TWO OCTOBER SURPRISES IN ARIZONA
In Arizona, Republican Sen. Martha McSally is in a heated race against challenger Mark Kelly, who’s ahead in the polls because he's running more to the right than most Democrats these days. Kelly relies heavily on his resume as an astronaut while staying quiet about his positions on controversial issues. But he may be forced into talking issues thanks to two unique “October surprises.”
The first was an endorsement of McSally by three of Kelly’s fellow former astronauts. They say that being an astronaut doesn’t mean you’d be a good Senator, and they accuse Kelly of hiding a liberal agenda of high taxes, gun control and other leftwing positions behind his NASA resume.
And another moon boot just dropped with the release of an undercover tape of a Democratic field organizer admitting that Kelly isn’t talking about gun control because he has to get the Independents to vote for him. She says, “He’s trying to be elected and then he’ll implement the measures. You always can’t trust politicians.”
This story illustrates one of the key differences between the parties in the modern age. Democrats are afraid that if Republicans get elected, they’ll do exactly what they promised the voters they would do. And Republicans are afraid that if Democrats get elected, they’ll do exactly what they deny they plan to do. There's now plenty of evidence that both are correct.
HUCK'S CRIMINAL MASTERMIND
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Huck’s Criminal Mastermind, but we need a laugh and Forbes reports on some candidates who richly deserve the honor. In an article about some of the weirdest and dumbest attempts at cybercrimes ever, security experts recall the hackers who came up with a brilliant plan to foil a luxury goods company’s security system that used fingerprint recognition (this happened in 2018, but is only now being revealed.)
The crooks hacked into the company’s computer, deleted some of the authorized fingerprints and replaced them with their own. Security immediately noticed the scanner’s odd behavior, so the would-be thieves never got into the store. But they did become the only hackers ever to leave behind their own actual fingerprints at the scene of a cybercrime. That requires real creativity.
As much intelligence as it takes to be a computer hacker, I think this is like AOC’s economics degree: a perfect example of being “educated beyond your intelligence.
The Justice Department has sided with Capitol Hill Baptist Church in its lawsuit against the DC government and Mayor Muriel Bowser. The church argues that DC’s ban on outdoor church services is a clear violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
The church’s attorneys from First Liberty Institute say the government is under a high burden of proof that any intrusion on First Amendment rights must be to advance a compelling government interest, such as public safety. But by banning outdoor church services while allowing, and even endorsing and participating in, much larger protest gatherings, the Mayor and DC officials are clearly discriminating against people of faith while allowing exceptions for those they agree with. That’s not how the First Amendment works, and the DOJ agrees.
In announcing the DOJ’s stance on the case, the head of the Civil Rights Division said this:
“The right to free exercise of religion and the right to protest are both enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution. We are a nation dedicated to freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. The District of Columbia has, unfortunately, neglected these rights. The Justice Department is committed to defending both of these fundamental freedoms and in supporting all Americans’ rights to worship as they choose.”
There are more good quotes at the link, so read the whole thing. This is such an open-and-shut case of unconstitutional and illegal targeting by government officials, with even the Justice Department siding with the target, that I assume the only hope of DC prevailing in court would be if it lands in front of Judge Emmet Sullivan.
PRESS SEC TESTS POSITIVE
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19. She says she had tested negative every day since last Thursday, but she tested positive on Monday morning. So far, she’s experiencing no symptoms (and let’s all pray it stays that way) and immediately began the quarantine process.
THE ANTIFA INSURGENCY
A trans-woman Trump supporter went undercover and joined Antifa in Portland, and in a fascinating piece for Reuters, she exposes what she learned about their intentions, their tactics and their organizational methods. The mole describes Antifa as a very efficient, “open-source networked insurgency.” Their attacks are organized in much the same way as the intifada terrorist attacks against Israel.
This link is to a piece that summarizes the story with key quotes, and it includes a link to the full original story. This is a must-read for all police and security professionals, and for anyone who wants to know what we’re really dealing with. It should shake the blinders off of anyone who still believes that Anitfa is just “an idea” and not a terrorist organization, if you can imagine someone that self-delusional.
This is an interesting commentary on why we Republicans pray for political opponents who get sick and Democrats increasingly celebrate when their political opponents get sick and openly hope for them to die.
NOT "TOTALLY FALSE"
Remember during the debate when President Trump did the job the press refuses to do and asked Joe Biden about his son Hunter's shady financial past and alleged influence peddling? Joe claimed that the Senate report was political and had been debunked and the allegations, such as his son getting $3.5 million from the wife of the corrupt mayor of Moscow, were “totally false.”
Well, here’s a story detailing those transactions the way the Senate learned about them: from Treasury records of the various wire transfers.
It appears that not even James Bond can defeat China. Cineworld, the biggest movie theater chain in the UK and Ireland and owner of the 543-theater Regal Cinemas chain in the US, is considering closing all its theaters next week due to the ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus. Despite extensive cleaning measures and reduced capacity for social distancing, many people have been frightened away from theaters. The chain was counting on the new James Bond movie saving the day when it opened for Christmas, but now it’s been pushed back to April. And if all those theaters close, it’s likely that other highly-awaited holiday releases such as “Wonder Woman 1984” will be pushed back as well.
I hate to see this because I love a good movie (wish there were more of them) and because of the loss of those jobs for people who work in the theaters. If there is any silver lining, please let it be that limousine leftist Hollywood movie producers who have been signaling their disdain for American moviegoers while sucking up to China’s communist government to get into China market will finally realize their misplaced loyalties.