Monday, March 4, 2024

How Can Biden Stay In Now?—Part 2

  Commentary Magazine

But Joe Biden is not getting younger, and it’s doubtful he’s going to get more skilled—or that he will show a kind of focus and energy that will calm American fears he cannot do the job. Actually, it’s more than doubtful. It’s actually getting to the point where it’s unimaginable. 

. . ."Well, it turns out they just held onto that information until today (Sunday), for a second-day story that is maybe even more devastating than the first. Lisa Lerer and Ruth Igielnik report: “Widespread concerns about President Biden’s age pose a deepening threat to his re-election bid, with a majority of voters who supported him in 2020 now saying he is too old to lead the country effectively.” That’s a majority of Biden’s own voters. I’m not talking about a majority of the country.

"So what does the country say? Fully 45 percent of all voters say flatly that Biden is “not capable of handling the job of president.”

"OK, let’s play this out. You might object, and reasonably, that this question just gives Trump voters a different way of saying they don’t want or like Biden. Reasonable! But wrong. Voters were asked the same question about Trump, and logically that would have given Biden voters a chance to express their dislike of Trump in similar fashion by saying he too, at 78 and mixing up things at rallies and the like, is not capable. But only 19 percent say it, compared to the 45 percent who say it about Biden. Remember, these are the same people being asked the same question about both men." . . .

How Can Biden Stay In Now? Part One

 John Podhoretz; Commentary Magazine   

“In the poll, only 83 percent of voters who say they chose Biden in 2020 plan to vote for him this year, whereas 97 percent who voted for Trump plan to vote for Trump again.

"There’s a scene in the peerless animated comedy Monsters Inc.—a cable-news special report featuring Dr. Frasenberger, who looks like a giant pencil. “It is my professional opinion,” he begins calmly, “that now is the time…TO PANIC!!!!!” If I were a Democrat today, or a Never Trumper, I would be Dr. Frasenberger. Because now is the time TO PANIC!!!! if you don’t want Donald Trump to be president.

"The release early Sunday morning of a New York Times-Siena poll of the presidential race showing Trump up by 5 points nationally not only confirms the undeniable evidence over the past six months that Trump has pulled into a measurable lead in the presidential race outside the margin of error but also that things are getting worse and worse for the president as the year 2024 progresses.

"There is literally no good news for Biden in this poll. Let’s break it down.

"First, the simple practical math. NYT-Sienna confirms results we’ve been seeing for months now. It features Trump winning by 4 nationally—and remember that even in victory in 2016, Trump lost the popular vote by 3 points. Trump has not historically done well in national polling. If you go back and add up the number of days in the 2016 and the 2020 electoral races, you find that Trump led in the poll averages on exactly 5 days out of 600—and never for a single day against Biden.

"Now get this. On October 18, 2023, Biden and Trump were tied in the RCP average of all polling. Since that day, 135 days ago, Trump has led. Every single day. Not by a huge amount, mind you—his largest margin came on January 26, when he led by 4.3 points. As I write, his lead is 2.3 points. Still, the point stands. It may have taken him 8 years in presidential politics to achieve it, but Trump is now a steady polling favorite." . . .

Why GA Judge Won’t Disqualify Fani Willis

David Catron; American Spectator  In two months, Judge McAfee has to face the voters in overwhelmingly Democrat Fulton County.
His behavior in the courtroom suggests that he lacks the courage to do so 60 days before he faces Fulton County voters. He isn’t corrupt, but he may be a coward. 

"Any rational person familiar with the behavior of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis during the prosecutorial misconduct hearings that finally ended last Friday has probably concluded that her conduct has created the “appearance of impropriety.” This, according to defense lawyers for former President Trump and several co-defendants, is sufficient to disqualify Willis and the Fulton County DA’s office from prosecuting the RICO case they launched last August. Indeed, defense attorney Harry MacDougald cited six examples of actual conflicts of interest, any one of which is sufficient to disqualify Willis and her office. Yet it’s unlikely that it will happen.

"Why not? The decision must be made by Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, who said on Friday that he would rule on the motion to disqualify Willis and her office in about two weeks. Unfortunately for the defendants, McAfee is a temporary appointee to the bench who must face Fulton County voters for the first time about 60 days after his ruling. Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp appointed him last year to complete the term of retiring Judge Christopher S. Brasher. According to McAfee’s campaign website, his election will take place on May 21. Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, is overwhelmingly Democratic and its voters will be less than pleased with the judge if he disqualifies Willis and her office. 

"Further complicating matters is the fact that McAfee once worked in the Fulton County DA’s office and was supervised by none other than Fani Willis, according to a report in the New York Times. This presumably explains his weirdly passive response to her disruptive courtroom antics during her February 15 testimony. He allowed her to ignore questions, accuse defense attorneys of lying and imply that they represented a threat to democracy. McAfee’s supine attitude doesn’t bode well for disqualification. Nor do the questions he asked defense attorneys during closing arguments. Here’s how he responded to an attorney who questioned Willis’s claim to have repaid Nathan Wade back in cash for all his monetary gifts:" . . .

Birdbrains watch Trump own them in court; An innocent man cannot rely on his innocence to win. He must fight back

 Don Surber (substack.com)

"All that explains why Democrats are running on crazy indictments. They laughed when they finally had a mugshot of him. President Trump got the last laugh on that one. He likely will have the last laugh on all of the court cases."  DS

"MSNBC talking head Joyce Vance is panicked. Trump is winning in court, the one territory that liberals believe they still own.

"She wrote, “The legal landscape in three of the four criminal cases against Trump continues to shift in his favor this week, following the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the presidential immunity appeal in the D.C. election interference case, creating at least a two-month delay for Trump.’

"Democrats know they are stuck with FJB. Their plan was to tar Trump as a criminal. No president before was charged with criminal activity while president. Democrats have indicted President Trump four times on a total of 91 counts.

"They also filed two civil lawsuits. One charged him with fraud even though there was no victim. The other charged him with defamation for saying he did not rape a woman who never filed rape charges. The awards are incredibly over-the-top in size. The judge awarded the woman who wasn’t raped $83 million — $83,000,000.

"The Democrat plan is twofold. One to tarnish his reputation and the other is to hurt his campaign by tying him up in the courts. They creamed their pantaloons when they finally got a mugshot of him. That backfired, as I observed in August, days after the mugshot appeared:

The Hill reported, “Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) shared a video of him laughing at the mugshot photo and saying, ‘We got you, and more to come . . . Clown, thug, crook, criminal.’”

The tweet is here.

Shortly afterward, the congressman realized the error Democrats made.

. . . 


It's up to us; It was YOU!

 It's up to us - American Thinker

. . ."Pretending to be worried about offending the few, they lose concern for the many. Well, we the many are the ones who make the world work. Push us out altogether and the structure collapses. Then the leeches and parasites have no one and nothing to pick at, pick on, or pick over." . . .

"Some years ago, Ann Coulter commented about the TV series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: "The scripts involve the sort of real-life crimes that are a lot more common since our country has become 'diverse,' such as child rape and incest. But the child-rapists are never diverse, as they are in real life. No, the perps are always blond, blue-eyed American men. In fact, the modern American white male is the least rapey, most gentle, protective, chivalrous creature God has ever created."

"This has been obvious to anyone interested in the truth for, oh, six decades or thereabouts. People who can think follow facts to logical, reasonable conclusions. They don’t force-fit reality to a template based on doubtful assumptions that produce silly rules and policy, such as the presumption of police racism that led to the prohibition on profiling. We all profile as a matter of course. To profile is to think, to narrow a search universe. When you look for a lost sock, you ignore panties and pencils.

"The Left, sticking to social justice templates and assumptions, refuses to acknowledge reality that doesn’t fit. So it's up to conservatives to re-establish law and order by using common sense and following facts to reasonable, lawful conclusions. The time's fast coming when America will rip itself apart if reasonable people don't stand up to injustice and stupidity masquerading as social justice.

"I don't know how legally to keep the Idiot Left out of office, but disaster follows wherever such people run things.". . .

Related: The Brutal Wielding of the Mis/Dis Information Club

. . ."Perusing these results leads to an unambiguous conclusion: The term represented eight straight years of blaming you. The messaging was consistent: Your understanding of the matter—whatever it was—was flawed. The Obama White House never erred. Oh no. You presented some defect, some flaw in your understanding. You’d been watching Fox or listening to Rush Limbaugh, so you’d gotten it wrong. It was not them.

"It was you."



While Pledging to Defend Taiwan from China, Biden Shifted on Taiwan Independence. Here’s Why That Matters. |

 Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org)

. . ."President Biden’s embrace of strategic clarity is a welcome and overdue adjustment to U.S. policy, but a critical corollary to that shift should be clear messaging that such a commitment would not be operative if Taiwan were to provoke a crisis by unilaterally declaring independence." . . . 


"On Sunday evening, President Joe Biden made headlines when he asserted in a 60 Minutes interview that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if China were to launch an unprovoked attack. His embrace of strategic clarity, however, was not his most notable comment on Taiwan, since this was the fourth time that Biden has articulated such a commitment. Instead, the comment that will raise more alarms in Beijing was Biden’s statement that “Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence…that’s their decision.” While this comment might seem innocuous, it would mark a significant shift in U.S. policy.

"Since the United States severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan (formally the Republic of China) in 1979 and established formal diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, U.S. policy has been to not support Taiwan independence. The State Department’s website currently notes, “we do not support Taiwan independence,” and Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the same language in his major speech outlining the Biden administration’s China policy.

"In this regard, the Biden administration’s policy is the same as its predecessors. In the 1982 communique between the United States and China, the Reagan administration stated it had no intention of “pursuing a policy of ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan’” (i.e. it would not support Taiwan independence)." . . . 




Sunday, March 3, 2024

UPDATED: The Greatest Trick Evil Has Ever Done Is Convince the World That It Is a Victim –

  PJ Media

If the people living in Gaza wanted peace, Hamas would not have been elected into power for almost 25 years. If Hamas wanted peace, they would not have taken billions of dollars of aid and spent it making tunnels, rockets, and military facilities underground.


"In the first days after October 7, I wrote multiple articles predicting that the world would rapidly forget the depraved horrors of that day and replace them with images of Hamas as victims who should be pitied. I encouraged everyone to never forget the atrocities that were committed by Hamas, atrocities that they videotaped with pride: the raping and dismemberment of women, the beheadings of babies, the beheading of a man with a garden hoe, the many murders and kidnappings. I reminded readers that while the world would probably start talking about all the Gazans who hate Hamas and are victims, Hamas was repeatedly elected as the leadership of Gaza by over 90% in every election since 2005, and the streets of Gaza were filled with tens of thousands of Gazans dancing on October 7. Gazans who were supposedly "not supportive of Hamas" were publicly celebrating the horrors of Hamas.

"I made a detailed case of why we must view Hamas as a modern incarnation of Amalek, whom we are commanded to destroy completely. I begged that each one of us not get lost in anger or vengeance. I wrote that we must utterly destroy Hamas, but that we should never take joy in that task, lest we lose our own humanity.

"I received countless emails and phone calls after that email. Most told me that I was too kind, that we should never mourn any of the Gazans we need to kill, and that we should carpet bomb all of Gaza quickly. People were enraged and wanted vengeance, and I had long talks encouraging them not to get lost in a quest for vengeance. There were even some people who walked out of our synagogue’s services because I preached that we cannot allow ourselves to feel joy in what must be done to Hamas.

"But that was five months ago.

 "Now, we have had five months of the world media bombarding us about the "victims of Gaza," the need for more aid to those "poor victims," and how abusive the IDF is for going into the residential areas of cities in Gaza. We are hearing repeated calls, including from Jews, that we should just stop the war before Ramadan out of respect for their holiday, despite the facts that they attacked on a Jewish holiday and that Ramadan is actually an Islamic holiday of war.  . . ."

UPDATED 3/3: Douglas Murray: "Israel Must Secure Victory At Any Price"

No...Israel must never win no matter the evil they fight against.

Biden Would Go Further Left - Just look at where he has already been

The American Spectator | USA News and Politics   . . ."Well, if you think he has been far left in his first term, it will get worse if Biden wins a second. A lot worse.

"For his entire first four years in office, Biden has been looking ahead to his next four years. To win another term, he needs as much broad public support as possible. So, as far left as he is now, we can only assume that this has been Biden at his most balanced. How much Biden needed moderates is shown in 2020 exit polling: Liberals made up just 24 percent of voters, and Biden won 89 percent; moderates made up 38 percent of voters, and Biden won 64 percent.

"Based on Biden’s fall in support, in 2024 he will see his moderate support drop and his liberal support increase. Furthermore, he will have run his last race. What moderate support he managed to retain he will never need again. But he will need the Left to govern.

"The dynamic of diminishing overall support for presidents in their second term and Biden’s increasing dependency on the Left to govern will only intensify Biden’s leftward lurch.

"Gallup terms presidents’ decline in support the “second-term curse.” Looking back to Harry Truman, Gallup polling found that only Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did not lose support in their second terms. To this general trend, Biden will add his own.

"If Biden wins reelection, he will certainly have seen the Left play an even larger role in that victory than it did in 2020. He will owe it. As his second term goes on, we can expect Biden’s additional attrition in support to come from the center and the Right. That leaves him only the Left.

"So, Biden will start a second term more beholden to, and dependent on, the Left; and as it goes, he will become even more beholden to, and dependent on, the Left for his support. This cycle of debt and dependency with the Left will become self-reinforcing: The more left he goes, the more support he will lose from the center and the Right." . . .

Biden's worth is that of a dependable tool; nothing more. TD 

Biden:

Obama:  McKay to Tucker: It’s Obama’s World

Big Names Mentioned on the Chopping Block at CNN, As Ratings Continue to Flounder

Will CNN cease to be a left-wing haven? If anything, expect CNN to try to mimic MSNBC more. With that on the table, perhaps going bankrupt is the best option. Next, what about MSNBC?

...CNN not only finished behind rivals Fox and MSNBC, but was the 10th most-watched channel on cable, getting beat by Hallmark, The History Channel and INSP, a South Carolina-based channel founded in the late 1970s by the Christian televangelists.

"That fall from grace has coincided with CNN's anti-conservative obsession, which always existed to some extent but greatly accelerated during the Trump administration. With the ouster of yet another CEO in Chris Licht, who was blamed for the problems despite them predating his arrival and being created by the remaining on-air "talent," a new sheriff is in town, and he's known for cutting costs. 

"On that front, according to a new report, many of the network's big "stars" could face large pay cuts—or worse." . . .

 Ratings Implosion: CNN’s Entire Primetime Lineup Fails to Equal the Audience of One Fox Program – RedState

"To clarify, this is not the ranking in all of cable television ratings, this is only among the cable news programs. Now, let’s take a look at the very top of this list, and here is where things become especially embarrassing.

"The top-rated program was 2022’s overall leader in cable news, “The Five.” That panel show logged 3,469,000 viewers, in line with its average figures. What is the standout statistic is this: That audience figure for the one-hour broadcast surpasses all of CNN’s primetime lineup! Beginning at 5 p.m., with “The Lead,” all the way through the 11pm hour with “CNN Tonight,” the combined audience of those shows did not total as much as Fox drew – for just the 5 p.m. hour." . . . 


IDF review finds no strike carried out in Gaza aid convoy disaster

  The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

This should be a big disappointment to Rashida Tlaib and her Squad. TD


. . .“We want humanitarian aid to reach Gazan civilians in need,” Hagari asserted. “...Our war is not against the people of Gaza. Our war is against Hamas…It is Hamas who have caused immense suffering to civilians on both sides of the border,” Hagari said.

Describing the incident as “unfortunate,” Hagari reiterated that no strike was carried out on the aid convoy and that the majority of Palestinian casualties had been trampled to death by the stampede. 

"Hagari also claimed that the IDF had fired warning shots in an attempt to disperse the stampede and that IDF troops had begun retreating from the scene when looters began posing an immediate threat to the forces present. Hagari explained that it was due to this threat that IDF soldiers were forced to respond.

“ 'As a professional military committed to international law, we are committed to examining our operations thoroughly,” Hagari reassured. “We have opened an inquiry to examine the incident further, which will help reduce the risk of such a tragic incident from occurring again during one of our humanitarian operations.

“ 'The incident will be examined in the Fact Finding and Assessment Mechanism, an independent, professional and expert body. For the sake of transparency, we will share our updates as our examination develops, hopefully in the coming days.” . . .


Nooooooooo!
Tlaib, from Michigan, had a pretty bad day all around

. . ."The former US president also won the Missouri and Idaho Republican caucuses on Saturday, according to Edison Research.

"In all three states, Trump trounced Nikki Haley, his last remaining rival for the Republican presidential nomination, moving him closer to becoming his party's White House standard-bearer and a likely general election rematch with President Joe Biden, a Democrat.

"In Michigan, Trump beat Haley in all 13 districts taking part in the nominating caucuses, according to the state Republican Party.

"Overall, Trump won with nearly 98% percent support: 1,575 votes to just 36 for Haley." . . .

Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Disturbing End of Our Modern ‘Me’ Culture

  Intellectual Takeout

Common sense be damned, the message being sent by peak health bodies across the Western world is that the needs of children are of little consequence, so long as the adults in the picture are gratified.


"In his popular work Culture of NarcissismChristopher Lasch wrote:

To live for the moment is the prevailing passion—to live for yourself, not for your predecessors or posterity. We are fast losing the sense of historical continuity, the sense of belonging to a succession of generations originating in the past and stretching into the future.

"Now, more than three decades after Lasch wrote those words, the consequences of this culture of narcissism are bearing rotten fruit. And no one is paying the price more than children.

"We need look no further than the news last week revealing that a trust of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) claimed that the nipple secretions of transgender-identifying men were “comparable to that produced following the birth of a baby.”

"The trust has previously advertised its pride in pioneering within the NHS vocabulary like “chestfeeding” instead of breastfeeding and “birthing parent” instead of mother.

"Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released guidance last July saying, “transgender and nonbinary-gendered individuals may give birth and breastfeed or feed at the chest (chestfeed).”

"What these medical bodies are far more reluctant to admit is the cocktail of drugs required to induce this “chestfeeding,” in addition to any hormone therapy already being undertaken by the adult in question. As highlighted by The Telegraph:

For a person born male to breastfeed, they must develop milk-producing glands by taking the hormone progestin.

A drug is required to lactate, such as domperidone, which is often prescribed to women struggling to breastfeed, and helps to stimulate the production of prolactin – a separate hormone that tells the body to produce milk.  . . .

Biggest takeaways after wild 2-day hearing on Fani Willis affair: 'What's done is done'

 Biggest takeaways after wild 2-day hearing on Fani Willis affair: 'What's done is done'

5 explosive moments from Fani Willis testimony in Trump Fulton County case | Fox News

Testimony Thursday seemingly contradicted Willis' claims about her personal relationship with a special prosecutor

 Attorney, citing Willis' church speech, says she 'needs to go'

Willis plays the race card and the God card:

Judge to decide Willis disqualification in Trump Georgia case within 2 weeks - The Washington Post   . . ."First, McAfee must determine who has told the truth. The nine defendants who are seeking Willis’s disqualification, including Trump, are heavily relying on text messages that Wade’s former law partner Terrence Bradley sent to one of the defense attorneys and the testimony of Robin Bryant-Yeartie, a former close friend of Willis who claimed the relationship with Wade began in 2019, long before Willis hired Wade in November 2021 to lead the case.

"That timeline is significant, defense lawyers argued, because it creates a clear appearance of impropriety for Willis to hire a romantic interest.

The conflict of interest only grew when Willis took several trips with Wade that he paid for, the lawyers argued." . . .



Fulton County hearing: Trump case hangs in balance as judge mulls DA Willis' disqualification - ABC News (go.com)  . . ."Gillen argued that her "deflection" strategy at the church merits disqualification because it could improperly "inject" race into the case, which might compromise the impartiality of the prospective jury pool.

""She chose to play the race card and the God card … to deflect away from the allegations" in the motion for disqualification, Gillen said. "She chose to inject race into the minds of the listeners."

"Judge McAfee initially appeared skeptical of this argument, asking Gillen directly whether he could cite other instances in Georgia where a prosecutor had been dismissed based on their public commentary on a case.

""Thank goodness it doesn't happen very often," Gillen replied. "Sadly, it's already happened here.' " . . .

"Prosecutors don't act like this, lawyers don't act like this … and they need to go," Gillen said." . . .

And finally, the Babylon Bee checks in with: Kamala Harris Moves To Second Place In ‘Worst Diversity Hire Of All Time’ | Babylon Bee 

. . ."Those close to Kamala Harris say her team is scrambling to prepare her to assume the role of President now that she is no longer the most embarrassing example of racial diversity efforts to ever live." . . .

How Can Biden Stay In Now?—Part 2

  Commentary Magazine But Joe Biden is not getting younger, and it’s doubtful he’s going to get more skilled—or that he will show a kind of...

https://spectator.org/