|December 11, 2020|
Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:
- Good news
- New podcast
- Judge slaps down Newsom
- Why are media reporting on the Bidens' China ties NOW?
- Time to reply all on the "Unity" email Joe
By Mike Huckabee
A St. Louis judge removed Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner from the prosecution of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, two citizens charged for brandishing guns to hold off BLM protesters who came onto their property and were threatening them and their dog. The McCloskeys were obviously within their rights of self-defense under both the Second Amendment and state law. Gov. Mike Parsons already condemned the prosecution and said he would pardon them if they were convicted.
The judge found that by sending out a fundraising letter citing her prosecution of the McCloskeys, Gardner gave the appearance of having “initiated a criminal prosecution for political purposes.”
I’d say that you hardly need the fundraising letter to make that argument. It’s not clear what might happen next. A special prosecutor could be appointed to replace Gardner, and that person could decide to dismiss the charges. Let us hope rationality prevails.
By Mike Huckabee
This week on “The People’s Podcast,” Governor Huckabee reminisces on the good ol’ days when the American Left protected free speech rather than oppressing it, all while recounting the radical record of Biden’s new HHS pick Xavier Becerra. Later, he catches up with Tyler Goodspeed of the White House Council of Economic Advisers on the road to economic recovery as America grapples with the pandemic.
Judge slaps down Newsom
By Mike Huckabee
Congratulations to the Thomas More Society, which just won another victory for religious freedom. This time, it was a California Superior Court judge who consulted the smackdown the SCOTUS delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York and barred “all Covid-19 restrictions that fail to treat houses of worship equal to the favored class of entities [i.e., ‘essential businesses'”].
That link has more details, including how Newsom’s latest round of coronavirus lockdowns unconstitutionally discriminates against houses of worship while making exemptions for a long list of “essential” secular businesses, from big box stores to movie production houses. You can call allowing those places to open while shutting down churches a lot of things - religious bigotry, authoritarianism, a blatant violation of the First Amendment -- but the one thing you can't call it is "science."
Why are media reporting on the Bidens' China ties NOW?
By Mike Huckabee
Now that media interest is finally building about Hunter Biden’s laptop and the financial ties between China and the Bidens, every conservative with a brain is asking the question, “Why are we suddenly hearing about this??"
Hunter said in a statement Wednesday, “I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs.”
There are reports that the Justice Department started looking into Hunter’s “tax affairs” in 2018, a year before his dad even announced his presidential campaign.
Apparently “two sources familiar with the investigation” told CBS that it began in 2018 but “went quiet during election season” because of Justice Department policy concerning “overt investigative action that could impact [an] election.”
Ah, I see. That explanation is pretty inconsistent with leaks about Trump and “Russia Russia Russia!” before the 2016 election, but okay. And it seems to have been kept quiet even before election season. I don’t recall it ever being a real story.
Thursday, FOX NEWS reported that it had reviewed a report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee detailing Hunter’s business dealings with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and “other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army” that “resulted in millions of dollars of cash flow.” Stunning details of some of the financial transactions involving the Biden family are at the link.
The report says these associations began in 2015, while Hunter’s dad was Vice President. (Joe Biden was not a target of the investigation, according to a FOX NEWS source.) It says Joe’s brother James was an associate of Ye’s as well. As we mentioned yesterday, James is also involved in a hospital business currently under criminal investigation.
According to the report,”there exists a vast web of corporate connections and financial transactions between and among the Biden family and Chinese nationals.”
You know, it would have been really good if they’d told us about this BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
The curious thing is that this is a Senate committee, as in Republican-led. How long have they been investigating? Maybe I’m missing something, but did it really have to take them this doggone long to get their report to FOX NEWS?
Sparked in part by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s recent observations about China, reports on the mainstream media’s reluctance to cover Hunter Biden specifically and the Chinese influence in general exploded all over conservative media on Thursday. I could link to countless segments on just about every show in TV and radio. Lt. Col. Oliver North, who has a well-timed new book, “AMERICA’S #1 ADVERSARY, And What We Must Do About It –- Now!,” joined Chris Salcedo on NEWSMAX to say the threat posed by China is “nothing new.”
He explained that back in the old days, our intel used to find out about relationships like Eric Swalwell's with "Fang" and take a proactive role, confronting the agent and inducing that person to "flip." Col. North said they need that kind of policy now to deal with such an adversary, who is, in this case, “a Communist Chinese special agent of their intelligence service, who is not only romancing a U.S. congressman; she’s been all over the place.” We would learn a lot by “turning” her and finding out who she’s working for and what she knows.
"Their goal is domination of the world,” North said of the Chinese. “Not just us, but the rest of the world.”
And why was she allowed to get the heck outta Dodge when she was discovered? “In large part [it was] because Donald Trump was right.” North said, “There IS a swamp. Washington DC is full of swamp monsters, many of whom stand to gain by improving the relationship with Communist China.”
So there it is. It’s not just in government, either, but in Big Tech, the entertainment world and other industries. They’ve essentially made a deal with the devil, looking at today’s bottom line and not the possibility of tomorrow’s utter domination by China. And that meant doing their bidding: helping Biden win to get Trump out. (As we’ve reported, after-election polls show that keeping Biden voters in the dark about Hunter’s China deals worked.)
Mollie Hemingway dared to say what we all know: that the Biden-China connection was deliberately downplayed to help Biden win. In an appearance on THE INGRAHAM ANGLE Wednesday, she said, ‘Nobody meddled in the 2020 election like Big Media and Big Tech, and both of those things you saw with the Hunter Biden story.”
She recalled that the laptop story broke in October with the NEW YORK POST’s report but that the POST was drastically censored by Facebook and Twitter. An eyewitness who came forward on his own, Hunter’s business associate Tony Bobulinski, was interviewed by Tucker Carlson but ignored by mainstream media. “He [Bobulinski] said himself he was interviewed by the FBI,” Hemingway said. “We knew that was happening. For people to pretend like this is brand-new news –- it’s not. They just went out of their way to suppress it when it broke on October 29th when it broke, and it’s really disgusting what we’ve seen the media do.”
Along with Big Tech and Big Media, China has infiltrated higher education as well, warned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday in an address to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Americans colleges are becoming “hooked on Chinese Communist Party cash,” he said, while our cutting-edge research goes to China. “Americans must know how the Chinese Communist Party is poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends, and how those actions degrade our freedoms and American national security,” he said. This report from THE EPOCH TIMES is a must-read.
Finally, Dan Bongino’s podcast is always good, but Thursday’s (Episode 1412) is a must-see, along with the articles in his show notes (“Dan’s News Picks”).
Perhaps the most important item in his recommended reading is the article by Glenn Greenwald, who (for someone whose politics are to the left of mine) shows incredible insight on what the media have been doing with this story and why. We’ve been following his writings at Substack.com and suggest you do, too.
Greenwald analyzes that lecture we commented on by Chinese professor Di Dongsheng, who is candid about how China benefits from associations within the U.S. government and on Wall Street. The Biden relationship figures in, big-time.
One chilling observation in light of the hammer starting to come down on Biden’s finances: according to CNBC, Wall Street cheered the selection of Kamala Harris for Biden’s ticket. During her brief presidential campaign, she was deluged with “contributions from executives in a wide range of industries, including TV, film, TV, real estate and finance” –- industries, I would add, where China has made huge inroads. I’m sure I’m not alone in theorizing she’s their ultimate pick, and that the chess pieces are being moved around the board right now to make that happen if Biden is inaugurated. Why else would the media start exposing the Bidens' China ties now?
Time to reply all on the "Unity" email Joe
By Mike Huckabee
Someone had better pass around the memo from Joe Biden about “unity” because it appears a lot of Democrats haven’t received it yet. Like Michigan State Rep. Cynthia Johnson, last seen trying to intimidate witnesses at a hearing into election night irregularities. Johnson claims that she received racist death threats after that, and she responded with a live Facebook message in which she said:
“So this is just a warning to you Trumpers. Be careful. Walk lightly. We ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough…And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right. Be in order. Make them pay.”
The Speaker and Speaker-elect of the Michigan House issued a joint statement declaring that threats against any public official of either party “are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. Johnson has been removed from her committee assignments, and we are looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their own investigations.”
Personal note: I strongly condemn anyone making racist comments or death threats against any political figure, regardless of the provocation. There are acceptable ways to protest and to challenge injustices and file grievances, but that’s both un-American and un-Christian.
The Speaker and Speaker-elect, though, make a good point when they say it’s even more unbecoming from an elected official. These are people entrusted with power over others and who take a sacred oath to defend the Constitution. They should take that responsibility seriously, but if they can’t manage that, the least they can do is try to act like adults and not threaten people who oppose their views like a schoolyard bully. This is the kind of violent, eliminationist rhetoric that inspired a deranged Bernie Bro to shoot and nearly murder Rep. Steve Scalise. That was in all the papers, so there’s no reason Rep. Johnson shouldn’t know about it.
The blog that I linked to above says her removal from committee assignments is fine, but it’s not enough: she should be removed from office. Agreed, and if the state officials won’t do it, let’s hope the voters do.
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