Daily Bible Verse
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
"Never mind" on Mar-A-Lago; even more black marks for the FBI
After the FBI swooped in on Mar-A-Lago, the home of a former President, on August 8, 2022, in a “land, sea and air” early-morning invasion with helicopters and up to 30 armed agents, we Americans sat glued to our TVs listening to reporters recount the events of the day from outside on the street, our jaws on the floor. We couldn’t believe what had taken place.
The raid had been choreographed like an action movie set in some far-off banana republic. Nothing like this had happened before –- or was likely even contemplated –- in our country. Even President Richard Nixon, who resigned from office in disgrace, never faced anything like this.
If you travel to Panama City (Panama, not Florida) and tour the nearby rainforest, one place you’ll drive fairly close to is the unassuming compound where former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was incarcerated after being tried by courts in the U.S. and France. Upon his return to Panama, he would be kept under close guard for the rest of his life, with the goal of making sure he never, ever tried to come to power again.
It occurs to me that this is what the truly Trump-deranged among us would like to do to President Trump.
But Noriega was a dictator –- a real, ruthless dictator. He suspended constitutional rights, closed newspapers and radio stations, drove political enemies into exile, fixed elections, laundered drug money, had adversaries killed and more. When troops swarmed into Panama to neutralize the threat to freedom posed by him, it made sense to do that.
But in using force against our own former President, our DOJ was trying to make him appear to be a bad man, a presumed-guilty man, someone who was perhaps secretly plotting to take power and/or harm our nation. “Wow, what did President Trump DO,” people wondered, “to justify something like THIS? It must have been really bad!” And in the days and weeks that followed, there were leaks by investigators about important classified documents, even dangerous nuclear secrets, being squirreled away at Mar-A-Lago (possibly to be sold to Russia!), even a picture of so-called classified documents lying on the floor.
But theses claims were not substantiated. The picture was staged by agents. And at this point, it seems to have been much ado about nothing, or, at most, much ado about a paperwork dispute. But, timed as it was in the months before the midterm elections, it was bound to have an effect on the political viability of those who supported Trump.
Now that the election is safely over, the real story of the raid is coming out, thanks in part to the WASHINGTON POST. After reviewing the documents, they report, federal authorities see “no nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets. Instead, the former President seemed motivated by a more basic desire not to give up what he believed was his property...Trump repeatedly said the materials were his, not the government’s, often in profane terms,” their sources said.
Exactly --- a paperwork dispute.
I have an idea for WAPO if they’d really like to earn a Pulitzer for their reporting on Trump. Take a hard look at the FBI and DOJ in the style of real investigative journalists. They break the stories, not you --- if your sources do give you “bombshells” that hurt your political side, you typically wait till after elections are over to report them in mainstream media. Otherwise, you just transcribe for the strategic leakers at the DOJ.
Trump tweeted this on Truth Social: “Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. Same sleazy people were involved. Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-A-Lago with our lawyers, or others, present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t let them get even close --- said ‘ABSOLUTELY NOT.’ Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christopher Steele Dossier!”
Kyle Becker notes other revelations that are happening now that the election is over. For example, the FBI is confirmed to have had numerous agents embedded within extremist groups in advance of the January 6 protest. So they knew there were plans to create unrest --- if they didn’t encourage these plans outright --- yet, curiously, no extra security was provided for the rally, even though President Trump had offered 20,000 National Guard troops.
When Trump says the “same sleazy people” were involved, perhaps he’s referring in part to the just-retired FBI agent heading the DC field office who supervised the Gretchen Whitmer attempted-kidnapping case, the January 6 investigation and the Mar-A-Lago raid.
On Thursday, when FBI Director Chris Wray testified before a Senate committee, he found himself in the hot seat. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley told him it was “indefensible” that back in August he left a statutorily-required hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to “catch a flight” (nonsense; he was flying on a private government plane) to vacation with his family in the Adirondacks.
Here’s the story at DAILY CALLER, but we noticed that none of the reports even mention this: Wray’s hearing happened to be on Thursday, August 4, just a few days away from the raid he was planning for the morning of August 8. No wonder he was eager to get out of that chair and off to the Adirondacks!
House Republicans did have their press conference Thursday, with Kentucky Rep. James Comer and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan announcing their committees were launching an investigation into President Biden’s foreign business ties to son Hunter, as revealed on Hunter’s abandoned laptop --- which was hidden by the FBI during Trump's impeachment and later dismissed as "Russian disinformation" --- and also approximately 150 flagged financial transactions. Citing whistleblowers, they said the President had been “chairman of the board” of the Biden family empire based on selling access to him when he was Vice President. They claim to have found evidence of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
“Was Joe Biden directly involved with Hunter Biden’s business deals and is he compromised? That’s our investigation,” Comer said, adding that they want to find out why he lied to the American people. Specifically, he said, “We find evidence that Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were involved in a scheme to try to get China to buy liquified natural gas. People are in outrage over China buying farmland in the Dakotas. What about China trying to buy into our American energy industry?”
Here’s another black mark for the FBI: In a hearing with Wray last December, he was asked about the FBI’s use of Pegasus, the hacking tool that extracts information from cellphones. Wray admitted that they’d bought a license for Pegasus, but not to USE it! No, no. This would be only for research and development, to find out how the bad guys would use it.
“But dozens of internal FBI documents and court records tell a different story,” THE NEW YORK TIMES reports. FBI officials “made a push in 2020-2021 to deploy Pegasus in their own criminal investigations." It’s “unclear,” they say, whether the FBI planned to use it to spy on Americans. But the NYT revealed in January that the FBI tested a similar tool, called Phantom, which is capable of hacking phones with U.S. numbers.
When a flurry of negative stories came out in 2021 about Pegasus, the FBI decided not to use it. Still, documents show they were interested in using such spyware in the future.
Other than the way they speak approvingly of Wray for getting under Trump’s skin, the NYT has actually reported something here that I would recommend reading.
Legal analyst Andrew Napolitano is not buying what Wray was selling about this, and he says as much in his commentary on the FBI’s interest in Pegasus and Phantom and spying on Americans in violation of the Fourth Amendment. He argues that the FBI is out of control and must be defunded and disbanded. This is must-read.
Yesterday, House Republicans announced that there will now be real investigations of real crimes and scandals, like why the Afghanistan withdrawal was so tragically botched, what were the actual origins of the COVID-19 virus, and as Rep. James Comer put it, “the domestic and international business dealings of the Biden family and their associates to determine whether these activities compromise U.S. national security and President Biden’s ability to lead with impartiality. The Biden family has a pattern of peddling access to the highest levels of government to enrich themselves to the detriment of U.S. interests.” Soon-to-be House Oversight Committee Chairman Comer said, “We are going to make it very clear that this is now an investigation of President Biden.” Which leads us to our..
Quote of the Day! From a Fox News TV report last night:
“Democrats are accusing Republicans of focusing too much on investigations and not enough on the big issues like the economy.”
Wow! For those wondering how long it would take for the Democrats to do a complete 180, this came less than 24 hours after the AP grudgingly admitted that Republicans would take back the House. The same Democrats who’ve been obsessed for two years with endlessly “investigating” January 6th while ignoring (or actively making worse) the problems afflicting working Americans, like record inflation. I would add rampant crime, open borders, high gas prices and the threat of World War III, but they didn’t mention those because Democrats still have the power to make those worse.
I’ve written before about how somewhere in Washington, there’s a big, hidden switch. Whenever power changes from one party to the other, someone throws that switch, and all the standards instantly reverse. For instance, if Democrats take over from Republicans, homeless people immediately change from a humanitarian crisis caused by government cruelty to invisible people.
But this might mark a new land speed record. The standards have completely changed from what they were two days ago, and they haven’t even finished counting the votes yet!
A Big Day
Congratulations to “Huckabee” writer/researcher Laura Ainsworth, who is also an award-winning retro jazz singer! Her long-delayed (due to the pandemic) fourth album, “You Asked For It,” finally debuts today and is available via her website (http://www.lauraainsworth.com)
…as a digital album or a deluxe Japanese import CD that’s a perfect Christmas gift for anyone on your list who loves the music of greats like Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Julie London.
The album is all fan requests of classic tunes like “Cry Me A River” and “Isn’t It Romantic,” done in her own unique style, showcasing her gorgeous voice and her band of top North Texas jazz musicians. One cut, her sultry, lounge-jazz take on “Goldfinger,” has already made the “Best of the Best of 2022” list from the international radio show, “Cocktail Nation.”
I hope you’ll pick it up, along with any of her terrific albums, and support a great musical artist and friend. By the way, "in case you missed it," here’s a digital exclusive of her singing the Mills Brothers classic “Nevertheless” on my TV show.
Here’s yet another reason to give thanks on Thanksgiving that the Democrats lost the House:
The American Farm Bureau Federation reports that due to inflation and bird flu affecting turkey supplies, the average cost of a typical Thanksgiving dinner for ten will be 20% higher this year than last year.
The cost of all the ingredients listed at the link is up from $53.31 to $64.05, which is also a stunning 37% higher than in 2020. So the turkey isn’t the only thing getting plucked since Biden was elected.
By the way, if that still sounds surprisingly affordable, I don’t know who decided the amounts of food that they think it takes to feed 10 people on Thanksgiving. A dozen dinner rolls? One pound of peas and 12 ounces of cranberry sauce? A single 14-ounce package of stuffing? One lousy pumpkin pie cut into 10 pieces? What is this, a Weight Watchers’ Thanksgiving?
If you served that in my house, everyone would say, “That’s fine for me, but what are you going to eat?”
This is something we’ve been covering for years, but the Daily Caller has done an excellent job of summarizing the ways in which leftists gaslight Americans on “extremism,” convincing voters that people who hold majority views on many issues are dangerous “extremists,” while actual leftwing extremists whose views are shared by only a tiny minority are the mainstream.
This is something that any assessment of the future by the GOP will have to address. We have a rising number of young voters who have been brainwashed by their schools, social media and the media into believing that voting for a Republican means supporting racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic extremists. They think that questioning suspicious election results is extremism, but killing babies in the ninth month of pregnancy isn’t. A grandpa in a red MAGA cap holding an American flag: “Dangerous extremist.” An Antifa thug in a black hood setting fire to a police station: “Not an extremist.”
They have a completely distorted view of what extremism is, and what Republicans are and what they believe, inflamed by a disinformation-spewing President who purposely gins up divisions and claims that wanting to make America great again means you’re a “semi-fascist extremist.” “Fascist” is another word that their schools teach them to call people without ever teaching them what it actually means.
This is why one popular blogger recently wrote of a friend who would vote for a cockroach before he would vote for a Republican. I wonder if that guy has ever even met a Republican or has the slightest idea what we actually stand for, or if he gets all his information from “sources” like MSNBC and "The View." That’s like having everything you know about the war in Ukraine come from Russian state TV. But it partially explains why so many young people turned out to vote for Democrats who have made their lives exponentially worse, have made them poorer and less safe, curtailed their freedom, mired them in debt, trampled their rights and limited their future potential. And they voted for more of it because “Republicans BAAAAAAD!!!”
The GOP has to figure out a way to reach out and counteract that, or else we’ll end up with an entire government of AOCs and John Fettermans.
New CEO delivers FTX scandal report
The new CEO of the collapsed cryptocurrency firm FTX filed a court report on his assessment of what went wrong that caused it to suddenly lose tens of billions of dollars.
John Ray III reported that under the “leadership” of former CEO and Democrat megadonor Sam Bankman-Fried, "Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here." For instance, there was a lack of records due to company officers communicating via text on platforms with auto-delete functions, and responding to financial disbursement requests with emojis. And company funds were used to buy houses and other personal items.
Ray writes, "From compromised systems integrity and faulty regulatory oversight abroad, to the concentration of control in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced, unsophisticated and potentially compromised individuals, this situation is unprecedented."
This does explain, however, why Bankman-Fried thought it was a great idea to have far-left Democrats run the government under Joe Biden.
Follow-up: The Pentagon claims that there’s no evidence FTX was involved in a money-laundering scheme in which US aid to Ukraine was diverted to FTX which donated it to Democrat candidates. More on that here:
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