By Jeff Childers
Good morning, it’s Saturday and welcome to the C&C Weekend Edition! Your roundup today includes: Project Veritas improves its tone; a trio of refinery fires raises questions; a Texas court dismisses a licensing attack on heroic small-firm lawyer Sidney Powell; and most Floridians are happy with what’s happening down here.
🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 “Truth is paramount.” There’s been a new development in the Project Veritas story. They say when you realize you’re in a hole you should stop digging, and it looks like Project Veritas just threw down its shovel.
The company released a short video yesterday, and it’s the first thing I’ve heard that makes any sense from that organization since it first shocked the world by announcing the separation from James O’Keefe.
Project Veritas @Project_Veritas
A message from the Project Veritas staff We have and always will remain loyal to James’ vision, our mission, our country, and our supporters #Resilience
11:59 PM ∙ Feb 24, 20233,689Likes886Retweets
Although the new clip was almost certainly released with board approval, the video smartly downplays the now hated board, which is widely perceived to be made up of narcissistic traitors, or worse. Instead, the video consistently says complimentary things about James, and it wisely promises the staff wants James to come back, if he’ll agree to return, whenever and however long it takes.
This new, positive premise sharply contrasts the board’s prior whiny messaging, which PRAISED itself as righteous stewards, CRITICIZED the firm’s founder as a mean manager and frivolous money-waster, and WHINED about James ignoring them (for some reason).
The clip confronted the question of whether PV had been co-opted — by denying it outright — which is just what you’d expect a co-opted media company to say, of course. They’re facing a tough problem: how can they possibly prove they’re NOT co-opted, after they publicly torpedoed the founder?
Anyway, the change in tone suggests either the adults are back in charge, or PV has hired a really good public relations firm. I hope it’s the former, which would offer some hope for reconciliation. But it’s probably the latter; which at least means that they’ll bottle up the annoying public attacks on James.
As soon as James has a plan and a donation page, we’ll crank up the biggest and best multiplyer yet.
🔥 Yesterday Bloomberg ran a story headlined, “Pemex Safety Under Scrutiny After Three Separate Fires in One Day.” Weird.
JUST IN: Three different fires break out at three different Mexico state-owned oil facilities in the same day, one of them being in Texas. Totally normal.
9:20 PM ∙ Feb 24, 202313,053Likes6,706Retweets
Now remember: industrial fires happen ALL THE TIME so don’t be a deranged, tinfoil-hat lunatic who spots a new conspiracy under every third shrubbery. All right? In the most stunning coincidental infrastructure fire to date — and OF COURSE it was merely a coincidence — there were three separate oil fires at three separate oil refineries all owned by the SAME COMPANY, Mexican oil refiner Pemex:
1. A Veracruz oil storage facility
2. A Minatitlan, Veracruz oil refinery
3. A Deer Park, Texas, oil refinery
Between the three fires, five people are still missing and eight were treated for injuries, according to Reuters.
Many folks have speculated recently that the United States is currently experiencing a widespread, covert, domestic infrastructure attack. If correct, the tactic appears to be the use of attacks against private food and energy suppliers and manufacturers — so-called “soft targets.” The attacks are camouflaged as accidents and the perpetrators are careful to get in and out quickly without leaving a trace.
This strategy is nothing new. It’s a common feature of “asymmetric warfare,” a “death by a thousand cuts” strategy where a smaller opponent weakens and undermines a larger, better-armed one — inside its homeland, far from the frontlines. The technique probably dates all the way back to the Roman Empire, or maybe to Babel itself.
The best evidence supporting the attacks is the lack of any public explanation following the fires. We’ve all seen it a hundred times. Normally, it’s rare for the cause of a fire to be unknown. It happens, but it’s rare. Usually the very first report of the fire goes something like this: “A fire broke out in the Kip’s Bay trailer park last night after popular resident Martha Horstead, 73, fell asleep watching ‘Jeopardy’ leaving an unattended broccoli casserole in the oven.”
Now the cause of the fire is ALWAYS unknown, and it seems like it always will be. It’s the same kind of evidence as how, before two years ago, whenever young people ‘died suddenly’ we almost always immediately knew why: “Daniel Roatman, 28, died in a horrifying bungee accident yesterday after operators failed to double-check his restraining halter before the jump. The cause of death has not been officially released.”
Nowadays it’s just: “Daniel Roatman, 28, was found dead in his bed Saturday morning after an unremarkable, not-in-any-way surprising or mysterious brief illness. The cause of death has not been officially released. Plus he was arrested three years ago for marijuana possession, so you do the math.”
But I digress. I can’t figure whether, if we WERE under covert infrastructure attack, it would make more sense for the government announce it publicly and warn everybody, or keep the enemies guessing by keeping quiet. I could argue either way.
These private infrastructure targets are almost impossible to protect. There are just too many of them, they are spread out all over the country, and they weren’t originally located with defense in mind, so they’re often found located in inconveniently vulnerable spots. The only realistic option is to stop the enemy before it can attack.
The worry, of course, is that Homeland Security and the FBI are more concerned with tracking down J6 insurrectionists, abortion-clinic protestors, and homeschool moms, than they are about catching foreign-adversary infrastructure arsonists.
🔥 Reuters ran an uplifting story Thursday headlined, “Judge Tosses Attorney Ethics Case Against Trump Ally Sidney Powell.”
In addition to representing Trump during the 2020 election disaster, Sidney Powell has long been a warrior in the legal battle against the Deep State. For example, Powell took over representing General Flynn after his expensive, tall-building lawyers nearly lost the case (Sidney’s first problem was withdrawing Flynn’s guilty plea). Powell also authored a great book, “Licensed to Lie,” describing how the government completely made up evidence against her clients and a Republican Senator from Alaska — and got away with it even after she proved it in court.
In March, the Texas State Bar sued Powell to revoke her attorney’s license for representing Trump in the elections case, arguing her lawsuit was frivolous and unethical. But yesterday, Texas judge Andrea Bouressa said the bar had not met its burden of proof, and dismissed the case. Amusingly, the judge also specifically criticized the incompetent way the Texas Bar had labeled its exhibits. I guess lawyers shouldn’t use the Texas Bar as an example.
Back in 2021, Powell and a few other lawyers who’d helped her were sanctioned by a Detroit federal judge, who said her case was “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process.” Powell and the related lawyers are currently appealing that decision to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
📈 Reliably leftwing Florida Politics ran a story yesterday headlined, “Chamber Poll: Voters Say Florida Is Headed In The ‘Right Direction’.”
According to the survey, a majority of 600 likely voters (51%) said Florida is trending upwards, while only 42% think it is on the wrong track. That’s great news for Governor DeSantis.
On the other hand, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed (65%) think the United States is on the “wrong track,” while only 23% think it is headed in the “right direction.” Bad news for Joe.
Two Florida cities showed drastically lower opinions about Florida than the rest of the state. The first was Miami, in which only 40% of voters feel Florida is headed the right way, and my own town of Gainesville, which clocked in with the stingiest rating of all — only 36% of locals think Florida is going the right direction.
Frankly, I was shocked there were THAT many of us left here. So all you folks mired in deep-blue hellholes, you can see that I have SOME idea what you’re going through. I might live in Florida, but I live in the kookiest part of Florida.
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you guys back here on Monday, as we head into the final week of the second month of the new year.
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