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May 24, 2022

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (5/24/22)

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“Many diseases can be spread through sexual contact. You could get a cough or a cold through sexual contact, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a sexually transmitted disease,” WHO adviser Andy Seale

Quote II

“I thought it was going to be an ocelot, a wild dog or something else. The moment I saw the animal was that size, I ran back.”Rodrigo Almeida

Quote III

“[When] it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” Joe Biden

Wishing something to be true, doesn't make it so. Fucking idiot.

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Secret Goat Cowboy Cafe

Abandoned tunnel in France

Deleted scene from Maximum Overdrive.

Puppies lovebomb an exhausted cat. Cats cause so much trouble that I enjoy seeing them being bothered.

Meerkats look out for possible predators. They stand on a human's head to do so.

Starting a fight between two cats.
You got this, you got this... just give it some gas...!

So this poor bear is trying to sleep but a hedgehog insists on trying to sleep next to him to share the warmth and keeps waking him up. The hedgehog seems to have a particular insistence on sleeping up the poor bear's yootch, which definitely wakes the bear right up. I feel violated just watching it. Let the poor bear sleep!

Butt skiing.

Capybara riding tortoise.

Turtle riding capybara:


A peaceful bike ride in a Swiss village. Note the mountain waterfall to the right.

A big huge room where you can learn to fly.

Japanese TV is mostly just filmed assaults now.

Freaky-deaky make-up.

The key to drumming is timing.

Static electricity cat.

The little boy never knew how close he came to getting whooped on by this kitten.

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Quick Hits

Your moral betters do dine well:


Biden's trotting out Gray Eminences to sell his bid to establish a Ministry of Truth, just as predicted:

[A]mericans should take no comfort in the fact that the Biden administration's efforts to censor information from within DHS and elsewhere will end. In fact, the administration has announced that former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick will take the baton from Jankowicz and continue down the disinformation track.

This plan is no better than the first one.

Chertoff and Gorelick, leaders of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' Homeland Security Advisory Council, have been tasked with giving recommendations on how DHS "can garner public trust surrounding its disinformation efforts." What the left and the Biden administration fail to recognize is that it cannot gain the public's trust regarding misinformation or disinformation.

Americans have suffered through far too much of such labeling and censorship since 2020 related to COVID-19, vaccines, masks, lockdowns, elections, and more. The federal government, politicians, tech companies--separately and in concert--have developed a significant reliance on censoring content that goes against their narrative. They've only recently started admitting this tactic. Americans are right to distrust the administration's future spin regarding disinformation.

Stacy Abrams, the Once and Future Governor of Georgia, announces that Georgia is the worst state in the entire country to live.

Bill Gates is funding the anti-Elon-Musk propaganda campaign, oddly enough.

Research exclusively shared with Breitbart News identifies hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from Bill Gates' foundation to 11 of the 26 organizations that signed an open letter last month urging Twitter advertisers to boycott the company if Elon Musk restores free speech on the platform.

Breitbart News' report, based on research and analysis from the newly-formed Foundation for Freedom Online (FFO), analyzed public filings to trace hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions from the letter signatories back to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In total, 11 of the 26 anti-Musk organizations received funding from a Gates-backed entity.

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This college drop-out has no medical training but he is having a mid-life crisis and wants to feel important.

And because he's got money and a mid-life crisis, he's in charge of our global pandemic response?

Investigate his Weinstein trips.

The horror movie/SJW Pantomime Morality Play Men has bombed at the box office.

I linked this months ago in a "Is This Something?" I thought it looked visually terrific. I did wonder if it was going to be as gonzo-SJW as the title, "Men," threatened.

I guess it is.

Walmart pandered to BLM types by stocking Juneteenth-branded crap, but it backfired when SJWs went in the other direction. Instead of doing the "YASSS SLAY KWEEEN!" affirmation, they did the "HOW DARE YOU PROFIT BY RECYCLING THE CHAINS OF MY PROUD BLACK SLAVE ANCESTORS!" thing.

It's always a 50/50 gamble, and it's always going to be one or the other. (A reasonable, non-emotional, non-performative eh take is impossible.)

So Walmart is destroying all of its Juneteenth crap.

Walmart is pulling Juneteenth-themed products from its shelves after receiving backlash on social media from users who suggested the company was attempting to profit off of the federal holiday.


Confucius say: Corporation who panders to SJWs is like stupid hen brooding viper-eggs.

Now I've only got two questions: How do we convince The Gays to "take back" "Pride Month" from the Corporate Exploiters, and how do we get that done in one week?

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14 Elementary School Students and One Teacher Dead in School Shooting Spree In Texas
Shooter Exchanged Gunfire With Border Patrol Agents Before Barricading Himself Inside School, But Was US Citizen

The monster who did this is also dead. He was a student at a local high school.

Fourteen students and a teacher are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead, he said.

"He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher," Abbott said during an unrelated press briefing.

The suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother before entering the school and again opening fire, Abbott said. He did not say anything further about her condition.

Abbott said the shooter had a handgun and also possibly a rifle.

Awful. Just absolutely horrifying.

Multiple responsible people in these schools should be armed.

The shooter's name is, I'm told, Salvador Romas, so: White Hispanic Alert.

And we're going to have to crack down on that Disinformation that led him to this.

The Daily Mail says "Salvador Roma."

Prior to his arrest the suspect exchanged gunfire with border patrol agents before barricading himself in the school

Abbott says he's a US citizen. Not sure why he would be in a gun battle with the border patrol. Maybe he was running drugs.

There will be no presidential visits to the school.

From Jane D'oh, here are some grabs from this animal's social media, before it got deleted.

BTW, why do they delete the social media for these guys? This is newsworthy. All deleting this stuff does is give the corrupt corporate leftwing media an unearned priority in exploiting this stuff. They get access to it and can drip it out for profit.

Delete it eventually -- you don't want these guys to have online shrines to them -- but in the period of newsworthiness, let people research these animals.

Update: The killer was a murder suspect and there was a BOLO for his truck. The shootout with border patrol might have just been a chance encounter, with them spotting the truck they had the BOLO for.

I imagine he was a murder suspect in his grandmother's murder but who knows, maybe he killed someone else.

Update: His purported Instagram was discovered.

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FBI Agents: We Were Lied To About Where the Clinton Alfa Bank Hoax Came From; Other FBI Agents Told Us It Was DOJ-Originated Intelligence

So the FBI was in on the Hillary Clinton cover story, too.

The Chicago FBI agents figured out quickly that the data was overblown and the possibility of Trump's organization communicating with the bank server was nearly impossible because of firewalls.

It turns out that the "connection" was a hotel and hospitality marketing firm sending out spam emails. Trump runs hotels, as you may have noticed.

The Bulwark's ace computer scientist Tim Miller isn't convinced. He says there's still no good explanation for those "pings," using the very sophisticated jargon of a know-nothing blogger.

Because the information was so hinky, "didn't pass analytical merit," and didn't show "a covert communications system," agents prevailed on their boss to ask the 7th Floor at the FBI headquarters if they could be read in on who provided the flash drives, white papers, and other documents purporting the link. The brass who claimed the information came from the DOJ and said as much in the official referral to investigators. The Sept. 24, 2016 referral never mentions Michael Sussmann.

Agent Ryan Gaynor served as the liaison between Chicago agents and the home office in the beltway. He testified that, had he known that the provenance of the information was Hillary Clinton's campaign lawyer, it could have "impacted the way I viewed the close hold."

Assistant Special Counsel Andrew J. DeFilippis introduced emails demonstrating how the agents desperately wanted to know who had tossed this turd into the lap of the FBI and expected them to polish it.

In one Oct. 3, 2016, email, agent [Curtis] Heide wrote to Gaynor, "We really want to interview the source of all this information. Any way we can track down who this guy is and how we're getting this information?"

Supervisory Special Agent Daniel Wierzbicki followed up: "An interview with the source of information ... may allow us to understand the 'what' and 'why' of the white paper."

Request denied.

The request was denied because the decision whether or not to give out information that is being closely held depends on whether or not the information being withheld would help the investigation. Gaynor is saying he didn't know Sussman's relationship with the Clinton campaign, therefore he did not know that this information would be very helpful in evaluating the authenticity of the tip. (That is: that the tip was oppo-research bullshit.)

That information was withheld from him, and so he could not make a truly informed decision on whether or not he should tell his agents that the information came from Michael Sussman. By hiding the fact that Michael Sussman worked for Hillary Clinton -- which the FBI brass knew by this point -- they crippled the ability of FBI agents to evaluate his tips.

Which was almost certainly their intention in withholding it.

More from the New York Post:

FBI agents probing since-debunked claims of a secret back channel between Donald Trump and a Russian bank believed that the allegations had originated with the Department of Justice -- when in fact they came from Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who had shopped them to the bureau's then-general counsel days earlier.

In the latest revelation to emerge from Sussmann's trial in DC federal court on a count of lying to the FBI, special counsel John Durham's prosecutors revealed that investigators had received an electronic communication citing a referral from the DOJ "on or about" Sept. 19, 2016, the same day Sussmann met with James Baker, then the FBI's top lawyer.

The document, a record of the investigation being opened by agents Curtis Heide and Allison Sands and dated Sept. 23, 2016, did not mention Sussmann as the source of the allegations.

"In that referral, the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE provided the FBI with a white paper that was produced by an anonymous third party," the communication said, before adding: "According to the white paper, a U.S.-based server that is owned by the TRUMP ORGANIZATION has been communicating with the Russian-based ALFA BANK organization in Moscow, Russia."

The document was circulated to several top FBI officials -- including Peter Strzok, who oversaw the probe of Clinton's email server as well as the Trump-Russia investigation, and was famously fired from the bureau in 2018 after the emergence of text messages he sent to his colleague and mistress Lisa Page in which he vowed to help "stop" Trump from winning the White House.

Sands, who testified late Monday afternoon, told jurors that she believed Heide had told her the referral came from the Department of Justice.

The error was seized on by Sussmann's defense attorney Michael Bosworth, who grilled Sands about whether Heide had lied to her -- or if someone had lied to him about the source of the material.

"You haven't been interviewed in that [Durham] investigation?" Bosworth asked at one point. "No," Sands responded.

Testifying for the prosecution Monday, FBI agent Ryan Gaynor revealed that bureau honchos shielded Sussmann's identity from field agents who investigated the claims of a link between Trump and Alfa-Bank as part of a longstanding practice known as a "close hold."

Gaynor told prosecutor Andrew DeFilippis that the decision to hide where the information originated was made by top leadership at the FBI before the Alfa-Bank material was given to the Chicago field office.

Agent Heide is seen in the above reports seeking information about Sussman.

But he is also reportedly being investigated for having withheld exculpatory information in a FISA filing, information that would have alerted the court that the warrant should not be issued:

Sean Davis Retweeted
@JakeGibson - 4m

Revealed in Sussmann trial today: FBI Agent Curtis Heide is being investigated in FBI internal probe of Crossfire Hurricane. Heide confirmed that he is being investigated for withholding potentially exculpatory information in a FISA court application.

Posted by: Jane D'oh

Update: Sexton just posted about the investigation into Heide allegedly withholding exculpatory information.

From CNN:

He said he was specifically being investigated for potentially withholding material from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees wiretaps against Americans. The material in question was a "recording from one of the subjects" of the FISA applications, Heide said.

Heide denied under oath Tuesday that he intentionally withheld any exculpatory information.

That's as specific as it gets.

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DOOM: The American Economy Now Runs on Fake Money and Slowing the Fake Money Production Loop May Cause the Fake Economy To Crash

So warns Adam Mill of American Greatness.

He's not arguing in favor of continuing to print fake money. He's just arguing that the Expert Class -- the Smartest Guys in Any Room, the people you should always defer to because they are good at thinking and you are not -- have built an inescapable trap for us.

("Doom" headline a reference to Monty's old DOOM posts, of course.)

The Federal Reserve has created a doom loop between the housing market and inflation. For years it has printed tens of billions of dollars each month to buy sketchy securities meant to subsidize the housing market and favor bond traders. This continues even now, in spite of inflation and a red-hot housing market. But the housing market has become dependent on unearned, newly printed money, and stopping the flow might cause a catastrophic correction. If it doesn't stop, however, inflation will explode.

Let me walk you through some of the math.

I'll refer you to the article for the first round of math -- basically, we've flooded the country with more than double the amount of dollars as we had just a few years ago, and prices will have to more than double double before we achieve the same equilibrium in prices vs. dollars we had.

A less well-known problem is that the Fed's purchase of mortgage-backed securities, which was started after the 2008 housing market crash, actually just... continued, with the Fed continuing to buy up securities backed by mortgages, inflating and distorting the real estate market. And turning it into another bubble.

Although the Fed promised it would stop buying mortgage-backed securities by March of this year, the promise came with a giant asterisk. As old bonds mature and disappear from its balance sheet, "monthly purchase schedules will continue to be issued to reflect reinvestment of principal payments . . ." In other words, when the Fed receives a dollar from an MBS payout, it just uses it to buy another bond.

Thus, in the face of red-hot inflation, the Fed bought another $38 billion in mortgage-backed securities in March. In April, it bought another $40.1 billion. This month, the Fed is in the process of buying another $34.5 billion.

Until recently, the Fed has been on an unprecedented buying spree. It increased its total MBS holdings from $1.7 trillion in 2020 to $2.7 trillion today. Indeed, the Fed made roughly $400 billion of those purchases after its chairman's June 2021 testimony in which he famously labeled 5 percent inflation "temporary." It was obvious then that inflation was just getting started.

So all of this might seem like terrible news. But it's nothing compared to the doom loop that has begun to turn. The coming reckoning could be savage and apocalyptic. Let's walk through what might happen next.

So the usual way to fight inflation is jack up interest rates, and the usual prescription is that interest rates have to be 150% of the rate of inflation to bring inflation down. So we'd have to raise interest rates to... gulp... 12% or more.

But that will obviously crash the economy.

Worse, it will cause all kinds of defaults in mortgages.

Mortgages which the federal government holds billions and billions of dollars worth of as securities!!!

But in this environment, raising interest rates will cause a cascade of problems. The higher interest rates will slow the economy and cause unemployment. It will also swallow up tax revenue as the government has to pay interest on its massive debt. But more critically, it will increase the rate of default on home mortgages. Those defaults will make mortgage-backed securities less valuable and more unpredictable. That's how the 2008 housing market seized up.

Thus, the doom loop.

Ugh. Read the whole thing. If you dare.


Consumer confidence plummeted in May, in what Biden-aligned media figures will no doubt soon be calling the "Putin Plunge."

Economic confidence fell to 87.7 in this month's Rasmussen Reports Economic Index, more than 20 points lower than April.

May's decline reverses two consecutive months of gains. The index is now at its lowest point in eight years.

In case you missed it: Biden's attempting to cast the skyrocketing price of gas (a key component in the skyrocketing inflation rate) as a good thing, part of our "incredible transition" away from fossil fuels:

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Shocker, the Alphabet People Are Upset About Another Comedian

So this was almost certainly what Netflix had in mind when it wrote its memo telling employees who objected to its content to find work elsewhere.

And the media is ginning up the hatred. I guess if they can get Ricky Gervais attacked and maybe killed, that's a lot more clicks.

Ricky Gervais' Netflix comedy special "SuperNature" has only been released on the streamer for a few hours, but it has already drawn criticism for a string of graphic and hurtful transphobic jokes.

Oh no, were these as bad as a "a gun that identifies as a knife"?

Four minutes into the special, Gervais dives into material about the trans community seemingly calculated to draw controversy.

"Oh, women!" he starts. "Not all women, I mean the old-fashioned ones. The old-fashioned women, the ones with wombs. Those fucking dinosaurs. I love the new women. They're great, aren't they? The new ones we've been seeing lately. The ones with beards and c*cks. They're as good as gold, I love them...."

Video below, content warning. Also trigger warning.

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The Bulwark: Hillary Clinton Is Innocent of the Alfa Bank Hoax and Also It's Not a Hoax
PS: Mission Accomplished, Conservatism Conserved!

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John Sexton links AllahPundit's favorite website, but not to praise it. Instead, he links it to ask why the supposed "conservative" website -- which is supposedly "conserving conservatism," and which supposedly also detests conspiracy theories -- is still attempting to claim that Hillary Clinton's Alfa Bank Hoax might be true.

Sexton notes that not only did the FBI nearly immediately brand the Alfa Bank hoax as an obvious fiction, and not only did right-leaning writers see it as such, but even leftwing "journalists" found "problems" in the "story." Maybe they didn't come right out and say "HOAX!," but they were wary, and they pointed out that things didn't add up.

In other words, only the most hyperpartisan Democrat Hillary-loving Trump-Deranged conspiracy-theorists believed the Alfa Bank story, even from its earliest appearances.

People, for example, like Tim Miller. People like the leftwingers at The Bulwark, who don't want to admit that they've been pushing as many leftwing conspiracy theories as Nina Jankowicz -- so this one (as well as all the others) must be true.

After all, it's their rejection of evidence-free partisan-crackpot Conspiracy Theories that makes them Better than the MAGA people. Ergo, the evidence-free partisan-crackpot Conspiracy Theories they believe in must be well-supported evidence-free partisan-crackpot Conspiracy Theories.

And Tim Miller and The Bulwark are still trying to rehabilitate this obvious piece-of-shit and still trying to clear Hillary Clinton any wrongdoing.

You know-- like True Conservatives do!

And yet, 5 1/2 years later, the Bulwark's Tim Miller is still arguing that maybe there is some truth to idea that this computer promoting Trump's hotels was secretly communicating with a Russian bank.

Whether there was anything nefarious going on between Alfa and Trump remains a bit of a mystery. The FBI eventually closed the book on this lead--more on this a moment--resulting in a presumption that any suggestion of impropriety was false. But a satisfactory explanation for the DNS pings has never really been provided.

If Miller really believes this then he's one of the few who still does. But his real goal here is to defend Hillary Clinton from allegations that she approved a "hoax" story. Because, hey, if the story might still be true then she definitely didn't promote a self-serving hoax.

The part of Sussmann's trial that has the Trump crowd rubbing their nipples...

Degenerate pervert.

... is testimony from Clinton 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook in which he revealed that the candidate was briefed on the potentially dubious Alfa Bank accusations and was fine with the campaign's decision to share the information with reporters. (Point of fact: Many in the Trump orbit have stated that Clinton approved the Alfa Bank oppo's dissemination, but Mook testified that he told her only after the campaign had shared it with a reporter.)

What he's attempting to do, Sexton reports, is to take a slight ambiguity in the reporting of the timeline -- did Hillary approve pumping out the hoax to the media before it was pushed to the media, or merely approve it afterwards, retroactively? -- and resolve this ambiguity in Hillary's favor -- that is, claim that he knows it must have been after-the-fact, and also claim that this distinction is Very Very Important and absolves his Khaleesi of any wrongdoing, because she only approved of a disgraceful attempt to defraud the US government retroactively.

Remember, kids: The Bulwark hates conspiracy theories and it really hates crazed partisans who just make things up to slake their thirst for ideological validation.

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The Bulwark hates all the conspiracy theories
except the conspiracy theories their leftwing allies
and donors tell them to believe

They're intellectually pure! Just ask J.V. Last, who probably edited this rancid fart of an "article"!

No but seriously, J.V. Last must be shocked that he got a link from Hot Air that wasn't approving.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reaches a different conclusion, this one based on evidence and reality, rather than the need to appease Bill Kristol's Democrat Donors:


Former FBI lawyer James Baker, who took the meeting with Michael Sussman about the Alfa Bank hoax, says that if Sussman had told the truth about who his client was, he would have treated the tip differently -- and in fact, might not even have taken the meeting at all.

In testimony that stretched over three days last week, Baker insisted Sussmann told him he had brought the computer data not on behalf of any client or company. Baker said if he had known, as the prosecution charges, that Sussmann was acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign and a technology executive, he would have handled the information differently -- and might not have even agreed to the meeting.

Lies told to investigators are only illegal if they are "material," meaning, if they have an actual effect on the investigation. Baker's testimony there, if believed, establishes that this lie did have that effect. Without the lie, the hoax never would have even have been given more than a second glance.

But Sussman is claiming that he never told Baker he was acting on his own:

Baker is the sole direct witness to the conversation, and Sussmann's lawyers have repeatedly challenged his credibility on this point, noting that in one earlier interview, Baker said Sussmann was representing cybersecurity clients; in another, he seemed to say he didn't remember that part of the talk. Prosecutors introduced billing records from Sussmann's law firm listing the time he spent on the issue as work on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

Baker told the jury that while his earlier statements may be inconsistent, he is "100 percent confident" of his memory that Sussmann claimed to be acting on his own.
He testified Sussmann also told him a major newspaper -- he later learned it was the New York Times -- was preparing to write about the allegations. That worried Baker: He knew a news story would likely cause any suspicious communications to stop, and so he wanted the FBI to be able to investigate before an article appeared. Prosecutors say it was Sussmann himself who had provided the information to the Times.

"It would have concerned me, whether there was an effort to play the FBI and drag us into the ongoing political campaign and make us a pawn in the campaign in some fashion," Baker said. "It would have alarmed me, this nexus with the press and whether there was some effort to engineer a situation where the FBI would be investigating this material and that the press -- even though it couldn't determine the reliability of that material and couldn't report on it -- could report the FBI was investigating it."

Related: In this video clip of Kash Patel being interviewed by Maria Bartiromo, he mentions that Michael Sussman testified to him in Congress that he was in fact acting on behalf of a client when he delivered the Alfa Bank hoax to the FBI. Commenters have mentioned this a lot lately.

He says the FBI was not "fooled," here, but knew this was all fake from the beginning, and went ahead with the illegal surveillance of a political candidate anyway because they were acting as agents of Hillary Clinton.

He also claims that Lisa Page and Peter Strzok might be next to be targeted by Durham. Yeah we'll see.

By the way, just so you know how The Bulwark is doing in its alleged mission of "conserving conservatism," check this out:

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What was the speech in which Biden hit "the right notes," according to The Bulwark?

The Buffalo "White supremacists and Tucker Carlson did this" speech, of course.

Quick, someone pass that article to AllahPundit, so he can link it in the headlines without signing his name to the link.


Sean Davis Retweeted

@JakeGibson - 4m

Revealed in Sussmann trial today: FBI Agent Curtis Heide is being investigated in FBI internal probe of Crossfire Hurricane. Heide confirmed that he is being investigated for withholding potentially exculpatory information in a FISA court application.

Posted by: Jane D'oh

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State Farm Insurance Caught Pushing Transgender and Non-Binary Books to School Libraries to Start Conversations with Children as Young as Five Year Olds About Their Genders

And Like a Pedo Neighbor, State Farm Is There...

In January, State Farm Insurance actively advocated a company-wide program to get "Transgender, Inclusive and Non-Binary" books into school libraries to spark "challenging, important and empowering conversations with children ages 5 and up. The company's LGBTQ advocacy shifted dramatically on Monday, however: "Conversations about gender and identity should happen at home with parents, State Farm said in a statement after they were exposed by the independent non-profit organization Consumers' Research.

On January 18, 2022, State Farm's Corporate Responsibility Analyst Jose Soto sent out an internal email calling on its Florida agents to participate in a "unique project" to "diversify" classrooms, community centers and libraries.

In the email, Soto said State Farm had partnered with the GenderCool Project to get books about being transgender and non-binary in front of schoolkids as young as 5-years-old.

"State Farm is partnering with The GenderCool Project to help diversify classroom, community center and library bookshelves with a collection of books to help bring clarity and understanding to the national conversation about Being Transgender, Inclusive and Non-Binary," the email reads. "The project's goal is to increase representation of LGBTQ+ books and support our communities in having challenging, important and empowering conversations with children Age 5+."

Soto said approximately 550 State Farm agents and employees nationwide would have the opportunity to donate to the GenderCool Project's three-book bundle, titled, "A Kids Book About Being Transgender," "A Kids Book About Being Inclusive," and "A Kids Book About Being Non-Binary," and encouraged six Florida agents to receive and donate the books to their communities.

In a series of Tweets, Monday, Will Hild, the executive director for Consumers' Research, blasted State Farm over its aggressive LGBTQ advocacy.

"This gross and blatant attempt to indoctrinate our children by State Farm is shameless, and consumers should be aware a company founded on family values is now encouraging five-year-old children to question their gender" said Hild.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition


Calvin Coolidge knew it; Ronald Reagan knew it; Donald Trump knows it. Just get the hell out of the way, and people will produce and create and make things better. The only true function of government is to keep the next kingdom over the hill from taking our stuff!

Meir Kohn's "Commerce-Predation Theory" recognizes that, and also recognizes that government can be an impediment to internal commerce.

Gee...I wonder whether we can find an example of that!

Rethinking Economics: An Interview with Professor Meir Kohn

The simplified version of my theory is that economic progress is a result of the interaction between commerce and production, which I call the accelerator. However, the brake is predation. It is what holds economic progress back. Government is historically, and most often, the source of predation, but governments can also play a role in protecting against predation

The interview is with "The Dartmouth Review," which for all of its impressive pedigree often comes off college newspaper. Which it is, but it is a conservative paper in the belly of the beast, so they deserve some credit.

Kohn's description of the evolution of the Chinese economy is fascinating, as is his recognition that government is often a malign influence that goes beyond monetary policy. Government is the enemy of commerce, and government bureaucrats have no reason to be the benign guides that they claim to be.

I suspect that the only thing you need to do to become a commercial region is to allow it to happen. It will happen eventually if you donít prevent it, and the government is the one preventing it by predating and suppressing commerce.

But Kohn doesn't differentiate between peoples. Western European immigrants to North America created an incredible economy (and society), yet in vast swathes of the world with ample natural resources...there was nothing!

I wonder whether the understandable awareness of the existence of the jack-booted thugs of leftist counter-culture has limited this analysis.

That's my guess.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

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Haymaking (June and July)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder

This is part of a six-panel series that presumably represented the changing seasons and human patterns. But they are mostly gone!

And I just changed the image. I found a better one, although not big enough for the clickable one.

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The Morning Report - 5/24/22



GASOLINE: $4.598 (2018: $2.74)

DIESEL: $5.571 (2018: $3.00)

MILK: $4.03 (2018: $2.45)

MEAN TWEETS: n/a (2018: $ !%#*%!!!)

Good morning, kids. In the immortal words of Jerry Colonna, "Ah! Something new has been added!" Yes, in the spirit of today's "journalism" or as I sometimes refer to it, "charnel-ism," I think it only appropriate that we dust off the grim milestone indicator, made famous during the War on Terror (though to this day, in spite of being quite proficient in geography, I still can't find Terror on my light-up Replogle globe) and repurpose it. I do not mean to diminish or make light of our servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives. 20 years later, I've come to the awful realization that their lives were indeed sacrificed by the criminals in Congress to keep their shares of Raytheon and General Dynamics fat and happy. And if you think those companies won't somehow find a way to sell the Taliban replacement parts for the $80 billion in military hardware Biden effectively gave them by bugging out of Afghanistan, I have a bridge over the East River I can let you have cheap. But you might not want to ride the Q train over it lest you get shot to death by a criminal whose melanin content and last name should not be mentioned. But I digress.

Psaki-Psircling back and speaking of Iraq, I'm sure we all remember Baghdad Bob, the irritating douchebag draped in surplus olive drab Idi Amin battle dress, who kept assuring the world that the US military was on the verge of being wiped out, even as 155mm rounds were dropping just off camera. I give you none other than America's answer to Baghdad Bob – "Bad Gag Ron."

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted out a running list of bad poll numbers for [so-called quote-unquote "president"] Joe Biden and claimed it’s actually good news.

Klein [sic] retweeted late Sunday a tweet from Axios laying out the recent findings from a CBS News poll. The poll was conducted between May 18-20 among 2,041 adults. The poll had a +- 2.5 percentage point margin of error.
“Tough Biden poll from CBS News,” Axios wrote.

The tweet noted that among those polled, 69% said the economy is “bad,” 65% said Biden has been “slow to react” in moments of crisis and 63% said the state of the nation is “uneasy” and “worrying.”

But Klain said the “narrative” is actually incorrect.

“I hate to spoil the narrative but this poll shows @potus approval rating moving up, and solid public confidence on the two biggest problems he inherited: COVID and jobs.”

Yeah, that approval rating is going way up, Ron! And blaming Trump for Chinese COVID and jobs is just laughable in the extreme. Biden promised to end the pandemic and along with surpassing the death toll during Trump's first term (and I have serious doubts about those numbers anyway), gave America a giant Ministry of Truth-serum enema, now fortified with monkey pox! Well, to be fair, Biden did solve the jobs "problem." He killed off millions of jobs, including those for blacks, minorities and women that Trump made possible in the greatest numbers ever. Considering Klain and his Kalorama Komintern are hell bent on destroying our economy, record numbers of people employed and off the dole is indeed a huge problem. Especially when the aforementioned groups are your traditional core voting blocs.

So, given that this is a primary election day in several states, with what are surely bellwether races in Georgia for governor and the senate, an abused and put-upon electorate heads to the polls. In that light, and in light of Bad Gag Ron, I give you this story of where the Democrat Party is headed and where they are hell bent on taking all of us.

Washington Democratic congressional candidate Rebecca Parson has a bold idea to get Congress to pass housing legislation: have a million people break into empty houses.

Parson, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, is running to represent Washington’s 6th Congressional District. In a video ad, she outlined what she and her followers can do if she wins.

“Imagine I proposed a Housing for All Bill in Congress, Then imagine you, me, and a million of our friends took action and occupied empty houses nationwide. They couldn’t ignore us,” Parson says in the ad.

“No one has ever done anything like this,” Parson continues. “That’s why it’s going to work.”

Oh yeah, that'll work out just fine! And if the houses aren't empty, I'm sure the "million of our friends" will eagerly empty the houses of the "white supremacists" and "insurrectionists" otherwise known as owners. "For the people!" you understand. I dare not bring up the movie Dr. Zhivago since Putin = Evil and as we all know Putin = Trump. But grant me dispensation when I recall the scene where Ralph Richardson protests the occupation of his home by several dozen people at the orders of the local commissar who claims it's for the people.

"Well, I'm one of the people!" he remonstrated. Except he wasn't. Just like all of us. We are being, what's the word? "REPLACED." And we will like it, or else.

The End of America: 100 Days That Shook the World available here.

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May 23, 2022

Monday Overnight Open Thread (5/23/22)

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"And I think John Durham knows what that 'insurance plan' is. I know we figured it out during Russiagate, and we have tried to educate the American public on it, but it remains classified, partly,"Kash Patel, a former top House Intelligence Committee aide

Quote II

The issue is not the type of firearm, it’s not the magazine capacity, it’s not even the fact that it’s a firearm, and it’s surely not what flavor of politics the killer claims or espouses. The issue is mental health and criminal behavior. As long as we are letting the crazies and the crooks run the streets, we’re going to have dead people.William Lehman

Quote III

"I am tired of hearing about being the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live.” Stacey Abrams

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out of the state.

Quote IV

"I gave them the valet ticket and they said, no you took it at 3am," Vehicle's driver Johnny Nahlous

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Mont Saint-Michel, France
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Another monkeypox outbreak.

Baby elephant on a walk.

Cerberus Security System.

Kitten Ninja Stealth Pounce.

He may be a pussy, but he's our pussy.

Dog does not like being made fun of. It's pretty funny that he knows he's being imitated and mocked.

I iz innocent!

This baby penguin has got some beak with the cameraman.

Sweet bike tricking.

I'm not saying it's aliens, but it's definitely aliens.

Also an alien.

Ginger roller-skating tricking.

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Quick Hits

Monkeypox outbreak likely spread by gay sex at two raves in Europe says WHO expert.

So what I hear them saying is that this is Chiefly a Disease of Heterosexuals and that we're all going to have to wear condoms when we have sex with our wives.

Isn't that the standard Faucian diagnosis? The young and fit are equally at risk from a coronavirus that kills the old and unhealthy, and heterosexuals are equally at risk from a virus that is spread by anal sex.

Everyone must suffer equally so that no political constituency feels unfairly burdened. That's Science (TM), you see.

LONDON (AP) -- A leading adviser to the World Health Organization described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as "a random event" that might be explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass events in Europe.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Dr. David Heymann, who formerly headed WHO's emergencies department, said the leading theory to explain the spread of the disease was sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men at two raves held in Spain and Belgium. Monkeypox has not previously triggered widespread outbreaks beyond Africa, where it is endemic in animals.

Stanky Janky offered further defenses of herself on Twitter, in which she explained her plans to rid the United States of domestic political "disinformation." The problem with that? The DHS swore up and down that Stanky Janky's Ministry of Truth would only be tasked with combating foreign "disinformation."

Seems like Stanky Janky was intent on ignoring that and going for the real prize, silencing domestic opponents.

Or, just as likely: DHS, the "Disinformation" enforcement agency, was lying and gaslighting the public.

We can't probe this question further because after quickly dismissing this point by claiming, for the tenth time, that she was being taken out of "context," Stanky Janky turned off responses and will not answer any more questions.

Woke is Falling: Hulu had been considering picking up a series based on an alternate-history telling of Hillary Clinton's life, called Rodham, in which she dates Bill Clinton but doesn't marry him, and then runs for president on her own as a Stronk Empowered Single Woman.

No seriously, they were going to make this. Clare Danes and Dakota Fanning were attached, I guess to play Hillary Rodham and her lesbian lifemate.

But I guess Hulu, which is owned by Disney, noticed that they were losing a lot of money and that Netflix was also losing money on woke content and so they've now passed on the project.

Hulu has passed on "Rodham," the scripted alternate history series about Hillary Clinton that has been in development since 2020, TheWrap has learned.

A source close to the 20th Television project confirmed to TheWrap on Friday that they are still trying to find a home for the series, which now has Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning attached to play Clinton at different points in her life.

If I told you right now I was making all of the above up, you'd probably believe me, and with good reason.

But I'm not. That's real.

This was based on a best-selling "novel," supposedly.

Australia's oldest museum held a children's night-time event, including a "Lego pit" where a bunch of kids could play with blocks together.

So obviously a couple of guys dressed in lingerie fetish gear decided they would get in the Lego pit with the children.

Australia's oldest museum has defended allowing a man dressed in women's fetish gear play with Lego at a children's night time event - after pictures of him outraged parents across Australia.

Horrified parents complained to security staff and event organisers about the disturbing scenes at a popular weekly event at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

The photos from a recent Nights at the Museum event during the Easter school holidays show a man in fetish gear sitting with a group of young children building with blocks in the Lego pit.

The man is pictured in a midriff top and mini skirt outfit accessorised with fishnet stockings and a suspender belt. He's sitting next to a man dressed in similar attire.

The man's scantily clad outfit appears to be inspired by cross-dressing lothario 'Frank-N-Furter', the lead character originally played by Tim Curry in the 1970s cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

'He's sitting there with his full package out,' one horrified parent said. 'Disgusting.'


But the Museum defended the pervert's right to play with children while in panties and stockings and garters:

The Australian Museum has defended the attendee complained about, claiming the individual was in 'fancy dress'.

"Shameless partisan hack" John Harwood argues that people are actually doing better under Biden's inflation.

John Harwood

in Washington debate, inflation is "crushing" families

in real life, pandemic relief has eased the pain

Moody's economist: "excess saving cushioned the impact, even for lower-income households

"households are for the most part in a good financial place"

Let's see how this simple-minded partisan flatulence-recycler reported on Trump's tax cuts in 2018: Oh, I see.

He reported that people were actually losing money due to Trump's tax cuts, and "at best," were "breaking even."

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Biden's inflation is good, but Trump's tax cuts were bad!

This guy claims to be a "journalist." Worked at the New York Times and MSNBC. He now works for CNN (of course).

They allowed him to moderate a Republican debate one time.

Never again.

Whoopie Goldberg scolds the Archbishop of San Francisco, telling him, literally -- I am not making this up -- that deciding who is and is not in compliance with the Catholic Church's teachings and therefore is eligible to take communion "is not your job, dude."

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¡Aye, Dios Mio! FJB Hits 60% Disapproval With Lantinexexexes

¡Ayúdemi! Joe Biden se ha caido y no puede levantarse!

Three-fifths of US Hispanics dislike the job President Biden is doing, according to a new survey out this week -- yet another sign of widespread discontent as Americans grapple with the ongoing border crisis, baby formula shortage and skyrocketing inflation.

The Quinnipiac University survey published Wednesday found that just 26% of Hispanics approve of Biden's performance, while 60% disapprove and 13% said they did not know or had no opinion.

The survey interviewed 1,586 adults, including 132 self-reported Hispanics. The margin of error among the group was 8.5 percentage points.

Despite the small sample, the poll result marks a reversal from the fall of 2020, when Biden won Hispanic voters by a 2-to-1 margin over Donald Trump.

In addition, a similar survey done by Quinnipiac at this time last year found that 55% of Hispanic voters approved of Biden while only 29% disapproved.

The poll shows Democrats losing the midterms, of course:

Guy Benson

Biden overall approval 35/57, GOP +4 on generic ballot in this Q-poll

There was bad news for Biden in last week's polling, too: 75% of voters say we're on the wrong track.

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Is This Something?
Answer: Yes, This Is Something

Trailer for new Mission: Impossible movie, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One.

I knew they were filming two movies back-to-back; I didn't know it was supposed to be one big story.

Eh. I don't love that part of it, but I think they're just doing that because all of their plots are the same plot (guy is going to blow up the world) and here they've come up with a new wrinkle on that plot, and making the two movies two parts of one story lets them use that same plot twice.

That plot?

Well, check out the trailer.

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Plot Twist: Dave Chappelle's Attacker Is LGBT Zealot Who Was "Triggered" By His Jokes

I do notice that this information was withheld from us for 20 days. It's only coming out now because the criminal assailant, who attacked Chappelle wielding a knife, is talking to the press about his Heroic attack.

Obviously the Soros DA Gascon knew the motivation here and this character's backstory. But it was all kept quiet as a state secret.

Some hate crimes, we just don't talk about.

Dave Chappelle attacker Isaiah Lee breaks his silence and reveals he was 'triggered' by jokes about the LGBTQ community and homelessness when he tackled comedian on stage

Isaiah Lee, 23, stormed the stage on May 3 in Los Angeles during a standup show by Dave Chappelle, and attempted to tackle the comedian to the ground

Lee was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, having carried a flick knife onto the stage

On Sunday Lee told The New York Post, from jail, that he was 'triggered' by Chappelle's jokes about gay people

He said he was also angered by Chappelle's jokes about homeless people, saying: 'It's a struggle and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it's not a joke'

Ah. So that makes it a terroristic attack, an attack designed to threaten someone away from doing or saying something they have a legal right to do or say.

The Soros DA Gason refused to charge the terroristic knife-attacker with a felony, of course, instead charging him with mere misdemeanor.

Isaiah Lee, 23, was charged with four misdemeanors after the May 3 attack -- battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays the event or interferes with the performer.

Wow, really throwing the book at him.

I notice the felony of "assault with a deadly weapon" isn't on there.

A knife is a deadly weapon, right? And not just "a weapon"?


On Sunday, Lee told The New York Post that he was not amused by Chappelle's repartee.

'I identify as bisexual and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,' Lee said Saturday at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

'I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect.'

If convicted, Lee would only see up to 18 months in prison.

Lee's attorney says he shouldn't be sentenced to too much time. He claims that while he was armed with the knife, he didn't ever "brandish" or "wield" it.

Is that true? Maybe that's true. If that's true, maybe Gascon has a decent reason to not charge him with assault with a deadly weapon.

But I don't know that's true. That's just Lee's attorney claiming that.

The LGBT community is enraged. Or, at least the Very Online and Very Noisy and Very Complainey parts of the LGBT community.

Not because one of their members committed a terroristic attack on a black comedian for jokes he didn't like.

No, they're enraged, again, because the Bad Black Man told another joke they didn't like.

The joke was about the knife that Chappelle's assailant terroristically attacked him with.

You have probably heard it was a fake gun with a knife attached. You may also have wondered, like I did: What the hell is that?

Apparently it's this, as seen in a photo from the LA Police:

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It's described as a "flick-knife." I'm 99.99% certain the blade tucks under and is hidden in the barrel of the "gun," and flicks out into the open position with the touch of a button.

"Tucks under." Remember that, it will be important in the next sentences.

Chapelle was a guest at a John Mulaney show, and he made this Forbidden Joke:

Frank J. Fleming

Apparently the joke Dave Chappelle said that is causing people to fall on their fainting couches is him saying he was attacked with a gun that identified as a knife.

Oh dear! You can understand the rage that could inspire!

Frank Fleming notes that leftwing outlets stirred outrage about the outrageously outrageous joke Chappelle told... but left that joke conveniently untold, so that people could imagine that it was something horrible, instead of "he had a knife that identified as a gun."

Frank J. Fleming

It was interesting how many articles I read that didn't mention the joke. You're just supposed to trust the hysterical ninnies that something really bad happened.

Indeed, this Variety article keeps the Horrible Vile Joke a secret.

Chappelle's opening set occurred during a show at Ohio State University's Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Although there is no footage from the event, as attendees were required to lock their phones up beforehand, several audience members took to social media afterwards to criticize the show. According to attendees, Chappelle appeared as a surprise opener, and told jokes targeting the transgender community. Mulaney reportedly came onstage and hugged Chappelle at the conclusion of the opening set. Some fans in the crowd expressed their disappointment after the show on Twitter:


my favorite part of tonight was when dave chappelle ambushed us at the john mulaney show, told a bunch of transphobic jokes, a massive stadium of people laughed, and then john mulaney hugged him at the end

rae (spookiest version)

y'all ever hear ~12,000 people laugh at a transphobic joke, while you're a trans person in the audience who didn't know the transphobic comedian would make a surprise appearance at the John Mulaney show? yeah. wasn't fun. fuck you D.C.


okay so tell me why I just went to the John Mulaney show and Dave Chappelle was a surprise opener and made not only a transphobic joke but a homophobic one

Are you guys okay? Do you need Therapy Play-Doh and adult coloring books?

All this talk of "targeting" and "ambushing" -- not a mention of the LGBT maniac who literally targeted and ambushed Chappelle armed with a knife just 20 days ago.

But no, they're "targeted" and "ambushed."

They're also angry at Mulaney for platforming Chapelle:

k a t h e r i n e ?

John Mulaney deadass built his career thanks to queer teens/young adults turning his comedy into common quotes and memes, and he turns around and shits in their faces by bringing Dave Chappelle to one of his shows, tacitly endorsing his comedy and jokes

Yes, John Mulaney owes his career to "queer teens/young adults" repeating his jokes on Twitter. It's not that his jokes were so funny that people just started repeating them. It's that "queer teens/young adults" repeated them, which made them funny.

Great Hera's Sideboob, get the f*** over yourselves already.

By this logic, I owe my career to Jonah Goldberg.

The media is literally creating the moral panic that will set off the next lunatic to attack Chappelle or another comedian. (Or a politician.)

And that one will probably succeed.

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Nina Jankowicz: Criticizing Me Damages National Security

You nasty lunatic little goblin.

The woman tasked with policing disinformation was herself a bastion of... disinformation. I don't need to remind you of this embarrassing fiasco that engulfed the DHS. So, Janky left, and the thought police squad was put on hold for now. It could come back.

That didn't stop this woman from going on the liberal media circuit to say she was derailed by right-wing disinformation. The tantrum that occurred afterward is the best part because it exposes what this whole thought police was set up for, which is to help Democrats. You all know that--and I guess since the cat is out of the bag--they're admitting to it as well on some level.

Tom Elliott

Jankowicz says her political beliefs were always "checked at the door" of DHS.

"It is quite ironic that Republicans decontextualized a couple of tweets ... [and] parts of my personal life that have been picked on in this childish game in order to endanger our national security"

Stephen L. Miller

Criticizing me is a threat to national security.

The "decontextualized tweets" is more disinformation. She means a single tweet in which she relayed Biden's claims about the laptop, which she later claimed were not her claims. Just something she was repeating from the debate.

Okay, fine, we'll take your word for it.

But you had eight other tweets from your own mouth calling, for example, the laptop "a Russian op" and the fact that it was abandoned at a computer repair shop a "fairy tale."

She literally just lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies.

That's all these people do.

I think the "parts of her private life" she's referring to are all the embarrassing, cringey "Wizard Rock" songs she did about f***ing Harry Potter.

That's fair game, Stanky Janky. I don't think that your extracurricular activities as an annoying Failed Theater Kid are disqualifying, but they are part of the psychological snapshot of you -- you're a spotlight-chasing narcissist who loves ruling over people. The very last person we'd want in the role of National Censor.

Of course, we'd want no one in this role, but we wouldn't want a validation-hungry, Twitter-Likes-Hunting narcissist with the job most of all.

I forget who said it, but obviously the "Disinformation Governance Board" will be back, with a new name, and also a new Executive Director.

And the new director won't be a clownish klout-chasing internet-fame obsessed Living Meme like Stanky Janky. It will be a dull gray grim bureaucratic assassin who never says anything uncontroversial, but who just censors speech with robotic efficiency.

The fight is only beginning. This Female Joker was nothing.

150 I had my doubts about Nina's nuanced and balanced approach but her buying into every single leftist hoax and going on MSNBC and CNN to make her case really sold me on her integrity.

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