Thursday, March 31, 2022

Oregon, My Oregon

This episode in a continuing series (Oregon, My Oregon is the State Song), from Ace, who is doing dynamite work in exposing the groomers in our educational system, Oregon Middle School Teacher, Who Is Openly Gay, Teaches CRT and "Normalizes Pronouns," and Opposes Florida's Anti-Groomer Law, Sent Nudes to a Middle School Student

Keep cases like this in mind when they insist -- which they always do -- that students should never tell parents about what their groomer teachers are telling the kids about sex.

Every pedophile urges the "Don't Tell Mom and Dad" rule.

So do these state-paid groomers.
An Oregon middle school teacher is under investigation by local police after he allegedly sent a nude photograph to a student.

Dean Wright, a Judson Middle School teacher, was placed on paid administrative leave this week in response to the incident, District spokesman Aaron Harada said, according to the Salem Reporter.

In an email sent to parents on Monday, Judson principle Alicia Kruska informed parents of the incident.
Wait, they told the parents?

That's a violation of the Don't Tell Mom and Dad rule!
"Today, I received a report of an inappropriate image believed to be a Salem-Keizer employee circulating on social media," the email stated.

"Because of this concerning report, I wanted to make sure you had accurate information so you could address questions that your student may have."

Kruska did not specify who the employee was, nor specify what the image was. However, the image is reportedly a nude selfie. Kruska said that "it is believed that this image has been viewed by some students."
This man, accused of sending nude photos of himself to very underaged boys, posted a video showing what he was most proud of as a teacher.

It wasn't teaching kids reading or math.

It was teaching them about transgenderism and the myriad of mental-illness pronouns they use.

Also,  Turnkey Pedophilia: Leaked Documents Coach Teachers About How to Spot and Recruit LGBT (or LGBT-Persuadable) Students, and How to Hide All of This From Mom and Dad. Forget it Jake, it's California

Normalizing talking about sex with non-parent adults, and then normalizing keeping those Sexual Rap Sessions secret from Mom and Dad.

The absolute perfect hunting grounds for a child predator. Kids are being pre-coached that they're supposed to keep sex stuff secret.
Then, This just happened: 

I has long been my belief the many people go into jobs because they are interested in them. Scientists tend to like to solve questions, engineers like to build new things. Many cops enjoy bullying people, and bureaucrats . . . well, I can't figure out what motivates them. However, it does appear some fraction of teachers go into teaching with an interest to proselytize them into sex sexual deviancy. 

New Budget a Boost for Bay

 Bay Journal, Chesapeake restoration work gets a boost from federal funding

The Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is slated to get increased federal funding this year, though less than advocates had been hoping for just a few months ago.

The $1.5 trillion “omnibus” funding package, which finances the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year, was signed by President Biden March 15 and will boost spending for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis to $88 million this year.

That’s up from $87.5 million last year but is less than the $3 million increase that the Biden administration and many advocacy groups had requested.

So, it really won't cover Bidenflation.  

The Bay Program Office coordinates the federal-state partnership that conducts monitoring, computer modeling and research efforts related to Chesapeake restoration efforts. More than two-thirds of the money goes toward grants related to cleanup activities.

But the annual spending bill doesn’t provide the full picture of federal funding for the Bay. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act approved by Congress last year provided an additional $238 million for the Bay Program over five years — including $46.7 million this year — though the EPA has yet to determine how that money will be spent. Many other Bay-related initiatives will benefit from the infrastructure bill, but most of those funding decisions have not been made either.

Meanwhile, this year’s omnibus spending package also included $4 million for the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (WILD) initiative. That is a competitive grant program created in 2020 to support local efforts to conserve wetlands, reduce pollution, and restore fish and wildlife habitat. This is the first time that funding has been allocated for the program, but it is less than the $15 million advocates had hoped for.
. . .
The spending package also includes a nationwide increase from $734 million to $760 million in funding to provide technical assistance for farmers who want to take part in U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs. Increased funding for such one-on-one farmer assistance is considered essential to boost participation in those programs.

The package also includes $2 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund money to protect Fones Cliffs, part of the Rappahannock River National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Fones Cliffs has been a high priority for conservation groups in recent years.
. . .
The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office will receive $3 million for its Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails program, which provides financial and technical support for water access projects, educational programming, and interpretation of the Bay’s natural, cultural and historical resources.

In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers is receiving $3.88 million for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration in Maryland and Virginia rivers.

You must know what I think of the efforts to restore oysters in Chesapeake. Don't spend $4 million to put oysters back in the Bay, when you're allowing the watermen to take most of them as soon as they're of legal size. 

The Corps is also getting $30 million for Anacostia Watershed restoration work, which will be used to restore 7 miles of instream habitat, open 4 miles for fish passage and connect 14 miles to previously restored stream reaches in Prince George’s County, MD.

That's probably worthwhile, though I suspect that far more will go into administration than actual restoration. 

Who Says There's No Point in Tattoos?

Da Beast, Iconic Tattoos on Dismembered Body Parts Help Cops Crack Porn Star Murder

When investigators found 15 thawing body parts of a young woman in black garbage bags in a steep ditch in northern Italy last Sunday, they were unclear exactly where to start the identification process. It was clear she had been dead for months, but no immediate missing-persons search turned up any likely identities.

Though her body parts had been frozen—and reasonably well preserved—her face had been burned, making it impossible to identify her easily, police say. But seven of her 11 distinct tattoos were intact, so the police started trying to match the tattoos to any known photos, posting some on a missing persons alert.

Within a few hours, she was identified as Italian-Dutch national Carol Maltesi, an adult actress who worked under the name Charlotte Angie. She started her career on OnlyFans during the pandemic and was picked up by several international pornography production houses, and had done several shoots abroad.

Among the tattoos still visible were the words “step by step” on her right ankle, “wanderlust” on her right collarbone, and “elegance is the…” down her back. She also had an inverted “V” on one inner thigh and two inverted “V’s” on the other, which were recognizable in many of her porn films. It was soon clear that she had not posted on any of her social media since January, though no one had reported her missing. Her friends say they assumed she was off at some exotic location on a shoot.


Last week, police released her name to find out if anyone had information about her grisly demise.

Early Tuesday, police swooped in on the home of a 43-year-old banker named Davide Fontana in the northern Italian town of Brescia, charging him with first aggravated degree homicide, dismemberment, and concealing a corpse. Prosecutor Lorena Ghibaudo told reporters that the man came forward when her name was announced to say that he knew her but denied having anything to do with her disappearance.

Police said they soon found inconsistencies with his story and started tracking his movements over the last several months. A search of his home found an ample freezer, the same style garbage bags, and DNA evidence linking him to the murder, police say.

Archival video surveillance allegedly showed the two of them in her car in January. The vehicle had not been seen after that until March when it was clocked going through a toll booth in Borno in northern Italy, near where the bags with her body were found. “This man, friend, and neighbor of the victim presented himself to the Carabinieri to provide information about the missing woman, offering circumstances that immediately proved to be contradicted by the investigators,” Ghibaudo said.

When confronted with the evidence, prosecutors claim he confessed to killing her. Among the creepy details of his alleged confession were how he used her phone for the last three months to tell her mother that she had “left porn” and to send kinky messages to her boyfriend, who lives in Holland. After police published photos of her tattoos, several friends and fans wrote her to see if she was ok. “Yes, they look like mine,” Fontana allegedly wrote, pretending to be Maltesi. “But luckily I’m ok.” Fontana’s impersonation allegedly aroused no suspicion, and he told police that no one called the phone number since January.
The man allegedly told police that he had “accidentally” killed her during a consensual tryst, and then, not knowing what to do, cut her up and put her in garbage bags in first her freezer and then later his. Many parts of the body are burned, including her face, and other body parts are missing, leading police to investigate whether he discarded, ate, or destroyed them in a ritual.

The Wombat has Rule 5 Monday: The Best Rack In Hollywood? up running at The Other McCain.

FEC Fines Clinton Campaign, DNC Over Russiagate

Justice delayed. Paul Bedard at WaEx claims a Scoop: FEC fines DNC and Clinton for Trump dossier hoax, At PM FEC fines DNC, Hillary Clinton over Trump Russia collusion hoax At Da Fed. Wa Free Bee, FEC Fines Clinton, Dems for Debunked Dossier and Jordan Boyd, Election Watchdog Fines Clinton Campaign For Lying About Steele Dossier In Finance Filings "For lying about the purpose of campaign funds, the FEC ordered Clinton’s campaign to pay $8,000 to the commission in the next 30 days. The Democratic National Committee was also fined $105,000 for the same violation." So, basically, licensing fees. It worked didn't it? At Am Spec, Emmett Tyrell Donald Trump Fights Back, "He has filed a lawsuit claiming the Russia Collusion Hoax was worse than Watergate." It was. 

Atop the Da Hill realization that Poll finds GOP favored to win House; has 6-point lead over Democrats. At Da Mail, Trump would beat Biden by six points and Kamala by 11 if the election were held today, another dire poll for White House and Democrats shows. At Da Caller, Even Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Can Read The Writing On The Wall For Democrats In 2022 and PM features AOC warning Democrats that they could lose big in the midterms if they don't veer further left. Go ahead, listen to her, I dare you. Hanna Trudo on Da Hill catches Progressive candidates seek distance from label. They used to use "liberal" until they gave it a bad odor. Maybe they can reclaim that. Jason Nichols at Da Caller, Democrats Are In Danger Of Losing Two Key Demographics Ahead Of 2024. Black men and Hispanics. John Sexton at Haut Hair, Chuck Todd: It still looks as if Democrats are 'going to get walloped' in the midterms and sundance at CTH notes NBC Concerned the Midterm Election Is in Shellacking Territory. At CNN, The true cost of Biden's budget: a red wave in November. Samuel Goldman at The Week wonders Republicans may win control of Congress. What do they want? The lamentations of your women to start with, of course.

Kelly Tshibaka
From Da Caller, Special Election Could Give GOP A Chance To Prove Gains With Hispanics in South Texas. In Florida,  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trounces potential Democratic challengers in head-to-head matchups, for gubernator, says Da Blaze. National File, Trump-Backed Candidate Leads Murkowski in Alaska Senate Race. Kelly Tshibaka. It didn't work last time. 

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.30.22, Power Line's John Hinderacker looks at the Lott study,  More Evidence Of 2020 Voter Fraud. At WUWT, A Peer-Reviewed Statistical Analysis of the 2020 Election. I&I board asks Are We Sure The 2020 Election Was Clean? No. All sufficiently important elections are dirty to one extent or another, but this one stunk worse than most. At TNP,  Arizona AG Brnovich Almost Prosecuted Pro-Trump Electors, "New documents reveal the Arizona version of Bill Barr covertly worked on prosecuting his pro-Trump citizens." He was ahead of his time. Andy Kerr at WaEx, Stacey Abrams dark money group hauled in $62 million following 2018 election loss. But I though dark money was bad! I'm so confused. Matt Vespa at Town Hall goes Inside the Progressive Left's Secretive and Massive Social Media Army for the 2022 Elections

Sister Toldja at Town Hall thinks Kamala's Latest Word Salad Is Just 50 Shades of Painful to Watch. Twitchy, CRINGE: Kamala Harris’ remarks about Jamaica show she ‘just keeps getting worse at this’. I won't break my self-imposed sort of Twitter ban to embed, but it's worth watching, at either link. I don't know which is worse, demented or air-headed. 

“Today, the 9th Circuit issued yet another attorney fees ruling in my favor against Stephanie Clifford (AKA “Stormy Daniels”)—this time, awarding me $245,209.67 for my fees incurred in her 9th Circuit appeal of her failed lawsuit against me, dismissed under Texas’s Anti-SLAPP statute,” said Trump on Wednesday.

“Less than two weeks ago, the 9th Circuit ruled in my favor and upheld an award of $292,052.33 for the trial court work in the same case. As of now, Ms. Clifford owes me $538,262.00 in this case, not counting attorney fees for her appeal of the trial court attorney fee award, which the 9th Circuit upheld two weeks ago. Congratulations to Harmeet K. Dhillon and her team at the Dhillon Law Group!”, Trump added.

I'd say take it out in trade, but . . .  

Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup and linkfest. The Wombat has Rule 5 Monday: The Best Rack In Hollywood? and FMJRA 2.0: Shifting Through the Lens up running at The Other McCain.

Some Thursday Tanlines

The Wombat has Rule 5 Monday: The Best Rack In Hollywood? up running at The Other McCain.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Ever Forward Still Stuck

 WaPoo, Tugboats fail to dislodge huge ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay

Efforts failed Tuesday to refloat the huge cargo ship that is stuck in the Chesapeake Bay, the Coast Guard said.

Seagoing agencies will try again Wednesday to free the Ever Forward from the bay floor, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

Five tugboats tried to “push and pull” the 1,095-foot container ship off the bay bottom, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Reaves, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard’s Mid-Atlantic district.

But, she said Tuesday night, they had “no luck.”

They will try again Wednesday when tides are expected to be higher and may make the effort easier. The “few extra feet of water” could help, Reaves said.

After several days of dredging mud from around the hull, authorities made their first effort Tuesday to refloat the ship, working from around noon until evening, Reaves said.

Wednesday night is coming right up, and it looks like they have a much better tide than yesterday. If it won't come unstuck tonight, tomorrows high tide is predicted to be about 6 inches higher. That might make the difference. After that it might get tough again for a while 

The Slap Seen Round the World . . .

. . . overshadowed the only really interesting thing that happened at the Oscars the other night. NYPo, Venus Williams suffers wardrobe malfunction at Oscars
Venus Williams had a nip slip in the midst of Sunday’s chaotic 2022 Oscars show.

The tennis star, who wore a custom white, plunging Elie Saab gown, suffered the wardrobe malfunction while sitting in her seat alongside her sister Serena Williams. ABC cameras caught the fashion mishap, and fans on Twitter shared screen grabs that showed Williams holding her right arm over her chest. 
Minoan Snake Goddess

That dress call to mind old statues of the Minoan Snake Goddess.

“Oh my god and a Venus Williams nip slip. This Oscars has become an episode of ‘The Jersey Shore,'” one person tweeted.

While a such a fashion faux pas would dominate headlines on Oscars night, it was Venus’ friend, Will Smith, who stole the show.

I have no interest in the Oscars, and have only watched them as long as it takes to turn the knob on the old style TVs. 

But if you're interested in Venus's nipple, fortunately enough, she's done a nude photo shoot (NSFW) which you can find on Reddit.

Collins Caves, To Vote for Ketanji

So, as I expected, there will be enough Republican defectors to put Ketanji Brown Jackson  on the Supreme Court without relying on the constitutionally dubious tie-breaking vote of Kamala Harris. Mary Chatain at LI, Susan Collins Will Vote to Confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to SCOTUS, "“…she had been reassured that Judge Jackson would not be ‘bending the law to meet a personal preference’ and that the nominee met her personal standard for serving on the court.” Do I believe such a promise? Not for a minute. NYT, cited at Haut Hair, Susan Collins to back Jackson for SCOTUS, giving her a GOP vote, Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair, Collins to vote for KBJ. Will Murkowski be next? Probably. Alex Nitzberg at Da Blaze, Mitt Romney, who voted against confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson last year, says he has not decided whether he will support elevating her to the Supreme Court. He probably will, just to spite other Republicans. KT at Haut Hair, Thune predicts three GOP votes for KBJ but his is not one of them. I'm a little conflicted. I would like to return to the days of less strident confirmations, but the Democrats started this with Clarence Thomas, and I don't want to reward their tactics.

Drew Allen at Am Great, Ketanji Jackson Is the Best Candidate for Democrats But the Worst for America,
"According to Joe Biden, Jackson possesses a “brilliant legal mind.” But she can’t even define “woman.”" CNS News, Sen. Cramer: 'It's a Pretty Serious Problem' That Judge Jackson Cannot Define the Word 'Woman' . Joh Hinderacker at Power Line, What’s a Woman? Who Can Say?  Josiah Lippincott at Am Great, Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Neither Black Nor a Woman, "Precious few on the Left can be saved by arguments or logic. It’s time to recognize the power of mockery." At Front Page, Ketanji Brown Jackson Puts the Moral Poverty of Identity Politics on Display, "“I actually don't know the answer to that question — I'm sorry — I don't."" At the Babylon Bee, Conan The Barbarian Acquires Biology Degree So He Can Know Whose Lamentations He's Hearing. Only liberal certified gender scientists will be entitled to opine. On the plus side, she handed Republicans one of the greatest issues for the midterms and the next election. YaHoo! Senate Judiciary Committee sets vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson's historic nomination. April 4. Remember, it's still 50:50.

Buck Throckmorton at Aces Morning Rant: KBJ’s Supreme Court Nomination & The Famous GOP Lie, “If We Only Had Another Republican Senator”

The GOP has 50 Senate seats, and so do the Democrats, therefore the Democrats’ 50 votes, plus Kamala’s tie-breaking vote, gives the Democrats the 51 votes necessary for confirmation. [I’m aware of the Constitutional debate as to whether the VP can break ties on judicial confirmation votes. - Buck]

If we only had two more Republican senators from Georgia…

This is where it’s all a big fraud. It doesn’t matter how many GOP senators there are. As many as is needed will always peel away to confirm a Democrat president’s Supreme Court nominees. If the GOP had 60 senators right now, we would need 61, because at least 11 would peel away and vote to confirm KBJ. And if we had 61 senators, we would need 62. And then the National Republican Senatorial Committee would still beg for more money, promising that just one or two more GOP senators could have blocked the confirmation…

Stacey Matthews at LI,  To Paint Ketanji Brown Jackson as a Victim, WaPo Memory Holes Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings, "“Republicans boast they have not pulled a Kavanaugh. In fact, they’ve treated Ketanji Brown Jackson worse,” the Washington Post editorial board alleged. . . . In the piece, they claimed in so many words that questioning Jackson’s sentencing record on child sex predators, her work defending Gitmo detainees, and her ties to far-left organizations was much more shameful than being accused of being a serial gang rapist." Matt Margolis at PJ Media, COVER-UP: White House Accused of Withholding Docs on SCOTUS Nominee. We have to vote for the nominee to find out what's in her. Madeleine Hubbard at JTN, Ketanji Brown Jackson's claim child pornographers aren't pedophiles disputed by own experts and at Breitbart, Ketanji Brown Jackson Disagreed with Expert Witness’s Definition of Pedophilia. You can find (or pay) an expert to say anything. Willis Krumholz at Da Fed, It Shouldn’t Be Hard To Condemn Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Leniency For Child Predators.

At PM, WHO IS LYING? White House says Biden watched SCOTUS nom hearings, Biden says he didn't. Are we sure he remembers what he did yesterday? Matt Margolis sees how Dems Found a Sneaky Way to Get a Statue of RBG at the Capitol

At NYPo, Jan. 6 committee likely to request Ginni Thomas testimony. A polite refusal is in order, but so might be flipping them off. Paul Bedard at WaEx, Criticism of Ginni Thomas seen as backdoor, racist squeeze on Justice Thomas. It looks pretty up front to me. Rick Moran at PJ Media, AOC Stomps Her Little Foot and Demands That Justice Thomas Resign or Face Impeachment. Anxious, Progressives raise specter of Thomas impeachment. Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair, Democrats: If we can't impeach Clarence Thomas, he should just recuse himself. Bulwark Girlz Is Ginni Thomas’s Story Believable?. And at the Slantic, cited at Haut Hair, David Frum predictably blames Trump, The problem is bigger than Ginni Thomas. From Breitbart, Portman: Ginni Thomas’ Texts ‘Might Be an Issue’ for Justice Thomas if Before SCOTUS

Jeff Lloyd at Am Spec predicts  The Liberal Smear Job Designed to Intimidate Justice Thomas Will Fail "What better way to target Justice Thomas than by attacking his wife?" At Da Wire, Virginia Kruta hears Jonathan Turley Flames The Left Over Calls To Impeach Justice Clarence Thomas, ‘Raging Impeachment Addiction’ and Tim Pearce, Ron DeSantis Backs Clarence Thomas Over Progressive Calls For Impeachment: ‘Greatest Living Justice’

OK, Groomers!

You might have observed that my "political" post for the morning has lost some of it's pandemic weight over the last few days. I just had too many topics to juggle, and they were dragging out well past the pot of coffee.  Among of the subjects that I demoted were the culture war material, in a folder still titled "Younkin", because that's how it originated. It not that I don't care anymore, it's just that it was all overwhelming my plan to deal with it. With that in mind, many of the issues in that are folded in to Stacy McCain post, ‘OK, Groomer’: Democrats Go All-In on Promoting LGBTQ to Young Children

As a midterm campaign platform, I’m not sure Democrats have a winning issue with the “Drag Queen Story Hour” agenda, which is essentially how they’ve reacted since Florida passed its Parental Rights in Education bill. Deliberately misrepresenting the bill with the “Don’t Say Gay” slogan, Democrats at the same time insist that public school teachers have a right — nay, a duty — to indoctrinate children with pro-LGBTQ ideology.

If anyone ever doubted that most public-school employees are left-wing activists, that doubt has now been eliminated:
A Texas teacher claimed that 20 of her 32 fourth grade students came out to her as LGBTQ, according to internal messages from the district reviewed by the Daily Caller.
Austin Independent School District’s Blackshear Elementary School hosted a Pride parade for elementary schoolers, which the school’s principal dubbed a “Wellness Walk,” according to internal messages originally obtained by the Twitter account, LibsofTikTok. One teacher launched into a tirade against having a “Wellness Walk” during Pride week.
“[It] takes away from the experience of celebrating Pride,” the teacher said in internal messages.
“I feel that it is inappropriate to call our parade this morning a ‘Wellness Walk’ at all. While I understand that Wellness Walk is something that was previously in motion to promote health and fitness and is something we want to continue, it really takes away from the experience of celebrating Pride to couple the two,” the teacher said.
“The first Pride was a riot. It was not enough to just ‘welcome,’ ‘love,’ and ‘celebrate’ Queer folx,” she continued. “Your allyship should always lead you to activism – speaking up and fighting for what is right, even when it feels uncomfortable. We can’t choose in and out of our protest spaces.”
The teacher went on to say that of the 32 students that she teaches, “20 of them are LGBTQIA+ and have come out to me.”
“I feel that we need to do better – for them,” the teacher said. “To affirm our students, I think it would only be appropriate and right to publicly announce [that] what we had this morning was a PRIDE Parade.”
These people are insane. They should be in mental institutions, not in public schools. In fact, in a sane country, they would be prohibited from having any contact with children anywhere. Ace of Spades calls attention to a kindergarten teacher in Florida who complains that the new law will interfere with his ability to talk about his gay sex life with 5-year-olds.

Read the rest.

The human race would not have survived or even evolved if 20 out of 32 children were actually LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ.  That's just ridiculous. While there is an extremely remote statistical chance of the happening by happenstance, the obvious explanation is that the teacher was teaching, promoting, encouraging, and rewarding students who identified themselves as such to her. That is the very definition of "grooming".

Is Florida Losing It's Purple?

But first, from the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.29.22, The Geller Reports  Biden’s Approval Ratings Plunge To Lowest Of His Presidency [So far], according to NBC, and at Power Line, Steven Hayward, answers his own question from yesterday “How Low Can Biden Fall?with More! with Biden Still Falling. At Althouse, "If the 2024 presidential election were held right now, the poll finds Trump getting 47 percent support compared to 41 percent for Biden...." "Vice President Harris performs even worse in a hypothetical match-up with Trump. Forty-nine percent said they would choose Trump, while 38 percent said they would support Harris...." Matt Palumbo at Bongino, Trump Leads Biden/Harris by 6-Points in 2024 Matchup Poll. Dan Chaitin at WaEx hears Tucker Carlson: Invoke 25th Amendment to remove Biden from power, and Joseph Curl at Da Wire, Tucker Carlson Calls For 25th Amendment To Be Invoked. Ace thinks It's Time to Invoke the 25th Amendment and Remove the Dangerously Senile Biden From Office, too. Rand Paul states that Joe Biden's senility is a national security threat to America. Never gonna happen, look at who has to sign off on it. Also, note Town Hall's Nick Arama's Kamala Offers Some Deep Thoughts to Encourage Suffering Americans, (worth violating my self imposed Twitter ban for):

But I think we can all agree, as Matt Lewis cited at Haut Hair note (along with some mandatory anti-Trump BS) Joe Biden just isn't built for this commander-in-chief thing. Nick Waddy at Am Great, Biden Is Unfit to Lead in This Perilous Moment, or ever. Paul Bedard at WaEx, Silver alert: Most want brain test for Biden and Pelosi A biopsy? Da Caller notes Obtained NRCC Poll Shows Nancy Pelosi Is Most Unpopular Democratic Politician In US. At PJ Media VIP, Matt Margolis takes on The Left's Never-ending Obsession With Impeachment

No longer a purple state? Florida's registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats by over 100K for first time, "Republican voter registration in Florida hit a net gain of over 363K since 2018" (Fox). And the harder they hammer DeSantis, the redder it gets.

At Town Hall, Matt Vespa reacts to John Lott's study suggesting 225,000 "extra" votes in key cities, Oh, So That's How Many 'Excess' Votes Biden Received from Key Swing States. Breitbart notes North Carolina Voter Rolls Rife with Deceased, Duplicate Registrations After 2020 Election. The weeds the fraud hides in. 

Morgan Ortagus
The Tennessee Star continues its vendetta against Morgan Ortagus, Report: New Dark Money Group with Possible Connections to Morgan Ortagus Targeting Tennessee Residency Legislation. I don't really have a dog in this fight, I just like to see pretty women win.

From John Solomon at JTN, Trump Doctrine 2.0: Former president lays out plan to reverse Biden agenda, "45th president says he’s not interested in House speaker's job, and knows what next president needs to do on inflation, crime, the border, Russia and China." Margot Cleveland at Da Fed wonders Can Trump Win His Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton And The DNC For Their Russia Collusion Lies?. I doubt it; it's pretty clear the judiciary branch is mostly corrupted. Becky Noble at PI, Did You Know That Will Smith Smacking Chris Rock At The Oscars Is All Trump’s Fault? Meanwhile, via the Wombat, Da Tech Guy says Donald Trump is no Ham Sandwich. He must be the cleanest businessman in the world to survive so many attempts.
Yet after six years of a full court press against Trump hasn’t produced anything worth bring to court.

Lawyers and judges on the left might not be able to define what a “woman” is but they know the difference between Trump and a Ham Sandwich.

That’s how clean Trump is.

The Wombat has Rule 5 Monday: The Best Rack In Hollywood? up running at The Other McCain. 

The Wednesday Wetness

The Wombat has Rule 5 Monday: The Best Rack In Hollywood? up running at The Other McCain.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Suit Seeks to Legalize Swimming with Dolphins

Janet Levy at Am Think, Swimming with Dolphins Ban - Regulatory Overreach?

Who decides whether you may or may not swim with dolphins? You may think this is determined by some environment-related law, made by elected representatives who constitute the legislature. But the generalities of law are often translated into the specifics of practice through rules and regulations made and enforced by officials. Not all these officials answer to the checks and balances of the democratic process. Therein lies the scope for them to further political agendas or the interests of pressure groups unsanctified by the ballot, which alone represents the will of the people of America. It is for this reason that a landmark lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an arbitrary ban on human-dolphin interactions in Hawaii gains importance.

The ban was proposed in 2016 and finalized in October 2021 by officials of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The NMFS, supervised by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is “responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of living marine resources within about 200 miles of the U.S. coast.” The rule was framed by a civil servant under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. It prohibits “persons, vessels or other objects” from “swimming with, approaching, or remaining within 50 yards” of a Hawaiian spinner dolphin (Stenella longisrostris), claiming that such interactions cause habitat displacement and disturb dolphin behavior patterns, especially that of coming to shore by day to rest and nurture their young.

The stark arbitrariness of the ban is evident from the following: a) spinner dolphins are abundant around Hawaii, and there is no evidence of a population decline; b) dolphins, as is well known, are friendly and approach humans for benign, exuberant interactions; c) the ban applies only to tourism-related businesses, while the captive dolphin industry is exempt from it; and d) military activities, which might endanger dolphins with shelling, sonar, and underwater explosions, are also exempt.

The lawsuit against the ban (Eliza Willie v. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo) has been brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a “nonprofit legal organization that defends Americans ' liberties when threatened by government overreach and abuse.” It is pending before the U.S. District Court, Maryland. The main signatory to the lawsuit is Ms. Willie, an experiential therapist who uses dolphin-assisted psychotherapy to help patients in long-term recovery from addictions and other ailments. The two other signatories are Shelley Perry, who owns Dolphin Discoveries, a tourism business, and Lisa Dennings, a dolphin tour guide. The ban has caused all three substantial business losses.

The crux of the lawsuit is whether bureaucrats without a legal appointment making them accountable can decide on such weighty matters. It challenges as unconstitutional the NMFS’s rule-making, which dodges accountability as required under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. More specifically under Clause, which distinguishes between constitutional officers and non-constitutional ones. Section 2 identifies heads of agencies as ‘officers’ of the government, nominated by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. It ensures accountability by enshrining the public confirmation process. Rule-making, therefore, cannot be delegated to officials not appointed by this process of presidential selection and vetting and approval by the Senate.

This has been well-established by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Raymond Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) case of 2018. Lucia, whose company offered a retirement wealth management strategy, had been charged with violations of anti-fraud regulations. An administrative law judge (ALJ) imposed sanctions and a lifetime bar on the company. Ruling in favor of Lucia, the court observed that the ALJ is not a constitutionally appointed “Officer of the United States” and ordered a new “hearing before a properly appointed official.”

Michael Poon, an attorney for the PLF, believes that similarly, the ban on approaching or interacting with dolphins is a regulation made by a bureaucrat not legally appointed to do so. He states that when regulations have devastating implications for businesses and individuals, decision-makers can be held accountable. “Under the Constitution,” he says, “issuing regulations is the job of appointed officials who answer to the democratic process, not low-level career bureaucrats.”

Dolphin watching, swimming with dolphins and related activities have been a significant part of the Hawaiian tourist industry for decades, and a thriving business for tour operators, guides, boat captains, and therapists. They have created thousands of jobs and sustained other down-the-line businesses, adding to the state’s economy while providing tourists with a unique experience. The plaintiffs contend that the ban is a threat to Hawaii’s tourism industry and deny that dolphins are harmed during these activities. Business owners say they take great care to interact with dolphins on their own terms and only when dolphins initiate contact. “When the dolphins don’t want to be with us, they don’t participate,” says Nancy Sweatt, a U.S. Coast Guard captain and owner of Dolphin Journeys, bristling at the idea of a ban. “There’s no way a human can harm a dolphin without a weapon. They can swim faster and dive deeper – up to nearly 1,000 feet – and can easily evade humans.”

What makes the ban unreasonable is the fact that spinner dolphins are under no threat. In 2019, the Marine Mammal Commission noted that the species is abundant in the insular and pelagic ecosystems of Hawaii. At the time, it estimated a minimum population of 665 for four insular groups of dolphins. Sweatt gives a more optimistic estimate, saying the population has increased markedly – from 200-300 in 1995, when she started her business, to 700-1,000 today. Even the Federal Register notes: “We recognize that there is not clear evidence of population decline or adverse biological impacts.” But it adds that a “precautionary approach is the best way to protect and conserve Hawaiian spinner dolphin populations….” The ban is evidently not based on diligent analysis of the dolphin population and long-term trends.

When the ban was proposed in 2016 and a 60-day period was set for public responses, several alternative management options were put forth. But the NMFS ignored them. For reasons best known to the officials who framed the ban, the billion-dollar dolphin captivity industry, operating under zoo rules, remains unaffected by the ban though dolphins belong in the wild, not in pools and tanks. Military activities, too, are allowed to continue unhindered in dolphin habitats.

It will be interesting to see who prevails in this contentious case. At stake is not only the vibrant tourism industry of Hawaii, but also the power of the American people – and businesses, the mainstay of American capitalism – to hold all public decision-makers to account. Without that power, the shadow government of unelected officials exercising executive and legal powers without constitutional authority or oversight will gain in strength. Their agenda-driven coup will triumph over American citizens, American businesses, and American minds. We will end up being told what to do, how to act, what to think. No questions.

There’s an interesting sidelight to this case. Lanny Sinkin, an attorney from Hilo, Hawaii, has filed a petition for review of law on behalf of the Family of Dolphins Church, which says the ban violates its adherents’ right to religious freedom. The church claims a 20-year-old spiritual practice of interacting with dolphins.\
It's a pretty big ocean, and dolphins are pretty fast. If they didn't want to be around swimmers, they would move away.

The Wombat has Rule 5 Monday: The Best Rack In Hollywood? up running at The Other McCain.

Buwudabout Hunter?

It's been a little while since the New York Time reluctantly admitted that the Hunter Biden laptop story originally broken by the New York Post, and widely pronounced by Democrat leaning ex-intelligence figures, and the mainstream and social media as Russian disinformation, was, in fact real, and Hunter's. So what's happened in the meantime? Well, if you believe the major TV networks, not much.  ABC, CBS, NBC ignore Hunter Biden scandals, haven’t mentioned his name in 259 days, study says, "'Twelve days after the Times confirmed that Hunter Biden’s laptop is real, ABC, CBS and NBC are still silent,' (Fox, of course). At Front Page, Bob Spencer wonders Where are the 51 Intel Agents Who Assured Us Hunter's Laptop was Russian Disinformation?. Cashing their DNC and CNN checks, I imagine. Louder With Crowder observes that Jen Psaki Can't Shoosh Questions on Hunter Fast Enough.

Matt Vespa at Town Hall explains that the Latest Poll About Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Why the Liberal Media Strangled This Story in 2020 "Well, around 17 percent of Biden supporters would not have supported him if they had known about this laptop story during the election." Joy Pullman at Da Fed is pretty sure The New York Times Doesn’t Care If You Know That Big Tech Helped Rig Joe Biden’s Election.  At Da Lid, Per Rasmussen, Voters Say Hunter Biden’s ‘Laptop From Hell’ Is Important Story, "But MSM Still Ignores The Story." Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media, Gosh, There Sure Is a Lot of Hunter Biden News These Days. Margot Cleveland at Da Fed has 4 Big Takeaways From The New York Times’s Attempt To Control The Hunter Biden Narrative. "1. If the Laptop Is Legit, So Are the Scandals the Laptop Exposed . . . 2. The Times’s Record of ‘Getting Ahead of the Story’ Suggests More Developments Are Coming . . . 3. Prosecutors are Investigating Some Serious Stuff . . . 4. Downplay the Charges, Build the Narrative, and Beta-Test the Defenses" and offers 8 Joe Biden Scandals Inside Hunter Biden’s MacBook That Corporate Media Just Admitted Is Legit. Joe Concha atop Da Hill calls Hunter Biden the protected third rail of journalism. Capt. Ed at Haut Hain notes, in a little noted part of Bill Barr's new book, widely touted for its criticism of Trump, Barr says Biden flat-out lied about Hunter's laptop -- and so did the media. At the Wa Free Bee, Congressman Seeks Facebook, Twitter Records Related to Suppression of Hunter Biden Laptop Story, but it won't happen until after the midterms, I'm sure. From DaTechguy, DaTechGuy’s 6th Law of Media Outrage postscript

Yesterday I postulated DaTechguy’s 6th Law of Media Outrage which states:
The degree of protection by or attack of the media on any person is governed by the degree of danger and/or usefulness to the Democrat party’s electoral goals said protection or attack represents
And said that the NYT sudden “discovery” that the Hunter Biden Laptop was real meant the following:
But now it’s 2022 and Joe Biden is becoming increasingly a threat to the electoral prospects of the Democrat left. While nobody in his right mind actually believes he is governing this nation the sheer incompetence of those actually doing the job combined with the fiscal and foreign policy on his administration’s watch are at a point where disaster looms for the left if things continue.

So suddenly the Hunter Biden story instead of being a threat is for the left at worst an old story that can’t make things much worse or can be burred in the news of the war..

Of course at best it might be a means of removing the threat that Joe Biden is.

Miranda Devine at NYPo, The White House can’t just wash away the stink of Hunter Biden’s laptop and Biden’s silent as son’s former friend and business partner faces jail, financial ruin. At Am Spec, Shmuel Klatzkin claims The Corruption of the Biden Administration Is Now in Plain Sight, but you do have to go out of your way to find it. Paul Bedard at WaEx, More believe Biden 'perhaps profited' off son Hunter’s schemes. At the Tampa Freep, Biden Admin’s Ties To Ukraine Go Deeper Than Hunter And Burisma. Seamus Bruner and John Solomon at JTJ detail how How Russia got stronger as Bidens and Clintons got richer: Uranium, oil and technology. From JTN, Exclusive: Trump calls on Putin to release info on Hunter Biden’s dealings with oligarchs 

Meanwhile, bad stuff continues to leak out of the seams of the Hunter story. At The Political Wire, Prosecutors Advance Tax Probe of Hunter Biden "“A federal tax investigation into Hunter Biden is gaining momentum as prosecutors gather information from several of his associates about the sources of his foreign income, including from Ukraine, and examine President Biden’s son’s relationship with a company that handled some of his finances,” the Wall Street Journal reports." BPR, Jesse Watters ‘hearing’ that Hunter Biden will be indicted, president will ‘probably’ pardon him

Across da pond at Da Mail,  Hunter Biden DID help secure millions in funding for US contractor in Ukraine specializing in deadly pathogen research, laptop emails reveal, raising more questions about the disgraced son of then vice president. TNP, Hunter Biden Bio Firm Partnered With Ukrainian Researchers ‘Isolating Deadly Pathogens’ Using Funds From Obama’s Defense Department. Kevin Downey at PJ Media, BOMBSHELL REPORT: Hunter Biden Emails Show He Secured Funds for Biolabs in Ukraine. Really? He did something useful to someone? I'm impressed. I thought he just sold access to Joe. Stacy McCain, Why Is ‘Russian Disinformation’ More Trustworthy Than the Liberal Media?

Last week, Russian officials claimed that Hunter Biden had bankrolled biological research laboratories in Ukraine:
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This was immediately dismissed by the Daily Beast, among others, as conspiracy theory crazy talk aimed at the QAnon crowd, even before Tucker Carlson picked up the story.

“Tucker Carlton Echoes the Kremlin,” they headlined it, as if the story were self-evidently false. But guess what? Can you guess, huh?

Well? Is the Daily Beast just going to pretend this isn’t newsworthy? Are the rest of the corporate media going to continue pretending that this is just crazy QAnon stuff and “Russian disinformation”?

Keep in mind that our government funded research in Communist Chinese labs that may have produced the COVID-19 virus. We are told, however, that the research our government was funding in Ukraine was entirely benign, and if we express skepticism about this project (which, oh, by the way, just happened to help make money for Joe Biden’s worthless crack-addicted son) well, our skepticism is proof that we’re a bunch of kooky right-wing conspiracy theorists. Wouldn’t it be nice if our government and our media would tell us the truth once in while, so they could have more credibility than the Kremlin?

 At Da Fed, Margot Cleveland Hunter Biden’s Laptops Are Now An Active National Security Threat. And that was before the BOMBSHELL: Hunter Biden Had DOD Encryption Keys On His Laptop (Geller Report). Law Enforcement Today, National security nightmare: Biden laptop had Department of Defense “encryption keys” on it…why?

John Nolte at Breitbart,  Hunter Biden Laptop Whistleblower John Paul Mac Isaac.

And it turns out that, appropriately enough,  Joe honors his dead son with a scam. Breitbart, Report: Beau Biden Charity Takes in Millions, Spends Fraction on Helping Children. KT at Haut Hair, Beau Biden Foundation took in millions in donations, only spent thousands on its mission, unless, much like the Clinton Foundation before it, it's real mission is to collect nominally tax exempt funds to give to loyal political servants in salary. 

The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children was founded less than a month after Beau died in 2015. Its mission is to prevent child abuse by educating adults and children.

Its 2020 tax filing shows that while the Beau Biden Foundation received $3.9M in donations, it only spent $544,961 on its mission. It spent only 58% of its budget on its mission, according to CharityWatch, a watchdog group. The total donations includes $1.8M from The Biden Foundation. The foundation also received $225,000 from one of Joe Biden’s top political donors. Almost $1M went to paying the six-figure salaries of executives of the foundation.

It’s a red flag for any charity that spends more on its executives than on the services it provides. Donors are supposed to trust that their contributions go to the mission of a charity, in this case protecting children from child abuse, and not to lining the pockets of its executive leadership.

But, I'll give him this. At least he seems to know what a woman is, even if he sometimes likes them a little young.

Beach Report 3/29/22

After Skye's "well dog" check at the vet (which she passed with flying colors fur, the vet called her a "super senior"), we grabbed a quick lunch out at 5 Guys, came home and put our warm clothes on for a walk.
It froze hard last night, but by the time we left for the beach, the air temp were in the low to mid 30s, and a stiff west (which appears to come down the beach at you). It was a blow out tide, so even though we got there near high tide, there was lots of shell and gravel to search.

Georgia and Skye had left me in the dust gravel when I found this 1 7/16th inch White Shark tooth.
When I caught up to them at the car, Georgia had a big Snaggletooth. Although my Hastalis was 1/16 inches longer, her Hemi was big enough to push the last biggest one off the kitchen window sill.