Noxious weeds in the Rose Garden

If I were invited to the White House and given a chance to ask a question of the President of the United States of America and Leader of the Free World, I might show a little respect.

How would you describe each of the following media darlings?

  • professional
  • precious
  • petulant
  • childish
  • snowflakulent
  • foolish
  • self indulgent
  • ignorant

Let’s got to the videotape.

In this first one ask yourself what the purpose of her question is.

This young lady is the essence of charm

In this one, is the “reporter” being disingenuous or has he been on Mars for the past three years?

Here’s one accusing him of racism.

The granddaddy of fake journalists featured here:

And here he is again.

~ Grinagog

Woodward and Berstein: Call your office

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“He got caught, OBAMAGATE!” President Trump tweeted over the weekend. This was in response to the revelation that Barack Obama knew about the effort by his administration to get General Michael Flynn.

Trump made the remark in retweeting this Michael Nöthem tweet:

Barack Hussain Obama is the first Ex-President to ever speak against his successor, which was long tradition of decorum and decency. Should anyone really be surprised?

Barack was no ordinary president. He was a radical , Third World revolutionary. His intent was not to preside over the government and lead the country but to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

That means anything goes: decorum and decency are laughbable concepts. He used the IRS to attack is opponents and the FBI to spy on unfaborable journalists. His followers have lost perspective and even sanity.

Here’s an example. Joshua A. Geltzer, executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, previously was senior director for counterterrorism and deputy legal adviser at the National Security Council, wrote this for CNN:

Regardless of who runs in 2020, if Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully? In light of these overreaching assertions of his own authority, it’s at least plausible that Trump might attempt to cling to power in ways previously unimaginable by an American president. Our civilian and uniformed Defense Department leaders have a role to play. … imagine … Trump refusing to leave office. In those circumstances, the military would no longer owe its loyalty to Donald Trump as of noon on January 20, 2021. And it’s worth asking the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,to affirm that they understand that and would act consistently with it.

Madness. Especially in light of what is factual: Obama physically left the White House but wages war on its new occupant. Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has more.

~ Adonic

Your faith can protect your health

doctorDoctors and nurses are all too human and subject to emotional stress as they work hour after hour with victims of the virus. But those with a religious faith have an edge, research is showing us. Of course that applies to all of us.

“Religious service attendance is associated with a lower risk of death from despair among registered nurses and health care professionals,” writes Li-juan Wang, MD, PhD., lead author in a study published in the Journal of the Amercan Medical Association. “These results may be important in understanding trends in deaths from despair in the general population.”

In this cohort study of 66 492 female registered nurses and 43 141 male health care professionals in the US, attendance at religious services at least once per week was associated with a 68% lower hazard of death from despair among women and a 33% lower hazard among men compared with never attendance. The findings suggest that frequent attendance at religious services is associated with lower subsequent risk of deaths from despair.

We’ve known for some time that attending religious services is good for our health; this research extends that to the medical profession.

~ Hippocrates

Kung Flu Scoundrels: Take a number

Are our “betters” being deliberately stupid and obnoxious?

waltersDr. William Walters. He’s an Obama holdover in an obscure State Department office who helped cause the coronavirus crisis. President Trump had been told that nobody with the coronavirus would be flown to America. But Walters made the decision to fly back infected American passengers from the Diamond Princess. This helped spread the virus inside the United States. President Obama honored Walters for evacuating Ebola patients to the United States.

Andrew Cuomo. The coronavirus’ suspected death toll among New York’s nursing home residents exploded by an additional 1,700 fatalities — as Gov. Andrew Cuomo caught bipartisan backlash for his administration’s edict that the facilities take in COVID-19 patients. “I don’t know the details, frankly,” the governor lied. And, health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor.

Neil Ferguson. This British scientist, whose wildly wrong coronavirus model prompted U.S. and UK lockdowns, resigned after being caught breaking social distancing rules with his married lover.

Ken Turnage. This California city official said COVID-19 should be allowed to run its kennyturnagecourse, killing elderly and homeless residents to “fix what is a significant burden on our society. We would have significant loss of life, we would lose many elderly, that would reduce burdens in our defunct Social Security System, health care cost — once the wave subsided — make jobs available for others and it would also free up housing in which we are in dire need of.” He was fired.

Nancy Pelosi. “We all have found our ways to keep our spirits up during these trying times,” she said. “Mine just happens to fill up my freezer.” The appliances, two large stainless-steel freezers, are filled to the brim with an extreme prestige brand name called Jeni’s, which is marketed largely over the internet and sells for a minimum of $12 a pint. “Nancy Pelosi remembers to stock her $24K refrigerators with $13 ice cream but forgot to restock the Paycheck Protection Program for our small businesses,” Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw tweeted.

Alex Villanueva. The Los Angeles County Sheriff is worried that there might be a crime wave coming after he released what amounts to 4,276 inmates over the coronavirus concerns.

Enough for now. Many are waiting in the wings.

~ Excursus

The Observers: Experts, fathers, informers

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Intelligent commentary on matters of importance.

Victor Davis Hanson: The War between Experience and Credentials

One of the most depressing aspects of the coronavirus epidemic has been the failure of the credentialed class — the alphabetic transnational and federal health organizations, the university modelers, the professional associations, and their media enablers. Their collective lapse was largely due to hubris and the assumption that titles and credentials meant they had no need to accept input and criticism from those far more engaged in the physical world — they saw no need to say, “At this time, I confess we are as confused as you are.”

In sum, the ER doctors, the nurses, and the public in general all eagerly welcomed the research of the experts. But the reverse — in which experts would listen to those with firsthand experience — was not true. The asymmetrical result is that we all have paid a terrible price in misjudging the perfidy of China; the rot within the World Health Organization; the origins, transmission, infectiousness, and lethality of the virus; and the most effective, cost-to-benefit response to the epidemic in terms of saving lives lost to the infection versus the likely even more lives lost through the response.

Suzanne Venker: America is awash in overmothered men

Growing up fatherless, or with a father a son rarely sees due to divorce or workaholism, almost invariably stunts a boy’s growth. The end result is almost always too much mother, which means boys will absorb too much femininity and none of the masculinity they need. Ergo, he will spend years trying to figure out what it means to be a man. It’s a tough subject, and thus taboo. But at some point, we will have to answer why there are so few strong, grounded, purposeful men among us when they used to be a dime a dozen.

Daniel Greenfield: 1-800-INFORM

It’s not just New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Informing on your friends and neighbors is a nationwide trend where smartphone technology meets classic commissarism.

Chula Vista, CA advertises that its official app can be used to report “groups not-adhering to the COVID-19 stay-at-home directive” in both English and Spanish. Santa Clara, CA has set up a public health referral email address at the DA’s office and is urging rats to call or email.

In Hays County, TX, Judge Ruben Becerra was asked how he plans to keep “non essential customers out of Lowe’s , Home Depot and other stores”. He replied, “Call the police in the city the store is located. My order comes with a fine. Take pics. Get proof.”

Steven F. Haward: Earth Day at 50

The decline in most forms of pollution across the board are greater in magnitude than the more celebrated drop in the crime rate or the large reduction in welfare dependency from welfare reform in the 1990s. The congenital Malthusianism of environmentalists, however, prevents them from celebrating this progress or learning the lessons (chiefly economic growth and technological improvement more than lawsuits) that could inform the next generation of environmental policy. To the contrary, many environmentalists will fly into a rage when you point out the facts of this immense improvement, because belief in the end of the world is their chief source of happiness.

~ Chad Band

Christopher Wray: the FBI’s insider fixer

wrayDonald Trump has trouble hiring good people. My theory is that in his corporate life he could take a chance on someone and dump them if they didn’t perform.

Doesn’t work that way in Washington, as Jeff Sessions demonstrated. Now The Donald is stuck with Chrisopher Wray. Didn’t Trump know about this:

He was born to privilege with a silver spoon in his mouth and is now worth $23 million to $42 million.

Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations, including Enron. The Enron task force was led by Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s chief lieutenant. Unsealed records in the Enron case expose efforts by Weissmann to intimidate witnesses and to interfere in the attorney-client relationship of a cooperating witness.

He has professional associations with many Trump critics.

Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 as a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices.

In 2018, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates rejoined the firm’s Special Matters and Government practice group as a partner. Trump removed Yates after she instructed Justice Department attorneys not to defend his immigration order. She has since emerged as a vocal critic of the administration.

Just this year, Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who initiated and oversaw the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller, joined  King & Spalding LLP as part of their special matters and government investigations team,

His words an actions point to his bias.

Wray pushed back critics who say the FBI is part of the “Deep State,” saying the characterization is “affront” to bureau employees.

He sat on documents revealing that the FBI set up General Flynn. “Where’s Christopher Wray?” Rep Jim Jordan asked. “Why didn’t we learn any of this from him?”

Wray resisted pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replace the bureau’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, who was fired for leaking to the press.

He referred to the FBI’s numerous illegal actions regarding FISA as “multiple omissions and misstatements.” He refused to even refer to the FBI misconduct as deceptions. Wray promised he would send a message to the entire FBI workforce reminding employees of the importance of adhering to accuracy procedures.

When Attorney General William Barr recently agreed there had been “spying” on the Trump campaign, Christopher Wray told senators “that’s not the term I would use.”  As the FBI boss explained, “lots of people have different colloquial phrases.”

He is fighting to keep the thousands of outstanding text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page under wraps until after the 2020 election.

“Perhaps the president thought he had better things to do than face another interminable nomination battle for a new director,” columnist Roger Simon writes. “Or perhaps he was trying to co-opt Wray. But if the FBI is meant to come back, proudly or otherwise, Christopher Wray is not the man. He is part of the problem.”

~ Eustace