Eric Florack on May 3rd, 2022

You know, watching the reaction of the left to the news that Roe v Wade is about to be overturned on constitutional grounds, you would think somebody had killed their kid.

I’m seeing reports now that barricades have gone up around the Supreme Court building.

Let’s get this one straight, and this is regardless of what you think about abortion. All this draft… if it becomes a ruling… will do, is to turn the issue back over to the states where it belongs, constitutionally speaking.

Roe v Wade was always unconstitutional on those grounds. It expanded the power of the federal government in a way that the constitution does not allow for.That said I agree with the below.

You kind of answered your own question there, Royale.

Personally, I look forward to the day when we can use the former planned Parenthood buildings as housing for the poor.

Addendum, from the comments:

“And just like that, the left suddenly knows what a woman is.”

Eric Florack on May 2nd, 2022

+ You know, now that Disney has lost its special land privileges, it would be a shame if all of those buildings they put up, weren’t up to code.

+ If you’re not making enough money to pay back your student loan, your choice of major was wrong. Ever notice how trade school students generally don’t have problems paying back their loans?

+ Seems to me that objecting to Twitter being politically neutral going forward, amounts to a tacit admission that it hasn’t been politically neutral. And here’s the thing, if you’re angry that Musk bought Twitter, you’re one of the reasons that Musk bought Twitter.

+ There is absolutely nothing wrong with CNN…. Nothing whatsoever…. That firing every single living being in the place wouldn’t solve.

+ The left uses the word “woke”, because it sounds better than “delusional”.

+ If you need an illustration of this, consider the idea that the people that have been telling our kids that men can get pregnant are also the ones that are starting a disinformation governance board.

+As a rule, Dove chocolate tastes a great deal better than their soap does.

Eric Florack on April 29th, 2022

The Democrats aren’t even trying to hide their power grabs anymore. Now they’ve got guys with guns that are going to arrest you for wrong think.

That rumbling you’re hearing is coming from George Orwell’s grave.

Eric Florack on April 27th, 2022

Child abuse? I don’t think so lady.

First of all I need to point out a rather delicious irony. In large part, the Musk takeover of Twitter was accomplished with money provided him by Tesla buyers.

That said, let’s look closely at something coming off the Heartland Daily News:

The Left’s outsized panic over Musk’s takeover is revealing for two reasons. First, it shows that the Left always understood Twitter to be a key part of its ecosystem, a Left-biased platform designed to obscure its own leanings while propagandistically pushing a particular political agenda. For years, the Left claimed that conservative concerns about Twitter bias were simple paranoia. Now, upon Musk’s takeover, the Left has broken into spasms of apoplexy. That wouldn’t happen if they thought Twitter wasn’t their sole property.

Indeed, and as I suggested yesterday, they know that when they don’t have sole control over the narrative, they lose. Which in turn is precisely why the left is losing what was left of their functioning minds over this.

But the article goes on to very correctly explain what’s needed to be done to seal this deal:

Then there’s the bigger problem: the Left despises both transparency and free speech in the political realm. The Left would prefer secret algorithms that conceal “shadow-banning” and bottlenecking; the Left prefers “equity” in speech to freedom of speech. To the Left, the potential “harm” of allowing free speech outweighs the value in open debate. Better to ban The Babylon Bee for stating that Lia Thomas is a man than to allow such content to be passed around Twitter—and better never to let anyone know the algorithms behind such bans. After all, with transparency comes accountability. And the power is the point.

This is why Musk’s first moves at Twitter must be to release information about the prior practices of Twitter—a sort of truth and reconciliation commission; to make any new algorithms far more transparent; and to fire employees who object to such practices, of whom there are many. Musk may be just the man to help restore institutional trust to social media. But that will require him to bulldoze those who helped undermine that trust in the first place.

Agreed… there is going to be a lack of trust with Twitter going forward until such time as they come clean about such matters. Representative Josh Hawley agrees, saying in part:

“In recent years, Twitter has intervened in American discourse with an increasingly heavy hand, attempting to shape the information environment for overtly partisan reasons,” Hawley wrote. “Algorithms didn’t make those calls; employees did. And at this point, the American people deserve to know the truth about what went on at Twitter for years behind closed doors.”

If Musk is as smart as I think he is, he will do as suggested here.

Eric Florack on April 27th, 2022

Now you tell me…

Efforts by hospitals to protect people from COVID-19 by restricting them from visiting family members in ICUs may have contributed to a significant increase in stress-related disorders, according to a study led by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers.

Stress? Yeah, tell me about it.

For a little over a year and a half, the last months of my mother’s life, we were not allowed to visit her… This wasn’t just a situation of putting stress on myself and my brother and my sister, this put a larger stress on my mom. I am firmly convinced that she died as much from loneliness as from the other medical problems that she suffered from at age 98.

As a result of that, and being perfectly blunt with you, I want Anthony Fauci’s head on a platter, along with the head of anyone else responsible for the illegal research which led to so many being negatively affected, often to their deaths.

Angry? You’re damn right I’m angry.

Look, we can argue all day long about whether or not the lockdowns were appropriate. We can argue all day long about whether or not the government’s reaction to the spread of covid-19 was the correct one to take. Personally, I believe the governmental response was totally inappropriate, directed as it was by people who had no clue what they were dealing with.

However, all of that ignores the larger question of responsibility and culpability for the creation of the virus in the first place. A good deal of that lack was caused by the people who were responsible for the virus being created and spread, being charged with directing the worldwide response to it. They were so busy trying to cover their own backsides, that a correct response to the virus became an impossibility.

Depending on the people who caused the problem, and are more interested in covering their backsides than solving the problem is probably not the best path to a solution, as a rule.

Well, they succeeded in covering their own backsides… That being their priority… in that we have never seen any criminal prosecutions as a result of the millions of deaths caused by this gain of function research that Fauci signed off on.

But more than just the folks who died are involved here… there needs to be Justice levied for the amount of stress placed on people around the world because of those illegal actions. The survivors you see, need Justice too.

Once again, wave the magic wand of government over the criminality and it all disappears. We’ll never see Justice for this crime.

Eric Florack on April 25th, 2022

The meltdown is glorious.

Now that the deal is completed as I predicted, I think we can also make a prediction that the left is going to be throwing sexual scandal allegations at him before the week is out. Let’s face it it’s the crutch they always seem to lean on when they can’t get anything else going.

Or maybe they can try a Chinese connection. As an example,Jeff Bezos is trying to float the idea that Musk got financial help from the Chinese to secure the deal. Wait a minute, isn’t 80% of what Amazon sells made in China? I mean really, how lame is the left going to get over this?

It strikes me as interesting that since Elon Musk is a native of South Africa, that makes him the first African American to own a social media platform. Yeah he’ll never get credit for it being the wrong color and all,.

So he’s going to fire 12 floors worth of leftists? Maybe they can learn to weld or something. Or maybe they can learn to code?

And finally….

“Elon Musk, you just bought Twitter. What are you going to do now?”

” I’m going to Disneyworld!!”

Eric Florack on April 25th, 2022

Back on April 19th I said the following:

My read is that Elon Musk is going to be taking over Twitter regardless of what the board has to say about it initially.

Of course there was a large number of people who don’t have a clue about how these things work, laughing at me and telling me it simply wasn’t going to happen.

And so this morning the information started leaking out the Twitter was actually negotiating a deal with Musk.

Twitter is reportedly closing in on a deal to sell itself to Tesla CEO Elon Musk after weeks of publicly battling Musk over his initial offer.

But of course among the leftists, there’s always hope that they’ll be able to maintain their stranglehold.

An agreement could be reached as soon as Monday as the board negotiates with Musk over his $46.5 billion offer to buy the social media platform, The New York Times (NYT) reported, citing unnamed sources. The board reportedly met Sunday to discuss the offer. The deal could possibly fall through, the NYT reported.

Yeah, right. And I could become a ballerina within the next couple of weeks.

The bottom line is the shareholders aren’t going to let this one go by. If the board screws up this deal, there’s going to be a shareholder revolt.

At this point the board has a choice. They either accept the offer from Musk, or they find the company changing hands with them left out in the financial cold… Which in my view is something that they richly deserve.

Which way they go, depends on how stupid they want to be. Either way, they’re all done.

So, let’s see if I understand this:

Leftists are upset because Florida has taken away the tax breaks formerly given to the Megacorporation, Disney. On it’s face, that’s more than a little odd, from a group who invariably (and inexplicably) claims we should be taxing businesses more.

But it gets weirder: They claim now that those taxes will be taken out of the pockets of the residents in Florida. How is that possible when Disney will be paying those taxes, for the first time in decades?

Weirder still; After decades of telling us that corporations are not people, they’re now complaining that Florida is not respecting the Disney corporation’s freedom of speech?

Ya know….. Somehow, I get the idea that they’re not really thought their argument through.

As an aside, I suspect and suppose it’s a matter of time before the stockholders level a lawsuit against Disney executives for not acting in the best interests of the company…. Which will in turn Force Disney to make an about face on their promoting leftism and the sexualization of 5-year-olds.

And I suspect that’s what really bothers them.

Eric Florack on April 22nd, 2022

A few thoughts as we watch the world go by:

+ Amusing, that the same leftists who have been complaining that corporations don’t pay enough taxes, are currently complaining that Disney might have to pay more taxes. Meantime, Disney has lost something like 50 billion dollars because of the mess that they’ve inserted themselves into. Personally, I’m waiting for the stockholders to level a suit against the board because it’s obvious they weren’t acting in the company’s best interest, nor the best interest of the stockholders.

+ For all the kvetching from the left about how Trump supporters are election deniers, what do we say about the Democrats who for all the world still believe that Hillary Clinton won in 2016? Yeah they do exist I’ve run into a number of them online.

+ Those same leftists are championing those who were protesting in the capital on January 6th couple years ago. Yet I don’t see any of them complaining about Justice not being served those who burned Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Seattle and however many other cities.

And while it’s true that theBiden DOJ has been crowing about how some 300 have been charged with crimes related to those incidents, you didn’t hear it from the mainstream media. Nor for that matter have we heard of any convictions…. Nor do I suppose that we will.

+I’ve been saying in these spaces for over two decades now that the problem for the GOP is they spend too much time trying to get along with the Democrats, and not fighting back. That’s one thing that Donald Trump gave us, is the ability to fight back… The left can’t handle it ….but perhaps more importantly the GOP establishment can’t, either.

+ Both Netflix and Disney have stock crashes currently going on. Do you suppose they’ll ever admit that they’re embracing the left and the culture war that it has levied against America? Matt Margolis points out that this is hardly new for the left. As an example he points to the time Obama used his oval office pedestal in an attempt to sexualize 5 year olds.

Observe:

He’s absolutely right of course, but ponder for a minute what that says about the upcoming elections, both the midterms and the next Presidential go -round.

Eric Florack on April 21st, 2022

So, CNN+ is no more.

It almost outlasted Jeffrey Toobin in the Zoom meeting. And it almost outlasted Tom Brady’s retirement.

I’ve seen speculation that CNN will announce this as being a “mostly successful launch”.

They invested what, $300 million, to get less than 100,000 people to sign up for it. This is what happens when you bank on a popularity and a level of trust which is non-existent. The American people have gotten sick and tired of CNN shilling for the Democrats. They had a limited audience to begin with. They had a horrible product on their main channel and the idea that the product was going to improve once people started paying out of their pockets for it, was ludicrous.

Ask for Chris Wallace, what can be said other than he chose poorly.

The lesson here is you can call yourself anything you like. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. What you can’t do is force anyone else to share in your fantasy.

And by the way, the government can’t do it, either. I have that because with this case as president, there’s no other possible outcome.

Eric Florack on April 19th, 2022
There’s a photograph that we find on Hunter Biden’s laptop. This one’s worth 50 points. Who’s the guy in this picture?

From Amac, and Shawn Harris:

On April 4, Musk, a longtime critic of Twitter policies like permanent bans on users and perceived targeting of politically disfavored content, revealed that he had purchased a 9.2% stake in the company, making him the largest individual shareholder. Shortly thereafter, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal announced that Musk had been offered a seat on the platform’s Board of Directors. But just hours later, Parag posted a message to Twitter saying that Musk had declined the Board position, leading many to speculate that the world’s richest man had decided that perhaps the platform was beyond saving.

But then, on Thursday, Musk offered to buy Twitter outright for $54.20 a share (considerably higher than the current stock price of around $45, which itself was artificially high due to speculation following Musk’s investment). In his offer, Musk stated that the site needed to be “transformed as a private company” – a move that was celebrated by conservatives and free-speech advocates. Notably, Musk added that if his offer was not accepted, he would need to “reconsider” his position as a shareholder.

My read is that Elon Musk is going to be taking over Twitter regardless of what the board has to say about it initially.

It’s not the poison pills are all that unusual in the world of corporate takeovers. It happens all the time. The problem in this situation is that the board has to prove to any lawsuit that might be coming down the pike that what they are doing is honoring their fiduciary responsibility to grow the stock for the shareholders. Since Musk has already offered a price way above market value it’s going to be more than a little difficult to prove that continuing to muzzle free speech as they have been doing for their own political reasons is going to serve that purpose at all, much less well.

While I acknowledge that the securities and exchange commission is dominated by leftists as well, it’s my view that this poison pill plan is not going to withstand any kind of a court challenge.

As to the reaction on the streets, and the why of the Twitter boards reaction, that’s pretty much obvious, also;

The Left intuitively understands, though, that in order for this to work, they must control the dissemination of information. If their narrative is challenged, it will quickly crumple, and along with it their hold on power. Censorship and cancel culture thus become survival mechanisms, in part explaining the assertions from the Left in recent years that speech which runs counter to the leftist worldview is tantamount to physical violence and grounds for expulsion from every public platform. By promising to return some modicum of free and open debate to the platform, Musk has threatened to bring the whole thing crashing down.

And that’s really what this is all about. Control of the public square. That’s what it’s always been about. Zucker book, Twitter, these supposed mainstream media, all of them run and filtered by the left. Controlled by the left. Anyone who dares threaten that control, (which would include Donald Trump, on down to yours truly)… elicits a visceral hatred from the usual suspects, who instinctively understand that without total control over the message, they will lose.

And when this all settles out that’s exactly what’s going to happen here.