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Trump is no longer so evil – New York Times

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Exactly as I predicted in last year’s post – The next GOP Hitler.

Also known as Strange New Respect, though they’re not quite there yet with Trump.

The cycle of demonising the next GOP President by rehabilitating the previous ones who were condemned in their time as Evil, Moronic Scum Who Would Destroy The Nation:

“Some Democratic opposition researcher floated the idea that Goldwater was infatuated with the Nazis. It was ugly stuff.”
Sure it was, about the man who a later Leftist journalist would describe as “principled”, decades later when Goldwater was safely dead. But then, every Republican presidential candidate, from Thomas Dewey (smeared as a Nazi by no less than Harry Truman) to the present will be attacked by the left in this fashion, no matter his temperament, or small-government policies (you need Big Government for real Fascism). In his 1984 book, Troubled Journey: From Pearl Harbor to Ronald Reagan, Fred Siegel, points out that this nasty crap started as far back as 1940:

Even back then I noted some of the commentary from rather obscure, nasty corners of the Democrat Internet was aimed at DeSantis, but in the wake of his rising tide in Florida and across the nation – particularly with things like his delivery of fifty illegal aliens to the quiet, wealthy Lefty streets of Martha’s Vineyard – he’s become enough of a threat in 2024 to make the pages of one of the Democrat Party’s media organs, the NYT:

Yes, when viewed from the perspective of partisan media, DeSantis looks almost unstoppable. But to a typical person — someone who may have heard about these stunts but doesn’t know much about DeSantis otherwise — he looks a lot like a bully, someone willing to play high-stakes games with people’s lives for the sake of his own ego and advancement.

Well, you might say, Donald Trump is a bully, too. Yes, he is. But Donald Trump is also a lifelong celebrity with a public persona that is as much about “The Apprentice” and even “Home Alone 2” as it is about his political career. What’s more, Trump has the skills of a celebrity. He’s funny, he has stage presence, and he has a kind of natural charisma. He can be a bully in part because he can temper his cruelty and egoism with the performance of a clown or a showman. He can persuade an audience that he’s just kidding — that he doesn’t actually mean it.

Wait? What? “Trump’s funny“; “natural charisma”?

Oooooo… Trump’s rough edges are being ever so slightly sanded down and softened – with caveats about cruelty and egoism of course – so that the comparison can be made to The Next Evil GOP Threat.

Again.

In case you missed it, “bully” is the word that’s been programmed into the Democrat Media NPC’s to describe DeSantis and will it remain until they or the public get bored with it and want something fresh.

At some stage a word will have to be invented to also describe his “cult-like” followers, although after working for six months the Democrat marketing research group that finally squeezed “Ultra-MAGA” may just decide to stick with that and try to attach it to DeSantis. You don’t throw away something you’ve workled so hard to create and to which you have attached so much usefully political slime.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Who’s in charge of the USA?

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Because it sure as hell does not seem to be “President” Biden.

Last week he got interviewed on the long-running American current affairs show, 60 Minutes on CBS, by one Scott Pelly, one of the friendliest Democrat interviewers around.

Predictably Pelly asked lots of softball questions and crucially, did not follow up on the answers – especially after delicately raising the matter of Hunter Biden, where Pelly allowed the President to put only his spin on it (it’s just GOP trouble-making)!

Yet even with such a soft touch, Biden got himself repeatedly in trouble.

First, with dismissive snark about the rate of inflation, denying that it’s a problem (“You’re acting like all of a sudden ‘my God it went to 8.2%’”). When it comes to bad economic news, there are two ways to handle it as a president. The right way is to admit the truth and then lay out a plan – preferably one with numbers – for how you’re going to improve things. Americans are very forgiving of politicians who speak plainly to them, as the likes of JFK, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton knew. On the other hand, the wrong way is to simply pretend that everything is just peachy and that anyone who doesn’t think so is an idiot. Guess which strategy Biden has chosen?

His skin is so thin you can see through it.

He also bragged about using the oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is at its lowest level since 1984, and which was established after the Second Oil Crisis (1979/1980) for strategic defense purposes – not to lower gas prices to ease the pain for the Democrat Party during elections.

Biden says he’ll refill it once things have improved, but that’ll be at $80 barrel. It should be noted that when Trump wanted to top it up at $24/barrel the Democrats stopped him in Congress.

But, incredible as it may seem, those weren’t his worst gaffes. He had two doozies.

Taiwan

Pelly: But would US forces defend the island?

Biden: Yes. If in fact there was an unprecedented attack…

Pelly: So unlike Ukraine – to be clear, Sir – US forces, US men and woman, would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.

Biden: Yes.

Holy shit! The Whitehouse rapidly walked this back, making it clear that US policy has not changed – and that policy is one of strategic ambiguity where they officially will not say whether they would, or would not, defend Taiwan.

The thing is that the WH had the opportunity to wave a big stick at China almost two months ago when Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House and basically the third-most powerful US politician) visited Taiwan (Nancy Pelosi is doing the right thing)- resulting in a flurry of threats from China, one of which implied that they might shoot her plane out of the sky.

That last was always an empty threat, but still, in the world of diplomacy it’s harsh and should have been condemned by the Biden Administration – but it wasn’t,

John Kirby (National Security Council): “The Speaker has not confirmed any travel plans and it is for the Speaker to do so, and her staff. We won’t be commenting or speculating about the stops on her trip…Congress is an independent branch of government…the Speaker has a right to visit Taiwan.”
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CBS’s @NancyCordes: Why was the Speaker being urged not to go [to Taiwan]?
Kirby: I don’t know that she was…Who urged her not to go?
C: [Biden] said on July 20 that the military doesn’t think it’s a good idea for her to go.
K: [She] makes her own decisions.
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Reporter: “Why did the president bother w/ this drama…why not call the Chinese bluff or tell them to pound sand?”
Kirby: “What’s the drama?”
R: “Have you watched the [Chinese] briefings the past couple weeks?”
K: “I haven’t seen any drama…you’re manufacturing it with your question.”

So weak as dishwater back then – now yammering about US troops defending Taiwan against a Chinese invasion. It’s schizophrenic.

Admittedly Pelosi was not much better; with her back-and-forth media announcements and initial hesitation in the face of the Chinese threats, she added to the strategic confusion at the White House and Pentagon who opposed her visit, and she never really explained why she was visiting, saying that as a child she used to like China and at the beach would dig in the sand to reach Beijing. Seriously? As historian VDH summed up, her diplomacy was childlike:

In other words, in her eight decades since infancy, Pelosi has not yet learned the difference between Chinese Taiwan and the Chinese Communist mainland and has come up with no greater affinity with the Chinese than remembering as a child vainly digging in the sand to reach them.

The internal administration discord reminded the Chinese that the Biden Administration can still become even more inept than it has been since its inaugural humiliation in Anchorage, Alaska. 

And lastly, Pelosi showboated with loud freedom rhetoric while carrying a mere twig.

So, yes, ostensibly, it was silly for Nancy Pelosi to freelance in foreign policy by going to Taiwan. She has no record of any foreign policy accomplishment. Ever since her first speakership 15 years ago, Pelosi has always seen foreign policy as an arena to embarrass her political opponents.

We remember her dishonest post-9/11 public reversals about enhanced interrogations, and her all-but-rooting-for the surge in Iraq to fail.

We remember her lunatic visit and glad-handing with the murderous, children-killing Assad government in Syria (i.e., “The road to Damascus is a road to peace.”)?

While in Damascus in 2007, Pelosi legitimized the Syrian dictatorship right after it had helped start the 2006 Lebanon war, right during the U.S. surge in Iraq, and right during the influx of Syria’s jihadists across the open border to Iraq to kill Americans. 

The cherry on top was getting snubbed by the South Korean president when she dropped in to visit there.

But Pelosi’s incoherence is no excuse for that of the Biden Administration’s, so the South Korean snubbing of her should not be a surprise. It was aimed at the whole US government.

Covid-19

The other remark that got him in big trouble was his declaration that “the pandemic is over.”

Aside from totally pissing off that part of the Democrat base that never wants to see an end to mask mandates or any other aspect of government control for the disease, it also threatened to blow up his recently announced Student Loan forgiveness program.

Why? Because that relies on an existing piece of legislation, the 2003 HEROES Act, which was passed to relieve the loan burden from university students who might get called up for military service during their studies (these are people already signed on to the military and who have likely done training or even service but are studying at present).

Obviously it was a stretch to use that Act for all students, but the key word was “Emergency” written in the Black Letter law; as long as the Chinese Lung Rot is an “Emergency” the loan forgiveness plan might stand up to court challenges.

But if “the pandemic is over.” then the whole thing collapses. Not a good look with the Mid-Term elections coming up fast. So the The Powers That Be had to throw Biden under the bus on that one too.

You feeling all that experience and competence yet? All the stuff that Biden supporters screamed that Trump had none of but Biden had in spades? Back to “norms” – and no Mean Tweets.

Ace of Spades had a good take on what’s actually going on here:

It is clear to me that he is not fronting any one person or even a small, tight-knit cabal that is actually in charge. What he’s fronting appears to be an enormous complex of competing committees. There have been many examples, but the two big ones in my mind are the Afghanistan withdrawal and the COVID wind-down.
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COVID has been slower-motion but similar. What I call the “COVID is over” faction starting sending up trial balloons just before Delta hit. The “COVID forever” faction won that round. The “over” faction tried again in December(ish) of last year, just as Omicron was hitting. They were more successful and went harder at it. They have ultimately won the war, though the occasional battle is still being fought.

And Biden has been right there saying that both sides are right all the while. Sometimes COVID is over, sometimes COVID is never over. Sometimes Afghanistan was just bad luck and Trump’s fault. Other times, it all went according to plan and was the Afghan government’s fault. It likely depends on which faction is feeding him his talking points.

That sounds about right. You see such faction fights in all parties, and when the leadership is lost the fights are obvious and destabilising (see Labour 2008-2017 and National 2020-2022).

But being that New Zealand is such a pipsqueak of a nation such things only hurt us. When it’s a US Presidential Administration a lot of people around the world could get hurt badly.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 24, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Better call Saul

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Alinksy that is.

And in particular his little missive, Rules for Radicals, so beloved of the Left for decades now.

In particular rules #4, #5, #6:

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

What Governor DeSantis (R) of Florida did, at the same time as Governor Abbot (R) of Texas, was to apply these rules to the Democrats on the subject of illegal aliens, in particular those Democrats of the North East and Mid-West who so loudly trumpeted about their “Sanctuary States” and “Sanctuary Cities” where the evil Trump troops of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would not be allowed to enforce the law.

But there was more to this than simply exposing the hypocrisy and double standards of the Democrats on this matter, as fun as that is to do. No, the real objective was to actually make it clear to the rest of the nation, and the Democrats, that this is their problem too; that they don’t just get to pawn it off on the border states.

Problem is too understated a word. It’s a crisis on America’s Southern border with Mexico and has been brewing up for almost two years now. There’s detail that belongs in a seperate post but suffice to say that none of the disasters that have occurred to date – the vast crowds swarming at the border overwhelming law enforcement, pouring across into towns and cities in Texas and Arizona (the two worst affected states) who don’t have the social welfare, healthcare or law enforcement resources to cope, the countless dead bodies found in the desert, the huge amount of drug smuggling included and the deaths arising from that – none of this has caused the Biden Administration to shift off its ass and do something practical to bring it to a halt or even slow it down.

Over a year ago twenty one Governors wrote a letter to President Biden almost begging him to do something. In return they effectively got the back of his hand, not even bothering to visit the border regions to see for himself (same from his VP).

DeSantis and Abbot thus decided on what might be called Direct Action. As the logo above has it, if Democrats would not come to the border, they’d bring the border to the Democrats. They decided to start sending these illegal aliens on buses and planes to these Democrat Sanctuary cities:

Abbot chose Chicago as one of his targets, and the “mayor” of my second home predictably started squealing:

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Says Governor Abbott Is a ‘Man Without Morals’ After Bus of Illegals Arrives

Candidate Lori Lightfoot Gets Smushed by the Hypocrisy Truck

Lightfoot ships Illegals out of Chicago to suburb of Burr Ridge

That last one is a doozy.

“Chicago is and will continue to be a welcoming city. We are collaborating across various City departments and with local, state and community partners to ensure everyone who arrives in Chicago is greeted and treated with dignity and respect,” said Lightfoot.

“I am concerned neither the village administrator nor I were told about this,” Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso told WGN. “We want to know: Why Burr Ridge?”

They barely touched the Chicago tarmac before getting moved on – and there was no one from the city to greet them or show them where to go next, they just went from one bus to another. And that was with just a small fraction of those moved; so far Texas has sent about 7,900 to Washington, D.C. with another couple of thousand sent to New York City. The NYC mayor was squealing too:

[Mayor Adams said] ‘In this new and unforeseen reality, where we expect thousands more to arrive every week going forward, the city’s system is nearing its breaking point. As a result, the city’s prior practices, which never contemplated the bussing of thousands of people into New York City, must be reassessed.”

It should be noted that the city of El Paso – one of the sources of those buses to NYC – has had 1400 to 2000 illegals a day dumped on its streets by Biden’s Border Patrol for over a year now. Nobody in Washington D.C., Chicago or New York gave a shit.

But for all of Abbott’s efforts it was DeSantis who showed just how sharp a politician he is – and with an eye on the 2024 Presidential nomination – by doing something with just fifty illegals that was guaranteed to draw the Kardishan MSM in droves. He sent them to one of the toniest, wealthiest, Democratist parts of the USA: Martha’s Vineyard, 2nd (3rd) home to the likes of Barack Obama.

The Democrats promptly melted down.

Turtleboy News Senior Editor Aidan Kearney brings us an inside look into the agonizing conversations among the island’s residents as they are faced with a whopping 50 (FIFTY!) illegals flown in by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. (They’re already being removed from the island as of this morning)

And to a military base for good measure.

Looks like they’re gonna have to update their virtue signalling sign.

Given that a few people had inside access to some of the Vineyard Facebook and Twitter groups there was some interesting reveals of reactions from all these good Democrat voters as they turned on each other.

Actually that is the point. Obama certainly does have the space, as currently, his 8-bedroom mansion sits empty; it rests on on 29 acres (!), certainly enough to house a large tent city. Plenty of room for Porta Potties. Some good, solid Fear Of The Other too…

Get her locks changed? Why on earth would she want to do that; doesn’t she want to welcome the new additions with open arms? The best part of this thread is when they realize they’ve been found out and people are laughing at them:

The Highly Moral and Ethical Republicans of the NeverTrumper movement, filled with Civility Bullshit, weighed in on the evil DeSantis:

All this over fifty illegal aliens. Makes you want to send some El Paso size batches to Martha’s Vineyard. I loved this response to that prick:

In all seriousness, we are “under siege.” There is an invasion at the southern border. Why isn’t Biden doing anything? Because “doing something” would be admitting a massive mistake and he can’t have that less than two months from an election. So, he will allow enough fentanyl to flow across the border to kill every American living. Winning elections is more important than American lives I guess. And Biden has now allowed two million illegal aliens to simply walk or swim across the border. That is literally an attack on America Mr. Schmidt, you beer-bellied boob.

This is not a one-off. DeSantis has plans to send more illegal aliens to…. Delaware. Specifically the lovely beach town part of Delaware that’s a second home to none other than President Biden.

BTW, for those of you who are consumers of CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, NBC, etc…. be aware that the screams about DeSantis facing criminal charges of “human trafficking” are being brought to you by the same people who pushed “The Walls Are Closing In” meme on Trump all these years. None other than Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley dumped on that. Meantime DeSantis summed it all up perfectly.

“Scrambling to get his cabinet together?…. It’s only when you have 50 illegal aliens end up in a wealthy rich sanctuary enclave that he decides to scramble on this..

Now we see, in New York and D.C., they used to beat their chests when Trump was in office, saying they are sanctuary jurisdictions. Then the minute Texas starts bussing there, they get very bent out of shape about it…these are just the beginning efforts. We got an infrastructure in place now. There is going to be a lot more that’s happening”

As an aside, if all this reminds you of a crucial argument in US history it should. Aside from slavery the Civil War was also supposed to put a stop to the idea that individual states can stiff-arm Federal law whenever it suits them.

Your Daily Sniff and Vomit

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And just like that, #MeToo and #BelieveAllWomen were dead.

Have you purged yourself today?

Have you digested your breakfast and lunch?

No coffee, wine, whiskey or other drinks at hand at the moment?

Good. Then you are ready for this.

Nothing new here of course, as Liberal loudmouth actress Alyssa Milano already demonstrated two years ago.

I’m guessing that all of these women are sickened by OrangeHitler and that none of them ever paid any attention to Tara Read (who?), even though VP Kamala Harris did.

As did others. Which makes sense given that this guy has history.

Related, Not a mask but a sickbag.

Takin’ It To The Streets

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I’m sure the Department of “Justice” and the FBI will get right on it, right Joe?

Episode 1,896,567 of the Democrat Party’s basic rule:

“Rules for thee, but not for me”.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 16, 2022 at 10:05 am

Money. Wall. Pissing against.

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You may have thought that the current NZ Labour government was a shocker when it came to spending vast sums of money to no good effect, but as is often the case now, the US state of California leads the way.

As if the high taxes, poverty, filth, crime, killer fires, water problems and energy problems were not bad enough it appears that they can’t even run a basic book keeping process.

This is Betty Yee, and she is the “State Controller” of California, which means that she is the person responsible for:

  • “Accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources.”
  • “Auditing all funds disbursed by the state and all claims presented for payments to [her office.]”

Given that California is the world’s fifth largest economy, that is a hell of a lot of spending responsibility. Her office issued 49 million checks in payments worth $320 billion in 2018.

Being in a public office she’s also accountable directly to the public in terms of more than just votes, being required to produce information about all this spending, subject to the usual Official Information Requests that we see across the Western world. There’s always scrapping between such offices and the people demanding the information as to timely releases and so forth – no bureaucrat is ever keen on revealing everything to the proles – but by and large the process works.

So it was no surprise when some activist group called Open the Books (OTB), requested to see the line item details of all these payments, starting in 2013. The letter they finally got in 2019 surprised the hell out of them:

“The State of California, State Controller’s Office does not maintain a centralized vendor contract database which would allow it to identify all contracts regardless of the agency awarding such contract,”

That came from Yee’s general counsel Richard Chivaro, who went further:

“In fact, many state contracts are paid for directly by the contracting agency,” Chivaro continued. “This procedure allows the contracting agency to make such payments as expeditiously as possible thereby taking advantage of an early payment discount which may be available.” 

“Moreover, the Controller’s Office receives literally thousands of claims for payment daily. Claims are batched by date received and are not segregated, logged or otherwise tracked by agency employee or payment type. Consequently, because of the way the claims are batched and processed by this office, we are unable to locate or otherwise provide you with the documents requested,”

The fuck? In other words the Controller’s Office literally cannot answer the question of where all the money went in a $320 billion spending list. They simply do not and cannot know exactly who got the money because they just don’t bother tracking that level of detail.

Incredible. Almost beyond belief.

OTB is suing the state of California but frankly I don’t know how that can succeed: if the system doesn’t track this stuff at a line item level (or even a couple of levels up) then what’s the lawsuit going to produce? They have had to sue Illinois and Wyoming in the past to get such data, but they did get it in the end, and they did not need to take such action to get spending records from the other 47 states according to the OTB Chairman:

“We even get the checkbooks from the historically, systemically corrupt Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,” he said. “We do get the second set of books from there.” 

In some respects it’s hardly surprising given an earlier story that blew out of the same state a few months ago:

California Labor Secretary Julie Su told reporters in a conference call Monday that of the $114 billion the state has paid in unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic, 10 percent, or $11.4 billion, involves fraud and another 17 percent is under investigation. 

Nearly all of the fraudulent claims were paid through the federally supported Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The program was approved by Congress to provide unemployment assistance to those who usually wouldn’t be eligible, such as independent contractors. 

The even got scammed by the usual suspects, criminal organisations from Russia and Nigeria, as well as 21,000 prisoners in the state who scored more than $400 million, including 100 prisoners on death row

I like to think the latter group really just did it for kicks, given that they’re not likely to be able to spend any of it.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 12, 2022 at 10:28 am

Never Mind: reprogramming the puppet

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Well that was fun – while it lasted.

It looks like slightly saner minds in the Biden Administration have decided that it wasn’t just the optics of Biden’s Reichstag speech at the Hall of Independence that were bad but the basic thrust of the speech…

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
– Joe Biden, 2 September 2022

…. so now they’re trying to walk things back.

“C’mon, look guys, I don’t consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country.”
– Joe Biden, 3 September 2022

To be fair, Biden likely does not even remember what he said in that speech. It was written for him and everything else was set up by his handlers.

In his dementia Biden really is like those video game characters known as NPC’s (Non Playing Characters), that can be re-programmed to repeat different stuff for different scenarios.

But they’ll be back with the same stuff. They always are.

When the jackboot fits

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Whenever this stuff is done to a Western politician it’s regarded as unfair and OTT – unless it’s an American Republican or a British Tory because of course.

Certainly when I did it to our dear Jacinda (NKVD or Gestapo: which fits better?) I received one or two Tone Policing comments; apparently fitting her into Stalin’s uniform was less bad – which tells you everything about the double standards applied to political mass murderers that have become culturally acceptable, although the Downfall parody apparently passed the “decency” test – or what I call the Civility Bullshit test.

But this? For “President” Biden? This time it fits perfectly.

Hopefully the American people, including Democrats, will react to this with more than just outrage. More mockery, but perhaps not like this but from out of the past, Der Fuhrer’s Face, although I’ve keyed up the following version to near the end because…. well I’m not so sure about Donald Duck’s reaction anymore; has he really woken from a nightmare and perhaps that shadow is what we think it is?

Written by Tom Hunter

September 4, 2022 at 3:07 pm

The Optics are Bad

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I’ve known from four decades of observing American politics, that Joe Biden was a dumb, mouthy, thin-skinned and all-together nasty piece of work, one who was rightfully rejected by Democrat voters in successive attempts to run for President.

And I’ve known since 2019 that his already low-IQ brain was now rotting inside from dementia.

And I’ve known for a year just how much trouble he and his Democrat Party are in as we approach the US Mid-Term elections.

And I’ve known for days about his now-infamous “semi-fascism” speech.

But this? This is almost beyond belief. I can’t imagine what the two US Marines at the back must be thinking. The site of the speech is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. How hideous.

I’m quite sure I can’t imagine what Biden’s handlers were thinking when they set all of this up. Psychological projection is a hell of a thing.

It was fitting for Joe Biden to deliver Thursday night’s Independence Hall speech in a venue lit by gas lights. Backed by a blood-red background and two soldiers shrouded in darkness, the president condemned half the nation as insurrectionists who pose a “clear and present danger” to the United States.

It’s actually the Democrats who now present a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

I’ve long thought that if the GOP takes control of the House and Senate then it would be a waste of time to impeach Biden, much as the Clinton impeachment of the late 1990’s was stupid.

But now I think it’s essential. Even Harris cannot be this bad, since she’ll only talk in goofy word salads.

Biden needs to be impeached before the stupid old fuck and his Politburo start a civil war.

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Haha…. Liberal Fascism, eh Jonah?

Tell me more.

Plus this:

It sure feels like Biden wants to provoke some kind of violent response. Why else even give this speech? . . . There’s also an inherent contradiction in what Biden is saying. He continually wants to paint himself as an uniter, while his words and actions exacerbate deep, disturbing divisions. . . . This was Twitter rage wrapped into a national address, and it was sad and pathetic to witness.”

Or how about this…

Die Washington Post, Die

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Democracy dies in debt

In a race between the New York Times and the WaPo for scummiest, most ideological and partisan, I’d give the prize to the latter.

They’re pretty much neck-and-neck, so it may be that the lead changes with time, but I’ll give it to the WaPo for this latest shitty piece of journalism, where their reporter, one Peter Jamison, “reached out” to the person he was reporting on and then ignored her quick responses (15 minutes) until she embarrassed them:

Raichik decided to display what happened on Twitter, and thus begins the problems for The Post. Raichik showed the screenshots where she answered Jamison immediately, and then, in less than four hours, the article went live early Friday evening.

So they adjusted the story and made excuses about “missing” the response. Raichik caught them out on that as well:

She posted part of Jamison’s adjustment in his article, and this led to more embarrassment for the paper. Much like we witnessed this past April when Taylor Lorenz worked on the shameful doxxing of Raichik as being behind this account, the Post has been reduced to numerous revisions after the fact – or, lack of facts, as it were.

In case you don’t already know, Raichik is the woman behind the famous Twitter account Libs Of Tik Tok, which has been driving the US Far Left insane by locating and then re-posting the insane shit that a lot of them publish themselves. Even though she does no editing of these original Social Media postings that anybody can look at (and are intended to be so by their authors) various people have tried to ban her from Twitter because they know that her platform gives a far wider audience a view into their lies and insanities. Whether it’s teachers and activists banging on about Critical Race Theory, Trans issues, or other current topics of Normie-smashing thrills, it makes them look awful and unhinged – and they know it.

And the Washington Post is fully onboard with those activists. The other reporter mentioned above, Taylor Lorenz, went so far as to dox Raichik, a conservative Jewish woman living in New York, in a clear effort to intimidate her into stopping. That attempt failed as Raichik showed courage and fought back – but Lorenz is still employed by the WaPo, and even contributed to this latest story – of course – which is another reason to give them the Scumbag Prize.

So here’s the good news – and from a New York Times reporter no less. Meow!

One hundred positions is not a small cut.

In the years after Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013, business boomed. Droves of readers bought digital subscriptions, and the newsroom roughly doubled in size, adding hundreds more journalists.

But The Post’s business has stalled in the past year. As the breakneck news pace of the Trump administration faded away, readers have turned elsewhere, and the paper’s push to expand beyond Beltway coverage hasn’t compensated for the loss.

Let me translate that for you. The WaPo is losing money and views for the same reason all leftwing outlets are losing money and views: the ultimate exhaustion of the ALL TRUMP, ALL THE FUCKING TIME approach – and for which most of the lies they had to tell to keep up interest in this approach have since been exposed.

That NYT report also refers to a lack of productivity. Yeah, well if your work consists of sitting on Twitter all day and then reporting what’s trending there, then I can see the issue.

When there’s talk of people losing their jobs, I almost always sympathise. In this case, I not only cannot, I’m glad, thrilled, that they’re getting canned. The WaPo is a nasty, bad-faith publication that trashes the political opponents of the Democrat Party and doesn’t even attempt to offer a balanced view of the political sphere – all while claiming that they’re a standard bearer of non-partisan, fair reporting. In reality, most of its reporters are vicious partisans who spend their time writing hit pieces to push Democrat narratives.

Having said this, don’t imagine for one moment that this will change the WaPo reporters and editors. This is a case – more common than you’d think – where the capitalist aspect of pleasing ever greater numbers of customers by turning out a good product does not apply. These people will fly this outfit into the ground first.

Same thing here in New Zealand, via former Dominion Post journalist, Karl du Fresne, And they wonder why media credibility has nosedived, which looks at the hit job that the Wairarapa Times-Age recently did on Masterton mayoral candidate Tina Nixon. Relying on a “private” fact-checking outfit here in NZ called FACT (Fighting Against Conspiracy Theories – run by long-time, hardline Lefty activist Stephen Judd) in the same way that Facebook has in the USA, the Wairarapa Horrid dumped all over Nixon as having been outed with “links to alternative politics or conspiracy theories”.

Except they then had to apologise for not giving Nixon any opportunity to respond. FACT also “apologised”, but as du Fresne says:

To its credit the Times-Age stated: “Publishing the story without sufficient opportunity to respond falls short of the expectation of responsible journalism from our paper.”

I would go further and suggest the decision to run the story at all was questionable, given that it implies the beliefs attributed to the candidates are a threat to society and therefore not ones that can legitimately be held in a liberal democracy.

There was a time when the Fourth Estate could claim that it questioned authority. Even if there were some periods when that was true, it no longer is. They’re basically just another version of the Fifth Estate nowadays – and a lower quality branch at that given their worship of the State. What we have is basically a Fifth / Fourth Estate.

Let the latter die.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 1, 2022 at 1:54 pm