Here are the top stories from this week that I think you will want to read:
- The biggest wake-up call since the 2020 election
- The THEME of Thursday's J6 hearing is a lie
- Biden tests positive for Covid
- Ukraine Update
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Matthew 5:3 KJV
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The biggest wake-up call since the 2020 election
Fred Lucas, chief correspondent and manager of the Investigative Reporting Project for the DAILY SIGNAL, has a must-read piece that’s perhaps the most important wake-up call we’ve had since the election of 2020. It’s called “How the left hopes to seize control of local election offices.”
Lucas interviewed Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project --- which actually is FOR honest elections --- and what he heard is truly terrifying. The left is trying to make sure they control elections in the years ahead, and to further that effort, two big-money leftist operations are ready to spend $80 million. Each.
Run For Something, a PAC formed by a former Hillary staffer, is working to elect “clerks, election supervisors, clerks, recorders and other local officials charged with running elections.” Right now, they’re endorsing 11 candidates in a number of states, but the plan is that they “will promote thousands of election administrators in the years ahead.” They’ll use their dollars to help “their” candidates get into those positions.
These are the people who interpret and enforce state election regulations. For example, they decide how closely signatures must match, whether absentee ballots arriving after Election Day will count, how strictly to enforce voter ID, and how far away poll watchers must stand.
Through a project called “Clerk Work,” Run For Something says it’ll be supporting “5,000+ candidates for local offices in charge of election administration.”
Snead compares Run For Something’s “Clerk Work” to George Soros’ project to elect district attorneys around the country to take a “progressive” approach to law enforcement. I don’t have to tell you how successful that has been. We’re seeing the bitter fruits of that now, with skyrocketing crime rates in big Democrat-run cities and even in some suburbs.
The other big spender is the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence, which is described as “a coalition of mostly left-leaning organizations financed in part by Big Tech executives to train local officials in running elections.” There are seven of these organizations, and the leading one is the infamous Center for Tech and Civic Life, funded by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, even though the unsupervised dropboxes they funded were found in violation of election law in Wisconsin, the CTCL is apparently still going strong.
Snead says the “training” is a loophole to avoid bans on private funding of election administration that are on the books in 21 states.
These groups are trying to rationalize what they’re doing by saying Steve Bannon is doing the same thing in mobilizing the right. To that, Snead says that “recruiting registered Democrats and Republicans as poll workers and poll watchers is different than a well-financed effort to place party activists in supervisory posts.”
Democrats also see this strategy as a way to put in place the provisions in the current Congress's HR 1 –- the laughably named “For The People Act” –- which was intended to federalize election law in ways that would have made honest, transparent elections impossible. That bill died in the Senate, but this apparently is Democrats’ Plan B.
Consider yourself warned. This plot has to be fought at the local level, in mostly down-ballot races. It’s hard to think of a worse threat to “our democracy” than to have elections run by these power-mad activists. Here’s the full story…
The THEME of Thursday's J6 hearing is a lie
Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 kangaroo court is gearing up for another prime-time show, this one on Thursday.
But first, here’s breaking news about a dangerous insurrectionist who has been sentenced by Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington DC for her dastardly role in subverting our democracy. Thank heavens, our country is safe –- for the next 60 days, at least –- now that this 69-year-old grandmother, self-described "citizen journalist," retired substance abuse counselor and breast cancer patient, Pam Hemphill from Idaho, is confined to a California prison. She'll have three years of probation after that.
Her crime? According to the U.S. attorney’s office in DC, it was “parading” inside the Capitol building.
That means she walked around peacefully, without authorization. That's it. Too bad; if only she were part of Stephen Colbert’s comedy writing and production team, she would've been completely off the hook for doing such a thing. It was that same U.S. attorney’s office that announced they were dropping all charges against the “Colbert 9,” who –- even after they were warned by Capitol police –- walked around inside the Capitol complex unaccompanied and unauthorized, for hours, in violation of security. Gee, if only this woman had thought to carry a cigar-smoking dog puppet and make crass jokes about GOP members of Congress, she would be home with her family tonight.
Here’s more about her on the GiveSendGo page that’s been set up for her.
Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday that Judge Lamberth said he wanted to “make an example” of this woman because of his frustration that someone in a separate case made statements that were, Lamberth said, “embarrassing to me.” “That’s not justice,” Tucker said. “It’s the opposite.”
J.D. Rucker has the disgraceful details on what Judge Lamberth did to this woman. It’s a must-read, though it will make you furious.
Tucker said this: “If you’re a regime propagandist [meaning Stephen Colbert and friends], you can do whatever you want. You can trespass in the Capitol; you won’t be charged by Joe Biden’s prosecutors. But if you’re an elderly cancer patient who votes the wrong way, you go to prison. Those are two standards, one justice system. That’s corruption.”
As Triumph the Insult Comic Dog might say, “That’s our Department of ‘Justice.” For me to poop on!”
Since the January 6th committee was hoping for sizzle and so far has had fizzle, they’ve come up with a new target: the Secret Service Agency. The committee subpoenaed them last Friday for all text messages that might have shed light on what was happening on the 6th, but the agency announced on Tuesday that there were no new texts that were relevant to the “investigation.” Texts had already been purged, they said, though there was no malicious reason for doing so.
As reported in the WASHINGTON POST, the National Archives is asking the Secret Service "to report back...within 30 days about the deletion of any records, including describing what was purged and he circumstances of how the documentation was lost.” WAPO cast suspicion on the agency, describing its role as that of “shadowing and planning President Donald Trump’s movements that day.”
The agency responded that it's already provided thousands of documents to an agency watchdog and congressional committees, but there’s nothing new that could shed light on key matters being probed by this committee, “including whether Trump attacked a Secret Service agent.” Of course, we already know the story about Trump attacking a Secret Service agent was complete hearsay and denied by witnesses. But Liz Cheney and Bennie Thompson just can't let it drop. What a joke.
To quote Bonchie at REDSTATE, “The entire thing is farcical. What does the committee think the Secret Service was doing on January 6? Does anyone really think its leadership and agents were part of an attempt to take over the government? Besides, the deletion of the text messages is being defended by Joe Biden’s own appointee. Is the theory now that Biden officials are pro-January 6th?”
Bonchie goes on to say that the Secret Service can show the text deletions happened over a period of months, not suddenly after January 6. The committee will just have to “look elsewhere for their ‘evidence’ of an organized coup that didn’t happen.”
But now committee members have a scapegoat for their own embarrassing failure. They have nothing that supports what they said in their brash opening statements --- that Trump was leading a carefully planned coup to overthrow “our democracy” --- so now they can say the evidence must have been in those texts deleted by the Secret Service as part of a phone upgrade. THAT’S where they would have found the smoking gun! THAT’S why they’re having to depend on made-up stuff and hearsay.
Most of the reporting on the January 6 hearings is sidestepping the problems with witnesses and taking what they say at face value, somehow “forgetting” that in a real hearing, there would be cross-examination and we’d get the other side. Fortunately, that’s not the case at THE FEDERALIST, where Tristan Justice examines the AP’s “blind adoption” of the incorrect timeline for the Capitol riot put forth repeatedly by the committee.
AP’s “preview” of Thursday’s hearing offered a big piece of misinformation, which, of course, was quickly scooped up by news outlets across the country. Never mind that the “P” in “AP” stands for propaganda. They happily maintain the fiction that the President waited three whole hours before telling rioters to leave the Capitol.
But according to the WASHINGTON POST, the first breach took place at 2:15 that afternoon. We know it was only 23 minutes later, at 2:38, when President Trump tweeted to his followers pleading for peace. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” he told them. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” He addressed them again 30 minutes later. Two hours after the first breach, he used the platform to appear on video, telling all rioters to go home. “We have to respect our great people in law and order,” he said. “We don’t want anybody hurt.” How did Twitter respond to Trump’s call for peace? They removed it.
The full transcript of Trump’s banned video, if you haven’t seen it, is at the link.
This sure doesn’t sound like someone with insurrection on his mind. On the contrary, he’s calling for peace and respect for law on a day that had to be one of the saddest of his life. Violence was the last thing he would have wanted as his legacy.
But apparently, the committee intends to use that false timeline, the “187 minutes” of so-called inaction on the President’s part, as the theme for Thursday's hearing. It’s a lie, and they are an embarrassment.
Biden tests positive for Covid
As we were going to press this morning, word came that President Biden tested positive for COVID. He reportedly has very mild symptoms, and he’s certainly had the maximum number of vaccinations and boosters. But considering his age, I’m sure you will join me in praying for his swift and full recovery.
Many people were already reeling from the news that Biden seemed to announce on Wednesday that he had cancer. Luckily, his 24/7 verbal gaffe hazmat squad rushed to “clarify” that he did not.
Biden was in Delaware promoting his climate change executive orders when he claimed that he grew up near a refinery where the air left oil slicks on car windshields. Biden said, “That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up with have cancer, and why for the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation.”
As news agencies and the Internet went wild, the White House hurriedly announced that he was referring to past removal of a skin cancer and used the wrong tense. Some might point out that skin cancer is caused by the sun, which also causes global warming, but let’s not confuse the issue with a lot of science.
Fox News noted that in April, Biden made a remarkably similar claim, only then he said the oil was why he and “80 percent” of the people he grew up with had asthma. Dr. Marc Siegel pointed out that Delaware’s asthma rate is 1 in 10, not 80%. But we do know that Biden really did have asthma because it was the reason for his Vietnam draft deferments.
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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its long grind phase, we’ve heard less about it in the news. But while Russia continues to inflict unconscionable harm and damage on Ukraine, the Ukrainians continue to fight back and force them to pay a heavy price for it.
It’s hard to know for sure how it's going because Russia’s news is pure propaganda. But this phone call, reportedly from a Russian soldier home to his girlfriend and intercepted by Ukrainian officials, paints a bleak picture of Russia’s military efforts (if this call itself isn’t propaganda).
For those interested in weaponry and war strategy, the StrategyPage website has been monitoring the situation closely since the beginning. They confirm that Russia is struggling, despite its superior forces and artillery, because the Ukrainians are finally getting the weaponry they begged NATO for, they’re very fast learners at using it, and they’re fighting for their homeland while the Russian troops don’t even know why they’re there.
Russia is increasingly targeting civilians and trying to use them as human shields, either out of callousness or more likely, desperation. The page also considers what China might be thinking as they watch this unfold. They’re seeing the limits of military aggression against a determined populace fighting for their homeland (think Taiwan.) They’re also seeing Russia, which it was feared would become a superpower ally for China against the US, being severely weakened and possibly becoming a “paranoid…nuclear-armed dependent state, much like North Korea.”
As Prof. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit puts it, it’s too late for Russia to win a non-Pyrrhic victory, and at this point, he doubts that even a Pyrrhic victory is possible.
It’s looking more and more like a lot of death and destruction with no gain and for no reason.
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