A Possible Corrupt Politician in Baltimore?

Could be. Yesterday, a federal grand jury indicted the Baltimore City State’s Attorney on several fraud charges. The indictment alleges that Marilyn Mosby made a fraudulent Covid hardship withdrawal from her city retirement account, made a fraudulent mortgage application for a vacation home in Florida, and committed perjury in the process.

Mosby has previously attained national notoriety for her malicious prosecution of six police officers in the Freddie Gray case and for her asking the FCC to take action against Baltimore Fox TV affiliate WBFF because the station was reporting truthfully about the operation of the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Why is the DoJ going after a progressive, blue city prosecutor? Right now? Is it the Covid fraud angle?

Hmmmm.

Today at The Supremes

I listened to the oral argument in the OSHA mandate cases today. I’m in a bit of a quandary about how to comment. (Before I go any further, let me remind the Gentle Reader that I am not a lawyer; I’m an engineer, and I’m not your engineer.) As multiple commentators have pointed out, Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan made several factual statement that were simply wrong. It is possible for vaccinated individuals to catch and spread covid. There aren’t now—nor has there be across the entire pandemic—100,000 acute pediatric cases. The omicron variant is not deadlier than the delta.

I suppose it is possible that being kept in a bubble by handler/clerks could explain a certain level of ignorance, but when the cat’s so far out of the bag even outlets such as NPR are having to begin truthful reporting, it’s hared to imagine those justice really believe what they were saying.

If they do believe what they said, that’s kinda scary.

If they don’t believe it and said it anyway, that’s even scarier.

UPDATE—Typo corrected.

Their Democratic Republic

Bernie Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper the following on “State of the Union” last Sunday—

I hope that we will bring a strong bill to the floor of the Senate as soon as we can and let Mr. Manchin explain to the people of West Virginia why he doesn’t have the guts to stand up to the powerful special interests.

What Bernie misses is that the special interest group whose interest Joe Manchin is protecting is the voters of West Virginia—and that what he’s protecting is his constituents desire to keep their state’s sovereignty and its republican form of government as guaranteed by the Constitution. I’ll bet Joe Manchin is looking forward to explain to the people of West Virginia how he’s been standing up for their special interests.

 

Just a Thought

I’ve seen a lot of noise on the Interwebz from Democrat politicians and media types (but I repeat myself) claiming that they know what is better for the citizens of West Virginia than Joe Manchin. They should put their careers where their mouths are, move to West Virginia, and run against him in the next primary. He isn’t up for reelection until 2024, so there’s plenty of time for someone such as Ilhan Omar to work to build a following in the state.

Another Preliminary Injunction

Another federal district court has enjoined the Xiden Administration from enforcing one of its lawless mandates. Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk has issued the following order in Texas v. Becerra

The Court ORDERS that Defendants are preliminarily enjoined from the implementation and enforcement of 86 Fed. Reg. 61,555 (Nov. 5, 2021), the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination,” against any and all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers within the State of Texas pending a trial on the merits of this action or until further order of this Court. Defendants shall immediately cease all implementation or enforcement of the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period as to any Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers within the State of Texas. Using the same methodology set forth in the Court’s previous Preliminary Injunction Hearing and Order, Defendants shall provide “notice” to all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers located in Texas that the CMS Mandate will not be implemented or enforced.

Good.

Off-the-Shelf Solutions for a High-Class Problem

Folks at the Xiden White House have referred to inflation as a “high-class” problem. Now, when I took ECON 101 many decades ago, I was told that the cause of inflation was too much money chasing too few goods. Of course, the Build Back Better scam will pump even more fiat money into circulation, so that would suggest that inflation would accelerate even more if Xiden’s plan were to pass.

But what if all that money had no goods to chase after? Would that break the back of inflation? Is the supply chain disruption seen as so potentially beneficial by the people in the Administration that they’re willing to tolerate late delivery of their treadmills?

Or are they thinking at all?

Hmmmm.

Fiat Penuria

The Xiden Administration’s economic policies have resulted in the inflation rate rising to 6.8 percent for the 12 months ending this November. This has mostly been caused by executive actions such as the restrictions imposed on the oil and gas industries which turned America from a net exporter of energy products to a net importer.

But have no fear. This afternoon the President will sign another “executive
order on delivering the Government services and experience the American people expect and deserve.”

Fiat Penuria. Let there be scarcity.

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

Bench slaps are fairly rare in Supreme Court decisions, and it’s almost unheard of for one to be directed at a fellow justice. Justice Gorsuch wrote this in the majority opinion in Whole Women’s Health v. Texas.He was joined by Justices Kavanaugh, Barrett, and (for this part of the opinion) Thomas.

More Dust Biting

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction placing the Xiden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors on hold. The injunction applies throughout the country.

Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that Defendants are ENJOINED, during the pendency of this action or until further order of this Court, from enforcing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Is This Why Democrats Hate Ron DeSantis?

The Babylon Bee has a story up headlined Bob Dole Switches To Democrat Party, and I have joked that my late father-in-law (who lived in Cook County, Illinois) never voted for a Democrat while he was alive. It’s a running gag that we elderly folks all become Democrat voters when we receive our death certificates.

If Florida’s declining Covid death rate is depriving the Democrats of so many new voters, it’s no wonder the Democrats hate Governor DeSantis.

Listening to the Supremes

I was able to listen to most of the oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health this morning. Upon reflection, I have the following comments—

Justice Thomas posed two important questions which I don’t believe were properly answered. First, where is a right to an abortion found in the Constitution? Second, could a women who uses illegal drugs before her baby is viable and thereby causes injury to the child be charged with child abuse?

Justice Sotomayor’s comparison of a child in utero with a brain dead person was bizarre. And ghastly.

It seems clear how Justices Thomas, Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor will vote.

Based on what I heard, I suspect the remaining four justices will vote with Thomas and Alito to put an end to Roe v. Wade, but I’m not sure.

I suppose we’ll see in late June.

Political Smash and Grab

The Democrats have managed to build a majority. However, it’s a majority of voters who oppose the Build Back Better tax-and-spend scam.

I’ve been writing since the first of the year about the Democrats’ panic resulting from their unexpectedly poor performance in the down-ballot races in 2020. With their prospects for 2022 looking even worse, the Democrats have tried and mostly failed to get as much of their wishlist passed before they lose control of both houses of Congress, and the Xiden Administration has promulgated a series of lawless regulations. Fortunately, the courts still seem to be in the business of upholding our laws and the Constitution.

At the state and local level, the Democrats’ overreach over the past two years on a range of issues from Covid lockdowns to school curricula been met with popular resistance.

Economic reality is beginning to set in, and Margret Thatcher’s Corollary to the Law of Thermodynamics (The problem with socialism is that it always runs out of other people’s money.) is at work.

Things are about to get even uglier. I expect a flurry of activity from the Democrats to grab as much as they can before they lose what control they still have. 2022 is going to be weird.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Joe Xiden seems perplexed by the recent increase in gasoline prices. He seems to believe that oil and gas companies are responsible, so he’s asking the Federal Trade Commission to get involved.

In other news … Aljazeera is reporting that the Administration is directing the US Department of the Interior to begin a process that would prevent oil and gas drilling on federal lands within a 10-mile radius of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in addition to the park itself.