9 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-15-21

  1. Elder abuse.



  2. Senile GrandPa keeps saying the quiet part out loud.


    “Joe Biden said the quiet part out loud again. This time he did it on the world stage as the G7 summit in England wrapped up. The President of the United States admitted his staff leads him around by his nose or some other body part. As he began to take questions from reporters during a press conference, he began, “I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way.” Then he took a look at his notes to call on a specific reporter.”

    “Who’s in charge? This is a question that is frequently asked during the Biden administration and for good reason. It is cringeworthy enough when Biden utters these words during encounters with the press at home, but this was abroad with the world tuning in to hear what the leader of the free world had to say at the end of the G7 summit. What he told reporters is that he follows orders from his staff.

    The press coverage of Biden’s first trip overseas as president has been exactly what you would expect. Biden is a Democrat, their guy, and not the bad Orange Man who wouldn’t play nice during these summits. Joe Biden is more interested in courting friendships with the leaders of the U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan than bringing up anything that might prove uncomfortable. He is the ultimate status quo kind of guy. During his almost 50 years in elected office, Biden has no record of leading on any particular issue or piece of legacy legislation. He’s a follower, not a leader. As president, he manifests this weakness in memorizing whatever the talking point of the day is on whichever topic is in the headlines and he repeats them over and over again. He’s currently fond of saying that climate change poses the greatest danger to the world, as he did when he arrived in England. Grandpa is talking about the weather again, as a friend pointed out. Who writes his talking points, anyway? His teenage grandchildren?

    Nonetheless, the press persists. They play along and hang on his every word in order to write about his presidency in flowery language and puff pieces. What flavor of ice cream did you order, Mr. President?”


    But no more mean tweets, right?

    Again, #$%@$@^#^%$#$%! idiots.


  3. Thank Trump.


    “Novavax vaccine nears approval, may be more trusted”


    “In addition to the offerings from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, a fourth vaccine may be approved in the next month or two. Novavax has completed its phase 3 clinical trials which will be reviewed by the FDA, after which, the company will be able to request emergency approval for distribution. The initial results certainly sound promising. The company is reporting efficacy rates nearly as high as those seen with Pfizer and Moderna, along with a 100% effectiveness in preventing moderate to severe effects from COVID. In addition, this vaccine can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures and it doesn’t employ some of the new technology that has led to doubt among some of the vaccine-hesitant population. (NBC News)

    The Maryland-based biotech company Novavax reported Monday that its experimental Covid-19 vaccine is safe and 100 percent effective against moderate to severe disease.

    The results are from the company’s Phase 3 clinical trials conducted in the U.S. and Mexico. The company has already completed a Phase 3 trial in the U.K., but the U.S. trial results are required to apply for emergency use authorization in this country.

    Novavax said in a statement that it plans to apply to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization in the third quarter. That would add a fourth vaccine to the U.S. arsenal.

    It’s not entirely clear why Novavax took nearly six months longer than both Pfizer and Moderna to finish development and make it through the clinical trials. They were also part of Operation Warp Speed so they had federal funding available to allow them to do so as rapidly as possible. But it’s possible that the process takes longer when you’re creating a vaccine using the “old school” method.

    As the company spokesperson explained, Novavax doesn’t employ the messenger RNA (mRNA) technology used by Pfizer and Moderna. This vaccine just introduces the “spike protein” from the novel coronavirus directly into the patient’s bloodstream. This is the same method traditionally used when developing flu vaccines. So some of the people who remain unsure about the mRNA technology that’s already being deployed might feel a bit more comfortable with Novavax.”


  4. Kurt never sugar coats it. 🙂


    “It’s beyond any reasonable dispute that the slack-jawed old pervert staggering through this punchline presidency is getting more senile by the day. All the while, his cackling understudy is biding her time everywhere but at the border, getting huffy at being questioned, and generally failing at a job historically assigned to morons as a role where they could do little damage. The only people who dig their hep jive – yeah, go on and believe the 79 percent approval numbers among people now paying $5 a gallon for unleaded – are the talking tubers of cable news. But even the tater thots of Brian Stelter, who is a potato, can’t dispel the growing sense of unease that watching these incompetent weirdos brings.

    This epoch is the interregnum, a caretaker presidency presided over by a human asterisk who cares only about his post-lid bowl of mush and being wrapped in a shawl, set in front of the tee-vee, and allowed to watch his stories. The only thing moving less expeditiously than his bowels is his ridiculous legislative agenda, and all the prunes in the world aren’t going to help clear out that particular constipation, not with Joe Manchin and Kristen Sinema refusing to commit ritual political suicide on the altar of coastal leftist dreams.

    The progs were so close, just a vote or two away, to the unrestrained power they thought they could flex and thereby secure their control forever. But * is no Franklin Roosevelt. Nor is he Teddy Roosevelt. Nor Eleanor Roosevelt, though he could be if he really, really wanted to be. He’s not even Melvin Roosevelt. Instead, Grandpa Badfinger is a rickety joke, bumping elbows with his younger fellow-incompetents at the G7, wandering about mindlessly chasing moths until his ridiculous wife, with her ridiculous “Dr.”, wrangles him back into the hapless pack. You look at this sorry set of leaders of the formerly-free world and the vibe you get is “exhaustion.” There’s no energy, no drive, no hope. Boris Johnson, formerly a man, explained to a bored UK that that “nations coming out of the pandemic need to ‘build back better’ in a ‘greener,’ ‘more gender neutral and perhaps a more feminine way.’” Hack clichés are their solution, but these relics have nothing else. They are weak and stupid and they represent a spent elite that cares about nothing except just a little more time holding fast to their uncertain sinecures.

    You can feel the tension beneath the surface, the sense that something is coming, a great changing. Oh, the elite at Davos fantasizes about a “Great Reset,” but they mean it literally – they want to reset the world back to how it was set when they were young and had energy and people hadn’t yet noticed that their venality and incompetence was matched only by their insanely inflated sense of their own abilities. But why would they be any better at pulling that off than they are at anything else? When the shattering disruption comes, they are the ones who will be disrupted, they and the whole post-War establishment our betters thought would last a thousand years and that won’t make it past 80. The elite aren’t, not even close, and we all know it now and we all sense that their Jenga tower o’ power can’t keep from toppling over even as they pull more and more blocks out of it, shredding norms (just this once – it’s always “just this once”) to keep their grip.

    But what comes next? Something big, but the question is “What?” The only thing for certain is that the people running things now won’t like it. It’s been said here many times that Donald Trump was not our last chance, but theirs, our final fair warning to our failed elite from back when, at some level, we still thought the ruling caste acknowledged that we normals had at least some theoretical right to participate in our own government. But such illusions, to the extent they had endured, got shattered last November. We heard for four years how the 2016 election had been hacked, stolen, whatever the hyperbole du jour was, and the minute they could proclaim His Asteriskness president questioning elections became treason. But we saw the cheating, and we saw the judicial and executive sleight-of-hand that changed the rules in ways a real Supreme Court would have objected to, and we saw the informal rigging of the election through the lies and covering-up of the professional, licensed, and registered janitors of narrative journalism.

    Now it’s all about holding onto power no matter what the cost. The corrupt feds toss trespassers into solitary while letting Antifa/BLM scumbags walk. Their tech buddies desperately try to play whack-a-mole with the unapproved ideas that keep popping up. The garbage media celebrates noted onanists while it ignores the Snortunate Son’s latest entry on his CV of shame – he’s added racial epithets to his remarkable and remarkably unremarked-upon record of tapping the tills of Slavic oligarchs, tapping rando strippers, and re-imagining the classic 80s novel of coke-fueled excess as Bright Lights, Big Guy (who gets his 10%).

    It can’t last. Maybe if these puffy clowns were pros they could keep their boots on our throats forever, but they don’t own boots – too cis – and their Guccis and Birkenstocks just don’t have the same heft. They are weak, and stupid, and they are not even cunning enough to ensure that the cops and military, who would be expected to provide their final protective fire when accountability comes to overrun them, are prepared to do their dirty work. They need a savage Praetorian Guard – who doubts they would turn the razor-sharp gladii of their legionnaires on the people if that’s what it took to keep power? – but instead they’ve driven the best LEOs out via defunding and persecution and they’ve turned the Army into a camo-clad Ivy League faculty lounge that, over the last couple decades, has won precisely the same number of military victories as an Ivy League faculty lounge.”


  5. Where do you fall?

    “Winners and Losers of the Work-From-Home Revolution”


    “This year, two international teams of economists published papers that offer very different impressions of the future of remote work.

    The first team looked at an unnamed Asian tech company that went remote during the pandemic. Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Working hours went up while productivity plummeted. Uninterrupted work time cratered and mentorship evaporated. Naturally, workers with children at home were the worst off.

    The second team surveyed more than 30,000 Americans over the past few months and found that workers were overwhelmingly satisfied with their work-from-home experience. Most people said it exceeded their expectations. “Employees will enjoy large benefits from greater remote work” after the pandemic, the paper’s authors predicted. They said that productivity would surge in the post-pandemic economy, “due to re-optimized working arrangements” at some of the economy’s most successful white-collar companies.

    Put it together, and it’s a bit of a muddle. Remote work might crush productivity, but it will also lead to a productivity boom? It obliterates focus and extends working hours, but people want more of it? It hampers the sort of teamwork that is essential at knowledge-economy companies, but those same companies say they’re going to make it a permanent feature?

    This complexity makes more sense if we think of WFH as an invention that helps some people more than others. The remote-work revolution might be, as I’ve argued before, a good thing overall. But it will produce winners and losers. Let’s consider a few.

    Winners: High-income workers at highly profitable companies

    In the past year, no group has been more pleased with working from home than high-income men in their 30s and 40s, according to the survey of 30,000 U.S. workers. And highly profitable companies are more likely to say they are planning to make WFH a central part of their business. The most likely immediate winners of the remote-work revolution, then, are those who, in an economic sense, are already winning.

    “Ground zero for who stands to benefit from WFH in the near future is something like a 45-year-old software engineer who used to work in central Manhattan but now they can do the same work, for the same salary, from their living room in the suburbs,” says Nicholas Bloom, a Stanford professor and co-author of the paper that included these surveys.

    At least in the short term, Bloom told me, one should expect to see profitable companies such as Google, Apple, and Facebook loudly celebrate hybrid or WFH policies, while less opulent companies urge their workers to come back to the office.”


  6. “Media Alarmism Is the Real Threat to Democracy
    Their reckless claims about fictitious GOP plots constitute a clear and present danger.”


    “It has now become all but impossible on any given day to find a major media news outlet that doesn’t feature at least one apocalyptic opinion piece warning us that democracy is under attack by the diabolical Republican Party and its sinister leader Donald Trump. This kind of nonsense was once limited to nutty internet forums and social media sites. Then it metastasized to cable news channels. Now it is a staple of “serious journalism” in publications like the New York Times and the leading broadcast networks. This hysteria is not only unfettered from any genuine threat posed by the GOP or anyone else but is itself eminently dangerous to our system of representative democracy.

    Perversely, the alarmism has only intensified since the Democrats took control of the White House and the Senate. The following headline from a recent Washington Post column is typically absurd: “Republicans are not in disarray. They’re united in their attack on democracy.” Its author, Paul Waldman, recites the usual catechism involving voter suppression and usurpation of state election administration by GOP legislators. He then declares the party and its “deluded base” illegitimate: “Where are the Republicans who object to this wide-ranging assault on democracy? There aren’t any.” Thomas Edsall echoes Waldman from the amen corner at the New York Times:

    Republicans are enacting or trying to enact laws restricting the right to vote, empowering legislatures to reject election outcomes and adopting election rules and procedures designed to block the emergence of multiracial political majorities.… The precipitating event driving the current surge of regressive voting legislation in Republican-controlled states is Donald Trump’s defeat in 2020 and the widespread acceptance on the right of Trump’s subsequent claim that the presidency was stolen from him.

    Like so many partisan journalists who wish to delegitimize Republican-led election reforms, Edsall and Waldman have conveniently forgotten that the Constitution explicitly endows state legislatures with the power to make or revise election law. Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 is unambiguous: “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.” What these stout defenders of democracy in the media are really upset about is Republican electoral success in the states. Including the GOP’s recent gains in the 2020 election, the Republicans now control 30 state legislatures, while the Democrats control only 18.

    Republicans are simply better at democracy at the state level, where it really counts. Yet even the taxpayer-funded Public Broadcasting System rejects this obvious reality in favor of ridiculous conspiracy theories. The PBS News Hour recently featured a story on its website titled “Some fear Republicans’ post-Trump actions are eroding democracy.” This irresponsible piece of yellow journalism cites such things as the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County’s election data, Georgia’s new election integrity statute, a stalled election bill in Texas, and the Jan. 6 “insurrection” as evidence of a coordinated nationwide Republican scheme to undermine traditional democratic conventions:


    “To democracy advocates, Democrats and others, the persistence of the GOP’s election denial shows how the Republican Party is increasingly open to bucking democratic norms, particularly the bipartisan respect traditionally afforded to election results even after a bitter campaign. That’s raising the prospect that if the GOP gains power in next year’s midterms, the party may take the extraordinary step of refusing to certify future elections.”


    “This tripe was published on your dime. In fiscal year 2021, the federal appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting totals $445 million. That’s a lot of money to pay when we can get leftist agitprop on the cheap from Bloomberg, where Jonathan Bernstein advises us we should be very worried about the dark doings of the GOP: “The problem is easy enough to describe. In a two-party political system, one party, the Republican Party, has in large part turned antidemocratic.” He follows this up by sharing a “Statement of Concern” signed by various political scientists who implore Congress to “do whatever is necessary … in order to pass national voting and election administration standards.”

    What these academics mean by “do whatever is necessary” is kill the Senate filibuster and pass the For the People Act without the 60-vote bipartisan majority now required to get that pernicious bill across the finish line. This, ironically, would be anti-democratic and thus genuinely dangerous. Fortunately, at least three prominent Democratic senators get that. Last week Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in explicitly refusing to support elimination of the filibuster. Feinstein told Forbes, “If democracy were in jeopardy, I would want to protect it. But I don’t see it being in jeopardy right now.” Predictably, the media alarmists are trashing her:”


  7. Joe Biden built this.

    “Joint law enforcement effort shuts down stash house, more than 100 illegal migrants inside”

    This is all on him.


    “A joint law enforcement effort by the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and Laredo Police Department led to over 100 illegal migrants being rescued from a stash house. Stash houses are a harsh reality of the Biden border crisis. Human beings are trafficked across the southern border and warehoused in houses until their families pay a ransom or they are moved further into the country.

    This is the latest story to hit the news of a stash house raid. A video was released as law enforcement shut down the operation shows more than 100 migrants being taken into custody. Conditions in the house were described as “inhumane”. You can see the interior of the house is grim.”

    “In a statement released by U.S. Border Patrol, the law enforcement agency points out that the COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the use of stash houses. This means that not only is human trafficking a humanitarian crisis, but it is also a public health crisis.

    The incident occurred during the morning of June 10 when over 100 undocumented individuals were found inside the alleged stash house. The individuals were identified as nationals of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

    All the undocumented individuals were taken into custody for further investigation. None of the individuals were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) and all were medically screened.

    The smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses have not been deterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Stash house incidents such as this pose a threat not only to the people exploited by human smuggling but also to the people and safety of our Nation.”


    Oh look, even more….


  8. They won’t complain too loudly, they are lapdogs and watercarriers after all.




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