31 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-17-22

  1. Well I guess Billy Joel was right as far as the media is concerned….

    “Honesty is such a lonely word
    Everyone is so untrue
    Honesty is hardly ever heard
    And mostly what I need from you”




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  2. But the FBI was too busy chasing Jan6ers to see the obvious, and the state and locals dropped the ball.



    How could this happen they ask?

    See above.

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  3. The media’s narrative is full of holes and BS.

    Sometimes they’re not right, left, or center. Just insane.













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  4. I already knew Wild sucks. Sadly she’s my Congresswoman.



    Research? Facts?


    She’s a Democrat. Those details never enter her brain.

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  5. The stupid…

    It hurts….

    “California is running out of water. They just voted down a desalination plant”


    “It’s no secret that California is experiencing a water crisis. At this point, Lake Mead has been drained so low that they’re finding the bodies of dead mobsters from the 40s at the bottom of it. The laughably named Los Angeles River is little more than a damp culvert. And if the drought doesn’t end soon, there simply won’t be enough potable water to support the current population. In a move to help alleviate the situation, back in 2017, the State Lands Commission unanimously voted to approve a one billion dollar project for Poseidon Water to construct a large desalination plant at Huntington Beach. It would provide huge volumes of purified water to boost the state’s dwindling supplies. This week, after enduring protests from activists, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to cancel the project. So I guess it’s going to be sand baths for all my friends. (CBS News)

    The California Coastal Commission Thursday unanimously rejected a controversial plan to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

    Several hundred people attended the hearing, which took place in Costa Mesa, and voiced their support and opposition to the project in front of the 12 voting members of the commission, who all voted to deny a coastal development permit for the Poseidon Water desalination facility.

    “This victory for sustainable water would not have been possible without the continued advocacy of Orange County residents and water warriors across the state,” Garry Brown, founder and president of the nonprofit environmental group Orange County Coastkeeper, said after the vote.”


    Victory for the environuts means defeat for residents hoping for more water.

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  6. Dare we hope that some corporations got the message after seeing Disney’s value collapse?

    Woke leads to broke. Maybe that’s why you’ve been losing subscribers….

    “Netflix ‘Culture Memo’ Tells Woke Employees That ‘Netflix May Not Be the Best Place for You’

    “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”


    “In the first quarter of 2022, Netflix announced they’d lost 200,000 subscribers, the first time the company had reported such a quarterly loss in a ten years. It has also projected a loss of two million subscribers in the second quarter.

    Though the company cited, among other things, “increased competition and password-sharing” as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which prompted Netflix to pull its services from Russia, as reasons for the subscriber decline, some including presumptive future Twitter owner Elon Musk have suggested the streaming service’s downward spiral is happening in part due to their tendency to air “woke” programming which is, to put it mildly, not entertaining.

    Perhaps in acknowledgment of that possibility, as well as in the aftermath of all the backlash they’ve received over the last couple of years from wokesters over the popular Dave Chappelle comedy specials – which Netflix has stood behind – the company has recently updated their “Culture Memo” to warn employees who might be sensitive to the subject matter of projects they could be assigned to that “Netflix may not be the best place for you” if they can’t or won’t commit to working on them.

    From the section on “Artistic Expression”:

    Entertaining the world is an amazing opportunity and also a challenge because viewers have very different tastes and points of view. So we offer a wide variety of TV shows and movies, some of which can be provocative. To help members make informed choices about what to watch, we offer ratings, content warnings and easy to use parental controls.

    Not everyone will like—or agree with—everything on our service. While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: we support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices.

    As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.

    Author, healthcare entrepreneur, and political commentator Vivek Ramaswamy suggested in response that the “currents are changing”:”

    “He might be right. In addition to the Netflix memo, the CEO of Sony Playstation – Jim Ryan – reportedly caused woke employees to “fume” last week after he sent an email urging them to “respect differences of opinion” in the debate over Roe v. Wade:

    In the email seen by Bloomberg, PlayStation president Jim Ryan didn’t take a stance on abortion rights, instead writing that the company and its community are “multi-faceted and diverse, holding many different points of view.” He wrote that “we owe it to each other and to PlayStation’s millions of users to respect differences of opinion among everyone in our internal and external communities. Respect does not equal agreement. But it is fundamental to who we are as a company and as a valued global brand.””

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  7. Good WSJ piece with a more optimistic view looking forward as we enter into another election season:

    After Three Stormy Decades, Some Reasons to Still Find Optimism
    By Gerald F. Seib

    … The genius of American democracy is that it isn’t static. It adjusts and adapts over time to changing circumstances. It renews itself.

    These adjustments usually are messy and disruptive, as they were when America evolved from slaveholding to abolitionist nation, from an agricultural to an industrial economy, from isolation to world leadership, from liberal dominance to a conservative arising.

    We are in the midst of another period of self-correction now, and that shouldn’t be surprising. It turns out economic globalization and a technological revolution haven’t spread their benefits uniformly across society. The progress in racial equity wasn’t as thorough as many assumed. The coastal establishment’s disconnect from the heartland has invited cultural warfare. Political leaders’ persistent failure to construct a more sane immigration system has undermined America’s powerful role as a magnet for talented and energetic people from around the globe.

    So now that the country is trying to come to grips with that unfinished agenda, its politics are a mess. We have four parties, not two: Trumpists and traditional conservatives on the Republican side, and moderates and progressives on the Democratic side. The forces at play are driving politics away from the center, where solutions are usually found.

    This is an unstable atmosphere, and unstable atmospheric conditions don’t last. So we are in transition to something different. To what isn’t clear, and there is no guarantee this transition will be peaceful and successful. Four steps would help ease the way:

    • An outbreak of political courage. Specifically, the country needs the emergence of more lawmakers from both parties who are willing to risk their jobs by reaching out to the other side, and to take steps that displease the most extreme elements of their own base. Such leaders are in depressingly short supply.

    • Actual steps to revive the political center, starting with dramatic actions to curtail gerrymandering. Both parties have taken brazen actions at the state level to redraw congressional districts into uncompetitive sinecures, thereby empowering those on the ideological wings.

    • A bipartisan agreement on the rules for casting and counting votes, taking election integrity off the table as a divisive issue. Both sides are wholly dependent on confidence in the system that brought them to office. If, as seems likely, power in Washington is to be shared by the two parties after this fall’s midterm elections, they will have an equal stake in the soundness of the system, and the moment to end this corrosive argument could be at hand.

    • A decision by voters across the spectrum to reward rather than punish responsible behavior and compromise. Voters aren’t powerless; politicians respond to the signals they send. …



  8. Well I really have enjoyed their “pink drinks” and chai latte….but that season has now come to an end. The local kids working as baristas are so friendly and enjoyable to chat with. I will miss them most of all….but I am now done. There have been reports of Starbucks liberal tactics in the past but there has been a sense of community with the workers here that I would stop in from time to time. 😞


    Starbucks said Monday it will pay the travel expenses for U.S. employees to access abortion and gender-confirmation procedures if those services aren’t available within 100 miles of a worker’s home.

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  9. Royalty (i.e. bribes) on the taxpayer dime?


    “Two key National Institutes for Health (NIH) executives in positions of influence on decisions about who gets grants from the agency received a total of 77 previously undisclosed royalty payments from outside firms between 2010 and 2014.

    The secret royalty payments, which were first reported by The Epoch Times, are among thousands estimated to total at least $350 million paid between 2010 and 2020. Long-time NIH Director Francis Collins received 14 payments, Anthony Fauci, who heads NIH’s National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), received 23, and Clifford Lane, Fauci’s chief deputy, got eight payments.”

    “Republicans on Capitol Hill ripped the payments as an obvious conflict of interest and called for full disclosure of all the facts.

    “NIH receives tens of billions of taxpayer dollars and is entrusted with making unbiased scientific assessments and recommendations,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) told The Epoch Times. “Their top officials, like any public officials, need to be held to the highest standards of transparency and accountability to prevent conflicts of interest and ensure the American people’s health and safety remains the agency’s top priority. The NIH must be held accountable to the American people.”

    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called the NIH “a dark money pit. They covered up grants for gain-of-function research in Wuhan, so it is no surprise that they are now refusing to release critical data regarding allegations of millions in royalty fees paid to in-house scientists like Fauci. If the NIH wants to keep spending taxpayer dollars, they have a responsibility to provide transparency.”

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “This report is disturbing and if it is true that some of our country’s top scientists have conflict of interest problems, the American people deserve to have all the answers.”

    Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) called for an investigation, noting, “Of course it’s a direct conflict of interest for scientists like Anthony Fauci to rake in $350 million in royalties from third parties who benefit from federal taxpayer-funded grants.

    “Anthony Fauci is a millionaire that has gotten rich off taxpayer dollars. He is a prime example of the bloated federal bureaucracy. This royalty system should be examined to ensure it isn’t making matters worse.””

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  10. DJ,


    “So now that the country is trying to come to grips with that unfinished agenda, its politics are a mess. We have four parties, not two: Trumpists and traditional conservatives on the Republican side, and moderates and progressives on the Democratic side. The forces at play are driving politics away from the center, where solutions are usually found.”


    Please… they completely miss the parties on the R side, and the D side, not surprising given the number of establishment/beltway lackeys there at the WSJ.

    A more realistic assessment…

    You have the New Party R’s, not Trumpists. The ones who are sick of the establishment selling us out. And they are conservatives who actually support and defend conservative principles. Most would rather see DeSantis, a much stronger candidate with less personal baggage. But names and labels are the media’s thing, not accuracy, so they pigeonhole with the Trumpists terminology in order to “other” those who vote wrong in the WSJ’s mind.

    And then you have the milquetoast RINOs, the Romneys, Murkowskis, and their ilk, along with the Dem Lite Never Trump “conservatives” who abandoned their so called principles and jumped in bed with Democrats because they can’t handle some mean tweets. You know, the “principled” ones who voted contrary to everything they say they believed, the ones who voted for Biden. The Frenchs, Frums, Goldbergs, Rubins, and rest of the grifter crowd.

    As for Democrats, all but one voted for abortion up until birth. They push defunding police, BLM, degeneracy in schools rather than education, fake news pushers, and media doxxers. There are no more moderates save for Manchin. The party and it’s platform is the extreme hard left. The yellow dogs are dead.

    There are really 3 parties, and my assessment is more honest and accurate.

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  11. Clowns.




  12. ——-

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  13. Joe Biden and Democrats built this.

    With the help of those “principled” grifter votes mentioned above…


    Enjoy, and remember to thank those “Republicans” mentioned above who campaigned and voted for the guy! 🙂


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  14. AJ, I disagree, the Republican party doesn’t “belong” to Trump anymore (if it every really did)

    Parties evolve quickly, populist politicins fade from the scene (as they should). Nothing about politics is static. Trump came and he’ll go. The faction following him will remain for a while, and they’ll have their own little party, as one of those “4” that seem now to be standing.

    The right and left have both embraced the extremes of their respective parties. But I’d say the vast majority lie more in the middle, leaning left or right. They’re just not as aggressively loud as the far right and far left are right now.

    But trust me, people are growing very weary of the stalemate those two extremes have locked the nation into.

    The times will change again, some won’t get on board and will remain on the far reaches of their extreme politics, but so be it. If the nation has any sense (and it may or may not), they won’t constitute an electable majority for long or in very many places, only here and there.

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  15. I don’t think it belongs to Trump. I thought I was quite clear, it’s New Party R’s. Trump doesn’t play a role in our future, unless he wins the nomination. Then we’ll be loyal and back him, unlike the NT/establishment grifter faction.

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  16. The media is libeling and slandering conservatives again.

    Must be a day ending in y.

    But unlike the NT/milquetoast faction, the New Party fights back rather than rolling over and submitting, so get your pearls ready to clutch.


    “Elise Stefanik Not Backing Down After Smear from Dems, Media Blaming Her for Buffalo Shooting”


    “The mainstream media went after Stefanik as well, especially with The Washington Post. In an opinion column, Greg Sargent wrote about “How Elise Stefanik and the GOP sanitize ‘great replacement’ ugliness.” But such a claim made its way into the reporting side of the outlet as well, as Marianna Sotomayor wrote about how “Stefanik echoed racist theory allegedly espoused by Buffalo suspect.”

    The claims of such racism come from a Facebook ad that ran in September 2021.

    “Radical Democrats are planning their most aggressive move yet: a PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION,” reads the ad. “Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington,” the ad claimed.

    It’s worth emphasizing that the ad was talking about Democrats’ plan in New York City, where illegal immigrants were being allowed to vote, as well as provisions in Build Back Better that would grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants. The ad not only had a focus on border security, it did not mention race replacement at all.

    Such criticism is nothing new, though it is finding its way back into headlines when it comes to Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media desperate to blame their political opponents. Stefanik received similar criticism after the ad was released.

    Stefanik released a statement over Facebook following the ad’s criticism. “To equate opposition to illegal immigration with Nazism and white supremacy is a desperate attempt to stoke outrage & avoid covering Joe Biden’s border crisis,” the statement read. While Sotomayor referenced it in her reporting, Sargent did no such thing. “

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  17. Thankfully their target audience for the lies isn’t buying it. 🙂



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  20. Bingo.


  21. I love this country. It has been a good place to raise children and plants and animals. I had hoped it would continue to grow and be a blessing to many as I have seen folk from all over the world come here and welcome the American dream. But I do not fear for our country. Rather, I am optimistic that the God who has this all in His plan, has a plan for the future as well. America will probably never be the same, but it never has been. Things will change. Freedoms will come and go. The government will change. We may receive a nuclear gift. But God remains. And when His wrath strikes, none will stand and we will be Home.

    I have been a Republican as long as I have paid any attention and I learned to support Trump but I have not placed my hopes on him. I did think he was heading us in the right direction but I am thinking it was too little too late. A lot of folk agree with me but they and I are not rampaging through the streets. And so the loud few are taking this nation in a very evil direction and we are letting them. Husband wants to move to another country but there really are none that are not headed down a similar path.

    Do I think the nation is done? Yes. The abort everybody video was only a small part of the whole. The pronouns, the attire, the social media, the schools, the drugs, the porn, the crime. It is all telling people the only value they have is what they make for themselves. But in that mind set, even that value is clearly hopeless.

    Our value is in Christ. Our righteousness is in Christ. When we have so completely turned our backs on Him, this comes as no surprise. Sodom? Babylon? Babel? Eden? the story keeps repeating. And yet, God.

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  22. Good times, eh Joe…..?


    It’s why the left hates Fox News. Now when Biden says stupid stuff it’s broadcast loudly over numerous local networks. They can’t cotton to that, of heavens no…..

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  23. Is this extreme, or is that just the folks who want to stop it being fed up and saying so?

    “234,088 migrants encountered at southern border in April, most in a century”

    To go with the 2.75 million that have already crossed. Added to the 15 to 20 million already here.

    And before anyone wastes time saying well 50% were deported, know that Title 42 is being ended this month by Biden and DHS. That’s where 85% of those currently deported fall. That ends this month and that 50% comes in and stays.

    Also the numbers show these are NOT parents with kids, or family units. It’s single adults. That’s just another lie the media and Democrats tell.


    “The number of migrants encountered attempting to enter the United States illegally from Mexico rose in April, surpassing all previous records over the past century, an indication of the scale of the illegal immigration crisis at the border.

    U.S. border officials intercepted 234,088 migrants attempting to enter the country illegally last month, according to a federal court document obtained by the Washington Examiner late Monday. In the first 15 full months of President Joe Biden’s term in office, federal law enforcement officials at the southern border have stopped more than 2.75 million people attempting to cross into the U.S. without permission.”

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that inspects people and goods seeking admission, said 32,288 people tried to cross at the land ports of entry but were denied. The figure is nearly three times the 11,397 figure seen in March, the result of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing to Mexico’s northern city of Tijuana and then seeking asylum at the San Diego border. The Biden administration has instructed CBP’s Office of Field Operations officers at ports of entry to allow Ukrainians into the country despite its not doing the same for many other migrants from other countries.

    The remaining 201,800 of the 234,088 encounters were taken into custody after crossing the border and surrendering to or being apprehended by Border Patrol agents. Of the 201,800 figure, 157,555 individuals were encountered, with some being stopped trying to enter a second time after being previously turned back, according to CBP data released Tuesday.


    The 234,088 is the highest number on record, outpacing 220,063 at the southern border in March 2000, federal data show. CBP does not list monthly data predating 2000, when it only tracked Border Patrol arrests of illegal immigrants, whereas today’s number includes illegal crossings and those denied admission at ports. Nevertheless, the figures from 2000 are likely the highest monthly numbers since the Border Patrol was formed in 1924.

    Roughly seven in 10 of migrants — 166,814 — encountered at the southern border were adults traveling alone. Slightly more than half were immediately removed from the United States.

    More than 12,000 were children who crossed the border without a parent, and the remaining 54,000 arrived as part of a family.

    The number of encounters rose by nearly 70,000 from February’s 165,000 as news spread that the Biden administration would stop immediately returning illegal immigrants to Mexico and other countries in the coming months. The administration announced on April 1 that it would end Title 42 , the pandemic health policy that resulted in 1.7 million migrants being immediately turned back. The policy is set to expire Monday, though a federal judge indicated last week that he would intervene to continue it.

    Fewer than half of those intercepted (96,908) were expelled under Title 42 despite the policy being in effect for another week. An additional 16,000 were removed through other procedures.”


    Crazy thing here, this actually looks like replacement theory in play. I know that term is considered white nationalist talk according to the new, always updated with the latest woke slang AP stylebook nowadays, but it’s pretty obviously what’s going on. Get ’em in, and get ’em votin’…. You change the electorate completely in a decade.

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  24. This is great. This is why NY tried to gerrymander the snot of the districts until the state SC said no dice.

    “Nadler, Maloney set to square off in redrawn New York House district”


    “Two influential Democratic House committee chairs are set to square off against each other in New York’s redrawn 12th Congressional District under a map released Monday.

    Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, who chair the Judiciary and Oversight and Reform committees, respectively, on Monday both said they would run for the seat.

    The development follows the release of a new map from a court-appointed special master. The map must first be approved by the New York Court of appeals.

    Nadler said in a statement that he believes the new lines “violate the NYS constitutional requirements of keeping communities of interest together and keeping the cores of existing districts largely intact.”

    However, he added that he looks forward to running in and representing the newly drawn congressional district.”


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