Thursday, December 22, 2022

Flotsam and Jetsam: Give Musk a Chance

 Not much new shakin.' No new Twitter files yet. The boss at Am Spec,  Emmett Tyrrell wants us to Give Musk a Chance "He is proving himself to be quite possibly the most refreshing force in American politics in years." At Da Wire, Elon Musk Stepping Down As The CEO Of Twitter, Reveals What He’ll Do Next. “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!” he tweeted. “After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.” From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.21.22, Louder With Crowder: Elon Musk responds to stepping down as Twitter CEO, and…BAH GAWD, that’s MySpace Tom’s entrance music, at Twitchy, Actor/Rapper Ice T Has Refreshingly Sane & Sensible Opinion About Twitter Under Elon Musk. "In my opinion' Twitter is actually running BETTER right now.. Anything you don't like can easily be dealt with by using the Block or Mute button..."  and at LI, #TwitterFiles Part 7 – FBI and DOJ Worked To Discredit Reports of Hunter Biden’s Foreign Business Dealings. Bruce Thornton at Front Page calls him Wanted: Elon Musk for Instigating Journalism and Humiliating “Brights” "The price for pushing back on behalf of the First Amendment." At City Journal, Cleansing Twitter’s Augean Stables "Even if he steps down as the platform’s CEO, Elon Musk has already struck a resounding blow for free speech." I'll trust Musk to deal with Twitter. Our job is to fix the government. But, at Da Caller, Republicans Poised To Approve Massive FBI Funding Boost In Wake Of Twitter Files Revelations.

Adam Mill at Am Great claims to have Bombshells You Might Have Missed About the FBI’s Censorship and Election Meddling, but not if you've been keeping up with the reading. "The bureau, above all rivals and adversaries, is the greatest single threat to free and fair elections." Catturd ™@catturd2, "The FBI interfered in the 2016 election. The FBI interfered in Trump’s entire Presidency. The FBI interfered in the 2020 election. The FBI Interfered in the 2022 election. Where TF is the GOP?" Red State sees the FBI release a PATHETIC move-along-nothing-to-see-here response to #TwitterFiles in attempt to cover-up their cover-up

The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous companies over multiple sectors and industries. As evidenced in the correspondence, the FBI provides critical information to the private sector in an effort to allow them to protect themselves and their customers. The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public. It is unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency.

Protecting us from internet jokes? Toshiro Mifune (blue check)@xenophonrocks "OK, but in fairness the agency is doing a bang-up job of discrediting itself." Micah Meadowcraft at Am Con, Of Course the Feds Were All Over Twitter. "Twitter was staffed by craven functionaries eager to please contacts and former colleagues in the national security state." Breitbart, Twitter Files: Company Allowed Government to Wage Influence Operations Abroad, not so much allowed as was paid to. Bruce Bawer at Front Page has Reflections on America at the End of 2022 "Where are we and how did we get here?. . . The Musk revelations shouldn’t have been a huge surprise. We always knew about the CIA’s role in regime changes in Iran, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Bolivia, and elsewhere – but we always excused these activities by telling ourselves that, well, most of them took place at a time when the U.S. was enmeshed in a Cold War with a totalitarian enemy that seemed at the time to be an existential threat to the free world." Paula Bolyard at PJ Media VIP, You Knew the Deep State Was Bad. Did You Know It Was This Bad? and at PJ Media, Stephen Kruiser has a Twitter Files Takeaway—The U.S. Government Is Now Full Soviet "All of America is now Moscow or East Berlin in the 1970s. Your government is all up in your business and your neighbors might be snitching on you. Mrs. Kravitz is everyone’s commie neighbor now." At Twitchy, If lawyer and ex-CISA head thinks he’s lending cred to David French’s #TwitterFiles case, he’s wrong

Ace harkens back to old Russiagate, Despite Claims of the FBI and the Partisan Left -- but I Repeat Myself -- the FISA Applications Were Lifted Almost Exclusively From the Known Lies and Fabrications Contained in the Steele Report "The FBI continues to spin that the FISA applications were based only in part on the lies in the Steele "dossier." Which, critically, are not merely known to be lies now, but were known to be fabrications by the FBI when the FBI pejuriously seeded them in the FISA applications." But don't you dare investigate that. Breitbart, has a Report: DOJ Obtained Email, Phone Data of Kash Patel in 2017. "The website reported that Patel and another colleague had their data subpoenaed by the DOJ at a time when committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was questioning the role of the FBI in the “Russia collusion” hoax." Dan Chaitin at Da Wire, Devin Nunes Reacts To DOJ Subpoenas Of His House Intel Staff: ‘They Spied On Us’

At the Free Bacon, Biden Admin to Drop Half a Million on Artificial Intelligence That Detects Microaggressions on Social Media. "The award, funded through President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, was granted to researchers at the University of Washington in March to develop technologies that could be used to protect online users from discriminatory language."  Is that all? All half a million buys is a study of a study of a study. Carson Holloway at Am Spec catches CNN Admitting to Being a Propaganda Operation "In its response to the Trump lawsuit, “the most trusted name in news” no longer seeks to hide its true nature from its viewers."

Ace, The Democrat-Controlled (for Now) House Ways and Means Committee Shreds The IRS' Guarantee of Filer Confidentiality and Releases Trump Tax Information, "Lawless tyranny. . . . Instapundit asks, If the government is no longer honoring its legal commitment to protect taxpayer confidentiality, should citizens file tax returns any longer?" Da Wire, House Democrats Vote To Release Years Of Trump’s Tax Returns. Capt. Ed, Weaponization: Dems release info from Trump tax returns. Sundance at CTH, House Democrats Vote to Publicly Release Donald Trump Private IRS Tax Filings, Setting New Precedent That Can Target Any American Taxpayer. 'Bonchie' at Red State reveals the Big 'Bombshell' the Press Is Obsessing Over. Trump used losses to offset gains! like the law allows!

Jonathon Turley, A Case of Hope Over Experience: The J6 Referral Falls Short of a Credible Criminal Case "While still based largely on the failure to act, Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Cal.) insisted that “if that’s not criminal, nothing is.” The opposite may be true from a First Amendment perspective. If the failure to act is criminal, it is hard to see what would not be criminal under this standard." So Biden failing to act on the border is criminal? Good to know. Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair sees Senate Dems not seeking Trump prosecution "There are two obvious reasons why some of the smarter Democrats in the Senate are biting their tongues, and both of them are valid. The first is that any attempt to prosecute Trump could wind up blowing up in their faces. If the DoJ brings charges and fails to obtain a conviction, it would make this entire circus look like a waste of time. And given the fact that the committee never proved that Trump did anything beyond talking to people, it could be a heavy lift indeed." Andrea Widburg at Am Think thinks Even if Garland is foolish enough to indict Trump, he can still run and win. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.21.22, Twitchy, House Republicans release their own report on security failures at the Capitol on January 6. At Da Caller, GOP Jan. 6 Appointees Release Report On Capitol Security Failure. A link to the report is there.  "The lawmakers found that Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi were closely involved in security decisions during the lead-up to Jan. 6 and on the day of the riot." But we already knew that. 

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.21.22,  Am Think's Ron Wright  details The Problem With Voting Machine Certification In Arizona and Ted Noel reminds us In Elections, It's Not The Votes That Count, It’s The Ballots That Count.  Bob Hoge at Red State, Kari Lake Legal Team Finds 42.5 Percent of Ballots Examined Were Invalid. Curiously, in Maricopa County, 20 inch ballots were set to print on 19 inches, resulting in massive failures to scan correctly. Ace, Mike Lindell: I'm Going to Prove That the Elections In Miami/Dade County Were Rigged... By Ron DeSantis "This is why there will never -- N E V E R -- be any real wins on voting integrity. Because any time we want to talk about cleaning up voter rolls so that dead people's names aren't on them, nor are names of people on them five or six times for their five or six previous addresses, mandatory voter ID, mail-in ballots only on request and with signature verification and a copy of a photo ID, or any of a dozen practical, vital, this-must-happen-now reforms, we have jokers like this screaming about The Kraken"

At Red State, Sister Toldja has a Report: Joe Biden Realized His Mistake With Kamala Harris Very Early On. But he's still a slow learner. PM, $7.5 million set aside for LGBTQ projects in Biden's massive spending bill. Chump change in government funding, within rounding error. Ace, Tucker Carlson: The Biden Administration Had Its Bureau of Labor Statistics Straight-Up Lie About "A Million New Jobs" Being Created in the Second Quarter So They Could Avoid Admitting We're in a Recession; The Actually Number of Jobs Created? 10,500 "1,121,500 claimed. 10,500 actual jobs. Their estimate was off by over one million, out of 1,121,500. Their estimate was high by 10,000%. This "error" helped swing the midterms for the Democrats. Whoops!" John Hinderacker at Power Line, What’s Happening With the Job Numbers? "One can never rule out sheer incompetence where government agencies are involved. But Zerohedge – who deserves a hat tip for his work on this subject – hints at something darker:As an aside, it appears this is not the first time the “apolitical” Bureau of Labor Statistics has pulled such a bizarre divergence off: it happened right before Obama’s reelection."

Ace cites the unsinkable Mollie Hemingway: The GOP Will Never Be Successful Until Mitch McConnell Is Finally Gone. "Righteous." Spencer Brown at Town Hall, Chip Roy Explains Why the 'Swamp GOP' Is Working With Democrats Instead of Republicans "They are who they are: war-first Republicans who give lip service to securing the border & stopping deficit spending during campaigns, yet are voting right now to support (fund) the opposite." At WaEx a Report that Steve Scalise privately being prepped by Republicans to snatch gavel from McCarthy. I could live with that. 

At Am Con, What Did the Midterms Really Tell Us? "All this is not to suggest that those midterm voters who hesitated to fully empower the GOP to tackle what they had told pollsters were the country’s biggest problems—inflation, national debt, urban crime, low defense spending, failing schools, and open borders—feared the equivalent of wartime sacrifice. But neither was giving an overwhelming mandate to the Republican Party going to be pain free." Ace, Stacy Abrams Spent $100 Million On Her Sad Failure of a Campaign; Her Lavish and Stupid Expenditures Include a Pricey "Hype House," In Which She Envisioned She'd Film TikTok Videos, and a "Swag Truck" "Oh and despite raising $98 million, she's still in "deep debt." She has a Democratic eye for economizing." At Da Fed, Sam Mangold-Lennet says Respect For The Fetter-Drip Is Disrespect For Our Political Norms, yeah, but our political "norms" suck. Also at Da Fed, John Davidson maintains Ordinary Americans Are Going To Have To Save The Country Themselves, One Town At A Time "It’s going to be a long, thankless slog, but there’s no other way." Gabe Kaminsky at WaEx, George Soros accused of trying to 'silence conservative Hispanic voices' with radio takeover

At Red State, a report that Nearly 40 Percent of Liberal Arts Students Now Identify as LGBTQ. It's a fashion. 

At Da Fed, Helen Raleigh claims to know the Top Lessons Investors Should Take Away From The Collapse Of FTX. "If only I'd listened to the first ten thousand people who warned me"

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