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Morning Edition - September 3

September 3, 2022


 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

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A good guy with a gun

In Detroit, a 19-year-old male has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and other crimes after his attempt to kill a fourth victim was thwarted by a neighbor with a gun.

https://www.westernjournal.com/armed-bystander-stops-4th-death-drawing-gun-firing-scattered-like-jack-rabbit/

In New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul declared, "This whole concept that a good guy with a gun will stop the bad guys with a gun, it doesn't hold up,” so “that theory is over” in New York, as she signs clearly unconstitutional new laws barring law-abiding gun owners from carrying weapons for self-defense in virtually every public space in New York. Or as bad guys now call them, “free range shooting galleries.”

So congratulations to Gov. Hochul, who can now run for reelection on the slogan, “I made New York more dangerous than Detroit!”

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A complete inventory

The DOJ released a more complete inventory of the items they seized during the raid of former President Trump’s home, and it’s looking less and less like a search for dangerous nuclear secrets and more and more like a fraternity scavenger hunt. Among the items seized were over 1,000 documents that didn’t even have “classified” markings (remember, even if they did, it’s meaningless because Trump had absolute power to declassify anything he wanted), as well as items described as “Article of clothing/gift item” (how was that germane to protecting America’s vital secrets?); hundreds of magazine, newspaper and other media clippings; and 43 empty file folders labeled “classified” and 28 labeled “Return to Staff Secretary/Military Aide.”

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/09/02/latest-bombshell-from-trump-raid-delivers-side-splitting-hilarity-n621799

In what may be the most hilarious manifestation of Trump Derangement Syndrome yet, Trump-haters are going wild yet again, insisting that what will finally send Trump to the electric chair are…those empty file folders. Follow me on this: Judging from the labels, there must’ve once been something important in them, right? And there isn’t NOW! So obviously, Trump must have snuck folders full of top secrets out of the White House, removed their contents and…uh…sold them to Russia or something! Then he kept the "incriminating" empty folders around because...us...he's thrifty!

Bonchie at Redstate.com has some entertaining mockery of this latest ridiculous narrative, pointing out that Trump did not personally pack up all those boxes (note to New York prosecutors: he also doesn’t personally make out his company’s income tax forms.) Whoever did probably just packed in a hurry and didn’t notice that among the stacks of material were a handful of formerly used and now-empty file folders. They must've assumed that it would be sorted out later because what kind of idiotic dictator would stage an FBI raid on a former President to seize empty file folders?

News flash: you can’t arrest someone based on theoretical evidence that might once hypothetically have been in a file folder that’s now empty. ("But there's a LABEL on it!!!")

It seems oddly appropriate that this is what they’re now reduced to pinning their “Get Trump” hopes on: file folders that are literally as empty as all the endless charges they’ve been launching against him for over five years now. Please, for the sake of America: get professional counseling.


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Biden’s horror movie

The White House tried defending President Biden’s scary speech Thursday (law professor Jonathan Turley said it looked as if he were speaking from Dante’s Inferno, which was a new one. He also pointed out that in addition to it being unseemly and offensive for Biden to use Marines as props in a purely political message, it’s also kinda illegal.)

https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2022/09/02/jonathan-turley-blasts-the-most-glaring-element-of-bidens-unhinged-attack-against-trump-and-maga-n621672

But then Biden’s people must've realized from the gale force reactions that it was indefensible, so Biden is now pretending it never happened and insisting he never said MAGA Republicans were a threat to America…like, 32 times. Unfortunately for them, like all horror movies, it lives for eternity on film, even if hardly anyone saw it because CNN and MSNBC were the only networks that actually aired it.


Collusion at the top

In a bombshell report, we learned this week that dozens of Biden Administration officials across multiple federal agencies directly colluded with big tech companies to target and censor accounts during the pandemic – all in the name of “preventing misinformation,” of course. Well, Radar Online now has a specific, named example of one official and his target.

https://radaronline.com/p/biden-administration-pressured-instagram-take-down-anthony-fauci-parody-account/

They report that in July 2021, the head of the White House COVID digital response team, Clarke Humphrey, emailed Instagram to request the removal of an account that parodied Dr. Anthony Fauci (“NOBODY makes fun of Fauci!,” I can hear them cry.)

Humphrey reportedly wrote, “Any way we can get this pulled down? It is not actually one of ours.” An unnamed Instagram official replied, “Yep, on it!” And almost immediately, that account was completely removed from Instagram.

I can certainly understand why they might believe that people would have a hard time telling the difference between the real Dr. Fauci and a parody of him. However, parodies are a protected form of free speech, and if the tech platforms were secretly being directed by government agencies, then they were not acting as private companies but as government entities that are subject to First Amendment free speech requirements. I sense a storm of lawsuits on the horizon.


A shocking first

In a shocking first, the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to direct VA clinics to start offering abortion services, even in states where they are outlawed. They claim that “VA employees, when working within the scope of their federal jobs, may provide needed services regardless of state restrictions.”

https://ifapray.org/blog/fed-veterans-affairs-to-offer-abortions/

I have a feeling that quite a number of states will have objections to the proposition that federal agencies can freely ignore state laws. I’m beginning to wonder how many ways the federal government will come up with to deny that the Supreme Court specifically ruled that abortion is not in the Constitution and therefore, regulatory power over it rests with the states, not the federal government. I also wonder how many more times the SCOTUS will end up having to repeat that to them.


Newsom's inlaws give to Republicans

It’s said that if you want to know what someone is really like, look to the people who know him or her best. I assume California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s in-laws know him pretty well. Which might explain why, when he was destroying the California economy with freedom and business-crushing lockdowns, they moved out of San Francisco to Florida, where they now donate to Republicans such as Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley and gave $5,000 to a PAC called “Friends of Ron DeSantis.” 

https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2022/09/02/gavin-newsoms-in-laws-support-of-ron-desantis-wasnt-on-my-bingo-card-n621842 

Most of us assumed that Newsom’s recent laughable attacks on Gov. DeSantis and Florida, such as trying to depict DeSantis as a dictator and California as the real freedom state, were because he sees DeSantis as his likely rival in the 2024 Presidential election (Newsom wants to do for America what he’s done for California: bring blackouts, illegal immigrants, surging crime, insane homeless people, drug needles and human feces to the streets of places like Norman, Oklahoma, and Keokuk, Iowa.) But maybe there’s a more primal reason. He’s jealous that even his own in-laws like Ron DeSantis better.

He shouldn't take it too personally. As that linked article points out, maybe they would've also donated to a PAC called "Friends of Gavin Newsom," but there isn't one of those. 


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Bombshell report

September 2, 2022

In a bombshell report that should have led the news if President Biden hadn’t decided to jump the shark in jackboots, Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt and Jeff Landry released documents obtained in their lawsuit against the Biden Administration. They show that dozens of federal officials across multiple executive agencies colluded closely with tech platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to censor alleged “misinformation” and offer talking points to counter alleged “false narratives.” You know, like that Hunter Biden’s laptop was real.  

https://www.westernjournal. com/internal-records-prove- biden-admin-colluded-facebook- twitter-censor-users/

Strip that of all the weasel words and it means that dozens of Biden officials were directing social media sites to censor and deplatform users and even entire Facebook groups that were saying things the White House didn’t want them to say. As Constitutional law attorney William Olson tweeted, “The Biden Administration converted private businesses into government agents to spend its corporate money to elect Democrats and defeat Republicans. Wonder how many federal crimes were committed by this arrangement. If we only had a functioning Department of Justice!”

The attorneys promise more to come. In the meanwhile, it might not be necessary for Biden’s DOJ to finally start acting like a law enforcement agency. If they won’t take this to the criminal courts, there are still the civil courts. And if we now have proof that the social media giants were secretly acting at the direction of the White House in censoring users, then they could make a strong legal case that these were not acting as private entities but as arms of the government, which would make them subject to lawsuits for violation of users’ First Amendment rights.

And will those tech companies just clam up and take a tsunami of lawsuits, or would they spill all the beans about how they were pressured and by whom to try to wriggle out of responsibility?  

Pop some popcorn, this could get interesting.

Sarah Palin loses

September 1, 2022

In a fairly shocking result, Sarah Palin lost the special election runoff to fill the House seat of the late Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young to Democrat Mary Peltola. It’s the first time a Democrat has won that seat in 49 years.

More PR than science

August 30, 2022

It’s looking as the highly-touted claim that giving dangerous puberty-blocking hormones and irreversible genital surgery to gender-confused kids prevents depression and suicide is based more on PR than on science, according to Jason Rantz at The Federalist.

Here are two rules to keep in mind if you want to stay healthy: (1.) Never handcuff yourself to a homicidal psychopath; and (2.) Never commit your state to do whatever the government of California does.

Incredibly, Democrats who were in charge of several states, including Washington and Massachusetts, actually did #2, which now has many of their residents wanting to go #1 on them. These states are either planning, or are bound by insane laws of their own devising, to go along with California’s attempt to ban sales of all new gas-powered cars by 2035. Yes, California plans to force everyone into an electric vehicle in a state that can’t even generate enough electricity to keep the lights on. And all those other liberal-run states looked at that and said, “Brilliant! We have to do that, too!”

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/washington-california-ban-gas-powered-163336507.html

One state that has no interest in joining Californians as they sit in the dark is Virginia. Unfortunately, during that recent small window of Democrats being fully in charge (and Americans are learning how quickly they can destroy everything if given complete power), the Virginia legislature and Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam signed a bill requiring Virginia to impose whatever emissions laws California came up with. Now, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is trying to get lawmakers to repeal that idiotic law, arguing that Virginians should not be forced to live under laws dreamed up by unelected bureaucrats in California.

https://www.westernjournal.com/former-governor-ralph-northams-dead-man-switch-triggered-virginia-now-forced-join-california/

One other possibility for circumventing this is a lawsuit currently being pressed by 17 states against the EPA to rescind its exemption for California to set its own auto emissions standards. The plaintiffs make the entirely reasonable case that it’s a violation of the equal sovereignty of the states to let just one state change federal emissions standards and impose its own standards on manufacturers, causing vehicles to become more expensive for everyone.

No state leader anywhere should be looking to the example of Gavin Newsom and the California state government as anything other than a cautionary tale. You should not want your state to become another California. These days, even Californians don’t want to be Californians, which is why so many of them are becoming transplanted Texans.

 

PS - Another way in which you don’t want your state to be like California:

https://instapundit.com/539480/