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MAY 6-7,  2023

TRUMP CONTINUES TO DOMINATE:  Despite his indictment in New York, and the probability of more legal troubles, former President Trump continues to improve his status as king of the hill, and the president continues to evaporate.  From Gateway Pundit: 

President Trump is crushing Joe Biden and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in a new Washington Poll/ABC News poll released at midnight. Trump leads Biden in a head to head match-up 49%-42% among supporters and leaners in the general election and bests DeSantis 51%-25% in a field of six potential GOP primary candidates with the others in single digits. The poll also shows DeSantis beating Biden by a similar margin, 48%-41%.

Biden is profoundly unpopular and is seen as too old and mentally and physically unable to do the job of president by majorities of Americans. Biden’s approve-disapprove is 36%-56%. 68% say Biden, 80 years old now, is too old for another term while 44% say the same for the 76-year-old Trump. Only 32 percent say Biden has the mental sharpness for the job of president, compared to 54 percent who say Trump does. Just 33 percent say Biden is physically up to the job while 64 percent say Trump is. A majority of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents do not want Biden to be the party’s nominee for president in 2024.

The killer poll number for Biden is on his handling of the economy. Trump is seen as having done a better job on the economy as president than Biden, 54%-36%.

Black and Hispanic support for Trump has increased substantially from 2020, with 27 percent of Black voters supporting Trump, compared to 12 percent in 2020. 43 percent of Hispanics support Trump compared, to 30 percent in 2020.

COMMENT:  Read the rest.   We stress, as we always do, that a poll is a snapshot in time, and that polls can change dramatically.  Also, we note that the nominating conventions are a year off.

At the same time, numbers like Biden's are catastrophic, as the article notes.  They can provide an incentive for factions within the Democratic Party to try to convince Biden not to run.  Or, they provide encouragement for a third-party candidate to emerge.

As for Trump, we have to wonder how long this bubble can last without being burst.  And yet we have to wonder why opponents haven't laid a glove on him.

May 7, 2023       Permalink 

 

NOW THAT WAS A PARTY!  Did you watch the coronation?  I got hooked.  No one does that stuff better than the Brits.  The ceremonies.  The processions.  The costumes.  The hats! They have the greatest hats.

And I'm convinced, based on the sheer size of the affair, that London must have more dry cleaners available than any city in the world.  Why didn't I invest?

Compare, please, to us.  We hold an outdoor inauguration in bitter cold January, some compromise candidate reads a brief oath with his left hand on what he tells us is a family Bible, they have a parade in the same bitter cold, then all the guests go to a party in a run-down hotel open to anyone who gave more than a million bucks, and that's it.   Oh, I did leave out the vice president, who wanders around wearing a button saying "one heartbeat away."  Aren't you embarrassed?

I know that some people think the British monarchy is outmoded, and a drain on the British treasury.  I disagree.  As for the treasury, the monarchy is Britain's biggest tourist attraction and brings in vastly more than the cost of a coronation, even with the cleaning bills.  As for being outmoded, it is that very "old" tradition that makes the monarchy so valued.   It gives the English nation a sense of  its grandeur, its style.  Britain is reminded of what it has contributed.  I am not opposed to national pride when the proud nation is on our side.  The monarchy also gives Britain a sense of permanence, that there is something larger than the politics of the moment. 

I wish we had something like a coronation, or a national day, with readings of our great documents and concerts of our greatest music, accompanied by a major military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.  We need reminding, too.

May 6, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

MAY 4-5,  2023

CAN THIS BE SERIOUS?  APPARENTLY IT IS.  NOTHING IS TOO ABSURD FOR THE ADMINISTRATION IN OFFICE.  FROM TRENDING POLITICS: 

The Biden-Harris administration has named Vice President Kamala Harris as the new A.I. head with the task of leading the government’s efforts to mitigate the risks and harness the opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) in America. This decision comes as part of the administration’s broader initiative to promote responsible innovation in AI and safeguard people’s rights and safety.

Kamala, in that job?  Are you getting as frightened as I am?

“AI is one of the most powerful technologies of our time, but in order to seize the opportunities it presents, we must first mitigate its risks,” stated the White House press release on Thursday. “When it comes to AI, we must place people and communities at the center by supporting responsible innovation that serves the public good, while protecting our society, security, and economy.”

As part of this initiative, Vice President Harris met with the CEOs of four American companies, Alphabet, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI, to underscore their responsibility in ensuring the safety and ethical use of their AI products before they are deployed or made public. The administration has also released a “Blueprint” for an AI Bill of Rights and an AI Risk Management Framework to promote responsible innovation.

The decision to name Harris as the A.I. lead has raised concerns among those who see this as another instance of government overreach and excessive regulation. Some argue that the government’s efforts to regulate AI innovation could stifle innovation and economic growth. Others also worry about Harris’s abilities to govern such technology. With a background in criminal justice and civil rights, she does not hold any experience in the field of artificial intelligence.

No experience in real intelligence either.

On Thursday Harris released a statement claiming her work against “Russian interference” in 2016 adds to her list of qualifications:

“As a United States Senator and member of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, we investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election and produced empirical evidence that state actors will use technology to undermine democracy.”

COMMENT:  Yup, state actors use technology.  What a concept!   With observations like that, can the Nobel Prize be far behind? 

May 5, 2023       Permalink

 

NOW THIS IS INTERESTING.  CAUTION:  IF YOU'RE A LEFTIST, THIS MAY PRODUCE A SEVERE MEDICAL REACTION.  FROM COLLEGE FIX: 

The latest U.S. News & World Report concluded that Florida is the best state for higher education.

The rankings look at “the share of citizens in each state holding college degrees, as well as college graduation rates, the cost of in-state tuition and fees, and the burden of debt that college graduates carry,” according to the publication.

The publication also ranked Florida high in 2-year college graduation rate, 4-year college graduation rate and for its students graduating with minimal debt.

The honor comes after Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has sought to reorient public higher education in the state with the appointment of conservative trustees to the board of New College and the passage of legislation that limits woke “diversity, equity and inclusion” programming.

“Florida’s success would not be possible without the exceptional leadership at our 12 public universities, Gov. (Ron) DeSantis’s commitment to excellence in higher education and the unwavering support of our legislative leaders,” Brian Lamb, chair of the state university’s board of governors, stated. “I am truly grateful for their investment and continued support.”

He further stated:

By prioritizing student success, with an emphasis on providing all students a high-quality, low-cost education, Florida’s universities are leaning in to produce top-tier talent to meet workforce needs, increase research capabilities, and retain the best and brightest faculty whose excellence and expertise provide the platform from which we create the future.

The state has also invested in technical training and a Western Civilization center at the University of Florida, as previously reported by The College Fix.

COMMENT:  Delighted to see this.  Delighted that a state whose name is not California, New York or Massachusetts is recognized for educational excellence.  The  "nationally ranked" educators whom the news industry usually exalts are undoubtedly rushing to their shrinks this morning for comfort.  More than one visit may be necessary. 

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