Friday, February 23, 2024

Flotsam and Jetsam - Engoron Denies Trump Stay

Well, if your goal is to break someone financially, why would you give them extra time to raise the money and/or appeal to a higher authority. ABC crows Judge denies Trump's request to delay enforcement of $355M fraud case penalties. "Trump's lawyers had requested a 30-day delay in the enforcement of penalties . . . You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay," Engoron wrote in an email posted Thursday to the court docket. "I am confident that the Appellate Division will protect your appellate rights." Capt. Ed at Hat Hair snarks "Sure, pal -- only after paying an absurd bond on a judgment that has the Founders spinning in their graves." Sarah Arnold at TownHall takes a look at The Businesses Fleeing Corrupt New York Amid $355 Million Trump Verdict.  At The Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.22.24 (Afternoon Edition) Louder With Crowder note how a Shark Tank star explains how horrible Trump “fraud” decision is slow enough for even CNN to understand, L’Ombre de L’Olivier, Judge Talks, Money Walks, Dana Loesch: New York Isn’t Interested In Justice Eddie Scarry at Da Fed says If A President Can Have His Money And Property Snatched By His Political Opposition, This Isn’t A Free Country And We Don’t Have Fair ElectionsCapt. Ed, "If the courts don't step in immediately to enforce the Eighth Amendment (and possibly even the Seventh Amendment, since Trump didn't waive a jury trial), then Scarry's question is a very good one. We've always had power-mad people in government, but courts have checked them in the past. Let's see what happens here."

And down in Georgia, Kyle Becker@kylenabecker. "“Failure to disclose to the defendants a political donation to the prosecutor can be seen as a present appearance of a conflict of interest..." Judge Overseeing Trump’s Georgia Case Donated to Fani Willis Campaign Prior to Appointment." Atlanta News First reports No closing statements this week in DA Fani Willis disqualification case. "Fulton Judge Scott McAfee deciding if Willis, special prosecutor should be disqualified from historic Donald Trump indictment." I'm sure he's hoping it will just go away on it's own. Hat Hair's Dave Strom insists Lawyers Are Looking at Willis/Wade Disqualification the Wrong Way "The whole point of having a legal system is to create public confidence that justice is, as much as possible, dispensed fairly. . . . Fani Willis and Nathan Wade are engaged in a feud against Trump, and most people know that. Whether the case is reasonable or not, defensible or not, the fact is that the credibility of the prosecution is blown. If Willis and Wade skate on a technicality, the justice system will lose what little credibility it still has with anybody to the Right of Rachel Maddow."  At The Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.22.24 (Afternoon Edition)  Mark Steyn, Continental Drift. Fani Willis doesn't know geography. 

Matt Margolis at PJM politely says Joe Biden’s Brother’s Testimony Was Rife with Contradictions. Call them what they really are, Matt, lies. It's a family thing. At Insty, KIMBERLEY STRASSEL is Sifting the FBI’s Garbage. "House Oversight Committee Republicans say the FBI told Congress their source had worked for the bureau since 2010, had been paid roughly $200,000 for information, and was deemed “highly credible.” Ranking Oversight Democrat Jamie Raskin acknowledged the FBI’s briefing about credibility. Republicans say Director Christopher Wray also confirmed the FBI used Mr. Smirnov’s information in investigations until June 2023 (when the bribery claims went public). The FBI affirmed Mr. Smirnov’s credibility so long as it was useful to do so." Jonathan Turley says No, the Indictment of Alexander Smirnov Does Not Exonerate Hunter Biden

However, there are a couple of aspects to the filing that undermine the claims of a “bombshell” revelation of a Russian disinformation campaign. First, these disclosures were not the result of surveillance or interceptions by American intelligence. Smirnov appears to have been cooperating with the United States and told his US “handler” about all of these contacts.

Second, Smirnov’s contacts were described as “recent” and did not apparently precede 2020. They have nothing to do with the laptop or the evidence of influence-peddling found in emails on that computer. This is solely a claim of a large payment to the Bidens from Burisma.

Third, the Justice Department states that Smirnov had expressed “bias” against Joe Biden and used “his routine and unextraordinary business contacts with Burisma” to make the bribery allegations.

So Smirnov operated off a bias against Biden, made an allegation separate from the laptop, and ultimately disclosed his communications to his U.S. handler. He detailed conversations with the “son of a former high-ranking government official” and “someone with ties to a particular Russian intelligence service.” Reports indicate that Smirnov was not only an asset of American intelligence but on the payroll for roughly a decade as a trusted informant.

Spencer Brown@itsSpencerBrown "The White House and the Biden campaign are fighting a losing battle on two fronts: convincing Americans that Biden has done a good enough job to deserve a second term (61% of voters say he doesn't) and he's fit enough to serve four more years (86% of voters say he's too old)." Virginia Kruta at Da Wire, Biden Mocked For Claiming Nine World Leaders Have Said He’s ‘Got To Win’ In 2024. Capt. Ed adds "First off, it never happened. Even before Biden's present senility, he was a serial fabulist who routinely made up stories about how various numbers of people would tell him how correct or wise he was about whatever. This usually took the form of lines of Republicans who claimed that they were too afraid of their own party to support his agenda. But yeah, I suspect Biden's leader list is: Charles de Gaulle, Harald Bluetooth, Charlemagne, Winston Churchill (first term as PM), Aisin Gioro Puyi (look that one up - Update: Fixed), Willie Brandt, David Lloyd George, Jan Masaryk, Haile Selassie" At Hat Hair Larry explores Did Biden's Handlers Really Assign Secret Service Agents to Catch Him If He Trips and Falls? They'd be delinquent not to. At Racket, Matt Taibbi and John Orfalea, Orf vs. the Memory Hole: Biden Repeatedly Confuses Ukraine, Russia, and Iraq. "It's not that the president confuses war zones, it's why he does it, and what the confusion suggests." John Sexton at Hat Hair, Progressives Have Advice for Biden Dealing with the Age Issue "In short, Biden should give a lot more interviews to prove he's still with it. This is such an obvious solution that I have a hard time believing the Biden camp hasn't thought of it already. The fact that they've chosen to keep him away from reporters should tell us something. Specifically, it should tell us that they believe more Biden interviews would do more harm than good. I suspect they are right." At The Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.22.24 (Afternoon Edition), Da Tech Guy: Ends and Means Joe Biden Edition.

Dave Strom, Arizona: Screw You, NYC! "Admittedly, the authorities in Arizona did not use those exact words, but when asked to extradite a suspect in NYC murders, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell is declining to extradite a suspect in two Arizona stabbings. Why, you may ask? Because she thinks Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is way too soft on crime, and she wants the perp in jail." KT at Hat Hair VIP, This Colorado Town Voted Unanimously on Non-Sanctuary City Status. Breitbart, Eric Adams Spending $53M on Debit Cards for Migrants as 56% of New Yorkers Live Near the Poverty Line. Capt. Ed. "Gee, what will happen when NYC sets these incentives? I'm sure no illegal immigrant will respond to them!" They'll pay their own bus fair to NYC! 

 At The Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.22.24 (Afternoon Edition) The Lid, Joe Biden’s Disastrous Economy Sends Food Prices, Credit Card Debt Soaring to Highest Rates in Decades  and the Victory Girls, Biden: I Canceled Your Student Loan Debt Early, Vote For ME!!! Hat Hair's KT notes Food Costs Eat Into Your Income at a Level Not Seen in 30 Years. Tom Knighton at TAW, Vote buying is still vote buying, even if it's with our money. Dave Strom asks Constitution? What Constitution? At Truth about Guns, How Joe Biden’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention is Directing the War on Guns.

Tom Jackson at Hat Hair VIP, More than Meets the Eye in DeSantis' Visit to South Carolina? Althouse, reads the NYT, "The kind of folks that were Tea Party in 2010 are part of the MAGA movement in 2024. We owe all this to the Tea Party." "Said Scott Huffmon, a Winthrop University polisci professor, quoted in "How Did Haley’s South Carolina Become Trump Country? Ask the Tea Party. Veterans of the conservative, grass-roots movement see the state’s presidential primary as a fight between a 'crazy uncle' and a 'snowflake niece.' They’ve made their choice" (NYT)."

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.22.24 (Afternoon Edition) a smorgasbord at Da Fed, Dark Money Group Peddles Viral Disinformation To Frame GOP Senate Candidate As Clueless Elite,   Court Says D.C. Must Fork Over Data About ‘Deceased’ People On Voter Rolls From Leftist-Linked ‘Maintenance’ Group, 11 Months After Nashville Christian School Attack, Police Are Still Hiding Trans Shooter’s Manifesto, People Abandoned Disney Over Terrible Storytelling, Not Primarily Politics, and Congress Is Too Busy Bankrolling Ukraine To Stop The VA From Processing Illegals’ Health Care Costs.

Mike Cantrell at PJM reports the  RNC Security Officer Who First Responded to J6 Pipe Bomb Claims Official Story 'Makes No Sense'. Cutie Pavlich at TownHall says New Testimony Reveals an IRS Contractor Stole Much More Than Trump's Tax Returns, but we already know he stole tens-of-thousands of returns. 

Jonathan Turley atop Da Hill thinks CBS faces an uproar after seizing investigative journalist’s files. Nick Arama at Red State reports Catherine Herridge Posts Important Update on CBS' Seizure of Her FilesSAG-AFTRA@sagaftra "SAG-AFTRA strongly condemns CBS News' decision to seize Catherine Herridge's reporter notes and research from her office, including confidential source information. Read more 👇" John Lucas at Bravo Blue  "The New York Times Tries to Trash Melania Trump." Dave Strom, says The MSM Is Corrupt Beyond Repair.

VodkaPundit at PJM takes a look at What the Hell Went Wrong With Google Gemini? It Isn't What You Think. "They seem to regard audience demographics as a problem that needs to be fixed instead of the inevitable result of different groups of people having different interests. . . . Gemini wasn't built to serve different users. It was built by Google to "fix" problematic attitudes like yours and mine. Until Google solves its attitude problem toward us, Gemini will remain a bad joke instead of a useful tool." From Ace, Google's AI: There Is No Firm Evidence That Hamas Commits Terrorism and Rape, But We Definitely Know for Certain that There are Many Attacks Against Palestinians and That Israel Engages in Disproportionate Killing of Civilians

From Althouse, "Children at a Brooklyn public elementary school are being taught revolutionary politics and communist terms from a Black Lives Matter coloring book..." Kevin Downey at PJM, They're Coming for Your Kids: Even Red State Parents Are Losing Their Children to Trans Ghoul Authorities. Dave Strom, New York State About to Eliminate Parental Consent for Medical DecisionsMoms for Liberty@Moms4Liberty, This NY bill “would allow any child or teen under 18 to seek out and consent to medical treatment — including vaccines, dental procedures, hospitalization, and even surgery.” Da Signal reports Gender Ideologues Stack Deck on WHO Panel on Trans ‘Health’. Capt. Ed, "Don't forget that WHO's supporters want to make its 'guidelines' into law in the US and other nations. This isn't medicine; it's nihilistic ideology driven by the thoroughly discredited Marxist project to perfect humanity through collectivism." Ace wakes up and notices A 6 Foot Tall Bearded Male Transgender Injures Three Girls During Single Basketball Game. The opposing team, which was comprised of all girls, three of whom left the game with injuries, was forced to forfeit rather than continuing to expose its girls to physical harm. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.22.24 (Afternoon Edition) Outkick, EXCLUSIVE: Police Won’t Bring Charges In Attack Against Riley Gaines At SFSU. "After a thorough investigation, the alleged charges are unfounded and have been suspended pending further lead," Fernandez wrote in the email obtained by OutKick. "If you could please provide us with any photos and/or videos you may have in your possession as well as the contact information for anyone who was present that may have digital evidence, please do so, and the case may be further investigated." The attack is well documented by videos. "And the second problem with the email response is that Officer Fernandez was in the room with Gaines when the incident occurred. She, herself, is an eye-witness." Tyler O'Neal at Da Signal, Nashville Transgender Shooter Not a Left-Wing Extremist Because She Called Victims ‘Faggots,’ ADL Says, cooking the books. “Kill those kids!!! Those crackers. Going to private fancy schools with those fancy khakis and sports backpacks with their daddies mustangs and convertibles. F— you little sh—s,” she wrote. “I wish to shoot your weak ass d—s with your mop yellow hair, wanna kill all you little crackers!!! Bunch of little faggots with your white privileges. F— you faggots.” Paula Bolyard at PJM wonders Is It Too Late for America?

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.22.24 (Afternoon Edition) another smorgasbord from  Legal Insurrection: Blue States & Cities Using COVID Funds to Support Illegal Immigrants, ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Says for Most Students, College is ‘a Complete Waste of Time’, Elon Musk Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Championing Free Speech, Jewish Prof Speaking at San Jose State Needs Police Protection From Violent Anti-Israel Mob, and Report: Embattled UPenn Law Prof. Amy Wax Appealing Hearing Board Sanctions Quietly Recommended Over The Summer.

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