Friday, September 30, 2022

Maryland, My Maryland

Army’s first openly transgender officer (and Lefty-praised ‘pioneer’) indicted for trying to sell soldiers’ medical info to RUSSIA  
From the Free Beacon:
The Army’s first openly transgender officer was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to provide American soldiers’ medical information to the Russian government.

A federal grand jury in Baltimore indicted Jamie Lee Henry and his wife, Anna Gabrielian, on charges of conspiracy and wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information. According to prosecutors, the couple met last month with an undercover FBI agent posing as a Russian diplomat and offered medical information from Fort Bragg, the home of the military’s elite Delta Force.

Gabrielian, an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins University, told the undercover agent during an Aug. 17 meeting that “she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia to provide any assistance she could to Russia, even if it meant being fired or going to jail,” according to the indictment. Gabrielian gave the undercover agent medical information on the spouse of someone who works in the Office of Naval Intelligence, and “highlighted” a medical issue that “Russia could exploit.”

The Babylon Bee quips  Russian Spy Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom For Being First Openly Transgender Traitor To Country

I ain't saying being trans makes he/she/it a traitor, but I can't help but think the mental illness involved doesn't contribute.

Biden Sundowns, BLM Bomber Begs for Mercy

Starting with Ace, The "President" Attempted a Seance With a Ghost on Live Televison. The Propaganda Press Refused To Air Any Coverage of It Whatsoever, Or To Even Mention It and then Top of Mind: The Leftwing Propaganda Media Actually Asks Karine Jean-Pierre What Was Going on In the Demented "President's" Mind When He Called Out "Where's Jackie?," Searching For a Dead Woman's Ghost. At NewsBusters, They Would Know: The View Calls Biden's 'Jackie' Moment Just a 'Brain Fart'. "Behar interjected to defend Jean-Pierre, suggesting she was dealing with hostile “right-wing” media that “has weaponized his gaffes!” “I mean, they have weaponized the gaffes, They’ve said that he’s senile,” she raged." From Town Hall, Spencer Brown sees Wandering Joe Biden Get Lost Again After Delivering Remarks. Sundowning. At Commentary, Noah Rothman watches The Dam Break 

To their credit, journalistic outlets declined to spit-polish the president’s performance. Gone was the impulse to contextualize his comments until viewers questioned the evidence of their own eyes. Most media played it straight. Biden “asks if deceased congresswoman is present,” observed CNN. “President Biden sought out deceased Rep. Jackie Walorski,” the Associated Press reported. “President Biden apparently forgot,” the New York Times conceded, “that Representative Jackie Walorski had died in August.”
It shouldn't be to their credit, it should be their job. At Front Page, Will Biden Get Bailed Out On, ‘She Was 12, & I Was 30?’ "Why, exactly, did the crowd laugh?" Because, at some point, dirty old men are funny. At Breitbart, Pollak: Why Is No One Discussing the 25th Amendment for Joe Biden? Well, you just did, but, in any event, the question answers itself. I do believe we are starting to see the movement to ease Biden out semi-gracefully for 2024.

At Am Think, Brian Parsons is trying to think out whether DeSantis is a  MAGA Understudy or Saboteur? Michael Barone is trying to figured out Are Polls Understanding Republicans' Support? Sounds like he's leaning yes.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.29.22  at LI,  Mike LaChance, Mitt Romney Trying to Undermine Mike Lee Re-Election Effort "“If you’re not going to have the back of your colleague in your state who is a fellow Republican, how will I know you’ll have my back?” The unsinkable Mollie Hemingway at Da Fed finds GOP Senators Baffled By Mitt Romney’s Ploy To Oust Mike Lee — And Maybe Thwart A Majority. At PJ Media, Lincoln Brown finds  No Surprise: 'Liz' Romney Stabs Mike Lee in the Back and Stephen Kruiser thinks Mitt Romney's Tedious Treachery Shtick Has Worn Thin. "If the GOP should take back control of the Senate, they might want to propose a Romney-for-Manchin trade with the Dems. I’m only somewhat kidding there."

AARP, cited at Haut Hair, has a Shock poll: Johnson up 5 over Barnes in WI Senate race.  "The race for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat is also close, with Sen. Ron Johnson (R) leading Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D), 51% -46%. Johnson’s lead is slightly bigger (52% – 45%) among voters 50+." Not a shock, KT at Haut Hair finds a Quinnipiac poll,  Abbott is up over Robert Francis O'Rourke by 7 points. Insty wonders WHAT IS IT ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND CHILD ABUSE? Tim Ryan Attends Fundraiser Hosted by Attorney Who Pressed To Minimize Payouts to Nassar’s Victims. VodkaPundit at PJ Media, Meet the New GOP: Younger, More Female, More Hispanic (and More Attractive, if You'll Pardon Me) No pardon necessary. 
Yesli Vega
I had a little birdie whisper in my ear last night that Virginia’s 7th Congressional District is one of those races to watch on election night. There, Republican Yesli Vega is taking on two-term Democrat incumbent Abigail Spanberger.

Vega is the daughter of refugees from El Salvador’s civil war. She and her husband, Army vet Rene, have two children. Vega got her start in Virginia law enforcement, working as a patrol officer, field training officer, hostage negotiator, and crisis intervention team member.

She successfully ran for an open seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in 2019. As her campaign website puts it:
Due to her commitment to advocating and fighting for conservative principles, Yesli won the Republican nomination with over 80% of the vote. She then won the general election in her Democrat leaning district by thirteen points in a blue wave year, not by running away from her conservative principles, but by boldly proclaiming them.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin was so impressed that he named Vega his Hispanic outreach chair during his successful run to unseat Democrat Ralph Northam in 2021.

Althouse, The WaPo Fact Checker fact-checks Stacey Abrams's denial that she was ever an election denier.

I scrolled immediately to see how many "Pinocchios" this got, but somehow this gets to be one of the statements that eludes the rating. Let's figure out why:
. . .
More at the link, but no explanation of why there is no rating. It comes across as very clear that Stacey Abrams was an adamant election denier — for years and in many separate statements. So the question, really, is whether her denying of the denying was clear enough to constitute a lie:
In recent weeks she has subtly adjusted language to argue that, unlike Trump, she “never denied the election” and “never denied that I lost.”
What's subtle about that? Give her the 4 Pinocchios she deserves.

Matt Taibbi,  YouTube Demonetizes TK Content, "A brief note to subscribers about YouTube's decision to demonetize TK material, saying Matt Orfalea's factual video "isn't suitable for all advertisers"  From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.29.22 EBL also, Remember when it was ok to say an election was illegitimate? Ace, "Russia Hacked Our Election" Fact Check: Mostly Symbolic "This is amazing. It falls to the left-leaning Matt Orfala to produce this, because the GOP Establishment is actually pushing the "Insurrection" narrative themselves."

At the AZ Sun Times, As Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward Alleges Maricopa County Broke the Law in the 2022 Primary Election, Groups Launch Drop Box-Watching Operations. Vicky Marshall at Da Fed, ‘Zuckbucks 2.0’: Democrat Operatives Are Helping Milwaukee Rig Its 2022 Elections

At NYPo Miranda Devine has 30 ex-FBI agents stand up to support whistleblower who exposed agency’s political bias. Ex-agents because they might be fired otherwise. Fox, FBI allegedly engaging in 'purge' of conservative employees, retaliating against whistleblowers: Jim Jordan, " Whistleblowers within the FBI have come to congressional Republicans with allegations of misconduct by the agency." Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.29.22  Da Tech Guy has another Novena to St. Matthew for the FBI Agents involved in the Mark Houck Arrest, Day 4 – The Retirees Speak Up. Insty, And surprise, surprise! The New York Times are happy to pivot on a dime from… …to “how dare you suggest defunding the FBI!” NYT Suggests It’s ‘Toxic,’ ‘Misinformation’ to Call for Defunding FBI. At Am Great, Eric Lendrum hears Republicans Urge DOJ to Investigate Cyberattacks Targeting Christian, Pro-Life Websites, also, a cold day in hell. Also at Am Great, Jack Cashill on Why Ray Epps Matters, "Like Alger Hiss before him, Epps has come to bear the weight of a powerful narrative." At Haut Hair Beege Wellborn wonders What happened when the FBI raided Congressman Henry Cuellar's (D-TX) home?
I’d just like to take a moment to point out the obvious differences between what happens when a Democrat’s home is raided and when a Repubican’s home is. If this had been Trump’s or Matt Gaetz’s or anyone else remotely prominent in the GOP, a major network would have been on site to spontaneously capture the raid (which would have been a SWAT team, not a polite knock), we would already know the size and color of the ladies’ underwear they’d rifled through, not to mention pictures of documents, and enough salacious details – not necessarily true, but juicy enough – to spark a feeding frenzy of WALLS ARE CLOSING IN, thus keeping CNN/MSNBC on air for another week.

Oh, but not here! No leaks. Almost a year into an “investigation” and bupkis out of anyone at DoJ. Not even a vapor wafting from a window. SO odd. 

Another reason besides the obvious that this is all flying under the radar is that Cuellar is now tied in a dogfight for his re-election. Nancy Pelosi might not be fond of him, but I’m sure they expected to keep the seat, as he’s a nine-term Congressman. Another young Latina Republican named Cassy Garcia (former Deputy State Director for Ted Cruz) has charged from deep back in the polls. She is going for the jugular.

Tristan Justice at Da Fed reports Ginni Thomas Shuts Down Misconduct Claims In Voluntary Testimony Before J6 Panel. I eagerly await Pauli Pelosi's testimony on insider trading by Congresscritters. 

“Regarding the 2020 election, I did not speak with him at all about the details of my volunteer campaign activities. And I did not speak with him at all about the details of my post-election activities, which were minimal, in any event. I am certain I never spoke with him about any of the legal challenges to the 2020 election, as I was not involved with those challenges in any way,” Thomas said at the beginning of her testimony earlier today.

At Wa Free Bee, Firebombing Attorney Begs for Light Sentence, Citing Inebriation and ‘Unprocessed Trauma’  "Urooj Rahman was 'quite drunk' during George Floyd riots, court filings show"

Attorneys for Urooj Rahman argue the self-described human-rights activist was "numb, disassociated, and inebriated" when she threw a Molotov cocktail into a New York City police car during the George Floyd riots in May 2020. Lawyers say Rahman was also reeling from her many "abusive partnership relationships" and processing "early trauma" from being taunted as a Muslim after 9/11.

On the night of May 29, 2020, Rahman "became quite drunk" after drinking vodka on "an empty stomach" with fellow lawyer and later getaway driver Colinford Mattis. Rahman’s attorneys say the pair’s decision to firebomb an NYPD cruiser was an "aberrational" act meant to protect others from future police violence.

"Tossing the Molotov cocktail was a way of expressing anger at those police officers around the country for whom Black lives did not matter," Rahman’s attorneys wrote in a September memo to U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan. "It was an act of protest intended to avoid exposing others to harm."

Rahman’s attorneys have requested she be released on "time served," saying "her conduct that night was a marked deviation from her otherwise exemplary life."

The request for a special dispensation builds on a sweetheart deal already reached by Justice Department prosecutors in the case. In June, Rahman and Mattis entered into a second plea agreement that broke their potential 10-year sentences down to a maximum of 5 years. Prosecutors want Judge Cogan to go even lower, arguing for just 18 to 24 months based on the "history and personal characteristics of the defendants."

Rahman and Mattis each confessed to counts of conspiracy to commit arson and to making and possessing an unregistered destructive device, dodging a previous domestic terrorism sentencing enhancement. The two had pleaded guilty in October 2021 to one count of possessing or making a destructive device, which could have earned them each 10 years in prison.

Since their arrest, Rahman and Mattis have won the sympathy of national media and liberal elites. New York magazine, NPR, and other outlets have run favorable profiles of the two. Rahman has remained under house arrest with electronic monitoring since June 2020, when a former Obama administration intelligence official helped post her $250,000 bail.

Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx reports that a Skeptical judge won’t dismiss Durham’s case against dossier source Igor Danchenko “The motion is denied,” the judge ruled during the Alexandria court hearing. However, the judge said he would revisit his ruling after Durham’s team had presented its full case during the October trial. Trenga, a George W. Bush appointee who has sat on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, added that “I think it’s an extremely close call, particularly with count one” related to longtime Hillary Clinton ally Chuck Dolan." At Da Fed, Margot Cleveland maintains Special Counsel Durham’s Protect-The-Establishment Approach Is Destroying The Country

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Oktoberfest and FMJRA 2.0: Shadows Of The Night ready at the The Other McCain.

Fish Pic Friday - Ciara Gaydos

Ciara Gaydos @fishin_fit šŸŒ“Florida NativešŸŒ“ šŸŽ£Tampa Bay/ St Pete fishingšŸŽ£ @teenyb_bikinis

Linked at The Right Way in the weekly Rule 5 Saturday LinkOrama. The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Oktoberfest and FMJRA 2.0: Shadows Of The Night ready at the The Other McCain.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Oregon, My Oregon

Christine Drazan
At Da Caller, Blue-State Candidate Could Become First Republican Governor Since 1987: POL

Republican Christine Drazan is effectively tied with Democrat Tina Kotek in the Oregon gubernatorial race, giving her a chance to become the blue state’s first GOP governor since 1987.

A poll of 600 likely Oregon voters found Drazan with 32% support, Kotek with 31%, and independent former Democrat Betsy Johnson with 18%. Conducted by DHM Research for The Oregonian from Sept. 23-24, the survey has a margin of error of four percent, making the two front-runners effectively tied. No Republican has served as chief executive of Oregon since 1987, when Victor Atiyeh left office.

We left Oregon in 1983, when Atiyeh was Governor. He must have been OK; I don't remember him doing much.

Tina Kotek

Drazan, Kotek, and Johnson are running to replace term-limited Democrat Kate Brown, one of the least-popular governors in the U.S. Drazan led Republicans in the state House from 2019-21, while Kotek served as speaker of the state House from 2013-22. Johnson served in the state Senate from 2005-2021. She left the Democratic Party shortly after stepping down from her seat to run for governor, saying that “having to choose between another left-wing liberal promising more of the same or a right-wing Trump apologist—is no choice at all.”
I'd like to believe the denizens of Portlandia were smartening up, but I ain't convinced. Yet.

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Oktoberfest and FMJRA 2.0: Shadows Of The Night ready at the The Other McCain.

Beach Report 9/29/22

A blustery day with a blow out tide. 
Lots of sand, not too many teeth, 6, but one of them was this nice little Sand Tiger Shark. Also two Tilly bones and a crab claw.
Georgia and Sky forge ahead on the way home,
I had almost given up on Ospreys for the year, and then this one came and sat down on the beach in front of me. That's a little unusual,
And then he/she took to the air.

Biden Speaks to Dead People, Tanks Economy and Drains Oil Reserves

"He said, 'Jackie, are you here, where's Jackie. She must not be here." From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.28.22, The Geller Reports “Where’s Jackie?” Demented Biden Asks, Referring to Rep. Jackie Walorski, Who Died in August,  Mary Chastain at LI,: Special K Melts Down When Media Doesn’t Buy Her Explanation for Why Biden Asked for Dead Congresswoman and Scott Johnson at Power Line calls it the Senior moment of the day.  At Wa Ex, Chris Datioc, Biden appears to ask if dead congresswoman is at White House speech, "President Joe Biden appeared to ask Wednesday morning if the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) was in attendance for a speech he delivered in Washington, D.C. Biden's mistake came during his remarks at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Walorski, who was tragically killed in a car crash in August, was a core congressional ally in planning the conference . . ." Even the NYT, cited at Haut Hair deigns to notice, White House's bizarre, dogged denial over Biden's "Where's Jackie?" PM, White House says 'it's not all that unusual' for Biden to forget a congresswoman is dead. At Red State Kira Davis calls him Lost in Space. 'Becca Downs at Town Hall, About Time: Even the White House Press Corps Realize Biden Isn't Making Sense. Mincing no words, Ace, The Dying-Brained "President" Asks If a Dead Congresswoman, Whose Death He Recently Noted, Is Present With Him. "Maybe his half-dead brain partly exists on the Ghostly Planes and so Biden sees Jackie there, beckoning to him. John Sexton notes that Joe Biden issued a statement about how bereft he was about Jackie Walorski's death due to a car accident"

Ace: Quick Hits

It looks like the "Dobbs Bounce" is over, Capt. Ed at Haut Hair reports Morning Consult boards its RV ... again: Biden job approval drops 5 points, GOP gains in generic ballot. At WaEx Paul Bedard cites a Rasmussen poll: Most fear '1930s-like Depression.' "In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 57% said that they believe the United States will enter a “1930s-like Depression” soon, including 21% who think a depression is “very likely.” Just 32% don’t think the downturn will end that badly." Paul Mirengoff, It's not just the economy. Concern about crime is also driving the midterms. "You can tell, because Dems are talking about Willie Horton" 

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.28.22, EBL reports  Hunter Biden has his own potential ChiCom honey trap "AoSHQ: Hunter Biden has his own "close" possible ChiCom spy,Daily Mail: Hunter Biden's "close" relationship, Where is the DOJ and FBI on this?" Vicky Taft at PJ Media, Joe and Hunter's Fang Fang Problem.

JiaQi Bao
JiaQi directed the then-vice president’s son to a scheme to “sell natural gas to China in 2017”–you know, as your secretary does. Bao reportedly told him “where the Chinese wanted to purchase the gas from,” according to The Daily Caller.

JiaQi also gave Hunter pointers on oppo-research for the “big guy’s” White House run. Sure, homegirl offered “opposition research for Joe’s White House run and encouraged him to draw funds from the company’s accounts when the joint venture collapsed and even ended up with Hunter’s military dog tags.”

Beege Welborn at Haut Hair, Media out to damage DeSantis before Ian even landfalls. "Their desperation is showing, and the problem they’re running into is that we all have the receipts for everything they forget to mention, every tale they twist, every snide aside they drop into a report." Biz Pac, ‘That’s nonsense, stop politicizing!’ DeSantis blasts agenda-driven reporter over ‘lax response’ to storm. Paula Bolyard at PJ Media, The Left Is Hoping DeSantis Botches Hurricane Response. Here's What They Didn't Count On and details his response. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.28.22, at Twitchy, Rachel Vindman vows to harass Gov. Ron DeSantis again and again because he deserves it. Mrs. Bearclaw. As David Harsanyi at Da Fed notes Never Let A Devastating Natural Disaster Go To Waste.

Guy Benson at Town Hall says Fetterman Really Isn't Going to Want to Debate Dr. Oz After This Ad. Fox reports John Fetterman wipes Black Lives Matter section from campaign site amid attacks over crime, "Fetterman's website previously stated he has 'championed the idea that Black lives matter' before the phrase became a 'hashtag.'" At Zero Hedge, Beto Turns On Biden, Blames Prez For Latino Voters' Rightward Shift. “Republicans showed up with a very strong, compelling economic message,” Some truth there. But it's also cultural, as David Strom at Haut Hair notes, Salon: drop we can invent another word. At Da Fed, Tristan Justice finds Ohio’s Tim Ryan Only Supports Natural Gas When He’s In A Close Race and Sofia Corso reports Actual Police Endorse Ron Johnson After Democrat Opponent Faked Law Enforcement Support. KT at Haut Hair sees how Wisconsin Democrats once again turn to Hollywood for election year victories.

Capt. Ed finds McConnell backs "modest," bipartisan Electoral Count Act reform -- and so do a majority of Americans and notes how it will also impede Democrats now routine challenging of Republican victories. At ET, Minnesota Counties Sued Over Duplicate Voter Registrations

Life News, After Raiding Pro-Life Family’s Home, FBI Targets Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselor in Another State. "According to Gibson, two agents questioned pro-life advocates on Tuesday, including a pro-life advocated named Henry who was a victim of an incident where a Planned Parenthood customer tried to use a box cutter to cut up a pro-life sign he was holding. Similar to the incident with Mark Houck, the customer ended up falling down as a result of the scuffle." Eric Lendrum at Am Great reports Donations Flood in for Family of Pro-Life Activist Raided by FBI. A good way to get on the FBI's list? From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.28.22, Da Tech Guy is still saying Novena to St. Matthew for the FBI Agents involved in the Mark Houck Arrest Day 3 Whistleblowing in the Wind  and at Transterrestrial Musings How Corrupt Is The FBI? "Very. And this sort of thing is why conservatives are insufficiently tame. [Update a while later] The case for dismantling the FBI."As Da Wire points out, there are Still No Charges For Man Who Admits To Shooting 84-Year-Old Pro-Life Canvasser, "The man admits to "firing a warning shot" and then shooting the elderly woman by accident." Insty, HE’S NOT WRONG TO POINT THIS OUTDonald Trump Jr.@DonaldJTrumpJr "Are you paying attention yet?  Logan Hall@loganclarkhall. "biden designated trump voters extremists, tim ryan said to "kill" the MAGA movement, mazie hirono endorsed "call to arms" on abortion. since then, a republican teenager murdered, FBI sent SWAT teams to arrest a christian, and an elderly woman was shot spreading pro-life causes." Insty also cites KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Fascist Creep Factor for Biden’s DOJ Gets Worse Every Day. “We’re almost in ‘stick a fork in it, it’s done’ territory when it comes to justice.”

At Da Caller, Americans Lose Trillions As Markets Dive and a POLL: Over One-Third Of Americans Say They Won’t Meet Their Retirement Goals. NRCC, Have you checked your 401k?. Getting scary. Louder with Crowder, 70% of Americans need second jobs to combat inflation. Joe Klein at Front Page, Biden Fiddles While Inflation Blaze Burns On, "And he lies about his record on inflation." To be fair, he's not really sure what the truth is. Da Wire, Biden’s America Stinks On Ice: Inflation Already Hurting Holiday Shopping At the Peacock, The ‘real cure’ for inflation has gone ignored, Steve Forbes says “The real cure is to stabilize the currency. You don’t have to make people poor to conquer inflation.”  Hannity, WIPING OUT WAGES: Average American Household Has Lost $7,200 in Income Under Biden. Capt. Ed issues a Recession red alert: Durable goods orders drop for second straight month -- unadjusted for inflation. WaPoo's Michelle Singletary responds with 7 ways a recession could be good for you financially, "Hey, a recession isn’t all bad news. Here are seven silver linings." David Strom, WaPo: the recession is good for you, really! Insty, WAPO: 7 ways a recession could be good for you financially. "* And since there’s an Obama administration retread in the White House, enjoy the funemployment! “For the ‘funemployed,’ unemployment is welcome.” UPDATE: Not the Bee asks us to “Look at this actual WaPo headline from today:”" The Center Squarehas a Poll: 79% of Americans dissatisfied with the direction of the country. When Kudlow and Bernie agree, Kudlow Smacked Biden: He Inherited a V-Shaped Resurgence And Tossed It Into Toilet (Da Lid) and ‘Rough Shape’: Bernie Trashes Biden Economy (Wa Free Bee). I suspect their prescriptions might be at odds, though. At WaEx, Yellen on the skids? Treasury secretary eyed in White House midterm shake-up: Report. But why? As Wa Free Bee reports Dems are happy, The Stock Market Is Bottoming Out. This Democrat Thinks Her Party Saved The Economy.

Capt. Ed hears Biden: Forget that "mission accomplished" party -- and remember that gas station owners are the real inflation villains. OilPrice, U.S. Gasoline Prices Break Losing Streak, "Gasoline prices rose 3.2 cents from a week ago, according to new GasBuddy data published on Monday. The price hike is the first in 14 weeks. The national average for a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose to $3.67 on Monday, GasBuddy data showed." And it was only Wednesday when Biden makes inaccurate claim about gas prices for second time in a week (The National Desk). At JTN, Biden dangerously draining Strategic Petroleum Reserve like 'campaign credit card, industry warns, "With crude inventory in the SPR down to its lowest level since Ronald Reagan's first term, President of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association Tim Stewart said the reserve is being used by Biden to "buy down political risk" ahead of the midterm elections."

Da Geller Reports a Constitutional Crisis: Biden’s Student Loan Handout Could Cost $400 Billion, Congressional Budget Office Reports and STUMP, "Where Stu & MP spout off about everything," Taxing Tuesday: Using Taxes as Standing to Sue over the Student Loan Forgiveness.

Tattoo Thursday

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Oktoberfest ready at the The Other McCain.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Must See

If you only watch one thing today, watch this: WUWT, Richard Lindzen on Climate Science from the Inside-Tom Nelson Podcast

I can't seem to embed the damn thing.
Richard Lindzen, Ph.D. is Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.

He has made major contributions to the development of the current theory for the Hadley Circulation, which dominates the atmospheric transport of heat and momentum from the tropics to higher latitudes, and has advanced the understanding of the role of small scale gravity waves in producing the reversal of global temperature gradients at the mesopause, and provided accepted explanations for atmospheric tides and the quasi-biennial oscillation of the tropical stratosphere.

Lindzen is a recipient of the AMS’s Meisinger, and Charney Awards, the AGU’s Macelwane Medal, and the Leo Huss Walin Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He is a corresponding member of the NAS Committee on Human Rights, and has been a member of the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Council of the AMS.

He has also been a consultant to the Global Modeling and Simulation Group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Beach Report 9/28/22

The Ospreys are still here, at least some of them. I saw a classic Bald Eagle vs Osprey interaction today:

Over there, on the right, an eagle chases an Osprey, flying above it and forcing it lower and lower. The Osprey was nearly down to the water when it conceded, and dropped whatever it was carrying (I couldn't see what it was, but I could see when it was dropped). The eagle immediately snatched it off the water and headed for shore. But what was really cool was that then, another eagle came off the shore and chased the victorious eagle. I didn't see how that ended up because they ended up too far north for me to see.

The weather is gorgeous, cool, but still shorts and T-shirt accessible, light winds. We walked at high tide, lots of sand, and a few teeth, 10, and a couple of small but complete ray chevrons.

Biden Snubs DeSantis as Ian Approaches Florida

A petty old man, to the detriment of the country. At Da Wire, Biden Finally Speaks To DeSantis Following Backlash Over Not Reaching Out Ahead Of Hurricane "Biden had managed to find time to speak with several Florida mayors ahead of Hurricane Ian’s anticipated landfall but he had not bothered to call DeSantis (R), one of his top political opponents." DeSantis Fires Back At Biden After No Contact Before Hurricane Hits: ‘We Don’t Have Time For Pettiness’ DeSantis War Room@DeSantisWarRoom ""I’m happy to brief the President if he’s interested in hearing what we’re doing in Florida... You've got people’s lives at time for pettiness, we've gotta work together to make sure we’re doing the best job for them. So my phone line is open." Nick Arama at Red State, DeSantis Delivers the Perfect Response to Biden's Pettiness Over Hurricane Call. A low bar. to be sure. Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media thinks DeSantis Looks More Presidential Than Biden in Lead-Up to Hurricane  Meanwhile, the liberal media eagerly await devastation in Florida to blame on DeSantis, via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.27.22, Shark Tank: POLITICO Accused Of Politicizing Hurricane Ian. Fox, Amy Klobuchar suggests voting Democrat will help stop hurricanes: 'That's why we've got to win this', "Klobuchar says 'we just did something about climate change' before invoking Hurricane Ian." Sister Toldja at Red State identifies a A Disturbing Pattern With Joe Biden's Handlers. Guy Benson at Town Hall, The Left Is Going Nuts Over Pete Buttigieg's Latest Criticism of Ron DeSantis. Is he back at work, or is he still chest-feeding?

At CNS News Harvard Caps Harris Poll: 56% of Voters ‘Have Doubts’ About Biden’s Mental ‘Fitness’ for Office. WaPoo shit's itself and admits The Biden-Trump rematch, in many ways, has already begun. At WaEx, Paul Bedard reports a Liberal Media Scream: Stephanopoulos slips, says Trump would beat Biden. At Compact, He’s Still the One (Trump). I&I, Trump Suffers Zero Electoral Fallout From FBI’s Mar-A-Lago Raid: I&I/TIPP Poll. Insty, That fingernail-on-a-blackboard scratching screech you hear is the gnashing of teeth in the Biden White House, Department of Justice, FBI Building and Mainstream Media newsrooms across the country. At NYPo, Registered Democrats are sick of the radical left—and some are switching sides.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.27.22, EBL: Conservative Tiffany Smiley can win a Senate seat in Washington State!, Louder With Crowder: Another surprising 2022 midterm poll shows Democrats might have problems in one of the bluest of blue regionsMore proof Dems are getting mollywhopped in November, Am Power: Fighting the Culture War Through Christ, Republicans Intensify Attacks on Crime as Democrats Push Back,  and Am Think, There’s a Reason Conservatives are Becoming Less Tame, also, If Republicans Want to Win, Commit. Nick Arama again has More Good News in Senate Race That Wasn't Even Supposed to Be on Radar Rick Moran at PJ Media claims It's Happening Again: Bad Polling Is Giving Democrats a False Sense of Confidence Going Into the Election. At WaT, GOP candidates often beat the pollsters, and gives "A history of polling errors."  At Haut Hair, David Strom calls the Dem midterm strategy: Racing for the Bottom(s).

At Da Fed, Shawn Fleetwood reminds us What Are The Odds? Census Mistakes Overwhelmingly Benefit Democrats. I'm not willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

At the Wa Free Bee, John Fetterman Told His Constituents To ‘Eat More Vegetables.’ He Was Flabbergasted When Dr. Oz Told Him the Same. "Eat more vegetables" road signs? You must be joking. Insty, TO BE FAIR, MOST OF WHAT HE SAYS MAKES NO SENSE: John Fetterman Claims He Made Communities Safer, but We Have the Receipts. Paul Bedard at WaEx is amused that Pennsylvania’s Fetterman dogged by ‘history of unpaid taxes’. Taxes are for the little people! But Ann Coulter is more concerned with Fetterman’s Murderous Campaign Aides – How It Really Happened (the PI). 

Jeff Lord at Am Spec details The Importance of Doug Mastriano, "The Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee is reportedly receiving no support from the Republican Governors Association." Paul Bedard reports Texas Gov. Abbott pulling away from O’Rourke thanks to abortion and border. At the Wa Free Bee, Undercover Cop Hater: New Mexico Congressional Hopeful Uses Fake Name To Trash Cops, Deletes Evidence, "Democrat Gabe Vasquez called to defund police in interview he gave under fake name, investigation shows," points out how Tim Ryan Says Americans Need To Give Up Gas Cars as He Drives Around Ohio in Gas Guzzlers and Republicans Within Striking Distance in Deep-Blue Los Angeles District, Spelling Trouble for House Dems. But are they beyond the margin of fraud? But at Am Great, Ed Ring worries Will Libertarian Candidates Again Deny GOP the U.S. Senate?

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.27.22, at LI Stacey Matthews reports Far-Left Salon Mag Gives Up On Term “Latinx”, "Proposes Equally Ridiculous Alternative “Latine.”

From Da Signal, Pro-Life Father Arrested by FBI Pleads Not Guilty. "Houck’s attorney said that President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is pushing the charges as a form of “political prosecution,” the publication reported, noting that the case was already thrown out by the state court." Elle Purnell at Da Fed, Regime Media Don’t Want You To Hear About The FBI Raid On A Pro-Life Father.  At Am Con,  Responsible Citizens and Immoral Agency, "The machine is not wrong. Men like Houck are its enemy." From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 09.27.22, Da Tech Guy is Announcing the Novena to St. Matthew for the FBI Agents involved in the Mark Houck Arrest Day 1 "One of the hardest non-optional commands of Christ to his followers is this one from Luke Chapter 6: “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." Ace, Congressional Republicans Demand Interview With FBI Agent Who Covered Up For Hunter Biden's Laptop. 
"He'll refuse. Only federal employees are obligated to testify and, what a coincidence, he's not an employee any longer. But he wasn't fired. He didn't lose his pension or anything. He wasn't kept on as an employee in a rubber room so that he could be made to testify. No, he was quietly allowed to slip away from testifying with his pension intact. You can subpoena him, but he can fight it. And he can always invoke the Fifth. Ooops, he got away! Whoops!

Leslie Eastman at LI, Bombshell LA Times Report: FBI Misled Judge Who OK’d Warrant for Beverly Hills Seizure of $86 million, "There is currently a class-action lawsuit by box holders who say the raid violated their rights."

Tristan Justice at Da Fed reports Jan. 6 Committee Decides To Move Final Show Trial Hearing Even Closer To Election Day. Afraid of being drowned out by media coverage of Hurricane Ian? At Town Hall, Julio Rosas thinks This Is the Reason Why the J6 Committee Canceled Wednesday's Hearing.

At CNN, Historic trial for Oath Keepers leader and his top lieutenants over January 6 set to begin. What are the chances of getting an unbiased jury in Washington D.C.?

At Red State Joe Cunningham finds Noted CIA Analyst Evan McMullin Still Believes, Without Evidence, That Trump Is a Russian Asset. Bitterly clinging to his religion. 

Ryan Ledendecker at PJ Media reports even Jerry Nadler Reportedly Said Trump's First Sham Impeachment Trial Was 'Unconstitutional, then went ahead anyway.

Wednesday Wetness

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Oktoberfest ready at the The Other McCain.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Maryland, My Maryland

 Da Caller,

"Jennifer" Eller
School Concedes To Trans Teacher, Will Enforce Preferred Pronouns And Restroom Policies

A Maryland school district settled with a transgender teacher days ahead of the trial, agreeing to enforce policies including transgender students’ preferred pronouns and restrooms, according to the Washington Post.

Prince George County Public Schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland, settled with Jennifer Eller, who sued the school in 2018 saying she was subjected to harassment after changing gender identity, according to the Washington Post. Under the settlement, Eller received financial compensation and the school agreed to enforce transgender policy which requires educators to hide students’ transgender status from parents and use preferred pronouns. 
Back in 2019
The transgender policy which allow students to use locker rooms and restrooms based on their gender identity. On overnight trips, students are permitted to room with whichever gender they best identify with, the policy stated.

Educators will be required to keep students’ transitioning status a secret from their parents, unless otherwise advised by the student to do so, according to the policy. The policy also requires educators and peers to use students’ preferred pronouns.
Eller, who left the school district in 2017, said a school administrator told her to wear slacks and blouses instead of dresses and skirts so others wouldn’t be uncomfortable, the lawsuit stated. Students also referred to Eller as “mister,” “sir” and “he,” which Eller called misgendering.

The lawsuit states that Eller was called names by parents and students such as “pervert,” and “pedophile,” with a therapist calling Eller’s gender transition, “garbage.” Eller said the school district ignored her complaints regarding the harassment.

Some DIY Politics

DIY Thursday done come on Tuesday this week:

Electoral Politics

In The Mailbox: 09.26.22 : The Other McCain
WATCH: Newt Gingrich predicts Republicans will pick up between '20 and 70 seats' in the House | Washington Examiner
The West: How the Senate can be won – HotAir
8 Key House Races That Could Flip This November
Deluded Michael Moore Predicts 'Landslide' for Democrats in Midterms
Democrat Fears Of Losing Latino Voters Clearer Now More Than Ever - The Political Insider
Most Americans Felt Safer During Last Year of Trump's Presidency: Poll
Congress flirts with government shutdown as Manchin permitting bill may drag down funding package | Fox News
Was overturning Roe a ‘blessing’? Only if Democrats can avoid the details of the right to abortion | The Hill
Abbott-O’Rourke Race Update: There Isn’t One « Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog
Brian Kemp Goes for the Jugular as Stacey Abrams' Campaign Continues Its Freefall – RedState
Fox News host Tucker Carlson's attack on John Fetterman tattoos is ignorant
Split ticket: Philadelphia’s police union endorses Oz in PA Senate race, Shapiro for governor – HotAir
Fetterman Coverage Shows Media 'Double Standard' as Oz Closes Gap |
John Fetterman's campaign partner backs defunding the police - Liberty Unyielding
GA Senate Race: Why Warnock Can’t Shake Walker - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Nolte: Washington Senate Race Now a Statistical Tie
Biden Adviser: ‘MAGA Republicans’ Would 'Disrupt Our Democracy,' 'Destroy' the USA | CNSNews
Why the Democrats Must Be Punished – PJ Media
There's pressure for GOP to impeach Biden if they win the House, according to S.C. Rep. Nancy Mace | Just The News
Politifact explains why the several times Dems objected to election results were only ‘mostly symbolic measures’ –
Group Sounds Alarm on Arizona Voting Machine Readers Lacking Accreditation - The Arizona Sun Times
New Hampshire AG orders Democrats to pull back mailers | New Hampshire |
PayPal Could Be Legally Prevented From Banning People For Their Political Views – Summit News
GOP Senator Documents Big Tech Rigging The 2022 Election
‘National Security Nightmare’: GOP Rep Says Hunter Biden Had ‘Eric Swalwell Situation’ | The Daily Caller
Maine Gov. Janet Mills Won’t Remove Taxpayer-Funded Video Calling ‘MAGA’ A Form Of ‘Covert Racism And White Supremacy’ | The Daily Caller
Formal IRS Complaint Filed Against Good Information Foundation

Jan 6, the FBI and DOJ and Political Violence in general

Questions Surround FBI Raid Arrest of Pennsylvania Pro-life Father |
Hawley to Garland: Explain this 25-agent FBI raid over a simple assault allegation – HotAir
Garland's FBI Raids Pro-Lifer's Home, Arrests Him In Front Of Kids
FBI Denies Sending SWAT Team to Arrest Catholic Activist Mark Houck
Doug Ross @ Journal: Larwyn’s Linx: FBI Agents Raid Home of Pro-Life Author With Guns Drawn in Front of His Screaming Kids
The FBI Lied to a Judge So They Could Bust Open Thousands of Safety Deposit Boxes
Ace of Spades HQ You're Not Going to Believe This, But the the FBI Lied to a Judge to Get a Warrant, and Then Seized Property the Judge Explicitly Told Them They Were Not Permitted to Seize
The rising federal Gestapo – Behind The Black – Robert Zimmerman
Ace of Spades HQ Straight-Arrow Prosecutor Andrew Weissman: So Ginni Thomas, Who Married a Black Man, Sure Is a Nazi, Isn't She?
Mail fraud? Biden's postal inspectors tracked pro-gun activists - Washington Times
Ace of Spades HQ "Heavily-Armed" Black White Supremacists March Through Austin Demanding That Biden Close the Border Immediately and That Illegal Aliens Be Deported; The Black White Supremacists Also Demand Reparations
‘Political Violence’: Volunteers For Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott’s Campaign Chased, Car Attacked | The Daily Wire
Democrat-led House Jan. 6 committee holds final hearing before Election Day | Just The News
Former Capitol Police chief announces deal for Jan. 6 book | Just The News
Cernovich on Twitter: "J6 committee leader calls Ray Epps "poor schmuck" who is “just trying to survive.”" / Twitter
Durham’s Protect-The-Establishment Tactic Is Ruining The Country
FBI's Matt Gaetz Operation Silenced An Effective GOP Voice
Don’t Take the Bait - The American Mind

The Stupid Biden Economy, Stupid

Wall Street’s fear gauge hits highest level since June
Asian shares mixed after Dow falls into bear market | AP News
Everything-Selloff on Wall Street Deepens on 98% Recession Odds
Dow officially enters bear market | Just The News
"Have They Gone Completely Mad?" They Know That They Are Killing The Economy, But They Are Doing It Anyway | ZeroHedge
Atlanta Fed Chief Bostic: Central Bank Working to Avoid 'Deep, Deep Pain'
Tech Stocks Face Another 10% Drop As Inflation Kills Market, 401Ks | Off The Press
Energy, inflation crises risk pushing big economies into recession, OECD says | Reuters
Wall Street Extends Declines Amid Recession Worries
Politico: Biden's economic victory lap keeps getting interrupted by reality, or something – HotAirFed Up With the Fed | AIER
Inflated Food Prices Forcing American Families to Change Eating Habits
Biden’s Impoverishing Americans To Cut Emissions Won’t Even Touch… | AIER
Biden's Inflation Takes a Huge Toll on Christmas Shopping – PJ Media
CBO: Biden's student debt forgiveness will cost more than $400 billion – HotAir
The Narrative Is Changing Again on Gas Prices

The Culture War 

What if the Trans Shop Teacher Is Actually the Hero We Need? – PJ Media
Althouse: "Because breasts are highly visible, they can make transitioning difficult and cause intense distress for these teenagers, fueling the demand for top surgeries."
Top Trans Medical Org Recommends Castration For Those With ‘Eunuch’ Identity | The Daily Caller
“Puberty Blockers Are Wonderful” – UVa Children’s Hospital | Bacon's Rebellion
Tennessee Looking At Child Gender Transition Legislation After Vanderbilt Transgender Videos Released | The Daily Wire
Child mutilation is good business – HotAir
Ace of Spades HQ Woke Librarians: A National Scourge
WATCH: Child Strokes Drag Performer’s Groin at Chattanooga Pride Youth Event – PJ Media
The Drag Queens Hanging Around Kids Are Skeeving Me Out – PJ Media
Court Rules Trans Prison Guard Can’t Strip-Search Muslim Inmate – PJ Media
Air Force Academy Holds ‘Transgender Visibility’ Seminar
Has the Air Force Academy Become Just Another Liberal Arts School? - American Thinker
Randi Weingarten attacks Gov. DeSantis for politicizing education – HotAir
‘Brave Journalisming’: KTVU San Francisco reports on firefighter with Let’s Go Brandon Shirt … and LOL –