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MAY 14,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

THE DISGRACE – FROM FOX:   Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush praised the Black Lives Matter activist who advocated "death" for police officers in 2014 and tweeted the BLM chant "pigs in a blanket fry 'em like bacon."  Bush, a newly minted member of the "squad," compared the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza with the Black Lives Matter movement during a speech on the House floor Thursday, reflecting on the life of Bassem Masri, who died in 2018.  Bush described Masri as a "St. Louis Palestinian," noting how he garnered national attention for live streaming heated exchanges between himself and Ferguson police officers following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown Jr.  Masri was among those arrested on a variety of charges following demonstrations outside the Ferguson Police Department in November 2014. Just one month later, Masri tweeted what became a popular BLM chant: "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon." Real class, real class.  Cori Bush is emerging as perhaps the most extreme member of the already-extreme "squad."   She's a disgrace to Congress, and I can't see how any thoughtful African-American could tolerate her. 

IT'S ABOUT TIME! – FROM LEGAL INSURRECTION:   The Pennsylvania State University’s faculty senate passed “inclusive language” reform legislation.  As Penn State News detailed, the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs passed a resolution for the “Removal of Gendered & Binary Terms from Course and Program Descriptions.”  “The University, as with most all academic institutions world-wide, has grown out of a typically male-centered world,” reads the resolution’s introduction. “As such, many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them.”  The resolution asserts that “terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist.” Terms such as “junior” and “senior” are supposedly “parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns.”  The resolution recommends that the university make “editorial updates to our course and program descriptions, which appear in the course catalog and bulletin, to remove gendered terms.”  Boy, or, er, person, am I glad this problem is being solved.  What a difference it will make to elevating our society, and even improving the climate.  Now if only they could get rid of "bride" and "groom."

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ELISE RISES – AT 6:10 P.M. ET:  Despite some last-minute competition, Elise Stefanik of Nw York has now been elected to the number three position in the House Republican leadership, replacing LIz Cheney.  From Fox: 

The House Republican Conference on Friday morning voted to elect Rep. Elise Stefanik as its chairwoman, sealing the New York lawmaker's ascent two days after the group ousted Rep. Liz Cheney amid strong tension over the party's future.

Stefanik said she's "truly honored and humbled" to earn the support of her Republican colleagues, and vowed to "save our country" from the "radical Democrat Socialist agenda," Fox News is told.

"I'm truly honored and humbled to earn your support to serve as our Republican Conference Chair," Stefanik went on to say. "I know we are all here to serve the people, the voters who place their trust and faith in us. You have put yours in me to serve this Conference and I will never lose sight of that. I will always work my very hardest to earn your trust every day."

She added: "This will not be an easy job, but I know we are stronger when united as a team."
Stefanik said she has spent the last several weeks speaking to Republican lawmakers, listening to their "feedback, goals and priorities."

"Members of our conference have a simple and unifying goal - winning back the majority in 2022 to save our country from the radical Democrat Socialist agenda under Speaker Pelosi and President Biden," Stefanik said.

"At my home in Upstate New York, my husband and I live just a few miles from the Saratoga National Battlefield where 244 years ago, the founding of the Great American Experiment was in grave danger, hanging on by a thread as the prospects looked grim for those early patriots seeking to found a new country based on the ideals of liberty, freedom, and a limited government of the people, for the people, by the people," she continued. "Great Britain looked to finish off the war once and for all. But the American patriots were disciplined and steadfast in carrying out their mission. They were comprised of brave patriots from across the colonies, each one bringing a different skill set and attribute to the larger team."

"The world watched closely as the Americans defied expectations and won - that victory at Saratoga for the Americans turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, and the rest is history," Stefanik declared. "How blessed we all are to live in the greatest Nation in the world - the United States of America. And how humbled we are that we have the opportunity to save our great Nation to make it better for all the American people."

Stefanik’s appointment as House Republican Conference chair came just days after House Republicans voted to remove Cheney, R-Wyo., from leadership.

COMMENT:  She is gutsy, thinks strategically, and will be a major asset to the team.   As I've said here before, it is very sad that Liz Cheney had to be removed.  She has the right ideas, but her intense dislike of Donald Trump blinded her to her first responsibility as a leader – being part of a team focused on victory.

The 2022 campaign begins in September, only four months from now.

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MAY 13,  2021

AFTER LIZ – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:    Congressman Chip Roy is slated to challenge Rep. Elise Stefanik in the race to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, who was ousted from her role on Wednesday, as House Republican Conference chair, the No. 3. GOP leadership position in the lower chamber.  Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) confirmed to The Post that he is set to nominate Roy, of Texas, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, as a candidate for the role, which entails helping lead House Republicans’ messaging efforts.  New York’s Stefanik has largely been seen as the heir apparent to the position, having locked up key endorsements from former President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). She began whipping votes ahead of Cheney being removed from her role.  But conservatives have voiced reservations about the congressional record of Stefanik — the former chair of the centrist Tuesday Group whose profile saw a sharp rise as one of Trump’s most vocal defenders during the first impeachment trial — arguing that it is too moderate to qualify her to speak for the conference.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is still considered the frontrunner to land Cheney’s vacated post.  Elise will get the job.  She is personable and persuasive, and, besides, the GOP cannot replace a woman with another white man in today's environment.  It would give the party an all-male House leadership at a time when it is trying to increase its appeal to women and minorities...and that appeal is working.

VIRGINIA VOTES FOR GOVERNOR THIS YEAR – FROM BREITBART:    A gas station in Richmond, Virginia, charged customers $6.99 a gallon Tuesday not long after the governor declared a state of emergency because of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack that caused gasoline shortages. According to WTVR, Lether Kerney, who pulled up to the BP gas station on Williamsburg Road, said, “It was a lot of people there, no one looked at the price.” “I had half a tank of gas, so when it got to $25 I started looking to see what was going on. And after I got to $30, I was like, ‘oh my God! I spent $35.45 to fill up my tank. Six gallons of gas for $35. That’s absolutely ridiculous,'” she continued. Kerney said when she arrived and began filling up, she did not realize the station was charging $5.99 a gallon. A resident named Cha Cha said she watched the price go up once she filled her vehicle’s tank for $2.99.  Election in November.  Gas prices make people very angry.  Good chance to flip Virginia red.

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WE AWAIT THE MODIFICATIONS – OVERNIGHT:  Our Washington masters have handed down a new edict on masking, but we wonder how much change there'll really be.  Already, Prince Andrew of the House of Cuomo in New York has said he won't obey the federal standards.  So much for following the science.  From Fox: 

President Joe Biden trumpeted updated federal guidance for fully vaccinated populations Thursday while providing an update on the pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus no longer need to wear masks while indoors or outdoors or physically distance in either large or small gatherings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced during a White House COVID-19 briefing Thursday.

"The CDC is saying, they have concluded, that fully vaccinated people are at a very, very low risk of getting COVID-19," Biden said. "Therefore if you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask."

"Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do," the president later added.

Fully vaccinated individuals are still advised to wear masks while in crowded indoor settings such as while on public transportation and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. Unvaccinated populations are advised to mask up to protect themselves and those around them who have yet to receive shots.

"As great as this announcement is today, we don’t want to let up. We all know how tough this virus has been," Biden said. "The safest thing for the country is for everyone to get vaccinated."

The president’s comments follow an FDA expanded use authorization to allow Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in kids as young as 12, with the CDC following in suit Wednesday.

During the president’s update Thursday, he also reiterated a goal to reach 70% of the U.S. adult population having received at least one COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. He emphasized that the pandemic will not come to an end until it is tackled globally.

The president delivered his remarks in the Rose Garden and joined Vice President Kamala Harris in leaving the podium, both fully vaccinated and unmasked.

COMMENT:  So Joe, tell me, do individual institutions, restaurants, theaters and stores have the right to impose their own masking requirements?  Do state governors have the right to modify what you're sayin', Joe?  The announcement today really does bring more questions than answers. 

Oh, can companies fire workers who decline to be vaccinated?

And why don't all these rules apply to flu shots?  Or shots to prevent anything else, like liberalism?

We await answers, which will then probably be contradicted.

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