☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, June 29, 2022 ☙ COMMON SENSE 🦠
More good legal news from NY; incompetence in gov't; the January 6th Show jumps the shark; sudden and unexpected celebrity deaths and illnesses; even more problematic US biolabs; and much more...
Good morning and Happy Wednesday, C&C! Today’s action-packed roundup includes: more great legal news from New York; random thoughts on incompetent government; the January 6th Show jumps the shark; sudden and unexpected celebrity deaths and illnesses; the long knives come out for Biden; Russia warns Finland and Sweden about NATO membership; and Russia targets US-linked biolabs in Armenia.
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🔥 In another miraculous development Monday, New York’s Supreme Court struck down a new ordinance allowing non-citizens to vote in the Big Apple. The law would have added 800,000 new voters to the rolls, allowing resident non-citizens to vote for mayor, public advocate, city council, borough presidents, and school boards.
Justice Ralph Porzio wrote the decision, saying the law directly violated the New York State Constitution. “The New York State Constitution expressly states that CITIZENS meeting the age and residency requirements are entitled to register and vote in elections,” he explained.
The bill allowed non-citizens to register in political parties and vote in local elections as long as they were residents of New York City for at least 30 days and had a green card or a working visa. In other words, temporary foreign residents could vote in NYC elections. Makes sense. Mayor Eric Adams was on board, saying that while the new law might not be legal, green card holders should get the vote, because fairness.
Who cares about trifles like legality and constitutions anyway?
Thank God for the judicial branch. Am I right?
🔥 A highly-destructive myth about the U.S. government has been a permanent fixture of American politics for as long as I can remember. The myth, which seems mostly held by folks on the left, is that there is a bench of highly intelligent experts available to “help” a popular president who might be a little light in experience or, shall we say, intellectual heft. I call it the “hired expertise” theory of politics.
For example, President Obama’s pre-White House resume was a little on the thin side, having served only one term in the U.S. Senate and before that held a job as a paid political activist (“community organizer”). But that thin resume was no problem! He would just hire or appoint super-smart people with experience, and brainy subject-matter experts. That way his oratory and diversity strengths could shine, and any weaknesses would be erased by anonymous flocks of unaccountable administrators and skilled bureaucrats.
If Biden hasn’t shaken people of this myth, I don’t know what will.
There are four key problems with the “hired expertise” theory of politics. First, the candidate does the initial hiring or appointing of the people who hire or appoint everyone else in the administration. If that initial team isn’t solid, the whole thing blows up on the launch pad, which is what I think happened to Biden. He appointed a very diverse but totally unqualified cabinet who themselves began hiring staff, and things quickly went downhill from there. The systemic weakness rippled through the entire federal government, as the weak cabinet members hired or appointed agency heads who hired or appointed key staff within the agencies.
A second and even more pernicious problem with the “hired expertise” theory of politics is the incorrect notion that the candidate can be somehow completely protected from making bad decisions by the hired or appointed experts. That is simply not true. No matter how good the staff, eventually only the candidate can make a decision, or has to when a decision is so unpopular that nobody else wants to own it. And those decisions are usually terribly catastrophic.
Third, while strong candidates suppress existing bad actors who’re burrowed into the government, weak candidates can’t, and often get manipulated into giving legacy bad actors more power. Fauci is a perfect example. He did the most damage right after the Carter administration, which failed to recognize how dangerous he was and keep him under control. I think Trump would have mitigated Fauci had be remained in the White House. But Biden utterly failed, allowing Fauci’s power and influence to flourish, right along with the amount of carnage Fauci caused.
Finally, weak candidates can be manipulated, which creates a kind of political Thunderdome as the candidate’s most ruthless advisors compete to control the candidate. Whoever wins immediately manipulates the candidate into destroying or removing their rivals, ensuring that no other strong advisors are ever hired or appointed again and that they themselves are completely protected from any responsibility for mistakes. So a weak candidate will ultimately be surrounded by one main ruthless, cunning, and unaccountable advisor plus a pack of croneys and spineless lackeys.
The failure of the “hired expertise” effect can also be observed in miniature in political committees like the January 6th Committee.
🔥 The House January 6th Committee’s gala anti-Trump show jumped the shark yesterday when it aired its rescheduled blockbuster Episode 6.
The star of yesterday’s show was Cassidy Hutchinson, 25, a photogenic former aide to Trump’s final chief of staff Mark Meadows and recent college graduate. She was a star witness not because she did anything or saw anything on January 6th, but because she allegedly heard a lot of stuff from other people. Stuff we lawyers usually call hearsay.
Hutchinson said she was “disgusted” by President Trump on January 6th, because he refused to stop the rioters. “We were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie,” she lamented.
She recounted having been told by others about lots of things damaging to the President. For example, at lunch on January 6th, she said she’d heard Trump threw his lunch plate against the wall in a temper tantrum when getting some bad news about Bill Barr; that he knew about the riot and wanted to join in; and most salacious, she recounted hearing about a detail-packed story where Trump tried to wrestle the steering wheel from his security team so he could join in with the violent mob at the Capitol. Hutchinson painted a word picture of a furious, out-of-control chief executive who tried to force his limousine to the Capitol over the wishes of the Secret Service and his top staff.
She also testified that Secret Service agent Tony Ornato told her boss that “there could be violence” on January 6th. According to Cassidy, Ornato told Meadows that many of the people attending the Capitol rally had guns and other weapons, including spears attached to the ends of flagpoles, and Meadows didn’t care.
In one significant bit of testimony, Cassidy told Liz Cheney that she’d written a note, a “smoking gun,” dictated by Mark Meadows, saying “Anyone who entered the Capitol without proper authority should leave immediately.” Then she dramatically produced the note. On the big screen.
As her testimony concluded, corporate media and anti-Trumpers began composing an epic song about how damning Cassidy’s testimony was and how NOW Trump was REALLY going to get arrested.
Right after that, Cassidy’s story started falling apart. Immediately there were LOTS of questions. For example, the president does not usually sit in the passenger seat. He’s usually always driven in the BACK of the vehicle. Where someone can’t reach the steering wheel. Why was he in the front? Last week, after news broke about Joe Biden toppling off a motionless bicycle, corporate media said well, President Trump couldn’t even ride a bicycle or walk down a ramp, so … something. Anyway, Trump must have been having a pretty good day to wrestle with a secret service agent for control of a moving car. How’d he do it?
And, why did would call a low-level staffer to testify she’d HEARD about all these things? Why not call Meadows himself? Or the Secret Service Agent Tony Ornato? Or anybody who was in the car when Trump allegedly tried to grab the wheel? It already wasn’t adding up.
Then it got worse for Committee fans later yesterday when NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander announced that the secret service members who were actually in the President’s van that day are willing to testify before the Committee that Cassidy’s story is made up.
CNN is now breaking reports that Tony Ornato, the secret service agent she said warned Meadows about dangerous rioters, also disputes Cassidy’s story.
Finally, a spokesperson for Eric Herschmann, a former White House attorney, told ABC News on Tuesday that the “smoking gun” note was actually written by Mr. Herschmann on January 6th, not Cassidy. “All sources with direct knowledge and law enforcement have and will confirm that it was written by Mr. Herschmann,” the spokesperson added.
So, it looks like the Committee’s Whopper is really a grasshopper burger that nobody wants to eat. It looks like Cassidy Hutchinson just took a blowtorch to her career, joining insane fake whistleblower Rebekah Jones in the unhappy pantheon of deranged publicity seekers.
This is what you get when you have a committee of Bennie Thompson, Adam Schiff, and Liz Cheney making the decisions.
💉 Travis Barker, 46, Blink 182 drummer and Kourtney Kardashian’s husband, was rushed to the hospital yesterday because of a “mysterious illness.” Barker posted an eerie message on Twitter:
It’s been a difficult year for musicians. And a lot of other people.
💉Juno award-nominated comic, Nick Nemeroff, 32, died suddenly in his sleep on Monday. The former SNL star’s obituary provided no cause of death.
People, please don’t ask about his vaccination status. That’s totally inappropriate. You should never ask someone that question, except to let them into a restaurant, or check in at the airport, or if they are coming to a child’s birthday party. But not now.
💉 Former “Partridge Family” child star Danny Bonaduce, 62, told Good Morning America about his strange health problems that started two months ago. He said in April his wife Amy first noticed that his speech seemed off. His symptoms escalated from there.
“I couldn’t walk at all,” Bonaduce recalled. “I couldn’t do anything like that. She looked really nervous. And she said, ‘You’re not saying words, you’re not speaking English,’ which of course is preposterous to me.”
“We call an ambulance and [it] took me to the hospital where I remained for the first five days and remember very little of it,” he said.
The experts were baffled, of course, like they always are when it matters. “I couldn’t walk,” Bonaduce explained. “I couldn’t keep my balance. I slurred really badly. I was afraid of everything. I was afraid of my stairs for God’s sake — I was hoping for a diagnosis but did not get one.”
It’s a baffling mystery!
Fortunately, Mr. Bonaduce shared that his symptoms are now slowly improving.
🔥 On a live on-air interview yesterday, CNN anchors heard from the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, who stressed that Joe Biden is “already the oldest American president and there’s real doubts about his capacity to serve a second four-year term.”
Some of us have doubts about Biden’s capacity to serve a FIRST four-year term. Just saying. Don’t cancel me.
The long knives are coming out for Joe.
🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀
🚀 On Monday, Russia’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, currently deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, warned Western policymakers about admitting Finland and Sweden into NATO. He explained if they do, Russia will just have to strengthen its borders with those countries, pointing out “Nobody in their right mind wants higher prices and taxes, mounting tension along the borders, Iskanders, hypersonic weapons or ships with nukes a stone’s throw from their house. Let’s hope that the common sense of our neighbors eventually prevails. Yet if not, then, as they say, they started it.”
I’m starting to get a funny feeling that Russia doesn’t want NATO on its borders. What do you think? Am I crazy?
🚀 I’m also starting to think Russia isn’t 100% on board with all the U.S.’s deep-state biolabs creeping about its former Soviet-bloc countries. Now it’s Armenia:
On Monday, Armenian media reported Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan saying, “It is true that [Armenian biolabs] were created with the support of the United States, but they are owned by the Republic of Armenia. This topic was raised in 2018; our Russian partners expressed concern.”
Russia seems to be making progress. Earlier this month, Armenia announced it would modify its 2010 agreement with the United States, the loquaciously-titled “Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise that Could be Used in the Development of Biological Weapons.” In the announcement, the Armenian government noted that Article IV of the agreement obligates Armenia to “provide the U.S. Department of Defense with samples of dangerous pathogens discovered in Armenia.”
Uh huh. Dangerous pathogens discovered in Armenia. Like in a biolab?
On June 3rd, EurasiaNet ran a story headlined, “Armenia Limits Bioweapons Cooperation With U.S. Amid Russian Pressure.” The sub-headline reads, “Russia had again been complaining about U.S.-funded labs in Armenia. Now Yerevan is cutting off some biosecurity cooperation with the Americans.” The story explains how over the last several years the U.S. has funded the renovation and construction of “a series of biological laboratories across Armenia,” in regional centers linked to a central lab in the capital, Yerevan.
The U.S. corporate media has been completely silent about the story. Crickets.
The story helpfully includes this U.S. Embassy photo of American officials helping open a new Armenian biolab in 2017:
Now Armenia is working on a “Comprehensive Law on Biosafety,” in which “it will be clearly stated that the Armenian side is not obliged to provide samples of pathogens to any state.” Like the U.S.? EurasiaNet reported that “The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan had not responded to requests for comment by the time this piece was posted.“ Weird.
In a May 23rd interview, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listed Armenia as one of several sites where U.S.-funded biological laboratories were objects of Russian concern. “What’s important is transparency that allows us to ensure that these programs do not have a military dimension, as this is prohibited by the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological and Toxin Weapons,” Lavrov said.
Get this. Lavrov then said that Russia was in the process of setting up agreements with several post-Soviet countries allowing for Russia to inspect the bio-facilities.
Uh oh. Inspections? That can’t be good for business.
It’s so odd that Russia would object to having a raft of U.S.-linked biolabs in countries along its borders. And after how well the U.S.-linked biolab in Wuhan performed during the pandemic. Stupid Putin. Always finding something to complain about.
I’m sure that the Department of Defense’s legitimate interest in all these community biolabs around the world is some kind of deep dark state secret. But now is the time for them to explain to us exactly what they’ve been up to. Open the books. Be transparent. Stop obfuscating and hiding behind word salad. Stop giving the Russians the ability to make us look like the bad guys, even if it sacrifices some nebulous strategic advantage.
Oh. And thanks corporate media, for keeping us informed!
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Whatever your thoughts about Trump, the January 6 sideshow is peak ridiculousness.
I don't know, Jeff.....you're losing me here. Are you implying that there is corruption and less than honorable activities going on in our OWN U.S. government? Well, I never! Stick to your Bail Bonds business, Mister!