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ESPN in the news

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Get woke, go broke - proven true yet again. From John Nolte writing at Breitbart:

Nolte: ESPN President Takes a Knee — ‘Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics’
ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro conceded defeat Monday by finally admitting, “Without question our data tells us our fans do not want us to cover politics.”

Well, no shit.

You needed your data to tell you that, Jimmy?

You needed to convene something to do a tabulation that deliver some data, Jimmy?

Was it the 15 million lost subscribers? Was that the “data?”

How about the endless complaints across social media, the editorials…?

Maybe the layoffs? Those massive layoffs — were the layoffs the data, Jimmy?

Perhaps it was the ratings crash?

Consumer sentiment?

Seriously, Jimmy, please do share with us this data of which you speak.

Get woke, go broke - this happens every time some corporation gets coerced by the Social Justice Warriors to do something stupid. The SJWs are a fraction of the population. I would be seriously surprised if they comprised more than five percent of the total population of the USA. Why are they getting so much air-time and publicity?

Their fifteen minutes are well over - time for them to dry up and blow away.

From the Los Angeles NBC affiliate:

Rotting Trash Piles Sky-High in LA, Attracting Rats and Raising Concerns of a New Epidemic
Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year's record number of flea-borne typhus cases.

Even the city's most notorious trash pile, located between downtown LA's busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to be a magnet for rats after it was cleaned up months ago. The rodents can carry typhus-infected fleas, which can spread the disease to humans through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin, resulting in severe flu-like symptoms.

The NBC4 I-Team first told Mayor Eric Garcetti's office about the piles of filth in the 700 block of Ceres Avenue in October. At the time, he promised to make sure trash doesn't pile up like that.

The garbage was cleaned after the interview, but conditions have worsened over the next seven months.

Much more at the site - the city is doing nothing to control the rat population. Lots of new cases of flea-borne typhus. This is what happens when you promote social programs over basic infrastructure.

So true. If a Republican had been featured in this picture, there would be an uproar from the peanut gallery about cultural appropriation, racism and pandering. Bernie? Not so much:

Creepy Joe and Global Warming

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Looks like he is trying to pad his resume - from PJ Media:

'Uniter-in-Chief' Biden Takes Credit for Starting 'This Whole Thing' on Climate Change in '87
Remember when Joe Biden suggested that both sides seek a “middle ground” on climate policy, and was blasted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, forcing him to walk back his proposal? Well, in the hopes of trying to maintain his radical leftist credentials, Joe Biden is now claiming he’s responsible for bringing the issue of climate change to the public consciousness.

Former Vice President Biden was asked Saturday by an activist with the US Youth Climate Strike if he would support a presidential climate debate hosted by her group, at which point he jumped in to tout his global-warming bona fides.

“By the way, I want you to know: I’m the guy that did all this stuff—read RealClearPolitics, it will tell you about how I started this whole thing back in ’87 with climate change,” he said at a campaign stop in video posted online.

Asked if he would commit to being a leader, he said, “I guarantee I’ll be a leader.”

Biden was the first senator to introduce climate change legislation, 1986 Global Climate Protection Act, but, him trying to take credit for the movement to address climate change is as absurd as Al Gore claiming he invented the internet. In fact, Politifact notes, “Biden’s bill was not the first time Congress focused on climate change.”

The 2020 Democratic race is a clown car. Political theater at its finest.

Quelle surprise - illegal invaders

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From Russa Today:

DNA pilot tests show 30% of migrants stopped at US border not related to ‘their’ kids - report
In a pilot program conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) DNA tests were being taken of immigrants who are suspected of arriving at America’s southern border with children who were not theirs.

“There’s been some concern about, ‘Are they stepfathers or adopted fathers?’” an official involved in the system's temporary rollout told Washington Examiner“Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members.” 

Who is bankrolling this? Classical Cloward-Piven - overwhelm the system.

Good riddance - Salon

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The Schadenfreude is strong with this story - from RedState:

Salon.Com Is Going Out Of Business And That Means Our National Politics Are Healthier Than We Thought
Sometimes when a company implodes you feel sorry for the people who are losing their jobs. Sometimes, however, it is very, very difficult to do so. This week, the New York Post reported on one of those instances where a company fails and you have an urge to send “Learn to Code” memes to every single one of their employees:

Salon Media Group, a one-time digital darling, has fallen on hard times. It lost its CEO of the past three years last week and appears to be on the brink of a deal to sell itself for a fire sale price of $5 million.

It's initial IPO raised $107 Million.

Great news from the New York Post:

Trump: Biden’s son should face probe over China business deal
President Trump says Joe Biden should be investigated over a conservative author’s allegations that his son Hunter Biden pocketed millions from the Chinese government in a shady business deal.

“One-hundred percent. It’s a disgrace. And then he says China’s not a competitor of ours. China is a massive competitor of ours. They want to take over the world,” the president told Steve Hilton of Fox News Channel’s “The Next Revolution.”

In his 2018 book, “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” author Peter Schweizer charged that Hunter was cashing in while then-veep Biden was negotiating with China.

“The vice president is negotiating a bunch of very sensitive issues with the Chinese, including the South China Sea, trade, tech transfer, etc. Shortly after they return to the US, Hunter Biden’s firm receives a $1 billion private equity deal from the Chinese government We have no way of knowing how much Rosemont made on the deal because there are no disclosure requirements,” he wrote.

I read this book a couple of months ago - very well researched and about 30 pages full of references and links to back up the allegations. Biden is crooked.

A 2016 police report has surfaced - from Breitbart:

Exclusive — 2016 Arizona Police Report: Cocaine Pipe Found in Car Rented by Joe Biden’s Son Hunter Biden, Authorities Declined to Prosecute
Breitbart News has exclusively obtained a heretofore unreported-on police report from days before the 2016 presidential election that describes how a cocaine pipe that authorities determined was used to smoke cocaine was found in a rental car returned to an Arizona Hertz location in the middle of the night. Also found in the vehicle were several personal effects of Hunter Biden, then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son, like two of his DC driver’s licenses, multiple credit cards, and personally identifying information like a Delaware Attorney General badge and a U.S. Secret Service business card that police said bore his name. Hunter Biden, according to the police report, had rented the vehicle from a location in California with the intent to return it to the Prescott, Arizona, location, where it was discovered the morning after it was dropped off with the drug paraphernalia and Hunter Biden’s personal effects inside.

The 23 page police report is at the Breitbart site and there is a lot more to read - a bit more:

Two different Prescott Police Department officers as well as a detective conducted an investigation—but ultimately local authorities in both the city and county attorney’s offices declined to prosecute the case. A document shows the reason the county attorney declined to prosecute the vice president’s son is because they thought they would only be able to get minor charges to stick, and kicked it down to the city attorney. It is unclear from the documents why the city attorney declined to prosecute.

In addition to local police, FBI and the U.S. Secret Service agents were roped into the case, as well. The FBI dispatched agents to the scene, according to the law enforcement documents, and the Secret Service communicated with the various law enforcement officials investigating and confirmed that Hunter Biden was not in harm’s way.

And, lest we forget, Biden Jr. has had previous problems with Cocaine - a clickable headline:

Vice President Joe Biden’s Son Hunter Ashamed After Cocaine-Related Dismissal From Navy

Of course, the elite never get prosecuted - the rules are for the little people.

If the President is incapable of performing their duties, the succession goes to the Vice President and then to the Speaker of the House. Here is Speaker Pelosi speaking to The American Road & Transportation Builders Association on the 15th (yesterday). This scares me. Who keeps putting her back in office?

Madame Speaker is 79 years old. Time to retire from the stage before she really loses it...

Murder most vile

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Seems that anti-abortion laws are happening not just in Alabama but in other states as well. A couple of headlines:

Liberals see abortion as a "right" - I see it as murder. I do see some instances where it is justified - amniotic testing finds a known birth defect, rape or incest, etc... but it needs to be done at the earliest possible time. The recent push by liberals extending the deadline to actual live birth is grotesque.

Rot at the top - CIA and FBI

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An interesting look at the historical record from Tyler at Zero Hedge:

Both Comey And Brennan Voted Communist While Cold War Was Raging
The heads of Obama's FBI and CIA both voted for Communists during the Cold War, yet were somehow able to move up the ranks within the same US intelligence community that had spent decades fighting that very ideology. 

Journalist Paul Sperry noted on Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey admitted in a 2003 interview to having voted Communist before casting his ballot for Jimmy Carter in 1980. 

"In college, I was left of center," Comey told New York Magazine, and through a gradual process I found myself more comfortable with a lot of the ideas and approaches the Republicans were using.” He voted for Carter in 1980, but in ’84, “I voted for Reagan—I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now. I’m not even sure how to characterize myself politically. Maybe at some point, I’ll have to figure it out.”

Of note, Comey's wife and four daughters were all giant Hillary Clinton supporters who wanted her to win "really badly." 

Former CIA Director John Brennan, meanwhile, admitted in 2016 to voting Communist in the 1970s. When asked at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual conference whether past activism would create a barrier for diverse candidates who want to enter the intelligence community, Brennan said that he was forced to admit to voting for Communist Gus Hall for president in 1976, according to CNN

"I froze, because I was getting so close to coming into CIA and said, 'OK, here's the choice, John. You can deny that, and the machine is probably going to go, you know, wacko, or I can acknowledge it and see what happens," CNN quoted Brennan as saying. 

Brennan (who was sworn in as CIA director on a draft of the US Constitution, without the Bill of Rights, instead of a Bible) said that while he had voted Communist, he wasn't an official member of the Communist Party - and was relieved that he had been accepted into the CIA.

Emphases and highlighting is from Tyler. Also at Zero Hedge is this interesting tussle between the two agencies:

FBI-CIA Dispute Erupts Over Whether Comey Or Brennan Pushed Steele Dossier
A dispute has erupted over whether former FBI Director James Comey or his CIA counterpart, John Brennan, promoted the unverified Steele dossier as the Obama-era intelligence community targeted the Trump campaign.

According to Fox Newsan email chain exists which indicates that Comey told bureau subordinates that Brennan insisted on the dossier's inclusion in the intelligence community assessment (ICA) on Russian interference. Also interesting is that the dossier was referred to as "crown material" in the emails - a possible reference to the fact that Steele is a former British spy. 

In a statement to Fox, however, a former CIA official "put the blame squarely on Comey." 

"Former Director Brennan, along with former [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper, are the ones who opposed James Comey’s recommendation that the Steele Dossier be included in the intelligence report," said the official. 

Much more at the site. The next year is going to be a lot of fun to see. The whole Democratic deep-state is unraveling.

Illegal immigration and crime

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Interesting numbers from the US Department of Justice - from Conservative Review:

DOJ report: 43% of all offenders last year were non-citizens
While jailbreak, known by its proponents as “criminal justice reform,” is misguided on the state level, it is downright built upon a false premise on the federal level. The latest report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission demonstrates that the 800-pound gorilla in the room clogging up the federal criminal justice system is immigration, not “low-level” domestic offenders.

If we only solved our border problem and deported illegal aliens before they commit more crimes, not only would we be safer, but we’d save a ton of money on the federal criminal justice system – without irresponsibly releasing American criminals back into our communities, as proposed by jailbreak proponents.

According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, in its recently published 2018 report on federal sentencing statistics, 54.3 percent of the 69,425 federal offenders last year were Hispanic, and 42.7 percent of offenders were non-citizens. The two biggest offense categories were immigration (34.4 percent) and drugs (28.1 percent).

Much more at the site with links to corroborating data.

How much are the cartels paying Schumer and Pelosi? No other answer comes to mind.

Open borders - illegal immigration

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We do not know who is streaming through our Southern borders. From Laredo, Texas station KGNS:

African immigrants protest at bridge
Hundreds of African immigrants were seen protesting at a Laredo port of entry on Monday morning.

The migrants are claiming that not enough is being done by either the U.S. or Mexican officials to help them get asylum into the United States.

Immigrants from Africa made up of men, women and children stood their ground waiting for answers outside the Mexican customs offices near a Laredo bridge.

Who is paying for this? Several hundred airplane tickets, lodging, transportation, food - that is some serious money being spent. Who is spending it? It certainly has a Cloward-Piven stench to it...

Fun times in D.C. - a three-fer

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Things are starting to get interesting:

First - this wonderful editorial at Town Hall:

Why Did the Anti-Trump Conspirators Throw Their Lives Away?
There is an old expression in power politics: If you are going to kill the king, you had better kill the king. This figure of speech in essence means that if a cabal of coup plotters plans to remove an extremely powerful leader of a country, they had better do so with the knowledge that if they fail in their attempt, the retribution they face will be severe, crushing and irredeemable. Those who sought to destroy Donald Trump failed. And they failed spectacularly. Now I believe they are going to face a retribution as deserving as those who would seek to kill a king.  The question that most fascinates me is: Why would this cabal of anti-Trump plotters risk everything - their reputations, their fortunes and possibly even their freedom - to subvert an American presidential election and then a presidency itself?

Why indeed - second, from CNS News:

Ex-DOJ Official: Democrats Should Be 'Quite Worried' About Latest Investigation of the Investigators
The New York Times reports that Attorney General William Barr has assigned John Durham, the United States Attorney in Connecticut (and a Trump appointee) to look into the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.

According to the report, Durham "has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials."

Dunham was the lawyer who took down the rogue agents in the Boston FBI office. They were helping convicted mobster Whitey Bulger - excellent pick.
Third, from Tyler at Zero Hedge:

No "Do-Over" On Russia Investigation: White House Tells Nadler To Pound Sand
White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a Wednesday letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that Congress doesn't get a "do over" of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and others conducted by the Justice Department. 

Nadler has led recent efforts in the Democratic-controlled House to continue, which are set to include hearings with Mueller himself, along with key witnesses in his investigation.

"Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized 'do-over' of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice," reads the 12-page letter laying out a legal argument for why Nadler is overstepping his bounds.

Heh - they spent two years and $25.2 million (our dollars paid in taxes) and found nothing. This quote from Albert Einstein comes to mind:

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Terrorism at home

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From Pensacola, Fl station WEAR-TV:

FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama
At first glance, it looks like an abandoned dump.

But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee.

The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training children to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil.

These goblins are streaming in through our Southern border and are setting up shop here, recruiting sleeper cells and generally waiting to wreak havoc on us. Time to enforce the borders and clean house.

Turns out that CNN's viewership has dropped to 767,000 per day for their prime-time shows. YouTube just announced that they have 2,000,000,000 views per month

Hmmm... 2,000,000,000 / 767,000 = 2607.56 / 30 = 86.91 times more per month. That has to leave a mark. Maybe if they had better programming and actually did some fact checking instead of braying out the latest narrative.

I predict this will be called out in 3... 2... 1... days from now. From The Seattle Times:

Decade in the red: Trump tax figures show more than $1 billion in business losses
By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir “Trump: The Art of the Deal” hit bookstores in 1987, Donald Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on troubled business deals, according to previously unrevealed figures from his federal income tax returns.

Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks triumphantly overcome. He has attributed his first run of reversals and bankruptcies to the recession that took hold in 1990. But 10 years of tax information obtained by The New York Times paints a different, and far bleaker, picture of his deal-making abilities and financial condition.

The data — printouts from Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994 — represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view. Though the information does not cover the tax years at the center of an escalating battle between the Trump administration and Congress, it traces the most tumultuous chapter in a long business career — an era of fevered acquisition and spectacular collapse.

Emphasis mine - I am calling bullshit on this. We will find out soon enough.

From Tyler at Zero Hedge:

Arizona Democrats Claim No Border Crisis - Then Beg Trump For Help With Flood Of Migrants
Five Arizona House Democrats who have repeatedly denied that there is a crisis at the border have asked acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to help with the flood of immigrants at the southern border by appointing a "federal crisis coordinator."

In a Monday letter to McAleenan, the Democrats suggested that the Trump administration's border security policies were setting up "a range of other catastrophic issues," according to The Hill

Arizona Democratic Reps. Ruben Gallego, Raúl Grijalva, Ann Kirkpatrick, Greg Stanton and Tom O'Halleran wrote that the administration's measures to use Defense Department funds, build a wall, cut aid to Central America and threaten to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border "will create a range of other catastrophic issues and fail to address this humanitarian crisis in any way." -The Hill

"This humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response," reads the letter. "To that end, we believe that you should immediately increase communication and coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal governments as well as non-governmental stakeholders to promote the well-being and safety of migrant families, process asylum claims quicker, efficiently use federal and non-federal resources, and ensure that DHS [Department of Homeland Security] can meet its national security mission." 

And let's back up a month or two:

Wait, what border crisis? 
Many of the same Democrats who signed the letter have repeatedly denied that there is a crisis at the border, only to eventually call it a "humanitarian crisis" created by President Trump. 

Much more at the site - Tyler posts copies of the various statements and tweets from these representatives saying that there is no problem and that the Federal Government needs to let them govern their own state. Fine. Now, when your errors of governence cause a crisis, you come running to the Federales with your hand out. I thought that the individual states were supposed to take care of their own problems and not come running to Uncle Sam every time they stubbed their collective toes - you do not learn anything if you are not held accountable.

Title is paraphrased from a 1967 Donovan song.

Heh - bet they were not expecting that response - from Red State:

Democrats Attempt Twitter Poll About SCOTUS Justices. It Goes…Poorly
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), the organization working to elect Democrats to the United States Senate, posted a poll on their Twitter account Friday afternoon on the topic of Supreme Court Justices. It was an apparent attempt to encourage their followers on the issue of SCOTUS nominations — nominations that of course come from the President but must then clear the hurdle of the Senate. So far, the poll has not gone well for them.

The poll, which is still live for voting and scheduled to remain so for two more days, asks a simple question, “Do you want more Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg or do you want more justices like Brett Kavanaugh?”

The trouble with a poll like this is that while donors to the DSCC are obviously supportive of Democrats and their policies, and the majority of the DSCC’s Twitter followers likely are as well, Twitter is a public forum, and that poll isn’t exclusively accessible by Democrats.

Here are the results as of May 3rd:

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And the poll should have still been running today but I went to the site and found this:

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Had this poll simply reached the end of it's allotted time, it would have shown the final results and not allowed any more votes. The Democrats did not like the results they got so they pulled the entire thing offline. Didn't fit the narrative so get rid of it.

North Korea - a two-fer

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Two stories broke today. First, from the UK Sun:

KIM JONG BOOM North Korea fires ‘several new missiles’ as tensions flare with the West
North Korea has fired several new missiles today as simmering tensions with the West have once again started heating up.

The weapons were fired towards the East Sea at around 9am local time just days after Kim Jong-un's regime threatened the US with "undesired consequences".

And a bit more:

Earlier this month, North Korea warned the US it faces "undesired consequences" if it doesn't meet its demands in nuclear talks by the end of the year.

Kim Jong-un's regime is demanding the Trump administration show more flexibility - or else it will go back on its promise to scrap its deadly nuclear arsenal.

Pyongyang says it will only ditch its weapons programme if the US agrees to scrap crippling economic sanctions on the country.

Kim is trying to have his cake and eat it too - he wants to continue developing nukes but he also wants a McDonalds in Pyongyang. Not gonna happen. Obama would have caved.

Second, from Reuters:

North Korea faces food crisis after poor harvest, U.N. says
Four in ten North Koreans are chronically short of food and further cuts to already minimal rations are expected after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday.

Official rations are down to 300 grammes - under 11 ounces - per person per day, the lowest ever for this time of year, the U.N. said following a food security assessment it carried out at Pyongyang’s request from March 29 to April 12.

It found that 10.1 million people were suffering from severe food insecurity, “meaning they do not have enough food till the next harvest,” U.N. World Food Program spokesman Herve Verhoosel said.

And:

Verhoosel said the word “famine” was not being used in the current crisis, but it might come to that in a few months or years. “The situation is very serious today - that’s a fact.”

The country suffered a famine in the mid-1990s believed to have killed as many as 3 million people.

Ahhhhhhh - the joys of centralized state planning. The poor North Korean people are going to be in for such a shock when they join the Western world.

And she is outta here - from Boingboing: (Previously here and here)

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigns over book grift scandal
Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is resigning. Her residences and offices have been raided by the FBI and IRS, and she is under federal and state investigations for what sure as heck look like crime-y acts involving unbelievably lucrative sales of her self-published children’s book series, 'Healthy Holly.'

Pugh is a Democrat and a former state lawmaker. Her troubles began in March, when the Baltimore Sun and other news outlets reported on her super high-value book deals with companies that do business with Baltimore city and the state of Maryland.

A long history of Democrat rule - Maryland's governor is a Republican but Baltimore's last Republican Mayor was Theodore R. McKeldin who served one-term from 1963 to 1967. Baltimore is #5 in the top cities for murder rates - 10.6 times the overal USA average.

Two from The Don

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Retired journalist (one of the good ones - actually concerned about facts, not The Narrative) Don Surber had two excellent posts today:

First:

Netflix releases details of $65 million bribe to Obama
Barack Obama will rake in about a billion bucks off his presidency. The presidency already has cost Donald John Trump a billion.

So far, Netflix gave the biggest bribe: $65 million to produce seven films.

(That ain't working. That's the way you do it. Money for nothing and your flicks for free.)

And Second:

Bill Barr may be Trumpier than Trump
A reader pointed out to me the Trumpiest moment in Attorney General Bill Barr's cross-examination by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Barr put in his place Dick Blumenthal, D-Stolen Valor.

Via Thomas Lifson, the transcript.

Blumenthal: "Did you make a memorandum of your conversation?"
Barr: "No, I didn't."
Blumenthal: "Did anyone, either you or anyone on your staff, memorialize your conversation with Robert Mueller?"
Barr: "Yes."
Blumenthal: "May we have those notes?"
Barr: "No."
Blumenthal: "Why not?"
Barr: "Why should you have them?"

I love it. The Attorney General is head of the Judicial Branch as well as a member of the President's Cabinet. They are not part of the Legislative branch. Congress does have oversight of the president but it's powers are strictly enumerated by the Constitution and the Amendments. Don writes:

He could have been a nice guy and released the notes, but why? When was Washington ever nice to us?

So sadly true. They detest us normals - we interfere with their power grabbing.

From The Hill:

Conservatives seize on Alabama state Dem's abortion comments
Republicans pounced Wednesday on remarks made by an Alabama state representative opposing a state bill that would criminalize abortion.

State Rep. John Rogers (D) said abortion "ought to be a woman’s choice," before adding, "Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later."

"You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, and you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later,” he continued, according to a video posted online.

This may be the truth for some people but anyone in public office should understand that sometimes, a little restraint is in order...

Fake News gets its comeuppance

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Pure schedenfreude - from Forbes:

CNN Drops 26% In Prime Time As Fox News Dominates April Cable Ratings
CNN's prime time hosts can only hope it will be better in the new building.

As CNN prepares to move its prime time studios and operations to a glitzy new building at New York City's brand new--and widely reviled--Hudson Yards development, the network saw its prime time lineup drop 26% in April compared to the same month one year ago. CNN's total audience in prime time was well under a million viewers--767,000--while competitors MSNBC and Fox News finished the month far ahead: MSNBC in second place overall with 1.660 million total viewers, and Fox News leading all of cable with a total audience of 2.395 million.

Gee - sagging ratings coupled with spending wads of money on a spiffy new headquarters. Sounds like the CNN management is out of touch with reality. They are beholden to the progressive narrative and fail to grasp that us normals are sick and tired of the perpetual Trump-bashing and constant hectoring. Wonder how many years until they are forced to declare bankruptcy. I am guessing less than two.

Trumps tax records

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From Peter Grant:

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Heh - claims

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Found this over at Mostly Cajun:

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Get woke - go broke

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I had written two days ago about living Gillette-free because of two of their advertisments. This was in the context of an item of note from the president of Levi's. Looks like Gillette is paying for their virtue signalling - from Red State:

Gillette Is Feeling The Financial Burn Thanks To Their “Toxic Masculinity” Ad
Proctor & Gamble are experiencing better than expected profits in every area…except the male grooming products section of Gillette, and few people should be surprised.

Before the Super Bowl, Gillette released an ad that insulted men with social justice/feminist based narratives about toxic masculinity. Even things such as wanting to talk to a pretty girl or boys wrestling in the yard were considered negative things that needed to be dealt with. Gillette finished the commercial by indicating that “some men” don’t do this and that we should all be like these “some.”

Needless to say, it didn’t go over well. Gillette received a well-deserved societal spanking for its sexism.

The article quotes this paragraph from Market Watch - a good numbers source. Talking about the overall numbers for P&G - the owners of the Gillette brand.:

The good news is that sales grew 5% organically—that is, without help from acquisitions or currency exchange—whereas the Street was looking for 3.7%. Products for skin, fabrics, and home led the way. But sales of grooming products, including Gillette, slipped 1%, continuing a long string of declines. Margins disappointed. The upside earnings surprise came from non-operating items, like a tax-rate change.

Here is the second advertisement from Gillette that really turned me off (and a lot of other customers) - from Ad Age:

GILLETTE DEFENDS IMAGE OF PLUS-SIZE MODEL AFTER ACCUSATIONS OF PROMOTING OBESITY
Gillette has defended a social media post for its Venus razor product featuring a plus-size model, after it caused a furore online. The Twitter post, which appeared on April 3, features U.S.model and influencer Anna O’Brien, aka Instagrammer Glitter and Lazers, in a bikini, accompanied by the words “go out there and slay the day.”

Gillette immediately came under fire both from people accusing it of promoting obesity and others who mocked the brand and trolled the model with cruel "fat-shaming" comments. 

I do not see anyone slaying the day - I see someone who is going to lose 20-30 years of their life due to reversable health problems. Her condition is not normal and to accept her health as it is shows some very convoluted thinking.

But of course - Chicago

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I would expect nothing less - from Chicago's PBS affiliate WTTW:

CPS Chief Sends Child to Private School
Chicago Tonight has learned that the new head of the Chicago Public Schools, Forrest Claypool, sends his child to Francis W. Parker, an exclusive, private school in Lincoln Park. Claypool likely would have made the decision to enroll his child months before Mayor Rahm Emanuel tapped him to take over the ailing school system. The CPS Board of Education approved Claypool's appointment to the top job in late July. Parker's deadline for incoming high school students to confirm their enrollment is in March.

Chicago Tonight has reached out to Claypool’s office for comment and has not yet received a response.

You were seriously expecting this elitist to do anything different?

Quote of the day - sadly true

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"The more corrupt the state, the more laws"
--Tacitus

And she is gone - Baltimore Mayor

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From Baltimore's CBS affiliate WJZ:

Where Is Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh?
Where is Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh? It’s the question buzzing around the city as the FBI and IRS raid Pugh’s home, City Hall and several other locations tied to her Thursday. But, no one has seen the mayor even though she’s supposed to be recovering from pneumonia.

And her attorney's statement:

Her attorney Steve Silverman said he will advise her on “options.” He did not say if he will advise her to resign.

He says Pugh is still physically ill and emotionally saddened. He says she apologizes for letting down the people of Baltimore with any appearance of wrongdoing.

I absolutley love that last line: "with any appearance of wrongdoing". That sums up a liberal perfectly. They are not concerned about accountability or performance, they are only concerned with appearing to do the right thing. Keeping to the correct narrative.

From The Baltimore Sun:

FBI raids Baltimore City Hall, home of Mayor Catherine Pugh and other locations connected to her
Federal law enforcement agents fanned out Thursday across Baltimore, raiding City Hall, the home of embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh and several other locations as the investigation into the mayor’s business dealings widened.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, confirmed agents from the Baltimore FBI office and the Washington IRS office were executing search warrants at those locations Thursday morning, as well as at least three other addresses associated with the Democratic mayor. It was the first confirmation that federal authorities, as well as state officials, were investigating the mayor’s activities.

Pugh remained inside her home during the raids, a police source confirmed.

Shortly after the raids began, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on Pugh, who has taken a leave of absence as mayor, to resign. The Republican governor had asked the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor on April 1 to investigate Pugh’s sales of her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s book series to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was on its unpaid board of directors.

The Governor is a Republican but the last Republican Mayor was Theodore R. McKeldin who served one-term from 1963 to 1967. Baltimore is #5 in the top cities for murder rates - 10.6 times the overal USA average.

From The Babylon Bee:

Ocasio-Cortez Calls For Boycott Of 'Sesame Street' After Discovering Show Is Sponsored By Numbers
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced that she is leading a boycott against the popular show Sesame Street.

“I was watching it the other day,” Ocasio-Cortez explained to the press, “because I love Abby Cadabby -- and then at the end, it mentioned the show was sponsored by the number seven, and I felt betrayed.”

Ocasio-Cortez identified numbers as the main opposition to all of her plans, such as giving everyone free health care and her Green New Deal. “Numbers just want people to suffer and die,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Numbers are basically alt-right. And it felt like a stab to the heart -- a place you don’t want to get stabbed -- to see Sesame Street accept money from them.”

Ocasio-Cortez says she has no problem with Sesame Street accepting sponsorship from letters, as she uses those all the time in her clapback tweets, but urges everyone to stop watching the show while it associates itself with numbers. She is calling for the show to cut ties with the numbers one, two, three, five, seven, eight, and others she “might have forgotten.” She also wants the show to remove the cast member The Count, whose support of numbers, she says, makes him “basically a white-supremacist” even though “he is purple.”

Just as a heads up - the Bee is a satire site.

Trying to peel back the layers of the deep state is meeting with resistance - from ProPublica:

The Facts Behind Obama’s Executive Privilege Claim
Yesterday, the Obama administration invoked executive privilege to prevent the release of certain documents to Congress related to Operation Fast and Furious, the arms-trafficking sting gone awry that came to light last year. (As we've detailed, federal agents lost track of hundreds of guns sold to suspected gun smugglers, many of which later turned up at crime scenes in Mexico).

The fall-out from the failed operation has been an ongoing battle between Attorney General Eric Holder and congressional Republicans, in particular Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Issa wants documents related to the Department of Justice's investigation of the operation.

The committee voted yesterday to recommend that Holder be held in contempt of Congress for not turning over some documents. Holder says that his office has already released thousands of documents, and that the others that Issa wants are internal communications protected by executive privilege.

In the midst of all this back-and-forth, we lay out exactly what the executive privilege is, and what it means in this case.

In plain English, people in the Obama administration fucked up. They tried to run an ill-conceived, poorly thought out operation and it blew up in their faces. They are now trying to cover it up. This is not the first such instance and it will not be the last to see the light of day.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was unavailable for comment.

Heh - lost and found

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Another great one from A. F. Branco:

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Other people's money - Bernie

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From the Washington Examiner:

Bernie Sanders to supporters: Average donations aren't high enough
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is concerned that supporters aren't donating enough money, according to a new email sent from his campaign Tuesday afternoon.

"The bad news is, our average donation amount is far less than anyone else. This month our average donation is lower than it’s ever been — right around $14," the socialist 2020 candidate wrote. "That means it takes 200 donations to match 1 max-out check being scooped up at a swanky fundraiser held by one of our opponents."

But I thought that Senator Sanders was a socialist - he is not supposed to be concerned about money.

Bonkers - from Campus Reform:

'Fat Sex Therapist' compares fitness trainers to Nazis, children's dieting to sexual assault
“I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex,” Sonalee Rashatwar, whose Instagram username is "The Fat Sex Therapist," proclaimed Thursday from the main stage of St. Olaf College.

She continued, “I experience diet culture as a form of assault because it impacts the way that I experience my body.”

These comments and more were made in the context of her two-hour speech, sponsored by St. Olaf College’s Wellness Center, Women's and Gender Studies Department, and Center for Equity and Inclusion, on the topic of “radical fat liberation.” The talk included assertions that fitness contributed to the recent Christchurch shooting, that people should "challenge" the rule of law, as well as the authority of and the police.

And this little gem:

“We should be critical of the use of science and the production of knowledge to continue promoting this idea that certain bodies are fit, able, and desirable...is it my fatness that causes my high blood pressure, or is it my experience of weight stigma?" Rashatwar asked. She then connected the science suggesting that obesity is unhealthy to Nazism, saying that "fatphobic" science is “often actually eugenic science....eugenic science is Nazi science.”

I love the reference to "eugenic science" with zero mention of one of the most racist and virulent eugenicists out there - Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. 

People like this have zero use to us normals. They spend their life cloistered in the safe spaces of academia regurgitating their feelings and passing these off as intellectual discourse. If anyone puts forth a contradictory thought, they go into uncontrollable spasms and start screeching racism, sexism, whateverism.

Sad but true

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A lot of men have lost their balls and think themselves better for it:

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And these people are getting votes?

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Talk about being toxic to America - from CNS News:

Bernie Sanders Says Boston Marathon Bomber Has Right to Vote
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, told a CNN town hall on Monday night that "every person has a right to vote," even people who have been convicted and imprisoned for committing acts of murder and terrorism, even the Boston Marathon bomber.

On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, maiming 16, and leaving many more injured. The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death.

Sanders laid out his position on this in response to a pointed question posed to him by a Harvard student--who specifically asked if he would permit the imprisoned Boston Marathon bomber to vote. When moderator Chris Cuomo followed up to make certain Sanders really was saying "the Boston Marathon bomber should vote, not after he pays his debt to society, but while he's in jail," Sanders would not back down.

Sanders has never had a real job, has never made payroll or managed a business. He spent his 1988 honeymoon in the Communist U.S.S.R. How can he claim to represent us.

This is unreal - charter schools

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From The Tennessee Star:

Tennessee Officials Who Fight School Vouchers Can’t Use Proper Grammar in Written Communications
Public school officials in Tennessee who protest school vouchers insist public schools are by far the best option for children, especially versus charter schools or private schools.

Yet in their written communications some of them can’t seem to put a proper sentence together.

Take Etowah City School Principal Brian Trammell, for instance.

Trammell’s email to his teachers and other staff members this month begging them to lobby against school vouchers contained almost a dozen grammatical errors.

Do as I say, not as I do. And this is a school principal?

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