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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- Latest news from Israel and Gaza
- CNN reacts, but Twitter doesn't
- Biden security issue revealed on Venmo
- Consumer confidence drops
- Twitter justice (reposting)
- Media fantasize about Trump indictment, extradition
- A Reader Writes Back...
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Latest News from Israel and Gaza
By Mike Huckabee
Here is a round-up of the latest news on the violence in Israel and Gaza, and the often outrageous reactions to it in the US...
Early this morning, Israeli warplanes launched attacks on Gaza after a weekend of deadly rocket attacks. Details at the link:
The CEO of the Associated Press claimed to be “shocked and horrified” over Israel destroying a building which housed their offices (along with, unsurprisingly, Al-Jazeera’s) because it was a known Hamas terrorist headquarters. Israel gave the news agencies warnings to clear out, something Hamas doesn't do, and the government shared “smoking gun” evidence with the US that the terrorist organization was operating out of that building. But the AP is demanding an investigation.
The AP’s claims of not being aware that they were sharing a building with Hamas are raising eyebrows. As one analyst pointed out, if they’re telling the truth, then they’re incompetent reporters. And if they’re not, then they’re not only liars posing as journalists, but they also were complicit with terrorists and let their own people be used as human shields. Neither is a particularly good look for a news organization.
Luckily, a different and more reliable news organization, the satire site The Babylon Bee, is here to help the A.P. with a handy list of “Eight warning signs you might be sharing office space with terrorists.”
And here’s a reminder to the A.P. executives who are furious that their office was destroyed that when BLM protesters were destroying other people’s property, they ordered reporters to downplay that and claim that destroying property isn’t violence. This reminds me of Mel Brooks’ definition of tragedy and comedy: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into a manhole and die.”
Meanwhile, Israel thanked the Biden Administration for its support, which I’m glad to hear, even though it seems to be rather tepid support. I suppose we should be grateful for any support at all, considering the unhinged anti-Semitism coming from some members of the Democratic Party, like the House “Squad.” And the US media, who reflexively blame Israel and always urge the Israelis to pull back and show “restraint” even as missiles are hurtling toward their children’s schools. Here’s a perfect response to such fatuous platitudes from the New York Times editors.
If you’d like to see their smug ignorance illustrated perfectly in a single photo, check this out.
It’s a nighttime photo showing, on the right side, a volley of missiles coming straight from Hamas and Palestinian militants toward Israeli population centers. On the left side, the squiggly light trails show the highly-advanced Israeli Iron Dome defense, targeting those missiles to try to stop them in mid-air before they kill innocent people. If you can look at that and not tell who the aggressor is, then you either need to get your eyes checked or your head examined.
If Biden really wants to support Israel, he might consider reinstating Trump’s sanctions on Iran and his hold on millions of US dollars being sent to the Palestinians. It’s oddly coincidental that under Trump, when all that money was withheld, they didn’t seem to be able to fund terrorists, but now, the terrorists seem to have an unlimited weapons budget. Biden will get them to stop shooting missiles at Israeli civilians by sending them more money. Sounds like a plan, or at least the same plan Democrats have for everything: throw more money at it, even if the money is what’s causing the problem in the first place.
So guess who the left is blaming for Hamas launching hundreds of missiles at Israel four months after Trump left office? If you guessed “Trump,” give yourself a Kewpie doll! In a premium article at Redstate.com, Nick Arama notes that such geopolitical analysts as Rob Reiner and George “Sulu” Takei took to Twitter to call Jared Kushner a failure because of this. It was Kushner who negotiated unprecedented peace deals between Israel and other Arab nations (none of whom are now at war with Israel, incidentally.) Those nations finally felt secure enough to do that because Trump corralled Hamas and Iran and blocked their cash flow. Biden kicked down the corral gate, sent a lot of money to the cash-starved terrorism supporters, terrorism is back, and whose fault is it? Why, Trump’s and Kushner’s, of course.
They’re like carpenters whose only tool is a sledge hammer so they think it works on everything.
CNN reacts, but Twitter doesn't
By Mike Huckabee
Late Sunday, CNN fired longtime freelance contributor Adeel Raja, after he responded to the current Israel-Palestine conflict by tweeting, “The world today needs a Hitler.”
That’s admirable of CNN, but it would have been nice if they’d noticed this was hardly the first time Raja had tweeted his admiration of Hitler and distaste for Jews, as the article at that link points out.
It also would have been nice if Twitter, the same outlet that banned former President Trump for life for allegedly inciting violence, had banned Raja for cheerleading the return of the Third Reich. I checked as of 7:30 CST Monday morning, and his Twitter account is still active. So are the accounts of many other people who are using them to promote violence against Jews.
Raja is also using his (still active) Twitter feed to accuse the West of not protecting freedom of expression. I’ll scroll through all his still-posted Tweets, looking for any protests of Twitter’s ban on Trump. If I don’t find any, we can safely assume that he’s a big Hitler-loving hypocrite who only cares about his own freedom to spew noxious propaganda.
Biden security issue revealed on Venmo
By Mike Huckabee
If you use the payment app Venmo and are concerned about protecting your privacy and security, you’ll want to read this:
The website Buzzfeed used the Venmo app’s built-in search tool and public friends feature, and in all of 10 minutes, identified nearly a dozen members of President Biden’s family who are part of his Venmo contacts, as well as a wide network of people around them, including senior White House officials.
A cyber security expert warned, “For one of the most heavily guarded individuals in the world, a publicly available Venmo account and friend list is a massive security hole. Even a small friend list is still enough to paint a pretty reliable picture of someone’s habits, routines, and social circles.”
Ironically, Buzzfeed's investigation was inspired after a White House adviser told reporters that Biden sent his grandchildren money via Venmo. So another big security hole he has to worry about is his own advisers.
Consumer confidence drops
By Mike Huckabee
I’m used to economists announcing “unexpected” bad jobs numbers when Democrats are in power, but here’s a new one: over the past month, consumer confidence in the economy “unexpectedly” dropped by about 5-1/2 points.
Gee, I wonder why, with gas prices sharply up, inflation returning, and President Biden opening the borders, targeting the oil and gas industries, paying people not to work, talking about massive new taxes on business owners, and scaremongering about the pandemic never ending, consumer confidence is crashing? It’s a mystery wrapped in a puzzle wrapped in an enigma.
Twitter Justice (reposting)
By Mike Huckabee
Palestinian Muslim actress and TV host Veena Malik (aka Zahida Malik), star of a number of Bollywood and Palestinian films, tweeted a graphic containing this possibly apocryphal quote from Adolf Hitler: “I would have killed all the Jews of the world…but I kept some to show the world why I killed them.”
This was just the latest in a number of her tweets condemning Jews and cheering on the violence against Israel. After that tweet raised understandable outrage, Malik deleted it and some others, but her account still has many more such tweets remaining. Critics noted that Twitter, which banned President Trump permanently on a false charge of inciting violence, has yet to remove Malik, a blue-check account holder with 1.2 million followers who is literally quoting Hitler to encourage the genocide of Jews.
Meanwhile, Israeli actress and “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot tweeted a heartfelt message urging peace and unity, and she was savaged by Twitter users. She was accused of excusing Israeli genocide of Palestinians and attacked for having served in the Israeli Defense Forces, which is mandatory for Israeli citizens.
I checked some of the people who attacked her, and their Twitter accounts are still up, too. On the plus side, at least Twitter has not yet banned Gal Gadot for saying she’s praying for peace, so I guess that’s an improvement.
Media fantasize about Trump indictment, extradition
By Mike Huckabee
One of the defining characteristics of a banana republic is the tradition of an incoming administration stalking the previous one in court --- to imprison them or otherwise prevent them from ever returning to power. MSNBC is currently entertaining fantasies of doing just that to former President Trump, as Manhattan DA and longtime political adversary Cy Vance is still investigating him, fishing for something, anything, to “get” him on. Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s “pit bull,” Russia-hoaxer and current MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann, known for attacking the little-fish associates of his big-fish targets and getting them to “flip,” talked about this with mental midget Nicole Wallace and Bloomberg senior opinion columnist Tim O’Brien.
This interview indulges the fantasies of their smallish but fanatical audience that, even now, Trump might be indicted on something –- doesn’t matter what –- and either extradited from Florida to New York for trial or, if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to comply, effectively imprisoned within that state. Mind you, they are fantasizing about this when there is no specific crime being alleged against the former President. They smile, they laugh, they do just about everything but rub their hands together with glee.
The excuse they use to talk about this is a story in POLITICO that says, “Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., have actively prepared for the possibility that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance could indict former President Donald Trump while he’s at Mar-A-Lago, according to two high-ranking county officials involved in planning sessions.” The story anticipates possible “thorny extradition issues” that could arise if he is indicted.
The MSNBC video is here, if you can stomach it. It’s labeled on-screen as “Breaking News.”
Wallace just can’t help herself: she fantasizes, she says, about “a cartoon-like image of DeSantis, like, smuggling, you know, blond-headed Donald Trump out of Mar-A-Lago,” adding, “but what does this mean, practically speaking?”
What it means is that Trump Derangement Syndrome has destroyed all her brain cells except the ones that blink her eyes and move her mouth. But Weissmann answers her question, saying it could get “quite complicated.” In other words, he has to speak very, very slowly so Wallace will perhaps understand.
He says there’s a law that imposes a “duty” on the Florida governor to extradite but doesn’t “require” this. The governor also has the right to “investigate the extradition papers.” Weissmann says that if Trump and DeSantis wanted to delay an extradition, “there might be ways to do that.”
Again, they are musing about this when there are no criminal allegations against Trump.
Weissmann adds that Florida would “play games” with extradition “at its peril,” because someday it might need another state’s cooperation to extradite someone back to Florida to stand trial.
Wallace takes the opportunity to slam Gov. DeSantis: “My political antenna has been watching DeSantis, and if he won’t protect Floridians from covid, there’s no way he’s gonna turn over Donald Trump to the Manhattan DA.” Her guests chuckle.
Weissmann seems to enjoy telling Wallace that if Trump’s extradition is delayed, he will be, in effect, “imprisoned” in Florida. “It certainly would be quite an interesting issue if he were to, for instance --- this is WAY down the road --- but if he were to try and run again, for President, you know, he would not be inhabiting the White House [laughs] in that situation, because there would be papers seeking his extradition to New York.”
Wallace says this would be funny “if it didn’t reek of such dirty business.” I agree, there’s dirty business going on here, but it’s not anything Trump and DeSantis are doing. It’s what the Manhattan DA and his accomplices in the media are doing.
Tim O’Brien discusses one specific financial dealing that has been reported in conjunction with this story --- not concerning anything Trump himself did, but rather Trump’s chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, who received funds for private school tuition from 2012-19 for his grandchildren from the Trump Organization and allegedly did not report this (or his son and/or ex-daughter-in-law did not) on tax forms. Here are the details.
New York prosecutors have subpoenaed Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School and are also seeking cooperation from Weisselberg, “according to people familiar with the matter,” reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
The investigation into Trump is "a multi-faceted financial fraud investigation,” says Tim O’Brien, involving “tax fraud, accounting fraud, and a number of other illegalities.” He thinks these are some of the minor infractions that they could probably “get Trump” on (his words).
“You know, it’s extraordinary that we’re talking about extradition,” he says, not understanding the irony of his own words. It certainly is extraordinary, given that there are no specific criminal allegations against Trump. Nevertheless, O’Brien seems to feel pretty confident: “I don’t think they’re gonna serve him with an indictment unless they believe they have a bullet-proof case. The Manhattan District Attorney is not gonna go forward with this epic, historically significant criminal indictment of a former President without believing it’s bullet-proof.”
He thinks “the fact that they’ve gone this far down the tree, that they’re shaking Weisselberg family members, is a very strong indicator of how hard-core they are about this.” I'd say it shows how deep they have to fish.
O'Brien looks for Trump to resist arrest and for it to “become a carnival, undoubted, and tragicomic, as everything is surrounding Trump, because I don’t think he’ll have any hesitation to try to encourage his supporters to suround Mar-A-Lago [laughs] to keep the police at bay.” The trash-talking continues, but I’ll spare you much more.
He does say that Trump is “broadly loathed” both in Manhattan and Palm Beach. He might want to add his own name to the list of those who are broadly loathed, at least among those who care anything about journalistic talent or integrity.
Wallace, again oblivious to the irony of her own statements, says this is “such an unbelievable, sort of, debasement of the office of the Presidency.” Yes, it certainly is.
I actually have to hand it to Andrew Weissmann for being honest about what is really going on with the investigation out of New York. “This is not so much an investigation directly at Trump,” he clarifies. “It’s rather focused on getting Weisselberg to ‘flip.’” He explains that it would be hard to show that even if Trump made the payments, he understood that it wasn’t going to be declared on the recipients’ tax forms. But since it would be very damaging to the Weisselbergs, “it shows that they’re really still trying to get Weisselberg to ‘flip.’ It tells him “they still a ways away” from getting Trump...”This indicates to me that they’re not there yet,” he says.
Now, getting associates to “flip” in order to bring in the big fish is something Weissmann knows all about. (See: Paul Manafort, and a host of others.) Weissmann is telling us right here what a fishing expedition this is, a quest to find something to indict Trump on before the 2024 campaign.
A Reader Writes Back...
Re: "Gov. DeSantis warns Antifa"
We the citizens of the great state of Florida agree completely with the Governor.
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