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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:22 KJV
President Biden announced that he is running (or shuffling) for reelection in 2024, which means that if he wins, he would be 86 when he ends his second term, and most Americans will be feeling even older than that.
In making the announcement, Biden ignored a growing chorus of voices urging him not to run because his policies are unpopular with voters and he’s clearly not up to the job physically, something the Wall Street Journal put bluntly and even the New York Times admitted gingerly.
Adding fuel to that argument, Biden didn’t even make his reelection announcement live or take any questions from reporters. Instead, he released a video hilariously entitled “Freedom.” In it, he said (my comments in parentheses):
"Freedom. Personal freedom is fundamental to who we are as Americans. There’s nothing more important. Nothing more sacred. That’s been the work of my first term. (Yes, from forcing Americans to take COVID shots or lose their jobs to criminalizing free speech and religious liberty to repealing the Second Amendment, he’s all about personal freedom.) To fight for our Democracy. This shouldn’t be a red or blue issue."
"This is not a time to be complacent. That’s why I’m running for reelection. Because I know America. I know we are good and decent people” (Well, except for all those racist, semi-fascist MAGA Republicans who want to ban books, enslave blacks and women, and kill trans children.) “And I know we are still a country that believes in honesty and respect, and treating each other with dignity. That we’re a nation where we give hate no safe harbor. And we believe that everyone is equal (aside from babies in the womb, who are expendable), and that everyone should be given a fair shot to succeed in this country." (And that’s why he’s trying to force unconstitutional race-based hiring into every corner of the government.)
He ends with “Let’s finish the job.” (Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid he’ll do.)
The RNC responded to Biden’s announcement with the first-ever 100% Artificial Intelligence-generated video, depicting the dystopian America that might result from four more years of “the weakest President we’ve ever had.”
I suspect that the fact Biden couldn’t even speak live for five minutes and released a video that’s so wildly at odds with reality might spark suspicions that it was created using deep fake technology and artificial intelligence. But I doubt that. I think this is a deeply fake Administration, but there’s no intelligence in it at all, artificial or otherwise. With them, it’s not artificial intelligence we have to worry about, it’s the genuine stupidity.
Also in the interest of equal time, here’s Donald Trump’s reaction to Biden’s announcement.
Related: Here’s why nobody in the White House trusted President Biden with making a five-minute live speech to announce his own reelection bid.
One of those days
Monday was one of those days where you take a long lunch, then return and ask, “Did I miss anything?”
Just as we were going to press on Monday morning, we got word that Biden’s domestic policy adviser and former Obama national security adviser (and some say actual President) Susan Rice was stepping down, or as some rumors have it, was fired. Rice has presided from the shadows over two years’ worth of unpopular decisions and outright disasters, from the open border to runaway inflation to weaponizing of government agencies.
In a statement filled with effusive praise for her alleged accomplishments, Biden “credited” her with embedding “equity into the work of the entire federal government.” Which is sort of like thanking Big Tobacco for giving you cancer.
It’s not yet clear who will replace Rice. It’s hard to imagine Biden finding someone even more destructive to America to appoint, but that is the one area in which I have full confidence in his abilities.
Luckily for Biden, nobody paid much attention to Rice’s real record because the media was in full hysteria mode over word of Fox News abruptly parting ways with their highest-rated host, Tucker Carlson. Since I appear regularly on Fox, some people think I have special knowledge of this story. I’m sorry, but I was just as surprised as you and know nothing about the circumstances. Appearing occasionally via satellite gives me no inside info, and I haven’t even been asked to appear on Carlson’s show in ages.
There are a number of theories floating around the Internet, but I don’t know which, if any, might be true. Here are some that are circulating, but I’d suggest waiting until Carlson actually speaks about it before believing anything you hear:
Some people think Carlson might have given some clues about the rift in a speech he made on Saturday.
This article by Sundance at Conservative Treehouse contains something more than speculation, like the news that Carlson will be paid the full $60 million remaining on his contract, and he doesn’t have a nondisclosure or non-compete clause. He will probably be on another platform very soon and telling his side of the story, so you might want to wait until then before drawing any conclusions.
Certainly, don’t draw any dumb conclusions, like AOC’s statement that “deplatforming works.”
She and other Democrats have been calling for Carlson and others who say things they don’t like to be deplatformed, which is another way of saying “silenced” or “censored.” As commenters at that link point out, censorship is a refuge of authoritarians whose ideas can’t stand up to intellectual scrutiny or debate…so, AOC. As one commenter noted, “She’s going to cheer deplatforming until it happens to someone she likes. Then it will be called violence.”
I’m old enough to remember when leftists celebrated when Carlson’s CNN show “Crossfire” was canceled. They thought they’d heard the last of him. How’d that work out for them?
And pity poor Don Lemon at CNN, who was also finally canned on the same day, and to add insult to injury, hardly anyone noticed because they were too obsessed with talking about Tucker Carlson. It’s understandable: with his ratings, it’s sort of like a tree falling in the forest when nobody’s around to hear it.
Lemon tweeted that he was “stunned” that he’d been fired by CNN (How is that possible? I’ve been stunned for years that he hadn’t been fired yet.) He claimed he was given no warning and he would’ve thought “that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly.”
CNN responded, "Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate. He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter."
So he’s going out the way he always did his job as a CNN news anchor: by making statements that are immediately contradicted.
For trustworthy news on this subject, as always, we have to turn to the Babylon Bee…
While so much attention has been focused on federal agencies allegedly covering up for Hunter Biden, it’s almost been forgotten that he’s also acting like a cad on a state level. And Arkansas judges in paternity and child support cases don’t like having their orders to deadbeat dads to turn over financial records ignored. If the feds won't arrest Hunter, Arkansas authorities just might. In fact, after hearing his lawyers’ spit-take-inducing excuse for not turning over the records (“his laptop is still in the shop”), the judge might order him to be arrested just on general principle.
Life in a Democrat Dystopia
Crime is so out of control in San Francisco that a Target store there has now locked up its entire inventory inside security glass cabinets.
I’m now awaiting news that the security glass cabinets have been stolen because they weren’t nailed down.
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A threat to religious liberty
It’s hard to believe that a legal case involving a threat to religious liberty would come out of Oklahoma, but that’s what’s happening with street preacher Rich Penkoski.
This is a complicated case that I’m not going to try to summarize fully here. You should read the entire story because there are nuances to it. In a nutshell: a judge ruled that Penkoski didn’t have a constitutional right to repeatedly single out a local lesbian couple for public condemnation because a reasonable person would believe that to be harassment that made them feel unsafe, so she granted a five-year protective order against Penkoski. He and his attorneys say the order is overly broad and are appealing to the state Supreme Court, claiming that it could subject him to jail time just for publicly quoting the Bible in protest of a local LGBTQ group for which one of the two women serves on its board.
I haven't covered this yet because there are a lot of legal cases and lawsuits involving religious freedom, and so many levels of appeals that I can’t cover all of them until it’s clear that they won’t be immediately thrown out or overturned. But this is one worth keeping an eye on. Hope and pray that the Oklahoma Supreme Court will come to the right decision.
Everything You Know Is Wrong
If you still believe the fiction that Democrats represent working people and the Republicans are the “party of the rich,” check out these charts showing Congressional districts by median income and margin of victory for each party. They show that Democrats have become the party of upper-income voters while Republicans represent the middle- and working classes.
Stephen Green of PJ Media on why “trans rights” means no rights at all, especially women’s rights. Warning, some of the case histories of allowing men who claim to identify as women to invade women’s spaces are quite gruesome and disturbing.
Government agencies dodge questions on whistleblower retaliation
If the FBI isn’t engaging in whistleblower retaliation, why won’t a high-ranking FBI human resources official come answer questions about it before a congressional committee?
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio has finally resorted to a subpoena to Jennifer Leigh Moore, Executive Assistant Director of Human Resources at the FBI, after she refused to answer questions in a transcribed interview about retaliation against whistleblowers. The House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government wants to know if the allegations are true.
He’s been more than patient. This issue goes back to last September, when he first received information that Moore had retaliated against an FBI whistleblower who’d made a disclosure to Congress that’s supposed to be protected under whistleblower law. They sent her a letter asking her to come in for a transcribed interview on September 29. She didn’t.
It was a strong letter, too, signed by Jordan along with Reps. Darrell Issa of California and Mike Johnson of Louisiana. “Under Title 5 of the United States Code,” they wrote, “once a whistleblower makes a protected disclosure, an agency is prohibited from retaliating against the employee for that disclosure by taking or failing to take a personnel action. We have advised Director Wray, as well as Attorney General Merrick Garland, that whistleblower disclosures to Congress are protected by law. Your effort to interfere with FBI employees who seek to expose the Bureau’s misconduct by communicating directly with Congress cannot be condoned.”
They also told her to “preserve all records and documents in her possession related to the matter.”
In lieu of Moore’s cooperation with the Committee, the FBI released a high-blown statement to the WASHINGTON TIMES about how they do not punish employees who exercise their First Amendment rights or for their political views. Perish the thought. “To allege otherwise is false and misleading,” they said. “The FBI takes very seriously its responsibility to FBI employees who may make protected disclosures under the whistleblower regulations. FBI employees who report evidence of wrongdoing through a protected disclosure are protected from retaliation,” they claimed.
So...the committee tried again to get Moore to come in for her interview, this time in December. The FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs responded only with a generic letter.
Then...they tried once more in January, saying they were “prepared to resort to compulsory process, if necessary.” They advised either her or her attorney to call and schedule the interview. This third letter is super-extra-strong, but the FBI are still, in effect, telling the Committee to kiss off. Now it’s subpoena time.
Here are all three letters:
As reported in the WASHINGTON TIMES, the whistleblower in question, an FBI special agent, was retaliated against after FBI agents asked him if he had leaked information to the media regarding alleged misconduct in the Project Veritas investigation. He lost his security clearance and was placed on indefinite suspension. This was done even though, according to his attorney, he never contacted the media and communicated only with GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee as covered by the whistleblower law.
We’ve gleaned from other media reports that the FBI agent in question likely is Garret O’Boyle, who says he was suspended for making an unauthorized media disclosure. He gave the information about his suspension only to Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, not the Democrats, but his attorney said this was because “he knew that they [Democrats] would leak it to the media.” That’s what they’ve been doing.
“It is beyond disappointing, but sadly not surprising, that Democrats would leak cherry-picked information to attack the brave whistleblowers who risked their careers to speak out on abuses at the Justice Department and FBI,” Jordan’s spokesman said in a statement.
Also, in a 300-page report released last month, Democrats on the Committee accused the people coming forward of not even being real whistleblowers but purveyors of “conspiracy theory,” particularly regarding January 6. (You know, some even dare to claim that the FBI was involved in the events that day --- crazy!) Democrats also don’t like it that some Trump associates, such as Kash Patel, have helped fund their legal expenses.
Brian Kilmeade, temporarily in the FOX NEWS slot Monday night that had been vacated by Tucker Carlson --- I’ll have more on that elsewhere --- discussed another FBI whistleblower, former special agent Steve Friend, who filed a complaint with the DOJ last year alleging that senior Biden officials were illegally using the FBI to target political opponents, using heavily-armed SWAT teams for intimidation. Friend was not given any of the legally-required whistleblower protections against retaliation, he says, and he was escorted out of his field office in Daytona Beach, placed on unpaid leave and pressured, he says, to resign --- which he did the day he testified publicly.
“No one in the Democratic Party has said a word about what happened to Steve Friend,” Kilmeade said. “They do not care.” They want to bury his story, because “he is a big political problem for the Democratic Party.”
Kilmeade moved on to another whistleblower, this one from the IRS, who says he has evidence that senior Biden officials “improperly intervened in an ongoing criminal investigation” of Hunter Biden’s taxes and finances. He came forward after hearing AG Garland say something he knew wasn’t true, that the U.S. attorney investigating Hunter was able to act independently of the ‘Justice’ Department. And Democrats, such as Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, are saying THIS whistleblower DOES deserve whistleblower status. He said it on left-leaning CBS. Isn’t that interesting? Are the Democrats perhaps ready to expose the corruption within the Biden family?
It’s impossible now to stop it from coming to light anyway.
Kilmeade pointed out that on Sunday, even Chuck Todd on NBC showed the results of the NBC poll we quoted yesterday, saying that 70 percent of Americans don’t want Biden to run again. (That includes 76 percent of voters aged 18-35 and even 53 percent of Biden voters.)
Kilmeade knows what we’re all seeing now: that the Democrats realize Biden CAN’T be the nominee for ’24, and they’ve got to do what it takes to get him out of the running. Watch the chess pieces move around the board.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney in Utah Brett Tolman spoke with Martha MacCallum about the effect of the IRS whistleblower on the Hunter case. “They’re having top-level meetings now,” he said, probably getting ready to do a “reverse proffer,” bringing in the target of the investigation with his attorneys, showing them everything they have, and trying to negotiate a guilty plea and “get rid of the case.”
He said the question is whether the fact that this whistle blower came forward actually changed the thinking at the DOJ. “Are they now unable to...keep the facts and the evidence that may come out contained in a way that they can be the only ones, for example, to make a decision?” And is it true that they actually were stalling, as has been alleged? This whistleblower does say AG Garland was not telling the truth in saying there was no political pressure.
Tolman said that if Garland lied and, especially had been involved in a decision to keep what they had on Hunter under wraps, then “a resignation would be in order.”
RELATED READING: Margot Cleveland has a new column about the intel community’s effort to hide the Biden scandals under the “Russian disinformation” label. As you know, Antony Blinken, now Biden’s secretary of state, initiated the now-infamous “classic earmarks” letter to get that done. Highly recommended.
Money quote: “Our country now faces the reality that the same men who lied to Americans to win the 2020 election are now running the country.”