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Last week, we took a look at the latest developments concerning China, including information reportedly provided by a high-level Chinese defector linking the Wuhan lab with the military bioweapons program, and also the crack-down by the CCP on academics and billionaire business moguls to keep them in line. Today, we see how they must have put the screws to Nike, as that corporation’s Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe said in a phone call to Wall Street analysts, “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China.”

That statement, part of a transcript released by Nasdaq, seems oddly inconsistent, considering that as recently as March, Nike expressed concern about “reports of forced labor in, and connected to, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.” In a statement, they said that “Nike is committed to ethical and responsible manufacturing and we uphold international labor standards...Nike does not source products from the XUAR and we have confirmed with our contract suppliers that they are not using textiles or spun yarn from the region.” Read the whole statement, and it sounds as though they were concerned and being quite diligent about this.

https://archive.is/PLRfG#selection-203.111-205.41

But the inconsistencies are stark. According to an article in THE FEDERALIST, there are believed to be over 1 million Uyghur Muslims being held in Xinjiang and used for forced labor to deliver 80 percent of Chinese cotton. And last November, when the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act was making its way through the House –- overwhelmingly passed 406 to 3 –- Nike joined with Coca-Cola and Apple to lobby against it. The bill prohibits “certain imports” from Xinjiang and imposes sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations in that region. Why would American corporations have been lobbying against THAT?

Nike is the biggest sports brand in all of China. Donahoe’s revealing phone call came as a new earnings release shows Nike’s sales in China for the past three months at $1.9 billion. This is 17 percent higher than the same time last year.

Incidentally, Nike gave over $604,000 in campaign donations in 2020, 80 percent of which went to Democrats, no doubt because they prefer the Democrats’ looser policy towards China.

“We’ve been in China over 40 years,” Donahoe said in the phone call, “and the biggest asset is consumer equity...it’s real; I saw it in my first week on the job.”

https://thefederalist.com/2021/06/25/of-china-and-for-china-nike-ceo-admits-company-exists-to-serve-communist-china/

We did a little research to try to understand what Donahoe meant by “consumer equity" regarding their marketing plan in China. In general, this term translates to “the present value of the total revenues that the customer base will generate in its lifetime.” This value is driven by three factors: perceived value for the money, emotional connection to the brand, and loyalty to the brand. The greater the consumer equity, the more future revenue can be derived over the lifetime of its clients.

And apparently, in his first week on the job, Donahoe saw evidence that these measures of long-term profitability are strong in China. When it comes to China, Nike is playing the long game, and so they have to stay on the CCP’s good side.

In light of that, a story in the WASHINGTON EXAMINER made some sense out of Nike’s flip-flopping. Apparently, after Nike’s statement in March, they were hit with a backlash on China’s social media. Looks as though the CCP has pulled Nike back into line.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/nike-ceo-company-china

In March of 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute reported that “the Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labor, Uyghurs are working in in factories that are in the supply chain for 82 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.”

According to this report, “Since 2017, more than a million Uyghurs and members of other Turkic Muslim minorities have disappeared into a vast network of ‘re-education camps’ in the far west region of Xinjiang, in what some experts call a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide.” Inside these camps, detainees are forced to undergo political indoctrination, to renounce their culture and religion, and even in some instances to undergo torture. It’s a harsh, military-style life in which the workers are under constant surveillance and the threat of detention.

“There is mounting evidence that that many Uyghurs are being forced to work in factories within Xinjiang,” the report says. “...Some factories appear to be using Uyghur workers sent directly from re-education camps.”

This report is an eye-opener, a must-read. In addition to outlining exactly what China is doing to essentially enslave its ethnic minorities, it also contains a long list of companies, mostly American, “potentially directly or indirectly benefiting” from forced labor. Nike is just one, sharing the honor with many well-known brands. “Some brands are linked with multiple factories,” it says.

I would add that some of these corporations are going overboard right now trying to build an image of “woke-ness” in the United States. How “woke” are they to the idea that slave labor is a bad thing?

Don’t miss Case Study #1: UYGHUR WORKERS MAKING NIKE SNEAKERS IN QINGDAO. It even has pictures.

https://www.aspi.org.au/report/uyghurs-sale

According to this report, these people who apparently make Nike shoes are not free, are not allowed to practice their faith, and must undergo political indoctrination in “night school” after work. They live and labor in a compound surrounded with barbed wire and watchtowers and are monitored everywhere they go.

Under Case Study #3, about workers making selfie cameras for Apple iPhones, the report says their work assignments were “highly politicized.” According to a local Xinjiang newspaper, the workers “were expected to ‘gradually alter their ideology’ and turn into ‘modern, capable youth’ who ‘understand the Party’s blessing, feel gratitude towards the Party, and contribute to stability.”

In its conclusions, the report says, “The tainted global supply chain that results from these practices means that it is not difficult to guarantee that products manufactured in China are free from forced labor.” Can you say, “MADE IN THE USA”?

This report is quite long and detailed, but I hope you’ll read the whole thing. As for Nike, I would say that hearing from their CEO that the Nike brand is “of China and for China” should be enough to tell us that it’s not for America. Nike's marketing plan seems to be based more in China, anyway. And if they’ve decided it’s worth humoring the CCP to maintain “consumer equity” in China, well, they can have it.

But I hope Americans will renounce any brand loyalty THEY might have had and go to the trouble of looking for shoes, sporting gear and clothing made here –- or at least not in China –- by people who choose the work they do, can think and worship as they please, and don’t exist behind barbed wire.

Finally, if you have access to THE EPOCH TIMES’ “premium” reporting, I recommend a related piece, about the CCP’s manipulation of American companies (like Nike) to shape public opinion, influence government decisions, and acquire U.S. technology.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/china-is-manipulating-american-businesses-to-serve-beijings-interests-house-gop-investigation-finds_3876041.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-06-27-3&mktids=1a70f5541a0c24ba8174d8738f88db5e&est=bkVpu8EfwdI7AI4T%2FwFx5roim0t5jn8TiyEzqyKjt607IohT6Ie3tP46GrGaeMBfWkE3UA%3D%3D

By Mike Huckabee

Over the weekend, President Biden ordered military strikes on facilities near the Iraq-Syria border that have been used by Iran-backed militia groups to stage attacks on US troops in Iraq. White House spokespeople and Speaker Pelosi described it as necessary and appropriate action to deal with a specific threat. It was also defended by liberals as Biden serving warning to Iran that just because he was trying to revive the Iran nuclear deal, he wasn’t going to ignore other problems.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bidens-airstrikes-seen-as-message-to-iran-while-administration-tries-to-revive-nuke-deal

Some Democrats were not on board, though, like Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, who protested that Biden didn’t consult Congress before launching the attacks.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-democrat-concerned-over-lack-of-congressional-approval-forairstrikes-near-iraq-syria-border

And some conservatives were not impressed by what they saw as a half-hearted strike, with conciliatory messages sent to Iran through back channels.

https://redstate.com/andrewmalcolm/2021/06/28/bidens-half-hearted-bombing-for-irans-attacks-on-u-s-troops-is-a-dud-n403507

Personally, I have no problem with Biden ordering those strikes, and not every military action taken by the President requires approval from Congress first. If it did, we’d end up losing wars before any agreement could be reached (imagine if Trump had needed Pelosi’s approval to do the exact same thing and imagine how she would have reacted.)

The most worrisome thing to me in this story comes toward the end when a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said angering Iran now could be problematic to Biden’s hopes of reviving the Iran nuclear deal because the new “hardline” “conservative” (i.e., radical Islamic mass murderer) President Ebrahim Raisi takes office in August. He said, "I think the Administration now has a heightened sense of urgency to revise the deal before Raisi and a new hardline team is inaugurated.”

Yes, because whoever heard of a new President coming in and ripping up deals that the last President already agreed to? If Biden can’t imagine that happening, would someone please remind him of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the border wall construction? Or how Trump ripped up the Iran nuclear deal?

School Board Meetings

June 27, 2021

While we’re on the subject of school board meetings, remember when those were considered boring, and you could get through one without anyone being arrested? But then, that was back when schools concerned themselves with things like reading, writing and arithmetic instead of far-left politics and social issues.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-loudoun-county-school-board-mulls-transgender-critical-race-theory-policies

At another school board meeting, parents made so much noise, it sent a wake-up call to the woke board members, and they woke up, smelled the egg nog, and returned “Christmas” and other holidays to the calendar.

https://www.nj.com/education/2021/06/nj-district-reverses-course-will-add-holiday-names-back-onto-school-calendar.html

And speaking of schools being turned into racist leftist indoctrination centers, were you aware that if you want to Make America Great Again, it means you’re a white supremacist? That’s what a school district in Iowa is telling its teachers to impart to students.

https://www.westernjournal.com/iowa-teachers-forced-mandatory-crt-training-told-classify-maga-white-supremacy-report/

This will come as quite a surprise to all the black people I saw wearing MAGA caps and T-shirts at Trump rallies.

In banana republics, it’s usual for an incoming administration to put a target on the back of the outgoing President and his associates, to punish them and make sure they stay gone. That is clearly what is being done to former President Trump, and, by extension, to those who support or defend him. Today, I have a couple of examples of this that I never thought I’d see in America.

First, Rudy Giuliani, the distinguished former U.S. attorney and transformative New York mayor –- and currently the personal attorney for President Trump –- has had his law license temporarily suspended in New York State. Rudy has been practicing law in New York since 1969. The reason for the suspension: According to a five-judge panel of New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, Giuliani “made false and misleading statements” related to voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Rudy has 20 days to request a post-suspension hearing.

Here’s the story as told by the NEW YORK POST.

https://nypost.com/2021/06/24/rudy-giulianis-law-license-suspended-in-new-york/

The judges said Rudy had made false allegations of voter fraud while serving as Trump’s legal counsel after the election, on radio programs and in other public statements. They claimed there is “uncontroverted evidence” of this. According to the ruling, “These false statements were made to improperly bolster respondent’s narrative that due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client. We conclude that respondent’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law, pending further proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Committee.”

That the election was stolen from his client is exactly what his client contends.

Keep in mind, this ruling comes right at the time when a full audit of the election in Maricopa County, Arizona, is going on, with results expected in a few weeks. Tabulation procedures, the use of outside money, widespread mail-in and absentee voting, and fraud-facilitating changes in election law are under scrutiny in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan as well, with pressure building for similar audits and forensic analyses in those states. In key counties, we’ve seen huge statistical anomalies, highly suspicious vote-counting procedures, and affidavits from election workers that stacks of absentee ballots marked for Biden were unfolded and looked like copies. That’s without even getting into unresolved questions about the hack-ability of voting machines. We don’t have hard proof that the election was stolen, but we don’t know for a fact that it wasn’t, either. In some places that happen to have razor-thin margins, the election appears to have been an outright mess.

All five judges who gave Rudy the thumbs-down are Democrats, with three of them, if Giuliani’s son Andrew is correct, having been appointed by Andrew Cuomo. And the judges are wrong about this. It does not “threaten the public interest” to raise legitimate questions; in fact, it could be argued that doing so is very much IN the public interest. Long-term, it’s impossible to maintain trust in a system by ignoring obvious problems and preventing a transparent examination of results. But the new administration and its media minions have christened this sincere questioning “The Big Lie” and must severely punish any skeptic who dares cast even the slightest doubt on Biden’s legitimacy. That’s what they do in banana republics.

Just wondering, how many members of the New York State Bar Association have participated in the spread of the one really egregious lie –- the proven lie –- that dominated headlines for years: the Russia hoax, the lie that Donald Trump, before and after his election, was actually an agent of Vladimir Putin? How much did THAT “threaten the public interest”? And how many of those attorneys have had their licenses to practice law suspended?

These judges accused Giuliani of leveling false claims about the number of absentee ballots counted in Pennsylvania after Biden carried the state. (Trump had won Pennsylvania in 2016.) The forums were a radio show called “Uncovering the Truth” with Dr. Maria Ryan on November 8, 2020; a meeting of the Republican State Senate Majority Policy Committee in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 25; and an episode of “Steve Bannon’s The War Room” on December 24.

Andrew Giuliani, in a video he posted on Twitter, said he was “infuriated” and that this was a political ploy.

https://twitter.com/AndrewHGiuliani/status/1408096094169468929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1408108837593239556%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es3_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com%2Fsnyde%2Fny-kathy-griffin-rudy-andrew-giuliani-video-20210624-hbtdec3fo5hjzauczd5cbwzmqu-story.htmled%3Drss_www.nydailynews.com%2Farcio%2Frss%2Fcategory%2Fnews%2F

Rudy’s son is extremely well-spoken and passionate here about what was done to his dad. The left, however, had to try somehow to dismiss his rant and keep him from being taken seriously, so they mocked the framing of the video and the fact that he was standing in a parking lot. The hateful and stunningly unfunny comedian Kathy Griffin questioned whether or not he was wearing pants. This actually became the story, to take attention off the real issue.

Recall that in April, Giuliani was served with an FBI search warrant, and agents combed through his Manhattan apartment, taking all his electronic devices. (Except, of course, for his copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drives. How interesting that the FBI wouldn’t take those, even when they were offered.)

Trump released a statement about what was done to Rudy:

https://thelibertydaily.com/president-trump-responds-to-lefts-latest-witch-hunt-against-rudy-giuliani/

Our second example of “not in America” also involves the FBI. On Thursday, they showed up unannounced at the home of Casey Cusick and arrested and handcuffed him in front of his wife and 3-year-old daughter, who asked her mom at one point, “Why are they locking daddy’s hands?” Also arrested and handcuffed was his 73-year-old father, James, who is founder and pastor of a church in Melbourne, Florida.

What was their crime? They attended Trump’s January 6 rally, and they peaceably entered the Capitol Building. Yes, the feds are still tracking down people and arresting them for that. In fact, 32 more “criminals” have been arrested this month.

Oh, and the 73-year-old pastor is a veteran who volunteered to fight for his country in Vietnam. According to his daughter, Staci, he was “shocked” to find out why they were arresting him. He had told her he was friendly with officers inside the Capitol, who even directed him to a bathroom, and that they had never told him to leave. He apparently had no idea he had done anything wrong.

We’ll have more details on this story. In the meantime, you can read how this went down at THE GATEWAY PUNDIT. Be sure and read what Staci has to say about her patriotic, law-abiding, Constitution-loving father being taken away in handcuffs.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/06/breaking-exclusive-73-year-old-pastor-purple-heart-veteran-arrested-capitol-son-also-arrested-front-3-year-old-daughter-videos/

This is what we’re up against, folks. We’ve had some successes in recent days, with parents realizing they have to stop schools from indoctrinating their children in toxic Critical Race Theory (or, as I like to call it, Commie Racist Theory). But our fight is on other fronts as well, as the double standard of “justice” becomes more obvious every day. Good people are harassed and even jailed while rioters and attackers go free to commit more crimes.

None of this is acceptable in the United States of America.

The Biden Department of Justice is preparing to go after the cause of all the rampant violent crime in Democrat-run cities. No, they’re not planning to arrest the mayors, DA’s and city councils, unfortunately, even though those are the root causes. No, after all the releasing of criminals and rioters, decriminalizing crimes, protecting criminal illegal aliens, and defunding and prosecuting police, they’ve decided that the reason for the skyrocketing crime wave is… guns!

https://www.westernjournal.com/bidens-doj-readying-strike-forces-go-firearms-blamed-liberal-cities-sky-high-violent-crime/

Yep, crime is caused by the hardware, not the criminal holding it. So they’re going after dealers of illegal guns and after “assault weapons.” I’m fine with them trying to get rid of illegal guns. In fact, it’s kind of nice to hear them admit that most criminals like gang members don’t buy guns legally and go through background checks (that’s for law-abiding citizens); they get them through illegal channels. But I doubt that the crackdown on “illegal gun dealers” won’t end up as harassment of legal gun dealers.

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As for “assault weapons,” I put that in quotes because it’s a silly, meaningless term made up by people who know nothing about guns. Any weapon can be an assault weapon if you assault someone with it. If you defend yourself from that assault with the exact same kind of weapon, then it’s a defensive weapon. This is the area that’s ripest for abuse, and for trampling on the rights of citizens to defend themselves.

When you have Democrat politicians releasing criminals and rioters while defunding their police, if you think the solution to ending the resulting crime waves is to disarm law-abiding citizens, then you can only be a liberal or a moron. Sorry if I’m repeating myself.

Infrastructure Details

June 27, 2021

Thursday, President Biden announced that he and a bipartisan group of Senators had agreed on a compromise infrastructure bill. Here’s a list of what’s in it.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/bipartisan-infrastructure-deal-inclusions

Well, to be accurate, that’s a list of the things that are in it that address “core infrastructure,” a.k.a. anything that most people would actually consider to be infrastructure; things like roads, bridges, airports, ports, waterways and the power grid. That accounts for $578 billion worth of spending out of a $1.2 trillion bill.

Needless to say, many Republicans were not happy at the news, and Biden’s later announcement that he wouldn’t sign the bipartisan bill unless he also got all the massive partisan spending he wants in a reconciliation bill had the GOP compromisers looking as if they got played.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/06/24/republicans-got-played-by-joe-biden-and-there-needs-to-be-a-reckoning-n402030

Now, brace yourself for some Washington math: The stripped-down, compromise “infrastructure” bill spends $578 billion on infrastructure, but it’s a $1.2 trillion bill. Even so, leftists like Bernie Sanders and AOC are already attacking it for not spending nearly enough money that we don’t have (AOC also thinks it's racist because not enough minorities were part of the bargaining, but that’s another story.) They also want to get it into “reconciliation” so they can add two other pet government-expanding, multi-trillion dollar bills to it, then pass it in the Senate with just 51 votes. Because, clearly, passing $6 trillion worth of largely new spending and government programs is what simple 51-vote “budget reconciliation” rules were intended to cover. Let's hope the Senate Parliamentarian is not in a coma.

https://www.westernjournal.com/leftist-senators-furious-biden-agrees-bipartisan-infrastructure-deal-cuts-original-proposal-half/

Biden said he believes Congressional Democrats will eventually support the compromise. He said, “My party is divided. But my party’s also rational. If they can’t get every single thing they want, but all that they have in the bill before them is good, are they going to vote ‘no’? I don’t think so.”

I think they'll vote for it, then try to pass all the rest of it by hook or by crook. I also think that if he believes the Democrats in Congress are rational, then his brain may be compromised. The same may be true of any Republicans who think they can compromise with the current Democrat leaders. I believe in compromise to achieve what’s necessary for America, too. But it’s not unreasonable to limit your compromising on an “infrastructure bill” to demanding that it only spend money on actual infrastructure.