BREAKING NEWS: CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST LT. GEN. FLYNN
Just happened Thursday afternoon --- much more to come.
Excellent news from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: the Obama-era “Title IX guidelines” that allowed colleges to run kangaroo courts and strip away due process rights from students accused of sexual harassment or assault have finally been reversed.
A reminder: Joe Biden was the driving force behind those Obama-era "reforms" that actually had nothing to do with Title IX, and that deprived accused students of the same self-defense rights and presumption of innocence that he and his supporters are now claiming for Biden. Frankly, I prefer a President who can recognize violations of Constitutional rights without needing to have it happen to him personally.
I’ll have more about this in greater depth later, but just as a head’s up: Fox News is reporting exclusively that the transcripts of House Intelligence Committee interviews with top law enforcement and intelligence officials – the ones that acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said have now been redacted to remove any classified information and can be made public – will show that the officials affirmed that they had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
Chairman Adam Schiff had refused to release these transcripts, but publicly claimed they contained “direct evidence” of collusion. Then again, it would hardly be the first time he’s claimed to have evidence of Trump Administration wrongdoing that was probably just his grocery list. White House sources told Fox that Schiff is “in panic mode” that his slanderous lies are about to be exposed (I would add, “again”) and he’s reportedly trying to find some way to attack Grenell for being a Trump ally. But that’s entirely irrelevant, as sources told Fox the redactions were completed before Grenell took the job, and all he’s doing is releasing the transcripts of what was said in the House.
Next week could be very interesting. You never know what a rodent will do when it’s cornered.
THURSDAY FAKE NEWS
A whistleblower contacted undercover filmmaker James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas and claimed that CBS “news” footage of a long line of cars waiting for coronavirus aid outside a medical center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was staged. The insider claims the CBS crew asked the clinic to fabricate a line for the shot to make it look as if there were crowded conditions and people waiting for care, but once it was taken, the cars quickly dispersed.
After initial denials and the usual slams at Project Veritas, CBS admitted the line was at least partially staged and took it off their website. However, CBS blamed the subterfuge on the clinic, while a clinic spokeswoman said they had nothing to do with it. Obvious explanation: must have been a flash mob.
Ironically, according to the whistleblower and some hidden camera footage, nurses at the clinic complained that the fake line did cause a delay in allowing them to see some actual patients. So CBS can claim it’s true: long lines at a medical clinic delayed a COVID-19 patient from receiving care. Darn that Donald Trump!!
A mom in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, was desperate to get her stir-crazy kids out of the house, so she joined a Facebook group meetup for what she thought was just a leisurely drive around town. Click the link to see what she accidentally got her SUV full of kids into and couldn’t get out of, so they just rolled with it.
REAP THE WHIRLWIND
“If You Strike Me Down, I Shall Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine” Dept: Yesterday, I told you about Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther, who refused to lose her business and her employees’ jobs by continuing to comply with unreasonable and unconstitutional lockdown orders. She was fined $7000 and ordered to jail for a week by Judge Eric Moye. Moye, incredibly, made it clear that she might escape jail by apologizing and admitting she was being selfish. Luther replied that it was not selfish to want to feed her kids and save her business, and she took the jail sentence rather than grovel.
I made it this local story a lead story because it didn’t take psychic powers to predict what’s happened since. Luther overnight became the national symbol of a rising American revolt against high-handed elitists with secure paychecks who mock, lecture and scold people who desperately need to get back to work to save their businesses and homes and feed their families. Judge Moye is facing a blizzard of criticism for his obliviousness in jailing a mom for going to work while Dallas County has released about 1,000 actual criminals for fear they might contract the coronavirus in jail. (Although she's reportedly being kept in isolation for protection.)
It’s no surprise that Moye has no sympathy for Ms. Luther and her employees, since he has continued to draw his six-figure salary at taxpayer expense throughout this entire lockdown. As have Nancy Pelosi and all the House Democrats who refuse to come back to work in Washington and help President Trump deal with the crisis. My modest suggestion: every official who insists that people stay home should have to go without pay until they allow Americans to work again. That might instill a sense of urgency in them.
Unfortunately, state-level officials don’t have direct power over Moye, but they’ve made it abundantly clear what they think of his appalling ruling and how it has brought so much negative attention to Texas – a state where standing up to tyranny is built into the natives’ genetic code. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton blasted Moye for his judicial overreach, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick even volunteered to pay her fine and take her place in jail.
As of Thursday night, Luther was reportedly still in jail (she was taken directly to jail without even being released on appeal!), but her attorneys have filed for an intervention with the State Supreme Court. In the meantime, Luther is now a national heroine for millions of Americans who are fed up with elitist liberal officials lecturing them about being selfish for wanting to feed their families and not lose the businesses they’ve spent a lifetime building.
They see these bans being applied unequally, unfairly and with little regard for whether they actually prevent the spread of the virus. They understand the risks, but they aren’t children of a nanny state, they are adult American citizens who are responsible enough to make their own decisions about assuming risk and making smart choices to mitigate them, just as we try to avoid highway deaths by driving carefully, installing airbags and wearing seatbelts, not by cowering in our rooms for our entire lives.
To show how Luther’s stand has galvanized supporters the way the heroes of the Alamo inspired earlier generations of Texans, a GoFundMe page set up to pay her expenses and legal fees disabled donations after they leaped from $170,000 to over $500,000 in less than 24 hours. And her defiance of capricious authoritarianism is already spreading across the nation.
Officials like Texas Judges Moye and Clay Jenkins, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and others might think this crisis has greatly expanded their powers, but all it’s really done is give Americans a taste of the tyranny of petty tyrants and how quickly they'll exercise it if given half a chance, and they don’t like it at all. I suspect that Democrats who think this crisis will be a boon to them in November had better brace for another shocking Election Night.
To quote Hosea 8:7, “They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”
YOU CAN'T HIDE FOREVER
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted that he was stunned to learn from new research that 66% of the state’s new hospitalized coronavirus patients had been “sheltering in place” before getting sick.
Some cynics pointed out that it shouldn’t be shocking that if almost everyone is being forced to “shelter in place,” that a majority of any group will be people who were sheltering in place. But it also shows that, as I’ve mentioned before, Edgar Allen Poe was right in “The Masque of the Red Death,” that you can’t hide away from disease by locking yourself up in the house forever. Viruses will circulate, some people will be more susceptible than others and will get sick, and when they do, the worst cases will need to go to the hospital. It should serve as a reminder to the “keep the lockdown going for years” crowd that this was supposed to be a temporary measure to “flatten the curve” – that is, to stretch out the infection rate and keep a massive wave of cases from overwhelming the health care system early on, before we had treatments, ventilators or hospital beds.
We now have all those things, and surpluses of the latter two. It’s time to face the fact that some people will get sick and we’ll have to deal with it, but we’re much better prepared to do so. Most others won’t get sick, and that will create herd immunity, which will help defeat this virus, just as it does all viruses eventually. We don’t want the cure to be worse than the disease, but we may be nearing the point where hiding out and doing nothing while waiting for a cure is becoming worse than the disease.
By the way, something to bear in mind: as we do more and more testing, many more people who are carrying the virus will be identified. This is completely predictable, since we now know that it was much more widespread than we thought, so of course many more tests will identify many more people carrying it. This will be used by the left to claim that in states that are relaxing the lockdown, there's a massive second wave of cases, which is not necessary true. Particularly when the tests were conducted even before the lockdown was relaxed and we’re only now seeing the test results.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
John 16:33 (KJV)