Saturday, April 16, 2022

How Low Can Joe Go, A Poison Pill for Elon, and A Second 'Fednapping" Plot

How bad is Joe polling ? So bad even CNN is forced to acknowledge them. Martin Walsh at the Conservative Brief, CNN’s Enten on Biden’s Approval: ‘Really, Really, Really Bad Number’. Sundance at CTH, Oh SNAP, CNN Reports Biden Polling the Worst Ever Recorded in Presidential Polling History, Even Lower Than Jimmy Carter in 1978. Remember when we said a return to the Carter years was a best case scenario? Ed Driscoll at Insty, IT’S COME TO THIS: When CNN Says It’s ‘Really, Really, Really Bad’ for Joe, You Know It’s Catastrophic. Matt Lewis at Da Beast, Biden and Democrats Should Be Absolutely Terrified by New Poll Numbers. PM has a poll, Only 21 percent of young Americans 18-34 approve of Joe Biden. Only 21% not paying attention? I'm impressed. Insty TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Watch: Confused Joe Biden Appears to Shake Hands With Thin Air, and It’s Kind of Terrifying.  Capt. Ed at Haut Hair finds a Biden pollster: Here's how to "not get our a**** kicked" in November, "Spoiler alert: This advice will actually be precisely how — and why — Democrats will indeed “get our a**** kicked” in November." Double down on stupid. Landon Mion at Town Hall illustrates with a Georgia Restaurant Owner  who Tells 'Ignorant' Biden Supporters to Dine Elsewhere: 'I Don't Need Your Business'.

 WaPoo whines Democrats in tough races revolt over Biden administration border move

Leon Fresco, an immigration attorney and former aide to Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), said Democrats are in desperate need of a “reframing” of the border issue. “Because this debate, the way it’s currently structured, is very bad for Democrats,” he said. “Either we have Title 42 and no chaos, or Title 42 and chaos. That’s just not a good look for anybody right now.”

Bad new for kids who want to get into a new house from Capt. Ed at Haut Hair, WaPo: Inflation about to kill off the great real-estate boom, "Mortgage rates swelled above 5 percent for the first time in more than a decade — an unexpectedly rapid ascent that has begun to temper the U.S. housing boom and could usher new uncertainty into an economy dogged by soaring inflation."  So how will the administration try to save its inflation bacon?  On Da Hill, Psaki: Biden executive action on canceling some student debt ‘still on the table’ and Madeline Leesman at Town Hall, Schumer Says Biden Is Closer ‘Than Ever Before’ To Canceling Student Debt. That's great for the kids who got gender studies degrees who already vote Democrat, but what about the people who paid their loans, or paid their own way through school. Then, after a year or more of promising to kill oil and gas drilling on Federal lands, WaEx reports Biden resumes oil and gas leases on federal land at dramatically lessened scale, "The Interior Department said in a news release that it will make available 144,000 acres, an 80% reduction from the acreage originally nominated. It will also begin charging companies royalties of 18.75%, up from 12.5%." Sundance, Biden Administration Authorizes New Oil and Gas Leases on Limited Federal Land. Too little too late for the midterms, I suspect, and may cost them some points with their own crowd. 

I expect, that as the midterms approach, the media (other than Fox) will start to furiously flog the dead horse, and Biden may see a little improvement. Unless the Democrats pull the 25 Amendment plug.

In the Great Gerrymandering wars, KARE11 (Minn) Wisconsin Supreme Court reverses course, adopts GOP-drawn legislative maps WaEx reports Wisconsin Supreme Court replaces state Legislature maps with GOP proposal

Wisconsin's Supreme Court adopted a slate of GOP-backed state Legislature maps Friday in a win for Republicans.

The conservative-leaning court determined in a 4-3 vote announced Friday evening that the GOP proposal was "race neutral," unlike the governor's submission, a full reversal from a prior ruling last month, when the court selected maps from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

WaPoo, of course, has a long op ed posing as a news article on the dangers of letting (Republican) legislatures set the rules for voting Democrats’ redistricting gains hit a roadblock: The Supreme Court

What worries Democrats and voting rights advocates most is the potential that the Supreme Court will validate a legal theory that state legislatures alone must draw political maps — a judgment that would give lawmakers final say over redistricting, stripping out the role that governors, judges and even independent commissions set up by voters have in the process. North Carolina Republicans have asked the court to weigh in; Republicans in other states, such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, have endorsed the idea, known colloquially as the “independent state legislature theory.”

If adopted, Democrats and voting rights advocates say, state legislatures — many of them gerrymandered to maximize control — would obtain unprecedented power.

I won't get excited about Republican Gerrymandering anywhere until Democrats undo Maryland's extreme Gerrymander. At Wa Free Bee, Florida’s No-Show Congressman Could End Up a Redistricting Casualty, "Al Lawson has not cast an in-person vote in two years." "Working" from home. 

From JTN, Pennsylvania state Senate passes bills banning ballot drop boxes, Zuckerbucks, "Eight Democrats joined Republicans in banning "Zuckerbucks." But will it get vetoed by Gov. Wolfe? "Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) opposes both Senate bills, but his office did not indicate whether he would veto them, according to Pittsburgh's NPR News Station. He previously vetoed a bill that allowed only the secretary of the commonwealth to receive the funds and distribute them equally across counties."

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MSN whines Federal judge rules Abrams cannot use committee to raise unlimited funds, because she hasn't gone through the primary yet. Tennessee Star, which seems to have a major bug in their bonnet about this, whines Silicon Valley Billionaire Larry Ellison Donated the $1 Million That Funds SuperPAC Backing TN-5 Carpetbagger Candidate Morgan Ortagus. Breitbart reports Nevada Law Enforcement Rescinds Rep. Susie Lee Endorsement, Backs Republican Candidate, The group has reportedly rescinded endorsements for Democrats in the past, but since the riots across the country following the death of George Floyd, PSAN and other law enforcement groups have been fighting the Democrats’ anti-police rhetoric in full force." Wa Free Bee says "Democrats Dominate ‘Misinformation’ Firm Working With Teachers’ Union", a firm that produces misinformation for the teachers union. 

At Front Page, Daniel Greenfield accuses Disney’s Business Model of Turning Kids Into Dysfunctional Adults. Ace, Disney Faces Backlash From Normie Parents for Radical Stance on Grooming Children; Will Transgenderism For Kids! (TM) Be the Waterloo for Wokeism?

At WaPoo, Twitter adopts ‘poison pill’ intended to thwart Elon Musk’s takeover bid, "The plan signals that Twitter does not look favorably upon Musk’s bid, valued at roughly $43 billion" Yah think? Plan is to print more stock, and sell it to insiders to dilute Musk's shares. Becca Downs at Town Hall, Twitter Board of Directors Takes Action to Thwart Elon Musk Takeover. Nick Arama at Red State, Twitter Board Plays 'Poison Pill' — but Elon's Response Shows He's All in to Win. NYPo, Elon Musk considering bringing in partners on Twitter bid, sources say "One possibility, the sources said: teaming with private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners, which was planning to co-invest with him in 2018 when he was considering taking Tesla private." Brandon Morse at Red State notes A New Player Enters the Arena in the Fight to Keep Elon Musk From Buying Twitter "Then, out of the blue, a company stepped in and bought up enough shares to unseat Musk as the top shareholder. According to the New York Post, a private equity giant called Thoma Bravo is working on its own offer for Twitter. . ."

If the mission statement from Thoma Bravo is true, Twitter’s management wouldn’t have to worry about being kicked to the curb and they can continue doing what they do best, restricting conversation and censoring whatever they don’t like.

Musk, upon obtaining Twitter, would likely clean house and make sure that the company practices free speech, free expression, and the free exchange of ideas. This would likely require replacing people from top to bottom, something those in charge at Twitter would very much like to avoid.

This fight for Twitter is more of a fight for the freedom to express oneself in the de facto town square with Musk attempting to drive out the social dictators who have kept everyone else suppressed. It will be interesting to see how Musk responds in the coming days, and more interestingly, who will win this fight.

Anxious anxiously tiptoes around how Musk’s saga reveals how core Twitter is to U.S. politics "Why it matters: No single company does more to drive moment-to-moment political conversation. For all its toxicity and biases, Twitter is politicians' first stop for breaking news and shaping views." Insty (and Gleen Grenwalt) are not as nice, THE MASKS ARE OFF, AND NOT JUST THE N95 ONES: Glenn Greenwald@ggreenwald, "Yesterday was a flagship day in corporate media. It was the day they were forced to explicitly state what has long been clear: they not only favor censorship but desperately crave and depend on it. Even if Musk doesn't buy Twitter, never forget what yesterday revealed." From  Twitchy, ‘Not a FINANCIAL decision, it never WAS’: Jeff Carlson lays into Twitter for taking #poisonpill to reject Elon Musk in zero-punches-pulled thread, "The valuation is not in assets, cash flow, growth or EBITDA. Twitter's valuation to their holders lies in the authoritarian control of Free Speech." From the Slantic, Elon Musk Is Fighting for Attention, Not Free Speech, "The social-media platform isn’t a public square. It’s a gladiatorial arena." Capt. Ed sees the hypocrisy, Musk's Twitter buyout is "peak billionaire," writes columnist for Washington Amazon-Post, "I swear I’m not addicted to media schadenfreude over Elon Musk. I can give it up any time, I tell you! However, when it’s as cheap and plentiful as it is at the moment, why not indulge?" At Anxious, Scott Rosenberg anxiously predicts How Musk's free-speech Twitter dream ends. With more restrictions.

Switching to Jan. 6, and related topics, Matt Vespa at Town Hall takes note Oh, So There Were Federal Agents Embedded at the US Capitol on January 6?. Kevin Downy at PJ Media, Yet Another Conspiracy Theory Comes True: 'At Least 20' Feds Embedded at Capitol on Jan. 6. We knew it all along. The FBI had too many embeds in the right wing crowd not to be there. CNN finds a sap who says 'I had to do something to gain his respect': January 6 defendant testifies he believed Trump sent him to attack on US Capitol, in an effort to keep himself out of jail. At Da Blaze, Mark Levin: Capitol Hill protesters' charges DROPPED by District Judge

Trespassing, by definition, is a legal term for entering onto the land of another with permission or the legal right to be there. Video, however, appears to have captured the protestors being waved through the doors.

In Mark's opinion, Capitol Police appeared to be welcoming protesters through the terrace doors. It is essential to separate the unacceptable violent groups from the unfortunate protestors whose curiosity led them into something beyond their control.

Louie Gohmert at Am Great, Justice Department Punishes J6 Defendants for Obstruction but Not Democrats

Likely forgotten by most Americans today thanks to the media’s love affair with all things liberal, the incident took place in June 2016 when Democrats staged a raucous “sit-in” in the House chamber where they blocked official business from occurring for roughly 26 hours. There were reports of House furniture being damaged and congressional staffers being mistreated and yet there were no outlandish cries of insurrection and certainly no mention of there being an obstruction of an official proceeding, even though that’s clearly what happened. One House Democrat admitted, “We fully appreciate that we are in full violation of the rules.”

WaPoo whines Lee worked hard to overturn election, keep Trump in power, texts show. Or overturning the results of a fraudulent election, which WaPoo will not allow anyone to say. HE, Trump Aide Stephen Miller to Appear Before House Jan. 6 Inquisition. He should give them the finger, say he did nothing wrong, and take the fifth. The full Lois Lerner.

At NYPo, James Bovard goes Inside the FBI’s infiltration and entrapment of a Michigan militia crew. Ace cites the redoubtable Julie Kelly: Vindictive Justice Department Will Re-Try the Two Remaining Whitmer "Fednapping" Defendants, ""Fednapping," LOL. They cannot win this case. But the point is not to win. The point is to punish through endless lawless process. You will be made to bow." Julie Kelly on The Other Fednapping Plot "The same FBI operation that ginned up the phony kidnapping plot in Michigan also tried to coax a Virginia man to participate in a similar scheme against Governor Ralph Northam."

But the government not only attempted to manufacture “terrorists” in the Whitmer kidnapping hoax—the same FBI operation also tried to coax a man in Virginia to participate in the same sort of plot against Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. That scheme didn’t fully materialize, but the FBI’s attempt to pull off a similar stunt in Virginia reveals just how far agents were willing to go to bolster FBI Director Christopher Wray’s false warning that domestic extremists planned to “kill and assassinate” public officials.

In summer 2020, Dan Chappel, the main informant in the Whitmer fednapping who was compensated at least $60,000 by the FBI for his services, targeted a man named Frank Butler, a disabled veteran in his late 60s and an alleged militia member. Taking instructions from Jayson Chambers, one of his FBI handling agents, Chappel used the same playbook in Virginia.

“Dan suggests to Frank that he engage in acts of domestic terror,” defense attorneys wrote in a joint motion filed last year in the Whitmer case. “Like the defendants in this case, Dan suggested to Frank that he attack the governor of Virginia.”

Screenshots submitted into evidence show a jaw dropping exchange between Chappel and Chambers in August 2020. “Goin [sic] to call frank butler today,” Chappel texted Chambers, asking for direction on what he should say to his target.

“Mission is to kill the governor specifically,” Chambers replied.

Just as in the Whitmer plot, Chappel lured Frank Butler into attempting to build an explosive device. Another text exchange in September 2020 shows Chappel and Chambers discussing a “recipe” for a bomb that Chappel can provide to Butler. After passing along the information to Butler, Chappel texted Chambers to tell him Frank planned on purchasing bomb-making supplies. “Awesome. Excellent work,” Chambers told Chappel.

Chappel also invited Butler to a field training exercise in Wisconsin during the last weekend in October, an excursion attended by some defendants in the Whitmer caper.

“This event, like all the others,” defense attorneys wrote, “was conceived, planned, and conducted by the federal investigative team of agents and undercover informants working together to provide a stage upon which to manipulate their targets into acting out ostensibly incriminating behavior the government hoped to elicit in its bid to develop and then ‘interrupt’ the operation of a ‘domestic terrorist organization.’”

Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media, Hey FBI, We're Running Low on Those White Domestic Terrorists You Keep Warning Us About. Lloyd Billingsley at Am Great, FBI Goes Back to the Future, "How the FBI deployed dummy companies, inside informers, and fake legislation to target California politicians."  The FBI Delenda est. Vicky Taft at PJ Media, Feds Apologize to Violent BLM and Antifa Rioters for Not Being Nicer to Them as They Set Fires in Front of White House

The Biden Administration’s radical civil rights division boss at the DOJ has “reached an agreement to settle claims in four civil cases arising from the June 1, 2020, law enforcement response to racial justice demonstrations in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.”

This was during the Black Lives Matter and Antifa Reign of Terror or, as then-Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan accidentally coined it, a “Summer of Love,” after the George Floyd riots began in Minneapolis and spread across the country.

Protesters and violent rioters set seized upon Lafayette Square, breaching a White House perimeter, and rioted, rallied, and set fires for days. An umbrella group called “Shut Down DC,” composed of far-left professional agitators, including Lisa Fithian, called helped orchestrate the attack to incapacitate the nation’s capitol.

Washington, D.C. not only indulged this “first amendment activity,” but Mayor Muriel Bowser also encouraged it by memorializing part of the city streets with a Black Lives Matter mural paid for by taxpayers.

And now the feds are basically apologizing and acknowledging that they weren’t nice enough when they cleared the rioters and arsonists in front of the White House — rioters who torched the so-called “President’s Church” and forced then President Donald Trump and his family into the bunker for their safety.

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: A WILD PARAGUAYAN MODEL APPEARS! out a day late at The Other McCain.

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