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3/10/2023

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:35 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Tuesday was International Women’s Day. While previous posts written about the day have usually been a tad snarky or straight-up sarcastic, this year I am pleased to simply share about two uniquely brave women who are working tirelessly toward the goal of enabling women and girls to live their lives free of fear and abuse while providing them with hope and opportunity.

Activist Masih Alinejad fueled the Women, Life, Liberty movement after the suspicious death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran, who had been detained by authorities for not wearing her hijab correctly. Alinejad regularly meets with journalists, reporters, and fellow activists. She also meets with government representatives and even presidents in order to bring greater attention to the revolution happening in her home country and to urge/challenge world leaders to lend their support to the Iranian people in their push for freedom and regime change. Another goal is for the legal definition of apartheid expanded to include gender apartheid.

It’s been 13 years since Masih Alinejad hugged her mother. That realization hits her during a TIME interview in early February, followed by another one: “Oh my God, I forgot my mom’s face,” she says, wide-eyed and shaking her head in disbelief. She stops and composes herself. “Look, I don’t want to cry on camera.”

Alinejad, 46, understands the power of her platform. Exiled from Iran since 2009, the journalist and activist has long spoken out against Iran’s restrictions on women, calling the compulsory hijab “the Berlin Wall” of the regime. Her campaign alarmed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who not only rails against her in speeches but even sent his minions to kidnap her in July 2021. One year later, a similar plot was to end in assassination, according to a U.S. Justice Department indictment. “Women of Iran are his biggest enemy,” Alinejad says. “He’s scared of us more than anything.”

In Kenya, Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya has made it her mission to protect girls from child marriage, abuse, and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by providing them with an education as a way to avoid the too-frequent fate of many girls in the region. Her story is devastatingly compelling and I simply can’t imagine overcoming the devastating events in her early years to be able to do what she does:

When she was just 5 years old, she was engaged to be married…she desperately sought a way out and knew that education was her best solution. So she made an impossible decision. At 12 years old, she agreed to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) if her father allowed her to complete her education. He agreed.

As such, many years later when little Miriam pleaded for help from Dr. Ntaiya, she couldn’t refuse:

It was the middle of the night in Kenya, and 11-year-old Miriam was hiding outside a stranger’s house, waiting to talk to the woman who lived inside. Miriam hadn’t met her before, but she knew her name: Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, who ran a school for girls at risk of child marriage.

When Dr. Ntaiya emerged, Miriam told her everything—how she’d just finished fourth grade, how her father had died in an accident, how her family was running low on money, and how, to help pay the bills, they were planning to marry her off for a dowry. Miriam had already seen her friends marry and quit school. She was desperate to avoid that—and Dr. Ntaiya was her only hope.

…When she met a panicked Miriam outside her house, it was an easy decision for her—yes, of course Miriam had a place at Kakenya’s Dream. Yes, of course she could get her education.

Second news item

Per JVW: The degree to which this poor man is being used by political operatives at a cost to his physical and emotional health is absolutely sickening:

When Mr. Fetterman checked himself into the hospital on Feb. 15, the lead doctor told him that his case was treatable and guaranteed he would get back to his old self. Post-stroke depression, doctors said, affects one in three people and can be very serious, but is also highly treatable.

What? Tell us the name of the doctor.

What kind of doctor would issue a guarantee that his patient, after admission into the mental hospital, will “get back to his old self”?

Let me remind you of what the New York Times reported last month, just days before Fetterman checked himself in:

It has been less than a year since the stroke transformed him from someone with a large stature that suggested machismo — a central part of his political identity — into a physically altered version of himself, and he is frustrated at times that he is not yet back to the man he once was. He has had to come to terms with the fact that he may have set himself back permanently by not taking the recommended amount of rest during the campaign.

“Permanently.”

That is — in February — readers were being prepared for the idea that Fetterman’s lack of proper rest after his stroke had permanently impaired his recovery. But, now, a doctor is confident enough to guarantee the opposite? We do not know if Fetterman’s stroke will leave him permanently afflicted, or how he will cope with the sudden midlife loss of some of his abilities. We don’t know how he will cope with the suspicion that he could have recovered more of his faculties had he suspended his campaign.

Third news item

New York Grand Jury wants to hear from Donald Trump:

Former President Donald Trump has been invited to testify before a New York grand jury that has been investigating hush money payments made on his behalf during his 2016 presidential campaign, according to one of his lawyers.

Trump attorney Joseph Tacopina confirmed Thursday that the Manhattan district attorney’s office has invited the former president to testify next week as prosecutors near a decision on whether to proceed with what could be the first criminal case ever brought against a former U.S. president.

“To me, it’s much ado about nothing,” Tacopina told the Associated Press, adding he didn’t think prosecutors had committed “one way or another” on a decision on whether to charge Trump. He said there was no legal basis for a case.

“It’s just another example of them weaponizing the justice system against him. And it’s sort of unfair,” he said.

The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, declined to comment. Such an invitation to testify before a grand jury often indicates a decision on indictments is near.

Fourth news item

Russia launches a barrages of missiles at Ukraine:

Russia launched a total of 95 missiles of various types over the past day – and 34 of them were intercepted, the Ukrainian military said on Friday.

“The enemy also carried out 31 air strikes, in particular, using eight Shahed-136 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles or drones), half of which were shot down,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a morning update.

It added that Russia had “fired 65 times from multiple launch rocket systems.”

A change in Kremlin strategy?:

When Russia launched a total of 95 missiles…it included six Kinzhal ballistic missiles that eluded Kyiv’s air defenses, the Ukrainian military said.

“The attack is really large-scale and for the first time using such different types of missiles. We see that this time as many as six Kinzhal were used. This is an attack like I don’t remember seeing before,” Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for the Air Force Command of Ukraine, said on Ukrainian television Thursday.

“So far, we have no capabilities to counter these weapons,” he added, referring to the Kinzhals, plus six X-22 air-launched cruise missiles that were also launched by Russian forces.

From the report: Hypersonic missiles travel 5x times the speed of sound. They are hard to detect when launched from MiG-31 fighter jets, “giving it a longer range and the ability to attack from multiple directions.” While the U.S. has not yet confirmed the use of hypersonic missiles, if they their use is confirmed, NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby stated that it could indicate that Russia is running low on other munitions and is having to dip into its inventory, or possibly that they were sending a strong message to the West by reminding them of their capabilities. Also, as Putin continues to target Ukrainian civilian infrastructure throughout the country, this latest attack reached Lviv, which is a mere 40 miles from the Polish border.

Fifth news item

But of course:

Xi Jinping officially clinched his third term as Chinese president on Friday, following a largely ceremonial vote by the country’s rubber-stamp legislature.

The nearly 3,000-member National People’s Congress voted unanimously for Xi, the only candidate, to serve another five-year term as president, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Xi’s unprecedented third term comes after the Chinese legislature voted to abolish a two-term limit on the presidency in 2018.

In October, Xi secured another term as general secretary of the Chinese Community Party. The general secretary holds the most power in Chinese politics, with the presidency tacked on as a primarily ceremonial post.

Sixth news item

Biden administration given seven days to file appeal before judge’s decision on “catch and release” goes into effect:

A federal judge in Florida…agreed with the state’s Republican attorney general that the policy of President Joe Biden’s administration to release many people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexican border rather than detaining them violates U.S. immigration law.

U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell in Pensacola blocked the administration from continuing to implement a 2021 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo that had authorized “alternatives to detention” to ease overcrowding in detention facilities. These alternatives included ankle bracelets, phone monitoring or check-ins by immigration officers. Republican critics have called the policy “catch and release.”…

“Defendants have effectively turned the Southwest Border into a meaningless line in the sand and little more than a speedbump for aliens flooding into the country,” Wetherell wrote, referring to non-U.S. citizens who cross the border illegally.

Seventh news item

Bitter irony:

A Norfolk Southern train derailed Thursday in Calhoun County, Alabama, hours before company CEO Alan Shaw faced lawmakers to answer questions about a Feb. 3 derailment that led to a toxic chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio.

The train..derailed at around 6:45 a.m. in the Quad Cities area of White Plains, officials said.

There were no reports of injuries and no reports of a hazardous leak after approximately 30 cars derailed, the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency said in a news release.

Oh:

This is the third derailment of the company’s trains since last month. When asked about the frequency of the accidents, Spielmaker told reporters that Norfolk Southern is looking into what happened and is “figuring out how we can become even safer.”

“Derailments are a very loose term,” he said. “Derailment could mean as little as one wheel off the track. So as far as an increase, decrease, I can’t really get into that.”

Eighth news item

Yes, of course stabilizing the debt should be a top priority for President Biden and Congress:

An unfortunate mind-set has grown among our nation’s leaders. It is that the United States can overspend by more than $1 trillion a year indefinitely. Lawmakers assured the country that spending increases — for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then for economic support during the Great Recession and the pandemic — would be temporary. But, with few exceptions, the fatter budget items stuck around. President Biden released his budget proposal Thursday with a nearly $2 trillion deficit for 2024.

This willful blindness to reality on the part of policymakers has allowed the national debt to rise to more than $31 trillion. The nation has reached a hazardous moment where what it owes, as a percentage of the total size of the economy, is the highest since World War II. If nothing changes, the United States will soon be in an uncharted scenario that weakens its national security, imperils its ability to invest in the future, unfairly burdens generations to come, and will require cuts to critical programs such as Social Security and Medicare. It is not a future anyone wants.

Ninth news item

Gearing up:

The Stop Trump campaign among Republican elites is off to a quick start. Most every weekend since the start of this year there’s been some sort of gathering of donors, strategists and lawmakers in a warm weather state. And while the hotel ballrooms, lobby bars and presidential libraries may change, the overarching goal is consistent: how not to be saddled with perhaps the one candidate who may lose to Bide

Tenth news item

Looks like Gov. Ron DeSantis will be running:

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has privately confirmed that he intends to run for president in 2024, according to a report from the Washington Post.

…DeSantis allies said they expect the governor will announce his intentions to run after the Florida Legislative Session concludes in May… Trump administration official Ken Cuccinelli launched a political committee called “Never Back Down,” asking DeSantis to join the 2024 race… Gov. DeSantis will appear at an event in Iowa on Friday, further fueling speculation of a presidential run.

P.S. Gov. DeSantis is in Iowa today meeting with Gov.Reynolds at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, where he will be promoting his new book…

P.P.S. Donald Trump will be visiting Iowa next week…

MISCELLANEOUS

This real-life moment remains an absolute delight to watch:

Have a great weekend!

–Dana

250 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Good morning and happy Friday!

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. I will point out that several US states, including mine, are passing laws to not only permit the mutilation of children’s genitals, but to offer government funding for that purpose. It’s just not Islamic FGM, but Humanist FGM.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  3. Fetterman: Do elder abuse laws apply?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  4. Here’s a good discussion on the effectiveness of masks, but it’s only three years too late.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  5. The law that Trump is accused of violating — paying a campaign expense with private money — has problems since one can also be charged with paying private expenses with campaign money and their seems to be no bright line separating the two situations. Laws that fluid are often unconstitutional.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  6. Xi’s two terms have seen massive setbacks for China and alienated their foreign customers. The Chinese economy’s upcoming steep contraction is worrisome as the opportunity for military adventurism is high.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  7. Michael Cohen paid off Stormy Daniels with his own money.
    Trump paid Cohen back (in installments?!!!) with his own mpney.
    Then Trump deducted the payments to Cohen from his taxes as a campaign expense.
    Is how I understand it.
    It was money laundering with Trump being extra greedy. With the tax deduction.
    But that’s Trump.

    nk (57a8aa)

  8. I’ve had a cat do that while I was doing a Zoom presentation. It’s quite distracting.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  9. Trump paid Cohen back (in installments?!!!) with his own money.

    Were the installments under $10,000?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  10. nk,

    So, the problem is that Trump turned a normal, very legal, blackmail payment into an illegal campaign expenditure, plus tax fraud?

    My bad. I did not realize that Trump could be that stupid.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  11. how not to be saddled with perhaps the one candidate who may lose to Biden

    DeSantis is mean enough to lose to Biden.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  12. Καθου γυρευε, like the Greeks say.

    In the federal case against Mr. Cohen, prosecutors said that Mr. Trump’s company “falsely accounted” for the monthly payments as legal expenses and that company records cited a retainer agreement with Mr. Cohen. Although Mr. Cohen was a lawyer, and became Mr. Trump’s personal attorney after he took office, there was no such retainer agreement and the reimbursement was unrelated to any legal services Mr. Cohen performed. — https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/09/nyregion/trump-potential-criminal-charges-bragg.html

    nk (57a8aa)

  13. Silicon Valley Bank is shut down by regulators in biggest bank failure since global financial crisis

    -The FDIC said in the announcement that insured depositors will have access to their deposits no later than Monday morning.

    -SVB’s branch offices will also reopen at that time, under the control of the regulator.

    -The FDIC’s standard insurance covers up to $250,000 per depositor, per bank, for each account ownership category.

    Financial regulators have closed Silicon Valley Bank and taken control of its deposits, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced Friday, in what is the largest U.S. bank failure since the global financial crisis more than a decade ago.

    The collapse of SVB, a key player in the tech and venture capital community, leaves companies and wealthy individuals largely unsure of what will happen to their money. According to press releases from regulators, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation closed SVB and named the FDIC as the receiver. The FDIC in turn has created the Deposit Insurance National Bank of Santa Clara, which now holds the insured deposits from SVB.

    The FDIC said in the announcement that insured depositors will have access to their deposits no later than Monday morning. SVB’s branch offices will also reopen at that time, under the control of the regulator. According to the press release, SVB’s official checks will continue to clear.

    The FDIC’s standard insurance covers up to $250,000 per depositor, per bank, for each account ownership category. It is unclear exactly how larger accounts or credit lines for companies will be impacted by the closure. The FDIC said it will pay uninsured depositors an advanced dividend within the next week.

    As of the end of December, SVB had roughly $209 billion in total assets and $175.4 billion in total deposits, according to the press release. The FDIC said it was unclear what portion of those deposits were above the insurance limit.

    The last U.S. bank failure of this size was Washington Mutual in 2008, which had $307 billion in assets. SVB was a major bank for venture-backed companies, which were already under pressure due to higher interest rates and a slowdown for initial public offerings that made it more difficult to raise additional cash.

    The closure of SVB would impact not only the deposits, but also credit facilities and other forms of financing. The FDIC said loan customers of SVB should continue to make their payments as normal. The move represents a rapid downfall for SVB. On Wednesday, the bank announced that it was looking to raise more than $2 billion in additional capital after suffering a $1.8 billion loss on asset sales.

    The shares of parent company SVB Financial Group fell 60% on Thursday, and dropped another 60% in premarket trading on Friday before being halted. CNBC’s David Faber reported Friday morning that the efforts to raise capital had failed and that SVB had pivoted toward a potential sale. However, a rapid outflow of deposits was complicating the sales process.

    While many Wall Street analysts have argued that the struggles for SVB are unlikely to spread to the broader banking system, shares of other mid-sized and regional banks were under pressure on Friday.

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said during testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday morning that she was “monitoring very carefully” developments at a few banks. Yellen made her comments before the FDIC announcement.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2023/03/10/silicon-valley-bank-is-shut-down-by-regulators-fdic-to-protect-insured-deposits.html

    Bank failures are ‘transitory,’ eh, Janet.

    DCSCA (55fd53)

  14. Putin’s imperialist inclinations are definitely inclined toward Moldova. The guy just isn’t satisfied with a country that’s already the size of the US and Australia combined, he continues to grasp for more, and he can’t use NATO as an excuse for trying to put the small country under his thumb.

    Washington–The US intelligence community believes that individuals with ties to Russian intelligence are planning to stage protests in Moldova to try to foment a manufactured insurrection against the Moldovan government, with the ultimate goal of seeing a more pro-Russia administration installed there, White House officials said Friday.

    The US believes that Russia is working to weaken the Moldovan government which is seeking closer ties with the European Union, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby said, The US is also seeing signs that Russian government-linked actors could provide training to anti-government demonstrators in Moldova. The country’s capital, Chisinau, has been rocked by anti-government protests in recent weeks, largely organized by Moldova’s Russia-friendly Shor Party.

    The Biden administraiton also believes that Moscow is working to sow disinformation about Moldova’s overall stability. One example was the Russian Ministry of Defense’s claim last month that Ukraine has been planning to invade Transnistria, Moldova’s Moscow-backed separatist region. US officials said those allegations are “unfounded, false, and create baseless alarm.”

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  15. From the report: Hypersonic missiles travel 5x times the speed of sound.

    For perspective, a piloted X-15 ‘had been flown to a blistering speed of Mach 6.7 (4,520 mph), [nearly 7 times the speed of sound] a record that still stands for winged aircraft…’ while the SR-71, designed in the early 1960s, was able to cruise faster than three times the speed of sound. – https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/about/Organizations/Technology/Facts/TF-2004-16-DFRC.html

    DCSCA (55fd53)

  16. ctivist Masih Alinejad fueled the Women, Life, Liberty movement after the suspicious death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran, who had been detained by authorities for not wearing her hijab correctly….Exiled from Iran since 2009,

    The only place she could do this.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  17. Reminiscent of referendums involving Saddam for president and the Crimean annexation to Russia, Chairman Xi nails the politburo vote, 2,952 “for” and 0 “against”.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  18. not as important as Stormy Daniels news, but anyway…

    Trump’s CDC director says Fauci deliberately IGNORED him to cover up lab leak claims in bombshell hearing: Ex-Biden staffer says COVID likely DID come from Wuhan and Republicans say taxpayer-funded gain-of-function research caused pandemic

    Top scientific advisors told Congress on Wednesday there’s mounting evidence COVID leaked from the Wuhan lab and accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of trying to cover up the claims because they didn’t fit his narrative.

    Experts, including a former Biden staffer and Donald Trump’s CDC director, testified to the House subcommittee investigating COVID that taxpayer-funded gain-of-function likely caused the virus that came from the Chinese facility.

    ‘This is the highest paid guy in our government getting all kinds of money to tell us things that were not accurate,’ Jordan said.

    ‘US tax dollars went to a lab in China, a lab that was not up to code, a lab that was doing gain of function research, and that’s where this thing most definitely came from and Dr. Fauci could not have that news getting out.’

    Metzl said China had an ‘incentive’ to find the animal where Covid-19 had originated while pushing the animal-to-human transmission theory, but hadn’t done so.

    ‘Given that the Chinese government has every incentive to find intermediary host, it’s very significant that hasn’t been found,’ Metzl said. ‘I think it’s very telling after three years we haven’t found it.’

    Redfield said that as CDC director he was shut out of high-level conversations after he told Dr. Anthony Fauci in early 2020 he did not think natural spillover was ‘scientifically plausible.’

    Reports have now come out that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, commissioned a scientific paper at the start of the pandemic, known as the proximal origin paper, that cast doubt on the idea that Covid-19 came from a lab.

    Referring to the proximal origin paper, Redfield said: ‘It is antithetical to science. Science has debate and they squashed debate.’

    The paper came days after Fauci had been warned in emails about the potential of lab origin. Fauci did not disclose he was involved in commissioning the paper when he stood in front of a White House press briefing and cited it as evidence to dismiss lab origin.

    has Fox News apologized yet?

    JF (d16d84)

  19. More on Fetterman: the NYT reports that everything is OK in his absence, because his staff and lobbyists are doing his work for him. NRO quotes the NYT piece (so you don’t have mess with the paywall):

    It is not unusual for lawmakers to be told by members of their staff, sometimes after the fact, what bills they are co-sponsoring. With the exception of calls to cabinet officials or meetings with the chief executives of companies that are important to their states, there are few meetings that cannot be handled by senior staff.

    “Any lobbyist will tell you that if you get as high as the chief of staff, and that chief makes a promise to you that the senator will do something, that will be accepted,” said Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University and a former aide to Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. “It will be as if the senator himself gave the OK.”

    Leave it to a former Hairy Reed staffer to be sleazy enough to justify allowing a lobbyist and chief of staff to do work which will be attributed to the Senator. I’m sure Professor Ross Baker fits right in at Rutgers with the likes of Brittney Cooper and James Livingston.

    JVW (15d80d)

  20. Sidney Powell and Ms. Bartiromo actually put forth this crazy lady’s theories about Dominion. Oy.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  21. Tuesday was International Women’s Day.

    Also, this year, Purim.

    I have a beautiful proof that Achashverosh was Artaxerxes I (and consequently that the decree of Haman took place in 453 BCE, give or take a year, but I won’t go into it too much.

    Suffice to say I assumed that whenever a different name was used in Greek derived sources it was a different king and whenever the same one was used it was the same king, and

    1) The book of Esther starts (I assume that a few words were changed from time to time up to the time of Alexander the Great, where the genealogies given in the book of Chronicles stop) it starts it was the days of Achashverosh -he was the Achashverosh who ruled from Hodu to Kush. Often translated as India to Ethiopia.

    Hodu is correct for India (his empire extended more just to what is now Pakistan) but Kush is more properly Sudan.

    Sometime in the past 2,000 years the geographic area covered by the term Kush moved.. It was not originally mainly what is now called Ethiopia.

    The thing is, there was another king of the same name who didn’t. Persia lost control of Egypt right at the beginning of the reign of Artaxerxes II -and recovered it late in the reign of Artaxerxes III. He ruled it for about three years. His son Artaxerxes IV did not rule all, and was Darius III who again reconquered all of Egypt.

    Because Alexander the Great resumed the war with Persia and started off with Asia Minor and Egypt many people assume that Persia controlled Egypt all that time, but it didn’t. Persia ruled Egypt again for a total of nine years.

    2) Esther is mentioned in Nehemiah 2:6 – Nehemiah specifically
    backtracks because he left out a important fact. This would only be
    important to mention if the woman was Esther. (The Malbim (commentator from 1800s) says she was Esther but has a different opinion as to who she was, thinking it was the king’s mother.

    The reason Nehemiah does not call her queen but a word in Hebrew meaning something like consort (could mean royal family) is because according to Persian law she was NOT queen since Darius I had made his colleagues swear that they would only marry women within certain families. The Jews (and others, presumably) called her the queen. but Nehemiah was a an official sensitive to legal distinctions.

    3) Believe it, or not there is a translation of Achashverosh in the Bible! Ezra 4:7 is virtually a translation of Ezra 4:6.`The book of Ezra, I say, has come down to us exactly the way it was originally
    written complete with false starts. `A copy of the original manuscript.

    You can’t see this in a translation. But here it is, with a translation:

    https://mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt35a04.htm

    ו וּבְמַלְכוּת, אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ, בִּתְחִלַּת, מַלְכוּתוֹ–כָּתְבוּ שִׂטְנָה, עַל-יֹשְׁבֵי יְהוּדָה וִירוּשָׁלִָם. {ס} 6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. {S}
    ז וּבִימֵי אַרְתַּחְשַׁשְׂתָּא, כָּתַב בִּשְׁלָם מִתְרְדָת טָבְאֵל וּשְׁאָר כְּנָוֺתָו, עַל-אַרְתַּחְשַׁשְׂתְּא, מֶלֶךְ פָּרָס; וּכְתָב, הַנִּשְׁתְּוָן, כָּתוּב אֲרָמִית, וּמְתֻרְגָּם אֲרָמִית. {פ}

    7 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Aramaic character, and set forth in the Aramaic tongue. {P}

    Ahashverosh is not a separate king from Artachshahstah (Araxerxes)

    Ezra realizes he is going to quote a document (a letter) written in Aramaic, and starts all over again, switching languages in the process.

    Later in the book, by the way, he switches again from Aramaic to Hebrew.

    ` (02a146)

  22. Top scientific advisors told Congress on Wednesday there’s mounting evidence COVID leaked from the Wuhan lab

    They won’t get at the truth until they realize there were two lab leaks (not two labs from which a single leak might have happened)

    The second leak was most likely from the Wuhan enters forDisease Control and Prevention which moved its location to within 300 yards of the seafood market (there was no wet market nearby and despite there being a few stalls in 2017 that contained some animals that breathed air that ws not a wet market) on December 2, 2019.

    The second strain of the virus was worse but the first spread more widely and one of the things the Chinese government has contrived to do is confuse people about which strain came first.This wouldbe clear if we had early samples.

    ` (1d215a)

  23. Seems like this should be considered a defeat for the CDC and everyone who sniffled in contempt when Tom Cotton and others proposed the lab leak theory nearly two years ago:

    I can think of few things more likely to make Americans believe that the U.S. government is hiding the truth about the origin of Covid-19 than if President Biden vetoes a bill that would require the declassification of existing intelligence on Covid’s origins. As our Ari Blaff reports, the White House has not yet indicated whether Biden will sign the legislation. To head off one potential objection, the bill allows officials to “redact information to protect sources and methods.”

    The bill passed 419–0. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted for it. Marjorie Taylor Greene voted for it. Sheila Jackson Lee voted for it. Lauren Boebert voted for it. Hakeem Jeffries voted for it. Kevin McCarthy voted for it.

    The liberals and the conservatives, the urban and the rural, the insane and the sane — for once, every House member, no matter their philosophy or ideology — all agreed that the U.S. government should declassify what it knows about how the pandemic got started.

    It’s conceivable that President Biden will veto the bill and that enough Democrats will vote to uphold his veto so as not to embarrass him, but maybe they are so steamed by his flip-flop on the DC crime bill that they will enjoy exacting payback by putting the federal bureaucracy in a delicate position. But I’m betting that the Biden Administration cuts a deal to declassify some — but certainly not all — of the information and that will be enough for Jeffries, Waters, Schiff, the Adorably Ornery Clueless niece, and the rest of ’em.

    JVW (cfaad9)

  24. Tuesday was International Women’s Day.

    Also, this year, Purim.

    I have a beautiful proof that Achashverosh was Artaxerxes I (and consequently that the decree of Haman took place in 453 BCE, give or take a year) but I messed up my name and it’s in moderation

    Suffice to say it’s the name, (there was an Achashverosh who ruled from Hodu to Kush – meaning others who didn’t)

    2) Esther 2:6 and

    3) Ezra 4:6 and 7 where you see the name translated.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  25. Top scientific advisors told Congress on Wednesday there’s mounting evidence COVID leaked from the Wuhan lab

    They won’t get at the truth until they realize there were two lab leaks (not two labs from which a single leak might have happened)

    The second leak was most likely from the Wuhan enters forDisease Control and Prevention which moved its location to within 300 yards of the seafood market (there was no wet market nearby and despite there being a few stalls in 2017 that contained some animals that breathed air that ws not a wet market) on December 2, 2019.

    The second strain of the virus was worse but the first spread more widely and one of the things the Chinese government has contrived to do is confuse people about which strain came first. This would be clear if we had early samples.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  26. They wouldn’t have picked the seafood market unless the sourceofspread was near there.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  27. Women’s day I follow women race car drivers who have problems getting rides and when they do they get wrecked a lot. In a race the male driver who was racing hailie deegan was told on the radio you better not let a girl pass you so the driver wrecked her at toledo race. Drivers try to put katie hettinger in the wall because she wins a lot of races (most late model wins for a woman) because she is only 15 years old. Women can’t get rides in formula one and rarely indy car. Simona de silvestro was in second place in indy car standings and couldn’t get a ride for the rest of the season. Danica patrick was wrecked all the time in nascar. They are trying to wreck hailie deegan out of nascar.

    asset (53393a)

  28. That is — in February — readers were being prepared for the idea that Fetterman’s lack of proper rest after his stroke had permanently impaired his recovery. But, now, a doctor is confident enough to guarantee the opposite?

    They’re talking abut different things. The doctor is talking about his depression. He never saw him before the stroke)s)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  29. * 2) Esther 2:6

    I mean Nehemiah 2:6

    Nehemiah specifically backtracks because he left out a important fact. This would only be important to mention if the woman was Esther.

    The reason Nehemiah does not call her queen but a word in Hebrew meaning something like consort (could mean royal family) is because according to Persian law she was NOT queen since Darius I had made his colleagues swear that they would only marry women within certain families. The Jews (and others, presumably) called her the queen. but Nehemiah was a an official sensitive to legal distinctions.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  30. Trump Litigation Watch:

    Former President Donald Trump cannot keep E. Jean Carroll from showing a jury the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that nearly derailed his 2016 campaign in a lawsuit accusing him of rape, a federal judge ruled.

    “In this case, a jury reasonably could find, even from the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape alone, that Mr. Trump admitted in the Access Hollywood tape that he in fact has had contact with women’s genitalia in the past without their consent, or that he has attempted to do so,” Senior U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in a 23-page memorandum opinion.
    ………..
    ……… Trump has argued that the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he can be heard boasting to Billy Bush about grabbing women “by the p—-,” is inadmissible propensity evidence.

    Kaplan told the former president that he can save his defenses about the tape for a jury.

    “The Court acknowledges that Mr. Trump has claimed that his statements were ‘locker room talk’ — presumably meaning that they were not true — and that he has denied that he has behaved in the manner described by his statements,” the opinion states. “Although he has not so argued, some of the statements perhaps may be susceptible of varying interpretations including in some respects interpretations that may be inconsistent with sexual misconduct by Mr. Trump. Possibly, for example, he may claim that he was speaking of what other ‘stars’ have done, not his own conduct.”

    ………..
    Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan [no relation to the judge] also pushed for testimony from other Trump accusers: Natasha Stoynoff and Jessica Leeds. …….

    “Mr. Trump’s attempt to minimize the similarity between his alleged actions with respect to Ms. Leeds and Ms. Stoynoff, on the one hand, and Ms. Carroll on the other is not very persuasive,” the opinion states. “The alleged acts are far more similar than different in the important aspects. ………
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (80f192)

  31. RIP Jerry “Napoleon XIV” Samuels, who has died at 84. Wrote and recorded one of pop music’s most unusual hit singles, 1966’s “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!.”

    Rip Murdock (c5fd42)

  32. Dr. Demento!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  33. You date yourself, Colonel.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  34. Too bad they won’t be staying overnight at the Graybar Hotel:

    …………
    House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer of Kentucky and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who also sits on the panel, told ABC News that the committee is planning to send a letter this week to lawmakers regarding the planned visit to the Washington, D.C., detention facility.
    ……….
    “They’re pretrial and they haven’t even been convicted and they’re not allowed to see their families, many times are not allowed to see their attorneys — the food has been a major complaint,” Greene alleged. “There’s been complaints of it tasting like cleaner.”

    The vast majority of defendants charged in connection with Jan. 6 have not been ordered to be detained pending trial, but in the several dozen cases where individuals have been held, a judge has determined that there’s no combination of conditions that could be placed on them to ensure that they either wouldn’t pose a danger to the general public or risk obstructing justice in their case.

    “As of today, approximately two dozen defendants, charged in the Capitol breach, are being held in pretrial detention,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. told ABC News. “Almost all of those detainees are charged with assaultive conduct and none are charged with a misdemeanor.”
    …………
    An inspection of the facility holding the Jan. 6 defendants, however, “did not identify conditions that would necessitate the transfer of inmates,” the Marshals Service said in 2021.
    ……….

    Prison sucks.

    Rip Murdock (66c03d)

  35. So, the SVB thing.

    Apparently, between 2020 and now, deposits at SVB went from $60 billion to over $200 billion. They parked these funds in treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, which is all well and good since those things will always perform.

    But then interest rates started climbing and the sale value of their securities stared declining. Meanwhile the startups that they specialized in serving found new money hard to come by and started drawing down on their deposits. THis meant the bank had to start selling securities. This was OK for a while, as they has some short-term securities they could sell without huge losses.

    But eventually they came to need money from their longer-term bonds, and the tried to sell a bunch of them ($21 billion) at a book loss of about 8%. Their larger depositors panicked. On Thursday, firms tried to withdraw $45 billion from the bank and they, well, ran out of money.

    That’s a banking faux pas, and the FDIC stepped in. Luckily, the damage is mostly confined to the tech world, unlike something like Lehman, which had tentacles everywhere.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  36. Not much older than you, Kevin.

    Here’s one from ‘68 covered much later. I miss this guy!

    https://youtu.be/suDCCpGc3-w

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  37. 35… what’s the complaint, their focus is on diversity and equity.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  38. “But then interest rates started climbing and the sale value of their securities stared declining. Meanwhile the startups that they specialized in serving found new money hard to come by and started drawing down on their deposits.”

    They were basically keeping all their eggs in one basket. Their customers and their investments were both heavily reliant on low interest rates. On the upside, their investments aren’t worthless (like mortgage backed securities or crypto), and their business model isn’t typical.

    Davethulhu (607d18)

  39. You date yourself, Colonel.

    Me, too. I listened to his show, Sunday nights.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  40. 👍

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  41. Fbi caught infiltrating black lives matter under trump. In one case hiring a violent felon as agent provocateur like the one who shot at the nat. guard at kent state and the one who helped murder fred hampton. I have said I didn’t like government agent provocateurs provoking violent acts on jan.6 and getting ashlee babbitt killed. The government including state and local has a bad history of infiltrating opposition groups make them look bad. Both the left and the right should oppose governments sending in agent provocateurs to stir things up otherwise we are just retaliating against agent provocateur violence done to us.

    asset (9e5922)

  42. This year’s Oscar slap:

    Oscars Reject Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Bid to Appear on Telecast

    For the past year, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been greeted with open arms by awards shows, film festivals and even the New York Stock Exchange. But when it comes to landing airtime on the most coveted telecast of all — the Oscars — the Ukrainian leader is being met with a cold shoulder.

    For the second year in a row, the Academy has snubbed Zelenskyy, who was hoping to follow up his Berlin Film Festival (remote) appearance last month with a virtual spot on Sunday’s Oscar telecast on ABC.

    Sources say WME power agent Mike Simpson made a plea to the Academy to include the comedic actor-turned-politician but was shut down. The Academy declined comment. [Your freely given, suckered tax dollars at work: Zelinskyy is paying a Hollywood AGENT!? Does Biden have one?? Maybe Vlad, Kim and Xi as well?!]

    Zelenskyy’s overtures to the Oscars comes as polls show Americans’ support for providing assistance to Ukraine has weakened…

    Last year, Oscars producer Will Packer nixed a Zelenskyy appearance. Sources say Packer expressed concerns that Hollywood was only showering Ukraine with attention because those affected by the conflict are white. By contrast, Hollywood has ignored wars around the globe that impact people of color, he argued. Packer did not respond to a request for comment. It is unclear what the rationale is for this year’s Oscars rejection, however, the Academy traditionally prefers to focus on the contributions of the filmmaking community and steer clear of anything political.

    Meanwhile, the Academy isn’t the only group to refuse Zelenskyy. In September, Zelenskyy’s team reached out to the Toronto Film Festival about the leader appearing via satellite, but they were denied…

    https://variety.com/2023/film/news/volodymyr-zelensky-ukraine-oscars-appearance-russia-1235547499/

    DCSCA (3564b1)

  43. ^Postscript …the Academy traditionally prefers to focus on the contributions of the filmmaking community and steer clear of anything political.

    Huh? Who are they kidding?? Not in my lifetime nor this Universe. AMPAS outta review the archived kinescopes, tapes and all those ‘traditionally’ long, long thank you speeches.

    DCSCA (3564b1)

  44. On the upside, their investments aren’t worthless (like mortgage backed securities or crypto)

    Mortgage-backed securities are usually quite solid. But in 2006 or 7, they started packing crap loans in with the good ones. Like adding lead to gold for coins. At the end, Fannie Mae was shoveling sh1t out to investors.

    They say they aren’t doing that any more. You got me on crypto though.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  45. asset: “I have said I didn’t like government agent provocateurs provoking violent acts on jan.6 and getting ashlee babbitt killed.”

    I thought you said you were non-ignorant. That sounds pretty ignorant to me.

    https://abc7chicago.com/lt-michael-byrd-ashli-babbitt-shotting-capitol-police-officer-who-shot-interview/10980230/

    AJ_Liberty (38cc13)

  46. Me, too. I listened to his show, Sunday nights.

    Maybe me too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-104x-t85G4

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  47. @41: It took you two whole sentences to get to Fred Hampton this time.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  48. I thought you said you were non-ignorant.

    By that he means that the lies he believes are reserved for really smart people.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  49. @45 FBI had agent provocateurs who they call “informants” One was a witness at proud boys trial. They even had defendent lie for plea bargain like ryan samsel to protect agent provocateur ray epps. Because I didn’t think ashlee babbitt should have been killed because of actions of so called govt. informants. My post was about govt. misconduct in infiltrating black lives matter with agent provocateurs. Read the church commission on govt. agent provocateurs. Like most here I am not a fan of trump or jan6 rioters. :but the riot shouldn’t have been helped along by govt. so called informants acting as agent provocateurs.

    asset (9e5922)

  50. “agent provocateur ray epps”

    Epps was none of the sort. He’s a loudmouth who was smeared as an FBI CI to shift blame away from MAGA Nation rioters and absolve Trump and Trumpists from responsibility for the Capitol Building invasion.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  51. ‘Opposed To Any Accountability’: Ted Cruz Says FBI Won’t Answer Questions About Role In Capitol Riot

    “And I asked them about how many undercover agents they had at the protest on January 6. They refuse to answer. How many of them — did any of them engage in acts of violence? They refuse to answer did any of them encourage or incite others to engage in acts of violence? They refuse to answer if you look at Ray Epps, his behavior at the time, where he’s urging people, ‘We must go into the Capitol, not just to the Capitol, we want to go into the Capitol.’ It’s really quite remarkable,” Cruz said.

    “And so the question on January 6, one of the most important questions, is to what extent did federal law enforcement insight and entrap people into criminal violations. And the fact that Tucker has aired what appears to be video contradicting Ray Epps’s testimony, that raises serious questions,” Cruz continued.

    Cruz believes the Biden administration should be fully transparent about the Capitol riot, a tragedy Democrats compare to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. “If they are going to maintain that’s the case, the American people deserve to know what actually happened that day and they need deserve to know what the precise level of culpability the federal government bears in the criminal conduct on that day. And yet the Biden DOJ and the Biden FBI remain dug in and adamantly opposed to any accountability the FBI could answer this question.”

    What do they have to hide???????

    JF (aa688f)

  52. I can’t be sure if asset is a parody or rehearsing a catfishing persona he uses at teen woke sites. The barely literate style and blatant disinformation, also used by Trump and Nigerian princes, hint at the later.

    nk (903b67)

  53. DeSantis is mean enough to lose to Biden.

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/10/2023 @ 10:06 am

    DeSantis went from winning a nailbiter 4 years ago to a blowout 20 point with even winninh leftist Miami-Dade. You just don’t like that he’s willing to stand up for socially conservative and family values.

    NJRob (7e81d0)

  54. Congratulations:

    American skier Mikaela Shiffrin set the outright World Cup record for most career victories with 87 by winning a slalom Saturday.

    Shiffrin broke a tie with Ingemar Stenmark on the all-time overall winners list between men and women. The Swede competed in the 1970s and 80s.
    ……….
    Saturday’s result marked the American’s sixth slalom win of the season and the record-extending 53rd career win in the discipline.
    ………..
    Shiffrin has already locked up her fifth overall championship and the discipline titles in slalom and GS.
    …………
    The victory gave Shiffrin the outright record 12 years to the day after her first race on the World Cup, as a 15-year-old at a GS in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic.
    …………

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  55. Coward:

    …………..
    (Speaker Kevin) McCarthy previously said he wanted to visit Taiwan if elected speaker, according to the Financial Times, and Fox News Digital reported in January that the Pentagon was preparing for the California Republican to visit Taipei later this year.

    But now with relations between the U.S. and China becoming increasingly strained, Tsai and McCarthy have agreed to meet in California instead at the start of April when the Taiwanese leader makes a trip to Central America, McCarthy’s home state and New York, the Financial Times reports.
    …………
    People familiar with Tsai’s upcoming travel plans also told the Financial Times she has accepted an invitation to speak at the Reagan Library in southern California.

    In August last year, Nancy Pelosi became the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, which set off a series of threats from China, including live-fire military drills in proximity to the island and accusations that the U.S. was using “dirty tricks” with the visit.

    China warned McCarthy at the end of January not to repeat Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, and said a trip by the new speaker would violate long-standing U.S. policy that says there is just “one China.”
    …………….

    The Freedom Caucus aren’t the only people that can push McCarthy around.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  56. Rip Murdock (4074ee) — 3/11/2023 @ 7:57 am

    Calling the Taiwan president a “coward” is pretty much par for the course for leftist Rip.

    Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen has convinced US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to meet in California rather than Taipei to avoid an aggressive Chinese military response, as tensions run high between Beijing and Washington.

    JF (aa688f)

  57. There’s no reason for McCarthy to ape Pelosi. What does the House have to do with foreign relations, anyway? Sure, they have to approve aid to Taiwan, but that’s what lobbyists are for. Actually, it gives the appearance of impropriety for foreign officials to be schmoozing with House members.

    nk (903b67)

  58. People familiar with Tsai’s upcoming travel plans also told the Financial Times she has accepted an invitation to speak at the Reagan Library in southern California.

    Another event scheduled for our host, no doubt.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  59. Apparently everything is a conspiracy. Facts don’t matter, because everyone lies and the deep state just hides the truth. They hate Trump, hate Tucker Carlson, hate MAGA, and hate populist Republicans who are just being railroaded and skapegoated by all the coopted institutions of our society, from the liberal media to the pointy-headed academics to the sleazy entertainers to our rule-bending law enforcement agencies to the compromised state and justice departments. The grievances are long; the victimology strident; and the angst existential.

    Ray Epps MUST be an FBI provocateur. The sworn statement by Ryan Stamsel that he was NOT encouraged to storm the barrier by Epps is ignored or deemed unreliable. The fact that Stamsel claimed Proud Boy Joseph Biggs did encourage him to violence is waved away as saying what “the man” wants him to say. Epps’ text message to his nephew containing the word “orchestrated” is treated as sacred writ even though the facts show he did not commit violence J6 or attempt to even enter the Capitol. Some orchestration! A sitting senator then slimes the FBI, after sliming the 2020 election officials with equally discredited “facts”.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/05/us/jan-6-ray-epps-evidence.html

    JF and NJRob appear to LOVE this stuff. They marinate and luxuriate in it. And they have a captive audience whose intelligence they can insult or assault with impunity. It is comical that asset’s monologue conveniently intersects their’s at Epps. Neither edge trusts the FBI now. Ignore them? I guess it depends on how much time you have and interest in correcting facts. Nothing changes….nothing ever resonates…what exactly is the point? It’s a battle to exhaustion. mg and FWO in essence tapped out. Who will fold next?

    AJ_Liberty (38cc13)

  60. I can’t be sure if asset is a parody or rehearsing a catfishing persona

    No, he’s just the kind of “America Last!” fella who serves as such a good foil for the Trumpists.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  61. Calling the Taiwan president a “coward” is pretty much par for the course for leftist Rip.

    McCarthy is the coward for kowtowing to China’s demands not to visit Taiwan. As far as “aping” Pelosi, it was McCarthy himself who promised to go to Taiwan during the Speaker fight.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  62. @59 Everything is a right wing conspiracy, until years later when you were on top of it all along. See campaign surveillance, pee dossier, Carter Page, covid origins, twittergate, hunter laptop, loudoun county school rape, russian bounties, yada yada

    Cruz’s questions are pretty direct and simple, and the what-do-they-have-to-hide?? brigade here is suddenly disinterested LOL

    JF (aa688f)

  63. Rip Murdock (4074ee) — 3/11/2023 @ 9:31 am

    Rip, be more choosy with your leftist agitprop spam

    conserve your strength, the weekend is young

    JF (aa688f)

  64. JF (aa688f) — 3/11/2023 @ 9:46 am

    Nice to know which China you support, and it isn’t an island.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  65. JF,

    Do you think that we’ll find someday that the 2020 election was really fraudulent?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  66. JF,

    Do you think that we’ll find someday that the “pee dossier” was really the only piece of raw evidence used to target Trump?

    AJ_Liberty (38cc13)

  67. Do you think that we’ll find someday that the 2020 election was really fraudulent?
    Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/11/2023 @ 9:50 am

    highly unlikely

    that has nothing to do with Cruz’s questions and the stonewalling

    JF (aa688f)

  68. Nice to know which China you support, and it isn’t an island.
    Rip Murdock (4074ee) — 3/11/2023 @ 9:50 am

    you post leftist crap all day every day, which is fine, and it’s there for all to see

    also there for all to see are multiple posts supporting our military intervention if China attacks Taiwan, and none supporting the chicoms

    which you are well aware of, which makes you a certain kind of commenter that has a safe space here

    JF (aa688f)

  69. multiple posts of mine supporting our military intervention if China attacks Taiwan

    JF (aa688f)

  70. Pelosi was going to be in the neighborhood anyway — as I recall, it was a tour of half a dozen countries — and the PRC made the mistake of telling her not to go to Taiwan. Have you ever told a woman not to do something?

    nk (903b67)

  71. If you mean “leftist crap” like criticizing Trump and the “riot” (I know you’re sensitive about the word “insurrection” and I don’t want to trigger you-oh wait, sorry) to overturn the 2020 election, election denialism, the corrosive impact MAGA followers are having on American politics, as well as supporting Ukraine, then I’m in good company.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  72. “I can’t be sure if asset is a parody or rehearsing a catfishing persona

    No, he’s just the kind of “America Last!” fella who serves as such a good foil for the Trumpists.

    No, he exhibits the thinking of many here when it’s more honest and taken a to a bit more extreme lengths.

    Colonel Haiku (ba1ac2)

  73. You’re kidding:

    Jenna Ellis, a lawyer who represented President Donald J. Trump after his loss in the 2020 election, admitted in a sworn statement released on Wednesday that she had knowingly misrepresented the facts in several of her public claims that widespread voting fraud led to Mr. Trump’s defeat.

    The admissions by Ms. Ellis were part of an agreement to accept public censure and settle disciplinary measures brought against her by state bar officials in Colorado, her home state. …….
    ………..
    In a message posted on Twitter Thursday morning, Ms. Ellis sought to split hairs concerning her agreement with officials in Colorado, saying that she never admitted to lying about election fraud, which she asserted “requires INTENTIONALLY making a false statement.”

    But in her stipulation with bar officials, she agreed that censure was merited when lawyers “knowingly engage” in any “conduct that involves dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.”
    …………
    As part of her public censure, Ms. Ellis agreed that her legal work for Mr. Trump “caused actual harm by undermining the American public’s confidence in the presidential election.” Bar officials noted in the statement that “a selfish motive” and “a pattern of misconduct” were aggravating factors in the case.

    Ms. Ellis admitted to 10 misrepresentations of the facts during her work for Mr. Trump, beginning within weeks of the election’s being called for Mr. Biden.
    …………

    TrumpWorld not amused:

    ……. They make her lie to avoid sanctions for telling the truth? What planrt are we on? ……… A soviet style show trial one.……. Forced confession. …….. To continue a lie the truth must be slain …….. if the Ellis chick wasn’t willing to fight maybe she should stay in the kitchen? ……… Still think America can vote their way out of the mess? ……… This is what life is like as second class citizen in a totalitarian regime. ……. Makes you wonder what is driving all this. Has China paid everyone off? Has Soros?…….

    ………. It was embarrassing to watch Rudy, Powell and Ellis try to explain the election fraud. Yes, I believe there was election fraud. But enough to throw the election? We’ll never know because President Trump’s legal team was simply not up to the job in the states where they knew there could be problems. And certainly was not up to the job post-election.……. I wonder what they threatened her with to get her to say what she did. …….

    Stipulated Facts.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  74. Ms. Tambourine Woman :

    A former New York police officer who was seen — and heard — shaking a tambourine as she made her way through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has been convicted of a slew of felonies and misdemeanors in connection with the riot.

    Sara Carpenter, 53, was seen on surveillance footage inside the Capitol Rotunda at around 2:45 p.m., around a half-hour after Donald Trump supporters had first breached the Capitol after violently overwhelming police, the Justice Department said in a press release. ……..

    “Carpenter confronted a line of police officers inside the Capitol, shook her tambourine and screamed ‘I’m a f—— animal,’” the DOJ’s press release says, adding that she pushed up against law enforcement officers who were guarding a hallway into the Senate chamber.
    ………..
    While inside the Capitol, Carpenter was also seen slapping the arms of officers who were trying to hold her back from proceeding further into the building. According to prosecutors, she stayed in the building for 34 minutes, “despite being told to leave, and despite enduring the effects of chemical irritants.”

    After she left the building, Carpenter was still insistent that Congress answer the pro-Trump mob.

    “The breach was made,” she said. “It needs to calm down now. Congress needs to come out. They need to certify Trump as president. This is our house.”
    ………..
    After a three-day trial and one day of deliberation, a jury convicted Carpenter of two felonies, civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding, which carry a statutory maximum of five and 20 years behind bars, respectively. The jury also found Carpenter guilty of five trespassing and disorderly conduct misdemeanors, which carry a combined 3 1/2 years in jail.
    …………
    ………… Carpenter currently remains free on her own personal recognizance.
    #########

    Statement of Facts.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  75. AJ,

    you’re jumping through hoops to muddy the waters. That’s the FBI that went armed with a dozen agents after a Catholic deacon and other Christians, right?

    Same FBI that thought the Trump docs search was nothing, but still went armed and set up a photo shoot with “classified docs.”

    Keep playing your role. You’re good at it.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  76. JF,

    anyone standing up to big government is suddenly a threat. At least if it hinders the left.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  77. “They had to take the top of my head off a couple times, see if I had a brain.” – Joe Biden, 3/6/23

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2023/03/06/biden_describes_aneurysm_they_had_to_take_the_top_of_my_head_off_a_couple_times_see_if_i_had_a_brain.html

    Took off the top of his head?!?! Didn’t our other Irish-Catholic POTUS suffer a similar experience, Joe?

    DCSCA (b74ebf)

  78. This week Politico’s collection had too many cartoons for me to link them all in one comment, so I’ll just link two, Wes Powell’s Fox, and Tim Campbell’s Tucker Carlson. (Campbell’s cartoon is crude, nasty — and it made me laugh out loud.)

    Ohman’s cartoon makes an important point; DCCCP will love the Matt Davies cartoon; and, I have to admit that, as annoying as he can be at times, Matt Wuerker scored with the one of his he included in the collection.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  79. Sorry for the mistake. Here’s the Tim Campbell cartoon.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  80. No, he exhibits the thinking of many here when it’s more honest and taken a to a bit more extreme lengths.

    OK, name one.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  81. Congratulations (I Think):

    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo, Insurrectionist.) has announced that her 17-year-old son Tyler and his girlfriend are expecting a child next month.

    Boebert, 36, broke the happy news while speaking Tuesday at an event hosted by the conservative group Moms for America, where she touted the values of her rural countrymen.
    ………..
    The Republican congresswoman went on to praise “rural conservative communities,” saying they have a higher rate of teen moms who refuse abortions compared to their big-city counterparts.

    “There’s something special about rural conservative communities,” Boebert said.

    “They value life.”

    “Teen moms’ rates are higher in rural conservative areas because they understand the preciousness of a life that it’s about to be born,” she added.
    ……….
    Boebert was a teen mom and dropped out of high school in her senior year when she was pregnant with Tyler.
    ………..
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that only about 50% of teen moms receive their high school diplomas by age 22 as opposed to 90% of women who don’t give birth as teenagers.
    …………
    Boebert’s announcement comes after she criticized American sex-ed classes last week during a Conservative Political Action Conference event, claiming the courses taught students about same-sex intercourse.
    ………..
    ………….. “I mean they have comprehensive sex ed. They’re teaching kids how to have and enjoy sex and even same-sex sex.”
    ##########

    TrumpWorld split.

    Tell them to GET MARRIED!! Trashy to bring a child into the world when you aren’t married. ……… Honestly, the best thing is to give up the child for adoption. ……. Shotgun weddings need to make a comeback. ……… With REAL SHOTGUNS!! ………… This story is pathetic. Young people shouldn’t be parents at 17. It’s certainly isn’t something to celebrate. …….. This sounds like the Palin family all over again. …….. Give the baby up for adoption, why? I assume the family has resources, I couldn’t imagine ditching my offspring under those circumstances. ………

    ………. Anyone who thinks this is okay shouldn’t criticize when other people have children out of wedlock. ……… This story is old as dirt. …….. A conservative contribution to the 42% single mother birthrate. …… So sick of the acceptance and, here, even praise of this behavior. It is destroying the family. ……… I wonder the true character of “Grandma”, abstinence wasn’t discussed I guess. ……. We don’t know the circumstances of this young man and the girl, but there’s an excellent chance that she will drop out of school and never finish, and there’s an excellent chance he will be working at some dead-end jobs, and never advance in a career. ……….
    ……….. Like Mother, like Son ………. What’s killing us are these legions of women that want college, career, retirement funds, 3 trips around the world then maybe they will try and have a kid at 36. ……… as long as she’s an R, I’m ok with it. ……. Marriage won’t last long, so what is the purpose? Make sure darling boy pays his child support.……….The boy needs to work, finish high school and learn a trade …….

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  82. Link to Bobert article.

    Rip Murdock (cfb3be)

  83. A New Career for Trump?

    Former President Donald Trump reached number one on the iTunes chart with his debut single, “Justice For All,” beating superstars like Miley Cyrus and Tim McGraw.

    “Justice For All,” is a tribute to the January 6 prisoners that features the “J6 Prison Choir,” an ensemble of prisoners who can be heard chanting singing the national anthem and while Trump recites the Pledge of Allegiance.
    ……….
    The song is available to purchase for $1.29 and all net proceeds will go to “certain J6 families in need,” according to Kash Patel.

    “The J6PC continues to make their voices heard through the power of music and sings ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ every evening before bed, inside Pod C2B of the DC Jail – a.k.a – the DC gulag,” Patel’s team wrote in a press release.
    ………..

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  84. Any bets on what “carrying charges” might be imposed by Trump?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  85. @51 stating facts @52 name calling why I don’t call you names. @59 stamsel was forced to lie for ray epps for better deal to protect him. @72 thank you.

    asset (ea6d92)

  86. https://freebeacon.com/campus/dogshit-federal-judge-decries-disruption-of-his-remarks-by-stanford-law-students-and-calls-for-termination-of-the-stanford-dean-who-joined-the-protesters/

    Fifth Circuit appellate judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, who was shouted down by Stanford Law School students as administrators looked on in silence, says the protesters behaved like “dogshit.”

    Now, in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Duncan is calling on the school to discipline the students who disrupted his talk and to fire the school’s associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion, who stepped in during the event to chastise him and deliver what the judge described as a “bizarre therapy session from hell.”

    Duncan’s remarks come after nearly a hundred students at Stanford Law School disrupted his remarks in brazen violation of Stanford University’s free speech policies.

    One source of the students’ ire was Duncan’s refusal, in a 2020 opinion, to use a transgender sex offender’s preferred pronouns. The Stanford event, which was sponsored by the law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society, got so out of hand that federal marshals eventually escorted Duncan from the building.

    Tirien Steinbach, the school’s diversity dean, arrived on the scene when Duncan himself asked for an administrator to restore order. She then took to the podium and, in a video that has now circulated widely online, accused the judge of causing “harm.”

    “Your opinions from the bench land as absolute disenfranchisement” of the students’ rights, Steinbach said, accusing him of “tearing the fabric of this community.”

    “Do you have something so incredibly important to say,” she asked him, that it is worth the “division of these people?”

    Duncan warned that what happens at Stanford, long the second-ranked law school in the country, behind Yale, is unlikely to stay there. “If enough of these kids get into the legal profession,” he said, “the rule of law will descend into barbarism.”

    Neither Steinbach nor Jenny Martinez, the dean of Stanford Law School, responded to a request for comment.

    While many prefer to “tone police” those on the right, these are the cultists being raised up on the left. Perhaps realizing what is taking place within your own country will open your eyes.

    Perhaps not.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  87. “@59 stamsel was forced to lie for ray epps for better deal to protect him.”

    Evidence??? Or wishful thinking?

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  88. It’s disappointing but unsurprising to see that the Academy has refused Ukraine’s President Zelensky’s request to appear at the Oscars via telecast. This is the second year in a row they have said no. Zelensky takes every opportunity he can to frequently appear via video at cultural events (Grammy Awards, Golden Globes, Berlin Film Festival, etc.) that reach large audiences to remind people of what is at stake if Putin wins this war and erases Ukraine. Because we all know that he will not stop there. While it is certainly the Academy’s prerogative to say no, it’s unfortunate because the awards show has a massive audience that could be reached. Last year’s show pulled in 15.36 million viewers and has been known to draw around 40 million viewers in previous years. It appears that the Academy powers-that-be do not understand the threat to Western nations if Putin is victorious. And most certainly, people of every color, not just white, will be adversely impacted if this happens. I say this because last year’s reason for the refusal was laughable on its face:

    Last year, Oscars producer Will Packer nixed a Zelenskyy appearance. Sources say Packer expressed concerns that Hollywood was only showering Ukraine with attention because those affected by the conflict are white. By contrast, Hollywood has ignored wars around the globe that impact people of color, he argued.

    The Academy also claimed that they “wanted to remain apolitical.” Of course, that is a ridiculous joke. All one has to do is watch virtually any modern awards show to know that being apolitical is not even a thing at the shows. To the contrary… Also bear in mind that this is a group that applauded on-air the rapist of a 13-year-old girl…

    No reason was given for this year’s refusal, and the Academy has declined to respond to inquiries.

    Dana (1225fc)

  89. Texas man sues women he says helped
    his ex-wife obtain abortion pills

    …………
    The plaintiff, Marcus Silva, is represented by Jonathan Mitchell, a conservative lawyer who was the architect of a novel 2021 Texas abortion ban, and Briscoe Cain, a Republican member of the Texas House. The lawsuit states that helping someone obtain an abortion qualifies as murder under the state’s pre-Roe abortion ban that took effect this summer, allowing Silva to sue under the wrongful-death statute.

    Silva’s civil case could result in the women being forced to pay over $1 million in damages. The district attorney in Galveston, Tex., will decide separately whether to charge the women in criminal court.

    Silva alleged that in July 2022, when the couple were still married, his wife became pregnant but concealed it from him.

    Two of the defendants allegedly exchanged text messages with Silva’s wife, discussing how and where she could obtain the medication to cause an abortion. A third defendant arranged for the delivery of the medication, the complaint alleged.
    …………..

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  90. @59 stamsel was forced to lie for ray epps for better deal to protect him.

    That’s a ridiculous and false assertion, asset. I really don’t know why a so-called liberal is carrying water for this MAGA rioter punk.

    Epps’ calming Samsel down was caught on video.

    The sad thing about the Epps episode is that he’s been a victim of Trumpist bullies–based on a lie–that he was some sort FBI informant, and it turned his life upside down, and it’s akin to right-wing political bullying that Ruby Freeman went through, which was also based on the lie that she did something nefarious during the vote counting in Fulton County.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  91. “based on a lie–that he was some sort FBI informant, and it turned his life upside down”

    This is the part of it that the conspiracists don’t appreciate. They will burn down people’s lives to rationalize the notion of a nefarious state plot. It’s quite sad.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  92. The big news in Britain today is that media BS isn’t just a US thing

    BBC’s flagship soccer show boycotted over Gary Lineker impartiality row

    The BBC, funded by a mandatory license fee, has long been accused of left wing bias. Lineker is their highest paid presenter, and has made his left wing views known both on and off air. The other presenters walking out in support of him know full well the BBC handles free speech of right wing presenters by just never hiring them in the first place.

    JF (81914c)

  93. The current chairman of the BBC is conservative, which donations to the conservative party of more than 400,000 pounds. Right before he was appointed as chairman, he helped Boris Johnson (Prime minister at the time) secure an 800,000 pound loan.

    Davethulhu (607d18)

  94. Should Epps life at least get burned down for his insurrectionist actions?

    Video Emerges of Ray Epps Hurling Large Trump Sign at Police on Jan. 6

    https://yournews.com/2023/02/22/2520160/new-video-emerges-of-ray-epps-hurling-large-trump-sign/

    I could not find this is an approved NY Times link.

    BuDuh (b2fc6e)

  95. 85. I did not call you any names, asset. The assertion that I did matches the others you make.

    nk (0611dd)

  96. No reason was given for this year’s refusal, and the Academy has declined to respond to inquiries.

    Ukraine should make a short documentary about a family or community trying to survive the Russian Blitz. If they do it right, it will make the Oscar short list and Zelensky can be one of the producers. Worked for Al gore.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  97. They will burn down people’s lives to rationalize the notion of a nefarious state plot. It’s quite sad.

    Trumpists did this to precinct workers.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  98. “Hurling”? To throw an object with great force? I did see him on video holding up the sign for a few moments.
    Yournews is a site with a “Mixed” record on factual reporting and rated “Low Credibility”, so I won’t be taking their assertions as gospel.

    Anyway, this is emblematic of the Trumpist right-wing, trying to find a scapegoat for all the MAGA Nation rioters and their riotous lawbreaking behavior. They all sound like f*cking liberals in their efforts to dodge responsibility.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  99. Ukraine (co-produced) does have an Oscar entry for Best Documentary this year: A House Made of Splinters, which tells the story of an orphanage in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk. A city, I might add, that is now in shambles and under Russian control.

    It is up against Best Documentary contender: Navalny.

    Dana (1225fc)

  100. @72 thank you.

    asset (ea6d92) — 3/11/2023 @ 1:31 pm

    Why thank him? Do you think “almost as extreme left as asset, just less honest about it” (paraphrasing) was meant to flatter you?

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  101. I remember Dr. Demento from around like 1978 – there was some radio show. They had other songs.

    “Governor Briscoe promised us..and let em all freeze and boil!,

    Best selling record in Dallas June 1978,”by the way Gov Briscoe lost the primary.’
    Maybe different writers?

    Sammy Finkelman (561961)

  102. Here’s a brief round-up on Putin’s War Against Ukraine…
    I’m glad the western cognoscenti have finally come around to my idea that Ukraine should reclaim the Crimean peninsula that was illegally taken from them, and it would be a strategic plum if Zelenskyy can pull it off.

    Here’s a brief historical perspective of the peninsula, which contrasts quite a bit from Putin’s myths about the area.

    General Keane has an assessment of Ukraine’s chances, and I hope he’s right. Bottom line, the Ukrainians have the will, they just need the hardware.

    Philips O’Brien has a piece on Bakhmut and the Ukrainian strategy of not giving it up. I’ll say this, the Legion of Boom had a philosophy of not giving up a square inch of yardage, and it worked out well for them, so I’m supportive of that concept against rashist invaders.
    Also, if the ratio of five to seven Russian casualties for every Ukrainian casualty is accurate, that’s a serious to blow to Russian manpower. That they would continue to throw bodies and sacrifice thousands–maybe tens of thousands–for a town whose main importance is a highway crossroads, then it’s probably worth defending.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  103. Anna Porphyrogenita. If you ever wondered where the expression “born to the purple” came from:

    Anna Porphyrogenita (Medieval Greek: Ἄννα Πορφυρογεννήτη, romanized: Anna Porphyrogennētē, Russian: Анна Византийская, Ukrainian: Анна Порфірогенета; 13 March 963 – 1011)[1] was a Grand Princess consort of Kiev; she was married to Grand Prince Vladimir the Great.[2]

    Anna was the daughter of Byzantine Emperor Romanos II and the Empress Theophano. She was also the sister of Emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII. Anna was a Porphyrogenita, a legitimate daughter born in the special purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor’s Palace. Anna’s hand was considered such a prize that some theorize that Vladimir became Christian just to marry her.[3]

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

    nk (0611dd)

  104. Anyone who regularly goes to teriyaki joints knows that South Koreans work like Trojans, and now the current government is codifying that work ethic.

    SEOUL — South Korea’s conservative government has proposed increasing the legal cap on weekly work hours from 52 to 69, triggering backlash from the opposition and wage-earners who fear the plan will ruin work-life balance in a country already well known for workaholism.

    The opposition Democratic Party, which introduced the 52-hour workweek in 2018, said the new plan risks increasing unemployment as it could allow employers to lay off workers and ask those who stay to work longer hours.

    South Koreans already toil more than many of their overseas counterparts. They work an average of 1,915 hours a year, compared with 1,791 hours for Americans and 1,490 hours for the French, who have a 35-hour workweek, according to figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD average is 1,716 hours.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  105. For anyone who thinks that Ukraine should negotiate with Russia.

    Dana (1225fc)

  106. For a more complete and balanced report of the Stanford Federalist Society event, see David Lat’s substack. The post-incident apology to Judge Duncan by the dean (the real dean, not the shameful DEI functionary) and the President of Stanford, was appropriate and welcome.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  107. Congrats to NASA/SpaceX on the successful splashdown of Dragon Endurance and Crew 5 returning from the ISS after 157 days in orbit…

    https://www.nasa.gov/content/live-coverage-of-nasas-spacex-crew-5-mission

    It never grows old.

    Well done, kids.

    DCSCA (fdca8e)

  108. Russian Media Watch:
    ……….

    Speaking on the Russia-1 state television channel, commentator Sergey Mikheyev—described as a political scientist—suggested the Ukraine war could outlast the lifespan of many, including the Kremlin’s top figures.

    “If we keep proceeding in this manner and at this speed, you and I won’t live long enough to see any successes,” he told guests, including anchor Vladimir Solovyov, in a clip translated and posted by journalist Julia Davis.

    “Let’s be honest with ourselves,” Mikheyev added. “Our leadership won’t live long enough for that either.”

    “If we move at this speed, this will last for decades,” he continued.

    In comments shared on Telegram on February 28, former Kremlin aide Sergei Markov said the war could last beyond two decades.

    The Russian invasion has lasted “longer than it was planned and expected, and there is no end in sight,” Markov said.
    ………….
    “Our position has severely worsened,” Mikheyev added. “We either move forward and stop imitating sovereignty and truly achieve a success, or we retreat with a massive failure.”
    ………….

    Only can only hope that current Russian leadership is removed by any means necessary.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  109. “Lauren Boebert, along with Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Trump himself: Yeah, a little bit nuts. Self-aggrandizing. Hypocritical. Narcisstic. Lacking virtue. Etc.

    But a thousand times better than our regular elite in DC. God bless them.”

    —- Andrew

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  110. Interesting post on baseball’s rule changes at TD. Personally I wish that baseball tries to lower the mound first instead of getting rid of the shift. I think batting should re-emphasize contact and being able to take a pitch to the opposite field. Guys like Pete Rose, Rod Carew, and Tony Gwynn mastered the art. We’re just excusing the outsized focus on launch angles and pulling the ball. Sure we love the HR but I’m tired of all of the 0.210 hitters who would never stay in the major league years ago.

    The pitch clock I’m completely on the fence about. On one hand, a lot of drama comes with a cat and mouse contest between hitter and pitcher (or pitcher and base runner). On the other hand, keep the action moving. Baseball has never been about finishing quick but with all of the specialty relief pitchers there does ssem to be too much switching, but I’m not sure that I want to do away with the strategy of that. Unlike free trade, I’m persuadable on this.

    Bigger bases I’m not too moved about. There are a lot of collisions on the first base line so I understand it there. Yes, it helps the SB too but it seems like we’re throwing a big * in the record book then. One of the glorious things about baseball is the ability to look across time and make fair comparisons. That was the big sacrilege of the steroid era — mocking the excellence of Maris and the Babe. But still SB’s seem way down from 40 years ago…if this encourages it a bit more, maybe it makes the game a little more exciting (Lou Brock and Maury Wills will spin in their graves).

    Finally, starting the runner on 2nd base in extra innings (regular season) seems like an abomination to me which again befouls the stats. It’s like awarding each team a walk and stolen base to start the inning. It devalues the pitcher trying extra hard to keep that leadoff hitter off the bases. Now a team just needs to execute a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly to get a run home. Sure it ain’t automatic, but it’s unnecessarily putting the thumb on the scale. I love seeing the stragey of an extra inning game. Here it’s rushing it along. Like, hurry up we got to get home to watch Cobert or something. Baseball is about strategy and matchups. I would vote to get rid of the free 2nd base.

    AJ_Liberty (65e436)

  111. Paul Montagu (8f0dc7) — 3/11/2023 @ 4:49 pm

    ?

    BuDuh (8a46d4)

  112. The pitch clock is probably necessary, given the way some pitchers will spend a couple of minutes waving off signs then throwing to first, waving off signs then throwing to first. It’s tedious.

    I think it would be better if the umpire could just award a ball for too much delay, given the situation at hand since not all situations require the same behavior. But that would probably get umpires hated more.

    They should be allowed to shift as they want. IF the want to put everyone out in left field, fine. I’ve seen situations where having three outfielders isn’t useful (bottom 9th, man on third, tie game, less than 2 outs).

    Then again, I’m still coming to grips with the DH.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  113. @110 “singles hitters drive chevys. Home run hitters drive cadillacs. Ralph Kiner and he would know. Purists want to see 1-0 pitchers duel. Casual fans want to see hitting. 1968 great pitchers and low attendance. Babe ruth saved baseball not walter johnson. After strike steriod era filled the ball parks with home run hitting contests. Base ball knows if it gets in trouble aluminum bats will bring hitting and the fans back and my sport is automobile racing who desperately need female drivers stop being wrecked by rich punks.

    asset (a34508)

  114. @112 A major problem is huge newer ball parks. People don’t want to see 400 feet outs. Fenway park less comfortable ;but more fun then places like the stadium the diamond backs play in. People like hitter friendly parks like cincinnati, houston and wrigley field. Not being much of a fan anymore their may be more hitters park.

    asset (a34508)

  115. https://legalinsurrection.com/2023/03/sen-tom-cotton-introduces-bill-to-stop-teaching-crt-in-the-military/

    As we have reported, critical race theory and associated racist ideologies have “Established a Beachhead at the Military Service Academies.”

    Additionally, we reported that DOD recently held a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit” despite various challenges presently confronting the military, such as a spike in recent fentanyl overdose deaths. And, as we reported here, President Biden’s new “equity” Executive Order requires DOD to create an “Agency Equity Team.” Part of this team’s mission will be to “support continued equity training and equity leadership development for staff across all levels of the agency’s workforce.”

    But now, in a press release, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) announces that he has introduced a bill—with Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Steve Daines (R-Montana), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) co-sponsoring—called the “Combating Racist Training in the Military Act,” which would prohibit DOD from teaching racist CRT ideology “in any Department of Defense institution, including service academies.” Congressman Dan Bishop (R-North Carolina-08) has introduced companion legislation in the House.

    A second bill, also introduced by Senator Cotton and co-sponsored by Senator Blackburn and Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) called the “Stop CRT Act,” would “prevent federal funding from going to schools that teach Critical Race Theory.”

    “Radical activism should have no place in our military’s training. American soldiers should learn how to kill our enemies, not anti-American ideology. This legislation will prevent Department of Defense bureaucrats from teaching woke ideology,” said Senator Cotton.

    “Critical race theory (CRT) is a poisonous ideology that seeks to divide Americans based on their skin color, and it must be ripped out, root and branch, from our institutions. CRT should have no place in American life and certainly shouldn’t be promoted using American tax dollars. The Biden administration and radical Left’s relentless promotion of these racist, anti-American ideologies is toxic to our country and culture. These bills are one crucial part of our fight against the insidious effort from the Left to fundamentally transform society based on their designs,” said Congressman Bishop.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  116. singles hitters drive chevys. Home run hitters drive cadillacs.

    The minimum MLB salary is $720,000 for 2023. Nobody drive a Chevy.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  117. very rare honesty from the AP in bold

    but give it a few weeks to reorient themselves, and they’ll be back to blaming parents

    Oregon eyes mandate for climate change lessons in schools

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are aiming to make the state the second in the nation to mandate climate change lessons for K-12 public school students, further fueling U.S. culture wars in education.

    Dozens of Oregon high schoolers submitted support of the bill, saying they care about climate change deeply. Some teachers and parents say teaching climate change could help the next generation better confront it, but others want schools to focus on reading, writing and math after test scores plummeted post-pandemic.

    Schools across the U.S. have found themselves at the center of a politically charged battle over curriculum and how matters such as gender, sex education and race should be taught — or whether they should be taught at all.

    One of the bill’s chief sponsors, Democratic Sen. James Manning, said even elementary students have told him climate change is important to them.

    “We’re talking about third and fourth graders having a vision to understand how this world is changing rapidly,” he said at a Thursday state Capitol hearing in Salem.

    JF (81914c)

  118. Climate change is not a culture war issue, but a scientific debate, a lot like evolution was 100 years ago (note: evolution turns out to be factual and 100 years from now we will know the facts about climate change)..

    CRT and sexual identity are more in line with the culture war.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  119. Is climate change important to young kids? Probably more than it is to this 60-something.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  120. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/12/2023 @ 8:25 am

    this isn’t about whether climate change is taught in school. It is, everywhere

    the mandatory standards are being pushed cuz the instruction is scientific, and of course it needs to be improved by being political

    JF (81914c)

  121. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/12/2023 @ 8:25 am

    climate change is taught in schools, everywhere

    the problem is that it’s being taught scientifically, not politically

    the mandate will fix that

    JF (81914c)

  122. @114, actually the playing area for parks is essentially the same as it was 70 years ago. That wasn’t what I was expecting

    https://blogs.fangraphs.com/ballpark-playing-surfaces-are-shrinking-in-a-surprising-way/

    I actually thought it would be noticeably smaller but it’s just slightly smaller. However, foul play has dramatically got smaller to bring fans closer to the action.

    AJ_Liberty (65e436)

  123. Who do Republican women support in the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race?
    …………..
    According to a recent Fox News poll, 40% of Republican women voters would choose to support Trump, giving him a nearly double-digit lead over his nearest potential rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

    In the poll, DeSantis garnered 23% support, and former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley came in a distant third with 9% support. Former Vice President Mike Pence came in fourth at 8%, while no other potential candidate received more than 2%.

    When Republican women were asked who their second choice would be, DeSantis easily came out on top with 25% support while Trump and Pence were tied at 13%. Haley garnered just 9%.

    When the poll asked Republican women who they would support out of the only two declared candidates, Trump received an overwhelming 63% to Haley’s 27%. Just 1% of respondents said they wouldn’t vote, while 7% said they would support someone else, and 3% said they didn’t know.
    ……………

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  124. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 3/11/2023 @ 7:39 pm

    Who is Andrew?

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  125. “which would prohibit DOD from teaching racist CRT ideology “in any Department of Defense institution, including service academies.””

    Well, the service academies are universities. The students are bright and mature. I think they can handle examining ideas that people perceive things differently because of their race and life experiences. If you are going to lead a racially diverse army, navy, air force, and marine corps, then uderstanding potentials for bias, stereotyping, and callousness seems to be relevant.

    Now there will always be questions about how it should be done and how much should be done, but that is an academic question that academics and military leadership can sort through, not politicians grandstanding. Cotton would argue that there are plenty of other topics that should be explored to make better officers, but I doubt that he’s immersed himself in the curricula to make that judgment or that he’s closely examined racism in the military and could, without qualification, say that racism is not a problem and that we’ve attained our color-blind goal. However we rate its effect, white nationalism is a thing and military leaders should have some understanding on how to address it.

    Now outside of the university, such discussions become training: what is acceptable conduct and what is not. I doubt that it would tell white servicemen that they should think less of themselves or their race. Everyone can agree on that. Be open about what is said and why. Do not allow training to be politicized. Expect professionalism. Punish those that do not exercise it.

    AJ_Liberty (65e436)

  126. @124 it’s the old “CRT is not taught in schools that’s crazy” and “don’t pass laws prohibiting CRT in schools” game again

    JF (81914c)

  127. @125, sorry but I’ve given up unproductive exchanges for Lent

    AJ_Liberty (65e436)

  128. No, JF, it’s the old “don’t tell schools what they may teach” thing again. Keep it up and they’ll ban teaching about capitalism, which the Left thinks is just slave-training.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  129. AJ, good comment about cottons bill. Thank you for sharing it.

    Time123 (7273e9)

  130. I doubt that he’s immersed himself in the curricula to make that judgment or that he’s closely examined racism in the military and could, without qualification, say that racism is not a problem and that we’ve attained our color-blind goal. However we rate its effect, white nationalism is a thing and military leaders should have some understanding on how to address it.

    Cotton was an Army officer and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s unlikely, if white nationalism exists in any quantity in the military, that he would not have been exposed to it. He may have some ability to judge this where I (and possibly you) do not.

    That being said, it is one thing to ask that young children are not exposed to this kind of controversy (before they have the life experience to put it into context) and adults training to become military officers (who may have to deal with things far more uncomfortable).

    It also depends on how racial issues are discussed. If this is some kind of “all white people are racist” polemic, then sure, Cotton should be outraged. Even if the guy at the top is “woke” it’s not something I’d expect among the rank-and-file.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  131. AJ_Liberty (65e436) — 3/12/2023 @ 9:29 am

    You support the myths of the 1619 project and that white supremacy is institutionalized in the United States.

    Got it.

    Would’ve been easier to speak clearly instead of ramble on.

    NJRob (90ba55)

  132. Conservatives Who Want To Weaken Defamation Standards May Regret Opening That Can of Worms

    ………..
    ……….. (T)he standard established by Sullivan and extended by subsequent cases cuts both ways even as applied to a very specific category of speech. It is an obstacle for Dominion, which objected to Fox’s amplification of Trump’s claim that the company helped Biden steal the election, and it is an obstacle for Trump, who objected to CNN’s characterization of that claim.

    ……….. Revisiting those precedents therefore poses a threat to speakers across the political spectrum. It is a can of worms that conservatives may regret opening.
    ………….
    Trump, a promiscuous plaintiff, does not like the implications of these decisions. While running for president in 2016, he famously promised to “open up those libel laws” so that aggrieved public figures like him could sue irksome critics and “win money instead of having no chance.” …………

    …………..(Florida Governor Ron) DeSantis supports a Florida bill that would “narrow the definition of a public figure by excluding persons whose notoriety arises solely from ‘defending himself or herself publicly against an accusation,’ giving an interview on a subject, public employment (other than elected or appointed office), or ‘a video, an image, or a statement uploaded on the Internet that has reached a broad audience.'”

    Even in cases involving a government official, the bill says, the actual malice standard does not apply “when the allegation does not relate to the reason for his or her public status.” It adds that “an allegation that the plaintiff has discriminated against another person or group because of their race, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity constitutes defamation per se.” When journalists use anonymous sources, the bill says, the information is “presumptively false” and “plaintiffs need only prove that the defendant acted negligently,” rather than recklessly, in relying on it.

    DeSantis presumably hopes that bill will ultimately give the Supreme Court an opportunity to reconsider what it has said about the limits that the First Amendment imposes on defamation law. Several justices, to varying degrees, might be open to that. ………..
    ……………
    If Dominion’s status as a “public figure” did not matter, the company would have to prove negligence rather than “reckless disregard” for the truth. Based on the evidence we have seen so far, it seems to me, satisfying that weaker test would be pretty easy.
    ………….
    By contrast, ditching the “public figure” extension would not have helped Trump win his lawsuit against CNN. Most of the allegedly defamatory statements he cites were made when he was president, so they would qualify as criticism of a public official. ……..

    It is therefore not surprising that Trump, even while insisting that he can meet the actual malice standard, argues that he and similarly situated plaintiffs should not have to do so. “In circumstances like these,” his complaint says, “the judicially-created policy of the ‘actual malice’ standard should not apply because ‘ideological homogeneity in the media—or in the channels of information distribution—risks repressing certain ideas from the public consciousness just as surely as if access were restricted by the government.'”
    …………..
    That peculiar understanding of free speech should trouble Americans of every political and ideological flavor. Republicans (especially Trump and his supporters) are no less prone to rhetorical overkill than Democrats, and conservatives have as much reason as progressives to worry about the consequences of the weakened defamation standards that Trump favors.
    ##########

    Related:

    Ron DeSantis Disavows Bill That Would Require Political Bloggers To Register With the Government
    ……………

    ………..”And I’m like, okay, that’s not anything I’ve ever supported, I don’t support [it]” [said DeSantis at a press conference.]

    In addition to lacking DeSantis’ support, the bill is also unconstitutional. “The First Amendment protects not only a free press, but the right to speak anonymously,” Will Creeley and Adam Steinbaugh, attorneys for the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, a First Amendment nonprofit, wrote last Friday. “Yet SB1316 would compel Americans who exercise their right to criticize a state’s highest officials to reveal themselves to the very government they criticize.”
    …………

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  133. Rip Murdock (4074ee) — 3/12/2023 @ 12:09 pm

    Link to Florida bill supported by DeSantis.

    Rip Murdock (cfb3be)

  134. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/12/2023 @ 11:32 am

    it’s a service academy

    for fighting wars at taxpayer expense and at our political direction, and I really hope we can tell them what to teach

    JF (15af99)

  135. It will never get out of committee, let alone onto the Senate floor.

    Rip Murdock (cfb3be)

  136. really interesting that we can mandate elementary schools teach a politicized version of climate change but we can’t tell service academies to not teach CRT

    JF (15af99)

  137. @131, sorry but I’ve given up unproductive exchanges for Lent

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  138. “Would’ve been easier to speak clearly instead of ramble on.”

    Less sanctimony, less posturing… where’s the fun in that!?!?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  139. @137 no one asked you a question, padre

    JF (15af99)

  140. Would’ve been easier to speak clearly instead of ramble on.

    Would have been better to read what he wrote rather than misstate his position.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  141. for fighting wars at taxpayer expense and at our political direction, and I really hope we can tell them what to teach

    I hope to God that “we” don’t. The only people who should be making those decisions are those with experience in fighting wars. And that’s not just strategy and tactics, but leadership, logistics, morale, teamwork and a few other things. Which your average politician has any fracking clue about.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  142. really interesting that we can mandate elementary schools teach a politicized version of climate change but we can’t tell service academies to not teach CRT

    I’m having trouble separating your strawmen from your figments.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  143. Ron DeSantis Blames Silicon Valley Bank’s Collapse on DEI
    …………..
    “I mean, this bank, they’re so concerned with DEI and politics and all kinds of stuff. I think that really diverted from them focusing on their core mission,” DeSantis contended.
    …………
    According to a page on its website, the bank does promote Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives……….

    However, DEI notwithstanding, a more proximate reason for the bank run that led to FDIC receivership could be its heavy investment in 10-year bonds with low-interest rates combined with the need for liquidity from its high-dollar account venture capital clients. When interest rates surged recently, SVB found itself in a cash crush, made worse by an earlier meltdown in the tech sector, causing many capital investors to scale back.
    ………….
    DeSantis did not address the bank’s investment strategy.

    “I also look at it and say we have such a morass of federal regulations. We have a massive federal bureaucracy and yet they never seem to be able to be there when we, we need them to be able to prevent something like this,” DeSantis said, though it’s unclear what he would have had the federal government do to stop this from happening.
    ……………

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  144. “really interesting that we can mandate elementary schools teach a politicized version of climate change but we can’t tell service academies to not teach CRT”

    Maybe there’s a slight difference between what goes on at a university and what goes on in K-12, especially the lower grades. Second, what’s your definition of CRT and how does it comport to how West Point is teaching CRT? I’m guessing your understanding of both is somewhat sketchy. You just seem to know it’s bad and that any discussion of race must be scuttled. Grown ups can have those discussions without there being indoctrination. Congress certainly has the power to tell the service academies anything they want…or shut them down completely. The question is whether there’s wisdom in banning one topic to be taught in any form or fashion at an institution of higher learning? It just sounds dumb to me for the reasons I articulated above. Cotton knows better.

    K-12 education is a state function. States can set their own curricula. If it emphasizes critical reasoning and fact-based inquiry, then that’s good. I don’t live in Oregon. Why should I pretend that I know what’s best for them? Suddenly Republicans are confused about federalism and afraid of everything. Different breed I guess.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  145. ” if white nationalism exists in any quantity in the military”

    Part of a neo-Nazi, pro-jihadist group known as the Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), Ethan Melzer, now 24, provided sensitive details about his unit, including locations, security and troop movements, to the extremist group in connection with its plot to attack the base and kill his fellow soldiers, according to the Justice Department.

    According to prosecutors, Melzer’s motivation for the attack was to cause a mass casualty event, bringing on another war in the Middle East and “ultimately a race war to advance his mission of white supremacy” and the downfall of Western civilization.

    One week ago.

    Davethulhu (607d18)

  146. However, DEI notwithstanding, a more proximate reason for the bank run that led to FDIC receivership could be its heavy investment in 10-year bonds with low-interest rates combined with the need for liquidity from its high-dollar account venture capital clients. When interest rates surged recently, SVB found itself in a cash crush, made worse by an earlier meltdown in the tech sector, causing many capital investors to scale back.


    Graphic details

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  147. ““I mean, this bank, they’re so concerned with DEI and politics and all kinds of stuff. I think that really diverted from them focusing on their core mission,” DeSantis contended.”

    As usual, DeSantis is being disingenuous, but if it helps prevent a bailout, by all means punish the “woke” bank.

    Davethulhu (607d18)

  148. @130 (Kevin): “It’s unlikely, if white nationalism exists in any quantity in the military, that he would not have been exposed to it”

    We can debate the extent and gravity of the problem, but probably not its existence or that it has some effect. Again, this is not the only reason to discuss race in the military. I’m not convinced as to why we need to be afraid of this.

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/02/06/signs-of-white-supremacy-extremism-up-again-in-poll-of-active-duty-troops/
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/pentagon-report-warns-threat-white-supremacists-inside-military-n1258871
    https://newrepublic.com/article/162400/us-military-white-supremacy-problem

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  149. One week ago.

    There are probably a few Black Separatists, too. But it’s not a problem unless there are significant numbers of Black Separatists.

    And for every plot like Meltzer’s, there are a dozen Jihadists actually shooting up their unit.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  150. I’m not convinced as to why we need to be afraid of this.

    White Nationalists or CRT?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  151. The thing is that the military is probably the most integrated segment of the American economy, with many senior officers from racial minority groups.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  152. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/11/2023 @ 4:31 pm

    Ukraine should make a short documentary about a family or community trying to survive the Russian Blitz. If they do it right, it will make the Oscar short list and Zelensky can be one of the producers.

    If the war is over by then, as Zelensky said it would be.

    Sammy Finkelman (320fbe)

  153. It is absolutely true that SVB’ s problem came from assuming long term rates would stay low (plus the fact that it had nmany depositers who ran into financial trouble at the same time)

    This could lead to a run on other banks of deposits over $250,000 and a bad recession – 2008 all over again. Or worse since Powell won’t do what Bernanke did, in making sure almost no depositors take a loss.

    The Fed doesn’t know what it’s doing,

    Sammy Finkelman (320fbe)

  154. The Dominion lawsuit also has the issue: Was Fox, or any part of Fox, endorsing or was it just reporting thins that Trump’s partisans were saying, and if some shows went off the rails (like Maria B?) is Fox as a whole responsible?

    And was Dminion actually harmed, and how much?

    Sammy Finkelman (320fbe)

  155. #154

    What Republican jurisdiction will retain Dominion in the next few years? It’s pretty easy to demonstrate harm to the organization from all the lying going on. I’m sure Fox will argue that its lies didn’t cause the economic harm. Do you really see a court accepting that argument? Fox’s lying made Trump’s lying far easier to sustain.

    Appalled (92130f)

  156. Kevin,

    I read it clearly. He said the status quo at the academies is fine and politicians should butt out. He only said that because he supports the ideology being forced upon those recruits.

    Thanks for playing.

    NJRob (26f86e)

  157. U.S. officials weigh protecting all deposits at Silicon Valley Bank


    ……….
    The plan would be among the potential policy responses if the government is unable to find a buyer for the failed bank. The FDIC began an auction process for SVB on Saturday and hoped to identify a winning bidder Sunday afternoon, with final bids expected by 2 p.m. Eastern time, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    Selling SVB to a healthy institution remains the preferred solution, officials have told members of Congress. ………
    ………
    Although the FDIC insures bank deposits up to $250,000, a provision in federal banking law may give them the authority to protect the uninsured deposits as well if they conclude that failing to do so would pose a systemic risk to the broader financial system, the people said. In that event, uninsured deposits could be backstopped by an insurance fund, paid into regularly by U.S. banks.

    Before that happens, the systemic risk verdict must be endorsed by a two-thirds vote of the Fed’s Board of Governors and the FDIC board along with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. ………..
    “I think it’s going to be hard to say that this is systemic in any way,” Sheila Bair, former head of the FDIC, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
    …………
    “This isn’t a systemic event. This is a midsize bank that was badly managed,” said (Anil Kashyap, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business). “It may be a little messy. But that’s different than if you have somebody at the core of the financial system stop making payments to somebody else at the core of the system and then the core implodes.”
    …………

    Free link.

    Whether or not their is actual “systemic risk” is a political question, not an economic one.

    There are also proposals for Congress to pass legislation to temporarily raise the $250,000 insured deposits cap to protect companies with multi-million dollar deposits.

    However, any legislative fix will no doubt be opposed by the Freedom Caucus no matter what the economic consequences are.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  158. GOP presidential candidates react to Silicon Valley Bank collapse; Trump blames ‘out-of-control Democrats’
    …………
    “Out-of-control Democrats and the Biden administration have pathetically continued to try to blame President Trump for their failures with desperate lies, such as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) spy balloons, the train derailment in East Palestine and now the collapse of SVB,” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung told Fox News Digital.
    …………..
    “Taxpayers should absolutely not bail out Silicon Valley Bank,” (Nikki Haley) tweeted. “Private investors can purchase the bank and its assets. It is not the responsibility of the American taxpayer to step in. The era of big government and corporate bailouts must end.”

    Ramaswamy, who founded Roivant Sciences and Strive Asset Management, argued that SVB should be allowed to “fully fail” and the FDIC should increase its guarantee level to prevent a bank run on Monday.

    “If you want to prevent a run on other banks, increase the FDIC guarantee (to $10 million)” he tweeted. “But SVB screwed up by utterly failing to take interest rate risk into account, in two ways – both in terms of client concentration risk amongst startups and investing in interest rate-sensitive securities. So did the many startups who blithely did business with them. It’s not the U.S. taxpayer’s job to now coddle them.”
    ………
    “We’re not going to do that again,” (Janet Yellen said on Face the Nation) referring to bailouts. “But we are concerned about depositors, and we’re focused on trying to meet their needs.”
    …………….

    More from Vivek Ramaswamy:

    “Silicon Valley Bank made some uniquely bad management decisions,” he said Sunday on CNN. “I do not think we should reward that kind of bad behavior, that kind of bad mismanagement.”

    Mr. Ramaswamy also argued against depositors being made whole, if they have holdings beyond the FDIC’s protection limits. “Even on behalf of many startup companies who put their money in a concentrated way into that one bank, I don’t think we should be rewarding that with a bailout,” he said. “We should let the market work here.”

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  159. He only said that because he supports the ideology being forced upon those recruits.

    You know, if you were to misrepresent my comments that badly, I’d be pissed. I guess AJ is a more temperate person — he just calls you an idiot an moves on.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  160. First Republic Bank had a run on it Friday… it’s getting caught up in this as well.

    “We’re not going to do that again,” (Janet Yellen said on Face the Nation) referring to bailouts. “But we are concerned about depositors, and we’re focused on trying to meet their needs.”

    Bailouts?? Yet inflation-is-transitory–76-year-old-Yellen, who was in Ukraine two weeks ago guaranteeing free tax $ ‘bailing out’ Ukraine today says no to American banks that finance U.S. start-ups etc.,etc…

    Janet Yellen visits Ukraine and pledges even more U.S. economic aid

    https://www.npr.org/2023/02/27/1159719607/janet-yellen-ukraine-us-aid

    Z needs the $; paying Hollywood power agents like WME’s Mike Simpson is expensive.

    DCSCA (f012ac)

  161. “I guess AJ is a more temperate person — he just calls you an idiot an moves on.”

    In the spirit of Lent, I choose to look forward to the better NJRob.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  162. I hesitate to speculate….but I think Rob is having a little problem with….Satan

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  163. It’s Britain, so who cares, but the ongoing Gary Lineker/BBC battle is emblematic and so very familiar.

    Let’s face it, the culture war over Lineker and the Beeb has been crazy. One of the most striking things has been the Twitterati’s sudden and belated discovery of the importance of free speech.

    These people have spent the past few years cancelling everyone who disagrees with them, yet now it seems they have had a Damascene conversion to the cause of liberty.

    Everywhere one looks, the right-on are running around like Poundshop Bravehearts screaming ‘Freedom!’ at anyone who will listen.

    And what made them switch from being the unforgiving footsoldiers of cancel culture to being self-styled warriors for the liberty to speak?

    Why, the fact that a multi-millionaire football pundit was politely asked by his bosses at the BBC to tone down his tweeting.

    That, it seems, is the breaking point for the tweeting bourgeoisie: Gary Lineker being told to do a little less virtue-signalling.

    I have seen some embarrassing things on social media over the past decade. But the chattering classes’ cynical, hypocritical and outright dishonest rallying behind the presenter of Match Of The Day is something else.

    Lineker is being talked up as a mix of Che Guevara and Nelson Mandela, as a searingly brave critic of our ‘Nazi’ government.

    His fellow BBC pundits who refused to cover for him on Match Of The Day following his temporary suspension have even been likened to the slaves who stood up and said ‘I’m Spartacus’ in solidarity with their leader in the 1960 epic film.

    We urgently need to inject some common sense into this story. The truth is that Lineker’s clash with the Beeb and the boycott by presenters and pundits it spawned is nothing more than a revolt of the entitled. It is an uprising of egotistical celebs who arrogantly refuse to be bound by BBC rules.

    It is a temper tantrum of the self-important, who are essentially saying: ‘We are bigger than the BBC.’

    And the BBC had no choice but to stand firm against these self-serving toytown revolters.

    JF (5b9e19)

  164. Breaking-

    U.S. says ‘all’ deposits at failed bank will be available Monday
    ………….
    Authorities said they were also extending protection to depositors of a second bank, Signature Bank of New York, which state regulators closed on Sunday as unease in the financial sector appeared to spread. Separately, the Federal Reserve announced that it was creating a new lending facility for the nation’s banks, designed to buttress them against financial risks caused by Friday’s collapse of SVB.
    ………….
    The decision by Treasury to backstop all of SVB’s deposits — not just those up to $250,000 that are automatically insured under federal law — will likely ignite a political firestorm over the decision to protect the assets of tech firms, venture capitalists, and other rich people in California.
    …………….
    On a call with reporters on Sunday evening, a senior Treasury official defended the administration’s decision as necessary to protect the stability of the banking system and emphasized that the move was aimed at protecting companies and workers who could be harmed by the bank’s collapse — not the bank’s shareholders or executives. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak about internal deliberations, under the conditions of the call.

    Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen stressed in a statement that taxpayers would bear none of the burden of protecting the depositors. Their funds will be backstopped by a pool of money that is regularly paid into by U.S. banks, which currently has more than $100 billion in it.
    …………..
    The decision appeared to reflect that federal authorities have yet to find another bank to buy the remnants of SVB. ………
    ………….

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  165. U.S. says ‘all’ deposits at failed bank will be available Monday

    Same administration that said inflation was ‘transitory’… and Kabul would not be Saigon.

    DCSCA (058101)

  166. Before you tell other people what they should know, ask yourself what the hell do you know that you can tell other people what they should know.

    nk (d277a9)

  167. I’ve given up unproductive exchanges for Lent

    Not my religion, so I may be way off, but isn’t Lenten sacrifice supposed to be of something you enjoy? Seems to me what you’re doing is akin to giving up syphilis or unanesthetized root canals.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  168. AJ,

    I appreciate your trolling. It fits in with the other social leftists.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  169. Signature Bank shut down by regulatorsThe crypto-friendly Signature Bank was shut down by regulators on Sunday.

    In a joint statement, the Federal Reserve, the US Treasury and the FDIC said the bank’s depositors would be made whole. Signature Bank’s closure comes on the heels of Silicon Valley Bank being shuttered on Friday. In an attempt to prevent a spreading financial crisis, regulators shut down the crypto-friendly Signature Bank, New York, on Sunday, promising to make its depositors whole. – businessinsider.com

    Anotrher ‘transitory’… eh, Janet?!

    DCSCA (058101)

  170. ‘History Will Hold Donald Trump Accountable’ for Jan. 6, Pence Says
    …………….
    “Tourists don’t injure 140 police officers by sightseeing,” Mr. Pence said, according to media reports from the (Gridiron Dinner), an implicit rebuke of the Fox News host Tucker Carlson and other conservatives who have used selective security camera footage to reframe the riot as a largely peaceful demonstration. Thousands of hours of that footage was released to Mr. Carlson by the House speaker, Kevin McCarthy of California. “Tourists don’t break down doors to get to the speaker of the House or voice threats against public officials.”

    And Mr. Pence made his reprimand of Mr. Trump personal when he said, “President Trump was wrong; I had no right to overturn the election. And his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day. And I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
    …………
    Mr. Pence was unsparing in his condemnation of such efforts (to minimize the events of January 6th and rehabilitate those held for trial), as well as the selective editing of thousands of hours of security footage.

    “The American people have a right to know what took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6,” he said. “But make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a disgrace, and it mocks decency to portray it in any other way.”
    …………..

    More:

    “I once invited President Trump to Bible study,” Pence said early in his speech. “He really liked the passages about the smiting and perishing of thine enemies. As he put it, ‘Ya know, Mike, there’s some really good stuff in here.’”

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  171. Rip Murdock (4074ee) — 3/12/2023 @ 5:48 pm

    TrumpWorld not enamored with Pence’s remarks:

    ……….. It looks increasingly like a trap was laid by the FBI and DHS in the US Capitol on January 6th. …….. You reveal more and more of your treasonous, morally bankrupt character. ……… Pence is Judas. …….. History will be very kind to Donald Trump. ……. Mike Pence will forever be remembered as a coward… that is assuming we are allowed to have a recorded history, because after his cowardice during the coup we may not be allowed to write anything down that isn’t approved by the state before to much longer.

    …….. He really should be ashamed for doing what he’s doing. ……… He knows that he was never in danger. I’m beginning to think he was in on it. ……… Pence is a friggen homoron. …….. He had an historic chance to do the right thing for the American People and he whiffed. ………

    ……… F you traitor, we can all see the video now and we KNOW. ………. Mike Pence will go into the history books as a recent reincarnation of Pontious Pilate.………. Mike Pence is a liar and a traitor. …….. Who does he think buys any of the BS that comes out of his mouth? Reminds me what Satan is; The Father Of Lies. ………. It will be YOUR name and treachery attached to January 6th forever. All of your smarmy, phony, slick, rehearsed, sickening speeches won’t change that a bit. ……… Signs of cocaine usage. …….. people are starting to see J6 for what it was… a cover for the election fraud committed on Nov 3… …….

    ………. If there is a shard of true justice left in the world, Pence will be held accountable for his treasons. …….. The words “overturn the election” contain an explicitly false premise, namely that there was a legitimate election to overturn in the first place……….

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  172. So, a modern SF movie picks up Oscars. Maybe spaceships and blasters aren’t everything.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  173. I’m never sure about bailouts. I don’t think you should socialize all losses and privatize all gains. I also think it leads to poor management and risky behaviors by certain companies (banks in this case). However, I’m also not sure about the loss to the economy if we don’t bail out depositors. At least we could be pretty sure that GM could probably pay the gov back at some point, I don’t know that same about a failing bank.

    @Lurker@167 In the modern day you are supposed to be doing something that makes you a better person in some way, not necessarily just deprivation. If you struggle with certain kinds of gluttony, frex, you can give up a food item you find particularly enjoyable. If you struggle with sloth, you might vow to make your bed or exercise every day. If you struggle with wrath, you might give up unproductive debates on the internet. 😛

    Nic (896fdf)

  174. “but isn’t Lenten sacrifice supposed to be of something you enjoy? Seems to me what you’re doing is akin to giving up syphilis or unanesthetized root canals.”

    OK, now THAT’S funny.

    AJ_Liberty (85f1de)

  175. “I appreciate your trolling. It fits in with the other social leftists.”

    And the Holy Spirit is going to wear you out. He eats your hate and craps your intolerance. Or is it the other way around? Either way, Jesus is coming….and he’s pissed.

    AJ_Liberty (85f1de)

  176. ““I mean, this bank, they’re so concerned with DEI and politics and all kinds of stuff. I think that really diverted from them focusing on their core mission,” DeSantis contended.”
    As usual, DeSantis is being disingenuous, but if it helps prevent a bailout, by all means punish the “woke” bank.
    Davethulhu (607d18) — 3/12/2023 @ 1:24 pm

    Do you think the head of “Financial Risk Management” was laser focused on his/her/their job?

    JF (8e1b77)

  177. Link to what he/she/they was laser focused on.

    JF (8e1b77)

  178. @175 looks like Lent is over

    JF (8e1b77)

  179. Cafeteria Catholic.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  180. RIP Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent
    (92). Played the President of the United States in one of my all-time favorite films, Colossus: The Forbin Project.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  181. “Navalny” wins the Oscar for Best Documentary.

    Dana (1225fc)

  182. Everything Everywhere All at Once wins Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis),and Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan),

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  183. “Navalny” wins the Oscar for Best Documentary.

    Dana (1225fc) — 3/12/2023 @ 8:36 pm

    It almost makes up for rejecting Zelensky’s request to appear. And it is just as political.

    Rip Murdock (4074ee)

  184. @183. Wrong venue. Z was TeeVee, his high-priced William Morris agent, Mike Simpson, can push to have him crash the Emmys instead:

    ‘Before becoming the actual president of Ukraine, Zelenskyy played the role in a popular Ukrainian TV show, “Servant of the People.” In the show, which aired from 2015 to 2019, Zelenskyy played an idealistic school teacher who goes on a viral tirade about government corruption and ends up becoming president.’ – wikibio

    DCSCA (e2a1dc)

  185. One reason fed is backing up all deposits not just insured back in 2008/2009 when bill was passed to stop bailing out banks. The banksters snuck in a provision where they can seize deposits even savings account, trust funds even safety deposits if the fed doesn’t bail them out. Some of you who are into this might look it up and give us the gory details.

    asset (8e7792)

  186. dobbs frank replaces bail outs with bail ins and fed will have to bail out bank customers in stead of banks.

    asset (8e7792)

  187. I’m never sure about bailouts

    What’s happening with these banks are not bailouts. In a bailout, the bank’s owners and management escape unharmed. Here the owners (the stockholders) are going to be zeroed out and the management has to take their chances with the new owners.

    The other employees and the depositors are blameless and are made whole. This policy decision also demonstrates that “bank runs” and other forms of panic are not necessary — and THAT is so very important because a bank run can wipe out a bank at computer speed; much faster than any possible assurance (or rumor control) can dampen the demand.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  188. One reason fed is backing up all deposits not just insured back in 2008/2009 when bill was passed to stop bailing out banks.

    The real reason is that computer-based bank runs are fatal and can be caused simply by a well-placed rumor. If you KNOW that the feds will make you whole, the panic factor is small.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  189. @188 look at dobbs frank bill the banksters sunk in a bail in where they can take depositors to the cleaners so the fed can say they are bailing out depositors whos savings were seized by bank not the bank slight of hand.

    asset (8e7792)

  190. Note that this is quite different that 2008, where the banks’ mortgage-backed securities assets were shown to be garbage and the repurchase agreements were not honored.

    Here the assets were golden as far as capital was concerned. It was just that they had bought too much long-term debt with short-term money and interest rates were rising.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  191. I tell you punchline, you make up setup:

    “Lent? To whom and for how long?”

    nk (d277a9)

  192. The paradox of book burners:

    Q. Why shouldn’t people read CRT?
    A. Because it’s a false doctrine that warps minds.
    Q. How do you know?
    A. I’ve read it.

    And several variants of same.

    nk (d277a9)

  193. nk (d277a9) — 3/13/2023 @ 4:26 am

    ok, I’ll play this reverse-comedy of yours.

    Oscar: “…”
    Levant: “…..?”
    Oscar: “Well, it is Lent.”
    Levant: “Lent? To whom and for how long?”

    felipe (77b190)

  194. Oscar: “…”
    Levant: “And how is that?”
    Oscar: “Well, it is Lent.”
    Levant: “Lent? To whom and for how long?”

    felipe (77b190)

  195. Oscar: “Almsgiving, especially now, is most profitable.”
    Levant: “And how is that?”
    Oscar: “Well, it is Lent.” [or better: “Because it’s Lent”]
    Levant: “Lent? To whom and for how long?”
    felipe (77b190) — 3/13/2023 @ 5:24 am

    felipe (77b190)

  196. You may find it sad that this is my day job.

    felipe (77b190)

  197. In most American rural areas, matchmaking is a popular pastime.

    Frankie and Blossom had a lot in common. They’d both lost their longtime partners and were seeking companionship. They seemed to enjoy the same food and scenery.

    On their first date, they walked along a lake, greeted the locals and shared a meal.

    And it’s fun to see when it works out well, as it did for these two geese. Who had some help from humans, including a personal ad.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  198. The almsgiving one is good, felipe.

    But not the one I had in mind.

    nk (d277a9)

  199. Final form:

    Father George: Almsgiving is highly profitable – especially now.
    RCIA student: Why?
    Father George: Because it’s Lent!
    RCIA student: Lent? To whom, and for how long?

    Thanks, for the punchline, nk. See you in Heaven someday.

    felipe (77b190)

  200. Here’s a punchline for all of you: “A U-Haul.”

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  201. My joke could be a sequel to yours, Jim.

    nk (81dc45)

  202. The mention of RCIA in Felipe’s joke brings to mind a question….RCIA is often populated by fiancees seeking to become Catholic for their soon to be spouses. How often do 2 RCIAs in a given class grouping, male and female, end up accepting the RC faith and ditching the fiancees to be with one another instead?

    urbanleftbehind (376535)

  203. urbanleftbehind (376535) — 3/13/2023 @ 7:30 am

    Good question! Spousal conversion really is a “thing.”

    In your scenario, none, to my certain knowledge. Such a story would be so scandalous that it would spread quickly and be shared widely.

    My experience is that the majority, but not all, of attendees that are in RCIA to become Catholic, is in connection to marriage, have already been married for quite a while after experiencing a miraculous conversion. Conversions that came only after years of struggle and much reconciling of deeply held convictions with a deeply-rooted misunderstanding of Truth. A Famous, double-conversion example follows.

    –Warning! This is heavy stuff, not Unicorns and rainbow fluff. This is the speech of adults, after the children have gone to bed. Also, I am not trying to convert anyone!–

    When a spouse converts.

    felipe (77b190)

  204. Well, the SVB mess hit home this AM as I got SEC 8K forms from start up biotechs who have been looking at curing this, therapeutics for that. Generally speaking these types of companies are squeezed for cash. I have to admit I can’t figure out exactly how this “bank will be open Monday and funds will be accessible” is going to work. Checks that were sent and are in clearing process will be honored or can I write a check for $10M and empty the account? I’m guessing some version of scenario one. This will shatter some dreams, particularly for the folks that are participants in the clinical trials and their families.

    steveg (4d1319)

  205. The banksters snuck in a provision where they can seize deposits even savings account, trust funds even safety deposits if the fed doesn’t bail them out. Some of you who are into this might look it up and give us the gory details.

    You brought it up, so you should provide the details.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  206. “Do you think the head of “Financial Risk Management” was laser focused on his/her/their job?”

    Well, good news. The SVB UK subsidiary that this person worked for has been acquired by HSBC bank.

    https://www.about.hsbc.co.uk/hsbc-uk/inclusion-and-diversity

    Davethulhu (607d18)

  207. Lost among the weekend’s bank failures was this news:

    The Texas judge who could undo government approval of a key abortion drug has scheduled the first hearing in the case for Wednesday but took unusual steps to keep it from being publicized, according to people familiar with the plans.

    The hearing will be an opportunity for lawyers for the Justice Department, the company that makes the drug and the conservative group that is challenging it to argue their positions before U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk. After they do, the judge could rule at any time, potentially upending access to medication abortions across the country.

    ……… Normally, such a hearing would be quickly placed on the public court docket, where anyone tracking the case online could see it. But Kacsmaryk said he would delay putting the hearing on the docket until late Tuesday to try to minimize disruptions and possible protests, and asked the lawyers on the call not to share information about it before then, the people said.
    ………
    Kacsmaryk told the attorneys that he also wanted to delay publicizing the hearing because courthouse members have received threats in the wake of the lawsuit, according to the people familiar with the call. Several people close to Kacsmaryk say the judge and his family have faced security threats since he ascended to the federal bench in 2019, and those threats have intensified ahead of the abortion pill ruling.

    By waiting to publicize the time of the hearing, Kacsmaryk and his staff could make it difficult for the public, the media and others to travel to the courthouse in Amarillo, Tex. The rural, deeply conservative city has few direct flights except from Dallas or San Antonio and is at least a four-hour drive from any of the state’s major, heavily-Democratic cities. Still, over 150 abortion rights advocates gathered there on a Saturday in mid-February to voice their support for abortion pills.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  208. “Do you think the head of “Financial Risk Management” was laser focused on his/her/their job?”

    Well, good news. The SVB UK subsidiary that this person worked for has been acquired by HSBC bank.
    …….

    Davethulhu (607d18) — 3/13/2023 @ 10:17 am

    For just one pound ($1.22).

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  209. DEI is the scraps that fall off the rich man’s table. See Luke 16-91-31. And there are two packs of dogs. One pack is by the table fighting each other for them. The other pack is outside howling because they cannot get at them at all.

    I’ll excuse the pack by the table. Because maybe that’s the only way they get enough to eat. I don’t excuse the pack outside. They should go find their own table.

    nk (fe1421)

  210. You brought it up, so you should provide the details.

    Indeed. Demanding that others jump through hoops basically gets you ignored, or at least countered with equally unsourced assertions.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  211. The Texas judge who could undo government approval of a key abortion drug

    This is why we have appeals courts.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  212. @209: So I guess we are supposed to bring the homeless into our houses and feed them, for their poverty is blameless.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  213. @209: So I guess we are supposed to bring the homeless into our houses and feed them, for their poverty is blameless.

    If that’s what I wrote, that’s probably what I meant. I will go back and reread it to make sure that I did not write it in Greek, though.

    nk (fe1421)

  214. Everything Everywhere was certainly an unusual movie but I didn’t see much of the competition for comparison. It definitely held my attention and had some pretty humorous parts. They didn’t take themselves too seriously which had to come across for the plotline to “work”. I probably need to go to the theater and watch more movies….I think I’ve gotten too comfortable with NetFlix et al.

    I’m always a little surprised that for all the mystery and sci-fi books, more aren’t adapted for the big screen. I’m bored with Marvel/DC…some are better than others….but there’s not a lot of grist there. I want more like the Expanse or the revived Dune. There’re good stories out there, why do we languish?

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  215. I don’t subscribe to the NYT. Has anyone been reading David French over there and have his pieces been worthwhile? Has he taken on the Left yet? Goldberg has him lasting 18mos. It will be interesting to see.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  216. Davethulhu (607d18) — 3/13/2023 @ 10:17 am

    looks like you’re just now discovering that every company on the planet must make sacrifices to the DEI gods, whether that sacrifice is lip service or other people’s life savings

    my guess is that the head of risk management at HSBC is actually laser focused on risk management, which no doubt disappoints you

    JF (36c03d)

  217. If that’s what I wrote, that’s probably what I meant

    I think that was Abraham’s point. Not sure if you co-sign.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  218. AJ,

    SF (as opposed to “sci-fi” (think “stereo” and “hi-fi”)) has rarely made it to the screen. Dune. sure. But for every “Dune” there’s a dozen spaceship/monster/alien invasion movies.

    EEAaO is really pure modern SF, dealing with the nature of reality and experience. Phil Dick would have liked it.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  219. Marvel peaked with Endgame, and maybe 10 of the 22 movies in that arc were excellent. Since then? I liked the second Dr Strange movie, and the Loki and Hawkeye series, but most of it has been “Meh?” Then again, DC starts off at “Meh?” and goes down from there. I didn’t finish “The Batman.”

    Why do we languish? There’s a stoppage in the Hollywood executive suite. Even when they get good properties, they ruin them by treating them like exploitable property. See “Foundation” or “Rings of Power” or any movie made from a Heinlein book.

    “Tales of Known Space” would be a great basis for a set of limited series.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  220. looks like you’re just now discovering that every company on the planet must make sacrifices to the DEI gods, whether that sacrifice is lip service or other people’s life savings

    PR. And it’s mostly lip service. The real problem is academe where it is toxic.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  221. THere’s an Asimov science fiction novel that would make a great movie: The Caves of Steel:

    Isaac Asimov introduces Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, later his favorite protagonists. They live roughly three millennia in Earth’s future, a time when hyperspace travel has been discovered and a few worlds relatively close to Earth have been colonized – fifty planets known as the “Spacer worlds”. The Spacer worlds are rich, have low population density (average population of one hundred million each), and use robot labor heavily. Meanwhile, Earth is overpopulated with eight billion people, three times that of Asimov’s 1950s, with strict rules against robots. In The Caves of Steel and its sequels (the first of which is The Naked Sun), Asimov paints a grim situation of an Earth dealing with an extremely large population and of luxury-seeking Spacers, who limit birth to permit great wealth and privacy.

    (Links omitted.)
    Oh, and it’s a pretty good detective story, too.

    Almost all of you know more than I about what modern technology can do in the making of movies now, but I suspect that Hollywood could do this story pretty well. (Correct me, if I am wrong about taht.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  222. Star Trek actually did a cartoon version of a Larry Niven story, “The Soft Weapon”.

    I recall watching it with astonishment, since the backgrounds of “Known Space” and the Star Trek galaxy are so different.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  223. “looks like you’re just now discovering that every company on the planet must make sacrifices to the DEI gods, whether that sacrifice is lip service or other people’s life savings”

    Someone is just discovering something, but it’s not me.

    “my guess is that the head of risk management at HSBC is actually laser focused on risk management, which no doubt disappoints you”

    The risk management head from the article you linked was at the UK branch, which was brought down because the US branch failed, not due to poor risk management on their part.

    Davethulhu (607d18)

  224. Funny how all the milton friedman economic libertarians republicans are blaming diversity and not greed. I thought the republicans were against bank bail outs.

    asset (7babe9)

  225. An unexplored question:

    Who altered the intelligence assessment? The Senate Committee did not get a good explanation, except that somebody else was in charge of writing it.

    https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/HSGAC&RulesFullReport_ExaminingU.S.CapitolAttack.pdf

    Page 45:

    IICD Continued to Release Daily Intelligence Reports That Did Not Align with the Final Special Assessment

    In the days following the issuance of the January 3 Special Assessment, IICD issued three DIRs—none of which reflected the likelihood of violence described in the January 3 Special Assessment or more broadly known within IICD. In fact, the January 4, January 5, and January 6 DIRs assessed the probability of acts of civil disobedience from the planned protests across all of Washington, D.C. as “Remote” to “Improbable.”261 Regarding a “Million MAGA March/US Capitol,” the report assigned a probability of “Improbable,” adding as context, “it [is] possible the Million Magi [sic] March folks could organize a demonstration on USCP grounds. Women for America First has permitted on USCP grounds and Freedom Plaza parade permit through MPD and has been the permitted portion of previous Million MAGA Marches.”262 The Stop the Steal event was assigned a probability of “Highly Improbable” given that “no further information has been found to the exact actions planned by this group.”263 [!!] `The Women for America First event planned for the Ellipse also received a “Highly Improbable” rating, but the report contained no explanation or context as to why this rating was assigned.264

    [!!! Even this widely advertised event (among Trump supporters) was assessed as very unlikely to take place.

    The thought occurs there could have been a mole in the Capitol Police. But this is not the kind of theory that interests Tucker Carlson and the like.

    It is clear that IICD intelligence products, in particular the January 3 Special Assessment analysis that “Congress itself is the target on the 6th” and its warning about the “significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike,” were not incorporated in subsequent intelligence documents. One explanation given to the Committees for why the [page 46] January 3 Special Assessment was not incorporated into the DIRs is because a single analyst prepared and disseminated the DIRs without supervisory review.

    Who supplied him or her with background information? You just leave it at that?

    C. USCP Issued Conflicting Intelligence Products in the Days Leading Up To and on January 6

    Inconsistencies between intelligence products, and within the January 3 Special Assessment, led to a lack of consensus about the gravity of the threat posed on January 6, 2021. As the USCP Inspector General noted, if one “does not read the [January 3 Special Assessment] in its entirety, they could draw an inaccurate conclusion since the [Bottom Line Up Front section] is not consistent with the rest of the document. ”266 One USCP Inspector expressed concern that the warnings of violence were only included at the end of the assessment, and that they appeared inconsistent with the “Bottom Line Up Front” section.267 Ms. Pittman did not acknowledge the internal inconsistencies, telling the committees that she believes “anyone assessing the report would have to read the report in its entirety.”268 When pressed on whether the “Bottom Line Up Front” section captured the known likelihood of
    violence, as detailed in later sections of the January 3 Special Assessment, Ms. Pittman responded, “I think the report itself captures what [IICD] was trying to share with [USCP] in terms of what we may have been facing regarding the violence.”269 To this point, the warning in the January 3 Special Assessment that the January 6 event would not be similar to prior marches appears to have been lost on USCP leadership. The January 3 Special Assessment specifically noted: (1) “Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counter-protesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” and (2) “unlike the events on November 14, 2020, and December 12, 2020, `there are several more protests scheduled on January 6, 2021, and the majority of them will be on Capitol grounds.”270

    I think there were about 9 separate permits for demonstrations of 50 people – limited to 50 because of Covid rstrictions. There were no tourists as some members of Congress seem to say now. . Tourism was not allowed because of Covid. You could argue that some of the people who broke in acted like tourists but they were not tourists.

    Interestingly, none of the people who broke in seem to have carried a gun.

    The planners seemed to know they were going to loseor were hedging their bets..

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  226. Fed bails out depositers says its not a bank bail out because its a bail in thanks to dobbs frank bank lobbyists.

    asset (7babe9)

  227. * except that somebody else was in charge of writing it.

    No, that nobody supervised him or her. I don’t think they are saying a different person wrote the Jan 3 and the Jan 4-6 assessments.

    How did anyone come to write that none of this was going to happen?

    http://web.archive.org/web/20210106005050/https://wildprotest.com

    from the intelligence assessment:

    Women for America First has permitted on USCP grounds and Freedom Plaza parade permit through MPD and has been the permitted portion of previous Million MAGA Marches.”262 The Stop the Steal event was assigned a probability of “Highly Improbable” given that “no further information has been found to the exact actions planned by this group.”263 [!!] `The Women for America First event planned for the Ellipse also received a “Highly Improbable” rating, but the report contained no explanation or context as to why this rating was assigned.

    And the Senate Committee never found out. The Jan 6 committee, of course, wasn’t interested. Somebody on the staff had to know about the altered assessment.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  228. Where Tucker Carlson’s “mostly peaceful” phrase comes from:

    https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000007173530/protests-new-york-washington-los-angeles.html

    Protests, Mostly Peaceful, Continue Across the Country

    By The New York Times • June 4, 2020

    Demonstrators marched on Wednesday in New York, Washington and Los Angeles, among other cities, defying curfews but also avoiding confrontation with the police.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/28/magazine/louisville-police-department.html

    Studies would later categorize the 2020 protests as overwhelmingly peaceful, based on the relatively low numbers of injuries and property damage. But many officers did not experience them as peaceful, largely because of the number of guns in the crowd and the level of verbal vitriol directed at the police line.

    https://reason.com/2023/03/08/tucker-carlson-describes-the-capitol-riot-as-mostly-peaceful-chaos-is-he-wrong

    Video footage and arrest data indicate that most of the Trump supporters who invaded the building did not commit violent crimes.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  229. About how a treatment for strokes (surgical removal of the clot) is spreading very slowly

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/01/magazine/evt-stroke-treatment.html`

    They think maybe Fetterman got it. If so, maybe too late, or he wouldhave died altogether without it.

    Given that toll, it’s no exaggeration to call the EVT one of the most important medical innovations of the past decade, with the potential to save millions of lives and livelihoods. Neurointerventionalists in the United States now complete roughly 60,000 EVTs per year. (Last year, one of them appears to have been done on John Fetterman while he was a Democratic candidate for senator, which means the procedure may have helped determine control of the U.S. Senate.) But the overall number of Americans who could have benefited from an EVT is at least twice that.

    ` (1d215a)

  230. The bank made several mistakes. Its deposits expanded – it did abut half of the IPOS sin the United States – and they had no place to put the money. There were several things about in the Wall Street Journal – a column, an editorial and an Op-ed/

    ` (1d215a)

  231. I read you can make onemistake but not several

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  232. ‘Here’s a punchline for all of you: “A U-Haul.” ‘

    Q: what do lesbians get for their third date?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  233. #233 That’s very close to the most common version, Colonel.

    (I am mildly surprised, but pleased, to see that in Wikipedia.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  234. I read this U-Haul joke as told by Althouse.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  235. Some in DC are pushing for permanent daylight saving. (It has passed the Senate.)

    In spite of our experience in 1974.

    It was popular when the legislation was passed, but lost popularity in all those dark mornings.

    Still, the country was ready to go back to the old times. Public support for the extended daylight saving time had plummeted to 42 percent, according to NORC. In August, the same month Nixon resigned over Watergate, the Senate voted to repeal the law. The House passed a similar measure soon after.

    And it is opposed by many (most?) sleep scientists:

    The concern with adopting a permanent change to daylight saving time, which the Senate has voted to do, is that it may chronically throw our bodies out of sync with the sun and lead to a variety of health problems, sleep experts say.

    “We would be misaligned all year long,” said Beth Malow, professor of neurology and pediatrics and the director of Vanderbilt University’s sleep division.

    (Because of these concerns, I have favored permanent standard time, for some years, now.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  236. David French has taken the ultimate quisling argument to support abusing little kids and cutting off their genitalia. May he rot forever.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  237. @236:

    They typical government solution to permanent daylight time sun-synch problems would be to order everyone to move their schedules around to match the clock change.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  238. Tuesday was International Women’s Day.

    Also, this year, Purim.

    I see I didn’t make as bad a mistake as I thought.

    International Women’s Day was March 8 (Wednesday) It was invented in the Soviet Union by the Communist government, but survived it in Russia and other places as a sort of Valentine’s Day. I heard of it here some years ago (sometime after 2000)

    Purim was last week March 6 and 7 Monday night and Tuesday.

    I had earlier also had an idea for a short time that Women’s Day came out oin the same day as Purim this year.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  239. Kevin M (1ea396) — 3/13/2023 @ 10:11 pm

    They typical government solution to permanent daylight time sun-synch problems would be to order everyone to move their schedules around to match the clock change.

    Adjusting schedules without changing the clock doesn’t work so well. The thing is no clock time is good forall the seasons of the year.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  240. The one thing the Federal Reserve Board fears most is that anyone who is an established depositor will have trouble getting money out of bank on any business day.

    The truth is that many banks are now incapable – or less capable than a year ago because they are never capable of returning all cash – of meeting demands to withdraw money. And that’s because the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates. If anyone so much as encountered a delay in withdrawing cash there should logically be runs on very many banks.

    SVB was just simply the most extreme case. They ignored what they could read in the newspapers etc about how the Fed intended to raise interest rates; they didn’t hedge risk; they didn’t sweep excess deposits into short term notes, they had a tremendous percentage of deposits in over $250,000 accounts, and their depositors were largely the proceeds of initial public offerings, whose companies were running down their balances faster than originally anticipated.

    Banks always had the option of the discount window -90 days.

    Now the Fed will value Treasuries and maybe other things at par even though the sales price has gone down because interest rates went up.

    I’ll try to study this more.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  241. AJ_Liberty (5f05c3) — 3/13/2023 @ 12:33 pm

    I don’t subscribe to the NYT. Has anyone been reading David French over there and have his pieces been worthwhile? Has he taken on the Left yet? Goldberg has him lasting 18mos. It will be interesting to see.

    I read most opinion articles and have at least some disagreement with any of them. I evaluate each article on its own, although some columnists I put in general category of bad.

    I learn something from most articles. Opinion articles can tell you more even though each statement is more likely to be wrong..

    Here is from David French’s latest. I don’t agree with his general point – that things are equally bad on both sides, or can be.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/12/opinion/newsom-desantis-walgreens-constitution.html

    State attacks on civil liberties are even affecting our most valued relationships: the bonds between parent and child. In January, The Times reported on how public schools sometimes withhold from parents information about a child’s gender transition, even in the absence of any evidence of parental abuse. California has enacted a statute that grants the state broad authority to permit children to receive “gender-affirming health care” there, even potentially over the objection of a custodial parent.

    For example, Section 7 of the law states that California courts won’t weigh as a factor against a petitioner seeking California court jurisdiction if the person took a child “from the person who has legal custody” in order to obtain “gender-affirming health care” and that care is limited by the law or policy of another state.

    Look at that!

    Now their argument is that it’s now or never. But so is giving Human Growth Hormone to affect adult height, and schools and governments and doctors don’t do that on their own without consulting or against the wishes of the parents..

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  242. In August, the same month Nixon resigned over Watergate, the Senate voted to repeal the law. The House passed a similar measure soon after.

    Year round Daylight Savings time (actually started in late Jan 1974) was repealed and in 1975 DST began Feb 28.

    Then (after another law was passed) it went back to the old way – starting last Sunday in April. In 1986 or 1987 it became the first Sunday in April and in 2007 or 2008 the second Sunday in March while the end of DST was pushed past Halloween.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  243. Appalled (92130f) — 3/12/2023 @ 1:51 pm

    What Republican jurisdiction will retain Dominion in the next few years? It’s pretty easy to demonstrate harm to the organization

    Most will, because it’s difficult to change and most are not in the hands of the MAGA people.. The problem will be getting new business, and that will affect purple areas, too.

    from all the lying going on.

    It may have mostly stopped – because of this lawsuit, The question woukld be how much harm did the lying do? It hasn’t been corrected in front of the same audience,

    I’m sure Fox will argue that its lies didn’t cause the economic harm. Do you really see a court accepting that argument? Fox’s lying made Trump’s lying far easier to sustain.

    The question there is the amount. Dominion might show negotiations stopped or slowed down. Because this is all long term, there may not be a big dropoff in business.

    Sammy Finkelman (572186)

  244. This doesn’t rule out that an infected animal was picked up by the Wuhan biolab, and then shoddy safekeeping practices caused a leak, but it should rule in that the virus was naturally occurring, given that it was sourced to a raccoon dog.

    An international team of virus experts said on Thursday that they had found genetic data from a market in Wuhan, China, linking the coronavirus with raccoon dogs for sale there, adding evidence to the case that the worst pandemic in a century could have been ignited by an infected animal that was being dealt through the illegal wildlife trade.

    The genetic data was drawn from swabs taken from in and around the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market starting in January 2020, shortly after the Chinese authorities had shut down the market because of suspicions that it was linked to the outbreak of a new virus. By then, the animals had been cleared out, but researchers swabbed walls, floors, metal cages and carts often used for transporting animal cages.

    In samples that came back positive for the coronavirus, the international research team found genetic material belonging to animals, including large amounts that were a match for the raccoon dog, three scientists involved in the analysis said.

    Like I may have mentioned before, Chairman Xi could settle the question with a little honesty and transparency.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  245. Thank you for the link and quote, paul. The problem with the article is that that there exists no chain of custody for the DNA evidence because no animal carcass can be produced from the market on that day. If this were a crime scene, the “cleaning” process would allow the defense to say that spoilage and tampering occurred.

    Yeah, I am no a lawyer, but to this layman there are too many undoted eyes and teas.

    I welcome the criminal lawyers and any forensic experts to correct the defects in my comment.

    felipe (77b190)

  246. Yeah, I am no a lawyer, but to this layman there are too many undoted eyes and [uncrossed] teas.

    That’s better.

    felipe (77b190)

  247. “un-dotted” Gah, just put me out of my misery already….”better” I sez.

    felipe (77b190)

  248. Dotage, felipe?

    nk (bb1548)

  249. nk (bb1548) — 3/17/2023 @ 8:03 am

    Ha! Bingo, my friend!

    felipe (77b190)


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