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February 1, 2024

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Mike Huckabee

Daily Bible Verse

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.”

Matthew 19:21

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Rewarding terrorism?

Yesterday, I linked to a report that the UK government was considering rewarding terrorism by recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state. It disgusts me to have to report that the Biden State Department is reportedly considering the same betrayal of Israel.

If Biden’s crew recognizes a Palestinian state or lifts its veto to allow the UN Security Council to admit Palestine as a “full UN member state,” then as one astute commenter on Twitter (X) put it, Hamas and Iran will have gotten everything they wanted out of the October 7th terrorist attack on Israel.

I’m used to Biden folding like a cheap card table before our enemies, but this would be like a cheap card table with all the screws loose. Let us pray that they don’t make this dangerously stupid move, and that by the next election, liberal Jewish voters will have realized that “mean tweets” are preferable to empowering anti-Semites who want to commit genocide.

Here’s how bad the Democrats’ internal polls for Joe Biden must be:

A full year after the train derailment and toxic chemical spill that devastated East Palestine, Ohio, it was announced that Biden will finally visit the town. For reference, Trump wasn’t even President anymore, and he visited there two weeks after it happened and donated a truckload of bottled water (Fun fact: leftists on social media attacked him for visiting, blamed the train derailment on him, and falsely claimed that the water was 13 years old. Imagine what they would have said about him if he didn't show up at all, then only came because it was an election year.)

After a solid year of the White House ignoring pleas for help from the people of East Palestine (Biden seems more concerned about the people of Middle Eastern Palestine), this sudden about-face isn’t going over too well with locals who are blasting Biden’s cynical, Johnny-come-lately visit online.

The mayor cordially welcomed the visit, but pointedly said that the best time for Biden to visit (other than right after the catastrophe actually happened) would be in 2025, “when he's on his book tour.”

When asked if Biden will drink the water in East Palestine (the safety of that was a major concern), White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged the question, declaring, "This is about this President being a president for everyone and showing up for this community. I'm not going to get into some political stunts about drinking water."

Besides, if he’s thirsty, they can hand him a bottle of that Trump-branded water. That would be a great photo-op. And incidentally, as someone who was Governor of Arkansas for 10 years and who had to deal with my share of calamities, like tornadoes, I can confirm that “showing up for the community” is an important part of the job. But when it takes you a year, is that really “showing up?”

Absolutely astonishing:

Georgia state Senator Colton Moore captured video of groups of illegal aliens from all over the world who were dropped off from ICE detention at the Atlanta Airport. Moore said they were being kept in a packed room at the airport with the door guarded by an Army soldier who told Moore he wasn’t allowed to video it and tried to take away his phone.

Moore said, “It was a scrimmage between he and I in order to get the phone back. And then he proceeded to tell me to get out of there and just made a real big scene out of it.”

Well, it’s gratifying to hear that there’s still one person in the government who’s trying to enforce security rules at airports. Too bad it’s the rule against Senators making cell phone videos and not the rule about not letting a lot of unvetted, illegal foreign nationals into our airports.


Michael Roman, the Trump co-defendant in the ridiculous Georgia RICO prosecution who exposed the alleged improper romantic and financial relationship between Fulton County DA Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade, just took it up a notch. His attorneys have slapped Willis and Wade with subpoenas ordering them to testify in an evidentiary hearing into their alleged corruption that could determine whether they’ll be disqualified from prosecuting the case.

Well, I’ve got to give this to Ms. Willis. She claimed that this case would expose shocking corruption among government officials, and it has.

Self-Deterring & Underwhelming

By Kenneth Allard

Even if you’re a blue-dog Democrat who considers Joe Biden a national security guru, do you really think our adversaries are deterred whenever they hear him, his Vice President or his secretaries of state and defense collectively mouthing the word: “Don’t”? No, I don’t think so either and not just because the Persian ancestors of today’s Iranian mullahs are often credited with inventing chess. You see, chess is a game of great subtlety where outcomes depend on discerning an opponent’s strategy, sensing when he is constructing a trap, planning a daring gambit – or simply bluffing because the game is already well past his depth. Nor would a chess master have to be particularly astute to discern the especially uneven track record that Messrs. Biden, Blinken and Austin have blundered into - from Afghanistan and Ukraine to the Chinese spy balloon and now the Israeli-Hamas war. In fact, you can make a far better counter-argument that our global adversaries have profited by consistently acting against whatever transient interest happened to be the American policy du jour. 

The odds against us are so dire that today you have to wonder if our president has any remaining “street-creds” with either our allies or our enemies. You might remember a similar situation depicted in the 1987 movie, “The Untouchables,” a fictionalized account of how Al Capone’s empire was crushed during the Prohibition era. In one of its most memorable scenes, Sean Connery plays a tough-as-nails street-cop who instructs District Attorney Elliot Ness on how deterrence is measured in Chicago’s gangland.  Their no-nonsense dialogue went something like this: “He comes at you with a knife, you answer with a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send two of his to the morgue. So what are you prepared to do, Mr. Ness?”

So what are you really prepared to do now, Mr. Biden? Can you please begin by not trembling every time you mumble that the US wants no wider war with Iran! The only message those repeated aversions produce in Teheran is the certainty that they are on a winning path, that their strategy of fighting to the last Houthi is succeeding brilliantly. Being chess masters, the Iranians understand indirection, the art of moving pawns across the board in a way that sews confusion and distress in the Nirvana of official Washington. From Foggy Bottom to the Pentagon’s five-sided puzzle palace, they endlessly plan on having plans and success is even more relative than with their Kissin’ Cousins in West Virginia. Can you possibly understand that our adversaries around the world have watched gleefully over the last three years as every quasi-threat issued by your administration has proven hollow? Sadly, that is true even here in Texas, which never needed a foreign policy until you and Mr. Mayorkas reversed Federal law and all common sense, opening our borders to the worst subversion in our collective history!

Forgive my candor but your disastrous record at home and abroad has produced the polar opposite of deterrence, ill-considered threats that lately shed the blood of our best and brightest. As you stand at Dover tomorrow to provide a dignified reception for their remains, please comfort their families and the nation which sent them by at least attempting to perform the role of their Commander-in-Chief. Understand that the whole world will be watching, wondering if the America which rode to their rescue so many times in history has become so fatally divided that its own survival is now in question.

So how are you now prepared to answer them, Mr. Biden, particularly as your spokes-persons assure us that your threats finally have real meaning? Will you be able to discern that critical dividing line between Target Destroyed and What Have We Done? Whatever your decision, will you keep faith with those brave, long-suffering soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines sent to do your bidding? Finally, try to remember that your primary duty as a wartime leader is to provide a sticking point for the nation’s will to prevail against its adversaries, no matter how unprepared you may feel for that role. And as you take those first measured steps toward conflict, have you considered doing what FDR did on D-Day and leading the nation in prayer?

Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Allard is a former West Point faculty member, Dean of the National War College and NBC News military analyst.

Replaced by Another Political Hack

Since John Kerry is stepping down as Biden’s “climate czar” to go back into politics and try to help Biden get reelected President (is he actually considered an expert at that?), I guess it’s only appropriate that he will be replaced as “climate czar” by yet another Democrat political hack: John Podesta.

Podesta’s climate science experience includes helping negotiate Obama’s Paris Climate Accord and overseeing spending on “green energy” in Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act.” In short, blowing enormous amounts of borrowed money and making deals that harm America while enriching other nations like China that pollute far worse than we do.

Yep, he’s the perfect replacement for John Kerry, all right!

Babylon Bee: Biden has a new press secretary

No wonder President Biden can’t close the border or reduce inflation or make any headway in the Middle East or with Russia/Ukraine. He’s too busy communicating with much more important people. Well, not people, exactly. Muppets…

The Babylon Bee is already on the story…

I have to admit, that would be an immense improvement.

And as long as we’re checking in with the Babylon Bee, here are a few more much-needed laughs from stories that aren’t really that much faker than anything on MSNBC.

O’Keefe gets on-camera admission of Biden’s mental decline, Kamala’s unpopularity

James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas and now O’Keefe Media Group (OMG) and the Citizen Journalism Foundation, has done it again, using a disguise and hidden cameras to dig past the messages you and I are told and get to the truth we otherwise might never hear.

O’Keefe’s face is well known in Washington DC, so he colored his hair and wore fake glasses to go to a restaurant on January 21, 2024, for a “first date” with someone who works in the Executive Office of the President.  This individual is Cybersecurity Policy Analyst Charlie Kraiger, who does the usual first-date thing of impressing his companion with “inside” information relating to what he does for a living.  No doubt it does impress first dates when you tell them you work “for the White House.”

That’s why it’s so hilarious when he tells O’Keefe at one point, “I’m good at keeping secrets.”  What he’s good at is singing like a canary.

He says he manages cybersecurity for two federal agencies, the State Department and USAID.  (Side note:  That’s the United States Agency for International Development, which is headed by Obama’s UN ambassador Samantha Power, remembered in part for her name being on many, many surveillance requests.  President Biden nominated her to run USAID in January 2021.  She’s yet another Obama holdover.)

Kraiger’s job, he tells O’Keefe, is “oversight management.”  He helps oversee “responses to cyber incidents and cybersecurity problems.”  He protects “the networks of the federal agencies” that “you give all your information to.”  He says also that “we’re the President’s voice when we go into meetings, in terms of discussing and promoting the President’s priorities.”  (Aside:  well, this President does have trouble being his own voice.)  “I have recurring meetings with them where we talk about goals and we talk about the President’s priorities, and, like, how they are coming on certain executive order deliverables and all of this kind of stuff.”

Then the conversation gets gossipy, with Kraiger exclaiming at one point, “I’m just telling you what I’ve heard!”  O’Keefe leads the conversation by telling him he “loves all of Biden’s policies” but is concerned about the President’s mental fitness, saying, “Just witnessing --- it’s a bad look.  He stumbles to talk.”  Kraiger answers lightly, “Yes, he’s no Barack Obama.”

When O’Keefe flat-out asks him if Biden is going to be the nominee, he immediately answers, “Yes.”  O’Keefe shakes his head slightly, giving Kraiger a nonverbal cue that it’s okay to freely admit their concerns about this.

So, do his colleagues at the White House realize Biden has this problem?  Kreiger answers slowly, “I think that they probably do, but no one in modern history has ever said, like we’re not gonna renominate the President for a second term.  That just hasn’t happened.”

“And she [Kamala] will be the Vice President nominee,” Kraiger continues.  “There was a debate about removing her from the ticket, but, sadly, they didn’t.”

Kraiger brings up one of the weirder problems with Kamala, that she “can’t keep black staff.”  They “quit en masse.”  Even THE NEW YORK TIMES did a story about this, he says.  “People sent it around the office; everyone was like, ‘Oh (bleep).’”

When O’Keefe brings up the concern that Biden has “got dementia,” Kraiger says he hasn’t been diagnosed, but “he’s definitely slowing down.”  When asked if his colleagues at the White House realize this, he says, “I think so,” and also mentions the bad polling.  His colleagues talk privately of their concerns, he says, but they can’t speak publicly --- “no, no, no” --- about either Biden’s cognitive dysfunction or Kamala’s unpopularity.  “They have to toe the line.”

Note that he’s spilling this to his “date,” whom he has just met.

“They know it.  Of course they do.  But it’s the optics and, like, the scandal I think they feel wouldn’t be worth it...Does it make sense?  No, but that’s what I’ve heard.”

“You can’t remove the first black lady to be Vice President from the (bleep) presidential ticket.”  Because of the message it would give to black voters, “how would you spin that?”

“Like, she’s a woman, and she’s multiracial...I think they’re really concerned about that.”

“I think they need to get rid of him or get rid of her.  But I don’t think they’re gonna do that.”

(Another aside: Note that nowhere in this conversation was the topic raised about how dangerous it might be to America to retain a President who’s clearly in mental decline. The first and only consideration is protecting the Democratic Party and staying in power. If the guy they’re protecting leads the entire nations over a cliff, destroys national security and the economy, and gets us into World War III, that’s just a risk they’re willing to take.)

Of course, bringing in Michelle Obama to save the day would solve the Democrats’ race-and-gender problem, and this does seem likelier (to us) every day, but Kraiger tells O’Keefe he doesn’t think it will happen.  Still, he’s basing that prediction on a remark he heard her make years ago in a meeting, when he was just an intern.  When asked then if she would ever run for office, she’d said no, he told O’Keefe.  Paraphrasing her, he said Michelle had told them she’d seen all this (bleep) her husband had had to go through and it didn’t interest her.

Finally, O’Keefe decides to end the conversation.  “So you work in cybersecurity for the White House,” he says as he removes his glasses, “and my question is, what are you doing in a meeting with James O’Keefe?  And how do you think it looks to the American people that working in the Office of Cybersecurity, you’re sitting across the table from James O’Keefe?”

“...What type of cybersecurity operation are you guys running over there?...Did you not do your research?”  O’Keefe suggests they were running “a clown show.”

Sounds like it, but this is a serious concern.  (Note:  we do expect O’Keefe to supply an unedited video of the complete conversation.)  What if a spy for China or another adversary had pulled the same “dating” ploy to get information about the most pressing concerns at the White House?  Maybe start a relationship with someone there --- it apparently isn’t hard --- just to have an ongoing source of information?  How many would-be Eric Swalwells are working in such proximity to power?

Since this meeting, Charlie Kraiger’s social media has been scrubbed.  (Just as well; it said he likes “long walks on the beach” and “diplomatic negotiations.” Ick.)  And today, O’Keefe will release a follow-up video to let us know what else has happened since the ambush of this Chatty Kathy.

UPDATE on January 6 “pipe bomber” story

We’d thought Dan Bongino might have had FBI agent-turned-whistleblower Kyle Seraphin on his Wednesday show to talk about the latest revelations about the J6 pipe bomber “investigation,” but it was not to be.  (His guest instead was Peter Navarro, still great.)  Perhaps Seraphin will be on today, but in the meantime, Bongino did have much more to say about it himself on his podcast.

He said he’d been 99 percent sure that the pipe bombs were a set-up designed to stop any congressional discussion of mail-in ballot security prior to certification of the election, but that now he has no doubt whatsoever, not even that 1 percent.  Now he says there is no other possible explanation, and he’s absolutely sure it was an “op.”  If they’d needed it, he explained, they would’ve had an attempted assassination of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to blame on Trump and “MAGA Republicans.”

Recall that Seraphin has said the FBI had identified the person who appeared to have placed the bombs late on January 5 (though we’ve never seen video of him placing them) by using security-cam video to trace his walk to the Metro and also the card he used to take the train.  Video also caught him getting into a car at his destination, and both the license number of the car and the Metro card were linked to the same name.  The FBI found out where this “person of interest” lived and had Seraphin and his team stake it out for a period of days, but blocked them when they asked to conduct an interview.  The entire team was taken off this lead and put on low-level J6 cases.

The man they wanted to talk to happens to be a former Air Force chief master sergeant who retains his security clearance and is now working as a contractor.  Whoa.

Bongino isn’t sure, but he also speculates that the plainclothes Capitol Police officer who walked by and apparently found the bomb by the bench in front of the DNC wasn’t supposed to find it, and that this messed up their plan.  Or else he was unknowingly sent there to find it and wasn’t in on the full operation --- until later, when he would’ve realized this and is now having to keep his mouth shut.

That might explain why we also haven’t been told this person’s identity.  Really, it’s so odd that we haven’t, because, gosh, he found the pipe bomb that could have blown up the Vice President-elect!  He foiled a domestic terrorist plot!  He’s a hero!  Why don’t we even know his name?

I know this story sounds increasingly like something out of a spy thriller, but Bongino worked in the Secret Service himself for a decade and is quite familiar with the way these ops work.  What sounds like wild conspiracy theory to someone else might sound to Bongino like “Thursday.”

Bongino starts talking about the pipe bomber case at 14 minutes in.  He expresses frustration that so few are talking about it; I wonder if he’s aware we’re among the “handful” (his word) who are.

“We’re getting to the point now of no return,” he concludes, “when the government and the FBI has become so accustomed to lying to us and setting up fake narratives to benefit themselves...that government insiders in the National Security Council and the FBI and elsewhere have been so used to giving you all the middle finger that even the idea of doing the right thing right now is like a foreign concept.  And once that psychology sets in that they can (bleep) us over, it’s all gone, folks.”

If you’d like a thorough recap of what we know so far about the pipe bomber case, REVOLVER NEWS has a detailed one, here.  They’ve been doing some amazing reporting on this --- with help from Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, who is on it --- and they share Bongino’s opinion that, in their words, “the January 6 pipe bombs are 100 percent a hoax and 100 percent a cover-up.”

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