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MARCH 22-23,  2023

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE:

NICE GUY:   Send some people to college, and they come out nuts.  From Slay News:  World Economic Forum (WEF) advisor Yuval Noah Harari has declared that “we just don’t need the vast majority of the population” in today’s world.  According to Harari, most of the general public have now become “redundant” and will be of little use to the global elite in the future.  Harari, who describes himself as a historian and futurist, argues that modern technologies like artificial intelligence “make it possible to replace the people.”  He made the remarks during an interview with Chris Anderson, the head of TED.  Harari, who is a principal advisor to the WEF and the organization’s founder Klaus Schwab, assessed widespread contemporary disillusionment among “common people” as being rooted in a fear of being “left behind” in a future run by “smart people.”  I think he should set an example, don't you?  He should first declare himself surplus, and then...  I'm just joking, but I'm afraid he isn't.  We've heard similar talk before, and it often came with a swastika attached.

March 23, 2023       Permalink

 

BIDEN WOBBLES:  The president's approval ratings are sinking again.  And there ain't nobody else.  From Fox: 

President Biden's approval rating sank to nearly its lowest point ever in March, as the U.S. economy threatened disaster amid bank collapses and other economic struggles.

Biden's approval rating currently sits at just 38%, a significant drop from his 45% approval in February, according to a new poll from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC). The drop comes amid the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in recent weeks, compounding existing fears of a recession.
o"If Biden is doing his job, why in a state like this can you see people really suffering?" Theresa Ojuro, a 29-year-old doctoral student in New York, told the AP, saying she expected "just a little bit more stability with the economy."

AP-NORC conducted the poll from March 16-20. Researchers interviewed 1,081 U.S. adults, and the study reports a margin of error of 4%.

Biden himself appears unsure about whether he should remain president. While he and his office have long insisted that he "intends to run" in 2024, he has yet to make a formal campaign announcement. Many commentators expected him to formally enter the race shortly after his State of the Union address in February, but he has not done so.

Some members of the Democratic Party have expressed concern with his age, calling for younger blood to lead the party's ticket in 2024. Biden would be 82 by Inauguration day in 2025.

Biden has not had a positive approval rating since August 2021. His numbers hit the lowest point of his presidency in July 2022 amid record high gas prices and inflation, when approximately 57% disapproved of his job performance and just 36% approved.

COMMENT:  These very early polls are essentially insignificant, but they do pick up trends.  One trend is that Joe Biden has rarely approached 50% approval.  Another is that concern about his age and infirmity never diminishes. 

The Democratic bench is thin, and the heiress apparent has little support.  If not Joe, who?  Did someone say "Hillary"?

March 23, 2023       Permalink

 

WOKE JUSTICE AT WORK:  From the New York Post: 

The Manhattan grand jury hearing evidence against former President Donald Trump in the Stormy Daniels “hush money” case didn’t reconvene Wednesday as scheduled, court officials told The Post.

The afternoon session was unexpectedly canceled by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the sources said.

Members of the panel were told to stay home and be on standby for Thursday, a law enforcement source said.

The move — which forestalls a potentially unprecedented indictment of the 45th president in connection with the payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels — came because an unidentified witness was unable to appear, sources said.

The witness is believed to be someone who will rebut Monday’s testimony from lawyer and Trump ally Robert Costello, sources said.

The grand jury was put on standby because it was unclear whether the witness would be available Thursday, a source said.

But court workers began making preparations late Wednesday afternoon for the testimony to take place Thursday, a source said.

Wednesday’s turn of events came as a source with ties to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told The Post that Bragg was concerned following Costello’s testimony. A spokesperson for the DA’s office denied this. 

“The last thing he wants is for the grand jury to vote against him,” the source said. “He wants a no-doubt-about-it case. He is pressuring the ‘Trump obsessed’ to step up and prove the case.”

A source inside Bragg’s office also said a substantial number of assistant district attorneys were “shaking their heads” over Bragg’s decision to pursue Trump, 76.

“They don’t understand how this case is going forward,” the source said. “These ADAs are not fans of Trump but they are professional lawyers and know the law.”

Fox News also reported “major dissension” inside Bragg’s office, with one source saying the “weakness” of the evidence against Trump was posing problems for prosecutors.

COMMENT:  We have serious foreign crises with talk of nuclear war coming from major officials.  We have continuing rampant inflation.  We have a weak, faulty national leadership.  We have violent crime rampaging through our cities.

And the Soros-bought district attorney of Manhattan, who has his eye on the governor's mansion, is trying to put together a case to wreck the life of a former president, evidence be damned. 

I really haven't seen a situation like this before.

March 22,  2023     Permalink

 

 

 

MARCH 20-21,  2023

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE: 

THIS IS BEING TAUGHT TO OUR KIDS, from the New York Post: 

Shakespeare has long been dismissed, with others in the Western canon, as a dead white male.
Now, there’s another, worse charge against the bard — he created the concept of whiteness. 
Yes, instead of standing in the line of literary giants such as Dante, Chaucer and Goethe, Shakespeare is to be associated from now on with the likes of the 19th-century French apostle of scientific racism Arthur de Gobineau, George Wallace and — why not? — the Oath Keepers. 
If you’ve wondered if there’s anything that race-obsessed activists, bureaucrats and academics can’t ruin, the answer is “No,” as they begin get to work in earnest trying to tear down a towering genius who has had an immense — and profoundly edifying — effect on our culture.   According to a new volume, “White People in Shakespeare,” the immortal playwright was engaged in “white-people-making.”  The contributors to the book aren’t surprised by the “fact of Shakespeare’s global, representational power existing almost in tandem with a global white cultural supremacy.” Indeed, it only renders “more unremarkable or invisible a unique alliance of white people and Shakespeare.” QED.  It’s pretty much a direct line from the Globe Theatre in the 16th century to the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.  Although “it’s quite likely very few if any of those assembled at the Capitol on that day thought of Shakespeare” — perhaps the most unassailable statement in the volume — it was still “white people’s Shakespearean theater on a grand scale.”  I think it's time to declare the "woke" movement guilty of child abuse, and prosecute accordingly.  In the meantime, there is a song from the musical "Kiss Me Kate" called "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."  I suggest it be sung at halftime in every college football game. 

March 21, 2023      Permalink

 

AND THE CHILLS CONTINUE:  Apparently not to be outdone by the war talk out of North Korea, the Russkies have now added their own touch.  What strikes me is that sabre rattling, where the sabres are nuclear, is now becoming routine.   The danger is that people will start seeing it as normal, and we then will wonder what the next step up will be.  Think about that.  From Fox:

Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council, suggested on Monday that the Kremlin could fire a hypersonic missile at the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the organization issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

"I’m afraid, gentlemen, everyone is answerable to God and missiles," Medvedev, a staunch Putin loyalist who was also Russia's president from 2008 to 2012, wrote in a message on Telegram, according to Russian state media outlet Tass. 

"It’s quite possible to imagine how a hypersonic Oniks fired from a Russian warship in the North Sea strikes the court building in the Hague. It can’t be shot down, I’m afraid."

The Russians are sometimes accused of being heavy-handed.  I wonder why.

Medvedev also warned the judges to "watch the skies closely," calling the court "a pathetic international organization."

The ICC issued the arrest warrant for Putin on Friday, alleging that he is "responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation."

Another warrant also targeted Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation. 

As many as 16,226 children have been deported during the 13-month-long war, according to Ukrainian human rights chief Dmytro Lubinets.

President Biden called the warrant for Putin's arrest "justified" over the weekend, saying that he has "clearly committed war crimes." 

Other Russian officials brushed off the warrant by the ICC, which Russia does not recognize. The U.S. and China also were not signatories of the 1998 Rome Statute, which established the court's authority. 

Medvedev has a history of making profane predictions, including that civil war will break out in the U.S. in 2023 and that the defeat of Russia in a conventional war could "provoke the beginning of a nuclear war."

Earlier this month, he referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the "head Nazi," despite the fact that Zelenskyy is Jewish. On Friday, Medvedev called Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a "ba-----" after a Russian fighter jet collided with a U.S. reaper drone over the Black Sea. 

COMMENT:  Hot words are too often followed by hot action.  We should not shrug and dismiss Medvedev's remarks as simply rhetoric.  Things are getting very tense internationally, and we have not heard the latest from China and Iran, two other gems of colorful speech. 

I have to believe that some of this recent bomb-talk is a result of America's weakness.  There does not seem to be any penalty applied by President Biden, and power, as they say, abhors a vacuum.

By fall we will be seriously into the 2024 election festival.  We will watch carefully what words are used by the candidates of both parties toward our foreign enemies.  Backbone is needed.  But it can't be bought at Walmart.

March 21, 2023       Permalink

 

ARE THEY JUST WORDS OR...?  North Korea is beatin' the drums.  Do the Northerners mean it, or is it just tough talk?  The correct answer to that question is pretty important, don't you think?  From Daily Mail: 

Kim Jong-un has ordered his troops to prepare for an 'immediate and overwhelming' nuclear counterattack against his enemies - as he accused the US of holding aggressive military drills with South Korea.  

He warned that North Korea was ready to launch just hours after commanding his own 'guided' military exercises - which included firing a ballistic missile with a mock nuclear warhead.

Jong-un said the exercises improved the military's actual war capability and highlighted the need to ensure its readiness posture for any imminent nuclear warfare the country may need to unfurl against its enemies.

The North Korean leader was accompanied by his nine-year-old daughter Kim Ju Ae during the missile tests - continuing a trend that has led to speculation the young girl is being lined up to inherit the hereditary hermit kingdom.

State media, KCNA, said on Monday that the missile launch and accompanying military exercises on Saturday and Sunday were aimed at bolstering North Korea's 'war deterrence and nuclear counterattack capability'.

He made specific reference to the 'reckless' and 'aggressive' behaviors of his enemies - in this instance, the US and South Korea.  

In the exercises, a ballistic missile equipped with a mock nuclear warhead flew 500 miles.

'The present situation, in which the enemies are getting ever more pronounced in their moves for aggression against the DPRK, urgently requires the DPRK to bolster up its nuclear war deterrence exponentially,'  KCNA quoted him as saying.

Kim was using the acronym of his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

'The nuclear force of the DPRK will strongly deter, control and manage the enemy's reckless moves and provocations with its high war readiness, and carry out its important mission without hesitation in case of any unwanted situation,' he added.

COMMENT:  North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, starting the Korean War, in which the United States lost 37,000 men.  That was 73 years ago, but we still have troops in Korea to keep the peace. 

I would take the North Korean leader seriously.  If he senses weakness on our part, we could see another 1950.

March 20, 2023       Permalink 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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