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4/25/2023

Biden Makes It Official

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:38 pm



[guest post by Dana]

We’ve been expecting this. In his video announcement, President Biden’s message is clear from the get-go as the first thing we see is footage from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The Biden team is framing this election as a fight against Republican extremism.

Because Biden doesn’t see himself as having successfully restored the nation’s character, he is asking for four more years to finish the job:

When I ran for president four years ago, I said we are in a battle for the soul of America. And we still are.

While the numbers might not be there yet for Biden, do you really see any other Democrat with the popularity and necessary gravitas to successfully challenge the lifelong party loyalist and current president (and be able to keep Donald Trump out of the White House)?

[A] majority doesn’t want President Biden to run for reelection, either, as he prepares for an expected campaign launch that could come as early as this week.

70 percent of Americans think Biden shouldn’t seek a second term — including 51 percent of Democrats. Forty-eight percent of those who said he shouldn’t run again cited his age as a “major” reason.

So just how unpopular is Joe Biden? Yikes:

Biden is tied for second-lowest approval rating of any president in past 70 years: President Joe Biden’s 41% approval rating is similar to Ronald Reagan’s and Jimmy Carter’s at this point in their presidencies.

Despite this, I’m guessing a whole lot of Americans will choose to put their money on an often-confused octogenarian rather than on an unhinged grifter (assuming Trump wins the nomination):

…41 percent of registered voters overall said they’d definitely or probably vote for Biden in the general election if he does run, including 88 percent of Democratic voters.

Anyway, the Republican National Committee responded to Biden’s announcement with an A.I. generated video depicting a dystopian American post-Biden/Harris reelection:

A statement from Ronna McDaniel accompanied the video, in which she said that “Biden is so out-of-touch that after creating crisis after crisis, he thinks he deserves another four years.”

And this is Donald Trump’s opening salvo from his response to the Biden announcement:

You could take the five worst presidents in American history, and put them together, and they would not have done the damage Joe Biden has done to our Nation in just a few short years. Not even close.

–Dana

148 Responses to “Biden Makes It Official”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (560c99)

  2. He so disrespects American citizens, he doesn’t even have the courtesy- or the guts– to address voters live asking for the privilege of re-up for the ‘run’– or in his case, the shuffle… but can face and address non-citizens, non-taxpayers at rallies in Warsaw and Kiev and stumble through a teleprompter speech. Despicable.

    No Americans wearing mandatory Covid masks in his video; no Americans getting pricked w/mandatory vaccine shots; no visuals of long food lines dealing w/supply chain issues; no high inflation, food price and gasoline cost graphs; no images of U.S. troops coming home… no images of rooftop chopper evacuation retreat or ‘folks’clinging to fleeing aircraft falling to their deaths from the skies; no watch checking at Dover AFB by caskets of fallen service men he got killed; no tripping the light fantastic up a flight of stairs…

    He’s 80, incompetent; incontinent, insincere, inconsiderate– and with one foot in the grave… From Joe’s mouth to God’s ears: “Let’s finish the job…”

    DCSCA (6efdd8)

  3. Over at DU they are bravely trying to act thrilled being DNC shills. Whens the first media debate? Oh! Thats right.

    asset (6acb68)

  4. I still think there’s a chance that Biden may back out this summer…for health reasons. He’s not a candidate that exudes vitality, sharpness, or vigor. It’s hubris to insist that he should do it. It’s ripe for the taking by the GOP if they don’t blow the nomination….yet again.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  5. I still think there’s a chance that Biden may back out this summer…

    Have you ever dealt w/stubborn, arrogant, old people- especially when they get their ‘Irish’ up– who fight with you over decisions they make, over relinquishing something as simple as the independence of just giving up their driver’s license FOR THEIR OWN GOOD– and safety of those aroiund him??

    Would you want this 80 year old imbecile– who has had multiple brain surgeries, can hardly speak a complete sentence; who REPEATEDLY can’t walk up stairs, hurtling toward you at 90 mph., on a two lane Delaware road at the wheel of a vintage Corvette, let alone piloting your 767 or driving your kid’s school bus or performing surgery on you– or at the throttle of your AMTRAK track train, or captaining your cruise ship??? And with a crusty selfishness, wants his creepy digits poised over the nuclear button and doesn’t even have the courtesy to ask you for the job in person– and just phones it in???? You think he’s going to give up the free goodies of a big 747 jet, waiter and maid service on call 24/7; free medical and free meals coast to coast?

    Not a chance. This is a frigging nightmare. The country doesn’t want him to run. The only way he’ll leave Washington is on a slab atop a horse-drawn caisson at taxpayer expense.

    DCSCA (6efdd8)

  6. No accomplishments to speak of, Joe?

    Good lord, the guy can’t even announce in real-time, it must be recorded, because HE CAN’T.

    America deserves – and needs – a leader with the ability to help the nation deal with the issues and problems it faces now and in the future. It is obvious Dementia Joe is not that individual. And, as he’s demonstrated throughout his career, he has never possessed the qualities or spine the position requires.

    Colonel Haiku (415915)

  7. Terrorists enter biolab with dangerous pathogens in sudan. I wonder who’s it was? Small pox/polio for sale.

    asset (6acb68)

  8. If America is lucky, Biden’s main purpose with his announcement is to open shop and begin filling the campaign coffers.

    Before he withdraws.

    Colonel Haiku (415915)

  9. 7… call for Victoria Nuland on the white courtesy phone…

    Colonel Haiku (415915)

  10. @8. “If America is lucky…” the hand of God will intervene.

    DCSCA (6efdd8)

  11. @8. Bidens don’t withdraw.

    Ask Hunter:

    Hunter Biden ordered to appear in-person for Arkansas paternity case hearing for unclaimed 4-year-old daughter

    Biden must appear for all future hearings in the paternity case of 4-year-old daughter, Navy Jones Roberts, who was born out of wedlock

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hunter-biden-ordered-appear-person-arkansas-paternity-case-hearing-unclaimed-4-year-old-daughter

    DCSCA (6efdd8)

  12. Biden Makes It Official

    Does Biden know, do you think?

    nk (69545d)

  13. @4. In ’88 the press had the balls to properly vet him for low morals, no ethics, endless hot air and run him out of the race for committing something ALL of them would have been fired over if they committed it themselves: PLAGIARISM.

    Today, they give him a pass on near evreything… because no mean tweets. Look howe he treats his own illegitimate grandchild. If he’ll do that to family, think what he’ll do to America if he’s re-upped as a lame duck on his way to the grave.

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  14. You could take the five worst presidents in American history, and put them together, and they would not have done the damage Joe Biden has done to our Nation in just a few short years. Not even close.

    Trump had some accomplishments–making it easier to drill for gas and oil, being more firm at the border, and of course, the Supreme Court Justices.

    I can understand why many just see this from a traditional policy perspective, and consider him a good president.

    What they don’t see is his very untraditional “policy” of denying election results. Even back in 2016 he said if he lost it would be because of fraud. How convenient. If I win, the system is great. If I lose, I was robbed.

    How anybody can look at J6 and not see the beginnings of a banana republic is beyond me.

    Hold on, it gets worse. In addition to undermining faith in elections (the very bedrock of a democracy), Trump sought to twist the arms of the Ukrainians into “finding” dirt on Biden. If Biden were to ask the Ukrainians to “find” dirt on Trump, and imply that further aid was conditioned upon it, the Trumpers would be screaming bloody murder.

    Cults of personality have a way of distorting reality.

    norcal (15fce4)

  15. @12. In a canned speech today w/t IBEW, he went off the teleprompter at his intro as POTUS and thanked them for electing him… senator.

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  16. As a guy who’s NeverBiden and NeverTrump, all I can say is…groan.
    Unless Trump is in jail and/or DeSantis or some other person has a surge and gets nominated, I think I’ll be writing in Mitch Daniels or somesuch.

    Paul Montagu (8f0dc7)

  17. “Have you ever dealt w/stubborn, arrogant, old people”

    Daily

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  18. @17. That’s what Dr. Jills says, too.

    And when they’re old and Irish, it’s worse.

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  19. Despite Rip’s apologism, the law is closing in on Donald Trump and his “sedition.”

    Ex-Proud Boys leader argues Trump is to blame for Jan. 6 attack

    Facing the possibility of years in prison on felony convictions, the longtime leader of the far-right Proud Boys sought Tuesday to deflect blame for the Jan. 6, 2021, attack onto former president Donald Trump.

    Henry “Enrique” Tarrio is accused of organizing a small group of loyal Proud Boys to lead the pro-Trump mob in storming the U.S. Capitol building. Four members of that “Ministry of Self Defense” have been on trial for the past four months with Tarrio, all accused of a seditious plot to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. While other defendants have pointed at Trump’s role in fomenting the violence at the Capitol, Tarrio’s attorney Nayib Hassan was far more direct. Early in his closing argument Tuesday, he quoted Trump telling supporters to “fight like hell” on Jan. 6.

    “It was Donald Trump’s words, it was his motivation, it was his anger that caused what occurred on January 6 in your amazing and beautiful city,” Hassan said. “They want to use Enrique Tarrio as a scapegoat for Donald Trump and those in power.”

    How many former True Believers will need to testify against Trump before a DC jury votes to convict?

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  20. Norcal,

    He was a terrible President well before J6. Not because of policy or judges — those side-effects were fairly good. It was the shedding of first-rate minds from a Cabinet which quickly became a gaggle of 3rd rate Yes-men. It was the mercurial approach to foreign affairs and the incredibly embarrassing behavior with other world leaders, as he needed to put everyone else “in their place” in order to prop himself up.

    And, of course, the personality cult, where people who he begged to come on board were a short time later tossed out on their ear, to the braying jeers and death threats of his mob.

    Also, he put ketchup on well-done prime rib-eyes.

    J6 was just the sh1t on the crap cake.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  21. Americans abandoned in Sudan. Biden’s Blinken answer: TAKE THE BUS TO THE BORDER BUT BE AWARE OF HIGHWAY ROBBERS ENROUTE.

    …and Taiwan shuddered.

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  22. Someone should sue, preferably in Texas, asserting that the People have a right to know Biden’s mental status and demanding an independent evaluation by, say, the Mayo Clinic.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  23. @20. Like hell; especially compared to the current imbecile. He hired Cabinet folks and kept as many government weenies on ‘temporary’ unconfirmed status as possible so he could FIRE them. Populist Trump looks like Lincoln compared to the box checking embarrassing stumblebum in there now. Putin knows it; Xi knows it, too. Populists are on the march. And God bless them for it.

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  24. Having said all that, Joe Biden lied to all of us by claiming to be a moderate who would lead from the middle. If nothing else changes and it IS Trump vs Biden and neither has gotten really crazy, I will vote for Trump and not Biden.

    I would lie about it later, of course.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  25. This is who’s running Joe Biden’s campaign

    Julie Chávez Rodríguez, Campaign Manager
    After serving as one of Biden’s senior advisors and White House director of intergovernmental affairs, Chávez Rodríguez will pivot to leading the reelection push. She has never run a campaign before, but she served as the deputy campaign manager on Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ last campaign and is close with the president.

    A longtime Democratic aide, she’s currently the highest ranking Latina in the White House. She also served in several roles in the Obama administration, and is the granddaughter of labor icon Cesar Chávez.

    Quentin Fulks, Principal Deputy Campaign Manager
    A democratic strategist, Fulks was most recently the campaign manager for Sen. Raphael Warnock’s reelection campaign last year — the first successful reelection bid for a Democratic senator in Georgia in more than 30 years. Before that, he was the deputy campaign manager and senior political adviser to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, helping flip the seat blue in 2018. He has also held several positions at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, EMILY‘s List and Priorities USA.

    Kevin Muñoz, Media Relations
    Most recently an assistant White House press secretary, Muñoz will take care of press for the reelection bid initially as a larger team is built out. None of the other hires on the comms team or their potential roles in the campaign have been set in stone, two people familiar with the process said. At least one other campaign staffer is set to be announced soon.

    National Co-chairs
    Rep. Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-Del.) has been close with Biden for years, helping him choose his running mate for the last campaign. A long-time family friend, she’s also the first woman and first African American to represent Delaware in Congress.

    Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), another longtime ally, threw his support behind Biden in 2020. That gave the president a stamp of approval among Black voters at at a critical time for the campaign, following a string of losses to Sen. Bernie Sanders and coming just days before the state’s primary.

    Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has served as the “bridge” between the Hill, the White House and foreign capitals during the Biden presidency. Abroad, he has served almost as a proxy to Biden, being talked about in the U.S. and internationally as a shadow secretary of State.

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a veteran and the first Thai American woman in Congress, was floated as a vice presidential candidate in 2020. Since then, she has been a Biden ally, but also challenged the president two years ago for not naming Asian American Cabinet secretaries, vowing to oppose nominees on the floor before backing down.

    Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) has been a staunch defender of the administration’s handling of the southern border crisis, an issue that’s likely to be central in the 2024 presidential campaign. One of the first two Latinas to represent Texas in the House of Representatives, she represents El Paso, the largest city at the U.S. border.

    Jeffrey Katzenberg, a film producer and major Democratic fundraiser, has been key to Biden’s presidential endeavors, backing him in 2020 and raising millions of dollars for Dems alongside the president.

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who was also floated as a potential vice presidential candidate, has been a close Biden ally for years. She vocally backed the president despite dwindling Democratic enthusiasm earlier this year, and endorsed him for president in 2020.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2023/04/25/bidens-campaign-team-00093671

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  26. Elon Musk rips DNC for not holding primary debates, coronating Biden: ‘Too much back room dealing’

    In response to news that the Democratic National Committee has no plans to host any Democratic Party primary debates in the upcoming election cycle, Twitter owner Elon Musk declared that his platform will support the campaign messages from all 2024 presidential candidates.

    The billionaire engaged with Twitter users Tuesday who were frustrated with the DNC announcement. He told them Twitter will give each candidate a voice.

    Musk also accused the party establishment of doing “far too much back room dealing.” Musk’s response came after prominent Twitter users, including progressives, grumbled over the DNC’s commitment to supporting the Biden 2024 re-election, to the point of not planning primary debates, even though Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have announced their candidacies.

    In addition to Williamson and others blasting the decision, “The Young Turks” host and far-left commentator Cenk Uygur called out the move, claiming that the DNC is making everyone in the party “fall in line” behind Biden. He tweeted, “DNC has already announced that it will not allow any debates in 2024 primary. Biden is not to be challenged. Everyone on the Democratic side must shut up and fall in line. Not having debates is undemocratic and ridiculous. No progressive should agree to this kind of power grab.”

    The tweet grabbed the attention of Musk, who simply replied, “Wow.”

    Conservative influencer “The Rabbit Hole” commented on Uygur’s post, saying, “No politician is entitled to our blind loyalty. I don’t care if it’s Trump, Biden, or anyone else – they should have to work to win the American people.”

    He also proposed that Musk host some sort of Twitter debate if the DNC goes through with their intentions. He added, “@elonmusk please consider hosting political debates on Twitter. Any candidate that backs out should not be taken seriously.”- https://www.foxnews.com/media/elon-musk-rips-dnc-not-holding-primary-debates-coronating-biden-too-much-back-room-dealing

    So much for ‘democracy’ in the Democrat Party.

    Storm the castle.

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  27. How many former True Believers will need to testify against Trump before a DC jury votes to convict?

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/25/2023 @ 3:11 pm

    A DC jury? None. But Trump needs to be indicted first.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  28. Trump won’t debate his opponents:

    ……..
    The presumptive frontrunner took to social media to complain that “nobody got my approval, or the approval of the Trump Campaign, before announcing” the debates. Two events have been announced thus far, the first on Fox News and another at the Reagan Library in Simi, California.
    ………

    I see that everybody is talking about the Republican Debates, but nobody got my approval, or the approval of the Trump Campaign, before announcing them. When you’re leading by seemingly insurmountable numbers, and you have hostile Networks with angry, TRUMP & MAGA hating anchors asking the “questions,” why subject yourself to being libeled and abused? Also, the Second Debate is being held at the Reagan Library, the Chairman of which is, amazingly, Fred Ryan, Publisher of The Washington Post. NO!

    ………
    Trump’s insistence that Republican debates run through him shows where he thinks he stands compared to the RNC, which has thus far agreed to everything he has asked for — while revealing who the most powerful person in the GOP truly is.
    ##########

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  29. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 4/25/2023 @ 3:39 pm

    I’m shocked, I tell ya!

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  30. Biden’s approval rating edges lower amid economic concerns

    APRIL 20, 2023

    U.S. President Joe Biden’s public approval fell to 39% this month, nearing the lowest level of his presidency, as the U.S. economy showed signs of losing steam, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

    The three-day poll, which ended on Sunday, showed a modest decline from last month, when 42% of respondents said they approved of Biden’s performance as president.

    Biden’s popularity declined almost steadily after he took office in January 2021, bottoming out at 36% in mid-2022. It has remained near that level since then.

    https://www.reuters.com/graphics/USA-BIDEN/POLL/nmopagnqapa/

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  31. Good. Who needs Captain Blowhard interrupting everyone and acting like a jackass?

    Maybe one of the others can break through and people might remember what being “presidential” looked and sounded like.

    ============

    As for the DNC not wanting debates, I think they are worried that another person of color will derail the coronation like in 2008.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  32. @28. That’s a decision for the candidate; but unlike the DNC, the RNC HAS schedule candidate debates- the first in August, 2023. Big difference:

    Republicans set opening presidential debate for August

    The Republican National Committee has decided that the opening Republican presidential debate of the 2024 election season will take place in Milwaukee this August.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/republicans-set-opening-presidential-debate-august-97430639

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  33. As for the DNC not wanting debates, I think they are worried that another person of color will derail the coronation like in 2008.

    I’m certain Clyburn and crew don’t want their mush-headed imbecile to be exposed to multi-syllabled words from the likes of a younger RFK, Jr., or any other younger, brighter bulb. Paging HRC.

    DCSCA (a41d54)

  34. “Populist Trump looks like Lincoln compared to the box checking embarrassing stumblebum .. . ”
    I don’t think it was joking when it wrote that — but it’s a pretty good joke, anyway.

    (I’ve been reading, off and on, Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln so the idea that anything could make Trump look like Lincoln is especially funny to me, now.)

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  35. …….(T)here is no history of either main party organizing primary debates when they have an incumbent in the White House seeking a second term.

    The Republican Party didn’t hold any primary debates ahead of the 2020 presidential election, when incumbent Trump easily was again chosen by his party.

    Speaking after the 2018 announcement, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: “We continue to support the President and the vice president and the current administration.”

    There were no GOP-organized primary debates ahead of the 2004 presidential election, when President George W. Bush secured a second term, nor ahead of President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection.

    Similarly, the Democratic Party didn’t run any primary debates in 2012, when President Barack Obama was seeking reelection, though one was organized independently involving seven minor candidates. Nor did President Bill Clinton take part in any Democratic National Committee-run debates ahead of his reelection in 1996.

    Source

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  36. Taliban kills ISIS mastermind behind deadly Kabul airport bombing: reports

    A Taliban-led operation has taken out the ISIS terrorist responsible for killing 13 American service members during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to multiple reports.

    The deadly suicide bombing, which also killed upwards of 170 Afghan civilians, took place outside Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26, 2021. US officials told Fox News on Tuesday that the terrorist mastermind who directed the attack “has been killed in a Taliban operation” and that the Biden administration had “recently become aware” of the ISIS-K operative.

    US officials declined to name the terrorist — who was apparently killed in early April — and it was unclear whether the operative was being specifically targeted by the Taliban or was incidentally killed in one of the frequent clashes between the Taliban and ISIS.

    Biden administration officials offered no other details about the terrorist’s purported death, and said they were not notified of the operation by the Taliban, but rather learned of it through US intelligence streams. The Pentagon did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

    The New York Times reports that administration officials on Monday began calling relatives of the US troops who died in the bombing to inform them the bomb plotter had been killed by Taliban forces.

    But family members indicated that they were “frustrated” with lack of responsibility Biden administration officials were taking for the deadly attack and the limited information they were willing to provide.

    “They couldn’t give me his name; they couldn’t tell me the details of the operation,” Darin Hoover, the father of slain Marine Corps. Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, told the outlet. “I want the administration to take some accountability and responsibility for this,” Hoover added. “Say, ‘We screwed up. It’s not going to happen again.’ It can’t happen again. He gave his life for this. This is what he wanted to do, and this is what happened — and now we’re all being treated like garbage.”

    Former President Donald Trump, President Biden’s possible 2024 re-election opponent, has lambasted the administration in recent days for its chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, calling it “perhaps the most embarrassing event in the history of our country” on Monday.

    “Biden has totally humiliated our Nation on the world stage — starting with the Afghanistan disaster,” Trump said in a statement…

    https://nypost.com/2023/04/25/isis-terrorist-responsible-for-deadly-kabul-airport-attack-killed/

    Too busy recording your re-election tape, eh, Joey? Check your watch. Ever the POTUSPOS. Can’t wait for you to yuck it up at the WH Correspondence Dinner this weekend. No steps to trip up… but have Dr. Jill write what the salad fork is for on your hand– using as lead pencil.

    DCSCA (0cc318)

  37. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 4/25/2023 @ 4:46 pm

    We all remember the barnstorming Kennedy-Carter debates, right?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  38. Critics shred Biden for claiming ‘our nation’s children are all our children’: ‘Absolutely wrong’

    President Biden was ripped by critics Monday when he made a statement suggesting the children of parents across the nation belonged to the whole country to raise rather than just their own families. “There is no such thing as someone else’s child. No such thing as someone else’s child. [HAVE YOU TOLD THAT TO HUNTER, JOEY??] Our nation’s children are all our children,” Biden said, quoting a former teacher during a speech in the White House Rose Garden honoring the 2023 national and state teachers of the year.

    His statement drew sharp criticism on social media from politicians and parents alike, blasting him suggesting the state and the political left had ownership over the children of the country.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/critics-shred-biden-claiming-our-nations-children-are-all-our-children

    Bullsh!t. Hunter’s wedlock kid is HIS; your grandchild, Joey… not America’s.

    DCSCA (0cc318)

  39. “It was Donald Trump’s words, it was his motivation, it was his anger that caused what occurred on January 6 in your amazing and beautiful city,” Hassan said. “They want to use Enrique Tarrio as a scapegoat for Donald Trump and those in power”

    I’m assuming this is the defense attorney’s statement on behalf of Tarrio. I think saying this might help his client, but this wouldn’t persuade me to let Tarrio off the hook for illegal actions. I realize words mean different things to different people and “fight like hell” can be translated into some illegal actions, but I was listening to the radio today and heard a DDA who wants to replace an incumbent use the word “fight” about 10 times and at no point did I think I should storm my way into the incumbents office and steal his bobble head collection

    steveg (a6aa0d)

  40. the idea that anything could make Trump look like Lincoln is especially funny to me, now.

    You might enjoy this, then: Trump vs Time Lincoln (comic)

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  41. steveg,

    I watched the J6 thing live and there was no doubt in my mind why and who for. Now, I can understand those who reject the “coup” thing and instead argue it was a “futile and stupid gesture” that got out of hand. But I see utterly nothing in the record that suggests that this was not what Trump wanted to instigate.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  42. @39. Free will; nobody makes you do something; freedom of choice. If Biden told you the sure cure for Covid is to jump in front of aa Amtrak train would ‘folks’ do it???? It’s their choice.

    DCSCA (9d146e)

  43. @41. Rubbish. Popuilst rage; the caldron has been ready to boil over for years– and it is close to boiling over again…

    DCSCA (9d146e)

  44. Who needs Captain Blowhard interrupting everyone and acting like a jackass?

    Exactly why they keep Biden away from live events.

    DCSCA (9d146e)

  45. @16. As a guy who’s NeverBiden and NeverTrump, all I can say is…groan.

    And you can thank the two major institutional political parties for having a chokehold on America’s political system. There be where the fault is… the Founders warned of it… for half a century these two damn parties, run by corrupt weenies of all sorts, have brought the country– from the national level down to local offices– into debt-riddled economic ruin and made it the USA the laughing stock of the world. Our roads sucks, the power grid fails and they can’t even decide how and when to pop a spy balloon… the list is endless.

    As the world moves on into the 21st century, once dependable friends and allies, bought and paid for- aka bribed– from the 20th century- are peeling off willy-nilly to follow other emerging world powers that look to their modern future, their new world order, with promise. The latest mess thanks to the MARA Dems… the box-checking ‘Make America Retreat Again’ crowd.

    Uncle Sam’s swan song:

    “Can’t Buy Me Love” – The Beatles, 1964

    DCSCA (9d146e)

  46. I watched the J6 thing live and there was no doubt in my mind why and who for. Now, I can understand those who reject the “coup” thing and instead argue it was a “futile and stupid gesture” that got out of hand. But I see utterly nothing in the record that suggests that this was not what Trump wanted to instigate.

    The concept of de minimis was made for Trump. Or Trump was made for it. He sticks his stubby little fingers in but they never go in deep.

    “Half-assed” is another way of saying it.

    nk (69545d)

  47. Little enthusiasm for another Biden run amid concerns about his age

    No major Democratic challengers are expected to emerge, and Biden is likely to enjoy an easy path to his party’s nomination. Only two challengers are in the race: author Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccine activist and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    Still, at 80, Biden is the nation’s oldest president. Polls have consistently reflected concern about his age even among Democrats. – CNN.com

    “Age” is the wrong term to destroy this bum. Plenrt of people at his current age are articulate and can row with both oars in the water, His failing is ‘mental acuity’ — and THAT is the smarter angle of attack. Multipole brai surgeries, frail and shuffling rather than walking, Biden fails it on every level:

    Mental acuity is sharpness of the mind. Things considered in determining a person’s mental acuity are memory, focus, concentration, and understanding. An elderly person with Alzheimer’s has decreasing mental acuity. He is less likely to remember exactly how or when something happened than he was in his youth. He may also be slow to understand how to do something that seems simple, like operate a television remote control. Many scientists believe there are things you can do to improve mental acuity, such as mental puzzles or other things that actively engage your mind. The popular past-time of watching TV is passive and would not increase mental acuity, and may actually decrease it.

    10 Brainteasers To Test Your Mental Sharpness

    To test your mental acuity, answer the following questions (no peeking at the answers!):

    1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

    2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

    3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

    4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

    5. What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?

    6. Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

    7. In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

    8. If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

    9. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”

    10. A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in another. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field?

    ANSWERS:

    1. Johnny.
    2. Meat.
    3. Mt. Everest. It just wasn’t discovered yet.
    4. There is no dirt in a hole.
    5. Incorrectly (except when it is spelled incorrecktly).
    6. Billie lives in the southern hemisphere.
    7. You can’t take a picture with a wooden leg. You need a camera (or iPad or cell phone) to take a picture.
    8. You would be in 2nd place. You passed the person in second place, not first.
    9. Neither. Egg yolks are yellow.
    10. One. If he combines all his haystacks, they all become one big stack.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/05/15/10-brainteasers-to-test-your-mental-sharpness/?sh=77cd91b0336d

    DCSCA (0308dd)

  48. I never did get that blocking script to work. OMG, do I need to get it working now.

    So much ugh.

    Simon Jester (bb391c)

  49. See if Beldar’s tutorial in a comment he left is helpful in installing the script, Simon:
    https://patterico.com/2017/09/17/six-part-series-on-sergei-magnitsky-and-natalia-veselnitskaya-begins-tomorrow/#comment-2035179

    nk (69545d)

  50. KevinM If I was on the jury, unless Mr. Tarrio has an IQ under 80, I’d ignore the “Trump made me do it” excuse. Tarrio is a grown man and capable of filtering raw emotional, angry statements. The part of me that doesn’t believe Trump’s intent was to attack and destroy is because it was not a winner of a solution. That said, it is also perfectly understandable that people feel like Trump intended to bring the whole thing down and stage a coup, I just don’t see it. I think Trump thought he was robbed, his ego told him it had to be robbery because Trump is the Donald and is a winner.

    steveg (a6aa0d)

  51. nk, the current mess is the stuff of Greek myth: our society is so full of pride and certainty that both sides are visited with truly awful candidates…the other side’s nightmares, each.

    Which god did we annoy?

    Simon Jester (bb391c)

  52. If I was on the jury, unless Mr. Tarrio has an IQ under 80, I’d ignore the “Trump made me do it” excuse.

    But you won’t be.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  53. For the script:

    1. Create a blank bookmark. If you have a bookmark toolbar, put it there next to Patterico.

    2. Then EDIT the bookmark and use the string below (all of it) as the new URL

    javascript:(function($){‘use%20strict’;var%20n=/^(name1|name2|name3|name4)/i,aa=$(“.fn”),end=aa.length,i,el,v,p;for(i=0;i<end;i++){el=$(aa[i]);v=el.text();if(n.test(v)){p=el.parents(".comment-body");p.children().not("span,br,.reply").hide();p.css("padding","1em%200%200%203em");p.css("cursor","pointer");p.click(function(){if($(this).children()[0].style.display==="none"){$(this).children().not("span,br,.reply").show();$(this).css("padding","");}else{$(this).children().not("span,br,.reply").hide();$(this).css("padding","1em%200%200%203em");}});}}}(jQuery));

    3. Then edit name1 etc to the handles you want to skip. You can add names by appending |name5|name6 etc

    Now, once you have a post opened, hitting the bookmark will blank out the chosen comments.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  54. Which god did we annoy?

    The Gods of the Copybook Headings.

    As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
    I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
    Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

    We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
    That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
    But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
    So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

    We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
    Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
    But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
    That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

    With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
    They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
    They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
    So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

    When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

    On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
    (Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
    Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    Kipling, of course.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  55. “Let’s finish the job…” Joe Biden.

    Plagiarized from:

    Winston Churchill – “Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job.”
    Barrack Obama – “Together, we’ll finish the job we started.”
    United States Merchant Marines, 1944 slogan – Let’s Finish the Job.”
    Victory Liberty Loan slogan, 1918 – “Sure, We’ll Finish The Job.”
    US Army poster, WW2 1940s “We’ll Finish The Job!”

    DCSCA (4394b9)

  56. @25 where is AOC? Biden has moved slightly left not defund the police left. Latinx love AOC not a senile old fool. Biden won arizona by 10,000 latinx votes. Most of his 13,000 margin in georgia was latinx as was his 20.000 vote margin in wisconsin or trump would have been re-elected. The rest of those margin were berniecrats who vote biden when green party was kicked off the ballot by democrat party using republican laws meant to keep libertarian party off of the ballot.and didn’t write in green party candidates like I did.

    asset (b7e22e)

  57. @55 “lets finish the job of keeping trump out of the white house!” Is what he should have said. @54 A simpler rhyme: When I hear the word “culture” I reach for my gun! Attributed heinrich himmler and your average republican red neck white trash voter.

    asset (b7e22e)

  58. @55 “lets finish the job of keeping trump out of the white house!” Is what he should have said. @54 A simpler rhyme: When I hear the word “culture” I reach for my gun! Attributed to heinrich himmler and your average republican red neck white trash voter.

    asset (b7e22e)

  59. A simpler rhyme: When I hear the word “culture” I reach for my gun!

    And murmurs, lovingly,

    “This is my rifle,
    This is my gun,
    This is for fighting,
    This is for fun”
    ,

    as he thinks of AOC.

    nk (69545d)

  60. For those promoting populism, define it. If populism = nationalism, then why is support for Ukraine and NATO and criticism of Putin so popular. If populism is being anti-vax, how does that get to a majority? I appreciate an anti-Chinese sentiment, especially with trade, but what are the populist solutions? Tariffs and trade wars? Shrinking our outreach to new markets? Handouts?

    Populism sounds like the 2yr old in the grocery store throwing a tantrum because he can’t get all the candy he wants. It eyes breaking things without thinking deeply about what should replace them. It desperately looks for scapegoats rather than acknowledging that some problems are difficult and require nuance and strategic thinking. Populism devolves into weird hooting and manic calls for insurrection that will just make our collective lives worse. If you love populism, show your work. Except you won’t. Populism is rage for the sake of raging…it’s not meticulous, careful, or thoughtful. It’s performative…and underwhelming.

    AJ_Liberty (8fd02b)

  61. I wonder how many media lies it will take this time to get demented joe elected.

    JF (47e9f4)

  62. #61 All it takes is the GOP to nominate one serial liar.

    Appalled (03f53c)

  63. @60

    For those promoting populism, define it. If populism = nationalism, then why is support for Ukraine and NATO and criticism of Putin so popular. If populism is being anti-vax, how does that get to a majority? I appreciate an anti-Chinese sentiment, especially with trade, but what are the populist solutions? Tariffs and trade wars? Shrinking our outreach to new markets? Handouts?

    Populism sounds like the 2yr old in the grocery store throwing a tantrum because he can’t get all the candy he wants. It eyes breaking things without thinking deeply about what should replace them. It desperately looks for scapegoats rather than acknowledging that some problems are difficult and require nuance and strategic thinking. Populism devolves into weird hooting and manic calls for insurrection that will just make our collective lives worse. If you love populism, show your work. Except you won’t. Populism is rage for the sake of raging…it’s not meticulous, careful, or thoughtful. It’s performative…and underwhelming.

    AJ_Liberty (8fd02b) — 4/26/2023 @ 5:55 am

    I don’t think this current strain of populism = nationalism.

    It’s populism = anti-elitism.

    I don’t love it, but I think that’s where we’re currently at and I understand it.

    Democrats has become the party of the college educated infected with various flavors of Marxism who adheres and demands observance of the elite class.

    Republicans, particularly those expousing populism, are the anti-elitist. Which I observe as an extension of the old Tea Party around 2010s.

    The interesting thing here, I think, is that the conventional wisdom has changed. Democrat now primarily represents the college elites and the self-identified malcontent groups (ie, BLM, gender identity, climate alarmist, etc…).

    Republicans are making inroads into the traditional Democrat dominated working class of various stripes.

    Again, Republican’s “populism” strain has many factions, ie MAGA, but they’re not all in a cohesive voting bloc.

    Whereas the leftist dominated Democrats are much more cohesive voting bloc and will win a lot of elections in the near future. How else do you explain the likes of Biden and Fetterman winning? To Democrats, it’s all about power, nevermind the candidate themselves.

    whembly (36ab5f)

  64. I believe a lot of people mistake Trumpism for Populism, including a lot of populists. Here is a pretty coherent exposition of what populism might mean in 2023, while finding an unlikely hero of the movement, Teddy Roosevelt.

    https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2020/08/theodore-roosevelt-and-the-case-for-a-popular-constitution/

    Did you read this one, DCSCA? It sounds like an inspiration for you.

    Appalled (03f53c)

  65. If Trump were to announce that he will not be running after all, would

    1. The Democrats have a collective stroke;
    2.. MAGA have a collective stroke;
    3. Biden ever know?

    nk (69545d)

  66. @56: asset’s top hits, restated.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  67. @59: ICWYDT

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  68. For those promoting populism, define it.

    “Populism” is not a governing philosophy. It is a reaction to a government that has completely lost touch, and in that respect it is healthy in democracy. The canary in the coal mine.

    When those that inhabit government for get who they are working for and instead become self-dealing or catering to enabling elites, you get “populism.” Carpenters and hairdressers who would be MUCH happier ignoring politics find they no longer can since the government is clearly working against them.

    So, torches and pitchforks instead of beer and bowling. Eventually it burns out, but how long that takes depends on how long the elites try to resist change. Once sufficient change occurs, the uprising subsides. I don’t think we are there yet as Biden continues to resist, and in some cases exacerbates the disconnect (e.g. continuing to attack mainstream values).

    Since “populism” is not a governing philosophy, I’m NOT promoting it as one. Those brought into power would do well to find one though. FDR did. Reagan did. Perot didn’t get the chance (although Clinton was aware enough to change direction). Trump didn’t have the wit to do anything but surf the tide.

    Hope this helps.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  69. @64: Yes, TR found a way to use it too. In fighting the Lochner Era decisions, he did ride a wave of populism, but Lochner et al were not exactly rooted in the written Constitution. They were based instead on a desire to limit government as much as possible to protect the upper classes from the rabble and their nasty legislators.

    In striking down maximum hour laws, they did not “allow” workers to work long hours, they allowed business owners to demand that workers work long hours. This was not about liberty at all.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  70. @57 “lets finish the job of keeping trump out of the white house!” Is what he should have said.

    Rubbish. The Plagiarist In Chief should have stolen this:

    To save the soul of our country, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.’

    Sound familiar?

    70% of the country demands it.

    Storm the castle.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  71. @64. Here’s The Famous Populist Speech Teddy Roosevelt Gave Right After Getting Shot…

    https://www.businessinsider.com/heres-the-famous-populist-speech-teddy-roosevelt-gave-right-after-getting-shot-2011-10

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  72. Populism sounds like the 2yr old in the grocery store throwing a tantrum because he can’t get all the candy he wants.

    … and Theodore Roosevelt smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  73. Depressing:

    As he announces his reelection campaign, President Biden is extremely vulnerable. According to NBC News polling out this week, his disapproval rating is at 54 percent (just two points shy of his all-time high) while a whopping 70 percent of Americans say they don’t want him to run again. With those numbers, his campaign should be politically dead-on-arrival.

    But here’s the problem for Republicans: Sixty percent of voters also don’t want Donald Trump to run again. Americans are sending a clear message to both parties: They want new candidates to choose from in 2024. As Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who helped conduct the NBC poll, explains, “people do not want a Biden-Trump rematch.” But it looks increasingly likely the country will get exactly that.

    So, what happens if voters are forced to choose between two candidates they don’t want? A Wall Street Journal poll (conducted by pro-Trump super PAC pollster Tony Fabrizio) suggests the answer: It found that among voters who disapprove of both Trump and Biden, Biden leads Trump by a massive 39 points: 54 percent to 15 percent. Clearly, swing voters who dislike Biden dislike Trump even more.

    To beat Biden, Republicans need the votes of the 54 percent majority who disapprove of his performance in office. And Trump appears to be the one candidate who can’t deliver those votes. ……..
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  74. @73.‘…So, what happens if voters are forced to choose between two candidates they don’t want?’…

    What happens??? Populism spreads– and roots deeper and deeper.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  75. “It’s populism = anti-elitism.”

    That’s probably right, but what makes something elite? I suppose free trade, vaccinations, climate change, comprehensive immigration reform, foreign entanglements, any gun control, and wokeism qualify. It tends to be a bit more about what people are against versus practical solutions.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  76. Despite Rip’s apologism, the law is closing in on Donald Trump and his “sedition.”
    ………..
    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/25/2023 @ 3:11 pm

    It’s not apologism, it’s realism. What Tarrio believes and argues to a jury is his self-interest, not evidence of Trump’s guilt. If Tarrio and the Proud Boys truly believed that Trump was responsible, they should have called Trump as a hostile witness.

    To prove that Trump was guilty of sedition, you need to prove what his intent was, not what someone believes his intent was.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  77. So, what happens if voters are forced to choose between two candidates they don’t want?’…

    At least in my case, they don’t vote.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  78. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 4/26/2023 @ 9:14 am

    And the law is not “closing in on Donald Trump and his sedition,” unless their was an indictment I missed.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  79. “When I hear the word “culture” I reach for my gun!”

    Chicago, Chicago that murderin’ town.

    Colonel Haiku (b29168)

  80. Can’t address and resolve the problem unless we’re honest about the situation.

    https://www.city-journal.org/article/on-race-and-c

    Colonel Haiku (b29168)

  81. Trump said he might not debate – and indeed he may not meet the condition of agreeing in advance to support the nominee

    Sammy Finkelman (1e9baa)

  82. Trump said he might not debate ……

    Sammy Finkelman (1e9baa) — 4/26/2023 @ 9:51 am

    Why should Gulliver debate the Lilliputians?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  83. They released the Biden video extremely early in the morning – at dawn you could say – I suppose so it could be played and discussed, or excerpts played, on morning drive time radio or the morning television shows.

    Most candidates release a video now.

    Sammy Finkelman (1e9baa)

  84. “What a bloody disgrace! Biden maroons 16,000 Americans in the Sudan warzone… then blithely demands four more years. I was an Obama diplomat who rescued US citizens abroad – and this is shameful.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12012843/BRETT-BRUEN-Biden-maroons-16-000-Americans-Sudan-demands-four-years-shameful.html

    Colonel Haiku (b29168)

  85. Correct link: https://instapundit.com/581174/

    Colonel Haiku (b29168)

  86. Go promote the sale of war bonds to help keep the Kaiser on his toes and get some shut-eye, Dementia Joe.

    Colonel Haiku (b29168)

  87. #71

    You pointed that to me earlier (thank you, by the way). I don’t know that Roosevelt would have identified as a populist (Bryan having that market covered back then).

    Appalled (9cccc8)

  88. “To prove that Trump was guilty of sedition, you need to prove what his intent ”

    This argument argues that aiding an insurrection will be easier to prove than seditious conspiracy. Still, it comes down to who can be turned. Who was involved in planning the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers involvement and what was understood? Go with your best case, but I tend to agree with the insurrection premise because it will be difficult to back-rationalize inaction for 3 hours on Trump’s part.

    https://www.justsecurity.org/82713/seditious-conspiracy-vs-insurrection-assessing-the-evidence-against-trump/

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  89. Why should Gulliver debate the Lilliputians?

    Why should the hare care about the tortoises?

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  90. This argument argues that aiding an insurrection will be easier to prove than seditious conspiracy.

    I really don’t care which as both invoke the 14th Amendment disqualification, the former redundantly by statute as well.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  91. “What a bloody disgrace! Biden maroons 16,000 Americans in the Sudan warzone… then blithely demands four more years.

    Talk about voter suppression.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  92. OMG. He’s waving his ‘cheat sheet’ in the air as he tries to do a presser w/t South Korean leader… wait ’til the XCUphotogs of what’s on it gets to the web.

    A second term of Joey = ‘Weekend At Bernie’s’ on a loop for four years…

    DCSCA (dc3267)

  93. @77.So, what happens if voters are forced to choose between two candidates they don’t want?’… At least in my case, they don’t vote..

    Which is exactly what both institutional major parties expect.

    ‘So what happens…’

    “Then they win.” – Harry Callahan [Clint Eastwood] ‘Magnum Force’ 1973

    DCSCA (dc3267)

  94. Disney is suing Gov. Ron DeSantis and accusing him of trying to ‘weaponize government power’ over the company

    The suit, filed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US Inc., alleges that DeSantis and his office have engaged in “a targeted campaign of government retaliation” against Disney that was “orchestrated at every step by Governor DeSantis as punishment for Disney’s protected speech.”

    The suit says DeSantis’ continued action against Disney “threatens Disney’s business operations, jeopardizes its economic future in the region, and violates its constitutional rights.”

    Walt Disney Co., the parent company of Walt Disney Parks and Resort, is headquartered in Burbank, California, but the company holds powerful sway in Florida through Walt Disney World, which has roughly 80,000 employees and is the state’s biggest tourist attraction.

    The latest move by the company is an escalation after DeSantis threatened changes to Disney’s special tax district, with help from both the Florida Legislature and the board he appointed to oversee the district. He even floated the idea of building a state prison on the 40 square miles of land that borders the resort and theme park.

    Last week, DeSantis’ newly appointed board said “nothing is off the table” as it took on a major overhaul of the area. In the mix were higher taxes, more regulations, building workforce affordable housing, and exploring the sale of utilities the district owns.

    The DeSantis-Disney feud started when the company’s executives publicly pledged to work to repeal a DeSantis-backed school-curriculum bill that Democrats have termed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

    The law initially at the center of the dispute, formally known as the Parental Rights in Education Act, banned classroom instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation for up to third grade. Last week, the DeSantis administration expanded it to 12th grade, limiting discussions to sex-education classes or those “required by existing state standards.”

    As retaliation to the Disney executives’ pledges, DeSantis took aim at a decadeslong provision that gives Disney special self-governing privileges in Florida. Unlike its rival parks Universal Studios and SeaWorld, Disney doesn’t have to run its plans by zoning commissions or building-inspection departments. This is intended to make its operations run more efficiently, which saves it time and money. To subvert DeSantis, Disney stealthily made a deal with the previous board that controlled the district, one that would allow the theme park and resort to maintain control of its land virtually in perpetuity.

    DeSantis was working outside the country at the time of the lawsuit
    Disney filed its lawsuit as DeSantis was out of the US on an international business trip that included a stop in Japan. The case has been assigned to Judge Mark Walker, an appointee of President Barack Obama who previously blocked a DeSantis-backed law that restricted how workplaces instituted diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings.

    “We are unaware of any legal right that a company has to operate its own government or maintain special privileges not held by other businesses in the state,” Taryn Fenske, DeSantis’ communications director, said when asked about the lawsuit. “This lawsuit is yet another unfortunate example of their hope to undermine the will of the Florida voters and operate outside the bounds of the law.”

    DeSantis worked with the legislature twice before to punish Disney and ran on the issue during his successful 2022 reelection bid.

    First, DeSantis signed a bill into law in April 2022 to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District that oversees Disney. But when it was revealed the measure could have resulted in residents taking on a sizeable amount of debt through higher taxes, the legislature sent DeSantis a new bill in February 2023, during a special session, that would allow the governor to appoint a board to control the district.

    After the loophole, he worked with the legislature to double down, including measures being considered to impose new inspections on Disney’s monorail system and rides. The lawsuit also came shortly after another public meeting with the governor-appointed board that oversees Disney. In that meeting, an attorney for the board argued that Disney had improperly struck its 11th-hour deal to maintain control over its land.

    “What our lawyers have told us is that this is — factually and legally — an absolute legal mess,” Martin Garcia, the chair of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, said. “It will not work.”

    Asked by the Florida Sun-Sentinel about the lawsuit after the meeting, Garcia said he had no comment. Daniel Petrocelli, the attorney representing Disney in the suit, has had several high-profile clients, from OJ Simpson to Harvey Weinstein, and successfully argued for the AT&T and Time Warner merger. – businessinsider.com

    “Since I’ve had Toontown under my jurisdiction my goal has been to reign in the insanity, and the only way to do that is to make Toons respect… the law.” – Judge Doom [Christopher Lloyd] ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ 1988

    DCSCA (dc3267)

  95. This argument argues that aiding an insurrection will be easier to prove than seditious conspiracy. Still, it comes down to who can be turned. Who was involved in planning the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers involvement and what was understood? Go with your best case, but I tend to agree with the insurrection premise because it will be difficult to back-rationalize inaction for 3 hours on Trump’s part.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3) — 4/26/2023 @ 10:59 am

    As the article points out:

    To establish either crime, the government would be required to prove that Trump intended the violence that occurred January 6…….
    ……..
    ……(W)hen Trump sent his followers marching to the Capitol, he intended just what ensued. A possible kicker, however, is that Trump meant to be at the Capitol himself. Is it likely that he planned to lead his followers personally in breaking windows, assaulting police officers, and chanting for Mike Pence’s execution? If not, what were his plans? Successful prosecution would require an explanation of why, if Trump meant violence to occur, he wouldn’t rather have been away from the scene when it happened.
    ………
    Trump’s lawyers might object to the admission of some of the most striking evidence the Select Committee presented of turmoil in the White House during the insurrection. Many of the urgent pleas for presidential action that came from friends, family, and Fox News personalities consisted of messages sent to Meadows, and the Committee presented no direct evidence that Trump ever saw or learned about them. Trump’s lawyers might argue that, in the absence of this evidence, the messages would have no bearing on the president’s state of mind or any other issue.
    ………
    All of this suggests that the Justice Department’s investigation should be devoted as much to developing stronger and more clearly admissible evidence of facts already known or strongly suspected as it is to discovering unknown facts. But in seeking to make the evidence that would be heard in a criminal trial as persuasive as the Select Committee’s mix of admissible and inadmissible evidence, the Department could obtain the full accounts of witnesses who, so far, have told only part of the story or none at all. Their testimony ultimately might enable the Department to present an even more powerful case than the one already assembled and presented by the Select Committee. And the one assembled and presented by the Select Committee is devastating.

    I am not defending Trump’s actions by any means, but just that the case for seditious conspiracy, incitement or insurrection is not a slam dunk. There are a lot of qualifiers in the article.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  96. Trump said he might not debate

    Well, that’s what he does with his golf courses. He goes out and plays a couple of rounds, gives himself an even threes score, and then declares himself the club champion. I guess he figures he can do that the Republican Country Club and Golf Course too.

    nk (69545d)

  97. OT- China’s Xi holds call with Ukraine’s Zelensky

    https://news.yahoo.com/chinas-xi-holds-call-ukraines-134342167.html

    Memo to Yankee Doodle Suckers– just pick up the tab while Xi & Z do The Hustle!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3kE0rvAJhM

    DCSCA (b7f84e)

  98. To save the soul of our country, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.

    LBJ did not say: “To save the soul of our country.

    I heard that speech live.

    President Lyndon Baines Johnson announced he was not running without any leadup to it the end of his speech to the nation on March 31, 1968, which was about a partial bombing halt on North Vietnam. Not north of the 20th parallel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxWGg3AARnI

    My thought was that he said that in order to show he was sincere and not motivated by politics.

    https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/march-31-1968-remarks-decision-not-seek-re-election

    ….Believing this as I do, I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year.

    With America’s sons in the fields far away, with America’s future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office—the Presidency of your country.

    Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.

    But let men everywhere know, however, that a strong, a confident, and a vigilant America stands ready tonight to seek an honorable peace—and stands ready tonight to defend an honored cause—whatever the price, whatever the burden, whatever the sacrifice that duty may require.

    Thank you for listening. Good night and God bless all of you.

    I haven’t looked at the transcript until now. I see that his not running were not the very last words of the speech, and also that he actually mentioned that he wanted to be taken as sincere – or almost said that.

    He said:” I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year.”

    Johnson could run for another term because he had served less than half of JFK’s first term.

    In those days before the dollar limitations on campaign contributions, a person could start running for president late.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  99. Of course, they’ve got to do the platinum coin if they want to avoid a recession.

    The question is: Does president Biden have the courage to do that, and id he willing to gamble on the effect not being bad??

    A cautious approach would be to deposit just enough trillion dollar coins to reduce the interest the United States government pays on its debt to that in 2019.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  100. Yeesh… the Platinum Coin is more popular than Nikki Haley:

    Not quite true; the article compares approval of the coin (at 14%) with her standing in the presidential race, not her personal approval polling. Darling Nikki’s approval is around 31%. It’s when she is compared Gulliver and the other Lilliputians that she is at 4.1%

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  101. A possible kicker, however, is that Trump meant to be at the Capitol himself. Is it likely that he planned to lead his followers personally in breaking windows, assaulting police officers, and chanting for Mike Pence’s execution? If not, what were his plans?

    The Jan 6 committee did not really look into that, or just covered it in passing, //but apparently they were to make a speech to the crowd, and Kevin McCarthy was afraid he wanted to go into his office and personally lobby Republicans (and some Democrats if he could get them) to reject Electoral votes.

    Using the crowd, whose size he greatly exaggerated, to put political pressure on members of Congress.

    When the disturbance began, some people wanted him to tell the crowd to go home, but that would have meant completely giving up.

    He compromised at first by calling for no violence.

    His big concern that members of Congress would give up their objections.

    That’s why he wanted to get Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) on the phone -also there’d be at least one Senator to make all six objections.

    Never mind that the whole thing was a screwball plan anyway and he had no hopesof getting the vots for it…that year.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  102. Folks… my wife just shared an Instagram post from one of our nieces where she shares that she found out this morning that their bank accounts have been emptied and all stolen funds wired to Russia in several transactions… she was on the phone with Chase when they were making another attempt, although already drained. She’s in shock.

    WTF. Has this sort of thing been happening all along in the background to other Americans? It’s the first I’ve heard of it.

    Colonel Haiku (5e2887)

  103. 14% of voters support the coin, 37% oppose it, and 49% have no opinion or don’t know enough to say.

    But if it works, and no great harm ensues, opinion will change. But when have we seen Joe Biden take risks?

    Rip Murdock is right: The Bloomberg headline is completely wrong.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  104. @101 Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 4/26/2023 @ 2:09 pm
    Touché buddy… touché.

    whembly (d116f3)

  105. “Do you support or oppose the U.S. Treasury minting a $1 trillion platinum coin to pay off the country’s debt obligations?”

    That’s a bad question.

    You’d have to mint (and deposit) 31 trillion dollar coins to pay off the debt.

    That’s not on the table. The proposal is to mint just enough to stay under the debt ceiling.

    It’s better than any of the alternatives.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  106. @103. Are you saying Russian computer hackers have broken through Chase’s security system??? Has the press been notified of this?

    DCSCA (b7f84e)

  107. @99. So did I. Plagiarist Joey’s intro just fit- but the sentiment is spot on.

    DCSCA (b7f84e)

  108. TR speeches are election speeches.

    He doesn’t even call it populist/

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  109. A lot of computer hackers are in Russia.,

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  110. Mayra Flores
    @MayraFlores2022
    Texas House passes bill requiring armed security in all schools #txlege

    ’bout time.

    Overtime, once this is implemented, I’d be curious to see the data. Might take several years though.

    whembly (d116f3)

  111. 107… don’t know what’s what, we’re checking. The niece is a 43 year old married mother of 4 who has an entrepreneurial spirit and runs a few, small online businesses from home. Given the way some folks so nonchalantly do financial transactions through Venmo and all these other apps, dark web and all these wonderful new ways to open ourselves up to being compromised, we’ll see.

    Colonel Haiku (5e2887)

  112. 110… yep, that much I know…

    Colonel Haiku (5e2887)

  113. Niece says she and her husband are at the bank now. We asked her if they need any $, she says they borrowed a little from husband’s parents to keep them afloat until the money is “hopefully” recovered.

    Colonel Haiku (5e2887)

  114. May the Lord watch over us…

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/bidennotecards.jpg

    Colonel Haiku (5e2887)

  115. @59 thanks for letting us know the pro gun position.

    asset (ce4a51)

  116. Told you [@#92]:

    BREAKING- Biden cheat sheet shows he had advance knowledge of journalist’s question

    ‘A cheat sheet held by President Biden during a Wednesday press conference revealed that the 80-year-old commander in chief had advance knowledge of a question from a journalist.

    “How are YOU squaring YOUR domestic priorities — like reshoring semiconductors manufacturing — with alliance-based foreign policy?” read a question from Los Angeles Times reporter Courtney Subramanian.

    The revelation came during a joint press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol that discussed growing nuclear threats from North Korea — as the nations celebrate the 70th anniversary of their alliance.

    Another cheat sheet showed the names of other Biden administration officials to relay the order remarks would be delivered at the press conference.

    It’s not the first time Biden’s crib notes have been outed by speedy photojournalists — which fuel Republicans’ speculation about his mental acuity. His physician reported the president was in good health in February, but refused to field questions from reporters about his cognitive strength.

    Last June, the president exposed a comically worded cheat sheet with detailed instructions. “YOU enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants,” the note read, then immediately directed the oldest-ever president, “YOU take YOUR seat.” In July 2021, POTUS accepted an embarrassing note from an aide — which was also snapped by a photographer — that said: “Sir, there is something on your chin.”

    Biden has reportedly bristled at aides disrupting his approach to messaging, even when it puts him at odds with administration policy. In March, the president unexpectedly called for President Vladimir Putin to be removed from power following the Russian invasion of Ukraine — comments that White House officials later had to walk back. Biden announced Tuesday he would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for re-election in 2024.’ – source, https://nypost.com/2023/04/26/biden-cheat-sheet-shows-he-had-advance-knowledge-of-journalists-question/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=nypost

    The photos are damning. Does he carry an instruction sheet on when, how and where to sh!t and pee, too?? Depends, of course.

    … and Putin smiled… while Xi just grinned.

    DCSCA (2ec99b)

  117. @112. You still should have her alert the press that it’s Chase– and definitely havve her contact the FBI.

    DCSCA (2ec99b)

  118. All biden has to do is read from his cue card. Republicans want to ban abortion and hold up a coat hanger. Show and tell.

    asset (ce4a51)

  119. Thanks

    Colonel Haiku (5e2887)

  120. It’s better than any of the alternatives.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146) — 4/26/2023 @ 2:25 pm

    No it’s not. You might as well print a trillion dollar bill. It’s a gimmick.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  121. Absolutely nothing in the news about a Chase bank hack. It must then be true!

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  122. 122… good news from niece: “I think i’m going to report it for sure to local f b I. The bank has already given us our money back. We had just switched to all new accounts, cancelled other accounts. Now we’re just dealing with that headache. Changing all my passwords. Etc. Thank you so much for your support in my fight against the russians!”

    Something else to worry about, like more is needed.

    Colonel Haiku (f2b7e0)

  123. PS… I heard from a poster from Oregon at another site…

    “my daughter had her bank account cleaned out a few days ago; she uses a local credit union. Don’t know if it’s related. She claims it was related to booking an event in London using her credit card.”

    So, anyway, all of us should be very careful about online transactions.

    Colonel Haiku (f2b7e0)

  124. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/04/the-biden-press-alliance.php

    All of the press is government owned news media, just like Elon said.

    NJRob (eacb83)

  125. @123. That’s good news, Haiku– yes, alert the FBI and they’ll connect the dots…

    … by 2033. 😉

    DCSCA (eeb111)

  126. Nikki Haley gives policy speech on abortion.
    ……..
    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/26/2023 @ 7:10 pm

    A yawner:

    Nikki Haley’s campaign had billed her Tuesday address on abortion as a “major policy speech” that would make clear her position on an issue that has tripped up many of her Republican opponents.

    But within moments of her stepping up to the lectern, it was evident that any such clarity would prove elusive: “I won’t address every single question or angle,” Haley said in her opening sentences.

    The sole female Republican presidential candidate promised to speak about the issue both “directly” and “openly.” But she offered few specifics during her speech inside a converted breakroom at Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s Arlington office, instead calling for the country to reach an unspecified “national consensus” on abortion to “save as many lives and help as many moms as possible.” Haley did not embrace a specific time threshold after which she would want to see abortion banned, though the hosts of the event said she had done so to them in private discussions. Afterward, she did not take questions from the reporters gathered.
    ………
    Haley’s struggle to articulate a clear position on abortion in an address that was billed as a chance to do just that highlights how fraught the issue is for Republicans on the national campaign trail. ……..
    ………
    While Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, attended the address and called Haley “a remarkable leader,” others in the movement were left wanting. After Haley finished, prominent anti-abortion activist Lila Rose called the speech “disappointing” and “not what pro-life voters are looking for.”
    ………
    In an interview Monday, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, stressed the need for candidates to show “boldness in communicating” their positions on abortion laws. Dannenfelser has maintained that her organization will oppose Republican presidential candidates who don’t embrace, at minimum, a national 15-week limit on abortions. …….

    ……..[A]s Dannenfelser looked on during Haley’s speech Tuesday, the former governor and United Nations ambassador didn’t articulate the extent to which she believes the federal government should go in restricting abortion access. In fact, Haley downplayed the likelihood of any highly restrictive national law being passed, noting that the Senate lacks the votes. ……..
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  127. @121. You might as well print a trillion dollar bill. It’s a gimmick.

    Typical ‘Establishment’ mindset- to ‘spend a nickel to mint a penny”… when you can go to any 99 Cent Store, peruse the novelty toy aisle and buy a whole packet of ‘trillion dollar bills’ for just a buck plus tax…

    DCSCA (3f4c71)

  128. It’s better than any of the alternatives.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146) — 4/26/2023 @ 2:25 pm

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 4/26/2023 @ 4:01 pm

    No it’s not. You might as well print a trillion dollar bill. It’s a gimmick.

    It’s not a gimmick – it’s a loophole.

    The difference between printing a trillion dollar bill and minting a trillion dollar coin is that the first the Secretary of the Treasury has n authority to do, but the second is legal because years ago the Secretary of the Treasury was authorized to mint a platinum coin and set the value of it (with the intent that it should be worth less in metal than the face value) and that has not yet been done.

    The trillion dollar coin (several of them, but not 32 probably) provided the least amount of economic harm.

    They won’t agree on anything in Washington. When you go over all of the alternatives, you’ll see that it is the best, or least unpopular alternative..

    Right now the House has passed a bill increasing the debt limit, with the condition that all domestic discretionary spending be cut by 1%

    The amount of the cuts are basically symbolic by the way – just like cutting back of CO2 is.

    They don’t reduce the deficit by much although possibly they are intended to stop it from increasing.

    They made a number of specific cuts – all things that Republicans do not like and Democrats are using as arguments. Green things. Get rid of unspent Covid relief. Eliminate the extra money for the IRS (there is some lying about what the money would go to. It would of course mainly increase audits of poorer people, – and go for a pre-arranged “study” about the IRS preparing tax returns if requested.)

    The student loan cancellation is cancelled.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  129. * he difference between printing a trillion dollar bill and minting a trillion dollar coin is that the Secretary of the Treasury has no authority to do the first, but the second is legal because years ago the Secretary of the Treasury was authorized to mint a platinum coin and set the value of it (with the intent that it should be worth less in metal than the face value) and that has not yet been done.

    TYhey’re just afraid of creating a panic about the value of the dollar.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  130. Barack Obama made a pre-recorded video announcement in April, 2011, (according to Karl Rove in the WSJ) but Asa Hutchinson seems to have done something this year live.

    This is not what you would use to determine or argue about Joe Biden’s ability to function.

    Donald Trump also has problems with memory. Yesterday on WABC radio

    https://wabcradio.com/episode/president-trumps-exclusive-interview-why-debate-when-youre-40-points-ahead-04-26-23/

    He couldn’t remember on what show Pat Nixon (Richard Nixon’s wife) had seen him on – he passed it by but eventually remembered it was the Phil Donohue show

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  131. Harry Belafonte as also died, yesterday morning, aged 96, of congestive heart failure in his Upper West Side Manhattan apartment.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  132. The New York Times ran an obituary of Alton Maddox, in which they said some negative things about Al Sharpton (who appears about four times in Joe Biden’s video)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/25/nyregion/alton-maddox-dead.html

    Alton H. Maddox Jr., unrepentant to the end for his role in the 1980s Tawana Brawley kidnapping and rape hoax that inflamed racial hostilities in New York and beyond, a fraud that he helped perpetrate with the Rev. Al Sharpton and a fellow lawyer, died on Sunday at a nursing home in the Bronx. He was 77.

    His death was confirmed by his son, Charles. He said he did not know the cause but added that his father had recently been struggling with dementia….

    ….Shocking as all that was, it was but a prelude to incendiary charges made by three men who swept in from New York City and planted themselves at center stage. They were the voluble Mr. Sharpton and two lawyers who had collaborated in other racially charged cases, Mr. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason.

    Their insults were nonstop, their allegations outlandish. The Ku Klux Klan, the Mafia and the Irish Republican Army were somehow all involved, they said. They accused the state’s attorney general, Robert Abrams, who led a seven-month grand jury inquiry into the Brawley matter, of having masturbated over a photo of her.

    Mr. Maddox, who was given to referring to whites as “crackers,” went on later to call New York “the Mississippi of the ’90s” and New York’s governor at the time, Mario M. Cuomo, “the George Wallace of the ’90s.”

    [The Tawana Brawley thing stated in 1987]

    The three men held rallies to bolster their cause, attracting celebrities as allies. Bill Cosby offered a $25,000 reward for information in the case. The boxing promoter Don King promised a $100,000 donation toward Ms. Brawley’s education. Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” had wall graffiti that said, “Tawana told the truth.”

    But in October 1988, the grand jury concluded in a 170-page report that Ms. Brawley had not come anywhere near the truth, dismissing her account as fiction. There was no evidence of sexual assault, it said; she had smeared herself with feces, written the racial slurs herself and faked being in a daze. Her motive was not made clear, but a boyfriend said later that she had wanted to avoid the wrath of her stepfather for having stayed out late….

    …There was also a price to pay in dollars. Steven Pagones, a Dutchess County prosecutor accused by the Brawley team of having assaulted her, won a defamation suit against Messrs. Sharpton, Maddox and Mason. Mr. Maddox was held personally liable for $97,000, a penalty that he paid with help from benefactors.

    None of the three apologized for their roles in the hoax. Mr. Sharpton became a national figure with a television program. Mr. Mason, who was disbarred in 1995, became an ordained minister. And Mr. Maddox, who had moved to New York from Georgia in 1973, wrote columns for The Amsterdam News, offered radio commentary and for a while led a group called the United African Movement…

    ….Mr. Maddox failed in his 1987 defense of a Black man who was ultimately convicted of slashing the face of a white model; Mr. Maddox had besmirched her character in court. But three years later he successfully defended Mr. Sharpton, cleared by a Manhattan jury of fraud and larceny charges brought by Mr. Abrams’s office….

    Sharpton by the way is trying to appear anti-crime – he’s trying to quietly sideline the “progressives” or telling people he can.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  133. 90.

    the 14th Amendment disqualification,

    has to be a universally acknowledged rebellion I think.

    The 14th amendment also does not permit a Secretary of the Treasury to borrow money without approval by Congress.

    These legal theories are as crazy and wrong as the one about a sovereign citizen.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  134. Karl Rove wrote that only seven presidents made it to age 86. (That would be of 46, or perhaps 42 not killed by bullets)

    But most are recent.

    There was Herbert Hoover, Harry S Truman (who died at age 87) Gerald Ford, Jimmy Cater, Ronald Reagan and George Bush the Elder.

    That’s six.

    The seventh is John Adams who died at age 90 on July 4, 1826. Thomas Jefferson, who died on the same day, only made it to age 83.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  135. A yawner:

    Perhaps. She’s very low-key and I think she spent too much time burying the lead.

    But that was not the criticism — they anti-abortion warriors were not happy with he because she (quite correctly) too them to task for being zealots who were harming their own cause. She wants a national consensus, not something imposed that will not stand past a could of elections. And the near-bans or actual bans won’t last and the Left will use them to get state constitutions changed.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  136. A yawner:

    Without all the typos:

    Perhaps. She’s very low-key and I think she spent too much time burying the lead.

    But that was not the criticism — the anti-abortion warriors were not happy with her because she (quite correctly) took them to task for being zealots who were harming their own cause. She wants a national consensus, not something imposed that will not stand past a couple of elections. The near-bans or actual bans won’t last, and the Left will use them to get state constitutions changed or more liberal laws passed.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  137. Harry Belafonte as also died, yesterday morning, aged 96, of congestive heart failure in his Upper West Side Manhattan apartment.

    Dayyyyyy-O…ver.

    DCSCA (6aa83c)

  138. has to be a universally acknowledged rebellion I think.

    Conviction in US court for any act of rebellion should be sufficient.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  139. They’re just afraid of creating a panic about the value of the dollar.

    High-level financial bullsh1t isn’t usually calming.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  140. Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/27/2023 @ 3:13 pm

    The anti-abortion zealots, who want to outlaw all abortion, even a morning-after pill, remind me of jihadis.

    The public just isn’t going to get on board with their fevered extremism.

    norcal (15fce4)

  141. “my daughter had her bank account cleaned out a few days ago; she uses a local credit union. Don’t know if it’s related. She claims it was related to booking an event in London using her credit card.”

    There are fraud limitation in the law. The bank will cover her loss in most circumstances so long as she was not the one who emptied the account and she reports it in a timely manner.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  142. Trillion dollar coin

    A less stupid idea is this: Biden should have 1 million commemorative NFTs made, then sell them for $1 million each to his supporters. Voila! One trillion dollars.

    Or maybe just call for all good Democrats to donate $100,000 to the US Treasury, and put the names of donors on a scroll in the Treasury Department foyer.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  143. * The difference between printing a trillion dollar bill and minting a trillion dollar coin is that the Secretary of the Treasury has no authority to do the first…..

    You do realize the “trillion dollar bill” reference was to The Simpsons episode, right?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  144. A less stupid idea is this: Biden should have 1 million commemorative NFTs made, then sell them for $1 million each to his supporters. Voila! One trillion dollars.

    Or maybe just call for all good Democrats to donate $100,000 to the US Treasury, and put the names of donors on a scroll in the Treasury Department foyer.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 4/27/2023 @ 3:32 pm

    A less stupid idea would be to abolish the (not constitutionally required) debt ceiling and skip the posturing by either Democrats or Republicans.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  145. Or pass a spending limitation amendment, requiring the current year’s appropriations to be no more (as a percentage of GDP) than the average of the past 3 years. Many states have balanced budget amendments, and they are all failures because the budgets are full of lies. Control spending instead.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  146. Or pass a spending limitation amendment…….

    LOL! Given how states depend on federal dollars to balance their budgets such as an amendment would never even make it out of Congress.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)


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