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JANUARY 16,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

BIG SHOT FAMILY NEWS – OVERNIGHT:  WE ARE DEDICATED TO BRINGING YOU THE MAJOR NEWS FROM FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD.  IN THAT SPIRIT, WE REPORT THE FOLLOWING,    FROM DAILY MAIL:  Prince Andrew would 'shout and scream' if his teddy bear collection was knocked out of place by palace maids, a former royalty protection officer has claimed.  Former bodyguard Paul Page made the revelation during an interview with Ranvir Singh for the upcoming ITV documentary, Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile.  The former constable, who left the Metropolitan Police in 2007, was part of the elite Royal Protection Squad and had access to the Duke of York's private residence.  He claimed that Andrew had a bed with '50 or 60' stuffed toys and maids were given a laminated picture so each bear could carefully be put back in its original position.  And to think, we complain about Hunter Biden. 

OH HOW JUICY – OVERNIGHT:  OUR WONDERFUL HOUSES OF LEARNING, YUCH!  FROM COLLEGE FIX:   A group of America’s most prestigious universities formed a “cartel” to keep the net price of attendance artificially high, according to a lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal court this week.  The lawsuit was filed against 16 schools that are being accused of illegally colluding to limit the amount of financial assistance they offer students. Such a practice would save schools money and prevent students from fleeing to competitor schools that offered more generous financial aid packages.  “In critical respects, elite, private universities like Defendants are gatekeepers to the American Dream,” reads the lawsuit. “Defendants’ misconduct is therefore particularly egregious because it has narrowed a critical pathway to upward mobility that admission to their institutions represents.”  The schools accused of illegal collusion include Brown University, Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, University of Chicago, Cornell University, Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, and others.  And now they've graduated to wokeness.  What a bunch!  It's time the American press took a good, hard look at some of these institutional gems, but they won't, because the press is filled with their graduates. 

January 16, 2022       Permalink


LOSING NEW YORK – OVERNIGHT:  Manhattan, one of the better-known pieces of real estate in the country, has elected a certified idiot as district attorney.  He is one of the "woke" D.A.'s helped into office by the generosity of George Soros, a billionaire leftist and threat to public sanity.  Already the Manhattan D.A.'s office, a critical place in the fight against crime, is feeling the devastating effects.  From the New York Post: 

Prosecutors in soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office are flooding the exits amid his “radical shift in policy,” The Post has learned.

Bragg’s controversial “Day One” memo issued on Jan. 3 told assistant district attorneys to not seek prison sentences for many criminals and to downgrade some felonies to misdemeanors. His leadership has already created a firestorm that has led to an online petition calling for him to be removed.

“I know one [ADA] who was with the office over 20 years who left without a job,” said a law enforcement source. “They didn’t want to work in this kind of office. They wanted to continue prosecuting the law.”

Over the past three weeks, at least a dozen lawyers have quit.

Among the departures is senior trial counsel Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, who successfully prosecuted Harvey Weinstein, and won a 2016 conviction in the infamous 1979 murder of Etan Patz.

Illuzzi-Orbon, a Republican, had been at the office since 1988, taking only a brief leave in 2015 for an unsuccessful run for District Attorney in Staten Island.

Friday was her last day, sources told The Post. She did not return a request for comment.

Friday was her last day, sources told The Post. She did not return a request for comment.
Also gone is John Irwin, a one-time trial division chief.

Another veteran prosecutor lost her title and was told she would have to work for someone Bragg brought over from the Legal Aid Society, a source said.

“He wants to get rid of all the senior people who prosecuted high-profile cases and replace them with young inexperienced people who think like him and don’t want to uphold the law,” said a former prosecutor.

A source familiar with the office said none of the departing lawyers had been fired.

Mark Bederow, who worked in the Manhattan DA’s office, said some turnover was to be expected with a new boss, but that Bragg’s arrival will “likely” lead to more departures since “It appears to be such a cultural and radical shift in policy.”

“I would anticipate that many people within the office who have been there for years, who perhaps do not share the same philosophy as the incoming DA, will most likely leave,” he said. “I would expect that the incoming classes of DAs in the next couple of years will entirely share the policies of Mr. Bragg.”

At least a dozen lawyers have quit the Manhattan DA office in the past few weeks.
Christopher Sadowski

Bederow said the turnover would lead to “transformation in the Manhattan DA’s office unlike anything anyone has seen for decades.”

Madeline Brame, the mother of murder victim Hason Correa, said she was worried about what Bragg’s policies — which include not seeking prison sentences of more than 20 years in most cases — would mean for the upcoming trail of her son’s accused killers. Correa, a 35-year-old Army vet, was stabbed to death in Harlem in 2018.

COMMENT:  Read the rest.  It's disgrace.  There has to be some legal and Constitutional way for the decisions of a D.A. to be overturned.  The new mayor, Eric Adams, has promised to make the streets safe.  How can he do that, at least in Manhattan, when we have a D.A. who is openly sympathetic to criminals.

Elections have consequences.  So does absysmal journalism.  We heard almost nothing about Bragg's views when he was running for D.A. last year.  And the Democratic Party doesn't care.

At some point, Adams and Bragg are going to clash.  I want to be there.

January 16, 2022        Permalink

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 15,  2022

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

IT'S GOVERNOR YOUNGKIN – OVERNIGHT – FROM FOX:   Virginia’s newly sworn-in Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 11 executive actions on his first day in office, including ending the use of Critical Race Theory in schools, investigating officials' alleged wrongdoing in Loudoun County, and allowing parents to decide if their children should wear masks in schools. Youngkin announced the list of executive actions in a news release after being sworn in as the commonwealth’s 74th governor, the first Republican elected since 2009, on Saturday in Richmond.

The governor signed nine executive orders that address the following issues:
• To restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.
• To empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.
• To restore integrity and confidence in the Parole Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
• To investigate wrongdoing in Loudoun County.
• To make government work for Virginians by creating the Commonwealth Chief Transformation Officer.
• To declare Virginia open for business.
• To combat and prevent human trafficking and provide support to survivors.
• To establish a commission to combat antisemitism.
• To withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Youngkin is on his way, after a remarkable victory in the November election.  If he continues his winning ways, he would be a logical contender for national office.

January 15, 2022       Permalink

 

OUR SITUATION – OVERNIGHT:  After another catastrophic week, the Biden administration is trying to fight back, but its leader is sinking in the polls, and nothing seems to be working.   Conrad Black sums up the Democratic dilemma in American Greatness

The Democrats, along with America and the world, are now stuck with the most incompetent administration in the country’s history. Biden clearly lacks the mental energy required of such a challenging position, and Kamala Harris seems simply to be a moron.

None of their policies attract majority support from the country and their great COVID ally of 2020 is now an albatross around their necks. Inflation is eating the incomes of the middle- and working-classes, the southern U.S. border is open not only to millions of destitute people but to a large number of serious undesirables who are flooding in. China, Russia, Iran, are all exploiting American weakness and the departure from Afghanistan was the greatest military fiasco in U.S. history. 

Consequently, Democratic leaders in Congress have effectively given up getting the grossly unfeasible Build Back Better giveaway through, and are pushing their only reelection hope: the Freedom to Vote and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Acts. These measures would make it difficult to update voting rolls, would ban highly popular voter ID rules, expand mail-in balloting, restrict efforts to validate signatures, and promote ballot harvesting. When taken with the Democratic effort to admit as many people as possible to the United States and permit them to vote without the irritating bourgeois formality of first becoming citizens, this is a recipe for ensuring that the Democrats and look-alike Republicans never again suffer the embarrassment that they did in 2016 of actually losing an election to a conservative opponent. 

In all of their antics, from the Trump-Russia collusion nonsense through the very questionable election and now the effort to impose a durable theft of an electoral advantage implausibly disguised as protecting African-American voting rights, the Democrats have forced Republicans to denounce the Democrats as the real threat to democracy. 

The national political media, complicit as they are in the Russia hoax and other anti-Trump frauds, have confirmed their embrace of the Democrats, come what may. They are staring down the barrel of a Trump return in 2024, either personally or through a candidate he endorses, in varying states of denial. 

The distinguished Brit Hume, not apparently a Trump-hater, still claims Trump has no legitimate complaint over the 2020 election. (He knows better.) Peggy Noonan, otherwise the most gracious of women, writes viciously about Trump while still giving this wax-works effigy of a president advice on how to be a more effective orator. Andrew McCarthy, an outstanding legal scholar and former prosecutor, and quasi-Trump-hater, took the Russian bunk much too seriously, and is now reduced to acknowledging that Trump had just complaints about the COVID-related voting regulation changes, but that they may have been legal. If they facilitated a materially tainted election result (very likely), McCarthy knows as well as anyone that the Democratic vote-rigging derring-do in the swing states was not legal. 

The Democratic media have been exposed as morally bankrupt in their rabid partisanship and dishonesty. The Democratic-media alliance gambled everything on 2020, but in corrupting democracy in the name of protecting the country from an enemy of democracy, and in inflicting upon America an almost totally incompetent administration, the Democrats and their media allies tied themselves to a sinking ship. 

Donald Trump has many failings but he is no threat to democracy. The elites have failed: the bipartisan political class, cowardly big business leaders, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, professional sports, almost all the political media, and the academy; all have failed miserably. This is now a war to the political death, and the Democrats have had their great feast of Belshazzar, and they will soon learn that they “have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting” by the people.

COMMENT:  I've never seen a party, in modern times, in so much trouble as the Democratic Party is in today.  It seems to work as hard as possible to lose votes, a skill that was once the specialty of the Republicans.  Some older Republicans from the pre-Reagan era might be jealous and resentful.

There is no "wanting" of Biden out there.  And there is certainly no "wanting" of Harris.  The Dems have no apparent stars.  The most political excitement this week came from the realization that their best bet in 2024 might well be...Hillary Clinton.  Look, she has a lock on the left-wing feminist nostalgia vote. 

Our 2022 midterms are in November.  In a year of failed wokeness, the results will point us to the future of this country.  Be there.   

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