Sick degrees of separation – from reality

September 19th, 2018

We may well delete this entry, but at this moment we’re sickened by the MSM’s fawning 24/7 coverage on TV of some lady who said she experienced some non-criminal stuff four decades ago when boy and girl were 15-17, and the MSM and allies say the world must stop. Now!

There are fewer than six degrees separating these MSM pre Neanderthals from reality. Seriously, we’re expected to stop normal-course business for nonsense? Any congressional member of the Stupid Party that goes along with this [expletive deleted] should himself be deleted, but you already know that. Perhaps the worst part of this is that the congressional weaklings of the Stupid Party won’t call out the miscreant, but kowtow before the media, lest they be the next to be accused of something from their own time of being sweet sixteen.

(We acknowledge BTW that many congressional GOPsters kowtow to the MSM because they’ve mostly all been naughty and they don’t want to be next for CNN/MSNBC execution, but that not an excuse for being hopelessly insipid.)

Final point: like Dennis Prager, we sought to see Betty Brooks’s underwear in first grade in 1957 at age five. Apparently that has become a capital offense now.

The logic of 11:59,59

September 19th, 2018

Lots of accusers came out against Roy Moore. If you were Feinstein and you found Ford credible, wouldn’t you get the letter and info out ASAP in July, in order to have as many bees as possible buzzing around Kavanaugh? OTOH, if you thought she was a flake, wouldn’t you wait ’til 11:59,59 and hope that just controversy in these times would be enough?

Excellent

September 19th, 2018

Alan Dershowitz on Eichmann, Arendt.

Both sides are smoking dope

September 19th, 2018

Eh:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Aug. 7 he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private for about $420 per share. His words on Twitter may be coming back to haunt him. Bloomberg reported today (Sept. 18) that the SEC is launching a criminal investigation alongside a civil inquiry

Both sides are apparently smoking dope, but one of them could do something useful. Instead of fooling around with Tesla for tweeting, the SEC urgently needs to investigate the trillion dollar market cap social media companies for their stock price manipulation by lying, lying, lying in their press releases and other public statements.

Hey SEC, investigate social media for stock price manipulation

September 19th, 2018

The other day we complained about Google’s press release saying the company is not biased regarding search results. This from a company that fired an engineer, James Damore, for writing a memo critiquing some pretty hard left biases at the company. This from a company that restricts PragerU videos of David Clarke and discussions with Alan Dershowitz for example. PJ Media’s supervising editor found pretty striking bias in her study of search results, and these were denied of course by company executives.

Similarly, Facebook’s biases are clear. The BBC reported that the company just apologized for blocking PragerU videos – one has to wonder whether Facebook noticed that PragerU filed suit against Google for the same. Gateway Pundit reported that Facebook traffic to its site declined from 33% to 3% this year as a result of actions by the company. And now Facebook has the James Damore / Google problem in the person of Brian Amerige, a senior engineer, who just wrote a similar, if shorter memo. Facebook employees say that they were routinely instructed to suppress conservative views, a position denied by Mark Zuckerberg.

So both Google and Facebook, major players in the media and news business, discriminate against conservative opinions, and they both deny it. Why is that a problem? Well, they are both public companies. Google has a forward PE of 31x and a market cap of $750 billion. Facebook has a forward PE of 20x and a market cap of $500 billion, and incidently has seen issues recently in user growth.

So these are two companies whose total value on stock exchanges is well over $1,000,000,000,000 – a trillion dollars. Public companies cannot make false or misleading press releases and the SEC undertakes litigation against some of them. That is what needs to happen with Google and Facebook.

There is ample precedent for punishing companies that do bad things and then lie about them. Fifty years ago a Google of its time was General Motors. It covered up the terrible problems of its Chevrolet Corvair. The company followed and harassed Ralph Nader, who wrote about them, and wound up on the wrong end of over 100 lawsuits. It’s time now for Google and Facebook to be held to account for their bad actions and lies about them.

An interesting strategy for the midterms

September 18th, 2018

An interesting strategy for Darth would be not only to do every single thing the Left hates, but to tout it in a televised Oval Office address (the MSM won’t censor it since they see it as a deathbed scene), be it (1) Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, (2) the FISA release, (3) unemployment for the disadvanteged, (4) nutty global warming, (5) tearing up the Iran deal, (6) North Korea, (7) China tariffs, (8) Israel Jerusalem, and so forth.

We know that the above is not the way our distinguished media wants the world to work, but it would be cool to see televised, a week or so before the midterms, an aggressive Oval Office address touting two years of accomplishments, with each 1-8 accomplishment written by Darth on a blackboard in plain sight, at the same time he is speaking.

(25th Amendment, WHERE ARE YOU? ARRRRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!)

So after the brief address with blackboard 1-8, he says his interest is in “dialogue.” Thus, he introduces the two guys sitting on the mini-couches in front and on either side of the Oval Office desk. The first to speak is 95 year old Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and the second is 41 year old Kanye West. Their brief and friendly comments to and about Darth are interesting to the audience, since they show that the holy MSM have been feeding a pack of horrible lies to the public for two years now. Yikes!

All of a sudden, the networks go silent, though stations re-run ancient episodes of Gilligan’s Island, I dream of Jeannie and her zombie apocalypses, the Munsters, etc. After that, silence

Here’s a game for you

September 18th, 2018

FISA documents. No wonder Darth was so polite, even Presidentially so, regarding the Kavanaugh delay. Here’s a little bit of what’s going on. “Please choose which you’ll yell most loudly about.” Maybe both at once? Well played.

Something is very odd

September 18th, 2018

We don’t know what’s going on with this Kavanaugh business, but something smells very strange indeed. Stay tuned. BTW, we heard that this bad guy assaulted someone named Christine, not once but as many as 14 times!

Between 11:59,59 and midnight on New Year’s Eve

September 17th, 2018

The question that should always be asked, rather publicly, by the Stupid Party, is: what’s the dirty trick going to be at the eleventh hour, fifty nine minutes and fifty nine seconds? There’s always going to be one, so advertise that it’s coming soon, and then wait. Of course it will arrive. So when it arrives, you can yawn, assuming the audience has been prepped in advance. The Stupid Party did not do this with Ford, and so people are scurrying around instead of yawning. Having said that, we missed something: how do you spell vile? Hint: it begins with an F.

Funniest ever

September 17th, 2018

Orson Welles on Johnny Carson.

Fish stinks from the head: Crooked FISA Judges, Crooked DoJ, Crooked FBI, etc.

September 17th, 2018

Slightly redacted from a piece by Thomas Lifson that includes Andy McCarthy, Scott Johnson, an ex-FBI AT contributor, and others:

The original FISA order, when the target is a US Person such as Carter Page, lasts for 90 days. A FISA order can be renewed, but the renewal is NOT granted on an “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again” basis. To get an extension on a FISA – and let me say here that I completely agree with McCarthy that the initial FISA was pure BS – the FBI has to either:

1) make a reasonable showing that it is making progress in its investigation as a result of its use of FISA, i.e., it is moving forward with additional evidence gained through FISA that tends to confirm the presentation of the case that was made in the initial application, or

2) in the absence of such progress, the FBI must make a reasonable showing that the extension is likely to produce progress.

No extension should be granted unless one or the other condition is met; if not, the FISA should be shut down.

Yet in this case three extensions were granted – despite the fact, as McCarthy convincingly shows, that there is absolutely no reason to suppose that either condition was ever met. We’ll know for sure when President Trump finally declassifies these documents, but any fair reader of the redacted versions will be forced to McCarthy’s conclusion: The FBI never had a case.

We’re confused. The Steele Dossier was commissioned in April 2016 as opposition research, some of it quite silly at that. But it’s of a piece with the Access Hollywood tape that the WaPo released on October 7, 2016, so maybe it was considered the latter of a one-two punch. That’s the ticket!

The FISA court application to spy on some guy named Page wasn’t done until October 2016, too late to have any impact except as the two punch in a one-two punch, since it had plenty of references to pee-pee. OK, that makes sense, and the Clinton campaign could have released the “Top Secret” nonsense after the 10/19/16 final debate if they thought it would be helpful. Evidently they didn’t think it was necessary. Oops!!!

Along came November 8 and suddenly everything changed. In keeping with the Dinocrat’s law that accusers create crimes out of Projection of their own, it was time to find nasty Russia collusion by Trump, when of course, as Scott Johnson observes, the real collusion was the other way around. Fortunately for the Deep Staters, they had guys like Carter Page and Paul Manafort, who had done lots of stuff involving Russia, and had been previously been spied on by the US government, to go after. New objective: impeachment or worse.

This is the moment when everybody became crooks, or, as they no doubt thought, servants to the better angels of their nature. The FISA judges continued to approve spying on Page, Mueller got hired in 3/17 to deep six the Trumpster, and guys like Manafort got indicted (10/17) – on money laundering and being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal – in hopes he had something on Trump and could be flipped. It’s very interesting that the Deep State creeps in the DoJ, FBI, etc. couldn’t find one thing to indict Page on after a year of Deep Spying.

Perhaps we’re wrong, but at the moment we’re inclined to see the new Manafort plea deal, which replaces centuries in prison by 10 years max, as the possible start of a climb-down by Mueller, since Deep State Democrats and Obama officials are beginning to be targeted. We’ll see.

No No No

September 17th, 2018

We regret we ever said that the SEC should investigate the trillion dollar market cap companies Google, Facebook (not Fakebook), Twitter, etc. for their lying to shareholders about their algorithms being unbiased. We didn’t realize until just now that they were simply moving and grooving to the Al Gore Rhythm. Sorry!

The Cortez solution

September 16th, 2018

Raise the minimum wage. What a genius!

All the way down sir

September 16th, 2018

All the way down sir. The highly elevated government scum that manufactured Russiagate, or rather, Nothinggate, should be in jail forever with the key thrown away. We don’t have the patience to deal with all the details, but we’re sure glad others go — here and here, for example.

Birds of a feather flock together

September 16th, 2018

Hey who was this nice lady just praising?

Journalism

September 16th, 2018

’nuff said?

Making a list and checking it twice

September 16th, 2018

Marketwatch:

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is spearheading an effort by Democratic senators to bring a bill that would require public companies to disclose more information about their exposure to climate-related risks. The bill, called the Climate Risk Disclosure Act, would direct the SEC, in consultation with climate experts at other federal agencies, to issue rules within one year that require every public company to disclose:

• Direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions
• All fossil-fuel related assets it owns or manages
• The effect on the company’s market valuation if climate change continues at its current pace or if greenhouse gas emissions were restricted in compliance with the Paris accord goal; and
• What strategies are in place to address the physical and transition risks posed by climate change.

The bill is co-sponsored by Warren’s fellow Massachusetts Democratic Ed Markey and Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. It comes more than a year after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, which has the goal of limiting the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius by reducing greenhouse emissions. That goal is a crucial one as insurers have said anything higher would make the world uninsurable.

In 2013, former Vice President Al Gore wrote in a blog that investors typically overlook the risk to their portfolio of climate change and made some recommendations. “First, identify carbon asset risks across portfolios…Second, engage corporate boards and executives on plans to mitigate and disclose carbon risks…Third, diversify investments into opportunities positioned to succeed in a low-carbon economy.” Gore, who in 2006 starred in an Oscar-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” about his campaign to educate citizens about global warming, strongly supports the measure.

“Senator Warren is demonstrating strong leadership by introducing legislation to assess the financial risks of climate change and require that they be disclosed to the public. This is a critical step toward breaking our addiction to fossil fuels and accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy,” Gore wrote in a press release issued by Warren. The bill directs the SEC to develop disclosure requirements that are tailored to different industries and to require additional disclosure requirements for companies specifically engaged in the commercial development of fossil fuels.

Warren also received a letter of support signed by twenty-nine organizations, including The Sierra Club, Greenpeace and the Center for International Environmental Law, that strongly support the Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2018. “The bill is a necessary step to ensure that shareholders have the information they need to adequately mitigate financial, physical and legal climate-related risks to their investments. By ensuring that private capital can appropriately assess climate-related risks, the bill will help accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to cleaner and more efficient energy sources and reduce the risk of financial instability,” they wrote.

Making a list and checking it twice; gotta find out who’s dumb as mice. But wait, what about distinguished professors like Mann? Oh yeah, him. Hey, don’t believe us; go ask Lindzen. And finally, whatever you do, don’t forget to Hide the Decline.

Stuck on stupid

September 15th, 2018

Here’s one from today, this fellow Kristol. What’s up with this guy? Seriously. He’s got a president who is doing a fantastic job and he’s upset for some reason. We really don’t understand. And here’s stupid from a few years ago that would get every kid from the fifties thrown out of school.

Bendel bonnet

September 15th, 2018

As we jogged up to Central Park from Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue yesterday, a song appeared of course. We saw Ella do it live decades ago, very nice indeed. The lyrics are remarkable, kind of a snapshot history of Western culture and technological developments from the Roman Empire to the 20th century. Bow wow wow.

University endowments at idiotic and destructive work – climate and diversity

September 15th, 2018

People with calm rich lives still have to make up religions and hobgoblins to find things to worship and things to fear, and things that let them bask in their own superiority and control others. Today on the Left we have 2 powerful religions for the stupid, climate change and diversity, neither of which is about what they claim.

As for climate, we’ve seen temperature changes of 120 degrees in one year! Oh yes, and Florida didn’t disappear off the map. We doubt that one in a hundred climate alarmists could identify the amount of that awful CO2 in the air…hmmm, why is that number interesting? Yet it’s a thing at universities. Unbelievable that such nonsense claims attention.

The other horrible religion is diversity. Mark Steyn has it exactly right: “The more diverse you get, the more stupid you get, the more authoritarian you get.” Diversity isn’t about diversity, as the Asians suing Harvard know. And as the Nobel committee on physics and every NFL team knows. But there you go again, more university idiocy (and wasted cash).

So there you have 2 of the most idiotic phony religions of all time, and if you don’t think such idiocy is powerful, see if you can keep your job at Google if you dispute them.

We don’t need no edumacation; we don’t need no thought control. Who knew those guys were so brite?