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Who’s on First? (What’s on second?)

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By mid-2020 some people began to speculate that Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, was making a run for the title of Edith Wilson 2.0.

Edith was the wife of Democrat President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), an all-round POS who was a hard-core racist and segregationist who also took advantage of WWI to execute his wet dream of a command-and-control USA run by genius technocrats like himself. He also managed to fuck up the peace negotiations and US entry into his dream of The League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.

Luckily he only got about three years to do all this before the GOP won landslide victories in 1920 and reversed almost all of his plans. Good luck also meant his actual efforts were further limited to just two years as the bastard was felled by a stroke in late 1919 that left him severely incapacitated, so much so that he really could not do his job:

“disorders of emotion, impaired impulse control, and defective judgment.”

Dude! I’m getting goosebumps!

Unluckily, Franklin Roosevelt was Wilson’s Secretary of the Navy and in the way of detached, rich men who merely inherit wealth he thought a command-and-control economy was a great idea, although it would take another thirteen years and an economic crisis before he could act on that plan.

Also unluckily it turned out that Edith Wilson was a very competent woman:

Anxious to help the president recover, Tumulty, Grayson, and the First Lady determined what documents the president read and who was allowed to communicate with him. For her influence in the administration, some have described Edith Wilson as “the first female President of the United States.

An accurate observation of that history.

In our time there have been various incidents over the last two years that have steadily reinforced the notion that Joe Biden is just not all there. During his campaign he was kept hidden away as much as possible with frequent “lids” called on activities early in the day to allow him to rest. As President there have been some plaintive public happenings:

“I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do,”

The live video feed on that was abruptly cut – and that was just questions from Democrat House members.

There have been countless occasions where he’s not even been able to read the teleprompter properly, mangling what he was supposed to say, to things like Jill literally cutting in over the “President” as he stumbled in answering a question about border detention centres.

But it was this photo, an official one from the Whitehouse, that really set people talking. Even in her wildest fever dreams of ambition and tone deaf political skills, Hillary Clinton would never have let a photo like this get out, and Bill’s staff would have doubled down on that.

That’s the President’s chair on Air Force One. I’ve no doubt she has to prep for the G7 given all the nap time the President needs. She’s never far from his side and all that studying shows as she does the speech to the troops and with her “Joe! Pay attention” command keeps the President from being distracted by hot-looking 12 year olds in the audience (“Looks like she’s 19”). Ewwww, but remember folks: “disorders of emotion, impaired impulse control, and defective judgment” emerge not just from stroke victims but senile old men.

Still, I’ll bet the MSM will be all over this, as they would be with any GOP president.

Oh! Right.

To be fair I can see how the Jill Biden thing could be argued as not being a story.

First of all, does anyone really think that Joe Biden, a man who in the prime of his life had all the intellectual power of a root vegetable, is really running things?

Second, it’s not just Jill running him but his Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, plus other members of his team, likely the advisors more than his Cabinet. The COS is a key figure in any Administration and Klain is a connected, savvy guy. We’re basically looking at President Klain.

Somehow I feel comforted knowing that Jill Biden and Klain are on the job.

Of course there are still people who worship the MSM. These are people who are often surprised by real life.

It is correct you moron, and it’s going to get worse. It must in order to deal with the Climate Change Crisis Emergency. But you’ll always have, NO MEAN TWEETS.

Incidentally the title of this post comes from one of the most famous comedy sketches, courtesy of Abbot and Costello, because laughter is the best medicine.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 11, 2021 at 2:13 pm

They must have laughed!

Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and other national leaders that is, at least after the great AGW Zoom call was finished.

I realise that there’s not a lot going on upstairs with the ambulatory root vegetable currently titled as the President of the United States, but seriously, why is he still wearing a fucking mask on his moronic face?

He’s the only leader on the call who is doing so, despite the fact that he was injected with one of the Chinese Lung Rot vaccines before Christmas, meaning that he’s immune to the virus, so has no need to mask up, and can’t spread it to other people, which also means there’s no need for a mask.

There are 17 people on that call. Only the 78 year old Biden:

  • chose to wear a mask.
  • while sitting alone on a remote video call.
  • after being vaccinated.

Does he not realize how stupid this makes the USA look? You can imagine how much Putin was laughing inside after staring across at POTUS making an absolute clown of himself.

Perhaps Biden’s advisors, the ones who are effectively in charge of the USA, are so determined to fundamentally transform America that they think this helps and therefore allowed this to happen?

The world’s most effective Anti-Vaxxer spokesman

I wish I could say at this point that it’s all just political theatre, a carry-over from the 2020 US election, but when you have the infamous Dr Faucista also telling people that they’ll need to practice wearing masks and social distancing after they get the vaccine then it’s getting to the point of dangerous stupidity:

CHUCK TODD: “Why does a vaccinated person have to wear a mask?”

DR. FAUCI: “You dramatically diminish” possible Covid infection with a vaccine, but vaccinated people could still carry infection.”

Re-infection chances after vaccination are almost non-existent (0.0075%), and the possibility of death at that point is less than being struck by lightning. There are probably a hundred things you do throughout the day that are statistically more likely to kill you than COVID after you’ve been vaccinated. Further, the risk from COVID will never be zero, thus Fauci’s standard here is essentially a permanent mask mandate and never shaking hands again.

Does that sound reasonable? How many people will listen to his words and conclude that getting the shot is a waste of time if they still can’t get back to living a normal, pre-Covid-19 life? In that sense this 80 year-old idiot is the world’s greatest practical anti-vaxxer.

Remember also that these people have been at the forefront of screaming “Science” about this whole thing since Day One. This incident shows how much that was bullshit, as it always is with these ideologues.

As for Biden, surely this call will put to bed the endless claims that the USA would once again be “respected” by all the right people if he was elected President. He looked like a weak, scared, helpless old man, and that look will rub off on the USA, perhaps with good reason when you look at Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of the geriatric US leadership.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm

ON THE FLOYD VERDICT

I don’t have a great view about the Floyd verdict as I didn’t follow the trial to any great extent and I don’t think you can properly form a view unless you heard and saw all the evidence. Suffice to say it was a unanimous verdict of 12 jurors comprising 6 whites, 4 blacks and 2 multi-racial (whatever that means).

I do however reject out-of-hand the notion advanced by some that Floyd was a bad person and that he ‘had it coming’. That is twisted thinking. The reality is that the USA is a violent society where the police have long resorted to the excessive use of force albeit sometimes as the result of extreme provocation … but two wrongs can never make it right.

But I do want to comment on the fact that President Biden and prior to the announcement of the verdict opined that he hoped the jury would make the ‘right’ decision … and find him guilty … woke speech translated. Better he kept his opinions to himself until after the verdict. One suspects Chavin’s legal team will be looking closely at those words to see if they might constitute the basis for an appeal … that the President sought to unduly influence the jurors.

More ‘open mouth, insert foot’ from what looks like to be one term (or less) President.

Written by The Veteran

April 22, 2021 at 3:21 pm

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These didn’t age well

As we crawl toward the finish line of the US Presidential race I think two things are pretty obvious.

First, there is no way on God’s Green Earth that the Federal Supreme Court is going to chuck out tens of thousands of Biden votes in Pennsylvania just because they arrived days late. Sure, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, with a 5-2 Democrat majority and a history of corruption, played with the law passed by the State House and Senate around mail-voting by arbitarily changing the allowable time to three days. They didn’t do this by saying the original law was unconstitutional, they just did it because they thought they could. Their own state constitution does not agree: it’s in the hands of legislators only. Seems clear cut, but I can’t see SCOTUS having the balls to reject the Penn Supremes and boot so many votes.

Second is to say “so what”. The city of Philidelphia is another Democrat Machine site of old, like Chicago at its peak. You can read about it here, with a focus on one character in particular, Ozzie Myers, in How Philadelphia Elections Work.

Among the candidates he was paid to get elected are three as-yet-unnamed judges sitting on the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. That’s where President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has to go…

Heh. They can generate as many votes as needed. Once the envelopes are opened, it’s over. There is simply no way to recover from that. Re-counts are a waste of time. Which is why it’s always essential to stop the “counting” before the Democrats have the numbers.

But I don’t think even that city can produce a 50,000 state-wide margin for Biden.

Which brings me to this article in the Chicago Tribune from 2000, selected because the author is now rather a big gun in the US MSM journalist world. Take it away Jake Tapper.

More than 180,000 Americans — 180,111 to be exact — cast ballots in Florida on Nov. 7 only to have them discarded, never counted. That was about 335 times the number of votes (537) by which George W. Bush led Al Gore in Florida at the time the U.S. Supreme Courtstopped the state’s court-ordered recount, thus allotting Florida’s electoral votes to Bush and making him president.

Awwww – and you thought it was only Trump and his supporters who loved this shit? In fact I recall that all this conspiracy theory crap extended right through to September 11, 2001.

It’s a review of a book by Tapper, Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency. The same guy currently urging people, from his throne at CNN, to just accept the results and get down with President Biden.

For healing.

I also loved this.

Note that none of these people have suffered in their careers for being conspiracy theorists – because their arguments were in favour of the Democrats.

None other than Mitch McConnell – as sober and courtly a gentleman as even the prissiest Trump hater could appreciate – brought all this history up the other day:

“More recently, weeks after the media had “called” President Bush’s re-election in 2004, Democrats baselessly disputed Ohio’s electors and delayed the process in Congress. The 2016 election saw recounts or legal challenges in several states.

“More broadly, let’s have no lectures about how the President should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.

“And who insinuated this one would be illegitimate, too, if they lost again.

“Let’s have no lectures on this subject from that contingent.

“In late August, Secretary Hillary Clinton said, quote, ‘Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances… I think this is going to drag out, and… he will win if we don’t give an inch.’

“That same month, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Leader both stated, quote, ‘[President Trump] needs to cheat to win.’

“In October, when Speaker Pelosi was shopping some conspiracy theory about the Postal Service, she recklessly said, quote, ‘I have no doubt that the president… will lie, cheat, and steal, to win this election.’

“Does this sound like a chorus that has any credibility to say a few legal challenges from President Trump represent some kind of crisis?

As far as Pennsylvania is concerned I think the nationwide Red Wave to the GOP that saw them retain the Senate and increase their power in the House, shows up again in that state, where GOP House candidates ran 117,000 more votes than their Democrat opponents. And given that’s the case, you just have to accept that those GOP voters also could not bring themselves to vote for Trump.

In short: yes, there was voter fraud in the primary city of Philadelphia, probably thousands of votes. There is every election. But it’s not enough fraud.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 12, 2020 at 8:09 pm

Your choice of dinner, Vet?

It’s quite amusing to have gone from this on the evening of Wednesday, November 4th…

“I’m not sure if I (or Wayne Mapp) need to ask Adolf, Rossco and any of the the other true believers the recipe for ‘humble pie’ and, for Tom H, his bank account detail for me to dc his winnings.”

… to President Joe Biden now, as seems almost certain.

Nobody likes to take the MSM’s word for it, but given that Trump lags behind by thousands of votes in three key states – Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania – this is not going to be a repeat of the 2000 election where it all hinged on just one state with the difference of perhaps a few hundred votes. The percentage differences for all but Nevada are admittedly tiny, with Georgia at 0.2%, Pennsylvania at 0.64% and Trump may even win Arizona eventually. But I don’t think any court challenges are going to changes tens of thousands of votes in the very appropriately nicknamed “Keystone State”.

So that’s that. All that remains is post-analysis and The Vet’s selection of restaurant, preferably in Auckland.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 9, 2020 at 8:42 am

Here come the Courts!

So I go to bed last night with Trump holding decent majorities of 3-4% or more in three key states he needed to win: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

These are the sort of election night margins that are usually too big to overturn, which is what GOP congressman in Orange County also thought in 2018.

Trump had smaller margins in Georgia and North Carolina and it seemed that this was where he was vulnerable, but even those would not have given Biden the Electoral Votes he needed to get to 270.

But this is 2020 where nothing is predictable and in the early hours of the morning this happened.

Given that Trump never gives up I can see this going to the courts in those states – Arizona seems to also have problems – but my observation is that recounts don’t usually change dramatically. The only such change would be if a whole bunch of mail-in ballots were declared invalid.

So it would seem that the Vet’s concession last night of a Biden loss was premature and I may still end up being the one that has to buy dinner.

Further analysis must await a conclusive result but one thing that can already be declared is that we should not only ignore the MSM (a given in my case anyway) but also most of the pollsters, not to mention the aggregators like 538, whose star has steadily fallen since 2008. Just one example:

Any marketing division of a corporate that got sales figures that wrong would be seeing people get fired. Somehow that never seems to happen with pollsters, who will simply make a bunch of excuses about “methodology problems”, as they did in 2016, and then go on their merry way to the next election where they will be again touted by the MSM airheads with whom they have a parasitic relationship.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 5, 2020 at 9:29 am

BY THIS TIME TOMORROW

one suspects it will be President (elect) Joe Biden.

one further suspects he’ll need some help … lotsa help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAXHr0qccvE

Written by The Veteran

November 3, 2020 at 3:02 pm

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Disrupting debates

I have not watched or listened to any debate since the early 1990’s when I tuned in to watch Bill Clinton smilingly grind George Herbert Walker Bush into his natural gait of public goofiness.

But with a second Trump-Biden debate somewhere in the near future it’s time to review not the first one – which I gather was not too dissimilar to the scene below – but the reactions to it.

Those reactions summarised the whole thing as a train wreck, with both men shouting over eachother, and Trump constantly attacking the moderator, Chris Wallace of FoxNews. Naturally Trump got the blame for this, which is to be expected.

What I recalled of course, was when Joe Biden pulled exactly the same stunt in 2012 during his debate with his VP opponent, Paul Ryan, although I was judging from small clips. Ryan was a well-known D.C policy wonk who loved arguing the details and intricacies of legislation or the strategic aspects of big ideas. But Biden had no time for that and put on a clown show, as described by Ann Althouse (law prof & Obama voter):

Biden is being rude, laughing and mouthing words…. Biden mutters an interruption. When Biden is given a turn, he calls what Ryan said “malarky.”… Ryan is speaking earnestly… and Biden is chuckling toothily, his body shaking like Santa Claus…. When Ryan speaks, Biden is laughing clownishly again. It looks just awful… Biden is acting as though he cannot physically tolerate Ryan having a turn to speak!…

Biden continually interrupts Ryan in a way I find incredibly annoying…. While Ryan is talking… Biden sighs long and loud… Biden interrupts. Ryan says: “Mr. Vice President, I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think everyone will be better served if we don’t keep interrupting each other.” I love the politeness of “if we don’t keep” — we — when Biden has been an interruption machine and Ryan has barely interrupted and only occasionally has talked over to keep from losing his turn. The moderator, Martha Raddatz has done nothing at all to control Biden.

And how did the MSM of 2012 react? Did they universally condemn Biden’s behavior? Was there discussion about debate rules changes by the Commission on Presidential Debates? No to both. Instead there was the following, first from the The New York Times:

It was Mr. Biden who sought to quiet the rising clamor among Democrats that the president was not assertive enough with Mr. Romney at their debate last week in Denver. A day after Mr. Obama conceded he was ‘too polite,’ Mr. Biden showed no hesitation in hectoring, heckling and interrupting his challenger.

Throughout the evening, Mr. Biden made maximum use of the split-screen shots that were judged to have harmed Mr. Obama a week earlier, when he was frequently shown looking down at his lectern as Mr. Romney harshly criticized him. And whenever Mr. Ryan spoke, Mr. Biden claimed his half of the screen as his own, practically winking at the audience at home as he stage-laughed at the assertions Mr. Ryan was making or shook his head in disbelief, grinning broadly.

For Mr. Biden especially, the night was his chance to relive past debates and unleash his inner barroom brawler… Mr. Biden turned his temperature up, singeing the young man across the table with patronizing grins, but mostly withering retorts. His interruptive barrage was as relentless as his silent mugging for the camera.

Gosh. How approving of the NYT. They love barroom brawlers – when they’re Democrats. Otherwise it’s civility bullshit. Next is USA Today:

“Biden was energetic, engaged and combative in a way that Obama failed to be in his debate with Republican Mitt Romney in Denver last week. The open question may be whether he came across as convincing or rude.” …“Biden’s supercharged performance was aimed at stemming the momentum the Republican ticket has been riding since the last debate.”

And I’ll finish with the Los Angeles Times:

Vice President Joe Biden was all smirks, smiles, laughs, sharp elbows and impolite interruptions in his debate with the No. 2 guy on the Republican ticket, Paul Ryan. It is always a risky tactic to let Joe be Joe, but it seems to have paid off… After President Obama’s passive, lackluster response to Mitt Romney’s energetic assault during the first presidential debate, demoralized Democrats were praying that Biden would come out swinging at Ryan,… They got what they wanted and, as a result, Democrats should be reinvigorated as the closing days of the 2012 campaign tick away.”

The LA Times was also very happy that Biden’s “rudeness” had acted as a sort of “fact-checking” on Ryan’s arguments. Imagine them saying that about Trump’s “rudeness”.

Against Trump, Biden got a big serving of what he dished out 8 years ago, and niether he nor his MSM backers could handle it, which is why their reaction was 180 degrees opposite to that of 2012. Pricks!

But the debate format itself has passed its use-by date. I can’t think of any debate that has pushed an election one way or another since the 1980’s. Recently an American commentator, Ben Domenech, made the following points about how the US Presidential debates happen, which contained some facts I was not aware of and which are quite shocking:

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a relic. Its board contains mostly people born in the 1930s and 40s. It is the reason there are no internet based debates. Its executive director has led it since before the end of the Cold War. It must end. The Commission’s approach creates debates that are unintelligible and with moderators who cannot effectively extract the truth. They are asking 1980s questions in a 1970s format. This must end.

Good grief. No wonder the US debates have been so useless for so many years. And I’ll leave the last word to longtime Republican and 1996 Presidential contender, Bob Dole:

Written by Tom Hunter

October 11, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Resistance is Futile

Why bother adding a comment to a post when I can write my own post!

I’m referring of course to my fellow blogger, The Vet, and his post on a recent CNN US election poll, conducted by polling group called SSRS.

And all this courtesy of DPF’s thrilled post on the same subject over on Kiwiblog, Biden has 16% lead in SSRS poll.

Let’s start with the obvious points:

  1. CNN has run a 24/7 Trump hatefest for five years now, so the idea that they would support a poll from an “independent” polling group (why not add “Fact Checker” to “Independent”) that just happens to trash their fave hate object, is not an outlandish concept.
  2. That this is then trumpeted by similar TDS sufferers world-wide should come as no surprise, including that fact that no analysis or scepticism of the poll is applied.
  3. DPF is one of the worst such sufferers in NZ. I don’t think even the Lefty blogs have been this harsh. It’s as though DPF is terrified that Right-Wingers like him will be forever scarred by association with the Orange Mussolini.
  4. Not to mention that it’s a Republican who is repudiating all those Right-WIng shibboleth’s of the past forty years: Free Trade agreements, wide open immigration (illegal and otherwise), tarriffs, eliciting votes from union workers in Sunset Industries – all those things that were supposed to have been buried with the victories of Reagan, Thatcher and Roger Douglas.
  5. The DPF trait noted by NZ Lefties for years of doing nothing but reporting bad news for a political opponent, especially when his beloved National is in deep shit. Just pound on the opposition’s negatives. Don’t bother reporting the positives for your side when there are none. So in the last six months Kiwiblog has been an endless series of Trump-bashing, with one exception around the recent Israeli diplomatic deals with Islamic Gulf states. There has not been a single pro-Biden piece. Of course; DPF isn’t that silly.

And then there’s the poll itself. Readers who checked out the link will note that it has shown a Biden lead over Trump since the first comparison was conducted April 3-6 (starting with that)

  • 11%
  • 5%
  • 15%
  • 14%
  • 4%
  • 8%
  • 15%
  • 16% (the latest result)

Not to put too fine a point on it but that is a pretty fucked up poll. The wild swings to start with – from 11% to 5% to 15% in three months. But also the fact that a poll that showed an 11% gap way back in early April and has had gaps of 15% should not have a 16% gap extolled as evidence that Trump is doomed.

And of course there is the final fact that – just as in 2016 – this is a National poll in an election where the Nation-wide vote doesn’t matter and it’s the result of the elections in each of 50 states that do, especially the swing states that make the difference, as Hillary Clinton learned to her horror in 2016. And those states, especially in the supposed Blue Wall of Mid-Western states that collapsed for the Democrats in 2015, are showing nothing like this at all.

It may well be that Trump loses this election. But that was also true in 2016 when we were bombarded by polls like this that were basically headlined as “Trump Certain Loser” – right up until he won. I understand statistical flukes but when there are fundamental drivers that have not changed there’s no point in treating the whole exercise as a coin flip.

And since I have a hundred buck bet with The Vet riding on Trump winning – and that will not be cash but an excellent meal at the winner’s choice of Auckland restaurant – I’m sticking with my prediction that Trump, with all his flaws, is going to pull this one out of the fire as in 2016.

(Classic TV reference in the title)

Written by Tom Hunter

October 7, 2020 at 8:07 pm

They Can’t Have It Both Ways

The Cadaver Candidate put up by the Democrats managed to stay with the game for the first hour (by all accounts) which was a surprise to most – including Adolf.

So, that’s got me wondering about all the instances of Biden exhibiting advanced dementia over recent months .

Was the dementia all put on to hide the fact he really is a dumbarse or did his handlers have him pumped up last night on every drug known to the thoroughbred industry?

If, as I suspect, it is the latter, look for him to be locked away for a week while he comes down off a high .

Written by adolffinkensen

October 1, 2020 at 2:19 pm