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MAY 10-11,  2023

AM I DREAMING?  POLLS SHOW THAT ONE OF THE LEFT'S IDOLS IS IN SERIOUS POLITICAL TROUBLE.  MAY THE PANIC BEGIN.  FROM NEWSWEEK:

A new poll revealed that Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, would be losing by a huge margin in a hypothetical head-to-head with former Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

The Fiscal Alliance Foundation published a poll on Thursday, which was carried out on May 6-7, showing that of the 750 survey respondents, 49 percent said they would support Baker for U.S. Senate, while only 34 percent said they would back Warren who announced in March that she will be running for reelection in 2024. The poll has a margin of error of 3.6 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

Despite the massive number of respondents in the Thursday poll supporting Baker, the former governor said in December that he has no plans for running in any election in 2024.
In December, Baker was asked by a caller on GBH News's "Boston Public Radio" whether or not he is considering launching a presidential bid in 2024.

"My wife is really looking forward to having me around a little more, so I don't think I'll be a candidate in '24 for anything. I will certainly try to be involved in a positive way," said Baker who vacated his seat earlier this year, replaced by Democratic Governor Maura Healey.

2024 Massachusetts Senate GE:

Charlie Baker (R) 49% (+15)
Elizabeth Warren (D-Inc) 34%
Advantage, Inc/@FiscalAlliance, 750 LV, 5/6-7https://t.co/NCLiy4JkmW pic.twitter.com/ykA13tKN7m
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls)...

...Nearly 50 percent of those who were surveyed by the Fiscal Alliance Foundation said they approve of Warren's performance as a senator, while 44 percent were disapproving and 7 percent were unsure.

"Senator Warren has significantly higher unfavorable numbers than her fellow Democrats statewide and that seems to be creating an opening for Baker, who always enjoyed large amounts of cross-party appeal. Looking at the cross tabs, Republicans seem to coalesce behind Baker (79%) in a way that Democrats do not around Warren (56%), and Baker leads with independent/unenrolled voters 2-1 at 57-26%," said Paul D. Craney, a spokesperson for the Fiscal Alliance Foundation, in a statement.

Craney continued: "It's interesting that Baker receives such solid support from Republicans, a group that he began having such trouble with during his second term. Senator Warren may be doing more to unite the state Republican party than anyone might realize.

COMMENT:  Wouldn't it be great if we sent Fauxcahontas back to her tribe?     What would Bernie Sanders do without her? 

However, don' t get too excited.  This is an early poll, and the poll's "winner" says he's not running anyway.  But the poll does show that our dreams exist in Massachusetts.  We just have to fill in the blanks.

May 11, 2023       Permalink

 

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HOLDS THAT DEMOCRATIC SENATOR JOE MANCHIN OF WEST VIRGINIA IS ESSENTIALLY FINISHED, AND WILL LOSE HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION NEXT YEAR TO A REPUBLICAN.  APPARENTLY, MANCHIN DOESN'T AGREE, AND HAS FOUND AN ISSUE THAT HE BELIEVES WILL SHOW HIS CONTINUING POLITICAL CLOUT.  FROM FOX

FIRST ON FOX: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is threatening to oppose all of President Biden's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominees over an expected regulation targeting power plant emissions.

Manchin, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, blasted the Biden administration for aiming to shut down fossil fuel-fired power plants regardless of the impact on the nation's power grid. The Democratic lawmaker argued that neither the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law or Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), both of which he supported, gave the EPA authority to regulate power plant emissions.

"Neither the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law or the IRA gave new authority to regulate power plant emission standards," Manchin said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

"However, I fear that this Administration’s commitment to their extreme ideology overshadows their responsibility to ensure long-lasting energy and economic security and I will oppose all EPA nominees until they halt their government overreach," he continued.

The highly-anticipated EPA regulation, which could be released as soon as Thursday, will reportedly require coal- and natural gas-fired power plants to cut or capture the vast majority of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2040.

The agency confirmed in April it was reviewing the proposal internally and said it would use "legally-upheld tools, grounded in decades-old bipartisan laws," to address curb air pollution. The Biden administration has particularly been emboldened by the IRA which they believe allows the EPA to broadly regulate greenhouse gas emissions, The New York Times reported last month.

"This Administration is determined to advance its radical climate agenda and has made it clear they are hellbent on doing everything in their power to regulate coal and gas-fueled power plants out of existence, no matter the cost to energy security and reliability," Manchin said.

"Just last week, before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, every FERC Commissioner agreed that we cannot eliminate coal today or in the near future if we want to have a reliable electric grid," he added.

COMMENT:  Read the rest and don't count Joe Manchin out. 

May 10, 2023       Permalink


 

 

MAY 8-9,  2023

BULLETIN:  A FEDERAL JURY IN NEW YORK HAS FOUND FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP LIABLE FOR SEXUAL ABUSE AND DEFAMATION IN THE CIVIL CASE BROUGHT BY ADVICE COLUMNIST E. JEAN CARROLL.  THE JURY AWARDED CARROLL FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

FROM FOX NEWS DIGITAL:  Former President Donald Trump told Fox News Digital that he will appeal the ruling in the E. Jean Carroll civil case, saying he has "absolutely no idea" who she is, while blasting the verdict as a "disgrace" and "a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in history."

COMMENT:  I cannot and will not comment on the legal aspects of this case.  I don't know if the verdict is just or unjust.  I do know that twice in recent weeks this former president has been handed a defeat by a judicial body in New York City, a place not known for kindness toward conservatives.  In the first case, as readers will recall, Mr. Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for business fraud.  And now this new blow, coming from a federal civil court jury. 

Inevitably, and properly, our thoughts turn to the presidential campaign.  Mr. Trump, according to polls, is the leading candidate of his party.  He proclaims his innocence in both of the cases we've cited.  But there is the real world, often cruel and unfair.   Trump is facing other legal challenges in other states.  There is a good chance he may face serious election law charges in Georgia. 

The Republic Party has serious decisions to make.  How can a man with this much legal baggage, even if the charges against him are false, actually run for president?  And what happens if Mr. Trump faces conviction during the election campaign?  You may be sure that the Democrats will try to manipulate the system in states they control to make that happen. 

And how many voters might say that they cannot vote for a man with so much hanging over him?  Again, it might be unfair to Mr. Trump, but life is very unfair.  Political life is horribly unfair. 

I'll report more on this as more information becomes available.  I'd love to know your thoughts.  Please send them, for our Forum or my own use, to SERVICE@URGENTAGENDA.COM.

May 9, 2023       Permalink

 

THE ISSUE THAT WON'T GO AWAY:  It won't go away because it has never been honestly addressed.  We refer of course to the border, and the explosion of illegal immigrants coming our way.  Biden's already dismal poll numbers are sinking, and it's clear that his indifference to the crisis at the border is one of the reasons.   So, the White House is now trying a new gimmick.  What are the odds that this will work?  Don't ask.  From Fox: 

The Biden administration is launching a "targeted enforcement operation" in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday to process and potentially deport and expel illegal immigrants in one of the hotspots for migrant crossings – as numbers have surged along the border ahead of the end of Title 42 later this week.

Agents and officers from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will conduct the operation in El Paso, where about 2,200 migrants are currently camped or living on the streets a few blocks from major ports of entry that connect El Paso with the Mexican city of Juárez. 

That’s amid a broader surge that has seen over 26,000 apprehensions and over 7,000 "gotaways" in just 72 hours, according to official statistics. 

Fox cameras have already shown images of enormous lines of migrants crossings into parts of Texas – the majority of whom are single adults.

It comes ahead of the end of the Title 42 public health order on Thursday, which has been used since 2020 to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants quickly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, nearly half of all migrant encounters ended in a Title 42 expulsion.

The order’s end is expected to bring an enormous number of migrants to the border, who believe they have a greater chance of being admitted into the U.S. once the order ends. The Biden administration has said that is not true, and has warned that it is stiffening penalties for illegal entry while urging migrants to use expanded legal pathways instead.

The operation will see agents "process individuals for vetting and placement into Title 42 expulsion or Title 8 removal proceedings, as applicable," CBP said in a release. Those who are deemed to pose a national security or public safety threat will be moved to ICE for detention.

"As we have said repeatedly, individuals who do not have a lawful basis to remain will be removed," acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement. "Individuals should not listen to the lies of smugglers and instead use lawful pathways to protection."

COMMENT:  All words.  The fact is that the Biden administration has scandalously avoided the virtual breakdown of border security.  To many Democrats, the "illegal" immigrants aren't illegal at all, but are a mass of potential Democratic voters.  Just keep handing out those benefits,

May 8, 2023       Permalink

 

ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT IN EDUCATION.  RUSH TO SIGN UP.  FROM COLLEGE FIX: 

A University of Florida African American Studies course interprets the horror genre based on “racial identity and oppression” while using materials on “whiteness,” “black feminism,” and “queering personhood.”

The course, “Black Horror, White Terror,” explores “the relationship between horror and Black literary modes and traditions focusing on key moments that depict fears of Blackness and/or the terror associated with being Black in America,” according to a spring 2023 syllabus.

Students in the course must read classic works by 19th-century white authors to study how they have “affected racialized discourses.” These include Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and others.

Part of this inquiry includes reading an academic article titled, “The Power and Horror of Whiteness,” which argues that Poe was “haunted” by black people based on his fiction writings. The course includes two other resources with “whiteness” in the title.

The College Fix emailed Professor Julia Mollenthiel, who currently teaches the course, and asked what is meant by the term “whiteness,” how it is portrayed in the course, and why it is necessary to include material on queer sexuality. She did not respond to two inquiries sent in the past two weeks.

The Fix emailed the same questions to David Canton, director of UF’s African American Studies program, and also asked how the course benefits the program. Canton didn’t respond to two inquiries sent in the past two weeks.

Another required reading considers “the Marxist and the feminist location” of “Frankenstein … in the social and psychological context of the times” and claims that Shelley’s famous monster “parallels … the racial stereotypes of the age.”

The course also examines how black authors have “used the horror aesthetic as a means of countering white constructions of Blackness in the horror/Gothic genre.”

COMMENT:  And this is how we intend to defeat China.

May 8, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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