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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain (sometimes referred to by the inadvertently insulting nickname of “Biden’s Brain”) had a shocking “Let them eat fruitcake” moment. Klain enthusiastically retweeted a post from a Harvard professor, dismissing worries about inflation and the supply chain crisis that might ruin Americans’ Christmas shopping as “high class problems.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/top-white-house-official-retweets-post-calling-inflation-supply-chain-issues-high-class-problems

An RNC spokesman fired back, "Struggling to pay for food, fuel, and housing because of rising prices is not a ‘high class problem.’ Biden is making everyone worse off, but instead of stopping the damage, their strategy is to try to gaslight Americans."

For the record, inflation is actually something that harms the lower and middle classes far more than the wealthy. If you have billions, like the Democrats’ Silicon Valley socialist donors, you don’t feel it when prices double. But if you’re on an hourly wage or a fixed income, the recent steep rises in the prices of food, gasoline, home heating and other necessities mean you have to make painful choices about what to give up to keep from going into debt.

The supply chain problems don’t just mean wealthy people will have fewer expensive gadgets to give at Christmas. Those are affecting the prices and availability of all goods. And if stores can’t get stock for Christmas, their most important selling season of the year, then whatever small businesses the Democrats actually allowed to survive the pandemic could go under.

President Biden did actually address the supply chain crisis (as usual, he showed up an hour late, spoke for 10 minutes and left without taking questions.)

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/10/13/biden-remarks-on-supply-chain-disruptions-are-classic-biden-in-a-nutshell-n456380

Biden praised the “heck of a job” his “Supply Chain Disruption Team” was doing (just to be clear: are they in charge of solving or creating supply chain disruptions? Because if it’s the latter, they are doing a heck of a job.) He also seems to think he’s solved the problem by getting the Port of Los Angeles and unions to agree to work around the clock unloading ships. Good luck finding fully vaccinated people who will actually take those jobs and enough truckers to transport all those goods. Meanwhile, press secretary Jen Psaki was already warning that the Administration can’t guarantee Christmas presents will arrive on time.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-praises-supply-chain-team-christmas

Finally, if the crisis is averted and Christmas shopping saved, you might want to thank Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Although I’m sure the White House would take credit for it, just like they invented the COVID vaccines.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2021/10/13/will-ron-desantis-save-christmas-n1523711

Leaked border documents

October 15, 2021

Fox News has obtained leaked Border Patrol documents showing that the Biden Administration has released at least 160,000 illegal immigrants into the US, most with little or no supervision, and broadly (and possibly illegally) expanded the limited parole system to make over 30,000 of them eligible for work permits (question to low-skilled minority Americans who were enjoying their first raises in years under Trump: how is that vote for Biden working out for you?)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/leaked-border-patrol-docs-release-immigrants-us-biden-administration

This is hardly news to anyone who doesn’t get their news from the Biden-whitewashing media. Frankly, I’m surprised it isn’t more (and it soon will be, with massive caravans already on the way to our former Southern “border.”) The real news is Biden's abuse of limited paroles, which by law are to be granted “on a case by case basis and only for significant humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit” with recipients being closely monitored. Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott said he never approved more than five or ten in a year. Biden is treating them like house brand Halloween candy and handing them out by the tens of thousands to anyone who shows up at our doorstep.

As you can see at the link, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has a whole bag full of “root causes” for the surge, none of which have anything to do with Biden reversing all of Trump’s successful border security measures and incentivizing illegal immigration. If you want to find the “root cause” of this disaster, stop looking in Central America and search 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Katie Couric goes there

October 15, 2021

Katie Couric is getting all kinds of backlash over her tell-all memoir “Going There,” but the latest could be the worst yet. It’s her admission that she edited an interview with the late Supreme Court Justice and liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg to remove Ginsburg’s criticism of NFL National Anthem kneelers. Couric cut out Ginsburg’s comment that they were showing "contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life."

https://www.foxnews.com/media/katie-couric-ruth-bader-ginsburg-kaepernick-nfl-anthem-backlash

Couric claims she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan” and wanted to protect her because she was elderly and probably didn’t understand the question (yet liberals were fine with her staying on the Supreme Court until the day she died – think about that.) So she cut out the comment – although she did leave Ginsburg’s comment that the kneelers were “dumb and disrespectful” in her Yahoo News version of the story. I guess she assumed nobody would see that.

That linked story above contains just a fraction of the outraged responses to Couric’s “galaxy-level arrogance” in editing RBG to alter her comments to make them more PC. It also includes a reminder that this is not the only time she selectively edited stories to give them a preferred political slant, like the time she edited interview footage to make gun rights activists look too dumb to answer a question they had actually answered quite well.

But aside from Ms. Couric’s bias and lack of journalistic ethics, I want to point out another aspect of this story, and that’s the unjustified kneejerk assumption that RBG’s opinion was “incorrect” and required protection or censoring. Even a spokesperson for her estate tried to speak for her from beyond the grave by claiming she “misspoke.” How does he know? It sounds to me as if she was very clear in both her reasoning and her speech. It’s also one of the few things I ever agreed with her on, and so do tens of millions of other Americans.

If you think athletes who show open contempt for the nation that allowed them to be free, famous and wealthy are acting dumb and disrespectful, that’s a perfectly valid assessment. Please note that after I’m gone, if anyone tries to claim I “misspoke” and didn’t really mean that, then don’t listen to them. They’re as full of it as Colin Kaepernick.

If you subscribe to the mailings from SAVE AMERICA PAC, you receive all the messages that former President Trump would likely be sending out on Twitter if Twitter hadn’t taken him off. They’re a mixed bag --- just as his tweets were, of course --- and a few of them would’ve perhaps been better left unsaid, but many are pithy and spot-on brilliant, and they include links to newsworthy articles.

Some are funny, too, such as the one he sent out on Thursday with the subject line, “DO YOU MISS ME YET?”

The full headline was: “ICYMI: ‘How’s Biden doing? Do you miss me yet?’ Trump attacks Biden’s mounting crises...” There’s a link to an article by Bob Crilley at the U.K.’s DAILY MAIL, and his headline goes on to include the words, “...with new poll giving him 30-point lead over 2024 Republican rivals DeSantis and Pence.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10088249/Hows-Biden-doing-miss-Trump-revels-Joes-mounting-crises.html

The Crilley story features a previous email from Trump that noted the many catastrophes erupting on Biden’s watch. “COVID is raging out of control, our supply chains are crashing with little product in our stores, we were humiliated in Afghanistan, our border is a complete disaster, gas prices and inflation are zooming upward --- how’s Biden doing? Do you miss me yet?”

That’s a rhetorical question; he knows the answer. Polling shows that President Trump is the runaway favorite to run in 2024. A Morning Consult poll for POLITICO published Wednesday showed that of almost 2,000 people polled, some 70 percent of Republicans said Trump should run again. As for the nomination, 47 percent of Republicans already thought he should get it, compared to 13 percent for former VP Mike Pence and 12 percent for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Mitt Romney got 3 percent; who ARE those people?)

But Trump has said publicly that he won’t make a decision until after next year’s midterm elections. Last week, it was reported that he wanted to go ahead and announce his intention to run but that aides talked him out of it. We don’t know if that’s true but wouldn’t be surprised.

At his rally in Des Moines on Saturday, he enumerated the many disasters that have resulted from the Biden Touch: massive illegal immigration, drug cartels flourishing, inflation, China taking over jobs, the Taliban ruling Afghanistan and more. It’s true: waking up every day to reports of the latest Biden-caused debacle is like watching a very slow-motion train wreck. It goes on and on, with gears grinding and seemingly endless destruction, and you don’t want to look but you do. It’s like a bad dream.

“There’s never been anything like what has happened,” Trump said in Des Moines. And he’s right. I say this having lived through the Carter administration. As bad as some things were then, this country faces more serious challenges now, every way we turn, from without and within.

So, if/when Trump does hit the comeback trail, some things are going to have to be different. Certainly Republicans have to do whatever it takes to have a transparent voting process in states that mismanaged that. We absolutely cannot stand for a repeat of 2020. And if the FBI tries again to tie the former President with the likes of Vladimir Putin, this will be met with howls of derision. I think those in the political middle who might have bought it the first time around are smart enough not to fall for it again.

The image of Trump throwing his MAGA hat into the ring again got us thinking about a commentary written almost a year ago by our staff writer/researcher Laura Ainsworth, about what she thought President and then-candidate Trump should say to America before the 2020 election. It turned out to be quite prescient in its description of a future Biden administration.

https://www.mikehuckabee.com/latest-news?id=40370D5E-09A1-452C-95C1-6AFB834DBD44

“Most Biden supporters really don’t know much about their own candidate --- his fading mind, his serious scandals, his lying and plagiarizing, his creepiness with women and girls, his singular lack of accomplishment, his malleability by the far-left and much more –- or even their own radicalized party,” she wrote at the time. “They just know they don’t like Trump. And for that reason, they’re ready to put into power the worst group of people imaginable.”

This all turned out to be true. The media hushed up the Hunter Biden laptop scandal and downplayed old Joe’s cognitive issues and all his other weaknesses. Most supporters assumed he was a moderate and had little idea what the country was in for with the far-left in charge. What’s also true is that we couldn’t have asked for worse people to run our country than those he brought in. Exhibit A: Attorney General Merrick Garland, a political hack who cares nothing even for the rights of parents angry at the indoctrination of their children.

Since the “Trump” that some voters hated was a fictional creation --- one that Trump admittedly played into with some of his tweets --- Ainsworth had wanted him to give a speech specifically addressing the way voters felt about him, and “most of all,” she wrote, “to show how dreadful for our country the alternative would be.”

“Because they don’t like ME,” she’d wanted him to say, “some Americans might unwittingly put into power a radical political machine that will decimate their most basic freedoms, with ruthless, violent tactics and a long list of demands that will change America into something unrecognizable, probably forever.”

The piece goes on about other forms of ruination a Biden presidency would bring: abuse of the justice system, money pouring in to radical leftist groups, the politicization of science (wow, that one went into overdrive), the continued decline of “journalism,” lax law enforcement, “anti-racism” dividing Americans, the rewriting of history, and more.

This was written in 2020 as a caution, but, sadly, it describes the chaos of 2021 America under the Biden administration. Trump lost, and it all happened. Actually, there was more; for example, the swift destruction of the southern border and trillions in crazy spending.

But this was the speech Trump should have given to the nation in 2020, to tell America who he really was, how much he loves our country, and to warn everyone of what was really hiding within the ultra-radical, rights-crushing Democrat party. Unfortunately, he didn’t. And so, simply because a lot of people didn’t like Trump’s rough style and his tweets, or believed stupid made-up stories about white supremacy and/or Russia collaboration, they gave the “unknown moderate” a try.

As a result, the margin of victory was so close in strategic counties that it’s not even possible without full, transparent audits in a number of states to prove who really won.

Disaster ensued on Day 1 of the Biden administration, and it is still ensuing. If Trump runs again, as he seems itching to do, he has to make sure the left doesn’t hijack the process as they did last time. One ray of hope: I do think voters have learned the hard way and will no longer let a few “mean tweets” stand in the way of what’s good for our country.

Propaganda

October 15, 2021

One of the hallmarks of leftists is an unshakable belief in the power of propaganda to override obvious reality. I discussed this yesterday, in the story about Nancy Pelosi scolding reporters for not doing a good enough job of selling Biden’s massive spending and government expansion. They believe that the problem is never that their product stinks, it’s just that the “messaging” is off.

They also seem to believe that since they have so much of the media and social media acting as their unpaid propaganda arm, if they can keep anything negative off of those channels, then people will never know about it. If the media can suppress it, then it doesn’t exist. But it’s not just Hunter Biden’s laptop that disproves that.

Back in the old Soviet days, humorist P.J. O’Rourke wrote that whenever he traveled to nations behind the Iron Curtain, as soon as locals found out he was from America, they’d take him aside and privately tell him all the latest jokes about what incompetent nitwits their leaders were. The commies believed that just because they’d intimidated people into not criticizing them out loud and into voicing rabid support in public that they actually didn’t know they were living terrible lives of oppression and deprivation. Imagine Facebook bans backed up by gulags.

Fortunately, here in America, we still have some outlets for free speech (this newsletter for instance), but the leftist-supporting organs are trying to smother it, sometimes in hilarious ways. The biggest recent example was how an obscene chant against Joe Biden at a NASCAR race was turned into “Let’s go, Brandon” by an NBC reporter desperate not to admit what viewers were clearly hearing. But that didn’t make people stop cursing Biden, it just gave rise to a widely-merchandised “Let’s Go, Brandon” craze, which I like because it enables people to express their true feelings about Biden without cursing in front of the children.

The recent Disney-Plus “documentary” on Dr. Anthony Fauci also has a couple of websites scrambling for creative ways to cover up the public’s true reaction. The movie gives the fawning hero treatment to the government health bureaucrat that many people are well and truly sick of (in the latest Rasmussen survey, 54% of likely voters say he’s “lost all credibility”), and viewers made their feelings known.

At RottenTomatoes.com, the professional critics gave it a laughably high 91% positive rating while audiences gave it 2% (for comparison, they give the often-cited worst movie ever made, “Plan Nine from Outer Space,” 45%.) The disparity between the critics’ raves and the public’s disgust was so glaring that the website briefly disabled the public rankings, but now, they’re back. Silencing the public didn’t make the truth go away any better than it did for the USSR. The site did, however, put a disclaimer on the audience reviews, saying that “some viewers expressed their dissatisfaction with the subject matter by giving the documentary a Rotten rating.”

Funny, I read some of the reviews and they specifically cited how disappointed they were in the film itself for being a fawning fan letter rather than an honest, informative appraisal. Although they obviously don’t like Fauci, either, especially after seeing him in the movie, working at home under a giant painting of himself.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/478899/

The Internet Movie Database also showed its sympathies for Democrats by trying some blatant vote-rigging to hide the public’s hostility to the film. The average viewer rating was 1.6 out of 10, so they simply changed it to 5.8. I’ll assume they found a box of late ballots in a car trunk.

https://www.westernjournal.com/terrible-reviews-imdb-rigs-fauci-movie-scores-got-caught-forgetting-major-detail/

All these sites are accomplishing by falsifying their ratings systems is to destroy their own credibility, not restore Fauci’s. If they’ll do this, why should we ever trust their ratings of any film? Will they downgrade “Gone With The Wind” to one star for being politically incorrect, or tell us Al Gore’s global warming movie is better than “Citizen Kane?” I’d probably believe both of those claims before I’d believe that audiences gave “Fauci” a 5.8. Like P.J. O’Rourke, I’ve had too many people tell me privately what they really think of it.

The story of the day, or perhaps the year, comes from a mom in Loudoun County, which is one of two affluent Virginia counties currently embroiled in protests over race-based training being pushed on school kids. (The other is Fairfax County.) I don’t know if it’s too late for a confirmed left-leaning political hack like Attorney General Merrick Garland to have some sense knocked into him, but on the off-chance this woman’s story might make an impression, I sure hope he’s reading this.

The AG might not have known he was kicking a hornets’ nest when he issued a memo to various government agencies likening these justifiably angry parents to domestic terrorists and calling on law enforcement to deal with them accordingly, but he sure did, and thank God the parents and civil libertarians are stirring. We’ve heard more than enough criticism in recent days of parents daring to challenge the curriculum in their kids’ schools. This all comes down to the essential question of who will decide how children should be educated –- their own parents, or the government? Who has the final say?

Xi Van Fleet, who as a child endured the Maoist Revolution in China before immigrating to the United States, has spoken with FOX NEWS and other news outlets to explain how AG Garland’s Department of “Justice” and the National School Boards Association are using tactics similar to those she witnessed in Communist China to take control of children and prevent parents from having any say. If you think that sounds far-fetched, well...did YOU grow up in China during the Maoist Revolution?

https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-mom-survived-maoist-china-school-board-association-doj-communist-tactics

What she saw then was disturbingly similar to what we’re seeing in American “cancel culture.” The goal in those days was to cancel traditional Chinese culture and destroy their heritage. The spate of statue-toppling by leftist rioters that destroyed symbols of our national history would have been smiled upon by Chairman Mao.

“When I was in China,” she said, “I spent my entire school years in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, so I’m very, very familiar with the communist tactics of how to divide people, how they canceled the Chinese traditional culture and destroyed our heritage. All this is happening in America.”

There could be nothing more divisive than teaching children that, based on the color of their skin, they belong in one of two groups: the privileged oppressors and the victimized oppressed. But that’s exactly what “anti-racist” training does. To those who might still think “anti-racism” just means being against racism, I’m sorry, but that isn’t what it means at all. If only that were true.

And never mind the violent riots, arson and statue-toppling of last year that went virtually unpunished; Garland now wants to prosecute parents for threats and violence (of which he gave no specific examples) towards school personnel. He said that “threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values.”

I’ll tell you what runs counter to our nation’s core values: the government overriding parents to determine what their will children learn, even if the parents consider the force-fed curriculum to be child abuse.

Van Fleet, whose son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015, gained attention in June when she spoke powerfully at a Loudoun County School Board meeting about what is wrong with race-based indoctrination such as Critical Race Theory. After Garland’s announcement of the tough stand he’d take against parents, she had more to say. “I do have a question,” she told FOX NEWS. “What’s [the] next step? Is the Tiananmen Square crackdown the next, or the parents who one day risked their lives just to speak out for the children. That’s why I’m here.”

Other parents are speaking up as well, though they are scared. Harry Jackson, president of the Thomas Jefferson High School PTA in Fairfax County, said parents are intimidated about speaking before the school board. “They have instilled fear within the parents,” he said. “They created fear amongst the community which you’re supposed to service and support.” Another parent, Suparna Dutta, who pulled her son out of that school, called Garland’s announcement “shocking.”

“I am scared,” Dutta said to FOX NEWS. “Yet, I believe I’m living in a time when if I don’t speak up for my child and if I don’t stand up for what’s right in America, I don’t know what the next generation will be left with.”

G. Q. Pan and Jan Jekielek of EPOCH TIMES also have an eye-opening story about Van Fleet and her experience during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/virginia-mother-who-survived-maos-cultural-revolution-sees-parallels-in-america_4044797.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=TheLibertyDaily

This is a premium story, but I’ll offer some highlights and commentary below. If you do subscribe to their premium service, you can see her interviewed on EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/i-want-to-wake-people-up-xi-van-fleet-survivor-of-maos-cultural-revolution_4045860.html

Van Fleet was a first grader when the Cultural Revolution started in China, she said. Traditional classes ceased for the older kids and they were inducted into Mao Zedong’s Red Guards, who set about destroying vestiges of traditional China. The Red Guards brought violence and destruction to anyone and everything they considered “counter-revolutionary.” The criminal justice system was paralyzed, she said, so they faced no consequences for what they did.

Consider the real violence going on in our country last summer, and how the perpetrators faced essentially no consequences for their criminal acts.

Van Fleet said the Red Guards attacked the “Four Olds”: old ideas, old culture, old customs and old habits. I can think of a few for the America of 2021:

Old ideas: Parents are in charge of their kids’ upbringing.

Old culture: We value monuments to our nation’s history.

Old customs: Biological men stay out of the ladies’ room.

Old habits: We reflexively rise for the national anthem.

She said the Chinese version of “cancel culture” grew to the point where they’d go to houses and destroy items reminiscent of pre-revolutionary China. “I remember this whole street was just a mess of things destroyed,” she said, “and the people, those homeowners, howling and crying.

If all this sounds extreme, Van Fleet says she can see the similarities here, with people afraid to speak out, lest they be called “racist.” The term “racist” no longer means anything but is used as a political weapon. “...In the last few years, it has changed its meaning,” she said. “Anyone who kind of disagrees with the ideology from the left becomes a racist.”

She also sees a big similarity between Critical Race Theory and policies implemented by Mao. Citizens were put into categories, the good “Five Red Categories” and the undesirable “Five Black Categories,” who were the descendants of rich farmers and other “class enemies.” Those people were humiliated and forced to go to “struggle sessions” where they were made to confess their privileged status. Does this sound a lot like CRT to you? It does to Van Fleet.

She describes CRT as Marxist class struggle rhetoric repackaged to focus on race so it works better in American society. And she would know. Once you see the similarities she’s pointing out, you can’t un-see them. So, parents --- everyone --- keep speaking out.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows why she’s having so much trouble getting a Democrat Congress to pass $5 trillion in new spending. No, for once, she didn’t blame Trump. She scolded reporters, “Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you.”

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2021/10/12/nancy-pelosi-scolds-reporters-for-not-selling-build-back-better-effectively-n455780

I guess she felt it necessary to remind them that as members of the news media, it’s not their job to report objectively on politics. It’s their job to go out and sell the Democrats’ crazy agenda to regular Americans who reject it because they actually have sense enough to know better.

Interestingly, Fox News reported that on Monday, Pelosi had talked about Democrats being willing to separate and back the vital parts of the massive spending package. But she backtracked after “progressives” threw a fit because they’re adamantly opposed to prioritizing certain spending. They insist on having it all.

I couldn’t think of a better description of “progressives” in general than people who refuse to prioritize the most important things and instead demand to spend an unlimited amount of other people’s money on absolutely everything on their wish list.

Aesop also described them perfectly in his fable, “The Dog and His Reflection.”

http://read.gov/aesop/026.html

Amazingly, that was 2700 years ago. Even Bernie Sanders wasn’t alive then.

Google's misdirection

October 13, 2021

You might have heard that Google is going to crack down on digital ads from “climate change deniers” to stop the spread of “misinformation” about the settled science of manmade global warming.

Now, you might think that free inquiry to challenge accepted premises and see if they can be disproven is the very essence of science. I always thought one great thing about science was that if every powerful institution on Earth believed something, but one guy with a telescope could disprove it, then the institutions had to admit they were wrong. But no more. We now have Big Tech overlords who have infinite wisdom to determine what is true, just as they determined that COVID-19 came from bats in a wet market that didn’t sell bats and that Hunter Biden’s laptop was just a fictitious creation of Russian propagandists.

Joe Cunningham at Redstate.com believes he knows why Google is taking this censorious stand now, and it has little to do with “misinformation.” It’s more about misdirection, or distracting people from what’s really going on at Google with Internet security and how they monetize mining your personal data. Also, they know Democrats hate anyone questioning apocalyptic climate predictions because that’s their excuse for printing money, and Google wants to stay on the good side of Congress.

https://redstate.com/joesquire/2021/10/11/heres-the-reason-google-is-going-after-climate-denial-right-now-n453532

Read that and you won’t have to worry about Google censoring content because you’ll be using DuckDuckGo or some other privacy-protecting search engine and browsing with Brave, Firefox or anything other than Google Chrome.

Speaking of the settled science of manmade catastrophic climate change that MUST NOT BE QUESTIONED, two scientists have written a report finding that virtually all predictions of changing climate through the end of this century are based on outdated scenarios and years-old data such as CO2 emissions that are ever-changing and no longer accurate.

https://issues.org/climate-change-scenarios-lost-touch-reality-pielke-ritchie/

It’s a long and challenging read, but well worth it. And I thought I’d better point it out to you because I assume Google won’t.

Defending Columbus

October 13, 2021

With Columbus Day behind us, I normally wouldn’t still be talking about ol’ Chris. But the assaults on Columbus (which are really an assault on the very existence of America) never stop. The liberal news outlets used the holiday to interview radical leftists and historical revisionists, and the Washington Post grabbed a plunger and tried to force its reputation even further down the toilet by printing a list of all remaining monuments to Columbus, which might as well have been titled, “The Vandals’ Roadmap.”

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/478763/

So since the America haters refuse to stop attacking Columbus, I thought I’d go ahead and spend a little more space giving you some resources to bookmark so you can refute some of their historical misinformation (the diplomatic way of saying, “slanderous lies.”)

Here’s a link to the John Hinderaker article I referenced yesterday that includes a brief reality check on the real history of America and the Native American tribes.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/10/happy-indigenous-peoples-day.php

John Hirschauer at National Review has an even more in-depth look at the real Columbus and the complicated history and political pressures of his time, and it paints a picture quite at odds with the wild Hitler comparisons spewed by leftists today that have infected school textbooks and poisoned the minds of our children. He also notes that many of the stories of atrocities repeated about Columbus today came from uncorroborated attacks by his main political rival of the time. Treating them as solid history would be like trying to write an accurate account of the Trump White House by watching reruns of CNN.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/10/columbus-day-a-defense-of-christopher-columbus/

And if you’d like to take a real deep dive into this subject, retired college professor Armando Simon at the American Spectator did something few people do in this “I saw it on Twitter so I believe it” era: putting aside the recent historical revisionists with an ax to grind, he studied the firsthand accounts and official records of Columbus’ actions and words and his interactions with the Natives in the original Spanish. Here’s what he says these primary sources reveal about Columbus’ alleged crimes against humanity:

They are “a total fabrication. Not true. Not true at all. They are fictional…There is not one single historical source in existence that substantiates any of the ‘crimes.’ Not one. None!”

Simon says the idea that Columbus was a monster on the level of Attila the Hun was created centuries later and has become conventional wisdom, just like the false idea created in the 1800s that he set sail to prove the world wasn’t flat (nobody believed the world was flat in 1492.) To cite just one example, Columbus is accused of selling Native women into sexual slavery, including a nine-year-old girl. But records show that he actually protested mistreatment such as sexual slavery to the Spanish Crown, “including that particular 9-year-old girl.”

You might be astonished to read the original accounts and see how they've been grotesquely distorted by people with a political agenda to turn American children against their own nation. On the other hand, if you’ve ever watched MSNBC, you might find it eerily familiar.

For once, let’s let Columbus speak for himself. Hirschauer quotes him as writing something that could be aimed directly at today’s Twitter mobs who have accomplished nothing of note with their own lives other than to attack, slander and tear down others:

“Let those who are fond of blaming and finding fault, while they sit safely at home, ask, ‘Why did you not do thus and so?’ I wish they were on this voyage; I well believe that another voyage of a different kind awaits them, or our faith is naught.”

Historian Samuel Eliot Morison interpreted (I believe accurately, for once) Columbus to mean, “In other words, to hell with them!”

When Joe Biden said he had never even spoken with son Hunter about his son’s foreign business affairs, the opposite was true, and today we all know it. Recall that he said on CBS News in October of 2019, “I have never discussed my business or their business, my son’s or daughter’s...because I know where I have to do my job, and that’s it, and they have to make their own judgments.” In Spartanburg, South Carolina, in August of 2019, he said, “I’ve never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses. Period.” And he stated flatly to FOX NEWS’ Peter Doocy, “I’ve never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

Millions of people believed those words when they voted for him, but according to a McLaughlin & Associates poll, 4.6 percent of Biden voters –- easily enough to swing the election –- said they wouldn’t have voted for him for President if they had known about his family’s business dealings with China.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/media-s-hiding-of-hunter-biden-scandal-robbed-trump-of-clear-win-poll/ar-BB1aZGcF

Social media has continued to hush that up, even when it meant censoring the venerable NEW YORK POST, which broke the laptop story. It was labeled “Russian disinformation.” (By the way, that’s how you “rig” an election before you’ve cast even one fraudulent ballot.) Today, Biden is President of the United States, and life has gone on for the son of the President, with the news of him selling five of his “artworks” the other day for $75,000 a pop to mysterious unnamed buyers. All I can tell you about their identity is that they were not me.

https://www.businessinsider.com/hunter-bidens-art-gallery-arrangement-is-whacko-ethics-law-expert-2021-10

The POST has remained on the laptop story, however, with investigative reporter Miranda Devine scheduled to release her book on the grimy subject, LAPTOP FROM HELL, in about a month. And Britain’s DAILY MAIL is on it, too. They’ve just reported on more emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop –- one of, at last count, three laptops that were either lost, stolen or left behind --- that show much more financial “intersectionality” between Hunter’s life and Joe’s. These include exchanges with Eric Schwerin, Hunter’s business partner at consultancy firm Rosemont Seneca, who also did his taxes. Schwerin was quite plugged into then-Vice President Joe Biden’s affairs –- more so, it seems, than was the White House –- even fielding offers for a book deal and managing the donation of his Senate papers to the University of Delaware. Typically, White House officials handle such donations, not outside business managers.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10070093/Joe-Biden-Hunters-shared-bank-accounts-make-president-target-FBI-probe.html

According to the DAILY MAIL, Joe Biden and his son even shared bank accounts and paid each other’s bills. The way they shifted funds around raises questions about whether money from Hunter’s dealings with both China- and Russia-based businesses was sent to their joint accounts.

That’s why President Biden could be drawn into the FBI investigation of his son. As a former prosecutor and expert on money laundering and criminal tax law said to the DAILY MAIL, “Whatever transaction you’re looking at, if there’s a connection to a family member or a friend, sure, the answer is yes [they would be investigated].”

One thing that might be discovered is whether or not funds from their joint father-and-son accounts were used to pay for Hunter’s week-long bender with a prostitute in May of 2018. But the sleazefest is really just one aspect of this. The DAILY MAIL report has much more detail on the nature of what the FBI might be looking at, and it’s bad, including corruption, money laundering and selling influence.

John Cassara, a former U.S. intelligence officer and Treasury special agent who specialized in money laundering investigations, said that “if Joe were not President, he would probably be in prosecutors’ crosshairs right now along with his son.” (I might say it another way: if he were not a Democrat President.) Ironically, what makes all of this especially egregious is that Biden IS President. “This sort of thing should not be happening,” Cassara said. “It undermines the full faith in the U.S. government. It undermines trust and our international reputation. It’s an embarrassment.”

FOX NEWS senior analyst Brit Hume appeared with Tucker Carlson Tuesday night to comment on this. A master of understatement, he first noted that “clearly, Hunter Biden crossed ethical lines in the activities he engaged in.” The idea that President Biden himself or his campaign might have profited from, say, Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine would “move the matter up quite another notch and add one more thing to the reasons why Joe Biden’s popularity rating has been plummeting...”

When asked by Carlson if we could be certain that Attorney General Merrick Garland will conduct a “free and fair’ investigation into both men, Hume had one word: “NO.”

Why such negativity? Simply put (and we agree), “The one thing that this Merrick Garland has turned out to be, for all of his reputation as being a fine jurist and a man who deserved a seat on the Supreme Court, he appears to be weak as water when it comes to upholding the independence of the Department of Justice and keeping the Justice Department out of politically motivated investigations.”

Looking into parents’ behavior as if they were terrorists, he said, is “something that no sensible attorney general would EVER allow himself to be involved in or give the green light to, and yet he did it. So, no, I don’t think we can depend on that at all. It might depend on investigative journalism to uncover this, or congressional investigations if the Republicans ever get control of one of both houses of Congress.”

He hopes that if the NEW YORK POST comes out with another Hunter laptop expose, the mainstream will not respond as “disgracefully” as they did last time with their move to shut it down. He doesn’t expect mainstream media to put their own investigative teams on it, though. They’d probably just minimally follow the story on a day-to-day basis. “That would be about the most we could hope for, but that’s a lot better than nothing, which is what we got last year from these, I think, politically corrupt news organizations.”

He used the border story as an example of something that wasn’t widely reported at first but that has finally broken through, as it’s so big the mainstream can’t get away with ignoring it. The same thing could happen with this.

He also pointed out that a President’s approval ratings are always a major factor in the midterm elections, and Biden’s are in the dumper, in part because of this. (I would add that it’s hard to tell how much of the drop is because of Hunter, as there are so many Joe Biden-caused catastrophes.) Hume sees the Democrats’ outlook for 2022, especially in the House, as “very poor” and thinks it’s likely they'll be swept out of both Houses. I’ve never been much on the concept of early voting, but in this case I wish we could vote today.

Because of President Biden’s strict vaccine mandate, Americans are giving up their jobs, military heroes are facing dishonorable discharges, cities are losing desperately-needed first responders, already-strained hospitals and businesses are facing even worse staff shortages, unions are filing lawsuits, the supply chain is breaking down, and it’s rumored that resistance by airline pilots is largely responsible for hundreds of flights being canceled. All of that chaos is caused by the President’s wrongheaded and authoritarian actions that even he once swore he’d never take.

But for all the suffering and turmoil Biden is causing with his dictatorial vaccine mandate policy, one question remains: Where exactly is that policy?

https://www.westernjournal.com/bidens-vaccine-mandate-press-release-doesnt-actually-exist/

It doesn’t actually exist. At least not in any official form. He said he was going to order OSHA to make such a policy, but he’s yet to sign an executive order, so OSHA has yet to make the rule, and all these businesses are just enforcing what they anticipate OSHA might tell them to do. As Joy Pullman at the Federalist observes, there is no policy or order or OSHA rule: there’s nothing but press statements.

The legality of this all gets very tricky. The White House is treating this as an “emergency temporary standard,” but those can be challenged in court, and only one of the 10 ETS’s that have been issued in the past 50 years has been upheld. Once it’s actually issued, the lawsuits will hit, so we’re currently seeing all this upheaval due to nothing but a press announcement of Biden’s intention to issue an order to OSHA to make a rule that would likely be overturned in court.

In short, we have a complicated system in place to defend Americans’ rights, and this White House is doing an end-run around it and employers are just going along with it. We’ll see how long they continue to go along if the resistance to it among a large number of their employees continues to hold…

https://www.foxnews.com/media/pilot-biden-vaccine-mandate-southwest-we-have-all-control

And if entire states refuse to play ball.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/landonmion/2021/10/11/gov-abbott-signs-executive-order-banning-vaccine-mandates-n2597293

Whether you favor vaccine mandates or not, you should hope that this effort to exert such extreme control over American citizens and private businesses without constitutional authority fails because if it succeeds, imagine what other freedoms we’ll soon lose based on nothing more than a threatening press release.

Airline cancellations

October 13, 2021

Earlier this week, when Southwest Airlines was reeling from the cancellations of nearly 1,000 flights, they denied that it was due to employees protesting the COVID vaccine mandates. Instead, they blamed the weather and air traffic control issues, which mysteriously didn’t seem to be grounding any other airlines’ flights.

Biden press secretary Jen Psaki mocked Sen. Ted Cruz for suggesting it was vaccine resistance-related, snarking that he was a “business travel and health care expert.” Cruz shot back on Twitter that he heard directly from an informed source that it was a planned vaccine sickout, and it appears he was correct.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/megan-fox/2021/10/12/exclusive-southwest-whistleblower-canceled-flights-the-result-of-a-coordinated-protest-against-vaccine-mandate-n1523499

There’s a lot of information at that link, including a pilot telling Tucker Carlson that 30% of pilots are unvaccinated and if they’re fired, it will cause “massive disruptions in the supply chain.” But it’s a risk that many are willing to take on the general principle that a President should not have the power to dictate that Americans inject something into their bodies that they don’t want.

The anonymous Southwest Airlines whistleblower who spoke to PJ Media claims there are 22 airlines, along with truckers and other transportation employees, many of them connected via FreedomFlyers.org, who are banding together to fight vaccine mandates, so people should expect more disruptions in the coming days and weeks.

This movement is likely to grow as more workers realize that they have the power to push back. For instance, New York health care workers are in desperately short supply, and a federal judge just issued a temporary injunction against enforcing the state’s vaccinate-or-be-fired mandate on those with religious objections.

https://www.westernjournal.com/federal-judge-rules-religious-exemptions-vaccine-mandates-must-allowed/

Meanwhile, Biden’s OSHA has now finalized its rule requiring the mandate, making it more than just a threatening PR release. It’s setting the stage for a huge economic disruption over a disease whose case numbers have been dropping steadily since September 1st (from a peak of 191,863 new cases in the US to 52,327.) Biden might also try “following the science” and recognize natural immunity among the millions already exposed or the growing number of effective treatments. But he’s willing to risk imploding the economy over a forced vaccine mandate even with supply chain issues already reaching dangerous levels.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/supply-chain-crisis-national-emergency-home-depot-nardelli

All I can say is: “Heckuva job, Joe!”

It’s already clear that Attorney General Merrick Garland has far too much conflict of interest to be involved in the dispute between parents and “educators” (I use the term loosely) over race-based indoctrination---I mean, training. But there’s a new report of yet another conflict, this time relating to his threatened “scrutiny” of election audits. So, is there anything to it?

First, regarding the conflict that is confirmed, yes, Garland’s son-in-law is the founder of a company that produces 25 percent of such materials for American schools, in an expanding industry that is making money hand-over-fist. It is impermissible that someone with such a tie should be targeting parents upset that their children are being spoon-fed such trash and ordering federal departments to essentially treat them as domestic terrorists. (Actually, it is impermissible for him to do this whether he has such a tie or not.) What’s even worse is that his memo calling for this looks for all the world like part of a coordinated political effort to keep protesting parents from weakening the current administration politically as we enter a new election season.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/garland-son-in-law-education-company-recommends-book-bill-ayers

But on top of that, CREATIVE DESTRUCTION MEDIA now reports that Merrick Garland’s wife, Lynn Garland, is “highly involved on an executive level” advising on election audits. Recall that Garland’s “Justice” Department threatened auditors –- this was in the context of the Maricopa County audit –-with new “scrutiny” and even possible criminal prosecution for participating in their planned election canvass, which later turned up a great many irregularities, some of which have been explained (or sort-of explained) by election officials but others not.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/garland-charts-doj-collision-course-with-maricopa-county-election-audit/ar-AAKXFjX

Yes, the DOJ would prosecute cases of voter fraud, Merrick claimed. But he went on to say that “many of the justifications proffered in support of these post-election audits and restrictions on voting have relied on assertions of material vote fraud in the 2020 election that have been refuted by law enforcement and intelligence agencies of both this administration and the previous one, and by every court, federal and state, that has considered them.”

Of course, he said this back in June, before the audit had reported a great many anomalies. Also, the fact that courts failed even to look at evidence because they considered the issue “moot” says nothing about the existence of fraud or the strength of that evidence. And, really, he's citing intelligence agencies here, after what we know about the FBI trying to sabotage Trump? Good grief.

Anyway, CD MEDIA turned up a report from December of 2018 called “Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Tabulation Audits,” which lists Lynn Garland as executive editor. There must be a lot of Lynn Garlands, and we can’t independently verify that this is Merrick Garland’s wife. Perhaps CD MEDIA can, but they did not include that in the story we saw.

A pdf of the report features a long list of endorsers, including the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, a leftist organization which has on its web page an analysis titled “Partisan Arizona Election ‘Audit’ Was Flawed from the Start.”

https://www.brennancenter.org

On its “Defend Our Elections” page, it does its best to keep the Russia Hoax alive: “In 2016, our election was attacked. Russians penetrated lists, hacked emails and targeted election officials with email scams,” etc. I will give them some credit, however, for recommending that paperless voting systems have a paper back-up.

But as we looked farther down the list of endorsers and checked into what they say about themselves on their websites, we were struck by how some were actually calling for some of the same common-sense election reforms we want to see, such as manual counting of actual paper ballots. So our first impression was surprisingly positive.

And look at this extremely pro-audit paragraph from page 4 of the report...

“Voices from across the political spectrum agree that we should be auditing our election outcomes. According to a 2018 Senate Intelligence Committee report, ‘States should consider implementing more widespread, statistically sound audits of election results. Risk-limiting audits, in particular, can be a cost-effective way to ensure that votes cast are votes counted.’ The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration recommended that audits ‘must be conducted after each election, as part of a comprehensive audit program,’ and specifically endorsed risk-limiting audits. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 consensus study report on election security similarly recommended audits that ‘include manual examination of statistically appropriate samples of paper ballots cast,’ and advocated implementing risk-limiting audits.”

And then there’s this on page 5. Note the second sentence...

“Nearly all US votes today are counted by computerized voting systems. Such voting systems have produced outcome-changing errors through problems with hardware, software, and procedures. Errors can also occur in hand counting of ballots or in the canvassing of results. Even serious errors can go undetected if results are not audited effectively.”

It also says, “Audits require human examination of voter-marked paper ballots --- the ground truth of the election.” Too bad so many elections officials didn’t take this advice to heart and instead chose to withhold the physical ballots.

And there’s this: “Elections belong to the public. The public must be able to observe the audit and verify that it has been conducted correctly, without interfering with the process.”

And this: “Audit processes must include a way to respond to circumstances that come to light affecting particular devices, ballots or contests.” Again, Maricopa County officials were not cooperative in this regard at all. Neither was Dominion Voting Systems.

Overall, this is a good report. If it was edited by the same Lynn Garland who is married to the attorney general who was threatening election auditors with criminal prosecution, then the two of them have likely had some interesting dinner table conversations on the issue of election audits. Still, even if his wife is involved in election audits in a positive way, this is one more issue from which Garland should recuse himself. (Of course, the report she is said to have edited came out in 2018, well before the accusations of cheating in 2020.)

CD MEDIA says this report with Lynn Garland's name on it turned up not in a Google search but with another search engine. They’re say they’re still trying to find out if she was paid for any of this work, and if so, who wrote the check. They also want to know if her husband disclosed her activities during his confirmation process. If this Lynn Garland is indeed Mrs. Merrick Garland, he should have.

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Thanks to those who responded to our commentaries about AG Garland’s outrageous and unconstitutional response to parents’ protests at school board meetings. We thought this reply made a good point...

From Mike:

The description "domestic terrorist" was first applied to Trump voters but has been followed by Americans opposed to vaccine and mask mandates [and] parents who voice their opposition to CRT at Board of Education meetings. The list of Americans who are not domestic terrorists is growing short.

From the Gov:

Shorter by the day, it seems. And watch out if you fall into all three categories! That’s a degree of “intersectionality” that might make the left seat you at a separate lunch counter.

The worldwide shortage of energy is forcing many nations to go back to using coal-fired power plants that were shut down in an overly-ambitious attempt to do away with carbon emissions. This has caused the price of coal to hit its highest level in a decade.

https://www.westernjournal.com/world-demand-coal-soars-democrat-gutted-mines-unable-rake-cash-america/

That would normally be great news for America’s coal-mining industry except for one thing: we barely have one anymore because Obama openly declared war on it to stop global warming. Remember John Kerry telling all the unemployed coal miners that they could get jobs building solar panels? Now the world is facing energy shortages and blackouts, and the solution is a fuel that we have in abundance but can’t supply anymore.

One of the hardest-hit nations is Germany, which (coincidentally?) also gave the most power over its energy supply to the greens. They shut down their coal and nuclear plants in favor of unreliable and inadequate green energy sources. For instance, they built a lot of solar panels, which last winter stopped functioning because they were covered with snow and ice during Europe’s coldest winter in a decade (wait, I thought snow and ice were a thing of the past…)

Here in America, the Biden White House is following the same disastrous plan on steroids, with massive amounts of spending planned on green energy initiatives while shutting down our domestic oil and gas industries and blocking new nuclear plants. Within months, we've already gone from energy independence back to begging OPEC to produce more oil. It’s a recipe for disaster that anyone with a brain could see coming just by looking at Germany’s experience. Sadly, we are currently under an Administration that not only can’t learn from others’ mistakes, it can’t even learn from its own.

This is one of the least-talked about but most important stories of the day. It’s about how President Biden isn’t merely demanding that all military service members get vaccinated for COVID or resign, he’s insisting that those who decline be dishonorably discharged. He also refuses to recognize an exemption for those previously infected, despite a growing number of studies showing natural immunity to be superior to vaccination.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/marktapscott/2021/10/08/biden-using-dishonorable-discharges-for-military-to-weaponize-covid-vaccine-n1522594

Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are fighting Biden on this, but with Democrats in charge, it’s doubtful they’ll be able to stop him. And just to be clear, the difference between an honorable and a dishonorable discharge is massive.

As Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall put it, a dishonorable discharge means “you’re never going to be able to get a job again. You’re going to lose your Second Amendment rights. They’re going to take away your VA health care benefits and your education.” Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford added that it means you’ll be “treated worse than a convicted felon.”

We’re talking about United States military troops who have made incredible sacrifices for their country and put their lives at risk to defend us all, many of them for a number of years, being condemned to that kind of treatment and losing all the benefits they've earned simply because they refuse a vaccine they don’t trust or don’t believe they need. Even if you think that’s a legitimate reason to discharge someone from the military, why would anyone be so petty as to condemn people whom we should be treating as heroes to so much hardship by making their discharge dishonorable?

This comes from a man who not only ran as a moderate, unifying return to “decency,” but who also never served a day in the military himself (he got a deferment from Vietnam for having asthma as a teenager.) It’s a nasty, groundless, vindictive and unpatriotic policy, and President Biden should be ashamed of himself for even thinking of imposing it.

Gibberish from the Left

October 11, 2021

For years, with the help of a complicit media, leftists have been drilling home the message that Republicans are dumb racists and that they are the truly smart people whose ideas work and will make America a Utopia. Problem is, that’s all a lie bordering on a psychotic delusion. There’s not a single idea that so-called “progressives” espouse that hasn’t been tried for well over a century and brought nothing but misery. Just ask Venezuelans, who used to enjoy a prosperous life until they elected a socialist leader, and now 76.6% of the population lives in “extreme poverty” (but not their socialist leaders, of course: they have billions tucked away in foreign bank accounts.)

Unfortunately, over time, leftists managed to hoodwink the voters into putting more and more of them into power until, like the proverbial dog that chased cars until he caught one and didn’t know what to do with it, they got into power and are imploding before our eyes. Yes, they’re still very dangerous because they have power until the next election and like all radicals are using their tiny majority to try to ramrod through massively destructive policies.

But they are learning just how many Americans oppose and resist their crazy ideas and how badly they crash and burn when taken out of the faculty lounge fantasyland and put into effect for real. We’re already seeing them resort to the authoritarian bullying, censorship and threats of jail that all statists fall back on when their failures become so glaring that the people start calling them out on it. And the pressure is starting to make some of them crack.

In fact, that’s the theme of several news stories that all came in at once: Leftists jabbering incoherent nonsense.

I could give you all sorts of examples of President Biden spouting gibberish, but let’s skip the obvious and focus on something he said that was semi-coherent but crazy. He actually bragged about how his draconian vaccine mandate is forcing huge numbers of Americans to lose their jobs.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/10/07/joe-biden-brags-about-getting-americans-fired-in-rambling-mess-of-a-speech-n453314

Biden declared, “When you see headlines and reports of mass firings, and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story…United went from 59% of their employees vaccinated to 99%.” Yes, that’s what happens to percentages when you subtract a large subset from the whole. Countless people lose their jobs, already understaffed companies are even more understaffed, but the few who still have jobs are vaccinated, so in Joe’s world, that’s a win!

Well, I guess it’s as close to one as he’s had so far.

Nicole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the anti-American and historically illiterate “1619 Project” was roundly mocked for her attempt to brand school choice advocates as racist. In her never-ending quest to brand everything as white supremacy, Hannah-Jones tweeted, "Why do 'school choice' advocates never advocate eliminating school district boundaries/funding schools by local property tax and allowing poor, Black students to attend white, wealthy schools in neighboring municipalities? They don't really want choice, just privatization."

https://thepostmillennial.com/1619-project-founder-mocked-for-arguing-against-school-choice-by-proposing-school-choice/

She was quickly answered by people telling her that she’d just described precisely what school choice advocates like me have promoted for years: giving all students (especially poor black students stuck in a cycle of poverty because of bad inner city public schools run for the benefit of teachers’ unions instead of students) vouchers to attend safe, superior schools anywhere they want. She was actually arguing against school choice by arguing for school choice.

But when you talk about leftists spouting crazy gibberish, nobody can touch the queen, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Nobody but AOC could have squeezed this much ignorance into only a one-line tweet:

“Health care is not an ‘entitlement’ to be earned. It is a human right.”

https://tomknighton.substack.com/p/aocs-most-impressive-tweet

At the link, Tom Knighton takes on the task of unraveling all the “misinformation” packed like sardines into those two short sentences, from explaining the difference between a “right” and a “privilege” and why health care can’t possibly be a “right,” to explaining that “entitlements” aren’t earned. They’re things the government just gives people, like Medicaid or food stamps. You’d think AOC would know that, being a Congress member and all.

Even with all that, he failed to mention that AOC’s side of the aisle are currently the ones demanding that hospitals turn away unvaccinated people. Wait, I thought health care was a “right”?...

If you listen to this brain drool for very long, you start to understand why leftists are desperately trying to declare logic to be a white supremacist concept and ban it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders refused to sign a letter signed by fellow Senators, condemning the activists who harassed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and filmed her inside a women’s restroom as they harangued her to vote for Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending orgy bill.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/sanders-refused-to-sign-letter-condemning-sinema-confrontation-report-says

It’s no surprise to hear that Bernie is a-okay with any sort of tactics as long as they advance his socialist agenda. Generations of previous socialists were infamous for not letting people’s individual rights stand in the way of imposing their agenda by any means necessary.

I’d also like to add that in addition to knowing nothing about civility, manners or basic human decency, Bernie is (like all socialists) also ignorant of math.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/10/01/bernie-sanders-may-be-a-delusional-communist-but-hes-also-really-bad-at-math-n450628

Bernie railed on Twitter that two Senators “cannot be allowed to defeat what 48 Senators and 210 House members want.” Uh, Bernie? Those two Democrats plus the 50 Republicans who all oppose this bill add up to 52 against, 48 for. And there are 435 House members, so 210 is also a minority.

As the Redstate article points out, Bernie seems to think it’s the obligation of Democrat Senators to vote for what their party leaders want, even if the voters who elected them oppose it. And if it’s something he really wants, then it should pass even if a majority opposes it.

And what do “Democratic” socialists call this? “Protecting democracy!”

It’s been a big, bad week for social media, with Facebook in the news for an apparently fake “whistleblower” interview on 60 MINUTES meant to justify more online censorship of conservatives. Then Facebook –- the whole blasted thing –- crashed for hours on Monday, sending its value crashing, too, albeit only temporarily, on paper.

Also this week, our staff writer Laura Ainsworth reacted to the attempt by another social media platform, Nextdoor, to control what jokes “neighbors” get to laugh at after someone posting non-PC “blonde jokes” was completely denied access to the site. They call it “being in jail.” Her pointt: that this platform isn’t a REAL conversation among neighbors, because real conversations aren’t monitored, censored and shaped. Deciding what people can laugh at is just one of numerous ways they do it.

https://www.mikehuckabee.com/latest-news?id=1E82ADEA-40B6-47AB-8425-3D4890AC08B2

On Thursday, she posted the link to her article on Nextdoor as well, as a few people there had asked just how “local” Nextdoor is. Answer: It might look local, but it’s not. It’s HUGE –- based in San Francisco, headed by people from around the world, many with backgrounds in academia in fields such as social psychology, and quite global in its scope, as it’s now in 11 countries and is valued in the billions of dollars. It will be interesting to see if they send Laura to “jail” for starting a conversation about this (or maybe daring to tell a few “blonde” jokes herself). But we’re happy to “out” another social media behemoth that refuses to just let us talk to each other, that insists on shaping and tweaking our conversation.

But as we come to the end of our week, there’s still more social media news, starting with Google, which used to admonish its employees not to “be evil” but from what we understand no longer does. Google is shaping the conversation as well, and is in the news today for its decision to de-monetize advertisers, publishers and YouTube creators (YouTube is part of Google) whose content denies the existence of human-caused climate change.

Here is the new policy in Google’s own words…

https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/11221321

This policy will “prohibit ads for, and monetization of, content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change. This includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.”

Google arrived at this policy after consulting “authoritative sources,” notably “experts who have contributed to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change.” Well, we certainly wouldn’t want to contradict THEM.

The Google Ads team says they’ll use a combination of “automated tools and human reviews” to enforce this new policy. They say that “other climate-related topics” are still okay, including “public debates on climate policy, the varying impacts of climate change, new research and more.” But these all have to start from the assumption that human-caused global warming is a scientific fact.

Question: what if the “new research” cast doubt on “well-established scientific consensus” concerning temperature predictions or the role played by greenhouse gasses, for example? Would they even allow that discussion?

By the way, Google’s new climate change policy ties in nicely with the Department of Homeland Security’s new focus. We all know our homeland could use a lot more security right now, but pish-posh. DHS has been busy putting together a “Climate Action Plan” for its employees, monitoring employees’ progress in “climate literacy” (that means using the right vocabulary) as they complete their training on the climate, and assessing “employee understanding of climate change impacts and environmental justice.”

https://cnsnews.com/article/national/susan-jones/border-hemorrhages-dhs-releases-climate-action-plan-which-must-be

It looks very involved. But for those who desire extra credit, there’s even an employee honors program to reward the wokest of the woke. Meanwhile, we have NO security on our southern border, and unvetted Afghans from Taliban-istan are being flown to America and then disappearing from our military bases.

Anyway, these new attempts to shape our national conversation on climate change come on the heels of YouTube also banning “misinformation” on vaccines. Their definition of “misinformation” in this context is any claim that “vaccines approved by health authorities are dangerous or don’t work.” This isn’t just for COVID-19 vaccines, but for all approved vaccines. At the moment, however, the decision mostly impacts YouTube content that discusses possible risks of COVID vaccines.

YouTube will allow video of people sharing their “personal experiences with vaccination” but will remove that as well if the channel it's on “demonstrates a pattern of promoting vaccine misinformation.” They might also require "context," such as statements from experts, to counter negative information. We call this "micromanaging the message."

They’re also terminating the channels of prominent anti-vaxxers. Some of these already had been taken down, but now the rest will go. These were part of what was dubbed “the Disinformation Dozen” by a group called --- get ready --- the Center for Countering Digital Hate.

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/13/996570855/disinformation-dozen-test-facebooks-twitters-ability-to-curb-vaccine-hoaxes

We were curious about what something called the “Center for Countering Digital Hate” might be. They describe themselves as “a not-for-profit NGO [non-governmental organization] that seeks to disrupt the architecture of online hate and misinformation.”

https://252f2edd-1c8b-49f5-9bb2-cb57bb47e4ba.filesusr.com/ugd/f4d9b9_b7cedc0553604720b7137f8663366ee5.pdf

As I have made clear repeatedly, I am vaccinated myself and would never tell someone not to get vaccinated. But the government shouldn’t be forcing vaccination on anyone, or nudging businesses to do it, either. Vaccination for COVID is a decision that should be made by each one of us with the help of good, trusted medical professionals. At the same time, there is a lot of valid information out there about the risks of these vaccines, and when YouTube starts censoring channels and terminating accounts, some of the valuable stuff it is bound to get caught in the net.

We’ve linked to studies and commentaries that, if they were presented in video form, would no longer be permitted on YouTube, as they discuss the risks and questionable effectiveness of the vaccines. We’ve also talked about natural immunity and how well a growing number of experts say it compares to vaccine-induced immunity. Will talk about natural immunity be verboten, too? And will stories like this one about rare, fatal reactions be squelched?

https://thelibertydaily.com/death-by-medical-tyranny-mother-forced-to-get-jab-to-be-a-room-mom-dies-from-blood-clots/

So, class, here’s what we’ve learned this week: Google says that on YouTube, you can’t present research on climate change that goes against the “consensus,” or else you’ll be de-monetized. Also on YouTube, you can’t critically examine the possible risks and drawbacks of vaccines, or else your videos will be removed and your account likely terminated. And on Nextdoor, you can’t even tell a “blonde” joke, or else you’ll go to jail. What’s the world coming to?

At least some Republican legislators were looking at the problem this week.

https://cnsnews.com/article/washington/megan-williams/sen-barrasso-facebook-starting-look-more-and-more-big-tobacco


New poll

By Mike Huckabee

Do you think Joe Biden has done a better job than Donald Trump handling the fight against COVID-19?

Anser this question, plus questions about Afghanistan, Biden's competency, the economy and the border here:

https://www.mikehuckabee.com/biden-leadership-poll?=morningemail 

Cancel Culture conitnues

October 8, 2021

Whenever someone prominent, such as Bill Maher, denounces cancel culture, two things inevitably happen: (1.) online mobs declare that cancel culture doesn’t exist; and (2.) they demand that the person saying that it does be canceled.

This laughable lack of self-awareness is to be expected of self-righteous young radicals who’ve had their empty minds poisoned by their leftist teachers. But when the “Burn him at the stake for heresy!!” mentality is exhibited by people who are supposed to be mature adults of advanced education and superior intellect, that’s when you know we have a real problem.

Here are just a couple recent examples of respected scholars and scientists who have seen speeches canceled or been suspended or fired because they riled up the mindless mob by expressing some completely rational viewpoint.

https://redstate.com/alexparker/2021/10/07/mit-boots-science-professor-following-his-triggering-take-on-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-n453007

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2021/10/05/madness-ucla-suspends-professor-for-refusing-to-assign-grades-based-on-skin-color-n1521910

In that second story out of UCLA, a highly-regarded professor of 40 years’ standing was suspended and has endured vilification and even profane, anti-Semitic death threats. All for refusing a "woke" student’s demand that he give black students extra points on the final just because all the racism makes them too traumatized to be able to study and score as high as students of other races.

In a sane world, anyone would instantly recognize who’s the real racist in that story, and it’s not the professor, who insists on grading everyone by the same standard. George W. Bush had a term for that kind of condescending attitude: “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” It’s no longer soft, but is now enforced with an iron fist. And it’s called “progressivism” or “anti-racism,” but it’s still just old fashioned racism under new names.

DC Statehood

October 6, 2021

Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court shattered one more liberal dream by rejecting an appeal of a lower court ruling that D.C. residents are not entitled to voting representation in Congress. That court cited a 2000 SCOTUS ruling that the Constitution does not require that DC must have a right to vote in Congress.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/landonmion/2021/10/04/supreme-court-declines-to-hear-appeal-over-dc-representation-in-congress-n2596942

DC Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton expressed deep disappointment but insisted that this ruling "has no bearing on D.C. statehood, which would give D.C. residents not only voting representation in Congress but full control over their local affairs."

I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that it does. The same Constitution that the SCOTUS found does not require that DC have a vote in Congress also specifically states in Article 1, Section 8, that the nation’s capital will not be part of a state nor treated as a state, but in a neutral district under the sole authority of Congress, where the representatives of all states can meet on equal footing.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/06/21/opinion/constitution-says-no-dc-statehood/

Since this case shows that the SCOTUS will look to the Constitution in deciding such issues, then how can it not suggest that they will bar DC statehood, just as the Constitution does?

A clear difference

October 6, 2021

The Washington Times looked at catch-and-release figures from our Southern border and found that in August 2020, under Trump, Border Patrol agents made 47,282 arrests. More than 90% were immediately expelled, 6.6% were put into a speedy deportation or removal process, and only 10, effectively a rate of 0%, were caught and released at the border.

In August 2021, under Biden, agents made 195,558 apprehensions. About 47% were expelled, 7% were put into the speedy deportation process, and the rest either caught and released, or caught, turned over to ICE and given notices to appear in court – which effectively means they were released.

That tallies up to a one-year increase in catch-and-release of illegal immigrants of over 430,000 percent!

Yet when criticized for this disaster, the Biden Administration has started hilariously complaining that Republicans aren’t offering any constructive ideas on how to deal with the border crisis. Okay, how about this?

Reinstate the Trump border security policies that were working fine before Biden reversed all of them and singlehandedly caused the border crisis. Is that constructive enough? And speaking of constructive, he could also finish constructing the border wall.

Glad that I could help.

In a week when Facebook is dominating the news, I’m surprised to find myself caught up in a personal drama about another social media platform called Nextdoor.

On the surface, the issue I’m about to describe would seem insignificant. But even though it doesn’t involve 24 million viewers and $2 million like John Stossel’s lawsuit against Facebook, it does have to do with shaping neighbor-to-neighbor dialogue in communities everywhere, which might be even more important in the long run. And it has to do with humor; namely, what we’re permitted to laugh at.

That’s up my alley, as I’m a humor writer who was already dismayed at what leftists have been doing to put the kibosh on laughs. The term “political correctness” came about to describe the way thoughts must be expressed to be acceptable in this day and time. It demands a lack of courage that pretty much spells death to comedy, which thrives not just on pushing the inside of the envelope but on ripping it open. Suffer through a few socially-approved evenings with Stephen Colbert or Trevor Noah and you’ll see immediately what I mean.

To set up my story, some months ago (hard to remember exactly), a man in my town who is on Nextdoor –- I’ll call him “Andy” –- started posting something he called “Laughter Of The Day.” The idea was that since we’re all dealing with covid, some of us stuck at home or even quarantined, he would send a few laughs in the way of corny “dad” jokes that, I assume, came mostly right out of an old joke book from the 1950s. They would be posted every week, and were always good for a groan, an eye-roll, or sometimes a big laugh out loud. Writing funny lines is my stock and trade --- you know that if you watch “In Case You Missed It” on the Governor’s TV show on TBN --- and I still loved his dated old wheezes.

His jokes were definitely NOT PC, though. There were “blonde” jokes (you know, about how dumb blondes are), “Little Johnny” jokes, jokes that made fun of everything. Some would call these jokes guilty pleasures, though to me they were as guilt-free as low-fat salad dressing.

Well, a few weeks ago, suddenly there were no more of Andy’s jokes. I thought he was probably just busy with other things. But this Sunday, somebody posted that he wondered if Andy was all right, as we hadn’t heard from him in a while. A number of neighbors chimed in, saying they were worried about him, too, and missed his jokes. But them someone wrote to say Andy was okay, just “in jail.” That means he’d been suspended from Nextdoor, totally locked out, not able to access the site at all. No reason given. More of Andy’s fans wrote in to post lots of those little red hearts, saying how much they loved Andy’s jokes and wanted him back.

My comment, though, was not little red hearts. It was more like, “What the hey? Andy doesn’t deserve to be ‘in jail.’ I want to know why Nextdoor did this. And I do not want to hear that it’s because of the jokes themselves. I do not want social media nannies telling us what we can and cannot laugh at.” I even said that, to me, “ND” stood for “Nanny Dearest.” (I had already been annoyed with ND for giving me screens asking, “Are you sure you want to publish this?” when I’d said something perfectly polite, accurate and well informed.)

On Monday, Andy was finally allowed (allowed!) to post again, and he put up another “Laughter Of The Day,” which I thought was his best ever.

Anyway, on Tuesday, when I tried to contact Andy through a PM (private message), I found that I myself couldn’t get into the site, at all. For most of the day, I was “locked out,” perhaps because of my diatribe against social media nanny-ism, but I don’t know for sure (because they don’t tell you). Later in the day, I was finally able to access the site and write to Andy. I suppose I’ll never know whether they locked me out deliberately or if it was just a weirdly coincidental computer glitch, but I don’t much care. This story is not about me, but rather what was done to Andy and his jokes.

Andy said he’d been working on setting up a group, just for the people who wanted to see his jokes. I told him this was the last straw for me and I was leaving Nextdoor. He said he was almost to that point himself.

I got this note from him on Tuesday:

“Laura. Just to let you know, I've already been reported for my post yesterday, over posting and for my Blonde jokes. So if they throw me in jail or delete me for good, it's been a pleasure.”

The worst thing about political correctness isn’t that easily-offended people don’t want to see the jokes --- it’s that they don’t want YOU to see the jokes. They don’t want YOU to be able to laugh at them.

I don’t know how far up the line the decision to take someone’s content off Nextdoor is made –- I would guess not very far –- but I went to their website to see who’s involved at the upper levels. To my surprise, Nextdoor is HUGE. Though it seems small and neighborly on your computer screen, it’s headed by people from all over the world. It’s based in San Francisco and, as of this March, is in 11 countries. It’s valued in the billions of dollars. Here’s a video I found called “The Story Of Nextdoor.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RELH-3a_-tI

It mentions problems arising from “moderators who are given significant power with very little training, if any, and can control the narrative of the town by censoring posts and making other people moderators with no accountability attached.” But the examples they give have to do specifically with racist content. The control they exert goes way beyond that.

Read some of the comments after the video, and you’ll see I'm not alone in saying Nextdoor is a place of censorship and progressive propaganda.

On their website, the “Neighborhood Vitality Advisory Board” includes “diverse academics and experts, in the fields of social psychology, equality and civic engagement.” Looking at the educational background and career focus of most of these participants, I imagine they’re far too “woke” to laugh at Andy’s “blonde” jokes. And I’ll bet they wouldn’t want you laughing at them, either.

https://about.nextdoor.com/team/

I’ve had some good experiences with Nextdoor --- found some great service providers, and met someone who is now a dear friend. Social media wouldn’t be so pervasive in our lives if it didn’t provide benefits. But just like Facebook and Twitter, Nextdoor has anointed itself the arbiter of our conversations, controlling and shaping the narrative in ways both overt and subtle --- and that's nothing to laugh at.

This is one of those “Are you really that stupid or do you just think I am?” arguments. President Biden tried to blame the need to raise the federal debt limit on (you guessed it) President Trump and his “reckless tax and spending policies” that Biden claims added $8 trillion to the debt in four years.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-blames-trumps-reckless-tax-spending-policies-need-raise-debt-ceiling-now/

Reality check: under the eight years of Obama/Biden, the debt doubled from $10 trillion to $20 trillion, and that was without a pandemic to deal with. They also had the first trillion-dollar deficits in history. Under Trump, the economy boomed, unemployment plummeted to record lows and there were no trillion-dollar deficits for three years. Then, China (yes, I said it) unleashed a pandemic, and the government had to spend trillions of dollars to keep the shut-down economy afloat. Democrats not only supported that spending, many complained it wasn’t nearly enough.

And now Biden actually wants us to believe that it’s Trump’s fault that we have to raise the debt limit, even as he’s pressuring Congress to pass nearly $5 trillion in additional spending.

So for the record, no, I’m not stupid enough to believe that it’s Trump’s fault we have to raise the debt limit. Are you, Mr. President? Really?

Although maybe he does believe that most Americans are stupid enough to believe that...

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-slip-just-little-thinks-american-people/

I’m very glad to see that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s plan to engage federal, state and local law enforcement to intimidate parents who protest the actions of leftist schools boards is being met with the overwhelming furious backlash it deserves. One commentator said this might be the straw that broke the camel’s back (sorry for triggering any animal lovers) for the Democrats’ dwindling hopes in the midterm elections. This is such an outrageous assault on the most basic rights of all citizens to engage in free speech and protest, and of all parents to have a say in how their children are educated, that the outrage cuts across all political and racial lines.

To be clear: I'm not defending anyone who makes actual physical threats against school board members. But Garland cited no examples of actual threats to justify this. Instead, his statement included vague and overly broad terms such as “harassment” and “intimidation,” which signals that this is really an abuse of power designed to chill free speech. He also offered no justification for literally making a federal case out of these hypothetical threats, which are already covered by laws and police on the local level. The only reasons to federalize this are to assert more control in picking targets and to ramp up the intimidation factor (ironically, Garland is the one who seems to be guilty of attempting to harass and intimidate people.)

Here’s a round-up of just some of the reactions to this Orwellian abuse of power:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted Garland for “weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation,” adding, “Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens and will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent.” His spokeswoman also called it “despicable and un-American,” saying, “Florida law enforcement is perfectly capable of responding to crimes in Florida, and we have never heard the FBI suggest otherwise. However, disagreement is not harassment. Protest is not terrorism, unless it involves rioting, looting, and assault, like some of the left-wing protests of summer 2020.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/10/05/desantis-throws-down-the-gauntlet-confronts-garland-on-troubling-fbi-announcement-n452335

Speaking of that, while the DOJ and FBI busy themselves with surveilling Trump voters and intimidating concerned parents, murders took the biggest spike in history in 2020, nearly 30 percent (thanks, all you police-defunding blue state Governors, mayors and city councils!)…

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/573550-murders-up-30-percent-in-largest-increase-on-record

And while the FBI is ignoring that, they’re also doing virtually nothing about actual violent terrorists and anarchists like Antifa, as long as they’re on the left.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/10/04/fbi-admits-agents-dont-track-antifa-violence-vandalism-n2596814

IMO: A shocking violation

October 6, 2021

This is an outrage and in my opinion a shocking violation of the Hippocratic Oath. The Colorado health system UCHealth has reversed an earlier approval for a life-saving kidney transplant for a woman in stage five renal failure because she and the donor are both unvaccinated for COVID. She was told she’ll be removed from the transplant list if she didn’t take the vaccine.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/colorado-health-system-denies-kidney-transplant-unvaccinated

Earlier, she was told that the vaccine would not be a prerequisite for her surgery, and she’s willing to sign a waiver absolving the hospital of any responsibility, but that’s not good enough. The hospital says contracting COVID raises the mortality risk for transplant patients, so apparently, they’re willing to let her go without a kidney and die for certain in order to slightly lower her risk of dying. She’s now scrambling to find a hospital outside Colorado that will do the surgery.

Recently, late night host Jimmy Kimmel proposed that hospitals should turn away unvaccinated people and let them die. Now, we’re seeing that shocking proposal being put into effect. Incidentally, this was the same Jimmy Kimmel who tearfully promoted Obamacare by declaring that medical care was a human right. If so, then are hospitals and the government now deciding who qualifies as human?

Facebook's very bad week

October 6, 2021

Facebook is having one of its worst weeks ever, and that has some people absolutely delighted.

It kicked off Sunday when “Sixty Minutes” interviewed Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who exposed thousands of pages of internal documents. They showed that people inside Facebook were complaining about how it allows misinformation, incitements of violence and hate speech to spread, and that they were aware that Instagram is harmful to users, particularly girls, but are pushing to introduce a version aimed at children anyway. Here’s that interview on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/_Lx5VmAdZSI

It’s interesting, but notice how CBS illustrated every reference to “misinformation,” hate speech or violence by showing Trump supporters and repeating the ever-more-shaky claim that the January 6th Capitol violence was an “insurrection.” Note to “Sixty Minutes”: social media sites are also used by leftists to spread hate speech and to organize violence. Maybe you missed all the riots, looting, arson and attacks on citizens, police and government buildings and monuments last year by violent leftist radicals like Antifa, but some of us are old enough to remember way back to 2020.

It makes me wonder how much of this pious concern about Facebook’s internal post vetting and “fact-checking” is really just about the left not wanting people on the right to have free speech. After all, we’ve known since the First Amendment was written that some people would use it to express bad or incorrect ideas, but that would be fixed by challenging them with more free speech. I’m not ready to trade the free marketplace of ideas for a Facebook-created algorithm that decides who gets to speak.

Haugen will also be testifying to the Senate this morning, where she reportedly plans to accuse Facebook of tearing societies apart and compare it to big tobacco, and not just because Mark Zuckerberg has blown so much smoke in Congressional hearings.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/facebook-whistle-blower-to-appear-before-senate-compare-company-to-big-tobacco

As Facebook’s cursed week rolled on, its stock took a deep dive on Monday, as did other tech stocks.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/stock-futures-slide-bidens-economic-agenda-stalls

There were several reasons, but Facebook was hardest hit because it suffered its worst service outage ever. Its social media subsidiaries Instagram and What’s App were also out of service. For a while, not only could users not log on, but Facebook employees couldn’t access their email, and some reportedly couldn’t even get past the "smart" security systems to enter their offices. The sites were eventually restored after it was discovered to have been caused by a glitch in configuration changes that had a “cascading effect” on the way its data centers communicate. Whatever that means.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/facebook-instagram-whatsapp-outages

The positive news was how many people openly celebrated the welcome absence of Facebook, Instagram and What’s App from our lives, even if it was only for one blessed day. Some of them celebrated it on Twitter, not seeing the irony.

The Babylon Bee had a field day with headlines such as, “Hackers warn that if demands aren’t met, they will reactivate Facebook.” And “In major disaster for humanity, Facebook comes back online.” It’s funny because it’s true.

Years ago, “The Simpsons,” which has accurately predicted many things, like Trump becoming President, predicted what happened on Monday. You can see it here:

https://youtu.be/rw9uNgvfJsY?t=106

(Okay, technically, that was what happened when kids turned off the TV, but the results were the same.)

But in all seriousness, this outage did offer some valuable lessons, among them: we rely far too much on social media, which has some positives but a lot of negatives. Also, if it’s going to be part of our lives, then it’s a bad idea to rely on any one platform for our news or communications. We know how Facebook, Twitter and other giant platforms skew what we’re allowed to see and censor what we’re allowed to say. Then, because of their near monopolies, it’s a serious problem when they go down.

The best solution (short of government intervention that will not happen as long as Democrats are in charge and benefiting from the unfair slant) is diversification. I’m on Facebook and Twitter, but I’m also on as many other alternative platforms as possible, like Parler, and their numbers are growing. I also keep my own website, just in case.

The only advice I can give you is to have real friends, seek out reliable independent sources of information (like this newsletter), and live your life so that you wouldn’t miss Facebook or the others if they did go away. If enough people did that, their influence would dwindle and life might once again be as pleasant and peaceful as it was for a brief period on Monday.

Outrageous behavior

October 6, 2021

Not content with harassing and filming Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a woman’s restroom (and word is that authorities in Arizona are investigating that obvious violation of the law, so let’s hope we see some arrests quickly), an uncivil rights activist harassed Sen. Sinema on a plane as she was flying back to DC to push her to vote for Biden's $3.6 trillion spending bill.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2021/10/04/sen-kyrsten-sinema-just-got-harassed-in-public-by-leftist-protesters-again-n452002

Even more outrageous, President Biden (who seems to have no qualms with violating women’s privacy in bathrooms) was asked to condemn this abhorrent behavior and seemed to brush it off as “part of the process.”

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2021/10/04/sen-kyrsten-sinema-just-got-harassed-in-public-by-leftist-protesters-again-n452002

Can you imagine how Democrats would squeal like stuck pigs if some Trump supporter followed AOC into a women’s restroom and harassed her to vote against a spending bill? It would be “insurrection” and an “assault on our democracy!”

I guess leftists believe that all Democrats must vote for whatever they want, with no regard for the idea that Sens. Sinema and Manchin don't represent AOC, they represent their constituents in Arizona and West Virginia. These arrogant activists think their repulsive “process” of harassment and intimidation is justified and that it works, but I hope it backfires bigly on them. At the very least, I hope they stiffen Sen. Sinema’s resolve not to cave in to these disgusting tactics. At best, she should switch parties and take away their Senate majority. As I noted before, Republicans believe women should be allowed privacy in women’s restrooms.

Biden’s cavalier response to these unconscionable, barbaric tactics is just more proof that to today’s Democrats, if you disagree with them, that’s an "assault on democracy.” If they invade your privacy, terrorize your family, and harass and physically attack you, that’s “the democratic process.”

"Changed circumstances"

October 6, 2021

Citing “changed circumstances,” the Supreme Court vacated a district court ruling that the Trump White House couldn’t use Pentagon funds to build a border wall. The SCOTUS also ordered the notoriously leftwing 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling upholding the original district court decision.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-dealt-major-blow-biden-dealt-major-blow-as-scotus-orders-lower-court-to-reconsider-border-wall-funding-changed-circumstances-orders-lowers-court-reconsider-border-wall-funding-changed-circu/

Trump had declared the porous border a national emergency, but on his first day in office, President Biden halted border wall construction, calling it a waste of money (it’s a microscopic fraction of the money he’s pushing to spend, BTW) “that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security.”

It’s not clear what the SCOTUS means by “changed circumstances.” Are they referring simply to the change in Administrations rendering the case moot, or that the change in the situation at the border has made it clear this is a genuine emergency? I’m not a legal scholar so the only thing I can say with certainty is that the #1 genuine threat to our homeland security at the border is President Biden.

"Imminent Threat"

October 6, 2021

When the president of the National School Board Association sent a letter to President Biden, urging him to use federal law enforcement to deal with the “imminent threat” of parents showing up at school board meetings to protest their kids being forced into draconian COVID restrictions and indoctrinated with pornographic sexual content and racist “Critical Race Theory,” many Americans rightly reacted with fury and dismay. Public school bureaucrats have no divine right to decide how they will treat other people’s children or what they’ll teach them, especially if it’s controversial leftist propaganda that parents don’t want polluting their children’s minds.

In fact, in Virginia, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign took a big stumble when he sided with these educrats in a debate, declaring, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Problem: that right is actually codified into state law, which he should know, having been Governor before (State code section 1-240.1: “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”) Even Democrat ex-Gov. Doug Wilder slapped him down, saying, “If parents don’t have a say-so in terms of their kids’ education, then who does?”

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/10/04/the-hits-just-keep-on-coming-for-terry-mcauliffe-n451845

We all know the left’s answer to that question: they believe the government owns your kids, the same way it owns every penny you earn but is generous enough to let you keep a few of them.

Anyway, do you know who didn’t give that outrageous letter the quick trip to the circular file that it deserved? Attorney General Merrick Garland, who announced that the FBI and the Biden “Justice” Department will begin holding meetings with federal, state and local law enforcement to discuss ways to combat this “disturbing trend” of parents refusing to let their children be brainwashed with leftist garbage. He didn’t exactly put it that way, of course, but I cut to the chase.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-launching-effort-to-combat-threats-of-violence-against-school-officials

Garland said in a statement, "Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values. Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety."

That’s funny, I thought the term “public servant” meant they serve the public, not the other way around. Also, America’s greatest core value is freedom of speech.

To be clear: it’s important to remain civil even when you’re justifiably angry. Nobody should express their anger at school boards with threats and intimidation. FYI to AG Garland: that also applies to BLM and Antifa protesters. But it’s reasonable to assume that with this massive effort to start “policing” and monitoring parental speech, the goal is not to prevent real threats and violence but to intimidate parents into being afraid to speak up at public meetings. It’s the same method that’s been used to intimidate Trump supporters into being afraid of expressing their honest opinions on social media. They know “Big Brother is watching you.”

So keep showing up at public meetings to express your opposition, but do it civilly. And most importantly, show up to all local elections and VOTE THESE BUMS OUT. The left has figured out that the way to destroy America is from the bottom up. So they show up for local elections, where voters have gotten complacent and assume it doesn't matter whether they vote or not. This is how you get city councils that defund the police and Soros-funded district attorneys who release criminals the prosecute people who defend themselves from criminals, and yes, school boards that push anti-Americanism, critical race theory and radical sexual politics. If you want to get rid of them, show up at the meetings, but better yet, show up at your local election polls.

Meanwhile, with every new action taken by Merrick Garland, we see what a debt of gratitude America owes to Sen. Mitch McConnell for blocking Obama from putting him onto the Supreme Court. Far from the moderate, centrist jurist he was touted as being, he’s proving daily that he has no qualms about treating the Bill of Rights like toilet paper and abusing his powers to impose the will of the authoritarian left. I am counting the minutes until 2024, when a new Republican President has him escorted from the DOJ, hopefully never to hold any position of public trust again.

Note to Dr. Fauci

October 5, 2021

No, Americans are not going to cancel their family Christmas celebrations again.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stacey-lennox/2021/10/03/the-never-ending-pandemic-dr-fauci-fear-mongers-while-joe-biden-resorts-to-begging-n1521333

And no, I do not accept that “There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/10/03/fauci-makes-outrageous-statement-about-individual-rights-accidentally-reveals-two-big-problems-with-biden-claims-n451469

Instead of trying to take away our rights and browbeat us into canceling Christmas again, maybe he could devote a little time to finally “having that discussion” he said we might need to have sometime about natural immunity, a topic the government is studiously ignoring. The growing pile of evidence would indicate the time is ripe, and here’s the latest:

In a premium story, the Epoch Times reports that the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare studied 1,292 subjects and found that a full year after infection, 89% of those with prior COVID infections still carried virus-neutralizing antibodies and 36% still had a type of antibody called nucleoprotein IgG. Antibody levels were 2 to 7 times higher in those who’d had severe infections than those who had mild cases.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/antibodies-persist-for-more-than-a-year-after-covid-19-infection-study-finds_4029278.html

While these subjects had long-lasting antibodies against the original strain of COVID, the reduction in neutralization efficiency was “considerably declined” for the Beta variant and “only slightly reduced” against the Alpha variant. But 80% still had immune protection against the Delta variant, which is the dominant strain in the United States.

Of course, antibody levels are only part of the story, since they naturally decline over time. The question is, does the immune system in someone with natural immunity recognize new variants and create more antibodies to stop them? Seems like something the CDC should at least be looking into. But instead, they’re pushing more booster shots and talking about canceling Christmas. Meanwhile, the Epoch Times reports that it could find no exemptions for natural immunity in any vaccine mandates on the state, federal or college levels.

Science requires that thinking change when new data arises to justify it. If you’re going to ignore that basic precept, then at least stop claiming you’re “following the science.”

Christmas in October

October 5, 2021

Remember when no one decorated or even talked about Christmas until after Thanksgiving? And then, focus on Christmas started before Thanksgiving, and then Halloween. Now, thanks to Joe Biden and the Democrats we have Christmas in October! That’s right, the House Democrats have all relocated to the North Pole and are wearing elf costumes and busy getting ready to deliver to you the American suckers, er, uh, people a sack full of….surprises! Yep, this year expect to be promised free college, free child care, free health care, free food, free housing, and free entertainment. You will get guaranteed income, free housing from which you can’t be evicted even if you never pay your rent, and free transportation. And according to President Biden, it won’t cost you a penny! It’s all going to be delivered at no cost because he’s going to raise taxes to pay for it. It’s some strange math to pay for over 6 trillion dollars of stuff at no cost. But then if you believe that it can be and will be, you probably believe that we have our southern border under control, that Covid will kill you in a football stadium, but not if you are rioting and burning federal courthouses or police stations, and believe we had a flawless exit from Afghanistan, left no one behind, and have lowered the cost of gasoline and groceries despite what your checkbook tells you!

Please remember that government doesn’t have its own money. It only has what it takes from you or those around you. And the questions you should always ask are these:

1. Is what the government is promising a job they are supposed to be doing in the first place? And

2. Are you willing to have the government take the money you worked for and spend it FOR you because they will be better managers of your money than you will?

Joe Biden thinks if he takes money out of your pocket to pay for what he claims are his gifts to you, it won’t cost anything because he will pay for it—even if he pays for it with YOUR money! Is that the way your house payment works? You pay the mortgage for 30 years and Praise the Lord! It didn’t cost you a dime, because it was all paid for? Huh?

If you hear politicians talk about how they are going to make “investments” for your future, run like your shoes are on fire! When they say invest, they mean spend. But I like the technique. Never again will I tell my wife I’m going to spend money on a guitar or a gun—I’m simply making an investment and it won’t cost one red cent because it will be paid for. I think this plan can work for a lot of things---your dog didn’t pee on your carpet—he just made an investment!

The only thing I worry about more than the government lying to me and telling me they are giving me free stuff is that apparently a lot of Americans actually believe it.

Write this down if you need to. Government can’t and won’t give you a thing that didn’t cost you and your neighbors the full price. And if you believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny, then you’re going to love Joe Biden because he’s telling you that he’s ready to give you a bunch of free stuff. And it won’t cost you a thing! Merry Christmas everyone!

As long as we’re on the subject of the Democrats letting the tail wag the dog and kowtowing to their crazy radical left wing, how about a round-up of stories illustrating just how crazy they are?

1. Continuing the left's campaigns of open harassment as the best way to influence people, some illegal immigration amnesty activists followed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into the women’s restroom at the Arizona college where she teaches and kept lecturing and lobbying her from outside the toilet stall door while filming the entire intrusion on their cell phones.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/analysts-blast-biden-team-claim-bill-costs-zero

Incidentally, they also continued the harassment in her class and proudly chanted that they were “undocumented and unafraid,” which sounds as if they’re daring the feds to deport them. How about taking them up on that dare?

Sen. Sinema seems to be reaching the end of her patience with the leaders of her Party….

https://conservativebrief.com/democrat-senator-sinema-goes-off-on-party-leadership-52200/

And she can’t be too crazy about the idiotic rank-and-file members who film and harass women in public bathrooms. My suggestion to her: change parties. Join the Republicans, the party that believes women actually have a right to privacy in their bathrooms.

PS – Here’s info on the Arizona law that makes it a crime to film people in bathrooms without their consent, if anyone is interested in arresting, expelling or deporting these people.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/10/03/did-leftists-who-stalked-and-filmed-sinema-in-the-bathroom-commit-a-crime-n451507

2. If you thought caring, compassionate leftists were better than that, where in the world did you get that crazy idea? These are the same people who react with open glee to the news that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19.

https://www.westernjournal.com/left-makes-sick-move-kavanaugh-tests-positive-covid-oh/

Sadly for them, he’s fine.

3. Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the “Progressive” caucus, told CNN that she wouldn’t vote for any bill that has the Hyde Amendment in it, which bans federal funding of elective abortions. She then kept talking and revealed that she doesn’t even understand what the Hyde Amendment is, and that she thinks a majority of Americans oppose it, when countless polls show the opposite.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2021/10/03/hyde-amendment-serves-as-latest-impasse-for-democrats-with-spending-n2596879

4. Hillary Clinton injected herself back into the news by making a statement that had the writer Bonchie at Redstate.com wondering if she’d lost her mind. Railing against Sens. Manchin and Sinema for not supporting the $3.5 trillion spending orgy, Hillary said she’s genuinely afraid that this country will descend into “minority rule.”

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/10/02/has-hillary-clinton-lost-her-mind-n451201

First of all, the Founders gave us various safeguards to prevent the “tyranny” of majority rule. Hillary seems to have adopted the bizarre mindset of all leftists, that their view is the only objectively true stance and therefore, most people must agree with them, and anyone who disagrees has something wrong with them and must be silenced.

Secondly, if Manchin, Sinema and 50 Republican Senators oppose this bill, then that’s 52-48 against it. It loses by majority vote. No wonder leftists want to declare math to be white supremacist and ban it.

5. Finally, no round-up of leftwing lunacy would be complete without the latest musings from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Here, AOC explains why she refuses to compromise on the giant spending bill, because getting nothing is better than getting something, or something like that.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/10/02/progressive-thinking-in-a-nutshell-aoc-explains-how-getting-nothing-is-better-than-getting-something-n451114

If she’s happy getting nothing, then no wonder she’s a socialist.

This week, all the 24/7 news channels could have a theme: “All Facebook, all the time!”

But in a week with so much dramatic Facebook news –- including a whistleblower on 60 MINUTES accusing them of exploiting hate and misinformation for profit and a crashing halt to their platform for six hours on Monday –- it might be just as important to focus on what some would see as a smaller story: the $2 million defamation lawsuit filed against the Big Tech behemoth by veteran investigative reporter John Stossel. You’ll know immediately whose side we’re on, as we’ve also had it up to HERE with so-called independent “fact”-checkers –- both the “official” ones who get paid to distort the truth and the pajama-clad partisans with nothing else to do but sit and snark. We applaud Stossel for refusing to take it.

Stossel has 19 Emmys to his name. He’s the former host of ABC’s 20/20, STOSSEL ON REASON, and his own show on FOX BUSINESS NEWS. He’s currently the creator and host of STOSSEL TV. He’s also the author of several bestselling books. And yet to put his reports on Facebook, even he has to gain the approval of partisan, agenda-driven gatekeepers.

He appeared Monday evening on FOX NEWS PRIMETIME with this week’s host Ben Domenech. Stossel’s problem with Facebook started when he posted a couple of videos about climate change and the California wildfires. Stossel says some “fact”-checkers from the team Climate Feedback, a spin-off of parent group Science Feedback, twisted his words so they could flag his posts as “misleading.” It’s incredibly easy to distort what somebody said so you can argue against THAT, rather than what they actually said. We’ve had to deal with that ourselves; in fact, it happened to us last week, with our story on the Maricopa County forensic audit report. So we were very interested in what Stossel had to say.

On his website, Stossel notes that Science/Climate Feedback uses Facebook to censor “lots of responsible people, such as science writers John Tierney, Michael Shellenberger and Bjorn Lomborg."

He explained to Domenech that the reason he’d left FOX NEWS was to do independent reports like the ones that had been posted to Facebook. “And I’m very careful about what I say,” he said. These “fact”-checkers, hired by the Poynter Institute, described by him as “a lefty group,” are so alarmed about climate change that they won’t allow anyone to even postulate, “Well, maybe we can adjust to this.” Stossel accuses them of actually manufacturing a misleading quote --- even putting quotation marks around it.

We thought it might be fun to look up the Poynter Institute and their International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), so we did and found their “Code Of Principles,” which include “A Commitment to Non-Partisanship and Fairness” and “A Commitment to Open and Honest Corrections.” Gosh, we love unintentional humor. Why, it looks as though John Stossel is accusing the “fact”-checkers of violating their own principles as stated right there on their own website. I wonder how well their “Code of Principles” would stand up to a fact-check.

https://www.poynter.org/ifcn-fact-checkers-code-of-principles/

Anyway, Stossel said the fakery was pointed out to the “fact”-checkers and also to Facebook but that it wasn’t taken down. “And that’s just lying about me,” he said. It didn’t matter –- reviewers labeled Stossel’s piece “FALSE.”

Stossel was able to get interviews with a couple of the reviewers and showed them the original video posts. (That’s rare, by the way; usually there’s no way to appeal these actions, and they don’t even tell you what they find objectionable.) The reviewers told him, “Oh, we never watched that.” So Stossel got “black marks” for something he never said and the reviewers hadn’t looked at.

What’s the significance of this? As Stossel explained, when you get two “black marks,” Facebook cuts off your views. In the case of Stossel’s climate videos, that’s 24 million. “Now, I don’t get anything like I used to,” he said. And, of course, that was exactly the idea, as the powers that be have no room for dissenting opinion. “...I’m being punished by these idiot ‘fact’-checkers,” he said.

In his lawsuit, Stossel claims the “fact”-checkers never actually challenged any facts in his videos, adding that their process “is nothing more than a pretext...to defame users with impunity, particularly when Defendants disagree with the scientific opinions expressed in user content.” He's saying what we’ve said for a long time: they’re not checking facts; they’re checking opinions. (In case you wondered, that's why we keep putting quotation marks around the word "fact.")

Stossel believes Facebook should, first off, fire Climate Feedback “because they are silencing a lot of good science reporters.” That activity does seem to be spreading these days, infecting social media like some kind of...well, virus.

Matt Agorist wrote about Stossel’s lawsuit for THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT.

https://thefreethoughtproject.com/fact-check-facebook-defamation-john-stossel/

Apparently TFTP has had a lot of trouble with this, too. As Agorist writes, “THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT knows this process all too well as we have a target on our backs and we have successfully refuted and overturned nearly every fact check from the outlets who respond to our appeals. But even after the fact check is reversed, the damage is done.” He explains that even when there is vindication, users are never notified of that.

This can happen to you, he says, even when your content is “100 percent factual.”

Agorist’s piece has more details about what Stossel said vs. what he was purported to say. The “fact"-checkers flagged Stossel’s content as “misleading” and --- our favorite --- “missing context.” Stossel alleges that what they did has ruined his business model after his “viewership plummeted,” and he also cites “reputational harm.”

According to Agorist, THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT had a similar experience with some perfectly accurate information they posted about COVID when their commentary was falsely linked to a conspiracy theory having to do with 5G wireless signals. TFTP had said nothing about 5G, but by creating that link out of thin air, "fact"-checkers were able to label the commentary “false.”

Facebook is reportedly standing by its “fact”-checkers regardless of their bias. They told VARIETY that they believe Stossel’s case is “without merit,” proclaiming, “We will defend ourselves vigorously against the allegations.”

Agorist mentions the Hunter Biden laptop scandal as just one example of social media “fact”-checking leading to censorship of accurate and potentially game-changing information. (I would add that according to one recent poll, 16 percent of Biden voters said they wouldn’t have voted for him if they’d known of his family’s dicey foreign business dealings.) You’d think that after they’d been proven so utterly wrong, "fact"-checkers wouldn’t be taken seriously any more, but they work in service to an agenda so the truth hardly matters.

We wish John Stossel well with his litigation. In fact, we’ll give him the last word, by linking to his website, where he gives his side and shows the videos that were flagged.

https://www.johnstossel.com/smeared/

Since I’ve been spending so much time, over many months, following various deep-state scandals and their impact on the 2020 election, I decided this weekend to take a break from all that, sit back, and watch some TV.

Little did I know that a Netflix series called EL CHAPO would pull me right back into the world of election fraud. And the plot of Season 2, Episode 6, released in October, 2017, bears a fascinating resemblance to suspicions about our own 2020 election.

EL CHAPO is a Mexican production, a serialized docudrama “inspired by...newsworthy events concerning one of the most notorious criminals of our time, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a matter of utmost public interest and concern.” While some supporting players are composites of real people, some names have been changed, and some elements of the timeline have been altered for dramatic purposes, this show is said to be based on real events. And there’s a presidential election in it –- an election that was apparently stolen.

In this episode, El Chapo orders henchman “Don Sol” to keep candidate Andres Labrador from becoming president of Mexico in 2006, as he sees Labrador as a threat to his drug trafficking. The rest of the show deals with how that order is carried out. Spoiler alert: Labrador is defeated and a new president, Felipe Alarcon, wins through election fraud.

Labrador is a political outsider who says the two established parties are “two sides of the same coin.” He promises to be tough on criminals, even those who are wealthy elites. And he’s rising in the polls. So “El Sol” gets to work for El Chapo, meeting with Labrador’s campaign coordinator in an empty parking garage to set up a meeting with Labrador. But he is rebuffed. Labrador won’t negotiate with drug lords, the campaign coordinator says.

Later, when El Chapo calls Don Sol to ask how things are going, Don Sol simply assures him, “Don’t worry about Labrador. He won’t get elected.”

Labrador’s opponent, Alarcon, receives a visit from Don Sol (the man turns up everywhere, kind of like Michael Sussmann), who tells him, “I can help you expose a side of Labrador that nobody knows.” He says he can find all of Labrador’s secrets. In exchange, Don Sol wants an appointment in Alarcon’s new administration as the director of national security. They make a deal.

Next, Don Sol visits his team of computer spies. (Is this sounding familiar yet?) “What did you find out about Labrador?” he asks. They tell him they’ve found nothing useful. He doesn’t believe it. “Nobody gets that high up without getting their hands dirty,” he says. “You just have to find the closet that holds the skeletons.” But they insist they’ve gone back even to his boyhood and there is nothing to exploit. (As another scene makes clear, Labrador really is clean; he doesn’t want to make dirty deals or owe people favors, which frustrates his own campaign aides who are looking for cash.)

So Don Sol asks his spies, “What about his collaborators?” It’s time to start spying on Labrador’s campaign and business associates. (Does this remind you of anything?)

One of them, a businessman named Almada is recorded taking a big suitcaseful of cash (it’s staged –- fake news!), and the video is revealed in what looks like an ambush interview on national TV. Though Labrador has done nothing, he starts falling in the polls. The businessman gets a passport and a way to “disappear” into Cuba while the bribery accusations are dealt with. The idea is for him to be richly rewarded later for playing his part in the scheme to tar Labrador.

A hoax smear campaign is created against Labrador. They even use computer images to place him in pictures with Communist symbols and banners and linking him in news reports to “his friend, Hugo Chavez.” Fake news! (They come up with everything but computer servers “pinging” back and forth.) Labrador continues falling in the polls.

The businessman from the phony video ends up not being protected by Castro and comes forward to say the handoff of money was a fake, designed to hurt Labrador in the election. Labrador says this is evidence of a conspiracy against him, but the hoax continues.

With the election nearing, those computer spies discover that teachers’ unions have tried to make a deal to “deliver votes” to Labrador that he turned down. So Don Sol quickly calls El Chapo –- who now more than ever wants Labrador defeated –- to get some big-time cash with which to incentivize (bribe) the unions to surreptitiously stuff ballot boxes and control tabulation on Election Night.

In meetings with business figures, Don Sol trashes Labrador as “an opportunist who seeks to divide the people and weaken our economy.” They’re hesitant to actively work against Labrador because he might win but are warned of the “imminent danger he represents to this country.”

There is NO “imminent danger.” This is all made up out of nothing. NOW does it sound familiar?

On Election Night, early polls show Labrador with a slight advantage, with Alarcon three points behind. El Chapo’s people, charged with getting Alarcon elected, look glum, as they know that if Labrador wins, their boss will be very, very angry, and nobody wants that! They know that if El Chapo says heads will roll, he means literally.

But Don Sol has things well in hand. He made sure the unions are running the ballot boxes. Watchers are ejected and the counting process is blocked from view –- I guess in Mexico, they use something besides pizza boxes in the windows –- to the extent that some experts are already crying foul. By 10PM, Labrador’s lead has been cut to under one percentage point.

“The Union is going to steal this election from me,” Labrador tells an aide.

Felipe Alarcon “wins” the election with a razor-thin 0.56 percent lead. Labrador’s people sit in stunned silence, as they believe the election was stolen, and they know this outcome means more criminality in Mexico. There are protests. Labrador publicly accuses his opponent of stealing the election, but nothing is done.

True to the agreement Don Sol made with the winner’s campaign coordinator, he becomes the new president’s director of national security, so El Chapo is now inside the new administration. Don Sol immediately advises finding ways to make the fraudulent new government seem more legitimate. The new president decides he’s going to be known as “the president who controlled drug trafficking in his country,” when that is a joke –- it’s actually the opposite of that.

So, we have a candidate who’s an outsider, a tough negotiator who won’t be cowed by powerful forces but who is defeated in part by a hoax linking him to a corrupt Communist foreign leader. His campaign officials and business associates are spied on. He's smeared as an "imminent danger." His enemies control ballot boxes and prevent watchers from seeing the vote count. When he loses, supporters protest a “stolen” election, but that’s it.

Gee, does this plot remind you of any other election? It looks to me as if all we’re missing is a “dossier.”

Thirty House Republicans signed a letter to top military leaders, demanding the release of Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who was thrown in the brig for publicly calling on the top brass to accept accountability for the tragic botching of the Afghanistan withdrawal. I just want to know why it’s only 30.

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-republicans-demand-immediate-release-marine-officer-jailed-criticizing-biden-policy/

Also, Rep. Louie Gohmert visited with Scheller and had some encouraging news to relate afterwards.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/jailed-marine-looking-good-louie-gohmert

As if to hammer home that the only people the DC liberal establishment think deserve jail are those who disagree with their politics, an investigation has been launched into Lance Cpl. Hunter Clark. He’s the Marine who was seen in a viral video saving a baby by pulling it over a barbed wire-topped wall at the Kabul Airport during the botched Afghanistan evacuation. His alleged crime: he accepted an invitation to speak at a rally from former President Trump.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/09/30/marine-who-rescued-baby-at-kabul-airport-now-being-investigated-n2596748

Note that he was not in uniform and made no political statements. He was invited up by Trump as part of a public show of support for US troops, and he thanked the crowd for their support and said it means a lot and he’s glad to be home. For that, he’s now under a command investigation to see if he violated any Department of Defense policies.

So to recap so far: Ask for accountability from failed leaders, go to jail. Get thanked in public by a former President for saving a baby, go under investigation. Preside over the worst strategic disaster in modern military history, keep your job and get praised by CNN.


Idiocy: National School Board Association president sends a letter to Biden asking him to use federal law enforcement to investigate parents

By Mike Huckabee

Keeping up the theme that the only crime Democrats care about is the thought crime of disagreeing with them, the president of the National School Board Association sent a hysterical letter to President Biden, urging him to use federal law enforcement to deal with the “imminent threat” of angry parents who are showing up at school board meetings to protest their kids being forced into draconian mask mandates and indoctrinated with racist “Critical Race Theory.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/gwendolynsims/2021/10/01/concerned-parents-are-immediate-threat-says-national-school-boards-association-president-some-are-even-domestic-terrorists-n1521073

She wants these parents investigated and their angry complaints at school board meetings treated as threats and intimidation that are “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” That's right: if you complain about how your kid is being mistreated or indoctrinated at school, then you just might be a terrorist.

Sounds as if she’d be a supporter of Terry McAuliffe’s bid to become Governor of Virginia again. At a recent debate, he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

https://redstate.com/heartlandinstitute/2021/10/01/virginia-gubernatorial-candidate-parents-should-not-tell-schools-what-to-teach-n450382

As noted at the link, Virginia law on parents’ rights reads, “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”

But teachers’ unions might want to think twice before they start treating parents like terrorists. They believe Democrats will protect them out of gratitude for everything they do to get them elected, from campaign donations to misleading a generation of children into embracing socialism.

But when a group of New York teachers appealed for the same “regular testing” exemption from Democrat Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s vaccine-or-else mandate that other city workers get, liberal SCOTUS Justice Sonya Sotomayor rejected their appeal with no comment. Well, these are the people their unions wanted in office, and they got ‘em. Unfortunately, so did the rest of us.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2021/10/01/nyc-teachers-fail-to-get-relief-from-us-supreme-on-vaccine-mandate-n2596850

That ruling means any New York public school teachers who weren’t vaccinated by 5 p.m. Friday (even if they have natural immunity from prior infection) will be put on unpaid leave for at least a year (so much for “My body, my choice.”) And that could spell a loss of up to 7,000 teachers from the New York school system.

Combine this with the potential loss of thousands of desperately-needed healthcare workers for the same reason, and you can see why I say that in all cases, Democrat cures are worse than the disease.

On Friday, October 1, Guy B. wrote in response to “Who edited the final Maricopa County final audit report?” Here’s what he said:

Please check the Gateway Pundit (http://tilnyurl.com/2mdj7akn) article where the head contractor of Cyber Ninjas, Doug Logan says the draft you quoted is a fake, and that the paragraph with the total numbers, etc., was never part of the report. I expect to see a correction from you.

Thanks for writing, Guy, but I really don’t think a correction is warranted here. Certainly an update and a rationale for what we said, but not a correction. And we also still have questions.

In fact, that’s how our commentary in the September 28 morning edition started out, with questions. As we later responded to another reader, Howard A., who said we’d been “trolled” by a fake report, we had not just swallowed this story as some conservative sites had. Since we didn’t know how much credibility to give it, we used obvious qualifiers such as “IF this is true...” and “It has been reported...”

We specifically said, “NO ACCUSATIONS [emphasis added here], just questions.” So there is nothing to issue a correction for. All we were doing was asking questions and, in this age of fake news, trying to find out if it was true. As we told reader Howard A., “If just calling for answers is going to be criticized, there is little hope for enlightening discourse in this country.”

Even the headline, “Who edited the Maricopa County final audit report?”, was phrased as a question and worded so as not to accuse anyone of altering the report. Whoever was in charge of the final edit either did or not leave something out. We were in no position to say, but we wanted to know who was in charge of that final edit as we continued our questioning of the process.

The one reason we were inclined later on to give the report some credibility is that we’d gone to Patrick Byrne’s own website and found it there. According to reports, Byrne is THE biggest financial contributor to the Cyber Ninjas for the forensic audit, having raised $3.5 million for that effort. You’d think he, of all people, would have seen that word “decertification,” known the auditors hadn’t called for that, and recognized a fake audit report. But no, he put it on his “Deep Capture” website and also on Locals.com. As of this writing, it is still there.

https://patrickbyrne.locals.com/post/1105406/from-the-real-maricopa-report-not-certifiable-not-reliable

We tend to think of Byrne not taking down that report as Sherlock Holmes might think of the dogs not barking. In itself, it’s not evidence of anything, but it’s something we still want to look into. The Arizona Senate is saying the document is not real –- that there was never a draft that talked about decertification –- yet the major financier for Cyber Ninjas apparently still maintains it’s real. That seems odd, so, naturally, we have questions –- the biggest one being, if that earlier version of the report is indeed fake, who gave it to Byrne? (It looks as though he’s the one who provided it to THE GATEWAY PUNDIT.) And why has BYRNE not issued a correction or removed the post?

THE GATEWAY PUNDIT did indeed made accusations, starting with the headline “Arizona Audit Final Audit Report Was Watered Down.” So in that case, if the earlier draft is a fake, a correction on their part is appropriate. We quoted from the draft but allowed from the beginning that the document might not be real.

Here’s the story in the WASHINGTON EXAMINER about the Senate’s announcement that the document was not real. Rather than decertifying the vote in Arizona, what the Senate has actually done is turn the audit over to the state attorney general’s office for further investigation. State Attorney General Mark Brnovich says he will take all actions he has the authority to do if the evidence warrants it.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/draft-arizona-audit-report-calling-for-election-decertification-is-fake

Rod Thomson, a spokesperson for Cyber Ninjas, said that “the exact origin of the false report is unknown” and that no such version was ever sent to the Arizona Senate for review. So, again, the mystery to us is how that “false” version ended up being posted by Patrick Byrne.

The Executive Summary of the audit by Cyber Ninjas –- the REAL one, as far as we can tell –- does not call for outright decertification but does say that the County failed to cooperate and even actively interfered with their audit research, to the point where “full audit results validating the 2020 General Election are necessarily inconclusive.” The auditors recommend that “several specific findings of our audit be reviewed by the Arizona attorney general for a possible investigation.”

So, what do you know? Both the fake report and the real report say the auditors can’t validate the election results. Conveniently, the story about a fake report and conservatives getting “trolled” is a great way to pull attention away from the seriousness of the real report.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21068477-20210919-maricopa-county-forensic-audit-volume-i-executive-summary

Upon taking office, President Biden immediately reversed every successful Trump border security measure, and then had to deal with a border security crisis. He threw out Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan, and now has to deal with a mass hostage crisis in Afghanistan (although the White House thinks if they don’t call it that, nobody will notice.) And now, after ordering that everyone who resisted vaccination be fired, the new Democrat Governor of New York has had to declare a healthcare worker shortage crisis.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2021/09/28/governor-kathy-hochul-declares-an-healthcare-worker-shortage-emergency-of-her-own-making-n1482010

Is anyone else starting to detect a recurring theme with Democrats?

Meanwhile, on “Good Morning America,” former President Obama admitted that the situation on the border is “heartbreaking” and the system is “dysfunctional.” But he says nobody understands the border crisis better than “big-hearted” Joe Biden.

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-obama-comes-firing-bidens-border-crisis-says-open-borders-unsustainable/

A case could be made that Biden once understood it. Here’s what he said at a campaign appearance in 2007:

“No great country can say it is secure without being able to control its borders. Period. What I would do about it is what I proposed to do about it almost 13 years ago. I would radically ramp up the number of border security guards we have. The use of electronic surveillance material we have to guard the border. And the number of what they call ‘virtual fences,’ not literally fences.”

https://youtu.be/jP7hmnsrb6s

Aside from his faith in imaginary fences, that sounds downright Trumpian. So how did he get to the opposite side of every one of his own previous arguments? It’s because the base he panders to has moved so far left that he had to abandon border security to appease them.

Even Obama admitted that open borders are “unsustainable,” but he has a baffling belief that Biden is the man to fix this crisis. He said Joe knows we can’t just “keep constantly reacting to emergencies” (that weren’t emergencies until he got his hands on them.) No, we need “systemic immigration reform,” which to Democrats now means giving amnesty and free government benefits (and I assume, voter registration cards) to millions of illegal immigrants. In short, bringing the same wisdom and respect for American sovereignty to the entire immigration system that big-hearted Joe Biden brought to that bridge in Del Rio.

It’s quite telling that the only argument today’s Democrats have for electing them is that only they are capable of solving the endless crises their own policies create.

Another great column by Kurt Schlichter on a very important lesson for Republicans: no matter what a GOP candidate believes, the Democrats and the media will always portray him/her/xir as “literally Hitler.”

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/09/30/every-republican-is-literally-hitler-so-stop-caring-what-libs-say-n2596663

The worst way any Republican can respond is by compromising principles to try to win their favor. That’s like throwing raw meat into shark-infested waters. Kurt’s advice is the same that I’ve been giving for years: stick to your principles, be true to yourself, and when they launch ridiculous slanderous attacks on you, laugh at them. Leftists have no sense of humor, certainly not about themselves, so mocking them is their Kryptonite.

And if you’re scared of the Twitter mob saying bad things about you, remember these two words: “Who cares?” Roughly 90% of tweets are generated by about 10% of Twitter users, and most of them are far to the left of the majority of Americans. Also, having a social media account doesn’t mean your opinion carries any particular weight. Twitter and Facebook banned the President, but they allow anyone else with an Internet connection to have an account for free. If talk is cheap, then how much is free talk worth?

The Bible tells us in Luke 8:17 (NAS version), “For nothing is concealed that will not become evident, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Or as Shakespeare put it in “The Merchant of Venice,” “Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but at the length, truth will out.” (By the way, “a man’s son” was not a reference to Hunter Biden and his laptops.)

Despite all the power and influence of the government, media and social media, you can only fool the people for so long and hold the lid down on discussion of your chicanery before the under-the-radar chatter finally explodes into the public sphere. We’re seeing that happening all around us these days, with erupting backlash against attempts to censor everything from discussion of vaccine side effects to the origins of COVID-19 to the efficacy of natural immunity to questions about the 2020 election.

Attacking those who speak up only works for so long, particularly when influential people start speaking up, whether it be Eric Clapton, Nikki Minaj or French tennis pro Jeremy Chardy, who says he’s suffering intense pain after getting vaccinated and it's derailed his tennis career.

https://www.westernjournal.com/world-class-athlete-says-regrets-getting-covid-vaccine-now-serious-problems/

As noted in the story, that’s not meant to discourage vaccination, since the potential side effects are still less of a risk than COVID. But if you’re asking everyone to take a shot that might have even a tiny chance of serious side effects, then you can’t just order them to shut up and take it without question or else lose their job and all their rights, which is the autocratic method this Administration has chosen. Right now, Americans are scared enough of COVID to go along with that, but “Shut up and obey” is not a strategy that will work longterm in this country.

Likewise, after being silenced and shamed for months into not questioning any aspects of the 2020 election, the findings of various audits and investigations, coupled with the indictment of a top Democrat lawyer on charges related to lying to the FBI to frame Trump and his people for Russian collusion, has many people finally speaking up. Some are even prominent Trump-hating liberals who suddenly seem to have taken the red pill and awakened to what we’ve been telling you here for years now.

Here are two stunning examples: liberal British comedian Russell Brand admitted he was “in awe, gobsmacked, flabbergasted and startled” by the indictment of Michael Sussman and the realization that Trump was right about a conspiracy to frame him. Like too many people, Brand was getting his news from outlets that went on 24/7 about “Russian collusion” as “absolute fact,” so he assumed it must be true (a rookie mistake when watching CNN.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/massive-liberal-celeb-sees-light-trump-right-clinton-russia/

Brand said he wanted to believe that the Democratic Party is the party of “inclusivity, and diversity and truth and social justice and all great, positive ideas” (yep, that's the image they push, like putting a bouquet of flowers on a pack of cigarettes.) But, he said, “To discover that this was propaganda, a construct, a confection by the Democratic Party — who, of course, are now in government — is kind of beyond disappointing, because you begin to question and query what other things may not be true.”

Yes, and you should! Good for you, Russell. Embrace the truth, and it shall set you free. For a start, you’re welcome to subscribe to my newsletter, which is also free.

Another example, again from Britain, but let’s hope this reflects what’s happening here, too: writer Rob Liddle in the Sunday Times of London is still a Trump hater (as you can tell from his article), but his blinders have started to slip. He admits, “So Trump was right” about the election being rigged against him, and “The American public is slowly waking up to the fact that they are being led by an ineffectually devious, senile halfwit.”

https://beckernews.com/narrative-collapse-british-media-finally-appear-to-be-questioning-bidens-u-s-election-legitimacy-41960/

Maybe someday, he'll wake up to the fact that Trump wasn't just a victim of the cabal, he was the only person standing between it and the rest of us and fighting it. But that might take a handful of red pills for some people to see.

Note that he makes the same point that I have made repeatedly: you don’t even have to go into conspiracy theories about hijacked voting machines or stuffed ballot boxes. Just the collusion between Deep State operatives, leftist billionaires, the media, political figures, lawyers, Big Tech and social media to make sure voters heard only one side of the story was enough to unfairly tilt the election – and they’ve openly bragged about how successful that was. They even hail themselves as heroes for making sure the “right” person won by suppressing “unwanted elements of US political conversation” – as determined by them, of course.

Liddle points out that Time magazine said this cabal wasn’t subverting democracy by rigging the election, they were “fortifying” the election. We all need to start speaking up to make sure they don’t “fortify” any more elections. They do it the way cereal makers used to claim their sugary cereals were “fortified” with vitamins. They claim it’s good for you, but it’s just a thin coating over a bowl of junk.

Spending fight

September 30, 2021

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema continue to bravely endure the rhetorical flamethrowers of their party’s dominant Loudmouthed Wacko wing for their refusal to dive headfirst into fiscal insanity and blow $3.5 trillion on the Democrats’ leftwing wish list bill.

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/09/29/heres-how-we-know-kyrsten-sinema-and-joe-manchin-are-for-now-doing-the-right-thing-n449861

But as admirable as their stand is, and America is blessed to have any bulwark in place against the dangerous leftward lurch that most Democrats are trying to impose, it’s important to remember that they aren’t fiscal conservatives. Manchin made it clear that he’s not opposed to spending a big pile of money we don’t have; just to spending a mountain of it.

https://thelibertydaily.com/heres-what-joe-manchins-statement-against-3-5t-build-back-better-plan-really-means/

J.D. Rucker of LibertyDaily has a good article quoting what Sen. Manchin said and analyzing what it really means. Rucker reminds us that the “small,” “bipartisan” “infrastructure” bill (I use all those quotes because you could make an argument against each adjective) is described as costing “only” $1.2 trillion, but in their spending frenzy, Democrats have forgotten that even one trillion bucks is still a heap of money. (Proponents argue that some of the $1.2 trillion isn’t new spending but things like previously-allocated unused COVID relief funds. So if we take deficit spending meant for one thing and spend it on something else, then it doesn’t cost anything! There’s DC economics in a nutshell.)

Biden recently said that “trillionaires” are doing fine, apparently not realizing there’s no such thing as a trillionaire. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $177 billion, but he’d need more than five times that much to have even one trillion dollars. If the Democrats confiscated the entire wealth of the 10 richest people on Earth ($1.15 trillion), they’d still need to scrape up another $50 billion just to cover their “small” spending bill.

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/012715/5-richest-people-world.asp

Are you starting to suspect that they can’t really cover nearly $5 trillion in spending just by “taxing the rich?” The only good news if this passes is that you’ll soon discover YOU’RE “rich.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/29/house-may-pull-infrastructure-bill-as-manchin-deals-knock-out-blow-on-reconciliation-fiscal-insanity-n449945

Rucker notes that Democrats decried the “massive” cost of Trump’s $20 billion border wall, and now they want to spend 175 times that (none of which, needless to say, will be used to finish the border wall.)

Rucker also explains that this detachment from fiscal reality is due to most Democrats and too many Republicans embracing Modern Monetary Theory, which is the belief that the government can pay for anything simply by printing as much money as it wants, and this won’t harm our economic health in any way. Sure, everywhere it’s ever been tried before, it’s led to ruinous hyperinflation and the collapse of society, but they insist that can’t happen here. It’s odd to me that they hate the very idea of American exceptionalism, yet they believe that in this one way, we’re the exception to every ironclad rule of economics.

Here’s another way of dealing with our debt that’s so crazy, even the Biden White House claims nobody is considering it (for now, anyway.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-starts-talking-issuing-coin-watch-fast-dollar-collapses/

That link also talks about the fight over raising the debt limit and features our Quote of the Day, from Texas Rep. Jodey Arrington: “It is not our duty to raise the debt limit; it’s our duty not to spend so recklessly, irresponsibly, and egregiously that we bankrupt this country.”

On a side note: I misspoke recently in saying that only a Senate filibuster could block the “infrastructure” bill if the House passes it. I forgot that with the help of some “Republicans,” it already passed the Senate and there won’t be any reconciliation. So if the House okays it today, Biden will sign it. But Speaker Pelosi is still trying to muster the votes to pass it because Democrats on both the far left and the center are threatening to withhold their votes for conflicting reasons. So Pelosi might be forced to delay it again.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/29/house-may-pull-infrastructure-bill-as-manchin-deals-knock-out-blow-on-reconciliation-fiscal-insanity-n449945

Wednesday, Congressional testimony continued from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mike Milley and CENTCOM head Gen. Frank McKenzie. Not as many revelations came out as on the first day of testimony, with much of the time being spent on Republicans blasting the men over the catastrophic handling of the Afghanistan pullout and Democrats trying to blame it on Trump. Here’s a pretty good recap of the main takeaways from the two days of testimony.

https://news.yahoo.com/six-takeaways-military-brasss-capitol-110000232.html

As far as Wednesday’s highlights go, the biggest was probably Gen. McKenzie’s confirmation that the Taliban did, as previously reported, offer to let the US military have full control of Kabul until US evacuation efforts were complete, but McKenzie said that wasn’t what he’d been instructed to do and he thought they didn’t have the resources, so he turned the offer down. Let me repeat that: HE TURNED THE OFFER DOWN!!! Didn’t run it by anybody back in Washington, just said, “No, thanks.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/29/gen-mckenzie-admits-taliban-offered-us-control-of-kabul-during-withdrawal-but-he-didnt-accept-n450014

And as far as memorable quotes from Wednesday, I’d say this comment from Rep. Matt Gaetz to Gen. Milley deserves the prize:

https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2021/09/29/matt-gaetz-reduces-gen-milley-to-rubble-over-afghanistan-and-takes-biden-down-in-the-process-n449651

“You seem to be very happy failing up over there, but if we didn’t have a President that was so addled, you all would be fired. Because that is what you deserve. You have let down the people who wear the uniform in my district and all around this country, and you’re far more interested in what your perception is and how people think about you in insider Washington books than you care about winning, which this group seems incapable of doing,”

That might sum up the entire two days better than any lengthy news article could.

Immigration update

September 30, 2021

Among the many people being threatened by President Biden with termination if they don’t get vaccinated is our already overworked and undermanned Border Patrol.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/29/the-hypocritical-irony-of-bidens-latest-move-against-the-border-patrol-n449823

It might be prudent for Border Patrol agents to get vaccinated, though, considering the staggering number of potentially COVID-infected illegal immigrants that Biden is allowing to stream across the border for them to deal with.

In a related story, here’s how much illegal immigration has exploded under President Biden, and how much it threatens to alter America (which many believe is the real goal of the Democrats): just during fiscal 2021 alone, we’re on track to have so many illegal immigrants enter America that their total number will be greater than the entire populations of 11 US states.

https://www.westernjournal.com/number-new-illegals-21-greater-populations-11-states/

Democrats and their loyal media valets keep insisting that the dictatorial COVID mandates from President Biden and blue state Governors are wildly popular with most Americans. You know, just like their plans to raise taxes, legalize all abortions and spend more money than God has. But as with minorities, they don’t seem to have bothered talking to Americans before speaking for them.

With businesses already threatened by a lack of workers, hospitals dangerously understaffed and experts warning of potentially catastrophic shortages due to supply chain disruptions caused by a lack of workers, Biden and his power-mad cohorts are demanding that millions of people who object to being vaccinated be fired from their jobs. If you thought their previous prescriptions for COVID were worse than the disease, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. But as usual, the American people are wiser than their leaders and able to see this train heading toward them from far down the tunnel.

https://www.wnd.com/2021/09/poll-americans-reject-plan-fire-refusing-covid-shots/

The latest Trafalgar Group poll asked, “Should Americans be fired if they refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccines?” A whopping 65% said, “No,” and only 22.2% said, “Yes.” Broken down by political views, Republicans said, “NO!!” by 83.5% to 9.7%. Independents said, “No,” by 63.6% to 15.5%. And even Democrats leaned toward “No” by 47.9% to 38.4%.

Maybe, unlike their leaders, they thought deeply enough to question the claim that the unvaccinated are “endangering” the vaccinated. How is that possible, if the vaccines work? And if they don’t work any better than that, why the drastic violation of citizens’ rights to force everyone to get them?

Once again, Biden’s Administration is reflecting Obama’s. He’s lurching toward unconstitutional government overreach and governing against the will of the people. Let’s hope and pray it works out as well for him in the upcoming midterm elections as it did for Obama in 2010. Republicans gained 63 seats to retake the House, the biggest power shift since 1948, and gained seven seats in the Senate. That wasn’t enough to retake the Senate then, but it would be now. And Biden has far worse self-created crises to deal with, and none of Obama’s political skills or personal popularity to offset them.

All that said, don’t get complacent. If you want to retake Congress and stop the Democrats and their too-powerful allies from driving America over a high cliff with the Bill of Rights in the back seat, then get involved in the campaigns and work hard to win. Donate, volunteer, and most of all, watch the polls like hawks!

Here's an item of interest we just stumbled upon. Did you know that in France, citizens voted by mail from 1958 to 1975, but found it created conditions so conducive to fraud that they stopped it and went back to strict in-person voting? It's true.

This piece is a must-read. It describes the terrible problem the French had with mail-in voting and massive fraud. (In fact, the mail-in system was described "an indecent provocation" to election fraud.) Now they vote exactly the way we should in our country: the old-school way --- as we've been calling for --- in person, with hand-marked paper ballots (no "electronic voting systems"), a documented chain of custody, plenty of watchers (any registered voter can watch), and full transparency. Tabulators are required to count the votes and announce the winners that same night. The ballot box, which literally is transparent, never leaves the polling place.

If the French can get it right, why can't we?

Leftists in our country would scream, "Voter suppression!" But polls have shown that most people of all races want elections to be secure, and they're fine with safeguards such as voter I.D., so I'll bet they would be open to these other provisions to ensure their vote was counted.

Again, be sure and read this entire piece, including the "Official rationale for the 1975 bill." This is exactly the way we in America should be talking about election reform now. I mean, RIGHT NOW, before we have to suffer through one more mess like the last one. Since states run their own elections, this is something that state legislators need to start taking up, immediately.

And if Marc Elias shows up, kick him out of the room.

https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/57152/why-isnt-mail-in-voting-allowed-in-france

Since the release of the Maricopa County full forensic audit report, we’ve focused on the important findings that were ignored by mainstream media in favor of their simplistic and completely inadequate narrative that “Biden really won.” We appreciate the outpouring of responses. Some of these are self-explanatory and require nothing more than a heartfelt thank-you, but a few others do require an answer and at least an attempt to explain the situation our nation is in, as best we can.

From Patrick C:

I think it’s important to keep in mind that Sidney Powell's defense against Dominion's lawsuit is that “No reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact." Her accusations were pretty wild but, in fact, they were widely believed by reasonable people.

From the Gov:

The media reported this was Powell’s argument and then failed to correct themselves when Powell said they’d misinterpreted it. (I see by your letter that their misleading narrative has endured.) Powell actually was NOT saying that. We wrote about this at length at the time; the media either didn’t understand the nuance contained in her legal filings or deliberately misrepresented it.

From James:

Ask the average person on the street if they have kept up with the Arizona audit and what it showed; most likely [the answer] would be that Biden won with even more votes. That's the dangerous power of the Democratic media bias, when actually the audit showed tons of irregularities that would have changed the vote outcome of both Trump and Biden. So the conclusion in my mind is that based on a huge number of indicators during the election, we likely have an imposter sitting in the White House.

What can we do without a new election? Do everything in our power to hog-tie Biden with a landslide victory in the House and Senate in '22! The danger then will be for Republicans to sit on their rear ends and do nothing (again), setting the stage for another Democratic Socialist president in '24. God forbid!!!

From the Gov:

You are correct about the irregularities. (Ah, you must be a regular reader of the Huckabee newsletter!) And it’s not just the likely fraud that skewed results --- or at the very least rendered them unverifiable --- it’s the deep state/media collusion that facilitated the Russia Hoax, the censorship of stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop and the family’s foreign business connections, the changing of election laws to make cheating easy as pie, and so much more.

Special Counsel John Durham’s detailed “speaking indictment” brought much of it into the open, and even our allies and enemies around the world see it now. Some American leftists who supported Biden also see it now. I don’t know how they can ever forgive their own party for so thoroughly deceiving them. Probably the only reason they don’t switch parties is that they’re still clinging to the OTHER lies their party and the media have told them, about Trump.

As you know, we won’t be having a “new election.” Some states, such as California, have provisions for a recall election --- and we’ve just seen how difficult a process that is --- but the U.S. Constitution does not.

It’s hard to say what the Democrats are planning for the next few years, as they must know Biden can’t possibly be the candidate for 2024, if he’s still in office then. And if/when Harris is installed as President (shudder) via the 25th Amendment, she won't be the nominee in '24 if they can help it, as she grows more unpopular by the day –- even with Democrats who so dearly wanted a black female President, for bragging rights if nothing else. Perhaps some Democrats have realized there are more important considerations than racial and gender identity when choosing the leader of the free world.

You’re right in saying that landslides in '22 and '24 are the only way to prevail. The highly-organized Democrats are on a mission to “transform” (destroy) America, and we have to be on even more of a mission to save her. Speak out (cancel culture be damned), support conservatives down-ballot, get active in conservative organizations, seek out alternative media, run for office, BECOME A POLL WATCHER. This is what we must do, or we will lose our country.

From Steve:

Of the 15,000 voters in Maricopa County that had moved to "another address within the county", how many voted the mail-in ballot, then showed up to vote in person at their new polling station? Maybe a count of the total votes cast versus the population of the county would be in order?

From the Gov:

This is one of the things the full audit looked at, at least county-wide. (We’ve also heard from readers in Arizona who went in person to vote and learned that someone ELSE had voted by mail-in ballot in their name.) As we reported, even after factoring in the local officials’ “explanations,” there were still thousands of unexplained duplicate ballots. This is one reason why, in a simple recount of the original ballots, Biden still comes out the winner.

From Sidney:

OK –- so let's assume that the results of the audit are valid, and they probably are valid. So what now? At this point, can Arizona void the votes of the Democrat electors and replace them with votes of Republican electors, which will undoubtedly be in favor of Trump-Pence? Will the findings in the Arizona audit result in other audits, and is it possible that the Biden election victory can be overturned and Trump reinstalled as President? This would be a good subject for one of your shows.

From the Gov:

This is always the most difficult answer I have to give. Though there might be other audits, the 2020 election will not be overturned, and the only way Trump can be re-installed is if he runs in 2024 and is elected. The Judiciary has made it clear they will not touch this. The audit, as we see it, has two purposes: 1) to get to the truth, as a matter of record, and 2) document the problems that MUST be fixed if we’re to have secure, validated elections.

On that score, we've just learned that in pursuit of a resolution to these concerns, Arizona AG Mark Brnovich is not going quietly. Given the anomalies turned up by the audit, he has written a letter to the county recorder and each member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, advising them to preserve all "documents, files and related information" in case there is further investigation or litigation. In other words, he's not done.

https://cdn.nucleusfiles.com/8e/8e1211e6-274e-453b-b768-969e5b17728c/210927_letter_to_maricopa_county_re_litigation_hold.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ncl_amplify&utm_campaign=20210929-icymi_letter_from_assistant_attorney_general_jennifer_wright&utm_content=ncl-xsXN8D4r9h&_nlid=xsXN8D4r9h&_nsid=a5c191f0-167a-4ccc-b971-0ad70efe1c9c

From Thomas:

OK, Gov., here we go again: this said that, so that is suing this, it just goes on and on. None of this will end until the mid-term elections, maybe not even then. The debt ceiling is on us, when will DC decide to work together, everywhere you look we get the he said, she said BS of politics jumps out at you. I am disappointed, discouraged, saddened by our political landscape. Social media, the interweb, and fake news media flood us with nothing but hearsay and rumors, Time for all Patriots to stand up and say NO MORE. Thanks TWS

From the Gov:

The way to get a handle on your dismay, which we all share, is contained in your letter. Channel those feelings into action. We absolutely have no choice. You said it yourself: It's time for patriots to stand up and say NO MORE.

Thanks so much to all who wrote!

Maybe this will help Americans make the mental connection between voting for Democrats and the ensuing terrible consequences. Despite nearly 6 million people finally getting off the expanded and extended unemployment benefits, initial weekly jobless claims rose more than expected to 362,000.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/476599/

Maybe it would help if the President stopped firing people for declining vaccinations in industries with critical worker shortages.

https://lidblog.com/shortage-of-healthcare-workers/

If that doesn’t convince Americans, this should get their attention: Dollar Tree is going to start charging more than a dollar for some items.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/dollar-tree-is-raising-prices-as-inflation-fears-escalate/ar-AAP0Fdq

It’s being spun as a positive (they can carry higher quality goods, etc.), but we all know the real reason: Bidenflation. Due to labor shortages, higher fuel costs and other consequences of terrible Biden Administration policies, prices are rising so fast that by the blessed time he leaves office, the only thing you’ll be able to get for a dollar is two quarters.

Thanks very much to reader Shelley H. of Arizona for pointing out another major reason for keeping fraud out of elections: namely, the potential for changing outcomes in down-ballot races.

We'd like to point out, however, that we HAVE paid quite a bit of attention to this issue, stressing that leftist organizations such as Justice Democrats, funded in large part by George Soros, focus like a laser beam on under-the-radar, down-ballot local races, particularly for local law enforcement, such as sheriff; city council; and the judicial bench. Failure to address this in your city is how you end up waking up one morning to a defunded police department and greatly curtailed law enforcement, homeless encampments on your front sidewalk, "sanctuaries" for thousands of illegal immigrants, or schools indoctrinating your kids on critical race theory, anti-capitalism and gender transition.

That said, here’s her excellent letter, which explains how voter fraud impacts those very important elections that hit you where you live...

Dear Gov. Huckabee:

You are ALL leaving out one really important aspect of this –- down balloting! Everyone is focused on the presidential election only, but this affects all federal, state and local elections.

Maricopa County has the largest population, as it is the Phoenix metro area. So if a voter moved out of Maricopa County and into a rural area, that area is more likely to be heavily Republican-leaning. If 2/3 of these problem votes were Democrats, did Democrats vote in Maricopa County in order to influence other elections? Did House members get "elected" by illegal votes? What about state senators and house reps? How about the Maricopa Country Recorder, Sheriff and other county positions? What about the school boards? What about the ballot initiatives?

Many of those are county or city specific. Think about the impact these irregular ballots had on all of those elections. It's far worse than people are looking at, especially those not in the state. But [state GOP chairwoman] Kelli Ward is aware of these issues and [that] is why she continues to push for voter integrity in the state.

There is so much that could be asked about what the county claims to have done with these ballots, but I have many more questions about how they handled them. It doesn't make sense with what I know, and as a poll worker in the past, this brings up even more questions. I am an Arizona voter!

From the Gov:

Thanks so much for writing, Shelley. It’s critical to be aware of the down-ballot races and how they can be affected by fraud in the ways you mentioned.

Speaking of Kelli Ward, there’s some unfortunate news today concerning her chairmanship of the Arizona GOP. Since the audit she had pushed so hard for did determine that Biden won the recount (even with a few more votes), some are calling on her to step down. Of course, we’re looking from the outside in, but this seems to us to make no sense at all. The audit has been extremely valuable to those not just looking for a political narrative, having turned up huge anomalies, some of which we have discussed here in the past couple of days. As you say, there are many questions that still need answers. And mail-in balloting has been shown to be far too unreliable and downright inaccurate for elections as nail-bitingly close as the one we had in Arizona in 2020.

The recount doesn’t really mean much, as it was just a matter of counting the same at-issue ballots over again. (It’s like what they say about computers or the House Budget Office: “garbage in, garbage out.”) The mainstream media, however, used Biden’s “win” as the big take-away, ignoring the serious questions and problems brought to light by the audit. It’s a sorry shame if Arizona Republicans choose, weirdly, to dance to CNN’s tune and blame Ward for an outcome they see as lacking. So very disappointing. We wish her luck with the powers that be in Arizona.

Former President Trump understands the significance of this audit. As reported in the WASHINGTON TIMES, “Mr. Trump, who has touted Mrs. Ward as a fighter for months, billed the audit results as a victory for himself, despite the report confirming his loss. ‘The audit has uncovered significant and undeniable evidence of fraud. I have heard it is far different from that being reported by the fake news media,’ he said.” He’s right (as usual); it certainly is.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/sep/25/maricopa-republicans-urge-state-gop-chairwoman-res/

Of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Ward tweeted, “These men will go down in history as the fools who certified an uncertifiable election in Maricopa County, Arizona. The historic, first ever #FullForensicAudit proved unequivocally that we have no idea who got the most legal votes in 2020. #Decertify.”

Ward is correct in saying that there really is no way to verify the outcome in Arizona, given the razor-thin margin and the number of questionable ballots found by the audit. (Incidentally, we’re still wondering who edited the words to that effect out of the draft of the audit report, the version that Patrick Byrne posted on his website. I assume the decision to leave that part out was made by the same Board of Supervisors.) Sadly, it seems there are some Republicans in positions of leadership in Arizona who, for some reason, don’t want to tackle the problems that led to an unverifiable election in 2020.

As our reader so astutely pointed out, those same problems will likely affect not only future presidential elections but also down-ballot contests for everything from the U.S. House to police chief to...well, the very officials who oversee elections county-by-county.

I sense that Democrats know their hopes of using a razor thin majority to impose massive transformational legislation are slipping away. Democrats from moderate districts are starting to rebel, and they’re not worried about Biden criticizing them with his polling under water. You can tell they see the writing on the wall, since Speaker Pelosi finally slapped down her loudmouthed far-left wing and announced that the $1 trillion “bipartisan infrastructure” bill would be voted on before the $3.5 trillion spending orgy bill that they were trying to force through by holding the smaller one hostage.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/pelosi-infrastructure-delay-reconciliation-senate-democrats-progressives

Incidentally, we had a reader criticize me for not mentioning that the “infrastructure” bill includes money for things like more electric vehicle chargers, which he considers to be “infrastructure.” Okay, but before I started trying to force all Americans to buy electric cars (which they’ve had the opportunity to do for years and declined) and building charging stations everywhere, I might first ensure that we have a power grid and enough energy generation capacity to support them.

The Biden Administration is handling its EV plan the way it did Afghanistan: backwards. Just as you don’t pull out your troops before you evacuate your people and equipment, you don’t force everyone to buy electric cars and build thousands of charging stations after you’ve gone to war on domestic energy producers, begged OPEC (to no avail) to pump more oil, and your green supporters won’t let you build any nuclear power plants, the only reliable non-CO2-generating alternative.

And as long as we’re on the subject of Trojan Horse bills packed full of stuff that their sponsors don’t advertise to the public, here’s an analysis of that $3.5 trillion bill and some of things you might be surprised to know are in it.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/spending-package-reconciliation-tree-equity-bias-training

My critical reader will be glad to hear it includes $1 billion for an “electric vehicle charging equity program,” nearly $80 billion to expand the IRS for more audits and enforcement, $3 billion for a “tree equity” program, $5 billion for “climate justice bloc grants,” $15 million for national resource centers "focused on providing services for older individuals who are underserved due to their sexual orientation or gender identity," and a whole lot more you can read about the link that doesn’t sound to me like something I’m willing to put my grandchildren $3.5 trillion into debt to fund.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/spending-package-reconciliation-tree-equity-bias-training

The Bible tells us in Luke 8:17 (NAS version), “For nothing is concealed that will not become evident, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Or as Shakespeare put it in “The Merchant of Venice,” “Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man's son may, but at the length, truth will out.” (By the way, “a man’s son” was not a reference to Hunter Biden and his laptops.)

Despite all the power and influence of the government, media and social media, you can only fool the people for so long and hold the lid down on discussion of your chicanery before the under-the-radar chatter finally explodes into the public sphere. We’re seeing that happening all around us these days, with erupting backlash against attempts to censor everything from discussion of vaccine side effects to the origins of COVID-19 to the efficacy of natural immunity to questions about the 2020 election.

Attacking those who speak up only works for so long, particularly when influential people start speaking up, whether it be Eric Clapton, Nikki Minaj or French tennis pro Jeremy Chardy, who says he’s suffering intense pain after getting vaccinated and it's derailed his tennis career.

https://www.westernjournal.com/world-class-athlete-says-regrets-getting-covid-vaccine-now-serious-problems/

As noted in the story, that’s not meant to discourage vaccination, since the potential side effects are still less of a risk than COVID. But if you’re asking everyone to take a shot that might have even a tiny chance of serious side effects, then you can’t just order them to shut up and take it without question or else lose their job and all their rights, which is the autocratic method this Administration has chosen. Right now, Americans are scared enough of COVID to go along with that, but “Shut up and obey” is not a strategy that will work longterm in this country.

Likewise, after being silenced and shamed for months into not questioning any aspects of the 2020 election, the findings of various audits and investigations, coupled with the indictment of a top Democrat lawyer on charges related to lying to the FBI to frame Trump and his people for Russian collusion, has many people finally speaking up. Some are even prominent Trump-hating liberals who suddenly seem to have taken the red pill and awakened to what we’ve been telling you here for years now.

Here are two stunning examples: liberal British comedian Russell Brand admitted he was “in awe, gobsmacked, flabbergasted and startled” by the indictment of Michael Sussman and the realization that Trump was right about a conspiracy to frame him. Like too many people, Brand was getting his news from outlets that went on 24/7 about “Russian collusion” as “absolute fact,” so he assumed it must be true (a rookie mistake when watching CNN.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/massive-liberal-celeb-sees-light-trump-right-clinton-russia/

Brand said he wanted to believe that the Democratic Party is the party of “inclusivity, and diversity and truth and social justice and all great, positive ideas” (yep, that's the image they push, like putting a bouquet of flowers on a pack of cigarettes.) But, he said, “To discover that this was propaganda, a construct, a confection by the Democratic Party — who, of course, are now in government — is kind of beyond disappointing, because you begin to question and query what other things may not be true.”

Yes, and you should! Good for you, Russell. Embrace the truth, and it shall set you free. For a start, you’re welcome to subscribe to my newsletter, which is also free.

Another example, again from Britain, but let’s hope this reflects what’s happening here, too: writer Rob Liddle in the Sunday Times of London is still a Trump hater (as you can tell from his article), but his blinders have started to slip. He admits, “So Trump was right” about the election being rigged against him, and “The American public is slowly waking up to the fact that they are being led by an ineffectually devious, senile halfwit.”

https://beckernews.com/narrative-collapse-british-media-finally-appear-to-be-questioning-bidens-u-s-election-legitimacy-41960/

Maybe someday, he'll wake up to the fact that Trump wasn't just a victim of the cabal, he was the only person standing between it and the rest of us and fighting it. But that might take a handful of red pills for some people to see.

Note that he makes the same point that I have made repeatedly: you don’t even have to go into conspiracy theories about hijacked voting machines or stuffed ballot boxes. Just the collusion between Deep State operatives, leftist billionaires, the media, political figures, lawyers, Big Tech and social media to make sure voters heard only one side of the story was enough to unfairly tilt the election – and they’ve openly bragged about how successful that was. They even hail themselves as heroes for making sure the “right” person won by suppressing “unwanted elements of US political conversation” – as determined by them, of course.

Liddle points out that Time magazine said this cabal wasn’t subverting democracy by rigging the election, they were “fortifying” the election. We all need to start speaking up to make sure they don’t “fortify” any more elections. They do it the way cereal makers used to claim their sugary cereals were “fortified” with vitamins. They claim it’s good for you, but it’s just a thin coating over a bowl of junk.

With so much panic building over COVID-19, variants and vaccines, it’s amazing to me how many people think they’re well-informed because they listen to the most hysterical and biased sources in the media and how they assume that anyone who isn’t panicking must be a “right-wing science denier.” But who’s really refusing to look at the actual science?

Rasmussen Reports recently did a survey that found that for all the incessant media coverage of COVID, many Americans are clueless about some of the most important aspects of the pandemic, and the most clueless of all are those who get their news from liberal media outlets.

https://www.westernjournal.com/poll-finds-viewers-conservative-media-accurately-estimate-covid-19-death-rate/

For instance, the Johns Hopkins website says that the death rate for those diagnosed with COVID in the US is 1.6% (note: since many people get it, are asymptomatic and go undiagnosed, the actual death rate is likely much lower, but that’s the rate for those who are diagnosed.) 40% of Newsmax viewers and 34% of Fox News viewers estimated that correctly, compared to only 22% of CNN viewers and 24% of MSNBC viewers. Also, 38% of those who don’t watch cable news at all got it right.

Among the rest, 20% thought the death rate was 2-5%, 17% thought the death rate was 5-10%, and 19% thought your odds of dying were over 10%. Likewise, 28% of Democrats and only 14% of Republicans erroneously thought the death rate was over 10%.

Overall, 37% of Americans believe public officials are lying about the safety of vaccines, and that’s heavily skewed by conservative media viewers. However, I have a feeling that, pandemic or not, viewers of liberal media would be less likely to believe that the government lies to us. That’s sort of a given in their target demographic.

Reeder: Commander Cody RIP

September 29, 2021

By By "Huckabee" pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)

I’m sad to have to report the death of George Frayne IV, a.k.a. Commander Cody of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, of cancer at 77.

https://variety.com/2021/music/news/commander-cody-george-frayne-dead-roots-country-rock-lost-planet-airmen-1235075409/

As a born- and lifelong Texan, I’ve always been a big fan. They were one of the seminal groups in the 1970s Texas “outlaw country” movement, a fixture at joints like Austin’s Armadillo World Headquarters. Their name came from the same 1940s Republic sci-fi serial that inspired George Lucas. They were best known for their one hit, a 1971 remake of “Hot Rod Lincoln,” first cut by its writer Charlie Ryan in 1955 and by Johnny Bond in 1960. It’s from “Lost in the Ozone,” one of several of their LPs that made it into Billboard’s top 100. After the original band broke up in 1976, Frayne continued performing for decades under the name Commander Cody.

In his obit, Frayne is quoted as saying they stopped playing country music after being booed off stage at the 1973 CMA convention, and that “The people from Texas found out that I wasn’t from Texas, and they thought that I was stealing their music and they didn’t get it.” I find that odd, since I loved that band and assumed all real Texans did, too. Although I do remember seeing them open once for War in Waco, and while I thought they were fantastic, the crowd just sat on their hands. They only wanted War. (FYI: that's one of only three concerts I’ve ever walked out of. I can’t take 20 minute versions of “Low Rider” or “Slippin’ Into Darkness.” War is hell, at least live.)

They had a uniquely loose yet technically proficient, hippie-meets-cowboy mixture of country, western swing, R&B, rockabilly and early jazz that was irresistibly fun. AllMusic.com compares how they helped blow away the overproduced countrypolitan Nashville sound to how British pub rock bands helped force overblown ‘70s rockers back to the basics.

I always thought they were at their best live, which is why their live albums are better than the studio albums. My favorite is one of the great Lone Star classics, “Live from Deep In The Heart of Texas,” cut at Armadillo World Headquarters and with a crowd of cartoon armadillos on the cover. It’s a party in a sleeve, with such jump-up-and-dance tracks as “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” “Git It,” “Little Sally Walker” and “Too Much Fun” (no such thing.)

RIP, Commander! I hope to see you again in the ozone someday!

Devorah Sklar Tribute

September 29, 2021

I was devastated to learn of the death of Devorah Sklar, a dear friend not just to me, but our entire family. Devorah fought a valiant battle against COVID in a lengthy hospital stay. On a couple of occasions when doctors had communicated that she wouldn’t make it through the night, she did. Ultimately, her earthly battle was lost, but her heavenly home was ready.

Devorah and her husband Maurice have been a vital part of our trips to Israel and the Mediterranean for several years. Maurice is a Julliard trained virtuoso violinist, whose worshipful renderings on the violin were so powerful a part of our journeys to the Bible Lands that I told Maurice that if he didn’t go on our trips, I wouldn’t either. Devorah was much more than his wife and companion. She coordinated the performances and made sure the sound was carefully prepared. She handled his bookings, sale of his vast offerings of recorded music, and served as manager, producer, and coordinator. But above all, she was a beautiful human being, who had a great sense of humor, a profound love of Jesus and loving respect for all people.

There have been countless hours spent with Devorah and Maurice on our many trips across the globe. They have become cherished friends with whom I have loved sharing great stories, delightful meals, and genuine Christian fellowship.

I’m heartbroken. Devorah was so full of life and spirit and joy! I cannot even fathom how much I will miss all of those things from her! Pray for Maurice especially. Surround him with prayers and affirmation.

There’s an old joke about politicians: “How can you tell when they’re lying?” “Their lips are moving.”

So if you count our highly-politicized top brass military leaders in the same category, it’s impossible to say for sure whether Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, were lying to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, or President Biden has been lying to us. But one thing is certain: both versions we’ve heard of the tragically botched Afghanistan pullout can’t be true.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-ignored-military-advice-lied-americans-prevented-botched-afghan-withdraw/

Going by sheer numbers, the timeline of Taliban advances and the fact that they were testifying under penalty of perjury and supported each other’s stories, I tend to lean toward Tuesday’s Senate version. That is that the Generals did warn Biden not to withdraw from Afghanistan without leaving a few thousand US troops or the Taliban would quickly take over. But Biden ignored them (likely so he could boast of ending the war by the 20th anniversary of 9/11) and pulled out our troops before evacuating our people. The Taliban took over in brutal fashion, stranding an unknown number of Americans and our allies under their control; and Biden lied about not being warned in order to cover up his monumental blunder.

Also adding to the Generals’ credibility is that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed that “Their input was received by the President and considered by the President for sure.” So Biden can’t blame his terrible decision on his bad hearing.

There was much more to the testimony, including Gen. Milley being called out for leaking to reporters and Sen. Josh Hawley calling on Milley and Austin to resign.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/josh-hawley-joe-biden-evacuate-afghanistan

Milley’s testimony also blew away Biden’s claim that his hands were tied by the deal Trump had made (the only Trump policy he felt he couldn’t reverse, apparently.) Milley admitted that the Taliban didn’t abide by Trump’s conditions, so Biden was under no obligation to stick to the deal. Trump himself also had some things to say about that excuse.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/28/trump-cuts-bidens-excuses-right-out-from-under-him-in-statement-about-afghan-withdrawal-n449326

Milley also tried to defend himself against the charge that he called China to tell them he’d warn of any attack Trump launched. He denied ever trying to insert himself into the Presidential chain-of-command, but from his testimony, it sounds as if Nancy Pelosi might have. Time for an investigation into her alleged attempt at insurrection yet?

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2021/09/28/milleyaustin-hearing-n2596592?utm_campaign=rightrailsticky1

Milley also made it clear that despite Biden’s boasts about ending the war, the war on terror continues...except we’re now in a worse position than we were before, and we’re likely to be hearing from ISIS or al-Qaeda within the next 12-36 months.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/28/dem-senators-assessment-of-biden-admins-senate-testimony-is-searing-no-one-in-charge-n449490

That’s just history that Biden failed to learn from coming back to repeat itself. Obama also pulled out of Iraq over electoral politics rather than for strategic reasons, and it created a vacuum that ISIS soon filled. Before we knew it, we were back, only facing something worse.

Here’s a clue as to how bad a day it was for Biden: his longtime colleague, liberal Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal, blasted Secretary Austin for providing no real response on how many Americans are still stuck in Afghanistan because, Blumenthal said, “Nobody is in charge right now” at the White House. So even Democrats are starting to notice the obvious.

Well, at least Joe Biden's not in charge. And Kamala Harris is too busy ignoring Biden’s border crisis she was put in charge of months ago to deal with Biden’s Afghanistan crisis. That left the White House with only one avenue of defense left against his own Generals contradicting Biden’s story: lie about what he said previously. Unfortunately for press secretary Jen Psaki, when Biden spoke to George Stephanopoulos about Afghanistan back in August, there were cameras rolling and a transcript was made.

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/09/28/the-obscene-gaslighting-on-afghanistan-begins-as-bidens-house-of-cards-come-tumbling-down-n449289

Back then, he said that nobody told him to keep troops there “that I can recall.” I suggest that if they’re looking for a believable loophole, they might consider those last four words.

Not surprisingly, Biden’s loyal media allies are trying to find ways to save him and claim that he might not have exactly said what it sounded like he said if you squint at it from just the right angle. But at this point, it’s like trying to put out a four-alarm fire with a wet sponge.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/ari-j-kaufman/2021/09/29/media-allies-rush-to-defend-biden-after-devastating-day-of-testimony-n1520405

More Election Audit Fallout

September 28, 2021

On Monday, Dan Bongino provided an overview of the numbers that came out of the Maricopa County election audit and presented some of his “major concerns.” Keep in mind that in the entire state of Arizona, the so-called margin of victory between Biden and Trump was just over 10,000 votes. It’s impossible to overstate how important accuracy was in this unbelievably close election, especially in a huge metropolitan area such as Maricopa County.

Bongino introduced his discussion by explaining the difference between RELIABILITY and VALIDITY. If a scale is calibrated to measure 10 pounds over what the real weight is, that is a reliable measure, even if it’s wrong. You know it’s always going to be 10 pounds heavier than what the scale says. “Something can be reliable but reliably wrong,” he said. So the result it's giving you is not VALID. It’s inaccurate, and you’d have to take that into account.

Likewise, even if you know that elections are reliably off by one or two percentage points because of fraud, that doesn’t mean the results are valid. In a case where the “winner” is shown to be ahead by less than the reliable margin of error, there is NO valid measure of the outcome. I would add that in an election as close as Arizona’s, that would seem to be the case.

Let’s look at a few of these numbers. At first glance, they are staggering. Just in Maricopa County, roughly 23,300 mail-in ballots came from people who were not residing at the address from which they voted.

Also, there were 17,300 duplicate ballots, as well as 2,300 voters who cast a vote in Maricopa County but had moved out of that county.

But voting officials say they can explain at least some of this. For example, of the 23,000 mail-in voters who didn’t reside at the address the ballots had been mailed from, it appears that about 15,000 had simply moved within the county and put the old address on the envelope. So those 15,000 weren’t necessarily from people who voted twice, and they do count. Even so, and very importantly, that still leaves 8,000 ballots.

Officials also say that about 1,700 of those 23,000 had moved out of Maricopa County entirely and were living elsewhere in Arizona, so they were still entitled to vote for President. They weren’t necessarily committing fraud (unless they voted again in their new county; we don’t know).

Officials also determined, he said, that about 33 percent of those mail-in ballots with different addresses were from Republican voters. The rest, presumably, came from Democrats. (I could make a joke here about Democrats being twice as likely not to even know their own addresses, but I will refrain.)

There were also 3,432 “excess” votes. That means they were part of the count but didn’t show up as actual votes. County election officials have offered an explanation: that those votes might have been cast might by victims of domestic abuse who were under protective orders and whose records were not publicly available for the audit. That does seem like a great many people, county-wide, to be under protective orders; I’m sure that figure will be looked at more closely in coming days. Could officials not make available the redacted records, just to show there really were that many?

Of the more than 17,000 duplicate ballots, officials say that about 9,000 were “cured.” In other words, about 9,000 people submitted one ballot but were called back because of some problem with it. Then they submitted a new, corrected ballot, and presumably, that was the only one counted. I don’t know how auditors check that; maybe there’s a way. But even if those are explained, that still leaves about 8,000 cases of duplicate balloting that are NOT explained. Combine that with the roughly 8,000 ballots that had unexplained incorrect addresses and you’ve got 16,000 potential tabulation errors in Maricopa County alone. Again, the margin for the ENTIRE STATE was just over 10,000.

“Arizona’s got some explaining to do,” Bongino said, wondering what it is about facts and data that seem to bother people so much when you bring them up. “If there was fraud, wouldn’t you want to know that?” he asked.

Well, I'd say that if you’re a Democrat --- or an anti-Trump Republican --- and the discovery of the fraud might mean the Democrat didn’t really win, the answer to that question is a hearty NO. You would not want to find that out. It’s quite simple, really.

And in battleground states such as Arizona, state officials are fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid election audits. What does this tell us? Even if the fraud isn’t to the level that would prove Trump actually won, Bongino said, “the Democrats still don’t want you to see the extent to which our elections are a mess without really good, strong voter I.D. where it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

Of course, this audit didn’t even get into the accuracy of the voting machines. Not that the auditors hadn't hoped to, but neither government officials nor Dominion Voting Systems cooperated. Apparently there’s one master administrative password that Dominion won’t relinquish. They’ve tried to have it both ways by withholding supposedly exculpatory evidence AND suing their critics.

So far, they’ve sued or threatened to sue a host of entities, including NEWSMAX, OAN, OAN CEO Robert Herring and his son, OAN president Charles Herring, FOX NEWS, Lou Dobbs, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Rudy Giuliani, Patrick Byrne (who was working with the Arizona audit), Mike Lindell and others. They say they’re considering suing Donald Trump. They’ve sent out over 150 cease-and-desist letters. Smartmatic, another electronic voting systems company, is suing Lou Dobbs, Judge Pirro and Maria Bartiromo.

Dominion made a splash suing Sidney Powell, hoping that would silence her, and the litigation did dramatically lessen her media presence. But now Powell is countersuing Dominion, saying that company has adopted litigation as a public relations strategy. As part of its “lawfare” campaign, she says, Dominion has “filed billion-dollar-plus lawsuits against separate defendants at critical and strategically planned times.” She claims that this behavior is an abuse of process and demands $10 million in damages, plus punitive damages. She also warns that “continued scrutiny of the vulnerabilities of the Dominion voting systems would likely open its executives to criminal and civil liability.” Despite executives’ sworn statements and assurances, she says, “the Dominion patents and manuals expressly provide for remote access to real-time election results, to adjudicate or flip votes, to delete audit logs and votes and other vulnerabilities.”

Powell hits them with no less than 25 different affirmative defenses. Details here.

https://presscalifornia.com/2021/09/27/kitty-sidney-powell-countersues-dominion-for-bad-pr-and-fraud/

Please note that unlike the linked-to opinion piece detailing Powell’s defense, we are not calling the Dominion executives “illegal fraudsters.” Certainly not. But there is still no valid reason we have seen to discount the possibility that they are. Perhaps if they gave auditors the password and allowed a transparent analysis of their system, that would give us a reason. In the meantime, they do seem to be using offensive tactics as their defense, which strongly suggests that they HAVE no real defense besides "lawfare" and withholding evidence that auditors need.

This reader comment was in response to our piece, “Who edited the Maricopa County audit report?”

From Howard A:

You got trolled by a fake leaked draft. I guess you missed the part of the actual final report where they announced that Joe Biden got more votes than Donald Trump.

From the Gov:

No, we certainly were not “trolled,” as we made it clear we were still verifying the draft as authentic. “It has been reported...” we said. “If this is true...” “If that’s the case...” “No accusations, just a call for answers.”

Does that sound like we bought into it at the outset? If just calling for answers is going to be criticized, there is little hope for enlightening discourse in this country.

But mostly, we wonder where you got YOUR information, about the earlier draft being fake. If you go to Patrick Byrne’s website, he has that original draft right there --- complete with the part about the election results not being reliable or certifiable, the part that does not appear in the final version. If that draft was fake, why is it on Patrick Byrne’s own website?

https://www.deepcapture.com/2021/09/based-on-these-factual-findings-the-election-should-not-be-certified-and-the-reported-results-are-not-reliable/

And, no, we didn’t miss the part of the report that said Joe Biden got more votes than Donald Trump. In fact, we referred to the problem with that count as being that they were “just recounting the same ballots over again.” It does no good simply to recount the same issue-plagued ballots, and for that reason the recount was just one of many things the auditors were looking at.

Byrne also has an exhaustive list of other problems turned up by the audit that we haven’t yet had a chance to go through. After that loooooong list, he says, “Which our craven and literacy-challenged MSM reports as, “Maricopa County audit shows Biden still won.” You're just repeating what our craven and literacy-challenged MSM told you. So, Howard, who was really trolled here, us or you?

Morning Edition - September 28

September 28, 2021

Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! 

Today's newsletter includes:

  • Bible Verse of the Day - Psalm 19:1
  • "MacGuffins"
  • Biden's invisible gremlin
  • Haitian migrants update
  • A mess of his own making
  • More Election Audit Fallout
  • Answer to reader about edited Maricopa County audit report

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee


"Macguffins"

By Mike Huckabee

There are many people who suspect, with good reason, that a number of the stories the White House and media are obsessing over, from horseback Border Patrol agents "whipping" migrants to vaccine mandates, are all what Hitchcock called “MacGuffins,” just inventions meant to distract you from the real story, and that’s the horrifying situation Biden created in Afghanistan.

At the link, former US ambassador to El Salvador and Afghanistan war veteran Ron Johnson recaps what’s actually happened in Afghanistan over the past few weeks and debunks some of the many lies we’re being told about it.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-afghanistan-fiasco-horrors-amb-ron-johnson

And there’s the latest from the new, “moderate,” businesslike Taliban that Biden thinks we can trust and deal with: they’re now displaying dead bodies in public and leaving one swinging from a crane as a lesson to the public.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/taliban-hang-bodies-crane-afghanistan

And yes, it’s being reported (not by liberal outlets, of course) that there are still many Americans and allies of America stuck in Afghanistan, left behind to face the Taliban’s brutality by the Biden Administration

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2021/09/25/president-biden-is-still-leaving-americans-others-stranded-in-afghanistan-n447923


Biden's invisible gremlin

By Mike Huckabee

Like the little boy in “Family Circus” who blames everything he breaks on an invisible gremlin named “Not Me,” nothing is ever President Biden’s fault. Friday, he again tried to blame his myriad self-caused disasters on his predecessor, Donald Trump, whining, “Take a look at what I inherited when I came into office.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-attempts-blame-trump-crises-mount-look-inherited/

That prompted several conservatives to comply by listing just a few things that Biden inherited from Trump: the most secure Southern border in history, two vaccines (and a distribution system that was already inoculating nearly 100,000 Americans a day), energy independence, an intelligent and safe Afghanistan withdrawal plan, and Bagram Air Base and 2500 soldiers to provide flexibility. I might add that he also inherited an incredibly strong economy that was bouncing back after being artificially shut down over COVID, cases of which were declining (Reminder: Biden blamed Trump – not China – for every COVID death on Trump’s watch, and now he blames Trump supporters for every COVID death on his own watch.)

Oh, and he also blamed the weather. And “racist” Border Patrol agents who whipped Haitians, even though they really didn’t (that was just their reins flying; they don’t carry whips or whip people with their reins.) And the Haitians wouldn’t even have been there if it weren’t for his calamitous border policies that are luring illegal immigrants into the USA by the tens of thousands.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-admin-released-12000-haitians-us-thousands-processing/

That unfounded attack on the Border Patrol agents proved too much even for former Democratic Presidential candidate and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who blasted Biden for acting as judge, jury and executioner by smearing the agents as violent racists without waiting for any evidence. She said, “He’s absolutely wrong and he needs to apologize to the American people for saying what he said.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/tulsi-gabbard-savages-biden-issuing-warning-absolutely-wrong-needs-apologize-american-people/

I won’t hold my breath waiting for Biden to apologize or even to acknowledge his own part in setting the various fires that are nipping at his feet (he learned from Obama to accuse people of racism and wait for the facts to appear later), but I do have some good news for those falsely-accused Border Patrol agents. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he wants them to know, “If they are at risk of losing their job by a President who is abandoning his duty to secure the border, you have a job in the state of Texas. I will hire you to help Texas secure our border.”

They should be working for Texas instead of the feds, anyway. They know how to ride a horse, which is obviously something nobody in Washington understands at all.


Haitian migrants update

By Mike Huckabee

Speaking of the 12,000 Haitian illegal immigrants that have disappeared from under the bridge in Del Rio, there seems to be some confusion about where they disappeared to. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed they are in immigration proceedings, with the implication being that they were returned to Mexico or wherever they had been living.

But former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan accused Mayorkas of misleading the public. He says, as we reported here last week, that they were just given “notices to report.” That means they were released into the United States and will only be in “immigration proceedings” if they actually honor the government’s “request” that they show up at an ICE office to turn themselves in.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/homan-mayorkas-haitian-migrants-border-numbers-wallace

I’d say that’s about as likely as President Biden honoring my request that he resign.


A mess of his own making

By Mike Huckabee

There were big news stories this week. The total collapse of our southern border and the incompetent management of the crisis by the Biden administration is just one of them. It’s a mess by Biden’s own making. He can’t blame this on Trump. When Trump left office, the border was under control, our “stay in Mexico policy” was working, the wall was being built, and the Border Patrol was being backed up and given the resources to determine if those wishing to cross over were criminals, drug dealers, human traffickers or if they met the criteria to come legally. Instead of keeping in place policies that were working, Biden reversed everything and the result is absolute chaos and an estimated 1.5 million people being illegally released into our communities. To be fair, many will end up being hard-working, good-living and God-fearing residents and some will likely work hard to be legal citizens. And while Joe Biden continues to pretend that he cares about protecting us from Covid, he reveals his dishonesty about that by insisting that YOU have the vaccine, but allows hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to cross the border and settle into your hometown without being forced to get a shot, get a Covid test or wear a mask. Your kids have to wear masks in school, but I guess if you just told the school your kids were illegal immigrants, they wouldn’t have to. Some of the young girls being brought across the border will be sold into sex slavery and treated like property and yet others will bring with them illicit drugs that will find their way into your town and may kill someone you know and love. And Joe Biden owns this. He supposedly put Kamala Harris in charge, but she’s been harder to find than Brian Laundrie, the young man wanted in connection with the tragic disappearance and subsequent confirmation of the murder of Gabbi Petito. Which brings us to another story of the week—the gut-wrenching story of that young lady, whose case captured the imagination of the American people. Maybe she reminded all of us with daughters and granddaughters that the young lady could have been our family member and it was hard to imagine the pain and anxiety of her family.

President Biden also made a mind-numbing speech at the UN, where he tried to say the greatest threat to our world was climate change. He never mentioned the real threat to our world, the Communist Chinese Party or the virus they unleashed upon us. He didn’t mention Afghanistan and our leaving behind $85 billion worth of military hardware to terrorists who are already viciously slaughtering people left behind.

But the biggest story of all was one the press pretty much ignored. It’s the indictment of Democrat operative and attorney Michael Sussman, who is charged with working for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee back in 2016 and lying to the FBI that then candidate Donald Trump was colluding with the Russians. That outright lie was used by the FBI to smear Donald Trump as both a candidate and as President. It destroyed the lives and reputations of several people connected to him, and became the basis for a politically motivated impeachment process that was based on the outright lies of Sussman. But there were numerous others including some of the highest officials at the FBI, Dept of Justice and the US Congress involved in the scheme. I say this is the biggest story because it reveals a level of corruption that is far worse than the entirety of Watergate and exposes the wickedness of the deep state that protects bad actors in government but will callously crush you or other citizens with the full force of the federal government if you become a political threat to their power. While there a lot of important stories going on, the one deserving the most coverage is the one that hasn’t had much attention and it’s whether our political process was hi-jacked by people sitting in the highest perches of our taxpayer funded government. While supposedly working to protect our Constitution and country, they instead lied to us, defrauded us, and did far more to overthrow the government than a bunch of overheated chuckleheads did on January 6 when they vandalized the Capitol. But don’t expect the press to tell you that either. But remember I just did.

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More Election Audit Fallout

By Mike Huckabee

On Monday, Dan Bongino provided an overview of the numbers that came out of the Maricopa County election audit and presented some of his “major concerns.” Keep in mind that in the entire state of Arizona, the so-called margin of victory between Biden and Trump was just over 10,000 votes. It’s impossible to overstate how important accuracy was in this unbelievably close election, especially in a huge metropolitan area such as Maricopa County.

Bongino introduced his discussion by explaining the difference between RELIABILITY and VALIDITY. If a scale is calibrated to measure 10 pounds over what the real weight is, that is a reliable measure, even if it’s wrong. You know it’s always going to be 10 pounds heavier than what the scale says. “Something can be reliable but reliably wrong,” he said. So the result it's giving you is not VALID. It’s inaccurate, and you’d have to take that into account.

Likewise, even if you know that elections are reliably off by one or two percentage points because of fraud, that doesn’t mean the results are valid. In a case where the “winner” is shown to be ahead by less than the reliable margin of error, there is NO valid measure of the outcome. I would add that in an election as close as Arizona’s, that would seem to be the case.

Let’s look at a few of these numbers. At first glance, they are staggering. Just in Maricopa County, roughly 23,300 mail-in ballots came from people who were not residing at the address from which they voted.

Also, there were 17,300 duplicate ballots, as well as 2,300 voters who cast a vote in Maricopa County but had moved out of that county.

But voting officials say they can explain at least some of this. For example, of the 23,000 mail-in voters who didn’t reside at the address the ballots had been mailed from, it appears that about 15,000 had simply moved within the county and put the old address on the envelope. So those 15,000 weren’t necessarily from people who voted twice, and they do count. Even so, and very importantly, that still leaves 8,000 ballots.

Officials also say that about 1,700 of those 23,000 had moved out of Maricopa County entirely and were living elsewhere in Arizona, so they were still entitled to vote for President. They weren’t necessarily committing fraud (unless they voted again in their new county; we don’t know).

Officials also determined, he said, that about 33 percent of those mail-in ballots with different addresses were from Republican voters. The rest, presumably, came from Democrats. (I could make a joke here about Democrats being twice as likely not to even know their own addresses, but I will refrain.)

There were also 3,432 “excess” votes. That means they were part of the count but didn’t show up as actual votes. County election officials have offered an explanation: that those votes might have been cast might by victims of domestic abuse who were under protective orders and whose records were not publicly available for the audit. That does seem like a great many people, county-wide, to be under protective orders; I’m sure that figure will be looked at more closely in coming days. Could officials not make available the redacted records, just to show there really were that many?

Of the more than 17,000 duplicate ballots, officials say that about 9,000 were “cured.” In other words, about 9,000 people submitted one ballot but were called back because of some problem with it. Then they submitted a new, corrected ballot, and presumably, that was the only one counted. I don’t know how auditors check that; maybe there’s a way. But even if those are explained, that still leaves about 8,000 cases of duplicate balloting that are NOT explained. Combine that with the roughly 8,000 ballots that had unexplained incorrect addresses and you’ve got 16,000 potential tabulation errors in Maricopa County alone. Again, the margin for the ENTIRE STATE was just over 10,000.

“Arizona’s got some explaining to do,” Bongino said, wondering what it is about facts and data that seem to bother people so much when you bring them up. “If there was fraud, wouldn’t you want to know that?” he asked.

Well, I'd say that if you’re a Democrat --- or an anti-Trump Republican --- and the discovery of the fraud might mean the Democrat didn’t really win, the answer to that question is a hearty NO. You would not want to find that out. It’s quite simple, really.

And in battleground states such as Arizona, state officials are fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid election audits. What does this tell us? Even if the fraud isn’t to the level that would prove Trump actually won, Bongino said, “the Democrats still don’t want you to see the extent to which our elections are a mess without really good, strong voter I.D. where it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

Of course, this audit didn’t even get into the accuracy of the voting machines. Not that the auditors hadn't hoped to, but neither government officials nor Dominion Voting Systems cooperated. Apparently there’s one master administrative password that Dominion won’t relinquish. They’ve tried to have it both ways by withholding supposedly exculpatory evidence AND suing their critics.

So far, they’ve sued or threatened to sue a host of entities, including NEWSMAX, OAN, OAN CEO Robert Herring and his son, OAN president Charles Herring, FOX NEWS, Lou Dobbs, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Rudy Giuliani, Patrick Byrne (who was working with the Arizona audit), Mike Lindell and others. They say they’re considering suing Donald Trump. They’ve sent out over 150 cease-and-desist letters. Smartmatic, another electronic voting systems company, is suing Lou Dobbs, Judge Pirro and Maria Bartiromo.

Dominion made a splash suing Sidney Powell, hoping that would silence her, and the litigation did dramatically lessen her media presence. But now Powell is countersuing Dominion, saying that company has adopted litigation as a public relations strategy. As part of its “lawfare” campaign, she says, Dominion has “filed billion-dollar-plus lawsuits against separate defendants at critical and strategically planned times.” She claims that this behavior is an abuse of process and demands $10 million in damages, plus punitive damages. She also warns that “continued scrutiny of the vulnerabilities of the Dominion voting systems would likely open its executives to criminal and civil liability.” Despite executives’ sworn statements and assurances, she says, “the Dominion patents and manuals expressly provide for remote access to real-time election results, to adjudicate or flip votes, to delete audit logs and votes and other vulnerabilities.”

Powell hits them with no less than 25 different affirmative defenses. Details here.

https://presscalifornia.com/2021/09/27/kitty-sidney-powell-countersues-dominion-for-bad-pr-and-fraud/

Please note that unlike the linked-to opinion piece detailing Powell’s defense, we are not calling the Dominion executives “illegal fraudsters.” Certainly not. But there is still no valid reason we have seen to discount the possibility that they are. Perhaps if they gave auditors the password and allowed a transparent analysis of their system, that would give us a reason. In the meantime, they do seem to be using offensive tactics as their defense, which strongly suggests that they HAVE no real defense besides "lawfare" and withholding evidence that auditors need.

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Answer to reader about edited Maricopa County audit report

By Mike Huckabee

This reader comment was in response to our piece, “Who edited the Maricopa County audit report?”

From Howard A:

You got trolled by a fake leaked draft. I guess you missed the part of the actual final report where they announced that Joe Biden got more votes than Donald Trump.

From the Gov:

No, we certainly were not “trolled,” as we made it clear we were still verifying the draft as authentic. “It has been reported...” we said. “If this is true...” “If that’s the case...” “No accusations, just a call for answers.”

Does that sound like we bought into it at the outset? If just calling for answers is going to be criticized, there is little hope for enlightening discourse in this country.

But mostly, we wonder where you got YOUR information, about the earlier draft being fake. If you go to Patrick Byrne’s website, he has that original draft right there --- complete with the part about the election results not being reliable or certifiable, the part that does not appear in the final version. If that draft was fake, why is it on Patrick Byrne’s own website?

https://www.deepcapture.com/2021/09/based-on-these-factual-findings-the-election-should-not-be-certified-and-the-reported-results-are-not-reliable/

And, no, we didn’t miss the part of the report that said Joe Biden got more votes than Donald Trump. In fact, we referred to the problem with that count as being that they were “just recounting the same ballots over again.” It does no good simply to recount the same issue-plagued ballots, and for that reason the recount was just one of many things the auditors were looking at.

Byrne also has an exhaustive list of other problems turned up by the audit that we haven’t yet had a chance to go through. After that loooooong list, he says, “Which our craven and literacy-challenged MSM reports as, “Maricopa County audit shows Biden still won.” You're just repeating what our craven and literacy-challenged MSM told you. So, Howard, who was really trolled here, us or you?


A mess of his own making

September 28, 2021

There were big news stories this week. The total collapse of our southern border and the incompetent management of the crisis by the Biden administration is just one of them. It’s a mess by Biden’s own making. He can’t blame this on Trump. When Trump left office, the border was under control, our “stay in Mexico policy” was working, the wall was being built, and the Border Patrol was being backed up and given the resources to determine if those wishing to cross over were criminals, drug dealers, human traffickers or if they met the criteria to come legally. Instead of keeping in place policies that were working, Biden reversed everything and the result is absolute chaos and an estimated 1.5 million people being illegally released into our communities. To be fair, many will end up being hard-working, good-living and God-fearing residents and some will likely work hard to be legal citizens. And while Joe Biden continues to pretend that he cares about protecting us from Covid, he reveals his dishonesty about that by insisting that YOU have the vaccine, but allows hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to cross the border and settle into your hometown without being forced to get a shot, get a Covid test or wear a mask. Your kids have to wear masks in school, but I guess if you just told the school your kids were illegal immigrants, they wouldn’t have to. Some of the young girls being brought across the border will be sold into sex slavery and treated like property and yet others will bring with them illicit drugs that will find their way into your town and may kill someone you know and love. And Joe Biden owns this. He supposedly put Kamala Harris in charge, but she’s been harder to find than Brian Laundrie, the young man wanted in connection with the tragic disappearance and subsequent confirmation of the murder of Gabbi Petito. Which brings us to another story of the week—the gut-wrenching story of that young lady, whose case captured the imagination of the American people. Maybe she reminded all of us with daughters and granddaughters that the young lady could have been our family member and it was hard to imagine the pain and anxiety of her family.

President Biden also made a mind-numbing speech at the UN, where he tried to say the greatest threat to our world was climate change. He never mentioned the real threat to our world, the Communist Chinese Party or the virus they unleashed upon us. He didn’t mention Afghanistan and our leaving behind $85 billion worth of military hardware to terrorists who are already viciously slaughtering people left behind.

But the biggest story of all was one the press pretty much ignored. It’s the indictment of Democrat operative and attorney Michael Sussman, who is charged with working for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee back in 2016 and lying to the FBI that then candidate Donald Trump was colluding with the Russians. That outright lie was used by the FBI to smear Donald Trump as both a candidate and as President. It destroyed the lives and reputations of several people connected to him, and became the basis for a politically motivated impeachment process that was based on the outright lies of Sussman. But there were numerous others including some of the highest officials at the FBI, Dept of Justice and the US Congress involved in the scheme. I say this is the biggest story because it reveals a level of corruption that is far worse than the entirety of Watergate and exposes the wickedness of the deep state that protects bad actors in government but will callously crush you or other citizens with the full force of the federal government if you become a political threat to their power. While there a lot of important stories going on, the one deserving the most coverage is the one that hasn’t had much attention and it’s whether our political process was hi-jacked by people sitting in the highest perches of our taxpayer funded government. While supposedly working to protect our Constitution and country, they instead lied to us, defrauded us, and did far more to overthrow the government than a bunch of overheated chuckleheads did on January 6 when they vandalized the Capitol. But don’t expect the press to tell you that either. But remember I just did.

Kash Patel, former lead investigator for the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee, appeared on EPOCH TV over the weekend to talk about the Sussmann indictment. This video provides a concise overview of what we’ve been talking about the past week and offers additional details as well.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/kashs-corner-more-indictments-are-coming-unraveling-the-origins-of-the-russia-collusion-hoax_4015931.html?utm_source=ATLNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-02-19

For example, Patel said that Sussmann and Marc Elias were the two top lawyers at Perkins Coie overseeing all legal issues of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Sussmann is not some peon.

He also commented, as we have, about the unusual length of the indictment, saying this is not at all a typical indictment for one count of making a false statement, which might run a couple of pages, This runs 27 pages and is what’s known as a “speaking indictment.”

Sussmann and Elias brought in “tens of millions of dollars” to handle “everything from election law to campaign finance to any criminal allegations that might come up, to state law...” Indeed, we saw how Elias jetted around to different states before the election with a brigade of attorneys filing lawsuits to change state election laws.

Patel described Perkins Coie as a “behemoth.” It had to be one, to handle all the legalities –- and illegalities, ha –- of the Democrats’ run for President. These two attorneys also went out and hired “internet research” (campaign dirt) firm Fusion GPS, paying founder Glenn Simpson million of dollars for whatever his team could come up with, including the “Russia” stories. Of course, Simpson hired Christopher Steele. As you and I knew, it all traces back to Hillary Clinton.

Patel laid all this out in a most understandable way, so if you know people who are confused by all the twists and turns, just send them our summary, which includes the link, above.

He noted that opposition research is a normal part of political campaigns, and I can tell you from experience that this is true. Candidates even run oppo research on themselves, just to see what comes up. If they find something that might be an issue, their opponent certainly will.

It was just a few days before the election that the phony Alfa Bank story hit. And Hillary tweeted: “It’s time for Trump to answer some serious questions about his ties to Russia.” There was no basis in fact here at all, but the tweet included these fake bullet points:

1. Donald Trump has a secret server. [Aside: I know. That was HRC!]

2. It was set up privately to communicate with Putin-tied Alfa Bank.

3. When a reporter asked about it, they shut it down.

4. One week later, they created a new server with a different name for the same purpose.

As we now know, the FBI used this information in its FISA request for surveillance. Sussmann was the one who passed it to them. And then he lied about working on anyone else's behalf.

In examining what happened, Patel did what we like to do, which is to turn it around and ask “what if” the Trump campaign were found to have hired a law firm to research and “find” a connection between Clinton campaign headquarters and the Russian government, created a fake story about the Clinton campaign “pinging” back and forth through a bank to coordinate with the Russians, and released this to the media and the FBI right before the 2016 election?

“That would’ve been international headline news,” he said, and we all know that’s true. But it’s just the opposite when the CLINTON campaign is found to have done this. The media give it the tiniest bit of coverage possible. But Patel doesn’t think they can get away with that much longer.

He noted in this interview that Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation was charged with (among other things) finding out how the Alfa bank story fit in and if there was really anything to it. The House Intelligence Committee was looking into this at the same time and hadn’t come out with their report, as they were “just staffers on the Hill,” operating without subpoena power, etc. Mueller had sweeping subpoena power and cooperation from law enforcement.

Patel puts this Sussmann indictment together with that of Kevin Clinesmith, whom you’ll recall was charged with altering an official record that was used against Carter Page in the FISA warrant to spy on him. When looking at both of these, he sees that together they cover “two big components” of the investigation into the Russia Hoax. The former deals with the phony media campaign, outside the government, and the latter with the phony investigation going inside the government. “So, I think there’s a larger conspiracy at play here,” he said.

He sees this in the long “speaking indictment” that Durham has filed. Though most of the conspirators aren’t named, he's pretty confident of most of those identities, “if not all of them.”

“I think he’s just started,” Patel said of Durham.

IMPORTANT POINT: One thing the media are saying right now is that Durham’s investigation has gone on so long, he’s coming to the end of his official funding in just a few days and needs to wrap it up. (They wish!) According to Patel, the investigation cannot be shut down because Durham has just issued a federal indictment and this case has to be adjudicated in some fashion, by plea or by trial, which typically takes 12-18 months. In the meantime, Durham gets to continue his work. “So, I laugh at anyone in the media who tells me they’re worried about Durham being defunded,” he said. “He literally CAN’T, because he’s in the middle of a federal prosecution.”

It occurs to me that this might be another reason for Durham’s under-the-wire timing of the Sussmann indictment.

One concern Patel does have is a potential conflict of interest for the judge assigned Sussmann’s case: U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper. His wife, prominent DC attorney Amy Jeffress, is a former top aide to then-Attorney General Eric Holder. She has represented...(drum roll, please)...Lisa Page, who reported to Andrew McCabe and, along with him, is one of the most central figures in this scandal. She worked for FBI general counsel James Baker, who is the one who reviewed the FISA applications, and also teamed (very closely) with Peter Strzok, who led “Crossfire Hurricane”!

I’m sorry, but that big a conflict just will not fly. How did this judge GET the case, anyway?

As Patel pointed out, Lisa Page might very well be a witness in Sussmann’s trial. (I would add that apparently there WILL be a trial, as Sussmann has already pleaded “not guilty.”) Conflicts of interest can be cited simply over the possibility of such things happening. As wild as it seems, unless the case is reassigned, we could easily have a situation in which a witness in the case has been represented by the judge’s wife.

The judge should recuse himself, or the attorney general should reassign the case. But with Merrick Garland at the helm, how do we trust this process?

Here’s more commentary on President Biden’s speech this week to the UN, pointing out how removed from reality it was, and how antithetical to the interests of the United States.

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-83-second-video-absolutely-devastating-joe-bidens-presidency/

I’m linking to this because it makes the point that Biden’s speech was built around his belief in solving all problems through “international diplomacy.” Indeed, he took it even further, declaring, “We’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy.” Can you imagine anything that would irritate other nations more than a relentless diplomat?

Even since I started this political commentary racket, I’ve looked for inspiration to a great American, Will Rogers. His commentaries were read by both the powerful and regular working people, because he had a way of using humor, common sense and plain talk to cut through all the baloney and tell the truth. Recently, TCM aired “The Story of Will Rogers,” and I was again amazed at how many things he said in the early 20th century seem to apply just as well in the 21st. For instance: “Diplomats have this thing called ‘diplomatic language.’ It means they have a hundred ways to say nothing, but no way to say something.”

One reason the leftists hated Trump so much was that they accused him of being undiplomatic. But after seeing the results of a century of diplomacy, I think I prefer blunt truth. Judging from this Administration, I can only assume “relentless diplomacy” means having a thousand ways to say nothing instead of a hundred ways.

There’s something odd about the Maricopa County, Arizona, Final Audit Report. We’re making no accusations at this point but would like some answers.

It has been reported that part of the Executive Summary has undergone some editing. A draft that was released by Patrick Byrne before the final presentation on Friday contained this passage:

“In the 2020 presidential election, the margin of victory was only 10,457 votes, a small fraction of the 57,734 ballots with known issues. Again, this is almost 6 times the margin of victory in the presidential race and is multiples of the margin of victory in other races. Based on these factual findings, the election should not be certified, and the reported results are not reliable.”

That last statement about certification was apparently edited out of the final report. If that’s the case, we would just like to know who was responsible for this change and why they did it, given the accuracy of the statements that preceded it. Do the reported results sound reliable to you? Really?

Again, no accusations, just a call for answers. It would also be nice to know what else might have been altered. THEN we might have some accusations…

Arizona Audit Final Report Was Watered Down: Reports from Cyber Ninjas Were Edited, Most Damning Statements Removed - What Else Was Removed?

THE EPOCH TIMES has an updated report on what was presented Friday during the Arizona Senate hearing. It has details regarding the anomalies that were found. Highly recommended reading...

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/arizona-senate-president-releases-audit-results_4015286.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-09-26-3&mktids=1303fcab08678bc0f60020ce8ecaafdb&est=uTMlpTQj7EU3jFRqIkZENMSz6mJO0h4J9W3q4b4zf3wMvD2jAEX4ZFkvrulMAQiXORf72w%3D%3D

Senate President Karen Fann sent a letter Friday to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, calling for further investigation and outlining her concerns about the following:

--- signature verification for mail-in ballots

--- voter roll accuracy

--- security of election systems

--- record-keeping of evidence after elections

Brnovich’s office issued a statement that said they had no comment on specific allegations at this time and that they would “thoroughly review the Senate’s information and evidence.” We’ll see.

The recount that was done as one part of the audit found little difference in the vote tallies, but that was just recounting the same ballots over again. Nevertheless, mainstream media reports picked up on that as if it were the only finding, because that’s the story they wanted to tell. Sen. Fann said evidence was found of numerous problems that affected tens of thousands of ballots, including laws being broken and chain of custody not being maintained.

Arizona Democrats responded by (what else?) attacking Cyber Ninjas, one of the teams working on the audit. Democrats obviously have no interest in identifying problems and reforming the system, no matter how much of a mess it is shown to be, as long as that system benefits them.

Friday, the findings were announced from the Arizona Senate audit of the 2020 Presidential vote in Maricopa County. The way it was reported reminded me of the classic movie “Rashomon,” which invented the concept of completely different versions of the same story being told by different narrators.

Conservative outlets focused on the many irregularities that the audit turned up, such as over 17,000 duplicate ballots, 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from people’s prior addresses, 2,382 in-person voters who’d moved out of the county outside the window of eligibility, and other issues. The total ballots that had something questionable about them was 57,734, far more than Biden’s 10,457-vote margin of victory in Arizona.

https://www.westernjournal.com/az-auditors-say-17000-duplicate-ballots-found-maricopa-county-1-5-times-biden-won/

Meanwhile, liberal outlets trumpeted the finding that the hand recount of ballots that were accepted in the county showed Biden did win, even picking up a few hundred more votes than originally reported. This wasn’t unexpected, since they were just recounting votes that had already been recounted (and I’ve noticed that whenever you do that, the Democrat total always increases for some reason.)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/maricopa-county-gop-audit-confirms-biden-2020-victory-in-arizona/ar-AAONkSM?ocid=BingNewsSearch

Incidentally, does anyone else find it amusing that after months of attacking the auditors as crazy, unqualified, unreliable hacks who shouldn’t be listened to, that when they produced a finding Democrats liked, liberal media outlets trumpeted the news as, “Audit vindicates Biden!”

So what conclusion can be drawn from this? Frankly, nothing solid, other than that Arizona needs to get a firm grip on its election procedures going forward. The auditors were blocked from obtaining all the data they needed, and while they found a lot of suspicious irregularities, they also found no hard proof that Biden didn’t win. None of this is going to undo the 2020 election results, no matter how much a growing number of Americans wish it would.

So I’ll just remind you of what I’ve said on several occasions since the November election: it’s not necessary to believe in rigged voting machines or stuffed ballot boxes or any other elaborate chicanery with the altered voting rules to conclude that this was not a fair election. Even if you put all that aside, we know it wasn’t fair because the people who ensured it was unfair not only admitted it, they bragged about it.

We’ve all read about how news outlets and social media platforms proudly threw out any pretense of objectivity to become organs of the Biden campaign, censoring conservative voices, trumpeting any negative news (even fake) about Trump and casting doubt on anything positive about him. Meanwhile, they promoted Biden relentlessly and hid damaging stories like the Hunter Biden laptop revelations from the voters (they called that “disinformation” until Biden was safely elected, and now it’s just “information.”) The media collusion with the Democrats alone was enough to certify this as a blatantly unfair election.

And if anyone on the left protests that their collusion with the Democrats is not rigging an election, remember: they still cling to the claim that the 2016 election was rigged because Trump colluded with Russia to manipulate the media, and that didn’t even turn out to be true.

AOC cries for the cameras

September 25, 2021

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caved to the Squad and stripped $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from a budget bill, the House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to pass a bipartisan stand-alone bill to fund it.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/09/23/aoc-starts-crying-as-the-lunatics-come-out-to-play-during-the-iron-dome-funding-vote-n447132

The usual small coterie of far-left anti-Semites opposed the bill, couching it as opposition to (as Rep. Rashida Tlaib put it) enabling and supporting “war crimes, human rights abuses and violence.” FYI: the Iron Dome is a purely defensive system that intercepts terrorist missiles fired by Hamas at Israeli civilians. I’m not sure how it’s a “war crime” to prevent terrorists from blowing up Jewish children.

In a remarkable sideshow to the vote, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proved once again that while her ideas on politics and economics may be stunningly stupid, she’s a genius at media manipulation. It was reported that she planned to vote “no” along with her fellow anti-Semitic radical colleagues, but when the time came, she voted “Present,” likely because she didn’t want that “no” on her record – especially not if she has to deal with a newly redrawn district that will contain more Jewish voters.

HOWEVER...AOC did treat us to a prime slice of hammy political theater. Check out the video of her after the bill passed, showing her “crying” and hugging a colleague as she dabs away her tears. Also note how she walked up next to another Representative who was speaking at the time, which “coincidentally” ensured that her theatrical tears were nationally-televised. Madonna couldn’t have done it better (to cite another great media manipulator who also reminds us of Evita Peron.)

But as the writer Bonchie at Redstate.com asks, WHY was she crying? Was that meant to show us how upset she is at all those alleged war crimes and human rights violations that Israel commits in defending itself against terrorists that want to wipe it off the face of the Earth? Because the only other explanations are (A.) she’s upset that Hamas missiles won’t be able to blow up Israeli children, or (B.) she’s upset about Congress spending a billion dollars. Which of those explanations seems less likely to you?