The New York Times accused Pepé Le Pew of approving of rape.
ITEM 1: Outkick the Coverage reported, "The NY Times, Which Once Said Pedophilia 'Not A Crime,' Sets Sights On Pepé Le Pew."
The story said, "Now that the New York Times has succeeded in joining other lamebrains in an effort to cancel a half dozen Dr. Seuss titles, it is moving on to its next quirky cartoon character.
"Beware, Pepé Le Pew, the Looney Tunes skunk whom aptly-named Times columnist Charles Blow has convicted of 'normalizing rape culture.' "
Le Pew tried to seduce a female cat he had mistaken for a skunk. Maybe if it were a kitten, the Times would be cool with it.
ITEM 2: The Washington Examiner reported, "Pharmacy giant Walgreens has closed its 10th store in the San Francisco area, prompting residents to blame rampant shoplifting caused by the city's soft-on-crime policies.
"The store is set to permanently shut its doors on March 17, and the move has drawn an online petition against the closure, which accrued over 200 signatures at the time of publishing. The closure is the third since mid-October 2020, and those living in the area reported brazen thefts at Walgreens pharmacies throughout their hometowns."
The story said, "Under California law, theft under $950 is considered a misdemeanor, but many prosecutors throughout the state have opted to free those charged with the offense under certain conditions rather than holding them in jail for the maximum sentence of six months."
Who benefits from store closings?
In politics, there is no such thing as a coincidence.
ITEM 3: RT reported, "Though the 18-year, $787 million US gender equality effort hasn’t so much as created a word in Afghan languages for the concept, a new report is likely to be used by Washington to justify keeping troops in Afghanistan forever.
" 'Support for gender equality: Lessons from the US experience in Afghanistan' was among the flurry of reports produced for the new administration and presented at the end of February by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
"The 242-page volume goes over the entire history of US gender programs in Afghanistan, from the October 2001 invasion through the end of 2020, and describes many problems and shortcomings – but ends up concluding they should continue, along with the US presence there."
This isn't a war.
It's a boondoggle.
ITEM 4: Breitbart reported, "Several prominent Democrats expressed disappointment and frustration after several Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate in rejecting Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
"While the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the $15 minimum wage hike could not be included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief measure, Sanders, as well as his far-left allies, attempted to pave a way to make the hike a reality.
"Seven Democrats, as well as an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, joined Republicans in rejecting the effort on Friday. Those include Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Angus King (I-ME)."
The robotic replacements for minimum wage earners are hardest hit.
ITEM 5: United Press International reported, "The New York State Senate on Friday voted to repeal the temporary emergency powers granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the beginning of the covid 19 pandemic.
"The chamber voted 40-20 along party lines to revoke Cuomo's authority to issue new orders. The measure allows existing directives to remain in place with legislative oversight."
The story also said, "Republicans voted against the measure, saying the legislation didn't go far enough to curtail Cuomo's powers since it allows him to extend and modify his existing orders."
The vote was a joke.
ITEM 6: The New York Post reported, "Gov. Andrew Cuomo had someone else take his mandatory workplace sexual harassment training course for him — then signed off on it as if he’d taken it himself, accuser Charlotte Bennett says in a bombshell new interview aired Friday night."
To be fair, the governor already was an expert on workplace sexual harassment and did not need training.
ITEM 7: Bloomberg reported, "President Joe Biden was to fire Sharon Gustafson, the Trump-appointed general counsel of the EEOC, at 5 p.m. Friday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
"The Biden administration demanded in a March 2 email that Gustafson, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s top litigator, resign, said two different sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter.
"Gustafson refused, citing her term, which runs through 2023, according to a letter she sent Friday to the Biden administration."
The shoe is on the other foot and Democrats do not like it.
ITEM 8: Zero Hedge reported, "Whether working from home is a temporary fad or permanent remains to be seen, but for New York's office market, the vacant present is as ugly as it gets.
"According to a new report from Colliers, office rents in Manhattan are plunging as the glut of available office space has hit the highest on record going back 20 years. In a desperate scramble to lock in tenants, In February the average asking rent fell for an eighth straight month to $73.12 a square foot, the lowest since March 2018.
"And ensuring that prices will stay low for a long time, at the same time vacant space continues to pile up. The office availability rate rose for a ninth consecutive month to 15.5%, a record in data going back to 2000, the brokerage said; the amount of space listed by tenants for sublease jumped by 1.1 million square feet."
Work from home may be a fad, but work in Manhattan seems over because De Blasio turned the clock back 50 years with high crime and dirty streets.
ITEM 9: NBC reported, "A Florida police officer, who was working as a school resource officer, has been fired after he was caught on body camera footage using the N-word and later admitted to his superiors that it wasn't the first time."
Those are the rules now.
OK, FCC, it is time to shut down every rap music station in the country because of the use of the N-word.
In fact, the use of the word in rap songs is negating its sting.
ITEM 10: The Daily Mail reported, "Work is due to start on the world's first 'space hotel' in low Earth orbit in 2025. It will come equipped with restaurants, a cinema, spa and rooms for 400 people.
"Developed by the Orbital Assembly Corporation, the Voyager Station could be operational as early as 2027, with the infrastructure built in orbit around the Earth.
"The space station will be a large circle and rotate to generate artificial gravity that will be set at a similar level to the gravity found on the surface of the Moon."
Hopefully, Democrats will lift the covid restrictions by then so someone can actually visit it.
ITEM 11: The Daily Mail reported, "The world is facing a growing sand shortage, though, with less than 1,000 sand and gravel mines across the U.S., experts warn.
"After water, sand is the world's most consumed raw material — used to make glass, concrete, asphalt and even silicon microchips."
Flashback to October 28, 2016, when the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported, "An environmental group filed a petition with federal regulators this week objecting to the Department of Natural Resources’ approval of an air permit for sand mining facilities in western Wisconsin because the group said the DNR’s analysis fell short of federal requirements.
"Midwest Environmental Advocates, an environmental law firm, asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject air permits for Superior Silica Sands, Fort Worth, Texas, because the state allowed the company to expand operations without evaluating the potential of emissions of ultrafine air particles.
"The air particles can cause respiratory and heart problems. MEA said the air permit approved by the Department of Natural Resources violates the federal Clean Air Act.
"The petition is the most recent action by the Madison-based group to highlight what it claims is a pattern of weak enforcement by the DNR on air and water pollution matters.
"Among others, MEA is representing the Ho-Chunk Nation, which has trust land in sand mining regions."
As Milton Friedman said, "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."
ITEM 12: The New York Post reported, "Cops were greeted by a four-foot live crocodile while conducting a drug bust at a waterfront home in California Tuesday, authorities said.
"Officers found the crocodile just before 6:30 p.m. during a search of 44-year-old Donny Askar’s home in Oxnard, according to the Oxnard Police Department.
"Heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine were also allegedly found in the residence."
A DEA agent asked Askar what the crocodile eats.
Askar said, "DEA agents."
(OK, I made that up.)
ITEM 13: Reuters reported, "U.S. border agents detained nearly 100,000 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, according to two people familiar with preliminary figures, the highest monthly total since a major border surge in mid-2019."
That was the most for a February in 15 years, an indication that the worst is yet to come.
The real winners in the presidential election were MS-13 and those trafficking in human beings.
ITEM 14: Just the News reported, "Boomerang? Trump antagonists suddenly hit with scandals, political crises of their own."
The report cited Cuomo facing impeachment, Newsom facing recall, and the Lincoln Project facing ridicule for being funded by a perv.
That ain't a boomerang, baby. That's Trumpenfreude.
ITEM 15: United Press International reported, "The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a lower court to reconsider reinstating third-degree murder charges for Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd.
"The court said Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill improperly refused prosecutors' motion to add the additional charge, citing precedence from an unrelated case in February.
"Cahill dropped the third-degree murder charge in October, saying the language of the law says the crime must involve danger to more than one person."
Sounds as if the appellate court has already decided the officer is guilty.
ITEM 16: The New York Times reported, "Amanda Gorman, who became a national sensation when she delivered a stirring poem at President Biden’s inauguration in January, said on Friday that a security guard had followed her home and told her she looked suspicious."
That never happened.
Her story does not pass the Smollett Test.
ITEM 17: Reuters reported, "Democrats in the U.S. Senate said Friday they had resolved their differences over unemployment aid in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill, enabling them to move forward with the sweeping package after hours of delay."
Biden succeeded in doing something Donald Trump seldom was able to do: work out a compromise with Democrats.