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AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1,  2023

DID THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA FINALLY GROW UP?  Governor Newsom appears to be taking a step closer to the world of reality.  I wonder if he'll like it here.  From Fox: 

California's top state regulator that oversees utilities approved a plan to expand a controversial fossil fuel facility that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed to shut down.

The five-member California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously late Thursday to increase inventory capacity at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Los Angeles County, the agency announced. 

Under the new rules, the facility, managed by Southern California Gas Company, would increase capacity 67% to the state safety limit of 68.6 billion cubic feet.

While CPUC members and state officials reaffirmed their commitment to a broader green energy transition and to eventually shutter the facility, they explained Thursday's decision was made "as a financial hedge against potential high winter market prices."

The move could also save consumers in southern California up to $450 million on natural gas this winter.

"I want to note that this decision is being considered while we, together with other state agencies, are working with urgency on the challenge of reducing reliance on natural gas throughout the state," CPUC President Alice Reynolds said before the vote. "We do have some policy level levers that we're using on our work to transition away from natural gas.

"Climate change is bringing many unpredictable and extreme weather events. This decision will help us be more resilient to those impacts," Reynolds added. "But we are working in the transition, and we have to take into account the real-world conditions we're facing and the real-world impacts of our actions. We currently have few alternatives, especially for low-income and vulnerable communities."

COMMENT:  Ignore the pompous pronouncements.  This wouldn't have been done without Governor Newsom's permission.  Newsom will run for president next year if Biden drops out.  He needed at least one act to show, or appear to show, that he can mix with the adults.  "Look, I'm a big boy now."  His problem is that he's one of the worst governors in America.  Say "Newsom," and people think "San Francisco."  Says it all.   

September 1, 2023       Permalink

 

OH, MUST THEY?   I guess the O.J. Simpson trial just wasn't enough for those who want television news to be the new show business.  Now we will have the televised trial of Donald Trump.  Will there be awards for those companies putting on the most inventive commercials?  How about halftime-style productions during lunch hour?  I look forward to "trial parties," patterned after Super Bowl parties.  From Breitbart:

Former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Fulton County, Georgia, will be televised and live-streamed on the internet, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee announced Thursday.

McAfee will also allow reporters to use their computers and cell phones inside the courtroom so long as they are not used to record the trial. McAfee’s announcement is aligned with Fulton County policy that broadcasts judicial proceedings on its YouTube channel.

Georgia’s rules are the opposite of those in New York and the federal court system, where Trump faces three other criminal cases. Cameras are not permitted in New York’s court system or federal courtrooms. However, a New York court granted an exception for photographers when Trump appeared in court in April for his arraignment.

Trump and 18 others were indicted in a 98-page, 41-count indictment handed down by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in August.

As Breitbart News reported:

The indictment does not fundamentally concern actions taken in Georgia, but describes words spoken and actions taken by the Trump campaign in a variety of other states in their efforts to cast doubt on the controversial 2020 presidential election.

The indictment charges several defendants with crimes merely for making statements that argued the 2020 election was stolen. It claims that actions such as holding public hearings in Pennsylvania amounted to acts in furtherance of an illegal conspiracy.

Trump is facing 13 counts in the Georgia case, including a violation of the state’s RICO law. Trump surrendered himself into custody last week, where he was booked and had his mugshot taken for the first time out of the four criminal cases he faces.

COMMENT:  I demand that Judge Lance Ito, of O.J. fame, be brought in as an expert commentator.  And Judge Judy.  I want her input. 

And as the excitement builds, and major film stars compete for who will play Donald Trump in the movie, the Chinese are building hypersonic missiles to sink our navy, and no one seems to care.

September 1, 2023        Permalink

 

 

AUGUST 29-30,  2023

THE MOST WATCHED GOVERNOR'S RACE THIS YEAR:  It is in Kentucky, which votes for governor this November, and there are important developments.  From Fox: 

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Cameron, Kentucky's Republican attorney general and nominee for governor, is upping his attacks against incumbent Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's handling of violent crime across the commonwealth following a major police group flipping its endorsement to the GOP challenger.

Speaking with Fox News Digital just weeks from Election Day in the most highly anticipated race of the year, Cameron touted the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police's (FOP) endorsement flip after endorsing Beshear in 2019, arguing it was the result of the "havoc" unleashed by the governor on Kentucky communities when it came to violent crime.

"I think the Kentucky state FOP, which is the largest law enforcement organization in the state, has shown great confidence in our campaign and our commitment to standing up for our law enforcement community, which is in contrast with Andy Beshear, who only does it when it is convenient," Cameron said.

"This governor unleashed havoc on our communities in many ways. Here's a governor that in 2020 let out 1,700 criminals from jail — and a third of those recommitted offenses in our communities," he said, referencing Beshear's early release of some inmates amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FOP's flip to Cameron, although significant, isn't the first time the group has shifted its support between parties. In addition to Beshear in 2019, the group also endorsed the Democratic candidate for governor in 2015 and 2007, but switched to the Republican candidate in 2011. The group's endorsed candidates in 2011 and 2015 were not elected.

Cameron told Fox that law enforcement wanted "leadership in the governor's office that's going to back them not only in word, but also in deed," and said he would implement policies aimed at recruiting and retaining officers, as well as establish a Kentucky State Police post in Louisville, the largest city in the commonwealth.

Last month, Cameron unveiled a 12-point public safety plan to rein in crime across Kentucky, which includes, in addition to his previously mentioned policies, pursuing the death penalty for someone who murders a police officer, reforming the parole board, increased penalties for drug traffickers who kill Kentuckians, and passing a standalone carjacking statute.

When asked about the plan, Cameron said he wanted it to be a model for other states across the country dealing with increased crime, including Democrat-led states like California, New York and Illinois. 

COMMENT:  Cameron is an African-American, running in a border state.  If he can flip the governorship, he will instantly become a national figure and a contender for vice president on the Republican ticket. 

Watch this race closely.  If our side wins, our morale will soar.

August 30, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

AUGUST 27-28,  2023

A PAIN IN THE NECK ALREADY?  IS RAMASWAMY WEARING OUT HIS WELCOME?  FROM DAILY MAIL: 

Debate darling Vivek Ramaswamy is taking a page from Donald Trump’s book by claiming that his bid for the presidency means he shouldn’t have to give evidence in a court case.

The near-billionaire is fighting a bid to force him to give testimony under oath – saying he is too busy campaigning to find time, court documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show.

And he has lashed out at former investors, saying they are trying to scupper his bid for the White House by making him give a deposition linked to a court case about a biotech buyout.

As a candidate for President of the United States, I must frequently travel across the United States to campaign, make speeches, give media interviews, and meet with voters,’ he wrote in papers filed in federal court in Ohio's Southern District on July 27.

‘Consequently, I am often away from home, and when I am home it is often not until late in the evening after a full campaign day.’

Ramaswamy – who is generally considered to have been the winner in last Wednesday’s Republican Party debate – told Trump-appointed judge Sarah Morrison the bid to make him testify is a ‘fishing expedition’.

Investors in one of Ramaswamy’s companies have asked the Ohio court to force him to give a deposition to gather evidence for another case that is being heard in Bermuda.

In that case the investors, Alpine Partners, believe they were short-changed in a controversial merger deal. The agreement was finalized in March after being initially agreed last October.

Lawyers for Alpine handed Ramaswamy – whose wealth is estimated at $950million – a subpoena to appear and be quizzed at their offices in New York, a move his attorneys have likened to harassment, after winning an initial court order in Ohio earlier that month.

Their plan was to grill the GOP’s rising star over his role in the $1.7 billion buyout of Myovant Sciences in March of this year.

They are also asking him to cough up documents that they claim could boost their chances of winning their court case in the British colony, which was filed in February.

COMMENT:  Vivek is learning that, as soon as you're seen as a potential winner, everyone goes after you.  Will he survive and go on to victory?  Or has he had his 15 minutes of fame?  Reports from the field suggest that he has some temporary momentum, but that he's also seen as brash and amateurish. 

August 28,  2023     Permalink

 

BAD POLL FOR JOE – AND ONE THAT IS BOUND TO BE QUOTED WIDELY AND DISCUSSED PRIVATELY.  FROM NEWSMAX: 

Americans actually agree on something in this time of raw discord: President Joe Biden is too old to be an effective president for a second term.

This is according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research which finds much of the public united in sizing up the one trait Biden cannot change.

The president has taken to raising the age issue himself, with wisecracks, as if trying to relax his audiences about his 80 trips around the sun.

Age discrimination may be banned in the workplace, but the president's employers — the people — aren't shy about their bias.

In the poll, 77% said Biden is too old to be effective for four more years. Not only do 89% of Republicans say that, so do 69% of Democrats. That view is held across age groups, not just by young people, though older Democrats specifically are more supportive of his 2024 bid.

In contrast, about half of U.S. adults say former President Donald Trump, 77, is too old for the office, and here the familiar partisan divide emerges — Democrats are far more likely to disqualify Trump by age than are Republicans.

What's clear from the poll is that Americans are saying out with the old and in with the young, or at least younger.

Democrats, Republicans, and independents want to sweep a broad broom through the halls of power, imposing age limits on the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court. In all about two-thirds of U.S. adults back an age ceiling on candidates for president and Congress and a mandatory retirement age for justices.

Specifically, 67% favor requiring Supreme Court justices to retire by a certain age, 68% support age ceilings for candidates for House and Senate, and 66% support age ceilings for candidates for president.

COMMENT:  There's no question that, given his obvious physical and cognitive problems, age is a serious problem for Joe Biden.  It may well be his most serious problem.   Should Trump not be on the ballot, Biden will be facing an opponent decades younger than himself.  The contrast could be devastating, especially if Biden agrees (highly unlikely) to a live debate.

This poll will be used in the whispering campaign within the Democratic Party, already begun, raising serious questions about Biden's ability to run for another term.

August 28, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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