Discover more from ☕️ Coffee & Covid 2023 🦠
☕️ THE ISRAEL MODEL ☙ Friday, July 14, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Biden Administration deploys new Ukraine strategy; writer-actor strikes slows woke production; SADS soccer, bodybuilder/swimmer, writer/producer, singer/performer; SB 7050; and a fun Friday clip.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Friday! Your end-of-week roundup includes: Biden Administration tired of waiting for Zelenskyy to do something, does some things, including announcing a brand-new foreign policy and calling up reservists; historic writer-actor joint strike hits Hollywood, but will anyone notice?; SADS soccer player; bodybuilder swimming SADS; SADS Hollywood writer and producer; singer and TV personality long vaxx; democrats score minor court win against SB 7050 and a Miami Independent interview; and your amusing Friday video clip — respect muh pronouns.
🗞💬 *WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 💬🗞
🚀 Joe Biden is losing patience again, not with the unvaccinated this time, but with Zelenskyy, who probably is unvaccinated, but that’s beside the point. No matter how many tanks and bombs he gets, the former comedian and Ukrainian commander-in-chief just can’t seem to do anything right, so Joe is taking over the narrative.
☕️ Coffee & Covid 2023 🦠 is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.
In an interview yesterday with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Biden laid out a brand-new foreign policy related to Ukraine. Or at least, it would have been an announcement of a major new foreign policy, if this were any normal administration and if we had an honest media. But I couldn’t find any corporate media story reporting the shift; just various op-eds about whether the new policy would work or not.
Zakaria asked Biden about the NATO conference and the fact that Zelenskyy was left eating a dirt sandwich. The Resident explained what can be described as a new, three-point plan:
1) Ukraine is almost but not quite ready for NATO membership. These things take time. The spin now is that it “always” takes time to join the defense alliance. But of course, nobody was saying that the day before the Vilnius conference.
2) The U.S. plans enter into a unilateral (one-way) defense agreement with Ukraine that is like to the agreement between the U.S. and Israel, which provides for sales of advanced weaponry but not troops. Pundits and op-ed authors are celebrating Joe’s brilliance and calling it “the Israel model.”
The ‘Israel model’ implies two things. First, the conflict is going to last a long time, maybe forever. Second, there will be a long-standing dispute over borders, multiple map versions, and a permanent low-intensity conflict all along the disputed border.
3) The U.S. anticipates the Proxy War will be resolved with Russia by a peace agreement cum cease-fire that allows Russia to keep the Ukrainian territory it has secured, for now, but does not officially recognize the pilfered property as part of Russia, even if they did vote to join the Russian Federation.
Given that the Ukrainians couldn’t manage to make any material progress with the “Counteroffensive,” this actually is not a bad fall-back position going into the negotiations. The prospect of having an Israel-type situation in Ukraine should not be attractive to Russia. In that sense, it’s a message to Russia: you’ll be fighting this war forever, at some level. Or, you can make a better deal now.
Of course, all of this is a fantasy, smoke and mirrors; Biden has no Congressional approval to fund an “Israel model” in Ukraine, and the situation in Eastern Europe is completely different from the situation in the Middle East.
In other words, it’s another half-baked Biden idea.
Here’s how Biden mangled explaining the new policy:
“I don’t think it’s ready for membership in NATO … Ukraine is not ready for NATO membership in the middle of a war … In the meantime though… the United States would be ready to provide, while the process is going on, and its going to take a while, while the process is going on, to provide security, a la, security we provide for Uk-, for Israel. Providing the weaponry, the need, the capacity to defend themselves. If there is an agreement, if there is a cease-fire, if there is a peace agreement.”
That’s not all! Also yesterday, Biden signed an executive order activating U.S. military reserves and calling up an initial 3,000 reservists for deployment “in Europe.” Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) tweeted, correctly, that he thinks it was intended to provoke Russia:
It’s not completely novel; Biden signed a similar order in 2022 before Russia invaded Ukraine. (These types of executive orders can only last 365 days.) But the timing is very suggestive. We know from prior reporting that the glorious Ukrainian Counteroffensive™, with all those Leopard tanks, was intended to put Zelenskyy in a good negotiating position for a cease fire.
But now that Ukraine’s Celebrated Counteroffensive™ is looking more like counter service at a shabby deli, it appears that Team Biden is using the power of the United States presidential pen to try to create negotiating leverage to end the conflict favorably.
Just within the last few days:
1) Biden overrode Congress’ ban and authorized cluster bombs to Ukraine.
2) Biden announced a new “Israel model” strategy.
3) Biden ordered up a potentially vast reserve army.
Note that all this news came directly from the Oval Office.
It’s all reckless brinksmanship, of course, but the Russians have — so far — seemed to be playing conservatively and not taking the bait. So that’s good. Remember, Team Biden is thinking about the 2024 election campaign (and so are potential Biden replacement candidates), so I would take all these developments as a Big Push™ to set the table for a conclusion.
According to most sane pundits, Team Biden has five months to wrap up the Proxy War before it becomes a major 2024 campaign “quagmire” issue.
🔥 Zerohedge ran a heartwarming story yesterday headlined, “Hollywood Grinds To A Halt As Actors And Writers Go On Strike Together For First Time In Six Decades.”
Thank goodness! Maybe this will slow the endless slurry of woke pabulum pouring out of the Nation’s atypical sexual lifestyle headquarters. I, for one, am tired of seeing gay caresses smashed into the middle of every action scene. Hopefully the strike lasts for months.
We can only hope.
The Writers Guild of America has already been striking since May 2nd. You’ll be forgiven for not having noticed. But yesterday, the Screen Actors Guild, which represents about 160,000 performers, announced the strike after a proposed labor agreement with Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers fell apart.
160,000 Guild members gives us a nice measure of the population that has been suffering all these mysterious, sudden, and unexpected deaths and injuries lately. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see Madonna and Jamie Foxx back on the screens soon! And with NFL season starting in a couple months, I’m looking forward to seeing Damar Hamlin back on the field, too.
Fran Drescher is the current SAG president, and has faced internal criticism lately, since Newsmax has reported she “worked tirelessly behind the scenes” to end the Guild’s vaccine mandate. The dual-strike doesn’t happen often. 1960 was the last time both writers and actors staged joint walkouts.
As an interesting historical footnote, Ronald Reagan headed the Actor’s Guild that last time.
They’re all fighting about money, of course. The biggest issues are how writers and actors should participate in royalties from streaming services, and what actors should be paid for use of their “digital likeness.” I think they should be more worried about A.I., which the studios are undoubtedly going to be looking at to bridge the gap, with A.I.-generated scripts, and virtual actors and actresses.
Virtual actresses like this one:
A.I. Lisa might not be perfect, and she doesn’t move around much, but it’s getting shockingly close. It’s not a great time for writers and actors to be striking. After all, A.I. is a lot cheaper and easier to work with than unionized writers and actors.
Although he wasn’t speaking about A.I. specifically, Disney CEO Bob Iger echoed those concerns when he told CNBC the strike will have a “very, very damaging effect on the whole industry. This is the worst time in the world to add to that disruption.”
Well, good luck to them. I don’t mean to sound cavalier, but the strikes won’t affect me much.
💉 New Mexico State soccer player Thalia Chaverria, 20, died suddenly, mysteriously, and unexpectedly right after her 20th birthday early Monday morning. In bed. At home. Never even made it to the hospital.
Twenty years old.
Las Cruces police responded around 7am Monday morning to a report of an “unresponsive woman.” Once they got to the scene, they found Thalia dead as a doornail. The official cause of death was “unknown.” They’re baffled. Police said there were no signs of foul play or criminal activity.
Aggies soccer coach Rob Baarts said in a statement released by the school on Tuesday, “The sudden loss of Thalia has completely rocked our Aggie soccer families’ world. T was an inspiration and rock to this team. She will be missed but not forgotten. Her spirit will be with us every day, on and off the pitch.”
The college just ended its vaccine mandate a few months ago in March: “New Mexico State University will no longer require staff and students to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as of March 1, 2023.”
💉 Romanian bodybuilding champion Catalin Stefanescu, 30, died mysteriously, unexpectedly, and suddenly on Sunday after drowning in a shallow lake. By “shallow,” I mean the lake was reported to be three feet deep.
Catalin’s lifeless body was discovered submerged in three feet of water in a lake in Lazuri, Romania, where he had gone fishing with a friend. Emergency services were promptly called to the scene, but despite their rapid response, the bodybuilder was pronounced dead on the scene.
No cause of death has been released, but Romanian police say they are on the case, so don’t worry.
💉 ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ Executive Producer Manny Coto, 62, died Sunday at his home in Pasadena after what was called a 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Manny is also credited as head writer and executive producer on a number of well-known series including 24, 24:Legacy, 24:Live Another Day, Dexter, and American Horror Story.
Now Manny boldly goes into the final frontier, where no man has ever gone before. At least, no living man.
💉 Brazilian singer, songwriter, and television personality Joelma Mendes, 49, is having a bad year.
Joelma made news recently during a show in Palmas, Tocantins, when her face suddenly and unexpectedly swelled up, terrifying fans.
Yikes. Later, the band’s spokesman said Joelma is suffering from Long Covid symptoms. She’s had covid FIVE TIMES in the last year. According to one Brazilian news report, Joelma said it’s not just her face, either.
“It’s not just the face, the whole body that swells. This sequel is when I ride a plane, I think because of the pressure, and when I start dancing and the blood starts to heat up. I found out that it was my blood that was clotting,” lamented Joelma.
Blood clots. You’d think they might have mentioned that in the headline.
Anyway, the good news is Joelma’s had her shots:
Prayers for Joelma’s quick recovery from her Long Vaxx, I mean Long Covid.
🔥 Florida democrats celebrated last week when a federal judge blocked two provisions in Florida’s massive new election law reforms, collectively referred to as SB 7050.
The blocked provisions criminalized using illegal immigrants for voter registration and prohibited nonprofits from keeping citizens’ private data. Florida is appealing the decision to the 11th Circuit.
SB 7050 was the legal package over which I was widely criticized earlier this year for not criticizing, after some Florida conservatives expressed concerns that the new law would actually help election fraud. I reviewed the various concerns and couldn’t confirm them in the bill’s language, which rankled some people.
One of my frequent critics was the Miami Independent which, to its credit, recently interviewed me about the law and treated me perfectly fairly. Back in April, the Miami Independent (quoting an elections activist) darkly labeled SB 7050 as the “Florida Election Fraud Legalization Act.”
Don’t get me wrong; even though I disagreed with the Independent, and felt they were wrong to call me out, I’m not criticizing the paper, which ordinarily does great work in Florida. As I said, they were fair and even-handed in their recent interview: https://miamiindependent.com/io-episode-171-florida-election-integrity-cage-match-sb-7050/.
I continue to stand by my original analysis: the gigantic SB 7050 package of election law tweaks seems, as far as I can tell, to be a raft of commonsense provisions strengthening election law. The recent federal decision delighting democrats seems to have borne that out.
Notwithstanding SB 7050, there remain lots of problems with election laws, especially related to the voting machines, and we undoubtedly still have a lot of work to do. It’s not a problem that arose overnight, and it won’t be solved in one legislative session. I’m not waiting around for changes to the laws, either. I’ve filed several elections challenges cases and am currently involved in a Zuckerbucks challenge. I’m all for accountability and transparency and if I can find any problem in the law I’ll gladly help to call it out.
No good deed, and so forth.
🔥 Props to the Babylon Bee, who sure called it back on January 6th.
And then yesterday, seven days later, from CNN:
Life imitates satire! Especially these days.
🔥 Finally, for your Friday amusement, enjoy this satirical TikTok, demonstrating how it looks when the tables are turned on woke teachers with atypical sexual preferences.
Enable 3rd party cookies or use another browser
Please, no hate in the comments. Be accepting of her straightness.
Have a fabulous Friday! And come on back tomorrow morning for more delicious C&C in the Weekend Edition roundup.
Consider joining with C&C to help move the nation’s needle and change minds. I could use your help getting the truth out and spreading optimism and hope, if you can: https://www.coffeeandcovid.com/p/-learn-how-to-get-involved-
Truth Social: jchilders98.
C&C Swag! www.shopcoffeeandcovid.com
Emailed Daily Newsletter: https://www.coffeeandcovid.com