September 24, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JURY DECISION IGNITES LOUSIVILLE WITH MOB VIOLENCE AND RIOTING
I am sickened that I even have to type these words again, but I hope you will please join me in saying a prayer for two police officers shot during “protests” (mob violence and riots) in Louisville, Kentucky. One was shot in the abdomen, the other in the thigh. Both are reportedly in stable condition at this writing.
A suspect in the shootings has been arrested, as have about 100 other people in Louisville. Please pray also for the people of Louisville, the safety of other officers, and all the residents and police in cities being torn apart by this street violence.
The riots in Louisville and other cities came after a grand jury announced that three charges of wanton endangerment would be filed against one officer involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March, but there would be no charges filed against the other two officers. The charges stemmed not from Taylor’s death but the firing of bullets that entered a neighboring apartment. This renewed the riots in various cities, with the mobs chanting, “No justice, no peace!”
But I have to ask: how do they define “justice”?
I define it in the traditional American way: objective investigators compile as much evidence, witness testimony and video footage as they can to determine what actually happened (as a great 20th century cop used to say, “Just the facts, ma’am”), then they decide what, if any, charges will be filed based solely on the evidence – not on media narratives or the passions of the mob. If charges are warranted, then a jury of the defendant's peers hear all the evidence and render a verdict.
As Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron explained in an emotional press conference, his heart breaks for the loss of Miss Taylor and as a black man, he shares the pain of her family and the black community. But the evidence showed that the narrative we’ve heard for months (that police burst in on a "no knock" warrant with guns blazing, not caring if they killed innocent black people) was not correct.
As reported here…
…the police did announce themselves. When they entered, Taylor’s boyfriend opened fire on them, at which time, they were justified in firing back in self-defense. Taylor was caught in the crossfire, but the only legal charge that the grand jury could make was against the officer who fired in a way that endangered people in the next apartment. It was a terrible tragedy, and Cameron was right to announce the creation of a task force to study and improve the execution of warrants to help prevent such a thing from happening again.
Predictably, Cameron was condemned as a traitor to his race by critics like the leader of BLM, and accused of giving a “Bull Connor speech in 2020” (as I always point out, Bull Connor was a Democrat. Cameron, the official who is defending due process at great cost to himself, is a Republican.)
But what alternative are his critics arguing for? That the cops should be charged, even if the evidence isn’t there for an indictment? That they should be tried and convicted regardless of the evidence? Judging by the actions and the rhetoric of the rioters who were howling for blood and attacking police in the streets, they’re the ones who want to return to the days of Bull Connor and lynch mobs.
Leftists always claim that Republicans don’t want to talk about America's racist history. Okay, let’s talk about it. I am only too aware that there were terrible incidents of racism in America’s past. I grew up in the South of the 1960s, I saw real racism and was repelled by it, I was inspired by the vision of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to oppose racism wherever I could. I also know that in earlier decades, there were lynch mobs that didn’t care about evidence. They dispensed “justice” at the end of a rope by taking an accusation (like that a black man raped a white woman) as truth, regardless of the lack of evidence. And news flash: even back then, the vast majority of Americans roundly condemned such barbarism. They demanded it be stamped out by the just enforcement of laws, and by passing new laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
If you’d like to know more about attempts to pass anti-lynching legislation, here is an excellent history.
Note that the 1922 anti-lynching law was passed by the Republican House, but stymied in the Senate by Southern Democrats (the party of Bull Connor.)
When today’s mobs demand “justice” but what they really mean is “never mind the facts or the evidence, just get a rope,” then they are the ones who failed to learn from the dark racist corner of America’s history where the lynch mobs lurked. Now, their failure to learn from history is threatening the rest of us with a repeat of it.
SENATE COMMITTEES FOLLOW THE MONEY ON HUNTER BIDEN
For months, the Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and their staffs have been going through more than 45,000 Obama-era records pertaining to Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and conflicts of interest while his father served as Vice President. The 87-page report they released on Wednesday reveals business relationships and money ties to some of the most corrupt people and governments on the planet, including the Chinese Communist Party, with Joe Biden and the Obama administration at least somewhat aware of the problem. It all stinks like month-old shrimp lo mein.
We'd already heard about some of this, but other findings are new. With regard to Burisma Holdings in Ukraine, the report reads, “...the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.”
Yet nothing was ever done about it. If this sort of thing were discovered about, say, Eric or Ivanka Trump, it would mark the abrupt end of that entire family’s political life. Recall that Donald Trump, Jr., was targeted for years over one stupid meeting at Trump Tower that turned out to be nothing.
Reactions on the left to this report have been predictable, mostly in their use of the Word Of The Month, "distraction." They’re upset not at what Hunter and his family have been up to over the years, but at what Republicans are saying about it now.
"Distraction” is the word Biden’s spokesperson, Andrew Bates, used, along with calling it a waste of the Senate’s time and “an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory.” Really? Essentially, what the committees did was follow the money; would Bates like to tell us exactly what is incorrect about their findings? We’re waiting.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney commented that producing this report was a “political exercise” that fell outside the “legitimate role of government.” Maybe I missed it, but has he had anything negative to say about the endless –- and ultimately baseless –- investigations that the President was put through by Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee and Robert Mueller’s special counsel? Would he like to comment on the equally baseless impeachment, after which he was the only Republican senator who actually voted “yes” to convict the President? Talk about a political exercise!
As summarized in NATIONAL REVIEW, “In the course of his globe-trotting business career, Hunter Biden racked up more than $4 million in ‘questionable financial transactions’ with well-connected foreigners. He partnered with Chinese businessmen connected to the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, he took cash from the wife of the corrupt former mayor of Moscow, and he sent funds to Ukrainian and Russian nationals living in the U.S. who are “linked to what ‘appears to be a European prostitution or human trafficking ring.’” The investigation is ongoing.
Obama State Department officials were aware of Hunter’s “work” (ha) for Burisma and said the role created “counterintelligence and extortion concerns,” as well it did. Acting deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, George Kent warned Joe Biden’s office about the problems with this in early 2015. According to the Senate report, Kent told Joe Biden’s staff that “someone needed to talk to Hunter Biden, and he should [step] down from the board of Burisma.” But Hunter continued on the board throughout the remainder of Obama’s time in office.
Concerns about Hunter also reached the desk of then-Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s stepson Christopher Heinz, who was a business partner of Hunter’s, emailed his stepdad the day after Hunter joined Burisma’s board in May of 2014 to tell him about it and also distance himself from it. But when a reporter asked Kerry in 2019 if he’d been aware of Hunter’s connection to Burisma, he said, “I had no knowledge about any of that. None. No.” Really, Mr. Kerry?
Perhaps most concerning of all were Hunter’s business ties in China, especially through energy magnate Ye Jianming, who, according to the Senate report, introduced him “to the CCP elite and those businessmen who operate with their blessing.” He also had contacts with the People’s Liberation Army. The contacts Hunter made with Chinese business tycoons through Ye Jianming stagger the imagination. I encourage you to read the NATIONAL REVIEW article for more details and promise you will not be tested.
The DAILY WIRE has another excellent summary of the Senate’s findings –- the headline alone says it all. Truly, Hunter Biden was plucking mass quantities of low-hanging fruit from the poison money tree, and no one did a thing about it. And all he had to offer in return were his family political connections and the “Biden” name.
Investigative reporter John Solomon points out that even the U.S. Treasury Department flagged payments collected overseas by Hunter Biden and his business partner Devon Archer for potentially illegal activities. These were documented in Suspicious Activity Reports. Senate investigators still haven’t been able to find out if the FBI or anybody else investigated these concerns.
Solomon’s report also includes a link to the full report, as a pdf.
Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that he would send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice.
Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, appeared Wednesday evening on Sean Hannity’s TV show, where he reminded viewers that Joe Biden has denied knowing anything about his son’s business dealings or talking with him about them --- even on those long flights to and from China! But details in the Senate report show that Joe is simply not credible.
President Trump was impeached simply for mildly suggesting that Ukraine look into the Bidens’ financial activities there, before the elder Biden was even his party’s nominee. (Recall that Joe bragged on video about getting the prosecutor investigating his son fired by threatening to withhold aid.) Now it turns out Hunter’s business dealings were indeed a mess and Joe was complicit. Democrats say it’s wrong to expose this now, but I say hiding it until after the election would be much worse. Call me crazy, but I believe voters deserve to know who they’re voting for.
Peter Schweizer has been investigating and writing about this for a long time, and here's his latest observation. Candidate Biden is suddenly trying to come off as Mr. Reform, especially when it comes to China, and it's pretty funny. His "get-tough-on-China" op-ed was probably written by some campaign staffer trying to make him look, well, tough on China. Which he isn't. Let the eye-rolls begin.
FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY, PLEASE CALL YOUR OFFICE
Attention, FBI Director Christopher Wray, who insists that Antifa is not an organized terrorist group but just a loose, general “movement.” Do unorganized random crowds of people plan ahead to rent a U-Haul, fill it with equipment that can be used to assault police and fend off arrest, and show up well in advance of “spontaneous” protests to distribute said paraphernalia? I’m not a G-man, but I do know that you can’t rent a U-Haul without leaving a paper trail. If our federal law enforcement agencies are too busy to track down who's doing it, some random, unorganized folks on the Internet will do it for them.
A WELL-AIMED ROCK
First, President Trump banned government agencies from forcing employees into “critical race theory” seminars that promote racial division, accuse all white people of being racists, and literally demonize white Americans as “demons” who are “not human.” Now, Trump has expanded that ban to people and companies who have government or military contracts or are seeking federal grants, on the basis that people who hate the US shouldn’t profit off US taxpayers.
If the first order was like throwing a well-aimed rock, let’s hope this one will be like the ripples in the pond spreading far and wide. I second Megan Fox’s plea at the link: “Do the schools next, please.”
UPDATE to yesterday’s story on BLM’s attempt to erase history by deleting the “About” page from their website that described their actual Marxist goals, such as the destruction of the nuclear family. Former football star Marcellus Wiley took flak for pointing to that when he argued against the NFL kowtowing to BLM and was told he’d “taken it out of context.” Now that BLM has made it obvious that they don’t want anyone to see the original statement or its context, Wiley spiked the ball in their faces…figuratively, of course. He’s not a member of BLM.
My original comments are here.
Reuters ran one of those liberal hit pieces claiming to prove that concerns about voter fraud are just a myth promoted by the right, and they managed to stuff it full of fraudulent and misleading claims and deliberate omissions of fact.
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