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I mentioned yesterday in a piece about concern over Joe Biden’s ever-more-frequent “gaffes” that I did not include the clip of him saying, “We can only reelect Donald Trump,” because that was taken out of context. Unfortunately, some other conservative sources were fooled by it and retweeted it, including Trump communications director Dan Scavino, who was reposted by Trump.

While Scavino argued that nobody would seriously believe Biden was endorsing Trump, the Biden campaign complained to Twitter, which branded it as “manipulated media.” This is the first time that a major party candidate has been officially cited for spreading “fake news,” which I’m sure the left feels very smug about. But they might have tripped themselves up by making that complaint.

Have you ever heard of the “Streisand Effect”? Years ago, Barbra Streisand made a big deal about a photographer invading her privacy by taking an aerial photo of her estate. If she hadn’t said anything, most people never would have seen the photo. But her complaint drew so much publicity that everyone saw the picture and learned exactly where she lived. This may be what the Biden people are feeling now, since their complaint to Twitter about Trump posting a misleading video of Biden is bringing sudden attention to all the false and misleading videos and quotes that their side has thrown at Trump and that the media have let them slide by on.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-campaign-fires-back-twitter-biden-manipulated

The Trump campaign is now demanding that Twitter enforce its new rigid standards for political posts equally on the Biden campaign, citing at least three videos they've posted that are deceptively edited to make it appear that Trump said things he never said, such as the coronavirus is a hoax, or there were “very fine people” on the side of the white supremacists in Charlottesville. That last one is so slanderously false that even factcheck.org admitted it was baseless.

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/02/trump-has-condemned-white-supremacists/

The Biden campaign may rue the day that it demanded Twitter bar any false or misleading videos about politicians because I’ve been listening to the Democrats’ policy ideas for nearly a year now, and it seems to me that slandering their opponents is about all they’ve got. In fact, Joe Biden actually claimed that Trump’s “very fine people” quote was the reason he decided to run for President: he just had to save America from that divisive racist who thinks that neo-Nazis are very fine people.

So now that this is all out in the open, and Twitter suddenly cares about the truth, Trump’s people should remove that misleading video, and Biden’s people should remove ALL their misleading anti-Trump videos...and Joe Biden should say, “Well, that’s very different! Never mind…” and quit the race and go home.

No, the FBI didn’t just make “errors and omissions” (51 of them) in their FISA applications targeting the Trump campaign. The FISA Court says it was deception.

As reported by John Solomon in JUST THE NEWS, U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg, the new chief of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, issued an order last week suspending all FBI and DOJ lawyers involved in the Russia “collusion” case from appearing before his court until it’s determined whether or not they engaged in misconduct. (I would note that at this point, many are no longer there.) Boasberg blamed senior officials in a scathing rebuke, saying, “The frequency and seriousness of these errors in a case that, given its sensitive nature, had an unusually high level of review at both DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have called into question the reliability of the information proffered in other FBI applications.”

In other words, we can’t believe the FBI. To cut to the chase, Judge Boasberg said there’s “little doubt that the government breached its duty of candor to the Court with respect to those applications.” The judge here is accusing the FBI of lying to the FISA court.

He went on: “The errors the OIG [Office of Inspector General] pointed out cannot be solved through procedures alone. DOJ and the FBI, including all personnel involved in the FISA process, must fully understand and embrace the heightened duties of probity and transparency that apply in ex parte proceedings.”

Translation: It’s not enough to do what FBI Director Chris Wray wants to do and reform the process. This needs to go further. All personnel involved with FISA have to understand and be committed to the heightened importance of transparency and proof in proceedings such as this, in which a judge rules without all parties being present.

Top FBI and DOJ officials have spent three years trying to weasel out of being held accountable. James Comey recently said it was “nonsense” that the FBI opened the “Trump/Russia” probe without good cause. Rod Rosenstein said that the DOJ took its responsibility to submit “admissible evidence, credible witnesses” very seriously. (I guess he means the phony “dossier”?) How refreshing that this ruling by Judge Boasberg has placed the blame right where it should be.

We still don’t have indictments, but this certainly is a move in the right direction. As Solomon put it, “A judge has formally concluded that his court was misled by the work product they oversaw and signed.” By “they,” he means people at the top: James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein and others.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/21-words-uttered-fisa-court-change-russia-collusion-case

Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes of California still calls this action “too little, too late.” He appeared on Monday’s HANNITY along with Gregg Jarrett and Sara Carter shortly after meeting for about an hour and a half with Attorney General Bill Barr, who has “some great ideas,” he said. But Democrats control the House right now, and it’s doubtful they’re going to pursue needed reforms. Nunes said what needs to happen is for Congress to “open up” FISA and really take a look at it, but as Congress is currently led by Democrats, that isn’t happening.

"At the end of the day,” he said, “we need FISA to protect this country, but not if it comes at the sake of our liberties that we would have to give up.”

FOX legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said he believes the only way to bring about real reform is to either get rid of FISA entirely or adopt the rule Sen. Rand Paul has called for: No more FISA spying on Americans. The ‘Foreign’ Intelligence Surveillance Act needs to be applied only to FOREIGN, not domestic, spying.

Sara Carter pointed out that to spy on Americans on U.S. soil is a violation of Fourth Amendment. (I would add that the FBI apparently went around the Fourth Amendment by luring Americans to foreign soil to spy on them there!) Carter was right in saying we can’t trust the intel bureaucracy to do their job within the system as it exists right now.

British ex-spy Christopher Steele, whose name is on the anti-Trump “dossier” that was used to mislead the FISA court, also came up in the conversation with Hannity, so here’s the latest on him, as reported by Chuck Ross at THE DAILY CALLER: Steele defended his own work recently at a private event sponsored by the Oxford University Student Union. “I stand by the integrity of our work, our sources and what we did,” he said.

Oh, brother.

The FISA Court certainly would not agree with Steele’s self-assessment. They found that the FBI could not corroborate Steele’s allegations regarding Carter Page and other Trump associates and that Steele’s only direct source disputed much of what was in the “dossier.” That source’s FBI interview in early 2017 “raised doubts about the reliability of Steele’s description of information in his election reports,” they said. Before the 2016 election, Steele himself told his FBI contacts that one subsource of his was a “boaster” and egotist” who was unreliable. Then there are the known factual errors, such as the claim that Michael Cohen visited Prague in August of 2016 to meet with Kremlin officials to discuss paying off computer hackers. (!) Say what you will about Michael Cohen, but he never made such a trip to Prague; in fact, as far as anyone knows, he has never been to Prague.

Over the past three years, Steele has gone back and forth on the reliability of his work as his own convenience warranted. What he’s saying now is certainly at odds with what he reportedly said under oath in a British deposition. Aside from that, the FBI got plenty of warning that it was really just political garbage paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign (with money laundered through the law firm Perkins Coie), but they used it, anyway. We know that most of the “dossier” wasn’t even written by Steele, but by Fusion GPS (read Lee Smith’s THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT). Also, the Mueller report found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, though Steele had alleged this in his “dossier.”

We know Steele had hoped to keep Trump from being elected, so perhaps his renewed defense of the “dossier” is intended to help keep him from being re-elected. He has said he won’t cooperate with the Durham investigation. And not surprisingly, he disparaged Trump at the Oxford event. “Trump himself doesn’t like intelligence because its ground truth is inconvenient for him,” Steele lied. “The reality check is that Russia is a hostile state as it is run at the moment, it is out to destabilize the West, and it is nefarious in the way it goes about its business.”

Well, yes, we all know Russia wants to destabilize the West. But “ground truth” means “facts or firsthand information,” and Steele relied on fiction when the facts were on the President’s side. Steele himself --- not to mention the FBI --- must've pleased Russia to no end by encouraging that very destabilization.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/06/christopher-steele-oxford-dossier/

Democrat Race Update

March 10, 2020

Today, six more states hold primary elections: Missouri, Mississippi, Washington state, Idaho, North Dakota and the biggest prize for the Democrats, Michigan, with 125 pledged delegates. You can tell how important Michigan voters are to the Democrats because, unlike during the 2016 election, their eventual nominee will have actually visited there.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/march-10-primaries-here-are-the-states-voting-and-the-delegates-at-stake

Michigan is being called a “make-or-break” state for Bernie Sanders by pundits who like to use political clichés. He scored an upset victory over Hillary there in 2016 that revitalized his campaign (still didn’t get the nomination, though), and is hoping for another one, as if that would convince the Democrats to let him have the nomination this time. Biden is well ahead in polls, but polls can be unreliable, and with so many people voting weeks early these days, last minute twists like “Joe-mentum” or Bernie’s mancrush on Castro or Joe’s alarming word salad incidents might not have as much effect on the vote as you’d suspect.

Both candidates have been focusing hard on Michigan to win it back from Trump by using populist appeals to convince blue collar workers that their policies will destroy blue collar jobs slower than the other Democrat’s policies would.

I will just remind the voters in all these states that if neither of these ranting old fabulists excite them, Tulsi Gabbard is still in the race. To those who say, “But she can’t win,” I’d reply, “She could if everyone put a check mark next to her name on the ballot.” But, hey: it’s your primary, even it does occasionally more resemble a rerun of “The Walking Dead.”

Meanwhile, Cory Booker is the latest failed Democratic Presidential hopeful to join the effort to shore up Joe Biden and keep the nomination away from Bernie Sanders.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democracy-2020-digest-dems-circle-wagons-around-biden-in-michigan

So far, Booker, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Bloomberg, O’Rouke, Deval Patrick, John Delaney, Tim Ryan and Kamala Harris have endorsed Biden. There are suspicions that Harris is really not so keen on Biden (she nearly sank his campaign by branding him as a racist), but she’s angling to be his Attorney General.)

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/now-we-know-why-kamala-harris-endorsed-joe-biden

Only Bill DeBlasio and Marianne Williamson have endorsed Sanders, with Elizabeth Warren still on the fence.

Say, do you know who Warren should endorse? Tulsi Gabbard. If she doesn’t, it proves she’s just a sexist like all the Democrats who didn't vote for Warren.

Coronavirus news

March 10, 2020

Fox News has created a handy page with “everything you need to know” about the COVID-19 coronavirus, including where it came from, what are the risks, and the best ways to avoid catching it.

https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-everything-you-need-to-know

In “Of Course We’re Not Politicizing the Coronavirus!” News: Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier demanded that President Trump stop holding campaign rallies because the virus can spread in large gatherings. I assume she thinks it’s okay for Democratic Presidential candidates to keep holding campaign rallies because those aren’t large gatherings.


VOTE NOW:  How worried are you about the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

https://www.westernjournal.com/dem-rep-gets-political-coronavirus-calls-trump-cancel-rallies/

Worth noting: considering that her district includes parts of San Francisco, is she really in a position to lecture anyone else about not creating unhygienic conditions that spread disease?

Obviously, Congress members didn’t get the memo about not politicizing the coronavirus, but here’s a refreshing narrative-buster: some of the most anti-Trump Democratic Governors, like Jay Inslee in Washington and Gavin Newsom in California, are praising the Trump Administration for its swift and efficient actions in dealing with the disease.

https://www.westernjournal.com/narrative-busted-anti-trump-dem-governors-praise-president-coronavirus-response/

Newsom was goaded by a reporter to comment on Trump reportedly not wanting passengers from exposed cruise ships allowed onto US soil. While Chuck Schumer would probably say that means Trump hates cruise ship passengers, Newsom, surprisingly, said this:

“We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise.’ He said everything that I could have hoped for. And we had a very long conversation, and every single thing he said, they followed through on."

If CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, et al, can find a way to twist that into a negative, then they should be making pretzels instead of practicing journalism. Actually, that’s great career advice for some of them regardless. And if you’re actually hoping a virus kills enough people to damage the President politically, then you are so sick, I don't even want you touching my pretzels...

https://twitter.com/RedState/status/1237102193947414529

Here’s this morning’s round-up of more coronavirus headlines from Instapundit…

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/360919/

This story prompted “Huckabee” writer Pat Reeder to post on his Facebook page, “The ultimate irony: Boston canceled its St. Patrick’s Day Parade out of fear of a disease named after beer.”

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/03/09/south-boston-st-patricks-day-parade-canceled-over-coronavirus-concerns/

For a more positive outlook, John Hinderaker at the Powerline blog suggests that the stock market freak-out over the coronavirus will be short-lived, and that ultimately, this will be a positive for the US economy. He says it’s proof that Trump was right all along about how we need to disconnect from China and stop relying on them for necessities, like pharmaceuticals. The left and many on the right savaged Trump for his trade war with China, but it encouraged US businesses to seek suppliers outside China two years ago, which looks like a really good decision now.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/03/is-the-stock-market-crazy.php

And one more piece of positive news, a 100-year-old Chinese man contracted the coronavirus… and now, he’s over it.

https://nypost.com/2020/03/08/100-year-old-chinese-man-recovers-from-coronavirus-the-oldest-patient-to-beat-illness/

We begin tonight with sad news from our own neighborhood. This past week, the Nashville area was hit by a brutal tornado that killed at least 24 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, and left thousands of people homeless. One of the hardest hit communities was Cookeville, TN, hometown of our own Keith Bilbrey. Our theater and studios are located just north of downtown in Hendersonville and our facilities and our staff and team were largely outside the path and wrath of the storm. But the families of those who perished in the storm need our prayers and all of the victims need our help. Our friends at Samaritan’s Purse have been on the scene and will continue to help. They and other relief organizations provide a reliable way to give, knowing the funds will actually help victims.


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We’ve also all been affected by the Coronavirus, not because most of have it or will get it, but because there is a world-wide panic about it. I’m in no way minimizing the serious nature of any type of flu and this one is frightening because it appears to spread rapidly and no vaccine is developed yet to stop its spread, although Israeli scientists say they are but days away from finding one. In the US, there are less than 250 cases so far confirmed, and less than 30 have died, but keep in mind that there are 330 million people in our country and that the regular flu has already this year affected about a million people and over 12, 000 have died from it. We’ve all heard the common sense advice about preventing it—wash hands vigorously and often, keep hands away from one’s face, and probably best to avoid shaking hands and maybe wave or do an elbow bump or foot bump. Or if you’re Joe Biden, just sniff the hair of other people without actually touching it.

Let’s also mention that the field of Democrats in the 2020 Presidential race has dramatically dropped with only Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Tulsi Gabbard still in. You probably haven’t even heard that Tulsi is still in because for reasons that I’ve never understood, the Democrat Party seems to be intent on keeping her off the stage and out of sight. They have manipulated the rules to keep her off the debate stage, and many of the commentators even lament that there are no women left in the race, which must come as a surprise to Tulsi, who at last report has not transgendered. Suddenly the party that prides itself on diversity is left with 2 elderly white guys, the youngest of whom is 77 years old and one female that they insist on keeping out of sight and out of mind. It’s easier to find the body of Jimmy Hoffa than Tulsi Gabbard at a Democrat Party function!

One of the comforting take-aways from the recent reduction of the Democrats in the race is that despite big money still being more important in politics than good policies and ideas, not even Mike Bloomberg could buy the White House. And he sure did try! The guy spent almost $600 million dollars and only won in American Samoa. As a consolation prize, the Girl Scouts gave him a case of their Samoa cookies. He burned so much money that environmentalists blame him for global warming. And TV & radio stations and online advertisers are crying because he pretty much individually funded them. But it’s good news for those who now can watch cat videos on You Tube without first having to suffer through a “Mike will get it done” ad. Mike got it done all right. He’s down and done. And all he keeps is a t-shirt that says, “I spent $600 million dollars and all I got was this t-shirt in extra small.” Yep, Bloomberg came up short…