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SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY RETIRED: Advocacy Groups for ‘Believe All Women’ Fall Silent on Cuomo Accusers.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE MIGHT HAVE TO BE PERMANENTLY RETIRED: Google, Facebook tell SCOTUS it should be harder for you to sue them. “The argument boils down to ‘if you don’t know we messed up, it can’t hurt you’.”

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE IS TAKING A WELL-DESERVED REST: Democrats Who Resisted Reopening Schools Took Thousands From Teacher Unions.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE IS TAKING A WELL-NEEDED REST: Dem Govs Flout Own COVID Restrictions to Attend Biden Inauguration. “Michigan’s Whitmer banned outdoor gatherings of more than 25 people before attending event.”

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY RETIRED: Another Democrat Official Caught Violating COVID-19 Restrictions He Enforces.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Hunter Biden Appears To Have Known About Investigation Into Business Dealings Long Before He Claimed.

“One of the FBI documents from the laptop published by the Post ‘included a case number that had the code associated with an ongoing federal money laundering investigation in Delaware, according to several law enforcement officials who reviewed the document. Another document — one with a grand jury subpoena number — appeared to show the initials of two assistant U.S. attorneys linked to the Wilmington, Delaware, office.’ Hunter Biden claims he only learned of the investigation this past week, but these documents suggest otherwise,” Hemingway wrote.

As The Daily Beast reported late last week, much of what is now being reported about Hunter’s scandals began with the New York Post’s report that was suppressed by social media companies ahead of the 2020 election.

Yes, but the election is over now, and there’s a much more reliable hardcore progressive — Kamala Harris — waiting in the wings.

WHERE IS SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST? Gun, ammo sales remain strong in Colorado Springs during COVID-19 pandemic.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE WAS UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: Austin Hires Thief For Library, Shocked He Keeps Stealing.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE IS EXHAUSTED: Teachers’ Unions Falling Out of Favor With Americans. Is It Any Wonder?

WHERE’S MY SARAH HOYT SHOCKED FACE? Meth lab found at San Francisco hotel room used as city COVID-19 shelter.

WHERE IS SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST? Steele Dossier Was British Disinformation: From A Steele Employee.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: UN Agency: Iran Violating All Restrictions of Nuclear Deal.

Obama’s “deal” with Iran consisted of giving them most everything they wanted in exchange for vague promises to try and do a better job of hiding their nuclear weapons program.

FORMER PELOSI AIDES ARE CASHING IN AS CCP VIRUS LOBBYISTS: Yes, I’m trying to duplicate Sarah Hoyt’s shocked face, but it’s just not happening. And for the record, a bunch of former Trump appointees did the same thing, notes Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon.

WHY IS CIA IG CONCEALING HOUSE INTEL REPORT CRITICAL OF BRENNAN? The Epoch Times’ Ivan Pentchoukov has a huge story today. Remember that January 2017 “Intelligence Community Assessment” that said Russia tried to steal the 2016 election for Donald Trump? There’s also a secret House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from the same period that concluded then-CIA Director John Brennan overruled agency analysts who argued the evidence showed Russia actually favored Hillary Clinton.

Sarah Hoyt’s shocked and disbelieving face could not be reached for comment.

I’D BORROW SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE, BUT THE POOR THING IS OVERWORKED AS IT IS: Iowa Dem Evicted Local Businesses to Make Way for Multinational Chain: Theresa Greenfield running for Senate as small business champion.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A LESS COHERENT BLOG: BidenWatch for April 27, 2020. “The Tara Reade rape-accusation scandal isn’t going away, nor is the Bejing Biden tag, no matter how hard Team Joe might try to jujitsu it away. Plus Q1 fundraising numbers drop.”

Plus: “Want to guess which Democrat is calling on Biden to bow out over the Tara Reade accusations? Would you believe notorious Hillary shill Peter Daou?”

Sarah Hoyt’s shocked face could not be reached for comment.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Washington Post editor who wrote an entire book asserting Brett Kavanaugh was guilty isn’t so sure about Joe Biden.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: China’s Defense Spending Is Larger Than It Looks.

If you account for differences in reporting structure, purchasing power, and labor costs, you find that China’s 2017 defense budget provided 87 percent of the purchasing power of American’s 2017 defense budget.

This runs counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States spends more on its military than the next 12 countries combined or that China lags annual U.S. military spending by close to $400 billion. Those misleading comparisons are based on simply converting Beijing’s reported defense budget from yuan to dollars by applying a market exchange rate. That produces a distorted picture. We must take into consideration several key factors to arrive at an accurate understanding of just how much Beijing is investing in its military.

One key factor—and perhaps the main one that makes accurate comparison so challenging—is how Beijing accounts for its military research and development. Put simply, it doesn’t include it in any of its reports on military expenditures.

On the other hand, Communist QC has never been any good.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: China May Have Massively Underreported Coronavirus Deaths.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Shocking! No NFL Teams Interested in Signing Colin Kaepernick.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Vietnam says that China is mislabeling products as Vietnamese to avoid U.S. tariffs.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: New Seafood Substitute Tastes as Fishy as It Sounds

If you were skittish about calling an amalgamation of legumes and oil “burgers,” courtesy of Beyond Meat , you definitely aren’t ready for what’s next. Finless bluefin tuna—that is, tuna made without the use of a once-live fish— could be coming soon to a grocery store near you.

While vegetarian innovations have taken center stage recently in “food tech,” another alternative to butchering or farming actual wildlife is on the rise. Lab-based meat startups are racking up millions of dollars to grow it. Bay Area-based Finless Foods is working to turn marine animal stem cells into edible seafood, leaving Nemo unscathed.

I’ll play it safe and grill a ribeye tonight.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: It’s Not Your Imagination: The Journalists Writing About Antifa Are Often Their Cheerleaders.

Antifa often receives media coverage that is neutral or even favorable, with its members’ violence either being ignored by reporters or vaguely explained away as a product of right-wing provocation. What’s more, anecdotal evidence has suggested that many of the mainstream reporters who are most active in covering Antifa also tend to enthusiastically amplify Antifa’s claims on social media.

In October 2018, my research partner and I decided to investigate the truth of this impression by using a mix of network mapping and linguistic analysis to see which prominent journalists who covered Antifa also were closely connected to leading Antifa figures on social media. We then inspected the Antifa-related stories these journalists had written.

We created a data set of 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts based on the follows of 16 verified Antifa seed accounts. Using a software tool that analyzed the number and nature of connections associated with each individual account, we winnowed the 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts down to 962 accounts. This represents a core group of Twitter users who are connected in overlapping ways to the most influential and widely followed Antifa figures. Of these 962 accounts, 22 were found to be verified Twitter accounts of journalists—of which 15 were journalists who work regularly with national-level news outlets.

None of this is exactly surprising, but the research involved here makes Eoin Lenihan’s piece well worth your time.

SARAH HOYT CAN’T LOAN OUT HER SHOCKED FACE TO EVERYONE AT ONCE: D.C. housed the homeless in upscale apartments. It hasn’t gone as planned.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Surprise! NYC Losing Restaurant Jobs to $15 Minimum Wage.

Some people stockpile food and ammo. My basement has a freezer filled with Sarah Hoyt Shocked Faces, and several crates of Unexpectedlys.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE IS IN THE SHOP FOR MAINTENANCE FOLLOWING THE MUELLER REPORT: Look Who’s Holding Secret Fundraisers with Islamic Groups Tied to Terror. “And the winner is…Rep. Ilhan Omar.”

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Privacy Flaws Abound in Free VPN Apps on Google Play.

There are many fine VPNs to choose from, but I wouldn’t look for one in the Wild West of Google Play.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Pelosi’s “Commonsense” Gun Bill Is Not Sensible.

Cocaine Mitch is going to have a long two years, to coin an Instaphrase™.

FOX LOCKED OUT OF HENHOUSE: US ices Iran out of Yemen talks.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry recently informed Sweden, which is hosting this week’s UN-sponsored talks, of its desire to send a senior adviser to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the shuttle diplomacy between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Stockholm. But the request was denied, according to several Iranian sources, because of US pressure.

The State Department would not confirm its role in shutting out Tehran, saying it doesn’t detail the contents of its private diplomatic discussions. Neither the Swedish Embassy in Washington nor UN envoy Martin Griffiths responded to requests for comment.

But the State Department did suggest the Iranians are not playing a helpful role.

I’ve already contacted Sarah Hoyt about borrowing her shocked face.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Wait Until You See How Many Google Employees Donated to Democrats.

HASN’T SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE BEEN OVERUSED ENOUGH ALREADY THIS WEEK? As Membership Continues to Decline, an Epidemic of Embezzlement Plagues America’s Unions.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: John McCain viewed more favorably by Arizona Democrats than by Republicans.

WHERE IS SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST? ‘Bipartisan’ Arizona Teacher Protest is Led by Democratic Operative. “Face of #RedforEd fight worked for Bernie alum data collection group, Clinton campaign aide’s Dem recruitment group.”

Questions were raised last week regarding the background of Noah Karvelis, a teacher who has been the face of the highly visible #RedforEd push for increased teacher salaries, after Arizona governor Doug Ducey (R.) labeled him a political operative and chose to keep him out of talks on education spending.

“What I don’t want to do is get into these political operatives’ political circus,” Ducey said, calling into question the political motives of Karvelis’s group, which says it is nonpartisan. He said he would work with “decision makers” and separate out “political activists.”

The Democratic Governors Association criticized Ducey for mislabeling the “organic, bipartisan movement” as a “political movement,” but it failed to mention the ties Karvelis has established to Democratic groups in the last two years alone.

It never fails to amaze me how much growth the Left can nurture out of Astroturf.

I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO BOTHER ASKING SARAH HOYT IF I MAY BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: Shock: Facebook Is Tracking You Even If You’re Not on Facebook.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: Venezuela’s President May Have Falsified Information on the Petro.

Venezuela’s token El Petro, the world’s first state cryptocurrency, would have raised $ 5 billion in its initial money offer (ICO), according to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. However, upon a review of the claim CCN and Criptomoedas Fácil, the numbers announced by Maduro have great chances of being false given that the announced value is impossible to have been collected.

According to the whitepaper on the official site of the initiative, exactly 38,400,000 tokens were on offer worth $ 60 each token (not counting the discount of 60% announced by the government during this phase). Crunching the numbers, the maximum the government could raise would be $ 2.304 billion, not counting the discount. If Maduro tells the truth in his announcement, he does not tell the truth in the official document of the project and in all previous announcements made by the president himself.

It’s almost as though the whole thing were just a scam to further enrich Maduro and his cronies, and keep them in power a little longer.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: Turkey Approves Election Law Seen Boosting Erdogan.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE ONCE AGAIN: Al Franken Admits In His New Book That He Faked Apologies To Save His Political Career.

In his new book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” released in May 2017, Franken explains that he has managed to keep his head above water with these past controversies by giving fake apologies.

Fox News reports:

Franken eventually apologized for his crude remarks, but he later wrote in his book, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” that he faked the apology to get the necessary support for his election win, according to the New York Times.

“To say I was sorry for writing a joke was to sell out my career, to sell out who I’d been my entire life,” he wrote in the book. “And I wasn’t sorry that I had written Porn-o-Rama or pitched that stupid Lesley Stahl joke at 2 in the morning. I was just doing my job.”

He added: “I learned that campaigns have their own rules, their own laws of physics, and that if I wasn’t willing to accept that, I would never get to be a senator.”

This revelation should be disconcerting to those who are considering giving him another chance in the Senate while the majority believe he should resign.

Which dovetails with this catch from Brit Hume:

Even The New Republic’s Jeet Heer has jumped on board the resignation train.

DID SARAH HOYT HAPPEN TO LEAVE HER SHOCKED FACE HERE LAST NIGHT? Rouhani says Iran will keep producing missiles, state TV reports.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: Harvey Weinstein doesn’t seem to be taking sex rehab seriously.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: In a switch, GOP deserts its budget-cutting mantra.

Republicans initially tried but failed to cut spending this year, stymied by intraparty divisions they could not rectify.

They could not unify behind an effort to slash the growth of Medicaid, a joint state and federal health-care program for low-income Americans. And Democrats unified to block other proposed spending cuts to programs for the poor.

Congress also twice agreed to raise the debt ceiling without putting any new restraints on spending.

Three devastating hurricanes in August and September ravaged Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, prompting emergency steps to seek $40 billion in new spending. A storm landing this weekend, Hurricane Nate, could create new spending pressure. In the past, some Republicans have sought to offset disaster relief spending with cuts in other areas, but no such demands were made this time.

Meanwhile, Trump rejected a proposal from White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to curb future Medicare and Social Security spending, saying he had promised voters in 2016 that he would not touch those programs.

This is not the GOP government I was hoping for, but it is the one I’ve come to expect.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: Climate Change Overreported by Media.

The way the media operates today does not help increase the public’s trust. Day after day, the media publishes biased news to push a one-sided agenda. Recently, The New York Times printed a front-page, headline-grabbing story alleging that a draft climate change report had been leaked supposedly to prevent the administration from hiding it. Further investigation revealed that this draft of the report had been public for months. In an interview, multiple authors of the report said they had not heard or seen any sign of suppression or censorship by the White House.

So what exactly was The New York Times reporting? It appears the only purpose of this false story was to push the alarmist view that the world is doomed unless Obama-era regulations are enforced. The media is spewing alarmist rhetoric and scare tactics to intimidate Americans into believing their bias. Americans deserve better than to be misled about important issues such as climate change. Instead of painting a dire future, media outlets should accurately report all the varying climate scenarios, not just the worst-case, catastrophic ones.

Perhaps no one is better at reciting false claims about climate change impacts than former Vice President Al Gore. In his 2006 movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” Mr. Gore made many predictions about the impact of climate change that have failed to materialize.

Deceitful alarmism has hardly been inconvenient for Gore’s net worth.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: This NPR Reporter Doesn’t Understand Federalism.

Every now and then, there is a reporter who tries to play analyst without realizing what in God’s name they are talking about. It may surprise you to find out than an example of that would be an NPR reporter, and it may further surprise you to find out this reporter was attacking a GOP plan.

Brace yourselves, lads.

That’s right, folks. Obamacare, which seeks to force everyone in the nation, regardless of what state they are in, to buy health insurance, is a shining example of federalism.

That’s… That’s not how this works, Domenico.

When Obama propagandist Ben Rhodes said that “the average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and… literally know nothing,” his only crime was committing a gaffe of the Kinsley variety.

PERHAPS YOU CAN BORROW SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE: ‘Anyone Taping Me?’ Ellison Reveals How Pelosi Really Feels About Single-Payer.

Ellison is having quite the run lately, isn’t he?

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: Renewable Energy Is Not as Clean as You Think.

Solar and wind combined account for barely a fifth of electricity generation define as renewable. More than 70 percent of it comes from hydropower.

That’s according to International Energy Agency numbers for 2015, the latest figures available. Hydro isn’t the only surprising energy source dominating renewable energy stats: In the U.S., Canada, the EU and China, as well as the global average, more power is generated from biofuels (such as the combustion of wood pellets in power plants or burning off landfill gas) than from solar panels.

So when talking about renewable power, the media might need to change their stock images from turbines and panels to hydroelectric dams and burning logs.

Save the planet. Build a dam.

YOU DON’T SAY: Europe’s Taxes Aren’t as Progressive as Its Leaders Like to Think.

Europeans believe their tax codes are highly progressive, giving lower earners a break while levying significant proportions of the income of higher earners and corporations to fund generous social benefits. But that progressivity holds true only for direct taxes on personal and corporate income.

Indirect taxes, such as the value-added tax on consumption and social-security taxes (disguised as “contributions”), are a different matter. The VAT disproportionately affects lower earners, who spend a higher proportion of their incomes. And social taxes tend to kick in at lower income levels than income taxes, and extract a higher and more uniform proportion of income.

The result in Germany is a progressive system that isn’t.

You mean to say that Europe’s wealthy progressives have devised a tax scheme which makes it appear as though they’re paying their “fair share,” while in fact socking it to the little guy? Maybe Sarah Hoyt will let me borrow her shocked face.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: Cantor comes clean, admits he didn’t believe his own ACA rhetoric.

Asked if he feels partly responsible for their current predicament, Cantor is unequivocal. “Oh,” he says, “100 percent.”

He goes further: “To give the impression that if Republicans were in control of the House and Senate, that we could do that when Obama was still in office….” His voice trails off and he shakes his head. “I never believed it.”

He says he wasn’t the only one aware of the charade: “We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute – that can’t happen.’ ” But, he adds, “if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.”

This is how the GOP got Trump.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT COULD LEND ME HER SHOCKED FACE: Researchers Have Been Underestimating the Cost of Wind and Solar.

How should electricity from wind turbines and solar panels be evaluated? Should it be evaluated as if these devices are stand-alone devices? Or do these devices provide electricity that is of such low quality, because of its intermittency and other factors, that we should recognize the need for supporting services associated with actually putting the electricity on the grid? This question comes up in many types of evaluations, including Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI), Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), and Energy Payback Period (EPP).

I recently gave a talk called The Problem of Properly Evaluating Intermittent Renewable Resources (PDF) at a BioPhysical Economics Conference in Montana. As many of you know, this is the group that is concerned about Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROI). As you might guess, my conclusion is that the current methodology is quite misleading. Wind and solar are not really stand-alone devices when it comes to providing the kind of electricity that is needed by the grid. Grid operators, utilities, and backup electricity providers must provide hidden subsidies to make the system really work.

You don’t say.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: U.S. Border Patrol Chief Morgan asked to leave the agency.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan, a former longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, has left the agency, two sources familiar with his departure told Reuters on Thursday.

Morgan told employees on a phone call Thursday morning that he was not resigning but had been asked to leave by the Trump administration, said a Department of Homeland Security official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Morgan’s departure comes one day after President Donald Trump announced a broad plan to crack down on border security, including directing the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico.

The border patrol union, which endorsed Trump’s presidential campaign and applauded his executive order, had been critical of Morgan. The union criticized Morgan for supporting former President Barack Obama’s plans to safeguard certain undocumented immigrants from deportation.

At the very least, Morgan’s departure ought to improve morale.

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: OPEC expected to deliver only half of target production cut.

Most energy professionals expect OPEC output will decline to around 33.0 million barrels per day in January 2017, down from 33.6 million bpd in October but well above the deal’s target of 32.5 million bpd.

Most of the 260 respondents to the survey think the organisation will succeed in cutting output, but on average by only 600,000 bpd, or half its stated target of 1.2 million bpd.

Less than 8 percent thought OPEC would achieve its target in full. More than twice as many thought output would stay the same or rise.

MICHAEL SAINATO: DNC emails expose DNC-media-Cinton campaign collusion. No kidding. Pan to Sarah Hoyt’s shocked face.

MAYBE I COULD BORROW SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE: The New Yorker Endorses Hillary Clinton.

MAYBE SARAH HOYT WILL LEND ME HER SHOCKED FACE: Some Trump supporters loathe Hillary but love Bill.

I have been struck during recent interviews by how many Trump voters go out of their way to tell me they abhor Hillary but admire Bill. They believe Bill felt their pain; they see Hillary as heartless. They thought of Bill as an Arkansas outsider taking on the established order; they think Hillary embodies that order.

Well, Bill’s a lot more likable than Hillary — or at least he used to be.

THIS DEAL KEEPS GETTING WORSE ALL THE TIME: U.S., others agreed to ‘secret’ exemptions for Iran after nuclear deal.

The United States and its negotiating partners agreed “in secret” to allow Iran to evade some restrictions in last year’s landmark nuclear agreement in order to meet the deadline for it to start getting relief from economic sanctions, according to a report reviewed by Reuters.

The report is to be published on Thursday by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, said the think tank’s president David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector and co-author of the report. It is based on information provided by several officials of governments involved in the negotiations, who Albright declined to identify.

Reuters could not independently verify the report’s assertions.

“The exemptions or loopholes are happening in secret, and it appears that they favor Iran,” Albright said.

Maybe Sarah Hoyt can help me find my shocked face.

SARAH HOYT IS LOOKING FOR HER SHOCKED FACE: Russian-Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in his car in Kiev.