[Townhall] The White House on Friday called out both The Washington Post and The New York Times for reports regarding the rates at which vaccinated individuals can become infected with the coronavirus. Deadly coronavirus. Don't forget the "Deadly" part.
White House Deputy Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement Ben Wakana, who also serves on the COVID-19 Rapid Lies Response Team, called out the two news outlets' on Twitter for their reporting.
The Washington Post's report cited a CDC study that highlighted a "massive" outbreak in the state of Massachusetts among vaccinated residents. That'd seem to run counter to Joe's 'vaccinate everybody' theme.
Wakana then responded to a tweet from The New York Times that claimed the new delta variant spreads equally among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Perhaps overemphasizing the deadliness of the Deadly Delta Derivative.
[NYPOST] Shaun I do be black! King ...a Wannabe Negro black activist. Really. He's black. Just look at his haircut. They need his leadership! You're supposed to be intimidated, even though he looks like a dweeb.... <Shaun King>has built his image on being a champion of the poor and disenfranchised, but the controversial civil rights activist lives like a one-percenter in a sprawling lakefront home, records show.
King, 41, moved earlier this year from a luxury two-bedroom apartment in downtown Brooklyn, to the five-bedroom, 3,000 square foot North Brunswick, NJ, property, with "a lakefront backyard" and gourmet kitchen, according to public records.
The property, surrounded by lush, tall trees, was purchased by King’s wife, Rai-Tonicia King, a Ph.D. candidate and educator, in November 2020 for $842,000, public records show.
King has been dogged for years by allegations of shady dealings in his charitable efforts in movements he has founded — including a lack of transparency in money he has raised for several criminal justice initiatives he has backed.
[GatewayPundit] Ballots used in Maricopa County in the 2020 primaries indicated the political party affiliation of the individual voter and the voter’s registration number as well. This appears to be blatant violations of an individual’s privacy and voter protection standards. Suddenly the USPO consideration for services rendered exemption from masks makes sense.
[NEWS.YAHOO] President Joe Biden ...... 46th president of the U.S. You're a lyin' dog-faced pony soldier...... ’s troubled son Hunter did not mince words in responding to critics of the stunning prices that his paintings have been fetching.
On the "Nota Bene: This Week in the Art World" podcast, the issue came up when the host began "You seem to have good spirits around the crazed narrative around your paintings. How do you- what’s the response to the people who are coming after the prices of the work, the collectors, what is your response to that?"
Biden responded to the favorably phrased question angrily, "Other than f***’em?" he shot back. Biden’s paintings have been selling for as much as $500,000, the 51-year-old man professes not be playing any part in setting those prices.
"I would be amazed you know if my art had sold at, um you know, for $10," he said.
The younger Biden’s paintings have reportedly been selling for between $75,000 and $500,000. Asked about the potential for influence-peddling, the White House has defended Hunter’s right to sell his art work and has claimed that he’s not involved in conversations about price, which are handled by his gallery.
Implicitly, Biden seemed to recognize what it was that was driving up prices "the price is completely subjective and sometimes it has nothing to do with anything other than, you know, the moment," he explained.
The gallery selling Biden’s art will also be keeping the identities of buyers secret, so as to head off any accusations of influence peddling, although nothing is in place to stop the buyers from publicly identifying themselves.
[AMGREATNESS] During a status hearing Friday afternoon for Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an Army reservist arrested on January 15 for his involvement in the January 6 protest in Washington, D.C., an assistant U.S. attorney admitted the government will not meet its discovery obligations for all Capitol defendants until early 2022. While they're taking their time doing that they'll be offering plea bargains, which means they won't need a show trial. Kathyrn Fifield, the lead attorney representing the Justice Department, informed Judge Trevor McFadden that the "incalculable" volume of video collected by the government related to the Capitol breach investigation will prevent defendants and their lawyers from accessing the full body of evidence against them for several more months. "No system exists to wrap its arms around [all this evidence]," Fifield told McFadden. This includes at least 14,000 hours of surveillance video plus thousands of hours of body-worn camera footage from law enforcement. ... which couldn't possibly be released piecemeal...
Fifield resisted setting a 2021 trial date for Hale; McFadden and Jonathan Crisp, Hale's court-appointed attorney, told the government last month that unless a plea arrangement was agreed upon, a trial would be set for later this year because Hale already has been incarcerated for more than six months. Sixth Amendment:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
"If we do set a trial date, the government cannot meet discovery obligations until early 2022. That's a conservative estimate," Fifield said. So that means they'll be unable to prosecute, right?
Despite arresting more than 550 people since January 6, the government still has no platform for posting, sharing, and transferring digital evidence. "Ineptitude on your part imposes no obligation on me." I dunno who said that. Maybe it was me.
"Due to the extraordinary nature of the January 6, 2021 Capitol Attack, the government anticipates that a large volume of materials may contain information relevant to this prosecution," Fifield wrote in a July 14 filing. "These materials may include, but are not limited to, surveillance video, statements of similarly situated defendants, forensic searches of electronic devices and social media accounts of similarly situated defendants, and citizen tips. The government is working to develop a system that will facilitate access to these materials." Then again, it might not contain any evidence at all. Maybe it would be best to free the political prisoners, review the evidence, and then bring any charges warranted during the statute if limitations.
At one point, the Justice Department was sharing digital evidence on Blu Ray discs. Rather than posting it digitally, where they have it stored (and it can be manipulated.).
Earlier this month, the department signed a multi-million dollar contract with Deloitte to create a "massive database" of evidence. Rantburg maintains a library of 9380 images -- mostly the graphix that appear in the articles. They're accessed through a database, only a single table that contains the relevant information. My last job, before I retired, was a mouse genealogy database. Before that was personal effects of killed and wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan (and other places), again, thousands of items accessed through a single table. There were lots of other tables, but they had to do with shipping information and the victims' demographics, next of kin, case officers, that sort of thing. The prosecution could give me millions of dollars and I'd be happy to help 'em out. Probably take me a couple weeks.
But that process will take several weeks if not months.
"The still-incomplete database has sharply slowed down efforts by prosecutors and defense attorneys to hammer out plea deals for dozens, of not hundreds, of alleged rioters," Politico reported on July 9. "Several defendants have sought quick resolution of their cases only to be told by prosecutors that they must wait until the database is established." Two weeks, three if I have to go to meetings.
Despite the lack of evidence against him, Hale has been behind bars since January. He is not charged with any violent mostly peaceful crimes but the Justice Department repeatedly—and successfully—has sought his pre-trial detention. (McFadden denied Hale's release in March.) Good thing he doesn't have a better lawyer. They'd have him committed to a psych hospital. Then they could appoint a conservator with power of attorney, who could accept a fifteen year plea bargain.
An informant wore a wire to record a conversation with Hale about a "civil war" and military Sherlocks interrogated nearly four dozen of Hale's co-workers about his alleged "white supremacist" views. (My column explaining the case here.) We're in the midst of a "civil war" right now. Hale should be asserting rights under the Geneva convention. But since he was unarmed and didn't belong to an organized militia, he has to be regarded as a civilian.
Hale was transported to at least five different prisons before arriving in early February at the D.C. jail specifically used to detain January 6 political prisoners defendants. More than three dozen January 6 detainees are incarcerated at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility awaiting trial or plea offers. They’re hoping for plea bargains.
On July 7, the D.C. Circuit Court denied Hale's appeal seeking release.
McFadden scolded the government for its backwards process. "You would not arrest [someone] then gather evidence later. That's not how this works."
When Fifield said full discovery is in the best interest of the defendant, McFadden shot back: "Freedom also is important to the defendant."
The Trump-appointed judge raised concerns over Sixth Amendment violations. "This does not feel what the Constitution [and] the Speedy Trial Act envisions." It's what it's supposed to protect against.
Despite the government's confession that it is not prepared to make its case against Hale, McFadden set a trial date of November 9, 2021. (He did not release Hale, who has no criminal record, from prison.)
"No January Sixer should be made to suffer in a jail cell while the DOJ continues to delay discovery simply because it can," one defense attorney told me by text this afternoon. "This is unprecedented, unreasonable, unconstitutional, and wrong."
What if thousands went and camped outside the prison, protesting the illegal confinement and fascist actions of the establishment? What if conservative America could protest together to the tune of 'Not Our President, Not our Congress' until its apparent the majority couldn't have elected these bastitches.
It's hard to even imagine I know, but the very freedoms people have died to protect are at stake.
Meanwhile, in other jurisdictions antifas who attack cops are "quickly released without bail". This is disgraceful.
The folks who are supposed to be keeping an eye on this kind of thing -- aside from the judge and the DOJ supervisors -- are the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility, here, which is kind of an internal affairs unit for DOJ attorneys.
[BREITBART] Sen. Joe Manchin ...Dem senator-for-life from West Virginia. Manchin is one of the approximately one Dem senators who exhibits more integrity than Jello, often even representing his constituents... (D-WV) was reportedly booed Thursday by Democrat Senators for raising concerns about the expense of the $3.5 trillion "infrastructure" price tag.
"One source described the West Virginian as being ’jokingly booed’ by the other senators, but another source in the room did not see it that way," Politico Playbook reported. "Tensions are torquing up among Democrats over the reconciliation bill — or, more precisely, over its proposed $3.5 trillion price tag."
"Manchin views the growing national debt as a heavy burden that will drag down the economy, threaten national security and impose a heavy burden on future generations — fairly typical budget-hawk beliefs," Playbook continued. "Does Manchin’s position — and that he was bringing it up at a meeting of his fellow Senate Dems — mean that we’re in store for even more haggling over the price tag of the reconciliation bill? Stay tuned."
At present, the interest on US Treasury bonds is more than 1 point, and the annual interest payment is about $300 billion US dollars, which is considered to be affordable. But if inflation approaches 5% or even exceeds 5% (interest rates will definitely follow after inflation exceeds 5), then the United States will need $1.5 trillion a year to repay the interest of 30 trillion federal treasury bonds
[NEWS.YAHOO] A group of GOP politicians was turned away from a Washington DC prison as they attempted to inspect the conditions of Capitol rioters in jug. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were among the group warned they were trespassing and obstructing the entrance to the correctional facility.
The pair live-tweeted their attempt, along with Louie Gohmert and Paul Gosar, to make contact with prisoners held on charges related to the 6 January attack on the Capitol.
"We absolutely are not trespassing and if that attitude is any indication of how they’re treating their prisoners inside I have great concerns," Ms Greene told media at the facility.
"Detention facility" reads like Gulag. Is this facility a federal facility? Shouldn't there be some kind of external oversight? It doesn't seem that prisoners should just be tossed in the hole without habeus corpus rights and with no end in sight?
[NYPOST] Rep. Cori Bush ...a member of the progressive Squad. Born in St. Louis, Bush represents Missouri's 1st congressional district that includes all of the city of St. Louis and a large part of northern St. Louis County. Cori sez America is Racist AF... (D-Mo.) said Friday night that she would sleep outside the US Capitol in an effort to persuade Congress to extend the nationwide moratorium on evictions set to expire Saturday."Many of my fellow wardheelers chose to go on vacation early today rather than staying to vote to keep people in their homes," Bush tweeted. "I’ll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight. We’ve still got work to do."
How very dramatic of her. Enjoy the moquitos and the muggers, my dear.
Bush, 45, who experienced a period of homelessness nearly two decades ago, sent a letter to her colleagues earlier Friday calling on them to stay in Washington DC a little longer before starting their August recess to pass an extension to the moratorium.
"I’m urging you to please hear me out on this issue because as a formerly unhoused Congresswoman, I have been evicted three times myself," she wrote. "I know what it’s like to be forced to live in my car with my two children. Now that I am a member of Congress, I refuse to stand by while millions of people are vulnerable to experiencing that same trauma that I did."
In a separate letter later Friday, Bush invited her colleagues to join her "in solidarity" outside the Capitol.
"[W]e must reconvene to protect people from violent mostly peaceful evictions during an deadly pandemic ...," she said. "We need to get this done, and we must not let up."
While some supporters praised Bush for the campout on Twitter, others called the congresswoman out for what they saw as a publicity stunt.
[NYPOST] Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Mama Grizzly Palin<Sarah Palin> ... the babe libs love to hate ... said she may yet jump back into politics, teasing the possibility of a Senate run in 2022 against incumbent Lisa Daddy, can I be a senator? Murkowski ... representing K Street ... ."If God wants me to do it I will," Palin told an enthusiastic audience during a discussion last week with New Apostolic Reformation leader Ché Ahn, Right Wing Watch reported.
"I would say you guys better be there for me this time, because a lot of people were not there for me last time," she added, chiding the conservative Christian audience for what she said was their insufficient support during her 2008 vice presidential campaign with Sen. John Maverick McCain ... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. As an ordinary citizen he greased the infamous hookers peeing on the Obamabed in Moscow dossier in an attempt to smear President Trump... During the run, Palin was ruthlessly mocked as an outside-the-beltway lightweight who didn’t have the clout to potentially step into the top job. A withering "Saturday Night Live" portrayal by Tina Fey follows her to this day.
Palin said she was keeping an eye on the race, noting dismissively that there was already a "female Republican" who had jumped into the contest but that Palin had "never heard of her."
That Republican, Alaska Department of Administration commissioner Kelly Tshibaka, has already been endorsed by former President Trump, who is keen to knock off the Alaska Senator over her vote to convict him on charges of "inciting an insurrection" in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot.
[JPost] - The Knesset these days looks like an unemployment center surrounded by a city playground. One day someone comes to get a job. The next day it looks like a fistfight is about to break out.
Just take a look at the last week. On Monday, Religious Zionist MK Itamar Ben-Gvir took to the Knesset podium and refused to refer to Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi, who was running the session, by the title "Mr. Chairman," as MKs have traditionally begun their remarks.
When Tibi ordered him to do so, Ben-Gvir refused and called Tibi a terrorist. When Tibi called on Knesset ushers to remove Ben-Gvir from the podium, the MK, who is not exactly small, put up a fight, holding on to the sides of the podium for dear life.
The next day, Shas MK Moshe Abutbul called Labor leader Merav Michaeli a "beginner woman" who made a mistake bringing that "Reform guy" into the Knesset referring to MK Gilad Kariv, a Reform rabbi, who later that day saw the entire Shas Party get up and walk out of the plenum when he took to the Knesset podium.
If that wasn’t enough, UTJ MK Moshe Gafni called Prime Minister Naftali Bennett a "murderer," and then MK Ya'acov Litzman yelled at Kariv to "shut up," who in turn called the haredi parliamentarian a "disgrace" and "defender of pedophiles."
No Asian parliament is complete without this nonsense I suppose. This whole type of government to me is a silly farce. Not such a problem if the ones really in charge are all military and the stupid thing is only for the constitutionally minded.
Nations where this passes for actual government are the really unfortunate ones.
They'll roll over the establishments set up by hordes of bickering buffoons with weak hearts and no balls. Not talking about a State like Israel, where the leaders are all ex-military and survival is considered the primary imperative that outweighs other considerations. But even with you it's touch and go these days.
Some nation states modified the standard European pattern taught to the world to suit their real needs, some still enamored by western progress thought it was this that everybody needed to commit to to achieve greatness. We are witnessing first hand what all the greatness has wrought. I have always said absolute power needs to rest in fewer hands, and those hands need to be committed to the people not process.
Yes, that's a problem. And I can't say that a couple decades of military service would produce a patriot who was incorruptible or not stupid. Of course there needs to be consensus too. Maybe I'm wrong. It's probably my frustrations...
I can only shoot off here at the 'Burg, among you friends. In my realm I have to see these dysfunctional appendages of state flounder trying to perform, all for lack of leadership. Leadership which could be applied, if the leader didn't have to worry about votes.
Yes, that's a problem. And I can't say that a couple decades of military service would produce a patriot who was incorruptible or not stupid.
History provides plenty of counter-examples: all these Roman & Byzantine generals who took the throne and been a disaster - or, passed the rule to a son who was a disaster.
For that matter, closer to home, I believe that Itzhak Rabin almost destroyed Israel - only Arabs' inability to control their blood lust saved us.
I'm sure you can think of similar examples from Indian history.
Nope. I'm afraid India has only been consistently done in by the civ pols. If we're still standing it's because we kept out job reservations, caste appeasement and welfare politics out of the forces, and carefully selected who to give a uniform to. And the only times we were able to advance militarily or securitywise against our combined enemies was when the military was trusted by a smart leader. Only had one or two of those. Like Indira Gandhi, our own Golda Meir.
a general overthrowing a king and being a disaster?
It was actually the disastrous kings being thrown down by generals who then fixed stuff. Just remembered. One cannot superimpose the lessons learned from European history and their lousy precipitate called representative democracy on all cultures, Grom.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.