Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam - Is Today the Day?

Well, Tuesday wasn't the day. At the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Evening Edition) EBL wonders Trump Indictment Wednesday? Arraignment Next Week? Matt Margolis at PJ Media, BREAKING: Update on Possible Date for Trump Indictment 'Former President Donald Trump will probably be indicted on Wednesday but won’t go before a court in New York until the following week, according to a report from The Daily Mail." Sundance at CTH, Former President Donald Trump will probably be indicted on Wednesday but won’t go before a court in New York until the following week, according to a report from The Daily Mail. Spencer Brown at Town Hall, There's Been a Development in the Case Against Trump. "If the former president is indicted and arraigned, Trump will appear in-person in Manhattan because appearing for a "virtual arraignment" has already been "ruled out," according to Fox News' reporting." But, CNN's Van Jones, cited at Hat Hair says  Don't be surprised if Bragg "step[s] back from the brink." Bradley Devlin at Am Con, Perp Walking a President, "State of the Union: It’s what they’ve always wanted." Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Morning Edition), Dana Loesch On The Leaked Trump Indictment & Rumored Arrest,

Sundance, Robert Costello Describes His Grand jury Testimony Today, and it Might Just Change the Direction of Alvin Bragg

Also, President Trump Responds to Robert Costello Grand Jury Testimony in Manhattan, "President Trump appears to be appealing to an intellectual reasonableness that DA Alvin Bragg may not possess." Jonathan Turley, Cohen v. Costello: Coming Soon to a Cable Show–and Courtroom–Near You

Matt Margolis again, Mark Levin SHREDS ‘Soros Prosecutor’ Alvin Bragg Over Possible Trump Indictment. And who agrees with Mark Levin? From Don Surber, Avenatti says there's no case against Trump. Sundance has the video as Tucker Carlson Breaks Down the Lawfare Constructed, Banana Republic, Persecution of Donald Trump. Twitchy, Tucker Carlson LIGHTS Alvin Bragg and Dems UP in brutal spot on possible Trump indictment (watch). Nice Deb at Am Great, DeSantis: ‘Soros Attorney’ Alvin Bragg is ‘Weaponizing His Office’ to Prosecute Trump. Sundance, not a DeSantis fan, Ron DeSantis Delivers Rehearsed Sanctimonious Comments About Potential for President Trump Arrest in Manhattan, “I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star.” Althouse cites Andy Weissman at NYT, "New York district attorney offices have often charged a crime of filing a false business record, both as a felony and as a misdemeanor." Natalia Mittelstadt at JTN reminds us that Manhattan DA downgrades felonies in NYC while potentially upgrading Trump's charge to felony,
"During his first year in office in 2022, Bragg downgraded 52% of felony cases to misdemeanors." Hat Hair's Dave Strom thinks POLITICO beclowned itself...again. "Alvin Bragg. “By-the-book” prosecutor. Read that again. And again. And again. “By-the-book.” Hugo Gurdon at WaEx, For Democrats, the weakness of Bragg’s case against Trump is the point

Regarding Chris Rock's question for Democrats, “Are you guys really going to arrest Trump? Do you know this is only going to make him more popular? It’s like arresting Tupac. He’s just gonna sell more records. Are you stupid?”  for Stacy McCain The Answer Is ‘Yes’. From NYPo, Trump slams ‘enemies,’ Stormy Daniels’ ‘extortion plot’ ahead of possible arrest: ‘They are all sick’. At NewsMax, Sen. Paul wants to Jail DA Bragg for 'Abuse of Power.' At Twitchy, Adam Schiff-For-Brains RANTING at Trump about ‘attacking the rule of law’ goes SO very wrongAbby Libby @abbythelibb_ "Replying to
@RepAdamSchiff "Imagine suggesting that an American citizen doesn't have the right to legal defense." At Breaking 911, Bomb Threats Made Against Manhattan DA, Courts & NYPD HQ As Possible Trump Indictment Nears. Dave Strom again, Jesse Kelly schools Trump supporters. At ET, Kevin McCarthy Says Americans Shouldn’t Protest If Trump Is Indicted. "Speaker says Trump isn't speaking 'in a harmful way.'" 

Matt Margolis is pissed at Biden’s Sinister Plan to Rig the 2024 Election for Democrats "Executive Order 14019 instructs federal agencies, some of which are unrelated to election administration, to collaborate with external private groups to “promote voter registration and voter participation.” Of course it will be aimed at getting more Democrats registered and voting. And the Free Bacon is sizzling over The Biden Administration’s Strange, Secret Effort to Bail Out Moderna.  Also, Congress Threatens To Subpoena Blinken for Blocking Investigation Into Bungled Afghanistan Withdrawal. Spencer Brown warns There’s Another Supply Chain Crisis: ‘People Will Die,’ pharmaceuticals. At Da Caller, Biden Uses His First Veto To Sacrifice Americans’ Retirement Savings At The Altar Of ESG. Town Hall, Jerry Bowyer: Stepping Back From ESG. From WaEx, Marjorie Taylor Greene hits back after Biden singles her out in first veto. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene@RepMTG "No one has put our retirement at risk more than you, Joe. American families can’t count on checks from China to pay their rent and groceries like your family does."

Sharon Stone
One week after the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, Sharon Stone is saying, "I just lost half my money to this banking thing."" How, if depositors money is all covered? Jeff Carter has More On The Bailout "What If It Was The Right Move?" It's still on Biden for setting off the inflation that caused the Fed to raise the rates and squeeze the banks. Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Morning Edition), Leslie Eastman at LI not impressed by LA Times’ Hot Take on Banking Crisis: It’s a ‘Blessing in Disguise’, "As the stock market responds to the “fixes” that will be pursued by the current administrations, I hope the “blessings” don’t completely kill the once robust American economy." At the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Evening Edition) Vox Popoli, This is What Deflation Looks Like. Ace's The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition "Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sounds like a waitress in a 1950s Jewish deli in Brooklyn, although she probably has less of a grasp on reality than that waitress. Ignoring her idiotic giggling demeanor, her acceptance of the worst excesses of the regulatory Deep StateTM has further eroded the rule of law." 

The College Fix reports a University president ‘steps back’ from duties after dubious indigenous ancestry claims in Canada and OSU requires DEI statements from mechanical, aerospace engineer job applicants, Ohio, not Oregon. Ace, J. Christian Adams and Hans von Spakovsky: Yale Law Isn't Teaching the Law Anymore, Only Hardcore Leftwing Political Activism. "Everything woke turns to sh*t, as a man once said." Fuzzy Slippers at LI reports “Sordid” and “Ugly” Scene Disrupts Showing Of Film About George Floyd at Central Connecticut State U. "Students and at least one faculty member “stormed onto the stage, screaming that the film was ‘racist’ and holding signs proclaiming it ‘hate speech’.” Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Morning Edition), Legal Insurrection: Iowa Board of Regents Suspends DEI Policies in Higher Education. John Hinderacker at Power Line says Down With College. If you want to stay uneducated, don't go to college, but if you want to be miseducated, go to college. 

Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.21.23 (Morning Edition),  Don Surber is intent on Winning the woke war. At The Mix,  Joe Rogan Launches Anti-Cancel Culture Comedy Club – ‘I Felt Compelled To Do It’. "Joe Rogan is fighting back against cancel culture by launching a comedy club that he describes as being anti-cancel culture."

Megan Fox of PJM has a rather too-detailed-for-comfort story about the tragic reality TV star “Jazz” (née Jared) Jennings. Let’s just say that the poster girl for transgenderism, who first appeared on the cable show I Am Jazz at age 14, is not happy with the results of his/“her” transition.

Really, there was no precedent for what was done to this child, except perhaps the experiments of Doctor Mengele. The use of so-called “puberty blockers” (synthetic hormones) at an early age to prevent the normal process of maturation — well, who had ever heard of such thing? Undergoing “gender reassignment” surgery at age 17 — gosh, what could possibly go wrong? Trust me, you don’t want to know the answer.

At PJM's  Insanity Wrap Vodka Pundit tells The Sad Truth About Jazz Jennings

The Wednesday Wetness

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

This Old House, Chesapeake Bay Edition

Chesapeake Bay Mag,  New Lighthouse Owner Steps Inside For The First Time

The Pennsylvania man who bought the historic Hooper Island at auction, sight unseen, just made his first trip out to see his fixer upper—miles from shore and up a precarious ladder.

We were the first news media too see inside the 120-year-old lighthouse. Cheryl Costello exclusively captures the new owner’s reaction to the project that may be his biggest challenge yet. 

I look forward to seeing what he can actually do with the place.

Flotsam and Jetsam - Is Today the Day?

Well, here it is Tuesday, the day Donald Trump predicted that NYPD jack booted thugs would come and arrest him for the high crime (or is it a misdemeanor?) of paying hush money to a porn star in election season. We're pretty sure it won't actually take place today, and if and when it does, it will be pretty low key but, as Bob Spencer at PJ Media reports It’s On: NYPD and Capitol Police Putting Up Barricades, Expecting Riots When Trump Is Arrested, praying for another J6 like event. Where's Ray Epps when you really need him? Vicky Taft also at PJ Media wonders Is NYC District Attorney Prepping the Jeffrey Epstein Suite at Rikers for Re-Elect Trump HQ? George Parry at Am Spec on Arresting Trump "Trump’s real crime is that he challenged and undermined the established political order." At Hat Hair John Sexton asks the question on everyone's mind Will arresting Trump help him or hurt him? Brandon Morse at Red State notes Chris Rock Gives Democrats a Warning About Trump's Arrest They Should Listen To. Matt Margolis at PJ Media, Chris Rock Asks Democrats, ‘Are You Stupid?’ for Wanting to Arrest Trump. No, blind with hatred. Dave Catron at Am Spec warns Indicting Trump Could Get Him Reelected, "If an NYC prosecutor cuffs and perp-walks the former president on TV, the latter will win in 2024." Even Morning Joe 'The Weakest Case:' Morning Joe Sweats Outcome of Possible New York Trump Indictment (NewsBusters). Roger Kimball at Am Great calls Donald Trump a Regime Foe, "We don’t acknowledge that we promulgate bills of attainder in this country, but that is essentially the judgment that has been pronounced against the former president." Breitbart, Trump Critics Slam Looming Indictment as ‘Nonsense,’ ‘Partisan,’ Say It Will Help Him in 2024At Da Fed Eddie Scarry calls Arresting Trump: An End-Of-America Watch Party. No Pasaran, "It's Only Sex!" Isn't the Looming Trump Indictment Reminiscent of Bill Clinton's Monicagate Scandal? Don Brown at Am Think thinks of it as Alvin Bragg's End Run Around the Constitution. Jordan Boyd at Da Fed says that If Democrats Really Cared About Campaign Finance Laws, Hillary Clinton And Obama Would Have Felt Their Wrath Years Ago. Michael Walsh at the Pipeline, The Leaving of It

Althouse, "Trump Calls for Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg to Be Criminally Charged for 'Interference in a Presidential Election.'" "Mediaite reports." At ET, Trump Accuses Manhattan DA of ‘Prosecutorial Misconduct,’ Calls for Investigation. Fox, House Judiciary Committee demands Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg testify about possible Trump indictment. "Jordan said the facts have not changed since 2018 and Trump's 2024 presidential campaign is the 'only intervening factor'" The Free Bacon reports ‘Top Priority’: House GOP Leadership Puts Alvin Bragg in Crosshairs. Turnabout is fair play. 

Da Caller reports DeSantis Breaks Silence On Potential Trump Indictment Twitchy, Like a boss: Ron DeSantis’ much-anticipated remarks on possible Trump indictment are *chef’s kiss*  John Sexton, Gov. DeSantis on Trump: 'I don't know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star' (Update). At Da Caller, Brianna Lyman thinks DeSantis Tanked 2024 In 22 Words.  In regard to Ron DeSantis, Andy McCarthy at NRO (cited at Hat Hair) says Don't take Trump's Stormy bait. At Front Page, Wayne Allan Root believes Uniting Trump and DeSantis is Our Only Chance to Save America, Because if we lose in 2024 . . .

Ace, The Democrats Want a Civil War and They Might Wind Up Getting One "In case you missed it earlier in JJ's Morning Briefing, Soros-owned-and-operated DA Alvin Bragg is putting his planned arrest on Trump on hold to hear from one more witness." Andy McCarthy at NRO (cited at Hat Hair) says Don't take Trump's Stormy bait. Julio Rojas at Town Hall hears John Kennedy Has Advice for Trump Supporters Upset With Possible Indictment "Well, in America, you’re — you’re free to protest. You’re not really free if you can’t express yourself. But do it peacefully. Don’t — don’t — don’t be a knucklehead and — and — and riot. Do it peacefully," At The Conservative Brief, Billy Baldwin Mocks Death Of Ashli Babbitt After Trump Calls For Protests "Any uprising by the Gravy Seals will be over in 2 Ashli Babbitt’s or better known as… a half a Scaramucci. Fuck around… — Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) March 18, 2023"

The redoubtable Julie Kelly at Am Great,  foresees The Death of Dissent "If anyone thinks conditions will improve soon, just wait until this same Justice Department indicts Trump for “inciting” the events of January 6." Far too kind at Politico, Fear, burnout and insubordination: Insiders spill details about life at the highest levels of FBI "A discrimination case has pulled back the curtain on the tense atmosphere at the bureau’s legal office."

Da Caller reports Janet Yellen Says More Bank Bailouts Could Be On The Horizon. Ben Bartee at PJ Media wants you to WATCH as CBS News Actress REALLY Doesn't Want to Talk About Bank Malfeasance. Meh. Chris Jacobs at Da Fed cites a New Documentary  that Traces The Fed’s Same Old Recklessness From 2008 To The SVB Bailout. It's easier to be wrong than right. CJ wants to Investigate the Bank Failures. "A presidential commission can determine where the banks, the auditors, and the Federal Reserve erred."Chris Chantrill at Am Think wonders What Does it Mean that Our Rulers Didn't Learn from 2008? History doesn't repeat, but it rhymes. Chris Jacobs at Da Fed details How Biden’s Social Security Demagoguery Is Stoking Inflation

From Da Caller, GROVER NORQUIST: Biden’s Tax Plan Will ‘Trickle Down’ And Pummel The Middle Class as intended. At Breitbart, Joe Biden Issues First Veto to Reject Bill Reversing ESG Rule and Joe Manchin Slams Biden for Prioritizing ‘Radical Policy Agenda’ After Vetoing Anti-ESG Bill. At CNS News, Politically-Neutral Companies Outperform Both ESG-Driven Firms and Overall Market, Study Reveals. Da Blaze reports Biden's 'fair share' tax tweet instantly challenged; Elon Musk weighs in with enlightening fact-check. Da Wire, DeSantis Unveils Plan To Battle Biden’s ‘Efforts To Inject A Centralized Bank Digital Currency.’ At the Free Bacon, Here Are Seven Woke Spending Proposals in Biden's Budget "Biden's $6.9 trillion budget spends tens of billions of dollars on welfare and social programs for minority groups."

Ace, watches the  Media Declares Another Code-Red on DeSantis "David Reaboi, Late Republic Nonsense @davereaboi "Ron DeSantis has a Florida Problem" because... he's too popular here." 'Bonchie' at Red State is pissed Trump Keeps His Eye on the Ball, Rants About Ron DeSantis by Insinuating He's Gay. Fuzzy Slippers at LI observes DeSantis Forms Alliance Of 19 Governors To Combat Biden’s Economy-Crushing ESG Obsession “We as freedom loving states can work together and leverage our state pension funds to force change.”

Ace, CNN's Vile Propagandist Manu Raju Spins for John Fetterman, Claiming His Health Is Just Terrific. "Weird flex for someone who checked himself into a hospital for depression, after just getting out of the hospital for dizziness, but you do you, Manu." KT at Hat Hair hears Democrats are worried Stacey Abrams is going to run for office again.  Paul Gottfried at Am Great sees A Feared Repeat "Given all the other obstacles that Republicans face, it is unrealistic to think they can win the presidency unless they relentlessly address the Democrats’ preferred election arrangements." Vicky Marshall at Da Fed is heartened that Ohio, Iowa Withdraw From Democrat Operative-Controlled Voter Roll ‘Maintenance’ Group ERIC which doesn't clean the voter rolls, and mandates voter outreach in Democrat controlled areas.

Margot Cleveland at Da Fed warns Time Is Running Out To Speak Freely About Free Speech In America but Da Caller reports a Federal Judge Delivers Major Setback To Biden Admin In Pivotal Censorship Case "United States District Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana denied the Biden administration’s motion to dismiss a suit brought on May 5 by Republican Attorneys General Erik Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana. Schmitt and Landry said the Biden administration colluded with social media companies to censor debate on multiple issues, including the 2020 presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic." Like snakes when the weather warms, Ben Bartee sees 'Disinformation Czar' Nina Jankowicz Emerge From Hiding to Celebrate Herself on Cable News and whine about her treatment at the hands of conservatives.

Bob Shibley at InstyA PROF PUNCHES BACK (LEGALLY) AT U. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. “In the name of a crusade ‘to be actively anti-racist,’ as [President] Alexander Cartwright announced on June 2, 2020, the University of Central Florida (UCF) harassed and retaliated against Professor Charles Negy because he dared to publicly express viewpoints out of step with the prevailing campus orthodoxy on anti-racism…” They ruined Negy’s life–he had to sell his house and move back in with his mother to take care of his disabled brother. These people are actively anti-human. Their claims of compassion are lies. At the Free Bacon, WFB Reporter Explains Why Woke Stanford Law Students Who Tried to Censor Him Are Hypocrites "Last week, Lily Bou claimed in a message to the Free Beacon that Sibarium had no right to quote her and other board members of Stanford's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild—which helped organize the protest against Duncan—praising the protesters' conduct as "Stanford Law School at its best." Mary Cate Hickman insisted the Free Beacon "anonymize" footage of a follow-up student protest of Stanford Law School dean Jenny Martinez over her apology to Duncan." PJ Media's J Christian Adams Yale Law School—EXPOSED. Behind the Black  questions Pushback? University of North Carolina pretends to ban ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ requirements in hiring. Mary Chastain at LI finds a Minnesota Anti-Capitalist Teacher who Loves it When Students ‘Have No Respect for Authority.’ At Front Page, Who Needs to Major in English or History or Philosophy? When all things digital are available? Jeff Charles at Red Statetattles on a California School District Exposed for Secretly Transitioning Students Without Parents Knowledge or Consent. Probably not the only one.

A decent segue to Ace, Teenager Sues Doctors and Health Care Company For Cutting Her Healthy Breasts Off, Telling Her Parents That They Had to Choose Between "A Dead Daughter or a Live Son." "Sue them, sue them, sue them into poverty." Joe Klein at Front Page, Florida Protects Minors from Gender Reassignment Medical Procedures And the Left descends into TOTAL MELTDOWN.  From Da Caller, Here Are The 14 States Moving To Prohibit Sexually Explicit Drag Shows For Minors.  At Twitchy, Dr. Phil devastates father by bringing out his transgender ‘daughter’. Hat Hair's Dave Strom notes Minnesota's "woman of the year" is a man. Men are even better a being women than women are. Evie reports The Term 'Cisgender' Was Coined By Pedophile Sympathizer Volkmar Sigusch Who Said "Good Sex Can Be Anything". At Twitchy, Trans woman has brilliant take on prevalence of trans kids in affluent white prog communitiesSara Higdon@SaraHigdon_ Replying to @kimKBaltimore "Well because the typical demographic is upper middle class white kids of progressive parents. for two reasons. They have time and money to worry about such things, and have been conditioned to believe through Critical Theory that they are an oppressor and there is no way they can ever escape that status, so they see this as a way to join an oppressed class for which they are celebrated for instead of condemned. It’s the relationship between CRT and Queer theory." At CJ, they are Understanding the Sex Binary "Accurate, nonpoliticized descriptions of biology are essential to crafting policy to preserve the integrity of female-only spaces." On the Summitt, Ugandan President Blasts Western Countries For Promoting LGBT in Africa, “Western countries should stop wasting their time.” That's fair. 

A Tuesday Tune - 25


The Pretty Reckless is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2009. The band consists of Taylor Momsen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Phillips (lead guitar, backing vocals), Mark Damon (bass), and Jamie Perkins (drums).

For two years singer, rhythm guitarist and Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen worked with several producers before meeting Kato Khandwala.  Momsen has said that she liked Khandwala because he was a rock producer as opposed to a pop producer. Khandwala introduced Momsen to Ben Phillips and the three of them began to write songs together.  Three unnamed musicians were hired to form the band with Momsen. The band were originally called The Reckless, but had to change the name due to trademark problems

In 2000, Momsen played the role of Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, her breakout role.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Forget It Jake, It's Baltimore

 Bay Bulletin, Explosion Under Investigation At Troubled Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant

A large fire and explosion at a Baltimore wastewater treatment plant sparks new concerns from watchdog and environmental groups who had already blown the whistle on ongoing violations at the plant.

The flames broke out at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant (BRWWTP) just before noon on Wednesday. Baltimore County firefighters arrived to find multiple fires inside a large industrial building used by a Baltimore City contractor called Synagro. Synagro converts waste into pellets for agricultural use as fertilizer, according to the county fire department.

I'm not so sure I want to eat food grown on Baltimore sewage. It's probably OK, but . . .

Seven people were working in the building when the fire occurred. Some left immediately on their own; firefighters helped the rest out and evacuated the building.

The building contained 12,000 gallons of thermal oil, which is used in Synagro’s manufacturing process. Most of it was contained in tanks. Firefighters allowed some of the oil to burn off before extinguishing the rest. Foam was used to put the last of the fire out.

Thermal oil is not considered hazardous and all the oil was contained to the building. The Maryland Department of the Environment found no environmental or public health impact from the fire and explosion.

The water treatment plant’s operations weren’t interrupted by the explosion. The plant is on a 466-acre site on the west shore of the Back River, which flows into the Bay. It is owned and operated by Baltimore City and serves an estimated 1.3 million residents in a 140-square-mile area of Baltimore City and County.

Built back in 1911, the BRWWTP has been plagued with pollution and maintenance violations. A year ago, state regulators took control of the plant from the city after a 48-hour ultimatum. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles ordered plant operators stop discharging inadequately treated wastewater immediately and bring the facility into compliance, but they didn’t meet the deadline.

One week earlier, a Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) inspection found treatment equipment throughout the plant broken down or in poor condition, with only two out of 11 settling tanks functioning properly.

Waterway advocates Blue Water Baltimore and the Chesapeake Legal Alliance say the recent explosion points to another lack of proper oversight to keep the plant (and its 300 workers) safe.

In a statement, the two groups say the handling and processing of solid waste at Synagro has been noted as a potential safety hazard by MDE before. They point out that the state’s “comprehensive report in June 2022 noted that problems at the Back River WWTP caused a slowdown of solids handling due to Synagro’s concerns about its ability to process it safely within the guidelines of its fire suppression system.”

So I see MDDNR is doing about as good a job at running Back River sewage plant as Baltimore did. 

Water To Get More Expensive

 Zeta Cross at WaEx, New EPA regulations for safe water expected to cost municipalities billions

For the first time in 26 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued new guidelines for drinking water safety. Municipal utilities will be required to install expensive filtration systems to lower the amount of PFAS in water supplies.

PFAS and PFOS are a class of 14,000 chemicals that contaminate the drinking water of more than 200 million Americans. The chemicals are used in a wide variety of products, from non-stick pans and stain-resistant treatments for clothing and furniture to semiconductor coatings and firefighting foam.

Iyala Simba, city programs director at the Illinois Environmental Council, says PFAS are miniscule chemical compounds that are impossible to see and impossible to avoid.

“Food wrappers and pizza boxes contain PFAS to make them grease-proof,” she told The Center Square.

The Illinois Environmental Council successfully lobbied for the gradual phase out of firefighting foam, which contains heavy concentrations of PFAS. The chemical compounds are known as “forever chemicals” because they never break down. PFAS are linked to cancer, kidney disease, liver problems and birth defects.

Note the weasel word "linked to" not caused by. The actual evidence that PFAs are harmful to people in the concentrations found in water systems is, shall we say, sketchy.

“This is an issue that we are going to be dealing with for decades, if not hundreds of years because of how these chemicals are set up. They are not meant to break down,” Simba said.

In 2021, Illinois received millions of federal dollars to mitigate PFAS contamination. The new EPA drinking water guidelines are expected to cost Illinois municipalities billions of dollars.

“This is something that a lot of water treatment plants are really afraid of because they can’t begin to cover the costs,” Simba said.

Municipalities are expected to initiate lawsuits against PFAS producers, including the U.S. military, which uses firefighting foam at airports and training facilities, and chemical companies DuPont, Chemours and 3M, which use PFAS in hundreds of applications from non-stick cookware and rain gear to construction materials and packaging.

Previous guidelines for forever chemicals in drinking water were 70 parts per trillion. The EPA set 4 parts per trillion as the new guideline. Scientists say that 4ppt is a huge improvement, but they emphasize that no traceable level of forever chemicals in drinking water is “safe.”

Our local water system was forced to test for PFAS this last year. As we expected, we showed no detectable concentrations. Our water is from fairly deep wells, and the water is isolated from the surface for many thousands of years, so any contamination would have to come from the system itself. Water systems that rely on surface water, streams, rivers and lakes, as Washington DC and Baltimore do, are far more likely to see PFAS contamination. We were gratified with the outcome, but we will still have to test the water periodically to make sure no contamination has occurred. It's not our biggest expense, but it's a new one.

And FWIW, As cleanup costs mount, Pentagon to stop use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS

Battered by years of criticism from U.S. lawmakers and environmental advocates, the Department of Defense will stop purchasing PFAS-containing firefighting foam later this year and phase it out entirely in 2024.

The replacement for Aqueous Film Forming Foam has yet to be determined, and advocates are frustrated it’s taken so long to halt the use of a product containing a “forever chemical” that at high levels of exposure may lead to increased risks for cancer, among other effects. The pace of cleanup at potentially contaminated military installations and nearby communities also has come under scrutiny by Congress.

The Defense Department began searching for a fire suppressant that was more effective than water after a horrific fire aboard the USS Forrestal in 1967 killed 134 sailors and injured 161.

It sure looks like Maryland and DC were hot spots for military use of firefighting foam containing PFAS.

Flotsam and Jetsam - DJT Arrest On Hold?

It would appear to be the case. I sort thought that Trump announcing a Tuesday arrest would avert it temporarily, if only to make him wrong, but it also appears the Grand Jury has at least one more witness. Fuzzy Slippers at LI, Trump Lawyer: About That Tuesday “Arrest” Date, Nevermind, “We’re all reading tea leaves because they refuse to communicate.” At PJ Media, Bob Spencer, Hold Everything: Now Trump Will Likely NOT Be Arrested, at Least on Tuesday and Matt Margolis, Surprise Trump Grand Jury Witness Revealed. "A source with knowledge of the “hush-money” investigation has confirmed to the New York Times that Rudy Giuliani lawyer Robert Costello, a former legal advisor to Michael Cohen, will be appearing before the grand jury on Monday with the sole intention of undermining Cohen’s credibility." Da Wire, Manhattan Grand Jury Investigation Into Trump Not Over As Another Witness Invited To Testify: Report

At Breitbart, Former U.S. Attorney Argues Trump Could Be Indicted for Same Thing Clinton Was Fined For, when she paid for the Steele Dossier. Matt Margolis again, Trump and Hillary Have Been Accused of the Same Crime, but Hillary Never Faced Potential Arrest. Breitbart cites Turley: Bragg Seems to Be Caving to Pressure to Bring Case DOJ, His Predecessor Wouldn’t, Unsuccessful Edwards Case Was ‘Much Stronger’. And at NYPo, Turely himself warns Bragg brings a criminal case back from dead, but may have reanimated Trump’s chances.  Nick Arama at Red State, Andrew McCarthy Lays Out What a Turkey the 'Nakedly Political' Case Is Against Trump. HE claims The vindictive prosecution of Donald Trump is based in Democrats' hatred of his supporters. At Da Caller, ‘Politically Charged’: Mike Pence Says He Is ‘Taken Aback’ By Potential Indictment Of Trump. Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair, Pence: Arresting Trump would be "a politically charged prosecution"wretchardthecat@wretchardthecat, "The strategy of going back to the old days by destroying DJT is doomed to failure because **even if it succeeds** the factors which stoked the 2016 rebellion still obtain and even more so. Restoring the economy, cooling the ideology and limiting corruption are all that can work." Insty, ALSO THE ANTI-TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAS OPENED A LOT OF PEOPLE’S EYES TO THE GENERAL CORRUPTION OF OUR INSTITUTIONS. At Twitchy, Nancy Pelosi ranting about Trump in thread claiming NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW backfires SPECTACULARLY. Catturd ™@catturd2, "Replying to @SpeakerPelosi
“ No one is above the law.” Nancy Pelosi is worth 200 million dollars because of illegal insider trading- her husband is on video so drunk in a DUI stop that he couldn’t even let go of the cop car to do a field sobriety test without falling down - he got a slap on the wrist." At Am Think, JB Shurk thinks Government Tyrants Play with Fire and Andrea Widburg highlights Vivek Ramaswamy’s viral take on the threat to arrest Trump.  Vivek Ramaswamy@VivekGRamaswamy "This is about principle, not a person. This is about our country, not one man. The silence from the rest of the GOP field is deafening." No, it is absolutely about one man, Donald Trump.  Andrea Widburg At NYPo Miranda Devine warns A potential Trump indictment is a sideshow gift to the Biden family, a distraction from their scandals.  Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media warns Democrats' Daddy Issues With Trump Aren't Going to Work Out Well for Them. At Twitchy, LOL! Ron Filipkowski wants to see Trump’s package and the replies are HILARIOUS. Althouse notes A perfectly good question asked by Jen Psaki, who has a TV show and a written column at MSNBC. ""Could a Trump indictment actually help him politically?" The headline is good for attracting clicks. It got mine, and I know I'm exacerbating the unwholesome skewing of traffic by linking, but I want to complain that there isn't even an effort to answer the question asked."

Breitbart, Fury at Manhattan’s Bragg over Looming Trump Charges Dominates House GOP Retreat: ‘Stop Going After People Because You Have Political Differences.’ KT at Hat Hair, sees Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg: This office will not be intimidated by Trump's call for protests and MTG says "don't fall for it", Marjorie Taylor Greene: Republicans should not protest potential Trump arrest. Victory Girls, Democrats Want Protests If Trump Is Arrested, Don’t Fall For It. Ace, Political Agitation is EXACTLY The Goal: It Is Training For What is Coming. Ben Bartee at PJ Media warns FBI Whistleblower Claims FBI Is Now a 'Weaponized Apparatchik' of the Biden Administration.

The Banking crisis continues, as the Peacock reports Midsize U.S. banks reportedly ask the FDIC to insure all deposits for two years. Why should farmers be treated differently than silicon valley millionaires? Breitbart, One Crisis Averted? UBS Agrees To Buy Credit Suisse for $3.2 Billion, onto the next! Zero Hedge, SVB’s London Bankers Received Up To $36 Million In Bonuses Days After BoE-Orchestrated Bailout. Oh, oh, take the money and run!  At Am Great Chris Roach thinks Bad Banks Should Fail Faster; "A bank’s mantra should be safety and resilience, rather than maximum efficiency and profits" while Sherilyn Kaufmann is Connecting Dots: COVID to SVB and Beyond, "The next logical step is for the government to insure all bank deposits, which is tantamount to nationalizing the entire banking system. But to what end,? and Larry Sand decries The College Debt Relief Swindle "As colleges go woke, dumb down curricula, and raise tuition fees, Pickpocket-in-Chief Joe Biden wants you to foot the bill." At Da Caller, DEROY MURDOCK: While Leftists Fight The Racist Ghosts Of Yesterday, America Falls To Pieces.

At Am Think Adam Vicari thinks Democrat Plans Looking Bad, So Biden Pivots Again "to gun control and the "pay gap."" NYPo notices even CNN anchor Erin Burnett says evidence of Chinese money to Bidens ‘doesn’t look good.’   Nick Arama again, Even CNN Admits Things Not Looking Good for Biden, Then Comer Drops More Damning Info. Breitbart sees that Whitmer Leaves Door Open for Future Presidential Run. Gag me with a spoon! From Da Wire, Senator Mark Kelly Does Not Get Behind Senator Kyrsten Sinema When Asked About Re-Election.

Scott Moorefield at Town Hall proclaims Donald Trump Has No Path To General Election Victory. That concerns me too, but do the alternatives? Hat Hair's Jazz Shaw notes in wonder that Trump's early primary lead being driven by Black and Hispanic conservatives. Althouse, "The fact that Trump is doing considerably better among Republican voters of color than White Republicans flies in the face of the fact that many Americans view Trump as racist...." "Writes Harry Enten, in "Voters of color are a big reason Trump leads the GOP primary" (CNN)." Sundance at CTH watches Sunday Talks, Mike Pence Says, “We’re not asserting executive privilege” for Testimony Related to 2020 Election Challenge. At Insty, Sarah Hoyt says THIS IDIOT THINKS HE HAS A CHANCE AT THE PRESIDENCY: Sunday Talks, Mike Pence Says, “We’re not asserting executive privilege” for Testimony Related to 2020 Election Challenge. "Why idiot? Well, because if the elections are clean, he doesn’t have a chance. And if the elections aren’t clean, (which of course he knows they’re not) and he thinks they’ll throw him a “friendly opposition” win? He’s nuts." At Am Con Sumantra Maitra worries about  Your Great-Grandfather’s Republicanism. "Ron DeSantis’s remarks on Ukraine were textbook realism and a throwback to an old Republican Party."

At Am Think Jay Valentine think he sees A Gigantic Egg All Over Brad Raffensperger's Face as they prove the ERIC approved voter rolls are full of potential dummy voters. Da Fed's Vicky Marshall is aghast that Minnesota Could Be Third State To Adopt Ranked-Choice Voting, Following Alaska And Maine.

Med Press presses the case that AI language models open a potential Pandora's box of medical research fraud. At the Business Standard, How non-profit OpenAI became $30 bn profit-making firm, questions Musk "Elon Musk has also paused OpenAI access to Twitter database" Musk had donated $100 million to OpenAI. He stepped down from OpenAI's board of directors in 2018 and no longer owns a stake in the company. "I'm still confused as to how a non-profit to which I donated $100 million somehow became a $30 billion market cap for-profit. If this is legal, why doesn't everyone do it?" he quipped."

Technofog highlights The CDC's Vaccine "Misinformation" List "The health agency kept tabs on those critical of COVID-19 vaccines." Margot Cleveland at Da Fed outs DOD Pays Media-Rating Scammers To Create Propaganda And Censorship Tech For U.S. Government.

Tax Prof has More Commentary On The Disruption Of A Federal Judge's Speech At Stanford Law School (Part 2). At Am Great, the great Victor Davis Hanson wonders What Happened to Stanford? "The list of serial embarrassments at Stanford reads like the suicides of Greek tragedy, where divine nemesis follows hubris." From the College Fix, University of Alabama drops investigation into pro-Kanye chalkings. Which they should, but it probably means it was a false flag hoax. At Da Caller, ‘Targeted And Unsafe’: Universities Across The Country Are Holding ‘Israel Apartheid Week’. Anti-semitism always seems to be descending on the right, but landing on the left. WUWT discovers A New Board Game to Induce Climate Guilt in School Children. Behind the Black sees  Pushback: Smithsonian ordered to no longer violate the First Amendment. I have known a few Smithsonian security people; they're not always the sharpest knives in the drawer. 

At Da Caller, ‘Close To Sinful’: Biden Floats Possibility Of Nation-Wide Transgender Law. KT at Hat Hair notes Libs of TikTok book event for kids canceled due to threats while NY AG James' drag story hour draws a crowd. Hollywood in Toto thinks this Hollywood Reporter (Purposely) Misses Point on Drag Queen Outrage, "Far-left site ignores reasons why conservatives suddenly slam drag art form." At Red State, San Jose Sharks Goalie James Reimer Declines Wearing Pride Night Jersey; Usual Couches Fainted Upon. From Twitchy, SEXISM in sports writer melts down into shrieking pool of DUMB over James Reimer’s LGBTQ jersey statement. You will be forced to express approval. Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair, YGTBKM: Florida looks to ban discussion of menstrual cycles in school. Yeah I had to look it up. 

The Monday Morning Stimulus

Helena Fitzgerald at Griefbacon, the only good coffee is bad coffee "an incomplete list of some versions of love"

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Oregon, My Oregon

Charlotte Hazard at JTN reports Climate bills in Oregon criticized for negatively impacting rural farming communities

Climate bills in the Oregon legislature are being criticized for potential devastation of rural communities and could possibly fuel further inflation.

One of the bills titled House Bill 3158, the "Clean Diesel Engine Tax" would add new taxes to off-road machinery, such as that used in farming and logging.

The Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) came out against this bill, pointing out that it would tax virtually every piece of equipment that's used in agriculture, plus the fuel and tires that are also necessary for its use.

The OFB added that this bill would put the burden on rural businesses with the cost of retrofitting trucks in the state's largest metropolitan area. Revenues from this tax would be transferred to the "Clean Diesel Engine Fund."

"Rural communities are not responsible for Portland's air quality, but HB 3158 puts that responsibility squarely, and inappropriately, on the backs of our members," the Farm Bureau stated in written testimony.

Another climate bill being criticized is SB 803 which would expand Portland's petroleum-based diesel phase-out to the rest of Oregon.

Opponents of these bills don't want to copy Portland, and say the cost of fuel would rise and wind up hurting lower-income Oregonians and rural communities, according to the Epoch Times.

Greater Idaho can't happen fast enough. 

Beach Report 3/19/23

Clear and cold, just over freezing, blowing like mad from the NW, and a pretty high tide made for a tough walk (except for Skye, there's no weather here that bothers her. But, in addition to a solitary small tooth, Georgia found something that must be rarer than a Megalodon tooth:

A bit of Googling found Turlington's Balsam of Life

Turlington's Balsam of Life was a patent medicine developed by English merchant Robert Turlington.

He succeeded in obtaining a royal patent from King George II in 1744, which gave him the right to pursue anyone attempting to pass off their own product as his, one of the earliest medicinal patents. In his patent application Turlington claimed that the balsam contained 27 ingredients, and was effective in the treatment of "kidney and bladder stones, cholic, and inward weakness", a list of ailments he greatly expanded upon in a 46-page brochure printed shortly afterwards. Turlington's Balsam quickly became popular in England and in the American colonies. 

And how old is this bottle? We haven't found an exact match, but  

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the manufacturers of patent medicines began to use packaging as a tool to differentiate their products from those of their competitors, as there was often little to visually distinguish between the medications themselves. In Turlington's case that resulted in his changing the shape of the bottle containing his balsam at least four times in the ten years following the granting of his patent, culminating in an elaborately embossed tablet-shaped bottle introduced in 1754.

So it's clearly later than 1754, and it was sold up into the 1920s. The "patent lip" suggest a later, rather than an earlier year.

Flotsam and Jetsam - Trump Predicts Tuesday Arrest, Hallie Biden Takes Chinese Cash

Althouse, "Trump says 'illegal leaks' indicate he will be arrested Tuesday in N.Y. hush money probe." "NBC News reports. . . . AND: Here's the NYT headline: "Trump Claims His Arrest Is Imminent and Calls for Protests, Echoing Jan. 6 His indictment by a Manhattan grand jury is expected, but its timing is unclear." John Sexton at Hat Hair, Trump says he'll be arrested Tuesday, calls for protests. Twitchy, Trump posts on Truth Social that he’ll be arrested next week (Dem ‘SQUIRREL’ moment detected). TheFOO@PolitiBunny "It’s no surprise the Trump ‘perp walk’ nonsense has started - three Biden’s caught receiving money from China, Hunter admitting the laptop is indeed real, the bank crash(es), train derailments, COVID info starting to leak out, #J6footage released. Look, SQUIRREL!" At PM, BREAKING: Trump announces he 'will be arrested on Tuesday' "Protest, take our nation back!" Sundance at CTH, President Trump Says He Expects to Be Arrested Next Tuesday and President Trump, “They Are Killing Our Nation” … “We Must Save America!”…

So are there any independent indications that an arrest is imminent? Jenny Van Laar at Red State sees something in Manhattan DA Bragg's Email to Employees in Anticipation of Trump Arrest. "“…Please know that your safety is our top priority. We have full confidence in our outstanding security staff and investigators, along with our great OCA and NYPD colleagues, and will continue to coordinate with all of them. We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York." The Peacock, Law enforcement agencies are prepping for a possible Trump indictment as early as next week. "Multiple agencies are discussing potential security plans for in and around the Manhattan Criminal Court in case Trump is charged in connection with an alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels." 

Legal scholars Jonathan Turley, who can  not be described as pro-Trump, don't think too much of Bragg's case. At Twitchy, Jonathan Turley analyzes case against Trump and concludes it’s ‘legally pathetic’. Turley, on Da Hill, Get ready for Manhattan DA’s made-for-TV Trump prosecution: high on ratings, but short on the law. "the New York case would be easily dismissed outside of a jurisdiction like New York, where Bragg can count on highly motivated judges and jurors." Andy McCarthy at NRO, Progressive Democrat Bragg’s Motivation in Nakedly Political Indictment of Trump, also, Trump’s Claim of Tuesday ‘Arrest’ Is Highly Unlikely, "Trump’s indictment is imminent, but his claim of a Tuesday ‘arrest’ is conjecture — and unlikely to happen, precisely because he said it would happen." From Off The Press, Remember The Criminal Indictment Of Bill Clinton For $850,000 Payment To Paula Jones? Yeah, Neither Do We

Nick Arama at Red State, McCarthy Throws Down the Gauntlet at Manhattan DA — 'Abuse of Power' Against Trump. On Da Wire, Speaker McCarthy Vows Action After Trump Claims He Is Being Arrested On Tuesday.  “I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.” At WaEx, Pence slams Trump arrest rumors, but questions Democratic priorities and Paul Bedard cites MTG: Trump arrest ‘Is what they do in communist countries!’ Charlotte Hazard at JTN, John Bolton says Trump indictment could be the act that re-elects him as president, "If you don't want Donald Trump to be elected president again, for God's sake, be careful how you act," From NewsBusters, Joe Scarborough Tells Trump—America: Love It or Leave It and Go to Russia! Still in thrall of the Russian Delusion. Sarah Arnold at Town Hall hears Elon Musk Predict Trump Will Win in a Landslide Victory Following a Possible Indictment and at ET, Elon Musk Warns Trump Indictment Will Backfire, Predicts ‘Landslide’ Reelection. Matt Margolis at PJ Media, Here’s What Will Happen If Trump Is Arrested Next Week "But what will happen if this actually takes place? Indicting Trump alone over ridiculous charges would backfire dramatically on the left, but a made-for-TV-crime-drama with Trump as the star would most certainly take the word “backfire” to a new level. That’s not according to me; that’s according to Elon Musk."

Matt Margolis at PJ Media VIP wonders Are Democrats Deliberately Making Trump a Martyr to Boost Him With GOP Voters? Scott Moorefield at Town Hall, 'That's Obviously the Play Here': Matt Walsh Has an Interesting Theory on Why Trump Might Get ArrestedMatt Walsh@MattWalshBlog, "They want Trump to be the Republican nominee. That’s obviously the play here. There is no other conceivable reason to arrest and perp walk him on a bullshit misdemeanor charge." Insty, EUGENE DEBS RAN FOR PRESIDENT FROM PRISON, IN THE FACE OF SIMILAR PERSECUTION: Trump’s Attorney: Trump Will Surrender To Authorities If He Is Criminally Charged.

Yesterday I shorted the Biden Crime syndicate, but like Gabi says "It's OK!" Stacy McCain wants to know What Did China Get for Its Money?

That’s the big puzzle. The payment to the Biden family came at a time when Democrats had lost the White House, and one wonders how the Chinese clients expected the family of the former vice president to exercise influence in their favor. Certainly the only “business” involved was influence peddling — what relevant expertise did Hunter Biden offer, other than being Joe Biden’s son? Democrats (and their media allies) seem to believe that the use of cutouts and middlemen to launder these payments from the Chinese is sufficient defense against accusations that Joe Biden himself is guilty of corruption. No sensible person buys this excuse, but still what intrigues me is the question of how the Chinese purchasers of Biden’s influence expected to be repaid for their “investment.”

If we are free to engage in speculation, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Joe getting his family members paid by the Chinese after he left the vice-presidency was in fact the fulfillment of some secret agreement made while he was still vice president. That is to say, Biden did the Chinese favors during the Obama administration, with the agreement that he’d get paid after he left office. This is just wild speculation, of course, but there must be some explanation for this deal, which on the surface doesn’t make much sense from an influence-buying point of view.

Spencer Brown at Town Hall, Here's What Newly Obtained Bank Records Revealed About the Biden Family. At Da Caller, Chinese Firm That Bankrolled Biden Associates Closely Linked To Communist Party Officials. Mary Chastain at LI, House Oversight Wants to Hear From the Hunter Biden Associate Who Distributed Chinese Money to Biden Family. "Oversight Committee Chairman Comer: “When speaking about dealings with the Biden family, Rob Walker once said that exposing him would ‘bury all of us, man.’ Why? The Oversight Committee has many questions for Rob Walker.”" Brooke Singman at Fox, reveals Biden family received more than $1M from Hunter associate after 2017 China wire: House Oversight "Hallie Biden received thousands of dollars from a Hunter Biden business associate, subpoenaed financial records reveal." Breitbart, House Oversight Committee: Beau’s Widow Hallie Is ‘New’ Biden Business Member Who Received China Cash. Ace, Beau Biden's Widow, and Hunter Biden's Slampiece, Hallie Biden is the Third Biden to Receive Foreign Money and Get Flagged With a Suspicious Action Report. "This garbage scumbag trailer-trash family." At Da Wire, Dan Chaitin reports Comer Believes 6 Or 7 Biden Family Members Involved In Foreign Business ‘Schemes’. Enough for their own family compound in federal prison. Nick Arama again, notes Biden Finally Answers Question About CCP-Related Payout, It Doesn't Go Well “That’s not true,” Biden claimed, despite the evidence that it was true. He’s saying that even in the face of the bank records, not even trying to explain them, simply denying their reality." At Hat Hair, Dave Strom catches CNN saying China funneling the Bidens money is A-OK!

As had been rumored before from Ace, Hunter Biden, Flush With Cash From His "Sugar Brother," Starts Filing His Lawsuits Against People for the Crime of Telling the Truth About His Influence-Peddling, Crack-Smoking, Whore-Banging Ass, "Via David Strom at Hot Air." Twitchy, So, *not* Russian disinfo? Hunter Biden’s legal team basically just confirmed that it was his laptop. ET, Hunter Biden Sues Laptop Repair Shop Owner Over Alleged Invasion of Privacy. NYPo thinks Hunter Biden’s ‘laptop from hell’ countersuit could drag Joe’s reelection bid.

The banking crisis seems to have cooled off a bit for the weekend. Stacy McCain sees ‘Stockholm Syndrome’? SVB, BLM and the Toxic Plague of Liberal White Guilt, "Let us pause briefly to scrutinize the “intersectional” logic behind SVB’s hiring of a risk management executive who hit all the “diversity” quota marks — brown, female, and gay. A three-fer!" Paul Sperry at NYPo on Why woke ‘Frisco Fed chief missed Silicon Valley Bank’s warning signs. "A protege of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and short-list candidate for Federal Reserve vice chair, Daly was supposed to be supervising Silicon Valley Bank but apparently was too busy playing politics and pushing woke agendas to regulate rogue banks like SVB, the second-biggest bank failure on record." At the Free Bacon, Here Are the Tech Companies, Liberal Media Outlets, and Prominent Democrats Saved by Biden's Bank Bailout "Gavin Newson (sic) . . . BuzzFeed . . . Vox Media . . . Black Lives Matter . . . The Green Energy Racket" At da Caller, Janet Yellen’s Policy Would Destroy Small US Banks While Bailing Out Chinese Depositors, Experts Say. Spiked claims The fall of SVB has exposed the delusions of our elites, "Silicon Valley’s woke, feelgood brand of capitalism was always built on sand." I&I looks at Fed Chief Powell’s Banking Blowup and lays the crisis at his feet. Fox, 'Shark Tank' star Kevin O'Leary destroys 'really bad policy' in Democrat-run states. "Regional banks ‘don’t have a reason to exist anymore’ in the US financial system, Kevin O’Leary argues"

At Roll Call, Introducing the ‘Presidential Inflation Rate’: Biden trails only Carter, "Overall prices have jumped 15 percent since president was sworn in." ET, DeSantis: 3 Years Later, Biden Still Pushing ‘Failed’ Fed COVID Policies. At WaEx, Yes, it's real: Joe Biden's Department of Energy just moved to ban nearly all gas stoves. From ET, Federal Agency Comes Closer to Gas Stove Ban "Consumer Product Safety Commission one of multiple agencies now eyeing gas stove regulations."

Yahoo! is in seventh heaven reporting Mike Lindell says he had to borrow $10 million last year to keep MyPillow afloat — and is running out of cash, too. Breitbart, Report: Conservatives, Republicans Could Cut Off Establishment Media in 2024 Cycle

'Bonchie' at Red State, USCP Flips Its Lid in Filing Over January 6th Footage Release, "There seems to be some confusion here by the Capitol Police’s leadership in regard to who works for whom. The USCP is subservient to the US Congress and is subject to oversight via no less than four different committees. Ultimately, the police force answers to a chain of command that leads back to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy because, unfortunately for their chosen narrative, Nancy Pelosi is no longer in charge."

Linda Martin feels 'misled' and 'angry' after the FBI seized her life savings. The FBI acting like a criminal gang. "On March 22, 2021, the FBI seized Martin's and 1,400 other customers' safe deposit boxes from U.S. Private Vaults, a Beverly Hills–based company. The FBI took the $40,200 Linda was saving for a down payment on a home in addition to another $86 million in cash and tens of millions more in gold, silver, jewelry and other valuables from other safe deposit box renters." At Twitchy, FBI agents confront woman to ask her if she has any intention of harming Pfizer  @amuse@amuse "Twitter user encouraged followers to ‘fight back’ against Pfizer. As a result, the FBI confronted her at her job and interrogated her on behalf of Pfizer. Since when does the FBI answer to Pfizer? #PoliceState"Matt Palumbo, Collusion of the Century: DOJ, CCP, and Big Media’s Conspiracy to Take Down Miles Guo.

Greg Piper at JTN, 'Thrown under the bus': Research collaborative caves to media pressure on mask meta-study "Cochrane editor-in-chief may have violated publication ethics code by changing "interpretations" without approval from authors of study that found "little to no difference" from masks." Did they get a visit from the FBI? KT at Hat Hair, Facebook, YouTube restore Trump's accounts as his campaign heats up.

And that leaves only the undeclared Culture war. At Breitbart, not backing down J.K. Rowling says ‘There’s Something Dangerous’ About the Transgender Movement. ET, Elon Musk: Children Being Fed Transgender ‘Propaganda’ by Adults. They can say that because they have "Fuck you" money. Fox, Christian man facing jail for ex-LGBT testimony reported to police by EU equality official "Matthew Grech and the journalists who interviewed him face up to five months in prison" in Malta. But in a hopeful sign, Breitbart reports Netflix Cancels Animated Preschooler Show ‘Ridley Jones’ That Features Gender ‘Non-Binary’ Bison. Althouse, "So if little girls experience their menstrual cycle in fifth grade or fourth grade, will that prohibit conversations from them since they are in the grade lower than sixth grade?" ""It would." From "Florida bill would ban young girls from discussing periods in school" (WaPo)." Of course they're lying, like they lied about the "Don't say gay" bill. At Bounding into Comics, Star Wars Declared “Worse And Woker Than Ever” After Confirmation Of Intimacy Coordinator Hired For ‘The Acolyte’ "If you are unfamiliar with Intimacy Coordinators, SAG-AFTRA notes the position “is an advocate, a liaison between actors and production, and a movement coach and/or
choreographer in regards to nudity and simulated sex and other intimate and hyper-exposed scenes.”

Across da pond at Da Mail, 'Americans should be eating bugs': Utah middle school teacher slammed for 'indoctrinating' students by setting an essay about how cows are killing the Earth - after giving them insects to eat for extra credit. Nextdoor in Virginia, Bacon's Rebellion reports Public School Climate Lessons Terrorize Virginia’s Children. At the Victory Girls, Weingarten Says Unions Know Best, Ignores Results. They're still getting paid aren't they? That's all the results she cares about. From the College Fix, University of Florida grad student attacks cop during abortion rally: report. Michael Barone, 'Woke' Silicon Valley -- Sand Hill Road and Stanford Law -- Get Off Scot-free. Sam Lenett at Da Fed, writes ‘Woke’ Effectively Describes The Left’s Insanity, And That’s Why They Hate When You Say It, "The word has become as commonplace among the current-day conservative movement as MAGA hats and “lock her up” chants were at 2016 Trump rallies. And this is, to be fair, totally warranted; what other slogany-sounding word really works as a catch-all for what leftism has become?"