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December 8, 2020

Should the President concede the election to Joe Biden?

My newsletter readers, Facebook and Parler followers have voted.  The results are:

57,826 votes for NO

779 votes for UNDECIDED

1,064 votes for YES

Déjà vu

December 8, 2020

Why is it that every time Joe Biden announces another pick for his (potential) Administration, I get a tingle of déjà vu, and think, “Why do I remember that name from the past and associate it with either rabid partisanship or outright incompetence?” Well, I guess you know why.

Latest example: Biden reportedly plans to tap California Attorney General (Kamala Harris’ successor) Xavier Becerra as his Health and Human Services Secretary.

Republicans immediately began voicing strong opposition, calling Becerra an unqualified pro-abortion radical who prioritizes partisan politics over the law and people’s civil rights. Oh right, that’s why his name should be familiar to longtime readers of my newsletter!

Many of Becerra’s more shameful moments in office have involved abuses of power to promote abortion advocates and persecute pro-life activists. His name is enshrined in the title of a losing SCOTUS case, NIFLA (National Institute for Life Advocates) v. Becerra, in which the Court struck down California’s law that attempted to regulate free speech as professional conduct and force pro-life pregnancy centers to refer women to abortion clinics. Conservative legal experts hailed the decision against him as having “saved the First Amendment.”

Becerra also took over from Harris in the shameful pressing of multiple felony charges against undercover reporters who exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices. Planned Parenthood being a major supporter of California Democrats, he’s made no secret of how deep in their back pocket he is.

Deep enough, in fact, that it even sparked a lawsuit against him, PP and Harris.

And abortion isn’t the only topic upon which Becerra is known to place partisan politics above the law or his sworn duties.

HHS is the department in charge of protecting all Americans’ health and providing essential services. Becerra has a demonstrated history of protecting the right of a political donor to continue slaughtering babies in the womb while prosecuting critics for exercising their essential First Amendment rights. Is that who you want in charge of America’s health? Especially when Planned Parenthood is already planning what it will demand of a Biden Administration as payback for its support.

You’d think that if the media were ever going to stop acting like tranquilized lapdogs toward Biden, it would be over the elevation to such a high level of a man who tried to railroad reporters into prison for doing the same kind of undercover video expose that every major media outlet has been doing for years. That's the kind of dictator-like behavior they falsely accuse Trump of. But so far, not a yap…

Section 230

December 7, 2020

President Trump is threatening to veto a crucial military spending bill if it doesn’t include the removal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That’s the law that protects social media companies from lawsuits as long as they act as neutral platforms rather than editors promoting an agenda, a responsibility that most of them treat with as much respect as a puppy shows to your carpeting. But the military bill’s sponsors say Section 230 is not connected to this and shouldn’t be in it, since, as we all know, Congress never inserts unrelated items into large spending bills.

Trump is concerned that if he leaves office, this will be the last chance to force the social media giants to obey the law, since Democrats are benefitting immensely from their illegal politicking. However, the socials could be sailing toward a couple of icebergs they hadn’t anticipated having to dodge.

I told you already about the DOJ lawsuit against Facebook for its alleged illegal hiring practices that discriminate against American applicants in favor of foreign visa holders. Now, the Washington Examiner reports that more than 40 states plan to join an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, seeking that it be broken up to end its monopolistic policies. It’s not yet clear what the focus of the suit will be, but aside from Facebook’s infamous silencing of conservative voices, it also has a history of using its massive cash resources to buy up new start-ups that might become competitors, such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

An interesting side issue is that if more than 40 states plan to join the suit, that means it’s not just Republican states but a lot of blue states, too. Facebook will be facing a bipartisan effort to break it up that is backed by at least 4/5ths of the states. Sounds like a lot of people are ready to unfriend Mark Zuckerberg.

Our pop culture guru Pat Reeder says he can quote a line from “Gone With The Wind” to fit any situation in life, and his pick for this story is Rhett Butler’s, “You’re like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he's going to jail.”

The story is that attorneys for former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith are pleading with a judge not to give him jail time for lying to secure surveillance warrants against Trump 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page. He didn’t mean to do anything wrong; why, he just “cut a corner” because he was “overworked” and “exhausted.” I'm surprised he didn't use the classic DC excuse: “Mistakes were made!” In Washington, mistakes make themselves, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them.

If he was so tired and overworked, then why did he go to the additional effort of editing an email to falsify evidence so that he could obtain an unjustified warrant to spy on an innocent American? Take a look at how the inner circle of anti-Trump agents set up Mike Flynn and tried to railroad him into prison, and tell me with a straight face that if they had been able to find anything on Page with those falsely-obtained warrants that they wouldn’t have tried to slap him behind bars, too.

Clinesmith is facing a potential five years in prison because this is not a minor “oopsy” offense. This is falsifying evidence to deceive the FISA court into violating the rights of a US citizen. And it’s done by someone in a position of trust and authority in the top law enforcement agency of the federal government. He’s hardly the only one who should face serious consequences; he’s just the lowest fall guy on the list.

So I hope that after his lawyers hand the judge all those feeble excuses for why he shouldn’t face serious punishment, that the judge will also quote Rhett Butler and say, “Frankly…I don’t give a d**n.”

Remember the hit song from the ‘80s by the band Missing Persons that went, “Nobody walks in L.A.”? Who would’ve guessed that in 2020, that would be mandatory?

With both city and state officials in California bringing back draconian lockdown orders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti apparently said, “Hold muh latte” and outdid them all. His office issued an order requiring “all persons living within the City of Los Angeles” to “remain in their homes,” and except for those involved in listed “essential” businesses and activities, it bans “all travel, including, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit.”

Yes, you read that right: he’s banning travel on foot. That means nobody’s allowed to go outside and take a walk. Because apparently, walking by yourself outdoors (or riding your bike through the park, or traveling in your own sealed car) is how the coronavirus spreads.

Nick Searcy, one of the few, brave, outspoken conservative actors in Hollywood, posted a hilarious video rebellion against Garcetti’s pointless ban on walking.

But the rebellion isn’t just among the rare showbiz conservatives. The Los Angeles County Sheriff has just joined other sheriffs in saying he will not enforce these draconian lockdown edicts on businesses, and if the health department wants to enforce them, they can do it themselves. He said the recent spread is most likely due to Thanksgiving and the championship celebrations for the Dodgers and Lakers, not to small businesses that have already bent over backwards to ensure high safety standards and have suffered enough.

This is what gives me hope that no matter what kind of unconstitutional policies leftist wonks in Washington are dreaming up, from targeting churches to confiscating guns, Americans will respond by roundly ignoring them, and police and the military will say, “If you want to enforce that garbage, then go do it yourself.” Good luck with that!

We are sad to report the passing of two performers who will be very familiar to baby boomers.

Actor Warren Berlinger passed away this past week at 83. He was one of those comic character actors whose name you might not know, but you’d recognize his face anywhere. His stage, TV and movie career stretched across eight decades, starting with his Broadway debut at age 9 in the original cast of “Annie Get Your Gun” in 1947. His friendly, chubby face, regular guy personality and knack for comedy made him a mainstay of sketch and anthology shows such as “Love American Style” and “The Love Boat,” and sitcoms stretching from “The Goldbergs” in 1956 through “That Girl,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Too Close For Comfort,” “Friends” and right up to his last role in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”

It’s also been reported that Abby Dalton died on November 23rd in Los Angeles at 88, following a long illness. While she appeared in many roles, Dalton was best known for playing Julia Cumson on “Falcon Crest” in the 1980s, for her four-year stint as the lower center square on “Hollywood Squares,” and for her 1961 Emmy nomination for Jackie Cooper’s military series, “Hennesey.” She actually starred on that show at the same time she was on the sitcom “The Joey Bishop Show” as Bishop’s wife.

She was in such high demand because of her unusual combination of talents, being both a first-rate comic actress and a gorgeous sex symbol who started out as a model. Men who were young and impressionable in 1957 will surely remember her from Roger Corman’s weirdly-titled B-movie, “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent,” while younger readers might remember that from “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Both Warren Berlinger and Abby Dalton contributed so much to the entertainment world over the past half century that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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I would also like to point your attention to a couple of things that I think “Huckabee” newsletter readers will appreciate, if you are as alarmed as I am by the left’s recent push to censor, label and edit movies, TV shows and recordings from bygone eras that don’t adhere to the latest PC standards. I’m a pop culture historian, and like you, I am intelligent enough to watch a movie from many decades ago and see a joke, character or story point that wouldn’t pass muster today without it affecting my personal beliefs.

We can all recognize that these artistic works are a product of their times, just as our ancestors were products of their times but still deserve respect. I assume people will someday look back on the dismal “woke” desecrations of “Star Wars” and “Ghostbusters” and say, “What were they thinking?” But I don’t even want those to be buried; I want them preserved as a warning to future generations never to do that again.

The first thing I want to share is from a YouTuber I enjoy known as “The Critical Drinker” (he does all his videos in the persona of a drunken Scotsman, so a warning about the language). He has many videos that hilariously rip the woke virtue-signaling that’s ruining today’s movies and TV shows, but this is a serious commentary that came out during the BLM boom, when “Gone With The Wind” was taken off of TV. It’s an intelligent and impassioned argument against the “cancel culture” burying, editing and altering older movies to make them “safe” for today’s audiences. It’s called “Why The Past Matters.”

Second, there’s a movie out now called “Mank,” about the great screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz’s work on the script for “Citizen Kane.”

I’m a “Kane” nut, so I enjoyed it, but it’s probably too depressing and inside for most casual moviegoers. Still, there’s a line that resonates widely today and needs to be heard by everyone. MGM head Louis B. Mayer tells this to a new writer:

“This is a business where the buyer gets nothing for his money but a memory. What he bought still belongs to the man who sold it. That’s the real magic of the movies.”

That’s also what’s so dangerous about “cancel culture” as it pertains to altering or censoring older creative works. In an era when so many people rely on streaming for content, and the content owners are so politicized and easily frightened by the Twitter mobs, our cultural past is not safe.

People ask me why my house is filled with books, LPs, CDs, DVDs, film reels, tapes, 45s and hard drives full of files. Because if you don’t own it in a hard copy format, you don’t own it at all. It can be taken away or altered at any time whenever the rights owner decides you shouldn’t see it in its original form. Personally, if I don’t own it, I don’t trust anyone else to preserve it. I don't want my personal memories of these works to be the only thing about them that survives.

And if one of my DVD’s of Disney’s “Song of the South” breaks, no problem. I have two.

Friday afternoon, I saw a good friend of mine and decided to conduct a test. I said to him, "I'm doing a little experiment, so let me ask you a question: You don't follow the news super-closely but you do talk with a lot of people (which he does), so...have you heard ANYTHING about the allegations of voter fraud in the election, especially that video of what looks to be secret late-night ballot counting in Georgia?"

He looked at me as if I had three eyes and said, "No! Nothing at all."

He was interested, though. He couldn't imagine why he hadn't heard anything on the news about something as serious as that. He asked for more information, so I decided to write him the following letter. Then it occurred to me, why not pass the same letter along to all the HUCKABEE readers, as you surely know people who don't read the twice-daily newsletter --- of course, they should --- but would like to know more. Here's a slight variation of the letter so you can send it to all your friends who might not have heard much so far:

Hi, _________. I thought you might want to know about this, so here are some updates on the alleged election fraud that's not getting news coverage, with links interspersed to provide more information if you would like it. The first two links concern media bias as it relates to this (and anything else political, really), to show why it’s not being covered. The third one refers to the big breaking story --- the late-night vote count in Fulton County (greater Atlanta), Georgia, after almost everyone, including poll watchers and media, had been evacuated from the room in State Farm Arena at around 10:30PM on November 3.

The public story that night, from the Fulton County public affairs manager and reported by ABC News, was that the room had been vacated and the ballot counters and poll monitors SENT HOME because a water main had broken, but it turned out the only issue was one leaky toilet, and the video –- which turned up two days ago in response to a subpoena –- shows there was no problem at all with people being in the room and continuing to count! A crew of just four people appeared to be stuffing the machines with ballots brought out in boxes from under a long table that had been placed there in the morning.

Everyone, including the media, thought the count had been halted for the night.

At the time they stopped the count at this facility, Trump was ahead in Georgia, as was true in other states that had a suspiciously similar shut-down in a heavily “blue” county that night. When those counts resumed (officially), Biden surged ahead. I can’t say for sure that this is election fraud, but if it isn’t, it’s doing a very good impression. This has got to be investigated. I wonder if video exists for any of those other "evacuated" counting rooms.

I apologize that the links I’m sending you are all from conservative-leaning news and opinion sites. You're not going to get this information from most news outlets, not even indisputable facts that call the outcome into question. Most media are either deliberately not reporting it at all or saying it is “disputed” or “debunked.” This article should give you an idea as to why.

The allegation of voter fraud is most certainly NOT debunked. You can watch the Georgia hearing in which the "vote-counting" video was presented. Also, poll watchers have signed sworn affidavits saying they followed INSTRUCTIONS they were given to clear the room at 10:30. But social media is trying to stop the communication even of information that’s been sworn to in affidavits. This essay talks about that.

Two people from the Georgia secretary of state’s office have said there’s nothing abnormal to see in this video. I beg to differ! It makes me think of this old comedy bit (A MUST-SEE!).

In the meantime, this is the most recent story I have as of Friday night, which capsulizes the dispute:

There’s much more I could tell you about various allegations from Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona --- many more things that smell fishy. (I’ve really only talked about one state!) Here’s a helpful “infogram”:

Here’s something else I just found. Remember that I said this kind of thing can happen because people on the left hate Trump so much that they’ve thrown all the rules out the window? Well, I didn’t write the following commentary, but it’s very much like something I would say. I think it explains very well what Trump supporters think about what is going on:

Here’s another write-up on the secret late-night ballot count. It’s written by Katie Pavlich, who is very dependable.

Seeing this, we as voters have a right to ask questions. The poll watchers were certainly under the impression they were supposed to leave. What EXACTLY was said to them? Why would officials tell a story about a broken water line and the count being discontinued for the night when it was clearly still going on? Which votes –- and how many –- were counted while the process was (illegally) unsupervised? To change the count as they did, the votes would have had to run 98 percent for Biden –- how is that possible?

Here's a story that could impact the Pennsylvania vote and that has stood up to scrutiny so far. This absolutely must be investigated:

There's more: Sworn affidavits from election workers attest under penalty of perjury that they counted stacks of mail-in ballots that were pristine, unfolded (?), and looked like they were made on a copier, even the mark made for Biden. Also, these ballots didn’t have votes in the down-ballot races, only for Biden. Maybe this stuff will be investigated and debunked, but it hasn't been.

There’s also a great deal of statistical evidence, sworn to by experts, that shows near-impossibility of the Biden v. Trump results. I can give you that if you’d like to have it.

Finally, a Trafalgar Group poll shows that over half of all Georgia voters, 53.2 percent, think that the presidential election was compromised enough to affect the outcome. Among Republicans, that number is 74.6 percent. That's WITH mainstream media ignoring the problems and falsely anointing Biden as "the President-elect." We can’t survive with a system that doesn’t merit more trust than this.

I'm sorry the mainstream media aren't reporting this. I'll bet most of the people you know have little or no idea about it, so feel free to pass this along. Hope I've been helpful. You know me --- I'm no crackpot. I'm more like Joe Friday..."Just the facts," and that's what we all deserve.

From James:

The sentiments of Patti are shared by me as well. The advertising funds for the Senate seats in Georgia have been estimated at $300 million! Most of [this] comes from foreign and out-of-state sources. Why is this allowed?

I too have turned off MSM sources and avoid network programming because of the nauseating political propaganda. There are a few sources on FOX I follow. Outside of the information you provide, there seems to be no honesty, transparency or truth in news outlets. All of this disinformation is designed to create chaos and confusion, which in turn will lead to people no longer having confidence in our democracy.

The challenges by DJT must be heard. People who have sought to corrupt our voting system should be vigorously prosecuted. We are still trying to hold people accountable for their actions in the 2016 election. No action taken to date. Why? If the bad actors are not found and prosecuted for the apparent fraud in the 2020 election, what will happen? What will people do to right the ship?

From the Gov:

You ask a great question about how hundreds of millions of out-of-state dollars can be allowed in a statewide election. The Ted Cruz v. “Beto” O’Rourke contest in Texas was the most expensive in history, and now this one in Georgia looks to eclipse that. It’s really just not right, as the principle of self-determination is being violated when outsiders come into a state like this. (The line going around is that Georgia hasn’t been invaded on this scale since Gen. Sherman marched to the sea.)

Big-time organizers on the left are leading this trend, as when they tried to make “Beto” a senator. (Note to lefties in Hollywood: looking a little like Bobby Kennedy and being on the cover of VANITY FAIR is not enough in Texas to win you a Senate seat.) It's reassuring to know all those millions didn’t work that time, but big money still has to be raised and spent on the right simply as a defensive move.

It’s gotten so out of hand that one has to wonder what might be done about it. But it would take the greatest constitutional scholars we have to come up with any limitation that wouldn’t violate the First Amendment, if that is even possible. So voters will just have to be like those Texans who were wise to outsiders who tried to come in and buy their vote.

From Woodrow (w/slight editing):

What good is a wake-up call if you've got nowhere to go? I am sorry, sir, but Republicans seem more worried about their party than they are about their country.

It makes absolutely no sense, for example, to have a runoff election using the same machines that just defrauded the American public. It makes no sense to refuse to do a forensic audit when so much doubt has been cast on this election.

We have only one shot at this and Republicans are telling us to do this that and the other for the good of the party...Only thing that any one of us should ever be concerned about is the good of our country. As I said on Parler last night, I had thought I was watching the death of the Democrat Party [but] am beginning to wonder if both parties are not in their death throes.

No way in hell am I going to vote for a Republican who sat on his [bleeping] hands while this fight was going on. Enough ranting on my part. I will end by saying it is my sincere belief the Republican Party cutting its own throat by trying to save itself.

From the Gov:

You had me till the last paragraph, Woodrow. No matter how frustrated you are, it makes no sense to help Democrats accomplish their ultimate power-grab. Talk about “releasing the Kraken”! And anybody living in Georgia and getting ready to vote for Senate in January needs to understand one thing: The damage to America --- the very concept of "America" --- if Democrats have both the House and Senate, especially if Biden and Harris win the White House, is incalculable. You know that. Go ahead and rant, but giving up on the Republican Party and helping Democrats set their own power in concrete is exactly what the party of AOC and Kamala Harris wants you to do.

Fleeing California

December 7, 2020

Add a new famous name to the list of successful and innovative people fleeing California’s far-left policies, confiscatory taxes and draconian lockdowns. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, already put his California houses on the market and began expanding his operations in Texas. Now, close friends are telling the media that he’s told them he’s planning to move to the Lone Star State.

Musk is the world’s second-wealthiest person, after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, so the idea of living in a state with no income tax must be attractive. But judging from his recent comments about the deadly and illogical coronavirus policies in California, that’s hardly the only thing that has him channeling Davy Crockett in telling California’s leaders, “You can all go to hell, and I am going to Texas.” Or maybe he just wants to be in a state that can actually keep the lights on.

Judging from its current government, it’s not as if California can stand much of a “brain drain” like the one Britain caused in the ‘60s with its 105% tax rates. But it definitely has one, with everyone from small business owners to tech millionaires putting in calls to U-Haul. To show the quality of the brains that are being left behind to run the state even further into the ground, there’s a large contingent of leftist activists in San Francisco celebrating driving out the people whose taxes pay for the lavish government benefits they demand. They’re the West Coast version of AOC celebrating blocking Amazon from creating 25,000 jobs in her district because “capitalism bad!”

It’s not known where Musk might be planning to move, but he’s been expanding his operations in Austin. I hope that he, and anyone who might join him in moving from California to Texas, will take a good, hard look at what’s happened to Austin under its far-left city leadership and remember that it does no good to flee California for a better-run state if you vote for the same kind of idiotic policies that fouled the nest you just flew away from.

The peasants rise up

December 7, 2020

Remember back in March when we shut everything in the world down to “flatten the curve” so we’d be able to open everything back up by Easter? I get it that we’re told to “listen to the scientists!” but it gets hard to do when the scientists themselves don’t agree and when sometimes they tell us something that they totally reverse a short time later. Early on, we were implored to NOT wear a mask. I remember Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was considered the expert on all things Covid and the Surgeon General speaking at a press conference urging that only medical professionals wear a mask. Remember we were told that it was very dangerous for us to wear a mask if we weren’t medical professionals because we’d be more likely to touch our faces and if we wore a mask, we would DIE!

We were told to disinfectant everything we touched because the virus lingered for days on surfaces of the things we touch.

Somehow, we were told it would be safe to go to Walmart or the supermarket, but if we went to a small boutique where only a couple of people were in the store, we would surely DIE!

Churches closed, but casinos didn’t. You were not permitted to get a mammogram or have a tooth pulled, but you were allowed to have an abortion because in someone’s twisted mind, an abortion was essential, but church or having a cancer screening wasn’t. We were told to stay away from large groups, but if we rioted or looted a store or tossed bricks at a police officer, we’d be safe. It was about that time that much of the general public realized that Covid was serious, but some of the political figures ordering us about as if we were 3 year olds in potty training were not trying to control a deadly disease as much as they were trying to control us.

We were ordered to wear the very masks that we had just weeks before been told would kill us. We were told no need to spray the groceries or boxes delivered with disinfectant as it wouldn’t be helpful after all.

Let me be clear-Covid is real and it kills people. I’ve lost several friends who have died from this hideous disease including a dear friend who is a pastor’s wife in Arkansas and who once worked for me as an executive assistant in the Governor’s office. Aaron Wilbourn, a wonderful Christian gentleman who was a great songwriter, performer, and comedian, and who was a regular in our theater to entertain our studio audience died a week ago from Covid. One of my own sons came down with it, and while having some symptoms of fever, sore throat, and cough, was able to get treated early and effectively and avoided a hospital stay or severe consequences and he was very careful to always mask, sanitize and social distance. He had to isolate away from his 3 children and pregnant wife to avoid exposing them.

When it comes to the seriousness of Covid, I don’t believe many of the politicians who order the rest of us to avoid travel or socialization but who go out and eat, get haircuts, travel for vacation and even show up for big events. I don’t need their hypocritical demands. I will wear a mask, avoid personal contact, wash my hands and keep distances because I believe what’s happened to my friends even if I DON’T believe what hypocritical officials say since they themselves don’t believe anything they say. The cases and deaths this week are higher than they have ever been. Don’t be foolish or careless. But next time you get to vote, don’t vote for mayors and governors who tell you to do what they are unwilling to do. They think we’re peasants and they are princes and princesses. They aren’t. But even the peasants have the power to rise up and demand that leaders live by the same rules they impose on the rest of us.

"Dark Winter" Joe

December 7, 2020

It looks as if Joe Biden might have been right about a “dark winter” ahead, but if so, it’s mostly because people think he’s likely to become President.

Friday, the Department of Labor issued a disappointing November jobs report. It was expected that the economy would add 440,000 new jobs, but the number was only 225,000. This comes after several months of the economy roaring back from the coronavirus shutdowns with record growth and job creation. Why the sudden downturn?

When people started being told in the first week of November that Biden is the “President-elect” (he’s not, at least not yet), it’s likely that business owners braced for a return of the deadly policies of the Obama years, Biden’s promised big tax increases, kowtowing again to China and a wave of intrusive, business-crushing regulations imposed by clueless liberal bureaucrats with zero private sector experience.

Biden called it a “dire jobs report,” complaining that “one in four businesses can’t keep their doors open.” I assume he thinks we'll blame Trump for it. I wonder if it even dawns on him that we know what allegedly happened in November. Businesses are shutting their doors because his fellow Democrats keep ordering their doors to be nailed shut, and the sudden drop in hiring is because business owners are suddenly battening down the hatches in fear that the roaring Trump economy he ran against is about to turn back into the anti-business Obama-Biden economy we suffered through for eight years.

"No evidence"

December 7, 2020

During the hearings into alleged vote fraud, President Trump’s team keeps presenting sworn affidavits and first-hand witness testimony describing major irregularities, only to be asked repeatedly, “But where is your EVIDENCE?” They must feel like the interviewer in “Spinal Tap” futilely trying to explain to the dense rock star why putting “11” on his amp’s volume knob doesn’t make it louder. (“These go to 11!”)

But Thursday at a hearing in Georgia, Rudy Giuliani showed previously unseen security camera footage of ballot counters in Fulton County, Georgia. It was taken late on Election night, after poll workers were told to leave (we were originally told that it was due to a water main bursting in the room with the ballots, but it turned out to be just a small leak in an adjacent area that didn’t even require a plumber’s visit to fix.) The video shows that during that time, four people stayed behind and continued counting votes with no supervision. The video shows them apparently reaching under tables, pulling out four suitcases full of ballots that were separate from the others, and feeding them through machines that can count up to 3,000 ballots an hour.

The person in charge of Fulton County elections didn’t show up to the hearing to explain what we were seeing. The footage convinced Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call for a signature audit of the ballots.

There are also reports that the Trump team brought 20 binders full of evidence for a hearing today in Nevada.

As for the “no evidence” mantra, to quote another popular media cliché, “that claim is disputed.” Here’s what columnist and attorney Kurt Schlichter writes about sworn affidavits. They “constitute evidence. Relevant evidence is anything that ‘has any tendency to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without the evidence.’ Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 401. Now, you may not like the evidence. You may think it is insufficient or unpersuasive or just wrong. So? Evidence is challenged on these grounds in every single trial there is – that’s why you have trials. But it is evidence nonetheless.”

Less than five hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, President Trump announced via Tweet that Rudy had tested positive for COVID-19. FOX NEWS reported it Sunday afternoon.

Later that day, it was reported that he'd been admitted to Georgetown University Hospital for treatment.

Rudy has been doing a heroic job managing the legal strategy for Trump in states where election tactics and results have been highly suspect. Like all who test positive, he’ll be under quarantine for 14 days after being symptom-free, so must continue his role either from the hospital or his home, as the case may be. I hope you'll keep him in your prayers.

He appeared fine in his interview with Bartiromo, who asked for his response to dismissals from the media such as THE WALL STREET JOURNAL's Sunday morning headline “Trump Uses Rally for Georgia’s Senate Candidates to Push Unsupported Claims of Voting Fraud.” (I join in her scorn of the WSJ’s unsupported use of the word “unsupported.”) Rudy could only shake his head in bewilderment at that headline as Maria played footage from the State Farm Arena in Fulton County, where a skeleton crew of unsupervised ballot-counters appeared to be stuffing the Dominion machines.

"Why is it that the media continues to report that there’s unsupported evidence here," she asked, "when every day, you’re out talking about these situations?”

"Maria, I wish I knew the answer to that,” he replied. “Part of it is bias, part of it is corruption, part of it’s laziness, part of it is just inexplicable. How you can say it’s unsupported, when there are now tape after tape after tape...”

(It should be noted that the chief investigator for the Georgia Secretary of State told the factchecking site LeadStories.com that the video shows nothing unusual: that the workers who left were just “cutters” whose job is open the envelopes and they were finished, and that those weren’t suitcases but standard containers for ballots. She also claims nobody was told to leave and the people on the tape were just scanners doing their job. Duly noted.)

However, Guiliani went on to say there are ONE THOUSAND affidavits from people who personally observed fraudulent acts. “This is a massive fraud, all throughout the country,” he said.

He’s looking to state legislatures to act; Bartiromo asked about the possible role of the Supreme Court. (Justice Sam Alito’s involvement in Pennsylvania has seemed to us to be a positive sign that SCOTUS might hear a case.) Giuliani said the Pennsylvania case “probably is a week away” from being ready to argue, and he believes it is “a very good case.”

He told Maria that state legislatures have authority to change state electors if this action is based on “substantial reasons of corruption, irregularities --- in each case, each one of these legislatures has more than enough of that to sustain a Supreme Court challenge.”

"We're getting heard in the state legislatures,” he said, “and once they make a decision, we’ll get heard in the Supreme Court.”

"We’re not getting heard in the public,” he added, “except for occasional shows like yours and a few others, a few interviews that we do, and social media.” (I would add that social media has actually made the sharing of information quite challenging, and also that we proudly place ourselves within the small circle of outlets trying to inform people.)

Giuliani said the FBI had not questioned the people who were shown working unsupervised at State Farm Arena. “Not that I know of,” he said. And it wasn’t just the counting, he alleged. “They were involved in two or three other acts of voter fraud.”

“And the FBI is nowhere to be found.”

John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, has expressed similar concerns and calls for more transparency from the FBI.

Alan Dershowitz, appearing later in the show, agreed that there is “probable cause” for further investigation. He said Giuliani has made “very serious allegations." The big question is WHICH institution is designed, constitutionally, to look into these allegations: state legislatures? the courts? Dershowitz proposes the creation of a “vote integrity panel” or “VIP,” consisting of former justices and judges, “neutral and nonpartisan,” that would look at all election-related complaints before, during and after the vote.

Not to shoot down an idea, but I do see potential problems, starting with the name “VIP, Voter Integrity Panel.” There already exists a group called “VIP,” the Voter Integrity Project, sponsored by the Thomas More Society; we've quoted from it here. Still, that's a relatively small problem compared with the most challenging one: keeping such a panel truly nonpartisan. But at least someone's thinking about possible solutions going forward.

Dershowitz agreed that Giuliani has been presenting evidence --- repeat, for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, EVIDENCE --- that now should be subject to cross-examination and other testimony.

He said Justice Alito’s actions suggest that the Supreme Court would likely rule Pennsylvania acted unconstitutionally in expanding the “window” so that ballots arriving after Election Day were counted.

(Since I’m not a legal expert, here is a different take on the possible reasons for Alito’s timing of his deadline.)

Dershowitz predicted that if the SCOTUS decided to take the case, it would rule that Pennsylvania acted illegally in changing voting laws without legislative action. This would cancel out all votes in Pennsylvania that were received after the close of Election Day.

He also said the constitutional question of whether state legislatures can choose electors after Election Day –- the Constitution gives them that responsibility before –- has not been answered. The way he explained it, if a state legislature decides fraud and/or error has occurred to a level that they must choose new electors, then it becomes “the key constitutional question” for the Supreme Court as to whether the legislature can do this. So that adds another level of complication.

One thing we know: we’ve got to abolish or severely limit mail-in voting. There were 100 million mail-in ballots in this election! Ken Starr reminds us that in the year 2000, Jimmy Carter and James Baker's bipartisan commission warned of the huge potential for fraud posed by mail-in voting. In 2008, even Barack Obama agreed that mail-in ballots shouldn't be counted unless they had verified signatures.

But in Starr’s words, “we’re running out of time” with this election because December 14 is the date set for the Electoral College to meet. “It’s going to take extraordinary action by legislatures and so forth.”

On the other hand, there may be more time than that, as the Constitution itself sets just one date, and that is Inauguration Day, January 20. Some legal analysts say the rest of the timetable isn't necessarily firm.

Starr points to the allegations of especially egregious potential fraud in Georgia, and in Wisconsin with the use of unmanned dropboxes in violation of state law. We recently reported these were funded by the Center for Tech and Civic Life, meaning Mark Zuckerberg.

Again, we’ll be praying for Rudy Giuliani to stay healthy and active. At the same time, we know the election challenges are in excellent hands with lead GOP attorney Jenna Ellis. On a related note, we also share Michael Flynn’s hopes for the independent legal efforts of Sidney Powell, whom he calls “America’s guardian angel of justice.”

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Addendum: Speaking of Sidney Powell, we’re eager to see the case she makes against Dominion Voting Systems and how it plays out. In the meantime, we don’t quite know what to make of this announcement Friday that involves Smartmatic, the firm that makes software used in Dominion machines, but we think you might be very interested. No accusations yet, just eyebrows raised at more evidence of the George Soros connection.

"Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”

This line from the Marx Brothers movie DUCK SOUP seems appropriate right now, as the mind reels after a day of statements and sworn testimony Tuesday in multiple states, a parade of poll watchers and postal drivers detailing outrageous allegations of ballot manipulation: alteration, duplication, invalidation, segregation and even illegal transportation.

And the media's denial of what we can all see --- that's an abomination.

The reports involve hundreds of thousands of ballots in key states. These witnesses weren’t all Republicans and Trump supporters, either. Some were just people who smelled something fishy and thought they should speak up. Many of the claims came to light through the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project, an independent investigation of voting and voter registration in several key battleground states.

In one report that seemed like something out of a movie (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Help Biden Win!), a U.S. Postal Service subcontractor said he’d been tasked with driving a trailer loaded with somewhere between 144,000 and 288,000 completed mail-in ballots (!) from Bethpage, New York, to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and that when he finished the run at the USPS depot in Lancaster, the truck “disappeared.” Yep, that’s what the man said.

Perhaps this trailer wasn’t taken by people trying to ditch a truckload of ballots. No, it might’ve been beamed up by space aliens who are studying our supposedly democratic system of voting.

Another subcontractor said he was told the USPS in Wisconsin was gathering over 100,000 late-arriving ballots on the morning of November 4 to backdate them so they’d still count. Yes, that’s hearsay, but he was told this separately by two different postal workers, who might want to consider testifying.

Multiple speakers said there was “widespread malfeasance” by Post Office employees. Besides backdating late ballots, they also ordered that Trump mail be sorted out and placed in the “Undeliverable Bulk Business Mail” bin while emphasizing that mail supporting Biden be delivered on time.

Others described violations of protocol involving Dominion voting machines. (Dominion vendors strike me as having been much too involved in our voting process.) A computer expert said that what they did rendered audits impossible “without direct forensic access to the machines.”

The Amistad group said “whistleblowers found that election officials in mostly Democratic areas manipulated ballots and campaign mail, potentially influencing the outcome. [They] detail the failure of election officials in blue jurisdictions to maintain ballot chain of custody, allowing for the potential infusion of fraudulent ballots.”

Tuesday seemed surreal, as stories such as these were pouring out at the same time the vote in key states was being certified for Biden.

And then Tuesday afternoon, the AP reported that Attorney General Barr had said that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

Rudy Giuliani, speaking for the Trump team, released a statement claiming there was “ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.

But the dependable Catherine Herridge tweeted this: “From a DOJ spokesperson: ‘Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election. This is not what the Associated Press nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.’”

By the way, in related news, AG Barr also said that as of October 19, U.S. Attorney John Durham has been appointed SPECIAL COUNSEL in the investigation surrounding the origins of the “Russia” probe. Durham’s work had been slowed by the pandemic and by (yes) additional information he uncovered. This appointment was made specifically to safeguard the probe in case Joe Biden became President. Unlike a U.S. attorney, who can be fired by the President at will and who in that case surely would be, a special counsel can be fired only by the attorney general and for specific reasons that include “misconduct, dereliction of duty, conflict of interest and other violations of Justice Department policy,” which must be documented in writing. Thank you, Mr. Attorney General.

If you’d like more details, RedState.com has plenty about the rules that apply to a special counsel. Very informative if you have the time.

Anyway, with Barr’s seemingly dismissive remark and the constant “gaslighting” from mainstream media and social media, it’s easy to start doubting your own eyes and intuition about what went on. You might feel just like the wife in this scene.

Her husband must work for CNN.

The Trump legal team presses on, filing suit on Tuesday in Wisconsin, claiming that officials there included 221,323 illegal votes in the recount and asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to order Democrat Gov. Tony Evers to rescind certification until any illegal votes can be removed from the count. “...We know with absolute certainty illegal ballots have unduly influenced the state’s election results,” they said. Details here.

A poll observer told the Michigan state senate that in Detroit, the military ballots she saw looked like “Xerox copies” of the same ballot, all for Biden. That was just one of many concerns there. By now it’s clear that this election was an unholy mess.

And the beat goes on. If you’re into statistical analysis, this piece by Michael Horowitz has more about the outrageous numbers Biden would have had to get to win in Pennsylvania by the margin he did with mail-in ballots.

Here’s more detail on Pennsylvania, with some magnificent commentary by Paul Kengor at the SPECTATOR. Just one particularly suspicious batch of ballots could have flipped the state to Biden.

As for Horowitz, he hasn't made an accusation of fraud at this point. “These are not conclusions or closing arguments,” he says, “but these observations definitely warrant further investigation for one simple reason: The entire premise of having an election with one-third of the ballots cast through mail was built upon an illegal political decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which unilaterally overrode state laws, violating the federal Constitution, which vests state legislatures with the power over election procedures. It also violated the state constitution.”

Horowitz’ next words are so appropriate, I’ll let him sum up: “The suggestion that we should somehow move on from this is a greater threat to democracy than anything in our history. Republicans who think they can just walk away from this without controversy will learn the hard way in the years to come about their inability to win against this novel way of electioneering.”

In other words, believe your own eyes.

President Trump himself has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission, in his personal capacity as a candidate for re-election as President of the United States. The suit alleges “unlawful and unconstitutional acts.” Details are at the link, along with general information and updates on Trump’s legal fight and a place to donate to his Election Defense Fund.

Interestingly, the list of alleged unlawful acts includes activities involving a group we’ve reported on recently, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which came in from out of state to implement a new form of balloting in Wisconsin: unmanned, absentee ballot dropboxes “without adequate or uniform chain of custody standards and security protocols contrary to the Wisconsin Election code.”

According to this lawsuit, the CTCL funded (yes, FUNDED) a plan by the mayors of Wisconsin’s five largest cities --- Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay and Racine --- to use these dropboxes. The mayors are also included in the suit. The dropbox plan was adopted by the Wisconsin Elections Commission for use throughout the state.

Remember the CTCL? We reported that they used to operate on a yearly budget of about $1 million but then got a whopping infusion of $350 million from Mark Zuckerberg. That should buy a whole lot of dropboxes. This release from the Amistad Project is really a must-read if you want to know what’s going on with all that money.

Donors to the CTCL include Facebook, Google, and progressive organizations such as Rock The Vote, Democracy Fund, and the Voter Information Project, which after a few clicks tells us it is a member of “the Election Infrastructure Subsector Coordinating Council,” which after a few more clicks we find is part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). You know, the same public-private agency within the Department of Homeland Security that Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic are members of.

And, hoo boy. The header on the home page of the CTCL will have you rolling on the floor: “We harness the promise of technology to modernize the American voting experience. What you get: High-performing election offices. Increased public confidence and trust. A more resilient and adaptive election system. Better informed voters.” They say their job is to “ensure that our elections are more professional, inclusive and secure.”

What we got in this election –- though the mainstream media won’t report it –- was a freaking mess, an unmitigated disaster. If this is the “modernized” American voting experience, give me old-fashioned in-person voting with paper ballots and poll watchers from both parties standing calmly and politely by, as in the days of the dinosaurs. (Stone tablets would be fine with me as long as signatures are verified. One bonus is that they’re too heavy for mail-in.)

The CTCL website goes on to say they offer courses such as “Cybersecurity for Election Officials.” (Again, I’ll pause while you roll on the floor, laughing helplessly.) And on their page called “20 Ways Election Officials Increased Accessibility During the November Election,” they brag that “in California, Vermont and D.C., every registered voter received a mail-in ballot for the first time.” What could possibly go wrong?

They also work to register “voters serving out felony sentences” as “an issue of social and racial justice.” Thanks to their efforts, Cook County Jail in Illinois, the nation’s second largest prison, served as a polling location this year, marking “the first time in U.S. history that a prison hosted in-person early voting for a general election. It saw a 40 percent voter turnout rate, with over 2,000 incarcerated individuals casting ballots.”

They say they are also “educating Native Americans to reverse historic suppression.” I'm not sure, but I do have to wonder if they were involved in Nevada’s get-out-the-vote effort for Native Americans.

It appears that the CTCL goes into heavily-Democrat cities and pays election officials, but with strings attached. In Philadelphia, they reportedly required the city to open 800 new polling places. Should a non-government entity be coming in and changing how an election is managed?

Now that Election Day has passed, the CTCL is crowing about what a great job everybody did. I am not kidding. “Election officials are still hard at work canvassing ballots,” they say on their website, “conducting post-election audits, and certifying results, but the November 2020 election is largely over and, overall, IT WENT EXCEPTIONALLY WELL [emphasis mine].”

National Public Radio agreed. Don’t miss reading the transcript of this roundtable, as officials are patting each other on the back for how good a job they all did. It’s quite a hoot, funny and sad at the same time. These people are in a world of their own.

Anyway, as for the Wisconsin lawsuit that sent us down this rabbit hole. Jenna Ellis, Trump attorney and senior legal advisor for his campaign, said it “reveals an apparently coordinated effort to push a new form of balloting upon Wisconsin voters that was not protected by uniform chain of custody and security standards and protocols. Regrettably, this is the same sort of conduct we have seen across many battleground states that Democrats knew they had to win to defeat the President where the rules of the election were changed at the last minute and guardrails against fraud were simultaneously lifted.”

This is what Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias was so busy setting up during the months leading to the election.

The dropbox plan is just one of the directives of the Wisconsin Elections Commission cited in the lawsuit. Trump accuses them of ordering election officials to “tamper with witness certifications on absentee ballot envelopes,” making it easier to count unlawful ballots. He also accuses them of issuing orders with the purpose of “undercutting” the state’s photo ID law.

It looks as though Big Tech, through lots of money and “directives” issued by the CTCL to heavily-blue cities, played a major role in creating the chaos we now have. Trump’s legal challenges are bringing this to light –- one more reason why he’s performing a public service by doing this.

Forced labor is bad

December 3, 2020

If there’s one thing you’d think Democrats and Republicans could agree on, it’s that using forced labor to make your products (you know: slavery) is bad. Republicans had to fight Democrats over that point in the 1860s, but they seem to have come around. Indeed, in September, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill to ban products made by forced labor in China, passed the House 406-3 and is expected to soon pass in the Senate.

But now, there are reports that some major corporations have hired lobbyists to try to water down some of the provisions of the bill.

These companies include Coca-Cola, Apple and – what ho! – that ultra-woke critic of American injustice, Nike. The companies deny that they’re trying to weaken the bill or that they use forced labor. Nike replied that its lobbying efforts were merely “constructive discussions with staff of the Congressional Commission aimed at eliminating forced labor and protecting human rights.”

Meanwhile, China has denied alleged mistreatment of Uyghurs and claims that what have been described as concentration camps are actually “training centers.”

So everything’s all right then!

Oh, wait, to quote Columbo, just one more thing: Rick Moran of PJ Media reports that prominent leftist attorney and MSNBC contributor Neal Katyal, who became a darling of the left when he fought Trump’s travel ban (NOT a “Muslim ban”), was just at the Supreme Court representing corporate food giants Nestle and Cargill in a lawsuit filed by several actual former child slaves. They were kidnapped in Mali and brought to work on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast.

Katyal made several compassionate legal arguments for why the former child slave laborers didn’t have the right to sue in the US, which didn’t seem to impress the Justices very much. Moran has more details at the link, along with the astute observation that fighting on behalf of big corporations against former child slaves will probably not make a dent in his cred among leftists. He’s already virtue signaled so hard that having no actual virtue is irrelevant.

New Project Veritas Expose

December 3, 2020

In their latest expose, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas revealed that they’ve been recording CNN’s conference calls for the past two months, including directives to reporters by CNN president Jeff Zucker. I’m not sure if this actually qualifies as news, though, because I can’t imagine anyone would be surprised to learn that it sounded more like a bunch of unhinged leftists having a dorm room Trump-hate bull session than a phone meeting of professional journalists discussing the news.

We did learn that CNN didn't want to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story (Jake Tapper called it “too disgusting” - at least he didn't call it "icky"), that Zucker thought CNN’s anti-Trump banner headlines were actually too polite, that he compared Trump not conceding to the situation preceding 9/11, and that he urged his staff to “go after Lindsay Graham.” There was also some smearing of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for “naked racism” and promoting white supremacy by CNN’s general counsel. CNN tried to accuse Carlson of racism for misidentifying the speaker as a black executive, but Carlson pointed out that CNN, perhaps desperate to change the subject, once again got the story wrong. Project Veritas misidentified the speaker, but Carlson didn’t identify him at all. Well, research and accuracy are not CNN’s strong points.

Rather than claim the tapes were fake or doctored or deny what they revealed, CNN expressed outrage at O'Keefe for recording them and threatened legal action for releasing them. I’m strangely reminded of the DNC’s response to the release of all those emails in 2016.

Zucker and CNN should just take a chill pill. I hardly consider it a major revelation to find out that CNN is not a news network but a biased propaganda mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. I would’ve been far more shocked if those tapes had revealed them engaging in actual, objective journalism.

A Very Subjective Term

December 2, 2020

Remember when Hollywood liberals and feminists were all riled up about “Me Too” and started the “Time’s Up” movement to fight sexual abuse of women in the workplace? That all went out the window when Joe Biden was nominated, but until that point, they were so worked up that some top name Hollywood celebrities started a charity composed of two groups, the Time’s Up Foundation and Time’s Up Now Inc. They had such luminaries as Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer and Brie Larson on their boards, and they quickly went to work raising money to fight sexual predators.

The New York Post reports that in their founding year of 2018, the nonprofit organization raised over $3.6 million. It spent $157,155 on conferences on “gender equity,” which included “a retreat at the Ojai Valley Inn, a luxury resort and spa north of Los Angeles. The retreat was dominated by agents from the Creative Artists Agency, who apparently had difficulty deciding on what the core mission should be.” They also spent $288,000 on advertising, $112,000 on a public relations firm, over $58,000 on travel, and $1.4 million on salaries. That included $342,308 to former WNBA head Lisa Borders, who ran the group for four months before resigning after her adult son was accused of sexual misconduct.

I’ll let you click the link to find out how much they spent on supporting women who made legal claims of sexual harassment. They say their legal defense fund has spent over $1.7 million to help women, but the share of it that the two groups kicked in themselves is less than what Borders was paid for four months’ work.

Apparently, “non-profit” is a very subjective term.

Crime is sky-rocketing

December 2, 2020

In cities across America where leftwing leaders sided with rioters and slashed police budgets, crime is skyrocketing. As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Sur-prise! Sur-prise!”

How devastating was that insane abdication of public responsibility? We can now put some figures to it. The Major Cities Chiefs Association (an organization of police chiefs representing 69 of America’s largest cities) reports that from May 25 to July 31, about 8,700 protests took place in US cities. Of those, 574 were riots that included mass looting and destruction. During them, more than 2,000 police officers were injured in the line of duty.

One police agency reported 115 commercial burglaries in just one day. Another reported a single looting event at a shopping mall that resulted in over $70 million in damage. One agency alone reported 300 police cars damaged, including 19 that were engulfed in flames.

But maybe this, more than any statistics, will drive home just how bad it was: It was SO bad that in Minneapolis, ground zero of the Defund The Police movement and current site of a surging crime wave, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stood up Monday at a city council meeting and shot down the council’s plan to slash the police budget.

The plan, hilariously named “Safety For All,” calls for reducing the police department from 888 to 750 officers. Frey, actually sounding like a voice of reason, said, “It’s irresponsible and untenable, especially given what we are presently experiencing now in this city. If the goal is simply to dramatically reduce the number of police officers we have and hamstring our chief, no, I cannot sign onto that.”

Frey also noted that any plan was supposed to wait until after a year-long “community engagement process” to find out what the people want. They could find out right now, if they’d listen: the people want more cops on the street. It sounds as if the only way to make that happen would be to throw their useless city council out onto the street.

Oh, and if you need any further verification of just how bad, dangerous, counterproductive and idiotic the council’s police plan is, try this: Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted her support for it.

President Trump’s team is continuing to challenge the vote, and I believe in giving him time to make his case, but it does appear that the odds are getting longer, with officials certifying votes and courts throwing out cases. Still, I believe in not reporting news until it’s actually news, so I have held off on commenting on all the speculation over who Joe Biden will name to his Cabinet. But now that Biden is actually giving us some names, it’s worth pointing out that, aside from the media, the reaction is not universal adoration.

So far, what we’ve seen is exactly what many expected: a lot of warmed-over Obama-era failures and entrenched Deep Staters with egos far in excess of their abilities, the very people Trump was referring to when he said that if the Obama Administration hadn’t been so bad, he never wouldn’t gotten near the White House. I already mentioned John “Iran Deal/Logan Act” Kerry being picked as "climate czar" (I think "Secretary of Hot Air" would be more accurate), but here are a few more blasts from the past that could be returning to prominence if Biden becomes President.

Biden is rumored to be considering Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin as CIA Director. At least it’s not John Brennan, but here’s what Michigan GOP chair Laura Cox had to say about that pick.

“From her support of the failed Iran Nuclear Deal to her inability to articulate any plans to fight America’s adversaries, Congresswoman Slotkin has proven time and again how grossly unqualified she is to handle foreign policy matters. It comes as no surprise that Joe Biden would consider someone this incompetent for his CIA Director, but I hope for the sake of the American people he has the wherewithal to pass on what would be a disastrous appointment.”

Okay, safe to say that might not be a universally acclaimed choice. But how about his reported pick for head of the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden?

Turns out she has a long history of spreading discredited Russia collusion hoaxes (ironically, she suggested that Russia switched votes to Trump in the 2016 election), and more to the point, a string of Twitter tweets rudely and viciously smearing the very Republican Senators who would have to vote for her to confirm her to the job. A spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn put Tanden’s chances of confirmation at “zero,” while other former top GOP staffers described her nomination as “a funeral” and “a sacrifice to the confirmation gods.”

Biden’s reported choices to lead his national security team, including the Secretaries of State and Defense, went straight from the Obama Administration into a DC consulting firm that doesn’t disclose its clients. The lack of transparency and ethics even drew criticism from leftwing blogs and the New York Times.

Even one of the people he chose to lead his transition team is under fire for being in charge of Los Angeles Metro while it’s under two federal criminal investigations.

I could go on, but you get the picture. He's being slammed for considering failures, liars and crooks, but what else does he have to choose from? Biden isn’t even officially the President-elect, and already the long knives are coming out from both directions. Even if he does become President, it might not be long before he starts feeling the wisdom of the old proverb: “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”

The “cancel culture” is coming for guitar hero Eric Clapton, for daring to record a song written by Van Morrison that protests the endless lockdowns that are killing live music and destroying musicians’ livelihoods. He couldn’t be allowed to go around expressing a non-approved opinion, so the Twitter keyboard warriors dug up an old racist comment he made in the 1970s and are using it as a pretext to try to “disappear” him.

The comment was indeed shocking, but he’s apologized for it repeatedly for years, explaining that when he said it, he was out of his head and suicidally addicted to booze and drugs. The left seemed to forgive him, until it suddenly became useful to take it back.

I’d also point out that the song the self-righteous social justice warriors are so outraged over is to raise money to help struggling musicians whose livelihood is being destroyed by their policies. Just by recording it, he’s already done more to help others than they ever will. And I seriously doubt that anyone who already knows Eric Clapton is going to stop listening to his music because some twits on Twitter said to.

With Christmas approaching and COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus cases rising, Americans are bracing for more lockdown orders that seem to be aimed more at shutting down businesses, churches and Christmas celebrations than actually stopping the spread of the virus. So before we get too far past the recent Thanksgiving hypocrisies of the “Do as I say, not as I do” leaders, here are a few things worth remembering when they start in with the war on Christmas in the name of stopping the pandemic (using the same failed tactics that were supposed to be imposed for only two weeks, eight months ago.)

First of all, PJ Media made a handy list of prominent Democrats who imposed crackdowns on their constituents, then flouted their own rules. It ranges from big names like Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Bill DeBlasio and Gavin Newsom to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who told everyone to avoid travel 30 minutes before he got on a plane to go visit his own family for Thanksgiving.

The media have also been pushing draconian measures that they seem to think don’t apply to them. CNN’s Chris Cuomo made the previous list of hypocrites, but let’s not overlook ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who has become notorious for shaming others who don’t wear masks while being caught not wearing one when he thinks the cameras aren’t on.

The latest is the L.A. County Supervisor who voted to ban outdoor dining restaurants, then was spotted eating at one a few days later. (If she looks familiar, yes: she did used to play Zelda on the ‘50s sitcom “Dobie Gillis.” I think Maynard G. Krebs might now be in charge of coming up with the state's plans to stop the coronavirus.)

And let’s not forget the California state lawmakers who, after doing such a bang-up job dealing with riots, crime, blackouts and wildfires, shut down businesses and told Californians to stay home and not travel for the holidays. Then they set off on a plane for a taxpayer-paid “conference” at a luxury resort in Hawaii.

Americans have just about reached the end of their patience with the hypocrisy of politicians and their endless job- and business-killing lockdowns and restrictions that defy common sense and often have little to do with any scientific evidence about stopping the spread of the virus. Some are staging full protest rallies

Others are becoming quite creative in their ways of protesting the dictates, or getting around them entirely.

I’m proud to say that I inspired Pastor Rob McCoy, who took off his tie to striptease music before his sermon so his church could be declared a “strip club” and therefore, an essential business that’s allowed to stay open in California. Here’s a video of that, but watch it beyond the funny opening to hear a very important message in his sermon.

There was also the Buffalo, New York, restaurant owner who put a sign on his business that read “WalMart,” so that he could be deemed worthy of remaining open.

The owner of a New York pub declared it a Seattle-style “autonomous zone,” where, as we all learned, COVID restrictions simply don’t apply.

And the owner of “Eat At Joe’s” restaurant in Redondo Beach, California, protested Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “sheer insanity” of restrictions by putting a banner over his place for the tony “French Laundry” restaurant, where Newsom attended a birthday party after telling everyone else not to gather in indoor groups. I guess the French restaurant is special, and as with anti-cop protests and Biden election celebrations, the virus doesn’t spread there.

I’m very glad to see that people are finally saying enough is enough, and before they give up their rights and lose their jobs and businesses, they're starting to demand to know what the scientific basis is for these restrictions, why they’re expected to work now when they haven’t before, why they’re going on indefinitely, and why the people creating them think they don’t apply to themselves.

Since my strip tease idea was so inspiring, I hope that my latest suggestion will be picked up nationwide: The reason it’s so easy for these politicians to shut down other people’s businesses is that, no matter what, their government paychecks never stop coming. I think we should all demand that they not receive any pay as long as they have their states’ or cities’ economies shut down and their constituents aren’t getting paid. I’ll be they would come up with some much better ways to deal with the virus pronto if their endless lockdowns also locked down their own paychecks.

Not the first

December 2, 2020

Joe Biden named his (potential) White House communications team, and the media are falling all over themselves to praise him for having the first all-female senior White House team. One problem, as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (who replaced my daughter, Sarah) points out: President Trump already has an all-female senior White House press team. So does the First Lady. And so does the Second Lady. The press has been barking at them for four years; you’d think they’d have noticed by now that they’re women.

But this is par for the course for our media, who have gone from madly attacking Trump to polishing Biden’s shoes with their tongues in record time. They’re so desperate to come up with positive things to praise him for that they might have set a hilarious new record for fawning. The liberal site The Daily Beast actually ran a story with this headline:

“Joe Biden’s Dogs Have Told This Pet Psychic a Lot About Their Beloved Master, and His Future.”

To triple the hilarity, Instapundit caught a screen grab of that puffiest of puffballs with a pop-up ad over it for subscriptions, urging people to “Support our fearless journalism.” My dogs told me psychically that even they think that’s idiotic.

In a related story, Biden slipped and twisted his ankle Saturday while playing with his dog, Major. My hopes and prayers for a swift recovery. But as Instapundit noted, why didn’t the dog psychic warn him?

From Patti:

Gov. Huckabee, if President Trump is not able to get this into court or investigated by the FBI or DOJ, we are doomed. The rest of us are nobodies with no power or influence or recourse to "make" anyone hear us or take action.

I listened to the interview [between President Trump and Maria Bartiromo] and was so frustrated, I turned it off. Who in the world can get action on this if the President of the US cannot? Who hires and fires at the FBI and DOJ? I thought the President did! Why aren't heads rolling over there because no action is being taken to protect the citizens of the US? I am so angry at the FBI and DOJ and the courts! Regardless of who appointed them, is there no one left to defend the Constitution and We the People?!

Thank you for letting me comment. I want to know what We the People can do to get this fixed. I pray. I write my legislators and those in other states. I re-post the truth about election fraud to every social media account (including those that censor and those that don't). I do not know what else I can do.

Thank you for keeping us informed with the truth. I have pulled the plug on MSM and refuse to watch it anywhere. You and a few other independent news sources are all I have. Please tell us what We the People can do other than watch it go down the drain. God bless you.

From the Gov:

Thank you so much for writing, Patti. I think your letter expresses very well what so many are feeling right now. If it seems to us that even the President of the United States can only stand and watch while the Republic circles the toilet bowl, we’re bound to feel truly powerless.

Democrats and the media (same thing) are trying 24/7 to make us think we’re crazy even to consider that there’s anything strange about the election results, let alone to believe we can do anything about it. Do you know where the term “gaslighting” comes from? It’s from an old Ingrid Bergman movie called GASLIGHT, in which the main character’s husband manipulates the environment around his wife to make her think she’s insane and powerless to maintain her grip on reality. It almost works.

The reason these tactics are so effective against this character, at least for a time, is that the victim is ALONE. She essentially has only one source of information, her husband –- no other way to tell what is real and what is not. This is why social media is trying so hard to cut off access to “outside” information about this election and the hearings going on now.

The idea is to isolate conservatives and expose them only to information that furthers the one permissible narrative. The covid lockdown helps perpetuate that sense of isolation, too.

Another part of the plan is to make you feel powerless and ready to just give up and go along. To "move on." They want you to think the current is too strong for you to swim against it. If you keep trying to resist, they’ll label you as a crazy conspiracy theorist. But millions of people, and even some brave news outlets, continue to swim strongly against that current.

So how does our main character come to realize she’s not crazy? SOMEONE ELSE enters the picture, figures out what is going on, and SHOWS the victim how she is being intentionally misled and that she is perfectly sane. This is what we can do for others who are slowly being worn down by the media and "cancel culture." What you are doing --- writing legislators, posting everywhere you can, ditching the MSM and finding alternatives, and even writing letters like this one --- is important, because this is how we remind each other that we are not crazy and we have eyes.

Surveys show that a large majority of those who voted for Trump believe the vote count is way off and that Trump really did win the election. (Even a surprising number of Democrats can see this.) Statisticians are saying the anomalies they've seen virtually guarantee that these results would not just happen. And now Bill O'Reilly, who strikes me as a hardened realist, agrees.

As more evidence comes to light, I think the chorus of doubters will grow, perhaps to encompass virtually everyone who supported the President. That’s 73 million people, just including the ones whose votes made the count.

Social media can’t isolate and indoctrinate 73 million people, not in America, though they might try. In fact, one study has shown that "fact-checking" can backfire, causing people to be more likely, not less, to believe something if social media plays nanny and tries to "correct" it.

That doesn’t mean Trump will prevail in the courts, though he might. It’s impossible to predict whether he will or not. There is a balance of power and the Constitution prescribes remedies for this situation that will give us an outcome, but not necessarily a good one. Trump might tweet angrily about what has happened, and complain to Maria Bartiromo about it, but he’s not about to overstep his authority the way Democrats love to tell us he will. That's just another lie from the left. Without a doubt, the real megalomaniacs dwell on the other side of the aisle.

So right now, we must leave it to the attorneys and let this situation play out.

As I’ve said before, Trump is providing a public service to the country he loves by forcing us to take a closer look at the institution of “The Vote.” Yes, it’s in his own interest, but it’s in our interest, too, and he's well aware of that. There have long been instances of “manipulation” in elections, but if the 2020 election really turns out to be what it looks like, we can’t have this level of anarchy and continue as a democratic republic. That’s how important this is.

And whether or not Trump gets another four years, we 73 million people will have had perhaps the biggest wake-up call of our lives.

Johns Hopkins University published and then retracted a study that found that there has been no major increase in the expected number of deaths among all age groups in the US this year due to COVID-19.

The researcher found that while there was a sharp increase in COVID-19 deaths, there was a drop in deaths attributed to other causes, such as pneumonia or heart disease. In fact, “the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19.” He theorizes that deaths from other causes are being categorized as COVID-19 deaths. Also, the very elderly victims might have been expected to die of old age, seasonal flu or other causes if the pandemic hadn’t occurred.

Interestingly, Johns Hopkins University didn’t retract the study because they could cite anything inaccurate, but because it “was being used to spread misinformation about the pandemic,” and discount the danger of the virus or the need to take precautions. But if the numbers are correct, then why should the study be retracted? Is it the job of the university to only publish scientific facts that support a particular narrative, or to suppress facts just because someone might misinterpret or misuse them?

The researcher said he was even accused online of being a “COVID denier” (of course, he was.) He called those false accusations “devastating,” but said, “I stand my ground. The goal is never to undermine the effects of COVID-19 but to suggest a possible over-exaggeration in death numbers due to the pandemic.”

I thought we were supposed to listen to the scientists. I must be getting old because I remember when liberals thought that refusing to accept “inconvenient truths” was a bad thing.

Considering that Trump's election challenges have “no evidence” (right), there sure is an explosion of such activity going on around the country. It’s so much, in fact, that we can’t possibly condense and comment on it all. Believe me, you wouldn't want that, and my little staff and I would be in the loony bin if we tried. (They risk ending up there anyway; it's a risk that comes with the job.) Fortunately, THE EPOCH TIMES' homepage has links to most of the updated information, state by state.

https://www.theepochtimes.com

Their news site has done an amazing job of staying on top of all this. The story out of Nevada is one we find of particular interest at the moment.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is pushing forward with certifying the election for Biden just as District Judge James Russell in Carson City has set an evidentiary hearing for this Thursday, December 3, in a contest-of-election case filed by Trump’s campaign attorneys. Trump attorney Jesse Binnall says he intends to prove that so many fraudulent votes were cast across the state of Nevada that Trump actually won there, not Biden.

Kayleigh McEnany, appearing on Sean Hannity’s TV show Monday evening, talked briefly about this. Part of this lawsuit, she says, is that Trump’s side has been granted discovery, which means they get to depose witnesses. “Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail,” she said, for us not to be able to depose witnesses, not to be able to investigate and ask questions.” One question: if Democrats didn't steal the election in Nevada, what possible objection could they have to this?

It’s not in the EPOCH TIMES story, but what we find especially interesting about this is that the moment Trump's team was granted discovery, ten attorneys from the law firm Perkins Coie magically appeared. These are the same Hillary cronies who hired Fusion GPS and paid for the phony anti-Trump “dossier.”

Most interesting of all, the lead attorney for the group is Hillary's guy Marc Elias, the very lawyer who spent this year going around the country filing lawsuits in key states to make them loosen their election laws! I am not kidding. Democrats are bringing out the big guns in Nevada, and one has to wonder what they're hiding there. Stay tuned.

The compelling statistical evidence gathered by data analyst Matt Braynard has apparently gained the attention of the FBI.

Braynard, former data and strategy director for Trump’s 2016 campaign and head of the Voter Integrity Project, amassed “data that has been used to identify hundreds of thousands of potentially fraudulent ballots in the states where we filed litigation,” according to former Kansas attorney general Phillip Kline, now of the Amistad Project.

Attorney Sidney Powell is already using Braynard’s findings in two lawsuits, one in Georgia and one in Michigan, to help her make the case that their election results are invalid.

In case you didn’t see our first report, here are some of the serious problems Braynard turned up. He says they could “easily” switch at least three states from Biden to Trump.

The FBI never confirms or denies an ongoing investigation. It was Braynard who tweeted about it on Sunday, saying, “The FBI has proactively and directly requested from me the VIP findings that indicates illegal ballots. By Tuesday, we will have delivered to the agency all of our data, including names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.” Presumably they didn’t tell him to keep it quiet.

Specifically, he’s put together the names of all the people who voted in this election who also filed change-of-address cards in Georgia that moved them to another state. (People who are thinking of “moving” to Georgia to vote in January might want to take heed. It wouldn’t be hard for authorities to find out and prove that they broke federal law.) He can then show that these individuals registered to vote in that other state but still voted early or absentee in Georgia. He’s got names of people who are on record as having voted in multiple states. Oops.

The states make this information available in the form of raw data; Braynard just put it all together. It seems as though he might have just made the FBI’s job a whole lot easier. Thank goodness for that, or for anything that kick-starts the FBI.

Anyway, there might actually be something to the report that a Department of Justice plane went to Toronto, which is headquarters for Dominion Voting Systems, for a three-day trip and after that, made a quick jaunt down to Atlanta, staying on the tarmac for just over an hour before flying back to Washington, DC. Perhaps they were in Atlanta just long enough to pick up evidence such as hard drives and other records.

President Trump, on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES with Maria Bartiromo, had no problem whatsoever calling Biden’s still-unofficial “win” a big fat case of voter fraud. “Biden didn’t get 80 million votes,” Trump said.

Afterwards, in online “news” stories that sounded like they came straight from the opinion page (the only appropriate place for them), the mainstream media slammed the President for “whining” about “unsubstantiated claims.” Actually, Trump brought up statistical anomalies for which we have no satisfactory explanation. To say that Biden really got the most ACTUAL VOTES in this election –- when he had to outperform Barack Obama to do it and when Republicans swept the down-ballot races –- is, itself, quite unsubstantiated, bordering on impossible.

Bartiromo asked very specific questions that Trump tended to answer much more generally --- to her frustration --- but he’s not in a position to say, for example, when his cases might reach the Supreme Court. In fact, he has no guarantee that any of his cases will even be heard by SCOTUS, though he thinks it will happen. “We should be heard by the Supreme Court,” Trump said. “Something has to be able to get up there; otherwise, what is the Supreme Court?”

"It will take a brave judge or a brave legislature,” he said. He spoke very highly of Rudy Giuliani: “Let me tell you, that guy has guts, ‘cause we had lawyers that were afraid to go forward ‘cause they were threatened, viciously threatened…both psychologically and otherwise.”

"What’s going on --- nobody’s ever seen anything like this.”

And later: “If Republicans allow it [nationwide mail-in voting] to happen, you ‘ll never have another Republican elected in the history of this country, at a Senate level or at a presidential level.”

Ken Starr, who followed President Trump on the show, said the challenge was "translating those allegations and intuitions and the reports into actual admissible evidence in court." He does think the President has a couple of "platforms, so to speak" that he can get heard. But "we're in the fourth quarter," he said.

The federal judge in one of Sidney Powell’s election lawsuits, this one concerning Dominion Voting Systems in Georgia, issued an order Sunday requiring the state to cease and desist wiping or resetting machines.

Shortly afterwards, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten, Sr., reversed himself.

Oh, but he had a good reason. “The state” was not in possession of the machines. “Plaintiffs’ request fails because the voting equipment that they seek to impound is in the possession of county election officials.”

Got that? The STATE doesn’t have the machines. The COUNTIES have them, and “...plaintiffs have not demonstrated that county election officials are within Defendants’ [the state’s] control.”

Good grief.

Lin Wood, an attorney associated with the Trump campaign, couldn’t believe it. “What???” was his response. He noted that the machines are owned by THE STATE and that Georgia elections are overseen by the Georgia secretary of STATE. This judge used a ridiculous technicality to reverse a completely reasonable order to prevent officials in the state of Georgia from wiping forensic evidence.

The plaintiffs had filed their emergency motion after an election official told a poll worker that ballot-counting machines would be “reset to zero” on Sunday, November 30, prior to the recount. This information was put into an affidavit by the poll worker, a Republican, who had expressed concerns to the official about wiping the machines.

When the poll worker asked the official if the reset would wipe forensic evidence off the machines, he was told, “Atlanta already did it.”

I'll pause while that sinks in.

Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer is fed up. He tweeted, “Our Republican recount monitors at the World Congress Center waited today for four hours while Fulton County election officials ‘updated the software.’”

“Updated the software"?? At the risk of sounding like Lin Wood, WHAT??

In an update late Sunday night, the judge –- I assume because the story got out –- finally did grant a temporary restraining order on election officials in Cobb, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties to prohibit them from “any alteration, destruction or erasure of any software or data on any Dominion voting machines” used in the 2020 elections. He graciously allowed Wood to amend the previous complaint to include COUNTIES in possession of voting machines. But what about Fulton County? Is it true that "Atlanta already did it?"

Here’s the full story at THE EPOCH TIMES.

The NOQ REPORT has this story, too, with an interesting add-on about a Department of Justice plane logging two trips to Toronto, where Dominion Voting Systems is headquartered. After spending three days there, the same plane flew to Atlanta, where it remained on the tarmac for just over an hour. The speculation: the DOJ was picking up hard drives or other equipment to take back to DC for analysis. Hard to believe they’re on the case, but maybe they are, very quietly.

Here’s the original story on those Justice Department flights, which was reported by NOQ on Saturday.

This Georgia story is just one of many unacceptable facts --- repeat, FACTS --- coming to light in the aftermath of Election Day. If you still hesitate to tell friends and acquaintances that you question the results of the election, fearing they’ll think you’re a crank or conspiracy theorist, just have them read the best article we’ve seen that lays out the many reasons for doubt. It’s from the SPECTATOR, by Patrick Basham, “Reasons Why the 2020 Presidential Election is Deeply Troubling.”

Basham is a director of The Democracy Institute and a pollster himself who, after looking at the many anomalies, believes that Trump campaign “is well within its rights to contest the tabulations.” He knows that with the given media narrative and the current political climate, “to say out-loud that you find the results of the presidential 2020 election odd is to invite derision. You must be a crank or conspiracy theorist.”

“Mark me down as a crank, then,” he says.

Perhaps his largest concern is the staggering amount of vote-flation there was. Trump got more votes than any incumbent President ever seeking re-election. He got 11 million more votes than he got in 2016, and somehow still lost. According to exit polls, he grew his support among black voters by 50 percent. He increased his share among Hispanic voters to 35 percent, making it “arithmetically impossible for a Democrat presidential candidate to win Florida, Arizona, Nevada or New Mexico.”

Basham is wondering exactly the same thing we have: where did those thousands of Biden votes that put him over the top COME FROM?? I would stress that if these were fraudulent, every one of them canceled out someone’s legitimate vote for Trump.

Even more to the point, Biden got them in exactly the places he needed to, to win the Rust Belt states that usually go the way of Ohio, which went red big-time this year. Biden got them in the cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee and Atlanta. “He did not receive comparable levels of support among comparable demographic groups in comparable states,” Basham said, “which is highly unusual for the presidential victor.”

Basham goes on to list in bullet points many of the problems we’ve discussed here, such as the suspicious halt to the counting just in those cities (he doesn’t even mention the phony “burst water main” story in Georgia), the statistically abnormal results that coincidentally started when counting resumed, the ejection of Republican poll watchers, destruction of mail-in ballot evidence (which contain signatures that should have been matched), missing USB cards containing thousands of votes, non-resident voters (he mentions the discovery by Matt Braynard that thousands of of Georgia “voters” no longer met residency requirements or were using commercial addresses or boxes as “residence” addresses), and much more.

And when you take a look at the amazing down-ballot sweep for Republicans all across the country, it just doesn’t make sense.

Basham brings up a particularly incredible coincidence: “For...53 batches of votes counted, Biden led Trump by the same exact 50.05 to 49.95 percent margin in every single batch.” What are the odds?

"Whether the cause was simple human error or nefarious activity,” he says, “or a combination, clearly something peculiar happened. If you think that only weirdos have legitimate concerns about these findings and claims, maybe the weirdness lies in you.”

In interviews over the past couple of weeks, Basham has asked the question that if there's really no evidence of fraud and it's crazy to think Biden didn’t really win, what's the harm of taking a closer look and letting the lawsuits play out? Wouldn’t this simply end up confirming that Biden is the real President? Our side would then have to say that we lost fair and square. Isn’t that what Democrats would want? Then the only people still questioning Biden’s win would BE the cranks and conspiracy theorists.

The very fact that courts are trying to squelch efforts to examine what happened on Election Night tells us something that no judge or election official can cover up, no matter how hard he tries.

In breaking news Wednesday, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough has ordered state officials not to certify the results of the 2020 election, pending an evidentiary hearing on Friday.

She's not only ordered them to not certify, but also not to take any further steps toward that end. In other words, STOP NOW.

According to the story in THE EPOCH TIMES, this ruling regards a lawsuit brought by “Republican lawmakers and candidates” –- Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell, and Pennsylvania House of Representatives candidate Wanda Logan –- against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The lawsuit concerns “Act 77,” a bipartisan bill that in October of 2019 became law and expanded mail-in voting but that plaintiffs say would have required an amendment to Pennsylvania’s state constitution.

Pennsylvania has its votes counted (perhaps I should use quotation marks around “votes” and “counted”), but a number of steps still need to be carried out before the formal certification can be completed. The plaintiffs maintain there's no need to rush through these to certify the results, as Pennsylvania didn’t certify until December 12 in 2016.

Marc Elias, the Perkins Coie attorney who went from state to state in the months before this election, filing lawsuits and persuading officials to (unconstitutionally) loosen up the rules, called this lawsuit “frivolous” and “absolutely shameful.” I’d say that means it’s on the right track.

"It appears that respondents’ actions may have been accelerated in response to the application for emergency relief...in an effort to preclude any remedial action by this court faster than this court was able to evaluate this application for emergency relief and the answers to it,” the plaintiffs wrote.

In other words, it looked as though state officials were pushing ahead even faster so the judge wouldn’t have enough time to figure out what was going on and do anything about it.

Come on, man! That would NEVER happen…

Here’s a story about the many limousine leftist Hollywood celebrities who are pouring money into Georgia to try to help the Democrats take the two Senate seats and control the entire government.

And on that subject, Derek Hunter at Townhall.com has a list of some entertainment options for Republicans in blue states who are stuck at home under unconstitutional Thanksgiving bans. My suggestion for Republicans in blue states would be to go to the Internet and check out the U-Haul moving truck rates.

But these articles give me a good opportunity to promote something we’ve been working on for a while. I don’t like promoting political boycotts, because they hurt workers who had nothing to do with the leftist rants of the executives and stars of the projects they work on. But there is a positive way that you can enjoy entertainment without enriching leftists who call conservatives Nazis while, without seeing the irony, wanting to put them into concentration camps. That’s by supporting entertainers and movies that don’t threaten or insult you.

Be on the lookout for our Huckabee Newsletter Holiday Entertainment Guide, coming soon with recommendations and links for CDs, DVDs and streaming video that you can buy for yourself or as gifts with a clear conscience. They include music and clean comedy from performers who aren’t liberal political activists, many of whom have been on my show, as well as quality movies and documentaries with a conservative and/or Christian viewpoint.

Over 30,000

November 26, 2020

Tuesday, the Dow closed over 30,000 for the first time in history. Again, to clarify for the media: Joe Biden had nothing to do with it, and the stock market isn’t booming because investors think Biden is going to become President. That’s the kind of data you get from liberal economists like Paul Krugman, who announced on the night Trump was elected that markets would “never” recover, and who assured us just last March that we were headed into a “permanent recession.”

FYI: One of my writers told me he opened a little day-trading account shortly after Krugman's warning last spring, and bought only stocks that had taken a big dive in industries that Democrats claimed would never recover. As of Wednesday, he says his stocks are up anywhere from 32% to 70.5% in six months or so. It proves you’ll never go wrong betting that leftists don’t know what they’re talking about. Even ones with a Nobel Prize.

Operation Warp Speed, Indeed

November 26, 2020

Providing the FDA approves, 6.4 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to the states by mid-December. Forty million doses are expected to be ready by the end of the year. Moderna is also expected to file for an emergency use authorization for its own vaccine within a few weeks.

And just to clarify for the media: this record-smashing accomplishment was completed under Donald Trump, the President they accused of botching the virus response. It was not developed under Joe Biden. He’s the one who wanted to let people keep flying into the US from Wuhan in the middle of a pandemic to prove we aren’t racist. Science!

Election Updates

November 26, 2020

The Trump team said legislatures in three swing states would hold hearings into campaign irregularities, but some legislators say that came as news to them. Here’s the latest schedule on what’s set to happen when:

The Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project has filed an emergency petition with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, claiming they have identified more than 150,000 potentially fraudulent ballots, more than enough to call into question the validity of the state's election results, in which Biden was declared the winner by only about 20,000 votes.

Walkaway founder Brandon Straka wrote a list of six things that Joe Biden should do if he wants to prove that he’s really serious about unifying America. Interestingly, #5 is “Call for a transparent audit of 2020 election.” What a great idea! Why hasn’t someone suggested that before?...

Divided Government

November 25, 2020

A new Harvard CAPS-Harris poll of registered voters found that a sizable majority of Americans want divided government. Fifty-six percent said they want Republicans to maintain control of the Senate, while only 44 percent want Democrats to control the White House and both Houses of Congress.

That’s hardly surprising, given the radical agenda that the Dems have promised to ram down our throats with the tiniest of margins if they win the two upcoming Georgia Senate runoff elections. That would tie the Senate 50-50 and allow a Vice President Kamala Harris (who fell to the left of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders in one ranking) to cast tie-breaking votes.

Incidentally, I keep hearing that the polls in Georgia are about neck-and-neck, yet overall, Americans want the Republicans to win those seats by a margin of 12 points. Are Georgians really that out of step with the rest of America, or are the polls wrong again, or is this just another one of those 2020 election statistical mysteries for which there is simply no explanation?

The Atlantic magazine, last seen trying to convince us that President Trump called our World War I heroes “suckers and losers” based on anonymous sources, is now trying to convince us to cancel Thanksgiving. They must think that we’re suckers because the writer gives away his real motivations by describing Thanksgiving dismissively as “a nebulous day of atoning for the sins of colonialism by eating food and saying thank you.”

He tosses us a turkey bone by writing, “Next year will be an opportunity to be thankful for the elements of the holiday that we tend to take for granted. It will be like a Super Thanksgiving.” But then he gives away his and the Atlantic’s real feelings about cherished American traditions and we suckers and losers who revere them: “Or maybe this new way of doing it will work so well, you’ll never want to go back.”

Right, we’ll love being separated from our loved ones by fear and paranoia on one of our most important holidays that we’ll want to continue eating frozen turkey dinners alone while watching MSNBC on every Thanksgiving from now on, as I assume the staff at the Atlantic will.

Lisa Carr at the Victory Girls blog has more on the Atlantic article and the general war on Thanksgiving here:

Personally, I doubt that the Atlantic’s stance on canceling Thanksgiving will carry much weight, since every thinking person I know long ago canceled their subscriptions to the Atlantic.

Say, remember the name “Hunter Biden”? Those who get their news from mainstream sources or social media probably never heard of him. But he’s Joe Biden’s son whose alleged shady international business dealings, particularly with China, were dismissed by the Democrats and their media stenographers as “Russian disinformation” (to use their favorite phrase) “without evidence.”

Well, while hardly anyone was paying attention, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs looked into some of the latest claims about Hunter from whistleblower Tony Bobulinski. They’ve just issued a supplemental report, and it shows that what Bobulinski gave them was consistent with other evidence they’d gathered showing millions of dollars being transferred from a company linked to China’s communist party to a company associated with Hunter Biden. There are more details here:

If Joe Biden gets into the White House and controls the Department of Justice, there’s no way this will be investigated other than by the Senate, which is reason #10,312 why it’s vitally important for the Republicans to win the two Georgia runoffs and maintain control of the Senate. If not, we might be conducting an experiment to find out whether manure still stinks if you sweep it under the rug.

Having already helped shepherd historic peace agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan with the Abraham Accords, and promised that more nations will join soon, President Trump is reportedly trying to craft a landmark agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Fox News reported that on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi officials and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

An Israeli official seemed to unofficially confirm the meeting, but Saudi officials denied it, saying that Saudi Arabia has “supported normalization with Israel for a long time, but one very important thing must happen first: a permanent and full peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.”

That’s what I would expect the Saudis to say publicly. Seeing the other Arab nations make peace and recognize Israel’s right to exist, and just hearing a report that Saudi Arabia is leaning toward it, should put pressure on the Palestinians to give up their rabid opposition to making peace with Israel. This is sending them a message that other Arab nations are getting tired of defending them. The message Trump is sending the Palestinians with these deals is that the peace train is leaving the station, and they can either make a deal and get on board or stubbornly refuse and hope that a President Biden will re-enrich Iran enough that the Mullahs will take care of them.

I know that Biden and his whole coterie of former Obama officials can’t wait to undo everything that Trump has done to replace their endless wars with peace in the Middle East. But Trump seems determined to make that hard for them by creating so much peace in the Middle East that even they, with all their diplomatic experience and expertise, will have a hard time screwing it up.

At this writing, attorney Sidney Powell reportedly intends to file a lawsuit in Georgia on Wednesday. We’re not sure what it’ll cover, but some reports out of Georgia strongly suggest that we still just don’t know the real vote count there. And if this isn’t cleared up, not only is the presidential vote in doubt, but there’s no telling how it will affect the upcoming senatorial run-offs.

As Peter Svab reports in THE EPOCH TIMES, and Dan Bongino discussed in his Tuesday podcast, something very suspicious is going on with thousands of ballots in Georgia.

Bongino knows something about such allegations because in his early days as a Secret Service agent, he had to investigate cases of fraud that led him to discover Post Office boxes being used as residences. Criminals were using them as drop boxes; the Secret Service would stake them out and catch the bad guys.

This same type of falsification appears to have been done on thousands of ballot applications in Georgia, which require a RESIDENTIAL address. Keep in mind that the margin between Biden and Trump, with their “official” count, is less than 13,000 votes.

Matt Braynard, former data and strategy director for Trump’s 2016 campaign, noticed that many addresses on the voter rolls included information that didn’t make sense for the actual locations. So he and his team analyzed just a partial sample of the voter data and saw that thousands of registered voters in Georgia --- who are shown to have actually voted --- might have used addresses of commercial businesses or postal facilities and disguised this by making them look like residential addresses.

Some of these immediately look suspicious: An address that says “Apt. 4928” doesn’t really make sense, as an apartment complex typically doesn’t contain nearly that many units. Others with lower numbers would, of course, blend right in.

On November 22, Braynard tweeted: “Georgia: We have identified over a thousand early/abs votes cast by individuals whose registered addresses are in fact at post offices, UPS, and FedEx locations, willfully disguising the box numbers as ‘Apt,’ ‘Unit,’ etc.”

Whoever did this has broken the law. Georgia election law states that “the residence of any person shall be held to be in that place in which such person’s habitation is fixed, without any intention of removing therefrom.”

WITHOUT ANY INTENTION OF REMOVING THEREFROM. That’s the part that people in other parts of the country intending to “move” to Georgia just to vote Democrat in the run-offs need to consider. Unless they plan to continue living in Georgia for the foreseeable future, they are committing a felony by doing this. And the state of Georgia had better get tough on this or enforce that law, or their election in January will be steamrolled.

According to Georgia state law, anyone who “knowingly gives false information when registering as an elector” can be charged with a felony and imprisoned for up to 10 years or fined up to $100,000.

Braynard found anomalies in Pennsylvania as well. His team was able to contact by phone 1,137 Republican voters in Pennsylvania who requested a ballot but were not shown in state records to have had their ballots received or counted. Nearly 42 percent of those said they had returned their ballots, or thought they had. So, what happened to those ballots?

In Pennsylvania, over 160,000 uncounted mail-in ballots were requested by or in the name of registered Republicans. If we extrapolate from the sample Braynard was able to contact, with nearly 42 precent saying they returned them, that’s many thousands of votes not to have counted. Dr. Steven Miller, mathematics professor at Williams College, has filed a sworn affidavit of his findings, which says:

"I estimate that within a reasonable degree of mathematical certainty (based on the data I received being accurate and a representative sample of the population), the number of the 165,412 mail-in ballots requested by someone other than the registered Republican is at least 37,000, and the number of the 165,412 mail-in ballots requested by registered Republicans and returned but NOT COUNTED [emphasis mine] is at least 38, 910.”

Here are Dr. Miller’s findings from Pennsylvania with his detailed analysis, as presented in the affidavit.

But back to Georgia. Braynard’s survey concluded that in Georgia, a similar percentage of Republicans they contacted who'd requested mail-in ballots said they returned them: 44 percent.

As we reported, Georgia attorney Lin Wood got a major smack-down from Judge Steven Grimberg when he attempted to stop the certification of the state vote count. He was suing as an individual voter and campaign donor (not sure why), not acting as an attorney for the Trump campaign, and Judge Grimberg ruled that he lacked standing. So Wood has filed an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking an emergency review of that decision.

In a lawsuit against the Georgia secretary of state and other state officials, Wood is making an argument that Alan Dershowitz says has merit: the fact that state officials do not have the authority to change the rules for counting absentee ballots, because under the U.S. Constitution, state legislatures must do that.

State officials did this regarding the process for verifying signatures, without authorization from the Georgia Legislature. I believe Wood still has the same judge on this one, though, so don’t hold your breath.

Wood also had State Farm Arena, where votes were being counted, served with a subpoena seeking video footage of the counting process during and after the election. Recall that officials claimed the vote count there had to be halted for several hours because of a burst water pipe, which turned out to be a mere dribble. So, what were they doing in there for all that time the count was stopped?

Here’s more of an overview of what’s going on in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and, especially, Georgia.

Trump’s campaign has requested a machine recount in Georgia, which he’s entitled to do in such a close race. They’re also looking at a Petition to Challenge the election based, we surmise, on the suspicious registration applications detailed above, the ones that appear to be from non-residential addresses. There were approximately 1 million new voter registrations between November 2018 and 2020. Absentee votes cast totaled 1,322,529.

Even though the Georgia secretary of state has certified the results, Trump still has five days from that point to file such a petition.

According to RedState.com, there is anecdotal evidence --- not yet verified but certainly being checked out --- that numerous commercial mail-drop businesses had exhausted their supply of mailboxes as of this September and October. So the campaign is likely cross-referencing the street addresses of these commercial businesses with the addresses on voter registration applications to see if this was part of a scheme to inflate the Democrat vote.

Of course, just because leftists are openly encouraging people to “move” to Georgia to vote in the senatorial run-offs doesn’t mean Democrats would EVER have falsified their addresses there to vote against Trump. Certainly not! Win or lose, if Trump’s election challenge uncovers this kind of rot, it should be considered a public service to America.

President Trump gave the go-ahead to the General Services Administration to make funds available to the Biden transition team. But he insists that this does not mean that he is giving up his efforts to contest the ballot count in key battleground states.

That write-up also includes other developments, including Michigan certifying its vote, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejecting the Trump campaign’s lawsuit to throw out more than 8,000 absentee ballots that were missing key information, and the latest comments on the Trump campaign’s efforts by Rudy Giuliani and law Professor Alan Dershowitz.

And in updates on the updates (whew!), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump Team an expedited review of the Pennsylvania case. And the Michigan House agreed to hold a hearing into the Trump team’s allegations of election irregularities at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Friday, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson issued a statement thanking President Trump for saving his life. Carson contracted COVID-19 and was treated with Oleander 4X. At first, he improved, but he has several co-morbidities and soon worsened and became “desperately ill.” He said Trump was following his condition and cleared him to get the monoclonal antibody therapy he’d received, and it worked.

I’m sure we’re all thankful that Dr. Carson is on the mend, but there’s another part of his statement that applies to us all and that deserves to quoted far and wide:

“I am hopeful that we can stop playing politics with medicine and instead combine our efforts and goodwill for the good of all people. While I am blessed to have the best medical care in the world (and I am convinced it saved my life), we must prioritize getting comparable treatments and care to everyone as soon as possible.

There are a number of promising treatments that need to be tested, approved, and distributed (sooner rather than later) so that the economy can be reopened and we can all return to a semblance of normalcy. Also, people should recognize that there are a number of defined steps that legally have to be taken before vaccines are released to the public and trying to cause alarm by saying dangerous shortcuts were taken only serves to stoke fear. Together we will be victorious. God is still in charge.”

Those who keep pushing draconian measures that destroy the economy and people’s lives until a vaccine is developed while spreading politically-motivated suspicion of any vaccine developed under President Trump also keep telling us we must listen to the doctors. Ben Carson is one of the most preeminent doctors in the world. How about listening to him?

57 Years Later

November 24, 2020

Sunday marked the 57th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. For those of us who are old enough to have lived through seeing the assassination of a President unfolding on live television, it will forever be seared into our memories. Not until 9/11 was there such a traumatic moment that affected the entire nation.

That’s one of many reasons why some of us find it so shocking and appalling that loose talk of assassinating a President you don’t like has become commonplace. It’s just one of many examples of how woeful the younger generations’ history education has become.

There have been many distorted conspiracy theories about JFK’s death that have supplanted the real history, and in recent years, they’ve taken a new twist as political partisans have tried to rewrite the truth about that dark day to throw shade on their contemporary political rivals. For instance, on the 50th anniversary, liberal media outlets like the Washington Post tried to link the Tea Party with the “right-wing extremism” of the ‘60s to imply they would have killed JFK if they’d been around back then. I wouldn’t be surprised to find similar attacks on Trump supporters, if I felt like digging through the muck to look for them. So let me just give you a quick history lesson:

For years, Dallas was unfairly painted by the left as a “city of hate” because JFK was killed there. Yes, there were some nasty anti-JFK ads in the local media (imagine that during a campaign year!) But in fact, the streets of Dallas were jammed with hundreds of cheering well-wishers who turned out just to see the President drive past. That’s why the FBI had so many photos to analyze: because there were so many people who came out to get a picture.

Lee Harvey Oswald was not a Dallasite, or even a Texan, and certainly not a right-winger. He was born in New Orleans and had only recently moved to Dallas. He was also a genuine, card-carrying communist who admired Castro and Cuba and had actually defected and lived in the Soviet Union for three years. He hated JFK for his anti-communist policies.

He was also known to be a rude, arrogant, communist loser who couldn’t hold a job and was always arguing with people and getting into fights. I could make an argument that he sounds more like an Antifa member than a Tea Partier or Trump supporter. But I won’t.

The anniversary of the JFK assassination should be a time for reflection on a tragic event that affected the world and all Americans. It should also be a time for reflection on what horrors can take place when people let their political passions overrun their sense of basic human decency.

From Saturday into Sunday morning, there were four killings in Los Angeles, including a 17-year-old boy riding a bicycle. That pushed the total killings this year to 300, and it’s only November. The last time there were that many was in 2009.

City officials are blaming it on the coronavirus, and its attendant economic lockdowns, unemployment and restrictions on city services and interventions.

And I’m sure that is a major factor. However, I notice that the virus is everywhere while the worst spikes in violent crime have come in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Austin that have been run entirely by Democrats for a long time, and whose current leaders are the most far-left in history. It makes me wonder if maybe policies like slashing police budgets, letting all the criminals out of jail, doing away with bail, not prosecuting a wide range of crimes while targeting citizens who defend themselves against criminals, tolerating widespread homelessness, providing sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants and allowing rioters and looters to run amuck might have a little something to do with it, too.

Election Updates

November 24, 2020

Attorney Sidney Powell made a statement to the Wall Street Journal about the report that she was not part of Trump’s campaign legal team, but it still doesn’t clarify exactly what happened. It reads, "I agree with the statement today. I will represent #WeThePeople and seek the Truth. I intend to expose all the fraud and let the chips fall where they may. We will not allow the foundations of this great Republic to be destroyed by abject fraud."

After Georgia certified its vote results, the Trump campaign announced Saturday that it wants a recount that includes signature matching, to insure that the ballots that were counted and recounted are legitimate. Since Biden’s current lead is only 12,670 votes out of more than 5 million cast, or less than 0.5%, Trump has a legal right to request a recount after certification.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has become one of the few prominent GOP political figures to call on President Trump to begin the transition to a Biden Administration.

Fact To Bear In Mind: I’m starting to see op-eds pop up in liberal outlets, praising Al Gore for selflessly putting the good of America first by conceding to George W. Bush in 2000. What they’re not mentioning is that he only did that after exhausting all possible legal options, and the date that he conceded was December 13th. If Trump hasn’t either prevailed or conceded by December 13th (nearly three weeks from now), then you can compare him to Al Gore.

Happy Thanksgiving Week

November 24, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving week, and I hope you don’t live in a state where the government wants to arrest you for buying a turkey that feeds more than six people.

With all the other things in the news, a very important anniversary is not getting the attention it deserves. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims in the New World aboard the Mayflower in 1620. A lot of people are poisoning our children’s minds with lies about their nation’s history and trying to convince them that America was founded on nothing but racism, slavery and genocide. They are an even better argument for home-schooling than COVID-19.

Arkansas Tom Cotton has a terrific article at the link about the importance of this date and the Pilgrims, and the truly great and real American traditions that first appeared in that small colony of people seeking the freedom to express their religious beliefs without fear of government oppression.

John Adams called the Pilgrims’ arrival and their organizing document, the Mayflower Compact, the “birth-day of your nation.” 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.”

No wonder schools don't want kids to be taught that anymore! Read the whole thing. It will remind you of a whole lot of things that all Americans have to be thankful for, and that a lot of people would like us to forget about.

Speaking of 1620, National Review has a great article about an important new book, “1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.” It’s a well-deserved deconstruction of the New York Times’ awful “1619 Project” that falsely recasts America’s founding as being about nothing but enforcing and preserving slavery and that some schools are now teaching as part of their curriculum (see my recommendation of home-schooling, above.)

It didn’t require a multinational voting machine conspiracy to swing votes away from Trump and towards Biden and the Democrats, though it might turn out there was one. There are other ways in which we KNOW some strings were pulled. Some of these were legal; some were not.

Monday on Tucker Carlson’s FOX NEWS show, research psychologist and author Dr. Robert Epstein showed that, after gathering voluminous data on the 2020 election, he can conclude “Google’s search results were strongly biased in favor of liberals and Democrats.” (They did not find this to be the case for Yahoo or Bing.) The bias was shown with almost every demographic group; interestingly, conservatives saw more liberal bias in response to their searches than liberals did.

They also found what Dr. Epstein called a “smoking gun”: over a period of days, the vote reminder on Google’s home page was sent ONLY to liberals. “Not one of our conservative field agents received a vote reminder during those days,” he said.

On the fourth day, they went public with these findings, and Google “backed off,” he said. “They literally shut off that manipulation that night, and so for four days before the election they were showing vote reminders to everyone, finally.”

Apparently it pays to notice such things and bring them to light. Otherwise, social media will go right on doing whatever they want --- and getting away with it.

Dr. Epstein said the manipulations they’ve quantified from this election had the potential to shift at least 6 million votes, easily, “in just one direction,” and you know which direction he means. “That’s the bare minimum of at this point,” he said. It’s also greater than the margin between Biden and Trump. Dr. Epstein said that because they have so much data, they haven’t even begun to estimate the possible maximum effect. Thanks, Google!

Oh, and I should mention that Dr. Epstein is NOT a Trump supporter; he deserves points for objectivity. He’s heard from whistleblowers for over a year that this has gone on at Google for some time, and he's seen leaked videos and documents attesting to it as well. “There’s no question that they set about after the 2016 election to make sure that President Trump...is not re-elected." The data they’ve collected, he said, is consistent with what the whistleblowers and leaks have said for a long time.

How is this done? Dr. Epstein alleged that “Google literally buys candidates and politicians, and my colleagues, my fellow academics, are often bought by Google with large grants...The fact is, if you’re a Democrat or you’re a liberal, you LIKE what Google and, to some extent, these other tech companies are doing. It’s to your advantage.”

The problem, he said, is that we don’t know who Google is going to be supporting tomorrow. On this one point, I beg to differ; the fact that they currently support someone like Biden and the leftist machine behind him and Harris is very much the problem NOW. I hope one day soon he sees that.

He also pointed out that Google works with the Chinese government “to help surveil and control the Chinese population.” When Google first came into existence, its motto was “Don’t be evil.” What happened, Google?

Dr. Epstein is currently seeking funding to continue this research as his group moves to Georgia and monitors the senatorial run-offs. There could hardly be anything more important than that.

Guest Sharyl Attkisson also spoke about Big Tech, how it “moved into the internet in a way we haven’t seen before, in a very overt way in those weeks before the election,” to try to control the “information landscape,” as she described it.

As one example, she said Google announced after the coronavirus hit that they would direct searches to the World Health Organization, which in reality was giving out false information. She also related how, as we got closer to the election, they started “overtly censoring and taking down accounts,” de-platforming people and even media organizations, as they did with the NEW YORK POST Hunter Biden story. And they knew there would be no repercussions.

She didn’t see how to stop this before the Georgia runoffs in January, but said we have “a lot of strong, technical minds" looking for ways in which "information can be disseminated without being curated by these self-appointed parties who have their own conflicts of interest.”

So she's optimistic. “I do think something new will be born of all this,” she said. We shall see; I think we’ve got a big fight ahead, one we MUST fight if we want to take back the control being exerted over us.

And now to Facebook. Ken Blackwell for CNS NEWS has a commentary on how the election was hijacked in what he calls “a masterpiece of electoral larceny involving Big Tech oligarchs, activists, and government officials who prioritize partisanship over patriotism.”

Blackwell says they planned this well in advance and executed it ruthlessly, by exploiting the pandemic and also by going state-by-state and getting laws changed (unconstitutionally) to make it easier to weaken the integrity of the vote.

His piece details the activities of former Obama campaign manager and senior adviser David Plouffe, starting in 2017 when he went to work leading the policy and advocacy initiative of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an organization established by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

Plouffe published a book called –- I am not kidding –- A CITIZEN’S GUIDE FOR DEFEATING DONALD TRUMP. This offered a “roadmap” for a Biden win, turning out voters “block by block” in key Democrat strongholds in swing states.

Guess where these are. The examples Blackwell gives are Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee.

Investigators and attorneys for the nonpartisan Thomas More Society have been “following the money” for 18 months. “Under the pretext of assisting election officials conduct ‘safe and secure’ elections in the age of COVID-19, Blackwell wrote, “Zuckerberg donated $400 million...to non-profit organizations founded and run by left-wing activists.” The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), whose prior yearly budgets averaged less than $1 million per year, got most of it, $350 million. The CTCL distributed these funds to left-leaning counties in battleground states, in large part to those areas identified by Plouffe. Blackwell estimates this level of spending could have translated into hundreds of thousands of votes in Philadelphia alone.

Take a look at the CTCL website. I can't wait to read "Cybersecurity for Election Officials."

Here’s the kicker: Zuckerberg and the CTCL wrote detailed conditions into their grants, including rules for exactly how elections were to be conducted, “down to the number of ballot drop boxes and polling places.”

The lawyers who tried to stop this before Election Day had their lawsuits dismissed because they’d not yet been able to show harm. Of course they hadn't --- the election hadn’t happened yet!

Blackwell’s piece is a must-read, but one caution: You are going to get very, very angry, particularly with Zuckerberg and the other Big Tech billionaires pulling the strings in this world of 2020. And it’s going to make you doubt the election results even more than you already do.

Thank God for our freedom

November 24, 2020

The elections were almost 3 weeks ago and votes are still being counted and ballots are turning up that are just being “found.” American Idol can tabulate 100 million ballots in an hour on a live show, but we can’t get the votes straight in all 50 states in 3 weeks? You know what no one is talking about? Florida. Remember back in 2000 when the national joke was the hanging chads? Let’s give some credit where credit is due. Florida’s governor at the time was Jeb Bush, and to his credit, he realized what a national embarrassment that election was for Florida and he worked with the legislature and county election officials across Florida and created one of the most efficient, safe, and trusted election systems in the nation. On election night this year, Florida quickly and efficiently counted millions of votes across 2 time zones without a bit of controversy and was able to announce undisputed results early in the evening. So the reforms that Florida enacted in the wake of the disastrous 2000 election are a model. If the next President, whether Donald Trump retains the office or Joe Biden is sworn in ought to appoint Jeb Bush to lead a national ballot integrity initiative that will propose ways to regain the trust of the American public that their votes are being counted properly and only the votes of legal and properly registered voters are counted.

If we can’t do that, then we have 2 choices: Either contract the producers of American Idol to do it, or just officially announce that we are no longer a free nation where we elect our leaders, but a dictatorship with make-believe elections to humor the masses, but to ignore their will.

In the meantime, we will observe Thanksgiving this week and there are plenty of turkeys this year! I’m not even talking about the bird, but the elected officials around the country who are telling us not to have Thanksgiving with our families for fear of Covid. I’m very careful about the virus—probably more than you would believe. I wear my mask, wash, sanitize, socially distance, and don’t shake hands, but elbow bump instead. But fear will not be my driving force when it comes to my family at Thanksgiving. It’s especially offensive when the politicians impose on us rules they don’t follow themselves. CA Governor Gavin Newsom issued orders for CA citizens not to eat out, but he did because he thinks he’s better than the little people he orders around. It’s not unlike Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot who prohibited the people of her city from getting haircuts, but she got one because she said she had to make public appearances. Nancy Pelosi also visited a salon without a mask—a salon that was closed to the public was opened up just for her. And just this week, Senator Diane Feinstein was seen going into a hearing room not wearing the magic mask that everyone else in the Capitol is required to wear.

Bottom line—the elections are frustrating enough, but we need to worry about the kind of people who are getting elected and who think it’s their job to tell us how to live, but who ignore the rules imposed on the rest of us.

Maybe the reason some of the elections are so messed up is because the officials running them also think that it’s their job to force us to live in a way they have no intention of living. So, sure, be careful this Thanksgiving, but the purpose of Thanksgiving is to thank God for our freedom. And there’s a reason it’s not celebrated in North Korea or China. And I don’t want to be like them.

When attorney Sidney Powell said last week that she was getting ready to “release the Kracken,” there was no clue that President Trump’s legal team would distance itself from her just days later, as it seemingly has done. So, what does this mean? It depends on who’s talking. One could speculate that Powell’s claims, whether eventually provable or not, might not mesh with the team’s immediate strategy, mostly because of time constraints.

BREITBART quoted a White House source (for what that's worth) as saying “the scope of Powell’s public claims had gone beyond the scope of the evidence they had seen and believed they could prove in court.”

As THE EPOCH TIMES reported, Trump’s personal attorney and head of his re-election effort Rudy Giuliani issued a statement that “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.” It’s not clear from this statement if she ever was a part of Trump’s official team.

Trump himself has sort-of referred to her in that way, listing her among their “lawyers and other representatives.” Even THE EPOCH TIMES’ headline was unclear, describing her as part of “their election legal effort.”

Powell appeared with the team during their big press conference of November 19. Whether or not she was officially a member at that time, it certainly appeared so.

But this “distancing” might be about something else entirely. Michael Flynn, Jr., son of Powell’s looooongtime client Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, aimed to clear it up with a message on Parler, saying, “Cannot confirm yet but I’m confident this has to do w money coming in for legal defense fund [support]. Sidney Powell has her own separate entity 4 legal donations that isn’t in conjunction with the Trump legal team. Frees SP to do her own thing...which will STILL b biblical. Give this the 24 hour rule.”

That’s what we always do. Here’s Flynn later: “Can confirm this parlay...Sidney Powell is free to focus and not be tied to having to vett everything through the campaign.”

Here's how Andrea Widburg in an opinion piece for AMERICAN THINKER dissects the story. (She does believe "epic fraud" took place, but the allegations are so huge that I'm waiting to see what Powell has.)

Powell told NEWSMAX that “we’ve got tons of evidence; it’s so much it’s hard to pull it all together.” Of course, they do have to pull it all together for it to be worth anything. As we’ve cautioned, showing that votes COULD have been changed is not the same as showing they WERE changed.

On Sunday, Michael Steel, spokesperson for Dominion, was interviewed on FOX NEWS, and he told Eric Shawn it was “physically impossible” for the machine to switch votes.

But reportedly, Steel is also a former strategist for John Boehner, Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush, so what’s going on here? This strong opinion piece –- repeat, opinion –- from NOQ REPORT is highly skeptical of his defense of Dominion. I pass it along to you so you’ll have more to go on as we all try to unravel this story.

Incidentally, here’s a story from NBC NEWS about the problems with Dominion voting machines. I know, hard to believe they'd cover that, right? But it’s from 2019, when it was okay for the MSM to report such things.

Moving to another question, since this is civil litigation, what kind of evidence is needed? Mark Levin, on Sunday’s LIFE LIBERTY & LEVIN (which was recorded before the latest on Powell and has little to do with her claims), said filing a civil complaint requires “a reasonable basis in fact and law. Allegations can be made on information and belief.” A motion to dismiss assumes everything in the complaint is true --- interesting --- and then asks if relief can be granted for that complaint.

I would add that, of course, this has to do with what form the “relief” takes. If it means canceling out millions of votes, the complaint would have to be serious indeed.

Levin finds it troubling that some cases brought by Trump’s team have been dismissed when they shouldn’t have been. (Of course, when this happens, the media don’t question it; they just say Trump lost another case.) The threshold should be fairly easy to reach that allows the case to go forward and lets the plaintiffs seek “expedited discovery.” Since time is of the essence, he said, “discovery can be ordered immediately.”

In civil litigation, he said, “unexplained significant deviations from expected results --- mathematical inconsistencies supported by experts --- should be more than sufficient to establish a reasonable basis to file a complaint and justify fast discovery.”

Aha –- we definitely have mathematical inconsistencies, very big ones, supported by experts. This should be enough to advance a civil case. Those who say “there is no evidence” are wrong.

It seems to me that judges, in dismissing these cases, are cutting Trump’s team off at the knees before they can go forward with discovery to gather the evidence they'd need to take to trial. Such rulings prevent the lawyers from fact-finding, and that might be their purpose.

Levin reminds us that the Trump team has collected “hundreds and hundreds” of affidavits, sworn under penalty of perjury (meaning jail, unless you’re on Team Hillary), from “election workers, state officials and civilians."

We also have the question of who makes election laws. The Constitution says state legislatures do this, not governors or state supreme court justices. This distinction will come into play in Pennsylvania, and that’s why Justice Sam Alito ordered Pennsylvania to keep late-arriving ballots separate, pending future rulings.

Dershowitz has maintained this is a strong Supreme Court argument for the Trump team, as well as equal protection, as he said on FOX NEWS. Still, he believes that the strongest case, “if they have the evidence,” is the one about voting machines turning hundreds of thousands of votes.

Recall that in the months before the election, Democrat lawyers such as Marc Elias (of Hillary law firm Perkins Coie) brought over 300 lawsuits to change voting rules in various states, all with the result of making fraud easier if not downright institutionalized. JUDGES made these decisions, when the Constitution says state legislatures are supposed to do it. Some of these changes call into serious question the accuracy of the vote count.

Levin says the legislatures in these states should have issued resolutions early on, stating that THEY had a duty to ensure Article II of the Constitution is upheld, that THEY make the election laws and that THEY declare these judges’ rulings null and void. If they had, they would've headed off all kinds of chaos. But they didn’t.

Powell may have gone “a bridge too far” in her claims, but we shall see. She has a sterling reputation, and her determined, measured handling of the Flynn case makes it hard to believe she’s saying things she can’t back up or isn’t confident she’ll be able to. As I've said, this seems startlingly out of character for her, so much so that we suspected there was something about it we just didn’t know. But now we have an idea what that might be.

Texas still seeing red

November 21, 2020

Another big election story that didn’t pan out was “Texas turning blue.” At the link, “Beto” O’Rourke writes about what Democrats learned from this race and why Texans didn’t fall for what they were selling (my terminology.

As usual with liberals, he misses the point again and again. Whenever the left loses, it’s always because their “messaging” wasn’t effective enough. Having billions of dollars in both paid advertising and free friendly media to promote their economic and social policies just wasn’t enough to overcome the lies of the Republicans playing upon the fears of the poor, uneducated voters (quite a ringing endorsement for public schools, by the way.)

He cites as examples “lies” like “Biden will kill your oil and gas jobs” and “Biden will close down the economy” (two things Biden specifically said he would do, before looking at the polls and backtracking furiously.) He forgot, “Hell, yes,” the Democrats will take away your guns, which is what he famously said. I’m sure that played well in Texas.

He almost came close to getting it right when he said the national party had ignored Texas border districts and were shocked when Trump got such a high percentage of the vote there. But he misreads the reason. It’s not because the Democrats didn’t put in enough ads or outreach or canvassing. It’s because, as always, they assumed racial groups think monolithically, not as individuals. Latinos living along the border are on the front lines of suffering the negative effects of illegal immigration, including drugs and gang violence. Why would they vote for the “open borders/defund the police” party?

You’ve heard the saying, “When you ‘assume,’ you make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me’”? That was part of the Democrats’ problem in Texas. They assumed that all Latinos think alike and their votes belong to the Democrats by divine right. But in Texas, most Latinos are hard-working, God-fearing, law-abiding, church-going, patriotic, pro-family and pro-life. It’s not that they didn’t hear the Democrats’ message, they heard it loud and clear, found it terrifyingly radical, and rejected it. No amount of slick ads could put enough lipstick on the pig the Dems were trying to sell them.

And if you insist on putting people into categories, at least get the category right. Texas Latinos have their own proud heritage dating back to before Texas was a republic. It’s called Tejano, not Latino, and certainly not the annoying PC invention, “Latinx.” The Democrats’ leftist policies went over with them about as well as they did with Cubans in Florida.

One of my writers who lives in suburban Dallas provided a perfect example. He said the person he knows who is most adamantly opposed to illegal immigration is a lady who moved here with her husband from Mexico City. It infuriates her when illegal aliens come to them for jobs in their construction company, assuming she’ll hire them because she’s Mexican. She said she and her husband followed the laws, waited their turn, studied, took tests, paid fees and swore an oath to become Americans. She considers it an affront to her beloved adopted homeland for people to break its laws and demand the same rights they worked so hard to earn. What would the “one-size-fits-all” identity politics left make of her?

While it’s sadly true that the Democrats are making inroads in Texas, many Texans are seeing what allowing them to take over the big cities has led to and are recoiling in horror. Leftists have taken over Austin, and between the homelessness, trash, defunding the police and huge spike in violent crime, they’re turning the city’s motto from “Keep Austin Weird” to “Make Austin Unlivable.” The biggest problem Democrats have in selling their policies is not that their messaging isn’t effective enough; it’s that their policies are disastrous and anything they gain full control over, they destroy. Their biggest opponent isn't Republicans, it's reality.

“Beto” is right about one thing. He said: “People are smart. They smell a focus group-tested message, talking points derived from polls, a campaign driven by consultants, from a mile away.”

But their real problem is that there are also a lot of things about leftwing governance that people can smell from a mile away.

On Friday, we reported that Dominion Voting Systems had backed out of a scheduled meeting with Pennsylvania officials regarding the use of their equipment in the 2020 election and that they appeared to have lawyered-up. As this was a developing story, the plan was to provide a more detailed account on Saturday.

The story is developing more slowly than that.

New details are hard to come by right now. Here’s a local news blurb from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

It seems intended to offer a brief defense of Dominion for not showing up. “Dominion addresses [the software issue] and other questions on its website," it says, "disputing what it says are fraudulent claims. It says it is a nonpartisan, American company, its results are 100 percent auditable, and there were no glitches in its software.”

Well, that’s good enough for me! It’s right there on their website. So why should they bother to attend any hearings and answer any questions, even if they had agreed to do so?

Here’s what they post on their website as of November 17 –- “setting the record straight,” as they put it –- that it seems they’re reluctant to say face-to-face in a Zoom call with state officials questioning their claims.

Anyway, the Harrisburg story continues: “Multiple fact-checkers say there’s no evidence that Dominion Systems switched any votes from Trump to Biden.” Actually, some have gone farther than that, to say definitively that Dominion systems DID NOT switch any votes. But the conclusion that there was no vote-switching is still open to legitimate question. It would be more accurate to say something like, "If there is evidence, it has not been made public."

It is true, at least at this point, that we have NOT seen conclusive evidence that this happened, only statistical anomalies suggestive of it. (Also, note that the specific wording in the Harrisburg story still allows that someone else besides Dominion might have done it.) Let me make it very clear, I am making no accusations about the voting machines or the software or what anyone did; I’m just saying that it’s something that should be looked into, like just about everything else surrounding this chaotic election. The lack of curiosity in the media about these issues and the desire to shut down all questions is amazing.

"The federal agency that oversees election security says the election was secure,” the story also says. Ah, well, I guess that’s that. But this statement conveniently glosses over the problems with that agency’s conclusion.

The agency is CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which was headed by Christopher Krebs until President Trump unceremoniously (as in, by tweet) fired him, after CISA issued a statement saying this election was “the most secure in American history.” As you saw if you visited the Dominion website, the outrageous assertion that got Krebs in hot water is the very one quoted there.

The FEDERAL NEWS NETWORK says “CISA works with the state and local officials who run U.S. elections as well as private companies who supply voting equipment to address cybersecurity and other threats while monitoring balloting and tabulation from a control room at its headquarters near Washington.” What it doesn’t say is that two of those private companies happen to BE Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. And at the time CISA issued their statement, this information was not disclosed.

Again, we haven’t seen evidence that Dominion machines and/or the election software were used to commit voter fraud. It’s also true that we’re not legally entitled to see such evidence before it’s presented in court, so we can’t conclude it doesn’t exist. That applies to the fact-checkers as well; just because they haven’t seen it doesn’t mean there isn’t any. And we sure can’t count on the media to uncover it and show it to us. So right now, we can’t do much more than wait while the attorneys assemble their case.

A sharp political divide

November 21, 2020

There’s seldom been a sharper divide in America over the views of an election. Trump’s people claim he really won in a landslide and was cheated by massive vote fraud. The Democrats and the media brush that off as crazy, unfounded conspiracy talk and irresponsible, un-American rhetoric that undermines faith in a free and fair election.

I’m deliberately not taking a side on issues that I don’t know the truth about. I made my view clear early on, and caught flak for it, in calling on Joe Biden and the Democrats to simply agree to work in a bipartisan fashion to audit the vote to reassure voters that they could trust the results. If there was nothing amiss, then they should be eager to prove it, dispel the suspicions and move on.

Instead, the accusations have devolved lower every day (“You’re crazy!”/”You’re a thief!”), and a new poll shows how corrosive this has already been. A recent Rasmussen survey found that 59% of Americans think mail-in ballots will lead to more voter fraud (that’s 86% of Republicans and even 36% of Democrats.) Now, a new Rasmussen survey of likely voters finds that 61% think Trump should concede to Biden. That includes 84% of Democrats, 59% of Independents and 37% of Republicans.

But here’s the weird part: even though 61% think Trump should concede, 47% think it’s likely Democrats stole votes or destroyed Trump ballots to win, while 50% disagree. That means that not only do nearly half of voters not trust the election results, but as many as 14% apparently believe or suspect the election was stolen, but Trump should concede anyway.

Democrats are rushing to blame this apparent loss of faith in elections on Trump refusing to concede and making wild accusations of fraud and conspiracy. But they’re conveniently overlooking their own part in preparing the ground by spending four years making wild, unsubstantiated claims that the 2016 election was rigged by Russia and that Trump is an “illegitimate” President. They even made a party leader and celebrity out of Stacy Abrams, who has yet to concede her loss in Georgia in 2018. She’s currently leading their drive to win Georgia’s two Senate seats, even as prominent Democrats openly call for liberals to move temporarily to Georgia and commit voter fraud by voting in the runoff.

It’s not healthy for this nation to have so many people start to believe – whether that belief is accurate or not – that they can’t trust our election process. It’s like ignoring a crack in your home’s foundation. Restoring their trust is going to take both parties working to pass bipartisan reform to make our elections more secure. One top priority should be an end to the push to simply mail ballots to every name on unvetted, out-of-date voter lists, which even 39% of Democrats see as an open door to vote fraud. That’s how we treat junk mail, and ballots are not junk.

Unfortunately, as Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko points out, the House is already poised to do the exact opposite if the Democrats win the Senate. They will ram through HR 1, a bill that federalizes election laws to remove most safeguards, including banning voter ID laws and legalizing ballot harvesting. This is why it’s so vital that the Republicans win those Georgia seats so the Senate can put the brakes on incredibly irresponsible bills like these.

Now is the time to tighten election security and reassure Americans that the system works, not undermine their trust even more. Anyone who would fight even the most basic, common sense laws to insure that every vote is secure and legal is signaling a lack of concern for the disenfranchisement of legal voters and prioritizing the pursuit of their own power over the good of the nation.

Dumber than rocks

November 21, 2020

If your kids attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you might be interested to hear what they plan to blow a big chunk of your tuition money on.

School officials want to remove a large black boulder from Observatory Hill after a black campus activist group and a campus newspaper declared it a racist rock (and no, “Racist Rock” is not an old ABC afterschool series.)

Its name since 1926 has been Chamberlin Rock, after geologist and then-campus president Thomas Crowder Chamberlin. But showing that at least someone there is studying history, the activists discovered that in the first half of the last century, such rock formations were sometimes called by the racist name, “'N-word'-heads.” And this rock was once referred to by that term, albeit in quotation marks, in a newspaper article…in 1925.

So of course, it has to be removed because black students might feel oppressed by it. The estimated cost is between $30,000 and $75,000, which would pay for a nice scholarship for a promising black student. But removing the rock that was referred to by a racist name one time 95 years ago is far more urgent.

The removal will require the okay of the Wisconsin Historical Society, which notes that the boulder is a “Pre-Cambrian era glacial erratic that is an iconic representation of Wisconsin glaciation period.” FYI: the Pre-Cambrian period stretched from 4.6 billion years ago to about 541 million years ago. That’s how long the rock had been sitting there minding its own business before anyone decided it was racist and had to go.

The most shocking part of this story isn’t that the school’s administrators are actually planning to blow $75,000 of desperately-needed school funds on removing a rock that’s been there since the dawn of time because someone called it by a racist term 95 years ago. The shocking part is that we pay these people to teach our kids when they are apparently dumber than a box of Pre-Cambrian rocks.

The Party of Science

November 21, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was recently caught attending a birthday party at a restaurant while ordering Californians to cancel their Thanksgiving dinners, ordered a new policy to slow the coronavirus that may be the dumbest one yet. People in counties in the purple infection tier are being put under a stay-at-home curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Think about that. Does the virus really spread more during overnight hours? Isn’t that when you would be least likely to catch it, since hardly anyone is out at that hour anyway? (Comic Flip Wilson once said midnight is the best time to be sneakin’ around, because if you meet anyone, they’re sneakin’, too.) Some say he’s trying to keep from harming businesses by shutting them down during daylight hours, but if the point is to stop the virus, isn’t it more likely to spread when people are out and conducting business than when 98% of them are home in bed anyway? Or is he just trying to keep vampires from catching it?

I think we can add this to “The virus doesn’t spread at BLM protests or Biden celebrations,” Andrew Cuomo’s shutting down only bars that don’t serve what he considers substantial lunch foods, and New York forcing nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients when we eventually construct our Idiotic Coronavirus Responses Hall of Fame.

While the presidential race is spinning into surreal territory, the down ballot races are getting less attention, but they carry serious national implications as well. For instance, there was the “blue wave” that didn’t appear (Republicans were supposed to lose House seats, not retain and flip so many that they came close to retaking the majority, which AOC apparently thought they did.)

Another monumental story that’s been largely overlooked was the election results for state legislatures, where redistricting lines will be drawn that will shape the House for the next decade. Democrats were salivating over grabbing that power, but Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com points out that not only did Democrats not flip a single state legislative chamber, Republicans shocked them by flipping both the House and Senate in New Hampshire. Now Republicans have a huge advantage over redistricting. He wrote:

“Republicans are set to control the redistricting of 188 congressional seats — or 43 percent of the entire House of Representatives. By contrast, Democrats will control the redistricting of, at most, 73 seats, or 17 percent.”

Of course, legislators aren’t supposed to draw districts to their parties’ advantage, but it happens. That’s how we get Congressional districts that look like a chalk outline drawn around a dead centipede. When Republicans do it, it’s called “gerrymandering,” and when Democrats do it, it’s called “fairness.”

Can we pay AOC to stay home?

November 21, 2020

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared that to stop the coronavirus, we need to pay people to stay home until the coronavirus goes away. Except that if everyone stays home and hides from it, then it will never play itself out, as all viruses eventually do (all we’ve done with these draconian lockdowns is delay the spread, not stop it), and we’ll be paying people to stay home and do nothing until there's either an effective vaccine that everyone will take or the economy collapses and the government is $100 trillion in debt.

Still, even though it’s a flawed plan, I will personally agree to pay AOC $25 a week to stay home instead of going to Congress. I’ll bet we could get that even higher with a GoFundMe page.

The most striking thing about Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani’s press conference on Thursday is the immediate dismissal it got from most of the media.

Look at what they were alleging: wholesale election fraud, stealing a presidential election right under our noses in the world’s great democratic superpower, reducing the “shining beacon on a hill” to a mere penlight. There has been nothing like this in the history of our country. The media can’t risk looking at it; they instinctively know that, like looking straight at the sun, it would cause them permanent injury.

But if this is true, it explains a lot of very strange anomalies we’ve seen in the vote.

https://nationalfile.com/election-fraud-expert-michigans-election-results-are-physical-impossibility/

Russell Ramsland, co-owner of Allied Security Operations Group (ASOG), which specializes in election fraud detection, has looked at the Michigan vote and claims it’s a “physical impossibility.” According to a story in NationalFile.com, Ramsland served in the Reagan administration and has worked for both MIT and NASA. His must be one of the thousands of sworn affidavits Giuliani was referring to on Thursday. Ramsland swore he had determined --- no question --- that vote tampering took place in Michigan and that given "significant anomalies and red flags," the results could not possibly have happened otherwise.

He addressed the vulnerabilities of Dominion Voting Systems, saying that experts had already known about these and written about them extensively. He called the system logs essentially “unprotected,” meaning that any alterations to the tabulations would be undetectable. He said anyone with an elementary knowledge of computer systems could “arbitrarily add, modify or remove log entries, causing a log event to take place."

His colleague, Dr. Andrew Appel, described how a hack could easily be accomplished: creating a memory stick and then “7 minutes alone with [the machine] and a screwdriver.”

Here's one red flag: “There are a stunning 3,276 precincts where the presidential votes cast compared to the estimated voters...ranges from 84 percent to 350 percent...[revealing] 431,954 excess ballots.” This is one of the problems Giuliani was talking about. At least 19 townships/precincts have more votes than registered voters, some WAY more.

The biggest red flag is those “spikes” that Giuliani also mentioned. The spikes are “strongly indicative of a manual adjustment, either by the operator of the system...or by outside actors.” This is what convinced Ramsland that a crime did occur. “In the data are 4 spikes totaling 384,733 ballots allegedly processed in a combined interval of only 2 hours and 38 minutes. This is physically impossible given the available equipment at the 4 reference locations.”

However, other computer security experts have disputed Ramsland’s qualifications as an election systems expert and say he’s promoted vote fraud claims before without producing evidence. He has also claimed that vote tallies were uploaded to a database outside the US controlled by a company called Scytl. Both Scytl and Dominion denied that, with Dominion saying it would be illegal under US election law for Scytl to control votes cast and tabulated in the US.

Ramsland also allegedly made an error in an affidavit filed by Lin Wood in his Georgia case, confusing some districts in Minnesota for Michigan districts.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/do-trumps-lawyers-know-what-they-are-doing.php

These kinds of mistakes, disputes and conflicts can’t be in a legal filing when you’re asking a court or legislature to throw out thousands of votes. Just because something COULD have happened, or seemed to happen doesn’t, in itself, prove that it DID change the outcome of the election. Anecdotal or statistical anomalies aren’t enough; you need solid evidence.  Besides, how do you prove alterations were made by the thousands, perhaps millions, if the experts say they’re “undetectable”? The thought of making such a case, especially to people whose natural reactions range from dismissive to hostile to murderous, is daunting. Powell and her team have just a few days to build their case and have it heard, and it will have to be ironclad to get anyone to hear it.

Alan Dershowitz thinks the effort might be worth it in Pennsylvania.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/alan-dershowitz-says-trump-has-chance-prevail-constitutional-legal

That’s why Tucker Carlson’s remarks about Powell not coming on his show Thursday evening might have been misplaced.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-rudy-giuliani-sidney-powell-election-fraud

He understandably wants to see the proof, we ALL NEED to see the proof, but the clock is ticking and she’s got work to do. Tucker said he would’ve given her the whole hour, even the whole week, but I’m thinking maybe she doesn’t have that kind of time. Just because she doesn’t show her hand doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a good one and is saving it for court. Keeping it close to the vest is likely her strategy.

Giuliani did go on HANNITY Thursday night for one segment, talking about coordination among ten Democrat-controlled cities. If that’s the case they’re planning to make in the next week or two, they’ve got their work cut out for them. That does sound like conspiracy theory if you don't have hard evidence. But John Solomon claims to have some, from prominent mathematician Steven Miller.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/mathematics-prof-says-sworn-statement-many-56000-gop-ballots-pa-may-be

Those in media who reflexively say there’s “no evidence” need to look at some of that. (Force yourselves.) But for now, what we have is bits and pieces in multiple states, so we might feel like the blind men trying to describe an elephant.

The point is, we need to give Powell and her team a few precious days. Lack of time is the main challenge that legal expert Jonathan Turley says they have. What’s really critical is not what Powell says tonight on TV but the case she presents in a courtroom, before a judge --- or, it's hoped, a panel of justices.

If it turns out she was just blowing smoke –- which would be highly out of character for her –- THEN she deserves criticism from all sides. Goodness, her career and reputation will be ruined if she’s doing that, and she knows it.

Powell, Giuliani and their team are already enduring vicious criticism and threats of violence from Trump’s wacko adversaries. It got so bad for one Trump attorney in Philadelphia that she was placed under protection and allowed by the judge to withdraw from the case.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/lawyer-representing-trump-in-pennsylvania-placed-under-protection-after-threats-of-harm_3585988.html

Linda Kerns wrote on November 16 that she'd “been subjected to continuous harassment in the form of abusive emails, phone calls, physical and economic threats, and even accusations of treason --- all for representing the President of the United States’ campaign in this litigation.”

As we've reported, the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, which has hundreds of thousands of social media followers, has suggested that people target Trump attorneys, and to my knowledge neither Joe “the unifier” Biden nor any other Democrat leaders have denounced them. They bullied the law firm Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur into withdrawing from the Philly case. Kerns is the attorney who took over the case, and now SHE has withdrawn as well. This is an attempt to deprive Trump of legal representation.  It's also mob rule.

So let’s give Trump’s legal team some space while they put their case together, as is their right. They’ve got enough to deal with and an almost superhuman deadline. But when it's completed, it will have to be built as solid as a tank if they expect it to go anywhere.

Not going away

November 19, 2020

Our elite classes in government and media seem to believe that if they can only vanquish Trump, they will reign triumphant once again and cement themselves into power forevermore. First of all, even if he loses, Trump's not going away. Second, they have never seemed to grasp that Trump wasn’t the cause of their rejection by the public, he was a symptom of it. He even told Biden in the debates that if he and Obama hadn’t done such a terrible job, there’s no way he ever would have been elected President, and that’s probably true.

In this Twitter thread, Richard Fernandez tries once again to tell them that the people’s loss of faith in their leaders’ competence dated back well before the 2016 election. This isn’t news to me, since I wrote an entire book about how out of touch with America our coastal and DC elites were before Trump even entered politics:

Fernandez warns that more woke virtual signaling at the “deplorables” is not going to convince anyone that our self-proclaimed elites are competent again (based on Biden’s vow to reverse every Trump policy that led to a booming economy, record job creation, energy independence, cheap gas and peace in the Middle East, I think competence is the last thing a Biden Administration would be known for.)

Mark Judge at The Stream has a great suggestion for journalists: get a menial job. Take a few months to go work in a restaurant, hardware store, coal mine, factory, construction site, nursing home or anyplace where working class Americans put in a hard day, sweating for their paychecks.

Maybe if journalists actually meet some of the “flyover” people they constantly talk down to, they’ll learn a few things about them. Like that they’re not racists, they’re not obsessed with politics, and they love America and think it’s working just fine. They want to keep the money they earn instead of giving it to politicians in taxes to redistribute to their pet projects and people who won’t work. They hate bullies who try to tell them what they’re allowed to say and think, and they don’t want to be lectured about ridiculous things that defy common sense, like that a man can become a woman or that illegal immigration is not a problem. I would add that they’d also learn that working class people are not stupid or “low-information voters;” in fact, they are in many ways smarter and far more accomplished than most of the desk jockeys with useless college degrees who mock them.

Also, they might learn the most devastating realization of all: that many Americans view the elite journalist class as a bunch of over-privileged narcissists and “whiny, entitled, half-educated mediocrities.”

Some New York Sheriffs announced that they will not enforce Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on family Thanksgiving dinners. They say it’s unconstitutional and wouldn’t stand up in court anyway. One said he doesn’t see how it’s in the public good to devote police resources to counting cars in people’s driveways and investigating how much turkey and dressing they bought. Personally, if I were ordered to be on the lookout for big turkeys, I’d head straight to the Governor’s Mansion.

And in a somewhat related story, the Washington Free Beacon reports that 644 New Yorkers have died of COVID-19 since the day Gov. Cuomo released his self-congratulatory book about how brilliantly he'd handled the crisis.

Overall, New York's latest COVID-19 death toll stands at 33,540, over twice as many as second-place Texas, which has nearly 10 million more people. Incidentally, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also wrote a book, "Broken But Unbowed," but it's about both his battle to overcome an accident that left him paralyzed and restoring American greatness by bringing the government back to obeying the Constitution.

I think I'm starting to see why so many people are moving out of New York to go to Texas.

Snopes.com does it again

November 19, 2020

This week, I discovered that the “fact-checking” site Snopes.com had done a piece on my Open Letter to Joe Biden. As usual with these pieces, it was filled with arguable leftwing talking points presented as indisputable facts, while it misrepresented what I wrote. But on the whole, it didn’t really attack my piece too much, because frankly, I don’t think there was anything to attack in it on a factual basis, and I stand by it. Their purported reason for running it was to verify that I actually did write it, since people were posting it on social media without links to the original site in my newsletter.

Here’s a piece of their introduction, with my corrections in parentheses, to show you how “objective” these so-called “fact-checkers” are:

“In the aftermath of the Nov. 3, 2020 U.S. election and Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s projected victory (only by the media, which has no authority to declare a winner), defeated incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump (the election has not been settled so calling Trump a “defeated incumbent” is inaccurate), along with some of his allies and his supporters, promoted unfounded and often easily-debunked allegations and conspiracy theories about electoral fraud playing a telling role in the outcome of the election (while some stories have proved incorrect, there are many such claims which have yet to be “debunked” or proven as “conspiracy theories,” and the jury is still out on whether there was sufficient fraud to have affected the election outcome), which they disputed more than a week after Biden was declared the winner (Biden has not been declared the winner, the stories began appearing as soon as the next day after the election, and Trump declared that he had actually won – also a disputed claim – on Thursday after the election, which is two days, not more than a week.)

Would you like me to drop by Snopes HQ and explain to your “fact-checkers” what a fact is?

Snopes also claimed that my letter included several “dubious,” later debunked claims of suspicious vote activity that I haven't changed. I made it clear there and in subsequent writings that I only report that these claims are being made, I don’t endorse their veracity. I’m not a leftist, so I’m not going to go back and rewrite old news stories. Besides, those claims have already been supplanted by countless others. But whether they eventually prove true or not, the salient “fact” to my article was that they did exist and need to be addressed because they affect the public's attitude toward their government.

The point of the letter was obviously not to endorse every claim of vote chicanery but to appeal to Biden (and by extension, his fellow Democrats) to join in calling for a full and transparent investigation to assure Americans that the vote was honest. Did they not just put us through a two-year, $40 million investigation of their claims of Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign in the last election? And now we know for sure: there wasn’t any. I warned Biden in good faith that even if he prevailed, he would suffer the taint of suspicion by millions of Americans, just as Trump did, if the Democrats refuse to cooperate and keep putting up stonewalls and telling suspicious voters that they’re crazy and to shut up. That’s not good for him, and it’s not good for America as a whole.

There are certain things you learn from a decades-long career in politics that maybe a twentysomething Internet “fact-checker” doesn’t know. One is that once a politician loses the public trust, it’s very hard to win it back. Unlike Google, political leaders don’t have a monopoly. They can’t violate the public trust and sail blithely on, assuming there’s nobody else people can turn to.

And even if you have Google, most of the news media and all of social media on your side to censor any criticism or suspicion of you, you still can’t stop people from thinking it. Not even the most repressive communist regimes, where the government and military terrified people into voicing fake love for Dear Leader, could manage that.

Conservative humorist P.J. O’Rourke used to visit countries behind the Iron Curtain, and he wrote that the first thing oppressed people did when they discovered he was an American was to take him aside privately and tell him the latest jokes about what a corrupt, incompetent bunch of clowns their government masters were. If that’s what you want, then keep telling people they’re not allowed to question their leaders or voice their suspicions of wrongdoing by them

I’ll leave you with one more quote from Snopes that’s actually accurate:

“The main point of the letter appeared to be to ask Biden to ‘put partisanship and political ambition aside and join President Trump in demanding an impartial investigation into the very disturbing allegations of voter irregularities and fraud in Tuesday’s election.’”

Well, they got me there! I actually did call on a politician to put partisanship aside and work across the aisle to reassure voters that the election was honest. The HORROR!!!

Last week, Georgia attorney Lin Wood, who represented Richard Jewell and Nicholas Sandmann, was “100 percent” confident that Joe Biden would not become President. This week, to express how certain he is relative to last week, he says he’s “105 percent.”

Wood spent all day Sunday with Trump attorney Sidney Powell, assisting in an unofficial capacity, and said Monday in a NEWSMAX interview with Howie Carr that Powell and Rudy Giuliani really do have the “smoking guns” (plural) that show Trump won re-election. As we’ve reported, Powell has said her team will release evidence that overturns the results in multiple states because of software used by Dominion Voting Systems that switched “millions of votes.” Wood is convinced.

He said that “when you boil it down, it simply amounts to the fact that the United States of America was relying on voting machines that were subject to manipulation.”

This is a separate issue from the lawsuit Wood filed against the secretary of state in Georgia; that one has to do with the counting of mail-in ballots.

"I’ve seen sworn affidavits, I’ve seen sworn video statements,” he said. “I think that Rudy and Sidney have done a magnificent job in a short period of time of piecing together a solid legal case on what was intended to be a complicated scheme of fraud as it relates to the voting machines.”

Of course, this needs to happen very quickly, but Wood is confident that it will. “Things are going to be rapidly developing over the course of the next few days,” he said, because the evidence of the computer voting fraud is mounting daily.”

Like me, he sounds very old-school about what we need to do in future elections: “We might want to go back to the days where we fill in a hand ballot, sign it, and let people count it, ‘cause when you open the door to these types of computers, you’re opening the door for people to manipulate, hack, and to defraud people, and that’s exactly what was done here.”

"There’s no doubt in my mind about it,” he said, describing a process that spans several countries and tracks “ultimately to the software company SGO Smartmatic, whose software went into a number of voting machines, almost exclusively used in the Dominion machine. The information was then processed through Scytl –-that’s where the manipulations occurred in the software that [were] reported out to a company called Clarity. Clarity was reporting out real-time numbers for people watching it on TV.” He explained this is why viewers might have seen the Republican side go down 560 votes and the Democrat up 560. “It was pure and simple computer manipulation of the voting totals,” he said.

Wood's own lawsuit in Georgia claims the vote there is “null and void” because the secretary of state “changed the substantive rules of the election.” (I would add that this is what the Pennsylvania governor and state supreme court also did.) That would mean the Georgia legislature needs to meet and select its electors as required under the 12th Amendment and direct them on how to cast their votes. Wood believes the President will be elected through the Electoral College, “but it’ll be based on state legislators determining the will of the state.”

"The rest of the Georgia election has got to be thrown out,” he said, calling for a re-vote on all the down-ballot races. “Everything was infected by the computer and the absentee ballot fraud."

They need to “get busy” to make that happen in January, he said. They can do it then instead of having a run-off, he suggested, because the run-off is now illegitimate, the product of an illegitimate general election.

Wood can speak only for Georgia, but he thought there would have to be “some determination by the state legislatures” as to how much confidence they have in their election results. They might choose to certify, or else they’ll have to do a re-vote like Georgia.

"It’s gonna take some time,” he said, “but the time will be well spent. Because I don’t believe any objective, fair-minded citizen wants to be represented by individuals who are elected based on fraud by buying an election. They want people to be elected by their legitimate, valid votes. If it takes a little time, it takes a little time.”

We can go ahead and deal with the presidency in the Electoral College on December 14, he said; that’s what the Constitution mandates and gives us the mechanism for in the 12th Amendment. When Carr mentioned the potential problem of Republican state legislators not wanting to interfere with the election returns (perhaps even if there is fraud), Wood said he hadn't heard their specific concerns and couldn’t really comment, but he added that they "have a duty under their oath of office to uphold the laws of the state, and I’m sure the laws of the United States. And if they’re aware of a fraudulent election, they have a legal, and moral, and ethical obligation to act on it. You cannot ignore fraud.”

Wood thinks most of the down-ballot vote was legitimate; “they were concentrating on key senate races,” he said, “and...on the presidency. That’s where they put in the computer algorithms, and that’s certainly where they went in late at night, created any number of hundreds of thousands of paper ballots --- many of which, in some key jurisdictions, were only votes for Biden.”

He mentioned another unusual thing about “an extremely large number” of the paper ballots –- all the circles made to mark votes were perfect.

"This election is so fraught with fraud that anybody, no matter whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you ought to stand up and say we’re not gonna tolerate it.” In America, he said, “we have the right to vote, we have the right to have our vote count, and we do not have to tolerate people manipulating and putting in a fraudulent election simply because of their agenda. And that’s what happened here.”

He went on to point fingers and noted that it’s not the first time this has happened. The video of the full interview is here.

Incidentally, we found something quite interesting about Smartmatic; it appears there might be a connection between that company and Kamala Harris's spouse. We'll explore this further. In the meantime, have a look.

Now is the time for the President's lawyers to produce this evidence for the American people, otherwise they sound no better than Congressman Schiff and Congressman Nadler when they promised a Russian - Trump campaign conspiracy around every corner.

A FELONY

A reminder to all the Californians and other out-of-staters who are talking about moving to Georgia temporarily, just so they can vote in the runoff and steal the two crucial Senate seats for the Democrats: it’s illegal. Claiming you’re becoming a resident of Georgia just to vote in an election when you’re only there temporarily is a felony punishable by a $100,000 fine and up to 10 years in state prison. So either way, you’d better be planning to stay a while in Georgia.

DEPLATFORMED

The web hosting site WordPress/Automaticc seems to be looking with envy at Facebook and Twitter. It just deplatformed the popular blog The Conservative Treehouse, ordering them to find another host.

When pressed for a reason, WordPress/Automaticc issued a vague statement saying that TCT had consistently violated their terms of service on prohibited ads and calls to violence. The site’s creators reply that in 10 years, they have never been told they were violating any terms of service and have never advocated violence. They say they will move to a new platform.

I would say that if I had a lot of money, this would be a great time to launch a new webhosting platform, social media site or women’s magazine that didn’t think of itself as a leftist propaganda organ first and a for-profit business second.

WAGE GROWTH

Along with cheap gas, standing up to China and peace in the Middle East, here’s something else you’ll never see again if Biden gets into the White House: wage growth.

A study by the Foundation for Economic Education found that despite the left’s claims of stagnant wages and the economy leaving the working class behind, wages soared under Trump. From 2002 to 2015, there was no growth in wages, adjusted for inflation. But between 2016 and 2019, real median income grew by nearly $6,000 to $68,703 a year. In 2018 alone, the median household income rose by $4400, more than in the previous 20 years combined. By comparison, “in 2016, real median household income was $62,898, just $257 above its level in 1999.”

The two major factors fueling this explosive wage growth were Trump’s deregulation push and the corporate tax cut, two things Biden has vowed to reverse immediately.

But I’m sure he won’t send any mean tweets, so it’ll be worth it, right?...

WAPO: ABOLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

The editors of the Washington Post think it’s time to get rid of the Electoral College because too many people in non-urbanized states still have a say over who their leaders are going to be, and that should only be decided by people like the editors of WaPo and the swells they attend cocktail parties with. I paraphrase, but that’s the gist.

THE MEDIA WILL IGNORE THIS

News That Absolutely Nobody in Government or the Media Will Pay Attention To: Even as some officials are ordering new lockdowns and canceling Thanksgiving and Christmas, the New England Journal of Medicine published a joint study of the spread of COVID-19 by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Naval Medical Research Center. It involved 1,843 young, healthy Marine volunteers and took place on a Marine campus tightly controlled by the military.

The recruits were tested and put through a 14-day quarantine to insure they were not infected at the start. They were then put through rigorously-enforced prevention measures, including wearing double-cloth masks at all times except when sleeping and eating, washing their hands, maintaining 6 feet of distance, using bathrooms and dining facilities regularly sanitized with bleach, avoiding personal electronics and other items prone to surface virus transmission, taking classes and exercise outdoors, undergoing daily temperature checks and more. Their instructors were also restricted to campus and put under similar precautions.

Result: Despite all those precautions, after two weeks, there were 51 infections among the 1,843 recruits, a 2.8% infection rate. Interestingly, there were fewer infections among a control group that didn’t follow all the strict measures (26 out of 1554, or a 1.7% infection rate.) It’s speculated that overuse of masks in the first group increased infections because of recruits touching them more and viruses growing in masks that are worn too long.

The full report can be accessed via this link, but because it’s pretty dry science reading, I’m linking to a summary of it by historian and science blogger Robert Zimmerman.

Aside from providing scientific evidence that the virus, like all viruses, is going to spread no matter what we do, the study also notes that almost all the infected recruits were asymptomatic and wouldn’t have known they had it if they hadn’t been tested constantly. Again showing that the disease is not a death sentence for younger, healthy people, who are still being forced to follow all the economy-, job- and freedom-destroying mandates that this study suggests are pointless and might even make matters worse.

A PERFECT RESPONSE

The Rev. Franklin Graham had a perfect response to Jake Tapper’s claim that “Christmas is not gonna be possible this year” because of the coronavirus.

I don’t really expect a lot of people in the media these days to understand Christians or Christianity, but did they not at least learn as kids from the Grinch TV special that Christmas is not something that comes from a store, Christmas means a (whole lot) more?

CNN FOR SALE?

I mentioned recently the rumors about CNN possibly coming up for sale if they don’t have Donald Trump to badmouth 24/7. Here’s some more background on that possibility, including that their parent company has $150 billion in debt and needs to cut costs and unload losing businesses. My suggestion is that Trump buy it in a clearance sale and rename it “Trump TV.”

PROPHETIC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be under the impression that the Democrats lost their majority in the House.

Unlike some conservatives, I’m not going to make fun of her. I’ll just congratulate her on her ability to see two years into the future.

A NEW "SQUAD"

We have far too many people in America today, and even in government, who have been miseducated into believing in socialism. Fortunately, we’ll have some new Republican House members in January forming their own “Squad” of immigrants and children of immigrants from socialist nations who know only too well how toxic it is.

One of them is Victoria Spartz, who grew up in Soviet-dominated Ukraine and who was just elected in Indiana’s 5th District. Here’s a great interview she gave Monday to Fox & Friends, expressing her concerns about the rising embrace of socialism in America by people who don’t understand what it really is and what it leads to. As she ominously put it, “I was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore, for good reason.”

HUCK'S HERO

We could all use a non-political Huck’s Hero story right now, to give us some inspiration. So how about a big salute to Chris Nikic?

Born with Down syndrome, he had to undergo painful operations, and was once too weak to swim a single lap. But with determination and his dad helping train him to pursue his dreams, Chris just entered the Guinness Book of World Records. He’s the first person with Down syndrome ever to finish the Ironman Triathlon. He swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran just over 26 miles in 16 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds. Learn more about this extraordinary young man at the link.

To everyone who has been suspicious of Pfizer’s delay in announcing their new vaccine –- waiting until six days after the election although they reportedly knew in October –- and even telling Biden’s people about it first, here’s some information about a Biden-Pfizer connection that might go a long way towards explaining that.

It’s in a report about a “charity” –- I’m very sorry to have to use the quotes around that word, but I think I do –- called the Biden Cancer Initiative, which, incidentally, gave out ZERO grants and spent ZERO money on cancer research.

(By the way, the DAILY CALLER story I linked to above falsely refers to Biden as “President-elect,” while the NEWSMAX story correctly does not. Just giving credit where credit is due, and that would be to NEWSMAX.)

In the NEW YORK POST’s report on this same story, there’s a lovely two-shot at the top of the page, showing Joe Biden on the right and a man named Greg Simon on the left. It’s from 2016, and at that time, Simon was the executive in charge of Obama’s “Cancer Moonshot Task Force.” That was shortly before this healthcare lobbyist went to work for the Biden organization, where he did very well for himself. Simon was paid $429,850 in fiscal 2018, and that was almost twice what he made the first year of their operation for fiscal 2017. The Biden Cancer Initiative spent most of its donations on salaries and, let me stress, gave out NO research grants.

When asked about this, Simon defended it, saying the main point of the charity was not to give out grants (!) --- that its goal was to find ways to accelerate treatment for all, regardless of their economic or cultural backgrounds. Oh, I see, he’s saying its goal centered around identity politics and “access” to treatment, not fighting cancer per se.

Simon might want to look at the stated goals of the organization, which are to “develop and drive implementation of solutions to implement progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.” That last thing, “reduce disparities in cancer outcomes,” refers to the more identity-politics aspect, but what about the “research” and all those other goals? Are they just there to implement the implementation? I’ll bet people who donated to the Biden Cancer Initiative thought their money was going to fund research grants.

Anyway, here’s how this possibly ties into Pfizer choosing to delay its announcement until after the election: Greg Simon is a former top executive for...drum roll, please...Pfizer Inc.

Pfizer took federal money to be part of President Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” and create a vaccine as soon as humanly possible, and then when it said it had one, initially even denied it was part of that project. Later, this had to be corrected.

Incidentally, NEWSMAX pointed out that Joe Biden’s tweet congratulating “the brilliant women and men who produced this breakthrough” and “the frontline workers who are still confronting the virus around the clock” failed to give any credit whatsoever to President Trump. The goal is no doubt to have President Trump written out of the narrative entirely. I apologize if it turns out that Biden has thanked the President elsewhere, but if he has, I haven’t seen it.

But back to the main point. Now, I hesitate to criticize something called the “Biden Cancer Initiative,” especially since it reportedly was inspired by the death of Joe Biden’s son Beau from brain cancer and because it has also been reported that Simon himself is a cancer survivor.

But one doesn't have to look very far to see how political Biden’s “charity” was. Millions taken in, millions paid out in salaries and travel expenses, with absolutely no money given out in grants. The man in charge, a “longtime healthcare lobbyist” as described in the NEW YORK POST, making close to half a million dollars in one fiscal year.

Greg Simon goes way back with the Democrat Party. He was chief domestic policy adviser to Al Gore from 1993 to 1997. A blurb from Wikipedia describes him as “an American political aide who supported Joe Biden and Al Gore. His private sector work is concentrated in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and telecommunications sectors.” He was on the Obama-Biden transition team and then joined Pfizer as a senior vice president in charge of policy and patient advocacy.

When we looked him up on Wikipedia, we saw to our great interest that his page had last been edited on November 15, 2020 (just the night before). That in itself doesn’t tell us anything, but it does make us wonder what might have been changed.

According to Techonomy.com, Simon was also the lead staffer for the Clinton-Gore administration for the development and passage of the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996 as well as development of the National and Global Information Infrastructure. (Hey, maybe he helped Al Gore invent the internet!) Before joining Pfizer, he represented Gore on the National Economic Council, helped negotiate the U.S.-Russia agreement on the International Space Station, and oversaw a number of key programs etc. etc.

Would it surprise ANYONE that in the weeks leading up to the Trump-Biden election, a company that had just developed a vaccine effective against COVID -19 –- with money from President Trump’s initiative –- might have delayed announcing it until six days after the election? Especially if someone very tightly connected with this company was a highly political supporter of the Democrat Party and, specifically, Biden for President?

Anyone at all?

As we reported yesterday, the CEO of competing pharmaceutical company Moderna, which has just announced a vaccine of its own that's proven in stage-3 trials to be 94.5 percent effective (Pfizer’s was 90 percent), specifically thanked Operation Warp Speed.

I can’t help but wonder if the announcement of a vaccine BEFORE the election might have garnered Trump some thankful votes, for the fulfillment of a major promise. (That’s Trump: “Promises made...promises kept!”) I certainly get the impression that some associated with Pfizer assumed it might.

We’ll never know, but recall the recent survey that said 36 percent of Biden voters didn’t know about his and Hunter’s business dealings with China before the election, and if they had, 13 percent of them (4.6 percent of Biden’s total) said they wouldn’t have voted for him. That's enough to change the outcome.

This is why the media try so hard to control the narrative, and why we have to do everything possible to stop them.

Another computer “glitch” has been discovered that reversed the results of an election, this time in Connecticut. Republican state Rep. Craig Fishbein was actually the winner, not his Democrat challenger Jim Jinks.

This is just a local race with a small amount of votes, and it was corrected, but it carries great significance. It shows that unreliable voting software is not isolated to just one state, and we don’t know if there are others that just haven’t been caught. It shows that it can result in races being awarded to the person who didn’t really get the most votes. And the factor that hardly anyone is talking about other than statisticians: what are the odds that a “random computer glitch” would always result in votes being taken away from the Republican and given to the Democrat?

If I ever hear of one of these corrections that results in a Republican mistakenly being named the winner, I’ll be sure to make it the lead-off story since it will be a perfect example of the “Man bites dog” theory of what makes something newsworthy.