Monday, March 27, 2023

Apt Analogy

 

Insufferable  Fluffer

Believing what John Kerry asserts about global warming is akin to asking him how to milk a cow or change a tire. — Fletcher



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Headlines



Trump’s first ‘24 rally has a familiar feel: anger and attacks on his tormentors

Deposit drain from smaller banks into financial giants like JP Morgan Chase has slowed, sources say

At least 25 killed as tornado rips through Mississippi

U.N. accuses both Russia and Ukraine of potential war crimes

Israeli defense minister calls for a halt to judicial overhaul

U.S. is considering more support for banks while giving First Republic time to shore up its balance sheet

Even disgraced creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti raises doubt about Trump indictment

Ex-NYC judge moonlighting as porn star …

Reports: Putin says Russia to deploy tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus

Awaiting possible indictment, Trump rallies in Waco and vows to ‘destroy the deep state’

Where the heck is John Fetterman?

Bolsonaro return poses risks for former president — and Brazil …


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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Biden Being Lectured

 


Paraphrasing Dean Wormer in “AnImal House”:


“Joey, stupid, senile and corrupt is no way to run a country!”



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A Hopeful Sign?



Much of my family is in Gdańsk, Poland where they saw a hopeful sign for developments in that region.



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Relentless



The anticipated grand jury indictment of Donald Trump is just one more in a series of relentless attempts to neutralize him … see: Red Herrings … which I compare to virtual assassination attempts … if you will.


Or, as I heard a conservative radio commentator say recently, with a modicum more discretion  — trying to put Trump’s head on the trophy wall.


Afterward: Dan Bongino, who was a former Secret Service agent, is very concerned about an actual assassination attempt on Trump.



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Woke Joke

 


How many trans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?


At least two, since “they” do it ,,,



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Tat—tered Lives

 

From Powerline blog



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Headlines

 


Trump screams into void as Manhattan DA probe goes quiet

Nearly $100 billion in deposits pulled from banks; officials call system ‘sound and resilient’

Blue states side with Mexico in anti-gun lawsuit

Trump warns of ‘death and distrustion’ if charged 

McCarthy calls Parents’ Bull of Rights a ‘win’ for America

Biden says federal deposit insurance could be tapped further if banks fail

Crazy Nancy lashes out at Archbishop who won’t let her take communion

Death threat: White powder mailed to Alvin Bragg’s office

Jeffries: Trump’s Truth Social posts could ‘get someone killed’

Apple CEO Tim Cook praises China’s innovation, long history of cooperation on Beijing visit

Biden’s federal vaccine mandate blocked by same federal appeals court that first upheld it

Psycho Don! Threatens Manhattan District  Attorney … Deletes


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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Powerline Pic



Saint Greta blessing her grub worm dinner …



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Today’s Poser

 


Being text based, Pilgrim, I wonder how ChatGPT works, if at all, with Chinese logograms?



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Another Mean Tweet

 


Perhaps a bit of residual autism … an inability to read social cues …  that has plagued him his entire life. 


Certainly, anger brought on by the constant onslaught by his enemies trying to destroy him by any means, legal or often illegal.


And clearly his oversized ego also played a factor too … in Donald Trump’s lashing out on social media at DA Alvin Bragg for his obvious extra-judicial persecution in search of a grand jury prosecution of our ex-president.


It might even be a taunt trying to goad Bragg into even more irrationality in what Trump wants to be a handcuffed arrest that will outrage his base.


Probably all four caused Trump to issue an all-to-obvious juxtaposed-imaged threat to bash Bragg in the head with a baseball bat … which caused leagions of pearl-clutches to predict his certain and final political demise.


Trump did take down this taunt … but not before the damage was done. This image will be justification for even greater polarization of the American public into the Trump bifurcation … a plot for a Greek tragedy.


The rub is: neither I nor any of you Pilgrims really yet know who will prevail in this melodrama.



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Friday, March 24, 2023

Woodsterman Pic

 


No wonder the Donner party was reduced to cannibalism … or were things a little less severely cold back then?


Afterward: Admittedly anecdotal … but isn’t most of the touted evidence for global warming also anecdotal?



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Headlines

 


The surreal post-Trump embrace of Mark Milley

Deutsche Bank shares slides 13% after sudden spike in the cost of insuring against its default

Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Chip Roy introduce bill to eliminate Dr. Fauci’s NIAID

 Biden admin spins China-Russia ‘marriage’ as good for USA

Drone strike kills U.S. contractor in Syria; U.S. retaliates

Russian strikes overnight kill civilians; Estonia calls China peace plan ‘extremely unfair’

TIKTOK CEO grilled on Capitol Hill

Grand jury drama continues … another witness …

Florida Republicans hand DeSantis first major legislative win

Yellen says Treasury is ready to take ‘additional actions’ if warranted’ to stabilize banks

Sec of State Blinken admits Americans still detained by Taliban nearly two years after withdrawal

Utah first state to require parental consent for socials …


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Interesting Factoid

 



18% of Americans felt in 2008 … before Obama was elected … that we had a serious problem with racism. Today, 15 years years later … over 10 of which have been under the wing of the Democrat party … the number is 73%.


Can someone tell me why?



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Powerline Chart

 



Watch the interest line kick up soon …



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Today’s Poser

 


Are President Biden, his administration, much of the media, our higher education system, the entertainment industry and most of the Democratic Party … purposely trying to destroy America?



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Some Like it Hot …

 


And steaming! An anomous phantom deposited a pile of poo near Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at their Broadway show … so appropriately named. See: Business Insider.


That person deserves a Tony for Staging! (Maybe Harvey Weinstein’s spirit?)


Afterward:

Violets are blue,

Roses are red.

Bill’s up in Chappaqua

Getting some head.



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Headlines

 


Arizona court declines most of Kari Lake’s appeal over governor’s race

Ford’s EV business lost $2 billion in 2022, offset by big profits in fleet and legacy units

Federal Reserve hikes rates 0.25%, forecasts just one more rate hike this year

Poll, Trump sees another boost amid rumors of looming arrest

The end of Boris Johnson …

Yellen’s comments rattled the market, not the Fed rate hike, Jim Cramer says

Biden admin spending $130k per day to store unused border wall panels after halting construction

Trump grand jury reconvenes … Mystery surrounds indictment …

It’s not just TIKTOK, French warn against WhatsApp, Instagram

European lawmakers are quietly miffed at U.S. regulators over SVB collapse

Dershowitz: ‘Game changer’ Robert Costello testimony may have sunk Manhattan DA’s case against Trump

Showdown: Disney to hold big LGBTQ event in Orlando …



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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Interesting Factoids

 

NBC … CBS … ABC

Here are the amount of times devoted to two news stories on this past Sunday’s talk shows:



Impending Trump indictment 

and arrest:                                           Over 44 minutes


China energy company’s 

million dollar payment to 

4 members of the Biden family:           Zero minutes


Afterward: Chris Plante calls it information dominance.



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Comic Relief



Powerline has published a dubbed version of an old Mont Python skit that is worth a laugh. It makes fun of Alvin Bragg and his attempted takedown of Trump. If you do nothing else,  just watch this video in Monty Python on Trump .



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Men of War

 



“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” — Joseph Stalin


Presidents Putin and Zelensky could not possibly oversee up-close the killing of tens of thousands of their soldiers who have been slaughtered on the battlefields of Ukraine  … their moral revulsion would prohibit it … even Putin.


Yet, from afar, they can send them to the grave using justifications that are most important to them and those sitting in relative safety around them. Thus is the bothersome truth of kinetic conflict.



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Powerline Chart

 


Productivity in the metaverse … …



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Headlines

 


National Republicans are looking for candidates who are filthy rich

Fed hikes rates by a quarter percentage point, indicates increases are near an end

CNN has smallest weekly prime time audience in key demo in over 30 years

Moody’s warning: Another year of economic woes

DeSantis dismisses Trump nicknames, ‘Call me a winner’

JP Morgan Chase buys data platform for startups in push to serve venture capital

Study finds Red States use taxpayer funds more effectively, provide superior services

More storms slam Cali … Winds 118 mph!

Trump denounces ‘crime-fraud’ ruling forcing attorney to testify in documents probe

DirectTV reaches deal to distribute right wing network Newsmax after long dispute

Sen. Rand Paul calls for jailing DA Bragg for abuse of power

Grand jury told to stay home today


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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Juxtaposition




Contrary to that old adage … a DA can get a grand jury to induct a ham sandwich … Alvin Bragg has run into a grand jury that may be bailking at indicting Donald Trump … particularly after they found out that Bragg has withheld substantial exculpatory evidence from them.


Stay tuned Pilgrim. This is getting interesting.



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Confluence

 


Poor fiscal policy … in particular, fire-hose deficit spending … causes inflation and economic peril.


Misguided monetary policy .. influenced by political considerations … can create a credit crisis and dry up liquidity


The confluence of bad fiscal policy AND sucky monetary policy … as we have under Biden …  are a likely fatal combination.



WATCH OUT FOR CONFLUENCES!


Climate Change

 


The world would be a very vapid place if the climate never changed! — Fletcher



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Peachy



Wouldn’t it be peachy if things were as KJP says they are?



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daily timewaster Pic

 



Wangxian valley, China



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Headlines

 


By-the-book DA confronts unpredictable opponent in Trump

‘A financial banana republic’: UBS-Credit Suisse deal puts Switzerland’s reputation on the line

Xi’s meeting with Putin covertly aims to prolong Ukraine war, weaken U.S.

MAGA war: Trump questions DeSantis sexuality!

Lindsey Graham: $20 says Trump beats Biden in 2024

The $17 billion wipeout of Credit Suisse’s bond holders has not gone well in Europe

Biden vetoes bill banning woke funds for American’s retirement accounts

Love at 92: Murdoch engaged to Ann Lesley Smith …

Japanese leader heading to Ukraine to talk to Zelensky

In San Francisco, some people wonder when A.I. will kill us all

There hasn’t been a full Senate vote in seven months

Kremlin threatens to bomb The Hague …


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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The Swamp Gets Smellier

 


Americans have unfortunately been conditioned to expect corner-cutting and misfeasance in our Justice Department and intelligence agencies … primarily the FBI … and most of the media.


However, as Al Jolson used to say, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” Since the Republicans have taken over the House of Representatives, we are beginning to see how adept Nancy Pelosi was at covering up the rampant corruption in the Biden administration, many blue state governments, the Federal Reserve Bank and Congress itself.


If you have a thirst for details about how really smelly things have become, please read two exposes that Paul Sperry has uncovered foe Real Clear Investigations: Foreign Corruption Double Standard and Hiding Evidence of Biden-China. Corruption.


He’s quite good!



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Powerline Charts






These three charts are the deteriorating vital signs of our banking system … IMHO brought about initially because Jerome Powell wanted to be reappointed head of the Fed … he continued Quantitive Easing to accommodate insane Biden spending … then, remember “inflation is transitory”delayed action … then frantic corrective interest rate increases … then Quantitive Tightening!


All not worthy of our monetary gurus …


And the fix is NOT guaranteeing all bank deposits!



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Powerline Chart

 


I’m sure Dartmouth has something to do with New Hampshire’s elevated numbers.



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Headlines

 


Biden calls Israel’s Netanyahu to express judicial plan ‘concern’

First Republic shares are sliding again Monday after a credit rating downgrade

Biden admin moves to shut down another mine, citing eco concerns

Pence won’t challenge aspects of special counsel subpoena …

Republicans slam DeSantis for calling war in Ukraine a ‘territorial dispute’

UBS shares slide 7%, Credit Suisse craters 61% after takeover deal

DOJ asks SCOTUS to fast-track case that could reinstate federal gun ban

Miami Beach spring break curfew after two fatal shootings …

Trump supporters should be able to protest ‘peacefully,’ Sen. Mark Kelley says

Saudi National Bank loses over $1 billion on Credit Suisse investment

Sen. Warren calls for more regulations to tomahawk small banks, hurt taxpayers

Labor strife at NYT intensifies, dividing staff …


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Monday, March 20, 2023

Twitter-pated



Democrats have been having their way with America for the last 15 years … despite a Republican in the White House for four of those years. They have gotten away with just about every form of mis- and malfeasance short of murder … and I can’t say the latter with confidence.


Am I saying Republicans have clean hands? No! But the complicity of virtually all American institutions … including the media … in the Dems message dominance has fostered the hubris in their ranks that is nauseating


Last month the House had a hearing on the Twitter files … in which the Democrats had once again shown their stripes … against free speech, honest journalism and for censorship … see: Powerline post. Which includes a short video exhibiting the inanity of the Dems. They have been on the winning side so often … due to their friends in the media, that they now longer do their homework.



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More Cute Animals

 



Me? With blueberry pie ala mode …



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It Comes Down to This

 

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg

Are we willing to throw away our constitution and finish debasing our justice system in order to nullify one man?


Pilgrim, I am actually afraid of the answer …



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Conundrum

 


Pilgrim, I think it is pretty clear that Michael Cohen, Esq. gave Stormy Daniels a nice hunk of money and Donald Trump later reimbursed his then-lawyer this amount.


Last night on FOX, Trump’s new attorney made the salient point — Was this hush-money or an extortion payment?


Or is this a distinction without a difference?



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Headlines

 


Russian President Putin visits occupied city of Mariupol

Crunch time for Credit Suisse as UBS seeks Swiss assurances

Biden says he’s ‘really not Irish’ because he’s sober, doesn’t have relatives in jail

MAGA voters say indictment helps reelection … Musk predicts Trump would win ‘a landslide victory’

Wyoming governor signs bill prohibiting abortion pills

Midsized U.S. banks reportedly ask FDIC to insure all deposits for two years

Experts say Manhattan DA’s Trump case rests on shaky legal and ethical ground

Israelis protest for 11th week against judicial reform …

Sickle cell disease used to be a death sentence. Things have changed.

Despite mass layoffs led by Meta, it’s still difficult to fill tech jobs

Psaki says she felt like an ‘orderly in an insane asylum’ in White House briefing room

Jan. 6 investigation biggest in history, only half done …


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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Babylon Wasp

 


Because it is so much easier for urban voters to cast ballots, I am forming a density-adjusted  NGO Ito lobby state legistures to make every rural vote count twice as much as an urban one … unless this doesn’t fix things, then we’ll make it three times as much. — Fletcher






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Justice



Justice should be completely factual and based on logic … without the slightest taint of prejudice or emotion.


Afterward: I should have asked if that’s what we have today?



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Shipworms



 
The Biden crime family are disgusting shipworms greedily devowering the keel of our Ship of State.


USS Constitution



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Editorial

 





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Headlines



TIKTOK’s plan to stave off government action: Flood DC with influencers

Fail or sale? What could be next for stricken Credit Suisse?

Twitter Files: Stanford partnered with Twitter and Biden admin to censor stories on vaccine side effects

Won’t refuse surrender … The Don to be handcuffed? Law enforcement agencies prep for possible indictment …

Hunter Biden files response against computer repair shop owner

Fed poised to approve quarter point hike next week, despite turmoil

Asst. HHS secretary says medically changing kids’ genders will soon be normalized

Feds quietly move to take over local elections

DC chief judge post turns over  with Trump probes in balance

Dow closes nearly 400 points lower on Friday as First Republic and regional banks resume their slide

Vlad honors pilots who downed U.S. drone as ‘heroes’ …

CDC bought access to phone locations data to monitor compliance with lockdowns …


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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Suggestion for Elon Musk

           



                  Market Capitalization     2022 Revenues

Tesla                      $570 billion                 $81.5 billion

Ford Motor             $45 billion               $159.1 billion


Don’t mess with .Silicon Valley Bank … buy Ford Motor with Tesla stock … say $100 billion worth. The synergies are compelling.


Full disclosure: I own Ford stock.



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Babylon Wasp

 


President Trump has hired a crash of Antifa and BLM mercenaries to protest his arrest on Tuesday … knowing that they will be untouchable in New York City.



He even has purchased a thousand second-hand red MAA hats from the FBI for the protesters.




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