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MARCH 15,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

SUCH GREAT PRACTICE FOR AMERICAN POLITICS – FROM FOX:   A Pensacola teenage girl and her mother, an elementary school assistant principal, were arrested Tuesday for allegedly hacking hundreds of student accounts to fraudulently vote for the teen as homecoming queen in the fall, police said.  Laura Rose Carroll, 50, and her 17-year-old daughter, Emily Rose Grover, have each been charged with offenses against computers, unlawful use of a two-way communications device, criminal use of personally identifiable information, and conspiracy to commit these offenses.  An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began in November when the Escambia County School District reported that hundreds of student accounts had been illegally accessed.  Investigators determined that Carroll, an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary School, and her daughter, a student at Tate High School, had accessed student FOCUS accounts.  The FDLE said Carroll had district-level access to the school board’s FOCUS program – the school district’s student information system.  The investigation came after hundreds of votes for Tate High School’s Homecoming Court were flagged as fraudulent, with nearly 120 votes coming from the same IP address within a short period of time, the FDLE said.  Today homecoming queen, tomorrow president of the United States.

SMART GUY, HE'S RIGHT – FROM DAILY CALLER:   Democratic political strategist Doug Schoen says the situation at the border is a “full on crisis” and the media is using a double standard to cover the increasingly tense situation while speaking to the Daily Caller’s Brianna Lyman.  “We have a crisis, a full on crisis,” Schoen said. “Unless the Biden administration takes the issue on forcefully, we will have a full on crisis of politics and more important substance as we go forward.” Schoen said one of the causes for the recent surge at the border is that the Democratic Party won’t promote a bipartisan immigration policy.  “I am afraid that the uncertainty in American policy and certainly the uncertainty with how the Democrats are going to approach immigration have only facilitated and developed a problem that’s a tragedy for all of us.”
“I fear, and this is fear, that it will take a serious crisis reported in even greater substance by the national media for the Biden Administration to deal with [the surge in migrants],” Schoen said. “I think it’s certainly the case that if the media does put a greater spotlight on the situation, the Democrats will be forced to take on a very very difficult issue for them and for their political base.”  “I do believe there is a double standard and that the media was far more apt to criticize Trump,” he added, noting he was also one of former President Donald Trump’s biggest critics. “I believe the media owes it to us to report fully on what’s going on at the border.”  I'm glad a Democrat finally spoke the obvious – that the media, the so-called "watchdog of democracy," isn't doing much watching.  The bottom line here is that this is a Biden-created crisis.  Two months ago, under a different president, we weren't seeing the border cracked by onrushing illegal immigrants.  The public will put two and two together.

March 15, 2021       Permalink

 

CALIFORNIA GETS SERIOUS – AT 11:45 P.M.:  THE RECALL EFFORT AGAINST THE GOVERNOR REACHES A CRITICAL POINT, AS DEMS REALIZE THEY COULD LOSE THIS THING.  OH JOY.   From Fox:  

Democrats are rallying behind California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s effort to defend himself from a recall drive, which his campaign is attempting to characterize as an effort supported by right-wing extremists.

Democrats unveiled an effort to combat the drive, dubbed "Stop the Republican Recall," which has the support of Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Alex Padilla, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as well as Reps. Katie Porter, D-Calif., and Ro Khanna, D-Calif.
Stacey Abrams is also listed as a supporter on the group’s website.

Nothing like surrounding himself only with the fringe left of the party. 

In a tweet last week, Sanders said "extremist Republicans" had done enough to undermine democracy, as he called on all Americans to unite in opposition to the recall, while Warren and Booker sent out posts on Monday.

The White House has also said President Biden opposes any attempt to remove Newsom.

As previously reported by Fox News, Newsom vowed to fight the recall effort, which his campaign alleged was being propped up by "anti-mask and anti-vax extremists," as well as "QAnon conspiracy theorists, anti-immigrant activists and Trump supporters."

In a tweet on Monday, the California governor said he refused to be "distracted" by the "partisan, Republican recall."

The "Stop the Republican Recall" initiative has "major funding from" the California Democratic Party, according to the website.

Last week, the initiative to recall Newsom announced it has collected 2 million signatures – enough to trigger a recall election, assuming that roughly 1.5 million are verified as valid.

COMMENT:  Most oddsmakers still favor Newsom to win the recall election, considering the Democratic Party's deep advantage in California, and the fact that the Republicans haven't got a star candidate, as they did early in this century when they ran Arnold Schwarzenegger in a recall election against Governor Gray Davis.  Arnold won, and Davis became the second governor in U.S. history to be successfully recalled. 

Republicans in this probable recall election will depend heavily on public resentment against Democratic policies, like open borders and school closings.

March 15, 2021       Permalink

 

WHAT? – AT 6:45 P.M. ET:  THE WASHINGTON POST MADE A MISTAKE?  THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE.  THE WOKE NEVER MAKE A MISTAKE.  IT'S A BAD DREAM.  From Fox: 

The Washington Post made a massive correction Monday to a January report about a phone call between then-President Donald Trump and Georgia elections investigator Frances Watson, admitting it wrongly attributed multiple quotes to Trump based on an anonymous source.

The Post initially reported Trump had told an official working in Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office to "find the fraud" in the state, which he lost narrowly to Joe Biden, and that she would be a "national hero" if she did.

However, a newly emerged recording of the Dec. 23 call found he didn't use those words. Instead, Trump said she would be "praised" when the "right answer comes out" and encouraged her to closely examine mail-in ballots in Fulton County, the heavily blue and most populated county in the state.

The Post published a lengthy correction to its story: "Correction: Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source. Trump did not tell the investigator to "find the fraud" or say she would be "a national hero" if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find "dishonesty" there. He also told her that she had "the most important job in the country right now." A story about the recording can be found here. The headline and text of this story have been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump."

CNN also reported on the call citing an unnamed source and has not yet corrected its story, which charged Trump with saying "national hero" and "find the fraud" in its opening paragraph.

While news outlets often cite sources who paraphrase conversations they participated in or overheard, using quotes indicates to the reader a subject said those exact words.

"Our media are so, so, so breathtakingly corrupt," Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway tweeted. "They always mischaracterized this call -- in a corrupt and fraudulent way. But to actually make up quotes in service of that? We are so screwed by our disgustingly corrupt and unaccountable media."

After MSNBC's Hayes Brown defended the Post and praised its correction, Hemingway fired back that it was hardly a "self-policing win."

"So, they made up quotes. What in the actual F," conservative CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham tweeted.

Conservative writer Mark Hemingway said the Post's correction and new headline did not adequately reflect its wrongdoing, calling the mistake "beyond serious" and indicative of the lack of accountability in corporate media.

COMMENT:   This is the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  It was long ago, back in the storied 1960s, when some journalists decided that simply reporting the news without fear or favor was beneath them.  They would report a "higher truth," one that often existed only between their ears.  They would "make a difference."  They would be "change agents."  They would "speak truth to power."  Ah, we know all the slogans, don't we?  And we know what those ideas have done to the American press. 

The most important virtue of a news service is credibility.   Lose that and nothing else matters.  And our press is losing just that.

March 15, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

MARCH 14,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

WHY DO WE HAVE AN ARMY? – FROM DAILYWIRE:   The United States Army is reportedly considering doing away with its new “gender-neutral physical test” after test results showed that the majority of women failed while approximately 90 percent of men passed. Officials are reportedly considering having different evaluation categories for men and women due to the physiological differences between the two.  “Research showed that the Army Combat Fitness Test [ACFT], which is the same for male and female soldiers, was leading to lower results for women with a knock-on effect for promotions,” The Telegraph reported. “An early Pentagon study showed that women were failing the ACFT at a rate of 65 per cent, while only 10 percent of men did.”  A report from last fall found that 54 percent of women failed the test while only 7 percent of men failed it.  The report said that Congress, which is controlled by the Democrats, stopped the new program from being implemented and the Army is reviewing whether it is fair. Congress does not want the test as it is current constructed to factor into opportunities for advancement, the report said.  It is no disrespect to our brave female soldiers to say that changing the physical rules will put women at extreme risk.  War is not a social experiment.  It is brutal, and brute physical strength is sometimes called for.  The Democrats don't care about military women.  They care only about the feminist ideology. 

AN EDUCATIONAL DILEMMA – FROM FOX:  Multiple California school districts are using state and federal COVID relief money to hand out bonuses for teachers and staff, with one district even suggesting the money be used for a trip to Hawaii.  The internal memos have been shared online by "Reopen California Schools," a Facebook group started early on in the pandemic by Jonathan Zachreson.  Clovis Unified School District, located in Fresno County, reportedly discussed using federal and state relief funds to give employees a "one-time payment to employees … given the extraordinary effort required of every employee over the course of the pandemic."  Zachreson told Fox News that a person involved in the negotiations told him that the district has discussed employee bonuses as high as $6,000 per employee – rather than on students.  Dublin Unified School District, located in the Bay Area, has proposed paying its teachers a one-time $2,500 bonus with state and federal aid to be used for, among other things, "an airplane trip to Hawaii" when the pandemic is over, according to an internal memo obtained by Reopen California Schools.    What a disgrace to the teaching profession, if it's still a profession.  The children come last.

March 14, 2021       Permalink

 

AMERICANS ARE REMINDED THAT NANCY PELOSI IS NUTS – OVERNIGHT:  The speaker has never been accused of being a stateswoman.  But her extreme partisanship and absurdity have crossed a line.  From Fox: 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointed fingers at former President Donald Trump, insinuating that he’s to blame for the crisis at the border during an appearance on ABC News’s "This Week" Sunday.

"This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us," she said. "What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border and they are working to correct that."

Biden's latest correction, announced Saturday by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, includes a government-wide effort to house migrant children with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as numbers continue to rise.

The speaker confirmed there are nearly 600 to 700 more migrant children currently approaching the southern border which triggered the president's directive to send FEMA to facilitate the transfer of kids from border care facilities and into safe homes.

"This, again, is a transition from what was wrong before to what is right," she explained.

Pelosi said the Biden administration is attempting to uphold the standards of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program by putting in place a system that accommodates and respects it while ridding the nation of what the administration considers Trump’s "cruel" approach.

Under Biden’s open-border policies and promises to provide asylum for those seeking it, the U.S. has witnessed a massive influx of migrants at the border, causing an overflow in detention facilities. According to Daily Mail, facilities are over capacity by almost 700%.

Yet the administration and Democrats like Pelosi would rather refer to the overwhelming numbers as a "challenge" instead of a crisis.

In recent weeks, the number of unaccompanied children and family units in custody has tripled and there were more than 100,000 migrant encounters in February alone. The drastic jump directly followed Biden’s inauguration and his first executive order halting southern border wall construction.

Just last week, former President Donald Trump blasted President Biden's handling of the border crisis, saying the country is being "destroyed" by the recent surge of illegal migrants at the border.

COMMENT:  President Trump is right.  There was no crisis at the border as he left the White House.  Trump was well on his way to secure and defended borders.  It was President Biden, with policies dictated by the extreme left, who created this new crisis.  And the Biden administration shows no interest in modifying those policies.  They are designed to increase the number of potential Democratic votes in the United States.

Some are already predicting that the border will be Biden's Waterloo.  I make no such predictions.  The wayward press will cover for the president, and Republicans may garble their message.  This is not the time for smug predictions.  It's the time for starting a good fight,.

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