Sunday, May 12, 2024

Mother's Day Flotsam and Jetsam

Happy Hallmark Day to all you mother's out there. Let's dive in! At WaEx, Paul Bedard's White House Report Card: Zogby says Biden presidency ‘not working well’, a bit of an understatement. NewBusters has a Column: CNN Deploys a 'Fact Checker' for Trump, Not for Biden. Biden's lies are too numerous to count. Also, they tend to be repetitive, as if he himself has lost track of the truth.

'Bonchie' at RedState sees Joe Biden Runs Like a Scared Dog From His Pro-Hamas Position, As His Political Fortunes Sour. Does he run, or lurch? Fox, Biden donors rage over his pledge to pause weapon shipments to Israel: 'Bad, bad, bad decision'. "Biden megadonor Haim Saban wrote senior Biden staffers an email blasting the president for pledging to withhold bomb shipments to Israel." Althouse cites the White House, "The American people expect their presidents to have the guts to make hard national security decisions, and to put our safety, interests, principles, and alliances above politics." and "comments Biden is making the "hard decision" to please no one while purporting to please everyone." Hamas and Iran are probably pretty pleased. 
Noor Dahri - نور ڈاہری ‎@dahrinoor2 "Maher Bitar has been appointed as president #Biden's special counsel. He also serves as the director of intelligence and defense programs in the #UnitedStates National Security Council. Of course, he was already appointed by the Obama administration, where he managed the "Israeli-Palestinian case". Before that, as a student, he was the president of the #Islamist extremist and #antisemitic organisation SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) at Georgetown University in #USA. #SJP is the most violent student organisation in the United States against #Jews today. Members of this organisation blew up dozens of events Israelis brought to U.S. campuses over the past decade. In many cases also physical attacks that ended in police investigations. . . "

Paul Bedard, Some black and Hispanic people go hungry under ‘Bidenomics’. From Fox Business, the Percentage of US mortgages considered 'seriously underwater' rises. "Share of 'seriously underwater' mortgages rose in 1st quarter in 37 states, per ATTOM report" Not a big jump, 2.5 to 2.6%, but the wrong direction.

Matt Margolis at PJM, Did Bill Maher Just Prove Stormy Daniels Perjured Herself? Is there any doubt? She can't tell the story the same way twice. Althouse cites Dowd, "So we’re left with a two-bit case that has devolved into dirty bits, filled with salacious details...." and comments "Dowd seems to approve of using the criminal process not for its proper purpose — to enforce specific written law — but to expose and humiliate one's political enemy. Let's look at him in his underwear and sneer at his sexual fumblings, as described by someone who openly hates him — please, emasculate him! — and let's laugh." Jon Levine at NYPo hears Disgraced ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen shopping his own reality show ‘The Fixer’Kyle Becker@kylenabecker "JUST IN: Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg is Accused of ‘Misleading the Court’ in Trump Hush Money Case." The Politics Brief expounds in Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg is Accused of ‘Misleading the Court’ in Trump Hush Money Case "Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg’s paralegal admitted in court on Friday that the office deleted some call records between witness Michael Cohen and Dylan Howard, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Cliffords), raising questions of whether or not the prosecutors have misled the court. Trump’s legal team was able to get witness Jaden Jarmel-Schneider to confirm that some calls were erased from an exhibit of calls. Trump’s lawyer Emil Bove said it was about three pages of records. While Jarmel-Schneider objected to Bove characterizing the call deletions as “significant,” he did acknowledge some calls were removed." Isn't that what he accused Trump of? Falsifying business records? 

Rep. Cline to Newsmax: Judiciary Panel Wants Nathan Wade to Testify. That would be amusing. Probably not enlightening, but amusing.

At OTP, ‘We’re Ready To Win’. "Trump Tells Huge NJ Beach Crowd That The Garden State Is In Play." I suppose it could happen. NewsMax, Trump: Haley 'Not Under Consideration' as Running Mate. I think she burned that bridge. At PM, NEW: Tulsi Gabbard tells Charlie Kirk she'd be honored to be Trump's VP. "If he asks me to serve alongside him, I would be honored to do so." She might be too liberal for me, but I think her head is headed the right way. In her best Emily Litela voice Hat Hair's KT says Never Mind: Barron Trump Won't Be a Delegate at the RNC

Natalia Mittelstadt at JTN show that Fulton County 2020 election problems, now confirmed, challenge media fact-checkers. "The AP's "fact-check" admitted that the county’s audit of the 2020 presidential race found errors, inconsistencies, and double counting of ballots. Then the AP added without citation that "the errors weren’t enough to alter the election results." Who will guard the guards themselves?" Also, Wisconsin federal court dismisses lawsuit to toss witness requirement for absentee voting. "
“The most obvious problem” with the attorneys' argument “is that it simply does not make any sense,” the court ruled."   Jonathon Turley,  Judge Trashes Election Lawsuit by the Elias Law Firm: “It Simply Does Not Make Any Sense” "The Chief Judge of the Western District of Wisconsin, James Peterson (an Obama appointee), did not just reject but ridiculed the Elias Law Group challenge to a witness requirement for absentee voting. Elias has been previously sanctioned in court and accused of lying in the Steele dossier scandal by journalists and others."

At Twitchy, 'The Look on Nancy Pelosi's Face Is Worth the Time' to Watch Her Get Dismantled at the Oxford Union. Insty, THEY HATE US, THEY REALLY HATE US! Winston Marshall@MrWinMarshall "In her speech, Pelosi argues that voters are “blocked” from making good, rational decisions and voting Democrat because of their culture and views on God."

Rick Moran at PJM is outraged, Secret Service Won't Budge in Moving Security Zone Farther From GOP Convention in Milwaukee. "The park's location sets up a gauntlet that convention delegates will have to walk through to get to the venue. While most convention gores will arrive on buses, restricting the movement of delegates and guests because of security concerns is unacceptable, say Republicans."  Democrats get 3 miles, Republicans get 1/4 of a mile. But, then, Chicago. 

Kaelan Deese at WaEx reports Steve Bannon contempt of Congress conviction can stand: Appeals court. Waiting for Hunter Biden's and Merrick Garlands times in the box. At Hat Hair, Maine SecState Wanted to Lock Up Local Journalists a la Jan 6 After Trump Ballot Debacle.

At Da Caller, Video Shows Female Student Confront Trans Woman In Campus Bathroom. Atop Da Hill, Trump vows to reverse transgender student protections ‘on day one’. But it's for their own good. NBC reports Lesbian and bisexual women die earlier than straight women, decadeslong study finds. "Compared to participants who identified as heterosexual, the analysis found, those who identified as lesbian or bisexual died 26% sooner, with lesbian women dying 20% sooner and bisexual women dying 37% sooner." Da Mail, Horrific moment 'transgender' killer strikes man walking down road at high speed with Dodge Challenger, reverses over him, straddles and kisses him before stabbing him nine times. At WokeSpy, It’s Been Over a Year Since the Bud Light Boycott Began – Here’s How It’s Doing Now.

'Bonchie' at RedState, WATCH: 'Queers for Palestine' Block Entrance to Disney World, Then Florida Men Show Up. Matt Vespa, Here's What Happened When Pro-Hamas Activists Tried to Block Traffic in FLBill Melugin@BillMelugin_ "NEW: The “Queers For Palestine” protesters who blocked the highway exit to Disney World in Orlando, FL, have been arrested by Florida Highway Patrol. I’m told they were arrested within 11 minutes. Florida continues w/ zero tolerance for blocking traffic." John Sexton hears the NY Times Editorial Board: Cancel Culture Created the Campus Crisis. At Althouse, "For several years, many university leaders have failed to act as their students and faculty have shown ever greater readiness to block an expanding range of views that they deem wrong or beyond the pale." At Bastiat's Window, Bob Graboyes pens A Field Guide to Guaranteed, Certified, Definitely-Not-Antisemitic, We-Are-Hamas Global-Intifada Free-Range Encampments. Insty, HE’S RIGHT OF COURSE: Columbia Law Professor Says Columbia University Violated Federal Laws, Fostered A ‘Hostile Environment’ On Campus.

“Across the U.S., a host of measures adopted in 2020 and 2021, including new classroom curriculums about the nation’s racial history, have been curtailed or eliminated in the years since. Politicians have railed against ‘critical race theory’ and schools have reinstated mascots that had been condemned as racially offensive.”
The idea that we should have a national “reckoning” because of a single news event was always a bit crazy, and of course, manipulative.

And a Key Bridge update, Jazz Shaw at Hat Hair asks  Why Did the FBI Seize the Phones of the Dali's Crew? 

It's been more than six weeks since the cargo ship Dali struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse. While some detour channels have been cleared, and some of the cargo has been removed, the Dali is still stuck in the same spot with a huge section of the bridge pushing down her bow. Plans to remove the final bridge sections using small explosives were delayed by rough weather this week. Amazingly most of the crew has remained onboard the vessel for much of this time. Reverend Josh Messick of the Baltimore International Seafarers' Center has been in touch with the crew regularly but he describes the situation as having been quite stressful for the sailors. One big part of that stress is the fact that the FBI seized all of the sailor's phones as soon as they arrived and they still haven't returned them. (CBS News)
Adding to the stress, Messick said their phones have been confiscated by the FBI as part of the agency's investigation into the disaster.

"The crew cooperated fully, unlocked them all. They had an understanding they would be getting them back in a couple of days, and that's yet to happen," he said.

While they now have replacement phones, they no longer have their contacts or family photos.

Messick said, "It's the little pieces of humanity that have been stripped away, and that is what is particularly heartbreaking."
The FBI is declining to comment about "an ongoing investigation," but it's something of a mystery why the situation is being handled in this fashion. I suppose I can understand why the phones might have been initially taken during the rush to investigate the accident. Perhaps the authorities were interested in any possible location data that they may have contained.

But it's been six weeks now. The crew has been issued replacement phones as noted above, but they no longer have their lists of contact information, personal photos, or anything else. Does anyone really believe that this was anything other than a tragic equipment failure leading to an accidental collision with the bridge's superstructure? Does the FBI suspect that it might have been planned and someone on the ship could have been sending messages about the plot? That doesn't make any sense.

Perhaps I wouldn't be quite so suspicious about the FBI's actions in these rather obscure proceedings if it weren't for the Bureau's rather dodgy record over the past few years.

 The Wombat has FMJRA 2.0: Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves ready and awaiting your attention at The Other McCain.

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