Plausible Deniability AP Style

Sir Humphrey Appleby: But if you knew they were crooks

Sir Desmond Glasebrook: We didn’t

Sir Humphrey Appleby: But you could have made enquiries..

Sir Desmond Glasebrook: You don’t make enquiries of that sort in the city. They seemed like decent chaps and decent chaps don’t check up on decent chaps to see if they are behaving like decent chaps.

Sir Humphrey Appleby: And ignorance is worth paying 14 million pounds for?

Sir Desmond Glasebrook: Ignorance is safety it’s not a crime to be deceived and it’s not our own money is it.

Yes Prime Minster A conflict of interest 1987

The More I think about this tweet from the AP concerning the building they shared with Hamas that Israel leveled…

…and think of the last ten years that I’ve seen reporters and journalists up close both via the blog and via being credentialed press, I must say that if AP is making the argument that in ten years they were not able to see facts staring at them right in the face every single day that they did not find convenient . I must admit that it’s the most plausible explanation that could have given.

The ability of the modern press to be oblivious to facts they don’t wish to know or might prove harmful to their narrative is so well established and the ignorance of modern journalists is so obvious that the idea that terrorists could operate with impunity right under their noses for a decade is as believable as it gets.

Have no Fear Hamas The Biden Administration Will Pay you to Rearm

Yesterday I wrote about things that surprised me or didn’t so much, today I was generally surprised to read this:

The Biden administration notified Congress this week that it will send millions of dollars in U.S. assistance to the Palestinians aimed at promoting peace with Israel even as violence between the two sides rages.

As the conflict intensifies despite U.S. calls for restraint, the administration notified Congress on Thursday that it will provide $10 million to Palestinian groups in the West Bank and Gaza to support exchange and reconciliation projects with Israelis. The recipients of the aid were not named.

Now I’m not so much surprised that the Biden Administration will pay for the new rockets to kill Jews. As I’ve noted dead Jews in Israel is very popular with their violent activist base, or as Glenn Reynolds puts it: “Not anti war just on the other side.” but I AM surprised at the timing as I figured it would take at least a few weeks after Hamas stopped shooting for this administration to openly give them the money to rearm.

That’s the thing about openly stealing an election, it really emboldens you on other things.

Unexpectedly of course

FYI if you’re naïve enough to believe this cash won’t go to rockets and tunnels you desperately need to be reading this blog on a daily basis.

Friday under the Fedora Surprises from Bush, The Biden Admin & the Muslim Brotherhood

This caught me by surprise

Now me may believe this or he may not but it speaks volumes to the reality of where the GOP base vs where the left MSM says it is that a pol named George Bush who wishes to advance in the party felt the need to say this publicly.

This not so much:

In 2017, Philadelphians elected “progressive prosecutor” Larry Krasner as district attorney. Since taking office, Krasner has pursued a policy of de-prosecution—the decision not to prosecute certain crimes regardless of whether they actually took place—as homicides have spiked.

When Soros buys you, you stay bought.

This surprised me a bit:

I would have thought whoever was in charge, you know the folks who actually ordered this tweeted out might have thought this was a bridge too far.

This not so much:

“The Jesuit priest who presided over an inaugural Mass for President Joe Biden has resigned his position as president of Santa Clara University in Northern California, college officials said, after an investigation found he engaged in inappropriate, alcohol-fueled conversations with graduate students.

“The Rev. Kevin O’Brien, at the direction of Jesuit officials, has begun a therapeutic outpatient program to address personal issues, including alcohol and stress counseling. He had been president of Santa Clara University since July 2019 and was placed on leave in March.

Well I’m surprised a little, that the AP reported it that is.

But I’m not surprised that they haven’t touched this much:

A devastating letter written by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on voting irregularities, and probably fraud, in Maricopa County during the 2020 Presidential Election. Even the database was illegally deleted after the subpoena to produce the information. Senate President Fann has invited Maricopa County officials to a public hearing on May 18 to allow them the opportunity to try to explain what happened to the missing databases, ballots, and other significant issues. 

The “big lie” is that Joe Biden won election 2020.

And finally I actually thought this was a Babylon Bee headline when I saw it:

 Muslim Brotherhood Praises Dems for Abandoning Israel in Time of War.

They’re not bothering to hide it anymore because that’s where their base is.

Five Reasons why signing Tebow Makes Sense but signing Kaepernick doesn’t

The left is having a hissy fit over the Jacksonville Jaguars signing of 33 years old Tim Tebow when the 33 year old Colin Kaepernick does not have an NFL job (not that he actually wants one but I digress). For those who have to deal with such people here are five quick reasons why signing Tebow makes much more sense than signing Kaepernick.

  1. Tebow is in professional sports shape.

While Kaepernick’s last game in the NFL was in 2016 and Tebow’s in 2012 Tebow has spent the last three years playing minor league ball in the Mets system rising to the AAA level before deciding to leave baseball this year. Thus the 33 year old Tebow not only is in playing shape while Kaepernick is not but he’s had three years of the routine of playing and being in shape to play daily.

2. Tebow’s most recent NFL Stats are better than Kaepernick’s

In his last two seasons as a starter Colin Kaepernick went 3-16 with no playoff appearances and was benched for lack of success

In his last two seasons as a starter Tim Tebow went 8-6 including a victory in the 1st round of the playoffs and oddly was benched despite his success.

3. Tebow is coming back as a TE,

Over the years teams that weren’t impressed with Tebow as a QB were still impressed with him as an athlete and were open to signing him at another position (Remember Julian Edelman was a QB in college) over the years Tebow steadfastly refused wanting to play QB. Tebow finally being willing to accept this fact is a big part of his being signed.

Meanwhile advocates for Kaepernick not only insist that he be a QB but also suggest that anything other than a starting QB (with a salary for a starting QB) would be beneath him. I have no idea if Kaepernick is interested in another position (WR?) but he’s not made any indication that he’d be willing to try one.

4. A Christian Brother to help Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville

Tebow brings a unique advantage to Jacksonville who just drafted Trevor Lawrence with the 1st pick.

Lawrence is very publicly a devout Christian in a society that is not kind to Christianity. Tebow is a very public Christian who has taken the slings and arrows for it. Tebow’s signing give Lawrence not only a Christian Brother in the clubhouse to confide in but a Christian brother who was a 1st round QB with direct experience in how to handle what the NFL will throw at him. Furthermore the attention that Tebow catches might lighten the load of the same on Lawrence.

Colin Kaepernick could not do this for Jacksonville and it’s very likely that for any team that he signed he would be more a distraction than an asset.

5. Tebow brings fans, Kaepernick chases them away.

Finally everyone forgets that the primary job of a sports franchise is to sell tickets, merchandise and eyeballs. Tim Tebow will not only draw fans but draw good publicity.

With a fan base already sick of “woke” sports Colin Kaepernick would chase fans away from the game and keep those who were thinking of coming back away.

The NYT GOP 100 the Next Lincoln Project or LCWR I’m betting on the later

The rather amusing piece from the NYT via Redstate saying that the GOP risks losing 100 prominent republicans over Trump and start their own party is great fodder for the Time’s readership that wouldn’t know a conservative if it bit them.

The problem for these brave intrepid rebels is that they’re caught between two fires.

If there goal is to be the next Lincoln project and make a bundle for themselves and their family then it’s easy. They can form a party, they can get financed by the left and they can make proclamation that will get some coverage but unfortunately will not be all that newsworthy because they will in fact be a party with no actual voter base, no candidates running anywhere and no people actually bein led.

No what they really want to be are the unfaithful nuns that I wrote about years ago back in April 2013 when the Pope backed up the findings of the investigations (begun under Benedict) on Catholic Nuns in America:

The LCWR will not choose to leave the church, they will go along, slowly, struggling and resisting but they will go along. The moment they leave the church, they change from brave dissenters within the church to just another splinter group with their own set of beliefs and while the media will make a fuss the first day and maybe the first week, they would no longer be worthy of the pulpit that they would raise them on

And a year later I wrote about what Fr. Z said about what happened to one such group that did in fact leave:

Consider if you will the group NCAN, an even more radical splinter group of the LCWR, which has fulfilled Sr. Joan’s dream of being without canonical structure.  Their site is HERE, though it has not been updated since 2009 when they gave their coveted Margaret Ellen Traxler Award to Sr. Louise Lears, SC, whom then-Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis placed under interdict for her support of the ordination of women and her attending a fake “ordination”. These days the NCAN types are reduced to holding chat sessions in gated communities for three cats and a tumbleweed rather than in hotels for hundreds of sisters. For example, HERE is the flyer for a May 2012 meeting with the pro-choice Sr. Donna Quinn.  (See my post NUNS GONE WILD!)

As long as the NYT 100 remain in the GOP, they can speak as party members, attend GOP events and even CPAC with the tag (R) next to them. , you can have them on CNN or MSNBC or quote them as “Republican officials” when they hit the party or Trump or conservatives or any other GOP member who you know actually pushes the agenda that GOP voters want.

They will be the LCWR until they like them begin to die out.

The moment they leave that is no longer the case.

So it remains to be seen if they choose the former or the latter, I suspect they will choose the later because the leftists who would pay them to form their new party can still pay them sub-rosa for speaking engagements or phony book sales to have the money flowing.

Very Quick Thoughts Under the Fedora: Tebow, Audit Panic, Golden Globes, Pipelines and a Civil War Preview

A reminder to every sports station that is making fun of the Tim Tebow signing, not only did he keep in shape thanks to his baseball career (where he made it to the AAA level) but everyone seems to forget that in his only season as a starter he went 7-4 as a starter with a .500 record in the playoffs and then was never given a starting job again.

They’ll never forgive him for his public Christianity.

The Democrat panic over the audits in Texas and other states is making a better argument for the steal of election than anything I can say.

In fairness however the democrats aren’t trying to win arguments they’re trying to enforce obedience.

I see the Golden Globes will not make it to TV this year.

Eventually when you shoot only for an easily outrages niche market the number of people willing to put up with you will shrink to a point where it isn’t worth the cash.

That’s where the woke news divisions are heading

There are already talks of gas lines and soon product shortages over the disruption of a pipeline due to a hack. Two thoughts leap to mind.

  1. There should ALWAYS be a manual override
  2. Normal people will suddenly find out what the Green decision to stop pipelines will cost.

This type of thing will cost the Democrats any state or federal election they can’t steal

Oh One other thing about the gas lines and the lack of goods that this pipeline thing will produce. It’s a sneak preview of the effect of any actual non-cold civil war will produce.

It’s something the urban left and those who are pushing this should consider, granted those who are paying for all this stuff would consider it a feature rather than a bug but those getting paid will quickly discover that it doesn’t matter how much you have in a bank account if you don’t have easy access to food or water.

McCain’s Matrimonial Math

Robert Stacy McCain as a man with six children and five grandchildren is very good at reproductive math and yesterday he shared some with the public.

 from the day a girl reaches menarche, she has a fixed number of potential reproductive opportunities — in a healthy female, 12 cycles a year for about 25 years from ages 15 to 40, or roughly 300 lifetime chances to become pregnant. If she does not become a mother as a teenager (and middle-class America adamantly believes that teenage motherhood is the worst of all possible fates), this means her reproductive opportunities are reduced to about 240 — 12 menstrual cycles per year for about 20 years. Thus, every year that she delays motherhood represents a reduction in her total fertility.

This biology and math and biology and math don’t give a damn if you are work or want to blame the patriarchy or anything else. The simple truth is that the longer you wait to have children the less likely you will have them.

Now given that the people least likely to have children seem to be those who have embraced the world of the woke this is likely very good news for society and also explains the great need for the left to begin stealing elections in earnest because it’s hard to vote the dead when they haven’t been born and the future belongs to those who show up.

There was a time before the sixties when if a man had a solid job and worked hard it was almost impossible for him to fail to get a wife if he wanted one, my advice to young ladies is this. If you don’t want to be old and alone in your forties find a young man who works hard and has a decent job and pursue him, I’d also suggest a man of faith as he is believes there are eternal consequences if he decides to betray a wife.

In these days of insanity the good hard working God fearing men are a premium product and if you choose to listen to society rather than this advice then if you end up alone and lonely or forced to pick from the dregs in the end you will have only yourself to blame.

You have been warned.

The Brave Men of Canada Then and Now

The Brave Men of Canada 1944 vs 2021 (slide to view full image)

I’m old enough to remember the days when the men of Canada were renowned for how they fought Nazi’s instead of imitating them by going after Christian Pastors.

The real irony is that the Gospel reading for the Saturday Morning Mass read throughout the world was this speech Christ gave to his disciples:

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.

If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.

John 15:18-21

Amazing how far a land can fall in living memory.

Shocked Faces on Jobs Cheney Mariposa Windham & BLM Under the Fedora

Am I to understand that an administration that has done at it can to hurt job creators, discourage people from working while enabling Red China and the deep state is unable to create the jobs that a bought and paid for media predicted they would?

I’m Shocked SHOCKED.

Why it’s almost as if they know they don’t need voters to win elections or something.

You mean to tell me Liz Cheney who has been lionized by the left had been secretly working to undermine Trump all along and working with big media and the deep state to attack him even before all this trouble took place?

I’m Shocked SHOCKED.

Why it’s almost as if she thought her political power and influence came by divine right.

You mean to say that with an audit in progress and the chance to prove that all this talk about a stolen election is bunk the company that makes the voting machines and software is defying a Subpoena legally issued to turn over passwords to allow the audit to continue?

I’m Shocked, SHOCKED

Why it’s almost as if all those suits they launched were simply to intimidate people.

Do you mean to tell me that in a state with one of the largest “Never Trump” contingents at the top of their GOP elite that steps have been taken to undermine an audit of ballots in Windham NH when a Democrat recount accidently brought to light the game that were being played with the vote?

I’m Shocked SHOCKED

I mean did you really think they would let this go forward without a fight?

You mean to tell me that despite all that the media has said about BLM & ANTIFA being all about empowering people that you actually have reached the point in Portland where armed thugs are stopping people in broad daylight without fear of any kind of response from the law?

I’m Shocked SHOCKED

I’m old enough to remember when the left took offense at the suggestion that “Black Lives Matter” implied that other lives don’t

Yup this is how far California has fallen

The verdict on the right seems to be unanimous on the Jenner ad as a devastating hit on the Democrat rule in California in general and the Newson administration in particular. Glenn Reynolds put it very well in his NY Post piece:

It’s rare for a single ad to determine the outcome of an election. But this Jenner spot has one enormous strength: It’s true. ..

…No matter how you spin the discarded needles and human feces littering the street, they’re still there.

t seems incredible to me that the GOP does not have a potential candidate in California who isn’t a walking billboard for mental hilliness, then again is California and the days when sanity rules are long gone, but to those who are thinking that if Jenner is the choice to challenge Newsom and are considering sitting this one out I cite Dr. Pierce from the classic1947 film Miracle on 34th Street:

Thousands of people have similar delusions living perfectly normal lives in every other respect. A famous example is that fellow, I can’t think of his name. For years he’s insisted he’s a Russian prince. There’s been much evidence to prove him wrong, but nothing has shaken his story. Is he in an institution? No. He owns a famous restaurant in Hollywood and is a highly respected citizen.

Of course in America elections are a binary choice if it's a question of someone handing the wheel to someone who is delusional but understands enough not to drive off a cliff vs someone aiming for the cliff who insists all is well, the choice is obvious.

That California may have such a choice to make says everything about both about the left's prerogatives and skill at government but also speaks to the price of the establishment GOP spurned on by well paid consultant who insisted the culture wars were not worth fighting back in the days when they were easily won.  As a fellow named Spock once put it:

If we had not crossed the Neutral Zone, on your order, you would not now need our opinions to support a decision which should never have been made

Star Trek, The Enterprise Incident 1968

If nothing else it has been amusing so far and will be even more amusing to watch the left which lavished honors on Jenner when it suited their agenda to decide Jenner is the greatest evil known to mankind.

It’s a great lesson to the left’s useful idiots who follow their agenda that no amount of conformity to their radical political/social agenda will protect them from the full fury of their wrath once you are of no further use.

Unexpectedly of course.