Conservative House Republicans are coming together around a plan to nominate Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., a member of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's leadership team, to replace McCarthy as early as next week, potentially during a government shutdown.
According to four sources speaking on the condition of anonymity with The Washington Post, the conservatives say Emmer is more in tune with their concerns and will better deliver the results they want.
The effort to replace McCarthy with Emmer comes after many in the GOP conference have warned that the speaker's future with the gavel would be tested in the fight to avoid the shutdown after the promises he made to the more conservative lawmakers to win his seat.
Going back to diesel
What a choreographed mess
Sudden exploding car syndrome (SECS)
Stupid is as stupid does.
Great idea! Battery busses in one of the coldest areas of the country... What could go wrong?
E-Buses Bought From Now-Bankrupt Manufacturer By Blue Enclave Are Now All Out Of Commission
A Democratic enclave in Wyoming purchased electric buses to reduce emissions, but the buses are indefinitely inoperable after their manufacturer went bankrupt earlier this summer, the Cowboy State Daily reported.
Jackson, Wyoming, and Teton County formed the Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit (START) system, which bought eight electric buses from Proterra to add to its fleet of 31 diesel buses, the Cowboy State Daily reported. Proterra, which itself was at the center of a conflict of interest controversy including Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, went bankrupt in August, and START’s eight e-buses are now out of commission given that the manufacturer can no longer readily supply the parts needed for repairs.
The last of the START Proterra buses went out of service two months ago, according to the Cowboy State Daily. In fiscal year 2021, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) gave the Wyoming Department of Transportation $1.1 million in taxpayer funds to buy e-buses for START, according to the FTA website.
Proterra has reportedly asserted that it will fill remaining orders while it goes through the bankruptcy proceedings, according to Cowboy State Daily. It is unclear whether that commitment applies to orders for smaller parts needed for repairs. “It is our intent to find the necessary parts to get them back up and operable, and we are assessing ways to do that,” a START spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
START will not scrap the buses, and it remains committed to finding ways to bring down the emissions of its operations, the spokesperson added.
The buses had operational problems before the company went bankrupt, according to the Cowboy State Daily. In the cold winter months, the battery range of the buses would significantly decrease, especially given that more energy is drained to heat the interior of the buses, according to the Cowboy State Daily. When cold weather drained the batteries, the electric buses reportedly needed to go back into their depots for charging while diesel-powered buses were used to ferry people around as the electric buses regained power.
Teton County voted overwhelmingly for President Joe Biden in the 2020 cycle, according to Politico.
The Wyoming “DOT is committed to supporting the state’s transit providers— whether county, municipality, tribe or other entity— as they fill the needs in their own communities in a way that best fits their own goals,” an agency spokesperson told the DCNF. “We just help them navigate the rules and regulations of Federal grants because we have a lot of experience working with Federal dollars.”
The Biden administration promoted Proterra as a leading manufacturer of electric buses and component parts before it went bankrupt. Granholm maintained a stake in the company after being confirmed as Energy Secretary in 2021. In her capacity as Energy Secretary, Granholm directed policies which could have favored her own financial interests, and she eventually closed her position in the firm late in May 2021, netting capital gains amounting to about $1.6 million.
“FTA requires Buy America compliant vehicles, to ensure American taxpayers funds are spent in the U.S. but does not advise grantees about which brand of bus to purchase when grants are awarded,” an FTA spokesperson told the DCNF. “As part of the largest-ever investment in American transit manufacturing jobs, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Federal Transit Administration has awarded $2.3 billion in the past two years through Low and No Emission Bus grants, which included a $945,178 selection to the Wyoming Department of Transportation on behalf of Teton Village for Fiscal Year 2023.”
Proterra and the town of Jackson did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
IRS agent said CNN has Hunter Biden email where Hunter claimed legal 'stuff' would go away under Biden admin
In another message, Hunter Biden discusses giving away his family's 'only asset'
NYC steamrolls the elderly to feed the wolves (illegal invaders)
By Civis Americanus
Ahead of the 2024 elections, voters throughout the country need to know that Democrat-run New York City is now taking money away from senior citizen meal programs, day care, and inmate rehabilitation to squander it on $300 hotel rooms for migrants. As reported by Bloomberg News in June, the (projected) cost of housing migrants is $4.3 billion between April 2022 and July 2024. From the article:
To manage those expenses, Adams says the city is planning to trim services such as library hours, meals for senior citizens, re-entry programming for Rikers Island prisoners, and free, full-day care for three-year-olds.
Here is the program NYC is cutting in favor of migrants:
If you are 60 years of age or older and have difficulty preparing meals, you may be able to receive nutritionally balanced home-delivered meals….
Thanks to NYC’s sanctuary city policies though, vulnerable senior citizens will now be getting fewer of these meals.
Another story, from just yesterday:
A Korean War veteran feared he would be left ‘on the curb’ after he was ordered out of his Staten Island nursing home to make way for the migrants overwhelming New York City.
Frank Tammaro, 95, was given six weeks to get out of the Island Shores Senior Residence when it was sold to city authorities last month.
Some asylum seekers are genuine, but most are economic migrants who want to take advantage of the city’s generous welfare programs. If millions of people cross our border every year, and roughly a quarter million announce their presence as required by law to apply for asylum, the conclusion is obvious. A legitimate asylum seeker would be someone like the Jews sent back to Nazi Germany to be murdered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration, or the Vietnamese “boat people” who fled the Communists in 1975.
Earlier this month, Mayor Eric Adams complained that the migrant crisis would destroy his city without outside help; reported via The New York Times:
For months, Mr. Adams has criticized President Biden and Gov. Kathy Hochul for failing to help the city handle the asylum seekers and pleaded for additional funding and expedited work permits.
Guess what Mayor Adams, if you didn’t have a sanctuary city squandering $300 a night on hotel rooms for migrants, they probably wouldn’t flock there.
I don’t feel at all sorry for Manhattanites with six-figure incomes who voted for a City Council that enacted a sanctuary city policy—it’s their tax money to squander as they wish—but their irresponsibility is affecting poor senior citizens on fixed incomes and everyone else subjected to deteriorated and dangerous neighborhoods because entire buildings have been turned into hubs of violent crime.
It is not surprising that they want money from the rest of the State, and the federal government which is now $33 trillion in debt and counting. New York City as currently governed is like a man who whores, drinks, and cocaine-snorts his way through his inheritance and then tries to tap other members of his family for money because he is broke. Come to think of it, just imagine Hunter Biden as a metropolis, and you’ve got New York City.
Here are Democrats calling for your tax money and mine to be misappropriated to carry New York City—this is why it is absolutely vital to return both chambers of Congress to a solid Republican majority to ensure the federal government does not borrow even more money, or raise taxes, to support exploitative illegal migrants anywhere in the country.
The same reference adds that Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) said, “I hope AOC and her Democrat colleagues got the message today that New Yorkers are fed up with President Biden’s open border policies that are wreaking havoc in their city.” If solid Blue NYC is fed up with Biden’s open border policies, there is a real chance of a pendulum swing in 2024 when taxpayers, senior citizens, and working Americans in sanctuary cities either sit out the election or, even better, realize that the Republican Party now represents their interests.
Here's how we know that climate change hysteria is bunkum
By Uldis Sprogis
Whenever the temperature rises or falls this is true climate change.
When the sun rises in the morning, the temperature usually rises gradually and in the afternoon the temperature usually falls gradually and this is climate change. When the temperature usually falls at night this is also climate change. When it rains or snows the temperature usually falls whether it is the daytime or at night and this is climate change.
When it is cloudy the temperature usually falls or doesn’t increase as much. When there is pollution in the sky such as smoke from a wildfire then the temperature usually doesn’t rise or fall that much. Seasonal changes in temperature in the spring, summer, fall, and winter is also climate change.
The temperature change on a mountaintop is vastly different from the temperature change in a valley or over a desert such as the Sahara desert or Death Valley. The temperature change over the oceans, lakes, and bays is different depending on the location where it is measured in the world and the square area of the water being considered.
Thus for an accurate average yearly temperature worldwide you scientifically need to measure the temperature average over each square kilometer or mile of the earth’s surface for a whole year. We don’t have the ability to do so now and probably won’t have that ability any time soon.
So, scientifically we can’t prove or show that a 1% rise in CO2 will cause an x% rise in average worldwide temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. You may intuitively feel that a rise in CO2 should also make the average world temperature to rise but by how much is pure guesswork and probably way off a truthful estimate. Yes, there is climate change but how much warming if any is due to an increase in CO2 is basically scientifically unknown on into the foreseeable future. Climate models for future average temperatures are often wild, unverifiable, and predicted average temperature changes designed to fear monger humans into doing some desperate measures to avoid the delusional predicted Armageddon of severe global warming.
Also, no one has scientifically calculated how much of the extra CO2 generated by fossil fuels has been absorbed by plants worldwide or by the water worldwide.
The only rational conclusion is that climate change is a political weapon used to justify oppressive government legislation trying to kill off fossil fuel usage with crazy and costly solutions like carbon capture and forcing one to ultimately use only electric vehicles powered by unreliable and costly renewable sources of energy like solar and wind. Climate change is a fear tactic used by politicians and woke elites to justify oppressive government regulations and taxation on fossil fuel industries.
I have to agree that some climate change is manmade such as the conversion of forested areas into agricultural land and pollution of the air with particulates and chemicals from coal burning and manufacturing plant chemicals. These kinds of activities have a greater impact on climate change than an insignificant increase in CO2. A healthy respect for the environment, especially wilderness and park areas, is what is urgently needed and not the fear mongering tactics of the climate change propagandists.
Yes, I believe that climate change exists but what percentage is manmade is debatable and scientifically unprovable and what percentage of CO2 causes the temperature to rise significantly is scientifically unknown and unprovable so far. No one is currently able to prove or predict the average worldwide temperature of the earth. So, you can’t rationally or truthfully even talk about it without sounding like an ill-informed idiot.
For those of you with a little scientific and math background you will better understand what is scientifically and mathematically provable. A mathematical equation for a variable and how it changes is shown by known variables on the right side of the equation. If there are too many unknown variables on the right side of the equation then the variable on the left side of the equation is also unknown. So, when mathematically there are too many unknown variables like those impacting climate change then no provable equation is possible.
To be scientific, the known variables must be measured experimentally in the real world such as with the use of temperature thermometers. There is no such experimental evidence in climate change calculations. So, climate change is neither scientific nor mathematical for the time being and all predictions are made by charlatans who don’t know what they are talking about or have a deceptive political agenda to impose on the gullible public.
Another Trump indictment and what a coincidence, just as some damning news about Joe Biden's corruption rolls out
By Monica Showalter
Another judicial book thrown at President Trump, and sure enough, it coincided with some very bad news about Joe Biden's corruption.
Start with how news flashed about a New York judge throwing out this ruling to Get Trump at 4:43 p.m. Eastern yesterday:
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House, and he ordered some of the former president’s companies removed from his control and dissolved.
Judge Arthur Engoron, ruling in a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, found that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers and others by massively overvaluing his assets and exaggerating his net worth on paperwork used in making deals and securing loans.
Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be rescinded as punishment, making it difficult or impossible for them to do business in New York, and said he would continue to have an independent monitor oversee Trump Organization operations.
Now let's look at the kind of news that came just before it, at 2:08 p.m. Eastern:
I just subpoenaed & obtained two bank wires revealing Hunter Biden received payments originating from Beijing in 2019 when Joe Biden was running for President.
Joe Biden’s Delaware home is listed as the beneficiary address for both money wires from China. pic.twitter.com/jzRX2o1hB1
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) September 26, 2023
Well, what a coincidence. The fact that the bad news for Trump tightly followed the bad news for Biden, and swamped the news cycle was so obvious, even the press noticed, or at least, those with brains and a keen sense of the political landscape:
Now we know why the NY judge decided to move on trump today. It's all so obvious. And disgusting https://t.co/KwusGJoDNJ
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) September 27, 2023
Those without brains, the narrative-parroters, the lapdogs, the performing seals, presented this picture, which RealClearPolitics's Tom Bevan couldn't help noticing:
As expected, massive coverage of Trump-related stories across legacy media, but not a single mention of the revelation that Chinese nationals sent $260,000 in bank wires to Hunter Biden in 2019 and listed Joe Biden's home address. pic.twitter.com/OgQP9aLlrl
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) September 27, 2023
The Biden news is serious and bad, showing in concrete terms that a foreign bribe from America's top adversary was paid, it was a big bribe, and Joe Biden was directly involved as the recipient, the bribe itself going to Biden's own home. It also was recent, dating from 2019. And Hunter Biden was living in Malibu at the time the Chinese paid it, meaning, he was not the recipient, so there is no way to blame it on Biden's dissolute and drug-addicted son.
That's a major smoking gun in Biden's impeachment inquiry, and it will be all but impossible for Biden to gaslight his way out of it.
As for the charges against Trump, they were bee ess, generic charges that could be leveled at any real estate developer. Somehow only Trump got them and the timing was amazing.
They were also bee ess because valuing of properties is highly subjective. The judge valued Trump's Mar-a-Lago properties at $18 million, while the vacant lots in the area are going for $400 million. That sounds like corruption on her side of the bench, not Trump's.
As I wrote here, commenting on an attempted Washington Post hit job on Trump's banker in San Diego, a good banker always checks out the collateral on a client's loan forms to make his own assessment before offering a loan. This banker profiled in the Washington Post, from Axos Bank, named Gregory Garrabrants, in fact, found the Trump empire to be reasonable and honest, giving the Post's reporter the fisheye by saying:
"It wouldn't matter if I was friends with someone, I'm not going to make a loan that's no good," he said. "I don't like anyone that much."
It's garbage charges, amplified by garbage reporting, and the main aim seems to be to cover up news about Joe Biden's increasingly obvious corruption.
That's despicable machine politics going on here which makes a mockery of justice and shows just how coordinated and sleazy the Biden political machine is. This isn't the first time they've done it -- hit Trump with charges in order to deflect attention from revelations about their own scandals.
What it tells us is that Comer is onto something dangerous for Biden and the Biden machine will stop at nothing to protect its kingpin and take down his rival. Call that corruption piled upon corruption. One can only hope that Comer will recognize that he's over the target and expose these thugs to the max, then getting to the bottom of the whole corrupt foundation of House Biden before they can do any more damage to the country.
" 'ole *Pencil-neck will stoop that low for sure " .. !!
Adam Schiff will have to identify as a Black Woman to get the job.
In Cali, that's possible .....
Dianne Feinstein, California’s longest-serving senator, dies at 90 >
Video: Trans Male Student Brutally Beats Girl At Oregon Middle School
Where are all the pussy hat, women's right folks?
Videos at the link
Why bad policing hurts good policing.
Like the clergy and all other groups in our midst, we have to root out the bad ones.
Second GOP Primary Debate Had Lowest TV Viewership Since 2015 >
Metal roofs and shingles are popular here, too. Most of the metal roofs are now standing-seam instead of the old 5V crimp with exposed screws.
No problem with any and all questions, this is a chat zone, after all.
6 things to know before taking the latest COVID shot - analysis
Examining basis for regulatory approval and public health recommendations
The US and Canadian regulatory agencies approved a new mRNA vaccine against COVID and are recommending that everyone over 6 months old get the shot this fall.
With COVID’s reemergence in the headlines and public health officials warning of a dire upcoming flu season. Officials are encouraging the public to get vaccinated with the latest mRNA shot against COVID. Before your friends or family roll up their sleeves there are a few things to consider:
1. Only the U.S. and Canada recommend vaccination for everyone over 6 months
The FDA approved the new COVID vaccine for those 12 and over, but for children under 12 the FDA has only authorized it under “emergency use,” even though the U.S. federal government ended the “COVID emergency” back in April.
Emergency use authorization should require an emergency. COVID deaths were always very rare in children, with a 0.0003% infection fatality rate among ages 0–19. There was never any “emergency” for children.
Regulatory agencies in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Finland, and the World Health Organization all recommend the shots only for ages 60 or 65 and older or for those with a higher risk of COVID complications. To date, only Canada and the U.S. approved and recommended the shot for low-risk individuals.
FDA vaccine adviser, vaccine developer and pediatrician Dr. Paul Offit disagrees with the CDC recommendation to give the shots to everyone over 6 months. According to Offit, mRNA shots for COVID are different than annual flu shots; only high-risk people should take the new injection.
2. The targeted variant is in decline
The new vaccine is different from previous COVID vaccines in that it targets specifically the XBB1.5 sub-variant of Omicron. What’s so special about this particular sub-variant that a new vaccine was needed? Nothing. The WHO classifies the overall risk as “low” explaining that “available evidence does not suggest that XBB.1.5 has additional public health risks [compared to other Omicron variants].”
XBB1.5 became a variant of interest in January 2023, increased in prevalence worldwide, and made up about 55% of COVID infections during March, then began to decline, dropping to about 23% by June. Now in mid-September, the CDC estimates that less than 3% of infections in the U.S. are XBB1.5.
Pfizer and Moderna argue that the new vaccine is also protective against the newer EG.5 and FL1.5 variants even though they are not a subset of the XBB1.5 variant it was designed to protect against.
If there was a time to release a vaccine targeting XBB1.5 it would have been late last year, but now with the XBB1.5 variant in a steep decline, it’s less relevant.
3. Current COVID variants are far less dangerous
All Omicron variants are far less of a threat than previous variants. Compared to Delta, Omicron hospitalizations and deaths are 50% to 80% less. This has been the case for nearly two years.
Recently doctors are seeing COVID patients coming in with even milder cases. Last week, New York City's Mount Sinai Downtown Vice Chair of Operations for Emergency Medicine Dr. Erick Eiting told NBC News, “Just about everyone who I've seen has had really mild symptoms," adding, "The only way that we knew that it was COVID was because we happened to be testing them."
4. COVID vaccines are associated with increased COVID infections
Many well-intentioned people still believe that taking a COVID vaccine protects others, so even if they are low-risk, they should take an updated shot to prevent transmitting the virus to others. But public health officials concede that COVID vaccines do not prevent infection or transmission past a few weeks.
What has not been made widely known is that the COVID shots are associated with negative effectiveness of infection, meaning a vaccinated person is more likely to become infected and transmit the virus to others compared to an unboosted or unvaccinated person.
Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic studied last year’s bivalent booster to see what effect it had on infection rates. They examined staff medical records over a period of 6 months and concluded that "the higher the number of vaccines previously received, the higher the risk of contracting COVID-19."
Another study looked at the prison population in the state of California between January and July 2023, comparing inmate infection rates to vaccination status. The study found that the “bivalent-vaccinated group had a slightly but statistically significantly higher infection rate than the unvaccinated group [3.24% vs 2.72%] in the statewide category.” The difference was even greater in age cohorts of 50+ and 65+.
The negative effectiveness of the original COVID vaccines has been observed in several other studies, so it’s not surprising that it also occurred with last year’s booster, and will therefore likely occur with this newly approved vaccine.
5. Weak safety data
Understanding the safety and potential risks of the new vaccine is of critical importance when evaluating the risk/reward equation. Especially in a situation of moderate or low risk from COVID where even the WHO does not recommend vaccination due to the “comparatively low public health returns.”
What safety data did public health officials use to base their decision on? For those over the age of 18, Health Canada wrote, in their decision summary for approving the vaccine, that “[t]he safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity of Spikevax XBB.1.5 are evaluated in an ongoing Phase 2/3 open-label study in participants 18 years of age and older.”
The decision summary described the study “mRNA-1273-P205 Part J" as follows: "50 participants received a 50 mcg dose of Spikevax XBB.1.5, and 51 participants received a dose of an investigational bivalent vaccine.”
It is not a placebo-controlled comparison. Rather, it’s a comparison between the new vaccine to some other “investigational bivalent vaccine.” Also, the sample group is so small that it wouldn’t detect adverse events that are less frequent than 1 in 50 since only 50 participants received the vaccine.
In addition, this study is still ongoing and is scheduled to be completed in November 2023 - two months after the vaccine has already been approved.
The data supporting safe use for children 6 months to 18 years is even weaker. “[S]afety and effectiveness of Spikevax XBB.1.5 for individuals 6 months of age and older is inferred from studies of a primary series and booster dose of Spikevax.” In other words, there was no study to show the new vaccine is safe. It is merely “inferred.”
The weakness of the safety data led Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo to advise people not to get the new vaccine: "There’s been no clinical trial showing that it is a safe product for people — and not only that but then there are a lot of red flags."
6. History of past COVID vaccines
Since regulators have cited the safety record of previous COVID vaccines to assure the public that these new vaccines are safe, it is imperative to examine the safety record of the earlier COVID shots.
After examining the data that led to the approval of the first mRNA COVID vaccines, red flags were found. One peer-reviewed study, published in the journal Vaccine did just that and found that serious adverse events occurred at a rate of 1 in 800 — far more than what is considered acceptable, and well surpassing the rate of COVID hospitalizations.
Large numbers of adverse events including deaths were observed at unprecedented levels in vaccine monitoring systems worldwide. Increases in disabilities, excess deaths, and cardiovascular problems were closely associated with previous COVID vaccines.
The approval of the new COVID booster vaccine comes with an abundance of red flags. Its effectiveness is questionable and safety data is weak. Furthermore, there have been numerous adverse events associated with earlier COVID vaccines.
People need to be aware of the risks before making a decision, and not simply take another shot in the dark.
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Thanks Bull for enlightening me. Up here it's asphalt shingles or metal roofs.
They are manufactured with two holes each. Code only requires that they use one screw, but in my case the roofing company has them putting two screws in each for extra strength. The job is over $100K.
Forgive my question but one more. Do the installers drill the screw holes or are they manufactured with holes?
They used to use mortar, but now they use foam and each tile gets one or two screws. The underlayment is a membrane, so the screws all seal. One of the new hurricane code items is the ridge tiles are fastened with screw to the metal ridge runners you see in the photo.
Used to be they were just mortared to the tiles below. That's where my old roof failed. Some of those ridge tiles blew off, so others started lifting. I think this will be an improvement.
How are they fastened to the roof?
3 or 4 days, they say. Got rained out yesterday and that may happen again, so I'm figuring on a week.
Edit: It's around 7000 concrete tiles.
Fox News Cuts Away From Trump Speech After He Says ‘Tucker Carlson’
Holy crap Bull. How long will that take?
Much better now!
DOJ ordered Hunter Biden investigators to 'remove any reference' to Joe Biden in FARA probe warrant: House GOP