Sunday, May 7, 2023

Flotsam and Jetsam - A Sunday Assortment

Lots of new material on the wrack line, but not a lot of originality.

Not a high bar, but I still doubt it, at ADN America, Joe Biden: I “Know More than the Vast Majority of People” And he's losing more every day. RNC Research@RNCResearch "Q: "You talk about fighting for the soul of America, but...hate crimes are on the rise, random acts of gun violence, women are under attack—" Biden's staffer interrupts, but he answers anyway by starting to say "we can't let Obama" be president again." I agree. At Twitchy a WaPo fact-check on ‘GOP mystery allegation against Biden’ gets Community Notes alerted, "Republicans pounce". Ben Whedon at JTN, IRS whistleblower to share allegations of DOJ cover-up in Hunter Biden case with Congress: attorney. "Missouri Rep. Jason Smith "has identified that their committee on House Ways and Means is committed to thoroughly hearing these allegations, and so we look forward to a process." NYPo, Biden declares son Hunter ‘has done nothing wrong’ ahead of potential federal charges and at ET, Biden Says Son Hunter ‘Has Done Nothing Wrong’ Amid Rumors of Federal Charges. And how would he know that if he never discussed the family business with Hunter, as he claims?  At Breitbart a Report: Plans Advance for a Hunter Biden Legal Defense Fund.

Charlotte Hazard at JTN reports the British public sours on Biden after coronation snub, says former Thatcher aide "There's been a lot of condemnation in the U.K. of Biden's decision not to attend" Charles' coronation, said Nile Gardiner. I would say he's becoming a very unpopular president in the eyes of the British public. I think this is just the latest snub of America's closest friend and ally." At NYPo, Joe Biden fumbled a century’s worth of coronation precedent by sending Jill Biden in his stead: historian. Not my biggest gripe with Sleazy Joe, but would it have hurt him much to go to a couple of banquets?

'Bonchie' at Red State claims Stephanie Ruhle's Behavior in Biden Interview Was Absolutely Shameless, even by current 'standards.' At Town Hall, Sarah Arnold, Biden and Harris Mocked for Ridiculous 'Clown Car' Selfie "The cringe hurts," Tactical Wisdom's Joe Dolio said, adding, "Mr. Environment is taking a full 30-car motorcade to Subway."

Hat Hair's KT finds it outrageous that Mayorkas claims “The border is not open, it has not been open..." but it's not exactly airtight. At Da Caller, ‘No Question’: Former Clinton Pollster Says Biden Admin Is Racing To ‘Clean’ Up Border Chaos Before 2024 Election “Well, look, obviously whether it’s open or closed, it’s porous,” Mark Penn, chairman of the Harris Poll, told Fox News host Martha MacCallum. “People are pouring through the border and I think the American public knows that. That’s why there’s about a 60% disapproval of the administration’s policy. It’s why it’s after the economy, the number one issue.”

At WUWT, Eric Worrall explains Biden and the Bank Crash – Why Biden’s Green Energy Push is Driving US Banks into Insolvency "Why do I think this is Biden’s fault? The reason is Biden’s attack on fossil fuel and reckless borrowing to push forward the green transition is a major driver of inflation." But there's so much good green graft to be made! Anxious anxiously prays GOP moderates privately panic over debt ceiling deal

Mediaite finds Megyn Kelly Tells Tucker Carlson to ‘Walk Away’ From Fox Contract & ‘Forfeit Pay’: ‘Let Fox Take Him to Court’. I do think he could pull it off and come out even or ahead. From ET, ‘Manufactured’ Media Lies Can End Democracy: Tucker Carlson Makes First In-Person Speech After Departing From Fox. “When I accepted this speech … I didn’t realize how much free time I would have.” The Lofton Party explores Media Matters for America vs. Tucker Carlson. So far, their attacks have been duds. 

The Victory Girls find it hysterical that Hillary Clinton Wants “Enforceable Code Of Ethics” For Supreme Court. From Da Caller, Here Are The Times Liberal Justices Had Political Entanglements That Were Largely Ignored By Democrats. David Harsanyi thinks Instead of Smearing Justices, Senators Should Be Asking Them For Ethics Lessons

Althouse, The enigmatic, paradoxical rhetoric of Ramaswamy.

Fox, Ted Cruz challenger said it would've been 'better' if Second Amendment 'had not been written', 'Would it be better if it had not been written? Of course,' Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, said. 'But there’s no chance that we’re going to repeal any of the Bill of Rights amendments' Did he just make himself unelectable?

At PM, Biden's DOJ continues prosecution of Trump by going after LIV Golf documents. "The DOJ has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents related to Trump’s dealings with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf." Just continued legal harassment. 

Althouse is fascinated by "One Twitter user dubbed the woman 'Insurrection Eva Braun'.... Someone called her 'fascist Matilda'..." ""... and several users made jokes about her being a character from a Wes Anderson movie. 'Emily in-carceration,' read one of the joke tweets referring to the show 'Emily in Paris.' There were a couple of comparisons to April Ludgate, the character played by Aubrey Plaza in NBC’s 'Parks and Recreation.' . . . From "Jan. 6 rioter in pink beret identified after ex spotted her in a viral FBI tweet/'It’s just going to be one of those things for me. I dated this girl that was on the FBI’s most wanted list" (NBC News).

At PM, Man pleads guilty in Seattle to fatal shooting of special needs teen at 2020 CHAZ, "A witness said the shooter looked at the person on the ground and shot him twice describing it as "…one shot low at the victim then the shooter raised his gun slightly and fired again.”" A Democrat approved riot.

Am Great's Lloyd Billingsley is connecting the dots  From Nashville to San Bernardino, and "Karine, Kamala and the killers."

Dan Chaitin at Da Wire reports how Jordan’s House Panel Takes Aim At WEF-Backed Scheme To Censor ‘Harmful’ Online Content. Rand Paul at Town Hall, The RESTRICT Act Gives Up Nearly All Notions of Checks and Balances.  From ET, Sen. Rand Paul Warns RESTRICT Act Would Allow Feds to Nullify First Amendment. Hat Hair's Jazz Shaw thinks We should talk about just how bad the RESTRICT Act is. Congress has a knack for making things worse rather than better. That way, they can save us later from the problems they create (and make new ones in the process). At Da Caller, Rep. Mast Demands Taxpayer-Funded Voice Of America Stop ‘Carrying Water For The Left’ and Elizabeth Warren’s Censorship Demand To Amazon Is Constitutional, Federal Court Rules. At the National Post (CA), CRTC considering banning Fox News from Canadian cable packages. "An LGBTQ rights group asked the CRTC to ban Fox News over 'false and horrifying claims' made by host Tucker Carlson regarding transgender individuals."  At SLAY, Megyn Kelly Gives Fox News Hilarious New Nickname: ‘Foxweiser’. Not my idea of hilarious, but mildly amusing. At NewsBusters, CNN's Jim Acosta Lets Lefty Journalist Accuse Fox of Inciting Trigger-Happy Whites. At NewsBusters,  Scathing Report Shows Bing’s Leftist Bias Just as Awful as Google’s. Thom Nichols at Front Page, The Gestapo Woke AP Stylebook "When a style-control evolves into thought-control." You can't say that. At Da Fed, Elle Purnell, Conservatives Won The Word ‘Woke.’ Now It’s Time To Reclaim Accurate Language Everywhere. Matt Taibbi has A Good Catch by a Reader, Regarding the Break from the "Pentagon Papers Principle"

It’s the basic rhetorical trick of the censorship age: raise a fuss about a foreign threat, using it as a battering ram to get everyone from congress to the tech companies to submit to increased regulation and surveillance. Then, slowly, adjust your aim to domestic targets. You can see the subtlety: the original Stanford piece tries to stick to railing against “disinformation” and information from “foreign adversaries,” but the later paper circulated by Aspen slips in, ever so slightly, a new category of dubious source: “foreign or other adversarial entities.”
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As reader O’Neill correctly pointed out, “they are now getting close to being explicit about the fact that their motivation for suppressing news is to fight domestic political adversaries.”

Ed Driscoll at Insty, 21st CENTURY HEADLINES: New conservative AI chatbot drops, named after President Reagan. "ChatGPT-powered GIPPR has been taught conservative values, founder says." It would be amusing to pit them against each other in a debate.Hat Hair;s Jazz Shaw says God help us. Veep to tackle AI challenge

Stacy McCain on Fake Indian Syndrome

Kay LeClaire started making a public spectacle of herself as an indigenous activist around 2017, claiming to have various ancestral claims to Native American identity, until some anonymous person on the Internet began researching her genealogy and determined that, in fact, LeClaire’s ancestry is German, Swedish and French Canadian. And, as I say, such “pretendians” are a proliferating phenomenon in academia, especially in Canada: Professor Carrie Bourassa (University of Saskatchewan), President Vianne Timmons (Memorial University of Newfoundland), and Gina Adams (Emily Carr University), among others, prompting a very obvious inquiry: “Why so many Canadians pretend to be indigenous.”

At HE, 'I am a white person': Berkeley prof confesses her whiteness after building career on 'Native American' roots. Red State VIP, The Curious Case of Racial Shifting (Or, When Being White Isn't Enough).

Riley Gaines
Riley Gaines challenges Dem fathers opposed to sports bill: You want your daughter in a locker room with men?
"Gaines said the 'spineless' Democrat fathers in Congress failed their daughters with their opposition to the bill." At NYPo, Tennis star Martina Navratilova slams trans cyclist Austin Killips’ victory. Breitbart reports Former MMA Champ Issues Challenge to the ’10 Toughest Trans Men in the World,’ One Trans Wrestler Agrees to Fight.

At the Star, Massachusetts Middle School Doubles Down on Censoring 12-Year-Old’s ‘Two Genders’ Shirt. Chris Queen at PJM reports The Washington Post Did a Poll on the Trans Narrative, and It Didn't Like the Results "The poll proved that a considerable majority of Americans don’t agree with allowing kids to go down the transgender path. A whopping 70% think transing kids is bad, while 60% don’t agree with transing teens. Moreover, a majority of those surveyed believe that elementary and middle school kids don’t need to hear transgender propaganda in schools."

Hat Hair's Capt. Ed notes The Left and Right agree: Boycott Bud. My boycott against the weak, bland beer continues. Nick Arama at Red State sees that Bud Light Trips Over Former Statement With New Action, Gets Wrecked by Right and Left. Remember the first rule of holes. Stop digging. At WJ, the    Agency Behind Mulvaney Bud Light Can Just Got Devastating News. You're fired. From the Babylon Bee, In Major Effort To Attract New Recruits, Navy Offering Unlimited Bud Light. "This offer will entice exactly the type of recruits we're looking for," said Rear Admiral Alexis "Lex" Walker, who runs Navy Recruiting Command. "With drag queens serving as the face of Navy recruitment and Bud Light serving as our official recruitment beverage, we'll be narrowing our efforts to a very specific segment of the population... if you know what I mean," he said with a wink."

Breitbart reports, Take That, Florida: F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Rips Parental Rights in Education Law. At Am Great, Eric Lendrum hears Colorado Teachers’ Union Pass Resolution Declaring that Capitalism ‘Inherently Exploits Children.’ From the Martin Center, A Florida Bill to Promote Fairness on Campus. "HB 931 will improve campus debates and ban flagrantly ideological hiring."

Herr Professor Jacobsen at LI, “You may not be interested in culture war, but culture war is interested in you.” "If you are unwilling to fight against the culture war on truth and sanity being forced upon you, despite your desire to just be left alone, then you have surrendered."

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