Monday, February 20, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam for Monday Morning

Not much sticks out for a title. Well, the balloon issue seems to have blown over, well, except maybe for that new one floating in the skies near Hawaii, China is still demanding an apology for us shooting down the first one and the mean Republicans are still making fun of Joe for shooting down a $12 hobby balloon. Sarah Hoyt at Insty, NEXT ON THE FRAUSIDENT’S TARGET LIST IS THAT DOGHOUSE-FLYING BEAGLE.

After two weeks, Da Caller reports FEMA To Deploy Aid To Ohio Town After Toxic Train Derailment. Could  it have been prompted by Ohio train derailment: Trump confirms visit to East Palestine, Ohio, says he will visit on 'Wednesday'. CNS News, EPA Administrator Michael Regan: ‘The Drinking Water Is Safe for Those Homes That Have Been Tested’ and Deemed ‘Safe’. Bottle it and serve it at EPA headquarters. At Breitbart, an Exclusive: Top 9/11 Lawyer Says EPA Claim Ohio Air ‘Safe’ Sent ‘Shivers Up My Spine’ – ‘Stay Away, Don’t Believe EPA. At Am Think, Tom Meloy wonders Why was the East Palestine tank car blown up? "I am a retired engineer having significant experience with pressure vessels and some background with DoT tank regulations.  I offer my thoughts based on limited knowledge and a little thinking." He doesn't think it should have been necessary. Haisten Willis at WaEx calls him Back foot Biden: White House seen as slow to respond as controversies pile up

At Da Caller, Peter Roff think Biden Has Mastered The Art Of Dodging Blame For Inflation. Breitbart cites the CBO Director: We’re Facing ‘Weakening Economy with High Inflation’ in First Half of 2023 and ‘Large Deficit That’s Set to Persist.’ I&I thinks The CBO Exposes Biden’s $5.45 Trillion Lie. At Am Think Jay Davidson thinks about The Bright Line between Inflation and Spending. Sundance at CTH reports Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari Admits Goal is to Shrink Economy to Meet Decreased Energy Supplies and has the video to prove it. At Am Great Chris Roach says Oh, No! Republicans Won’t Raise the Debt Ceiling! " The hysteria about the debt ceiling is fake. But nothing this stupid can go on forever."

Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair sees Blinken "warns" China about aid to Russia. It doesn't go well. Ace is concerned Pandemic Power 2.0: The WHO Comes To America "Biden Admin Negotiates Deal to Give WHO Authority Over US Pandemic Policies."

At Fox, Former WH doctor for Trump, Obama blasts 'alarming' Biden health report: 'The cover-up needs to end' "Rep. Ronny Jackson says Americans can see that 'Biden's mental health is in total decline'" At Summit News, Former White House Doctor: Biden’s Medical Was A “Cover Up” “Biden’s ability to think and reason is GONE!” CNS News notes NPR Touts Biden as 'Strong and Vigorous Man,' "Hails His State Of The Union Lies"

Salena Zito at NYPo goes on tour with DeSantis: People don’t want ‘agenda being shoved down their throats.’ VodkaPundit at Insty, DISPATCHES FROM THE RED ZONES: "Under DeSantis, Crime In Florida At 50-Year Low. “Overall, the number of crimes was down 8.3% compared to 2020, and the crime rate dropped 9.5%. Within that subset, murders fell 14.2%, robberies dropped by 17.5%, aggravated assaults dipped by 1.6%, and burglaries declined by 15.1%.” Rick Moran at PJ Media claims 'DeSantis the Destroyer' Blows Up Chicago's Mayoral Race by coming to speak with the FOP.  "What’s truly notable isn’t DeSantis’s visit. It’s the terrified reaction to it. It’s almost as if a serial killer was coming to town. DeSantis should carefully note the hysteria by Democrats. It should serve him well when his campaign for president begins in earnest." No fan, sundance reports Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Takes His “Not Campaigning, Campaigning Tour” to New York, Illinois and Beyond to Promote Law Enforcement. At WaPoo, cited at Hat Hair, Panics as More states asking "Say WHAT is in that AP African American studies course again"? [Darn it! No one noticed a thing until that dang DeSantis guy ran his mouth… {:^D ~ Beege].

For some reason we're still talking about CNN host Don Lemon's ageist and sexist put-down of Nikki Haley. At Da Beast, Don Lemon Benched on Monday Over Sexist Remark Scandal, Insiders Say  Sarah Arnold at Town Hall reports Sexist Don Lemon Benched From CNN: 'He's a Constant Distraction.' Politico touts Sanders calling Haley's proposal for age-based competency tests 'absurd' "We are fighting racism, we're fighting sexism, we're fighting homophobia — I think we should also be fighting ageism." He would. KT at Hat Hair finds what she thinks are Nikki Haley's two major flubs in her Fox Sunday interview. Dave Harsanyi at Da Fed thinks It’s A Shame Nikki Haley Has To Rely On ‘Stale’ Gimmicks, term limits. Is there a fresh gimmick in politics? Show me. NYT think Nikki Haley Walks Treacherous Road for G.O.P. Women

Insty, TO BE HONEST, I DON’T SEE SUNUNU AS HAVING A MOMENT: Patrick Hynes: Sununu’s Moment. Even less likely than Sununu, perhaps, Politico reports Larry Hogan says decision about 2024 run will come this spring ""You've got to start raising hard dollars and be really in the race committed in the next couple of months." Don't get me wrong, Larry was a good Republican governor in a solidly Democrat state, but he's not going anywhere in the Presidential race. At Fox, RNC weighs requiring loyalty pledge from every 2024 GOP candidate to support eventual Republican nominee "Trump and some potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders have signaled they might not back the eventual GOP nominee." Matt Margolis at his new Substack, Never Trump vs. Only Trump. Which is Worse?, he comes down on Only Trump. 

At Am Think Paul Dowling is pleased SCOTUS will reconsider the Brunson case. The Brunson v. Adams lawsuit makes the claim that lawmakers broke their oaths to protect the Constitution by reneging on sacred promises as they ignored the possibility of corruption in the 2020 presidential election." Looks like a pretty odd argument to me. And Shawn Fleetwood at Da Fed is pleased that North Dakota Republicans Are One Step Closer To Banning Ranked-Choice Voting In State Elections.

Bonchie at Red State finds The Headlines on Fetterman's Latest Health Crisis Are Truly Unbelievable. I don't think that word means what he thinks it means.

From the New Neo, Andrew Sullivan: the trans activist movement for children is a movement against gays. Sarah Arnold is amused  at how The Woke Media Erupts After a Republican Senator Questions a Transgender Pharmacist "Do you have a penis?" Real Clear Defense reports on how the Biden Pentagon Quietly Expands Woke Transgender Policies in the Military.

Breitbart finds a Ukrainian Refugee Girl Finds San Francisco Schools So Violent She Wants to Go Back

The Tennessee Star reports Minnesota Democrats Want to Ban Gas-Powered Lawn Mowers, Zambonis “This legislation wisely leaves snowblowers off the list of contraband, but its introduction demonstrates that urban and suburban liberals have no idea how rural Minnesotans live their lives, and it suggests that they don’t care to learn,” added Orr, who specializes in energy and environmental issues."

Nicola Peltz
Insty says HMM: Did President Ordain Arrest of Israeli Over Hunter Biden Investigation? Professor Gal Luft is detained trying to board a routine flight to Tel Aviv from Cyprus.

Mr. Luft was arraigned last Friday on charges of illegal arms trafficking but swiftly cast the claim as retaliation by President Biden for his cooperating with an investigation pertaining to his son, the artist Hunter Biden. It is probably outlandish to think that the impetus for the arrest of a fairly innocuous-looking Israeli citizen could have come from a vengeful White House — or is it? The case, which was first reported by the Israeli news website Ynet and has since rippled across Greek and Cypriot press outlets, is by turns mysterious and portentous, particularly in light of the growing congressional scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s questionable business dealings with both Communist China and Ukraine. . . . "
Sounds like a shadowy criminal all right. I mean, he’s a professor, and appears on cable news. Those guys are capable of anything.

At NYPo, Texts reveal Hunter Biden asked cousin to set him up with Nicola Peltz — who is 25 years younger than him.

George Parry at Am Spec, sees Your FBI in War, Peace, and Religion — Shutting Down the Tunnel to Rome "In it slavish devotion to woke Democrats the FBI is now echoing the Ku Klux Klan’s views of Roman Catholics." Compact Pro-Lifers in the Crosshairs. Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair says C'mon, FBI. Just admit you stole the civil war gold. According to Lloyd Billingsley at Am Great FBI Deepens the Mystery of Philip Haney "Slain DHS whistleblower declared a criminal and remains under investigation by Customs and Border Protection for “contraband” and possible U.S. Code violations."

At Insty, Mark Tapscott has a NEW J6 BOMBSHELL: Two undercover officers shadowed Ashli Babbit during the January 6 riot at the Capitol and one of them was heard to say prior to her death that “someone will get shot.” This is the latest report from my Epoch Times colleague, Joseph Hanneman, who has doggedly followed the blizzard of J6 court filings, analyzed endless hours of J6 video and talked with legions of witnesses, participants, law enforcement experts and more. Joe is the real-deal journalist.

At Twitchy, LOL: The Left eating the Left is on the menu as Code Pink crashes Biden’s DC dinner

John Solomon at JTN, Congress takes first shot at federal censorship: a moratorium on DOJ payments to social media "House Republicans introduce ELON Act, which would require an audit of all DOJ funds that flowed to Big Tech and a one-year moratorium." At Twitchy, Matt Taibbi uses the latest #TwitterFiles to call out and EMBARRASS the mainstream media and OUCHMatt Taibbi@mtaibbi, "4. Then House hearings were held last week, at which one witness told a story about Donald Trump asking to remove a mean tweet by Chrissy Teigen. The press went bananas. Now THAT was big news!" Dave Strom at Hat Hair, Shock! WaPo lied about Elon Musk "I know, I know. It’s not a shock. If the Washington Post is lying it must be a day ending in -day."

Atop Da Hill, Section 230, student debt top divisive Supreme Court agenda. "The justices on Tuesday will hear Gonzalez v. Google, which could upend protections internet companies have had throughout the nearly two-decade rise of social media." Politico reports Google tries to ‘astroturf’ the Supreme Court,"An amicus brief calling to preserve Section 230 was paid for by a group with ties to Google."

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