Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Flotsam and Jetsam - Mayorkas Impeachment Implodes, Ronna Resigns

At Fox, House fails to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in major blow to GOP "Democrats have slammed impeachment move as a 'sham'". At least no more a sham than the various Trump impeachments. PJM's Matt Margolis, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Survives Impeachment. Henry Rogers at Da Caller writes  Here Are The Four Republicans Who Voted Against Impeaching Alejandro Mayorkas. "There were four Republican “No” votes: California Rep. Tom McClintock, Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher and Utah Rep. Blake Moore. Moore voted “No” at the last second so House Republicans could bring up the vote again, since a 215-215 vote wouldn’t have allowed that." Apparently Steve Scalise was not present, so they might get a second bite at the apple. Althouse, "The United States House of Representatives rejected impeachment charges against Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary..." "Good. As I wrote on January 28th, "What's the 'high crime'/'misdemeanor' bringing this policy disagreement within the constitutional power to impeach?"" Personally, I'm of two minds on this. First, Mayorkas is doing the White House's bidding in his lack of border control, getting rid of him will not change that. However, the Democrats set the impeachment bar down on the ground in their attempts on Trump, it's time to make them regret that.

Cathy Salgado at PJM, GOP Reps. Slam ‘Spineless Sell-Out’ Border Deal. Dave Harsanyi at Da Fed thinks Nothing About The Rigged Senate Border Bill Is In The ‘National Interest’. Capt. Ed comments "This may be the most disappointing move yet from the GOP on the border. Marco Rubio's compromise in 2015 was far stronger than this weak sauce, and it comes at a time when Republicans have real leverage on border and immigration policy. This is killing Biden with working-class voters, and they want the border closed and the flood to stop. Instead of delivering that, they're giving Biden even more authority and discretion to ignore the law. Unbelievable." Kenny Cody at TownHall says Paul's Reaction to Border Bill Tells Conservatives Everything They Need to Know About the Legislation. Capt. Ed at Hat Hair, 'Everything Is Dead': Senate Border Bill Heading for Doomed Vote; UPDATE: Cornyn a No. Dave Strom at Hat Hair VIP wonders Is It Racism to Notice That We Are Importing Enemies? The Right Scoop reports  Texas gov reveals the HUGE drop in illegal crossings in Eagle Pass, says he’s taking control of more border land. So naturally, Vicky Taft at PJM notes Biden to Send Troops to Stop Texas from Protecting the Southern Border. Bob Spencer at PJM, Dearborn Named ‘America’s Jihad Capital,’ Mayor and Biden Respond About the Way You’d Expect. Hat Hair's KT hears, Kristi Noem Kicked off the Reservation After Comments About the Border.

At the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.05.24, Louder With Crowder: Another USWNT Star Bashes Americans, Claims Soccer Fans “Aren’t Smart”, Democrat Senator exposes the truth about Biden’s border bill while DEFENDING it: “The border never closes”, and CNN Flack Left Speechless When Told Why Illegal Migrants Don’t Stay In Florida, American Greatness,  House Republican Leaders Declare Senate Immigration Bill ‘Dead on Arrival, The Geller Report, Under The Senate’s Treasonous Border Bill, Everybody Gets Asylum, The Federalist, Joe Biden Can’t Ignore East Palestine Anymore Now That His Job Is On The Line, Democrat Border Deal: Ukraine Gets More Money, Americans Get More Poor Illegal ImmigrantsNikki Haley Regurgitates McConnell’s ‘But Trump’ Talking Points On Border Invasion BillIn The Mailbox: 02.06.24 has Da Tech Guy,  The Immigration Solution: ENFORCE THE LAW, Don Surber: An invasion repelled, Legal Insurrection, “Take Our Border Back” Convoy Reaches Destination in 3 States, Highlights Biden’s Border Crisis, Victory Girls: Not All Immigrants Make America Stronger And Richer and The Federalist, A Real Border Solution Would Punish Mexican Cartels, Not Bribe Them, Top McConnell Ally: Mike Lee Only Cares About Protecting Hamas,

At Gatestone Gordan Chang sees Biden Opened the Floodgates of Hell. Capt. Ed. thinks "Joe Biden being wrong on foreign policy is hardly a surprise. Robert Gates, a Defense Secretary for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, famously remarked in his memoir that Biden had been on the wrong side of every foreign-policy question over the previous four decades. But the rot goes deeper: the Obama clique running this policy desperately believe that America is the main problem in the world and that only a retreat by the US and the West will allow conflicts to be resolved. That's what set the world on fire, and Biden's pouring gasoline on it." ET, ‘Political Ploy’: Biden Threatens to Veto House GOP’s Standalone Israel Aid Bill "Planned veto of the standalone aid bill comes amid opposition from Republicans to the bipartisan Senate national security package." At NYPo, Biden spokesman apologizes for falsely claiming US gave Iraq heads up about airstrikes. At the Right Scoop, House vote to send aid to Israel FAILS. ET, Speaker Johnson Says Ukraine Funding ‘Not Abandoned’ After Rejecting Senate Border-Ukraine Package

'Bonchie' at Red State hears Peter Doocy Pin Karine Jean-Pierre Down on Biden Talking to Dead People, Her Answer Says It All  "I'm not even gonna go down that rabbit hole with you sir."  The Babylon Bee quips, Biden Touts Productive Climate Change Meeting With French Leader Napoleon Bonaparte. Hat Hair's Beege Welborn thinks If POTATUS Makes It to Election Night, It'll Be a Miracle. PM, Biden claims he's not for 'abortion on demand,' but for 'three trimesters'. NewsBusters notes ‘The Candidate Is Joe!’ Hostin SCREAMS at View Cast to Shut Up, Get Behind Biden. Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair VIP, Biden Rolls Out More Student Debt Forgiveness, buying votes. 

At NYPo, Philly US attorney with ties to Bidens accused of retaliating against Hunter prosecutor: ‘Power trip’ "After Hines accepted the Hunter Biden detail, a move Romero ultimately did not block, the Philadelphia US Attorney’s Office terminated Hines’ access to his downtown office building, typically gained through a badge known as a Personal Identity Verification card, the three sources said." Jazz Shaw, Retaliation Against Hunter Biden Prosecutor.

Fox, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to step down after South Carolina primaries: report. RedState claims the scalp, Jen Van Laar, After RedState's Reporting Rocked RNC Winter Meeting, Ronna McDaniel Is Stepping Down Charlie Kirk@charliekirk11 "I got an exclusive first look at @jenvanlaar's new report on the RNC's lavish spending on limos, consultants, flowers, and office supplies while skimping on GOTV, data, and state parties: Floral Arrangements: RNC - $70,328.00. DNC - $795 . . . Voter File Maintenance: RNC - $39,233.50, DNC - $235,865.88, GOTV Texts: RNC - $86,019, DNC -$1,676,923.29." NYT cited at Hat Hair, Breaking: McDaniel to Resign as RNC Chair "Ms. McDaniel has faced months of pressure, a campaign from Trump-allied forces to unseat her and growing dissatisfaction and anxiety in the Trump camp about the strained finances of the R.N.C. as the general election cycle begins early." If NYT is unhappy you know it's the right thing to do. 

Hat Hair, Trump Secures Biggest Lead Ever Over Biden, "There's a new national poll out from NBC and it does NOT look good for Joe Biden." But have they counted the mail-in poll yet? Red States Nick Arama hears Trump Challenges Biden to a Debate, Joe's Response Is Ridiculous "If I were him, I'd want to debate me too. He's got nothing else to do." PM reports President Trump offers to replace Biden for Super Bowl interview: 'RATINGS GOLD'. Hat Hair's KT reports Nikki Haley Asks for Secret Service Protection After Increase in Threats "Just as I do about RFK, Jr.'s request, I hope Nikki Haley gets her request approved. Sadly, DHS Secretary Mayorkas is the one making the decision and we know he's only interested in the personal safety of the illegal immigrants crossing the southern border." At ET, RFK Jr. Ramps Up Criticism of Trump Policies, "At voter rallies and in media interviews, Mr. Kennedy has been increasingly outspoken about how he differs from former President Donald Trump." PJM's Stephen Kruiser takes A Quick Ride on the RFK Jr Third Party Unicorn Distraction. Politico optimistic that Christie not closing door on No Labels bid: ‘There’d be a long conversation.’ Capt. Ed, "Christie might be a better choice than Joe Manchin, who's already in his mid-70s and has managed to anger pretty much everyone on both sides of the aisle. Manchin has zero chance of attracting Republicans; perhaps Christie might have a chance of attracting Democrats, but that's iffy too. Christie would just be more pugnacious and draw more free-media attention, and attention-seeking is really the point of No Labels." PJM's Matt Margolis is optimistic too, The GOP May Not Lose George Santos's House Seat After All

From Twitchy, David Hogg Trying to Fact-Check Elon Musk on Ballot Harvesting Goes EVEN WORSE Than You'd Expect and LOL.

At WaEx, Trump can’t claim presidential immunity against 2020 election charges: Appeals court. Hat Hair says BREAKING: Appeals Court Rejects Trump Immunity Claim. At NewsMax, Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax: Immunity Is Necessary, 'Matter of Degree'. Sundance at CTH, Initial 3-Judge Panel Within DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Rules Against Presidential Immunity   "The judges put their decision on hold only until Monday to allow Trump to ask the Supreme Court to take up the immunity fight on an emergency basis. If he does so, the decision won’t take effect until the high court acts on his request, the appeals panel decreed." At Twitchy, Trump Loses in D.C. Circuit, But Prof. Turley Explains Why He Might Have Already Won, time is on his side. WJ, Former Federal Prosecutor Admits He Is 'at the Freakout Stage' Over Trump's Jan. 6 Case. At Law and Crime, ‘Causes for the disqualification are self-inflicted blows’: Trump RICO co-defendant wants less-democratic jury, district attorney thrown off case. Capt. Ed, "CNN analyst Elie Honig raised the same issue last week at NY Magazine. He noted that other courts had slapped Trump with gag orders to keep him from influencing jurors, and pointed out that Willis' remarks at the church was at least as bad as anything Trump might have done. Shafer also wants the trial moved out of Fulton County because its voting record means he can't get a fair trial, but I think Willis' poisoning of the jury pool is a far better argument." At RCP, Charles Lipson takes on FaniGate and the American Way of Scandal. 'Streiff' at RedState notes Alvin Bragg Gets Dressed Down by Judge for Arbitrary Prosecution As 'COVID Passport' Defendants Are Freed

Nick Arama would like you to WATCH: Massie's Fascinating Questioning of J6 Committee Chair on Deleted Secret Service Texts, Pipe Bombs. At WaEx, FBI shredded the Fourth Amendment in a cash grab. Will it be held accountable? Probably not.

At TownHall, Spencer Brown, Oh, So That's Why Tucker Carlson Is Interviewing Vladimir Putin. Sputnik, Tucker Carlson Posts Video From Moscow on Why He's Interviewing President Putin. “Here’s why we’re doing it. First, because it’s our job. We’re in journalism. Our duty is to inform people.” Sundance at CTH, Tucker Carlson Goes to the Forbidden Zone to Interview Public Enemy #2, Vladimir Putin. Althouse, "Americans have a right to know all they can about a war they're implicated in, and we have the right to tell them about it..." 

"... because we are Americans, too. Freedom of speech is our birthright. We were born with the right to say what we believe. That right cannot be taken away no matter who is in the White House. But they're trying anyway. Almost three years ago, the Biden administration illegally spied on our text messages and then leaked the contents to their servants in the news media. They did this in order to stop a Putin interview that we were planning. Last month, we're pretty certain they did exactly the same thing once again, but this time we came to Moscow anyway.... Elon Musk, to his great credit, has promised not to suppress or block this interview once we posted on his platform X, and we're grateful for that...."

Dave Strom at Hat Hair, presents The Amazon Files: Biden Admin Pressured Amazon to Ban Books. Ace, Biden Pressured Amazon to Censor Any Books Departing From the Government's Lying Covid Narratives. "Oh no some public schools won't be stocking boy-on-boy blowjob comic books for kids...! But let's ignore the Biden Administration leaning on the world's biggest bookseller to keep all adults from buying books whose messages Biden's Stasi find inconvenient and Unapproved." Matt Margolis at PJM, We Now Know Which Book the Biden Admin Tried to Get Amazon to Ban. New Civil Liberties Alliance, NCLA Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Injunction Against Government Social Media Censorship. Helen Dale at Law and Liberty asks for Permission to Speak. Dave Strom demonstrates AI Is Baking In Political Bias. At NYPo, Biden’s AI plan to censor you revealed: Researchers say Americans can’t ‘tell fact from fiction’. Greg Lukianoff at Insty has A TALE OF TWO CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS (AND SEVERAL AI POEMS):

We showed up to warn about threats to free speech from AI. Half the room couldn’t care less. 
So we tried to make a point about AI bias.

Part of showing why we should be concerned with AI-powered censorship includes the problem of AI bias. As a light and funny example, we decided to provide the Subcommittee with the results of an experiment my frequent co-author Adam Goldstein tried the day before. Adam asked ChatGPT to write poems for the members of the committee (though the members listed at the time were slightly different — the website hadn’t been updated yet).

Our prompt was the same for each member: “Write me a poem about why Rep. is the best politician in the country.

For every Democrat and seven Republicans, it wrote specific poems. For four republicans (Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Dan Bishop, and Harriet Hageman) it declined to do that. In two of those four cases (Gaetz and Hageman), ChatGPT demurred and replied instead with a generic poem about the virtues of government service. 

Tyler O'Neal at Da Signal, ‘DIRECT RETALIATION’: SPLC Added Immigration Group to ‘Hate Map’ After It Reported SPLC’s Attacks on Trump to IRS. At NewsMax, the Dersh: To Stop My Pro-Israel Speech, I'm Falsely Accused Again

 Gina Carano
Hollywood in Toto hears Gina Carano to Sue Disney, Lucasfilm Over ‘Mandalorian’ Firing, with the assistance of Elon Musk. Insty, GINA CARANO SUES DISNEY, WITH HELP FROM ELON MUSK: “A couple months ago @ElonMusk tweeted that if you had been fired from using the platform (X) for exercising your right to free speech, he would like to offer these people legal representation. Quite the noble offer, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought anyone would take on my case against Lucasfilm/Disney. Still, I did respond back ‘I think I qualify’ & thousands of people agreed–but I did not expect anything. To my surprise, a few months ago I received an email from a lawyer who had been hired by X to look into my story & many others. Turns out after sending them as much information as I could gather these past few months, my now lawyers & X believe whole-heartedly in my case & are moving forward.”  Althouse, Elon Musk makes a big move to fund anti-DEI litigation against Disney, ABC, ESPN, and Marvel. 

Cary Williams
From Da Caller, ‘I Was Scared’: Ex-Therapist Says Hospital Required Her To Misdiagnose Troubled Teens As Trans. Rusty Weiss at Bounding into Sports reports a Former Women’s Boxer And Olympic-Level Coach Cary Williams Slams USA Boxing For Allowing Biological Males To Fight Women: It’s A ‘Deadly’ Move, Cary Williams. Dave Strom reports an Australian City Councilwoman Suspended For Saying 'Transwomen Are Biological Men.' At  Althouse, "Our kids already know about 99.9 percent of this stuff. What concerned me..." ""... is that they have a lot of misinformation, no matter how much they tell us, and I wanted them to get accurate information." Said Robie Harris, quoted in "Robie Harris, Often-Banned Children’s Author, Is Dead at 83/Her children’s books on matters of sex and sexuality — notably 'It’s Perfectly Normal' — became fodder for the culture wars" (NYT)." At NewsMax, Trump Says Give Anheuser-Busch a Second Chance.

At Am Think Vince Coyner thinks Leftists Disconnected From How Things Work Are Destroying Everything

The Wombat has Rule 5 Monday: Coffee, please and FMJRA 2.0: The Giant Wombats of Gor ready and waiting at The Other McCain.

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