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The International Institute for Strategic Studies just completed a two-year assessment of the cybercapabilities of 15 nations, and they believe that China has been exaggerating its power and is at least a decade behind the US.

https://www.westernjournal.com/new-study-finds-china-fooling-world-exaggerating-true-power/

The study ranked nations in three tiers, and the US was the only one that ranked in the top tier with “world-leading strength” in all categories. The second tier of nations with world-leading strength in some categories included China, Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Russia and the UK. The third tier of nations had strengths or potential strengths in some categories but significant weaknesses in others. It included India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, North Korea and Vietnam. For more details of those categories and which strengths and weaknesses different nations had, click the link above.

The study warned that since the early 2000s, China has been engaging in “industrial-scale espionage” to acquire cyber technology and is likely to catch up to the US by 2030. So this report offers no reasons to get complacent and every reason to shore up our cyber defenses and not trust China. We also have no reason to get complacent about the non-cyber capabilities of China when it’s engaged in an aggressive military build-up while our military leaders seem more concerned with promoting transgender rights, driving patriotic conservatives (who are traditionally the backbone of the military) out of the ranks, and planning how to defend America from its #1 threat: straight, white Trump voters.

I told you about the laughable claim by the White House that Republicans are to blame for defunding police. It’s more like an I.Q. test than a legitimate political statement. Nobody in his right mind could believe that Republicans slashed the police budgets in cities that, in some cases, haven’t been run by Republicans since Jean Harlow was America’s #1 sex symbol.

But more of them are picking up that hilarious claim, so just for the record, let me explain what it’s based on.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/06/28/wh-official-doubles-down-on-gop-defund-police-lie-but-it-blows-up-in-their-faces-n404043

Since no Congressional Republican backed Biden’s “American Rescue Plan,” they claim that means Republicans voted against cities getting needed funds during the pandemic to keep their police departments running.

The facts: Republicans opposed that bill because it was a giant, deficit-fueled slush fund that forced taxpayers to bail out blue states and cities for the costs of decades of corrupt policies, like unsustainable pension benefits in exchange for unions helping reelect Democrats. There was nothing in that bill that said any portion of the money would specifically go to keep police departments funded. In fact, before it was even proposed, blue city leaders were already slashing police budgets, whether they needed to for budgetary reasons or not, and they’ve continued doing it ever since.

Breitbart News correspondent Charlie Spierling did a text search and found that in the entire 242-page bill, the words “police” and “law enforcement” never appeared once.

If that’s not enough to shatter the narrative, on the very day the Biden White House staff tried to blame Republicans for defunding police, the city council of Oakland, California, voted to slash the police budget by millions despite a surging crime wave.

News flash: Republicans do NOT run Oakland, California.

Mark this day on your calendar: the media have finally started to realize that Democrats sometimes lie! The Washington Post fact-checker gave President Biden 4 Pinocchios for the string of blatant whoppers he came out with in promoting his latest gun control proposals.

https://www.westernjournal.com/washington-post-slaps-biden-4-pinocchios-lie-second-amendment/

Biden declared, “The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own. You couldn’t buy a cannon.”

WaPo said the cannon claim had been debunked during the campaign and they have no idea why he’s still repeating it (maybe he just forgot, the way he keeps repeating the "very fine people" hoax about Trump.) There’s no evidence that the Founders ever banned Americans from owning cannons. In fact, the Constitution gives Congress the power to allow private citizens to act as pirates on behalf of the US against nations at war with it, and if they’re pirates, surely they can own cannons. Parrots, too.

Other experts told the Post that absolutely everything in Biden’s statement is incorrect: there were no federal or state limits on the kinds of guns that citizens could own. And certainly, the Second Amendment doesn’t limit gun rights; it protects them.

I guess they didn’t bother checking his claims that guns are to blame for skyrocketing crime in Democrat cities that have defunded the police, or that more gun control will solve that problem, or it would have been six Pinocchios.

So far this year alone, there are over 42,000 cases of serious crimes in New York City, including murder, rape, robbery, burglary, felony assault, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. Many of these remain unsolved, as do many of the thousands of backlogged cases from before 2021.

And yet, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has squandered years of effort and public resources endlessly investigating former President Trump and his companies, without any evidence that he committed any crimes, other than beating Hillary Clinton in 2016 and not being a liberal Democrat. They even went all the way to the Supreme Court to get authorization to seize his tax records. And now, it appears that Vance’s Javert-like pursuit of his political nemesis is about to come to a stunning anti-climax.

Vance recently indicated that he was considering criminal charges against the Trump Organization, which got a LOT of headlines. So last week, Trump attorney Ronald Fischetti held a meeting with Vance’s team to find out what these alleged charges are. Do they involve the much-ballyhooed accusations made by Stormy Daniels or former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen?

No. Fischetti claims Vance’s team told him that the first indictments would not be against Trump, and they have no immediate plans to charge him. Instead, they plan to charge a small number of Trump company executives with failing to pay taxes on some perks and benefits, such as company cars. It’s such common small potatoes that tax attorneys told the New York Times that they couldn’t think of any company ever being charged over it.

Fischetti told Politico, “We asked, ‘Is there anything else?’ They said, ‘No.’ It’s crazy that that’s all they had…It’s like the Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ This is so small that I can’t believe I’m going to have to try a case like this.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/28/trump-lawyer-manhattan-da-wont-charge-496768

It doesn’t surprise me that they got nothin’. They can abuse their office by harassing a citizen, but at the end of the day, they still have to come up with actual evidence of a crime (and by the way, you're supposed to have a solid reason to suspect a specific crime first; in America, investigations aren't supposed to be fishing trips.)

Vance’s team told Fischetti, “Our investigation is ongoing.” Which I’m sure it is: having wasted this much of the taxpayers’ money on a wild Trump hunt, they’re not giving up easily. Besides, they have to keep up the hopes of Trump haters and fans of politicized lawfare that if they hunt long enough, they’ll find something – anything! – to pin on Trump.

If those folks read my newsletter instead of the New York Times, they would have been better prepared for this. I’ve been saying for years that Trump must have massive tax returns filed by platoons of CPAs and tax attorneys and signed by a robo-pen. They have this fantasy of him staying up late on April 15th, sweating over his 1040 form and trying to hide criminal activity in it. The fact that the IRS examined those forms every year and never brought charges didn’t dissuade them from this delusion that his tax forms contain a smoking gun. Obviously, they know as little about how billionaires file their taxes as they do about the economy, policing, responsible public service, or just about anything you’d expect mature adults to grasp.

Dealing With Biden

June 29, 2021

Last week, I told you that a group of Senate Republicans had agreed with President Biden on a compromise infrastructure bill. It cut the $2.3 trillion that Biden wanted to spend down to a bare-bones $1.2 trillion. Well, I barely had time to send that story before Biden undid it all by announcing that he wouldn’t sign the bill unless it was part of a “reconciliation” package that included all the government-bloating, big spending schemes that he’d just agreed to cut to get the Republicans to sign on.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-scrambles-recover-blunder-tries-walk-back-big-threat/

With the Republicans screaming that they’d been duped, Biden (or more likely, his panicked staffers) issued a statement on Saturday walking back Biden’s most recent statement. It said that in no way did his statement that if the other spending didn’t come along with the compromise bill, “I’m not signing. Real simple,” mean that he wouldn’t sign it. The statement read, “My comments also created the impression that I was issuing a veto threat on the very plan I had just agreed to, which was certainly not my intent.”

It’s not known whether that reassurance will be enough to lure Republicans back into the trap a second time. Will Biden’s current assurance that he’ll abide by the deal last longer than the 2-3 hours that his previous assurance lasted? According to my source, which is more reliable than the White House’s word, “Reply hazy, ask again later.”

If you have kids in school, you might want to bookmark this:

https://reason.com/volokh/2021/06/26/kendi-and-reynolds-stamped-racism-antiracism-and-you-a-remix-a-partial-list-of-errors/

Schools pushing racist Critical Race Theory on students often rely on a book called “Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You, a Remix” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi, which is a simplified version of Kendi’s book, “Stamped from the Beginning.” Those who criticize it are accused of being ignorant and simply not understanding what CRT really is.

Well, if you think it’s a Marxist-derived school of dividing the races and pitting them against each other by teaching kids that they are either victims or oppressors based on their skin color, then you know what CRT is. But if school administrators start pulling out their academic credentials to claim that they know what’s true better than a bunch of ignorant parents, you can pull this article out and pelt them with quotes from it.

Prof. David Bernstein of George Mason University lists what I’m sure are just a small sample of the blatant historical errors and distortions that the book makes in attempting to convince us that America is and always has been irredeemably racist. They range from assertions unsupported by facts (a black women’s group was “racist” for opposing misogynistic gangsta rap lyrics) to easily-refuted factual errors (too many to list, but for instance, unemployment didn’t “skyrocket” during the Reagan years; Clarence Thomas didn’t get into fancy schools because he was a conservative activist; Mumia Abu Jamal was not a “political prisoner” but a convicted cop killer; and Charles Krauthammer did not coin the term “crack baby.”)

It’s one thing to claim your critics are just too dumb to comprehend your brilliant theory, but when that theory is based on a lot of easily-refuted historical falsehoods, then it has no business being taught in schools, even if it weren’t a toxic, divisive, racist, Marxist pile of horse droppings.

No Sense of Humor

June 29, 2021

The rise of cancel culture has been a curse for comedians, who are terrified that one joke that offends someone might end their careers, and these days, every joke, no matter how innocuous, offends somebody. This has also destroyed late night comedy shows, which have become smug recitations of DNC talking points, designed to elicit approving applause from the woke studio audience instead of actual laughter.

The only people who’ve remained immune to this toxicity are conservatives like me, who don’t care what a handful of humorless crybullies on Twitter say. Some others include Greg Gutfeld, Steven Crowder, and of course, the brilliant satire site, the Babylon Bee. They are bravely and hilariously doing the job that liberal comedians used to do back when they were funny: using exaggeration to point out the hypocrisy and absurdity of the humorless establishment in power (which is currently leftist Democrats.)

But one persistent trait of today’s leftists is that while they love to mock conservatives, they have ZERO sense of humor about themselves. They also have no self-awareness, and they’re utterly terrified of having anyone laugh at them, for the same reason that the Spanish Inquisition, the Soviet Union, the Iranian Mullahs and other tyrannical regimes down through history have always tried to quash humor.

That’s why Facebook and its “fact-checkers” have been trying so hard to convince us that the Babylon Bee is rightwing “misinformation” hiding behind satire, so they can censor it. Check out Facebook’s new “guidelines” on satire and tell me they weren’t crafted out of a slurry of bias and double-talk specifically to prevent anyone from sharing Babylon Bee stories that make fun of ridiculous leftist positions.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2021/06/25/the-morning-briefing-humorless-democrat-marxists-are-terrified-of-the-babylon-bee-n1456900

Let’s be clear: nobody with a functioning brain seriously believes that the Babylon Bee is trying to make you believe its stories are real. Just like the Onion, back in the days when liberals were funny, they take an inconvenient truth about the left (and sometimes the right) and spin it humorously to illustrate the absurdity of that position.

For instance, does anyone really believe the headline, “Nation starts stocking up on F-15s after Biden says you’ll need them to overthrow the government” is literally true? If so, get your head, or your sense of humor, examined.

https://babylonbee.com/news/nation-starts-stocking-up-on-f-15s-after-biden-says-youll-need-them-to-overthrow-the-government

And news flash, Facebook: this is NOT an actual documentary (it is hilarious, though):

https://babylonbee.com/news/motorcycle-that-identifies-as-bicycle-sets-world-cycling-record

I suppose the Bee should take the attempts to silence them as a compliment. When people who are that terrified of being laughed at are that desperate to censor your comedy, you know you are squarely over the target (I apologize if that phrase triggers anyone. Also if the word “trigger” triggers anyone. It’s impossible to write jokes these days faster than they become reality.)

https://notthebee.com/article/the-phrase-trigger-warning-is-now-triggering-according-to-this-ridiculous-chart-from-brandeis-university

Saturday in Wellington, Ohio, former President Trump drew a massive crowd for his return to live rallies, this time under the banner of “Save America.” He was in classic form. Sharyl Attkisson has a good roundup of quotes, photos, clips and stats about the size of the crowd and the online viewing audience (more than 2.2 million.)

https://sharylattkisson.com/2021/06/watch-hes-baaaack-more-than-2-2-million-watch-trump-rally-in-wellington-ohio-online/

Despite the mainstream media’s efforts to silence and censor Trump and his supporters, it appears that enthusiasm for his message has not diminished. And while some outlets refused to cover it, if you want to see the entire speech, it’s available on the YouTube alternative, Rumble. Move ahead to around the 46:00 mark for his arrival.

https://rumble.com/vj2p7j-live-president-donald-j-trump-in-wellington-oh.html