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Matthew 5:9 KJV

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Fire the Democrats

A couple of news items this week may not seem related, but I would suggest they are. First it was reported that home prices fell by the largest drop since 2011 and new home sales crashed to lowest since January of 2016. So the record sales prices for homes has started to decline and it’s no longer a seller’s market.

And the 2nd big story is that President Biden wants to wipe out at least $10,000 of student college loans for people earning less than $125,000 a year, or $250,000 per family.

How are these stories related? When Democrats are faced with the painful consequences of dumb policies that miserably fail, they instinctively run to their favorite play in their playbook—they give stuff away. What else have they got this close to the midterm elections?

When gas prices doubled under Joe Biden’s brainless energy policies in which he shutdown domestic energy independence we finally achieved under President Trump, the Democrats passed a massive spending bill in the name of fighting climate change. That bill contained provisions to weatherize homes and buy heat pumps for poor people. And Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm touted the big news that moderate income Americans can save 30% on buying a bunch of items to weatherize their homes. Wow! So if you are barely eking out a living, you can just go out and spend tens of thousands on home improvements and the government will give you a 30% discount for the stuff you bought but can’t really afford. How’s that for government brilliance?

Then when news about the housing market due to higher interest rates and inflation reveal that housing values and sales have tanked, President Biden announces the plan to cancel $10,000 of student debt for people who borrowed the money but can’t or won’t pay it back. That will cost $300 BILLION of your money…$300 BILLION!

Democrats are good at the sleight of hand tricks that draw attention away from bad news by making up something that sounds like good news. But they are really best at giving away other people’s money and claiming to be doing a good deed as if they paid it out of their own pockets.

The student loan give-a-way is especially disgusting because it means that people who work hard every day to pay off their home loans, car loans, business loans, and daily expenses and who didn’t have enough money to go to college will now be forced to pay off the loans of the people who DID go to college by willingly borrowing the money and are now making up to $250,000 per family. The only thing worse is that there are actually people in the country who will fall for this shell game and think they’re being invited to a free dinner without realizing they themselves will be paying the bill and will be expected to leave a big tip on top of it! As Joe Biden would say, “C’mon man!” Families making $250,000 a year are hardly poverty-stricken!

Why do Democrats think people smart enough to go to college, but not smart enough to only borrow the money they can afford to pay back ought to have THEIR loans paid off by people who couldn’t afford college in the first place or who worked their backsides off to pay for it themselves? You know, chumps like me who worked 40 hours a week while taking 20 hours a semester of class to get a degree I paid for! If this is smart economic policy, why stop at loans for college? Why not pay off people’s cars? Or their medical or dental bills? Why not pay off the debt they have from buying a house or furniture or from their last vacation for that matter?

If the Democrats can buy your vote, they will. But they aren’t giving you ANYTHING that you don’t pay for yourself eventually.

Here’s a better idea—this November, fire the Democrats and tell them you can’t afford them. Give the Republicans a chance. They aren’t perfect but they can’t screw up the country worse than it’s been by the party in charge now. But if you really want to keep the Democrats in charge after November, then just demand they forgive everybody’s loan for everything!


Iraq violence

Monday in Baghdad, Iraq, 23 people were killed and at least 380 injured after Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics. Violence erupted between his supporters and Iraq security forces. There was a report that the US Embassy was evacuated, which the White House denied. This is a breaking story, so keep an eye on the news for more info as it becomes available. And let’s all pray that another Middle East crisis doesn’t flare up, certainly not while this Administration is in charge of dealing with it.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/iraq-witnesses-worst-violence-in-years-as-shia-cleric-steps-down-e2-80-94here-e2-80-99s-what-you-need-to-know/ar-AA11gQ1d

 


Thibault fired at FBI; criminal code twisted to "justify" Mar-A-Lago

Just a reminder before getting into the FBI update for today: As the revelations of corruption within the ‘Justice’ Department grow ever more infuriating, the one real spark of hope the left have is that this might provoke us into behaving in some ill-advised way. Imagine how joyful the left would be if we gave them some phony excuse to crack down even more on so-called “domestic terrorism.” They’d love for this to happen, say, a week or two before the election. Don’t fall for it!

That said, Timothy Thibault, the senior official at the FBI’s DC field office who’d been reassigned after information surfaced about his role in preventing the laptop investigation, has reportedly resigned or been fired –- that’s still not clear –- and was seen being escorted out of the building’s elevator by “two or three headquarters-looking types.” He’s a 25-year veteran of the Bureau.

The WASHINGTON TIMES has details about the viciously political social media posts he'd made. One was a retweet from the Lincoln Project calling President Trump “a psychologically broken, embittered and deeply unhappy man.” Thibault was apparently known for pushing out unvaccinated agents from the FBI’s "election squad," on the assumption they were Trump supporters. (Editorial aside: That’s an interesting term, “election squad,” with some, shall we say, unflattering connotations.)

In fact, one former FBI official who'd simply attended Trump’s January 6 rally –- he did not enter the Capitol –- was placed on indefinite suspension last year. As a whistleblower talking to the House Judiciary Committee, he said others in the FBI were treated similarly for attending the rally, even though it was on their own time. “Look,” the whistleblower said, “I think some of the executives that were involved in my indefinite suspension are the same cast of characters involved in pulling security clearances for conservative employees in retaliation for their disfavored political speech.”

In other words, Thibault is just one of a number of people who’ve been running the Bureau this way. I call his firing “a good start.”

https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/aug/29/top-agent-exits-fbi-amid-charge-political-bias-und/

The NEW YORK POST has details as well. When Thibault ordered the Hunter Biden laptop matter closed, it was the same month that Miranda Devine’s story first appeared there. Recall that her story was suppressed on social media –- after a warning to Facebook from the FBI about an imminent “dump” of Russian propaganda –- and in THE NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST, and that 51 former intel officials signed a letter saying the story had classic earmarks of Russian disinformation. (There was never any evidence that it was Russian disinformation.) In other words, Thibault certainly wasn’t acting alone to kill the laptop story. At the moment, he appears to be the fall guy; there’s plenty of blame to go around.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/29/fbi-agent-resigns-amid-hunter-biden-probe-scrutiny/

Next, we have a scathing, must-read legal analysis of what the ‘Justice’ Department has done, from Margot Cleveland. She accuses them of twisting the criminal code to search the home of a political enemy --- “an appalling weaponization of the criminal justice system.” This might be the definitive explanation of their misuse of the Presidential Records Act, their disregard of the President’s unique ability to declassify, and their deliberate manipulation of the criminal code to make it "fit" what they had. Everyone involved in that sham should just read this and go home.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/29/redacted-mar-a-lago-affidavit-confirms-bidens-doj-fished-for-a-crime-to-pin-on-trump/

Retired Assistant FBI Director Kevin Brock unloaded to investigative reporter John Solomon on his podcast JUST THE NEWS, NOT NOISE about the FBI’s raid on Mar-A-Lago.

Prior to the raid, on July 31, Brock publicly defended the FBI after Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said it was corrupted to its core. “Grassley gets some things right,” he said, “and raises specific legitimate concerns appropriate to his role of oversight. He falls out of the logic tree, however, when he claims that those legitimate concerns, which are fairly isolated, are proof somehow of a thoroughly corrupted FBI.” He said Grassley was engaging in “political oversight...over-the-top hyperbole and scare tactics.”

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/3579716-no-sen-grassley-the-fbi-is-not-corrupted-to-its-core/

But AFTER the raid –- and after the release of the largely redacted affidavit that supposedly justified it –- Brock wasn’t so supportive. “I think they’re going to regret this,” he said on Solomon’s podcast last Friday, declaring that the Bureau should not have criminalized the dispute between President Trump and the National Archives. He said the Bureau appeared to have failed to meet the probable case threshold for the invasive search of Trump’s property. He noted Trump’s wide latitude as President to declassify documents and declare them personal.

“The FBI should not have participated in this investigation,” he said. “...There was no need for law enforcement involvement in this. And there was certainly no need for an invasive search of the residence.”

Solomon writes: “Brock said if the redacted sections of the affidavit don’t lay out evidence that Trump’s possession of the documents was clearly illegal, then ‘basically we have the search of a man’s residence without cause being stated as to why something illegal happened.’”

More details from Solomon here, highly recommended:

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/fbis-former-intel-chief-raid-trump-home-i-think-they-are-going

It gets worse. The ‘Justice’ Department admitted Monday that it had swept up privileged communications while raiding Mar-A-Lago. They made light of this, saying they have a process to segregate such material, but don’t buy it. As Solomon explains, that process --- called “filter teams” or “taint teams” --- “has itself been tainted by a string of legal controversies over the seizure of attorney-client privilege protected materials in other cases.”

It’s basically the honor system. (I'll pause while you fall to the floor laughing.)  The teams are made up of the prosecutors’ colleagues –- I am not making this up –- at the very agency responsible for the prosecution! The DOJ has had to apologize for lapses before, which, as Solomon writes, “only further heightened defense lawyers’ concerns that the government’s regard for protecting privileged materials is waning or non-existent.” In other words, this “process” is a joke.
Yesterday, we were picturing FBI agents hurriedly fishing through Trump’s boxes for anything they could find before the neutral “special master” took them. Today, that would seem to be the case.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/fbi-seized-privileged-memos-trump-raid-doj-filter-teams-alread

Kyle Becker at BECKER NEWS has a good summary.

https://beckernews.com/confirmed-fbi-seized-privileged-documents-in-invasive-raid-of-trumps-home-at-mar-a-lago-46606/

Before leaving the White House, President Trump had been working on declassifying documents related to the Russia Hoax, according to his former adviser Kash Patel, and he did issue declassification orders.

“One of the times in the Oval Office he had RussiaGate docs,” Patel told Solomon. “And he said that these are declassified and the American public needs to see them.”  Maybe the DOJ was trying to get those away from him. Just a thought.

It’s up to the DOJ and FBI to show that this material was handled improperly or not declassified, Patel said. “There’s a whole other debate that’s already been settled by the DOJ and FBI application of these statutes to Hillary Clinton.”

https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/former-trump-advisor-president-trump-had-been-working-declassifying

Something else regarding Patel: Though the DOJ cited “protection of witnesses” as a reason for their redactions, they left his name unredacted. A name isn’t usually left unredacted unless that person is a target of investigation. He says they did it to try to silence him.

Trump was most definitely NOT silenced after the story came out about the FBI’s effort to bury the Hunter laptop story. “This is massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE at a level never seen before in our country,” he said on Truth Social, adding that the “remedy” was to “declare the rightful winner” in 2020 or, at a minimum, “hold a new election.” If only.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/fbi-election-interference/2022/08/29/id/1085063/?ns_mail

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, speaking Sunday on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, made essentially the same point to Maria Bartiromo about what the FBI had done change the outcome of the election. If you didn’t see his segment, here’s what he said…

https://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/sen-johnson-biden-would-not-be-president-fbis-suppression-hunter-biden

Finally, here’s a must-read article about the person President Biden is appointing to head his “Intelligence Advisory Board.” Jeremy Bash, former CIA head and MSNBC host (always a good combination), was one of the loudest voices saying Hunter’s laptop was Russian disinformation. Biden is apparently digging in.

https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/msnbc-hack-hunter-laptop-denier-appointed-by-biden-to-intelligence-post/

The NEW YORK POST covered this, too.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/29/msnbc-pundit-jeremy-bash-who-cast-doubt-on-hunter-bidens-laptop-tapped-for-wh-intelligence-board/


Political Theater, Comedy Genre

Watch Biden’s press secretary try to explain why banning one unvaccinated tennis star from coming to America to compete in the US Open is totally, TOTALLY different from letting hordes of unvaccinated, unvetted and untraceable illegal migrants pour across our open Southern border every day.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/white-house-says-unvaccinated-migrants-allowed-tennis-player-who-isnt-are-two-different-things

I’ve said it before, but this is why I don’t pile on White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as much as some commentators. I know what a tough job it is, my daughter having held it, but imagine how tough it is when you have to go out every day and try to defend policies that are not only utterly indefensible but outright incomprehensible, even to you.


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  • Gerald Hornbacker

    08/30/2022 02:23 PM

    How is it possible for Pres. Biden to dismiss $10m, student loans. He does not have the authority to do this. It has to be done by Congress.

  • Jean Snyder

    08/30/2022 01:46 PM

    I do not agree with you in giving Karine Jean-Pierre a pass. She has sold her soul, just like anyone else who works for this administration. I would quit my job before I would go out and try to justify what Biden is doing to our beautiful country, Sorry, Governor, I usually agree with you but not this time.

  • Bryan C. Loy

    08/30/2022 01:41 PM

    Biden's press secretary knew what she was getting into when she took the gig. Your daughter, who I admire very much was working for a man that spoke the truth, no matter who's day it ruined. Joe Biden is a liar, a cheat, a pedophile and a spinner of delusional fanfare, if in fact he is doing the spinning, which I have my doubts about. Jean-Pierre deserves what ever she gets for her servitude to this evil white house crew.

  • Samuel L. Smith Sr.

    08/30/2022 01:24 PM

    I for one "do not" feel sorry for the press secretary for she does not half to work this job she is welling doing this job and she knows she must go out there and lie to keep this job! But then on the other hand she does remind me of AOC, she has a vacuum between her ears.

  • Paul Schaber

    08/30/2022 01:01 PM

    As of this day no one in the WHITE HOUSE or the Department of Education has explained to the American people where the money is coming from to pay for this giveaway along with all the all the other bills he signed this month and looking a National Deficit that the present time is over 30.8 Trillion and growing. That knocking at the door of Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen offices are a large gorilla called DEPRESSION.
    Either one of them wants to answer the knock fearing that History is about the repeat itself like on October 1929 on Wall Street.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 5:9 KJV

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Fire the Democrats

A couple of news items this week may not seem related, but I would suggest they are. First it was reported that home prices fell by the largest drop since 2011 and new home sales crashed to lowest since January of 2016. So the record sales prices for homes has started to decline and it’s no longer a seller’s market.

And the 2nd big story is that President Biden wants to wipe out at least $10,000 of student college loans for people earning less than $125,000 a year, or $250,000 per family.

How are these stories related? When Democrats are faced with the painful consequences of dumb policies that miserably fail, they instinctively run to their favorite play in their playbook—they give stuff away. What else have they got this close to the midterm elections?

When gas prices doubled under Joe Biden’s brainless energy policies in which he shutdown domestic energy independence we finally achieved under President Trump, the Democrats passed a massive spending bill in the name of fighting climate change. That bill contained provisions to weatherize homes and buy heat pumps for poor people. And Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm touted the big news that moderate income Americans can save 30% on buying a bunch of items to weatherize their homes. Wow! So if you are barely eking out a living, you can just go out and spend tens of thousands on home improvements and the government will give you a 30% discount for the stuff you bought but can’t really afford. How’s that for government brilliance?

Then when news about the housing market due to higher interest rates and inflation reveal that housing values and sales have tanked, President Biden announces the plan to cancel $10,000 of student debt for people who borrowed the money but can’t or won’t pay it back. That will cost $300 BILLION of your money…$300 BILLION!

Democrats are good at the sleight of hand tricks that draw attention away from bad news by making up something that sounds like good news. But they are really best at giving away other people’s money and claiming to be doing a good deed as if they paid it out of their own pockets.

The student loan give-a-way is especially disgusting because it means that people who work hard every day to pay off their home loans, car loans, business loans, and daily expenses and who didn’t have enough money to go to college will now be forced to pay off the loans of the people who DID go to college by willingly borrowing the money and are now making up to $250,000 per family. The only thing worse is that there are actually people in the country who will fall for this shell game and think they’re being invited to a free dinner without realizing they themselves will be paying the bill and will be expected to leave a big tip on top of it! As Joe Biden would say, “C’mon man!” Families making $250,000 a year are hardly poverty-stricken!

Why do Democrats think people smart enough to go to college, but not smart enough to only borrow the money they can afford to pay back ought to have THEIR loans paid off by people who couldn’t afford college in the first place or who worked their backsides off to pay for it themselves? You know, chumps like me who worked 40 hours a week while taking 20 hours a semester of class to get a degree I paid for! If this is smart economic policy, why stop at loans for college? Why not pay off people’s cars? Or their medical or dental bills? Why not pay off the debt they have from buying a house or furniture or from their last vacation for that matter?

If the Democrats can buy your vote, they will. But they aren’t giving you ANYTHING that you don’t pay for yourself eventually.

Here’s a better idea—this November, fire the Democrats and tell them you can’t afford them. Give the Republicans a chance. They aren’t perfect but they can’t screw up the country worse than it’s been by the party in charge now. But if you really want to keep the Democrats in charge after November, then just demand they forgive everybody’s loan for everything!


Iraq violence

Monday in Baghdad, Iraq, 23 people were killed and at least 380 injured after Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics. Violence erupted between his supporters and Iraq security forces. There was a report that the US Embassy was evacuated, which the White House denied. This is a breaking story, so keep an eye on the news for more info as it becomes available. And let’s all pray that another Middle East crisis doesn’t flare up, certainly not while this Administration is in charge of dealing with it.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/iraq-witnesses-worst-violence-in-years-as-shia-cleric-steps-down-e2-80-94here-e2-80-99s-what-you-need-to-know/ar-AA11gQ1d

 


Thibault fired at FBI; criminal code twisted to "justify" Mar-A-Lago

Just a reminder before getting into the FBI update for today: As the revelations of corruption within the ‘Justice’ Department grow ever more infuriating, the one real spark of hope the left have is that this might provoke us into behaving in some ill-advised way. Imagine how joyful the left would be if we gave them some phony excuse to crack down even more on so-called “domestic terrorism.” They’d love for this to happen, say, a week or two before the election. Don’t fall for it!

That said, Timothy Thibault, the senior official at the FBI’s DC field office who’d been reassigned after information surfaced about his role in preventing the laptop investigation, has reportedly resigned or been fired –- that’s still not clear –- and was seen being escorted out of the building’s elevator by “two or three headquarters-looking types.” He’s a 25-year veteran of the Bureau.

The WASHINGTON TIMES has details about the viciously political social media posts he'd made. One was a retweet from the Lincoln Project calling President Trump “a psychologically broken, embittered and deeply unhappy man.” Thibault was apparently known for pushing out unvaccinated agents from the FBI’s "election squad," on the assumption they were Trump supporters. (Editorial aside: That’s an interesting term, “election squad,” with some, shall we say, unflattering connotations.)

In fact, one former FBI official who'd simply attended Trump’s January 6 rally –- he did not enter the Capitol –- was placed on indefinite suspension last year. As a whistleblower talking to the House Judiciary Committee, he said others in the FBI were treated similarly for attending the rally, even though it was on their own time. “Look,” the whistleblower said, “I think some of the executives that were involved in my indefinite suspension are the same cast of characters involved in pulling security clearances for conservative employees in retaliation for their disfavored political speech.”

In other words, Thibault is just one of a number of people who’ve been running the Bureau this way. I call his firing “a good start.”

https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/aug/29/top-agent-exits-fbi-amid-charge-political-bias-und/

The NEW YORK POST has details as well. When Thibault ordered the Hunter Biden laptop matter closed, it was the same month that Miranda Devine’s story first appeared there. Recall that her story was suppressed on social media –- after a warning to Facebook from the FBI about an imminent “dump” of Russian propaganda –- and in THE NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST, and that 51 former intel officials signed a letter saying the story had classic earmarks of Russian disinformation. (There was never any evidence that it was Russian disinformation.) In other words, Thibault certainly wasn’t acting alone to kill the laptop story. At the moment, he appears to be the fall guy; there’s plenty of blame to go around.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/29/fbi-agent-resigns-amid-hunter-biden-probe-scrutiny/

Next, we have a scathing, must-read legal analysis of what the ‘Justice’ Department has done, from Margot Cleveland. She accuses them of twisting the criminal code to search the home of a political enemy --- “an appalling weaponization of the criminal justice system.” This might be the definitive explanation of their misuse of the Presidential Records Act, their disregard of the President’s unique ability to declassify, and their deliberate manipulation of the criminal code to make it "fit" what they had. Everyone involved in that sham should just read this and go home.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/29/redacted-mar-a-lago-affidavit-confirms-bidens-doj-fished-for-a-crime-to-pin-on-trump/

Retired Assistant FBI Director Kevin Brock unloaded to investigative reporter John Solomon on his podcast JUST THE NEWS, NOT NOISE about the FBI’s raid on Mar-A-Lago.

Prior to the raid, on July 31, Brock publicly defended the FBI after Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said it was corrupted to its core. “Grassley gets some things right,” he said, “and raises specific legitimate concerns appropriate to his role of oversight. He falls out of the logic tree, however, when he claims that those legitimate concerns, which are fairly isolated, are proof somehow of a thoroughly corrupted FBI.” He said Grassley was engaging in “political oversight...over-the-top hyperbole and scare tactics.”

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/3579716-no-sen-grassley-the-fbi-is-not-corrupted-to-its-core/

But AFTER the raid –- and after the release of the largely redacted affidavit that supposedly justified it –- Brock wasn’t so supportive. “I think they’re going to regret this,” he said on Solomon’s podcast last Friday, declaring that the Bureau should not have criminalized the dispute between President Trump and the National Archives. He said the Bureau appeared to have failed to meet the probable case threshold for the invasive search of Trump’s property. He noted Trump’s wide latitude as President to declassify documents and declare them personal.

“The FBI should not have participated in this investigation,” he said. “...There was no need for law enforcement involvement in this. And there was certainly no need for an invasive search of the residence.”

Solomon writes: “Brock said if the redacted sections of the affidavit don’t lay out evidence that Trump’s possession of the documents was clearly illegal, then ‘basically we have the search of a man’s residence without cause being stated as to why something illegal happened.’”

More details from Solomon here, highly recommended:

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/fbis-former-intel-chief-raid-trump-home-i-think-they-are-going

It gets worse. The ‘Justice’ Department admitted Monday that it had swept up privileged communications while raiding Mar-A-Lago. They made light of this, saying they have a process to segregate such material, but don’t buy it. As Solomon explains, that process --- called “filter teams” or “taint teams” --- “has itself been tainted by a string of legal controversies over the seizure of attorney-client privilege protected materials in other cases.”

It’s basically the honor system. (I'll pause while you fall to the floor laughing.)  The teams are made up of the prosecutors’ colleagues –- I am not making this up –- at the very agency responsible for the prosecution! The DOJ has had to apologize for lapses before, which, as Solomon writes, “only further heightened defense lawyers’ concerns that the government’s regard for protecting privileged materials is waning or non-existent.” In other words, this “process” is a joke.
Yesterday, we were picturing FBI agents hurriedly fishing through Trump’s boxes for anything they could find before the neutral “special master” took them. Today, that would seem to be the case.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/fbi-seized-privileged-memos-trump-raid-doj-filter-teams-alread

Kyle Becker at BECKER NEWS has a good summary.

https://beckernews.com/confirmed-fbi-seized-privileged-documents-in-invasive-raid-of-trumps-home-at-mar-a-lago-46606/

Before leaving the White House, President Trump had been working on declassifying documents related to the Russia Hoax, according to his former adviser Kash Patel, and he did issue declassification orders.

“One of the times in the Oval Office he had RussiaGate docs,” Patel told Solomon. “And he said that these are declassified and the American public needs to see them.”  Maybe the DOJ was trying to get those away from him. Just a thought.

It’s up to the DOJ and FBI to show that this material was handled improperly or not declassified, Patel said. “There’s a whole other debate that’s already been settled by the DOJ and FBI application of these statutes to Hillary Clinton.”

https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/former-trump-advisor-president-trump-had-been-working-declassifying

Something else regarding Patel: Though the DOJ cited “protection of witnesses” as a reason for their redactions, they left his name unredacted. A name isn’t usually left unredacted unless that person is a target of investigation. He says they did it to try to silence him.

Trump was most definitely NOT silenced after the story came out about the FBI’s effort to bury the Hunter laptop story. “This is massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE at a level never seen before in our country,” he said on Truth Social, adding that the “remedy” was to “declare the rightful winner” in 2020 or, at a minimum, “hold a new election.” If only.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/fbi-election-interference/2022/08/29/id/1085063/?ns_mail

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, speaking Sunday on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, made essentially the same point to Maria Bartiromo about what the FBI had done change the outcome of the election. If you didn’t see his segment, here’s what he said…

https://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/sen-johnson-biden-would-not-be-president-fbis-suppression-hunter-biden

Finally, here’s a must-read article about the person President Biden is appointing to head his “Intelligence Advisory Board.” Jeremy Bash, former CIA head and MSNBC host (always a good combination), was one of the loudest voices saying Hunter’s laptop was Russian disinformation. Biden is apparently digging in.

https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/msnbc-hack-hunter-laptop-denier-appointed-by-biden-to-intelligence-post/

The NEW YORK POST covered this, too.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/29/msnbc-pundit-jeremy-bash-who-cast-doubt-on-hunter-bidens-laptop-tapped-for-wh-intelligence-board/


Political Theater, Comedy Genre

Watch Biden’s press secretary try to explain why banning one unvaccinated tennis star from coming to America to compete in the US Open is totally, TOTALLY different from letting hordes of unvaccinated, unvetted and untraceable illegal migrants pour across our open Southern border every day.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/white-house-says-unvaccinated-migrants-allowed-tennis-player-who-isnt-are-two-different-things

I’ve said it before, but this is why I don’t pile on White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as much as some commentators. I know what a tough job it is, my daughter having held it, but imagine how tough it is when you have to go out every day and try to defend policies that are not only utterly indefensible but outright incomprehensible, even to you.


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  • Gerald Hornbacker

    08/30/2022 02:23 PM

    How is it possible for Pres. Biden to dismiss $10m, student loans. He does not have the authority to do this. It has to be done by Congress.

  • Jean Snyder

    08/30/2022 01:46 PM

    I do not agree with you in giving Karine Jean-Pierre a pass. She has sold her soul, just like anyone else who works for this administration. I would quit my job before I would go out and try to justify what Biden is doing to our beautiful country, Sorry, Governor, I usually agree with you but not this time.

  • Bryan C. Loy

    08/30/2022 01:41 PM

    Biden's press secretary knew what she was getting into when she took the gig. Your daughter, who I admire very much was working for a man that spoke the truth, no matter who's day it ruined. Joe Biden is a liar, a cheat, a pedophile and a spinner of delusional fanfare, if in fact he is doing the spinning, which I have my doubts about. Jean-Pierre deserves what ever she gets for her servitude to this evil white house crew.

  • Samuel L. Smith Sr.

    08/30/2022 01:24 PM

    I for one "do not" feel sorry for the press secretary for she does not half to work this job she is welling doing this job and she knows she must go out there and lie to keep this job! But then on the other hand she does remind me of AOC, she has a vacuum between her ears.

  • Paul Schaber

    08/30/2022 01:01 PM

    As of this day no one in the WHITE HOUSE or the Department of Education has explained to the American people where the money is coming from to pay for this giveaway along with all the all the other bills he signed this month and looking a National Deficit that the present time is over 30.8 Trillion and growing. That knocking at the door of Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen offices are a large gorilla called DEPRESSION.
    Either one of them wants to answer the knock fearing that History is about the repeat itself like on October 1929 on Wall Street.

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Fire the Democrats

A couple of news items this week may not seem related, but I would suggest they are. First it was reported that home prices fell by the largest drop since 2011 and new home sales crashed to lowest since January of 2016. So the record sales prices for homes has started to decline and it’s no longer a seller’s market.

And the 2nd big story is that President Biden wants to wipe out at least $10,000 of student college loans for people earning less than $125,000 a year, or $250,000 per family.

How are these stories related? When Democrats are faced with the painful consequences of dumb policies that miserably fail, they instinctively run to their favorite play in their playbook—they give stuff away. What else have they got this close to the midterm elections?

When gas prices doubled under Joe Biden’s brainless energy policies in which he shutdown domestic energy independence we finally achieved under President Trump, the Democrats passed a massive spending bill in the name of fighting climate change. That bill contained provisions to weatherize homes and buy heat pumps for poor people. And Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm touted the big news that moderate income Americans can save 30% on buying a bunch of items to weatherize their homes. Wow! So if you are barely eking out a living, you can just go out and spend tens of thousands on home improvements and the government will give you a 30% discount for the stuff you bought but can’t really afford. How’s that for government brilliance?

Then when news about the housing market due to higher interest rates and inflation reveal that housing values and sales have tanked, President Biden announces the plan to cancel $10,000 of student debt for people who borrowed the money but can’t or won’t pay it back. That will cost $300 BILLION of your money…$300 BILLION!

Democrats are good at the sleight of hand tricks that draw attention away from bad news by making up something that sounds like good news. But they are really best at giving away other people’s money and claiming to be doing a good deed as if they paid it out of their own pockets.

The student loan give-a-way is especially disgusting because it means that people who work hard every day to pay off their home loans, car loans, business loans, and daily expenses and who didn’t have enough money to go to college will now be forced to pay off the loans of the people who DID go to college by willingly borrowing the money and are now making up to $250,000 per family. The only thing worse is that there are actually people in the country who will fall for this shell game and think they’re being invited to a free dinner without realizing they themselves will be paying the bill and will be expected to leave a big tip on top of it! As Joe Biden would say, “C’mon man!” Families making $250,000 a year are hardly poverty-stricken!

Why do Democrats think people smart enough to go to college, but not smart enough to only borrow the money they can afford to pay back ought to have THEIR loans paid off by people who couldn’t afford college in the first place or who worked their backsides off to pay for it themselves? You know, chumps like me who worked 40 hours a week while taking 20 hours a semester of class to get a degree I paid for! If this is smart economic policy, why stop at loans for college? Why not pay off people’s cars? Or their medical or dental bills? Why not pay off the debt they have from buying a house or furniture or from their last vacation for that matter?

If the Democrats can buy your vote, they will. But they aren’t giving you ANYTHING that you don’t pay for yourself eventually.

Here’s a better idea—this November, fire the Democrats and tell them you can’t afford them. Give the Republicans a chance. They aren’t perfect but they can’t screw up the country worse than it’s been by the party in charge now. But if you really want to keep the Democrats in charge after November, then just demand they forgive everybody’s loan for everything!


Iraq violence

Monday in Baghdad, Iraq, 23 people were killed and at least 380 injured after Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics. Violence erupted between his supporters and Iraq security forces. There was a report that the US Embassy was evacuated, which the White House denied. This is a breaking story, so keep an eye on the news for more info as it becomes available. And let’s all pray that another Middle East crisis doesn’t flare up, certainly not while this Administration is in charge of dealing with it.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/iraq-witnesses-worst-violence-in-years-as-shia-cleric-steps-down-e2-80-94here-e2-80-99s-what-you-need-to-know/ar-AA11gQ1d

 


Thibault fired at FBI; criminal code twisted to "justify" Mar-A-Lago

Just a reminder before getting into the FBI update for today: As the revelations of corruption within the ‘Justice’ Department grow ever more infuriating, the one real spark of hope the left have is that this might provoke us into behaving in some ill-advised way. Imagine how joyful the left would be if we gave them some phony excuse to crack down even more on so-called “domestic terrorism.” They’d love for this to happen, say, a week or two before the election. Don’t fall for it!

That said, Timothy Thibault, the senior official at the FBI’s DC field office who’d been reassigned after information surfaced about his role in preventing the laptop investigation, has reportedly resigned or been fired –- that’s still not clear –- and was seen being escorted out of the building’s elevator by “two or three headquarters-looking types.” He’s a 25-year veteran of the Bureau.

The WASHINGTON TIMES has details about the viciously political social media posts he'd made. One was a retweet from the Lincoln Project calling President Trump “a psychologically broken, embittered and deeply unhappy man.” Thibault was apparently known for pushing out unvaccinated agents from the FBI’s "election squad," on the assumption they were Trump supporters. (Editorial aside: That’s an interesting term, “election squad,” with some, shall we say, unflattering connotations.)

In fact, one former FBI official who'd simply attended Trump’s January 6 rally –- he did not enter the Capitol –- was placed on indefinite suspension last year. As a whistleblower talking to the House Judiciary Committee, he said others in the FBI were treated similarly for attending the rally, even though it was on their own time. “Look,” the whistleblower said, “I think some of the executives that were involved in my indefinite suspension are the same cast of characters involved in pulling security clearances for conservative employees in retaliation for their disfavored political speech.”

In other words, Thibault is just one of a number of people who’ve been running the Bureau this way. I call his firing “a good start.”

https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/aug/29/top-agent-exits-fbi-amid-charge-political-bias-und/

The NEW YORK POST has details as well. When Thibault ordered the Hunter Biden laptop matter closed, it was the same month that Miranda Devine’s story first appeared there. Recall that her story was suppressed on social media –- after a warning to Facebook from the FBI about an imminent “dump” of Russian propaganda –- and in THE NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST, and that 51 former intel officials signed a letter saying the story had classic earmarks of Russian disinformation. (There was never any evidence that it was Russian disinformation.) In other words, Thibault certainly wasn’t acting alone to kill the laptop story. At the moment, he appears to be the fall guy; there’s plenty of blame to go around.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/29/fbi-agent-resigns-amid-hunter-biden-probe-scrutiny/

Next, we have a scathing, must-read legal analysis of what the ‘Justice’ Department has done, from Margot Cleveland. She accuses them of twisting the criminal code to search the home of a political enemy --- “an appalling weaponization of the criminal justice system.” This might be the definitive explanation of their misuse of the Presidential Records Act, their disregard of the President’s unique ability to declassify, and their deliberate manipulation of the criminal code to make it "fit" what they had. Everyone involved in that sham should just read this and go home.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/29/redacted-mar-a-lago-affidavit-confirms-bidens-doj-fished-for-a-crime-to-pin-on-trump/

Retired Assistant FBI Director Kevin Brock unloaded to investigative reporter John Solomon on his podcast JUST THE NEWS, NOT NOISE about the FBI’s raid on Mar-A-Lago.

Prior to the raid, on July 31, Brock publicly defended the FBI after Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said it was corrupted to its core. “Grassley gets some things right,” he said, “and raises specific legitimate concerns appropriate to his role of oversight. He falls out of the logic tree, however, when he claims that those legitimate concerns, which are fairly isolated, are proof somehow of a thoroughly corrupted FBI.” He said Grassley was engaging in “political oversight...over-the-top hyperbole and scare tactics.”

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/3579716-no-sen-grassley-the-fbi-is-not-corrupted-to-its-core/

But AFTER the raid –- and after the release of the largely redacted affidavit that supposedly justified it –- Brock wasn’t so supportive. “I think they’re going to regret this,” he said on Solomon’s podcast last Friday, declaring that the Bureau should not have criminalized the dispute between President Trump and the National Archives. He said the Bureau appeared to have failed to meet the probable case threshold for the invasive search of Trump’s property. He noted Trump’s wide latitude as President to declassify documents and declare them personal.

“The FBI should not have participated in this investigation,” he said. “...There was no need for law enforcement involvement in this. And there was certainly no need for an invasive search of the residence.”

Solomon writes: “Brock said if the redacted sections of the affidavit don’t lay out evidence that Trump’s possession of the documents was clearly illegal, then ‘basically we have the search of a man’s residence without cause being stated as to why something illegal happened.’”

More details from Solomon here, highly recommended:

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/fbis-former-intel-chief-raid-trump-home-i-think-they-are-going

It gets worse. The ‘Justice’ Department admitted Monday that it had swept up privileged communications while raiding Mar-A-Lago. They made light of this, saying they have a process to segregate such material, but don’t buy it. As Solomon explains, that process --- called “filter teams” or “taint teams” --- “has itself been tainted by a string of legal controversies over the seizure of attorney-client privilege protected materials in other cases.”

It’s basically the honor system. (I'll pause while you fall to the floor laughing.)  The teams are made up of the prosecutors’ colleagues –- I am not making this up –- at the very agency responsible for the prosecution! The DOJ has had to apologize for lapses before, which, as Solomon writes, “only further heightened defense lawyers’ concerns that the government’s regard for protecting privileged materials is waning or non-existent.” In other words, this “process” is a joke.
Yesterday, we were picturing FBI agents hurriedly fishing through Trump’s boxes for anything they could find before the neutral “special master” took them. Today, that would seem to be the case.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/fbi-seized-privileged-memos-trump-raid-doj-filter-teams-alread

Kyle Becker at BECKER NEWS has a good summary.

https://beckernews.com/confirmed-fbi-seized-privileged-documents-in-invasive-raid-of-trumps-home-at-mar-a-lago-46606/

Before leaving the White House, President Trump had been working on declassifying documents related to the Russia Hoax, according to his former adviser Kash Patel, and he did issue declassification orders.

“One of the times in the Oval Office he had RussiaGate docs,” Patel told Solomon. “And he said that these are declassified and the American public needs to see them.”  Maybe the DOJ was trying to get those away from him. Just a thought.

It’s up to the DOJ and FBI to show that this material was handled improperly or not declassified, Patel said. “There’s a whole other debate that’s already been settled by the DOJ and FBI application of these statutes to Hillary Clinton.”

https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/former-trump-advisor-president-trump-had-been-working-declassifying

Something else regarding Patel: Though the DOJ cited “protection of witnesses” as a reason for their redactions, they left his name unredacted. A name isn’t usually left unredacted unless that person is a target of investigation. He says they did it to try to silence him.

Trump was most definitely NOT silenced after the story came out about the FBI’s effort to bury the Hunter laptop story. “This is massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE at a level never seen before in our country,” he said on Truth Social, adding that the “remedy” was to “declare the rightful winner” in 2020 or, at a minimum, “hold a new election.” If only.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/fbi-election-interference/2022/08/29/id/1085063/?ns_mail

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, speaking Sunday on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, made essentially the same point to Maria Bartiromo about what the FBI had done change the outcome of the election. If you didn’t see his segment, here’s what he said…

https://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/sen-johnson-biden-would-not-be-president-fbis-suppression-hunter-biden

Finally, here’s a must-read article about the person President Biden is appointing to head his “Intelligence Advisory Board.” Jeremy Bash, former CIA head and MSNBC host (always a good combination), was one of the loudest voices saying Hunter’s laptop was Russian disinformation. Biden is apparently digging in.

https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/msnbc-hack-hunter-laptop-denier-appointed-by-biden-to-intelligence-post/

The NEW YORK POST covered this, too.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/29/msnbc-pundit-jeremy-bash-who-cast-doubt-on-hunter-bidens-laptop-tapped-for-wh-intelligence-board/


Political Theater, Comedy Genre

Watch Biden’s press secretary try to explain why banning one unvaccinated tennis star from coming to America to compete in the US Open is totally, TOTALLY different from letting hordes of unvaccinated, unvetted and untraceable illegal migrants pour across our open Southern border every day.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/white-house-says-unvaccinated-migrants-allowed-tennis-player-who-isnt-are-two-different-things

I’ve said it before, but this is why I don’t pile on White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as much as some commentators. I know what a tough job it is, my daughter having held it, but imagine how tough it is when you have to go out every day and try to defend policies that are not only utterly indefensible but outright incomprehensible, even to you.


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  • Gerald Hornbacker

    08/30/2022 02:23 PM

    How is it possible for Pres. Biden to dismiss $10m, student loans. He does not have the authority to do this. It has to be done by Congress.

  • Jean Snyder

    08/30/2022 01:46 PM

    I do not agree with you in giving Karine Jean-Pierre a pass. She has sold her soul, just like anyone else who works for this administration. I would quit my job before I would go out and try to justify what Biden is doing to our beautiful country, Sorry, Governor, I usually agree with you but not this time.

  • Bryan C. Loy

    08/30/2022 01:41 PM

    Biden's press secretary knew what she was getting into when she took the gig. Your daughter, who I admire very much was working for a man that spoke the truth, no matter who's day it ruined. Joe Biden is a liar, a cheat, a pedophile and a spinner of delusional fanfare, if in fact he is doing the spinning, which I have my doubts about. Jean-Pierre deserves what ever she gets for her servitude to this evil white house crew.

  • Samuel L. Smith Sr.

    08/30/2022 01:24 PM

    I for one "do not" feel sorry for the press secretary for she does not half to work this job she is welling doing this job and she knows she must go out there and lie to keep this job! But then on the other hand she does remind me of AOC, she has a vacuum between her ears.

  • Paul Schaber

    08/30/2022 01:01 PM

    As of this day no one in the WHITE HOUSE or the Department of Education has explained to the American people where the money is coming from to pay for this giveaway along with all the all the other bills he signed this month and looking a National Deficit that the present time is over 30.8 Trillion and growing. That knocking at the door of Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen offices are a large gorilla called DEPRESSION.
    Either one of them wants to answer the knock fearing that History is about the repeat itself like on October 1929 on Wall Street.

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