the oscars crash
So the Oscars had an historic low viewership. In fact, the Nielsen numbers said under 10 million tuned in. Viewership among the younger ages was the worst.
Pointing out once again, maybe Hollywood actors (and sports stars) should stick to their craft and stop telling us how to live our lives.
john kerry, did you?
Tapes of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were leaked to the public yesterday, and they implicated former Secretary of State John Kerry as allegedly sharing sensitive information about Israeli military operations in Syria. This morning Kerry denied this.
Here’s the issue.
Normally we all discount anything the Iranians say as untrue, but John Kerry’s past denials leave many of us doubting his denial. Isn’t it a shame when your credibility is no better than the Iranian government officials?
california goes to a recall
California state officials confirmed that the campaign to oust California Gov. Gavin Newsom has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The Secretary of State announced that 1.6 million of the 2.1 million signatures submitted to recall Gov. Newsom have been certified as valid, exceeding the threshold of 1.49 million required to trigger a special election..
A few candidates have already announced, but it will still be tough to beat the Democrat Newsom in the state. The latest polls show support for him at 40%.
electoral college switch
Political power shifted further to states in the South and Mountain West—with Texas picking up two House seats and California losing one, as the Census Bureau released their data.
Two implications of the change. States that voted for Donald Trump picked up three electoral votes over blue states. That’s equal to an Hawaii in an election.
In addition it means three additional congressional house seats. Often the redistricting can add additional. Well, with Democrats holding a 222-213 (Full house) edge, three seats gets it very very close (219-216). It makes a house switch to Republican hands more likely in 2022.
police and criminals
Yesterday we wrote about the police encounters that have occurred are not because the police initiated them for fun, but because they were called. Well the Washington Times has a front page story on this today. Here’s a breif from them and a link to the article if you want to review it:
The “systemic racism” narrative touted by Black Lives Matter and the Biden administration to explain police use of force against Black victims is drawing pushback as resisting arrest emerges as a factor in many if not most high-profile cases.
another surprise in georgia
Former Rep. Doug Collins said Monday he is passing on the chance to run next year for Georgia governor or the state’s U.S. Senate seat. It was thought he was going to run for one. In fact former President Donald Trump floated the prospect of Mr. Collins returning to the fray to challenge GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
However, Collins released this statement:
“I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for any office in the next election cycle, for those who may wonder, this is goodbye for now, but probably not forever.”
The Republicans appear to be running uphill in Georgia and need a united party in 2022 to have a chance of holding the Governorship and defeating Senator Warnock.