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Postmortems

November 11, 2022

As all the postmortems of the midterm elections roll in, one narrative that’s rising to the top is that many Republicans who were Trump supporters are now starting to see DeSantis as the Party’s future and Trump as an anchor.

This story is why I say “Vote Republican as if your life depended on it.” Thursday, a woman was jogging along the Hudson River in New York City when a stranger knocked her down, choked her into unconsciousness, and raped her. Thank God she survived, and I know you will all join me in praying for her full recovery from this horrific crime.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/11/03/michigan-muslims-rock-the-casbah-over-gay-porn-in-schools-jumping-en-masse-to-the-gop-n1642414

Police quickly arrested a suspect who was on a spending spree with her stolen credit card. You’ll be infuriated but not surprised to learn that he’s been prevously arrested between 18 and 25 times and is a suspect in two other sexual assaults…but he was still let back out on the streets to rob and rape again.

That story by Kevin Downey Jr. at PJ Media quotes a sickening fact: in 2020 alone, “woke” New York City DA’s let nearly 6,500 suspected felons go free after refusing to prosecute them. He said one source called that “a bucket of woke.” I’d call it a bucket of something else, but I don’t use that kind of language.

Leave me a comment, I read them!

The collaboration we’ve known was going on between government and Big Tech to silence dissenting speech has just been documented in some knockout reporting from THE INTERCEPT. It’s all there, as revealed by internal memos, emails and official papers, some of which emerged via a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican who’s currently running for Senate. Everything that’s long been suspected about the “deep state” working unconstitutionally to suppress legitimate free speech as “disinformation” is true, and they lay out exactly how it’s done, through “portals” in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI.

Their massive effort to dodge the First Amendment comes down to a simple strategy: since government can’t legally police Americans’ speech, especially political speech, they get it done indirectly, by enlisting the aid of NGEs (non-government entities) to do their dirty work for them. This is why Scary Poppins and her “Disinformation Governance Board” were technically telling the truth when they said THEY didn’t censor anything. They were coordinating the work of others who did the censoring, haha. This is a distinction without a difference, though, as it is still wildly unconstitutional. Law professor Jonathan Turley calls it “censorship by surrogate,” saying, “It is axiomatic that the government cannot do indirectly what it is prohibited from doing directly.”

As it turns out, they were sneaking around doing this even while Trump was President. Little did Trump know what he was unleashing when he signed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act (CISA). They expanded the concept of infrastructure to include what they call “cognitive infrastructure.” (This shows why control of the language is so important.) THE INTERCEPT –- which is no conservative news outlet –- describes in detail what they have done with that idea

Another report called for expanding their role in shaping the “information ecosystem,” calling on CISA to closely monitor “social media platforms of all sizes, mainstream media, cable news, hyper partisan media, talk radio and other online resources.” They would focus on information that undermines “key democratic institutions, such as the courts, or other sectors such as the financial system, or public health measures.” The head of CISA’s Election Security Initiative --- you read that right --- recommended the use of third-party information-sharing non-profits as a “clearing house for information to avoid the appearance of government propaganda.” Even though that’s exactly what it is.

What we knew about the FBI going to Facebook warning them about a “Russian disinformation” event just ahead of the Hunter Biden laptop story breaking appears to have been business-as-usual for them. The INTERCEPT report offers more detail about their suppression of that story as well, even naming names of the agents involved. This was plainly 2020 election interference, without even having to go near a voting machine or drop-box. And much of their work is tied to elections. Why, in 2018, the DHS created the Countering Foreign Influence Task Force just to respond to “election disinformation.”

Homeland Security had the equivalent of a hotline to Twitter to get content flagged or taken down, for “national security” reasons, of course. And they were so overzealous, they were even going after parody accounts and tiny accounts with just a handful of followers. Must...suppress...everything! This is the sort of activity you’d expect to find in a country like Putin’s Russia or any communist dictatorship with state-run media, but the fact that it’s this bad and this entrenched in what used to be the good ol’ USA should shock the tar out of every American from sea to shining sea.

Some of the communications from people involved in this effort are chilling. Example: “Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain.” That’s a text from Microsoft executive Matt Masterson to Jen Easterly, a DHS director.

This is tyranny. And THE INTERCEPT’S piece about it is a must-must-read.

https://theintercept.com/2022/10/31/social-media-disinformation-dhs/

They report that the DHS’s mission to fight “disinformation” stems from what was perceived as Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. Recall our commentary a few days ago about the Seth Rich homicide in which we pointed out that the entire Russia Hoax was built on the story, unsupported by evidence, that Russia hacked the DNC. It would seem this huge effort to monitor and censor of American citizens is built on that same “Russian hack” story. That's the pretext.

And the DHS, if left unchecked, is apparently just getting started. According to a draft copy of their Homeland Security Review, the department plans to target “inaccurate information” on a wide variety of topics, including “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine.” In other words, they want to control the conversation regarding some of the most loaded and subjective political topics we would want to discuss. And their idea of what is “inaccurate” might be very different from ours.

If (when!) the “red tsunami” really does happen on election day, the new Congress has to get started immediately dismantling the bureaucracy responsible for this. It’s hard to imagine a solution that doesn’t involve breaking up the FBI and DHS entirely. A GOP-majority Congress will have the power of the purse and can withhold funding, while a veto-proof Congress could write new legislation setting up new agencies. It must be done. With the exception of those who have come forward as whistleblowers, both agencies are a disgrace.

Dan Bongino opened his Tuesday podcast with the INTERCEPT story, asking, “How is this not on the front page of every newspaper in America right now?!” It should be, and the reason it isn't --- namely, the left’s takeover of just about every major news outlet --- is another issue. Bongino pointed to a poll cited by the NEW YORK POST saying 79 percent thought that “truthful coverage of the Hunter Biden story would have changed the 2020 election.” Recall also the much earlier poll in which 19 percent of Biden voters said they’d have changed their vote if they’d known about Hunter Biden.

And that’s precisely why the FBI hid the evidence and suppressed the story.

https://bongino.com/ep-1885-a-new-report-exposes-massive-deep-state-censorship-efforts

This will be sad news for Dolly Parton’s fans, of whom I am one of many millions. She’s not retiring (I can’t imagine her ever doing that), but she announced that she’s decided not to tour anymore.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/dolly-parton-says-shes-done-touring-wants-closer-home-husband-get-older

She says she might do the occasional festival or special appearance, but she wants to stay home and spend more time with her husband Carl now that they’re getting older. Fortunately, she will continue to write songs and record new music. I wonder if they might consider getting a second home in Las Vegas so Dolly could perform regularly and just let her fans come to her? I know they would!

Whatever she decides to do, I wish the very best to one of the kindest, warmest, most talented and most generous women in show business or any other industry. Here’s just one example. Her Imagination Library charity just gave away its 130 millionth book to children.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article238690523.html

She said, “If I’m remembered 100 years from now, I hope it will be not for looks but for books.” I don’t think Dolly has to worry about being remembered 100 years from now, and for a lot of things.

 

According to a disturbing report by the America’s Warrior Partnership nonprofit, the rate of suicide among veterans is undercounted, for instance counting suicides as accidental overdoses.

https://redstate.com/jerrywilson/2022/10/29/suicide-among-veterans-more-than-double-the-number-officially-reported-n650894

If the suicide rate from their five-year study of eight states holds nationwide, it could be as many as 44 per day, or 2.4 times the VA’s estimate. They also found that the less time someone spends in the military, the more likely they are to commit suicide.

This study needs to be incorporated into a full investigation of veteran suicides by the next Congress, and some serious action to help deal with it. Veterans who put their lives on the line for us deserve all the help we can give them when their lives are at risk.  

MSNBC “legal analyst” Barbara McQuade floated the idea of charging former President Trump with manslaughter for his responsibility for “the deaths that occurred” on January 6th.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2022/10/24/msnbc-legal-analyst-mcquade-trump-could-be-charged-with-manslaughter-for-january-6/

Even Factcheck.org had to admit that the only death that occurred on January 6th as part of the riot was the point-blank woman-slaughter of unarmed pro-Trump protester Ashli Babbitt by a Capitol cop. The Democrats not only didn’t investigate him or charge him with anything, they treated him like a hero and a celebrity. All the other deaths cited were from natural causes such as heart attacks or strokes, or suicides, with some occurring days or even weeks later.

https://www.factcheck.org/2021/11/how-many-died-as-a-result-of-capitol-riot/

I suggest that MSNBC be charged with murdering journalism.

Fetterman follow-up

October 28, 2022

People are still talking about Tuesday’s extremely discomfiting debate performance by Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman, which exposed the fact that he is clearly not recovered enough from his recent stroke to serve in the Senate.

Skin-deep politics

October 28, 2022

The leaders of the Democratic Party talk a LOT about “Diversity and Inclusion,” but their tolerance of diversity is literally skin-deep, and if you diverge in any way from their political dogma, you are not included. Just ask Republican Rep. Mayra Flores...