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Sunday News Roundup: Kanye for Prez, NYTimes Mendacity, and Portland is Out of Control

Kanye for President! Why not? – Historian Larry Schweikart, a frequent contributor here, has spent the last year predicting that Kanye West would likely run for President in 2024. Well, Larry turns out to be a prophet, but he got the year wrong.

Last night on Twitter, Kanye did this:

A few moments later, Elon Musk responded:

The corrupt news media, scared to death of what a Kanye candidacy might do to the Black vote to which Joe Biden and the Democrats believe they are entitled, is already ridiculing the notion, exactly as they all did five years ago when this guy named Trump rode down the escalator to announce his own run for the office.

Oh.

In all seriousness, look at the parallels here. Like Trump, Kanye West is a media personality known all over the world. Like Trump, West is an incredibly successful businessman, a billionaire in his own right. Like Trump, Kanye has his own unique way of talking, to the point that it is often hard to figure out exactly what he is saying. Like Trump, West is considered to be a flake by most in the media, and is detested by the Democrat Party establishment. Like Trump, West would represent a tremendous threat to every creature who murks around in the DC Swamp.

This all could turn out to be a joke – West has offered no detailed explanation of his tweet that I can find as of this writing – but no one should just assume that it is. And anyone who thinks that Kanye would not have his own brand of tremendous appeal to a large segment of voters is living in a dream world.

The fun truly never ends.

Speaking of fun, here is how Southern Californians responded to Marxist Governor Gavin Newsom’s order prohibiting the celebration of July 4 last night:

I live in a rural area atop a hill from which I have a view of a vast swath of Fort Worth, and I can tell you that the scene in this area was very much the same. It was incredibly inspiring and spectactular.

CORONAPANIC UPDATE – This utterly false headline ran on the front page of the despicable New York Times on Saturday:

 

For the record: At its peak, Houston’s rate of daily COVID-19 deaths is TWO PERCENT of New York City’s. The corrupt reporters and editors at the New York Times are equating a total of 384 deaths in Houston to more than 22,000 in New York City. The corrupt people who fake this news like this are literally the worst people on earth.
This concludes your CORONAPANIC UPDATE for today.

From our ICYMI department… – In case you missed this on Friday like I did, the Professor and Political Scientist at Stony Brook Univeristy, Helmut Norpoth, whose model predicted the 2016 victory of Donald Trump 9 months before it happened, released his model result for this year.

From a piece at Published Reporter:

NEW YORK, NY – Professor and Political Scientist Helmut Norpoth accurately predicted Trump’s 2016 victory a full nine months before the election. Today, he says President Trump has a 91% chance of winning in November 2020. Norpoth, a professor from Stony Brook University on Long Island, uses a model that has correctly predicted 24 of 26 presidential elections.

I don’t go by opinion polls, I go by the real polls; I go by what happens in the primary elections and in those primary election, especially in the early ones, Donald Trump did very well and Joe Biden as many of you may have forgotten by now he came in fifth. Now he did much better in another one in South Carolina and from that point on, but these early primaries, these early votes provide a very powerful metric for predicting what is going to happen in November.

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Just thought you’d like to know that.

Hat tip to hilarious radio talk show host Greg Budell of FM 93.1 in Montgomery, AL for alerting me to that information.

Portland, Oregon is completely out of control. – Decades of Marxist Democrat rule has led to so much rot and decay in the City of Portland, Oregon that the police bureau there is no longer able to effectively quell Antifa/BLM riots even on the rare occasion when the depraved Mayor there doesn’t hold them back.

The ferocity of the rioting in the city has only intensified in recent weeks even as riots in other Democrat-run cities have begun to fade. Last night the police completely abandoned all pretense of control:

From a bulletin posted by the Police Bureau:

One main demonstration occurred in Portland during the evening hours of July 4 through the early morning hours of June 5, 2020.

Early in the evening, a large group began gathering in Chapman and Lownsdale Squares. For awhile, the group listened to performers and assembled in the area. Multiple members of the group began launching fireworks from Southwest Main Street where the elk statue used to stand. During this time, a man carrying a rifle was seen in the area of Southwest 4th Avenue and Salmon Street. Several demonstrators surrounded him, but left him alone and eventually he left.

Just before 10 p.m., demonstrators began blocking westbound traffic on Southwest Main Street. Demonstrators continued to shoot off fireworks from this location, as well as Southwest 3rd Avenue. A vehicle associated with the demonstration had a speaker system and false announcements were broadcast that appeared to impersonate the Portland Police Bureau’s sound truck. Demonstrators began burning an American flag they hung from the Justice Center.

Around 10:30 p.m., demonstrators began shooting commercial grade fireworks towards the Justice Center and the Federal Courthouse. Several of the demonstrators were observed carrying shields. The sound truck admonished the crowd warning them to discontinue firing fireworks and incendiary devices at the two buildings. The crowd members were warned if they continued the criminal acts, they would be subject to use of force or arrest. Despite several admonishments, many of the demonstrators continued their illegal acts.

At 10:48 p.m., demonstrators continued launching fireworks and projectiles at the Federal Courthouse. Because of this, several windows were broken and fireworks and projectiles entered the Federal Courthouse building.

To protect the life and safety of personnel both inside and outside of the Federal Court House, just after 11 p.m., a riot was declared. Officers began dispersing the crowd moving demonstrators from the closed area of Southwest Broadway to Southwest 1st Avenue, Southwest Columbia to Southwest Yamhill Street.

As officers dispersed the crowd, demonstrators threw bricks, mortars, M-80s, and other flammables towards them. To defend themselves from serious injury, officers used crowd control munitions and tear gas at this time. Lasers were directed at Officer’s eyes, which is unlawful.
Despite having moved from the closed area, demonstrators began to trickle back to Southwest 3rd Avenue, starting a large bonfire in the middle of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street 1 a.m.

During the dispersal, numerous business windows were shattered by members of the crowd. Officers made several arrests, including one at Southwest Main Street and Broadway where a male fought with officers. Officers were able to get him in custody and recovered an illegally possessed loaded firearm and a knife.

PPB was only able to handle emergency calls only City-wide for several hours due to the need to deploy Officers downtown to assist with the riot. This impacted those requesting police service throughout the City. There was also a significant vehicle crash during the riot in North Portland involving a collision at a high rate of speed, numerous seriously injured persons, and an individual who had to be extracted from a vehicle (See prior release for details).

Between 1 and 2 a.m., some individuals launched fireworks, smoke bombs, and mortars at and near the Federal Courthouse. Crowd control munitions were deployed in the area.

The crowd continued to remain in the area and engage in riotous behaviors involving fireworks, lit fires, smashing windows, and targeting officers with dangerous projectiles. The closure area was extended to I-405 and Southwest 1 Avenue and Columbia to Burnside Streets.

Several Officers sustained injuries throughout the night, mostly due to mortars and fireworks thrown at them by members of the crowd, which exploded on or near them.

Most of the crowd was dispersed by 4:30 a.m.

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This used to be completely unacceptable in American society, but it is the kind of violence and destruction that has now been normalized by the Democrat Party and their corrupt toadies in the national news media.

We had better find a way to de-normalize it, because the logical ultimate conclusion to the unimpeded growth of this kind of activity is an outright civil war.

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Friday News Roundup: Musk Shames Bezos, Whitmer Shames Herself and de Blasio is Just a Giant Shame

Elon Musk confronts Jeff Bezos: Bezos blinks. – Alex Berenson is a former New York Times reporter who has done yeoman’s work on Twitter exposing all the massive false information that has been spread about the Wuhan Virus by the government and the corrupt news media. His information has been quoted here many times over the past few months.

Berenson has just published a new book exposing these merchants of disinformation, titled “Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and Lockdowns”:

Early yesterday, Amazon blocked Berenson’s book from being marketed on its site, citing non-existent “standards” that it does not apply anywhere else. Basically, Berenson was being blocked because his book does not conform to the propaganda being pushed by China and the WHO.

Berenson complained about it on Twitter, where Musk has obviously been following him. Musk responded by tweeting, “This is insane, @JeffBezos,” and “Time to break up @Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!”

Within a few hours, Amazon suddenly restored Berenson’s book to its platform, and a spokesman lamely explained that it had been block due to an “error.” Yeah, sure.

Generalissimo Gretchen Whitmer again violates her own edicts. – Gretchen Whitmer, the aspiring banana republic dictator and barber-hater who currently serves as Governor in Michigan, has apparently decided that all of her stay-at-home and social distancing nonsense is completely optional.

On Thursday, she made that clear by doing this:

So, if you’re a protester or a looter or a rioter in Michigan, hey, no worries about all that social distancing and staying-at-home stuff! Frau Gretchen was just kidding.

He’s gone full AOC. Not a good look, Joe. – Joe Biden told a group of climate alarmists yesterday that he’s going all-in on the Green New Deal as a means of not just saving the earth, but also to solve all the problems of racial injustice.

No, I’m not kidding. From a report at the Washington Examiner:

In a virtual fundraiser on Thursday afternoon hosted by Climate Leaders for Biden, the former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate said addressing climate change is urgent “not just to stop the earth from warming, but to address the environmental injustices that have left so many low-income people and people of color more vulnerable to the coronavirus, to asthma and other respiratory problems, the effects of pollution,” according to a pool report.

Biden also touched on mass unemployment due to coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, saying that “creating millions, over 10 million good-paying jobs” while investing in clean energy is “an enormous opportunity to rebuild the backbone of this country.”

Addressing “a stimulus to create clean energy jobs that will spur the economic recovery,” Biden said that, “I think that we’re on our way, and we can be on our way to a significant economic recovery, not just to build back but to build back better. Building back what we had before this crisis is not enough.”

“Invest in jobs and the technology of the future,” Biden said. “The clean energy infrastructure is at the very top of the list.”

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This is all Church of Climate Change dogma straight out of the Green New Deal, a collection of mindless shibboleths that have no basis in reality. But hey, Biden himself is out of touch with reality most days, so what else would we expect from him?

He’s under-shooting here. – Biden created a media kerfuffle for himself on Thursday at another event at which he was speaking to minority supporters. From a New York Times Report:

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told a group of black supporters on Thursday night that most Americans were good people who think the nation can be improved, while also declaring that “there are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people.”

Mr. Biden offered his estimate during remarks in which he spoke about the importance of a president setting a positive example for the nation on racial issues. He accused President Trump of dividing the country while pledging that, as president, he would not.

“The words a president says matter, so when a president stands up and divides people all the time, you’re going to get the worst of us to come out,” Mr. Biden said during the discussion, which was moderated by the actor Don Cheadle.

“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation? I don’t think the vast majority of people think that,” the former vice president said. “There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people, but that’s not who we are. The vast majority of the people are decent, and we have to appeal to that and we have to unite people — bring them together. Bring them together.”

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Naturally, Biden’s critics jumped on the “10 to 15 percent” remark as if it is some sort of “basket of deplorables” moment, but that’s not going to fly. I doubt there is anyone in the United States who doesn’t believe that at least 15% of the population of this or any other country are “just not very good people.” If anything, Biden is underestimating here.

If you’re looking for ways to take Biden’s campaign out, look elsewhere because this cat don’t flush.

Hey, 2/3rds of them voted for the guy. – I found this incident to be highly ironic:

From the Breitbart piece:

The crowd booed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) during his appearance at Thursdays’s vigil for George Floyd, with some hurling expletives, demanding the Democrat politician to “get the f*ck out of here!”

While Rev. Kevin McCall urged the crowd to treat de Blasio with respect, the mayor did not receive an overwhelmingly warm welcome, as the audience inundated his appearance with boos and shouts of “get the fuck out of here,” “f*ck the mayor’s curfew,” and “shut the f*ck up.” Some reportedly turned their backs to the mayor:

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech at the memorial for George Floyd in Brooklyn was met with boos and jeers, despite requests from organizers for the crowd not to do so.

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Let’s be honest here: New Yorkers get what they deserve in a mayor. In the 2013 election, they elected this giant Marxist boob over his Republican opponent by a margin of 73% to 24%. When he ran for re-election in 2017, after four years of abject failure and rampant nit-wittery, these same New York City voters gave him another four-year term by a margin of 67% to 28%.

According to NYC law, de Blasio is now term-limited out, but the reality is that if he could run for a third term, the very same people who tried to boo him off the stage on Thursday would overwhelmingly re-elect him again for the simple fact that he would have a “D” next to his name.

There is a word for the process of doing the same stupid thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result. That word is “insanity,” and it perfectly describes the voter of New York City and other major cities that have been controlled by Democrat machine politics for many decades.

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Elon Musk, Freedom Protester

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II

Come on over to Texas, Elon – the water’s fine! – It’s one thing when an owner of a hair salon in north Dallas, Texas defies the edicts of abusive local authorities by opening her business in the midst of a stay-at-home order. It’s another  thing entirely, however, when the CEO of the most politically-correct carmaker on earth decides to do the same.

But that’s exactly what Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, did on Monday, announcing his protest action with this tweet:

A bit later, Musk followed with this:

So, because the company made the stupid decision to locate its operation in the San Francisco/Oakland area, it was the only carmaker in America that was still on lockdown thanks the abusive Alameda County government. That county government is made up pretty much entirely of Democrats, so no surprise there.

Musk’s move comes a few days after he had warned California that he was fed up with being abused by the state and local government, and planned to move his manufacturing operation to either Nevada – which is also governed by an abusive and frankly not very bright Democrat governor – or to Texas. Musk made no further mention of that threat on Monday.

As previously stated, Musk is now by far the most prominent businessman who has chosen to directly confront the increasingly draconian edicts coming from Democrat officials. It’s important to remember that all of the protest actions stem from the fact that Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx originally sold the President and the nation on what was supposed to be a two-week stay-at-home strategy designed to “flatten the curve.” That’s what America signed up for – remember that?

That was supposed to last through the second half of March. But a week later, Fauci and Birx convinced President Trump that we needed to extend the “flatten the curve” strategy for another two weeks, and so we grudgingly did. Then, around April 6, they decided we need to go another two weeks after that, but the President at the same time made it clear that governors were free to start reopening their states under their own discretion anytime after April 15.

Most GOP governors took advantage of that presidential discretion, and began reopening their states around May 1, with a few acting even earlier than that.  But Democrat governors as a group have adopted an obviously-coordinated strategy to keep stringing these lockdowns out for as long as they can get away with doing so.

Generalissimo Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan has hers extended through May 28 now in clear violation of state law, and is already making threats to extend it further if the little people in her state do not bend to her will. Ralph Coonman Northam in Virginia has his lockdown extended well into June, with no real end in sight. Steve Sisolak in Nevada is moving as slowly as possible to reopen his state, and appears intent upon bankrupting as many of Las Vegas’s casino hotels as he can before relenting.

In Illinois, toadish Governor J.B. Pritzker has his state shut down through May 30, and also is already making noises about extending his abuse further. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll begin a very slow, phased reopening on May 15, but that remains under review. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is considering starting a slow reopening on May 15 as well, but has made no formal commitment as of yet. Gavin Newsom in California started a slow, phased reopening on May 8, but continues to issue rash, illogical edicts like shutting down Southern California’s beaches. In Pennsylvania, as we reported here over the weekend, well over 2/3rds of the counties are in open rebellion against the abuse of Gov. Tom Wolfe.

These Democrat governors have been boiling the American frog for six weeks now, testing and poking and prodding to see how much abuse their people will take before waking up jumping out of the warming water.

Elon Musk jumped out of that pot on Monday. This frog-boiling exercise had better end soon.

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Corrupt Media Now Working Hard to Demonize Potential Coronavirus Cure

Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)

They don’t want this thing cured too early. – Thursday evening, a spokesman for Stanford University Medical Center appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program to tout a long-used prescription drug called hydroxycholoroquine (HC) as a safe and effective cure for the coronavirus:

Subsequent to that announcement, detailed in Friday’s Campaign Update, the public was informed of other successful trials and use of this treatment in China and South Korea. The President himself talked about the potential for HC to be a game-changer in fighting the Chinese virus.

Presto! A new corrupt media narrative is born. Trump likes something, it must be bad. If it’s good for the American people, it’s got to be hella bad for the corrupt news media and their Democrat masters. Thus, now we are seeing pieces like this one from Bloomberg pop up all over the corrupt media complex:

Virus Drug Touted by Trump, Musk Can Kill With Just Two Gram Dose

The drug touted by the U.S. President Donald Trump as a possible line of treatment against the coronavirus comes with severe warnings in China and can kill in dosages as little as two grams.

China, where the deadly pathogen first emerged in December, recommended the decades-old malaria drug chloroquine to treat infected patients in guidelines issued in February after seeing encouraging results in clinical trials. But within days, it cautioned doctors and health officials about the drug’s lethal side effects and rolled back its usage.

This came after local media reported that a Wuhan Institute of Virology study found that the drug can kill an adult just dosed at twice the daily amount recommended for treatment, which is one gram.

As the drug hasn’t been approved by the U.S. Food And Drug Administration to treat the disease known as Covid-19, the Chinese experience may be useful as the American regulator studies the medication which has been endorsed by Trump as well as Tesla Inc. chief executive officer Elon Musk.

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It isn’t until the 9th and 10th paragraphs in the piece that we see that an honest news organization would have focused on the undeniable fact that HC has in fact been highly effective in China in treating the virus, just as it has been in other parts of the world:

Chloroquine was among the first group of therapies Chinese scientists identified as being effective in curbing the new coronavirus. Clinical trials on about 130 patients demonstrated the drug’s ability to reduce the severity of the illness and speed up virus clearance, according to China’s Ministry of Sciences and Technology.

Chroloquine phosphate was officially recommended on Feb. 19 in the Covid-19 treatment guidelines published by China’s National Health Commission, along with a few other drugs such as AbbVie Inc.’s Kaletra and flu drug arbidol as antiviral treatments for patients. The commission recommended no more than a 10-day course of chloroquine for adult patients at 500mg — half a gram — twice a day.

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Oh, you don’t say. So, what is the basis for the irresponsibly sensationalist and misleading headline? Why the final paragraph, of course:

A woman in Wuhan proved how lethal chloroquine can be when it’s taken beyond the recommended dose. On Feb. 25, Shanghai-based The Paper reported that she took 1.8 grams of the drug she ordered online after suspecting she had the coronavirus. She did not, but the drug caused her to develop malignant cardiac arrhythmic, which can cause sudden death, and she was admitted to the intensive care unit.

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So, here we have a woman who took almost FOUR TIMES THE RECOMMENDED DOSE of HC who developed a heart arrhythmia as a result. Go figure.

Folks, ANY drug taken in massive quantities far above the recommended dosage can be lethal.

This is what your corrupt news media does in its zeal to try to damage the hated Trump. It is the kind of thing it does every day in its desperation to attract clicks to its websites. It is incredibly irresponsible and frankly unpatriotic in a time of national emergency.

These people are sick, and not due to a virus.

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It’s Cold, and That’s Global Warming Too

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Um, why not pick somebody who actually won? – The Democrat Party’s focus on losers continued on Tuesday, as San Fran Nan and Chuckie Schumer agreed to assign the task of reciting the Party’s fake response to next week’s State of the Union Address to…wait for it…failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

In accepting the role, Abrams becomes the first African American woman to do the honors on this thankless task. The only wonder here is, how come Nan and Chuck did not give the role to someone who actually won a race this year?

Why not, for example, assign the task to Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who actually won her election in November, and see if she could stay on message for more than 25 words before she started talking about how we landed men on Mars, or how “today we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working”?  Or maybe she could talk about how “anything my staff does in my office is pursuant to congressional rules,” including that female staffer she allegedly fired for lodging a sexual harassment complaint.  That would be fun.

Oh, but let’s not forgot: Sheila has to park her butt in that aisle seat in the House chamber at 7:30 a.m. so she can get her face on television shaking the President’s hand as he enters to give his speech. That’s been her tradition for going on three decades now and we can’t interrupt it.

So, hey, give the talking points written by someone else to the lady who lost her election by 58,000 votes despite massive, blatant voter fraud in her favor. She’s the perfect metaphor for today’s Democrat Party, after all.

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s cold, and that’s Global Warming, too. – Ok, well, they call it “Climate Change” now, but it’s the same nonsense packaged inside a different, more inclusive moniker.  It’s only “Global Warming” in the summer, when it’s hot. But now it’s cold as a well digger’s…well you know the rest … in a snow storm over 75% of the country, so that’s “Climate Change” because, you know, it has never been so hellishly cold before. Well, never except for all those millions of other times it was hellishly cold.

And there’s the best thing:  It’s all your fault, because science, and that means you have to become a socialist, because science too.  Get it?

What a racket. The greatest scam in the history of mankind. The best response to it is to turn up your heaters and use more gas. Might as well get comfortable, because you’re going to get blamed for it all anyway.

Or, you could fly your private jet 150,000 miles a year. – Well, you could if you’re Elon Musk, anyway. You all remember Elon Musk, right? You know, the pot-smoking CEO of Tesla, the electric car that’s gonna save the world from Global Warm…er, Climate Change?

Yeah, even the leftist cranks at the Washington Post are getting tired of his act. Yesterday the Post put up a story slamming Musk for not only flying 150,000 miles on his jet-fuel guzzling, CO2-emitting private jet in 2018, but for often having his pilot fly it between various airports in Los Angeles so it would be closer to wherever Musk happened to be working on any particular day. But it gets even better:

“In September, a few days after calling fossil fuels ‘the dumbest experiment in human history,’ his plane burned thousands of pounds of jet fuel flying 300 miles from L.A. to Oakland so Musk could view a competitive video-gaming event.”

Julie Vitkovskaya, a projects editor at the Post, put up this fascinating tweet chronicling Musk’s private jet usage in map form:

The Post of course concludes its story with a shot at corporate America, saying that “Musk is far from the only corporate leader to depend on the speed, flexibility and privacy of flying across the world on a private plane … But even compared to his peers, Musk’s travel stands out”.

But that misses the point, probably intentionally. The truth is that, when compared to his true “peer group” – that of fellow climate alarmists like Al Gore, Tom Steyer, Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio – Musk’s private jet usage and carbon footprint do not stand out at all. These frauds are the biggest hypocrites on the planet and, if anything, Musk is likely a piker among that peer group when it comes to emitting carbon.

But remember, folks: Musk and his fellow Cardinals in the Global Church of Climate Change are not the problem, you are.

Repent, sinners, and give up your SUVs for a new Tesla! For verily Al Gore sayeth that it is easier for a private jet to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Suburban driver to enter the gates of Gaia.

*sigh*

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If the Rosenstein Stonewall Continues Today, the President Must Fire Him

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this Winning yet? – Don’t look now, but Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, after running up the cost of his infamous Model 3 from $36,000 to as much as $100,000, is threatening to actually do something good for a change:

As of early this morning, 88% of the vote in that poll was in the “yes” category.  Hilariously, the “yes” vote actually went up throughout the day, even as the fake news media was filing a raft of negative stories about Musk’s threat to create a site that would monitor media credibility.  Thus, Musk has already been proven correct in his assertion that the fake mainstream news media has no credibility at all outside of the tiny, shrinking echo chamber all the fake journalists and the Democrat politicians they support inhabit.

Go for it, Elon – it would be a great public service, and you wouldn’t have to worry about cost overruns for once.

But, but, but…Obama told us that wasn’t going to …oh, hell, nevermind. – Speaking of a fake news outlet whose reporters desperately need to be monitored by Elon Musk, the New York Times is reporting this morning that it turns out that the Mullahs over in Iran have been developing inter-continental ballistic missiles throughout the entire time they were negotiating the most one-sided “deal” in world history with Barack Obama and John Kerry, and have continued their development program during all the time since the deal supposedly ensured that would not happen.

So, it turns out that what Obama really told the Mullahs is that “if you like your ICBM program, you can keep your ICBM program.” [rimshot!]  I got a million of ’em, folks, I’ll be here all week.

Documents?  What documents?  Wait, you asked for documents?  Sorry, we don’t got no stinking documents… –  Well, it’s another episode of Rod Rosenstein Sandbags Congress over at the Justice Department today.  The oily Deputy Attorney General will hold not one, but two meetings with congressional leaders today to discuss long-outstanding congressional demands for documents related to the whole Russia Collusion fantasy play.

The first meeting will be with only Republicans Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy because, well, Nunes and Gowdy don’t want this stuff being leaked to CNN, the NYTimes and the Washington Post in real time.  That meeting will be held at noon, ET.

The second meeting takes place at 2:00 ET, and will include the entire congressional “Gang of 8”, which includes four Republican leaders and chairmen and four senior Democrats.  This will include California Democrat Adam Schiff, so you can expect the confidential discussions that take place in this meeting – or at least the Democrat spin on them – to be all over CNN by about 3:00 ET.

Democrats had spent much of the day on Wednesday demanding they be included in the first meeting, but Nunes refused to allow that because he knew if he let Schiff and the other Democrats in that meeting, it would all be leaked and the dishonest media would attempt to blame it all on Nunes.  Because that’s what the Democrats and their media enablers do.

Both meetings were set up by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, after the principles had met at the White House on Monday with President Trump.  Kelly will reportedly attend both meetings, as will FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Two key documents in play here are the two memos that Rosenstein wrote last year first authorizing the appointment of Robert Mueller to be Special Counsel, and then expanding the scope of Mueller’s investigative authority.  Nunes, Gowdy and other congressional GOP committee chairmen have long sought these documents so that they can understand exactly what in the hell it was that Rosenstein authorized Mueller to do.  It’s important to note that similar authorization memos for previous special counsels were readily made public by DOJ within days of their being issued.

But Rosenstein is desperate to prevent any Republican member of congress from seeing these memos in an un-redacted state.  At this point, we don’t know why that is, but his desperation is palpable and certainly seems suspicious under the circumstances.  FBI Director Wray has also been a willing facilitator of the stonewalling on these and other documents, so no one should expect him to be an advocate for transparency.

We can hope the presence of Coats and Kelly – neither of whom have participated in previous meetings on this subject – might lead to some sort of breakthrough in today’s meetings.  Barring such an outcome, it is getting to the point at which the President is literally obligated to fire Rosenstein for his obvious obstruction efforts.

Yes, that would create a firestorm in the fake news media, but as I’ve said many times before, so what?  That happens every day to this President.

The American people deserve to know why Mueller was appointed and exactly what he was authorized to do, and most importantly, under which U.S. laws that authorization was made.  Rod Rosenstein has a big high-powered title, but at the end of the day he is just another bureaucrat.  Bureaucrats do not get to deny the public’s right to know unless elected officials empower them to do so.  We can’t count on elected representatives like Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell to do anything about this, so the decision will ultimately fall to Donald Trump to make.

If the Rosenstein stonewall turns today’s meetings into just more Kabuki Theatre, it’s time for the President to make that call.

Just another day in the Rosenstein act is really tiresome America.

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Hillary Clinton: That Party Guest Who Just Won’t Shut Up and Leave

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

It’s not because you’re a woman.  It’s because you’re so incredibly tiresome. – The Pantsuit Princess, dressed in her favorite Dr. Evil attire, complained to an audience that she is tired of being told by fellow Democrats to stop running around the world blaming everyone but herself for her loss in the 2016 election.  The Fainting Felon whined that “no one ever told a man (who’d lost a presidential election) to go away.”  She then cited Al Gore, John Kerry, John McCain and Mitt Romney as examples.

Of course, as with literally every other word that escapes from the Coughing Crook’s lips in public, this latest in such a long, long list of complaints is an outright lie.  Of the four examples she cites, there were all manner of Democrats at the time telling the incessantly complaining and lying Al Gore and John Kerry to just go away and shut up already after they, too, went around the country whining about how mean ol’ George W. Bush had done all sorts of things to “steal” the 2000 and 2004 elections from them.  Gore was especially resented by Democrats who just wanted to move on for his refusal to just. shut. UP. before he decided to shift gears and go get rich from mounting his global warming scam.

As for McCain and Romney, well, they’re Republicans (ok, well, McCain is sort of a Republican, anyway), and when Republicans lose a presidential election, they accept their defeat and move on, so yes, no one had to tell them to go away.  Even Richard Nixon, after having the 1960 election stolen from him by John F. Kennedy’s mob associates, decided to just accept the result and stay quiet about it for the good of the country.

But of course, with the Grasping Grifter, the good of the country never comes to mind.  It’s all about her.  Everything is and always has been all about her.

In the end, Hillary is like that drunk guy at the party who just won’t go home, still sitting on your sofa at 3:00 in the morning asking for another beer and telling annoying stories you’ve heard a thousand times before.  You know, the guy you have to escort out your front door and shove into the Uber you called for him so he won’t kill himself trying to drive home.  That guy.

Just as that guy never goes away voluntarily, no one should expect the Whining Wino’s worldwide whining tour to end anytime soon.

If you want to own a Tesla, you probably better go get one soon. – The shaky electric car maker Tesla announced on Friday that it is having to recall almost half of the automobiles it has manufactured in its entire history due to corroding bolts that threaten the loss of power steering.

This new recall of more than 123,000 of the company’s Model S sedans comes amid ongoing issues that have prevented the production of more than a handful of the company’s new, more compact Model 3 sedans, and CEO Elon Musk’s struggles to raise more money to keep his chronically unprofitable company afloat.  This is a company whose business model only “works” when it is propped up by massive taxpayer subsidies and a stellar PR campaign consisting of a never-ending series of bold promises for the future.  Even with billions of dollars worth of those subsidies, Tesla has only managed to turn a “profit” in two calendar quarters during its entire existence, and the constant churning of unfulfilled promises suffers from the law of diminishing returns over time.

Tesla’s stock has lost 1/3rd of its value in recent weeks, and that selloff promises to continue next week after the latest recall announcement, which came after markets closed.  Barring an influx of new, highly-risky private equity, the company seems on the verge of running out of cash in the near future, and may have to resort to issuing a round of new stock, which would diminish the value of current shares even further.

Musk has repeatedly proven to be very adept at finding the money necessary to keep his company afloat in the near term, and will likely find a way to keep it going this time as well.  But in the longer term, Tesla sure looks like a proverbial house of cards that appears destined to at some point collapse under the weight of its fundamental inability to produce cars at a competitive price.  You know, like every other auto maker on the face of the earth must do in order to survive.

Just another day in the Pantsuit Princes won’t go away willingly America.

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Democrats Will Practice Anti-Catholic Bigotry Unless Shamed Into Submission

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • University Leaders Call Out Bigoted Democrats.  Will miracles never cease? – The presidents of Notre Dame and Princeton University wrote scathing letters to longtime anti-Catholic bigot Sen. Dianne Feinstein, after her inquisition of the religious beliefs of a Catholic Trump nominee for the federal bench.  While it is wonderful that these two presidents finally, at long last decided to weigh in against the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian bigotry that has become part of the daily playbook of the Democrat Party on Capitol Hill, it is worth noting that this is nothing new, and that Sen. Feinstein has been plying her bigotry on the Senate Judiciary Committee for decades now.  She is far from alone, carrying on a tradition established long ago by the likes of Howard Metzenbaum, Patrick Leahy and other Democrat Judiciary Committee members going back to at least the 1970s.  So, welcome to the party, gents, but this one has been going on for a long, long time.
  • For those who haven’t read their Constitution in awhile, Article VI is pretty explicit on this subject:  “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”  Any reasonable reading of the history of why this was included in the Constitution reveals that it was put there as a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion.  But Democrats, mainly in their quasi-religious zeal to protect abortion on demand, in modern times have attempted to distort this into a literal prohibition of truly religious people holding public office.  It’s ok for Catholics like Nancy Pelosi to hold high office, because they know she doesn’t really practice the teachings of the Church:  her religion plays no role in informing her public policy postures.
  • In other words, it’s fine to say you’re religious, so long as you don’t live your life that way.  This is the religious test Democrats have been imposing for decades, and it won’t stop until religious leaders and leaders of faith-based universities call it out every time they see it.  The letters from these two university presidents is a good start, and it is worth noting that the U.S. Council of Bishops also weighed in on this latest controversy with a letter of their own.  This is wonderful as a beginning, but if it is just a one-off it will have no long-term effect.  If they want to the practice to end, they will have to police it and call it out every time it rears its ugly head, because the fake news media doesn’t care about it – they actually support it – and isn’t going to call it out.  Democrats like Feinstein have seen too much political advantage accrue from engaging in this practice over the years, and won’t stop unless they know they will be subject to public shaming every time they attempt it in the future.
  • Can we please keep this woman under lock and key until next November? – Speaking of San Fran Nan, I noted last week that President Trump’s deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer virtually ensures that Republicans will have those two toxically unpopular faces of the Democrat Party to run against in the 2018 mid-term elections.  But the limits of that surety could be severely tested if San Fran Nan keeps showing herself to be a doddering simpleton in her public appearances.  She made such an appearance on Saturday before a gathering of San Francisco’s LGBT community leaders, confusing words, uttering garbled sentences, and generally making such a mess of her talk that she found herself having to stop and overtly note which lines were applause lines to her overwhelmingly friendly audience.  It was San Fran Nan in all her awesome glory, and Republicans are praying that glory doesn’t get over-exposed before November 2018.
  • When is a dead battery not really dead?  When Elon Musk is just telling you it is. – Tesla drivers fleeing Hurricane Irma were given a surprise free upgrade, as the car manufacturer remotely “unlocked” the full power of the batteries in the Model S and Model X cars that had been purchased with the 60kWh option.  Turns out those cars actually contained the same 75kWh batteries that others had purchased at higher prices, with Tesla simply limiting how much of that capacity the lower-paying drivers could use.  In other words, prior to the passage of Irma, drivers of the 60kWh models were being told by their cars that their batteries were on the verge of death, when in reality they had plenty of life remaining, if only Tesla hadn’t artificially limited it.  Cost of the “upgrade” – which obviously amounts to checking a box on a web page linked to each car –  prior to Irma?  $4500 to $9000, depending on the model.  I swear I’m not making this up.

Just another day in bigoted Democrats America.

That is all.

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Elon Musk Is A Very Creative Crony Capitalist

Today’s Campaign Update 

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • Elon Musk is a very creative guy.  We all know it, and often admire it.  He’s the guy who’s going to colonize Mars, the guy who’s going to roof your house with solar shingles and pave highways with solar pavers.  He’s also the guy who is now bringing us the Tesla 3 electric motor car, his new, more compact and sporty model for which he claims to have already received 500,000 orders.  It’s all so wonderful, and his giant PR operation issues about 27 press releases a week bragging about his every move.  Well, ok, not quite every move.
  • Here’s what Elon Musk’s thousands of PR agents never brag about:  None of his very creative ideas work without very heavy government subsidies.  The fact is that his various ventures in the United States alone have already brought him more than $5 billion in government subsidies, a legacy of the crony capitalism in which the Obama Administration was so heavily engaged.  That amounts to about half of Musk’s personal net worth, and those subsidies are the only reason his car company has been able to eke out “profits” in just 2 quarters during its entire existence.  Indeed, buyers of Teslas in the U.S. receive a big subsidy check from the federal government – the subsidy for the new Tesla 3 is $7500 – and also received state subsidies from taxpayers in many states.  California’s state subsidy (because of course California has a taxpayer subsidy for this stuff) is $2500, meaning that preening celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio can make themselves feel better by buying a Tesla, and enjoy a gift of a total of $10 grand from middle class America.  Cool, right?
  • Musk is facing a growing backlash over all his very creative rent-seeking endeavors, but the simple fact is he has to have the subsidies to remain in business.  For proof of that assertion, all one need do is observe Tesla’s experience in Hong Kong this year.  Tesla had sold thousands of cars the first three months of this year, when the Hong Kong government had a large subsidy in place, but when that subsidy was eliminated at the end of March, Tesla received a total of ZERO orders for its cars in Hong Kong during April.  No subsidies, no sales, and pretty soon, no company.
  • So, if you are so inclined, go out and get your Tesla soon, while the subsidies are in existence and the company is still in business.  But don’t buy one in Texas – Texas offers EV subsidies through auto dealerships, but no subsidies for the factory-direct Tesla, which does not do dealerships.  Go to California and make the taxpayers there foot part of the bill for your awesome new car.  They’ll enjoy it – they’re used to being screwed by their state’s government.
  • Sen. Manchin thinks he’s the Honey Badger.  Honey Badger don’t give a s–t, either. – Ok, West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has now gone full nitwit.  He’s obviously been given the party’s polling data indicating that Democrats can now cuss their way to re-election, data that has led Senators like Kirstin Gillebrand and Al Franken, along with DNC Chairman Tom Perez to go on cursing sprees all over the country in recent months.  Here’s what Manchin said in an interview with the Charleston Gazette:  “I don’t give a s–t, you understand? I just don’t give a s–t,” he said. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for s–t that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”  Democrats really do believe this is an effective strategy to attract votes from Millenials.  I suspect, though, that Millenials don’t give a s–t about it.  Just a guess.

Just another day in don’t give a s–t America.

That is all.

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