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Veto News

December 30, 2020

Monday, the House voted to override President Trump’s veto of the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act, and the Senate is expected to vote on that today. But for once, House Democrats supported a Trump proposal, voting with 44 Republicans to increase the coronavirus support payment for Americans from $600 to $2000.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is threatening to stall the veto vote in the Senate unless Republicans back the hike in relief payments.

But it’s unclear if that will be necessary, since Sen. Marco Rubio has already announced that he’ll back the relief increase. He agrees with concerns about how to pay for it, but thinks it’s urgent to get money now to people who’ve been harmed by the endless lockdowns and find cuts later. Since that never happens, I'll suggest that they start with that massive spending bill that they just passed that includes such money-burning nonsense as $10 million for “gender studies programs” in Pakistan.

Rubio also plans to propose a separate bill to take away the Section 230 lawsuit protection from Big Tech social media companies that edit and censor users’ political statements rather than acting as neutral platforms, which the law requires them to do to qualify for protection. The lack of such a measure was one of the chief reasons why Trump vetoed the bill.

Does anyone else wonder when we got to the point that it now requires passing new laws to force people to obey laws that already exist?

Remember that infamous 1999 Newsweek cover: “We Are All Socialists Now”? I thought at the time, “It’s nice that the staff of Newsweek finally admitted it.” But it turned out they meant all Americans were socialists. That’s the kind of buggy idea you can get when you spend all your time in an office full of fellow leftists in New York City and would rather cross the Atlantic in a rowboat than cross the Hudson River and visit the rest of America.

Well, nearly two decades later, socialism is once again on the march, pushed by a lot of naïve young people who have been misled by their professors and self-proclaimed “socialist” media stars in $20,000 designer outfits, and who have no idea what socialism really is or the inevitable dire consequences of it (FYI: no, having a fire department isn’t “socialism.”) But is the idea of a socialist America really booming in popularity, or is it, like so many things these days, just a fantasy narrative based on the wishful thinking of a leftist mass media?

Well, now we know, because someone finally asked Americans what they think of all this new socialism talk. Rasmussen Reports and The Heartland Institute surveyed Americans and found that socialism is even less popular than (brace yourself) Congress!

When asked whether they prefer a free market economic system or socialism, Americans chose free markets over socialism by 75%-11% (Congress’ Gallup Poll approval rating is 15%, suggesting a perfect Congressional motto: “We may be awful, but we’re slightly more popular than socialism!”)

As for the media’s beloved celebrity face of chic, fashion magazine socialism, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 58% of Americans view her unfavorably. Only 18% view her “very favorably” and 19% “somewhat favorably.”

The same poll found that only 51% of Americans view Joe Biden favorably, so if he becomes President and starts trying to force a lot of far-left judges, legislation and executive orders onto an unwilling people, the Democrats will have their own “resistance” to deal with, and it will come from about three-quarters of the population.

Georgia Senate update

December 30, 2020

John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the two Democrats running for Senate in Georgia on a platform of giving full control of the federal government to the Democrats, have issued a dire warning to donors that they’re running out of money.

I could list approximately 27 trillion reasons why you should not elect either of them and put the Democrats in charge of running America unchecked, but this story alone should be enough to tell Georgia voters not to vote for them.

This race has attracted a tsunami of money from outside the state, with everyone from Hollywood celebrities to Silicon Valley limousine leftists trying to buy Georgia’s Senate seats. Each candidate has raked in over $100 million. Yet in less than two months, together they’ve both blown through $200 million just trying to win Senate seats in one state. Do you really want to put them, and all the people in Washington like them, in charge of federal spending and your tax rate?

Many conservatives were upset over the weekend at news that President Trump had signed the massive spending bill that he’d threatened to veto. But there’s more to the story.

Trump reportedly signed it because he didn’t want any more delays in getting needed support to Americans still suffering from the endless COVID-19 (Chinese) virus shutdowns. But in doing so, he invoked the little-known Impoundment Control Act of 1974. That gives him the power to “redline” provisions of the bill, such as the countless examples of wasteful spending and giveaways to other countries, and force Congress to reconsider and remove them.

There’s no requirement for them to act, and if they don’t act within 45 days, the bill will go through. But it gives the public up to 45 days to let their Congress members know what they think of this porkulus maximus and hold their feet to the fire.

There’s more information and Trump’s full statement here.

Cornell University announced that all returning Caucasian students are required to get a flu vaccination. But black, indigenous and other students of color may forego flu shots because they may have concerns “based on historical injustices and current events.” They may have feelings of “distrust or powerlessness” due to “acts of violence against Black people by law enforcement.” Or people of color might feel it “suspect or exploitative” due to BIPOC bodies having “been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”

So, having bent over backward to come up with PC justifications for not giving flu shots to students of color, the university administrators should be asked this question: “Why do you want students of color to get the flu, you institutional racists?” We all know that when the rate of flu cases rises higher among minority students than whites, it will be ascribed to racism anyway, so why not get a jump on it and just accuse Cornell of racism now? After all, if I said that a college was giving flu shots to white students but not non-white students, wouldn’t you assume that was a story out of the 1940s?

This is your brain on political correctness. The only vaccination against that is to not send your kids to a school like Cornell.

In California, where aborting babies is considered a sacred right, the California Supreme Court declined to halt the murder prosecution of a woman whose baby was stillborn because she used meth while pregnant.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argued against the prosecution, claiming it could discourage pregnant women with addiction issues from seeking healthcare and spark “additional and unnecessary scrutiny by law enforcement on every miscarriage and stillbirth.” (Becerra is Biden’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He’s also so radically pro-abortion that he charged multifple felonies against the undercover reporters who exposed Planned Parenthood’s brutal practices with no regard for how it might discourage the press from exposing the truth about powerful organizations.)

However, a spokesman for the Kings County D.A.’s office said this is “not a case about abortion nor women’s reproductive rights,” it’s “about a person who did specific acts that resulted in the death of a viable fetus.”

News flash to California officials: Abortion is “doing specific acts that result in the death of a viable fetus.” Some also call it "murder."

In a related story, a California judge not only awarded Planned Parenthood $2 million in damages for having their practices exposed, he added $13.5 million in legal fees.

The pro-life undercover reporters who did nothing more than what “60 Minutes” has done for decades (only they did it to a darling and big funder of Democrat politicians) expressed confidence that once the case is out of the hands of a California judge, it will be overturned and they won’t have to pay Planned Parenthood a cent. Let us pray.

Since the FBI can’t be counted on to tell us anything we can trust, we’ve been trying to piece together some facts about the Nashville Christmas bombing from other accounts. What we find is disturbing.

According to a neighbor of apparent suicide bomber Anthony Quinn Warner, he said a few days before Christmas that the world was “never going to forget me.

On December 21, Rick Laude saw Warner standing by his mailbox and pulled his car over to ask him how his elderly mother was doing.

"Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?” Laude asked casually.

“Oh, yes,” Warner said with a smile, according to the neighbor. “I’m going to be famous. Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.”

Laude, a commercial truck driver, didn’t think anything about this at the time, assuming Warner just meant “something good” would happen to him on Christmas. He said he was “speechless” later on when he heard the news that Warner was suspected in the downtown bombing.

Warner apparently hadn’t raised any red flags with anyone in law enforcement or even in his own neighborhood. David Rauch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Monday that they “hope to get an answer. Sometimes, it’s just not possible. The best way to find a motive is to talk to the individual. We will not be able to do that in this case.”

No kidding. This is why law enforcement typically tries to take suspects alive whenever possible. Short of holding a séance, in cases where the suspect is dead they have to deduce a motive from clues they find. “It does appear that the intent was more destruction than death,” Rauch said, “but, again, that’s all still speculation at this point as we continue in our investigation with all our partners.”

According to a report in NEWSMAX, Rauch said Warner’s mother is cooperating with investigators.

Dan Bongino interviewed blast investigator Joey Jones on Monday’s HANNITY show, asking him if it’s possible to reconstruct the scene before the blast, determine the point of origin and find out what the explosive was. Jones said that, yes, you do a “post-blast analysis,” starting at the center of the explosion and working your way out, following the blast radius and also the fragmentation radius, meaning the path of the shrapnel that is farther than the blast itself. Look for any part that might have a serial number. “The idea that they [bombs] just char and disintegrate everything is actually completely untrue,” he said.

"If there were any type of sophisticated components used, I guarantee they’ve already found pieces of them and started to put this puzzle back together,” he said, noting investigators’ years of experience and past cases. “But mostly, a lot of it’s kind of common sense. You look for these pieces and parts, if you can find one electronic component and understand the infrastructure of how he set it off, look at the purchase history, regionally, and...clue in really quickly.”

Regarding the type of explosive used, there are “a few theories circling around,” perhaps black powder or pyrotechnic, he said, or an explosive combination such as ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder, “that went to full deflagration but not detonation.” This apparently would account for the lack of a blast crater at the site and less structural damage than there might have been. It was "a really hot, hot explosion,” he said. “The fireball was fast.”

Jones observed that, unfortunately, the technology involved is so simple that the basic circuitry that kids might learn in a high school class to turn on a light bulb can be adapted to set off a bomb. A couple of components are a little more sophisticated, he said, but the bulk explosive and the initiation board are “pretty easy.”

"What we rely on,” he said, “is the amazing work of our federal and state and local law enforcement to prevent these things from happening and respond when they do. We saw it work in Nashville, some amazing police work that did just that.”

Well...they didn’t prevent the bomb from happening. Local first responders performed unbelievably courageous work under unimaginable pressure and surely saved lives, but their job came after the bomb was set to go. Nothing about the bomb itself was prevented and now, this far into the investigation, nothing has been explained. As FOX NEWS reported, “Officials have not provided insight into why Warner selected this particular location for the bombing.”

The operative word here is “provided.”

The report goes on to say that “a source close to the investigation” told THE DAILY MAIL that Warner was said to be “heavily” into “5G” conspiracy theories, believing the networks were actually killing people. According to this source, “The unofficial motive thus far is the suspect believed 5G was the source of all deaths in the region and he’d be hailed a hero. We are waiting on the digital footprint [his online history] that should finally provide us with some answers.”

Reportedly, investigators from the Tennessee Highway patrol recovered parts of the exploded RV and were able to retrieve the vehicle ID number, which was traced back to Warner. DNA was another way they say they matched him. FBI agent Doug Korneski maintains that they’ve seen no evidence anyone else was involved.

Of course, we can’t climb into the mind of a disturbed person to understand what compels him to do things that don’t make sense to us. We look to “experts” in psychology to do this, to the extent they can. But what this man did is so bizarre that it almost defies explanation. (We covered some of the big questions in yesterday’s commentary.) And now a witness says Warner was expecting to be famous. If that’s the case, why didn’t he make more of a public statement with some kind of manifesto, perhaps on the danger of “5G” if that’s what he was so concerned about? If he wanted to be famous, it’s logical to think we would have learned his motive right away. He would have left a warning about it. Otherwise, he’s just some guy who blew himself up for no apparent reason.