Thursday, June 30, 2022

The New York Times Wonders ‘Why is Hillary Clinton So Hated?’


2016: Why Hillary Clinton Is So Disliked - The American Conservative
Brooks supposes that Clinton is not liked because she is perceived to be consumed by her public career. That may be part of it, but I suspect the bigger problem for her as a political figure is that she has been on the national stage so long that most of us are just sick of seeing and hearing her. Familiarity breeds contempt, and Americans are very familiar with Clinton. As Brooks points out, she has been in “public service” for decades, but then most Americans nowadays don’t consider that to be admirable or praiseworthy. When they consider what Clinton has achieved during that time, they are probably even less impressed.

Hillary Clinton Is 'One of the Most Disliked Politicians in America,' Declares Former Bernie Sanders Spokesman (

Sanders stunned the Democratic establishment in 2016 with his spirited challenge to Clinton, and his campaign helped lay the groundwork for the leftward lurch that has dominated Democratic politics in the era of President Trump.


Did Joe Biden’s cash help Hunter pay prostitutes?

 The American Spectator  

Biden could be held criminally liable in at least two of the states where it is alleged he solicited prostitutes. Under Massachusetts state law, it is illegal to engage in sexual conduct for a fee. The offense carries a maximum sentence of two and a half years imprisonment or a maximum fine of $5,000. In New York, Biden could be charged with criminal solicitation in the fifth degree. 

 "Professional problem child and part-time Ukrainian natural gas businessman Hunter Biden spent thousands to hire escorts while simultaneously receiving large sums of President Joe Biden’s money, according to Andrew Kerr and Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner. The junior Biden received a total of $100,000 from his father between December 2018 and January 2019, according to records found on his laptop. Hunter spent $30,000 between November and March of those same years on visits from Russian escort agency UberGFE. The younger Biden told his father that the money was to help pay alimony, his daughter’s tuition and rent, and for his stay at a drug rehabilitation facility.

"In particular, Joe Biden sent his son $5,000 on January 18, 2019, the same day Hunter requested an escort for an additional eight hours and required more money to cover the costs. Joe Biden’s aide, Richard Ruffner, told Hunter Biden that $5,000 was the most that could be sent on account of weekly Cash App limitations. Hunter Biden later sent a video to a member of the escort agency of a pay dispute between him and the escort that featured Biden repeatedly declaring that the escort had not been harmed.

"According to a report from Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, “Hunter Biden ‘sent thousands of dollars’ to people either involved in ‘transactions consistent with possible human trafficking.’” Some of Hunter Biden’s transactions “are linked to ‘what appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring,’” the report said. ". . .

ABC, NBC News: U.S. Secret Service to dispute Cassidy Hutchinson Jan. 6 account, sources say Trump did not attack agent or reach for wheel

ADN América   "Sources to major mainstream news outlets such as ABC and NBC News are suggesting that the U.S. Secret Service is prepared to dispute West Wing staffer Cassidy Hutchinson’s Tuesday testimony that former President Donald Trump assaulted an agent while reaching for the steering wheel in a limousine after his Jan. 6 rally.

The reports surfaced quickly after Cassidy’s testimony and after the U.S. Secret Service released a statement saying that its agents will testify before the Jan 6. House Select Committee.

"Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows testified before the committee on Tuesday that while working on Jan. 6 she was told by others that Trump allegedly assaulted Special Agent Bobby Engel in the presidential limousine and tried to commandeer the car by reaching for the steering wheel after Engel refused to drive him to the U.S. Capitol, which later folded into an explosive riot.

"The incident allegedly occurred during the White House motorcade’s trip back to the White House. Trump had just told his base at a Washington Mall rally he would be joining them at the Capitol where Congress was in session to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory as president. Trump had told his audience they were going to “peacefully and patriotically” march to the U.S. Capitol and “cheer” for U.S. Senators.".  . .

CBS News Congressional Correspondent Scott MacFarlane tweeted that the U.S. Secret Service said in a statement it will respond to Hutchinson’s allegation, and specifically the incident with Trump trying to grab the steering wheel.

We must fear for this nation passed on to us by our Founders; Tucker Carlson exposes the totalitarian Biden regime

In addition to high inflation, surging gas prices, and the open border this authoritarian power grab should be a leading campaign issue. Tucker meticulously detailing the political opponents that the Biden administration unfairly and systematically targeted is an eminent journalistic effort. 

 Rajan Laad   "Since its inauguration, the Biden administration has displayed its absolute contempt for freedom and democracy.

"Some examples:

"The January 6 probe's sole function is to prevent President Trump from running in 2024. Parents who opposed the teaching of Critical Race Theory to young children were branded as domestic terrorists.  The Disinformation Governance Board's function is to intimidate citizens from freely expressing themselves. Biden recently called Trump supporters "the most extreme political organization that's existed in recent American history."  

"The Democrat government-ordered vaccine and mask mandates encroached upon freedom of choice and lockdowns that restricted the movement of citizens.  

"But beyond these overarching anti-Democratic acts, the Biden administration has also baselessly targeted specific political opponents.

"Tucker Carlson reminded his viewers of political opponents who have been targeted since Biden’s inauguration in his monologue yesterday.". . .

"The following is the gist of what Carlson referred to:

"On Jan. 27, 2021, days after Biden's inauguration, the Justice Department arrested Douglass Mackey, known online as Ricky Vaughn for creating Internet memes that made fun of Hillary Clinton. 

"On Feb. 3, 2021, the FBI raided the homes of Russell Taylor and Alan Hostetter for organized a lawful political rally on January 6 for which they had a permit.

"On April 28, 2021, the FBI seized the cell phones and computers belonging to Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, despite not charging him. This was a violation of client-attorney privilege 

"On June 24, 2021, the FBI raided the home of a Giuliani associate, George Dixon who was working on a documentary about Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and their shady business dealings in Ukraine. 

"On Jan. 19, 2021, Infowars's Owen Shroyer was arrested and charged because he told the crowd on January 6, "Today we march for the Capitol because on this historic January 6, 2021, we have to let our congressmen and women know, and we have to let Mike Pence know, that they stole the election." 

"On Nov. 6, 2021, the FBI raided the homes of journalists who work for Project Veritas and the organization's founder, James O'Keefe. They reported on a diary written by Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley, in which she revealed, that Biden behaved inappropriately with her which made her a sex addict later in life.

"On Nov. 15, 2021, the Justice Department arrested one of the most prominent critics of Biden and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon for refusing to cooperate with the January 6 probe.

"On Nov. 16, 2021, the FBI raided the home of Sherrona Bishop, a former campaign manager for Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado. The FBI confiscated Bishop's cell phone but never charged her with a crime.". . . 

Tucker puts together the long list of political arrests in Biden’s America

Democrats, though, are enamored of the police state. Obama spied on both the Senate and on journalists. Then, probably heartened by the minimal pushback, he authorized spying on a presidential candidate—and got away with it.

Abort the Mission! Abort!

This is the terrifying future that led thousands of abortion hobbyists to rush into the streets last week and scream at us about their uteruses. All because up to 100,000 ladies won't be able to get drive-thru abortions if they have unprotected sex with men they don't want to have children with, and they didn't notice that they live in Louisiana.

Ann Coulter  "I gather from the recent hysteria that the Supreme Court has just ordered all 72 million American women of childbearing age to get pregnant and carry the baby to term.
This is big news, if true. I'm not at all surprised that every female journalist, activist and politician is threatening to burn down the Supreme Court over its decision last Friday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.
"On the other hand, even accepting the abortion cult's belief that members of the weaker sex are incapable of either keeping their knees together or mastering birth control, I still only count about 100,000 women who won't have easy access to abortions without Roe v. Wade.
. . ."In one breath, abortion enthusiasts tell us women of color will be hit hardest by the court ruling allowing states to ban abortion. That's true in a sense: According to the latest figures from the CDC, in 2019, 33% percent of women seeking abortions were white, 38% black and 21% Hispanic. Per capita, that's more black and Latino babies being aborted than white babies.
"But then in the next breath, they say opposition to abortion is rooted in white supremacy! Yes, that's a big rallying cry at the white supremacist rallies: DON'T KILL BLACK BABIES!". . .

Daddy, what's a harridan? 

"Flash to thousands of screeching harridans, whose only risk of pregnancy would be if a zoologist inseminated them in a lab, holding signs that say, "GET OUT OF MY UTERUS!" '

A New Generation Discovers Thomas Sowell


Because he is both black and conservative and has spent a career testing and disproving the axiomatic claims made by welfare-state advocates and the conjectural arguments of so-called leaders of racial minorities, Thomas Sowell is, to borrow a phrase from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, "He Who Must Not Be Named."  His work is dangerous enough to the Marxian march through U.S. institutions that it is better not to expose students to that work.

 A New Generation Discovers Thomas Sowell

. . ."Foremost among the lessons the new students of Sowell will learn is the thesis Sowell lays out in his book A Conflict of Visions — that, broadly speaking, modern Westerners tend to argue past one another on our views about the perfectibility of man.  Sowell distinguishes between what he calls the constrained and unconstrained vision, or the tragic view of man and the utopian view of man.

"The constrained vision, he will learn, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian belief in the inherent fallibility of man.  That is, despite all his best efforts to attain the true, the good, and the beautiful, either individually or collectively, man is often his own foil.  In this view, history and tradition serve to make men and women suspicious of the motives and schemes of their fellows.  Knowing that others can be knaves as well as knights, sinners as well as saints, each of us looks to his own self-interest over the interests of others.  There being no solution to this standoff, we are all necessarily forced to make compromises to ensure that the greater self-interest of each is preserved in some sort of civil society.

"Of the unconstrained vision, the new students of Sowell will learn that it is not man who is inherently fallible, but rather society itself, and it is an abstraction called society that corrupts.  As Jean-Jacques Rousseau argues in his famous dictum, "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains."  Stated differently, man is good, and he is made not good, or merely mediocre, only by the limitations placed on him by large, impersonal institutions or the forces of history and tradition.  Remove these stultifying constraints, and anything is possible for man to achieve; he is better still.  Social problems no longer constitute challenges to be adjudicated in a system of law and order, of checks and balances.". . .

‘Collateral Damage’ In Dems’ Insane War On Energy

 Things have reached a fever pitch of late, with Democrats’ extremist anti-free-market green wing suggesting, as gasoline prices roar past $5 a gallon and cities across the nation face blackouts, we would all be better off if we just nationalized our oil and gas industryFor the record, no we wouldn’t.

Americans Are ‘Collateral Damage’ In Dems’ Insane War On Energy  "Maybe the Jan. 6 hearings are, as some assert, really about distracting Americans from the Democrats’ shocking policy failures. How else can one explain the refusal of President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress to address our ongoing energy crisis?

"And, no, it’s no exaggeration to call this a crisis. With consumer prices rising at a four-decade-high of 8.6% in the most recent year-over-year comparison, Americans are watching their standard of living fall fast.

"A just-released national survey has found that 83% of U.S. households are cutting their personal spending and travel due to soaring inflation. These cutbacks are being driven almost entirely by energy costs, which have spiked nearly 35% in the past year.". . .

Biden Won’t Be Bragging About This Year’s July Fourth Cookout Prices Which Rose 17 Percent  

Now Americans are largely free from the pandemic regime’s clutches but don’t necessarily have the financial freedom to host an expensive cookout. After all, how can a family that is already living paycheck to paycheck keep up with the $4.87 per gallon national gas price average and inflation that is rising at its fastest pace in the last four decades? In just one run to the grocery store for essential items, Americans are paying 11.9 percent more than they did in May of last year.

Biden’s History of Getting Away With Racist Remarks


"Joe Biden has a decades-long habit of making overtly racist remarks, taking discriminatory positions and cavorting with known racists—things that would get anyone to his political right tossed out of polite society. But being on the left must make it okay.

"Just a few days ago, while lamenting the difficulty in convincing many Latinos and blacks to take the COVID vaccine, he committed a series of racially charged blunders that barely registered in the corporate media’s consciousness.

"Biden white-splained that Latinos in America resist vaccinations because “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.”

This statement makes the insane assumption that all Latinos present in this country are illegal aliens subject to expulsion. It never occurred to Biden that more than 60 million Latinos are actually American citizens, according to recent census figures.

"While insulting such a sizable segment of our population, Biden actually went further. He referred to this group of people as “Latinx,” which is a term invented by woke academics who objected to gender-specific words in the Spanish language.". . .

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Justice Breyer Retiring Thursday And it’s official

Kemberlee Kaye

"Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has announced that he will step down from the high court effective Thursday at noon.

"Breyer, who notified President Biden in January of his intent to retire at the end of the current term, updated the president in a letter Wednesday, after the Supreme Court made it known that it will issue its final opinions of the term Thursday morning.". . .

. . ."Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will replace Breyer on the bench. Lord help us."

Justice Clarence Thomas singled out for racist slurs after Roe v. Wade overturned

 Patabook News  "The social taboo against using racial slurs has once again flown out the window when it comes to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Best and brightest Wants Justice Thomas gone

"The Black conservative jurist was excoriated by pro-choice advocates over his concurring opinion last week in Dobbs v. Jackson with a wave of vitriol that included death threats and repugnant racist epithets on social media.

"The slurs included the n-word, “house n——r,” “coon,” “slave,” and “Uncle Tom.” Over the weekend “Uncle Clarence,” a spin on the derogatory term “Uncle Tom,” trended on Twitter after it was used by actor Samuel L. Jackson.

"Other accounts threatened to “kill” or “assassinate” Justice Thomas, one of six justices who made up the majority in Friday’s decision striking down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

"Critics on the right accused the left of hypocrisy on race.

“ 'Six Justices decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, but you’d swear that Clarence Thomas did it single-handedly as countless racists hurl slur after slur at him,” tweeted Dumisani Washington, founder and CEO of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel. “We see you. We’ve always seen you.”

"Wilfred Reilly, author and associate professor at Kentucky State University, a historically Black college, said the backlash on the left against Justice Thomas has been “amazingly intense,” given that he didn’t even write the majority opinion.

“ 'I certainly think some of the reaction here ties into Thomas’ politics. We mostly hold our own well, but Black conservatives take a remarkable amount of abuse online,” Mr. Reilly said. “Logically, some of this is certainly a result of the ‘heretic effect’: Black people are ‘supposed’ to be liberal Democrats.”

"As the conservative publication RedState put it, “Racist White Progressives Love the N-Word When It’s Being Used Against Clarence Thomas.”. . .

Hillary Clinton joins the pile-on against Clarence Thomas, getting her 'congenital liar' on    "Six Supreme Court justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade as a faulty legal ruling. But the left being the left, they are going after the black guy.

"Which explains the near insanity of the left's reaction against distinguished Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who is black and ruled with the majority. That's an unforgiveable thing to leftists who continue to view black people as their "property."

"There's been some grotesque stuff going on, leftists zeroing in on Thomas with a special rage in a special pile-on unseen anywhere else. That's led to strange specters such as white Karen-types openly employing the use of the "n word" against him, and other barbarians openly calling for the assassination of the justice, with no sanctions whatsoever while "Uncle Clarence" trended on the Twitter platform.

"It's a leftist thing. So in comes Hillary Clinton, to add to the pile-on:

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Secret Service Is Reportedly Prepared to Testify Trump Didn’t Try to Commandeer Limo on Jan. 6, Despite Hutchinson Account

 Mediaite  "Secret Service agents are reportedly prepared to testify that then-President Donald Trump didn’t reach for the steering wheel in his limousine following his rally on Jan. 6 that preceded the attack at the U.S. Capitol.

“ 'A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel,” tweeted NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander on Tuesday.

Cassidy Hutchinson, former senior adviser to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified on Tuesday in front of the Jan 6. House select committee she’d been told Trump tried to take the wheel as his motorcade drove to the White House. Trump had just informed rally attendees he would be joining them at the Capitol, where Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory as president.

"Hutchinson testified,. . ."

Hearing on Jan. 6 a circus


"The House hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is another divisive, partisan, Democrat-led action. Like the two Democratic impeachment efforts to remove President Donald Trump, where the president himself and Republican defense were denied documents and witnesses and Democrats had secret sessions, the  Republicans were not allowed to choose their representatives for the hearings.

"Speaker Pelosi has exceeded her authority by rejecting the selected representatives, and did so before in an unprecedented way with the process used for the  impeachment hearings and in removing a Republican from all of her committees.

"The early hearings with police and security officers stressed the problems with the rioters and surely drew sympathy from most people. Forgotten, however, was the total disregard for the officers who were injured and all the people killed during the countrywide Black Lives Matter protests. These protests saw a police station and numerous businesses get destroyed, as well as many people fear for their lives.

"This is still the United States of America, and congressional hearings should be nonpartisan, with both Democrats and Republicans allowed their witnesses and treated fairly.". . .

Colbert Breaks Silence on Staffers’ Arrests at Capitol Building

David Rufful

. . ."Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued that “producers from Stephen Colbert’s show on CBS committed insurrection at the United States Capitol.”

"Colbert attempted to downplay the arrests. He claimed the illegal act was “very professional.”

"He even argued that they did not commit an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol because “an insurrection involves disrupting the lawful actions of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders – all to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.”

"The left-wing CBS host proceeded to blame President Donald Trump for the events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol.

"Colbert even whined that his staff was not in the main Capitol building.

“ 'After they’d finished their interviews, [my staffers] were doing some last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my folks were approached and detained by Capitol Police,” Colbert said.

"He continued, “A lot of paperwork for the Capitol police but a fairly simple story… until the next night when a couple of the TV people started claiming that my puppet squad had quote, ‘committed insurrection’ at the U.S. Capitol building.' ”. . .

The Left Aborts Its Right To Be Called Tolerant … Or Intelligent

The disconnect between the Supreme Court’s decision and the reaction from the left is even more startling when you read Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion, in which he argues clearly, forcefully, compellingly, and without apology that the Court made a grievous mistake in 1973 when it invented a constitutional right to abortion out of whole cloth, and then compounded that mistake with 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Alito destroys the dissenting opinion and is brutal in his takedown of Chief Justice John Roberts’ hair-brained attempt to split the difference.

 I & I Editorial Board

"Let’s review the news since Friday’s Supreme Court decision – a decision that gave power back to the people to decide what laws should apply when it comes to abortion. Riots. Arson. Calls to assassinate a sitting justice. Threats of violence against anyone who is pro-life.

"Here’s a small sampling of headlines.

"Notice that several instances of violence are in states that will almost certainly retain liberal access to abortion. Rationality isn’t a strong suit for those on the left. Temper tantrums, yes.". . .

Gavin Newsom Buys Ad Space in Florida to Challenge Ron DeSantis in 2024


"California Governor Gavin Newsom is running for president. If you had any doubt about that, consider which state he focuses on the most, while ignoring his own. Yeah, you guessed it: Florida, along with Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis. Newsom assumes that DeSantis is who he will be opposing for President in 2024 and thinks his record of governance can best Gov. DeSantis’ work in his state.

"Deluded is, as deluded does.

"If you need any more proof that Newsom is deadly serious, look no further than a statewide cable ad buy Newsom just made— in Florida. Newsom is so overly confident that he doesn’t have to campaign for re-election in California that he is looking ahead and pouring his resources into his 2024 campaign.". . .

Calling Justice Thomas ‘Uncle Clarence’ exposes the rotten sham that is the progressive movement

NY Post

"A festering rot of racial animosity exists in our society that we willfully ignore socially and politically. It is a rot that eats away at the flesh of our civil society and spoils the greatness of our multicultural nation.

"Progressives continually tell us we have blinders on when it comes to racism in American society. They’ve shoved their ideological solution of anti-racism to force us to “deconstruct” what they believe is an inherently deep-seated racist nation. I, as a black American, am supposed to rejoice in the presence of our self-appointed saviors, but I peeked behind the veil and saw who they really are.

"Understandably, detractors of the decision have found themselves angry and anguished at last week’s Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade. Six judges found it necessary to overturn, but just one has been elected the face of all political animus: Clarence Thomas, who didn’t even write the court’s opinion.". . .

"With overwhelming anger seeping through their pores, Democrats saw only one viable target who would satisfy their rage. There was only one person for whom they felt comfortable exposing themselves by lifting the veil of their true hatred and indifference for black people.

"In a matter of hours, “Uncle Clarence” was trending on Twitter, a reference to the racist pejorative “Uncle Tom.” I witnessed multiple conversations between white progressives questioning if Clarence knows he’s black, chastising him for being married to a white woman and even going so far as to feel completely comfortable calling him a n—er.

"Don’t believe me? Do a Twitter search yourself.

"Just one example: Left-wing Canadian pollster John Corbett tweeted, “Clarence Thomas: Just another dumb field n—er." ”

Lloyd Austin needs to resign as Secretary of Defense

Hot Air

"Since the announcement of the decision in Dobbs on Friday, elected officials and media personalities across the board have been weighing in with their own takes as you would expect. But one of the last people I would have expected to dive into the public debate was Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. And yet he somehow made the decision to wade into the Roe v Wade issue up to his hips. This turned out to be a very poor decision for several reasons, as we’ll see in a moment, but the question here goes far beyond one retired military officer’s personal views. The spectacle Austin created was simply damaging and Lloyd Austin needs to either resign or be fired, not that Joe Biden will make any such move. At Redstate, Mike Miller highlights Austin’s comments and points out how wrong he managed to get the entire affair.

‘It comes as no surprise that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has issued a statement all but condemning Friday’s overturn of Roe — by pledging that the United States military “be all that it can be” [sarcasm] and will do all it can in support of “seamless access to reproductive health care [on-demand abortion].”

What is a bit of a surprise — Austin’s apparent ignorance of federal law — is laughable.

In a statement posted on the Department of Defense website, Austin pledged the U.S. military’s (emphasis, mine) “readiness and resilience” to, in effect, “continue to provide access” to abortion.

"Before getting to the question of precisely how far this spectacle went off the beam, allow me to make one thing clear. This has nothing to do with the Dobbs decision on Friday and how Lloyd Austin might personally feel about it. He’s entitled to his personal opinion like anyone else. The error here has to do with Austin’s decision to make an official statement as the Secretary of Defense and, as Miller points out, his almost comical lack of knowledge in terms of the policies he’s discussing.". . .

Macron Buttonholes Biden, Delivers Bad Oil News in Front of International Media

 PJ Media   "In what sure looked like a cunning move, French President Emmanuel Macron waylaid “President” Biden just as he strolled near reporters, deep in conversation with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. The men were attending the G7 summit that was being held Monday in the Bavarian Alps of Germany.

"In a video of the incident (below), Macron catches up to Biden, calling, “Joe? Mr. President?” He steps between Biden and Sullivan, takes Biden’s arm, and draws him to a halt, saying “Excuse me, sorry to interrupt.” Reuters reports the momentous news the French president then delivers:

“I had a call with MbZ,” Macron was heard telling U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G7 summit, using shorthand for UAE leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. “He told me two things. I’m at a maximum, maximum (production capacity). This is what he claims.”

“And then he said (the) Saudis can increase by 150 (thousands barrels per day). Maybe a little bit more, but they don’t have huge capacities before six months’ time,” Macron said.

"Biden stood silently as Macron broke the news that there would be no significant help from the two last-hope OPEC+ nations, meaning the fuel crisis and the additional problems it causes would continue. At one point, Macron begins speaking to the other adults present, as people sometimes unconsciously do when the elderly person they are addressing seems too senile to comprehend. Finally, Biden makes a surprised expression, then says, “Yeah, [unintelligible],” and motions towards the waiting meeting.". . .

Embarrassing: Biden's Grand Energy Plan Just Got Blown Up...By the French President 

"Biden was counting on these two nations to bail him out. Now, they can't. As Michael Shellenberger noted on social media, this means the US has to up the ante on domestic oil production. That means doing all the things the environmental left hates. It means nixing any notion that the Green New Deal is a viable policy. It means infuriating Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her supporters. 

"It's another blow for Biden who has touted that America is back. That its leadership is back, and that the adults are back in the room. Since that declaration, this presidency has been an endless cycle of embarrassment and incompetence. The vice president is a word salad chef with approval ratings that are worse than Joe's—and he's in the mid-30s. No one seems to have a plan on how to curb inflation, generate economic growth, create jobs, and get baby formula back on the shelves. Gas prices will now certainly soar close to $7/gallon by August. I'll wager that given we have weak, stupid, and slow leadership from Mr. Magoo here. ". . .

Well then, I guess it's time for Plan B:  Biden sends team to make nice with Venezuela 

In case the President has forgotten, our government does not recognize Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. Nor does most of the civilized world. He stole the last election in 2018 and we recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of that country. But now we’re going back into negotiations with Maduro’s people.

. . ."A good-faith effort by the Biden administration to secure the release of the American hostages is to be applauded. But as to any other negotiations that are likely going on, this may be a good time to remind ourselves of an old diplomatic rule of thumb. When you decide to wrestle with a pig, you inevitably come away muddy. So will the pig, but he doesn’t really care."