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March 21, 2023



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31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Luke 6:31 KJV

Biden issues his first veto

Tuesday, President Biden used his veto power for the first time, and I think history will record it as one of the worst vetoes of all time, and his justification for it as one of the most shameless lies on record.

Please bear in mind that I try to look for the good in people, not make negative assumptions, consider other points of view, etc. etc. But there’s just no other way to slice it.

It all started when Biden (stop me if you’ve heard this before) reversed a Trump executive order requiring retirement fund managers to consider only return on investment and not use the money entrusted to them to push political agendas. Biden’s Labor Department instead encouraged them to use the money to pursue his “climate change” and leftwing activist “ESG” (environmental, social and corporate governance) agenda.

The GOP House and all Republicans and two Democrats in the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to protect the retirement accounts of Americans by requiring managers to consider only maximizing returns, not pursuing political agendas. That’s the bill Biden vetoed, and then tried to defend it by telling America’s seniors that he was actually the one protecting their savings because the bill would make it “illegal to consider risk factors that MAGA House Republicans don’t like.”

By any standards, that is an outrageous, cynical, bald-face lie. He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself, for the order, the veto and the lying explanation for the veto. It’s a triple-decker sandwich of shame. And he’s rightly being shredded from all sides for it.

Sen. Joe Manchin fumed, “This Administration continues to prioritize their radical policy agenda over the economic, energy, and national security needs of our country, and it is absolutely infuriating.”

It’s bad enough that seniors are already struggling with rampant inflation caused by this President’s idiotic radial policies, as well as a stock market that’s cost most of them up to 30% of the value of their IRAs and 401Ks. Now, he’s actively encouraging the people in charge of their dwindling savings to prioritize leftist nonsense over protecting and increasing their money.

I can describe the wisdom of that policy in three letters:


Chaos in the White House press room

The White House press room descended into chaos yesterday (some described it as hilarious chaos, but chaos nonetheless.) Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was trying to set up an innocuous PR event to promote mental health with the cast of the streaming sitcom “Ted Lasso” and reporter Simon Ateba of Today News Africa was having none of it.

Ateba is known for being one of the few among the fawning liberal press corps who actually asks tough questions, which is probably why Jean-Pierre has refused to call on him for seven months and counting. So he was understandably peeved that she refused to let him talk but devoted a whole press briefing to the cast of a sitcom, and he interrupted the happy talk. Jean-Pierre began shouting, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no” and repeating, “We’re not doing this! We’re not doing this!” over and over. Ateba shouted back, “You’re making a mockery of the First Amendment!”

The most telling moment came when Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News apologized to the actors on behalf of the Washington news establishment for this unseemly outbreak of actual journalism. Can you guess whose side she’s on?

While I would prefer it if everyone remained professional and kept the shouting confined to elementary school playgrounds, and think Ateba’s behavior may be questionable, his frustration is understandable. He told Tucker Carlson that Jean-Pierre refuses to answer his questions and refuses to meet privately with him, even when Biden is meeting with African leaders and he’s the White House reporter from Africa. He claims that because he’s not a wealthy, white, American reporter but a poor, black reporter from Africa, the White House looks down on him, stonewalls him and discriminates against him, and they show disrespect for the First Amendment.

I thought that Democrats were supposed to oppose all those things he just described. Well, aside from showing disrespect for the First Amendment.

The Exploitation of Greta Thunberg continues

I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and I can assure you, it took a lot of work and study. I wish I’d known then that all I had to do to get a theology degree from a prestigious university was to scowl at my elders and demand, “How DARE you” exhale CO2 into the atmosphere. Because that’s all 20-year-old “climate activist” Greta Thunberg had to do, and she’s just been named one of eight recipients of honorary doctorates of theology from the University of Helsinki. That university used to have an impressive reputation, but I don’t think it will survive this decision.

Ms. Thunberg’s seven fellow doctoral recipients have actual credentials, like one who has an MA and is the Director of the Department of World Service at the Lutheran World Federation. But at least this is official confirmation that the crusade Greta represents is not science, it’s a pagan religion.

As David Strom points out in the linked article, if Greta had actually studied theology, she would be familiar with 1 Corinthians, 13-11: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.”

But as I’ve said before, I don’t criticize Greta Thunberg for being an angry child who’s been terrified by environmental apocalypse porn and exploited as a figurehead. I blame the adults, like her parents, who molded and exploited her, and the organizations like the UN and now, the University of Helsinki, that have bowed before her and enabled her exploitation. As Strom aptly writes:

"I have no particular problem with Greta Thunberg because her public persona is a construction forced upon us by the adults around her. She has been groomed, not sexually, but ideologically to become an idol paraded around for us to worship. The innocence of a child who we are to believe we are despoiling in our desire for wealth.

The truth is that the people who have despoiled her future are those who celebrate her narcissistic activism. They have created a monstrous person and called her a saint.”

Hey, that’s “Dr. Saint” to you!

Nancy “Inside Trader” Pelosi

Remember when I wrote that if I had to hear one more pious lecture from Hillary Clinton about “nobody being above the law,” I might lose my lunch? Well, that goes double for Nancy “Inside Trader” Pelosi.

“Indictment Day”?? Get-Trump agenda goes several bridges too far in New York

Capitol Hill police are putting up security barricades around the Capitol and getting ready for the violent mega-MAGA “domestic terrorist” protest that Democrat strategists surely hope for.  With all the political mileage they got out of January 6, it’s easy to imagine them rubbing their hands together with glee at the thought of having another one, eagerly watching security structures going up in DC and thinking wistfully, “If we build it, they will come!”

I would hope that at this point, there is not even one Trump supporter with the bad sense to go to the Capitol with anything destructive in mind, now that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg --- who campaigned on indicting Trump --- has shown intention to arrest and indict a former President of the United States over a $130,000 payment made by then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels seven years ago.  Don’t even go NEAR the Capitol Building, or any other federal building in the area.

Trump himself has said he anticipates being arrested Tuesday, and he has encouraged “protest.”  Of course, as on January 6, he means the peaceful assembly protected by the First Amendment.  So pray for peace, in DC and in Manhattan as well.  Anyone causing a disturbance had better be some antifa chucklehead with his MAGA hat on backwards, not a real Trump supporter.

Personally, I’d recommend ignoring the whole thing.  Besides, developments on Monday have made it look as though this arrest isn’t going to happen, anyway --- at least for now and maybe not at all --- because the case is simply falling apart.  More on that below.

But word is, “Insurrection Day” will at least be postponed, till next week.

Maybe Bragg has come to see that if they arrest Trump --- especially if they offer the visual of Trump in handcuffs --- they have pretty much handed him the nomination and maybe even the election.  (After the Mar-A-Lago raid, Trump’s poll numbers went up 11 points.)  My writers say that the moment they arrest him, if they do, their trusty old TRUMP 2020 flag is going back up in front of their house.  Any party that finally succeeds in fundamentally transforming our beloved republic into the “banana” kind with this level of abuse of power should never, ever be in power again.

In fact, the sight of Trump in handcuffs might send such a powerful message about the state of “our democracy” that we even thought he might try a little reverse psychology, as in “Br’er Rabbit and the Briar Patch”: “Oh, Mister DA!  Mister DA!  Please have mercy!  You can do whatever you want to me, accuse me of whatever you want, tie me up in court for years, anything you want!  Just, please, PLEASE, whatever you do, don’t put me in handcuffs!!  It’s just too humiliating; I’ll die of embarrassment!!  PLEASE don’t put me in handcuffs!!”

We’re just having a little fun with this because the point is probably moot.  Bragg’s case is a disaster.  Unless George Soros made Trump’s indictment an iron-clad condition of his contributions to the Bragg campaign --- we’ll never know but can easily see that being the case --- Bragg might want to rethink the whole thing.     

Elon Musk tweeted that if the former President is handcuffed, arrested and paraded in front of the cameras, “Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory.”  The Trump indictment, he said, is the result of planning and funding by George Soros, who apparently thinks differently.

On Monday, three Republican House committee chairs demanded from Bragg all documents and communications relating to his investigation of Trump.  Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (Judiciary Committee), Kentucky Rep. James Comer (Oversight) and Rep. Bryan Steil (Administration) are also calling for him to sit for a transcribed interview, which he has until 10 a.m. on Thursday to schedule.  Their letter is appropriately biting: “You are reportedly about to engage in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority: the indictment of a former President of the United States and current declared candidate for office.”  You can read the whole letter here; it’s quite magnificent, summing up the problems with the case --- including the total lack of credibility of its main witness, Michael Cohen; the obvious political motivation for it; and the tenuous legal theory propping it up.

“Your actions will erode confidence in the evenhanded application of justice and unalterably interfere in the course of the 2024 Presidential election,” they wrote.

Also, anticipating that Bragg will try to delay by saying they’ve not specified a legislative purpose for their demands, they spelled it out for him:

“Your decision to pursue such a politically motivated prosecution—while adopting progressive criminal justice policies that allow career ‘criminals [to] run[ ] the streets’ of Manhattan—requires congressional scrutiny about how public safety funds appropriated by Congress are implemented by local law–enforcement agencies. In addition, your apparent decision to pursue criminal charges where federal authorities declined to do so requires oversight to inform potential legislative reforms about the delineation of prosecutorial authority between federal and local officials. Finally, because the circumstances of this matter stem, in part, from Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, Congress may consider legislative reforms to the authorities of special counsels and their relationships with other prosecuting entities.” 

There you go --- specific legislative purpose!  Several, in fact.

In new developments Monday, Michael Cohen’s former legal adviser Robert Costello testified before Bragg’s grand jury for more than two hours and just about dismantled the case, calling Cohen “a serial liar.”  Cohen had implicated Trump in the payoff scheme to Daniels as part of his plea deal in 2019, but prosecutors --- this was before Bragg was DA --- opted out of charging Trump then.  In 2021, the Federal Election Commission also finally took a pass, with former Commissioner Brad Smith writing that this payment would not be a campaign finance violation.  It was considered to be a personal expenditure.

After Costello testified, he told reporters in front of his Manhattan office building that he’d testified to the grand jury that Trump did not know about the payments Cohen had made for non-disclosure agreements with two women, Daniels and model Karen McDougal.  (Cohen testified in 2018 that Trump had “directed” the payments.)  Costello said he’d told grand jurors that Cohen is a convicted perjurer and can’t be trusted to tell the truth.  He described a meeting in April 2018, after the FBI’s search of Cohen’s home and office, in which Cohen was utterly panicked --- even suicidal --- at the thought of spending even one day in jail.  He was desperately looking to make a deal, saying over and over, “I want you guys to know that I will do whatever the (bleep) it takes.”

Costello told the reporters that Cohen, who did indeed go to jail on a three-year sentence in 2018, is “now on the revenge tour.” (Cohen later responded that Costello’s remarks were “fantastical.”)  More details at FOX NEWS.

Later in the day, Costello went on the air with Tucker Carlson to say that “Michael Cohen was lying about just about everything.”  He also said it was clear that the DA’s office didn’t want to get to the truth.  But Costello managed to work it into his testimony, even when not directly asked about it.  He explains in a must-see interview.

Another must-see is the interview Judge Jeanine Pirro (subbing for Sean Hannity) did Monday night with Trump attorney Joe Tacopina, who makes the problems with this case crystal clear.

Mike Davis, former chief nominations counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and founder of the Article III Project, spoke late Monday night with Trace Gallagher, observing that even what the NEW YORK TIMES had said about this case translates into “bogus, trumped-up charges...part of the Democrats’ pattern of going after President Trump.  They’re afraid they can’t beat him in the polls, so they want to indict him.”  A recent poll supports that view.

The legal theory is weak, Davis said, “and their star witnesses are a stripper and a disbarred attorney, so good luck to you, Alvin Bragg.”

Finally, here’s a piece by Don Surber showing that even Daniels’ former attorney, “creepy porn lawyer” Michael Avenatti, is saying from prison that the case against Trump is bogus.



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