URLs du Jour

2021-03-27

  • The Election Ain't Over Till…

    [... the Sidney Powell Sings]

    …at least according to Michael Ramirez.

    I got into a comment spat with some local bloggers late last year about Dominion. I won't gloat, but they've been pretty quiet since Dominion got all litigious.

    Mr. Ramirez (I'm not comfortable yet with calling him "Mike") has more info at the link. And if you don't get the underlying joke, Wikipedia will explain it to you.


  • But Not Beyond My Belief. Charles C. W. Cooke finds that Biden’s Lies about the Filibuster Are Brazen Beyond Belief.

    Joe Biden’s lies about his position on the legislative filibuster are so audacious, so brazen, so extraordinarily disingenuous that it is hard to know where to begin. Having supported the provision for nearly five decades, Biden now says that he considers it a “relic of Jim Crow,” that he was forced to reconsider its utility by the abuse that took place “last year” and “in the last 20 years,” and that he has no “expertise, in what the parliamentary rules and how to get there are.” No journalist who can look themselves in the mirror should repeat this without laughter, derision, or disbelief.

    Charles goes on to quote Biden extensively on his past defense of the filibuster.

    How can you tell Biden is lying?

    [Well, I bet you know the answer to that one.]


  • Because That's the Default Slur These Days. It Doesn't Have to Make Sense. Jonah Goldberg wonders: Why Is the Filibuster Only ‘Racist’ When Republicans Use It?.

    I get the idea of curses or bad karma. The house where a triple murder took place is going to sell for less than the one next door no matter how much you scrub the stains. I wouldn’t want to use Hannibal Lecter’s dishware no matter how much you cleaned it (and assuming he was a real person). That’s just some bad juju. 

    But what I don’t get is how something can be cursed, or evil, or otherwise tainted with eldritch energy—but only when certain people use it. 

    And yet, that’s precisely how Democrats talk about the Senate’s legislative filibuster.

    How can you tell when a politician is being hypocritical?

    [Gee, you're pretty good at these questions.]


  • True Fact: Grotesque Originally Referred To Cave Paintings. But, according to Glenn Greenwald, the Neanderthals at CNN are doing their own paintings on air. CNN's Defense of Chris Cuomo's Special COVID Privileges is Grotesque. There have been plenty of examples over the past year of politically-connected folks jumping the line for Covid services, but…

    But those pale in comparison to the abuse of power by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, as reported on Wednesday by The Albany-Times Union and The Washington Post. “High-level members of the state Department of Health were directed last year by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to conduct prioritized coronavirus testing on the governor's relatives as well as influential people with ties to the administration,” reported the Times-Union. “Members of Cuomo's family including his brother, his mother and at least one of his sisters were also tested by top health department officials — some several times,” it added.

    In particular, Gov. Cuomo abused state resources to ensure that his then-49-year-old brother, Chris, received fast COVID testing at a time when tests were very scarce. “The CNN anchor was swabbed by a top New York Department of Health doctor, who visited his Hamptons home to collect samples from him and his family,” The Post reported. The article also contains these damning details:

    The same doctor who tested Chris Cuomo, Eleanor Adams, now a top adviser to the state health commissioner, also was enlisted to test multiple other Cuomo family members….The coronavirus test specimens were then rushed — at times driven by state police troopers — to the Wadsworth Center, a state public health lab in Albany, where they were processed immediately, the people said. At times, employees in the state health laboratory were kept past their shifts until late into the night to process results of those close to Cuomo, two people said.

    Our own governor has gotten some flack for his Covid decrees, but he seems to have steered well clear of this sort of behavior.


  • More Disparate Treatment. Alan Charles Kors is discussing the legacy of the Weather Underground, and he is not talking about these guys. Kors looks at the Demons at Work.

    The Weather Underground’s revolutionary effort to slaughter young non-commissioned officers and their dates at a military dance failed. The explosives that were to be placed in bombs went off prematurely, before the nails meant to rip and maim those young bodies were packed into them. The terrorists had succeeded in killing three of their own and sending two into hiding (supported by a network of sympathizers and admirers). They failed in their plan to blow up the Columbia University administration building and only partially succeeded with their bombs at the Pentagon. They did succeed in armed robbery, however, taking $1.6 million in loot from a Brink’s truck and murdering three working-class guards and police officers. They advocated and dementedly attempted to spark the violent overthrow of the United States government.

    If they had worn white hoods or the insignia of right-wing militia, they would still be in prison. They were left-wing butchers and would-be butchers, however, so the fates have been kinder to them. Susan Rosenberg, part of the Brink’s heist with its consequent murder of innocents, was pardoned by Bill Clinton and wrote her memoirs; Kathy Boudin was paroled, got a Doctor of Education Degree from Columbia University Teachers College, became an adjunct professor of Social Work at Columbia University and co-founder and co-director of the Columbia University Center for Justice; Cathy Wilkerson taught high school and published her self-promoting memoir; Bill Ayers became a professor of education at the University of Illinois, Chicago and helped launch Barack Obama’s Illinois political career; Bernardine Dohrn, who found the knife in Sharon Tate’s stomach “groovy,” went on to teach at Northwestern University’s School of Law.

    And let's not forget Angela Davis.


  • Compare and Contrast With Trump. Ann Althouse is Reading the Washington Post coverage of Biden's press conference.. Speaking of this article:

    In person, Biden didn't get much — or even any — push back from the press corps, and this article follows that mellow, forgiving approach. It's so absurdly different from the way the press treated Trump. There's not even the slightest pretense of making journalism seem like the same sort of thing we saw before. We're just supposed to glide along with them, greased by the mainly accurate understanding that Biden is a very different sort of person than Trump was. 

    Our local TV news was (if anything) worse. They excerpted Biden's press conference, showing without comment, let alone rebuttal, his lies about (1) Trump turning away kids at the border to let them starve in the desert; and (2) that his administration "is sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming" and that they are "not getting across the border."


Last Modified 2021-03-29 7:08 AM EDT