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It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
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Election Day in Georgia
Early voting has been going on for over a week, but today is officially Election Day in the Senate runoff in Georgia between Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock. Most polls show Warnock with a slight lead within the margin of error, and record early voting is considered a good sign for Democrats. I fear that too many Republicans think this race doesn’t matter, since Democrats already have 50 votes in the Senate and Kamala Harris as a tie-breaker. But in fact, it will make a big difference, as this article explains.
With a 50-50 tie, both parties share power on committees, and the Democrats have to deal with centrist swing vote Joe Manchin, which at least puts some brakes on their more radical ambitions (Yes, I know that Manchin caved, but maybe he’ll be less likely to get rolled again now that he’s been stabbed in the back, as I predicted he would be.)
With 51 votes, Chuck Schumer controls the committees. Even though the GOP House won’t be sending any more far-left bills, anything that’s handled entirely in the Senate, like approving Biden’s radical nominees, will be much easier for the Dems to pass. Many of those nominees will be swinging pickaxes at the foundations of America and making our lives miserable for the rest of their lives.
Republicans who didn’t show up to vote in 2020 in Georgia gave us the 50-50 Senate, and look how much damage Democrats have done to America just with that. I implore them, do NOT let it happen again. You can’t prevent the continuation of that 50-50 Senate, but you can save America from having to deal with an even more empowered group of radical leftists. Your nation – at least the part of it that thinks and works and cares about America's future – is counting on you.
Twitter's James Baker: the "Kevin Bacon" of election interference
Former President Donald Trump recently said on Truth Social that the “same sleazy people” have been involved in the various hoaxes created around him. As ill-advised as some of his social media rants might be, he’s certainly correct about that. And one of the names that has just turned up again is that of former FBI general counsel James Baker.
Baker played a big part in the Russia Hoax surrounding the 2016 election, and later, as deputy general counsel at Twitter, he was also involved in the Biden laptop cover-up surrounding the 2020 election.
Law professor Jonathan Turley has a new column about Baker’s involvement, in which he calls Baker “the Kevin Bacon of the Russian collusion scandals,” sort of the common touch-point. (As we did, Turley also ties in the Brookings Institution, where Baker landed after the FBI and before Twitter.) I'd say that also makes Baker the Kevin Bacon of ELECTION INTERFERENCE.
“For censors and political operatives in Twitter,” Turley writes, “Baker likely seemed like a ‘made man’ for a company committed to systemic censorship. He would be working with the chief legal officer at the company, Vijaya Gadde, who functioned as the company’s chief censor. Gadde was widely reviled by free speech advocates for her dismissal of free speech principles and open political bias.”
Of course, Twitter’s rejection of the laptop story was echoed by so-called “journalists” who were all too eager to accept the false narrative that the laptop was “Russian disinformation.” As NPR said after the story broke in the NEW YORK POST, “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”
The real waste of time would have been listening to NPR. Or getting politics from Twitter. Unless, of course, you just wanted to feel informed while remaining ignorant. Those of us who really want to be informed --- especially before we vote --- should be infuriated.
As you know, the idea that the laptop might have been hacked was just an excuse for Twitter not to go with the story, as they did have a policy not to publicize materials that had been hacked. The FBI knew good and well that it was not hacked, as they had the full story after spying on computer repair technician John Paul Mac Isaac as well as Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and NEW YORK POST investigative reporter Miranda Devine. (That’s how they knew the laptop story would be breaking in October 2020.) The staff at Twitter figured out right away that this was just pretext for quashing an inconvenient story. So it was one of those nudge-nudge-wink-wink situations. And as Matt Taibbi tweeted last Friday, “...No one had the guts to reverse it.”
Although James Baker did NOT hesitate to spread the fake Steele “dossier” story when he was at the FBI –- knowing it could not be verified, even after Steele had been offered $1 million to do so –- he stood in the way of the real laptop story at Twitter, saying in a “privileged and confidential” memo, “I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked. At this stage, however, it is reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted. There are more facts that indicate that the materials may have been hacked, while there are others indicating that the computer was either abandoned and/or the owner consented to allow the repair shop to access it for at least some purposes. We simply need more information.”
One surprising aspect of John Paul Mac Isaac’s story, as told in his highly recommended book AMERICAN INJUSTICE, is that before he passed the contents of the laptop to the FBI, he went through and outlined all the revelations (besides all the porn and drugs) that they would find interesting –- the memos that dealt with the influence peddling, shady business dealings and internal financial arrangements of the Biden family, including then-VP and future President Joe Biden. So the FBI KNEW from the start what they had, and they’d had it for almost a year before the 2020 election. They also had the service slip that showed Hunter had left the laptop for over 90 days and that it was therefore considered abandoned and the legal property of Mac Isaac. And once the story broke, there was also the interview given by former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski.
But as we now know, the FBI was meeting weekly with social media executives, warning of “hack-and-leak” operations “likely” coming in October when they already knew the imminent laptop story was real and not hacked.
And, yes, they apparently specified that the story was about Hunter Biden. They were even lobbying to get social media companies to change their terms of service to be able to do more censoring of content. Big Tech and Big Media were working in service to Big Government --- and, for the most part, still are, with their treatment of the Twitter story. Believe it or not, as recently as Sunday (!), THE NEW YORK TIMES was referring to the laptop as “stolen.”
The major Sunday news shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN devoted a total of seven seconds to the story. Musk called them out.
Here’s how CNN reported the story on Monday. Pathetic.
And the WASHINGTON POST’s condescending attempt to defend itself backfired in an amusing way.
Mac Isaac, who understandably has been maintaining a low profile, appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Monday night to express gratitude to Elon Musk and what he’s doing at Twitter to get the truth out. He said he'd told the FBI when he handed over the contents of the laptop in 2019 that there was concerning material about Ukraine and “what the Biden family were up to during that time.” And then when President Trump’s first impeachment got underway and there was no mention of the exculpatory (for Trump) material on that hard drive, he realized “that the FBI had no intention of ever doing anything with that laptop.”
“I just assumed that it was at the bottom of the Potomac,” he said.
For two years, he’s been waiting for justice, he added, “and Elon...has probably delivered me the most justice I’ve been able to witness, and I support him 100 percent. I have no intention [of] revisiting my lawsuit with Twitter, even though now it’s apparent that they were cheating. I don’t want to stand in the way of what Elon’s building over there.”
Also on the show, Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the incoming chair of the House Oversight Committee, announced that on Tuesday morning, the committee would be sending letters to the three Twitter employees --- Gadde, former “safety executive” Yoel Roth and (yes!) Baker --- who have been implicated in the cover-up of this story, calling for their presence at hearings in January. The big question: “Who told you to do this?” (Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan pointed to fired FBI agent Tim Thibault; I’d suggest looking higher, perhaps to deputy AG Lisa Monaco in the U.S. Attorney General’s office.)
Speaking of Yoel Roth, he defended suspending Libs of TikTok and the satirical BABYLON BEE. Eye-opening reading...
As for the White House, their reaction to the exposure of the conspiracy to censor the “Biden, Inc.” story is about as lame as it gets. How’s this for predictable, from White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre: “Look, we see this as an interesting thing –- or a coincidence, if I may –- that, uh, uh, that...Twitter would so haphazardly push this distraction, uh, that is a, uh, that is full of old news, if you think about it, and, uh, at the same time, Twitter is facing very real and very serious questions about the rising volume of anger, hate, and antisemitism on their platform.”
She also said this focus “won’t do anything to help a single American improve their lives.”
Well, not unless Americans wish to exercise their right to free speech. And here we also have the familiar “old news” dodge. I think this is a bit of “old business” we must take up immediately!
RELATED: There may have been yet another cover-up related to Hunter Biden, this one by the Secret Service. Thanks to the characteristic persistence of Judicial Watch, the Secret Service has finally “found” documents relating to their role in investigating the incident in which Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter’s brother Beau with whom he had a relationship, threw away Hunter’s .38 revolver. Details here.
Another landmark case is before the Supreme Court
Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in what could be a landmark court case. Once again, it involves a Christian business owner being pressured by Colorado (same state that’s relentlessly persecuted Christian cake artist Jack Phillips) into designing websites that celebrate same-sex marriage, even though she says that would be compelling speech that violates her religious beliefs.
This is actually a free speech case. Colorado is trying to argue that its very liberal public accommodations law, which usually applies to businesses like hotels and restaurants, can be applied to individual small business owners, forcing them to accept every client and job even if it compels them to violate their religious beliefs, or else be charged with discrimination.
Judging from the grilling that conservative Justices gave to Colorado’s legal counsel, it appears likely that they will side with the business owner and reinforce the First Amendment right to religious freedom that their initial same-sex marriage ruling muddled up. One of the more eye-opening exchanges came when Justice Gorsuch asked if Phillips was forced to go through a “reeducation program.” Colorado’s attorney replied, "No, it was a training to educate him about Colorado law." Gorsuch snapped back, “Some would call that a reeducation program."
It’s time that the SCOTUS spoke clearly and cleaned up the mess it made on the First Amendment with its same-sex marriage decision. And it’s long past time to stop letting liberal bureaucrats, vengeful activists and shyster lawyers abuse the court system to persecute people of faith. This case should make good precedent for when the ludicrously misnamed “Respect for Marriage Act” is signed and immediately challenged as unconstitutional.
Related: The lazy way of presenting this story is to paint Colorado’s argument as “pro-gay rights” and the business owner as “pro-religion.” But this is a very interesting article in which the author sides with the business owner despite being gay himself and not religious.
He explains how allowing the government to force people to engage in speech and feign support for positions that violate their consciences is a two-way street. Those pushing for it aren’t taking into account that whenever the government usurps more power over individuals, it can use that power against anyone, not just people you disagree with.
John Duarte proves Republicans can win a close race in California
Nearly a month after the November elections, the House races are almost all finally settled. The last open seat race (and the closest, determined by just a few hundred votes) was California’s 13th District, which was won by Republican John Duarte. That increases the GOP’s majority to 221 seats to the Democrats’ 213.
The GOP majority should rise to 222 seats after the automatic recount in Colorado, where Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is ahead by over 500 votes. That is, unless over 250 Republican ballots magically turn into Democrat ballots as they’re being recounted. So keep your fingers crossed.
Report slams school district
Some would argue that the parental revolution against leftist indoctrination of children in schools began during the pandemic, when online classes allowed parents to see what their kids were actually being taught. But the flash point that really galvanized the movement came in Loudoun County, Virginia, where it was discovered that school officials not only covered up for a male student accused of sexual assault and let him return to another school where he sexually assaulted another girl, but they tried to paint her father as a threat when he justifiably confronted them over it at a school board meeting. The school board’s behavior sparked outrage nationwide.
After a long investigation, a special grand jury has released its report on the conduct of school and district officials, and it is blistering. Aside from making recommendations for fixing the dysfunctional school district, the grand jury found that the district’s school board excessively cited “attorney-client privilege” in refusing to answer questions (taking the Fifth might’ve been more appropriate.)
The report also slams the school board’s legal counsel for trying “to thwart, discredit, and push back against this investigation and this report, and to promote their own narrative," a narrative “completely undermined and contradicted by the sworn testimony of the chief operation officer." They said that were it within their powers (sadly, it’s not), they would have considered indicting the school board’s counsel for obstruction of justice.
Memo to Attorney General Merrick Garland: This is how you investigate accusations against school boards. You gather evidence and testimony, and then you go after the people who actually did something wrong. You don’t start with the assumption that parents who are angry over the unconscionable actions of their corrupt school board must be domestic terrorists.
The least surprising news of the day
Considering that the so-called “mainstream” news media outlets are ignoring the biggest political scandal in decades (Twitter’s collusion with Democrats to rig an election by silencing opponents and hiding critical information) – and that so-called “reporters” are reacting to that scandal by attacking the real reporter who reported it, using identical language likely cut-and-pasted from their DNC masters’ email blast – this may be the least surprising news of the day:
A new I&I/TIPP poll found that 61% of Americans have no trust in “traditional” news outlets such as CBS, NPR, the Washington Post or the New York Times to report news fairly. 21% have “a lot of trust,” and 12% have “quite a bit of trust.” I assume 12% is the sum total of both employees of “traditional” news outlets, rabid Democrat partisans and braindead chumps.