Friday, December 9, 2022

Flotsam and Jetsam - Sinema Bails, Bari Weiss Bares Twitter Bias, Briner Gets Bailed Out

Two stories rose to the top of today's wrack line. First, Arizona Senator Kirsten Sinema renounced the Democrat party, announcing she would become an independent. The immediate effect is not clear, she may continue to causus with the Dems. Second, Bari Weiss dropped the second tranche of Twitter documents, and these demonstrate commitment from people formerly at the top of Twitter to censor and "shadow ban" conservatives and conservative issues in general beyond the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Althouse reports on Sinema, She waited until Warnock won, but Kyrsten Sinema just left the Democratic Party. "CNN reports.

The Democrats were already relying on 2 non-Democrats to flesh out their majority power: Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine. Like Sinema, they are independents.
While Sanders and King formally caucus with Democrats, Sinema declined to explicitly say that she would do the same. She did note, however, that she expects to keep her committee assignments – a signal that she doesn’t plan to upend the Senate composition, since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer controls committee rosters for Democrats....
Nothing to see here?

Leah Barkoukis at Town Hall, Kyrsten Sinema Has Left the Democratic Party. 'Bonchie' at Red State, Kyrsten Sinema Makes Shocking Move and Leaves Democratic Party, Hysterical Shrieking Commences. Well, they treated her (and Manchin, the other Democrat outlier) pretty badly. So what about Manchin? The first Democrat senator to make a clean break and join the GOP gets a lot of power, which both Manchin and Sinema lost when Warnock won his seat. Manchin, in particular, faces a    battle for his seat in 2024 in a state that voted heavily Republican in the last presidential election. I don't think going faux independent is going to cut it. Especially if the Democrats continue to lean harder left with his help.

Wombat: This really ought to be Twitchy’s logo
And Twitter? Last night Althouse Bari Weiss is tweeting the next set of “Twitter files.” Here. John Sexton at Haut Hair breaks down the release in Twitter Files part two: Blacklists and shadowbanning. Paula Bolyard at PJ Media, TWITTER EXPOSED: Blacklists, Secret Censorship Cabal, Treachery at the Highest Levels. Matt Vespa at Town Hall, How Twitter Blacklisted Conservative Accounts. At Twitchy, Conservatives (and liberals) react to The Twitter Files Part 2, Twitter’s claim that it didn’t ‘shadow ban’. Liberals basically say, "yeah, but you deserved it." Althouse again cites Bongino "All you media clowns and goons and nuts who told me I was the crazy conspiracy theorist, tell me we live in a free country...." and Did Jack Dorsey lie to Congress? Terri Green@TerriGreenUSA "Jack Dorsey denied what we knew was true, Twitter was rigged to censor conservatives." I think the unofficial DOJ rules are that it's legal to lie to Republicans in Congress. Althouse explores as Anxious anxiously tries to make excuses "Why it matters: Musk has framed the 'Twitter Files' as an effort to show that his predecessors at Twitter engaged in censorship. Others, including experts in online platforms..."

"... say the documents just depict Twitter executives imperfectly but conscientiously struggling to apply complex policies in difficult cases."

Says Axios, seemingly trying to present things in a fair and balanced way.

But who are these experts who are offered to counterbalance Weiss? And what did they say? Weiss presents evidence of her position, showing specific examples and methods.

No experts are named or quoted.

Commenter tim maguire said... "Does Axios really not understand that citing “experts,” especially unnamed experts, is a joke? Savvy readers see that as code for “I called around and found some people who agree with me.” The claim that they were honestly struggling with hard issues simply doesn’t comport with the fact of radically uneven application. And as any woke activist will tell you, discriminatory outcome is evidence of discriminatory intent."

At the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.08.22 (Morning Edition), Rumor Control: The Days Of Future Past, Free Speech, & Twitter and the Volokh Conspiracy: Free Speech Rules, Free Speech Culture, and Legal Education: More Responses to Objections. Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair sees More finger pointing in the laptop censorship story

FBI supervisory special agent Elvis Chan disputed former Twitter executive Yoel Roth’s claims that the FBI warned that Russia would likely release Hunter Biden’s emails before the 2020 election. Roth, who led Twitter’s Site Integrity team until he resigned last month, told the Federal Election Commission that the FBI warnings prompted Twitter to censor an Oct. 14, 2020, news article that detailed Biden’s business emails. But Chan said in a Dec. 3 deposition that FBI officials did not mention Hunter Biden in their weekly meetings with Twitter prior to the election.

Ben Bartee at PJ Media, explains The Twitter Files: How the Corporate State Uses Legal Jiujitsu to Blur Lines Between Private Industry and Government. Jordan Boyd at Da Fed maintains that  With FBI Supervisor’s Admission Of Feds’ Synergy With Big Tech, The ‘Private Company’ Defense Is Dead. Henry Rogers at Da Caller, Republicans Trying To Stop Federal Government From Working With Big Tech On Censorship. At Da Wire Carl Szabo tries to explain Why SCOTUS Ruling In Favor Of Google On Section 230 Is Good For Free Speech. IMHO, for Section 230 to exist, companies must allow any legal speech. John Hawkins exposes The Stochastic Terrorism Scam "Is that speech really dangerous or just speech you don't like?"

In a side show to the Twitter debacle, the San Francisco Mayor decided to go after Musk for allowing staff to sleep at the office. At Da Blaze, Elon Musk hits San Fran mayor with reality check over city investigation into his decision to put bedrooms in Twitter HQ "So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl," Musk responded. "Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?"

Election 2022 lives! As Matt Margolis reports Kari Lake Promises to Take Lawsuit 'All the Way to the Supreme Court'. At Breitbart poor winner Warnock Raises Alarm on ‘Voter Suppression’ After Record Turnout, Cites Long Lines, Weather, ‘Tricks’. Great, lets open an audit, especially of ballot harvesting. At the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.08.22 (Morning Edition), The Geller Report has Zero Faith In Our Elections: Warnock Declared Winner in Georgia. Ace cites Matt Gaetz: Kevin McCarthy Is Not the Man to Lead the Congress at this Dangerous Moment. "Despite the bloviations of Mark Levin and Sean "Mehmet Oz is my hero" Hannity that We Constitutional Conservatives must once again Do Our Patriotic Duty and Bend Over and Take Down Our Pants for the Cause of Liberty and Sodomy, it's time for conservatives to say, "Go Fuck Yourselves."" Erick Erickson calls for Cleaning Up the Right by dumping all the consultants who helped them lose. Jazz Shaw thinks The midterms didn't do anything for Democrats in one key area "There’s no way to paint any lipstick on this pig and the AP admirably doesn’t even try. A 43% approval rating is slightly better than Biden’s lowest numbers over the past year, but a solid majority including many Democrats still disapprove." Kurt Schlicter at Town Hall rhetorically asks Just How Stupid Are Sen. Thom Tillis and the Rest of the Republican Establishment? At Red State, watch Jim Jordan Single Handedly Wreck the Democrats' Attempt to Discredit the Supreme Court.

Yougov, cited at Haut Hair, Poll: DeSantis soars in race for GOP nomination. John Sexton at Haut Hair, New poll puts DeSantis in the lead for 2024 nomination. KT at Haut Hair is suspicious that Invitations have gone out for an “intimate dinner” with Ron DeSantis. He's running. He should.

Rabbi Fischer at Am Spec, And Now for a Painful 2024 Decision That Republicans Will Celebrate for a Generation "“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime you find you get what you need.”

MAGA supporters want Trump, but we need to win. We have seen from Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott and Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz and so many others that we can win. Even with cockamamie voting machines and a hundred years’ time to vote before election day and vote harvesting and unattended drop boxes and fixed-up postmarks. We still can win big.

We need a candidate enough Americans will accept. As William F. Buckley Jr. famously said, we need “the most right, viable candidate who could win.”

At the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 12.08.22 (Morning Edition), The Geller Report: Top FBI Official Steps Down as Republicans Prepare to Probe Into Bureau. At Am Spec, Dan Flynn, When Do Dems Give Media Gold Medals for Lying About Jan. 6? "The New York Times continues to insist that the protesters have blood on their hands. Fact check: false." At the Conservative Brief, Marjorie Taylor Greene Seeks to ‘Defund’ Special Counsel. Not. Gonna. Happen. Another "known" wolf, at ET, the FBI Confirms It Got Tip About Colorado ‘Nonbinary’ Mass Shooting Suspect. At Da Fed, Sophia Corso reports Abortion Radicals Threaten To ‘Shoot Up’ Pro-Lifers, But FBI Won’t Commit To Investigating

From Twitchy, Francis W. Parker School BOLTS after Project Veritas exposes actual groomer at their school (watch). At Fox, Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler fired after grand jury report on handling of sexual assaults "The grand jury said the district was looking out for its own interests instead of the best interests of its students". 8 News Now (Vega) Energy department official accused of stealing luggage from Las Vegas airport.

Sam Brinton

An energy department official is accused of stealing luggage from Harry Reid International Airport, the 8 News Now Investigators learned Thursday.

A felony warrant was issued for Sam Brinton, a deputy assistant secretary, sources said. The charge is for grand larceny with a value between $1,200 and $5,000, records showed.

Brinton is a deputy assistant secretary of the office of spent fuel and waste disposition, according to the Office of Nuclear Energy’s website.

Brinton faces charges for a similar incident at the Minneapolis airport. He was on leave after charges were filed in connection with that incident, an energy department spokesman said in November.

Which what happens when you choose your deputy assistant secretaries because they're "non-binary"

Frankly, a much bigger story I don't care too much about, Ace is incensed that Biden Trades a Terrorist Gun-Dealer Who Plotted to Kill Americans to Get Back Drug Smoking WNBA Flake; Gives Up Trying to Get Back the Marine Russia's Kept in Prison for Four Years


Biden's bragging that he got back a woman who is important to his key constituencies of LGBT Activists and CRT Grievance Stokers and literally no one else:

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