Patterico's Pontifications

5/2/2023

Good News: The World Is No Longer Exploding

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:53 am



Trump, three weeks ago, speaking of President Biden:

They’re surrounded by vicious, smart people. Radical left people, but they’re very smart and they’re very vicious. It’s not him. It’s not him. He’s now is Ireland, he’s not going to have a news conference. When the world is exploding. I own property in Ireland, I’m not going to Ireland. The world is exploding, around us. You could end up in a third world war, and this guy’s gotta be in Ireland.

Trump today: is in Scotland.

Hey, when the world is exploding, I guess that’s where you go.

52 Responses to “Good News: The World Is No Longer Exploding”

  1. Another Lenin vs Mussolini election. I guess we should be glad it’s not Stalin vs Hitler.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  2. They say that dietary adjustments can help with those explosions Trump hears.

    nk (bb1548)

  3. Now, if the world WAS exploding, I cannot see Trump as the first name on my speed-dial.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  4. Three weeks ago Trump remembers not to go to Ireland.
    Days ago Joe forgets he was in Ireland three weeks ago.
    And Trump leaves an airplane without a parachute!
    Ball’s in your court, Catholic Joe: walk on water! 😉

    DCSCA (f51512)

  5. It’s so much fun to see Trump living in so many heads rent-free…

    Horatio (ae3311)

  6. Oh, he’s not living here. He’s more an illegal immigrant who keeps returning after being deported.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  7. Donald Trump says it is ‘great to be home’ on visit to Scotland

    I’ll pay for the fuel to fly him to Moscow.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  8. Honestly, we all need to do this:

    https://youtu.be/3PWKFyhJ2h4

    Riddikulus

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  9. It’s so much fun to see Trump living in so many heads rent-free…

    Horatio (ae3311) — 5/2/2023 @ 11:05 am

    He is the leading (by a large margin) Republican candidate for President. He’s hard to ignore……

    Trump has a 41-percentage-point lead over Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who is expected to join the GOP race this month…….Trump’s lead over DeSantis in a head-to-head vote has grown from 11 points, 51%-41% in January, to his current 67%-26% lead……..And when 15 other GOP challengers were added to the list Republican voters were asked to choose a nominee from, it was Trump out front with his first majority total, 52%, while DeSantis had 16%, former Vice President Mike Pence had 6%, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley had 4%.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  10. Donald Trump says it is ‘great to be home’ on visit to Scotland

    I’ll pay for the fuel to fly him to Moscow.

    Kevin M (f94f4f) — 5/2/2023 @ 11:17 am

    To paraphrase former Rep. John Schmitz, I don’t mind Trump going to Scotland, I just object to his coming back.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  11. This is what I sneer at:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDpr4_8ARms

    https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1572695406915604481?s=20

    Just ride off into your sunset, Joe.

    Colonel Haiku (df7c7b)

  12. If the world does explode, I wonder if there’ll be enough time to post about how it wasn’t Biden’s fault.

    JF (1bdfa5)

  13. The world exploding would be bad, but at least it’s not another J6.

    JF (1bdfa5)

  14. They are not vicious to republicans only to AOC, Bernie and the left base where they are totally vicious.

    asset (ac6b63)

  15. Thats not true. They’re vicious to other idiots too.

    Kevin M (293168)

  16. In other good news today, POTATUS had a soft and substantial bowel movement first thing this morning.

    “It’s gonna be a great day!”

    —- Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (df7c7b)

  17. Golf courses owned by Trump are the perfect places to ride out the nuclear apocalypse. The TRUMP logo in all (fake) gold is said by some… ok, one… to repel radioactivity. BYOPC (bring your own pond cleaner). I had to have a vendor treat some Koi we were moving. I resisted the urge to indulge in a nightcap even though an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

    steveg (fa4187)

  18. 4. whatabout

    6. haha if you talk about the leading candidate it means you are obsessed with him

    12. whatabout

    13. whatabout

    14. contentless partisan sneer

    15. ditto

    18. whatever the hell that was

    Thanks for the discussion guys, good talk

    Patterico (baa9d2)

  19. I will say that Trump is a private businessman and seemed to be inferring that if he was President, he wouldn’t be going to Ireland on a jaunt while the world is going to hell in a flaming handbasket. So it isn’t so inconsistent when seen in context of “Joe is President, I’m not”. If Trump went to Ukraine or Russia, Taiwan, or China he’d probably be charged with a Logan Act violation, and they’d prosecute it.

    steveg (fa4187)

  20. North carolina rethugs planning abortion ban now that democrat turns out be rethug mole. This will turn out the 70% of voters who oppose abortion ban in 2024.

    asset (1e1a21)

  21. WE are already starting to get into a third world war (non-nuclear) or else there would not be fighting in Sudan.

    The Wagner group (and Egypt on the other side) is mainlyy responsible, by supporting the worse general, who did atrocities in Darfur (Egypt opposed them||I heard a reporter on WABC on the 5 pm to 6 pm Cats at \night program yesterday said he heard that Russia doesn’t have money to pay that general , and the money was coming from China but who knows if that is correct and I didn’t see anything else along those lines..

    https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/20/africa/wagner-sudan-russia-libya-intl/index.html

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/wagner-groups-denials-about-operations-in-sudan-blown-apart-report

    The reason for trying to involve Sudan in the war may be control of the Suez Canal (and trade that runs through it) and involves possibly getting a naval base at Port Sudan.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  22. @23

    The reason for trying to involve Sudan in the war may be control of the Suez Canal (and trade that runs through it) and involves possibly getting a naval base at Port Sudan.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee) — 5/3/2023 @ 6:45 am

    Yup, that’s my read on this situation too.

    Bad actors controlling the Suez Canal can extract unsavory demands to the world.

    whembly (d116f3)

  23. Russia and China are having a contest to see which of them can sponsor the most evil clients.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  24. rethugs

    Childish

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  25. The EU should handle Suez (with American and Gulf Oil exporters support) and US, Canada, Mexico Australia, NZ should handle Panama with EU, Gulf State oil exporters support

    steveg (1b1206)

  26. Kremlin Says Putin Survived Overnight Assassination Attempt

    [video at link]

    The Russian presidential administration said Wednesday that the Kremlin was attacked by drones overnight in an attempt on President Vladimir Putin’s life.

    Moscow residents had reported hearing two explosions behind Kremlin walls shortly after 2 a.m. local time, after which the lights went out. Footage shared by residents in a local Telegram channel captured the incident, as smoke was seen filling the sky above the Kremlin. Videos also appeared to show part of the Kremlin on fire.

    Now, authorities say it was a brazen attack by Ukraine using two drones, both of which they say have been destroyed.

    Looking at the video, this is obviously a pretext being constructed for something soon. This fart in a windstorm is no more an attack on Putin than a car crash outside the WH is an attack on Biden.

    The Kremlin, describing the incident as a “planned terrorist attack” and “assassination attempt on the president of Russia,” is now threatening to take “retaliatory measures.”

    A spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has denied that the country was behind any attack on the Kremlin and accused Moscow of deliberately “escalating the situation ahead of May 9,” when Russia routinely flaunts its military prowess to mark Victory Day.

    The Kremlin’s official version of events left many unanswered questions. Witnesses said the two separate explosions occurred more than 10 minutes apart—meaning federal protection units guarding the Kremlin either did not react to the first blast or are exceptionally bad at their jobs.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  27. On the subject of vacations, Presidential candidates via Slate https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2023/05/disney-desantis-reedy-creek-lawsuit-secret-history.html and Instapundit

    “This Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow — EPCOT for short — is not the Epcot park we know today, though the amusement park shares the idealized planned city’s (now nostalgic) futurism. The EPCOT that was never built was meant to be a real town — and for that to become realized, the Walt Disney Company needed the authority to develop and run a town. So, Florida granted Disney the right to do everything it needed to make that happen, including controlling zoning and regulations and offering public services. Walt Disney’s death is cited as the reason the city never came to be, but the Disney Company’s hold on zoning, regulations, and public services remained.

    That’s Disney’s story, anyway. Richard Foglesong, a former professor at Rollins College and author of Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando, says it’s a fabrication.

    Disney’s self-governing district, with all its associated resorts and water parks and sports fields and shopping centers, eventually grew to an enormous size. And though it never developed any cities of the future, the area held on to its self-governing privileges.

    While Foglesong was reporting his 2001 book, which traces Disney’s use of its government immunities and relationship with the surrounding area, he dug into Disney’s archives, poring over company documents and memos. Instead of evidence of serious plans for the development of an idealized city, he found a warning from a lawyer that such a development could threaten Disney’s control of the land. If there were real residents, they would be able to elect a local government and establish the external control that Disney feared.

    Looking at that two-page memo about the development plans, Foglesong recalled in an interview, he saw that “someone had written NO in inch-high letters.”

    “I took that memo to the archivist in the Disney Archives, and I asked whose comments these were,” Foglesong said. “The archivist said, ‘That’s Walt Disney’s comment.’ Every place in the memo where the attorney referred to the property of real residents, Walt Disney had written, between the lines, ‘temporary residents/tourists.’ So, in this planning memo, Walt is telling the attorney, ‘We’re not going to build a place with residents.’ ”

    Plus: “Technically, the towns of Buena Vista and Bay Lake, both of which sit within Disney’s self-governing district, do have permanent residents—which allows for some small degree of self-governance within the district. Both towns have a city council and elect a mayor. But the residents aren’t just random people. They’re long-term, management-level employees of the company. Too senior to be eligible for labor unions and too personally invested in the company to do anything counter to business interests, these residents are essentially Disney stand-ins. Disney can count on them to not do anything the company doesn’t want.”

    Buena Vista and Bay Lake remind me somewhat of Vernon, CA where only city of Vernon employee households were permitted to live there, most were related to City of Vernon Administrator, City Councilmen etc and were expected to vote in lock step or be evicted. (I had a friend who was middle leadership at Vernon PD and somehow managed to get himself fired)

    steveg (1b1206)

  28. Normal people know that Biden went to Ukraine, in the middle of the fighting, to meet with Zelensky (and the other NATO leaders).

    Trump supporters only know that Biden went to Ireland, because they know with, a knowledge absolute and beyond any mortal doubt, only what Trump tells them.

    It is the way.

    You and I might think that Biden’s trip to Ireland is pretty thin gruel rouse one’s supporters with, but to Trump’s supporters every tidbit that comes from their master’s hand is prime rib. Rare.

    nk (bb1548)

  29. gruel *to* rouse

    nk (bb1548)

  30. OT -Another lousy day in the USA; active shooter at large in downtown Atlanta. =sigh=

    DCSCA (ca32e0)

  31. =Sirens=
    https://twitter.com/GOPoversight/status/1653821776227344389

    @GOPoversight
    🚨🚨🚨

    @RepJamesComer
    &
    @ChuckGrassley
    reveal the existence of an FBI record alleging then-VP Biden engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national.

    According to a whistleblower, this record details an alleged arrangement involving an exchange of money for policy decisions.

    Read the joint letter & Chairman Comer’s subpoena

    whembly (d116f3)

  32. 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨
    Press Release:
    https://oversight.house.gov/release/grassley-comer-demand-fbi-record-alleging-criminal-scheme-involving-then-vp-biden/

    WASHINGTON – Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member and long-time whistleblower advocate Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) today are demanding the FBI produce an unclassified record alleging a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national. The document, an FBI-generated FD-1023 form, allegedly details an arrangement involving an exchange of money for policy decisions. Comer issued a subpoena today following legally protected disclosures to Grassley’s office.

    “We believe the FBI possesses an unclassified internal document that includes very serious and detailed allegations implicating the current President of the United States. What we don’t know is what, if anything, the FBI has done to verify these claims or investigate further. The FBI’s recent history of botching politically charged investigations demands close congressional oversight,” Grassley said.

    “The information provided by a whistleblower raises concerns that then-Vice President Biden allegedly engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national. The American people need to know if President Biden sold out the United States of America to make money for himself. Senator Grassley and I will seek the truth to ensure accountability for the American people,” Comer said.

    Grassley has long raised concerns about political bias infecting high-level investigative decisions at the FBI, including investigations related to the Biden family’s foreign business arrangements and bank records. While FBI Director Christopher Wray pledged to prevent any retaliation targeting whistleblowers, the FBI and Justice Department have thus far refused to voluntarily provide responsive records or answers to congressional inquiries related to its handling of these politically sensitive investigations.

    Comer and the Oversight Committee are investigating the Biden family’s suspicious business schemes to determine if the Biden family has been targeted by foreign actors, if President Biden is compromised, and if there is a national security threat. The Oversight Committee has obtained thousands of pages of financial records related to the Biden family and their associates’ business transactions. Recently, the Committee revealed one deal that resulted in several members of the Biden family and their companies receiving over $1 million in more than 15 incremental payments from a Chinese company through a third party.

    The subpoena requires the FBI to produce in unredacted form all FD-1023s that contain the word “Biden” and all accompanying attachments and documents.

    whembly (d116f3)

  33. #32. Sigh indeed. My wife was working until last year in the neighborhood where this took place.

    Appalled (6db2c8)

  34. whembly (d116f3) — 5/3/2023 @ 1:17 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Biden impeachment hearings later this year.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  35. #20 Sadly, that’s an accurate summary. If Trump really thought the world was about to explode, he would be talking to Putin (and perhaps Xi), indirectly, preferably.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  36. @36

    whembly (d116f3) — 5/3/2023 @ 1:17 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Biden impeachment hearings later this year.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 5/3/2023 @ 1:47 pm

    I mean, we would have to expect at least a committee investigation? WE can’t expect the DOJ to run that investigation.

    Not sure if they’ll be able to get enough to run an impeachment.

    whembly (d116f3)

  37. #35 Appalled – I hope your wife is working in a safer area, now.

    Jim Miller (0e46f9)

  38. If Trump really thought the world was about to explode, he would be talking to Putin (and perhaps Xi), indirectly, preferably.

    And potentially violate the Logan Act-really? I do know that no one has been prosecuted for violations, but it would be no different than than candidate Nixon interfering with the Paris Peach Talks in 1969.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  39. Paris Peach Talks=Paris Peace Talks.

    Too funny.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  40. but to Trump’s supporters every tidbit that comes from their master’s hand is prime rib. Rare.

    1. All prime rib from Trump is well-done and covered with ketchup.

    2. It is sometimes mind-boggling to see just how thin the gruel really is. It often only aspires to be a tidbit.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  41. I wonder what would happen if the press made every traffic death caused by criminal activity a front-page news story.

    Kevin M (f94f4f)

  42. The two sides in Sudan agreed to a 7-day ceasefire, starting tomorrow, but are fighting in the meantime.

    Q. Did anyone threaten to intervene? Or has the UAE and China and even Russia grown cautious?

    The two forces are not very big.

    Many hospitals are no longer of use and diabetics requiring insulin have died.

    Some background:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/03/us/politics/us-sudan-democracy-war.html

    …But on April 23, the same American diplomats who had been involved in the negotiations in Sudan suddenly found themselves shutting down the embassy and fleeing Khartoum on secret nighttime helicopter flights as the country spiraled into a potential civil war….

    …Senior American diplomats “made the mistake of coddling the generals, accepting their irrational demands and treating them as natural political actors,” said Amgad Fareid Eltayeb, an adviser to Sudan’s deposed prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok. “This fed their lust for power and their illusion of legitimacy.”

    [That’s the thinking – which does not blame Russia or anyone else]

    ….The violence in Sudan is creating exactly the kind of power vacuum that Mr. Biden’s aides had hoped to avoid. Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Group are among the players already trying to fill the gap, current and former U.S. officials say.

    Part of the situation is a fear that the war may spread into other countries in Africa.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  43. It’s the End of a World as We Know It

    And I feel fine.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  44. “If Trump really thought the world was about to explode, he would be talking to Putin (and perhaps Xi), indirectly, preferably.”

    Who do you think he is… John Francois Kerry?!?!

    Colonel Haiku (85c800)

  45. nk- I take your point on Biden having visited Ukraine and still think Trump was inferring the world is in a very dangerous place and a President shouldn’t waste valuable time in Ireland, but since Trump is not President, his time is best spent on his businesses and I do not see this as absolute evidence of hypocrisy. It is typical blarney of “i would be doing this better than the current boob in office” that politicians love to do

    steveg (1b1206)

  46. OT-

    Atlanta medical facility shooting suspect captured

    ………
    ………Police said in a statement that the gunman, who they identified as 24-year-old Deion Patterson, was captured Wednesday evening. Authorities did not immediately release additional information about where Patterson was found.

    Authorities said Patterson stole a vehicle and drove away after shooting five women on the 11th floor of a Northside medical building shortly after noon. The facility is in a commercial area filled with office towers and high-rise apartments and news of the shooting prompted workers and lunchgoers to shelter in place for hours.

    Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said a 39-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. The four injured victims were also women, aged 25, 39, 56 and 71.
    ……….

    Good job.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  47. @35. That’s so unnerving. These shooting rampages are now the rule, not the exception in modern America… we almost expect a few every 30 days… sooner or later this has to be curtailed or we’ll end up destroying our society. The rest of the world doesn’t understand why Americans keep doing this to themselves…

    DCSCA (83122d)

  48. @38. Joe knows how to cool that– the ultimate distraction: get us directly into a hot war.

    DCSCA (abc298)

  49. From a happier time… https://youtu.be/zeaO5UZ5OcI

    Colonel Haiku (901900)

  50. Unique marketing campaign from a Russian businessman/warlord
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1654300206328864769

    Where do I sign up for this life of adventure you offer?

    steveg (ce47d5)


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