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Rules for a reason

November 24, 2021

A group of House Democrats, including (of course) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, penned a letter (news flash: they can write!) to Senate Democrats, demanding that they ignore the Senate Parliamentarian who ruled that a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants can’t be included in a budget reconciliation bill. Their “argument” is that the Parliamentarian’s role is only advisory, not binding, and that the citizenship change would have a “massive budgetary impact.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-dems-demand-senate-ignore-parliamentarian-and-use-infrastructure-bill-for-pathway-to-citizenship

Well, that’s one thing they got right! Except that with these people, everything they want to do has a massive budgetary impact.

For the record: budget reconciliation bills are allowed to pass on a simple majority vote not subject to filibuster, the idea being that something as important as keeping the government funded shouldn’t be held hostage to politics. However, Democrats have begun widely abusing this rule to shove through all sorts of unpopular, “transformative” legislation that could never garner 60% support in the Senate. That’s precisely why the Founders created the Senate: to prevent the “tyranny of the majority” and put the brakes on any unconstitutional power grabs that the hotheads in the House might send up.

AOC and other leftists find it terribly inconvenient that there are rules built into the system to prevent them from shoving their radical agenda down our throats with only the tiniest of majorities. Since taking power, they have dreamed up all sorts of rule changes to get around those roadblocks, from eliminating the filibuster to stacking the Supreme Court to suggesting a combined House/Senate majority vote. This is just their latest desperate gambit to seize more power. They’re trying to force as much America-transforming radicalism through as they can because they sense that after the next election, they’ll be such a tiny minority that they’ll be officing out of a broom closet.

I’m so old, I remember the hilarious claims by people like AOC that “Democratic socialists” were, like, TOTALLY different from old-style socialists! Those socialists abused power to force their will onto millions of people and steamrolled over anyone who got in their way. “Democratic socialists” are SO different! They have the word “Democratic” in their name.

Credit where it's due

November 24, 2021

Congratulations to President Biden for finally getting a couple of things right. Monday, he angered “progressives” such as Elizabeth Warren by renominating Trump appointee Jerome Powell to another term as Federal Reserve Chair. Lael Brainard, whom the leftists wanted in charge, was nominated for Vice Chair.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-sparks-anger-left-reappointing-trump-nominee-key-position/

In a statement, Biden said, “I’m confident that Chair Powell and Dr. Brainard’s focus on keeping inflation low, prices stable and delivering full employment will make our economy stronger than ever before.”

Warren railed that Powell was a “dangerous” choice because he wouldn’t prioritize such burning issues as “climate mitigation.” Most financial analysts breathed a sigh of relief, however, since they’d rather see the Fed concentrate on reducing inflation and keeping the economy and the dollar healthy, rather than trying to change the weather.

The other move by Biden that suggests he caught a fleeting grip on reality was his decision to release 50 million gallons of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to bring down gas prices, a move also being taken by other nations.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/biden-strategic-petroleum-reserve-release-gas-price-spike

Don’t get me wrong: this is hardly a long-term solution. It’s only about a three-day supply for America. It won’t solve the problem of how to get a steady supply to fill our needs when the President and his Party are waging war on our domestic fuel industry. And as Joe Cunningham at Redstate.com suggests, they see this as just a mollifying stopgap while they force Americans to “transition” to unreliable and expensive green energy sources that can’t meet demand.

https://redstate.com/joesquire/2021/11/23/the-biden-administration-prepares-to-make-the-oil-crisis-worse-on-purpose-n480453

And former President Trump slammed the move because the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is supposed to be for national emergencies, not temporary relief from the bad consequences of your own stupid policies.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2021/11/23/trump-slams-biden-for-tapping-the-strategic-oil-reserve-n2599532

Many others agreed.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/11/23/biden-to-release-oil-from-strategic-reserve-n2599531

But at least Biden did show signs of understanding, even if only for a day, that there is a relationship between the supply of oil and gas and the price of oil and gas. It may be a small victory, but I’ll take miracles wherever I can find them these days.

Waukesha Parade Horror Update

November 24, 2021

Parade Horror Update: It was revealed that four of the six deaths caused by an SUV driver plowing into a Christmas parade were members of a group known as the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/waukesha-christmas-parade-tragedy-who-are-the-dancing-grannies

Other victims spanned a wide age range, and at least a dozen injured children were taken to hospitals, but so far, there have been no reports of children dying. I hope you will continue to pray for all the victims, both for full recoveries of the injured and for comfort for the families of those who were killed or injured.

https://victorygirlsblog.com/waukesha-parade-terror-sparks-vile-reactions/

As Deanna Fisher at the Victory Girls blog reports, there were a number of vile reactions on social media from people trying to score anti-Kyle Rittenhouse political points off of what so far appears to be a completely unrelated act allegedly committed by a known criminal. But as we’ve learned more about this outrage, a legitimate political issue has arisen, and it’s one the left would rather not talk about. Instapundit has a good round-up of the ways in which the media are trying to spin away what’s coming.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/487046/

The suspect, Darrell Edwards Brooks Jr., is a black man with both a long criminal record and a string of social media posts that paint him as an anti-white, anti-Semitic BLM supporter. Early reports that he was fleeing police or a knife fight appear to be incorrect, and video shows that his rampage went on for half a mile through eight intersections, so it was hardly an accident. All of which supports the police department’s conclusion that the killing spree was intentional. Wait, it gets worse.

I already told you that despite his violent criminal record and his facing two felony and three misdemeanor charges, he was released two days before the parade on just $1,000 bail. One of those charges was for domestic abuse for hospitalizing his girlfriend by allegedly running over her with his vehicle.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2021/11/22/breaking-waukesha-terrorist-ran-over-a-woman-earlier-in-november-and-was-released-on-a-1000-bond-n1535430

Since 1999, Brooks has been charged with crimes 10 times, many of them very serious.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2021/11/22/suspect-waukesha-parade-incident-identified-darrell-brooks-jr/8717524002/

The office of District Attorney John Chisholm said it’s launching an internal review to find out why such an inappropriately low bail was set. This sounds like a CYA effort. This is kind of like the Biden White House’s investigation into why gas prices are so high, or launching an investigation to find out why you got sick after kissing Typhoid Mary.

Chisholm was elected in 2007 and has reportedly received thousands of dollars of support from far-left billionaire George Soros, who has funded the elections of other leftist DA’s whose idea of “justice reform” is to decriminalize crime, open the jails, handcuff police, and let criminals prey on the community at will. If any of them are arrested, they're released immediately on little or no bail. The only people they seem to want to prosecute are law-abiding citizens who try to defend themselves. Chisholm has even taken credit for inspiring the San Francisco DA, who has presided over a crime wave that’s sent businesses and residents fleeing.

While the Waukesha parade massacre is shocking for the sheer brutality, mindlessness and body count, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s come to this. How many other innocent people have already been killed or injured because of Soros-funded leftist “prosecutors” who refuse to prosecute and jail criminals? This steady string of tragedies and injustices didn’t happen all at once on camera, so it’s been easy for the media to ignore them. But this single atrocity brings it home in a chilling way.

Maybe there should be a federal election law requiring that a “Soros-funded DA” warning label be placed on all campaign materials for these people, the same way we put a skull and crossbones on bottles of poison, and for the same reason.

Our "Racist System"

November 23, 2021

As irresponsible politicians, activists, celebrities and “journalists” continue trying to gin up riots over the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict while repeating debunked lies about the case, one of the more aggravating clichés to me is their claim that in our “racist system,” a young black man who shot someone would never be acquitted on grounds of self-defense.

https://www.westernjournal.com/black-man-acquitted-self-defense-day-rittenhouse-busts-myth-unjust-justice-system/

I guess they were so preoccupied ranting angrily and ignorantly that they failed to notice that on the exact same day that Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury of his peers, a verdict came in on the case of Andrew Coffee IV in Gifford, Florida (note: a red state.) Coffee was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Alteria Woods and the attempted murder of four sheriff’s deputies after they staged a raid of his home in the middle of the night. Police claim they announced their presence, but Coffee claimed he was asleep, he thought a flash-bang set off by deputies was gunfire by home invaders, and he grabbed his gun and fired. Deputies returned fire.

Coffee’s attorneys argued that he believed he was acting in self-defense, and the jury agreed, acquitting him on five of the six charges. He was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a gun, but that was hard to argue with. Unlike Rittenhouse, who, despite the many false claims of his critics, did have a legal right to carry the gun and didn’t take it across state lines (Jesse Watters made the good point that liberals don’t seem to care at all about our national borders, but they seem obsessed with the sanctity of the Wisconsin state line.)

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/486902/

So there’s an example of how the legal system in America really operates, when it operates fairly and isn’t tainted by politics and mob threats. Anyone, regardless of race, can assert their right to fire a gun in self-defense (in this case, even at police officers), and if a jury of his fellow citizens who examine all the testimony and evidence agrees, then he’s acquitted. You can agree or disagree with any particular trial outcome, but don’t attack the system unless you can come up with a better one.

I’ve written before about the perilous situation for Christians in Nigeria, where radical militia groups are targeting them for terrorist violence, displacement, forced conversions and marriages, and other atrocities. This is being done as the government turns a blind eye and silences Christian leaders and journalists who try to expose the truth by cracking down on free speech and jailing them on trumped-up charges.

Yet the Epoch Times reports that the Biden State Department inexplicably removed Nigeria from its list of “countries of particular concern” in advance of Secretary of State Antony Blinken visiting Nigeria to sign a $2.1 billion assistance agreement.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/blinkens-africa-tour-includes-heart-to-heart-with-embattled-nigerian-pastor_4116398.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=TheLibertyDaily

The State Department claims the money will support health care, education, agriculture, and good governance. But local Christians fear it will help prop up the oppressive government and fuel more violence against them.

Click the link to read more and hear from the Rev. Joseph Hayab, the brave chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, who, along with four other representatives of Nigerian civil society, met with Blinken privately and warned him, “Our government is full of lies, and to make sure the world does not get the truth of what is happening in Nigeria, they are against free speech.”

Hayab said he’s baffled by Bliken removing Nigeria from the "nations of concern" list and saying things are improving there “because Christians in Nigeria and others suffering persecution feel like they cannot rely on the U.S. government to help them. That is like telling a sick man in the hospital to go home to die.”

Sadly, a lot of people around the world are learning that they can’t rely on this Administration to help them, or even to make sane, humane foreign policy decisions. Maybe they believe that helping to enrich the oppressive Nigerian government will convince them to end religious oppression. How is that working out with China?