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“So when I was a young girl, Uncle Sherman taught me to play chess. He said, ‘You need to know, life is like that chessboard. There gonna be all kinds of players on that board. They’ll have all kinds of different moves. You have to think strategically. You have to learn to think about what that tenth move will be before you make that first move. And if you’re smart,’ he taught me, ‘that pawn can take out that king.”

--- Kamala Harris, July 2019

With President Biden in the news because of the horrendous, incomprehensible performance he gave at a townhall meeting on Wednesday, it seems like a good idea to take another look at the person who is positioned on that chess board to take his place. We’ve known her lately as someone who seems in over her head, who is given huge areas of responsibility and then ducks them, who giggles and cackles uncontrollably and inappropriately. Who is she, really? How did she get to this position on the chess board, and what does it mean for the country if (when) she “takes out the king”?

On October 14, 2020, Trevor Loudon at THE EPOCH TIMES had a detailed article about her background, and it seems like a good time to revisit that.

https://www.trevorloudon.com/2020/10/why-is-no-one-except-the-president-calling-out-kamala-harris-communist-ties/

Loudon, an author, filmmaker and public speaker from New Zealand, wrote the book “ENEMIES WITHIN: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” and also filmed the 2016 documentary ENEMIES WITHIN. Here’s a trailer from that movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQQDQhipYg

Of course, we knew Kamala was raised around radical leftists; her father was an professor in the Economics Department at Stanford University, where he used to say he was too far left even for them, and her mother was a longtime political activist, first in India and later in California. "Uncle Sherman" was an activist lawyer. Recall that Kamala, on the campaign trail, spoke of being wheeled through protest marches in a stroller, calling for “Fweeedom!!” (We don’t know if THAT story is true, but we do know for certain that her parents and their circle of acquaintances were radical left activists.

But there’s much more here, about specific organizations, their heroes (such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara), and their ultimate aims. RedState has a good summary, which also first appeared in October 2020, of the information turned up by Loudon. (All of it was available to the curious BEFORE the election, even though the mainstream media seem to have put it in the same category as Hunter Biden’s laptop and pretended it didn’t exist.)

https://redstate.com/stu-in-sd/2020/10/29/cvfc-kamala-harriss-close-ties-with-marxists-communists-maoists-and-socialists-n271428

The RedState piece was written by retired U.S. Navy Capt. Joseph R. John, who’s formerly with the FBI is currently chairman of the Combat Veterans for Congress PAC.

https://www.combatveteransforcongress.org

It’s not disputed that Harris got into politics after having an affair with then-California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Jr., who was 60 and married at the time. We know he guided her fledgling political career, which led to her being elected attorney general of California. But aside from that, I wonder how many know that when Brown ran successfully for mayor of San Francisco, he strongly endorsed Marxism and was, in turn, endorsed by the Communist Party USA. In the RedState article it states, “Willie Brown is widely regarded as one of the Chinese Communist Party’s best friends in the San Francisco Bay area.”

I don’t want anyone to be tarred with guilt by association. For example, Van Jones is mentioned in Loudon's piece and is perhaps overzealously described as a Communist, but the fact that I count him among my friends --- a brother in Christ who has been a guest on my TV show --- should never convince anyone that I share his views on politics or economics. He might be far to the left on those issues, but if Communists are atheists, he isn't either of those things.

https://www.faithwire.com/2019/04/11/cnns-van-jones-talks-value-of-faith-in-culture-where-its-too-trendy-to-have-no-empathy/#:~:text=God%20and%20religion%20are%20familiar%20to%20Jones%2C%20who,as%20we%20continue%20to%20turn%20…%20Continue%20reading

That said, Kamala Harris has been steeped in radicalism her whole life through her closest connections. (Imagine if a conservative candidate and his family and friends had associated exclusively with John Birchers and such.) Read on to learn about the Chinese Communist ties of Kamala’s husband Doug Emhoff and also of her younger sister Maya, whose close associate is one of Kamala’s major financial sponsors, the wealthy leftist Steve Phillips. (How is it that so many leftist, even Marxist, men marry very wealthy women?)

If Harris had been appointed to a federal position that required confirmation, Loudon’s article postulates, she would not have passed the background check because of her 40 years of close ties with Marxists, Communists, Maoists and Communist China. But as an elected official, she is not subject to the security clearance process. (I would add that this observation applied to Barack Obama as well.) As the article states, “Harris would never have been approved for acceptance to any of the five military service academies, been appointed to a U.S. government sub-cabinet position, or would have been approved to fill a sensitive position for a high-security defense contractor. Yet if Joe Biden were elected, Harris would be a heartbeat away from the President.”

The article goes on to cite not only Harris’ ties to the Communist Chinese, but Hunter Biden’s business dealings there. (Remember –- this came out BEFORE the election, but only conservative media were focusing on it.) As RedState says, “If the American voters read the background information [in Trevor Loudon’s article] about Kamala Harris, they would never support her election as Vice President of the United States. Joe Biden...will continue to decline in cerebral awareness; he will never be able to fill out a four-year term of office. If Biden is elected, the Socialists, Marxists and Communists who control Kamala Harris are planning to enact provisions of the 25th Amendment in order to remove Joe Biden from office, so Harris can become the first Communist President of the United States.”

Obviously, Bernie Sanders, as a Democratic Socialist, wouldn’t have been able to win the general election, but “moderate” (ha) Joe Biden, with a female and black running mate to check a couple of boxes, had a much better chance. So that’s how Kamala’s chess piece ended up where it did on the board. The moves started much earlier.

Delta Variant Worries

July 22, 2021

If you’re one of the many millions of Americans who have money in stocks through a 401K, IRA or small day-trading account (No, AOC, all market investors aren’t greedy capitalist billionaires), then you might be panicking over the recent plunge in the market. I can’t give you financial advice or assure you that all will be well, but I can safely say that over time, a diversified portfolio of stocks tends to grow, despite periodic drops. And I can explain why this current plummet is due almost entirely to the incompetence of the current occupants of the White House.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/07/19/the-stock-market-tumbles-and-joe-bidens-response-is-unbelievable-n413091

The Biden Administration has been all over the map with its chaotic messaging about COVID, stoking fear of the Delta variant to try to goose lagging vaccination numbers. This fear and confusion have spooked the market due to worries that the government might impose another pointless economic lockdown. I have to assume that at some point, the truth will prevail and the market will rebound (if Biden doesn’t K.O. it with inflation, which is another story.) Here are some facts about the current situation to help calm the artificial panic.

Contrary to what President Biden claimed, the Delta variant is NOT “deadlier” than the original virus. Just as with most viruses, it’s mutated to a form that spreads easier, since it’s trying to stay alive as there are fewer and fewer potential hosts, thanks to vaccines and natural immunity in those who’ve recovered. But it’s actually less dangerous than the original virus.

https://nypost.com/2021/07/08/dont-buy-the-hysteria-the-delta-variant-is-actually-less-dangerous/

As the Wall Street Journal reports, the recent spike in cases in the UK has not resulted in hospitalizations or deaths anywhere near those of the original pandemic. The previous peak in the UK came in January with a seven-day average of 50,000 cases, out of which 40,000 required hospitalization and there were 1,000 deaths. The latest surge was 25,000, with 2,000 hospitalized and an average daily death rate of less than 20.

Bottom line: the Delta variant can kill and must be taken seriously, but it is not deadlier than the original. While no vaccine is 100% effective, the new cases are mostly among the unvaccinated and those without natural immunity. The vaccinated who do catch it are more likely to have mild symptoms. A case could be made that shutting down the economy again, with the attendant bankruptcies, suicides, depression, drug abuse and postponed medical care for other problems, would be deadlier than the virus.

I won’t tell someone else that they have to get vaccinated, but know that these are the risks you’re taking, and they’re serious. But it’s not the apocalypse. The spike is caused by the virus itself fighting against dying out. The worst thing the Administration could do is exactly what they’re doing: shredding their own credibility by trying to incite a needless panic.

To paraphrase FDR, the virus may be scary, but we can only make it worse if our leaders gin up fear of fear itself. I miss the days when Democrat Presidents occasionally said things that made sense.

Here’s an update on the latest leftist virtue signaling by Ben & Jerry’s, the premium ice cream for wealthy, decadent socialists. I reported that the brand announced it would not sell its ice cream in “occupied Palestinian territory,” meaning certain parts of Israel, a move that got it praised by the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement. The prime minister of Israel warned parent company Unilever of “severe consequences” for its boycott decision. Well, here they come…

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/07/19/the-stock-market-tumbles-and-joe-bidens-response-is-unbelievable-n413091

First of all, that article points out that no part of Israel is “occupied Palestinian territory.” Israel took over the West Bank when it won the 1967 war against Jordan and its Arab allies, and the Israelis have a claim on that territory going back to Biblical times.

More to the current point, Israeli law requires local distributors to sell products in all of Israel, so this is an illegal decision that could get Ben & Jerry’s removed from the entire nation’s store shelves. In addition, 35 US states have made it illegal to boycott Israel, which hurts both Israelis and Palestinians, so they might have opened up a legal can of worms in two-thirds of the US. Finally, a number of grocers in the New York area and beyond announced that they will stop carrying Ben & Jerry’s ice cream over this.

Moral: Don’t let radical leftists run your ice cream company if you don’t want your business to suffer a complete meltdown.

A New Political Circus

July 22, 2021

Just as I expected, that “9/11-style” House committee to investigate the January 6th Capitol violence hasn’t even been formed yet, and it’s already imploded into a giant political circus.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/07/21/pelosi-proves-what-a-sham-her-jan-6-commission-truly-is-with-her-latest-move-n414037

Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the Republican nominees to the committee, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, because they’d objected to certifying the Electoral votes in Pennsylvania and Arizona. This despite her already claiming that past votes would not be considered.

Pelosi’s attempt to ban Trump supporters angered House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy so much that he threatened to pull all GOP members from the committee. That would kill the “bipartisan” claim and turn it into what many of us figured it would be: a partisan show trial designed to keep publicly whipping this dead horse into hamburger as a distraction from the many things the Dems are currently screwing up.

What makes this doubly hypocritical is that Pelosi okayed Democrats Adam Schiff, who blatantly lied about having evidence of Russian collusion to justify a bogus impeachment charge, and Jamie Raskin, one of the Democrats who tried to prevent the certification of the 2016 election, back before things like that were treason, insurrection and assaults on democracy.

To be clear, I would support a legitimate, transparent, bipartisan investigation of what happened on January 6th, but Democrats seem determined to prevent that from happening. Come to think of it, you could say the same thing about the election.

Related: A new Rasmussen survey finds that only 49% of Americans support Nancy Pelosi’s investigation of the January 6th Capitol riot, but 66% want last year’s Black Lives Matter riots investigated. That includes 67% of whites, 64% of black voters, 66% of Hispanics and 62% of other minorities.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/two-thirds-want-blm-riots-probed-more-than-jan-6

Also, 51% believe politicians who downplayed the Capitol violence deserve criticism, while 62% believe the same about elected officials who downplayed the 2020 riots and looting.

I guess these people just don’t understand that riots are only to be taken seriously when they happen near Nancy Pelosi.

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Now that parents are catching on and rising up against the racist indoctrination of their children by schools pushing Critical Race Theory, those behind it are trying to deny that’s what they’re doing, even as they continue to push for the same goals. In short, they’re talking softly, but carrying on the same shtick.

Here’s an example of an organization like that. It’s being promoted by the Biden Department of Education, and while it’s deliberately vague about whether it pushes CRT, here’s a quote from its board chairwoman that should give you a clue or two: "If you don’t recognize that White supremacy is in everything we do, then we got a problem. I want us to be feared."

https://www.foxnews.com/us/biden-admin-promotes-radical-group-critical-race-theory-schools

There’s a lot more at the link. I don’t think these radicals should be feared, because that might keep people from speaking out against them. Instead, they should be exposed and removed entirely from our school system.

Tuesday, billionaire Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos returned safely from a trip to the edge of space on one of his Blue Origin private spacecrafts. Immediately afterward, he announced that he was giving $100 million, no strings attached, to leftwing CNN commentator Van Jones and celebrity chef Jose Andres. He calls it his “Courage and Civility Award.” They are free to give the money to their own charities or non-profits or to others’.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/jeff-bezos-giving-100-million-jose-andres-van-jones-after-blue-origin-rocket-flight

Andres runs a charity called World Central Kitchen that provides food to victims of natural disasters, so I can see how the money will be well-spent there. However, the grant to Jones raised criticism and eyebrows.

Full disclosure: while Van and I couldn’t be further apart on political issues, I consider him a friend and a Christian brother, and he is that rare liberal who will put aside politics to work across the political spectrum for good causes. Here’s a segment from “Huckabee” on TBN where he was my guest and we talked about his series “The Redemption Project.” If he uses the money for causes like this, then I can’t get too exercised about it.

https://youtu.be/bU0lrpDhrPI

What has some people questioning the appropriateness of the grant was the wall-to-wall positive coverage of Bezos on CNN, but that was going on well before the awards were revealed. Maybe with Trump gone, they’re desperate for anything to talk about. On the other hand, considering CNN’s ratings, I could understand why they’d want to suck up to any billionaire who’s handing out money.

Just yesterday, I received an urgent letter from a reader –- a former teacher –- warning about the danger of leftist activism in schools. Here is what Amy had to say:

Sir, I’m a mom and a former teacher, and the direction we are going is very concerning to me. There used to be the understanding that crazy ideas would not get far. Unfortunately, now there are too many crazy ideas and they are not going away. Now we have reached the point where if you don’t stand up and disagree, then you are actually just acquiescing.

The left has created a CRT activist group for children called Diversify Our Narrative. The left are genius in how they have made activism for youth so simple that it requires absolutely no thought –- it actually works better if they don’t think.

I really feel like we need to use their template and create our own program only focused on teaching youth to be critical thinkers who evaluate the messages around them. I sound old to say this, but, back in my day, when journalism was taught, we were told to always ask who, what, when, where, and why. I think they are only taught to retweet and forward now. We have got to come up with a program that teaches critical thinking and combines that with community service and innovative solutions.

I really believe if we can get kids to start thinking and evaluating the information around them then they are not going to be as easy to turn into mindless liberal activists. I’m hoping that you might know where I can find a program that is out there like this or who I could talk to about creating this program.

Thank you so much for writing, Amy. If every kid could have a teacher like you, we’d have a lot more confidence in the future.

You’re right that it’s getting hard than ever to evaluate and determine what is “crazy.” It seems the indoctrinators of our kids are going by the principle that if everything is crazy, nothing is crazy. And they want parents to just stay out of it, which is, exactly as you say, acquiescing. One silver lining to the stormcloud of COVID is that kids and parents spent more time at home together. Kids started getting their lessons online at home, where parents often got a glimpse of their “classrooms” and were appalled at what they saw being taught. It took a few brave parents to stand against cancel culture and speak out, and now there are nationwide networks of parents working to fight leftist indoctrination in schools.

You are also very perceptive to say the activists’ goal is to separate ideology and activism from thought. In George Orwell’s book “1984,” there’s a Newspeak term called “duckspeak,” which means literally to quack like a duck, without thinking at all. It’s considered to be a good thing –- “doubleplusgood,” in fact. Here’s how Orwell described it:

“The intention was to make speech, and especially speech on any subject not ideologically neutral, as nearly as possible independent of consciousness. For the purposes of everyday life, it was no doubt necessary, or sometimes necessary, to reflect before speaking, but a Party member called upon to make a political or ethical judgment should be able to spray forth the correct opinion as automatically as a machine gun spraying forth bullets...Ultimately, it was hoped to make articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centers at all. This aim was frankly admitted in the Newspeak word “duckspeak,” meaning ‘to quack like a duck.’ [This word was] a warm and valued compliment.”

This is what they’re trying to do to kids. There’s no real thought involved in calling someone a “Nazi” or a “white supremacist” --- kids don’t even know what that really is. They don’t know what “capitalism” and “socialism” are, either. All such words have been conveniently redefined. We looked up “Diversify Our Narrative”; here’s the website:

https://www.diversifyournarrative.com

It says on their home page that they’re involved in 1) grassroots activism/policy change, 2) curriculum creation, 3) leadership development, and 4) educational resources and support. This is a new organization; they say that since June 2020, they’re in 800+ school districts. They're partnered with Generation UP, which fights for the College For All Act (free college); Bay Area Student Activists; the NFL (I am not kidding); and Justice In The Classroom –- check out their website at https://www.justiceintheclassroom.org

One strategy used by the proponents of Critical Race Theory is to name a study based on its principles something else and then deny they’re teaching CRT. Take a look at these sites, and it’s easy to see that this is just the same old leftist indoctrination, with the same cascade of buzzwords, perfect for duckspeak.

For example, the stated mission of Diversify Our Narrative is “to fight to be anti-racist and to encourage a productive dialogue on race and identity among our student bodies through the inclusion of racially diverse, anti-racist texts in USA schools; to work towards racial justice, educational equity and community power.” They address issues such as “systemic racism and microaggressions.” They “create curriculum centered around anti-racist teaching practices in the classroom.”

We also scrolled down their page of lesson plans, and this pretty much says it all…

https://www.diversifyournarrative.com/lesson-plans

While high school students in other countries are learning math and science, American kids taught with lesson plans from Diversify Our Narrative are learning “Exploring LGBTQ+/Immigrant Narratives Through Music,” “Analyzing Queer Dance,” “The New Jim Crow,” “Biology, Society and Policy,” “Acting Out: Resisting Policed Performances of Gender,” “The Intersection of Colonialism and Gender & Sexuality” (I am not kidding), and more.

Thanks, Amy, for bringing this to our attention. It’s true that we need to be at least as good as the left is when it comes to organizing. And YES –- you put it so well –- there needs to be a program that stresses critical thinking, community service and innovative solutions! Right now, I’d say critical thinking is the one that most desperately needs help.

For now, we wanted to alert you to this apparently very well organized group, Diversify Our Narrative. But we’ll also be working on a list of resources that offer strong lesson plans, especially for learning at home. (The best thing you can do for kids being force-fed anti-racist garbage is to take them out of their awful school.) Parents, grandparents, teachers and tutors: if you know of good curriculum plans and supplemental material for homeschoolers, please let us know, and we’ll pass that information along.

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California’s Third District Court of Appeals unanimously (3-0) struck down a state law requiring nursing home workers to use people’s “preferred pronouns.” Prolonged use of someone’s non-preferred pronoun could result in fines of up to $1000 and even a year in prison. The Court quite rightly ruled this a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech.

https://www.conservativereview.com/court-rules-california-law-requiring-use-of-transgender-pronouns-is-a-violation-of-free-speech-2653873814.html

Rick Chavez Zbur of Equality California blasted the ruling, declaring, “Let’s be clear: refusing to use someone’s correct name and pronouns isn’t an issue of free speech – it’s a hateful act that denies someone their dignity and truth.” I assume Mr/Ms/Whatever Zbur doesn’t see the irony in accusing someone else of being hateful while claiming that applying labels to others that they don’t like isn’t protected free speech. Or that just because someone declares what “their truth” is doesn’t mean that it should be illegal for others to disagree with it. A lot of liberals have no qualms with vehemently disagreeing with what I believe to be Biblical truth.

The bill’s author, Sen. Scott Wiener (I’ll risk prison by assuming Scott is a “he”) of San Francisco, of course, railed, “The court’s decision is disconnected from the reality facing transgender people” and vowed to get it overturned on appeal. I’d say that if he thinks the Supreme Court is going to uphold that law, he’s the one who’s disconnected from reality, which seems to be a chronic condition among California legislators.

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