Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday DIY - Dow Dives, Elections Trickle Forward, Misdismal Information Board Folds, Lefties Threaten Supreme Court

This may become a Thursday standard at least for a while, since I have a standing obligation Thursday mornings:

It's the Economy, Stupid

Dow drops 1,100 points for its biggest decline since 2020 as the sell-off this year on Wall Street intensifies
Ace of Spades HQ Dow Posts Biggest Loss Since 2020 In What Analysts Are Calling "Putin's Plunge"
This could be a lost decade for stocks – HotAir
Welcome back Carter: Yellen acknowledges "stagflationary effects" from energy, food price spirals – HotAir
Core Retail Financials Now Showing Results of Inflation Squeeze, Wal Mart and Target Stocks Hit Hard - The Last Refuge
FDA Suddenly Cares About Babies, Strikes Deal With Formula Maker - Victory Girls Blog
House Dem: The baby formula shortage might be caused by parental hoarding – HotAir
Biden Administration Invoke Defense Production Act, HHS Will Now Control Means of Production for Baby Formula and Ensure Distribution Equity - The Last Refuge
Report, JP Morgan Predicts National Average Gasoline Prices Over $6 Gallon by August - The Last Refuge
Gas stations in Washington reprogram pumps to prepare for $10-a-gallon fuel | Daily Mail Online
Illinois' record high gas prices could go higher | Illinois | thecentersquare.com
Alberta Premier Mocks Biden for Refusing Canadian Oil: 'You Don’t Need the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet to Patrol the Great Lakes' – PJ Media
Biden Raid On Critical Strategic Petroleum Reserve Leaves Lowest Level In 35 Years | The Daily WireDCCC polling: Winter is coming – HotAir

All Things Election Related

Democrats Deserve to Be Completely Destroyed in Upcoming Elections - The American Spectator 
GOP primary turnout suggests red wave in November midterms
Looks like it's Mastriano for PA Gov – HotAir
Elon Musk: I can't vote Democratic because they've become the party of division and hate – HotAir
Elon Musk Announces Publicly He Can No Longer Support Democrats, Will Vote Republican - The Last Refuge
Last night's big winner: Ron DeSantis? – HotAir
Winners and losers from Tuesday’s primaries | The Hill
Trump: Dr. Oz won and should declare victory so that McCormick can't cheat – HotAir
What happened to Kathy Barnette? – HotAir
Official Pennsylvania Republican Senate Primary Result Will Likely Take Weeks to Decide - The Last Refuge
Is John Fetterman the future of the Democratic Party? – HotAir
Printing errors mar mailed ballots in Oregon, Pennsylvania | AP News
Printing errors in mailed ballots will delay election results in Pennsylvania, Oregon | The Post Millennial
Will 2022 Vote Be Fair? Nearly A Third Of Americans Say No: I&I/TIPP Poll – Issues & Insights
How the Left Shuts Down Talk of Election Fraud - The Stream
N.Y. Democrats Lament New Court-Ordered District Map – PJ Media

Misdismal Education

REPORT: Princeton Professor Faces Termination After Opposing Wokeness
Bedlam in Bellingham : The Other McCain

Misdismal Information

WaPo: Right-wing bells are breaking up that ol' Disinformation Governance Board of ours – HotAir
Ace of Spades HQ "Disinformation Governance Board" On "Pause" Due to Backlash
Althouse: "Now, just three weeks after its announcement, the Disinformation Governance Board is being 'paused, according to multiple employees at DHS..."
Interesting, DHS Pauses Disinformation Governance Board, Ministry of Truth Head Nina Jankowicz Removed - The Last Refuge
Instapundit » Blog Archive » NINA JANKOWICZ’S FAULTY RECORD, NOT HER CRITICS, DOOMED THE DISINFORMATION BOARD: And The Washington…
Taylor Lorenz blames ‘coordinated right-wing attacks’ after Biden’s Ministry of Truth reportedly hits the pause button; UPDATE: Nina Jankowicz has resigned – twitchy.com
Breaking911 on Twitter: "DOOCY: "The disinformation board is being shutdown because of disinformation? Is that what's happening here?" JEAN-PIERRE: "There's been mischaracterizations by outside forces." https://t.co/9p1XvMPk3K" / Twitter
Did the Disinformation Governance Board originate in a D.C. think tank? | Just The News
Biden’s new ‘misinformation czar’ is a Hunter laptop denier - The Spectator World
Biden Admin Plans To Roll Back Trump-Era Free Speech Protections In Education | The Daily Caller

Jan 6 and other Political Violence

Pro-abortion advocates threaten to storm the Supreme Court, burn it down, and murder justices – Behind The Black – Robert Zimmerman
Pro-Abortion Extremists Threaten To Burn Down, Storm Supreme Court, Murder Justices, Government Memo Reveals | The Daily Wire
AG Garland: Threats of violence against Justices are 'dangerous to our democracy' and won't be tolerated – HotAir
Leaked memo shows DHS preparing for violence after abortion ruling
Colbert Declares Half of Republicans Agree With Buffalo Shooter | Newsbusters
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 on Twitter: "The DC Jail is an absolute disgrace. Today, @replouiegohmert and I hand-delivered a letter to @MayorBowser demanding answers and an immediate tour of the jail to conduct Congressional oversight. https://t.co/HH0MSxUqqh" / Twitter

Tattoo Thursday


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Durham Digs In

As promised, the trial of Michael Sussman on the charge of lying to the FBI on behalf of the Hillary Clinton, for the purpose of deceiving them into starting an investigation into the Trump campaign in order to discredit him started on Monday. NYPo, Trial opens in Trump-Russia case of Hillary Clinton’s ‘Alfa Bank’ lawyer. Vicky Taft at PJ Media says It's Show Time for John Durham. Margot Cleveland at Da Fed thinks This Week’s Spygate Trial Is Bad News For Hillary Clinton.  Andy McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor and never-Trump conservative explains how One lie that hides an enormous conspiracy: Inside the trial that exposes Clinton’s plot to slander Trump. At The Treehouse, Sundance  presents Sunday Talks, Bartiromo Interviews Nunes and Patel About Sussmann Trial



The first day was consumed by jury selection, and as expected in a city where about 90% of the electorate voted for Hillary Clinton, the results may have been less than favorable to the prosecution. Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx, Sussmann jury selected as Durham makes rare appearance
Many of the members of the broader jury pool, as well as some selected for the jury itself, expressed strong disdain for former President Donald Trump and/or support for Clinton. Most said they hadn't heard of the Sussmann case until the judge told them about it last week.

“I remembered that the 2016 election was kind of a mess and that there were a lot of shenanigans,” one of the selected jurors told the court. She said she “strongly” disliked Trump and that she didn’t think she could be impartial if the case was about someone on his team but noted that "if it’s not directly about Trump,” then she could be impartial.

Another selected juror, a man who works for the Treasury Department, said he had donated money to the Democratic side during the 2016 primaries but said he believed he could be fair. He was also aware that Robby Mook, one of the names listed on a jury questionnaire, had worked for the Clinton campaign. (Mook was the campaign manager.)
. . .
Judge Christopher Cooper said the "case certainly has political overtones” and that “we’re not here to relitigate the 2016 election.” Cooper repeatedly told jurors, “Donald Trump is not on trial. Hillary Clinton is not on trial.”

The case will be a big test for Durham. The nation’s capital, and thus many of its jury pools, is overwhelmingly Democratic. Clinton received 90.9% of the vote, while Trump received 4.1% in 2016. In 2020, President Joe Biden got 92.1%, while Trump received 5.4%.

John Sexton at Haut Hair, With jury selection complete, opening arguments in the Sussmann trial will start tomorrow morning. NYPo, Judge allows Hillary, AOC donors in jury pool for ex-Clinton-lawyer’s Russia trial. Aaron Kliegman at JTN also notes Juror donations, judge’s family ties at Sussmann trial spotlight DC's liberal leanings, "Presiding judge's wife represents former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose texts critical of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump led to her departure."

On the second day, yesterday, the prosecution began to present it's actual case. Brooke Singman at Fox, Sussmann-Durham trial: Prosecution says Clinton lawyer used FBI to create an 'October surprise' against Trump. Sundance, Special Prosecutor Frames the Background of the Sussmann Case, The FBI Was Manipulated, Duped by Clinton Campaign. John Sexton at Haut Hair, Prosecutor says Sussmann tried to 'use the FBI as a political tool'. Techno Fog, Day 1 of the Michael Sussmann Trial. Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx again, FBI agent at Sussmann trial says he rejected Alfa-Bank claims within days.

I still maintain that the FBI under Comey, Strzok and Gray was raring to go to get Trump, and was willing to overlook little things like lack of coherence in the evidence, the fact that it was sourced from the Clinton campaign in order to get moving on, first, preventing Trump from winning the election, and having failed at that, hamstring him as much as possible with investigations, including providing the Democrats with excuses to impeach.

And that, in my mind, is far worse than any dirty trick by the opposition party. 

Beach Report 5/18/22: Meg!

Georgia found this today, and even had the presence of mind to take a picture of it before she picked it up.

Skye and I had gone ahead, and taken the opportunity afforded by a low tide to go past the big down tree at Matoaka. Georgia decided not to clamber over, and stayed on the south side looking amid the clay boulders.
4 1/2 inches on the slant (the tooth measuring standard), and in all but perfect shape, a little chipped one edge

Another gorgeous day, sunny, low 60s, with just the right amount of breeze

My paltry contribution.


Primary Results, Hunger Games, Gas Prices Hit New High, Inflation Stagnates

A pretty full bag today. As we noted yesterday, it was primary day for the 2022 midterm. There are lot's of sites to get the rundown, Red State, LIVE ELECTION RESULTS: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon Primaries, PJ Media, LIVE RESULTS: Primaries in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon, Sundance at CTH, Primary Elections in Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania – Results and Open Discussion, Twitchy, PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS: PA, NC, KY, ID, and OR. AP, Midterm updates. AllahPundit at Haut Hair, Live results: Girondins vs. Montagnards in Pennsylvania. Which brings us to the race of most interest (IHMO), the GOP Senate race in Pennsylvania, touted as at test of Trumps power of endorsement, JTN's Nicholas Ballasy,  Trump support of Dr. Oz puts kingmaker status to the test in 3-way Pennsylvania GOP primary race. In this race TV hucksdoctor Mehmet Oz, noted insurrectionist and racist, Kathy Barnett and plain vanilla Republican Dave McCormick were pretty close in the last polls, with Oz on top, closely followed by Barnette and McCormick. Currently, Oz and McCormick are dueling it while mail in vote comes in, with Oz at 32.26% and McCormick with 32.06%, and Barnette stuck in the 20% range.  This report from Breitbart appears to have played out, Poll: Kathy Barnette Losing Support, Voters Shifting to David McCormick, Carla Sands. At PJ Media, Bob Spencer wonders Does Dr. Mehmet Oz Believe in the Freedom of Speech? Now Dr. Oz Wants His Senate Race Opponent Barred From the Race for Thoughtcrime. From the Wombats In The Mailbox: 05.17.22  Da Tech Guy: A Black Woman For The GOP. Or not. 

Another race of note was that of the young and 'controversial' but Trump endorsed Republican Matthew Cawthorn in NC. Insty, BREAKING: Madison Cawthorn Projected to Lose Primary After Series of Scandals, Per Projection. UPDATE: Cawthorn concedes North Carolina GOP House primary after string of missteps. NYPO, Rep. Madison Cawthorn loses North Carolina GOP primary after public stumbles. Althouse cites the NYT, "The defeat for now ends Mr. Cawthorn’s brief political career, which began with the promise of being the youngest person ever elected to Congress." 

When I saw the news about Cawthorn, I did not think: Where will his meteoric career zoom next. I thought: Okay, now I don't have to think about Madison Cawthorn anymore.
Was she worried Democrats might assassinate him?

Overall, though, Trump recommendations seemed to still carry weight, which will have the Democrats and media (but I redund) shrieking with rage. WaEx, Trump-endorsed Rep. Ted Budd wins GOP Senate nomination in North Carolina and PM, Trump-backed candidates dominate in Kentucky primaries.

POLL: Democratic Party Has Lowest Net Favorability Rating Compared to Eight Other Political Figures, Institutions. NewsMax reports Musk: Ineffective Biden, Democrats Controlled by Lawyers, Unions. KT at Haut Hair. Elon Musk rips Biden as the Anchorman president on the teleprompter. And from the Wombats In The Mailbox: 05.17.22 Twitchy: Elon Musk Will Vote Republican For The First Time. But I'm they can find a way to disappoint him. ADN America, Democrats Surrender Florida: Republican lawmakers slam Biden's 'concessions to brutal Cuban dictatorship' "Biden administration waves white flag, surrenders Florida by easing Trump era sanctions by risking huge Cuban American vote of millions." Scott McKay at Am Spec, Ultra-MAGA? More Like Ultra-Incompetent.

Politico, is ‘Absolutely stunned’: New York House map sets off chaos, backbiting among Dems. Althouse, "Fearing ‘Extinction-Level Event,’ N.Y. Democrats Turn Against Each Other." "That's a headline in the NYT. Subhead: "Newly drawn congressional maps have led some House members to quickly lay claim to certain districts, even if it means challenging fellow incumbents." Herr Professor Jacobsen at LI, sees New York Redistricting Turns From Dem Triumph To Dem Washout, "Draft map proposed by court-appointed Special Master is a disaster for Democrats, including pitting two big Dems — Nadler and Maloney — against each other."

On the baby formula crisis, Da Caller note Now Even MSNBC Is Grilling Biden Officials Over Formula Shortage: ‘Soon’ Sounds Good If You Don’t Have A Baby Who’s Hungry.’ Breitbart, FDA, Abbott Nutrition Agree on Plan to Restart Michigan Baby Formula Factory and Nolte: Joe Biden’s Baby Formula Locating Website Is a Disaster. I don't care how good or bad the website is; if the formula supply is only 50-70 of the demand, some babies are going to suffer. Babies don't drink websites. Athena Thorne at PJ Media notices something odd, Wait, What? HALF of Infants in the U.S. Are on WIC?! Starting the culture of dependency early. Gabi was in the WIC program because her parents had low incomes at the time. PM, Biden admin to issue approval for imported baby formula in lackluster response to shortage. If it was bad then, why isn't it bad now? Of course, it was just mostly protectionism. I&I asks What’s Wrong With Price ‘Gouging’ In Baby Formula Crisis? "Gouging" is a weasel word, short supply will always lead to higher prices. From the Wombats In The Mailbox: 05.17.22  American Power, The Age of Rationing, "From David Dayen, at the American Prospect, "From pandemic supply chain snarls to baby formula shortages, we forgot that physical production isn't magic, and we need to engineer it for stability."


Matt Margolis at PJ Media sees Historic! Gas Prices Are Over $4 a Gallon in All 50 States for the First Time Ever. Breitbart, Biden’s America: Gas Prices Reach Another All-Time High. Walleye Pete told me he had a $1000 a week gas bill. Tampa Freep notes how Biden Turns To Venezuelan Dictator For Oil After Canceling US Lease Sales   PM, Biden admin to ease sanctions on Venezuela to facilitate oil imports. Heaven forfend the US should drill it's way of this crisis the way we did under Trump. Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair, observes Man, liberals are desperate to blame the GOP for gas prices. Anything but accept responsibility. From the Wombats In The Mailbox: 05.17.22, Leslie Eastman at LI, Seventeen States File Lawsuit Against EPA Because it Allowed California to Set Vehicle Standards, "The lawsuit claims that Michael Regan, the agency’s administrator, violated a doctrine in the U.S. Constitution granting states equal sovereignty." wretchardthecat@wretchardthecat, "While it's true the future can't be foretold, in retrospect canceling nuke powerplants, abandoning pipelines and stopping oil drilling was probably a dumb thing to do, seeing the shortage we're in."

"Putin deserves the blame for a lot of things, but not skyrocketing inflation." At Da Caller ‘That’s Not How You’re Going To Solve Inflation’: CNBC Host Calls Out Pete Buttigieg To His Face. At WaPoo, the occasionally sensible Megan McArdle opines Biden is doing nothing to fight inflation. We should be grateful for that. Almost certainly true. 

At WaEx, WATCH: Dinesh D'Souza's 2000 Mules returns to theaters for a typical release. Wash DC Bus Daily, Swing state election officials quiet on '2,000 Mules' documentary. Mark Tapscott at Insty, GOP SENATOR’S SON SINKING MICHIGAN VOTER ID EXPANSION: Odds are you’ve never heard of Andy Blunt. He’s the son of retiring Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican. "Andy Blunt and two of his Republican consulting firm partners are partnering with one of the many George Soros-funded leftist dark money groups to oppose efforts to strengthen Michigan’s voter ID requirements, according to the Washington Free Beacon’s Collin Anderson."

Althouse, "As a practical matter, personal loans will sometimes be the only way for an unknown challenger with limited connections to front-load campaign spending."
"And early spending — and thus early expression — is critical to a newcomer’s success. A large personal loan also may be a useful tool to signal that the political outsider is confident enough in his campaign to have skin in the game, attracting the attention of donors and voters alike."

Wrote Chief Justice John Roberts, quoted in "Supreme Court Rules for Ted Cruz in Campaign Finance Case/The Texas senator challenged a federal law that put a $250,000 cap on repayments of candidates’ loans to their campaigns using postelection contributions" (NYT).

Laura Hanford at Da Fed catches Fairfax, Virginia Schools May Expel Elementary Students For ‘Misgendering’ People "In Fairfax County, Virginia, changes set to be approved May 26 would punish ‘malicious misgendering’ at the same level as assault and battery." Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?" At the Right Scoop, Mom reads daughter’s homework assignment and immediately gets shut down by school board

NYPo, Pennsylvania teacher busted for sexual relationship with student after husband alerts principal "Remarkably, Ortz’s predecessor as the school’s music director, Jonathan Priano, 37, is facing similar charges of sexual misconduct with students."

Ace hears Ketanji-Brown Refuses to Condemn Supreme Court Leak, Refuses to Condemn Intimidating "Protests" of Justices at Their Homes. PM, Biden, Harris 'energized' to see pro-abortion protests. As Mia Cathell at Town Hall observes, Pro-Abortion 'Summer of Rage' Already Turns Violent. Ace, again, Unifying Healer and Restorer of Norms Joe Biden Decries "Politics," Then Links Buffalo Shooting to January 6, "And calls for, what else, gun confiscation." As the redoubtable Julie Kelly at Am Great notes No Data Supports Threat of ‘White Supremacists’ "Joe Biden will use the blood of innocents to paint millions of Americans as “white supremacists” and wannabe terrorists simply for supporting the opposite political party." At RCP, Sen. Gillibrand on Buffalo Shooting: "You Don't Have To Regulate Speech, You Can Regulate Misinformation". Even AllahPundit appalled at New York governor: I'll protect free speech but I won't protect hate speech

And some DIY on the "Ministry of Misdismal Information" and Elon Musks Twitter bid:

Busted: Biden's "Minster of Truth" Nina Jankowicz Participated in Secret NATO-Funded Cabal to Subvert Western Democracies Using Disinformation as Cover - Revolver
Ace of Spades HQ Senate Democrats Cancel Hearings With Members of Orwellian "Disinformation Governance Board" to Hide Their Lunatic "Mary Poppins of Disinformation," Nina Jankowicz
BREAKING: So Much for ‘Nonpartisan’! Biden Disinfo Board Leader Jennifer Daskal Is a Biden Donor | Newsbusters
Instapundit » Blog Archive » ROGER KIMBALL: Further Thoughts on Our Ministry of Truth. The fact that the director of this new …
Elon Musk Indicates Twitter Deal Cannot Move Forward Unless Platform Proves Fake Accounts Less Than 5 Percent - The Last Refuge
Instapundit » Blog Archive » TWITTER IS A GARBAGE SERVICE FULL OF BOTS, AND ITS EXECUTIVES ARE GARBAGE PEOPLE FULL OF SHIT: …
Elon Musk’s Twitter Detractors Were Subsidized With $10.5 Million In Taxpayer Funds
Elon Musk Demands Transparency on Fake and Spam Accounts for Deal to Move Forward
Project Veritas Catches Vicious Twitter Executive Dismissing Free Speech and Mocking People with Asperger's, Elon Musk Reacts - The Last Refuge
Elon Musk Describes Current Status of Twitter Offer in His Own Words - The Last Refuge
Half of Joe Biden's Twitter followers are fake, audit reveals
'Twitter does not believe in free speech': Twitter engineer recorded saying they censor the right | Daily Mail Online
Longtime Elon Musk backer says Twitter deal will close at lower price
Musk says Twitter deal is dead unless CEO can prove spam stats | TechCrunch
Ace of Spades HQ Netflix Lays Off 150 "Workers"

The Wednesday Wetness


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Forget It Jake, It's Baltimore

Baltimore's first family of corruption
WJZ13 Baltimore, Baltimore Lawmakers Ask City Council President Nick Mosby To Return Donations That Violate Ethics Law






A group of Baltimore city council members is asking Council President Nick Mosby to return the money collected by a fund that was created to cover his legal expenses, according to the Baltimore Banner.

The Baltimore City Board of Ethics said on Thursday that Mosby violated the city’s ethics law when he accepted the donations. His wife, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, benefited from the donations too.

All four members of the board found the donations violated a section of the ethics law prohibiting “a public servant from soliciting—or facilitating the solicitation of—a gift from a controlled donor,” according to a newly published report.

The group of local lawmakers—consisting of Zeke Cohen, Kris Burnett, James Torrence, Ryan Dorsey, Phylicia Porter, and Odette Ramos—sent their refund request to Mosby in a letter, which was obtained by Baltimore Banner staff on Saturday.

“The Ethic Board’s Administrative Order provides a clear and straightforward path for you to correct your multiple Ethics violations,” the letter states. “For the sake of the trust and morale of both the public and the City Council, we ask that you immediately and fully comply with the Order.”

Baltimore Banner reporter Emily Sullivan noted that the eight council members who did not issue a public comment on the ethics debacle were allies of Mosby “appointed by him to lead legislative committees or introduce bills on his behalf.”

If rules aren't enforced, don't they become just sort of "guidelines?"



Beach Report 5/17/22

Oh my, what a glorious day. 80 F, with low humidity, blue skies, with just the proper amount of breeze.
We found a veritable plethora of shark's teeth, and other fossils, including a wide variety of positions of Snaggletooth sharks, but nothing especially note worthy.


Primary Day in Pennsylvania, 'Wrong Way' Biden, Food Shortages, 'Summer of Rage Loom

 It's primary day for congressional candidates in 5 states today, notably Pennsylvania, where the GOP Senate race seems to be at a dead heat between Trump's chose Dr. Mehmet Oz, who may or not be a good Republican, David McCormick, who appears to represent the "old GOP", content to lose gracefully, and Kathy Barnette, a black woman veteran, who appears to be the unendorsed "Ultra-MAGA" choice. Trafalgar, cited by Haut Hair, Final Pennsylvania poll: Oz 28.5, Barnette 26.8, McCormick 21.6. Sundance, Pennsylvania Senate Republican Race is a Dead Heat as Candidates Make Closing Arguments and Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Kathy Barnette Appears on Fox News to Answer Critics. AllahPundit at Haut Hair is pissed that Kathy Barnette says I'm not supporting a "globalist" GOP Senate nominee if I lose tomorrow and  "Where in the hell is the loyalty?": GOP populists feud in Pennsylvania. NR warns the GOP is Throwing Away Pennsylvania.

"Everybody" is talking about a new NBC poll. Via the Wombat's, In The Mailbox: 05.16.22, Jordan Boyd at Da Fed reports 75% Of Americans Think Biden Is Taking The Country In The Wrong Direction. Bonchie at Red State says the Democrats' Last, Best Hope for the Mid-Terms Crashes and Burns in New PollHaleyFan@NikkiHaleyFan02,"NBC news poll US moving in.. Right direction 16% Wrong direction 75% (worst since Oct 2008) Biden approval Approve 39% Disapprove 56% Top issues - cost of living - inflation ^ Biden approval on them Approve 23% / 33% Disapprove 71% / 62% http://pos.org/wp-content/upl…" LI, NBC Poll: 75% Say Country On Wrong Track; Biden Approval At 39% "Chuck Todd: “President Biden’s numbers have hit a new low. Only 39 percent approve of his job performance against 56 percent who disapprove. In fact, the president has become as unpopular as Donald Trump in this poll”" Sundance at CTH, NBC Poll, Contracted to Same Democrat Firm Who Created Ultra MAGA Branding Effort, Reflects Highest Disapproval Ever for Joe Biden

Rick Moran at PJ Media notes the AP Is Aghast That the GOP Would Use Biden's Failures as a Political Weapon. Aghast!. Ace, As Hispanics Trend Republican, Democrats Demand the Department Of Justice "Protect" Hispanic Communities from "Disinformation"

Are you kidding me.

Twitchy notes this prior (May 2) Reuters article reporting on inflation driving Hispanics to consider voting GOP:
. . .
And now Democrats are demanding the DOJ start censoring "disinformation" that could hurt Democrats in Hispanic areas.

At the Washington Monthly How the End of Roe Can (And Can’t) Save the Democrats, "Abortion can galvanize Democrats, but only if they viscerally feel that their lives are being upended." I don't buy it. All the rabid abortion promoters already vote Democrat, once, if not twice or more. Politico claims Pollsters prepare for major changes after presidential election misses. But we've heard this before, and nothing changes. Somehow, they usually get to answer they like, even if it's wrong. 

At Fox, Is Trump faceoff with Pence in Georgia GOP gubernatorial showdown an early 2024 skirmish? Pence is nowhere without Trump. At Slay, Melania Trump Puts Jill Biden on Notice over White House Return: ‘Never Say Never’. Capt. Ed at Haut Hair, Yuuuuge SCOTUS news: Ted Cruz can keep fundraising. Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media thinks Kamala Harris Exists to Make Joe Biden Seem Coherent. If so, it's not working. 

At WaEx, Court-drawn House map could devastate Democratic chances in midterm elections and from Da Hill, Nadler, Maloney set to square off in redrawn New York House district. Bwahahaha!

Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair observes Popularity of mail-in voting plummets in 2022. Cheaters and Democrats (but I redund) hurt worst. At Am Think Clarice calls it The Internal Revenue (Election Rigging) Service.

At Spin, Strangeness and Charm, Looking around, May 15: the true story behind the US baby formula shortage. We're going to starve babies out of an abundance of caution over their health. Katie Arrington@karringtonsc, "It only took 15 months to go from “Build Back Better” to “there will be a baby formula shortage”." Capt. Ed at Haut Hair CNN: The Biden admin's response to baby-formula crisis is as useless as you'd expect, but with less mean tweets. 

At YaHoo! ‘Apocalyptic’: Why experts fear a steep surge in food prices Bjorn Lomborg@BjornLomborg "Belarus produces more than 10% of world's potash — crucial for food production They've just announced they can't fulfill their export promises, bc of sanctions This could drive up food prices substantially." Sundance, India Reverses Prior Position and Will Now Block Further Wheat Exports, Triggering G7 Concerns, also, Sunday Talks, Goldman Sachs CEO LLoyd Blankfein Still Sees Demand Side Inflation.

ADN America, POLL: Voters in battleground states oppose transgender agenda. Ace, It's Not Enough That These Barely-Sentient Freaks Want To Groom Your Children; They Want Primacy In All Things, Including Your Children's Names! KT at Haut Hair sees Senator Lummis apologizes for speaking the truth about science and two sexes. At Twitchy, Seattle high school claims that 80 percent of its students identify as LGBTQ+, non-binary, or transgender. OK, groomers! Stacey Matthews at LI, Netflix ‘Culture Memo’ Tells Woke Employees That ‘Netflix May Not Be the Best Place for You’.

On Da Hill, ‘Coalition for TJ’ ruling shows courts can stop cheating on race preferences

From the Tampa Freep, a Poll: Three-Fourths Of Americans Condemn Protesters Going To Justices’ Homes. Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair wonders Are you sure you want to call the Roe protests "the summer of rage?"  Da Wire, Profanity, Vulgarity, And Abortion: Thousands Gather At Washington, D.C. Abortion Rights Rally Amid Turmoil Over Roe.  At Da Fed, Virginia’s GOP Leaders Say They Can’t Enforce The Law Against Leftists Harassing SCOTUS Justices, sort of a technicality; they don't actually control the police or prosecutors in the blue cities where the justices live. 

At PM, Republicans will subpoena Dems over Jan. 6 if they take a House majority. "Pelosi has said she’s not afraid of being required to testify." Seems fair; how about subpoenaing all her correspondence too? As Deroy Murdock reminds us from Town Hall, 'Insurrectionist' Trump Approved National Guard Troops for D.C. on Jan 6. Dems Said No.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 05.16.22Am Great, Brandon J. Weichert Assassinating Elon Musk? Capt. Ed, Twitter CEO to Musk: Let us count all the ways in which you can't quantify spam. Sundance, The Twitter Bot Inquiry Intensifies as Musk is Seemingly Stiff Armed and Sunday Talks, Bartiromo Interviews Nunes and Patel About Musk and Twitter

Fox, Bill Maher rails against Nina Jankowicz, 'Disinfo Governance Board': 'These are not bright people' "The HBO star says critics are right to compare the DHS board to Orwell's 'Ministry of Truth'" The broken clock. Stacey Matthews at LI, Netflix ‘Culture Memo’ Tells Woke Employees That ‘Netflix May Not Be the Best Place for You’

A Tuesday Tune - Nothing Else Matters

 or at least the solo: 


When and where were you born and raised?

I was born in 2002 in a small city in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Then I moved to Minas Gerais (a Brazilian state) and I was raised here.

Aside from music, what studies and jobs do you have or have had in the past?

Last year I got into engineering school and then changed to architecture. I haven’t really started it because of the pandemic but my true passion is definitely music, that’s why I’m planning to change to music school so I can dedicate to what I love the most.

Monday, May 16, 2022

I'm Back!

Walleye Pete called a short notice walk-on trip yesterday when his charter for the day cancelled because they were afraid of thunderstorms, based on a forecast for storms in the afternoon. Pete was pretty sure he could get a full day in before anything hit. He was right. He had no trouble getting 5 of us to sign on with less than 24 hours notice. 

Sunrise over the Eastern Shore
A pretty typical fishing spot. Some spots held fish, some didn't. Today was the first day of regular Striped Bass season, during which recreational anglers can keep1 fish over 19 inches, or 2, if fishing with a charter captain like Pete (a sop to the captains to help their businesses).
We picked out a limit of legal Striped Bass by about 11 AM, and set our sights on Speckled Trout. It's pretty early in the year for good Speck fishing, but Pete had caught 6 in the previous couple of days, and headed off to spots where he thought the chances for Specks were better.
Sure enough, we started catching Specks mixed in with some even better Stripers, that we had to throw back.
A particularly nice speck, at 24 inches.
Somehow, the specks managed to stay off my line (although I lost two fish that might have been specks based on what others were catching), but I did catch the biggest striper of the day, which Pete generously estimated to be 30 inches, returned to the water for another day.


Gone Fishin'

 But not like this:



Back later with pictures.

The Monday Morning Stimulus


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Hollywood Groomers Convicted

In England, BIC, Doctor Strange Actress And Husband Found Guilty Of Grooming And Sexually Abusing Young Girl

Zara Phythian, an actress whose most notable credit was serving as the ‘brunette zealot’ who served under the main villain of Marvel’s first Doctor Strange film, has been found guilty of having groomed and sexually abused a young girl in cooperation with her husband, Victor Marke.

The couple were unanimously found guilty of various counts of joint and individual child sexual abuse on May 11th following two days of delibration by a Nottingham, England crown court jury.

 

As reported by UK news outlet The Times, the bit Marvel actress – tried under her married name Zara Marke – was “found guilty of 14 charges of sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 15 committed between 2005 and 2008,” while Victor was “found guilty of the same 14 offences.”

Ordering them into holding ahead of a formal sentencing hearing on Monday, Judge Mark Watson warned the couple, “Both of you know that the sentence I pass is likely to be measured by a considerable period of custody.”
As previously reported on April 28th, Phythian and Marke were accused of having sexually abused a young girl over the course of three years, beginning when the victim was thirteen.

Both Marke and Phythian denied these charges and pleaded not guilty before the court.

In their first incident of abuse, Phythian was said to have provided the teenager with rum before asking her if she wanted to “play dare” with Marke, after which she performed a sex act on her husband before encouraging the victim to emulate her.

 

“It was Captain Morgan’s Dark Rum. My mum did not like me drinking. I was not allowed to drink,” the victim, who came forward in 2016, told the court.

“Zara asked me if I wanted to play a game of ‘dare’, and started [performing a sex act on] Victor,” the young girl added. “She asked me to do the same. Then he took it in turns to have sex with each of us.”

“I just tried to copy Zara’s reactions and emotions, the noises she was making,” she recalled. “I had never received much attention from boys. I think I liked the attention. It just went on from there.”

They didn't even bother to waste good rum on her. 

The victim further stated, “I knew it was wrong, but I did not know how to get out of the situation, or say anything.”

“I just did whatever they asked me to do. They made it seem like I was some naughty kid and they were helping me out. I just felt like there was no way out. They told me not to say anything,” she added.

Beach Report 5/15/22

A nice warm day, 65ish and not windy. It was overcast and misty when we started, but rapidly cleared.
The beach is littered with leaves and sticks, washed in by the recent storms. It makes looking for shark's teeth tough
But not too tough. The best of my 14, a big broken Mako lower (upper), a small White Shark (lower right), and a relatively rare Thresher Shark (lower left). 


Some Sunday Politics

For what it's been lately, a relatively light load. Naomi Lim at WaEx, Biden hemorrhaging Trump voters who supported him in 2020. So, people learn from their mistakes? From Da Caller, ‘Biden’s Mistake Is … ‘: Musk Boils Down The White House, In One TweetElon Musk@elonmusk, "Biden’s mistake is that he thinks he was elected to transform the country, but actually everyone just wanted less drama" 'Becca Downs at Town Hall has Poll Results that Show Democrats May Be Doomed in Midterms Over Pro-Abortion Obsession. Abortion divides the country. It only helps Democrats in places they already win. At Da Caller again, ‘Life Hasn’t Improved’: Hispanic GOP Candidate Says Democrats Have Made Things Worse For Latino Voters. Why should they be any different than the rest of us? At the Wa Free Bee, Democrats Name Latino Outreach Program After Communist Slogan Popularized by Fidel Castro; most of them, or their ancestors, come from countries ruined by socialists and communists. From PM, It took the Biden administration 6 MONTHS of research to come up with 'ultra MAGA', ""All of that extremism gets captured in that brand," claims a member of the research team who settled on that phrase." At Mediaite, Jen Psaki Says ‘Ultra-MAGA’ is ‘The President’s Phrase,’ But New Reporting Blames Six Months of Focus Groups For It. Like abortion, it pleases those already in the house, and pushes away those outside. And Trump wears it like a crown.

At WaT, Susan Ferrechio and Mica Soellner contend that the Baby formula crisis punctuates steep decline in support for Biden, Dems, with suburban moms. FEE explains How Government Created the Baby Formula Shortage—and a Black Market for 'Unapproved' European Imports. Blaze, WaPo Fact Checker: Anger over baby formula sent to illegal immigrants when America's store shelves are bare is 'ridiculous faux outrage'. So, pretty much an opinion piece misleading labeled as a fact check. Pretty much their go to mode. HuffPoo whines (via Haut Hair) about how Elise Stefanik attacks "pedo grifters" for shortage of baby formula. Yeah; they're not all pedos. Reuters reports  Maker of Walmart, Amazon store-brand baby formulas sees shortages through rest of 2022. Across da pond at Da Mail, 'It's heartbreaking to see': Melania slams Biden over baby formula crisis and says it's 'sad' children are struggling to eat in '21st century USA – as formula boss warns crisis will last ALL YEAR.  Democrats, look on the bright side, that will take some attention away from gas prices. 

Speaking of which, Fox Business reports National gas price average hits new high on Sunday at $4.47 per gallon, Diesel also hit its own highest recorded cost at $5.56. Just shy of that here, thanks to California dragging the national average upward. Meanwhile, PM reports the Biden administration cancels sale of oil and gas lease in Alaska, "The sale would have opened up drilling potential in over one million acres in the Cook Inlet." And Anxious anxiously explains why Summer vacation is going to be expensive

At the Peacock, Inflation is costing U.S. households an extra $341 a month. Here’s what’s more expensive and how you can save some money. Vote against the Democrats. Derek Thompson at the Slantic, cited at Haut Hair, lists Nine worrying signs about the economy. Only nine? At City Journal Allison Schrager says Elizabeth Warren’s Price-Gouging Bill Flunks Basic Economics "Price Controls?! Democrats look to resurrect a completely discredited economic policy." Yeah, but it makes her really popular with economically illiterate college kids. Nick Arama at Red State notes how Jeff Bezos Just Called out Joe Biden on Twitter, Grab the Popcorn.

In random election news, Da Hill reports Trump endorses Doug Mastriano for Pennsylvania governor, Uh, OK. In the other big Pennsylvania race, for Senate, NYPo sees Trump demands Pennsylvania voters to reject Senate hopeful Kathy Barnette, in favor of fellow celebrity liberal turned conservative, Dr. Oz. "“She lost her race as a congressional candidate by more than 20 points. She was really hit hard,” Trump said in Thursday night teleconference remarks circulated by Oz’s campaign. “The problem is nobody knows what she is, what she stands for, who she is. It’s very risky because you’re going to win this with Oz,” Trump added." The race is also causing tension among Fox opinion people. At Mediaite, Mark Levin Rips Fellow Fox News Host Laura Ingraham: She ‘Has a Cork Up Her Nose’ for her antipathy to Dr. Oz. 


At Based Politics, New Evidence Shows US Attorney General Lied; FBI Did Target Parents Who Protested At School Boards, and from PM, Virginia high school launches Justice Department program that segregates teens into 'homogenous breakout groups' "The first day of the program reportedly places students in "separate homogeneous breakout groups" where they "have uncomfortable conversations about tensions in the school.""

Also from PM, Pedophile-defending prof hired by Johns Hopkins center for prevention of child sexual abuse, because nothing is too outre for academia. Also, School district files 'sexual harassment' complaint against 3 middle school students for using the wrong pronouns, "The mere use of biologically correct pronouns not only does not constitute sexual harassment under Title IX or the District’s own policy, it is also speech protected by the First Amendment."" Da Mail, Wisconsin mom says son, 13, was accused of SEXUAL HARASSMENT and hit with Title IX complaint for refusing to refer to non-binary classmate by 'they/them' pronouns. WaEx, Wisconsin middle schoolers accused of sexual harassment for using wrong pronouns. At ET, As Parents Resisted Transgender Push, Teacher Suggested Sending in Child Services. This one should really piss you off. 

Mediaite, Bill Maher Rails Against Abortion Rights Protests at Supreme Court Justices’ Homes: ‘It’s Wrong! It’s Intimidation!’. AllahPundit at Haut Hair deigns to notice, "It's wrong! It's intimidation!": Maher slams protests outside the justices' homes. Like broken clocks, both Maher and Allah. Ben Whedon at JTN, Wisconsin Sen Johnson asks AG Garland why Madison anti-abortion center attack not domestic terrorism, "Johnson highlighted ongoing protests outside the homes of the court's Republican-appointed justices" and Nicholas Ballasy notes AG Garland pointedly refuses to say if he would prosecute protesters outside justices' homes, "Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and members of Congress want attorney general to uphold a federal law that prohibits actions to intimidate judges at their private residences." Can I just eat my waffles. Jim Sherlock at Bacon's Rebellion, Fairfax County Declines Assistance in Protecting Supreme Court Justices as Unconstitutional
The Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, a career progressive politician unburdened by a law degree, has declared Fairfax County’s support of federal authorities in execution of federal law to be unconstitutional.

Not unaffordable; not wrong; but unconstitutional.

He offered that opinion to justify his decision that the Fairfax County police will not help the federal government protect three Supreme Court Justices who live in the county.

Nonsense. That is not the reason.

The Justices who live in the county are all conservatives – Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett and Clarence Thomas – under attack by the left and threatened with personal harm.

That is the reason.

If Justice Kagan had a home in Fairfax County and was threatened, the FCPD would stand up a new division to protect her. The perimeter would be a half mile in every direction. . . .

PM, Twitter alleges Elon Musk broke NDA over fake account/spam discussion. At Ace's, Pixy Misa thinks Elon Musk continues to use Twitter as his personal salt mine.

At Fox, Dan Bongino: Why the media and the left are melting down over Elon Musk, Owning history is power, said Bongino on 'Unfiltered'.  At WSJ, How Disagreement Became ‘Disinformation’ "America’s enlightened influencers mistake their interpretations of the facts for the facts themselves, giving themselves an excuse for censorship," cited heavily at The Daily Sceptic. At Da Caller, No, Jen Psaki, Trump Didn’t Start The DHS ‘Truth Ministry.’ That’s Literal Disinformation. Like a broken clock, Bill Maher Slams Biden’s ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ (Based Politics).