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1/14/2022

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 3:38 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s get started!

First news item

What a time to be alive:

TikTok stars are dancing their way to the bank. Some are making more than America’s top chief executives.

Charli D’Amelio, who started posting videos of herself dancing on TikTok in 2019, brought in $17.5 million last year, according to Forbes, which recently ranked the highest-earning TikTok stars of 2021. With 133 million followers on TikTok, she makes her money from a clothing line and promoting products in TikTok videos and other ads…Ms. D’Amelio’s compensation was higher than several CEOs of big publicly traded companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp. ’s Darren Woods ($15.6 million in 2020), Starbucks Corp.’s Kevin Johnson ($14.7 million), Delta Air Lines Inc. ’s Ed Bastian ($13.1 million) and McDonald’s Corp. ’s Chris Kempczinski ($10.8 million), according to the Journal’s analysis of their recent compensation figures.

Second news item

Here it is:

Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, and 10 other members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday…The indictment alleges Oath Keepers for weeks discussed trying to overturn the election results and preparing for a siege by purchasing weapons and setting up battle plans. They repeatedly wrote in chats about the prospect of violence and the need, as Rhodes allegedly wrote in one text, “to scare the s—-out of” Congress. And on Jan. 6, the indictment alleges, they entered the Capitol building with the large crowds of rioters who stormed past police barriers and smashed windows, injuring dozens of officers and sending lawmakers running…Authorities have said the Oath Keepers and their associates worked as if they were going to war, discussing weapons and training. Days before the attack, one defendant suggested in a text message getting a boat to ferry weapons across the Potomac River to their “waiting arms,” prosecutors say.

Rhodes’ attorney, John Mosely, said the group was under the “fanciful idea that Trump was going to activate them as a militia under the insurrection act.”

Third news item

President Biden’s strategery in action: attacking the Senators whose votes he desperate needs:

“Will you stand against election subversion? Yes or no? . . . Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace ? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor ? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”

Observation:

When national Democrats talk to the country they always seem to be talking to themselves. They are of the left, as is their constituency, which wins the popular vote in presidential elections; the mainstream media through which they send their messages is of the left; the academics, historians and professionals they consult are of the left. They get in the habit of talking to themselves, in their language, in a single, looped conversation. They have no idea how they sound to the non-left, so they have no idea when they are damaging themselves. But this week in Georgia Mr. Biden damaged himself. And strengthened, and may even have taken a step in unifying, the non-Democrats who are among their countrymen, and who are in fact the majority of them.

Biden’s polling has certainly taken a hit, and his latest attack hasn’t helped matters:

It’s hard to know how this all factors into Biden’s job approval rating, but broadly speaking, the public is dissatisfied. And it has been for a while now, too, as Biden’s approval rating has hovered in the low 40s for nearly three months, with roughly 42 percent of Americans currently approving of his job performance and 51 percent disapproving, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker.

Looking back at recent presidents, this development is particularly troubling for Biden, as he has the second-lowest approval rating of any president one-year in. Only Donald Trump, whose approval rating was in the high 30s, had a lower rating.1

Also:

[A] new Quinnipiac poll showed the usual low Biden numbers, but, most pertinently, that 49% of respondents say he is doing more to divide the country, and only 42% see him as unifying it.

You can read the White House’s pushback against the Quinnipiac poll here.

But clearly, no matter what nonsense President Biden spouts, Sens. Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema aren’t playing:

Also, thinking of JVW – here is his Little Aloha Sweetie’s response to Biden’s divisive speech as well:

Fourth news item

Cyberattack in Ukraine:

A massive cyberattack warning Ukrainians to “be afraid and expect the worst” hit government websites late on Thursday, leaving some websites inaccessible on Friday morning and prompting Kyiv to open an investigation.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry spokesperson told Reuters it was too early to say who could be behind the attack but said Russia had been behind similar strikes in the past.

The cyberattack, which hit the foreign ministry, the cabinet of ministers and the security and defence council among others, comes as Kyiv and its allies have sounded the alarm about a possible new Russian military offensive against Ukraine.

Related:

The US has information that indicates Russia has prepositioned a group of operatives to conduct a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine, a US official told CNN on Friday, in an attempt to create a pretext for an invasion.

The official said the US has evidence that the operatives are trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces.
The allegation echoes a statement released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense on Friday, which said that Russian special services are preparing provocations against Russian forces in an attempt to frame Ukraine. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan hinted at the intelligence during a briefing with reporters on Thursday.

Fifth news item

California sees big exodus from state:

California, however, bled outbound citizens so badly, it broke U-Haul’s ability to measure — because the company ran out of trucks to rent:

“California is 50th and Illinois 49th on the list for the second consecutive year, indicating those states once again witnessed the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks. . . . California remained the top state for out-migration, but its net loss of U-Haul trucks wasn’t as severe as in 2020. That can be partially attributed to the fact that U-Haul simply ran out of inventory to meet customer demand for outbound equipment.”

The Democratic supermajority continues to give a lot of Californians reasons to leave. On top of unspeakable levels of traffic congestion, outrageous home prices, exorbitant taxes, crumbling infrastructure, etc., etc., moves like this certainly don’t help encourage a large segment of the population to remain in state:

California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed Monday providing health care coverage to all immigrants, legal and illegal.

This move is part of a statewide effort to reduce its number of uninsured residents, which has shown success. The largest group of people that remains insured by the state’s Medicaid program is people of lower incomes in the United States illegally.

According to a legislative analysis, filling this gap would cost the state $2.4 billion annually. Newsom plans to use a surplus in the state’s $286.4 billion budget to cover this.

And I’ll just leave this here too:

Sixth news item

Better plan ahead if you get Covid-19:

The federal website where Americans can request free COVID-19 tests will begin accepting orders on Wednesday as the White House looks to address nationwide shortages, but supplies will be limited to just four free tests per home.

Starting on Jan. 19, the website COVIDTests.gov will provide tests at no cost, including no shipping fee, the White House announced Friday.

But Americans shouldn’t expect a rapid turn-around on the orders and they will have to plan ahead and request the tests well before they meet federal guidelines for when to use a test.

The White House said “tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering” through the U.S. Postal Service, which reports shipping times of 1-3 days for its first-class package service in the continental United States.

Of course, most people with mild-moderate symptoms typically recover within a few weeks, so… On a side note, I went through a drive-thru PCR/rapid testing site last week. I was there 30 mins before they opened, 8th in line. (When I left, the line was three blocks long). It was well organized and easy to get through. From when I swabbed to when I received a text with my results (Neg.) was about 30 minutes. 24 hours later, I received PCR results.

Seventh news item

What??:

As crews cleaned the US Capitol on January 7, 2021, the phone lines in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office began to ring.

Rioters were calling “asking whether there was a lost and found because they forgot their phone there, or they left their purse or what have you,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told Insider on Friday.

Police officers quickly took down information from the callers, Raskin said.

“The officers quickly got on the phone and said, yeah, just give us your name, your address, your social, you know, and we’ll tie up these loose ends,” Raskin said. “But what’s so fascinating to me about that there really were people who felt as if they had been summoned to Washington by the president.”

Eighth news item

Beware the Kraken:

…people close to BILL and HILLARY CLINTON said the former first couple sees it as an opportunity to insert themselves back into political life.

The intra-party divisions have given them a chance to flex their centrist, dealmaking brand of politics as a way to move the party forward.

Bill Clinton has relished the opportunity to whip on behalf of the White House. In addition to pressing Manchin on the filibuster, Clinton suggested that he should salvage Build Back Better by zeroing in on the few elements the West Virginia senator really wants.

“I told Joe, ‘Break it up, pick one or two [pieces] you can swallow and then run on the rest,’” Clinton recalled of their phone call… The idea is drawing interest among party leadership.

Clinton also spoke with Sinema recently, according to one of the people familiar with the call, and said afterward, “I don’t know her, but I like her.”

Another factor that motivated Bill Clinton to get more engaged: the low ratings and muted public reaction to “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” the FX show produced by MONICA LEWINSKY, according to a long-time bundler for the couple.

“It’s a perpetual itch that will never go away,” a person close to the couple said of the draw to public life. “They know how to slowly reenter. The Clintons want to reset the board in their favor and then move the pieces.”

As for Hillary Clinton…Even though the people said there’s no chance she runs for president again, the attention allows her to gauge public reaction as she sets her sights on reemerging in lower-profile ways, like campaigning during the midterms or taking on policy fights.

“She’s bored,” the longtime Clinton bundler said of the former secretary of State, senator and first lady, who’s now hosting a MasterClass on “the power of resilience.”

Ninth news item

Mitt doesn’t mince words:

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Thursday blasted the Republican National Committee’s plans to prohibit future GOP presidential candidates from participating in debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee and the uncle of the current RNC chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, said the decision would deprive the American people of the opportunity to hear candidates “duke it out.”

“Well, that would be nuts,” Romney told Insider at the Capitol. “The American people want to see candidates for president debating issues of consequence to them, and it provides a service to the country and to the people, to hear the prospective candidates of the two major parties duke it out.”

Hey, have a great weekend.

–Dana

360 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello, weekend!

    Dana (5395f9)

  2. I’ve been butting heads with a couple of Russian trolls over at Hotair regarding the alleged false-flag operation by Putin. They really love them their Russian dictator.

    One of the eleven who’ve been indicted for seditious conspiracy has been on Tucker Carlson’s shows several times. I hate to use MediaMatters, but they have the links and the videos. Thomas Caldwell ain’t no patriot, and he’ll likely get purged of his freedom.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  3. I don’t think recent TV “debates”, as staged by the League of Women voters, have contributed positively to our national elections. (And, thinking back on them, I am not sure they TV debates ever did.)

    Could a different format, for example the one used by Rick Warren in 2008, work better? Possibly.

    And I know that I would favor a test of the candidates’ abilities to listen. (Most of what presidents do, privately, is listen — or at least that is what they should be doing.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  4. It’s not as good as Dougherty’s takedown of Biden, but Bump does well enough on Tucker Carlson.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  5. General Electric permanently suspends Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine or testing mandate for its 174,000 workers a day after the Supreme Court ruled it an unconstitutional ‘imposition’ on Americans

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10404231/amp/General-Electric-SUSPENDS-Joe-Bidens-COVID-vaccine-testing-mandate-56-000-workers-day.html

    They bring good things drunk drivers to life..

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  6. I am having trouble with the Mitt the Mince link.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  7. we saw how well mitt debated candy crowley

    JF (e1156d)

  8. Clinton also spoke with Sinema recently, according to one of the people familiar with the call, and said afterward, “I don’t know her, but I like her.”

    Ewww, but it wouldn’t be the worst way to go or be found.

    urbanleftbehind (c073c9)

  9. LA cops go over woke DA George Gascon’s head and get feds to file murder charges against four F13 gang members ‘who killed off-duty officer’ over fears his liberal reforms would have resulted in lenient sentences

    Woke Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is embroiled in yet another scandal after his own cops went over his head to ask federal prosecutors to charge the alleged killers of an off-duty LAPD officer.

    LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva sought out the federal prosecution for the four gang members accused of killing Officer Fernando Arroyos, 27, on January 10 over fears pursing them through Gascon could lead to lighter sentencing.

    JF (e1156d)

  10. Trump Rips ‘Gutless’ Politicians — Like DeSantis — Who Won’t Say If They’ve Had Vaccine Booster: ‘Say It’
    ……..
    He made the remarks on One America News in an interview aired on Tuesday night.

    Host Dan Ball asked Trump about his comments encouraging people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.……
    ……..
    “Well, I’ve taken it,” said Trump. “I’ve had the booster. Many politicians–I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ – because they had the vaccine – and they’re answering like–in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it. Because they’re gutless. You gotta say it – whether you had it or not. Say it. But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world. I’ve had absolutely no side-effects.”

    …….. [S]ome of Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress have refused to say whether they’re vaccinated, let alone boosted. As of last summer, nearly half of House Republicans declined to disclose their vaccination status.

    Additionally, Trump ally Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has refused to say whether he has received the booster shot. “I’ve done whatever I did,” he said in December when asked if he’d been boosted. “The normal shot.”
    ….. …..
    Video at link.

    MAGAWorld not amused by Trump’s comments. Some samples:

    “Trump should forget about aspirations in 2024 and stfu.”
    “He’s got a few days to turn his attitude around. That’s it.”
    “It seems that Trump is working extra hard to avoid being the Republican nominee.”
    “ Trump is shooting himself in both feet by continuing his obssesive bragging about this deadly medical experiment. At least tens of thousands dead and hundreds of thousands injured, and now being pushed into the tiny arms of children. Shame on him. History will judge, but people are waking up as more are affected by this medical carnage. Claiming he saved tens of millions of deaths makes him sound as looney as Sotomayor.”

    Rip Murdock (156d0f)

  11. Trump slams DeSantis over Covid vaccine booster shot. Why that could pay off politically.
    ……..
    The former president’s split with his base over vaccines is their first real rift since candidate Trump in January 2016 memorably said his supporters would stay loyal even if he were to shoot someone in New York City.

    But Trump is betting that the cult of personality around him is still strong enough to withstand differences on the vaccine and keep his supporters in line, propelling him to the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. He may very well be right. Trump in his vaccine messaging is effectively reminding DeSantis and other potential 2024 GOP challengers — like his former vice president, Mike Pence — who’s boss in the Republican universe.
    ……..
    …….. (Trump’s remarks are) likely also smart politics, as they provide an opening to win back some suburban voters that fled from him toward Biden in 2020. Sixty-seven percent of suburban residents were vaccinated as of August, according to a late summer NBC News poll. That was below the 79 percent of urban residents who got the vaccine, but well above the 52 percent of rural residents, where support for Trump runs deep. Even Biden gave credit to the Trump administration for the development of the Covid vaccine and for getting a booster shot.

    It’s unclear that a pure anti-vaccine message is a winner in the 2024 Republican primary fight. Yes, vaccine opposition is highest among Republicans (along with young adults). But that still leaves millions of primary voters who got the vaccines. So Trump’s positioning could also further push DeSantis into fighting for a fringe of the GOP electorate rather than the broader coalition necessary to win the party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (156d0f)

  12. GOP Rep. Davidson compares vaccine mandates to the Holocaust
    ……..
    ( Rep. Warren Davidson, R-OH Insurrectionist) made the comparison by retweeting a post from Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser about a new vaccination policy and sharing the photo of a health pass that people were required to carry under the Nazi regime.
    …….
    “Let’s recall that the Nazis dehumanized Jewish people before segregating them, segregated them before imprisoning them, imprisoned them before enslaving them, and enslaved them before massacring them,” Davidson tweeted.
    ……..
    “Exploiting of the tragedy of all people who between 1933-45 suffered, were humiliated, tortured & murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany in a debate about vaccines & covid limitations in the time of global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decay,” the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted.
    ……..
    Davidson is among several Republican elected officials who have publicly compared Covid mandates to the Holocaust.……
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (156d0f)

  13. I think it’s simpler than that. There is only one sun in the sky and room for only one orange in the Florida fruit bowl. Trump must have gone berserk when Regeneron investors slipped the $11 million payola to DeSantis instead of to his internet venture.

    nk (1d9030)

  14. Well, Obama handed Mitt his butt in the debates… not on substance either, but that aside, Mitt shouldn’t be concerned in the least anymore about Presidential debates because he’d be President Waffle and everyone outside the synods knows it.

    steveg (e81d76)

  15. Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Was Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing Without Interview

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2022/01/06/capitol_police_officer_who_shot_ashli_babbitt_refused_to_answer_investigators_questions_810720.html

    I know this is fine & dandy with Dems but there are also Never-Trump ‘Conservatives’ whose one-word responses to this is:

    “Good”.

    Obudman (3f0cd2)

  16. Psaki claims Biden wasn’t trying to offend Republicans or voting rights critics when he likened them to racists

    President Joe Biden was not making a ‘human’ comparison between opponents of his voter rights push with racists and segregationists in a speech this week, said the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday.

    In a major set-piece speech on on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia, he asked whether lawmakers wanted ‘to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace.’
    He continued: ‘Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor?
    ‘Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?’

    we know what side demented joe and raggedy ann are on

    wallace, connor, and davis were all democrats

    JF (e1156d)

  17. Political Instability Not U.S. Adversaries, Seen As Bigger Threat, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Nearly 6 In 10 Think Nation’s Democracy Is In Danger Of Collapse

    In a sharply divided country, Americans agree on this: the bigger danger to the United States comes from within. Seventy-six percent say they think political instability within the country is a bigger danger to the United States compared to the 19 percent who think other countries that are adversaries of the United States are the bigger danger, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of adults released today (1/12).

    Democrats say 83 – 13 percent, independents say 78 – 19 percent, and Republicans say 66 – 29 percent that political instability in the U.S. is the bigger danger.

    A majority of Americans, 58 – 37 percent, think the nation’s democracy is in danger of collapse.

    Republicans say 62 – 36 percent, independents say 57 – 39 percent, and Democrats say 56 – 37 percent they think the nation’s democracy is in danger of collapse.
    ………
    Just over half of Americans (53 percent) think it is either very likely (19 percent) or somewhat likely (34 percent) that there will be another attack in the United States like the one that happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Forty-three percent think it is not so likely (22 percent) or not likely at all (21 percent).

    On the Congressional investigation of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, 61 percent support the investigation while 33 percent oppose it.
    …….
    Fifty percent say the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an attack on democracy that should never be forgotten, while 44 percent say too much is being made of the storming of the U.S. Capitol and it’s time to move on. …….

    As for former President Trump and how much responsibility, if any, he bears for the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, 43 percent say Trump bears a lot of responsibility for it, 18 percent say he bears some responsibility, 16 percent say not much responsibility, and 20 percent say none at all. ……

    Americans say 57 – 34 percent that they do not believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Republicans, however, say 71 – 22 percent that they believe there was widespread voter fraud. ………

    Americans give President Joe Biden a negative 33 – 53 percent job approval rating, while 13 percent did not offer an opinion.…….
    ……….
    Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (59 – 33 percent) say they would not like to see Donald Trump run for president in 2024, similar to an October 19, 2021 survey.

    In today’s survey, Republicans say 69 – 23 percent that they do want to see Trump run in 2024.

    In October, Republicans said 78 – 16 percent that they wanted to see Trump run in 2024.
    …….
    Poll details and trends.

    Rip Murdock (156d0f)

  18. #17 64 percent to go. (Almost any poll will find about 5 percent who believe something nutty.) But we are moving in the right direction.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  19. Re Senator Romney’s statement: “The American people want to see candidates for president debating issues of consequence to them, and it provides a service to the country and to the people, to hear the prospective candidates of the two major parties duke it out.”

    Can anyone here explain to me how the current format and structure of the debates provides the service to the country that Mr. Romney describes?

    John B Boddie (9efa1d)

  20. Americans Split On Which Party Will Protect Right To Vote, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Only 14% Think The Coronavirus Will Be Wiped Out In The U.S.
    ……… Americans are split on which party in Congress is more likely to protect their right to vote with 45 percent saying the Democratic Party, 43 percent saying the Republican Party and 12 percent not offering an opinion……

    When Americans were asked how confident they are that their state elected officials will protect their right to vote, 66 percent say they are either very confident (34 percent) or somewhat confident (32 percent), while 32 percent say they are either not so confident (16 percent) or not confident at all (16 percent).
    ………
    A majority of Americans (54 – 42 percent) support airlines requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination from their passengers compared to 53 – 46 percent support in a September Quinnipiac University survey.

    Roughly two-thirds of Americans, 68 percent, say in an emergency situation, they do not think vaccinated adults with COVID-19 should be given higher priority at hospitals than adults with COVID-19 who have chosen not to get vaccinated, while 25 percent think they should be given higher priority.

    A majority of Americans, 58 – 37 percent, say if someone loses a job or quits a job over COVID-19 vaccine mandates, they should be eligible for unemployment benefits.
    ……….
    Three in 10 (30 percent) say that they have distanced themselves from certain people close to them because of their stance on masking or COVID-19 vaccines, while 69 percent say that they have not done that.

    Nearly 3 in 10 (28 percent) say the coronavirus pandemic has put significant strains on their relationships with family members while 71 percent say it has not.
    ………..
    Nearly 3 in 10 (28 percent) say the coronavirus pandemic has put significant strains on their relationships with friends while 72 percent say it has not.
    ………
    When asked about consuming alcoholic beverages, 11 percent of adults say they are drinking more than they were before the coronavirus pandemic, 68 percent say they are not drinking more, and 19 percent volunteered they do not drink alcoholic beverages.
    ……..
    Poll details.

    Rip Murdock (156d0f)

  21. “When asked about consuming alcoholic beverages, 11 percent of adults say they are drinking more than they were before the coronavirus pandemic, 68 percent say they are not drinking more, and 19 percent volunteered they do not drink alcoholic beverages.”

    Wow.
    68% of the people lied?

    steveg (e81d76)

  22. @22. How Joe Biden of you. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  23. Candy/mittens/2024

    mg (8cbc69)

  24. After kicking mittens azz in a debate, I would challenge the dick to a duel.

    mg (8cbc69)

  25. Put the Pinkertons on those train robberies.

    mg (8cbc69)

  26. Because the fbi is useless as teats on a boar.

    mg (8cbc69)

  27. Reporter: “So the sense is things are going well [at the White House], there’s no need for change right now?”

    Jen Psaki: “We could certainly propose legislation to see if people support bunny rabbits and ice cream, but that wouldn’t be very rewarding for the American people.”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/thehill/status/1481800985936867328

    The decorum has been restored. Good job 81 Million!

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  28. DirecTV Plans to Drop Right-Wing Cable’s One America News
    One of the nation’s biggest satellite broadcasters, DirecTV, plans to drop carriage of the fringe right-wing cable outlet One America News, several months after a Reuters report revealed that AT&T, one of DirecTV’s owners, was responsible for a large part of the media outlet’s overall revenue.
    ………
    Being cut from the DirecTV lineup is likely to have dire consequences for OAN, whose website features an ad telling viewers that big cable distributors like Comcast and Charter have refused to carry the network for years. “You are stuck paying for LIBERAL main stream [sic] media news,” the ad reads. Approximately 90% of OAN’s revenue in the past has come from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including satellite broadcaster DirecTV, Reuters reported in October.
    ……….
    Related: Special Report: How AT&T helped build far-right One America News

    One America News founder claimed he started network at AT&T’s request

    Rip Murdock (156d0f)

  29. Maybe Sleepy Joe Brandon’s base wants a President who “fights” too? What do you all say? Covfefe?

    nk (1d9030)

  30. George Wallace? Bull Connor? Jeff Davis? That’s what’s bothering you about Biden? When he wants to abolish the suburbs and God?

    nk (1d9030)

  31. Squawk Box
    @SquawkCNBC
    “The economy hasn’t added one single job from the 2019 high-water mark. Not one. All the jobs that we have seen gained is recovered jobs that were lost. We’re not yet producing new jobs,” says economist @NelaRichardson on the labor market.

    https://twitter.com/SquawkCNBC/status/1481266929306374148

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  32. Sunny McSunnyface
    @sunnyright
    I still can’t get over how quickly Democrats went from calling the filibuster a tool of white supremacy to using the filibuster to protect Vladimir Putin.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  33. It would be so amusing if one of those ransacked packages from the train belonged to Soft on Crime L.A. District Attorney George Gascon.

    norcal (e37642)

  34. Things that are allowed in a Virginia anti-CRT bill (see if you can spot the problem):

    Section B3 of the bill, sponsored by Republican freshman Del. Wren Williams, defines what can be taught as “the founding documents,” like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, excerpts from the Federalist Papers, the writings of the Founding Fathers and Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic “Democracy in America.” Oh, and one more thing: “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/01/14/virginia-lincoln-douglas-frederick-douglass/

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  35. NEW: The Division of Legislative Services, a nonpartisan agency that helps lawmakers, has claimed responsibility, saying @WrenWilliamsVA gave them a “historically accurate” draft and it unintentionally inserted the Frederick Douglass error.
    Story updated.

    https://t.co/SpDmlIg3XW

    https://twitter.com/gbrockell/status/1482046254393835526?cxt=HHwWjIC-3erNpJEpAAAA

    Oh.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  36. I’m sure they said so.

    A spokesman for Williams said Friday the bill was with the clerk and could not be changed or corrected until it made it to committee. When asked if Williams had an opportunity to proofread DLS’s draft before it was submitted, the spokesman declined to answer yes or no, instead saying, “It’s unprecedented for legislative services to make substantive changes to bills, and there was no reason to expect that they would do so.”

    He could have said “no” instead of the many weasel words.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  37. Uh huh.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  38. Approximately 90% of OAN’s revenue in the past has come from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including satellite broadcaster DirecTV, Reuters reported in October.

    This is the problem with the “go start your own news network” idea. There is a very small group that can prevent most communications at the fat end of the pipe. In the old days of the Robber Barons, it was interlocking corporate boards that could keep any product out of the national marketplace. Same thing here.

    I would not watch OAN on a bet — I saw two minutes of it once and it reminded me of the state-run ISN network on Babylon 5, which was intended to be obvious propaganda.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  39. Ooops …

    But that does not mean I am keen on the gatekeepers keeping that bilge from people who like bilge. Maybe they can stream it, but someone will probably block their feed.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  40. CDC urges Americans to wear most-protective mask or respirator that fits well and that they’ll wear consistently

    I wear an N95 mask to certain places, notably hospitals and other places they keep sick people. But I don’t insist (or care) that you do. We are all going to get this thing eventually. I’d just prefer to wait until the Pfizer pill can add to my vaccination so that I am in no discomfort. The discomfort of an N95 mask is just paying it forward.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  41. Trump slams DeSantis over Covid vaccine booster shot. Why that could pay off politically.

    The “invisible hand” at work.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  42. Democrat establishment we couldn’t drag hillary over the finish line maybe we can drag joe over he is not hated like clinton and the left will hold their nose and vote for doofuss. Thanks to republicans passing ballot access laws to keep the libertarian party off the ballot democrat party can use those laws to keep green party off ballot so there will be no alternative to doofuss to vote for. Unfortunetly only the democratic establishment is content that not being trump is enough.

    asset (8fe61a)

  43. Joe never mentions people he has worked with who are still alive.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  44. When I was young and they told us,
    “Vaccination prevents transmission”,
    I used to say “Live and let live!”
    You know I did!
    You know I did!

    But all this ever-changing bullsh!t
    That we are being given
    Makes me give out a cry:
    Live and let die!
    Live and let die!

    What does it matter to you?
    If you’re vaxxed, the odds are better
    That you’ll get well.
    Let the unvaxxed go to … the hospital.

    nk (1d9030)

  45. nk (1d9030) — 1/15/2022 @ 6:50 am

    Heh!

    felipe (484255)

  46. Kamala Harris is considering MORE TV interviews with her new team of aides hoping it will help resuscitate Democrats’ ‘faith’ in her after series of low polls and blunders

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10403165/amp/Kamala-Harris-considering-TV-interviews.html

    Resuscitate??

    The 81 Million love her!

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  47. Was there a post on the SCOTUS decision on Biden’s vaccine mandate?

    Obudman (3f0cd2)

  48. Here you go, Obudman.

    nk (1d9030)

  49. I like the Mensa-level sources BuDuh “informs” us with, not to mention his brilliant analyses.

    nk (1d9030)

  50. 49, she could use a good boot camp, at least have the cackle shocked or beaten out of her. The code red is that she’s out not with a sinecure but an indictment.

    urbanleftbehind (0b043d)

  51. +1 ULB. The cackle needs a cork.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  52. Or she could leak the classified documents that prove that Elvis is cryogenically frozen in Area 57 and replace Trump as the leader of MAGA. Wheels within wheels, my friends. Wheels within wheels.

    nk (1d9030)

  53. Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Was Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing Without Interview

    There wasn’t an MPD interview, there is no confirmation that Byrd did not talk to the FBI in their criminal investigation, and there is no shortage of video from multiple angles.
    While his colleagues didn’t hear his warning to Babbitt, the RCI guy neglected to mention that one of the protesters did.
    There are other questions, but not enough to rise to illegality or sanction, IMO.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  54. Karol Markowicz
    @karol
    Re the Kamala answer on why the administration didn’t buy rapid tests in advance: it would really move our covid convo if they admitted they did not think it would hit the blue states which were doing “everything right.” That’s the big thing we (they) need to face.

    I wrote about this in December for @FoxNews. The administration didn’t act because they thought the red states were just being bad and the blue states would get to avoid a spike.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-covid-omicron-testing-republican-democrat-desantis-karol-markowicz

    https://twitter.com/karol/status/1482371994586918916

    Leadership.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  55. Paul @56. I heard there was any number of people refusing to be interviewed by the 1/6 Committee, one going so far as to sue the committee and another being indicted for contempt for it. Is there any truth to that, do you know?

    nk (1d9030)

  56. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan nursing homes is 42 percent larger than Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration disclosed, according to a state auditor general’s report reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

    The report, which Auditor General Doug Ringler is set to release in full next week, shows 8,061 COVID-19 deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities from Jan. 1, 2020, to July 2, 2021. That number is 42 percent larger than the 5,675 deaths Whitmer’s health department reported.

    The revelation comes nearly two years after Whitmer implemented a policy that required nursing homes to accept positive coronavirus patients who were discharged from hospitals. That decision, Republicans argued, led to increased deaths in elderly facilities. One suburban Detroit senior care center, for example, saw a spike in cases after it accepted two dozen positive patients from a local hospital one month after Whitmer’s order. While national Democrats lauded the governor for her strict coronavirus rules early on in the pandemic, Michigan now holds the fourth-highest death rate per 100,000 residents, according to the New York Times.

    https://freebeacon.com/democrats/report-number-of-michigan-nursing-home-deaths-42-percent-larger-than-whitmer-disclosed/

    But “Deathsantis” was so catchy…

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  57. SI has a really good piece on Shawn Bradley. A car hit his bike a year ago, paralyzing him. A sad tale for the “Stormin’ Mormon”.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  58. New Virginia Governor Youngkin to Lift School Mask Mandate, Change COVID Policies

    Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin has promised a new approach to handle COVID-19. He has encouraged vaccination but opposed vaccine and mask mandates, emphasizing personal choice

    https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/new-virginia-governor-youngkin-to-lift-school-mask-mandate-change-covid-policies/2936944/

    Clearly a bootlicker.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  59. There’s a law. A police officer can agree to be “interviewed” for a shooting, and his statements cannot be used against him in a criminal prosecution but they can be in a disciplinary hearing. Or he can refuse to be interviewed and he can be fired for the refusal. And prosecuted anyway, like any other criminal who does not make a statement to the police.

    But look to what I’m responding to.

    nk (1d9030)

  60. Paul @56. I heard there was any number of people refusing to be interviewed by the 1/6 Committee, one going so far as to sue the committee and another being indicted for contempt for it. Is there any truth to that, do you know?

    Don’t get me wrong, Byrd should’ve sat down with MPD. The implication in the RCI piece is that he wasn’t interviewed at all.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  61. Very sad about Shawn Bradley….I misremembered and thought he had died in the accident. It puts life and politics into perspective. Hopefully there will be small improvements that will make life a bit easier.

    AJ_Liberty (3cb02f)

  62. Worth Reading: Sean Thomas’s “Why we remember wars but forget plagues”.
    Sample:

    Closing in on modern times we reach the most anomalous example of all, the Spanish Flu of 1917-1919. Historians now think this form of influenza killed around 50 million people (some reckonings go as high as 100 million). Put it another way: in just a couple of years, Spanish flu killed five times as many people as the First World War, and almost as many as the Second World War. It was the greatest die-off in all human peacetime, and it visited the world in a time of mass literacy, and of famous writers who were read worldwide. And what books did it produce in the aftermath? A rather good novella called Pale Horse, Pale Rider.

    Historians ignored the pandemic, too. In her book, Flu, on the pandemic, Gina Kolata summarizes Alfred Crosby’s research, with passages like this:

    Crosby examined college history textbooks, looking for the 1918 flu. He remarked that the epidemic was remarkable mostly by its absence. “Of the best-selling college texts in United States history, books by such historians as Samuel Eliot Morison, Henry Steele Commager, Richard Hofstadter, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., C. Vann Woodward, and Carl Degler, only one so much as mentions the pandemic. . . ” (p. 52)

    Why do we try to ignore them? Thomas says it is because pandemics are “too boring, too horrific and too depressing”.

    He’s probably right.

    But this is irrational; we should give appropriate attention to pandemics, not ignore them, claim they’ll disappear like magic, use magic potions, or even — attack the messengers bearing bad news.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  63. Frankly I think it’s remarkable that more people weren’t shot on 1/6 given the number of cops that were being knocked unconscious and battered. Byrd was positioned at a door that provided direct access to 60-80 representatives and staffers. If their barricade was breeched, those people would likely have been confronted with quite uncertain of an outcome. Could he have used non-lethal force? That’s a difficult what-if to impose given the potential numbers of rioters and the ineffectiveness of non-lethal techniques to impede those getting into the Capitol already. It’s a tragedy…..but other rioters confirmed that Byrd yelled clear instructions that Babbitt disregarded. The Capitol Police and Justice Department cleared him of wrong doing. I don’t see objectively what else was necessary.

    AJ_Liberty (3cb02f)

  64. Very sad about Shawn Bradley….I misremembered and thought he had died in the accident.

    It’s easy to miss that, AJ. Mark Eaton died in a cycling accident last May. Maybe seven-footers should stay off bicycles.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  65. Andrew Sullivan is eloquent (and right) in his observations about the trans activist movement.

    What the trans movement is now doing, after this comprehensive victory, is not about rights at all. It is about cultural revolution. It’s a much broader movement to dismantle the sex binary, to see biology as a function of power and not science, and thereby to deconstruct the family and even a fixed category such as homosexuality. You can support trans rights and oppose all of this. But they want you to believe you can’t. That’s the bait-and-switch. Don’t take it.

    The radicalism of this assault on nature, science and bodily integrity is not hidden. Just before Christmas, for example, New York Magazine ran a first-person cover-story that celebrated “an asexual gay man with a penis and a vagina.” His hatred of his natal femaleness stemmed in part, he says, from being groomed to “live as a sexually available cute-lady vessel capable of carrying white babies” as part of “patriarchal, heterosexist, racist, capitalist acculturation.” He insists that he has always had a “native penis, which some people call a clitoris.” Now, surgeons have carved out flesh from his thigh to create a simulacrum of a non-native dick:

    Weeks before my procedure, I got a block of clay and sat meditating and molding by feel, letting my body answer. The resulting phallus was the exact size I’d been requesting. For days, I lay on the floor on and off in the sunlight coming into my living room, asking my ancestors and transcestors for guidance. Some people might kill for this kind of access and choice. Certainly many, many, many, many people have died in the fight for it. One night, I woke up from a dead sleep, and all I heard was: Take the big dick.

    What’s interesting here is not the person’s evident mental instability. (The author had previously organized his own rape as therapy for meeting rape victims in Haiti, and published a piece about it.) It’s the decision by the editors of the magazine to elevate and exploit this assault on bodily sex, to épater les bourgeois one more time, to insist on the normalcy of this, as if it were a matter of civil rights rather than a foray into the nihilist and grotesque. They end the piece thus:

    Days before my penis’s first birthday, the warmth and weight of it lay against my vulva, each supporting the other, holding me.

    This is what the editors seem to promote: a view of the body as beyond sex or gender, to be created and recreated at will and indefinitely, and an abandonment of any stable notion of sex at all. Whatever else this is, it is not a matter of civil rights.

    The maximal inclusion of trans people in society is, to my mind, a moral duty. People with crippling gender dysphoria often suffer terribly and need relief. Protection from discrimination is essential — and is already the law. But that does not mean that biology has ceased to exist; that “trans” is always a stable identity; or that children need no more than affirmation and medical treatment to change sex when they violate gender roles. It does not mean allowing unfair sporting contests; or inviting children to make decisions they simply do not have the capacity to make. To argue this is not hate. It’s just sanity.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  66. Good article from Allahpundit.

    I’d hopped that Trumps endorsement of the vaccine would sway his supporters. Either it came to late and their position is locked in or they’re more committed to dimwitted conspiracy theories then they are to him. It’s unfortunate that Desantis (who Trump calls gutless) is apparently using that as a lane.

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2022/01/14/desantis-my-biggest-mistake-was-not-objecting-to-the-trump-administrations-calls-for-a-national-lockdown-n441602

    Time123 (8d5347)

  67. Kevin, Regarding the OAN / ATT do you feel there are any circumstances where it’s OK for a large corporation to decline to let someone use their resources to spread a message?

    My going in position is that if you own the stage you get to decide who can use it and when and leave the decision and consequences to the market to work out. Lefties feel this makes it hard for “marginalized groups” to get their message heard and righties don’t like it because of recent trends against their leaders and mascots. But I don’t see a better solution. Curious what your thoughts are.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  68. @35, what an amateurish mistake by the legislator and his staff. You’d think that if they were genuinely concerned with teaching American History they’d have done a better job. Hardly the end of the world, but definitely amateurish.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  69. @66 I’ve seen interview with a few of the officers the Trump supporters attacked. They said they were so badly outnumbered they didn’t think lethal force would work and feared it would result in the MAGA mob beating them to detach.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  70. Kamala Harris is considering MORE TV interviews with her new team of aides hoping it will help resuscitate Democrats’ ‘faith’ in her after series of low polls and blunders

    More cowgirl!

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  71. I’d rather see Russia Today dropped than OAN.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  72. There’s a political detail about the Lincoln-Douglas debates that helps explain Lincoln’s nomination, two years later:

    The districts were drawn to favor Douglas’s party, and the Democrats won 40 seats in the state House of Representatives while the Republicans won 35. In the State Senate, Republicans held 11 seats and Democrats held 14. Douglas was re-elected by the legislature 54–46, even though Republican candidates for the state legislature together received 24,094 more votes than candidates supporting Douglas.[31] However, the widespread media coverage of the debates greatly raised Lincoln’s national profile, making him a viable candidate for nomination as the Republican candidate in the upcoming 1860 presidential election.

    (Emphasis added.)

    That popular vote win showed Republican leaders that Lincoln could defeat Douglas in a presidential contest in Illinois, and, probably, similar states.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  73. I like the Mensa-level sources BuDuh “informs” us with

    Most Americans don’t understand how the Daily Mail is viewed in the UK. It approaches the news with the same thoroughness and depth that Trump approaches government. I’d say “Harris” if it were on the Left.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  74. I’d rather see Russia Today dropped than OAN.

    Or al-Jazeera. But really, they have room for 20 shopping channels and movies like “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”, they have room for OAN. I will bet it is no the least-watched channel. They are dropping it as a virtue-signal.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  75. If Lincoln had actually debated Frederick Douglass, I think our view of both men would be different.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  76. If I was a Republican operative, I’d run ads from the freight yards and call it the Biden Buttigieg supply chain plan.

    I also saw a tweet (on Twitchy) today from the Occupy Democrats praising multi-billion corporation Nike, for saying they will fire unvaccinated workers. I thought the Democrats were the party of the working class, but the cash flow from Nike to Occupy must be pretty compelling.
    People are wondering is Nike is going to fire all the Uighurs but I’m sure Occupy can tell us in a haughty tone that those are subcontractors Nike has no control over

    steveg (e81d76)

  77. The Michigan AG (who is awful) has referred the republicans who filed a fraudulent slate of electors for prosecution. If the people involved broke the law they should be prosecuted. I’ve seen commentary that because it wasn’t likely to work it shouldn’t be. But there are a number of ways the dead could have, had Pence pretended to be unclear which slate was “correct” for instance). we rightly have strict enforcement of violations of election laws. I don’t see why this should be any different.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/michigan-ag-asks-feds-investigate-fake-gop-electors-82263515

    Time123 (4bc460)

  78. I’d give Harris a cameo saying something vague but still stupid

    steveg (e81d76)

  79. It’s funny when environmentalists say that environmentalists have lost the plot, when the guy complaining about it has lost the plot.
    Mr. Nowinski is only about preserving “legacy nuclear power”, but not expanding this minimal carbon-footprint energy source. Why not grow this safe, dependable energy sector? Because “nuclear plants still scare people”.
    Plot completely lost.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  80. @74, I’d rather they leave them both on.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  81. Paul, you’re right, I was thinking of Eaton. That’s quite the coincidence…hopefully big people are taking note.

    Most everything written on the trans subject always leaves me voicing to my screen “What the frack”….because it cries out that something is psychologically off….that there’s a compulsive obsession that in any other non-sexual arena, few would rationalize or encourage it. People need treatment, not pretend phalluses sown into their crotch. Maybe it’s just me. The sad story of sex reassignment surgeries should give folks a pause….should give psychologists a pause. It’s weird that people need to celebrate this……

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  82. Well said, steveg, the Biden-Buttigieg Supply Chain has a ring to it.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  83. Was there something incorrect in the Daily Mail link?

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  84. Kevin, Regarding the OAN / ATT do you feel there are any circumstances where it’s OK for a large corporation to decline to let someone use their resources to spread a message?

    Well, that’s a bit loaded. First, we are talking about a corporation that is in the business of spreading other people’s messages, for a fee that is largely paid by the recipients (shopping and religious channels often pay for access, reducing subscriber fees). I doubt they could accept Catholic broadcasters but not Protestant ones, given similar contracts.

    Can the subject be offensive? Sure. They do not have to (but DO) transmit porn to willing viewers, charging an additional fee. I am aware of no protected class here; they certainly could decline, but I don’t think they could refuse gay porn alone (again given similar contracts).

    Cable TV is required to transmit public-access channels, so there is precedent there.

    They clearly have no issue with transmitting fringe political views, or views that are opposed to the interests of the USA or the West, such as China’s state television. They operate under anti-trust rules (DiSH and DirecTV have attempted to merge at least once and be rebuffed), so the monopoly issue is active.

    I don’t know about *ANY* large corporation and *ANY* material, but I think a good case can be made for DirecTV being required to transmit any news and information programming that meets certain production standards, contract terms and does not cross the line into sedition, pornography or similar areas where traditional forms of speech can be curtailed.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  85. 60 cops and Secret Service were injured during attempts by protestors to storm the WH in May 2020.
    The protestors were shouting threats to kill Trump
    I do not remember any sympathetic interviews of the police and secret service, but there were quite a few sympathetic figures interviewed who were tear gassed before Trump went over to see the church their fellow protestors had burned.

    Granted, this is different because the protestors never entered the WH and sat in Trumps chair, but I’d like to see these people rounded up wholesale and held in DC lockup for a year just to set an example for both sides

    steveg (e81d76)

  86. The “don’t have the bandwidth” would be a decent argument, were it true. I don’t think it is though.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  87. ATT uses public right of way, I’d argue that

    steveg (e81d76)

  88. If I was a Republican operative, I’d run ads from the freight yards and call it the Biden Buttigieg supply chain plan.

    A helicopter outside L.A. Harbor, or talking to a truck drive who wants to pick up a container but cannot due to some Catch-22 port rules.

    But really, the GOP’s problem is that there is so much going wrong that it is hard to choose, and the press (and Trump) would rather talk about Trump.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  89. Steve, most of the 1/6 detainees have gotten bail and on average the 1/6 detainees have gotten bail at a higher rate then average for federal defendants.

    Which is good. Bail is a right and pre-trial detainment should never be punitive.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  90. Their fiber optic cables, upstream, run to their data centers before being sent to satellite Direct TV runs in public right of way. Any data running back to direct tv (if you are using an internet connection for pay per view and other services) would also be moved through a public right of way

    steveg (e81d76)

  91. ATT uses public right of way, I’d argue that

    In fact, they use the public airwaves, since their channels are allocated to them, as are the orbital slots. Good point. I find OAN to be stupid news for stupid people, but they are not the only news station in that group, and it is not my place to say what information is stupid for anyone else.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  92. @87 Kevin, Im putting discrimination for race/religion/etc in a separate catagory as the exception to the rule. But thank you for clairifying.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  93. Use of public airwaves changes to things substantially.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  94. I hear you and agree.
    My biggest concern is justice needs to be evenhanded.
    I was very concerned about Antifa in 2019 looking forward to 2020 because I knew they would try to disrupt the election with violence, but was surprised they stood on the bodies of dead black men to do it.
    They didn’t seem as concerned about black men dying at the hands of police in 2021, but maybe it was just riot fatigue.

    My concern now is 2024. If we let it be a repeat of 2020 (including a little crossover into 2021 Jan 6) the country will be torn apart even further.

    Trump doesn’t care much about reining his people in, but to be honest, I do not think Biden and his handlers have any interest in dealing with their own either

    steveg (e81d76)

  95. Horrifying statement from the head of the GOP speaking on PAPER

    “We have to be a lot sharper the next time when it comes to counting the vote .. Sometimes the vote counter is more important than the candidate. They have to get a lot tougher and smarter.”

    Time123 (4bc460)

  96. @97, I don’t know why Antifa wasn’t more active after the summer, but I’m deeply glad they weren’t. I suspect they need a larger protest to “piggyback” and lack the numbers to cause problems without that. Except maybe in Portland where the city appears barely able to maintain order.

    I think the 1/6 detainees belief they were In the right got them caught by leading them to brag about what they did on social media. A$$holes that loot a target know not to post about it on FB. Also, looting a target is very bad, but seizing the capital is a different order of magnitude.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  97. To be clear, I’d be very pleased if the rioters/looters/arsonist of 2020 were arrested and charged.

    Time123 (4bc460)

  98. David Brooks is being a Debbie Downer, that the US is “falling apart”, and there are some data points such as his link to Yglesias.
    My pet theory about the increase in incidents with air travel and health workers and retail stores is that many have seen Trump’s behavior and feel that they’ve been given permission to be a$$holes. That nowhere near explains all of it. All this Covid business has raised frustrations across the board, and it’s pretty clear that us humans don’t do well the more we’re isolated.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  99. DirectTV (which is no longer owned by ATT but is a separate company that is co-owned by ATT and the private equity firm TPG) doesn’t use “public airwaves” like terrestrial TV or radio. Satellite and cable companies are not regulated by the FCC. They use privately launched and and controlled satellite and ground stations for distribution. They do not buy frequencies from the government to distribute their programming.

    Rip Murdock (156d0f)

  100. Who knew that 81% of North Koreans who defected to the south were women, and with good reason. Interesting that women in both NK and communist China made up so large a segment of the entrepreneurial class, but more out of necessity than choice.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  101. Triple dosed (as of December 2021) international soccer star Alphonso Davies had breakthrough COVID and Davies myocarditis and is out for weeks. Chances of this were 2 in 100,000 but fans won’t give a rats behind about the odds

    This is a shame. The young man is a tremedous athlete playing left back at Bayern Munich, one of the best clubs in the world.

    I’m curious to see what, if any impact, this has in Germany

    steveg (e81d76)

  102. Quotes from the Denver article

    The people doing the most time for crimes short of murder are people who drove through the crowds

    “City Attorney Kristin Bronson said she recognized the importance of peaceful protest and dismissed the charges to pursue a “non-punitive, restorative approach outside of the court system.”

    “Jesse Thomas was arrested May 29, 2020, while protesting for allegedly throwing a rock at a Denver Sheriff Department vehicle. Prosecutors with the Denver District Attorney’s Office charged him with misdemeanor criminal mischief but dropped the case in November, court records show.

    Having the criminal case looming over his head stressed Thomas out, he said. He said prosecutors told him they were dropping the case for lack of evidence.

    “It’s kind of just been a nuisance”

    “Two of the criminal cases against people charged with assault on an officer remain open. One of the men pleaded guilty and received a deferred judgment, meaning the case will be dismissed if he successfully completes 18 months of probation. The other pleaded guilty to assault and received a six-month jail sentence.”

    “Some window breakers, however, were convicted. One man pleaded guilty to breaking a store window by headbutting it and was sentenced to two years of probation.”

    steveg (e81d76)

  103. Hostages taken at texas temple by moslem.

    asset (4a8640)

  104. Paul Montagu @ 103,

    Thanks for the fascinating excerpt. The full report can be found here. What ingenuity and determination so many women demonstrated after the famine. And all under the nose of extreme oppression. Unfortunately, things may be changing for the worst:

    “It is only in the last two or three years that Kim has started trying to reimpose traditional gender roles,” says Kim Sung-kyung. “North Korean women are marrying later, having fewer children, and prioritising market activity. To the regime, this represents a capitalist mindset that is getting out of control.”

    Analysts say that many of the economic opportunities afforded to North Korean women in recent decades are likely to be closed off as the regime maintains its stranglehold on cross-border trade and Kim attempts to reassert his control over the market mechanisms that sprang up in response to the collapse of the rationing system.

    What is less clear, say observers, is how generations of North Korean women with a newfound sense of agency will respond to the revival of the “male-dominated state”.

    “The ability to make money by bringing in goods from abroad, and the ability to escape, were the two main pressure valves for many women living in North Korea, and now both of those are under threat,” says Song at the NKDB.

    “Before the famine, women were able to stay at home — they didn’t know anything about earning money,” says Hyun. “But after experiencing these market activities, it would be very difficult for them to go back to where they were.”

    Dana (5395f9)

  105. Larry Elder won’t seek rematch against Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2022 race
    ………
    Elder, a Los Angeles native, said that he had instead formed a political action committee, Elder for America PAC, to help Republicans running for the Senate and House of Representatives put Congress back in GOP control. The committee also will support some local candidates focused on public safety and education.
    ………
    Other top Republicans who tried unsuccessfully to unseat Newsom in the recall, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 gubernatorial candidate John Cox, also said they would assess whether to go after Newsom once again. Neither has launched an active campaign, and the primary is just over six months away.
    ………
    Among the more than 8.4 million Californians who voted in September, 61.9% favored keeping Newsom in office and 38.1% supported ousting him.
    ………
    The recall results are nearly identical to the 2018 gubernatorial election.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  106. Utah tech entrepreneur and GOP fundraiser calls COVID-19 vaccines an extermination plot by ‘the Jews’
    ………
    “I write this email knowing that many of you will think I’m crazy after reading it,” (David Bateman, a co-founder of Entrata, which created software to manage multifamily developments) wrote in an email sent out early Tuesday (1/4) morning. “I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people. It’s obvious now. It’s undeniable, yet no one is doing anything. Everyone is discounting their own judgment and dismissing their intuition.

    “I believe the Jews are behind this.”
    ……….
    In his email, Bateman also cites further misinformation about COVID-19 including that PCR diagnostic tests are carcinogenic and urges recipients to not get vaccinated.

    Bateman also expounds on his antisemitic conspiracy claims.

    “For 300 years the Jews have been trying to infiltrate the Catholic Church and place a Jew covertly at the top,” Bateman wrote. “It happened in 2013 with Pope Francis. I believe the pandemic and systematic extermination of billions of people will lead to an effort to consolidate all the countries in the world under a single flag with totalitarian rule.

    “I know, it sounds bonkers. No one is reporting on it, but the Hasidic Jews in the US instituted a law for their people that they are not to be vaccinated for any reason.”

    Current Entrata CEO Adam Edmunds posted a response to Bateman’s email on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.

    “Earlier today Dave Bateman, one of our founders, made several highly offensive statements in an email to recipients outside the company,” Edmunds wrote. “The opinions expressed by Dave were his alone, and do not reflect the views or values of Entrata, the executive team, board of directors, or investors. To be absolutely clear, we at Entrata firmly condemn antisemitism in any and all forms.
    ……….
    In a later tweet, Edmunds wrote that the company’s board had requested, and received, Bateman’s resignation.
    …………

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  107. #103 and #108 Thanks, Paul and Dana, for that info on North Korea.

    To which I’ll add some pure speculation: Could these gender role rule changes be connected to his younger sister’s ambitions?

    As I assume most of you know, there has been talk that she might succeed him, or even replace him.

    And that sibling rivalry is tougher in the Kim family than most families.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  108. January 1, 2022, is Public Domain Day: Works from 1926 are open to all, as is a cornucopia of recorded music: an estimated 400,000 sound recordings from before 1923!

    On January 1, 2022, copyrighted works from 1926 will enter the US public domain,  where they will be free for all to copy, share, and build upon. The line-up this year is stunning. It includes books such as A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, Felix Salten’s Bambi, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Langston Hughes’ The Weary Blues, and Dorothy Parker’s Enough Rope. There are scores of silent films—including titles featuring Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Greta Garbo, famous Broadway songs, and well-known jazz standards. But that’s not all. In 2022 we get a bonus: an estimated 400,000 sound recordings from before 1923 2  will be entering the public domain too! (Please note that this site is only about US law; the copyright terms in other countries are different.)
    ……….
    Examples at link.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  109. CNN is calling the standoff at a Texas synagogue a “hostage situation”, which is technically true but doesn’t describe the nature of the attack, which appears to be an act of terrorism, given the target and the hostage taker, but we’ll see.
    The sister of the hostage taker is “Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman who is imprisoned on charges related to the attempted murder and assault of United States officers and employees in Afghanistan in 2008.” Granted, she’s not her brother’s keeper…

    U.S. authorities say Siddiqui is a dangerous terrorist with ties to the ringleader of 9/11. Counter-terrorism groups have dubbed her “Lady al-Qaeda,” and U.S. officials once described her as “the most wanted woman in the world.” The U.S. government has refused to trade her for American hostages multiple times, including for journalist James Foley prior to his execution by ISIS.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  110. That’s a good theory, Jim. I think that she is going to do everything she can to prove that she can do the job. Even if that means, at some point in time, getting rid of her brother. It seems like a coup would be necessary given that he’s only 38 years old, and given that he’s either paying attention to his health and dieting or is running out of food, she’ll have a long time to wait for her turn.

    It always strikes me as mind-boggling that the children of Kim Jong II have gone to school in the West (Switzerland, in this case), and experience all of the modernity, freedoms, and modern life at these boarding schools and yet ease back into a Draconian brutal world where famine and torture and constant struggles for food and basic needs are a regular occurrence with the citizenry. Of course, this has always been with dictatorial regimes and empires but at some level, were their consciences ever pricked?

    Dana (5395f9)

  111. Trump leads all Republicans in poll on 2024 presidential election
    ………
    Asked who they would support in the 2024 election, 54 percent of ​Republicans picked Trump, while 11 percent chose DeSantis and 8 percent picked former Vice President Mike Pence, a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted last month and released Friday (12/31) found.

    Nikki Haley, the UN ambassador in the Trump administration, came in fourth with 4 percent of support, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 3 percent, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott getting 2 percent.

    ​Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) each finished with 1 percent.

    Fourteen percent answered “not sure.”​
    ……….
    Fifty-six percent say they have an unfavorable view of the former president, while 48 percent say that about Biden.”

    According to the poll, 82% of Republicans have a favorable view of Donald Trump.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  112. Biden is terribler than Trump. A stunning accomplishment.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  113. Larry Elder won’t seek rematch against Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2022 race

    Good. I am just effing tired of this 3rd-party BS. Run someone who can win, not one who gets your tired little party wing all hot & bothered.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  114. The U.S. government has refused to trade her for American hostages multiple times, including for journalist James Foley prior to his execution by ISIS.

    But managed to trade a bunch of terrorist leaders for a deserter. Priorities.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  115. Chances of this were 2 in 100,000 but fans won’t give a rats behind about the odds

    I will bet you, at better than those odds, that he got infected due to lifestyle choices.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  116. #115 Well, 77 percent to go. I’m not sure that’s achievable in the near future, but it does give us something to work for.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  117. 82%. So that’s Don Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany. Ba-a-a-rron?!

    nk (1d9030)

  118. 121 – Not Melania? You may be right about that.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  119. KevinM
    Can you add some detail to “lifestyle choices”

    steveg (e81d76)

  120. Davies was triple dosed but might have had COVID before the vax, may have been asyptomatic and probably exercised to a point regular people would call excessive.

    https://www.bvhealthsystem.org/expert-health-articles/covid-19-and-myocarditis-a-risk-for-athletes
    “Experts believe that exercising while infected with the virus increases the risk of developing myocarditis.”

    This wouldn’t be a lifestyle choice… it is his job

    steveg (e81d76)

  121. More on the Colleyville, TX standoff. Am I using a Daily Mail link? Yes. It’s a fluid situation.
    Apparently, the hostage-taker is demanding the release of Ms. Siddiqui from prison, and is “believed to be armed with backpacks of explosives”, which may not be true. Also, it looks like Ms. Siddiqui is not the hostage taker’s actual sister, just an Islamic State or al Qaeda kind of sister.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  122. Jim Miller @3, I followed your link – I think it would have been better to link to a link that is linked on that page.

    This is about the debate that Rock Warren hosted in 2008 between Barack Obama and John McCain:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Forum_on_The_Presidency

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  123. Neutral on Nazism: Indiana lawmaker walks back remark that teachers must be impartial
    ………
    During a committee hearing Wednesday about Senate Bill 167, a wide-ranging bill inspired by the national discourse over critical race theory, history teacher Matt Bockenfeld raised concerns about what the bill would require of teachers. He gave what he thought was an extreme example.

    “For example, it’s the second semester of U.S. history, so we’re learning about the rise of fascism and the rise of Nazism right now,” Bockenfeld said. “And I’m just not neutral on the political ideology of fascism. We condemn it, and we condemn it in full, and I tell my students the purpose, in a democracy, of understanding the traits of fascism is so that we can recognize it and we can combat it.”

    “……… (W)e’re not neutral on Nazism. We take a stand in the classroom against it, and it matters that we do.”

    Baldwin, a Republican from Noblesville, said that may be going too far.

    Baldwin said he doesn’t discredit Marxism, Nazism, fascism or “any of those isms out there.”

    “I have no problem with the education system providing instruction on the existence of those isms,” he said. “I believe that we’ve gone too far when we take a position on those isms … We need to be impartial.”

    Baldwin said that even though he is with Bockenfeld “on those particular isms,” teachers should “just provide the facts.”

    “I’m not sure it’s right for us to determine how that child should think and that’s where I’m trying to provide the guardrails,” Baldwin said.

    In an email to IndyStar Thursday, Baldwin said his intent with the bill was to ensure teachers are being impartial when discussing “legitimate political groups.”

    “When I was drafting this bill, my intent with regard to ‘political affiliation’ was to cover political parties within the legal American political system,” he said. “In my comments during committee, I was thinking more about the big picture and trying to say that we should not tell kids what to think about politics.

    “Nazism, Marxism and fascism are a stain on our world history and should be regarded as such, and I failed to adequately articulate that in my comments during the meeting. I believe that kids should learn about these horrible events in history so that we don’t experience them again in humanity.
    ………
    …….. SB 167, a wide-ranging bill contain(s) several controversial education proposals. It would require schools develop curriculum committees that include parents, to review all education materials, and develop portals containing materials, texts and lesson plans to allow parents to review everything taught in the classroom. It would remove an exemption to laws about distributing material harmful to minors for schools and public libraries.

    The majority of public testimony and objection to the bill though centers on a section of the bill that would prohibit schools from teaching a variety of concepts related to sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation is inherently superior or inferior.
    ……..
    Bockenfeld said he’d “oppose Nazism until they fire me.”
    ………
    Politicians only apologize when they’re caught revealing their true thoughts.

    Related:
    Indiana bill that sparked Nazi comment won’t move forward. Companion legislation might.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  124. Florida Lawmaker Files Bill To Put Cameras In Classrooms & Mics On Teachers
    ………
    The bill filed by Rep. Bob Rommel, a Republican out of Naples, is proposing to allow districts to adopt policies that could install cameras in classrooms and require teachers to wear microphones for all students.

    “I think if we can do it in a safe way to protect the privacy of students and teachers I think we should do it. I haven’t heard a response good or bad from any teachers but you know what it’s not their private space, it’s our children’s space too,” Rep. Rommel, R-District 160, said.

    “It can be looked at any time. We don’t know how they’re going to keep in in record, so they never get that piece out, and also the funding, there is no funding,” (Broward Teachers Union President Anna) Fusco said.

    “You want to play Big Brother every moment? That’s not how society should be. We need to get back to where we have trust, we have value, we have faith we have conversations, and we can work things out if something happens,” Fusco said.
    #########
    Does the representative have an ancestor named Erwin?

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  125. @127 Politicians only apologize when they’re caught revealing their true thoughts.

    politicians also apologize when they’re blitzed by truly dumb takes on what they said

    those “isms” resulted in the extermination of millions

    that’s a fact

    so a teacher needs to take a bold stance opposing that, cuz duh

    just teach the facts, like the guy said

    JF (e1156d)

  126. School District Openly Promotes Implementation Of CRT, High School Presentation Discusses ‘Pyramid Of White Supremacy’

    A high school in Oregon gave a presentation featuring a “Pyramid of White Supremacy” that discussed concepts like “white fragility” and “white saviorism,” according to documents obtained by Parents Defending Education.

    Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, taught students about equity and racial justice as part of its “Race Forward” project from December of 2021, according to documents obtained by Parents Defending Education (PDE).

    White supremacy is “systemic” and entrenched into all political, economic, social, cultural, legal, military and educational institutions, according to the presentation.

    One video on the “Race Forward” page called “Racism,” explains that racism is found in “history,” “whiteness,” “building a wall” and “Donald Trump.”

    JF (e1156d)

  127. Regarding the discussion upthread about Shawn Bradley and Mark Eaton, I think the lesson is that former NBA centers should not ride bicycles in Utah.

    norcal (d4ed1d)

  128. Here’s an interesting take on Biden’s family agenda (ie, family leave, child care, tax credits, pre-school)

    https://thedispatch.com/p/bidens-family-agenda-one-year-in

    My gut reaction to Biden’s proposals is almost universally….our national debt is approaching $30T…our operating deficit is $3T…..and not only do we not have a plan, both sides are wildly hypocritical…..we just can’t afford it. But the author McCloskey makes some good points about how the GOP needs to stay relevant for lower-middle-class and middle-class workers that are struggling to raise a family — so, recently woo’ed Trump voters looking for a counter-offer to Biden’s big-spending agenda. Again, there is no magic chest of gold somewhere that can be used….we’re spending the next generation’s money and likely giving them zero flexibility…and a ticking time bomb to boot. Even block granting money to the states…..a staple conservative response….can’t create something from nothing.

    But, it would be nice to hear some creativity from the Right…..some action plan beyond the Big Steal…..and whining about cultural bugaboos. It’s tough to tip toe between socialism, income redistribution, and managed trade…and just become DEM lite…but conservatism is about seeing the world as it is and adopting policy that recognizes how people respond to real incentives. How I would like to see some of that thinking engaged. Give the article a read….and let me know your thoughts.

    AJ_Liberty (3cb02f)

  129. those “isms” resulted in the extermination of millions
    And Baldwin said teachers should be “impartial” when teaching them.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  130. Bockenfeld said he’d “oppose Nazism until they fire me.”

    “That other 20th century political movement that killed tens of millions, however, I try and teach in a more nuanced fashion. It hasn’t really been tried, after all.”

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  131. @133. ‘those “isms” resulted in the extermination of millions’
    ‘And Baldwin said teachers should be “impartial” when teaching them.’

    “Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I’d still have to bum rides off people.” – Ferris Bueller [Matthew Broderick] ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ 1986

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  132. The Thomas dissent, joined by the others, disputed that CMS has this power:

    To obtain a stay, the Government must show that there is (1) a reasonable probability that we would grant certiorari; (2) a fair prospect that we would reverse the judgments below; and (3) a likelihood that irreparable harm will result from denying a stay. Hollingsworth v. Perry, 558 U. S. 183, 190 (2010) (per curiam). Because there is no real dispute that this case merits our review, our decision turns primarily on whether the Government can make a “strong showing” that it is likely to succeed on the merits. Nken v. Holder, 556 U. S. 418, 426 (2009). In my view, the Government has not made such a showing here.

    The Government begins by invoking two statutory provisions that generally grant CMS authority to promulgate rules to implement Medicare and Medicaid. The first authorizes CMS to “publish such rules and regulations . . . as may be necessary to the efficient administration of the [agency’s] functions.” 42 U. S. C. §1302(a). The second authorizes CMS to “prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the administration of the insurance programs” under the Medicare Act. §1395hh(a)(1).

    The Government has not established that either provision empowers it to impose a vaccine mandate….

    These cases are not about the efficacy or importance of COVID–19 vaccines. They are only about whether CMS has the statutory authority to force healthcare workers, by coercing their employers, to undergo a medical procedure they do not want and cannot undo. Because the Government has not made a strong showing that Congress gave CMS that broad authority, I would deny the stays pending appeal. I respectfully dissent.

    Alito issued his own dissent, joined by the others:

    …. But even if the Federal Government has the authority to require the vaccination of healthcare workers, it did not have the authority to impose that requirement in the way it did. Under our Constitution, the authority to make laws that impose obligations on the American people is conferred on Congress, whose Members are elected by the people. Elected representatives solicit the views of their constituents, listen to their complaints and requests, and make a great effort to accommodate their concerns. Today, however, most federal law is not made by Congress. It comes in the form of rules issued by unelected administrators. In order to give individuals and entities who may be seriously impacted by agency rules at least some opportunity to make their views heard and to have them given serious consideration, Congress has clearly required that agencies comply with basic procedural safeguards….

    In these cases, the relevant agency did none of those things, and the Court rewards this extraordinary departure from ordinary principles of administrative procedure. Although today’s ruling means only that the Federal Government is likely to be able to show that this departure is lawful, not that it actually is so, this ruling has an importance that extends beyond the confines of these cases. It may have a lasting effect on Executive Branch behavior.

    Thomas and Alito have the better argument than the radical leftists.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  133. @133 And Baldwin said teachers should be “impartial” when teaching them.

    i’m sorry you need someone to tell you an ism that exterminated millions is bad

    JF (e1156d)

  134. https://therightscoop.com/restaurant-posts-vid-as-gillibrand-become-latest-dem-busted-blowing-off-mask-rules-i-will-do-better/

    Why do leftists love to impose rules upon others that they have no intention of following themselves?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  135. So 81 million putzes voted for a brain dead corpse….
    Bring on Kamala, and watch the Bidenaires get shown the door.
    81 million dopes couldn’t see this coming, because gas was $2.05 and the shelves were full.
    YPS.

    mg (8cbc69)

  136. My grandfather fought in WW2. And I have to show papers to walk the streets?
    Fluck all of you commies.

    mg (8cbc69)

  137. Trains have been robbed since they started carrying things of value. But this doesn’t look like a train robbery to me. It looks like the aftermath of a police warrant search. I wonder what they were looking for.

    nk (1d9030)

  138. And I’ll tell you something else, too, comrades. Those Hoosier dipwiddles remind me of the post-“middle-aged” women at pro-abortion protests. They’re so unlikely to have an unwanted pregnancy (to put it delicately) (double entendre intended) that they have forgotten where the tampons go. They wear them on their ears.

    nk (1d9030)

  139. CBS News Poll
    @CBSNewsPoll

    Words like “frustrated” and “disappointed” top people’s descriptions of his presidency, along with the feeling that he’s “distracted” and not focusing on what they care about.

    https://cbsn.ws/3tBC4Zd

    https://twitter.com/CBSNewsPoll/status/1482714928532410374

    The 81 Million have remorse?

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  140. Under our Constitution, the authority to make laws that impose obligations on the American people is conferred on Congress, whose Members are elected by the people.

    But that’s not what the regulations did, as hard as Alito wants to spin it. The obligations were imposed on government vendors, who provide a health service to the government’s benefit recipients, in the government’s supervisory duty to see that the vendor’s services are delivered safely.

    No one is required to provide these services, and hence no one is required to abide by the mandate. Individuals can find work at other health care facilities that do not have such a mandate, and institutions are free to terminate their vendor status with Medicare and Medicaid.

    This is no different than training and/or licensing requirements that CMS might impose on hospitals for their healthcare staff. Those, too, would end up being enforced on an individual basis, and the same alternatives would be available. DO you assert that CMS cannot set a minimum training level for phlebotomists or nurses?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  141. But this doesn’t look like a train robbery to me. It looks like the aftermath of a police warrant search. I wonder what they were looking for.

    Union Pacific begs to differ (and blames Gascon):

    https://twitter.com/CBSLAKristine/status/1482115852216385538/photo/1

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  142. @133 And Baldwin said teachers should be “impartial” when teaching them.

    i’m sorry you need someone to tell you an ism that exterminated millions is bad

    It’s Indiana Republican state Sen. Scott Baldwin, not me or someone else, who needs to be told about the horrors of communism, Nazism, and socialism, saying they shouldn’t be condemned by teachers:

    Baldwin, a Republican from Noblesville, said that may be going too far.

    Baldwin said he doesn’t discredit Marxism, Nazism, fascism or “any of those isms out there.”

    “I have no problem with the education system providing instruction on the existence of those isms,” he said. “I believe that we’ve gone too far when we take a position on those isms … We need to be impartial.”

    Baldwin said that even though he is with Bockenfeld “on those particular isms,” teachers should “just provide the facts.”

    “I’m not sure it’s right for us to determine how that child should think and that’s where I’m trying to provide the guardrails,” Baldwin said.

    So it was a Republican legislator who initially said that teachers needed to give value free instruction on ideologies that have killed millions, letting children to make up their own minds whether they are evil or not, and only changed his remarks after they were roundly condemned.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  143. I don’t know about cameras or mics on teachers, but I could see where we might want to do that with politicians, live-streamed to YouTube.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  144. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10405105/Former-Obama-White-House-advisor-Seth-Andrew-pleads-guilty-stealing-218-000-charter-school.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed_article&ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed

    For some reason the American media is embargoing this story. Guess it ruins their squeaky clean image they’ve pretended Obama had.

    NJRob (eb56c3) — 1/15/2022 @ 10:49 pm

    Not really. It’s all over the internets.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  145. #150 If the Google search results are correct, the New York Times, CNN, and Newsweek all had the Seth Andrew story two days ago. The Daily Mail picked it up (probably from one of them) 15 hours ago.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  146. They’re really doing a bad job of covering it up.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  147. @148 sure Rip, we already went over this

    when presented with facts pointing to an obvious conclusion you need to be spoon fed how to think about it, and you believe everyone else has this problem

    JF (e1156d)

  148. My take-away: Where does one find a Manhattan luxury apartment for only $2 million?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  149. @146 Kevin, yeah, I don’t get Alito’s argument…..it seems simple. The federal government is providing money to Medicare providers. That money comes with conditions. This condition relates to lessening the chance of transmitting a potentially serious disease to Medicare patients. Yes, the dynamic of transmission is changing with the Omicron variant and yes, the vaccination is irreversible and does have a very small chance of creating an adverse reaction. But those aren’t really legal questions…those are policy questions. Now, nutters will take this and ask, well, can CMS condition anything…like owning or not owning an AR-15 if you are a Medicare provider? Well obviously there’s little to no workplace connection….and the hypothetical falls flat.

    Now it’s unfortunate that our political environment is so toxic…because in functional times, I would think it would be best to have Congress speak up on both mandates. But that’s also part of the reason that Congress delegated this authority…to not get matters mired in politics. We can debate the wisdom of the Medicare mandate…I’m just not sure about debating its Constitutionality…..Alito and Thomas seemed to drift off to writing for their fan base.

    AJ_Liberty (3cb02f)

  150. nk (1d9030) — 1/16/2022 @ 5:43 am

    It looks more like it was peaceful protesting, to me.

    felipe (484255)

  151. Correction:

    “It looks more like it was the aftermath of peaceful protesting, to me”

    felipe (484255)

  152. Malik Faisal Akram. That’s the name of the guy who took hostages at the Colleyville synagogue. The FBI made an odd statement yesterday.

    “We do believe from our engagement with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community. But we are continuing to work to find [the] motive.”

    There have multiple terrorist attacks where liberals have said stuff like “we may never know the motive,” even after attacker chanted a few “Allahu Akhbars” before or after striking. Yes, this was related to the Jewish community, given who Mr. Akram wanted to walk free.

    The idea that any attack on a synagogue is “not specifically related to the Jewish community” is absurd enough.

    Even with the broadest definition of who is considered Jewish, Jews make up only 2.4% of all American adults and only 0.6% of the population of Texas. It beggars belief, in most cases and in this one in particular, that someone outside the densest Jewish populations in America would have randomly stumbled upon a synagogue while looking for people to hold hostage.

    Add to that the fact that the gunman entered Congregation Beth Israel on a Saturday morning, when Shabbat services are held. The timing was clearly intentional.

    And there’s more on Ms. Siddiqui.

    After Siddiqui was arrested in Afghanistan for her part in plotting al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in the US, UK and Pakistan, shooting at US Army troops as they detained her, she said the case against her was a Jewish conspiracy.

    Siddiqui dismissed her legal defense team because she said the lawyers were Jewish, and she demanded that jurors in the trial take DNA tests to make sure they were not Israeli or Zionists, in order “to be fair.”

    She also wrote a letter to then-president Barack Obama telling him that Jews “have always back-stabbed everyone who has taken pity on them and made the ‘fatal’ error of giving them shelter.”

    “It is this cruel, ungrateful back-stabbing of the Jews that has caused them to be mercilessly expelled from wherever they gain strength. This is why ‘holocausts’ keep happening to them repeatedly! If they would only learn to be grateful and change their behavior!!” Siddiqui wrote.

    After her conviction, Siddiqui said: “This is a verdict coming from Israel and not from America. That’s where the anger belongs.”

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  153. Although NJRob’s example was chosen badly, the general point, that “mainstream” news organizations often give little coverage to stories that do not support their political beliefs, is true. And it is also true that Fox and others are selective in the opposite way.

    My favorite example of the first is the way most news organizations have ignored the spectacular success of George W. Bush’s PEPFAR program, which has saved an estimated 20 million lives — so far. And so, when I was reading a full-page article in Tuesday’s New York Times — this article, I think — on the progress made against AIDS in southern Africa, I was expecting that the reporter, Stephanie Nolen, would probably ignore the program, and certainly ignore Bush.

    I was wrong. Here’s the next-to-last paragraph in her story:

    But H. I. V. has been significantly beaten back. It’s a credit to former president George W. Bush’s PEPFAR program and the money it poured into treatment. To brilliant scientists such as those in Durban and Cape Town. And to activists like Ida, Felix, and Carol.

    I think most of you would be heartened to read of the progress described in the article.

    I hope that NJRob will join us in celebrating that success.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  154. That explains the British accent.

    The British man who was shot dead after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue has been named by the FBI as Malik Faisal Akram.

    Sky News understands the 44-year-old from Blackburn was not living in the United States but had recently travelled there.

    Even if the guy had “mental health issues”, this couldn’t have been a more deliberate act.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  155. Oklahoma Bill Would Effectively Let Any Parent Veto Any Public School Library Book
    Oklahoma SB 1142, introduced by state senator and Majority Whip Rob Standridge, begins (numbering added):

    [A.] No public school district, public charter school, or public school library shall maintain in its inventory or promote

    [1] books that make as their primary subject the study of sex, sexual preferences, sexual activity, sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity or

    [2] books that are of a sexual nature that a reasonable parent or legal guardian would want to know of or approve of prior to their child being exposed to it.

    …………
    ………… No librarian or judge or jury would have to apply such a standard, because of the following two paragraphs:

    [B.] [1.] The parent or legal guardian of a student who believes a public school district, public charter school, or public school library is maintaining book(s) in violation of subsection A of this section may submit a written request to the school district superintendent or charter school administrator to remove the book(s) from the public school district, public charter school, or public school library.

    [2.] The book(s) requested for removal shall be removed from the public school district, public charter school, or public school library within thirty (30) days of receiving the request.

    ……… According to the plain text of the bill, the school official “shall” “remove[]” any book that a parent “believes” is “of a sexual nature that a reasonable parent … would want to know of or approve of prior to their child being exposed to it.” So long as a parent writes the superintendent that he or she believes that, say, Romeo & Juliet (teenage sex) or Othello (“beast with two backs”) or the Bible (Sodomy etc.) or whatever else fits within subsection A, the school must remove it.

    And, if the school official doesn’t accede to the request, the parent can sue the school (that’s in subsection C)—for a statutory minimum of $10,000/day that the book is not removed. Plus it gets better:

    [B.] [3.] A public school district or public charter school employee tasked with removing a book from a public school district, public charter school, or public school library who does not do so within thirty (30) days of receiving a request shall be dismissed or not reemployed, subject to the provisions of the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990, and the employee shall be prohibited from being employed by a public school district or public charter school for a period of two (2) years. The book shall be removed from the public school district, public charter school, or public school library by a school administrator.

    Yes, that’s right, it’s firing and a two-year public school employment blacklist for you, if you don’t promptly accede to the parent’s “belie[f],” conveyed in a “written request,” that a book is not suitable for the school library.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  156. If you google exactly what you’re looking for you’ll find the link. If you look at their homepage or their politics page it’s no where to be seen. If you watch their network, it’s ignored.

    But keep pretending.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  157. Thousands of federal inmates to be released under 2018 law

    The Justice Department will begin transferring thousands of inmates out of federal prisons this week as part of a sweeping criminal justice overhaul signed by President Donald Trump more than three years ago.
    ………
    While the transfers are expected to begin this week, it isn’t clear how many inmates will be released. The department would only say that “thousands” of inmates are being affected.
    ………
    The inmates being released will be sent to supervised release programs, released to home confinement or transferred into the bureau’s residential re-entry centers, commonly known as halfway houses. The law allows inmates to earn time credits back to 2018, when the First Step Act was enacted.

    The Justice Department says implementation of the finalized rule will begin this week with inmates whose time credits exceed the days remaining on their sentence, are less than a year from release and have a term of supervised release. Transfers are underway. More are expected in the weeks ahead as officials apply the time credits to inmates’ records.
    ………
    What could possibly go wrong?

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  158. NJRob wants to be spoon fed.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  159. What could possibly go wrong?

    Is that Biden is in charge, plenty can go wrong. Just look at how many people he killed with Covid.

    BuDuh (31e3b3)

  160. DeSantis Says He Regrets Not Opposing Trump Administration’s Lockdown Calls—As Tensions Grow With Ex-President
    ………
    DeSantis said on the conservative podcast “Ruthless” he believes Trump Administration officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci “panicked” as Covid-19 quickly spread around the U.S. in March of 2020, leading to calls for lockdowns.
    ……….
    If DeSantis was opposed to lockdowns in the early days of the pandemic, that view was not reflected in his actions. In March 2020, DeSantis ordered schools to shut down, closed down bars and prohibited indoor dining at restaurants, like many other governors did. But some of Florida’s restrictions went far beyond that of many other states and the guidance issued by the federal government, such as requiring travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana to self-isolate for two weeks after entering the state. DeSantis even ordered police checkpoints to be set up on interstates to monitor travelers coming into Florida. Restrictions for New York area travelers were not lifted until August 2020.

    ……… DeSantis repeatedly touted his state’s lax restrictions, and the fact he never put a statewide mask mandate in place, leading to a rise in name recognition and popularity among Republican voters as the party’s Trump-supporting base became increasingly opposed to Covid restrictions. Media and political pundits have regularly floated DeSantis as the potential GOP nominee in the 2024 presidential race, and early polling shows DeSantis a strong contender to take the nomination—if Trump doesn’t run. But a December Reuters/Ipsos poll showed DeSantis running a “distant second” if Trump does enter the race. The poll found Trump with 54% support among potential GOP primary voters, while DeSantis only polled at 11%.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  161. Should be: “Now that Biden is in charge….”

    BuDuh (31e3b3)

  162. Is that Biden is in charge, plenty can go wrong. Just look at how many people he killed with Covid.

    Sadly, he is following a law pushed by the Kardashians and refund and signed by Trump.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  163. Correction: Sadly, he is following a law pushed by the Kardashians and signed by Trump.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  164. Rip @161. I am totally outraged. It almost makes me not to want to live in Oklahoma. Oh, wait, I don’t! Pheew!

    nk (1d9030)

  165. If he follows the law, then what is the problem?

    BuDuh (31e3b3)

  166. Good to see Desantis take on clowns like Fauci.

    BuDuh (31e3b3)

  167. LA cops go over woke DA George Gascon’s head and get feds to file murder charges against four F13 gang members ‘who killed off-duty officer’ over fears his liberal reforms would have resulted in lenient sentences

    Note: This is during the Biden Administration. The fact that this was allowed to happen proves it is moderate – at least when nobody is looking.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  168. Kazakhstan update or additional facts:

    Two or three additional facts:

    1) The people who were committing the violence were criminals – all sides seem to agree on that.

    2) They were training outside of Kazakhstan. There is no such clear agreement on just who did it.

    3) On Thursday, Russia (Putin) agreed to withdraw his people, and said they would all be out of Kazakhstan by Wednesday, January 19. (technically, they were also from Tajikistan, Belarus and Armenia, all members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), which had never before been used to deploy troops. Those from these other three countries left on Friday,

    This decision took some American officials by surprise, as they had been worried about difficulty in getting Russia to go.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  169. Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022
    ………

    Mr. Trump’s favored candidate for governor, Kari Lake, is a first-time office seeker who has threatened to jail the state’s top elections official. His chosen candidate to replace that elections official, a Democrat, is a state legislator named Mark Finchem, who was with a group of demonstrators outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 as rioters tried to stop the certification of the 2020 election.

    And one of his most unflinching defenders in Congress is Representative Paul Gosar, who was censured by his colleagues for posting an animated video online that depicted him killing a Democratic congresswoman and assaulting President Biden.

    All three spoke at Mr. Trump’s rally in front of thousands of supporters on Saturday in the town of Florence, outside Phoenix.…….

    But as popular as the former president remains with the core of the G.O.P.’s base, his involvement in races from Arizona to Pennsylvania — and his inability to let go of his loss to Mr. Biden — has veteran Republicans in Washington and beyond concerned. They worry that Mr. Trump is imperiling their chances in what should be a highly advantageous political climate, with Democrats deeply divided over their policy agenda and Americans taking a generally pessimistic view of Mr. Biden’s leadership a year into his presidency.……..
    ……….
    Those worries are particularly acute in Arizona, where the far-right, Trump-endorsed candidates could prove too extreme in a state that moved Democratic in the last election as voters came out in large numbers to oppose Mr. Trump. The myth of widespread voter fraud is animating Arizona campaigns in several races, alarming Republicans who argue that indulging the former president’s misrepresentations and falsehoods about 2020 is jeopardizing the party’s long-term competitiveness.
    ……….

    At the rally on Saturday, every speaker who took the stage before Mr. Trump repeated a version of the false assertion that the vote in Arizona in 2020 was fraudulent. Mr. Gosar, the congressman, did so in perhaps the darkest language, invoking the image of a building storm, a metaphor commonly used by followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. And he called for people involved in counting ballots in Arizona in 2020 to be imprisoned.

    “Lock them up,” Mr. Gosar told the crowd. “That election was rotten to the core.”

    For Republicans who are concerned about Mr. Trump’s influence on candidates they believe are unelectable, the basic math of such crowded primaries is difficult to stomach. A winner could prevail with just a third of the total vote — which makes it more than likely a far-right candidate who is unpalatable to the broader electorate can win the nomination largely on Mr. Trump’s endorsement.
    ………

    Arizona has been a hotbed of distortions about the 2020 election. Allies of the former president demanded an audit in the state’s largest county, insisting that the official outcome had been compromised by fraud. But when the results of the review were released — in a report both commissioned and produced by Trump supporters — it ended up showing that he actually received 261 fewer votes than first thought.

    Still, the myth lives on. …….
    ………..
    Related:
    They’re Too Extreme for QAnon — and Right at Home at Trump’s Rally
    One full day before Trump spoke to an estimated 15,000 die-hard Republicans in Arizona, a group of JFK Jr. obsessed QAnon fanatics arrived at the venue grounds here. They drove all the way from Dallas, Texas, where they’ve been holed up in a Hyatt hotel for over two months amid a series of failed prophecies that JFK Jr. would return from the dead. The first among them was Stephen Tenner, right hand man to the group’s leader Michael Protzman. …….

    ……… Protzman is a QAnon influencer who peddles a form of religious numerology known as “gematria,” which he infuses into his interpretations of QAnon theories. Protzman uses gematria to promote the idea that he is in direct contact with both the Kennedy family — which he believes are direct descendants of Jesus Christ — and members of the Trump inner circle. His group also trafficks in a wide range of outlandish conspiracy beliefs such as that long dead famous people such as Michael Jackson and JFK Jr. faked their deaths and are working with Donald Trump in secret to take down a global satanic pedophile cabal.
    ……….
    ………. The Protzmanians secured seats in what appeared to be a cordoned off section close to the stage. They were joined by a motley cast of other QAnon adherents including Jim Watkins, the owner of the 8kun forum where QAnon started, and his son Ron Watkins, who also goes by CodeMonkeyZ and is running for Congress in Arizona. Both of them were in Washington, D.C. on January 6.

    The Protzmans’ presence at the rally underscores the terrifying fusion between extreme conspiracy theorists and a MAGA movement that controls the Republican Party. Trump’s rallies suggest he’s plotting a 2024 presidential in which he’d instantly become the GOP frontrunner. And if he retakes the White House in 2024, he’ll do so with the help of a movement whose tether to reality has snapped completely.
    ………
    ……… According to their Telegram chatter, the Protzmanians plan to return to Dallas after the rally, where they’ve been waiting for the reappearance of a number of dead celebrities. None, thus far, have come back from the other side.

    The Watkins clique, who have dubbed themselves the “CMZ Army”, rubbed shoulders with the Protzmanians throughout the day. They too managed to secure seats in the VIP audience section. After the rally, Ron Watkins held an audio chat where followers speculated that Trump himself had been a body double. “I saw Trump. It’s not a body double. It’s actually him,” Watkins said.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  170. explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces.
    The allegation echoes a statement released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense on Friday, which said that Russian special services are preparing provocations against Russian forces in an attempt to frame Ukraine. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan hinted at the intelligence during a briefing with reporters on Thursday.

    That means that Putin gave up on the coup in Kiev idea.

    This attack on Russian soldiers was either going to take place from Moldova, or Crimea. This would not be something new for Putin. He did that woth bombs allegedly placed by Chechens in 1999.

    https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-russia-president-1999-chechnya-apartment-bombings/30097551.html

    On September 23, Putin asserted terrorists in Chechnya were to blame and ordered a massive air campaign within the North Caucasus region. When asked a day later about the campaign targeting what he called terrorists, Putin responded with the phrase that inaugurated his rise to preeminence.

    Some American officials have been puzzled about what is taking Putin so long to make an incursion into Ukraine. One idea that was propounded was that his tanks need or want solid gound, and there has been a lot of rain and the temperature is above freezing so the ground is muddy,

    In this thinking, Putin is waiting either for the ground to freeze, or to dry up. This could take a minimum of nearly two months.

    This has been taken seriously enough that a meteorologist was assigned to the White House.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  171. 166. Rip Murdock (379be7) — 1/16/2022 @ 11:32 am

    But some of Florida’s restrictions went far beyond that of many other states and the guidance issued by the federal government, such as requiring travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana to self-isolate for two weeks after entering the state. DeSantis even ordered police checkpoints to be set up on interstates to monitor travelers coming into Florida. Restrictions for New York area travelers were not lifted until August 2020.

    This was obviously in the spirit of immigration laws, and country exclusions, and a little like Australia.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  172. Supervised release programs may not work as described. But for a lot of things there may not be too much difference between 6 years in prison and 12.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  173. The hacking last week may have been deliberately limited, but they say Putin has installed malware that could damage Ukraine’s ability to respond to an incursion – but it has been discovered.

    One option being discussed by U.S. officials is sponsoring an insurgency in occupied parts of Ukraine. That was done, badly, in 1946 – ot was penetrated but the FSB is not as good as the NKVD was then.

    Another idea maybe could be trying out something new. Would Putin want the find out if a new anti-regime tactic works?

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  174. nk (1d9030) — 1/16/2022 @ 5:43 am

    Trains have been robbed since they started carrying things of value. But this doesn’t look like a train robbery to me. It looks like the aftermath of a police warrant search. I wonder what they were looking for.

    I don’t think this was a train robbery. This was a burglary of unguarded (although maybe locked) shipping containers. More than one robber. The places they were stored may have been locked.

    The thieves sorted through their loot and disposed of unwanted, or not too valuable enough, plunder in a quiet hidden area – unused, or almost unused, train tracks.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  175. AUSTRALIAN MINISTER SAYS RISK OF ‘CIVIL UNREST’ REASON BEHIND CANCELLING NOVAK DJOKOVIC VISA AHEAD OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN
    Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke says the risk of ‘civil unrest’ led to Novak Djokovic’s visa being cancelled for a second time.

    Hawke cited section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Djokovic “on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.”
    ………
    He said: “I consider that Mr Djokovic’s ongoing presence in Australia may lead to an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment generated in the Australian community, potentially leading to an increase in civil unrest of the kind previously experienced in Australia with rallies and protests which may themselves be a source of community transmission.

    Hawke also acknowledged the ‘significant’ ramifications for the tennis player, given that he could be banned from obtaining an Australian visa for three years should the appeal fail.

    He added: “Mr Djokovic regularly travels to Australia to compete in tennis tournaments … this visa cancellation … may affect his ability to be granted a visa to enter Australia in the future.”
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  176. Nearly half (48%) of Democratic voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. Only 27% of all voters – including just 14% of Republicans and 18% of unaffiliated voters – favor criminal punishment of vaccine critics.

    https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/partner_surveys/jan_2022/covid_19_democratic_voters_support_harsh_measures_against_unvaccinated

    Yes, but Gosar and Kari Lake!!!

    BuDuh (745aa8)

  177. The British man who was shot dead after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue has been named by the FBI as Malik Faisal Akram.

    The woman in the Texas prison (Aafia Siddiqui, nicknamed ‘Lady al-Qaeda’) he wanted released is there for attempting to kill American soldiers while being held prisoner. (in 2008 I think)

    Although Congress said members of al Qaeda could not be taken from prison in Guantanamo Bay to the United States nothing said they had to go to Guantanamo in the first place.

    She was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 86 years in prison and is slated for release in 2082. (that’s not 86 years)

    Her second husband was a nephew of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who is still awaiting trial in Guantanamo for the September 11, 2001 attacks, a trial that nobody can manage to start.

    She lived in the United States (in academia) and left for Pakistan in 2003. She has made anti-Semitic accusations. She has been made into a hero by Pakistani Nazis.

    She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University, and was was married with three children and left her husband and returned to Pakistan with her children, claiming at some point, years later, before her trial, that the reason was that she feared her children would be taken from her and converted to Christianity.

    She was captured in Afghanistan in July 2008, when she was found with a flash drive containing documents on chemical and biological weapons. She also had handwritten notes detailing a possible “mass casualty attack” on several New York City spots. When FBI agents and U.S. military personnel were interviewing her in Afghanistan, she grabbed a rifle and opened fire on the Americans before she was herself shot.

    She says that she did not support this hostage, and that he is not a relative, as he claimed.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  178. Now it’s unfortunate that our political environment is so toxic…because in functional times, I would think it would be best to have Congress speak up on both mandates. But that’s also part of the reason that Congress delegated this authority…to not get matters mired in politics

    Once upon a time, when Congress was doing a lot of rule-making delegation in the early 70’s, the Congress retained the right to veto a regulation when a single House voted against the regulation by majority vote. They operating theory here was that a single House can block any law from passing, so it should have the power of blocking a delegated regulation by the same vote.

    The Supreme Court killed all legislative vetoes in 1983 (INS v Chadha) because (they said) the veto amounted to one House passing a law. The decision threw an incredible amount of power to the Executive branch as all those delegations stood, while the check & balance disappeared. Now, Congress had to pass a law in normal order, and get the President to sign it, in order to undo a regulation using delegated powers.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  179. “INS v Chadha” is my “Reaganomics!”

    It should be overturned.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  180. Oklahoma Bill Would Effectively Let Any Parent Veto Any Public School Library Book

    I would have so much fun. Let’s start with every book they have on economics, politics, political biography, sociology, history, race, etc. Probably 93% leftie. Now, if I could also replace them with books of my choice, all would e well.

    You’d see! They’d probably thank me.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  181. Capitalism in action! Hailie Deegan, Gracie Trotter, Bridget Burgess, Natalie Decker and other girl nascar racers fund their racing careers thru social media like Tik Tock other wise only good old boys like the punk ty gibbs would be racing without female getting rides in nascar.

    asset (c65757)

  182. If you google exactly what you’re looking for you’ll find the link. If you look at their homepage or their politics page it’s no where to be seen. If you watch their network, it’s ignored.

    And if you use the internet like most folks do, anyone will know that this “embargoing” business is a crock of sh-t.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  183. “INS v Chadha” is my “Reaganomics!”

    Not Glorious! Does seem like things need some re-balancing. Yes, the Chief Executive then owns the regulatory decision, but the majority has a near insurmountable (impractical) hill to climb to reject it. Right now, giving power back to Congress would gum up most regulatory moves…and we’d see even more gridlock (sometimes good, sometimes bad). We really first need to fix our toxic politics….which few have great ideas even where to start. Technological bubbles and treating politics as sport are pretty deeply ingrained….

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  184. Asset,if one digs deep on Hallie Deegan, one could surmise she’d be a daddy approved younger replacement for Donnie Jrs fiance. I will say right world is finally catching up to left world in terms of their time tok presence and savvy… probably just got sick of the start-stop-fail of maga social media tech.

    urbanleftbehind (c073c9)

  185. RIP Brigadier Gen. (Ret.) Charles McGee (102). Tuskegee pilot, flew 409 missions in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  186. Do you, or want to, play Wordle?
    QUICK
    BROWN
    MOLDY
    PARTY
    FOXES
    as your five “burner” words will help you solve it in a leisurely three minutes or less, if you take a minute to read the rules and not confuse the color codes. It’s not really for educated people.

    nk (1d9030)

  187. 182. Correction, maybe.

    The train that derailed was carrying UPS and Amazon packages but the discarded items could have come from another source.

    There were shipping containers aboard a train and inside them were packages??

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10407467/Train-packages-DERAILS-outside-LA-depot-discarded-parcels-ransacked-thieves.html

    The derailment occurred near the intersection of San Pablo street and Valley Boulevard in Lincoln Heights.

    It is unclear what caused the derailment, but many torn up packages left in the area by cargo thieves could be seen at the intersection, which remains closed. It is unknown if anyone was injured
    Los Angeles has continued to see a rising trend in thieves looting from cargo containers carrying valuable items on Union Pacific tracks from companies including Amazon, REI and UPS bound for West Coast homes…

    …Freight cars on Los Angeles railways are broken into on a daily basis by thieves who take advantage of the train’s stops and loot packages. They leave behind the discarded boxes of Amazon and UPS packages, unused COVID tests and epi-pens they steal. A series of discarded products such as unused COVID test vials and pharmaceutical drugs that were considered to be dispensable were also discarded.

    Packages have also been seen spilling from open containers as thieves have been using materials such as bolt cutters to break the locks when the train is either stopped or slowly moving.

    An increased security presence on the railway has since been enforced by Union Pacific to catch potential looters surveying the area.

    They are stealing Covid tests and epi-pens? Or is that what they don’t take?

    More. A series of discarded products such as unused COVID test vials and pharmaceutical drugs that were considered to be dispensable were also discarded.

    Packages have also been seen spilling from open containers as thieves have been using materials such as bolt cutters to break the locks when the train is either stopped or slowly moving.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  188. 186. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 1/16/2022 @ 1:44 pm

    Now, Congress had to pass a law in normal order, and get the President to sign it, in order to undo a regulation using delegated powers.

    Not normal order or at least not normal rules.

    It is one of the exceptions to the Senate filibuster rule. It can’t be filibustered. Neither does it, go through committee I suppose.

    It wasn’t used much before 2017. It is mostly used when the presidency changes parties. The rule must have become effective within the past six months, or something like that.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  189. Utah leaders have surrendered to COVID pandemic, the (Salt Lake Tribune) Editorial Board writes
    …….
    Gov. Spencer Cox and the new state epidemiologist, Dr. Leisha Nolen, let it officially be known Friday morning that there are so few tests available in the state, and so many people who reasonably fear that they have contracted the coronavirus, that anyone who is feeling the kind of symptoms associated with the disease should just assume they are infected and stay home.

    The elderly and those with underlying conditions are still encouraged to test. But the hope that the state’s schools could remain open with a test-to-stay policy (show a negative test and go to class, show positive or refuse and go home) can only be dashed when there are no tests to be had.
    ………
    Were Utah a truly civilized place, the governor’s next move would be to find a way to mandate the kind of mass vaccination campaign we should have launched a year ago, going as far as to deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere.

    But it may be too late for that, politically and medically.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  190. “The White House is monitoring the situation.”

    Like blood pressure and a pot of soup.

    Sleep well, America. A plagiarist will never unify.

    He’s a bum.

    And on weekends: a beach bum.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  191. 194. Rules of Wordle:

    1. All guesses must be real words.

    2. Thwy are limited to the list of more common words that can be it.

    3. The game will tell you:

    a. If a letter does not appear in a word.

    b. If it appears in a word, but not in the same place you put it in.

    c. If it appears in the word and in that spot.

    3. The same letter may appear more than once, but the game won’t tell you if that’s the case. Just if it appears at least once in a different spot.

    Also if it appears twice and you guessed the letter in the correct spot, that is all it will tell you.

    4. You get six chances.

    5. The word changes once a day.

    6. Hard wordle is if you guessed a letter in the correct spot, all subsequent guesses must use that letter in that place. (maybe also if it tells you a letter is there, but not where, all subsequent guesses must be consistent?)

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  192. Carville advises Democrats to ‘quit being a whiny party’

    Democratic strategist James Carville said on Sunday that Democrats should “quit being a whiny party” and instead focus on what accomplishments they’ve been able to achieve so far during the Biden presidency. -TheHill.com

    They’d cry in their beer but 7% inflation makes in unaffordable.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  193. Is https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle the only place you can play wordle?

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  194. “I’m tired of being quiet!” – Joe Biden, 1/12/22

    Back at you, putz:

    “Will you shut-up, man?” – Joe Biden, 9/30/20

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  195. @DCSCA Monitoring what situation?

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  196. Meantime, over 90% of Australians over 15 years old are double-dosed, so the country has decided to “let Covid rip”. For all the commentary from the Trumpist Right about the Aussies’ “authoritarian” policy, they’re at 103 deaths per million. Since our country has a death rate that’s over 25 times higher, maybe the critics of Down Under should focus more on how we’re doing things.
    If we were at 103 deaths per million, over 800,000 Americans would be alive today.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  197. But when the results of the review were released — in a report both commissioned and produced by Trump supporters — it ended up showing that he actually received 261 fewer votes than first thought.

    Except it was a phony audit. They couldn’t complete the work. They had it come out with Biden winning so that there shouldn’t be too much scrutiny of their work.

    That didn’t entirely save them, and they have now gone out of business:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/cyber-ninjas-fires-all-staff-and-will-shut-down-after-shambolic-arizona-election-audit

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  198. Australia came close to zero Covid.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  199. Is https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle the only place you can play wordle?

    Yes.

    nk (1d9030)

  200. 48% of Democrats would fine or imprison vaccine critics, and would find the unvaccinated (link above).

    Meanwhile only 30% of Republicans oppose the Jan 6th committee (the same percentage of Republicans say that the event was non-violent).

    Those crazy Republicans!

    Me, I don’t think fining the unvaccinated is a good idea, but I wouldn’t be opposed to denying them Social Security death benefits, if they die of “with” Covid.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  201. @202: More people agreed with the second than the first.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  202. Except it was a phony audit. They couldn’t complete the work. They had it come out with Biden winning so that there shouldn’t be too much scrutiny of their work.

    I am pretty sure that a committee of us here could have managed a complete, truthful and defensible audit. Probably for less money. Not that this was what they wanted.

    There is sooooooo much incompetence in the world.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  203. @209. Like Corn Pop?

    Read ’em and weep:

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/#!

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  204. @203. Spin the Wheel of Fortune, Sammy.

    The only listing not on it is the border.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  205. Well, I got today’s Wordle in 5 guesses, would have been four if I chose my other answer first.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  206. SNL Slams Biden on Open Monologue; Biden claims our COVID problems come seeing from Spider Man: No Way Home.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/saturdaynightlive/comments/s53qdt/snl_slams_biden_on_open_monologue_biden_claims/

    LBJ only worried when he lost Walter Cronkite; Joe’s lost SNL and Lorne Michaels. 25% into his tenure and now a national [and international] joke.

    Roll those tanks, Vladimir. Go, boy!

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  207. Free at-home Covid tests from government website Wednesday. I wonder who they went to for the software. If Amazon, Google or Microsoft built it, it will probably work fine (until they run out of product). If they went to their usual barrel of monkeys, not so much.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  208. KGBer Vladimir says his favorite cocktail is the SlowJoefizz; and like Bond’s vodka martinis, prefers it shaken. Not stirred.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  209. I wonder who they went to for the software.

    Wonder more where they went for the tests. China?

    Expect several site crashes– and home delivery by… July 4.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  210. I wonder how long it will be before polls show that large majorities DID vote for Trump in 2020. By the late 70’s, a majority claimed to have voted for McGovern.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  211. 215. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 1/16/2022 @ 5:42 pm

    Free at-home Covid tests from government website Wednesday. I wonder who they went to for the software. If Amazon, Google or Microsoft built it, it will probably work fine (until they run out of product).

    The governor of Maryland said the state had ordered tests on its own but now t can;t get them, because the federal government pre-empted their orders.

    The tests the federal government ordered are tests that are not going to be delivered to other purchasers. (until more is manufactured)

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-governor-larry-hogan-face-the-nation-01-16-2022

    …GOV. LARRY HOGAN: Well, we’ve been pushing for quite some time, you know, the president announced nearly a month ago before Christmas that he was going to distribute these half a billion rapid test out across the country. And so far we haven’t seen any. We were acquiring our own, you know, the states have been on the front lines throughout this crisis. And now it appears as if, rather than producing more of these rapid tests, the federal government is just purchasing the ones that we had already contracted for. You know, so now we’re sort of hijacking the tests that we already had plans for, and we’re now getting some of those providers to tell us they no longer have the mat-Masks- the rapid tests….

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  212. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-administration-start-shipping-free-home-covid-tests-next-week-n1287539

    Each household will be able to request four tests via a new government-run website, and tests are to be delivered in seven to 12 days, a senior administration official said. The tests will be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service, which has been staffing up and keeping on holiday staff to meet the added demand, the official said.

    That is by January 26 through 31, if requested on January 19.

    Tests actually are available now on amazon.com in batches of 10, but they cost money and it may be complicated to figure out how to get reimbursed for them and for how much. Insurance will reimburse at #12 a test if out of network.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-dr-scott-gottlieb-face-the-nation-01-16-2022

    MARGARET BRENNAN: Well, Governor Hogan said they were having a hard time at the state level, getting a hold of tests. According to the White House, those will start- they’ll take orders starting in Jan, but HHS said you might not receive those tests for weeks afterward. Is the strategy here just to have Americans stockpile tests for the future because it’s not coming in time for Omicron?

    DR. GOTTLIEB: Well, look, I think that’s what Americans ought to be doing and the administration steps to try to provide tests directly to consumers and try to provide payment for those tests is an important step in that direction. They’ve also in the last week extended the expiration dates in the popular BinaxNOW test and I expect they’re going to extend the expiration dates on other tests so that it makes it more feasible to stockpile these tests.

    The reality is the tests are available. They’re not cheap. But if you go to Amazon right now, you can buy 10 or more tests. I tested it before- before we got on this show this morning, so they are available. I think that they’re difficult to get for bulk purchase, for purchases for municipalities and states, but consumers can get access to them. And now, with the federal government, you know, providing reimbursement, most consumers can reach into the market and buy these tests.

    Unfortunately, they weren’t available when we had peak demand, and that was when Omicron hit up against Christmas break, when a lot of people went out, wanted access to tests and the store shelves had run out.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  213. https://covidtests.gov is up and running but the ordering part isn’t ready. It may not be accessible on all computers and browsers.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  214. All this bullsh!t will accomplish is make the test kits harder to find at your local CVS. Some people will get the government kits foresightedly and hoard them, while the bulk will be in government reserve waiting for people to order them when it will be too late to do them or those around them any good. A worthless socialist gesture.

    nk (1d9030)

  215. Walmart, Kroger Raise Prices of Covid-19 Test Kits
    Prices are going up for some of the cheapest and most popular at-home Covid-19 test kits in the U.S.

    Walmart Inc. and Kroger Co. are raising their prices for BinaxNOW at-home rapid tests, after the expiration of a deal with the White House to sell the test kits at cost for $14.
    ………
    BinaxNOW, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is among the most commonly used over-the-counter, rapid antigen tests, which have been in high demand as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads across the U.S.

    The deal with the White House expired in December, and Walmart said this week that it is raising the kits’ price to $19.98 a box. Kroger now sells them for $23.99. The BinaxNOW tests aren’t currently available on Amazon.
    …………
    Pharmacy chains CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots-Alliance Inc., along with other big retailers, have been selling the tests for $23.99 a box. Other retailers already are charging even more.
    ………..
    The cost and availability of tests varies widely. BinaxNOW tests are hard to find online for $24 but can be purchased for twice the price. At-home PCR tests are more readily available but generally cost close to $100 for a single test. Other rapid tests approved by the FDA for home use include the Ellume Covid-19 Home Test and the QuickVue test made by Quidel.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  216. Me, I don’t think fining the unvaccinated is a good idea, but I wouldn’t be opposed to denying them Social Security death benefits, if they die of “with” Covid.

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 1/16/2022 @ 5:18 pm

    If they’re dead, I’m pretty sure they can’t collect the benefits.

    Meanwhile the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune would put those who haven’t taken the Magic Coof Juice under martial law and forcibly lock them in their homes (“or else what” they notably leave open to interpretation), if Utah were a “civilized place.” Not even the hysterically NPC marxist editor of my hometown paper has gone that far.

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  217. Is https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle the only place you can play wordle?

    Yes.

    nk (1d9030) — 1/16/2022 @ 5:14 pm

    You can play all the archived games here.

    lurker (59504c)

  218. Thank you, lurker!

    nk (1d9030)

  219. 222 – Reminds me of Puerto Rico, nk.

    mg (8cbc69)

  220. How so, mg? Because it reminds me of Oklahoma.

    nk (1d9030)

  221. RIP long time LA talk show host Michael Jackson (87).

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  222. Life expectancy rising through pandemic (Australia)
    Lockdowns helped Australian life expectancy increase more than any other country throughout 2020 and make it “one of the safest places in the world”, a new study has found.

    Researchers found life expectancy increased by 0.7 years for both males and females in Australia between 2019 and 2020.

    That compares with an average increase year-to-year of between 0.09 and 0.14 years between 2015 and 2019.
    ……..
    Denmark and Norway were closest, experiencing 0.1 and 0.2-year increases for females and males respectively.

    America saw a huge drop in life expectancy, falling by 1.7 years and 2.2 years for females and males respectively.
    ………
    “Australia was in a unique position to be able to close borders to the rest of the world. Now with the strong compliance on vaccinations, we are likely to be one of the safest places in the world,” (study co-author Professor Vladimir Canudas-Romo ) said.
    ……..
    The study also found a “large reduction” in road traffic accidents, caused by a decline in social mobility.
    ###########

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  223. Ann Coulter has her faults, but she isn’t wishy-washy:

    “Trump is demanding to know Ron DeSantis’s booster status, and I can now reveal it,” Ms. Coulter wrote on Twitter. “He was a loyal booster when Trump ran in 2016, but then he learned our president was a liar and con man whose grift was permanent.”

    To be fair, Coulter did not see these facts about Trump, as soon as she should have.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  224. Which reminds me of the Fox lawyers’ famous “defense” of Tucker Carlson:

    Of course, Carlson’s program isn’t promoted as objective. It’s part of Fox News’s opinion coverage, which: fine. But it’s opinion coverage in which Carlson makes assertions of fact that often collapse under the scrutiny that he never bothers to pay them. Fox News’s lawyers at one point infamously defended him from a slander allegation. The “tenor” of the show, they argued, should make clear that Carlson is not “stating actual facts.” Viewers were expected to understand that he was engaged in “non-literal commentary.”

    Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  225. @231 “Australia was in a unique position to be able to close borders to the rest of the world.”

    what’s our plan to become an island nation?

    JF (e1156d)

  226. It figures. The chairman of the Wyoming GOP, the group that censured and symbolically kicked Liz Cheney out of the party, is an Oaf Oath Keeper and “Stop the Steal” attendee at the Capitol on 1/6/2021.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  227. Do they include traffic, workplace, and crime deaths in their mortality statistics?

    nk (1d9030)

  228. @204 @235: most of australia’s anti covid policies wouldn’t pass constitutional muster, not even close, which tells you all you need to know about those who tout them

    JF (e1156d)

  229. @235 @231

    JF (e1156d)

  230. The Australians I mean. And deaths from Australian flora and fauna?

    nk (1d9030)

  231. most of australia’s anti covid policies wouldn’t pass constitutional muster, not even close, which tells you all you need to know about those who tout them

    Not by a president, but governors have Supreme Court tested authority to quarantine and isolate, but it’s time-limited.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  232. With the idiotic Salt Lake City editorial espousing totalitarian control, how would they react to some citizens doing the same thing in front of the editorialist’s house?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  233. The researchers say lockdowns led to longer lives because of a “sharp decline in the spread of other infectious diseases due to COVID-19 containment measures”.

    For example, there was a 20 per cent fall in deaths caused by pneumonia or influenza during Australia’s lockdowns.

    There was also an effect on non-infectious diseases, Professor Canudas-Romo said.

    “This includes a reduction in deaths due to cancer and cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, which accounted for a great share of the mortality reductions,” he said.

    Another key finding in the study was that a decline in social mobility triggered a large reduction in the number of road traffic accidents.

    According to study co-author Associate Professor Brian Houle the question remains whether this increased life expectancy will continue in a post-pandemic Australia.

    “It’s hard to make a long-term assessment for this unusual increase,” he said.

    “If working from home remains popular, with fewer people on the road commuting at peak times, that might result in reduced road accidents compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Source

    Considering Australia has a nationwide homicide rate of .89 per 100 thousand (222 total) and the US rate is 4.96 (over 16,000 dead), I doubt crime deaths are much of a factor in Australia.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  234. Unfortunately the study itself is paywalled.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  235. The FBI last Saturday:

    “We do believe from our engagement with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community. But we are continuing to work to find [the] motive.”

    The FBI today:

    “This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

    Even Islamophobia-phobia (the fear of being accused of Islamophobia) wasn’t enough to stop them from stating the obvious.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  236. Prices are going up for some of the cheapest and most popular at-home Covid-19 test kits in the U.S.

    Coincidentally, insurance companies now have to pay when their insureds to obtain these kits, by order of Uncle Sugar.

    Just another demonstration of the Newspeak usage of the word “free”

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  237. Paul, I haven’t been following it that closely, were they denying the obvious all along? I thought he was demanding the release of his sister or something. Or have they learned more recently?

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  238. To be fair, Coulter did not see these facts about Trump, as soon as she should have.

    Coulter broke with Trump when he became open to an immigration deal. It wasn’t so much that he lied, but that he lied to HER.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  239. I thought he was demanding the release of his sister or something

    Everyone is denying that he was related.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  240. Viewers were expected to understand that he was engaged in “non-literal commentary.”

    It was clearer in the Joe Isuzu commercials.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  241. Paul, I haven’t been following it that closely, were they denying the obvious all along? I thought he was demanding the release of his sister or something. Or have they learned more recently?

    The FBI denied the obvious on Saturday and didn’t change their tune ’til today.
    It wasn’t his real sister, maybe an al Qaeda or Islamic State sister, since the imprisoned Ms. Siddiqui is part of that group. The guy flew all way from UK, and found the nearest synagogue from DFW.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  242. The researchers say lockdowns led to longer lives because of a “sharp decline in the spread of other infectious diseases due to COVID-19 containment measures”.

    Quantity over quality is not a simple trade-off.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  243. The guy flew all way from UK, and found the nearest synagogue from DFW.

    A Reform synagogue which does not require an in-person minyan of ten males over the age of 13.

    nk (1d9030)

  244. While homicides are way down in Australia, compared to the United States, rapes are marginally higher there (they had been 3 times higher 20 years ago). So, it’s not all crime that is affected by the lack of guns and some crimes of force may be easier there. The Colt handgun was called “the Equalizer” for a reason.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  245. A Reform synagogue which does not require an in-person minyan of ten males over the age of 13.

    Would that have helped, or just presented more hostages? One wonders if there was a “No guns” sign on the door.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  246. Two Manchester teens were arrested in connection with Akram’s terrorist attack. There’s little other information available but may indicate a degree of planning and coordination.
    One question is how the guy got his firearm. It couldn’t have been in his suitcase, right? The person who gave or sold it to him should pay.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  247. Warriors part-owner and venture capitalist dismisses Uyghur Muslims’ rights abuses
    ……….
    (Chamath) Palihapitiya appeared on the “All-In Podcast” on Saturday. He made his remarks about Uyghur Muslims after his co-host Jason Calacanis praised President Biden for his decision to ban the import of goods made through forced Uyghur labor.

    “Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK? You bring it up because you really care and I think it’s nice that you care. The rest of us don’t care. I’m just telling you a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things that I care about, yes, it is below my line. Of all the things that I care about, it is below my line,” Palihapitiya said.
    ……..
    …….. “I care about the fact that our economy can turn on a dime if China invades Taiwan. I care about climate change. I care about America’s crippling and decrepit health care infrastructure. But if you ask me do I care about a segment of a class of people in another country? Not until we can take care of ourselves will I prioritize them over us,” Palihapitiya said.

    “And I think a lot of people believe that and I’m sorry if that’s a hard truth to hear but every time I say that I ‘care about the Uyghurs’ I’m really just lying if I don’t really care and so I rather not lie to you and tell you the truth. It’s not a priority for me.”

    Calacanis called it a “sad state of affairs” when human rights issues are being put on a back burner. Palihapitiya called it a “luxury belief.”

    “That’s another luxury belief. And the reason I think it’s a luxury belief is because we don’t do enough domestically to actually express that view in real tangible ways. So until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we step outside of our borders with us sort of morally virtue signaling about somebody else’s human rights track record it’s deplorable,” he added.

    The Warriors didn’t immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.
    …………
    Trumpworld somewhat agrees.

    Rip Murdock (379be7)

  248. FWIW, US life expectancy fell during the last year of Obama’s administration. (As I recall, the CDC said that drug overdoses were one of the causes of that decline.) As far as I can tell, that didn’t bother Obama — or Trump.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  249. Here are some dates and numbers:

    The average life expectancy in the United States has been on a decline since 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites three main reasons: a 72% increase in overdoses in the last decade (including a 30% increase in opioid overdoses from July 2016 to September 2017, but did not differentiate between accidental overdose with a legal prescription and overdose with opioids obtained illegally and/or combined with illegal drugs i.e., heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc.), a ten-year increase in liver disease (the rate for men age 25 to 34 increased by 8% per year; for women, by 11% per year), and a 33% increase in suicide rates since 1999.[41]

    From 2019 to 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to approximately 74% of the decrease in life expectancy in the United States.

    We really need to stop electing narcissists.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  250. A rich jerkoff who does not care about the slave labor which contributes to his wealth? Quelle surprise!

    nk (1d9030)

  251. Obamaworld more or less cheered on the opiod crisis because it didn’t affect his demos,cut into the other base, and was seen as righteous payback for the crack epemic of the 1980s. Former poster Narciso used to say this also.

    urbanleftbehind (e171a1)

  252. I’m not going to link to The Daily Mail anymore, but they’re reporting that Akram “arrived in NYC on January 2 before spending a week at a Dallas homeless shelter in the week before attack.”
    It’s plausible that he got his firearm from some homeless dude, or such.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  253. Warriors part-owner and venture capitalist dismisses Uyghur Muslims’ rights abuses

    Hey, I’ve got a lot of business with Deutsche Bank and I G Farbin! Why should I be concerned about some European Jews!? Why don’t they just shut up and follow the laws?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  254. The effect of covid on the democratic party. The clinton/biden wing of the democratic party is older democrats especially minority blacks who voted for clinton/biden as the “safe” choice over Bernie Sanders and the left. AOC’s supporters are much younger and less vulnerable of dying from covid. This is not the only reason that the left is taking over the democratic party ;but it is having an effect.

    asset (39415b)

  255. @262 Like henry ford.

    asset (39415b)

  256. nk – was just thinking about the corruption of the Puerto Rican Mob- I mean gubmint- stashing all that bottled water in warehouses. Only to be given to the chosen few.

    mg (8cbc69)

  257. https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Chamath+Palihapitiya&order=asc&sort=A

    With the exception of some bribe money to Goldman Sachs hubby, Ted Cruz, your boy Chamath seems to like him some 81 Million.

    BuDuh (15a152)

  258. On the synagogue hostage taker getting a gun:

    “Allegedly he purchased it on the street. Now what that means, I don’t know.” – Brain-damaged Joe

    Come on, man: it means he purchased it on the street. IDIOT.

    Today, multi-vaccinated and boostered General Milley tests positive for Covid. And how does Joe’s mind “work?”— ‘General Milley has tested positive for Covid. Now what that means, I don’t know.’

    And later this week: ‘I’m holding this press conference to herald all my accomplishments in my first year in office. Now what that means, I don’t know.’

    On deck next month for Joe:

    “President Jinping says Olympics tickets won’t be sold to the general public because of Omicron. Now what that means, I don’t know.”

    “President Putin says he’s liberating Ukraine. Now what that means I don’t know.”

    … and Vladimir smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  259. There are free covid test kita available on the RR right of way coming into LA.
    Help yourself. Kits are in semi-refurbished condition

    Those pictures are wild because when I rode freights you would get your butt kicked if you were caught in the yard down there.

    steveg (e81d76)

  260. RIP, Magawa.

    The explosives-sniffing African giant pouched rat Magawa — holder of a Guinness World Record for the most land mines detected by that species — died in retirement over the weekend. He was 8 years old.

    Magawa, who was born in Tanzania, was trained in that East African country to detect explosives. At the age of 3, he moved to Siem Reap, in Cambodia’s northwest, where he helped clear more than 2.4 million square feet of land over the next half decade.

    (I was going to compare Magawa’s achievements to those of some well-known humans — but decided that was too easy.)

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  261. Did the rat die of natural causes or was it dinner?

    steveg (e81d76)

  262. Would that have helped, or just presented more hostages? One wonders if there was a “No guns” sign on the door.

    There may not have been one at the door, but Reform Jews are overwhelming in favor of gun control of all flavors unlike their Orthodox or Conservative brethren…this situation will do nothing to change their minds. Liberal (Reform) Jews need to wake up and smell the gunpowder…join JPFO – Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

    I’m glad only the perp was killed, but a full SWAT team, and FBI? Could have sent in one Texas Ranger and ended the situation in the first 5 minutes.

    Horatio (6f8983)

  263. I get it, mg.

    nk (1d9030)

  264. Hunter biden’s ex wife kathleen buhl will publish tell all buck about hunter’s perversions coming out in june.

    asset (bbace3)

  265. You’d need to watch a Robert Mitchum movie to see clergy wearing guns at services, I think. Or maybe Glenn Ford?

    nk (1d9030)

  266. @nk, de nada.

    lurker (59504c)

  267. EXCLUSIVE: Revealed: The remarkable lengths taken to whitewash Bill Clinton’s cosy links to pervert Jeffrey Epstein when Hillary ran for President

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10408733/The-bid-whitewash-Bill-Clintons-cosy-links-Jeffrey-Epstein-Hillary-ran-President.html

    DAILY MAIL!?!?! OH NOOOOOOO!!!!

    😫😩😭

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  268. The government the taxpayers our children’s and grandchildren’s credit cards pay for the Congresscritters’ cars, mg. $1,000 a month allowance to lease them with the last time I looked, and that was some years ago. Sherlock’s and the red one and every other one in the Congress parking lot. That’s why she could just walk away.

    nk (1d9030)

  269. That’s small potatoes, BuDuh. Clinton conspired with the George Soros International Adenochrome Conspiracy to suppress the Mars Rover photos of the statues of Elvis on Tharsis, Mons Olympus, and Medusae Fossae.

    nk (1d9030)

  270. Were in good hands with all-state, nk.

    mg (8cbc69)

  271. If these results hold out it’s bad news. I’d hoped that a highly contagious but less harmful variant like Omicron might help move us into a state where most people had natural immunity. That doesn’t seem to be the case, which is unfortunate.

    . The question arises whether rampant spread of Omicron could lead to mass immunization, accelerating the end of the pandemic. Here we show that infection with Delta, but not Omicron, induces broad immunity in mice. While sera from Omicron-infected mice only neutralize Omicron, sera from Delta-infected mice are broadly effective against Delta and other VOCs, including Omicron. This is not observed with the WA1 ancestral strain, although both WA1 and Delta elicited a highly pro-inflammatory cytokine response and replicated to similar titers in the respiratory tracts and lungs of infected mice as well as in human airway organoids. Pulmonary viral replication, pro-inflammatory cytokine expression, and overall disease progression are markedly reduced with Omicron infection. Analysis of human sera from Omicron and Delta breakthrough cases reveals effective cross-variant neutralization induced by both viruses in vaccinated individuals. Together, our results indicate that Omicron infection enhances preexisting immunity elicited by vaccines, but on its own may not induce broad, cross-neutralizing humoral immunity in unvaccinated individuals.

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.01.13.22269243v1

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  272. Anyway, according to Paula Jones, there was nothing remarkable about Clinton’s length.

    nk (1d9030)

  273. Best reasonable scenario about Bill Clinton is that he was a predatory sex pest.
    Worst reasonable scenario is child rapist.

    If I were a betting many I’d put my money closer to worst case.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  274. Good news!

    From Times link:

    This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review [what does this mean?]. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice..

    This is just a bogus as all the ivermectin garbage.

    You can relax.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  275. our results indicate that Omicron infection enhances preexisting immunity elicited by vaccines,

    Does it enhance preexisting immunity by previous infection?
    Who knows…

    They do make the case for effective natural immunity for the survivors of Delta:

    sera from Delta-infected mice are broadly effective against Delta and other VOCs, including Omicron.

    This is really good news, peer reviewed or not.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  276. Only if the results hold out….

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  277. 48% of Democrats would fine or imprison vaccine critics, and would find the unvaccinated (link above).

    Meanwhile only 30% of Republicans oppose the Jan 6th committee (the same percentage of Republicans say that the event was non-violent).

    Those crazy Republicans!

    Me, I don’t think fining the unvaccinated is a good idea, but I wouldn’t be opposed to denying them Social Security death benefits, if they die of “with” Covid.

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 1/16/2022 @ 5:18 pm

    You focused on Jan/6 but Rasmussen has more on the issue of whether we really can all continue living together;

    Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters would oppose a proposal for federal or state governments to fine Americans who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, 55% of Democratic voters would support such a proposal, compared to just 19% of Republicans and 25% of unaffiliated voters.

    I think you referenced this one. But this one is interesting

    Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democratic voters would favor a government policy requiring that citizens remain confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies, if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Such a proposal is opposed by 61% of all likely voters, including 79% of Republicans and 71% of unaffiliated voters.

    and

    Nearly half (48%) of Democratic voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. Only 27% of all voters – including just 14% of Republicans and 18% of unaffiliated voters – favor criminal punishment of vaccine critics.

    But if you accuse D’s of those last two it’s a conspiracy theory. So, yes, D’s don’t want to put the unvaxed in camps. They want to just lock them in their houses. Someone in another thread was asking how many people expressed such views and it looks like the answer is roughly half of all D voters.

    I think we’ve got a serious problem when D’s are in favor of no bail and fewer criminal penalties for traditional crimes and also want to make questioning the vaccine a crime.

    frosty (f27e97)

  278. Apparently the largest health care providers in Oklahoma City are stating that their hospitals are at capacity and encouraging people to vaccinate, boost, mask and social distance.

    https://twitter.com/danabranham/status/1483444472201547776?s=21

    Would love to know why they have fewer beds now than they did last year. Seems the wrong direction.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  279. People with “elective” medical needs. They stayed away for as long as they were more scared of the virus but as they relaxed they started going back for hips and hernias and liposuctions and tonsils and silicone injections and whatevers.

    nk (1d9030)

  280. My guess, without any research, is that they have fewer employees, Time.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  281. The fourth paragraph in the letter at your link has the answer, Time.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  282. @293, that would make a lot of sense….

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  283. But if you accuse D’s of those last two it’s a conspiracy theory. So, yes, D’s don’t want to put the unvaxed in camps. They want to just lock them in their houses.

    frosty (f27e97) — 1/18/2022 @ 7:45 am

    Opps. I guess I didn’t read far enough

    Forty-five percent (45%) of Democrats would favor governments requiring citizens to temporarily live in designated facilities or locations if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Such a policy would be opposed by a strong majority (71%) of all voters, with 78% of Republicans and 64% of unaffiliated voters saying they would Strongly Oppose putting the unvaccinated in “designated facilities.”

    We aren’t calling them camps though so we dodged that bullet.

    While about two-thirds (66%) of likely voters would be against governments using digital devices to track unvaccinated people to ensure that they are quarantined or socially distancing from others, 47% of Democrats favor a government tracking program for those who won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    And we dodged the bullet on any sort of patches on our clothes. We’ve got the digital version.

    Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democratic voters would support temporarily removing parents’ custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s much more than twice the level of support in the rest of the electorate – seven percent (7%) of Republicans and 11% of unaffiliated voters – for such a policy.

    That 29% is still to high but authoritarians are at least generally consistent.

    frosty (f27e97)

  284. @295, very reasonable assumption.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  285. “there was nothing remarkable about Clinton’s length”

    Clear evidence of lack of conversation material….

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  286. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/mass-killer-breiviks-parole-hearing-begin-tuesday-norway-2022-01-17/

    So apparently Norway has a max sentence of 21 years.
    He lost a human rights appeal based on him being confined to a 3 room cell with near isolation.

    I think Norway does prison differently then we do.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  287. And these are not at all similar:

    Nearly half (48%) of Democratic voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. Only 27% of all voters – including just 14% of Republicans and 18% of unaffiliated voters – favor criminal punishment of vaccine critics.

    And:

    Saudi authorities have warned that anyone spreading “baseless” rumours on social media could face up to five years in prison and a huge fine.

    These are different rumors of course but D’s just need some time and they’ll close the gap.

    frosty (f27e97)

  288. 1 key difference is that the first paragraph comes from polling responses and the 2nd comes from state officials.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  289. 1 key difference is that the first paragraph comes from polling responses and the 2nd comes from state officials.

    Time123 (9f42ee) — 1/18/2022 @ 8:48 am

    This is a version of your not a big deal tactic? In other words it’s not a big deal that roughly half of D voters would support the government in the US doing something similar to the Saudi’s? Or it’s not a big deal because it’s not being done yet?

    So, we need to wait until this is actually happening in the US before we worry about it?

    frosty (f27e97)

  290. Israeli study shows 4th shot of COVID-19 vaccine less effective on Omicron

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israeli-study-shows-4th-shot-covid-19-vaccine-not-able-block-omicron-2022-01-17/

    Not peer reviewed, but it is people not mice, so maybe it is more important?

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  291. Buduh, interesting article, thank you for sharing. i agree with you that peer review is an important step, which is why I lead off with “if this holds out.’ Dealing with natural phenomena can lead to a lot of discovery.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  292. Frosty, my point was that the response from an anonymous opinion poll about a policy that hasn’t been proposed by anyone remotely able to enact is very different from a credible threat of imprisonment by government officials. Hopefully you’re able to see that difference.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  293. @300 not surprising given there are commenters in this thread cheering australia’s approach

    In Sydney, where more than 5 million people have been in lockdown for more than two months, and Melbourne, the country’s second-biggest city, anti-lockdown protests were banned, and when dissenters gathered anyway, hundreds were arrested and fined, Reuters reported.

    JF (e1156d)

  294. Michigan Democratic Party deletes post questioning parents’ role in schools

    democrats let the mask slip a little, unaware that their disdain for parents is the worst kept secret

    JF (e1156d)

  295. This is just a bogus as all the ivermectin garbage.

    I’m glad BuDuh has finally come around on ivermectin.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  296. A young girl perfectly explains the latest BoJo kerfuffle.
    Naughty Boris.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  297. 255. Paul Montagu (5de684) — 1/17/2022 @ 12:02 pm

    One question is how the guy got his firearm. It couldn’t have been in his suitcase, right? The person who gave or sold it to him should pay.

    He could;t have taken it on the plane with him from the United Kingdom, and he couldn’t have bought it on the sidewalks of New York (this expression “on the street” properly puzzled Joe Biden) because he took a plane from New York to Texas on December 31.

    He had never been to Texas before, so it must have taken him some time (a lot of it probably spent in homeless shelters) asking around till he found out where to buy one illegally or without having to pass a background check (not necessarily the same thing.)

    http://www.houstontx.gov/againstgunviolence/public/documents/86th-Session-Background-Checks-at-Gun-Shows.pdf

    Current Law

    Texas does not currently require background checks for firearms sold or traded at gun
    shows by private individuals or unlicensed vendors.

    Problem

    The background check loophole, aka “gun show loophole,” refers to the scenario that,
    barring any additional requirements, prohibited purchasers (including violent offenders)
    are able to avoid background checks at gun shows by purchasing guns from unlicensed
    sellers and private individuals. “Private individuals” is a loose term under the Firearm
    Owners Protection Act that includes any private seller who does not rely on gun sales
    as the primary means of income…

    ….It is estimated that 25-50% of gun show sales are from unlicensed or private individual
    sellers. The guns used in the Columbine High School, 101 California Street, and 2010
    Pentagon shooting were all purchased at gun shows through this loophole.

    Presently, a private seller can rent table space and carry a “private sale,” or other sign
    that indicates to purchasers that no paperwork, background check, or recordkeeping are
    required. Sometimes, individual sellers will simply walk around the grounds with a card…

    Malik Faisael Akram (known as Faisal) didn’t even have to go to a gun show to buy a gun in Texas. All he had to do was ask enough people. Concentrating on people who lived somewhat outside normal life. If he found someone willing to sell him a secondhand gun, that was it. The transaction could even be completely legal on the seller’s part.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  298. When lived in Texas the local sporting good store would advertise a BOGO special on hand guns and there was a thriving 2nd hand market. Was not hard to buy a used gun.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  299. Sammy, I mentioned upthread that Akram was living at a homeless shelter for about a week before the attack. All he had to was ask around and wave some cash.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  300. If I were a betting many I’d put my money closer to worst case.

    I disagree. By all indications he was attracted to huge boobs mammaries, and young girls don’t have those.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  301. 282.

    While sera from Omicron-infected mice only neutralize Omicron, sera from Delta-infected mice are broadly effective against Delta and other VOCs, including Omicron

    The oly way this makes sense is if:

    A) The body beats Omicron back so quickly that not many antibodies are geared up

    AND/OR

    B. Omicron mainly nfects different types of cells than Delta or WA1, because it has material from human cold coronavrus 229E in it and perhaps the production of antibodies to 229E are most stimulated.

    WA1 is the original virus from the first lab leak. It was more containable and was not responsible for the epidemic in the United States.

    One of the big secrets that the government of China is probably hiding is that there were two lab leaks, and the one that started the big epidemic in Wuhan and Milan and other places resulted from the second one which came from the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention when it was moved to within 300 yards of the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market on December 2, 2019.

    https://nypost.com/2021/08/13/who-scientist-eyes-on-wuhan-lab-that-moved-before-pandemic

    The milder strain spread throughout China and its leak probably occurred in August, 2019 and you could almost say definitely before September 12, 2019, which is when the database of the Wuhan Institute of Virology was taken offline, The first strain is known as the S strain and the Wuhan flu as the L strain and the Chinese have pretended that that L strain was first. The L strain is not a direct descendant of the S strain, which is more like an uncle than a parent. There were (at least) TWO separate lab leaks and the second one was of a really bad version of the virus (which Chinese authorities probably didn’t expect and so they thought they could hide it, like they did the first one. Maybe I don;t have their thinking precisely right.) It probably had spent more time in humanized mice.

    The Chinese government provided a genetic sequence o January 11, 2020, but have not allowed any outsiders to look at early samples from patients besides ordering many of them destroyed early on.

    https://www.science.org/content/article/chinese-researchers-reveal-draft-genome-virus-implicated-wuhan-pneumonia-outbreak

    A genome, but which? It’s probably the Wuhan variant which made many people very ill (probably in part because the more it circulated, the greater the initial viral doses got), but they probably pretended, most of the time, that that was first and that there were no cases before December.

    But the variant labeled WA1 was earlier.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  302. 271. The news reports seem to say that the land mine detecting rat that died in Cambodia died of old age. Eight years is a long, long time for a rat. Maybe they kept it on a calorie restriction diet.

    And/or it was a special kind of rat.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  303. Paul Montagu @213, That;s one reason mntioned homeless shelters, except that the Daily Mail is wrong that he arrived in New York on January 2nd. He arrived at JFK Airport on Wednesday, December 29 and left on Friday December 31 for Texas. So he must have spent not one week, but two weeks, in Texas. He must have had some help from somebody. He was actually not very clear what he wanted. The FBI negotiator(s) may have assumed he had a clearer plan in mind than he did and read something more cogent into is ramblings.

    He apparently was asked when he arrived where he would be staying and he gave the address (but not the name) of the Queens Hotel, but newspaper reporters couldn’t determine if he had ever checked in. The FBI was there looking for video, that they know.

    A lot of news reports were somewhat inaccurate and press statements from authorities as well (the FBI didn’t rescue them – they escaped, based in no small part on tips from active shooter training in August) and most of what we do know comes from informal sources.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  304. frosty (f27e97) — 1/18/2022 @ 9:03 am

    In other words it’s not a big deal that roughly half of D voters would support the government in the US doing something similar to the Saudi’s? Or it’s not a big deal because it’s not being done yet?

    A lot of people (but almost always a minority) will agree to a lot of strange things in polls. It’s not unusual. And I think people take their cues from questions.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  305. Russia has been quietly evacuating family members and some diplomats from its embassies and consulates in Ukraine and people finally noticed. (that would reflect Putin;s thinking several days ago)

    Former Ukrainian president, Petro O. Peroshenko has returned from one month’s exile in Europe, as he had announced he would a while ago. There are more than 120 investigations of him going on, including even for treason.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  306. Paul Montagu (5de684) — 1/17/2022 @ 12:02 pm

    Two Manchester teens were arrested in connection with Akram’s terrorist attack. There’s little other information available but may indicate a degree of planning and coordination.

    I read a report that they were two of sons and that may be something less than an arrest. The Mancxhester police aren’t saying much.

    The statement bu his family (siblings, but mainly one brother, the one who was in te police station in Manchester talking to his brother for abot ten minutes) was being circulated (for comment?) among the Oakistanis in Blackburn, England and was posted on Facebook without permission. Another brother talked to the press.

    There were originally six siblings. One brother died three (or closer to four?) months ago from Covid.

    The statement says he didn’t even know he wanted Lady al Qaeda released till after it was over. He says (in the prematurely released prepared statement) that his brother did not agree that he should go to one of their parents and put them on the phone. He stated that there’s nothing they could have said that would have gotten him to surrender.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  307. Fauci Must Go

    Joe Biden should relieve Dr. Anthony Fauci of his duties at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as chief medical adviser to the White House, and as the public face of the American government’s response to Covid-19.

    It is past time for public-health policy to shift to acknowledging that Covid-19 is an endemic disease and, for the most part, a risk for individuals to manage. Fauci stands in the way of executing that shift and communicating it to the public.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/01/fauci-must-go/

    Even NR has figured it out.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  308. Giant pouched rats, despite the name, are not very closely related to the rats we find in the United States.

    Giant pouched rats are only distantly related to the true rats, although until recently they had been placed in the same family, Muridae.[1] Recent molecular studies, however, place them in the family Nesomyidae, part of an ancient radiation of African and Malagasy muroids. The name “pouched rat” refers to their large cheek pouches.

    They have been trained to detect TB in sputum samples, as well as mines.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  309. I heard rates can be used for the same things dogs can be.

    Bigger animals live longer, as a general rule.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  310. @323 But big humans don’t live as long as smaller humans, Bill Russell notwithstanding.

    norcal (bb51bb)

  311. @318 questions which strongly indicate affiliation are tough to ask directly. Those results don’t seem impossible to me by any stretch but I’d want to see more details on the poll and other questions asked to better understand what the poll is really saying.

    Remember the “could you beat an elephant in a fight” poll?

    Time123 (c9b164)

  312. The site covidtests.gov has gone live, one day early. Meanwhile, the Biden Administration is also promising to make available higher quality masks for free.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  313. Los Angeles police ID Shawn Laval Smith as suspected killer of Brianna Kupfer

    hey everyone, be on the lookout for this “armed and dangerous” dude

    you know, the guy with a “long rap sheet”, that the authorities already had in custody — numerous times — but let out on bail

    c’mon people, help us out with this cuz it’s really up to you

    JF (e1156d)

  314. The support of authoritarianism by Tucker Carlson is just weird. His analogy of Current Ukraine : Chinese Military Control of Mexico is so deeply flawed. It only makes sense if you see no substantive difference between Chinese military control Nato membership. To say nothing of the fact that there’s been no move to bring Ukraine into NATO. Which I assume Tucker knows. If he does his presentation is deceptive to his audience.

    Adding this to the love fest with the dictator Victor Orban and we’re seeing a depressing walk back from a vision of America as positive force on the world that was espoused by Reagan, Bush, and other previous leaders.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/tucker-carlson-asks-why-us-side-with-ukraine-not-russia-2021-11

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  315. https://twitter.com/gabrielmalor/status/1483549998340091910?s=21

    Gabriel Malor has a thread up about a recent decision on a suite against Twitter. Courts found that twitter was not a state actor in this instance and that Twitter has a first amendment right to limit what messages are shared on their platform. This has been discussed here before and I think the key point is that section 230 had nothing to do with twitters right to ban/moderate messages.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  316. CNN
    @CNN
    JUST IN: The President of Emirates tells CNN that the airline was not aware of some of the potential 5G rollout issues until yesterday morning, calling it “one of the most delinquent, utterly irresponsible” situations he has seen in his aviation career

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1483807331838316545

    81 Million people voted for this administration.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  317. “We were aware of a 5G issue. Okay. We are aware that everybody is trying to get 5G rolled out after all it’s the super cool future of whatever it may be communication and information flow. We were not aware that the power of the antennas in the United States have been doubled compared to what’s going on elsewhere. We were not aware that the antenna themselves have been put into a vertical position rather than a slight slanting position, which then taken together compromise not only the radio altimeter systems but the flight control systems on the fly by wire aircraft. So on that basis we took that decision late last night to suspend all our services until we had clarity,” he added, telling Richard Quest the airline wouldn’t take any risks.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  318. RIP OregonMuse.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  319. Here’s a good piece on how the imperfect Electoral Count Act came to be.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  320. #331 In 2019, Britain’s Conservative Party won a big national victory. That wasn’t because the party, or its leader, Boris Johnson, were popular; they gained just 1.2 percent from the previous election.

    It was because the principal alternative, the Labour Party, then led by Jeremy Corbyn (who makes Bernie Sanders look like a moderate), was so unpopular, losing 7.9 percent of the popular vote. It was, as I said at the time, a “negative landslide”.

    Yesterday, Mike Smithson (who runs the Political Betting site), reminded his readers that British voter had voted against Corbyn, rather than for Johnson.

    Similarly, in our 2020 election, millions of voters voted against a man they had come to believe is an incompetent, dishonest con man, rather than for his opponent.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  321. I got Worlde in 3 tries:

    STEAL T is wrong place

    THINK – T in wrong place – I & N in right place

    POINT

    On the keyboard the grey letters (not present) and the brown letters (present but not in the right place) and the green letters (present and in the right place) are shown. I’m not sure what happens if you re-use a letter in the wrong place that had previously been in the right place.
    `

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  322. Is the danger from 5G real?

    What seems to be true is that precautions have been taken against it but not all airplanes have that installed.

    This is on Pete Buttigieg – he’s been there almost a year.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  323. If a letter is both in the right place and in the wrong place, it will show up green on the keyboard.

    You could have anther instance of a letter, but I guessed a double appearance of a letter the first time I tried it.

    RATES

    DRINK

    PROOF (first three letters correct, and no E,A, I or O in the fourth spot.

    PROXY
    `

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  324. https://www.newser.com/story/315845/singers-son-mom-died-after-catching-covid-on-purpose.html

    The BBC reports Horka was unvaccinated. Her husband and son were fully vaccinated but both tested positive for COVID over Christmas. “She should have isolated for a week because we tested positive. But she was with us the whole time,” son Jan Rek said, explaining that she intentionally chose to expose herself to the virus in hopes of getting it, so that she could gain access to a wider range of venues. The Czech Republic requires proof of vaccination or recent infection to enter many entertainment venues.

    Last Friday Horka, a member of the folk group Asonance, posted on social media that she had intentionally caught COVID and was recovering, Newsweek reports. “I survived … It was intense,” she wrote. “So now there will be the theater, sauna, a concert … and an urgent trip to the sea. Life is here for me and for you too.” Two days later, she died. Her son says she was feeling well enough to get dressed to take a walk on Sunday, but experienced back pain that caused her to go back to bed. “In about 10 minutes it was all over,” Rek said..

    Probably a blood clot.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  325. What happened to classical music is now happening to rock music:

    https://tedgioia.substack.com/p/is-old-music-killing-new-music

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  326. https://www.newser.com/story/315839/homeless-convict-sought-in-murder-of-la-store-employee.html

    Sometimes people see something, but they don’t have the presence of mind to do anything to raise a commotion, they believe it and they don’t believe it. They play it safe. (this person was on the job and couldn’t just go away without explanation)

    A similar thing happened with the woman pushed on to the subway tracks in New York. Another woman had noticed him before acting in a way that didn’t look right, and she went away from the tracks.

    But she didn’t say anything, either to him or to the crowd.

    And later other people saw him running toward the woman he threw off the platform but he was too close to her before any of them made up their minds that something bad was about to happen.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  327. No more than 4 covid tests can be ordered for any single address. Meaning possible problems for people living in multi-family houses.

    Every separate postal address can reserve four. Any separate housing unit must use the official post office address (that was used on the Census form for instance)

    Inside edition said This can be found out by going to usps.com but it didn’t say how.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  328. The Alabama town of Brookside has a similar policing policy as pre-riot Ferguson, MO, and definitely not in a good way. More here.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  329. #343 Paul – Thanks much for bringing that story to our attention.

    (It reminds me of another story from Alabama that I read some years ago. At that time Alabama sheriffs were given fixed amounts of money to feed inmates. They got to keep any surplus. One or more of them created very effective (and profitable) diets.

    At the time I joked that perhaps they should sell those diets to people who are desperate to lose weight — but maybe I shouldn’t have.)

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  330. Jeff Sessions, who is from Alabama, brought that mercenary policing policy with him to the Justice Department, enlisting local law enforcement across the country to go halfsies with DOJ on forfeitures under federal law, overriding state law prohibitions. I hope Garland has put a stop to it.

    What’s wrong with those people?

    nk (1d9030)

  331. Another Wordle archive (this one random)

    https://metzger.media/games/wordle-archive/?random=play

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  332. This last one does not preserve your choices/

    I went: (for Day 215)

    LEAST (T correct)

    IDIOT (OT correct

    I could not think of a word.

    I made some deliberately wrong choices

    UNIFY – U and N and Y and F eliminated

    The fourth word wasn’t ORBIT but I got the R and B but not in the right place.

    Finally ROBOT

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  333. Maybe it was ORBIT? I remember I got the R and the B but neither in the right place, and I could not think of any word ending in OOT and I knew O could be the only vowel and there had to be another vwel.

    I did not figure out the pattern of the vowels till I knew I had all the leers. O had to be the second letter and it ended with OT and the other two letters were R and B but R was not in the second place

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  334. I got two three under par (if oar is 5) and I didn’t try all days. It’s called an albatross in golf. One under oar is a birdie two under par is an eagle.

    Wordle 227 2/6

    🟩🟨⬜⬜🟨 TEARS
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 THOSE – correct

    I also did last week:

    RATES TE correct place and the rest wrong. No A, No R and no S.
    OFTEN correct – it was the only word I could think of.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  335. Wordle can be saved as a webpage I read:

    https://gizmodo.com/how-to-play-the-original-wordle-offline-1848463004

    Simply save it as an HTML file (and more)

    Wordle is based on a list of 2,135 words.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  336. 246. 347,

    https://metzger.media/games/wordle-archive/?levels=select actually let;s you click back to see the board.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  337. Two more I did. In both cases, I got all but the first letter right near the end. O just didn’t think the of the right letter. It’s not so common.
    In one case:

    STARE – only the T is resent, and somewhere else

    LIGHT – T in correct place – no others.

    I deliberatly tried something with the wrong letter at the end. I wanted to check the remaining vowels

    YOUNG – OUN is right. And I know T is the last letter

    COUNT – The C is wrong.

    MOUNT

    ———————————

    STEAL – S and T there but in wrong places – no E, A or L

    TORUS – S and T still in the wrong place. O in right place.

    What now?

    HOIST – last four correct. Only first letter wrong. What word could it be?

    MOIST – a more common word than HOIST but M is less common than H maybe not when the H is standing alone, and not with T, C, S W or P.

    Just like COUNT

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  338. QUICK
    BROWN
    MOLDY
    PARTY
    FOXES
    Not necessarily in that order. With five random letters left. Because they need to be five-letter words. I got yesterday’s in three (or two, whatever) with QUICK MOLDY and the third correct, in 30 seconds.

    nk (1d9030)

  339. It’s a novelty, really.

    nk (1d9030)

  340. nk (1d9030) — 2/3/2022 @ 11:20 am

    You figured out the meta – good for you.

    felipe (484255)

  341. To say nothing of the fact that there’s been no move to bring Ukraine into NATO. Which I assume Tucker knows. If he does his presentation is deceptive to his audience.

    Time123 (9f42ee) — 1/19/2022 @ 5:42 am

    I generally don’t consider wikipedia reliable but I don’t think you’re correct.

    Since I don’t trust wikipedia a NATO statement might be better:

    reiterate the decision made at the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance with the Membership Action Plan (MAP) as an integral part of the process

    There is some disagreement over whether they will, or should, join but I’m curious why you think there’s been no move to bring Ukraine into NATO when it’s been discussed as far back as 2008. Of course that was a long time ago.

    In 2014:

    Ukraine’s newly agreed five-party ruling coalition has reportedly set the country’s membership of NATO as its major goal.

    This was reiterated in 2020 by the Ukrainian Minister of Defense.

    and in 2021:

    Ukraine and NATO on Monday launched Black Sea drills that will involve dozens of warships, an exercise that follows last week’s incident with a British destroyer off Crimea.

    This isn’t that hard to lookup. So, again, why are you saying this isn’t happening?

    frosty (f27e97)

  342. frosty to Time123:

    There is some disagreement over whether they will, or should, join but I’m curious why you think there’s been no move to bring Ukraine into NATO when it’s been discussed as far back as 2008. Of course that was a long time ago.

    They were not considered a good enough government. Not quite democratic, and especially, too corrupt.

    Possibly that may have something to do with keeping secrets.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  343. Slow going:

    STARE S and AR in the riught place – everything else wrong.

    And then I didn’t make a deliberately wrong guess and it took all 6 tries to get it/

    SCARF
    SWARM
    SOARS – the second S shows up as grey – not present at all

    SHARK
    Finally:

    SHARD

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  344. You figured out the meta – good for you.

    I blush! Nah! We’re not talking Fermat’s Theorem here. Just the “Quick brown fox” and “All good men” typewriter exercises, and urbanleftbehind helped put it all together in mnemonic form when he mentioned Newsom’s ex-wife who is Don Jr.’s current girlfriend.

    nk (1d9030)


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