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MARCH 29, 2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 11:50 P.M. ET: 

BIDEN'S A-TEAM – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky became emotional at a White House coronavirus press briefing on Monday — her voice breaking as she warned that the US is facing “impending doom” as COVID-19 cases rise again.  “I’m gonna lose the script and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Walensky told reporters at a White House coronavirus press briefing.  “We have so much to look forward to so much promise and potential of where we are, and so much reason for hope. But right now I’m scared.”  “I know what it’s like as a physician to stand in that patient room, gowned, gloved, masked, shielded and to be the last person to touch some else’s loved one because their loved one couldn’t be there,” she continued.  “And I know what it’s like to pull up to your hospital every day and see an extra morgue sitting outside.”  Some people should not be let outside without a parent or guardian. 

HOW LONG WILL THIS GO ON? – FROM FOX:   Another woman has stepped forward to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct.  The accuser, Sherry Vill, said Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her in front of her home in 2017.  Vill was married at the time of the alleged incident, her attorney Gloria Allred said. Cuomo visited Vill's home in Greece, N.Y., to survey flood damage, The Wall Street Journal's Jimmy Vielkind reported.  "She has decided to break her silence and overcome her fear," Allred said according to the Daily Caller News Foundation's Mary Margaret Olohan.  Cuomo faces a growing number of sexual harassment allegations starting with former aide Lindsay Boylan, who alleged that the governor attempted to kiss her in his office, which he has denied.  Cuomo has said he never touched anyone inappropriately and apologized to anyone he made feel uncomfortable in the workplace.  Cuomo is playing the long game, hoping time will make his problem go away, and that he will be re-elected next year.  He could be right.  New York is a Democratic state, and obnoxious behavior has never counted too strongly against any Democrat in these parts.

March 29, 2021       Permalink

 

A MESS – AT 9:32 P.M. ET:  I have never seen a new presidential administration as confused, and as deceptive, as this one.  From the New York Post: 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday clarified that Vice President Kamala Harris isn’t in charge of handling the migrant surge at the US-Mexico border and that her role only pertains to the “root causes” of the crisis.

Psaki made the clarification during her daily press briefing after she was asked about an internal Biden administration report projecting record numbers of unaccompanied minors for another six months.

“The vice president of the United States will be helping lead that effort, specifically the root causes —not the border, there’s some confusion over that,” Psaki said.

Yeah, I'd say so.

Biden last week tapped Harris to lead diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants from Central America.

Psaki dodged a question on the document reported on by Axios projecting that the number of minors could soar to 26,000 for the month of September, up from about 16,000 this month and an estimated 22,000-25,000 in May.

“What we’re working to do is put in place steps and actions to help address the situation at the border, including, of course, expediting processing and opening up additional shelters, but also re-instituting policies like the Central American minors program to encourage young people to apply in their country and not make that treacherous journey,” Psaki said.

“We were also in a circumstance where we are digging out of a broken system over the past four years — not just the inhumane policies, but the fact that there were never efforts put in place to look for us and seek shelters where these children could be safely and humanely housed.”

COMMENT:  But once again we see what is making it so easy for this new crowd to deceive, to blunder, to destroy – the fact that the media establishment will protect them, as it protected Barack Obama (come to save us).  We are getting a civics lesson in the role of a free press, and how that role has been distorted by the "journalists" now in control. 

This post leads into the one just below. 

March 29, 2021       Permalink

 

THE HORROR SHOW – AT 5:20 P.M. ET:  A Monday to remember.  We turned on our TV sets and saw wall-to-wall coverage of the Minneapolis trial of the officer charged with murdering George Floyd.  I repeat:  wall-to-wall.  Every cable news outlet, every major network.  Full time.  We do not trivialize the death of George Floyd, but there have been many, many other deaths from the rioting of the last year, and yet they seem to disappear from view rather quickly.

Just last week, in Boulder, ten people, including a police officer, were murdered in a massacre.  It is gone from the news media.  The coverage started to fade as soon as it was learned that the alleged murderer isn't white.  In other words, the horror didn't follow the approved script of the journalistic left.  In the George Floyd case, the vastly corrupt American media is sending its own message:  Watch this.  We won't allow you to watch anything else.  This is the important event.  Police brutality.  The police are the problem.  And so we get the wall-to-wall treatment.  This is what you must believe.

And still, on too many days, we get this story, without much comment by the American press at all.  From Fox, this morning: 

The Salem Police Department has issued an advisory Sunday evening urging residents to stay away from Oregon's State Capitol building.

"Due to activities expected at the @OregonCapitol today be aware there may be pedestrian congestion in the area," authorities said in a Twitter thread. "If poss[ible], avoid traveling thru streets around the capitol mall. Anyone observing criminal behavior should immediately move to a safe location & call 9-1-1."

Police warned that the protest included approximately 150-200 participants who are "heavily armed."

"The risk of violence has increased as the opposing protestors are expected to arrive in large numbers," police said. "We are advising residents/visitors to avoid the capitol mall area. For those in the area, please remain cautious/aware given the circumstances."

Authorities added that the department, along with Oregon State Police and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, would be monitoring the situation and that they were "prepared to act in the interest of the public’s safety."

Police received reports of vehicles driving past the Capitol being struck with balloons filled with paint as well as green lasers being pointed at drivers.

Videos shared by independent journalist Andy Ngo show that one vehicle had its window smashed out while another protester was nearly run over by a truck. Ngo said the protesters were Antifa, noting that they brought their flag as well as weapons and riot gear.

Wait.  I thought Antifa didn't exist, that was merely a mirage in the minds of conservatives.

Police issued an audible warning to protesters that they are participating in an unpermitted event and blocking Court Street.

"Exit the roadway and obey all laws," they said. "Failure to do so may result in arrest. Stay on the sidewalks and exit the roadway."

Protesters have been moved away from the street by Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department's crowd management teams.

Salem Statesman reporter Virginia Barreda said police declared the protest "unlawful assembly" and formed a line in front of the Capitol. She added that many protesters have cleared the grounds of the Capitol towards Center Street with SWAT following them.

One individual has been arrested by police after pulling out a gun.

COMMENT:  And we're getting used to this kind of thing.  Portland, in that same state of Oregon, has been Ground Zero for continuing riots.  Riots of the left.

Just another day today in the current history of America.  And you must not complain.  That is an order from the WOKE authority.  Follow it or be canceled.

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MARCH 28,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

NOW WE KNOW WHO THE ENEMY IS – FROM DAILY MAIL:   The University of Oxford is considering scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music curriculums.  Professors are set to reform their music courses to move away from the classic repertoire, which includes the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.  University staff have argued that the current curriculum focuses on 'white European music from the slave period', according to The Telegraph.   Documents seen by the publication indicate proposed reforms to target undergraduate courses.  It claimed that teaching musical notation had 'not shaken off its connection to its colonial past' and would be 'a slap in the face' to some students. And it added that musical skills should no longer be compulsory because the current repertoire's focus on 'white European music' causes 'students of colour great distress'.  It is thought that music writing will also be reformed to be more inclusive.  I'm so relieved that this oppressive weight will be lifted from our shoulders.  The next generation of musicians will undoubtedly be great.  Choke.

DIDN'T I ONCE READ SOMETHING ABOUT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS? – FROM FOX:    Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told Fox News that a Biden official asked Republican senators to delete photos they took at a border facility they were touring on Friday.  Braun originally made the remarks to the Washington Examiner.  "There was one of Biden's representatives. I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but by the time she got to me, all those other pictures were taken, and that shows you the hypocrisy."  Braun told the Examiner of a migrant processing and holding center in Donna, Texas.  "None of us would have gone down there if we were going to be muzzled," said Braun, who added that Border Patrol also asked that no photos were to be taken, but that "they were telling us that because they had to."  Braun and 18 of his Republican colleagues, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas inspected the holding center this week, which is at 700 percent capacity amid a surge in migrants.  The photos showed children sleeping on the ground in an enclosed area.  Braun told the Examiner that as the group stopped with border agents at the edge of the Rio Grande, where migrants often try to illegally cross, a group of "coyotes," who guide migrants across the border for money, jeered at the group in Spanish.  It would be nice if the mainstream media, which is presumably devoted to its own freedom, would show a bit more outrage at the Biden administration's attempts to censor news coming from the border. 

March 28, 2021     Permalink

 

WHO'S ON FIRST? – AT 11:30 P.M. ET:  The mystery deepens.  Who actually is running the United States Government at this time of peril?  Strange things are happening in the nation's capital.  The president even met with a group of historians to discuss his legacy.  And the stationery is weird.  From Fox: 

The White House, breaking with tradition, now lists the "Biden-Harris Administration" on its website rather than simply, "the Biden Administration."

The move appears to have been one of several moves seemingly intended to elevate Vice President Kamala Harris’ position within President Joe Biden’s administration.

Both Biden and Harris are also listed on the White House’s main Twitter page, with the bio reading: "Welcome to the Biden-Harris White House!"

The move is unprecedented. Neither of the previous two administrations listed both the president and vice president on their main website or social media channels.

Biden has flubbed more than once in referring to his VP as "President Harris." Earlier this month he misspoke in a speech offering updates on a vaccination progress in the U.S. and referring to his vice president as "President Harris."

"When President Harris and I took …" Biden said, before momentarily pausing, "a virtual tour of a vaccination site in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people, giving vax each shot, was like administering a dose of hope."

The president has made such gaffes before. In December he mistakenly referred to Harris as "president-elect," also during a speech on Covid-19 vaccines. "I took it to instill public confidence in the vaccine. President-elect Harris took hers today for the same reason," Biden said.

The comments ignited speculation of cognitive decline from the right, following a campaign where Biden repeatedly appeared tongue-tied.

Harris, too, once accidentally dubbed herself commander-in-chief. "A Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as the president of the United States," she said at a virtual roundtable in September.

The White House has not responded to Fox News’ multiple requests for comment.

COMMENT:  My own sense is that Biden actually is in charge, but is heavily influence by the Obama crowd.  Also, he was part of the Obama administration, as vice president, and wants to show it respect.

As for Kami, I'm not sure what she actually does.  The vice president is basically stand-by equipment, taking the president's temperature every day.  He or she presides over the Senate and breaks ties when appropriate.  Other than that, vice presidents usually do what they're told, and go to funerals of foreign leaders.  Some vice presidents, like Dick Cheney, who served under George W. Bush, become highly influential.  Some become president.  Others, like Alben Barkley, vice president under Harry S. Truman, are largely forgotten, although Barkley towers above all the others in the way he exited politics.  After his term as vice president was up, he was re-elected to the Senate from Kentucky.  When he rose to give his farewell address, having finished that job, he gave the best speech of his career, and then proceeded to drop dead.  Can't beat that.

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