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BREAKTHROUGH: Ukrainian Forces Smash Russian Lines East of Kherson

Posted on | October 3, 2022 | No Comments

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Wow — the Ukrainians are teaching the Russians a lesson in tactics, and every military leader in the world must be studying this lesson:

Ukrainian forces achieved their biggest breakthrough in the south of the country since the war began, bursting through the front and advancing rapidly along the Dnipro River on Monday, threatening supply lines for thousands of Russian troops.
Kyiv gave no official confirmation of the gains, but Russian sources acknowledged that a Ukrainian tank offensive had advanced dozens of kilometers along the river’s west bank, recapturing a number of villages along the way.
The breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian successes in the east that have turned the tide in the war against Russia, even as Moscow has tried to raise the stakes by annexing territory, ordering mobilisation and threatening nuclear retaliation.
“The information is tense, let’s put it that way, because, yes there were indeed breakthroughs,” Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed leader in occupied parts of Ukraine’s Kherson province told Russian state television.
“There’s a settlement called Dudchany, right along the Dnipro River, and right there, in that region, there was a breakthrough. There are settlements that are occupied by Ukrainian forces,” he said.
Dudchany is around 30 km (20 miles) south of where the front stood before the breakthrough, indicating the fastest advance of the war so far in the south, where Russian forces had been dug into heavily reinforced positions along a mainly static front line since the early weeks of the invasion.
While Kyiv maintained almost complete silence, as it has in the past during major offensives, some officials did describe what they referred to as unconfirmed reports of big gains.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry, posted a photo of Ukrainian soldiers posing with their flag draping a golden statue of an angel. He said it was the village of Mikhailivka, around 20 km beyond the previous front.
By Monday afternoon, Ukraine’s defence ministry had confirmed only the recapture of Myrolyubivka, a village close to the previous front line. Serhiy Khlan, a Kherson regional council member, also listed Osokorivka, Mykhailivka, Khreschenikvka and Zoloto Balka as villages recaptured or where Ukrainian troops had been photographed.
“It means that our armed forces are moving powerfully along the banks of the Dnipro nearer to Beryslav,” he said. “Officially, there is no such information yet, but the (Russian) social media pages which are panicking… absolutely confirm these photos.”

The Russians have committed a basic strategic error, fighting what is in essence a two-front war, with Ukraine holding interior lines of communication between the northern and southern fronts. So the Ukrainians can strike in either direction and, if Russia tries to move troops from the Kherson front to bolster its position in the north, this creates opportunities for Ukraine to strike the weakened lines in the south. And vice-versa, obviously. If the Ukrainians have reached the Dnipro at Dudchany, this threatens all the Russian forces on the eastern side of the Kherson front. Well, what can the Russians do? Move troops there from the western side of the front, which would weaken that end of the line and make it vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks?

While the Russians are moving forces around the Kherson front to try to contain the Ukrainian breakthrough there, of course, this prevents Russia from taking more forces from the south to try to patch up their lines up north around Kupiansk and Lyman. Were I asked to wager on what comes next, I’d bet that within a week or so, Russia will pull back to the south bank of the Dnipro, and focus on defending Crimea.


Rule 5 Sunday: Oktoberfest

Posted on | October 3, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

I never made it to the original Oktoberfest in Munich while I was stationed in Germany, and I gather I didn’t miss much, according to troops I knew who went. These days, I’m even less inclined to go since airfare to WestGermany isn’t cheap, beer disagrees with my pancreas, and I can find decent German food here in CONUSstan without trying too hard. Still, one nice thing about the event is that it gives women an excuse to doll themselves up in dirndls, which do wonders for the feminine form.
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NINETY MILES FROM TYRANNY: Hot Pick of the Late Night, The 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #1855, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns

ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Rule Five Inflation Reduction Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon

EBL: MAGA Biden – Where’s Jackie?, Under The Banner Of Heaven, Amy Winehouse, Memory, Blonde, Pig, The Real Bling Ring, Dinah Washington, Tiffany Smiley, Giorgia Meloni, My Week With Marilyn, Louise Fletcher RIP, The Outfit, and Agnes Obel

A VIEW FROM THE BEACH: Lizzeth Acosta, Fish Pic Friday – Ciara Gaydos, Biden Speaks to Dead People, Tanks Economy and Drains Oil Reserves, Tattoo Thursday, Wednesday Wetness, Tuesday Tanlines, The Monday Morning Stimulus, Biden Sundowns, BLM Bomber Begs for Mercy, and Palm Sunday.

Thanks to everyone for all the luscious links!

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FMJRA 2.0: Shadows Of The Night

Posted on | October 2, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

The Senators traded starting pitcher Larry Dierker and newly acquired center fielder Pat Kelly to the Phillies for center fielder Willie Mays and starter Pat Dobson, mainly with an eye toward next season (1973) when Dierker is going to be chopped liver (along with Mays) but we’ll have two decent center fielders anyway and Jarvis will pitch a lot better in RFK than he did historically in the Launching Pad and Yankees Stadium. With the new additions we played .400 ball this week against the A’s and Red Sox, but all the games were close this time. Not a single blowout. Plus, the two games we won were in extra innings, which says nice things about our bullpen.

As for our musical theme this week, is there a red-blooded American male who didn’t have at least a short-term crush on Pat Benatar in the 80s?
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First in war, first in peace, and (still) last in the American League.

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The $250,000,000 Scandal That’s Wrecking Minnesota Democrats

Posted on | October 2, 2022 | No Comments

There haven’t been many public polls in the Minnesota governor’s race, but Republican challenger Scott Jensen is within striking distance of Democrat incumbent Gov. Tim Walz, who is now dealing with fallout from what federal prosecutors call “the largest pandemic relief fraud scheme charged to date”:

The Department of Justice announced today federal criminal charges against 47 defendants for their alleged roles in a $250 million fraud scheme that exploited a federally-funded child nutrition program during the COVID-19 pandemic. . . .
“This was a brazen scheme of staggering proportions,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger for the District of Minnesota. “These defendants exploited a program designed to provide nutritious food to needy children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they prioritized their own greed, stealing more than a quarter of a billion dollars in federal funds to purchase luxury cars, houses, jewelry, and coastal resort property abroad. I commend the work of the skilled investigators and prosecutors who unraveled the lies, deception, and mountains of false documentation to bring this complex case to light.”
The 47 defendants are charged across six separate indictments and three criminal informations with charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and bribery.
As outlined in the charging documents, the defendants devised and carried out a massive scheme to defraud the Federal Child Nutrition Program. The defendants obtained, misappropriated, and laundered millions of dollars in program funds that were intended as reimbursements for the cost of serving meals to children. The defendants exploited changes in the program intended to ensure underserved children received adequate nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than feed children, the defendants enriched themselves by fraudulently misappropriating millions of dollars in Federal Child Nutrition Program funds.

The question is now being asked: What did Tim Walz know, and when did he know it? And his answers so far seem kind of shaky.

No one has claimed that Walz personally benefited from this fraudulent scheme, but rather that his administration failed to properly supervise the expenditure of federal funds through this “child nutrition” program run by the non-profit Feeding Our Future:

Aimee Bock’s organization was keeping a low profile as it handled millions in government money when the video appeared on Facebook in January.
It purportedly showed one of Bock’s employees receiving an astonishing wedding present: an ornamental cart, laden with so much gold that guests gathered around to see it up close.
Abdihakim Nur, a Somali activist and blogger who shot the video, said he heard the gold came from food vendors who were getting rich off the money they collected through Bock’s nonprofit, Feeding Our Future.
Nur was appalled, and his video created a stir in the Somali community.
“We cannot close our eyes to such corruption which will put our entire community’s name in the news as fraudsters and criminals when we only have a few bad apples,” Nur posted.
Five days later, the FBI raided Bock’s home and a sprawling government investigation went public.

Well done, Mr. Nur! Because, if you read the indictment, here are the names of the 47 people charged in this criminal scheme:

  • Aimee Marie Bock
  • Abdikerm Abdelahi Eidleh
  • Salim Ahmed Said
  • Abdulkadir Nur Salah
  • Ahmed Sharif Omar-Hashim
  • Abdi Nur Salah
  • Abdihakim Ali Ahmed
  • Ahmed Mohamed Artan
  • Abdikadir Ainanshe Mohamud
  • Abdinasir Mahamed Abshir
  • Asad Mohamed Abshir
  • Hamdi Hussein Omar
  • Ahmed Abdullahi Ghedi
  • Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed
  • Abdiaziz Shafii Farah
  • Mohamed Jama Ismail
  • Mahad Ibrahim
  • Abdimajid Mohamed Nur
  • Said Shafii Farah
  • Abdiwahab Maalim Aftin
  • Mukhtar Mohamed Shariff
  • Hayat Mohamed Nur
  • Qamar Ahmed Hassan
  • Sahra Mohamed Nur
  • Abdiwahab Ahmed Mohamud
  • Filsan Mumin Hassan
  • Guhaad Hashi Said
  • Abdullahe Nur Jesow
  • Abdul Abubakar Ali
  • Yusuf Bashir Ali
  • Haji Osman Salad
  • Fahad Nur
  • Anab Artan Awad
  • Sharmarke Issa
  • Farhiya Mohamud
  • Liban Yasin Alishire
  • Ahmed Yasin Ali
  • Khadar Jigre Adan
  • Sharmake Jama
  • Ayan Jama
  • Asha Jama
  • Fartun Jama
  • Mustafa Jama
  • Zamzam Jama
  • Bekam Addissu Merdassa
  • Hadith Yusuf Ahmed
  • Hanna Marekegn

Probably not a lot of Trump voters on that list, if you get my drift.

In defending themselves against accusations of administrative negligence, Walz and the state department of education say they tried to cut off payment to Feeding Our Future, but that the non-profit responded with a lawsuit falsely claiming racial discrimination.

Wait a minute — Democrats admitting that false cries of “racism” are used to exploit the system? Wow, it’s a new day in America.

But look at that list of names again. Regardless of the details of how Walz’s administration handled this, do you think the average voter in rural Minnesota can’t add 2+2 and find that the sum is 4?

“Let’s give millions of dollars in taxpayer money to Somalis” — that’s what this “child nutrition” program was really about, and which party do you think this political payola was meant to benefit? The problem was that the corruption was just too blatant, what with the “luxury cars, houses, jewelry, and coastal resort property,” to say nothing of the “ornamental cart laden with gold,” and at some point somebody at Minnesota’s department of education got worried about it. Eventually, they tipped the feds to their concerns and tried to halt the payments to Aimee Bock’s organization, but when this was answered by a racial discrimination lawsuit, they restarted the payments, and the “child nutrition” bonanza continued right up until the feds raided Bock.

The gubernatorial race in Minnesota is very close, and this scandal works entirely to the advantage of Republicans. Furthermore, there’s a toss-up House race in Minnesota’s 2nd District, where GOP challenger Tyler Kistner — who barely lost in 2020 — is trying again to oust Democrat Rep. Angie Craig. Now we learn that Somalis have been looting the taxpayers to the tune of $250 million, and you’ve got to think that scandal doesn’t help the Democrat incumbent in this House campaign.


Russians Cut Off at Lyman UPDATE: Russia Announces ‘Withdrawal’

Posted on | October 1, 2022 | No Comments

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The headlines say the Ukrainians have the Russians “surrounded” or “encircled” at Lyman, although from what I gather, the fact is that the Russians are cut off — can’t retreat, can’t get supplies or reinforcements — because the Ukrainians have all the routes into the town within artillery range, which is almost the same thing in a tactical sense, but not what most people think of when they see the word “surrounded.”

Anyway, here’s the Bloomberg version of the story:

Russian troops are said to be surrounded by Ukrainian forces in the strategic eastern city of Lyman, a day after President Vladimir Putin claimed the area as part of Russia and held a ceremony and pop concert to mark the occasion.
Putin said Moscow was annexing four occupied Ukrainian regions “forever” and repeated warnings that he’d use all available means to defend the territories. The US and European Union members denounced the move. . . .
Igor Girkin, the former commander of separatist forces in the Donbas, said late Friday that Russian forces in Lyman, in the Donetsk region, are totally surrounded. He accused military commanders of “idiocy“ for allowing it to happen. . . .
Some 5,000 Russian troops are said to be surrounded around Lyman as Kyiv’s forces push to recapture the strategic rail hub in Ukraine’s east, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he’d annexed the region.
The Moscow-backed forces have no way of leaving the town beyond “trying to escape, die or surrender,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Facebook. If Lyman is liberated, Ukraine’s army may press east toward Kreminna, he said. Five nearby settlements were liberated on Saturday, a military spokesman said.
“Ukraine is about to capture Lyman and it shows its military prowess again by humiliating the Russian army,” Mick Ryan, a defense analyst and retired Australian general, said on Twitter.

I’ve long since given up trying to get useful tactical information from these media reports, but I keep being angered by nonsense like the description of Lyman as a “strategic rail hub.” It was “strategic” as a bridgehead which the Ukrainians held on the east bank of the Siverskyi Donets river until May and, predictably, once they lost Lyman, they lost Sievierodonetsk shortly thereafter. Whatever railroads go through Lyman, its “strategic” value is as a river crossing.

Far more useful information from the ISW:

Ukrainian forces will likely capture or encircle Lyman within the next 72 hours. Russian forces continued to withdraw from positions around Lyman on September 30 as Ukrainian forces continued to envelop Russian troops in the area.[8] The Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) officials and Russian war correspondents stated that Russian forces still control Lyman but have withdrawn from their positions in Drobysheve (around 6km northwest of Lyman) and Yampil (about 13km southeast of Lyman). Russian sources claimed that Russian forces still control one road from Lyman to Torske, while Ukrainian forces have cut off the Drobysheve-Torske road in the Stavky area. Russian sources also noted the increasing activity of Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage groups on the Svatove-Torske highway northeast of Lyman after reportedly crossing the Zherebets River. Geolocated footage also showed Ukrainian artillery striking withdrawing Russian forces near Torske. Some Russian milbloggers claimed that Ukrainian forces have crossed the Siverskyi Donets River in Dronivka and are now operating in the forests south of Kreminna. Russian sources uniformly noted that Ukrainian artillery continues to interdict Russian forces’ single remaining egress route on the Kreminna-Torske road.

Finding all these places on a map takes more time than most people are willing to expend, but I’ll simplify it by saying that (a) by taking Drobysheve and striking east toward Stavky, the Ukrainians have made it impossible for the Russians at Lyman to retreat northward, (b) by taking Yampil, the Ukrainians have made it impossible for the Russians to retreat to the southeast, which leaves (c) the road to Kreminna via Zarichne and Torske, which (d) is jeopardized by Ukrainian advances from Yampil and/or Dronivka. All things considered, it appears futile for the Russians to keep fighting at Lyman, and the only real question is how many of them can escape to Kreminna in any organized condition.

The likely answer is, not many. Incidentally, one of the Russian units now trapped in Lyman is the 752nd Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment:

It’s a regiment with a tragic tradition of getting cut off, surrounded and all but destroyed. The 752nd GMRR was one of two regiment-size units that, on New Year’s Eve in 1994, got enveloped in Grozny during the first of Russia’s two bloody wars in Chechnya.
The 752nd GMRR barely survived the First Chechen War. Its chances in Ukraine aren’t much better. . . .
There reportedly were as many as 5,000 Russians in [Lyman before the Ukrainian advance across the Oskil River]. Some lightly-armed reservists from two Russian battalions. Two regiments from the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic. And the 752nd GMRR, arguably the best of the units in the Lyman garrison.
The 752nd on paper is a powerful formation, although it like much of the Russian army has suffered steep losses as Russia’s wider war on Ukraine grinds into its eighth month. Before the war, the 752nd GMRR possessed 41 T-72 tanks, 120 BMP-2 fighting vehicles, 36 2S3 howitzers and scores of other vehicles. It’s unclear how many vehicles remain. . . .
By Friday there was no road out of Lyman that the Ukrainians couldn’t bring under intensive fire. Whether the 752nd GMRR and other units in Lyman surrender, attempt a breakout or fight to the last man will determine how many casualties the Ukrainians inflict as they inevitably liberate Lyman in the coming days.

There are some reports that Russia is sending reinforcements to the area, but I don’t put much stock in those reports. If Russia had reserves available, why would they have waited until now to deploy them?

The most likely scenario is that most of the Russians at Lyman will surrender, although some may yet be able to escape to Kreminna. Once that happens, we can expect a lull in the fighting while Ukraine consolidates its position before resuming their inevitable eastward advance, toward the supply lines of the Russian forces now at Sievierodonetsk. That could take weeks, however, which means winter will arrive before much more can be done on the Donbas front.

UPDATE: No sooner had I published this than Russia announced it was “withdrawing” from Lyman. It’s nighttime in Ukraine, so I assume this “withdrawal” means the Russians are making a run for it before sunrise, probably leaving behind most of their motor vehicles and heavy equipment. It’s a complete humiliation for Putin.


In The Mailbox: 09.30.22

Posted on | October 1, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Usual weekend deadlines for the usual weekend posts.

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Can’t remember where I saw this, but it sure is weird.


A Bad American: News Flash – Men Can Become Pregnant
EBL: Hurricane Ian About To Hit South Carolina
Twitchy: Meathead Forgot How Many Times He Claimed The 2016 election Was Stolen, So Here’s A Reminder Thread, also, CNN’s KFILE Smear Merchants Try To Tie Joe Kent To A White Nationalist. It Doesn’t Go Well For Them
Louder With Crowder: Newly revealed texts show Elon Musk only needed seven words to tell Parag Agrawal who his new daddy was, also, Apple executive goes viral for joke about big-breasted women, gets fired because fun is dead
Vox Popoli: She’s Not Wrong, A Gatekeeper Discovers IQ, and Welcoming the New Russians
According To Hoyt: One Drop Of Nonsense, also, Strange
Monster Hunter Nation: WriterDojo S3 Ep12: Interview With a (Completely Different) Vampire
Stoic Observations: Food In A Box

American Conservative: No NATO for Zelensky’s Ukraine
American Greatness: Time to Investigate the FBI’s Sketchy CHS Program, also, North Dakota Man Who Ran Over Teen Arrested Again, This Time Charged With Murder
American Thinker: Could the TWA 800 Cover-Up Finally Come Undone?
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Inflation Reduction Friday
Babalu Blog: Castro dictatorship cuts off internet as protests rock communist Cuba once again, Cuban dictatorship’s quick response to hurricane damage, Cuba’s fake president Díaz-Canel mobbed, booed, insulted, chased away from visit to disaster area, and Not good news from Mexico
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm for September 30, 2022
Behind The Black: Firefly to try again to complete first launch of its Alpha rocket, FCC approves new regulation requiring defunct satellite deorbit in five years, A look back at Virgin Galactic’s failed history, and Part 3: Against the COVID liars and their strong-arm edicts the wheels of justice are grinding forward slowly
CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday
Chicago Boyz: Starbucks and Patty Murray
Da Tech Guy: Novena to St. Matthew for the FBI Agents involved in the Mark Houck Arrest, Day 5 – Banish all Believers!
Don Surber: A 21-point lead may help Republicans, also, Anyone Mark Hamill doesn’t like is worse than Darth Vader
First Street Journal: Lexington Herald-Leader warns readers about activities that could be part of “grooming”, also, Punishment before the trial?
Gates Of Vienna: Et Tu, Russki?, Water, Water Everywhere, and The Carbon Dioxide Fraud
The Geller Report: Democrats Block GOP Attempt to Get Tougher on Fentanyl Trade As Fentanyl Deaths Explode, also, FAILED January 6 Committee, Running Out of Time, Angles for an Extension
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of the Day, That Sucking Sound You Hear, and Don’t Know Much Biology
Hollywood In Toto: The Gutfeld! Effect? Low-rated Trevor Noah Retires from Daily Show, also, Hollywood Legend Walter Hill: Woke ‘Is Death to the Arts’
The Lid: What Every Gentile And Secular Jew NEEDS To Know About Yom Kippur, also, FBI Revoking Security Clearances of Conservative Agents
Legal Insurrection: Federal Judge Says He Will No Longer Hire Law Clerks From Yale Law School, Putin ‘Annexes’ Four Parts of Ukraine After Sham Referendum, Judicial Watch Demands Providence (RI) Schools Cease and Desist “Retaliation and Harassment” Of Ramona Bessinger, and Leftist Democrat Challenger Mandela Barnes Falling Behind GOP Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin Polling
Nebraska Energy Observer: The City on the Hill
Outkick: Cleveland Guardians Rank 25th in MLB Attendance Despite Winning Division, Rachel Nichols Lands At Showtime After Maria Taylor Destroyed Her Career, Biological Female Volleyball Players Banned From Locker Room For Feeling Uncomfortable Changing With Transgender Teammate, and Twitter Torches The Dolphins After Tua Suffers Scary Injury
Power Line: Macron vs. Meloni, Thoughts from the ammo line, and California Didn’t Get the Memo
Shark Tank: Cammack Slams Administration For Emptying SPR As Florida Recovers
Shot In The Dark: Flashback, This Is Today’s DFL, and From The Horse’s Mouth
This Ain’t Hell: Army’s first openly Trans Officer Indicted as Russian Spy, US Government gives millions to fight US Government, Valor Friday, and Not Guilty!
Transterrestrial Musings: Nordstream, Thoughts On Putin’s Speech, and Red China Seeking Space Partners
Victory Girls: Putin Issues Sham Referendum, Annexes Four Parts Of Ukraine, also, Biden Team Changes Rules To Avoid Lawsuit
Volokh Conspiracy: Boycotting Law Schools in Clerk Hiring As a Way to Influence Law School Culture
Watts Up With That: Sternberg on Risk to Financial Institutions from Climate Change, also, New Zealand PM UN Address Calls for Global Censorship of Climate Skeptics
Weasel Zippers: An American Committed Suicide Every 10 Minutes In First Year Of Biden’s Presidency, Nancy Pelosi Insists Biden Has Plan To Fix Border – But Won’t Tell Us What It Is, Tonight – Greg Abbott Debates Beta O’Rourke, and Diane Feinstein, 89 Continues To Deteriorate As Dems Keep Her In Office
The Federalist: Lawsuit: Wisconsin Elections Commission Let Electors Change Votes After Submitting Ballots, Lack Of Interest Shut Down A Pennsylvania Drag Show. Local Democrats Blamed It On Republican ‘Hate’, Good Luck Getting ‘Affordable Care’ With Democrats’ Latest Medicare Maneuver, and Stock Market Tanked 14 Percent Since Biden’s Inflationary Boondoggle Passed
Mark Steyn: Live Around the Planet: Friday September 30th, also, Gradually Turns Sudden

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In The Mailbox: 09.29.22

Posted on | September 29, 2022 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Silicon Valley delenda est.

357 Magnum:  Schrödinger’s Cat Food
EBL: The Biden Administration: Who’s Dumber?, also, Remember when it was ok to say an election was illegitimate?
Twitchy: San Fran Public Schools Have A Program To Hook Your Middle School Kids Up With Castration & Mutilation, also, Taylor Lorenz Happily Embraces Title “Bob Woodward Of The Digital Generation”
Louder With Crowder: New trailer for Yellowstone Season 5 is out and it already reveals one major storyline change, also, Florida man braves Hurricane Ian to deliver unfiltered Anti-Biden message that’s even more perfect with music
Vox Popoli: JimBob One Million, Weekly Meme Review 01, Unequivocal Motive, and It’s Not Your Imagination

American Conservative: Live Not By Lies: The Apocalypse Version, also, America’s Four-Star Problem
American Greatness: Biden Sending Additional $1.1 Billion to Ukraine, Republicans Urge DOJ to Investigate Cyberattacks Targeting Christian & Pro-Life Websites, and Kamala Harris Touts the United States’ ‘Alliance with the Republic of North Korea’ While Speaking in South Korea
American Thinker: The Pandemic was a Grand Rehearsal for the Great Reset
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Self-Discussing News
Babalu Blog: Over 70 buildings in Havana collapsed or partially collapsed after Hurricane Ian, Cursing two disasters in Cuba: #IanCanelSingao, and Hurricane Ian’s winds leave Havana in the dark and more depleted of supplies
BattleSwarm: Zuckerbusted
Behind The Black: Astra’s last rocket failure pinpointed to upper stage engine, SpaceX to upgrade 2nd Kennedy launchpad for manned launches, Chang’e-5 samples suggest lunar meteorite impacts took place the same time as Chicxulub impact, and Part 2: How the liars spread the ugly corrupt lie of the COVID jab
CDR Salamander: GLOC, SLOC,….ILOC?
Chicago Boyz: Rigid Conformity
Da Tech Guy: What I have in common with new Italian PM – YouTube Censors Us Both, ESG is a stealth implementation of the Green New Deal, and Novena to St. Matthew for the FBI Agents involved in the Mark Houck Arrest, Day 4 – The Retirees Speak Up
Don Surber: Running out of October surprises, also, Shred the Constitution and blame Trump
First Street Journal: Killadelphia: Not a “gang hit”, but just a “beef” between “cliques of young men affiliated with certain neighborhoods and families”, also, Killadelphia: I told you so!
Gates Of Vienna: The Queen of the Vax, Pregnant With Meaninglessness, The Trail Leads to Pakistan, and How Males Became Toxic
The Geller Report: Motion to Rescind Fails – Wisconsin School District Will Teach Kindergartners Sex Ed, Gender Identity Indoctrination, also, Soros Wins $41M Contract from Biden to Help Illegal Aliens Evade Deportation
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of the Day, Second Star to the Right, and I’m Not Making This Up, You Know
Hollywood In Toto: Armageddon Time Director Compares Trump to Nazi Goebbels, Bros Embraces Best Rom-Com Tropes, and Dear SNL – Why Not Copy These Subversive Sketches?
The Lid: Big News: Kamala Harris Visits Border
Legal Insurrection: Mitt Romney Reportedly Trying to Undermine Mike Lee Re-Election Effort, Providence (RI) Teacher Ramona Bessinger Under Attack Again, Teachers Helping Organize Student Protest Against Her, Pa. Senate Race Tightens as Oz Makes Gains on Fetterman, and MIT Wants Faculty to Embrace Free Speech
Nebraska Energy Observer: I’m coming out
Outkick: Top College Football Recruit Makes It Clear He Can’t Be ‘Bought’ With NIL Money , Tennessee Fans Embark On Savage Plan To Buy Up Every Seat At Vanderbilt’s Stadium And ‘Checker’ Road Rivalry Football Game, Does Success of Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prove America is Ready to Stream Sports?,  and NFL Goes On Record With List Of Excuses Teams Have Used To Not Hire Black Coaches
Power Line: This senior moment, How Corrupt Is the FBI?, and The Daily Chart: Break Up the Ivy League?
Shark Tank: DeSantis Assesses Hurricane Damage In SW Florida
Shot In The Dark: His Ever-Changing Moods, Everything Is Going Just Great, and Cloud Control
The Political Hat: Wokeness Everywhere: Everyone Is An Informant For Anti-Racism; Halloween Cancellation; Shade Equity
This Ain’t Hell: Short Takes Part Deux, Majewski demoted for driving drunk, not for fighting, and Kim Flexes His Missiles
Victory Girls: Biden Bumbles and the Press Finally Wakes Up
Volokh Conspiracy: “Liberal, Female and Minority: America’s New Gun Owners Aren’t Who You Think”
Watts Up With That: Climate Activists Attacking Fertiliser Use, Mass Produced Food
Weasel Zippers: SHOCKER: Fauci’s Net Worth Increased By $5 Million During Pandemic Years, National Hurricane Center Chief Shuts Down CNN’s Don Lemon Trying To Link Hurricane Ian To Climate Change, Fetterman Scrubs Black Lives Matter Section From Campaign Website, and AOC Is Basically Just A Brainless TikTok Girl
The Federalist: Democrats Hope Demographics Will Turn Texas Blue, But They’re Scaring Off Hispanics, This Martyr’s Breasts Were Severed As An Act Of Torture, But Trans Activists Are ‘Queering’ Her, ‘Zuckbucks 2.0’: Democrat Operatives Are Helping Milwaukee Rig Its 2022 Elections, and Transgender Army Major And Wife Indicted For Scheming To Give Sensitive Military Data To Russians
Mark Steyn: Freedom in the Dominion, also, Escalating Everything 

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Worst. President. Ever.

Posted on | September 29, 2022 | No Comments

Most historians consider James Buchanan our worst president, although some would say Jimmy Carter was worse. Yet I think neither Buchanan nor Carter was worse than the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. His latest idiotic utterance:

President Joe Biden on Wednesday warned oil and gas companies against increasing prices for consumers as Hurricane Ian neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast.
“Do not, let me repeat, do not use this as an excuse to raise gasoline prices or gouge the American people,” Biden said at the start of a conference on hunger in America.
Biden said that the hurricane “provides no excuse for price increases at the pump” and if it happens, he will ask federal officials to determine ”whether price gouging is going on.”
“America is watching. The industry should do the right thing,” Biden added. . . .
The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the oil and gas industry, said in a statement, “Gasoline prices are determined by market forces — not individual companies — and claims that the price at the pump is anything but a function of supply and demand are false.”

Ace goes on an extended rant about this: “Confiscate the kulaks’ farms and kill them, and then blame the dead traitors for the poor yields. It’s been part of the authoritarians’ playbook since the 1930s. . . . And now here comes the man NeverTrump swore to us was an ‘honorable’ ‘moderate’ ‘centrist’ who would ‘restore our norms’ and ‘save our Republic’ to tell mom and pop gas stations to sell fuel at a loss, so that he can avoid the political heat of his policy of state-mandated scarcity.”

We are left with two possibilities: Either (a) Biden doesn’t understand anything about economics or (b) he’s deliberately scapegoating the petroleum industry for problems caused by his own policies.

But still the question remains: “Where’s Jackie?”


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