Saturday, March 18, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam - Twitter File #19 Out, NY Plans to Arrest DJT

First, from Twitchy, Matt Taibbi’s #TwitterFiles Part 19 takes deep, disturbing look at ‘The Great Covid-19 Lie Machine’ It's a long one. Basically, the "Virality Project" was a government/private entity consortium that conspired to censor true, (or at least not proven false) but anti-narrative posts on Twitter, and presumably the other social media platforms as well. "7.Though the Virality Project reviewed content on a mass scale for Twitter, Google/YouTube, Facebook/Instagram, Medium, TikTok, and Pinterest, it knowingly targeted true material and legitimate political opinion, while often being factually wrong itself. 8.This story is important for two reasons. One, as Orwellian proof-of-concept, the Virality Project was a smash success. Government, academia, and an oligopoly of would-be corporate competitors organized quickly behind a secret, unified effort to control political messaging." At PM, Stanford partnered with Twitter, Biden admin to censor 'stories of true vaccine side effects': Twitter Files "Truth, repeatedly, was labeled a "disinformation event" if that truth caused skepticism among others." Front Page, How Dr. Fauci Shaped the COVID-19 Narrative, "And the question remains: why?"  We know why; he has a guilty conscience over having potentially funding its creation and leaking. At Red State 'Bonchie' wants you to WATCH: Josh Hawley Calmly Dismantles Reporter Who Flipped His Lid Over Elon Musk. Tom Knighton, still Tilting at Windmill, It's grandstanding, but it should be common sense on a Republican bill to curb social media censorship :

Now, there are issues with the bill, that Reason gets into, however, let’s also be realistic for a second. There’s little chance this bill will go anywhere. While free speech should be a universally-accepted principle, it’s not. Not anymore, at least. As such, the odds of this bill going literally anywhere is slim to none.

Which would be fine if it were because the language was too expansive and precluded even asking for a correction on a horribly inaccurate news report—which it does. That’s not why it won’t pass, though.

No, it won’t pass because there’s no chance of the Democrat-controlled Senate or the Democrat-controlled White House will sign on to support something like this. What’s more, the lawmakers sponsoring this bill know it. It’s grandstanding. It’s an effort to look like they’re doing something knowing full well it won’t really go much of anywhere.

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Democrats will only want to ban it when it happens to them. Speaking of which, Bob Spencer at PJ Media gets wind that It Looks as if Trump Will Be Arrested Next Week, and That’s Not Even the Worst of It

It has been a long time coming, and now the final act appears to be in view. Donald Trump is about to be arrested, and the corrupt and politicized authorities who have brought matters to this point are preparing for the worst: the NYPD, the Secret Service, and even the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force are all busy making preparations for the big day, which indicates several things about what will happen and what they expect will happen, or want us to think they expect will happen.

NBC News reported Friday that “local, state and federal law enforcement and security agencies are preparing for the possibility that former President Donald Trump is indicted as early as next week, according to five senior officials familiar with the preparations.” All this talk among security agencies centers around security preparations at Manhattan Criminal Court, where Trump will face charges over alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

This suggests that Trump will not just be arrested, but handcuffed and perp-walked for maximum media effect. That’s not really surprising, given that the arrest and the entire investigation of the alleged payments are designed to hurt Trump’s chances for 2024 or disqualify him entirely from running. When the charges are a political show, it’s no surprise that the arrest would be a media show. And so all these security agencies have to be involved, if only to keep the sheer mass of reporters from crushing Trump and the corrupt cops who will be arresting him.

Spencer Brown at Town Hall, Trump Says He Expects to Be 'Arrested on Tuesday' and Calls for 'Protest.' The feds already rejected filing these charges, which are based on the notion the paying off Stormy Daniels was a campaign violation. (NDA agreements are common, the government does it all the time). At Da Wire,  DOJ Warns Court To Expect Hundreds More Indictments Over January From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.17.23, Am Think's Jacqualine Henry is thinking about Questioning the January 6 Aftermath. Breitbart reports Apple Removes Donald Trump’s Song with J6 Prison Choir from iTunes and then restored it, blaming a "miscommunication." PM, BREAKING: YouTube restores Donald Trump's channel, "We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, while balancing the chance for voters to hear equally from major national candidates in the run up to an election,"  Oh, bullshit.

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At Da Caller, DOJ Internal Watchdog Shuts Down House Democrats’ Claims Against FBI Whistleblower Steve Friend "DOJ Assistant Inspector General Sean O’Neill corrected the record, assuring the group that Friend’s claims “remain under assessment.”" At Da Wire, Dan Chaitin reports the Weaponization Committee Launches Probe Into Air Force LeakAnna Paulina Luna @realannapaulina "The USAF, after admitting that records of service members were wrongfully obtained, just let me know that they will need until 3/17 to give us the information we requested. Today was the deadline. The USAF leaked information of USAF candidates in the 2022 midterms to a DEMOCRAT OPPO research firm. Yes, I also have reason to believe my records were leaked. This is likely going to be a criminal investigation."

At USA Today, San Diego Antifa trial tests legal theory, examines right-wing media. "Experts say the San Diego case could inspire prosecutors around the country to take similar aim at anti-fascists, treating adherents as if they’re members of a gang or criminal enterprise rather than a political movement. While the argument may sound conceptual, the legal impact is significant: Gang-style conspiracy charges could also effectively double any prison sentences."

Dan Greenfield at Front Page, SVB Went Woke, Then Broke, Then Got a Bailout  "Silicon Valley Bank directed over $73 million to Black Lives Matter and other causes. It put millions into, among others, the Accion Opportunity Fund which describes its mission as advancing “racial, gender and economic justice”. It focused on “building a culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” and advancing the “transition to a low-carbon world.”" And we're going to pay that bill. At The Verge, Silicon Valley Bank went broke, but not because it was woke. I agree it took more than a single screw up to sink the ship, but we're still paying the bill. Ace's Pixie Misa comments:

Actually, from the sounds of what the article says supposedly in SVB's defense, it's because it was woke, the clients were woke, the investors were woke, and the state and federal governments were woke. Poor fuckers never stood a chance.

The article does have a good point in that ESG isn't as harmful as it might be, because it's all a scam anyway. Nobody actually puts serious money into woke causes, they just say the words to keep the money coming in, and then skim their take off the top with the iron-clad defense that they wore the juice.

Where I come from $73 million is real money. At Fortune, For nearly 2 months, a short seller was warning on Twitter that Silicon Valley Bank was about to blow up. ‘It was sitting there in plain sight.’ How do you go bankrupt? Slowly, then suddenly. Lawrence Person has More On How SVB Screwed The Pooch. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 03.17.23, Victory Girls: Banks Are Sound Says Yellen While Bank Execs Made Bank

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At Da Caller, ‘Utter Incompetence’: European Officials Accuse US Of Ripping Up Banking Rules With SVB Bailout. “From a financial stability perspective, they really killed a fly with a sledgehammer” Rules? I thought we did this by feelings? At Da Wire, Collapsing ‘Too Big To Fail’ Bank Receives Massive Support From Swiss Authorities and ‘Mx. Pips Bunce’: ‘Gender Fluid’ Executive At Credit Suisse Pushed For LGBTQ Visibility As Bank Imploded.

Breitbart, Federal Agencies: First Republic Bank Rescued with $30 Billion Deposited from 11 Banks. The Peacock, Dow closes nearly 400 points lower on Friday as First Republic and regional banks resume slide. NRO's Jim Geraghty (cited at Hat Hair) claims If Barney Frank Were a Republican, He’d Be the Media’s Banking-Crisis Villain. Athena Thorne at PJ Media thinks The Economy Is Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place With Nowhere Good to Go. Hugo Gurden at WaEx describes Joe Biden's ebbing economic tide

"They believed or pretended to believe the crackpot nostrums of Modern Monetary Theory, which holds that the United States can print dollars ceaselessly without debauching the currency. The president, who campaigned in 2020 as a centrist alternative to his party’s kooky socialists, has governed as their glove puppet. He spent trillions of your dollars to give the cranks everything on their wish list, backing his actions with such solid arguments as “C’mon, man.”

At Newsbusters 'Senator Calls Out CNN For Repeating Biden Spin 'You Know Better,  on Social Security. Breitbart, Exclusive — Speaker McCarthy: ‘We’re Not Going to Pass a Clean Debt Ceiling,’ ‘We Have to Spend Less Money’ His brush with political death seems to have given him religion.

NewsMax reports FTX Transferred $2.2B to Bankman-Fried Accounts, I mean, how much Adderall can you need?

In Presidential politics, Breitbart claims Joe Biden to Announce 2024 Decision in Weeks with Far-Left Angered. Da Wire reports Jean-Pierre says ‘No’ Decision On If Biden Will Sign Unanimously Passed Bill To Declassify COVID Origins Intel, it should be veto-proof, if Democrats hold fast. At Hat Hair, Dave Strom explains Why I love Governor DeSantis; "He fights. And unlike some others who fight, he wins." At Hat Hair KT sees DeSantis launch a 19-state alliance to crack down on Biden's ESG agenda and Dave Strom thinks DeSantis nails it on "15 days". Ace reports Trump-Backing Super PAC "MAGA, Inc." Files Scammy Ethnics Complaint Against Ron DeSantis, Seeks to Have Him Removed from "Any Future Florida Ballot" (That Is, any Presidential Primary or General Election Ballot) "Well I don't like covering these stories at all. I don't like being cross-wise with half of the readership. I also can't just pretend that this hasn't happened."  Eddie Scarry at Da Fed, Sorry, Media Nerds, The War In Ukraine Is Literally A ‘Territorial Dispute’ as DeSantis said. Althouse, What's the point of Pence if he's going to be crudely disrespectful? "I'm reading "Pence defends joke about Buttigieg 'maternity leave'" (AP)." I know how she could shave 7 words in that title. As a joke, it wasn't that bad. At PI, Former Gov. Chris Christie Considering Second Run For White House, Will Make a Decision Within the “Next 45 to 60 Days” His use-by date is long gone. 

WCCS, Fetterman to Remain in Hospital at Least Two More Weeks. Take your time, John, nobody needs you. At the Conservative Brief, Update on Fetterman’s Health Leaves Doubts As His Mental Health Treatment Continues. USA Today, Senate GOP communicating with Mitch McConnell post fall and concussion as physical rehab continues

At Bongino, Feds Quietly Move To Take Over Local Elections "According to Just The News, the Department of Homeland Security wants to have more power in how local elections are handled by quietly using an unknown non-profit called the Center for Internet Security Agency (CIS)." From Da Fed, Republicans Can’t Beat Democrats’ Election-Industrial Complex By Adopting Its Strategies. But if Republicans adopt them and win, Democrats will move to ban them. At Da Signal, Ranked-Choice Voting Is ‘Spreading Like Poison,’ Alaskans for Honest Elections Founder Says. Rasmussen Reports Most Arizona Voters Believe Election ‘Irregularities’ Affected Outcome. Tennessee Star, New ‘Late Exit’ Poll Finds Eight Percent More Arizona Voters Said They Voted for Lake over Hobbs

At the Free Bacon, California Regulators Ban Gas Appliances In San Francisco Bay Area. Freeze in the dark, see if I care. At Front Page, Get Ready to Stink for Climate Change "Thanks to Biden’s new washing machine rules." Faster, lower fuel and water use, cleanliness, pick two.

John Sexton at Hat Hair, Judge Duncan describes his 'struggle session' at Stanford Law, Herr Professor Jacobsen at LI elaborates, Stanford Law Protester Screamed At Conservative Judge: “We hope your daughters get raped!” "From everything the shout-down of Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan reveals, there is a deep culture of intolerance at Stanford Law School. We don’t want the law students shouting down Judge Duncan and wishing rape upon his daughters on the bench, but no doubt many will end up there long after this incident is forgotten.." Also, Prof. Charles Negy, Investigated and Fired After Tweets Disputing Systemic Racism, Files Federal Lawsuit Against U. Central Florida. "Negy, who was reinstated after an arbitrator ruled in his favor, alleges constitutional and tort claims for harm Negy suffered “for nearly two years at the hands of UCF administrators who, because they disliked his political views, treated him as less than human.”   At Campus Reform, sad commentary from ASSOC. PROF. Buynevich: I grew up in the Soviet Union. Even those universities valued merit more than some American schools do today.

 Megan Fox at PJ Media finds a New Student-Led Red Guard Installed in Maine School District Causes Fury at Board Meeting. Tristan Justice at Da Fed cites a N.J. Mom Sues Police, Military Officials For Labeling Her Post About School’s ‘Polysexual’ Poster A ‘Security Threat.’  At Alfa News, an Outspoken parent banned from communicating with daughter’s teacher, "The parent said she’s been met "with nothing but hostility" from the district and the school board since requesting information on a "sexting" class." John Emord at PJ Media, Virginia Board of Education Controversy Rages On

Controversy over the removal of parents’ rights advocate Suparna Dutta from the Virginia Board of Education continues to rage. Vigorous efforts by board member Anne Holton and her husband, Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine, to change the narrative have failed. Virginians remain livid that Dutta, the only representative of parents’ rights against far-left indoctrination of students, was removed from the Board. The action followed Dutta’s disagreement with Holton and thereafter a vicious, defamatory campaign that labeled her — a woman of color from India who fights racism — a “white supremacist.”

Dutta’s offense was to dare challenge Anne Holton for condemning the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as documents that “enshrined slavery” and protected only “white property-owning men.” That false, propagandistic rewrite of history by Holton, in full alignment with Marxist Critical Race Theory, is angering parents who are fed up with the public schools’ teaching of the same divisive, racist, and destructive dogma.

Ace,  Founder of "LGBT Teach" Tells Conference of Teachers That "We" Have "A Lot of Work to Do," "Breaking Down the Gender Binary" Starting in Elementary School "She say that if the "educators" she's teaching in "Ed. Camp" can break down the "gender binary" "in elementary school," it will make her work as a middle-school teacher "easier."" At Front Page, Final Grades, "A teacher's thoughts on the last day." Sgt. Mom at Chicago Boyz, the Harrison Bergeroning of American education.

Bob Spencer at PJ Media thinks Pete’s Hubby Chasten Buttigieg Gives the Game Away, "The Daily Caller reported Thursday that Chasten was miffed about “the bans on drag shows, pornographic books from school libraries and Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill that prohibits classroom discussion about sexuality and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade classrooms.”" At Town Hall, New York AG Letitia James to Host Drag Queen Story Hour for Children "According to the New York Post, the event on March 19 is co-sponsored by Drag Story Hour NYC, a nonprofit organization that receives federal funding that “enables them to send drag performers to public schools and libraries to interact with children as young as 3.” On Instagram, James boasted that she is “proud” to host the four-hour long event." 

At Human Events, STICKER SHOCK: Burlington, VT bans 'transphobic' stickers for 'hate speech'—allows ones that say 'kill all TERFs'. How's that for viewpoint neutrality? At Fox, Dr.  Rachel Levine says changing kids' genders will soon be fully embraced: 'Wheels will turn on this', "Levine also said gender-affirming care for minors had the 'highest support' of the Biden administration" At the Daily Fetched, Dr. Rachel Levine: Medically Changing Kids Genders Will Soon be Normalized. Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair, Iowa's trans bathroom bill expected to be signed into law "would require public school students to use the restroom designated for their physical, biological sex rather than how they “identify.” Megan Fox at PJ Media notes YouTube Protects Trans Groomer, Demonetizes My Video About Him as 'Graphic Descriptions' of Child Abuse. Nina Power at Substack, on Why trans dogma hurts girls “If You Had Asked Me At 11 If I Wanted To Be A Boy, I Would Have Said ‘Yes.’” 

Althouse, Critics of "woke" politics should not use the word "woke" because "one should never rely on language one cannot hope to control or even fully explain." Jennifer Sey at NYPo, Define woke? Sure: It’s reducing all problems to oppressor vs. victim. Stacey Matthews at LI, Woke Twitter Claims “Woke” Doesn’t Exist If You Can’t Precisely Define It "Denying reality by arguing over definitions: “One of the most powerful ways to defeat your enemies is to control their language, deny them the ability to even name that which they oppose much less defeat it”" “Must a name mean something?” Alice asks Humpty Dumpty, only to get this answer: “When I use a word… it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” At Spiked, The rich are eating themselves. "The oligarchs are playing a dangerous game by pouring trillions into woke causes." Hoping to be the last to the guillotines. 

The Wombat has Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday: Riley Gaines up and running on The Other McCain.

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