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Texas Update

February 20, 2021

Amazingly, leftist politicians and commenters are trying to blame the power outages in Texas on Republican policies, even though they are mostly due to Texas adopting the kind of “green energy” push...

Mars Here We Come

February 20, 2021

Congratulations to all the scientists, engineers and others who helped accomplish yesterday’s milestone landing of the rover Perseverance on the surface of Mars.

The mission was timed for the closest alignment of Earth and Mars, but that still meant a trip of 300 million miles, or seven months of traveling – so far away that radio signals from Percy (the rover’s nickname) take nearly 12 minutes to reach Earth. It will spend the next two years drilling into the Martian surface to collect rock samples, which will be brought back by another rocket by 2031 to search for signs of bygone microscopic life. Let's hope that by that time, there are still signs of intelligent life on Earth.

Two other spacecraft, from the UAE and China, are also orbiting Mars. China also plans to send down a small rover to seek signs of life. And if it finds any, to immediately oppress it.


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I've repeatedly made it clear that I condemn the Capitol Hill riot on January 6 and want to see accountability, including jail time where appropriate, for all crimes committed that day. But the media narrative of what happened at the Capitol during Trump’s otherwise-peaceful rally for an honest election is far from what actually occurred.

Just as President Biden has clung tightly to the fiction that President Trump referred to white supremacists as “good people,” he also maintained after Trump’s acquittal that Officer Brian Sicknick had lost “his life while protecting the Capitol from a violent, riotous mob on January 6, 2021.” As the story went, Sicknick had been bashed in the head by a violent pro-Trumper and had died of his injury. THE NEW YORK TIMES had said that the mob “overpowered Sicknick” and “struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher,” after which, “with a bloody gash in his head, Mr. Sicknick was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.” But, as journalist and free-speech advocate Glenn Greenwald points out, “the problem with this story is that is it is false in almost all respects.”

"...This horrifying story about a pro-Trump mob beating a police officer to death with a fire extinguisher was repeated over and over,” Greenwald writes, “by multiple journalists on television, in print, and on social media. It became arguably the single most-emphasized and known story of this event, and understandably so --- it was a savage and barbaric act that resulted in the harrowing killing by a pro-Trump mob of a young Capitol police officer.”

I wonder how many people who have repeated this false story even know where it originated. Not surprisingly, it started with that report from the TIMES, which cited as sources only anonymous law enforcement officials. That's all there was. As Greenwald writes, “Despite this alleged brutal murder taking place in one of the most surveilled buildings on the planet, filled that day with hundreds of cellphones taping the events, nobody saw video of it. No photographs depicted it. To this day, no autopsy report has been released. No details from any official source have been provided.” He died later, and we don’t know the cause.

The unsourced NYT story seems to be good enough for President Biden, though; he is either far too credulous or a calculated liar. Perhaps he didn’t see another story that ran the same day as the TIMES story –-- an interview in ProPublica with Sicknick’s brother that said nothing at all about a head injury or a fire extinguisher, only about a possible reaction to pepper spray. It said Sicknick had texted from the hospital that he was “in good spirits.”

And perhaps Biden didn’t read the entire CNN story that, deep within (not in the headline, of course), said "...medical examiners did not find signs that the officer sustained blunt force trauma, so investigators believe that early reports that he was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true.”

To be sure, many if not most Americans pay attention only to the first few paragraphs of a story or even just the headlines, and one of the NYT articles carried this one: “He Dreamed of Being a Police Officer, Then Was Killed By a Pro-Trump Mob.”

Greenwald makes the case that as it became clearer that no other deaths could be attributed to the pro-Trump mob --- that the other fatalities all had other causes --- it became even more important to spread the fake fire extinguisher story, which was the ONE WAY to depict the riot “in the most violent and menacing light possible.”

It should be possible to condemn the riot –- as I and most other Trump supporters did –- without spreading outrageous lies about what happened that day, but the left doesn’t know how to do that. Creating huge fake whoppers is their stock and trade. And now that they’ve had seven weeks to repeat this one over and over, at least half the country wrongly believes Office Sicknick was beaten to death by a pro-Trump mob. Greenwald says, “There is no circumstance or motive that justifies the dissemination of false claims by journalists. The more consequential the event, the less justified, and more harmful, serial journalistic falsehoods are.”

This particular lie was extremely consequential. It even made it into the impeachment hearing and subsequent trial, with the one article of impeachment against President Trump falsely claiming that Trump supporters “injured and killed law enforcement personnel.” As noted by legal analyst Andrew McCarthy, the House impeachment managers explicitly said on page 28 of their pretrial memorandum that “the insurrectionists killed a Capitol police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher.”

Finally, on February 9, REVOLVER NEWS ran a compilation and analysis of what we know, and don’t know, regarding Sicknick’s death –- I believe we commented and linked to that story –- and Tucker Carlson reported on it the following day. But so much damage had already been done. And most of the media outlets that had spread the lie in the first place simply ignored the real story. THE NYT still has not written a retraction or correction, just a vague “update” on their original reporting that says, “New information has emerged regarding the death of Capitol officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.”

Another false narrative about a man carrying zip-ties was also spread, presumably to make the security breach seem like a premeditated attempt to forcibly detain people. But this was shown to be wrong as well; Greenwald’s article gives details.

Yet another particularly damaging lie is the insistence that this was an “armed insurrection.” That suggests there were guns, when there’s no evidence of any protester having a gun inside the Capitol. And if there were no guns, what kind of an “insurrection” (or “coup”) is that? On January 15, REUTERS published an article with the headline, ‘U.S. says Capitol rioters meant to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials.” Mainstream reporters and TDS-infected tweeters such as Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe picked that up and ran with it.

And now Nancy Pelosi, with her insistence on militarizing the Capitol and blaming pro-Trump “domestic terrorists” for armed soldiers and fences topped with razor wire, inflates the narrative even more. THIS IS ALL BASED ON A LIE that they just keep telling, to further marginalize Trump supporters.

One last point: Officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, one of only four in our country’s history to do so, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Yes, all who lose their lives as law enforcement officers are heroes, but in this case is it too cynical to think of this honor as also being used as a stunt by Democrats to help perpetuate their false narrative? I don’t think so, especially since Pelosi and Schumer took the opportunity to release a joint statement again calling it a “violent insurrection.” Tell me, when have they shown such deep concern for officers who died in leftist mob violence?


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NYT Retraction

February 18, 2021

The New York Times, the same ultra-politicized newspaper that can't tell the difference between its own news and opinion pages yet thinks we need a government-appointed "Reality Czar" to police our speech, has quietly backed away from one of its most explosive claims: that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died after being struck in the head by a fire extinguisher hurled by a rioter.

As we'd already reported in this newsletter, Officer Sicknick had assured family members that he was okay after the violence ended, he died later that day, and no blunt force trauma was found on his body. Weeks went by without any official cause of death being given, until people began to speculate on whether he might have had a stroke or a reaction to chemicals used at the scene.

This lack of facts, however, didn't deter the New York Times from running with their story, nor Congressional Democrats from shamelessly politicizing Officer Sicknick's death after a year in which many of them showed little respect for the dangers faced by police officers. They even used it to give emotional weight to their empty impeachment case against the President, blaming him for Officer Sicknick's death, just as he's personally responsible for every coronavirus death, even the ones in New York nursing homes, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who forced the nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients.

A lot of people are asking what all these Trump-hating obsessives will do if they don't have Trump to hate and curse and scream about all day. I just wonder who they'll blame for all their own mistakes and failures.

Incidentally, thanks to Ed Driscoll at Instapundit for pointing out this perfect response from the satirical site, the Babylon Bee: "Ignorant Senator Shares New York Times Article Thinking It's Real."


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Having spent their first month in office dismantling America's fuel industry and energy independence and eviscerating the First Amendment, the Biden Administration is now turning to the Second Amendment. But did you expect anything less from a man who said he would put Beto "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15" O'Rourke in charge of gun control? No wonder gun sales have gone through the roof since November (and they were already high, due to the riots and looting, another thing gun sellers can thank Democrats for.)

You can read about what Biden is planning to do here, but it's questionable whether it would make it past the Senate filibuster or the Supreme Court. The SCOTUS would also likely end up weighing in on any attempts to get around Congress and undermine the Second Amendment by executive order.

I've been writing about this issue for years now, so I know that anytime you question new gun laws, you're accused of wanting more people to DIE! So here are just a few of the problems with these laws, stripped of the overheated emotional rhetoric:

1. They violate the Second Amendment, and many, many Americans cherish that Amendment.

2. While gun control advocates constantly talk about banning "assault weapons" and "weapons of war," those are vague terms conjured up by people who know nothing about guns. An AR-15 isn't a "weapon of war," it's a hunting rifle with some features that make the unitiatied think it looks like it might be used by soldiers. An "assault weapon" is no more lethal than any other gun (in the wrong hands, isn't any gun an "assault weapon?"), it just has to have any of a list of traits that gun control activists find scary, even though some are purely cosmetic, or safety features (a barrel shield keeps you from burning your fingers on a hot barrel) or convenient (an adjustable stock allows people of different sizes, like a husband and wife, to share the same rifle at a target range without having to buy two of them.)

3. This is the most important, yet least mentioned fact of all: the left is constantly demanding more gun laws despite abundant evidence that the ones we already have either aren't working or aren't being enforced. They demand that authorities devote an incredible amount of time, hours and taxpayer money to tracking, checking and policing law-abiding gun owners who aren't the problem. But how many times have we seen a mass shooting and later learned that under current laws, the culprit already should never have been allowed to buy a weapon - but a form was misplaced, or a judge let them go, or the police never got around to investigating a complaint, etc. etc. etc.

In virtually every case, mass shootings stop when someone else with a gun, whether it's a cop or an armed citizen, arrives on the scene and starts shooting back.

Yet when it comes to gun laws, liberals have the same attitude that they have toward socialism: it's never, ever worked anywhere, ever...but maybe if we just try a little more of it, it will start working.


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Rush Limbaugh RIP

February 18, 2021

While many of us have been bracing for Rush Limbaugh’s passing ever since he revealed his battle against terminal lung cancer, the news that came Wednesday of his death at 70 still sent a shock wave of grief though his many millions of fans.

Good political news

February 16, 2021

This week, a federal judge permanently blocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on indoor worship services that the Supreme Court put under a temporary injunction last year.

A Michigan judge threw out charges against six hair stylists who cut hair in front of the state Capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian business shutdown policies.

And a federal judge in Texas extended his stay on President Biden’s executive order to halt all deportations of illegal aliens.

You can tell things have really changed when all of the good political news is coming from judicial rulings!

Anthem Update

February 12, 2021

UPDATE: After Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the National Anthem would no longer be played before home games, the NBA informed him that the league policy is that all teams will play the National Anthem, and that includes the Mavericks.

YouTube boots LifeSite News

February 11, 2021

In one of the most outrageous assaults yet by Big Tech on freedom of speech, Google-owned YouTube has permanently banned the LifeSiteNews channel, the video arm of the pro-life news website, which had over 300,000 subscribers. They also removed all of the many videos they had posted.

It’s not clear yet why YouTube completely wiped the site's channel. Speculation is that it may be because of the site’s coverage of vaccines, but they aren’t anti-vaxxers. From what I’ve seen, they’ve mostly just covered debates on the legality of mandated vaccines and the morality of vaccines created using aborted fetal cells. LifeSiteNews covers the news from a traditional Judeo-Christian perspective. Is that what got it banned?

Fortunately, all the videos were backed up, and LifeSiteNews is working to build up its alternative outlets on platforms such as Rumble. If you are a subscriber to their YouTube channel and wonder where they went – or if you want to send a message about free speech to Google and YouTube – you can learn where to find them at their new locations at this link:


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"Comedy"

February 11, 2021

Since I know you have not been watching, Joe Concha at The Hill did the dirty work for you and watched some recent episodes of what passes for late night “comedy” shows nowadays.

"It's a trap!"

February 11, 2021

Not satisfied with interfering with elections, destroying competitors and silencing free speech, Twitter and Facebook are apparently concerned that people are getting around their speech/thought control efforts by putting out their own newsletters.

Must-read

February 11, 2021

Glenn Greenwald, one of the last of a dying breed of brave, honest, liberal journalists, writes about the growing plague of spies, snitches and tattletales from big corporate media outlets like CNN, NBC and the New York Times who are so offended by the concept of free speech that they’re obsessed with ensuring nobody anywhere on the Internet is able to speak freely without being publicly shamed and having their reputations and careers destroyed.

He offers a number of ignominious examples of these professional wokescolds ruining people, including a New York Times reporter who spent months infiltrating a free speech app discussion group before “exposing” that a Silicon Valley entrepreneur said a politically-incorrect word. Problem: he never said that word. Someone else did, but that person was clearly just quoting a Reddit group that used it. When called on her malicious false reporting, the Times snitch just said thanks for the “clarification” and reiterated how hurtful it is to use that word. When that weasel move didn’t work, she deleted the tweet and locked her account.

To quote Greenwald:

“But this is now the prevailing ethos in corporate journalism. They have insufficient talent or skill, and even less desire, to take on real power centers: the military-industrial complex, the CIA and FBI, the clandestine security state, Wall Street, Silicon Valley monopolies, the corrupted and lying corporate media outlets they serve. So settling on this penny-ante, trivial bull(bleep) — tattling, hall monitoring, speech policing: all in the most anti-intellectual, adolescent and primitive ways — is all they have. It’s all they are. It’s why they have fully earned the contempt and distrust in which the public holds them.”

I’ll bet you want to read it all now, don’t you?


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Social Media Update

February 9, 2021

After being banned by most social media outlets, President Trump returned with his first post since January. It’s just a repost of his attorneys’ blunt response to the Senate’s letter inviting him to testify in his “impeachment” trial. But the opening sentence was familiarly Trumpian: “We are in receipt of your latest public relations stunt…”

I’m sure that Trump supporters will be most interested in knowing where he chose to post it, and that was at Gab.com. This story reports that Parler.com offered him 40% of the business if he went exclusively with them (naturally, Democrats are “DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION,” even though Trump didn't do it – I’m more interested in investigating Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million in-kind contribution to electing Biden, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that.)

Meanwhile, Parler is still offline. But investor Dan Bongino says it could be back this week, maybe as early as today.


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Super Bowl Recap

February 9, 2021

Congratulations to Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady, who set three new records by winning his 7th Super Bowl (or as I now call it, “The Woke Bowl”) out of 10 appearances and by being the oldest player ever in the Super Bowl.

Brian Sicknick Update

February 8, 2021

The attempt to build a murder case against Capitol rioters over the death of Officer Brian Sicknick is looking less certain. It was originally speculated that he collapsed and died hours after the violence due to being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher.
As baseball great Yogi Berra said, “It’s deja vu all over again.” Didn’t we already go through a Trump impeachment trial? Gosh, time flies; that was a little over a year ago, when we should have been focusing rapt attention on more important things, such as a tiny virus making its way from Wuhan, China, to America, during the early stages of a growing pandemic.