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We’ve discovered yet another reason why Disney fought tooth and nail to keep control of the Reedy Creek district in Florida where its theme parks are, and not to have it taken over by a state oversight board. According to an audit conducted by the Central Tourism Oversight District, for years, Disney has been proving the truism that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2023/12/04/exposed-disney-audit-reveals-how-much-control-the-company-had-over-florida-n2167174

The report found that Disney was operating essentially as an “experimental absolute monarchy,” a private corporate kingdom that had accrued so much power that they could have built a nuclear power plant if they’d wanted (that would explain the six-foot mice.) 

The company dominated the Board of Supervisors, using employee benefits like free passes to buy loyalty and ensure board decisions favorable to Disney (aka “corruption.”) They exempted themselves from paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fees normally used to build and maintain infrastructure. Despite bringing in more and more workers, they used their influence to prevent the board from spending money on essential civic projects such as affordable housing, schools or public transportation.

You can read more about the Corporate Kingdom at the link. As you do, remember all the “progressives” who claim to oppose corporations and capitalism and champion workers’ rights, public schools, public housing, mass transit and all the rest of the things Disney quashed – but who sided with Disney in its fight to maintain its ironfisted grip on power just because the person trying to loosen it was Ron DeSantis. Politics uber alles!

Related: The Babylon Bee had some fun with the notion of Disney boycotting Twitter (X) because it allegedly doesn’t live up to Disney’s high moral standards.

https://babylonbee.com/news/worlds-most-evil-corporations-worried-x-might-tarnish-their-images

On Tuesday, IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler gave closed-door testimony once again to the House Ways and Means Committee, the only committee that can deal with confidential tax info and vote to make it public.

After hearing the testimony, the committee voted to release “56 new pages of evidence showing that then-Vice President Joe Biden used multiple email aliases and private email addresses to communicate with his son’s business associate and main financial architect.”  According to their press release, “The President appears now to not only have had knowledge but also been intimately involved in Hunter Biden’s business dealings.  The material released today further corroborates the previous testimony of IRS agents Joseph Ziegler and Gary Shapley highlighting the incredible level of access Hunter Biden and his business partners had in Joe Biden’s public office while working for foreign businesses.”

These pages “directly refute previous public statements the President has made that he had no knowledge of his son’s business dealings.”  I’d venture to say that, regardless of whether they’d admit it publicly or not, at this point EVERYONE knows he’s a liar.  That might apply especially to his lying allies in Congress and the “Justice” Department.

Committee Chairman Jason Smith gave the two whistleblowers well-deserved credit for their work through “months of testifying for hours [14 hours] and producing hundreds of pages [1100] of documentation.”  And then it wasn’t over, as they testified publicly before the House Oversight Committee.  The two have been attacked mercilessly --- Ziegler, who is a Democrat and gay, remained anonymous as long as he could --- but their story has never changed and their credibility is intact.  “The same cannot be said for President Biden,” Smith said.

According to Smith, VP Biden “appears to have treated Air Force 2 like a corporate jet, traveling to Ukraine and Mexico, to advance Hunter Biden’s business interests.”  And the documents they saw in Tuesday’s hearing show that “right around the time of the international trips like those to Ukraine, Joe Biden was emailing his son and his son’s business partner from private email accounts and using aliases while Vice President.”

The IRS investigators had put together a document with data on 327 emails showing the VP’s correspondence --- via email aliases --- with “a key Biden business associate,” identified as Eric Schwerin, whom Chairman Smith describes as “the architect of the Biden family shell companies.”  The frequency of “alias” correspondence between Schwerin and Joe Biden “increased dramatically,” Smith said, “during times when Vice President Biden traveled to Ukraine.”  This was during the time Hunter was on the Burisma board.

Materials presented at the hearing show that Kevin Morris’ $2 million “fix” of Hunter’s delinquent tax bill came in February 2020, just weeks before the Super Tuesday Democrat primary election, “in an attempt to clear up one of the single biggest political liabilities of the Biden campaign.”  One email from Morris to a Biden family accountant expresses the need to reconcile Hunter’s tax bill because it posed a “considerable risk both personally and politically.”  So, what would the Federal Election Commission say about this?

The Ways and Means Committee also looked at Joe Biden’s relationship with Hunter’s Chinese associates, specifically CEFC’s Patrick Ho, whose documented role at the company “was to bribe world leaders to advance the company’s interests.”  His conviction in 2018 was for doing that very thing in Uganda and Chad.  The IRS whistleblowers provided documents that showed Mr. Ho gave Hunter $1 million “for legal services that were never provided.”  And when Ho was arrested in 2017 for the aforementioned bribery of African officials, his first call was to the President’s brother, James.

The press release goes into more detail and even has some handy charts with revealing timelines.

https://waysandmeans.house.gov/newly-released-evidence-underscores-joe-bidens-excessive-use-of-a-secret-email-address-to-communicate-with-his-sons-business-associates/

Ziegler testified about the mysterious financial relationship between Hunter Biden and Democrat donor Kevin Morris, who paid Hunter $4.9 million for “personal expenses” starting when Joe Biden was running for President.

It was supposedly in the form of a “loan and gift.”  Well, which?

Ziegler said that starting in 2014 with his Burisma income, Hunter “appeared to follow a pattern” of avoiding taxes by falsely claiming his income was a loan to him.  (Recall that the DOJ conveniently let the statute of limitations run out on the 2014-2015 tax years that covered his lucrative time on the Burisma board.)

Later, he tried to claim millions in income from Hudson West III was a loan to him, but his own tax accountants drew the line.  He was following the same pattern in 2020, 2021 and 2022 with the money paid by Morris, a wealthy Hollywood lawyer/producer who has been described as Hunter’s “sugar daddy.”

Morris also paid Hunter’s delinquent tax bill, reportedly approximately $2 million.

As reported by JUST THE NEWS, Ziegler and Shapely “have alleged that the U.S. Justice Department interfered with the investigation and thwarted some of the action they were ready to take based on several leads.”

Morris stepped in at one point to pay $160,000 of Hunter’s delinquent taxes from 2015 because it was “a point of contention” between Hunter and his ex-wife.  Ziegler testified that “Hunter may have been in breach of his marital separation agreement and Hunter’s ex-wife at the time was having an issue renewing her passport due to the delinquent tax debt.”

Here’s the full report from JUST THE NEWS…

https://justthenews.com/government/congress/irs-whistleblower-confirms-hunter-biden-received-nearly-5-million-donor

The House Oversight Committee has been busy, too, releasing bank records that tell more of the tale.  JUST THE NEWS reports that these offer more evidence, both direct and circumstantial, that Joe and Hunter Biden co-mingled their finances, during Joe’s time “in and out of the White House.”

On Monday, Hunter’s attorney Abbe Lowell pushed back on the story of Joe Biden receiving monthly payments of $1380 a month from Owasco PC, an entity that was receiving Chinese funds paid to Hunter.  Lowell said it was to pay his father back for the use of a Ford Raptor truck that Hunter had been using during a period of financial struggle.  But Lowell, in classic slick-attorney fashion, is sidestepping the issue.  As JUST THE NEWS explains, “Lowell’s explanation for the payments does not address the origin of the funds or about the possible flow of foreign funds between son and father.”

The first payment to Joe was made September 17, 2018, which is also the date of one of the final payments made to Hunter by Hudson West III, a joint financial venture between Hunter and Chinese energy tycoon Ye Jianming.  It was shortly before this payment that Wells Fargo started asking questions about Hunter’s accounts.  “The accounts for Owasco PC and Owasco appear to fund primarily personal expenses --- what is the purpose of the accounts?”

“Payments from Hunter’s business entity to Joe Biden are now part of a pattern revealing Joe Biden knew about, participated in, and benefited from his family’s influence peddling schemes,” Oversight Committee Chair James Comer said in a statement on Monday…

https://oversight.house.gov/release/comer-releases-direct-monthly-payments-to-joe-biden-from-hunter-bidens-business-entity?/

Marjorie Taylor-Greene put it more bluntly on Tuesday, saying of the monthly payments, “Joe Biden claims this was a loan repayment.  Everybody knows what this is.  It is literally the most simple form of money laundering.”

JUST THE NEWS has much more detail about the various transactions and examples of the Bidens’ financial co-mingling, even including the expenses on upkeep of Joe Biden’s lakefront home, which Hunter was paying.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/joe-and-hunter-bidens-commingling-finances-show-no-absolute-wall

Comer’s report about the monthly payments to Joe Biden was predictably trashed in the media.  MOTHER JONES writer (I won’t call him journalist) and MSNBC “analyst” David Corn swallowed Abbe Lowell’s comment hook, line and sucker and dismissed the payments as “a loan for a truck.”  The WASHINGTON POST also went with the story that Comer had mischaracterized a car loan payment.  CNN, too.  NEW REPUBLIC claimed it was a “huge, hilarious mistake.”

We get the impression that the banks and IRS investigators see this quite differently.

https://www.independentsentinel.com/latest-evidence-of-bidens-corruption-draws-press-mockery/

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! 

Mike Huckabee


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

- Isaiah 9:6


Apparently only American liberals like Hamas

Shortly after the October 7th attack on Israel, we linked to an article by an expert on the region, explaining why no Arab nations wanted to let the Palestinians establish a homeland within their borders, despite having far more land than Israel. It was because their leaders have a history of spreading violence and instability wherever they go, and on more than one occasion, they became such a threat that host nations had to use military force to drive them out of their countries. This is why Egypt had its military on its border, not because they thought there was a danger of Israel invading, but to keep the Palestinians out.

Now, here’s more confirmation of that from Matt Vespa at Townhall, recounting what was allegedly said at a recent joint summit of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. While they publicly criticized Israel and threatened sanctions, it was reported that privately, many Arab leaders made it known that they want Israel to keep going and annihilate Hamas because they don’t want to have to deal with them, either.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/12/02/what-arab-nations-are-telling-israel-privately-is-quite-interesting-n2631920


Senator Durbin keeps his idiotic idea streak alive

Democrat Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin had a drizzle of a brainstorm this week, proposing that we solve our military recruiting crisis by letting some of the millions of illegal immigrants in the US earn citizenship by serving in our military.

https://www.westernjournal.com/senator-proposes-arming-illegal-immigrants-providing-military-training/

I suppose you could argue that they’ve already proven their ability to invade a foreign nation successfully. On the other hand, it’s not a fair test because any nations we’d be at war with would actually defend their borders.

As noted in that article, Durbin is a huge proponent of laws that deny guns to American citizens, but he’s all in on letting illegal aliens have access to high-powered weapons and sensitive US military info. I’m sure we’d be able to find some who would be more than happy to take us up on that deal.

https://nypost.com/2023/11/02/news/chinese-nationals-crossing-into-us-reaches-new-high/

By the way, to prove we’re even-handed, here’s the liberal “fact-checking” site Politifact’s attempt to debunk this story by admitting that while there has been a surge in Chinese nationals coming across our Southern border, there’s no hard evidence that it’s anything to be worried about. Other than if you’re one of those rightwing nuts who’s worried in general about having a wide-open border that lets anybody come into the US, including military-aged males from China.

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2023/may/19/tiktok-posts/no-evidence-that-chinese-immigrants-at-us-southern/

Related: Nick Arama at Redstate.com picked up on the fact that Dick Durbin tacitly admitted that this Administration has made such a woke mess of our military that they can’t get enough young Americans to join and have been reduced to trying to bribe illegal aliens to defend America.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/12/04/watch-dick-durbin-calls-for-illegal-aliens-to-be-let-into-the-military-n2167176


And Another One Bites The Dust:

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum ended his longshot campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination Monday. He helped bring a businessman’s perspective to the race. Let’s hope the next President is someone who understands and appreciates that perspective and will make good use of Burgum’s talents in Washington if he decides not to run for a third term in North Dakota.

https://www.westernjournal.com/2024-gop-candidate-ends-presidential-bid-days-final-debate/


The Democrats’ latest lie

You almost have to feel sorry for the Democrats these days (BIG “almost.”) After three years of them being in charge of the nation with results akin to trusting the Three Stooges to housesit, the public is finally wising up to all their false narratives that are being debunked (Russia collusion, the “very fine people” lie that even got dismantled again last week on Bill Maher’s show)…

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/12/02/pigs-are-flying-bill-maher-says-trump-is-right-on-education-point-then-helps-blow-up-fine-people-lie-n2167079

…And of course, the January 6th Kangaroo Kommittee show trial…

https://www.westernjournal.com/american-confronts-adam-schiff-airport-tells-democrat-ashamed/

They now seem almost punchy as they scramble for any desperate, transparent falsehood to cling onto power. We’ve seen the hysteria ramped up to 11 over the past couple of weeks, as they screech that Donald Trump is a fascist and Hitler, an existential threat to America, and he’ll end democracy and weaponize the government to throw his political opponents in prison (Uh, guys?…That’s you.)

But this latest lie really takes the cake. They lifted a line out of a Trump speech and claimed he was “admitting” that he’s waging war on democracy. Problem: If you listen to the sentences before and after it, it’s clear that he was saying it's the Biden Administration that's waging a war on democracy.

How clear? So clear that even the notoriously left-leaning “fact-check” site Snopes.com ruled that it was clear he was talking about his opponents.

https://www.westernjournal.com/snopes-sides-trump-biden-campaigns-false-smear-rare-move-enraging-leftists/

And how is the left reacting? If you guessed that they’re attacking Snopes for telling the truth and whining that they’ll never read it again, then give yourself a cookie. But not a very big one because that reaction was pretty easy to predict.


Another reason why Disney fought Florida for control

We’ve discovered yet another reason why Disney fought tooth and nail to keep control of the Reedy Creek district in Florida where its theme parks are, and not to have it taken over by a state oversight board. According to an audit conducted by the Central Tourism Oversight District, for years, Disney has been proving the truism that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2023/12/04/exposed-disney-audit-reveals-how-much-control-the-company-had-over-florida-n2167174

The report found that Disney was operating essentially as an “experimental absolute monarchy,” a private corporate kingdom that had accrued so much power that they could have built a nuclear power plant if they’d wanted (that would explain the six-foot mice.) 

The company dominated the Board of Supervisors, using employee benefits like free passes to buy loyalty and ensure board decisions favorable to Disney (aka “corruption.”) They exempted themselves from paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fees normally used to build and maintain infrastructure. Despite bringing in more and more workers, they used their influence to prevent the board from spending money on essential civic projects such as affordable housing, schools or public transportation.

You can read more about the Corporate Kingdom at the link. As you do, remember all the “progressives” who claim to oppose corporations and capitalism and champion workers’ rights, public schools, public housing, mass transit and all the rest of the things Disney quashed – but who sided with Disney in its fight to maintain its ironfisted grip on power just because the person trying to loosen it was Ron DeSantis. Politics uber alles!

Related: The Babylon Bee had some fun with the notion of Disney boycotting Twitter (X) because it allegedly doesn’t live up to Disney’s high moral standards.

https://babylonbee.com/news/worlds-most-evil-corporations-worried-x-might-tarnish-their-images


Juvenile but irresistible

John Kerry is accused of gas emissions that for once have nothing to do with taking private jets to climate conferences.

https://pjmedia.com/matt-margolis/2023/12/05/john-kerry-speech-at-climate-conference-ironically-interrupted-by-fart-sound-n4924477

PS – A reminder that Kerry is always emitting gas, just usually from the other end.

https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2023/12/05/wat-john-kerry-on-climate-change-democracy-is-like-sex/


J6 audio:  assistant Capitol Hill police chief failed to give ASSISTANCE

Former U.S. Capitol Police Lieutenant Tarik Johnson, who was present at the January 6 riot but for some reason shrouded in mystery was never called to testify before Nancy Pelosi’s J6 Kangaroo Kommittee, has announced on “X” (the platform formerly known as Twitter) that he’s releasing police scanner audio recordings from that day suggesting a “set-up” and cover-up of what really happened.  He has always maintained that all the officers “should have been more prepared that day.”

Johnson’s announcement comes on the heels of House Speaker Mike Johnson’s release of all the security cam video from the Capitol building.  Out of concern for his own safety, Tarik Johnson has already entrusted the recordings to Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch and has indicated that he’s given a journalist working with THE BLAZE “permission to receive the info and do whatever he believes is best with that info in the unlikely event I disappear.”

He said on X that he had wanted to check with his attorney before releasing the audio to make sure of all the legal ramifications of doing so.  “[My lawyer] stated he didn’t see any and if something arose we would deal with it together,” Johnson said.  “So it’s a go!!!!!!!!!!”

He asked for patience, as he is not a tech person and was having to figure out how to load 12 hours of audio on his page in addition to working his regular job and dealing with “family stuff.”  He thinks he’ll have it all uploaded by Wednesday, though.  (One question:  how did Lt. Johnson happen to come into possession of this much recorded material?  The story doesn’t tell us.)

The first release of audio has already taken place, on Sunday, and it does call into question the actions taken (or not) by then-Assistant Chief Yogananda Pittman, who was sitting in a command center that gave her access to radio traffic and a 360-degree view of the outside of the Capitol, plus additional views inside.  Chief Steven Sund, he said, was on the phone trying to obtain assistance from the National Guard and other law enforcement agencies.  Johnson was specifically asking Pittman for help, and not getting it, as the audio makes clear.  Johnson has spoken publicly about this before, but finally now we can hear the audio that backs him up.

https://pjmedia.com/matt-margolis/2023/12/04/ex-capitol-police-officer-releases-audio-proving-j6-cover-up-n4924455

Matt Margolis reports for PJ MEDIA that “the J6 police scanner audio indicates that Pittman appeared unavailable or uncooperative in aiding Sund's efforts to deploy the National Guard. The recording supports the criticism of Capitol Police for its failure to take decisive action to safeguard the Capitol and members of Congress, especially in light of prior warnings of potential violence. The audio corroborates Sund's claims after the riot when he revealed that multiple requests for the National Guard before and during the riot were denied.”

As reported by REDSTATE, Johnson also “called out Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger for opposing the release of the J6 footage and using non-disclosure forms to keep officers silent.”

Though we would say there’s blame to go around (Nancy Pelosi, for one), Tarek Johnson blames Pittman for the disaster that unfolded:  “We now know Pittman was the one that caused what occurred on J6 but [Manger] is fighting Speaker [Mike] Johnson from releasing all the video footage, ensuring all the NDAs [non-disclosure agreements] USCP [U.S. Capitol Police] employees were forced to sign remain in place and declining to allow anyone to see the LWOP deal negotiated with Pittman so she could get her retirement and take a job gifted to her in California making over a quarter million dollars annually.  And, I almost forgot, ensuring USCP whistleblowers don’t get proper protections when they want to report corruption or malfeasance within the Department.”

Johnson is referring to the job Pittman got as UC Berkeley’s chief of police.  Prior to this, she had become the interim chief of the Capitol Police when Steven Sund resigned two days after the J6 debacle.  In her case, this appears to be yet another example of someone in DC failing upwards.  Or had she simply been doing a superb job of following orders?

https://news.berkeley.edu/2023/02/01/its-official-uc-berkeleys-new-police-chief-is-sworn-in

Reading this glowing press release, one would certainly never know of the controversy surrounding Pittman’s response (or lack thereof) on January 6.  She said on the day she was sworn in, “The events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 --- I certainly don’t want to talk about that today...but it’s part of my journey and something I will build on.”  Let’s just say that she had plenty of reason not to want to talk about what appeared to be a spectacular failure on her part.

On the other hand, according to a Berkeley Police Department write-up on her selection, she has “demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice, and she has developed expertise in modern policing principles.”  Well, that’s the important thing.

……………

RELATED J6 NEWS:  Almost three years after the protest and riot of January 6, 2021, the “Justice” Department is still busy targeting J6 protesters.  Actor Siaka Massaquoi had his home raided in 2021, and now, almost three years after the protest, he has been arrested and charged with four misdemeanors.  Numerous celebrities and commentators have spoken out in support of him, including Elon Musk, who said that “this has gone too far.”

Video from the Capitol building that day shows Massaquoi just inside the threshold of a door for about a minute, apparently trying to help the police direct foot traffic out the door.

Massaquoi is a conservative and a Trump supporter, and one has to wonder if the FBI was making a peripheral point by arresting him the day he attended the DAILY WIRE’s new movie LADYBALLERS, which dares to make fun of biological men competing in women’s sports.  Whether that’s a coincidence or not, his arrest also comes a couple of months after he joined with a group to sue the FBI, Director Christopher Wray, the DOJ, and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

This class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of people “who were peacefully protesting in Washington DC on January 6, 2021, but who did not commit any felonies or engage in any violence, but have been subjected to unconstitutional, illegal surveillance by Defendant Wray and his agents in the aftermath.”  They allege that Wray and Garland have turned the FBI into their personal “Gestapo” to “target, arrest, and wrongfully prosecute” those who protested on January 6.

And now Massaquoi finds himself to be Exhibit A.  Must-read details here...

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/fbi-arrests-conservative-actor-for-taking-part-in-jan-6-protests-5540219


Here’s today’s link to continually-updated bulletins on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/december-6-israel-hamas-war

The latest: The Israeli military says they’ve killed about 5,000 Hamas troops and roughly half their mid-level battalion commanders, but the terrorist group’s top leaders, Yahya Sinwar and Mohammed Deif, remain alive (but if I were them, I wouldn’t sign any long-term leases.) The IDF has disrupted Hamas’ ability to act cohesively in Gaza. Their final stronghold is Khan Younis, the second most populated city in Gaza, and the IDF is pressing its advance there.

In a story that will surprise nobody other than those with blinders on and fingers in their ears, IDF forces showed off a huge stockpile of weapons, including large rockets. RPGs, grenades, small arms and other equipment that Hamas had stashed next to a medical clinic. An IDF spokesman said, “All of the terrorist infrastructures were found near civilian buildings in the heart of a civilian population." That is deliberately endangering civilians by using them as human shields, and, to enlighten the President of Turkey, it’s what we call a REAL “war crime.”


Sean Hannity’s Townhall with President Trump

Last night, former President Trump sat down for a townhall in Iowa hosted by Sean Hannity. It’s a shame that so many Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers refused to watch it, since they get all their impressions of what Trump is like from deeply twisted secondhand reports.

When you see him speak yourself, you start to realize how much of what he says is sarcastic, often hilarious, humor that’s reported by the media as if he’s deadly serious. Like his response to claims he would be a “dictator”: he said he would be for one day when he ordered the border secured and oil producers to “drill, baby, drill.” It’s already being “reported” by leftist outlets that Trump “made serious threats” and admitted he'll be a DICTATOR!!!!

He also said he thinks Biden is in such physical and mental decline that he won’t be the nominee, hinting it would likely be Gavin Newsom. He joked that if he ever took Biden up on his threats to “take him out back of the barn and beat him up,” he would just blow on him and knock him over.

Here are five key moments from the townhall…

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/top-moments-trumps-hannity-town-hall

And the full show, if you have a cable subscription.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6342449613112


GOP Primary Debate News

Meanwhile, the next GOP primary “debate” airs tonight at 8 EST on NewsNation (https://www.newsnationnow.com.) We’re down to four candidates (Haley, DeSantis, Ramaswamy and Christie, who barely qualified at the last minute.) The moderators will be Megyn Kelly, NewsNation anchor Elizabeth Vargas and Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Eliana Johnson.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2023/12/06/how-to-watch-fourth-republican-debate/71807921007/


IRS whistleblowers provide more Biden evidence to Ways and Means Committee

On Tuesday, IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler gave closed-door testimony once again to the House Ways and Means Committee, the only committee that can deal with confidential tax info and vote to make it public.

After hearing the testimony, the committee voted to release “56 new pages of evidence showing that then-Vice President Joe Biden used multiple email aliases and private email addresses to communicate with his son’s business associate and main financial architect.”  According to their press release, “The President appears now to not only have had knowledge but also been intimately involved in Hunter Biden’s business dealings.  The material released today further corroborates the previous testimony of IRS agents Joseph Ziegler and Gary Shapley highlighting the incredible level of access Hunter Biden and his business partners had in Joe Biden’s public office while working for foreign businesses.”

These pages “directly refute previous public statements the President has made that he had no knowledge of his son’s business dealings.”  I’d venture to say that, regardless of whether they’d admit it publicly or not, at this point EVERYONE knows he’s a liar.  That might apply especially to his lying allies in Congress and the “Justice” Department.

Committee Chairman Jason Smith gave the two whistleblowers well-deserved credit for their work through “months of testifying for hours [14 hours] and producing hundreds of pages [1100] of documentation.”  And then it wasn’t over, as they testified publicly before the House Oversight Committee.  The two have been attacked mercilessly --- Ziegler, who is a Democrat and gay, remained anonymous as long as he could --- but their story has never changed and their credibility is intact.  “The same cannot be said for President Biden,” Smith said.

According to Smith, VP Biden “appears to have treated Air Force 2 like a corporate jet, traveling to Ukraine and Mexico, to advance Hunter Biden’s business interests.”  And the documents they saw in Tuesday’s hearing show that “right around the time of the international trips like those to Ukraine, Joe Biden was emailing his son and his son’s business partner from private email accounts and using aliases while Vice President.”

The IRS investigators had put together a document with data on 327 emails showing the VP’s correspondence --- via email aliases --- with “a key Biden business associate,” identified as Eric Schwerin, whom Chairman Smith describes as “the architect of the Biden family shell companies.”  The frequency of “alias” correspondence between Schwerin and Joe Biden “increased dramatically,” Smith said, “during times when Vice President Biden traveled to Ukraine.”  This was during the time Hunter was on the Burisma board.

Materials presented at the hearing show that Kevin Morris’ $2 million “fix” of Hunter’s delinquent tax bill came in February 2020, just weeks before the Super Tuesday Democrat primary election, “in an attempt to clear up one of the single biggest political liabilities of the Biden campaign.”  One email from Morris to a Biden family accountant expresses the need to reconcile Hunter’s tax bill because it posed a “considerable risk both personally and politically.”  So, what would the Federal Election Commission say about this?

The Ways and Means Committee also looked at Joe Biden’s relationship with Hunter’s Chinese associates, specifically CEFC’s Patrick Ho, whose documented role at the company “was to bribe world leaders to advance the company’s interests.”  His conviction in 2018 was for doing that very thing in Uganda and Chad.  The IRS whistleblowers provided documents that showed Mr. Ho gave Hunter $1 million “for legal services that were never provided.”  And when Ho was arrested in 2017 for the aforementioned bribery of African officials, his first call was to the President’s brother, James.

The press release goes into more detail and even has some handy charts with revealing timelines.

https://waysandmeans.house.gov/newly-released-evidence-underscores-joe-bidens-excessive-use-of-a-secret-email-address-to-communicate-with-his-sons-business-associates/

Ziegler testified about the mysterious financial relationship between Hunter Biden and Democrat donor Kevin Morris, who paid Hunter $4.9 million for “personal expenses” starting when Joe Biden was running for President.

It was supposedly in the form of a “loan and gift.”  Well, which?

Ziegler said that starting in 2014 with his Burisma income, Hunter “appeared to follow a pattern” of avoiding taxes by falsely claiming his income was a loan to him.  (Recall that the DOJ conveniently let the statute of limitations run out on the 2014-2015 tax years that covered his lucrative time on the Burisma board.)

Later, he tried to claim millions in income from Hudson West III was a loan to him, but his own tax accountants drew the line.  He was following the same pattern in 2020, 2021 and 2022 with the money paid by Morris, a wealthy Hollywood lawyer/producer who has been described as Hunter’s “sugar daddy.”

Morris also paid Hunter’s delinquent tax bill, reportedly approximately $2 million.

As reported by JUST THE NEWS, Ziegler and Shapely “have alleged that the U.S. Justice Department interfered with the investigation and thwarted some of the action they were ready to take based on several leads.”

Morris stepped in at one point to pay $160,000 of Hunter’s delinquent taxes from 2015 because it was “a point of contention” between Hunter and his ex-wife.  Ziegler testified that “Hunter may have been in breach of his marital separation agreement and Hunter’s ex-wife at the time was having an issue renewing her passport due to the delinquent tax debt.”

Here’s the full report from JUST THE NEWS…

https://justthenews.com/government/congress/irs-whistleblower-confirms-hunter-biden-received-nearly-5-million-donor

The House Oversight Committee has been busy, too, releasing bank records that tell more of the tale.  JUST THE NEWS reports that these offer more evidence, both direct and circumstantial, that Joe and Hunter Biden co-mingled their finances, during Joe’s time “in and out of the White House.”

On Monday, Hunter’s attorney Abbe Lowell pushed back on the story of Joe Biden receiving monthly payments of $1380 a month from Owasco PC, an entity that was receiving Chinese funds paid to Hunter.  Lowell said it was to pay his father back for the use of a Ford Raptor truck that Hunter had been using during a period of financial struggle.  But Lowell, in classic slick-attorney fashion, is sidestepping the issue.  As JUST THE NEWS explains, “Lowell’s explanation for the payments does not address the origin of the funds or about the possible flow of foreign funds between son and father.”

The first payment to Joe was made September 17, 2018, which is also the date of one of the final payments made to Hunter by Hudson West III, a joint financial venture between Hunter and Chinese energy tycoon Ye Jianming.  It was shortly before this payment that Wells Fargo started asking questions about Hunter’s accounts.  “The accounts for Owasco PC and Owasco appear to fund primarily personal expenses --- what is the purpose of the accounts?”

“Payments from Hunter’s business entity to Joe Biden are now part of a pattern revealing Joe Biden knew about, participated in, and benefited from his family’s influence peddling schemes,” Oversight Committee Chair James Comer said in a statement on Monday…

https://oversight.house.gov/release/comer-releases-direct-monthly-payments-to-joe-biden-from-hunter-bidens-business-entity?/

Marjorie Taylor-Greene put it more bluntly on Tuesday, saying of the monthly payments, “Joe Biden claims this was a loan repayment.  Everybody knows what this is.  It is literally the most simple form of money laundering.”

JUST THE NEWS has much more detail about the various transactions and examples of the Bidens’ financial co-mingling, even including the expenses on upkeep of Joe Biden’s lakefront home, which Hunter was paying.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/joe-and-hunter-bidens-commingling-finances-show-no-absolute-wall

Comer’s report about the monthly payments to Joe Biden was predictably trashed in the media.  MOTHER JONES writer (I won’t call him journalist) and MSNBC “analyst” David Corn swallowed Abbe Lowell’s comment hook, line and sucker and dismissed the payments as “a loan for a truck.”  The WASHINGTON POST also went with the story that Comer had mischaracterized a car loan payment.  CNN, too.  NEW REPUBLIC claimed it was a “huge, hilarious mistake.”

We get the impression that the banks and IRS investigators see this quite differently.

https://www.independentsentinel.com/latest-evidence-of-bidens-corruption-draws-press-mockery/


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Democrat Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin had a drizzle of a brainstorm this week, proposing that we solve our military recruiting crisis by letting some of the millions of illegal immigrants in the US earn citizenship by serving in our military.

https://www.westernjournal.com/senator-proposes-arming-illegal-immigrants-providing-military-training/

I suppose you could argue that they’ve already proven their ability to invade a foreign nation successfully. On the other hand, it’s not a fair test because any nations we’d be at war with would actually defend their borders.

As noted in that article, Durbin is a huge proponent of laws that deny guns to American citizens, but he’s all in on letting illegal aliens have access to high-powered weapons and sensitive US military info. I’m sure we’d be able to find some who would be more than happy to take us up on that deal.

https://nypost.com/2023/11/02/news/chinese-nationals-crossing-into-us-reaches-new-high/

By the way, to prove we’re even-handed, here’s the liberal “fact-checking” site Politifact’s attempt to debunk this story by admitting that while there has been a surge in Chinese nationals coming across our Southern border, there’s no hard evidence that it’s anything to be worried about. Other than if you’re one of those rightwing nuts who’s worried in general about having a wide-open border that lets anybody come into the US, including military-aged males from China.

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2023/may/19/tiktok-posts/no-evidence-that-chinese-immigrants-at-us-southern/

Related: Nick Arama at Redstate.com picked up on the fact that Dick Durbin tacitly admitted that this Administration has made such a woke mess of our military that they can’t get enough young Americans to join and have been reduced to trying to bribe illegal aliens to defend America.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/12/04/watch-dick-durbin-calls-for-illegal-aliens-to-be-let-into-the-military-n2167176

Good grief, how bad does it have to get?  By now, you’ve probably heard about the update from House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer of Kentucky, who has taken the incriminating findings against Joe Biden and his family even further.  This information comes straight from subpoenaed bank records, which as we’ve said form the backbone of the Biden impeachment inquiry.  They really are indisputable.

Bank records show that Joe Biden received $1,380 each month from Owasco PC, one of Hunter’s entities associated with his Chinese business activities.  The easiest way for you to familiarize yourself with this new development is to watch Comer’s video, here.  It’s as clear as it can be...

https://dailycaller.com/2023/12/04/hunter-biden-monthly-payments-joe-bank-account-chinese-money-james-comer        

Comer also appeared on HANNITY Monday night to explain at greater length why this money was not just a “loan repayment” as the White House maintains (while refusing to provide documentation).  The White House does not dispute that the money came from China.  A must-watch.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6342366169112

On Friday, several GOP members of Congress told the DAILY CALLER that they were planning to hold a floor vote on whether or not to go ahead with an impeachment of President Biden.  But Comer indicated that day that he was not currently “whipping” a floor vote on that.  The impeachment INQUIRY, he explained, is an investigation being handled by his committee.  Actual impeachment would be handled by the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Jim Jordan.

Some view a Biden impeachment as a colossal waste of time, as conviction and removal by the Democrat-controlled Senate is a major long-shot.  (And NOBODY wants a President Harris.)  But the corruption being exposed is so bad, and President Biden has lied about it for so long, that Congress is almost duty-bound to impeach him.  Not doing it just seems...wrong.  And impeachment would at least get the story out there, whether Biden is convicted or not.

Democrats probably see the writing on the wall and are preparing themselves.  The DAILY CALLER “found” a memo from House Oversight Committee Democrats in a Capitol building hallway that warns, “House Republicans have collected an extraordinary amount of evidence in their investigation of Hunter Biden’s business activities.  And this evidence comes on top of evidence collected by Senate Republicans who conducted their own investigation of Hunter Biden in 2020.”

https://dailycaller.com/2023/12/01/shady-business-games-house-republicans-say-plan-bring-biden-impeachment-inquiry-house-vote/

RELATED:  More is percolating.  As Jim Jordan mentioned on Monday, IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler testify again today before the House Ways and Means Committee.  We assume that’s behind closed doors, as it apparently deals with confidential tax matters.

President Biden continues his push to force car makers to convert to electric vehicles, as they panic and frantically cut production due to consumers refusing to buy them, costing the makers billions. And it seems as if each new day brings another news story to confirm that buyer reluctance. Since we took Sunday off, here are two more…

Biden’s White House just added a new rule ostensibly designed to encourage buying American-made EVs but that will make already overpriced EVs even less affordable. It may be harder to find one that qualifies for the $7500 tax credit (and you know what they say about products that the government has to pay you to buy)…

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/new-us-rules-aimed-at-curbing-china-could-make-it-harder-for-ev-buyers-to-claim-a-full-tax-credit/ar-AA1kQk3q

Also, a new Consumer Reports survey of owners of 330,000 cars found that EVs have almost 80% more problems than gas-powered cars. And these aren’t older tech but 2021-2023 models.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/other/consumer-reports-says-electric-vehicles-are-not-reliable-here-s-why/ar-AA1kWspe

Interestingly, the least reliable vehicles are plug-in hybrids, which have 146% more problems than gas-powered cars, while the most reliable are non-plug-in hybrids, which have 26% fewer problems than traditional ICE cars. Coincidentally, these seem to be the cars that consumers want most. Why, it’s almost as if the market (millions of individual car shoppers who have done due diligence before spending their money) knows more about what car makers should be building than a bunch of eco-fanatics in Washington do. Go figure.

 


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Galatians 5:22-23


Here’s today’s link to continually-updated bulletins on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/december-5-israel-hamas-war

The latest: Israel is reportedly considering flooding Hamas’ terrorist tunnels with sea water to flush out the terrorists and their hostages, a proposal that we first mentioned here several weeks ago.

Israel estimates that 137 hostages are still being held in Gaza. A doctor from Israel’s Ministry of Health says it appears Hamas was drugging hostages before releasing them to make them appear on camera to be happy and calm. It seems idiotic that anyone would believe these hostages would be legitimately happy, but that’s actually one of the arguments cited by people dumb enough to support Hamas in the first place.

On that subject, the State Department suspects that the reason Hamas failed to release all the women hostages as they promised is that they’re afraid of what they will say about their time in captivity. This is based on the previously documented cases of unimaginably brutal rape and sexual assault against women by Hamas, and on the condition of the just-released hostages.

A doctor treating them said Hamas hostages were held under barbaric conditions, including being kept for days in solitary confinement and total darkness until they began hallucinating. They were separated from their families, beaten, starved, sexually assaulted, forced to take drugs and children were forced to watch horrific videos of the slaughter. She said, “The mental states we encountered have no precedent in medical literature. We feel that we have to rewrite the textbooks of post-trauma.”

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2023/12/04/doc-treating-freed-hostages-describes-extremely-severe-psychological-abuse-starvation-sex-assault-n2167175

When you see American “progressives” protesting in the streets against Israel and for Hamas, remember that this is what they’re supporting.

Since I was just speaking above about useful idiots (useful to Hamas, useless to the rest of the world), alleged “progressive” Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington is being lambasted even by some fellow Democrats for downplaying the brutal sexual violence against Israeli women and girls, and trying to turn the conversation back to moral equivalencies and condemning Israel. Some commentators also wondered why many liberal feminist organizations are being so uncharacteristically quiet about this barbaric sexual violence aimed at women.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/jayapals-controversial-remarks-hamas-rape-hit-fellow-democat-indecent-downplay-atrocities

But it’s good to see that at least some prominent liberal women are speaking out against Hamas’ atrocities against women.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2023/12/04/sanity-at-the-un-hillary-clinton-kirsten-gillibrand-and-sheryl-sandberg-slam-hamas-sexual-violence-n2167168


This needs to be investigated

I’ll reserve judgement on this story about a UN-employed teacher in Gaza allegedly holding an Israeli hostage for Hamas, keeping him locked in an attic for 50 days and barely giving him food or medical attention. It’s still unsubstantiated, but I join Sen. Marsha Blackburn in demanding an investigation into it, and other claims that Gaza civilians helped the terrorists by keeping hostages in their homes.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/exclusive-sen-blackburn-calls-investigation-allegation-un-agency-employee-detained-israeli-hostage

If it is substantiated, it will accomplish the impossible by giving me an even lower opinion of the UN than I already have.


“We’re From the Government, And We’re Here to Help”

First, the government ran up the national debt passing trillion-dollar spending bills. That reckless deficit spending supercharged inflation, making your paycheck worth far less. To bring down inflation, the Fed kept jacking up interest rates, making the credit cards you had to live on even more expensive to use. And now, with many Americans barely scraping by, the IRS announced that if gig workers and independent contractors underestimate the tax they owe, the interest penalty they’ll be charged is rising from 3% to 8%.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/irs-move-could-carry-hefty-cost-some-taxpayers

They have to do this, you see, because of the high interest rates. So if you don’t have enough money to pay all your taxes and are charged high interest for not sending enough of the money you don’t have to the IRS, don’t blame the IRS. After all, it’s not as if the government had any control over any of this…


Jaw-dropping

Friday, a Trump-appointed federal judge struck down the Biden Administration’s attempt to ban handgun sales to adults age 18 to 20 as “facially unconstitutional.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/2a-victory-judge-rules-federal-ban-handgun-sales-18-20-year-olds-unconstitutional/

You’d think it would be clear to anyone with a functioning brain that if the Second Amendment protects the right of all law-abiding adult citizens to own firearms, that would apply to anyone over 18. That’s generally considered the age of legal adulthood, when you can get married, sign contracts and even join the military and shoot people. 

Even more jaw-dropping was the government’s argument in support of the ban: It claimed that the two plaintiffs weren’t really injured because they are only banned from “purchasing” guns, not “possessing” them; and with the infantilization of adults that the left has made a trademark, they claimed that the defendants could just get their parents to buy guns for them.

Or they could do like so many 15-year-olds do in Democrat-run cities with strict gun control laws, and just buy illegal guns.


Biden continues to push, despite the facts

President Biden continues his push to force car makers to convert to electric vehicles, as they panic and frantically cut production due to consumers refusing to buy them, costing the makers billions. And it seems as if each new day brings another news story to confirm that buyer reluctance. Since we took Sunday off, here are two more…

Biden’s White House just added a new rule ostensibly designed to encourage buying American-made EVs but that will make already overpriced EVs even less affordable. It may be harder to find one that qualifies for the $7500 tax credit (and you know what they say about products that the government has to pay you to buy)…

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/new-us-rules-aimed-at-curbing-china-could-make-it-harder-for-ev-buyers-to-claim-a-full-tax-credit/ar-AA1kQk3q

Also, a new Consumer Reports survey of owners of 330,000 cars found that EVs have almost 80% more problems than gas-powered cars. And these aren’t older tech but 2021-2023 models.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/other/consumer-reports-says-electric-vehicles-are-not-reliable-here-s-why/ar-AA1kWspe

Interestingly, the least reliable vehicles are plug-in hybrids, which have 146% more problems than gas-powered cars, while the most reliable are non-plug-in hybrids, which have 26% fewer problems than traditional ICE cars. Coincidentally, these seem to be the cars that consumers want most. Why, it’s almost as if the market (millions of individual car shoppers who have done due diligence before spending their money) knows more about what car makers should be building than a bunch of eco-fanatics in Washington do. Go figure.


Kudos to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for continuing to do the job that Joe Biden ran for but apparently has no interest in actually doing.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/12/03/greg-abbott-escalates-authorizes-the-arrest-of-illegal-immigrants-n2167128


Sit down before you read this:

Todd Starnes on how even in a small Texas town, politicians are siding with LGBTQ activists and drag queens over local churches when it comes to what’s allowed in the Christmas parade. Yes, I said “Christmas.” And “Texas.”

https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/texas-town-sides-with-drag-queens-over-churches-in-christmas-parade-fight/


Good work

Amid all the rampant, unfettered theft that’s driving small business owners into bankruptcy in criminal-coddling blue cities, it’s nice to see a feel-good story like this…

https://pjmedia.com/miltharris/2023/12/02/enough-business-manager-tracks-thief-and-sends-police-to-his-home-n4924425


Musical Christmas Gift For You

Our writer Laura Ainsworth moonlights as an award-winning retro jazz singer who loves to breathe new life into forgotten old songs. Last year, she recorded “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with the original lyric sung by Judy Garland in “Meet Me In St. Louis.” This year, Laura offers us something even more obscure: an alternate take of the same song, only with the very first lyrics that Judy rejected because she thought they were too sad. The composers argued for them to no avail. See what you think of these rarely-heard lyrics to this great holiday standard. Please like, share and comment…

https://youtu.be/xKaErkbwpXU?si=R9aflQM2-AjfFgMh

…And compare it to her take on the lyrics used in the movie…

https://youtu.be/lFTz3QG7EBs?si=OclqOCDJTU38kS2f

The latter is also available at all streaming and download sites, and you can find links to all of Laura’s albums, social media and more at

http://www.lauraainsworth.com


Stay tuned:  Judge orders FBI to turn over Seth Rich’s laptops

Getting results from a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request can feel as futile as trying to watch paint dry in a rainstorm, but for attorney Ty Clevenger and his client Brian Huddleston, their patience seems finally to be paying off.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas ruled Tuesday that the FBI had 14 days to turn over a timeline for the disclosure of information on murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich’s personal laptop, Rich’s work laptop, the DVD and tape drive.  As you know, Rich was shot twice on a DC street in the summer of 2016, ostensibly the casualty of a botched robbery in the wee hours of the morning, during which nothing belonging to Rich was taken.

The judge himself might be running out of patience.  He ordered the FBI and DOJ in September 2022 to hand over all the information they had that was related to Rich’s death, rejecting the argument that withholding it was in the interest of the parents’ privacy.

Recall that when Huddleston first filed his FOIA request in 2017 (!), the FBI quickly responded that they were “unable to locate any responsive main files” in connection to Rich.  But later it was determined that they had over 20,000 pages of such materials.  According to one report, there were 1,596 pages that related directly to the murder of Seth Rich.

Let’s see what the FBI and DOJ do next.  How much longer can they continue to ignore the order?  Can they appeal?  And the big question:  Why have they resisted divulging the details of this particular unsolved murder for so long, in an increasingly violent city where deadly robberies take place all the time?  Unless, of course, there was more to it than that…

https://www.westernjournal.com/bombshell-ruling-texas-judge-fbi-ordered-turn-seth-rich-laptop/


Hunter Biden was sending his dad monthly payments from “Chinese money” accounts

Good grief, how bad does it have to get?  By now, you’ve probably heard about the update from House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer of Kentucky, who has taken the incriminating findings against Joe Biden and his family even further.  This information comes straight from subpoenaed bank records, which as we’ve said form the backbone of the Biden impeachment inquiry.  They really are indisputable.

Bank records show that Joe Biden received $1,380 each month from Owasco PC, one of Hunter’s entities associated with his Chinese business activities.  The easiest way for you to familiarize yourself with this new development is to watch Comer’s video, here.  It’s as clear as it can be...

https://dailycaller.com/2023/12/04/hunter-biden-monthly-payments-joe-bank-account-chinese-money-james-comer        

Comer also appeared on HANNITY Monday night to explain at greater length why this money was not just a “loan repayment” as the White House maintains (while refusing to provide documentation).  The White House does not dispute that the money came from China.  A must-watch.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6342366169112

On Friday, several GOP members of Congress told the DAILY CALLER that they were planning to hold a floor vote on whether or not to go ahead with an impeachment of President Biden.  But Comer indicated that day that he was not currently “whipping” a floor vote on that.  The impeachment INQUIRY, he explained, is an investigation being handled by his committee.  Actual impeachment would be handled by the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Jim Jordan.

Some view a Biden impeachment as a colossal waste of time, as conviction and removal by the Democrat-controlled Senate is a major long-shot.  (And NOBODY wants a President Harris.)  But the corruption being exposed is so bad, and President Biden has lied about it for so long, that Congress is almost duty-bound to impeach him.  Not doing it just seems...wrong.  And impeachment would at least get the story out there, whether Biden is convicted or not.

Democrats probably see the writing on the wall and are preparing themselves.  The DAILY CALLER “found” a memo from House Oversight Committee Democrats in a Capitol building hallway that warns, “House Republicans have collected an extraordinary amount of evidence in their investigation of Hunter Biden’s business activities.  And this evidence comes on top of evidence collected by Senate Republicans who conducted their own investigation of Hunter Biden in 2020.”

https://dailycaller.com/2023/12/01/shady-business-games-house-republicans-say-plan-bring-biden-impeachment-inquiry-house-vote/

RELATED:  More is percolating.  As Jim Jordan mentioned on Monday, IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler testify again today before the House Ways and Means Committee.  We assume that’s behind closed doors, as it apparently deals with confidential tax matters.


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Santos Expelled

December 4, 2023

Friday, the House once again proved that Republicans are held to a far higher standard than Democrats, when New York Republican Rep. George Santos was expelled by a 311-114 vote, despite having not been convicted of any crimes and pleading not guilty to the charges he’s facing. This sets a worrisome new precedent because nobody has ever before been expelled from Congress even before facing trial.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/12/01/congress-expels-george-santos-first-member-expelled-in-over-two-decades/

As usual, the Republicans also managed to shoot themselves in the foot politically, removing one vote from their tiny majority margin and setting up a special election for a seat that will be very hard for them to hold with outside Democrat groups pouring in millions for advertising while the RNC is still trying to find the district on a map.

To be clear: Other than his right to the presumption of innocence pending trial, which I defend for everyone, I have no interest in defending Santos, who appears to be at best a wildly creative liar. But his expulsion over charges of misrepresenting his background, violating ethics rules and allegedly misusing campaign funds has sparked cries of “What about the rest of them who are no better and still in Congress?”

Are Santos’ alleged crimes really worse than charges of having hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribery cash and gold bars in your pockets and closet? That’s what Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez is accused of, and he’s still in office. He was previously charged with crimes, got off and was never forced out, certainly not before being tried. Even Sen. John Fetterman (who has proved to be a surprise thorn in the side to fellow Democrats with his staunch support of Israel and blasting of Hamas apologists) called the charges against Menendez “much more serious and sinister,” and said “if you are going to expel Santos, how can you allow somebody like Menendez to remain in the Senate?”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/sen-bob-menendez-much-more-sinister-than-george-santos-fetterman/ar-AA1kRJ0T

Or how about Rep. Jamaal Bowman, caught on video “committing insurrection” by pulling a fire alarm to disrupt a budget vote, then lying about it to police until video disproved his story? He got off with a slap-on-the-wrist misdemeanor, a move to expel him went nowhere, and the House Ethics Committee wouldn’t even look at him.

In terms of pure fabulism, even Santos can’t compete with the breathtaking lies of Adam Schiff, and Schiff spews his slanderous falsehoods straight into the Congressional Record. Then there’s Ilhan Omar and her alleged “interesting” stories about her background and her uses of campaign funds, not to mention the anti-Semitism. Speaking of which, how about national embarrassment Rashida Tlaib, who still draws a taxpayer-funded House paycheck even as she continues to slander Israel and offer support to terrorists who mass-murder Jews?

What do all of them (and more I could list) have in common? They’re Democrats, so don’t hold your breath waiting for anyone to hold them to any standards – not even the Republicans who voted to throw out George Santos.

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV


Santos expelled

Friday, the House once again proved that Republicans are held to a far higher standard than Democrats, when New York Republican Rep. George Santos was expelled by a 311-114 vote, despite having not been convicted of any crimes and pleading not guilty to the charges he’s facing. This sets a worrisome new precedent because nobody has ever before been expelled from Congress even before facing trial.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/12/01/congress-expels-george-santos-first-member-expelled-in-over-two-decades/

As usual, the Republicans also managed to shoot themselves in the foot politically, removing one vote from their tiny majority margin and setting up a special election for a seat that will be very hard for them to hold with outside Democrat groups pouring in millions for advertising while the RNC is still trying to find the district on a map.

To be clear: Other than his right to the presumption of innocence pending trial, which I defend for everyone, I have no interest in defending Santos, who appears to be at best a wildly creative liar. But his expulsion over charges of misrepresenting his background, violating ethics rules and allegedly misusing campaign funds has sparked cries of “What about the rest of them who are no better and still in Congress?”

Are Santos’ alleged crimes really worse than charges of having hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribery cash and gold bars in your pockets and closet? That’s what Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez is accused of, and he’s still in office. He was previously charged with crimes, got off and was never forced out, certainly not before being tried. Even Sen. John Fetterman (who has proved to be a surprise thorn in the side to fellow Democrats with his staunch support of Israel and blasting of Hamas apologists) called the charges against Menendez “much more serious and sinister,” and said “if you are going to expel Santos, how can you allow somebody like Menendez to remain in the Senate?”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/sen-bob-menendez-much-more-sinister-than-george-santos-fetterman/ar-AA1kRJ0T

Or how about Rep. Jamaal Bowman, caught on video “committing insurrection” by pulling a fire alarm to disrupt a budget vote, then lying about it to police until video disproved his story? He got off with a slap-on-the-wrist misdemeanor, a move to expel him went nowhere, and the House Ethics Committee wouldn’t even look at him.

In terms of pure fabulism, even Santos can’t compete with the breathtaking lies of Adam Schiff, and Schiff spews his slanderous falsehoods straight into the Congressional Record. Then there’s Ilhan Omar and her alleged “interesting” stories about her background and her uses of campaign funds, not to mention the anti-Semitism. Speaking of which, how about national embarrassment Rashida Tlaib, who still draws a taxpayer-funded House paycheck even as she continues to slander Israel and offer support to terrorists who mass-murder Jews?

What do all of them (and more I could list) have in common? They’re Democrats, so don’t hold your breath waiting for anyone to hold them to any standards – not even the Republicans who voted to throw out George Santos.


Well, this explains an awful lot:

While walking past a church with a BBC interviewer, Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed that he no longer practices religion. He said, “It seems almost like a pro forma thing that I don’t really need to do.” Instead, he’s guided by a higher authority: “my own personal ethics.”

https://instapundit.com/619865/

I don’t know if I’d describe secretly funding gain of function research to develop more contagious, deadly diseases, lying about it under oath, and imposing totalitarian measures to deal with the consequences a “code of ethics,” but why don’t we let the court system decide that? In the meantime, I guess he figures he doesn’t need God because he has a graven image of himself to worship, and it even has a bobblehead. Just like the real thing.


The “existential threat” of Donald Trump

A lot of Democrat politicians, leftist pundits and hysterical Hollywood liberals are hyperventilating over the EXISTENTIAL THREAT of Donald Trump being elected President in 2024. (And of course, “Republican” Liz Cheney, too.)

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/12/02/liz-cheney-delivers-dire-warning-about-the-coming-doom-of-the-united-states-n2167077

Seems to me if Trump were an “existential threat,” we’d all be dead because, just to remind them, he was President before for four whole years, and we’re all still here. Most notably, they’re still here, despite their vows to leave the US if he were elected – unfulfilled promises that some of them are making again, but this time, they really mean it!

They used to claim Trump would be “worse than Hitler,” but it turned out he was Israel’s best friend and (unlike Biden) didn’t start any world wars. Besides, it turns out a lot of their base admires certain of Hitler’s policies. So now, they’re screaming that Trump will impose “fascism.”

This is rich. Not only did Trump try to reduce government power and reinstate Constitutional rights, but for the past few years, fascist tactics have been the go-to strategy of leftists, from college campuses to courtrooms to January 6th hearings to the Biden DOJ. And let’s not forget Antifa, who call themselves “anti-fascists” while acting exactly like Nazi Brownshirts, in the perfect illustration of the old rule, “If you want to know what the left is really doing, just look at what they’re accusing the right of doing.”

Here's a recommended article by Steve Levy about the absurdity of crying “fascist” over Trump while ignoring the “clinic on fascist tactics” that the Biden White House has been giving us since 2021.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/fairness-justice/lefts-fear-fascism-under-trump-ultimate-example-projection


A Malibu landfall

Speaking of showbiz TDS sufferers, two of the most unhinged Trump haters are Cher and Barbra Streisand. Both railed against Trump’s border wall, and Barbra even “threatened” to move to England if Biden is defeated by Trump. I guess that means they both think Biden’s border policies are just peachy. So I’d love to have seen their reaction to the news that around 1 a.m. Thursday, a boat arrived on Malibu beach and about 25 illegal immigrants piled out and ran toward land, which is where Barbra, Cher, Leo DeCaprio and other leftist celebrity pontificators have their ritzy mansions and security walls.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/illegal-migrants-land-beach-near-homes-hollywood-stars

I assume they’re fine with Biden’s illegal immigrant invasion spilling beyond our open border up to their own beach, considering they not only voted for it, but they’ve spent a lot of money and time trying to convince us to vote for it, too. It seems odd, considering Barbra is so paranoid that she once unsuccessfully sued a photographer for invasion of privacy just for taking a photo of the entire beach that her mansion appeared in. It birthed the term “Streisand effect,” which is when efforts to censor something just draw more attention to it.

The good news for her is that her mansion has 19 bedrooms, so she can put up all of those newly-arrived illegal immigrants, plus a couple more next year after Trump wins and she moves to England.

(BTW: Just out of curiosity, since the #1 issue of the guy she backs is "climate change," how big a carbon footprint is created by a 19-bedroom mansion?)


Who could have seen this coming?!?

John Kerry scolded other nations for not making enough sacrifices to fight “climate change.” He complained, “Not everybody is doing what they promised to do.”

https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2023/12/01/john-kerry-scolds-world-climate-not-everybody-doing-what-they-promised/

Wait, you mean we can’t rely on nations like China to keep their promises to destroy their own economies just because we stupidly agreed to do it first? Wow, you can’t trust ANYONE these days! I’ll bet those lying communists aren’t even giving up their private jets!

And here are some more laughs to start the week, this time of the intentional variety, courtesy of the Babylon Bee…

https://babylonbee.com/news/santos-expelled-by-congress-for-doing-terrible-job-covering-up-his-ethics-violations

https://babylonbee.com/news/child-grooming-content-on-x-reduced-by-83-after-disney-pulls-ads

https://babylonbee.com/news/protesters-shouting-down-children-singing-christmas-carols-briefly-wonder-if-theyre-the-bad-guys

https://babylonbee.com/news/nation-in-shock-after-gavin-newsom-murdered-on-live-tv

https://babylonbee.com/news/ireland-declares-asking-an-immigrant-to-stop-stabbing-you-a-hate-crime


President Trump to be deluged with CIVIL SUITS holding him responsible for January 6

Three House Republicans went out on a limb Friday and alleged partisan motivations on the part of Special Counsel Jack Smith.  Kidding; we all know that Smith is dripping with partisan motivation.  (Note the resistance with which Smith has met attempts by Judicial Watch even to learn the identities of his team members.  https://www.judicialwatch.org/jack-smiths-staff/)

In a letter to Smith, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna of Florida said, “The Committee is concerned that your unprecedented investigation and fevered prosecution of President Trump is not about any true commitment to equal justice under the law, but an (increasingly contrived) attempt to use the criminal justice system to defame the former President before the 2024 election.”

And, yes, it’s called the House OVERSIGHT Committee in part because it does have OVERSIGHT of the “Justice” Department, with the responsibility to pass legislation pertaining to the agency’s actions.  Accordingly, their letter called for Smith to turn over documents relating to his criminal prosecution of Trump.

As reported in the EPOCH TIMES, they demanded he hand over documents related to “Mr. Smith’s authority to grant immunity to witnesses and impanel a grand jury, as well as any communications that could speak to any oversight from the Department of Justice concerning Mr. Smith’s decision to indict President Trump.”

We assume they’re talking about both indictments Smith is prosecuting:  the J6 case and the classified documents case.

Committee chairs have tried twice before to get similar information, but Smith’s office didn’t respond either time.  Why would they think this letter will be different?  Other House Republicans are trying uselessly to invoke the power of the purse to to restrict Smith’s funding or salary, but that’s destined to fail as well, as Democrats control both the Senate and White House.

Still, somebody must have had fun coming up with the acronym.  It’s called the “YOU’RE FIRED” Act, short for “Yanking Outlays for an Unethical, Ruthless Enterprise that Fraudulently Impedes Robust Electoral Debate.”  Wow, that could apply to a lot of governmental activities these days, but it can’t pass and so is really just more of a statement, an example of Congress fiddling with acronyms while Rome burns.  It’s going to take a lot more than strongly-worded letters and bills to stop unethical, ruthless enterprises such as Jack Smith’s rabid prosecution.

https://www.ntd.com/house-oversight-gop-demands-trump-indictment-documents-threatens-subpoena_958073.html

The bill was introduced by freshman Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles and says, “The Biden Administration’s weaponization of the DOJ for personal political gain through the appointment of Jack Smith is nothing short of appalling.  In November 2022, he was tasked with taking down Biden’s biggest threat, President Donald J. Trump.  From falsified indictments to non-existent supporting ‘evidence,’ everything about the proceedings by Smith have screamed desperate.  America cannot and will not stand for that, and it’s well past time that Congress uses its power of the purse to tell Jack Smith:  you’re fired.”

All true, but nothing will come of it.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/ogles-bill-defund-jack-smiths-salary

…………

Did you see on Friday that not only has Judge Tanya Chutkan, the presiding judge in Trump’s J6 case, ruled against Trump on his “immunity” and “First Amendment” arguments, but also that a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for DC ruled unanimously that CIVIL CASES against Trump over damages relating to January 6 may proceed?  I am not kidding.  They said he was acting not in his official capacity as President but “in his personal capacity as a presidential candidate.”

As the Supreme Court has ruled (Nixon v. Fitzgerald), a President has absolute immunity from civil liability over actions taken in an official capacity, and, of course, that was the argument Trump’s legal team made before these judges.  As reported in NEWSMAX, “They assert that the actions detailed in the indictment --- including pressing state officials on the administration of elections --- cut to the core of Trump’s responsibilities as commander-in-chief.”  As reasonable as that argument seems, the judges turned it away.  They offered only that when these cases do go forward, Trump can still “try to prove” that he was acting officially.

Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan wrote: “The district court largely rejected his claim of immunity, and President Trump now appeals.  (Editorial aside:  You better believe he appeals!)  The sole issue before us is whether President Trump has demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints.  We answer no, at least at this state of the proceedings.”

A Trump spokesperson described the ruling as “limited, narrow and procedural” and said Trump was “acting on behalf of the American people” on January 6.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/trump-jan-6-chutkan/2023/12/01

Recall that three decades ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones’ civil lawsuit against President Bill Clinton could proceed, even though he was still in office.  (Clinton was later impeached on a process crime, lying under oath, in connection with that suit.)  Their decision was quite controversial at the time, as the prospect was raised of a President being deluged with litigation while in office.

Now, the nightmare is coming true, only it’s with a former President running for re-election, with the prospect of BEING President when the lawsuits finally reach courtrooms.  If Trump is held ultimately responsible for the events of January 6 and his actions are treated the same as those of a private citizen, can you even IMAGINE the endless, crushing deluge of lawfare that will result?

At least with Paula Jones, she was suing President Clinton for something she’d alleged he personally did to HER.  With J6, litigants are trying to hold Trump responsible for everything they claim he indirectly “caused” --- violence, vandalism and psychological trauma that was actually caused by some of his “supporters.”  (I use quotation marks because we don’t know for sure that they were all supporters.)  There will be no limit to the lawfare.  This is the Democrats’ dream come true.

Already, a suit has been filed by Capitol Police officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, who seek damages for physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result of the Capitol attack.  That’s right, they’re suing TRUMP for this.  Trump, and only Trump.  A lawyer for one of the officers said, “Today’s ruling makes clear that those who endanger our democracy and the lives of those sworn to defend it will be held to account.”  On the contrary, “our democracy” is much poorer for this.

House Democrats have also filed a couple of suits against Trump (!!) One of them comes from ten House Democrats, including Reps. Jerry Nadler and Maxine Waters.  The other comes courtesy of Rep. Eric Swalwell.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-appeals-court-says-trump-must-face-lawsuits-over-us-capitol-attack-2023-12-01/

These judges failed to see that President Trump’s actions leading up to and on January 6 WERE in an official capacity.  For example, he was acting in an official capacity when he offered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thousands of National Guard troops to help keep the peace that day.  And she was acting in an official capacity when she refused them.

When will we see the lawsuits against her?


Here’s today’s link to real-time updates on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/december-4-israel-hamas-war

Since the ceasefire ended Friday, Israel has stuck 200 more Hamas terrorist targets in Gaza. They also reported killing Haitham Khojari, commander of Hamas’ Shati Battalion, who was involved in the execution of the Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel. 

Around the world and even here in America, many on the left are making it clear that they side with the mass-murdering terrorists as they threaten and attack Jews on US soil. They accuse Israel of genocide, having redefined “genocide” as “When Israel fights back against monsters who try to commit genocide against Jews.”

Our rapidly-expanding Hall of Shame today inducts the anti-Semitic mob of morons in Philadelphia who vandalized a local falafel restaurant because it’s owned by a Jewish Israeli chef and accused him or the restaurant of “genocide.” Violent, hateful and stupid is no way to go through life, guys.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/12/03/antisemitic-mob-descends-israeli-owned-restaurant-philadelphia/

We’ll also make room in the Hall of Shame for the ironically-named “LoveLight Placemaking,” organizers of an art and music festival in Williamsburg, Virginia.  They canceled the December 7th Hannukah menorah-lighting ceremony by the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, claiming it might look like they were choosing sides in the conflict. They said they would consider rescheduling it if another ceasefire was called.

Wow, that’s a lot of anti-Semitism to unpack! First, they're holding all Jews responsible for the policies of Israel. Then, there’s canceling a Jewish religious ceremony because you disagree with the politics of Israel. And who gives them the power to "reschedule" Hanukkah? Finally, what kind of moral degenerate worries about appearing to be “choosing sides” in a conflict between a mob of murdering, torturing, raping, Jew-hating terrorists and their victims?

Maybe someone needs to clue them in that many of the victims were peacefully attending an art and music festival themselves when Hamas attacked it and murdered, tortured, raped and kidnapped them.


Our “Babe in the Woods” award winner

Our “Babe in the Woods” award goes to Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who felt it necessary to warn Israel that if they go after Hamas too long and hard, they risk driving the Palestinians to side with Hamas. News flash: The Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas as their leaders, and a poll just last month showed that about 75% of them still  support Hamas and the same number approve of the brutal slaughter of Jews on October 7th.

https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2023/12/03/secdef-austin-warns-of-strategic-defeat-if-israel-isnt-careful-palestinians-might-support-hamas/

As a proportion of the populations of the US and Israel, October 7th was a deadlier attack than 9/11, but did we call a ceasefire a month after 9/11, or did we keep fighting for nearly 10 years until we finally put an end to Osama Bin Laden? Austin also tried to give the Israelis advice on how to handle urban warfare in the Middle East, apparently unaware that the Israelis taught us how to do that.

Instead of lecturing Israel on how to deal with attacks by terrorists, maybe the Biden White House should pay more attention to responding to attacks by terrorists on Americans, like the multiple attacks Sunday on a US Navy destroyer and several commercial ships in the Red Sea. It’s not yet confirmed but likely that the drone and missile attacks were launched by Houthi militants in Yemen. Let’s see what, if anything, our military does about it, and decide if that’s a good example for Israel to follow if they want to continue to exist.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2023/12/03/breaking-us-destroyer-and-several-other-ships-attacked-in-red-sea-biden-prepares-to-do-nothing-n2167113


Filed under, “I bet she got really mad about this…”

Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is running for mayor of Houston, and she put out a TV ad reminding people to vote on December 7th. Problem: early voting ends on Dec. 5th and election day is December 9th, so nobody can possibly vote on December 7th.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/12/04/sheila-jackson-lee-mad-a-big-mistake-about-election-day-and-i-have-questions-n2167136

Let this be a warning, Houstonians, of how well your city would be run by a Mayor Lee. Also, isn’t there a meme maker who was sentenced to PRISON for tweeting joke memes that urged Hillary supporters to vote on the wrong day? Or like so many other things these days, is that only a crime when Republicans do it?


“Justice” Democrat-style:

While January 6th protesters are sent to federal prison for years, some just for taking selfies in the Capitol, a Fulton County, Georgia, judge has sentenced two far-left BLM protesters for burning down a Wendy’s while rioting in Atlanta. Under a generous plea deal, they were given five years’ probation, a $500 fine and 150 hours of community service. Oh, please! Haven't they done enough service for the community already?!

https://trendingpoliticsnews.com/blm-rioters-who-torched-an-atlanta-wendys-in-2020-get-probation-500-cmc/


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Three House Republicans went out on a limb Friday and alleged partisan motivations on the part of Special Counsel Jack Smith.  Kidding; we all know that Smith is dripping with partisan motivation.  (Note the resistance with which Smith has met attempts by Judicial Watch even to learn the identities of his team members.  https://www.judicialwatch.org/jack-smiths-staff/)

In a letter to Smith, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna of Florida said, “The Committee is concerned that your unprecedented investigation and fevered prosecution of President Trump is not about any true commitment to equal justice under the law, but an (increasingly contrived) attempt to use the criminal justice system to defame the former President before the 2024 election.”

And, yes, it’s called the House OVERSIGHT Committee in part because it does have OVERSIGHT of the “Justice” Department, with the responsibility to pass legislation pertaining to the agency’s actions.  Accordingly, their letter called for Smith to turn over documents relating to his criminal prosecution of Trump.

As reported in the EPOCH TIMES, they demanded he hand over documents related to “Mr. Smith’s authority to grant immunity to witnesses and impanel a grand jury, as well as any communications that could speak to any oversight from the Department of Justice concerning Mr. Smith’s decision to indict President Trump.”

We assume they’re talking about both indictments Smith is prosecuting:  the J6 case and the classified documents case.

Committee chairs have tried twice before to get similar information, but Smith’s office didn’t respond either time.  Why would they think this letter will be different?  Other House Republicans are trying uselessly to invoke the power of the purse to to restrict Smith’s funding or salary, but that’s destined to fail as well, as Democrats control both the Senate and White House.

Still, somebody must have had fun coming up with the acronym.  It’s called the “YOU’RE FIRED” Act, short for “Yanking Outlays for an Unethical, Ruthless Enterprise that Fraudulently Impedes Robust Electoral Debate.”  Wow, that could apply to a lot of governmental activities these days, but it can’t pass and so is really just more of a statement, an example of Congress fiddling with acronyms while Rome burns.  It’s going to take a lot more than strongly-worded letters and bills to stop unethical, ruthless enterprises such as Jack Smith’s rabid prosecution.

https://www.ntd.com/house-oversight-gop-demands-trump-indictment-documents-threatens-subpoena_958073.html

The bill was introduced by freshman Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles and says, “The Biden Administration’s weaponization of the DOJ for personal political gain through the appointment of Jack Smith is nothing short of appalling.  In November 2022, he was tasked with taking down Biden’s biggest threat, President Donald J. Trump.  From falsified indictments to non-existent supporting ‘evidence,’ everything about the proceedings by Smith have screamed desperate.  America cannot and will not stand for that, and it’s well past time that Congress uses its power of the purse to tell Jack Smith:  you’re fired.”

All true, but nothing will come of it.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/ogles-bill-defund-jack-smiths-salary

…………

Did you see on Friday that not only has Judge Tanya Chutkan, the presiding judge in Trump’s J6 case, ruled against Trump on his “immunity” and “First Amendment” arguments, but also that a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for DC ruled unanimously that CIVIL CASES against Trump over damages relating to January 6 may proceed?  I am not kidding.  They said he was acting not in his official capacity as President but “in his personal capacity as a presidential candidate.”

As the Supreme Court has ruled (Nixon v. Fitzgerald), a President has absolute immunity from civil liability over actions taken in an official capacity, and, of course, that was the argument Trump’s legal team made before these judges.  As reported in NEWSMAX, “They assert that the actions detailed in the indictment --- including pressing state officials on the administration of elections --- cut to the core of Trump’s responsibilities as commander-in-chief.”  As reasonable as that argument seems, the judges turned it away.  They offered only that when these cases do go forward, Trump can still “try to prove” that he was acting officially.

Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan wrote: “The district court largely rejected his claim of immunity, and President Trump now appeals.  (Editorial aside:  You better believe he appeals!)  The sole issue before us is whether President Trump has demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints.  We answer no, at least at this state of the proceedings.”

A Trump spokesperson described the ruling as “limited, narrow and procedural” and said Trump was “acting on behalf of the American people” on January 6.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/trump-jan-6-chutkan/2023/12/01

Recall that three decades ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones’ civil lawsuit against President Bill Clinton could proceed, even though he was still in office.  (Clinton was later impeached on a process crime, lying under oath, in connection with that suit.)  Their decision was quite controversial at the time, as the prospect was raised of a President being deluged with litigation while in office.

Now, the nightmare is coming true, only it’s with a former President running for re-election, with the prospect of BEING President when the lawsuits finally reach courtrooms.  If Trump is held ultimately responsible for the events of January 6 and his actions are treated the same as those of a private citizen, can you even IMAGINE the endless, crushing deluge of lawfare that will result?

At least with Paula Jones, she was suing President Clinton for something she’d alleged he personally did to HER.  With J6, litigants are trying to hold Trump responsible for everything they claim he indirectly “caused” --- violence, vandalism and psychological trauma that was actually caused by some of his “supporters.”  (I use quotation marks because we don’t know for sure that they were all supporters.)  There will be no limit to the lawfare.  This is the Democrats’ dream come true.

Already, a suit has been filed by Capitol Police officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, who seek damages for physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result of the Capitol attack.  That’s right, they’re suing TRUMP for this.  Trump, and only Trump.  A lawyer for one of the officers said, “Today’s ruling makes clear that those who endanger our democracy and the lives of those sworn to defend it will be held to account.”  On the contrary, “our democracy” is much poorer for this.

House Democrats have also filed a couple of suits against Trump (!!) One of them comes from ten House Democrats, including Reps. Jerry Nadler and Maxine Waters.  The other comes courtesy of Rep. Eric Swalwell.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-appeals-court-says-trump-must-face-lawsuits-over-us-capitol-attack-2023-12-01/

These judges failed to see that President Trump’s actions leading up to and on January 6 WERE in an official capacity.  For example, he was acting in an official capacity when he offered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thousands of National Guard troops to help keep the peace that day.  And she was acting in an official capacity when she refused them.

When will we see the lawsuits against her?

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Daily Bible Verse

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9 NIV


1) MUST-READ:

Rabbi Michael Barclay on the real insidious reasons why Hamas is releasing hostages, and why thousands of allegedly innocent Palestinian civilians are returning to Gaza despite the danger. He says they’re not unwilling human shields, they’re unarmed soldiers, “willing and active cogs in the Hamas war effort, willing to die for their cause of destroying Israel” by helping Hamas win its PR campaign in the Western media to paint Israel as the aggressors.

https://pjmedia.com/rabbi-michael-barclay/2023/11/24/the-insidious-reason-why-hamas-is-releasing-hostages-n4924202

Fortunately, Prime Minister Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials are resisting the worldwide pressure from anti-Semites and terrorist appeasers to have an indefinite ceasefire, lay down their arms and go back to letting their people be slaughtered by these vicious maniacs. Knesset member and former Israeli ambassador to the UN Dany Danon said, "We are focused on the return of our hostages now, but we will resume our military campaign. We are not in a position to risk our future. We say the same to European leaders, and to President Biden. We appreciate your support, but this time we have no choice. We have to go all the way and eradicate Hamas at all costs."


2) Something to consider

Interesting story about movie actress Natalie Portman, who first came to fame at age 12 in the movie, “Leon: The Professional.”

https://nypost.com/2023/11/25/entertainment/natalie-portman-says-children-should-not-be-working-in-hollywood-after-she-was-sexualized-in-first-movie-at-age-12/

Now a mother of two, her advice to parents whose kids want to work in Hollywood is DON’T. Portman said she was talked about in sexual terms when she was still a young teen; it made her feel afraid and disrespected; and “it was almost an accident of luck that I was not harmed, also combined with very overprotective, wonderful parents.” She said it’s fine if you want to be in movies as an adult, but “I think kids should play and go to school.”

Yet another thing to think about the next time a Hollywood liberal gives Americans a moral lecture on how we’re not raising our kids right and should have more sexually-explicit books in elementary schools.


3) Public trust in elections continues to fall

If you don’t believe that the 2020 election was the most honest, scrupulous, unquestionably accurate election in history, then you’d better not say so or you’ll be silenced, slandered, demonetized and possibly prosecuted for a RICO violation. Ironically, the more some people keep insisting that there’s no such thing as voter fraud, the more the level of public trust in elections has fallen.

So if the people who want us to trust our elections are ever going to accomplish that goal, they need to come up with better responses to stories like these than “Shut up or else!”

https://www.westernjournal.com/key-swing-county-sounding-alarm-bells-voting-machines-ahead-2024-election/

https://joehoft.com/breaking-exclusive-the-errors-the-lie-and-the-cover-up-in-georgias-2020-election-part-i/

https://www.westernjournal.com/gop-candidates-loss-1-vote-prompts-calls-whole-new-election-issue-shady-count-raised/

And people who care about our elections actually being trustworthy, rather than just stumping for blind trust, need to get more adamant about cleaning up the voting process to ensure not only that there’s no provable cheating but that there's no opportunity for cheating.


4) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING: 

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about from our own government, there’s also propaganda from the United Front Work Department of the People’s Republic of China.  As reported by the U.K. DAILY MAIL, “the goal of [the UFWD] is to help China take over Taiwan and establish a new global order that revolves around CCP values and interests.”

Don’t expect our State Department and Department of Defense to stay on top of this, as they’ll be much too busy targeting Trump supporters at home.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12797557/Chinas-growing-espionage-propaganda-threat-U-S-Congress-warns-America-little-grasp-deep-Communist-Partys-influence-infiltrated-communities-nation.html


5) Comic Relief:

A group of protesters gathered outside the White House, blaming President Biden for Gazans starving, and announced that they’re going on a hunger strike until there’s a permanent ceasefire. They included “Sex & The City” actress and failed leftist New York gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon. I congratulate them on coming up with an ingenious way to avoid gaining weight over the holidays.

https://twitchy.com/brettt/2023/11/27/author-of-palestine-a-socialist-introduction-announces-hunger-strike-in-front-of-white-house-n2390224


6) News you probably won’t hear elsewhere:

In Donald Trump’s trial in New York on real estate fraud charges (the one where the judge who refuses to admit he’s biased found Trump guilty before hearing any arguments), Deutsche Bank executive David Williams took the stand and pretty much destroyed Attorney General Letitia James’ entire case.

He testified that it was “atypical, but not entirely unusual” for the bank to slash a loan applicant’s estimate of the value of his property by as much as 50% and still make the loan anyway. He said the bank does due diligence to assess the property’s value, and in this case, thanks to Trump’s history of successful developments and other criteria, they expected the project to make a profit, so they approved the loan. He also said the differing assessments of the property’s valuation wasn’t a disqualifying factor but “just a difference of opinion.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/did-deutsche-bank-just-destroy-new-york-ags-case-against-trump

So where exactly is the “fraud”? Ooh, I know, I know! She’s in the New York State Attorney General’s office!


7) More finger-pointing from the Left

In Chicago, which has been run by Democrats since the early 1930s, the far-left Mayor has finally figured out why black people there have so many problems like crime, gangs and poverty. It’s the fault of (drumroll, please)…”rightwing extremists!” I guess like those Chicago MAGA guys who attacked Jussie Smolett.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/28/chicago-mayor-brandon-johnson-blames-right-wing-extremists-city-problems/

When he’s voted out after one term, he could get a job writing for the New York Times.


8) And Another One Bites The Dust…

A Rhode Island judge threw out a lawsuit attempting to keep Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot. How can these heroic Democrats protect our democracy if these lousy judges keep letting the American people vote for whoever they want?!

https://www.westernjournal.com/rhode-island-judge-deals-blow-democrat-agenda-trump-cheering/


9) Economic News

Wednesday morning, the government estimated that the US economy grew at an annual rate of 5.2% in the third quarter of 2023, higher than the 4.9% economists predicted. Also, disposable personal income grew 2.9 percent after an upward revision of 1.1 percent. But before you start celebrating the red hot Biden economy, here are some caveats:

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2023/11/29/gdp-revised-2/

"Disposable personal income grew 2.9 percent after an upward revision. Adjusted for inflation, real after-tax income rose 0.1 percent after a big upward revision of 1.1 percentage points." 

“The upward revision (in GDP) reflects an increase in government spending and business investment. Consumer spending was revised down as were exports.” 

Also, “Spending by the federal government grew at an annual rate of seven percent, revised up from the earlier estimate of 6.2 percent. Overall government spending, including state and local expenditures, rose at a 5.5 percent rate, up from the earlier estimate of 4.6 percent.”

So while I’m glad to hear any economic good news, pardon me for being skeptical that so much of it is based on the theory that Washington can spend us into prosperity.


10) A Gift Guide from Dave Barry

Now that the Christmas shopping season has officially begun (I may be a relic of a bygone age, but I still don’t believe in starting Christmas festivities until after Thanksgiving), here’s that annual Christmas tradition: humorist Dave Barry’s gift guide for 2023:

https://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/gift-guide/article281011198.html

And to get you into a Christmas mood for real, here’s our writer Laura Ainsworth in her other job as an award-winning retro jazz singer, performing the original lyric of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Give it a listen, a like and a share, I know you’ll love it. You can also find it on all your favorite streaming and download services, to add to your holiday music lists.

https://youtu.be/lFTz3QG7EBs?si=MJtCN1AMVx1-0nna


I Just Wanted to Say

Thank you for reading my newsletter.

The House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government reconvened Thursday after four long months (full of weaponization) for more testimony from two of the authors recruited by Elon Musk to compile the “Twitter Files,” Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger.  We’re already coming up on a year since the first of those blockbuster reports was released.

As you know from reports this week in the newsletter, the government has not let up one bit on efforts to work with “private” entities to monitor and control our messaging.  Hang the Constitution.

The hearing was called to focus on the government’s role in social media censorship, specifically concerning the response to the January 6 riot and the subsequent banning of President Trump, and to examine “recent attacks on independent journalism and free expression,” according to the Judiciary Committee press release.

https://judiciary.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-weaponization-federal-government-4

FOX NEWS’ Kevin Corke had a wrap-up on the hearing late Thursday night, including a clip from Shellenberger offering an ominous warning: “The scope, power and law-breaking of the ‘censorship industrial complex’ are even worse than we had realized back in March.”

And to those who would call conservative folks like us “deep-staters” and “conspiracy theorists” for being alarmed about this, Matt Taibbi (not a conservative) said, “This isn’t crazy conspiracy theory.  We’ve already had four federal judges rule that they believe this activity violates the First Amendment.  This is quite serious…”

These journalists testified to the committee about a group called the “Cyber Threat Intelligence League,” which partnered with government agencies (here we go again) such as the FBI to censor American citizens.  Whistleblowers have alleged that members of this group have made up fake personas and even used burner phones as a way to counter certain voices on social media.

Democrats, predictably, slammed this hearing as a political stunt, and that surely will be the talking point on all the copycat media today.

….

But here’s something at least one Democrat, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, is concerned about:  something called the Hemisphere Project, a White House-backed program in partnership with AT&T to collect phone call records of Americans and provide law enforcement access to the databases.  Sen. Wyden calls this “a long-running dragnet surveillance program in which the White House pays AT&T to provide all federal, state, local and Tribal law enforcement agencies the ability to request often-warrantless searches of trillions of domestic phone records.”

A letter from the senator to Attorney General Merrick Garland describes how Hemisphere’s funding it set up to skirt the usually-mandatory federal privacy review, which makes findings public.  This system has been metastasizing since its origin in 2013.  THE EPOCH TIMES has details...

https://www.ntd.com/white-house-surveillance-program-collecting-trillions-of-domestic-phone-records

Also, the House Judiciary Committee is accusing the Biden administration of collaborating with social media workers at Google and YouTube (owned by Google) in 2021, specifically to suppress “unapproved” information about COVID and vaccines.

As reported by FOX BUSINESS NEWS, “...documents...reveal a level of correspondence previously unknown to the American public, as President Biden and his aides sought to promote coronavirus vaccinations...”

Sample communication, from April ‘21: “Unfortunately, the role of tech in addressing vaccine hesitancy is about to come under a massive spotlight particularly as the supply of the vaccine is soon to outpace demand.”  Well, we can’t have THAT.

Never mind that so much of the “information” approved by the government (and, thus, by YouTube) was actually MIS-information.  And they suppressed information that turned out to be accurate.  They were not “following ‘the science.’”  They were not allowing Americans to make informed decisions.  Instead, they wanted us to believe that there was research showing the vaccines prevented infection and transmission, which was a lie.  Heck, they apparently wanted us to believe whatever we needed to believe in order to get that “jab.”  And then the next.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/white-house-worked-youtube-censor-covid-19-vaccine-misinformation-house-judiciary-committee

Laura Ingraham featured excellent must-see coverage of the government’s assault on the First Amendment on her Thursday INGRAHAM ANGLE.  Watch in fascination as Democrat Rep. Dan Goldman shows (again) how stupid he is, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz suggests that Taibbi would be fine with live-streaming rape and murder online.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6342124610112

You probably heard some of the media hysteria over last month’s Fifth National Climate Assessment, the Biden Administration’s report on “climate change” and the apocalyptic weather catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t scale down our lives and turn all our money and freedom over to the government to “save the planet.” But the Daily Caller has the part that the other media outlets didn’t report:

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/29/biden-landmark-climate-report-activists/

Nearly two dozen of the listed authors are not objective climate scientists but eco-activists with ties to environmentalist and/or leftwing advocacy groups like the Environmental Defense Fund. That might explain not only the hysterical predictions but also the fact that the media didn’t tell us the report is filled with leftwing buzzwords like “equity” and “climate justice,” which have no place in a legitimate scientific paper. Or that there are accusations that some of its methods were misleading, and that in some cases, it relied on something called “indigenous knowledge,” defined as “experiential knowledges gained over time by Indigenous Peoples,” rather than, you know, research and evidence and stuff like that.

And speaking of the solid decisions about the environment for which the Biden cabal are now famous, it was revealed that they entered a (intended-to-be) secret mediation with environmentalist groups in Washington State that are trying to shut down four hydroelectric dams to protect the declining salmon population in the Snake River.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/court-filings-reveal-secret-agreement-between-biden-admin-eco-groups-seeking-tear-down-key-power-source

While I like salmon as much as any red meat eater, it should be noted that these dams supply fully 8 percent of all the power to the state. But don’t worry: the Democrat Governor and Sen. Patty Murray want that to be replaced with “green energy sources.” And what might those be? They’re going to save the salmon by blighting the landscape with a million windmills that will Cuisinart a few billion birds? Oh well, I guess if you’re going to poach a salmon, you have to break a few eggs.

The Newsom-DeSantis debate

December 2, 2023

Before I say anything about the Gavin Newsom-Ron DeSantis debate last night on Fox News, I’d like to talk about an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” one of the later, color ones from season 7. Stay with me.

In this episode called “Politics Begin at Home,” there’s an open seat on the Mayberry City Council. Aunt Bee’s garden club ladies convince her to run because she’s so likable and charismatic and full of ideas. She doesn’t know that Andy has already convinced county clerk Howard Sprague to run. When he refuses to back her because he thinks Howard is more qualified, she accuses him of being a male chauvinist (hey, it was the ‘60s.) People see Howard as a nerd and a stiff, and his chances look bleak until the debate.

When asked about important issues like building a new bridge or replacing the sewers under Main Street, Aunt Bee’s answers are all the same empty rhetoric designed to get applause (“If it is the will of the people that a bridge be built, then it SHALL be built! The will of the people will always be my guiding star!”) But Howard responds, “Well, that would be a waste of the taxpayers’ money,” and offers detailed alternative solutions that are cheaper and more effective. When there’s time for one more question, Aunt Bee asks it: Why would anyone vote for her when her opponent is obviously far more qualified?

And that was the Newsom-DeSantis debate in a nutshell, minus the fantasy part at the end where the charismatic but terrible candidate had enough integrity and civic mindedness to admit to being obviously unqualified and endorsed the other guy. Again, this was Mayberry in 1966, not the real world in 2023.

I’m not going to recap all the points of the debate, but it mostly amounted to Newsom telling the kind of whoppers that are so at odds with everything you know and everything you’ve seen with your own eyes that you might need help picking your jaw up off the floor. He had the unenviable job (which he voluntarily took on; this debate debacle was his idea) of trying to convince us that Florida is a failing prison state while California is a shining beacon of success and freedom. DeSantis remained more of a stolid Howard Sprague type than a fiery debater, but he batted most of the lies out of the park with the seldom-used debate weapon known as “facts.”

Here are five particularly interesting moments from the debate.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/red-vs-blue-state-debate-highlights-top-5-moments-desantis-newsom-slugfest

But for many observers, the moment when if it had been a fight, the refs would’ve stopped it came when DeSantis said this:

“I was talking to a fella who had made the move from California to Florida. He was telling me that Florida’s much better governed, safer, better budget, lower taxes. Then he paused and said ‘by the way, I’m Gavin Newsom’s father-in-law.’”

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/30/watch-the-astonishing-moment-ron-desantis-ended-gavin-newsom-n2167034

As Bonchie at Redstate observed, “I'm pretty sure Christmas dinner is going to be awkward this year.”

Another highlight was when DeSantis countered Newsom’s claim that California is “the Freedom State” (recall that’s the state where someone was arrested during the pandemic for walking alone on a windy beach without a face mask) by listing all the things you’re free to do there, including defecating in the street. Which he illustrated by taking out a “poop map” that warns people where human feces has been spotted in San Francisco (Spoiler alert: everywhere!)

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/12/01/desantis-threw-caution-to-the-wind-in-destruction-of-newsom-including-using-the-poop-map-n2167041

Newsom was so bereft of actual talking points that at one point, he went off on a diatribe at DeSantis for supposedly mispronouncing Kamala Harris’ name (Is it KAH-ma-la or “Ka-MAH-la”?), which has to rank in the mid-nine digits on anyone’s list of things to give a darn about, and I can’t help suspecting that includes Kamala Harris.

These issues are worth bringing up to illustrate the stark difference between how well red states and blue states are run. But I think all you really need to know is the U-Haul Index, which I believe we invented on my radio show over a decade ago, and now I see it everywhere. As of last night, renting a 20-foot U-Haul moving truck from Los Angeles to Miami for nine days costs $5,139.00. Renting the same truck from Miami to Los Angeles is only $3898.00. U-Haul is so desperate to get anyone to drive one of their trucks back to California that they’ll give you a $1241 discount just to return it for them so they can rent it to the next escapee.

Finally, why should anyone care about a debate between DeSantis, whom, as Newsom taunted, will not be the GOP nominee, and Newsom, who insisted he wasn’t running and backs Joe Biden fully? Because there’s always a chance that due to legal issues or voter second thoughts, Trump might not be the nominee, and this debate gave DeSantis his first real chance to shine instead of being one of a crowd of people shouting at each other.

And there’s a much greater chance that Biden will be pushed – sorry, “convinced” – to drop out at the last minute, and the Dems will need a replacement (that won’t be Kamala, no matter how she pronounces it.) Newsom claims to be uninterested, but like everything else he said last night, that’s a transparent lie. If he didn’t have national ambitions, he’d be trying to fix his own state instead of running around the country badmouthing better-run red states. He wanted to make it known that he’s tanned, hair-gelled and ready to step in the second Joe breaks a hip.

But if this debate was his big chance to show that we should let him do to America what he’s done to California, it was a blunder of epic proportions.

Related: Good analysis of the debate by a Californian who knows Gavin Newsom only too well:

https://www.theblaze.com/columns/opinion/who-really-lost-the-newsom-vs-desantis-debate

UPDATE: Political Rule of Thumb: If you spend the day after a debate whining that you were offended by your opponent, feel insulted by him, and suspect he cheated…That’s just a longer way of saying, “I lost. Badly.”

Gavin Newsom says he is insulted (foxnews.com)

The take-no-prisoners approach of Hunter Biden’s legal team now extends even to a former business partner once counted among Biden “family.”  In a letter to the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, Abbe Lowell dismissed Hunter’s former close friend Devon Archer as an “inmate convicted for his involvement in a tribal bond scheme that never involved Hunter.”

It’s true that Hunter was not implicated in that particular enterprise, which appears to have been a separate deal.  As reported in the NEW YORK SUN, “Archer was sentenced last year to one year and a day in prison for defrauding a Native American tribe in a scheme involving $60 million in bonds.”  This case has been winding through the courts for a long time, as his conviction was overturned on appeal and then reinstated after a challenge by prosecutors.  Archer maintains that he lost money on the deal and was guilty only of making “foolish mistakes.”  Make of that what you will, but contrary to what the letter states, Archer is not an “inmate,” as he has not reported to prison yet.  His case is still under appeal, this time to the Supreme Court.

You’d think a lawyer of Abbe Lowell’s caliber would understand what “inmate” means.  And he does.

This past summer, Devon Archer was subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee and ended up providing some damning testimony during a closed-door hearing, specifically about get-togethers Joe Biden had with Hunter’s shady business associates (and later falsely denied having), and a phone call involving Burisma executives that led to Biden’s involvement with prosecutor Viktor Shokin’s firing in Ukraine.

This testimony is consistent with an email found on Hunter’s laptop from one of the Burisma executives at that phone call, Vadym Pozarsky, saying that the “ultimate purpose” of having Hunter on the board was to shut down “any cases/pursuits against Nicolay [Zlochevsky] in Ukrainae.”

Here’s a memory refresher from the WESTERN JOURNAL…

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-oversight-committee-releases-full-devon-archer-transcript-page-45-looks-bad-biden/

“The request is like, ‘Can DC help?” Archer testified.  Instead of specifically asking Hunter to get his father involved, “it was always this amorphous, ‘Can we get help in DC?”  Archer did not testify to the contents of the phone call because he was not on it.  “I was left out of these, you know, black box DC types of conversations,” he testified.

But then-Vice President Joe Biden hopped a flight on Air Force Two to Ukraine.  It was just five days after that phone call that he gave a speech in Ukraine saying, “The office of the general prosecutor [led by Shokin] desperately needs reform.”

And you know the story --- Joe Biden once very publicly bragged about it himself --- about the Vice President threatening to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine unless Shokin was fired.  And, lo and behold, Shokin WAS fired.  This was while Hunter was still sitting on Burisma’s board, so they got their money’s worth, even though it amounted to $1 million a year.

In trashing Archer the way he did, Hunter’s attorney might have forgotten that this former business partner offered a useful (to Hunter) alternate narrative, testifing that “various [members] of the DC team” had told him the firing of Shokin was actually BAD for Burisma because Shokin was “under control.”  (If they did tell him that, it’s certainly not consistent with all the other communications about Shokin’s firing.)  And when asked about Zlochevky’s alleged comment regarding “$5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden,” he told the committee he wasn’t aware of any $5 million payments and that Zlochevsky might have just been bragging.

So Archer was trying to at least include some benefit of the doubt for the Bidens in his testimony.  But as part of their attorneys’ scorched-earth legal strategy, the Biden family has thrown him under the bus anyway.  As reported in WJ, Archer communicated with Hunter via text in 2019 --- preserved on Hunter’s laptop --- to ask why Joe Biden hadn’t done more to protect him from prosecution.  He’d been indicted in May 2016, while Joe was still Vice President.

The tone is frantic: “Why did your dad’s administration appointees arrest me and try to put me in jail?  Why would they try and ruin my family and destroy my kids and no one from your family’s side step in and at least try to help me?”

The irony of Hunter’s answer will knock you to the floor: “It’s democracy...every presidents family is held to a higher standard...it’s the price of being the most powerful group.”

Really?  Lately, it seems as though being in the most powerful group gets you excused from standards altogether.

Hunter wrote to Archer that his father had no control over such prosecutions, that there are three co-equal branches of government.  (Are you laughing yet?)  And he went on to speak of Archer as part of the Biden family: “Every great family is persecuted…you are part of a great family --- not a side show, not deserted by them even in your darkest moments.  That’s the way Bidens are different, and you are a Biden.”

Well, now he’s been demoted from family member to “inmate.”  It does make one wonder if there are circumstances under which even Hunter might be sacrificed by the legal team ostensibly representing him.

https://www.westernjournal.com/hunter-biden-throws-past-friend-bus-demotes-family-member-inmate/

Huckabee Post: Rumor Mill

December 2, 2023

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! Here are news stories from the past week, you won't want to miss.

Mike Huckabee


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ephesians 4:5-6 KJV


Rest in Peace Justice O’Connor

As we were going to press yesterday morning, it was announced that retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has died at 93 of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory disease.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sandra-day-oconnor-former-supreme-court-justice-dead-93

She was appointed by President Reagan in 1981 and served until 2006, earning a reputation as a moderate conservative and often swing vote. Her writings were noted for their deep legal knowledge and attention to detail, and she was often described as one of the most powerful women in the world, due to some of the landmark decisions in which she was involved, including Bush v. Gore and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. She was also the first woman on the Supreme Court, in an era when Supreme Court nominees were expected to be able to define what a “woman” is.

Our condolences and prayers to her family. I’m sure more will be coming on this story soon.


Reinstated

A New York Appeal Court reinstated the gag order on former President Trump in the real estate fraud case that would have been thrown out of court after this week’s testimony if the judge weren’t a rank partisan. Trump’s attorneys called the ruling “a tragic day for the rule of law.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/tragic-day-rule-law-appeals-court-clamps-trump-reinstating-gag-order/

Pending another appeal, Trump is barred from publicly criticizing the court’s staff. But he is still allowed to tell us what he thinks of the judge and New York Attorney General Letitia James, who brought this nuisance case. As you can see at the link, he did so, and in no uncertain terms.


A Huck’s Hero

A big salute to today’s Huck’s Hero, Senator (and doctor) Rand Paul. He was attending a Senate lunch when Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst began choking on some food. Paul stepped up, administered the Heimlich Maneuver and saved her life.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/30/rand-paul-saves-joni-ernsts-life-with-heimlich-maneuver/

It’s hardly the first time a Senator has grabbed a woman from behind, but it might be the first time that it was for a legitimate reason.

Related: In case you missed here, here’s a great interview I had last weekend with Sen. Paul on my TBN TV show.


Democrat Priorities Part 1: 

A 95-year-old Korean War veteran and lifelong New Yorker blasted New York officials for kicking him and about 50 other seniors out of a senior living center so they could use it to house illegal aliens who swarmed in over Biden’s open border.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/29/veteran-blasts-nyc-officials-for-kicking-him-out-of-senior-home-to-make-room-for-migrants-it-isnt-fair/


Democrat Priorities Part 2: 

Washington, DC, officials spent $270,000 of taxpayer money repainting and refurbishing “Black Lives Matter Plaza,” where the mayor ordered “BLM” to be painted on the street as a figurative upraised finger to President Trump during the BLM riots.

https://www.breitbart.com/crime/2023/11/29/d-c-spends-270k-on-repainting-blm-plaza-after-defunding-police/

Reminder: This is the same city that slashed funding for the police, creating a “war zone” where even members of Congress are being assaulted by criminals. So far in 2023, homicides in DC are up 34%, violent crime is up 40%, and carjackings are up 93%. But the paint on BLM Plaza never looked so fresh.


Rumor Mill

There’s a rumor that Donald Trump is considering a Republican he ran against in 2016 as his running mate. Here’s a hint: it’s not me!

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-reportedly-considering-republican-ran-2016-vp/


Fun Read:

Kurt Schlichter on why one of the left’s favorite weapons – “shocking” polite society – no longer works.

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2023/11/30/shock-and-awe-becomes-shrug-and-yawn-n2631750


Non-Babylon Bee Headline of the Day!

“UN Chief Guterres Backs Complete Fossil Fuel Phaseout Before Flying to Climate Meeting.”

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2023/11/30/u-n-chief-guterres-backs-complete-fossil-fuel-phaseout-before-flying-to-climate-meeting/

Is it too much to hope he’s flying in a battery-powered airplane?


“Huckabee” Preview

Join me tonight for a brand new holiday episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! We've decked the hall for Christmas, and I’ll welcome some amazing guests. Dr. Yftach Gepner will tell the harrowing story of how he led his Israeli village’s security force in repelling the Hamas attackers on October 7th, saving many lives. Kristen Day of Democrats For Life Of America will talk about standing up for life in the Party of abortion. You’ll learn how America’s truckers are helping fight human trafficking. I’ll also have plenty of great entertainment for you, like the amazing illusions of award-winning magician Jordan Winton. And we’ll top it off with a visit and a special Christmas song from my friends Larry, Steve and Rudy, the Gatlin Brothers.

So curl up by the fire (or the gas heater, while you’re still allowed to have one) and join me tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and Sunday at 9 EST/8 CST on TBN. To find out how to watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.huckabee.tv and click on “Channel Finder” on the top menu. You can stream previous episodes, highlights and online-only “Digital Exclusives,” including extended interviews, “In Case You Missed It” and “Facts of the Matter” segments, plus extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests and links to all their sites, at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.


Here’s today’s link to continuously-updated news on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/december-2-israel-hamas-war

The latest: With the ceasefire ending Friday, Israeli airstrikes are continuing in southern Gaza. PM Netanyahu has recalled a Mossad team sent to Qatar to negotiate another ceasefire with Hamas. In a statement, he said the talks were at an impasse and "the terrorist organization Hamas did not fulfill its part of the (first ceasefire) agreement, which included the release of all children and women according to a list that was forwarded to Hamas and approved by it."

Again, I’ll point out to all the braindead protesters accusing Israel of genocide that all that has to happen to prevent the harming of even one more Palestinian is for their terrorist heroes in Hamas to release their hostages, come out from hiding behind human shields, and surrender.


Trump’s J6 defense denied access to video depositions, which are...”gone”

To set the stage for this story, recall that in July, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee for the House Administration committee, was informed by Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chaired the mercifully-defunct J6 “Select” Kangaroo Kommittee, that they hadn’t bothered to archive the video of all those interviews and depositions they’d conducted behind closed doors.  “The Select Committee was not obligated to archive all video records of transcribed interviews or depositions,” Thompson wrote, “Based on guidance from House authorities, the Select Committee determined that the written transcripts provided by nonpartisan, official court reporters, which the witnesses and Select Committee staff had the opportunity to review for errata, were the official, permanent records of transcribed interviews and depositions.”

In short, Thompson was giving notice to Loudermilk that the J6 Committee didn’t have to keep all those videos, which in any normal court proceeding would be considered evidence.  But in truth, destruction of those records would be in violation of House rules and also of the resolution that created that committee, which stated that “the records of the Select Committee shall become the records of such committee or committees designated by the Speaker” --- that would be Loudermilk’s committee now that the GOP runs the House.

We’d sure like to know which of those unspecified “House authorities” advised Thompson he didn’t have to keep those particular records.  What do you bet “they” were just Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff?

On Thursday evening, Loudermilk confirmed to JUST THE NEWS that he was told all the recordings --- videos of the testimony of roughly 1,000 witnesses --- are “gone.”  Loudermilk told John Solomon that he thinks “they exist somewhere,” but his committee needs to find out where.

Before the J6 Committee wrapped up their work in December 2022, they were asked by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is running the J6 investigation into President Trump, to turn over all their investigative material, which is being treated as evidence in that case.  It’s obvious, looking at the language of Smith’s 45-page indictment of Trump, that he took much of the language straight out of J6 Committee member Liz Cheney’s opening statement.  So, is Smith bothered by this destruction of evidence by the J6 Committee?  Is he hollering about obstruction of justice?  Not a bit.  In fact, he’s fine with it and doesn’t consider Trump entitled to see that evidence.

When Trump’s legal counsel filed a motion requesting the videos and other missing materials from the J6 Committee, Smith answered in October that this was just “an aimless fishing expedition.”  Those tapes would be “superfluous,” Smith wrote, as the J6 Committee had “determined that the written transcripts provided by nonpartisan, official reporters, which the witnesses and the Select [J6} Committee staff had the opportunity to review for errata, were the official, permanent records of transcribed interviews and depositions.”  Note that Smith was simply repeating the language the J6 Committee had used in denying Rep. Loudermilk.

In a totally unsurprising show of unity with the special counsel, DC District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who’s presiding in the case against Trump, said virtually the same thing.  As we reported yesterday but without this larger context, she ruled that Trump’s request for more materials amounted to a “fishing expedition” and agreed with Smith that “the video recordings are categorically irrelevant at this time.”

Neither the judge nor the special counsel seems at all concerned that Trump’s defense has been denied access to this material.  (Somehow Trump always seems uniquely positioned to have his rights denied.)  Do you get the impression there just MIGHT have been something in that video testimony that Trump’s persecutors --- er, prosecutors --- don’t want him to have?

Practically speaking, Chutkan’s ruling means that it’s up to Trump’s attorneys to go through all the written transcripts and glean what they can about the original tone, body language and believability of the testimony of each witness.  It’s ridiculous to put that responsibility on the defense.  And what if there are mistakes or omissions in the transcript?  There would be no way for the defense to know.

Also, as Julie Kelly reports, “it remains unclear whether all of the written depositions were turned over to Congress or Smith’s team...Of the nearly 1,000 witnesses who spoke on the record to investigators and committee members, [fewer] than 300 are available [publicly].”

Kelly says that Judge Chutkan should reverse her order and force Thompson to produce the videos.  But Thompson has told Loudermilk that they are GONE.  In a normal investigation --- as in, one that WASN’T focused on throwing President Trump in jail --- the special counsel would be looking into obstruction of justice on the part of the J6 Committee, for alleged destruction of evidence in the form of approximately 1,000 videos.  But Trump doesn’t have the same rights that, say, Hunter Biden has, so unless something changes, his attorneys will just have to muddle through with whatever crumbs the committee deems to give them.

https://www.declassified.live/p/capital-crime-and-cover-up

And in an update, the story of these “lost” videos has taken a troubling turn.  Do you recall “star” J6 witness Cassidy Hutchinson’s public testimony about Trump’s alleged volatile behavior in the presidential limo (“the Beast”)?  This had been preceded by some closed-door testimony that Hutchinson has since been allowed to change in a 15-page “errata” sheet.  As John Solomon reports, these changes range “from the mundane to significant revisions that add new information or clarification.”

Hutchinson’s public testimony about the “limo” incident was roundly disputed by Trump and other witnesses, including Secret Service personnel (I’ve been in that limo myself and found her claims ludicrous.) And did you know it was not in her original closed-door testimony?  About three months after her public testimony, she submitted the errata pages to ADD the wild story she had originally not told.  She put in other details as well.  Changes were submitted over a period of time between February and September of 2022.

Hutchinson became a media sensation when she testified publicly about this.  As Solomon reports, her story produced headlines such as “Trump ‘Lunged’ at Secret Service Agent Who Refused to Take Him to Capitol:  Jan. 6 Hearing.”  JUST THE NEWS found a number of important details that Hutchinson has changed, outlined in this must-read piece...

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/democrats-star-j6-witness-made-signficant-changes-testimony

Legal experts such as Alan Dershowitz, Glenn Reynolds and Robert Charles (Clinton era) have looked at the pages of this very extensive “errata” sheet and found it highly unusual, as these are normally just to correct typos and technical errors.  Dershowitz said, “These aren’t ‘corrections.’  They constitute entirely new testimony that should be subject to cross-examination.”  We would add that essentially NONE of the testimony given to the J6 committee was properly cross-examined, considering the make-up of that committee.   

So, with Hutchinson giving quite different accounts depending on when she was providing the information, is Trump’s defense team to be limited to just the transcripts of her testimony?  As for Rep. Loudermilk, he wants to see the video: “I want to see what her body language is when she gave her original testimony.  I want to see what her voice inflection is.  Was she very confident in what she was saying at the time, but then later decided to change it?  This is why it’s so important that we have those videotapes, and I believe that’s probably why we DON’T have them.”


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Tweet of the Day

December 2, 2023

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan commenting on Sen. Elizabeth “Buttinski” Warren’s latest campaign to control every aspect of our lives:

“First, they came for your guns. Then, they came for your gas cars. Then, they came for you gas stoves. Then, they came for your heaters. Then, they came for your pizza. Now, they’re coming for your sandwiches. Today’s Left is out of control.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/elizabeth-warren-now-coming-sandwiches-todays-left-control/

What sparked this is that the private equity firm Roark Capital is purchasing Subway. They already own some other sandwich chains, including Jimmy John’s, Schlotzsky's and Arby’s. So Warren is backing an FTC investigation, claiming this will lead to higher prices for consumers due to a “sandwich shop monopoly.”

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman pointed out what a meatball Warren is. It’s more needless intrusion by federal regulators into things that don’t require regulation. As he notes, there’s no such thing as a “sandwich monopoly.” Thousands of restaurants, both local and chains, sell sandwiches; and everyone knows how to make a sandwich and can open a sandwich shop.

I’d point out that if anything is going to harm consumers, it’s Warren and her love of taxes and expensive, heavy-handed government regulations. If the price of sandwiches goes up, it will more likely be because of that than because someone somehow cornered the market on hoagies.

This is just Warren's latest counterproductive attempt at micromanagement of industries she doesn't understand. It’s of a piece with her crusade to stop the merger of JetBlue and Spirit Airlines. She also pushed the Biden DOJ to block that, claiming that allowing two relatively small budget airlines to merge would somehow create a monopoly of budget airline tickets and harm consumers. What it’s done has cost both companies a fortune, forcing Spirit to cut costs by offering early buyouts to reduce its workforce, while tanking Spirit’s stock price.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/doj-trial-to-block-spiritjetblue-set-to-close-on-tuesday-as-remaining-days-canceled/ar-AA1kKiLm

My writer Pat Reeder has a comment on that:

“At the height of the pandemic, when Spirit stock was way down, I bought some with my little day trading account. I figured it had to bounce back at some point, right? Wrong! COVID is long over, but I didn’t count on the Liz Warren pandemic of uninformed government meddling. The stock has come up a little recently, due to optimism that JetBlue will win its court case, finally get the DOJ out of the way and pay the agreed-up rate of $30 a share, but as of this moment, it’s stuck at $15 and my investment of $8501.33 is worth $5212.45.

As a small investor for whom that represents a big, fat loss (at least on paper; I’m still hoping sanity will prevail), I’d like to thank Big Chief Liz for looking out for my interests. Truly, you are the perfect embodiment of Reagan’s dictum that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! Here are news stories from the past week, you won't want to miss.

Mike Huckabee


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16


What the media won’t tell you about the Fifth National Climate Assessment

You probably heard some of the media hysteria over last month’s Fifth National Climate Assessment, the Biden Administration’s report on “climate change” and the apocalyptic weather catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t scale down our lives and turn all our money and freedom over to the government to “save the planet.” But the Daily Caller has the part that the other media outlets didn’t report:

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/29/biden-landmark-climate-report-activists/

Nearly two dozen of the listed authors are not objective climate scientists but eco-activists with ties to environmentalist and/or leftwing advocacy groups like the Environmental Defense Fund. That might explain not only the hysterical predictions but also the fact that the media didn’t tell us the report is filled with leftwing buzzwords like “equity” and “climate justice,” which have no place in a legitimate scientific paper. Or that there are accusations that some of its methods were misleading, and that in some cases, it relied on something called “indigenous knowledge,” defined as “experiential knowledges gained over time by Indigenous Peoples,” rather than, you know, research and evidence and stuff like that.

And speaking of the solid decisions about the environment for which the Biden cabal are now famous, it was revealed that they entered a (intended-to-be) secret mediation with environmentalist groups in Washington State that are trying to shut down four hydroelectric dams to protect the declining salmon population in the Snake River.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/court-filings-reveal-secret-agreement-between-biden-admin-eco-groups-seeking-tear-down-key-power-source

While I like salmon as much as any red meat eater, it should be noted that these dams supply fully 8 percent of all the power to the state. But don’t worry: the Democrat Governor and Sen. Patty Murray want that to be replaced with “green energy sources.” And what might those be? They’re going to save the salmon by blighting the landscape with a million windmills that will Cuisinart a few billion birds? Oh well, I guess if you’re going to poach a salmon, you have to break a few eggs.


Tweet of the Day:

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan commenting on Sen. Elizabeth “Buttinski” Warren’s latest campaign to control every aspect of our lives:

“First, they came for your guns. Then, they came for your gas cars. Then, they came for you gas stoves. Then, they came for your heaters. Then, they came for your pizza. Now, they’re coming for your sandwiches. Today’s Left is out of control.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/elizabeth-warren-now-coming-sandwiches-todays-left-control/

What sparked this is that the private equity firm Roark Capital is purchasing Subway. They already own some other sandwich chains, including Jimmy John’s, Schlotzsky's and Arby’s. So Warren is backing an FTC investigation, claiming this will lead to higher prices for consumers due to a “sandwich shop monopoly.”

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman pointed out what a meatball Warren is. It’s more needless intrusion by federal regulators into things that don’t require regulation. As he notes, there’s no such thing as a “sandwich monopoly.” Thousands of restaurants, both local and chains, sell sandwiches; and everyone knows how to make a sandwich and can open a sandwich shop.

I’d point out that if anything is going to harm consumers, it’s Warren and her love of taxes and expensive, heavy-handed government regulations. If the price of sandwiches goes up, it will more likely be because of that than because someone somehow cornered the market on hoagies.

This is just Warren's latest counterproductive attempt at micromanagement of industries she doesn't understand. It’s of a piece with her crusade to stop the merger of JetBlue and Spirit Airlines. She also pushed the Biden DOJ to block that, claiming that allowing two relatively small budget airlines to merge would somehow create a monopoly of budget airline tickets and harm consumers. What it’s done has cost both companies a fortune, forcing Spirit to cut costs by offering early buyouts to reduce its workforce, while tanking Spirit’s stock price.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/doj-trial-to-block-spiritjetblue-set-to-close-on-tuesday-as-remaining-days-canceled/ar-AA1kKiLm

My writer Pat Reeder has a comment on that:

“At the height of the pandemic, when Spirit stock was way down, I bought some with my little day trading account. I figured it had to bounce back at some point, right? Wrong! COVID is long over, but I didn’t count on the Liz Warren pandemic of uninformed government meddling. The stock has come up a little recently, due to optimism that JetBlue will win its court case, finally get the DOJ out of the way and pay the agreed-up rate of $30 a share, but as of this moment, it’s stuck at $15 and my investment of $8501.33 is worth $5212.45.

As a small investor for whom that represents a big, fat loss (at least on paper; I’m still hoping sanity will prevail), I’d like to thank Big Chief Liz for looking out for my interests. Truly, you are the perfect embodiment of Reagan’s dictum that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”


Who Could’ve Predicted This?

DC Judge Tanya Chutkan denied yet another Trump defense team motion, this time seeking materials on January 6th that the Pelosi Kangaroo Kommittee didn’t turn over to the National Archives. Chutkan accused Trump’s attorneys of “going on a fishing expedition,” which I would argue is better than shooting fish in a barrel, which is what she’s letting biased prosecutor Jack Smith get away with.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/29/judge-chutkan-denies-trump-motion-to-subpoena-for-missing-j6-records/

Reporter Julie Kelly accused Chutkan of acting as Smith’s “rubber stamp,” adding that her denial of Trump’s right to see all the evidence is ironic considering that “Chutkan, a shameless partisan appointed by Obama, wrote the 2021 order piercing Trump’s [executive privilege] claims to force him to produce presidential records to J6 committee.”

To be fair, that was based on the established DC precedent that Donald Trump has no legal rights.


Former US Marine attacked in Russian prison labor camp

Former US Marine Paul Whelan was reportedly attacked by another prisoner in a Russian prison labor camp where he’s serving 16 years on bogus “espionage” charges. He’s the American prisoner that the Biden Administration just couldn't get Russia to agree to throw in when they were trading one of the world’s most notorious arms dealers for the return of unpatriotic WNBA player and cannabis user Britney Griner. But they assured us they would keep working diligently on his release. Yeah, sure...

https://thepostmillennial.com/us-ex-marine-in-russian-prison-attacked-by-inmate-after-being-left-behind-in-bidens-brittney-griner-prisoner-swap


Very predictable

There’s a very predictable through-line for all bad leftist ideas. First, they come up with some staggeringly stupid idea. Then they claim it’s unquestionably true and shove it down everyone’s throats. When it results in the inevitable disaster, they back away from it, claiming they never advocated for that, it was all a rightwing conspiracy theory, and it’s the Republicans’ fault, really (“TRUUUUMP!!!!”) We saw it with "defunding the police," and again this week, when the Mayor of Chicago claimed that “rightwing extremists” are to blame for his city being overrun with drugs, crime and illegal aliens who entered through Biden’s open border.

Another great example is “wokeness.” The left invented the term and forced it on us, then after everyone realized what it was (a bunch of grifters expanding their own power and money by claiming to be victims of oppressors) and turned against it, they feigned ignorance: “’Woke?’ I don’t even know what that means!” They’re also claiming to be baffled by what “Get woke, go broke” means. As I mentioned yesterday, they always have some other feeble excuse for why woke movies bomb (Disney now has four of the five biggest bombs of all time, two in the past year, and they still refuse to admit the reason.)

Okay, maybe this will open their eyes. Welcome to the wonderful money-losing world of woke books!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12801837/Woke-books-flop-inexperienced-editors-Eliot-page.html

The Daily Mail reports that in the wake of the George Floyd riots, publishers did to books what Disney did to movies: they hired a bunch of leftwing activist “editors” who don’t know or care how to identify a book that would sell. These “ideological fanatics” blackballed (sorry for the racist term) white authors, especially white males, even if they’d written good books and had a record of success, and instead paid huge advances to “marginalized” voices to turn out pages of whiny, self-serving propaganda that nobody wanted to read.

Here are a few examples of how that’s worked out for their bosses. They paid a $500,000 advance for a “queer feminist Western” called “Lucky Red” that has unluckily sold about 3500 copies. The rule of thumb is that it’s a good deal for the publisher to pay $7 for each book sold. In “Lucky Red’s” case, they paid the author $142.85 a book. That sounds like the kind of book deal only Hunter Biden could get.

They also paid $250,000 for a novel about three black and biracial girls that’s sold 3,163 copies in two years, and paid a $3 million advance to actor Eliot (formerly Ellen) Page for a memoir about his gender transition. They claim it sold 68,000 copies, which I find dubious, but even so, at $7 a copy sold, they’d have to move over 428,000 just to make the advance back. There are more examples of expensive flops at the link, and I think you’ll really enjoy seeing what some of them are.

I would hope this would teach the publishers a lesson, and that they’ll fire the political parasites and start putting out books people want to read. But I have little hope of that, so to look on the bright side, at least during the cold winter, we’ll all be able to buy lots of cheap fireplace starter paper off our local book store’s clearance shelf.


Fact: Sports reporters are not political reporters

Here’s why sports reporters need to stop trying to act like political reporters. If I want Ray Barone spouting off on institutionalized racism, I’ll ask for it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/mom-young-chiefs-fan-crushes-racism-narrative-big-revelation/

I was glad to see that Chiefs fans are backing up this boy who was unjustly attacked by this moron reporter, and they all plan to paint their faces with the team colors for the next game in solidarity with him. I’m also glad to see that at least one other sports reporter had the decency to admit he jumped to false conclusions and declared, “I am an idiot.” Good for him, but when will the idiot who started this admit he’s an idiot?

https://www.westernjournal.com/sports-journalist-admits-falling-smear-young-nfl-fan-apologizes-idiot/

Related: The Babylon Bee weighs in on the story…

https://babylonbee.com/news/taylor-swift-dumps-travis-kelce-for-face-paint-boy

And just for laughs, here are a few more great Babylon Bee stories…

https://babylonbee.com/news/squirrel-wearing-maga-hat-seen-scampering-away-from-falling-christmas-tree

https://babylonbee.com/news/democrats-nominate-national-christmas-tree-for-presidential-run

https://babylonbee.com/news/chick-fil-a-buc-ees-hobby-lobby-merge-to-form-most-popular-store-of-all-time

https://babylonbee.com/news/israeli-hostage-posters-now-featuring-pictures-of-wnba-players-so-biden-will-rescue-them


Biden attorneys throw “family member” Devon Archer under the bus

The take-no-prisoners approach of Hunter Biden’s legal team now extends even to a former business partner once counted among Biden “family.”  In a letter to the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, Abbe Lowell dismissed Hunter’s former close friend Devon Archer as an “inmate convicted for his involvement in a tribal bond scheme that never involved Hunter.”

It’s true that Hunter was not implicated in that particular enterprise, which appears to have been a separate deal.  As reported in the NEW YORK SUN, “Archer was sentenced last year to one year and a day in prison for defrauding a Native American tribe in a scheme involving $60 million in bonds.”  This case has been winding through the courts for a long time, as his conviction was overturned on appeal and then reinstated after a challenge by prosecutors.  Archer maintains that he lost money on the deal and was guilty only of making “foolish mistakes.”  Make of that what you will, but contrary to what the letter states, Archer is not an “inmate,” as he has not reported to prison yet.  His case is still under appeal, this time to the Supreme Court.

You’d think a lawyer of Abbe Lowell’s caliber would understand what “inmate” means.  And he does.

This past summer, Devon Archer was subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee and ended up providing some damning testimony during a closed-door hearing, specifically about get-togethers Joe Biden had with Hunter’s shady business associates (and later falsely denied having), and a phone call involving Burisma executives that led to Biden’s involvement with prosecutor Viktor Shokin’s firing in Ukraine.

This testimony is consistent with an email found on Hunter’s laptop from one of the Burisma executives at that phone call, Vadym Pozarsky, saying that the “ultimate purpose” of having Hunter on the board was to shut down “any cases/pursuits against Nicolay [Zlochevsky] in Ukrainae.”

Here’s a memory refresher from the WESTERN JOURNAL…

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-oversight-committee-releases-full-devon-archer-transcript-page-45-looks-bad-biden/

“The request is like, ‘Can DC help?” Archer testified.  Instead of specifically asking Hunter to get his father involved, “it was always this amorphous, ‘Can we get help in DC?”  Archer did not testify to the contents of the phone call because he was not on it.  “I was left out of these, you know, black box DC types of conversations,” he testified.

But then-Vice President Joe Biden hopped a flight on Air Force Two to Ukraine.  It was just five days after that phone call that he gave a speech in Ukraine saying, “The office of the general prosecutor [led by Shokin] desperately needs reform.”

And you know the story --- Joe Biden once very publicly bragged about it himself --- about the Vice President threatening to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine unless Shokin was fired.  And, lo and behold, Shokin WAS fired.  This was while Hunter was still sitting on Burisma’s board, so they got their money’s worth, even though it amounted to $1 million a year.

In trashing Archer the way he did, Hunter’s attorney might have forgotten that this former business partner offered a useful (to Hunter) alternate narrative, testifing that “various [members] of the DC team” had told him the firing of Shokin was actually BAD for Burisma because Shokin was “under control.”  (If they did tell him that, it’s certainly not consistent with all the other communications about Shokin’s firing.)  And when asked about Zlochevky’s alleged comment regarding “$5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden,” he told the committee he wasn’t aware of any $5 million payments and that Zlochevsky might have just been bragging.

So Archer was trying to at least include some benefit of the doubt for the Bidens in his testimony.  But as part of their attorneys’ scorched-earth legal strategy, the Biden family has thrown him under the bus anyway.  As reported in WJ, Archer communicated with Hunter via text in 2019 --- preserved on Hunter’s laptop --- to ask why Joe Biden hadn’t done more to protect him from prosecution.  He’d been indicted in May 2016, while Joe was still Vice President.

The tone is frantic: “Why did your dad’s administration appointees arrest me and try to put me in jail?  Why would they try and ruin my family and destroy my kids and no one from your family’s side step in and at least try to help me?”

The irony of Hunter’s answer will knock you to the floor: “It’s democracy...every presidents family is held to a higher standard...it’s the price of being the most powerful group.”

Really?  Lately, it seems as though being in the most powerful group gets you excused from standards altogether.

Hunter wrote to Archer that his father had no control over such prosecutions, that there are three co-equal branches of government.  (Are you laughing yet?)  And he went on to speak of Archer as part of the Biden family: “Every great family is persecuted…you are part of a great family --- not a side show, not deserted by them even in your darkest moments.  That’s the way Bidens are different, and you are a Biden.”

Well, now he’s been demoted from family member to “inmate.”  It does make one wonder if there are circumstances under which even Hunter might be sacrificed by the legal team ostensibly representing him.

https://www.westernjournal.com/hunter-biden-throws-past-friend-bus-demotes-family-member-inmate/


“Twitter Files” journalists back before Weaponization subcommittee

The House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government reconvened Thursday after four long months (full of weaponization) for more testimony from two of the authors recruited by Elon Musk to compile the “Twitter Files,” Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger.  We’re already coming up on a year since the first of those blockbuster reports was released.

As you know from reports this week in the newsletter, the government has not let up one bit on efforts to work with “private” entities to monitor and control our messaging.  Hang the Constitution.

The hearing was called to focus on the government’s role in social media censorship, specifically concerning the response to the January 6 riot and the subsequent banning of President Trump, and to examine “recent attacks on independent journalism and free expression,” according to the Judiciary Committee press release.

https://judiciary.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-weaponization-federal-government-4

FOX NEWS’ Kevin Corke had a wrap-up on the hearing late Thursday night, including a clip from Shellenberger offering an ominous warning: “The scope, power and law-breaking of the ‘censorship industrial complex’ are even worse than we had realized back in March.”

And to those who would call conservative folks like us “deep-staters” and “conspiracy theorists” for being alarmed about this, Matt Taibbi (not a conservative) said, “This isn’t crazy conspiracy theory.  We’ve already had four federal judges rule that they believe this activity violates the First Amendment.  This is quite serious…”

These journalists testified to the committee about a group called the “Cyber Threat Intelligence League,” which partnered with government agencies (here we go again) such as the FBI to censor American citizens.  Whistleblowers have alleged that members of this group have made up fake personas and even used burner phones as a way to counter certain voices on social media.

Democrats, predictably, slammed this hearing as a political stunt, and that surely will be the talking point on all the copycat media today.

….

But here’s something at least one Democrat, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, is concerned about:  something called the Hemisphere Project, a White House-backed program in partnership with AT&T to collect phone call records of Americans and provide law enforcement access to the databases.  Sen. Wyden calls this “a long-running dragnet surveillance program in which the White House pays AT&T to provide all federal, state, local and Tribal law enforcement agencies the ability to request often-warrantless searches of trillions of domestic phone records.”

A letter from the senator to Attorney General Merrick Garland describes how Hemisphere’s funding it set up to skirt the usually-mandatory federal privacy review, which makes findings public.  This system has been metastasizing since its origin in 2013.  THE EPOCH TIMES has details...

https://www.ntd.com/white-house-surveillance-program-collecting-trillions-of-domestic-phone-records

Also, the House Judiciary Committee is accusing the Biden administration of collaborating with social media workers at Google and YouTube (owned by Google) in 2021, specifically to suppress “unapproved” information about COVID and vaccines.

As reported by FOX BUSINESS NEWS, “...documents...reveal a level of correspondence previously unknown to the American public, as President Biden and his aides sought to promote coronavirus vaccinations...”

Sample communication, from April ‘21: “Unfortunately, the role of tech in addressing vaccine hesitancy is about to come under a massive spotlight particularly as the supply of the vaccine is soon to outpace demand.”  Well, we can’t have THAT.

Never mind that so much of the “information” approved by the government (and, thus, by YouTube) was actually MIS-information.  And they suppressed information that turned out to be accurate.  They were not “following ‘the science.’”  They were not allowing Americans to make informed decisions.  Instead, they wanted us to believe that there was research showing the vaccines prevented infection and transmission, which was a lie.  Heck, they apparently wanted us to believe whatever we needed to believe in order to get that “jab.”  And then the next.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/white-house-worked-youtube-censor-covid-19-vaccine-misinformation-house-judiciary-committee

Laura Ingraham featured excellent must-see coverage of the government’s assault on the First Amendment on her Thursday INGRAHAM ANGLE.  Watch in fascination as Democrat Rep. Dan Goldman shows (again) how stupid he is, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz suggests that Taibbi would be fine with live-streaming rape and murder online.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6342124610112


Here’s Fox New’s link to continuously-updated news on the war in Israel…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/december-1-israel-hamas-war

The weeklong ceasefire ended this morning, and minutes later, Israel resumed jet strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Hamas had "not met its obligation to release all of the women hostages today and has launched rockets at Israeli citizens." Two Hamas-linked terrorists also launched a deadly shooting attack this week at a bus stop in Jerusalem, violating the ceasefire.

Israel also confirmed the deaths of three more hostages, all kidnapped by Hamas from the Kibbutz Nir-Oz. They were the oldest hostage, Aria Zalmanowicz, 85; kindergarten teacher and mother of four May Goren, 56; and photographer and father of three Ronen Engel, 54. Our prayers and deepest sympathies to their families.

The relatives of two Israeli boys aged 12 and 16 who were released this week by Hamas say that the terrorists drugged them, beat them and branded them like cattle with a hot exhaust pipe so they could be identified if they escaped. But please, American leftists, tell me some more about how Hamas are the good guys.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sandra-day-oconnor-former-supreme-court-justice-dead-93


A “rehearsal”

Since there still seem to be a number of deluded Westerners who really believe that most Palestinians just want to live in peace (despite a recent poll showing about 75% of Gaza residents support both Hamas and the slaughter of Jews on October 7th), here’s a punch of reality in your clueless faces. Hamas' leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, made his first public statement since the initial atrocities, and it was to declare that October 7th was “just a rehearsal.”

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/30/hamas-leadership-just-pulled-the-rug-out-fron-under-the-ceasefire-now-clowns-n2167003

I’d explain what this means, but I couldn’t say it better than Bonchie at Redstate.com:

“Hamas, which is the governing authority in Gaza, has no interest in the two-state solution being bandied about by clownish Western politicians. They are not going to suddenly disengage and act like human beings if Israel takes down the border fencing and extends a hand of peace. Instead, they would simply use that as an opportunity to kill more Jews because, and stick with me here, they just want to kill Jews. 

American college campuses and newsrooms, among other places, are filled with naive imbeciles who believe that all cultures are the same and ultimately want the same things. They simply can't fathom anyone could think differently than they do. No matter how much evidence emerges, they refuse to believe that Gazans don't want a secular state, living in peace with their Jewish neighbors. Rather than living in reality, they project their own desires onto a group of people who do not share them…

This isn't complicated. Hamas just wants to kill Jews and wipe Israel off the map. There isn't a more complicated geopolitical explanation for their barbarism.”

I think that should make it clear enough for even The Squad to understand it.


The Newsom-DeSantis debate

Before I say anything about the Gavin Newsom-Ron DeSantis debate last night on Fox News, I’d like to talk about an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” one of the later, color ones from season 7. Stay with me.

In this episode called “Politics Begin at Home,” there’s an open seat on the Mayberry City Council. Aunt Bee’s garden club ladies convince her to run because she’s so likable and charismatic and full of ideas. She doesn’t know that Andy has already convinced county clerk Howard Sprague to run. When he refuses to back her because he thinks Howard is more qualified, she accuses him of being a male chauvinist (hey, it was the ‘60s.) People see Howard as a nerd and a stiff, and his chances look bleak until the debate.

When asked about important issues like building a new bridge or replacing the sewers under Main Street, Aunt Bee’s answers are all the same empty rhetoric designed to get applause (“If it is the will of the people that a bridge be built, then it SHALL be built! The will of the people will always be my guiding star!”) But Howard responds, “Well, that would be a waste of the taxpayers’ money,” and offers detailed alternative solutions that are cheaper and more effective. When there’s time for one more question, Aunt Bee asks it: Why would anyone vote for her when her opponent is obviously far more qualified?

And that was the Newsom-DeSantis debate in a nutshell, minus the fantasy part at the end where the charismatic but terrible candidate had enough integrity and civic mindedness to admit to being obviously unqualified and endorsed the other guy. Again, this was Mayberry in 1966, not the real world in 2023.

I’m not going to recap all the points of the debate, but it mostly amounted to Newsom telling the kind of whoppers that are so at odds with everything you know and everything you’ve seen with your own eyes that you might need help picking your jaw up off the floor. He had the unenviable job (which he voluntarily took on; this debate debacle was his idea) of trying to convince us that Florida is a failing prison state while California is a shining beacon of success and freedom. DeSantis remained more of a stolid Howard Sprague type than a fiery debater, but he batted most of the lies out of the park with the seldom-used debate weapon known as “facts.”

Here are five particularly interesting moments from the debate.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/red-vs-blue-state-debate-highlights-top-5-moments-desantis-newsom-slugfest

But for many observers, the moment when if it had been a fight, the refs would’ve stopped it came when DeSantis said this:

“I was talking to a fella who had made the move from California to Florida. He was telling me that Florida’s much better governed, safer, better budget, lower taxes. Then he paused and said ‘by the way, I’m Gavin Newsom’s father-in-law.’”

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/30/watch-the-astonishing-moment-ron-desantis-ended-gavin-newsom-n2167034

As Bonchie at Redstate observed, “I'm pretty sure Christmas dinner is going to be awkward this year.”

Another highlight was when DeSantis countered Newsom’s claim that California is “the Freedom State” (recall that’s the state where someone was arrested during the pandemic for walking alone on a windy beach without a face mask) by listing all the things you’re free to do there, including defecating in the street. Which he illustrated by taking out a “poop map” that warns people where human feces has been spotted in San Francisco (Spoiler alert: everywhere!)

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/12/01/desantis-threw-caution-to-the-wind-in-destruction-of-newsom-including-using-the-poop-map-n2167041

Newsom was so bereft of actual talking points that at one point, he went off on a diatribe at DeSantis for supposedly mispronouncing Kamala Harris’ name (Is it KAH-ma-la or “Ka-MAH-la”?), which has to rank in the mid-nine digits on anyone’s list of things to give a darn about, and I can’t help suspecting that includes Kamala Harris.

These issues are worth bringing up to illustrate the stark difference between how well red states and blue states are run. But I think all you really need to know is the U-Haul Index, which I believe we invented on my radio show over a decade ago, and now I see it everywhere. As of last night, renting a 20-foot U-Haul moving truck from Los Angeles to Miami for nine days costs $5,139.00. Renting the same truck from Miami to Los Angeles is only $3898.00. U-Haul is so desperate to get anyone to drive one of their trucks back to California that they’ll give you a $1241 discount just to return it for them so they can rent it to the next escapee.

Finally, why should anyone care about a debate between DeSantis, whom, as Newsom taunted, will not be the GOP nominee, and Newsom, who insisted he wasn’t running and backs Joe Biden fully? Because there’s always a chance that due to legal issues or voter second thoughts, Trump might not be the nominee, and this debate gave DeSantis his first real chance to shine instead of being one of a crowd of people shouting at each other.

And there’s a much greater chance that Biden will be pushed – sorry, “convinced” – to drop out at the last minute, and the Dems will need a replacement (that won’t be Kamala, no matter how she pronounces it.) Newsom claims to be uninterested, but like everything else he said last night, that’s a transparent lie. If he didn’t have national ambitions, he’d be trying to fix his own state instead of running around the country badmouthing better-run red states. He wanted to make it known that he’s tanned, hair-gelled and ready to step in the second Joe breaks a hip.

But if this debate was his big chance to show that we should let him do to America what he’s done to California, it was a blunder of epic proportions.

Related: Good analysis of the debate by a Californian who knows Gavin Newsom only too well:

https://www.theblaze.com/columns/opinion/who-really-lost-the-newsom-vs-desantis-debate


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Hunter Biden’s legal team, led by powerhouse DC attorney Abbe Lowell and paid for through “loans” from Hollywood sugar-daddy Kevin Morris, is continuing its aggressive response to those who would dare question the first son.  It’s got to be done their way.  Here’s Lowell’s reply to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee…

https://jonathanturley.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/2023.11.28-A.-Lowell-Letter-to-Chairman-Comer-1-1.pdf

It would be fun to shoot this blustery letter full of great big holes, but is that even needed?  Just about anyone reading this newsletter can probably do it with ease, even though it was written by attorneys being paid approximately $1,000 an hour.  (Maybe we’re in the wrong line of work!)

Yes, Hunter will cooperate with the subpoena, they say, but only if the hearing takes place on their terms.  They do NOT want a closed-door transcribed deposition, as is normally done at this stage of an investigation prior to a public hearing.  Their boy is special; they want to go straight to the public hearing and that’s the end of the discussion.  Well, the discussion is not over and the committee has rejected this demand.  The committee still expects Hunter to come in on December 13.

Democrats on the committee are assured to get equal time for questions, committee chair James Comer told Sean Hannity on FOX NEWS Tuesday night, and the full transcript of the behind-closed-doors interview will be released.  He went into detail about the lack of cooperation from the White House.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341940540112

Comer also sent a letter (not a subpoena at this point) to Kevin Morris on November 15 and said he expects to hear from him, although the deadline of November 22 for Morris to contact their staff has passed.  The letter makes interesting reading...

https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2023-11/2023-11-15%20GOP%20Letter%20to%20Kevin%20Morris.pdf

As Comer explained on Tuesday (the 28th), “You have to request through a letter first.  We’re doing this the right way; we’re making sure every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ crossed.  If he doesn’t respond to our letter to come in voluntarily, then we will issue a subpoena.”  So, looks as though that’s next.

Morris has reportedly “loaned” (?) Hunter over $5 million, and these two are not longtime friends but, as fas as we know, just two guys who met at a fundraiser for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.  This raises questions about campaign finance, ethics and tax fraud.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/comer-doubles-down-demand-hunter-biden-testimony-vows-release-transcript

As former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said on the show, “...Remember, Abbe Lowell knows exactly what he’s doing.  He knows that the weakest part of this case is if his client has to sit down for directed questioning from a counsel of the majority that can ask a line of questions and not be interrupted every five minutes by the rules of the committee [as would happen] if it was public.”

One can just imagine how the hearing would go if it were on TV.  Democrats on the Oversight Committee would have equal time, and they’d use it to gnash their teeth and rend their garments before the cameras about Hunter being a victim of partisan politics, a fragile recovering addict who should be applauded for this and allowed to remain outside the glare of the spotlight.  (This, after he demanded a public hearing as opposed to a quiet deposition.)

As legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said, Hunter knows that in public hearings, “probing questions are rare.  Members grandstand with their speeches.  But he also wants the usual Biden sycophants like Jamie Raskin and Dan Goldman to portray him as this poor victim of drug addiction who should be forgiven of his crimes.”  (We’re reminded of Hunter’s sad-sack op-ed in the WASHINGTON POST, playing up his status as addict.)  Addiction, though, is not an excuse under the law.

Another key point, made by Comer:  this committee is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, not Hunter.  The deposition is primarily intended to get information about potentially impeachable offenses by the President.

Whitaker was reminded by this stalemate of Trump associates Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro, who WERE held in contempt and prosecuted by the DOJ for refusing to testify, and said Hunter should be treated in exactly the same way.  Think that’ll happen with this “Justice Department”?  Me, neither, but at least by pressing the point, the Oversight Committee will show the DOJ for what it is.

Here’s the full interview segment from Tuesday…

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341945351112

Legal analyst Jonathan Turley also lacks patience with Hunter Biden.  After he got the subpoena, his response was that he might testify “when the time is right.”  Really??  As Turley has pointed out, “That is not quite how subpoenas work.”  When he puts conditions on his compliance, “Hunter fundamentally misses the point of a congressional subpoena.”

“This is a bad start for Hunter, who is a lawyer,” Turley said in a new column.  “For years, he has been able to manipulate the media and create ever-changing rationales for his role in the alleged corruption scheme, from expert to addict to victim.”

According to Turley, Hunter won’t get away with trying to dictate the terms.  “He can choose his answers, but not his forum.  Putting the bravado of the letter aside, he now has a date with Congress and he will no longer be able to orchestrate how he appears in public.”

Or, we would add, behind closed doors.

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/11/28/hunter-has-a-hearing-date-but-he-has-demands/#more-212489

John Solomon and Steven Richards at JUST THE NEWS have a breaking story about how Hunter paid his debts with “loans” from Democrat donors to his father’s presidential campaign --- Kevin Morris and others as well --- and also from the sale of his art (“art”).

Federal and congressional investigators have amassed evidence that shows Hunter has taken in over $6 million since his father ran for President in 2020.

After reviewing hundreds of documents, JUST THE NEWS got in touch with Morris’ attorney Bryan Sullivan, who told them he had reason to believe their source was not credible.  But he failed to contradict any factual information in their story.  And Abbe Lowell didn’t respond at all.

Interviews and documents also show that Hunter has made more than $1 million from selling his paintings “under a deal with an art gallery that was first brokered by one of his father’s fundraisers in California.”  JUST THE NEWS has details…

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/hldhunter-kept-afloat-millions-fathers-democrat-donors-after

On September 29, 2022, Joe’s brother James Biden told IRS agents and federal prosecutors that he didn’t know why Kevin Morris had been so helpful to nephew Hunter.  In the notes, it simply says, “Morris was helping RHB [Hunter] a lot, but James B didn’t know why.”  He speculated that it might be because of his giant ego.  He wasn’t aware that Morris had asked for “anything but a thank-you.”  But “RHB was very closed lip about Morris.”

Here’s the pdf of those interview notes; there’s a lot of interest for when you have the time.  The part about Morris is on the last two pages.

https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2023-11/T19-Exhibit-401-Memo-FINAL-Memo-of-Interview-w-James-B-SPORTSMAN-09.29.2022_KPM-Unredacted_Redacted.pdf

Here’s why it’s so important for the RNC to up its game in turning out voters in 2024, and for the pro-life movement to keep fighting the “anti-women’s rights” canard that the left uses to fool women into voting against their own interests. NBC News pollsters asked registered voters if there’s any one issue so important to them that they would base their vote just on that. Twenty-four percent of Democrats said they would base their vote solely on a candidate’s position on abortion.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/27/poll-1-in-4-democrats-single-issue-voters-abortion/

That’s right: with Biden’s wide-open borders letting the US be flooded with illegal immigrants, drugs, criminals and terrorists; with inflation making it necessary to charge groceries on your credit card; and with the world teetering on the brink of World War III, nearly a quarter of Democrats care about only one issue: the “right” to kill babies in the womb up to the moment of birth.

That’s why I won’t even suggest that the solution is to reason with them. They’ve gone beyond the point of rational thinking. Yes, by all means, continue to pray for them and reach out and try to make them understand why abortion is so wrong, how their party leaders are exploiting their fears and lying about the opposition’s positions, and how even the European nations they think we should emulate have restrictions on abortion that are tighter than some red states’. But we’d also better put a lot of effort into voter turnout because if that obsessive, sick mindset is the determining factor in the 2024 election, Heaven help us all.

A New Documentary

November 30, 2023

I wrote recently about a pile of new evidence (actually not “new,” but previously suppressed) that George Floyd was not killed by asphyxiation but by a combination of drugs, COVID and long-standing major health problems; and that the trial of the police officers was set up to prevent more rioting in Minneapolis. Now, there’s a new documentary out that makes that case. Greg Gutfeld talked about it in his monologue Monday night, and it’s a must-watch:

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341873795112

He takes pains to stress that documentaries have points of view, and you shouldn’t accept their conclusions just because they’re what you want to hear. But as one of his guests, who knows the filmmaker, pointed out, much of it is police bodycam footage that seems to counter the “racist police killers” narrative, and that the jurors and public weren’t allowed to see. If there’s an argument against it, then why were we never allowed to see it?

As so often is the case with the left (see the January 6th kangaroo committee), they want us to believe that they are the unquestionable source of truth while at the same time refusing to let us see the evidence or question the witnesses. If what they’re saying is true, why are they so afraid to let us see all the evidence

The Supreme Court already rejected an appeal by convicted police officer Derek Chavin, but it was on another issue. This story might not be over yet. Meanwhile, you might have heard that Chavin was stabbed in prison, that his injuries could have been life-threatening but he's expected to survive, and his family has been kept in the dark. But the prison promises to keep him safe FROM NOW ON. Glad to hear you'll finally be doing your job now, guys.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/other/derek-chauvin-s-prison-committed-to-protecting-him-after-stabbing/ar-AA1kDcpX

One of the most disgusting aspects of this is the way liberals celebrated Chavin's stabbing online. If you don't know that it's wrong to celebrate or mock the deaths and illnesses of people just because you don't like them for political reasons, then you are fundamentally lacking in basic human decency. Here, let me show you how this works:

Stephen Colbert's show is on hiatus because he suffered a ruptured appendix. That can be a very serious, even fatal, issue, so I'm sincerely relieved to hear he's recovering after emergency surgery. I hope you'll join me in praying for his complete recovery.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/late-show-canceled-as-stephen-colbert-recovers-from-surgery/ar-AA1kCx8D

See, leftists, is that so hard?

 


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News you probably won’t hear elsewhere:

In Donald Trump’s trial in New York on real estate fraud charges (the one where the judge who refuses to admit he’s biased found Trump guilty before hearing any arguments), Deutsche Bank executive David Williams took the stand and pretty much destroyed Attorney General Letitia James’ entire case.

He testified that it was “atypical, but not entirely unusual” for the bank to slash a loan applicant’s estimate of the value of his property by as much as 50% and still make the loan anyway. He said the bank does due diligence to assess the property’s value, and in this case, thanks to Trump’s history of successful developments and other criteria, they expected the project to make a profit, so they approved the loan. He also said the differing assessments of the property’s valuation wasn’t a disqualifying factor but “just a difference of opinion.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/did-deutsche-bank-just-destroy-new-york-ags-case-against-trump

So where exactly is the “fraud”? Ooh, I know, I know! She’s in the New York State Attorney General’s office!


2024: Must-read column

Kurt Schlichter has a must-read column on how the 2024 election is impossible to predict because it’s likely to be between the candidate who allegedly can’t win (Trump) and the one who is certain to lose (Biden.)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2023/11/27/the-guy-who-cant-win-v-the-guy-who-will-lose-n2631622

It also contains this observation for you to share with liberals who think indictments are the same as convictions (and Kurt is both a non-Trump supporter – Kurt backs DeSantis – and a very successful trial attorney):

“Another fact is this lawfare garbage. The legal outrages against Trump are the most despicable and disgusting abuse of power in American political history and will cause huge damage to our political culture. Every charge and accusation is legal nonsense, a total lie, and the entire thing is an attempt to frame a political opponent to prevent him from returning to power and to punish him for daring to have won it in the first place. None of that is debatable. Nor is it debatable that a significant number of voters are stupid and care about this nonsense.”


Proof that famous Trump meme is true

Here's proof that the famous Trump meme is true, that “They’re really coming for you, I’m just in their way.”

https://trendingpoliticsnews.com/doj-ordered-sweep-of-trumps-twitter-data-for-everyone-who-liked-followed-or-retweeted-trump-knab/

In a story that should chill every American to the bone, attorneys for the Biden “Justice” Department were forced by a judge’s order to release documents connected to special counsel Jack Smith’s search warrant for Donald Trump’s Twitter account. If you thought he was just looking for insurrection-y tweets, guess again.

Smith demanded information on “all users Trump followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked, as well as all users who followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked Trump. Smith also requested that Twitter provide information on ‘all lists of Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted tweets posted by [Trump], as well as all tweets that include the username associated with the account (i.e., ‘mentions’ or ‘replies’).’”

In a nutshell: If you followed the President of the United States on Twitter, Jack Smith wanted your personal information to see if there was something he could frame you for.

But wait! It gets worse! Even under the pre-Elon regime, Twitter balked at turning over so much information on its users. But Obama-appointed, outspokenly anti-Trump Judge Beryl Powell fined Twitter $350,000 for not turning it all over by Smith’s deadline, and (even worse) an appeals court upheld that ruling!

So if you need any more reasons why we need to return Trump to power to dismantle the out-of-control Deep State, here are millions, and you're likely one of them.


Disney Update: Bob Iger whistles past the graveyard

In a “Great Moment in Willful Cluelessness,” Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke to a townhall of Disney employees Tuesday, where he whistled past the graveyard louder than a foghorn. Iger denied rumors that Disney was planning to sell off properties like ABC and ESPN, claiming that he didn’t think anyone would run with that story when it was just him running “things up flagpoles to see how they will fly” and thinking out loud. He also denied that Disney was in serious trouble, claiming they’d been through the “fixing” stage and were now back to “building.”

They might want to build a coffin, judging by the fact that Iger refused to take any questions, and after his reassuring speech, Disney’s stock fell by 2.8%.

https://www.westernjournal.com/disney-ceo-admits-truth-return-company-employee-town-hall/

Among the issues not addressed was how Disney’s embrace of DEI/LGBTQ/woke propaganda and leftwing political issues has driven away their core family audience. Leftists live in a bubble of reality denial, and one of their current tropes is poo-pooing the idea of “Get woke, go broke.” They always have some feeble excuse that doesn’t involve their repulsive politics, like claiming that a woke Disney movie bombed because people are still too afraid of COVID to return to theaters (funny, they’re packing theaters for other movies. I guess those movies are like BLM rallies or Gavin Newsom’s favorite French restaurant or Nancy Pelosi’s hair salon: COVID agreed not to spread there.)

For a hard slap of reality, here's just how broke that going woke can make you. Former box office king Disney has now claimed the title of creator of four of the five biggest money-losing box office bombs of all time, with two coming out just this year, “The Marvels” and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” (The sole non-Disney flop in the top 5 is “The Flash.”)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/disney-on-track-to-have-four-of-the-five-biggest-box-office-flops-ever/ar-AA1kBgRV

But those are just the record holders. Only one Disney movie in the past year (“Guardians of the Galaxy III”) made a profit, and their big, 100th anniversary animated movie “Wish” has already tanked spectacularly (hey, records are made to be broken.) I mentioned recently that “Wish” was touted as a return to the classic fairy tale princess movies, but that was apparently just the PR campaign. The creators reportedly saw it as being about yet another perfect young “activist” female of color and her diverse group of friends overthrowing an evil white male villain and his patriarchy. Audiences noticed that, too.

If you really want to know why Disney is failing so hard, read this fascinating article in which some disgruntled people who worked on the film revealed why it was doomed from the start, and why the same thing is happening to every movie Disney puts out.

https://thatparkplace.com/disney-animators-reportedly-reveal-wish-was-a-disaster-behind-the-scenes/

Short version: Disney has hired a lot of leftwing “activists” based on their gender identities and ethnicities rather than their talent or creativity. They’ve caused such a hostile work environment with their aggressive politics that they’ve driven out many of the older animators and writers who actually know how to do their jobs. This is why a release that allegedly celebrates 100 years of Disney animation shows the villain on horseback in closeup: because there was nobody left at Disney who knew how to animate a horse galloping!

Bob Iger might know that the real reason they’re going broke is that they went woke, but he’s still refusing to admit it. Or, obviously, to change directions. Here’s an article about what awaits your kids’ innocent eyes in Disney Plus’s new Christmas movie, “The Naughty Nine.”

https://thefederalist.com/2023/11/28/disneys-new-christmas-movie-sexualizes-kids/

If I had to sum up Bob Iger’s speech, I couldn’t do better than quoting a movie from a time when Hollywood remembered how to make great films. As Boss Gettys says to Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane,” “You're the greatest fool I've ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I'd say what's going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you're going to need more than one lesson. And you're going to get more than one lesson.”


More finger-pointing from the Left

In Chicago, which has been run by Democrats since the early 1930s, the far-left Mayor has finally figured out why black people there have so many problems like crime, gangs and poverty. It’s the fault of (drumroll, please)…”rightwing extremists!” I guess like those Chicago MAGA guys who attacked Jussie Smolett.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/28/chicago-mayor-brandon-johnson-blames-right-wing-extremists-city-problems/

When he’s voted out after one term, he could get a job writing for the New York Times.


A Post-Thanksgiving Perspective

By Col. (Ret) Kenneth Allard

Are we in trouble? The US now has the smallest Army since World War II, a force of 452,000 troops that is currently “losing the existential fight to recruit new soldiers.” While strained by the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, the Army is also challenged by new technologies: cyber, counter-drone warfare and extended-range battlefield artillery. While these new disciplines require smart, well-trained and highly adaptive soldiers, “the bottom…has fallen out of the high school graduate recruiting market.”

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2023/11/28/missing_the_forest_for_the_trees_manpower_shortfalls_threaten_us_security_995275.html

Retired generals and admirals frequently grouse about the need for better messaging, increased pay and better benefits. But today, some raise more basic issues: “Only 9% of those who are 16 to 21 years old are willing to serve.” https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/nov/15/veterans-all-hands-on-deck-to-remedy-dire-military/

And just in time for Veterans Day, Newsweek reported even more disturbing news: “A majority of American adults would not be willing to serve in the military were the U.S. to enter into a major war…while public confidence in the armed forces appears to be waning.” In the succinct summation of one Marine recruiter, "We have strike groups, aircraft carriers with a Marine Expeditionary Unit outside Israel now…We're funding two wars, but we're actually boots on the ground, drones above Gaza. So we're already involved in there—and we're not sure what's happening in Taiwan.” https://www.newsweek.com/american-military-recruitment-problems-public-apathy-1842449

As a retired Army officer, most of the usual explanations for our continuing manpower difficulties leave me cold. As a Vietnam-era draftee, I well remember our transition from a conscript to a volunteer force, including my first responsibilities as a newly commissioned officer. But few of us ever imagined that the contemporaneous passage of Roe versus Wade would inaugurate an era of scarce, expensive manpower resources, made even worse by a steadily declining percentage of Americans volunteering to wear the uniform. Today, that percentage is less than half of one percent, a military establishment largely segregated from the society it defends. Does such a divided nation truly deserve its freedom?

Having spent most of my adult life as either a military or civilian educator, I have also seen the dumbing-down of all forms of history – and the virtual extinction of military history. I directly experienced that dichotomy as an NBC News military analyst before and after 911. One of our continuing challenges was to explain this new form of warfare to a national audience that often lacked even a basic familiarity with the grim calculus of combat. The residual question: How could a nation of military illiterates select the right civilian leaders to ensure our national survival?

My cynicism reached new heights over the Thanksgiving weekend when an old friend sent me an interesting communication from Lycoming College, our common alma mater.  Lycoming has a solid reputation as a competent liberal arts college, often praised by national publications for its cost-effective tuition. Even those who know little about Lycoming may recall its location in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series and an enduring symbol of Middle America.

Unhappily however, Lycoming students were sent home for Thanksgiving with a memo urging their reflection “on the misrepresented history of Thanksgiving,” including video references from YouTube, NPR and PBS. The videographers slanted their lenses to reflect a panoply of native activism, bemoaning “European colonialism,” the taking of “our land” and “teaching the appropriator’s version” of the “harvest feast.” Worst of all, “The (neighboring) Wampanoags weren’t invited.” Without any apparent irony, the student memo concluded, “President Abraham Lincoln established this holiday to improve the relationships between northern and southern states (Really, amidst the Civil War?) and between the US and tribal nations.” (Email memo Lycoming College Office of Student Involvement, “The Truth Behind Thanksgiving,” November 23, 2023.)  

It would be difficult to assemble a more blatant collection of errors in history and logic in any memo not prepared by the Biden White House. One can certainly rejoice that at least Lycoming students aren’t brandishing hatchets and demonstrating for Hamas. However, a number of older alums, perhaps reflecting on that recent unpleasantness, have vowed to review their collegiate bequests, maybe even requiring more in-depth oversight of Lycoming’s leadership.

As an old professor, however, I wonder why no one recalled that the primary mission of college teaching is neither indoctrination nor presentations slanted to one side or the other: But rather the more refined arts of debate and critical thinking.

Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Allard is a former West Point professor, Dean of the National War College and NBC News on-air military analyst.


Hunter was flagged by bank in 2017 as possible money launderer

Did you read the blustery letter sent by Hunter Biden’s attorney Abbe Lowell to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, or at least our comments about it on Wednesday?  That letter didn’t make much of an impression on the House Committee chairmen.

Kentucky Rep. James Comer (Oversight), Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (Judiciary), and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith (Ways and Means) have all issued statements demanding that Hunter comply with the subpoena to appear for a behind-closed-doors hearing on December 13.

In demanding a public hearing only, Lowell had written, “We have seen you use closed door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and mislead the public...A public proceeding would prevent selective leaks, manipulated transcripts, doctored exhibits, or one-sided press statements.”  But he offered no examples, and we can’t think of any, either.

Lowell was using the Democrats’ well-worn strategy of accusing your adversaries of doing what you yourself are doing.  Why, we can think of plenty of examples of the Democrats’ January 6 committee doing exactly the things Lowell accused the GOP-led committees of doing; more about that later when the discussion turns to a master of the technique, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin.

Anyway, Comer explained at a House leadership press conference that the way it works is, their committees will first interview and depose witnesses, and then they “would welcome Hunter Biden to testify at a public hearing at a future date.” Jordan said that having Hunter participate in both will “be great.”  But the deposition must come first.

That’s the way it was done with IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who testified behind closed doors in July about “special handling” of the Hunter case they before appeared publicly.  (Recall that Ziegler, a gay Democrat who risked retribution for coming forward, remained anonymous until it was time for the public hearing.)  And legally, their testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee HAD to be behind closed doors, because it involved confidential financial records.  Ways and Means had to see that before allowing it to be released outside their committee.

At the press conference, Rep. Smith sounded a lot like legal expert Jonathan Turley when he said, “The congressional subpoena [Hunter] received was not a suggestion…”  Since Smith chairs Ways and Means and Hunter’s testimony might also involve confidential financial information, his words carry additional force.

Others involved with the Hunter case have already testified behind closed doors, including various DOJ and IRS officials and former Hunter business partner Devon Archer.  As reported by the DAILY CALLER, the committees are still seeking depositions from Hunter’s uncle, James Biden, and other former business partners Eric Schwerin and Rob Walker.  They also have yet to depose Hunter’s “art” dealer, Georges Berges, and “art” patron Elizabeth Naftali.  All have been subpoenaed.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/09/comer-subpoena-hunter-biden-art-buyer-key-business-associates/

Here’s video of Rep. Comer at the press conference, outlining what they’ve found so far about the Biden family’s very concerning financial activities.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/29/house-republicans-hunter-biden-answer-questions-closed-doors-before-public-hearing/

John Solomon and Steven Richards at JUST THE NEWS have an update on those activities, reporting that, according to congressional investigators, money ending up in Joe Biden’s account was part of a 2017 Chinese “loan” flagged by a bank investigator for potential money laundering and political influence.  (Solomon reported in September that banks had started raising alarms about some of the Biden transactions as early as spring 2015 --- even a Morgan Stanley report to the SEC --- when Joe was still Vice President.)

This 2017 loan was the $5 million transfer from a CEFC-associated company we’ve seen in Comer’s handy chart, which showed that $400,000 went to Hunter, Hunter sent $150,000 to Jim and Sara Biden, and $40,000 of that (10 percent of what Hunter had held for the Big Guy?) was written out in a personal check to Joe.  The “breaking” part of this story is that the original transaction had been flagged by a bank investigator as “high risk” for money laundering “or other illicit financial activity” and was possibly tied to efforts by the communist government of China to gain influence through Hunter Biden.

The bank investigator had identified Hunter Biden as what they call a “Potentially Exposed Person (PEP),” which is a term used in the finance industry to classify a person who is “either entrusted with a prominent public function” or an immediate family member of one who is.

Financial institutions like to see paper trails, and this “loan” had no paperwork at all, at any stage.  Also, the recipient firm (a law firm) belonging to the Biden family “did not appear to have any investments in need of a loan,” according to the bank investigator.

Read through this explanation of the factors that tend to label someone a “PEP,” and it’s easy to see why a bank might choose to identify Hunter as one, considering the large amount of money involved, Hunter’s close familial relationship to someone of very high political status, the particular countries with whom he and his family did business, and the lack of anything tangible given in exchange.  No wonder this transaction raised eyebrows...

https://www.ffiec.gov/press/PDF/Politically-Exposed-Persons.pdf

According to the bank investigator’s memo, they’d even looked into Hunter’s personal life, citing “financial concerns about his extravagant spending on his own interests (drugs, strip clubs, prostitutes, etc.) which may have put his family in a deep financial hole.”  More generally, it even mentions “China targeting children of politicians and [the] purchase of political influence through ‘sweetheart deals.’”

And there’s this, which really spells out the problem: “Specifically, Hunter Biden’s $1.5 billion deal with the Chinese-State [is] to establish a private equity firm in which they manage the funds over time and make huge fees.  The management company’s purpose is to invest in companies that benefit [the] Chinese government.  Thus, the activity on the account appears unusual with no current business purpose and along with the recent negative news (...regarding Dr. Patrick Ho Chi Ping’s trial…) may require re-evaluation of [redacted] relationship with customer.”  Here’s the full memo.

https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2023-11/Bank%20Email.pdf

Here’s the full report at JUST THE NEWS, including video of Rep. Andy Biggs from the House Judiciary Committee, briefly explaining what’s important about this finding.  The bank records are going to be the backbone of this case.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/bank-raised-red-flags-about-5-million-loan-chinese-firm-hunter

Finally, we promised examples of Democrats pointing fingers at Republicans for doing what they themselves had done, with emphasis on Jamie Raskin.  In a new column about Hunter’s attorneys essentially flipping-off congressional investigators, Jonathan Turley mentions Raskin’s over-the-top reaction to the Oversight Committee’s rejection of Hunter’s demand for a public hearing only.

Raskin declared that their position on this was an “epic humiliation” and “a frank confession that they are simply not interested in the facts and have no confidence in their own case or the ability of their own Members to pursue it.”

The humorous part of this otherwise pathetic tirade is that Raskin and his colleagues on the left insisted on the exact same practice when they controlled the House and exercised it to a remarkable degree.  Recall that Raskin sat on Pelosi’s January 6 “select” kangaroo kommittee that conducted extensive closed-door hearings with witnesses before trotting out a few “select” ones to testify at the Democrats’ tightly scripted and professionally produced public hearings.  And they specifically refused an offer from key witness Stewart Rhodes (who now sits in jail) to testify in public.  So anything Raskin or any of the Democrats have to say on this subject should be met only with giant eye rolls.

Here’s the rest of Turley’s column, highly recommended, on Hunter’s upcoming testimony.  The kid-glove treatment is over for Hunter and, indeed, the Biden family.  As Turley says, the alarm Democrats feel right now at the prospect of Hunter testifying is justified.  His lawyers’ objections are not.

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/11/29/raskin-denounces-closed-door-depositions-despite-conducting-closed-door-depositions/#more-212516


And Another One Bites The Dust…

A Rhode Island judge threw out a lawsuit attempting to keep Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot. How can these heroic Democrats protect our democracy if these lousy judges keep letting the American people vote for whoever they want?!

https://www.westernjournal.com/rhode-island-judge-deals-blow-democrat-agenda-trump-cheering/


Economic News

Wednesday morning, the government estimated that the US economy grew at an annual rate of 5.2% in the third quarter of 2023, higher than the 4.9% economists predicted. Also, disposable personal income grew 2.9 percent after an upward revision of 1.1 percent. But before you start celebrating the red hot Biden economy, here are some caveats:

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2023/11/29/gdp-revised-2/

"Disposable personal income grew 2.9 percent after an upward revision. Adjusted for inflation, real after-tax income rose 0.1 percent after a big upward revision of 1.1 percentage points." 

“The upward revision (in GDP) reflects an increase in government spending and business investment. Consumer spending was revised down as were exports.” 

Also, “Spending by the federal government grew at an annual rate of seven percent, revised up from the earlier estimate of 6.2 percent. Overall government spending, including state and local expenditures, rose at a 5.5 percent rate, up from the earlier estimate of 4.6 percent.”

So while I’m glad to hear any economic good news, pardon me for being skeptical that so much of it is based on the theory that Washington can spend us into prosperity.


Israel’s right to exist

Tuesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution affirming Israel’s right to exist. Even more shocking than the fact that such a thing seemed necessary in 2023 was that several members refused to support it. Among them were (surprise!) “Squad” members Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/squad-votes-israel-right-exist-condemning-hamas-reveal-division-far-left-group

Tlaib voted “present” while Bush didn’t vote at all. Tlaib justified her vote with the predictable diatribe about Israeli “occupation” and “apartheid” and complaints that it didn’t include affirming the Palestinians’ “right to coexist with Israelis in their historic homeland.” Actually, they do have a right to peacefully coexist with the Israelis, but they’ve repeatedly chosen not to exercise it.

Bush also failed to vote for another resolution condemning Hamas' brutal October 7 attack on Israel and demanding the immediate release of its remaining hostages. Even her fellow “Squad” members including Tlaib (!) voted for that.

The sole “no” vote on affirming Israel’s right to exist came from Republican Rep. Thomas Massie. He claimed that he agreed with much of the language, but he voted no “because it equates anti-Zionism with antisemitism. Antisemitism is deplorable, but expanding it to include criticism of Israel is not helpful."

There were also members of both parties who failed to vote for either resolution, and I think we should all demand to hear their reasons why. Here are links to the vote tallies so you can see how your Representative voted.

https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/2023677

https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/2023676


UPDATE:

Following yesterday’s story that special counsel Jack Smith not only tried to force Twitter to hand over Donald Trump’s account records but also information on every user who followed, liked, reposted or commented on Trump’s tweets, here’s more from the Gateway Pundit. It reminds us that Smith admitted last summer to lying to the court to get Obama-appointed Judge Beryl Howell to declare Trump a flight risk so Smith could get a nondisclosure order to prevent Twitter from informing Trump about the subpoena for all his private Twitter records.

Latest development: Smith and Howell are now apparently redacting court documents in an attempt to cover up their efforts to falsely brand Trump as a flight risk.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/11/dirty-jack-smith-obama-judge-beryl-howell-attempt/

I must admit one thing: If Smith wanted to convince me that there was a huge liar in a powerful position in Washington who would stop at nothing to abuse his power, he’s certainly succeeded at that.


Here’s today’s link to continuously-updated news on the war in Israel…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-30-israel-hamas-war

Israel announced that the ceasefire that was set to expire early Thursday morning had been extended for one more day. They also announced that 16 more hostages had been released, including an American citizen with dual citizenship. Tragically, however, they said that Ofir Tzarfati, an Israeli man who was celebrating his 27th birthday at the music festival when Hamas terrorists attacked and who was believed to be a hostage, had been found dead.

Ten more hostages are expected to be released today, but they are among about 145 victims that Hamas is still holding, long after the initial ceasefire would have ended.

To further illustrate their sincere yearning for peace, just minutes after the ceasefire was extended, Hamas terrorist gunmen killed three people and injured six more near a bus stop in Jerusalem before two off-duty IDF soldiers and an armed citizen shot and killed them.

https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2023/11/30/hamas-gunmen-kill-three-injure-six-in-jerusalem-terror-shooting/

If you scroll down through the stories, you will read about various officials in places that are NOT under threat of attack by bloodthirsty, anti-Semitic mass murderers, lecturing Israel about being humane and holding their fire. I’m too disgusted with them to quote their blather, but I’ll be sure to run a bulletin if any of them say anything equally critical of the Hamas terrorists or the many Palestinians who openly support them.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: Pro-Hamas protesters in New York City, one carrying a sign with a swastika on it, clashed with police as they tried to prevent the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/29/pro-hamas-activists-crash-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting-n2166991


RIP Henry Kissinger

Former Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger died Wednesday at the age of 100. Active almost until the very end, he was still giving foreign policy advice and commentary in his 90s and touring to promote his latest book at 99.

https://www.westernjournal.com/former-secretary-state-henry-kissinger-dies-age-100/

Kissinger was one of the most towering figures in foreign policy for decades, with a controversial legacy that created both ardent admirers and fierce detractors. Some lauded him for helping end the Vietnam War, others called him a war criminal for not ending it faster or for crafting an agreement that allowed Vietnam to fall to the communists. Some celebrated his efforts to open diplomacy with Russia and China, others criticized him as one of the fathers of globalism. Some thought his realpolitik policies, which put America’s interests ahead of promoting reform inside other nations, were amoral and Machiavellian. Others saw them as dealing pragmatically with other nations and leaders as they really were, not as we wished they were.

However you view Kissinger, there’s no question that he played a major role in shaping the state of the world and relationships between America and other nations, for better or worse, from the 1960s up to today. When asked about those who accuse him of criminality in foreign policy, or who second-guess policies he crafted years ago, he dismissed them, saying, “That’s a reflection of their ignorance. It wasn’t conceived that way. It wasn’t conducted that way.” And he summed up what many of us might say if asked to defend the decisions we made in our lives: “The recommendations I made were the best of which I was then capable.”

Here's what a number of US and world leaders had to say on the passing of Henry Kissinger.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/henry-kissinger-world-leaders-comment-diplomatic-giants-life-legacy-global-impact


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Did you read the blustery letter sent by Hunter Biden’s attorney Abbe Lowell to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, or at least our comments about it on Wednesday?  That letter didn’t make much of an impression on the House Committee chairmen.

Kentucky Rep. James Comer (Oversight), Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (Judiciary), and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith (Ways and Means) have all issued statements demanding that Hunter comply with the subpoena to appear for a behind-closed-doors hearing on December 13.

In demanding a public hearing only, Lowell had written, “We have seen you use closed door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and mislead the public...A public proceeding would prevent selective leaks, manipulated transcripts, doctored exhibits, or one-sided press statements.”  But he offered no examples, and we can’t think of any, either.

Lowell was using the Democrats’ well-worn strategy of accusing your adversaries of doing what you yourself are doing.  Why, we can think of plenty of examples of the Democrats’ January 6 committee doing exactly the things Lowell accused the GOP-led committees of doing; more about that later when the discussion turns to a master of the technique, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin.

Anyway, Comer explained at a House leadership press conference that the way it works is, their committees will first interview and depose witnesses, and then they “would welcome Hunter Biden to testify at a public hearing at a future date.” Jordan said that having Hunter participate in both will “be great.”  But the deposition must come first.

That’s the way it was done with IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who testified behind closed doors in July about “special handling” of the Hunter case they before appeared publicly.  (Recall that Ziegler, a gay Democrat who risked retribution for coming forward, remained anonymous until it was time for the public hearing.)  And legally, their testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee HAD to be behind closed doors, because it involved confidential financial records.  Ways and Means had to see that before allowing it to be released outside their committee.

At the press conference, Rep. Smith sounded a lot like legal expert Jonathan Turley when he said, “The congressional subpoena [Hunter] received was not a suggestion…”  Since Smith chairs Ways and Means and Hunter’s testimony might also involve confidential financial information, his words carry additional force.

Others involved with the Hunter case have already testified behind closed doors, including various DOJ and IRS officials and former Hunter business partner Devon Archer.  As reported by the DAILY CALLER, the committees are still seeking depositions from Hunter’s uncle, James Biden, and other former business partners Eric Schwerin and Rob Walker.  They also have yet to depose Hunter’s “art” dealer, Georges Berges, and “art” patron Elizabeth Naftali.  All have been subpoenaed.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/09/comer-subpoena-hunter-biden-art-buyer-key-business-associates/

Here’s video of Rep. Comer at the press conference, outlining what they’ve found so far about the Biden family’s very concerning financial activities.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/29/house-republicans-hunter-biden-answer-questions-closed-doors-before-public-hearing/

John Solomon and Steven Richards at JUST THE NEWS have an update on those activities, reporting that, according to congressional investigators, money ending up in Joe Biden’s account was part of a 2017 Chinese “loan” flagged by a bank investigator for potential money laundering and political influence.  (Solomon reported in September that banks had started raising alarms about some of the Biden transactions as early as spring 2015 --- even a Morgan Stanley report to the SEC --- when Joe was still Vice President.)

This 2017 loan was the $5 million transfer from a CEFC-associated company we’ve seen in Comer’s handy chart, which showed that $400,000 went to Hunter, Hunter sent $150,000 to Jim and Sara Biden, and $40,000 of that (10 percent of what Hunter had held for the Big Guy?) was written out in a personal check to Joe.  The “breaking” part of this story is that the original transaction had been flagged by a bank investigator as “high risk” for money laundering “or other illicit financial activity” and was possibly tied to efforts by the communist government of China to gain influence through Hunter Biden.

The bank investigator had identified Hunter Biden as what they call a “Potentially Exposed Person (PEP),” which is a term used in the finance industry to classify a person who is “either entrusted with a prominent public function” or an immediate family member of one who is.

Financial institutions like to see paper trails, and this “loan” had no paperwork at all, at any stage.  Also, the recipient firm (a law firm) belonging to the Biden family “did not appear to have any investments in need of a loan,” according to the bank investigator.

Read through this explanation of the factors that tend to label someone a “PEP,” and it’s easy to see why a bank might choose to identify Hunter as one, considering the large amount of money involved, Hunter’s close familial relationship to someone of very high political status, the particular countries with whom he and his family did business, and the lack of anything tangible given in exchange.  No wonder this transaction raised eyebrows...

https://www.ffiec.gov/press/PDF/Politically-Exposed-Persons.pdf

According to the bank investigator’s memo, they’d even looked into Hunter’s personal life, citing “financial concerns about his extravagant spending on his own interests (drugs, strip clubs, prostitutes, etc.) which may have put his family in a deep financial hole.”  More generally, it even mentions “China targeting children of politicians and [the] purchase of political influence through ‘sweetheart deals.’”

And there’s this, which really spells out the problem: “Specifically, Hunter Biden’s $1.5 billion deal with the Chinese-State [is] to establish a private equity firm in which they manage the funds over time and make huge fees.  The management company’s purpose is to invest in companies that benefit [the] Chinese government.  Thus, the activity on the account appears unusual with no current business purpose and along with the recent negative news (...regarding Dr. Patrick Ho Chi Ping’s trial…) may require re-evaluation of [redacted] relationship with customer.”  Here’s the full memo.

https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2023-11/Bank%20Email.pdf

Here’s the full report at JUST THE NEWS, including video of Rep. Andy Biggs from the House Judiciary Committee, briefly explaining what’s important about this finding.  The bank records are going to be the backbone of this case.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/bank-raised-red-flags-about-5-million-loan-chinese-firm-hunter

Finally, we promised examples of Democrats pointing fingers at Republicans for doing what they themselves had done, with emphasis on Jamie Raskin.  In a new column about Hunter’s attorneys essentially flipping-off congressional investigators, Jonathan Turley mentions Raskin’s over-the-top reaction to the Oversight Committee’s rejection of Hunter’s demand for a public hearing only.

Raskin declared that their position on this was an “epic humiliation” and “a frank confession that they are simply not interested in the facts and have no confidence in their own case or the ability of their own Members to pursue it.”

The humorous part of this otherwise pathetic tirade is that Raskin and his colleagues on the left insisted on the exact same practice when they controlled the House and exercised it to a remarkable degree.  Recall that Raskin sat on Pelosi’s January 6 “select” kangaroo kommittee that conducted extensive closed-door hearings with witnesses before trotting out a few “select” ones to testify at the Democrats’ tightly scripted and professionally produced public hearings.  And they specifically refused an offer from key witness Stewart Rhodes (who now sits in jail) to testify in public.  So anything Raskin or any of the Democrats have to say on this subject should be met only with giant eye rolls.

Here’s the rest of Turley’s column, highly recommended, on Hunter’s upcoming testimony.  The kid-glove treatment is over for Hunter and, indeed, the Biden family.  As Turley says, the alarm Democrats feel right now at the prospect of Hunter testifying is justified.  His lawyers’ objections are not.

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/11/29/raskin-denounces-closed-door-depositions-despite-conducting-closed-door-depositions/#more-212516

It’s no longer a secret that the U.S. government has collaborated with private entities such as social media companies to control what it labels “mis-, dis-, and mal-information.”  (In fact, those very words should tip you off that not only opinions but facts are being suppressed.)  And the Supreme Court has already held that this strategy for censorship is unconstitutional.  But what might not be sufficiently recognized is that the left is so wedded to this strategy that it has chosen to double-down as we head into the election year of 2024.  That’s right: even exposure by the “Twitter Files” and the lawsuit Missouri v. Biden didn’t make a dent in their effort.  The left is just getting warmed up, and as far as they’re concerned, if they have to shred the Constitution to silence opposing viewpoints ahead of what might be the most consequential election in our lifetimes, so be it.  Everything is on the line.

That document is just an inconvenience for them, anyway.

The subject came up around here a couple of days ago when a reader sent a link to an article on an unrelated topic that happened to have been written by one of the creators of “The Democracy Toolkit.”  We’ve written about the “Toolkit” before, in the context of how well-organized the left is, particularly when it comes to shaping the so-called narrative (also raising money, but that’s a topic for another day).  The Democracy Toolkit was created as a resource for journalists --- or, might we say, “journalists,” with quotation marks, as it works overtime to blur the line between actual journalism and advocacy “journalism.”  There is hardly any actual journalism left today, and that’s the way the Democracy Toolkit likes it.

I say this as someone who presents opinion but who never professes to be doing otherwise.  The problem we have today is that factual stories --- the ones that neutrally offer both sides --- are practically extinct, and they’re mixed up indiscriminately with opinion pieces, often all on the front page.  Sometimes the very people yelling the loudest about “FACTS!!!” are the ones guilty of misrepresenting the truth or leaving out the most pertinent facts.  (Case in point:  Alexandra Pelosi, from yesterday’s newsletter story about second-generation propagandists.)  We try even with “opinion” pieces to include the important facts that they leave out.

The Democracy Toolkit isn’t training people to be journalists.  It’s training them to be advocates for the Democrat Party.  Here’s their homepage…

https://democracytoolkit.press

Of course, these groups profess to be “non-partisan,” which is a real hoot when you look at their affiliations.  The Democracy Toolkit is affiliated with the Center for Journalism and Democracy…

https://cfjd.howard.edu

...and Election SOS, which is “supporting journalists in responding to critical election information needs”…

https://electionsos.com

Scroll down the Election SOS homepage, and in the lower right you’ll find a video called “Reaching Republicans.”  It features experts in such fields as psychometrics who break down the spectrum of those on the right --- yes, there’s even a handy visual aid --- the better to communicate with you, their implied intellectual inferiors.  They’ll even listen to you, but it’s just to see how they can position you on their spectrum and perhaps be more persuasive.  It’s not as if you might have something of value to impart to THEM.

If you’ve wondered why so many newsrooms come out with the same takes on stories, and why they leave out the same information, and why they so very often lean left, organizations such as these probably have a lot to do with that.  I’d encourage you to check out more of the videos and see what those on the left are doing to make sure it’s their narrative that prevails in newsrooms, such as concerns about “new restrictive voting laws.”  (We assume any law that makes it harder to cheat, such as requiring signature matching or regulating vote harvesting, is considered restrictive.)

Legal analyst Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST has been keeping up with the left’s efforts to unconstitutionally censor speech, and her latest column is about for-profit “censorship giant” (her description) NewsGuard, which has received a grant for $750,000 in taxpayer funding.  You might have seen that name in the news lately because of their effort to take down Elon Musk’s “X” platform, but Cleveland believes that government funding of the censorship-industrial complex --- with NewsGuard as a prime example --- is the bigger story.

NewsGuard was already developing what it calls the Misinformation Fingerprints tool, to detect “state-sponsored disinformation campaigns” (editorial aside:  like Hunter Biden’s laptop?)  In September 2021, they were awarded $750,000 from the Department of Defense (!!!) under the Small Business Innovation and Research program for further development and testing.  

Already, Misinformation Fingerprints has been used by a new platform popular with Gen X-ers called the Ethos Network, which has integrated their “debunks” into their user interface.  NewsGuard brags that its technology enables users to “verify the content of their posts before publishing them.”

Are you getting the picture?

As Cleveland writes, “NewsGuard currently markets its Misinformation Fingerprints technology to a variety of entities, including tech giants and organizations with AI and social-listening tools. That technology, NewsGuard promises, allows false claims to be intercepted, while facilitating the sharing of accurate information.”

I can hardly find the words to tell you how dangerous this is.  Whoever controls it, controls what is considered “verified” information.  You and I are helping develop it with our tax dollars, just so it can turn around and control what information gets to us.  Given the state of the technology now, if we don’t win the next election and completely dismantle this, we’ll almost certainly be at the mercy of the information gatekeepers forevermore.

As Cleveland reports, “...because NewsGuard worked with the Department of Defense, ‘to test the effectiveness of the Fingerprints in detecting state-sponsored disinformation campaigns,’ it seems likely the government had some input in determining what qualified as ‘disinformation.’”

NewsGuard has started calling this $750,000 grant a “licensing fee.”  But it makes no difference.  Our government is financing the development of censorship technology that can and will be used to silence American speech.

According to Cleveland, NewsGuard is just one example, “with the federal government awarding more than 500 contracts or grants related to so-called mis- or dis-information since 2020.”  Yes, that’s shocking, and it doesn’t even count the “collusion” the government was already doing with social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.  The people involved, both inside and outside of the administration, are technological Winston Smiths who know, deep down, that if people were permitted to know the truth, they’d have every reason to move right.

As Cleveland says, it’s not enough to fight NewGuard’s attack on free speech.  The left will not stop.  If we don’t stop the federal government from their compulsion to “verify” information, our freedom of speech will be only a memory.

https://thefederalist.com/2023/11/27/newsguard-is-selling-its-government-funded-censorship-tool-to-private-companies/

NOTE:  Cleveland also refers to NewsGuard’s attempt to “destroy the financial survival of disfavored outlets…”  Ah, that would be this newsletter!  As you know, the Huckabee Post has been singled out in reports to advertisers as purveyors of “flagged” information, though we are an opinion site and have made no statement that is factually incorrect.  We simply disagree.  But we dare to tell you what the left doesn’t want you to know.

That’s why part of the left’s political strategy is to put conservative outlets like this one out of business.  It’s why I continue to ask those who read the advertiser-supported version of my newsletter to please help us stay independent --- support us by subscribing to our Substack edition:

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Are we in trouble? The US now has the smallest Army since World War II, a force of 452,000 troops that is currently “losing the existential fight to recruit new soldiers.” While strained by the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, the Army is also challenged by new technologies: cyber, counter-drone warfare and extended-range battlefield artillery. While these new disciplines require smart, well-trained and highly adaptive soldiers, “the bottom…has fallen out of the high school graduate recruiting market.”

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2023/11/28/missing_the_forest_for_the_trees_manpower_shortfalls_threaten_us_security_995275.html

Retired generals and admirals frequently grouse about the need for better messaging, increased pay and better benefits. But today, some raise more basic issues: “Only 9% of those who are 16 to 21 years old are willing to serve.” https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/nov/15/veterans-all-hands-on-deck-to-remedy-dire-military/

And just in time for Veterans Day, Newsweek reported even more disturbing news: “A majority of American adults would not be willing to serve in the military were the U.S. to enter into a major war…while public confidence in the armed forces appears to be waning.” In the succinct summation of one Marine recruiter, "We have strike groups, aircraft carriers with a Marine Expeditionary Unit outside Israel now…We're funding two wars, but we're actually boots on the ground, drones above Gaza. So we're already involved in there—and we're not sure what's happening in Taiwan.” https://www.newsweek.com/american-military-recruitment-problems-public-apathy-1842449

As a retired Army officer, most of the usual explanations for our continuing manpower difficulties leave me cold. As a Vietnam-era draftee, I well remember our transition from a conscript to a volunteer force, including my first responsibilities as a newly commissioned officer. But few of us ever imagined that the contemporaneous passage of Roe versus Wade would inaugurate an era of scarce, expensive manpower resources, made even worse by a steadily declining percentage of Americans volunteering to wear the uniform. Today, that percentage is less than half of one percent, a military establishment largely segregated from the society it defends. Does such a divided nation truly deserve its freedom?

Having spent most of my adult life as either a military or civilian educator, I have also seen the dumbing-down of all forms of history – and the virtual extinction of military history. I directly experienced that dichotomy as an NBC News military analyst before and after 911. One of our continuing challenges was to explain this new form of warfare to a national audience that often lacked even a basic familiarity with the grim calculus of combat. The residual question: How could a nation of military illiterates select the right civilian leaders to ensure our national survival?

My cynicism reached new heights over the Thanksgiving weekend when an old friend sent me an interesting communication from Lycoming College, our common alma mater.  Lycoming has a solid reputation as a competent liberal arts college, often praised by national publications for its cost-effective tuition. Even those who know little about Lycoming may recall its location in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series and an enduring symbol of Middle America.

Unhappily however, Lycoming students were sent home for Thanksgiving with a memo urging their reflection “on the misrepresented history of Thanksgiving,” including video references from YouTube, NPR and PBS. The videographers slanted their lenses to reflect a panoply of native activism, bemoaning “European colonialism,” the taking of “our land” and “teaching the appropriator’s version” of the “harvest feast.” Worst of all, “The (neighboring) Wampanoags weren’t invited.” Without any apparent irony, the student memo concluded, “President Abraham Lincoln established this holiday to improve the relationships between northern and southern states (Really, amidst the Civil War?) and between the US and tribal nations.” (Email memo Lycoming College Office of Student Involvement, “The Truth Behind Thanksgiving,” November 23, 2023.)  

It would be difficult to assemble a more blatant collection of errors in history and logic in any memo not prepared by the Biden White House. One can certainly rejoice that at least Lycoming students aren’t brandishing hatchets and demonstrating for Hamas. However, a number of older alums, perhaps reflecting on that recent unpleasantness, have vowed to review their collegiate bequests, maybe even requiring more in-depth oversight of Lycoming’s leadership.

As an old professor, however, I wonder why no one recalled that the primary mission of college teaching is neither indoctrination nor presentations slanted to one side or the other: But rather the more refined arts of debate and critical thinking

 

 

Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Allard is a former West Point professor, Dean of the National War College and NBC News on-air military analyst.

In yesterday’s newsletter, we reported on the government’s relentless push to control “journalism” and social media messaging going into Election Year ‘24, despite the exposure of their unconstitutional efforts leading into Election Year ‘20.  Margot Cleveland had written a column about a private entity called NewsGuard that had received $750,000 in federal money (our taxes) to continue developing its censorship tool called “Misinformation Fingerprints.”  The company says their invention enables users to “verify the content of their posts before publishing them.”  Danger, danger, Will Robinson!!

Coincidentally, only a few hours after yesterday’s newsletter reached you, we found perhaps the most valuable and accessible source of information we’ve seen on this subject, an interview with Mike Benz of the organization Foundation for Freedom Online.  We’ve discussed this group before and encourage you to dig into their website...

https://foundationforfreedomonline.com

The video, brought to us by AMERICAN GREATNESS and hosted by Dan Proft, is remarkable for its rare combination of information-density and ease of understanding, coming in with a running time of just under an hour.  Watch Benz’s explanation of how the “deep state” --- let’s just go ahead and call it what it is --- is crafting a diabolical way to skirt the First Amendment and control the messages Americans can send or receive, particularly on certain topics such as election integrity and the pandemic, and you’ll come away with a solid grasp of just how sophisticated and dangerous it is.

I could summarize it here, but there’s so much of value that I’d much rather you watch the whole thing.  Some of the entities Benz talks about, like the Election Integrity Project and CISA, will be familiar, as we’ve discussed them often.  Benz ties them all together and emphasizes their global nature.  In other words, it’s not just our country doing this to us.

The program doesn’t really begin until the one-minute mark, where you’ll see a brief foreword by Proft and his introduction of Benz, and then we’re off to the races.

At 37 minutes in, Benz specifically addresses NewsGuard, whose goal, he says, is “to kill the revenue of alternative news.”  (That’s us, folks.)  They plan to do this “so people are forced, CLOCKWORK ORANGE-style, to read only mainstream media, which is intermediated by the Pentagon and the CIA.”  You’ll think you have a choice, because there will be different outlets to choose from, but “choice” will be an illusion, because everything will have been either “verified” or flagged as misinformation, if you can see it at all.

In the coming weeks, Benz says, his organization will be coming out with a three-part series on “exactly how this has been concocted.”  It can’t come too soon.

RELATED: I’m thrilled to see that the efforts to expose NewsGuard are not going unnoticed. A group called the FSA (Free Speech Alliance) has launched a campaign to pressure House Republicans to cut the $750,000 in funds that the Defense Department is paying NewsGuard. That’s right: as a conservative taxpayer, your hard-earned taxes are being used to fund an organization dedicated to taking away your right to free speech.

https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2023/11/28/free-speech-groups-launch-offensive-against-newsguard-n2166925

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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Mike Huckabee


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

Philippians 4:6-4:7



 


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Seems right

The National Christmas Tree that was set to be lighted by President Biden in 48 hours proved to be the perfect reflection of the President: it fell over and may not be salvageable.

https://instapundit.com/619330/


The Babylon Bee sums up the current state of Disney Corp much better than CEO Bob Iger did:

https://babylonbee.com/news/disney-awarded-dod-contract-after-making-more-bombs-than-lockheed-martin



Comic Relief:

A group of protesters gathered outside the White House, blaming President Biden for Gazans starving, and announced that they’re going on a hunger strike until there’s a permanent ceasefire. They included “Sex & The City” actress and failed leftist New York gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon. I congratulate them on coming up with an ingenious way to avoid gaining weight over the holidays.

https://twitchy.com/brettt/2023/11/27/author-of-palestine-a-socialist-introduction-announces-hunger-strike-in-front-of-white-house-n2390224


19 AGs send Biden administration a letter protesting new foster care rule

Nineteen Republican state Attorneys General sent a letter to the Biden Health and Human Services Department, protesting that a proposed new rule for foster care families would violate the Constitution, cripple the foster care system by driving Christian families out, increase states’ child care costs, and harm children by limiting the number of foster homes available.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/gop-ags-blast-biden-admin-for-foster-care-plan-they-say-would-effectively-ban-christians/ar-AA1kEoXJ

The rule would force foster parents to “affirm” the child’s “gender-identity” by using their preferred pronouns, calling them by their chosen names and letting them dress like the sex they identify as, even if it violates their religious beliefs. Many foster care systems depend heavily on individuals and faith-based groups whose religion does not accept this. The AGs say this rule not only directly violates a 2021 Supreme Court ruling that such policies violate religious freedom rights, it fails to solve an alleged problem that the HHS hasn’t even proved exists.

To be fair, based on the evidence so far, this Administration isn’t capable of solving any problems that really do exist.


A jaw-dropping article

This morning’s New York Times has a jaw-dropping article that seeks to convince us that concerns about shoplifting are just overblown conservative misinformation. Why, nationwide, shoplifting is down on average. Americans just have the silly belief that it’s high because it’s spiking in a few places, plus there are those rare, but alarming, videos of mobs cleaning out stores and stores with bare shelves having to put up photos of merchandise that they can’t put out or it will be stolen.

News flash to the Times propagandists: Nobody believes that shoplifting is out of control in red states that weren’t idiotic enough to fire all their cops and let all the criminals out of jail. We know exactly where the shoplifting and other crime is out of control: in cities run by the Party that your paper works every day to help keep in power, including the city where you live.

I’m not going to give clicks to the New York Times, but I will link to this much more informative story from their superior rival, which tells you a lot more about why crime is spiking.

https://nypost.com/2023/11/25/metro/2516-nypd-cops-head-for-exits-so-far-in-2023-pension-data/


THIS, is the only issue that matters to 24% of Democrats…

Here’s why it’s so important for the RNC to up its game in turning out voters in 2024, and for the pro-life movement to keep fighting the “anti-women’s rights” canard that the left uses to fool women into voting against their own interests. NBC News pollsters asked registered voters if there’s any one issue so important to them that they would base their vote just on that. Twenty-four percent of Democrats said they would base their vote solely on a candidate’s position on abortion.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/27/poll-1-in-4-democrats-single-issue-voters-abortion/

That’s right: with Biden’s wide-open borders letting the US be flooded with illegal immigrants, drugs, criminals and terrorists; with inflation making it necessary to charge groceries on your credit card; and with the world teetering on the brink of World War III, nearly a quarter of Democrats care about only one issue: the “right” to kill babies in the womb up to the moment of birth.

That’s why I won’t even suggest that the solution is to reason with them. They’ve gone beyond the point of rational thinking. Yes, by all means, continue to pray for them and reach out and try to make them understand why abortion is so wrong, how their party leaders are exploiting their fears and lying about the opposition’s positions, and how even the European nations they think we should emulate have restrictions on abortion that are tighter than some red states’. But we’d also better put a lot of effort into voter turnout because if that obsessive, sick mindset is the determining factor in the 2024 election, Heaven help us all.


A New Documentary

I wrote recently about a pile of new evidence (actually not “new,” but previously suppressed) that George Floyd was not killed by asphyxiation but by a combination of drugs, COVID and long-standing major health problems; and that the trial of the police officers was set up to prevent more rioting in Minneapolis. Now, there’s a new documentary out that makes that case. Greg Gutfeld talked about it in his monologue Monday night, and it’s a must-watch:

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341873795112

He takes pains to stress that documentaries have points of view, and you shouldn’t accept their conclusions just because they’re what you want to hear. But as one of his guests, who knows the filmmaker, pointed out, much of it is police bodycam footage that seems to counter the “racist police killers” narrative, and that the jurors and public weren’t allowed to see. If there’s an argument against it, then why were we never allowed to see it?

As so often is the case with the left (see the January 6th kangaroo committee), they want us to believe that they are the unquestionable source of truth while at the same time refusing to let us see the evidence or question the witnesses. If what they’re saying is true, why are they so afraid to let us see all the evidence

The Supreme Court already rejected an appeal by convicted police officer Derek Chavin, but it was on another issue. This story might not be over yet. Meanwhile, you might have heard that Chavin was stabbed in prison, that his injuries could have been life-threatening but he's expected to survive, and his family has been kept in the dark. But the prison promises to keep him safe FROM NOW ON. Glad to hear you'll finally be doing your job now, guys.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/other/derek-chauvin-s-prison-committed-to-protecting-him-after-stabbing/ar-AA1kDcpX

One of the most disgusting aspects of this is the way liberals celebrated Chavin's stabbing online. If you don't know that it's wrong to celebrate or mock the deaths and illnesses of people just because you don't like them for political reasons, then you are fundamentally lacking in basic human decency. Here, let me show you how this works:

Stephen Colbert's show is on hiatus because he suffered a ruptured appendix. That can be a very serious, even fatal, issue, so I'm sincerely relieved to hear he's recovering after emergency surgery. I hope you'll join me in praying for his complete recovery.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/late-show-canceled-as-stephen-colbert-recovers-from-surgery/ar-AA1kCx8D

See, leftists, is that so hard?

 


Well, what do you know…

One of the greatest hits of leftwing “fact-checkers” is their assertion that there was no such thing as censorship of conservative voices online. That’s just a paranoid, rightwing conspiracy theory. Yeah, about that…

Two researchers from the Media Research Center report that interference in the 2024 election via social media censorship has already started. Methods range from “censoring candidates’ campaign websites, to fact checks, to removing content and accounts altogether,” all “silencing the voices of those who seek to represent and lead the United States.”

And who is the target of all this censorship by Google, YouTube, Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn? They identified 169 instances of it: 162 against Biden’s opponents, and a whopping seven against Biden. All the candidates had their messages manipulated at least once, while the champion of being censored was Vivek Ramaswamy, with 18 incidents, followed by Robert Kennedy Jr. with 17.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/big-tech-censored-2024-presidential-candidates-169-times-with-biden-accounting-only-seven-study

I know what you’re thinking: Where’s Trump? Well, he’s a special case: having been totally censored by all social media platforms, he started his own, Truth Social. Even though he hardly maintains a presence anywhere else, he was still censored often enough by those platforms the few times he appeared on them to come in fifth.  

One caveat: Biden was listed as the “most censored” candidate on X (Twitter), but that’s because so many of his posts were corrected by the platform’s “Community Notes” feature. A Twitter spokesperson said that’s not censorship, and it doesn’t come from Twitter, which allows free speech; it comes from users exercising their free speech to provide context and corrections. No wonder liberals hate Elon Musk so much!


A wonderful world…

In the latest dispatches from the wonderful world of “progressive” education, a Jewish professor was banned from USC's campus due to outrage by anti-Israel protesters over a doctored video that falsely depicted him as saying all Palestinians should be killed (at USC, the anger of anti-Semitic mobs apparently outweighs objective truth, something to remember before you pay to send your kids there.)

https://www.breitbart.com/education/2023/11/26/jewish-usc-professor-barred-from-campus-targeted-by-anti-israel-activists-with-doctored-video/

Hundreds of students at Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York, ran through the halls waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Free Palestine” and screaming, “The teacher needs to go!” after a female teacher was seen on Facebook holding a sign reading “I stand with Israel” at a pro-Israel rally. They reportedly tried to get into her classroom but were blocked by other faculty members. New York City Councilwoman Vickie Paladino told Fox News Digital that she was “sickened, but not surprised”:

"Our education system is fundamentally broken, and antisemitic riots like this are sadly the natural result of years of woke leftist indoctrination replacing real education. Allowing progressives to gain total control over our institutions was always going to lead to tragic outcomes; they’ve been working to instigate a cultural revolution here for decades, and now those efforts appear to be bearing fruit."  Fruit and nuts.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/nyc-councilwoman-blasts-failure-modern-progressivism-anti-israel-high-school-riot


Hunter’s legal team wants to comply with subpoena on THEIR terms

Hunter Biden’s legal team, led by powerhouse DC attorney Abbe Lowell and paid for through “loans” from Hollywood sugar-daddy Kevin Morris, is continuing its aggressive response to those who would dare question the first son.  It’s got to be done their way.  Here’s Lowell’s reply to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee…

https://jonathanturley.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/2023.11.28-A.-Lowell-Letter-to-Chairman-Comer-1-1.pdf

It would be fun to shoot this blustery letter full of great big holes, but is that even needed?  Just about anyone reading this newsletter can probably do it with ease, even though it was written by attorneys being paid approximately $1,000 an hour.  (Maybe we’re in the wrong line of work!)

Yes, Hunter will cooperate with the subpoena, they say, but only if the hearing takes place on their terms.  They do NOT want a closed-door transcribed deposition, as is normally done at this stage of an investigation prior to a public hearing.  Their boy is special; they want to go straight to the public hearing and that’s the end of the discussion.  Well, the discussion is not over and the committee has rejected this demand.  The committee still expects Hunter to come in on December 13.

Democrats on the committee are assured to get equal time for questions, committee chair James Comer told Sean Hannity on FOX NEWS Tuesday night, and the full transcript of the behind-closed-doors interview will be released.  He went into detail about the lack of cooperation from the White House.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341940540112

Comer also sent a letter (not a subpoena at this point) to Kevin Morris on November 15 and said he expects to hear from him, although the deadline of November 22 for Morris to contact their staff has passed.  The letter makes interesting reading...

https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2023-11/2023-11-15%20GOP%20Letter%20to%20Kevin%20Morris.pdf

As Comer explained on Tuesday (the 28th), “You have to request through a letter first.  We’re doing this the right way; we’re making sure every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ crossed.  If he doesn’t respond to our letter to come in voluntarily, then we will issue a subpoena.”  So, looks as though that’s next.

Morris has reportedly “loaned” (?) Hunter over $5 million, and these two are not longtime friends but, as fas as we know, just two guys who met at a fundraiser for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.  This raises questions about campaign finance, ethics and tax fraud.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/comer-doubles-down-demand-hunter-biden-testimony-vows-release-transcript

As former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said on the show, “...Remember, Abbe Lowell knows exactly what he’s doing.  He knows that the weakest part of this case is if his client has to sit down for directed questioning from a counsel of the majority that can ask a line of questions and not be interrupted every five minutes by the rules of the committee [as would happen] if it was public.”

One can just imagine how the hearing would go if it were on TV.  Democrats on the Oversight Committee would have equal time, and they’d use it to gnash their teeth and rend their garments before the cameras about Hunter being a victim of partisan politics, a fragile recovering addict who should be applauded for this and allowed to remain outside the glare of the spotlight.  (This, after he demanded a public hearing as opposed to a quiet deposition.)

As legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said, Hunter knows that in public hearings, “probing questions are rare.  Members grandstand with their speeches.  But he also wants the usual Biden sycophants like Jamie Raskin and Dan Goldman to portray him as this poor victim of drug addiction who should be forgiven of his crimes.”  (We’re reminded of Hunter’s sad-sack op-ed in the WASHINGTON POST, playing up his status as addict.)  Addiction, though, is not an excuse under the law.

Another key point, made by Comer:  this committee is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, not Hunter.  The deposition is primarily intended to get information about potentially impeachable offenses by the President.

Whitaker was reminded by this stalemate of Trump associates Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro, who WERE held in contempt and prosecuted by the DOJ for refusing to testify, and said Hunter should be treated in exactly the same way.  Think that’ll happen with this “Justice Department”?  Me, neither, but at least by pressing the point, the Oversight Committee will show the DOJ for what it is.

Here’s the full interview segment from Tuesday…

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341945351112

Legal analyst Jonathan Turley also lacks patience with Hunter Biden.  After he got the subpoena, his response was that he might testify “when the time is right.”  Really??  As Turley has pointed out, “That is not quite how subpoenas work.”  When he puts conditions on his compliance, “Hunter fundamentally misses the point of a congressional subpoena.”

“This is a bad start for Hunter, who is a lawyer,” Turley said in a new column.  “For years, he has been able to manipulate the media and create ever-changing rationales for his role in the alleged corruption scheme, from expert to addict to victim.”

According to Turley, Hunter won’t get away with trying to dictate the terms.  “He can choose his answers, but not his forum.  Putting the bravado of the letter aside, he now has a date with Congress and he will no longer be able to orchestrate how he appears in public.”

Or, we would add, behind closed doors.

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/11/28/hunter-has-a-hearing-date-but-he-has-demands/#more-212489

John Solomon and Steven Richards at JUST THE NEWS have a breaking story about how Hunter paid his debts with “loans” from Democrat donors to his father’s presidential campaign --- Kevin Morris and others as well --- and also from the sale of his art (“art”).

Federal and congressional investigators have amassed evidence that shows Hunter has taken in over $6 million since his father ran for President in 2020.

After reviewing hundreds of documents, JUST THE NEWS got in touch with Morris’ attorney Bryan Sullivan, who told them he had reason to believe their source was not credible.  But he failed to contradict any factual information in their story.  And Abbe Lowell didn’t respond at all.

Interviews and documents also show that Hunter has made more than $1 million from selling his paintings “under a deal with an art gallery that was first brokered by one of his father’s fundraisers in California.”  JUST THE NEWS has details…

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/hldhunter-kept-afloat-millions-fathers-democrat-donors-after

On September 29, 2022, Joe’s brother James Biden told IRS agents and federal prosecutors that he didn’t know why Kevin Morris had been so helpful to nephew Hunter.  In the notes, it simply says, “Morris was helping RHB [Hunter] a lot, but James B didn’t know why.”  He speculated that it might be because of his giant ego.  He wasn’t aware that Morris had asked for “anything but a thank-you.”  But “RHB was very closed lip about Morris.”

Here’s the pdf of those interview notes; there’s a lot of interest for when you have the time.  The part about Morris is on the last two pages.

https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2023-11/T19-Exhibit-401-Memo-FINAL-Memo-of-Interview-w-James-B-SPORTSMAN-09.29.2022_KPM-Unredacted_Redacted.pdf


Message control by the left; an important follow-up

In yesterday’s newsletter, we reported on the government’s relentless push to control “journalism” and social media messaging going into Election Year ‘24, despite the exposure of their unconstitutional efforts leading into Election Year ‘20.  Margot Cleveland had written a column about a private entity called NewsGuard that had received $750,000 in federal money (our taxes) to continue developing its censorship tool called “Misinformation Fingerprints.”  The company says their invention enables users to “verify the content of their posts before publishing them.”  Danger, danger, Will Robinson!!

Coincidentally, only a few hours after yesterday’s newsletter reached you, we found perhaps the most valuable and accessible source of information we’ve seen on this subject, an interview with Mike Benz of the organization Foundation for Freedom Online.  We’ve discussed this group before and encourage you to dig into their website...

https://foundationforfreedomonline.com

The video, brought to us by AMERICAN GREATNESS and hosted by Dan Proft, is remarkable for its rare combination of information-density and ease of understanding, coming in with a running time of just under an hour.  Watch Benz’s explanation of how the “deep state” --- let’s just go ahead and call it what it is --- is crafting a diabolical way to skirt the First Amendment and control the messages Americans can send or receive, particularly on certain topics such as election integrity and the pandemic, and you’ll come away with a solid grasp of just how sophisticated and dangerous it is.

I could summarize it here, but there’s so much of value that I’d much rather you watch the whole thing.  Some of the entities Benz talks about, like the Election Integrity Project and CISA, will be familiar, as we’ve discussed them often.  Benz ties them all together and emphasizes their global nature.  In other words, it’s not just our country doing this to us.

The program doesn’t really begin until the one-minute mark, where you’ll see a brief foreword by Proft and his introduction of Benz, and then we’re off to the races.

At 37 minutes in, Benz specifically addresses NewsGuard, whose goal, he says, is “to kill the revenue of alternative news.”  (That’s us, folks.)  They plan to do this “so people are forced, CLOCKWORK ORANGE-style, to read only mainstream media, which is intermediated by the Pentagon and the CIA.”  You’ll think you have a choice, because there will be different outlets to choose from, but “choice” will be an illusion, because everything will have been either “verified” or flagged as misinformation, if you can see it at all.

In the coming weeks, Benz says, his organization will be coming out with a three-part series on “exactly how this has been concocted.”  It can’t come too soon.

RELATED: I’m thrilled to see that the efforts to expose NewsGuard are not going unnoticed. A group called the FSA (Free Speech Alliance) has launched a campaign to pressure House Republicans to cut the $750,000 in funds that the Defense Department is paying NewsGuard. That’s right: as a conservative taxpayer, your hard-earned taxes are being used to fund an organization dedicated to taking away your right to free speech.

https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2023/11/28/free-speech-groups-launch-offensive-against-newsguard-n2166925


Finally, here’s today’s link to the latest stories from Fox News on the Israel-Hamas war.

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-29-israel-hamas-war

The ceasefire that was already extended by two days expires today at 5pm EST, but it’s possible it could be extended another four days.  As of Wednesday, Hamas had released 60 Israeli women and children and 21 people of other nationalities, but there are still believed to be 159 hostages either being held by Hamas or passed off to other terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, Israel continues to be vilified by the morally bankrupt, and they’re facing pressure to extend the ceasefire (we know that means indefinitely, giving up on crushing Hamas and letting them go back to rearming and murdering more Israelis) by a range of halfwits, from UN officials to the Palestinian president to our own Secretary of State. Antony Blinken claims the continuation of the ceasefire “by definition means that more hostages would be coming home, more assistance would be getting in.”

Actually, it means that Hamas will be chalking it up as a victory. They were supposed to release the hostages during the initial agreed-upon period, but they’ve repeatedly broken the deal and not released hostages while trying to drag it out indefinitely. Giving them more time won't lead to more hostages released but to the ones they have being released more slowly and incentivizing them to take even more. 

Here’s just one example of the “good faith” Hamas has shown: small children who were held hostage are not only being treated for injuries from beatings and torture, but for psychological trauma from being so terrorized that they’re afraid even to speak in the pediatric wards.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/stories-torture-torment-revealed-israeli-children-kidnapped-hamas-terrorists

So no, I don’t want to see a “negotiated truce” that turns these rabid animals loose to do this again and again.

Related: Even for Rep. Rashida Tlaib, trying to equate innocent children and babies being kidnapped, tortured and terrorized by Hamas barbarians to Palestinian minors arrested by Israel for real crimes like stabbing police and attempted bombings is a new subterranean low.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/29/rashida-tlaib-doubles-down-with-a-train-wreck-of-statement-about-israeli-political-prisoners-n2166946


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Least Surprising “News” of the Day

Mitt Romney would be “happy” voting for a Democrat for President instead of Trump or Vivek Ramaswamy, who also wants to put America’s interests first.

https://www.westernjournal.com/video-mitt-romney-finally-admits-real-allegiance-whole-time/


Something to consider

Interesting story about movie actress Natalie Portman, who first came to fame at age 12 in the movie, “Leon: The Professional.”

https://nypost.com/2023/11/25/entertainment/natalie-portman-says-children-should-not-be-working-in-hollywood-after-she-was-sexualized-in-first-movie-at-age-12/

Now a mother of two, her advice to parents whose kids want to work in Hollywood is DON’T. Portman said she was talked about in sexual terms when she was still a young teen; it made her feel afraid and disrespected; and “it was almost an accident of luck that I was not harmed, also combined with very overprotective, wonderful parents.” She said it’s fine if you want to be in movies as an adult, but “I think kids should play and go to school.”

Yet another thing to think about the next time a Hollywood liberal gives Americans a moral lecture on how we’re not raising our kids right and should have more sexually-explicit books in elementary schools.


Israeli company office vandalized in New Hampshire by Hollywood actress and friends

You probably haven’t heard of actress Bridget Shergalis. She was on the Disney Channel sketch series “So Random!” in 2011 and on several TV shows, including appropriately enough, “Criminal Minds.” But this might get her some publicity: she and two other “activists” from the group Palestine Action US (which claims it’s devoted to “dismantling the Zionist war machine”) were arrested in New Hampshire for allegedly vandalizing the office of Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. They threw red paint on the building and wrote pro-Palestian slogans on it, took over the roof and lit flares, and shut down their business for a day.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/25/disney-channel-actress-bridget-shergalis-arrested-for-vandalizing-israeli-companys-offices/

The group melodramatically tweeted that their “3 comrades have been handed a slew of trumped-up charges, & are being held on preventative detention without bail or a hearing. Even with the phony charges, there is no precedent for this in the ‘Free State of New Hampshire.’  This is political targeting…They should not be locked up for this; they should be celebrated.”

Celebrated for vandalizing and shutting down a business that’s owned by Jews because it manufactures jet vision technology that enables Jews to target terrorists who kill Jews? I wonder if they might have some ulterior motive? And yes, there's actually precedent for arresting people for committing crimes, as out of style as it is in blue cities.

In fact, despite their very real crimes, they were quickly released on bail (proving they aren’t Republicans.) And Ms Shergalis might get more gigs in Hollywood, now that she’s proven she’s got the same attitude toward Israel as some of our leftist celebrities.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/27/model-gigi-hadid-blasted-for-latest-israel-conspiracy-theory-vile-antisemitic-blood-libel/


Disney update

Speaking of Disney, the once-king-of-family-entertainment continued its losing streak as its latest animated film “Wish” tanked at the box office. “Wish” was touted as a return to Disney’s non-political fairy tale movies, but families have apparently lost their trust in the brand. “Wish” was expected to top the box office, but it came in third, making just $31.7 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend and just $17.3 million internationally, only slightly better than last Thanksgiving’s woke Disney turkey, “Strange World.”

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/26/disneys-wish-was-expected-to-debut-at-1-but-loses-to-hunger-games-napoleon-at-box-office/

Well, they say the first step to making change is recognizing that there’s a problem, and maybe after all the billions in losses, the cratering stock price, the alienation of its customer base, the threat of a hostile takeover and the well-deserved mocking by "South Park," Disney is finally ready to admit that trying to turn innocent kids’ entertainment into a leftist propaganda delivery medium was not a good idea.

Last week, Disney filed its annual financial report with the SEC, and they actually admitted, "We face risks relating to misalignment with public and consumer tastes and preferences for entertainment, travel and consumer products,” and "Our businesses create entertainment, travel and consumer products whose success depends substantially on consumer tastes and preferences that change in often unpredictable ways." They reiterated their dedication to “diversity” and inclusion in their workplace, but confessed that their environmental and social goals present "risks." And in an epic bit of excuse-making, they said their products are sometimes "introduced into a significantly different market or economic or social climate from the one we anticipated at the time of the investment decisions."

https://www.theblaze.com/news/walt-disney-company-wokeness-culture-wars

Like a blindfolded bumblebee, they’re buzzing around the target but can’t quite find it. So I’ll help them by giving them a basic primer in how not to go out of business.

First of all, you claim to know that your business is to “create entertainment, travel and consumer products whose success depends substantially on consumer tastes.” Yet you admit you’re filling these products with environmental and social messages that risk angering and repulsing those very consumers. That’s pretty Goofy. Your goal is to make money for your stockholders by entertaining your customers, not to lecture them on social issues.

There’s also nothing wrong with having a diverse workforce. But your employees don't seem to grasp that their job is to create consumer-pleasing entertainment products, not shove their personal political agendas down people’s throats, like their "no-so-secret gay agenda."

Finally, consumer tastes haven’t changed in unpredictable ways. People loved classic Disney family movies 50 years ago, and they still love those movies. They just hate the groomer garbage you’re pumping out now. I could’ve predicted that before you ever greenlit any of this hooey.

In fact, if you really want to stop losing billions by trashing Disney’s reputation with leftist propaganda, get rid of CEO Bob Iger and offer me the job. I could turn around that Mickey Mouse outfit in two weeks.


Public trust in elections continues to fall

If you don’t believe that the 2020 election was the most honest, scrupulous, unquestionably accurate election in history, then you’d better not say so or you’ll be silenced, slandered, demonetized and possibly prosecuted for a RICO violation. Ironically, the more some people keep insisting that there’s no such thing as voter fraud, the more the level of public trust in elections has fallen.

So if the people who want us to trust our elections are ever going to accomplish that goal, they need to come up with better responses to stories like these than “Shut up or else!”

https://www.westernjournal.com/key-swing-county-sounding-alarm-bells-voting-machines-ahead-2024-election/

https://joehoft.com/breaking-exclusive-the-errors-the-lie-and-the-cover-up-in-georgias-2020-election-part-i/

https://www.westernjournal.com/gop-candidates-loss-1-vote-prompts-calls-whole-new-election-issue-shady-count-raised/

And people who care about our elections actually being trustworthy, rather than just stumping for blind trust, need to get more adamant about cleaning up the voting process to ensure not only that there’s no provable cheating but that there's no opportunity for cheating.


Headed into Election Year ‘24, it’s all about message control by the left

It’s no longer a secret that the U.S. government has collaborated with private entities such as social media companies to control what it labels “mis-, dis-, and mal-information.”  (In fact, those very words should tip you off that not only opinions but facts are being suppressed.)  And the Supreme Court has already held that this strategy for censorship is unconstitutional.  But what might not be sufficiently recognized is that the left is so wedded to this strategy that it has chosen to double-down as we head into the election year of 2024.  That’s right: even exposure by the “Twitter Files” and the lawsuit Missouri v. Biden didn’t make a dent in their effort.  The left is just getting warmed up, and as far as they’re concerned, if they have to shred the Constitution to silence opposing viewpoints ahead of what might be the most consequential election in our lifetimes, so be it.  Everything is on the line.

That document is just an inconvenience for them, anyway.

The subject came up around here a couple of days ago when a reader sent a link to an article on an unrelated topic that happened to have been written by one of the creators of “The Democracy Toolkit.”  We’ve written about the “Toolkit” before, in the context of how well-organized the left is, particularly when it comes to shaping the so-called narrative (also raising money, but that’s a topic for another day).  The Democracy Toolkit was created as a resource for journalists --- or, might we say, “journalists,” with quotation marks, as it works overtime to blur the line between actual journalism and advocacy “journalism.”  There is hardly any actual journalism left today, and that’s the way the Democracy Toolkit likes it.

I say this as someone who presents opinion but who never professes to be doing otherwise.  The problem we have today is that factual stories --- the ones that neutrally offer both sides --- are practically extinct, and they’re mixed up indiscriminately with opinion pieces, often all on the front page.  Sometimes the very people yelling the loudest about “FACTS!!!” are the ones guilty of misrepresenting the truth or leaving out the most pertinent facts.  (Case in point:  Alexandra Pelosi, from yesterday’s newsletter story about second-generation propagandists.)  We try even with “opinion” pieces to include the important facts that they leave out.

The Democracy Toolkit isn’t training people to be journalists.  It’s training them to be advocates for the Democrat Party.  Here’s their homepage…

https://democracytoolkit.press

Of course, these groups profess to be “non-partisan,” which is a real hoot when you look at their affiliations.  The Democracy Toolkit is affiliated with the Center for Journalism and Democracy…

https://cfjd.howard.edu

...and Election SOS, which is “supporting journalists in responding to critical election information needs”…

https://electionsos.com

Scroll down the Election SOS homepage, and in the lower right you’ll find a video called “Reaching Republicans.”  It features experts in such fields as psychometrics who break down the spectrum of those on the right --- yes, there’s even a handy visual aid --- the better to communicate with you, their implied intellectual inferiors.  They’ll even listen to you, but it’s just to see how they can position you on their spectrum and perhaps be more persuasive.  It’s not as if you might have something of value to impart to THEM.

If you’ve wondered why so many newsrooms come out with the same takes on stories, and why they leave out the same information, and why they so very often lean left, organizations such as these probably have a lot to do with that.  I’d encourage you to check out more of the videos and see what those on the left are doing to make sure it’s their narrative that prevails in newsrooms, such as concerns about “new restrictive voting laws.”  (We assume any law that makes it harder to cheat, such as requiring signature matching or regulating vote harvesting, is considered restrictive.)

Legal analyst Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST has been keeping up with the left’s efforts to unconstitutionally censor speech, and her latest column is about for-profit “censorship giant” (her description) NewsGuard, which has received a grant for $750,000 in taxpayer funding.  You might have seen that name in the news lately because of their effort to take down Elon Musk’s “X” platform, but Cleveland believes that government funding of the censorship-industrial complex --- with NewsGuard as a prime example --- is the bigger story.

NewsGuard was already developing what it calls the Misinformation Fingerprints tool, to detect “state-sponsored disinformation campaigns” (editorial aside:  like Hunter Biden’s laptop?)  In September 2021, they were awarded $750,000 from the Department of Defense (!!!) under the Small Business Innovation and Research program for further development and testing.  

Already, Misinformation Fingerprints has been used by a new platform popular with Gen X-ers called the Ethos Network, which has integrated their “debunks” into their user interface.  NewsGuard brags that its technology enables users to “verify the content of their posts before publishing them.”

Are you getting the picture?

As Cleveland writes, “NewsGuard currently markets its Misinformation Fingerprints technology to a variety of entities, including tech giants and organizations with AI and social-listening tools. That technology, NewsGuard promises, allows false claims to be intercepted, while facilitating the sharing of accurate information.”

I can hardly find the words to tell you how dangerous this is.  Whoever controls it, controls what is considered “verified” information.  You and I are helping develop it with our tax dollars, just so it can turn around and control what information gets to us.  Given the state of the technology now, if we don’t win the next election and completely dismantle this, we’ll almost certainly be at the mercy of the information gatekeepers forevermore.

As Cleveland reports, “...because NewsGuard worked with the Department of Defense, ‘to test the effectiveness of the Fingerprints in detecting state-sponsored disinformation campaigns,’ it seems likely the government had some input in determining what qualified as ‘disinformation.’”

NewsGuard has started calling this $750,000 grant a “licensing fee.”  But it makes no difference.  Our government is financing the development of censorship technology that can and will be used to silence American speech.

According to Cleveland, NewsGuard is just one example, “with the federal government awarding more than 500 contracts or grants related to so-called mis- or dis-information since 2020.”  Yes, that’s shocking, and it doesn’t even count the “collusion” the government was already doing with social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.  The people involved, both inside and outside of the administration, are technological Winston Smiths who know, deep down, that if people were permitted to know the truth, they’d have every reason to move right.

As Cleveland says, it’s not enough to fight NewGuard’s attack on free speech.  The left will not stop.  If we don’t stop the federal government from their compulsion to “verify” information, our freedom of speech will be only a memory.

https://thefederalist.com/2023/11/27/newsguard-is-selling-its-government-funded-censorship-tool-to-private-companies/

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As if we didn’t have enough to worry about from our own government, there’s also propaganda from the United Front Work Department of the People’s Republic of China.  As reported by the U.K. DAILY MAIL, “the goal of [the UFWD] is to help China take over Taiwan and establish a new global order that revolves around CCP values and interests.”

Don’t expect our State Department and Department of Defense to stay on top of this, as they’ll be much too busy targeting Trump supporters at home.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12797557/Chinas-growing-espionage-propaganda-threat-U-S-Congress-warns-America-little-grasp-deep-Communist-Partys-influence-infiltrated-communities-nation.html


Here’s today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated news on the Israel-Hamas war…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-28-israel-hamas-war

The latest: Israel agreed to a two-day extension of the ceasefire to keep getting hostages released. While the media, leftist politicians and other cloth-heads continue painting this as “progress,” what it actually means is that Hamas is getting three legitimate prisoners released for every innocent hostage they release, they’re buying more time for their propaganda campaign and to regroup and rearm, they’re still hiding behind human shields and refusing to release about 150 hostages, and they keep violating the ceasefire agreement even as they beg to extend it.

https://hotair.com/david-strom/2023/11/28/hamas-keeps-violating-ceasefire-agreement-n594994

At that link, David Strom points out the stunning intellectual vacuity of Western leftists who turned on a dime from denying that Hamas took hostages to praising them for releasing the hostages and taking such good care of them (despite the evidence against that), all without a second thought, or even a first one.

And just to make it clear what disgusting, amoral monsters Hamas are, among the hostages they took were a 10-month-old baby, Kfir Bibas, his four-year-old brother Ariel and their mother and dad. As of this writing, none of them have been released, and the IDF believes Hamas no longer even has the two children, but has passed them on to some other organization, possibly the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), another terrorist group.

They aren’t the only ones: it’s believed that Hamas has lost track of as many as 40 “missing” hostages.

https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2023/11/27/report-hamas-lost-track-some-israeli-hostages-abducted-terror-attack/

And the aunt of one 12-year-old hostage who was released revealed that he told her the children were beaten, forced to watch videos of atrocities and threatened with guns if they cried. Great bunch of “freedom fighters” these leftist idiots are supporting.

https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2023/11/28/aunt-says-hamas-tortured-israeli-child-hostages-threatened-at-gunpoint/

I hope you will join me in praying that these two precious children be found safe and returned along with their parents, as well as all the hostages being held by these sick, terrorist murderers.


Vermont shooting

We should also offer prayers for the recuperation of three Palestinian-American students, two of them US citizens, who were walking down the street in Burlington, Vermont, when a man shot them and fled. Police arrested a suspect, but it’s not clear whether this was a hate crime or related to the Israel-Hamas war (if so, it should be as strongly condemned as the crimes of Hamas), or if the alleged shooter was just a nutcase, which his social media posts suggest. Disturbingly, he has multiple degrees and spent time as a 5th and 6th grade teacher and scoutmaster.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2023/11/27/heres-what-we-know-about-the-man-suspected-of-shooting-palestinian-american-students-n2166890


Elon Musk visits Israel

Elon Musk visited Israel Monday, where Prime Minister Netanyahu gave him a tour of a kibbutz where babies were slaughtered by Hamas and let him watch a video of the atrocities. Afterwards, he talked about ways that he might be able to help in Gaza and ways to help “stop the hate,” but he said, “Obviously…there's no choice but to kill those who insist on murdering civilians. There's no choice. They’re not going to change their mind."

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2023/11/28/musk-tours-terror-sites-with-netanyahu-in-israel-says-those-intent-on-murder-must-be-neutralized-n2166899

For visiting Israel, Musk was blasted by the leftist outlets that accused him of being an anti-Semite for agreeing with a post that criticized the ADL. But he denied the charge and was defended even by Ben Shapiro. For clarification to our friends on the left: Criticizing the political views of a group that happens to be Jewish doesn’t make you an anti-Semite. Cheering groups that kill, torture, rape and kidnap Jews does make you an anti-Semite.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/27/elon-musk-makes-surprise-visit-to-israel-sets-the-record-straight-n2166854


Just So You Know Who We're Dealing With…

China, which is Iran’s biggest trading partner, has removed Israel from the nation’s Internet maps.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-omitted-online-maps-china-war-hamas-gaza


It's always tough to choose, but I believe we can safely call this the dumbest headline of the day:

https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2023/11/26/chris-christie-excuses-antisemitism-as-reaction-to-trump/


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Huckabee Video Roundup  

I was on Fox & Friends over the weekend, talking about Trump vs. Biden II:

https://youtu.be/n9LG9SwDpvE?si=qjIi6bbX__DIRjDf

This monologue from Saturday’s “Huckabee” on TBN seems to be getting a lot of attention and reposts, so in case you missed it…

https://youtu.be/gAcUe2CfPvw?si=-9xZnXQK6ubpajm-


Here’s today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated news on the Israel-Hamas war…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-27-israel-hamas-war


Catching up:

Today is the last official day of the ceasefire. At this writing, Israel has secured the release of 58 hostages since the ceasefire began on Friday, exchanging them for 150 Palestinian criminals held in Israeli prisons, which to my understanding of math suggests that the terrorists are coming out ahead on the deal. And before anyone falls for the “oppressed Palestinian political prisoners” tommyrot, here’s an example of what’s being turned loose on the world thanks to Hamas. A female terrorist who was in prison for stabbing an Israeli was released and immediately went on Palestinian TV to call for more killing of Jews.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/26/released-female-hamas-terrorist-shows-exactly-why-israel-cant-stop-n2166824

Thanks to the wonderful “success” of the ceasefire, NATO officials, President Biden and others are pressuring Israel to extend it. So is Hamas, which tells you who’s really benefiting from it. If they were sincere about wanting to stop Palestinians from being collateral damage, they would have released all their hostages, surrendered and stopped hiding behind human shields. But instead, they want to drag out the ceasefire as long as possible so they can regroup and rearm while the media depict them as victims and weak-kneed, amoral politicians bow before their deranged, anti-Semitic constituents.

Here's an example of what these pro-Hamas protesters are defending: 84-year-old Israeli Elma Avraham was rushed to an ICU where her life is at risk due to weeks of “significant medical neglect” while she was being held hostage by these barbarians. And the release of children is being trumpeted in the media because, of course, it’s a huge joy and relief that they are safe. But they never should have been taken in the first place, and many have no parents to go home to because Hamas murdered them. Yet the images of their release are being used to “humanize” Hamas. A senior researcher for strategic studies at Israel’s Bar Ilhan University told Fox News Digital, "This is psychological terrorism, that is the only way to describe it." 


MUST-READ:

Rabbi Michael Barclay on the real insidious reasons why Hamas is releasing hostages, and why thousands of allegedly innocent Palestinian civilians are returning to Gaza despite the danger. He says they’re not unwilling human shields, they’re unarmed soldiers, “willing and active cogs in the Hamas war effort, willing to die for their cause of destroying Israel” by helping Hamas win its PR campaign in the Western media to paint Israel as the aggressors.

https://pjmedia.com/rabbi-michael-barclay/2023/11/24/the-insidious-reason-why-hamas-is-releasing-hostages-n4924202

Fortunately, Prime Minister Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials are resisting the worldwide pressure from anti-Semites and terrorist appeasers to have an indefinite ceasefire, lay down their arms and go back to letting their people be slaughtered by these vicious maniacs. Knesset member and former Israeli ambassador to the UN Dany Danon said, "We are focused on the return of our hostages now, but we will resume our military campaign. We are not in a position to risk our future. We say the same to European leaders, and to President Biden. We appreciate your support, but this time we have no choice. We have to go all the way and eradicate Hamas at all costs."


President Biden’s Thanksgiving Address

I hope you all had a safe and joyful Thanksgiving with your families, and that you remembered that the entire reason for the holiday is to give thanks to God for all our blessings. I hope you remembered that because President Biden didn’t.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/biden-officially-attempts-to-remove-god-from-thanksgiving-with-2023-proclamation/ar-AA1knMGj

This is his message. Try finding any reference to God in it. It’s like trying to find Waldo, except Waldo is actually in the picture somewhere.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2023/11/22/a-proclamation-on-thanksgiving-day-2023/

That MSN article notes that Biden is the first President in history to make a Thanksgiving proclamation that didn’t mention God or faith. But to be fair, Obama came close in 2016. He did mention the Pilgrims coming to America to practice their faith, but God didn’t get a mention. In his telling, you’d assume the Pilgrims thanked the Native Americans for saving them, and that Thanksgiving is a holiday to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Unless you’re someone who includes God when you’re giving thanks for your blessings.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/23/presidential-proclamation-thanksgiving-day-2016


Bringing divisiveness to the table

At least Biden’s Thanksgiving message didn’t veer off into his favorite subject, which is demonizing Trump and half the nation as threats to democracy for not supporting his failed policies. But don’t worry: his campaign brought the divisiveness to the table, tweeting out a series of laughably inaccurate talking points that they suggested you use to ruin your family’s Thanksgiving by trying to convince your “crazy MAGA” relatives how wrong they are about things they see with their own eyes and feel with their wallets every day.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/24/kamala-harris-posts-her-thanksgiving-pic-and-it-has-everyone-talking-n2166757

I could spend the rest of this newsletter shooting down those bogus claims like skeet, but if you’re a regular reader, you can spot those well-worn lies on sight. Besides, it’s more fun to read what Bonchie had to say about them at Redstate.com.

Meanwhile, if you have a relative with Trump Derangement Syndrome and you'd like to repay them for ruining Thanksgiving with their political diatribes, then you can remind them of their biggest strategic misfire this year with a gift wrapped in Trump Mugshot wrapping paper. That mugshot they all dreamed of getting has become a rallying image for his supporters and a fundraising goldmine. His campaign is now selling gift wrap with a pattern of the mugshot with a Santa hat on Trump’s head.

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2023/11/27/trump-campaign-offering-new-mugshot-themed-christmas-wrapping-paper-1415410/

If you really want to ruin your liberal relative’s Christmas, send them a MAGA cap wrapped in Trump mugshot wallpaper with a card letting them know you got the paper for free by donating $47 to his campaign to become the 47th President.


Happy Thanksgiving from Kamala Harris, the “Gas Stoves For Me, But Not For Thee” Vice President!

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/24/kamala-harris-posts-her-thanksgiving-pic-and-it-has-everyone-talking-n2166757

 


Message to Congress: Balance the Budget

I hope you and your family are recovering from the caloric overload you experienced on Thanksgiving Day.  Now you have piles of leftovers and lots of uneaten turkey but be creative!

Turkey gumbo is one of our favorites, and my Louisiana-born wife did get the know-how from her mother.  And turkey salad is great as is turkey chili, turkey tacos, or grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches.  It’s a simple matter of taking what you have and making something good from it.

I believe we ought to run the government somewhat like what we do in dealing with Thanksgiving Day leftovers.  Instead of whining about the government we wish we had, use the one we have but be creative in making it work. 

Instead of continuing to borrow ridiculous sums of money and boosting the national debt higher than the Sears Tower, take the money we actually have collected and limit our budget and spending to that amount.  It’s what American families do every month.  It’s what small business owners do to stay in business.  And it’s what 49 of the 50 governors do with their state budgets that law requires them to balance each year.  It’s not easy, but neither is it impossible.  It’s why I’m on the board of the Balanced Budget Amendment Committee, comprised of several former and current governors and senators, and business leaders who are fed up with debts piling up with no responsible plan whatsoever to pay them back.  I have little to no hope that Congress will ever impose a balance budget amendment upon themselves, but it doesn’t leave the American people powerless to make a change.

There is a provision in our Constitution that allows for the people to propose and pass an amendment to the Constitution.  Doing it to force Congress to do what every individual and business has to do is not too much to ask.  It’s not an easy process and it shouldn’t be, but it’s become a necessary one. 

The Balanced Budget Committee has already cleared over 30 state legislatures and is very close to the number of states required to pass it in order to then get it ratified and voted on by the citizens to make it the law of the land.

This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue.  No citizen regardless of party affiliation should want to see our nation slide into bankruptcy because of reckless spending often done in order to buy votes by a showy and extravagant spending bill.  Spending money we don’t have and borrowing money we can’t afford to pay back hurts every American, but especially younger Americans who are the recipients of the burdensome debt long after there will be any benefit to their generation.

I hope you’ll be vocal in supporting the Balanced Budget Amendment and equally vocal to your Congressmen and Senators in asking them to support a federal mandate to balance the budget just like it currently exists in 49 of the 50 states.  As a Governor, I would have been breaking the law if I led the state in spending money beyond the budget and the revenues we had.  It was sometimes unpopular to have to make cuts to budget items when the economy was in a recession, but the law forced us to be responsible and not obligate future generations for spending money for which there would be no benefit to those future generations.

In the meantime, I would propose that Congress pass a law that withholds Congressional paychecks until Congress passes a budget and certifies it’s a budget balanced to actual revenues.  It’s the way the real world works.  And it’s time Congress is forced to live and work in the REAL world like the rest of us!


Another electoral win

Public opposition to the left’s economic destruction, hostility to individual rights, and wide-open borders has been growing for some time. Now, the worldwide explosion of violent, pro-Hamas protests in such once-unlikely places as Ireland seems to have awakened voters to the dangers they’ve allowed into their homes, and we may be seeing a worldwide blowback of epic proportions, accompanied by ever more hysterical reactions from the left.

Last week, it happened in Argentina. Now, leftists are foaming at the mouth over last week’s election in The Netherlands, where the typical Euro-greenie leftist they expected to win was crushed by longtime foe of unfettered Islamic immigration, Geert Wilders, and his Party For Freedom. We’re hearing from the left that the public’s rejection of their insane and suicidal policies in favor of a political outsider who promises to secure the borders and enforce the laws means that “democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are under siege!” Gee, where have I heard something like this before?...

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2023/11/23/dark-dawn-a-threat-to-society-our-9-11-left-mourns-as-populist-veteran-geert-wilders-wins-landslide-election/

For those wanting some background, Mark Steyn has plenty, including a column he wrote in 2010 about how Wilders was getting death threats (he’s also under 24-hour police protection due to a fatwa being placed on him for opposing Islamic immigration) while the Dutch government was trying to imprison him with a kangaroo trial for “incitement” for opposing their leftist policies. Again, where have I heard something like this before?

https://www.steynonline.com/13943/is-there-non-far-right

And despite all that demonization and political prosecution, Wilders just won a landslide election. I hope I hear something like that again…


Pelosi and Kerry: Beware the second-generation propagandists on the left

Did you know that Nancy Pelosi has a daughter who produced a documentary on January 6 while her mother’s “select” committee was presenting one carefully-edited side of that event?

And did you know that environmentalist jet-setter and major CO2-emitter John Kerry has a daughter who rivals him at presenting outrageously misleading statistics as an excuse to meddle in every aspect of life?

Before the release of Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary, THE INSURRECTIONIST NEXT DOOR, on HBO October 15, she appeared on (where else?) THE VIEW to promote it among her like-minded friends.  Here is that segment, though I warn the weak-of-stomach who choose to watch it that you might want to take something ahead of time to ward off nausea.

https://youtu.be/Ln4wruy-6NE?si=Rbic3yGuoIna_vu3

Pelosi II equates Trump supporters with religious cult members. Trump has the “cult of personality,” she says, and they have “this religious attachment --- that’s still not broken --- to HIM, personally.”  When Joy Behar asks her why it’s religious, Pelosi II refers to a crass remark Trump was recorded saying years ago and says, baffled, “But he’s still their savior, that’s what I mean!”  Their lack of repentance in court is, to her, evidence of this religious fervor.  (Never mind that they honestly don’t think they did wrong and have policy-related reasons to think he was a great President.)

Since Pelosi II brought it up, we have to ask if she’s ever wondered what it meant when Oprah and others of similar inclination called Barack Obama “The One” and “The Light Bringer.”  Sounds pretty worshipful.  And I’d hesitate to characterize the many Christian Trump-supporters as believing in Trump as Savior.  As I’ve explained repeatedly, I can support Trump on policy alone precisely because, unlike Democrats, I DON’T look to any politician to be my Savior. Moving on…

Pelosi II insists that a small core group was serious about getting the “normies” to “burn the city to ash today” because that was in a tweet.  (Never mind that crowds of leftists have for the past few years actually been burning cities, not just gotten excited and tweeted about it.)  The core Trumpies were getting them “all fired up,” she said.  (Never mind the allegations and emerging evidence that the FBI was playing a role as well in getting them fired up, not to mention the proof that Pelosi II’s own mom refused Trump’s offer of National Guard troops.)

“We need to agree to a set of FACTS,” she concluded, “and when Republicans say, ‘Oh, they were all just tourists,’ no.  This is one of the darkest days in American democracy.  They weren’t tourists, because I saw --- one of the people in my film --- people were accused of literally pooping in the United States Capitol.  Okay?  That actually happened; I saw it with my own two eyes.”     

Now, if we’re all going to agree on a set of facts, Pelosi II needs to speak more precisely.  Did she mean she saw a protester accuse someone else of defecating in the Capitol, or that she personally saw it happening?  If she saw it happening, would she be able to identify that person?   If someone did it, what does that have to do with the “tourists” who wanted to take selfies in the Capitol?  Was the person who allegedly did it an actual Trump supporter (as Pelosi II is assuming) or an Antifa plant?  Or perhaps it was some other plant?  How are we going to agree on the facts when they are this sketchy?

And by the way, is Pelosi II seriously going on record to say that public defecation is wrong, when her mom represents San Francisco?  (Somebody has to ask these things.)

Anyway, since we’re quite devoted to facts ourselves, we looked into the story about the, um, soiling of the Capitol building and traced the allegations to Chuck Schumer’s office.  A “Schumer insider” told it to the NEW YORK POST, who duly reported it on January 8, 2021.  They also said Hakeem Jeffries had asserted there was “urine...clear desecration.”  But consider the sources, known for distributing plenty of figurative poop themselves.

And ask: With all the security cameras inside the Capitol --- approximately 44,000 hours of video --- would there not have been be any video evidence?  Was anyone charged with such vile vandalism?  (If they did this, they certainly should have been!)  No one can prove it didn’t happen, as that is not possible, but why did this story essentially go away for years until Pelosi II brought it up again, unchallenged, last month on THE VIEW?

https://nypost.com/2021/01/08/rioters-left-feces-urine-in-hallways-and-offices-during-mobbing-of-us-capitol/

Speaking of facts, it’s the GOP-led committees that are trying to get all the facts, after Nancy Pelosi’s “select” committee selected the ones they wanted and sliced-and-diced them for public consumption.  It’s taken this long to get all the security camera video released.  How can we ever agree about what happened unless absolutely none of it is withheld?  Thanks, Republicans!

If Pelosi II truly thinks of January 6 as “one of the darkest days in American democracy,” as she said on THE VIEW, she certainly was being disingenuous with those to whom she spoke while courting them to get some good stuff for her movie.  In some surreptitiously-recorded video, she’s seen animatedly telling one January 6 defendant, “After the Democrats lose the House [in 2022], and then they get rid of the committee, people may lose interest.”

“The first trials are going to get a lot of attention”… “It’s like [an] anniversary, the first one is no big deal”… “No one’s gonna care after the Democrats are out of power… “And then take Biden out of office --- then who cares?”… “I know you’re not the bad guys…” “If it was an insurrection, you were supposed to have a plan…” “You’re going to be able to laugh about this one day.”

Yes, she actually said this to a January 6 defendant.

https://twitter.com/CarlosSimancas/status/1728395876777807993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctw

Sounds like she doesn’t really believe January 6 was “worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11 put together,” or even that it was an actual insurrection. Like her mom (I suspect), she just plays someone who believes that on TV.

….

Now let’s talk about our other second-generation propagandist, John Kerry’s daughter Vanessa, or, as we’ll call her, Kerry II:

“We’ve learned, with great, great understanding in the most recent years, that the climate crisis is a health crisis,” says Kerry II.  “And already, we see 7 million a year dying from air pollution, for example.  That’s more than we saw in the entire COVID pandemic over three years, and that’s one person every five seconds, so that by the time I complete my next sentence, someone else will have died.  And we see this in every aspect of health, the way climate change is impacting our lived experience.  So there’s a very real opportunity for us to have a health-centered approach to climate change and to be able to ensure that we’re protecting how we live, how we breathe, how we walk, and what we can do in our lives…”

Yes, “climate” activists would like nothing more than to link climate change to a health emergency, because that would give them the ticket to CONTROL what we can do in our lives.  But let’s have a show of hands: does anyone see a problem with the statistics cited by Kerry II?

That’s right, class!  With all the variables involved, there is absolutely no way realistically to determine that 7 million people died from air pollution, let alone that their deaths had anything to do with “climate change.”  This is a spurious argument.  Kerry II makes vague reference to the number of deaths from COVID over three years, another statistic that’s impossible to state with accuracy but that is, according to her, apparently smaller than the number dying from air pollution.  But is lung damage from air pollution a risk factor for COVID?   If so, are people dying from air pollution or COVID?  A combination of both?  Would COVID have killed them anyway?  Or are increased deaths (if there are indeed increased deaths) caused by something else?  All we have are alleged correlations.

You see the problem.  Kerry II seems to know about as much about how “the science” works as her father does, which is to say not much.  But she sure knows how to make emotional appeals.  On the bright side, if she and dad can share private-jet rides to their various conferences, they’ll put out half as much air pollution as they would have otherwise.

https://rumble.com/v3y04le-climate-change-will-be-the-w.h.o.s-skeleton-key-for-total-control.html

A discussion of our third second-generation threat will have to wait for another time. That’s Alex Soros.


12) A Gift Guide from Dave Barry

Now that Cyber Monday is here and Christmas shopping season has officially begun (I may be a relic of a bygone age, but I still don’t believe in starting Christmas festivities until after Thanksgiving), here’s that annual Christmas tradition: humorist Dave Barry’s gift guide for 2023:

https://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/gift-guide/article281011198.html

And to get you into a Christmas mood for real, here’s our writer Laura Ainsworth in her other job as an award-winning retro jazz singer, performing the original lyric of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Give it a listen, a like and a share, I know you’ll love it. You can also find it on all your favorite streaming and download services, to add to your holiday music lists.

https://youtu.be/lFTz3QG7EBs?si=qk25VeldXV8sp48i


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Did you know that Nancy Pelosi has a daughter who produced a documentary on January 6 while her mother’s “select” committee was presenting one carefully-edited side of that event?

And did you know that environmentalist jet-setter and major CO2-emitter John Kerry has a daughter who rivals him at presenting outrageously misleading statistics as an excuse to meddle in every aspect of life?

Before the release of Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary, THE INSURRECTIONIST NEXT DOOR, on HBO October 15, she appeared on (where else?) THE VIEW to promote it among her like-minded friends.  Here is that segment, though I warn the weak-of-stomach who choose to watch it that you might want to take something ahead of time to ward off nausea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln4wruy-6NE&t=313s

Pelosi II equates Trump supporters with religious cult members. Trump has the “cult of personality,” she says, and they have “this religious attachment --- that’s still not broken --- to HIM, personally.”  When Joy Behar asks her why it’s religious, Pelosi II refers to a crass remark Trump was recorded saying years ago and says, baffled, “But he’s still their savior, that’s what I mean!”  Their lack of repentance in court is, to her, evidence of this religious fervor.  (Never mind that they honestly don’t think they did wrong and have policy-related reasons to think he was a great President.)

Since Pelosi II brought it up, we have to ask if she’s ever wondered what it meant when Oprah and others of similar inclination called Barack Obama “The One” and “The Light Bringer.”  Sounds pretty worshipful.  And I’d hesitate to characterize the many Christian Trump-supporters as believing in Trump as Savior.  As I’ve explained repeatedly, I can support Trump on policy alone precisely because, unlike Democrats, I DON’T look to any politician to be my Savior. Moving on…

Pelosi II insists that a small core group was serious about getting the “normies” to “burn the city to ash today” because that was in a tweet.  (Never mind that crowds of leftists have for the past few years actually been burning cities, not just gotten excited and tweeted about it.)  The core Trumpies were getting them “all fired up,” she said.  (Never mind the allegations and emerging evidence that the FBI was playing a role as well in getting them fired up, not to mention the proof that Pelosi II’s own mom refused Trump’s offer of National Guard troops.)

“We need to agree to a set of FACTS,” she concluded, “and when Republicans say, ‘Oh, they were all just tourists,’ no.  This is one of the darkest days in American democracy.  They weren’t tourists, because I saw --- one of the people in my film --- people were accused of literally pooping in the United States Capitol.  Okay?  That actually happened; I saw it with my own two eyes.”     

Now, if we’re all going to agree on a set of facts, Pelosi II needs to speak more precisely.  Did she mean she saw a protester accuse someone else of defecating in the Capitol, or that she personally saw it happening?  If she saw it happening, would she be able to identify that person?   If someone did it, what does that have to do with the “tourists” who wanted to take selfies in the Capitol?  Was the person who allegedly did it an actual Trump supporter (as Pelosi II is assuming) or an Antifa plant?  Or perhaps it was some other plant?  How are we going to agree on the facts when they are this sketchy?

And by the way, is Pelosi II seriously going on record to say that public defecation is wrong, when her mom represents San Francisco?  (Somebody has to ask these things.)

Anyway, since we’re quite devoted to facts ourselves, we looked into the story about the, um, soiling of the Capitol building and traced the allegations to Chuck Schumer’s office.  A “Schumer insider” told it to the NEW YORK POST, who duly reported it on January 8, 2021.  They also said Hakeem Jeffries had asserted there was “urine...clear desecration.”  But consider the sources, known for distributing plenty of figurative poop themselves.

And ask: With all the security cameras inside the Capitol --- approximately 44,000 hours of video --- would there not have been be any video evidence?  Was anyone charged with such vile vandalism?  (If they did this, they certainly should have been!)  No one can prove it didn’t happen, as that is not possible, but why did this story essentially go away for years until Pelosi II brought it up again, unchallenged, last month on THE VIEW?

https://nypost.com/2021/01/08/rioters-left-feces-urine-in-hallways-and-offices-during-mobbing-of-us-capitol/

Speaking of facts, it’s the GOP-led committees that are trying to get all the facts, after Nancy Pelosi’s “select” committee selected the ones they wanted and sliced-and-diced them for public consumption.  It’s taken this long to get all the security camera video released.  How can we ever agree about what happened unless absolutely none of it is withheld?  Thanks, Republicans!

If Pelosi II truly thinks of January 6 as “one of the darkest days in American democracy,” as she said on THE VIEW, she certainly was being disingenuous with those to whom she spoke while courting them to get some good stuff for her movie.  In some surreptitiously-recorded video, she’s seen animatedly telling one January 6 defendant, “After the Democrats lose the House [in 2022], and then they get rid of the committee, people may lose interest.”

“The first trials are going to get a lot of attention”… “It’s like [an] anniversary, the first one is no big deal”… “No one’s gonna care after the Democrats are out of power… “And then take Biden out of office --- then who cares?”… “I know you’re not the bad guys…” “If it was an insurrection, you were supposed to have a plan…” “You’re going to be able to laugh about this one day.”

Yes, she actually said this to a January 6 defendant.

https://twitter.com/CarlosSimancas/status/1728395876777807993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctw

Sounds like she doesn’t really believe January 6 was “worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11 put together,” or even that it was an actual insurrection. Like her mom (I suspect), she just plays someone who believes that on TV.

 

….

 

Now let’s talk about our other second-generation propagandist, John Kerry’s daughter Vanessa, or, as we’ll call her, Kerry II:

“We’ve learned, with great, great understanding in the most recent years, that the climate crisis is a health crisis,” says Kerry II.  “And already, we see 7 million a year dying from air pollution, for example.  That’s more than we saw in the entire COVID pandemic over three years, and that’s one person every five seconds, so that by the time I complete my next sentence, someone else will have died.  And we see this in every aspect of health, the way climate change is impacting our lived experience.  So there’s a very real opportunity for us to have a health-centered approach to climate change and to be able to ensure that we’re protecting how we live, how we breathe, how we walk, and what we can do in our lives…”

Yes, “climate” activists would like nothing more than to link climate change to a health emergency, because that would give them the ticket to CONTROL what we can do in our lives.  But let’s have a show of hands: does anyone see a problem with the statistics cited by Kerry II?

That’s right, class!  With all the variables involved, there is absolutely no way realistically to determine that 7 million people died from air pollution, let alone that their deaths had anything to do with “climate change.”  This is a spurious argument.  Kerry II makes vague reference to the number of deaths from COVID over three years, another statistic that’s impossible to state with accuracy but that is, according to her, apparently smaller than the number dying from air pollution.  But is lung damage from air pollution a risk factor for COVID?   If so, are people dying from air pollution or COVID?  A combination of both?  Would COVID have killed them anyway?  Or are increased deaths (if there are indeed increased deaths) caused by something else?  All we have are alleged correlations.

You see the problem.  Kerry II seems to know about as much about how “the science” works as her father does, which is to say not much.  But she sure knows how to make emotional appeals.  On the bright side, if she and dad can share private-jet rides to their various conferences, they’ll put out half as much air pollution as they would have otherwise.

https://rumble.com/v3y04le-climate-change-will-be-the-w.h.o.s-skeleton-key-for-total-control.html

A discussion of our third second-generation threat will have to wait for another time. That’s Alex Soros.

I hope you and your family are recovering from the caloric overload you experienced on Thanksgiving Day.  Now you have piles of leftovers and lots of uneaten turkey but be creative!

Turkey gumbo is one of our favorites, and my Louisiana-born wife did get the know-how from her mother.  And turkey salad is great as is turkey chili, turkey tacos, or grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches.  It’s a simple matter of taking what you have and making something good from it.

I believe we ought to run the government somewhat like what we do in dealing with Thanksgiving Day leftovers.  Instead of whining about the government we wish we had, use the one we have but be creative in making it work. 

Instead of continuing to borrow ridiculous sums of money and boosting the national debt higher than the Sears Tower, take the money we actually have collected and limit our budget and spending to that amount.  It’s what American families do every month.  It’s what small business owners do to stay in business.  And it’s what 49 of the 50 governors do with their state budgets that law requires them to balance each year.  It’s not easy, but neither is it impossible.  It’s why I’m on the board of the Balanced Budget Amendment Committee, comprised of several former and current governors and senators, and business leaders who are fed up with debts piling up with no responsible plan whatsoever to pay them back.  I have little to no hope that Congress will ever impose a balance budget amendment upon themselves, but it doesn’t leave the American people powerless to make a change.

There is a provision in our Constitution that allows for the people to propose and pass an amendment to the Constitution.  Doing it to force Congress to do what every individual and business has to do is not too much to ask.  It’s not an easy process and it shouldn’t be, but it’s become a necessary one. 

The Balanced Budget Committee has already cleared over 30 state legislatures and is very close to the number of states required to pass it in order to then get it ratified and voted on by the citizens to make it the law of the land.

This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue.  No citizen regardless of party affiliation should want to see our nation slide into bankruptcy because of reckless spending often done in order to buy votes by a showy and extravagant spending bill.  Spending money we don’t have and borrowing money we can’t afford to pay back hurts every American, but especially younger Americans who are the recipients of the burdensome debt long after there will be any benefit to their generation.

I hope you’ll be vocal in supporting the Balanced Budget Amendment and equally vocal to your Congressmen and Senators in asking them to support a federal mandate to balance the budget just like it currently exists in 49 of the 50 states.  As a Governor, I would have been breaking the law if I led the state in spending money beyond the budget and the revenues we had.  It was sometimes unpopular to have to make cuts to budget items when the economy was in a recession, but the law forced us to be responsible and not obligate future generations for spending money for which there would be no benefit to those future generations.

In the meantime, I would propose that Congress pass a law that withholds Congressional paychecks until Congress passes a budget and certifies it’s a budget balanced to actual revenues.  It’s the way the real world works.  And it’s time Congress is forced to live and work in the REAL world like the rest of us!

 

 


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Programming Note:

We’ll be mostly taking a break from the news for the next few days so that my staff and I can enjoy Thanksgiving with our families. But keep watching your mailbox: we’ve prepared some material in advance for you, so you’ll still get the daily newsletter. And if anything truly major happens, we’ll come back and report/comment on it. BTW, consider yourself warned in advance that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade organizers apparently looked at Bud Light and said, “Hold muh appletini!”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/thousands-sign-petition-against-macys-non-binary-trans-extravaganza-planned-for-thanksgiving-day-parade/ar-AA1jVoYi


Remember When

I’m so old, I remember when liberals used to condemn what they called “eliminationist rhetoric,” and not actually call for their political opponents to be “eliminated” in a public forum.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2023/11/21/dan-goldman-trump-must-be-eliminated-n2631479

By the way, if Trump can be prosecuted because someone who allegedly listened to him rioted at the Capitol, why wasn’t Sen. Bernie Sanders charged with conspiracy to commit murder because someone who followed him was inspired to try to kill Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republican House members so that Democrats would get a majority? That seemed like a pretty serious assault on “our democracy” to me.

(Note for the deliberately obtuse: I’m not seriously calling for Bernie Sanders to be indicted for making speeches. I’m just pointing out how ludicrous it is that Trump was indicted for making a speech. Are we clear? Good.)


Not making this up

Apparently, opening up the border to Mexican drug gangsters and terrorists wasn’t a big enough danger to rural communities, so the Biden Administration would like to release grizzly bears on them, too. No, I’m not making this up.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-admin-plan-release-predator-near-rural-communities-faces-widespread-opposition


Lee Greenwood’s final tour

Lee Greenwood is one of my favorite musical guests on the “Huckabee” TV show, so I’m sad to see that he plans to make his 2024 tour his final tour, even though I respect his reasons for retiring. See him while you can, I know you’ll enjoy it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/lee-greenwood-makes-big-decision-career-dont-think-can-much-longer/

Note from our pop culture guru Pat Reeder: 

This story mentions that Lee’s Grammy Award wasn’t for “God Bless the USA,” which has become almost a second National Anthem. It was nominated for Best Country Song of 1984 and Lee for Best Male Vocalist, but lost in both categories. To save you having to look it up, the winners were “City of New Orleans” and Merle Haggard for “That’s the Way Love Goes.” I’ll bet that makes you miss the country music of the ‘80s. “City of New Orleans” was written by Steve Goodman, who recorded it in 1971, and Arlo Guthrie had a hit with it in 1972, then Willie Nelson covered it in 1984. As to how it qualifies for “Best Country Song of 1984,” I have no idea.



A Threat to Vote Republican

A group of black Chicago residents held a rally outside of Alderman Desmon Yancy to protest the city spending $150 million on taking care of illegal aliens and ignoring the needs of citizens. For instance, homeless Chicagoans are sleeping on the streets while illegals get free hotel rooms.

One protester read this statement: “We’re here to say to black aldermen who were elected by the black citizens of Chicago that we are fed up with your not hearing our stress and our demands but rather do what you want to do to please the Democratic Party.” And in an almost-unheard of, and I’m sure terrifying to Democrats, turn, they even threatened to vote Republican!

https://www.westernjournal.com/fed-black-residents-rally-end-millions-spent-illegals-major-sanctuary-city-threaten-vote-republican/

I wouldn’t get my hopes up, considering the last Republican mayor of Chicago left office in 1931. But at some point, maybe it will get so bad that blue city voters will "stop the insanity" and quit doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. New Yorkers had to hit rock bottom before they finally elected Rudy Giuliani to save them. He did, they forgot how bad things could get, they voted the Democrats back in, and now they’re at rock bottom again. But miracles can happen. At least, one happened in New York, once…


Suing

Former US military members who lost their pay and benefits due to the Biden Administration’s COVID vaccine mandates are suing the US government. It’s currently three lawsuits that they plan to turn into a class action suit, they plan to sue for damages in the billions.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/20/former-troops-punished-over-bidens-vaccine-mandate-sue-for-billions-in-lost-wages/

Their attorney says that while over 8,000 active duty troops were kicked out of the service, the number of troops and reservists who were negatively affected could be as high as 100,000. If you are among them, read the story and see if you might want to join a class action suit over that outrageous injustice against America’s heroes.


Trump's gag order

Politico reports that a panel of judges from the DC Court of Appeals heard arguments on former President Trump’s request to significantly narrow the gag order put on him in the criminal trial by special counsel Javert -- oops, sorry, Jack Smith – for challenging the 2020 election and allegedly inciting that “worse than 9/11 and Pearl Harbor combined insurrection” on January 6th. They haven’t ruled yet, but in a hopeful sign for Trump, the judges appeared extremely dubious about severely curtailing the free speech of a leading presidential candidate during an election campaign.

https://www.westernjournal.com/federal-appeals-court-appears-indicate-will-take-ax-trump-gag-order/

One judge asked incredulously, “He has to speak ‘Miss Manners’ while everyone else is throwing targets at him?” She added, “It would be really hard in a debate, when everyone else is going at you full bore. Your attorneys would have to have scripted little things you can say.”

Precisely! And considering that judge is an Obama appointee (!), it’s becoming obvious just how far out over his skis Smith is with his creatively unconstitutional legal warfare.


Let's hope 2024 ends this sort of insanity

At Ramapo College of New Jersey, yet another male claiming to “identify” as female switched from the men’s to the women’s swim team and miraculously won first place and set a new record in the 100-yard butterfly. See if you can guess which one “she” is from the team photo. Hint: look for the one who towers over the others.

https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2023/11/20/transgender-swimmer-at-new-jersey-college-breaks-records-after-switching-to-womens-team/

As usual, the school responded to criticism by ladling out a dollop of pablum about how the school “supports all our student athletes.” Which is a load of manure because if they supported the female athletes, they wouldn’t let male athletes take over their sports and steal their trophies, records and scholarships.

This will only go on as long as the female athletes keep going along with it. Let’s hope that 2024 will bring an end to this insane denial of biological reality, as female athletes finally stand up for themselves and their sports and “Just Say No” to men cheating them out of their rights.

 


“Huckabee” Preview

I hope you’re having a safe, fun-filled, blessed and not too fattening Thanksgiving break, and you can extend the fun tonight by joining me for a brand new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN. I’ll talk about the latest news with Sen. Rand Paul and Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America. You’ll be amazed and inspired by Alex Nsengimana, who survived the Rwandan genocide and is now bringing hope and faith to other orphans through Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift program (now is a perfect time to help: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/) I’ll also welcome one of our favorite comedians, Mickey Bell. And to help us kick off the Christmas season in style, Barry and Dari Anne Amato are back with another festive number from their hit holiday stage show, “We Need A LOT of Christmas!”

So make a turkey sandwich and join us in front of the TV tonight at 9 EST/8 CST on TBN. To find out how to watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.huckabee.tv and click on “Channel Finder” on the top menu. You can stream previous episodes, highlights and online-only “Digital Exclusives,” including extended interviews, “In Case You Missed It” and “Facts of the Matter” segments, plus extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests and links to all their sites, at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.


A “Warm War”

This past Friday, President Biden outrageously invoked a Cold War era law (he’s waging war on the climate now, so apparently this is a “Warm War”) to dump taxpayer money into the domestic manufacture of electric heat pumps to replace gas heaters. To be fair, I’ve heard that those can actually work very well. That is, until we’re having a blizzard and the power grid powered by solar panels and windmills shuts down.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-invokes-wartime-powers-fund-electric-heaters-cracks-down-gas-appliances


Wrong again, Gavin

California Gov. Gavin Newsom seems incapable of making his state livable, so he’s been spending a lot of time slamming states to which his former residents are moving. In his latest self-own, he took to Twitter (X) to claim that Murfreesboro, Tennessee, had “banned being gay in public.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/gavin-newsom-slapped-community-note-pushing-false-gay-ban-narrative/

Actually, the city council already unanimously repealed a 70-year-old ordinance banning homosexuality. The new ordinance bans "indecent exposure, public indecency, lewd behavior, nudity or sexual conduct." But thanks, Gavin, for telling us all how you define what it means to be gay in public. I think he might be spending too much time in San Francisco.


Welcome to LA

Welcome to late-stage Los Angeles, where criminals are repeatedly released to prey on the public, but where a law-abiding citizen has his concealed carry permit revoked because he used his firearm to defend his home and family from would-be robbers. I guess liberals really do believe the Second Amendment only exists to protect duck hunting.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/armed-homeowner-who-defended-family-in-driveway-shoot-out-says-hes-been-stripped-of-gun-permit


Britney Spears

I wouldn’t normally be writing about a topic like a memoir by pop star Britney Spears, but her new book contains a news-making revelation that not only shocked fans, it should also be shared with all young women who are lied to by the abortion lobby in so many ways.

Maybe if they read Britney’s own tragic story of what she went through when she was pressured into an unwanted abortion – both the never-ending feeling of loss and guilt from aborting her baby and the horrific physical pain and terror caused by the abortion pill (something abortion proponents don’t like to warn women about) – they’ll listen with a more open mind than when the message comes from politicians or activists.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2023/11/britney-spears-gives-courageous-voice-to-the-pain-of-coerced-abortion/

 


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Do You Remember?

November 26, 2023

Remember how even questioning an election became an act of insurrection, and we were all supposed to believe that voter fraud was a “big lie”? Here’s how that’s working out…

https://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=56485

https://rumble.com/v3x3t2g-fulton-county-georgia-reveals-3600-ballots-were-duplicated-president-trump-.html

https://thepostmillennial.com/mike-lindell-celebrates-judges-historical-ruling-against-georgias-electronic-voting-machines

Note that the judge in that last story who ruled that Georgia’s voting machines could have compromised integrity and not be counting votes accurately pointed out that the evidence "does not suggest that the Plaintiffs are conspiracy theorists of any variety," and that, ‘Indeed, some of the nation's leading cybersecurity experts and computer scientists have provided testimony and affidavits on behalf of Plaintiffs' case in the long course of this litigation." Also note that she’s an Obama appointee.

Remember how “green energy” was going to be the future, and we were going to ban fossil fuels and run a 21st century economy on windmills and sunbeams? Well, the makers of those technologies are losing their shirts and trying desperately to get out of their contracts. Here’s the latest…

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/slow-demise-green-energy

Perhaps the people most panicked at having been deceived are the auto industry CEOs who actually thought that Joe Biden – a man best known for having been wrong on every foreign policy issue of the past half century – had suddenly developed, at age 78, the ability to predict the future of automotive technology. So they spent billions of dollars building electric cars, only to discover that they’re selling like arsenic sundaes. Turns out car buyers aren’t as easily fooled as car makers.

One after another, CEOs of top automakers are frantically slashing plans to build more EVs and scurrying back to internal combustion engines and hybrids, as EVs pile up on car lots and cost the makers as much as $60,000 for every one sold, while the former CEO of Toyota chuckles, “I told you so.” Meanwhile, with makers slashing prices, experts are warning of a likely crash in EV resale values. I wouldn’t be surprised if by this time next year, they were giving them away with every box of Crackjacks.

I find it hilarious that this is being reported as a surprise “sudden shift” in the EV market. It’s not a shift. I’ve been saying for years that the market for EVs is trendy green liberals who don’t drive very much and like to virtue signal to their neighbors and people with a lot of disposable income who have to buy every new tech gadget. Sales are falling because that IS the EV market, and they’ve all bought EVs already. Even a lot of them are starting to get rid of them, often at a steep loss over what they paid only a year or two ago.

Nobody who needs reliable transportation that can haul and tow heavy loads and travel long distances without hunting for working chargers and waiting hours for a recharge is going to buy an EV. And the market for large electric trunks is predictably turning out to be mostly nonexistent. An EV is a terrible choice for everything you’d actually need a large truck for.

Here are a few of many YouTube videos about the EV implosion, but this one is from our favorite mechanic Scotty Kilmer, so it’s honest, blunt and hilarious.

https://youtu.be/SwjGoX6yH4A?si=ZbW-Zzev-cF114Xo

And from Australia, here’s fellow hilarious auto expert John Cadogan warning of two hybrids with a hidden defect that can kill you two ways. Worth watching just for the video of the explosion that almost puts the roof of one of them into orbit. 

I remember when Democrats mocked Richard Nixon by asking, “Would you buy a used car from this man?” We should start saying of Joe Biden, “Would you buy an electric car from this man?”

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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Programming Note:

We’ll be mostly taking a break from the news for the next few days so that my staff and I can enjoy Thanksgiving with our families. But keep watching your mailbox: we’ve prepared some material in advance for you, so you’ll still get the daily newsletter. And if anything truly major happens, we’ll come back and report/comment on it. BTW, consider yourself warned in advance that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade organizers apparently looked at Bud Light and said, “Hold muh appletini!”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/thousands-sign-petition-against-macys-non-binary-trans-extravaganza-planned-for-thanksgiving-day-parade/ar-AA1jVoYi


Do you remember?

Remember how even questioning an election became an act of insurrection, and we were all supposed to believe that voter fraud was a “big lie”? Here’s how that’s working out…

https://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=56485

https://rumble.com/v3x3t2g-fulton-county-georgia-reveals-3600-ballots-were-duplicated-president-trump-.html

https://thepostmillennial.com/mike-lindell-celebrates-judges-historical-ruling-against-georgias-electronic-voting-machines

Note that the judge in that last story who ruled that Georgia’s voting machines could have compromised integrity and not be counting votes accurately pointed out that the evidence "does not suggest that the Plaintiffs are conspiracy theorists of any variety," and that, ‘Indeed, some of the nation's leading cybersecurity experts and computer scientists have provided testimony and affidavits on behalf of Plaintiffs' case in the long course of this litigation." Also note that she’s an Obama appointee.

Remember how “green energy” was going to be the future, and we were going to ban fossil fuels and run a 21st century economy on windmills and sunbeams? Well, the makers of those technologies are losing their shirts and trying desperately to get out of their contracts. Here’s the latest…

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/slow-demise-green-energy

Perhaps the people most panicked at having been deceived are the auto industry CEOs who actually thought that Joe Biden – a man best known for having been wrong on every foreign policy issue of the past half century – had suddenly developed, at age 78, the ability to predict the future of automotive technology. So they spent billions of dollars building electric cars, only to discover that they’re selling like arsenic sundaes. Turns out car buyers aren’t as easily fooled as car makers.

One after another, CEOs of top automakers are frantically slashing plans to build more EVs and scurrying back to internal combustion engines and hybrids, as EVs pile up on car lots and cost the makers as much as $60,000 for every one sold, while the former CEO of Toyota chuckles, “I told you so.” Meanwhile, with makers slashing prices, experts are warning of a likely crash in EV resale values. I wouldn’t be surprised if by this time next year, they were giving them away with every box of Crackjacks.

I find it hilarious that this is being reported as a surprise “sudden shift” in the EV market. It’s not a shift. I’ve been saying for years that the market for EVs is trendy green liberals who don’t drive very much and like to virtue signal to their neighbors and people with a lot of disposable income who have to buy every new tech gadget. Sales are falling because that IS the EV market, and they’ve all bought EVs already. Even a lot of them are starting to get rid of them, often at a steep loss over what they paid only a year or two ago.

Nobody who needs reliable transportation that can haul and tow heavy loads and travel long distances without hunting for working chargers and waiting hours for a recharge is going to buy an EV. And the market for large electric trunks is predictably turning out to be mostly nonexistent. An EV is a terrible choice for everything you’d actually need a large truck for.

Here are a few of many YouTube videos about the EV implosion, but this one is from our favorite mechanic Scotty Kilmer, so it’s honest, blunt and hilarious.

https://youtu.be/SwjGoX6yH4A?si=ZbW-Zzev-cF114Xo

And from Australia, here’s fellow hilarious auto expert John Cadogan warning of two hybrids with a hidden defect that can kill you two ways. Worth watching just for the video of the explosion that almost puts the roof of one of them into orbit. 

I remember when Democrats mocked Richard Nixon by asking, “Would you buy a used car from this man?” We should start saying of Joe Biden, “Would you buy an electric car from this man?”


Interesting Turn:

The Colorado Democrats who are trying to save democracy by keeping Trump off the 2024 ballot so nobody can vote for him lost their 14th Amendment case, but they’re appealing it to a higher court. That’s hardly news, but the interesting part is that Trump’s attorneys, who won the case, are also appealing it.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/21/trump-plaintiffs-appeal-colorado-fourteenth-amendment-court-ruling-that-favored-trump/

When I reported on this, I criticized the judge because while she ruled correctly on the lack of merits of the case, she said on the record that Trump did incite insurrection, but the Amendment doesn’t apply to Presidents. As I pointed out, Trump hasn’t been accused nor convicted of inciting insurrection, and an impeachment attempt based on that claim failed, so she had no right to make such a statement. Trump’s attorneys want that stricken from the court record, and rightly so. If the judge wants to make unsupported accusations against Trump, she can do it where everyone else does: on MSNBC.


Lawsuit time

Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform has filed a $1.5 billion lawsuit against a number of major media corporations for allegedly repeating a false story that they were losing millions of dollars, which harmed their reputation and undermined a deal for a planned merger.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/truth-social-lawsuit-billion-media

I don’t know anything about this particular story, but I would love to see someone set a precedent that running false and defamatory stories about Donald Trump isn’t an acceptable media business model.

 


Tweet of the Day! From Laura Loomer:

“I’m watching the Pentagon press briefing right now and one of the reporters asked Sabrina Singh, the Pentagon’s Deputy Press Secretary, about how the Pentagon plans on letting members of the Army who left because they didn’t take the COVID vaccine come back after the Army said they could in a recently released letter…and she said “I don’t know. You should ask someone at the Army.” The reporter then shot back and said, “You are the Army.”  These Biden officials at the Pentagon, John Kirby included, are some of the dumbest people I have ever seen in my life. It’s shocking how these people have jobs.”

https://twitter.com/LauraLoomer/status/1727048853004636296

I'm shocked that a lot of them have jobs, too, but I can't talk about it too much or they'll call me an election denier. 


No plans to retire

I mentioned yesterday that the problem with Joe Biden running for reelection isn’t his age, it’s his physical and mental condition. I compared him to Mel Brooks, who just wrote and produced a new Hulu series at 97. To cite another example, here’s a story about Clint Eastwood, 93, who is in Savannah directing his next movie, a legal thriller called “Juror No. 2.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-12776431/Clint-Eastwood-Nicholas-Hoult-Toni-Collette-Georgia-Juror-No-2.html

While the media is calling it his “final film,” Clint himself has announced no plans to retire. Maybe he’s just going to stop making movies and run for President.

 


Actual News Story

The Rolling Stones announced that they will be touring to support their new album. The tour is sponsored by AARP.

No, that’s not a Jay Leno joke. It’s an actual news story.

https://pjmedia.com/stephen-kruiser/2023/11/21/start-me-up-please-rolling-stones-tour-to-be-sponsored-by-aarp-n4924119

As that story notes, the organization has started calling itself AARP instead of “The American Association of Retired Persons" because you can join at 50, and people are waiting longer and longer to retire because they can’t afford to in this economy. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had more members who aren’t retired than who are. And since members can get first crack at Stones tickets, that ratio might grow even bigger.


Consequences

Nice to know that even in the world of Hollywood leftist celebrities, there are consequences for making uninformed, anti-Semitic statements.

https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2023/11/21/susan-sarandon-kicked-to-the-curb-by-hollywood-agent-after-disgusting-anti-jewish-rant-n2166645

 


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Thanksgiving is not only a time when we give thanks for our many blessings as Americans, it’s also a time when we gather together as families and get reacquainted with relatives we don’t see any other time of year. One of the things I’m most thankful for is that once again, Americans’ older relatives will be welcomed into their families’ homes and not seen only on Zoom. 

Every Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking back on beloved family members who are no longer with us. There’s one who meant so much to me that sharing my memories of him has become a holiday tradition here. So I hope you’ll indulge me as I again share the story of a very special relative from my childhood. I usually saw him only once a year, but he taught me a lesson that helped make me what I am today and for which I still give thanks. 

When I was a boy in Hope, Arkansas, one thing about the holidays I most looked forward to was the annual visit from my Uncle Garvin. Garvin Elder was my mother’s half-brother from her dad’s first marriage, and so much older than her, he was like a grandpa to my sister and me. He was an accountant and a lifelong bachelor from Houston, and he cut quite an impressive figure whenever he arrived by bus in Hope. 

He owned stocks (I could hardly imagine such a thing!) and carried a real leather suitcase with travel tags, not like the cardboard suitcase we owned but never used.  And he wore a suit, tie and starched white shirt -- every day! In our town, if you saw a man in a suit, it could mean only one of two things: either it was Sunday, or he was going to or coming from a funeral.

Over the holidays, while my parents were at work, Uncle Garvin was the only adult in the house.  So when he wasn’t taking his daily unbreakable appointment with the “Perry Mason” rerun, I would constantly pester him to play checkers with me.  Now you must understand, this was in the days before self-esteem classes and helicopter parents.  Uncle Garvin didn’t realize how impolite, damaging, even psychologically traumatic and triggering it was to beat the daylights out of a sensitive young boy at checkers.  No, he played to win.  And he relished beating me…which he did, over and over and over. 

Of course, I hated losing to him.  But that just made me want to challenge him again.  Over time, I gradually got better until I actually beat him occasionally.

Looking back now, I realize what a huge favor Uncle Garvin did for me by developing my competitive spirit.  These days, we’ve built a society of hand-wringers so afraid of hurting a child’s self-esteem that everyone gets a trophy just for showing up, no matter how poorly they perform.  We’ve taken away their incentive to work hard and get better. 

This is the same mindset that’s given us incompetent CEOs who crash companies, then run to the government for a bailout because they’re “too big to fail.”  And idiots in government who bail them out with money they confiscate from hardworking taxpayers, because it’s “not fair” that some succeed when others don’t.  And who also think that "fairness" means taking money away from people who earn it and giving it to people who don't work but do vote. 

Call me crazy, but I believe there’s something to be said for competition and for rewarding hard work, talent and intelligence. And there’s a lot to be said for the lessons learned and the character built through trying your best, failing and trying again.

So every Thanksgiving, when I’m giving thanks to God for my countless blessings, I include a little prayer of thanks for my Uncle Garvin…and for all those long-ago checker games that were so painful to lose at the time.

And of course, I’m thankful for all the folks who help me create my newsletters and website and my show on TBN, and all of you who read and watch.  I hope to be giving thanks for that for many Thanksgivings to come!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving, America! This is a uniquely American holiday that dates back to the earliest American settlements. It was first declared by President George Washington in 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God." It was set on the last Thursday in November by Abraham Lincoln.

I hope you’re enjoying this Thanksgiving as best you can. Thanks to inflation (and not the Macy's parade balloon kind), it’s the second-most expensive Thanksgiving dinner on record, down by about $3 from last year, but still 25% higher than in 2019. And thanks to the Biden Administration’s war on gas appliances and reliable energy, I hope you’re able to heat your oven – and your house. But we still have much to be thankful for, like that we no longer have Dr. Fauci hectoring us not to spend Thanksgiving with our families or to try to eat stuffing through a facemask. Remember how the COVID-19 virus was a registered Democrat, so it would spread at traditional family Thanksgiving dinners, but not at BLM protests, Obama’s birthday soirees or fancy French restaurants frequented by liberal politicians?  

Lately, Thanksgiving has been under assault on numerous fronts. As if high prices and shortages weren’t hitting us hard enough, we were told to cancel Thanksgiving due to the coronavirus, then lectured by wokescolds that the Pilgrims were genocidal racists (these tunnel-visioned nags make me very thankful for the “Off” button on my TV remote.) Last year, we had the Washington Post nagging us about how much each dish in the traditional meal allegedly contributes to “climate change.” These people are more efficient than a Dyson vacuum at sucking the joy out of every aspect of life.

But all these things are, in the long view of history, passing annoyances. The greatest danger to Thanksgiving is the government’s constant push to take away the God-given rights we give thanks for, especially our First Amendment rights to assemble, speak freely and express our religious faith, which are the foundation of Thanksgiving. Our Pilgrim ancestors took a dangerous ocean journey to an unknown and unsettled land seeking those very freedoms and were willing to risk their lives to attain them. So this is a great time to reflect on those days and take inspiration from them that things really can get better, if we all get together and do something about it, even if it means taking some risks. And I assure you the Pilgrims faced much worse risks than being badmouthed on Twitter.

This is also the time to reflect on the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving. It’s not just about turkey and stuffing, football on TV and early Christmas shopping. It even means more than a big family get-together, although that’s a very important part of it that we’re especially grateful for after all the lockdowns and quarantines.

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to God for our blessings, many of which we only enjoy because we are fortunate enough to be Americans - a fact lost on many of today’s young Americans, who slander America using the very rights they wouldn’t have if they weren’t Americans.  We inherited hard-won rights and liberties that were revolutionary in the early days of this nation. Many of them had their genesis in the arrival of the Pilgrims.  

Four-centuries-and-three-years ago, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. They had set out on a dangerous journey across the Atlantic in a small ship, the Mayflower, to a hostile wilderness where survival was far from certain. Indeed, half the settlers died during that first harsh winter. If not for the help of the indigenous people who joined them at the first Thanksgiving, they all might have died. But they were willing to risk everything for the right to be free to worship God in their own way, without the government telling them what they were and weren’t allowed to say, do or believe (is this starting to sound surprisingly relevant to today?)

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wrote an excellent rebuttal to the negative revisionist historians on the 400 th  anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival, and I think it should be read every year by every American as a new Thanksgiving tradition:

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/thanksgiving-pilgrims-tom-cotton

Sen. Cotton talks about not just the history and importance of the Pilgrims’ arrival and the first Thanksgiving, but an even more important legacy they bequeathed to us. It was the way they organized their settlement, codified in the Mayflower Compact, the first example of the principle of “government by the consent of the governed.” Its ideas would still reverberate more than a century-and-a-half later when it became a huge influence on the writing of the US Constitution (although today’s leaders definitely need a sharp reminder that they are in power only thanks to the “consent of the governed.” Let’s pray the 2024 elections provide it.)

Sen. Cotton writes, “In this covenant, the ship’s passengers agreed to form a ‘civil body politic’ of ‘just and equal laws’ based on the consent of the governed and dedicated to the ‘Glory of God’ and the ‘general good of the colony.’ Immediately after signing the compact, the signatories conducted a democratic election to choose their first governor.”

As he notes, it’s no wonder John Adams called the Pilgrims’ arrival “the birth-day of your nation.” These are the principles America was founded upon, and they arrived 403 years ago, in 1620. America was not founded upon slavery, which supposedly arrived in 1619 (even though some Native American tribes had long practiced forms of it, a fact I doubt is taught in current “history” classes), and which Christian abolitionists, Republicans and many of the Founders strongly opposed and we fought a bloody Civil War to end. (Another shocker for today’s “history” students: The Republican Party was specifically founded to end slavery, and it was the Democrats who fought to preserve it.)

To counter the left’s assault on America and its history, The Federalist launched “The 1620 Project.” At this link is an excerpt about the Pilgrims’ and the Puritans’ experiences and what they contributed that helped make America such an exceptional nation and a “shining city on the hill.” It’s another piece that should become a Thanksgiving tradition.  

https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/25/how-the-pilgrims-planted-the-seeds-for-americas-constitutional-rights-and-liberties/

This year, while we’re thanking God for all our blessings, let’s ignore the America-hating historical revisionists and give even bigger thanks than usual for the brave men and women who ventured to the New World, seeking religious freedom. Let’s also give thanks for the blessings of liberty and self-government that they secured for themselves and their posterity (that’s us.) Let’s honor their legacy by making sure that we protect and defend those rights and liberties for all so that we can hand them down intact to future generations. 

And let us also get to work right now on cleaning out the infection from our “education” system to ensure that our schools and universities teach real history and civics and stop brainwashing future generations into hating their own nation, admiring monsters like Hamas and Bin Laden, demonizing those who sacrificed so much to give them the rights and freedoms they take for granted, and giving away those rights for a mess of pottage (no, that's not a Thanksgiving dinner side dish) or a phony promise of absolution for the alleged sins of their great-great-great-great-grandparents.


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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James 3:17


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Programming Note:

We’ll be mostly taking a break from the news for the next few days so that my staff and I can enjoy Thanksgiving with our families. But keep watching your mailbox: we’ve prepared some material in advance for you, so you’ll still get the daily newsletter. And if anything truly major happens, we’ll come back and report/comment on it. BTW, consider yourself warned in advance that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade organizers apparently looked at Bud Light and said, “Hold muh appletini!”

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, America! This is a uniquely American holiday that dates back to the earliest American settlements. It was first declared by President George Washington in 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God." It was set on the last Thursday in November by Abraham Lincoln.

I hope you’re enjoying this Thanksgiving as best you can. Thanks to inflation (and not the Macy's parade balloon kind), it’s the second-most expensive Thanksgiving dinner on record, down by about $3 from last year, but still 25% higher than in 2019. And thanks to the Biden Administration’s war on gas appliances and reliable energy, I hope you’re able to heat your oven – and your house. But we still have much to be thankful for, like that we no longer have Dr. Fauci hectoring us not to spend Thanksgiving with our families or to try to eat stuffing through a facemask. Remember how the COVID-19 virus was a registered Democrat, so it would spread at traditional family Thanksgiving dinners, but not at BLM protests, Obama’s birthday soirees or fancy French restaurants frequented by liberal politicians?  

Lately, Thanksgiving has been under assault on numerous fronts. As if high prices and shortages weren’t hitting us hard enough, we were told to cancel Thanksgiving due to the coronavirus, then lectured by wokescolds that the Pilgrims were genocidal racists (these tunnel-visioned nags make me very thankful for the “Off” button on my TV remote.) Last year, we had the Washington Post nagging us about how much each dish in the traditional meal allegedly contributes to “climate change.” These people are more efficient than a Dyson vacuum at sucking the joy out of every aspect of life.

But all these things are, in the long view of history, passing annoyances. The greatest danger to Thanksgiving is the government’s constant push to take away the God-given rights we give thanks for, especially our First Amendment rights to assemble, speak freely and express our religious faith, which are the foundation of Thanksgiving. Our Pilgrim ancestors took a dangerous ocean journey to an unknown and unsettled land seeking those very freedoms and were willing to risk their lives to attain them. So this is a great time to reflect on those days and take inspiration from them that things really can get better, if we all get together and do something about it, even if it means taking some risks. And I assure you the Pilgrims faced much worse risks than being badmouthed on Twitter.

This is also the time to reflect on the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving. It’s not just about turkey and stuffing, football on TV and early Christmas shopping. It even means more than a big family get-together, although that’s a very important part of it that we’re especially grateful for after all the lockdowns and quarantines.

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to God for our blessings, many of which we only enjoy because we are fortunate enough to be Americans - a fact lost on many of today’s young Americans, who slander America using the very rights they wouldn’t have if they weren’t Americans.  We inherited hard-won rights and liberties that were revolutionary in the early days of this nation. Many of them had their genesis in the arrival of the Pilgrims.  

Four-centuries-and-three-years ago, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. They had set out on a dangerous journey across the Atlantic in a small ship, the Mayflower, to a hostile wilderness where survival was far from certain. Indeed, half the settlers died during that first harsh winter. If not for the help of the indigenous people who joined them at the first Thanksgiving, they all might have died. But they were willing to risk everything for the right to be free to worship God in their own way, without the government telling them what they were and weren’t allowed to say, do or believe (is this starting to sound surprisingly relevant to today?)

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wrote an excellent rebuttal to the negative revisionist historians on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival, and I think it should be read every year by every American as a new Thanksgiving tradition:

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/thanksgiving-pilgrims-tom-cotton

Sen. Cotton talks about not just the history and importance of the Pilgrims’ arrival and the first Thanksgiving, but an even more important legacy they bequeathed to us. It was the way they organized their settlement, codified in the Mayflower Compact, the first example of the principle of “government by the consent of the governed.” Its ideas would still reverberate more than a century-and-a-half later when it became a huge influence on the writing of the US Constitution (although today’s leaders definitely need a sharp reminder that they are in power only thanks to the “consent of the governed.” Let’s pray the 2024 elections provide it.)

Sen. Cotton writes, “In this covenant, the ship’s passengers agreed to form a ‘civil body politic’ of ‘just and equal laws’ based on the consent of the governed and dedicated to the ‘Glory of God’ and the ‘general good of the colony.’ Immediately after signing the compact, the signatories conducted a democratic election to choose their first governor.”

As he notes, it’s no wonder John Adams called the Pilgrims’ arrival “the birth-day of your nation.” These are the principles America was founded upon, and they arrived 403 years ago, in 1620. America was not founded upon slavery, which supposedly arrived in 1619 (even though some Native American tribes had long practiced forms of it, a fact I doubt is taught in current “history” classes), and which Christian abolitionists, Republicans and many of the Founders strongly opposed and we fought a bloody Civil War to end. (Another shocker for today’s “history” students: The Republican Party was specifically founded to end slavery, and it was the Democrats who fought to preserve it.)

To counter the left’s assault on America and its history, The Federalist launched “The 1620 Project.” At this link is an excerpt about the Pilgrims’ and the Puritans’ experiences and what they contributed that helped make America such an exceptional nation and a “shining city on the hill.” It’s another piece that should become a Thanksgiving tradition.  

https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/25/how-the-pilgrims-planted-the-seeds-for-americas-constitutional-rights-and-liberties/

This year, while we’re thanking God for all our blessings, let’s ignore the America-hating historical revisionists and give even bigger thanks than usual for the brave men and women who ventured to the New World, seeking religious freedom. Let’s also give thanks for the blessings of liberty and self-government that they secured for themselves and their posterity (that’s us.) Let’s honor their legacy by making sure that we protect and defend those rights and liberties for all so that we can hand them down intact to future generations. 

And let us also get to work right now on cleaning out the infection from our “education” system to ensure that our schools and universities teach real history and civics and stop brainwashing future generations into hating their own nation, admiring monsters like Hamas and Bin Laden, demonizing those who sacrificed so much to give them the rights and freedoms they take for granted, and giving away those rights for a mess of pottage (no, that's not a Thanksgiving dinner side dish) or a phony promise of absolution for the alleged sins of their great-great-great-great-grandparents.


Thanksgiving: A time For Family

Thanksgiving is not only a time when we give thanks for our many blessings as Americans, it’s also a time when we gather together as families and get reacquainted with relatives we don’t see any other time of year. One of the things I’m most thankful for is that once again, Americans’ older relatives will be welcomed into their families’ homes and not seen only on Zoom. 

Every Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking back on beloved family members who are no longer with us. There’s one who meant so much to me that sharing my memories of him has become a holiday tradition here. So I hope you’ll indulge me as I again share the story of a very special relative from my childhood. I usually saw him only once a year, but he taught me a lesson that helped make me what I am today and for which I still give thanks. 

When I was a boy in Hope, Arkansas, one thing about the holidays I most looked forward to was the annual visit from my Uncle Garvin. Garvin Elder was my mother’s half-brother from her dad’s first marriage, and so much older than her, he was like a grandpa to my sister and me. He was an accountant and a lifelong bachelor from Houston, and he cut quite an impressive figure whenever he arrived by bus in Hope. 

He owned stocks (I could hardly imagine such a thing!) and carried a real leather suitcase with travel tags, not like the cardboard suitcase we owned but never used.  And he wore a suit, tie and starched white shirt -- every day! In our town, if you saw a man in a suit, it could mean only one of two things: either it was Sunday, or he was going to or coming from a funeral.

Over the holidays, while my parents were at work, Uncle Garvin was the only adult in the house.  So when he wasn’t taking his daily unbreakable appointment with the “Perry Mason” rerun, I would constantly pester him to play checkers with me.  Now you must understand, this was in the days before self-esteem classes and helicopter parents.  Uncle Garvin didn’t realize how impolite, damaging, even psychologically traumatic and triggering it was to beat the daylights out of a sensitive young boy at checkers.  No, he played to win.  And he relished beating me…which he did, over and over and over. 

Of course, I hated losing to him.  But that just made me want to challenge him again.  Over time, I gradually got better until I actually beat him occasionally.

Looking back now, I realize what a huge favor Uncle Garvin did for me by developing my competitive spirit.  These days, we’ve built a society of hand-wringers so afraid of hurting a child’s self-esteem that everyone gets a trophy just for showing up, no matter how poorly they perform.  We’ve taken away their incentive to work hard and get better. 

This is the same mindset that’s given us incompetent CEOs who crash companies, then run to the government for a bailout because they’re “too big to fail.”  And idiots in government who bail them out with money they confiscate from hardworking taxpayers, because it’s “not fair” that some succeed when others don’t.  And who also think that "fairness" means taking money away from people who earn it and giving it to people who don't work but do vote. 

Call me crazy, but I believe there’s something to be said for competition and for rewarding hard work, talent and intelligence. And there’s a lot to be said for the lessons learned and the character built through trying your best, failing and trying again.

So every Thanksgiving, when I’m giving thanks to God for my countless blessings, I include a little prayer of thanks for my Uncle Garvin…and for all those long-ago checker games that were so painful to lose at the time.

And of course, I’m thankful for all the folks who help me create my newsletters and website and my show on TBN, and all of you who read and watch.  I hope to be giving thanks for that for many Thanksgivings to come!


IF you aren’t in the mood for politics today, stop reading here. If you don’t mind, continue on…

 


Here is today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated news on the war in Israel…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-22-israel-hamas-war

The big story is that Israel has agreed to a temporary ceasefire in Gaza that involves the release of 50 Hamas hostages, three of them Americans. It will officially begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time today. While this is certainly news worth giving thanks for, it must be remembered and repeated often that Hamas is still holding many hostages (they released only women and children), and this act of desperation to make Israel stop killing them and smashing their terrorist infrastructure doesn’t in any way mean that they are acting in good faith or are victims of some sort.

They are still terrorist murderers who are still holding hostages, and who still deserve to be hunted down. The ceasefire is to get some humanitarian aid to the Palestinians whom they are still using as human shields. In short, for those with serious comprehension problems:

Israel is NOT the villain here. And for the umpteenth time, if these pro-Palestinian anti-Israel protesters really cared about preventing civilian casualties, they wouldn’t be celebrating Hamas, they’d be demanding Hamas release all hostages, stop hiding behind civilians, and surrender.


Huckabee Video:

Here’s my appearance this week on Eric Bolling’s show on Newsmax, where we talked about Vivek Ramaswamy, what makes him such an intriguing candidate, and the frankly racist attack on him by DNC chair Donna Brazile.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/newsmax-mike-huckabee-ramaswamy/2023/11/21/id/1143195/

 


Happy Thanksgiving with the Bidens, discussing the latest news

It sure would be interesting to be a fly on the wall in the White House residence as the whole Biden family sits down to their lavish Thanksgiving dinner.

This must be the weirdest time ever for the Bidens --- and, boy, that family has been through some weird times.  The next Thanksgiving they spend at the White House, assuming this President can even stay in office that long, will take place soon after the ‘24 election.  Who knows if Joe will have even been on the ballot, let alone re-elected?  Both those possibilities seem increasingly remote, as Joe’s poll numbers are so dismal that we may safely assume most Democrats hope he won’t be their candidate. Some of them would probably rather run the turkey he pardoned.

In fact, Biden is such a poor candidate that the Democrats’ strategy of choice, at least for as long as he IS the candidate, is to keep him under wraps as much as possible and voice ridiculous, over-the-top accusations against Trump, such as the shameless New York Rep. Daniel Goldman saying, “It is just unquestionable at this point that that...man...cannot seek public office again.  He is not only unfit, he is destructive to our democracy, and he has to be, uh, he has to be eliminated.”

ELIMINATED.  What did he mean?  (And where’s the Secret Service??)  I guess that after seeing the polls, Democrats figure “eliminating” Trump is the only way Biden CAN beat him.  Who’s being destructive to our democracy here?

Or how about this wacko diatribe from Illinois Democrat Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, who blames the recent spike in anti-Semitism (almost exclusively among leftists, I might add) on – you guessed it! – Donald Trump. You know, the President who finally kept the promise of moving our Embassy to Jerusalem, gave us the Abraham Accords, and who has Jewish grandchildren.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/11/15/dem-rep-krishnamoorthi-uptick-in-antisemitism-is-due-to-trump/

MSNBC had this from Joe Scarborough: “If you’re going to be fair, then you will frame this as Joe Biden being the candidate that supports American democracy, and Donald Trump a candidate who supports a new form of government here that’s authoritarian.  He will get away with, he will imprison, he will execute whoever he’s allowed to imprison, execute, uh-uh-uh drive from the country.  Just look at his past…”

Sure, we all can look back and remember all the people Donald Trump...executed??  These people are insane.  Are they just spouting this out of desperation, or do they actually believe it?  It’s probably a combination, like the “doublethink” of Orwell’s 1984.  And who’s been doing the rampant “imprisoning”?

From the time of Biden’s 2020 campaign and arguably before, Obama holdovers at the DOJ and FBI have had his back, but this year the GOP-led Congress took up their deliberate slack and is piecing together the full story of the Biden Family Business.

And now, just as Joe’s birthday cake was overwhelmed by the bonfire of 81 candles, the whole country (and maybe the world) seems to be in flames.  Crime and unrest are heating up.  The government burns through money without bothering to count it first, and the Constitution is being torched as well, especially when it comes to the Bill of Rights and equal justice for political opponents.

Yes, Biden just celebrated his 81st birthday as the oldest sitting President in history.  (Emphasis on “sitting,” as opposed to climbing stairs.)  Most Americans have caught on to the outrageously partisan character of the DOJ, to the point where the “Justice” Department is increasingly seen as justice-free.  The release of all the previously-withheld January 6 video supports that view.

Congressional committee chairs Jim Jordan of Ohio (Judiciary), James Comer of Kentucky (Oversight), and Jason Smith of Missouri (Ways and Means) have been doing a masterful job of exposing the Biden Family Business.  Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and if you think elections don’t matter, remember that if the Democrats controlled Congress, all of this would still be hidden away, likely forever.

In the most recent development, Rep. Jordan issued a subpoena on Tuesday to Delaware Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf, who works under David Weiss, the U.S. attorney whom Attorney General Merrick Garland recently upgraded to special counsel for the Hunter Biden case.  Recall that IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler both testified that Wolf put up roadblocks to their investigation into first son Hunter’s taxes.  These agents testified that they were forbidden to pursue certain lines of inquiry, such as anything that might lead to Joe Biden.  And, as you know, Hunter’s defense team was tipped off to agents’ attempts to interview Hunter and to search a storage unit.

Fellow committee chair Comer thinks Jordan is on the right track.  “All roads lead to Lesley Wolf,” he said later on Tuesday.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/james-comer-joe-biden-lesley-wolf/2023/11/21/id/1143184/

Subpoenaing Wolf was necessary because the DOJ had refused to make her available for a voluntary interview.  Their predictable excuse:  they don’t comment on “an ongoing investigation.”  According to Jordan, that argument “rests on no constitutional privilege or case law authority.”  His cover letter to Wolf makes great reading...

https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2023-11/2023-11-21-jdj-to-wolf-subpoena-cover-letter.pdf

"Based on the Committee’s investigation to date, it is clear that you possess specialized and unique information that is unavailable to the Committee through other sources and without which the Committee’s inquiry would be incomplete,” Jordan wrote to Wolf.  “Witness testimony and public reporting indicates that as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, you were directly involved in that office’s investigation of Hunter Biden, which deviated from standard investigative procedures."

“Deviated from standard investigative procedures”?  To put it mildly.

Wolf was present at nearly all the prosecution team meetings, according to the whistleblowers, and the committee has information suggesting that she, either directly or by giving instructions, is “responsible for many of the decisions to deviate from standard investigative protocol.”  She’s also “uniquely situated to shed light on whether President Biden played any role in the Department’s investigation and whether he attempted, in any way, to directly or indirectly obstruct either that investigation or our investigation.”  Wolf is to report for her deposition at 10 a.m. on December 7 with authorized committee members and staff.

https://nypost.com/2023/11/21/news/house-subpoenas-hunter-biden-prosecutor-who-passed-on-joe-leads/

So, the Bidens might not be talking much about THAT around the Thanksgiving table this year.  But, as Jill carves the turkey --- no sharp implements for Joe --- we can just see them laughing at the silly story Hunter could tell about his crazy dinner in Mexico with a Mexican business magnate.

It happened while his dad was VP, after Hunter had set up several meetings with him as a favor to the magnate, Miguel Aleman Magnani, former CEO of Mexican airline Interjet and grandson of a Mexican presidente.  (We found that as of July 2021, Magnani was residing in France while fighting an arrest warrant for tax fraud in his native country.)  After receiving this favor, Magnani had apparently been ignoring Hunter, as Hunter had emailed him to complain about this.  (“I haven’t heard from you since I got a mtg for Carlos and your Dad...I have brought every single person you have ever asked me to bring to the [bleep]-ing White House...I’ve delivered on every single thing you’ve ever asked.”)  Soon after Hunter’s email rant, they dined at a restaurant in Mexico, perhaps to mend fences, but Hunter continued berating Magnani, who had failed to pick up Hunter and business partner Jeff Cooper at the airport, where they had arrived on Air Force Two.  Hunter berated him so severely at the restaurant that Magnani excused himself, went to the little caballeros’ room and...never came back!  Did he climb out through the window?  That part we don’t know!

Gosh, you’d think Magnani would’ve shown more gratitude after he and his father got to meet for lunch with then-VP Biden at the White House, as Hunter and Cooper had arranged.

Hunter’s business prospects with Magnani fell apart, apparently because of Hunter’s erratic behavior.  Ah, but even so, those must have been heady times for the Bidens, as they were raking in money from around the world.  That’s something they can muse about as they sit around the holiday table at the White House for what is almost certainly their next-to-last, or possibly even last, Thanksgiving there.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/20/hunter-biden-lashed-out-mexican-business-magnate-ignoring-meetings/


Remembering President Kennedy

Published on November 22, 2023

There are certain events that are seared into the memories of those who lived through them in our youth, and they will always seem as if they happened just yesterday. In addition to joyous occasions like the astronauts walking on the moon, there were also the sudden tragedies that left us reeling in shock. For an earlier generation, there was Pearl Harbor. For baby boomers like me, it was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which happened 60 years ago, on November 22, 1963.

It's been said many times that everyone alive that day remembers where he was when it happened. A US President hadn’t been assassinated since William McKinley in 1901, and this was the first time it had happened in the age of mass media and instant, nationwide television coverage. Many people couldn’t believe that a lowly, communist schlub like Lee Harvey Oswald could have done something that so monumentally affected the entire world and changed the course of history. That, plus the various discrepancies and unanswered questions, gave rise to a JFK conspiracy industry that’s generated many films and TV shows and over 1500 books. Lately, there’s been even more suspicion, thanks not only to the 60th anniversary but to the fact that we’ve recently learned just how much perfidy the DC Deep State is capable of.

I hope this solemn day won’t be completely taken over by conjecture and conspiracy theories, as interesting as they may be. Instead, let’s remember the tragic loss of a President and the way all Americans came together in a shared feeling of shock and grief, regardless of political affiliations. Let’s remember what this tragedy was like and react with the proper disgust when some chowderhead on social media calls for assassinating someone whose politics he/she disagrees with.

For those who were not alive then, rather than listening to wild theories and secondhand revisionism, read what those who were actually there at the time have to say…

https://www.newsmax.com/us/jfk-assassination-lee-harvey-oswald/2023/11/22/id/1143214/

And here’s something you might never have heard: a firsthand account by someone who knew Lee and Marina Oswald and was questioned by the Warren Commission. He personally saw some very disturbing things in their home and describes the Lee Harvey Oswald he knew as “persistent, scheming and manipulative;” an “avowed communist” who thought he was destined to be in the history books; and a “convincing liar” who had attempted another assassination before this, but barely missed. He can’t say whether we know the full true story of the JFK assassination. But when he asks himself if Oswald could have committed such a horrific act by himself, his honest answer is…yes.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/jfk-assassination-60-years-later-we-know-truth-about-real-killer

 

 


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Sinking like a stone

November 22, 2023

The latest NBC News poll shows President Biden’s approval rating has been falling since January, when it was 46%, to its lowest level ever now at 40%. Nearly two-thirds of Independents disapprove.

https://www.breitbart.com/2024-election/2023/11/19/nbc-news-poll-joe-bidens-popularity-slips-lowest-level-presidency/

The biggest driver of the drop came with young voters aged 18 to 34. Their approval of Biden has plummeted from 46% in September to 31%.

Of course, as we’ve seen recently, that could be because so many of the Democrats’ young radical base are Hamas-supporting anti-Semites, and Biden is supporting Israel. He’s caught in an electoral Catch-22, because he needs their votes to win, but if he does what they want, he won’t get any votes from the non-crazy wing of his Party. I believe it was Kurt Schlichter who pointed out that the Democrats are in trouble because a large part of their base suddenly wants to kill another large part of their base. That’s rather hard for even the nimblest politician to straddle.

Related op-ed from Wayne Allyn Root: What if the Democrats get so panicked by Biden’s subterranean approval ratings that they replace him with their dream ticket of Gavin Newsom/Michelle Obama (or vice versa) – then discover that Americans blame all of them, not just Biden, for destroying border security and the economy and encouraging our enemies to launch World War III, and they see through all the indictments of Trump as the dirty abuse of power that they are, and elect Trump anyway?

https://www.westernjournal.com/root-trump-crushing-new-poll-dems-will-bring-not-1-2-ringers-replace-biden/

The column actually ends a little too soon. I think it’s worth considering also how the Democrats would immediately revert to “election deniers” and do everything in their power to block Trump from taking office, and to ask if the Republicans are making any plans to deal with that possibility.

I hope President Biden had a happy 81st birthday on Monday. If he read any of the press about his birthday, I doubt that he did, so I’ll just wish it for him. Usually, a President’s birthday is one of those feel-good, human-interest stories to fill space. But Biden’s entry into the second year of his eighth decade was covered with the kind of stories that make you think of sharks or vultures circling someone who’s doomed. And as this story from Western Journal notes, it’s not just from conservative critics. The negative chatter is coming from Democrat voters, friendly media and even his own inner circle.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-not-happy-81st-birthday-even-family-members-worried/

Voters are making their concerns known via dreadful poll numbers, including his lowest approval ever in a new NBC News poll, with large numbers expressing doubts that he has the physical and mental stamina to serve a second term. Even a Washington Post reporter noted that “some argue that neither Biden nor his team have effectively communicated a reelection plan, a second-term governing vision or a clear argument against Trump.”

Some of us would argue that he didn’t have what it took to serve a first term, or a first-term governing vision, or a clear argument against Trump other than that he wasn’t Trump; and that was three years ago when he was a spring chicken of 78, but I digress.

This isn’t to say that age is the deciding factor on whether someone can handle the job, but age affects people differently. Mel Brooks is 97, and he just finished co-writing and producing a new series for Hulu. But even those closest to Biden are worried that his age-related difficulties are becoming impossible to deny (not that they don’t keep trying.) 

As that story reports, their method of dealing with it is denial, blaming others for bringing it up, and rather than urging him to retire from the most stressful job in the world, to put him in sturdier shoes and not let him walk very far on camera. Thanks for thinking of what’s best for America, guys.

 


To put the icing on Biden’s petrified birthday cake, that very same day brought this news:

Trump released a letter from his doctor reporting that his latest physical found that Trump has lost weight, is in “excellent overall health,” and “his cognitive exams were exceptional.” Although to be fair, Biden’s cognitive exams might look okay, too, if he’d ever take any.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-releases-letter-doctor-detailing-physical-mental-health/

However, it might be tough to convince young voters that Biden’s mind is sharp after he made a baffling joke at the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in which he seemed to mix up Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears. Well, at least he didn’t drop Judy Garland into the mix. And then accuse the turkey of being an insurrectionist.

https://www.westernjournal.com/bidens-attempted-joke-thanksgiving-turkey-pardon-real-head-scratcher/

 


Bad Birthday Optics for Biden:

If President Biden’s handlers didn’t want people to think about how old he is, they probably shouldn’t have released a photo of him with his birthday cake topped by 81 flaming candles. It lit up the Internet and inspired meme makers with its resemblance to the Chicago fire.

 

https://twitchy.com/laura-w/2023/11/21/biden-birthday-cake-photo-n2390024

Elon Musk sues Media Matters

November 22, 2023

You’ve probably heard of the “thermonuclear lawsuit” Elon Musk has filed against Media Matters, a Soros-backed group that claims to be a media watchdog but has actually long been a Democrat Party attack dog. They recently launched an intimidation campaign telling companies that if they advertise on Musk’s platform Twitter (X), their ads will run next to Nazi and white nationalist posts. This has caused IBM, Disney, Apple, Paramount and others to yank their ads.

Musk’s lawsuit says that Media Matters “knowingly and maliciously” manufactured images showing ads next to racist fringe content when “not a single authentic user” saw ads from IBM, Comcast or Oracle next to such content.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2023/11/21/elon-musks-x-twitter-files-lawsuit-against-far-left-media-matters/

Not only is Musk suing but the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri announced that they’re investigating Media Matters for possible fraud for allegedly deceiving the public in an attempt to limit participation in the public square.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/media-matters-musk-paxton-lawsuit

But what you might not know is what exactly IS Media Matters? Issues & Insights published a good explanation for how this started, what it’s all about, who Media Matters are and what their true motive is, and it’s not fighting anti-Semitism or Nazism. Their twofold goals are (1.) harming Musk for taking away the left’s Twitter monopoly and bringing back free speech online; and (2.) drawing attention away from all the very real anti-Semites who’ve suddenly made themselves known in the Democrat Party.

https://issuesinsights.com/2023/11/21/what-the-latest-attacks-on-musk-are-really-all-about/

 

 


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Here is today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated news on the war in Israel…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-20-israel-hamas-war 

The big story is that Israel and Hamas are reportedly in the final stages of a deal for Hamas to release dozens of hostages (but only women and children) and to call a five-day temporary ceasefire to deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza. May I point out to all the Hamas defenders accusing Israel of genocide that all it took to end the bombing of Gaza was for the bloody terrorists you support to release their hostages. Of course, they still aren’t releasing all of them, which is why the fighting will eventually continue. You want an end to the siege of Gaza? Tell Hamas to release all hostages and surrender. Abracadabra, it’s done.

Whoever put together Maryland’s task force on hate crimes should look for another line of work, after it was revealed that one member, Zainab Chaudry, is an anti-Israel activist and director of the state office of CAIR, and she’s written numerous anti-Semitic social media posts, such as comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and claiming the babies slaughtered by Hamas on October 7th were “fake.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/maryland-hate-crime-task-force-member-claimed-babies-murdered-hamas-fake-compared-israel-nazis

Speaking of Holocaust deniers, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Palestinian culture in Gaza and the West Bank that the IDF reported finding an “extremist anti-Semitic” book being used as part of school curriculums. The book is called “The Big Lie: The burning of 6 million Jews in the gas chambers.” The IDF said, “Under Hamas’ rule, school curriculums promote extremist antisemitic practices -- calling for genocide against the Jewish people. This is another example (of) Hamas’ true ideology -- and another reason for us to dismantle it.” 

Related MUST-READ: Derek Hunter at Townhall.com on the shock among Jewish progressives and reasonable Democrats upon suddenly discovering that they’ve been sharing a Party with some of the most hateful anti-Semites on Earth, and didn’t notice what they really were because up until now, their violent, intolerant tactics weren't criticized because they were aimed at conservatives.

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2023/11/21/the-great-awakening-of-some-on-the-american-left-n2631440

I especially appreciate Hunter's observation that Joe Biden refers incessantly to the evil Nazis at Charlottesville, but when “the Democratic Party’s Jew-hating Brown Shirts have held rallies 100 times larger than Charlottesville in every major American city and college campus,” instead of unequivocally condemning them, “the White House set up a task force to fight Islamophobia, just in case someone develops an attitude against paragliding assassins.”  


Happy Birthday, President Biden

I hope President Biden had a happy 81st birthday on Monday. If he read any of the press about his birthday, I doubt that he did, so I’ll just wish it for him. Usually, a President’s birthday is one of those feel-good, human-interest stories to fill space. But Biden’s entry into the second year of his eighth decade was covered with the kind of stories that make you think of sharks or vultures circling someone who’s doomed. And as this story from Western Journal notes, it’s not just from conservative critics. The negative chatter is coming from Democrat voters, friendly media and even his own inner circle.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-not-happy-81st-birthday-even-family-members-worried/

Voters are making their concerns known via dreadful poll numbers, including his lowest approval ever in a new NBC News poll, with large numbers expressing doubts that he has the physical and mental stamina to serve a second term. Even a Washington Post reporter noted that “some argue that neither Biden nor his team have effectively communicated a reelection plan, a second-term governing vision or a clear argument against Trump.”

Some of us would argue that he didn’t have what it took to serve a first term, or a first-term governing vision, or a clear argument against Trump other than that he wasn’t Trump; and that was three years ago when he was a spring chicken of 78, but I digress.

This isn’t to say that age is the deciding factor on whether someone can handle the job, but age affects people differently. Mel Brooks is 97, and he just finished co-writing and producing a new series for Hulu. But even those closest to Biden are worried that his age-related difficulties are becoming impossible to deny (not that they don’t keep trying.) 

As that story reports, their method of dealing with it is denial, blaming others for bringing it up, and rather than urging him to retire from the most stressful job in the world, to put him in sturdier shoes and not let him walk very far on camera. Thanks for thinking of what’s best for America, guys.

 


To put the icing on Biden’s petrified birthday cake, that very same day brought this news:

Trump released a letter from his doctor reporting that his latest physical found that Trump has lost weight, is in “excellent overall health,” and “his cognitive exams were exceptional.” Although to be fair, Biden’s cognitive exams might look okay, too, if he’d ever take any.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-releases-letter-doctor-detailing-physical-mental-health/

However, it might be tough to convince young voters that Biden’s mind is sharp after he made a baffling joke at the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in which he seemed to mix up Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears. Well, at least he didn’t drop Judy Garland into the mix. And then accuse the turkey of being an insurrectionist.

https://www.westernjournal.com/bidens-attempted-joke-thanksgiving-turkey-pardon-real-head-scratcher/

 


Bad Birthday Optics for Biden:

If President Biden’s handlers didn’t want people to think about how old he is, they probably shouldn’t have released a photo of him with his birthday cake topped by 81 flaming candles. It lit up the Internet and inspired meme makers with its resemblance to the Chicago fire.

 

https://twitchy.com/laura-w/2023/11/21/biden-birthday-cake-photo-n2390024

 


A Threat to Vote Republican

A group of black Chicago residents held a rally outside of Alderman Desmon Yancy to protest the city spending $150 million on taking care of illegal aliens and ignoring the needs of citizens. For instance, homeless Chicagoans are sleeping on the streets while illegals get free hotel rooms.

One protester read this statement: “We’re here to say to black aldermen who were elected by the black citizens of Chicago that we are fed up with your not hearing our stress and our demands but rather do what you want to do to please the Democratic Party.” And in an almost-unheard of, and I’m sure terrifying to Democrats, turn, they even threatened to vote Republican!

https://www.westernjournal.com/fed-black-residents-rally-end-millions-spent-illegals-major-sanctuary-city-threaten-vote-republican/

I wouldn’t get my hopes up, considering the last Republican mayor of Chicago left office in 1931. But at some point, maybe it will get so bad that blue city voters will "stop the insanity" and quit doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. New Yorkers had to hit rock bottom before they finally elected Rudy Giuliani to save them. He did, they forgot how bad things could get, they voted the Democrats back in, and now they’re at rock bottom again. But miracles can happen. At least, one happened in New York, once…

 


Trump's gag order

Politico reports that a panel of judges from the DC Court of Appeals heard arguments on former President Trump’s request to significantly narrow the gag order put on him in the criminal trial by special counsel Javert -- oops, sorry, Jack Smith – for challenging the 2020 election and allegedly inciting that “worse than 9/11 and Pearl Harbor combined insurrection” on January 6th. They haven’t ruled yet, but in a hopeful sign for Trump, the judges appeared extremely dubious about severely curtailing the free speech of a leading presidential candidate during an election campaign.

https://www.westernjournal.com/federal-appeals-court-appears-indicate-will-take-ax-trump-gag-order/

One judge asked incredulously, “He has to speak ‘Miss Manners’ while everyone else is throwing targets at him?” She added, “It would be really hard in a debate, when everyone else is going at you full bore. Your attorneys would have to have scripted little things you can say.”

Precisely! And considering that judge is an Obama appointee (!), it’s becoming obvious just how far out over his skis Smith is with his creatively unconstitutional legal warfare.

 


Helping at Thanksgiving

I know these are very difficult times economically for a lot of people, but with the holidays coming and inflation making food so expensive, food banks are facing high demand and very strained resources. Here’s more info, and you’re able to help, God bless you.

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2023/11/21/food-bank-demand-surges-after-americans-hit-with-inflation/

However, if you are in a blue city, you might want to look for a food bank that polices who gets the food. Poor Americans in New York City are being left with no Thanksgiving turkeys, thanks to illegal aliens lining up early at the food banks and snapping them all up. I wonder how many New Yorkers will be giving thanks this year that Joe "Open Borders" Biden is President?

https://www.westernjournal.com/illegals-aliens-taking-thanksgiving-turkeys-low-income-nyc-residents/

 


Suing

Former US military members who lost their pay and benefits due to the Biden Administration’s COVID vaccine mandates are suing the US government. It’s currently three lawsuits that they plan to turn into a class action suit, they plan to sue for damages in the billions.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/20/former-troops-punished-over-bidens-vaccine-mandate-sue-for-billions-in-lost-wages/

Their attorney says that while over 8,000 active duty troops were kicked out of the service, the number of troops and reservists who were negatively affected could be as high as 100,000. If you are among them, read the story and see if you might want to join a class action suit over that outrageous injustice against America’s heroes.


Elon Musk sues Media Matters

You’ve probably heard of the “thermonuclear lawsuit” Elon Musk has filed against Media Matters, a Soros-backed group that claims to be a media watchdog but has actually long been a Democrat Party attack dog. They recently launched an intimidation campaign telling companies that if they advertise on Musk’s platform Twitter (X), their ads will run next to Nazi and white nationalist posts. This has caused IBM, Disney, Apple, Paramount and others to yank their ads.

Musk’s lawsuit says that Media Matters “knowingly and maliciously” manufactured images showing ads next to racist fringe content when “not a single authentic user” saw ads from IBM, Comcast or Oracle next to such content.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2023/11/21/elon-musks-x-twitter-files-lawsuit-against-far-left-media-matters/

Not only is Musk suing but the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri announced that they’re investigating Media Matters for possible fraud for allegedly deceiving the public in an attempt to limit participation in the public square.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/media-matters-musk-paxton-lawsuit

But what you might not know is what exactly IS Media Matters? Issues & Insights published a good explanation for how this started, what it’s all about, who Media Matters are and what their true motive is, and it’s not fighting anti-Semitism or Nazism. Their twofold goals are (1.) harming Musk for taking away the left’s Twitter monopoly and bringing back free speech online; and (2.) drawing attention away from all the very real anti-Semites who’ve suddenly made themselves known in the Democrat Party.

https://issuesinsights.com/2023/11/21/what-the-latest-attacks-on-musk-are-really-all-about/

 


Remember When

I’m so old, I remember when liberals used to condemn what they called “eliminationist rhetoric,” and not actually call for their political opponents to be “eliminated” in a public forum.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2023/11/21/dan-goldman-trump-must-be-eliminated-n2631479

By the way, if Trump can be prosecuted because someone who allegedly listened to him rioted at the Capitol, why wasn’t Sen. Bernie Sanders charged with conspiracy to commit murder because someone who followed him was inspired to try to kill Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republican House members so that Democrats would get a majority? That seemed like a pretty serious assault on “our democracy” to me.

(Note for the deliberately obtuse: I’m not seriously calling for Bernie Sanders to be indicted for making speeches. I’m just pointing out how ludicrous it is that Trump was indicted for making a speech. Are we clear? Good.)

 


In Case You Missed It

You likely missed it because it wasn’t so newsworthy then, but last month, Javier Milei gave an interview to Tucker Carlson. That interview just became a lot more newsworthy following Milei’s stunning landslide election as the new President of Argentina. In light of that, everyone should read the advice he had for Americans about the need to fight every day to resist the “siren song of social justice” and to stop the socialist “long term agenda that will destroy everything it touches.” Anyone running a business that doesn’t want to follow the “Get woke, go broke” formula down the toilet should especially read this.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2023/11/21/tucker-carlson-asks-javier-milei-what-advice-he-gives-to-americans-about-socialism-n2631480


Let's hope 2024 ends this sort of insanity

At Ramapo College of New Jersey, yet another male claiming to “identify” as female switched from the men’s to the women’s swim team and miraculously won first place and set a new record in the 100-yard butterfly. See if you can guess which one “she” is from the team photo. Hint: look for the one who towers over the others.

https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2023/11/20/transgender-swimmer-at-new-jersey-college-breaks-records-after-switching-to-womens-team/

As usual, the school responded to criticism by ladling out a dollop of pablum about how the school “supports all our student athletes.” Which is a load of manure because if they supported the female athletes, they wouldn’t let male athletes take over their sports and steal their trophies, records and scholarships.

This will only go on as long as the female athletes keep going along with it. Let’s hope that 2024 will bring an end to this insane denial of biological reality, as female athletes finally stand up for themselves and their sports and “Just Say No” to men cheating them out of their rights.

 

 


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The Big Story

November 22, 2023

The big story is that Israel and Hamas are reportedly in the final stages of a deal for Hamas to release dozens of hostages (but only women and children) and to call a five-day temporary ceasefire to deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza. May I point out to all the Hamas defenders accusing Israel of genocide that all it took to end the bombing of Gaza was for the bloody terrorists you support to release their hostages. Of course, they still aren’t releasing all of them, which is why the fighting will eventually continue. You want an end to the siege of Gaza? Tell Hamas to release all hostages and surrender. Abracadabra, it’s done.

Whoever put together Maryland’s task force on hate crimes should look for another line of work, after it was revealed that one member, Zainab Chaudry, is an anti-Israel activist and director of the state office of CAIR, and she’s written numerous anti-Semitic social media posts, such as comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and claiming the babies slaughtered by Hamas on October 7th were “fake.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/maryland-hate-crime-task-force-member-claimed-babies-murdered-hamas-fake-compared-israel-nazis

Speaking of Holocaust deniers, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Palestinian culture in Gaza and the West Bank that the IDF reported finding an “extremist anti-Semitic” book being used as part of school curriculums. The book is called “The Big Lie: The burning of 6 million Jews in the gas chambers.” The IDF said, “Under Hamas’ rule, school curriculums promote extremist antisemitic practices -- calling for genocide against the Jewish people. This is another example (of) Hamas’ true ideology -- and another reason for us to dismantle it.” 

Related MUST-READ: Derek Hunter at Townhall.com on the shock among Jewish progressives and reasonable Democrats upon suddenly discovering that they’ve been sharing a Party with some of the most hateful anti-Semites on Earth, and didn’t notice what they really were because up until now, their violent, intolerant tactics weren't criticized because they were aimed at conservatives.

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2023/11/21/the-great-awakening-of-some-on-the-american-left-n2631440

I especially appreciate Hunter's observation that Joe Biden refers incessantly to the evil Nazis at Charlottesville, but when “the Democratic Party’s Jew-hating Brown Shirts have held rallies 100 times larger than Charlottesville in every major American city and college campus,” instead of unequivocally condemning them, “the White House set up a task force to fight Islamophobia, just in case someone develops an attitude against paragliding assassins.” 

The CATO Institute released its annual Freedom Rankings of the 50 states. Based on how each state’s policies impact economic, social and personal freedom, New Hampshire came in #1 as the most free state, followed by Florida. At the opposite end, the good news for California is that it did not rank as the least free state. It was at #48, just ahead of Hawaii (#49) and the least free state in America, New York at #50.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/rotten-apple-new-york-dubbed-least-free-state-country-new-study

Obviously, this doesn’t mean you can't get free stuff in New York, because illegal immigrants are getting tons of it. It does mean that New Yorkers are burdened by high public debt, high state and local taxes, voracious government consumption of resources and oppressive land use and labor policies. Wealthy residents of New York City pay among the highest combined state and local taxes in the country, and I’ve long said that if they ever realize they can do the same job over the Internet from a beachfront mansion in safe, sunny, income tax-free Florida, New York City will be done for. I suspect that day is drawing very close.

Incidentally, I don’t think I have to point out the prevailing political views in the least free and most free states, and how those have created the current situation, with residents of the former fleeing to the latter in droves. But just to show you that Democrat policies can always make a bad situation terrible, the rampant crime in New York City created by woke DAs and defunded police is about to get even worse, thanks to the Biden open borders policy.

New York Mayor Eric Adams announced that because of the high cost of dealing with all the illegal immigrants, the already strained-to-the-limit budgets for police, sanitation and other public necessities will be cut by 5%. They’ll also be slashing the budgets for education and museums and cultural institutions, and freezing hiring in such departments as education, health, aging and parks.

https://nypost.com/2023/11/19/metro/cardi-b-slams-eric-adams-over-nyc-budget-cuts-crimes-are-gonna-go-through-the-roof/

It’s gotten so bad that even rapper Cardi B went on a foul-mouthed social media tirade, complaining that the dirty city is going to get even dirtier, “crimes are gonna go through the roof” and “we’re gonna be drowning in rats!”

Yep. And just remember: you voted for it. And if I were a betting man, I’d bet the farm that next November, a lot of New Yorkers who are complaining about the crime, illegal immigration, budget cuts and more will vote for more of it. That includes some who aren’t even dead yet.

This weekend brought some election results that suggest that from the US to Argentina, voters are fed up to the gills with leftist misrule.

On Saturday, there were three statewide elections in Louisiana, and let’s hope they’re a harbinger of what’s coming in 2024. Republican Jeff Landry previously won the primary by a wide enough margin that there won't even be a runoff/gubernatorial election. And on Saturday, all three Trump-backed Republican candidates for Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer won their races by 2-1 margins of around 66%-33%.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/19/trump-backed-republicans-sweep-statewide-elections-louisiana/

And in a resounding rebuke to creeping South American socialism, voters in Argentina elected Libertarian outsider congressman and economist Javier Milei of the Liberty Advances party as their new President, in a 55-45% landslide. Voters were sick of the ruling Peronist party’s corruption, poverty, job insecurity and runaway inflation (Sound familiar?)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/javier-milei-crushes-argentine-left-becomes-worlds-first-libertarian-head-state

Milei is a right-wing Libertarian populist who is adamantly anti-socialist and anti-communist and pro-small government. He’s a defender of western values and a staunch ally of Israel. He’s promised to end the central bank, adopt the US dollar as an official currency and distance Argentina from rogue communist nations like China. In his victory speech, he called for the ouster of all current politicians and for Argentina to “once again embrace the ideas of liberty.” You can see why he’s been compared to Trump, and not just because of his interesting hair style.

https://www.breitbart.com/latin-america/2023/11/19/javier-milei-speaks-after-winning-argentina-presidency-today-we-embrace-the-ideas-of-liberty/

Here’s more on Milei from blogger/journalist Jordan Schachtel. I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m going to like this guy.

Javier Milei, who has all of the right friends (and the right enemies), becomes president of Argentina (dossier.today)

Rest in Peace

November 21, 2023

I’d like to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers today to former President Jimmy Carter and his family, on the news that his wife of 77 years, Rosalynn Carter, died Sunday at 96. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, after a battle with dementia and months of declining health. She is now the second longest-lived First Lady, behind only Bess Truman, who died at 97.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-rosalynn-carter-outspoken-former-first-lady-dead-96/

Former President Carter issued a moving statement reading, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished. She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”

Click the link to learn more about her extraordinary life as a devoted wife, mother, Christian and servant to others, from growing up poor in Plains, Georgia, working after school in a beauty parlor, to being First Lady and so active in her husband’s Administration that she was sometimes called the “co-President” 20 years before Hillary Clinton arrived; and on through decades of working with her husband for charities like Habitat for Humanity.

I’d also like to take a moment to join other conservative defenders of the First Amendment in observing the passing of Chester Darling. You might not know his name, but he played a major role in protecting freedom of religion. He was a liberal Boston civil rights attorney, but he had a fierce devotion to protecting First Amendment rights.

He won the 1995 landmark case, "Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston," in which the SCOTUS ruled unanimously that demonstrations organizers don’t have to accept every group that wants to join, especially those that don’t represent their values (in this case, the Catholic organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade didn’t have to allow an LGBT organization to participate.) That case has been cited many times in protecting Americans of faith from being forced to participate in events that violate their beliefs, like providing services to same-sex weddings.

https://redstate.com/mccabe/2023/11/19/lawyer-in-st-patricks-day-parade-scotus-ruling-chester-darling-passes-94-n2166541

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! 

Mike Huckabee


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:19


Before the end of the month

Let me be clear: Government and Big Tech are working together to censor conservative views, and because they are I moved my newsletter to Substack.

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Released: Freedom Rankings Report

The CATO Institute released its annual Freedom Rankings of the 50 states. Based on how each state’s policies impact economic, social and personal freedom, New Hampshire came in #1 as the most free state, followed by Florida. At the opposite end, the good news for California is that it did not rank as the least free state. It was at #48, just ahead of Hawaii (#49) and the least free state in America, New York at #50.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/rotten-apple-new-york-dubbed-least-free-state-country-new-study

Obviously, this doesn’t mean you can't get free stuff in New York, because illegal immigrants are getting tons of it. It does mean that New Yorkers are burdened by high public debt, high state and local taxes, voracious government consumption of resources and oppressive land use and labor policies. Wealthy residents of New York City pay among the highest combined state and local taxes in the country, and I’ve long said that if they ever realize they can do the same job over the Internet from a beachfront mansion in safe, sunny, income tax-free Florida, New York City will be done for. I suspect that day is drawing very close.

Incidentally, I don’t think I have to point out the prevailing political views in the least free and most free states, and how those have created the current situation, with residents of the former fleeing to the latter in droves. But just to show you that Democrat policies can always make a bad situation terrible, the rampant crime in New York City created by woke DAs and defunded police is about to get even worse, thanks to the Biden open borders policy.

New York Mayor Eric Adams announced that because of the high cost of dealing with all the illegal immigrants, the already strained-to-the-limit budgets for police, sanitation and other public necessities will be cut by 5%. They’ll also be slashing the budgets for education and museums and cultural institutions, and freezing hiring in such departments as education, health, aging and parks.

https://nypost.com/2023/11/19/metro/cardi-b-slams-eric-adams-over-nyc-budget-cuts-crimes-are-gonna-go-through-the-roof/

It’s gotten so bad that even rapper Cardi B went on a foul-mouthed social media tirade, complaining that the dirty city is going to get even dirtier, “crimes are gonna go through the roof” and “we’re gonna be drowning in rats!”

Yep. And just remember: you voted for it. And if I were a betting man, I’d bet the farm that next November, a lot of New Yorkers who are complaining about the crime, illegal immigration, budget cuts and more will vote for more of it. That includes some who aren’t even dead yet.


Mind-blowing

Here’s a truckload of cognitive dissonance that I’d like to dump on all those leftist college students in the streets and on TikTok who are railing against America and Israel and suddenly discovering the mind-blowing wisdom of Osama Bin Laden:

Last week, the rock band Coldplay played their first-ever gig in Muslim-majority Indonesia at a stadium in Jakarta. While the 70,000 seats sold out within hours, outside the stadium, about 300 members of a conservative Muslim group called the "anti-LGBT movement" protested and clashed with police. They shouted at concertgoers, calling them “LGBTQ supporters” and accused Coldplay of damaging the nation’s faith and morals by supporting gay rights.

https://news.yahoo.com/muslim-anti-lgbtq-groups-protest-130208839.html

News flash: These sound like exactly the sort of extreme views espoused by Osama Bin Laden, who also wanted to impose strict Sharia law worldwide. That not only calls for executing gay people, but forcing women to cover themselves from head to toe and never leave the home unless accompanied by an adult male.

While that would definitely cut down the size of the pro-Hamas campus demonstrations, I can’t help wondering if Osama’s new fan club members were aware that by supporting him, they’re endorsing killing gays and treating women like chattel. Or maybe they’re just being really loud and insistent about something they actually know less than nothing about. Wouldn’t be the first time.

 



Hey, Joe

Someone needs to alert President Biden to the growing threat of imagined Islamophobia.

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2023/11/19/smollett-redux-ohio-man-for-faking-anti-palestinian-hate-crime-n2166568


Turmoil at X

There’s more turmoil at Twitter (now “X”), that I’m not going to try to explain because it would take so much space and time. But you can find out more at this link, and to pique your interest, it involves accusations of anti-Semitism and Elon Musk promising to file a “thermonuclear lawsuit” over those accusations against the leftist cancel culture purveyors, Media Matters.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/18/hollywood-boycotts-elon-musk-disney-other-major-studios-pull-ads-from-x-following-antisemitism-controversy/


Necessary

Yes, in 2023, it’s actually necessary to stipulate in the headline that the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant was a biological woman.

https://www.breitbart.com/health/2023/11/19/watch-biological-woman-wins-2023-miss-universe-pageant/


Sinking like a stone

The latest NBC News poll shows President Biden’s approval rating has been falling since January, when it was 46%, to its lowest level ever now at 40%. Nearly two-thirds of Independents disapprove.

https://www.breitbart.com/2024-election/2023/11/19/nbc-news-poll-joe-bidens-popularity-slips-lowest-level-presidency/

The biggest driver of the drop came with young voters aged 18 to 34. Their approval of Biden has plummeted from 46% in September to 31%.

Of course, as we’ve seen recently, that could be because so many of the Democrats’ young radical base are Hamas-supporting anti-Semites, and Biden is supporting Israel. He’s caught in an electoral Catch-22, because he needs their votes to win, but if he does what they want, he won’t get any votes from the non-crazy wing of his Party. I believe it was Kurt Schlichter who pointed out that the Democrats are in trouble because a large part of their base suddenly wants to kill another large part of their base. That’s rather hard for even the nimblest politician to straddle.

Related op-ed from Wayne Allyn Root: What if the Democrats get so panicked by Biden’s subterranean approval ratings that they replace him with their dream ticket of Gavin Newsom/Michelle Obama (or vice versa) – then discover that Americans blame all of them, not just Biden, for destroying border security and the economy and encouraging our enemies to launch World War III, and they see through all the indictments of Trump as the dirty abuse of power that they are, and elect Trump anyway?

https://www.westernjournal.com/root-trump-crushing-new-poll-dems-will-bring-not-1-2-ringers-replace-biden/

The column actually ends a little too soon. I think it’s worth considering also how the Democrats would immediately revert to “election deniers” and do everything in their power to block Trump from taking office, and to ask if the Republicans are making any plans to deal with that possibility.


Inconvenient truth

Some “progressive” rabbis joined Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s rally demanding Israel call a ceasefire against Hamas, but things went hilariously off the rails when they started reading from the Torah and realized they had to skip over a lot of inconvenient parts about God giving that land to the Jews.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/20/rabbis-join-rashida-tlaib-to-promote-a-ceasefire-and-things-go-hilariously-wrong-n2166576


Britney Spears

I wouldn’t normally be writing about a topic like a memoir by pop star Britney Spears, but her new book contains a news-making revelation that not only shocked fans, it should also be shared with all young women who are lied to by the abortion lobby in so many ways.

Maybe if they read Britney’s own tragic story of what she went through when she was pressured into an unwanted abortion – both the never-ending feeling of loss and guilt from aborting her baby and the horrific physical pain and terror caused by the abortion pill (something abortion proponents don’t like to warn women about) – they’ll listen with a more open mind than when the message comes from politicians or activists.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2023/11/britney-spears-gives-courageous-voice-to-the-pain-of-coerced-abortion/


A little relief

Since this is a short holiday week, I thought it might be fun to give you a little relief from your Monday blues with some satirical stories from the Babylon Bee. You’ll find more truth about the news from them than you will from MSNBC, and it’s a lot funnier.

https://babylonbee.com/news/san-francisco-mayor-reminds-everyone-to-get-their-christmas-shoplifting-done-early

https://babylonbee.com/news/osama-bin-laden-given-honorary-posthumous-doctorate-from-columbia

https://babylonbee.com/news/target-releases-trans-muslim-chinese-quadruple-amputee-santa

https://babylonbee.com/news/satan-announces-early-retirement-thanks-to-tiktok

https://babylonbee.com/news/im-on-the-right-side-of-history-thinks-college-student-in-front-of-dorm-posters-of-stalin-hitler-osama-bin-laden

https://babylonbee.com/news/the-bee-has-obtained-the-biden-controlled-fbis-top-10-most-wanted-list

Extra Laughs: Eighteen reasons why you really need an electric car:

https://freedomfirstnetwork.com/2023/11/18-reasons-why-you-really-need-an-electric-car


We’re over the target: the left goes insane at release of all J6 video

On Greg Gutfeld’s FOX NEWS show Monday night, Greg showed some examples of headlines reacting with hysteria to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s release of all the Capitol video from January 6...

At FORBES:  NEW JAN. 6 VIDEOS RELEASED – LAUNCHING WILD CONSPIRACIES FROM THE FAR RIGHT

At HUFFINGTON POST:  GOP SENATOR [they mean Mike Lee of Utah] GOES ALL IN ON ‘NUTBALL’ JAN. 6 CONSPIRACY THEORIES

At MEDIAITE:  TRUMP SUPPORTERS CHEER RELEASE OF JAN. 6 FOOTAGE SHOWING TRUMP SUPPORTERS STORMING THE CAPITOL

Recurring themes leap out: “far-right,” “conspiracy theories,” etc.  As Greg said, “Now, one of the ways you know you’re onto something is when the legacy media starts to sing in unison like the Beach Boys on AutoTune.”  They’ve flipped the script:  conservative Trump supporters are the terrorists and Hamas is the legitimate political party.

As we have done, he stressed that conservatives had long condemned the violence that Nancy Pelosi’s J6 committee showed us over and over, in video that’s “cut together so well it was up for an Oscar in the category of Best Editing.”  (For the record, it wasn’t, but its airing on TV should qualify it with that crowd for an Emmy.)

Be sure and see Greg’s monologue and opening panel discussion if you haven’t; the link is below.  It strikes so many right notes that, if my writers had the ethics of Joe Biden, they would’ve just stolen it and run as our own without attribution.  But Greg deserves credit here.

Gutfeld made it clear “to even the half-wits on THE VIEW” that no one is defending the violence that broke out.  (We certainly never did.)  “I may not support riots, but I do support the truth,” he said, “and we have the right to hear the whole story.”

That’s true “especially when many of the protesters were veterans and average citizens who just wanted their voices heard and have been prosecuted like they were Hamas --- actually worse than if they were Hamas, because no one was defending the Jan. 6-ers on campus.”

He noted that the video shows “the Capitol doors [were] more open than Hunter’s nose on a Saturday night” (which is saying something).  We see now that Capitol Police stood by and let protesters in and in some cases even escorted them.  How were these House-guests to have any clue they were doing something wrong?

As for the J6 “select” committee, Greg said, “Usually to get that kind of kangaroo court, you’d have to hop on a flight on Qantas.”  (Cut to:  airliner with kangaroo graphic on tail.)

“What’s now clear is that any video that didn’t fit the committee’s narrative was ditched like one of Joe Biden’s grandkids.”  (Wish we’d come up with that line, but at least we’re not plagiarists.)

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin has already complained about the “partisan nature” (!!) of the released video.  He complained on CNN that releasing it was “like giving a diagram [of the Capitol building] to future insurrectionists and terrorists and anybody who wants to invade our body.”  We won’t say what Greg said he was full of, but you know.

“I wonder if he knows you can take a tour and see most of the Capitol if you want to,” Greg offered, “and most committee hearings are open to the public.”  Of course, Raskin knows this, but he doesn’t expect you to think of it.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/greg-gutfeld-any-video-that-didnt-fit-committees-narrative-ditched-like-one-bidens-grandkids

“The committee claimed to be ‘bipartisan,’” he said, “because they included ‘Republicans’ Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger...[who] cried more times during those hearings than a Kardashian at an onion-eating contest.  The puddles below Adam’s desk were so large, the hearings should’ve had a lifeguard on duty.”

On Monday, Bonchie at REDSTATE reported in an opinion piece that Kinzinger had “an hours-long mental breakdown over Mike Lee and the January 6 tapes.”  That’s no exaggeration; you can see how it unfolded in almost a dozen posts on “X.”  Isn’t it nice to know we had a member of Congress so smart and articulate that he resorts to insults like “dough face”?

Kinzinger is a ridiculous, juvenile person.  Just look at this…

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/19/adam-kinzinger-has-a-multi-post-mental-breakdown-over-mike-lee-and-the-january-6th-tapes-n2166549

We’ll give Kinzinger this:  he’s to be commended for having an Israeli flag in his posts.  But he deserves scorn for joining with Democrats to show just one aspect of the J6 story, which is, in effect, the same as lying to us.  As Bonchie commented, “What they didn't show us is [that] the vast majority of people who were present did what crowds often do, which is to wander around aimlessly with no actual intent to break the law. There's a reason the vast majority of people present at protests that get violent aren't even arrested, much less hunted down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That's because the DOJ doesn't typically go after people for being adjacent to riotous behavior.”

Gutfeld’s monologue wasn’t all funny --- one part of it would tear your heart out.  He brought up the case of Matthew Perna, showing the video of him ambling peacefully down a hallway inside the Capitol.  “...Clearly, the police are not concerned or even directing the protesters to leave.”

Note that Perna was the perfect example of someone whom Bonchie described as “adjacent to riotous behavior.”

Perna was interviewed five days after the rally and charged a couple of days later with trespass, and he accepted that because he had walked into the building, but the legal fallout mounted as charges were piled on and he lost his business and the support of his community.  He lost weight and became more and more depressed.  When the “Justice” Department finally up-charged him with terrorism (!) and he faced a nine-year prison sentence, he cracked.  As you’ll hear in his sister’s story below, he hanged himself before his court date.

Gutfeld pointed out that while peaceful people such as Matt Perna were destroyed and President Trump is condemned for “mean tweeting,” Antifa and pro-Hamas thugs who committed huge acts of violence --- the destruction of a police station in Seattle, the attack on a federal courthouse, even the riot at DNC headquarters --- weren’t investigated.

Dan Bongino delivered some powerful must-see commentary as well, starting about 16 minutes into his Monday podcast, linked to below.  He showed the video of Matthew Perna and told his heartbreaking story.

“The left didn’t want you to see this,” Bongino said, “because now they know you know we do not have two systems of justice; we have one.  It is a communist system of justice with a hierarchy.  If you are a Trump supporter and you...walk in the Capitol --- some through an open door --- you don’t get charged [just] with trespass.  You get a terrorism enhancement, potentially nine years in jail…”

But nothing happens to you, he said, if you’re a leftist who marches into the Capitol and occupies Kevin McCarthy’s office during a vote on a continuing resolution.  “You understand why they wanted to hide these tapes from you?”  The reason is, they don’t want you to be able to compare and contrast this to what the left gets away with.  More than anything, tyrants fear exposure.

“I want you to know, folks,” he said, “they will burn this freaking place to the ground, the left.  They will censor you, they will destroy your career, your finances, destroy the economy, they will put you in jail” so they can remain in power.

Bongino featured Geri Perna, the aunt of Matt Perna, on his radio show Monday to talk about how the government destroyed her nephew.

The wounds are obviously still fresh.  Here’s what Geri had to say in the aftermath of his death…

https://americangulag.org/matthew-pernas-family-speaks-out-his-legacy-continues/

Here’s Tucker Carlson’s interview with her from around that time.  She said the local newspaper had censored a couple of lines from the obituary she had written, one being that “a lot of people were responsible for his death.”  At that time, she also spoke bitterly about the lack of support from Republicans on Capitol Hill.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6302479848001

RELATED READING:  Now that the thousands of hours of video have bene released and picked through, there seems to be no evidence whatsoever that Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn’s sworn testimony about being repeatedly being called the “n-word” by J6 protesters is true.

https://www.theblaze.com/shows/the-glenn-beck-program/did-blaze-media-just-catch-a-j6-hero-cop-in-a-web-of-lies?

Also, here’s a provocative essay that will probably get us demonetized (That’s why we hope you’ll subscribe to the newsletter on Substack if you don’t already!)  Time has been on the side of those who expressed doubts about election integrity on January 6.  Here’s Rob Natelson with his eminently reasonable “Why I Still Doubt the 2020 Election,” which uses history to make a strong case that “changing the rules would be perfectly in character for leftists in charge of election machinery.”  It’s a must-read!

https://www.theepochtimes.com/opinion/why-i-still-doubt-the-2020-election-5532586?utm_source=opinionnoe&src_src=opinionnoe&utm_campaign=opinion-2023-11-20&src_cmp=opinion-2023-11-20&utm_medium=email&est=xqRKJkngLDuiUu0dJOZu6a9yez97%2F5XEQHqSmeV8yKy2tLRZxkHxr2FWLVg30teU6BrSOw%3D%3D


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Biden should write a book

November 20, 2023

Remember how Trump ran for office on a platform of negotiating better deals with other nations? He argued that for years, officials in Washington agreed to deals that were far more advantageous to other nations than to America. He vowed to reverse that, and he did. He put Americans' interests first, while leftists twisted “America first” into a pejorative that in their minds meant something evil, jingoistic, fascist, imperialist, xenophobic, and probably racist and transphobic, too. All it really meant was that we stopped giving away the farm to other nations and made sure American businesses and workers got some profits and jobs and that we didn’t sell out America’s security.

Tragically, Trump was replaced with Biden, whose idea of a great international deal was giving our enemies anything they wanted in exchange for empty promises they had no intention of keeping. For instance, giving billions to Iran and allowing them to build nuclear reactors in exchange for pinky-swear promises that they wouldn’t use the money to fund terrorism or enrich uranium to build nuclear bombs. We know how well the first promise worked out, and here’s how we’re doing on the second: Reuters reports that Iran already has enough enriched uranium to build three nuclear bombs.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/irans-nuclear-enrichment-advances-it-stonewalls-un-iaea-reports-show-2023-11-15/

Flush with his success at selling out to Iran, Biden has now agreed with China to shut down America’s fossil fuel industry. In pursuit of his “climate change” agenda, the State Department announced that it has struck a deal with Chila to "accelerate the substitution for coal, oil and gas generation" with green energy sources like wind and solar power.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/experts-raise-alarm-biden-strikes-agreement-china-shut-down-fossil-fuels

Here are just a few of the drawbacks to that deal that the media don’t want to discuss:

1. If you think China has any intention whatsoever of abiding by it themselves, you are as crazy as a TikTokker fangirling on Osama Bin Laden. I’ve seen this movie before, and I know how it ends. In 2021, Xi Jinping pledged to “strictly control coal-fired power generation plants” in China. In the two years prior, Beijing had approved building 127 such plants. In the two years since pledging to limit them, they’ve approved 182.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/11/17/peak-cognitive-dissonance-for-the-climate-scare/

2. This deal will destroy American jobs; empower and enrich oil producers like OPEC, Russia and Iran; and make energy costs for working Americans skyrocket while resulting in widespread power outages, made worse by Biden’s insane insistence on forcing everyone to drive unreliable, unwanted electric cars that will put a massive drain on the power grid.

3. Wind and solar are completely inadequate to provide reliable power for a 21st century advanced nation. They also are NOT “green,” as they create vast amounts of pollution to build the towers, turbines and solar panels; they blight the landscape; they don’t last nearly as long or produce nearly as much power as advertised; they are decimating bird populations and are likely responsible for killing whales.

Like the frantic pullback from EVs by automakers who are losing billions, we’re already seeing these “green energy” companies begging to get out of contracts to build off-shore wind farms (a crazy idea when you consider the effects of salt water on metal) or else begging for even more government subsidies. We would have been better off generating power from steam engines heated by burning taxpayer money.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/energy/wind-companies-losing-billions-experts-say-federal-bailout-could-be-coming

There is a reliable source of adequate power with zero emissions, one that some European nations like France are already exploiting. But we can’t use nuclear power because a lot of liberals are terrified of it due to Chernobyl and Fukushima – incidents that could be avoided by not building nuclear power plants in an earthquake zone using Soviet technology from 1986. So instead, we’ll shut down our oil and gas resources and hope the wind blows today while China keeps right on building coal-fired power plants.

Trump wrote “The Art of the Deal.” Biden should write a book called “The Art of the Abject Surrender.”

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving this coming week, and even with Joe Biden in the White House wandering around like last year’s turkey and Kamala Harris cackling like this year’s turkey, there’s a lot to be thankful for, even though almost none of it originates in Washington, DC!

I’m grateful it’s already deer season in Arkansas and many parts of the country, and before it’s over, I hope to fill my freezer again this year with delicious, healthy, lean, and organic venison.  I have friends and even a few grafted-in family members who aren’t all that pumped about eating Bambi’s Daddy, but I just sing the lyrics to “Circle of Life” and remind them that if they really are into healthy protein that is as organic as the acorns off the oak trees, then venison is the meat of choice.  I use it in my world famous deer meat chili for example.  World famous, you ask?  Well, they probably don’t know about it in Beijing, Teheran, or North Korea, but why would I share my chili recipe with the Communist Chinese who have done little to share with us other than the Wuhan Virus?  And I sure wouldn’t give it to the Ayatollah in Iran.  Heck, Joe’s giving them billions already and they are turning around and making Christmas rockets for Hamas and Hezbollah.  And sadly, folks in North Korea are reduced to eating grass clippings and tree bark and wouldn’t know a good bowl of deer chili from a bowl of cow droppings.  So maybe my deer meat chili isn’t famous everywhere, but in MY world, it’s famous, and that makes it “world famous chili.”  And good venison can make wonderful tacos, spaghetti, meat loaf, summer sausage, and of course chicken-fried deer steak which cooked in my big black-iron skillet will make you jump up and break-dance on the kitchen table. 

And I’m grateful that duck season will start this weekend in Arkansas.  Did I mention that Arkansas is the duck hunting capital of the world.  And yes, I actually do mean the entire world as people fly from as far away as Europe to experience the sacred sight of thousands of mallards coming in for a landing across the Arkansas prairie and throughout the Delta in an area that is comprised of the White, Arkansas and Mississippi rivers along the food source of the most productive rice fields in the United States located in east Arkansas.  I often say that the first day in heaven will be a flooded timber duck hunt.  Not sure what we do after that, but God wants us to get off to a great start and it’s obvious we’ll kick things off with our heavenly versions of a 12-gauge Benelli semi-automatic shotgun and busting ducks for the first night’s dinner in glory!

Of course there are other things to be thankful for.  Like “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” although if we don’t do better in the coming elections, we might not have any of those things left.  And then we’ll be hunting just to feed the family and not just to supplement our groceries and to just enjoy the outdoors. 

I’m obviously thankful for my family—a wife of almost 50 years, 3 grown children who all turned out pretty good, and 7 absolutely adorable grandchildren.  I’m thankful for good health, except for the aches and pains that my doctor dismisses as an issue of “age.”  And I’m thankful for a wonderful church family where I hear strong Biblical messages, enjoy edifying relationships with fellow pilgrims in the process of life, and who fellowship with those who genuinely bear one another’s burdens.

So as we prepare for Thanksgiving, and I start preparing not one but two turkeys for the masses who will descend on my house Thanksgiving Day, I will not be focusing on the odorous politics of Washington, but the magnificent aroma of both smoked and fried turkey, cornbread dressing, pecan pie, and gallons of iced tea.  And I’m still glad to be an American!

Huckabee Post: Trump in Texas

November 20, 2023

 


BY MIKE HUCKABEE

Blessings on you and your family from all the Huckabee team! 

Mike Huckabee


DAILY BIBLE VERSE

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

2 Timothy 1:12


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Rest In Peace

I’d like to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers today to former President Jimmy Carter and his family, on the news that his wife of 77 years, Rosalynn Carter, died Sunday at 96. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, after a battle with dementia and months of declining health. She is now the second longest-lived First Lady, behind only Bess Truman, who died at 97.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-rosalynn-carter-outspoken-former-first-lady-dead-96/

Former President Carter issued a moving statement reading, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished. She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”

Click the link to learn more about her extraordinary life as a devoted wife, mother, Christian and servant to others, from growing up poor in Plains, Georgia, working after school in a beauty parlor, to being First Lady and so active in her husband’s Administration that she was sometimes called the “co-President” 20 years before Hillary Clinton arrived; and on through decades of working with her husband for charities like Habitat for Humanity.

I’d also like to take a moment to join other conservative defenders of the First Amendment in observing the passing of Chester Darling. You might not know his name, but he played a major role in protecting freedom of religion. He was a liberal Boston civil rights attorney, but he had a fierce devotion to protecting First Amendment rights.

He won the 1995 landmark case, "Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston," in which the SCOTUS ruled unanimously that demonstrations organizers don’t have to accept every group that wants to join, especially those that don’t represent their values (in this case, the Catholic organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade didn’t have to allow an LGBT organization to participate.) That case has been cited many times in protecting Americans of faith from being forced to participate in events that violate their beliefs, like providing services to same-sex weddings.

https://redstate.com/mccabe/2023/11/19/lawyer-in-st-patricks-day-parade-scotus-ruling-chester-darling-passes-94-n2166541


Here is today’s link to continually-updated news on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-20-israel-hamas-war

The latest developments: In a dangerous escalation, Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen seized a ship in the Red Sea and took 25 crew members hostage. They’re threatening to destroy Israel’s economy by attacking all Israeli-linked ships. This ship is supposedly tied to a carrier company owned by Israeli billionaire Abraham "Rami" Ungar, but it’s registered in the Bahamas, is owned by a British company, operated by a Japanese company, and the crew members include Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Filipinos and Mexicans, with no Israelis aboard. The Houthis are apparently trying to start World War III all by themselves.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-israeli-linked-ship-seized-iranian-backed-militants-grave-incident-global-consequence/

To the surprise of nobody who really knows anything about Hamas, the IDF announced that Hamas had been using the Al-Shifa Hospital to conceal a base of terrorist operations, and they took hostages there. The IDF also reported that 19-year-old female IDF servicemember Noa Marciano, who was taken hostage by Hamas, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but instead of treating her, they murdered her.

Prime Minister Netanyahu blasted the Palestinian Authority for claiming that Hamas wasn’t responsible for the hundreds of deaths at the massacre they launched against Israeli music festival attendees on October 7th, but that they were killed by an IDF helicopter firing at the terrorists. Whom I assume were only there to vibe on the music. That’s a story so offensively ridiculous that only the Palestinian Authority or the Harvard faculty could believe it.

Related Reading: Mark Levin on why Secretary of State Antony Blinken has got to go.

https://www.theblaze.com/columns/opinion/antony-blinkens-plot-to-destroy-israel-exposed

 


More evidence of Leftist misrule

This weekend brought some election results that suggest that from the US to Argentina, voters are fed up to the gills with leftist misrule.

On Saturday, there were three statewide elections in Louisiana, and let’s hope they’re a harbinger of what’s coming in 2024. Republican Jeff Landry previously won the primary by a wide enough margin that there won't even be a runoff/gubernatorial election. And on Saturday, all three Trump-backed Republican candidates for Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer won their races by 2-1 margins of around 66%-33%.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/19/trump-backed-republicans-sweep-statewide-elections-louisiana/

And in a resounding rebuke to creeping South American socialism, voters in Argentina elected Libertarian outsider congressman and economist Javier Milei of the Liberty Advances party as their new President, in a 55-45% landslide. Voters were sick of the ruling Peronist party’s corruption, poverty, job insecurity and runaway inflation (Sound familiar?)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/javier-milei-crushes-argentine-left-becomes-worlds-first-libertarian-head-state

Milei is a right-wing Libertarian populist who is adamantly anti-socialist and anti-communist and pro-small government. He’s a defender of western values and a staunch ally of Israel. He’s promised to end the central bank, adopt the US dollar as an official currency and distance Argentina from rogue communist nations like China. In his victory speech, he called for the ouster of all current politicians and for Argentina to “once again embrace the ideas of liberty.” You can see why he’s been compared to Trump, and not just because of his interesting hair style.

https://www.breitbart.com/latin-america/2023/11/19/javier-milei-speaks-after-winning-argentina-presidency-today-we-embrace-the-ideas-of-liberty/

Here’s more on Milei from blogger/journalist Jordan Schachtel. I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m going to like this guy.

Javier Milei, who has all of the right friends (and the right enemies), becomes president of Argentina (dossier.today)


Trump in Texas

Former President Trump was in Edinburg, Texas, Sunday to join Gov. Greg Abbott in his Thanksgiving tradition of serving tamales to Texas state troopers and National Guard members who are deployed along the border. Coincidentally, Abbott also officially endorsed Trump for President, saying, "Now more than ever, America needs a President who will secure the border and prioritize national security. President Trump is the clear choice to get the job done."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-gov-abbott-endorses-trump-gop-presidential-bid


With release of all the video, Dems’ J6 narrative is crumbling

“The new video that’s being released is as misleading as all the other video released,” said bestselling author and persuasion expert Scott Adams on his podcast Sunday, speaking of the video just released by House Speaker Mike Johnson.  “The initial video from the January 6 committee focused on all the violent stuff that was happening, mostly outside the doorways --- and they were truly violent, and we should know about that.  The new video being released shows the opposite narrative...people being let in by the security guards; there’s fist-bumps...[we hear] people saying they’re undercover agents.  Like, basically 100 percent supporting the Republican version of events.”

“But just assume those are out of context,” he said, “just like the other side’s is out of context.”

He wasn’t through:  “However, just their very existence is making people think that they were lied to about January 6.  Which, of course, they were...It was obvious there were intelligence people, FBI.  It’s very obvious that everything from the courts to the Democrats to the news, it was just an op.  None of that was legitimate.  So now that’s obvious, but of course it’s only obvious to the right.  Will the left come to understand that January 6 was always an op?  I doubt it.”

Adams believes the Democrats’ J6 narrative is falling apart, along with the other narratives that form what he calls the “architecture” of the Democrats’ anti-conservative message.  Whether or not the facts surrounding J6 have changed, he says, our interpretation of them is changing.

“I would watch Bill Maher to see if he changes,” Adams said, “’cause he’s sort of the canary in the coal mine.”  Adams doubts Maher can change his mind, because’s he’s in a “full-on TDS sort of situation,” and unless he does, he says, the left won’t move.  “But still,” he said, “you can see the architecture of that story has changed immensely since Day 1.”

In the beginning, Adams said, it looked as though Trump had “done some bad stuff,” but “the longer you go, the more it looks like that was just bull-(bleep).  So, time is helping Trump there.”

Of course, we don’t (yet) know the full extent of the involvement of our own intelligence people, but there’s no question they were there, so the left should just stipulate that.  Now that we have the rest of the video, we’ll take it from here.

Kash Patel has said essentially the same thing in different words.  Thanks to the release of these videos, he said, “the January 6 truth finally has entered the American bloodstream.”

He also noted that in the trial of President Trump on J6-related charges, “selective inclusion of evidence is unconstitutional,” accusing DC District Judge Tanya Chutkan of “setting up a disinformation campaign on the narrative that Donald Trump committed an ‘insurrection,’ even though Special Counsel Jack Smith has refused to charge Donald Trump with the crime of insurrection.”  In that, this blatantly anti-Trump judge has gone even further than Smith dared to go.  No wonder they’re trying to hurry the trial through; if they could’ve stalled the release of this J6 video until afterwards, they would have.

https://rumble.com/v3wpp0r-kash-patel-the-january-6th-truth-has-entered-the-american-bloodstream.html

It’s painstaking work to go through thousands of hours of security video, but interesting tidbits are dropping in the meantime.  For example, remember that for Nancy Pelosi’s J6 committee hearings, video “evidence” was creatively edited for emotional impact by an ABC network news producer?  Apparently, the Democrats took even more artistic license with their video for public consumption, because we can now hear the same audio clip being played behind TWO different visuals.  One --- the version that CNN showed on-air --- has Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley in it; the other does not.  We have no idea what the intention was in making Sen. Grassley a non-person (pardon the Orwell reference), but it does show that for whatever reason, they took some shall-we-say creative liberties.  What the hey?

https://rumble.com/v3wpbsx-why-did-pelosi-stage-two-video-shoots-with-the-same-audio-on-january-6.html

After Pelosi tried to deflect attention from the newly-released “peaceful” video with an edited montage of “violent” video, Nick Arama at REDSTATE commented that “no one is saying that there wasn’t violence.  What they are saying is that the whole picture was kept from people, and that the Committee didn’t release the video because it showed something other than the narrative they promoted to attack Republicans before the 2022 election.”  Their narrative, as you know, was that Republican Trump supporters --- all who dared question the election outcome --- were “violent insurrectionists.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/19/mike-lee-isnt-done-with-liz-cheney-yet-he-has-a-great-question-for-her-about-those-fbi-agents-and-j6-n2166539

Sen. Mike Lee accused the committee of hiding the more peaceful scenes to make sure all people saw was violence.  When Sen. Lee asked on “X” how many people involved on January 6 were “feds,” Liz Cheney responded by calling him a “nutball conspiracy theorist.”

Lee wrote back, linking to a story that the FBI had “lost count” of how many informants they had at the Capitol that day and would have to do an audit to figure that out.  “Shouldn’t the J6 committee have been demanding answers to this question?” he asked.

https://apnews.com/article/israel-houthi-rebels-hijacked-ship-red-sea-dc9b6448690bcf5c70a0baf7c7c34b09

Lee also commented on a fascinating video clip in which a “protester” is un-handcuffed in a side hallway and then fist-bumps security police, as an undercover agent might do.  Lee is no conspiracy theorist for bringing attention to this.  If there’s a reasonable explanation for such odd behavior, we want to know it.  If there isn’t, we want and deserve to know that, too.

J. D. Rucker at LIBERTY DAILY wrote about this bizarre image as well, after former J6 detainee (let’s just call him a political prisoner) Derrick Evans posted a still frame, saying, “This was sent to me.  Is this person flashing a badge?  If so, this would prove there were undercover agents disguised as MAGA.  I was thrown in solitary for peacefully protesting.  I just want the truth to be known.  Please [re-tweet] so we can get the truth either way.”

Sen. Lee responded that he would ask FBI Director Chris Wray but expected his answer to be “97% information-free.”

NBC NEWS posted a response to add “context”:  “The person in the photo is Kevin Lyons.  He has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for his illegal activities inside the Capitol on J6.  He is not a police officer and is not holding a badge.  He is carrying a vape and a photograph and wallet stolen from Pelosi’s office.”

Even with “context,” we still have questions, because under the circumstances it’s hard to imagine handcuffs being removed, let alone fist-bumping.  But here’s the story from July of this year about Lyons’ sentencing.  Lyons did lift a photo and wallet from Pelosi’s office, was interviewed by the FBI five days later and arrested two days after that.

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4098328-jan-6-rioter-accused-of-stealing-from-pelosis-office-sentenced-to-more-than-4-years-in-prison/

To those who criticize Sen. Lee and all who raise questions now:  this is exactly what NEEDS to happen.  You kept the full picture of the protest from us in an attempt to paint everyone at that rally --- indeed, everyone who supported Trump and dared to question the election in any way --- as an “insurrectionist.”  That’s a lie, and your lie is crumbling.

Jeff Charles at REDSTATE elaborated in a VIP column; we’ll include the link in case you’re signed up and summarize in case you aren’t.  “Now that the rest of the J6 footage is being released,” he wrote, “the American people can see what we already knew:  The so-called ‘insurrection’ was anything but.”

We don’t want to gloss over the violence and have never excused it, but many who were there that day still face charges and convictions, some for just sauntering peacefully around the building as Capitol Police stood by quietly or even encouraged them.

The Democrats showed only images of violence, trying their best to tie Trump and his supporters to what was mislabeled an insurrection.  So Charles suggests a turn-about.  “If anything,” he wrote, “a Republican select committee could break the Democrats’ J6 narrative by focusing on the footage the Democrats left out during their political circus.”

“The fact that there are currently people in cages for walking through a building is an egregious display of tyranny that should be exposed,” Charles wrote.  “If another select committee is the way to bring this to light, then so be it.”  Then maybe the voters will actually do something about that abuse of power.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2023/11/19/sure-lets-have-a-new-republican-j6-select-committee-n2166564

RELATED READING:  Jonathan Turley has an excellent update on the lawfare against Trump, noting that “none of these cases are truly slam dunks.”

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/11/19/it-aint-over-till-its-over-christies-prediction-of-a-trump-conviction-by-spring-may-have-just-hit-a-snag/#more-212001

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A liberal Colorado judge rejected a lawsuit seeking to keep Trump off the 2024 ballot under the 14th Amendment ban on “insurrectionists.” The judge found that under the Constitution, a President is not an “officer of the United States” who can be disqualified by the Amendment. However, she went on to say that he "engaged in insurrection" by sparking the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. And of course, that’s the big headline in most of the news stories.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/colorado-judges-allows-trump-primary-ballot-delays-decision-general-election-2023-11-18/

Granted, I’m not a judge – not even an attorney – but in what world does a judge have the right to publicly brand someone guilty on the court record of a crime for which he was never indicted, much less convicted? The finding that the Constitution does not apply was not only all she needed to say, it was all that she had the power to say, not having presided over any trial of those charges. That gives a strained new meaning to the term, “judicial opinion.”

In a related story, the judge in Trump’s election interference case in DC, Judge Tanya Chutkan, rejected a request from Trump’s attorneys to remove language from the indictments referring to "actions of independent actors at the Capitol on January 6,” which Trump did not commit and for which he was not charged. They argued that “allegations related to these actions are not relevant and are prejudicial and inflammatory.” Chutkan ruled that, "Regardless of whether the allegations at issue are relevant, Defendant has not satisfied his burden to clearly show that they are prejudicial,"

Yeah, why would it be prejudicial to fill an indictment with a list of crimes other people committed and that the defendant isn’t even accused of?

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/dc-judge-rejects-trump-bid-remove-prejudicial-language-election-indictments

In Michigan, where a judge threw out a lawsuit trying to keep Trump off the ballot on 14th Amendment grounds, the democracy-hating Democrats who brought it are appealing to the state Supreme Court. Let’s hope they use their gavels appropriately on it.

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/michigan-group-appeals-trump-14th-amendment-case-state-supreme-court

Finally, as Gomer Pyle would say, “Sur-prize! Sur-prize!” The judge in Trump’s New York real estate fraud case rejected his attorneys’ filing for a mistrial based on his demonstrated and possibly illegal bias (such as commenting on a case in front of him on a collegiate social media page), finding that it was “utterly without merit.” Funny, that phrase also occurred to me, but not in relation to the mistrial filing.

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/judge-rejects-trump-bid-mistrial-ny-fraud-case-utterly-without-merit

In response, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik filed her second ethics complaint against this judge.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/stefanik-files-second-ethics-complaint-against-judge-engoron-after-he-rejects-trump

RELATED: Special Counsel Jack Smith likened himself to a saint, giving everyone a much-needed laugh.

https://www.westernjournal.com/jack-smith-compares-saint-court-brief-trump/

“The new video that’s being released is as misleading as all the other video released,” said bestselling author and persuasion expert Scott Adams on his podcast Sunday, speaking of the video just released by House Speaker Mike Johnson.  “The initial video from the January 6 committee focused on all the violent stuff that was happening, mostly outside the doorways --- and they were truly violent, and we should know about that.  The new video being released shows the opposite narrative...people being let in by the security guards; there’s fist-bumps...[we hear] people saying they’re undercover agents.  Like, basically 100 percent supporting the Republican version of events.”

“But just assume those are out of context,” he said, “just like the other side’s is out of context.”

He wasn’t through:  “However, just their very existence is making people think that they were lied to about January 6.  Which, of course, they were...It was obvious there were intelligence people, FBI.  It’s very obvious that everything from the courts to the Democrats to the news, it was just an op.  None of that was legitimate.  So now that’s obvious, but of course it’s only obvious to the right.  Will the left come to understand that January 6 was always an op?  I doubt it.”

Adams believes the Democrats’ J6 narrative is falling apart, along with the other narratives that form what he calls the “architecture” of the Democrats’ anti-conservative message.  Whether or not the facts surrounding J6 have changed, he says, our interpretation of them is changing.

“I would watch Bill Maher to see if he changes,” Adams said, “’cause he’s sort of the canary in the coal mine.”  Adams doubts Maher can change his mind, because’s he’s in a “full-on TDS sort of situation,” and unless he does, he says, the left won’t move.  “But still,” he said, “you can see the architecture of that story has changed immensely since Day 1.”

In the beginning, Adams said, it looked as though Trump had “done some bad stuff,” but “the longer you go, the more it looks like that was just bull-(bleep).  So, time is helping Trump there.”

Of course, we don’t (yet) know the full extent of the involvement of our own intelligence people, but there’s no question they were there, so the left should just stipulate that.  Now that we have the rest of the video, we’ll take it from here.

Kash Patel has said essentially the same thing in different words.  Thanks to the release of these videos, he said, “the January 6 truth finally has entered the American bloodstream.”

He also noted that in the trial of President Trump on J6-related charges, “selective inclusion of evidence is unconstitutional,” accusing DC District Judge Tanya Chutkan of “setting up a disinformation campaign on the narrative that Donald Trump committed an ‘insurrection,’ even though Special Counsel Jack Smith has refused to charge Donald Trump with the crime of insurrection.”  In that, this blatantly anti-Trump judge has gone even further than Smith dared to go.  No wonder they’re trying to hurry the trial through; if they could’ve stalled the release of this J6 video until afterwards, they would have.

https://rumble.com/v3wpp0r-kash-patel-the-january-6th-truth-has-entered-the-american-bloodstream.html

It’s painstaking work to go through thousands of hours of security video, but interesting tidbits are dropping in the meantime.  For example, remember that for Nancy Pelosi’s J6 committee hearings, video “evidence” was creatively edited for emotional impact by an ABC network news producer?  Apparently, the Democrats took even more artistic license with their video for public consumption, because we can now hear the same audio clip being played behind TWO different visuals.  One --- the version that CNN showed on-air --- has Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley in it; the other does not.  We have no idea what the intention was in making Sen. Grassley a non-person (pardon the Orwell reference), but it does show that for whatever reason, they took some shall-we-say creative liberties.  What the hey?

https://rumble.com/v3wpbsx-why-did-pelosi-stage-two-video-shoots-with-the-same-audio-on-january-6.html

After Pelosi tried to deflect attention from the newly-released “peaceful” video with an edited montage of “violent” video, Nick Arama at REDSTATE commented that “no one is saying that there wasn’t violence.  What they are saying is that the whole picture was kept from people, and that the Committee didn’t release the video because it showed something other than the narrative they promoted to attack Republicans before the 2022 election.”  Their narrative, as you know, was that Republican Trump supporters --- all who dared question the election outcome --- were “violent insurrectionists.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/19/mike-lee-isnt-done-with-liz-cheney-yet-he-has-a-great-question-for-her-about-those-fbi-agents-and-j6-n2166539

Sen. Mike Lee accused the committee of hiding the more peaceful scenes to make sure all people saw was violence.  When Sen. Lee asked on “X” how many people involved on January 6 were “feds,” Liz Cheney responded by calling him a “nutball conspiracy theorist.”

Lee wrote back, linking to a story that the FBI had “lost count” of how many informants they had at the Capitol that day and would have to do an audit to figure that out.  “Shouldn’t the J6 committee have been demanding answers to this question?” he asked.

https://apnews.com/article/israel-houthi-rebels-hijacked-ship-red-sea-dc9b6448690bcf5c70a0baf7c7c34b09

Lee also commented on a fascinating video clip in which a “protester” is un-handcuffed in a side hallway and then fist-bumps security police, as an undercover agent might do.  Lee is no conspiracy theorist for bringing attention to this.  If there’s a reasonable explanation for such odd behavior, we want to know it.  If there isn’t, we want and deserve to know that, too.

J. D. Rucker at LIBERTY DAILY wrote about this bizarre image as well, after former J6 detainee (let’s just call him a political prisoner) Derrick Evans posted a still frame, saying, “This was sent to me.  Is this person flashing a badge?  If so, this would prove there were undercover agents disguised as MAGA.  I was thrown in solitary for peacefully protesting.  I just want the truth to be known.  Please [re-tweet] so we can get the truth either way.”

Sen. Lee responded that he would ask FBI Director Chris Wray but expected his answer to be “97% information-free.”

NBC NEWS posted a response to add “context”:  “The person in the photo is Kevin Lyons.  He has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for his illegal activities inside the Capitol on J6.  He is not a police officer and is not holding a badge.  He is carrying a vape and a photograph and wallet stolen from Pelosi’s office.”

Even with “context,” we still have questions, because under the circumstances it’s hard to imagine handcuffs being removed, let alone fist-bumping.  But here’s the story from July of this year about Lyons’ sentencing.  Lyons did lift a photo and wallet from Pelosi’s office, was interviewed by the FBI five days later and arrested two days after that.

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4098328-jan-6-rioter-accused-of-stealing-from-pelosis-office-sentenced-to-more-than-4-years-in-prison/

To those who criticize Sen. Lee and all who raise questions now:  this is exactly what NEEDS to happen.  You kept the full picture of the protest from us in an attempt to paint everyone at that rally --- indeed, everyone who supported Trump and dared to question the election in any way --- as an “insurrectionist.”  That’s a lie, and your lie is crumbling.

Jeff Charles at REDSTATE elaborated in a VIP column; we’ll include the link in case you’re signed up and summarize in case you aren’t.  “Now that the rest of the J6 footage is being released,” he wrote, “the American people can see what we already knew:  The so-called ‘insurrection’ was anything but.”

We don’t want to gloss over the violence and have never excused it, but many who were there that day still face charges and convictions, some for just sauntering peacefully around the building as Capitol Police stood by quietly or even encouraged them.

The Democrats showed only images of violence, trying their best to tie Trump and his supporters to what was mislabeled an insurrection.  So Charles suggests a turn-about.  “If anything,” he wrote, “a Republican select committee could break the Democrats’ J6 narrative by focusing on the footage the Democrats left out during their political circus.”

“The fact that there are currently people in cages for walking through a building is an egregious display of tyranny that should be exposed,” Charles wrote.  “If another select committee is the way to bring this to light, then so be it.”  Then maybe the voters will actually do something about that abuse of power.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2023/11/19/sure-lets-have-a-new-republican-j6-select-committee-n2166564

 

 

RELATED READING:  Jonathan Turley has an excellent update on the lawfare against Trump, noting that “none of these cases are truly slam dunks.”

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/11/19/it-aint-over-till-its-over-christies-prediction-of-a-trump-conviction-by-spring-may-have-just-hit-a-snag/#more-212001

 

 


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Friday was an eventful day for former President Trump on his many legal fronts.

A liberal Colorado judge rejected a lawsuit seeking to keep Trump off the 2024 ballot under the 14th Amendment ban on “insurrectionists.” The judge found that under the Constitution, a President is not an “officer of the United States” who can be disqualified by the Amendment. However, she went on to say that he "engaged in insurrection" by sparking the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. And of course, that’s the big headline in most of the news stories.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/colorado-judges-allows-trump-primary-ballot-delays-decision-general-election-2023-11-18/

Granted, I’m not a judge – not even an attorney – but in what world does a judge have the right to publicly brand someone guilty on the court record of a crime for which he was never indicted, much less convicted? The finding that the Constitution does not apply was not only all she needed to say, it was all that she had the power to say, not having presided over any trial of those charges. That gives a strained new meaning to the term, “judicial opinion.”

In a related story, the judge in Trump’s election interference case in DC, Judge Tanya Chutkan, rejected a request from Trump’s attorneys to remove language from the indictments referring to "actions of independent actors at the Capitol on January 6,” which Trump did not commit and for which he was not charged. They argued that “allegations related to these actions are not relevant and are prejudicial and inflammatory.” Chutkan ruled that, "Regardless of whether the allegations at issue are relevant, Defendant has not satisfied his burden to clearly show that they are prejudicial,"

Yeah, why would it be prejudicial to fill an indictment with a list of crimes other people committed and that the defendant isn’t even accused of?

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/dc-judge-rejects-trump-bid-remove-prejudicial-language-election-indictments

In Michigan, where a judge threw out a lawsuit trying to keep Trump off the ballot on 14th Amendment grounds, the democracy-hating Democrats who brought it are appealing to the state Supreme Court. Let’s hope they use their gavels appropriately on it.

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/michigan-group-appeals-trump-14th-amendment-case-state-supreme-court

Finally, as Gomer Pyle would say, “Sur-prize! Sur-prize!” The judge in Trump’s New York real estate fraud case rejected his attorneys’ filing for a mistrial based on his demonstrated and possibly illegal bias (such as commenting on a case in front of him on a collegiate social media page), finding that it was “utterly without merit.” Funny, that phrase also occurred to me, but not in relation to the mistrial filing.

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/judge-rejects-trump-bid-mistrial-ny-fraud-case-utterly-without-merit

In response, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik filed her second ethics complaint against this judge.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/stefanik-files-second-ethics-complaint-against-judge-engoron-after-he-rejects-trump

RELATED: Special Counsel Jack Smith likened himself to a saint, giving everyone a much-needed laugh.

https://www.westernjournal.com/jack-smith-compares-saint-court-brief-trump/


Biden should write a book

Remember how Trump ran for office on a platform of negotiating better deals with other nations? He argued that for years, officials in Washington agreed to deals that were far more advantageous to other nations than to America. He vowed to reverse that, and he did. He put Americans' interests first, while leftists twisted “America first” into a pejorative that in their minds meant something evil, jingoistic, fascist, imperialist, xenophobic, and probably racist and transphobic, too. All it really meant was that we stopped giving away the farm to other nations and made sure American businesses and workers got some profits and jobs and that we didn’t sell out America’s security.

Tragically, Trump was replaced with Biden, whose idea of a great international deal was giving our enemies anything they wanted in exchange for empty promises they had no intention of keeping. For instance, giving billions to Iran and allowing them to build nuclear reactors in exchange for pinky-swear promises that they wouldn’t use the money to fund terrorism or enrich uranium to build nuclear bombs. We know how well the first promise worked out, and here’s how we’re doing on the second: Reuters reports that Iran already has enough enriched uranium to build three nuclear bombs.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/irans-nuclear-enrichment-advances-it-stonewalls-un-iaea-reports-show-2023-11-15/

Flush with his success at selling out to Iran, Biden has now agreed with China to shut down America’s fossil fuel industry. In pursuit of his “climate change” agenda, the State Department announced that it has struck a deal with Chila to "accelerate the substitution for coal, oil and gas generation" with green energy sources like wind and solar power.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/experts-raise-alarm-biden-strikes-agreement-china-shut-down-fossil-fuels

Here are just a few of the drawbacks to that deal that the media don’t want to discuss:

1. If you think China has any intention whatsoever of abiding by it themselves, you are as crazy as a TikTokker fangirling on Osama Bin Laden. I’ve seen this movie before, and I know how it ends. In 2021, Xi Jinping pledged to “strictly control coal-fired power generation plants” in China. In the two years prior, Beijing had approved building 127 such plants. In the two years since pledging to limit them, they’ve approved 182.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/11/17/peak-cognitive-dissonance-for-the-climate-scare/

2. This deal will destroy American jobs; empower and enrich oil producers like OPEC, Russia and Iran; and make energy costs for working Americans skyrocket while resulting in widespread power outages, made worse by Biden’s insane insistence on forcing everyone to drive unreliable, unwanted electric cars that will put a massive drain on the power grid.

3. Wind and solar are completely inadequate to provide reliable power for a 21st century advanced nation. They also are NOT “green,” as they create vast amounts of pollution to build the towers, turbines and solar panels; they blight the landscape; they don’t last nearly as long or produce nearly as much power as advertised; they are decimating bird populations and are likely responsible for killing whales.

Like the frantic pullback from EVs by automakers who are losing billions, we’re already seeing these “green energy” companies begging to get out of contracts to build off-shore wind farms (a crazy idea when you consider the effects of salt water on metal) or else begging for even more government subsidies. We would have been better off generating power from steam engines heated by burning taxpayer money.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/energy/wind-companies-losing-billions-experts-say-federal-bailout-could-be-coming

There is a reliable source of adequate power with zero emissions, one that some European nations like France are already exploiting. But we can’t use nuclear power because a lot of liberals are terrified of it due to Chernobyl and Fukushima – incidents that could be avoided by not building nuclear power plants in an earthquake zone using Soviet technology from 1986. So instead, we’ll shut down our oil and gas resources and hope the wind blows today while China keeps right on building coal-fired power plants.

Trump wrote “The Art of the Deal.” Biden should write a book called “The Art of the Abject Surrender.”

 



A “Warm War”

Friday, President Biden outrageously invoked a Cold War era law (he’s waging war on the climate now, so apparently this is a “Warm War”) to dump taxpayer money into the domestic manufacture of electric heat pumps to replace gas heaters. To be fair, I’ve heard that those can actually work very well. That is, until we’re having a blizzard and the power grid powered by solar panels and windmills shuts down.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-invokes-wartime-powers-fund-electric-heaters-cracks-down-gas-appliances


Wrong again, Gavin

California Gov. Gavin Newsom seems incapable of making his state livable, so he’s been spending a lot of time slamming states to which his former residents are moving. In his latest self-own, he took to Twitter (X) to claim that Murfreesboro, Tennessee, had “banned being gay in public.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/gavin-newsom-slapped-community-note-pushing-false-gay-ban-narrative/

Actually, the city council already unanimously repealed a 70-year-old ordinance banning homosexuality. The new ordinance bans "indecent exposure, public indecency, lewd behavior, nudity or sexual conduct." But thanks, Gavin, for telling us all how you define what it means to be gay in public. I think he might be spending too much time in San Francisco.


Welcome to LA

Welcome to late-stage Los Angeles, where criminals are repeatedly released to prey on the public, but where a law-abiding citizen has his concealed carry permit revoked because he used his firearm to defend his home and family from would-be robbers. I guess liberals really do believe the Second Amendment only exists to protect duck hunting.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/armed-homeowner-who-defended-family-in-driveway-shoot-out-says-hes-been-stripped-of-gun-permit

 


“Huckabee” Preview

Tonight’s episode of “Huckabee” on TBN has something for everyone! I’ll talk about both history and the latest news with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. The founder of the beloved Auntie Anne’s Pretzels chain, Anne Beiler, will show us how to make a delicious Thanksgiving recipe from her new cookbook about her childhood in Pennsylvania’s Amish country. You’ll be amused and amazed by the return of comic magician Dana Daniels, this time with his psychic parrot, Luigi. And we’ll have music and conversation with show business legend Pat Boone.

All this and more starts tonight at 9 EST/8 CST on TBN. To find out how to watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.huckabee.tv and click on “Channel Finder” on the top menu. You can stream previous episodes, highlights and online-only “Digital Exclusives,” including extended interviews, “In Case You Missed It” and “Facts of the Matter” segments, plus extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests and links to all their sites, at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.


Thankful for life, and glad to be an American

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving this coming week, and even with Joe Biden in the White House wandering around like last year’s turkey and Kamala Harris cackling like this year’s turkey, there’s a lot to be thankful for, even though almost none of it originates in Washington, DC!

I’m grateful it’s already deer season in Arkansas and many parts of the country, and before it’s over, I hope to fill my freezer again this year with delicious, healthy, lean, and organic venison.  I have friends and even a few grafted-in family members who aren’t all that pumped about eating Bambi’s Daddy, but I just sing the lyrics to “Circle of Life” and remind them that if they really are into healthy protein that is as organic as the acorns off the oak trees, then venison is the meat of choice.  I use it in my world famous deer meat chili for example.  World famous, you ask?  Well, they probably don’t know about it in Beijing, Teheran, or North Korea, but why would I share my chili recipe with the Communist Chinese who have done little to share with us other than the Wuhan Virus?  And I sure wouldn’t give it to the Ayatollah in Iran.  Heck, Joe’s giving them billions already and they are turning around and making Christmas rockets for Hamas and Hezbollah.  And sadly, folks in North Korea are reduced to eating grass clippings and tree bark and wouldn’t know a good bowl of deer chili from a bowl of cow droppings.  So maybe my deer meat chili isn’t famous everywhere, but in MY world, it’s famous, and that makes it “world famous chili.”  And good venison can make wonderful tacos, spaghetti, meat loaf, summer sausage, and of course chicken-fried deer steak which cooked in my big black-iron skillet will make you jump up and break-dance on the kitchen table. 

And I’m grateful that duck season will start this weekend in Arkansas.  Did I mention that Arkansas is the duck hunting capital of the world.  And yes, I actually do mean the entire world as people fly from as far away as Europe to experience the sacred sight of thousands of mallards coming in for a landing across the Arkansas prairie and throughout the Delta in an area that is comprised of the White, Arkansas and Mississippi rivers along the food source of the most productive rice fields in the United States located in east Arkansas.  I often say that the first day in heaven will be a flooded timber duck hunt.  Not sure what we do after that, but God wants us to get off to a great start and it’s obvious we’ll kick things off with our heavenly versions of a 12-gauge Benelli semi-automatic shotgun and busting ducks for the first night’s dinner in glory!

Of course there are other things to be thankful for.  Like “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” although if we don’t do better in the coming elections, we might not have any of those things left.  And then we’ll be hunting just to feed the family and not just to supplement our groceries and to just enjoy the outdoors. 

I’m obviously thankful for my family—a wife of almost 50 years, 3 grown children who all turned out pretty good, and 7 absolutely adorable grandchildren.  I’m thankful for good health, except for the aches and pains that my doctor dismisses as an issue of “age.”  And I’m thankful for a wonderful church family where I hear strong Biblical messages, enjoy edifying relationships with fellow pilgrims in the process of life, and who fellowship with those who genuinely bear one another’s burdens.

So as we prepare for Thanksgiving, and I start preparing not one but two turkeys for the masses who will descend on my house Thanksgiving Day, I will not be focusing on the odorous politics of Washington, but the magnificent aroma of both smoked and fried turkey, cornbread dressing, pecan pie, and gallons of iced tea.  And I’m still glad to be an American!

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Tragic News:

The body of Yehudt Weiss, a woman taken hostage by Hamas on October 7th, has been found near the Shifa hospital by IDF troops. She was there to get breast cancer treatments. The Hamas barbarians shot her husband in front of her.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2023/11/idf-finds-body-of-hamas-hostage-near-shifa-hospital-in-gaza/


Note to the pro-Palestinian protesters who insist that the Palestinians don’t support the murderous terrorists of Hamas:

A new poll of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank has been released, and this article explains why it could be considered reliable:

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/17/new-polling-out-of-gaza-and-the-west-bank-is-shocking-and-disturbing-n2166463

The findings: 98.2% of Palestinians have a negative view of America, 76% have a positive view of Hamas, and 75% support the October 7th massacre of Israeli civilians. And yet, Israel continues to do everything it can to keep from harming them and to get aid to them while Hamas uses them as human shields.

 

 



“There Once Was A Moron Named Anne…”

Anne Boyer, the New York Times Magazine’s poetry editor, dramatically resigned Thursday in protest of what she calls Israel's "US-backed war against the people of Gaza." Heavens, I don’t know how I’m going to survive without the New York Times poetry section! She added, "If this resignation leaves a hole in the news the size of poetry, then that is the true shape of the present." Never mind, if that’s her idea of poetic expression, I think I’ll survive just fine without her.


A Court Win

President Trump scored a court win yesterday when a New York Appeals Court issued a stay, suspending the gag order placed on him in his real estate fraud trial. The ruling also applies to Trump’s lawyers and others involved in the case.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-new-york-judge-lifts-gag-order-barred-donald-trump-maligning-court-staff-fraud-trial/

Between all the gag orders and special counsel Jack Smith desperately trying to keep cameras out of the courtroom in DC, you’d think that the prosecutors were either using unprecedented partisan lawfare to silence Biden’s political opponent during a presidential election or trying to prevent the public from finding out just how flimsy and one-sided their prosecutions are. But being an inclusive kind of guy, I don’t see why we can’t believe that it’s both.

 


Horrifying trend

The most disturbing story of the day is that young TikTok influencers are spreading Osama Bin Laden’s “Letter to America” and praising it.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2023/11/16/young-americans-go-viral-on-chinas-tiktok-spreading-ideas-of-osama-bin-laden/

No wonder: They’re too young to remember 9/11, the media have worked hard to bury those images because they might be “too upsetting,” and in its repulsive justification of the murder of innocents in retaliation for the alleged sins of America and Israel, Osama’s screed is virtually indistinguishable from the hatred of America and Israel that’s been spoon-fed into their empty noggins by their leftist teachers. One young woman who shared it declared, “We’ve been lied to our entire lives.” She’s right, she’s just gravely mistaken as to who's been lying and what she was lied to about.

Try this quote from one of these ignoramuses, which is so stupid on so many levels, it might give you a migraine: “Put yourself in their shoes, 3,000 people died on 9/11, compared to the millions that Americans have killed in Palestine.” What?!

Ed Driscoll at Instapundit has a good round-up of comments on this horrifying trend.

https://instapundit.com/617420/

Follow the links and you’ll find some of the best responses. Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden, tweeted, “Deceit is a mask the Devil puts over the eyes of useful idiots.”

Journalist Megan Kelly wrote, “To the parents of all of these losers suddenly persuaded by the deranged musings of the man who murdered 3k American innocents: you failed. You were likely boozing, marching for some L-wing cause and/or simply ignoring your kids. You failed to teach wrong from right, a proper moral code, a love of country and perspective on America’s role in the world. [Because] you failed, my kids and others are going to have to grow up battling these a**holes for the future of the United States. I have every confidence they can do it, but I resent and judge you for making it necessary…”

And satirist Iowahawk (David Birge) put it succinctly: “If you kids think Bin Laden made some good points, wait’ll I tell you about a vegetarian former art student with an ironic mustache whose impassioned manifesto about the Zionist oppression of his people sparked a worldwide movement.”


 

Congratulations are in order

For all the young, miseducated boneheads who keep railing about “colonization” and demanding that Jews leave Israel and Americans give America back to the Native Americans, I have a question: Where are all these people going to go? I assume you think Africa is the cradle of civilization. Name me any African nation that will accept a few million nose-ringed, entitled, spoiled rotten white radicals with gender studies degrees.

I realize you have zero knowledge of actual American history, but let me inform you that once upon a time, when someone declared that some ethnic group “should be sent back where they came from,” liberals assumed they were dealing with a bigoted, reactionary redneck. Congratulations: that’s you, now.


Welcome to LA

Welcome to late-stage Los Angeles, where criminals are repeatedly released to prey on the public, but where a law-abiding citizen has his concealed carry permit revoked because he used his firearm to defend his home and family from would-be robbers. I guess liberals really do believe the Second Amendment only exists to protect duck hunting.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/armed-homeowner-who-defended-family-in-driveway-shoot-out-says-hes-been-stripped-of-gun-permit

 


“Huckabee” Preview

Tonight’s episode of “Huckabee” on TBN has something for everyone! I’ll talk about both history and the latest news with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. The founder of the beloved Auntie Anne’s Pretzels chain, Anne Beiler, will show us how to make a delicious Thanksgiving recipe from her new cookbook about her childhood in Pennsylvania’s Amish country. You’ll be amused and amazed by the return of comic magician Dana Daniels, this time with his psychic parrot, Luigi. And we’ll have music and conversation with show business legend Pat Boone.

All this and more starts tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and Sunday at 9 EST/8 CST on TBN. To find out how to watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.huckabee.tv and click on “Channel Finder” on the top menu. You can stream previous episodes, highlights and online-only “Digital Exclusives,” including extended interviews, “In Case You Missed It” and “Facts of the Matter” segments, plus extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests and links to all their sites, at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.


Here's today’s link to Fox News’ feed of the latest news on the war in Israel…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-18-israel-hamas-war

The IDF announced that humanitarian pauses in fighting against Hamas would continue today to allow more evacuations of civilians. They are also continuing fuel deliveries, and limited phone and Internet service was restored on Friday. It appears that if Israel really wanted to commit genocide, they’re going about it all wrong.

The McAllen, Texas, office of Republican Rep. Monica De La Cruz was vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti. That’s not the only red state that isn’t immune. Matthew Giffin, editor-in-chief of the Middle Tennessee State University student newspaper Sidelines resigned in protest after getting unprecedented blowback from students over an article he wrote about a Jewish student’s concerns for his friends in Tel Aviv on October 7th. The student asked that it be taken down due to fears for his safety. Then, Giffin said, “The editorial board, against my expressed wishes, published a statement: ‘In retrospect, Sidelines failed to report on the casualties the Palestinian people have suffered and focused only on damage done to the Israeli population.’"

Since the school newspaper doesn’t seem interested in printing the truth, I’ll repost what Giffin said, and hope he finds a good position at a more prominent news outlet, which can certainly use someone like him:

"I don’t think they are bad people or antisemitic — I do think antisemitism played a disproportionate role in how the events at the paper unfolded. I still plan to write and speak out about things that are important, whatever the consequences may be. Telling the truth is a lost practice, and I’d like to bring it back. Morality is important for the order and survival of our society. Our way of life will fail if we cave to the influence of those who stand behind terrorists like Hamas."

Excellent Video (although, WARNING, there are two F-bombs toward the end.) This is a response to all the young morons on TikTok claiming that they’re having an “existential crisis” after reading Osama Bin Laden’s “Letter to America” and realizing how he was right, America and Israel are evil, and we had 9/11 coming to us. This commenter read that dreck so you won’t have to and summarizes what Osama said that apparently impressed these braindead slackers so much. You won’t believe it.

https://twitter.com/askdani__real/status/1725185727451873719


At last!  All January 6 video to be released by new Speaker Johnson

New House Speaker Mike Johnson announced on Friday that he would release all the January 6 video from U.S. Capitol Police security cameras that has previously been unavailable, as he said he would, and so he has posted it all here, with a link to the website for the Committee on House Administration’s Subcommittee on Oversight.  Additional video will continue to be uploaded as they review it and blur the faces of private citizens.  Public access will begin on November 20...

https://cha.house.gov/cha-subcommittee-reading-room-fe781e74-d577-4f64-93cc-fc3a8dd8df18

“To restore America’s trust and faith in their Government we must have transparency,” Johnson said on X.  “This is another step towards keeping the promises I made when I was elected to be your Speaker.”

Better settle in if you want to watch it all.  Video from that day from all the security cameras runs 44,000 hours.  I am not kidding.

Much of what you will see looks like this...

https://rumble.com/v3wdtqo-newly-release-j6-footage-shows-carnage-of-the-insurrection.html

Here we have Trump supporters quietly and repectfully walking down a corridor inside the Capitol building, with security guards calmly standing by as if it’s any other day.  Since the building is so massive, people walking through one area had no idea that violence had broken out somewhere else.  They just wanted to use their presence to make the statement that with big questions looming over the election, it was too soon to certify it.  They also wanted to experience the inside of the Capitol building and to take selfies.  Also, one assumes, they wanted to avoid hypothermia, as they’d been outdoors since early morning in Washington DC in January.

Of course, little did they know that just for stepping inside the building --- and sometimes not even for that --- many of them would be tagged as domestic terrorists and ruthlessly investigated.  They would be bankrupted by legal fees while facing outrageously biased judges (as Julie Kelly has documented).  Some would face “stacked” charges and lengthy detainment.  Some would experience home invasion at gunpoint.  One, a petite, unarmed woman, would be shot and killed that day in cold blood.

Of course, this video will include not just the peaceful walk-in but also what was captured of the riot.  Recall that former Speaker Kevin McCarthy had turned over some of the January 6 video to Tucker Carlson, who did one episode of his FOX NEWS show about what was on it before abruptly parting ways with the channel.

Johnson also posted this: “This decision will provide millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations, and the media an ability to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than having to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials.  Processing will involve blurring the faces of private citizens on the yet unreleased tapes to avoid any persons from being targeted for retaliation of any kind and segregating an estimated 5% of the videos that may involve sensitive security information related to the building architecture.”

Barry Loudermilk, who chairs this subcommittee, said, “The goal of our investigation has been to provide the American people with transparency on what happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and this includes all official video of that day.”  He said that Americans “deserve transparency, accountability and real answers supported by facts instead [of] a predetermined political narrative.”

Well, maybe after all this time, we’ll see some transparency and get some real answers.  Don’t know about accountability, though.  As the DAILY CALLER reports, the “Justice” Department has prosecuted more than 1,200 individuals from nearly all 50 states in connection with the J6 riot, as of November 6, 2023.  They’ve devoted countless man-hours to targeting so-called “MAGA extremist domestic terrorists,” most of whom truly believed they were exercising their constitutional rights and standing up for the democratic system.  We still have major unanswered questions:  about Nancy Pelosi’s grotesque Capitol Hill security failure, the identity and goal of the RNC/DNC pipe bomber, the role of FBI agents in the crowd that day and the day before, and more.  That’s some accountability we might never see.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/17/speaker-johnson-january-6th-tapes

After writing yesterday about Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins’ questioning of FBI Director Chris Wray on the matter of “ghost buses,” we looked to see how the media were reporting that.  SALON called it “a wild rant.”  The HUFFINGTON POST called it a “new conspiracy theory.”  Higgins was predictably dismissed as a crackpot.

“The ghost buses are the latest distraction from and excuse for the attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump,” HUFFPO wrote.  Actually, no, the presence of those buses is something that was noted with curiosity at the time of the event --- something that “just didn’t look right” --- and there has never been an explanation for what they were doing there.

HUFFPO said that “even among people steeped in conspiracy theories about January 6, the ghost buses are new.”  Well, the term “ghost buses” might be --- we’d never heard it until Rep. Higgins used it --- but the observation that white buses dropped some so-called “Trump supporters” near the Capitol before the main crowd arrived was made at the time.  But the publication quoted Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chaired Pelosi’s sham J6 Committee, as saying he’d never heard of any white buses, period, for what that’s worth.

HUFFPO described the notion that “FBI provocateurs tricked the legion of Trump supporters into ransacking the Capitol” as “an alternate reality.”  Actually, we’ve never claimed that Trump supporters were “tricked,” but the suspicion that some of them were whipped-up and encouraged to remove barriers and respond to aggressive crowd-control actions by Capitol Hill police has never been allayed.  (Let’s hope this newly-available video will give us a better picture.)  While strongly condemning the violence from the outset, we also suspected that the January 6 “Trump” riot fit the Democrats’ comprehensive political strategy SO WELL that if it hadn’t happened spontaneously, they would’ve had to “help” it along in one way or another.  Hindsight has only strengthened that suspicion.

Rep. Loudermilk offered some valued words of reflection: “If you seek to prove a theory true, you will, 100 percent of the time, because you will discredit any evidence contrary to your political theory.”  (Irony alert:  When HUFFPO included this quote, I wonder if they realized how well it applies to Pelosi’s J6 committee.)  Loudermilk is correct; the way to get to the truth is to TRY to disprove claims.  So let’s see if we can disprove the claim of these white buses.  Let’s NOT discredit them as “conspiracy theory” as the Democrats are doing.

We’ll never know exactly how the day would have gone if Pelosi had simply accepted Trump’s offer of thousands of National Guard troops, but it likely would have changed history --- and not to the Democrats’ liking, as they would’ve lost their pretext for targeting Trump and his supporters.

https://news.yahoo.com/clay-higgins-claims-ghost-buses-202706409.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

RELATED: Houuse Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has subpoenaed Bank of America for information related to its voluntary sharing of customer data with the FBI, to help them track down citizens who made credit or debit transactions in Washington, DC, are between January 5th and 7th, 2021. Sounds like a blatant violation of privacy without customer consent to help authorities secretly investigate American citizens without any allegations of misconduct. Remember the good old days, when you had to show a judge some sort of reason before getting a search warrant?

https://justthenews.com/government/congress/jim-jordan-subpoenas-bank-america-over-sharing-customer-data-fbi

And here’s another example of a guns-drawn FBI raid on a January 6th suspect who had been cooperating, along with charges against him that seem to be contradicted by video of that day. Are you starting to get some suspicions about why Democrats are so hysterical about all that January 6th video being released to the public?

(18) Video Contradicts DOJ Allegations Against NJ Man Subjected to Armed FBI Raid, Manhunt (declassified.live)


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Did anyone think it would turn out differently?  It didn’t exactly take a psychic to predict that neither President Biden nor anyone on his team would be charged by this “Justice” Department after classified documents from Biden’s time as Vice President, and even as a U.S. senator, were discovered in the personal library of his home in Wilmington, his garage, his beach house, his non-secure office in DC at the Penn Biden Center (funded by China), a warehouse in Chinatown and his Boston attorney’s office.  Special Counsel Robert Hur says he’ll be “critical” in the final report he writes, but that’s all that comes of this.  Another bleeping report.

With this timing, the decision to close the case with no charges filed could not be more stark in its comparison with Trump’s Mar-A-Lago “classified” documents case.  (We put quotation marks around the word “classified” in his case because Trump claims to have declassified those materials under his authority as President.  Biden had no such authority as Vice President or Senator; documents from that time marked as classified remain classified to this day.)

The treatment of the two Presidents was vastly different from the start, with Trump being subjected to the shocking, unprecedented armed FBI raid of his home.  Compare the figurative slap in the face Trump got with Biden’s kid-glove treatment, as his attorneys were allowed to shuffle through papers at their leisure, all by themselves.  (Recall that Hillary had gotten the kid gloves, too, during the “investigation” --- have to trot out the quotation marks again --- of her possession of tens of thousands of subpoenaed documents, over a hundred of them classified, on a non-secure personal server and her blatant obstruction of justice in having them deleted and/or physically destroyed.)

Remember what then-FBI Director James Comey said during his infamous announcement on July 5, 2016 that saved Hillary’s presidential candidacy: “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

The Trump and Biden cases do have some differences, and in some ways the Biden case looks much more serious.  To be in possession of classified documents from before he was President, Biden had to have essentially smuggled them out.  Another unique aspect of the Biden case: son Hunter Biden, who had business with foreign entities including some controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and other adversaries of the U.S., was living at Joe Biden’s house while classified material was kept there.  While Trump’s documents at Mar-A-Lago were behind a secure, locked door on a property guarded by both Secret Service and private security, Biden’s documents were lying around the garage where Hunter would go to take Joe’s ‘vette for a spin.  If Hunter didn’t crib from classified State Department analyses for his communications with business associates, maybe he just used them for rolling papers.

Kidding aside, we don’t know that he did.  The point is, he COULD have.

NO case will be brought against the “Big Guy” by this DOJ, as run by Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Obama-holdover deputy Lisa Monaco.  In sweeping banana-republic style, it has diverted essentially all its resources to the persecution of former President and current presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his supporters as well.  Thanks to whistleblowers at the IRS and FBI, we know some officials there are even trying to purge Trump supporters from its own ranks.

As we commented yesterday, this “Justice” Department is not doing its job, and so that job has fallen to the GOP-led House Committees and the Republicans on Senate Committees.  It sure is a good thing Congress has the constitutional responsibility of oversight, because the Executive Branch is out of control and needs oversight like never before.

In fact, just a few days ago, on November 13, the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed former White House Counsel Dana Remus to appear for a deposition concerning the way Biden aides handled the classified documents.  Recall that one of those aides was Kathy Chung, who now works in the Defense Department as an aide to Lloyd Austin but who previously was then-VP Biden’s aide, recommended to the VP by son Hunter.  Here’s something very interesting that investigative reporter Paul Sperry turned up on her in June of this year.  His piece is a must-read.  By default, it’s going to fall to Congress to look further into any national security implications...

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2023/06/08/key_player_in_biden_documents_removal_was_caught_up_in_bill_clinton-era_chinagate_scandal_897961.html

As Sperry reports, Chung worked at the Commerce Department during the Clinton administration --- Hunter knew her even back then --- and was a witness in the investigation of China-born banker and Clinton donor John Huang and was suspected of covering up for him.  Huang was suspected of trading government secrets and access to China.  In 1999, he pleaded guilty to a felony violation of campaign finance laws for arranging illegal foreign donations to Bill Clinton and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for one year of probation, when he could have received five years in prison.  If you don’t recall Clinton’s “Chinagate” scandal, Sperry’s piece offers a refresher.

“While Donald Trump and Mike Pence are also under investigation for removing classified documents from the White House and storing them at their private residences,” Sperry wrote, “GOP congressional investigators say comparisons to Trump and Pence miss the point.  In interviews with [RealClear Investigations], they insisted that Biden’s document scandal is potentially more serious than just mishandling state secrets.  They suspect it could mushroom into a counterespionage case involving China and national security, though the White House dismisses such speculation as ‘baseless.’”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL had the story of the Biden case being closed without charges on Thursday afternoon before an official announcement was made.  “Hur is expected to prepare a report with harsh criticism of how Biden and his aides handled classified documents,” James Lynch at the DAILY CALLER reported, “but his investigation is not expected to result in criminal charges.”  Hur’s team says it hopes to have that report finished by the end of this year.  They interviewed about 100 people, including Hunter Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/16/robert-hur-biden-classified-docs-unlikely-charge-anybody

Here’s Sean Hannity’s commentary from Thursday night.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341275682112

Guests Alan Dershowitz and Gregg Jarrett weigh in as well in this must-watch segment.  As they see it, the differences in the treatment of these two Presidents by our “justice” system --- here come those quotation marks again --- are about clear as it gets, in an administration that’s relentlessly out to get Trump.  Dershowitz is at his most outspoken yet.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341276484112

Awakening The Woke Church

November 17, 2023

Although an evangelical Christian, my admiration for fellow believers remains under firm control - possibly because I was raised as a Preacher’s Kid or PK. Grow up inside the sausage factory, the saying goes, and you may have a lingering distaste for scrapple; but grow up a PK and you are almost certain to see Christians struggling to live up to their faith.

My skepticism was most recently fueled by “woke churches” on both sides of the pandemic, some supinely accepting governmental interference, others acting as if “go along to get along” had been added to the Apostle’s Creed. If some Christians were already hedging their bets, then the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas War on October 7th became a challenge to both faith and reason. Had the mythical “Push-Me-Pull-You” creature invented by Dr. Doolittle somehow found a place in the nation’s pulpits? Why else had the barbaric savagery of the Hamas attack inexplicably given way to bizarre assurances that Israel was equally at fault? By appearing to take both sides, was Barack Obama the latest convert to this new doctrine? https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/04/us/politics/obama-israel-palestine.html

Eric Metaxas has famously warned that American religious liberties are in peril (Letter to the American Church, Washington: Salem, 2022). How appropriate that Albin Sadar, one of his proteges, fearlessly attacked the latest heresies. “The battle against evil is heating up…(Some) Christians seem to be hedging their bets, intent on not offending the wrong people…careful to remain lukewarm in their response to anything controversial.”

Working alongside Metaxas on his radio and television broadcasts was like fighting at the Alamo. “There were thousands of Santa Anna’s soldiers coming against fewer than 200 defenders of our old Spanish mission…(But) what made it worse was that it seemed as if half of the other fighters inside the Alamo were shooting at us—or they were chiding us for even fighting at all instead of being “good Christian men” who should show love to everybody. But who can dispute the fact that we are now being overrun by evil?” Mr. Sadar’s conclusion is equally chilling: “If the church doesn’t wake up and stop being woke, this nation—and by extension, the world—is a goner.” https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2023/11/hey_woke church_its_time_to_wake_up.html

Those startling thoughts could be usefully preached and debated this weekend across the nation’s churches. But thoughtful Americans may be influenced long-term by a remarkable speech given this week in Washington to the Federalist Society, a deeply conservative group of lawyers, movers and shakers. Their most unlikely orator: Bari Weiss, a gay Jewish woman, formerly of the New York Times but now the founder and editor of The Free Press. Since October 7th, Ms. Weiss has been celebrated for her clear writing and fearless, hard-hitting devotion to the facts, regardless of what delicate interests might be offended.

Her speech to the Federalists could hardly have been more momentous had it been accompanied by a divine hand writing ominous prophesies on the ballroom’s walls. Arguing that antisemitism is always a symptom, “It is never about Jews. It is about everyone else. It is about the surrounding society or the culture of the country. It is an early warning system—a sign that the society itself is breaking down.” This ideology of nihilism has now swallowed “All of the crucial sense-making institutions of American life…universities…cultural institutions…nearly every major corporation. It’s inside our high schools and elementary schools.”  So what is to be done?

“I am here because…in the fight for the West, I know who my allies are (and not who) one might imagine them to be. My allies are people who believe that America is good. That the West is good…America and our values are worth fighting for – and that is the priority of the day.” To a thunderous ovation, she concluded: “Our enemies’ failure is not assured and there is no cavalry coming. We are the cavalry. We are the last line of defense. Our civilization depends on us.” https://reason.com/volokh/2023/11/14/bari-weisss-olson-lecture-you-are-the-last-line-of-defense/

Both Judaism and Christianity presume an all-powerful, omniscient God who regularly delights in using unlikely messengers to get our attention. And unexpectedly blessing us with Allies we could never even imagine.

COL (Ret.) Ken Allard is a former West Point professor, Dean of the National War College and on-air military analyst for NBC News. 

 


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The Democrats’ Frankenstein wakes up

Democrat Party leaders are learning how Dr. Frankenstein felt when the monster he created turned on him. Wednesday night in Washington, DC, about 150 pro-Palestinian protesters demanding an immediate ceasefire (these people are SO peaceful!) clashed with police outside the DNC headquarters. Half a dozen officers were injured, and an undisclosed number of people were arrested for “illegally and violently” protesting. One organizer claimed they were peaceful and the cops attacked them, but Rep. Brad Sherman (who was huddling in the basement with six other lawmakers) said they were pepper-spraying officers and trying to break into the building.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/pro-palestinian-violent-protest-erupts-outside-dnc-headquarters-washington-dc-capitol-police-injured

Due to the possible threat, all House buildings were locked down and all Congress members evacuated from the area. Here’s more from Nick Arama at Redstate.com…

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/15/watch-wild-riot-as-hundreds-of-anti-israel-rioters-try-to-break-into-dnc-n2166406

Arama also makes two excellent points: Last weekend, 300,000 pro-Israel protesters filled DC, and there was no violence whatsoever. Also, it appears that these people can desecrate all the national monuments they want with no repercussions, but if they mess with the DNC headquarters, they actually get arrested.


It has happened

Many of us figured that at the rate San Francisco was going, it wouldn’t be long before it looked like Beijing, and now it’s happened.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/15/watch-chinese-flags-line-san-francisco-streets-for-xi-jinping/

Turns out, though, you can only put so much of San Francisco’s accumulated homelessness and crime behind a fence to spruce the place up for China’s communist dictator. A Czech TV crew discovered that some of the local culture was still in place when they were robbed at gunpoint by three masked criminals while shooting footage for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. What more appropriate way to say, “Welcome to San Francisco, suckers!”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/czech-news-crew-covering-apec-in-san-francisco-robbed-reports-say/ar-AA1jUIo9

Speaking of getting robbed in San Francisco, it looks as if the US is about to fall for more false promises from China. President Xi Jinping can somehow blow smoke about how there shouldn’t be any conflict or confrontation between China and the US because “planet Earth is big enough for the two countries to succeed. And one country’s success is an opportunity for the other”…while simultaneously building up its military and making tacit threats about taking back Taiwan whether we like it or not. 

And speaking of blowing smoke, if anyone really believes that China has suddenly decided to join us in reducing CO2 emissions (even as it builds more and more coal-fired power plants), then I have some clean, safe retail space in San Francisco that I’d like to sell you.

https://nypost.com/2023/11/15/news/biden-and-chinas-xi-shake-hands-to-kick-off-san-francisco-summit/

And it got worse…

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/15/biden-blabs-about-an-israeli-pause-in-utterly-disgraceful-and-confusing-pro-china-press-conference-n2166407

There was one moment of inadvertent truth when President Biden referred to Xi as a “dictator,” causing Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visibly wince. But I’m sure Biden saved it by explaining that Xi is just a dictator “in the sense that he is the guy who runs the country that is a community country…based on a form of government different than ours.” Well, that’s different!

https://nypost.com/2023/11/16/news/antony-blinken-winces-as-biden-calls-chinas-xi-dictator/

Worth Noting: The President who claims our biggest threat isn’t terrorism or China but CO2 emissions took Air Force One to San Francisco to meet with the world’s biggest carbon emitter, and on that one-way flight spewed 130,000 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere, more than the average American emits in four years.

https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/climate-change-is-ultimate-threat-to-humanity-biden-says-before-boarding-private-jet-to-meet-worlds-largest-carbon-emitter/

 

 



A motion for a mistrial

Wednesday, President Trump’s legal team filed a motion for a mistrial in his New York real estate fraud case, claiming that Judge Arthur Engoron and clerk Allison Greenfield have “tainted” the proceedings with blatant and illegal bias, and a mistrial is the only way to “salvage what is left of the rule of law.”

https://redstate.com/wardclark/2023/11/15/former-president-donald-trumps-legal-team-files-mistrial-motion-in-ny-fraud-case-n2166398

They cited as grounds the extensive consultations that Engoron has with Greenfield, who has been accused of making donations to Democrats in excess of legal limits, and something new: they discovered that Engoron has been writing posts on a Wheatley School alumni page that he appears to run, referencing the case and people involved in it, include Eric Trump, Donald Trump and his attorney Alina Habba. They point out that under New York legal code, “a judge shall not make any public comment about a pending or impending proceeding in any court within the United States or its territories.” Sounds like the judge should have put a gag order on himself.

If this were a real trial rather than the kangaroo variety, I’d say that was a slamdunk argument for a mistrial, but don’t be surprised if it’s denied. It will be more ammunition to overturn it all on appeal, though.


Eric Trump blasts NYC lawfare tactics

After being forced to testify that he had nothing to do with property valuations on loan contracts, Eric Trump blasted New York City and the lawfare tactics of its rabidly partisan Attorney General Letitia James, who seems unable to find any real crime in New York to prosecute. Eric warned any business people that it’s now impossible to do business in New York because if their attorney general doesn’t like your politics, she’ll try to destroy your business by charging you with phony crimes that nobody complained about.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-jr-skewers-new-york-city-exits-courthouse-says-begging-guys-like-donald-trump-return/

Maybe you think that’s self-serving or hyperbolic, but tell it to Pepsi. As Bonchie at Redstate.com reports, Pepsi went all-in on pandering to the left and genuflecting to wokeness after the George Floyd riots. And here’s how the left is repaying them: 

New York Attorney General Letitia James just announced a massive lawsuit against Pepsi, blaming them for plastic pollution in the Buffalo River, apparently because Pepsi consumers don’t dispose of their bottles properly. And it’s all Pepsi’s fault, apparently, just like it’s the gun maker’s fault when someone uses a gun to kill somebody. Or if they use a hammer, it’s Home Depot’s fault.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/15/big-business-learns-the-hard-way-why-you-dont-sell-out-to-woke-democrats-n2166388

Between businesses fleeing Democrat-run cities because of the epidemic theft, and businesses fleeing Democrat-run states because of the weaponized leftist legal systems, it may soon be as hard to find a Pepsi in New York as it is to find a Walgreens in San Francisco.

 


Nikki Haley vs Trump

I’ve been intending to get around to answering a comment from a reader, asking why I support Trump when the primaries haven’t even started yet and polls show that Nikki Haley would be more likely to beat Biden. The first part of my answer is that I’ve warned for years that nobody should make any decisions based on polls taken a year before an election. In fact, just by procrastinating a few days, that point about Nikki Haley seems to have been nullified.

https://pjmedia.com/stephen-kruiser/2023/11/16/the-morning-briefing-so-much-for-nikkimentum-n4923948/

I back Trump because I think he was a fine President; that the attacks against him and his supporters have been false, hysterical and unconstitutional; and that having been through what he has, he’s the candidate with the most knowledge, experience and incentive to actually do something about fixing Biden's messes and cleaning up the cancerous partisan corruption.

While I appreciate the commenter thinking that my opinion carries weight, I don’t seriously believe that my endorsement would sway enough voters to determine who wins the GOP primary (if it did, I’d be President.) Any of the GOP candidates would be exponentially better than letting the Democrats stay in power for another four, possibly irreversible years. And let me assure you that while I back Trump, if for some reason he’s not the nominee, then I will work night and day to assure that whoever is replaces Joe Biden. I hope every one of you will make the same vow. When the future of America is at stake, it’s no time to take your ball and go home if you don’t get exactly what you want.


 Now that we know for sure…

I haven’t commented yet on that huge fire in Los Angeles that shut down one of the major traffic arteries because the cause wasn’t yet determined. I suspected it would be due to either incompetent or negligent government, but I hated to say such things until we knew for sure.

Now we know for sure.

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2023/11/15/the-very-stupid-reason-for-that-devastating-los-angeles-freeway-fire-n4923926

Stephen Green at PJ Media has more on what hecalls “the bone-crushing stupidity” of allowing businesses to stuff underpasses “full of kindling and flammable goo,” while letting it cohabitate with “unpoliced homeless encampments filled with vagrants, addicts, and the mentally ill.” 


Awakening The Woke Church

By Kenneth Allard

Although an evangelical Christian, my admiration for fellow believers remains under firm control - possibly because I was raised as a Preacher’s Kid or PK. Grow up inside the sausage factory, the saying goes, and you may have a lingering distaste for scrapple; but grow up a PK and you are almost certain to see Christians struggling to live up to their faith.

My skepticism was most recently fueled by “woke churches” on both sides of the pandemic, some supinely accepting governmental interference, others acting as if “go along to get along” had been added to the Apostle’s Creed. If some Christians were already hedging their bets, then the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas War on October 7th became a challenge to both faith and reason. Had the mythical “Push-Me-Pull-You” creature invented by Dr. Doolittle somehow found a place in the nation’s pulpits? Why else had the barbaric savagery of the Hamas attack inexplicably given way to bizarre assurances that Israel was equally at fault? By appearing to take both sides, was Barack Obama the latest convert to this new doctrine? https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/04/us/politics/obama-israel-palestine.html

Eric Metaxas has famously warned that American religious liberties are in peril (Letter to the American Church, Washington: Salem, 2022). How appropriate that Albin Sadar, one of his proteges, fearlessly attacked the latest heresies. “The battle against evil is heating up…(Some) Christians seem to be hedging their bets, intent on not offending the wrong people…careful to remain lukewarm in their response to anything controversial.”

Working alongside Metaxas on his radio and television broadcasts was like fighting at the Alamo. “There were thousands of Santa Anna’s soldiers coming against fewer than 200 defenders of our old Spanish mission…(But) what made it worse was that it seemed as if half of the other fighters inside the Alamo were shooting at us—or they were chiding us for even fighting at all instead of being “good Christian men” who should show love to everybody. But who can dispute the fact that we are now being overrun by evil?” Mr. Sadar’s conclusion is equally chilling: “If the church doesn’t wake up and stop being woke, this nation—and by extension, the world—is a goner.” https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2023/11/hey_woke church_its_time_to_wake_up.html

Those startling thoughts could be usefully preached and debated this weekend across the nation’s churches. But thoughtful Americans may be influenced long-term by a remarkable speech given this week in Washington to the Federalist Society, a deeply conservative group of lawyers, movers and shakers. Their most unlikely orator: Bari Weiss, a gay Jewish woman, formerly of the New York Times but now the founder and editor of The Free Press. Since October 7th, Ms. Weiss has been celebrated for her clear writing and fearless, hard-hitting devotion to the facts, regardless of what delicate interests might be offended.

Her speech to the Federalists could hardly have been more momentous had it been accompanied by a divine hand writing ominous prophesies on the ballroom’s walls. Arguing that antisemitism is always a symptom, “It is never about Jews. It is about everyone else. It is about the surrounding society or the culture of the country. It is an early warning system—a sign that the society itself is breaking down.” This ideology of nihilism has now swallowed “All of the crucial sense-making institutions of American life…universities…cultural institutions…nearly every major corporation. It’s inside our high schools and elementary schools.”  So what is to be done?

“I am here because…in the fight for the West, I know who my allies are (and not who) one might imagine them to be. My allies are people who believe that America is good. That the West is good…America and our values are worth fighting for – and that is the priority of the day.” To a thunderous ovation, she concluded: “Our enemies’ failure is not assured and there is no cavalry coming. We are the cavalry. We are the last line of defense. Our civilization depends on us.” https://reason.com/volokh/2023/11/14/bari-weisss-olson-lecture-you-are-the-last-line-of-defense/

Both Judaism and Christianity presume an all-powerful, omniscient God who regularly delights in using unlikely messengers to get our attention. And unexpectedly blessing us with Allies we could never even imagine.

COL (Ret.) Ken Allard is a former West Point professor, Dean of the National War College and on-air military analyst for NBC News. 

 


Surprise, surprise:  Biden not to be charged in mishandling classified documents

Did anyone think it would turn out differently?  It didn’t exactly take a psychic to predict that neither President Biden nor anyone on his team would be charged by this “Justice” Department after classified documents from Biden’s time as Vice President, and even as a U.S. senator, were discovered in the personal library of his home in Wilmington, his garage, his beach house, his non-secure office in DC at the Penn Biden Center (funded by China), a warehouse in Chinatown and his Boston attorney’s office.  Special Counsel Robert Hur says he’ll be “critical” in the final report he writes, but that’s all that comes of this.  Another bleeping report.

With this timing, the decision to close the case with no charges filed could not be more stark in its comparison with Trump’s Mar-A-Lago “classified” documents case.  (We put quotation marks around the word “classified” in his case because Trump claims to have declassified those materials under his authority as President.  Biden had no such authority as Vice President or Senator; documents from that time marked as classified remain classified to this day.)

The treatment of the two Presidents was vastly different from the start, with Trump being subjected to the shocking, unprecedented armed FBI raid of his home.  Compare the figurative slap in the face Trump got with Biden’s kid-glove treatment, as his attorneys were allowed to shuffle through papers at their leisure, all by themselves.  (Recall that Hillary had gotten the kid gloves, too, during the “investigation” --- have to trot out the quotation marks again --- of her possession of tens of thousands of subpoenaed documents, over a hundred of them classified, on a non-secure personal server and her blatant obstruction of justice in having them deleted and/or physically destroyed.)

Remember what then-FBI Director James Comey said during his infamous announcement on July 5, 2016 that saved Hillary’s presidential candidacy: “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

The Trump and Biden cases do have some differences, and in some ways the Biden case looks much more serious.  To be in possession of classified documents from before he was President, Biden had to have essentially smuggled them out.  Another unique aspect of the Biden case: son Hunter Biden, who had business with foreign entities including some controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and other adversaries of the U.S., was living at Joe Biden’s house while classified material was kept there.  While Trump’s documents at Mar-A-Lago were behind a secure, locked door on a property guarded by both Secret Service and private security, Biden’s documents were lying around the garage where Hunter would go to take Joe’s ‘vette for a spin.  If Hunter didn’t crib from classified State Department analyses for his communications with business associates, maybe he just used them for rolling papers.

Kidding aside, we don’t know that he did.  The point is, he COULD have.

NO case will be brought against the “Big Guy” by this DOJ, as run by Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Obama-holdover deputy Lisa Monaco.  In sweeping banana-republic style, it has diverted essentially all its resources to the persecution of former President and current presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his supporters as well.  Thanks to whistleblowers at the IRS and FBI, we know some officials there are even trying to purge Trump supporters from its own ranks.

As we commented yesterday, this “Justice” Department is not doing its job, and so that job has fallen to the GOP-led House Committees and the Republicans on Senate Committees.  It sure is a good thing Congress has the constitutional responsibility of oversight, because the Executive Branch is out of control and needs oversight like never before.

In fact, just a few days ago, on November 13, the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed former White House Counsel Dana Remus to appear for a deposition concerning the way Biden aides handled the classified documents.  Recall that one of those aides was Kathy Chung, who now works in the Defense Department as an aide to Lloyd Austin but who previously was then-VP Biden’s aide, recommended to the VP by son Hunter.  Here’s something very interesting that investigative reporter Paul Sperry turned up on her in June of this year.  His piece is a must-read.  By default, it’s going to fall to Congress to look further into any national security implications...

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2023/06/08/key_player_in_biden_documents_removal_was_caught_up_in_bill_clinton-era_chinagate_scandal_897961.html

As Sperry reports, Chung worked at the Commerce Department during the Clinton administration --- Hunter knew her even back then --- and was a witness in the investigation of China-born banker and Clinton donor John Huang and was suspected of covering up for him.  Huang was suspected of trading government secrets and access to China.  In 1999, he pleaded guilty to a felony violation of campaign finance laws for arranging illegal foreign donations to Bill Clinton and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for one year of probation, when he could have received five years in prison.  If you don’t recall Clinton’s “Chinagate” scandal, Sperry’s piece offers a refresher.

“While Donald Trump and Mike Pence are also under investigation for removing classified documents from the White House and storing them at their private residences,” Sperry wrote, “GOP congressional investigators say comparisons to Trump and Pence miss the point.  In interviews with [RealClear Investigations], they insisted that Biden’s document scandal is potentially more serious than just mishandling state secrets.  They suspect it could mushroom into a counterespionage case involving China and national security, though the White House dismisses such speculation as ‘baseless.’”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL had the story of the Biden case being closed without charges on Thursday afternoon before an official announcement was made.  “Hur is expected to prepare a report with harsh criticism of how Biden and his aides handled classified documents,” James Lynch at the DAILY CALLER reported, “but his investigation is not expected to result in criminal charges.”  Hur’s team says it hopes to have that report finished by the end of this year.  They interviewed about 100 people, including Hunter Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/16/robert-hur-biden-classified-docs-unlikely-charge-anybody

Here’s Sean Hannity’s commentary from Thursday night.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341275682112

Guests Alan Dershowitz and Gregg Jarrett weigh in as well in this must-watch segment.  As they see it, the differences in the treatment of these two Presidents by our “justice” system --- here come those quotation marks again --- are about clear as it gets, in an administration that’s relentlessly out to get Trump.  Dershowitz is at his most outspoken yet.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341276484112


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1) Deal reached

President Biden has reportedly reached an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping for both sides to limit the development and use of Artificial Intelligence in nuclear weapons systems. While that might be a relief to people with “Terminator” nightmares, others are calling Biden’s deal an “incredibly poor decision,” because the US is currently ahead of China in developing AI, and there’s no reason to believe China will actually abide by the deal, so this will give them time to catch up and overtake us while we’re left holding a worthless piece of paper.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2023/11/15/joe-biden-to-sign-deal-with-china-that-locks-in-chinas-strategic-superiority-in-the-pacific-n2166376

I think that anyone who’s surprised that Joe Biden would make an incredibly poor decision, and trust one of our adversaries to abide by a nuclear deal they have no intention of complying with, could use an injection of artificial intelligence.


2) Michigan Democrat attempt to keep Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot is rejected

Tuesday, a Michigan judge rejected another attempt by Democrats (the defenders of “our democracy”) to keep Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot because he’s an “insurrectionist” (which he has never been charged with or convicted of.) The judge found that such a ruling would violate Congress’ powers. Unfortunately, like other judges in many important cases these days, he dodged the issue that’s sparking all these lawsuits and refused to rule on the question of eligibility under the 14th Amendment.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-remain-michigan-ballot-judge-rejects-14th-amendment-challenge-eligibility

These nonsensical lawsuits have already been thrown out in Minnesota and New Hampshire, but a Colorado judge has thus far refused to budge, so it might yet take the SCOTUS rousing themselves to do their job and squash the idea that people can be barred from running for office due to crimes they didn’t commit.


3) A new SCOTUS “Code of Conduct”

Senate Democrats have been trying to use bogus ethics charges to drive conservatives off the Supreme Court so they can stack it with liberal activists. So far, it hasn’t worked. Their accusations against Clarence Thomas have proven to be hot garbage, and even the liberal Justices on the Court have made it clear that the Senate has no power to dictate standards to a separate but equal branch of government.

Still, in a misguided attempt to make the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) back off and go away, the SCOTUS unveiled a new “Code of Conduct” to clarify judicial ethics rules.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2023/11/13/supreme-court-adopts-ethics-code-under-scrutiny-from-democrats-n2631147

If you guessed that that would satisfy the Democrats and they'd stop whining and go back to trying to win power legitimately, then you don’t know them very well.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2023/11/15/supreme-court-ethics-still-not-enough-for-durbin-n2631163

Personally, I think the best test of whether someone has an unparalleled judicial temperament is if he manages not to explode at having his ethics questioned by a Senate Democrat.

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4 )“No guts” in Andover

City officials in Andover, Massachusetts, are facing furious blowback for allowing the Palestinian flag to be flown below the US flag on the city’s flagpole. They claim that due to Supreme Court rulings, they could be sued for refusing, and they previously allowed an Israeli flag to be flown there. But some residents accuse them of having “no guts” and say doing what’s right and refusing to fly that flag is more important than trying to dodge a potential lawsuit.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/massachusetts-town-approves-permit-fly-palestinian-flag-public-flagpole

There’s a lot more about this story at the link, along with the news that the flag “will remain in place until Dec. 7.” Personally, I seriously doubt that.


5) A wild week in Congress

I thought we were past the days when disagreements among Congress members were settled with dueling pistols or one member caning another, but it looks as if the good ol’ days may be making a comeback. Rather than go through all of this week’s wild and wooly Congressional throwdowns, I’ll let Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media recap them and just add a gentle admonition that people in important public positions should maybe display a little more decorum. And possibly switch to decaf.

https://pjmedia.com/stephen-kruiser/2023/11/15/the-morning-briefing-republicans-had-a-goofy-feisty-day-on-capitol-hill-n4923904


6) Not making this up

Apparently, opening up the border to Mexican drug gangsters and terrorists wasn’t a big enough danger to rural communities, so the Biden Administration would like to release grizzly bears on them, too. No, I’m not making this up.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-admin-plan-release-predator-near-rural-communities-faces-widespread-opposition


7) The Wall of Lies is starting to crack

From the moment Donald Trump announced he was running for President in 2016, the Democrats and their media poodles have worked overtime to distort everything he says and does, and to try to silence him and his supporters so that they never hear any contrary views. For years, he was a popular celebrity, sought after by all the talk shows and charity balls, and the biggest star on NBC.

But then suddenly, he was branded a Russian agent (he wasn’t); accused of only running to enrich himself (it cost him billions and he donated his entire salary back to the taxpayers); called a sexist and misogynist (he appointed more women to important positions than any previous President); and accused of calling Mexicans “rapists and murderers” (he was referring to MS-13 gang members, who brag about being rapists and murderers), saying there were “very fine people” among neo-Nazis (he didn’t; he said they should be “condemned totally”), and harming minorities (under his tenure, all demographics saw record low unemployment and real wage growth for the first time in decades.)

It's no wonder that since he left office, they’ve done everything possible to silence him, from banning him from social media outlets to trying to put gag orders on him, to keep their lies about him from being challenged. If the voters they count on to keep reflexively voting Democrat no matter how much it harms them ever heard the truth, they would be in BIG trouble.

I’m happy to report that it looks like they might be in BIG trouble. The wall of lies they’ve built around Trump is starting to crack as minority voters figure out that they have been bamboozled, and the Dems are panicking.

First, imagine the shrieking at DNC headquarters when they learned that Univision, the top-rated Spanish language TV network, has new owners with a more favorable view of Trump. With a New York Times poll showing him just 8 points behind Biden among Hispanics, who don’t really like illegal immigrants flouting the rules that they followed and taking their jobs, Univision ran a fair interview with Trump. They let him speak for himself, and refused to let the Democrats run ads during it attacking him.

https://www.westernjournal.com/democrats-reeling-spanish-language-news-leader-changes-tune-trump/

Univision says it would extend the same policy to the Democrats, but that’s not good enough. Nobody in the media is ever supposed to give Trump a fair hearing. He’s always supposed to be vilified and ostracized! Treating him fairly might “humanize” him (a tacit admission that they don’t even think he’s a human.) Even his wife Melania, as beautiful and fashionable as she is, never appeared on the cover of a single’s women’s magazine in four years. They’re terrified of people seeing and hearing Trump for himself and discovering that he’s not the raging monster they’ve created.

Now, as much as that Univision story must have terrified the Democrats, just think of the industrial-sized jug of Maalox they’ll be swigging from after reading these stories. The first one is about black voters being so fed up with the horrible effects of Biden’s policies that even if they don’t vote for Trump, they might not vote at all.

https://www.westernjournal.com/black-americans-turning-biden-2024-not-going-vote-period/

And this is really the Democrats’ worst nightmare…

https://pjmedia.com/miltharris/2023/11/08/blm-leader-stumps-for-trump-because-he-is-the-best-candidate-we-have-n4923752

It’s a must-read about the co-founder and former senior director of the Rhode Island chapter of Black Lives Matter campaigning for Trump. Mark Fisher slammed the Democrats for harming the black community with their anti-capitalist and pro-abortion policies. He said, “We’ve been used and abused for so long by that party. They don’t value our vote. Their policies are basically racist policies, and I believe it’s a racist party that strikes at the heart of the black family and the nuclear family in general.” 

He also calls Biden a “deep disappointment,” adding, “And I believe Donald Trump, he’s the opposite. He’s gonna tell you how it is. He’s gonna give it to you straight. He’s not gonna be a hypocrite and stab you in the back like the Democratic Party loves to do.”

Fisher has also said of the relentless DOJ pursuit of January 6th protesters, “They’re lambs led to slaughter to be sacrificed as an example for all who might want to dissent in the future. This is what the government does to those who express independent thought and want to stand up for what they believe."

I pray that black voters will listen to him, and I also pray for him to be shielded from the wrath of the Democrats’ weaponized government and media. They’re dangerous when scared, and nothing scares them more than an outspoken black leader who refuses to toe their party line.


8) Now we know why

The former editor of the leftwing “news” site The Recount is facing a potential 10 years in prison after being charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. An Assistant District Attorney called it the “most egregious” case she’s ever come across. He had previously been celebrated for his work “discussing sexuality” with elementary school students.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/15/former-editor-of-left-wing-site-the-recount-arrested-for-child-pornography/

So if you’re confused about why leftist media outlets are so gung-ho about putting porn into elementary schools, wonder no more.


9) The Latest Example

I previously told you that the extremely irritating, foul-mouthed, in-your-face leftist feminist site Jezebel was being shut down due to financial losses and failure to find a buyer. Now, we know more about the reasons for its demise, and talk about poetic justice!

https://redstate.com/bradslager/2023/11/14/the-left-slays-its-own-feminist-website-jezebel-shut-down-due-to-leftist-anti-advertising-tactics-n2166341

Jezebel was killed because of the effectiveness of the tactic invented by the leftist cancel culture mob it supported. They constantly launched complaints against conservative sites, threatening advertisers and lobbying search engines to block and demonetize them. What that did, however, was train advertisers to avoid any sites that touch on any potentially controversial subject, and that was Jezebel’s business model. Leftists never imagine that the monsters they create to attack conservatives will turn and devour them, but they always do. Jezebel is the latest victim of the left’s own success at censoring and demonetizing “controversial” content.

Read the whole thing for more details and to enjoy maximum schadenfreude.


10) We can only hope…

Oh, look, another liberal celebrity is threatening to leave America if Trump becomes President again, even though, like all the other liberal celebrities who made the same threat in 2016, she somehow never moved away during the four years he was already President. How will we survive without her? That is, if she actually means it this time?

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/11/14/watch-barbra-streisand-says-she-cant-live-in-u-s-if-trump-becomes-president/

RELATED: Michael Cohen vowed to flee the country if Donald Trump becomes President again.

https://redstate.com/tladuke/2023/11/14/michael-cohen-promises-to-flee-the-country-if-donald-trump-wins-in-2024-n2166342

So, America will lose one dishonest lawyer? Add that to the list of reasons to vote for Trump and the list of things that are “A good start.”


11) Lee Greenwood’s final tour

Lee Greenwood is one of my favorite musical guests on the “Huckabee” TV show, so I’m sad to see that he plans to make his 2024 tour his final tour, even though I respect his reasons for retiring. See him while you can, I know you’ll enjoy it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/lee-greenwood-makes-big-decision-career-dont-think-can-much-longer/

Note from our pop culture guru Pat Reeder: 

This story mentions that Lee’s Grammy Award wasn’t for “God Bless the USA,” which has become almost a second National Anthem. It was nominated for Best Country Song of 1984 and Lee for Best Male Vocalist, but lost in both categories. To save you having to look it up, the winners were “City of New Orleans” and Merle Haggard for “That’s the Way Love Goes.” I’ll bet that makes you miss the country music of the ‘80s. “City of New Orleans” was written by Steven Goodman, who recorded it in 1971, and Arlo Guthrie had a hit with it in 1972, then Willie Nelson covered it in 1984. As to how it qualifies for “Best Country Song of 1984,” I have no idea.


12) GOP oversight committees are doing all the work right now

When we look back on this period before the ‘24 election to assess what our government actually accomplished, it seems certain that all the praise will go to the Republicans on the House and Senate committees.  They’re the ones actually getting things done.

Otherwise, talk about counterproductive.  Congress passes a continuing resolution to keep the government open, just kicking the can down the road as usual.  The Biden administration and state-level prosecutors continue their make-work program for attorneys, with their never-ending lawfare against Biden’s leading political opponent (!) while covering up Biden family corruption.  The White House tries to make light of President Biden’s doddering and lies about the economy.  Vandalism, theft and violence rage across the country, while the government focuses on controlling not actions but speech.

But the House committees (and Republicans on Senate committees) keep plugging away, getting the work done that the “Justice” Department should be doing but won’t.  And they do it in spite of Americans’ frustration and skepticism that nothing will come of their effort.  To them, it must often seem like a thankless job --- but we thank them.

Legal analyst Margot Cleveland has been keeping up with the job they’re doing.  After the House Oversight Committee issued a slew of subpoenas last Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry, she wrote that they also need to pay attention to a detailed letter sent last month by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley to Attorney General Merrick Garland citing 25 DOJ and FBI personnel who still need to be interviewed.  “While the House Oversight Committee is understandably focused on unraveling the extent of foreign influence-peddling,” she writes, “the House should not ignore the second half of the scandal:  the DOJ, FBI, and now the Biden administration’s cover-up of the scandal and their cover-up of the cover-up.”

Keep in mind, Sen. Grassley, as only the ranking member of a Democrat-controlled committee, has no subpoena power, so he must depend on the GOP-controlled House committees to issue them.  That goes for both in-person testimony and documents.  So, heads up, Congress!

Yes, we want accountability for the Bidens.  But did you realize that Grassley has been working for SEVERAL YEARS on this other critical aspect of the scandal, the corruption within our “Justice” Department?  He is a hero.  If we can fix the internal problems at DOJ and FBI --- and we must --- it will be largely thanks to him.   His office has been the one relatively safe haven for whistleblowers, and Grassley says that if their allegations turn out to be true, it will establish that the DOJ and FBI “have been institutionally corrupted to their very core.”

It was thanks to a lead generated by Grassley that we now know about the FBI’s “1023” interview notes from a “highly credible” confidential human source (CHS) saying Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky had remarked that he’d paid “$5 million to one Biden and $5 million to another Biden.”

It was also Grassley who revealed that an FBI Supervisory Agent had done an assessment that resulted in scandalous Hunter Biden findings being falsely branded as “foreign disinformation.” He also cited the Foreign Influence Task Force for improperly briefing him and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on “disinformation” to further the narrative that the Hunter story wasn’t real.

The House should take their cues from Grassley’s letter, Cleveland says.  “Every member of the Foreign Influence Task Force should be questioned by the House,” she advises, “and every communication between the [FITF] and Brian Auten, and the various FBI offices involved in wrongly closing out sources should be subpoenaed.”  The sources themselves should also be subpoenaed, as well as any materials used in the assessment.

Grassley also “highlighted several relevant field offices,” Cleveland says, noting the Seattle field office as “a new thread to pull.”  Also, the Cleveland field office.

She can tell, based on Sen. Grassley’s specific wording in that letter, that the House should ask for all records with the words “Russian disinformation” from January 2019 to the present.  She suspects he knows what the DOJ is still hiding.

Cleveland’s piece mentions numerous other information-rich targets who should be subpoenaed, all taken from Grassley’s letter.  She suspects that Grassley’s interest in Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault might be telling, even though Thibault previously tried to portray himself as new to the job and “on the periphery of decisions to close-out sources.”  The House needs to dig deeper.

https://thefederalist.com/2023/11/09/grassleys-bombshells-show-house-investigators-exactly-where-to-aim-their-next-biden-subpoenas/

Cleveland also had a column about Delaware U.S. Attorney (and now Special Counsel) David Weiss’ testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last Tuesday, noting that he STILL can’t keep his story straight on whether or not he had “special attorney” authority to charge Hunter Biden in DC or Central California.

The interview was behind closed doors, but Cleveland reviewed a transcript and saw that he mostly refused to answer questions under the usual guise of not commenting on an ongoing investigation.  However, he did respond to questions about his charging authority.  Did he or did he not have “special attorney” status under Section 515, which allows a U.S. attorney in one district to bring charges in another, “when specifically directed by the Attorney General”?

Cleveland relates the details on how his story keeps getting tweaked and says Weiss and Garland have been playing a “ridiculous lawyers’ game.”  (To hear the variations --- “has full authority,” “will be given full authority,” “has been assured he will be given full authority” --- reminds us of Bill Clinton musing about what the definition of “is” is.)  “Why have we been playing six months of word games?” she asks.

Then she answers her own question, saying that to tell the truth would require them to concede that they --- in particular, Garland --- had misled Congress and the American people about Weiss’ independence.  This would also confirm whistleblower Gary Shapley’s version of events, his claim that Weiss would’ve needed permission to bring charges against Hunter in California --- permission that he obviously didn’t get.

https://thefederalist.com/2023/11/10/david-weiss-gives-more-conflicting-testimony-about-his-authority-to-charge-hunter-biden/

Also last week, in his opening statement to the committee, Weiss ludicrously assured us that “political considerations” played no part in his team’s decision-making.  Though he told the committee he wouldn’t comment “on any aspect of the investigation or a prosecution,” he assured them that “throughout this investigation, career prosecutors on my team and I have made decisions based on the facts and the law.”

Seems as though the one thing missing from this hearing was a laugh track.

Cleveland focuses on Gary Shapley’s testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee that someone had tipped off Joe Biden’s transition team of the plan to interview Hunter Biden and 10-plus other witnesses on December 8, 2020, giving this group “an opportunity to obstruct the approach on the witnesses.”  When asked about this by the Judiciary Committee last week, Weiss initially said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to comment.  He said he would address it in his special counsel report.

But as committee members pushed for answers, they uncovered an apparent liaison between the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Biden transition team, a former deputy counsel to then-VP Biden named Alexander Mackler. It’s fun to read Cleveland’s piece and see how Weiss twists and turns when pressed on this situation.  He finally refused to answer the question of what he would do if he found out about such a relationship, saying he would not “speculate on” a “hypothetical” other than saying that “as a general matter, it’s problematic.”

Weiss’ hesitance to address such considerations of political bias on his team is a spectacular failure on his part.  Cleveland calls it “willful blindness.” Weiss buried his head in the sand, she says, leaving the evidence of politicization for IRS whistleblowers and congressional committees to expose with no help from him.  At a time when the government seems to be doing nothing to make things better, these are the people in DC who are getting their jobs done.

https://thefederalist.com/2023/11/13/willfully-blind-david-weiss-pinky-promises-political-favoritism-didnt-affect-hunter-biden-probe/


13) Report released

This morning, the House Ethics Committee released a report finding that there is “substantial evidence” that New York Republican Rep. George Santos broke the law, including fraud and using campaign funds for personal purposes.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/16/george-santos-ethics-report/

Okay, not to engage in “whataboutism,” but…what about the rest of them?


14) Here’s today’s link to regularly updated news on the war in Israel from Fox News:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-16-israel-hamas-war

The latest: Israeli forces secured a Hamas-run hospital in Gaza and for all the useful idiots accusing Israel of genocide for “attacking a hospital,” they released video of what they found inside. It included AK-47s, ammo, grenades, military uniforms and a bulletproof vest, hidden in such places as behind an MR1 machine and in a medical supply cabinet. They also found a laptop containing information about hostages they’re still holding. The IDF says it holds evidence that Hamas was using the hospital as a base of operations within the last few days.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-finds-weaponsmilitary-equipment-used-hamas-key-gaza-hospital-raid-idf

IDF Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said, "These weapons have absolutely no business being inside a hospital.” (In fact, using such facilities to hide soldiers and weapons is a genuine war crime.) "The only reason they're here is because Hamas put them here, because they use this place like many other hospitals and ambulances and sensitive facilities inside the Gaza Strip for their illicit military purposes."

Must-See Video: An Al-Jazeera reporter interviewed an elderly patient who was injured in the battle for the hospital and tried to get him to condemn Israel. Instead, the man asked why Hamas is hiding among the people, adding, “They can go to hell and hide there.” The reporter quickly turned away from him, and the man appeared to kick him.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2023/11/16/man-at-gaza-hospital-criticizes-hamas-for-hiding-among-civilians-then-kicks-reporter-for-cutting-away-n2631225

Speaking of useful idiots, with Hamas finally starting to crumble, the UN Security Council called for Israel to hold an “extended pause” in its war on Hamas, and UN human rights chief Volker Turk appeared to call for an international investigation into alleged war crimes...committed by Israel.  He declared that "extremely serious allegations of multiple and profound breaches of international humanitarian law, whoever commits them, demand rigorous investigation and full accountability." Odd, I thought that Israel was making Hamas face full accountability for its profound breach of international humanitarian law, and idiots at the UN want them to stop.

Note: The UN Human Rights Council currently includes such pillars of human rights as Cuba, China and Pakistan, although to their credit, they did eject Russia after it invaded Ukraine. And guess who chairs the 2023 UN Human Rights Council Social Forum. That's right: Iran. Why are we still funding this unfunny clown show?


15) Trump and Hitler

As noted yesterday, you can tell an election year is drawing near because the leading Republican candidate is being called “Hitler” by the leading Democrat candidate, a practice that started with Truman doing it to Thomas Dewey. Now, President Biden is claiming that Trump’s rhetoric echoes that of Hitler.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-cries-wolf-says-trumps-language-echoes-heard-nazi-germany/

Funny, I can remember a leading politician standing in front of a blood red background and condemning half the population as enemies of the state, but that was Biden. As this story points out, we have seen such fascistic practices as the suspension of the First Amendment, government agencies being weaponized against political enemies and a two-tiered “justice” system, but those all happened under Biden. And of course, I can turn on my TV and see violent, black-clad mobs chanting for death to the Jews, but those are all Biden voters.

As for Trump, I see him standing up for Israel and visiting with his Jewish grandchildren, which suggests that if he wants to emulate Hitler, he’s doing it all wrong.

I guess if the Dems are going to scare people into reelecting them, they have to paint Republicans as equal to the worst monster in history. If they compared us to the third- or fourth-worst monsters, voters might say, “Eh, it would still be better than the Democrats.” But as I’ve pointed out before, comparing Trump to Hitler might backfire because we’ve now seen just how many of their constituents would probably vote for Hitler.

 


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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Nahum 1:7



Mayorkas impeachment vote fails

A vote in the House to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas (the worst DHS Secretary ever, and likely the worst Cabinet official in history, period) failed due to eight Republicans joining with Democrats to block it and a dozen other Republicans not voting at all.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/13/republicans-join-with-democrats-to-scuttle-impeachment-of-dhs-secretary-mayorkas-n2166308

I don’t know what their reasons are, but even if they felt it was a waste of time because it never would have passed the Senate, they should have at least gone on the record as condemning Mayorkas, a man charged with protecting America’s border security and who has instead deliberately destroyed it while repeatedly lying under oath. This is further proof that if someone has a (D) beside his name, today’s Democrats will never hold him accountable for anything, and you can always rely on a certain number of Republicans to fall in with them. If Mayorkas can't be impeached, no Democrat can be impeached, at least not unless Republicans have well over a two-thirds majority.


Here’s today’s link to continually-updated news on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-14-israel-hamas-war

Among the most recent headlines: Israel’s military announced a temporary pause of fighting in Gaza City today to allow more civilian evacuations – you know, like people do who DON’T commit genocides. Israel’s foreign minister called on United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to resign, saying he’s unfit to lead for his moral equivocations and his refusal to say, “clearly and loudly, ‘Free Gaza from Hamas.’”

In light of recent events, you won’t be shocked to learn that a report issued in May by the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise found that the top donors to US universities are Arab nations such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Egypt. 

Four hundred government officials from 40 departments and agencies in the Biden Administration signed a letter demanding a ceasefire and opposing Biden’s handling of the situation. From their pro-Palestinian demands, I assume they think he’s siding too much with Israel. This should give you an idea of why Trump had so much trouble getting his agenda enacted, when this is who’s filling those nearly impossible-to-fire positions.

Well, maybe this will mollify them: it’s reported that even after taking heat for freeing up $6 billion in frozen assets for Iran, and watching Iran fund Hamas and other terrorist groups attacking both Israel and our own troops in the Middle East, the Biden State Department is considering giving Iran access to ANOTHER $10+ billion worth of assets currently frozen in Iraq. 

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/13/unreal-biden-team-considering-cutting-loose-billions-more-to-iran-n2166305

I know you can’t fix stupid, but could they at least try to reel in the jaw-droppingly stupid?

 


Hmm, must be an upcoming election...

You can tell an election year is drawing near because Democrats and their media sycophants are already starting to compare the leading Republican candidate to Hitler, which has been their go-to strategy in every election since Harry Truman did it to Thomas Dewey.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/11/13/schiff-trump-tries-to-dehumanize-the-opposition-just-like-hitler-and-mussolini/

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/11/13/scarborough-trumps-rhetoric-mirrors-mussolini-and-other-fascists-from-the-past/

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/11/13/msnbcs-wallace-trumps-affinity-for-hitler-was-always-covered-under-an-umbrella-of-his-stupidity/

However, this year, they might want to rethink calling Trump “Hitler” in light of the recent discovery that a large number of their own constituents would probably vote for Hitler.

 



 

Omar gets a primary opponent

Considering the demographics of Ilhan Omar’s district in Minnesota, it’s probably too much to hope that she could be defeated by a Republican. But at least there could be a chance for her Democrat primary challenger, former Minneapolis city council member Don Samuels.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ilhan-omar-faces-challenger-barely-beat-2022-things-changed-drastically-since/

He lost to Omar by 2.1% in 2022, but since then, her constituents have not only seen her blatant anti-Semitism in full flower, but also experienced the deadly effects of defunding the police, which Omar demanded and Samuels opposed. He thinks it’s time to get rid of her conflict and divisiveness and replace her with someone more moderate. I don’t usually root for Democrats, but anything would be an improvement, and frankly, Fidel Castro would be more moderate.


Try not to wince

Try to control your wince reflex as you watch President Biden turn a Veterans Day speech into a combination of LGBTQ propaganda and word salad.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/11/dazed-and-confused-joe-biden-focuses-on-lbtq-plus-stuff-during-veterans-day-speech-flubs-that-too-n2166195


Once again...

It appears that the only people liberals will prosecute for using guns are law-abiding gun owners who use them to stop criminals. Once again, a man who stepped up to save someone from a threatening criminal on the New York Subway is facing prosecution while the criminals doing the threatening continue to run wild. In this case, even the woman he saved denounced him for owning the gun that he used to save her. There’s some gratitude for you.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/12/woman-saved-by-gun-toting-man-in-nyc-throws-him-under-the-bus-n2166226

On the other hand, Florida knows how to treat its heroes, like today’s Huck’s Hero, Army veteran Shane Spicer. Spicer was waiting for his coffee at an Orlando Starbucks when he saw a career criminal with 13 felony convictions trying to carjack a pregnant woman ahead of him. He leaped out of his car, jumped into the woman’s passenger seat, and told the thug, “You’re not going anywhere! You crossed the line.” He held him down until the police arrived. In Florida, they knew which one to arrest, and it wasn’t Spicer for roughing up the criminal or restraint of his trade.

https://redstate.com/wardclark/2023/11/12/florida-hero-army-veteran-takes-down-serial-felon-in-attempted-carjacking-on-pregnant-woman-n2166236

 


Don't get your hopes up

Don’t get your hopes up, but there might be some unexpected good news for Republicans in the Virginia Senate election after all, due to some possible shenanigans on the Democrat candidate’s part.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/11/11/hit-the-brakes-virginia-republicans-might-have-a-chance-to-retake-the-state-senate-now-n2631098


Why I Support Trump

Raphael Warnock is not only a very liberal Senator from Georgia, he’s also a Baptist pastor. So the media like to use him to launch attacks on conservative Evangelicals. They did it again Sunday when totally objective MSNBC “journalist” Jen Psaki teed up this softball: “Does it bother you that the Evangelical community seems to continue to be very much behind Donald Trump? Is that surprising?”

His accommodating answer: “It’s a deep contradiction. And I think that when the history of this period is written, we will have a lot to say about that.” There’s more at the link, but you get the idea.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/11/12/raphael-warnock-evangelical-support-of-trump-is-a-deep-contradiction/

 

I only bring this up because it is something I hear all the time: “How can you claim to be a Christian and support Trump, with his womanizing history, rough language, mean tweets, etc.?” Even though I’ve repeatedly answered it, apparently, some people need to have it repeated regularly. So here is my response, and please bookmark it for future reference.

First, I’m sure that the world would be a much more peaceful, logical and better-run place if everyone was exactly like me, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. We all have to accept that people come in all different personalities and beliefs. I can’t demand that my plumber agree with me 100% on religious issues. I just need someone competent and trustworthy to fix my plumbing. That’s pretty much the way I view politicians. If I’m looking for someone competent for the job, and my choices are Trump or Joe Biden, it’s a no-brainer.

And as a Christian, I believe in concepts like forgiveness and redemption, so I don’t believe that some sin Trump committed 30 years ago should be held against him forever.

I also believe that the reason many liberals are constantly looking for “charismatic” leaders (JFK, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama) to swoon over (“Obama is the lightbringer! His inauguration signaled the moment when the rising oceans began to fall!”) is that having rejected traditional religion, they’re constantly looking to fill the spiritual hole in their souls with some earthly savior who’ll solve all their problems and “save the planet.” No thanks, I already have a Savior. Even if I didn’t, I certainly wouldn’t be looking for one among the current class of politicians.  

Finally, I would turn the question around and ask Sen. Warnock, and all the hypocritical media figures who are trying to turn people’s religious beliefs against them, this question: “Isn't it a deep contradiction of your religious principles, or even morals in general, to continue to support today’s Democratic Party?”

I know there are good Christians who are lifelong Democrats, but I can’t help thinking that they haven’t been paying attention to the far-left, anti-God direction this party has taken. This is a party that’s actually fired up with glee at the idea that they can win elections by turning out people who think it should be legal to slaughter babies in the womb up to the moment of birth. That wants to put pro-life grandmothers in federal prison for up to 11 years for praying outside an abortion clinic. That coerces social media companies to shut down the speech of anyone who doesn’t bow down before their radical transgender aganda and putting LGBTQ porn in elementary schools. That argues that parents should have no rights to determine what’s taught to their children. That shut down churches and arrested pastors for holding services during the pandemic, but deemed liquor stores and strip clubs “essential businesses” that could remain open.

I could go on and on, but you get the point. I can explain how an Evangelical Christian could support Trump. What I can’t explain is how anyone with religious beliefs, a conscience or just a modicum of common sense and decency could support today's Democratic Party.

And to end on a lighter note, the Babylon Bee (a Christian satire site) reminds us of another reason to vote for Trump…

https://babylonbee.com/news/thousands-already-lined-up-for-black-friday-after-grocery-store-offers-prices-from-when-trump-was-president

 

 


Food Recall Warning:

The FDA says that certain cantaloupes sold in October in 10 states and Canada may be tainted with salmonella. There have been no reports of illness so far, but in severe cases, it can be serious, even fatal. Please read the linked story for full information. 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/fox-news-food-drink/trufresh-recalls-cantaloupes-distributed-states-canada-possible-salmonella-contamination


San Francisco gets a cleaning

California Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted that San Francisco was quickly scrubbed clean of homeless people, feces and drug needles because (as the Babylon Bee put it, “his boss”) Chinese President Xi Jinping, was coming to visit. Jennifer Oliver O’Connell at Redstate.com called it “Extreme Makeover: Homeless Edition.”

https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2023/11/13/newsoms-latest-homeless-debacles-have-badly-damaged-his-presidential-chances-n2166287

The quick cleanup has many San Francisco residents demanding to know why city officials have allowed them to suffer from all that filth and crime for years if they can clean it up in a couple of days for a communist dictator’s visit. They might also notice that fencing is being used to keep the homeless people out of downtown, and it actually works. They’d been told for years that walls are racist and don’t work (unless they’re around the gated communities where rich liberal politicians live.)

It's easy for us to mock San Franciscans for being shocked to learn that lawlessness can be stopped by enforcing laws. All it really takes is hiring police, putting criminals in jail, and – here’s the real secret – KEEPING THEM THERE. Or that filth can be ended by cleaning it up, then arresting people who deposit more of it. Or that while it's harder to solve homelessness, it can’t be solved by just letting people live anywhere they want, from sidewalks to parks to restaurant doorways.

For most of us, these are no-brainers. But try to understand: people in blue cities have lived under leftist corruption and incompetence for so long, they might not know that any other way of life is possible. They’re like hermits or college students who have no idea how to use a rotary phone because they’ve never seen one. Consider that the last Republican mayor of San Francisco left office in 1964. No wonder they have no concept of civic competence.

It's arguably even worse in Chicago, where no matter how bad things get, the voters keep electing ever-more-leftist Democrats (their last Republican mayor left office in 1931.) And just as in San Francisco, officials have made it clear that the safety and well-being of their own residents is their very bottom priority.

Recently, many black citizens in Chicago who were upset over all the public funds being spent on illegal immigrants made their views known to the City Council and their new, far-left black mayor. What they learned: (1.) Illegal immigration hurts poor black people the most, and (2.) leftist politicians, no matter what their skin color, couldn’t possibly care less.

https://redstate.com/beckynoble/2023/11/10/chicago-city-council-meeting-on-sanctuary-city-status-shows-citizens-that-elections-have-consequences-n2166165

 


Our government: so much to CENSOR, so little time (before the next election)

We talk a lot here about election interference, and not just the direct kind that might have happened with mail-in ballots on Election Day.  Much of that interference --- perhaps the type that, overall, bore the most fruit in 2020 and likely affected the outcome --- has to do with the suppression of information that Americans deserve to know before casting their votes.  And nowhere is this more obvious than with the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020.  At that time, the government was working overtime to make sure you didn’t see it, or, if you did, that you quickly discounted it as “foreign disinformation.”  This from the party that professes so loudly to care about “our democracy.”

Oh, they love democracy, all right, as long as they can game the system and manipulate enough voters to vote their way.

Even as the 2020 election recedes in our rear-view mirror, we’re able to piece together more of what was done then to censor needed information.  This discovery comes to us thanks in large part to outside-government organizations such as Judicial Watch, whose Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests continue to bear fruit, as you’ll see below.  And now there’s America First Legal, headed by former Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who has shown himself to be eminently worthy of The Second Trump Administration if that’s where he would like to be.  Maybe as communications director/press secretary?

In late October, AFL filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging a “coordinated communication” and an unreported in-kind contribution to the Joe Biden presidential campaign and related entities in violation of federal law.  This has to do with that bogus “classic earmarks” letter signed by 51 former U.S. intel officials, with the goal of censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the 2020 election.

“There are reasons to believe that the public statement by 51 former intelligence officials was a coordinated political operation to help elect Vice President Biden in the 2020 election...” the complaint reads.

The full complaint runs 13 pages with 110 pages of exhibits, stating that “the Biden for President Campaign in 2020, the Biden Victory Fund, the Democratic National Committee, and the Biden Action Fund should have reported on coordinating efforts” as in-kind donations.

It’s hard to say how the value of that letter to Biden’s campaign can even be determined.  At the risk of sounding like a parody of the old MasterCard commercial, we’d say it’s...priceless.

As is now well known, that “classic earmarks” determination by the intel “experts” was completely bogus.   In late 2019, a year before the letter was signed, the FBI had taken possession of Hunter’s laptop from computer shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac and were perfectly aware of what was on the hard drive.  They had to know without a doubt that every disturbing entry was real.  But it didn’t matter --- the officials who unquestioningly signed that letter hadn’t even seen the contents of the laptop.  They did it to help Joe Biden win, perpetuating yet another hoax on the American people to interfere with an election.

As FOX NEWS reports, “The Obama administration officials who signed include former [CIA] Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence [DNI] James Clapper, and former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.  Former George W. Bush DNI Michael Hayden, a vocal Trump critic, also signed.”  We would add the note of sad irony that both Brennan and Clapper, and additional signatory Paul Kolbe of the CIA, have recently been named by DHS Director Alejandro Mayorkas to a new intelligence “expert” board.

The complaint also mentions that Clapper and Panetta donated to the Biden Victory Fund and the Biden for President campaign in 2020.

Based on testimony from former CIA Deputy and Acting Director Mike Morell to the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, we know that then-Biden campaign adviser (now Biden’s Secretary of State) Tony Blinken spearheaded the effort to create this letter.  Morell testified that he’d been recruited by Blinken to write the letter.

According to the Judiciary Committee, Morell also explained that Biden campaign manager Steve Ricchetti called him following the October 22 debate to thank him for writing it.  (During the debate, Biden had played the letter up big, using it as evidence that the laptop story was “Russian disinformation” when he had to know it wasn’t.)  “Morell also explained that the Biden campaign helped to strategize about the public release of that statement,” the committee said.  “Morell further explained that one of his two goals in releasing the statement was to help then-[former] Vice President Biden in the debate and to assist hm in winning the election.”  In other words, it was FOR THE CAMPAIGN.

This bogus letter was also used to provide cover for the censorship by Twitter and Facebook of the Hunter laptop story.  Why, how could it not have been Russian disinformation when 51 intel experts had encouraged that conclusion?    

Reed D. Rubenstein, senior counselor and director of oversight and investigations for America First Legal, concludes that we’re seeing a “pattern” of election meddling, citing intelligence officials’ failed attempt to help Hillary Clinton win in 2016 by lying about “Trump/Russia collusion.”  (Recall examples such as Alpha Bank?)

As Rubenstein said, “The [FEC’s] charge includes election integrity --- Americans have the right to know who is coordinating with federal candidates.  But this right is only as effective as the agency that enforces it.  The FEC must act here.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fec-complaint-alleges-coordinated-disinformation-campaign-bidens-2020-run

In other censorship news, thanks to yet another FOIA request, Judicial Watch has uncovered more government censorship through private entities, this time about COVID, as evidenced in dialogue between the Biden Surgeon General and Facebook in mid-2021.  No wonder we can’t believe anything we hear from either the government or social media on this (or any other) subject.

In just 14 pages of conversation between U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and top FB executives, we see the path to stunning submission to the government by FB, as they sought “to better understand the scope of what the White House expects of us on misinformation going forward.”

Murthy enumerated several helpful suggestions for combating misinformation, such as focusing on addressing “misinformation in live streams, which are more difficult to moderate due to their temporary nature and use of audio and video.”  Also, FB should “prioritize early detection of misinformation ‘super-spreaders’ and repeat offenders” and “impose clear consequences.”  They also should “amplify communications from trusted messengers and subject matter experts” (presumably those agreeing with Dr. Fauci and the CDC).

It’s fascinating to read the correspondence between Murthy and Nick Clegg, VP of Communications and Global Affairs at Facebook, to see how Clegg diplomatically pushes back on some of this, saying they’re “partners in the same battle” but that he “thought the way we were singled out over the past few days has been surprising and misleading, and I believe unproductive to our joint efforts, too.”  Still, Clegg later seems to have resolved his concerns and settled into his role as co-censor, later writing that he “wanted to make sure you saw the steps we took just this past week to adjust policies on what we are removing...as well as steps we are taking to address the ‘disinfo dozen’:  we removed 17 additional Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts tied to the disinfo dozen...(resulting in every entry of the disinfo dozen having had at least one such entity removed.”

Aren’t you intrigued to know who the “disinfo dozen” were and what they were daring to say in their social media posts?  Were they saying that masks didn’t stop the spread?  That vaccines didn’t guarantee protection against infection and transmission?  That COVID might have started in the Wuhan lab?  That mRNA vaccines were experimental and might be dangerous to some?  “Misinformation” like THAT?

Well, we looked them up and found them identified in an article from the FORBES archives that supported “removing their platforms.”  (Not that the writer was calling for censorship, he said as he called for censorship.)  The heretics included Dr. Joseph Mercola and (yes) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.  Ironically, if you want to see some REAL misinformation about COVID vaccines, read this now-horribly-dated FORBES article, which is rife with it, such as that the vaccines are “highly effective” and are “the only realistic way to end the pandemic.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2021/07/19/de-platform-the-disinformation-dozen/?sh=5cd8a14d7378

Anyway, Clegg later writes to Murthy about “how we can partner in this next push to vaccinate children.”

There’s much more to this; I hope you’ll read the Judicial Watch press release at the link.  Tom Fitton, president of JW, said, “These emails confirm that Facebook censored Americans at the direction of the Biden White House and Biden’s Surgeon General’s political operation.  This is a massive violation of the First Amendment.”

https://www.judicialwatch.org/facebook-covid-censorship


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We talk a lot here about election interference, and not just the direct kind that might have happened with mail-in ballots on Election Day.  Much of that interference --- perhaps the type that, overall, bore the most fruit in 2020 and likely affected the outcome --- has to do with the suppression of information that Americans deserve to know before casting their votes.  And nowhere is this more obvious than with the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020.  At that time, the government was working overtime to make sure you didn’t see it, or, if you did, that you quickly discounted it as “foreign disinformation.”  This from the party that professes so loudly to care about “our democracy.”

Oh, they love democracy, all right, as long as they can game the system and manipulate enough voters to vote their way.

Even as the 2020 election recedes in our rear-view mirror, we’re able to piece together more of what was done then to censor needed information.  This discovery comes to us thanks in large part to outside-government organizations such as Judicial Watch, whose Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests continue to bear fruit, as you’ll see below.  And now there’s America First Legal, headed by former Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who has shown himself to be eminently worthy of The Second Trump Administration if that’s where he would like to be.  Maybe as communications director/press secretary?

In late October, AFL filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging a “coordinated communication” and an unreported in-kind contribution to the Joe Biden presidential campaign and related entities in violation of federal law.  This has to do with that bogus “classic earmarks” letter signed by 51 former U.S. intel officials, with the goal of censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the 2020 election.

“There are reasons to believe that the public statement by 51 former intelligence officials was a coordinated political operation to help elect Vice President Biden in the 2020 election...” the complaint reads.

The full complaint runs 13 pages with 110 pages of exhibits, stating that “the Biden for President Campaign in 2020, the Biden Victory Fund, the Democratic National Committee, and the Biden Action Fund should have reported on coordinating efforts” as in-kind donations.

It’s hard to say how the value of that letter to Biden’s campaign can even be determined.  At the risk of sounding like a parody of the old MasterCard commercial, we’d say it’s...priceless.

As is now well known, that “classic earmarks” determination by the intel “experts” was completely bogus.   In late 2019, a year before the letter was signed, the FBI had taken possession of Hunter’s laptop from computer shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac and were perfectly aware of what was on the hard drive.  They had to know without a doubt that every disturbing entry was real.  But it didn’t matter --- the officials who unquestioningly signed that letter hadn’t even seen the contents of the laptop.  They did it to help Joe Biden win, perpetuating yet another hoax on the American people to interfere with an election.

As FOX NEWS reports, “The Obama administration officials who signed include former [CIA] Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence [DNI] James Clapper, and former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.  Former George W. Bush DNI Michael Hayden, a vocal Trump critic, also signed.”  We would add the note of sad irony that both Brennan and Clapper, and additional signatory Paul Kolbe of the CIA, have recently been named by DHS Director Alejandro Mayorkas to a new intelligence “expert” board.

The complaint also mentions that Clapper and Panetta donated to the Biden Victory Fund and the Biden for President campaign in 2020.

Based on testimony from former CIA Deputy and Acting Director Mike Morell to the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, we know that then-Biden campaign adviser (now Biden’s Secretary of State) Tony Blinken spearheaded the effort to create this letter.  Morell testified that he’d been recruited by Blinken to write the letter.

According to the Judiciary Committee, Morell also explained that Biden campaign manager Steve Ricchetti called him following the October 22 debate to thank him for writing it.  (During the debate, Biden had played the letter up big, using it as evidence that the laptop story was “Russian disinformation” when he had to know it wasn’t.)  “Morell also explained that the Biden campaign helped to strategize about the public release of that statement,” the committee said.  “Morell further explained that one of his two goals in releasing the statement was to help then-[former] Vice President Biden in the debate and to assist hm in winning the election.”  In other words, it was FOR THE CAMPAIGN.

This bogus letter was also used to provide cover for the censorship by Twitter and Facebook of the Hunter laptop story.  Why, how could it not have been Russian disinformation when 51 intel experts had encouraged that conclusion?    

Reed D. Rubenstein, senior counselor and director of oversight and investigations for America First Legal, concludes that we’re seeing a “pattern” of election meddling, citing intelligence officials’ failed attempt to help Hillary Clinton win in 2016 by lying about “Trump/Russia collusion.”  (Recall examples such as Alpha Bank?)

As Rubenstein said, “The [FEC’s] charge includes election integrity --- Americans have the right to know who is coordinating with federal candidates.  But this right is only as effective as the agency that enforces it.  The FEC must act here.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fec-complaint-alleges-coordinated-disinformation-campaign-bidens-2020-run

In other censorship news, thanks to yet another FOIA request, Judicial Watch has uncovered more government censorship through private entities, this time about COVID, as evidenced in dialogue between the Biden Surgeon General and Facebook in mid-2021.  No wonder we can’t believe anything we hear from either the government or social media on this (or any other) subject.

In just 14 pages of conversation between U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and top FB executives, we see the path to stunning submission to the government by FB, as they sought “to better understand the scope of what the White House expects of us on misinformation going forward.”

Murthy enumerated several helpful suggestions for combating misinformation, such as focusing on addressing “misinformation in live streams, which are more difficult to moderate due to their temporary nature and use of audio and video.”  Also, FB should “prioritize early detection of misinformation ‘super-spreaders’ and repeat offenders” and “impose clear consequences.”  They also should “amplify communications from trusted messengers and subject matter experts” (presumably those agreeing with Dr. Fauci and the CDC).

It’s fascinating to read the correspondence between Murthy and Nick Clegg, VP of Communications and Global Affairs at Facebook, to see how Clegg diplomatically pushes back on some of this, saying they’re “partners in the same battle” but that he “thought the way we were singled out over the past few days has been surprising and misleading, and I believe unproductive to our joint efforts, too.”  Still, Clegg later seems to have resolved his concerns and settled into his role as co-censor, later writing that he “wanted to make sure you saw the steps we took just this past week to adjust policies on what we are removing...as well as steps we are taking to address the ‘disinfo dozen’:  we removed 17 additional Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts tied to the disinfo dozen...(resulting in every entry of the disinfo dozen having had at least one such entity removed.”

Aren’t you intrigued to know who the “disinfo dozen” were and what they were daring to say in their social media posts?  Were they saying that masks didn’t stop the spread?  That vaccines didn’t guarantee protection against infection and transmission?  That COVID might have started in the Wuhan lab?  That mRNA vaccines were experimental and might be dangerous to some?  “Misinformation” like THAT?

Well, we looked them up and found them identified in an article from the FORBES archives that supported “removing their platforms.”  (Not that the writer was calling for censorship, he said as he called for censorship.)  The heretics included Dr. Joseph Mercola and (yes) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.  Ironically, if you want to see some REAL misinformation about COVID vaccines, read this now-horribly-dated FORBES article, which is rife with it, such as that the vaccines are “highly effective” and are “the only realistic way to end the pandemic.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2021/07/19/de-platform-the-disinformation-dozen/?sh=5cd8a14d7378

Anyway, Clegg later writes to Murthy about “how we can partner in this next push to vaccinate children.”

There’s much more to this; I hope you’ll read the Judicial Watch press release at the link.  Tom Fitton, president of JW, said, “These emails confirm that Facebook censored Americans at the direction of the Biden White House and Biden’s Surgeon General’s political operation.  This is a massive violation of the First Amendment.”

https://www.judicialwatch.org/facebook-covid-censorship

With every passing week, it becomes increasingly obvious that the “Justice” Department has stacked the deck against President Trump in their repeated use of lawfare to knock him off the ballot.  Some of the examples are so egregious, it’s hard to believe that this is happening in the United States and that the target is a former President and current presidential candidate, running against the incumbent.

The Shining City on a Hill has never looked so tarnished.

The latest example was discovered by Laura Loomer --- portrayed in the media as a “far-right pro-Trump operative,” as if that negated what she found --- and deals with Judge Arthur Engoron, who’s presiding over the civil real estate fraud trial of Donald Trump brought by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.  This case has the potential to affect thousands of people in that city by shutting down the entire Trump Organization in New York, over something that many real estate professionals have said is common practice.

Even without Loomer’s story, Engoron has already done plenty to signal his obvious anti-Trump bias, from mugging for cameras on the first day of trial to saying, “No, I’m not here to hear what [President Trump] has to say,” to ruling BEFORE THE TRIAL HAD EVEN BEGUN concerning what Trump had allegedly done, severely limiting what Trump’s attorneys can use in his defense.

But as REVOLVER NEWS reported Thursday, Loomer appears to have discovered a social media account belonging to Dawn Marie Engoron, Judge Engoron’s wife, on which she allegedly posted “F--- TRUMP” along with photoshopped pictures of him in an orange prison jumpsuit, one shot looking particularly frightful with his head shaved.  (It might not be bloody like Kathy Griffin’s murderous “severed head” picture of Trump, but it’s still just as hateful.)  Never mind that this is a civil case, not criminal.  Loomer also posted on “X” that this woman was “openly attacking” Trump attorney Alina Habba.  She says she took screenshots of Mrs. Engoron’s posts, and they are here...

https://twitter.com/LauraLoomer/status/1722244994965414277?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctw

The posts were taken down, and REVOLVER hasn’t been able to confirm that Loomer’s screenshots are from Mrs. Engoron’s account or if they’re from some other “Dawn Marie.”  At the time of this writing, we can’t be 100 percent sure, either --- more like 95 percent --- but it’s important that someone determine right away whether or not they’re real.  To quote REVOLVER, “If the social media posts in question really do belong to Mrs. Engoron, then this entire case should be dismissed outright.  It seems our judicial system has devolved into a farce, fueled by the left’s insatiable desire to dismantle anything associated with ‘Trump.’  We must stand against this extreme animosity becoming the force that grinds this country and the values we believe in into the dust.”

Or, to put it more bluntly: “A judge with a crazy, biased, crackpot wife like this has no business overseeing a case like this.”

https://revolver.news/2023/11/alleged-photos-of-judge-engorons-wifes-anti-trump-social-media-posts-threaten-to-shut-everything-down/

Some on social media --- gearing up, I suppose, for the account to be found genuine --- are already trying to imply, “So what?” by saying, “Okay, now let’s look at Mrs. Clarence Thomas.”  Sorry, folks, this goes far beyond a spouse having her own political opinions and activities.  If these posts are genuine, they show a spouse making it clear she wants to see a man convicted who is on trial in her husband’s courtroom.

Bestselling author and persuasion expert Scott Adams weighed in on this Thursday during his podcast, “Coffee With Scott Adams.”

“In what world do you continue the trial?” Adams asked, “assuming this is true, and I think Laura Loomer has the right information.  Seriously, in what world do you do that?”

He continued: “They need to shut down the trial, immediately, or else I will never think this country is credible again...I mean, my opinion of the justice system will go to ‘completely broken’ if there’s even one more day of this trial.”

“You cannot have a judge who can only have one outcome or else he can’t (BLEEPING) go home.”

“...There’s no way he’s going to go home to that.  No human husband is free of that bias...In our world it doesn’t exist that he can do his job independently if he has to go home to that.  Nobody could --- I couldn’t, you couldn’t.  There’s no amount of ‘training,’ of legal, ethical behavior that has any bearing on this.”

“...So, congratulations, Laura Loomer,” he said.  “I think you ended this trial.  And if you didn’t, there’s just no way this is gonna be credible.”

Here’s his full video segment.  Language alert:  f-bombs are sprinkled here and there.  Obviously, he feels very strongly about this.

https://rumble.com/v3uvwtw-dilbert-creator-scott-adams-says-laura-loomers-investigation-should-end-the.html

If the case does go on and Engoron delivers the verdict he so obviously craves, Adams wonders if there could be an appeal based on this.  He was advised by a viewer that Jonathan Turley had said there could be; we’ll look into that.  Turley has already criticized Engoron, along with Special Counsel Jack Smith and Judge Tanya Chutkan, for violating Trump’s free speech rights; you might remember this column...

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/10/29/jack-smiths-war-on-free-speech-attorney-general-garland-should-rein-in-his-special-counsel/

Going to Loomer’s own site, she adamantly stands by her story under the headline “NEWSWEEK miserably fails to discredit bombshell Loomer report on Judge Engoron’s wife.”  They wrote a deceptive headline, she says, but ultimately could not show that this wasn’t Dawn Marie Engoron’s account. (Dawn did deny to NEWSWEEK that it was her account.  All they used to “debunk” the allegation was her denial.)

Loomer also posted the sensible rules judges are supposed to follow to avoid a conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety.  Judge Engoron is way out of step with them.  We are deep in kangaroo-court territory.

https://loomered.com/2023/11/10/exclusive-newsweek-miserably-fails-to-discredit-bombshell-loomer-report-on-judge-engorons-wife/

Speaking of Judge Chutkan, who has demonstrated obvious anti-Trump (and anti-Trump supporter) bias while presiding over other January 6 trials, she partially granted a motion by Special Counsel Jack Smith to make Trump say in advance whether he’s going to use the defense that he was acting on his attorneys’ advice, which Trump has claimed in public.  By forcing him to state this, Smith is maneuvering to get Trump to waive attorney-client privilege in this criminal trial.

"When a defendant invokes such a defense in court, he waives attorney-client privilege for all communications concerning that defense," Smith's team wrote, adding that "the government is entitled to additional discovery and may conduct further investigation, both of which may require further litigation and briefing."

Or, with the above statement, Smith could be trying to get Trump to NOT USE that defense, even if Trump can provide sufficient evidence of that, as it could make Smith’s job harder.  (Note:  We’re donning our lawyers’ hat here to speculate what Smith has in mind, but we are not attorneys.)  For example, as the WASHINGTON EXAMINER mentions, to get a conviction, Smith would have to convince the jurors that Trump knew he was breaking the law even if his lawyers had told him his actions were legal.  Otherwise, Trump’s reliance on his attorneys could raise doubts about his alleged criminal intent.

Criminal intent??  The trial sounds like even more of a joke now.  If Trump’s attorneys told him his actions were legal, how WOULD he know if they weren’t?  He had no criminal intent.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/trump-ordered-advice-counsel-defense-2020-j6

Related: New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik has filed an official judicial complaint against Judge Engoran for his “inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance” in what she described as “this disgraceful lawsuit” that’s part of the state’s “dangerous, weaponized lawfare against President Trump.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/gop-rep-stefanik-files-ethics-complaint-judge-engoron-alleging-bizarre-behavior-anti-trump-bias/

“We are all Jews here”

November 13, 2023

October 7, savages from the terrorist group Hamas went on a killing spree targeting unarmed civilians in Israel and murdering over 1200 Jews in cold blood.  The barbaric nature of the killings shocked the sensibilities of anyone with a conscience, which means it didn’t shock or even bother such vile antisemitic Jew-hating radicals like Rashida Tlaib or most of the faculty of Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.  In fact, leave it to the far left to try and blame Israel for the psychopathic behavior of Iran-sponsored Hamas and their Palestinian enablers.

Large rallies in cities across the world like New York, London, Paris, and Washington, DC showed support for Palestinians and ignored the atrocities suffered by innocent Israeli civilians.  The horrors inflicted upon them such a placing live babies in ovens, ripping open the womb of an Israeli woman who was 4 months pregnant, raping women repeatedly and violently in front of their children, or setting elderly people on fire while they were confined to wheelchairs are just some of the acts these precious souls were subjected to.  Some have called the beheading of babies in their cribs as that of animals, but animals don’t viciously kill for sport or for the purpose of causing unspeakable pain.  There is something else going on here.  And it’s not new.  Jews have been targeted for extinction going back to the time of Abraham when God chose the descendants of Isaac to inherit the land and to be designated as God’s chosen people. 

Hating and wishing to annihilate Jews is irrational.  There are only about 16 million Jews in the entire world, making up 0.2% of the world’s population.  Just over 7 million Jews live in Israel and slightly more Jews than that live in the US.  So why would such a small minority of people be so hated and targeted not merely for isolation and harassment, but for systematic elimination?  There is no rational answer.  But there IS an answer:  It’s not political, geographical, economic, or religious.  It’s the result of spiritual darkness that originated in the very bowels of hell.  It’s the ultimate enmity between God and Satan, and we need to see it for what it is and be willing to resist this manifestation of sheer evil.

I’m not a Jew, but without hesitation or reluctance, I stand with the Jews and oppose the attempts to marginalize or murder them.  I recognize that the hate toward them is really hate toward God for having chosen them and blessed them.  Hate crimes against Jews just in the US are up 200%. 

After the Battle of the Bulge in WW II, a group of over 1000 US troops were captured by the Nazis and placed in the Ziegenhein Stalag.   In January of 1945, the Nazi commandant ordered the America Jewish soldiers to separate from the other captives.  The ranking American in the camp was Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds who hailed from Knoxville, TN.  He ordered everyone of the American soldiers to fall out in formation when the Jews were ordered to report.  The shocked Nazi Major demanded that Sgt. Edmonds identify which ones were Jews.  Sgt. Edmonds said, “We are ALL Jews here.” 

The incensed German commander took a pistol and held it tight to Edmonds head and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t identify the Jews who would surely be murdered if identified.  Sgt. Edmonds gave his name, rank, and serial number and told the Nazi Commandant that he could shoot him, but unless he shot everyone of the over 1000 soldiers, he would be held responsible for the war crime and they all knew who he was and he would pay for his crimes when the Allies won the war.  The Nazi officer then withdrew.  The courage of Sgt. Edmonds to declare that all of the soldiers were Jews had saved the lives of 200 of actual Jews in captivity.  Sgt. Edmonds risked his life when he defied the order to identify the Jews and boldly declared, “We are all Jews here.”  70 years later, Sgt. Edmonds would be the first ever US serviceman to be named a “Righteous Among the Nations” at Yad Vashem.  There are now thousands of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of those 200 Jewish soldiers who instead of being turned over to the Germans to be murdered, were instead saved by the heroic act of a farm boy from Tennessee turned soldier who ultimately came home, led a good life and was father to Chris Edmonds, who became a Baptist Pastor in Maryville, TN.

So as we witness the unspeakable evils being inflicted upon Jews in Israel and around the world, I pray we will all summon the courage to stand with those who Satan has targeted and defy the evil and say, “We are ALL Jews here.”

 

Once again, why is wealthy Hollywood entertainment lawyer/producer Kevin Morris playing the role of Hunter Biden’s “sugar brother,” paying off Hunter’s roughly $2 million tax bill, footing his $20,000/month rent on a Malibu beach house, and covering his reported $1 million-a-month legal bills to feed a team of hungry attorneys?

Not surprisingly, that same mystery has been messing with Jim Jordan’s mind as well.  The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee brought up Morris’ name this weekend on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES with Maria Bartiromo.

“I want to talk to Kevin Morris,” Jordan said.  “I want to talk to the guy who paid Hunter Biden’s taxes, just to come out of nowhere, pay all this tax burden that Hunter Biden had.”  He didn’t mention all the other astronomical bills that continue mounting in the wake of this human money pit.

So, why hasn’t a subpoena been issued for Morris?  Our guess would be that the committee is still awaiting bank records having to do with his payments.  After all, the drawn-out procedure for obtaining bank records is what had held up the subpoenas finally issued for Hunter, James Biden and business associate Rob Walker (for starters).

Jordan said there are a number of additional people they’ll need to talk to.  “We will continue to do that...as we look at this case and gather the facts.”

When Maria asked Jordan if the “Justice” Department might be able to interfere with subpoenas and keep those people from coming in and talking on the record, he said he didn’t think so.  “I mean, everyone else has come forward...In the Judiciary Committee, we’ve deposed seven different people who were involved in the investigation of Hunter Biden.  I think they will come forward, and we will get that information.”  He said that even Hunter’s attorney Abbe Lowell has acknowledged that Hunter “is eager to discuss these matters.”  (Note:  Sure, he is.  Lowell did qualify this by saying “at the right time,” which I’d guess is sometime in 2035.  Rich Lowry said on FOX NEWS SUNDAY that Hunter would have to be “a moron” to testify. Well…)

Hunter can’t discuss these matters AND plead the Fifth, so we’ll see.  Hunter calls this investigation “another political stunt.”  Karine Jean-Pierre furthers that impression by continuing to lie, saying no evidence has been turned up.  In case you need a quick refresher, here’s the real story of the real evidence, as outlined by Ted Cruz on Sunday…

https://rumble.com/v3vc3oe-ted-cruz-believes-special-prosecutor-david-weiss-is-protecting-the-biden-cr.html

If Hunter plays on his addiction --- get ready for that --- and claims he can’t remember anything from that time, his story will still be told by financial records and other people’s testimony.

Jordan said the “crux of the matter” is going to be the Burisma income to Hunter.  The importance of that really just boils down to “four central facts”:

1.  Hunter gets put on the board of Burisma Holdings (and is paid about $83,000 a month).

2.  He has no qualifications at all to be on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

3.  He’s asked by Burisma executives to weigh in with “DC” to take pressure off the investigation they’re under.

4.  Five days later, VP Biden flies to Ukraine and “starts the process” to get the Ukrainian prosecutor fired, using our tax money for leverage, threatening to withhold money that had already been approved by Congress.

A related scandal implicates our own “Justice” Department in its effort to sweep this under the rug, Jordan said.  When the IRS and FBI were investigating Hunter’s taxes, they let the statute of limitations run out for the key tax years (2014, 2015) when Hunter received his Burisma income, because, as Jordan said, “they didn’t want to get back into this issue and Joe Biden’s actions that benefited his family.”  As Hunter’s former business partner Devon Archer told the committee, Joe’s family had been “making money off the ‘brand.  The brand is what they were selling.”’

We would add that this is what a quid pro quo looks like (remember that term from when Nancy Pelosi impeached Trump just for questioning Biden’s actions in Ukraine?) It’s what bribery looks like.  There may have been other quid pro quos as well, such as Joe’s action on his first day in office to end the China Initiative, which had been intended as a crackdown on China’s spying and theft of intellectual property, but money connections are very difficult to prove in court, even if they seem obvious.  There might have been multiple quid pro quos, but all Congress needs for their impeachment inquiry is ONE.  So expect the Judiciary Committee to focus on Ukraine, as Joe’s actions to quash the Burisma Holdings investigation while his son was raking in money from them seems relatively easy to put together.

Jordan said they expect to get the depositions done during November and December, and then decide early next year “whether the actual evidence warrants going to articles of impeachment.”

But what about China and those other potential quid pro quos?  “Given China’s goal of overtaking the United States as the number one superpower,” Maria asked, “is [the President] compromised in terms of making the right decisions for America’s national security, based on money he’s taken from Chinese Communist Party members?”

(It’s shocking, isn’t it, that Americans should ever have to be asking a question like that?)

Jordan said that regarding the money from Chinese energy company CEFC, “we’re digging into that as well,” as Congress has the constitutional duty of oversight.  “We’re driven by the facts, not the politics as the Democrats are as they attack President Trump,” he added, mentioning the obviously political hit job currently going on in a Manhattan courtroom.

He seconded what Trump had said concerning what this is really about:  They’re coming after him because he’s fighting for us.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341005063112

Speaking of Biden and China, the President is meeting with China’s President Xi AGAIN this Wednesday, this time in San Francisco, and Miranda Devine said Sunday that he’s supposedly going to “mention something about Iran.”  (By the way, this is why San Francisco has temporarily hidden away the homeless camps and given the city a spit-and-polish, where mostly there had just been spit.) Devine asserted that Xi “has the measure of Joe Biden.  He knows that he’s a bought-and-paid-for asset according to all the evidence we’ve seen.”  She’s apparently had no trouble seeing the China Initiative as a quid pro quo.

Devine, who broke the original Hunter laptop story in the NEW YORK POST ahead of the 2020 election but got her story suppressed, also appeared with Bartiromo to report that Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer’s issuance of subpoenas in the Biden financial case has gone to a “very aggressive level.”  They’re in “the next phase” of the investigation.  She said the Bidens know Comer has the goods on them.

“And this is why you see Hunter Biden’s lawyer panicking, writing to the Speaker, Mike Johnson, and saying, ‘Call your dogs off.’”  (Yes, he did that.)  She also pointed to “hit jobs” against Comer in the so-called prestige media.

Devine also said Comer has also set his sights on one of the President’s donors.  No, she’s not talking about Kevin Morris, but about a wealthy Delaware car dealer who happens to be a Ukrainian and “has a lot of interests in Ukraine that are being protected by American weapons.”  She said she’s been told “by people in Delaware who are frightened to speak out” that this man will have some very interesting things to say.

She explained that the Democrats’ persistent denial of the Bidens’ wrongdoing is because there were a lot of people “compromised by the fact that they’ve covered up for the Biden family.”  That includes officials in the DOJ, FBI and CIA, who ignored, buried and suppressed the evidence.  She should know.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/miranda-devine-comers-subpoenas-hunter-james-biden-notching-investigation-very-aggressive-level

 

 

RELATED:  Now that you’ve read about the “Justice” Department working so hard to protect the Bidens for as long as possible, here’s a story, reminiscent of IRS official Lois Lerner investigating Tea Party groups, about the IRS opening an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the American Accountability Foundation (AAF), an organization that dared to release information on some of Biden’s nominees and issue calls for them to be withdrawn from consideration.

AAF President Tom Jones said, “This sudden request by the IRS is not random.  The IRS is demanding ‘correspondence files, emails and information posted on a website that relates to current public elected officials’ – clearly a sign that they are targeting our research and education activities.  It’s a deliberate attempt to punish and suppress AAF’s activities.  It is surely no coincidence that AAF – the very organization that exposed the weaponization of the IRS – is now a target of it.”

The DAILY CALLER has more…

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/06/biden-irs-audit-aaf-nominees/

ALSO RELATED: As mentioned above, when San Francisco officials knew that the President of China was coming, they somehow managed to remove all the homeless people from the streets and clean them up in just a couple of days. Which has a lot of people, including liberals at the New York Times, asking the obvious question: If they could clean up the city and restore law and order that fast for a communist dictator, how come they couldn’t do it for their own residents who’ve been suffering this lawless, filthy nightmare for years?

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/12/surprise-surprise-san-francisco-is-suddenly-cleaned-up-and-the-reason-is-infuriating-n2166243

 


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It’s the “next phase” of the Biden investigation, and many are compromised and scared

Once again, why is wealthy Hollywood entertainment lawyer/producer Kevin Morris playing the role of Hunter Biden’s “sugar brother,” paying off Hunter’s roughly $2 million tax bill, footing his $20,000/month rent on a Malibu beach house, and covering his reported $1 million-a-month legal bills to feed a team of hungry attorneys?

Not surprisingly, that same mystery has been messing with Jim Jordan’s mind as well.  The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee brought up Morris’ name this weekend on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES with Maria Bartiromo.

“I want to talk to Kevin Morris,” Jordan said.  “I want to talk to the guy who paid Hunter Biden’s taxes, just to come out of nowhere, pay all this tax burden that Hunter Biden had.”  He didn’t mention all the other astronomical bills that continue mounting in the wake of this human money pit.

So, why hasn’t a subpoena been issued for Morris?  Our guess would be that the committee is still awaiting bank records having to do with his payments.  After all, the drawn-out procedure for obtaining bank records is what had held up the subpoenas finally issued for Hunter, James Biden and business associate Rob Walker (for starters).

Jordan said there are a number of additional people they’ll need to talk to.  “We will continue to do that...as we look at this case and gather the facts.”

When Maria asked Jordan if the “Justice” Department might be able to interfere with subpoenas and keep those people from coming in and talking on the record, he said he didn’t think so.  “I mean, everyone else has come forward...In the Judiciary Committee, we’ve deposed seven different people who were involved in the investigation of Hunter Biden.  I think they will come forward, and we will get that information.”  He said that even Hunter’s attorney Abbe Lowell has acknowledged that Hunter “is eager to discuss these matters.”  (Note:  Sure, he is.  Lowell did qualify this by saying “at the right time,” which I’d guess is sometime in 2035.  Rich Lowry said on FOX NEWS SUNDAY that Hunter would have to be “a moron” to testify. Well…)

Hunter can’t discuss these matters AND plead the Fifth, so we’ll see.  Hunter calls this investigation “another political stunt.”  Karine Jean-Pierre furthers that impression by continuing to lie, saying no evidence has been turned up.  In case you need a quick refresher, here’s the real story of the real evidence, as outlined by Ted Cruz on Sunday…

https://rumble.com/v3vc3oe-ted-cruz-believes-special-prosecutor-david-weiss-is-protecting-the-biden-cr.html

If Hunter plays on his addiction --- get ready for that --- and claims he can’t remember anything from that time, his story will still be told by financial records and other people’s testimony.

Jordan said the “crux of the matter” is going to be the Burisma income to Hunter.  The importance of that really just boils down to “four central facts”:

1.  Hunter gets put on the board of Burisma Holdings (and is paid about $83,000 a month).

2.  He has no qualifications at all to be on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

3.  He’s asked by Burisma executives to weigh in with “DC” to take pressure off the investigation they’re under.

4.  Five days later, VP Biden flies to Ukraine and “starts the process” to get the Ukrainian prosecutor fired, using our tax money for leverage, threatening to withhold money that had already been approved by Congress.

A related scandal implicates our own “Justice” Department in its effort to sweep this under the rug, Jordan said.  When the IRS and FBI were investigating Hunter’s taxes, they let the statute of limitations run out for the key tax years (2014, 2015) when Hunter received his Burisma income, because, as Jordan said, “they didn’t want to get back into this issue and Joe Biden’s actions that benefited his family.”  As Hunter’s former business partner Devon Archer told the committee, Joe’s family had been “making money off the ‘brand.  The brand is what they were selling.”’

We would add that this is what a quid pro quo looks like (remember that term from when Nancy Pelosi impeached Trump just for questioning Biden’s actions in Ukraine?) It’s what bribery looks like.  There may have been other quid pro quos as well, such as Joe’s action on his first day in office to end the China Initiative, which had been intended as a crackdown on China’s spying and theft of intellectual property, but money connections are very difficult to prove in court, even if they seem obvious.  There might have been multiple quid pro quos, but all Congress needs for their impeachment inquiry is ONE.  So expect the Judiciary Committee to focus on Ukraine, as Joe’s actions to quash the Burisma Holdings investigation while his son was raking in money from them seems relatively easy to put together.

Jordan said they expect to get the depositions done during November and December, and then decide early next year “whether the actual evidence warrants going to articles of impeachment.”

But what about China and those other potential quid pro quos?  “Given China’s goal of overtaking the United States as the number one superpower,” Maria asked, “is [the President] compromised in terms of making the right decisions for America’s national security, based on money he’s taken from Chinese Communist Party members?”

(It’s shocking, isn’t it, that Americans should ever have to be asking a question like that?)

Jordan said that regarding the money from Chinese energy company CEFC, “we’re digging into that as well,” as Congress has the constitutional duty of oversight.  “We’re driven by the facts, not the politics as the Democrats are as they attack President Trump,” he added, mentioning the obviously political hit job currently going on in a Manhattan courtroom.

He seconded what Trump had said concerning what this is really about:  They’re coming after him because he’s fighting for us.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341005063112

Speaking of Biden and China, the President is meeting with China’s President Xi AGAIN this Wednesday, this time in San Francisco, and Miranda Devine said Sunday that he’s supposedly going to “mention something about Iran.”  (By the way, this is why San Francisco has temporarily hidden away the homeless camps and given the city a spit-and-polish, where mostly there had just been spit.) Devine asserted that Xi “has the measure of Joe Biden.  He knows that he’s a bought-and-paid-for asset according to all the evidence we’ve seen.”  She’s apparently had no trouble seeing the China Initiative as a quid pro quo.

Devine, who broke the original Hunter laptop story in the NEW YORK POST ahead of the 2020 election but got her story suppressed, also appeared with Bartiromo to report that Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer’s issuance of subpoenas in the Biden financial case has gone to a “very aggressive level.”  They’re in “the next phase” of the investigation.  She said the Bidens know Comer has the goods on them.

“And this is why you see Hunter Biden’s lawyer panicking, writing to the Speaker, Mike Johnson, and saying, ‘Call your dogs off.’”  (Yes, he did that.)  She also pointed to “hit jobs” against Comer in the so-called prestige media.

Devine also said Comer has also set his sights on one of the President’s donors.  No, she’s not talking about Kevin Morris, but about a wealthy Delaware car dealer who happens to be a Ukrainian and “has a lot of interests in Ukraine that are being protected by American weapons.”  She said she’s been told “by people in Delaware who are frightened to speak out” that this man will have some very interesting things to say.

She explained that the Democrats’ persistent denial of the Bidens’ wrongdoing is because there were a lot of people “compromised by the fact that they’ve covered up for the Biden family.”  That includes officials in the DOJ, FBI and CIA, who ignored, buried and suppressed the evidence.  She should know.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/miranda-devine-comers-subpoenas-hunter-james-biden-notching-investigation-very-aggressive-level

 

 

RELATED:  Now that you’ve read about the “Justice” Department working so hard to protect the Bidens for as long as possible, here’s a story, reminiscent of IRS official Lois Lerner investigating Tea Party groups, about the IRS opening an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the American Accountability Foundation (AAF), an organization that dared to release information on some of Biden’s nominees and issue calls for them to be withdrawn from consideration.

AAF President Tom Jones said, “This sudden request by the IRS is not random.  The IRS is demanding ‘correspondence files, emails and information posted on a website that relates to current public elected officials’ – clearly a sign that they are targeting our research and education activities.  It’s a deliberate attempt to punish and suppress AAF’s activities.  It is surely no coincidence that AAF – the very organization that exposed the weaponization of the IRS – is now a target of it.”

The DAILY CALLER has more…

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/06/biden-irs-audit-aaf-nominees/

ALSO RELATED: As mentioned above, when San Francisco officials knew that the President of China was coming, they somehow managed to remove all the homeless people from the streets and clean them up in just a couple of days. Which has a lot of people, including liberals at the New York Times, asking the obvious question: If they could clean up the city and restore law and order that fast for a communist dictator, how come they couldn’t do it for their own residents who’ve been suffering this lawless, filthy nightmare for years?

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/12/surprise-surprise-san-francisco-is-suddenly-cleaned-up-and-the-reason-is-infuriating-n2166243


Here is today’s link to continuously-updated news on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-13-israel-hamas-war

Some of the stories you’ll find: For all the deluded protesters who think that Israel is committing genocide because when they kill Hamas terrorists, some of the human shields they’re cowering behind are also inadvertently harmed, maybe this will rip their blinders off (but don’t count on it.) The IDF released video showing a Hamas terrorist firing an RPG and an anti-tank missile at Israeli forces from the DOOR OF A GAZA HOSPITAL.

The IDF also announced that it had killed Ahmed Siam, a Hamas commander who was holding about 1,000 people hostage in a Gaza hospital.  

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2023/11/12/good-news-idf-eliminates-top-hamas-commander-who-held-1000-palestinian-civilians-human-shields-n2166252

And footage is circulating online that purportedly shows Hamas militants shooting Palestinian civilians who are trying to flee a pediatric cancer center. Hey, all you boneheaded college students chanting “From the river to the sea”…those are the monsters you’re siding with.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2023/11/11/sick-footage-appears-to-show-hamas-terrorists-shooting-fleeing-palestinian-civilians-n2166194

CNN cut ties with a Gaza-based journalist they’d been using after he was photographed embracing and receiving a kiss from the local Hamas leader. You have to be a lot more subtle than that about your biases if you’re going to work for CNN.

The open anti-Semitism and threats and violence against Jews continue to rage. A black-clad person was caught on video attempting to break the window of a Pennsylvania business, apparently because the owner displayed a pro-Israel sign. Idiots continue to rip down posters advertising for information on the whereabouts of children kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. And in New York City, a pro-Palestinian mob ripped down American flags that were put up to honor veterans on Veterans Day, as authorities stood by and did nothing.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/12/watch-pro-palestinian-protesters-in-nyc-honor-veterans-day-by-ripping-down-us-flags/  

Conservative commentator Benny Johnson called it a “Hamas-surrection,” while podcaster Graham Allen tweeted, “These people hate America. They are RIPPING DOWN OUR FLAG and replacing it with the Palestinian flag ON AMERICAN SOIL.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/12/watch-pro-palestinian-protesters-in-nyc-honor-veterans-day-by-ripping-down-us-flags/

It should worry every American to see how Democrat officials are apparently so afraid of offending their anti-Israel constituencies that they allow this to go on, even as the Biden White House is pressuring Israel to call a ceasefire and let the Hamas barbarians who slaughtered their people get away and live to do it again.  If they’re that weak and that afraid to stand up and defend America on our own soil, what would they do to protect us from an October 7th-style attack? We already know that even securing the border is too much to ask of them.

It's also a sad and sobering day for London, as what Hitler couldn’t accomplish with bombs, the left has accomplished with “education” and open immigration.

https://hotair.com/david-strom/2023/11/13/london-has-fallen-n591974

 

Remember Linda Sarsour, the woman honored by the Obama White House as a “Champion of Change,” and who has always been a vicious anti-Semite? Well, she just found a disgusting new way of telling us what she really is.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/13/watch-linda-sarsours-viral-vile-antisemtic-rant-about-those-hostage-posters-n2166257

Matt Vespa at Townhall.com reports that MIT officials backed down from taking disciplinary action against pro-Hamas student protesters who have threatened Jewish students and staffers because they discovered it might cause “visa issues” for foreign students here on student visas, and even get them thrown out of the country. To which I offer this one-word response: “GOOD!!”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/11/13/so-thats-why-mit-decided-not-to-suspend-pro-terrorists-students-causing-mayhem-on-campus-n2631119

 

But here are three stories to restore your faith in humanity. Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in France…not to support Hamas, but to protest anti-Semitism.

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2023/11/12/hundreds-of-thousands-take-to-streets-of-francenot-to-celebrate-hamas-but-to-protest-antisemitism-n2166245

More than 300 UCLA faculty members actually worked up the guts to sign a letter demanding that the administration denounce pro-Hamas protests that incite violence against Jewish students and teachers.

https://pjmedia.com/rick-moran/2023/11/12/ucla-faculty-demand-school-administrators-condemn-pro-hamas-protesters-n4923837

And the Jewish owner of Manhattan’s Caffè Aronne was facing possible closure after six anti-Israel employees quit over him hanging posters of Israeli hostages. But he said he’s been inundated with love from New Yorkers volunteering to help. He’s even had surgeons and attorneys offering to make espresso, pour wine, wash dishes or just do something to help. He said, "It's just been so heartwarming to really see New York come and support us. It's phenomenal." 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/new-yorkers-offer-work-jewish-cafe-anti-israel-staffers-reportedly-walk-out

 


Senator Scott suspends his campaign

Last night on Trey Gowdy’s Fox News show, Sen. Tim Scott announced that he is suspending his campaign for President.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sen-tim-scott-announces-2024-presidential-campaign

Scott said, "I think the voters, who are the most remarkable people on the planet, have been really clear that they’re telling me, ‘Not now, Tim.’" He also said he won’t be endorsing any other candidate and that “being Vice President has never been on my to-do list,” so he’s not interested in being anyone’s running mate.

I know how hard this decision is, so I offer my best wishes to Sen. Scott and congratulate him on a good run, and for bringing some important issues and a unique and much-needed perspective to the race. The good news is that he can now concentrate full time on the Senate, where the Republicans very much need him.



 

40% drop

I think it’s safe to say from the 40% drop in viewership since the last GOP primary debate that Republicans are getting tired of what the RNC thinks is a legitimate debate (letting candidates call each names while liberal moderators ask them questions hot off the DNC text feed.) And after the last election, Republicans have definitely had a bellyful of the RNC’s terrible results and feeble excuses.

So when the RNC tried to flex its muscles by demanding that the candidates not attend the Family Leader’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” in Iowa (branding it a “competing debate”), the candidates quite rightly told them to go whistle up a rope.

https://www.westernjournal.com/mcdaniel-rnc-cave-threatening-disqualify-candidates-christian-event/

What do you know? The RNC decided the Forum wasn’t a debate after all. Carry on!...

 

RELATED: As usual, Kurt Schlichter doesn’t hide his feelings about what he’d like to see happen at the RNC…

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2023/11/13/resign-ronna-n2631083

Something the GOP and RNC had better do something about before the 2024 election: How the Biden Administration keeps winning elections by weaponizing federal agencies to turn out votes exclusively among Democrats.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/what-republicans-dont-understand-about-biden-really-wins-elections


Latest liberal media strategy to scare Americans into reelecting Joe Biden:

If Trump is elected, he might weaponize the Deep State to go after his political enemies, order troops to arrest pro-Palestinian protesters, deport millions of illegal immigrants and reopen a lot of oil drilling.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/12/psakis-defense-of-joe-biden-would-make-terrific-ad-for-trump-and-the-gop-n2166251

https://www.westernjournal.com/trumps-got-big-plans-elected-2024-already-called-revenge-term/

So in short, he might do one thing that Biden is already doing, and a lot of things Americans want that Biden refuses to do. I don’t think this is the winning strategy they think it is. They might have to fall back on Politico’s argument, which is that Biden might be incapable of doing the job, but if Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney help him, maybe he can get reelected. Of course, he’ll still be incapable of doing the job, but he’ll be reelected, and apparently, that’s all that matters to Politico.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/13/politico-absolutely-demolishes-joe-biden-for-his-age-and-inability-to-do-his-job-n2166262



Great News on the Legal Front:

In a supposedly “unwinnable” lawsuit, a Florida jury just awarded Maya Kowalski $261 million in damages from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The claims included medical kidnapping, medical malpractice, billing fraud, false imprisonment, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraudulent billing, medical negligence and driving her mother to suicide. But as this article explains, the unspoken motivation behind it was religious discrimination.

https://pjmedia.com/megan-fox/2023/11/10/maya-kowalski-wins-260-million-groundbreaking-judgment-against-jhach-n4923808

And it’s not over: there’s now a criminal complaint for sexual assault.

https://pjmedia.com/megan-fox/2023/11/11/maya-kowalski-files-criminal-complaint-against-johns-hopkins-all-childrens-hospital-for-sexual-assault-n4923816

I hope this is just a preview of the many forthcoming lawsuits that will likely explode out of quack doctors and greedy hospitals separating children from parents and brainwashing them into irreversible and harmful “trans” surgeries.

 


Infuriating

I reported last week on a former CIA agent who pleaded guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women across 14 years of overseas postings. I pointed out that while the DOJ was focusing on investigating every ludicrous allegation against Trump, “how did they manage to miss the fact that one of their own trusted officials was a blatant, serial sex criminal?”

Well, the Daily Caller has another example of how Trump Derangement Syndrome at the DOJ may be letting sex criminals evade justice.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/12/opinion-how-many-perverts-did-the-fbi-ignore-while-it-chased-jan-6-suspects-suzanne-downing/

The FBI admitted that they were set to arrest an Alaska man for distributing child pornography, expressing disgusting fantasies online about male children and trying to set up a date with a prepubescent male online. That is, they were set to arrest him right up until January 6, 2021, when they suddenly dropped the ball and devoted all their efforts to tracking down and arresting over 1100 Trump supporters. After nearly a three-year delay, during which he might have done who-knows-what to various children, he was finally indicted in late October of 2023.

Read the full story at the link, but prepare to be both disgusted and infuriated.


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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 118:8


Downgraded

Friday, Moody’s Investors Service kept the US government’s credit rating at AAA, saying they expect the US to “retain its exceptional economic strength” for the near future. But Moody’s lowered its ratings outlook for the US from stable to negative. They cited rising risks to the nation’s financial stability, including high interest rates and no effective policies to reduce deficits or increase revenues.

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/11/10/moodys-cuts-usa-outlook-to-negative-citing-higher-interest-rates-and-deficits.html

The Biden White House denied Moody’s findings, claiming the economy is doing great, and Biden spokeswoman Katrine Jean-Pierre blamed Moody’s negative outlook on the economy on “Congressional Republican extremism.” You know, the only people in Washington who are actually trying to reduce deficits.

Hey, totally unrelated to all that, I’m sure, is the news that, thanks to high interest rates and out-of-control spending, the interest alone on the national debt will top $1 trillion this year for the first time in history.

https://thehill.com/business/4301871-annual-interest-payments-on-us-debt-cross-1t-bloomberg/


“Huckabee” Preview

Join me tonight for a brand-new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! Former Trump aide Peter Navarro will reveal how he was swept up and arrested in the unprecedented lawfare war aimed at Trump and his associates. I also have lots of great entertainment for you. Actress Leigh-Allyn Baker will give us a sneak peek at her funny and inspiring new Christmas film. We’ll visit “Our Kind of Town” and enjoy the ventriloquism and magic of the amazing Brynn Cummings. We’ll top it all with a salute to our veterans by the best finger-picking guitarist in Nashville (or anywhere else), the incredible Doyle Dykes.

It all starts tonight at 9 EST/8 CST on TBN. To find out how to watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.huckabee.tv and click on “Channel Finder” on the top menu. You can stream previous episodes, highlights and online-only “Digital Exclusives,” including extended interviews, “In Case You Missed It” and “Facts of the Matter” segments, plus extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests and links to all their sites, at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.


FBI seizes NYC Mayor’s electronic devices

In a stunning turn of events, the FBI ordered New York Major Eric Adams’ security to stand aside at a public event as they entered Adams' SUV, presented him with a warrant and seized his electronic devices. It’s reportedly part of an investigation into his 2021 campaign. Seven people who fundraised for Adams have already been indicted on various counts. This, along with the generally terrible state of New York City, is sparking calls for Adams to resign.

https://www.westernjournal.com/fbi-seizes-democratic-mayors-ipad-mobile-phones-discovers-folder-another-seized-device-interesting-name/

On the other hand, this aggressive action, along with leaks about the case to the press, are also fueling speculation that this could be more weaponized lawfare by the corrupt Biden FBI against a political enemy. Adams is a fellow Democrat, but he’s also dared to slam Biden for the open border that’s unleashed a flood of illegal aliens into the Big Apple.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/11/10/fbi-seize-nyc-mayor-eric-adams-phones-speculation-of-biden-payback-runs-rampant-n2166167

Before anyone accuses us of spreading “conspiracy theories,” let me make it clear that I’m not accusing the FBI, I’m just reporting that a lot of people are voicing these suspicions. Personally, I wish that the FBI still had such a sterling reputation for being impartial and incorruptible as to make such speculation absurd. The fact that it no longer does, and that it’s so easy to question its motives, is a result of FBI leadership destroying the agency’s reputation. Don't blame the messenger; they did that all by themselves.



 

Strike three

After Tuesday’s electoral disaster for Republicans, the latest in a string of losses despite the Democrats being truly horrible at running anything, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel is facing angry calls to resign from a number of prominent Republicans. She was nearly ousted before, but Trump’s backing saved her, so now there are calls for Trump to use his experience at saying, “You’re fired.” So far, McDaniel is refusing to resign. She dismissed her critics as a “divisive Twitter mob” and denies blame for the losses. But her critics accuse her of spending RNC funds as if they were her own instead of spending to turn out voters in key races.

One of the worst losses came in Virginia, where Republicans hoped to win the Senate and not only failed, they also lost their Assembly majority. It’s now the center of a mystery: McDaniel claimed the RNC didn’t get involved there at Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s request, even though the Democrats outspent Republicans by $8 million. But Virginia state GOP chair Rich Anderson claims he asked McDaniel for funds weeks before the election and was denied. If the Republicans had turned out just a couple thousand more votes, they would’ve won.

https://www.westernjournal.com/video-ronna-mcdaniel-claims-rnc-wasnt-needed-virginia-gop-outspent-8m/

As John Haughey at the Epoch Times points out, since Trump appointed her in 2017, her salary has tripled while the GOP “lost the House in 2018, the presidency in 2020, the Senate in 2022, and everywhere but Mississippi and Louisiana in 2023’s limited slate of off-year elections.” I don’t know the truth about this particular “he said/she said” mystery. But I do know that even the highest-paid baseball player only gets three strikes before he's out.


Texas Archbishop is removed

Pope Francis has abruptly removed Texas Archbishop Joseph Strickland from his duties in the archdiocese of Tyler for, as far as I can tell, committing the sin of being an actual Catholic.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/11/11/pope-francis-bishop-joseph-strickland-social-media-hit-vatican-investigation-diocese-tyler-texas/


Veterans day is for promoting Veterans

Sounds as if this Washington State elementary school’s officials could use a reminder of how important Veterans’ Day is, and that it’s far more important to honor our veterans than to promote UN propaganda and DEI doubletalk.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/wa-elementary-school-veteransday-unday


Here is today’s page of continually updated news on the war in Israel from Fox News…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-10-israel-hamas-war

The IDF reported this morning that since the offensive in Gaza began, they’ve targeted more than 15,000 terrorist targets and destroyed or confiscated over 6,000 weapons, including firearms, rockets, anti-tank missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and explosive devices. I would add that all of these dangerous devices were being hidden in close proximity to Palestinian civilians, but it’s supposedly Israel that doesn’t care about the safety of the Palestinians.  

Here in America, the Biden White House announced that Israel had agreed to a daily, four-hour “humanitarian pause” in its Gaza offensive, a claim that Israel quickly denied. The IDF said they will have “tactical pauses,” limited in time and area, to allow aid delivery to civilians and to let civilians evacuate, but not a daily, four-hour ceasefire, during which Hamas would no doubt regroup.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/11/09/embarrassing-biden-admin-announces-pauses-in-israeli-war-but-israel-sweeps-leg-on-that-claim-n2166114

Leftist elites continue to show their true colors, with a Jewish student building at Boston University being defaced with pro-Palestinian graffiti, and the Washington Post retracting an editorial cartoon that accurately depicted a Hamas spokesman accusing Israel of attacking civilians while shielding himself with a woman and some children tied all over his body. This reportedly caused an “internal uproar” among some staffers and readers, resulting in the opinion editor deleting it and issuing a groveling apology for not realizing it would be “divisive.”

FYI: If you find it “divisive” to speak the irrefutable truth that Hamas are a bunch of terrorists who use civilians as human shields, then you must have a lot of staffers and readers who are divided from reality.


“Beneath contempt”

The shocking anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred that’s become apparent on the left is red-pilling a number of Jewish liberals, among them Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. After listening to former President Barack Obama's moral equivalence/we-are-all-complicit horse manure and his use of the Hamas buzzword “occupation,” Dershowitz has had it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/dershowitz-goes-off-obama-israel-comments-ashamed-friend/

He called Obama’s equating of Israel and Hamas “despicable” and “beneath contempt,” adding, “Whatever respect I had for you, I have absolutely lost.” He said he believes Obama "has always had a deep hatred of Israel in his heart. He hid it very well." (That's the one thing I'd disagree with him on.) There’s more at the link, and I recommend you read it. His reaction to Obama’s outrageous comments shouldn’t come as a surprise if you saw my recent interview with him on “Huckabee,” which I also highly recommend:

https://www.huckabee.tv/guests/alan-dershowitz


“We are all Jews here”

October 7, savages from the terrorist group Hamas went on a killing spree targeting unarmed civilians in Israel and murdering over 1200 Jews in cold blood.  The barbaric nature of the killings shocked the sensibilities of anyone with a conscience, which means it didn’t shock or even bother such vile antisemitic Jew-hating radicals like Rashida Tlaib or most of the faculty of Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.  In fact, leave it to the far left to try and blame Israel for the psychopathic behavior of Iran-sponsored Hamas and their Palestinian enablers.

Large rallies in cities across the world like New York, London, Paris, and Washington, DC showed support for Palestinians and ignored the atrocities suffered by innocent Israeli civilians.  The horrors inflicted upon them such a placing live babies in ovens, ripping open the womb of an Israeli woman who was 4 months pregnant, raping women repeatedly and violently in front of their children, or setting elderly people on fire while they were confined to wheelchairs are just some of the acts these precious souls were subjected to.  Some have called the beheading of babies in their cribs as that of animals, but animals don’t viciously kill for sport or for the purpose of causing unspeakable pain.  There is something else going on here.  And it’s not new.  Jews have been targeted for extinction going back to the time of Abraham when God chose the descendants of Isaac to inherit the land and to be designated as God’s chosen people. 

Hating and wishing to annihilate Jews is irrational.  There are only about 16 million Jews in the entire world, making up 0.2% of the world’s population.  Just over 7 million Jews live in Israel and slightly more Jews than that live in the US.  So why would such a small minority of people be so hated and targeted not merely for isolation and harassment, but for systematic elimination?  There is no rational answer.  But there IS an answer:  It’s not political, geographical, economic, or religious.  It’s the result of spiritual darkness that originated in the very bowels of hell.  It’s the ultimate enmity between God and Satan, and we need to see it for what it is and be willing to resist this manifestation of sheer evil.

I’m not a Jew, but without hesitation or reluctance, I stand with the Jews and oppose the attempts to marginalize or murder them.  I recognize that the hate toward them is really hate toward God for having chosen them and blessed them.  Hate crimes against Jews just in the US are up 200%. 

After the Battle of the Bulge in WW II, a group of over 1000 US troops were captured by the Nazis and placed in the Ziegenhein Stalag.   In January of 1945, the Nazi commandant ordered the America Jewish soldiers to separate from the other captives.  The ranking American in the camp was Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds who hailed from Knoxville, TN.  He ordered everyone of the American soldiers to fall out in formation when the Jews were ordered to report.  The shocked Nazi Major demanded that Sgt. Edmonds identify which ones were Jews.  Sgt. Edmonds said, “We are ALL Jews here.” 

The incensed German commander took a pistol and held it tight to Edmonds head and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t identify the Jews who would surely be murdered if identified.  Sgt. Edmonds gave his name, rank, and serial number and told the Nazi Commandant that he could shoot him, but unless he shot everyone of the over 1000 soldiers, he would be held responsible for the war crime and they all knew who he was and he would pay for his crimes when the Allies won the war.  The Nazi officer then withdrew.  The courage of Sgt. Edmonds to declare that all of the soldiers were Jews had saved the lives of 200 of actual Jews in captivity.  Sgt. Edmonds risked his life when he defied the order to identify the Jews and boldly declared, “We are all Jews here.”  70 years later, Sgt. Edmonds would be the first ever US serviceman to be named a “Righteous Among the Nations” at Yad Vashem.  There are now thousands of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of those 200 Jewish soldiers who instead of being turned over to the Germans to be murdered, were instead saved by the heroic act of a farm boy from Tennessee turned soldier who ultimately came home, led a good life and was father to Chris Edmonds, who became a Baptist Pastor in Maryville, TN.

So as we witness the unspeakable evils being inflicted upon Jews in Israel and around the world, I pray we will all summon the courage to stand with those who Satan has targeted and defy the evil and say, “We are ALL Jews here.”


“You Asked For It”

Our own Laura Ainsworth sadly did not receive the Grammy nomination she deserved, but she is the subject this week of an interview on the podcast of Cadence Magazine, one of the major jazz publications. Laura talks about her background as the daughter of renowned big band musician Billy Ainsworth, her musical influences, her terrific new album “You Asked For It,” and why she’s made it her mission to try to bring some elegance, class and romance back to this ugly, uncouth era. You can listen to the show here:

CMR 090 -Conversation with Laura Ainsworth - Vocalist - Recorded on November 7, 2023 | Cadence Media Podcasts (bandcamp.com)

Her latest albums are here:

https://lauraainsworth.bandcamp.com

And you’ll find links to all of Laura’s albums and more here:

http://www.lauraainsworth.com


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Huckabee Post: Veterans Day

November 11, 2023

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20


Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, when we should all fly our flags and do whatever we can to express our gratitude to America’s veterans and active duty military for putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom and security, and for all they do to protect other innocent people all over the world.

Despite all the other news demanding our attention, this day should never be overshadowed or overlooked. Today is about something far more important than passing political news. It’s about the men and women who make it possible for us to have elections and the Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and religion, and to protest and seek redress when we think our government isn’t doing right by us (even though we have far too many people in DC who seem to have forgotten that we have those rights.)   

Memorial Day in May is to honor veterans who gave their lives in defense of America.  But Veterans Day is to honor all veterans, living or dead, past and present.

It began as Armistice Day, declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, to commemorate the end of World War I. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, began a personal crusade to expand Armistice Day into a state holiday honoring all veterans. In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas, shoe store owner named Al King launched a campaign to make it a national holiday. Just one year later, in 1954, he succeeded. It helped that the President was a retired army general from Kansas named Dwight Eisenhower.

Not only is today Veterans Day, but yesterday was the 248th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. It commemorates the day in 1775 when the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Marines to serve in the war against Great Britain. After the Revolutionary War ended, the Marines were disestablished for a time until President John Adams reestablished the Marines as we know the Corps now, on July 11, 1789. But November 10th, 1775, is still considered the birth of the US Marines.

So if you see someone in uniform, this is a great day to say “Thank you.” Then again, any day is a great day to do that.


“Huckabee” Preview

Join me tonight for a brand-new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! Former Trump aide Peter Navarro will reveal how he was swept up and arrested in the unprecedented lawfare war aimed at Trump and his associates. I also have lots of great entertainment for you. Actress Leigh-Allyn Baker will give us a sneak peek at her funny and inspiring new Christmas film. We’ll visit “Our Kind of Town” and enjoy the ventriloquism and magic of the amazing Brynn Cummings. We’ll top it all with a salute to our veterans by the best finger-picking guitarist in Nashville (or anywhere else), the incredible Doyle Dykes.

It all starts tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and Sunday at 9 EST/8 CST on TBN. To find out how to watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.huckabee.tv and click on “Channel Finder” on the top menu. You can stream previous episodes, highlights and online-only “Digital Exclusives,” including extended interviews, “In Case You Missed It” and “Facts of the Matter” segments, plus extra performances by our great musical and comedy guests and links to all their sites, at https://www.huckabee.tv. You can also find past shows, highlights and digital exclusives on YouTube and my Facebook page.


Here's today’s link to Fox News’ continually updated stories on the war in Israel…

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/november-11-israel-hamas-war

Recent developments: Multiple drones targeted US forces in northeast Syria this morning, bringing the number of attacks to 48 since October 17. Fortunately, there were no injuries or serious damage. Obviously, the bombing of that weapons facility in Syria on Wednesday didn’t send a strong enough message.

Open acts of anti-Semitism and threats against Jews continue to rage in nations where people should know better. In New York City on Friday afternoon, pro-Palestinian protesters flooded the streets, tried to break into Grand Central Terminal, and tore up Jewish newspapers. And at MIT (which I used to think was attended by smart people), pro-Palestinian and pro-Hamas students from a group calling itself the CAA physically prevented Jewish and Israeli students from attending class after harassing Jewish staff members in their offices. With no clear response from the administration, Jewish students now fear leaving their dorm rooms.

https://twitchy.com/amy-curtis/2023/11/10/mit-jewish-students-n2389636

Here’s my question: If they know who these people are, why are they still on the campus of MIT instead of being expelled, arrested, and where applicable, deported?

While our own young people are deluded or ignorant of what Hamas really is, that’s not true of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of Hamas co-founder Hassan Yousef. He appeared on “Hannity” to denounce his own father’s organization. He said it’s not a political party, it’s a religious movement with a 7th century mentality that won’t compromise because killing Jews is in its charter. He said these pro-Palestinian protesters are “living in denial” and don’t know what Palestine is. He said, “Hamas represents chaos. This is where they thrive. Israel represents order; democracy – Hence those are the two opposite extremes that have been clashing."

At an Islamic-Arab summit on the war in Saudi Arabia, the president of Iran declared, "The only solution for this conflict is the resistance continuing against the Israeli oppression until the establishment of the Palestinian state from the river to the sea."  I assume Rep. Rashida Tlaib is celebrating the news that Iran is now calling for “peaceful coexistence,” since she idiotically claims that’s what “from the river to the sea” means.

The shocking anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred that’s become apparent on the left is red-pilling a number of Jewish liberals, among them Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. After listening to former President Barack Obama's moral equivalence/we-are-all-complicit horse manure and his use of the Hamas buzzword “occupation,” Dershowitz has had it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/dershowitz-goes-off-obama-israel-comments-ashamed-friend/

He called Obama’s equating of Israel and Hamas “despicable” and “beneath contempt,” adding, “Whatever respect I had for you, I have absolutely lost.” He said he believes Obama "has always had a deep hatred of Israel in his heart. He hid it very well." (That's the one thing I'd disagree with him on.) There’s more at the link, and I recommend you read it. His reaction to Obama’s outrageous comments shouldn’t come as a surprise if you saw my recent interview with him on “Huckabee,” which I also highly recommend:

https://www.huckabee.tv/guests/alan-dershowitz


Dumbest Headline of the Day? You make the call!

1.  From Vox.com: “The problem isn’t inflation. It’s prices.”

https://www.vox.com/money/2023/11/8/23951098/economy-inflation-prices-job-market-sticker-shock

2. “Olympic Athlete: ‘My testicles don’t make me less of a woman.’”

https://pjmedia.com/robert-spencer/2023/11/09/olympic-athlete-my-testicles-dont-make-me-less-of-a-woman-n4923778


Anti-Semitic activity in the West

David Strom at Hotair.com has an excellent round-up of all this shocking anti-Semitic activity in the West, along with some other warning signs of societal rot, all adding up to a chilling conclusion: “Barbarism is winning.”

https://hotair.com/david-strom/2023/11/09/barbarism-is-winning-n591033


Time for a MISTRIAL in Trump’s Manhattan real estate case?  Sure looks that way

With every passing week, it becomes increasingly obvious that the “Justice” Department has stacked the deck against President Trump in their repeated use of lawfare to knock him off the ballot.  Some of the examples are so egregious, it’s hard to believe that this is happening in the United States and that the target is a former President and current presidential candidate, running against the incumbent.

The Shining City on a Hill has never looked so tarnished.

The latest example was discovered by Laura Loomer --- portrayed in the media as a “far-right pro-Trump operative,” as if that negated what she found --- and deals with Judge Arthur Engoron, who’s presiding over the civil real estate fraud trial of Donald Trump brought by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.  This case has the potential to affect thousands of people in that city by shutting down the entire Trump Organization in New York, over something that many real estate professionals have said is common practice.

Even without Loomer’s story, Engoron has already done plenty to signal his obvious anti-Trump bias, from mugging for cameras on the first day of trial to saying, “No, I’m not here to hear what [President Trump] has to say,” to ruling BEFORE THE TRIAL HAD EVEN BEGUN concerning what Trump had allegedly done, severely limiting what Trump’s attorneys can use in his defense.

But as REVOLVER NEWS reported Thursday, Loomer appears to have discovered a social media account belonging to Dawn Marie Engoron, Judge Engoron’s wife, on which she allegedly posted “F--- TRUMP” along with photoshopped pictures of him in an orange prison jumpsuit, one shot looking particularly frightful with his head shaved.  (It might not be bloody like Kathy Griffin’s murderous “severed head” picture of Trump, but it’s still just as hateful.)  Never mind that this is a civil case, not criminal.  Loomer also posted on “X” that this woman was “openly attacking” Trump attorney Alina Habba.  She says she took screenshots of Mrs. Engoron’s posts, and they are here...

https://twitter.com/LauraLoomer/status/1722244994965414277?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctw

The posts were taken down, and REVOLVER hasn’t been able to confirm that Loomer’s screenshots are from Mrs. Engoron’s account or if they’re from some other “Dawn Marie.”  At the time of this writing, we can’t be 100 percent sure, either --- more like 95 percent --- but it’s important that someone determine right away whether or not they’re real.  To quote REVOLVER, “If the social media posts in question really do belong to Mrs. Engoron, then this entire case should be dismissed outright.  It seems our judicial system has devolved into a farce, fueled by the left’s insatiable desire to dismantle anything associated with ‘Trump.’  We must stand against this extreme animosity becoming the force that grinds this country and the values we believe in into the dust.”

Or, to put it more bluntly: “A judge with a crazy, biased, crackpot wife like this has no business overseeing a case like this.”

https://revolver.news/2023/11/alleged-photos-of-judge-engorons-wifes-anti-trump-social-media-posts-threaten-to-shut-everything-down/

Some on social media --- gearing up, I suppose, for the account to be found genuine --- are already trying to imply, “So what?” by saying, “Okay, now let’s look at Mrs. Clarence Thomas.”  Sorry, folks, this goes far beyond a spouse having her own political opinions and activities.  If these posts are genuine, they show a spouse making it clear she wants to see a man convicted who is on trial in her husband’s courtroom.

Bestselling author and persuasion expert Scott Adams weighed in on this Thursday during his podcast, “Coffee With Scott Adams.”

“In what world do you continue the trial?” Adams asked, “assuming this is true, and I think Laura Loomer has the right information.  Seriously, in what world do you do that?”

He continued: “They need to shut down the trial, immediately, or else I will never think this country is credible again...I mean, my opinion of the justice system will go to ‘completely broken’ if there’s even one more day of this trial.”

“You cannot have a judge who can only have one outcome or else he can’t (BLEEPING) go home.”

“...There’s no way he’s going to go home to that.  No human husband is free of that bias...In our world it doesn’t exist that he can do his job independently if he has to go home to that.  Nobody could --- I couldn’t, you couldn’t.  There’s no amount of ‘training,’ of legal, ethical behavior that has any bearing on this.”

“...So, congratulations, Laura Loomer,” he said.  “I think you ended this trial.  And if you didn’t, there’s just no way this is gonna be credible.”

Here’s his full video segment.  Language alert:  f-bombs are sprinkled here and there.  Obviously, he feels very strongly about this.

https://rumble.com/v3uvwtw-dilbert-creator-scott-adams-says-laura-loomers-investigation-should-end-the.html

If the case does go on and Engoron delivers the verdict he so obviously craves, Adams wonders if there could be an appeal based on this.  He was advised by a viewer that Jonathan Turley had said there could be; we’ll look into that.  Turley has already criticized Engoron, along with Special Counsel Jack Smith and Judge Tanya Chutkan, for violating Trump’s free speech rights; you might remember this column...

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/10/29/jack-smiths-war-on-free-speech-attorney-general-garland-should-rein-in-his-special-counsel/

Going to Loomer’s own site, she adamantly stands by her story under the headline “NEWSWEEK miserably fails to discredit bombshell Loomer report on Judge Engoron’s wife.”  They wrote a deceptive headline, she says, but ultimately could not show that this wasn’t Dawn Marie Engoron’s account. (Dawn did deny to NEWSWEEK that it was her account.  All they used to “debunk” the allegation was her denial.)

Loomer also posted the sensible rules judges are supposed to follow to avoid a conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety.  Judge Engoron is way out of step with them.  We are deep in kangaroo-court territory.

https://loomered.com/2023/11/10/exclusive-newsweek-miserably-fails-to-discredit-bombshell-loomer-report-on-judge-engorons-wife/

Speaking of Judge Chutkan, who has demonstrated obvious anti-Trump (and anti-Trump supporter) bias while presiding over other January 6 trials, she partially granted a motion by Special Counsel Jack Smith to make Trump say in advance whether he’s going to use the defense that he was acting on his attorneys’ advice, which Trump has claimed in public.  By forcing him to state this, Smith is maneuvering to get Trump to waive attorney-client privilege in this criminal trial.

"When a defendant invokes such a defense in court, he waives attorney-client privilege for all communications concerning that defense," Smith's team wrote, adding that "the government is entitled to additional discovery and may conduct further investigation, both of which may require further litigation and briefing."

Or, with the above statement, Smith could be trying to get Trump to NOT USE that defense, even if Trump can provide sufficient evidence of that, as it could make Smith’s job harder.  (Note:  We’re donning our lawyers’ hat here to speculate what Smith has in mind, but we are not attorneys.)  For example, as the WASHINGTON EXAMINER mentions, to get a conviction, Smith would have to convince the jurors that Trump knew he was breaking the law even if his lawyers had told him his actions were legal.  Otherwise, Trump’s reliance on his attorneys could raise doubts about his alleged criminal intent.

Criminal intent??  The trial sounds like even more of a joke now.  If Trump’s attorneys told him his actions were legal, how WOULD he know if they weren’t?  He had no criminal intent.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/trump-ordered-advice-counsel-defense-2020-j6

Related: New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik has filed an official judicial complaint against Judge Engoran for his “inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance” in what she described as “this disgraceful lawsuit” that’s part of the state’s “dangerous, weaponized lawfare against President Trump.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/gop-rep-stefanik-files-ethics-complaint-judge-engoron-alleging-bizarre-behavior-anti-trump-bias/


Black Swans

Those who are already trying to handicap (or “differently able”) the 2024 election are learning that it’s still way too early, and any number of black swans could appear and shatter all their assumptions. In fact, we got two this week.

The Democrats were already looking at a tough electoral map for holding on to their tiny Senate majority, but that got a lot harder with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s announcement that he will not seek reelection. Manchin was one of the dodo bird-rare, remaining moderate Democrats. West Virginia is a flaming red state that went for Trump over Biden in 2020 by about 69%, so Manchin’s days were likely numbered. His seat is seen as the surest lock for a Republican pickup.

Worse for Biden, Manchin is talking about touring the nation to talk to people about whether there’s support for a movement of voters in “the middle.” Some pundits note that that kind of “listening tour” talk is what politicians say when they’re pondering launching a presidential run.

Meanwhile, Biden just picked up another challenger from the left. Perennial Green Party candidate Jill Stein blasted Biden for fueling the “war machine” and announced that she will run against him in 2024. She previously ran in 2012 and 2016, and Hillary Clinton blamed her for siphoning off votes and costing her the presidency. But then, she blames everything for costing her the presidency other than herself.

https://www.westernjournal.com/bidens-road-re-election-bid-just-got-rougher-another-left-winger-announces-run/


Prayers and good wishes

Our prayers and good wishes today for former Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who reported that she was sexually assaulted while running alongside a river on the Iowa-Nebraska border before a scheduled speaking engagement in Omaha.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-arizona-sen-martha-mcsally-she-sexually-assaulted-while-run-iowa

Sally has previously spoken about being a rape survivor. She said a man came up behind her, grabbed her and fondled her. Fortunately, she’s also the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, and her instinct was to fight back. She fought him off, threw her water bottle at him and chased him into the woods before calling 911. As of this writing, police were still searching for him. Please join me in also praying that they find him and throw the book at him.


New study

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics claims that in states that have restricted access to abortion, there has been an 11% increase in foster care entry, putting a strain on the foster care system.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/madelineleesman/2023/11/09/jama-study-about-abortion-and-foster-care-n2630968

As Madeleine Leesman at Townhall.com notes at the link, maybe there wouldn’t be a strain on the foster care system if officials would stop blackballing Christian couples because they might not be fully "affirming" if the child declares itself as LGBTQIA.

Also, given the choice between being in foster care or being dismembered in the womb, I can’t help thinking that most children would choose the former.


RIP Frank

I’ve spoken often about how my heroes when I was a kid were the NASA astronauts of the 1960s. On Thursday, we bid farewell to one of the giants of that era. Air Force fighter pilot and the oldest living astronaut Frank Borman has died in Billings, Montana, at 95.

Borman never got to walk on the moon, but he was one of the first men in space as part of the 14-day Gemini 7 mission in 1965. And in 1968, as the commander of Apollo 8, he and crewmen James Lovell and William Anders became the first humans ever to reach the moon (they circled it 10 times) and to see the Earth from the Moon, laying the groundwork for the moon landing.

On Christmas Eve 1968, in a historic speech that I can’t imagine the government okaying today, Borman read from the book of Genesis in a live broadcast from space to the entire world, "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." He ended with, “And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.”

God bless Frank Borman, one of the greatest explorers of the 20th century. You can read more about his extraordinary life here.

https://apnews.com/article/astronaut-frank-borman-died-at-95-ed5eb4edf26a4076a2fef6cc31881aff


Something to consider before connecting your cell phone to your car via Bluetooth:

A federal judge just rejected a class action lawsuit in Washington State against several makers, ruling that if they use your vehicle’s infotainment system to record, intercept or monitor your private text messages and phone logs, that doesn’t reach the threshold of an illegal privacy violation under state law.

https://therecord.media/class-action-lawsuit-cars-text-messages-privacy


Tiny violin

Trust me that I’m playing the world’s tiniest violin as I relate the tragic news that the feminist bl