Friday, April 12, 2024

Flotsam and Jetsam - Feds Hand Inside Information to Blackrock and JP Morgan

 Not surprisingly, as the Balmer Sun reports Maryland delegation introduces bill for Congress to fully fund ‘gargantuan task’ of replacing Key Bridge. I would never have thought otherwise. Somebody at the Sun in scandalized that A ship nearly identical to that which collapsed the Key Bridge still sails the seas. Here’s what we know. "Over its seafaring life, the Cezanne has been cited for many more “deficiencies” than the Dali during port inspections, but neither ship had one so significant that it was prevented from sailing." It's a ship. There's something always going wrong on a ship. 

At Twitchy, Democrats Learn What 'FAFO' Means As Two Red States Threaten to Remove Biden From 2024 Ballot. Alabama and Ohio, neither of which are in Biden's column. However, it could deny Biden the coveted "popular vote" victory. Ryan King at NYPo says Biden mocked for shuffling around White House lawn with dazed look during Japanese PM ceremony. Nick Arama at RedState, Biden's 'Weekend at Bernie's' Moment - Also Needs Cheat Sheet for Most Basic Remarks With Japanese PM. Hat Hair's KT notes Japanese Prime Minister Quoted Star Trek in Toast to Biden as Biden Almost Forgot to Raise a Glass.

Nancy Pelosi Stock Tracker ♟@PelosiTracker_ "BREAKING: Is this not insider trading? Blackrock and JP Morgan were leaked insider inflation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, giving their traders an edge on their bets They along with other Hedge Funds were on a special email list called "Super Users."" Ace, Fathomless Corruption: The Bureau of Labor Statistics Shared Confidential Information About the Economy with "Superusers" Like Hedge Funds and Blackrock, Before That Data Was Shared With the Public. "Several points: Hedge funds and giant investment groups like Blackrock are infamously leftwing and Democratic. I guess it just worked out that way! . . . This country is just lie upon lie. The Regime are monsters and they need to be in prison. " At Market Watch there is a ‘Serious possibility’ that Fed’s next rate move is a hike, warns Larry Summers. Hat Hair's Beege Welborn has a Bidenomics Update: Staggering Under the Weight of It All. Hat Hair's John Stossel fears a A Ban on Freelance Work via a Biden executive order. From TAG, Biden: ‘Absolutely’ More ‘Executive Action’ Gun Control Measures Coming

From WaEx, Mayorkas admits to Congress that border is in ‘crisis’. Meanwhile, Breitbart reports Democrats Vote Against Bill Adding Citizenship Question to Census. Don't turn on the lights, 'cause I don't want to see. Austin Bay at the Strategy Page On Point: As Israel Crushes Hamas, Aid Ukraine and Secure American Borders " Three invasions with extraordinary global impact and history-shaping consequences have occurred since January 2021 -- the month Joe Biden became America's president and his administration began directing U.S. foreign and federal domestic policy. The invasions in reverse chronological order: 1. Hamas' October 2023 genocidal invasion of Israel. Hamas is committed to Israel's elimination, which means committing genocide. 2. Vladimir Putin-led Russia's February 2022 all-out conventional attack to seize Ukraine. 3. The illegal alien disruption and "political transformation" invasion that began in spring 2021 after Biden, by presidential directive, effectively ended U.S. border controls."

At Hat Hair, Kennedy Stumps Witness When He Asks Her to Back Up Her Own Claims. "Senator John Kennedy has made a fool out of yet another witness, this time, Zorka Millin, policy director at the FACT Coalition."

Kurt Schlichter at TownHall says it's Time to Rethink Your Never Trumpism "Now, this column isn’t directed towards the professional Never Trumper dorks, the treacherous weirdos who make a living off of going on MSNBC and selling out their former allies. This is for the Republicans who have thought about it and have a real problem with Donald Trump. I get it, even if I don’t agree." Never-Anybody-But-Trump sundance at CTH calls him Pragmatic, Always Seeking Optimal Solutions. WaEx reports Trump declares he would not sign national abortion ban, states Arizona Supreme Court abortion ruling went too far. Stephen Kruiser at PJM thinks Republicans Should Refocus on School Choice Amid All of the Dems' Abortion Noise, Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair asks Has Trump Filed for a Divorce From the Pro-Life Movement?   John Davidson at Da Fed whines On Abortion, Donald Trump Goes The Way Of Stephen A. Douglas. Matt Vespa at TownHall asks Is This the Clearest Example of Trump Breaking the Minds of Liberals in Our Newsrooms? Joe Concha@JoeConchaTV "I mean... there's no shot this wasn't intentional. Big Fish@BigFish3000 "LA Times inserts Trump’s name into OJ Simpson story by “mistake”. Has to make corrections."" PJM's Stephen Kruiser presents the Trump Derangement Syndrome Meltdown of the Week—Monumentally Debunked 'Bloodbath' Lie Edition. Becky Noble at RedState sees Pressure From TV Networks for Presidential Debates Mounts - Will Democrats Wiggle Out of It or Can They?  At NYPo, Trump team demands early debates against Biden ‘anytime, anyplace and anywhere’: letter. Hat Hair's Capt Ed comments "It's a smart messaging strategy, even if the media will likely ignore it for a while. Biden's not going to get on stage with Trump under any circumstances; he can't afford to expose his advancing cognitive decline. Instead, he'll declare Trump unworthy of engagement -- and Trump will find ways to call Biden out for cowardice." From WaEx,  Speaker Johnson and Trump to hold joint ‘election integrity’ event at Mar-a-Lago. Jeff Carter at Points and Figures says it's  The Withering and Shrinking Middle ClassIt's Why Trump Has Traction, And Why Biden Wants to Crush Them. KT at Hat Hair, Trump Raises Money at Georgia Luncheon After Milkshakes and Chicken at Chick-fil-A  "One young woman told Trump that despite what the media says, black Americans support him. She got a hug from the former president." From RCP, Will Black Voters Back Republicans? A Political Science Perspective. Capt. Ed sees a WSJ Poll that suggests A Democrat Identidämmerung in 2024?. Althouse cites "I myself have long been skeptical of the value of increasing turnout, and am also a longtime opponent of mandatory voting...."
"I think most people do not have a duty to vote, even in high-stakes elections. And I have argued that relatively ignorant citizens can often do more good by abstaining from voting than by casting poorly informed votes (though I am also skeptical of arguments that government should try to weed out ignorant voters, primarily because I doubt that it can be trusted to do so in an unbiased way).... I held those views back when increased turnout was generally believed to benefit Democrats, and I continue to hold them today."

Writes Ilya Somin, in "Increased Voter Turnout Now Benefits Republicans/Survey data shows relatively infrequent voters are significantly more likely to support the Trump-era GOP than those who vote more often. Will this change traditional left and right-wing attitudes towards mandatory voting and other policies intended to increase turnout?" (Reason).

Stephen Kruiser sees RFK Jr.'s X-Factor Cred Is Picking Up Steam. "Once more, with feeling: we're not big fans of the polls here at the Morning Briefing. However, for those who do trust the polls, the numbers get unpleasant for Biden in any state where he and Trump are close when RFK Jr. is added to the mix."

At NewsMax, Prosecutors Agree to Delay Bob Menendez's Corruption Trial Over Wife's Health. From the Free Bacon, Cruz Challenger 'Proud' of Endorsement From Soros-Funded Group That Called To Defund Police "'I am proud to earn the endorsement of Reproductive Freedom for All,' says Colin Allred". I suspect Cruz is safe. 

Ben Whedon at JTN reports Judge rejects another Trump effort to delay April 15 trial in DA Bragg case, "Trump has asked Judge Juan Merchan to recuse himself for a second time and Trump attorney Emil Bove had argued that the delay was warranted given Merchan had yet to decide on the request." James Burnham at CJ says  No More Special Counsels. "It’s past time to put an end to one of the most destructive regimes in American law enforcement."

From Twitchy, Christopher Wray SQUIRMS When Pressed on Biden’s Classified Documents, Mar-a-Lago Raid

Hat Hair's Dave Strom feigns surprise that The Fed Worked to Take Down Trump? James O'Keefe@JamesOKeefeIII "BREAKING, INSIDE THE FEDERAL RESERVE: Hidden Camera captures Principal Economist @federalreserve talking about Jerome Powell’s legacy as “somebody who held the line against like, Trump.” The influential agency responsible for maintaining a stable monetary system appears to not just be establishing interest rates, but to be setting policies for desired social outcomes." Sundance as a triple on the reauthorization of FISA 702, Tucker Carlson Discusses FISA-702 ReauthorizationPresident Trump Opposes FISA 702 Reauthorization – Surveillance Authority Expires April 19th and Inside Baseball Stuff on FISA 702 Reauthorization – The Stuff You Never See Explained. Fred Lucas at Da Signal, Weaponization Panel Disappointed With GOP Leadership on FISA Reform

From Twitchy, Catherine Herridge Tells Congress What She Was Working on When CBS Locked Her Out and Seized FilesCollin Rugg @CollinRugg, "JUST IN: Reporter Catherine Herridge testifies that CBS News locked her out of the building and seized all her files, says she was working with sources to "expose government corruption." Nothing at all going on here, folks. "CBS News’ decision to seize my reporting records crossed a red line that I believe should never be crossed by any media organization." "Multiple sources said they were concerned that by working with me to expose government corruption and misconduct they would be identified and exposed.""

From Althouse, "This is my home!"/"I had a home in Palestine too." "I'm watching the video at "'Please leave!' A Jewish UC Berkeley dean confronts pro-Palestinian activist at his home" (L.A. Times)."  Nicole Silvero at Da Caller , ‘I Don’t Talk To Fox News!’: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Blows Fuse When Reporter Confronts Her about some of her constituents calling for "Death to America." Capt. Ed says "I don't talk to Fox News" is code for "I don't have an answer because I agree with those chants." Dave Strom finds there's No Patriotism Allowed in Seattle. It's 'Triggering.'  Christian Toto@HollywoodInToto, "Flag Shirts Get Dance Team Booted From Competition |" From Da Wire, State Dept’s New DEI Official Said America’s Institutions Are ‘Riddled With Racism,’ Based On A ‘Failed Historical Model’ TownHall's Mia Cathell says You Won't Believe What a Federal DEI Office Sent Agency-Wide. You might be surprised at my willingness to believe stuff like this. 'Bonchie' at RedState notices that After Being Completely Exposed by Its Own Editor, NPR Responds in the Worst Possible Fashion

At KarlStack, Lisa Cook's new plagiarism scandal was entirely predictable. John Sexton reports Harvard Reinstates the SAT for Admissions. Althouse, "In Sudden Reversal, Harvard To Require Standardized Testing for Next Admissions Cycle." "The Harvard Crimson reports. . . . In its press release, Harvard referenced a study from Harvard-affiliated initiative Opportunity Insights, led by Brown University economist John N. Friedman ’02 and Harvard economists Raj Chetty ’00 and David J. Deming, which found that SAT scores are a particularly strong predictor of college success – much more so than a student’s high school grade point average...."

At Hat Hair, Larry  presents Here’s Who a Memphis City Council Democrat Is Blaming for Violent Crime in Her District "A Memphis City Councilwoman went on quite the rant when discussing the rise in violent crime in her district and who is to blame. Spoiler alert: It’s not the people committing the crimes."

From Evie, J.K. Rowling Won't Forgive Daniel Radcliffe And Emma Watson For Their Stance On Transwomen, "J.K. Rowling says it's "not safe" to forgive Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson for defending transwomen." Capt. Ed, "I don't blame her a bit. Rowling's creation made them into stars, and Radcliffe and Watson s**t all over her in their rush to virtue-signal and bask in the adulation that followed. An apology -- which so far has not yet even been offered -- hardly covers the betrayal." At Wings over Scotland, Trebling down

The Cass Review into gender medicine, which has been almost six long years in the making, was finally published this morning, and despite the fears of some – including us – that it was going to be watered down, it’s turned out to be an  absolutely explosive document even on a quick skim. (It’s 388 pages long.) The most damning aspect, though, is almost certainly this one:

Those quotes annihilate any concept of an “innocent good intentions” defence for the gender clinics. Because if you genuinely believe that you’re doing good, you don’t try to bury all the evidence."

At Spiked Why was gender ideology allowed to run amok for so long? "After the Cass Review, we need to recapture our institutions from this cruel, homophobic cult." 
Leah Barkoukis at TownHall, sees a TalkTV Host Gives 'Epic' Response to Guest Who States Preferred Pronouns at Start of Interview
From Althouse, "In sharing her preferred title and pronouns, Ms Wood celebrates herself and sings herself – not in a disruptive or coercive way, but in a way that subtly vindicates her identity, her dignity, and her humanity." "Wrote federal district judge Mark Walker, quoted in "Florida can’t ban teacher from asking students to use her preferred pronouns, judge rules/Katie Wood, a transgender algebra teacher, has long gone by ‘Ms Wood’ but the law required students to say 'Teacher Wood'" (Guardian)."

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