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MARCH 1,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

LITERARY WOKENESS – FROM FOX:    President Biden appears to have erased Dr. Seuss from "Read Across America Day", the annual celebration of reading in honor of the legendary children's author, whose birthday falls on March 2.  While Biden followed presidential tradition in proclaiming Tuesday "Read Across America Day," he bucked his predecessors by leaving out any mention of Dr. Seuss from the proclamation.  The White House didn't immediately return a request for comment on why Dr. Seuss was left out of the proclamation, but the snub comes as progressives have sought to cancel the beloved children's author.  One of Virginia's biggest school districts, Loudoun County Public Schools, reportedly nixed Dr. Seuss from the school's "Read Across America Day" celebration, citing alleged racial "undertones" in his children's books.  Former President Barack Obama and former President Donald Trump both highlighted Dr. Seuss' contributions in their annual proclamations, a Fox News review of White House archives found.  I'm glad the Seuss threat is over.  I suspect he was a foreign plant.  Maybe Norway.

THE START OF ALUMNI REVOLTS? – FROM FOX:  The University of Texas has one of the most historic football programs in the United States.  However, many of the school’s wealthiest donors are angry with the controversy surrounding the alma mater song, "The Eyes of Texas," which has Confederate origins. The Texas Tribune obtained public records that were published on Monday, and many of the alumni expressed anger at the situation. Some of the donors threatened to no longer contribute their money to the university if the situation isn’t fixed.  Emails were sent to University of Texas president Jay Hartzell, and they demanded that the school stands up to the "cancel culture" or else they will no longer receive donations from some of their richest alumni.  Alumni can play a critical role in fighting the insanity that has taken over many of America's colleges and universities.  Money is a major tool, but not the only one.  Influential alumni can petition Congress to put a lid on federal aid to corrupt and politicized education. 

March 1, 2021       Permalink

 

KIND OF LIKE THE CAPTAIN OF THE TITANIC – OVERNIGHT:  Andrew Cuomo keeps sinking.  It gets worse every day.  What future could he possibly have?  From the New York Post: 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday was accused of making unwanted advances toward a woman and planting an unsolicited kiss on her cheek at a 2019 wedding.

“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Anna Ruch, 33, recalled to The New York Times.

“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed.”

The allegation comes after two former state staffers accused Cuomo, 63, of sexual harassment on the job — including one who claimed the governor kissed her without warning at his Manhattan office, which he has denied.

Unlike the other two women, Ruch has never been employed by the governor or the state, according to the Times.

A former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign, Ruch and Cuomo met at a crowded New York City wedding reception in September 2019, she told the newspaper.

Within moments of being introduced, Ruch claims the gov put his hand on the small of her lower back, which was exposed in an open-back dress.

“I promptly removed his hand with my hand, which I would have thought was a clear enough indicator that I was not wanting him to touch me,” she told the Times.

But the governor apparently didn’t get the hint.

He allegedly noted that Ruch seemed “aggressive” — and then placed his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her, according to the report.

“I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment,” Ruch said.

Ruch said she was so shocked, she had to ask a friend whether the gov’s lips had actually touched her face as she was pulling away. She was told that he kissed her cheek.

The pal captured the encounter in a series of photographs, including one provided to the Times that shows Cuomo holding Ruch’s face.

COMMENT:  I'd imagine the Democrats are trying to figure out a way to usher Cuomo out of office.  By now he's become an embarrassment to the party.  Those Democrats who refuse to denounce him are increasingly seen as hypocrites. 

Cuomo is also being loudly denounced by New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio.  The two have never gotten along. 

Amazing, isn't it?  Just a year ago Cuomo was being called "America's governor" for his handling – now seen as mishandling – of the Covid 19 virus.  Now he's in the shadows, and also faces a federal investigation of his role in nursing home deaths during the Covid 19 pandemic.

March 1, 2021       Permalink


REMINDER – AT 11:30 P.M. ET:  Remember when Portland, Oregon, was a beautiful, civilized city?  Well, a funny thing happened to Portland on the way to urban greatness.  It elected the wrong people.  The violence that erupted in Portland last year is still going on, and now no one seems to care.  Enforcing the law seems an idle hope.  From Fox: 

Rioters vandalized several buildings in downtown Portland, Ore., on Saturday night in one of the largest protests in weeks, according to reports.

Around 150 people marched through Portland’s Pearl District in what’s called a "direct action" event, smashing windows of businesses like Starbucks, Chipotle, Umpqua Bank and Urban Pantry and tagging them with graffiti, KION-TV in Portland reported.

One vandal wrote "banks suck" on Umpqua Bank’s façade, a Portland Tribune reporter tweeted.
The marchers were protesting the Biden administration’s immigration policy and the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The White House received progressive pushback this month when it reopened a Texas shelter meant to house unaccompanied teenage migrants. Amid the blowback, the administration has claimed the shelter "won't stay open very long."

Ahead of Saturday's unrest, several Portland business owners had boarded up their storefronts in anticipation of the planned protest, FOX 12 in Portland reported.

"We have removed everything that could possibly cause damage tonight," Jim Rice, owner of Fields Bar and Grill, told the station. The restaurant was already damaged on Friday. It was unclear if it suffered any further damage Saturday.

"When these people come through, and we've lost an entire day of business which means that's impacting my team member's wages. This has been going on for nine months," he continued. "Where are our resources? When do we get enough resources to finally go after and fix this?"

COMMENT:  Fella, you should accept reality and leave Portland.  There are plenty of good, peaceful towns and cities in this country who would welcome a hard-working, law-abiding restaurant owner. 

As for the night after night of violence, where are those who called an hour of mindless disruption at the Capitol in Washington on January 6th a national catastrophe?  I guess they just didn't want Nancy Pelosi inconvenienced.   Or they've never heard of Portland.

March 1,  2021     Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 28,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

GREAT WAY FOR A NATION TO STAY GREAT (CHOKE) – FROM COLLEGE FIX:  The Boston Public Schools will be suspending an advanced learning program for its fourth, fifth and sixth graders because too many white and Asian students are participating.  According to WGBH, Superintendent Brenda Cassellius recommended a one-year enrollment suspension for what’s known as the Advanced Work Class due to COVID-19 worries and “concerns about equity.”  According to the district website, the Advanced Work Class “provides an accelerated academic curriculum” for students in the grades noted. Those enrolled study “in greater depth” [with] more schoolwork and more home study than the traditional curriculum. ”Over 70 percent of students in the AWC are white and Asian, despite the district being 80 percent black and Hispanic. Acceptance to the program is (was) decided via third-grade test scores on the popular TerraNova standardized test. Those who obtain the necessary scores are then put into a lottery for admission.  Maybe there's a better way to run things, with more emphasis on preparing the students for exams.  But suspending an advanced program is not the way to do it.  What a message that sends.  The Chinese must be laughing their heads off.

ANOTHER CULTURAL BREAKTHROUGH – FROM DAILY MAIL:   Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister.  Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year.  Toy makers have been updating their classic brands to appeal to kids today. Barbie has shed its blonde image and now comes in multiple skin tones and body shapes. Thomas the Tank Engine added more girl characters. And American Girl is now selling a boy doll.  Hasbro said Mr. Potato Head, which has been around for about 70 years, needed a modern makeover.  I've been saying for years that Mr. Potato Head needed an upgrade if this nation was to survive.

February 28, 2021       Permalink

TRUMP IS BACK IN TOWN – AT 11:40 P.M. ET:  The former president made his first public appearance since leaving office at the CPAC convention in Florida.   The hall was his, heavily pro-Trump.  Anderson Cooper was not invited.  Nancy Pelosi sent regrets.

It was classic Trump.  He made no announcement of a 2024 run, but made it clear that his calendar had some open space that year.  He hit the Trump issues hard, to cheers.  From Fox: 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Former President Donald Trump on Sunday tore into President Biden on issues ranging from the brewing crisis at the border to foreign policy – while mapping out what he believes is the future of the conservative movement, and pledging not to create a new party.   

"Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history," Trump said, calling the new administration "anti-jobs, anti-families, anti-border, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science."

"In one short month we have gone from America First to America Last," he said.

Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), marking his first major speech since leaving office. He spoke to a raucous pro-Trump crowd at an event where his influence was felt throughout.

He focused predominantly on the escalating border crisis, which he returned to frequently as he ripped into Biden’s rollbacks of a number of Trump-era policies – which has in turn seen a surge in migrants at the border.

"It took the new administration only a few weeks to turn this unprecedented accomplishment into a self-inflicted humanitarian and national security disaster," he said.

"By recklessly eliminating our border, security measures, controls, all the things we put into place, Joe Biden has triggered a massive flood of illegal immigration into our country like we've never seen before."

He also hit Biden on the failure to re-open schools, which Biden has promised to do, but is so far struggling to deliver amid fierce resistance in a number of states from powerful teachers unions.

"Joe Biden has shamefully betrayed America's youth and he is cruelly keeping our children locked in their homes, no reason for it whatsoever," he says.

He accused Democrats of wanting Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion "boondoggle" to open schools.

"On behalf of all the moms and dads, I call on Joe Biden to open the schools and get them open now," he said.

COMMENT:  If there was one discordant note, and there usually is in a Trump speech, the former president could not resist the temptation to attack those in the Republican ranks who have opposed him.  He made it clear that he believes he has won the loyalty of the vast majority of the party.   I think some uniting talk may be in order.

A poll of the CPAC delegates showed Trump to be their overwhelming favorite for president in 2024.  If he chooses not to run, their favorite is Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. 

Republicans first must win the 2022 midterms.  Trump is clearly available to help with the effort, and accept the credit if the party is victorious.

February 28, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 27,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

ANDY WE HARDLY KNOW YE – FROM FOX:    A second former aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, which came just days after his first accuser made her claims public.  Charlotte Bennett, who is described by The New York Times as "an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until she left in November," alleges that Cuomo "asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men."  The 25-year-old staffer described to the Times an incident that took place in June when she was "alone" with the 63-year-old governor in his State Capitol office. According to the report, he allegedly asked her if she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships and that he was open to having relationships with women in their 20s, which were noted by the Times as "comments she interpreted as clear overtures to a sexual relationship."  While Bennett alleges that Cuomo never tried touching her, the governor's "message" during that exchange was "unmistakable to her."  "I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett told the Times. "And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job."  Thus far the charges made by the first woman haven't done much damage to the governor, who is already under federal investigation for his handling of the Covid 19 virus.  The major news networks have largely given Cuomo a pass, as they generally do if the accused is a prominent Democrat.  But, as we've noted here before, Cuomo is heavily disliked by many figures in the Democratic Party.  If the heat from serious charges made by women increases, the governor may be sacrificed in a ritual cleansing that can benefit his party enemies.

A TIMESMAN MAY BE GETTING RELIGION – FROM FOX:    In an opinion article published online Thursday, a top liberal columnist for The New York Times blamed Democrats for the harm being inflicted on millions of the nation’s children by a year of school closures – describing it as a "tragedy we haven’t adequately confronted."  Writer Nicholas Kristof also suggests that many Democrats may have been blinded by animus toward former President Trump when they enacted the coronavirus-related school shutdowns.
"Many Democrats seemed to be more suspicious of in-person schooling last summer when President Donald Trump called for it," he writes, adding, "We shouldn’t let ourselves be driven by ideology rather than science."  He notes that at least one Democrat, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, pushed for schools to reopen in her state, "and kids there are better off because she did."  Elsewhere, however, millions of the nation’s schoolchildren have missed in-person learning for many months because of coronavirus mitigation policies, a situation that may result in "permanent damage" -- both to the children and the nation’s future, Kristof writes.  "The blunt fact," he continues, "is that it is Democrats – including those who run the West Coast, from California through Oregon to Washington State – who have presided over one of the worst blows to the education of disadvantaged Americans in history."  It's a bit comforting to see a liberal New York Times writer have a come to the Lord moment.  I wonder if his career will survive.  Kids have been badly damaged, and hard leftist "educators" and teachers unions have used this difficult period to drive the curriculum further to the left.  We may be educating young Americans out of existence. 

February 27, 2021       Permalink

 

THE KAMALA BUZZ – AT 11:40 P.M. ET:  Buzz is increasing in Wshington that Vice President Kamala Harris is moving into position, or being moved into position, to take over the presidency at a moment's notice.  There was plenty of talk during the campaign that Biden was just a stalking horse, and that the party's liberal wing wanted him out and Harris in.  From Politico: 

After insisting for the last few months that she didn’t need a clear-cut portfolio in the Biden administration, Vice President Kamala Harris is now trying to carve out a niche in foreign policy, with the president’s encouragement.

But after a political career focused on domestic issues, particularly law enforcement, it’s going to take some time to get her up to speed.

Compared to the current occupant of the Oval Office, Harris comes to the vice president’s job as a neophyte on foreign policy. Biden developed relationships with foreign leaders over decades in Washington, including as a longtime member and later chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as vice president under President Obama, which took him to more than 50 countries over eight years.

Harris spent the bulk of her career as a prosecutor, rising to become California’s attorney general. While she served on the Intelligence Committee during her four years in the U.S. Senate, foreign affairs was not a major policy focus either during her time in Washington or her presidential campaign.

Biden wants Harris to catch up and has urged her to engage with foreign leaders directly and develop her own rapport with key U.S. partners. Another, more strategic reason for the encouragement: as the heir apparent to the Democratic Party—especially if Biden, who is 78 years old, doesn’t run for re-election—Harris needs to bulk up her foreign policy expertise, and fast.

“The interest in her from outside is really about: Is she the future of the Democratic Party?” said one Asian ambassador, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preserve their relationship with the new administration. “Biden in a way represents the traditional white male politician. And Vice President Harris is in many ways the future: female, blended family … But her policy views, they are still waiting to be shaped out.”

The push started early: the day after the inauguration, Harris called the director-general of the World Health Organization to discuss the U.S. role in the global Covid-19 response. Since then, she has held solo calls with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, given a speech at the State Department and on Tuesday participated in the first bilateral meeting of the new administration between the U.S. and Canada—an opportunity Biden himself was not afforded when he was vice president.

Harris has also had weekly lunches with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a veteran foreign policy and national security official whose experience rivals Biden’s. And her national security advisers, Nancy McEldowney and Philip Gordon, are themselves long-serving diplomats.

COMMENT:  The question remains:  Is Biden pushing Harris into foreign policy, or is she propelling herself, with the full expectation that she'll soon be president?  Harris got her current job almost entirely on the basis of identity politics.  Powerful factions among the Democrats demanded a woman of color.  Her ideas on foreign policy had nothing to do with it. The left sees her in the Oval Office, no matter what her ideas are on anything.

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