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I usually don’t spend too much time on political developments in other nations because Americans aren’t that interested. But the replacement of Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years as Prime Minister of Israel is not an Israeli news item, it’s a story that affects the entire world.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/netanyahu-goes-scorched-earth-in-last-speech-swipes-at-biden-administration-over-iran

After a 60-59 vote in the Parliament, Netanyahu was replaced by Naftali Bennett, who is backed by a fractious coalition ranging from Israel hawks to Islamic Arabs. The major concern with a coalition that covers the entire spectrum of left to right is whether there can be consensus without capitulation on critical issues such as sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and building on the Abraham Accords.

Netanyahu has been the focus of Israel haters worldwide because there has never been so tough, eloquent or resolute a defender of Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself from those who aim to eradicate it. The elites who are always pushing Israel to compromise more never explain how you can compromise with people who want to kill every Jew. By letting them kill half the Jews?

In a strong outgoing speech, Netanyahu said that Iran is "celebrating" his loss because "they understand that starting today, there will be a weak and unstable government that will align with the dictates of the international community." He also revealed that he had privately warned President Biden that his attempts to reinstate the Obama Iran nuke deal would pave the way “for Iran to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons with international legitimacy." He even compared Biden’s blindness to the consequences to FDR’s tragic failure to bomb the train tracks leading to Auschwitz when he had a chance in 1944.

He also predicted that he will soon be back. I hope it’s not under similar circumstances to Winston Churchill’s replacement of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain after a period when he was out of government. He came back because Britain’s leaders tried to appease the Nazis and ended up needing a tough, resolute leader to win World War II.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been a personal friend of mine for many years, and I’m not sure the people of Israel fully appreciate his statecraft that has led to unprecedented peace, prosperity, and security not just for Israel, but for the entire Middle East. It will take years for the new leadership to develop the depth of relationships that Netanyahu had fostered over his 12 consecutive years and 15 total.

Having said that, Israel is where it is because of God, not any one man or political party. I’ve also known Naftali Bennett for over 10 years and have high hopes that he will use his very significant executive skills to keep Israel stable and secure. I hope all my Christian friends will join me as we “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are taking a barrage of bile from leftists for refusing to agree to do away with the Senate filibuster. They’re accused of “blocking democracy,” because “democracy” means using a single tie-breaking vote to force a radical partisan agenda down the throats of half of America that wants nothing to do with it. I don’t think this word “democracy” means what they think it means.

But it’s possible that, as is often the case, the screeching leftist Twitter mob is just fooling itself and doesn’t comprehend reality. That reality is that there are other Democrat Senators who also don’t want to lose the filibuster.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/06/10/dems-melting-down-because-its-not-just-manchin-and-sinema-objecting-n394858

They may or may not support the radical agenda, but they know it’s a bad move to kill the filibuster to try to ram it through and infuriate voters. That’s a surefire way to lose Congress to the Republicans and then find themselves in the role of powerless minority. Unlike “progressives,” they have the ability to think beyond their next move and consider the consequences of their actions.

Those other Senators aren’t speaking up because why bring the mob’s attacks on themselves when Manchin and Sinema are taking all the flak for them? But that doesn’t mean that if those two cave, there would be 50 votes to kill the filibuster.

Meanwhile, Manchin shows no signs of caving. In fact, his latest pronouncement is almost guaranteed to make the leftists’ heads explode like watermelons at a Gallagher performance.

https://www.westernjournal.com/moderate-democrat-pledges-uphold-hyde-amendment-bans-use-federal-funds-abortion/

Manchin no doubt understands what the hysterics on Twitter don’t: he’s from a heavily red state, and if the Dems threaten him too much, he could switch to the GOP and not only get reelected but return the Senate majority to the Republicans. So they might want to think twice before calling him nasty names. If they tick him off enough, he could crush their power-mad dreams in a nanosecond.

A One Day Difference

By Mike Huckabee

President Biden has largely dismissed and denigrated President Trump’s vaccine distribution plan and taken credit for having enough vaccinations for all Americans by the end of last month. But an analysis by the America First Policy Institute found that not only did Biden’s vaccine distribution closely mirror Trump’s, but the Trump plan would have produced the same number of vaccinations by June 1. That means all of Biden’s efforts made a difference of precisely one day.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/bidens-heralded-vaccine-goal-just-one-day-ahead-of-trumps-criticized-plan

President Biden is in Europe, looking for new ways to lead from behind, project weakness and fumble words. At least, if those are his goals, he’s doing a tremendous job. I don’t know what was the most cringe-worthy moment of his G-7 press conference: the part where he confused Syria with Libya, or the part where he said he wouldn’t have a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, defensively claiming that “this is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference…” That’s practically an admission that you do see it as a contest and you know you’d lose.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-g7-us-russia-help-people-libya-syria

Now, try to imagine Trump being afraid to appear on stage with Putin. The write-up at Redstate.com was even more brutal.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/06/13/joe-bidens-g7-presser-was-an-absolute-train-wreck-on-the-world-stage-n395956

Then there was the blowback over Biden’s seeming acceptance of Putin’s call to exchange Russian cybercriminals if the US would hand over people in America who are wanted by Russia (the trick part: that latter group aren’t necessarily criminals.) That sent Biden’s aides rushing to mop up his mess.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/06/14/biden-gets-played-by-putin-and-adviser-has-to-clean-up-the-mess-n396264

You know the President is projecting more weakness than a solar-powered flashlight at midnight when it’s hardly even worth mentioning his comments about not being allowed to take questions from non-pre-approved reporters because he’s already made that excuse so many times in the past.

These foreign trips that put American leaders on a world stage can either enhance their standing or signal to our enemies that we have weak and ineffective leadership, so it’s safe to get aggressive. God help us because if Kamala Harris’ trips south of the border (but never actually TO the border) have shown her to be painfully Not Ready for Prime Time, Biden’s trip to Europe is flashing the message “Long Past His Shelf Date” like a neon sign.

Meanwhile, whenever Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview, you can’t take what he says at face value. But it can be interesting to hear what he says and the way he says it, to try to figure out the angle he’s playing. For instance, going into a meeting with President Biden, Putin praised his hated predecessor Trump as an “extraordinary, talented individual” and said that Biden is “radically different,” and belittled him as “a career man, he has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics."

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2021/06/11/putin_trump_an_extraordinary_individual_talented_individual_biden_is_a_career_man_in_politics.html#!

That’s a great example of playing head games to throw off your opponent. It’s also interesting to see how long Putin can string along a reporter who’s bluntly asking him if he’s a killer, dismissing it as nonsense and fake news but somehow never specifically denying it.

Inflation Hits

June 14, 2021

Inflation is already starting to be felt by Americans. This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the consumer price index jumped again in May, bringing the inflation rate over the past year up to 5%, the biggest jump since 2008. Economists had been expecting it to reach 4.7%.

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/money/us-department-of-labor-reports-largest-1-year-consumer-price-index-increase-since-2008-money/77-3d054451-1d89-40cb-a7e0-2c7f2da3a969

Inflation is essentially a tax that hits the poor and middle class the hardest because it makes everything you buy more expensive. People who were already worrying about how to cover the bills will now have to stretch the food budget a little further or try to cut down on driving (you might have especially noticed the leap in gas prices since Joe Biden became President and declared war on the domestic fossil fuel industry.)

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and the Fed assure us that this is just a temporary price spike caused by pent-up demand and reduced supply, due to the pandemic coming to an end. And that might be part of it. But inflation also happens when you flood the economy with dollars by running the printing press 24/7, like trying to stimulate the economy with trillions and trillions of dollars the government doesn’t actually have. The more of anything that exists, the less it's worth, and that’s true of dollars as well.

During the election, Biden infamously declared, “Milton Friedman isn’t running the show anymore.” Since becoming President, Biden has doubled down on his defiance of the Nobel Prize-winning free market economics icon, just as he’s defied reality on a number of other fronts, from border security to energy. But as I predicted even before he took office, his biggest opponent would not be the Republicans, it would be reality.

Simply declaring that Friedman’s wisdom about how money works (and has always worked and always will work) no longer applies and that America can now print money out of thin air and hand it out to everyone without creating hyperinflation and crashing the economy, won’t make it so.

I fear that Biden’s arrogant defiance of the unalterable facts of economics that Milton Friedman so brilliantly explained will prove as foolish as defying the old, dead, white guy Sir Isaac Newton and his outmoded ideas about gravity by leaping off a 20-story building. I also fear that the US economy will suffer the same fate.

The economists at Deutsche Bank are also not convinced that Joe Biden has rewritten the laws of economics and can flood the country with paper money without reducing the value of the dollar until we’re using them as toilet paper because it will be cheaper than buying actual toilet paper.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/09/deutsche-bank-issues-a-terrifying-warning-for-america-under-biden-n1453388

Day Off

June 14, 2021

We’re reaching peak “cancel culture” in which people are so afraid of offending someone that they cancel literally everything and find themselves living in a blank void. It just happened in New Jerseys’ Randolph Township.

https://www.fox5ny.com/news/new-jersey-school-district-removes-names-of-all-holidays-from-school-calendar

About 100 people showed up at the Board of Education meeting Thursday to protest the board’s decision to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples Day.” So, missing the point entirely, the board decided it would be best not to offend anyone who feels slighted by calendar dates that reference a person, holiday, or ethnic group. One member said, "If we don't have anything on the calendar, we don't have to have anyone be hurt feelings or anything like that."

So the board voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the calendar, and those where there is no school, such as Thanksgiving, are just called “Day off.”

If the idea was to not offend anyone, they achieved the opposite. The meeting ended with the crowd shouting at them, and one incredulous man demanding, “What just happened?! What did you just do?!”

They just inched along a little further the “progressive” goal of destroying everything that Americans have in common and that brings us together. First, no genders. Then no history or common culture. Now, no holidays. But I refuse to knuckle under to this insanity, so let me be the first to wish our readers in New Jersey a merry day off and a happy new day off. And let me also wish those of you in Randolph Township a new board of education.

Before this week is over, I want to draw your attention to two major stories that, to their shame, the biased media have barely mentioned, if at all. The fact that you’ve heard something like them before, and the media have covered them up before, doesn't make the latest cover-ups any less appalling.

The first is the leak of private taxpayer data from the IRS by the left-leaning group ProPublica.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/media/larry-kudlow-investigation-irs-leaks-urgent-immediate

As Larry Kudlow points out at the link, it’s very convenient that this was leaked just as a leftwing, “tax the rich” campaign is gearing up. Yes, I get that we’re all curious to find out how much income tax these wealthy people paid (although it’s misleading, since many don’t live off of straight taxable income), and it’s fun to rant and rage if you think they aren’t paying enough.

But that’s not the real outrage here. What you should be furious about is that someone in the IRS, the government agency entrusted with the most personal information that the government forces citizens to share – their income, what they spend it on, medical expenses, etc. – leaked that private information for partisan purposes. Echoing the days when the IRS tampered with the 2012 elections by targeting and denying nonprofit status to Tea Party groups, this is an example of someone in one of the most powerful government agencies, with the power to intrude into every aspect of our lives, weaponizing that power for partisan purposes.

(And while we’re at it, hats off to Bryan Preston at PJ Media for asking: if these IRS records were hacked, then why haven’t social media platforms banned ProPublica? Twitter cut off the New York Post for reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop on grounds that they don’t allow hacked material to be distributed, but that laptop wasn’t even hacked; it was left at a repair shop until it became the owner’s property.)

There should be an immediate Congressional investigation to find out who committed this unconscionable leak so that they can be fired and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, to serve as an example to others. I know it’s easy to say, “Who cares about those rich guys?” Well, the Tea Party organizers weren’t rich. They were just average Americans trying to have a say in their government. If the IRS can abuse its power to harm billionaires and working class conservatives alike, then nobody is safe until they’re brought to heel.


Biased Media Ignores Latest Hunter Biden Laptop Revelations

By Mike Huckabee

The other major story that liberal media outlets covered this week like a blanket covers a stained sheet was the latest toxic leakage from Hunter Biden’s laptop. The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN all dutifully ignored revelations by the Daily Mail of Hunter’s emails in which he repeatedly called his white lawyer by the “n-word.”

https://nypost.com/2021/06/10/mainstream-media-ignores-lewd-hunter-biden-n-word-texts-to-his-lawyer/

While that story is the juiciest (or would be, if the media covered racism on their own side), these stories are arguably more important:

The New York Post reported that even though Joe Biden claimed to know nothing about his son’s foreign business deals, the then-Vice President attended a dinner at Café Milano on April 16, 2015, where he met Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakhstani business associates of Hunter’s. The Washington Post tried to debunk that, but the writer of the New York Post piece hit back pretty hard.

https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2021/06/08/washington-post-fact-checker-joe-biden-just-stopped-by-hunter-biden-dinner/

Emails from Hunter Biden's laptop show he was instrumental in setting up a consulting deal between Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that was paying him big bucks, and two Democratic consultants who are currently under investigation for violating foreign lobbying laws.

https://freebeacon.com/democrats/hunter-biden-facilitated-deal-for-democratic-consultants-now-under-federal-investigation/

And just prior to the 2016 election, the former Ukrainian prosecutor told the Obama State Department that a lobbying firm linked to Hunter Biden and Burisma had pitched him that they could get him access to high levels of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, when it was assumed she’d be the next US President.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/blue-star-strategies-burisma-hunter-biden-ukraine-prosecutor-access-clinton-campaign-obama-official

You can find more details on all these corruption stories at the links. And here, Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media asks us to imagine the nuclear-level media reaction if any of these stories had involved Donald Trump’s kids.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2021/06/09/the-morning-briefing-lets-play-a-game-of-if-hunters-last-name-were-trump-n1453024

 

Republican Senators are finally starting to demand answers from the Justice Department as to why unarmed Trump-supporting protesters arrested over the January 6th Capitol violence are getting not just the book but the whole bookcase thrown at them. That includes reports of them being jailed in solitary confinement like Hannibal Lechter for up to 23 hours a day before being tried, which even Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the ACLU are condemning.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/aclu-capitol-rioters-in-solitary-confinement

The Senators pointed out that this is in stark contrast to the treatment of far-left BLM and Antifa protesters, who were repeatedly arrested for rioting, looting and violent assaults on cops, citizens and government buildings, and then released the same day to go do it again.

Sen. Chuck Grassley said something that should be embroidered onto samplers and hung in every office of the Biden DOJ: “The law must be applied equally without regard to party, power or privilege. When the Department of Justice treats similar criminal acts differently, such conduct erodes faith in our governmental institutions and the law.”

I don’t know much more erosion our government institutions can take before the foundations crack.

In its latest Orwellian move, the Biden Department of “Justice” is trying to prevent three Christian colleges and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities from intervening to defend themselves in a lawsuit challenging the religious exemption to Title IX protections of LGBTQ students. The DOJ claimed in the filing that it could “vigorously defend” the constitutionality of the exemption. But the next day, they amended the filing to read “adequately defend.” And by “adequately,” they actually mean “inadequately,” like a boxer who throws the fight.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/10/you-didnt-really-expect-the-biden-doj-to-defend-religious-freedom-did-you-n1453484

Biden is already on record as being hostile to religious freedom protections and for kowtowing to the radical LGBTQ lobby. The idea that his DOJ would protect those freedoms on behalf of Christian colleges, and that they shouldn’t even be allowed to have a say in their own defense, sounds like something out of a banana republic where the defense attorney is also the prosecutor.

Related: In a VIP article that’s unfortunately behind a paywall at PJMedia.com, Tyler O’Neil warns Evangelical Christians that Burger King has jumped on the “Pride Month” float. All this month, 40 cents from the sale of every CkKing chicken sandwich will be donated to the LGBTQ activist group, the Human Rights Campaign.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/08/burger-king-to-evangelical-christians-we-dont-want-your-business-n1453007

O’Neil points out that the HRC supports the Democrats’ “Equality Act” that would gut the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and is partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center in its campaign to defame conservative Christian nonprofits like the Alliance Defending Freedom as anti-gay “hate groups.” So every chicken sandwich Christians buy at Burger King this month will fund a group that wants to take away their rights.

Say, you know who has the best chicken sandwich? Popeyes.