☕️ ERUPTIONS ☙ Monday, January 15, 2024 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Racism made DA Willis hire her boy toy; Soros' DA strategy starts to look stinky; NBC's latest hilarious Trump conspiracy theory; CDC covered up early cardiac problems; FAA likes issue-people; more.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Monday! As winter icily blasts across the country, the news is anything but frozen. Your roundup today includes: Fani Willis speaks about her new PR problems and you will never guess what she blames (hint, it starts with an ‘r’); thoughts on the collapsing Soros DA strategy; NBC trots out latest Trump conspiracy theory and gives away the insurrection game; Epoch Times finds evidence CDC covered up myocarditis signal right after jabs came out; FAA prefers hiring people with issues; and Iceland’s newest volcano is back at it again.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
🔥 Oh, yes she did. Late yesterday, the Washington Post ran a (paywalled) story headlined, “Fani Willis, Trump Georgia case prosecutor, ends silence on misconduct accusations. The sub-headline explained, “She doesn’t directly address the most salacious allegations but suggests racism is at the heart of claims against her.” Of course she did.
Embattled Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis earnestly addressed the congregation at Atlanta’s Big Bethel AME Church as its Martin Luther King weekend keynote speaker. DA Willis either gave a sermon, delivered a speech, or possibly made an act of contrition; it wasn’t clear. The DA at times seemed humble and contrite, at times emotional and angry, frequently invoking invidious racism, sexism (Fani is Fulton’s first female DA) and unfair discrimination, begging congregants to forgive her for being an “imperfect black woman” who needs to be “allowed to stumble,” and finally comparing the media criticism of herself to the FBI’s persecution of Martin Luther King, Junior.
To paraphrase failed 1988 vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen, Ms. Willis, you are no Martin Luther King, Junior.
Anyway. Possibly anticipating skepticism over her racism claim, since plenty of white politicians have also gotten into trouble for failing to keep it in their pants, DA Willis defiantly but slightly incoherently insisted that “isn’t it them playing the race card when they think I need someone in some other jurisdiction in some other state to tell me how to do a job I’ve been doing almost 30 years?”
Despite supervising a vast multi-million-dollar budget, employing male sexual attendants, enjoying taxpayer-funded luxury vacations, and overseeing the most historic criminal prosecution in history against a white President, Ms. Willis believes she is the latest victim of this country’s deplorable systemic racism. But that’s not all. She is also the victim of too high expectations.
"You cannot expect black women to be perfect and save the world," Willis explained.
DA Willis’s perfect world began to crumble last week when she was “outed” for bad behavior by one of many co-defendants she indicted along with President Trump under squishy Georgia election crimes. She’s probably wishing now she hadn’t included that particular defendant; maybe DA Willis shouldn’t have been so greedy for defendants.
According to carefully-documented allegations in the co-defendant’s motion to disqualify DA Willis — allegations Willis still has not denied — the Soros-funded District Attorney hired and paid a small fortune to an inexperienced lawyer she was sleeping and vacationing with on the side. And then she assigned him to a central role in the Trump case.
And then — according to his own poorly-kept fee records — in the runup to Trump’s indictment, lawyer qua gigolo Nathan Wade met at least twice with White House lawyers — for a full day each time. Apart from working under Ms. Willis on the Trump case, Nathan has nothing going on that the White House might be interested in, never mind interested enough to spend sixteen hours talking to him.
Unless Nathan defrauded Fulton County, since he was hired to work on the Trump case, his invoiced sixteen hours of meetings with White House counsel had to be related to the Trump case. It’s a smoking gun proving White House involvement in the case.
On Friday, Governor Brian Kemp, a key witness in DA Willis’s case against Trump, called the new claims against Willis “deeply troubling.” Kemp also told reporters that “Evidence should be presented quickly in order for Judge McAfee to rule and the public to have confidence in this trial moving forward.”
DA Willis’s high opinion of herself is difficult to over-estimate. Suggesting that the Creator of the Universe personally arranged her appearance at Big Bethel AME, DA Willis explained “Today, what He has brought you is his very flawed, hardheaded and imperfect servant.”
Nathan Wade’s fee records are awful. They’re so bad that in a non-political case he could get disbarred for them. For just one example, Nathan mostly billed Fulton County in even hour increments, like 1.00, 2.00, or 4.00 hours. Florida’s Supreme Court says that kind of billing violates minimum ethical requirements and has sanctioned lawyers for doing it. And those are in cases without public money involvement.
One gets the impression Nathan has never done that kind of billing before.
The more salacious allegations, such as that DA Willis overpaid her lover, or benefited from those payments by going on luxury cruises and trips with him, are bad enough. But massively more meaningful are Nathan’s documented connections to the White House before the indictments.
Only slightly reading between the lines, it looks like the White House lawyers went to great lengths to meet with Nathan outside the White House so the visits wouldn’t show up on visitor logs. But then — to get paid for sixteen billable hours — Nathan made sure to invoice Fulton County for his time and dropped names.
This story has more legs than one of Wonderland’s talking centipedes. At this point, it’s impossible to say how it could affect the Trump case, or even cases. The media coverage suggests democrats will throw DA Willis under the bus, because her horrible judgment is a profound political liability. What will she screw up next? What other overpaid skeletons could come tumbling out of Fani’s closet?
🔥 But as big as are the potential implications for the Trump cases, there’s an even bigger potential development here — the inevitable implosion of George Soros’s local strategy. That’s a giant claim, but stick with me a minute.
George Soros blew up traditional politics by breaking with the Democrat party and investing directly in local candidates like sheriffs and especially district attorneys, the gatekeepers for all criminal prosecution. The idea was to push far-left agendas by electing loyal DAs who would refuse to prosecute violations of any laws that Soros didn’t like, like laws restricting abortions or gender mutilation surgeries. That way you don’t even need to change any laws. Easy peasy.
To his credit, George Soros recognized the local, local, local strategy even before it was popular. And he recognized that it was way cheaper to help a DA get elected than to help a presidential candidate or even a senator gain office. So Soros transformed county after county, even many bright-red counties, into woke legal sanctuary counties where hardened criminals get released back onto the streets within hours, instead of being buried beneath the jail where they belong.
But things may be changing. Soros made a big mistake. His carefully-elected DA’s are falling one by one. It turns out that, if you elect mentally-undersized hacks and crooks willing to violate their oaths of office, they’ll eventually hang themselves. From California to Texas to Florida, Soros DAs are falling, one by one. Just in Florida, Governor DeSantis has removed two big-county DAs for violating their oaths to uphold the law.
There’s a hard political lesson here. The two parties each run a “farm team” system to develop candidates, for a reason. To gain party support, local candidates have to prove themselves through volunteering in the party before they get support for entry-level local offices like clerk, tax appraiser, or dog catcher. The parties then watch and see which candidates successfully hold office and don’t embarrass themselves (or anybody else).
Then the parties “promote” the good ones to higher local office, like city council, county commission, or mayor.
Once a local official shows political skill, and doesn’t collapse under piles of bones falling out of their closets, the parties run those proven local officials for higher state office. Then, successful state office-holders will be moved up to federal. You get the idea.
George Soros was too impatient to wait for the democrat farm team to produce viable super-woke candidates. Frustrated with the slow pace, the billionaire bypassed the Democrat Party’s normal farm-team system and ran his own slate of crooked candidates, flooding their campaigns with cash and overwhelming their opponents.
Fani Willis’s political experience was a single stint as a “municipal judge,” which was as glorified traffic court magistrate — an appointed position. Like Fani Willis, many of the other Soros candidates were not proven political campaigners. They were far-left partisans without any prior political track record.
Now Soros’s DAs are collapsing under the weight of rookie mistakes, flaming out from one self-inflicted injury after another. They’re mistakes experienced politicians wouldn’t make. This is what happens when anyone, Soros or anybody else, bypasses the established system to get to the finish line faster.
From time to time, grassroots conservatives have made the very same mistake and learned the hard way. It happened with the Tea Party and more recently with some MAGA candidates. Usually conservatives get frustrated about establishment “RINO” candidates, so they buck the party system and run a first-timer for a higher office like state representative or even for Congress. Sometimes conservatives will even primary the Republican incumbent with an inexperienced candidate. Then, the well-intentioned but politically-inexperienced conservative candidate will flame out after some embarrassing self-inflicted injury, like the nice young Tea Party lady who made the ill-advised TV commercial denying she was a witch:
This is what’s happening to George Soros. There is a reason for the farm team system, and skipping the line gets you district attorneys who hire adulterous hacks, sleep with them, authorize millions in unwarranted pay, and implicate the White House in high crimes and misdemeanors.
In other words, these folks create train wrecks.
Soros’s empire of hyper-partisan politicians might burn itself down to the ground — and do generational harm to the democrat party in the meantime. Sure, other partisans don’t care about crooked DAs, but normal people do. DA’s like Fani Willis, Chesa Boudin, Mark Gonzalez, Andrew Warren, and Monique Warrell are all examples of ex-Soros DA’s (or soon to be ex-DA's) who badly tarnished the democrat brand on their way out.
🔥 Fox News ran a story this morning headlined, “Iowa voters prepare to head to polls amid bitter cold as first GOP caucuses near.” Fortunately for conservatives in Iowa, the weather is forecasted only slightly below zero, with partly-sunny conditions in the afternoon warming the state up to a brisk minus-two:
Iowans who intend to caucus will have to be pretty fired up. Literally. Otherwise they’ll never get there.
🔥 NBC ran an unintentionally hilarious and overheated story yesterday headlined, “Fears grow that Trump will use the military in ‘dictatorial ways’ if he returns to the White House.” Democrats are now painfully fretting about how mad Trump might be after all these horrible lawsuits are over, and what the former President might do once in office if he gets re-elected.
I know what you’re going to say. The democrats are just projecting again. True, but it’s funny how they are so tone-deaf. Behold this heroic description of a group of budding democrat insurrectionists conspiring to “interfere with an official proceeding”:
Bracing for Trump’s potential return, a loose-knit network of public interest groups and lawmakers is quietly devising plans to try to foil any efforts to expand presidential power, which could include pressuring the military to cater to his political needs. The aim is to identify like-minded organizations and create a coalition to challenge Trump from day one.
Participants include Democracy Forward, an organization that took the Trump administration to court more than 100 times. “We are preparing to use every tool in the toolbox to provide the American people an ability to fight back,” said Skye Perryman, president of Democracy Forward. “We believe this is an existential moment for American democracy and it’s incumbent on everybody to do their part.”
Skye unfortunately said, “fight back.” She should be more careful. Those are very violent words that could get you 36 to 72 months if uttered on the Capitol plaza. It’s also pretty rich for a woke activist to invoke “an existential moment for American democracy” while simultaneously suing to prevent candidates from appearing on both parties’ ballots.
So much for democracy, which I guess is now just a convenient buzzword along the way to a full-on communist dictatorship. You’d think they’d have a better sense of its meaning; the word is right in their party’s name.
But the best part was when NBC got down to brass tacks, describing it real fear — being hoisted on its own moronic tactics:
Among the least-understood tools available to a president is the Insurrection Act. Vaguely worded, it gives a president considerable discretion in deciding what constitutes an uprising and when it is OK to deploy active-duty military in response, experts say.
Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill worry that Trump might invoke the act to involve the armed forces in the face of domestic protests or if the midterm elections don’t go his way. “There are an array of horrors that could result from Donald Trump’s unrestricted use of the Insurrection Act,” (Senator Dick) Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in an interview. “A malignantly motivated president could use it in a vast variety of dictatorial ways unless at some point the military itself resisted what they deemed to be an unlawful order. But that places a very heavy burden on the military.”
It gives a president considerable discretion in deciding what constitutes an uprising. You don’t say. Like, could unarmed Capitol Protests be considered an uprising? Just asking.
It’s so weird! I wonder how NBC might have got the idea that Trump could use the Insurrection Act? I mean, nobody’s used that dusty old law in over a hundred… oh, wait. That’s right. The democrats have invoked the Insurrection Act about ten billion times in the last three years since January 6th, 2021. Democrats have called every Republican they could find an “insurrectionist,” both in and out of court.
In other words, now that they’ve re-defined “insurrection” to include strolling into the Capitol at the invitation of police, democrats are starting to fret about what a Republican president might do with the very same laws they’ve been battering conservatives with for years. While all the many hand-wringing articles about Trump love to cite the George Floyd protests as an example of the kind of thing they worry Trump would crack down on, the reality is probably that every democrat involved in the “Russia Collusion” hoax is sweating worse than Kamala Harris in church.
I’ll say it: the “Russia Collusion” operation was an insurrection. And they know it, too.
💉 The Epoch Times ran a revealing story yesterday headlined, “EXCLUSIVE: Veterans Affairs Found Safety Signal for Pfizer COVID Vaccine, Never Disclosed It.” It was even more embarrassing for the government than the headline suggested.
Fauci deservedly gets all the hate, but slippery CDC official Tom Shimabukuro is just as culpable and maybe even more directly responsible for millions of unnecessary deaths and injuries from the vaccines. He should be just as well known as Fauci. While Fauci was appearing as the official face of the pandemic on every rapper’s podcast to push the jabs, Shimabukuro was the one behind the scenes holding the pillow smothering legitimate scientists and ensuring nothing made the jabs look bad.
Through public records requests, Epoch got hold of an email from the Veteran’s Administration showing the CDC was told about the myocarditis signal on May 13, 2021 — right after the jab campaign started — and even though the agency would deny the obvious connection between the vaccines and heart problems until nearly a year later in 2022, long after most young people had already been vaccinated.
Here’s the May 2021 email from a VA doctor to the CDC official in charge of the covid vaccines, Dr. Shimabukuro:
“We have a signal for myocarditis/pericarditis…with Pfizer vaccine following the 1st dose,” VA doctor Fran Cunningham wrote to Dr. Shimabukuro on May 13, 2021. Dr. Cunningham, who is probably worried about keeping her job, did not answer Epoch’s calls or emails. When asked about the agency’s lack of response to Cunningham’s email, a CDC spokesman told Epoch flatly that the VA later determined the signal “was not a true signal.”
Really. But how? How did they determine it was “not a true signal?” I mean, however you slice it, it was a true signal, as the CDC would finally admit over a year later. Is the CDC saying the VA’s particular signal was wrong, even though in a bigger picture way it was right? Was it more likely the VA determined it was “not a true signal” because they were told it was not a true signal and to shut up fast?
In May 2021, there were plenty of other signals of jab problems besides the VA email, such as everything flooding into VAERS. And the person at the CDC who made sure nobody found out about the problems was Dr. Tom Shimabukuro.
🔥 In the you-can’t-make-it-up category, the New York Post ran a remarkable story yesterday headlined, “FAA’s diversity push includes focus on hiring people with ‘severe intellectual’ and ‘psychiatric’ disabilities.” It wasn’t exactly news, per se, but it added some pretty important context to the Boeing doorplug incident, where last week part of the side of the plane “departed the aircraft” going 600 mph at 16,000 feet, fortunately not killing anybody but stripping off one passenger’s shirt, sucking out a bunch of cell phones, and creating what sounds a lot more like a painful ordeal than a relaxing flight.
Anyway, diligent New York Post reporters did some digging and found that for most of the last year, the FAA has been focused on recruiting everyone except qualified candidates including — and I am not making this up — people with issues, euphemistically referred to as “severe intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.”
The FAA’s “Diversity and Inclusion” hiring plan claimed that “diversity is integral to achieving FAA’s mission of ensuring safe and efficient travel across our nation and beyond.” I think we can all agree that safety and efficiency are, in fact, what the FAA should be aiming for. But what’s not entirely clear is how it helps improve safety and efficiency to put people with “severe intellectual and psychiatric disabilities” in charge of the nation’s critical air industry.
When it comes to air travel, safety first, right? I mean, they even make us take our shoes off, for crying out loud. And don’t get me started on the ‘enhanced’ patdowns. It’s too soon. I’m not ready to talk about it yet.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s good to help disabled people get jobs. I’m all for laws banning discriminating against disabled people who can do the same job as a fully abled person, or however you say it. A person in a wheelchair should be able to get a job as a bookkeeper, with no problems. I’d even allow that the employer might be required to buy that employee a wider desk to accommodate the wheelchair, depending on how much it costs, of course.
But it’s not clear to me at all that employers should be discriminating against non-disabled people by preferring disabled people. That doesn’t seem fair. Beyond that, the FAA seems to have lost the plot a little. The idea is: it’s good to give a disabled person an equal shot if they can do the same job just as well.
Don’t cancel me. But I have serious doubts whether issue-plagued people with “severe intellectual and psychiatric disabilities” can do important airline safety jobs just as well as smart, sane people can. Never mind whether they’re severe, I’m not even sure if people with regular intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are a good fit for a high-stress, high-stakes job like controlling airplanes or anything adjacent to that.
I tried to get an idea what “severe intellectual and psychiatric disabilities” at the FAA would actually look like. Good luck if you want to try. Don’t bother asking AI, it gets completely terrified at the prospect of defining either term and, turtle-like, immediately retreats into pro-sensitivity gobbledygook. But here’s my best guess how it might look:
FAA FLIGHT CONTROLLER: Go ahead XBB1015.
PILOT: Thank you, flight. Request clearance for landing.
FLIGHT CONTROLLER: 10-4 XBB, please use my pronouns xe/xir. I am having a difficult enough day already. I don’t need more problems from pilots. Over.
PILOT: Sorry, flight, I didn’t get that? Repeat?
FLIGHT CONTROLLER: Look, I am two seconds from blowing my brains out, okay? How about instead of pretending you didn’t hear me, just cooperate and I’ll give you a runway instead of flying you into a mountain? How about that?
Or something like that. Wait! I just had a notion. Is this story another controlled demolition thing? Are they going after the FAA this time?
🌋 That Iceland Volcano is erupting again, this time smothering a small town, which fortunately was fully evacuated. The volcano, a slow-motion disaster, is producing some pretty dramatic video, like this doomed drone footage:
As a satisfied Floridian, I will happily keep the hurricanes. You guys can have the earthquakes and the volcanoes. But before you get jealous, remember we also have alligators and palmetto bugs down here. If you’ve never had a palmetto bug run up the leg of your pajamas, it is a life-defining moment. Plus the experience helps you discover you can move much faster than you thought.
Have a marvelous Monday! Good luck to our Iowa C&Cers today, give us a field report in the comments if you go caucusing. Coffee & Covid will be back tomorrow morning to discuss the Iowa aftermath and figure out what it all means. See you then.
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