Please Forgive Us For Interrupting Your Weekend…

…as you prepare for your own balloon adventure in the Icarus II (and the vexing question of coal heat or hydrogen gas must finally be resolved), but we would be remiss if we did not alert you that our pal Burr Deming has posted his best-of-the-web links complete with wry commentary at the essential blog Fair and Unbalanced.

We will of course keep this post on top and fresher posts —if any!— will be below.

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They Shot It Down

The WaPo:

U.S. fighter aircraft, acting on orders from President Biden, downed a Chinese surveillance balloon off the South Carolina coast on Saturday, the Pentagon said, ending what senior administration officials contend was an audacious attempt by Beijing to collect intelligence on sensitive American military sites.

Biden had authorized the takedown on Wednesday “as soon as the mission could be accomplished without undue risk to American lives under the balloon’s path,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement confirming the operation.

There’s no confirmation that this guy did it:

…but we’ll assume that the Hillbilly Effigy will take credit for it.

 

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Caturday Palate Cleanser

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SCOTUS Takes A Leak

We still believe it was Justice Sammie or the Justices Thomases who leaked the damn Dobbs decision, but the lack of security protocols is pretty stupid regardless:

Long before the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade, some Supreme Court justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive transmissions instead of secure servers set up to guard such information, among other security lapses not made public in the court’s report on the investigation last month.

New details revealed to CNN by multiple sources familiar with the court’s operations offer an even more detailed picture of yearslong lax internal procedures that could have endangered security, led to the leak and hindered an investigation into the culprit.

Supreme Court employees also used printers that didn’t produce logs – or were able to print sensitive documents off-site without tracking – and “burn bags” meant to ensure the safe destruction of materials were left open and unattended in hallways.

“This has been going on for years,” one former employee said.

I’m sure that this shocking lack of security has been going on forever, but I’m also sure that the leak came from SCOTUS itself. If the journalist had found it while dumpster diving I don’t think that they would be protecting their source so vigorously.

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Gym Jordan Presents…

Coach of the Year, Gym Jordan (R-OH)

So… this happened:

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan on Friday subpoenaed the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Education for documents as part of its investigation into whether a Justice Department strategy to address threats against teachers and school officials was abused to target conservative parents.

You see, (allegedly) parents were threatening school board members for wanting to protect teachers and children from the Trump Virus-19, and so reporting threats (including death threats) to the FBI and the FBI investigating it was somehow targeting conservatives. Gee, I wonder why?

The allegations being investigated date to 2021, when protests and some violence erupted at school board meetings across the country. Most of the anger came from conservative parents who wanted to repeal mask mandates, opposed anti-racism courses and had concerns about LGBTQ policies.

With that backdrop, the National School Boards Association wrote to President Joe Biden asking for federal help to address the violence and threats against school administrators. The group said that “these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism” and encouraged the Justice Department to explore which laws, possibly including the Patriot Act, could be applied.

Domestic Tuckerism is more like it, but why split hairs? They were being riled up, they went to schools board meetings to cause trouble. Watching some of those meetings, I felt pretty certain that the agitators did not have kids in those schools or kids at all, but wanted to have their 15-minutes of fame.

The group soon apologized for “some of the language” in its letter. But it quickly drew backlash, particularly among conservatives.

If there is one thing I think I know it is that we Libtards are unlikely to attack schools, let alone death threats to school boards and teachers, and frankly, I cannot imagine the cat herder capable of organizing this. Have you ever tried to place a lunch order for a group of liberal activists? I double-dog dare you to give that a bash.

So why did the FBI investigate the parents threatening the school boards: They were asked.

So why did Jim Jordan immediately assume it was conservatives being investigated? Heh.

Posted in Drinking Bleach for Fun and Profit, Gym Jordan, mask mandate, Pandemics, Shut Yo Mouth Fools, The New Confederacy, vaccine mandates, Wingnuttia, Y'all Qaeda and Talibanicans | 10 Comments

Here’s Some Stupid to Start Your Weekend

H/T Scissorhead Dennis Cole

Junior Mints, usually higher than a kite, suggests that Montanans Second Amendment the Chinese Spy Balloon that is, you know, above air travel altitude.

There is no problem that cannot be solved with a gun. It’s the GOP way.

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Bad Placement, Cont.

D’oh!

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News

Somewhere Balloonboy is smiling:

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Milli Brazilli Now Appearing!

🎶 Does whatever a spider can… 🎵
H/T Scissorhead Bruce388

My spidey senses are tingling:

Rep. George Santos’ web of lies has expanded after a new report emerged the New York politician told campaign donors that he was a producer of a chaotic Broadway adaptation of Spider-Man…

…Michael Cohl, who produced the play, told Bloomberg that Santos was not a producer and that his name was nowhere on the playbill. The play, which ran between 2011 and 2013, was the most expensive production of all time.

It cost $75 million to put together and featured performances by the likes of Bono, but the play flopped and recorded a financial loss. Actors were gravely injured during stunts and there were a series of production delays during opening night, according to USA Today.

At the time, Santos was working as a customer representative for Dish Network in Queens, according to the report. Santos is under investigation by US federal authorities, as well as Brazilian police.

Such a pointless and ridiculous lie, when everyone knows Milli Brazilli and Liza Minelli were in a revival of Cabaret at that time.

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Some Stupid to Pre-Game Happy Hour?

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