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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Philippians 4:6-7
- Nehls: Capitol Police chief told "bold-faced lie"
- What Would We Do Without “Factcheckers”?
- And much more...
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1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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2. Nehls: Capitol Police chief told "bold-faced lie":
Note: Troy Nehls is pictured above in the blue shirt on Jan. 6.
In an update to the U.S. Capitol Police story, Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas accused USCP Chief Tom Manger on Tuesday of telling “a bold-faced lie” when he said Nehls was never being investigated. As you know, Nehls is accusing them of illegally entering his office on two separate days last November, photographing the notes on his whiteboard (yes, SPYING) and later questioning a staff member about that content.
As Nehls alleged, “The Capitol Police Intelligence Division investigated my office illegally and one of my staffers caught them in the act” He said they proceeded to take photos of “confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause enshrined in the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6.” He says he personally told the chief what was wrong about this and is quite unsatisfied with the responses he got to his concerns. In fact, he got the distinct impression that it was he who was considered the ‘threat.’
The USCP Inspector General has announced an internal investigation of the Capitol Police and their surveillance practices. The USCP maintains that Nehls’ door was wide open and that they were doing their duty when they checked things out. Chief Manger said, “The United States Capitol Police is sworn to protect Members of Congress. If a Member’s office is left open and unsecured, without anyone inside the office, USCP officers are directed to document that and secure the office to ensure no one can wander in and steal or do anything else nefarious.”
Well, that all sounds fine as far as it goes –- assuming the door WAS left open (we have their word, but so far nothing else) --- but it does not explain why they photographed the whiteboard or why, two days later, investigators disguised as construction workers stopped by and started questioning a lone staffer about what was written on it. It fails to address that at all.
A spokesperson for Rep. Nehls offered some food for thought: “Imagine leaving your front door open and police enter your private home, take pictures of the inside, and then open a criminal investigation based on those pictures.”
“How can Chief Manger issue a statement, and fail to mention the photograph that was illegally taken,” she asked. Here is Rep. Nehls’ full press release.
House Republicans are now calling on Speaker Pelosi and Chairwoman on House Administration Zoe Lofgren, also a Democrat from California, to investigate the USCP surveillance activities, noting the constitutional issues they raise. (Question for House GOP: Do any of you trust Nancy Pelosi to set up a real investigation, especially when that would involve being investigated herself?)
Also, Nehls says that he and 26 of his House Republican colleagues have written to Chief Manger demanding that the USCP preserve all of their records related to any investigative activity involving any legislators or their staff members. This isn’t the first time Nehls has written to Chief Manger…
That’s right, it was Nehls who wrote to Chief Manger in October of last year, asking for a more thorough investigation into Ashli Babbitt’s death and requesting public disclosure of related documents. He said at that time he had personally reviewed all materials available relating to January 6. “Based on my extensive law enforcement experience,” he wrote, “I see nothing that could have possibly justified the use of lethal force against Ms. Babbitt…It is simply implausible that a single unarmed individual crawling through a broken window could have presented a serious life and death threat to LT Byrd or Members of Congress.”
He even said in the letter that it had been suggested by other USCP officers that the investigation into Byrd was dropped “because of his position and other political considerations.” Whew, one can see that IF the Capitol Police WERE going to spy on a member of Congress, it likely would be Nehls.
Rep. Nehls appeared with Laura Ingraham on her FOX News show Wednesday night, after Ingraham played a video clip of Speaker Nancy Pelosi denying she had any authority over the Capitol Police. “I have no power over the Capitol Police --- does anybody not know that?” she asked rhetorically with a broad smile. “Capitol Police have responded to that gentleman’s [Nehls’] allegation, and that stands as what it is. But I have no power over the police.”
Nehls was not surprised that Pelosi said nothing nice about him, as he’s been a vocal critic. Prior to his election to Congress, he worked in law enforcement for 30 years –- 8 years as a sheriff –- and he accuses the USPC intelligence division of having “all of the material” ahead of the Capitol Hill rally that would have told them to be on guard against potentially disruptive extremist groups who were coming to the Capitol on January 6.
“January 6 should’ve never happened,” he has said repeatedly. “The Capitol Police had the intelligence; they didn’t share it.” He told Ingraham that as someone who himself has conducted investigations, he continues to be quite vocal, specifically about Ashli Babbitt’s death and the “way too quick” dismissal of charges against her shooter, Lt. Michael Byrd. Apparently his letter last fall got no results.
With his lengthy and impressive law enforcement background, Nehls seems like someone who would’ve been an asset on Pelosi’s “Special Committee” to look into January 6. Yet she refused to seat hm.
“...She doesn’t want me talking about January 6,” he said, “because I think, in the end, she had a role to play.”
3. New Study:
A new study by the Heartland Institute found that President Biden’s climate change policies plus rising inflation contributed to the biggest jump in energy prices in decades, costing the average American family more than $1,000 in extra energy costs in 2021. If you rely on heating oil for your home, you paid much more, with heating alone costing an average of over $1,000 more.
Another way of putting it: you got a $1,000 pay cut, and Joe Biden did that!
4. What Would We Do Without “Factcheckers”?:
Snopes.com attempted to debunk the story that the Biden HHS will advance "racial equity" with grants to “help” drug addicts by providing them with new crack pipes. They branded the story “Mostly False,” calling it a “grossly misleading and reductive presentation of what was a real substance harm reduction grant.”
What was their problem with it? Well…the grants cover more than crack pipes! The smoking kits are just one of 20 things funded by it (but they are funded.) They're also providing “rubber mouthpieces for glass pipes, in order to prevent burns and cuts; brass screens, in order to filter out potentially harmful contaminants or debris; as well as disinfectant wipes.” And among the non-crack pipe-related funding, there are “syringe services programs.” Finally, “the purpose of the program was to reduce harm and the risk of infection among drug users, not to advance racial equity, although that was a secondary consideration.”
So, they’re not MERELY providing new crack pipes, they’re also doing other things, including helping make your old crack pipe safer! Plus, for those who are too concerned about their health to smoke, there are free needles! And “promoting racial equity” was not the SOLE reason for giving our free drug paraphernalia – although it was a reason. Well, then, that’s completely different!
By the way, our write-up of this story clearly said that the funding was for “’smoking kits’ which will INCLUDE new, sanitary pipes” as well as “clean syringes.” Some of the sources Snopes.com singled out as purveyors of falsehoods also included that apparently crucial “context.” We also mentioned that some blue cities had abandoned such programs after discovering they only enabled worse drug addiction. Our point was that public funds should be spent on helping people get off drugs, not enabling them to smoke crack and shoot heroin “more safely.” I don't care how much tax money is budgeted toward free crack pipes. None of it should be! Whoever came up with this must've been smoking crack.
It appears to me that this story was rated “Mostly False” because it contained “misinformation,” which the left has now redefined to mean “true stuff that we’d prefer people not talk about.”
5. Corrections/Clarifications/Needs More Data:
Yesterday, we reported that Canadian MP Joel Lightbound had resigned from the Liberal Party in protest of PM Justin Trudeau’s divisive and politicized handling of the pandemic and the truckers’ protest. That’s what the Daily Mail story seemed to be saying (their headline was even “Lawmaker from Trudeau’s own party RESIGNS.”)
But later in the day, Lightbound issued a statement clarifying that he didn’t resign from the Liberal Party, but he was resigning as chairman of the Quebec caucus.
I’m not sure why there was the confusion; maybe it got lost in translation from French.
Also, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claims that the Administration never intended to put crack pipes into “smoking kits” for drug addicts funded by HHS grants, and doesn’t support federal funding, directly or indirectly, for drug pipes. An HHS spokesperson also called that report “blatant misinformation.” When asked to clarify what was in the kits, Psaki said they could contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, and “other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases like HIV and hepatitis.”
However, the original source of the story, the Washington Free Beacon, quoted a spokesman for the HHS as telling them “that these kits will provide pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and ‘any illicit substance,’” and that it was part of Biden’s executive order on “advancing racial equity.”
So did the newspaper simply make up that quote from thin air? Seems unlikely. But whether they really didn’t intend to fund crack pipes for addicts or are just engaging in a CYA mission while backtracking, I’m glad to hear the upshot is that nobody will be passing out free crack pipes. Also, I’m not moved by those who tried to defend this by saying the kits would only include accessories to make crack pipes more sanitary.
This story might not be clear, but one thing should be: the government should not be using tax money to help addicts keep smoking crack in ANY way. There’s no such thing as “safer crack smoking.” If you have money for that, then you have money to help people get OFF of crack. That kind of misplaced “compassion” is just enabling, and it ruins the quality of life in cities while helping to kill people.
So, that’s the end of our corrections, clarifications and “needs more data” section. We try to get our facts straight and issue corrections on the rare occasions when we don’t.
THIS…is NOT CNN!
6. The Midterm elections are coming!
Just as the first robin sighting heralds the return of spring, we now have a new way to tell that midterm election season is truly upon us: Democrats suddenly admitting that many of their ironfisted COVID rules are “no longer necessary” (as if some of them ever were) and lifting them. When it happens even in Illinois, that’s the equivalent of having the first robin of spring land on your head.
Of course, it might then poop on your hair by saying, “I’m lifting the mask mandates except for schools,” which is the place where they do the most harm and the least good. Hey, they’re blue state Democrat politicians; I didn’t say they’d suddenly become rational, just desperate.
They’re also lifting state mandates without ordering local officials to stop acting like the mask and vaccine police. Until they do that, it’s mostly theater (you’ve heard of theatrical masks?), but it’s more enjoyable theater, like replacing Lady MacBeth with Prof. Harold Hill from “The Music Man.” At least con artists are easier to handle than tyrants.
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