16 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-23-21

  1. Yesterday on the Daily Thread there was talk of Critical Race Theory, the latest scam from the left and academia.

    Professor Jacobson of Cornell University/Legal Insurrection has all you need to know on the left’s latest efforts to divide by skin color.

    https://criticalrace.org/what-is-critical-race-theory/

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    Here’s some specifics from the Smith College case.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/02/smith-college-whistleblower-jodi-shaw-resigns-over-racially-hostile-environment-created-by-critical-race-training/

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  2. Boy, we really dodged a bullet with this Fruit Loop.

    No, it’s not difficult at all.

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    This one is even better. Remember folks, terrorism only happens during daylight.

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  3. This is why the press can’t be trusted.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/24/poll-one-in-six-biden-voters-would-have-changed-their-vote-if-they-had-known-about-scandals-suppressed-by-media/

    “Poll: One In Six Biden Voters Would Have Changed Their Vote If They Had Known About Scandals Suppressed By Media

    A new report from the Media Research Center shows that the media’s lack of coverage and big tech’s suppression of certain issues and scandals surrounding Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden could have cost President Donald Trump the election.

    The survey results report that 17 percent of Biden voters would not have voted for the Biden-Harris presidential ticket if they had known about at least one of the eight news stories that were suppressed by big tech and mainstream media outlets.

    “This is not happenstance. This is not coincidence. This is not oversight and this is not just a mistake,” president and founder of Media Research Center Brent Bozell said at a press conference Tuesday. “These were deliberate decisions that were made thousands of times, literally thousands of times, to either twist or to not cover it at all, which we found in this case.”

    The survey, conducted online by The Polling Company with a +/- 2.34 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence interval, asked 1,750 Biden voters living in seven swing states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) if they were aware of certain issues surrounding Biden, his family, and some of the Trump administration’s successes.

    Some of these topics include former Biden staffer Tara Reade and her sexual assault allegations against Biden, the Hunter Biden scandal, VP Nominee Kamala Harris’s extreme liberal voting record in the Senate, the U.S.’s economic jump in the third quarter, millions of jobs added, America’s energy independence, Operation Warp Speed successes, and Trump’s facilitation of multiple peace deals in the Middle East.

    “The media can talk all day long about Donald Trump and about things that he’s doing wrong. It is absolutely unequivocal, the evidence, that it was the national news media that deliberately, and I underscore deliberately, made it a point, not to tell the public about these stories that nobody can question weren’t important stories,” Bozell said. “We showed that they covered it up, and now we’re showing the evidence that it costs Donald Trump the election.”

    Over a quarter of Biden voters said they didn’t know Sen. Harris had the most liberal voting record in the Senate in 2019, and nearly half of all Biden voters polled, 49 percent, said they were unaware of the U.S.’s remarkable economic recovery in the third quarter, doubling the previous record.

    One in six Biden voters polled, 17 percent, said they would have changed their vote had they been aware of these stories. The report also found that without even voting for Trump and simply refusing to vote for Biden, “these voters would have handed all six of these states, and a second term, to the president if the news media had properly informed them about the two candidates.”

    Each swing state surveyed also produced high numbers of Biden voters who would have defected if they had known the full story.

    In Pennsylvania and Georgia, 15 percent of Biden’s voters would have refrained from casting a vote for him. In Michigan, it was 14 percent. In Arizona, it was 21 percent. In Wisconsin, it was 13 percent. And in Nevada, it was 18 percent.

    The significant numbers, the report states, “would have moved every one of the swing states into Trump’s column, some by a huge margin.”

    “The president would have won the electoral college 311 to 227,” Bozell said.

    These results, Bozell said, shows a deliberate effort by big tech and the media to suppress information and must be combated.”

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  4. So we’ll be funding the next disease outbreak as well, just like we did with Covid.

    And to think some called this conspiracy talk….. idiots….

    Once again the Deep State undermines Trump.

    https://freebeacon.com/coronavirus/wuhan-lab-kept-nih-funding-despite-trump-crackdown/

    “Wuhan Lab Kept NIH Funding Despite Trump Crackdown

    Chinese lab collected hundreds of thousands from U.S. taxpayers”

    “Federal records show the U.S. government is partnering with the Wuhan Institute of Virology even though the Trump administration pledged to ban funding for the Chinese laboratory located at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

    President Donald Trump promised that he would “end” public funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology during an April 17 press conference. Despite his promise, the National Institutes of Health has left untouched a 2019 neuroscience research grant that disbursed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Chinese laboratory, according to a federal expenditure database. The NIH earmarked most of the $4.3 million grant to U.C. Irvine, which the California public university used to funnel $216,108 in taxpayer money to a Wuhan Institute of Virology researcher as a “sub-grant.”

    The Trump administration previously cracked down on a different U.S.-based group that occupied a similar intermediary role between the NIH and the Chinese lab. The Trump-era NIH temporarily stopped funding a bat coronavirus research project managed by New York-based environmental nonprofit EcoHealth because nearly $600,000 of the $3.7 million grant went toward the Chinese institute. The NIH later reinstated some of the funding after intense blowback from academics but imposed hefty conditions on its usage that EcoHealth said would “effectively block” it from finishing the bat coronavirus research project.

    U.C. Irvine also funneled some of its NIH grant money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but the California university appears to have been spared the funding restrictions imposed on EcoHealth: The database shows that the U.C. Irvine project remains fully funded to this day. The taxpayer-funded grant supported the publication of two academic articles, including one that was published months after Trump pledged to suspend government funding for the Chinese lab.

    Justin Goodman, vice president of the White Coat Waste Project, a government watchdog group, said the U.S. government should suspend all ties to the Chinese laboratory.

    “Shipping U.S. tax dollars to a notorious CCP-run animal laboratory lab … is a recipe for disaster,” Goodman told the Washington Free Beacon. “Taxpayers should not be forced to bankroll this reckless research, and it’s incredibly troubling that the Wuhan Institute still has authorization to keep getting our money.”

    The NIH previously received bipartisan criticism for its research ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which some U.S. officials say accidentally leaked the coronavirus to the general public. State Department reports warned that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had significant safety issues as far back as 2018. The World Health Organization said it is “unlikely” that the virus leaked from the laboratory, but China has frequently stonewalled WHO investigators from accessing information about the virus’s origins.”

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  5. The media will blame R’s in control of Texas, but once again, they’ll be lying.

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  6. Trump slams the SC for their lack of action yet again.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/02/trump-slams-scotus-continuation-of-the-greatest-political-witch-hunt-in-the-history-of-our-country/

    “Trump Slams SCOTUS: ‘Continuation of the Greatest Political Witch Hunt in the History of Our Country’

    Trump after Supreme Court refuses to stop NY D.A. from issuing subpoenas for Trump financial records: “It just never ends!”

    “The Supreme Court denied President Donald Trump’s request to halt the enforcement of a subpoena to hand over his tax returns to New York prosecutors.

    The justices did not explain their choice. Trump followed with a scathing statement.

    “The investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country, whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly investigated, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ where there was a finding of ‘No Collusion,’ or two ridiculous ‘Crazy Nancy’ inspired impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY,” wrote Trump.

    “It just never ends!”

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  7. Hope you like pig, because this bill, like Congress, is full of ’em.

    Less than half….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/02/house-republicans-circulating-playbook-outlining-pork-in-1-9-trillion-covid-19-bill/

    “House Republicans Circulating Playbook Outlining Pork in $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Bill

    Only $825 billion goes to actual COVID-related items. $1 trillion is for pork and pet projects.”

    “Is anyone shocked the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill has little to do with the virus? These bills allow lawmakers to shove in pet projects and pork.

    The Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest Republican caucus in the House, wrote a playbook that outlines the hidden factors to inform the voters.

    The COVID bill hands out:

    $75 billion for medical supplies, testing, treatments, and vaccinations
    $19 billion for public health: state health departments and community health centers
    $7.2 billion for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    $15 billion for economic injury disaster loans
    $26 billion to bars, live venues, and restaurants
    $15 billion airlines payroll support
    The bill also raises unemployment to $400 a week. This rewards 53% of Americans “for being unemployed” and can last for a year and a half.

    The CBO predicts the unemployment changes could “increase deficits by $246 billion.” Plus, people staying unemployed for almost 16 months “could increase the unemployment rate as well as decrease labor force participation.”

    Then there’s the $413 billion in relief checks. Democrats want to send “$1,400 per man, woman and dependent, that begins phasing out at $75,000 of individual income.”

    So that’s $825 billion. Where’s the rest of the $1 trillion?

    “Democrats have been hoping the public’s attention has been occupied watching a mad for TV show trial of the former president in the Senate because they’ve been trying to quietly load up a $1.9 trillion budget reconciliation bill with special interest pork and other liberal goodies,” wrote RSC Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN).

    Banks encourages RSC members to circulate this playbook.

    Jobs are the top issue, significantly raising the minimum wage to $15. The RSC described it as a job killer, hitting “younger Americans with less formal education” the hardest. The Congressional Budget Office [CBO] estimates it could eliminate 1.4 million jobs.

    The Democrats decided abortion, immigration, and China belonged in a bill meant to aid Americans:

    Pro-Abortion
    • Democrats blocked an amendment with Hyde language that would ensure that federal benefits used to pay for COBRA health insurance premiums are not used to provide abortion services.
    • Maintains ability for Planned Parenthood to receive PPP [Paycheck Protection Program] funds.

    Promotes Illegal Immigration
    • Stimulus checks could go to families where a parent is an illegal immigrant.
    • Allows subsidies paying for 85 percent of COBRA premiums to go to illegal immigrants.

    Soft on China
    • Allows funding to go to colleges that have partnerships with companies that are owned or controlled by communist China. Democrats rejected a GOP amendment to fix this.
    • Allows funding to go to colleges and universities that have partnerships with Confucius Institutes.

    The PPP mentioned above “provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the” COVID-19 pandemic. It also allows eligibility to some borrowers “for PPP loan forgiveness.”

    Schools remaining closed has become a hot topic issue. President Joe Biden promised to open schools within his first 100 days. However, the bill gives schools incentive to remain closed because the government will provide them with “$130 billion on top of the $110 billion already given to schools, even if they remain closed.”

    That PPP I talked about? Labor unions, including teachers, now have access to “funding worth up to $10 million per union.

    The bill expands the PPP to cover “violent criminals, including those guilty of assault on a police officer and nonconsensual sexual crimes.”

    Thus, the new guidelines for PPP push aside the small businesses that need funding. It also includes large nonprofits, “country clubs, fraternities and sororities and publicly-traded internet news organizations.”

    You cannot have a Democrat bill without social justice (This section includes the PPP for violent criminals I already mentioned):

    Left’s Social Justice Agenda
    • Provides $50 million in funding for EPA environmental justice grants, a thinly-veiled kickback to leftist environmental groups.
    • Extends PPP funds to violent criminals, including those guilty of assault on a police officer and nonconsensual sexual crimes.
    • Expands Medicaid eligibility, for five years, to incarcerated individuals 30 days prior to their release.
    • Prioritizes funding based on identity politics while ignoring rural businesses and communities.
    • Gives billions in subsidies and loan forgiveness worth 120% of debt to farmers and ranchers on the basis of race and ethnicity.
    • Gives $800 million in additional foreign food aid.

    Let’s look at more useless items:”

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    Lot’s more waste at the link….

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  8. Whose party?

    Trump’s party.

    https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2021/02/22/poll-plurality-republicans-leave-gop-new-trump-party-46-27/

    “Poll: Plurality Of Republicans Would Leave GOP For New Trump Party, 46/27”

    “This makes three polls in less than a month establishing the same two key facts about the current Republican Party. One: There are many more Trumpers than there are anti-Trumpers. Two: There are enough anti-Trumpers to make life difficult for the GOP if things stay too Trumpy.

    Last month a Rasmussen survey found 49 percent of Republicans thought a new Trump-led party would be better than the Republican Party versus 33 percent who thought it’d be worse. Last week Gallup saw 68 percent of GOPers say they wanted Trump to remain leader of the GOP versus 31 percent who don’t. Today Suffolk has numbers similar to both, again finding that more Republicans would prefer to be led by Trump even if it meant joining another party than would prefer to stay in a Trump-less GOP. But here too, the number of Trump skeptics isn’t negligible; a meaningful share of the party wants to move on from Trumpism and one of the great subplots of the coming midterms is what those voters decide to do about it. Do they stick with the team despite their Trump fatigue, stay home, or cross the aisle and become “Red Dog Democrats”?

    Or rather, how many end up in each of those three groups? Because there’ll be some in each, and the percentages matter a lot to who controls the House in 2023.

    By double digits, 46%-27%, those surveyed say they would abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if the former president decided to create one. The rest are undecided…

    Half of those polled say the GOP should become “more loyal to Trump,” even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans. One in five, 19%, say the party should become less loyal to Trump and more aligned with establishment Republicans…

    They express stronger loyalty to Trump the person (54%) than they did to the Republican Party that twice nominated him for the White House (34%).

    Somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of the party appears to be hardcore MAGA, with 42 percent saying that the recent impeachment trial made them more supportive of Trump. (Just four percent said it made them less so.) And somewhere between 20-30 percent appears to be Trump-skeptical, with eight in 10 Republicans saying they’d be less likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supported impeachment. There are people in the middle too, of course — for instance, 58 percent say they think the Capitol riot was, uh, mostly an Antifa operation whereas 28 percent called it a rally of Trump supporters. As a rule of thumb, we should probably assume going forward that 50 percent of Republicans are Trumpist RINOs, loyal to the former president but not to the party; another 30 percent like Trump but aren’t quite as willing to shed the Republican label; and another 20 percent think it’s time for a new direction.

    Can a 50/30/20 party be competitive in elections? It can if the “20” group is motivated mainly by negative partisanship, wanting to keep Democrats out of power at all costs. If and when that changes, the party collapses. Meanwhile, the “50” group that has no use for the party per se obviously can only be kept onside by giving Trump a major role going forward. Once he ceases to identify with the GOP, it collapses even more catastrophically. So, in a way, maybe this is … good news for Mitch McConnell?”

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  9. Reporter Wrecks Biden Spokesperson After He Tried to Take Credit for Trump-Era Policy

    One AP reporter gets it right.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/02/23/reporter-wrecks-biden-spokesperson-after-he-tried-to-take-credit-for-trump-era-po-n2585167

    ““Put him in a body bag.”

    Did that really happen at a Biden State Department press conference? Did the media push back on an attempt by this administration to take credit for a Trump-era policy? Yes, it happened. And the spokesperson was not too pleased for being called out for this attempted gaslighting of Trump’s Russia policy. The Associated Press’s Matt Lee was not going to allow Biden State Department spokesperson Ned Price to take credit for it, as it was clearly outlined and executed under the Trump administration. Lee is aggressive noting that this is a bit disingenuous, as the Biden administration has been in power for roughly a month. In that period, all of these companies just didn’t change their tune.

    The question dealt with the Nord Stream II pipeline, which reportedly has our European allies worried since they think Biden will be too weak-kneed to handle Putin. Now that’s some irony (via Axios):

    Russia’s adversaries in central and Eastern Europe are worried President Biden isn’t willing to fight hard to stop the Russia-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 — one of Vladimir Putin’s core priorities.

    …The fight is the first significant test of whether Biden’s tough rhetoric against the Russian leader will be matched by action. Russian opponents fear Biden doesn’t want to antagonize Angela Merkel and won’t inflict serious costs on the Germans.

    …The completion of Nord Stream 2 would be a huge geopolitical win for Putin and give him substantial new leverage in Europe. Russia has cut off natural gas supplies to Ukraine as retribution in disputes.

    Price said some 18 companies are starting to scale down their involvement with this project, which cued up the fireworks (via State Dept.):”

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  10. Now here is a man of character and integrity…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/justice-clarence-thomas-dissents-from-supreme-court-on-election-case-we-need-to-make-it-clear_3706242.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-02-22-3

    “Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a dissenting opinion regarding the high court’s decision not to take up a case challenging the Pennsylvania Nov. 3 election results.

    The court on Monday announced it won’t take up lawsuits challenging a Pennsylvania state court decision that relaxed ballot-integrity measures, including a move to extend the ballot-receipt deadline during the November election by three days due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Former President Donald Trump and Pennsylvania’s GOP urged the court to take up a review of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling.

    “This is not a prescription for confidence,” Thomas wrote on Monday, adding that “changing the rules in the middle of the game is bad enough.” Thomas, considered by many to be the most conservative justice, said the court should have granted a review.

    “That decision to rewrite the rules seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election. But that may not be the case in the future,” Thomas wrote (pdf). “These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority non-legislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is inexplicable.”

    “We are fortunate that many of the cases we have seen alleged only improper rule changes, not fraud,” Thomas wrote. “But that observation provides only small comfort. An election free from strong evidence of systemic fraud is not alone sufficient for election confidence. Also important is the assurance that fraud will not go undetected.””

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  11. The Texas “bombshell” at 8:16 doesn’t look to me like a bombshell at all. I read the entire four-page order from the Department of Energy. I don’t see where it denied Texas anything they requested. In fact, it specifically authorized operating additional equipment and capacity in conflict with environmental law. It limited the additional operation to only what was needed to meet the crisis, only when it was needed to meet the crisis, and with reporting requirements. What’s unreasonable about that?

    Here’s the core paragraph from page 2.

    “Given the emergency nature of the expected load stress, the responsibility of ERCOT to ensure maximum reliability on its system, and the ability of ERCOT to identify and dispatch generation necessary to meet the additional load, I have determined that additional dispatch of the Specified Resources is necessary to best meet the emergency and serve the public interest for purposes of FPA section 202(c). Because the additional generation may result in a conflict with environmental standards and requirements, I am authorizing only the necessary additional generation, with reporting requirements as described below.

    I’m not trying to shift blame one way or the other. I just don’t see this “bombshell” as proving anything.

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