27 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-1-21

  1. Told ya’.

    Chris is a hack.


    “Ben Domenech humiliates Chris Wallace on air for his Biden speech puffery”

    “I confess that like most Americans, I had no interest in watching Joe Biden’s non–State of the Union address to a mostly empty House chamber hosting a joint session of Congress. That’s why I missed a golden moment during the commentary afterward on Fox News Channel, one that surely stands as what the progressives like to call a “Profile in Courage.”


    “Watch the 2-minute video embedded below while you can. It is quite obviously an unauthorized recording of the segment, shot by a camera recording a TV screen, and therefore subject to being pulled down for copyright reasons.

    I found the clip via Ace, who found it at a site that is new to me: Love Breeds Accountability, which called it a “Master Class In Speaking Truth To Power As Ben Domenech Exposes Chris Wallace’s Journalism Grift.”

    Wallace had just finished his regular routine of pretending to be totally oblivious to the lavish praise he heaps on America Lasters and the seething hatred he harbors for America Firsters. This time around, specifically, he was pretending to be really surprised at just how well he thinks Biden’s speech went (shocker!), and how well he truly believes in his heart of hearts it will be received by the American people (shocker!). (snip)

    BlueAnon conspiracy theorist and America Last propagandist, Chris Wallace, wanted Fox News viewers to believe that Biden’s speech was really something uniquely remarkable that will be remembered as such and well-received by an American public that’s eager for what Demented Joe is selling.

    That’s the reality that legacy news media propagandists like Chris Wallace are circling the wagons to convince Americans is the truth.

    But Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist and all-around baller, has a little something to say about Chris Wallace’s history of “waxing eloquently” over Joe Biden speeches, alongside Wallace’s record of getting so many things so spectacularly wrong.”


  2. Ungrateful welps. 🙂



  3. Watched the clip mentioned in the first post. I don’t think that Domenech “humiliated” Wallace, but merely had a different opinion on the speech. But what rubs me the wrong way is that whoever wrote that headline seems to think that it is good to humiliate those with whom we disagree. What an arrogant, graceless attitude.

    And sadly, it is par for the course in so much of social media. There are so many headlines about one person “destroying” (or similar words) another. It bothers me that so many people, even some believers, like that kind of wording. As the saying goes, “You can be right and still be wrong.”

    General Grant could have easily “humiliated” or “destroyed” General Lee when Lee surrendered, but he took the way of grace instead.

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  4. States, let’s keep pushing for election integrity! We can’t otherwise truly move forward…


    “Florida’s Republican-controlled Senate on April 29 passed a new bill that places several restrictions around vote-by-mail and ballot drop boxes.

    The bill, SB 90 (pdf), was passed in the state House 77-40 and in the Senate 23-17. It now goes to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it.

    If signed, it would require signature verification for voters, provided by a “wet signature” physically signed on paper kept on file, and access to drop boxes would be limited to early voting hours unless they are located at election supervisors’ offices. Drop boxes would also have to be monitored in-person by an elections official, and ID would be required when dropping off ballots.

    Other aspects in the bill include limitations on who can return a finished mail-in ballot, preventing election officials from entering consent agreements, and requiring voters to request a mail ballot every election cycle, rather than every two, as under current law.

    The legislation would also ban anyone from “engaging in any activity with the intent to influence or effect of influencing a voter” but allow election supervisors to provide “non-partisan assistance,” such as giving items, including food and water, to voters within the restricted zones.

    The bill also requires supervisors to set and publish drop box locations 30 days before the election. Those locations cannot be moved for any purpose.”


  5. Wallace is an establishment shill and known %$# kisser.

    There was more to the Domenech comments, but Fox hasn’t made it available. I watched it live. He pulled no punches.

    That 85% approval number is BS too.

    It was a rambling, at times blithering, recitation of all the Dem talking points. It was sad. Yet Wallace found it “presidential”, because he’s a hack.


  6. “humiliates” = click bait. 9 out of 10 times its a perfectly normal discussion of two different viewpoints. But political blogs, of any persuasion, need eyeballs to the screen. DJ’s right — its a sad indicator of the modern world.

    Similarly, Trump Republicans need to Biden to appear old, rambling, and lifeless so as to reinforce Trump’s description. Hence, this description will appear on any Biden speech in a right wing site. In reality, Biden is a normal president — fairly boring and mundane but not the sleepy Joe of the Trump world, so boring and mundane he put Ted Cruz to sleep. Perhaps he’s the right type of president right now — a blue collar work ethic, slow steady and work gets done but no attention seeking behaviors.


  7. This kind of goes along with my previous comment:

    “Outrage Overload
    You will be assimilated into the rage machine.”

    But there’s a much larger and more important point to be made here. Whether it’s Black Lives Matter and their apologists throughout elite left-wing media or the constellation of MAGA propagandists and their apologists throughout elite right-wing media, the order of the day has gone forth: You must be pissed off. You must think the other side hates you and you must hate them for it. If the facts help in that effort, great. But if the facts aren’t readily available, then don’t worry. We’ll work around that or just invent them.

    It’s like when Frederic Remington cabled William Randolph Hearst from Cuba saying there will be no war. Hearst replied, “You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.” But now it’s for domestic purposes. You furnish, burnish, or fabricate the facts, and we’ll furnish the culture war.”


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  8. The outrage on both sides has become exhausting. That’s why Sen. Tim Scott’s remarks the other night caught my attention so quickly. Calm, not disparaging, reasonable; rational, issue-based, not ad hominem, arguments. I sat there listening to this and felt almost amazed. I’d forgotten what that even sounded like.

    Voters, I think, are craving that after what’s been a couple decades of heads exploding every time politics is discussed (or yelled about).

    Alas, neither side, generally, seems ready to change its tone at this point. So we’re stuck for the time being.

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  9. Once again,

    “Trump Vindicated as Judge Rules Michigan Secretary of State Violated Election Laws”


    “A judge in Michigan has vindicated President Trump by ruling that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, broke state law when she unilaterally changed election rules concerning absentee balloting in the 2020 election. This ruling legitimizes a key claim made by the Trump legal team in its challenges to the 2020 election.

    A major change imposed by Benson was loosening the signature verification requirement for absentee ballots. Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray ruled that this change violated Michigan Administrative Procedures Act.

    The court made the following conclusion:

    …nowhere in this state’s election law has the Legislature indicated that signatures are to be presumed valid, nor did the Legislature require that signatures are to be accepted so long as there are any redeeming qualities in the application or return envelope as compared with the signature on file. Policy determinations like the one at issue — which places the thumb on the scale in favor of a signature’s validity — should be made pursuant to properly promulgated rules under the APA or by the Legislature.

    Over 3.1 million Michiganders voted by absentee ballot in November. Biden “won” the state by just over 154,000 votes, according to the state-certified results.

    “I’m glad the court sees Secretary of State Benson’s attempts at lawmaking for what they are – clear violations of her authority,” said State Rep. Matt Hall, a Republican. “If she wants to make changes like these, she needs to work with the Legislature or properly promulgate them through the laws we have on the books.””



    Same scam used in other states too.


  10. CNN one again takes a swing at revisionist history on the 10th anniversary of the raid that killed Osama. Sorry guys, the old man with dementia owns this one.


    “CNN Can’t Whitewash Joe Biden Opposing the Osama bin Laden Raid”

    “Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of Barack Obama’s announcement of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The raid was the undoubted high point of Obama’s presidency – nothing else he did was as popular across party lines – and contributed significantly to his re-election, inoculating him against criticism of much of the rest of his foreign policy. But for Democrats, there are two inconvenient facts about the raid, which I have detailed before at greater length. One, the hard part was finding bin Laden, and we found him in large part due to Bush-era policies that Obama and the Democrats had criticized. And two, while Obama deserves the credit for making the decision to go ahead with the raid (after a fair amount of hemming and hawing), and most of Obama’s team went along with the decision, the historical record is quite clear that Joe Biden opposed it.

    CNN’s Zachary Wolf has a lengthy “analysis” entitled “Biden’s cautious stance on the bin Laden raid a decade ago tells us how he might handle a crisis now,” which does its best to soften, euphemize, and cloud that history without actually disputing any of it. Six paragraphs into the story, we get the first mention of what Biden’s stance was:

    Would Biden have green-lit the bin Laden raid?
    It’s impossible to say, since he was not President back in 2011, but Biden was in the room with Obama watching the bin Laden raid go down. In the many, many accounts of those days that have been published, Biden is universally portrayed as a skeptic of the raid.

    It actually is not that hard to say. Biden was not just a “skeptic” – he thought the raid was too risky, militarily and politically, he told Obama, “Mr. President, my suggestion is: Don’t go,” and everybody in the room has confirmed it. Nobody but Biden and his most die-hard flacks claims otherwise. Wolf tries to offer an excuse:”

    “Ten years later, Barack Obama can take a victory lap. Joe Biden can’t. On the biggest moment of decision of Obama’s presidency, Biden was there, and Biden was wrong.”


  11. Huh.

    “Studies: Obesity perhaps the most important risk factor for COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths”


    “Of all the erroneous messages promoted during the coronavirus pandemic by the press and entertainment industry, ‘body positivity’ may be the deadliest.”


    “Reviewing recent reports, I have noted that our media seems to be relatively silent on a factor that may be significant in assessing risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19: obesity.

    For example, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Disease Research and Policy reports that two new, large studies from England and Mexico provide new details on obesity as a risk factor for poor COVID-19–related outcomes.

    In the first study, published yesterday in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, University of Oxford researchers extracted data from the QResearch database for nearly 7 million English patients 20 years and older with available body mass index (BMI) values registered at an eligible general practice from Jan 24 to Apr 30, 2020.

    It is the largest study to date assessing body weight and COVID outcomes.

    Of 6,910,695 eligible patients with a mean BMI of 26.8 kg/m2, 0.20% were hospitalized, 0.02% were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), and 0.08% died after they were diagnosed as having COVID-19. Roughly one third of patients with severe coronavirus outcomes had type 2 diabetes, and most were 60 years or older.

    …The second study, led by researchers at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion and the Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia Ignacio Chavez in Mexico City, was published today in Epidemiology & Infection.

    The national observational study involved analyzing data from 15,529 COVID-19 inpatients and outpatients in Mexico’s 32 states from the National COVID-19 Epidemiological Surveillance Study between Feb 24 and Apr 26, 2020.

    The case-fatality rate was 9.2%, and 21% of hospitalized patients died. Obesity alone almost tripled the risk of death (aHR, 2.7), while obesity combined with other underlying illnesses increased the risk of death and other severe outcomes even further (diabetes HR, 2.79; immunosuppression HR, 5.06; high blood pressure HR, 2.30).

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a BMI between 18.5 to 25 is considered normal, above 25 is considered overweight, and 30 or more is considered obese.
    These clearly scientific and conclusive findings correspond to an earlier report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent that about 78% of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died from Covid-19 have been overweight or obese.

    Among 148,494 adults who received a Covid-19 diagnosis during an emergency department or inpatient visit at 238 U.S. hospitals from March to December, 71,491 were hospitalized. Of those who were admitted, 27.8% were overweight and 50.2% were obese, according to the CDC report. Overweight is defined as having a body mass index of 25 or more, while obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or more.

    The agency found the risk for hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths was lowest among individuals with BMIs under 25. The risk of severe illness “sharply increased,” however, as BMIs rose, particularly among people 65 and older, the agency said.

    Just over 42% of the U.S. population was considered obese in 2018, according to the agency’s most recent statistics.”


  12. Thank Joe Biden.

    He built this. We had a system in place, deals with other countries that was working, and Biden undid it all. He owns this. He allowed this in.

    “Over 90 people found in possible human smuggling case, some with COVID-19 symptoms: Police”


    “More than 90 people were found “huddled together” in a home in Houston in a possible case of human smuggling, the Houston Police Department said Friday.

    No one was seriously injured, but Houston Police Assistant Chief Daryn Edwards said, “We are concerned that there may be some positive COVID cases inside the house.”

    Some people have fevers and some have lost their sense of smell and taste, Edwards said at a news conference.

    The Houston police confirmed to ABC station KTRK late Friday that at least five people had tested positive for COVID-19.”


  13. I rarely agree with Goldberg on anything but he’s entirely correct in kizzie’s link. I didn’t really noticed “outrage” media until the Obama presidency when FOX called a tan suit a scandal and the “birther” idea emerged. However, it really came out on both sides of the internet in the 2016 election. Fake websites mostly in Eastern Europe made a fortune in fake news attracting eyeballs with over the top headlines. Once these sites demonstrated over the top headlines as a marketing strategy, the semi-legitimate blogs and new sites in the US started to imitate the strategy. Hopefully as people get tired of it, it fails as a business strategy — hence my little contribution if a title says “so and so humiliates so and so” I don’t click. The dull boring approach of Biden also may help things to calm down.

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  14. Signature requirements on ballots puzzle me. Does your gov’t actually have your signature on file? Since we register to vote by checking a box on tax returns, I’m puzzled on how they collect all 200 million voter’s signatures. If they keep a data base on voter signatures why then can’t the gov’t keep a signature database of gun owners — both are constitutionally protected. And how consistent are people with their signature — mines a scratch that changes depending on how tired I am. After signing report cards my signature doesn’t look the same on M. Ali’s and Z.Zhang’s report cards.

    And what point does the Republican party chase away those on the margins? The Canadian Conservatives party does this every election — social conservatives are very active in the party but their actions scare away fiscal conservatives and thus they never reach above 37% of the vote. (social conservatism is a smaller group in Canada and regionally based). Booing Romney may warm the base’s heart but will shrink the party?


  15. Trump supporters usually support his more isolationist foreign policy and the idea of bringing the troops home and closing bases elsewhere. Hence their support for the Iraq-Syria withdrawal. Biden is similarly more reluctant to engage US troops than most Democrats or Republicans. Biden’s reluctance or caution probably stems from his family’s involvement in the military. As military father, I can understand his reluctance to commit troops or approve raids. Not sure whether his reluctance in the Osama raid will mean anything now though. I would think given Trump’s isolationism, his supporters should find common cause with Biden’s reluctance despite the different origins of the policy.

    The obesity and Covid death link is a given and not the first time I’ve seen it. Obesity correlates to higher death rates in almost any health condition — flu, pneumonia, cancer, etc Obesity makes people ill-prepared to handle a health crisis. Then again I’ve gained over 10 pounds since May 2020 — online teaching isn’t good for my health. Not to mention my drinking has gone up……. I need to go on a long trip soon (I normally don’t drink when I travel since I travel alone), just to dry out.


  16. I haven’t seen the actual documentary but this trailer is interesting — it discusses the effect of over the top media on a person’s emotional statehttps://nowthisnews.com/videos/politics/filmmaker-jen-senko-on-the-brainwashing-of-my-dad-right-wing-media


  17. We had heard about the obesity connection–that’s why diabetes was considered a concern since so many with out-of-control diabetes tend to be overweight.

    It would have eased a lot of fears had that bit of information been more widely disseminated in the media.

    It also might have curtailed some of what HRW said above–or at least all that bread baking everyone seemed to be doing! LOL


  18. I think it has been reported for some time — like everything, it took a while for data to collect and findings to be more certain with this virus (which has only been around for a year, remember). It feels like about 10 years, though.


  19. That is one of the reasons that I think I got approved to return when I said that I had lost over 20 pounds and was walking miles daily. It lowered my risk factor.

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  20. The variants, however, seem to be bringing us more factors to worry about, younger people are now getting hit — though part of that is that older people have had vaccines, for the most part (and older people were more susceptible in general and those who survived have at least some immunity). Viruses naturally look for the next easy population to attack.

    I still think the vaccines are the best hope in turning this corner. I’m just concerned that so many poorer nations aren’t getting supplies. What’s happening in India is horrific. I don’t think the viruses are all that picky when they get rooted and start spreading wildly like that.

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