Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam - Balloons Still Down, Haley In, Di-Fi Out

As far as we know there have been no new "UFO" or ballon incidents in two whole days, so perhaps this "crisis" is past. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.14.23 Nice Deb at Am Great, Kirby Doubles Down–Insists China’s Spy Balloons Operated During Trump Administration ‘But They Did Not Detect It’, Louder With Crowder, Tom Green gets red-pilled, exposes what all this “UFO information” coming out now is distracting us from, Ned Barnett at Am Think thinks Balloongate – China’s Long Game, and This Ain’t Hell, Balloony war of words continues. At Da Mail, Cockpit audio reveals F-16 pilots who shot down octagon shaped object over Lake Huron did NOT know what it was - as Pentagon says $400k Sidewinder missile that missed target landed 'harmlessly' in water: 'I wouldn’t really call it a balloon'. At Ars Technica, It’s not aliens. It’ll probably never be aliens. So stop. Please just stop. Sauron's Eye, U.S. tracked spy balloon after it lifted off from China, officials say. From Mediaite, Mike Pompeo Dismisses Concerns Over Trump Balloon Reports, Accuses Biden of Causing ‘Global Shame’ Over Balloon Handling  Dan Chaitin at Da Wire, UFO Debris May Never Be Found, Officials Say. Big deep lake, small balloon. At Da Caller, ‘Sank To The Bottom Of The Atlantic’: Kirby Says He Doesn’t Know When All Chinese Spy Balloon Debris Will Be Recovered. Never, but they're likely to find the important pieces. At Breitbart, U.S. Military Says ‘Significant Debris’ Retrieved from Chinese Spy Balloon. Another from Da Wire, Biden Orders Creation Of Interagency Team To Investigate ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.’ At Front Page, Lloyd Billingsley calls it China’s Balloon “Invitasion,” "The Biden Junta is okay with it." Fortune echoes All those spy balloons have had only a ‘limited’ benefit for China, White House claims but CNS News cites McCaul: China Used Balloon to Spy on Key Nuclear Sites, Prep for Potential Conflict Over Taiwan. Harold Hutchinson at Da Caller hears a GOP Senator Says Biden Is ‘Probably’ Not Telling ‘The Whole Truth’ About Spy Balloon, Other Objects Shot Down. Duh. Madeleine Hubbard at JTN, White House: Three downed UFOs likely commercial, 'benign,' not part of China spy balloon program. Paul Kengor at Am Spec,  More Trial Balloons for Biden."And they’re not going to stop." Althouse reads the NYT so you don't have to, "The United States is going to need a lot of missiles if its fighter jets are to shoot down every stray balloon that sets off a radar warning in American airspace." 

"'At any given moment, thousands of balloons' are above the Earth, including many used in the United States by government agencies, military forces, independent researchers and hobbyists.... [F]ederal officials have sought to enhance radars and atmospheric trackers so they can more closely scrutinize the nation’s airspace. Balloon experts say the upgrade might generate a paralyzing wave of false alarms.... Each year, around 60,000 high-flying balloons are launched just by the National Weather Service...

Nick Arama at Red State hears Sen. Kennedy Dishes on Info They Got in Briefing on Those 'Objects'. At Da Caller, ‘We Learned Nothing’: Senators Still In The Dark On Aerial Object Takedowns After Classified Intel Briefing. At CTH, sundance echoes Senator John Kennedy who Provides Additional Information After Classified Briefing on U.S. Military Engagement With “Unidentified Flying Objects” – Recommends We Lock Our Doors Tonight. At the Volokh Report, Jon Adler raises an interesting issue, Was the Chinese Surveillance Balloon in U.S. "Near Space"? "The nation's control over the air above our heads is less settled than some may think." As far as I'm concerned, if you can float a balloon in it, it's atmosphere and not space. USNI News, Officials Confirm Suspicious Balloon Overflights of Japan, Won’t Say They Came From China

In political news, Nikki Haley dipped her toes in presidential (or maybe vice presidential) waters. Fox, As Haley launches her 2024 campaign, a potential GOP primary collision with Tim Scott awaits. "Supporters of South Carolina’s Nikki Haley and Tim Scott rub elbows ahead of potential 2024 face off on campaign trail." Ari Kaufman at Da Lid, Haley Launches Presidential Campaign; Could Fellow South Carolinian Scott Be Next? Paul Bedard at WaEx thinks Nikki Haley has 'huge impact' on DeSantis and 2024 betting by splitting the "anybody but Trump" faction. Ryan King at WaEx, DeSantis scoffs at question about 2024 as Haley enters race. He's running. At Hat Hair KT watched Nikki Haley's pre-launch video - Will it capture America's imagination? but Jazz Shaw has Another view of Nikki Haley's POTUS bid. Althouse notes "I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels." From WaEx, Pompeo blasts Haley, says she quit with work to be done. Ace, Nikki Haley Announces Absurd Bid for President. "Indian Tracy Flick says "Pick Flick."" Sundance is not impressed, Whoo Hoo – The Moment Has Arrived, Mitt Romney in Skirt Launches 2024 Presidential Bid "We have a deep archived series of articles on Nikki Haley [SEE HERE] specifically because she is the most transparently manipulative and simultaneously predictable, conniving political entity in Republican politics. Yes, she’s worse than Monkey Pox."

Dianne Feinstein was informed by her staff that she will not run for reelection in 2024. Sometimes she even remembers that. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.14.23, Mary Chastain at LI, Dianne Feinstein Will Not Run for Reelection in 2024. NRO, Dianne Feinstein Announces She Won’t Seek Reelection in 2024. John Sexton at Hat Hair, Dianne Feinstein will retire in 2024. Mike Ginsberg at Da Caller, Dianne Feinstein, Oldest Dem Senator, Will Not Seek Reelection. At WaEx, DiFi outage: Feinstein disputes her own retirement despite office releasing statement. From Mediaite, Dianne Feinstein Says She Was Unaware Staff Issued Statement Announcing Her Retirement. For those thinking this might make California more sane, think again, for despite her obvious senility, DiFi was one of the more rational politicians from my birth state (not a high bar), and her replacement is likely to be worse.

Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair Vip wonders Could Biden replace Harris? Would he?. Prolly not, the sex and race thing, you know. At the Free Bacon, Former MSNBC Host Says Network Reprimanded Her for Criticizing Hillary Clinton. She should have known better.


“She is part of a new class of House Republicans that includes many elected to public office for the first time, including Rep. George Santos (N.Y.), whose fabrications about his biography emerged after his election,” Alemany and Crites write. See what they’re trying to do? Clever isn’t it?
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“Holy shit the Washington post just tried to claim my dad was never incarcerated, left out comments from my mom, said I was a registered Democrat, and did not report a convo they had with a former roommate, and interviewed “family” I don’t talk to. This is comical,” Luna tweeted on Friday.

Despite bothering to speak to multiple people internationally in pursuit of the Luna scoop, the initial Post story got a couple of key facts wrong. It described Luna as a “registered Democrat” in Washington, a state that has not required party registration for two decades. A further clarification concedes that while Luna’s roommate was the only person interviewed by police after the break-in, Luna is mentioned in the police report. The Post also said it couldn’t verify that Luna’s father had been in jail — when court records show that he was. Luna also posted a picture of him in a jumpsuit.

Wait until the Post finally discovers this fellow called Joe Biden and his family…

At PM,  ‘Strange’ man threatened to drive his Jeep into Iowa Kari Lake event "A “scruffy and big” man “…declared that he was god, and stated he would drive his vehicle through the bar doors.”" Stochastic terrorism from the left? Dave Strom at Hat Hair, Violent threats are A-OK--when directed at conservatives.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.14.23, at Da Fed Vicky Marshall finds Zuckbucks 2.0 Recipients Turn Down Money After Leftist Nonprofit Fails Transparency Test, Shawn Fleetwood is hopeful  that After Ranked-Choice Voting Rigged Their Elections, Alaska Conservatives Fight To Reclaim Democracy and observes Rhode Island Bill Would Open Elections To Illegal Aliens, In Democrats’ Latest Push For Noncitizen Voting. Dan Greenfield at Front Page points out how Antifa Shares a Fundraising Platform With the DNC "Raising money to finance illegal activity is illegal for anyone - so why do the rules not apply to the Left?" Antifa is the militant arm of the Democrat party.

From the Free Bacon, After Heated Public Hearing, Florida Board of Medicine Confirms Ban on Transgender Treatments for Minors. "LGBTQ activists overwhelmed the hearing, shouting expletives and waving transgender flags." At Da Caller, Florida School District Cancels Survey That Asked 10-Year-Olds About Sex, Gender Identity. NewsMax reports Gov. Noem Signs Bill Banning Gender Surgery for Minors. All good news but Thomas Hackett at RCI explores The Sudden Dominance of the Diversity Industrial Complex.

At Am Great, the redoubtable Julie Kelly explores the of question Did a Government Intel Asset Plant Key Evidence in Proud Boys Case? "We should be suspicious of weird coincidences." At Da Caller, FBI Agents Misused FISA Data To Surveil ‘Political Party,’ US Congressman, Audit Finds  "The report, which covers incidents from December 2019 through May 2020, says the FBI in one instance queried a local political party’s names to determine if it had foreign intelligence connections, and an intelligence analyst performed queries “using only the name of a U.S. congressman.”"

Bob Spencer at Front Page sees Leftists Go Into Four-Alarm Frenzy: Trump Laptop Found! Trump Laptop Found! Trump Laptop Found! Dan Chaitin at Da Wire amused that a Lawyer Says Trump Used ‘Classified’ Folder As Lampshade, "One of Trump’s lawyers, Timothy Parlatore, reportedly said his boss used an empty manilla folder marked “Classified Evening Summary” as a make-shift lampshade to block the light on his bedroom landline telephone that was keeping him up at night."

Things you can't report in the US from Da Mail, EXCLUSIVE: Jim Biden admitted he was hired to negotiate with Saudis over a secret $140million deal 'because of his position and relationship' to his VP brother Joe -who would be 'instrumental to the deal,' bombshell affidavit claims.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.14.23  at Da Fed, Dave Harsayni says James Clapper Can’t Stop Lying and the Victory Girls are skeptical of  James Clapper Claims Hunter Laptop Letter Was “Distorted” By Politico. At Power Line, Scott Johnson is just tired of Clapper’s claptrap. Jeff Dunetz at Da Lid, Perjurer Clapper Claims He Didn’t Say Hunter’s Laptop Was Russian Disinformation. Insty, DO THESE MORONS THINK PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE THAT THEY JUST GOT AROUND TO MENTIONING THEY WERE MISQUOTED IN 2020? "Intel Officials’ Fresh Laptop Baloney: After calling the Hunter Biden laptop Russian disinformation in 2020, Jim Clapper and co. set about restoring their tarnished reputations."

At NRO, Conservatives Have to Beg for Mercy from the ‘Disinformation’ Industry. At Da Caller, State Department Funded Foreign Think Tank Working To Censor Americans. Reason finds U.S. State Department Funds a Disinformation Index That Warns Advertisers To Avoid Reason. "Reason is listed among the "ten riskiest online news outlets" by a government-funded disinfo tracker." Margot Cleveland at Da Fed thinks Conservative News Sites Aren’t ‘Risky,’ A ‘Disinformation Index’ To Censor Speech IsGlenn Greenwald@ggreenwald, "Anyone who claims to be: - a "disinformation expert" - an "anti-extremist expert" - an "online safety expert" is a fraud. These are fake expertises that do not exist, that are inherently politicized and subjective, and that are designed to disguise ideology as science." Eoin Lenahan at Da Fed reports Craigslist Craig Is Dumping His Billions Into Fake News To Help Democrats Win Elections. From HE, Google to Launch Fresh Campaign Aimed at 'Prebunking' Alleged Disinformation. At the Daily Fetched, Ted Cruz: We’re Going to Investigate Big Tech Censorship using Twitter Files. Hollywood in Toto agrees with Joe Rogan: Ex-CNN Star Brian Stelter Is ‘Basically a Prostitute’ "Podcaster skewers biased reporter for cozying up to WEF's 'evil lizard people.'"

The Wombat is a day late and a dollar short with Rule 5 Monday: Rebecca Bagnol and FMJRA 2.0: Home At Last.

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