Evening Edition - August 12

August 12, 2022

Georgia Democratic candidate for Governor (and incumbent-in-her-own-mind) Stacey Abrams sent a tweet that not only admitted what the national party has been trying desperately to deny...

Evening Edition - August 11

August 11, 2022



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The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 121:7-8

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An analysis of the Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Bill” (I’ll wait until you stop laughing……..Done?) found that it would result in 710,863 additional tax audits of Americans making less than $75,000 a year. Another 236,685 of the estimated additional audits would target individuals with an annual income between $75,000 and $200,000. Those making more than $1 million would receive 52,295 more audits.

Since the House is about to vote on the Senate version of that bill, you might want to let your Congressional Representative know right now how you feel about that, particularly if he/she/xi is a Democrat. 

What Republicans need to do

Christopher Bedford at The Federalist explains what he believes Republicans have to do to make Democrats wish they’d never opened this Pandora’s Box of criminalizing political differences.


What you’ve been waiting for

Kurt Schlichter weighs in on the armed raid on former President Trump’s home. There’s no question what he thinks about it, or about Republicans who still want to give the Biden DOJ and FBI the benefit of the doubt.

Trump Raid Aftermath

By Kenneth Allard

Having spent the early years of my military career as a special agent in the Army version of the FBI, I can only wonder at the systematic abuse of power accrued by the Bureau over the last three administrations. How can any agency in our system of government escape accountability for such abuses? Remember James Comey’s blithe dismissal of charges against Hillary Clinton or the Bureau’s concerted efforts to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency? What about those leaks to a biased media about Trump’s supposed ties to Russian espionage, the endless investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller that eventually produced nothing?  Just last week, Senator Chuck Grassley confronted FBI Director Wray, alleging that “whistle blowers” had informed him of “political bias” in the agency’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop.  BREAKING: Grassley Confronts FBI Chief Wray Over 'Political Bias' In Hunter Biden Investigation - Bing video

Just when it seemed like the FBI might never receive its come-uppance, it seriously miscalculated Monday’s egregious raid on President Trump’s Florida home, the first such outrage in American history. Why did no one in authority understand - or even suspect - that they were igniting a firestorm? Heavily armed agents ransacked Mr. Trump’s private office and even fondled the wardrobe of his wife, the former First Lady of the United States. It is hard to imagine anything worse but, 48 hours later, no clarification is made, no justification tendered as President Biden jets off on vacation, his Attorney General stands mute and everyone in the White House clams up. The only answer not demanded by the White House press corps: “If President Biden really didn’t know about the raid, then why didn’t he? Last year, he was surprised by Afghanistan: Is he equally clueless about Florida?”

This Keystone Kops raid is the behavior of Third World dictatorships. As many outraged observers have lately noted, these are also the tactics of the East German Stasi, their Nazi predecessors or the Russian KGB. If that seems like an exaggeration, then consider the famous boast of Lavrenti Beria, the KGB’s most notorious chief: "Show me the man and I will show you the crime." Hey, come to think of it, this same motto also motivates the intrepid investigators of the House January 6th committee! Add in the highly suspicious official silence as well as the raid’s conspicuous over-reach, and there you have it: a fishing expedition designed to serve the agenda-driven 1/6 committee, not a documentary quest brought by an outraged librarian.

Call me cynical but this distrust of investigative excess was one of my earliest lessons. As chief of investigations for a front-line Army intelligence unit during the Cold War, I was summoned by our commander into a highly confidential session. After swearing me to secrecy, this future general gestured to a banker’s box of investigative files while outlining an astounding tale. Despite struggling to counter Soviet espionage, some of our not-so-special agents had taken it upon themselves to spy on expatriate Democrats! Astonished, I asked “Whose idea was this? Were they afraid these Democrats were preparing their absentee ballots to vote for George McGovern?” He laughed but explained that a detailed investigation would insure punishment for any wrong-doing. “Meanwhile, Captain, you are to take personal charge of these files to insure they are ‘sealed and segregated’ until the formal investigation begins.” And so I did, until the day when a distinguished- looking civilian walked into our headquarters, informally introducing himself as “Bob” – actually the Hon. Robert Froehlke, Secretary of the Army! Things were quickly put right; but similar incidents throughout the 1970’s fueled reforms that gradually established permanent Congressional oversight of the steadily growing intelligence bureaucracy.

The lesson for the future: You cannot centralize investigative powers in what the Soviets called "certain of the organs of state security" without expecting those powers to be abused. Undeterred, we have indulged in a continuous orgy of centralization for more than three decades  under both parties. We have also failed to ask: who shall watch the watch-dogs? Should you discover, for example, a sudden enthusiasm for purging/reforming/de-funding the FBI, then you only have to worry about those other 17 intelligence agencies which were never reformed after 911 – this despite being accused by the 911 Commission of an institutional "failure of imagination," 9/11 Commission slams 'failure of imagination' | CBC News

Sadly, none of those agencies were ever disciplined and no senior leader was compelled to walk the plank. Is it any wonder their latter-day successors are so arrogant?


 NOTE: Colonel Allard is the author of Command, Control and the Common Defense, winner of the 1991 National Security Book Award. After leaving active duty, he became an on-air military analyst for the networks of NBC News

Fifth Amendment Politics

President Trump asserted his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions from New York Attorney General Letitia James, and if you thought the TDS-afflicted Democrat operatives of the media were overjoyed at his Fourth Amendment rights being violated, they were even more excited about violating his Fifth Amendment rights. Many immediately declared that this must mean he's guilty of something, and once again (say it with me for the 500th time), "The walls are closing in on Trump!"

Thanks to Nick Arama at Redstatecom for this perfect boneheaded example.

Daniel Goldman is an attorney, the former lead House counsel for Trump's impeachment (I can't be bothered to look up which one), and, incredibly, a candidate for Congress in New York's 10th District. Voters there had better turn out to keep him out of office, because he just made it clear that he has no regard for or understanding of your basic Constitutional rights. Goldman tweeted:

"The Fifth Amendment ensures that people are not forced to incriminate themselves. But you don't take the Fifth if you didn't do anything wrong,"

Pardon my obvious reply, but...WRONG! I’m not an attorney, but even I know that invoking the Fifth Amendment cannot be held against you in court, and jurors are ordered not to consider it as an admission of guilt. It might simply mean that the accused thinks he's getting an unfair trial, that the state has no case, and there's nothing to be gained by subjecting himself to an interrogation where his words can be twisted and used against him. And what a surprise: that's exactly why Trump says he did it, and with firm justification.

The article reviews some of the many attempts by various “authorities” to target, frame, defame, impeach and prosecute Trump and his associates, going all the way back to before he took office (remember how they set up Mike Flynn and destroyed his life after assuring him it was just an informal, off-the-record chat with the FBI and he didn’t need to have any silly old lawyers present?) Arama concludes, “Trump would be foolish if he didn’t invoke the Fifth," and reminds us that Hillary’s IT guy took the Fifth 125 times during her email investigation.

Trump concurs. His family and associates had cooperated so far, and all they got in return was more threats, accusations and rants in the media by James. Trump even said in a statement, “I once asked ‘if you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question. When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit have become targets of an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors, and the Fake News Media, you have no choice.”

To bolster that argument, Eric Trump released a video montage that you can watch at the RedState link above, showing James repeatedly attacking Trump in very personal terms as she was running for Attorney General and openly declaring that her mission if she won would be to “get” Trump in any way possible.

Again, I’m not an attorney, but here’s how that job is supposed to work: First, you suspect that a crime has been committed. Investigators gather evidence for that specific crime, then get warrants from real judges who ensure the evidence is actually genuine. Then they gather more evidence to present to a grand jury. And if the grand jury thinks there’s enough proof of a crime to file charges, they tell the prosecutor to go ahead.

A prosecutor/Attorney General doesn’t say, “I hate that guy SO much! I’m going to keep harassing him endlessly until I find something, ANYTHING, that I can charge him with!” 

We live in a country with so many laws that it’s said we all violate 10 before breakfast. Imagine having an attorney general who would actually prosecute you for all those violations, just because she disagrees with your politics. If you live in New York, no need to imagine that. You already have one who subscribes to the Stalin-era dictum, “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.”

Looking at the behavior of the two principal figures so far, it appears to me that James is the one who should be facing charges for abuse of power, violations of constitutional rights, and wasting New York taxpayers’ money on her own personal political vendetta. If anyone wants to charge her with that, I will gladly defend her due process rights to a fair trial.

Related Must-Read: And I strongly suggest that Letitia James read this as well.

James is reportedly trying to “get” Trump for fraud for inflating the value of his properties for loans, etc. But blogger/venture capitalist Jeffrey Carter explains why that case is "meaningless," “bull” and “political theater.” In a nutshell, all of Trump’s hotels and other properties are privately owned. They're 100% his. There is no public stock. So legally, he can value them at anything he wants, from half a buck to a million billion dollars. If he wants to use the properties as collateral for any type of deal, it’s up to the professionals he's dealing with to assess the real market value of the property.

There’s much more that you (and certainly, Letitia James) should read, so that you can argue effectively with people afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome and who are sure they’ve “got him this time!” It won’t help, but at least you’ll be prepared.

I’ve said this before, but it’s amazing that a man who’s been slammed as the most corrupt crook ever to draw breath has been endlessly investigated for five years by his worst enemies, and yet, they’ve never come up with a single charge against him. I wonder how many of his enemies could survive scrutiny that intense? I also wonder if the thought ever penetrates their tiny minds that if they still have nothing solid on him after all that looking, Trump might actually be the most honest President since Abe Lincoln.

The Left has poked the bear

FBI “Director” Christopher Wray is desperately trying to spin the justifiably angry public reaction to his agency’s unprecedented abuse of power against former President Trump into the focus of this story. Citing a wave of threatening social media posts against him, Attorney General Merrick Garland and the FBI agents, Wray called them “deplorable and dangerous” (Where have I heard someone before trying to link the word “deplorable” with Trump supporters?) And of course, the media will happily make the story “Republicans pounce” instead of “government incredibly corrupt.”

To be clear: I don’t condone any threats of violence, which are wrong, and in this atmosphere, dumb and counterproductive. Look at how much mileage the left has gotten toward trampling our rights out of one riot on January 6th, as they ignored the nearly 600 far more destructive riots their own side threw?

It’s obvious that having realized they’ve wildly overplayed their hand and poked the bear, they’re now trying to pose as victims and paint the people they’ve wronged as the villains (remember how they also declared parents to be “domestic terrorists” for protesting schools that expose their kids to racism, porn, anti-Americanism and socialism? The “real” victims were the poor school board members who felt “unsafe” because the evil parents were mad at them.)

Just as I implored people who attended the Trump rally in DC on January 6th, 2021, to remain peaceful and not let themselves be provoked (Trump did, too, by the way), I implore you now not to fall for this trap. They want you to make rash statements on social media or hold rallies that turn violent. If you do hold rallies, be prepared for Antifa twerps in red MAGA hats to try to instigate violence that can be blamed on you.

I know that as justifiably furious red-blooded Americans, it’s not in your nature to emulate Gandhi's passive resistance tactics. But their only hope is to provoke you so that they can play victims and weaponize the “justice” system against you even more...and change the election laws to make it easier to cheat ("These insurrectionists have made it too dangerous to go to the polls, so we need all mail-in ballots!") 

Don’t fall for it. Keep your cool, stay angry but in control, and express all that pent-up fury in November at the ballot box.  Think of it as giving them a hard, swift kick...right out of office.


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Having spent the early years of my military career as a special agent in the Army version of the FBI, I can only wonder at the systematic abuse of power accrued by the Bureau over the last three administrations.

Morning Edition - August 11

August 11, 2022

On Wednesday, NEWSWEEK ran an exclusive story saying the raid on Mar-A-Lago came following reports from an FBI confidential human source (CHS) –- that's official terminology for “mole,” “informant” and “spy” –- from inside Trump’s home.

Evening Edition - August 10

August 10, 2022

It's ludicrous to think this raid didn't happen without Wray's blessing, and that of at least someone at the highest levels of the White House...

Morning Edition - August 10

August 10, 2022

That’s why McCarthy thinks the ‘Justice’ Department used this only as a pretext (a nicer word for fake reason) to get a warrant to search for what it’s REALLY looking for: anything to tie Trump to a Capitol riot offense.
Yesterday’s abuse of power by the FBI was so egregious that it seems likely to be a calculated provocation, to goad us into reacting in a way that gives them an excuse to crack down even more on conservatives as “domestic terrorists.”
Congressional Republicans need to add this to the long list of things to investigate about Wray and the FBI.
The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the majority of the bill’s new revenues will come from taxing Americans making less than $200,000 a year.

The Raise Your Taxes Act

August 8, 2022

On Sunday, as expected, all Senate Democrats (including Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema) plus tie-breaker Kamala Harris voted to pass the $740 billion “Inflation Reduction Act,” and every one of them should immediately be arrested for violating the Truth In Advertising Act.
Tomorrow marks just one week until the Republican Primary voters of Wyoming tell Liz Cheney precisely what they think of her endless grandstanding.
I don’t think liberals fully comprehend just how much Republicans, especially those at the border, love it when they hyperventilate about Texas and Arizona sending just a tiny handful of the illegal immigrants
“Beto” O’Rourke is thankfully trailing Abbott in polls for the Governor’s office, and he’s apparently decided that the key to boosting his campaign is to do what Terry MacAuliffe did that killed his campaign in Virginia...
President Trump boasted that all his endorsed candidates won in Kansas and Missouri, although he was fudging a bit.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has left Taiwan for Korea, but China’s saber-rattling and threats are still rumbling on.
You don’t get a chance to hear me say this too often, but kudos to Nancy Pelosi for doing the right thing.
Friday, House Democrats reversed their plan to wait until next month to try to push through another ban on so-called “assault weapons” and passed it by the narrowest of margins...
Things are getting so bad that even the Biden Administration is quietly having to acknowledge the glaring gap between its policies and reality.
As the White House must have anticipated, the Commerce Department reported this morning that second quarter US GDP shrank by 0.9%.
Biden has yet to condemn the attempted assassination of Justice Kavanaugh, Fox News has obtained FBI documents about the wannabe assassin that allegedly show his motives...
A University of Chicago poll found that nearly a third of registered voters think it might be necessary at some point soon for Americans to take up arms against their own government.
I’ve been wondering when the horrific move to indoctrinate and sexualize children under the guise of LGBTQ rights would finally cause gay people to revolt, and that time may be here...

Ukraine Update

July 21, 2022

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its long grind phase, we’ve heard less about it in the news. But while Russia continues to inflict unconscionable harm and damage on Ukraine, the Ukrainians continue to fight back and force them to pay a heavy price for it.
The Democrats have kept us on the edges of our seats for long enough. The next (and reportedly last in prime time) episode of Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 sham-show is scheduled for this evening.
As we were going to press this morning, word came that President Biden tested positive for COVID. He reportedly has very mild symptoms, and he’s certainly had the maximum number of vaccinations and boosters.
Fred Lucas, chief correspondent and manager of the Investigative Reporting Project for the DAILY SIGNAL, has a must-read piece that’s perhaps the most important wake-up call we’ve had since the election of 2020.

Biden in Israel

July 15, 2022

President Biden is in Israel, where he signed the Jerusalem US-Israel Strategic Partnership Joint Declaration, reaffirming our strategic commitments to Israel...

With gas prices at record highs, a new Consumer Reports survey found that 36% of Americans say they are planning to buy or lease an EV, or considering it. I suspect this is the real reason why gas prices are at record highs.

But they might want to try renting one first, to make sure they know what they’re getting into. We’re seeing a growing number of stories lately about people who’ve put the electric vehicles that President Biden is trying to force us to drive to practical testing, with shockingly bad results. I told you about the trailer towing test, where the estimated range immediately started dropping until the driver had to turn around and come back before the electric pickup died.

Here’s someone else who tried that, with similar dire results.

We’ve also seen several stories of nightmare long distance trips in rented EVs that turned into days of panicked searches for charging stations. But there are too many stories to keep up with them all, so here’s just a quick round-up of a few of the more recent:

In the new JD Powers Initial Quality Study, the EV brand Polestar ranked last among 36 brands, with Tesla tied at #30.

It's reported that GM’s new HummerEV produces more CO2 per mile driven than some gas-powered sedans.

Not long after the president of Toyota said that EVs are over-hyped, Toyota issued a recall of its new electric bZ4X SUVs because the wheels are coming off. No, that’s not a metaphorical comment on the EV movement. The wheels are literally falling off.

And if your intent in buying an EV is to help the environment, Issues & Insights has some “everything you know is wrong” info you should see. For instance, when you factor in the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process and the need to dispose of spent batteries, electric cars can be worse for the environment than classic cars or even a new gas-powered car.

And none of this even addresses the mastodon in the room: how are we going to charge tens of millions of electric vehicles when power companies even in Texas are warning people to turn off their lights, raise their thermostats and don't use their appliances during daylight hours to avoid widespread blackouts and brownouts due to "green energy" sources being unable to meet current power demands?