Monday, February 19, 2024

Flotsam and Jetsam on Monday 2/19/24

OK, let get this party started with some Biden Crime Syndicate. I&I would like to introduce you to Joe, The Don Of The ‘Biden Crime Family.’ Hat Hair's Capt. Ed recalls When James Paid Joe As Medicare Fraud Blossomed: Biden Inc. At Da Wire, Hunter’s China Work Began In 2015 Immediately After VP Biden’s Christmas Party, Bobulinsky Testifies. "Diplomat dispatched to convince business partners to stay silent through the election." Jonathan Turley hears a Report that Hunter’s Lawyers Balked at Kevin Morris Pushing Laptop Conspiracy Theories. At TownHall, Jeff Davidson concludes The First Family of Tax Cheats and Sellouts. From NYPo, Kamala Harris disregarded staff recommendation to investigate Herbalife — while husband Doug Emhoff’s firm repped the company

Virginia Kruta at Da Wire reports Secret Service Agent Guards Stairs So Biden Won’t Fall Boarding Air Force One, again. Ben Kew at RedState hears Yet Another Liberal Thought Leader Demands Biden Drops Out: 'He Speaks in Gibberish', Ezra Klein. At TNP, NYT Columnist Urges Biden to Drop Out. Althouse hears "More than two dozen sources tell CNN that [Kamala] Harris has been gathering information to help her penetrate what she sometimes refers to as the 'bubble'..." "... of Biden campaign thinking, telling people she’s aiming to use that intelligence to push for changes in strategy and tactics that she hopes will put the ticket in better shape to win."

Capt. Ed hears a State Dept Investigation of Biden's Iran Envoy Broadens Into Probe of His Suspension. The Free Bacon is told Biden Thinks No One Made Mistakes in Disastrous Afghanistan Withdrawal, also, his shit doesn't stink. At Am Great Jim Fanell and Brad Thayer claim a Lack of Credibility Places U.S. Deterrence Under Great Strain, "Biden's mental capacity is deeply troubling because it has clearly weakened U.S. deterrence. He is an incarnation of confusion and uncertainty, compelling the world to ask who is in charge of the U.S."

Paul Bedard at WaEx finds Another nail: 58% call Biden presidency a ‘failure.’ From NewsMax, Charlamagne Tha God: Biden 'Uninspiring,' 'No Energy' and Charlamagne Tha God: WH Calling Me Out Is 'Stupidest'. Uppity and won't stay on the plantation. The Divine Ms. Devine at NYPo takes note of Biden and Dems’ total disconnect from reality: Whatever they say, trust the opposite is true, with plenty of examples. The Great Victor Davis Hanson agrees in Delusions, Alternate Realities, and the Biden Consortium "The Biden apparat has tried to present the construct of a dynamic president promoting a traditional Democratic agenda, which has succeeded brilliantly. Sustaining that lie requires constant deception." VDH at Front Page calls out Biden’s Lies on Top of Lies on Top of Lies. "A pathological prevaricator." J.B. Shurk at Am Think thinks up A Tale of Two Presidents. Truth About Guns points out Even The Washington Post Concedes the Biden Administration’s Favorite Gun Control Lie Is, In Fact, a Lie

The NYPo Ed board says Biden alone owns the border crisis — and the chaos it’s caused. Mike LaChance at LI is amused NYC Mayor Assures Harlem Residents That Empty Luxury Apartment Building Won’t House Illegal Migrants, “The development has sat empty for the past decade, until this week when neighbors noticed boxes of bunk beds being loaded in.”

From WaEx, Inflation proving stickier than expected has dashed hopes for quick Fed rate cuts. Da Caller finds the Biden Admin Leaned On Questionable And Misleading Science To Justify Halting Natural Gas Hub Approvals. The Free Bacon elaborates that the Biden Admin Cited 'Indigenous Knowledge' as Reason To Block Oil and Gas Leases "Watchdog files scientific integrity complaint after admin prioritizes 'subjective beliefs' over 'evidence.'"

Nick Arama at RedState points out During East Palestine Trip, Biden Rambles on About Broiler Chickens, Ohio Universities, and Firefighters. At PM, Man from East Palestine says residents wanted truckers to block Biden from entering town. "It's been over a year, and now he wants to come when it's election time."

At HE David Krayden says Love him or hate him, Trump is the only rational choice this year. Da Caller concerned as Liberal Groups Back Proposed Rule That Would Further Entrench Bureaucracy As Polls Show Trump In Lead, of course, Trump could repeal on Day 1, like Biden did with many Trump policies. Capt. Ed cites NY Post: Nikki's Last Stand in SC? Breitbart, Haley Refuses to Say She Will Support Trump if He Wins Nomination, or will she follow Joe Manchin? OTP, Haley Warns Of Trump Using RNC As His Legal Defense ‘Piggy Bank’ "Haley Warns Of Trump Using RNC As His Legal Defense 'Piggy Bank'" To be fair, they were only incurred because he is the candidate. At Hat Hair, From the Annals of Poorly Worded Campaign TweetsNikki Haley@NikkiHaley "12 fellas down. 1 to go."

At OTP, Lara Trump Says Would Be ‘Honored’ To Help Lead RNC. Could she be worse than Rona McRomney? Jorge Ponce at Am Think thinks The Hispanic Vote Is Up for Grabs in 2024! From Da Caller, JAMES CARTER And JIM ELLIS: Is The Red Wave Finally Coming To The Senate In 2024? Lead by Gov. Hogan? At Am Con, RFK for VP? "Why a transpartisan ticket could still happen, although it looked likelier six months ago." Oh Lord, please no. The guy is a nut. 

Nick Arama has More Fani Willis Fun - The Reason She Won't Be Testifying Further Is Hilarious Steve Guest@SteveGuest, "CNN chyron: "SOURCES: FULTON PROSECUTORS THINK WILLIS' TESTIMONY WAS ENOUGH TO BEAT DISQUALIFICATION BID, DON'T NEED MORE" Was the source the prosecution?" When the hole is deep enough, stop digging? Ryan Zickgraf at Compact sees that For Fani Willis, Everything Is Racketeering. She and Wade need to be charged under it. Stacey Matthews at LI, on the Trump Georgia Case: Race Card-Playing MSM Rush to Fani Willis’ Rescue After Disastrous Testimony. “For many Black women, the inquiries into Willis’ romantic and financial life were rife with tropes and accusations often unfairly levied at Black women.” At Da Caller, Turley Breaks Down ‘Astonishing’ Facts From Fani Willis Case, Reveals Further Actions Judge Could Take. “Well, one thing is clear is that no one will ever say election law is boring again,” Turley stated. “But the astonishing thing about this is that you have two prosecutors who stand accused of filing false statements in court. Mr. Wade is accused of answering interrogatories falsely and Willis is accused of making false statements in her own filings. That’s what they’re prosecuting defendants in the case for.”

Twitchy reports a Smarmy Letitia James Gloats on Twitter After Leftist Judge Orders Trump to Pay $355 Million and 'Nothing to Worry About': Kathy Hochul Tries to Reassure Businesses After Outrageous Trump Verdict. Naw, we just wanted the Donald, swearsies! Althouse, "I think that this is really an extraordinary, unusual circumstance that the law-abiding and rule-following New Yorkers who are business people have nothing to worry about, because they’re very different than Donald Trump and his behavior." "Said Governor Kathy Hochul, quoted in "Hochul tells NY businesses not to fear about Trump verdict: 'Nothing to worry about'" (The Hill). What is the "extraordinary, unusual circumstance"? Being Donald Trump? If so, she's revealing that she believes the prosecutors went after the man, not the crime, an abhorrent abuse of power." Matt Margolis at PJM hears the Legitimacy of Trump's New York Business Ban Questioned by MSNBC Host Lisa Rubin. Atop Da Hill, Jonathan Turley opines the Obscene award against Trump is testing the New York legal system’s integrity. What integrity? At OTP, Musk Defends Trump, Wonders ‘Who Is Supposed To Receive The Money?’ If history in any guide, leftist NGOs. At Da Wire, They Will Not Get Away With It’: Trump Attorney Unloads After Stunning New York Fraud Verdict "We will win in the appellate division." In New York? I'm skeptical. Harold Hutchinson at Da Caller hears ‘They Are Lunatics’: Trump Blasts Letitia James, Judge After Civil Fraud Case Ruling. The NYPo ed board thinks Dem elites shouldn’t be laughing at Trump’s civil trial outcome — they just made him a political martyr.  Breitbart, ‘F*** Around and Find Out’: Pro-Trump Truckers Boycott NYC After Civil Fraud Verdict. NYC eats an awful lot of food; just sayin'.

Rick Moran at PJM, sees Trump's Legal Debts Add Up to More than Half a Billion Dollars. Will He Have to Pay? Roger Kimball at Am Great on Fraud Allegations and Financial Fiascos: The Saga of Trump’s Legal Battles. "Donald Trump is facing a wall of legal trouble. It’s possible that with all these darts being thrown, one will stick and he will be brought down. More likely, I think, is that he will prevail." 

Althouse, In the New York Times, a reference to Trump's "false belief that he had actually won the election." "But the Jack Smith case against Trump requires the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump did not believe that he had won, that he was lying when he said he had won. That's the opposite of a "false belief that he had actually won." Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm reading "How Two First Ladies Weathered a Most Unusual Presidential Transition/Jill Biden wanted to keep teaching. Melania Trump just wanted to go home..." (NYT):" From ET, Jack Smith Demands That Evidence Remain Secret in Trump Case "President Donald Trump’s request to disclose evidence in his classified documents trial is vehemently opposed by special counsel Smith in a filing." Ohh, a secret trial; how American! Also at ET, Judge Plans to Rule Next Week on Bid to Block Trump From Illinois Ballot, "Judge Tracie Porter said she hopes to rule next week on whether President Trump should be blocked from the Illinois presidential primary ballot."

Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Someone Showed a WH Staffer the Intel Report Exposing That Russia Wanted Hillary to Win, Not Trump. At Am Think, Victoria Berger thinks Shellenberger exposes Obama's CIA. Sundance at CTH is not all that impressed with Shellenberger, Because People Keep Asking "I have no idea who this Shellenberger idiot is, nor do I really care. You cannot plagiarize me because I give all the CTH research and analytical writing away free – openly telling people to take it and make it their own, just don’t monetize it. It appears Michael Shellenberger is a man of low moral character who is taking the independent research work of others, repackaging it and selling it as his own work product." It's true Sundance has been on the case far longer. 

 Insty in DISPATCHES FROM THE “IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN WE DO IT” PARTY: Suddenly, Politico Discovers DC’s ‘Ugliest Protest Trend’ When Blinken’s Targeted.

When the far-left protests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices, the media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) think that’s freedom of speech in action. The Washington Post published a puff piece on a woman disturbing the peace outside Brett Kavanaugh’s home: “We’re about to get doomsday, so I’m not going to be civil to that man at all.” The Trump era made disturbing conservative dinners at restaurants a tactic that’s “not going away.”

But turn the target around to Biden’s Secretary of State, and Politico on Friday found an “ugly” protest trend:
Antony Blinken’s Family Is the Latest Target of Washington’s Ugliest Protest Trend, Yelling at Antony Blinken’s kids does not help Gazan children.
And? Saul Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals for leftists to target the earlier generation of earnest FDR-style liberals in the early 1970s; his rules are simply being aimed in his intended direction once again. In any case, as Kurt Schlichter has warned: Liberals May Regret Their New Rules.

At Am Think Clarice worries Has Our Government Erased the First Amendment? It is pretty inconvenient for them.

Stacy McCain goes off on a tangent about How Trump Derangement Syndrome, #MeToo and Tumblrinas Ruined Disney "You probably never saw Raya and the Last Dragon, which was not exactly a box-office blockbuster — it barely broke even — and is certainly not destined to be remembered as a classic Disney cartoon. Nevertheless, Raya and the Last Dragon is historically important because the 2021 film marks the decisive turning point in the downward trajectory of Disney. Ace of Spades on Friday linked and excerpted a lengthy recounting of this history by Alan Ng, editor-in-chief of the website Film Threat. “The D-Files, Part 3: Disney the Killer of Dreams.”

At Campus Reform PROF GIORDANO points out how Leftist ideology erodes real scholarship, and that's the point. NYPo, The NYT finally admits it: Schools are teaching our kids divisive critical race theory. Da Caller, sees ‘All Hell Broke Lose’: Harvard Economist Needed ‘Armed Guard’ After Study Found No Racial Bias In Police Shootings

PJM's Bob Spencer finds The Media Is Covering Up Key Facts About the Lakewood Church Shooter's Motivations and Muslim Families Can Opt Out of School LGBTQ Propaganda — and That’s Bad News for Biden. Zoe Cairns at Spiked sees Trans ideology has taken over Shakespeare’s Globe "My former employer dismissed my concerns about women’s spaces and child safeguarding." The real Shakespeare would have had a field day with all the transgender nonsense. mrc-TV reports St. Patrick's Cathedral Holds Funeral Service for Trans 'Mother of all the Whores', and many Catholics are not pleased. Washington Monthly has A Textbook Case of Social Justice Medicine Run Amok "A new volume from the publishing arm of the American Psychiatric Association illustrates the problem when ideology trumps science." At Da Caller, LGBT Activists Tout Survey On ‘Satisfaction’ After Gender Transitions. There’s Just One Problem "medical experts who spoke to the DCNF criticized the survey’s methods, arguing that it appeared to exclude individuals who no longer identified as transgender, a demographic that would presumably be most likely to be dissatisfied with their gender transition."

At NYPo, Karol Markowicz wonders, rhetorically, Why is noting married people are happier and kids do better with married parents so controversial?

The Wombat has FMJRA 2.0: Saturday Night Squeezebox Serenade up on time at The Other McCain.

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