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JANUARY 28,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

HYPOCRISY, THY NAME IS KERRY – FROM FOX:  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicate that the family of U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry owns a private jet, despite his position on combatting fossil fuels in the new administration.  The FAA's registry shows a Gulfstream Aerospace jet owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name previously reported for Teresa Heinz-Kerry's private charter jet company. The company's listed address matches that of the Heinz Family Foundation.  The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Neither did the Heinz family office.  According to FAA records, the jet's registration certificate was issued in July of 2005 and expires in October of 2023.  While it's unclear exactly how much Kerry benefited from his wife's company, private jets have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights.  Nothing surprising here.  Standard hypocrisy of a certain class.  Teresa Heinz is from the ketchup people, and I just wonder if John can get Heinz ketchup to flow out of the bottle at 30,000 feet.

January 28, 2021       Permalink

AN IMMATURE LITTLE CHILD – OVERNIGHT:  AOC, who is perpetually up past her bedtime, has now issued another judgment, which will no doubt ignite the "progressives" among us.  My excitement builds.  From Fox:   

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. scorched her Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill Wednesday, accusing them of sympathizing with White supremacists and alleging that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is beholden to QAnon conspiracy theorists.

During an appearance on MSNBC, the Democratic "Squad" member was asked about the "nature" of the GOP caucus that she works alongside with following the deadly riot on Jan. 6. She began by pointing out a "profound difference" between the GOP caucus in the current Congress and the one from the previous Congress.

"That difference was that it really felt that last term, the Republican caucus was one of extreme fealty to Donald Trump," Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris Hayes. "There were some that were true believers, others that simply remained quiet out of cowardice and out of fear of the president's retribution."

"But this term, there are legitimate White supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives. And if you see someone like the House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, of the Republican Party respond to White supremacist vitriol coming from his own members, not with censure like they did with Representative Steve King of Iowa, not with, you know, being stripped of committees, not with any consequence, you have to wonder who actually has that power. And it increasingly seems, unfortunately, that in the House Republican Caucus, Kevin McCarthy answers to these QAnon members of Congress, not the other way around. And that is something, frankly, that needs to be said."

COMMENT:  Yes, we've seen how Congresswoman AOC responds to the vitriol and sheer hatred coming from her side, like the vile anti-American and anti-Semitic remarks made by her pal, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.  What you hear is AOC's silence.

AOC is an example of the new McCarthyism, the McCarthyism of the left.  Destroy people's reputations, threaten others with "cancellation," try to drive conservative voices out of society.  Hey, what's the problem?

Remember that the 2022 elections are less than two years away.  The campaigns will start in one year.  We have work ahead.

January 28, 2021       Permalink

   

GOVERNOR ANDY IN THE HOTTEST WATER – AT 7:46 P.M. ET:  This may well be a career ender from the man the mass media dubbed "American's governor" early in the pandemic.  The sound you hear is the sound of knives being drawn.  From Fox: 

The controversy over Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nursing home policy reached a new level Thursday after the state's attorney general suggesting Cuomo's administration may have undercounted the number of COVID-related deaths among residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The report represents a source of embarrassment to members of the mainstream media who touted Cuomo's actions in the early days of the pandemic.

MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing hailed Cuomo as a "leader in calling for science-based ways to fight this coronavirus.

Her colleague, "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough, claimed, "Even lifelong Republicans tell me, they look at Cuomo and they're like, 'God, now there's a leader.'"

Jimmy Fallon and Chelsea Handler gushed over the prominent Democrat on "The Tonight Show."
"I heard, though, that you were crushing on our boyfriend, Andrew Cuomo," Handler began.

"Dude, everyone does, right?" Fallon reacted. "I think he's fantastic."

"I mean, I'm so turned on by him. I'm so turned on by the leadership," Handler expressed.
CNN anchor Ana Cabrera massaged Cuomo's ego during an interview, telling the governor, "Having heard you day after day after day at your press conferences, I have to wonder what it's like to be in your shoes with the weight of this responsibility and just the sheer exhaustion you must be feeling right now."

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin repeatedly fawned over the Democratic governer, writing pieces with headlines like "Andrew Cuomo gets it right: Govern by science, not your gut" and "No one does it like Andrew Cuomo."

And…

New York Attorney General Letitia James said that the state Department of Health may have underreported COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%, according to a report released Thursday.

Cuomo famously directed nursing homes in the Empire State to accept patients who had or were suspected of having COVID-19. The decision created an onslaught of COVID-19 cases that infected thousands of elderly patients and resulted in hundreds of deaths among the state's most vulnerable population. The governor eventually reversed the decision, but not before thousands died from COVID-19 in New York nursing homes.

COMMENT:  Does the term "rush to judgment" come to mind?  That's what we had here.  Andy did a few good TV spots, and suddenly he's replacing the president, becoming prime minister of the world.  Even getting an Emmy.

People living here in New York, strangely enough, didn't quite feel the same love.  The new charges are serious.  There is talk of a major investigation into Cuomo's governorship.  Even criminal charges.

There is no talk of his becoming president.

Calm down, journalists.  Just give us the facts next time.

January 28, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

JANUARY 27,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 11:40 P.M. ET: 

THIS WOMAN IS INCOHERENT – FROM FOX:   President Biden climate advisor Gina McCarthy said Wednesday that the administration is "not asking for sacrifice" with its executive order to shut down construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  According to the Keystone XL website, the project, initially proposed more than a decade ago, would have sustained about 11,000 U.S. jobs in 2021 – including 8,000 union jobs – and generated $1.6 billion in gross wages.  "The most exciting thing about this is we're not asking for sacrifice here," McCarthy said during a Wednesday interview on NBC's "TODAY Show." "The president fully understands that people are suffering now. So this all about recovering from the COVID crisis. This all about building good, clean jobs, jobs where you can get access to jobs to good pay and unions."  She continued: "This is all about investing in the infrastructure we need to build that future that is going to get us to clean electricity and net-zero in 2050. This is about promises he made that he's gonna keep."  Do you have any idea what she's talking about?  I don't.  She comes directly from the administration of Saint Barack of Chicago, so she may speak a different language.  Someone please tell her that thousands of workers are being laid off right now as a result of newly announced Biden policies.  She didn't mention one job available to them in the real world.

SUCH BRILLIANCE, SUCH A SENSE OF PRIORITIES – FROM DAILY MAIL:   San Francisco's school board has voted to rename schools honoring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.   The former presidents are among the historical figures set to be struck off as namesakes of the area's public schools,  Others on the list include Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the national anthem; former presidents William McKinley, James Garfield, James Monroe and Herbert Hoover;  Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere; and author Robert Louis Stevenson.  Even current senator Dianne Feinstein does not escape, due to allegations she replaced a damaged Confederate flag outside City Hall when she was mayor in 1986.  The controversial move follows a 6-1 vote among school board members on Tuesday to rename 44 schools in light of a wave of anti-racism protests that swept the country last summer.   I'd like to know the new names that will go on the schools.  I hear that one honoree was notified today, and said that it's the best day he ever spent on Death Row.

January 27, 2021       Permalink

 

AHEM, AHEM, HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THIS?  THUS SAY THE US SENATORS, WHO ARE MAKING FOOLS OF THEMSELVES – AT 5:45 P.M.:  Now there is a proposal to forget the impeachment trial, where an acquittal is almost certain, and replace it with a censure resolution.  A censure resolution isn't worth the paper it's printed on, but it makes people feel good and righteous.  From Fox: 

With only five Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in the Senate on Tuesday in rejecting a push by GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky to declare the trial unconstitutional, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Trump’s second impeachment trial will likely end in acquittal.

And that’s spurring two moderate senators – Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who was one of the five GOP lawmakers to say the trial’s constitutional – to pitch to their colleagues in the chamber an option to censure Trump.

"I think it's pretty obvious from the vote today that it is extraordinarily unlikely that the president will be convicted. Just do the math," Collins said on Tuesday evening.

Kaine told reporters on Wednesday that censure could be an alternative to holding a trial that would divert precious Senate time from confirming President Biden’s Cabinet nominees and passing coronavirus pandemic vaccination funding and relief aid.

"I have been talking with a number of my colleagues, a handful, for a couple of weeks about the likelihood that we would fall short on impeachment. And by doing that, not only will we fall short but we would use time for something that we could be using for COVID relief, which I think is just so dire right now," Kaine said.

"To do a trial knowing you'll get 55 votes at the max seems to me to be not the right prioritization of our time," Kaine added. "Obviously we do a trial, maybe we can do it fast but my top priority is COVID relief and getting the Biden cabinet approved."

COMMENT:  But Democratic Leader Schumer insists there will be a trial.  He has got to please the kamikaze wing of the Democratic Party, which dreams of a revolution featuring guillotines.

The trial is ridiculous, and likely unconstitutional.  Added to Biden's first week in office, with its leftist executive orders, we are truly living in a brave new world.

January 27, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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