August 11, 2022

OUT ON A LIMB: Don’t blame Texas for New York’s immigration ‘crisis.’

To hear New York mayor Eric Adams tell it, you would think that a crisis has gripped the streets of our nation’s largest city as busloads of illegal immigrants arrive from Texas. Some of the new arrivals, courtesy of Texas Governor Greg Abbott — who wants to send a message about the very real crisis in his state — have been met in person by the mayor. He claims the city is now scrambling to take care of them. It’s a lie.

Thus far, Abbott has sent 75, maybe 100 illegal immigrants to New York, a city of 9 million people, a city which, in fact, already has a population of 500,000 illegal migrants. Are we really to believe that a few dozen more from Texas has our system at the breaking point? That’s about as many as come with the average church tourist group from Nebraska; it’s not exactly Exodus or the Mariel Boatlift. To put it in perspective, the maximum capacity of a single New York subway car is 198.

But listen to this ridiculous hyperbole from Adams: “This is horrific when you think about what the governor is doing.” He added, “We need help, and we’re reaching out to the federal government to tell them that we need help. We’re going to get through this.” Get through this? Get through what, exactly? More illegal immigrants pass through our airports every day. What help do we need from the federal government? Do we need them to rent us a church basement and buy some cots? What’s going on here?

This isn’t who we are. Adams clearly needs to reread the words on the Statue of Liberty — and his own promise that New York is a sanctuary city.

FURIOUS FURRY: Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke at rally: Stop laughing at me, “motherf****r.” “So Beto’s history is entirely laughable, but so are his political instincts here. He’s clearly talking to a small group of supporters in this incident. What politician calls his own supporters ‘motherf*****s’? Rather than ask what the criticism might be, O’Rourke’s first instinct is to attack and posture himself as supremely virtuous rather than defend his argument. That’s a bad look for any politician, but especially risible for a gun-control radical stumping for office in Texas, of all places.”

I HAVE A FEW CHOICE WORDS AND PHRASES ASIDE FROM ‘GROOMER’: Don’t Say ‘Groomer’ Because the MSM Will Call You a Bigot.

Related:

ANNALS OF (INADVERTENT) LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Claire McCaskill accidentally invalidates all those BLM protests with her take on how ‘accused criminal’ defendants operate.

WILLIE SUTTON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Middle-class Americans to bear brunt of IRS audits under Dem inflation bill, analysis shows. “Americans making less than $75,000 will be subject to 710,863 additional audits, according to the analysis”

CHANGE: Princeton Adds ‘Diversity’ Options to Its Vendor Search Portal. “The new options allow staff to search for businesses based on race or other criteria like women ownership, veteran ownership, and (of course) LGBT ownership.”

MADE IN THE USA: Flag Pole Kit 6 Ft Flagpole with Embroidered American Flag. #CommissionEarned

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Democrats Have Arrested, Prosecuted, And Raided Their Enemies. There’s Only One Way To Make Them Stop. “They’ve arrested their enemies, revived obscure rules as pretexts for partisan attacks, and raided their opponents’ homes, and they won’t be sorry until they’ve felt the same pain.”

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! UC San Diego hosts segregated orientation: Families of white students have been prohibited from participating in numerous college welcome programs at UCSD during the Fall 2022 welcome week.

I HAD BEEN ASSURED THE WALLS WERE REALLY CLOSING IN THIS TIME: Trump Stymies NY Prosecutor Who Vowed to ‘Get Him.’

TO BE FAIR, NONE OF THIS STUFF IS ABOUT ACTUALLY HELPING MINORITY STUDENTS: Massive DEI efforts have not increased grad rates for students of color: study.

EVERYBODY HATES KAREN: Jacinda Ardern unravelling as New Zealand PM’s popularity tanks. “Ardern has been in damage control after her controversial handling of the pandemic has led to large-scale protests across the country as Kiwis severely impacted by government policies left struggling to make ends meet in the resulting cost of living crisis.”

NO WORD ON IF IT’S MADE IN CHINA, BUT I HAVE MY SUSPICIONS: Diabetes Drug Januvia Contaminated with Carcinogen. “The FDA said that it allows 37 nanograms per day of nitrosamine in a drug, but to avoid any shortages of the diabetes medications, it is allowing up to 246.7 nanograms daily. The agency did maintain that cancer risk with the allowable increase is minimal. . . . Januvia is the third best-selling drug for Merck, followed by Janumet, with revenues of $3.3 billion and nearly $2 billion, respectively, in 2021 for the company, Bloomberg said.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Democrats Keep Throwing Their Hail Mary Passes Wildly Out of Bounds. “It would appear that Americans who don’t live in the coastal media bubbles aren’t too keen on going full Soviet just yet.”

BIDEN MAY HAVE JUST LOST THE RADICAL DEM BASE: What, no guns for weed smokers? And if, as DOJ told a court, using medical marijuana impairs the user’s “judgment, cognition, and physical coordination,” why is it being legalized around the country, anyway?

APPARENTLY THIS IS NECESSARY: WHO asks people not to attack monkeys over monkeypox.

CELEBRITIES EMBARK ON A UKRAINE SAFARI:

It’s almost as though there are two wars happening at once: one on social media, where guerrilla clips from the front lines show bodies, shelling, and damage to homes, and one playing out in the pages of Vogue magazine.

This week, it was revealed that Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain had visited with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The photo was posted to his official Telegram account and was taken from his presidential palace. There were also several shots of Chastain seated at a table with Zelensky having a discussion of some sort.

Chastain is only the latest celebrity du jour to hold court with Zelensky, who has taken on a celebrity status of his own in American media culture. He was asked to appear at the Oscars and did appear at the Grammys via video message. Last month, actor Sean Penn took a meeting with Zelensky. In June, actor Ben Stiller met with Zelensky in the presidential palace. In May, on Zelensky’s invitation, U2 gave a 40-minute performance in a Kyiv metro station. Angelina Jolie, a UN-designated humanitarian, visited as well. Last month, Zelensky and his wife Olena posed for a much heralded photo spread in Vogue for famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. The spread drew head scratches and some backlash on social media for what was deemed misguided priorities.

I don’t fault Zelensky for taking high-profile meetings with international celebrities. He’s doing what he can using a star-hungry media to keep the atrocities in his country at the forefront of people’s minds. I do, however, question what kind of military strategy and diplomatic expertise the guy from Zoolander and the chick from Zero Dark Thirty can offer.

Perhaps Sean Penn can grab his shotgun and commandeer a platoon. More and more these visits look like publicity safari photo-ops to be kept on mantles as keepsakes. The logistics and planning of flying a millionaire celebrity into a war zone for a photo-op can’t be easy, nor can it be cheap and accommodating. It’s not like booking an Airbnb. I don’t think Zelensky himself is arranging these high-profile meetings, but one can’t help but wonder what kind of attention is being pulled away from caring for Ukrainian refugees and keeping the Russians at bay.

Putin has decided to get into the act as well: Russia sent Steven Seagal to occupied Ukraine to spread propaganda, part of his role as a Kremlin spokesman.

MEANWHILE, THEY WANT TO REPLACE BEAT COPS WITH SOCIAL WORKERS: IRS seeks armed accountants ready for ‘deadly force.’

FED UP WITH REPEATED BREAK-INS AND CRIME, BAY AREA LAUNDROMAT OWNERS MOVE OUT OF CA:

Fed up, and moving out. After dealing with repeated break-ins, theft, vandalism, and more, one family of longtime Bay Area business owners have had enough. They’ve decided to move their entire family picked up, and moved to Alabama.

What plays out at Derek Drake’s Lake Merritt laundromat these days is so outrageous and frequent it almost feels like a heist movie.

“Three out of past four nights people have tried to get into my laundromat. Out of four nights… that’s crazy!” exclaims Derek via Zoom.

Derek and his family, have owned laundromats in the East Bay for decades. Derek explained how his father, Raiders legend Art Thoms said to him “my teammates laughed at me when I started buying laundromats 45 years ago.”

But it wasn’t until this past year when the frequency of break-ins and crime seems to have exploded.

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Derek’s family isn’t alone. California’s population fell by more than 180,000 in 2020 and has declined two years in a row. While the numbers of people who left the state are still a tiny percentage of the total population, Derek says many of his friends have plans to leave too, citing similar difficulties.

2020, you say? Not a National Model — A National Warning. “As Gavin Newsom runs absurd ads inviting Floridians and Texans to come to California for its ‘freedom,’ his bravado is undermined by an inconvenient fact: For the first time in state history, California has begun to shrink. People have been fleeing Newsom’s business lockdowns, school closures, high taxes, and other policies.”

HOUSE DEMS CHOOSE HIRING 87K IRS AGENTS OVER 20K BORDER AGENTS: Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) offered an amendment yesterday in the House Rules Committee to Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act that will be voted on Friday in the lower chamber.

Budd offered the Dems a stark choice – You can either vote to double the IRS workforce so it can do millions more audits of American families, or you can vote to begin restoring the security of the U.S. border with Mexico.

The Dems unanimously voted for an IRS that will be, as Thomas Jefferson put it in the Declaration of Independence “swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” I report the sad, but utterly predictable, details for The Epoch Times.

THIS SEEMS POLITICAL: FCC Cancels Starlink Funding for Rural Broadband Program. “Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr issued his own statement after the announcement — saying he did not know about the FCC’s decision until the press release — disagreeing with the decision.”

BANANA REPUBLIC UPDATE: The FBI raid may be a hinge point in American history. Don’t want people to hate, fear, and distrust their government? Don’t be horrible, lawless, and dishonest.

FIDUCIARY? WHAT’S THAT? Republican AGs Allege BlackRock Violating Law With Woke Investing. “A coalition of 19 Republican attorneys general says BlackRock CEO Larry Fink prioritizes left-wing political initiatives over shareholder returns and is jeopardizing the retirement of middle class workers with pensions. Fink’s embrace of environmental, social, and governance investment policies, known as ESG, potentially runs afoul of several laws, the AGs charge in a letter sent to Fink.”

Hey, what’s the good of having control over other people’s money if you can’t use it to further your own goals?

DEAL OF THE DAY: Vabogu 12×42 Binoculars for Adults. #CommissionEarned

REPUBLICAN POUNCES! Trump seizes on FBI search to fuel backlash. “A day after the FBI search of his Florida resort, it was as if Trump had never been away, as he reapplied his grip on the national psyche by orchestrating a fierce backlash against the bureau, the Justice Department and the Biden White House, which has said it had no advance warning of the FBI activity.”

CNN’s Stephen Collinson is in truly turgid form today.

HOW NOT TO TALK TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT MONKEYPOX:

I would like to share a piece of a recent interview I heard on OPB (Our NPR affiliate). The guest is a senior adviser with the Oregon Health Authority, the state agency that was also in charge of most policy decisions for Covid-19. Here is the exchange between Jenn Chávez (OPB host) and Dr. Tim Menza (OHA adviser) that left me a bit puzzled.

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Menza did eventually get around to talking about gay men, sort of, when prompted by his interviewer (who, of course, went directly to the issue of “stigma” before anyone devoted any time to the question of whether gay men need any particular information about risk reduction):

Chávez: Right now my understanding is that many of the cases in Oregon have been found in cisgender men who have sex with men. And I’m wondering how you are approaching public health messaging around this — resisting stigmatization and shame and blame while also still targeting those most at risk right now with resources.

Menza: It’s quite the challenge. What we’ve been trying to do as best as we can is stick with what we know. In the United States, we know that people assigned male at birth who have sex with men and people assigned female at birth, including at least one pregnant person, have been affected by hMPXV in Oregon. We know that cisgender men and nonbinary people are affected by hMPXV. While most identify as gay or queer and report close contact with people assigned male at birth, we have cases that also identify as straight and bisexual and report close contact with people assigned female at birth. (emphasis added)

It is simple enough to say that monkeypox is spreading especially among men who have sex with men. If you also say that there is elevated risk for trans and nonbinary people who have sex with men, you’ve covered the whole universe of elevated sexual risk for monkeypox in a clear and understandable way. Instead, Menza starts by talking about, for some reason, “people assigned male at birth who have sex with men and people assigned female at birth” — that is, to a first approximation, gay men plus women, which is not anywhere close to an accurate description of the high-risk group.

It is unacceptable, if you have Dr. Menza’s job, to speak in woke word salads like this. Menza is speaking on a broadcast news program. It is his job to communicate in clear terms to the broad public. And few members of the public describe themselves as “assigned male at birth” or even think of their sex as something that was “assigned.” This is woke jargon, and it’s unsuitable for a news interview.

The Newspeak Dictionary has nothing on Dr. Menza!

LIFE IN THE BANANA REPUBLIC: Here’s how the rule of law applied to a former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to forgery. “Former senior FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to forgery in getting that FISA warrant against Carter Page so the FBI could spy on the Trump organization. Clinesmith faced a harsh penalty — his law license was suspended. But that was then, and this is now. Clinesmith has been restored to “good standing” and has his license to practice law back.”

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Poll: Americans less optimistic about COVID situation.

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Kevin Downey Jr: Shouldn’t We Be Asking if Serial Election Loser Hillary Had a Role in All This Mar-a-Lago Nonsense? “Notice the airbrushing on her face. Clearly, her server wasn’t the only thing to get an acid bath.”

Matt Margolis: Never Forget: These 20 Republicans Voted to Confirm Merrick Garland. “Garland didn’t need any Republican support to get confirmed, yet 20 ignored the warning signs and gave him their seal of approval—including Chuck Grassley, who was shocked by Garland’s refusal to commit to protecting the Durham investigation.”

Yours Truly: Meet the 5 Lefties Condemning the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Raid. “Maybe the most surprising was disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He was last seen inappropriately touching underlings while conspiring with since-fired CNN host Chris Cuomo on how to avoid press scrutiny.”

OH AND IF YOU’RE AN INDIE WRITER, I’M DOING A SERIES ON COVERS ON WEDNESDAY:   Covers! What are They Good For?

(And last week’s:  The Great Cover Up)

HMM: “Through his investigations as the head of the COVID-19 commission, Prof. Sachs has come to the conclusion that there is extremely dangerous biotechnology research being kept from public view, that the United States was supporting much of this research, and that it is very possible that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, originated through dangerous virus research gone awry. Prof. Sachs recently co-authored a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calling for an independent inquiry into the virus’s origins. He believes that there is clear proof that the National Institutes of Health and many members of the scientific community have been impeding a serious investigation of the origins of COVID-19 and deflecting attention away from the hypothesis that risky U.S.-supported research may have led to millions of deaths.”

LEMON WOULDN’T KNOW THE POLITICAL CENTER IF IT BIT HIM ON THE FLESHY PART OF THE BACK:  Don Lemon rejects ‘narrative’ that CNN is moving toward political center.

HARD TO BELIEVE, ISN’T IT?   Ratings for Chris Cuomo’s podcast sinking fast three weeks after launch.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to listen to Fredo’s wisdom?

Incidentally, does anyone know how to dislodge a tongue that has permanently got lodged in your cheek?

HE IS OPEN ABOUT NOT MAKING THIS FOR THE WOKERATI:  ‘Terminal List’ creator: Chris Pratt’s show slammed because ‘woke stuff isn’t shoved into it’.

CAMPUS, WHERE INDEPENDENT THOUGHT IS KILLED:  Today’s blacklisted American: The ’21-’22 school year saw nearly 200 new blacklisting events on American campuses.

THEY’RE IDIOT PARROTS WITH DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY:  CNN: Burnett Tries To Play “Gotcha” On Mar-a-Lago Raid.

ABORTION, EXCEPT IN THE MOST DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST, AND IT’S NOT ACTIVISM THAT DID IT, IT’S: Tech.

(UPDATE: Sorry about forgetting this link. I spent the entire day yesterday with a case of insufficient caffeine. My husband refuses to believe the coffee was broken. And yet it was.)

YOU DON’T SAY:  Schumer-Manchin won’t reduce inflation.

WHY, YES, NUCLEAR WAR IS SURVIVABLE:  Nuclear 101: Survival.  

Read the next post, too.

LIKE THE FACT IT HAPPENED AT ALL:  Trump’s lawyers describe the irregularities of the Mar-A-Lago raid.

IN THE TRADITION OF J. EDGAR HOOVER:  The lure of the closet.

They just can’t leave them panties alone.

REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WON’T DIE, BUT THESE IDIOTS MIGHT:  Must-hear: Gad Saad on what the FBI raid on Trump’s home says about the West.

It might not be too late, if they repent, shut up and go away.

No, I’m not waiting with sandwiches by the phone.

CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL IT SMELLS AS FOUL:  The Left is Now Desperately Trying to Change the Meaning of the Word ‘Raid’.

The idiots think if they change the word they erase the offense.

OH, HONEY, YOU’RE NOT THE LONE RANGER:  .

They want to end all of us.

AND, ALAS, NOT WALKED NAKED BEHIND A DONKEY, WITH HANDS TIED TO THE TAIL, BEING WHIPPED TILL THE BLOOD RAN FREELY:  Pro-Antifa High School Teacher in California Gets Paid to Resign.

Which would be my solution to this stupidity, pour encourager les autres.

THE ROAD IS LONG, WITH MANY A WINDING TURN:  The Limits Of History.

But in the end, we win, they lose.

THEY HAVE CHOSEN AMERICANS AS THE SHAPE OF THEIR DESTRUCTORS. SO BE IT:  FBI delivers subpoenas to several Pa. Republican lawmakers: sources say.

SO I’VE BEEN READING P.T. DEUTERMANN’S WORLD WAR II BOOKS, which I highly recommend. Well written, well plotted, technically knowledgeable, interesting characters.

OPEN THREAD: Disport yourselves in the comments.

AND THE (MOB) HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: FBI delivers subpoenas to several PA Republican lawmakers, sources say.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Report: FBI Raided Mar-A-Lago After Tip That Parents Were Protesting A School Board Meeting There.

SKYNET SMILES: US Space Force tests robot dogs to patrol Cape Canaveral.

SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB: New York Professor Claims Those Who Don’t Want to Mask in Her Class Are ‘Racist.’

The mask fanatics refuse to give up.

Even though nearly every jurisdiction in the United States has ended mandates, there are legions of people desperate to maintain the disproven fiction of universal masking.

Mountains of data have accumulated over the past several years showing that masks have been completely ineffective at preventing the spread of COVID.

Yet some are so committed to avoiding admitting that the leaders of their political ideology have been wrong that they’re willing to continue policies, seemingly forever.

One such recent example came from a SUNY New Paltz Professor Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón who is described on LinkedIn as an “interdisciplinary Latina feminist performance studies scholar.”

Pabón announced on Twitter that she will be enforcing mask mandates in her classroom, even though the school she teaches at no longer requires them, and is even “building mask wearing” into her syllabus…She also claims in the (potential) syllabus that “Refusing to mask indoors is a manifestation of ableism and racism, an exercise of individual privilege that tells the most vulnerable that their health does not matter.”

Speaking of mask fanatics: Fauci: ‘Inexplicable’ That Americans See Forced Masking as Encroachment on Freedom.

BY TOMORROW WE’LL BE TOLD TRUMP WAS ACTUALLY BEHIND IT: Details of What FBI Seized at Mar-a-Lago Make FBI Raid Look Downright Scandalous.

NY GOV. KATHY HOCHUL GOES OFF SCRIPT WHILE ATTACKING FLORIDA GOV. RON DESANTIS AT HOLOCAUST EVENT: Hochul jokes about Jews fleeing to Florida during Holocaust event.

Gov. Kathy Hochul sounded like a bad Borscht Belt comedian at a bill signing tied to Holocaust education in schools Wednesday as she tried to land a joke at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ expense.

“I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home: Thank you for calling New York home. Don’t go anywhere or to another state. Florida is overrated. I shouldn’t say this, but look at the governor. It starts at the top down,” Hochul cracked.

“Getting in trouble – gotta stay on script,” the governor quickly added before she was forced to abruptly segue to her introduction of Holocaust survivor Celia Kener at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan.

Related: Antisemitic Attacks in New York Are at Highest Level in Decades.

OUT ON A LIMB: DOJ source calls raid a ‘spectacular backfire,’ claims AG Garland didn’t approve it.

The story concludes with another big revelation. It claims that AG Merrick Garland was being updated on the National Archives investigation and knew about the grand jury but did not approve the search Monday. Newsweek’s source claims Garland had “no prior knowledge” of the time of the raid. Instead it was FBI Director Christopher Wray who approved the search. Finally, the source adds, “It really is a case of the Bureau misreading the impact.”

This is a lot of new information but I think the big take-aways are that this had nothing to do with Jan. 6 and that these DOJ sources are now feeling a lot of pressure, enough that they are a) trying to explain themselves and b) blaming the “spectacular backfire” on the FBI and the US Attorney while trying to insulate AG Garland from the blowback.

As Scott Johnson writes at Power Line, “We saw the FBI agents holding the fort down outside Mar-a-Lago with big weapons. It was sickening. Christopher Wray should be sent packing and the FBI should be dissolved and reconstituted. It has become an unaccountable and politically corrupt organization.”

Related: FBI Quest for Trump Documents Started With Breezy Chats, Tour of a Crowded Closet. “FBI officials showed up with instructions to keep the search as unobtrusive as possible, with agents dressed in plainclothes and told not to take any weapons, people familiar with the plan said. The Secret Service was notified and then Mr. Trump’s lawyers. On site, the FBI asked for several things, according to a person familiar, including a diagram of the sprawling building and that surveillance cameras be turned off, citing officer safety.”

More: Eric Trump tells DailyMail.com what REALLY happened in FBI raid: President’s son says 30 agents REFUSED to hand over warrant, kicked lawyer off property, rifled through clothes — and how Mar-a-Lago staff refused to turn off security cameras.

Earlier:

NOW OUT FROM DAVE KOPEL: Restoring the Right to Bear Arms: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

Download it early and often!

I DUNNO, JUST LOOK AROUND: The Human Brain May Not Be Shrinking After All.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China’s secretive space plane flies higher and longer than before.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Trump Thanks FBI For Kicking Off His 2024 Reelection Campaign.

HEH:

HMM: FDA authorizes altered monkeypox dosing regimen to increase doses five-fold.

Using this approach we’d have over 100 million doses available, if the CDC, NIH, and FDA hadn’t screwed up.

JEFFREY CARTER: MAKING OTHER NUMBERS UP:

NY Attorney General Letitia James ran on a campaign of “getting Trump”. Two days ago, Joe Biden attacked his political rival with the full force and power of the Federal Government dispatching 30 FBI agents to raid his home in Florida.

The goal is to keep Trump off the ballot.

I don’t want to see the President run in 2024. I’d like to see the torch passed on to younger people. However, the more they attack him and the more unfairly he is treated it makes me want to see him run again and fully support him.

The “they” isn’t just the Democratic Party. It’s also the RINOs in the Republican Party that make a nice living off grifting with the government. I saw it destroy any competitiveness in the Illinois Republican Party and I don’t want the RINOs to destroy the national party. I’d prefer that small government conservatives get elected and destroy the bureaucracy, and kick the RINOs out.

Trump is accused of committing fraud by Letitia James in the way he ran his business. He is accussed of inflating the assets on the business balance sheet to get loans and conduct business with other entitites. I saw Trump’s statement, and predictably it was an attacking statement. People forget that the thing a lot of us like is he actually fights and fights aggressively.

Trump is right. She is a pure political hack no different than an apparatchik in the Stalin Administration.

But, I’d like to add some nuance to this and hopefully, reasonable people will see the light. People with Trump Derangement Syndrome will never see the light.

Private markets are just that, private. Trump’s hotel business isn’t public. It’s not listed on a stock exchange. There is no private marketplace where you can buy and sell Trump shares in his hotels. It’s 100% his.

He can value his buildings at whatever the heck he wants to value them at. He can say each one is worth $1B, $10B or a hundred million bajillion trillion. If he doesn’t have any outside equity investors, it doesn’t matter at all what he values them at.

Read the whole thing.

Plus:

Someday, hopefully in November, there will be new sheriffs in town that will assume the power that the Democrats are using wontonly.

I don’t think Republicans should use it to target political rivals like Schiff, Pelosi, Schumer, Biden and the rest of the Democrats have done-with the full support of the entire apparatus and every candidate of the Democratic party by the way.

But, boy, it’s awfully hard not to wish they’d use it that way.

That’s how Civil Wars get going.

And some people seem to want that.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): “A White House Middle School teacher’s aide was arrested Tuesday after being accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor. . . . During the investigation, detectives discovered that the sexual acts began approximately two years ago when the juvenile and Cartwright began communicating via Snapchat. The investigation also revealed that Cartwright had sexual intercourse with the student approximately 15 times before family members of the student discovered the inappropriate sexual acts were occurring. Officials said the detectives presented this case to the Sumner County Grand Jury in August of 2022 and returned sealed indictments against Cartwright for statutory rape by an authority figure and continuous sexual abuse of a child.”

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT? HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Goes Woke, Will Explore ‘Internalized Misogyny’ and ‘Patriarchy.’

I thought Season 8 of Game of Thrones had killed the franchise, but I guess they aren’t done beating the corpse yet.

BE PREPARED: SABRE Pepper Spray Keychain with Quick Release for Easy Access. #CommissionEarned

OH, GOSH, WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? Chicago’s Public Defender: Police Are Abusing Anti-Gun Laws, Targeting Minorities.

MATT MARGOLIS: J6 Committee Primetime Hearings Backfire In The Most Hilarious Way.

READER FAVORITE: Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds with MagSafe Charging Case. #CommissionEarned

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: ‘Dr. Doom’ Nouriel Roubini warns the era of stagflation is here and central banks are setting a trap in trying to normalize policy.

“The world economy is undergoing a radical regime shift,” he said in an op-ed for Project Syndicate on Tuesday, declaring the end of the Great Moderation, during which economies enjoyed low inflation, high growth, and mild recessions.

Those qualities have been the standard for the past few decades, but are reversing into what Roubini dubs as the Great Stagflation: an era of high inflation, low growth, high debt, and the potential for severe recessions.

Global economies carry larger debt ratios than before, setting up central banks for potential failure, Roubini said.

“Central banks are thus locked in a ‘debt trap’: any attempt to normalize monetary policy will cause debt-servicing burdens to spike, leading to massive insolvencies, cascading financial crises, and fallout in the real economy,” he said.

Glenn or I could do a whole series of I-Told-You-So articles going back 20 years, when big spending and big borrowing combined with ZIRP became the new normal, but it’s all too depressing.

IT’S EVERYWHERE: The Ubiquitin Universe.

THE BIG QUESTION: Are we human beings just meaningless specks in a vast universe without a purpose for being? Before you get all defensive, or depressed, or deranged (just kidding!), check out today’s video on HillFaith.

‘DEEP’ THOUGHT FROM ADAMS: Send New Yorkers to campaign for Beto in Texas. “Just try to imagine the way Texans will receive door-knockers who deliver a message like: ‘Hello, I’m from New York City, and I’d like to tell you how Mayor Eric Adams thinks you should vote.’ It would come across as ‘Youse hicks betta vote for Beto, if you know what’s good for ya.’ A bless your heart might be the kindest reaction they get, followed by gales of laughter.”

SCIENCE: AI + ECG heart trace can accurately predict diabetes and pre-diabetes.

CAN’T ANYBODY THERE PLAY THIS GAME? The White House Response to the Mar-a-Lago Raid Was a Disaster.

IN MY AREA IT’S A LOT MORE THAN THAT: More than 40% of U.S. adults have returned to ‘pre-COVID-19 normal,’ survey says.

STICKER SHOCK: “Significant Material Cost Increases”: Ford Hikes Prices Of EV Truck By Up To $7,000. “F-150 Lightning’s new MSRP is now between $47,000 to $97,000, up from approximately $40,000 to $92,000 — prices exclude destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge.”

Previously: Tow No! The Ford F-150 Lightning Struggled in Our Towing Test. “In MotorTrend testing, an F-150 Lightning Platinum saddled with a camper that nearly maxed out its 8,500-pound towing capacity couldn’t even cover 100 miles. Range improved when we hooked up a significantly lighter trailer, but not by as much as you might expect.”

A minimum of $47k (plus taxes and fees) for a truck with limited tow range.

That’s one severely uneconomical virtue signal.

HEH:

KEVIN DOWNEY JR: If You’re STILL Voting Blue, You Get the Tyranny You Deserve. “Tyranny doesn’t just show up one day and say, ‘I’m here to take your liberties away.’ It comes in steps, and the raid on Trump’s home is a big, big step in a long line of them.”

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: How the FBI Undercounts Armed Citizen Responders to Mass Killers — and Media Play Along.

NICE: Chris Pratt smashes the ‘woke critics’ of his new show ‘The Terminal List,’ takes to Instagram to troll them.

The show follows Pratt’s character, Navy SEAL commander James Reece, who is determined to find out who killed his platoon and get revenge.

While critics were not pleased with the production, many fans immediately came to Pratt’s rescue, with the audience score on the review site coming in as 94% “fresh.”

In a brazen move, the “Wanted” star took to his Instagram story, sharing a report that suggested the actor defied “woke critics.”

In a follow-up post, Pratt shared a picture of the infamous Dr. Evil from the “Austin Powers” films, referencing the enormous amount of people who had streamed his show on Prime Video that had clearly disregarded any negative commentary.

It’d be nicer just to let the work — and its success – speak for itself, but the Left murdered niceties.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Glorious Inflation News, Comrades! You’re Getting Poorer Slightly Less Quickly. “I haven’t seen this big a celebration since our most recent battlefield victory over Eastasia, with whom Oceania has always been at war. Unless we’ve always been at war with Eurasia.”

Update: Biden, reading from a script, claimed 0% inflation last month. Gaslit video at the link.

DEAL OF THE DAY: HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 14-inch Laptop. #CommissionEarned

HMM: Russian Airbase In Crimea Goes Boom. “Russian military assets blowing up in Ukraine isn’t news, especially now that they’ve fielded HIMARS. What is news is these strikes are a good 200 kilometers from the front line.”

CANCEL CULTURE COMES FOR..METALLICA? Some Stranger Things Fans Are Now Trying to Cancel Metallica, Twitter Reacts.

However it’s described, in her video, Trueblood presses Metallica about their past actions caught on photo or video, including when members such as former bassist Jason Newsted appeared to do Nazi salutes onstage. She also shows footage where Metallica seemed to make fun of the death of Kurt Cobain after the Nirvana singer’s 1994 suicide. (One includes Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine, but he was already out of Metallica at the time.)

Trueblood further claims Metallica singer James Hetfield kept Ice-T‘s Body Count off a 1992 Metallica tour with Guns N’ Roses due to the hip-hop artist’s race. She includes a classic MTV News clip suggesting the source of the rumor as Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose.

Naturally, Metallica fans on Twitter reacted in droves to Trueblood’s video. One tweet summarized, “The fact metallica welcomed and defended all the new fans that came from the stranger things fandom and they’ve gone and THROWN IT BACK IN THEIR FACES…”

But another seemed to counter in support of Trueblood’s take, saying, “Metallica fans proving they’re racist lmao.” Yet another replied to the drama, “Search Metallica cancelled… all about racism etc.” See more Twitter reactions down under the video.

As Kevin Williamson wrote in 2018, “Watch What You Say. Someone Else Is.

The generation that reached what passes for maturity in the age of social media is the most status-obsessed—and hence etiquette-obsessed—since the ancien régime. They are all miniaturists: There hasn’t been an important and original book of political ideas written by an American Millennial, and very few of them have read one, either. But they are very interested in individual pronouns and 280-character tweets. It is extraordinarily difficult for any one of them to raise his own status through doing interesting and imaginative intellectual work, because there is practically no audience for such work among his peers. Worse, the generation ahead of him stopped paying attention to Millennials years ago, and the generation behind him never started.

What that leaves is the takfiri tendency, scalp-hunting or engineering a court scandal at Versailles. Concurrent with that belief is the superstition that people such as Harvey Weinstein or Bret Stephens take up cultural space that might otherwise be filled by some more worthy person if only the infidel were removed, as though society were an inverted game of Tetris, with each little disintegration helping to enable everybody else to move up one slot at a time. Status obsession does funny things to one’s map of social reality. It leads to all manner of bizarre thinking.

And as a result, we live in the dumbest timeline imaginable.

THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE “THIS IS MAGA COUNTRY” TYPES: DA mulls charges against teens arrested for attack on Chinese UW-Madison student.

THAT’S BECAUSE HIS WINS ARE AMERICA’S LOSSES: As Democrats Celebrate Biden ‘Wins,’ More Blue House Seats Become Competitive.

#RESISTANCE WORKS: UChicago drops booster mandate after saga of COVID regulations, protests.

HHS TRANS-GENDERING GUIDELINES IGNORED FDA WARNING: President Ronald Reagan oft quipped that the government’s left hand often doesn’t know what its far-left hand is doing. Liberty Unyielding’s Hans Bader used the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to uncover a contemporary illustration of this enduring reality.

Seems the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA) ignored warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the very real health dangers of using puberty blockers in children.

As Bader points out, “the FDA recently added a warning to the puberty blockers used by transgender children undergoing gender transitions. The warning was added after the FDA identified ‘a serious potential side effect’ that can ’cause cause a dangerous surge of spinal fluid pressure in the brain,’ as well as ‘headaches, nausea, double vision, and even permanent vision loss.’”

But hey, parents, not to worry, the ideological fanatics running HHS and the OPA know better about these things than the experts at FDA, so go right ahead and fill your kids with those puberty blockers.

A little aspirin ought to stop their whining and crying about those headaches, nausea, double vision and stumbling into furniture, tripping over the dog and walking into traffic. After all, as Reagan also said, they are from the government and they are here to help us.

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