Russia, Russia, Russia

Sedition, sedition, sedition;

The Biden administration on Thursday walked back one of the biggest bombshell campaign-season revelations of last year: that the Russian government had put bounties on the heads of US troops in Afghanistan.
Oh, how convenient.
A senior official told The Daily Beast that the administration had only “low to moderate” confidence in a story Team Biden was more than happy to use against former President Donald Trump for months. Candidate Joe Biden cited the Russian bounties on the campaign trail, calling Trump’s failure to act a “dereliction of duty.” […]
The easy marks who fell for it on the Republican side are a little harder to forgive, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rep. Dan Crenshaw and the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul.
“We need answers,” Crenshaw said at the time, retweeting Liz Cheney.
McCaul, during the Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the bounties story, admitted that the intelligence community was still doing a “deep dive” but nevertheless treated the allegation as if it was true, calling for further sanctions against Moscow and asking if the likely untrue story called into question the good-faith negotiating of the Taliban.
One more detail is worth considering here: The New York Times reported days after its initial story that the bounties intelligence had been inserted into President Trump’s written briefing on Feb. 27. Two days later, the peace deal with the Taliban was signed.
Given the Biden administration’s disavowal, this now looks like an effort to sabotage the peace process. The most charitable reading is someone let low-quality intelligence rise up the chain of command much too quickly. At worst, someone put it in there intending to damage Trump. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Related: How To Start A War

And The Facts Will Manufacture Themselves

Daily Mail;

Justin Trudeau was slapped down by Downing Street today after claiming Britain is facing a ‘very serious third wave’ – with critics accusing him of a desperate attempt to deflect criticism over his own country’s sluggish vaccine rollout and surging infections.

The Canadian premier referred to the UK’s hugely successful drive, which has 60 per cent of the population given jabs compared to just 20 per cent in Canada, as he sought to justify keeping tough restrictions.

‘Vaccinations on their own are not enough to keep us safe,’ he told MPs in the country’s parliament.

‘We know for example that the UK is ahead of just about everybody else on vaccination and yet they maintain very strong restrictions and are facing a very serious third wave.’

But Tories accused Mr Trudeau of ‘fake news’, telling MailOnline he should ‘butt out’ and focus on his own problems. Scientists tracking the spread of the virus also rubbished the Canadian premier’s comments, insisting the UK is in a ‘stable’ position.

I’m surprised they heard about it. Nobody listens to him.

h/t Ktr

Still Losing The Last Election

Conservatives launched their major campaign pitch today. It’s one thing to read the dingbat details but it’s a whole other thing to watch the leader try to sell them. I’ll apologize in advance but you need to see this. (There’s 15 minutes of music and pretty pictures before anything is said.)

Update: David Akin  @erinotoole says: “This is not a tax. Not a cent goes to Ottawa.” Consumer: I’m paying more at the pump no matter what. CPC: But u get credits you can spend on stuff. Consumer: Can I use it to buy anything I want? CPC: No. Only on items from a govt approved shopping list.

Coulda Had Max

The federal Conservatives revealed their climate plan on Thursday and proposing a $20-per-tonne carbon price — lower than the Liberals’.
The plan is a major shift in policy, as the party has previously threatened to scrap the program introduced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole announced the climate policy Thursday morning, saying “Canadians cannot afford Trudeau’s carbon tax.”

Tar. Feathers. Some assembly required.

Update @Dfildebrandt

Western MPs I spoke to this morning tell me that they learned about it all in the news. O’Toole never had the approval from his caucus – let alone his party – for such a flip-flop.

Mostly Peaceful

They reap what they sow.

A CNN crew member collapsed after being hit in the head by a water bottle while covering the protests over the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn City, Minn., Wednesday night.
The attack was captured on video and posted to Twitter by Nicholas Rowan, a Washington Examiner staff writer.
“Protesters threw a water bottle at a CNN crew member and hit him square on the head. They mock him when he falls down,” Rowan tweeted. […]

After he recovered from the blow, at least one person called for a medic. The protesters ultimately chased the CNN crew off, throwing eggs at them and their vehicle as they drove away.

Video at the link.

Update: Irony arrives like a cold bottle of water to the side of the head.

Vaccinating The Starbucks Crowd


64 per cent of Canadians thought their decision to get the vaccine would depend on what type of vaccine they were offered, while over eight in 10 stated they should be able to choose which vaccine they received.

But that doesn’t mean you should be free to choose.

Support towards making vaccines mandatory also grew nationally as well, growing to that of 69 per cent.

About as consistent as gas station chilli.

They’re Coming For Your Cat


Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests.

The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually.

Writing in Nature Communications, the scientists said stray and feral cats were the worst offenders.

However, they added that pet cats also played a role and that owners should do more to reduce their impact.

The authors concluded that more animals are dying at the claws of cats in the United States than in road accidents, collisions with buildings or poisonings.

It’s not about the cats. They want you to be miserable.