BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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Saturday in Los Angeles, a man carrying loaded pistols and ammunition and impersonating a US Marshal was arrested at a public event for Democratic Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
You’d think that would convince the Biden Administration to stop denying RFK Jr. Secret Service protection, considering that both his father and uncle were assassinated and now, they’ve arrested someone for trying to approach him with a loaded gun. Kennedy said he’s still “entertaining a hope” that he will be granted protection, after being the first Presidential candidate in history for whom the White House denied a request for protection. The White House's excuse was that protection is never provided until much later in the campaign year, but that’s not true: Obama got it much earlier.
On the other hand, considering that a new Rasmussen poll found that a third of voters would be open to supporting a third-party candidate in 2024 rather than reelect Biden, RFK Jr. should be grateful Biden hasn’t given him 24/7 armed security by indicting and jailing him. Yet.
Everything is peaches and cream…
California Gov. Gavin Newsom went on CNN Monday to test-drive the Democrats’ 2024 Biden reelection narrative: Joe’s actually doing a fantastic job, it’s just that Americans have been so “traumatized” over the past five or six years that we’re in Debby Downer mode and simply can’t see how peachy everything is.
I wonder how the Democrats’ anti-fossil fuel wing is going to react to them trying to gaslight half the country. I also wonder if they really think Americans are dumb enough to believe that just because they're working three jobs to pay for groceries, rent and gas, they should congratulate Joe Biden for creating full employment.
The big problem with all liberal plans is that sooner or later, they have to leave the fantasy worlds of the liberal media or the Ivy League faculty lounge and be tested in the harsh lab of reality, and that’s when they melt down like a cake left in the rain. For instance, we were all going to be driving electric cars – until enough people bought them and described their experiences, and now they’re gathering dust on car lots. Well, here are a couple more examples, courtesy of (naturally) California:
California legislators passed State Bill 2098, or the “Medical Misinformation Law,” that barred doctors from spreading “misinformation” or “disinformation” about COVID-19. What it did in reality was attempt to repeal both the First Amendment and the scientific method by punishing doctors for questioning official government narratives, as if having medical bureaucrats declare something true made it both objectively correct and legally unquestionable. It went into effect on January 1st, was blocked by a federal judge one month later in response to a lawsuit, and has just been quietly repealed by the Assembly before the Courts could toss it out as the unconstitutional garbage that it clearly is.
Also last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law repealing the ban on state employees traveling to states that “discriminate” against the LGBTQ+ community. Since they passed it in 2017, they'd added more than half of US states to the list, as those evil, intolerant haters passed such unconscionable and un-California-like laws as banning men from going into women’s bathrooms. As you might imagine, this virtue-signaling became rather inconvenient, particularly with Newsom himself making so many politically-motivated visits to red states.
Newsom said he hopes the repeal "helps California’s message of acceptance, equality and hope reach the places where it is most needed." Which begs the question, if LGBTQ people are treated so badly in red states and so well in California, why aren’t they all moving there? So few people are doing that these days that you’d think the rest of America had a travel ban on going to California.
…And a new California gun control bill banning ads for firearms that “reasonably appear to be attractive to minors” was struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for being so broadly written that it infringes on both the First and Second Amendments. The court’s ruling is a must-read, particularly for reality-denying leftist legislators:
“California cannot straitjacket the First Amendment by, on the one hand, allowing minors to possess and use firearms and then, on the other hand, banning truthful advertisements about that lawful use of firearms. There is no evidence in the record that a minor in California has ever unlawfully bought a gun, let alone because of an ad. Nor has the state produced any evidence that truthful ads about lawful uses of guns—like an ad about hunting rifles in Junior Sports Magazines’ Junior Shooters—encourage illegal or violent gun use among minors. Simply put, California cannot lean on gossamers of speculation to weave an evidence-free narrative that its law curbing the First Amendment ‘significantly’ decreases unlawful gun use among minors. The First Amendment demands more than good intentions and wishful thinking to warrant the government’s muzzling of speech.”
But has California learned anything from having to backtrack from so many fuzzy-headed, unconstitutional laws passed to appease a small minority at the expense of the rights of the majority? I’ll let you read this and decide that…
Related: San Francisco also banned travel to red states. But the city has become such a crime-ridden basket case under leftist rule that they’re now desperate to find people who are willing to join the city’s beleaguered police department. And guess where they’re looking for recruits: in Texas! Good luck with that!
Message to Illinois Democrats: Give yourselves a hand!
Illinois Democrats decided that it wasn’t fair that violent criminals were running amok in Chicago. So they just became the first state to do away with cash bail, so that violent criminals can now run amok statewide.
I’ve noticed that suddenly, we’re hearing accusations of sexual misconduct against a number of prominent conservatives and even moderates who are known for standing up against the radical left. Some are attacks on personal behavior or alleged private conduct which would not only be ignored but defended and even celebrated if the target were on the left (if you don’t believe me, look at the full-throated defense of the Virginia Democratic Congressional candidate who sold porn videos of herself and her husband on the Internet.) And some stories, sadly, involve accusations of possibly criminal misconduct.
Comedian/podcaster Russell Brand was suddenly struck with multiple accusations of sexual assault, including rape, from a decade or so ago, which he denies. He admitted going through a period of addiction and promiscuity, but insists all his sexual conduct was consensual. Nevertheless, he was immediately dumped by his agent and publisher, his comedy tour was canceled and YouTube demonetized his popular channel. All this based on anonymous allegations with no charges even being filed (at least not yet), much less a conviction. Some of his fans believe this may be motivated by his recent prominence as a critic of government narratives on COVID and other hot button issues. Whether it is or not, there’s no question that it’s a prime example of our modern culture of “guilty until proven innocent.”
And speaking of oddly coincidental accusations, Tim Ballard, the inspiration for “Sound of Freedom,” the movie about fighting child sex trafficking that Hollywood and the media couldn’t kill, has suddenly been accused of sexual misconduct involving seven women. Ballard, who was considering a Senate run in Utah, said, “It’s not true, nothing you hear is true.” The report came from Vice, a leftwing site with a reputation for bad biased reporting, and cites “an anonymous letter” that repeats the allegations.
While I hope these accusations are all false, I don’t know, but I do find the sudden flurry of them and their anonymous origins to be awfully coincidental. I can’t make a defense of these accused people because I have no idea what really happened. But I will once again make the same lonely, unpopular stand that I made when both Brett Kavanaugh on the right and Andrew Cuomo on the left were accused of sexual misconduct. That is to defend their right to due process and to remind everyone that in America – in fact, anywhere where people believe in justice and fairness – everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence until they are proven guilty, and not the other way around.
As for some of the other stories that don’t involve criminality but are just ugly whispering campaigns, I’d remind everyone that people who spread nasty gossip about others are really telling you more about themselves than about those they gossip about.
Related: Lauren Boebert’s estranged husband issued a statement strongly defending her and taking responsibility for the collapse of their marriage and for putting her under the tremendous strain of a devastating divorce.
How can we take AOC and her friends seriously?!?
When AOC and other Democrats were booed and shouted down by fellow New Yorkers furious over their city being inundated with illegal aliens thanks to Biden’s open border, she dismissed that as just “conservatives” pretending to be angry New Yorkers. But when thousands of reality-denying protesters jammed New York streets with a “March to End Fossil Fuels” for “New York Climate Week,” well, those people we should take seriously.
Warning that Biden is not acting fast enough to ban oil and gas, AOC urged the crowd to make their protests ““too big and too radical to ignore.” She shouted, “We need urgency on this issue right now, right now. And the way we create urgency on the issue of climate is that we have people all across the world in the streets…demanding a cessation of what is killing us. We demand change! It will happen now!” She was accompanied by a number of leftist Hollywood celebrities, including Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton and Kevin Bacon.
Question: How did all those people get into New York City and home again? We know the celebrities came from Hollywood, and that’s an awfully long walk or bike ride. I don’t believe they drove all across the country in electric cars because that would be nuts. Even if they did, EVs don’t reduce pollution; they create even more environmental destruction in their production than regular cars, and charging them just outsources the burning of fossil fuels to power plants that are out of sight, so I guess they don’t count.
Unsurprisingly, the DC Communist Party (speaking of things that really have killed a lot of people) hailed the protest to end fossil fuels, boasting that the crowd was over 75,000 people. Unless all of them walked, biked or skated there and back, they can go pound sand.
This story not only reports that Colombia’s leftist president plans to send another 1 million migrants to the US in 2024 from Colombia alone, but it also has a good description of how Joe Biden and his DHS head Alejandro Majorkas are facilitating the cartels’ incredibly lucrative new industry of smuggling migrants to the border so they can enter the US illegally.
And how big a business has the transport of illegal entrants to the US become? The buses couldn’t hold enough of them, so now they’re coming by the trainload.
Chuck Schumer’s decision not to enforce the unofficial Senate dress code (unspoken: most likely because John Fetterman refuses to dress like an adult and keeps showing up in hoodies and basketball shorts) is not going over well with colleagues. Maine Sen. Susan Collins slammed it, saying it “debases the institution,” and joked that she might come to work in a bikini. She quickly made it clear that she wouldn’t, but said that under the new rules, she could. Let’s pray this doesn’t spread to the House, at least while Nancy Pelosi is still in office.
Meanwhile, Fetterman continues to prove that he is unfit for the Senate, both sartorially and cognitively.
I don’t hold it against Fetterman that he isn’t showing the proper respect for the Senate, since I don’t know if he’s capable of that. I do hold it against Schumer for enabling it. And I hold it against the entire Democratic Party apparatus of Pennsylvania who didn’t care about Fetterman’s health or even his life after he suffered a debilitating stroke. They just kept pushing him because nothing was more important than keeping that seat, even if the stress killed him, or best-case scenario that I can see, he was mentally unable to be a functioning representative for the people of Pennsylvania. All that mattered to them was keeping someone with a D by his name in a seat of power.
So if Fetterman is simply unable to show respect for the United States Senate, then he is at least representing the attitude of his Party perfectly.
Ominous Warning Sign:
In a special election for a state House seat in New Hampshire Tuesday, the Democrat won a landslide victory in a district that the Republican Governor won by 22 points. Bonchie at Redstate.com warns that the GOP needs to make changes and pick better candidates or it may be heading for another drubbing in 2024. See if you agree with his assessment, and if not, how would you explain this lopsided loss in a heavily-Republican district?
FBI shot down yet another informant who had too much on “Biden Bucks”
Yesterday, we told you that yet another FBI informant with information about the Biden family business had been “shut down” by the FBI, in October 2020, just prior to the election. “Follow-the-money” author Peter Schweizer had determined that this information came from retired FBI Special Agent Tim Thibault, in testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week.
(Just a thought: Schweizer wrote the bestseller CLINTON CASH, and we wonder if he might want to call his next one BIDEN BUCKS. You’re welcome!)
According to Schweizer, Thibault told the committee that his main contribution to the Hunter probe was “to shut down the use of a confidential source whom he discovered was actually a right-wing author whose information he feared would taint the legitimacy of the investigation.”
Recall that Thibault resigned from the FBI in the wake of allegations that he helped shield Hunter Biden from criminal investigations. Here’s that story from July of last year. Kind of fun to look back at it now, in light of what we’ve since learned. Read the letter it includes from Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley to AG Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray. In it, Grassley says Thibault “allegedly ordered the matter [the Hunter investigation] closed without providing a valid reason as required by FBI guidelines…it’s alleged that FBI officials, including ASAC Thibault, subsequently attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened in the future.”
Somebody wanted it “disappeared.”
As it turns out, the FBI’s additional confidential human source, the one Thibault got “shut down,” apparently was...(drum roll)...Peter Schweizer (cymbal crash)! He didn’t name Schweizer in last week’s testimony but did to THE NEW YORK TIMES back in May.
It all started when the the Public Corruption Unit of the FBI contacted Schweizer’s organization, a non-profit called the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) for information the GAI had gathered on Hunter Biden’s business dealings for Schweizer’s books SECRET EMPIRES and PROFILES IN CORRUPTION. The GAI had pieced together the story of Hunter’s involvement in the Ukrainian energy company Burisma and the CCP-connected firm CEFC. All the information they had was already in the public record, nothing from sketchy sources.
Schweizer isn’t buying that the reason Thibault shut him down as a source was because he was “concerned about the integrity” of the FBI investigation. “Nobody has ever challenged any of the facts that we discovered and wrote about,” he said.
Schweizer is co-host of the podcast DRILL DOWN, and we’ve included a link to his latest episode, in which he discusses this, starting at about 10:45. You’ll see that Thibault, in his fiery opening statement, testified that the allegations of political interference were “baseless,” but in the next breath told them his main job in the investigation was to shut down a confidential human source because the fact that he was a right-wing author might taint the investigation! (The FBI has done enough to taint this investigation, all by themselves.)
Schweizer calls this Thibault’s “shoot the messenger” tactic, reminding us that Thibault is the FBI agent who originally interviewed former Hunter business partner Tony Bobulinski in the fall of 2020, but DID NOT SHARE THAT INTERVIEW WITH ANYONE, such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware. And Bobulinski was no “far-right” anything --- he was not a political figure at all.
Also, there are more fishy numbers that tie Joe himself with the Biden businesses. The U.K. DAILY MAIL reported last year that there was a discrepancy between income Joe Biden reported to the IRS in 2017 and 2018 and what he declared on the financial disclosure form he had to complete when he entered the 2020 presidential race. Tax returns showed $12.6 million; the financial disclosure form showed $7.4 million.
How to explain this $5.2 million discrepancy? (Coincidentally, $5 million is the amount of the bribe Burisma founder Mykolo Zlochevsky is said to have claimed to have paid to each of two Bidens.) Schweizer theorizes that by 2019, Biden was getting a lot of scrutiny over Hunter’s foreign deals, “and he just wanted some of that money to disappear.”
Here’s a little trip down memory lane.
Isn’t it amazing how this news has been out there for a year, sometimes two or three years, and you and I know it but most of America still has no clue? At least that’s finally starting to change. Now that the mainstream media have dutifully played their assigned role in hiding it, they’re dutifully playing their assigned role in slowly letting it out.
In impeachment inquiry news --- and remember, it’s an impeachment INQUIRY into allegations of corruption by the President, not an actual impeachment --- the House will hold its first impeachment inquiry hearing next Thursday. This is the evidence-gathering stage. The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Kentucky Rep. James Comer, will likely subpoena bank records for Hunter and James Biden, the President’s brother, to continue in their quest to “follow the money.” That’s what he told Sean Hannity last night.
Comer also will seek additional transcribed interviews with Hunter business partners, particularly Eric Schwerin and Rob Walker. But this first day of hearings isn’t likely to tread new ground, according to sources for FOX NEWS. It will review the existing evidence --- there’s a lot, and those who say differently are deliberately lying or in deep denial --- and “explain the status of the inquiry.”
RELATED: Finally, here’s a story worthy of the BABYLON BEE. Did you know Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has put together a team of experts, called the Homeland Intelligence Experts Group, to provide “unique perspectives on the federal government’s intelligence enterprise” to DHS’s [Intelligence and Analysis] and the Office of the Counterterrorism Coordinator? The group will meet periodically to analyze threats posed by both “foreign nation-state adversaries” and “domestic violent extremists.” Like those violent, racist “MAGA Republicans” I’ve heard so much about?
This is so important to our national security that he’s put former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Director of Intelligence James Clapper on it. Myorkas has succeeded in one thing: insulting OUR intelligence.
So, aren’t you glad they’re on the job? Although, as BREITBART reports, “It is unclear how Brennan will advise the Department of Homeland Security, given that President Trump revoked his security clearance in 2018, in reaction to Brennan’s increasingly unhinged political attacks on the President.”
These are the same intelligence “experts” who falsely tried to discredit the NEW YORK POST’s Hunter Biden laptop story, so the POST has plenty to say about their appointment...
FURTHER READING: Tristan Leavitt, head of the Empower Whistleblower Center, has expressed fresh concerns that the Biden White House is applying pressure to the ‘Justice’ Department to prosecute IRS special-agents-turned-
We’ll have more on this tomorrow, but as we were “going to press,” the House questioning of alleged Attorney General Merrick Garland was just starting. You can watch the video feed at the link, or wait until tomorrow and we’ll tell you what he said without you having to inflict his inevitable denials and evasions on yourself.
A disturbing video
Last weekend, a disturbing video hit the news, taken by two Las Vegas teenagers in a stolen Hyundai Elantra laughing as they deliberately struck and killed a bicyclist just for fun. The victim was 64-year-old retired police chief Andreas Probst. Police thought it was a hit-and-run accident until they saw the video, which was obtained by a high school resource officer. Both teenagers have been arrested and will be charged with murder.
And as this article explains, in Nevada, any teenager charged with murder is automatically tried as an adult.
The video was so horrifying that it sparked debate about the teenagers’ motivations and how they could have become so amoral and depraved as to think of running over a stranger with a car as a joke. Probst’s daughter said her father was robbed of his life by “two individuals who did not believe lives of others matter," and said she doesn’t believe racism or her father’s police background played a role. She attributed his killing to social media and "decayed family values," and urged people to “please do not politicize his death or use it for culture wars.”
While I certainly respect her opinion and offer her my deepest condolences and prayers, I don’t see how it’s possible to separate this heinous act from the culture wars. It used to be so rare for someone to reach that age with zero respect for the the sanctity of human life that we had a clinical term for it: sociopath. While social media has definitely amplified the problem by allowing the worst impulses of human behavior to be reinforced by others and protected by distance and anonymity, there are many other negative factors at work as well, from movies and video games that depict gory violence as repercussion-free entertainment to banning God and Christian morality from schools to a political culture that regards killing children in the womb as the only “right” worth protecting.
When we see stories like this now, they’re still shocking but sadly, no longer surprising. If we were setting out to deliberately raise a generation of sociopaths, I don’t know what we’d be doing any differently.
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