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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!”

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/

"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.

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

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.

"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.

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.”

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

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/

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!

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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?


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.

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.

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.

We recently reported on the fact that Jake Sullivan, one of the players in the anti-Trump “Russia Hoax” being investigated by John Durham, is now a member of the current administration, working as Biden’s national security adviser. In a new piece for REAL CLEAR INVESTIGATIONS, investigative reporter Paul Sperry looks deeper into Sullivan’s role in the hoax. Sperry’s sources tell him that this has grown into a full-blown conspiracy case.

Consider Sperry’s report your weekend reading assignment, one that focuses on Sullivan’s involvement in a “confidential project” within Hillary’s campaign to link Trump to the Kremlin “through dubious email-server records” provided to intel agencies. These so-called records must relate to those phony communication “pings” between Trump Tower and Alfa Bank.

Sullivan isn’t identified by name in Durham’s 27-page indictment of Sullivan, but his campaign position is provided, so we know it’s him.

There’s also more detail on what we reported concerning the use of university researchers to collect data for the Clinton campaign. They were working from a five-page document dubbed the “Trump Associates List” to compile a “digital dossier” on several Trump officials, including Gen. Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. According to Sperry, “This effort exploited highly sensitive, nonpublic Internet data related to their personal email communications and web-browsing...” Are you getting sick yet?

Look, I know politics gets dirty. I’ve always said that no one should run for office who can’t stand the sight of his own blood. But this crosses the line into outright surveillance. Still, it's hard to say if this is a new low for Hillary, because she operates down there all the time and always has. The Clinton machine soils everything it touches. And even if Hillary slips away from the law, we will all know what she did, and what she is.

According to Sperry’s sources, Sullivan is in legal trouble over this because he lied about it to investigators. Apparently, Durham has emails between Sullivan and Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias about the Alfa Bank scheme. Sullivan denied in congressional testimony that he knew anything about Fusion GPS and their involvement in the Alfa Bank opposition research. He said he didn’t know what the nature of their work was or who was funding it.

Sperry’s report is quite detailed. You’ll see how the Alfa Bank story was exploited long after the FBI had determined there was nothing to it. Sullivan and another anti-Trump hoaxer named Daniel Jones formed a nonprofit group called --- get ready --- the Democracy Integrity Project. I am not kidding. It raised $7 million or so, mostly from Silicon Valley Tech executives, and used it to hire computer researchers, as well as more "oppo" researchers and Christopher Steele (again) to try to “prove” the rumors in the Steele “dossier.” Then they would feed information to the media, leading Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the FBI.

I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about Daniel Jones in the near future. For now, just read Sperry’s piece when you have some time, and see how disgusting politics can be when it’s in the service of Hillary Clinton.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/09/23/biden_security_adviser_sullivan_tied_to_16_clinton_plan_to_co-opt_cia_and_fbi_to_tar_trump_795498.html

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?

President Biden doesn’t want to get tough on illegal immigrants – in fact, the Administration has ordered an end to horseback Border Patrols, further reducing our already crippled ability to deal with the surge he’s caused, because of a fake story that they were whipping Haitian migrants (it was their leather reins flying.) I’m tempted to start a rumor that he signs his executive orders with a pen attached to a whip, so he’ll give up signing any more of those.

Biden also doesn’t want to get tough with our enemies, as he’s proven by rolling over for China and letting the Taliban take over Afghanistan (and here’s how trusting them to be a new, more “moderate” Taliban is working out.)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/taliban-founder-says-strict-punishment-amputations-to-return-to-afghanistan/ar-AAOKK3k

But you have to give it to Biden and his people in one regard: they’re certainly tough on our own military members. After first accusing them of being white supremacists, they now want to impose court martials and dishonorable discharges that would revoke all military pensions and other benefits for troops who refuse to take the COVID vaccine. This is the kind of punishment usually reserved for deserters, spies and murderers.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-treat-troops-refuse-vax-deserters-spies-murderers/

They also want to remove a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that allows only honorable discharges for refusing the vaccines (apparently, being discharged isn’t enough; they also must be PUNISHED!!!) They even want to eliminate a provision allowing those who’ve already had COVID and have natural immunity to refuse the vaccine.

If this Administration could bring even a fraction of the aggressiveness to dealing with the Taliban, China or the Mexican cartels that it levels against our own troops, maybe it wouldn’t be the historically weak failure that it’s shaping up to be.

Yesterday’s installment on the significance of Special Counsel John Durham’s 27-page indictment of Hillary attorney Michael Sussmann included insights from Kash Patel, lead investigator for Rep. Devin Nunes’ investigation into the “Russia Hoax.” As it happens, Thursday’s edition of the NEW YORK POST had a story relating to those very House Intelligence Committee transcripts Patel was assembling. It shows how different the hoaxers’ sworn testimony was from what they were saying publicly.

https://nypost.com/2020/05/11/obamas-top-brass-contradict-statements-about-collusion-under-oath/

For example, let’s take James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. (The DNI’s job is to coordinate the huge and sticky web of government intel agencies.) We already knew that Clapper’s vow to tell the truth doesn’t mean much, as he has told some enormous whoppers, notably that the National Security Agency didn’t intercept Americans’ phone messages “wittingly.”

But as Emily Jacobs points out in her report for the NYP, Clapper stepped carefully during his testimony in July 2017 before the House Intel Committee, informing the committee that he “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”

What the hey?? As DNI, Clapper would have been privy to everything that was being gathered about Trump “colluding” with Russia. And he was saying hadn’t seen any direct evidence at all? Amazingly, yes, though he went on to try to make it sound as if there were SOME reason to suspect it.

“That’s not to say that there weren’t concerns about the evidence we were seeing...anecdotal evidence...[redacted],” he said. “But I do not recall any instance when I had direct evidence of the content of these meetings. It’s just the frequency and prevalence of them was of concern.”

Contrast this careful, noncommittal statement with what he had said a couple of months before to Chuck Todd on NBC’s MEET THE PRESS. On NBC, when he wasn’t under oath, he sensationalized quite a bit, using the cloak of “classification” to keep from having to be at all specific about any conversations but saying his “dashboard light was clearly on.”

A month after that, speaking with reporters on a trip to Australia, Clapper said the Russia investigation had far surpassed Watergate. “I think if you compare the two that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we’re confronting now,” he told them.

In light of what is said today in Durham’s indictment, we find Clapper’s comparison of Trump/Russia “collusion” to Watergate quite hilarious. If anything is reminiscent of Watergate, it’s the coordinated antics of these deep-state clowns working overtime to frame then-candidate Trump with fake “Russia” stories in fictional “dossiers” and surveillance warrants.

As Jacobs reports, Clapper was beating this dead horse as recently as February 2019, saying on CNN that “it was a possibility” that President Trump was a “Russian asset,” “whether witting or unwitting.”

Clapper’s not the only one who tread lightly in sworn testimony while stomping like Riverdance for the TV news cameras. Former deputy director of theMcCabe testified, “That’s correct.”

But he spoke differently in his role as CNN contributor (!) and in other TV appearances. In February 2019, in an interview on 60 MINUTES, McCabe dramatically described Trump as “the man who had just run for the presidency, and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage.” As he had already told the Intel Committee in December 2017 that he had no verification of any claims, he had to know that what he was saying to the TV audience was a huge fragrant pile of bull droppings, yet he told the TV audience it “troubled” him “greatly.”

The same kind of discrepancy is evident in the word-craft of Ben Rhodes, officially Obama’s deputy national security adviser but in practice his personal narrative writer. When asked under oath by the Intel Committee if he had any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, he said no. But in 2019, after then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress (remember that train wreck?), Rhodes tweeted, “Russia attacked our democracy. Trump campaign sought its help, had many contacts with Russians, lied about it and obstructed the investigation into it. Several Trump associates were convicted of crimes. Trump would’ve been indicted if he wasn’t the President. Not complicated.”

If anything isn’t complicated, it’s that Rhodes is good at using what little he has to work with to craft a story that really is based on nothing. No Trump associates were convicted of crimes that had anything to do with Russian collusion. “Contacts with Russians” is meaningless. Rhodes had seen no evidence of any of this, as he himself had testified under oath.

(By the way, if I hear the phrase “our democracy” one more time from some sanctimonious leftist, please forgive me in advance for the way I might respond. Leftists are perfectly willing to upend “our democracy” with strategies designed to fracture the election system, facilitate fraud and shut down transparency. They quite obviously think of it as THEIR democracy –- to be manipulated at will to keep THEM in control –- and they consistently show themselves to be unclear on the concept of a democratic republic. I digress.)

Jacobs also mentions former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power. When Power was asked under oath by the Intel Committee if she’d seen evidence of Russian interference, she said, “I am not in possession of anything –- I am not in possession and didn’t read or absorb information that came from out of the intelligence community.” But that didn’t stop her from tweeting in November of last year: “Every day Donald Trump finds new ways to compensate Vladimir Putin for his election interference. And every day, Putin gains additional incentive to interfere again on Trump’s behalf in 2020.”

She failed to provide examples, but that’s because this was totally made up, and it’s a lot easier and safer to generalize than offer specifics. (One could easily make the case that Trump was HARD on Russia.) Again, Power had testified that she didn’t read or even “absorb” information about this.

Finally, there’s Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, whom we already knew can lie with ease, as she did repeatedly to cover for the State Department after the Benghazi attack. In 2017, Rice told House investigators that she’d seen no evidence Trump colluded with Russia to win in 2016. But in July 2018 on ABC’s THIS WEEK, she said it was “legitimate” to question whether Trump had been compromised by Russia because his decisions were in the service of Vladimir Putin. Good grief.

So you see how Trump’s adversaries could take essentially NOTHING –- no evidence whatsoever, as they testified under oath –- and whip it into a tale as tall as Trump Tower. But it was just full of froth. If only Durham could indict them all for lying on TV.

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Morning Edition - September 24

September 24, 2021

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

Today's newsletter includes:

  • Bible Verse of the Day - Philippians 4:7
  • Russia hoaxers said one thing under oath, another under TV lights
  • Sources name names in Durham's conspiracy case
  • He's running
  • God help us
  • New podcast episode
  • Reader testimonials
  • Hymnal

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7


Russia hoaxers said one thing under oath, another under TV lights

By Mike Huckabee

Yesterday’s installment on the significance of Special Counsel John Durham’s 27-page indictment of Hillary attorney Michael Sussmann included insights from Kash Patel, lead investigator for Rep. Devin Nunes’ investigation into the “Russia Hoax.” As it happens, Thursday’s edition of the NEW YORK POST had a story relating to those very House Intelligence Committee transcripts Patel was assembling. It shows how different the hoaxers’ sworn testimony was from what they were saying publicly.

https://nypost.com/2020/05/11/obamas-top-brass-contradict-statements-about-collusion-under-oath/

For example, let’s take James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. (The DNI’s job is to coordinate the huge and sticky web of government intel agencies.) We already knew that Clapper’s vow to tell the truth doesn’t mean much, as he has told some enormous whoppers, notably that the National Security Agency didn’t intercept Americans’ phone messages “wittingly.”

But as Emily Jacobs points out in her report for the NYP, Clapper stepped carefully during his testimony in July 2017 before the House Intel Committee, informing the committee that he “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”

What the hey?? As DNI, Clapper would have been privy to everything that was being gathered about Trump “colluding” with Russia. And he was saying hadn’t seen any direct evidence at all? Amazingly, yes, though he went on to try to make it sound as if there were SOME reason to suspect it.

“That’s not to say that there weren’t concerns about the evidence we were seeing...anecdotal evidence...[redacted],” he said. “But I do not recall any instance when I had direct evidence of the content of these meetings. It’s just the frequency and prevalence of them was of concern.”

Contrast this careful, noncommittal statement with what he had said a couple of months before to Chuck Todd on NBC’s MEET THE PRESS. On NBC, when he wasn’t under oath, he sensationalized quite a bit, using the cloak of “classification” to keep from having to be at all specific about any conversations but saying his “dashboard light was clearly on.”

A month after that, speaking with reporters on a trip to Australia, Clapper said the Russia investigation had far surpassed Watergate. “I think if you compare the two that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we’re confronting now,” he told them.

In light of what is said today in Durham’s indictment, we find Clapper’s comparison of Trump/Russia “collusion” to Watergate quite hilarious. If anything is reminiscent of Watergate, it’s the coordinated antics of these deep-state clowns working overtime to frame then-candidate Trump with fake “Russia” stories in fictional “dossiers” and surveillance warrants.

As Jacobs reports, Clapper was beating this dead horse as recently as February 2019, saying on CNN that “it was a possibility” that President Trump was a “Russian asset,” “whether witting or unwitting.”

Clapper’s not the only one who tread lightly in sworn testimony while stomping like Riverdance for the TV news cameras. Former deputy director of the CIA Andrew McCabe told Nunes’ committee that investigators had not been able to verify the claims in the Steele dossier. When asked to confirm that he didn’t know if the dossier was true, Steele testified, “That’s correct.”

But he spoke differently in his role as CNN contributor (!) and in other TV appearances. In February 2019, in an interview on 60 MINUTES, McCabe dramatically described Trump as “the man who had just run for the presidency, and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage.” As he had already told the Intel Committee in December 2017 that he had no verification of any claims, he had to know that what he was saying to the TV audience was a huge fragrant pile of bull droppings, yet he told the TV audience it “troubled” him “greatly.”

The same kind of discrepancy is evident in the word-craft of Ben Rhodes, officially Obama’s deputy national security adviser but in practice his personal narrative writer. When asked under oath by the Intel Committee if he had any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, he said no. But in 2019, after then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress (remember that train wreck?), Rhodes tweeted, “Russia attacked our democracy. Trump campaign sought its help, had many contacts with Russians, lied about it and obstructed the investigation into it. Several Trump associates were convicted of crimes. Trump would’ve been indicted if he wasn’t the President. Not complicated.”

If anything isn’t complicated, it’s that Rhodes is good at using what little he has to work with to craft a story that really is based on nothing. No Trump associates were convicted of crimes that had anything to do with Russian collusion. “Contacts with Russians” is meaningless. Rhodes had seen no evidence of any of this, as he himself had testified under oath.

(By the way, if I hear the phrase “our democracy” one more time from some sanctimonious leftist, please forgive me in advance for the way I might respond. Leftists are perfectly willing to upend “our democracy” with strategies designed to fracture the election system, facilitate fraud and shut down transparency. They quite obviously think of it as THEIR democracy –- to be manipulated at will to keep THEM in control –- and they consistently show themselves to be unclear on the concept of a democratic republic. I digress.)

Jacobs also mentions former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power. When Power was asked under oath by the Intel Committee if she’d seen evidence of Russian interference, she said, “I am not in possession of anything –- I am not in possession and didn’t read or absorb information that came from out of the intelligence community.” But that didn’t stop her from tweeting in November of last year: “Every day Donald Trump finds new ways to compensate Vladimir Putin for his election interference. And every day, Putin gains additional incentive to interfere again on Trump’s behalf in 2020.”

She failed to provide examples, but that’s because this was totally made up, and it’s a lot easier and safer to generalize than offer specifics. (One could easily make the case that Trump was HARD on Russia.) Again, Power had testified that she didn’t read or even “absorb” information about this.

Finally, there’s Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, whom we already knew can lie with ease, as she did repeatedly to cover for the State Department after the Benghazi attack. In 2017, Rice told House investigators that she’d seen no evidence Trump colluded with Russia to win in 2016. But in July 2018 on ABC’s THIS WEEK, she said it was “legitimate” to question whether Trump had been compromised by Russia because his decisions were in the service of Vladimir Putin. Good grief.

So you see how Trump’s adversaries could take essentially NOTHING –- no evidence whatsoever, as they testified under oath –- and whip it into a tale as tall as Trump Tower. But it was just full of froth. If only Durham could indict them all for lying on TV.

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Sources name names in Durham's conspiracy case

By Mike Huckabee

We recently reported on the fact that Jake Sullivan, one of the players in the anti-Trump “Russia Hoax” being investigated by John Durham, is now a member of the current administration, working as Biden’s national security adviser. In a new piece for REAL CLEAR INVESTIGATIONS, investigative reporter Paul Sperry looks deeper into Sullivan’s role in the hoax. Sperry’s sources tell him that this has grown into a full-blown conspiracy case.

Consider Sperry’s report your weekend reading assignment, one that focuses on Sullivan’s involvement in a “confidential project” within Hillary’s campaign to link Trump to the Kremlin “through dubious email-server records” provided to intel agencies. These so-called records must relate to those phony communication “pings” between Trump Tower and Alfa Bank.

Sullivan isn’t identified by name in Durham’s 27-page indictment of Sullivan, but his campaign position is provided, so we know it’s him.

There’s also more detail on what we reported concerning the use of university researchers to collect data for the Clinton campaign. They were working from a five-page document dubbed the “Trump Associates List” to compile a “digital dossier” on several Trump officials, including Gen. Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. According to Sperry, “This effort exploited highly sensitive, nonpublic Internet data related to their personal email communications and web-browsing...” Are you getting sick yet?

Look, I know politics gets dirty. I’ve always said that no one should run for office who can’t stand the sight of his own blood. But this crosses the line into outright surveillance. Still, it's hard to say if this is a new low for Hillary, because she operates down there all the time and always has. The Clinton machine soils everything it touches. And even if Hillary slips away from the law, we will all know what she did, and what she is.

According to Sperry’s sources, Sullivan is in legal trouble over this because he lied about it to investigators. Apparently, Durham has emails between Sullivan and Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias about the Alfa Bank scheme. Sullivan denied in congressional testimony that he knew anything about Fusion GPS and their involvement in the Alfa Bank opposition research. He said he didn’t know what the nature of their work was or who was funding it.

Sperry’s report is quite detailed. You’ll see how the Alfa Bank story was exploited long after the FBI had determined there was nothing to it. Sullivan and another anti-Trump hoaxer named Daniel Jones formed a nonprofit group called --- get ready --- the Democracy Integrity Project. I am not kidding. It raised $7 million or so, mostly from Silicon Valley Tech executives, and used it to hire computer researchers, as well as more "oppo" researchers and Christopher Steele (again) to try to “prove” the rumors in the Steele “dossier.” Then they would feed information to the media, leading Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the FBI.

I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about Daniel Jones in the near future. For now, just read Sperry’s piece when you have some time, and see how disgusting politics can be when it’s in the service of Hillary Clinton.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/09/23/biden_security_adviser_sullivan_tied_to_16_clinton_plan_to_co-opt_cia_and_fbi_to_tar_trump_795498.html

Related reading

Over the past week, morning newsletter subscribers have been treated to a detailed look at the Durham investigation. 

9/23: Durham's detailed indictment tells us much more

9/22: Why is Durham taking so long? HERE'S THE ANSWER

9/21: Durham's probe suggests biggest political hoax in history

9/17: Grand Jury indicts Michael Sussman for providing false information to the FBI

9/16: Durham seeks indictment of Perkins Coie lawyer


He's running

By Mike Huckabee

At 4 a.m. on Friday morning, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted the news that he has decided to run for reelection. Democrats were hoping that the 88-year-old Grassley would retire and create an open seat, but his tweet pointed out that he’s in great shape because he’s up at 4 a.m. and literally running six days a week, so he’s running for reelection. He said, “This election is about stopping socialism and saving freedom.” I couldn’t agree more.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sen-chuck-grassley-iowa-republican-to-seek-8th-term


"Voting With Their Feet"

By Mike Huckabee

I wrote this week about the exodus from public schools, and here’s more proof of that. In a new study called “Voting With Their Feet,” the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reports that during the 2020-21 school year, privately-managed charter schools in 39 states saw an increase of 240,000 students. When you factor in other options such as homeschooling and private schools, public schools lost a total of over 1.4 million students.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/charter-schools-saw-enrollment-growth-as-1-4-million-students-left-public-schools-report_4012892.html

While some speculate that the loss was just due to the pandemic and parents will soon put their kids back into public schools, the NAPCS says that appears unlikely. In a statement, they said, “The pandemic forced families to rethink where and how education could be delivered to their children. And now that they know what’s available, why would they go back to an option that never really worked for them in the first place?”

Related Reading

9/22: Public schools are off track


God help us

By Mike Huckabee

People ask me almost daily if I think America will survive the divisive, leftist-driven assault on traditional American virtues of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and free enterprise that once made our nation the envy of the world. I still have hope, but must admit that I’m believing more and more that the only hope is an intervention of God Himself in the form of a deep to the bone spiritual awakening. Just this week, we’ve seen multiple signs of a nation that has gone astray from its ideals and principles.

Reports that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley colluded with the Communist Chinese Military in the closing days of the Trump Presidency to assure them he would give them a head’s up should President Trump prepare to start a war and that he instructed his subordinates to ignore orders from the President unless they had been cleared by him are shocking, if true. I say “if true” because they come from a new book from Bob Woodward, who is known to fudge the truth and sometimes just flat-out make it up in order to push his book sales. But Milley has already proven to be an incompetent politically driven General by his failed leadership in the Afghanistan withdrawal and his bizarre testimony to Congress that the biggest threat to America is white rage, whatever that is even supposed to mean. Does he honestly believe that a minuscule number of guys waving Confederate battle flags and armed with deer rifles have a shot at defeating Milley’s military that has F-35’s, F-22’s, tanks, aircraft carriers, Blackhawk helicopters, fully-automatic weapons and even nuclear weapons? If Milley believes his forces are that weak, he really should resign. But if he went around the elected President and the civilian Commander in Chief to place himself above his chain of command, he shouldn’t be allowed to simply resign. He should be court-martialed for treason.

We also witnessed the heart-breaking and gut-wrenching testimony of female US Olympic gymnasts before the Senate who graphically testified as to the humiliating sexual assault by pedophile team doctor, Larry Nassar, who violated the girls trust as well as their bodies for years. We learned that their desperate attempts to get the US Olympic officials to intervene fell to deaf ears, but that even worse, the FBI was fully informed of the criminal acts of Nassar toward these minors and not only covered up the misdeeds, but lied to the girls and did absolutely nothing to stop the sadistic and deviant sexual behavior of the team doctor. As of now, one person at the FBI got fired, but no one has been yet to be charged with having lied about the case or failing to report the assaults to the local authorities. Basically, just as it was with FBI agents lying about President Trump colluding with Russia and using the power of the government to try and bring him down even after he was elected by the people to be President, the FBI and Dept of Justice seemed more concerned about protecting themselves than these young women. It’s beyond disgusting knowing that if you or I break the law, we might have a swarm of FBI agents all over our home at 5 in the morning, breaking in our door and pointing automatic weapons at us and frog-marching us to jail, but if the agents break the law, their higher-ups cover for them and at most let them retire with a pension and become analysts on CNN.

And this week, Nancy Pelosi ordered that we put up another fence around the US Capitol. You know—the same Nancy Pelosi who lives behind a wall but who says walls on the Southern border don’t work—that Nancy Pelosi put up a wall around the nation’s Capitol. Makes me wonder if it’s to keep bad people out like us out or to keep even WORSE people like her IN so they can’t hurt the country any more than they already have! Will our country survive? Only if God helps us…so I say, “God help us!”

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New podcast episode

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Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

By Thomas Ken

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Praise God the Father who’s the source;

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Abortion politics

September 23, 2021

In December, the Supreme Court will take up a case that could significantly affect, even overturn, Roe v. Wade. It involves deciding whether all pre-viability abortion prohibitions are unconstitutional. But at this link, Rita Joseph, author of “Human Rights and the Unborn Child,” explains why the original “viability test” for an unborn child invented by Justice Harry Blackmun is in itself unconstitutional. It has no basis in the Constitution, and is in fact a throwback to a discredited and barbaric medieval practice called “trial by ordeal.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/test-roe-v-wade-isnt-just-unconstitutional-downright-medieval/

On the subject of Roe v. Wade, the left always eventually eats its own, and now the mob has even come for its one-time heroine, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In tweeting a quote from her, defending the “right” to abortion, the ACLU felt it necessary to alter her archaic language that implied that pregnancy is something that (gasp!) only happens to women! We know better now, of course: pregnancy happens to “birthing people.” Even her use of the feminine pronoun "she" was changed to “the singular ‘they,’” which does not exist (“they” is a plural pronoun; to suggest otherwise is an abortion of grammar rules.)

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/09/22/hot-takes-aclu-rightfully-ripped-to-shreds-after-butchering-an-rbg-quote-to-omit-women-n446772

Check out the link for their full attempt to further woke-ify even the Notorious RBG and erase women completely, and the well-deserved roasting they got in response.

Border mess

September 23, 2021

The tragic mess on the Texas border and the huge influx of Haitians (FYI: who aren’t fleeing Haiti; they left Haiti quite a while ago for Latin America) has created a dangerous and unhygienic situation that has been compared to the Third World. Events are moving so fast, it’s impossible for us to track them all in a daily newsletter, but here are some of the most recent reports from Fox News’ Bill Melugin.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/ari-j-kaufman/2021/09/22/watch-fox-news-reporter-rips-white-house-for-lies-and-misinformation-about-border-n1480668

Melugin is doing a great job of covering this story that the White House is outright lying about while much of the mainstream media studiously ignores it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/officials-blow-lid-biden-admins-lie-reveal-haitians-released-us-large-scale/

One of the more striking revelations is that despite the White House’s toothless claims that the border is closed and every illegal crosser will be sent home, Melugin reports that they’re actually being given “requests” (not orders) to appear at an ICE office within the next 60 days. I’m sure they’ll all comply with those requests.

When called out in the Senate for his disastrous handling of the border, DHS Director Alejandro Majorkas got snippy and instead of answering the question, snapped that he works 18 hours a day (imagine how bad it would be if he worked 24/7 at it!) His latest move that suggests a sleep-deprived mind is to take the mounted Border Patrol agents off their already impossible duty and put them on desk jobs, despite the woeful lack of personnel we’re already suffering and the fact that the wild accusation against them is both bogus and idiotic.

https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2021/09/22/mayorkas-puts-calvary-border-agents-who-used-reins-to-control-haitian-illegals-on-desk-duty-pending-investigation-n446723

The left needs a constant stream of fake news to make their opponents look racist because otherwise, Americans might focus on real news and realize these people should never be trusted with any public office above the rank of assistant dog catcher. The latest example is the continuing brouhaha over photos that they claim showed the Border Patrol whipping Haitian illegal immigrants, when those were actually their leather reins flying. They don’t carry whips and they didn’t strike anyone with their reins, which they spin to keep people back for their own safety, and to prevent anyone from grabbing the reins and taking control of their horses. This is standard procedure for cops on horseback.

But never mind that: leftists who know even less about cowboy skills than they do about math skills are continuing their outrage fest even after the “whipping migrants” narrative was debunked all the way to the bunkhouse.

Leave it to Rep. Maxine Waters to have the craziest take on the story, not only accusing the agents of using (nonexistent) whips on migrants, but “What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/09/22/maxine-waters-has-the-craziest-remark-you-may-find-on-the-cbp-and-haitians-n446714

That’s as offensive as downplaying the Holocaust by claiming your political opponent is “literally Hitler,” which is also something the left does regularly. But supposedly more responsible officials were almost as bad. Even the President and Vice President, desperate for any distraction from their cascade of tragic disasters, pointed fingers at the Border Patrol cavalry, with Biden calling the (false) accusation disturbing, Jen Psaki declaring it “obviously horrific,” and Kamala Harris saying it’s “horrible” and demanding a “thorough investigation.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/bidens-border-crisis-explodes-haitian-migrants-take-control-ice-transport-bus/

Uh, Vice President Harris? If you really want a thorough investigation of what’s happening on the border, might I suggest that you start by actually going there?

Someone who might have been in the best position to know how the Russia Hoax was created --- aside from those who actually faked it themselves --- was Kash Patel, chief investigator for California Rep. Devin Nunes, then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Patel, a former DOJ national security prosecutor, headed Nunes’ small group they informally dubbed “Objective Medusa” to uncover the plot against Trump. It was Objective Medusa that discovered in October 2017 that the Steele “dossier” had been funded by the Clinton campaign.

As Patel explained to Dana Perino on FOX NEWS, he was also the staffer who took the deposition that is cited in Special Counsel John Durham’s indictment of Perkins Coie partner and attorney Michael Sussmann. Sussmann, he said, is the key figure who ties Hillary Clinton and her campaign to Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele “and the false information they fed to the FBI and the DOJ to spy on a presidential campaign.”

https://bongino.com/kash-patel-durham-probe-into-clinton-campaign-developing-into-a-very-well-laid-out-conspiracy-charge

Patel sees this as a very-well laid out conspiracy charge that will expand to include other figures.

If you’ve read Lee Smith’s “THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History,” which has served as major reference material for us since it came out in 2019, you’re not surprised to hear Patel say this. Check out Chapter 9, “The Press Breaks,” in which Smith details the carefully set-up media explosion surrounding the phony “dossier.” The Alfa Bank story was key.

As Smith explains, on October 31, 2016 –- days before the election –- Franklin Foer, after receiving a manufactured story from Fusion GPS, wrote in SLATE that Russia-connected Alfa Bank’s computer servers were in contact with those of the Trump Organization. That article, along with what Steele had put in his “dossier,” tied Trump to Putin by way of Alfa Bank. And what did Hillary do, after her Fusion GPS operatives had planted this story? Why, put out a press release about it and retweet this lie: “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.” The only thing “computer scientists” might have had to do with this story was to figure out how to fake those mysterious “pings.”

The Alfa Bank story was shown to be false in no time, but, as Smith details in his book, it didn’t really go away. It just became part of the lore, along with all the other fake stories that were never verified or had been debunked outright. Thank goodness Alfa Bank sued Steele (among others) for libel, because that forced Steele to go on record about his dicey sources and lack of any real verification.

We highly recommend the book, as it’s especially timely now. And it reads like a thriller. But as Patel says at the end, this effort still isn’t finished. “There’s no actual accountability yet,” he admits. “When we have that, then I’ll be satisfied.” Smith concludes by saying Hillary, with her fears of losing and of being exposed as the dirty politician she is, was the “center of gravity” for this phony operation, adding that if she had won in 2016, we never would have known about any of it.

But as Victoria Taft writes for PJ MEDIA, it’s all coming out, and we’ve just heard the clunk of another shoe dropping. (How many shoes will this centipede end up having?) The part of the Sussmann indictment that especially caught her attention was on Page 10. We haven’t discussed Page 10 yet, but that’s where Durham alleges that “Tech Executive 1,” who hoped to work in cybersecurity for the Clinton White House, used proprietary information to conjure up phony links between Trump and Alfa Bank. He got this information from his own companies, Unbelievably, he also used contracts with an American university to use their researchers to “search and analyze their holdings of public and non-public internet data for derogatory information on Trump” to “support an ‘inference’ and ‘narrative’ regarding Trump that would please certain VIPs.” VIP, I would point out, rhymes with “HRC.” And the narrative they were tasked with supporting was “Russia Russia Russia!”

This is just shocking shocking shocking.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/09/22/latest-durham-indictment-may-make-russiagate-the-most-corrupt-scandal-in-u-s-history-n1480603

As Taft explains, “The indictment illustrates how Tech Executive 1 used government connections, his companies, contracts with a U.S. university, Perkins Coie, Sussmann, and other political players to Get Trump.”

The indictment even mentions that the major players in this scheme discussed how to fake the computer links to show to the media and the FBI. (See, I was only half-kidding when I quipped about what the computer scientists were really for!)

Taft says that internet sleuths have already pretty much figured out who these major players were, including Tech Executive 1 and the university. We think we might be able to guess some of these as well but sure wouldn't want to be wrong. So we’ll wait for a few more shoes to drop from the centipede.

In the meantime, here’s something else to ponder about Sussmann. We’ve mentioned before that he was representing the DNC when they were supposedly “hacked by the Russians.” (NOTE: We don’t know for sure that it was a hack, as opposed to an internal leak, and there’s no proof that it was done by the Russians.) According to Technofog, writing on SUBSTACK, as soon as Sussmann was told by the DNC of the so-called hack, he contacted an old friend at CrowdStrike, Shawn Henry, who was also the former head of the FBI’s cyber division. CrowdStrike is the company that kept the servers when the DNC refused to turn them over to the FBI. Conveniently, Perkins Coie and CrowdStrike happened to be protected by attorney-client privilege.

According to the indictment, “Within the day, the CrowdStrike team concluded that the intruders were Russian government operatives.” Whew, that was fast. That is some efficiency right there. And I guess they stuck with that, even though Julian Assange insisted that the source for the DNC data he published in Wikileaks had not come from anyone working on behalf of any government, including Russia’s.

What really happened with the DNC servers is an enduring question that Sussmann likely could answer.

https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/f_auto,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F84cab5f0-c880-4586-8f1d-8c5f3521e493_624x445.png

Sussmann was incredibly well-connected and seemed to know all the players. We’ll leave you with an excellent article from REAL CLEAR INVESTIGATIONS that explains how these scams are accomplished in DC: through a network of friends.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/09/22/how_russiagate_became_a_story_of_old_friends_indeed_795476.html

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Over the past week, morning newsletter subscribers have been treated to a detailed look at the Durham investigation. Below, are the links to each story for my evening newsletter subscribers:

9/22: Why is Durham taking so long? HERE'S THE ANSWER

9/21: Durham's probe suggests biggest political hoax in history

9/17: Grand Jury indicts Michael Sussman for providing false information to the FBI

9/16: Durham seeks indictment of Perkins Coie lawyer

God help us

September 23, 2021

People ask me almost daily if I think America will survive the divisive, leftist-driven assault on traditional American virtues of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and free enterprise that once made our nation the envy of the world. I still have hope, but must admit that I’m believing more and more that the only hope is an intervention of God Himself in the form of a deep to the bone spiritual awakening. Just this week, we’ve seen multiple signs of a nation that has gone astray from its ideals and principles.

Reports that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley colluded with the Communist Chinese Military in the closing days of the Trump Presidency to assure them he would give them a head’s up should President Trump prepare to start a war and that he instructed his subordinates to ignore orders from the President unless they had been cleared by him are shocking, if true. I say “if true” because they come from a new book from Bob Woodward, who is known to fudge the truth and sometimes just flat-out make it up in order to push his book sales. But Milley has already proven to be an incompetent politically driven General by his failed leadership in the Afghanistan withdrawal and his bizarre testimony to Congress that the biggest threat to America is white rage, whatever that is even supposed to mean. Does he honestly believe that a minuscule number of guys waving Confederate battle flags and armed with deer rifles have a shot at defeating Milley’s military that has F-35’s, F-22’s, tanks, aircraft carriers, Blackhawk helicopters, fully-automatic weapons and even nuclear weapons? If Milley believes his forces are that weak, he really should resign. But if he went around the elected President and the civilian Commander in Chief to place himself above his chain of command, he shouldn’t be allowed to simply resign. He should be court-martialed for treason.

We also witnessed the heart-breaking and gut-wrenching testimony of female US Olympic gymnasts before the Senate who graphically testified as to the humiliating sexual assault by pedophile team doctor, Larry Nassar, who violated the girls trust as well as their bodies for years. We learned that their desperate attempts to get the US Olympic officials to intervene fell to deaf ears, but that even worse, the FBI was fully informed of the criminal acts of Nassar toward these minors and not only covered up the misdeeds, but lied to the girls and did absolutely nothing to stop the sadistic and deviant sexual behavior of the team doctor. As of now, one person at the FBI got fired, but no one has been yet to be charged with having lied about the case or failing to report the assaults to the local authorities. Basically, just as it was with FBI agents lying about President Trump colluding with Russia and using the power of the government to try and bring him down even after he was elected by the people to be President, the FBI and Dept of Justice seemed more concerned about protecting themselves than these young women. It’s beyond disgusting knowing that if you or I break the law, we might have a swarm of FBI agents all over our home at 5 in the morning, breaking in our door and pointing automatic weapons at us and frog-marching us to jail, but if the agents break the law, their higher-ups cover for them and at most let them retire with a pension and become analysts on CNN.

And this week, Nancy Pelosi ordered that we put up another fence around the US Capitol. You know—the same Nancy Pelosi who lives behind a wall but who says walls on the Southern border don’t work—that Nancy Pelosi put up a wall around the nation’s Capitol. Makes me wonder if it’s to keep bad people out like us out or to keep even WORSE people like her IN so they can’t hurt the country any more than they already have! Will our country survive? Only if God helps us…so I say, “God help us!”

Tuesday, President Biden addressed the UN General Assembly, but his speech was so detached from reality that he might as well have been speaking to the United Federation of Planets. Redstate.com has a good recap complete with video clips.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/09/21/joe-bidens-speech-at-the-un-features-senility-and-highly-destructive-policies-n446009

Biden didn’t mention the border crisis at all. His mention of Afghanistan was to congratulate himself for America no longer being at war (thanks to his supercharging the Taliban, it’s likely to be just a pause before the storm.) He talked about “accountability” over COVID, but didn’t mention China. He announced his intention to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council, which Trump pulled out of because it’s filled with nations that spit on human rights, like China, Cuba, Russia, Somalia, Venezuela and Pakistan. He claimed he’d spent the past months “rebuilding our alliances” (our allies are so furious at him that Britain’s Parliament voted to censure him and France recalled its ambassador.)

He also cited the importance of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in protecting rights from being “trampled and twisted in the pursuit of naked political power,” which is a pretty good description of what he’s been doing to Americans’ Constitutional rights from the moment he took office. And at one point, he mistakenly referred to the United Nations as the “United States.” I suspect that he’d like to turn the USA into the UN, but this is the first time he’s let it slip out loud.

Here’s a complete transcript if you’re so inclined:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/full-transcript-biden-addresses-76th-un-general-assembly/ar-AAOFWZn

Considering President Biden’s performance at the UN, and frankly, any appearances recently, it’s no surprise that White House staff are frantic to keep him from answering any questions from the press. But they’re taking it so far that even the normally sycophantic White House Press Corps lodged a formal complaint Tuesday after Biden’s “press conference” with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/reporters-slam-white-house-aides-shouting-down-press-pool-questions

After Johnson took a few questions from British reporters, White House staffers suddenly interrupted as reporters tried to question Biden and started shouting at reporters to clear the room. A reporter who shouted a question about the border said he thought Biden said something in reply, but with all the noise, Biden’s facemask and his being led away, whatever he said was indecipherable. I have a feeling it would have been equally indecipherable if he’d been standing at a podium at the UN. His staffers know that, hence the panicked room-clearing.

The latest polls for Biden

September 22, 2021

For years, I’ve warned my readers not to put much stock in polls, and especially not polls taken months or even years in advance of elections. Of course, that never stops the media from ignoring actual news to obsess over them. Congressional polls can be misleading because national opinion may not carry much sway in a heavily partisan (gerrymandered) district. And they don’t take into account That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named (vote fraud.)

All that said, it’s understandable why Congressional Democrats in swing states and districts would be sweating like a Canadian in Haiti over the latest polls on President Biden. If the midterm is the typical referendum on how the President is doing, then a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll shows that Democrats in the battleground state of Iowa may be facing a battle that makes like Custer’s odds at Little Big Horn look like a good bet.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-e2-80-99s-approval-ratings-plunge-in-important-heartland-battleground-poll/ar-AAOFizC

It’s true that Iowa has been trending Republican with Trump winning by 8 points in 2016. But Biden’s approval among Iowans has plunged 12 points since June to a paltry 31% (62% disapprove.) His disapproval among Republicans is overwhelming, but he’s also down at 29% among Independents. On key issues, approval of Biden’s handling of the coronavirus has cratered by 17 points to 36%, and only 22% approve of his handling of the Afghanistan pullout. Frankly, I’m amazed it’s that high. Those must be people who wanted out of Afghanistan in the worst way and at all costs, and that’s precisely how Biden did it.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/09/16/poll-donald-trump-leads-joe-biden-in-hypothetical-2024-matchup/

Meanwhile, a new national McLaughlin & Associates survey suggests that many Biden voters are suffering from a terminal case of buyers’ remorse. It found that if Trump were running against Biden today, Trump would win by 50-47%. In retrospect, “mean tweets” are starting to look like a pretty minor complaint. 52% of respondents agreed with this statement:

“I used to dislike Trump’s aggressive, confrontational style, but now that I see how weak Biden was in dealing with the Taliban in Afghanistan, I’m thinking maybe Trump wasn’t so bad.”

By 56 to 40%, they agreed that it “takes a tough man to be President,” and after seeing Biden’s weakness, they’re starting to appreciate Trump’s toughness and think we need more of that now.

It gets worse for the Democrats: 58% agree that Biden surrendered Afghanistan to the same Taliban that aided the terrorists that attacked us on 9/11; and 60% agree that under Trump, inflation, illegal immigration, gas prices and crime were all lower. Admittedly, those statements are less opinion based than a test of people’s memories.

Of course, all media stories about Biden’s abysmal polling have to end by reminding us that he could always turn this around. Except all of this is a result of his deliberate policies and decisions that he adamantly stands by. I also suspect these are the results of those policies, such as open borders, that the Democrats actually want, and they don’t care if Americans hate them. So if the first step to solving a problem is recognizing that you have a problem, I don’t see Biden doing anything in the immediate future but making matters worse until his approval rating is almost as low as that of Congress.

In a move that infuriated both Republicans and moderate Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caved in to the anti-Semitic socialists of “The Squad” and cut $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from a short-term government funding bill. Pelosi can lose only a few votes or the bill won’t pass, since Republicans unanimously oppose the bill because they’re fighting over raising the federal debt limit.

https://nypost.com/2021/09/21/aoc-squad-force-dems-to-cut-1b-for-iron-dome-from-spending-bill/

I can understand why someone might oppose the entire bill on general principle, but why would anyone publicly hold it hostage over just one provision: not funding Israel’s defense from terrorist missiles? Note that this wasn’t new or increased spending. It was standard support for our closest ally for a purely defensive weapons system that stops missiles fired by Hamas terrorists (4400 just last spring) from killing innocent Israeli men, women and children. Why would US Congress members choose to take a hard stand on the side of terrorists who are trying to kill Jews? Well, read some of their previous comments, and I think you’ll figure it out.

Other Democrats say the funding will be added to a larger defense bill or introduced as a stand-alone measure, and it should pass with bipartisan support. But the Squad’s opposition to that one issue tells us a lot about what we’re dealing with from them. Michigan Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin said the removal of the funding was “devoid of substance and irresponsible.” That’s a pretty good description of the entire Squad.

Growing, not hollowing

September 22, 2021

I’m not surprised at all to discover that yet another liberal media narrative about President Trump has proven to be false. Because of his support among Evangelicals, it was predicted that people would flee from that religious designation and Trump would “hollow out” Evangelical Christianity. But according to a new Pew Research Survey, that’s not what’s happened.

https://www.foxnews.com/faith-values/more-americans-identify-evangelical-after-trump-years

There are a lot of stats at the link, but this one will give you an idea of the general direction. When Trump was elected in 2016, 25% of White Americans self-identified as Born Again or Evangelical Protestants. By 2020, the figure was up to 29%. Not exactly an Exodus.

The Rev. Franklin Graham told Fox News that many Presidents paid lip service to Evangelicals but Trump was the first in decades who welcomed people of faith around him and was willing to fight for their side. But Graham also reminds us that the Bible says we should pray for those in authority, so he prays for President Biden. I also pray for him to have good health and wisdom, but not for success in imposing his agenda. Preventing that is covered by the other prayer I pray: “God, save America.”

A vaccine for young children

September 22, 2021

Monday, Pfizer reported that its COVID vaccine is safe for 5-11-year-olds. This was taken as a likely sign that the FDA will approve it and the Biden Administration might mandate it, since the Delta variant is more transmissible and has infected more children. But that was a bridge too far for many parents who think it should be their decision whether the risks of COVID to their children outweigh the risks of possible side effects from a vaccine with no longterm studies.

That hesitancy caused some media figures like columnist David Frum to slam reluctant parents as “Anti-vaxxers,” which has become a kneejerk pejorative hurled at anyone who has questions about the vaccines, no matter how reasonable. Megyn Kelly took Frum to the woodshed over that.

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/09/20/david-frum-cant-deal-after-megyn-kelly-buries-him-during-child-vaccination-debate-n445633

As I’ve said repeatedly, I’ve been vaccinated, and like the vast majority of people, I’ve had no negative side effects. But that doesn’t mean that other people who might be particularly susceptible, or especially parents concerned about their children, should be attacked, ridiculed or told to just shut up when they have legitimate concerns that deserve to be addressed.

It’s likely that the questions are going to multiply in light of the latest undercover video release by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. It came from a whistleblower who’s a registered nurse at a Health and Human Services-affiliated medical center. She recorded conversations with doctors and other nurses about the high number of patients with serious vaccine side effects and their concern that these reactions weren’t getting reported by the government. One doctor complained that they want “to shove it under the mat.”

https://www.projectveritas.com/news/federal-govt-whistleblower-goes-public-with-secret-recordings-government/

If the CDC and other government health agencies want Americans to trust them, then they need to openly address people’s concerns and stop trying to bully them into submission. That only makes them more suspicious. If they’re ever going to win back the public’s trust, the first step would be to start acting trustworthy.

As the illegal immigration crisis on the Texas border grows worse with each day while the Biden Administration that caused it tries to ignore it or change the subject, many people are asking how such a thing could keep going on and on if the Administration didn’t want it going on and on? In other words, is this by incompetence or intention?

One person in a position to know believes it’s the latter. Rodney S. Scott is a 29-year law enforcement veteran and the recently-retired head of the US Border Patrol. He wrote a letter to Senate leaders of both parties that was obtained by JustTheNews.com, and it makes some stunning allegations. Scott writes:

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/09/21/ex-biden-border-chief-makes-bombshell-accusations-against-administration-n1480382

“Common sense border security recommendations from experienced career professionals are being ignored and stymied by inexperienced political appointees. The Biden administration’s team at DHS is laser-focused on expediting the flow of migrants into the U.S. and downplaying the significant vulnerability this creates for terrorists, narcotics smugglers, human traffickers, and even hostile nations to gain access to our homeland.”

Scott also asserts that every option for reducing illegal entries and restoring order that has been offered to the White House has been “summarily rejected.” Meanwhile, he says that the DHS Secretary “and other political appointees within DHS have provided factually incorrect information to Congressional Representatives and to the American public. Furthermore, they have directed USBP personnel to allow otherwise ineligible aliens to remain in the U.S. inconsistent with the…established legal processes and law.”

That’s a serious charge by someone in a position to know, of aiding in the violation of federal law and lying to Congress about it. But what are the odds that we’ll see a Congressional investigation before the 2022 midterm elections? Let’s hope we see one immediately afterward.

In the meantime, I was on “Hannity” last night on Fox News and was asked why Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who’s doing all he can to protect his citizens from the dangers of the Biden-created border disaster (disease, crime, drugs, etc. etc. etc.), didn’t call out the State Guard to secure the border.

As a former Governor myself, I knew the answer: because as soon as he does, the President (or whoever’s really giving the orders) would nationalize the Guard and override him. Abbott already has enough on his hands dealing with the horrific repercussions of Biden’s deliberate border fiasco. He has to rely on the tools he can use without handing even more power to the White House to wield against Texas, and by extension, all Americans who care about stopping this unfettered invasion.

The fact that Special Counsel John Durham would release 27 pages of detailed narrative to indict one measly person on one count of making a false statement to the FBI got us wondering immediately what his purpose might have been. We’re not attorneys, but over the next couple of days, some of our favorite legal minds noticed the same thing.

Over the years, you and I have learned not to expect much in the way of justice from the “Justice” Department --- especially now, with an obvious political hack like Merrick Garland running it --- but the indictment of this Clinton attorney might be the harbinger of bigger things to come. It is likely that Hillary will escape jail once again, as she did even after using a private server to circumvent FOIA requests and destroying evidence with BleachBit and hammers, but remember: even though Nixon escaped legal accountability in the Watergate scandal, the whole story did come out. What we’re looking at is probably another situation like that.

For now, many thanks to Dan Bongino for pointing us to a superb analysis of Sussmann’s indictment on SUBSTACK by Shipwreckedcrew’s Port-O-Call. This is long but important to read.

https://shipwreckedcrew.substack.com/p/the-sussmann-indictment-reads-like

“The Sussmann indictment reads like overt acts in furtherance of a conspiracy,” he writes, “because that’s what it is.”

He explains that the indictment on that one charge is contained in just one paragraph, Paragraph 46, which reads, “On or about September 19, 2016, within the District of Columbia, MICHAEL A. SUSSMANN, the defendant, did willingly and knowingly make a materially false, fictitious and false statement or representation in a matter before the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, to wit, on or about September 19, 2016, the defendant stated to the General Counsel of the FBI that he was not acting on behalf of any client in conveying particular allegations concerning a Presidential candidate, when in truth, and in fact, and as the defendant well knew, he was acting on behalf of specific clients, namely – Tech Executive 1 and the Clinton campaign.”

That’s it. That’s what he stands accused of. What are all those other pages for? A “false statement” charge doesn’t require all that narrative. What Durham filed is called a “speaking indictment,” which “discloses information in a public document that would not otherwise be known if the indictment set forth only facts needed to meet the requirements of due process.”

“Shipwrecked” says, “In over 30 years of practice as both a federal prosecutor and a defense attorney specializing in federal cases, I’ve never before seen anything remotely resembling the Sussmann indictment in a single ‘false statement’ case.”

He writes that the facts Durham has alleged probably have at least a dozen “strings” hanging off them. Some of these are legal and others are “more in the ‘court of public opinion.’” (See Nixon, above.)

Those who are understandably cynical about the process as it typically applies to Hillary & Co. and dismayed at the length of time Durham has taken to come up with this one indictment should definitely read this analysis. “Shipwrecked” explains why it has taken as long as it has, notably regarding Durham’s search for source materials. Some materials he needed to look at could only be sought by grand jury subpoena if they were over six months old. Anything more recent needed “probable cause.”

So, what materials was Durham waiting on? At least some of them must have been billing records for Perkins Coie, some of which showed Sussmann billing Hillary’s campaign for his work relating to the phony Alfa Bank story. These were absolutely key to the indictment on the false statement. One might imagine that even after being hit with the grand jury subpoena, Perkins Coie put up a huge fight over turning over that information, as it involves attorney-client communications and attorney work product information, both of which would typically be shielded from disclosure to a grand jury.

Perhaps Durham made it clear to Perkins Coie that they themselves could be held criminally liable for their attorney’s misconduct, and that they’d better darn well cooperate.

But even if they did, attorney-client privilege applies to clients as well, which in this case include the DNC, the Clinton campaign and “Tech Executive 1.” They would have had to waive THEIR privilege for some reason. What might that reason be? This situation suggests to me that they might face some pretty fierce legal jeopardy themselves --- that they knew it could be even worse for them if they didn’t cooperate. This is one area that I hope legal experts like "Shipwrecked" will explore in detail.

He does note something called “the crime-fraud exception,” which applies when the normally privileged communications relate to a fraud that is currently occurring or might be contemplated by THE CLIENT (as opposed to the law firm) in the future. That would make sense to me, since clients like the DNC and Hillary can’t go one day without contemplating more fraud. Perhaps it had something to do with their ongoing anti-Trump activities after he was in office.

But, anyway, if you’ve been wondering, “Why is Durham taking SO LONG?,” this legal fight is one reason why.

Something else of interest: we recently reported that Marc Elias had left Perkins Coie to open his own separate firm dedicated to the Dark Art of getting more Democrats elected to office and furthering the progressive agenda. Sussmann was gone, too, on leave until resigning the day of his indictment. As “Shipwrecked” explains, catapulting these two partners might have been one way that Perkins Coie showed its willingness to cooperate with investigators to save its own sorry hide.

The reason we haven’t known about this legal fight is that Durham apparently didn’t take it before a DC grand jury. He could keep it quiet by going to any district where he had a grand jury convened. As “Shipwrecked” points out, disputes over the production of documents to a federal grand jury typically take place behind closed doors –- or, in the age of COVID, on a private Zoom call; no travel required –- and are not part of the public docket. All references to the dispute would be sealed,

I highly recommend this article, as it’s very clearly written for the non-lawyer and brings up a number of considerations we haven’t seen anywhere else. This apparently is the first installment of a series; we’re grateful for the insight and eagerly anticipate the next one. The writer mentions as a tease that another “scene of the crime” (that’s my phraseology) mentioned in the indictment as being outside the District of Columbia, is likely the CIA (“Agency -2”), headquartered in Langley, Virginia. So this gets more interesting all the time.

Public schools are off track

September 22, 2021

It’s not just the leftist racist brainwashing and the crushing COVID rules that are driving Americans to take their kids out of public schools. While many schools do a good job, some aren’t even worthy of the name “school.” Or maybe I should spell that “Skool.”

In Baltimore, during the 2020-2021 school year, 41% of public school students averaged less than a 1.0 GPA. At one school, a student with a 0.13 GPA was ranked near the top half of his class. This despite Baltimore spending $18,000 per student, 40% higher than the national average. Also worth mentioning: Baltimore is run solidly by Democrats and hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1967.

https://www.westernjournal.com/public-schools-broken-student-got-0-13-gpa-yet-graduated-near-top-half-class/

And then there’s Maspeth High School, a public school in Queens, New York, where a special investigation turned up so much shocking corruption that one city council member said it was run more like a crime ring than a school. Among the many accusations: fake classes, counting students as present even if they didn’t show up, passing kids with no credits, and handing out diplomas that weren’t worth the paper they were printed on. The principal is quoted as saying about one uneducated student who was graduated anyway that he can “have fun working at Taco Bell.”

https://nypost.com/2021/09/18/maspeth-hs-diplomas-not-worth-the-paper-theyre-printed-on/

It sounds as if there are a lot of people in our current education system who should be working at Taco Bell, and I don’t mean the students. I think the idea of public schools is great, but somehow, we’ve allowed it to go off track. Too often these days, the public school system is being used for anti-American indoctrination, a jobs program for incompetent teachers, and political staff and slush funds for Democrat politicians. It desperately needs reforming, to put the focus back where it belongs: on giving our children a real educational foundation for life.

Until we can overcome the entrenched resistance and turn our schools back into schools again, I predict that home-schooling will continue to grow in popularity.

Trash Day

September 21, 2021

You know, when it’s trash pickup day and you have only one Hefty bag left, you try to stuff all your garbage into it? That’s sort of how Congressional Democrats have treated their $3.5 trillion “budget reconciliation” bill. Since that type of bill can pass with only 51 votes and isn’t subject to filibuster, they’ve tried to cram every garbage idea the left’s got into that bag, from expensive climate change boondoggles to amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. But Sunday, the Senate Parliamentarian popped their Hefty bag.

Elizabeth McDonough ruled that just because something involves money (and everything Congress does involves money), that doesn’t make it a budget issue. Major non-budgetary legislation can’t be passed with 51 votes in a budget reconciliation bill. So the illegal immigrant amnesty cannot be included.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-parliamentarian-deals-blow-to-dems-immigration-push

Since no Republicans support it, that should kill it. But the Biden White House, which has yet to hesitate to do a flamenco dance all over the Constitution, urged Democrats to come up with some other creative end-run around Senate rules to get amnesty passed with 51 votes. What should be happening instead is that the Parliamentarian should yank out all the other things that have no business being in a budget reconciliation bill.

One other obstacle that Biden would have to get around is Sen. Joe Manchin, who already said he won’t back a spending bill that big, and who is now reportedly saying privately that he thinks the Senate should take a “strategic pause” until 2022 before voting on it.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/09/19/manchin-wants-to-delay-consideration-of-35t-budget-until-2022-n2596144

That would be an election year when many Democrats in swing states and districts might not be too keen to put their names on a garbage bag full of government-bloating, debt-exploding, freedom-killing “progressivism.”

Meanwhile, some far-leftists are demanding that Biden get tough with Congressional Democrats and order them to pass the bill. Considering that his approval rating is now down to the low-mid-40s and a new survey finds that 55% of voters in seven Democrat-controlled swing districts think the $3.5 trillion bill is “wasteful and unnecessary,” that doesn’t give him much leverage for threatening Congress members – unless he threatens to publicly endorse them if they don’t do what he wants.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/09/17/joe-bidens-toxicity-is-finally-leeching-into-these-swing-districts-n2596091?utm_campaign=rightrailsticky1

Laura Ainsworth: Big in Japan

September 21, 2021

Congratulations on some exciting news for our contributor Laura Ainsworth, who in addition to being a top notch writer/news researcher is also an award-winning retro jazz singer in the Julie London/Rosemary Clooney tradition.

Her three CDs and best-of LP were recently picked up for distribution in Japan and proved so popular that an expanded CD best of, “Top Shelf,” has just been released there. It includes 16 tracks (one a previously-unreleased Irving Berlin classic), all remastered by Jessica Thompson, who was Grammy-nominated for her work on Erroll Garner’s “The Complete Concert by the Sea.” It includes a 16-page color booklet on Laura’s music and her unique upbringing as the daughter of musician Billy Ainsworth, who played with Tommy Dorsey, Freddy Martin and other legendary big band leaders.

The new Japanese CD just debuted and is available in the US, along with all her other music, through her website, www.lauraainsworth.com.

If you love great American music, here’s your chance to pick up some terrific CDs for yourself or Christmas gifts, and support one of the “Huckabee” family. You can also follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lauraainsworthsings and on Twitter at @lauraainsworth1.

Just to give you a taste, here she is singing a great old Mills Brothers tune on “Huckabee”:

https://youtu.be/AGorRNgp4t4

Today’s theme in the news

September 21, 2021

People who deserve to be held accountable but won’t be.

Here’s a story about the top World Health Organization official who botched the pandemic response and helped cover for China (among other serious accusations), and now appears almost certain to retain his job.

https://www.westernjournal.com/dr-tedros-appears-set-keep-top-job-despite-handling-pandemic-problems-home-country/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

As one critic put it in a comment that’s also becoming a recurring theme, “It’s a glaring failure of the Biden administration not to have prepared an alternative.” Just as he apparently has no alternative ready for Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley or his Secretary of State or any number of other people who should be held accountable for the disastrous handling of Afghanistan (and the latest development: the drone strike on an innocent family), but won’t be. Biden seems determined to continue the Obama policy of standing by and even promoting the biggest screw-ups in his Administration.

That’s why the indictment by John Durham was so shocking to the DC ecosystem: it looks as if someone in their high-powered orbit might actually be held to the same laws the rest of us have to follow! That’s one down and…thousands to go.

Kurt Schichter has also noticed this recurring theme of the elites never holding each other accountable for their massive failures, lies and malfeasances. He has some comments on that, in his inimitable style.

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/09/20/heads-wont-roll-n2596077

COVID Mask Theater

September 21, 2021

I think it’s safe to assume that you didn’t watch the Emmy Awards last night (yes, that was actually on last night.) That’s not just a statement about conservatives; I think the only people who watch the Emmys anymore are the nominees. You didn’t miss much, but there was one thing of note: it provided the final punchline to a long stretch of escalating elitist liberal mask hypocrisy.

The same leftist politicians and celebrities who love to berate the masses for not wearing three masks whenever they step outside their bedrooms have given us a number of high profile examples of their “Rules for thee but not for me” philosophy. One biggie was Obama's birthday bash. Last week, the mayor of San Francisco and a co-founder of BLM were among the leftist elites caught defying the city’s mask mandate at a jazz club (where the staff, of course, had to wear masks)…

https://reason.com/2021/09/17/london-breed-san-francisco-mask-covid-hypocrisy/

There were also the notorious photos of the ultra-swank Met Gala in New York, where AOC wore her designer “Tax The Rich” gown but like all the other swells, did not wear a mask (the staff, of course, had to wear masks.) And then last night at the Emmy Awards, hundreds of celebrities gathered close together without masks (the staff, of course, had to wear masks.)

Seth Rogan even remarked on the hypocritical flouting of the rules, noting that it had been described as an outdoor event, but there were way too many people in a hermetically-sealed tent.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/09/19/liberal-elites-gather-for-emmys-in-la-where-apparently-covid-doesnt-exist-n2596147

I know hypocrisy is nothing new. These are the same liberal celebrities and the same events where they used to preach to normal Americans about how sexist and unwoke we were, while protecting powerful celebrities who were later revealed to be serial rapists and child molesters. Now, they lecture us about not wearing masks while not wearing masks.

But kudos to everyone who pointed out that in the background, the wait staff and security people are always wearing masks. I guess COVID only attacks hourly wage workers, not celebrities. The same way it knew to spread only at Trump rallies and never at BLM protests.

Allard: The Milley Caper

September 21, 2021

General Mark Milley, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s top-ranking military man, is either the most courageous adult in the room while our political system tottered on the brink of instability - or else a camouflaged Democratic swamp-creature who may have committed treason while colluding with the Communist Chinese. Where you stand on these flamboyant issues depends mostly on what you think of mega-journalist Bob Woodward, whose headlines famously out-run his sources. But ever since Watergate, Woodward has pioneered a whole new genre in which his sources remain carefully veiled while the nation’s most highly classified secrets are revealed in voluptuous detail. Perusing one of his earlier books, I was startled to read page after page of intelligence revelations that went beyond top-secret. “But hey man”, as Joe Biden would put it, “isn’t that all just part of the public’s right to know?”

 

Well maybe but no one in authority ever seems to have asked Bob Woodward about that or to question the ethics of transforming national secrets into highly profitable book sales. Looking over his 50-year track record, Washington insiders know that it pays to stay on Woodward’s good side. If you give him the juicy gossip and inside-the-Beltway psycho-babble he craves, you can be assured of favorable treatment, either in his books or maybe in the pages of the Washington Post (possibly one and the same). An essential part of the gamesmanship includes the pre-publication leaking of lurid headlines. Specifically:

  • Shortly before the 2020 election, GEN Milley called his Chinese counter-part to re-assure him that the US would not attack China. “If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,” Milley reportedly said.
  • Similar reassurances were repeated shortly after the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill; “We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.” (Lolita C. Baldor, AP, “Milley: Calls were perfectly within scope of the job,” Sept. 17)
  • Also according to the AP, “Milley believed the president suffered a mental decline after the November election, agreeing with a view shared by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a phone call they had on Jan. 8, according to officials. Milley also asked senior officers to swear an “oath” that Milley had to be involved if Trump gave an order to launch nuclear weapons, according to the book.” (Mary C. Jalonick, AP, “Jan 6 Committee seeking records on Milley’s China calls,” Sep 17)

 

As you would expect, outraged Republicans called for General Milley to be fired while Democrats from President Biden to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed continued confidence in his judgment.  Since Milley and Austin will testify before the House Armed Services Committee on September 28, the controversy will likely simmer for at least another week: Exactly as Bob Woodward and his media colleagues would have anticipated. Not only is this kind of publicity essential in fueling sales, but it also helps to move the Afghanistan and Southern Border fiascos off the front pages. 

 

As it happens, my Harvard dissertation and first book was a history of the American command and control system. Shortly thereafter, I had the privilege of working for Congressman Bill Nichols as Congress reformed that system in 1986, including the powers exercised by every subsequent JCS Chairman, including General Milley. If he was indeed free-lancing with his Chinese counter-part, those particulars will certainly become known in our immediate future.

 

But in that last AP story refenced above, there is a question most observers have missed. Did General Milley actually require senior officers to swear an oath promising to short-circuit the nuclear command and control exercised by President Trump? And if so, what was his authority for making such an extraordinary (and possibly illegal) demand? You see, in their sweeping 1986 reforms, Congress firmly chose to place the JCS Chairman outside the chain of command extending from the National Command Authorities (i.e. the President and SECDEF) directly to the Commanders of our combatant forces in the field.  The principle: Civilians make the decision to go to war while commanders on the ground employ forces and direct missions. The JCS Chairman is expected to give military advice while administering our global command and control systems.

 

But he is only a Washington staffer, like so many others. That is a distinction General Milley should know well: Bob Woodward not so much!

 

 LEAVE KEN A COMMENT BELOW, WE KNOW HE WILL APPRECIATE IT!

NOTE: Colonel Allard is the author of Command, Control and the Common Defense, winner of the 1991 National Security Book Award. After leaving active duty, he became an on-air military analyst for the networks of NBC News.

Non-story

September 21, 2021

Fearmonger-in-Chief Nancy Pelosi had the security fence put back up around the Capitol (because walls only provide security when they’re protecting Democrats) in anticipation of the sure-to-be-violent “Justice For J6” rally this weekend. It was a protest of the political over-prosecution of non-violent protesters who entered the Capitol on January 6th. Liberal media outlets attacked conservative outlets for “downplaying” the threat, but as usual, the liberal outlets were hysterically wrong.

https://redstate.com/joesquire/2021/09/20/the-big-scary-january-6-solidarity-protest-was-entirely-media-concocted-n445336

President Trump warned supporters to stay away from the rally because it was “a trap,” and that leftist agitators would try to stir up trouble so that they could be blamed and arrested for it. And he wasn’t the only one who smelled a trap. The handful of nonviolent rally attendees were likely outnumbered by all the security people (some of whom were laughably trying to “blend in” with the right-wingers and about as convincing as when Bob Hope used to dress up as a hippie for comedy sketches.) It reached the height of absurdity when the undercover feds reportedly arrested someone for carrying a weapon, and it turned out he was also an undercover cop. Let’s hope this helps pound the last nail into the coffin of the idiotic idea that the biggest threats to America are white supremacists and the weather.

Just as I expected, the rally was a non-story, but it did give conservative wags an opening to create some hilarious memes from the photo of the overzealous feds in their “4Chan Follower” Halloween costumes.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/09/19/the-one-photo-that-sums-up-the-spooky-far-right-rally-in-dc-everyone-was-worried-about-n2596122

At first glance, the indictment of a single participant in Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s bogus “Crossfire Hurricane” might not seem like a big deal. In fact, many of you cynics out there, sensing that little more will come of this, have already written me to express dismay, predicting this one person, Perkins Coie attorney and partner Michael Sussmann, will take the fall for all the scammers who collaborated to create what is likely the biggest political hoax of all time. But, believe me, even though this story is currently overshadowed in the news cycle by multiple Biden-caused disasters –- the border catastrophe, the Afghanistan debacle, the vaccine hysteria, to name just three –- it is picking up steam as we find out more.

For example, we know that some of the players in the Russia Hoax happen to be members of President Biden’s current group of White House insiders. One of particular note is Biden foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan.

FOX NEWS’ “Special Report” had a segment on this Monday night, with Mike Emanuel reporting that the Sussmann indictment “might only be scratching the surface.” He said, “One expert [Jonathan Turley, in an opinion piece for THE HILL] says this indictment exposes a type of Nixonian dirty tricks operation run by, or at least billed to, the 2016 Clinton campaign.” The goal was to spread stories in the media and at the FBI that would trigger an investigation of Trump’s Russia connections. The stories were not true, and they knew they were not true.

This is so crooked, it’s almost beyond belief. It really does make the Watergate scandal look like a mere warm-up. Here is Turley’s MUST-READ piece, the most damning account yet.

https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/572861-clinton-lawyers-indictment-reveals-bag-of-tricks

On October 31, 2016, Hillary retweeted this whopper from Jake Sullivan: “This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow. Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.” That bank was Alfa Bank, which later responded to this and similar lies by suing Christopher Steele for libel over what he’d said about them in his now-discredited “dossier.” Fortunately for us, that lawsuit brought Steele out of the woodwork and motivated him to testify in his own defense, revealing much about “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Speaking of Jake Sullivan, Turley said on FOX NEWS, “It’s unnerving that he’s now in charge of looking at intelligence reports and telling President Biden what seems to be good intelligence. This was the ultimate of conspiracy theories, I mean, this was a real tinfoil-hat type of conspiracy theory.”

Sussmann is the Clinton attorney who spread the Alfa Bank story to the FBI, telling them he was there as a concerned private citizen doing his duty (oh, brother), NOT representing anyone else’s legal interests. Perkins Coie billing records show differently, so if that’s what he said to the FBI, it was indeed a lie. Sussmann has pleaded not guilty, and in a court of law he will and should be presumed innocent, but we are not in court and certainly won’t be selected for his jury, so forgive us for failing to find any extenuating circumstances in his case.

As Emanuel reported, “The top Republican on House Judiciary [Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan] says, “This indictment is a sign Durham is getting to the root of the matter.” The Alfa Bank story, Jordan made clear, was one of “the” lies in the very beginning “that launched this whole crazy investigation that we know was all based on just political operatives making things up.”

Emanuel ends his report by implying the Biden “Justice” Department might choose not to make Durham’s final report public. Legally, he gets to make that decision, no matter how unethical it might be. Knowing how Attorney General Merrick Garland operates, I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to deep-six the report, or else redact the heck out of it. Either action will not be acceptable.

J. D. Gordon, the Pentagon spokesperson under George W. Bush, has written a piece for the DAILY CALLER that summarizes well what Durham has established so far and clarifies some of the connections between actors in this drama.

https://dailycaller.com/2021/09/20/gordon-durham-indictment-in-russiagate-leads-to-jake-sullivan/

For example, Gordon reminds us that Sussmann is the attorney who represented the DNC when it claimed to have been hacked by Russia. Recall that they never turned over their servers to the FBI, and there was never any evidence that Russia did it, even though that’s a story the media like to maintain. We’re thinking Sussmann is a man with a lot of secrets pertaining to this.

As for Jake Sullivan, Gordon tells us he admitted during congressional testimony in 2017 that he had met with producers for CNN, FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS and NBC about his “suspicions,” which, as Gordon puts it, “were later exposed as conspiracy theories without evidence.” There is no doubt, these people were on a mission to spread lies about Trump. Sullivan was candidate Hillary’s senior policy adviser; now he advises Biden on foreign policy. (I wouldn’t admit that in public if I were him. Sorry; I digress.) In other words, the same man whom we know was busy spreading lies on Hillary’s behalf is now giving press conferences on Biden’s behalf.

Gordon also prods our memories about James Baker, the FBI general counsel who himself was under investigation for leaking stories to Michael Isikoff and David Corn, “Russiagate’s first two journalist instigators.”

And he dips a toe in the issue of accountability as well, not just for Sussmann but for a list of others who are alluded to in Durham’s indictment.

There’s something else of interest about Baker that we rediscovered in BALL OF COLLUSION, by Andrew McCarthy: Baker happens to have been the one who signed off on FISA warrants issued for “Crossfire Hurricane” to spy on Trump’s campaign associates.

BALL OF COLLUSION, written in 2019, has an account of Sussmann's actions on September 19, 2016, the day he brought the Alfa Bank story to Baker at the FBI, that puts it into context well. It’s in Chapter 15, “FISA Warrants: Targeting Trump, Not Page,” under the subhead “Final FISA Warrant Preparations.” We recommend this book highly if you’d like to be well-versed in what we call THE GREATEST POLITICAL HOAX OF ALL TIME.

I do believe that by the time Durham is finished, it will be revealed as just that.