Sunday, February 27, 2022

Emptying the Bilge Today

OK, I'm going to try to pump the bilge, and clear the debris off the decks today and start fresh this week. Pick up a shovel and dig in. 

WaPoo whines  Post-ABC poll finds a deeply pessimistic nation, worried about the economy and Biden’s leadership, The president’s approval rating hits a new low, as voters indicate more trust in Republicans than Democrats as they approach November’s midterm elections." Fresh in from Insty, Paul Bedard at WaEx has the White House Report Card: Looking like America chose wrongly. Mike Miller at Red State, Biden Says He's Made Everything Awesome, but Americans Have a 'Psychological' Issue With Being Happy. From sundance at CTH, Very Disturbing, Joe Biden Claims Inflation Is an Imaginary American Psychosis That Does Not Exist in Reality. He's going to try and sell us a bridge or two on Tuesday. Spencer Brown at Town Hall remembers This Biden Quote on Ukraine From 2019 that Is Coming Back to Bite Him. "Imagine what he can do in another year," Biden said. "Imagine what can happen in Ukraine." ADNAmerican has a Hahvahd poll,  62% say Putin would not invade Ukraine if Trump were president. Though we can't know for sure, I think that's probably true. Landon Mion at Town Hall is amused at  Bill Maher Ripping Rashida Tlaib Over Rebuttal to Biden's SOTU: 'It's Like Sacking Your Own Quarterback'

At WaEx a report that Facebook locks GOP candidate's page days ahead of primary: 'This is interference'. Yes it is. Break up the social media monopolies. 

Prather told the Washington Examiner the ban resulted from a months-old comment discussing the events of Jan 6. A commentator, who Prather confirmed tends to "spam" his page and "comments nonstop," called the events of the day an "insurrection."

Prather responded by pointing out that even the FBI didn't classify the event as an insurrection, further accusing the commentator of using "victimhood" in her favor.

As a result, Facebook banned him for "bullying."

Bacon's Rebellion reports on more election hanky-panky in Virginia, Dominion’s Meddling In Governor’s Race More Despicable than Originally Thought

SDNY, New York City Man Convicted Of Threatening To Kill U.S. Senator Joe Manchin And Fox News Hosts Laura Ingraham And Greg Gutfeld. I'm going to guess he's not a Trump voter.

At Da Wire, Federal Judge Compares January 6 Riot To War In Ukraine During Sentencing Of Man Who Stole Pelosi’s Lectern. Judge Reggie Walton. A lot of people seem unhinged about this, but it's too bad when a federal judge goes crazy from the bench. But 75 days in jail seems to be an appropriate sentence for that level of stupidity. ET reports he sentenced a Woman Who Broadcast Jan. 6 Live on Facebook to 45 Days in Jail, $5,000 Fine. At Am Great, the redoubtable Julie Kelly is still on the case, On the Eve of the Show Trials, "The first trial of a January 6 defendant is set to begin next week. But jury trials should expose the government’s weak case against most of them." NewsMax reports Roger Stone Sues Lawmakers Probing Jan. 6 Riot. I don't know if it's justifiable or not, but a warning the lawfare can work both ways is useful. Paul Bedard hears of a Group that seeks to make Jan. 6 arrests key to elections. I don't think it's going to work.

Matt Braynard’s “Look Ahead America” is hoping to create a small citizen-journalist army that will film its questioning of candidates about those held, some for months.

“We encourage all of our fellow Americans to ask candidates for federal office the following question: What are you going to do about the patriots who are being politically persecuted for their participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol Protest?” he said.

Insty sends DISPATCHES FROM THE HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS:  The View Lies About Justice Thomas’s Wife Being ‘Part of the Insurrection.’ 

“The claim that Ginni was ‘very involved in’ the January 6 riot has been debunked for a while now. Even PolitiFact found the claims ‘false.’ ‘There’s no evidence that Thomas was involved in organizing the events that unfolded on Jan. 6,’ they wrote. ‘She has not been subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the attack and rumors that she helped organize busing for Trump supporters that day have not been supported.’”

Madeleine Hubbard at JTN, Whitmer kidnapping case defendant alleges informants 'repeatedly' pressured him to participate, "Informants saw Fox's "chronic marijuana use" over the course of four months, and the agents would still pressure him." Busted, down on Bourbon Street, Set up, like a bowlin' pin, Knocked down, it gets to wearin' thin, They just won't let you be.

Regarding the pick of Katenji Brown Jackson to replace Breyer on the Supreme Court, WaPoo is hoping to provoke confirmation battle in Biden nominates Katenji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

More immediately, the nomination will kick off a Senate fight that is likely to be bitter, if recent confirmation battles are any indication. Liberal and civil rights groups are ready to tout Jackson’s qualifications and temperament and push back against any attacks they see as racist or sexist. Republicans and conservatives, meanwhile, have been drawing up plans to dismiss any Biden nominee as radical and outside the mainstream.

And,  Inside Biden’s pick of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court, "While the White House sought to portray a deliberative process, few in Washington expected the president to choose anyone other than the appellate court judge." Nick Arama at Red State,  Biden Announces His Supreme Court Pick, and Lindsey Graham Is Mad and Fox reports Biden Supreme Court pick shows 'radical left' won, Graham says, promising 'respectful but interesting' hearing, "Graham, Clyburn had wanted Biden to pick Judge Michelle Childs of South Carolina". Althouse reads and cites NYT, "In the end, Biden went with the safe choice. That might sound like an odd thing to say, considering that [Ketanji Brown] Jackson is poised to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court...". Sundance, Joe Biden Nominates DC Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson As Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Here Is the Backstory. AllahPundit at Haut Hair, Biden makes Jackson's SCOTUS nomination official. Are we sure she has 50 votes?. After considering the Senate, he concludes she does. I concur. Insty is concerned about THE COLLEGE OF CLERKS: “Today’s nomination of Judge Jackson makes me wonder if any future Justice will be selected without having previously clerked on the Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor was the last Justice nominated without such a clerkship, though Justice Thomas and Justice Alito also did not clerk for a Justice. The Pope (at least in modern times) must come from the College of Cardinals. That may work well for the Church, but I’m not sure it’s a great model for picking Justices.”

And let the vetting (hard but fair) begin! Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair (VI) wonders Will Ketanji Brown Jackson face ethics issues during confirmation?  "For one thing, she has quite recent ties to a left-wing Democratic public relations firm. Further, one of her university board memberships could result in calls for her to recuse herself from a major, closely-watched case that the court will hear this fall." (Asian students suing Hahvahd for discrimination). Wa Free Bee, Biden’s Supreme Court Pick Faces Array of Ethics Questions, "A conflict of interest could trigger recusal from landmark affirmative action case."   At Da Blaze, Chris Pandolfo notes Biden's pick for Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, once argued judicial system is 'unfair' to sex offenders ""In the current climate of fear, hatred, and revenge associated with the release of convicted sex criminals, courts must be especially atten­tive to legislative enactments that 'use[ ] public health and safety rhetoric to justify procedures that are, in essence, punishment and detention.'" Are we sure she wasn't talking about Jan. 6 defendants? Aaron Kliegman at JTN, Biden SCOTUS nominee went beyond call of duty to defend terror suspects, Ketanji Brown Jackson's defense of Gitmo detainees and criticism of U.S. government likely to be spotlighted in confirmation process. Also at Da Blaze, Key Biden adviser working on Supreme Court nomination sits on BLM board, promotes critical race theory.

In Masking fever, with the SOTU coming up fast, the CDC rushes to get the good news out. WaPoo, CDC’s new approach to covid means most Americans can go without masks and What you need to know about the CDC’s new coronavirus guidance and Len Wen opines The CDC’s new mask guidelines finally got it right. AllahPundit is pissed, New CDC guidance: If you're among the 70% who live in one of these counties, go ahead and unmask "Ed cynically — and correctly — pointed out this morning that the rules are only changing now because Democratic governors need scientific cover from Team Biden to justify their decisions to drop mandates." Of, NPR sides with the mask Karens, It's safe to unmask in many places, says the CDC. These experts aren't quite ready

Althouse,"The minute they hand you that vaccine passport, every right that you have is transformed into a privilege contingent upon your obedience to arbitrary government dictates. It will make you a slave." Vaccines are great, mandates are unAmerican. He's a nut, but nut's sometimes contain meat. 
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said, quoted in "A Kennedy’s Crusade Against Covid Vaccines Anguishes Family and Friends/Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has risen to become a major figure in the vaccine resistance movement. Those close to him say it’s 'heartbreaking'" (NYT).

Jazz Shaw, Judge rules race-based admission standards at VA high school discriminate against Asians. Well, obviously it does. 

This dispute highlights one of the glaring bits of hypocrisy that shows up in progressive circles that is rarely mentioned in the media. They claim to be fighting racism and supporting minority communities, but they don’t consider Asian-Americans to really be “minorities” in the same way as Black and Hispanic people. Therefore, if a new policy has a distinctly negative impact on Asian-American families, it doesn’t matter to them so long as there is a net benefit to the minorities they actually care about.

WaPoo crows, Va. Gov. Youngkin stirred the GOP base on critical race theory — but not the General Assembly

Insty, from his NYPo gig details How today’s elites manipulate America’s working class. But sometime the people don't buy what they are selling, at News Busters, Audiences Reject Woke Television: Many Leftist Shows Cancelled in 2022. Kind of like swinging a dead cat in Washington DC and hitting a politician. It's hard not to. They're almost all leftist shows. 

On the Canada front, leading to the American convoy, PM reports Convoy supporters' bank accounts still frozen, "An estimate by the Department of Finance said that as many as 210 accounts containing $7.8 million were affected by the freeze." At PJ Media, Megan Fox wonders Did Trudeau Create a Dangerous Run on Canadian Banks by Freezing Protesters' Bank Accounts? Why would you trust a bank that would allow the government to freeze your account over an opinion? Also from PM, Woman trampled by police horses at freedom protest says she is moving to Florida. Full blooded Mohawk. From Town Hall, Kurt Schlichter warns Trudeau’s Canadian Fascism Is a Bigger Threat to America Than Putin. "Canada is right next door, and this is a dress rehearsal for the kind of tyranny our own garbage ruling class would love to inflict here. "

At Human Events, Horsepower of America: Frontline Truckers Group Leads the Way in U.S. Trucker Convoy. "Frontline Truckers says the crowd that will arrive in just under two weeks could range anywhere from 2-6 million.   Each separate trucker convoy has its own route and destination.  All are united in patriotic purpose." That's larger than the Russian army that invaded Ukraine, by a lot. Wouldn't that be the schitz? WJ has the Video: Trucker Convoy Swells in Size as It Rolls East Toward Washington, DC. At CTH, sundance has a Ground Report, People’s Convoy Now Approximately 15 Miles of Truckers. Tim Graham (at Creators), finds the press Allergic To The 'So-Called Freedom Convoy'

Hey, I made it. Now if I just don't run out of tags.

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