I noted recently that former employees of CNN are speaking out about how biased and unprofessional that network has become in its TDS-induced hysteria. Now, do I sense a trend?

Bari Weiss is a centrist writer/editor who was hired by the New York Times after the 2016 election shocked them into realizing they were out of touch with the American people (they could have known that sooner if they’d read my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”) But instead of listening to her, they’ve allowed young, ultra-woke staffers to target and slander her, as they do anyone who makes them feel “unsafe” by voicing a non-far-left opinion. She finally had enough, and she not only quit the Times, she released her resignation letter, and it’s a must-read.

In it, she torches the Times as only an insider can, blasting the publisher and editors for their cowardly surrender to intolerant leftist groupthink. She says that stories are chosen and written to appeal to the narrowest of audiences. Instead of writing “the first draft of history,” even history itself must be molded to fit the preconceived narrative. She’s been subjected to a hostile work environment where suggesting any story that doesn’t advance the “progressive” narrative leads to attacks on social media and claims that she’s a racist, a Nazi and “writing about the Jews again.” No action is ever taken against the attackers, only the victims. She says Twitter has become the Times’ ultimate editor, and rules are applied extremely subjectively: those who hold to the leftist orthodoxy go unscrutinized while anyone who varies from it lives in fear of the “digital Thunderdome” and “online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.”

Her advice to anyone going into journalism today (aside from “don’t”):

“Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes against the narrative. Rule Three: Never believe an editor or publisher who urges you to go against the grain. Eventually, the publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you’ll be hung out to dry.”

I repeat, this is a must-read. Whatever suspicions you’ve had about the cowardly, biased tunnel-vision of the New York Times, the death of journalism in general, or how the adults must be totally cowed by the red diaper babies on their staffs, this confirms it all and more.

If you’d like more background on Ms. Weiss and some of her previous reasonable criticisms of the Times that earned her the hatred and scorn of the woke brigade, Instapundit has a good round-up. It includes a headline from the satirical site, The Babylon Bee, that contains more blunt truth than you'll find in a month's worth of the New York Times.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest upchuck of cockamamie condescension was her claim that Republicans don’t understand what it’s like to live in poor neighborhoods (yeah, none of us grew up poor!) and that crime is up in New York City because unemployed people need to shoplift a loaf of bread to feed their families (and apparently, loot a TV from Target, then shoot a few people on their way home.) She smugly said she had to “connect the dots” for us, proving that even connecting dots is beyond her capabilities.

For the record, the crime that’s up in New York City is violent crime. Shootings are up by 130% from just one year ago. This is not a result of poverty but of the idiotic policies of Mayor Bill DeBlasio, who has systematically destroyed the great city that Rudy Giuliani rescued from the failed leftist policies of DeBlasio’s mentor, David Dinkins. DeBlasio has dismantled all the effective policing that made the city safe again, demoralized the police, emboldened lawbreakers to ignore the law and attack police, encouraged rioters, and sparked a 400% spike in applications for retirements among NYPD officers. In this regard, he’s turning the Big Apple into yet another Democrat-run war zone, like Chicago. Except Chicago’s last Republican mayor left office in 1931. It’s taken DeBlasio only one-and-a-half terms to cause similar damage.

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That spike in violent crime includes senseless shootings of innocent people, many of them black. The latest heartbreaking murder came Sunday night when two gunmen opened fire on a group having a cookout in a park. They injured three men and killed Davell Gardner – a one-year-old child who was sitting in his stroller when a bullet struck him in the abdomen. In that same weekend, 35 people were shot in 28 incidents, including other young boys of 12 and 15.

DeBlasio’s response to this has been to cut $1.5 billion from the police budget while taunting the President by painting a “Black Lives Matter” mural across from Trump Tower (a divisive political statement at taxpayer expense during a financial crisis.) If black lives really mattered to DeBlasio, he’d do something to stop so many of them from being violently ended, like that of Davell Gardner. If we are all to know George Floyd’s name, then we should definitely know his, too.

As for AOC’s ludicrous assertions, Kim Hirsch at the Victory Girls blog notes that a 2014 study by the University of North Dakota found that poverty does not have a significant effect on violent crime in the US. But as Ms. Hirsch notes, crime has an effect on poverty, driving businesses out of high crime neighborhoods and depriving residents of jobs.

On a lighter note, Ms. Hirsch also points out that the dose of “reality” that AOC thinks she’s giving all us Republicans who don’t know what it’s like to be poor was actually cribbed from watching “Breaking Bad” on TV. She even missed the point of that show (nobody in it turned to crime to buy food, and far from glamorizing crime, everyone either died or had their lives destroyed.) I’d also like to suggest that she got the idea of criminals being guilty only of stealing a loaf of bread from the Broadway musical of “Les Miserables.” The only connection between that and real life in New York City today is that nobody is less miserable since Bill DeBlasio became mayor.

One of the most common symptoms of the brain-wasting disease known as Trump Derangement Syndrome is how it targets and destroys the part of the brain responsible for long-term memories. This explains why, every time President Trump says or does anything, no matter how clearly it is within his powers as President, TDS victims fly into a rage and scream that it’s an “unprecedented abuse of power” and “no other President in history has ever done anything so outrageous!”

And so, when Trump announced that he was commuting the prison sentence of former campaign adviser Roger Stone, like clockwork, the howls erupted that no other President had ever committed such an outrageous abuse of clemency power, it was something that is “simply not done by American Presidents,” and it’s “the most corrupt and cronyistic act” in American history!!!!! (Is that enough exclamation points to capture their mood?)

As is usually the case in these situations, that’s hyperbolic nonsense. Even liberal law professor Jonathan Turley, who is no Trump fan and who believes that Stone should have merely received a new trial, reminded us in The Hill that Presidents have broad pardon powers and have used them in ways that infuriated their political enemies almost since the nation began. He says the claim of Trump’s action being unprecedentedly corrupt is “almost quaint.”

Turley looks back at American history (while we still have it), and cites similar pardon controversies, from Thomas Jefferson all the way up to Bill Clinton, who pardoned his brother, his Whitewater partner, and worst of all, financier Marc Rich, a major Democratic donor who was indicted on 65 criminal counts, including fraud, racketeering, tax evasion and illegal dealings with Iran. His companies pleaded guilty to 35 counts, but Rich himself went on the lam and spent years on the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives list. He was living in Switzerland when Clinton pardoned him on his last day in office.

And since Prof. Turley observes the unwritten media rule of never saying a negative word about Barack Obama, it’s left to conservative media to remind us that Obama pardoned Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, a traitor who leaked a massive trove of sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks, and he commuted the 70-year sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, leader of the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN, responsible for 130 terrorist attacks in the US and at least six deaths.

Makes Roger Stone look like pretty small potatoes, doesn't it?

For all the people jumping up and down and screaming about President Trump withdrawing from the World Health Organization, here’s a big, cold bucket of reality about why.

Dr. Li-Meng Yan, formerly a specialist in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, is now in hiding in the US and in fear for her life because she says she knew the minute she told the truth about COVID-19 and China, she would be “disappeared and killed,” so she had to go to the US to speak out.

The truth is that the Chinese government knew early on that the virus was deadly and was transferred human-to-human, and they kept it a secret while the WHO downplayed the danger. They refused to let outside health experts in and warned doctors to keep silent. They could have prevented the spread of the pandemic if they’d done certain things and sounded an alarm, but they didn’t because of “the corruption among this kind of international organization like the W-H-O to China government, and to China Communist Party government.”

Read the full thing. It’s good info to have in your pocket the next time someone blames President Trump for every coronavirus death and claims we need to replace him with Joe “China’s no threat” Biden.

Speaking of Biden and his claim that he would’ve handled the pandemic so much better than Trump, take a look at this chart comparing the caseload for the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus to the H1N1 (swine flu) that struck under Obama-Biden in 2009.

They promised to have 160 million vaccine doses by late October but produced only 30 million, too late to do most Americans any good. While Democrats blame Trump for over 3 million Americans being infected with COVID-19, nearly 61 million were infected with H1N1. As Biden’s then-chief of staff and current campaign health adviser Ron Klain noted, it was only due to luck that swine flu wasn’t more lethal and wasn’t “one of the great mass casualty events in American history.”

So if you’d like to bet your life on sheer dumb luck, vote for Biden! Say, that would make a perfect campaign slogan for him.

Over the past several years, investigative reporter John Solomon has proven to be a rich source of information about Obama-era misconduct that was mostly ignored and/or excused by the media. Thanks in large part to his reporting, we learned that one didn’t have to be a crazy hard-case conspiracy theorist to understand that the “deep state,” as we have come to know it, absolutely exists and was doing its dead-level best to take Trump down, both before and after he was elected President. And through his confidential but rock-solid sources, we learned about its inner workings months and even years before long-hidden documents, texts, scribbled notes, and sworn testimony finally gave us the proof.

And now, Solomon and co-author Seamus Bruner have a new book that one can tell from the title covers a lot of important ground. It’s called ‘FALLOUT: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties.’ Solomon and Bruner make quite a team, as Bruner has previously partnered with Peter Schweizer on projects such as the book CLINTON CASH, and he also wrote ‘COMPROMISED: How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption.’ He’s also the Associate Director of Research for the Government Accountability Institute, and there's no word we want to hear more these days than "accountability."

Of FALLOUT, President Trump could not be more enthusiastic; he says, “This book is a MUST BUY!”

Of course, Trump himself had a role to play in all this, simply by (justifiably) making Uranium One a focus of his “Crooked Hillary” attacks during the 2016 campaign and making it dangerous for the Obama-Biden camp to let him continue making accusations. Solomon’s theory is that they had to do whatever they could to neutralize Trump so he wouldn’t be able to expose their own role in selling out to Putin; that’s why they launched their own investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. They were trying to cover up their own corruption after cashing in. (As we’ve always said, look at what the Democrats accuse the Republicans of doing, and then you’ll know what THEY’RE doing.)

FALLOUT was written to provide the background for the “Trump/Russia” narrative he has already given us. It's sort of a "prequel" that answers the question, why were Russia and Ukraine the center of all this? As Solomon tells it, the story began much earlier, with Vladimir Putin’s quest for nuclear dominance, “one that produced a series of political scandals that ultimately posed one of the greatest threats to our democracy in modern American history.” It’s a story of intrigue that reads like a thriller --- but it’s real.

FOX NEWS reporter and legal analyst Gregg Jarrett –- another of our favorite authors –- says of FALLOUT, “The Russian and Ukraine scandals are unraveled, corruption and greed exposed. No one is better at uncovering the truth than these two investigative journalists.” It shouldn’t surprise you that Michael Flynn attorney Sidney Powell and investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson give raves as well, with Attkisson saying, “The Russian and Ukraine scandals not only corrupted government decisions, they helped enrich lots of Washington insiders. FALLOUT tells it all.”

This is a great time for the book to be coming out, as Democrats trying to help Biden win are trying, all over again (sigh), to point at Trump and cry “Russia Russia Russia!” They just can’t stop themselves; it’s all they’ve got even after years of investigation turned up no evidence at all against Trump but plenty of evidence against the Obama administration.

In fact, when Solomon appeared on Monday’s INGRAHAM ANGLE to introduce the book in an exclusive interview, one focus of discussion was Joe Biden’s former energy policy adviser, Amos Hochstein, who seems to have been playing both sides of the fence. According to Solomon, Hochstein, while working in the private sector as a U.S. lobbyist, had been an adviser to Tenex, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the huge and corrupt Russian nuclear conglomerate. In other words, Hochstein was actually helping the Russians, at the expense of the American energy industry. “Before long,” Solomon writes, “he was directly advising Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her successor John Kerry, and finally Vice President Biden (and even President Obama).”

As Solomon reminds us, Russia was one of the Obama administration’s biggest foreign policy failures. (Remember Hillary’s lame “Russia reset”?) They gave huge utility contracts worth billions of dollars to the Russians, making American consumers of energy dependent on Russian uranium (!). Of course, we've known about the Uranium One contract that gave Russia control of 20 percent of America's uranium supply. And then, after getting what he wanted, Putin did exactly as HE wanted and invaded Ukraine.

"The Democrats did not want that to be the storyline in 2016,” Solomon explains. So they tried to implicate Trump and his associates in corruption with Russia, even though they had to make it up and falsify evidence.

One thing I can’t wait to read about: Solomon tells of a weird FBI plot to invite Vladimir Putin to the 2013 Kentucky Derby to honor him as a “Kentucky Colonel” and, by the way, spy on him. (I am not kidding. Wow, we are finding out more every day about things the FBI was coming up with to do in their spare time.) Putin, of course, is no fool, and he probably prefers straight vodka to mint juleps, anyway, so he sent his regrets. This was at the time when the FBI had an informant inside Rosatom and was finding out how corrupt it was.

It was also when President Obama was pursuing his infinitely disastrous Iran nuclear deal, and the FBI was concerned that Putin was assisting Iran in carrying out its illicit nuclear program. So making Putin a “Kentucky Colonel” might have been a wacky idea, but at least one can see why the FBI was interested in finding out all they could.

Of course, Obama didn’t care. He was going to get that deal inked no matter what –- even though it was a Deal With The Devil.

Anyway, this looks like a fantastic read, and it really happened. Gosh, why even bother with fiction? You can’t make this stuff up! Here’s an excerpt, detailing one critical day in the life of undercover FBI operative Doug Campbell, whose agency code name, because of his deep religious faith, was “The Pastor.” No doubt he was praying extra-hard that day as he worked to expose the kickback scheme within Putin’s uranium empire by delivering a briefcase containing $50,000 cash and recording the exchange with a camera hidden in his pen.

Last year, President Trump announced that he was bringing back executions for federal crimes, and last night, the first such execution since 2003 took place, just hours after the Supreme Court cleared it.

Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, was put to death by lethal injection in Indiana for multiple offenses, including three counts of murder in aid of racketeering in the torture and killings of William Frederick Mueller, his wife Nancy Ann Mueller and his 8-year-old stepdaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell. Lee’s last words were to proclaim his innocence. I would urge you not to be swayed by that.

This horrifying crime took place in Arkansas in 1996, six months before I became Governor, but I was intimately familiar with it. As the linked story details, the family’s bodies “were discovered five months after they went missing. They had been shot to death and had plastic bags covering their heads, sealed with duct tape. Their bodies were weighed down by rocks and dumped in the Illinois bayou.”

Lee was an accomplice of the Keyhoe family, a ruthless white supremacist bunch when it meant more than saying something nice about cops. These were evil people. What they did to the Muellers, especially to 8-year-old Sarah, deserved the death penalty.

Bear in mind that I have made it clear that I have never taken the death penalty lightly. I think that anyone who does proves they’ve never been in the shoes of someone who has to give the go-ahead to take someone’s life. I’ve written many times that while it was my sad duty to have to approve executions, and I didn’t consider it my place to substitute my judgment for that of a jury that had sat through a full trial, I always reviewed every scrap of evidence and trial transcripts to ensure that there was no possibility of a miscarriage of justice.

For those arguing against a return of executions for federal crimes, I must warn them that this is not the case they want to use to try to convince the public that it’s unjust and unwarranted.

California tightens up

July 14, 2020

Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom once again ordered the closure of many businesses in the state (including worship services) due to an “alarming” rise in COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus cases.

However, just as with fellow leftist Bill DeBlasio in New York City, the one exception to bans on any large gatherings is BLM protests, which are still perfectly fine, even though the spike in cases has correlated to them much more than to business reopenings. Also to proximity to the US-Mexico border, which Newsom has been trying to erase.

In announcing his latest mass closings, Newsom scolded Californians, saying, “The data suggests not everyone is acting with common sense.” For once, I agree with him. Just look at who they elected Governor.