"All men have their vices. In my lifetime I have collected the entire set! That makes me more of an authority than those who scream that thus-and-such is bad for you while at the same time insisting they have never experienced it themselves." -- Michael Rivero

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On March 27, Axios ran a story with the headline: “Biden, Democrats (mostly) ditch ‘Bidenomics.'”

Axios reported that President Joe “Biden gradually had been ditching the term. Last June and July, he referred to ‘Bidenomics’ about 50 times. In December and January, he used it just six times.”

USA Today ran basically the same story on the same day — headlined: “President Biden scraps ‘Bidenomics’ after slogan falls flat” — crediting Axios.

Biden said ‘Bidenomics’ 15 times in his June 28 speech in Chicago that debuted his new slogan to the nation. He mentioned ‘Bidenomics’ another 77 times in speeches through October, including as many as six or seven times in single speeches.

Yet Biden touted ‘Bidenomics’ only four more times in both November and December, and he has said it only three times total this year.

The Daily Mail followed up with a story citing Axios and ran its own chart. Then, just this Thursday, a USA Today columnist hit Biden over the head for abandoning the term, citing the paper’s previous coverage.

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In a court order Tuesday, a U.S. District judge rejected the Biden State Department’s attempts to dismiss a censorship lawsuit brought by The Daily Wire, The Federalist, and the State of Texas.

The Daily Wire lawsuit, filed jointly by the New Civil Liberties Alliance with The Federalist and Texas in December of 2023 to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleges that the U.S. State Department is engaging with and promoting censorship technology designed to bankrupt domestic media outlets with disfavored political opinions.

The lawsuit, which also names Secretary of State Antony Blinken and five other officials as defendants, asks the court to declare the State Department’s attempt to interfere with domestic speech illegal and to permanently bar it from developing, promoting, or encouraging others to use technology to de-amplify, shadow ban, or restrict “the lawful speech of the American press and Americans.”

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If you thought the Stormy Daniels case New York is prosecuting against Trump was ridiculous, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.” Stormy Daniels took the stand today and, well, she ignited a firestorm and almost burned down the case.

Many accusations have been made over the years between Donald and Stormy. Trump has maintained his innocence, while Stormy Daniels has profited off the accusations with book deals, podcasts, and much more.

She has claimed she felt physically threatened by Trump, but all of these details of their alleged tryst are immaterial to proving the falsification of business records. That didn’t stop Stormy from turning the courthouse into a circus.

From CNN:
Stormy Daniels said she was working at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. She was still working for an adult film picture company.

Daniels testified that she met Trump at that tournament. “It was a very brief encounter,” she said.

She cracked a joke about the adult film company’s sponsorship of one of the holes of the golf course. The jurors did not laugh.

Obviously Stormy was hoping to “work the crowd.” Unfortunately, they weren’t having it. While Trump’s team requested the judge limit her testimony to relevant details, Judge Merchan smacked down the request and allowed Daniels to lay out every salacious detail that she claims happened.

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The Georgia Court of Appeals will consider an effort by Donald Trump and his co-defendants to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis from the 2020 election subversion case.

In a brief order Wednesday, the court said it will hear the appeal from Trump and others challenging the ruling from Judge Scott McAfee that allowed Willis to remain on the case.

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The Georgia Appeals Court agreed on Wednesday to hear former President Donald Trump's appeal of the Fulton County Superior Court judge's ruling declining to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis from the 2020 election case. 

"Upon consideration of the Application for Interlocutory Appeal, it is ordered that it be hereby GRANTED," the order reads.

Judge Scott McAfee, who is presiding over Willis' case against the former president, ruled earlier this year that Fani Willis did not have to step down after it was uncovered that she had an allegedly improper romantic and financial relationship with her principal deputy on the case, Nathan Wade. McAfee ruled that either Wade or Willis would have to step down from the case and Wade complied with the order. 

Trump and his co-defedants immediately moved to appeal his decision, which McAfee granted

Now that the appeals court has taken up the case, it is likely the trial will face further delays as the 2024 election fast approaches. 

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As an alternative to a primary election, Illinois law allowed for a party to get its candidates on the ballot for General Assembly spots by party slating procedure, along with collection of a requisite number of public signatures on nominating positions. A number of Republican challengers have been proceeding accordingly.

But over the course of just 30 hours on the first days of this month, the Democratic supermajority changed the law to retroactively disallow that procedure, thereby barring challengers from the November ballot as Republican party candidates.

The new law almost certainly gives Democrats a win in races in which Republicans did not run a candidate in the primary and could result in dozens of unopposed races.

Gov. JB signed the new law the day after it was passed, hours after telling reporters he didn’t know all the details. He also claimed it was an “ethics” bill.

“It really does make sure that we don’t have backroom deals to put people on the ballot and run as a result of some small group of people in a smoke-filled room making the choice,” Pritzker said at an unrelated news conference in Bloomington.

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The Manhattan prosecutor who questioned porn star Stormy Daniels Tuesday about her alleged sexual encounter with former President Donald Trump has a long history of giving money to Democrats, including to President Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

Susan Hoffinger gave the Biden campaign $250 in February 2020 and made a subsequent $250 contribution the following month, according to Election Commission documents.

Along with her $500 donation to the Biden campaign, Hoffinger, who was hired by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in 2022, also contributed more than $900 to ActBlue during the 2020 election cycle. 

ActBlue is the fundraising platform used by numerous Democratic politicians and liberal organizations. 

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Disney stock dove more than nine percent Tuesday after the entertainment behemoth fell short on its profit outlook and Disney+ subscriber growth.

That's despite Disney+ becoming profitable for the first time since its launch in November 2019, a huge milestone since streaming platforms - except Netflix - have long been struggling to convert paying members into actual profit.

In Tuesday's earnings report, Disney raised its expectations of full-year earnings growth to 25 percent, when analysts were hoping for 25.5 percent. 

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After being notified by Boeing that some company employees failed to complete specific inspections on some 787 Dreamliners but reported the checks as having been completed, essentially falsifying inspection records, the Federal Aviation Administration has opened a formal investigation.

The inspections verify there is adequate bonding and grounding of the fasteners connecting the wings to the fuselage. The test aims to confirm that the plane is properly grounded against electrical currents like a lightning strike.

A source familiar with the situation puts the potential number of aircraft involved as approximately 450, including around 60 aircraft still within Boeing’s production system.

The planes still in Boeing’s possession are being re-inspected, according to the FAA. A source briefed on the situation says Boeing engineers made an assessment that there is not an immediate safety issue because the 787 was built with multiple redundancies to protect against events like a lightning strike.

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As if there weren’t already enough censorship and deplatforming on Jewish issues, the ADL is using the opportunity presented by the Gaza war to ramp up even more. Prior to the war, in May, 2023 the Biden administration unveiled a plan, designed by the ADL, to undertake “over 100 bold and unprecedented actions” to, among other things, pressure social media companies to rein in free speech on their platforms.

This includes the following attempt to pressure social media companies to remove content they don’t like.

The Biden-Harris Administration calls on Congress to hold social media platforms accountable for spreading hate-fueled violence, including antisemitism, by requiring fundamental reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and by removing special immunity for online platforms; to impose much stronger transparency requirements on online platforms, including their algorithmic recommendation systems, content moderation decisions, and enforcement of community standards; and to pass legislation requiring platforms to enable timely and robust public interest research, including on the spread of antisemitism and other forms of hate, using platforms’ data and analyzing their algorithmic recommendation systems, while maintaining users’ privacy.’

Webmaster addition: You need to recall that the ADL was formed in the wake of the Leo Frank case. Frank was arrested and convicted for the rape and murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan. The Jewish community insisted the conviction was a clear case of anti-Semitism which led the Jewish Governor of Georgia to issue a full pardon. Angered by seeing Frank set free, a crowd grabbed and lynched him, and following that the Anti-Defamation League was created, whose function, as the name makes clear, is to control negative information about all things Jewish.

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Three decades ago in my book, The New Color Line, I pointed out that Alfred W. Blumrosen, compliance chief of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, turned the statutory language of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on its head and used the EEOC to create race-based legal privileges for blacks, thereby reducing white Americans to second-class citizenship. In place of equal employment opportunity Blumrosen and the liberals of the time used “affirmative action” to create and enforce privileges for blacks in university admissions, hiring and promotion. These privileges created in defiance of Congress by a regulatory authority were the opening wedge against our then merit-based system and created the acceptability of racial discrimination against white Americans. At the time the liberals admitted that it amounted to privileged treatment of a race, but said it was to be temporary in order to give blacks a leg up. It has now been 60 years, a time period that is not temporary.

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