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Shocking Betrayal

March 26, 2024

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Duty Honor Country

March 14, 2024

Today’s headlines are dominated by video of sniveling teenagers drawn from all ages, sexes and orientations bemoaning the allegedly imminent demise of Tik Tok, the Red Chinese social media platform; the truly uneducated among them describe this outrage as “Like, you know, censorship.” Nonsense, you spoiled, over-privileged toads!

Many of you who commented on Biden’s 2024 State of the Union speech didn’t actually sit through it, but you are forgiven for that, as we could hardly get through it ourselves.  Some of you endured part of it before bailing; others had no intention of watching even one minute.  But because we watch the news so you don’t have to, we not only forced ourselves to watch the worst speech ever made (no joke!) but also spent the weekend going through all your comments.  And the assumptions by you non-watchers about what the speech would be turned out to be amazingly accurate.

By now everyone knows that this was not a real State of the Union Address at all but a shockingly partisan campaign speech --- nothing more --- that surely backfired.  It contained lie after lie and even attacked the Supreme Court.  We’ve picked it apart in the past few newsletters and linked to some great analyses, so there’s no point in rehashing all that here.

But by giving the kind of speech he did, President Biden inadvertently told us much more about the sad state of our union than he had intended to.  If anyone still wondered whether or not America is still the Shining City on a Hill of which Reagan spoke, Biden’s speech, sadly, answers that question.  Judging by this horror-show of a speech, our country appears to be in the final act of a Shakespearean tragedy.  And if the people behind his administration remain in power after the next election, they will surely deliver the final blow to it.

But the partisan media appeared to be thrilled with this stinker of a speech, as Jonathan Turley notes in his Saturday column for the NEW YORK POST.  We think much of their exaltation was pretend, because...how could it not be?  Unless they truly are psychotic, they have to be aware of how bad Biden’s performance was.  Privately, reporters must be wondering what cocktail of drugs was given to Biden to get him so (as they put it) “feisty” and “fiery.”

Turley introduces his column as being “about disunion and the need to demonize those with whom we disagree,” and mourned the loss of our traditions surrounding this yearly event.

(Speaking of traditions, we would add that Biden didn’t even allow the customary introduction by the Sergeant-at-Arms: “Mr. [or Madame] Speaker of the House, the President of the United States!”  Maybe Democrats decided the terms “Mister” and/or “Madame” would offend gender activists, but we think it’s more likely that Biden just forgot to wait for his cue and screwed it up.)

The best part of Turley’s column might be the first line: “President Biden gave what could be his final State of the Union address Thursday.”  That’s an applause line if ever there was one.  After all, this is, FINALLY, his fourth year to do this.  And it’s hard to believe there’s any amount of lying, cheating, censoring and lawfare that would keep him in the White House for another four years, if by chance he’s even the nominee.  For the sake of the country, this State of the Union speech had better be his last.

But the media loved the divisive spirit of this speech.  Turley singles out MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace for saying that it “was like a punch in the face to every Republican in the room.”  In case she hadn’t gotten her point across, she also said it “was a punch in the nose.”  These are the same people who for years have been criticizing President Trump’s “tone”?

Turley also likens Biden’s presentation to his earlier speeches in Philadelphia and at Valley Forge, in which he “selected a backdrop of unity [in this case, the floor of Congress] to highlight and play on our divisions.”  Biden likened his opponents to the Nazis or the Confederacy, portraying them as an existential threat to the nation.

“The hellish red backdrop was gone,” Turley writes, “but in some ways it was more chilling, precisely because this was a different setting.”

As he points out, there’s supposed to be a difference between national interest and political interest.  In this speech, only the political mattered.

Of course, the tradition of civility applies to both sides, and I’ve made it clear that heckling is inappropriate, no matter who does it.  (In this case, though, we need compassion on both sides for the Gold Star father who was escorted out and later arrested.  His story is updated elsewhere in the newsletter.) 

Turley knows firsthand what has been lost in these proceedings, because as a young man he worked in the House chamber as an awestruck page.  Back in those days, politicians were every bit as divided and partisan, he says, but they would put their differences aside for the State of the Union.  They “could still transcend politics.”

“It was a moment that reminded the nation that we are still capable of reaching those moments of civility and decorum,” he says.  No more.

Turley senses we turned that corner when Nancy Pelosi childishly ripped up her copy of President Trump’s SOTU at its conclusion.  “...She tore up something far more important than a speech,” he says.  “She shredded decades of tradition of civility and any remaining residue of restraint in our politics.”  And now, the ‘mainstream’ media praise politicians --- the ones on their side --- for behaving this way.

Side note:  Recall that Pelosi did something else unprecedented to create animosity when Trump was President.  From ThisNation.com:

“In 2019, animosity between President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi became public when letters between the President’s office and the Speaker’s office showed that she did not intend to proceed with a vote that would allow him to deliver the State of the Union speech – unless he ended the government shutdown that was in effect at the time. This was the first documented time that a sitting president had been ‘disinvited’ from presenting the address. The speech was eventually presented on February 5, 2019.”

It must be noted that Turley criticized Trump’s rhetoric on January 6 as well, for his use of expressions such as “fight like hell,” but in fairness, that phrase is used figuratively all the time, especially in politics.  It’s easy, since there subsequently WAS a fight, to try to blame Trump’s figurative use of the phrase for the literal fight, but given the timing of his words that day, the two events had nothing to do with each other.

Because Biden chose not to “hear the call of history to unify a nation” as he gave his SOTU speech, he gave the public “scripted rage.”  So, is that really what the public wants?  “We can seek candidates who are reaching for something greater than we are at this moment,” Turley says, “or we can all just punch each other in the nose until the whole country is left broken and bloody.”

https://jonathanturley.org/2024/03/09/like-a-punch-in-the-face-to-every-republican-in-the-room-biden-thrills-the-media-with-an-attack-on-his-political-foes-in-the-state-of-the-union

Of course, judging by his bizarre performance Thursday night, many suspect Biden was loaded up by his staff with so many pharmaceuticals that he was incapable of thinking that deeply about the long-term consequences of what he was going to say.  He just went out there and yelled at clouds.  So blame the people around this elderly placeholder --- the handlers, the advisers, the bureaucrats, the speechwriters, all the ones who will still be there whether Biden or some other member of the Democrat machine wins in November.  Heck, we might even get someone who on the surface is less confrontational and more of a “healer,” but don’t be fooled.  It will still be the same people in power that we’ve had under this Disunifier-In-Chief, just with a younger image and a smoother veneer over the chaos they are out to cause.

Mark Levin, on Sunday’s LIFE, LIBERY & LEVIN, spoke about Biden’s State of the Union address and the disunity being encouraged by his administration.  “It smells to me like the French Revolution,” he said.  Levin’s look at the 19th-century French political observer Frederic Bastiat (a favorite of President Reagan) is not to be missed.  Bastiat could just as easily have been cautioning America about “plundering the law” in 2024.  Genius writing, from Bastiat’s book THE LAW…

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6348632069112

Levin follows this with the modern-day genius of Victor Davis Hanson in a quick comment about the SOTU…

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6348592858112

Speaking of Levin, he posted some great comments on X/Twitter about Liz Cheney’s attempt to hide VERY important documents generated by the J6 Committee investigation, not to mention evidence of possible witness tampering.  (That story is covered elsewhere in the newsletter.)  In her response, Cheney mentioned the “bozo” who wrote the story Levin was referencing; that “bozo” turned out to be Mollie Hemingway at THE FEDERALIST.  Cheney thoroughly shamed and disgraced herself, or would have if she were capable of shame.

https://thefederalist.com/2024/03/08/exclusive-liz-cheney-january-6-committee-suppressed-exonerating-evidence-of-trumps-push-for-national-guard/

To make it worse, someone called “Bad Kitty Unleashed” posted a copy of the memorandum from the Secretary of Defense that Cheney didn’t want us to see, saying Trump “concurs” about using DCNG (DC National Guard) but that the request was not made.  Cheney was hiding the truth when she said there was no evidence Trump requested troops for that day.

Okay, Liz, this is evidence that you’ve committed a crime, obstruction of justice.  Where’s the FBI with the handcuffs and leg chains?  Levin wrote that you should consider professional help; they probably do have some type of counseling in prison.

https://twitchy.com/samj/2024/03/10/mark-levin-drops-liz-cheney-n2393829

Biden’s State of the Union

After the decisive results of the Super Tuesday primaries, I quoted the British phrase, “It’s all over but the shouting.” Well, last night, we got the shouting. I don’t know what his staffers pumped President Biden full of in preparation for his State of the Union speech, but it’s a safe bet it was not Relaxium.

In fact, it’s hard to say which was worse: Biden’s State of the Union speech or the actual state of the union under Biden, which got very little time last night. The “speech” was a disjointed, angry, shouted laundry list of leftist pipe dreams (The PRO Act? No thanks!), false claims, timeworn campaign tropes (“Make the rich pay their fair share!”) and unfair political attacks with no shape or structure. Biden just careened from one DNC talking point to the next like billiard balls bouncing off each other.

The dark, divisive, partisan nature of the speech didn’t just target Trump, Republicans and their supporters. There was also a very disturbing moment when he seemed to threaten the six attending Supreme Court Justices to their faces by warning them that they were about to see the electoral power of women furious over Roe v. Wade being overturned. Earth to Biden: It’s not the Supreme Court’s job to care about elections or public opinion polls. It’s their job to determine if something is constitutional, which Roe clearly was not. So stop trying to gin up threats from your more deranged followers in an attempt to intimidate them.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-just-threaten-scotus-justices-attendance-called-sotu/

By the way, Republicans are not running on a promise to pass a national anti-abortion law (Trump has suggested a 16-week limit, which is two weeks beyond France's law); and when Biden says he will codify Roe into law, that’s a lie. Roe was actually far more restrictive than the radical, unfettered abortion-until-birth law he wants to pass. Also, the Alabama Supreme Court did not outlaw in-vitro fertilization, and the state’s Republican legislature and Governor had, the day before, passed and signed a law protecting IVF procedures.

Of course, the media will attempt to paint the speech as a triumph, a repudiation of the idea that he’s too old or impaired for the job (or at least that he can’t stay awake past 9 o’clock.) They’re lauding his “energy” and “vigor,” with the A.P. describing Biden as “feisty,” which is like calling Godzilla “grumpy.”

On the other side, we’re hearing complaints that it was the worst SOTU in history, an “utter disgrace” with no inspiring appeals to unity or our shared values as Americans, just an unprecedented and “unhinged” diatribe against his political opponents, by turns angry or mocking, with a shocking opening that tried to compare his opponent Donald Trump to Hitler. It was also delivered in a rushed, slurring rant that made it seem as if he’d guzzled two gallons of Red Bull before taking the podium (entirely possible.)

The moment that’s going viral is when Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene heckled him into saying Laken Riley’s name, and he did make some moving comments about the young woman who was allegedly murdered by a Venezuelan illegal alien who’d been released multiple times. He botched her name as “Lincoln Riley,” but at least he paid tribute to her. But if you want to know how seriously the Democrats really take the issue of criminal illegal aliens preying on Americans, consider that some of them, including Nancy Pelosi, seemed more upset over Biden referring to the alleged murderer as an “illegal” rather than the PC term “undocumented” than they are over her murder.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/07/watch-joe-biden-mispronounces-laken-rileys-name-at-state-of-the-union/

Also, the White House is refusing to back the Laken Riley Act, which would require the deportation of illegal aliens with serious criminal records (it also got backing from only 37 House Democrats), saying they should pass that “immigration reform” bill instead.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2024/03/08/white-house-refuses-to-support-laken-riley-act-says-get-on-board-with-senate-bill/

And Democrat Senate Majority Whip Dick Durban blocked a vote on “Sarah’s Law,” a law that would require ICE to detain (not deport, just detain) illegal aliens charged with killing or seriously injuring another person. It’s named after Sarah Root, another young American killed by an illegal alien drunk driver. It’s kind of hard to refute the “population replacement conspiracy theory” when the Dems refuse even to detain illegal aliens for killing American citizens.

https://www.westernjournal.com/democratic-senator-blocks-bill-require-detainment-illegal-immigrants-charged-violent-crimes/

Back to the SOTU: Some Republicans in the hall complained that Biden was speaking so fast and mumbling and slurring so much that they couldn’t understand what he was saying. I caught most of it, I think, and I still couldn’t understand some of it. For instance, is it really an applause line to brag that jobs building roads and bridges will go to Americans? Who else would build roads and bridges in America? Unless we start importing Irish and Chinese workers again, like we’re building the Transcontinental Railroad.

Or his claim that sending soldiers to Gaza to build a pier is not “putting boots on the ground.” Will they be wearing sandals, or avoiding touching the ground by riding on hoverboards?

Or his declaration that all children should learn to read by the third grade. That’s a pretty low bar even for today’s public schools. Admittedly, people who didn’t learn to read until the third grade are the Democrats’ target demographic.

I’m not going to go through the speech in detail and fact-check every patently false claim because the newsletter would be longer than the Hong Kong phone book. Plus, a number of outlets have already done a great job of that, and I’ll link to them below. But here are just a few whoppers that stood out for me:

* Virtually everything he said about the economy was patently false: “I inherited an economy that was on the brink. Now our economy is the envy of the world! 15 million new jobs in just three years – that’s a record! Unemployment at 50-year lows!”

As Breitbart.com noted, just prior to the pandemic, under Trump, there were over 152 million jobs. There are now 157.7 million. Most of the “new jobs” Biden takes credit for are Trump-era jobs artificially shut down by the pandemic and that people returned to when the lockdowns ended. Many of the actual “new jobs” are government jobs.

Today’s unemployment rate is 3.7%. Just before the pandemic hit, under Trump, it was 3.5%. As for Biden inheriting an economy that was “on the brink,” it was actually strongly rebounding from the shutdowns. In the third quarter of 2020, it grew at an annual rate of 33.1% as businesses reopened. Fourth quarter 2020 growth was 4.3%, and in the first quarter of 2021, before any Biden policies took effect, the economy grew 5.2%.

* He actually pulled out the Democrat election year perennial that Republicans want to slash Social Security. I’ve been hearing this lie since I was a boy, and I’m now eligible for Social Security. Trump has already stated that he will not stand for any cuts in benefits for Social Security and Medicare recipients. So that was just an empty scare tactic, and a cliched one at that.

FYI: The big problem with demagoguing Social Security this way is that studies show it is likely to run out of money by 2032, but anyone who dares try to suggest a way to save it immediately gets hit with ads accusing them of wanting to wheel grandma over a cliff. So politicians soon learn to do nothing and hope they won’t be in office when the day of reckoning arrives. Saving Social Security will require political courage, honesty and placing the welfare of seniors over political advantage, so I don’t see that happening. But if you’d like to hear an intriguing suggestion for saving SS – one that could even result in a surplus that saves it for future generations – without tax increases or cutting current benefits, check out this video, which also includes a clip of Trump saying he will not cut Social Security:

* I’m sure you know by now that all the railing about Congress passing a bill to give him the power to seal the border is grade A horse manure. He issued nearly a hundred executive orders undoing the secure border we had under Trump, he has the power to reinstate those things but won’t, and there’s a stand-alone bill passed by the House to fund only border security that’s been sitting on Chuck Schumer’s Senate desk for months. But they don’t want to actually do anything to seal the border and deport illegal aliens; they want a bill that expands government power while allowing 5,000 illegal border crossers a day, or about 1.8 million a year.

There was a litany of lies like that, but you get the idea. If you want to delve into deeper fact-checks, here are some good links:

https://www.dailysignal.com/2024/03/08/fact-checking-bidens-state-union-address/

https://pjmedia.com/stacey-lennox/2024/03/07/fact-checking-the-fabulist-in-chiefs-state-of-the-union-n4927124

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2024/03/07/fact-check-biden-falsely-says-he-inherited-an-economy-on-brink-of-collapse/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/07/fact-check-president-joe-biden-claims-he-slashed-the-deficit-by-1-trillion/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/07/ffact-check-joe-biden-claims-he-created-a-record-15-million-new-jobs/

For those who’d like to know what Biden allegedly said without all the “old man yells at clouds” shouting and slurring, here’s a written transcript.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/07/full-text-president-joe-biden-2024-state-of-the-union-address/

And if you’d like to relive some of the more humorous live-blogging (that’s the spoonful of sugar that helps bitter speeches like this go down), here are some fun ones to scroll through. Sample line, from Doug P on Twitchy.com: “I didn’t wait this long for the show to start when I saw Guns and Roses back in the late ‘80s.”

https://pjmedia.com/liveblog/2024/03/07/stand-by-for-the-glitchoftheunion-address-n255

https://redstate.com/liveblog/2024/03/07/redstate-live-blogs-the-state-of-the-union-n256

https://twitchy.com/liveblog/2024/03/07/twitchy-live-blogs-the-state-of-the-union-n257

And of course, Donald Trump’s response:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-blasts-biden-angry-mentally-disturbed-sotu-address-he-did-terrible-job

As much as I lament the way the SOTU speech has devolved into a divisive, partisan campaign speech that’s beneath the dignity of the Office of President, I’m also not a fan of the trend of the audience heckling the President and engaging in political grandstanding. Even if you can’t stand the man, show respect for the office, the Capitol and the tradition. I expect my Congressional Representatives to be able to behave like adults. I don’t want a Congress that resembles the rowdy circuses we see in other countries’ legislatures.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/as-house-republicans-heckle-biden-serves-it-back/ar-BB1jxjaf

I thought Speaker Mike Johnson set the tone perfectly and also went viral with his quiet but show-stealing skeptical expressions. One wag suggested that they should make Halloween masks of Johnson and Biden, so one kid could be Biden and another could be Johnson, following behind him and rolling his eyes and shaking his head.

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2024/03/08/hot-takes-house-speaker-mike-johnson-is-the-star-of-the-sotu-address-as-his-facial-reactions-go-viral-n2171096

As for the GOP Response by Alabama Sen. Katie Britt, I thought she did an excellent job in a very difficult position: having to respond, without an audience, to a speech that she could not hear before making her rebuttal. Some Republicans criticized her for being too soft-spoken or too emotional and not going for Biden’s jugular.  But after over an hour of Biden’s angry partisan shouting, I found it a relief to listen to some soothing, intelligent, impassioned comments from a mature adult.

Besides, an angry firebrand would just be preaching to the choir. Britt spoke directly to suburban moms who hate what they see happening under Biden but who have been demagogued into being afraid of Trump and Republicans. She gave the perfect speech to reach out to that audience. And don’t tell me they can’t be persuaded because the latest polls show women, who backed Biden last time, are now evenly split.

https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2024/03/08/sotu-alabama-senator-katie-britt-brings-the-youth-and-the-fire-in-her-rebuttal-n2171089


Abbey Gate

While I don’t condone heckling by anyone at a SOTU speech, I can understand the pain that prompted guest Steve Nikoui to shout out “Abbey Gate” and “United States Marines” after Biden claimed that “America is safer today than when I took office.” Nikoui is the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, one of 13 Marines killed by a terrorist bomber during Biden’s botched pullout from Afghanistan. Across three SOTU speeches, Biden has failed to mention those fallen Marines.

https://www.westernjournal.com/gold-star-father-interrupted-bidens-state-union-arrested-capitol-police/

Nikoui was removed from the House Galleries by Capitol Police, which is understandable. What’s not understandable is that he was hit with a misdemeanor charge of “crowding, obstructing or incommoding.” How many leftist protesters have interrupted Congress and merely been escorted out with no charges? How many leftist rioters have burned down cities and attacked cops and been released with no charges? But they’re going to prosecute a Gold Star dad for standing up to protest the President ignoring the death of his son due to that President’s own incompetence?

If the Democrats know what the term “terrible optics” means, then they’d better demand that these charges be dropped immediately.

Time to dial it down

March 7, 2024

A gaggle of anti-Israel protesters harassed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside a movie theater Monday night, demanding that she call Israel’s anti-Hamas operation in Gaza a “genocide” (Notes: It’s not a genocide, but what Hamas did to Israel on October 7th was. The casualty figures they’re quoting come from Hamas-controlled sources. And no innocent Palestinians would have died in Gaza if Hamas had released their hostages and surrendered instead of using them as human shields.)

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/04/anti-israel-protesters-harass-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-movie-theater-genocide/

Some conservatives are taking satisfaction from seeing the “harass people in public” strategy that leftists encouraged toward conservatives turn on them and bite them. But I’m not among them. This is unacceptable when it’s done to conservatives, and it’s no better when it’s aimed at liberals. Nobody should be harassed by threatening mobs for their political views.

It’s time to dial down the heat on these political confrontations. And if the people doing it just can’t control themselves, maybe giving them a few days to think about what they’ve done in a nice, cool jail cell would convince them to behave like civilized adults.

Encouraging News

March 7, 2024

More encouraging news that we’ve reached peak woke and people are fed up and refuse to take it anymore…

The president of Houghton University in New York, who is also the school’s first African-American president, called for an end to biological males competing in women’s sports, saying it’s wrong, unfair, and it defies nature and blurs the fundamental distinction between the sexes.

https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2024/03/05/enough-is-enough-university-president-tells-biological-males-to-leave-womens-sports/

Dr. Wayne D. Lewis Jr. said, “Too many leaders, parents, professional athletes, and people of goodwill have been silent as female athletes are humiliated, silenced, and robbed of hard-earned opportunities. That silence is complicit with the fringe agenda that threatens to dismantle girls’ and women’s athletics.” He added, “Enough is enough.”

And yet more encouraging news on the university front: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has won his battle with the University of Florida over its racist “anti-racist” indoctrination. The school announced that it’s shutting down its DEI office and has “eliminated DEI positions and administrative appointments, and halted DEI-focused contracts with outside vendors.”

https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2024/03/02/university-of-florida-fired-all-of-its-dei-staff-n3783969

But if they aren’t being harassed constantly about their skin color, what are the students going to do? They might be forced to study! Which would make the University of Florida a much better school than Yale, where the DEI propaganda monster has grown so huge that there’s now nearly one administrator or support staffer for every undergraduate student. Oh goody, now every student can have his own woke bureaucrat to follow him/her/zir around all day and hector them about how racist they are!

https://www.thecollegefix.com/yale-university-employs-nearly-one-administrator-per-undergrad/


Politics

March 7, 2024

As I’ve been telling people for years, politics is a contact sport and you’d better not get into it if you can’t stand the sight of your own blood. That’s why I find it incredibly hypocritical that so many people pretend to get their bloomers in a twist over Donald Trump’s “mean tweets,” especially when they’re usually in response to someone launching an incredibly nasty, unfair or untrue assault on him. Here’s an example of how much theater is really involved in politics.

We’ve all heard about the alleged bad blood between Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Well, the instant it became apparent that Trump was going to be the GOP nominee, what did McConnell do? Did he throw a fit, call Trump a fascist and storm out of the Party, the way Democrats must’ve hoped? Nope, he endorsed Trump. McConnell issued this statement:

“It is abundantly clear that former President Trump has earned the requisite support of Republican voters to be our nominee for president of the United States. It should come as no surprise that as nominee, he will have my support.”

And did Trump fire back with a mean tweet, sarcastically mocking McConnell for their prior disagreements? Nope. Here’s his response on Truth Social:

“Thank you, Mitch. I look forward to working with you and a Republican Senate MAJORITY to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

And that’s how politics is supposed to work. It’s like a prize fight: you might bruise each other while it’s going on, but once it’s over, you shake hands and get back to work. It’s only the people who let politics become an all-encompassing obsession who can’t be civil to people they disagree with in any way. That’s why Democratic Party politics has become more like a religious cult that chases away anyone who questions the dogma in any way until there’s nothing left but a fanatical group of hardcore Kool-Aid drinkers.

President Biden gives his State of the Union speech tonight, and Democrats are quietly nervous about whether he’ll be able to get through it without going off the Teleprompter in some disturbing way. They’re trying to lower expectations (is that even possible?) by claiming that Trump makes rhetorical slips, too. Yes, but Trump doesn’t make slips like claiming he’s been endorsed by Woodrow Wilson, whom he had lunch with last week.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/democrats-quietly-nervous-bidens-performance-state-of-union-believe-will-make-mistakes

I’m sure Biden will be pumped full of…let’s say, Vitamin B12…and he’ll probably get through the speech without going full-on Captain Queeg. I’m concerned not about the way he’ll say it but what he’ll actually say. If the advance word is accurate, it’s going to be another divisive speech filled with transparent lies about his nonexistent accomplishments and promoting the Democrats’ only argument for reelecting them: “Trump is HITLER!!!”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13154759/biden-state-union-address-trump-putin.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

We know Biden won’t use the speech the way it’s supposed to be used, to tell us the state of America, because that would be catastrophic for his reelection chances. So according to the Daily Mail, he’s going to dispense a lot of campaign balloon juice about how great the economy is thanks to him, and paint a dark picture of the stark choice between him and “Trump and the MAGA Republicans” (“Ooooh, scary, kids!”) who are (say it with me!) a “threat to our democracy!” You know, with the way they’re always trying to prosecute and jail their political opponents and remove them from the ballot. Oh, wait: that’s the Democrats.

I’d also advise you not to play any drinking games that require you to take a belt whenever he mentions January 6th. You might die of alcohol poisoning.

According to Biden’s advisers, he will ask Americans “whose side are they on?” Do “they want lower health care costs, democratic freedoms and to keep Ukraine from being swallowed up by Russian leader Vladimir Putin? Or do they want to side with drug company profits, tax breaks for the wealthy and Putin?”

Oh, what a ball of nonsense to untangle. First of all, nobody’s on the side of Putin, but I noticed that he waited to invade Ukraine until Trump was gone and Biden was President. I have a feeling that wasn’t a coincidence.

And has anyone done more for drug company profits than Joe “Take this untested vaccine or else!” Biden? According to Democrats, all tax breaks are for “the wealthy,” including the Trump tax cuts that disproportionately helped lower- and middle-income earners. Of course, the biggest tax of all is inflation. He will brag about lowering the rate of increase in prices, which was caused by his profligate spending and lowered by the Fed’s painful interest rate hikes. Slightly slower price increases don’t help put food on the table or pay the mortgage, especially now that the median monthly mortgage payment is around $2200.

Let me be clear: I’m not mindlessly on the side of any political party, not even my own, at least not at the expense of the nation. I’m on the side of America, which I see hurting and under assault. I’m not supporting Trump because I think he’s perfect or I worship him. I’m not a Democrat so I don’t look to politicians for saviors. I have a Savior already. I want politicians to be public servants who love America and want to make things better for all its people, not to abuse their offices to demonize half the population and terrorize the other half, just so they can keep their sorry rear ends in seats of power.

So the big question isn’t “Can Biden get through tonight’s speech without having a meltdown?” The question is, can the rest of us?


Guests to look for tonight

Here are some of the guests to look for at tonight’s State of the Union Address. I’m telling you now because I do not expect the mainstream news outlets to identify some of these people, since it would not look good for Biden and the Democrats to remind you of their existence.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/madelineleesman/2024/03/07/state-of-the-union-guests-n2636163

And here are two people who were invited but turned it down, for obvious reasons.

https://www.westernjournal.com/laken-rileys-parents-reject-invite-bidens-state-union/

Tuesday night, Dan Bongino hosted a live-streamed election returns show with guest Mike Benz.  If you missed our two recent commentaries on Benz and his prodigious inside knowledge on the interaction between government agencies and non-state actors, this interview will open your eyes.

We should first clarify that Bongino doesn’t like this term “Deep State” simply because it doesn’t account for all those non-state actors colluding with the government.  He sometimes uses an alternate term that originated with Obama national security adviser/propagandist Ben Rhodes:  “The Blob.”  At that time, it referred to the foreign policy establishment through which Obama functioned.  We’d say “the Swamp” fits, too.  But for this discussion, we’ll stick with “Deep State,” with the stipulation that it’s actually short for what we might call the “Deep State Network” or “Deep State Complex.”  Either of those effectively implies that this is a diabolical web encompassing many more entities, doesn’t it?

Of course it does.  That said, Bongino’s show was pretty light on election returns --- which was fine, because the results were a foregone conclusion --- and heavy on Benz, who is the Mother Lode of information on the government’s inner workings.  We thought we’d summarize and comment on his most important points, because he can be like a fire hose, challenging to follow at times as facts and names spew out of him.  If (when!) Trump is re-elected, Benz should be strongly considered as the person to put in charge of reforming the intelligence community, or at least THE top consultant.  If anyone knows where the bodies are buried (perhaps literally), it’s this guy.

Today’s Blob/Deep State is described by Benz as “the managers of the American empire.”  Since the Monroe Doctrine in 1898, he explains, we’ve actually been a part of an overseas empire, in that we rely on our control of foreign territories and “manipulation of foreign political systems,” which we depended on for our agricultural products, oil, gas, minerals and much more.  Our foreign policy establishment is responsible for trading and exploiting those riches.  Within the government, that’s three principal entities:  the Defense Department, State Department, and Intelligence Community.  “Defense, Diplomacy and Intelligence...these three things move as one through the inter-agency process of the government.”

The CIA doesn’t just act on its own; what it does is synchronized with the other agencies.  (NOTE:  we saw so much of that coordination with the Russia Hoax.  Apparently, it was business as usual.)  All three of these components will have a role to play in any mission.  The CIA is there to supply “plausible deniability.”

These entities form the core of the Deep State, which is rimmed by “the donors and drafters on the outside,” huge industries such as oil and gas that are highly dependent on the State Department and CIA and our military/diplomatic relations with other countries, even to the point of overthrowing other governments.

“Sometime by the 1990s in this country,” according to Benz, “there began to be a serious divide between the economic interests of the managers of the empire and the citizens of the homeland, and there’s now essentially a kind of occupation by the empire managers, where they’re not letting the citizens of the homeland vote the way into a different foreign policy.”

Given this established order, it’s easy to see why an outsider like Trump would be seen as such a threat to it.  Biden, in contrast --- in fact, his family --- has been part of it for years, with Biden serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later being Obama’s “point man” in Ukraine.

New office-holders tend to get (pardon the expression) “groomed,” taken under the wing of Swamp members who can show them the ropes, and are vetted by the intel community.  The Bushes --- George H.W. Bush headed the CIA --- and GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain were vetted by this longtime process.

Trump would have no use for this.  And since the Deep State has been bipartisan for decades, Trump becomes not just a threat to Democrats but to some in the GOP as well.

When it comes to foreign policy, payoffs to both sides of the political aisle tend to ensure uniformity of purpose for the two parties.  Each side traditionally benefits, and there is money to be made.  But then, “a populist knocked out both the Bush Dynasty and the Clinton Dynasty in one blow.”  When their friends in the media couldn’t stop him, the political establishment turned to prosecutors to stop him, to the point where Trump is now facing “700 years and 91 different felony counts.”

Trump was trying to put an end to military operations where he could, and he was the first President in four decades not to get us into a new war.  He wanted to focus on making AMERICA great again.  He became more neutral towards Russia and flipped the policy when it came to, for example, Iran.  In short, “[Trump] totally threatened to re-jigger the world’s energy markets as had been invested in during the Obama years,” Benz explains.  This interferes with the spoils going to “the financial class surrounding the Biden world,” including such multinational financial entities as BlackRock.

(About 20 minutes in, and for about four minutes, Benz offers details about Victoria Nuland, then at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and the CIA-backed coup there in 2014, using non-governmental agencies [NGOs] to “rent-a-mob,” and how our policy there got shaken up when Crimea subsequently broke away and later when Trump came in.  Well worth a listen!  And if you have time, keep listening for a discussion of the stunning “red lines” memo from our State Department that went to Zelenskyy a week after his election.  It informs the new president what he will and will not do “on issue after issue” if he doesn’t want to see instability brought to his country again.)

As Bongino points out, the “Russia Hoax” actually started in Ukraine, with the fabricated “black ledger” used to target Paul Manafort after he became Trump’s campaign director.  Before they framed Trump for being in cahoots with Russia, the Deep State had had plenty of practice framing people in other countries.

Speaking of framing people, Benz also touches on the recent arrest of FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, who made allegations concerning bribes paid to the Bidens, saying, “That guy can squeal all he wants about, you know, how he was set up by the FBI to actually talk to these Russians.  But the plain fact is, he’s still going to be staring at prison bars for the rest of his life, [with] the only chance for mercy being for him to not spill ALL the beans.”

Zelenskyy might face the same choice about telling what he knows about the Russia Hoax.  And when Trump tried to get the truth about the corruption in Ukraine, he was impeached over it.

Bongino and Benz address a few more topics, notably Bongino’s concern that if Trump does win in November, entities such as the ironically-named Transition ‘Integrity’ Project that came together during the Obama administration will coordinate with antifa/union-style groups (and, we would add, media) to organize and whip up massive street violence.  Benz is worried about this “tremendously,” he says.  After all, “these people are professional overthrowers of governments around the world.”  And we concur; such people, both inside the government and out, are a menace to a free society, the REAL threat to our republic.  If (when) they do this following a Trump win, it will serve to prove that those people should never hold power, ever again.  They’re the real insurrectionists --- no “peacefully and patriotically” for them --- and where they really belong is in prison.  Better buckle up.

As Benz says of this organized violence, “It’s a frigging RICO case.”  This time, a real one.

https://bongino.locals.com/post/5351845/super-tuesday-election-night-coverage-with-me-and-mike-benz-coming-up-at-7p-don-t-miss-it-live-o

Learn more from Mike Benz, more specifically about free speech and censorship, at his organization, Foundation For Freedom Online.

https://foundationforfreedomonline.com

The latest polls, even from liberal outlets like the New York Times and CBS, show that Trump is solidly ahead of Biden. Worse for Democrats, voters not only rank Biden lower than Trump for handling issues of most importance to them, such as inflation and border security, but demographics that the Dems count on to win are turning on Biden and longing for a return to the days of Trump. Here’s a detailed roundup...

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/03/slate-polls-show-trump-opening-firm-lead-biden-general-election-begins/

Among the findings: 97% of 2020 Trump voters say they are backing him again, while only 83% of Biden’s 2020 voters plan to make that mistake again (10% say they are switching to Trump, which if true would be devastating considering how narrow Biden’s margin was in 2020.)

Majorities of voters think Biden’s policies cause inflation to rise and hurt them personally (see, most people really are paying attention!) In a poll that must have left New York Times staffers feeling suicidal to report, Trump was ahead of Biden by nine points among men and tied among women, whom the Dems count on for their winning margin (maybe women are deciding that being able to abort babies up until they’re weaned isn’t as important as being able to afford groceries or not be robbed, raped or murdered if you step outside your house.) Although I’m certain the Dems are well ahead among people who claim they are no particular gender.

That poll also showed Trump actually ahead of Biden among Hispanics and at least cutting into the black vote to a level that would be catastrophic for Democrats if it holds.

I always caution people not to put too much stock in polls, especially polls taken months in advance of an election. These polls are encouraging (they suggest that people realize Biden’s policies have been terribly destructive to America, in some cases deliberately, and they don’t like it.) But the Dems have a ton of money for ads and free biased media on their side, and they’ve made it clear they will stop at nothing to preserve their power, from slanderous lies to trying to imprison their opponent to blocking his certification in the House (i.e., “assaulting our democracy,” which is apparently fine when they do it.)

If you love this nation and want it to survive, this is a “crawl over broken glass to vote” election. It needs to be not just a red wave but a red tsunami to overcome all the lies, lawfare, bullying and chicanery that the Dems will try to pull. So take a moment to enjoy the positive polls, then toss them aside and get back to work to win the only poll that counts, the one at the ballot box in November.

So much winning

March 4, 2024

Over the weekend, Donald Trump added to his GOP primary lead with commanding wins in the Missouri, Michigan and Idaho caucuses.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/02/trump-romps-in-idaho-caucus-this-is-your-country-and-its-also-trump-country/

However, there was good news for Nikki Haley: she finally won her first GOP primary. The bad news: it was in DC, where Republicans are nearly as rare as fiscal responsibility. She beat Trump by nearly 2-1 in the ground zero of federal government swamp dwellers, but that was out of a turnout of fewer than 2,000 voters, and who knows how many of them were actually Republicans. Personally, I doubt that there are that many Republicans in DC, and I also doubt that most Republicans outside of DC will consider being DC’s preferred Republican to be a selling point.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/03/03/nikki-haley-projected-winner-dc-swamp-republican-primary/

Maybe DC voters approve of the fact that she’s nowhere near even being elected yet and she’s already breaking promises she put into writing. That’s a very popular thing in Washington.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2024/03/03/nikki-haley-im-no-longer-bound-by-pledge-to-support-trump-rnc-is-not-the-same/

She might want to savor that victory while she can because tomorrow is Super Tuesday, when 15 states plus American Samoa hold primaries. Polls suggest that Trump could garner enough delegates to nearly lock up the nomination. It takes 1,215. He currently has 244 and 874 will be awarded tomorrow.

Fed Up with the Fascist Left

February 29, 2024

Not only is immigration now the #1 concern among voters according to Gallup, but some other new polls suggest that Americans are getting fed up in general with the woke fascist left. Like this survey that found that two-thirds of Americans believe that the country is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to protecting freedom of speech. I suspect that the other third also believe that but were just afraid to say so.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2024/02/28/shocking-survey-reveals-overwhelming-majority-of-americans-concerned-about-future-of-free-speech-n2170684

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that a survey by CRC Research for 85 Fund found that being raised with constant scare stories of apocalyptic climate change doesn’t seem to have panicked young people as much as the eco-radicals hoped.

https://redstate.com/benkew/2024/02/27/young-people-dont-actually-give-a-damn-about-climate-change-poll-finds-n2170670

The survey asked people how much they’d be willing to spend to combat “climate change.” Only 45% of 18-to-35-year-olds would be willing to spend $10 or less per month. Twenty percent of the same age group weren’t willing to pay anything at all. Among all age groups, 42% said they weren’t willing to pay anything to fight “climate change,” and 18% would pay only up to $10 a month.

I’m sure these people will be pilloried as ignoramuses who refuse to face our #1 existential threat. Or maybe they’re just starting to listen to scientists who are questioning the apocalyptic predictions that keep failing to materialize. Like this study showing that if all CO2 emissions could somehow be ended now, it would take thousands of years for the Earth’s temperature to cool.

https://royalsociety.org/news-resources/projects/climate-change-evidence-causes/question-20/

Or other scientists who argue that the sun, not CO2, drives the changes in Earth’s climate (sorry if this is behind a paywall.)

https://www.theepochtimes.com/article/fixation-on-co2-ignores-real-driver-of-temperature-say-experts-5588495?src_src=Morningbrief&src_cmp=mb-2024-02-20&est=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYu0mcBcV3sja6ZMJs2RQB%2Fp5xE7yeVBokopPPjfn0VVUyEIN

But I don’t think these young people realize that they’re already paying far more than $10 a month to fund the left’s war on carbon dioxide. Every time a wealthy person buys a Tesla and gets a $7,000 tax subsidy, we’re all paying for it.

When the Democrats pass trillion-dollar spending bills that shower money on their green cronies, we pay for it, both in the initial spending and via the inflation it causes. When businesses have to abide by draconian environmental regulations that raise their costs, those get passed along to us in the form of higher prices. The skyrocketing prices we’re paying for food and fuel are largely due to the green left’s war on oil, gas, modern agricultural, ranching and even nuclear power, which is the only reliable, large-scale source of energy that DOESN’T release CO2.

Young people who keep voting for Democrats while being reluctant to spend more than $10 a month on “climate change” have no idea how much their votes are really costing them.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the appeal from Trump’s legal team regarding presidential immunity from criminal prosecution in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s “January 6” case, and has set the date for April 22.  This is a question of historic proportion that has never been addressed by the High Court. 

Specifically, the question, as expressed by the Court, is, “Whether and if so to what extent does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve OFFICIAL ACTS [emphasis ours] during his tenure in office.”

Given the schedule, and the fact that the trial is on hold --- if it ever takes place at all, depending on their ruling --- means it almost certainly won’t get started, let alone have a verdict, before the election.  It was Judge Tanya Chutkan, who has expressed strong bias against President Trump and his supporters and handed down some incredibly long sentences to J6 defendants, who had first denied Trump’s motion, saying, “Nothing in American history justifies the absolute immunity [Trump] seeks.”

It should be noted that Trump is not seeking ABSOLUTE immunity.  This argument involves actions he took as part of being President, which is to say, constitutionally.  The proper way to deal with such a matter is through impeachment and conviction.  Trump was already impeached by Congress --- on his way out the door --- over his actions on January 6 and found not guilty in the Senate.

Trump’s appeal of Judge Chutkan’s ruling went to a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court; recall that leftist Judge Florence Pan brought up a ridiculous hypothetical involving a U.S. President using Seal Team Six to assassinate a political rival.  They upheld Chutkan’s order 3-0, rejecting his immunity claim.

The next step was Trump’s request for an “en banc” hearing, which is to say, the full court would hear the argument, and filed an emergency application to SCOTUS to put the panel’s court order on hold in the meantime.  Special Counsel Smith, in his hurry to get the case to trial in a DC (kangaroo) court before the election, filed an opposition to Trump’s request.  “Delay in the resolution of these charges threatens to frustrate the public interest in a speedy and fair verdict…” he wrote.

Note:  In a DC court, with Chutkan presiding and before a jury full of virulent anti-Trumpers who’ve convicted him in advance of “insurrection,” fair’s got nothing to do with it.  And the right to a speedy trial is not out of “public interest” or to satisfy what the prosecutor wants --- it’s for the defendant, who in this case is TRUMP, who does not want to go to trial at all.

One possible scenario, according to investigative reporter and analyst Julie Kelly, is that the Supreme Court will decide as early as sometime in May --- still pretty fast --- that a President can be prosecuted for acts taken in office.  (That’s a decision that would have a lot of ramifications for future Presidents, for sure.)  In that case, the trial in Chutkan’s courtroom will re-commence.  Three months will have been lost, and Kelly estimates that a trial wouldn’t get underway until late August.

But Kelly believes that due to the complexity and historic importance of this decision, they likely won’t have a ruling until the conclusion of this term, at the end of June.  That would push the trial to late September.

In that case, a conviction --- oops, I mean “verdict” --- probably wouldn’t be reached before Election Day.  For months, Smith has been trying to move heaven and earth to get a conviction before voters cast their ballots, obviously hoping to make a big dent in his support and lose the election for him.

Of course, there’s one more possible scenario:  that the Supreme Court reverses the appellate panel and says a President cannot be prosecuted for actions taken as part of his official presidential duties.  Then the criminal case against Trump will...go away.

Trump’s political foes had been hoping the Court would let the appellate ruling stand, meaning the trial could now go full steam ahead.  Julie Kelly’s piece features some examples of hysteria --- caution:  some extremely profane --- from the left, as posted on X (Twitter); one of the worst is (unsurprisingly) from Nancy Pelosi: “The Supreme Court is placing itself on trial with its decision to hear the former president’s total immunity claim.  It remains to be seen whether the justices will uphold the fundamental American value that no one is above the law --- not even a former president.”

“The Supreme Court is placing itself on trial”?  Really??

Oh, and you’ll be hearing that phrase --- “no one is above the law” --- even more during the coming weeks.  Better have some Excedrin on hand, because that drum is going to be beating nonstop.  But this case isn’t about being above the law.  If it weren’t much more complicated, SCOTUS could just wave its collective hand and give the DC court its blessing.   

Another lovely X posting referred to Judge Pan’s absurd hypothetical and also to Trump being assassinated: “The good news is that SCOTUS will probably rule on whether Biden [has] absolute immunity in time for him to order SEAL TEAM 6 to take him out, as Trump’s lawyer said Biden could do.”

https://www.declassified.live/p/supreme-court-to-consider-presidential

Back in January, Kelly examined Pan’s hypothetical and the “unseriousness” of that panel of judges.  In addition to Pan, a Biden appointee, the panel consisted of Michelle Childs, another Biden appointee, and Karen Henderson, a George H. Bush appointee.  (It just smells wrong to have Biden appointees ruling on cases that so directly affect the fate of his political rival, doesn’t it?  Chutkan, who had said in her written opinion that the presidency is not a “get-out-of-jail-free card,” is an Obama appointee.)

As Kelly writes, “Given the unprecedented nature of the matter before the court, one would assume the two Biden-appointed judges would take extra care in conducting the hearing as impartially and untheatrically as possible...That, however, did not happen.”

Read her piece for her blow-by-blow description of how that hearing went.  Kelly also delves into the various political associations, and it doesn’t get more anti-Trump and swampy than this.  (For example, she’s known former DOJ lawyer (and Lisa Page’s attorney) Amy Jeffress for three decades and attended Jeffress’ wedding, officiated by Merrick Garland.  The groom was DC District Court Judge Chris Cooper, appointed by Obama.  DC is so...cozy.

Kelly also asks the same question we have, about just how “randomly” judges are selected for cases.  “...Pan is oddly seated on an unusually high percentage of consequential political cases,” she observes, and offers examples.  Pan must be enjoying her work; last week, her panel denied the appeal of Russel Alford, who was sentenced by Judge Chutkan to 12 months in prison for being inside the Capitol building for 11 minutes on January 6.  He wasn’t violent or destructive, but Chutkan had apparently found him “guilty by association” anyway, and the panel upheld this, with Pan writing that “a jury could rationally find that his unauthorized presence in the Capitol as part of an unruly mob contributed to the disruption of the Congress’s electoral certification and jeopardized public safety.”

This is the kind of twisted rationale being used by these judges.  And Judge Chutkan is presiding over President Trump’s “J6” trial.

https://www.declassified.live/p/the-hackery-of-judge-florence-pan

 

RELATED READING:  Speaking of the swamp, here’s an outstanding piece by Robert Chernin in REALCLEAR POLITICS on the recent revelations concerning Obama’s CIA spying on Trump’s campaign.

As Chernin sums up the problem, “The involvement of foreign allies in surveilling American citizens under the pretext of national security raises serious questions about the integrity of our democratic processes and the autonomy of our nation’s intelligence operations.”

In other words, if anything is a threat to “Our Democracy,” this is it.  A must-read.  Too bad the very people who need to read it the most will avoid it like the plague.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2024/02/28/obamas_cia_asked_foreign_intel_agencies_to_spy_on_trump_campaign

Trump Wins Michigan

February 29, 2024

In this week’s Michigan GOP primary, Donald Trump beat Nikki Haley by his widest margin yet. With 94% of votes counted at this writing, Trump leads by 68.2% to 26.6%, a margin of well over 40 points. Three percent were uncommitted.

https://www.westernjournal.com/nikki-haley-suffers-worst-loss-yet-trump-adds-michigan-2024-primary-win-column/

It will be interesting to hear how Haley, the media and the Never-Trumpers will spin this as a win. A couple of excuses I’ve already heard are that Trump didn’t do as well as some polls that showed him carrying up to 79% of the vote (that seems more a reflection on the polling.) And they’ll try to claim that this shows that over a quarter of Republicans want a candidate other than Trump. But something similar could be said in nearly any election. It doesn’t have to be unanimous to call it a win.

In 2016, Trump got only 36.5% of the Michigan primary vote, but he went on to win the nomination and the state. Heck, I got 0.2% of the Michigan primary vote, and I’d already dropped out of the race by then. I should’ve followed the Nikki Haley standard and claimed I was robbed.

As expected, Biden won the Democratic primary with 81.1%. Marianne Williamson got 3% and Dean Phillips took 2.7% (or as I call that, the “Anybody but Biden vote.”) But a big warning sign for Democrats is that over 13% of the vote went to “Uncommitted.” That was due to the large Arab-American population protesting Biden’s support of Israel by urging Democrats not to vote for him. They set a goal of 10,000 votes for “Uncommitted” to make their point, and at the moment, they have over 101,000.

There’s little chance of those voters turning to Trump, the best friend Israel ever had in the White House, but if it’s an indication of them being turned off enough by both candidates that they won’t vote at all, it could spell big trouble for Biden in this swing state. And what is he going to do about it? Appease his radical pro-Palestinian base by betraying Israel? That could be even worse for him politically.

This is what happens when you build political power on pandering to various identity groups. When two of those groups find their interests at odds, you have to do some pretty fancy tap-dancing to appease them both, and Joe can’t even walk across a stage without falling over.

Related: Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson thinks that Biden is so vulnerable, she announced that she’s “unsuspending” her campaign and getting back in the race. Make your own “raising the dead” joke.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/marianne-williamson-returns-presidential-race-saying-biden-vulnerable-trump

A new Gallup poll found that “immigration” (the incorrect term for the mass invasion of illegal entrants across our open border) is now the #1 issue concerning voters. More bad news for Democrats: it pushed their previous #1 worry, “government,” into the #2 spot.

https://www.westernjournal.com/poll-shows-americans-new-top-concern-country-horrible-news-biden/

It’s assumed that this surge in concern about illegal immigration is fueled by outrage over the murder of University of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley, allegedly by an illegal immigrant from Venezuela who was stopped at the border but released, then arrested in New York but released again by authorities who deliberately refused to hand him over to ICE for deportation. At least New York City Mayor Eric Adams is finally calling for change in that insane policy, but it’s like closing the barn after the horses got out.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/27/democrat-nyc-mayor-eric-adams-calls-for-changing-sanctuary-city-law-that-protected-laken-riley-s-accused-killer/

Riley’s murder is the latest and most shocking example of Americans paying the price for the invasion of unvetted aliens, but she’s sadly not the first and only such victim. And if we count the Americans killed by fentanyl that’s pouring across the border and being distributed by illegal alien drug gangsters, the tragic human toll of Biden’s border policies is astronomical.

I’m glad to see that the American people are too smart to buy the feeble attempts to spin and gaslight this story away, from the media trying to cover up the suspect’s background by calling him “an Athens resident” to saying the crime shows the “dangers women face” when running outdoors alone.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2024/02/27/katie-porters-response-to-an-illegal-immigrant-murdering-riley-laken-is-simply-awful-n2170648

So are they trying to blame Laken for her own murder because she dared to think she had a right to go jogging without being murdered? This is as disgusting as the European media who responded to Muslim immigrant rape gangs by telling women not to dress too provocatively. Democrats have already prioritized "trans rights" over women's rights; now they're doing the same thing with "illegal alien criminal rights."

We know why she was murdered: Because Democrats believe in things like open borders, sanctuary cities, refusing to enforce laws and blaming crimes on the victims instead of the perpetrators. This poll shows that Americans now see through that. Let’s hope the polls in November show that they’ve had more than enough of it.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to appear Wednesday for a closed-door session of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, the two committees handling the House impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

Notice we didn’t say he’ll be “answering questions,” because, who knows?  Likely he’ll grandstand and/or dodge questions in lawyerly fashion, as he’s had plenty of time to prepare for that.  Hunter could always quietly plead the Fifth, of course, but his very aggressive attorneys will probably choose to let him lash out in defiance instead, as drama is more their style.  Kevin Morris and his production team will probably be waiting just outside the door, cameras in tow.

This interview will be different from all the others, because Hunter apparently gets his own rules.  There will be no video camera in the room --- ironic, since Hunter sought out the cameras last time, when he chose to give an outdoor press conference rather than comply with his subpoena.  Also, the transcript is to be released right away, probably within 24 hours, to avoid selective leaks.  (Actually, I think that’s a good idea for all transcripts.)

Right now, there are no discussions in the works for a public hearing after this closed-door one.  That seems curious, considering that Hunter originally had only wanted to do the public one.  But a spokesperson for the Oversight Committee said that the committees do intend to hold public hearings.

One has to wonder if Hunter has conferred again with his dad on how he plans to conduct himself.  Recall that last time, when Hunter dodged the subpoena, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre blurted out that President Biden “was certainly familiar with what his son was going to say.”  For anyone who WASN’T a Biden or other favored Democrat, that comment would likely have led to an investigation for obstruction of justice.

For when you have time, the NEW YORK POST has an extremely comprehensive overview of the Biden financial scandal.

https://nypost.com/2024/02/27/us-news/hunter-set-to-appear-for-closed-door-deposition-in-house-impeachment-probe-on-bidens-role-in-foreign-business-relationships/

 

RELATED:  As you know, the “Justice” Department missed Congress’s deadline to turn over the transcripts of President Biden’s two-day interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur, who heads the classified documents investigation of the President.  Hur, as you know, laid out the examples of misconduct by Biden but said, essentially, that they wouldn’t be charging him because of his [Biden’s] mental incompetence, as revealed in his testimony.  The White House denies this, so….let’s go to the videotape!  And the written transcript and any pertinent notes.  To that end, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer of Kentucky and House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan of Ohio have followed up with a subpoena and cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The letter states that “conducting an impeachment inquiry based on anything less than all pertinent evidence would be an affront to the Constitution and irreparably damage public faith in the impeachment process.”

This press release from the Judiciary Committee has full details, plus a link to the letter.

 https://judiciary.house.gov/media/press-releases/chairmen-jordan-and-comer-subpoena-doj-special-counsel-hur-investigation

 

Three Crises – No Waiting

February 28, 2024

On Tuesday, February 27, President Biden needed to generate headlines demonstrating that he is really still functioning as the nation’s chief executive, appearances to the contrary. In due course, Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries left their White House meeting and ambled outside to descry: Republican inaction on Ukraine (most important); funding the government (which runs out of money on Thursday); and (oh yes) the ongoing shambles once known as our southern border. The headlines were urgently needed for two reasons: to put pressure on the Republican House to keep the government open; but mostly to counteract other headlines about Biden’s migrant hordes. The latter problem has leap-frogged from being an outrageous inconvenience in Democrat-controlled cities to a national problem of public safety.

The latter inconvenience creates a particular problem for the legacy media that, in deference to their Democratic masters, normally tries to downplay any adverse news about immigration, scary crime stories most of all. During my decade as a military analyst with NBC News and MSNBC, the only story more compelling than a fiery, multi-vehicle traffic accident on the near-by New Jersey Turnpike was when an attractive white lady either went missing or met with a tragic outcome. The murder of 22-year-old Laken Riley and the arrest of Jose Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela, are stories that continue to resonate on raw American nerves. It is one thing to expose the American welfare state to 10 million impoverished new claimant; but quite another when a president willfully creates a national-security nightmare instead of vigorously defending the common good.

Congressman Tony Gonzales – a career Navy veteran who represents Texas 23rd District  - sums it up succinctly:  “If we fail to secure the border, we’re going to continue losing American lives – whether through fentanyl overdoses, car chases with smugglers or, God forbid, a terrorist action…We need to stop treating this issue like we have all the time in the world to fix it.”

As a fellow Cold War vet, I suspect that Congressman Gonzales joins me in worrying about the fate of Ukraine. Because deterrence is multi-faceted, Putin’s decision to invade fully reflected his judgment of the awkward US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Equally problematic: the war’s last two exquisitely painful years where American largesse focused not so much on victory but on just not losing. Despite the staggering losses endured by the Russians, former US defense secretary Robert Gates said in a recent Washington Post interview, “It’s no longer a stalemate. The Russians have regained momentum… Everything I’m reading is that the Russians are on the offensive along the 600-mile front.” Because of flagging US support, “the Russians are feeling that the tides have turned, and while there is much to be done, the initiative has passed to them.” 

"https://thehill-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/thehill.com/policy/defense/4481737-russia-broken-stalemate-ukraine-gates/amp/

As if these immediate crises were not enough to worry about, Americans should never assume that nothing else is wrong. That point was forcefully made earlier this month by Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow (and former Marine) Dakota L. Wood. For many years, the Heritage Foundation has compiled an authoritative analysis of American military forces, their equipment, training and readiness; the Heritage report for 2024 supported Mr. Wood’s chilling assessment. 

 At present, the U.S. military is roughly half the size it needs to be. Moreover, most of its primary equipment (planes, ships, tanks, etc.) is 30 to 40 years old, and soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and guardians are training only a fraction of what they should to be competent in battle. Yet senior leaders in the Pentagon…who have access to the facts (and who should know better) continue to say we have the best military in the world, as if saying so makes it so. It does not.

I found Mr. Wood’s final summation even more troubling since deterrence ultimately depends on our ability to defeat an enemy in battle. “So if our military is at great risk of not being able to win … well, it doesn’t have much deterrent value. Our potential enemies can see this; the American public, not so much.” https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/2024-us-military-weak%E2%80%A6and-should-scare-you-209335

Bottom Line: The 2024 Presidential campaign should discuss the requirements for national survival, not just national security.

Colonel Ken Allard is a former West Point faculty member, Dean of the National War College and an on-air military analyst for NBC News.

“This time it’s really happening,” Steve Baker posted on X Tuesday. 

Baker, who as an independent journalist covered the riot on January 6, 2021, was finally told last week --- after two and a half years --- that he would have to turn himself in to the FBI this week.  (He had a false alarm late last year, but this time it’s for real.)  Sure enough, Baker has just been notified that there’s now a signed arrest warrant and he’s supposed to surrender in Dallas this Friday. 

The instructions are oddly specific.  He’s supposed to surrender at 7AM, wearing “shorts and sandals” (?).  He speculated Tuesday that he’ll be put through the “humiliation” of changing into an orange jumpsuit and being handcuffed.  From that point, he’ll be transported to the Dallas courthouse to appear at a 10AM hearing before a federal magistrate.  Probably in an orange jumpsuit, no doubt meant to provide a nice chilling effect to other independent journalists.

These are reportedly misdemeanor charges, so Baker had thought this might be a simple order to appear, but no --- instead they have chosen the full-out “arrest warrant” route. 

The last time we updated this story, Baker didn’t even know what the charges against him would be.  He STILL doesn’t know.  Withholding the charges is, according to his attorney, a “really unusual” move.  The attorney, James Lee Bright, said he’s hoping to get a copy of the complaint as early as possible Friday morning.  Can you even imagine what it must be like to know you’re going to be indicted but not to know what for?

One thing they did tell Baker’s legal team:  their client is not expected to be detained, so there’s no need to arrange bail.  (Question:  If that’s true, why won’t they let him wear his own street clothes to the arraignment?  That doesn’t make any more sense than anything else about this case.) 

As long as Baker is awaiting trial, he’ll face travel restrictions and almost certainly will not be allowed to travel to Washington DC, which, Baker said, “will have a deleterious impact on my work.”  It’s also possible that there will be other restrictions:  gag orders from talking about the case, restrictions or an outright ban on social media, and possibly orders to surrender electronic devices and firearms.  “All unknowns,” Baker said.

Now working full-time for BLAZE NEWS as an investigative journalist, Baker said it will be a “relief” to get this step over with.  At the same time, it’s weighing hard.  “I’m not a depressive person, but I’m not happy about this,” he told THE BLAZE.  “I have prayed, ‘Lord, let this cup pass from me,’ but apparently it’s not going to.”

Baker has been waiting a long time for that “knock on the door” from the FBI.  For many months, things sort of went quiet.  According to BLAZE MEDIA editor-in-chief Matthew Peterson, it was after that news outlet started working with him that the government “sprang back into action.”  As we’ve reported, the FBI had talked to Baker in December about surrendering but then told him it could be put off till after the Christmas holidays.  Wasn’t that thoughtful of our friends in law enforcement?  But now the time has come.

BLAZE MEDIA will apparently be participating in Baker’s defense.  “We will be showing the world footage from January 6 that shows Steve was clearly present that day as an independent journalist,” Peterson said.  “Government retaliation such as this against journalists contradicts the very idea of a free press, the purpose of our form of government, and what once was the American way of life.”

It’s sad to have to say so, but with what we know about the politicization of the FBI and what is NOW the American way of life, it’s impossible not to wonder at the timing of Baker’s arrest.  He had spent a great deal of time going through hours of recently-released security camera video of the area near the entrance to the DNC headquarters, where a “live” pipe bomb was “found” --- sorry for all these quotation marks, but they’re to make a point --- just minutes before the election certification process was scheduled to start, and had recently offered his findings.

Regular readers of this newsletter know all about this:  the fact that the bomb was discovered by plainclothes law enforcement (what are the odds?); the odd casualness with which the Secret Service and Capitol Police received the report of a “live bomb,” even allowing passersby --- including children --- to walk right by it; the unexplained presence of Kamala Harris at the DNC when she was about to be certified as VP-elect at the Capitol building, and, perhaps most of all, the curious inability of a bomb-sniffing dog to sniff out a bomb supposedly sitting just a few feet away.  All of this cast doubt on the official story.

Last October, Baker’s investigation also questioned something else:  the testimony of Capitol Police Special Agent David Lazarus that led to the convictions of several Oath Keepers.  Tediously examining January 6 closed-circuit video frame-by-frame, Baker found that Lazarus couldn’t possibly have been in the right place at the right time to have seen what he testified to.  Presumably, these convictions are now being appealed on the basis of this finding.

Recall also Capitol Hill Police Officer Harry Dunn, who had insisted --- in very emotional testimony --- that rioters frequently yelled racial slurs at him that day.  Baker’s review of all the video showed no evidence of this actually happening.  (We can’t say conclusively that this didn’t happen even once, but the video surely would have picked something up if it had been going on repeatedly.)  But in an update on Dunn, he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by Biden last year and appears to have a bright political future, running for Congress in Maryland with the endorsements of Congress members Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Bennie Thompson and Jasmine Crockett (Houston, TX).  As you know, Bennie Thompson was the chairman of Nancy Pelosi’s J6 Kangaroo Kommittee.

As reported in THE NEW YORK TIMES, he claimed in an interview “that he believed he was the candidate best equipped to combat the right-wing movement loyal to former President Donald J. Trump.”

Schiff said in a statement, “Harry Dunn defended my life on January 6, and I’m proud to stand beside him and endorse him in his race to represent Maryland’s 3rd Congressional district.  We need fighters like Harry in Congress, where he will continue to stand his ground, fight for accountability, and protect our democracy.” (Fun fact: every time Adam Schiff says, “Protect our democracy,” a Founding Father winces in his grave. Apparently, Democrats are now “protecting our democracy” by arresting journalists for exposing their lies.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/05/us/politics/harry-dunn-congress-jan-6.html

https://www.marylandmatters.org/2024/02/27/political-notes-dunns-haul-hogans-liquor-message-health-picket/

This weekend, we’ll have an update on Baker’s arraignment and the charges he faces.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/blaze-news-investigative-writer-steve-baker-says-fbi-wants-him-to-self-surrender-friday-in-dallas-over-his-jan-6-reportin

Interesting post-mortem on the South Carolina GOP primary, and a warning to GOP voters for the upcoming primaries: The media and various Never Trumpers made quite the deal out of Nikki Haley getting nearly 40% of the vote, trumpeting it as “40% of Republicans don’t want Trump.” But considering it was an open primary where you don’t have to be a party member to vote in the party’s primary, and Biden was basically running unopposed in the Democratic primary, I asked rhetorically if her voters were all really Republicans. Answer: Not hardly.

https://thenationalpulse.com/analysis-post/kassam-40-of-republicans-didnt-vote-against-trump-in-south-carolina-obama-operatives-used-democrat-voters-to-boost-her/

Raheem J. Kassam of the National Pulse examined AP poll data and found something odd: about 4 out of 10 Haley voters voted for Biden in 2020. This makes sense because not only was Haley encouraging Democrats to vote for her to stop Trump, but a well-funded network backed by Never Trumpers and former Obama operatives also spent big to turn out Democrats for Haley. One sent out over 200,000 texts to encourage Democrats to vote for Haley to harm Trump.

Robert Schwartz, the co-founder of one of these election interference groups called PrimaryPivot, told Politico, “We only care about damaging Donald Trump. For better or for worse, the only thing you can do if you really want to stop Trump is to vote for Haley.”

Kassam estimates that if you subtract all the Biden supporters who artificially propped up Haley just to harm Trump, her support in her home state GOP primary likely wouldn’t have broken 25%. And if you think any of them would vote for her in the November general election, I have some oceanfront property in Arkansas that I’d love to sell you.

As regular readers will know, Steve Baker at THE BLAZE has spent many months investigating the January 6 riot and subsequent prosecution, tirelessly combing though hours of video to try to get the full sense of what really happened.  With the release --- at last --- of surveillance camera video from outside the DNC headquarters, he’s been focusing on the pipe bombs that were placed at or near the headquarters of the DNC and RNC, and we’ve featured his reporting here.  Baker has been waiting a long time for that “knock on the door” from the FBI, and last week, it came.

Figuratively, anyway.  He’s been told he has to turn himself in to face misdemeanor charges.

As Baker posted on X: “Misdemeanors?  For what?  Terrorism?  Is there such a thing as misdemeanor terrorism charges?  60 other journalists entered the Capitol on J6.  Do we all have to see the world through the same prism?  Here we go.  Game on.  I will not take a plea deal.”

He plans to make the case for selective and vindictive prosecution.  He is a JOURNALIST.

At REVOLVER NEWS, there’s a video clip with Glenn Beck and Baker talking about the optics of the pipe bomb story that day and the limitations put on the FBI investigation afterwards.  Be sure to see it.

https://revolver.news/2024/02/breaking-doj-to-arrest-the-blazes-independent-j6-journalist-steve-baker-for-covering-the-capitol-riot/

In another case of journalist harassment, Catherine Herridge, recently fired from CBS NEWS, has reportedly received the materials CBS confiscated from her, which would have included information on confidential sources going back years.  The corporation says no one has looked through any of that information and that her former office was secure after she left (or, as we would imagine, was escorted out by security).  Hey, their word on that is good enough for us!

You know when we’re joking, right?

The U.K. DAILY MAIL has details.  According to their report, and that of the NEW YORK POST, Herridge had been working on a story “related to Hunter Biden’s laptop.”  You know, the one that had the classic earmarks of Russian disinformation.  More on that soon.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13117901/CBS-notes-journalist-fired-investigating-Hunter-Biden.html

Sidenote: Giving credit where it’s due, the SAG-AFTRA union that represents TV journalists as well as actors (some fall into both categories) actually defended Herridge, condemning CBS for its “shocking,” “absurd” and “completely inappropriate” actions.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sag-aftra-condemns-cbs-news-233301995.html

As Hunter Biden prepares for questioning by congressional committees this week (or else for how to avoid it, ha), the special counsel handling his prosecution on gun charges is being accused of endangering national security through his incompetence.

This stems from Special Counsel David Weiss’s charges filed last week against FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, who is now --- after working with the FBI for a decade and being considered a reputable confidential human source (CHS) --- alleged to have made false statements in the Biden finance case.  Among other things, he claimed Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky had said he “paid $5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden.”  This claim was immortalized in 2020 in an FBI agent’s “1023” interview notes.

(Incidentally, that “1023” is absolutely NOT the “centerpiece” of the bribery allegations about the Bidens, despite Democrats’ claims.  We’ve been all over that, Jamie Raskin.)

As legal analyst Margot Cleveland reports, “In indicting Smirnov, Weiss confirmed his office had botched the Hunter Biden investigation by ignoring the FD-1023 for nearly three years — and then only investigating Smirnov’s claims after Grassley made the document public. Specifically, according to Thursday’s indictment, the FBI did not question Smirnov about his reporting until Sept. 27, 2023.” 

Then-Attorney General William Barr had tasked the Pittsburgh office with screening any information relating to Ukraine, which agents appear to have done with this “1023.”  The U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh, Scott Brady, had found no connection with “known sources of Russian disinformation” and had forwarded the “1023” to Weiss’s team in Delaware.  Smirnov continued to be a CHS for the FBI.

But earlier this month, when Smirnov was arrested, Weiss argued in a memorandum in favor of detention that because of his many connections to foreign intelligence services, Smirnov was a flight risk.  Smirnov had made no secret of these to the FBI; the FBI knew about them because he’d reported these to his handler.  Read Cleveland’s column, and she outlines the connections in detail.  Smirnov was re-arrested on Thursday, after first being allowed to be free on bond while wearing an ankle monitor.

These are the sorts of connections that a CHS normally has.  (How else is he supposed to have anything in the way of information to pass along?)   From all appearances, the DOJ is using them now to throw Smirnov under the bus and discredit the claims of Biden financial impropriety.

In his filing, Weiss said Smirnov had claimed to have seen video of Hunter at a Russian-controlled hotel in Kiev.  But they apparently have established that Hunter had never traveled to Kiev.  This might have just been a mistake, but in his filing, Weiss claimed that this meant Smirnov is attempting to interfere with the 2024 election.  Quite a leap.

“He [Smirnov] is actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections after meeting with Russian intelligence officials in November,” Weiss wrote.

Was Smirnov lying to the FBI, or was he not?  Either way, this makes the FBI look really bad.  If he was feeding them false information, we know they were using him as a CHS for years, and continued to.  He gave them the information in that “1023” three years ago.  As Cleveland asks, “What information might our FBI have entrusted Smirnov with for those three years?”

If Smirnov wasn’t feeding them false information, then the FBI is railroading him to create the false narrative that his story incriminating the Bidens in a bribery scheme is “Russian disinformation.”  Oh, but the FBI would NEVER do something like THAT.

https://thefederalist.com/2024/02/21/david-weisss-latest-motion-shows-by-protecting-the-bidens-he-compromised-national-security/

Sadly, the plan seems to be working; look at how the mainstream media is running with the “Russia” theme AGAIN.  NBC NEWS even brings up the “classic earmarks” letter about the laptop signed by 51 former intel officials, some of whom now say they feel “vindicated.”  (We’re sorry; this commentary was supposed to be about REAL journalism.)

https://news.yahoo.com/ex-u-spies-warned-hunter-140041533.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

To clarify: No, claiming to have found some real “Russian disinformation” doesn’t mean you’ve been vindicated for falsely suggesting that something entirely different was “Russian disinformation.”

RELATED:  James Biden, younger brother of the President, appeared last week before the committees conducting the impeachment inquiry --- the House Oversight and Accountability Committee and the Judiciary Committee. In his opening statement, James said:

“I have had a 50-year career in a variety of business ventures.  Joe Biden has never had any involvement or any direct or indirect financial interest in those activities.  None.”

He also said that “because of my intimate knowledge of my brother’s personal integrity and character, as well as my own strong ethics, I have always kept my professional life separate from our close personal relationship.”  He said he’d never relied on his “status as Joe Biden’s brother.”

“Those who have said or thought otherwise were either mistaken, ill-informed, or flat-out lying,” he said.  Well, he can say that all he wants, but business associate Rob Walker’s earlier testimony confirmed that, as the House Oversight Committee put it, “Joe Biden met with nearly every foreign national who funneled money to his son.”

According to a source who spoke to FOX NEWS, James said he was not part of a deal with Hunter Biden and Biden associates James Gilliar, Rob Walker and Tony Bolukinski. When he was shown a contract with his signature on it and asked specific questions about it, his memory seemed shaky.  He said he “did not recall” signing a contract he’d signed with Hunter.

Tony Bobulinski testified a couple of weeks ago that “...it is clear to me that Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ being sold by the Biden family.  His family’s foreign influence peddling operation --- from China to Ukraine and elsewhere --- sold out to foreign actors, who were seeking to gain influence and access to Joe Biden and the United Sates government.”

Hunter is scheduled to testify Wednesday, or else to put on another dog-and-pony show with Kevin Morris and entourage in tow.  Who knows?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/james-biden-testimony-president-never-had-involvement-financial-interest-business-ventures

Trump Lawfare Updates:

February 27, 2024

Here are more details on former President Trump’s appeal of the outrageous fine imposed on him by a New York judge.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/26/trump-appeals-355-million-ruling-in-new-york-civil-fraud-case/

New York DA Alvin “Let ‘Em All Go But Trump” Bragg is taking a cue from his fellow politically-motivated prosecutors and seeking a gag order on Trump, to block him from talking about certain aspects of the alleged hush money case he’s ginned up.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2024/02/26/yet-another-gag-order-request-is-coming-for-trump-n2635765

Attorney Mike Davis of the Article 3 Project blasted Bragg’s motion in a lengthy tweet. He pointed out that it’s the defendant, not the government, who has constitutional rights to a speedy trial and free speech. He wrote:

“If there’s anyone on the planet who must have the ability to speak out about the judge, court staff, prosecutors, witnesses, and process, it is a criminal defendant going through the criminal process. This is un-American. It is a very dangerous, destructive precedent. Gagging a criminal defendant turns the U.S. Constitution on its head--from a shield to protect Americans from the government to a sword the government deploys to attack us.”

“The Democrat prosecutors and judges waging this lawfare and election interference against Trump are going to cause the federal and state judiciaries to lose their legitimacy with half the American people.”

The only part of that I’d quarrel with is “are going to.”

Finally, talk about a delicious irony: One of the strongest arguments for overturning the ruinously large fine on Trump in his New York real estate fraud case is the Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines. The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in 2019 that that protection does apply to state courts. And one of the strongest arguments for Trump to cite came from liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said:

“The prohibition embodied in the Excessive Fines Clause carries forward protections found in sources from Magna Carta to the English Bill of Rights to state constitutions from the colonial era to the present day. Protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history for good reason: Such fines undermine other liberties. They can be used, e.g., to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies.”

I might not have agreed with many of her rulings, but judging from this, there’s no doubt she was psychic.

The Family Research Council warns that there is a “growing disdain for Christianity” in America, reflected by the fact that over the past six years, there have been 915 hostile acts against churches, from vandalism to shootings to arson and bomb threats. And anti-Christian hatred is rising quickly: there were 436 assaults on churches in 2023, which is double the number in 2022 and eight times the number in 2018.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/attacks-churches-doubled-2023-report-warns-growing-disdain-christianity

This is yet another “shocking but not surprising” story. These assaults on churches have been happening with the tacit encouragement and approval of leftist collect teachers who indoctrinate students into hating Judeo-Christian culture, and Democrat authorities who turn a blind eye to violent radical left groups that threaten and vandalize pro-life pregnancy centers even as the Biden DOJ tries to railroad pro-life activists and Trump supporters into federal prison for decades. All this is happening in the shadow of a President who routinely demonizes and denounces half the nation as terrorists, fascists and “threats to our democracy” for daring to disagree with his radical policies. I’m sure many of the people who vandalize churches look at that and see it as a green light.

I should also mention that this dovetails with all the radical left groups threatening synagogues and Jewish students while demonstrating in support of Hamas terrorists. Meanwhile, Biden pressures Israel for a ceasefire while openly anti-Israel, pro-terrorist Congressional Democrats rail that he’s not being hard enough on Israel for fighting to defend itself from extinction. Maybe that would explain a shocking new poll showing that 53% of reliably liberal Jewish New Yorkers now say they plan to vote for Trump.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2024/02/a_poll_out_of_new_york_indicates_a_seismic_shift_in_the_jewish_vote.html

Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov has definitely been “caught in the ‘Crossfire’” of the Biden international financial scandal --- Ukraine/Russia branch.

Not only has he been taken back into custody on charges of obstructing justice and giving false information to the FBI --- which seems quite out of character for him after working for them for well over a decade as a highly-paid, reliable source --- but now the judge in the case says he’ll be jailed indefinitely after it was determined he was a flight risk.

After Smirnov was arrested upon his arrival from overseas at Las Vegas International Airport earlier this month, a federal magistrate dismissed prosecutors’ flight-risk argument and released Smirnov with conditions, taking his passport and requiring him to wear an ankle monitor.  But that did not satisfy the judge who will be presiding over his case, Federal District Judge Otis D. Wright II of the Central District of California, who on Monday said the defendant will be denied bail and retained until trial.

Here’s the local perspective, from the LOS ANGELES TIMES, a surprisingly even-handed write-up with detail we haven’t seen elsewhere.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-02-26/fbi-informant-bidens-detention-hearing

When Smirnov was re-arrested, nine handguns and $980,000 in cash were found in his condo.  (We’ve learned from Fani Willis’ recent testimony that keeping that kind of money in your condo is perfectly normal --- if you’re a black woman.  I digress.)

Anyway, Smirnov is a dual American/Israeli citizen.  He pleaded not guilty during Monday’s hearing.  We’d like to know how they determined that what he told them Zlochevsky had said about the Bidens was fabricated, as that hasn’t really been made clear.  Special Counsel David Weiss is saying that Smirnov admitted that Russian intelligence officials were “involved in passing” him the story.  Does that mean this particular piece of information was necessarily false?  Regardless, mainstream “journalists” are now running with this, agreeing with Democrats (typical) who ludicrously say there’s no longer any evidence of Biden bribery and influence peddling.

As Matt Vespa at REDSTATE has said, “In truth, the allegations by Weiss about Smirnov prove no such thing. It is well established that President Biden’s son, Hunter, and brother, James, sold access. There are many emails and text messages, for example, showing the two men promising meetings and involvement from President Joe Biden in various business deals. And one of Hunter Biden’s business partners has testified that selling access to Joe Biden was at the center of various deals the men sought with investors around the world, from Ukraine to China.” 

But the “Justice” Department now claims that Smirnov was lying in a 2020 FBI interview when he said Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky had claimed he’d “paid one Biden $5 million and another Biden $5 million.”  The indictment says this was “false derogatory information” about Joe Biden (“Public Official 1”) and son Hunter (“Businessperson 1”).  More details about Smirnov’s re-arrest and detention in Vespa’s most recent column...

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2024/02/26/judge-orders-former-fbi-informant-jailed-indefinitely-pending-biden-bribery-scandal-trial-n2170602

By the way, as campaign season moves forward, we’ll all be seeing a lot more in the media about “Russian operatives” and “Russian disinformation,” with the message that these are being used to help Trump.  It’s hard to believe they’re trotting out the “Russia” narrative again when we know it was “Trumped-up” to begin with.  But Smirnov’s detention certainly pushes that narrative.  And as Dan Bongino points out, Monday’s NEW YORK TIMES ran a big story called “The Spy War:  How the CIA Secretly Helps Ukraine Fight Putin” that actually contained this sentence:  “The Ukrainians also helped U.S. officials pursue the Russian operatives who meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Here we go again.

Related to that, Margot Cleveland had a great column on February 15, after the news had broken that our own intelligence community originated the whole “Russian disinformation” theme and, long before the opening of “Crossfire Hurricane,” started the foreign intel surveillance of those 26 Trump associates.  She’s wondering if Hillary’s campaign was actively coordinating with our intel community to target Trump and, if so, when that effort might have started.  Fascinating reading…

https://thefederalist.com/2024/02/15/did-our-intelligence-agencies-suggest-the-russia-hoax-to-hillary-clintons-campaign/

One of Bongino’s sources on X, FoiaFan, had an intriguing comment about the Smirnov arrest:  “Smirnov was apparently spying for the United States against Russia, and they are burning him publicly by making detailed recitations of his spying.  Super-classified stuff that we NEVER get to see.  Why?”  Well, it seems they’re trying to turn the story around and show him working for Russia.

And speaking of Margot Cleveland, we’ve now come full circle because her latest column is about the arrest of Smirnov and the Democrats’ use of the recycled “Russian disinformation” garbage to exonerate Biden of Ukrainian bribery allegations before the election.

She outlines all the other evidence --- yes, it is mountainous --- that exists to prove the allegations against Biden and his family, saying it “comes from their own mouths, texts, emails and loyalists.”

“So it’s appalling,” she says, “to see the Biden corruption deniers’ manipulation of the Smirnov indictment to launch another Russian-collusion hoax, promising the American people that the entirety of the Biden corruption scandal and Hunter Biden’s legal problems is a Russian disinformation campaign designed to interfere in the 2024 presidential election.”

Cleveland also shows how odd remarks dropped into the indictment by Special Counsel David Weiss seem designed to further the made-up “Russian disinformation” story.  And she even cites the same NBC story we did, quoting some members of that group of 51 former intel officials who wrote the infamous “classic earmarks” letter about Hunter’s laptop, saying they feel “vindicated” by Smirnov’s arrest.

She notes that House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerry Nadler has now written to AG Merrick Garland and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking for an investigation of former U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, who had vetted Smirnov’s FBI interview notes as part of his assignment from then-AG William Barr to screen information that came in pertaining to Ukraine.  Nadler also wants an inquiry into Barr.  Cleveland shows how, in this letter, Nadler distorts Brady’s own testimony to accuse HIM of lying about vetting Smirnov’s interview.

“THE FEDERALIST has reviewed the entire [Brady] transcript,” Cleveland writes, “and not only does it prove Nadler’s accusations are fraudulent, it confirms the idiocy of the idea that Smirnov was part of some Russian disinformation op to interfere in our elections.”

Incidentally, it was the vetting process done by Brady’s office at Barr’s request that first turned up Hunter’s connection to Burisma, as this was told to the FBI by a confidential human source (CHS).  Brady saw a passing reference to this in one FBI agent’s interview notes and requested that the FBI re-interview him to find out if it might be significant.  (Hoo boy, was it significant.)  The CHS was re-interviewed, and it was that interview we see immortalized in the “1023” at issue, which Brady testified later that he thought credible.  That CHS:  Alexander Smirnov, who is now being held without bail.

https://thefederalist.com/2024/02/26/democrats-spin-weisss-latest-indictment-into-new-russia-hoax-to-let-biden-skate-in-2024/

RELATED STORY:  Hunter Biden has a unique strategy for staying sober this year.

As he told AXIOS in a rare interview, he’s doing it for the good of the country.

In this case, he said, “I have something much bigger than even myself at stake.  We are in the middle of a fight for the future of democracy.”

He’s framed his struggle for sobriety as necessary to avoid putting his father in a bad light before the presidential election and inadvertently helping Trump get back in office.  Why, that would be terrible!  Just think --- if Hunter slipped and somehow the news got out, he might cost his father enough votes in a few swing states that even massive cheating with mail-in ballots couldn’t make up for it, and our democracy would be lost!

It occurs to us that if he happens to know who dropped off that baggie of cocaine at the White House, he might also want to tell THAT person how important sobriety is, for now.  The discovery of cocaine in the West Wing was not a good look for anyone there, including the Big Guy.  Please, please, for the sake of our democracy, keep all the drugs away from the White House, at least until after the election!

Matt Vespa at TOWNHALL spared no words about Hunter’s sense of self-importance, calling the AXIOS interview “one of the worst examples of malignant narcissism to ever exist in the political realm.”   

“This is a man who has been credibly accused of sex-trafficking women and who pimped himself out to the Chinese communists now believing that his ‘sobriety’ is one of the keys to saving American democracy,” Vespa said.  “...According to Hunter Biden, the Republic hinges on his ability to not end up back on the snow. You can't make this stuff up. It's too absurd.” 

But AXIOS presented this seriously, going on “to paint Hunter as a model for other addicts.”  Well, of course they did.  Hunter, like any recovering addict, has to put his faith in something larger than himself, which in this case is the desperate need to keep Democrats in power.  That’s the most important thing of all.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2024/02/26/hunter-biden-joins-the-fight-against-trump-with-sociopathic-proclamation-n2170574

In Saturday’s South Carolina GOP primary, former President Trump beat former SC Gov. Nikki Haley by about 60-40%. Normally, when someone loses their own home state by 20 points, it’s a pretty solid sign that the campaign needs to start packing up its banners and bunting, but Haley vowed to continue pressing on -- at least through Super Tuesday, even though polls show Trump well ahead in all states with no path to victory for Haley.

https://www.westernjournal.com/nikki-haley-begins-frantic-final-stretch-gives-potential-date-wrap-campaign/

Haley and her supporters, and all Trump haters everywhere, tried to paint her landslide loss as a victory because Trump’s 20-point margin was slightly less than the polls predicted. Also, they like to claim that it shows a substantial number of Republicans want a candidate other than Trump (they say 40%, but in an open primary state, we have no way of knowing how many Haley voters were just Trump-hating Democrat crossover voters who will vote for Biden in November.)  But in 2016, in a more crowded field, Trump won the SC primary with about 33%. Does that mean he went on to lose the general election because two-thirds of Republicans wanted another candidate in the primary?

Adding to the gravity of Haley’s loss is the fact that she and groups supporting her blew millions of dollars in South Carolina, outspending Trump and his PACs by 10-1.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/nikki-haley-s-backers-spent-millions-boosting-her-bid-in-south-carolina/ar-BB1iRAPG

Haley’s refusal to face reality has a lot of people asking, “What’s up with that?” Some think she must believe Trump will be taken out of the race by Democrat lawfare (and at this point, the vicious partisan nature of those indictments and convictions has become so obvious that I have to distrust either the motives or the intelligence of anyone who refuses to condemn them.) Others are questioning whether she’s been offered some big bucks deal by wealthy Democrats to stay in the race just to keep the party divided.

That might explain why some of her donors are liberals, and they continue to shovel money down what is clearly a bottomless pit at this point. But at least you can’t say that about Americans For Prosperity, the Koch-funded PAC. They’ve been helping to bankroll Haley’s campaign, but after South Carolina, they’re sticking a fork in it and calling it done.

https://redstate.com/benkew/2024/02/25/its-over-koch-network-pulls-plug-on-bankrolling-nikki-haleys-campaign-n2170565

Even though it seems a foregone conclusion that no matter what dirt the Dems throw at him, Trump will be the GOP nominee, Republicans need to be on their guard against complacency. Every dirty trick in the book (by Saul Alinsky) and more will be hurled at him by Democrats desperate to keep him from regaining power. There’s even talk that if Trump wins but Dems retake the House, they’ll refuse to certify his election. Or as they call that when anyone else even talks about it, “insurrection” and “destroying our democracy.” Is that the most rank hypocrisy and double standard? Of course, but what else is new?

I could link to a dry news article on that, but I think you’d rather hear about it from Kurt Schlichter:

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2024/02/26/will-the-democrats-let-donald-trump-be-president-if-he-wins-n2635684

Finally, to ensure nobody gets complacent, here’s an article on some worrisome indicators even in Trump’s South Carolina win that Republicans need to heed and prepare for.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2024/02/26/trumps-win-in-south-carolina-is-a-warning-not-a-triumph-n2170567

The open border/illegal immigrant crisis deliberately caused by Joe Biden (who, of course, blames it on Republicans) has become the #1 issue in the 2024 election, and over the weekend, that burning fire had kerosene poured on it. It was caused by news of the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Laken Hope Riley, the 22-year-old Augusta University nursing student who disappeared while jogging. Her body was later found in the woods.

https://www.westernjournal.com/laken-rileys-suspected-killer-crossed-border-illegally-let-loose-detention-center-report/

The suspect is an illegal alien from Venezuela. He was caught entering the US illegally in 2022, but thanks to Biden’s catch-and-release policy, he was let go inside the US instead of being sent back. He later was arrested in Queens, New York, for injuring a child and should have been deported. But thanks to the liberal “sanctuary city” policy, he was released from jail instead of being turned over to ICE for deportation.

He's now facing a number of charges, including kidnapping and murder, none of which would have happened if he’d never been allowed here in the first place or thrown out once he got here, or deported after being arrested. You can multiply this story many times, and you’ll understand why Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut told MSNBC that his party “has failed to deliver for the people we care about most, the undocumented Americans that are in this country."

Frankly, I’m so sad and furious about the needless, violent death of this innocent young woman, I can hardly express it. I think many other Americans feel the same way. So I’m going to link to Derek Hunter’s column at Townhall.com, where he says it very well in tearing apart the phony claims of the Democrats that they’re the party of compassion when all they care about is power. As Hunter brutally but accurately puts it:

“Democrats all have her blood on their hands, and none are more soaked than Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas, and they couldn’t care less if you paid them to try.”

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2024/02/25/coddled-to-death-mental-illness-illegal-aliens-and-the-democratic-party-n2635685

With the South Carolina 2024 Republican presidential primary and Super Tuesday fast approaching, change is needed urgently, or it’s lights out for our great republic.

It is crucial that American voters are well informed as they go to the polls. In 2024, we have witnessed some progress in putting America first, from states’ fight against the fentanyl epidemic to the historic impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, but we’re a long way from the November election.

With the media, Washington deep state and economic globalists working as an unholy trinity, we won’t have the luxury President Biden enjoys of endless vacation days and ice cream by the gallon. With primary voters going to the polls, remember that former President Donald Trump is the only one who has a track record of fighting for the forgotten men and women of America.

Mr. Trump fought for manufacturing jobs and delivered. The only thing the establishment and their wholly owned government-funded bureaucrats manufacture are phony indictments designed to keep you from even getting to vote for Mr. Trump.

Our focus on putting American interests first begins with protecting American manufacturing workers and their families from foreign countries that cheat. For years, elites in Washington have failed to protect American manufacturing workers from job-killing trade deals.

In South Carolina, the aluminum industry supports hundreds of good-paying manufacturing jobs. In 2015, the domestic aluminum industry was on the brink of collapsing due to China, Russia, the Middle East and other countries flooding the global marketplace with unfairly traded aluminum. With aluminum plants in South Carolina and across the country set to close, the future was bleak for thousands of aluminum workers and their families.

To save American jobs, Mr. Trump took bold and decisive action by signing into law the Section 232 aluminum tariffs, which levied a 10% tariff on all foreign aluminum imports. It wasn’t just protecting jobs. It protected U.S. national security. Mr. Trump showed tremendous leadership by imposing tariffs on all foreign aluminum imports to protect us from cheating countries. Mr. Trump stood with workers. It’s time we stand with him.

As voters go to the polls in South Carolina, the positive impact of Mr. Trump’s policies can be seen firsthand there. The nation’s newest aluminum smelter, Century Aluminum Mount Holly outside Charleston, provides more than 450 direct aluminum jobs, contributing more than $700 million in annual economic activity.

Due to Mr. Trump’s America First trade policies, this plant restarted half of production capacity and invested over $90 million, bringing the plant to 75% of overall production capacity, creating hundreds of new good-paying aluminum manufacturing jobs. The Mount Holly smelter produces aluminum, a crucial component for medical equipment and military applications that keep America safe.

While some people may not have liked Mr. Trump’s tough-guy approach, his policies actually put America first. Across the country, the Section 232 aluminum tariffs created more aluminum jobs and have been instrumental in allowing the U.S. to strengthen its domestic supply chains so we don’t have to rely on China, Russia or the Middle East for aluminum that our military needs in times of crisis. Mr. Trump didn’t just talk tough. He was tough on our adversaries, and we were stronger because of it.

Mr. Trump showed and continues to show tremendous leadership in standing up to countries that seek to harm the United States. Government-owned Russian aluminum producers provide military and financial backing to Russia’s assault against the people of Ukraine. According to media reports, some of Russia’s largest aluminum producers recruit soldiers to fight in Ukraine and fund their military salaries in support of Vladimir Putin’s war.

Mr. Trump imposed sanctions on Russian aluminum in the past. Mr. Biden has failed to enforce violations of the original deal, suspending them. Because of Mr. Biden’s weak leadership, two more U.S. smelters have been forced to shut down.

The Biden administration has failed to impose sanctions against Russian state-owned aluminum producers. Mr. Trump saved the U.S. aluminum industry, and he would not have weakened our country by allowing these smelters to close. Let me be clear: Mr. Trump will always stand with American manufacturing workers and put America first.

As the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday approach, voters must demonstrate unwavering support for our country and the leaders who will fight for you and your family. Mr. Trump will always fight for the forgotten men and women of America, and he will never forget our great American manufacturing workers. As voters go to the polls, let’s stand shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Trump and allow him to finish the work he started in 2016 so we can truly Make America Great Again.


This column originally ran in the Washington Times. You can read it here.

• Mike Huckabee was the 44th governor of Arkansas and a 2016 Republican candidate for president. He is currently host of “Huckabee” on TBN and a Fox News contributor.

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Daily Bible Verse

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

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Outage

Thursday morning, users of several phone companies were hit with a major cell phone service outage. At this writing, the cause had yet to be determined. Here’s a link to more information, if you’re able to access it.

https://nypost.com/2024/02/22/business/atampt-t-mobile-and-verizon-users-hit-by-cellular-outage-in-us/

If your cell service is out, you might try to cope with the withdrawal symptoms by talking to another human being in person, if you can remember how.


Memo to Senate Republicans:

Do not DARE let Chuck Schumer get away with the unprecedented dodge of tabling the House’s impeachment of “Homeland Security Secretary” Alejandro Mayorkas and pretending it never happened. If they want to let him off the hook for the incalculable damage he’s done to public safety and national security by resolutely refusing to do his job, then they can explain why during the public trial and cast a vote on the record to do so. We are watching.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2024/02/20/are-we-really-seeing-senate-republicans-defend-mayorkas-n2635507


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A New Argument

Mark Levin and other legal scholars put forth a new argument against the confiscatory $355 million fine that a New York judge levied against Donald Trump. New York Attorney General Letitia James is already licking her chops at the idea of seizing his buildings and selling them, but these legal experts argue that the appeals court should vacate the ruling immediately on grounds that it violates Trump’s constitutional rights under the 8th Amendment ban on excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment.

Here are a few articles that explain the argument…

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/stalinist-370m-judgment-against-trump-vacated-immediately

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2024/02/21/victor_davis_hanson_supreme_court_will_say_nys_excessive_fine_on_trump_violates_eighth_amendment.html

https://www.mrctv.org/blog/craig-bannister/trump-posts-text-8th-amendment-after-levin-notes-constitutional-challenge

If you think this doesn’t apply under the left’s “Trump has no Constitutional rights” argument, or their claim that state law is exempt, the writers point out that as recently as 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that states are subject to 8th amendment limits. It was a case in which a defendant had $1200 worth of drug paraphernalia in his $48,000 car, and the police seized his car. The SCOTUS ruled 9-0 in the defendant’s favor. If seizing a $48,000 car for a $1200 infraction was illegally excessive punishment, how can assessing a $355 million fine or seizing a multi-billion dollar piece of real estate for allegedly inflating values of properties on loans that were paid back with interest not be?


UPDATE:

Two adult suspects in the Kansas City post-Super Bowl shootings were identified, but the identity of two minors is still being kept secret.

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-kansas-city-shooting-suspects-identified/


Helpful Reminder

Amid all the scolding liberal media stories about George Santos being expelled from the House and Trump being fined $355 million for taking out loans and paying them back, I think it’s worthwhile to remind everyone occasionally that Democrat Bob Menendez is STILL IN THE SENATE!!!

https://www.westernjournal.com/dem-sen-bob-menendez-showed-off-money-filled-safe-nude-lover-15-years-fbi-gold-bars-raid-according-dossier/


Video of the Day!

Some instant justice as a rude car wash customer lowers the window to throw a drink at a worker. Moral: It’s not smart to tick off someone who’s holding a high-pressure water sprayer.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6347011210112


Most California Headline of the Week:

“Tesla Crashes Into Tesla, Then Crashes Into Another Tesla.”

https://insideevs.com/news/709225/multiple-tesla-evs-crash-california/

FYI: A fourth Tesla managed to stop in time and wasn’t involved. Still wondering how Elon Musk got so rich?


If the White House still can’t figure out why Americans aren’t celebrating the great economy that Bidenomics has blessed them with, this might give them a clue:

Americans haven’t been paying this big a share of their income for food in over 30 years.

https://archive.is/IQlEi

The Wall Street Journal reports that while the rate of increase in inflation has come down, food is still expensive and getting more so. Last month, restaurant prices were up 5.1% from one year before, and grocery prices were 1.2% higher, and that’s on top of the much higher inflation over the previous two years. With rising costs of both food and labor, expect prices to keep going higher.

In 2022, Americans spent 11.2% of their disposable income on food, a level we haven’t seen since 1991, when the elder George Bush was in the White House. And as Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit notes, Bush was a one-term President.


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Costas catches grief

Veteran sportscaster Bob Costas caught grief from the woke set last week by stating the obvious truth that allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports is crazy. He said, "It's not transphobic to say 'Let's inject some common sense here.'" He compared letting biological males who “identify” as women compete in women’s boxing to making welterweight Sugar Ray Leonard fight heavyweight Mike Tyson. Obviously, someone that outmatched is going to get seriously hurt.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/other/veteran-sportscaster-bob-costas-knocks-trans-athletes-in-womens-sports-common-sense-is-not-transphobic/ar-BB1icO7C

And for anyone who wants to call that “transphobia,” I give you the latest example: a male (sorry, but that’s what I call someone who’s over six feet tall and has facial hair) who claimed to be female was allowed to play in a girls’ high school basketball game in Massachusetts. The opposing team’s coach forfeited the game at halftime, not just because the team with the ersatz female on it was ahead by 31-14, but because three girls on the other team had already been injured playing against him.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/high-school-basketball-player-who-identifies-girl-accused-causing-injuries-game-opponents-forfeit

The school that allowed this outrage defended it by claiming that their “vision” is “that every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities. To do this, we work to create joyful and identity-affirming schools for our students, and prioritize maintaining student and staff safety above everything else.”

That’s not “creating the future,” that’s denying reality. And I’ll bet the girls who were injured by that hulking cheater didn’t feel very safe or joyful. As women’s sports defender Riley Gaines rightly commented, “A man hitting a woman used to be called domestic abuse. Now it's called brave. Who watches this & actually thinks this is ‘compassionate, kind, and inclusive?’”


Arizona: More 2020 election talk

As we have been repeatedly assured, the 2020 Presidential election was the most secure, trustworthy election in history and any suggestions that there might have been problems with things like mail-in ballots are election denial LIES and probably Russian disinformation.

So when the Arizona Republican Party started getting reports from residents who didn’t vote in 2020 that their election records state “mail ballot counted,” that’s probably just an indication of how efficient mail-in voting is. You don’t even have to cast a ballot to have it counted!

https://www.westernjournal.com/swing-state-voting-irregularity-exposed-voters-sat-election-votes-cast-anyway/

I’m only joking, of course. Election officials assured the public that it was merely a “technical issue,” and that “fixes are in progress.” I have no reason to doubt that last part.

Honestly, when our elections and government institutions are so transparent and honest, I don’t know how anyone could possibly harbor any suspicions, although admittedly, some do…

https://vigilantnews.com/post/this-looks-very-bad-how-the-2020-election-was-rigged-7-months-in-advance/



Surprise:  the FBI’s “RNC” pipe bomb story has big problems, too

We’ve previously reported that the so-called “RNC” bomb was found in a back alley right next to the adjacent Capitol Hill Club and was actually closer to it than to the RNC headquarters building, although the FBI has made “RNC bomb” part of the narrative.  There’s a nice symmetry to it:  DNC, RNC.  Now, investigative reporters Michael Shellenberger and Alex Gutentag are focusing on this.  Is it another made-up story by the FBI, designed to give it maximum political overtones?

This is a second case of what the FBI has said was an active bomb placed the night before but with a one-hour kitchen timer attached to it.  As with the DNC bomb (which really was at the DNC), the timer had 20 minutes remaining.  This makes no sense if these were intended to go off.

The new piece of information is that according to an experienced security analyst who came forward with a report to Congress, the FBI has to be misrepresenting the location of the bomb allegedly found at the RNC.  In a series of illustrations, he has corrected the FBI’s misleading map to show where the bomb was actually found --- practically on the other side of the Capitol Hill Club from where the FBI has maintained, much farther from the RNC.

As we reported quite a while back, the “RNC” bomb was supposedly discovered shortly before the DNC bomb, by a woman named Karlin Younger who was going back and forth to do laundry and who worked for a security contractor for the (surprise) FBI.  But what we didn’t know till now is this security expert’s observation:  that the way she described her reaction to the bomb was oddly worry-free, “unrealistically calm.”

More on this as it develops, which we have a feeling will be soon.

Public
FBI Claim That Alleged January 6 Pipe Bomb Was Left At Republican Headquarters Is False, New Evidence Suggests
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), last year, somebody planted a bomb at the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters on January 5 to go off on January 6, the day of the Capitol riot. But the person who was the FBI’s Director of the Washington Field Office on January 6, 2021…
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Nick Arama at REDSTATE wrote about this, too.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/20/new-j6-bomb-information-n2170371


COMMENTARY: More on FBI informant Smirnov that doesn’t add up

In breaking news Tuesday evening, Alexander Smirnov, the longtime FBI informant whose alleged lies relating to Biden bribery were immortalized in that “1023” is now being said by Special Counsel David Weiss to have ties with Russian intelligence.  Those ties, he says, were “involved in passing a story about Hunter Biden that has been critical to congressional Republicans’ efforts to investigate the first family.”

Actually, as we’ll get to below, it’s not so critical.  But Democrats want us to believe it is.  And mainstream media is running with the “Russia” theme.  Note the headline on ABC NEWS…

https://abcnews.go.com/US/hunter-biden-informant-charged-lying-high-level-russian/story?id=107389985

The filing by Weiss sounds suspiciously like yet another of the intelligence community’s “Russian disinformation” tales:  "Smirnov's efforts to spread misinformation about a candidate of one of the two major parties in the United States continues," the filing states. "What this shows is that the misinformation he is spreading is not confined to 2020. He is actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections after meeting with Russian intelligence officials in November.”

Aside from the now-tired references to “Russian disinformation,” there’s something about this story that just isn’t right.  For years, this individual was a highly-paid and utilized confidential human source (CHS) for the FBI.  As recently as last summer, they were refusing to release the “1023” because, they claimed, it would compromise a valuable source.  Did they still not know last summer that he had lied to them in 2017?  About something so consequential?

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky said, “When asked by the committee about their confidence in the confidential human source, the FBI told the committee the [CHS] was credible and trusted.”  Smirnov, he said, “had worked with the FBI for over a decade and had been paid six figures.”  Of course, Smirnov was also well aware that lying to a federal agent is against the law.

So, “Did Smirnov really lie about this or not?” is just the first of the questions we have.  Why did the DOJ not charge Christopher Steele with the same crime, when he seemingly committed it with his “dossier” falsely tying Trump to Russia?  And why did they wait years to charge Smirnov with lying, or even just to change their tune on the matter of his reliability?

We all understood when the “1023” story broke that the notes of an FBI agent in such a report constitute raw intelligence that still requires investigation and verification.  Without that next step, it wasn’t solid evidence of the Biden family’s wrongdoing, yet the media and Democrats (same thing) are now talking as if all the evidence the committee has gathered had just gone away somehow.  Au contraire.  Plenty of evidence is there, mostly in the form of financial records and sworn testimony.

So...drop the impeachment inquiry?  Are they kidding?

It’s easy to speculate, so let’s.  Perhaps Smirnov used to be a trusted source but was found out by the Russians and compromised somehow, made to pass along certain information.  But why would Russia want him to pass along a story damaging to Biden, when we now have good reason to believe that Putin really did NOT want Trump in the White House due to his unpredictability.  (Note:  this is just the opposite of what our intelligence community was telling us.)  Again, it doesn’t make sense.

FOX NEWS reports that Smirnov has been released from custody in Las Vegas after turning in his passport; he’s wearing an ankle monitor.  If he disappears, the one way to find out if Burisma founder Mikola Zlochevsky really said he “paid $5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden” is to hear it from Zlochevsky himself.

More on this soon.

RELATED:  President Biden’s younger brother James is set to answer questions (well, to face questions, at least) behind closed doors today for the House impeachment inquiry regarding the use of Joe’s name to generate business.  (Hunter is scheduled for February 28.)  As you know, former Hunter business partner Tony Bobulinski has said that President Biden “lied to the American people” about this.  Questions for James will focus on those “loans” between James and Joe and how they fit into the complicated web of payments that allegedly were part of an influence-peddling and bribery scheme.  Two so-called “loan repayment” checks, written in 2017 from James to the then-former Vice President --- he had just left office --- are central to this inquiry:  one for $200,000 and the other for $40,000.

As Mike Davis said on FOX NEWS last night, the problem with the Biden family is that they have more than $20 million from foreign governments and other entities, distributed to every family member (well, except Hunter’s 6-year-old daughter in Arkansas), that needs to be explained.  What were they selling other than Joe Biden’s name?  

We’ll have a report tomorrow on James’ testimony, at least as much as can be gleaned from the press statements given after a closed-door session.  Don’t expect us to take Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin seriously.  Talk about an unreliable source!

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2024/02/18/bombshell-report-reveals-bidens-brother-used-his-name-in-dealings-with-failed-hospital-chain-n2170301

ALSO RELATED:  For when you have time, John D. O’Connor at PJ MEDIA has a detailed piece on how Special Counsel Hur’s “classified document” report on President Biden managed to gloss over what may be obstruction of justice by Biden and his team.  Would Trump get away with this lack of documentation by those on his team going through boxes of potentially classified material?  Are you kidding?

“If the scene had exonerated Biden,” O’Connor writes, “Hur would have had photos galore, common sense suggests.”  But for some reason nobody on his team took out a cell phone to get even one picture of the vast pile of boxes they found.

And now it’s impossible to examine the 28 boxes that they delivered to the Archives.  Under the Presidential Records Act, these documents are for the exclusive use of President Biden for the next 12 years --- and even after that, access is limited.  As O’Connor reports, “We therefore must wait 12 years to investigate further whether Biden obstructed justice or used classified documents after leaving office.  Of course, by then, the statute of limitations would have lapsed on these possible crimes.”

https://pjmedia.com/john-o-connor/2024/02/19/how-hurs-report-hid-bidens-obstruction-n4926571

Oh, and by the way, here’s a surprise:  Special Counsel Hur has missed the deadline set by Congress to turn over the transcript of the interview with President Biden.  Guess it’s subpoena time.

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/20/doj-robert-hur-joe-biden-interview-transcript-release-deadline-house-judiciary-oversight-committee/


COMMENTARY: Fake news alert!  Trump sneaker-buyer is NOT a “Russian oligarch”

As Truman Capote famously said: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

And the media hardly ever will, at least not when the story has anything to do with President Trump.  If you’ve seen the story about the $9,000 purchase of a pair of Trump’s limited-edition high-top gold sneakers --- autographed, of course --- at Philadelphia’s “Sneaker Con” (yes, they have conventions for EVERYTHING), you likely saw the purchaser identified as a Russian oligarch.  Obviously, the fake Trump-Russia narrative still hasn’t gone away.

The media apparently glommed on to some inaccurate report that supported the preferred narrative and repeated it like the simpleminded Greek chorus they are.  Next thing you know, this man will be investigated by the FBI for (nonexistent) ties to Russian intelligence.  (That’s a joke, but these days, you never know.)

As BLAZE MEDIA reported Tuesday, “Various social media users with significant followings insinuated that the sneaker game presented an opportunity for Trump and Moscow to collude.”  In their stories and tweets, the purchaser of this pair of collectibles was alternately described as a “Russian oligarch,” a “Russian CEO” and a “shady Russian watch dealer.”

Here’s who he really is: Roman Sharf is a proud U.S. Army veteran and a Republican.  His business is not “shady”; his company “Luxury Bazaar,” has for two decades sold pre-owned luxury watches.  He came to America as a 13-year-old refugee from Ukraine when it was still part of the Soviet Union.  He says his dad had four dollars in his pocket when they arrived.  In a video posted on X, he also says he “busted my a-- working every dirty job under the sun to get where I am today to get to a point where I can splurge on a $9,000 pair of collectible sneakers.”

He is not pro-Russia.  In fact, through his charitable organization, he says that since the war in Ukraine started, he has raised over a quarter of a million dollars in aid to Ukraine.

After being threatened with a boycott of his business, he says, “There’s not a mean tweet in the world, there’s not an IG post, there’s not a news article that’s gonna stop me from being who I am and that is a patriot of this country...”

After this experience, he laments how divided our country is but says nothing is going to stop him from being a patriot.  Watch his powerful statement here:

https://twitter.com/romansharf/status/1759717137059381645?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed

Here’s the story at THE BLAZE.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/luxury-watch-dealer-who-bought-trump-sneakers-stomps-russian-oligarch-narrative


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President Trump’s Town Hall

Former President Trump took part in a town hall with Laura Ingraham on Fox News last night. Here’s the full video:

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6347311209112

A couple of major moments: Trump said he was willing to debate President Biden any time on any issues, but he doubts that Biden will debate him. Also, when asked about the claim that he will seek “revenge” on those who have relentlessly smeared, prosecuted and undermined him, he replied, “I don't care about the revenge thing. I know they usually use the word revenge. Will there be revenge? My revenge will be success.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2024/02/21/trump-explains-what-his-revenge-will-be-n2635522

While I love that he’s taking the high road and refusing to respond to the slander, I hope he won’t consider it “revenge” to justifiably fire, and when called for, prosecute people who have clearly abused their power to weaponize the government and target political opponents. One of the greatest missed opportunities of his first term was that he didn’t use his famous catchphrase “You’re fired” nearly often enough. I’d like to see that rectified in his second term, especially if he wants to avoid being undermined from within the way he was in his first term.


Must-read column

Must-read column by Byron York at Townhall.com in which he gives us some little-discussed insight into why Judge Engoron levied that outrageous $355 million fine on Trump, and (surprise!) it has little to do with the actual law. It’s largely because Engoron decided that Trump didn’t show any “contrition” or “remorse.” He apparently handed down that outrageous nuclear verdict because Trump didn’t grovel before him but instead acted as if he’d done nothing wrong, just because he’s the only person in 70 years ever to be prosecuted for doing what every other business person in New York does when taking out loans.

As York puts it, it wasn’t justice, it was “retribution.” But I think we all knew that going in.

https://townhall.com/columnists/byronyork/2024/02/21/judge-engorons-retribution-n2635501

York also compiles a number of quotes from New York Attorney General Letitia James from her campaign, making it abundantly clear that she hated Trump and would abuse the power of her office to go after him and “bring him down,” before she’d even figured out what the charges would be (FYI: This Stalinesque tactic is exactly the opposite of how legitimate prosecutors operate. You’re supposed to identify a crime first, then decide who to charge for it; not target the person then come up with something to charge them with)

Having tasted blood, James is determined to go for the jugular, and is now talking about seizing Trump’s properties (and likely selling them off for pennies on the dollar) to destroy his real estate empire in New York. And she sneers at the warning that her unbridled leftist tyranny is convincing other businesses to flee New York. She scoffed, “Last I checked, tourism is up. Wall Street is doing just fine.”

That’s odd. I checked while writing this, and the Dow was down 120 points, after taking a 500-point drop last week. Plus, the stock market is not a local business. And in addition to the major venture capitalists announcing that they’ll no longer invest in New York, America’s oldest firearms manufacturer, Remington, is fleeing its home in Ilion, New York, after 208 years to move to Georgia.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/retail/ny-village-losing-its-soul-nations-oldest-gun-manufacturer-flees-blue-state-georgia

By the way, Letitia: those aren’t tourists crowding New York City, they’re illegal aliens.

For the record, I thank God every week that I now film my TV show in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and no longer have to commute to Manhattan!


SCOTUS declines to hear Virginia education case

Even with its alleged conservative majority, the Supreme Court has dodged its duty too many times, usually because Chief Justice Roberts seems more concerned with maintaining the lofty image of the SCOTUS than with wading into the Court’s sometimes-messy prime directive of protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

That happened again on Tuesday when the SCOTUS declined to hear a case challenging an elite Virginia high school’s admissions policy that allegedly discriminates against Asian-Americans for being too well-qualified. This may keep them from being accepted to Ivy League schools (that could be a blessing in disguise, but that’s another story.) In a furious 10-page dissent joined by Justice Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito called the lower court’s ruling allowing the school’s policy to stand "patently incorrect and dangerous.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/alito-issues-fiery-10-page-dissent-supreme-court-declines-review-high-school-admissions-case

Alito wrote, "What the Fourth Circuit majority held, in essence, is that intentional racial discrimination is constitutional so long as it is not too severe. This reasoning is indefensible, and it cries out for correction…The holding below effectively licenses official actors to discriminate against any racial group with impunity as long as that group continues to perform at a higher rate than other groups…The Court’s willingness to swallow the aberrant decision below is hard to understand. We should wipe the decision off the books, and because the Court refuses to do so, I must respectfully dissent."

The SCOTUS also earned a rebuke from Alito for refusing to hear a case to determine whether potential jurors can be excluded based on having sincere, traditional religious beliefs. Alito rightly noted that, just as he warned in the case where they “discovered” a right to same-sex marriage, the SCOTUS is allowing “Americans who do not hide their adherence to traditional religious beliefs about homosexual conduct” to be “‘labeled as bigots and treated as such’ by the government.”

(Of course, much of the media are framing this as "Alito defends bigotry against gays" instead of "Alito opposes bigotry against people of faith, just as he opposes liberal bigotry against Asian Americans.")

Both of these cases illustrate the dangers of allowing unconstitutional laws, policies and regulations to be created and then hoping the Supreme Court will do its job and protect the Constitution. We should instead be doing everything possible to elect officials, both locally and on the national level, who will protect Constitutional rights and hold them accountable, so we don’t have to rely on the last line of defense.


Biden vs Trump

This morning, the White House once again thumbed its nose at the Supreme Court, announcing another $1.2 billion in student loan forgiveness (which the SCOTUS ruled it has no power to implement. Someone please mention that to the committee looking into Biden's impeachment.) As the linked story notes, “Biden has now unilaterally wiped away nearly $138 billion in federal student loans for almost 3.9 million borrowers without a single act of Congress.”

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/biden-cancels-1-2-billion-student-debt-six-months-schedule

Correction: He hasn’t “wiped away” that debt, since that’s impossible. He’s just taken it off the backs of the people who willingly agreed to take out loans and repay them, and dumped the cost onto the backs of taxpayers who might not even have had the chance to go to college, or who worked their way through or paid off their own student loans.

So just to be clear: Trump is fined $355 million for taking out loans and paying them back, but Democrat voters who take out loans and fail to pay them back get rewarded by having someone else pay their loans off for them. And this is the party that claims to be the champion of “justice.”


Report: $517 million to illegal immigrants

According to a Fox News Digital review of state and local programs, Democrat mayors and governors spent at least $517 million from Biden’s $1.2 trillion “American Rescue Plan” that was meant to help Americans during the COVID pandemic on support for “undocumented residents” (i.e., illegal immigrants.)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dem-states-cities-overrun-migrants-funneled-millions-federal-covid-19-aid-support-illegals

As the Economic Policy Innovation Center put it, "This means the Biden Administration directly subsidized ‘undocumented’ immigration under the guise of COVID-19 pandemic relief."  I assume it’s like the payoffs of student loans: Democrats using our tax money to buy the support of one of their voting blocs.


Haley’s bait-and-switch

Nikki Haley ticked off some reporters Tuesday by calling a press conference that was allegedly going to include some major news. It got media attention because they assumed she was announcing that she was dropping out of the race, considering she’s yet to win a primary and is at least 25 points behind Trump in polls for the upcoming primary in her home state of South Carolina. But she pulled a bait-and-switch by making the “big announcement” that she’s not dropping out, regardless of what happens in South Carolina.

Haley said, “Why would I [drop out] when only, at that point, four states have voted? Ten days after South Carolina, another 20 states vote. I mean, this isn’t Russia.” I’m not sure what that means. Are Russian political candidates forced to drop out if they keep losing and are 25 points behind in the polls, or do they just figure out for themselves that they should drop out?

https://www.westernjournal.com/nikki-haley-makes-major-campaign-announcement-amid-talks-dropping-race/

I’ve said before that I don’t want to tell anyone else when it’s time to quit, but I can’t see any path forward to victory for Haley. At this point, she’s wasting her supporters’ time and money on what I can only imagine is an audition for a slot as a Trump-hating Republican on MSNBC. If she really cares about stopping the incalculable damage being done to America by the Biden White House, then it’s time to put the divisive attacks on Trump aside and start working to unify the party, focus the message and win in November.

As I told Sean Hannity on Fox News last night, Trump should ignore Haley, stay above the intra-party sniping, and concentrate on contrasting his positive vision for America with the disastrous policies of the Democrats. He should also go easy on personal attacks on Biden, since I’m not convinced he’ll be the nominee, but anyone who replaces him will be nothing but a different face on the same failed, destructive policies.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6347287727112


Surprise:  the FBI’s “RNC” pipe bomb story has big problems, too

We’ve previously reported that the so-called “RNC” bomb was found in a back alley right next to the adjacent Capitol Hill Club and was actually closer to it than to the RNC headquarters building, although the FBI has made “RNC bomb” part of the narrative.  There’s a nice symmetry to it:  DNC, RNC.  Now, investigative reporters Michael Shellenberger and Alex Gutentag are focusing on this.  Is it another made-up story by the FBI, designed to give it maximum political overtones?

This is a second case of what the FBI has said was an active bomb placed the night before but with a one-hour kitchen timer attached to it.  As with the DNC bomb (which really was at the DNC), the timer had 20 minutes remaining.  This makes no sense if these were intended to go off.

The new piece of information is that according to an experienced security analyst who came forward with a report to Congress, the FBI has to be misrepresenting the location of the bomb allegedly found at the RNC.  In a series of illustrations, he has corrected the FBI’s misleading map to show where the bomb was actually found --- practically on the other side of the Capitol Hill Club from where the FBI has maintained, much farther from the RNC.

As we reported quite a while back, the “RNC” bomb was supposedly discovered shortly before the DNC bomb, by a woman named Karlin Younger who was going back and forth to do laundry and who worked for a security contractor for the (surprise) FBI.  But what we didn’t know till now is this security expert’s observation:  that the way she described her reaction to the bomb was oddly worry-free, “unrealistically calm.”

More on this as it develops, which we have a feeling will be soon.

Public
FBI Claim That Alleged January 6 Pipe Bomb Was Left At Republican Headquarters Is False, New Evidence Suggests
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), last year, somebody planted a bomb at the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters on January 5 to go off on January 6, the day of the Capitol riot. But the person who was the FBI’s Director of the Washington Field Office on January 6, 2021…
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Nick Arama at REDSTATE wrote about this, too.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/20/new-j6-bomb-information-n2170371


COMMENTARY: More on FBI informant Smirnov that doesn’t add up

In breaking news Tuesday evening, Alexander Smirnov, the longtime FBI informant whose alleged lies relating to Biden bribery were immortalized in that “1023” is now being said by Special Counsel David Weiss to have ties with Russian intelligence.  Those ties, he says, were “involved in passing a story about Hunter Biden that has been critical to congressional Republicans’ efforts to investigate the first family.”

Actually, as we’ll get to below, it’s not so critical.  But Democrats want us to believe it is.  And mainstream media is running with the “Russia” theme.  Note the headline on ABC NEWS…

https://abcnews.go.com/US/hunter-biden-informant-charged-lying-high-level-russian/story?id=107389985

The filing by Weiss sounds suspiciously like yet another of the intelligence community’s “Russian disinformation” tales:  "Smirnov's efforts to spread misinformation about a candidate of one of the two major parties in the United States continues," the filing states. "What this shows is that the misinformation he is spreading is not confined to 2020. He is actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections after meeting with Russian intelligence officials in November.”

Aside from the now-tired references to “Russian disinformation,” there’s something about this story that just isn’t right.  For years, this individual was a highly-paid and utilized confidential human source (CHS) for the FBI.  As recently as last summer, they were refusing to release the “1023” because, they claimed, it would compromise a valuable source.  Did they still not know last summer that he had lied to them in 2017?  About something so consequential?

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky said, “When asked by the committee about their confidence in the confidential human source, the FBI told the committee the [CHS] was credible and trusted.”  Smirnov, he said, “had worked with the FBI for over a decade and had been paid six figures.”  Of course, Smirnov was also well aware that lying to a federal agent is against the law.

So, “Did Smirnov really lie about this or not?” is just the first of the questions we have.  Why did the DOJ not charge Christopher Steele with the same crime, when he seemingly committed it with his “dossier” falsely tying Trump to Russia?  And why did they wait years to charge Smirnov with lying, or even just to change their tune on the matter of his reliability?

We all understood when the “1023” story broke that the notes of an FBI agent in such a report constitute raw intelligence that still requires investigation and verification.  Without that next step, it wasn’t solid evidence of the Biden family’s wrongdoing, yet the media and Democrats (same thing) are now talking as if all the evidence the committee has gathered had just gone away somehow.  Au contraire.  Plenty of evidence is there, mostly in the form of financial records and sworn testimony.

So...drop the impeachment inquiry?  Are they kidding?

It’s easy to speculate, so let’s.  Perhaps Smirnov used to be a trusted source but was found out by the Russians and compromised somehow, made to pass along certain information.  But why would Russia want him to pass along a story damaging to Biden, when we now have good reason to believe that Putin really did NOT want Trump in the White House due to his unpredictability.  (Note:  this is just the opposite of what our intelligence community was telling us.)  Again, it doesn’t make sense.

FOX NEWS reports that Smirnov has been released from custody in Las Vegas after turning in his passport; he’s wearing an ankle monitor.  If he disappears, the one way to find out if Burisma founder Mikola Zlochevsky really said he “paid $5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden” is to hear it from Zlochevsky himself.

More on this soon.

RELATED:  President Biden’s younger brother James is set to answer questions (well, to face questions, at least) behind closed doors today for the House impeachment inquiry regarding the use of Joe’s name to generate business.  (Hunter is scheduled for February 28.)  As you know, former Hunter business partner Tony Bobulinski has said that President Biden “lied to the American people” about this.  Questions for James will focus on those “loans” between James and Joe and how they fit into the complicated web of payments that allegedly were part of an influence-peddling and bribery scheme.  Two so-called “loan repayment” checks, written in 2017 from James to the then-former Vice President --- he had just left office --- are central to this inquiry:  one for $200,000 and the other for $40,000.

As Mike Davis said on FOX NEWS last night, the problem with the Biden family is that they have more than $20 million from foreign governments and other entities, distributed to every family member (well, except Hunter’s 6-year-old daughter in Arkansas), that needs to be explained.  What were they selling other than Joe Biden’s name?  

We’ll have a report tomorrow on James’ testimony, at least as much as can be gleaned from the press statements given after a closed-door session.  Don’t expect us to take Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin seriously.  Talk about an unreliable source!

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2024/02/18/bombshell-report-reveals-bidens-brother-used-his-name-in-dealings-with-failed-hospital-chain-n2170301

ALSO RELATED:  For when you have time, John D. O’Connor at PJ MEDIA has a detailed piece on how Special Counsel Hur’s “classified document” report on President Biden managed to gloss over what may be obstruction of justice by Biden and his team.  Would Trump get away with this lack of documentation by those on his team going through boxes of potentially classified material?  Are you kidding?

“If the scene had exonerated Biden,” O’Connor writes, “Hur would have had photos galore, common sense suggests.”  But for some reason nobody on his team took out a cell phone to get even one picture of the vast pile of boxes they found.

And now it’s impossible to examine the 28 boxes that they delivered to the Archives.  Under the Presidential Records Act, these documents are for the exclusive use of President Biden for the next 12 years --- and even after that, access is limited.  As O’Connor reports, “We therefore must wait 12 years to investigate further whether Biden obstructed justice or used classified documents after leaving office.  Of course, by then, the statute of limitations would have lapsed on these possible crimes.”

https://pjmedia.com/john-o-connor/2024/02/19/how-hurs-report-hid-bidens-obstruction-n4926571

Oh, and by the way, here’s a surprise:  Special Counsel Hur has missed the deadline set by Congress to turn over the transcript of the interview with President Biden.  Guess it’s subpoena time.

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/20/doj-robert-hur-joe-biden-interview-transcript-release-deadline-house-judiciary-oversight-committee/


COMMENTARY: Fake news alert!  Trump sneaker-buyer is NOT a “Russian oligarch”

As Truman Capote famously said: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

And the media hardly ever will, at least not when the story has anything to do with President Trump.  If you’ve seen the story about the $9,000 purchase of a pair of Trump’s limited-edition high-top gold sneakers --- autographed, of course --- at Philadelphia’s “Sneaker Con” (yes, they have conventions for EVERYTHING), you likely saw the purchaser identified as a Russian oligarch.  Obviously, the fake Trump-Russia narrative still hasn’t gone away.

The media apparently glommed on to some inaccurate report that supported the preferred narrative and repeated it like the simpleminded Greek chorus they are.  Next thing you know, this man will be investigated by the FBI for (nonexistent) ties to Russian intelligence.  (That’s a joke, but these days, you never know.)

As BLAZE MEDIA reported Tuesday, “Various social media users with significant followings insinuated that the sneaker game presented an opportunity for Trump and Moscow to collude.”  In their stories and tweets, the purchaser of this pair of collectibles was alternately described as a “Russian oligarch,” a “Russian CEO” and a “shady Russian watch dealer.”

Here’s who he really is: Roman Sharf is a proud U.S. Army veteran and a Republican.  His business is not “shady”; his company “Luxury Bazaar,” has for two decades sold pre-owned luxury watches.  He came to America as a 13-year-old refugee from Ukraine when it was still part of the Soviet Union.  He says his dad had four dollars in his pocket when they arrived.  In a video posted on X, he also says he “busted my a-- working every dirty job under the sun to get where I am today to get to a point where I can splurge on a $9,000 pair of collectible sneakers.”

He is not pro-Russia.  In fact, through his charitable organization, he says that since the war in Ukraine started, he has raised over a quarter of a million dollars in aid to Ukraine.

After being threatened with a boycott of his business, he says, “There’s not a mean tweet in the world, there’s not an IG post, there’s not a news article that’s gonna stop me from being who I am and that is a patriot of this country...”

After this experience, he laments how divided our country is but says nothing is going to stop him from being a patriot.  Watch his powerful statement here:

https://twitter.com/romansharf/status/1759717137059381645?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed

Here’s the story at THE BLAZE.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/luxury-watch-dealer-who-bought-trump-sneakers-stomps-russian-oligarch-narrative


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Stefan Passantino, attorney for former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski, was so taken aback by the treatment of his client during his recent closed-door hearing that he wrote a letter to Oversight Committee ranking member Jamie Raskin of Maryland, expressing his concern about the Democrats’ “abusive conduct and disingenuous characterizations” of Bobulinski’s testimony regarding his association with Hunter.

Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky said it was behavior “I’ve frankly never seen before in a transcribed interview,” calling it a “shameful display.”  They were, he said, “cutting him off, belittled him, and threatened him.”

Bobulinski apparently held up well under this.  As he said in his letter, Passantino is confident we’re “watching the death throes of a political narrative that will be shattered upon the imminent public release of [that] testimony.”

Friday, that testimony was released. Matt Margolis at PJ Media has a link to the full transcript plus key excerpts, and you can tell why the Democrats were so frantic to smear and silence him.

https://pjmedia.com/matt-margolis/2024/02/16/joe-biden-was-the-brand-key-excerpts-from-tony-bobulinskis-testimony-n4926499

Also, the NEW YORK POST story has the full text of Passantino’s letter to Raskin…

https://nypost.com/2024/02/14/us-news/tony-bobulinskis-attorney-slams-democratic-spin-of-his-clients-testimony/

RELATED STORY:  Special counsel David Weiss has charged a witness with making a false statement and giving a false and fictitious record in their investigation of Hunter’s finances.

Alexander Smirnov is the source who, in that “1023” form, is quoted as telling the FBI, among other things, that Burisma founder Zlochevsky had said he paid “$5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden.”  He was arrested at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday after a grand jury returned the indictment.

Oversight Committee Chairman Comer says the FBI’s actions are “very concerning” and that they previously had said this source was “credible and trusted, had worked with the FBI for over a decade, and had been paid six figures.”  Why would someone like this lie?

For when you have time, this must-read story has the details...

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-informant-charged-giving-false-information-hunter-biden-2020

The timing of the arrest, given Biden’s mounting political and legal troubles, is suspect.  Rep. Jamie Raskin, ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, is now calling for the impeachment inquiry to be shut down --- never mind how much else it has found --- and President Biden is, too.

We’ll have much more as it develops, but for now, we’ll quote former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who had some inside information for Jesse Watters Friday night:

“When that ‘1023’ form was released last year, my colleagues and I knew at that point, that informant was going to be sacrificed.” he said.  “It was just a matter of time.  That informant has been on the books since 2010, and ‘11, ‘12, and up until more recently.  You do not stay on the books with the FBI unless you have been vetted and you are credible, and the fact that he had received so much money from the FBI, and so many people have to sign off on...those payments, it has to be verified that he is a very productive informant.

They “took out a hit” on this informant, he said, and “disabled him.”

“So what the FBI and our government wants to have us believe, is, ‘we’ve now taken out the predicator, the person who started the ball rolling...[by] telling on the Bidens, and now we’ve gathered all this other information, all the money trail, all the checks, all the payments, but yet because we’re gonna discredit the guy who unleashed on him, let’s throw it all in the garbage like it never even happened.’

Kaplan called this reasoning “insane,” “illogical” and “embarrassing.”  Even without this informant, he said, we still have a “treasure trove” of evidence “that leads directly from Hunter Biden to his father.”

“I can’t believe the FBI has gone down this road, AGAIN,” he said, “to unleash on this informant.”

Really??  What’s so hard to believe about that?  And who’s going to be an informant for the FBI after this?  There has to be mutual trust for that to work, and nobody can trust the FBI.

Friday brought yet another shocking-but-not-surprising story when the judge in Donald Trump’s New York real estate fraud case barred him from doing business in the state for three years and fined him $370 million.

The ruling was hardly surprising because this verdict was cooked in before this farce even started. There was no jury, and the judge found Trump guilty before even looking at the evidence or hearing the witnesses. He relied on property tax valuations of real estate instead of market valuations (infamously finding that the Mar-A-Lago resort was worth less than a small vacant lot near it was selling for.) And he ignored the testimony of an expert who said Trump’s loans were common practice, and one of the alleged “victims,” a banker who okayed a loan and said disagreements about property values are a constant. The bank made the loan anyway because they knew Trump was good for it, and he paid it off on time.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2024/02/16/breaking-judge-orders-trump-to-pay-over-350-m-bars-from-ny-business-in-civil-fraud-case-n2170225

The trial was just to assess punishment, and the only surprise was that the judge didn’t go along with rabid Trump-hating New York Attorney General Letitia James (who campaigned on a promise of getting Trump, with charges to be filled in later) and impose a corporate death sentence by canceling his New York business certificates for life. I guess he realized that putting all those people out of work and losing all of the Trump Corporation’s tax revenue would be going too far. But I wouldn’t blame Trump if he made that happen anyway.

The judge also fined Trump’s sons, Eric and Don Jr., $4 million each and barred them from doing business in New York for two years, despite testimony that they had nothing to do with the loan contracts. But they are guilty of being named “Trump.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/16/judge-arthur-engoron-fines-trump-354m-bars-him-from-running-businesses-in-ny-for-3-years/

Combined with the equally outrageous New York jury verdict of $83.3 million in damages for allegedly defaming E. Jean Carroll when he denied her unverified claim that he raped her at some unspecified time in the 1990s, this totals nearly half a billion dollars in damages he’s been ordered to pay by biased New York courts for charges that never would’ve gotten within a mile of a courtroom if his name weren’t Trump. At this point, you’d have to watch MSNBC exclusively not to be smart enough to see that. Law professors who don’t appear on MSNBC agreed, with Alan Dershowitz comparing this latest verdict to a banana republic and Jonathan Turley calling the judge’s ruling “confiscatory, extreme, and abusive.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/16/lawfare-judges-fine-trump-just-under-half-billion-in-2-cases/

Of course, Trump is appealing both of these kangaroo court rulings, but he’ll have to put up a bond while it’s on appeal. Since hamstringing his campaign by bankrupting him is one of the four prongs of the left’s lawfare strategy (smear him, distract him, bankrupt him, imprison him), they’ll call that a victory. As usual, the Babylon Bee nailed the truth with satire.

https://babylonbee.com/news/judge-orders-trump-to-pay-whatever-amount-it-takes-to-bankrupt-campaign

An appeal may be tougher because as a state law, it will have to be appealed to New York state courts. On the other hand, they might consider that if they okay using this law as a hostile and confiscatory weapon, it could ignite an even faster exodus of taxpaying businesses to other states. “Getting Trump” would then be a pyrrhic victory indeed.

After the verdict, AG Letitia James piously intoned that it shows that “everyone must play by the same rules.” One problem with that: the A.P. researched 70 years of case law and couldn’t find a single instance other than Trump of an entrepreneur or business being sued for allegedly inflating real estate values when there were no victims who suffered any damages.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/16/letitia-james-everyone-must-play-by-the-same-rules-no-precedent-for-trump-case/

This is hardly surprising, since Trump is constantly setting new legal precedents, like being charged with felonies for inciting a riot after he told people to obey the cops and protest peacefully, or having his home raided for possessing his own presidential documents, or being ordered to pay $83 million for defamation for denying that he raped a woman he was never charged with nor convicted of raping, or being removed from the ballot for committing insurrection when he’s never even been charged with insurrection. Law schools will have to build new libraries just to hold all the new and unprecedented cases that involve only Donald Trump.

I think these rigged convictions and outrageous punishments are not only going to be thrown out on appeal when they get to real courts, but this is going to backfire bigly on the Democrats. It already did with the indictments: they thought that simply charging him with nearly a hundred crimes would make his supporters abandon him. All it did was convince even more people that the “justice” system was politically corrupt. So now, they’re hanging their hopes on the idea that hitting him with outrageous fines and punishments will convince people that he’s crooked. I think all it will do is convince even more people of how crooked the justice system has become under them.

I wouldn’t presume to give Trump business advice, but were I he, I would not only move all my businesses to a free state like Florida or Texas (or Arkansas!), I would start a new consulting business to help other businesses arrange their moves out of blue states like New York, where they are punished for their political beliefs and bled dry as cash cows. I think he could easily make more than half a billion dollars in the first year, and I’m sure he would feel satisfaction in knowing that New York lost so much of its tax base that it wouldn’t be able to pay the salaries of its corrupt, power-abusing Democrat officials.

RELATED: If businesses need any more reasons to get the heck out of New York, on the same day Trump was fined $370 million for taking out loans that were paid back in full, another New York judge released an illegal alien accused of brutally beating an NYPD cop on one dollar of bail. Justice is no longer blind, but it is mentally impaired.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/nypd-migrant-attack-alvin-bragg-folds-catch-release-judge-gives-1-bail-suspected-gang-member

After reading the reviews for her performance on the witness stand Thursday, Fulton County DA Fani Willis opted not to return for an encore on Friday, which must’ve greatly disappointed political junkies and soap opera fans.

https://www.westernjournal.com/conservatives-mock-historic-meltdown-da-fani-willis-hearing-deciding-removal-trump-case/

But there was still plenty of drama, like the moment where her “special” prosecutor Nathan Wade was asked if he ever went to a cabin with Willis. He appeared to suffer a 21-second brain freeze that made Joe Biden look quick-witted in comparison.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-prosecutor-goes-silent-motionless-21-seconds-asked-fani-willis/

Another bombshell came when Wade’s former law partner, who had refused to tell why he’d left their law firm, claiming it was protected by attorney-client privilege because it was related to Wade’s divorce, admitted that he’d actually left because an employee accused him of sexual assault. I'm beginning to suspect that we'll find more actual crimes among the prosecutors than among the defendants.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biggest-takeaways-wild-day-hearing-fani-willis-affair-whats-done-is-done

And I didn’t even get into the testimony from Fani’s dad or the fact that when she did testify, she appeared to be wearing her dress backwards. I’m amazed that the producers of “Real Housewives” haven’t already signed this entire bunch for a reality show.

Over the past couple of days, we’ve learned more from the three reporters --- Michael Shellenberger and Matt Taibi, who are known from their work on Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files,” plus Alex Gutentag --- who investigated the CIA’s role in originating the Russia Hoax.

Shellenberger appeared on JESSE WATTERS PRIMETIME on Thursday for an update.  According to their sources, the CIA has a 50-page report that they’ve been hiding at their headquarters, and even members of the House Intelligence Committee have been unaware of its existence.  There might be other copies of this top-secret report elsewhere, but he’s not specifically aware.  According to Shellenberger’s “multiple, credible sources,” it proves “without a doubt” that Russia, in truth, favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump to become President of the United States in 2016.

It was all a lie. The Trump-Russia scandal made its formal launch on January 6th, 2017, when the office of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper published what’s called an “Intelligence Community Assessment,” or “ICA,” as it’s universally known in Washington…
 

What the hey?  Haven’t we been hearing for years that Trump was Vladimir Putin’s guy?  What is this?

The “agent of Putin” allegations against Trump were totally invented by our own CIA, and then-Director John Brennan used the phony, Hillary-financed Steele “dossier” to create the impression in an Intelligence Community Assessment in January 2017, after Hillary’s surprise loss, that the Russians had been helping Trump win.  The reverse was actually true.

The material in this hidden CIA report reveals the “best evidence” was on the side that Hillary was preferred by Russia for the “continuity and stability” of a Clinton administration.  Trump was a wild card; they were concerned that he was erratic, an unknown and therefore unpredictable.  “The quality of the evidence that contradicted that was much lower,” Shellenberger said, “and...Brennan’s people manipulated the sourcing, so to speak, the quality ranking given to the sources, to come up with really the opposite outcome of what the truth was.”

Shellenberger broke this down into two separate, massive intelligence scandals:  1) The manipulation Brennan did of our foreign allies during the campaign to “basically entrap” Trump associates like George Papadopoulos to “create the pretext” for the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of Trump, and 2)  Brennan’s orchestration of that phony Intelligence Community Assessment “that comes to the opposite conclusion of what their own raw intelligence was telling them.”

“What we’re witnessing is the political corruption of both intelligence gathering and intelligence analysis by John Brennan.”

He believes this newly-uncovered report is probably incorporated into this 10-inch binder we’ve been hearing about, and says Congress has to take action to get this.  “I know for a fact,” he said, “there are members of the House Intelligence Committee, whose...constitutional requirement...is to oversee the CIA, to demand that the CIA be a nonpolitical institution.”  (Cue laugh track.)  “They need to hold them to account --- there need to be hearings on this; we need that 50-page report, and the binder and the rest of the documents.”

The CIA is known for interfering in other countries’ elections, but they’re NEVER supposed to interfere in ours.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2024/02/16/new-bombshell-contents-of-the-intelligence-communitys-russia-assessment-n2635279

Another piece that’s emerging is that the CIA seems to have been running this “Five Eyes” operation through their London office.  This fits with what we knew:  Bill Priestap of the FBI flew to London for a week, and upon his return, “Crossfire Hurricane” was opened.  Recall also that Christopher Steele was a British former MI6 agent.  According to this new report, then-London station chief Gina Haspel, who was later promoted to CIA Director (ironically, by Trump, who at that time knew nothing of this), was conspiring with Brennan.  The “binder” documents are said to implicate her.

We’ll have more on this from Shellenberger on Monday.  In the meantime, the big question is, WHO RECOMMENDED GINA HASPEL TO TRUMP to replace CIA Director Brennan?  If this story is borne out, then whoever recommended her was no friend to Trump, just as Chris Christie was no friend when he recommended Christopher Wray for FBI Director.  Remember that Trump was new to DC and didn’t (yet) know the cast of Swamp-dwellers.  Steering him towards Haspel might have been part of the continuing scheme to take Trump down.  Notice that Haspel is still CIA Director under Biden.

Fortunately, there’s one person who definitely knows who recommended Haspel:  Trump.  

RELATED STORY:  Shellenberger also posted on X about the firing by Paramount Global of CBS NEWS’ excellent reporter, Catherine Herridge, formerly of FOX NEWS.  This was part of a purge of 800 employees at Paramount, including 20 at CBS NEWS, but we can’t help but wonder at the timing.  Shellenberger called her a “hero,” noting that she has been “facing financial ruin and even prison for protecting her sources.”  She is one of the finest journalists out there.  Maybe CBS just figured out she was too good for them.

Other conservative commentators joined in, with Collin Rugg of TRENDING POLITICS pointing out that “Herridge was fired just hours after she reported on how Biden may have ‘retained sensitive documents related to specific countries involving his family’s foreign business dealings.”

As reported in the NEW YORK POST, Herridge ran into “internal roadblocks” at CBS for her reporting of the Hunter Biden laptop story.  She was supposedly brought in to be a “balanced voice,” but did she think she would be given that kind of respect and freedom?  Anyway, we’d love to see her working as an independent journalist, as Tucker Carlson is now, with no one tying her hands.  There is no one more respected or credible.

https://nypost.com/2024/02/14/media/cbs-sparks-outrage-over-firing-of-catherine-herridge-lone-voice-at-network-probing-hunter-biden-laptop/

Ronald Reagan famously observed that “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” These days, nobody exemplifies that combination of self-assurance and self-delusion better than President Joe Biden.

Biden has long had an adversarial relationship with the truth (he once even plagiarized another politician’s biography), but in recent years, he’s become increasingly belligerent about repeating debunked stories. For instance, he keeps claiming that he decided to run for President when he heard Trump say there were “very fine people” among the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, something Trump never said (he said he was sure there were very fine people on both sides of the debate about removing Confederate monuments, but neo-Nazis “should be condemned totally.”) So there was really no reason for Joe to run for President. And if he can’t remember that this story is a hoax, he really shouldn’t be running for reelection.

That brings us to the latest false narrative that Biden trotted out for yet another go-round. This one involves events so recent that most of us remember what really happened, but not Joe, for some reason. At a government conference Monday, Biden tried to blame Trump for the deaths of a million Americans from COVID:

“You know, after we — the fellow who’s running again (Note: I’m not sure if he’s being deliberately disrespectful or he honestly can’t remember Trump’s name) — well, I .... After he did no — he did not move on making sure that we dealt with vaccinating the American public. We ended up losing over a million people dead — a million people. A million."

https://pjmedia.com/matt-margolis/2024/02/13/biden-blames-trump-for-bidens-own-covid-failure-n4926387

No matter what you think about the efficacy of the vaccines (and let’s just go for now with Biden’s belief that they were the only way to save lives), if you were at all sentient in 2019, then you should remember that they were developed in record time under Trump via a program called Operation Warp Speed. As Matt Margolis points out at the link, by the time Trump left office, his Administration had already ordered more than 400 million doses and had a vaccination program up and running that Biden inherited. He and Kamala Harris were vaccinated themselves in photo ops before they even took office (although I don’t recall either saying, “Thanks, President Trump!”)

Also, Biden personally commemorated the 1 millionth death “from COVID” (also debatable) on May 12, 2022, well over a year after he took office. In fact, more of those people died under his watch than under Trump’s. Matt has more on Biden’s various misstatements and attempts to shift blame at the link, but you get the idea.                                

Just one thing I’d like to mention that Matt didn’t include: Trump tried to shut down travel from China early on to stop the spread of the virus and buy valuable time that might have saved many lives. Biden and his fellow Democrats called him a racist and a xenophobe. Too bad there’s no vaccine for the leftist mind virus.

It’s illegal for our American intel agencies to use foreign spy agencies to spy on U.S. citizens without justification.  But since when have they paid any attention to the law?  Unless, of course, they can exploit it to go after political enemies.

According to a new report by independent journalists Matt Taibbi, Michael Shellenberger and Alex Gutentag, that’s just what Obama-appointed former CIA Director John Brennan did, enlisting the help of the “Five Eyes” agencies (spy agencies in English-speaking countries) to spy on 26 Trump associates in 2016, in the effort to tie Trump to Russia ahead of --- and then after --- the election.  This is what launched the FBI’s bogus Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

They say the information in this report is more evidence of the frame-up against Trump.  Recall that Brennan was the one who pushed so hard for the phony Clinton-financed Steele “dossier” to be included in the Intelligence Community report on Trump and Russia.  They ended up including the summary.

We’ll have details for you on this new report as soon as it’s released over the next couple of days, but we do know it concludes from information given by “multiple credible sources” that the whole “Spygate” effort against Trump was a CIA set-up.  The sources are people who are close to the House Intelligence Committee investigation of how the Russia collusion hoax began.  Contrary to the original story, the U.S. government was NOT acting on tips from foreign intelligence about George Papadopoulos, etc.  Our own government initiated it, brought in the “Five Eyes,” and came up with a cover story.

For now, perhaps the most important thing we know from the report is that Trump, before he left office, declassified the records of the Intelligence Community’s operation against him.  According to the report, “If the top-secret documents exist proving these charges, they are potentially proof that multiple U.S. intelligence officials broke laws against spying and election interference.”

Apparently, these documents were being kept in a “Top Secret” 10-inch binder in a “secret room in Washington.”  Shellenberger, who appeared Tuesday night on JESSE WATTERS PRIMETIME, said this binder is said to include information, raw intelligence, showing that the U.S. intel community, including the CIA (which is not supposed to spy on Americans), initiated the Russia collusion hoax.

And the binder may have disappeared.

Did Trump take it with him when he left the White House?  If your mind works the way ours does, you’re probably already thinking, “Aha!  That’s why Mar-A-Lago was raided by the FBI!”  Sure enough, Shellenberger says there’s been “widespread speculation” that the binder was “THE reason or A reason” for the Mar-A-Lago raid.  He’ll have more about that when part of the report is released later today.

“The is a huge, huge story,” Shellenberger said.  “I mean, I’ve been thinking about it --- in the history of the United States of America, have we ever had something like this, where the intelligence community is weaponized against a political candidate...using our foreign allies to do it?  I can’t think of a more important or dramatic story.”  That doesn’t even count the cover-up, if the Mar-A-Lago raid was indeed staged to find that binder.

If that’s what happened, we can only hope that Trump still has the binder, as it apparently would exonerate him and further incriminate them.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6346836929112

Victoria Taft at PJ MEDIA has an excellent write-up that will quickly refresh your memory on Crossfire Hurricane and the intel community’s various means of election “meddling” since 2016.  “Obama had a hand in all of this interference,” she says.  And there’s no reason to think it would do anything but intensify now.

https://pjmedia.com/victoria-taft/2024/02/13/taibbi-and-shellenberger-five-eyes-n4926413

It occurs to us, if Trump is so bad --- such an authoritarian, racist, traitor, etc. --- why do his enemies have to keep making things up about him and framing him for things he didn’t do?  The list of examples is very long now.  Why do they have to keep lying about what he said (or what he meant by it)?  We know why, of course:  he’s not really “that” person.  But they’re compelled to do this over and over, like Wile E. Coyote dropping anvils and setting off explosives to destroy the Road Runner.

Be especially glad that the House Intelligence Committee is investigating.  This year, it’s looking as though time has run out for the hoaxers, and their lies and schemes will blow up in their faces, a la Coyote.

RELATED:  Presidents Obama and Clinton are very much involved in the 2024 election, and they’re starting to make their presence more visible.  They both plan to attend a Biden fundraiser --- knowing, one assumes, that Biden WON’T be the nominee --- in New York on March 28, possibly at Radio City Music Hall.

Should be entertaining:  Watch Obama pretend to like Biden, and watch Biden fall off the stage.  As for Clinton, he’s only coming because he heard the Rockettes would be there, and Hillary wouldn’t be.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4451722-obama-bill-clinton-fundraiser-biden-2024/

Recruitment is down

February 15, 2024

The Daily Caller reports that the Army, Navy and Air Force missed their recruiting objectives by historically large margins in fiscal 2023, and it was almost entirely because of a steep decline in white recruits.

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/13/exclusive-a-huge-blow-decline-in-white-recruits-fueling-the-militarys-worst-ever-recruiting-crisis-data-shows

While the numbers varied among branches and the effect was less marked among Marines, an analysis of recruiting numbers showed increases in black and Hispanic recruits were more than offset by declines in white recruits. Spokespeople for each of the services listed various reasons for this, including a drop in physical fitness among youth, growing distrust of institutions, the stress of military life, more attractive civilian job options and fewer young people with family military traditions. An Army official told Military.com, “There is no widely accepted cause.”

Well, then, mind if I suggest one more to throw onto the pile? How about the fact that under Obama and now Biden, the so-called “leaders” of our military have tried to convert the world’s greatest fighting force and meritocracy into a social justice laboratory? Maybe white potential recruits from military families have noticed that it’s been infected with racist DEI propaganda to the point that its leaders seem to think that white Republicans are a bigger threat to America than Iranian-backed terrorist groups. Maybe people don’t like joining organizations that tell them right up front that they’re evil because of their skin color.

Try getting rid of that garbage and going back to the colorblind meritocracy that used to exist, and let’s see if that doesn’t cure the white recruitment problem pretty darn quickly.

After failing last week by 216-214 to impeach DHS Secretary-in-Name-Only Alejandro Mayorkas, House Republicans managed last night to pass the resolution by a razor thin 214-213 (it helped that Rep. Steve Scalise was back after being absent last week.) This makes Mayorkas the first Cabinet official to be impeached by the House since Ulysses S. Grant’s Secretary of War William Belknap in 1876.

https://www.westernjournal.com/just-in-after-a-second-vote-the-house-has-impeached-dhs-sec-mayorkas-by-a-razor-thin-margin/

Removing him would require a two-thirds vote in the Democrat majority Senate, which is never going to happen. But at least there will now be a trial where the public can hear (and I hope, the media will be forced to report) the many reasons why Mayorkas richly deserves to be impeached. 

And when the Democrats vote to exonerate him, it will sadly be official: no Democrat will ever be removed from office, no matter what they do, as long as Democrats hold more than one-third of the Senate. If someone can’t be impeached for repeatedly lying to Congress, willfully refusing to do his constitutional duty, and allowing a massive foreign invasion of America while he’s supposed to be in charge of our homeland security, then what can anyone ever be impeached for?

Well, other than making a phone call when your name is “Trump?”

Speaking of razor-thin House margins, the GOP majority in the House got even skinnier last night. In a special election in New York, the seat left open when Republicans voted to expel Republican Rep. George Santos was easily won by longtime Democratic Party insider Tom Suozzi. This will reduce Speaker Mike Johnston’s majority to an ever narrower 219-213.

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-republicans-desperately-wanted-expel-george-santos-now-paying-price/

Astoundingly, the top issue was immigration, and the Democrats vastly outspent the Republicans, painting “MAGA Republicans” as to blame for all the illegal aliens overrunning New York City. So now, they have another rubber stamp vote for Joe Biden. Yeah, that’ll seal the border! This wasn’t an election, it was an I.Q. test, and New Yorkers failed. Let that be a lesson to the GOP for November.

This is in no way a defense of Santos, who appears to be a serial fabulist and who is facing multiple fraud indictments. But Santos did plead not guilty and he was expelled before even going to trial. You’d think that people who make our laws would have heard of the presumption of innocence. Besides, he’d already promised not to run again, so he would have held the seat only through the end of this year. But the GOP stood on principle and expelled him anyway.

That’s good for their consciences, but it puts them at a distinct disadvantage. The House is filled with Democrats who are liars, benders of financial rules and defenders of anti-Semites and terrorists – even one who declared her loyalty to Somalia over the US – and you don’t see the Democrats rushing to expel them. Over on the Senate side, they don’t care if indicted New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez clanks when he walks from all the gold bars in his pockets, he’s not going anywhere.

There is no way the Democrats would ever let nonsense like ethics and principles convince them to give up an iota of power. Like the Biden “Justice” Department, this is a system with two completely different sets of standards, depending on whether there’s a (D) or an (R) after your name.

Side Note: Another lesson Republicans should learn from the George Santos special election is that they need to up their game in turning out early votes. Having expanded Election Day to weeks, Democrats spend that time gathering ballots from Hither & Yon (no, that’s not the name of a cemetery.) Republicans tend to wait until Election Day to vote, when they need massive one-day turnout just to catch up. And in New York, it was snowing on Tuesday.

The big story of the day, of course, started out to be President Trump’s appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that because they’ve determined he’s an “insurrectionist,” they have the power, by virtue of the 14th Amendment, to take him off the state GOP primary ballot, effectively disenfranchising Trump supporters throughout the country.  Would the U.S. Supreme Court uphold this or not?  Even before arguments took place, many legal experts saw this as extremely unlikely.

(By the way, the Colorado court specified in their ruling that the Colorado Secretary of State should not even count write-in votes for Trump, creating an even more thoroughly in-your-face disenfranchisement of his supporters in that state!)

The hearing on Thursday morning was spectacular.  If you’re dismayed by the level of discourse in 2020s America --- and how could you not be? --- we encourage you to take a couple of hours, perhaps over the weekend, and listen to the entire hearing for Trump v. Anderson.  One of the few good things that came out of the COVID pandemic is that the Supreme Court started posting the audio of their hearings online.

https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2023/23-719

Later in the day, this hearing was overshadowed by another story, as Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report on the President Biden classified documents case.  But the two big stories taken together send a stark message about the two-tiered justice system as currently practiced in our country.  We have an all-out legal assault on one President, on numerous fronts, with the law contorted almost beyond recognition in order to “get him” in any way possible, while reasons are found to let another President get by with an arguably much more serious case of mishandling documents.

Talk about a double standard.  Trump got an all-out early-morning FBI assault on Mar-A-Lago by 30 armed agents.  Biden got a pass.

In fact, when Hur released the report saying he wouldn’t be pursuing the classified documents case against Biden, Trump’s first reaction was to call for Special Counsel Jack Smith to immediately drop the classified documents case against HIM, the one Smith is trying to bring to trial before the November election.

The bigger story of the Hur Report, of course, is that it brought to the fore the issue of Biden’s serious cognitive decline, but Hur’s conclusion also is reminiscent of then-FBI Director James Comey’s infamous press conference of July 5, 2016, in which he outlined Hillary Clinton’s serious CRIMES of obstruction of justice and destruction of subpoenaed evidence and then went on to say “no reasonable prosecutor” would take the case.  We knew there had to be prosecutors who would line up around the block to take that case, given the amount of evidence.

The Hur Report and subsequent nuclear-disaster of a press conference held by Biden, which served to confirm in front of all the world the report’s comments about his shocking cognitive slide, are covered in detail elsewhere in the newsletter.  But I’ll just say here, that presser was so bad that one has to wonder if those around Biden might have even orchestrated it, knowing exactly what they were doing and thinking it was time to start taking him off the stage and primping another candidate for November.  There’s been buzz that this might happen around May (with Michelle Obama likely waiting in the wings), so this feels a little early, but with the report on Biden coming out, they might have had no other choice.

In an interview with Sean Hannity, legal expert Alan Dershowitz found it instructive to compare the two Thursday cases: “You know, there is a connection between today’s case [Hur] and this morning’s case in the Supreme Court...It’s so hard to remove a President under the 25th Amendment.  You need the Cabinet...the Framers made it so difficult.  And yet this morning, the State of Colorado said, ‘Want to get rid of a President?  Snap your fingers; the Secretary of State; all you need is a 4-3 decision; one state; you get rid of the President.’

“There’s such an incompatibility, an inconsistency,” he continued.  “The problem with our country today is everybody sees the law through the prism of partisan politics.  Everybody tries to weaponize the Constitution to support their political candidate, and the losers are the American people.”

Not surprisingly, Dershowitz put his finger on the problem, but it must be said that it’s the Democrats, in particular, who have increasingly relied on this strategy.  Dershowitz is still a Democrat, supporting both Clintons and Joe Biden (last time), but he made it clear he’d rethink his vote if it meant voting for someone with a degenerative brain disease.  Guess that’s the definition of “die-hard Democrat”: when the only thing precluding your vote for the Democrat is when the “D” by his name stands for DEMENTIA.

With all the above in mind, let’s focus on the Supreme Court hearing.  SCOTUS hasn’t heard a potentially more consequential election case since Bush v. Gore in 2000, which involved another portion of the 14th Amendment, Bush’s right to the equal protection clause.    

Trump’s attorney was former Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell, who clerked for the late and extremely great Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  Mitchell has argued many cases before the Court and, as THE EPOCH TIMES reports, “has been credited with the controversial enforcement mechanism in Texas’ heartbeat law, which the top court allowed to proceed after a challenge in 2021.”  He was mightily prepared for the Justices’ questions.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswald was represented by Colorado Solicitor General Shannon Stevenson, and the voters were represented by Jason Murray.  Law professor Jonathan Turley was not impressed with Murray’s lack of answers.

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/08/jonathan-turley-skewers-colorado-lawyer-scotus-ballot-hearing/?dicbo=v2-tsjNx4u

Turley (like us) was fascinated by how many of the questions came from left-leaning Justices Ketanji Brown Jackson and Elena Kagan.  He posted on X: “The argument is now over.  The disqualification advocates may have expected a cold reception, but this was perfectly glacial.  Notably, some of the toughest and most skeptical questions came from the left of the Court.”

For example, Kagan saw the effect that one state-level secretary of state could have on a nationwide election as “quite extraordinary.”  For this reason, she thought that “whatever means there are to enforce it would suggest they have to be federal, national means.”

“Maybe put most boldly,” she said, “I think that the question you have to confront is why a single state should decide who gets to be President of the United States.”

It was Justice Jackson, a Biden appointee, who pointed out to Murray that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment does not mention the office of President.  “The thing that’s really troubling to me,” she said, “is --- I totally understand your argument --- but they were listing people who were barred, and ‘President’ is not there.”  Here’s a good write-up of that exchange.

https://www.westernjournal.com/shocking-audio-left-wing-justice-ketanji-brown-jackson-names-key-detail-may-guarantee-trumps-return-colorado-ballot/

Here’s another example of Murray being stumped, this time with a question by Clarence Thomas:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/08/justice-clarence-thomas-grills-colorado-lawyer-controversial-trump-ballot-case/

When pressed, Murray couldn’t give one example of a state ever removing anyone from a national ballot.  State ballots, sure, but nothing like what he was saying they had the authority to do.

Trump didn’t attend the hearing but did watch it, and he seemed to have liked what he saw.  As the DAILY CALLER reported, Trump addressed the press on the steps of Mar-A-Lago afterwards.  “I think it was well received, I hope it was well received,” he said.  “I hope that democracy in this country will continue because right now we have a very tough situation with all of the radical left ideas with the weaponization of politics.  They weaponize it like it’s never been weaponized before.”

He blamed whatever “insurrection” there might have been on then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  And it’s true:  if she’d accepted his offer of 10,000 National Guard troops, there’d have been no riot.

More here…

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/08/trump-supreme-court-challenge-colorado-14th-amendment-ballot-case-mar-a-lago/

William A. Jacobson, a Cornell law professor who writes at the LEGAL INSURRECTION blog, offers a good summary.  (Apology:  the language in the tweets from some other observers gets quite rough at times.)  Trump had a great attorney, and we would add that it never hurts to have the law on your side.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2024/02/quick-take-on-scotus-colorado-insurrection-oral-argument-trump-likely-to-stay-on-ballot/

Tucker interviews Putin

February 10, 2024

Last night, Tucker Carlson posted his two-hour interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Twitter (X.) With so much other big news to cover, we haven’t had time to watch it all yet, but here are some recaps of some of the main points. The first one includes a link to the entire interview, but it's queued up to near the end, where Carlson presses Putin to release Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovitz, who’s been held in a Russian prison for nearly a year.

https://www.westernjournal.com/took-lot-guts-putin-grows-agitated-tucker-carlson-repeatedly-presses-jailed-us-journalist/

https://redstate.com/wardclark/2024/02/08/tucker-carlson-the-putin-interview-the-history-of-russia-and-ukraine-n2169850

I noticed that USA Today once again tried without evidence to tie Trump to Putin, headlining a story about the interview with the claim that Trump’s plan for ending the Ukraine war “echoes Putin.” But in the article, they took another gratuitous slap at Trump for saying he would end the Russian-Ukraine war within days but without saying how. My question: If he didn’t say what his plan was, then how could it “echo Putin”?

Frankly, if Putin sounded like any Western politician, it was during his ludicrous defense of China as a peaceful, non-aggressive trading partner, which echoed Joe Biden.

https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2024/02/09/putin-to-tucker-carlson-u-s-is-hurting-itself-by-not-expanding-trade-with-china/

Finally, show of hands: How many who watched the interview believed everything Putin said and were swayed to rally to his side? Nobody? Good, then free speech is working just as it's supposed to, and we don't need any government or media censors telling us what we're not allowed to hear.

Non Compos Mentis

February 9, 2024

 Live long enough and your greatest achievements may come back to haunt you. Since last fall, the Harvard diploma hanging on my wall arouses only mixed feelings. I feel the same way about the counter-intelligence officer badge, proudly framed on my living room wall. Being an Army special agent once seemed like a dream come true; our duties fighting national security crimes closely paralleled those of the FBI, particularly a shared ethos of professionalism and impartiality.

But today those ideals seem as sadly tarnished as academic objectivity at Harvard, the accountability waiver issued by James Comey to Hillary Clinton or the Russia-gate hoax of Robert Mueller. On February 8th, that infamous record was extended yet again, when special counsel Robert Hur stated in his report to Attorney General Merrick Garland:

“Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen. These materials included (1) marked classified documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, and (2) notebooks containing Mr. Biden's handwritten entries about issues of national security and foreign policy implicating sensitive intelligence sources and methods. FBI agents recovered these materials from the garage, offices, and basement den in Mr. Biden's Wilmington, Delaware home.”

Despite these damning findings, however, Mr. Hur concluded that this “evidence is not sufficient to convict, and we decline to recommend prosecution of Mr. Biden.” Although the classified documents in Mr. Biden’s possession reached back years, the prosecutor also opined that, “at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory. Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt. It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him-by then a former president well into his eighties-of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.” https://www.justice.gov/storage/report-from-special-counsel-robert-k-hur-february-2024.pdf

How can such an addled octogenarian run for re-election? Even sympathetic-to-a-fault CNN had to add that the report “painted a picture of a forgetful commander in chief who failed to properly protect highly sensitive classified information – a depiction that could hurt Biden politically.”https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/08/politics/takeaways-joe-biden-special-counsel-report/index.html.

Somewhat predictably, the New York Times noted that “Former President Donald J. Trump, is likely to seize on the report to downplay his own legal woes — and to claim the Justice Department has targeted him politically while letting Mr. Biden escape punishment.” https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/07/us/politics/robert-hur-biden-special-counsel-report.html

To summarize the report and its findings: The good news is that Joe Biden dodged yet another set of criminal charges; but the bad news is that his steadily worsening mental condition raises more fundamental issues. Mr. Biden’s gaffes have already become so frequent as to raise serious questions about his grasp of fundamentals: Who is Hamas and which foreign leader(s) are still alive and kicking? With his difficulties seemingly worsening daily, questions abound concerning Mr. Biden’s competence on the world stage as well as his suitability as a presidential candidate. Like a telescope gradually coming into focus, the public picture of Joe Biden is not what the American people were told four years ago, COVID-restricted glimpses amidst an intrinsically deceptive campaign. Nowadays, hearing his voice weaken to the point of incoherence inevitably sets off alarm bells; his rants look even more alarming when repeated endlessly on late-night TV.

Some observers are already wondering if the Biden presidency may end with the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which covers presidential disabilities. Naturally, the publication of the Hur Report set off new speculation, House Speaker Mike Johnson arguing that Mr. Biden “is certainly unfit for the Oval Office.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/anafaguy/2024/02/08/republicans-call-for-bidens-removal-by-25th-amendment-after-hur-report-what-it-is-and-why-that-wont-happen/?sh=1776d3804ca7

But in an incisive 2022 article, Merrill Mathews wrote that the recent Donald Trump controversies showed that most invocations of the 25th Amendment were little more than partisan flag-waving. Looking ahead, he wrote presciently,

“More likely, I think, would be a full-court press by Democratic leaders to convince Biden not to run for reelection…So, if Democratic leaders feel Biden isn’t up to running again, they could use the 25th Amendment provision as leverage to get him to agree.” https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/3714038-is-a-25th-amendment-removal-in-joe-bidens-future/

With wars on the far horizon amidst unrest at home, is there a Non Compos Mentis moment in our future?

 

 

Colonel Ken Allard is a former West Point faculty member, Dean of the National War College and an on-air military analyst for NBC News.

The Nevada Republican caucuses take place today. Because of a complicated series of events, the caucuses will award all the state's delegates while Tuesday’s primary election was purely symbolic. Trump is expected to win the caucuses in a landslide. 

Nikki Haley chose to run in the primary because she claimed that the caucuses were rigged for Trump. But after losing by more than 2-1 to “None of These Candidates,” Haley is now complaining that the primary was rigged, too, and was a “scam.” Not a good look. I wonder if she’ll say the same thing if polls are correct and she loses her home state of South Carolina.

https://www.westernjournal.com/nikki-haley-fumes-nevada-primary-loss-says-trump-rigged-election/

Why are Haley and her supporters so adamant that Trump shouldn’t be President again? Well, he claimed that the 2020 election was rigged! Not to knock them specifically; all the Democrats who are trying to prosecute and disqualify Trump also have a history of claiming elections they lost were rigged. One of my writers says he remembers his late father telling him 30 years ago that “According to the Democrats, none of them ever lost a ‘fair’ election.”

Some of us who don’t smoke crack like Hunter Biden can still recall 2016, when the same Hollywood liberals who want Trump imprisoned for trying to overturn an election made a video urging his electors to overturn the election by betraying their voters and choosing Hillary instead. Oddly enough, none of them faced prosecution (that is, if you don’t count sex crimes.) Remember Hillary herself declaring Trump to be an “illegitimate President”?

And here’s a leftist group that’s already attempting to convince us that it will somehow be a “coup” if Trump wins the next election by getting the most votes at the ballot box.

https://issuesinsights.com/2024/02/08/why-is-the-left-suddenly-talking-about-a-coup-at-the-ballot-box/

Claiming that an election you lost was rigged is hardly new. The term “sour grapes” dates back to the fables of Aesop, who died in 564 B.C. There are only two proper responses to losing an election: Concede graciously and move on, or provide evidence that it was rigged. And the proper response to the latter is to look at the evidence objectively. 

Frankly, I’m not seeing a lot of open-minded objectivity, or even self-awareness, among the multitudes of election deniers who want to pillory Trump for being an election denier.

Last night, Sean Hannity asked me if I really believed that black and Hispanic voters who are abandoning Biden in polls would actually vote for Trump. He believes they’ll follow historic precedent and fall back in line by November, voting once again for Democrats who make big promises they never keep and scare them with lies about Republicans being racists who want to bring back slavery. Remember Biden telling a black audience, “They want to put y’all back in chains”? Rest assured, we have no interest in bringing back that cursed Democrat institution that Republican Abe Lincoln fought a Civil War to end.

My response is that, while I’m sure many disgruntled Democrat voters will ultimately yield to habit and mark the (D) box to keep letting the same party destroy their lives in perpetuity, I suspect that this year, things might be at least a little different. Some might actually switch parties, while other voters the Dems rely on might just stay home and not vote in big enough numbers to make a difference. Partly because Biden has been such a HORRENDOUS President, and partly because it hasn’t been so long since Trump's term (good jobs, rising wages, low inflation, secure borders, no wars) that people can make an A-B comparison (this is why they have to personally demonize Trump so hard and keep people from hearing what he has to say.) But mostly because of the illegal immigrant invasion Biden has set off.

When it was just the border states’ problem, it was easy for blue state voters to ignore. But the brilliant plan by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to bus just a fraction of the problem northward to “sanctuary cities” that claimed they welcomed them has created a black swan disruption event. Pious liberal city leaders are getting a taste of their own medicine, and it’s bitter stuff, indeed. Residents of these cities are sick of seeing their kids’ schools, parks and recreation facilities taken over by illegal aliens and their city services bankrupted. All while the Democrats they elected ignore their constituents and lavish the invaders with free food, debit cards and hotel rooms (that they trash.) Illegals can even beat up cops and get released on zero bail while flashing an obscene hand gesture to America.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/07/illegal-aliens-arrested-n2169763

Here are just a couple of examples of how it’s better to be an illegal immigrant in a blue state than a taxpaying citizen:

New York’s Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul is relaxing requirements and loosening red tape to make it easier to get a state government job. That sounds good, except that it’s to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get government jobs instead of American workers.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/saraharnold/2024/02/07/dem-gov-hochul-relaxes-requirements-for-illegals-to-get-government-jobs-n2634877

And in today’s MUST-READ, Howie Carr of the Boston Herald talked to people familiar with the illegal aliens enjoying free stays in local hotels and motels. These “undocumented Democrats,” as he calls them, have learned very quickly that in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, everything will be provided to them for free and only suckers work for a living. The biggest joke is calling them “migrants” because why would they ever migrate anywhere else?

https://www.bostonherald.com/2024/02/07/howie-carr-migrant-motels-morph-into-extended-stay/?

That’s why I think this might be different from previous elections. A struggling single mom working two jobs to pay the bills and who normally votes Democrat might just look at all of this and think, “I’m voting for Trump. No matter what they say, he’s GOT to be better than this.”

Imagine how thinly Trump’s attorneys must be stretched this week.  As we reported yesterday, they just found out on Tuesday that they have only till next Monday, February 12, to file their request with the Supreme Court for an appeal in Jack Smith’s “election interference” case based on presidential immunity.  Otherwise, the stay would no longer be in force and the case would go right back to court in DC, where pre-trial steps would continue as Jack Smith rushed frantically to try and convict Trump before the election.

And today, the High Court is hearing the Colorado 14th Amendment case.  As Victoria Taft says for PJ MEDIA, this is “Democrats’ latest effort to weaponize the law to make Donald Trump unelectable --- and broke --- in the 2024 election cycle.”  On Thursday, she says, “the Supreme Court now becomes the center ring in their Get Trump circus.”

Many legal experts have looked at this case and said it could --- and should --- be a unanimous decision by the Court that the 14th Amendment cannot be used in this situation.  To start with the obvious, Trump is NOT an insurrectionist.  (Recall what Scott Adams said about this:  that if at this point you think January 6 was actually an insurrection, you are too dumb to hold public office and should resign immediately.)  And it’s not up to a state court to simply declare him one.  He’s never been charged, let alone found guilty, of insurrection.  (Pelosi’s House impeached him in a blatantly political process, if you want to count that as being “charged,” but the Senate did not convict.)  Even Trump-hating special counsel Jack Smith, whom you KNOW would’ve charged Trump with insurrection if he’d thought he could, didn’t do that.

But the Supreme Court might not even need to get into those issues (although one might wish they would).  Legal experts have said that the President isn’t even covered by the language of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which specifically applies to an “officer” of the United States.  In U.S. v. Mouot (1888), the Supreme Court ruled that “unless a person in the service of the government...holds his place by virtue of an appointment...he is not, strictly speaking, an officer of the United States.”

Constitutional scholar Steven Calabrisi has explained why the writers of the Amendment would have meant it this way.  The wording of Article II, Section 2, shows that the President and “officers” are spoken of separately.  “Officers” are people who have been commissioned by the President, not the President himself, as he doesn’t commission himself!  Plus, there’s a really big clue that they didn’t mean to include the President:

“The words ‘President or Vice President’ were deliberately edited out of the final version of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. This, together with the disqualification of presidential electors and vice-presidential elector(s) who have engaged in ‘insurrection or rebellion’ makes it clear that the Framers of Section 3 did not intend for it to apply to presidents or vice presidents who engaged in insurrection.” 

There you are.  If it can be shown that the framers of Section 3 DELIBERATELY EDITED OUT the words “President or Vice President,” then clearly, they did not want that section to apply to those positions.  We don’t see how their intention could have been clearer.

As Pavlich also reported, Vivek Ramaswamy filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief arguing that same point, that the President is not an “officer.”  He also said that the Democrats “have resorted to antidemocratic methods because they doubt that they can beat him in a fair election.”  He also expresses concern that such a precedent would “warp incentives for state decision-makers and voters alike.”  As if these weren’t getting warped enough as it is.  See Colorado and Maine.

So this might be a good time to pray for Trump, his legal team and the Justices, that wisdom might prevail and we have no further warping of the electoral system.

https://pjmedia.com/victoria-taft/2024/02/07/the-supreme-court-tees-up-n4926204

Finally, here’s some good news for all of us who desire transparency on the part of sneaky Special Counsel Jack Smith, who won’t even divulge the names of his legal team.  District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, who’s presiding over the “classified documents” case in Florida, has ruled that some discovery material Smith wanted to keep under seal will have to be disclosed.

Smith had tried to argue “witness safety and intimidation concerns,” but the judge seems not to have been impressed.  She found his response “sparse and undifferentiated” and said it “fails to provide the Court with the necessary factual basis to justify sealing.”  So, “there shall be no filing under seal of any unclassified material in this case,” she said, unless the Court has given permission to do so, which would be only in “clear and supported cases of risk to personal safety or national security.”  As it should be.  Thank you, Judge Cannon.

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/07/federal-judge-damper-jack-smiths-victory/

Censor Tucker?!?

February 8, 2024

One member of the European Union is threatening sanctions or a travel ban on Tucker Carlson for interviewing Vladimir Putin. Others in the west are also floating the idea of various punishments and censorship of Carlson.

https://www.westernjournal.com/tucker-carlson-may-get-sanctioned-interviewing-putin-report/

I’m certainly no fan of Putin, who is a liar, murderer, thug and war criminal. But doesn’t it make sense, if we’re going to spend untold billions funding a proxy war against him, to at least listen to what he says, if for no other reason than to figure out how his twisted mind works and use that against him?

This is why we have free speech (what’s left of it) and journalists (what few there still are): to give us objective information that we can then weigh and assess for ourselves. I’d much rather listen to a lying tyrant and know exactly what we’re dealing with than let some self-appointed government censor keep us all in the dark “for our own good.”

By the way, that link also includes photos of a number of prominent Democrat political leaders meeting with Vladimir Putin. And does anyone remember Barbara Walters being sanctioned because she did an interview with Fidel Castro? I hate to break this to today’s young Democrats, but he was also a lying, murderous tyrant.

Follow the Money

February 8, 2024

The federal government used the pandemic as an excuse to load up cannons with borrowed money and blast it in all directions (particularly to Democrat cronies and voting blocs), but here’s one place where a big bundle of it landed that you might not know about:

$340 million was taken out of the federally-funded Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund and distributed in the form of $1,000 checks to illegal immigrants. They were supposedly ineligible to receive federal COVID aid, but wherever there’s Democratic leadership, there’s a way to get around the rules that everyone else is expected to follow. Just take the federal funds, put them in a state fund, and distribute it to illegal aliens out of that.

https://www.westernjournal.com/new-report-shows-340-million-federal-covid-relief-turned-cash-transfers-subsidizing-illegal-immigration/

Yes, they did get the Biden Administration to approve the transfer, which the Economic Policy Innovation Center says means that “the Biden Administration directly subsidized ‘undocumented’ immigration under the guise of COVID-19 pandemic relief.” Another shocking but unsurprising story.

Evidence keeps mounting that the title of the 1980s Dire Straits song “Money For Nothing” could just as easily describe the Biden family business.

It seems the only “work” they did for anyone was to provide access to the Biden name and big promises of what it could do.  According to newly released testimony from the House Impeachment Inquiry, that’s the way it “worked.”

And in the case of their arrangement with Americore Health LLC, when James got paid, brother Joe got paid.

The closed-door interview with Carol Fox, trustee of bankruptcy proceedings for Americore, was held in December 2023, but the transcript wasn’t made public until Wednesday of this week.  “What he [James] actually did, I don’t know,” she testified to members of the Oversight and Judiciary Committees, later adding that she “did not think he provided services to the debtors.”

She couldn’t find any records of any work being performed, but she did find the notation on a payment to James that it was a “loan.”  Still, there was nothing in the paperwork about any collateral for any loans.  (I guess they had James’ word as a Biden, and that was good enough!)

And these “loans” were quite large.  Ms. Fox sued James in 2022, accusing him of failure to repay them, which apparently had been made on the promise that “his last name, ‘Biden,’ could ‘open doors’ and that he could obtain a large investment from the Middle East based on his political connections.”  According to the settlement agreement James signed, he had received $600,000 in wire payments from Americore in 2018.  His firm, Lion Hall, had received several additional payments.  In the settlement, James admitted no liability but agreed to pay back $350,000.  He said he’d provided “financial and consulting services to Americore and that Americore received reasonably equivalent value for the work and services provided by Biden/Lion Hall.”

Again, WHAT work?  Court documents show that not only did James NOT “open doors” to Middle Eastern investors as he’d said he would but that he instead helped them obtain “an ill-advised bridge loan from a hedge fund” that they said pushed them over the edge to bankruptcy (apparently, bad judgement and destroying everything they touch runs in the family.)

On March 1, 2018, the same day that Americore wired $200,000 to James, he turned around and wrote a $200,000 check to Joe.  James and the White House have said this money was a….(drum roll, please!)….loan repayment.  Seems these family members were always “loaning” money to each other with no records of what the loans were for or any other details at all.  Similarly, wealthy benefactor/“sugar brother” Kevin Morris “loaned” Hunter millions, apparently with no expectation of being paid back.  In Biden World, there appears to be no difference between a loan and a gift.

The money ended up in Joe’s pocket after his time as Vice President was over and before he was President.  But according to testimony from former Biden business partner Rob Walker, Hunter started working for Chinese company CEFC in 2015 and payments didn’t come until after Joe Biden left the vice presidency in January 2017.  To use a word sometimes employed by the FBI, the money was “earmarked” for him.

So, what did these guys actually DO for all that money?  Some testimony coming up soon might be revealing, though we probably won’t see the transcripts right away.  Hunter Biden is still negotiating the timing of his closed-door deposition before Congress, having perhaps thought the better of continuing his strange combination of subpoena-dodging and political performance art.  Most likely, James will be going first; he’s scheduled to appear on February 21.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/president-joe-bidens-brother-didnt-provide-services-to-company-that-paid-him-impeachment-witness-5582623?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=TheLibertyDaily

Toby Keith Dies at 62

February 7, 2024

We are shocked and saddened to have to report that country superstar Toby Keith has died at 62 after a battle with stomach cancer. A brief statement was posted early this morning on his website and social media accounts, reading, "Toby Keith passed away peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time." 

https://www.westernjournal.com/country-music-icon-toby-keith-dies-age-62/

The Oklahoma native burst onto the scene with his debut album, “Toby Keith,” in 1993. His first single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” hit #1 and became the most-played country song of the ‘90s. He released 19 studio albums, two Christmas albums and five compilations that together have sold over 40 million copies. He released 61 Billboard charting singles, including 42 top ten hits, 20 of which reached #1. “As Good As I Once Was” and “Beer For My Horses” (with Willie Nelson) both remained in the #1 spot for six weeks.

Keith’s outspoken patriotism often ticked off leftists, but he did not care. His response to the 9/11 attacks was the song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," with its famous declaration that “We’ll put a boot in your a**, it’s the American way.” He also showed his support for the troops with the 2003 hit “American Soldier” and 11 USO tours. And he raised millions in charity, including a home in Oklahoma for kids with cancer and their families.   

Gov. Huckabee has many cherished memories of guests on his Fox and TBN shows, but one of his favorites of all time was interviewing and playing bass with Toby Keith. Fortunately, that clip is available on YouTube. You can relive it at this link:

https://youtu.be/sTaD7l7jUEc?si=O3R1kGD2y1i2xdME

Our prayers and condolences go out to Toby Keith’s family and all his fans, who include all of us here.

 

We’ll have more analysis soon, but in the meantime, Julie Kelly has the full transcript of the hearing if you’d like to read it.

https://www.declassified.live/p/read-dc-appellate-court-rejects-trumps

Of course, the rejection by a three-judge panel from this court was expected.  But, as Jonathan Turley explains, just the filing of it did what it needed to do, which was to buy Trump some time.  Even so, he has very little time to file his request with the Supreme Court for a stay --- only until this coming Monday, February 12.  The normal time given for an appeal is 90 days, and he’s allowed to take that long.  BUT if he misses this quicker just-for-Trump deadline, his case will be un-frozen and go back to the District Court, where they can re-start pre-trial proceedings.  And Trump has another big deadline coming up:  February 8, for Supreme Court arguments in the Colorado ballot disqualification case!

Turley notes that Special Counsel Jack Smith’s window is starting to close if he wants to get his case tried before the election.  We would add that this is his goal, of course:  big-time election interference.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/06/turley-explains-how-even-though-trump-lost-immunity-appeal-he-may-have-benefitted-anyway-n2169749

“60 Minutes” has been airing on CBS for nearly 56 years, so you’d think that by now, they would have figured out that being a good reporter means getting the story first. But somehow, they seem to be the last people on Earth who were shocked to discover that some pretty worrisome people are coming into America illegally from across Joe Biden’s open border. Who knew?!!

https://www.westernjournal.com/60-minutes-cameras-catch-illegal-chinese-immigrants-pouring-california-surprised/

Here’s more about how the fastest-growing group of illegal entrants to the US is people from China.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2024/02/06/and-the-fastest-growing-migrant-group-at-the-southern-border-is-n2634817

The CBS News reporters were apparently shocked to discover the problem. Maybe they should try watching Fox News. They've had a reporter on the border for three years now.

While SCINO (“Special Counsel in Name Only”) Jack Smith is attempting to railroad former President Trump into federal prison for possessing his own Administration’s classified documents that he had the power to declassify in a safe space under armed guard, the Biden DOJ has already decided not to prosecute Joe Biden for having classified documents in his unsecured garage that as a Senator and Vice President, he had no right to declassify or possess.

But at least, before the left can completely repeal the First Amendment, we still have the right to point this out. And the Biden White House is so panicked about his reelection chances, they’re actually sweating over that.

https://www.axios.com/2024/02/04/biden-special-counsel-classified-docs-trump

The special counsel’s report of the investigation into Biden’s careless handling of classified documents is coming out soon, and Biden’s people are reportedly worried about it being politically damaging. Gee, ya think? That maybe when Americans actually see that Biden did something far worse than what Trump’s facing multiple felony charges for and was allowed to skate away clean, they might have even less respect for our federal legal authorities than they already do, if such a thing is possible? That they’ll see those boxes of sensitive government documents in Joe's garage and wonder, “Did Hunter read those, or use any of them to roll joints?”   

I sincerely hope they do! The release of this report absolutely should make Americans think there’s a two-tiered justice system and this Administration has weaponized it to target their political opponent because that’s as true and obvious as the sun rising in the east.

By the way, despite Axios being an annoyingly biased leftwing site, I’m linking to their story about this for two reasons: It has some good bullet point info, and it’s enlightening to see how they try to slant the story to sound as if what Trump did was very serious and so much worse than Biden and that this is just a matter of public perceptions. I’ve seen Olympic figure skaters who couldn’t spin that fast without falling over.  

 

Young green activist Greta Thunberg is back in the news. Thunberg was dubbed the “Doom Pixie” for scowling at her elders at the UN and demanding of them, “How DARE you?” for daring to provide her with a safe, warm and comfortable life thanks to capitalism and abundant cheap energy. Last week, she and some fellow protesters were in a London courtroom, facing charges for a protest in which they blocked people’s entrance to an oil energy conference. Naturally, the judge dropped all the charges because how DARE anyone ever hold a leftist accountable for his/her/xir behavior?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/climate-activist-greta-thunberg-cleared-of-public-order-offense-during-london-oil-protest/ar-BB1hG7qH

Note from our pop culture guru, Pat Reeder:

Incidentally, if you’ve been wondering who Greta Thunberg reminds you of, I think I’ve figured it out.

Last week was the birthday of 1960s child actor Billy Mumy of “Lost In Space” fame. His other most famous role was as the terrifying godlike spoiled child on “The Twilight Zone” who banished people to the cornfield forever if they did anything to displease him. See if these two photos strike you as spookily similar in more ways than one.

https://media.townhall.com/cdn/hodl/2023/66/e7906b32-e97a-400f-a58c-1eecf71b01f6-1052x615.png

https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/12/TV-Twilight-Zone-Billy-Mumy-1a.jpg?quality=75&strip=all&w=744

If that doesn’t creep you out enough, here’s Billy’s daughter Liliana, playing the daughter of that character in a 2003 sequel to the episode on UPN’s “Twilight Zone” reboot. Scary resemblance, isn’t it?

https://cdnmetv.metv.com/n5WAe-1572283332-13872-list_items-lilianamumy_copy.jpg

Colluding with social media to censor opposition political opponents apparently wasn’t enough of an assault on the First Amendment for the Biden Administration. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan released internal emails from Amazon showing that during the pandemic in 2021, the company was pressured to censor books if they questioned vaccine safety or the government’s COVID response. Such books were labeled as “disinformation” or “propaganda.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2024/02/06/amazon-caved-to-biden-white-house-pressure-and-censored-books-about-covid-n2634823

Former White House adviser Andrew Slavitt (I just mentioned how the Biden people are shielding him from arrest for defying a House subpoena, so you know he must be a Democrat) wrote ominously to Amazon, “If you search for ‘vaccines’ under books, I see what comes up. I haven’t looked beyond that but if that’s what’s on the surface, it’s concerning.” 

Great, so we now have self-appointed government censors who literally judge books by their covers.

Amazon wanted to know if the White House wanted the books removed from sale or just removed from promotion so they’d be less visible and harder to find. They eventually caved to the latter, with their main concern being that they not “do anything that is visible and will draw more attention.” 

Well, these people all have our attention now.

 

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is introducing a resolution to get members of Congress on record saying that Trump did NOT commit “insurrection or rebellion against the United States.”

As reported by the WASHINGTON EXAMINER: 

Gaetz introduced a resolution on Tuesday that would ‘clarify the stance of the House of Representatives’ to declare Trump ‘did not participate in actions that would bar him from again holding public office.’ The resolution would expressly assert that Trump did not ‘engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.’”

“‘We believe Congress has a unique role in making that declaration,’ Gaetz said. ‘It’s not the job of the states, and especially not the job of some Democrats in Colorado, to make this assessment and interfere with the rights of voters to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice.’”

Gaetz is right --- it’s NOT the job of the states to impose the 14th Amendment; this is one of the arguments against the action taken against Trump by the Colorado Supreme Court. Ohio Sen. J. D. Vance is set to introduce a similar resolution in the Senate.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/2839679/gaetz-introduces-resolution-exonerate-trump-jan-6/

On the Tuesday podcast of “Coffee With Scott Adams,” Adams praised this idea.  “I just love it,” he said.  Initially, it seems like a kind of Trump loyalty test, he said, but he looks at it differently…

It’s an IQ test.

“If you think that January 6 was an insurrection, today --- TODAY --- you’re a (bleeping) idiot,” he said.  “That’s the end of the story.  And I would love to get a list of all the idiots.  This is really useful...If you can get everybody to sign up whether they’re so...dumb that today they actually think that was an insurrection or rebellion, I do want to know them.  I want to know their names.  Don’t you want to know the name of somebody who would be this dumb?  ‘Cause that’s too dumb to be an elected official. 

“...If you believe it at this point, that should be the end of your career.”

Later in the same podcast, Adams brought up Monday’s Judiciary Committee hearing in which Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie questioned J6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson about the Secret Service texts from January 5 and 6 that were deleted in violation of records retention laws.

“How many times have Democrats destroyed records and gotten away with it?” Adams mused.  “Is anybody keeping a record?”  He cited perhaps the prime example, Hillary, but went on to say, “Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t there several stories like that?  And they’re all Democrats...people who were caught red-handed, and they’d deleted the only thing that would get them into trouble?”  (We would cite the “disappeared” deposition transcripts from Thompson’s own committee.)

“I don’t know, it’s sort of telling me that as a legal strategy, you should destroy any records no matter how legally they’ve been requested,” he said.  “I feel like destroying records is just a smart play at this point, because it keeps working.”

Scott forgot to mention one thing:  this will work for you only if you’re a Democrat.  If that’s you, grab a hammer and knock yourself out.

If you’re like us, every time you see Rep. Massie’s name in a headline these days, you think, “Oh, yeah --- this is gonna be GOOD!”  And in Monday’s hearing, Massie did not disappoint.

You’d think Massie had studied law, with his masterful questioning of Thompson. He asked Thompson whether his committee’s investigation had been “hindered in part” by the deletion of Secret Service text messages from January 6, and Thompson responded, “We could have had a better and more thorough report had we access to all those records.”

Massie then showed that Thompson and committee member Liz Cheney had said in a statement from July 2022 that it would be a violation of the Congressional Records Act to delete cellphone records after they’d been requested by Congress.  It read in part, “Four House committees [note:  this was at the time they were all chaired by Democrats] had already sought these critical records from the Department of Homeland Security before the records were apparently lost.  Additionally, the procedure for preserving content prior to this purge appears to have been contrary to Federal Records Retention requirements and may represent a possible violation of the Federal Records Act.  The Committee is seeking additional Secret Service records as well...”

He then got Thompson to agree that deleting the records was indeed a violation.  Thompson said the records were deleted “when President Trump was in office.”  But Massie established through a statement from the Secret Service that the Office of Inspector General had requested the records on February 26, 2021, and found out the process for “migrating” (switching) phones was “still underway.”  Mayorkas had been confirmed on February 2, almost a month before.  (Note:  Trump had also left office on January 20.)

Massie said this looked like obstruction of Congress and should still be looked into, “regardless of who found out about it, and frankly, regardless of who was the President is.”  It seemed to him that “Mayorkas hasn’t done anything about this.”

After establishing with Thompson that the Secret Service was ultimately responsible for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ safety on January 6, he asked Thompson where Harris was that day.

“I don’t know,” he said.

When asked if he knew about the two pipe bombs, Thompson said he did.  So Massie pressed, “So you’re in charge of the entire investigation of what happened on January 6 and what led up to January 6, and you don’t know that the...incoming Vice President was in the DNC when that pipe bomb was sitting there?”

Thompson’s interest in this was curiously underwhelming.  “I don’t, you know, we did not --- our investigation was looking at the facts and circumstances.  We knew that there were pipe bombs.  We just --- I’m sure the evidence will say she was wherever she is.  But, you know, I’m trying to get to your point.”

Massie had to explain to him that if the bomb had gone off, it could have been “the worst assassination since JFK.”

When asked if his committee did or did not investigate the pipe bomb, Thompson said they were “not a criminal investigation.”  They weren’t there to determine “who laid the bomb or anything like that.”  To that, Massie pointed out that “a lot of criminal indictments” came out of their investigation.  

Massie then walked Thompson through the recently revealed pipe bomb video that showed problems with the government’s narrative.  The government has maintained these were viable bombs that had been planted the night before, he said, but they had kitchen timers that could only be set for an hour.  Also, even though it has since been established that VP-elect Harris was at DNC headquarters, the discovery of the bomb by a plainclothes Capitol Hill police officer seems to have spurred no quick reaction; in fact, it took them “about four minutes” to start responding.  And we know now that it took ten minutes to evacuate Harris.

(Later in the conversation, Thompson said he hadn’t seen this video, claiming that “a lot of what you’ve said today, I have not been privy to.”  This is THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE.)

The odd nature of the Secret Service response, Massie told Thompson, was why he’s interested in the deletion of those Secret Service text messages.  “And I would’ve thought,” he said, “the January 6 Committee would have been interested in the two most threatening weapons that were present on January 6 that day.”  He couldn’t help but wonder if Thompson was interested in whether Secretary Mayorkas was concerned about the deletion of those texts.  Four committees, including theirs, had specifically requested these electronic communications, yet the Secret Service continued deleting them.

“I’m not as concerned about that day [January 6] as I am now about the information we can’t get and the information that he [Mayorkas] hasn’t tried to get, as far as I can tell,” Massie said, calling the pipe bomb story “the most serious but least investigated event of January 6.”  “...Apparently, it’s still the word of the Secret Service that this stuff is deleted and it ain’t never comin’ back.  Because they didn’t just delete the electronics; they destroyed phones.”

“...I am concerned,” Massie said, “that Secretary Mayorkas is, either through acts of commission or omission, involved in this obstruction of Congress.”  It seems to Massie like “a clear-cut case.”

The video of this full exchange is not to be missed.

https://massie.house.gov

REDSTATE includes some reactions online to this fascinating conversation.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/06/watch-massies-fascinating-questioning-of-bennie-thompson-on-deleted-jan-6-texts-and-pipe-bombs-n2169710

If you’d like to know more about Rep. Massie, here’s his website bio.  He might not be a lawyer, but he sure can question like one.  His degrees are in science and engineering, so he actually cares about getting facts straight. He’s one smart guy and a real conservative.

https://massie.house.gov/about/

 

This morning, the US Federal Appeals Court in DC ruled that former President Trump does not have immunity from prosecution for actions taken in office regarding the 2020 election case. This will be treated by the media as a big anti-Trump bombshell, but it’s completely expected from the DC court. The real decision will come from the Supreme Court on appeal.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-not-immune-prosecution-2020-election-case-federal-appeals-court-rules

For those who wonder why all the trials and convictions for Trump and his supporters seem to fall in deep blue areas like New York City or DC, this should give you a clue:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/exclusive-survey-reveals-extreme-bias-toward-jan-6-defendants-among-potential-dc-jurors-5567954

The Epoch Times reports that a survey by Triton Research of “jury eligible residents” of DC uncovered extreme bias against Trump and his supporters. 75% “strongly” agree and 14.4% “somewhat” agree that Trump is to blame for the January 6th riot, and 76.6% agree that Trump’s supporters are racists. 27.5% describe Jan. 6 protestors as “insurrectionists,” 13% call them “criminals,”14.9 say they’re “domestic terrorists” and 11.5% call them “traitors.”

Asked if 47.5% “strongly agree” and 21.1% “somewhat agree” that “Donald Trump and his supporters should be stopped at all costs.” 68.6% say Jan. 6 protesters should be “punished to the fullest extent of the law to prevent anything like this from happening again” and 40.1% agree that “America is a safer place with them in prison” (I could say the same about the entire Biden Cabinet, but they probably wouldn't put me on their juries.) 

51.4% “strongly agree” and 17.4% “somewhat agree” that “anyone who participated in the events at the Capitol on January 6 should serve prison time,” “regardless of what they did” (Walk through an open door of a public building and take a selfie: go to prison. Burn down a police station, no charges.)  And 26.9% “strongly agree” and 21.1% “somewhat agree” that life in prison or the DEATH PENALTY would “be a fair punishment for anyone who participated in any of the events of January 6.”

There’s more along these lines, but you get the idea. Finally, over 80% said they would serve as a juror if called, with nearly 40% saying that they “want to be on that jury to make sure the defendant is found guilty and held accountable for the events of that day.” I get the feeling a lot of these people have already served on Jan. 6 DC juries.

Just remember this the next time any Republican is found guilty by a DC jury after the judge refused to allow a change of venue due to jury pool bias.

 

The federal government used the pandemic as an excuse to load up cannons with borrowed money and blast it in all directions (particularly to Democrat cronies and voting blocs), but here’s one place where a big bundle of it landed that you might not know about:

$340 million was taken out of the federally-funded Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund and distributed in the form of $1,000 checks to illegal immigrants. They were supposedly ineligible to receive federal COVID aid, but wherever there’s Democratic leadership, there’s a way to get around the rules that everyone else is expected to follow. Just take the federal funds, put them in a state fund, and distribute it to illegal aliens out of that. 

Yes, they did get the Biden Administration to approve the transfer, which the Economic Policy Innovation Center says means that “the Biden Administration directly subsidized ‘undocumented’ immigration under the guise of COVID-19 pandemic relief.” Another shocking but unsurprising story.

Read this: 

https://www.westernjournal.com/new-report-shows-340-million-federal-covid-relief-turned-cash-transfers-subsidizing-illegal-immigration/

 

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Daily Bible Verse

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15 NIV

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Toby Keith Dies at 62

By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)

We are shocked and saddened to have to report that country superstar Toby Keith has died at 62 after a battle with stomach cancer. A brief statement was posted early this morning on his website and social media accounts, reading, "Toby Keith passed away peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time."

https://www.westernjournal.com/country-music-icon-toby-keith-dies-age-62/

The Oklahoma native burst onto the scene with his debut album, “Toby Keith,” in 1993. His first single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” hit #1 and became the most-played country song of the ‘90s. He released 19 studio albums, two Christmas albums and five compilations that together have sold over 40 million copies. He released 61 Billboard charting singles, including 42 top ten hits, 20 of which reached #1. “As Good As I Once Was” and “Beer For My Horses” (with Willie Nelson) both remained in the #1 spot for six weeks.

Keith’s outspoken patriotism often ticked off leftists, but he did not care. His response to the 9/11 attacks was the song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," with its famous declaration that “We’ll put a boot in your a**, it’s the American way.” He also showed his support for the troops with the 2003 hit “American Soldier” and 11 USO tours. And he raised millions in charity, including a home in Oklahoma for kids with cancer and their families.

Gov. Huckabee has many cherished memories of guests on his Fox and TBN shows, but one of his favorites of all time was interviewing and playing bass with Toby Keith. Fortunately, that clip is available on YouTube. You can relive it at this link:

Our prayers and condolences go out to Toby Keith’s family and all his fans, who include all of us here.


Expected News

This morning, the US Federal Appeals Court in DC ruled that former President Trump does not have immunity from prosecution for actions taken in office regarding the 2020 election case. This will be treated by the media as a big anti-Trump bombshell, but it’s completely expected from the DC court. The real decision will come from the Supreme Court on appeal.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-not-immune-prosecution-2020-election-case-federal-appeals-court-rules

For those who wonder why all the trials and convictions for Trump and his supporters seem to fall in deep blue areas like New York City or DC, this should give you a clue:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/exclusive-survey-reveals-extreme-bias-toward-jan-6-defendants-among-potential-dc-jurors-5567954

The Epoch Times reports that a survey by Triton Research of “jury eligible residents” of DC uncovered extreme bias against Trump and his supporters. 75% “strongly” agree and 14.4% “somewhat” agree that Trump is to blame for the January 6th riot, and 76.6% agree that Trump’s supporters are racists. 27.5% describe Jan. 6 protestors as “insurrectionists,” 13% call them “criminals,”14.9 say they’re “domestic terrorists” and 11.5% call them “traitors.”

Asked if 47.5% “strongly agree” and 21.1% “somewhat agree” that “Donald Trump and his supporters should be stopped at all costs.” 68.6% say Jan. 6 protesters should be “punished to the fullest extent of the law to prevent anything like this from happening again” and 40.1% agree that “America is a safer place with them in prison” (I could say the same about the entire Biden Cabinet, but they probably wouldn't put me on their juries.) 

51.4% “strongly agree” and 17.4% “somewhat agree” that “anyone who participated in the events at the Capitol on January 6 should serve prison time,” “regardless of what they did” (Walk through an open door of a public building and take a selfie: go to prison. Burn down a police station, no charges.)  And 26.9% “strongly agree” and 21.1% “somewhat agree” that life in prison or the DEATH PENALTY would “be a fair punishment for anyone who participated in any of the events of January 6.”

There’s more along these lines, but you get the idea. Finally, over 80% said they would serve as a juror if called, with nearly 40% saying that they “want to be on that jury to make sure the defendant is found guilty and held accountable for the events of that day.” I get the feeling a lot of these people have already served on Jan. 6 DC juries.

Just remember this the next time any Republican is found guilty by a DC jury after the judge refused to allow a change of venue due to jury pool bias.


Update

After pushing for the “bipartisan immigration reform bill,” Senate Republicans seem to have gotten the message from the furious public reaction that this would be political suicide and have turned against their own bill. Even GOP lead negotiator on the bill and its biggest defender, Sen. James Lankford, now won’t say if he’ll vote to advance it to floor. Maybe it won’t have to be killed in the House; it could die in the Senate.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/05/mitch-mcconnell-turns-border-bill/


A Presidential Primary in Nevada

Today is Presidential primary day in Nevada. Well, sort of. It’s complicated.

In the Democratic primary, Biden is expected to score another much-ballyhooed landslide, which is kind of like giving yourself a box of cigars for winning a game of solitaire. On the Republican side, Nikki Haley is on the ballot, but Trump isn’t. On Thursday, the GOP will hold caucuses, where Trump will be on the ballot, but Haley won’t. The caucuses award all of the state’s 26 delegates, so that will give the media two days to trumpet a big Haley win over Trump before he crushes her and takes all the delegates. Just so you know.

Not surprisingly, this state of confusion is due to the Democrats being in charge of the state and using their power to change the traditional election process. They switched from caucuses to a primary. The Republicans objected, and a judge granted them the right to keep holding caucuses. Anyone who takes part in the GOP primary can’t be on the caucus ballot. So there’s now a meaningless GOP primary without Trump on the ballot and caucuses that are the real contest where he’s on the ballot and Haley isn’t. If that makes your brain hurt, you can read more explanations of it here:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-haley-ballot-trump-nevada-holds-presidential-primaries

Pundits and political junkies will be watching today's GOP primary carefully and I’m sure talking endlessly about what the final result will “mean.” Voters in the primary can’t even write in Trump’s name; their only choice is Haley or “None of these candidates.” Many will be trumpeting how well Haley does against a non-choice that’s being seen as a surrogate for Trump’s name. But in reality, if she loses to “None of these candidates,” what it will “mean” is that it might be time to pack it in.


The Left tries to spin the Biden documents case

While SCINO (“Special Counsel in Name Only”) Jack Smith is attempting to railroad former President Trump into federal prison for possessing his own Administration’s classified documents that he had the power to declassify in a safe space under armed guard, the Biden DOJ has already decided not to prosecute Joe Biden for having classified documents in his unsecured garage that as a Senator and Vice President, he had no right to declassify or possess.

But at least, before the left can completely repeal the First Amendment, we still have the right to point this out. And the Biden White House is so panicked about his reelection chances, they’re actually sweating over that.

https://www.axios.com/2024/02/04/biden-special-counsel-classified-docs-trump

The special counsel’s report of the investigation into Biden’s careless handling of classified documents is coming out soon, and Biden’s people are reportedly worried about it being politically damaging. Gee, ya think? That maybe when Americans actually see that Biden did something far worse than what Trump’s facing multiple felony charges for and was allowed to skate away clean, they might have even less respect for our federal legal authorities than they already do, if such a thing is possible? That they’ll see those boxes of sensitive government documents in Joe's garage and wonder, “Did Hunter read those, or use any of them to roll joints?”

I sincerely hope they do! The release of this report absolutely should make Americans think there’s a two-tiered justice system and this Administration has weaponized it to target their political opponent because that’s as true and obvious as the sun rising in the east.

By the way, despite Axios being an annoyingly biased leftwing site, I’m linking to their story about this for two reasons: It has some good bullet point info, and it’s enlightening to see how they try to slant the story to sound as if what Trump did was very serious and so much worse than Biden and that this is just a matter of public perceptions. I’ve seen Olympic figure skaters who couldn’t spin that fast without falling over.


Who knew?!!

“60 Minutes” has been airing on CBS for nearly 56 years, so you’d think that by now, they would have figured out that being a good reporter means getting the story first. But somehow, they seem to be the last people on Earth who were shocked to discover that some pretty worrisome people are coming into America illegally from across Joe Biden’s open border. Who knew?!!

https://www.westernjournal.com/60-minutes-cameras-catch-illegal-chinese-immigrants-pouring-california-surprised/

Here’s more about how the fastest-growing group of illegal entrants to the US is people from China.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2024/02/06/and-the-fastest-growing-migrant-group-at-the-southern-border-is-n2634817

The CBS News reporters were apparently shocked to discover the problem. Maybe they should try watching Fox News. They've had a reporter on the border for three years now.


Trump challenges Biden to an immediate debate

During a Monday appearance on Dan Bongino’s radio show, former President Trump challenged President Biden to an immediate debate. He said, "I’d like to debate him now because we should debate. We should debate for the good of the country."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-responds-trump-calls-immediate-presidential-debate

Asked about this, Biden mockingly replied, “Immediately? Well, if I were him, I’d want to debate me, too. He’s got nothing else to do.”

I could be mean and say that Trump has plenty to do, from dealing with a lot of bogus lawsuits and indictments to figuring out how to fix the gigantic mess Biden has made of the nation and the world. But I’m too nice, so I won’t say that. I’ll just point out that nowhere in Biden’s response was there any indication of whether he will actually debate Trump. Maybe he’s too busy eating ice cream and taking vacation days.


Fani Willis Update:

The Washington Free Beacon obtained audio from 2021 of a whistleblower warning Fulton County, Georgia, DC Fani Willis that her campaign aide kept wanting to spend federal grant money meant for a center for at-risk youth on things that were illegal, including (stop me if you’ve heard this before) MacBooks, “swag” and travel. Two months later, the whistleblower says she was “punitively demoted” and perp-walked out of the office by armed guards.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/miacathell/2024/02/05/fani-willis-whistleblower-n2634427

The campaign aide denied the story and accused the whistleblower of making up the story as a “cash grab.” But the Free Beacon obtained the audio, the center was never opened, and some of the grant money was reportedly spent on computers, which was not allowed.


More Two-Tiered “Justice” System Updates:

Former Biden White House aide Andrew Slavitt is refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to testify on how he allegedly colluded with social media to censor conservative speech.

While Trump aide Peter Navarro was arrested, convicted and sentenced to four months in prison for the same thing, even though he cited executive privilege, Slavitt apparently has no worries about that. The Biden White House has already reportedly told him that the subpoena isn’t enforceable and the Biden DOJ will not prosecute him criminally or sue him in civil court for defying it.

https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/urgent-ex-white-house-advisor-andy

Also, while two men linked to Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr. are about to be sentenced for their part in a fraud and money-laundering scheme, Pelosi will not be charged, even though the Daily Mail reports that documents appear to show he was involved in paying bribes for building permits. This marks the seventh federal case in which he was allegedly involved, all with no charges. A perfect record!

https://twitchy.com/amy-curtis/2024/02/04/paul-pelosi-avoids-federal-charges-n2392538

When did having a (D) after your name turn into a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card?


Great responsibility

Pop singer/songwriter Taylor Swift is so popular that media outlets are proclaiming her the most influential celebrity in the world. But as Spiderman would say, “With great power comes great responsibility.” She needs to think harder about that, and I don’t just mean not urging her followers to vote for Democrats who are ruining their lives with lousy schools, high crime, and open borders that let in drugs and sex traffickers.

Ms. Swift told the Guardian newspaper, “Obviously, I’m pro-choice.” In a Netflix special, she explained that she started being outspoken about her Democrat politics because she was disgusted by Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s pro-life policies. Swift said, “It’s really basic human rights, and it’s right and wrong at this point, and I can’t see another commercial and see Marsha Blackburn disguising these policies behind the words ‘Tennessee Christian values.’ Those aren’t Tennessee Christian values. I live in Tennessee. I’m a Christian. That’s not what we stand for.”

https://www.lifenews.com/2020/02/04/taylor-swift-im-a-christian-and-people-with-real-christian-values-support-abortion/

Now, I’m not going to tell someone that they can’t be a Christian unless they’re pro-life, although protecting innocent life seems like a pretty basic requirement to me. I would hope that anyone who accepts Jesus would quickly see the many references to the sanctity of life, the commandment not to kill, and the assurance by God to the prophet Jeremiah that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you” and realize that God doesn’t consider a child in the womb to be an expendable lump of cells. These are the things that tend to quickly turn new Christians into pro-life Christians as they learn more about the Bible. She’s right about one thing, she just has it backwards: the right to life really is “basic human rights.”

What's truly worrisome about Ms. Swift’s comments is that she is one of today’s most influential figures to millions of young women, yet she’s telling them outright that Christians do not stand for pro-life values. That’s not a statement I would want to have to someday stand before the Lord and explain.

I have a theology degree and am a former minister, but I don’t remember ever coming across the Book of Taylor in the Bible. But I do recall Matthew warning us that many false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders, but they will deceive and mislead many people. Even Spiderman could tell you, that’s not something you should want to be. I truly hope and pray that as a self-professed Christian, she will reconsider what she’s saying about the sanctity of life, knowing that so many impressionable young people are listening.


Hope to see more of this:

Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin, who has donated more than $500 million to Harvard in the past, announced that he has no interest in continuing to fund the elite university. And he made it abundantly clear why: instead of training young people to become the future leaders of America, he said they’re now getting them lost in a “wilderness of microagressions” and a DEI agenda, and Harvard has turned into “a whiny snowflake factory.”

https://nypost.com/2024/01/30/business/harvard-grad-ken-griffin-blasts-ivy-league-students-as-whiny-snowflakes/

Related: Mike Rowe explains why having a four-year college degree no longer “resonates with pride” with many Americans. He said that in the age when everyone gets a trophy and an A, Americans don’t see a degree as proof anymore that you’re smart, hard-working, disciplined or well-trained, but just as a credential you can purchase.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/mike-rowe-says-four-year-degrees-no-longer-resonate-with-pride-they-re-shameful/ar-BB1hfP1W

Massachusetts’ Democrat Gov. Maura Healy issued an executive order to no longer require a college degree for about 90% of state jobs, except when “absolutely necessary.” They will instead employ “skills-based” hiring. Interestingly, she couched this as a victory for “diversity and inclusion” in the workplace. Yet many will take it as a tacit admission that because universities have focused on “diversity and inclusion” to the exclusion of teaching real information and critical thinking, college degrees have become worthless as an indicator of having any skills.

https://www.campusreform.org/article/ma-cuts-college-degree-requirements-for-90-of-state-jobs/24780

Massachusetts joins several other states in eliminating most degree requirements, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Utah and Maryland.

https://www.campusreform.org/article/virginia-is-latest-state-no-longer-requiring-college-degrees-for-government-jobs/23443

Here’s a blog post by a retired professor urging parents to either send their kids to one of the few remaining colleges that still maintain academic standards and teach critical thinking, or else send them to a good trade school and let them watch Prager U videos.

https://ornerydragon.com/2023/02/09/academic-failure-and-the-loss-of-discourse/

But to give you some hope for the future, watch this video of a teacher giving a lesson in critical thinking to a student who has unquestioningly swallowed the LGBTQ slander of J.K. Rowling as “transphobic,” and gently leading him to realize that he’s been hoodwinked into believing something for which there is no evidence.

https://instapundit.com/630343/

Is there any way to clone this teacher? Once upon a time, before the DEI curse, MIT might have been able to do it.


“Egregious” election fraud in Michigan, but alternate electors face felony charges

It turns out, the 16 individuals who made up the alternate GOP slate of electors --- well, 15 electors plus the former GOP co-chair --- for the State of Michigan in 2020 had good reason to doubt the accuracy of the election results in their state. 

But we’ve also learned that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel had good reason to doubt it as well.  She covered that up, though, to enable charging those Republican electors, reportedly all seniors, who if found guilty on all counts could end up spending the rest of their lives in prison.

Nessel piled on the charges.  Here are the felony counts each faces, just for being an alternate:

--- one count of conspiracy to commit forgery (14 years)

--- two counts of forgery (14 years)

--- one count to commit uttering (?) and publishing (14 years)

--- one count of conspiracy to commit election law forgery (5 years)

--- two counts of election law forgery (5 years)

During the press conference in which Nessel outlined the charges against these defendants, she stated outright that they were GUILTY.  Just wondering, where did she go to law school?

All these designated electors did was participate in the constitutional, “just-in-case” activity of placing themselves on an alternate slate of state electors, to be ready if the vote count turned out differently.  This has legal precedent, most notably with the state of Hawaii during the razor-close Bush v. Gore election in 2000.  But AG Nessel dealt with them as if they’d had “no reason” to suspect anything was wrong with the election results.  At the same time, as GATEWAY PUNDIT reports:

“...She herself was fully aware that in OCTOBER, a month before the 2020 election, a full-scale investigation involving the Muskegon Police Department, Michigan State Police, lead investigators from the Attorney General’s office, and Michigan SOS Jocelyn Benson’s office was underway, involving over ten thousand voter registrations turned in by one individual at the city clerk’s office (in) Muskegon, Michigan.”

When this investigation discovered that the fraud spanned several states, the FBI took over, and their work supposedly is ongoing.  But of course, the FBI is where such cases go to die, and we know that Director Chris Wray would tell Congress that (say it with me!) they “can’t talk about an ongoing investigation.”  For when you have time, here’s the original must-read story from August...

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/08/now-we-have-proof-tgp-exclusive-massive-2020/

As they report, “Two members of AG Dana Nessel’s Criminal Investigation Division were assigned to the operation, yet curiously, she failed to mention the investigation to the public. To this day, Dana Nessel is still claiming there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Michigan, despite the fact that she knew her office and the office of her friend, Michigan’s crooked SOS [Secretary of State] Jocelyn Benson, were involved with the Michigan State Police in a large-scale investigation that took place across the state before it was taken over by the FBI.”

Secretary of State Benson maintained there was no widespread voter fraud in Michigan and did not mention the FBI investigation publicly.  But Corey Ames, an analyst for the Secretary of State’s office, confirmed that a quantity of the voter application forms they found in their investigation were “clearly fraudulent” or “highly suspicious.”

According to the GATEWAY PUNDIT, the investigation “exposes criminal election fraud involving thousands of fraudulent ballots in Michigan by an organization that set up temporary offices in several swing states prior to the 2020 election.”  This is what Michigan officials had apparently known about and kept hidden.  Seems as though having an alternate set of electors might have been a good idea, in the unlikely event that someone dared to take a peek at the allegations of fraud.

Fast-forward to the present, and we see how Nessel’s failure to acknowledge the fraud that was being investigated in her state is shattering the lives of innocent people who made the mistake of supporting President Trump.

Through documents obtained through a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, investigative reporter Yehuda Miller can show that DOJ officials knew TWO DAYS AFTER THE 2020 ELECTION about a very serious accusation of election fraud reported at the TCF Center in Detroit on election night.  An email from Michigan attorney Troy Cummings to Matthew Schneider at the DOJ referred to “an egregious situation” involving vote-counting and “ballot fraud in Detroit.”  The email included documenting photographs.  Cummings said, “I’m following up with some information on one of the most egregious situations that I encountered over the past few days at TCF Center. There were many examples of significant election-integrity issues. But this example involves actions of government officials from both the local and state levels that are shocking if true.”

Schneider found the claims “alarming” and forwarded the information to several other DOJ officials.

There were other allegations as well, such as those made by whistleblower Jessica Connarn, who signed an affidavit swearing that election workers were told to change the dates on the ballots so they could be counted.  Another serious allegation of fraud at the TCF Arena was discussed with the FBI and “determined not to fall within the jurisdiction” of either the FBI or the Michigan AG’s office.  So, apparently it went...nowhere.

The GATEWAY PUNDIT article has much more detail, showing clearly that the DOJ was made well aware of the serious problems in Detroit.  So why didn’t they (or the state) go after the alleged fraudsters?  The only ones facing charges and perhaps prison are the INNOCENT PEOPLE who were enlisted to be the alternate electors for the GOP?  These weren’t “fake electors,” as they are so often called.  They were simply there “in case” the vote, in the end, turned out differently.  And with all the hijinks, it’s looking more and more as though the vote SHOULD have turned out differently.

Considering all we know at this point, any comment about Democrats wanting to “safeguard our democracy” should be met with peals of laughter.  Much more to come.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/02/2-6-5/

On Friday, the GATEWAY PUNDIT’s Jim Hoft went on Grant Stinchfield’s NEWSMAX show to report the Detroit story and also to discuss how the Democrats might use their well-worn playbook to cheat this year.  They’ve organized like crazy, as they always do, and depend on big-time Democrat donor money to fund groups such as GBI Strategies that turn out multitudes of voter registrations of dubious origin.  I hope you’ll watch this short video --- the discussion starts about a minute in --- because everything that’s at stake for our country comes down to how we handle this.  We have to cancel it out with a REAL landslide victory.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/02/jim-hoft-grant-stinchfield-how-democrats-are-ramping/

RELATED:  Moving to another Secretary of State, Colorado’s Jena Griswald, who called President Trump an “ineligible insurrectionist” when the State Supreme Court dropped him from the GOP primary ballot, has been notified by the U.S. Supreme Court that she’ll have 10 minutes to make her case that he should be barred from running on 14th Amendment grounds.

She’s already made it clear where she stands, though.  She’s filed multiple briefs with the Court.  She’s also gone on CNN to call President Trump a “danger to American democracy.”  Isn’t it ironic that she’s calling HIM a danger to democracy as SHE’S trying to get him taken off the ballot so his supporters can’t vote for him?

If you’re a regular reader of this newsletter, you know the details of the Colorado case, but THE EPOCH TIMES has a good recap.  Is telling your supporters to “fight like hell” tantamount to insurrection?  Does it mean to overthrow the government?  (Really??)  Trump says he meant that metaphorically --- just as virtually everyone does who uses that expression.  And what about that “peacefully and patriotically” part?

There are other legal issues involved here as well, including whether invoking the 14th Amendment can even be done at the state level.  Griswold will get her 10 minutes; then Trump’s side gets 40 minutes to present their oral arguments, after which the respondents will have 30 more minutes.  The Big Day is this Thursday, February 8.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/supreme-court-gives-colorado-secretary-of-state-10-minutes-to-argue-why-trump-should-be-blocked-from-ballot 

Of course, one reason Democrats are all fired-up to convict Trump before the election or otherwise get him off the ballot is that Biden’s support is so weak.  (Again, this isn’t about “democracy” at all.)  Glenn Greenwald went on Jesse Watters’ FOX NEWS show Monday night to talk about the “freakout stage” the Democrat-controlled corporate media have reached.

They’ve cried wolf about Trump so much --- he’s a Putin puppet, he’s a dictator, he’s Hitler!! --- that people who don’t already believe this rot are just tuning them out.

Will we see much of either candidate during this election season?  Trump is ready to do interviews and debate, but mainstream media refuses to even cover him.  They won’t cover Biden, either, but only because that would show his shocking ineptness.  (Of course, we think they’ll have a different candidate in a few months, anyway.)

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6346322030112

FOR FURTHER READING:  Marshal Trigg, an election law contributor to the DAILY CALLER, has a great piece on so-called “voter suppression.”  Keep in mind, he says, that ending voter suppression (which isn’t a real thing anyway) isn’t the point of what the Democrat Party is doing now.  Not at all.  Rather, it’s money and politics.

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/04/opinion-the-libs-ludicrous-voter-suppression-lie-is-really-about-something-much-darker-marshal-trigg


I Just Wanted to Say

Thank you for reading my newsletter.


Friday afternoon, the Biden Administration launched attacks on 85 targets at three facilities in Iraq and four in Syria that are associated with the Iran-backed militants believed to be responsible for the drone attack that killed three American service members and injured dozens more.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/02/u-s-military-begins-retaliatory-strikes-for-three-u-s-troops-killed-in-jordan/

But a White House spokesman insisted that “We do not seek a conflict with Iran.” Iran is issuing its usual blustering threats (and let’s hope they haven’t sent a few thousand terrorists into the US along with the millions of illegal aliens Biden has let in.) Biden is being slammed by Republicans and some military experts for telegraphing the targets in advance, giving our enemies plenty of time to evacuate their people and equipment.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/02/exclusive-rep-waltz-biden-deliberately-sabotaging-surprise-element-in-response-to-iran-backed-attack-on-u-s-troops/

It’s tragic and infuriating that we find ourselves in this position, having to rely on the Biden White House to have the intelligence to thread the needle and apply just enough force to annihilate the attackers while not starting World War III. But that’s the situation we find ourselves in because the projection of weakness from this White House encouraged our enemies to step up and test us.

When Trump was in office, the left was constantly attacking him: he was a “loose cannon,” a “bully,” and other nations didn’t like him. Good. I don’t care if our enemies “love” our President. I’m more terrified if they do. I want them to be afraid of what he’ll do if they dare to attack us. This is the law of nature in the jungle: The mice might hate the lion, but they never attack the lion.

There’s an aphorism attributed to communist leader Vladimir Lenin: Probe with your bayonet. If you encounter mush, proceed; if you encounter steel, withdraw. Our enemies assume that Biden is a heaping bowl of mush. They’re watching this latest military escalation very closely to see if he’s finally developed some steel in his spine, or if this is just a lump in the mush.

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! Today, if you have a moment, leave me a comment about something you read. Comments help me fine tune what I am writing, and they show that we have an active community of readers.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee


Daily Bible Verse

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.

2 Chronicles 20:17

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Great Moments in Gaslighting

President Biden and the Democrats are trying to blame Republicans for the open border that they’ve spent the past three years opening while denying it exists. They claim that because Congressional Republicans (some, at least) won’t back a bill allowing for amnesty and more power and money for Biden to process even more illegal aliens into the US, there’s nothing Biden can do to seal the border without Congressional action. After all, just as arresting and jailing criminals doesn’t reduce crime, so putting guards and barriers on the border doesn’t reduce illegal immigration in the Fantasyland leftists live in.

Back here in Reality Town, all it took was for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to start doing Biden’s job for him, and the number of illegal entrant apprehensions in the Del Rio sector plummeted from up to 4,000 a day to 200.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/02/texas-proves-biden-a-failure-new-stats-show-powerful-effect-of-real-defense-of-the-border-n2169551

And while Biden insists he’s exhausted all available options for securing the border, House Speaker Mike Johnson helped him out by sending him a list of 64 things he did to unseal the border that he could try, maybe, undoing.

https://www.speaker.gov/64-times-the-biden-administration-intentionally-undermined-border-security/


Not happy

I’m not happy about this story out of Oregon, about the state Supreme Court barring 10 Republican legislators from running for reelection. They staged a 42-day walkout to protest pro-abortion and “transing” of minors laws, which allegedly violated a new law barring the reelection of anyone who had 10 or more unexcused absence days.

https://www.westernjournal.com/dem-controlled-oregon-supreme-court-blocks-10-pro-life-senators-running-re-election/

There are a lot of complaints about the Democrat-appointed Justices and that the law could have been interpreted to mean banning running again after the NEXT election. But the protest was a calculated risk, and the law was passed by a majority of voters. If Democrats had done the same thing, I’m sure Republicans would have worked to hold them to it. The best I can say to Oregon Republicans is to turn out to vote in the next election and replace those who are departing with other Republicans who are just as willing to go to the mat for their values.


RIP Carl Weathers

It was announced that actor Carl Weathers, who played boxing champ Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” movie series, died in his sleep Tuesday at 76 of unrevealed causes.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2024/02/02/carl-weathers-who-immortalized-apollo-creed-in-rocky-movies-dead-at-76/

Before going into acting, he was a top football player for San Diego State and had a brief NFL stint with the Oakland Raiders. His many other film credits include “Predator” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Action Jackson,” “Happy Gilmore,” “The Mandalorian,” and one you might not have known, the voice of Army action figure Combat Carl in “Toy Story 4.” Our prayers and condolences to his family.


Quick UPDATE on Oath Keepers’ conviction on apparently perjured testimony

We recently reported on investigative reporter Steve Baker’s look at J6 security cam footage from the Capitol and his finding that a key witness, Capitol Police Special Agent David Lazarus, couldn’t have been where he said he was to testify against members of the Oath Keepers.  Unless he has a superpower that allows him to be in two places at one time, it appears that he could not possibly have seen what he claimed, under oath, to have seen.

In case you’re wondering what’s happened to Lazarus in the wake of this revelation, GATEWAY PUNDIT has an update.  He’s reportedly leaving the department for “another agency” and, as far as we can tell from the report, will simply walk free.  There aren’t many details at this time, but we’ll keep you posted.  Surely, Baker’s finding will serve as the basis for a swift appeal of the Oath Keepers’ convictions.  They were put away for over a decade on the basis of what now appears to be perjured testimony.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/02/special-agent-david-lazarus-who-lied-under-oath/


UPDATE:

I am very saddened to have to report that Mike Gill, the former chief of staff at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under Trump, has died from injuries sustained last week when he was shot by a would-be carjacker just blocks from the White House. The carjacker also killed Alberto Vasquez, Jr., 28, during his attempted theft spree before he was killed by police.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-trump-official-mike-gill-dies-shot-washington-dc-carjacking-incident

Former CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo said that Gill was "one of the most wonderful, honest, earnest, and open-hearted persons on this earth. His life reflects everything that is good and right and true. Words cannot express the tragedy of the loss of this fine man, colleague, and cherished friend. He will be sorely missed and long remembered."

Our deepest condolences and prayers for his wife Kristina and their family. 

How many more good people will have to be killed or injured, and how many families suffer such unspeakable grief, before voters finally have enough and rise up to demand an end to letting criminals run wild in our cities with no fear of the law?


The Senate Immigration Bill

That “bipartisan” Senate immigration reform bill that we’ve been hearing about for ages but haven’t actually seen finally poked its head out in public (appropriately enough, on Groundhog Day weekend) and promptly got it chopped off, signaling that there will be at least six more weeks of political posturing and finger-pointing over whose fault the open border is (hint: when Biden points his finger at the Republicans, four fingers are pointing back at him, including the middle one.)

This article from the Daily Caller has info on what’s in the bill, a link to the full, nearly 400-page bill (Please note: “Build wall, deport illegal aliens” is just five words) and some reactions to it.

https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/04/senate-releases-long-awaited-text-of-bipartisan-border-security-bill/

And this from Fox News has the reaction from House Speaker Mike Johnson, who pronounced it “dead on arrival” in the House.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-speaker-says-senate-border-bill-dead-if-it-reaches-chamber-worse-than-expected

He tweeted, “This bill is even worse than we expected, and won't come close to ending the border catastrophe the President has created. As the lead Democrat negotiator proclaimed: Under this legislation, 'the border never closes.'" There are multiple reasons why conservatives reject it, among them:

The $118 billion bill includes nearly $50 billion to help Ukraine defend its borders from invasion by Russia, but only $20 billion to defend the US border from invasion by everybody.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/04/senate-bill-gives-ukraine-75x-funding-u-s-border-wall/

Even that $20 billion includes funding for expediting asylum claims and other paperwork issues that could be interpreted as processing illegal entrants into the US even faster. The bill also includes $14 billion in aid to Israel; Speaker Johnson said he would introduce a stand-alone bill to fund that.

It would give federal authorities temporary power to expel migrants when the daily flow reaches over 5,000, but why don’t they have the power to expel illegal entrants anytime, no matter what the number? FYI: 5,000 a day adds up to over 1.8 million a year. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Lankford, the lead GOP negotiator on the bill, claimed that number was 5,000 per week, but Guy Benson points out that the bill says 5,000 a day. Which is it? Personally, I don’t accept either one.

https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/1754315802642092255

Also, why do we need to spend more money to speed up the processing of asylum claims? People seeking asylum are required to ask for it in the first nation they come to where their lives or rights aren’t allegedly in danger. Many pass through a number of other nations where that would apply before getting here, and if not, they could apply in Mexico. The fact is, most “asylum seekers” aren’t seeking asylum, they’re seeking American economic opportunities. At least, let’s hope that’s what they’re here for. And this bill would provide even more incentive by giving automatic work permits to asylum seekers.

Sen. Lankford claims he’s “confused” by the criticism, insisting that it fixes many problems and loopholes to increase border security. But Utah Sen. Mike Lee called it “asinine,” tweeting that much of the responsibility for enforcing and overseeing the bill’s provisions would be “left to the discretionary whims of (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas—who, I might add, is currently being impeached for failing to actually enforce existing law.”


Way Down

Speaking of border security, illegal crossings are way down in Texas at least, as Gov. Greg Abbott continues to do President Biden’s job for him in defiance of orders and threats to the contrary. While some radical leftists are demanding action by Biden to keep the flood of illegal immigrants flowing, Biden is in an election year with a subterranean approval rating and a recent poll showing 57% of registered voters across the racial and economic spectrum wanting more of the border wall built (that’s the wall that Trump started and Biden stopped and dismantled, apparently because it was a racist wall. Also, walls don’t work to provide security, unless they’re around the gated communities where pro-open-borders politicians live.)

And of course, if Biden wants to threaten Texas, he’d also be opposing more than half of US states that have sided with Texas. On Sunday, 13 Governors attended a briefing and press conference by Abbott, and I’m proud to say that the Governor of Arkansas was among them.’

https://www.breitbart.com/border/2024/02/04/texas-border-showdown-13-governors-join-abbott-at-state-seized-park-along-rio-grande/


Democrats choose Joe Biden in South Carolina

As I predicted, President Biden won an easy 96% victory in the South Carolina Democratic Primary on Saturday. The DNC stacked the deck like a bad birthday party magician, bullying challengers out of the race and rearranging the schedule to give him an early win (the GOP primary is following the traditional schedule, which means early voting starts next Monday with Primary Day on Feb. 24.) And now, we’re getting all the hoopla about Biden’s big comeback and his renewed strength as a candidate.

Take that claim with far more salt that Biden’s doctor would let him have. Here’s an inconvenient truth: Turnout in the SC Democratic primary was pathetic. Biden got 96% of only about 130,000 voters, or 4% of the state’s registered voters. In the 2020 election, 540,000 people voted in the SC Democratic primary. In short, all the ballyhoo over Biden’s “massive victory” is like trying to pass off a participation ribbon as a first-place trophy.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/south-carolina-democratic-primary-turnout-for-2024/ar-BB1hKYKV


A shocking development

The wheel of history is slowly turning back toward sanity. In a shocking development, over the weekend, the New York Times (you heard that right: THE NEW YORK TIMES!) actually published an op-ed about detransitioners. It reports on how the “always affirm” gender dysphoria quackery (no matter what other red flags might be present) has destroyed the lives and bodies of many confused young people. It even includes horrifying photos of their scars.

Yes, it’s as equivocal as you’d expect from the Times, but it’s like the old saying about not criticizing the posture of a dog that walks on its hind legs: the miracle is that it was done at all.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/02/opinion/transgender-children-gender-dysphoria.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20240205&instance_id=114353&nl=the-morning&regi_id=185440375&segment_id=157324&te=1&user_id=e72989d1d346165df7b3f4d8aabe2fdd

Thanks also to Instapundit for sharing a tweet from Nashville writer Emily Zanotti, who theorizes that the wheels are starting to come off of the “transition your children” steamroller because now that they’ve done permanent physical and psychological damage to enough young people, the trial lawyers are starting to get involved. Some doctors and hospitals thought this butchery was a new cash cow, but that cow is about to be slaughtered by a tsunami of expensive malpractice lawsuits.

https://instapundit.com/630276/


Fun Read

Duncan Hunter of Townhall.com may blow your mind with his argument that all politicians should have to run for reelection every year. His point: as annoying as that would be, it would force them to behave all the time like the low-tax, anti-crime, pro-border security conservatives they claim to be in election years, instead of the radical leftwing nutjobs they are when they’re not running for reelection.

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2024/02/04/we-need-to-have-elections-every-year-n2634734


Why is FBI still refusing to reveal contents of Seth Rich’s laptop?

The FBI has a fallback way of handling inconvenient laptops.  They hide them.

That’s what happened with Hunter Biden’s laptop, which held information that would’ve proved exculpatory for President Trump’s first impeachment hearing and also likely changed the outcome of the 2020 election if it had become known to voters.  The FBI hid the existence of the Hunter laptop --- they’d had it since November 2019 --- for as long as they could and then, in anticipation of Miranda Devine’s breaking story in October 2020, labeled it Russian disinformation.  Fifty-one former intel officials signed a letter to that effect, organized by now-Secretary of State Tony Blinken and saying it had all the “classic earmarks,” when they’d never seen the contents at all.  Both the media and then-presidential candidate Joe Biden echoed that lie before the election. Biden repeated the lie in front of a worldwide audience to deflect questions about it during a debate with Trump. The DOJ and FBI worked like fiends through private social media companies (which is unconstitutional) to dismiss stories about it.  But they later admitted it was genuine, after the damage was done.

Today, the FBI is still trying to hide the contents of another laptop (actually two) belonging to the late Seth Rich, and they may be running out of options.  Are they eventually going to try writing a similar letter dismissing THIS laptop as Russian disinformation?  After all, it’s got a Russia connection, too, as it’s tied to the so-called “Russian hack” of DNC emails.  That “hack” story was the beginning of the “Russia Hoax.”

As retired detective Ron Wright, a 35-year investigator, noted in a new piece for AMERICAN THINKER, the Russia Hoax operation began before the Trump-Clinton election in 2016, officially starting with the FBI’s ginned-up Crossfire Hurricane case and the FISA warrant to spy on campaign associate Carter Page, and continued through the 2020 election.  As Special Counsel John Durham wrote in conjunction with the Michael Sussmann trial, it “was created, paid for, and leaked to the media at the behest of Hillary Clinton...aided by the FBI and CIA.”  Considering what a Democratic National Committee staffer might have had on his laptop that incriminated certain people in this effort, it’s easy to see why the FBI and CIA might have gone to great lengths to keep it under wraps.

Seth Rich was that staffer, a data analyst.  After his July 2016 murder on a DC street (we’ll get to that), his laptop was obtained by the FBI.  Brian Huddleston, suing in the case Huddleston v. Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Department of Justice, has been trying to get information from Rich’s computer since 2017.  The FOIA requests he filed for the laptop’s contents and other information have been repeatedly met with non-compliance, even though a federal district court has twice ordered them to release it, once on September 29, 2022, and again on November 28, 2023.

The FBI initially lied and said it had no information responsive to the request, but they later admitted to having thousands of records, including his work laptop and a copy of the contents of his personal laptop.  They’ve used various excuses, notably that the information on the laptop was “not an agency record” and was personal.  (There is no right to privacy after a person is deceased; besides, they’re still concealing the WORK laptop.)  They eventually said they’d release the records but that it would take approximately 66 years to go through them and do that.

Now, in the latest round of court filings, Huddleston has tried again, saying, “After more than six years of delays and denials, it is time for the FBI to come clean. A Presidential election is fast approaching, and voters have the right to know (1) whether the FBI knowingly framed one of the frontrunners, i.e., former President Trump, and (2) whether the FBI is still trying to cover up its partisan political activities”

The FBI has filed a response saying that Huddleston’s position “is irrelevant to the FOIA case.”  How do we know whether or not it’s relevant unless they release the information?  And why do they care so much?  This is a highly unusual amount of caring.

“The DOJ and FBI are playing games with the court,” according to Wright.  And these games stretch on for years.  It’s their unending effort to bury this information that has naturally led some to believe that Rich’s laptop contains information that implicates the intel agencies in the creation of the false Russia collusion narrative.  At this point, we’ve already seen that they were involved, so this new information, if it exists, would confirm what we know.

We don’t know, but it might also provide some insight into why Rich died in what was said to be a botched robbery.  (He was killed with two shots to the head while walking home in the early morning hours on a DC street and nothing of value was taken.)  It that’s true, the case would have to be re-opened, and there’s no statute of limitations on murder.

Quoting Wright: “Given the FBI’s deliberately created information vacuum, it’s reasonable to ask whether Rich was murdered to conceal the actual source of the DNC server hack, which harmed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Did Rich remove these emails from the DNC server and deliver them to Julian Assange of Wikileaks, who subsequently published them? The FBI and others wove the DNC hack into the Russian narrative and blamed the Russians. If Rich was the source of the DNC leak, he could expose and destroy the Russian narrative.”

It’s sad that such speculation has arisen about our FBI, but they’ve destroyed their own credibility.  Director Christopher Wray’s non-responsiveness to questions from Congress reinforces that loss of confidence.  

And now, with the approach of the 2024 election, the FBI seems to be using their same strategy to keep Rich’s computer buried, along with any other information about him.  They’re doing this even though it inevitably invites speculation about why Rich died and why there’s been such a cover-up.  I think we may assume from this that if the truth came out, it would make them look even worse --- perhaps much, much worse --- than they do already.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2024/02/the_fbi_again_tries_to_block_seth_richs_laptop_from_public_view.html

For more background information on Seth Rich’s death, here’s Wright’s article from September.  It gives the basics on the Russia Hoax and then connects it to the Seth Rich case.  Yes, his conclusions will sound a bit conspiracy-theorist, but the FBI could put that all to rest if they’d just release the information.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2023/09/who_is_seth_rich_who_murdered_him_and_whats_the_deep_state_hiding.html

And here’s a must-read AMERICAN THINKER archival piece by Jack Cashill focusing on how Seth Rich’s possible connection to Julian Assange became public and the subsequent controversy and litigation over that.  It came out in 2020, but now there’s much more context for the information.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/09/seth_rich_the_murder_washington_doesnt_want_solved.html

SOMEWHAT RELATED:  Speaking of anti-Trump Russia hoaxers, count Andrew Weissmann among those who were just crushed by the delay in Trump’s trial that Jack Smith had pushed for an early-early date of March 4.  In a posting on X, he used a bit of legal terminology we’d never heard: “SNAPADOODLE!”

On MSNBC, they’re predictably weeping and gnashing their teeth.  And Ruth Marcus, associate editor at the WASHINGTON POST, came completely unglued, calling the delay “unconscionable.”  She actually blamed Trump for trying to “manipulate the system,” when all he and his attorneys did was take advantage of his constitutional right to due process as any defendant would.  Of course, to those infected with TDS, Trump isn’t like other American citizens and has no right to due process.  And they just can’t wait to rush him into court, even if it means skipping over a step or two!

Julie Kelly called these people “political vultures” and has written an especially entertaining column about them.

Trump Trial Vultures Bully Appellate Court for Immunity Decision (declassified.live)



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Connect the Dots

February 5, 2024

Here’s a brain teaser for you. See if you can connect the dots between these two stories. If you can, then you are too intelligent to be a member of the California legislature…

1. Wednesday, California legislators introduced 14 different “reparations” bills. They are expected to pass easily and be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. They would take billions of dollars away from people who never owned slaves and were not descended from slave owners in a state that never allowed slavery, and give it to people who never were slaves and may or may not be descendants of slaves.

https://amgreatness.com/2024/02/01/california-legislature-introduces-slavery-reparations-bills/

These bills would also provide “reparations” on a variety of other fronts, such as allegedly race-based takings of property under eminent domain. All this would likely face expensive legal challenges, since that’s clearly racially discriminatory: people of all races have lost property to eminent domain, but only people of certain races would be paid for it.

Now, see if you spot a connection from that story to this story…

2. The Mieses Institute warns that we may be facing an unprecedented wave of states (all blue states, like New York, New Jersey and Illinois) that will be forced to declare bankruptcy to get out from under their huge debt load, amassed from runaway spending combined with driving out productive, taxpaying citizens. The leading state in terms of bankruptcy risk: California, which went virtually overnight from allegedly having a $98 billion surplus to having a $68 billion deficit.

https://thelibertydaily.com/commiefornia-new-york-more-may-be-first-coming/

It’s not clear what would happen economically if entire states defaulted on their bond debt. But with Democrats and too many complicit big government Republicans in charge in Washington, the federal government may be in even worse shape. As that article notes, there are twelve states, mostly those with constitutions that require them to balance their budgets, that have higher credit ratings than the USA.

Extremely Related: I often see anti-Trump commenters online claiming that the only reason Trump is doing well in polls is because Biden is so terrible, but if he drops out and is replaced by someone like California Gov. Gavin Newsom, then Trump would lose in a landslide. While I do think Biden makes almost anyone else look better in comparison, do Americans really want their entire nation to be run like California? (Biden is already giving that a try, right down to trying to impose new rules to kill contractor and gig work.)

Here's an example of how Newsom is running California, and why he’s shocked that anyone might blame him for the rampant crime that’s turned every store into a soon-to-close provider of free goods to brazen shoplifters.

https://pjmedia.com/victoria-taft/2024/02/01/newsom-target-story-n4926021

Someone should check his hair gel to see if it causes brain damage. Maybe he had to buy an off-brand because it was the only thing left on the shelves at Walgreens.

Today is known as “The Day the Music Died,” a phrase coined by Don McLean in the song “American Pie” to describe the plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. It’s also the perfect term to describe tomorrow, because that’s when CBS airs the 2024 Grammy Awards, aka, “The Day That Good Taste in Music Died.”    

As an indie retro jazz vocalist and recording artist, my wife/co-writer Laura Ainsworth is a Grammy voter. I stream the nominees for her to check out, so I get to hear/see them all, too. This year, the major categories such as Song, Record and Video of the Year are a depressing lot, mostly tuneless, over-processed aural sewage with promotional videos that are equal parts bloody violence, satanic images and porn. The host is Trevor Noah, and to give you an idea of how exciting the music is, the big Grammy stories in the news are that Beyonce will NOT be performing and Travis Kelce will not be Taylor Swift’s date.

We attended the Grammys a few years ago, but I doubt we’ll ever go again. My advice: turn off the TV and instead stream Laura’s latest album “You Asked For It” that should’ve gotten a nod for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, but we declined to sign a promotional deal with Satan.

https://lauraainsworth.bandcamp.com/album/you-asked-for-it

FYI, Los Angeles is bracing for a storm that could bring potentially life-threatening flooding, so maybe God watched last year’s Grammy Awards and is doing a Noah Part II.

https://www.westernjournal.com/life-threatening-extreme-weather-expected-plague-taylor-swifts-shot-grammys-history/

In other real music news, Billy Joel has released his first single since 1993. The last cut of his final pop album, “River of Dreams,” was called “Famous Last Words,” and it seemed to be his farewell to pop songwriting, where he felt he’d said all he had to say. But this week, he surprised and thrilled fans by releasing a new song, “Turn the Lights Back On,” which you can hear here:

https://youtu.be/hexZ5hwia08?si=3yjiiY1MEN0O2zoA

It’s a quiet ballad with just piano and strings accompaniment. Some might say it sounds like a demo or unfinished vocal track. That inspired singer/songwriter/musician Fernando Perdomo to add some drums, bass and other instruments and give it a classic, Phil Ramone-style production, a la “The Stranger.” It's startling how much a producer can add to a song. This is the best fan remix since the early ‘60s Beatles remake of “Now And Then.”

https://youtu.be/-DZrGafsVxo?si=cfxn-pFEvrr5fzQE

Another real music tip: If Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits play near you, definitely go see them.

https://hermanshermits.com/pages/concert-dates

Laura and I caught them again last night in Arlington, Texas, and as always, it was a fantastic show.  Peter’s vocals are shockingly unchanged since he cut the original records as a teenager (you’ll pay faaaaaar more for tickets to Paul McCartney and certainly won’t enjoy that perk.) There was a family in front of us with three little girls, all under 10 I’d guess, and all obviously loving the music, which gives me hope for the future.

Peter comes out after the show to sign autographs and greet fans. He’s also a Huckabee fan, has appeared twice on the TBN show and sends his regards to the Gov. and you all. (Photo of Peter Noone with Laura in her best ‘60s-inspired outfit.)  Keep it groovy!

 

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! Today, if you have a moment, leave me a comment about something you read. Comments help me fine tune what I am writing, and they show that we have an active community of readers.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

P.S. The Morning Edition delivers Monday-Saturday.


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Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 10:22

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Keeping Chris Kyle’s legacy alive

11 years ago on Feb 2, true American hero Chris Kyle was murdered by a troubled vet Chris was trying to help. Chris's widow Taya and son Colton keep the legacy alive. I'm proud to wear t-shirt honoring Chris Kyle.

https://americansniper.com


Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, and in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog reportedly did not see his shadow, foretelling an early spring and not another six more weeks of winter.

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/groundhog-day-history-superstitious-tradition-us

Joe Biden blamed it on global warming and issued an executive order banning groundhogs.


Breaking News:

As we were going to press, word arrived that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has subpoenaed Fulton County, Georgia, DA Fan Willis to testify about allegations of misconduct, misuse of federal funds, and firing a whistleblower. The subpoena came after Willis repeatedly refused to comply with requests to voluntarily supply documents to Congress.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-committee-subpoenas-fulton-county-da-fani-willis/ar-BB1hFVtF

If she refuses to comply with the subpoena, I assume she will be arrested in public and prosecuted into federal prison, the way the Biden DOJ did to Trump adviser Peter Nararro. And don’t forget: if she asks her secretary to write a letter to the House refusing to comply with the subpoena, they both should be indicted on RICO conspiracy charges. What’s good for the goose, etc., etc.


Jobs

The Labor Department reported this morning that the US economy added 353,000 jobs in December, nearly double the 185,000 economists predicted. That would be great news except, as Columbo would say, for a few things that keep bothering me.

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2024/02/02/u-s-economy-created-353000-jobs-in-january/

One is that the explosive rise in jobs is due to the government revising the previously-reported number of jobs in December upward by a staggering 117,000. If they missed it by that much a few weeks ago, how do I know they’ve got it right now?

Then there’s this sentence: “Compared with the pre-pandemic years, however, this was a high level of job growth, much of it driven by sectors still rebuilding from mass layoffs due to lockdowns and the pandemic.” So is this actual new job growth, or just more getting-back-to-normal after the artificial government shutdown?

And as always, there’s the problem that any positive news for job growth is taken by the Feds as inflationary and a reason not to reduce sky-high interest rates.

Don’t get me wrong, I honestly want to see economic growth and plenty of jobs for Americans. I just find it hard to believe that’s happening under the current government policies, especially when the reported jobs numbers seem to be coming out of a random number generator and can be “revised” by six figures in either direction.


The good news:

Fifty House Democrats voted with Republicans to pass a bill to deport illegal immigrants who are caught driving drunk, with the measure passing by 274-150.


The bad news:

150 House Democrats actually voted against deporting illegal immigrants who are going around killing Americans by driving drunk. Kind of makes you wonder who they’re supposedly working for.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/59-democrats-vote-with-republicans-passing-bill-to-deport-illegal-immigrants-who-committed-duis


Blue City Update:

At least four of the illegal immigrants who allegedly beat up two unarmed police officers in New York City and were released on no bail with an order to show up for a hearing later have reportedly already skipped town on a bus headed for California. I’m sure they’re going to LOVE it there!

https://www.foxnews.com/us/daniel-penny-lawyer-blasts-release-migrants-who-attacked-nypd-officers-without-bail-very-confounding


What a way to start your day, Joe Biden

For all those who claim Trump can’t control his mouth or that Biden isn’t having cognitive problems, let it be recorded that it was Biden who said we should remember “who the hell we are” at the National Prayer Breakfast.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-ends-national-prayer-breakfast-remarks-mix/


One more thing we can thank Joe Biden and his open border for:

One of the most bloodthirsty Venezuelan criminal gangs is reportedly now active across the US, after illegally coming across our border along with the wave of unvetted Venezuelan “migrants.”

https://redstate.com/benkew/2024/02/02/bloodthirsty-venezuelan-gang-now-operating-across-america-n2169536


"Friday Failure Corner"

I could probably fill this newsletter with stories like these every day, but that might get tedious, so I’ll just blow a few of them out all at once in a section we'll call "Friday Failure Corner":

The last remaining REI sporting goods store in Portland, Oregon, closed for good yesterday, blaming the highest number of thefts and break-ins in its 20-year history.

https://www.kptv.com/2024/02/01/last-portland-rei-closing-permanently/

Jeffrey’s Toys, the oldest toy store in San Francisco and the inspiration for the classic film “Toy Story,” is closing due to rampant crime and inflation.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/san-francisco-s-oldest-toy-store-closing-due-to-inflation-perils-and-violence-of-crime-downtown/ar-BB1hlJo0

In nearby Oakland, a beloved Denny’s restaurant that’s advertised itself as “Always open” for 54 years closed permanently this week due to rampant crime.

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2024/02/02/beloved-dennys-in-oakland-due-to-rampant-crime-n2169530

The San Francisco Center Mall, once a thriving upscale shopping destination, is now a virtual ghost town due to stores moving out and consumers refusing to leave their homes. The local liberal media would like to blame that on the pandemic, but we all know the real reasons.

https://sfstandard.com/2024/02/02/westfield-downtown-san-francisco-centre-mall-empty-dead/

Finally (although that’s hardly all the blue city store closings I could list), Walgreens is closing three locations in Boston. This prompted Massachusetts Democrat Rep. and “Squad” member (and advocate for defunding police and releasing thieves on no bail) Ayanna Pressley to accuse Walgreens of “divesting from Black & brown communities” and committing “disruptive, life-threatening acts of racial and economic discrimination.”

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2024/02/01/former-walgreens-loss-prevention-supervisor-schools-ayanna-pressley-over-racism-claim-on-store-closures-n2169525

As you can tell from the responses on Twitter, the public isn’t buying her excuses for leftist policy failures. The best came from a man who described himself as a former loss prevention supervisor for Walgreens for eight years. He wrote: “You don’t get to blame it on race. If a store was closed, it’s quite simply because whoever lived in the area stole too d**n much merchandise. And now they can live without a Walgreens.”

I’d advise her to go take an aspirin and lie down, but I don’t know if there are any drug stores still open in Washington, DC.


More proof that you aren’t even safe from leftist insanity in a red state:

El Paso, Texas, police have been ordered to ask everyone they encounter their “preferred pronouns” and names.

https://pjmedia.com/stephen-kruiser/2024/02/01/the-morning-briefing-constitutional-death-by-a-thousand-pronouns-n4926031

Just a factual note on pronouns: They were invented to give a generic name to large collective groups (he/she/it) because it is impossible to learn and use the specific name of every individual on Earth. The “preferred pronoun” crowd demands that we learn and use the specific “pronoun” of every individual on Earth, no matter how unlikely, nonsensical, unique or wholly made-up it may be. In short, the very idea of “preferred pronouns” is not only impossible to implement, but it negates the entire purpose of having pronouns.

So, pretty much a typical liberal idea.


New PBS J6 documentary unwittingly makes the case against Democrats

How to understand the way leftists think, in two easy steps:  1) listen to them talk to each other, and 2) watch their propaganda.  They’ll inadvertently give the game away.  At least PBS just did.

They aired a new January 6 documentary for FRONTLINE, dramatically titled “Democracy On Trial:  The Criminal Cases Against Former President Trump Tied to His 2020 Election Loss.”  Writer/producers Michael Kirk and Mike Wiser (Kirk directed) chose to open it with the audio of Trump’s “I only need 11,000 votes” phone call --- taken totally out of context, of course, to twist its meaning, just as Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis did to be able to charge Trump.  “The President’s intent was to stay in power at all costs,” intones one TV pundit and apparent Trump mindreader.  “They put their faith in Donald Trump, and he deceived them,” says TDS-infected Liz Cheney.  So in the first minute or so of watching, you know what you’re in for.

The documentary is two and a half hours long, and we have no intention of recommending you sit through it, as at the end, you’d know less than you did before.  Instead, let’s focus on just one thing, something a few other writers have noticed as well:  that in bragging about what Nancy Pelosi’s “Select” (that’s for sure) January 6 Committee did to shape the narrative for their so-called “investigative” hearings, they inadvertently revealed these were just as partisan as anything PBS could come up with.  This was a show trial.  And those who are out to get Trump are so clueless, they boast about this effort without seeming to care or even realize what it looks like to the rest of us.

Filmmaker Eric Abbenante posted this on X: “In a remarkable PBS documentary, the January 6th committee admits the entire thing was a publicity stunt/fabricated TV production meant to manipulate the audience. Which is why they brought in the former president of ABC News [James Goldston] "‘It was Goldston who envisioned this as a miniseries.’ ‘We knew how high the stakes were. We were either going to make people realize that this was important or once you've lost them you've lost them for good.’ Well, you failed and you lost most of the American public for good. Nice try though.”

Recall our reporting at the time that Nancy’s “Kangaroo Kommittee” had hired the former president of ABC News to slice-and-dice the J6 video --- at least the parts of it they wanted us to see --- in a way that would involve viewers emotionally so they’d see that, by golly, this WAS an insurrection!  This new documentary confirms that this was their goal.

On Thursday, Nick Arama at REDSTATE wrote about what the film says about why they brought in Goldston, including what Goldston himself said about this, after getting a call “pretty much out of the blue” from the committee saying they wanted a “storyteller”: “While they were brilliant lawyers, storytelling for a mass audience is not what they do.”  (Aside:  Really??  We’d say that making up stories for public consumption is one of the main things the Democrats do, all the time, but never mind.)  Goldston viewed this project as an entertainment “miniseries,” with hearings that played like episodes --- nine episodes, each with a different theme.  He was praised for thinking “outside the box.”

Here’s “Republican” committee member Adam Kinzinger from the documentary, on why they enlisted Goldston: “The one thing that we knew was the information that we have is compelling.  The thing we needed to do was tell that to the American people in a compelling way.”  Really, is that what hearings are supposed to do?  Certainly, it’s what propagandists do, but hearings are supposed to find out the truth, not just move people.

The primetime hearing was conducted like a multimedia live stage production, and everything had to come together.  From the way they told it, committee members’ hearts were pounding on that first night, wondering, “Is this going to work or not?”  Work in what way, pray tell?  If they wanted it to be taken seriously as a real fact-finding hearing, they blew it.

But that wasn’t the committee’s goal.  Their real aim was to make sure this production would, in the words of Communications Director Tim Mulvey, “grab the audience and hold onto them.”

Chairman Bennie Thompson became known for saying, “It’s gotta pop.”  I’d like to know how much of our tax money was spent to manufacture all that popping.  Come to think of it, the J6 Committee and PBS have something in common:  they both got taxpayer funding to selectively edit information about January 6 to create the anti-Trump narrative they wanted!

(Side note:  Looking into this, we found a report in Yahoo Finance that didn’t give us the figure we were looking for but did say this, and get your barf bags ready… “The bottom line:  The committee’s operations and expenses may be sizable, but protecting U.S. democracy is priceless.”)   

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cost-congress-january-6-committee-231101988

The mainstream media went crazy on “opening night,” of course, presenting it, in the words of CBS News, as “an extraordinary moment in American history.”  But, Arama’s headline after that first night was, “Hilarious:  Jan. 6 Committee now trying to ‘temper expectations’ as Cheney and Schiff spin like crazy.”  What was supposed to blow the roof off turned out to be more like “connecting the dots,” as one committee aide described it.  And recall that Goldston’s nine-part “series” couldn’t be stretched into that many hearings and ended up fizzling (like their ratings).  It’s fun to go back and see what Arama said at the time.

Sample quote: “[This is] a performance, a made-for-TV production, that’s why they need the TV guy. They don’t want you to evaluate the facts for yourself, they must tell you what it means, so you accept their narrative. Hey, Democrats, this is America, the government doesn’t dictate what people believe here.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/06/09/hilarious-jan-6-committee-now-trying-to-temper-expectations-as-cheney-and-schiff-spin-like-crazy-n576837

Yes, of course we knew at the time what they were up to.  They had their speeches on teleprompters, for crying out loud.  And we knew that when Liz Cheney read a January 6 tweet from President Trump but left out the “Go home with love and peace,” she telegraphed their intention to craft a lie.  But the unintentionally hilarious thing about this new PBS propaganda piece is that its inclusion of committee members’ bragging about their big “production” gives up the game.  It’s not a good look, for the committee or for the media.  And they appear not to even be aware of that.     

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/01/pbs-documentary-confirmed-the-plan-to-sell-the-jan-6-show-but-heres-how-much-they-failed-n2169521

Joel Pollak at BREITBART notes that Nancy Pelosi had, for the first time in American history, rejected the committee nominees from the minority party and took it upon herself to pick those nominees, choosing two virulent anti-Trump “Republicans.”  In other words, the fix was in, with everyone on the committee being opposed to Trump.  Due process was out the window, with most testimony behind closed doors, with no exculpatory evidence allowed and no chance for the other side to present an argument or cross-examine witnesses.

Pollak also mentions that Goldston had a controversial history at ABC, as he was the leader at the time they were alleged to have buried the Jeffrey Epstein story.

Perhaps worst of all, the committee also is being investigated for destruction of evidence, records that were supposed to be turned over to GOP-led congressional committees, compromising Trump’s rights and those of other J6 defendants.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/01/pbs-documentary-january-6th-committee-was-tv-miniseries/

Sarah Arnold for TOWNHALL writes, “The outlet [PBS] explains how the committee carefully chose witnesses to spew testimony --- whether true or not --- to manipulate the nation regarding J6.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/saraharnold/2024/02/01/j6-committee-was-created-as-propaganda-miniseries-on-pbs-n2634491

REDSTATE also has a VIP (subscription-only) piece about this, by Becky Noble.  If you’re signed up, it makes good reading, but she does come to the same conclusions we do.  She recalls some of the outright lying that was done in prime time, such as Chairman Bennie Thompson claiming that seven people were killed on January 6.  Pelosi was said to have “begged” for National Guard help; never mind the part about Trump offering their presence that day and Pelosi declining.  And, of course, the committee never showed the video we saw much later of Capitol Hill police standing by unconcerned as people peacefully wandered into the Capitol.

https://redstate.com/beckynoble/2024/02/01/pbs-documentary-appears-to-vindicate-what-republicans-have-suspected-all-along-about-the-jan-6-hearings-n2169507

They ignored the pipe bombs --- the Kamala Harris “assassination attempt” --- too.  Wonder why?  We’ll have an update on that unfolding story for the weekend.


Impeachment inquiry demands drafts of Biden’s speech about firing Shokin

Surprise, surprise; the White House isn’t cooperating with the committees handling the impeachment inquiry.  As part of their investigation into then-Vice President Biden’s relationship with Burisma --- the corrupt Ukrainian energy company that had paid son Hunter handsomely to be on its board of directors --- House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer requested the original drafts of a speech Biden gave about firing Ukrainian lead prosecutor Viktor Shokin.  These would be coming from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), but the White House has refused to allow them to produce them.  It’s been five months.

Comer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan are now demanding that the White House allow NARA to produce the drafts by February 7.  If the White House doesn’t comply, they’ll “consider the use of compulsory process,” meaning subpoenas.  Oh, just send the subpoenas, guys; you know the White House won’t cooperate.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/01/republicans-demand-drafts-of-joe-bidens-speech-on-firing-burisma-prosecutor/

RELATED HUNTER NEWS:  If you thought you’d heard it all when it came to Hunter Biden, here’s something especially weird.  In a recent court filing in his Delaware gun case, Hunter bizarrely compared himself to various historical figures and groups of victimized people, mostly dead.

As law professor Jonathan Turley writes, the filing “presents Hunter as one of the most tragic figures since the fall of Troy.  Literally.”  He’s cursed, it says, to be the son of one of the most powerful people on Earth.  It suggests that this is an “immutable characteristic,” a term often used to protect members of a racial minority from discrimination.

The filing goes on from there, arguing that Hunter is being selectively prosecuted because of who his father is.  In that respect, it even compares Hunter to a child detained in a Japanese internment camp because he’s “the son of parents as to whom he had no choice, and belongs to a race from which there is no way to resign.”

Hard to even know where to start.

It compares Hunter to the greatly privileged sons of famous people down through history who were “the target of animus…History is replete with children of political figures being abducted and assassinated literally (e.g., murder of Romanov children by Russian revolutionaries) or figuratively (e.g., Odysseus murdering the son of Crown Prince Hector when sacking Troy).”

Turley says it “borders on delusional.”  Borders on??  Still, what a way for members of powerful families to get away with anything.  Imagine Ted Kennedy’s attorneys sitting around in Chappaquiddick, smoking cigars and discussing how to extricate him legally from the death of Mary Jo Kopechne: “Let’s say he’s targeted because he’s a Kennedy!  You know, it just might work!”

Oh, you’ve got to read this.  Maybe (maybe) Hunter has cleaned up his act and is not currently doing drugs, but one has to wonder, seriously, if his attorneys have been smoking crack.

Hunter’s Heroic Epic: Biden Files Motion Comparing Himself to Dead Romanovs and Ancient Greek Heroes


More bad news for Disney

More bad news for the Disney Corporation, but this time, it doesn’t involve an overbudget movie flop, which is kind of refreshing:

A federal judge threw out the Mouse House’s lawsuit that tried to overturn Gov. DeSantis’ decision to strip Disney of its special district privileges that had turned the Magic Kingdom into a Disney fiefdom. They were put under a new state-appointed oversight board, which has unearthed evidence of Disney operating its own private government for years in its selfish interests. Naturally, Disney will appeal. The full legal language is at the link, but in a nutshell:

https://www.westernjournal.com/judge-delivers-massive-blow-disney-dismisses-entertainment-giants-lawsuit-desantis/

Disney claimed that DeSantis did this because of the company’s woke political activism, so it was a violation of their First Amendment free speech rights. But the judge ruled that you can’t claim a constitutionally-permissible government action is invalid because you don’t like its alleged motives, and that Disney cited no injury other than being under a government regulatory board that it can’t control. Welcome to the club, Mickey.

Let’s hope this puts an end to Disney’s tantrum about having to follow the same laws as every other business in Florida. Also, an end to all the articles, YouTube videos, Twitter rants and commentaries on liberal “news” channels about what a dictator DeSantis is and how Disney’s lawyers were going to eat him alive in court. That stuff has become about as annoying as riding the “It’s a Small World” ride 500 times.


New Excuses

“Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush has some new excuses for the ethics investigation of her lavish spending on private security. They aren’t any better than her first ones, but they’re new.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/02/01/watch-cori-bushs-explanation-as-to-why-she-hired-her-husband-is-something-else-n2169488

Lucky for her, she’s a Democrat, so even if they have her dead to rights, it’s extremely unlikely that she will ever be held accountable. Latest case in point (warning: note subject)…

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2024/02/01/new-democrat-staffer-who-filmed-himself-having-anal-sex-in-the-capitol-wont-be-charged-n2169494

Wait, I thought the Capitol was the sacred citadel of "our democracy," which is why the January 6th protesters had to be sent to prison for years for defiling it. I guess that only applies to Republicans and pro-life activists who defile our sacred abortion clinics by praying outside them.


“Stop the Coup 2025”

Since the Democrats are so horrified at the thought of anyone questioning or resisting the results of “free and fair” election, I assume they will all line up to strongly condemn a new radical left group called “Stop the Coup 2025.” With Trump now leading in many polls, they’ve already decided that if he wins, the election will be illegitimate (the first “coup” decided by a vote of the people.), So they’re making plans to undermine his Administration, block his agenda, and worst of all, harass and intimidate anyone he might want to hire or appoint to scare out of working for a Trump White House.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/01/radical-leftists-threaten-to-bird-dog-conservatives-at-home-church/

This is an example of how, when leftists are allowed to get away with something, they double down on it. Last time around, they used the media and the weaponized Deep State to harass, slander and prosecute anyone who dared to try to commit public service under Trump. But they denied that they were doing that and claimed it just happened because those people were sooooo corrupt. 

Now, they’ve ripped their masks off (not literally, of course, but the metaphoric masks) and are revealing their true colors: they’re a radical mob trying to control the government by threatening anyone who disagrees with them to scare them out of taking jobs in it.

If I were Trump, my first consideration for an appointment would be to find someone who is not easily intimidated to head the DOJ, and to immediately end the targeting of parents and pro-life activists and bring back the prosecution and jailing of actual criminals who harass and threaten American citizens.


Kurt Schlichter has a new column that includes his trademark humor but is on a sobering subject:

All the unpredictable "Black Swan" events that could occur in 2024 to affect the election and throw the country (and the world) into chaos.

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2024/02/01/the-black-swan-events-that-could-determine-this-election-n2634404

It’s ironic that one of the favorite leftist attacks on Trump is that he’s a “chaos agent,” when it’s actually Biden who’s thrown everything into a state of constant raging chaos. Anyone who tries to frighten us with stories about how terrible Trump is should first have to explain how he – or for that matter, anyone, from Mussolini to General Zod – could possibly make things worse than Biden has.

As a side note, I’ve seen comments from people asking me to explain why I think all the prosecutions against Trump are groundless and politically-motivated. I believe I’ve done that already in the past, usually as each indictment came up, and not being an attorney, I don’t want to get into the weeds explaining the weaknesses of these unprecedented, politically-motivated selective prosecutions and the judge/jury shopping that ensured they were be heard in hotbeds of anti-Trump bias.

But Kurt Schichter does address that issue in this column. He’s not only a commentator, he’s also a practicing attorney who has argued many major cases and won over $1 million in trial judgements. He's a graduate and former law review editor of Loyola Law School, and the author of legal analysis articles for such legal publications as the Los Angeles Daily Journal and California Lawyer.  So I think you can trust him when he warns that Trump might be convicted, even imprisoned, before these cases are appealed to real courts. But he says this about them:

“Understand that none of them have any legal merit. Zero. Nada. As far as the law goes, they are a joke. But no one’s laughing when the Democrats attempt to use the power of law enforcement to arrest and imprison their opponents.”


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A full year after the train derailment and toxic chemical spill that devastated East Palestine, Ohio, it was announced that Biden will finally visit the town. For reference, Trump wasn’t even President anymore, and he visited there two weeks after it happened and donated a truckload of bottled water (Fun fact: leftists on social media attacked him for visiting, blamed the train derailment on him, and falsely claimed that the water was 13 years old. Imagine what they would have said about him if he didn't show up at all, then only came because it was an election year.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-sees-right-bidens-ploy-east-palestine-visit-finally-announced-year-train-disaster/

After a solid year of the White House ignoring pleas for help from the people of East Palestine (Biden seems more concerned about the people of Middle Eastern Palestine), this sudden about-face isn’t going over too well with locals who are blasting Biden’s cynical, Johnny-come-lately visit online.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/01/31/biden-east-finally-going-to-east-palestine-n2169444

The mayor cordially welcomed the visit, but pointedly said that the best time for Biden to visit (other than right after the catastrophe actually happened) would be in 2025, “when he's on his book tour.”

https://rumble.com/v4aomvc-east-palestine-mayor-says-the-best-time-for-biden-to-visit-would-be-2025-wh.html

When asked if Biden will drink the water in East Palestine (the safety of that was a major concern), White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged the question, declaring, "This is about this President being a president for everyone and showing up for this community. I'm not going to get into some political stunts about drinking water."

Besides, if he’s thirsty, they can hand him a bottle of that Trump-branded water. That would be a great photo-op. And incidentally, as someone who was Governor of Arkansas for 10 years and who had to deal with my share of calamities, like tornadoes, I can confirm that “showing up for the community” is an important part of the job. But when it takes you a year, is that really “showing up?”

Even if you’re a blue-dog Democrat who considers Joe Biden a national security guru, do you really think our adversaries are deterred whenever they hear him, his Vice President or his secretaries of state and defense collectively mouthing the word: “Don’t”? No, I don’t think so either and not just because the Persian ancestors of today’s Iranian mullahs are often credited with inventing chess. You see, chess is a game of great subtlety where outcomes depend on discerning an opponent’s strategy, sensing when he is constructing a trap, planning a daring gambit – or simply bluffing because the game is already well past his depth. Nor would a chess master have to be particularly astute to discern the especially uneven track record that Messrs. Biden, Blinken and Austin have blundered into - from Afghanistan and Ukraine to the Chinese spy balloon and now the Israeli-Hamas war. In fact, you can make a far better counter-argument that our global adversaries have profited by consistently acting against whatever transient interest happened to be the American policy du jour. 

The odds against us are so dire that today you have to wonder if our president has any remaining “street-creds” with either our allies or our enemies. You might remember a similar situation depicted in the 1987 movie, “The Untouchables,” a fictionalized account of how Al Capone’s empire was crushed during the Prohibition era. In one of its most memorable scenes, Sean Connery plays a tough-as-nails street-cop who instructs District Attorney Elliot Ness on how deterrence is measured in Chicago’s gangland.  Their no-nonsense dialogue went something like this: “He comes at you with a knife, you answer with a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send two of his to the morgue. So what are you prepared to do, Mr. Ness?”

So what are you really prepared to do now, Mr. Biden? Can you please begin by not trembling every time you mumble that the US wants no wider war with Iran! The only message those repeated aversions produce in Teheran is the certainty that they are on a winning path, that their strategy of fighting to the last Houthi is succeeding brilliantly. Being chess masters, the Iranians understand indirection, the art of moving pawns across the board in a way that sews confusion and distress in the Nirvana of official Washington. From Foggy Bottom to the Pentagon’s five-sided puzzle palace, they endlessly plan on having plans and success is even more relative than with their Kissin’ Cousins in West Virginia. Can you possibly understand that our adversaries around the world have watched gleefully over the last three years as every quasi-threat issued by your administration has proven hollow? Sadly, that is true even here in Texas, which never needed a foreign policy until you and Mr. Mayorkas reversed Federal law and all common sense, opening our borders to the worst subversion in our collective history!

Forgive my candor but your disastrous record at home and abroad has produced the polar opposite of deterrence, ill-considered threats that lately shed the blood of our best and brightest. As you stand at Dover tomorrow to provide a dignified reception for their remains, please comfort their families and the nation which sent them by at least attempting to perform the role of their Commander-in-Chief. Understand that the whole world will be watching, wondering if the America which rode to their rescue so many times in history has become so fatally divided that its own survival is now in question.

So how are you now prepared to answer them, Mr. Biden, particularly as your spokes-persons assure us that your threats finally have real meaning? Will you be able to discern that critical dividing line between Target Destroyed and What Have We Done? Whatever your decision, will you keep faith with those brave, long-suffering soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines sent to do your bidding? Finally, try to remember that your primary duty as a wartime leader is to provide a sticking point for the nation’s will to prevail against its adversaries, no matter how unprepared you may feel for that role. And as you take those first measured steps toward conflict, have you considered doing what FDR did on D-Day and leading the nation in prayer?

 

 

Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Allard is a former West Point faculty member, Dean of the National War College and NBC News military analyst.

James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas and now O’Keefe Media Group (OMG) and the Citizen Journalism Foundation, has done it again, using a disguise and hidden cameras to dig past the messages you and I are told and get to the truth we otherwise might never hear.

O’Keefe’s face is well known in Washington DC, so he colored his hair and wore fake glasses to go to a restaurant on January 21, 2024, for a “first date” with someone who works in the Executive Office of the President.  This individual is Cybersecurity Policy Analyst Charlie Kraiger, who does the usual first-date thing of impressing his companion with “inside” information relating to what he does for a living.  No doubt it does impress first dates when you tell them you work “for the White House.”

That’s why it’s so hilarious when he tells O’Keefe at one point, “I’m good at keeping secrets.”  What he’s good at is singing like a canary.

He says he manages cybersecurity for two federal agencies, the State Department and USAID.  (Side note:  That’s the United States Agency for International Development, which is headed by Obama’s UN ambassador Samantha Power, remembered in part for her name being on many, many surveillance requests.  President Biden nominated her to run USAID in January 2021.  She’s yet another Obama holdover.)

https://www.usaid.gov

Kraiger’s job, he tells O’Keefe, is “oversight management.”  He helps oversee “responses to cyber incidents and cybersecurity problems.”  He protects “the networks of the federal agencies” that “you give all your information to.”  He says also that “we’re the President’s voice when we go into meetings, in terms of discussing and promoting the President’s priorities.”  (Aside:  well, this President does have trouble being his own voice.)  “I have recurring meetings with them where we talk about goals and we talk about the President’s priorities, and, like, how they are coming on certain executive order deliverables and all of this kind of stuff.”

Then the conversation gets gossipy, with Kraiger exclaiming at one point, “I’m just telling you what I’ve heard!”  O’Keefe leads the conversation by telling him he “loves all of Biden’s policies” but is concerned about the President’s mental fitness, saying, “Just witnessing --- it’s a bad look.  He stumbles to talk.”  Kraiger answers lightly, “Yes, he’s no Barack Obama.”

When O’Keefe flat-out asks him if Biden is going to be the nominee, he immediately answers, “Yes.”  O’Keefe shakes his head slightly, giving Kraiger a nonverbal cue that it’s okay to freely admit their concerns about this.

So, do his colleagues at the White House realize Biden has this problem?  Kreiger answers slowly, “I think that they probably do, but no one in modern history has ever said, like we’re not gonna renominate the President for a second term.  That just hasn’t happened.”

“And she [Kamala] will be the Vice President nominee,” Kraiger continues.  “There was a debate about removing her from the ticket, but, sadly, they didn’t.”

Kraiger brings up one of the weirder problems with Kamala, that she “can’t keep black staff.”  They “quit en masse.”  Even THE NEW YORK TIMES did a story about this, he says.  “People sent it around the office; everyone was like, ‘Oh (bleep).’”

When O’Keefe brings up the concern that Biden has “got dementia,” Kraiger says he hasn’t been diagnosed, but “he’s definitely slowing down.”  When asked if his colleagues at the White House realize this, he says, “I think so,” and also mentions the bad polling.  His colleagues talk privately of their concerns, he says, but they can’t speak publicly --- “no, no, no” --- about either Biden’s cognitive dysfunction or Kamala’s unpopularity.  “They have to toe the line.”

Note that he’s spilling this to his “date,” whom he has just met.

“They know it.  Of course they do.  But it’s the optics and, like, the scandal I think they feel wouldn’t be worth it...Does it make sense?  No, but that’s what I’ve heard.”

“You can’t remove the first black lady to be Vice President from the (bleep) presidential ticket.”  Because of the message it would give to black voters, “how would you spin that?”

“Like, she’s a woman, and she’s multiracial...I think they’re really concerned about that.”

“I think they need to get rid of him or get rid of her.  But I don’t think they’re gonna do that.”

(Another aside: Note that nowhere in this conversation was the topic raised about how dangerous it might be to America to retain a President who’s clearly in mental decline. The first and only consideration is protecting the Democratic Party and staying in power. If the guy they’re protecting leads the entire nations over a cliff, destroys national security and the economy, and gets us into World War III, that’s just a risk they’re willing to take.)

Of course, bringing in Michelle Obama to save the day would solve the Democrats’ race-and-gender problem, and this does seem likelier (to us) every day, but Kraiger tells O’Keefe he doesn’t think it will happen.  Still, he’s basing that prediction on a remark he heard her make years ago in a meeting, when he was just an intern.  When asked then if she would ever run for office, she’d said no, he told O’Keefe.  Paraphrasing her, he said Michelle had told them she’d seen all this (bleep) her husband had had to go through and it didn’t interest her.

Finally, O’Keefe decides to end the conversation.  “So you work in cybersecurity for the White House,” he says as he removes his glasses, “and my question is, what are you doing in a meeting with James O’Keefe?  And how do you think it looks to the American people that working in the Office of Cybersecurity, you’re sitting across the table from James O’Keefe?”

“...What type of cybersecurity operation are you guys running over there?...Did you not do your research?”  O’Keefe suggests they were running “a clown show.”

Sounds like it, but this is a serious concern.  (Note:  we do expect O’Keefe to supply an unedited video of the complete conversation.)  What if a spy for China or another adversary had pulled the same “dating” ploy to get information about the most pressing concerns at the White House?  Maybe start a relationship with someone there --- it apparently isn’t hard --- just to have an ongoing source of information?  How many would-be Eric Swalwells are working in such proximity to power?

Since this meeting, Charlie Kraiger’s social media has been scrubbed.  (Just as well; it said he likes “long walks on the beach” and “diplomatic negotiations.” Ick.)  And today, O’Keefe will release a follow-up video to let us know what else has happened since the ambush of this Chatty Kathy.

https://thelibertydaily.com/james-okeefe-gets-top-white-house-cyber-official/

We’d thought Dan Bongino might have had FBI agent-turned-whistleblower Kyle Seraphin on his Wednesday show to talk about the latest revelations about the J6 pipe bomber “investigation,” but it was not to be.  (His guest instead was Peter Navarro, still great.)  Perhaps Seraphin will be on today, but in the meantime, Bongino did have much more to say about it himself on his podcast.

He said he’d been 99 percent sure that the pipe bombs were a set-up designed to stop any congressional discussion of mail-in ballot security prior to certification of the election, but that now he has no doubt whatsoever, not even that 1 percent.  Now he says there is no other possible explanation, and he’s absolutely sure it was an “op.”  If they’d needed it, he explained, they would’ve had an attempted assassination of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to blame on Trump and “MAGA Republicans.”

Recall that Seraphin has said the FBI had identified the person who appeared to have placed the bombs late on January 5 (though we’ve never seen video of him placing them) by using security-cam video to trace his walk to the Metro and also the card he used to take the train.  Video also caught him getting into a car at his destination, and both the license number of the car and the Metro card were linked to the same name.  The FBI found out where this “person of interest” lived and had Seraphin and his team stake it out for a period of days, but blocked them when they asked to conduct an interview.  The entire team was taken off this lead and put on low-level J6 cases.

The man they wanted to talk to happens to be a former Air Force chief master sergeant who retains his security clearance and is now working as a contractor.  Whoa.

Bongino isn’t sure, but he also speculates that the plainclothes Capitol Police officer who walked by and apparently found the bomb by the bench in front of the DNC wasn’t supposed to find it, and that this messed up their plan.  Or else he was unknowingly sent there to find it and wasn’t in on the full operation --- until later, when he would’ve realized this and is now having to keep his mouth shut.

That might explain why we also haven’t been told this person’s identity.  Really, it’s so odd that we haven’t, because, gosh, he found the pipe bomb that could have blown up the Vice President-elect!  He foiled a domestic terrorist plot!  He’s a hero!  Why don’t we even know his name?

I know this story sounds increasingly like something out of a spy thriller, but Bongino worked in the Secret Service himself for a decade and is quite familiar with the way these ops work.  What sounds like wild conspiracy theory to someone else might sound to Bongino like “Thursday.”

Bongino starts talking about the pipe bomber case at 14 minutes in.  He expresses frustration that so few are talking about it; I wonder if he’s aware we’re among the “handful” (his word) who are.

https://bongino.com/ep-2177-the-j6-bomber-case-just-got-even-stranger

“We’re getting to the point now of no return,” he concludes, “when the government and the FBI has become so accustomed to lying to us and setting up fake narratives to benefit themselves...that government insiders in the National Security Council and the FBI and elsewhere have been so used to giving you all the middle finger that even the idea of doing the right thing right now is like a foreign concept.  And once that psychology sets in that they can (bleep) us over, it’s all gone, folks.”

If you’d like a thorough recap of what we know so far about the pipe bomber case, REVOLVER NEWS has a detailed one, here.  They’ve been doing some amazing reporting on this --- with help from Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, who is on it --- and they share Bongino’s opinion that, in their words, “the January 6 pipe bombs are 100 percent a hoax and 100 percent a cover-up.”

https://revolver.news/2024/01/the-plot-thickens-damning-new-details-emerge-in-jan-6-pipe-bomb-cover-up/

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! Today, if you have a moment, leave me a comment about something you read. Comments help me fine tune what I am writing, and they show that we have an active community of readers.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee


Daily Bible Verse

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.”

Matthew 19:21

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Rewarding terrorism?

Yesterday, I linked to a report that the UK government was considering rewarding terrorism by recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state. It disgusts me to have to report that the Biden State Department is reportedly considering the same betrayal of Israel.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-administration-considering-ultimate-betrayal-israel-report/

If Biden’s crew recognizes a Palestinian state or lifts its veto to allow the UN Security Council to admit Palestine as a “full UN member state,” then as one astute commenter on Twitter (X) put it, Hamas and Iran will have gotten everything they wanted out of the October 7th terrorist attack on Israel.

I’m used to Biden folding like a cheap card table before our enemies, but this would be like a cheap card table with all the screws loose. Let us pray that they don’t make this dangerously stupid move, and that by the next election, liberal Jewish voters will have realized that “mean tweets” are preferable to empowering anti-Semites who want to commit genocide.


Here’s how bad the Democrats’ internal polls for Joe Biden must be:

A full year after the train derailment and toxic chemical spill that devastated East Palestine, Ohio, it was announced that Biden will finally visit the town. For reference, Trump wasn’t even President anymore, and he visited there two weeks after it happened and donated a truckload of bottled water (Fun fact: leftists on social media attacked him for visiting, blamed the train derailment on him, and falsely claimed that the water was 13 years old. Imagine what they would have said about him if he didn't show up at all, then only came because it was an election year.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-sees-right-bidens-ploy-east-palestine-visit-finally-announced-year-train-disaster/

After a solid year of the White House ignoring pleas for help from the people of East Palestine (Biden seems more concerned about the people of Middle Eastern Palestine), this sudden about-face isn’t going over too well with locals who are blasting Biden’s cynical, Johnny-come-lately visit online.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/01/31/biden-east-finally-going-to-east-palestine-n2169444

The mayor cordially welcomed the visit, but pointedly said that the best time for Biden to visit (other than right after the catastrophe actually happened) would be in 2025, “when he's on his book tour.”

https://rumble.com/v4aomvc-east-palestine-mayor-says-the-best-time-for-biden-to-visit-would-be-2025-wh.html

When asked if Biden will drink the water in East Palestine (the safety of that was a major concern), White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged the question, declaring, "This is about this President being a president for everyone and showing up for this community. I'm not going to get into some political stunts about drinking water."

Besides, if he’s thirsty, they can hand him a bottle of that Trump-branded water. That would be a great photo-op. And incidentally, as someone who was Governor of Arkansas for 10 years and who had to deal with my share of calamities, like tornadoes, I can confirm that “showing up for the community” is an important part of the job. But when it takes you a year, is that really “showing up?”


Absolutely astonishing:

Georgia state Senator Colton Moore captured video of groups of illegal aliens from all over the world who were dropped off from ICE detention at the Atlanta Airport. Moore said they were being kept in a packed room at the airport with the door guarded by an Army soldier who told Moore he wasn’t allowed to video it and tried to take away his phone.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/saraharnold/2024/01/31/a-ga-state-senator-appears-to-show-groups-of-illegal-immigrants-in-a-room-at-atl-airport-n2634457

Moore said, “It was a scrimmage between he and I in order to get the phone back. And then he proceeded to tell me to get out of there and just made a real big scene out of it.”

Well, it’s gratifying to hear that there’s still one person in the government who’s trying to enforce security rules at airports. Too bad it’s the rule against Senators making cell phone videos and not the rule about not letting a lot of unvetted, illegal foreign nationals into our airports.


UPDATE:

Michael Roman, the Trump co-defendant in the ridiculous Georgia RICO prosecution who exposed the alleged improper romantic and financial relationship between Fulton County DA Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade, just took it up a notch. His attorneys have slapped Willis and Wade with subpoenas ordering them to testify in an evidentiary hearing into their alleged corruption that could determine whether they’ll be disqualified from prosecuting the case.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/miacathell/2024/02/01/fani-willis-subpoenaed-feb-15-hearing-n2634437

Well, I’ve got to give this to Ms. Willis. She claimed that this case would expose shocking corruption among government officials, and it has.


Self-Deterring & Underwhelming

By Kenneth Allard

Even if you’re a blue-dog Democrat who considers Joe Biden a national security guru, do you really think our adversaries are deterred whenever they hear him, his Vice President or his secretaries of state and defense collectively mouthing the word: “Don’t”? No, I don’t think so either and not just because the Persian ancestors of today’s Iranian mullahs are often credited with inventing chess. You see, chess is a game of great subtlety where outcomes depend on discerning an opponent’s strategy, sensing when he is constructing a trap, planning a daring gambit – or simply bluffing because the game is already well past his depth. Nor would a chess master have to be particularly astute to discern the especially uneven track record that Messrs. Biden, Blinken and Austin have blundered into - from Afghanistan and Ukraine to the Chinese spy balloon and now the Israeli-Hamas war. In fact, you can make a far better counter-argument that our global adversaries have profited by consistently acting against whatever transient interest happened to be the American policy du jour. 

The odds against us are so dire that today you have to wonder if our president has any remaining “street-creds” with either our allies or our enemies. You might remember a similar situation depicted in the 1987 movie, “The Untouchables,” a fictionalized account of how Al Capone’s empire was crushed during the Prohibition era. In one of its most memorable scenes, Sean Connery plays a tough-as-nails street-cop who instructs District Attorney Elliot Ness on how deterrence is measured in Chicago’s gangland.  Their no-nonsense dialogue went something like this: “He comes at you with a knife, you answer with a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send two of his to the morgue. So what are you prepared to do, Mr. Ness?”

So what are you really prepared to do now, Mr. Biden? Can you please begin by not trembling every time you mumble that the US wants no wider war with Iran! The only message those repeated aversions produce in Teheran is the certainty that they are on a winning path, that their strategy of fighting to the last Houthi is succeeding brilliantly. Being chess masters, the Iranians understand indirection, the art of moving pawns across the board in a way that sews confusion and distress in the Nirvana of official Washington. From Foggy Bottom to the Pentagon’s five-sided puzzle palace, they endlessly plan on having plans and success is even more relative than with their Kissin’ Cousins in West Virginia. Can you possibly understand that our adversaries around the world have watched gleefully over the last three years as every quasi-threat issued by your administration has proven hollow? Sadly, that is true even here in Texas, which never needed a foreign policy until you and Mr. Mayorkas reversed Federal law and all common sense, opening our borders to the worst subversion in our collective history!

Forgive my candor but your disastrous record at home and abroad has produced the polar opposite of deterrence, ill-considered threats that lately shed the blood of our best and brightest. As you stand at Dover tomorrow to provide a dignified reception for their remains, please comfort their families and the nation which sent them by at least attempting to perform the role of their Commander-in-Chief. Understand that the whole world will be watching, wondering if the America which rode to their rescue so many times in history has become so fatally divided that its own survival is now in question.

So how are you now prepared to answer them, Mr. Biden, particularly as your spokes-persons assure us that your threats finally have real meaning? Will you be able to discern that critical dividing line between Target Destroyed and What Have We Done? Whatever your decision, will you keep faith with those brave, long-suffering soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines sent to do your bidding? Finally, try to remember that your primary duty as a wartime leader is to provide a sticking point for the nation’s will to prevail against its adversaries, no matter how unprepared you may feel for that role. And as you take those first measured steps toward conflict, have you considered doing what FDR did on D-Day and leading the nation in prayer?

Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Allard is a former West Point faculty member, Dean of the National War College and NBC News military analyst.


Replaced by Another Political Hack

Since John Kerry is stepping down as Biden’s “climate czar” to go back into politics and try to help Biden get reelected President (is he actually considered an expert at that?), I guess it’s only appropriate that he will be replaced as “climate czar” by yet another Democrat political hack: John Podesta.

https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2024/02/01/white-house-taps-john-podesta-to-succeed-john-kerry-as-u-s-climate-envoy/

Podesta’s climate science experience includes helping negotiate Obama’s Paris Climate Accord and overseeing spending on “green energy” in Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act.” In short, blowing enormous amounts of borrowed money and making deals that harm America while enriching other nations like China that pollute far worse than we do.

Yep, he’s the perfect replacement for John Kerry, all right!


Babylon Bee: Biden has a new press secretary

No wonder President Biden can’t close the border or reduce inflation or make any headway in the Middle East or with Russia/Ukraine. He’s too busy communicating with much more important people. Well, not people, exactly. Muppets…

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2024/01/31/joe-bidens-response-to-elmos-viral-online-wellness-check-backfires-as-americans-fault-him-for-their-depression/

The Babylon Bee is already on the story…

https://babylonbee.com/news/biden-names-elmo-new-press-secretary

I have to admit, that would be an immense improvement.

And as long as we’re checking in with the Babylon Bee, here are a few more much-needed laughs from stories that aren’t really that much faker than anything on MSNBC.

https://babylonbee.com/news/mike-lindell-arrives-in-texas-to-build-a-mypillow-border-wall

https://babylonbee.com/news/biden-cleverly-distracts-from-civil-war-by-starting-world-war

https://babylonbee.com/news/california-becomes-first-state-to-ban-heterosexual-marriage

https://babylonbee.com/news/mayorkas-says-hes-not-sure-how-he-can-be-impeached-when-he-doesnt-even-do-anything


O’Keefe gets on-camera admission of Biden’s mental decline, Kamala’s unpopularity

James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas and now O’Keefe Media Group (OMG) and the Citizen Journalism Foundation, has done it again, using a disguise and hidden cameras to dig past the messages you and I are told and get to the truth we otherwise might never hear.

O’Keefe’s face is well known in Washington DC, so he colored his hair and wore fake glasses to go to a restaurant on January 21, 2024, for a “first date” with someone who works in the Executive Office of the President.  This individual is Cybersecurity Policy Analyst Charlie Kraiger, who does the usual first-date thing of impressing his companion with “inside” information relating to what he does for a living.  No doubt it does impress first dates when you tell them you work “for the White House.”

That’s why it’s so hilarious when he tells O’Keefe at one point, “I’m good at keeping secrets.”  What he’s good at is singing like a canary.

He says he manages cybersecurity for two federal agencies, the State Department and USAID.  (Side note:  That’s the United States Agency for International Development, which is headed by Obama’s UN ambassador Samantha Power, remembered in part for her name being on many, many surveillance requests.  President Biden nominated her to run USAID in January 2021.  She’s yet another Obama holdover.)

https://www.usaid.gov

Kraiger’s job, he tells O’Keefe, is “oversight management.”  He helps oversee “responses to cyber incidents and cybersecurity problems.”  He protects “the networks of the federal agencies” that “you give all your information to.”  He says also that “we’re the President’s voice when we go into meetings, in terms of discussing and promoting the President’s priorities.”  (Aside:  well, this President does have trouble being his own voice.)  “I have recurring meetings with them where we talk about goals and we talk about the President’s priorities, and, like, how they are coming on certain executive order deliverables and all of this kind of stuff.”

Then the conversation gets gossipy, with Kraiger exclaiming at one point, “I’m just telling you what I’ve heard!”  O’Keefe leads the conversation by telling him he “loves all of Biden’s policies” but is concerned about the President’s mental fitness, saying, “Just witnessing --- it’s a bad look.  He stumbles to talk.”  Kraiger answers lightly, “Yes, he’s no Barack Obama.”

When O’Keefe flat-out asks him if Biden is going to be the nominee, he immediately answers, “Yes.”  O’Keefe shakes his head slightly, giving Kraiger a nonverbal cue that it’s okay to freely admit their concerns about this.

So, do his colleagues at the White House realize Biden has this problem?  Kreiger answers slowly, “I think that they probably do, but no one in modern history has ever said, like we’re not gonna renominate the President for a second term.  That just hasn’t happened.”

“And she [Kamala] will be the Vice President nominee,” Kraiger continues.  “There was a debate about removing her from the ticket, but, sadly, they didn’t.”

Kraiger brings up one of the weirder problems with Kamala, that she “can’t keep black staff.”  They “quit en masse.”  Even THE NEW YORK TIMES did a story about this, he says.  “People sent it around the office; everyone was like, ‘Oh (bleep).’”

When O’Keefe brings up the concern that Biden has “got dementia,” Kraiger says he hasn’t been diagnosed, but “he’s definitely slowing down.”  When asked if his colleagues at the White House realize this, he says, “I think so,” and also mentions the bad polling.  His colleagues talk privately of their concerns, he says, but they can’t speak publicly --- “no, no, no” --- about either Biden’s cognitive dysfunction or Kamala’s unpopularity.  “They have to toe the line.”

Note that he’s spilling this to his “date,” whom he has just met.

“They know it.  Of course they do.  But it’s the optics and, like, the scandal I think they feel wouldn’t be worth it...Does it make sense?  No, but that’s what I’ve heard.”

“You can’t remove the first black lady to be Vice President from the (bleep) presidential ticket.”  Because of the message it would give to black voters, “how would you spin that?”

“Like, she’s a woman, and she’s multiracial...I think they’re really concerned about that.”

“I think they need to get rid of him or get rid of her.  But I don’t think they’re gonna do that.”

(Another aside: Note that nowhere in this conversation was the topic raised about how dangerous it might be to America to retain a President who’s clearly in mental decline. The first and only consideration is protecting the Democratic Party and staying in power. If the guy they’re protecting leads the entire nations over a cliff, destroys national security and the economy, and gets us into World War III, that’s just a risk they’re willing to take.)

Of course, bringing in Michelle Obama to save the day would solve the Democrats’ race-and-gender problem, and this does seem likelier (to us) every day, but Kraiger tells O’Keefe he doesn’t think it will happen.  Still, he’s basing that prediction on a remark he heard her make years ago in a meeting, when he was just an intern.  When asked then if she would ever run for office, she’d said no, he told O’Keefe.  Paraphrasing her, he said Michelle had told them she’d seen all this (bleep) her husband had had to go through and it didn’t interest her.

Finally, O’Keefe decides to end the conversation.  “So you work in cybersecurity for the White House,” he says as he removes his glasses, “and my question is, what are you doing in a meeting with James O’Keefe?  And how do you think it looks to the American people that working in the Office of Cybersecurity, you’re sitting across the table from James O’Keefe?”

“...What type of cybersecurity operation are you guys running over there?...Did you not do your research?”  O’Keefe suggests they were running “a clown show.”

Sounds like it, but this is a serious concern.  (Note:  we do expect O’Keefe to supply an unedited video of the complete conversation.)  What if a spy for China or another adversary had pulled the same “dating” ploy to get information about the most pressing concerns at the White House?  Maybe start a relationship with someone there --- it apparently isn’t hard --- just to have an ongoing source of information?  How many would-be Eric Swalwells are working in such proximity to power?

Since this meeting, Charlie Kraiger’s social media has been scrubbed.  (Just as well; it said he likes “long walks on the beach” and “diplomatic negotiations.” Ick.)  And today, O’Keefe will release a follow-up video to let us know what else has happened since the ambush of this Chatty Kathy.

https://thelibertydaily.com/james-okeefe-gets-top-white-house-cyber-official/


UPDATE on January 6 “pipe bomber” story

We’d thought Dan Bongino might have had FBI agent-turned-whistleblower Kyle Seraphin on his Wednesday show to talk about the latest revelations about the J6 pipe bomber “investigation,” but it was not to be.  (His guest instead was Peter Navarro, still great.)  Perhaps Seraphin will be on today, but in the meantime, Bongino did have much more to say about it himself on his podcast.

He said he’d been 99 percent sure that the pipe bombs were a set-up designed to stop any congressional discussion of mail-in ballot security prior to certification of the election, but that now he has no doubt whatsoever, not even that 1 percent.  Now he says there is no other possible explanation, and he’s absolutely sure it was an “op.”  If they’d needed it, he explained, they would’ve had an attempted assassination of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to blame on Trump and “MAGA Republicans.”

Recall that Seraphin has said the FBI had identified the person who appeared to have placed the bombs late on January 5 (though we’ve never seen video of him placing them) by using security-cam video to trace his walk to the Metro and also the card he used to take the train.  Video also caught him getting into a car at his destination, and both the license number of the car and the Metro card were linked to the same name.  The FBI found out where this “person of interest” lived and had Seraphin and his team stake it out for a period of days, but blocked them when they asked to conduct an interview.  The entire team was taken off this lead and put on low-level J6 cases.

The man they wanted to talk to happens to be a former Air Force chief master sergeant who retains his security clearance and is now working as a contractor.  Whoa.

Bongino isn’t sure, but he also speculates that the plainclothes Capitol Police officer who walked by and apparently found the bomb by the bench in front of the DNC wasn’t supposed to find it, and that this messed up their plan.  Or else he was unknowingly sent there to find it and wasn’t in on the full operation --- until later, when he would’ve realized this and is now having to keep his mouth shut.

That might explain why we also haven’t been told this person’s identity.  Really, it’s so odd that we haven’t, because, gosh, he found the pipe bomb that could have blown up the Vice President-elect!  He foiled a domestic terrorist plot!  He’s a hero!  Why don’t we even know his name?

I know this story sounds increasingly like something out of a spy thriller, but Bongino worked in the Secret Service himself for a decade and is quite familiar with the way these ops work.  What sounds like wild conspiracy theory to someone else might sound to Bongino like “Thursday.”

Bongino starts talking about the pipe bomber case at 14 minutes in.  He expresses frustration that so few are talking about it; I wonder if he’s aware we’re among the “handful” (his word) who are.

https://bongino.com/ep-2177-the-j6-bomber-case-just-got-even-stranger

“We’re getting to the point now of no return,” he concludes, “when the government and the FBI has become so accustomed to lying to us and setting up fake narratives to benefit themselves...that government insiders in the National Security Council and the FBI and elsewhere have been so used to giving you all the middle finger that even the idea of doing the right thing right now is like a foreign concept.  And once that psychology sets in that they can (bleep) us over, it’s all gone, folks.”

If you’d like a thorough recap of what we know so far about the pipe bomber case, REVOLVER NEWS has a detailed one, here.  They’ve been doing some amazing reporting on this --- with help from Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, who is on it --- and they share Bongino’s opinion that, in their words, “the January 6 pipe bombs are 100 percent a hoax and 100 percent a cover-up.”

https://revolver.news/2024/01/the-plot-thickens-damning-new-details-emerge-in-jan-6-pipe-bomb-cover-up/


I Just Wanted to Say

Thank you for reading my newsletter.

FBI agent-turned-whistleblower Kyle Seraphin said the FBI had quickly tied the supposed January 6 pipe bomber to a Metro fare card and a license plate but did not allow him to interview the person of interest and pulled his team off that lead.  So reports Luke Rosiak at DAILY WIRE.

Agents had used security camera video along the “bomber’s” route to track him to the Metro station and were able to identify the Metro fare card he used. From the fare card, they determined the stop in Northern Virginia where he got off, and surveillance footage in the parking lot showed him getting into a car.  (This is just the investigative scenario one would think would have taken place, given the abundance of video cameras everywhere.)

The fare card and the license plate were both in the name of the same person:  a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who was now working as a contractor with a security clearance.  Intriguing.

Seraphin and his team were assigned to surveil the home of this “highly specific lead” for days but, incredibly, were blocked from interviewing him.  As Rosiak reports, Seraphin said that “they were called off the target completely and told to pore through low-priority leads about minor January 6 participants.”

Read Rosiak’s full story, here.  If Seraphin is Dan Bongino’s guest today (Wednesday), which is very likely the case, we’ll have an update tomorrow.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/fbi-tied-january-6-pipe-bomber-to-metro-card-of-ex-gov-official-but-blocked-interview-of-him-former-agent-says

And in the meantime, here’s Michael Shellenberger on what we currently know.  (It still refers to the FBI as being “evidently...unable to track him down.”)

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2024/01/21/shellenberger-expands-on-jan-6-pipe-bomb-mystery-house-of-cards-about-to-fall-1429588/

 

“Professional metropolitan people don’t like working class people, don’t like ordinary people,” says actor-turned-provocateur Russell Brand in a particularly insightful interview with Tucker Carlson posted Tuesday.  “And now they’ve found a way to legitimize their hatred: ‘Oh, they’re all disgusting.  They’re all racist.  Look at them in their MAGA hats.  Look at them with their white vans and their flags.  Look at them with their perspectives and their ‘honored’ views, and their belches and their beer.  It’s a kind of legitimization of a loathing of the people most connected to the nation, people that, generally speaking, a couple of generations ago, were asked to sacrifice the lives of their sons and daughters, for the ‘idea’ of nation, an idea that they’re now being told doesn’t exist.”

Brand has, apparently coincidentally, nailed the elitist attitude described in GOD, GUNS GRITS AND GRAVY.  He’s from Britain and not a conservative, but is very much an individualist and can clearly see Americans’ rights as individuals being sacrificed on the altar of political power.

Whether you actually drive a white van and/or drink beer (or, it must be said, belch) isn’t the point of his rant.  If you have conservative views and support Trump, this is how you are viewed in the eyes of these people.  We’re talking about condescending, authoritarian political elitists like the ones described yesterday in this newsletter in the discussion of the so-called Transition Integrity Project, those longtime inside-the-Beltway dwellers who want to control the messages we rubes can receive and the candidates we can support.  They’ll work feverishly to remove our candidate from the ballot if that’s what it takes to keep him from getting elected, and they’ll perversely insist it’s to preserve “democracy,” one of those old-fashioned ideals that, unlike themselves, we haven’t been “educated” out of supporting.

As we discussed yesterday, these elites have taken to the courts to try to destroy former President Trump.  With polls showing he has a very, very good chance of being elected President again, they’ll do whatever is necessary, even dismantle our electoral system, to stop him.  They’ve repeated the lie that Trump is “a dictator” so often that they probably believe it themselves.  Most likely, they operate similarly to the character in George Orwell’s “1984,” Ministry of Truth worker Winston Smith, who can know something isn’t true (because he changed it) but believe it is true at the same time.  He takes pride in his skill at “cleaning up” records of the past to conform to what the leaders want said today, and yet he accepts it as truth.

Unless the elitists really are psychotic, that might be one way they can look in a mirror or sleep at night.  You’d think they’d understand that if Trump really were a racist and a dictator, they wouldn’t have to keep creating hoax after hoax.  Hillary told lies relentlessly about Trump and Russia, doing all she could to counter the “deplorables” (her word) who supported him, and likely still believes her own lies.  Keep in mind, every frame-up of Trump, every “trumped-up” lawsuit, has been created by minds as twisted as this.  Our speculation is that people like Marc Elias and John Podesta not only can sleep at night, they risk breaking their arms from all the patting on the back they give each other for going as far as necessary to save society from Trump.

But it’s not Trump --- it’s the monstrous image of him that they’ve created.  He’s the “Goldstein” of
“1984,” the object of the daily “Two Minutes’ Hate,” the ultimate hobgoblin of H. L. Mencken’s famous quote: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and thus clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”  We’ve got other hobgoblins being trotted out to control us, of course --- the threat of more pandemics and climate chaos, to name the biggies --- but Trump is the individual who has to be demonized and destroyed because he poses the most serious threat to the power structure.

Russell Brand can relate to what’s being done to Trump because he himself was targeted over political/societal opinions he expressed on the Ukraine war, the pandemic response/Big Pharma and other subjects.  Brand wasn’t talking in a conservative bubble; he came from the left, and he had a large platform with potential to win hearts and minds.  Someone that persuasive had to be made to shut up, as Tucker Carlson explained in his introduction.

“The censorship campaign against him began with governments...their intel services and their policy makers,” Tucker explained.  It happened largely away from public view.  In March of 2022, he was accused, bafflingly, of being “an agent of Chinese propaganda” for his views on Ukraine.  Then, about a year later, he faced a wave of accusations of sexual assault and was demonetized and censored as a result.  The allegations against him first appeared in an “anti-disinformation newsletter” (uh-oh) called Coda Story, which according to Brand has connections with the U.K. government and the CIA.  Brand is stunned that even a “marginal voice” like his was considered a significant enough threat that it had to be silenced.  The moves being made by the global elite to shut down independent media and inconvenient, contrarian views are “astonishingly aggressive,” he says.

He had an awakening from this experience: “It’s astonishing if you regard your government to be in a position of service rather than a position of domination and control, but what’s become apparent in recent years is what the nature of our relationship with government is.  They are there to rule and control and dominate.”  They may do it with “an aesthetic of care,” he says, and the “language of inclusivity,” but he sees “the threat of authoritarianism as far, far greater from those who use the language of liberalism” as opposed to the more nationalistic, populist messages.  We can see what the leftists really mean through their actions.  By their fruits ye shall know them.      

Brand is hoping to see a kind of populism rise up that transcends what we typically understand as “left” and “right.”  And he sees the internet as being at a crux point, a fork in the road.  It can be used by elites to control the message --- that’s why they want to wipe out independent media --- or it can be “a tool for informing and awakening.”  (NOTE:  just as we’re trying to use it here.  You’ll notice we’re not ad-supported anymore!)  Brand has hope, in that he sees the elitists’ lies about Trump backfiring.  In their zeal, they’ve overplayed their hand.  “People aren’t buying it,” Brand says.  “...The more they hate him [Trump], the more people like him.”

“...They don’t trust the establishment any more.  They CAN’T trust the establishment anymore.”  People on both the left and right can see catastrophe coming, he says, and it will serve as an invitation to get involved.

But the elitists’ long-term plan is to wear us down so we don’t fight back anymore.  (An example we’d add:  They want us not to bother with the political process and accept that courts will choose our leaders for us.)  Brand asks a big question: “Are people going to wake up to the reality we’re being confronted with, or are we going to sort of nervously cling on to the idea that somehow through comfort and panaceas we might hold on to some old life?”

This is a powerful interview, a must-see.

https://twitter.com/tuckercarlson/status/1752466469454061656?s=51&t=J4D-_h2kFjBAjWxykloF4w

Not content with being America’s most successful killer of babies in the womb masquerading as a women’s health clinic, Planned Parenthood is now out to confuse and mislead children by blurring the meanings of “sex” and “virginity” just as the left has for clearcut terms such as “men” and “women.” Now, they’re telling your kids that virginity is a “social construct.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/01/26/planned-parenthood-targets-youth-video-virginity-invents-definition-sex/

Watch the genuinely creepy video at the link, and I think you’ll agree with the comment from Students For Life president Kristan Hawkins: “Planned Parenthood hates kids. It’s just that simple. If they can’t kill them in the womb or sterilize them with gender transition hormones, they’ll corrupt them with sexual degeneracy like this. They are truly monstrous in every single way.”

Another quote worth underlining, from Moms For Liberty: “Planned Parenthood wants to have a footprint in every public school in America. Through the CDC’s ‘Community Schools’ WSCC (Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community) model, Planned Parenthood will be a ‘community partner’ welcomed into your child’s school. This is what they will teach.”

And this is one of many reasons why so many people now say that keeping your kids in public school is a form of child abuse.

One hint that Joe Biden won’t be the presidential candidate this year is that a left-leaning news outlet like POLITICO has just run an article about Hunter Biden and his long history of trading on the Biden name.

The piece is by Jasper Craven, whose work has appeared in such publications as THE NEW YORK TIMES, MOTHER JONES, THE INTERCEPT, THE ATLANTIC and THE NEW REPUBLIC.  We’re talking far left.

“Hunter Biden snagged a cushy bank job after law school,” says the headline.  “He’s been trading on the Biden name ever since.”  Subhead:  “When Hunter decided to be in the Biden business.”  Actually, the decision seems to have been made for him.

The article details how Hunter’s life changed just as he was graduating from Yale Law School.  He was already married with a baby daughter, apparently a happy guy with his whole professional life ahead, and he and wife Kathleen were ready for the next phase of their relationship, planning a move to Chicago, where her family was, and for him to take a couple of well-paying internships and an “attractive” full-time offer from one of those firms.  (Note:  much of this information comes straight from Kathleen’s book, IF WE BREAK:  A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE, ADDICTION AND HEALING.)  But something happened to derail those adventurous early-marriage plans.

One day Hunter went back home to Wilmington to talk with someone “to get career advice,” as Kathleen put it.  Another source has said this person was Charles Cawley, CEO of MBNA bank and a close political ally of father Joe Biden.  Apparently, this was the proverbial offer Hunter couldn’t refuse; it was, in Kathleen’s words, “a dollar amount greater than anything I’d ever imagined someone our age earning.”

Have you ever read the John Grisham novel or seen the movie THE FIRM?  In it, the lead character, played in the film by Tom Cruise, has just graduated from law school and is offered a mind-boggling amount of money, with all sorts of perks, to join a small law firm.  In the fictional story, he’s recruited from his graduating class for this unbelievably lucrative job not because his father is a senator but because he’s naive and swayed by the trappings of success.  The trappings end up “trapping”...him.

In the real-life story, the Biden story, it happens because his father is a senator.

(Note:  the movie “firm” is corrupt, catering to a corrupt mob-based client.  That’s certainly not a parallel we’re drawing with MBNA; they had different reasons for bringing Hunter on.  We’re just illustrating how an unimaginably huge monetary offer can sway someone right out of school who might have had other plans for his life.)

And just as in the movie this decision caused marital strife, so it did in Hunter’s young household.  Kathleen didn’t want to live in Wilmington; she felt as if she didn’t fit.  But Hunter took the job at MBNA anyway.  “In doing so,” Craven writes, “he settled into a pattern that would last the rest of his life, taking opportunities and putting himself in positions marked by good money and terrible political optics.”  It might be said that Hunter became a professional Biden at that point.

The article goes into detail about the close relationship between MBNA and Sen. Biden.  “Over the course of his senatorial career,” it says, “MBNA executives showered him with more than $200,000 in campaign donations, the largest amount in his war chest tied to any one company.  Sen. Biden was friendly with MBNA officials, including Cawley, and a reliable ally for all their issues.”

“The move to MBNA thrust Hunter into a small, chummy world where it would prove impossible to escape his father’s shadow.”

As long ago as 1998, Byron York investigated these ties and called Joe Biden “the senator from MBNA.”  He also referred to Hunter’s “mystery job” within that corporation, where Hunter advanced to the position of senior vice president.

Joe Crouse, a lobbyist for MBNA, told Craven that “nobody was really surprised” when Hunter was brought in.  “He was a Biden, and we were in Delaware.”

As far as we know, Hunter’s work at MBNA was totally above-board.  But it just shows how things work in the world of politics when you’re the son of a powerful senator.  And it primed Hunter for what was to come later, internationally, trading on his father’s name.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2024/01/26/hunter-biden-first-nepotism-job-00137308

In other Hunter Biden news, Jonathan Turley wrote a column detailing a threat he received from the attorney for “sugar brother” Kevin Morris.  “The letter warns,” Turley says, “that I could face a defamation action if I do not retract (or if I repeat) my criticism of Morris’ representational relationship with Hunter.”

Needless to say, Turley did not issue a retraction.  Instead, he refused to be intimidated and published another column (good for him) repeating his objections to what he calls “Morris’ blurry representational claims.”  We’ve asked similar questions:  Is Kevin Morris acting as Hunter’s attorney, business partner, friend, film producer, financial institution/source of funds, art buyer?  He seems to be whichever is convenient at the moment.  When Morris was deposed, he asserted attorney-client privilege an astounding 17 times.

https://nypost.com/2024/01/25/opinion/hunter-bidens-sugar-brother-kevin-morris-avoids-questions-as-lawyer/

Morris seeks “sweeping privilege claims despite the layers of different relationships, from loaner to donor to lawyer to producer.”  But as Turley notes, “when you are ‘everything’ to a client, you may end up with nothing when it comes to confidentiality.”

Mike Miller at REDSTATE wrote about this as well, saying that Turley made Morris “look like a fool.”  Turley had pointed out the ethics rule that lawyers “are not supposed to pay the bills of their clients.”  Morris, while claiming to be Hunter’s attorney, has “loaned” (ha) him millions.

America First Legal has filed a complaint with the State Bar of California against Morris for this.  Great letter...

https://media.aflegal.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/16202026/CA-Bar-Complaint-Against-Kevin-Morris-01162024.pdf

Good for Turley, and for AFL.  As Miller wrote, when Morris and his attorney went after Jonathan Turley, they threatened the wrong guy.

https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2024/01/26/kevin-morris-threatens-jonathan-turley-with-defamation-lawsuit-turley-promptly-humiliates-him-n2169253