposing the rule that I would not tweet on Friday or Saturday nights, because people have better things to do on Friday or Saturday night than to tweet.

I mean, I actually didn't actually have better things to do, but there is a value in Keeping Up Appearances, isn't there? When you stop even keeping up appearances, you're just letting everything all slide into hell.

Anyway, here's how one of many marriages dissolved because one spouse sought attention from Twitter, from the NY Post:

In her new memoir, Kellyanne Conway writes that she was shocked when her husband George (pictured together) started posting anti-Trump tweets, leading to a showdown between them.

As Conway tried calling and texting George to no avail, questions started swirling in her head: Why had George done that? Why hadn't he mentioned it to her beforehand? "And," she writes, "was this tweet really posted by my Trump-loving, MAGA-cap-wearing husband, George Conway?"

Ooooh, Plot Twist!

So this ugly toad was actually a Trump supporter? This supports my long, long, long-standing notion that George Conway's spectacularly-public embarrassment of his wife had nothing to do with politics and was animated entirely by anger about something personal.


Trump was just the cudgel used to beat her with.

Is Conway one of the guys Trump claimed begged him for a job in the Administration? My googling skills are failing me (or "The Algorithm" is hiding "disinformation" that would undermine anti-Trump propagandists).

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After his first tweet damning Trump in 2017, George's posts were mostly innocuous. Then, in the spring of 2018, George and Conway were invited to dinner at the home of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, with whom she had a tense relationship.

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A week after the dinner, George unleashed on Twitter -- and never stopped.

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"Oh no, I thought, here we go again," Conway writes of her reaction to his tweetstorm. Though she often asked George why he was rampaging on Twitter, he simply did not answer.

Soon after, Ivanka Trump handed Conway a Post-It note with "the names of two local doctors who specialized in couples therapy."

"I noticed she had avoided putting that in a text or an email. I appreciated the information and her thoughtfulness and wanted to pursue it," Conway writes. "After I showed George the names, he rejected one and said a halfhearted 'okay' to the other while looking at his phone. We never went."

Then, on July 3, 2019, they were at their beach home on the Jersey Shore when she turned to her husband and told him calmly what was on her mind.

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George looked dazed, but she kept going, saying he was the only person who had a choice to make. "You can see me mostly as your wife of 18 years and the mother of your four children, or you can see me mostly as senior counselor to President Donald Trump. When you wake up every morning, you have to decide how it is you see me."

"George," she added, "how do you see me?"

She writes that Conway yelled without making eye contact, "You have ruined yourself and you have embarrassed this family."

Conway shot back, "I've embarrassed this family? You abandoned me for Twitter and she's not even hot."

More from Axios:

What she's saying: "I had two men in my life. One was my husband. One was my boss, who happened to be president of the United States. One of those men was defending me. And it wasn't George Conway. It was Donald Trump."

George Conway, she writes, disappointed her by "skipping the kinds of confidential, civil conversations spouses typically have when one has a change of heart or both agree to disagree about something big."

"What are you doing, George?” I asked him plainly and calmly. I got the same answer every time ... "You work for a madman," George would say in a loud, sinister voice ...

"Like everything George did during this time," Conway continues, "I found out about it after it happened or as it was happening. It was sneaky, almost sinister. Why not own it, share it, sneer in my face with a copy of tomorrow's Washington Post op-ed or next week's Lincoln Project ad?"

Night after night, I would come home from a busy day at work ... While I was minding dishes, dogs, laundry, managing adolescent dramas and traumas, George would be just steps away from me, tucked away in his home office, plotting against my boss and me.

Apparently they're still together -- she writes that he encouraged her to write this book.

Though I can't imagine why they're together.

Kids are older now, aren't they?

Posted by Ace at 12:05 PM Comments

Wednesday Morning Rant [Joe Mannix]

—Open Blogger

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Ignorant Techno-Policing

Over the past year, there have been some startling revelations about government and technology and how the government uses technology to achieve its ends. The common theme in all of it is the rank incompetence and profound ignorance that seems to permeate every interface between policing and technology. The examples that come immediately to mind are the Rittenhouse and Sussman trials.

During the Rittenhouse trial, I was horrified to see how lackadaisical people are with data and their gross overestimation of their own knowledge and expertise. The DA and his team were tossing files back and forth as E-Mail or SMS attachments. No good chain of custody, no verification that the files were unchanged, no robust protocol. This is unacceptable, and no technically-savvy organization would permit such behavior. When the police enhanced a video clip that ostensibly showed Rittenhouse doing ... something, the defense challenged it and the police put their expert up for questioning. The defense dismantled him.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 11:00 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Pretty Mother of the Night--White Otter Is No Longer A Boy
Frederic Remington

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report - 5/25/22

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Wednesday and here we go again. Another firearm became self-aware and went on a shooting rampage that has left, as of this morning, 21 people dead and the Left absolutely wetting themselves with glee at the prospect of dancing on the still warm bodies as a means of distracting the citizenry from the abject disaster of the past 16 months of the waking nightmare that is life under the President Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants junta.

Check that; firearms, along with knives, automobiles, trucks, explosives and airliners can only become self-aware when a non-white and/or non Judeo-Christian is holding it, or otherwise seen to be controlling it in a manner that the media cannot effectively airbrush. Otherwise, minus the seeming telekinesis and voodoo, the NRA, toxic-masculinity, TrumpPutin, whiteness, Judeo-Christianity, heterosexuals, conservatives, the pro-life movement, along with every other thing that is not at the barest of bare minimums even slightly Leftist-adjacent are always to blame.

Like clockwork, the calls for the abolition of the second amendment have come from the usual quarters. The difference is that this time, we are living in a nation where those in power have absolutely zero compunction to act unilaterally and unconstitutionally. They've already stolen a national election, staged a Reichstag Fire that ensnared dozens of innocent political prisoners to rot away in the Garland Archipelago, actively sought to use the same instrumentalities of the State to persecute and perhaps prosecute parents at school board meetings and have only temporarily suspended their plans to institute a Ministry of Truth to control speech and thought. And all that's just for starters.

At any other time when something like this happens, the loud geschrei from the propagandists lasts a few news cycles; at best it blows over but at worst – about 90% of the time – "bipartisanship" dictates that some other piece of anti-constitutional legislation is passed in the state that the evil gun became self-aware that erodes and infringes on an inalienable right that, as originally intended, "shall not be infringed."

This time, as I said above, is different. We are an absolutely divided nation, where a distinct minority is lording over a distinct majority, who view that minority as illegitimate, manifestly irresponsible and incompetent, and more and more via its deliberate policy decisions, growing into an existential threat. For its part, ditto times a million the minority in how it sees the majority. And it views it with a contempt and hatred, fueled by its own propaganda and prejudices to such an extent that violence has been clearly and unequivocally espoused and encouraged at the highest levels of political and cultural leadership. As we have seen all too frequently from the near mass assassination of GOP lawmakers at a softball field, to the 2020 summer of love, all the way up to the firebombing of pro-life offices and intimidation of SCOTUS justices (the latter including House and Senate Democrat leadership), these fucking people mean fucking business.

The estimable Robert Spencer noted on our latest podcast that the Leftists, utterly bereft of both self awareness or understanding of those they seek to lord over, continue to "step on rakes," most notably with the reaction to this absolutely unconstitutional, unconscionable and hideous "Disinformation Governance Board." Not that they demonstrated any reflection or contrition; they merely sacked that equally hideous, buffoonish, yet dangerous Nina Skankowicz, put the enterprise on hold and replaced her with the less buffoonish yet perhaps even more dangerous duo of Michael Chertoff and Jamie Gorelick. Yes, that Jamie Gorelick, the mistress of disaster whose actions, more than any single person, led to the massacre of 3,000 people on 9/11/01, which in turn led to the Department of Homeland Security, first headed by Chertoff, that for the past 20 years metastasized into a Stasi-like pseudo-secret police that we were warned would happen (yet many like me ignored), as well as the 2008 housing market collapse, the aftereffects of which we are suffering to this day.

All that said, in the wake of yesterday's horrendous tragedy in Uvalde, I shudder to think what happens when the Leftists "step on a rake" this time. If Ron Klain, via Gropin' Joe, actually does issue an edict to confiscate weapons, there will be a reaction, but like launching an ICBM, it's not going to be one that he can withdraw. Not a good look for a politician, even with one foot in the grave and the other pulling on a training bra.

Let me state as unequivocally as I can, the Left's usual blaming of guns, gun culture, conservatives and the God-given right to keep and bear arms and the blood-libeling of all of us who believe in the aforementioned is probably the greatest case of projection - and that's saying something - that they engage in.

It is the the Democrat-Left, progressivism and the cultural rot they have engendered going back almost 70 years, the sole purpose of which is the overthrow of America as founded, that is to blame for those deaths and every mass shooting death in that time period. Do I even have to mention the death toll in every inner city shit hole from not just guns but drug overdoses and abortion? That's in the millions but funny how no one ever talks about it. Except of course when the handful of black males are killed in encounters with police officers.

When you attempt to destroy God, the family, the individual, the sanctity of life, and the soul itself, you Democrats/Leftists/Marxists/Progressives pulled the trigger. When or if we learn more about the gunman, there is little doubt that he too was a victim of free love, women's lib, the sexual revolution, the counter-culture of the 1960s and the death of morality and accountability that is now the mainstream culture 60 years hence. While in one sense he was a victim, it does not and cannot exonerate him from what he did. To do so is to play right into the hands of the Left by blaming society. Not theirs, of course. Ours.

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Daily Tech News 25 May 2022

—Pixy Misa

Top Story


Tech News

  • Nvidia had it's own big Computex announcement the day after AMD. If you want a server-only GPU that uses 600W and costs tens of thousands of dollars and can't actually output video, they're all over that.

    Not particularly interesting for you or me, but it does make them a lot of money.


  • Asus announced a new 500Hz gaming monitor. (AnandTech)

    Why?


  • Asus also announced their high-end AM5 motherboard for the upcoming Ryzen 7000 series. (AnandTech)

    The ROG Crosshair X670E supports two full-length PCIe 5.0 slots, plus a x4 slot running at a lower speed but I don't know what, and 5 M.2 slots two of which are also PCIe 5. Plus USB 4. Which when you add it all up requires more PCIe lanes than the CPU has available. Not sure what they've done there.


  • Spain is investing $13 billion to upgrade the country's semiconductor industry. (AP News)

    I was looking around what countries had semiconductor factories and I believe Spain was on the list - they're not starting from zero. And there are worse ways to spend $13 billion, as our governments prove to us every day.

    I do not expect much to come of this nonetheless.

Disclaimer: Quoth the raven, "You want to complain? Look at these shoes. I've only had them for two weeks-"

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (5/24/22)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“Many diseases can be spread through sexual contact. You could get a cough or a cold through sexual contact, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a sexually transmitted disease,” WHO adviser Andy Seale

Quote II

“I thought it was going to be an ocelot, a wild dog or something else. The moment I saw the animal was that size, I ran back.”Rodrigo Almeida


Quote III

“[When] it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” Joe Biden

Wishing something to be true, doesn't make it so. Fucking idiot.

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Secret Goat Cowboy Cafe

—Ace

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Abandoned tunnel in France

Deleted scene from Maximum Overdrive.

Puppies lovebomb an exhausted cat. Cats cause so much trouble that I enjoy seeing them being bothered.

Meerkats look out for possible predators. They stand on a human's head to do so.

Starting a fight between two cats.
You got this, you got this... just give it some gas...!

So this poor bear is trying to sleep but a hedgehog insists on trying to sleep next to him to share the warmth and keeps waking him up. The hedgehog seems to have a particular insistence on sleeping up the poor bear's yootch, which definitely wakes the bear right up. I feel violated just watching it. Let the poor bear sleep!

Butt skiing.

Capybara riding tortoise.

Turtle riding capybara:


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A peaceful bike ride in a Swiss village. Note the mountain waterfall to the right.

A big huge room where you can learn to fly.

Japanese TV is mostly just filmed assaults now.

Freaky-deaky make-up.

The key to drumming is timing.

Static electricity cat.

The little boy never knew how close he came to getting whooped on by this kitten.


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Quick Hits

—Ace

Your moral betters do dine well:

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Biden's trotting out Gray Eminences to sell his bid to establish a Ministry of Truth, just as predicted:

[A]mericans should take no comfort in the fact that the Biden administration's efforts to censor information from within DHS and elsewhere will end. In fact, the administration has announced that former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick will take the baton from Jankowicz and continue down the disinformation track.

This plan is no better than the first one.

Chertoff and Gorelick, leaders of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' Homeland Security Advisory Council, have been tasked with giving recommendations on how DHS "can garner public trust surrounding its disinformation efforts." What the left and the Biden administration fail to recognize is that it cannot gain the public's trust regarding misinformation or disinformation.

Americans have suffered through far too much of such labeling and censorship since 2020 related to COVID-19, vaccines, masks, lockdowns, elections, and more. The federal government, politicians, tech companies--separately and in concert--have developed a significant reliance on censoring content that goes against their narrative. They've only recently started admitting this tactic. Americans are right to distrust the administration's future spin regarding disinformation.

Stacy Abrams, the Once and Future Governor of Georgia, announces that Georgia is the worst state in the entire country to live.

Bill Gates is funding the anti-Elon-Musk propaganda campaign, oddly enough.

Research exclusively shared with Breitbart News identifies hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from Bill Gates' foundation to 11 of the 26 organizations that signed an open letter last month urging Twitter advertisers to boycott the company if Elon Musk restores free speech on the platform.

Breitbart News' report, based on research and analysis from the newly-formed Foundation for Freedom Online (FFO), analyzed public filings to trace hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions from the letter signatories back to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In total, 11 of the 26 anti-Musk organizations received funding from a Gates-backed entity.

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This college drop-out has no medical training but he is having a mid-life crisis and wants to feel important.

And because he's got money and a mid-life crisis, he's in charge of our global pandemic response?

Investigate his Weinstein trips.

The horror movie/SJW Pantomime Morality Play Men has bombed at the box office.

I linked this months ago in a "Is This Something?" I thought it looked visually terrific. I did wonder if it was going to be as gonzo-SJW as the title, "Men," threatened.

I guess it is.

Walmart pandered to BLM types by stocking Juneteenth-branded crap, but it backfired when SJWs went in the other direction. Instead of doing the "YASSS SLAY KWEEEN!" affirmation, they did the "HOW DARE YOU PROFIT BY RECYCLING THE CHAINS OF MY PROUD BLACK SLAVE ANCESTORS!" thing.

It's always a 50/50 gamble, and it's always going to be one or the other. (A reasonable, non-emotional, non-performative eh take is impossible.)

So Walmart is destroying all of its Juneteenth crap.

Walmart is pulling Juneteenth-themed products from its shelves after receiving backlash on social media from users who suggested the company was attempting to profit off of the federal holiday.

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Confucius say: Corporation who panders to SJWs is like stupid hen brooding viper-eggs.

Now I've only got two questions: How do we convince The Gays to "take back" "Pride Month" from the Corporate Exploiters, and how do we get that done in one week?

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14 Elementary School Students and One Teacher Dead in School Shooting Spree In Texas
Shooter Exchanged Gunfire With Border Patrol Agents Before Barricading Himself Inside School, But Was US Citizen

—Ace

The monster who did this is also dead. He was a student at a local high school.

Fourteen students and a teacher are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead, he said.

"He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher," Abbott said during an unrelated press briefing.

The suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother before entering the school and again opening fire, Abbott said. He did not say anything further about her condition.

Abbott said the shooter had a handgun and also possibly a rifle.

Awful. Just absolutely horrifying.

Multiple responsible people in these schools should be armed.

The shooter's name is, I'm told, Salvador Romas, so: White Hispanic Alert.

And we're going to have to crack down on that Disinformation that led him to this.

The Daily Mail says "Salvador Roma."

Prior to his arrest the suspect exchanged gunfire with border patrol agents before barricading himself in the school

Abbott says he's a US citizen. Not sure why he would be in a gun battle with the border patrol. Maybe he was running drugs.

There will be no presidential visits to the school.

From Jane D'oh, here are some grabs from this animal's social media, before it got deleted.

BTW, why do they delete the social media for these guys? This is newsworthy. All deleting this stuff does is give the corrupt corporate leftwing media an unearned priority in exploiting this stuff. They get access to it and can drip it out for profit.

Delete it eventually -- you don't want these guys to have online shrines to them -- but in the period of newsworthiness, let people research these animals.

Update: The killer was a murder suspect and there was a BOLO for his truck. The shootout with border patrol might have just been a chance encounter, with them spotting the truck they had the BOLO for.

I imagine he was a murder suspect in his grandmother's murder but who knows, maybe he killed someone else.

Update: His purported Instagram was discovered.

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FBI Agents: We Were Lied To About Where the Clinton Alfa Bank Hoax Came From; Other FBI Agents Told Us It Was DOJ-Originated Intelligence

—Ace

So the FBI was in on the Hillary Clinton cover story, too.

The Chicago FBI agents figured out quickly that the data was overblown and the possibility of Trump's organization communicating with the bank server was nearly impossible because of firewalls.

It turns out that the "connection" was a hotel and hospitality marketing firm sending out spam emails. Trump runs hotels, as you may have noticed.

The Bulwark's ace computer scientist Tim Miller isn't convinced. He says there's still no good explanation for those "pings," using the very sophisticated jargon of a know-nothing blogger.

Because the information was so hinky, "didn't pass analytical merit," and didn't show "a covert communications system," agents prevailed on their boss to ask the 7th Floor at the FBI headquarters if they could be read in on who provided the flash drives, white papers, and other documents purporting the link. The brass who claimed the information came from the DOJ and said as much in the official referral to investigators. The Sept. 24, 2016 referral never mentions Michael Sussmann.

Agent Ryan Gaynor served as the liaison between Chicago agents and the home office in the beltway. He testified that, had he known that the provenance of the information was Hillary Clinton's campaign lawyer, it could have "impacted the way I viewed the close hold."

Assistant Special Counsel Andrew J. DeFilippis introduced emails demonstrating how the agents desperately wanted to know who had tossed this turd into the lap of the FBI and expected them to polish it.

In one Oct. 3, 2016, email, agent [Curtis] Heide wrote to Gaynor, "We really want to interview the source of all this information. Any way we can track down who this guy is and how we're getting this information?"

Supervisory Special Agent Daniel Wierzbicki followed up: "An interview with the source of information ... may allow us to understand the 'what' and 'why' of the white paper."

Request denied.

The request was denied because the decision whether or not to give out information that is being closely held depends on whether or not the information being withheld would help the investigation. Gaynor is saying he didn't know Sussman's relationship with the Clinton campaign, therefore he did not know that this information would be very helpful in evaluating the authenticity of the tip. (That is: that the tip was oppo-research bullshit.)

That information was withheld from him, and so he could not make a truly informed decision on whether or not he should tell his agents that the information came from Michael Sussman. By hiding the fact that Michael Sussman worked for Hillary Clinton -- which the FBI brass knew by this point -- they crippled the ability of FBI agents to evaluate his tips.

Which was almost certainly their intention in withholding it.


More from the New York Post:

FBI agents probing since-debunked claims of a secret back channel between Donald Trump and a Russian bank believed that the allegations had originated with the Department of Justice -- when in fact they came from Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who had shopped them to the bureau's then-general counsel days earlier.

In the latest revelation to emerge from Sussmann's trial in DC federal court on a count of lying to the FBI, special counsel John Durham's prosecutors revealed that investigators had received an electronic communication citing a referral from the DOJ "on or about" Sept. 19, 2016, the same day Sussmann met with James Baker, then the FBI's top lawyer.

The document, a record of the investigation being opened by agents Curtis Heide and Allison Sands and dated Sept. 23, 2016, did not mention Sussmann as the source of the allegations.

"In that referral, the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE provided the FBI with a white paper that was produced by an anonymous third party," the communication said, before adding: "According to the white paper, a U.S.-based server that is owned by the TRUMP ORGANIZATION has been communicating with the Russian-based ALFA BANK organization in Moscow, Russia."

The document was circulated to several top FBI officials -- including Peter Strzok, who oversaw the probe of Clinton's email server as well as the Trump-Russia investigation, and was famously fired from the bureau in 2018 after the emergence of text messages he sent to his colleague and mistress Lisa Page in which he vowed to help "stop" Trump from winning the White House.


Sands, who testified late Monday afternoon, told jurors that she believed Heide had told her the referral came from the Department of Justice.

The error was seized on by Sussmann's defense attorney Michael Bosworth, who grilled Sands about whether Heide had lied to her -- or if someone had lied to him about the source of the material.

"You haven't been interviewed in that [Durham] investigation?" Bosworth asked at one point. "No," Sands responded.

Testifying for the prosecution Monday, FBI agent Ryan Gaynor revealed that bureau honchos shielded Sussmann's identity from field agents who investigated the claims of a link between Trump and Alfa-Bank as part of a longstanding practice known as a "close hold."

Gaynor told prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis that the decision to hide where the information originated was made by top leadership at the FBI before the Alfa-Bank material was given to the Chicago field office.

Agent Heide is seen in the above reports seeking information about Sussman.

But he is also reportedly being investigated for having withheld exculpatory information in a FISA filing, information that would have alerted the court that the warrant should not be issued:

Sean Davis Retweeted @JakeGibson - 4m

Revealed in Sussmann trial today: FBI Agent Curtis Heide is being investigated in FBI internal probe of Crossfire Hurricane. Heide confirmed that he is being investigated for withholding potentially exculpatory information in a FISA court application.


Posted by: Jane D'oh

Update: Sexton just posted about the investigation into Heide allegedly withholding exculpatory information.


From CNN:

He said he was specifically being investigated for potentially withholding material from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees wiretaps against Americans. The material in question was a "recording from one of the subjects" of the FISA applications, Heide said.

Heide denied under oath Tuesday that he intentionally withheld any exculpatory information.

That's as specific as it gets.

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DOOM: The American Economy Now Runs on Fake Money and Slowing the Fake Money Production Loop May Cause the Fake Economy To Crash

—Ace

So warns Adam Mill of American Greatness.

He's not arguing in favor of continuing to print fake money. He's just arguing that the Expert Class -- the Smartest Guys in Any Room, the people you should always defer to because they are good at thinking and you are not -- have built an inescapable trap for us.

("Doom" headline a reference to Monty's old DOOM posts, of course.)

The Federal Reserve has created a doom loop between the housing market and inflation. For years it has printed tens of billions of dollars each month to buy sketchy securities meant to subsidize the housing market and favor bond traders. This continues even now, in spite of inflation and a red-hot housing market. But the housing market has become dependent on unearned, newly printed money, and stopping the flow might cause a catastrophic correction. If it doesn't stop, however, inflation will explode.

Let me walk you through some of the math.

I'll refer you to the article for the first round of math -- basically, we've flooded the country with more than double the amount of dollars as we had just a few years ago, and prices will have to more than double double before we achieve the same equilibrium in prices vs. dollars we had.

A less well-known problem is that the Fed's purchase of mortgage-backed securities, which was started after the 2008 housing market crash, actually just... continued, with the Fed continuing to buy up securities backed by mortgages, inflating and distorting the real estate market. And turning it into another bubble.

Although the Fed promised it would stop buying mortgage-backed securities by March of this year, the promise came with a giant asterisk. As old bonds mature and disappear from its balance sheet, "monthly purchase schedules will continue to be issued to reflect reinvestment of principal payments . . ." In other words, when the Fed receives a dollar from an MBS payout, it just uses it to buy another bond.

Thus, in the face of red-hot inflation, the Fed bought another $38 billion in mortgage-backed securities in March. In April, it bought another $40.1 billion. This month, the Fed is in the process of buying another $34.5 billion.

Until recently, the Fed has been on an unprecedented buying spree. It increased its total MBS holdings from $1.7 trillion in 2020 to $2.7 trillion today. Indeed, the Fed made roughly $400 billion of those purchases after its chairman's June 2021 testimony in which he famously labeled 5 percent inflation "temporary." It was obvious then that inflation was just getting started.

So all of this might seem like terrible news. But it's nothing compared to the doom loop that has begun to turn. The coming reckoning could be savage and apocalyptic. Let's walk through what might happen next.

So the usual way to fight inflation is jack up interest rates, and the usual prescription is that interest rates have to be 150% of the rate of inflation to bring inflation down. So we'd have to raise interest rates to... gulp... 12% or more.

But that will obviously crash the economy.

Worse, it will cause all kinds of defaults in mortgages.

Mortgages which the federal government holds billions and billions of dollars worth of as securities!!!

But in this environment, raising interest rates will cause a cascade of problems. The higher interest rates will slow the economy and cause unemployment. It will also swallow up tax revenue as the government has to pay interest on its massive debt. But more critically, it will increase the rate of default on home mortgages. Those defaults will make mortgage-backed securities less valuable and more unpredictable. That's how the 2008 housing market seized up.

Thus, the doom loop.

Ugh. Read the whole thing. If you dare.


Meanwhile:

Consumer confidence plummeted in May, in what Biden-aligned media figures will no doubt soon be calling the "Putin Plunge."

Economic confidence fell to 87.7 in this month's Rasmussen Reports Economic Index, more than 20 points lower than April.

May's decline reverses two consecutive months of gains. The index is now at its lowest point in eight years.

In case you missed it: Biden's attempting to cast the skyrocketing price of gas (a key component in the skyrocketing inflation rate) as a good thing, part of our "incredible transition" away from fossil fuels:

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Shocker, the Alphabet People Are Upset About Another Comedian

—Ace

So this was almost certainly what Netflix had in mind when it wrote its memo telling employees who objected to its content to find work elsewhere.

And the media is ginning up the hatred. I guess if they can get Ricky Gervais attacked and maybe killed, that's a lot more clicks.

Ricky Gervais' Netflix comedy special "SuperNature" has only been released on the streamer for a few hours, but it has already drawn criticism for a string of graphic and hurtful transphobic jokes.

Oh no, were these as bad as a "a gun that identifies as a knife"?

Four minutes into the special, Gervais dives into material about the trans community seemingly calculated to draw controversy.

"Oh, women!" he starts. "Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs. Those fucking dinosaurs. I love the new women. They're great, aren't they? The new ones we've been seeing lately. The ones with beards and c*cks. They're as good as gold, I love them...."

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The Bulwark: Hillary Clinton Is Innocent of the Alfa Bank Hoax and Also It's Not a Hoax
PS: Mission Accomplished, Conservatism Conserved!

—Ace

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John Sexton links AllahPundit's favorite website, but not to praise it. Instead, he links it to ask why the supposed "conservative" website -- which is supposedly "conserving conservatism," and which supposedly also detests conspiracy theories -- is still attempting to claim that Hillary Clinton's Alfa Bank Hoax might be true.


Sexton notes that not only did the FBI nearly immediately brand the Alfa Bank hoax as an obvious fiction, and not only did right-leaning writers see it as such, but even leftwing "journalists" found "problems" in the "story." Maybe they didn't come right out and say "HOAX!," but they were wary, and they pointed out that things didn't add up.

In other words, only the most hyperpartisan Democrat Hillary-loving Trump-Deranged conspiracy-theorists believed the Alfa Bank story, even from its earliest appearances.

People, for example, like Tim Miller. People like the leftwingers at The Bulwark, who don't want to admit that they've been pushing as many leftwing conspiracy theories as Nina Jankowicz -- so this one (as well as all the others) must be true.

After all, it's their rejection of evidence-free partisan-crackpot Conspiracy Theories that makes them Better than the MAGA people. Ergo, the evidence-free partisan-crackpot Conspiracy Theories they believe in must be well-supported evidence-free partisan-crackpot Conspiracy Theories.


And Tim Miller and The Bulwark are still trying to rehabilitate this obvious piece-of-shit and still trying to clear Hillary Clinton any wrongdoing.

You know-- like True Conservatives do!

And yet, 5 1/2 years later, the Bulwark's Tim Miller is still arguing that maybe there is some truth to idea that this computer promoting Trump's hotels was secretly communicating with a Russian bank.
Whether there was anything nefarious going on between Alfa and Trump remains a bit of a mystery. The FBI eventually closed the book on this lead--more on this a moment--resulting in a presumption that any suggestion of impropriety was false. But a satisfactory explanation for the DNS pings has never really been provided.

If Miller really believes this then he's one of the few who still does. But his real goal here is to defend Hillary Clinton from allegations that she approved a "hoax" story. Because, hey, if the story might still be true then she definitely didn't promote a self-serving hoax.

The part of Sussmann's trial that has the Trump crowd rubbing their nipples...

Degenerate pervert.

... is testimony from Clinton 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook in which he revealed that the candidate was briefed on the potentially dubious Alfa Bank accusations and was fine with the campaign's decision to share the information with reporters. (Point of fact: Many in the Trump orbit have stated that Clinton approved the Alfa Bank oppo's dissemination, but Mook testified that he told her only after the campaign had shared it with a reporter.)

What he's attempting to do, Sexton reports, is to take a slight ambiguity in the reporting of the timeline -- did Hillary approve pumping out the hoax to the media before it was pushed to the media, or merely approve it afterwards, retroactively? -- and resolve this ambiguity in Hillary's favor -- that is, claim that he knows it must have been after-the-fact, and also claim that this distinction is Very Very Important and absolves his Khaleesi of any wrongdoing, because she only approved of a disgraceful attempt to defraud the US government retroactively.

Remember, kids: The Bulwark hates conspiracy theories and it really hates crazed partisans who just make things up to slake their thirst for ideological validation.

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The Bulwark hates all the conspiracy theories
except the conspiracy theories their leftwing allies
and donors tell them to believe


They're intellectually pure! Just ask J.V. Last, who probably edited this rancid fart of an "article"!

No but seriously, J.V. Last must be shocked that he got a link from Hot Air that wasn't approving.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reaches a different conclusion, this one based on evidence and reality, rather than the need to appease Bill Kristol's Democrat Donors:

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Former FBI lawyer James Baker, who took the meeting with Michael Sussman about the Alfa Bank hoax, says that if Sussman had told the truth about who his client was, he would have treated the tip differently -- and in fact, might not even have taken the meeting at all.

In testimony that stretched over three days last week, Baker insisted Sussmann told him he had brought the computer data not on behalf of any client or company. Baker said if he had known, as the prosecution charges, that Sussmann was acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign and a technology executive, he would have handled the information differently -- and might not have even agreed to the meeting.

Lies told to investigators are only illegal if they are "material," meaning, if they have an actual effect on the investigation. Baker's testimony there, if believed, establishes that this lie did have that effect. Without the lie, the hoax never would have even have been given more than a second glance.

But Sussman is claiming that he never told Baker he was acting on his own:

Baker is the sole direct witness to the conversation, and Sussmann's lawyers have repeatedly challenged his credibility on this point, noting that in one earlier interview, Baker said Sussmann was representing cybersecurity clients; in another, he seemed to say he didn't remember that part of the talk. Prosecutors introduced billing records from Sussmann's law firm listing the time he spent on the issue as work on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

Baker told the jury that while his earlier statements may be inconsistent, he is "100 percent confident" of his memory that Sussmann claimed to be acting on his own.
He testified Sussmann also told him a major newspaper -- he later learned it was the New York Times -- was preparing to write about the allegations. That worried Baker: He knew a news story would likely cause any suspicious communications to stop, and so he wanted the FBI to be able to investigate before an article appeared. Prosecutors say it was Sussmann himself who had provided the information to the Times.

"It would have concerned me, whether there was an effort to play the FBI and drag us into the ongoing political campaign and make us a pawn in the campaign in some fashion," Baker said. "It would have alarmed me, this nexus with the press and whether there was some effort to engineer a situation where the FBI would be investigating this material and that the press -- even though it couldn't determine the reliability of that material and couldn't report on it -- could report the FBI was investigating it."

Related: In this video clip of Kash Patel being interviewed by Maria Bartiromo, he mentions that Michael Sussman testified to him in Congress that he was in fact acting on behalf of a client when he delivered the Alfa Bank hoax to the FBI. Commenters have mentioned this a lot lately.

He says the FBI was not "fooled," here, but knew this was all fake from the beginning, and went ahead with the illegal surveillance of a political candidate anyway because they were acting as agents of Hillary Clinton.

He also claims that Lisa Page and Peter Strzok might be next to be targeted by Durham. Yeah we'll see.

By the way, just so you know how The Bulwark is doing in its alleged mission of "conserving conservatism," check this out:

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What was the speech in which Biden hit "the right notes," according to The Bulwark?

The Buffalo "White supremacists and Tucker Carlson did this" speech, of course.

Quick, someone pass that article to AllahPundit, so he can link it in the headlines without signing his name to the link.

Update:

Sean Davis Retweeted

@JakeGibson - 4m

Revealed in Sussmann trial today: FBI Agent Curtis Heide is being investigated in FBI internal probe of Crossfire Hurricane. Heide confirmed that he is being investigated for withholding potentially exculpatory information in a FISA court application.


Posted by: Jane D'oh

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State Farm Insurance Caught Pushing Transgender and Non-Binary Books to School Libraries to Start Conversations with Children as Young as Five Year Olds About Their Genders

—Ace

And Like a Pedo Neighbor, State Farm Is There...

In January, State Farm Insurance actively advocated a company-wide program to get "Transgender, Inclusive and Non-Binary" books into school libraries to spark "challenging, important and empowering conversations with children ages 5 and up. The company's LGBTQ advocacy shifted dramatically on Monday, however: "Conversations about gender and identity should happen at home with parents, State Farm said in a statement after they were exposed by the independent non-profit organization Consumers' Research.

On January 18, 2022, State Farm's Corporate Responsibility Analyst Jose Soto sent out an internal email calling on its Florida agents to participate in a "unique project" to "diversify" classrooms, community centers and libraries.

In the email, Soto said State Farm had partnered with the GenderCool Project to get books about being transgender and non-binary in front of schoolkids as young as 5-years-old.

"State Farm is partnering with The GenderCool Project to help diversify classroom, community center and library bookshelves with a collection of books to help bring clarity and understanding to the national conversation about Being Transgender, Inclusive and Non-Binary," the email reads. "The project's goal is to increase representation of LGBTQ+ books and support our communities in having challenging, important and empowering conversations with children Age 5+."

Soto said approximately 550 State Farm agents and employees nationwide would have the opportunity to donate to the GenderCool Project's three-book bundle, titled, "A Kids Book About Being Transgender," "A Kids Book About Being Inclusive," and "A Kids Book About Being Non-Binary," and encouraged six Florida agents to receive and donate the books to their communities.

In a series of Tweets, Monday, Will Hild, the executive director for Consumers' Research, blasted State Farm over its aggressive LGBTQ advocacy.

"This gross and blatant attempt to indoctrinate our children by State Farm is shameless, and consumers should be aware a company founded on family values is now encouraging five-year-old children to question their gender" said Hild.


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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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Calvin Coolidge knew it; Ronald Reagan knew it; Donald Trump knows it. Just get the hell out of the way, and people will produce and create and make things better. The only true function of government is to keep the next kingdom over the hill from taking our stuff!

Meir Kohn's "Commerce-Predation Theory" recognizes that, and also recognizes that government can be an impediment to internal commerce.

Gee...I wonder whether we can find an example of that!

Rethinking Economics: An Interview with Professor Meir Kohn

The simplified version of my theory is that economic progress is a result of the interaction between commerce and production, which I call the accelerator. However, the brake is predation. It is what holds economic progress back. Government is historically, and most often, the source of predation, but governments can also play a role in protecting against predation
The interview is with "The Dartmouth Review," which for all of its impressive pedigree often comes off as...um...a college newspaper. Which it is, but it is a conservative paper in the belly of the beast, so they deserve some credit.

Kohn's description of the evolution of the Chinese economy is fascinating, as is his recognition that government is often a malign influence that goes beyond monetary policy. Government is the enemy of commerce, and government bureaucrats have no reason to be the benign guides that they claim to be.

I suspect that the only thing you need to do to become a commercial region is to allow it to happen. It will happen eventually if you don’t prevent it, and the government is the one preventing it by predating and suppressing commerce.
But Kohn doesn't differentiate between peoples. Western European immigrants to North America created an incredible economy (and society), yet in vast swathes of the world with ample natural resources...there was nothing!

I wonder whether the understandable awareness of the existence of the jack-booted thugs of leftist counter-culture has limited this analysis.

That's my guess.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Haymaking (June and July)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder

This is part of a six-panel series that presumably represented the changing seasons and human patterns. But they are mostly gone!

And I just changed the image. I found a better one, although not big enough for the clickable one.

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The Morning Report - 5/24/22

—J.J. Sefton

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GRIM MILESTONE INDICATOR:

GASOLINE: $4.598 (2018: $2.74)

DIESEL: $5.571 (2018: $3.00)

MILK: $4.03 (2018: $2.45)

MEAN TWEETS: n/a (2018: $ !%#*%!!!)

Good morning, kids. In the immortal words of Jerry Colonna, "Ah! Something new has been added!" Yes, in the spirit of today's "journalism" or as I sometimes refer to it, "charnel-ism," I think it only appropriate that we dust off the grim milestone indicator, made famous during the War on Terror (though to this day, in spite of being quite proficient in geography, I still can't find Terror on my light-up Replogle globe) and repurpose it. I do not mean to diminish or make light of our servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives. 20 years later, I've come to the awful realization that their lives were indeed sacrificed by the criminals in Congress to keep their shares of Raytheon and General Dynamics fat and happy. And if you think those companies won't somehow find a way to sell the Taliban replacement parts for the $80 billion in military hardware Biden effectively gave them by bugging out of Afghanistan, I have a bridge over the East River I can let you have cheap. But you might not want to ride the Q train over it lest you get shot to death by a criminal whose melanin content and last name should not be mentioned. But I digress.

Psaki-Psircling back and speaking of Iraq, I'm sure we all remember Baghdad Bob, the irritating douchebag draped in surplus olive drab Idi Amin battle dress, who kept assuring the world that the US military was on the verge of being wiped out, even as 155mm rounds were dropping just off camera. I give you none other than America's answer to Baghdad Bob – "Bad Gag Ron."

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted out a running list of bad poll numbers for [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden and claimed it’s actually good news.

Klein [sic] retweeted late Sunday a tweet from Axios laying out the recent findings from a CBS News poll. The poll was conducted between May 18-20 among 2,041 adults. The poll had a +- 2.5 percentage point margin of error.
“Tough Biden poll from CBS News,” Axios wrote.

The tweet noted that among those polled, 69% said the economy is “bad,” 65% said Biden has been “slow to react” in moments of crisis and 63% said the state of the nation is “uneasy” and “worrying.”

But Klain said the “narrative” is actually incorrect.

“I hate to spoil the narrative but this poll shows @potus approval rating moving up, and solid public confidence on the two biggest problems he inherited: COVID and jobs.”

Yeah, that approval rating is going way up, Ron! And blaming Trump for Chinese COVID and jobs is just laughable in the extreme. Biden promised to end the pandemic and along with surpassing the death toll during Trump's first term (and I have serious doubts about those numbers anyway), gave America a giant Ministry of Truth-serum enema, now fortified with monkey pox! Well, to be fair, Biden did solve the jobs "problem." He killed off millions of jobs, including those for blacks, minorities and women that Trump made possible in the greatest numbers ever. Considering Klain and his Kalorama Komintern are hell bent on destroying our economy, record numbers of people employed and off the dole is indeed a huge problem. Especially when the aforementioned groups are your traditional core voting blocs.

So, given that this is a primary election day in several states, with what are surely bellwether races in Georgia for governor and the senate, an abused and put-upon electorate heads to the polls. In that light, and in light of Bad Gag Ron, I give you this story of where the Democrat Party is headed and where they are hell bent on taking all of us.

Washington Democratic congressional candidate Rebecca Parson has a bold idea to get Congress to pass housing legislation: have a million people break into empty houses.

Parson, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, is running to represent Washington’s 6th Congressional District. In a video ad, she outlined what she and her followers can do if she wins.

“Imagine I proposed a Housing for All Bill in Congress, Then imagine you, me, and a million of our friends took action and occupied empty houses nationwide. They couldn’t ignore us,” Parson says in the ad.

“No one has ever done anything like this,” Parson continues. “That’s why it’s going to work.”

Oh yeah, that'll work out just fine! And if the houses aren't empty, I'm sure the "million of our friends" will eagerly empty the houses of the "white supremacists" and "insurrectionists" otherwise known as owners. "For the people!" you understand. I dare not bring up the movie Dr. Zhivago since Putin = Evil and as we all know Putin = Trump. But grant me dispensation when I recall the scene where Ralph Richardson protests the occupation of his home by several dozen people at the orders of the local commissar who claims it's for the people.

"Well, I'm one of the people!" he remonstrated. Except he wasn't. Just like all of us. We are being, what's the word? "REPLACED." And we will like it, or else.

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Daily Tech News 24 May 2022

—Pixy Misa

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (5/23/22)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"And I think John Durham knows what that 'insurance plan' is. I know we figured it out during Russiagate, and we have tried to educate the American public on it, but it remains classified, partly,"Kash Patel, a former top House Intelligence Committee aide

Quote II

The issue is not the type of firearm, it’s not the magazine capacity, it’s not even the fact that it’s a firearm, and it’s surely not what flavor of politics the killer claims or espouses. The issue is mental health and criminal behavior. As long as we are letting the crazies and the crooks run the streets, we’re going to have dead people.William Lehman


Quote III

"I am tired of hearing about being the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live.” Stacey Abrams


Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out of the state.


Quote IV

"I gave them the valet ticket and they said, no you took it at 3am," Vehicle's driver Johnny Nahlous

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Flock of Seagulls Cafe

—Ace

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Mont Saint-Michel, France
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HI!!!

Another monkeypox outbreak.

Baby elephant on a walk.

Cerberus Security System.

Kitten Ninja Stealth Pounce.

He may be a pussy, but he's our pussy.

Dog does not like being made fun of. It's pretty funny that he knows he's being imitated and mocked.

I iz innocent!

This baby penguin has got some beak with the cameraman.


Sweet bike tricking.

I'm not saying it's aliens, but it's definitely aliens.

Also an alien.

Ginger roller-skating tricking.

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Quick Hits

—Ace

Monkeypox outbreak likely spread by gay sex at two raves in Europe says WHO expert.

So what I hear them saying is that this is Chiefly a Disease of Heterosexuals and that we're all going to have to wear condoms when we have sex with our wives.

Isn't that the standard Faucian diagnosis? The young and fit are equally at risk from a coronavirus that kills the old and unhealthy, and heterosexuals are equally at risk from a virus that is spread by anal sex.

Everyone must suffer equally so that no political constituency feels unfairly burdened. That's Science (TM), you see.

LONDON (AP) -- A leading adviser to the World Health Organization described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as "a random event" that might be explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass events in Europe.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Dr. David Heymann, who formerly headed WHO's emergencies department, said the leading theory to explain the spread of the disease was sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men at two raves held in Spain and Belgium. Monkeypox has not previously triggered widespread outbreaks beyond Africa, where it is endemic in animals.


Stanky Janky offered further defenses of herself on Twitter, in which she explained her plans to rid the United States of domestic political "disinformation." The problem with that? The DHS swore up and down that Stanky Janky's Ministry of Truth would only be tasked with combating foreign "disinformation."

Seems like Stanky Janky was intent on ignoring that and going for the real prize, silencing domestic opponents.

Or, just as likely: DHS, the "Disinformation" enforcement agency, was lying and gaslighting the public.

We can't probe this question further because after quickly dismissing this point by claiming, for the tenth time, that she was being taken out of "context," Stanky Janky turned off responses and will not answer any more questions.

Woke is Falling: Hulu had been considering picking up a series based on an alternate-history telling of Hillary Clinton's life, called Rodham, in which she dates Bill Clinton but doesn't marry him, and then runs for president on her own as a Stronk Empowered Single Woman.

No seriously, they were going to make this. Clare Danes and Dakota Fanning were attached, I guess to play Hillary Rodham and her lesbian lifemate.

But I guess Hulu, which is owned by Disney, noticed that they were losing a lot of money and that Netflix was also losing money on woke content and so they've now passed on the project.

Hulu has passed on "Rodham," the scripted alternate history series about Hillary Clinton that has been in development since 2020, TheWrap has learned.

A source close to the 20th Television project confirmed to TheWrap on Friday that they are still trying to find a home for the series, which now has Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning attached to play Clinton at different points in her life.

If I told you right now I was making all of the above up, you'd probably believe me, and with good reason.

But I'm not. That's real.

This was based on a best-selling "novel," supposedly.

Australia's oldest museum held a children's night-time event, including a "Lego pit" where a bunch of kids could play with blocks together.

So obviously a couple of guys dressed in lingerie fetish gear decided they would get in the Lego pit with the children.

Australia's oldest museum has defended allowing a man dressed in women's fetish gear play with Lego at a children's night time event - after pictures of him outraged parents across Australia.

Horrified parents complained to security staff and event organisers about the disturbing scenes at a popular weekly event at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

The photos from a recent Nights at the Museum event during the Easter school holidays show a man in fetish gear sitting with a group of young children building with blocks in the Lego pit.


The man is pictured in a midriff top and mini skirt outfit accessorised with fishnet stockings and a suspender belt. He's sitting next to a man dressed in similar attire.

The man's scantily clad outfit appears to be inspired by cross-dressing lothario 'Frank-N-Furter', the lead character originally played by Tim Curry in the 1970s cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

'He's sitting there with his full package out,' one horrified parent said. 'Disgusting.'

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But the Museum defended the pervert's right to play with children while in panties and stockings and garters:

The Australian Museum has defended the attendee complained about, claiming the individual was in 'fancy dress'.


"Shameless partisan hack" John Harwood argues that people are actually doing better under Biden's inflation.

John Harwood @JohnJHarwood

in Washington debate, inflation is "crushing" families

in real life, pandemic relief has eased the pain

Moody's economist: "excess saving cushioned the impact, even for lower-income households

"households are for the most part in a good financial place"

Let's see how this simple-minded partisan flatulence-recycler reported on Trump's tax cuts in 2018: Oh, I see.

He reported that people were actually losing money due to Trump's tax cuts, and "at best," were "breaking even."

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Biden's inflation is good, but Trump's tax cuts were bad!

This guy claims to be a "journalist." Worked at the New York Times and MSNBC. He now works for CNN (of course).

They allowed him to moderate a Republican debate one time.

Never again.


Whoopie Goldberg scolds the Archbishop of San Francisco, telling him, literally -- I am not making this up -- that deciding who is and is not in compliance with the Catholic Church's teachings and therefore is eligible to take communion "is not your job, dude."

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¡Aye, Dios Mio! FJB Hits 60% Disapproval With Lantinexexexes

—Ace

¡Ayúdemi! Joe Biden se ha caido y no puede levantarse!

Three-fifths of US Hispanics dislike the job President Biden is doing, according to a new survey out this week -- yet another sign of widespread discontent as Americans grapple with the ongoing border crisis, baby formula shortage and skyrocketing inflation.

The Quinnipiac University survey published Wednesday found that just 26% of Hispanics approve of Biden's performance, while 60% disapprove and 13% said they did not know or had no opinion.

The survey interviewed 1,586 adults, including 132 self-reported Hispanics. The margin of error among the group was 8.5 percentage points.

Despite the small sample, the poll result marks a reversal from the fall of 2020, when Biden won Hispanic voters by a 2-to-1 margin over Donald Trump.

In addition, a similar survey done by Quinnipiac at this time last year found that 55% of Hispanic voters approved of Biden while only 29% disapproved.

The poll shows Democrats losing the midterms, of course:

Guy Benson @guypbenson

Biden overall approval 35/57, GOP +4 on generic ballot in this Q-poll

There was bad news for Biden in last week's polling, too: 75% of voters say we're on the wrong track.

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Is This Something?
Answer: Yes, This Is Something

—Ace

Trailer for new Mission: Impossible movie, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One.

I knew they were filming two movies back-to-back; I didn't know it was supposed to be one big story.

Eh. I don't love that part of it, but I think they're just doing that because all of their plots are the same plot (guy is going to blow up the world) and here they've come up with a new wrinkle on that plot, and making the two movies two parts of one story lets them use that same plot twice.

That plot?

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“George P. Bush, the last remaining member of his famous family to hold elected office, lost his bid for Texas attorney general Tuesday night.” George P. is the nephew of W and the son of Jeb. He was crushed 68% to 32% by Ken Paxton in the Republican runoff. Even in Texas, voters are tired of the Bush dynasty. [Buck]
Watch Starliner's Return to Earth "The astronauts on ISS closed the hatch yesterday on Boeing's Starliner manned capsule in preparation for its return to Earth today, with a planned landing at White Sands, New Mexico, at 6:49 pm (Eastern)." Link to Bob Zimmerman's Behind the Black blog [J.J. Sefton]
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UPDATE: Chris [Stirewalt] is joining the endlessly talented George Will and others at Nexstar's NewsNation as Senior Politics Editor where he will help build the network into a 24/7 nonpartisan news source. Posted by: Jane D'oh

I love that we're on a first-name basis with this sadsack
There is an apparently endless funding pool for leftwing networks who claim to be "nonpartisan." Because there's going to be a lot of Election Fortifyin' goin' on.
Shock Horror: New York Yankees Player Makes 'Racist' Remark to Black Player!
Robert Spencer nails it! And he will be on the next CJN podcast that drops tonight or tomorrow. [CBD]
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Saturday Night Live is not funny but that's okay, it pushes the approved Men Are Stupid and Useless message The Regime approves
BTW I have no idea what all these idiotic shows are that you obviously spend all day watching, Female Writers of SNL. So who's the idiot here?
Which countries will be the next Sri Lankas?
70 countries are listed as in possible danger of defaulting on their sovereign debt. 107 have at least one of the three indicators of possible sovereign default. (Among those indicators: Rising food prices and rising fuel prices. The third is rising debt payments.) This could get bad.
By the way, this is the first time I've seen this news outfit, "WION," The World Is One Network, a privately owned Indian news company. I don't know anything about them besides what Wikipedia says. This report seems professional enough. I'm at the point where if it's not American, I trust it more.
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Evangelos Odysseus Papathanassiou, the composer who went by the name Vangelis has passed away at 79. Vangelis is best known for his theme for the 1981 film "Chariots of Fire," the iconic soundtrack for "Blade Runner" and many other films. Always one of my favorites for haunting, evocative, modern orchestral works. RIP. [J.J. Sefton]
At 6:54 pm (Eastern) tonight a ULA Atlas-5 rocket will launch Boeing's manned Starliner capsule on its second attempt to complete an unmanned demo mission to ISS. NASA's live coverage will begin at 6 pm on NASA-TV. I have embedded the youtube channel of this live stream below the fold. At the moment the station is broadcasting its regular NASA propaganda (some of which is actually informative).
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Doug Mastriano is projected to (easily) win the Republican nomination for governor.
For Senate, it's a two way race between McCormick (32.1%) and Oz (30.8%). The two front Establishment-Trump attack on Kathy Barnette seems to have doomed her to third (23.2%). F*** Sean Hanity.
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