Bits & Bytes

BIDEN ECONOMY: They’re busy bragging on their economic policies, but between 2021 and 2023, Dems added $4.8 trillion to national deficits. As for the supposedly awesome job increases, economists say the 5.8 million jobs they claimed were recovered in the last year included roughly 1.3 million jobs that were double counted. That brings the real number of jobs recovered, not created, down to 4.5 million … out of 22 million that the pandemic lockdowns destroyed.

DEMOCRAT: Remember when Sarah Palin’s “Congressional Targets” map was blamed for Gabby Giffords’ shooting? This despite the fact that the shooter was a Democrat who had worked for Giffords’ campaign.

EMMY AWARDS: This year’s Emmy show had the lowest viewership numbers in its history with just 5.9 viewers. “In all honesty, this shouldn’t be a surprise. … They have become multi-hour broadcasts where rich, woke celebrities offer lectures on how they are better because of how frequently they virtue-signal.” – John Simmons

MARTHA’S VINEYARD: Turnabout is fair play. [9:51] – Florida sent two planes of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard. DeSantis’ communications director told media outlets, “States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden administration’s open border policies.

MIDTERMS: The approval/disapproval/net for the sitting president has a big impact on midterm elections. Usually, presidents aren’t terribly popular after two years and their parties take a drubbing, but in 2002, when Bush (R) had a net approval of +38.0, Republicans gained 8 seats in the House and 1 in the Senate, for a net gain of 9 seats.

Since Biden’s approval, disapproval, and net numbers are among the worst ever, I thought it would be interesting to compare the midterm results for some of the presidents who were the actual worst evers. (You can see all the stats at the links below.)

  • In 1978, when Carter (D) had an approval rating only slightly lower than Biden’s, Dems lost 15 seats in the House and 3 in the Senate, for a net loss of 18 seats.
  • In 2018, when Trump (R) had a disapproval rating only slightly lower than Biden’s, Dems gained 41 seats in the House, but lost 2 in the Senate, for a net gain of 39 seats.
  • In 1946, when Truman (D) had a net approval nearly twice as low as Biden’s, Dems lost a whopping 57 seats in Congress.

Even worse for the Dem’s midterm chances is that the Progressives steering the party are totally out of touch with their own base. A Dem polling group asked 60,000 of their own voters what matters to them. The results were good paying jobs and encouraging people to take care of their families. Dem voters are not buying that the Biden economy is booming and they also don’t resonate with the demonization of the super-rich or the canonization of government dependency.

MOURNING: CLICK for a wonderful QE2 moment.

NAIL SALON: [11:53] – Skip to 3:00 or later (unless you love ads). Michael, the son of the lady in the video, pranked his mom by sending his Caucasian friend in to get his nails done, not letting her know that he speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese. Her reaction is so funny!

VFAUXTUS: [6:11] – Fox News reports live from outside the Vice President’s residence where two busses of illegals have arrived. Kammie says the border is closed; the people on the bus say it’s open.

GRAMMY NOTES: When Mama (eldest of 3 girls) was a newish teen, she had a meltdown and demanded that her dad run to the store and buy her a chocolate bar. He started to get up on his righteous “You don’t talk to your parents like that” horse when I pulled him aside and quietly said, “Just do it.” Later, her sister told us that, one day at work, she spooned down an entire jar of Nutella in a single sitting. The young bucks in the office were all “What is she doing?!”, but the married boss told them to just back away slowly and let her be. LOLOL


CLICK … you may need a tissue.


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6 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. Emmy show pic – at first glance, before I made out that those were statuettes, what I saw was a field of cola cans all simultaneously spewing, and I wondered how they got that effect! An illusion that was better than the real thing. 🙂

    The nail salon bit was classic. Always wanted to be able to do something like that, but my only 2nd language is Spanish, and anyway I might’ve lost some knowledge since high school! There’s a story of some guys in a theater, speaking Mandarin, making fun of the film, thinking they’re getting away with it, when the woman seated in front of them turns around and starts cussing them out in the same language.

    I was in a great little shop in Santa Fe NM, Señor Lujan’s, full of Mexican spices & stuff and very narrow aisles. Down the aisle I’m in strides a petit woman in a long dress and beehive (sort-of) hair, taking tiny steps and looking at the floor as elder people sometimes do. She looked like in another life she was some kind of Incan royalty. I squeezed to one side, and said, “Pardona me, Señora.” She looked up into my eyes, smiled, and said, “¡Oh! ¿Se habla Español?” I was surprised, shook my head, and said, “No.” I wish I could at least have said, “Dos o tres palabras.” (Two or three words.) Instead, her eyes went back to the floor and I was again unpersoned. Mid-1970s. I can still see her momentarily-bright eyes and regal bearing.

    Then there was a time at a cafeteria I was in line behind some Japanese ladies trying to communicate with the Hispanic gal at the salad section. I was amused how the eccentricities of Japanese and Spanish pronunciations – both of which I could comprehend – made them unable to understand each other. I was just on the verge of butting in (Anglosplaining) to translate Japanglish and Spanglish, when with nods and gestures the women worked it out. Yay, galspeak!

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I was trying to buy a gorgeous blanket in Helsinki. The clerk didn’t speak any English, but thankfully another customer butted in and helped.

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  2. Gilligan’s Isle – “oh, those poor people….” (Galaxy Quest, of course.)

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      One of my favorite movies EVER.

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      • Sugg by yootoob on that clip, we watched a vid of Galaxy Quest deleted scenes. As is often the case, you just have to admire the editors who could rightly judge, “No” to various already-filmed bits, and how using those scenes would have diminished the film. (Seen this also in deleted scenes from Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters.)

        We drive a Nissan Quest. Haven’t got around to it, yet, but the kids bought us a “Galaxy Quest” bumper sticker, to put the “Galaxy” part over the “Quest” logo. Haven’t had a bumper sticker on a car since 1972, but for this I just might.

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