Sunday Respite – Memories of Atlantis

A beautiful day in our neighborhood but very hot. What better way to chill than a visit to the ocean in search of Atlantis?

Music: Jean – Marc Staehle – Memories Of Atlantis

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Wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday Passel of Potpouri

 

Politics, animals, kids. Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings and travelers have gotten themselves into this week.   It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two. Odds and ends for a May Passel. 

Enjoy!

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We will start with our usual Deep Thoughts by Kamala Harris. This week its:

“Work Together”

 

 

 

 

High Ho its off to work I go

 

 

 

 

Deep thoughts by President Joe Biden. This week it’s:

“It’s A Good Thing When Americans…Have More Money”

 

 

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I will close out the post today with-

Pennsylvania man captures all walks of life crossing log bridge

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Manchin Attacks Interior Sec Haaland in Energy Hearing: ‘It shuts Everything Down!

Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior has been flying below the radar. She has been a very busy Indian Chief dispensing heap big wampum for her fellow Indian tribes. Better yet, she was planted in her position to restrict any further energy development, period. We would know nothing about her except for a hearing yesterday.

The low point comes when Manchin shows Haaland a memo which claims what she said at the hearing when she hasn’t even spoken and essentially bans drilling and yet she claims knows nothing about nor has seen it. Why? Because the law demands leases by June 30. More from Manchin later.

Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

Let’s say we just focus on the energy component of her position. You will find in the clips that follow that she is a one trick pony and knows nothing about energy except for the notes that were passed to her minute by minute as she struggled with the questions that were asked. Her real interest is reparations for her fellow tribesmen.

The real star of the show was Senator Cassidy who gave a clinic on how Biden is shafting the energy producers. A stellar informational presentation on just how the government energy game works. Not to be missed.

First a bit of a blurb in case your wondering:

Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, is the first Native American cabinet secretary in US history. As interior secretary, Haaland is charged with overseeing the department that manages the country’s national parks, wildlife refuges and natural resources like gas, oil and water. The interior department also works to uphold the US government’s treaty obligations with Native American tribes, of which there are 574 sovereign tribal nations in the US. Source

And how did she get confirmed who has zero experience in the field? Thank you GOP.

On March 15, 2021, she was approved by the Senate with 51–40, with four Republicans (Collins, Murkowski, Sullivan, and Graham) voting yes. in addition, she is the country’s first Native American Cabinet secretary. Yes, our man Graham who always disappoints but Fox loves him anyway.

She happens to be a rather prolific tweeter. Here are some recent samples. You might note her tweet regarding legacy pollution? Oil and gas? 1.6 Billion she mentions? She wants to pour concrete down every single one of the wells thats not open today so that they they will never be able to be opened again. Ever.

Let’s set the mood. From her fellow conspirator.

Energy Secretary On Rising Gas Prices: “That Is Hilarious”

Here is the first “Tell.” Note she says, Read more from me and Ambassador Rice (Susan Rice)

Let’s get to the hearing.

First the excellent comments by Senator Cassidy

Blasts Biden Energy Secretary for Icing Out Domestic Energy

Not such a good start for our tribal gal….but it only gets better!

Staff Furiously Scripts Notes For Biden Interior Sec. Haaland While She Filibusters During Hearing

Staff furiously scripted notes for President Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland while she was filibustering during her hearing, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the 2023 budget request of the Interior Department on 5/19/2022.

Biden Interior Sec Can’t Say If It’s Better To Produce Oil In US Than Venezuela: “Not An Economist”

The coup de grace

Interior Sec. Haaland Confronted On Anti-Energy Memo Released During Hearing: “This Shuts It Down” Manchin rocks-

Keep in mind:

Biden admin cancels massive oil and gas lease sale

Reasons cited?

“lack of industry interest in leasing in the area” for the decision to “not move forward” with the Cook Inlet lease sale. The department also halted two leases under consideration for the Gulf of Mexico region because of “conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales.”

How about the coming shortage of diesel fuel? Will that satisfy this White House?

Now, due to increased demand and a drop in production, a diesel shortage may be next as the largest diesel distribution hub in the U.S. is sitting on supplies at a 30-year low. Record gap between gasoline and diesel, but the gap will start to shrink very soon- not by leaps and bounds, but slowly

Federal law requires DOI to stick to a five-year leasing plan for auctioning offshore leases. The department had until the end fo the current five-year plan – due to expire on June 30 – to complete the sales.

Within his first week in office, President Biden signed an executive order temporarily suspending new oil and gas leases on federal lands. The administration resumed the new leasing last month following court challenges against the ban. The administration is appealing a ruling in which Judge James Cain, a Trump appointee, struck down the ban. 

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Mexico Shelves Are Full Of Baby Formula

Mexico border towns are full of baby formula.  Surprise. Maybe we could ask the “immigrants” coming over to snag some on their way here.

If you have no problem whatsoever with aborting children up to birth why would you care about baby formula either?  Enfamil actually is an American brand. It’s safe. Mexico has it on the shelves and we don’t. Connect the dots? The Breitbart sent folks to wander down Mexico way and crossed the border.

Breibart:

Breitbart Texas dispatched local reporters to document the availability of baby formula in various Mexican cities, including several along the U.S. border.

In the city of Piedras Negras, opposite Eagle Pass, Texas, the Soriana Supermarket is fully stocked for infant nutrition items.

Picture from Breitbart.. more pics and locations at their site.

Biden Administration is slow to respond to a severe shortage of baby formula in the United States, stores throughout Mexico are fully stocked especially with the high-demand Enfamil brand.

Within the past week, the FDA announced that it would ease regulations to allow for the importation of formula. Experts cautioned that shelves would not be stocked with the imported goods for more weeks to come, however.

No shortage though so says the FDA. Thats why the Defense Production Act was put into play.

CBS:

President Biden announced Wednesday that he will invoke the Defense Production Act to address the baby formula shortage, meaning suppliers will be required to give resources to infant formula plants before sending them to other customers.

The Defense Production Act, enacted in 1950, authorizes the president to require companies to sign contracts or fill orders for products needed for the nation’s defense. It also lets the president make sure price gouging doesn’t occur and gives the president freedom to incentivize the expanded production, with loans and purchase commitments.

PA 21,000 Mail Ballots to be ‘Hand Marked’ Due to Printing Error

UPDATE: Lancaster County just shut down the vote counting today at 6:PM… Whose minding the store?

Shocking….. the local news WGAL in South Central Pennsylvania is asking for volunteers – you, me and whoever, no skill required, to hand mark fresh ballots that could not be read by machine due to a “printing error.” Included were the location with the hours of where we were to go. Call me simple minded. Is this the practice run for 2022 fall election?

The Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat has not been called, with Mehmet Oz and hedge fund CEO David McCormick locked in a close race.

PA has to solve the problem, of the 21,000 vote by mail ballots being unreadable due to manufacture/print error. Or are those just not going to count as they’re now being hand counted?

As I write this there is only about a 2000 vote difference in the Senate race with Dr. Memet Oz and David McCormick.

The Lancaster County Board of Elections says a printing error on some mail-in ballots prevented them from being scanned.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Printing mistakes will force local election officials in Pennsylvania to redo thousands of mailed ballots, a laborious process that could delay results for some closely contested races in Tuesday’s primaries.

In Pennsylvania, where GOP primaries for governor and U.S. Senate are drawing national attention, officials in Republican-leaning Lancaster County said the company that printed its mailed ballots included the wrong ID code, preventing scanning machines from being able to read them. The problem involved at least 21,000 mailed ballots, only a third of which were scanning properly.

The glitch will force election workers to hand-mark fresh ballots, a process expected to take several days. Officials in the county, the state’s sixth most populous, pledged that all the ballots will be counted eventually. But by whom? How about the local candidates where a few votes can make all the difference.

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Something for old times sake…

Crowd gasps after learning a spike of votes in PA had 600k votes for Biden and only 3,200 for Trump

When are we going to stop this mail in nonsense?

ADDENDUM:  It just occurred to me they are not planning on working through the night.. at least not the volunteers requested. I have forgotten what exact time the volunteer hours would end. But not through the night,

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On a personal note, I am feeling better though it’s been a long haul this week. I couldn’t resist this election.

Sunday Respite – White Arrows

Beautiful images and music for a Sunday Respite.

Alexandro Querevalú “White Arrows”

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Wishing you a wonderful day.

Saturday Passel of Potpouri

 

Let’s see what mischief our fellow earthlings and travelers have gotten themselves into this week. It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two. Odds and ends for a May Passel. 

A bit under the weather today, so this is an abbreviated edition.

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FDA and the Botched Baby Formula Scandal

We learn now that the FDA knew that when they closed the plant that was making the most popular brand of baby formula there was going to be a shortage. That there was a whistle blower for months before that sounded the alarm. That plans must be in place in case of supply disruptions. Something like the strategic oil reserve?

Best, the so called migrants at the border are getting pallets of formula shipped in. Location location location as they say. So Moms, just head down Mexico way.

Prof. Peter Pitts, President and co-founder of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and former FDA Associate Commissioner, discusses the baby formula shortage on Fox and Friends, yesterday.

Here we go with a couple to complete the story:

Whistleblower Told FDA About Baby Formula Plant Months Before Recall

and

Baby formula recalled: Did FDA bungle recall?

All is very well in the swamp.

Biden admin cancels massive oil and gas lease sale

 

The Biden Administration is showing its true self. Cancellation of oil leases adds years to high oil prices. Meanwhile the dumping of our oil reserves continues with little if any effect leaving us in a more precarious position in case of any disruption. 

 

Reasons cited?

“lack of industry interest in leasing in the area” for the decision to “not move forward” with the Cook Inlet lease sale. The department also halted two leases under consideration for the Gulf of Mexico region because of “conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales.”

How about the coming shortage of diesel fuel? Will that satisfy this White House?

 

Now, due to increased demand and a drop in production, a diesel shortage may be next as the largest diesel distribution hub in the U.S. is sitting on supplies at a 30-year low. Record gap between gasoline and diesel, but the gap will start to shrink very soon- not by leaps and bounds, but slowly

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Here we go:

The Biden administration canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease sales pending before the Department of the Interior Wednesday, as Americans face record-high prices at the pump, according to AAA.

 
A DOI spokesperson cited a “lack of industry interest in leasing in the area” for the decision “not to move forward” with the Cook Inlet lease sale, CBS News reported. The spokesperson also said the department canceled the Gulf of Mexico leases – lease 259 and lease 261 – due to “conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales.”
 
Until now, the White House had remained silent about the massive Alaska lease. However, canceling the sale would be in keeping with political promises President Joe Biden made in the name of halting global warming. But those promises have become a political challenge in the face of prices at the pump.
 
 

Federal law requires DOI to stick to a five-year leasing plan for auctioning offshore leases. The department had until the end fo the current five-year plan – due to expire on June 30 – to complete the sales.

Within his first week in office, President Biden signed an executive order temporarily suspending new oil and gas leases on federal lands. The administration resumed the new leasing last month following court challenges against the ban. The administration is appealing a ruling in which Judge James Cain, a Trump appointee, struck down the ban. 

“I blame Biden for all lack of production. He has scared away investment,” Milloy told FOX Business. “I don’t trust him in court defending leasing,” he added, suggesting that the president will find “any excuse to not drill. They even tried to use the social cost of carbon decision to stop leasing.”

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Our main man out on the stump.

Coming out of this crisis may not be so easy with idiot at the helm. There I said it.

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FTC Going After Musk Over Twitter

The Federal Trade Commission. It has been reported without much fanfare that the FTC is sticking their nose into the Twitter purchase by Musk. Of concern is the radical head of the agency.

The Federal Trade Commission could be unfairly biased against Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter due to its chairwoman’s previous employment at a left-wing group, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

Jordan asked FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan to provide extensive details of her interactions with her former employer, the Open Markets Institute, and say whether she or the FTC have had any interactions with the agency regarding an April 26 statement from OMI Director Barry Lynn advocating federal intervention regarding the Twitter takeover bid. More

We heard a lot about the agency during the Obama administration.  So while it is easy to shrug off this story as nothing since it appears to be obvious that there cannot be anything that they can sink their teeth into….well not so fast. At the least they can tie up the Twitter purchase by months if not longer. After all, don’t we want at least to get passed November 2022? Better, block it and tie it up in litigation for years even when everyone knows the FTC will lose in the end. We have seen this play before.

Front Page Mag:

So why is the FTC even considering an antitrust review of Twitter? The answer is obvious: the FTC is part of today’s political establishment, which is dominated by Leftists who don’t believe in the freedom of speech and are trying to destroy it in the name of stamping out “hate speech” and disinformation. The FTC today is full of people who believe that Old Joe Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board is a grand idea, and that their friends, colleagues, and allies ought to have the power to silence anyone who says things they believe are false, hateful, or damaging in whatever way.

Also part of this establishment is the Open Markets Institute, which claims to “address threats to our democracy, individual liberties, and our national security from today’s unprecedented levels of corporate concentration and monopoly power.” Yet instead of fighting against the social media giants’ monopoly of Leftist speech restrictions, OMI Director Barry Lynn is going after Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

Lynn stated, “The Open Markets Institute believes the deal poses a number of immediate and direct threats to American democracy and free speech. Open Markets also believes the deal violates existing law, and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have ample authority to block it.”

This is a rancid pile of hooey, and Lynn likely knows that. The FTC may well block the deal, but if it does, it will be because the establishment determines that such a block would be the most effective way it can deal with the problem Musk presents, not because it actually has the authority to do so or because there is any actual justification for not allowing the deal to go through.

Even worse is Lynn’s claim that Musk’s purchase of Twitter “poses a number of immediate and direct threats to American democracy and free speech.” This is straight-up Orwellian “War Is Peace” territory. Twitter right now is a far-Left propaganda platform on which saying that a man can’t be a woman (although that has relaxed somewhat since news of Musk’s acquisition) and that there was chicanery involved in the 2020 presidential election can get you banned.

Innumerable people who have spoken out in various ways against the Left’s fantasies and delusions have been banned; others remain but are heavily shadowbanned, which means that they might as well be gone, as hardly anyone ever sees what they say aside from a few people of like mind.

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Let’s take a look at this flashback:

We are picking up where Obama left off and it isn’t taking any eight years to get there.

FTC to “reinvent” journalism

This is not a document meant to salvage an independent press.  It’s a road map for government control over the news.

The nation needs a strong, independent press, the FTC argues, and so they want to find ways for government to “reinvent” journalism.  If that sounds vaguely Orwellian to you, the actual language in the Federal Trade Commission’s discussion-points memo should have hairs standing on the backs of necks across the nation.  It shows a wildly laughable rationale for government intervention that would prop up the failing newspaper model in a manner that would put the entire industry at the mercy of the federal bureaucracy it’s supposed to keep in check.

Not only that, it then offers a very strange definition of “subsidy” in order to provide cover for a government intervention:

There are reasons for concern that experimentation may not produce a robust and sustainable business model for commercial journalism. History in the United States shows that readers of the news have never paid anywhere close to the full cost of providing the news. Rather, journalism always has been subsidized to a large extent by, for example, the federal government, political parties, or advertising.

Mark Tapscott warns that a government reinvention of journalism will mean a journalism much less likely to be independent:

[W]hat they cannot deny is what is clearly written in the FTC document and what it reveals about the intention behind the initiative, which is to transform the news industry from an information product collected by private individuals and entrepreneurs as a service to private buyers, to a government-regulated public utility providing a “public good,” as defined and regulated by government.

The authors hide this dangerous intention behind carefully worded expressions of concern for preserving “quality journalism” and “addressing emerging gaps in reporting,” and they rationalize their proposed approach of massive government intervention in the news process as simply an extension of what government has always done via postal subsidies, tax breaks, and so forth. …

Better to explain yet again that the original intention of the Founders with respect to the media – “Congress shall make no law respecting … the freedom of the press” – is the key to saving independent journalism.

Then we must remind them that the adversarial relationship that is supposed to exist between journalists and public officials must apply no matter who those public officials might be or what political party or ideological school of thought they represent.

Elected officials’ first thought is always about re-election, while career government workers’ is job security. A journalist’s first thought is supposed to be getting the facts.

To that end, we’re supposed to be adversaries, not co-conspirators, partners, favored “stakeholders,” or beneficiaries. That’s why the Constitution made us independent.

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