19 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-9-21

  1. The grifters keep getting exposed as the frauds they always were. 🙂

    And I’m no longer talking about just the Lincoln (Perv) Project.

    We have another bunch of false conservatives conserving conservatism over at the Bulwark as well. Kristol and Charen are so conservative they want R’s to approve a far left nut job.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/03/nevertrumpers-back-radical-doj-nominee.php

    “NEVERTRUMPERS BACK RADICAL DOJ NOMINEE
    There are two types of NeverTrumpers. The first type hates Trump, but that hatred doesn’t cause them to abandon long-held conservative principles. The second type’s hatred of Trump leads them to shift positions on matters of policy.

    Bret Stephens is an example of the first type, I think. Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin are extreme examples of the second.

    I had assumed that Bill Krisol and Mona Charen, both long-time stalwarts of the conservative movement, were in the first category. But after reading this article in the Washington Post, I’m not so sure.

    According to the Post, an organization whose founders and directors include Kristol and Charen is “spearheading” a campaign to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general. Gupta’s policy positions are radically leftist. It’s difficult to imagine that Kristol and Charen would be part of the charge to get Gupta confirmed if their positions on important policy matters hadn’t changed dramatically as a result of Trump’s ascent.

    Before turning to specifics, let’s look at the stated rationale of this campaign to confirm Gupta. It’s fraudulent.

    According to the Post, the ad states:

    Gupta has a record of building bridges across partisan divides. So let’s stop playing politics. Confirm Vanita Gupta and let’s build an America we can all believe in.

    “Gupta has a record of building bridges across partisan divides”? Nothing could be further from the truth.

    In fact, Gupta is a hyper-partisan operative. She has relentlessly attacked Republican nominees with whom she disagrees on policy.

    Take Brett Kavanaugh. Upon hearing that President Trump intended to nominate him for the Supreme Court, Gupta declared Kavanaugh, a judge on the prestigious D.C. Circuit, “unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.” She stated:

    Brett Kavanaugh is a direct threat to our civil and human rights and is unfit to serve on our nation’s highest court. Like President Trump, he would protect the rights of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all – a fact verified by his prominence on Trump’s vaunted short list of potential nominees.

    Earning a spot on this list of anti-civil and human rights all-stars required satisfying the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society and passing Trump’s ideological litmus tests. Trump promised that, if confirmed, his nominee would overturn Roe v. Wade, and undermine the Affordable Care Act, which would have a devastating impact on those with pre-existing conditions, people of color, women, people with disabilities, and millions of others for decades to come. Access to health care is a civil and human rights issue of profound importance.

    Kavanaugh believes that the president is above the law, and he would not be a check on Trump’s abuse of power.

    And so on.

    Are these the words of a bridge builder?”

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    Nope, just the words of complete frauds.

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  2. And they’ve gone so far left as to advocate for far left legislation.

    Feel the conservatism…….

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  3. Now on to the Lincoln Perv Project.

    They all knew……

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  4. But the leftist media sure does love them some right wing traitors….

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    Even more here….

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/03/08/pack-of-no-good-grifters-drew-holden-shames-the-media-for-boosting-the-lincoln-project/

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  5. The CDC has changed the rules….

    CDC: Fully-Vaccinated People Can Gather Together Without Masks

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/cdc-fully-vaccinated-people-can-gather-together-without-masks/

    “The CDC’s latest COVID-19 guidelines state fully-vaccinated people can gather together without masks. You can also go maskless around low-risk non-vaccinated people.

    The CDC considers you fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dosage and two weeks after the single shot from Johnson & Johnson.

    The guidelines are as common sense as it gets. But the people need their betters to decide to move to the next level. God forbid you think for yourself.

    Anyway.

    The guidelines also say fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine or get a test if they have been exposed to COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.

    From the CDC:”

    What’s Changed

    If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

    You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

    You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

    If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

    However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.”

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  6. Oh look, further vindication for those who were mocked by the rubes who bought the lies that China was selling.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2021/03/08/hasnt-ruled-lab-leak-washington-post-calls-new-investigation-leak-theory/

    “WHO Hasn’t Ruled Out Lab Leak And Washington Post Calls For New Investigation Of Leak Theory”

    “The World Health Organization team that visited Wuhan to investigate the origin of the coronavirus still hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a lab leak. Business Insider confirmed that the possibility is still on the table as far as the WHO is concerned:

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, the lead scientist on the WHO’s mission to Wuhan, said that a lab-accident theory is “definitely not off the table.”

    On February 11, after a WHO mission completed a four-week trip to China to investigate the origins of the coronavirus, WHO director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said: “I want to clarify that all hypotheses remain open and require further study.”

    A spokesman for the WHO told Insider in a Monday that this statement remains valid.

    The final report on the trip to Wuhan should be published next week. An interim summary of the report that could have been published earlier was canceled. Also last week, a group of 26 scientists published an open letter calling for a full investigation into the origins of COVID, one which is not hampered by Chinese efforts to curate information. Here’s a bit of it:

    Although the joint team investigation was a significant opportunity for the international community to gain some limited and highly curated information, it has unfortunately proven opaque and restrictive, greatly compromising the scientific validity of the investigation.

    With more than two million deaths, more than a hundred million infected by COVID-19 worldwide, and a massive global disruption impacting some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, we cannot afford an investigation into the origins of the pandemic that is anything less than absolutely thorough and credible. If we fail to fully and courageously examine the origins of this pandemic, we risk being unprepared for a potentially worse pandemic in the future.

    I read the letter last week and expected it would receive a strong pushback in the media. I was surprised to see that the Washington Post published an editorial echoing some of these same complaints over the weekend:

    A joint inquiry by the World Health Organization and China has run into trouble, as a group of 26 scientists pointed out this week in an open letter to the WHO. Both the possibility of a zoonotic spillover from animal hosts and that of a laboratory accident need independent, expert investigation — and it is time for a new team to seriously tackle the laboratory hypothesis…

    What’s needed is an independent, multidisciplinary and unfettered investigation into the origins of the outbreak, both the zoonotic and laboratory hypotheses. China’s obduracy is not going away. The WHO, a membership organization, lacks the powers to pry open closed doors in China, and there is not another good alternative. However, Dr. Tedros could appoint a new team of highly qualified international experts, including forensic specialists, to investigate the laboratory-leak hypothesis, and forcefully insist that China not stand in its way. If he openly challenged China on this matter, he would have the support of a world wanting to know how this nightmare began and how to prevent another.

    Yes, you read that right. The Washington Post editorial board is calling for a serious, independent investigation of the lab leak theory instead of the obviously stage-managed conclusions we’re about to get from the WHO organized team. Kudos to the Post for refusing to go along with China’s PR exercise.”

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    Sorry but a golf clap is about all I can muster for the blind squirrels over at The WaPo.

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  7. Like I said over the weekend….

    “Are We Back To Sending Pallets Of Cash To Iran?”

    Yes. Yes we are…….

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2021/03/08/back-sending-pallets-cash-iran/

    “Earlier this month we learned that some of President Joe Biden’s attempts at backroom diplomacy with Iran were rebuffed, with the Iranians essentially telling the White House that we would need to “go first.” What they wanted was the lifting of at least some of the sanctions on them before they would consider any direct negotiations with the United States over their nuclear program. This weekend saw some news bubbling up in Arabic outlets suggesting that the Biden administration may have taken that request to heart. Our colleague Nick Arama at RedState dug up some chatter from Iranian sources suggesting that Biden had unfrozen some of the billions of dollars of Iranian assets currently locked up in the Trade Bank of Iraq and that some “transactions” had already taken place. If so, this would be a major shift in policy without any notification to the public.

    An Iranian trade official said Friday the US green-lit the release of Iranian funds that have been frozen in Iraq due to US sanctions.

    Citing Iraqi sources, Hamid Hosseini, board member of the Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce, said Washington has approved the release of frozen Iranian assets at the Trade Bank of Iraq.

    “Several transactions have [already] been made,” Hosseini wrote on Twitter, without mentioning the value of the assets.

    Before we get too excited, we should note that these reports are coming from Iran International and Al Arabiya, not exactly the most reliable of sources. It’s still entirely possible that this is just some gossip being spread around by the Iranians to influence public opinion.”

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  8. Journalism is dead.

    Both sides to a story?

    Pffffftttt……

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  9. Since day one….

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2021/03/07/gaetz-suspects-transition-from-biden-to-harris-may-be-already-underway-n2585845

    “Matt Gaetz Wonders If a Transition from Biden to Harris Is Already Underway”

    “On Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo and Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz made some keen observations about the Biden administration that has some people questioning who’s really in charge over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Bartiromo asked the Florida Republican whether a transition may be already underway, given President Biden’s avoidance of the press while Vice President Kamala Harris meets with international leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron.

    “What is going on?” Bartiromo asked. “Are we getting ready for some kind of a transition?”

    “You have to wonder whether or not the transition to Harris has already begun,” said Gaetz. “Joe Biden’s had more nap time than he’s had questions from reporters. And you’re right. While the Middle Kingdom grows more ambitious in their goals, we are still toiling away in the Middle East. Joe Biden has had more attacks on Syria than he’s had press conferences.”

    Gaetz also questioned whether progressive voters are having buyer’s remorse when it comes to the new president.

    “Is this what you wanted, a warmonger president like Joe Biden, when Donald Trump did so much to bring peace to the world and to actually confront the real threat, China, not to be trying to build democracies out of blood and sand and Arab militias in some desert far away?” asked Gaetz.”

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  10. The show trial that will end in riots, looting, and burning no matter the outcome, has begun.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/chauvin-pre-trial-day-1-will-floyds-prior-arrest-related-drug-ingestion-be-admitted-as-evidence/

    “Chauvin Pre-Trial Day 1: Will Floyd’s Prior Arrest-Related Drug Ingestion Be Admitted As Evidence?

    A full 16 of first pool of 50 prospective jurors dismissed “for cause” based on their questionnaire answers before voir dire begins!”

    “Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the Minnesota murder trial of Derek Chauvin, over the in-custody death of George Floyd. I am Attorney Andrew Branca for Law of Self Defense, providing guest commentary and analysis of this trial for Legal Insurrection.

    As a reminder, I am “LIVE Parlering” the trial in real-time over at my Parler account, which you can find using my Parler handle: @LawofSelfDefense.

    This afternoon the prosecution, meaning Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank, and the defense, meaning Attorney Eric Nelson, worked through a bunch of evidentiary motions before trial Judge Peter Cashill.

    These motions are entirely routine in any criminal prosecution, and in a sense they are part of defining the battlefield on which the legal fight will be won or lost at trial. In effect these motions define what evidence and legal arguments will be permitted to be made at trial. The preference is to hash these issues out before the trial itself begins so that the trial proper, when the jurors are actively participating, can be as efficient as possible.

    Generally, these evidentiary motions are referred to as in limine motions, essentially meaning motions to limit what evidence will be permitted before the jury. For example, if a suspect was pulled over and illegal drugs were discovered in the car, but the discovery was the result of an unconstitutional search, the defense counsel would make an in limine motion to exclude the unjustly discovered drugs from being introduced as evidence at trial. In practice, these types of motions tend to be more broad ranging than just excluding evidence, however.

    Today’s motions in the Chauvin case, for example, touched on a wide variety of both evidentiary issues as well as simple matters of process and practice for the trial itself.

    One motion (Motion #2), for example, addressed how most properly to refer to Chauvin, Floyd, and others during the course of the trial. It’s theoretically permissible to refer to Derek Chauvin throughout the trial as “the defendant” and to refer to George Floyd throughout the trial as “the victim” or “the deceased.”

    In practice, however, such phrasing tends to be emotive and prejudicial, and many judges prefer to avoid such terminology. Fortunately for the defense, Judge Cashill is among those, and he expressed a strong preference for the prosecution and defense to refer to parties and witnesses by their actual names—so, “Mr. Chauvin” and “Mr. Floyd”—rather than a legalistic label. The state and defense agreed to abide by the court’s preference, while noting that they had only incomplete control over how witnesses might phrase things.

    Another motion (Motion #1) dealt with the issue of whether a witness could be re-called to the stand if, after they initially testified, they had then viewed the testimony of other witnesses. It is normal practice to avoid having witnesses hear the testimony of other witnesses, because doing so can color their own testimony. All witnesses, while waiting their turn, are told to not listen to the testimony of earlier witnesses, and are not permitted in the courtroom prior to their own testimony to prevent this practice.

    But what about after a witness is done testifying? If they truly are done, and will not be called back into court to testify again, there’s no reason they shouldn’t hear the testimony of other witnesses. But what if they listen to such later witness testimony, and suddenly discover that they are being called back to testify a second time?

    Here the court stated its preference that a witness not be recalled if after they themselves testified they later heard testimony of other witnesses.

    Most of the motions discussed this afternoon resulted in little argument between the state and prosecution, often no argument whatever, but there were some exceptions. One such exception had to do with the admissibility of evidence about George Floyd having ingested illicit drugs upon arrest, to the point of having to be hospitalized.

    The defense narrative of innocence in this case is obviously that what killed Floyd was not Chauvin’s knee but rather the three-fold fatal dose of fentanyl found in Floyd’s body upon medical examination. The belief is that when he realized he was about to be arrested for attempting to pass a bad $20 bill, Floyd ingested meth and fentanyl drugs he had on his person in order to prevent their discovery by the arresting officers. The dose ingested, unfortunately for Floyd, for Chauvin, for all of Minneapolis, and for the United States generally, was more than sufficient to prove fatal.

    Almost exactly a year prior to the day Floyd died with a fatal dose of fentanyl in his body he was also the subject of a lawful arrest and also apparently ingested illicit drugs to avoid their discovery by the arresting officers. In that case Floyd received hospital care and did not die as a result of the drug ingestion.

    Naturally, with a nearly identical drug ingestion event having occurred with Floyd merely a year prior to his death, the defense would like to get evidence of that prior event in front of the jury. Their prior efforts to get that event admitted into evidence, however, had not gotten traction because the judge perceived the evidence as more prejudicial than probative.

    The term probative refers to the ability of a piece of evidence to make a claimed fact apparently more or less true. In effect, it is evidence that allows a finder of fact to determine whether they believe a claimed fact to be true or false.”

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  11. Senile Joe’s dogs have more bite to their bark than Senile Joe does.

    https://news.yahoo.com/white-house-dog-house-bidens-035013863.html

    “President Joe Biden has sent his two dogs back to his family home in Wilmington, Delaware, after the younger of the two German Shepherds was involved in a “biting incident” with a White House security agent, US media said Monday.

    Three-year-old Major, whom Biden and his wife Jill adopted in November 2018 from an animal shelter, had been displaying aggressive behavior including jumping, barking and charging at White House staff and security, CNN reported, citing two anonymous sources.

    The sources described a “biting incident” involving a member of the security services but did not specify if the person was injured. The episode was, however, seen as serious enough for both dogs, including 13-year-old Champ, to be returned to the Bidens’ home in Wilmington last week.”

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  12. “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    Aren’t we already there?

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  13. The media and “experts”, wrong again….

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/542249-feehery-what-have-we-learned-over-the-past-year-since-the-world-stopped

    “Feehery: What have we learned over the past year since the world stopped because of COVID?”

    “Here are 6 things:

    Lockdowns don’t work: Remember 15 days to slow the spread? Well, since those fateful words were uttered, we have had a year of various efforts to slow down a virus that has an infection fatality rate of less than 1 percent. And what we have learned is that viruses are gonna virus. California, the United Kingdom, Florida and Sweden show the futility of lockdowns. California and the UK locked down airtight, while Florida and Sweden have not. Florida and Sweden have performed better, if you take in the totality of their experiences than either California or the UK.

    Politicians love power: This virus gave governors and mayors across the country unprecedented power to close down businesses, pick winners and losers, make arbitrary decisions based on personal pique and come up with fantastical rationalizations to impose their will on a largely docile populace. They loved to be the center of attention (New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy come to mind), they loved to appear to be empathetic, they loved to punish those who dissented, and most of all they loved the idea of compelling citizens to show their devotion to the state (hence useless mask mandates). It won’t be easy to seize power back from the greedy political class.

    Experts lack expertise: The expert class has rarely been right but has never been in doubt. It has embarrassed itself by constantly making predictions that don’t pan out, by unnecessarily scaring a huge percentage of the population, by offering contradictory advice on everything from masks to school openings to gathering outdoors (good for violent protestors, bad for Super Bowl partiers). I suppose we should cut them some slack because this is a novel coronavirus, but, on second thought, we shouldn’t. They have been a disaster.

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    “The media is complicit in furthering the Panic: If it bleeds, it leads. Or in the COVID era, if it coughs, we are off, on another eight stories about how you could die tomorrow, from a virus that kills virtually nobody healthy under the age of 70. I initially thought this was a giant conspiracy to kill the Trump reelection campaign but then it dawned on me that scaring people is awesome for ratings and for clicks (as the CEO of Time Warner pointed out last week). This is now an essential part of the media’s business strategy.”

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  14. Thanks Senile Joe.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/number-of-covid-positive-migrants-released-in-u-s-is-surging/

    “Number of COVID-Positive Migrants Released in U.S. is Surging

    Suddenly, White House admits it must ‘work more’ to discourage illegal migrants coming to US.”

    “The current administration claims that there is no illegal immigration crisis at the southern border.

    Yet, it is now being reported that the number number of migrants testing positive for the coronavirus before being released into the US by the Border Patrol is up significantly from the last week.

    Felipe Romero, a spokesman for Brownsville, Texas, said 185 migrants rapid-tested at the city’s main bus station showed they were infected with COVID-19, ​up from the 108 who tested positive last week, Fox News reported Monday.

    Since Jan. 25, 1,553 individuals have been tested for coronavirus after crossing the US border there, he said.

    ​​Romero said there’s little that Brownsville can do to restrict the migrants from ​traveling beyond Texas other than advising them to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety precautions and quarantine.

    Migrants who were once held ​i​n border camps while they were being processed in the courts for entry are no longer detained as part of the Biden administration rolling back former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

    One man who runs a homeless shelter along the border that a quarter of the immigrants brought into his facility test positive for the coronavirus.

    Bill Reagan, director of Loaves and Fishes, the food bank and shelter in Harlingen, Texas, said more cases are likely but are not being detecting because, given the conditions, testing is “almost useless.”

    Mr. Reagan told a Harlingen City Commission meeting last week that the migrants are processed at the border and then bused to his facility, so they may have contracted COVID-19 but show no signs of infection. Besides, he said, there is not much the city can do.

    “We can’t quarantine them,” he told commissioners. “Even though they test positive, they’re going to leave the next day. They’re going to get on the bus or the airplane, and they’re gone.”

    The first group that came through had 25% positivity test rate, he said.

    Perhaps this is one of the myriads of reasons why the White House has just admitted it isn’t doing enough to discourage people from seeking unlawful entry into this country.”

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