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Atlanta: Midnight Takedown

August 15, 2023

Last weekend, Governor Mike Huckabee opened his weekly TV variety show with an unusual topic that now seems oddly prescient. Newly returned from Israel, the governor displayed the fresh carbon from an archeological “dig” in the city of David, hard by the ancient walls of Jerusalem. It was eloquent testimony to the ferocity of the Roman assault under Titus in AD 70, an early holocaust that destroyed the Temple, sacked the city and may have killed a million Jews.

Most people assumed such ugliness had been consigned to the ashcans of history – until the Russian assault on Ukraine in 2022 showed that history is still very much alive. But haven’t we also outgrown our own Civil War, virtue-claiming politicians relocating its monuments to safer places where our few remaining sensibilities won’t be offended? Few of them appear to have read George Santayana, another dead white male no longer studied in our colleges and universities, “Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.” But, hey man, what did he know?

I thought of those ancient generals and their modern counterparts around midnight last evening when the breathless and clearly thrilled-with-herself Attorney General of Fulton County, Georgia announced the latest indictments of Donald Trump and his growing list of co-defendants. After proudly reading their names and specifications, she made the obligatory point that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty – barely suppressing a wink to the worshipful crowd of reporters taking down her every word. Over at MSNBC –where I worked for ten years until overtaken by shame and loathing – Rachel Maddow made a rare return to preside over the usual giggles and guffaws. Wasn’t it just terrific, they snickered, that Donald Trump had finally gotten his come-uppance? That he was finally paying the long overdue price for his many lies and distortions? The consuming irony was their special guest, Hillary Clinton! 

That midnight take-down of Donald Trump inevitably recalled the other half of the equation, the one involving Joe and Hunter Biden, the Sweetheart Deal and its author, David Weiss, US Attorney for Delaware, lately appointed Special Counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland. Now Mr. Biden might not be the quickest one off the mark when it comes to keeping track of the Maui Wildfire Disaster (“Huh?”) but he has an exquisite sense of whatever it takes to protect him and his oldest son.

For example, my colleague Charles Lipson succinctly summarized the principal questions concerning Mr. Weiss, whose office…

“Slow-walked the criminal investigation for years, allowed the statute of limitations to expire on key charges, let Hunter Biden escape from taxes he owed on foreign income…avoided prosecuting Hunter for failing to register as foreign agent despite clear evidence, and told IRS investigators they would not pursue any leads, however credible, that might lead to “the Big Guy” Joe Biden.” With magnificent irony, Professor Lipson concludes, “they have not pursued those leads. Those are fundamental failures, and we need to know why they happened.”

https://thespectator.com/topic/hunter-biden-special-counsel-david-weiss-investigating-probe/

Although voting for him twice, I hold no brief for Donald Trump, who clearly has a lot of explaining to do. But every day seems to provide more evidence backing up his frequent assertions about interference with the election of 2024. Although each defendant must shield himself against the charges brought against him, the government has an equally grave responsibility to prove that it comes into court “with clean hands.” Thus far, the array of charges assembled against Mr. Trump suggests precisely the opposite: a strategically-orchestrated effort to establish double, triple and now quadruple sets of charges, either to bankrupt him or to effectively remove him from the presidential race. And that is saying nothing about the lifetime penalties facing Mr. Trump should he be convicted of any or all of those felonies.

For me, this amounts to what is now referred to as ‘the two-tiered system of justice’; many other Americans may feel the same way, especially when accompanied by the systematic stonewalling of the Biden DOJ. But it is important to recall that we also have a ‘two-tiered system of media,’ routinely distorting every issue. Congressman Joaquin Castro, for example, is lauded by San Antonio’s leftist media munchkins each time he attacks Governor Greg Abbott’s  heroic efforts to stem illegal immigration. https://www.breitbart.com/border/2023/08/07/texas-democrat-rep-decries-abbotts-use-of-razor-wire-same-used-by-bidens-ports-of-entry/

But the growing likelihood of civil conflict arising from the 2024 election may well be the most embarrassing omission of the once “objective media” – and quite possibly a fatal one.

 

Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Allard is a former draftee, member of the West Point faculty, Dean of the National War College and NBC News military analyst.

 

 

 

As you know, the January 6 Kangaroo Kommittee headed by Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompon has acknowledged it “failed to preserve” (translation:  destroyed) massive amounts of evidence from their so-called investigation.  Victoria Taft at PJ MEDIA says this evidence has “gone the way of certain Secret Service call records, the Capitol Hill pipe bomber’s identity, the ID of the White House cocaine addict, and Hillary Clinton’s bleach bit emails.”

If these documents are unattainable, that means they’re useless for Trump’s defense.  (Can you say “obstruction of justice”?)  This fact was not lost on Trump, who has called for his J6 indictment to be immediately withdrawn.  Of course, it won’t be.

TWO TERABYTES of information are gone.  Without getting too technical, that is one titanic boatload of information.  And it has sunk like the Titanic.

It’s so unretrievable, it may as well be somewhere in President Biden’s cerebral cortex.

The committee says it wasn’t required to keep it, but that is one more lie.  And why WOULDN’T they keep it, if it supported their claims?  Judging by the way they’ve sicced the legal system on Trump over the documents issue, we think they should be held to a much higher standard themselves.  Victoria Taft concludes, “Because so many of these types of incidents have taken place...the Democrats no longer get the benefit of the doubt.  They have earned suspicion, antipathy, and hisses from the American people.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2023/08/13/unthinkable-j6-committee-accused-of-destroying-key-intelligence-documents-about-capitol-riot-n1718831

Meanwhile, EPOCH TV has examined tens of thousands of hours of security video from the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and is gradually filling in gaps in our knowledge.  To their everlasting credit, this is actual investigative reporting.  Watching the thin line of Capitol police trying to control this crowd, which was already growing and gaining steam while Trump was speaking some distance away, should make anyone wonder, “WHY WEREN’T THE NATIONAL GUARD THERE??”  That’s what former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has been wondering for going-on three years.

We’ll have analysis later in the week, including new mysteries about people in the crowd behaving strangely.  Who was the woman in the pink beret?

https://www.theepochtimes.com/epochtv/the-capitol-hill-tapes-5452868

 


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Maui Fires

The known death toll from the devastating fires on Maui reached 93 over the weekend, and hundreds of people are still missing. It’s become the deadliest wildfire in the US in the past century. The burn is now about 85% controlled, but the damage is severe. I urge you to continue to pray for the victims, and if you can help, to please make a donation to Samaritan’s Purse, which is coordinating with local churches to get aid to victims ASAP.

http://www.samaritanspurse.org

President Biden is getting backlash for his seemingly uncaring “No comment” when asked about the fire while vacationing on the beach.

https://twitchy.com/samj/2023/08/14/john-hayward-bidens-comments-on-hawaii-death-toll-n2386264

The fires are still burning, but the finger-pointing and blame have already begun. A local couple is suing four power companies for leaving electric lines energized during a high fire risk warning, blaming them for sparking the fires.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/hawaiian-couple-sues-power-companies-lahaina-destruction-historic-maui-wildfires

And of course, the “let no crisis go to waste” crowd is blaming the fires on “climate change.” But Clay Trauernicht, a professor and environmental management expert at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is throwing cold water on that claim. He’s been warning for years that the decline of agriculture has led to over a million acres of land on the islands being covered with unmanaged, nonnative grasslands that turn into a big buildup of highly flammable fire fuel during dry spells.

In short, the destruction isn’t caused by human intervention via man-made “climate change,” but by the lack of human intervention via intelligent land management.

https://www.westernjournal.com/expert-tells-climate-alarmists-pump-brakes-maui-fire-narrative-published-warning-years-ago-predicting/


The next round of partisan indictments

I don’t like to comment on stories until they actually happen, because you never know if leaks and predictions are going to pan out. But just in case, and to help you brace for it, here’s a story about the next round of ridiculous partisan indictments against Donald Trump and his associates from Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutor and rabid Trump hater, Fani Willis.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/08/fulton-county-prosecutors-have-messages-connecting-trumps-legal/

Willis didn’t have jurisdiction to bring charges over actions taken in Coffee County, so she’s reportedly planning to twist and abuse the RICO Act, aimed at putting away mob bosses, to turn Trump's making a phone call and Republicans examining voting machines into federal racketeering charges. It’s a good thing Atlanta has no real crime to deal with, which has freed up over a year of her time to waste the taxpayers’ money on this snipe hunt.

Out of curiosity, when will we see all the RICO Act indictments against every Democrat who ever made a phone call telling someone to “find more votes” in a close election? I’d be willing to bet that would apply in literally every close election of the past 50 years.

Flashback: A reminder from last February, this is the foreperson of the Fulton County grand jury.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2023/02/23/bat-guano-crazy-georgia-grand-jury-foreman-is-apparently-also-a-witch-n1673061


A clear-eyed view of Dr. Fauci

Just in case anyone still has a shrine to Dr. Fauci with one of his bobblehead dolls in it, maybe this will open their eyes:

The watchdog group OpenTheBooks just released about 1500 unredacted pandemic era records showing that the leaders of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, including Dr. Fauci (already the highest-paid “public servant” in DC), made over $325 million in profits off of COVID-19. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and former NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci “got 58 royalty payments for allowing companies to use their COVID-19 vaccines, which in return (were) developed with funding from U.S. taxpayers by private pharmaceutical firms.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/saraharnold/2023/08/13/records-reveal-fauci-made-over-300-million-from-the-covid-pandemic-n2626948

OpenTheBooks had to use the Freedom of Information Act to force the government to divulge this. Also, Dr. Fauci promised to donate his royalties to charity. According to this source, there is no evidence that he did.


Pro-LGBTQ propaganda

The Mars candy company is facing calls from conservatives for a Bud Light-style boycott over their new packaging that takes the Skittles’ slogan “Taste the Rainbow” way too far. The new bags for Skittles depict cartoon children playing on a skateboard ramp covered with graffiti that reads “Joy is Resistance” and “Black Trans Lives Matter.” This is part of their “limited edition 2023 Pride packs” designed by LGBTQ artists, with $1 of every sale going to GLAAD to “support and increase visibility for the LGBTQ+ community.” Really, is that the LGBTQ+ community’s big problem: they’re not visible enough?

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/skittles-packaging-calling-boycott-budweiser-treatment

A lot of parents think that it’s even less healthy to let small kids swallow leftist political and gender propaganda than to let them eat Skittles. Some critics also pointed out that to access the company’s website, you can have verify that you’re over 13, due to the fact that young children are too immature and susceptible to advertising so they must be protected from undue influence. You can sell them pro-LGBTQ propaganda, but not candy.


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A Blue city competition to be the worst

Sadly, there are a number of blue cities plagued by crime, homelessness, filth, poverty, drugs and other symptoms of generations of Democrat rule, and voters have yet to connect the dots between (1.) “Horrendous living conditions” and (2.) “How we vote.” But in the competition to illustrate just how bad letting the left run things can get, San Francisco is finding some creative new ways to pull ahead of Chicago and Portland.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/08/13/announcement-concerning-pelosi-federal-building-in-san-francisco-explains-big-problem-with-dems-n792144

Nick Arama at Redstate.com reminds us of San Francisco’s many problems that have caused residents and stores to flee, adds two new ones. First, it’s now more lucrative to be a drug dealer than a senior software engineer at Google. The base pay for the Google position is $211,000 a year, while successful drug pushers in the open-air drug trade in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods are making $350,000+.

In fact, President Biden could cite that as fulfilling a campaign promise. Many of the dealers are Honduran illegal migrants who send so much money back home that it’s fueling a housing boom in parts of Honduras. Biden said he wanted to combat illegal immigration by improving infrastructure in Central America, and his policies are doing just that. Of course, it’s at the expense of the lives of the Americans who are being killed by fentanyl and other deadly drugs, but hey, you’ve gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet.

As if that didn’t provide a big enough flashing neon sign to “STOP ELECTING THESE LEFTIST DISASTERS,” Arama offers this:

Due to all the open drug dealing and violent crime in downtown San Francisco, Health and Human Services is urging federal employees to work from home and not dare to venture into their offices in the…wait for it…Nancy Pelosi Federal Building.

Moral: If you value your life, stay away from Nancy Pelosi! Now if only voters could grasp the larger message behind that.

Related: Los Angeles made a move to challenge San Francisco for the title of Worst-Run Blue City with this story. Shoplifting is so out of control that on Saturday, a gang of between 30 and 50 thieves in hoods ransacked a Nordstrom’s in broad daylight and stripped it of up to $100,000 in merchandise. Alas for them, it’s become almost impossible to make crime in L.A. even worse. The Nordstrom’s flash mob couldn’t top the $300,000 worth of merchandise stolen just last week from the Yves St. Laurent store.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-nordstrom-ransacked-flash-mob-smash-grab-goods-taken

More competition for San Francisco: Seattle just became the new leader for the title of “Blue city the largest percentage of residents want to flee.”

https://www.foxnews.com/us/seattle-tops-us-cities-where-residents-are-considering-moving-over-safety-worries-survey-finds

Finally, here’s an article on the frightening wider implications of the spreading plague of crime and how the Democrats’ refusal to deal with it is creating a widespread social rot that’s destroying public safety and the ability to do business (retail theft losses will top $100 billion this year alone, a cost all the rest of us will pay), and is creating entire populations who refuse to be governed. This will inevitably result either in lawless anarchy or extreme counter-measures, neither of which will be peaceful or pretty.

https://discernreport.com/some-parts-of-america-are-already-on-the-verge-of-being-ungovernable-as-rampant-lawlessness-spreads-like-wildfire/

If only someone had foreseen that doing away with the police, emptying the jails and legalizing crime wouldn’t have a positive outcome!


LINE OF THE DAY:

“So, yes, I would love to see a special counsel, but not David Weiss.  I mean, what are we gonna see next?  Hunter Biden’s a lawyer, are they gonna appoint him special counsel to investigate himself?”

--- Texas Rep. Pat Fallon, House Oversight and Accountability Committee


California stupidity

California’s politicians have a plan for dealing with the huge power shortages their previous plans have caused:

1. Force everyone to buy electric cars.

2. When there’s the threat of a blackout (probably because of everyone having to charge their electric cars), drain the power out of everyone’s electric car batteries and back into the grid.

It’s like a perpetual motion machine of stupidity!

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/11/nolte-california-moves-confiscate-power-electric-car-battery/


Garland’s appointment of Weiss is last straw for legal analysts

The ‘Justice’ Department, at least for now, is behaving with impunity, like the sham court system of a police state.  Attorney General Merrick Garland and second-in-command Lisa Monaco must not care how obvious this is.  We’re just supposed to accept it.

It doesn’t even matter to Garland that with the simultaneous cases involving Presidents Trump and Biden --- especially the “classified documents” cases --- we have an A/B comparison that shows the dramatic inconsistencies in how the two are treated.  The two-tier ‘justice’ system could not be more clear.

We all know the mainstream media would be screaming bloody murder if the “Biden Inc.” stories being told now were about the Trump family.  Yet Hunter’s attorneys have actually praised Joe Biden’s emerging involvement in Hunter’s business as “the acts of a loving father.”  (This after Dad repeatedly lied about having any contact with his son about business at all.)  And the media repeat this with a straight face.  They must practice this every day in the mirror until they can do it.

Legal professor Jonathan Turley originally praised the selection of Merrick Garland as attorney general (I can’t imagine why --- what a bullet we dodged as a country when he didn’t make SCOTUS!), but he now says he has come to see Garland as a failure.  Garland’s decision to appoint David Weiss as special counsel to investigate the Biden finances “captures,” he said, “why I have lost faith in his leadership --- and why his department is at one of the lowest levels of public trust.”

But Garland had to think he could get away with appointing Weiss, even though Weiss headed an investigation that has been repeatedly trashed by IRS whistleblowers as essentially “fixed.”  Those agents say they were prevented from even asking about Joe Biden and that the Bidens were tipped off to planned searches.  And as his so-called investigation stretched ever longer, Weiss could have extended the statute of limitations on various financial crimes during a couple of key years but made the decision not to.

If we knew for sure Garland was deliberately TRYING to help the Bidens, what would he be doing differently?

Garland also worked with Biden’s attorneys on the “sweetheart” deal that even would have given Hunter immunity for yet-indicted crimes, such as failure to register as a foreign agent under the FARA law.  That would’ve sailed right on through if Judge Maryellen Norieka hadn’t read the tiny print.

“Garland’s failure of leadership has undermined key cases,” Turley says.  A Harvard-Harris poll conducted this summer showed that 55 percent said they view the Trump indictment as “politically motivated” and 56 percent believe that it constitutes election interference.  This is good news; it tells us that over half of Americans polled finally have a CLUE.  It should be more like 90 percent at this point, but still.

Recall that when John Durham was appointed special counsel, he was serving as U.S. attorney from Connecticut.  Since special counsels are supposed to come from outside government --- that’s what makes them “special” --- Durham resigned as U.S. attorney before taking that authority.  Weiss isn’t doing that; he’s setting a new precedent, as Garland has allowed him to violate the rule by continuing to serve as U.S. attorney while being special counsel.  (As we’ve discussed, the rule has no teeth.)  Garland has gone even farther by appointing Weiss, someone who stands accused of conflicts of interest and false statements that involve this very case.

Another problem:  Garland is apparently keeping the focus on Hunter Biden.  The ‘Justice’ Department, Turley says, is still refusing to respond to questions on the possible inclusion of Joe Biden in the investigation.

Turley says Garland has “virtually ensured” that Congress will pursue an impeachment inquiry, because it’s really the only avenue open to them.  Turley sees impeachment as a sort of “constitutional Kryptonite,” as “no court could seriously question the right and duty of Congress to get to the bottom of corruption allegations against the President without delay.”  (At first, we assumed Turley’s talking about impeaching Garland, but he obviously means the President.) Weiss, as special counsel in an “ongoing investigation,” can refuse to answer questions before Congress, but they’ll have authority to demand answers from fact witnesses, including Biden family members.

We’d add one note of caution:  California Rep. Darrell Issa, a former Director of National Intelligence, said over the weekend that a full investigation needs to be done and a powerful, unassailable case made before an impeachment is held in the House (I've been making the exact same point in media appearances for the past month.) Otherwise, the Senate will just acquit in about five minutes.  The evidence has to be so massive and so incontrovertible that even the Senate HAS to agree.  But in just the past few weeks, it seems we’re just about there.  More will break this week.

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/08/13/shoeless-joe-and-the-fixing-of-the-biden-scandal/#more-208434

Roger Kimball at AMERICAN GREATNESS has introduced a new concept that needs to catch on.  You’ve heard of contempt of court and contempt of Congress --- what about “contempt of public”?

“I think it should be added to our vocabulary if not our code of laws,” he says.  He’s making the same point we have in the last couple of days about more and more “norms” being trashed and institutions that were set up to provide checks and balances being stomped on with cleats.

“It names a grievous assault on the community,” he says. “By making a travesty of the rules and institutions that undergird our societal life, contempt of public threatens to undermine that essential if often hard-to-define societal lubricant:  trust.”

In this must-read piece, Kimball calls the appointment of Weiss as special counsel “a multifaceted act of public contempt.”  It’s entirely possible, he says, that with the boldness being used to pursue Trump, he might win the nomination, and then the election, from jail.  At least then, when he pardoned himself, most Americans would know his convictions had been politically based.

https://amgreatness.com/2023/08/13/introducing-contempt-of-public/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=act_eng&seyid=82720

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, a man capable of saying absolutely anything his party wants him to say no matter how obviously untrue, had some tough sledding this Sunday on CNN, when even Jake Tapper acknowledged that what Joe Biden had said about Hunter not making money in China was untrue.  All Raskin could do was try to shift the conversation to Trump.  Pretty hilarious.

(NOTE:  We apologize for the use of the expression “the walls are closing in” that appears in the linked-to piece.  How many times have we all heard that one?  Even though the walls finally do appear to be...well, you know...we’d prefer it if news outlets didn’t copy each other’s verbiage quite so much.)

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/08/13/raskin-finally-forced-to-admit-a-little-reality-about-the-biden-scandal-n792135

Speaking of people like Raskin who will say anything, Hunter attorney Abbe Lowell spoke with Kaitlin Collins on CNN and blamed the failure of the plea agreement on “every MAGA right-wing fanatic.”  He blamed Trump, too, for “trying to use Hunter Biden to explain his own conduct.”  I didn’t say it had to make sense.

https://redstate.com/mccabe/2023/08/13/hunter-biden-lawyer-abbe-lowell-blames-every-maga-right-wing-fanatic-for-plea-deal-fail-n792050


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J6 Committee destroys evidence while real investigators seek it out

As you know, the January 6 Kangaroo Kommittee headed by Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompon has acknowledged it “failed to preserve” (translation:  destroyed) massive amounts of evidence from their so-called investigation.  Victoria Taft at PJ MEDIA says this evidence has “gone the way of certain Secret Service call records, the Capitol Hill pipe bomber’s identity, the ID of the White House cocaine addict, and Hillary Clinton’s bleach bit emails.”

If these documents are unattainable, that means they’re useless for Trump’s defense.  (Can you say “obstruction of justice”?)  This fact was not lost on Trump, who has called for his J6 indictment to be immediately withdrawn.  Of course, it won’t be.

TWO TERABYTES of information are gone.  Without getting too technical, that is one titanic boatload of information.  And it has sunk like the Titanic.

It’s so unretrievable, it may as well be somewhere in President Biden’s cerebral cortex.

The committee says it wasn’t required to keep it, but that is one more lie.  And why WOULDN’T they keep it, if it supported their claims?  Judging by the way they’ve sicced the legal system on Trump over the documents issue, we think they should be held to a much higher standard themselves.  Victoria Taft concludes, “Because so many of these types of incidents have taken place...the Democrats no longer get the benefit of the doubt.  They have earned suspicion, antipathy, and hisses from the American people.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2023/08/13/unthinkable-j6-committee-accused-of-destroying-key-intelligence-documents-about-capitol-riot-n1718831

Meanwhile, EPOCH TV has examined tens of thousands of hours of security video from the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and is gradually filling in gaps in our knowledge.  To their everlasting credit, this is actual investigative reporting.  Watching the thin line of Capitol police trying to control this crowd, which was already growing and gaining steam while Trump was speaking some distance away, should make anyone wonder, “WHY WEREN’T THE NATIONAL GUARD THERE??”  That’s what former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has been wondering for going-on three years.

We’ll have analysis later in the week, including new mysteries about people in the crowd behaving strangely.  Who was the woman in the pink beret?

https://www.theepochtimes.com/epochtv/the-capitol-hill-tapes-5452868


A don’t-miss episode of LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN

It’s not often we just refer you to an entire show for all the information you can glean, but Sunday’s LIFE, LIBERY & LEVIN is packed full and important to watch.  At the time of this writing, the link to the entire episode hasn’t been posted, but you can get started with the monologue, in which Levin is on fire…

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6333413674112

Then there’s guest Alan Dershowitz, who says the current abuse of the legal system is “worse than McCarthyism.”  (Imagine what it means for a liberal to say that!)  He goes into detail about the problems with these various judges and courts and says, “You cannot expect the American public to accept this, the appearance of justice and the reality of justice, when you have such a distorted system.”

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6333326355112

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Sadly, there are a number of blue cities plagued by crime, homelessness, filth, poverty, drugs and other symptoms of generations of Democrat rule, and voters have yet to connect the dots between (1.) “Horrendous living conditions” and (2.) “How we vote.” But in the competition to illustrate just how bad letting the left run things can get, San Francisco is finding some creative new ways to pull ahead of Chicago and Portland.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/08/13/announcement-concerning-pelosi-federal-building-in-san-francisco-explains-big-problem-with-dems-n792144

Nick Arama at Redstate.com reminds us of San Francisco’s many problems that have caused residents and stores to flee, adds two new ones. First, it’s now more lucrative to be a drug dealer than a senior software engineer at Google. The base pay for the Google position is $211,000 a year, while successful drug pushers in the open-air drug trade in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods are making $350,000+.

In fact, President Biden could cite that as fulfilling a campaign promise. Many of the dealers are Honduran illegal migrants who send so much money back home that it’s fueling a housing boom in parts of Honduras. Biden said he wanted to combat illegal immigration by improving infrastructure in Central America, and his policies are doing just that. Of course, it’s at the expense of the lives of the Americans who are being killed by fentanyl and other deadly drugs, but hey, you’ve gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet.

As if that didn’t provide a big enough flashing neon sign to “STOP ELECTING THESE LEFTIST DISASTERS,” Arama offers this:

Due to all the open drug dealing and violent crime in downtown San Francisco, Health and Human Services is urging federal employees to work from home and not dare to venture into their offices in the…wait for it…Nancy Pelosi Federal Building.

Moral: If you value your life, stay away from Nancy Pelosi! Now if only voters could grasp the larger message behind that.

Related: Los Angeles made a move to challenge San Francisco for the title of Worst-Run Blue City with this story. Shoplifting is so out of control that on Saturday, a gang of between 30 and 50 thieves in hoods ransacked a Nordstrom’s in broad daylight and stripped it of up to $100,000 in merchandise. Alas for them, it’s become almost impossible to make crime in L.A. even worse. The Nordstrom’s flash mob couldn’t top the $300,000 worth of merchandise stolen just last week from the Yves St. Laurent store.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-nordstrom-ransacked-flash-mob-smash-grab-goods-taken

More competition for San Francisco: Seattle just became the new leader for the title of “Blue city the largest percentage of residents want to flee.”

https://www.foxnews.com/us/seattle-tops-us-cities-where-residents-are-considering-moving-over-safety-worries-survey-finds

Finally, here’s an article on the frightening wider implications of the spreading plague of crime and how the Democrats’ refusal to deal with it is creating a widespread social rot that’s destroying public safety and the ability to do business (retail theft losses will top $100 billion this year alone, a cost all the rest of us will pay), and is creating entire populations who refuse to be governed. This will inevitably result either in lawless anarchy or extreme counter-measures, neither of which will be peaceful or pretty.

https://discernreport.com/some-parts-of-america-are-already-on-the-verge-of-being-ungovernable-as-rampant-lawlessness-spreads-like-wildfire/

If only someone had foreseen that doing away with the police, emptying the jails and legalizing crime wouldn’t have a positive outcome!

The ‘Justice’ Department, at least for now, is behaving with impunity, like the sham court system of a police state.  Attorney General Merrick Garland and second-in-command Lisa Monaco must not care how obvious this is.  We’re just supposed to accept it.

It doesn’t even matter to Garland that with the simultaneous cases involving Presidents Trump and Biden --- especially the “classified documents” cases --- we have an A/B comparison that shows the dramatic inconsistencies in how the two are treated.  The two-tier ‘justice’ system could not be more clear.

We all know the mainstream media would be screaming bloody murder if the “Biden Inc.” stories being told now were about the Trump family.  Yet Hunter’s attorneys have actually praised Joe Biden’s emerging involvement in Hunter’s business as “the acts of a loving father.”  (This after Dad repeatedly lied about having any contact with his son about business at all.)  And the media repeat this with a straight face.  They must practice this every day in the mirror until they can do it.

Legal professor Jonathan Turley originally praised the selection of Merrick Garland as attorney general (I can’t imagine why --- what a bullet we dodged as a country when he didn’t make SCOTUS!), but he now says he has come to see Garland as a failure.  Garland’s decision to appoint David Weiss as special counsel to investigate the Biden finances “captures,” he said, “why I have lost faith in his leadership --- and why his department is at one of the lowest levels of public trust.”

But Garland had to think he could get away with appointing Weiss, even though Weiss headed an investigation that has been repeatedly trashed by IRS whistleblowers as essentially “fixed.”  Those agents say they were prevented from even asking about Joe Biden and that the Bidens were tipped off to planned searches.  And as his so-called investigation stretched ever longer, Weiss could have extended the statute of limitations on various financial crimes during a couple of key years but made the decision not to.

If we knew for sure Garland was deliberately TRYING to help the Bidens, what would he be doing differently?

Garland also worked with Biden’s attorneys on the “sweetheart” deal that even would have given Hunter immunity for yet-indicted crimes, such as failure to register as a foreign agent under the FARA law.  That would’ve sailed right on through if Judge Maryellen Norieka hadn’t read the tiny print.

“Garland’s failure of leadership has undermined key cases,” Turley says.  A Harvard-Harris poll conducted this summer showed that 55 percent said they view the Trump indictment as “politically motivated” and 56 percent believe that it constitutes election interference.  This is good news; it tells us that over half of Americans polled finally have a CLUE.  It should be more like 90 percent at this point, but still.

Recall that when John Durham was appointed special counsel, he was serving as U.S. attorney from Connecticut.  Since special counsels are supposed to come from outside government --- that’s what makes them “special” --- Durham resigned as U.S. attorney before taking that authority.  Weiss isn’t doing that; he’s setting a new precedent, as Garland has allowed him to violate the rule by continuing to serve as U.S. attorney while being special counsel.  (As we’ve discussed, the rule has no teeth.)  Garland has gone even farther by appointing Weiss, someone who stands accused of conflicts of interest and false statements that involve this very case.

Another problem:  Garland is apparently keeping the focus on Hunter Biden.  The ‘Justice’ Department, Turley says, is still refusing to respond to questions on the possible inclusion of Joe Biden in the investigation.

Turley says Garland has “virtually ensured” that Congress will pursue an impeachment inquiry, because it’s really the only avenue open to them.  Turley sees impeachment as a sort of “constitutional Kryptonite,” as “no court could seriously question the right and duty of Congress to get to the bottom of corruption allegations against the President without delay.”  (At first, we assumed Turley’s talking about impeaching Garland, but he obviously means the President.) Weiss, as special counsel in an “ongoing investigation,” can refuse to answer questions before Congress, but they’ll have authority to demand answers from fact witnesses, including Biden family members.

We’d add one note of caution:  California Rep. Darrell Issa, a former Director of National Intelligence, said over the weekend that a full investigation needs to be done and a powerful, unassailable case made before an impeachment is held in the House (I've been making the exact same point in media appearances for the past month.) Otherwise, the Senate will just acquit in about five minutes.  The evidence has to be so massive and so incontrovertible that even the Senate HAS to agree.  But in just the past few weeks, it seems we’re just about there.  More will break this week.

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/08/13/shoeless-joe-and-the-fixing-of-the-biden-scandal/#more-208434

Roger Kimball at AMERICAN GREATNESS has introduced a new concept that needs to catch on.  You’ve heard of contempt of court and contempt of Congress --- what about “contempt of public”?

“I think it should be added to our vocabulary if not our code of laws,” he says.  He’s making the same point we have in the last couple of days about more and more “norms” being trashed and institutions that were set up to provide checks and balances being stomped on with cleats.

“It names a grievous assault on the community,” he says. “By making a travesty of the rules and institutions that undergird our societal life, contempt of public threatens to undermine that essential if often hard-to-define societal lubricant:  trust.”

In this must-read piece, Kimball calls the appointment of Weiss as special counsel “a multifaceted act of public contempt.”  It’s entirely possible, he says, that with the boldness being used to pursue Trump, he might win the nomination, and then the election, from jail.  At least then, when he pardoned himself, most Americans would know his convictions had been politically based.

https://amgreatness.com/2023/08/13/introducing-contempt-of-public/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=act_eng&seyid=82720

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, a man capable of saying absolutely anything his party wants him to say no matter how obviously untrue, had some tough sledding this Sunday on CNN, when even Jake Tapper acknowledged that what Joe Biden had said about Hunter not making money in China was untrue.  All Raskin could do was try to shift the conversation to Trump.  Pretty hilarious.

(NOTE:  We apologize for the use of the expression “the walls are closing in” that appears in the linked-to piece.  How many times have we all heard that one?  Even though the walls finally do appear to be...well, you know...we’d prefer it if news outlets didn’t copy each other’s verbiage quite so much.)

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/08/13/raskin-finally-forced-to-admit-a-little-reality-about-the-biden-scandal-n792135

Speaking of people like Raskin who will say anything, Hunter attorney Abbe Lowell spoke with Kaitlin Collins on CNN and blamed the failure of the plea agreement on “every MAGA right-wing fanatic.”  He blamed Trump, too, for “trying to use Hunter Biden to explain his own conduct.”  I didn’t say it had to make sense.

https://redstate.com/mccabe/2023/08/13/hunter-biden-lawyer-abbe-lowell-blames-every-maga-right-wing-fanatic-for-plea-deal-fail-n792050

 


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Reader asks about rule "disqualifying" Weiss

From Nancy S. on Substack:

So if Weiss is not qualified or eligible to be special counsel, how can he be? Where are the checks and balances? It seems we hear too often that ‘this isn’t legal’ or ‘against the law’. And where do all these judges come from that can stop something from going forward? I’m so confused!!!

Staff writer Laura Ainsworth writes:

The closest I can find to precedent for this is John Durham's appointment. He was the U.S. attorney for Connecticut at the time he was named as special counsel on the origins of Crossfire Hurricane (the Russia Hoax), but he did resign that position so as not to violate the letter of this rule. In contrast, according to what Garland said Friday, Weiss will continue to serve as U.S. attorney WHILE being special counsel. (Aside from that, there's also the slight problem of him being appointed to investigate the younger Biden at the behest of someone who was appointed by the elder Biden.)

Unlike with laws that are passed by Congress, there don't seem to be any teeth to this regulation at all. One analyst said, "the AG is not subject to being disciplined for ignoring a regulation that he could set aside if he wanted to...and the regulations provide there is no right created in anyone to force compliance --- in a court or otherwise --- with this regulation in the event it is violated." So apparently Garland can violate the rule any time he wants to, and as far as we know, no one can do anything about it.

So, to answer your question, there appear to be NO "checks and balances" on this rule. My question now would be, what's the point in even having the rule, then?  It's just another "norm" to be trashed.  One more guiding principle out the window.  The left seem to have no guiding principles except those that they can use to have their way.


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Continued Prayers

Please continue to pray for the people of Hawaii, where the death toll from the wildfires on Maui has reached at least 80 with many still unaccounted for. The fires are reportedly 85% contained as of Friday night, but the devastation is widespread. If you can help financially, a donation to Samaritan’s Purse will ensure that your gift will reach the victims quickly and most efficiently. They are already partnering with local churches and emergency management to help those in need. You can learn more and donate here: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/


First ruling

The first ruling by Judge Tanya Chutkin in Jack Smith’s indictment of Trump for running for President…oops, sorry: for whatever it is he allegedly did to challenge the 2020 election… wasn’t the partisan slamdunk for Smith that many expected.

Despite her reputation as a Democrat donor and harsh partisan, Chutkin said she wouldn’t be influenced by politics in handling the case and rejected Smith’s attempt to take away Trump’s First Amendment right to talk about the case. However, she did limit what Trump could say on social media, warning that he could not reveal “sensitive” evidence like witness testimony or discuss witnesses, which could amount to witness intimidation.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/11/judge-declines-to-silence-trump-but-bars-comment-on-witness-testimony/

Whether this signals a sincere effort at impartial professionalism or just an attempt to create the appearance of it to cover for another kangaroo court proceeding against Trump remains to be seen.

Of course, a fully nonpartisan judge would probably throw all these bogus charges out entirely, considering Smith has tipped his hand about his real intentions (election interference) by asking for a trial date that coincides with the beginning of the primary campaign season.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/10/jack-smith-wants-trump-trial-start-jan-2-right-before-iowa-caucuses/


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AOC thinks she knows more about the law than Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas…

Rep. Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez – who, of course, knows more about laws governing the Supreme Court than Justice Clarence Thomas does – sent a letter to the Biden DOJ demanding an ethics investigation of Thomas. She accuses him of taking improper gifts, like dresses, jewelry and free tickets to the Met Gala…no, wait: that was her. Here’s her ode to hypocrisy based on a slanted hit piece by a leftwing media outlet, and Thomas’ response.

AOC Sends DOJ a Letter Demanding Investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – PJ Media

What is with the Democrats’ fixation on trying to destroy a powerful, accomplished and successful black man? There are nine Justices on the Supreme Court, five of them conservatives, but all their attacks are aimed at the black guy. Don’t they have a word for that?


ZERO coverage

Here’s another Biden story that I bet will get zero coverage on CNN and MSNBC.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/08/12/former-senator-claims-biden-got-handsy-with-his-wife-until-he-threatened-him-to-get-him-to-stop-n791575


California stupidity

California’s politicians have a plan for dealing with the huge power shortages their previous plans have caused:

1. Force everyone to buy electric cars.

2. When there’s the threat of a blackout (probably because of everyone having to charge their electric cars), drain the power out of everyone’s electric car batteries and back into the grid.

It’s like a perpetual motion machine of stupidity!

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/11/nolte-california-moves-confiscate-power-electric-car-battery/


A new standard

I always say that liberals need euphemisms because if they told us straight out what they believe, any decent or intelligent person would reject it. That’s how giving permanently disfiguring chemicals and surgery to confused minors became “gender-affirming care” and “killing babies in the womb up to the moment of birth” became “reproductive rights.”

(Think I’m exaggerating? Ohio voters having rejected making it harder to amend the state constitution, the state Supreme Court just okayed putting an amendment on the ballot to remove all limits on abortion, making abortion up to the moment of birth a constitutional right and forcing taxpayers to pay for it.)

https://www.lifenews.com/2023/08/11/ohio-supreme-court-puts-abortions-up-to-birth-amendment-on-november-ballot-it-must-be-defeated/

But here’s a euphemism that may set a new standard for ridiculousness. Cromwell Hospital in London wants to be “inclusive” and not offend any delusional people by using a divisive term like “women.” So instead, their forms ask people if they are a “patient of childbearing potential.”

Of course, once a hospital prioritizes indulging delusions over medical science, there’s no end to it. So I’m sure the trans activists will complain that this term excludes men, whom we all know can now menstruate and “get pregnant, too!” More realistically, it also implies that post-menopausal women aren’t women.

Lincoln Brown at PJ Media had some fun taking this nonsense to the next level. Among his several suggested new euphemisms are referring to men as “people of jar-opening potential” and dogs as “animals of barking potential.” I’d call these hospital administrators “people of barking mad potential.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/lincolnbrown/2023/08/11/weekend-parting-shot-patients-of-childbearing-potential-n1718510


Woody is sooooo scary

Hollywood liberals savagely turned on one of their own for daring to exhibit just enough independent thought to endorse a different liberal than the one the leftist orthodoxy demands they endorse. With the SAG strike dragging on, don't you miss seeing these people dispensing their political wisdom on talk shows?

https://redstate.com/beckynoble/2023/08/11/hollywood-liberals-need-a-safe-space-after-seeing-woody-harrelson-wearing-an-rfk-jr-hat-n791156


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In a 4-3 ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the deep blue state’s “assault weapons” ban. This is likely to be overturned by the US Supreme Court, but I’m linking to this story by Ward Clark at Redstate.com because it illustrates a point I've been making for over a decade: the people who want to ban so-called “assault weapons” can’t even identify what they are.

https://redstate.com/wardclark/2023/08/11/breaking-illinois-supreme-court-upholds-semi-auto-gun-ban-n791300

The story contains a list of features that, under the law, qualify a weapon as a banned “assault weapon.” But as Clark points out, they’re purely cosmetic: “none of these features have any effect on the power or lethality of a firearm.” He even cites a weapon that’s arguably more lethal but not banned because it doesn’t meet the cosmetic criteria.

But then, why expect that the Democrats who wrote this bill would know anything about guns, considering it’s called the “Protect Our Communities Act” but all it would do is take firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens in places like Chicago so they can’t protect themselves from the criminals who have illegal weapons?


John King is shocked!

When I wrote my book “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy” about the widening disconnect between media and political elites and working Americans, I hoped it might goad the former into actually talking to the latter. Well, it finally happened, but it didn’t work out as I’d hoped.

CNN sent “reporter” John King to talk to some Iowa Republicans, and he was shocked – shocked! – to discover that they think like Iowa Republicans. For instance, they have reverence for Ronald Reagan, support Trump and think he’s being targeted by a corrupt DOJ, don’t trust the government or CNN, and don’t approve of sending endless billions and all our ammunition to Ukraine. The horrified King thinks this is the result of them being in “thrall” to Trump and being “conspiracy theorists” who “consume conservative media who don’t tell them the whole truth.”

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/08/11/watch-cnn-gets-a-shock-when-they-venture-out-of-their-bubble-and-talk-to-the-american-people-n791273

Not like CNN, which spent years flogging the phony Trump-Russian collusion hoax. And bought the lie that Hunter’s laptop was Russian disinformation. And that is still pretending not to notice the stench of corruption from the Biden influence peddling family business. Sorry, John, but nobody with a brain needs Trump to tell them what they’re seeing with their own eyes and smelling with their own noses.

King lamented, “They’re good people…They go to Church! But they believe things that would break our fact-check machine. And they don’t trust us! They think we’re part of the problem!”

News flash: You are. And breaking your “fact-check machine,” that thing that rates truth by how closely it hews to DNC talking points, would actually be a good first step to reclaiming the credibility you long ago flushed down the toilet.

Related: Instapundit reminds us of just a few reasons why Americans don’t trust CNN and are correct not to do so:

https://instapundit.com/600125/


Important Reminder

Important Reminder: While the Biden DOJ’s attempt to railroad a pro-life activist into prison for 11 years was thwarted by a jury, they’re not giving up. They have a whole slate of pro-life activists whom they’re still trying to imprison for years for exercising their First Amendment rights. Here are the details:

https://www.westernjournal.com/bidens-doj-threatening-lock-peaceful-pro-life-protesters-prison-11-years/

Meanwhile, actual terrorists who have threatened and firebombed pro-life pregnancy centers are still walking around free because identifying, arresting and prosecuting them would require real law enforcement work.


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BULLETIN: AG Garland appoints Hunter special counsel, BUT it's David Weiss 

In breaking news Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced his appointment of a special counsel in the Hunter Biden case.  And who might that be?  Why, the most inappropriate choice possible:  David Weiss, the same federal prosecutor in (yes) Delaware who has been leading the so-called investigation into Hunter's tax and financial improprieties.

We've said that any special counsel tasked with investigating the Bidens should not be appointed by Biden's own AG but by a panel of judges.  Too late now.

Garland said that Weiss had come to him saying that the investigation had reached a stage at which he should continue his work as a special counsel, and that "he asked to be appointed."  Talk about deja vu --- wasn't there a story that Weiss earlier had asked to be made special counsel and was turned down?  For some reason, the timing is better now.  Better for whom?  I think we know.

Given what IRS whistleblowers have said about the investigation to this point, and the odd coordination between Weiss and Hunter's legal team on Hunter's outrageous "get out of jail free" plea deal, it would seem that both the selection of Weiss and the timing of his appointment are designed to keep the Biden investigation under wraps.  House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio said through a spokesman, "David Weiss can't be trusted and this is just a new way to whitewash the Biden family's corruption.  Weiss has already signed off on a 'sweetheart' plea deal that was so awful and unfair that a federal judge rejected it.  We will continue to pursue facts brought to light by brave whistleblowers as well as Weiss's inconsistent statements to Congress."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ag-garland-appoints-hunter-biden-investigator-david-weiss-special-counsel

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky released a statement as well:  "This move by AG Garland is part of the Justice Department's efforts to attempt a Biden family cover-up in light of [the Oversight Committee's] mounting evidence of President Biden's role in his family's schemes selling 'the brand' for millions of dollars to foreign nationals."

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith said, "I think that this should be concerning to all Americans --- this attempt to whitewash the Biden family corruption.  I mean, Mr. Weiss is the single architect over that sweetheart plea agreement/deal that the judge in Delaware threw out just a few weeks ago."  He fears this is just another attempt to stonewall Congress and block their oversight authority.

Weiss was supposed to be going before Congress himself in September or October; it had been cleared with the DOJ.  But that testimony almost certainly will be put on hold now --- perhaps even until all his work is completed!  One might imagine what Jim Jordan has to say about that, and it's probably not printable.

Legal analyst Andrew C. McCarthy said, "Under Weiss, the statute of limitations continues to run."  That would encompass behavior relating to Hunter's lucrative "work" on the Burisma board during 2014-2015.  "Every day Weiss doesn't go in to indict the case, the case is disappearing."

McCarthy also pointed out that what makes a special counsel "special" is that he or she is brought in from completely outside the government.  That's specifically the way the law is written.  "And that's because there's a conflict of interest that prevents the Biden Justice Department from investigating the President's son for conduct that implicates the President.

"So, this guy's just a vehicle for them to flush the case," McCarthy continued.  "...Under the special counsel regulations, he's NOT QUALIFIED.  He's not eligible to be a special counsel.  This whole thing is a sham."

In another announcement, the DOJ has dropped Hunter's plea deal case in Delaware --- thank you, Judge Maryellen Noreika, for not rubber-stamping it --- meaning it appears they're planning to go on to trial, probably in California because that's where Hunter was living during the years in question.  President Biden and his crew are headed out to Delaware this weekend for a little R&R and likely have deferred all questions to Hunter's legal team.


Iran deal

The Biden White House agreed to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian assets in exchange for five Americans being released from prison, where they were being held on bogus charges. The money will be transferred to the central bank of Qatar, where the Qatar government will make sure it’s used only for “humanitarian purchases” (can you hear my eyes rolling from where you are?)  The move sparked outrage and accusations that the Administration is paying ransom to rogue states, which will only lead to more Americans being taken prisoner to extort us.

https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2023/08/10/new-biden-unfreezes-6-billion-in-iranian-assets-in-deal-to-free-five-american-hostages-n790667

Worse, all the Biden people reportedly got for that $6 billion was that the Americans were moved from prison to house arrest, still in Iran. They now have to negotiate more – and will probably give away even more – if they ever want to bring them home.

I miss having a President whom the mullahs were scared of and who actually understood the Art of the Deal.


Not a surprise:

Sen. Joe Manchin says he’s seriously thinking of quitting the Democratic Party because the national “brand” of the Party, as it's reflected in Washington, DC, “has become so bad.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/democratic-senator-seriously-considering-ditching-party-brand-become-bad/

But that doesn’t mean Manchin will become a Republican. He wants to see an Independent party rise up to represent “the middle.” Problem is, third parties usually just end up siphoning off votes from whatever party they most resemble (Libertarians from the GOP, Greens from the Democrats, etc.) and helping to elect the party that least reflects their views.

It’s also doubtful that Manchin will retain his seat in West Virginia next year whether he’s a Democrat, Republican, Independent or Mugwump. Republicans are angry at him for being hoodwinked into supporting Biden’s massive spending bill, the “Inflation Reduction Act,” and Democrats are angry with him for standing in the way of their radical plans to remake America into North Venezuela. A recent poll showed Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who’s challenging Manchin for his Senate seat, was leading him by 22 points.

Related: President Biden admitted he has a regret about the “Inflation Reduction Act.” Not that it irresponsibly spends money we don’t have on his pet projects like “climate change,” fueling the out-of-control national debt and actually making inflation worse. No, he said, I wish I hadn’t called it that. It has less to do with inflation than it does providing alternatives to economic growth.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/anthony-gonzalez/2023/08/10/bidens-regret-about-the-inflation-reduction-act-i-wish-i-hadnt-called-it-that-n1718198

For once, I agree with him. It should have been called “The Democrats’ Alternative to Economic Growth" Bill.


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She seems great…

Arizona certainly has a rare gem in Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs. Narrowly elected in a race that her office ran and that many people believe was at best flawed and at worst stolen, it’s now been revealed that in 2017, Hobbs not only used her Twitter account to smear Donald Trump and his supporters as “neo-Nazis,” but then pressured Twitter to censor people who criticized her for it.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/saraharnold/2023/08/10/democrat-n2626887

It’s amazing how fascistic people who call other people “Nazis” can be these days.


An examination of Bidenomics

President Biden and his media posse can’t figure out why voters don’t like “Bidenomics” and can’t see how much it’s accomplished and how it’s improved their lives. So David Harsanyi at Townhall.com decided to examine Bidenomics to figure out what exactly it is and what the results have been.

https://townhall.com/columnists/davidharsanyi/2023/08/11/bidenomics-has-been-a-disaster-n2626881

Spoiler alert: He found that there is no coherent economic philosophy to Bidenomics. It’s just a lot of “platitudinous gibberish” that “makes absolutely zero sense” but is used to justify doing “anything and everything that's convenient for Democrats.” After tracing all the failed predictions, negative results and squandered trillions of borrowed dollars, Harsanyi concludes that “if ‘Bidenomics’ had meant doing absolutely nothing, it would have been the President's greatest political accomplishment.” All he really had to do was just let the booming economy that was shut down by COVID reopen. Unfortunately, it meant doing a lot of stuff, much of it contradictory and all of it wrong, and created “the biggest four-year inflationary spike under any President in 40 years.”

If this doesn’t explain to the media talking heads why Americans hate Bidenomics, then I suggest they go fill up the gas tank of an SUV.


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EV nightmare

In case you haven’t yet gotten the message from all the warnings I keep running about electric cars, try this firsthand testimonial. Dalbir Bala of Winnipeg wanted a responsible, environmentally-friendly vehicle, so he bought a Ford F150 Lightning EV. By the time he finished installing chargers in his house and workplace, and upgrading his home’s electric panel, he’d spent $130,000. He got into a minor fender bender, and the truck was in the shop for six months, while Ford ignored his calls and emails for help.

Then he decided to take his family on a road trip to Chicago. It ended up making Chevy Chase’s road trip in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” look like smooth sailing. His family was left “stuck, hungry, and heartbroken.” They had the EV towed to a Ford dealer, where they rented a gas-powered vehicle to complete the trip. You can read the details of their EV nightmare at this link:

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/man-forced-ditch-115k-ford-ev-truck-family-road-trip-chicago-biggest-scam-modern-times

Bala said, "The actual thing they promised is not even close. Not even 50%. And once you buy it, you're stuck with it and you have to carry huge losses to get rid of that. And nobody is there to help you." He called the misleading sales job on electric vehicles the “biggest scam of modern times." 

It’s also the biggest abuse of government power to bamboozle Americans into buying a lemon since the election of the guy who’s trying to make us all buy EVs.


More of This, Please:

After Southwest Airlines fired flight attendant Charlene Carter because of her religious beliefs and her protest of her union’s pro-abortion activism, a Texas jury awarded her $5 million in damages. The judge also ordered Southwest to inform its flight attendants that under Title VII, the airline cannot discriminate against them based on their religious beliefs.

Southwest reacted to that ruling the way Joe Biden would: by acting as if they still believed they were right and trying to get around doing what the court ordered them to do. So the judge decided that maybe they just don’t understand what religious freedom means. He’s now ordered the three Southwest lawyers that he believes are most responsible for their actions to attend a mandatory training seminar on religious freedom rights.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2023/08/10/southwest-airlines-told-to-send-three-lawyers-to-first-amendment-training-as-fafo-goes-horribly-wrong-n790873

That’s a good start. Now, let’s force all lawyers to attend that seminar.

Related: Say, you know who else might get a court order to attend a seminar on the First Amendment? How about White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre?

https://redstate.com/beccalower/2023/08/10/watch-journalist-simon-ateba-announces-filing-of-first-amendment-suit-against-wh-karine-jean-pierre-n790919


Is this what you want in America?

This is a story out of not-so-Great-anymore Britain, about an autistic girl who was arrested on “suspicion of a homophobic public order offense” and taken away crying, kicking and screaming because she said one of the police officers looked like a lesbian.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/uk-police-arrest-autistic-girl-after-she-said-officer-resembled-a-lesbian-go-away-from-my-teenager-daughter

This is what happens when you not only allow speech to be criminalized, but when you create entire “protected” classes of people for whom offending them is a criminal offense. And why would lesbians be protected, but not autistic children? I wish all the young people who think we need those kinds of speech laws here in America would watch this video and then answer this question: “Do you really think THIS kind of heartless tyranny is what we need in America?”


A Manufactured Crisis

I’ve been trying for years to battle the left’s false narrative that the “science is settled” (whether it’s about climate, COVID or whatever.) Anyone who says that, or who tries to shut down any voices challenging “scientific consensus” is unwittingly broadcasting that they know nothing about science. Science is never “settled” as long as there’s more that we can learn, and challenging consensus with alternative views and theories is the very definition of the scientific process.

Of course, today, climate science, like gender dysphoria, has been hopelessly corrupted by politics. Researchers know that if they want to get published or funded, there is only one climate finding they’d better come up with: apocalyptic doom. Now, someone from inside the climate science community is speaking up to say we skeptics were right. She told John Stossel that the “overwhelming consensus” that there’s a “climate crisis” is “manufactured.” It’s fueled by an establishment that wants that outcome and that gives scientists who support climate alarmism fame and fortune while destroying those who question it.

https://nypost.com/2023/08/09/climate-scientist-admits-the-overwhelming-consensus-is-manufactured/

How does she know? Because she published a paper claiming that climate change was causing more hurricanes, and thanks to that, she was adopted by climate activist groups, treated like a rock star and flown all over the place with politicians. That is, until some brave scientists pointed out mistakes in her research. Unlike many of her colleagues, she actually looked at their research and realized they were right and she was wrong. She thinks this as the real science process we should be following, but instead, we have “a massive government-funded climate alarmism complex.”


A viral sensation

I’ve heard music critics say they’re baffled by the recent lack of big hits in the hip-hop and pop genres and how some of the biggest songs recently have come from country artists or unknowns who’ve blown up on social media. Maybe audiences are just tired of the same slick, overproduced recycled garbage and are longing for authentic voices and songs that reflect what they are really feeling and experiencing.

That would definitely explain this latest viral sensation: Farmville, Virginia, factory worker Oliver Anthony, whose song “Rich Men North of Richmond” about the growing frustration and anger of working Americans toward the privileged elites has become a viral sensation.

https://www.westernjournal.com/virginia-factory-worker-becomes-overnight-sensation-blue-collar-anthem-rich-men-north-richmond-blows/


Much Needed Weekend Laughs

The Babylon Bee is really on fire these days, but then, they have a lot of people working overtime to provide them with material…

https://babylonbee.com/news/galactic-empire-recruits-megan-rapinoe-to-train-stormtroopers-to-shoot

https://babylonbee.com/news/trump-indicted-for-us-womens-soccer-defeat

https://babylonbee.com/news/trump-indicted-for-hawaii-wildfire

https://babylonbee.com/news/stephen-colbert-spotted-in-alley-paying-junkies-to-dress-up-as-hypodermic-needles-and-dance-for-him


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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

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Pray for the people of Hawaii

Please join me in praying for the people of Hawaii and the firefighters battling deadly wildfires that are ravaging the island of Maui in what could become the worst disaster there in history. Eighty percent of Historic Lahaina township is gone, 1700 buildings have been affected, and as of last night, 53 people were confirmed dead. It’s feared that number could rise significantly.

https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2023/08/11/hawaii-wildfires-death-toll-stands-at-53-expected-to-rise-very-significantly/


Who are you going to believe about the economy?

Karine Jean-Pierre’s response to polls showing that Americans don’t like “Bidenomics” and give Biden very low marks on his handling of the economy: People are still depressed about the pandemic, but everything’s getting better all the time! Who are you gonna believe, me or your lying bank account?

https://www.foxnews.com/media/jean-pierre-confronted-polls-showing-bidenomics-isnt-popular-americans

Totally unrelated, I’m sure: In the second quarter of 2023 (April-June), Americans’ total credit card balances rose by over $45 billion (a little over 4%), topping $1 trillion for the first time ever. Meanwhile, the Fed’s measure of credit card debt that’s 30 or more days late rose to 7.2%, the highest since 2012. I guess people are buying a lot of things on credit, like groceries, to celebrate how much Bidenomics is improving their finances.

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/08/08/credit-card-balances-jumped-in-the-second-quarter-and-are-above-1-trillion-for-the-first-time.html

Also completely unrelated to Bidenomics: Moody’s downgraded the credit ratings of 10 small to mid-sized regional banks, and listed six other banks that are under review for possible downgrades, including some of America’s largest, like Cullen/Frost and US Bancorp.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/moodys-downgrades-banks-over-risks-here-are-the-10-impacted/ar-AA1eYeXC


MUST-WATCH:  Tucker Carlson re-creates interview with former Capitol Police chief that FOX NEWS never aired

On the day he was fired from FOX NEWS, Tucker Carlson was set to air Part 1 of the hour-long interview he’d done with former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund.  The interview “made the hair on my arm stand up,” Tucker had said, according to Sund.  Nearly four months after departing the channel, Tucker hosted Sund again on Twitter (or “X”) to re-do the interview, and now it’s out.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/08/10/former-capitol-police-chief-account-steven-sund-january-6-tucker-carlson/?ref=mc.news

In the interview, Sund, a 30-year DC law enforcement veteran, relates how he pleaded with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to let him to bring in National Guard troops --- which had been authorized by President Trump but still needed the Speaker’s okay --- and she denied him.  (Sund includes Sen. Mitch McConnell in this as well, though Nancy was ultimately in charge.)  And in the days before the rally, Sund was oddly out of the loop on intelligence.  As he goes on with the story and the frustrations mount, it’s clear that this exclusion smells “off.”  “I’ve done many national security events,” he told Tucker, “and this was handled differently.”  The denials and delays came from “multiple agencies.”

He’s glad to see that people are investigating, he says, because there are still “puzzle pieces missing.”

“This didn’t have to happen.  This was screwed up from the get-go.  Numerous opportunities to prevent it from happening.”

“Someone’s gonna find out what’s really behind all this.”

Here’s the stand-alone interview on Rumble.  Please watch this through to the end and let us know in the comments what you think; we’ll follow up for the weekend.

https://rumble.com/v36eafu-former-capitol-police-chief-steven-sund-reveals-what-really-happened-on-jan.html


From Our “Blind Squirrel Finds Nut” Desk:

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday declaring a “national emergency” to counter China’s rapid advancement in technologies critical for military, intelligence, surveillance or cyber-enabled capabilities. The order restricts US investment in Chinese tech companies involved in quantum computing, artificial intelligence and advanced semiconductors. I don’t often get the opportunity to say this, but good move, Joe.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-issue-us-investment-restrictions-industries-china-rcna98957

However, to be clear, he did not declare the climate to be an emergency. At least not yet, although he appears to think he did.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-incorrectly-claims-he-has-declared-a-national-emergency-on-climate/ar-AA1f1978


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Or As The Democrats Call That, “A Coincidence”:

The Biden-related bank records released by House Republicans show that on April 22, 2014, Kazakh oligarch Kenes Rakishev wired $142,300 to the bank account of Hunter Biden’s company, Rosemont Seneca. The next day, that account wired a sum to a New Jersey car dealer to pay for a Fisker sports car for Hunter. The amount: $142,300.

Smells like short order bribery.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/08/10/law-professor-highlights-the-obvious-about-hunter-bidens-bank-records-n2626843


Monumental overreach

Here’s some more of the outraged response to President Biden (or more likely, the radical staffers around him who load his Teleprompter) nationalizing a large expanse of Arizona by declaring it a “national monument,” which is literally a monumental overreach of federal power.

https://www.westernjournal.com/furious-republicans-lay-biden-dictator-style-land-grab-arizona/

https://www.westernjournal.com/rancher-furious-bidens-new-monument-shares-itll-hurt-ranch-shoving-throats/


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Well, shut my mouth! Whoever could have imagined this happening?

The House Judiciary Committee released a document Wednesday that appears to prove that FBI Director Christopher Wray was LYING to Congress when he claimed that only one FBI field office was investigating traditional Catholics as potential domestic terrorists.

https://www.westernjournal.com/subpoenaed-document-reveals-fbis-targeting-traditional-catholics-widespread-initially-suspected/

Wray claimed that outrageous assault on Americans’ religious faith was just an isolated incident and he was “aghast” when he found out and shut it down immediately.

But after being threatened with contempt charges, the FBI finally released a less-redacted version of the document, which shows that the FBI Richmond Field Office coordinated with multiple offices around the country to produce a memo justifying targeting traditional Catholics as terrorists. The Wall Street Journal reports that in creating it, “The agents relied on half-baked ‘open-source’ reporting from liberal outlets to justify more bureau investigation.” (This is by now a familiar story: the FBI plants fake stories, liberal media run the fake stories, the FBI cites those fake stories as justification for doing more of what it was already doing.)

The memo was titled, “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities.” I don’t know what’s more disturbing about that title: that the FBI was trying to target traditional Catholics as potential terrorists, or that they seemed so thrilled at the idea of “new mitigation opportunities.” Haven’t they demonstrated that they already have enough methods for violating citizens’ rights and manufacturing evidence?

The Journal writes, “It’s hard not to conclude that the bureau was trying to hide the breadth of its Catholics-as-radicals investigation.” I’d say you don’t have to be a junior G-man to deduce that.

Here’s more on the story from Fox News, along with the full text of a letter to Wray from Judiciary Committee Republicans, demanding straight answers and all related documents. Good luck!

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/several-fbi-offices-anti-catholic-memo-refuting-wrays-testimony-gop


Not likely

It’s still not clear whether Donald Trump will take part in the GOP primary debates. But he is refusing to sign a mandatory pledge to support whoever the party’s candidate is, so it’s not looking likely.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-willing-sign-gop-loyalty-pledge-ahead-debate


No thanks

Having a computer chip with all your ID information on it implanted in your body so you can be scanned everywhere you go, make all your financial transactions electronic and traceable, and allow all your movements to be tracked? How convenient! What possible downside could there ever be to this?

https://www.theblaze.com/news/chip-payment-whole-foods-rfid


What did you expect?

After defunding the police and releasing all the criminals repeatedly, the “progressive” Democrats who run Washington, DC, are shocked to be dealing with a huge violent crime wave. It sparked a viral rant from DC Councilman Trayon White, who called for bringing in the National Guard to protect citizens from criminals. A police union spokesman called that “ridiculous,” and said this city council had defunded and “demilitarized” the police, and now they want to deal with the resulting crime wave by filling the streets with military troops who have no training in police work or securing crime scenes.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/ridiculous-dc-police-union-chair-slams-council-members-call-for-national-guard-amid-rising-crime

This was the topic of an interesting discussion last night on “Gutfeld.” Points included a reminder that Trump suggested using the National Guard, so now they’re admitting Trump was right. But comic Joe Machi made the best point, saying that both were wrong. He said that DC already has everything it needs to deal with crime – laws, jails, police, prosecutors – and just refuses to use them. And bringing in the National Guard would just get Americans used to having a lot of armed military troops in the streets. He’s right, we’re close enough to a banana republic as it is.


Well, it’s official:

In Portland, violence by Antifa against journalists is legal. They can even disrupt the trial, threaten journalists in the courtroom, and suggest they’ll dox the jury members, and they still walk away with no consequences.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/miacathell/2023/08/09/andy-ngo-antifa-trial-hacker-testimony-n2626762

In an obviously related story, between 2020 and 2021, the county where Portland is located lost over $1 billion in revenue as a result of people fleeing the state.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/oregon-county-lost-1-billion-in-2020-as-residents-fled-crime-homelessness-its-like-portland-died/ar-AA1eKUcT


A Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling worth paying attention to

In a ruling that could impact Hunter Biden’s gun possession case, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a federal law banning anyone "who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance," including marijuana, from owning a gun even when sober violates the Second Amendment.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fifth-circuit-deals-blow-federal-gun-statute-used-hunter-biden-case

The presiding judge wrote that there is a considerable difference between someone who is actively intoxicated and someone is an “unlawful user” of intoxicating substances, and ruled that “Just as there was no historical justification for disarming a citizen of sound mind, there is no tradition that supports disarming a sober citizen who is not currently under an impairing influence.”

So drug users can legally possess guns, as long as they're not actually on drugs at the time? I don’t see how that will help Hunter Biden’s case.


More on the “fact-checkers”

The major reason why we put the term “fact-checkers” in quotation marks is that so many of them aren’t really interested in checking facts. Their job is to defend leftist narratives and put a negative spin on anything that counters them. But there are some statements from Democrats that are so egregiously, jaw-droppingly, brain-bustingly false that not even the Democrat-friendly “fact-checkers” can let them pass without blowing their covers completely. And so it is that PolitiFact was forced to admit that, yes, it was FALSE when Kamala Harris claimed that some polls show she has “great approval ratings.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/kamala-harris-incorrect-fact-checkers-cant-even-cover-false/


Get to know Jack Smith and his practices; you won’t like whatyou see

“My rules for you, no rules for me” describes Jack Smith’s ruthless attempts to limit Trump’s defense.  Given the double standard he’s pushing to see imposed, it’s ridiculous for the media to look at what he’s doing, says Tim Graham at TOWNHALL, and “pretend the Trump indictments aren’t shredding a democratic norm, or that they are somehow nonpartisan or nonpolitical.”

https://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozellandtimgraham/2023/08/11/jack-smith-thinks-he-can-leak-evidence-but-trump-cant-n2626891

Smith’s team is like a fish rotting from the head down.  Matt Vespa at TOWNHALL has an update on the very bad thing staffer Jay Bratt is alleged by defense attorney Stanley Woodward to have done --- mentioning Woodward’s pending judgeship in the same breath as pushing him to get his client to “flip” and testify against Trump.  This isn’t the first allegation of prosecutorial misconduct to be lobbed against Smith and his team.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/08/10/former-gorsuch-law-clerk-singles-out-one-member-of-jack-smiths-staff-should-be-charged-with-misconduct-n2626885


The evidence is there:  Joe Biden should be indicted for B-R-I-B-E-R-Y

If the alleged $10 million bribe was paid for then-VP Biden to arrange for Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin to be fired, then “Joe Biden is guilty of bribery, Hunter is guilty of...selling official favors from his father.  And if that is the case, Joe Biden should be impeached, he should be removed from office, he should be prosecuted, and he should go to prison.  And he should share a cell with Hunter for corrupting the government of the United States.”

That was Sen. Ted Cruz speaking Thursday night with Sean Hannity on FOX NEWS.  “There’s never been an allegation in the history of our country like this, that a President of the United States --- or a Vice President, in Joe Biden’s case, when these allegations occurred --- sold official favors for millions of dollars.”  As you know, the House Oversight Committee has bank records showing that more than $20 million went to Joe Biden’s family, and that’s just what can be confirmed so far.

The money was paid through shell corporations, which exist on paper to launder the money that’s coming in.  “I have to tell you,” Cruz said, “I don’t know any individual in government, Republican or Democrat, who has ever done anything remotely like what is alleged here...a business of selling official favors for tens of millions of dollars.”

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6333096645112

Gregg Jarrett appeared on the show as well, making it very clear that what the Bidens were doing is B-R-I-B-E-R-Y.  In the Criminal Code, he said, that’s defined as “using your public office for profit, to confer a benefit in exchange for money.”  Now that former Hunter business partner Devon Archer has testified, the media are trying to save the President by repeating the talking point that there was no direct payment to him personally --- as if they even knew that was true.  But it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not, because even if his family got rich while his own bank account remained unchanged, it’s still bribery.  And we know they pocketed millions, distributed through those myriad shell corporations.

When the bribery involves a foreign entity, as this obviously does, it’s also a crime under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  And, as Jarrett pointed out, the Bidens didn’t even have to deliver on a promise they might have made to that foreign entity.  It’s THE PROMISE ITSELF that makes it bribery.  Joe Biden was “the closer” to make the deals happen, and that, Jarrett said, is “aiding and abetting,” which makes him an accessory to the crime.

It’s “a prima facia case, right now, of bribery,” according to former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.   “All the pieces and parts are here” that could lead a grand jury to indict.  The money is being paid by Burisma to Hunter Biden and is followed by the official act, Biden getting Shokin fired.

“The American Dream is alive and well” (though under threat for the rest of us), Whitaker said, when you consider that Joe Biden was in the private sector for only four years (“two of those years running for President out of his basement”) but managed to accumulate a beachfront home in Delaware and another big house (“almost a mansion.”)  “Insane” is the word he used, because “nobody can pile up that kind of money that fast.”  The only way would be that “he had this whole scheme laid out over the years that he was Vice President.”

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6333095198112

J. Peder Zane at REALCLEAR INVESTIGATIONS has an eye-opening piece about how THE NEW YORK TIMES did damage control on Devon Archer’s testimony, in an effort “that hinges on the expectation that most people will not read news stories very closely.”  Headlines and the first few paragraphs ignore facts about Joe Biden that the NYT wants kept quiet, and most people don’t read further.  Yes, we knew that, but some other tricks of the trade are revealed here, too.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2023/08/10/from_scandal_to_nothingburger

President Biden needs all the help he can get with that damage control, because he sure can’t answer questions about Archer’s testimony.  Look at how he wildly mishandled a question from FOX NEWS’ Peter Doocy on Wednesday.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/08/10/joe-bidens-response-to-devon-archer-testimony-is-more-incriminating-than-you-think-n1717915

Of course, the NYT probably wouldn’t want to interview former FBI Assistant Director of Intelligence Kevin Brock, because he says it’s time to get serious with bribery and money laundering investigations.  “With the amount of money that they’re uncovering, with the structured money laundering that’s obviously been set up, we can conclude that Joe Biden and his family were for sale,” he told investigative reporter John Solomon.  In fact, he’d be asking, “Does this conspiracy go broader than just the Biden family?”   He’d “widen the scope a little bit, and start really digging and following the money wherever it leads.”

https://justthenews.com/accountability/hold-ex-fbi-intel-boss-says-biden-probe-warrants-money-laundering-and-bribery

Oh, and if anyone tries to confront you with Democrat talking points aiming to refute the quid pro quo nature of Viktor Shokin’s firing, make sure they read Margot Cleveland’s thorough take-down…

https://thefederalist.com/2023/08/03/media-talking-points-about-the-biden-forced-firing-of-ukraines-prosecutor-are-laughable/

Finally, what will it take to get Democrats to stop making excuses and pretending that there’s nothing to see here? The Babylon Bee gives us an idea…

https://babylonbee.com/news/democrats-say-itll-take-a-lot-more-than-eyewitness-testimony-bank-records-audio-video-complete-confessions-for-them-to-believe-biden-did-anything-wrong


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Over the weekend, several separate stories came in that when you put them together, reveal a stark portrait of the immense damage that the Biden Administration has done to America via nonexistent border security. Now that the damage is hitting staunch Democrats in northern blue states, maybe they’ll finally take their blinders off and think a little harder before voting for more of it, but I wouldn't count on it.

The saga begins with this story, about Biden traveling to Arizona over the weekend, where he dispensed enough bull manure to fill the Grand Canyon. There’s plenty to criticize here, like the fact that he’s abusing federal power to usurp land rights from the state and local ranchers, and empower Russia and China by limiting our ability to mine for needed minerals there. Even more galling, he claimed to be doing this to fight the “climate crisis,” yet he announced it by flying there on Air Force One and taking a huge CO2-spewing motorcade to several events, including a number of vitally important campaign fundraisers.

But we’re talking about his border policy disaster, so let it be noted that he came to Arizona, a state that’s been devastated by the massive influx of illegal immigrants, drugs and cartel members under his “watch,” and didn’t even say a word about it.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/08/08/biden-trip-to-the-grand-canyon-endangering-national-security-mixed-with-hypocrisy-confusion-n789570

Meanwhile, it’s not just border states anymore that are suffering due to Biden’s open border. The “Sanctuary City” (Liberals never imagined anyone would take them up on that!) of New York City is strained to the breaking point by streets filled with illegal migrants. Now, parents are furious at Mayor Eric Adams over plans to build a tent city for 57,000 of them, with migrant housing taking over space now used as parks and sports fields for kids.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nyc-officials-spark-anger-by-building-migrant-shelters-on-kids-soccer-fields-at-popular-park/ar-AA1eXZJm

And while Democrats have long painted Trump as a horrible racist for saying that other countries weren’t always sending their best people to the US, Americans got a frightening look at what he really meant this weekend. Fox News obtained surveillance video from the Texas border, showing three men moving through the brush wearing body armor and carrying rifles. They’re believed to be Mexican drug cartel members. Or as Democrats would call them, “Dreamers.”  

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/images-show-men-armed-with-rifles-body-armor-coming-across-southern-border/ar-AA1eXrzg

You might recall that one of the very first things Biden did upon taking office was to order a halt to all border wall construction, even in areas where it was nearly completed. In their very first instance of being concerned about such a thing, Democrats claimed the wall was a waste of taxpayers’ money – even though stopping construction cost more than finishing it. But the wall started under Trump and “Trump BAD!” so the wall had to be bad, too, right? After all, walls only provide security when they’re around the homes and neighborhoods of rich liberals.

Well, the Washington Post estimates that just so far, Biden has given $66 billion of the taxpayers’ money to Ukraine for the endless war with Russia. Breitbart.com estimates that that’s nearly enough money to build a security wall along the entire US border with Mexico -- and then add a second one.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/08/america-last-bidens-billions-for-ukraine-could-have-built-a-wall-two-times-across-u-s-mexico-border/

Finally, speaking of how border security barriers are baaaaad, but barriers around places where Democrats live are good, this might be the ultimate A-B comparison to illustrate the hypocrisy.

https://www.westernjournal.com/camera-captures-buoys-gop-gov-installed-along-border-left-freaking/

Also worth pointing out: the two migrants that Democrats are trying to claim were killed by the floating barrier Texas Gov. Greg Abbott put in the Rio Grande actually drowned while trying to cross upriver and their bodies were carried by the currents until they were caught in the barrier. Never let the truth get in the way of a good propaganda narrative.

By now you’ve no doubt heard about the “secret” controversial memo leaked to THE NEW YORK TIMES concerning a possible plan involving alternate slates of electors for the vote count in DC.  The reporting on this from the left has been gleeful.  This memo was written by Kennth Cheseboro, assumed to be one of the unnamed “co-conspirators” in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s indictment of Trump on charges relating to January 6.  In the TIMES story and subsequent coverage --- as well as the indictment --- the term “fake electors” is used to describe these alternate electors, which as the term is generally understood are not “fake,” or unconstitutional, or even anything new, as Hawaii chose a slate of alternate electors in one very close election in case the count flipped.          

And if we understand, Cheseboro wasn’t talking about using them to “overturn” an election, either, but to buy time until the Supreme Court might look at the case.  In light of the preceding story about alleged voter registration fraud involving hundreds of thousands of applications in a swing state, it seems reasonable to at least ask the Court to take a look at some of the worst allegations.

“I recognize that what I suggest is a bold, controversial strategy,” he wrote in the memo, “and that there are many reasons why it might not end up being executed on Jan. 6.”

Since this was presented simply as one possible strategy from an adviser and nothing came of it, it’s hard for this non-lawyer to understand what might have been criminal about it.  And I have to wonder what we’d see if we could read the internal memos of, say, the Gore team when they were actively challenging the vote count in Florida.  But, of course, we didn’t get to see THOSE…

We’ll be looking at what the most brilliant legal minds have to say about this and come back with more tomorrow.  In the meantime, of course, the left will be spinning it like crazy.

https://nypost.com/2023/08/09/new-memo-lays-out-controversial-strategy-for-trump-to-overturn-election-report/

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/donald-trump-indicted-secret-memo-outlined-former-presidents-strategy-to-overturn-2020-election/ar-AA1f0UBr

Democrats have a completely unfounded belief that liberals in Washington who have law or poli-sci degrees and have spent their entire lives in politics and government should be in charge of deciding what new technologies are funded or suppressed. As a free market Republican, I think that the market is the best source of innovation and the government should get out of the way. But time and again, Democrats waste billions of our tax dollars, backing stupid ideas (electric cars, anyone?) and showering money on their cronies and backers, only to see these companies go belly-up when some superior technology pops ups and they can’t compete if they aren’t being propped up with heavy federal subsidies.

My favorite example has long been the solar panel company Solyndra, which got $500 million in taxpayer-backed loans under Obama and was going to revolutionize energy and create those famous “green jobs” Democrats are always going on about. After building a lavish headquarters building, Solyndra went bankrupt. But now, I might have a new contender. Remember this name: Proterra.  

https://freebeacon.com/energy/biden-said-ev-maker-proterra-was-getting-us-in-the-game-it-just-declared-bankruptcy/

Proterra is a maker of electric buses that stood to make millions from the “green energy” tax credits and grants in Biden’s money cannon laughably known as the “Inflation Reduction Act.” Biden even took a virtual tour of their facility in April 2021. He declared that they were “getting us in the game” and predicted their EVs would “end up owning the future.” Because predicting future trends in automotive technology is one of his fields of expertise.

This was good news for Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who was on Proterra’s board and owned 240,000 shares of their stock. Amid ethics complaints, she sold it weeks after Biden’s tour for a cool $1.9 million. Biden continued to praise Proterra throughout the next year. But his predictive abilities proved no better than Al Gore’s. Proterra customers, like one Michigan school district, had trouble with their school buses’ batteries and drivetrains, and they spent more time off the road than on.

Granholm was lucky she cashed out when she did, since on Monday, Proterra’s shares dropped by 60% after it was announced that they are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Proterra blamed "various market and macroeconomic headwinds," although I suspect that the real problem with headwinds is that they cut the driving range of EVs in half.

Hey, here’s a crazy idea: if the market wants more energy efficient buses, how about if politicians who know nothing about automotive technology shut up and let people who do compete to come up with the best product to fill that demand? And if there is no demand, then stop flushing our tax dollars down your low-flow toilets to try to create one.

Polls show that once again, indictments against President Trump have been followed by a boost in his poll numbers.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-scores-major-win-following-third-indictment/

One poll in New Hampshire found that 62% of the state’s Republicans would support him even if he’s convicted, and 57% would support him even if he were sent to prison.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/anthony-gonzalez/2023/08/08/poll-shows-most-new-hampshire-voters-would-vote-for-trump-even-if-hes-convicted-n1717258

There’s also a lot of chatter recently about voters feeling “indictment fatigue.” Democrats hope this means that they are turning away from Trump because they don’t want to have to deal with all these legal issues. There may be some of that, but I believe more and more Americans are starting to wake up to the obvious partisan motivations of the prosecutors and the flimsiness of their charges and are fatigued with partisan prosecutors abusing their power to "get Trump." Studies have shown that social media posts about the indictments have been dropping with each new charge as people realize what a joke it is and are shrugging it off (not to say it doesn’t represent genuine peril for Trump, especially with the legal systems and jury pools so stacked against him.)

The Dems have been railing about what a monster and criminal Trump was from the moment he came down that escalator, and we’ve since learned what a crock most of their accusations were, with the “evidence” manufactured by his political opponents. Now, they seem to be indicting him for everything he does: Make a phone call? Indict him! Possess his own presidential papers? Indict him! Speak out about what he thinks was a rigged election? Indict him! Defend himself against being repeatedly indicted? Indict him! All while they completely ignore real criminals committing real crimes. No wonder people are fatigued with this charade.

Long before Trump came on the political scene, I was writing about how we have way too many laws, so many that every citizen breaks ten before breakfast without even knowing it. The Democrats are determined to prosecute Trump for every one of them. But the only thing that makes our society livable is that we don’t prosecute every piddling infraction of some arcane law, or worse yet, one of the millions upon millions of regulations with the force of law.

In the United States of America, there should never be such a thing as a “regulation with the force of law,” a de facto law made by a bureaucrat who was elected by nobody.

With their mindless fury against Trump and their ever-more-obvious partisan abuse of the legal system on full display, Democrats are showing Americans that we have too many laws and that the people in charge of prosecuting them have too much power and not enough impartiality or judgement. That’s something they shouldn’t be demonstrating if they want to stay in power because nobody who wants less of that kind of abuse of government power is going to vote for a Democrat.

This morning, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer released a third memo detailing the Biden family’s foreign business dealings. This one includes screenshots of redacted bank records that allegedly show Hunter Biden and his associates received millions of dollars from Russian and Kazakhstani oligarchs when Joe Biden was Vice President. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-republicans-release-bank-records-hunter-biden-payments-russian-kazakh-oligarchs-total-clears-20m

Detailing behavior that I'm sure Rep. Dan Goldman will describe as "being a loving dad," the memo says, "Then-Vice President Biden met—in person, for significant periods of time—with those individuals or their representatives. Then-Vice President Biden joined approximately 20 phone calls on speakerphone with Hunter Biden’s foreign business associates and attended dinners with foreign oligarchs who paid huge sums of money to Hunter Biden. Joe Biden, ‘the brand,’ was the only product the Bidens sold.” These memos bring the total of money allegedly paid to the Bidens to $20 million.

I’m sure we’ll have more on this story tomorrow. In the meantime, I predict that before noon today, Trump will be indicted for felony jaywalking and that’s all the media will talk about.

First, Elon Musk said he would pay the legal bills of anyone who sues because they lost their job over something they posted on Twitter. Now, the people who organized the legal defense of Kyle Rittenhouse have formed Themis Alliance, a nonprofit to help regular people who’ve been victims of cancel culture fight back.

https://nypost.com/2023/08/08/kyle-rittenhouses-team-forms-group-to-fight-for-everyday-people-targeted-by-cancel-culture/

Board member Jillian Anderson said, “Witnessing the media’s immense power, I was personally driven to support Kyle and his shattered family, victims of relentless smears by mainstream media. This experience led me to help create Themis Alliance, providing a voice and platform for those silenced by the woke mob and cancel culture. Together, we’ll empower the voiceless to reclaim their narratives.”

Excellent! Keep hitting them in the pocketbook, it’s the most vulnerable part of their anatomy.

If you’ve been reading this newsletter, you already know that the now-disbanded Kangaroo Kommittee chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi failed to preserve the records of its investigation into January 6 as it was required to do.  Conveniently, it even destroyed its records of communications with the White House.  (Surprise!)  But this report from FOX NEWS has more details...

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/j6-committee-failed-to-preserve-records-has-no-data-on-capitol-hill-security-failures-gop-charges

Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who chairs the Subcommittee on Oversight for the Committee on House Administration (tasked with addressing the security failures), says he was told the “Blue Team,” the part of the J6 committee specifically directed to investigate the security failures at the Capitol, was essentially shut down by the committee in order to focus like a laser beam on blaming President Trump.  (Again, surprise!)

Loudermilk’s subcommittee did get a lot of material, presented in a completely haphazard fashion, but he has not seen “anything from the Blue Team as far as reports on the investigation they did looking into the actual breach itself.”  That’s apparently gone.  He also doesn’t have video of all the depositions.

Thompson is disputing the claim that they were required to keep those records.  “He’s saying they didn’t have to,” Loudermilk said.  “It was clear in law they had to, and...if there was any question, the fact that they used the videos in the hearings would dictate that it had to be preserved.

“The more we go in, the more we’re realizing that there’s things that we don’t have.  We don’t have anything about security failures at the Capitol, we don’t have the videos of the depositions.”

One thing Loudermilk did come across that he said wasn’t turned over to his subcommittee:  a letter from Thompson to White House counsel Richard Sauber and DHS discussing an “agreement” between the J6 committee and the Executive Branch to interview personnel whose names were later redacted.  Loudermilk can’t help but wonder what this was about.  “Did they not want us to know that there were documents that they had sent back to the Executive Branch?”

Of course they didn’t.  And it’s obvious that if the J6 committee was dealing with security failures, it was to cover them up, not investigate them.  As Loudermilk put it, “We’ve got enough to know there was a huge intelligence failure.  I think Chairman Thompson’s response to me is indicting of him.  It’s almost like saying, okay, yeah, we decided not to give you stuff.  And I’m reading it as, Oh, you decided not to give us the things that you didn’t want us to see.  I mean, that’s kind of the way you have to look at this.”

Not just “kind of” --- it’s the only way you can look at it.  Perhaps they don’t realize that it’s backfiring when they continue to insult our intelligence.

BREITBART makes it clear:  Last year, incoming Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy demanded that the J6 committee preserve all of its evidence, records and transcripts.  The committee apparently did not preserve the raw evidence that its attorneys spent months --- and millions of taxpayer dollars --- collecting.  You can bet that if this material had supported their goal of blaming Trump for everything that happened on January 6, they would have kept every last scrap of paper.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/09/january-6-committee-destroyed-records-videos-trump-rights-violated/

Mark Levin pointed out on Tuesday that this destruction “effectively denied former President Trump of access to evidence that might potentially help his defense in the criminal prosecutions that the committee itself had urged the Department of Justice to launch.  And it also prevented other witnesses from clearing their names.”  Can you cay “obstruction”?

Joel Pollak at BREITBART noted the irony of Trump being charged with mishandling documents when it’s the J6 Committee that actually DESTROYED documents.  As far as we know, the DOJ is not investigating Thompson or anyone on the committee for destroying those documents.  And we won’t be hearing any differently as long as the current crew is in charge, mark my words.  For now, Democrats get to destroy documents and obstruct justice to their hearts’ content, and they act accordingly.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/09/january-6-committee-destroyed-records-videos-trump-rights-violated/

Just as the J6 committee has worked to control its J6 narrative, so the WASHINGTON POST has quietly, gradually tweaked its own reporting on the Hunter Biden scandal so as not to have to issue major, earth-shattering corrections.  Their top fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, has been busy since Devon Archer’s testimony making updates to stories they reported in 2020 and 2021.  This piece from THE NEW YORK POST --- who got their reporting on the Biden story correct from the start, despite it being branded “Russian disinformation” --- is really quite hilarious, and you know they must have enjoyed playing “gotcha.”

https://nypost.com/2023/08/09/washington-post-quietly-updates-hunter-biden-story-after-devon-archer-testimony/

It was Paul Sperry at REALCLEAR INVESTIGATIONS who noticed what Kessler was doing with the Hunter story at WAPO, gradually adapting their narrative rather than admitting they were wrong.  And Kessler continued to downplay Hunter’s business associations as much as possible.

The transcript of Archer’s recent testimony, however, shows that the NY POST, not WAPO, had it right in the first place.  Miranda Devine’s reporting was confirmed.

“Most facts were always there,” Perry wrote.  “It was only when the facts were amplified by government hearings, reports and depositions, as well as other news sites and Twitter, that Kessler revised his analysis --- while still resisting calling his revisions ‘corrections.’”

“Despite the rolling disclosures reaching a critical mass,” he continued, “the [WASHINGTON] POST has not published a separate news story examining its own errors, which misinformed voters ahead of the November 2020 presidential election and continued to mislead the public deep into the Biden presidency.”

Sperry notes that the clearly partisan Kessler, who portrays himself as “a neutral arbiter of truth in journalism,” wrote the book “Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth:  The President’s Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies.”  As I said, this piece is hilarious.  Highly recommended.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2023/08/09/for_washington_posts_feared_pinocchio_fact-checker_forthrightness_dies_in_updates_over_biden-burisma_story_971280.html

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For the past couple of days, GATEWAY PUNDIT has been breaking a story about massive 2020 voter fraud in Michigan, allegedly involving thousands of criminally falsified voter registration forms, and federal officials keeping it on the lowdown, as the saying goes.   Here’s their Part 1...

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/08/now-we-have-proof-tgp-exclusive-massive-2020/

“It should be noted,” they wrote, “that after documenting these crimes and investigating for weeks, the Michigan police turned over their investigation to the FBI, who promptly buried the findings.  [Editorial aside:  Well, of course they did.]  Once again, the FBI apparently took no action --- more on that in an upcoming report.”

So, here’s that report, Part 2…

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/08/muskegon-voter-fraud-scandal-gbi-strategies-director-gary/

Their report claims that one company that appears to be implicated in the fake registration strategy is GBI Strategies, with offices near Muskegon.  When police went there, they found “semiautomatic guns, silencers/suppressors, burner phones, a bag of pre-paid cash cards, and incomplete registrations, in an office space that was styled as an eyeglass store that had gone defunct.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/08/muskegon-voter-fraud-scandal-gbi-strategies-director-gary/

One very educated estimate (from a former Michigan secretary of state) put the number of ballot applications mailed out to people unqualified to vote in Michigan at over 800,000.  This would include non-citizens, underage people, and those who had moved or died.

 

And now it’s time for reason #53,512 why nobody believes the New York Times anymore. Today’s reason: the Times tried to aid radical leftists who are attempting to topple the conservative majority on the Supreme Court by throwing fuel on their baseless ethics charges against Clarence Thomas, in this case by claiming he accepted an expensive Super Bowl ring as a gift from billionaire Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Cue the howls of the outrage mob and calls for Thomas to resign or be impeached!

https://www.foxnews.com/media/clarence-thomas-inner-circle-throws-flag-media-reports-pricey-super-bowl-ring-jerry-jones

But hold the phone: sources close to Thomas say that’s not a real Super Bowl ring, it’s just a cheap replica. You can buy one on eBay for 12 bucks. Thomas reportedly used it as a paperweight. Mark Paoletta, author of a book about Thomas, said, "I expect the New York Times to issue a retraction on this falsehood, and an apology to Justice Thomas." And I expect the New York Jets to win the Super Bowl before that ever happens.

I guess it’s understandable that the Times wouldn’t know the difference between a real Super Bowl ring and a fourth-rate facsimile, since they no longer even know the difference between being a real newspaper and a fourth-rate facsimile.

 

Not guilty on all counts

August 9, 2023

You might remember Mark Houck, the pro-life activist whom the Biden FBI arrested in a guns-drawn raid in front of his children, then tried to railroad into federal prison for 11 years for shoving an abortion activist who was harassing his young son. Fortunately, the jury found him not guilty on all counts. Well, Houck is back in the news. He’s running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District.

https://www.westernjournal.com/pro-life-father-running-congress-biden-doj-tried-lock-11-years/

Naturally, his views are pro-life, but his campaign is based on more than that. He says on his website: “I have seen first-hand what an out-of-control government can do to its citizens. I will fight to protect all people and their rights under God & our Constitution. My platform is based on common sense.”

Someone who’s experienced Biden’s weaponized “justice” system first hand and who also believes in common sense? Sounds like the left’s worst enemy! Let’s hope and pray he gets elected.

Meanwhile, regarding the Trump persecution---er, prosecution:  Special Counsel Jack Smith, bent on trying and convicting President Trump before the ‘24 election, might be confident of how his case plays in DC, but fortunately there are judges who can see through some of his tactics and are questioning them.

As FOX NEWS reported Monday, Judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida, presiding over the so-called classified documents case brought forward by a Miami grand jury’s indictment of Trump in June, has denied the DOJ’s request for sealed filings, striking two from the record.  She voiced concern about the prosecutor’s continued use of an out-of-state grand jury (the DC grand jury, STILL) to investigate the case.

Maybe Smith can do whatever he wants in DC, but his antics might play a little differently in south Florida.  Judge Cannon’s brief addresses “the legal propriety of using an out-of-district grand jury proceeding to continue to investigate and/or to seek post-indictment hearings on matters pertinent to the instant indicted matter in this district.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2023/08/07/jack-smiths-classified-documents-case-against-trump-just-hit-a-roadblock-n2626716

The NEW YORK POST explains Judge Cannon’s ruling very clearly.

https://nypost.com/2023/08/07/judge-in-trump-docs-case-blasts-special-counsel-for-secret-grand-jury-filing/

The special counsel’s filing had to do with their attempt to get an attorney off the case over potential conflict of interest.  The attorney, Stanley Woodward, represents Waltine Nauta, a Trump aide listed as co-defendant, but also other individuals who might be called to testify.

We’ve talked about Woodward here.  He has alleged he was spoken to by Jay Bratt, chief of counterintelligence for the DOJ, about his pending judgeship in the context of having his client “flip” and testify against Trump.  Woodward has a sterling reputation.  Conflict of interest or not, if his allegation about Bratt is true, no wonder Smith wants him far away from the case.

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/stanley-woodward-lawyer-valet/2023/06/09/id/1122957/

Of course, the Mar-A-Lago “classified” documents case isn’t the only case Jack Smith is diligently working on to put Trump behind bars.  As you know, law professor Jonathan Turley has had plenty to say about the charges Trump faces relating to January 6, mostly concerning the violation of his First Amendment rights.

“The most jarring thing about this indictment is it basically just accuses him of disinformation,” Turley observed.  “It said [Trump] was spreading falsehoods, that [he] was undermining integrity of the election --- that is all part of the First Amendment.”

In other words, Turley is arguing that the First Amendment covers falsehoods.  It does, but I would say the case can also be made that this argument shouldn’t even have to apply, that Trump was (once again) right, or at least partially right, and that many falsehoods came from the other side.  I find the statement that “the 2020 election was the most secure in all of American history” laughable and arguably the result of determined propagandizing.  It’s akin to the line from THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, “Raymond Show is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”  If an impartial investigation can ever be done, I’m betting that history will prove me right.  Certainly, it won’t prove me wrong.

Remember this reporting from Atlanta at the time?  We still aren’t aware of all these issues being resolved.  (Look for Trump’s next indictment, out of Atlanta, to be handed down any time.)

https://rumble.com/v35h0cs-flashback-tucker-exposes-flat-out-criminal-fraud-in-the-2020-georgia-electi.html

Anyway, Turley did note that one charge absent from the J6 Trump indictment is that of “conspiracy for incitement” or “seditious conspiracy.”  He said, “Those were the claims the Democrats used in the impeachment and said the evidence was absolutely clear.  People like Adam Schiff and others were saying [Trump] is clearly guilty of those crimes.  Well, they’re not in here.”  He sees “serious legal problems with this indictment.”

And legal analyst Andrew C. McCarthy said Smith brought “a lousy case.”  Details here.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/legal-experts-slam-jack-smith-lousy-case-trump-disinformation-indictment

If there were any doubt that this indictment sprang fully formed from a TDS-infected mind, Matt Taibbi of “Twitter Files” fame erases it.  Jack Smith, he says, writes it “in the relentless, redundant style of an MSNBC broadcast or a WASHINGTON POST editorial.”  Taibbi rips the indictment to shreds as a “deranged authoritarian fantasy.”

“Unless I’m missing something,” he says, “they’re aiming to prove intent without introducing evidence of Trump’s thoughts, which seems bananas.”  Highly recommended reading.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/08/07/authoritarian-lunacy-ex-rolling-stone-reporter-rips-into-jack-smiths-jan-6-indictment-against-trump-n2626742

But the judge in the case might eat up Smith’s anti-Trump hyperbole with a spoon.  Read this about Judge U.S. District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, and see if you don’t think she has clearly shown extreme bias, even before getting the case.  She should be removed.

https://www.westernjournal.com/judge-overseeing-trump-case-already-issued-ruling-matters-not-trump/

As for Smith’s effort to obtain a protective order against Trump seeing evidence against him (!), Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that Trump has a First Amendment right --- WE have a First Amendment right --- to see it.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/07/dershowitz-first-amendment/

So much anti-Trump lawfare is converging right now that REDSTATE put together a handy summary of what took place just on Monday.  This’ll cross your eyes.  It seems the preferred way to stop one’s political opponent is to sue the living daylights out of him.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2023/08/07/new-conditions-of-trumps-release-in-dc-case-set-n788871

Whether or not President Biden personally gave Smith his marching orders to prosecute his political opponent, Smith happens to be doing exactly what Biden wants him to do.  Goodness, how did he know?  As THE NEW YORK TIMES reported in stories published over a year ago that are only now being brought into the spotlight, “Mr. Biden confirmed to his inner circle that he believed President Donald J. Trump was a threat to democracy and should be prosecuted.”  They reported that Biden “has said privately that he wants Mr. Garland to act less like a ponderous judge and more like a prosecutor who is willing to take decisive action over the events of January 6.”  Lo and behold.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/08/07/is-this-proof-that-joe-biden-ordered-the-indictment-of-trump-n1716898

On June 9, Jack Smith said the following, and get ready so you don’t spew your morning coffee across the room: “Adherence to the rule of law is a bedrock principle of the Department of Justice.  And our nation’s commitment to the rule of law sets an example to the world.  [Editorial aside:  dear Lord, I hope not!]  We have one set of laws in this country, and they apply to everyone.  Applying those laws, collecting those facts, that’s what determines the outcome of an investigation, nothing more, nothing less.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/federal-judge-comes-out-swinging-against-doj-special-counsel-trump-classified-docs-case

Did you spew your coffee?  Well, you were warned.

Recommendation 1: More of this please

This is something I’d like to see a lot more of from former President Trump. It’s a lengthy interview with Breitbart.com that doesn’t focus obsessively on the legal assaults on him or relitigating the 2020 election, but on his accomplishments in office, how Biden is destroying the country, and how he would reverse America's downward plunge if he were back in the White House.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/08/06/exclusive-trump-long-form-video-special-former-president-lays-out-policy-vision-country-upon-return-office/

We need more of this because the Democrats know that they can’t run on the strength of their policies or their accomplishments because their policies are disasters wherever they’re tried. They would lose in any A-B comparison of liberal vs. conservatives policies. This was perfectly expressed in a recent Babylon Bee headline about a Gavin Newsom/Ron DeSantis debate: “Governor Of State People Are Fleeing From Agrees To Debate Governor Of State They Are Fleeing To.”

https://babylonbee.com/news/governor-of-state-people-are-fleeing-from-to-debate-governor-of-state-they-are-fleeing-to

For that reason, they have to be like bad magicians and create endless distractions to keep the public from noticing their trickery. Their limited bag of trick includes accusing their opponents of being racists and wanting to bring back slavery (even though the GOP was founded on ending slavery), claiming Republicans want to take away women’s rights (when they're obliterating women’s rights and won't even say what a woman is), and of course, demonizing Trump and hitting him with an endless string of partisan indictments for speech or actions nobody else would ever be charged over.

Yes, that’s outrageous and needs to be stopped. But when Trump talks about nothing but that, or the 2020 election, he’s playing their game on their field. For all the horrible stuff from the past few years that needs to be corrected, voters will be more motivated by a positive agenda explaining how Trump will make their lives better. After three years of Biden, they desperately need someone to help them. If he can remind them of how he did it before and explain how he will do it again – as he does in this interview – that’s a much better message than just reacting to the attacks, which will keep coming anyway, no matter what he does.

Recommendation 2: Stop with the combative social media posts please!

Speaking of things that Trump should not focus on, I wish he would let his lawyers handle his legal problems and not make their job harder with the combative social media posts that hand his opponents ammunition to use against him on a silver platter. Like this attempt by Jack Smith to block discovery, citing Trump’s social media posts as justification.

https://www.westernjournal.com/jack-smith-terrified-9-word-trump-post-scrambles-file-protective-order/

Yes, I know it’s a ridiculous twisting of what Trump said, but he should know by now that of course they’re going to do that. Remember what we heard on every old rerun of “Dragnet”: "Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” I’ve never heard a better summation of the strategy the Democrats are using against Trump.


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“...This is the key:  if you look at what’s happened with the Biden narrative, it’s completely collapsed.  And, honestly, I don’t know how any self-respecting journalist is gonna pay attention to anything that the Bidens say, because of how many times they’ve been lied to.”

I think most of us who have a clue have reached that point, though we recognize the term “self-respecting journalist” as virtually an oxymoron.  But this was investigative reporter and “follow-the-money” bestselling author Peter Schweizer --- also president of the Government Accountability Institute --- speaking with FOX NEWS’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. 

The remark came after his mention of the personal phone carried by Joe Biden but paid for by Rosemont Seneca, Hunter’s company.  Obviously, “this was a systematic business operation that the Bidens were running --- to sell access, to sell influence.”  By Schweizer’s calculation, the Bidens got $30 million from the Chinese, plus millions from the Ukrainians, Russians and others. 

“It’s an astronomical number when you look at it in the larger context.”

Bartiromo asked him about Burisma founder Zlochevsky’s alleged statement that he had 17 recordings with both Hunter and Joe Biden that he was holding as “insurance.”  Schweizer thought that if there was a phone conversation between Zlochevsky and Joe Biden, it would be on that phone.  “I think there were probably phone calls with other foreign nationals as well,” he said.

He sees no reason why this phone shouldn’t be available to the [House Oversight] committee and to the public, and it should be subpoenaed if it hasn’t been already.  (It’s not an official government phone; we would guess that was the idea, as with Hillary’s private email server.)  “That’s going to be a crucial part of this record,” he said.

As we’ve pointed out, this doesn’t just have to do with Burisma Holdings per se.  “As Zlochevsky the head of Burisma is making those allegations to the confidential human source [as noted in the FBI’s “1023”], another person said to be present at those meetings was an individual that works for President Zelenskyy of Ukraine,” Schweizer said.  “That means, certainly, that if that conversation took place, I would imagine President Zelenskyy knows of the claims that Burisma bribed Joe Biden.

“That’s the kind of leverage in the context of Ukraine or China that is extremely worrisome, and that’s what should be driving this investigation.”

Heading into the Devon Archer testimony, he’d been concerned because Archer’s attorney was Boies Schiller, the same big-Democrat firm where Hunter worked as a lawyer from 2009 to 2014.  (Aside:  our guess is that he was more of a “rainmaker,” not a practicing attorney.)  But he was pleasantly surprised by the “measured and focused” testimony given by Archer, who struck him as “the adult in the room.”  He confirmed the worst suspicions, Schweizer said, which had to do with Joe Biden being “the product that this firm was selling.”

He thinks the next shoe to drop will be that of another Biden business associate, Eric Schwerin.  Archer was the “deal guy,” Schweizer said, but Schwerin was “the money guy.”  He moved the money around, including money destined for Joe Biden’s accounts.

“When he testifies before the [Oversight] committee, it’s going to be interesting to see what he says and what pressure he might be under from this administration.”

The interview is a must-see.  It has a lead-in from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, but that segues into the Schweizer conversation…

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6332528192112

Former DOJ prosecutor Jim Trusty, in an interview Sunday with Mark Levin, noted that, given the gutting of attorney-client privilege in the effort to take down Trump in the J6 indictment, our DOJ is showing how different the standard is for investigating the Bidens.  The IRS whistleblowers on the Hunter Biden case, he said, went to the U.S. attorney ready to do a search warrant for documents belonging to Hunter, but that attorney not only refused but, unbelievably, called Hunter’s lawyers to give them a heads-up.  “In my book,” Trusty said, “that’s basically obstruction of justice.”

Contrast this with what happened in the Trump classified documents case.  A high-level DOJ attorney, according to a sworn statement to a federal judge, told defense attorney Stanley Woodward essentially that it would be a shame if he endangered his pending judge-ship by not “flipping” his client against Trump.

“Again, it’s extortion,” Trusty said.  “And so the people we’re entrusting in our federal justice system to fairly and impartially and transparently pursue justice are actually obstructionists, because they’re so hell-bent on going after one target.”

“...There’s evidence from both of those cases,” he said, “that suggests this Department of Justice, if those accusations are right, has no compunction about breaking the rules, about destroying the rule of law, because of their political interest in being ‘the ones’ who got President Trump.”

There’s much more that he says “smells rotten.”  See his entire interview here...

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6332503118112

Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a guest on Levin’s show as well, noting that Hunter’s plea deal, in giving him immunity but saying the investigation was ongoing --- which, by the way, makes NO SENSE --- was shielding the DOJ from Congress ever looking into it.  Fortunately, Judge Mary Ellen Noreika saw through that.  The DOJ is, in effect, representing Joe Biden and his family, just as much as Hunter’s own lawyers are.

Whitaker agreed that by cooperating with his son’s requests, Joe Biden was a co-conspirator in his son’s violation of FARA.  All it takes is “one overt act” and this involved 20 phone calls --- that we know of --- and participating in face-to-face meetings as well.  There must be a special counsel, he said.  (We would add that this individual would have to be chosen by a panel of judges --- certainly not by Merrick Garland.)

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6332538694112

James Lynch at DAILY CALLER recalls the times during the 2020 campaign when President Trump made assertions about then-candidate Joe Biden’s connections to Hunter’s foreign business that were dismissed at the time but that turned out to be spot-on.  By November of 2019, of course, the FBI was already well aware of the Biden family business and even had Hunter’s laptop safely under wraps.  We can look back at this now and marvel at what a liar Biden was.  Note also how moderator Chris Wallace changed the conversation just when it was getting good.

https://dailycaller.com/2023/08/05/trump-right-again-about-biden-familys-foreign-business-dealings

The above story mentions that a text allegedly sent by Hunter Biden in 2017 to a CEFC associate says the Bidens are “best” at assisting his boss.  That quote in particular stood out to legal professor Jonathan Turley.

https://twitter.com/GOPoversight/status/1673735142773522433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp

“The Bidens are the best I know at doing exactly what the Chairman wants from this [partnership],” Hunter told Gongwen Dong (a.k.a. Kevin).  Turley calls this message “the perfect epitaph for the entire Biden corruption scandal.”  He also notes that the lack of media interest in that dinner Joe attended with Hunter’s foreign associates mirrors their dismissal of Hunter’s laptop, a pattern which he calls “the hallmark of a state media, by consent rather than coercion.”

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/08/06/remember-that-biden-dinner-that-never-occurred-well-it-did/

That column is a must-read, and so is his previous one, about the damage inflicted on our system by Jack Smith’s attempt to bag Trump at any cost.  “I remain deeply concerned,” Turley says, “over the implications of free speech from this prosecution.”

“Indeed,” he says,” the general dismissal of these concerns by legal experts shows how our current rage politics blinds us to dangers even to our own fundamental rights.”  It’s a must-read, showing why this abuse of the system absolutely must end in utter failure.

https://jonathanturley.org/2023/08/05/yielding-to-temptation-jack-smiths-indictment-seeks-to-bag-donald-trump-at-any-cost/#more-208089

We like what actor and clever political commentator James Woods had to say in a Twitter post (now that Twitter allows such posts).  Woods thinks Trump will increasingly be appreciated for fighting back, now that it’s obvious the Democrats have “a candidate who can’t say hello without lying.”

https://thelibertydaily.com/james-wood-waxes-philosophical-in-brilliant-analysis-of-the-democrats-gamble/

Jim Thompson at REDSTATE has a different prediction:  that Jack Smith’s DC jury will convict Trump and the Supreme Court will vacate it.  Sure, most of us would predict that, but Thompson also believes it’s all part of Smith’s plan to interfere with the 2020 election.  Thompson says this would hand the Democrat base another “the Supreme Court is illegitimate” gift, firing them up as never before for the election that fall.  I would add that this wild anti-Trump movement would be unleashed no matter who the Democrat candidate turns out to be.

https://redstate.com/jimthompson/2023/08/04/jack-smith-will-get-a-dc-jury-to-convict-trump-scotus-will-vacate-the-conviction-in-fact-smith-is-counting-on-it-n787612

Finally, Sundance at CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE has done some digging, and it’s worth a deep dive yourself into the law enforcement bureaucracy as it relates to former attorney general Bill Barr.  Sundance tracked the Mueller investigation into a system that hides the larger picture --- “the unlawful targeting of a presidential candidate [the Russia Hoax], and then a subsequent coup against that candidate after the election,” culminating, of course, in Jack Smith’s plan now.  Barr is part of that system, he says.  We can’t see the complete picture of the weaponized government, he says, because it resides in separate compartments intended to block the sunlight.  For when you have time…

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2023/08/05/bill-barr-refuses-to-say-if-he-assisted-the-jack-smith-targeting-of-donald-trump/

Democrats keep trying to defend or brush off the government's attempts to censor Americans on social media by claiming that they were just trying to prevent “dangerous misinformation” (defined by them to mean “any opinion that we disagree with”) and that the social media sites were free to say no (maybe so, but when you have a powerful government entity leaning on you to do something, it’s easy to see it as “an offer you can’t refuse.”) Well, now we’re learning that these outrageous attempts to circumvent the First Amendment by outsourcing the censoring to Silicon Valley went even further than we knew.

For instance, it’s now been reported that the Biden White House pressured Facebook to tweak its algorithm to boost stories from liberal outlets like the New York Times and suppress stories from “polarizing” conservative journalists and news outlets. “Polarizing” being another word like “misinformation” that they’ve redefined to mean “anything that challenges our hooey.”

https://ace.mu.nu/archives/405594.php

And Robert Spencer at Front Page magazine writes about a Wall Street Journal report that’s behind a paywall that reveals that the Biden Administration even leaned on Facebook in early 2021 to censor jokes and humorous memes, if the subject was potential vaccine side effects or vaccine hesitancy. Internal emails show that Facebook staffers were concerned about this, and even feared it would backfire by fueling vaccine hesitancy by sparking a conspiracy theory that the government was attempting to silence any criticism or even jokes about the vaccines.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/biden-regime-pressured-facebook-to-ban-jokes/

For the record: if there was an actual secret government effort to pressure Facebook to censor any criticism or jokes, then that’s NOT a “conspiracy theory!” It’s a conspiracy!

I can easily believe this, since we’ve had plenty of run-ins with social media platforms and search engines trying to silence or demonetize us over comments that were clearly jokes. Maybe it’s because they know that tyrants hate jokes because they tell the truth in an entertaining way. For some reason, all this about the tyrannical impulses of President Biden and his flying monkeys reminds me of what was reportedly JFK’s favorite joke. I’ve told it before, but it’s more timely than ever:

Did you hear about the Russian who was arrested for standing outside the Kremlin and yelling, “Khrushchev is an idiot?” He got 30 years in prison. Ten for insulting Khrushchev and 20 for revealing state secrets.”

That’s remarkably applicable to America today, except the idiocy at the top is not a secret.

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Civil War 2.0

August 4, 2023

Here in Texas – with August temperatures breaking records set by the Comanches - we seldom worry about much else. Once you get beyond the conversational basics - how hot, how humid and is any rain forecast - my neighbors have begun to wonder if the country is headed for another civil war. Some even short-title it as “CW 2.0.”

This week we enjoyed a momentary respite from the prevailing smugness, worn like a recognition signal on the faces of the TV elites: the breather arrived when Hunter Biden’s Sweetheart Deal suddenly collapsed. Thereafter the anchor-hunnies on CNN and MSNBC were unable to explain (1) why Hunter’s lawyers and our alleged Justice Department were on exactly the same page; and (2) why the presiding judge mysteriously declined to endorse their subtle machinations. Hadn’t she gotten the memo? Didn’t she understand that President Biden was secretly calling the shots, that her job was merely to acquiesce sweetly?

With whistle-blowers testifying and Hunter’s business buddy appearing in camera before congressional committees, it looked as though confusion might lead to candor. But then, as if orchestrated by divine intervention, Special Counsel Jack Smith appeared with his latest indictments of Donald Trump, 45 pages apparently lifted intact from the Final Report of The Nancy Pelosi Special Committee to Outlaw Insurrection and Inconvenient Thinking. Although he began with the ritual incantation, “No one is above The Law,” Smith quickly gave the TV audience what it had been longing for: a litany of prosecutorial over-statements so far beyond the pale that he seemed transformed into an especially unkempt Inspector Javert.

The Media Swamp promptly declared itself back in session, CNN even empaneling a group-grope of six or seven “experts” to discuss, analyze and dispense the glorious tidings. With nearly orgasmic delight, a similarly full-house was gaggled together over at MSNBC. A distinguished historian old enough to know better joined former solicitors general to assure the breathless audience that these latest indictments of Trump were so significant that they could only be compared to the greatest moments in American history. It was only when those TV munchkins reveled in the prospect of Trump being judged by a black Obama appointee – who may or may not know what a woman really is – that my mind turned back to CW 2.0.

None of the mirth-makers seem to have considered that possibility, intent as they were on punishing Trump by any means available. In their parallel universe of fanatically defending the Bidens, they seem oblivious to the fact that each new indictment simply increases the Trump delegate count. Even worse, they ignore the ominous signs that President Biden, his own ship daily approaching the shoals of misconduct, has placed the American justice system squarely at risk. What happens when both Trump and Biden are snake-bitten and quite possibly in jeopardy of being disqualified from holding elective office? Should we count on either one to opt for the statesmanlike alternative and gracefully withdraw? Do we assume that the Supreme Court will somehow ride to the rescue of one or the other – and would their verdict be enforced in the courts or the streets?

While slavery and states’ rights had been underlying tensions since the beginning, the proximate cause of the Civil War was the election of 1860 and Abraham Lincoln’s elevation to the presidency. As a student of that war, I have walked its battlefields and reviewed most of Ralph Peters’ books; possibly our foremost historical novelist, Ralph applies his genius by deciphering the riddles of the maps, embracing the protagonists and helping modern readers recall that terrible era. Key question: How could the most destructive war in our history have resulted from such well-known and foreseeable consequences?

Later on, I pondered those questions in Bosnia, observing the particular madness wrought by modern civil wars. I maneuvered on battlefields that violated every known principle of war, witnessed the stomach-churning realities of ethnic cleansing; had my heart broken after seeing too many ill-nourished children and bombed-out villages. For a country that had enjoyed a relatively peaceful 800-year history, how had Serbs, Croats and Moslems generated such bloody-minded bitterness? Most of all: Amidst Europe’s most beautiful playgrounds, how had crops of land-mines been planted in every field?

Over twenty years later, I still cannot answer those questions, much less predict the outcome of the foundational dilemmas awaiting us in 2024. But these days I worry less about national sovereignty and more about God’s sovereignty – and His lessons about how we should treat neighbors, brothers, sisters and countrymen.

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

Ashley Biden's Diary

August 3, 2023

As I mentioned yesterday, I have to cover the latest news on the diary of the President’s daughter, Ashley Biden. I wish I didn’t because it’s pretty sordid, but I also don’t want to be one of the many, many media outlets that are ignoring it because it reflects so very badly on Joe Biden. However, beyond the sickening personal aspects of the story, it’s also a story of how our politically partisan legal authorities abused their power to target journalists for not falling into line, and that makes it legitimate news.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2023/07/31/watch-project-veritas-produces-audio-of-ashley-biden-confirming-diary-is-hers-how-doj-pursued-them-n785400

This story began way back in the fall of 2020, before the election. Someone contacted James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas to give them what they claimed was the diary of Biden’s troubled daughter Ashley and some other items of hers, abandoned when she moved out of a house. PV did not publish the diary but contacted the Biden campaign to ask about it. Getting no response, they turned it over to legal authorities.

About a year later, there was (stop me if you’ve heard this before) an early-morning, guns-drawn raid on the homes of three Project Veritas journalists, including O’Keefe. They ransacked his home and seized 47 electronic devices, including laptops, cell phones and thumb drives. Suspiciously, he got a call about it from the New York Times immediately after the raids (how did they know?) A judge had to order the DOJ to stop extracting data from the journalists’ devices. The two people who originally found the diary pleaded guilty to federal charges, but the PV journalists were never charged with any crime.

When word of it got it, the Biden-covering media applied the usual spin (“rightwing propaganda,” “Russian disinformation,” etc.) But now, Project Veritas has just released a tape of what they say is Ashley Biden talking to them about arranging to get her stuff back, in the course of which she confirms the diary is hers and she left it behind in a rented beach house (And what is it with Biden offspring leaving incriminating evidence behind where anyone can find it? It’s almost as if they secretly want us to know what’s going on.)

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2023/08/01/ashley-biden-recording-confirms-that-the-infamous-diary-is-hers-and-sick-joe-may-have-to-head-to-the-showers-n1715067

And now, the part of this story I’d really rather not go into, and I warn you in advance. I wouldn’t mention this at all, but it’s going to come out one way or another, so there’s no point in pretending it doesn’t exist: If that really is Ashley Biden’s diary, then as previously rumored, she did write the passages about her dad showering with her, and how she was so disturbed by it that she would wait until late at night to shower to keep him from slipping into the shower with her.

I need a shower after typing that. But it will have to be discussed at some point because some commentators are saying that Democrats who have refused to abandon Biden despite his abysmal approval ratings…

https://www.westernjournal.com/dem-pollster-sounding-alarm-biden-message-just-not-working/

…might latch onto this story as something so personally repulsive that it gives them cover to drop Biden and back Gavin Newsom. Although if Democrats think it’s repulsive for men to intrude on young women’s showers, they certainly have an odd way of showing it.

Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, speaking with FOX NEWS’ Laura Ingraham, said that Trump’s latest indictment sets a dangerous precedent by criminalizing the behavior of four co-conspirators who were merely “giving good-faith legal advice to Trump.”

“...It’s more than a stretch to call something criminal if someone is seeking legal counsel from their own lawyers,” he said.

“The truth of the matter is they’re not going to stop going until they get him going or get him coming, and I say this as someone who is running against Trump,” he said.  (Dan Bongino said on Tuesday that we’ve reached the emergency point, the “break glass” moment.)  “...It would be easier for me,” VR said, “if Donald Trump were eliminated from the competition.  That is not how any of us would want to win because that is bad for the country.  That’s why I think it’s important for us competing against Trump to take a strong stand against these politicized statements.”

https://amgreatness.com/2023/08/02/vivek-ramaswamy-files-lawsuit-against-doj-after-it-fails-to-respond-to-foia-request-seeking-biden-garland-smith-communications

Which brings us to Mike Pence.

https://www.westernjournal.com/mike-pence-turns-trump-good-sides-biden-regime-trumps-third-indictment/

Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project, said Wednesday that “any Republican politician who thinks what Merrick Garland and Jack Smith are doing here is justified” has disqualified himself.  And Pence, in failing to condemn their tactics --- a shameful abuse of the Constitution by the DOJ that’s making our country unrecognizable --- he is disqualifying himself for the office of President or any other office.  I like and respect Mike Pence, but responses like that are a signal that he’s not going to safeguard our rights from an out-of-control federal bureaucracy.

It also seems like a huge conflict of interest for Pence to be a witness against Trump when he’s Trump’s political adversary, actually running for the same nomination.  Can it get any crazier?  With Smith in charge, yes, it can.

Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is believed to be “Co-conspirator #1” in Jack Smith’s indictment of Trump.  If such a stalwart Trump supporter can be reduced to collateral damage in the fight against “Trump ‘24,” the left is fine with that.  They hate him, too.

Attorney John Eastman is believed to be “Co-conspirator #2” and is now facing prosecution and possible disbarment.  According to the indictment, this so-called co-conspirator called Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, and allegedly told her (“falsely,” Smith says) that a “fake electors” plan would be used only if ongoing litigation in the states was successful.

As Ingraham pointed out in the lead-in to her interview of Eastman, “It’s not a criminal act to have a novel legal theory about something, even if it’s about something like electors and the Constitution.  Advice given from an attorney used to be sacrosanct.  And it usually falls under the attorney-client privilege.  But this is just another norm that the left will sacrifice on the altar of ‘getting Trump.’”

Eastman’s attorney Harvey Silverglate says his client will never flip or accept a plea deal because he is innocent, though the feds are applying pressure for him to do that.   “We’re ruling it out now and forever,” Silverglate told the U.K. DAILY MAIL “because he committed no crime.  If indicted, we’re going to trial.  If convicted, we’re appealing.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12366065/Lawyer-Trump-conspirator-John-Eastman-says-client-NEVER-flip-accept-plea-deal-innocent-vows-January-6-case-trial.html

“There has been no crime committed by John Eastman,” Silverglate said.  “I’m not speaking to any of the other targets, nor for Trump.  But for Eastman, there will be no deal whatsoever, period.”  Obviously, Eastman has completely ruled it out.

But watch the DOJ keep tightening the screws.  You see, that’s how this ‘Justice’ Department works:  when you want to get the big fish, catch some smaller fish in your net and try to get them to “flip.”  Just ask Paul Manafort, who spent months in solitary without so much as a magazine.

Silverglate ripped as “thoroughly unprofessional” Smith’s leak of information on co-conspirators when they haven’t even been charged (yet), at least not publicly.  He believes the prosecutor is hoping that one of them will come in and offer to make a deal, “plea to some lesser offense and help the government investigation, whether truthful or not.”  He said that after 50 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, he knows “people will make up stories in order to be cooperators in order to get out of trouble.”

Of Eastman’s legal opinions, his attorney said, “Eastman gave cutting-edge advice.  Now, that is lawful.  Some of Eastman’s theories are derided by other lawyers, but they’re all “perfectly within the realm of good-faith legal advice.”  He’s sure there are experts who can testify to this.  “Remember, one of the things that lawyers try to do is figure out lawful ways for the client to do what the client wants to do.”  Eastman’s advice was “within the realm of good faith,” he said, and they’re confident they can show it was “legal, lawful and ethical.”

It used to be that such confabs were covered by attorney-client privilege, but when it’s Trump, prosecutors ignore that.  Ingraham rightly pointed out the irony that “obviously, their interpretation of these statutes, of the application of the statues THEMSELVES, are novel theories...So they’re guilty of the standard that they’re applying to Trump and Eastman, I guess, and the others.”

Silverglate pointed out what’s behind Eastman’s disbarment case in California.  “The bar association, instead of waiting for the outcome of the court process, is looking to disbar him and take away his ability to fund his own defense in the criminal case.”

“This whole thing has become so politicized,” Silverglate said, “it’s not even funny.  And it’s a blot on the Department of Justice, in my view...This is the most politicized indictment that I can remember in my 50-plus years of being a criminal defense and civil liberties lawyer.”

He thinks the [appellate] courts “are not gonna fall for it...When somebody who is dispassionate writes a history of this, a lot of reputations are gonna go down the sewer.”

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6332327509112

We’ll have more on the other co-conspirators soon.  As the DAILY MAIL reports, Co-conspirator #3 is apparently attorney Sydney Powell.  She’s made herself scarce since Dominion Voting Systems sued her for spouting “conspiracy theories” relating to the hack-ability of the Dominion electronic system.  If there had been a real investigation of this, we’d surely know by now if there was anything to such claims.  But we know now that regardless of the degree of vulnerability of electronic systems, the incredible lack of transparency about it is so concerning that the only way to deal with it is to return to old-fashioned in-person paper balloting, not connected electronically to anything.  Zero hack-ability.  Picture I.D. required.  Voter rolls purged of dead people and those who have moved away.  Poll watchers everywhere they want to go.  So sue me.

The DAILY MAIL believes Co-conspirator #4 is former Justice Department official Jeff Clark, whose home the FBI raided in 2022.  Clark was wearing boxer shorts and asked them if he could put on pants.  The story doesn’t say if they let him.

The indictment says Trump met with Clark on December 22, 2021, to explore the possibility of installing him as acting Attorney General.  Trump is said in the indictment to have brought this up to then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Donoghue.  (My immediate thought was, so what?  These are just discussions of what might legally be done, and nothing like this actually WAS done.)

Co-conspirator #5 is Kenneth Chesebro, accused of devising what was going to be the so-called “fake electors” scheme.  Oddly, the Harvard-educated Chesebro studied with anti-Trump law professor Laurence Tribe and worked as a researcher for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.  But Nancy Pelosi’s Kangaroo Kommittee accused Chesebro of being “the architect of the fake elector plot” in seven states.

As we’ve said, there is nothing criminal about a state submitting an alternate slate of electors in case the vote count turns out to be different.  It’s been done before, notably in Hawaii.  In this case, though, it’s been twisted by prosecutors into a plan to subvert the popular will.  Obviously, Trump didn’t trust the results of the 2020 election, and he had plenty of company at the time --- perhaps a lot more now.

Co-conspirator #6 is an unidentified consultant.  Some are reporting (tentatively) that this might be Trump campaign senior advisor Boris Epshteyn, who, according to the WASHINGTON EXAMINER, “worked in coordination with Giuliani, Eastman and others on plots to establish alternate electors in various states.”

(Note to Jack Smith:  this plan was only discussed, not carried out.  Say, hypothetically, that this really was a scheme to substitute “fake electors” and put one over on America, but they changed their minds.   If you discovered a group had plans to rob a bank, but then shelved the idea and didn’t rob it, would you still charge the leader of the group with bank robbery?  I guess you would.)

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justice/donald-trump-indictment-who-is-co-conspirator-6

Many liberals like to simply deny things that the rest of us can see with our own eyes, from the crisis on the border to Biden family corruption to government censorship of opposing views on the Internet. If it’s inconvenient for them, they simply claim it doesn’t really exist, or to use their popular term, it’s just a “rightwing conspiracy theory.” Well, explain this:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan just released a trove of internal documents from Facebook and Instagram parent corporation Meta that show how the Biden Administration was aggressively leaning on Meta to censor posts during the pandemic. They used the rationale that those views were “misinformation” that had to be suppressed.

https://www.westernjournal.com/smoking-gun-jim-jordan-releases-facebook-files-revealing-damning-internal-emails/

That article includes details about a senior Biden advisor being “outraged” that a humorous meme about the COVID vaccine hadn’t been removed yet, with more pressure brought to bear until it was. Other posts the White House demanded be censored included a video of Tucker Carlson. Not surprisingly, these officials showed zero concern for Facebook’s arguments that the posts violated no rules and that removing them would be an infringement of Constitutionally-protected free speech.

Jordan said the Committee had to threaten to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in contempt to force him to hand over these documents, which ironically prove that government pressure was directly responsible for the censorship on Facebook. I wonder why Zuckerberg wouldn’t want that to be known? Either he has Stockholm Syndrome or they did a really good job of bullying him.

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Special counsel Jack Smith added three more charges against former President Trump to the 37 charges he’s already facing for possessing his own Administration’s documents. These are one count of “willful retention of national defense information” (don't ALL ex-Presidents retain national defense information?) and two counts of obstruction. Obstruction is the preferred fallback of overzealous federal prosecutors: if you can’t prove someone committed an actual crime, then charge them with trying to obstruct your investigation of the nonexistent crime.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-charged-with-additional-counts-in-special-counsels-classified-records-probe

Smith also charged another person, Mar-A-Lago maintenance man Carlos de Oliveira, with obstruction for allegedly attempting to delete surveillance video footage. He allegedly told another worker that the “boss” wanted the server wiped, and the other worker said he didn’t know how and didn’t think that would be allowed. So in short, federal charges against a regular working person over a secondhand claim that Trump wanted something done which apparently wasn’t done. De Oliveira is also being charged with making “false statements and representations in a voluntary interview with the FBI.” Michael Flynn could’ve told him never to give a voluntary interview to the FBI.

Trump reacted as you might expect to this latest pile of bananas loaded onto the banana republic express that’s running over him. He called the charges “ridiculous” and accused Smith of prosecutorial misconduct and “election interference at the highest level.” He said they’re harassing his company, his family and him, and "If I weren’t leading Biden by a lot in numerous polls, and wasn’t going to be the Republican nominee, it wouldn’t be happening.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-reacts-to-abuse-by-doj-this-is-what-you-get-for-leading-the-2024-polls

This is on top of reportedly looming indictments of Trump for allegedly inciting the January 6th riot by telling people to peacefully protest.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2023/07/27/trump-j6-indictment-expected-n2626281

As usual, the Babylon Bee provides more truth than the real news does on this topic…

https://babylonbee.com/news/trump-indicted-for-the-1996-murder-of-tupac-shakur

By the way, if the idea of all these indictments is to convince voters that Trump is a criminal (and not certain other Oval Office occupants we could name), it doesn’t seem to be working on too many people other than the cast of “The View.” A new Harvard-Harris poll of registered voters found that 56% believe the indictments of Trump by Biden’s DOJ are politically-motivated interference in the 2024 election, and 57% believe he’ll be acquitted. Only 44% believe it’s a “fair application of the law.” Allow me to introduce them to Hunter Biden’s plea deal.

Gerald Ford took a lot of heat for pardoning Richard Nixon, but he was wise enough to know that prosecuting former Presidents is the hallmark of tyrannies and it would do nothing but rip the country apart. Unfortunately, this Administration has ripped up over two centuries of tradition and is attempting to jail a former President because it has no wisdom nor any concern for the good of the nation as a whole. It just has a blind obsession with clinging to power at all costs.

Incidentally, I’m not a vindictive sort, but if I had Trump’s money, I would probably buy the houses on either side of Jack Smith’s home and turn one of them into a halfway house for recently-released drug addicts and the other into a free rehearsal space for local garage bands. If it’s a gated community with an HOA that bans that, I’d buy enough houses to take over the HOA and then assess Smith the maximum fines for every piddly infraction of the rules that I could possibly come up with. See how he likes it.

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This week, Republicans on the House Rules Committee will decide which amendments to include to a spending bill for the VA and related agencies, to roll back the Biden Administration’s agenda promoting abortion access, transgender treatments and other far-left “woke” initiatives.

If you’d like to see what former President Trump is up against when he’s facing all these indictments by rogue prosecutors both in Biden’s DOJ and in deep blue pockets of America, then read this essay from the Karlstack Substack account. It examines in detail the federal prosecution of Douglass Mackey, the young man who was charged with “election interference” by Biden’s DOJ and convicted by a New York jury, and who could be facing years in prison for the heinous crime of…sharing humorous memes about Hillary Clinton on Twitter (sure, Hillary; THAT’S why you lost.)

The DOJ claims this is a crime because joke memes telling Democrats to vote by text or on Wednesday, etc., amount to attempts at election interference since some people might actually believe them. Well, I guess they know the intelligence levels of their voters better than I do.

https://www.karlstack.com/p/twitter-poster-railroaded-for-free

Read it and be shocked and infuriated at the looooong list of acts of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct that it took to convict and railroad Mackey into prison on circumstantial evidence of conspiring with people he never talked with to allegedly alter the results of a national election by posting some humorous memes on social media that he didn’t even create. It aptly describes his trial as a “totalitarian nightmare.” If for no other reason, read it to learn the jaw-dropping justification they cited for holding the trial in the deeply biased Eastern District of New York, even though that area had nothing to do with the alleged “crime.”

As the author makes clear, this is a (so-far successful) attempt to expand the government’s power to police speech on public forums and to prosecute and even imprison Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights. Let us all hope and pray that the appeals court sees this for the Orwellian power grab it is and slaps it down hard.

 


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In ‘N’ Out Burger

It was understandable for people to have mistaken beliefs about COVID early on (remember when we were supposed to spray disinfectant on our mail?) But the pandemic is now so far in the rearview mirror that even Joe Biden was forced to admit it’s over. Still, habits die hard and some people are still clinging to them, like wearing facemasks even though we now know that they are largely ineffective and can cause more health problems than they prevent. In some places (especially deep blue places, where people have a hard time giving up crutches), you still see them. But in much of the country, masks are SO 2021.

That’s why In ‘N’ Out Burger announced that its employees would no longer wear masks unless they wanted to (and even then, they have to provide a doctor’s note explaining why.) The chain said they would continue with unmatched health and safety standards, but the masks interfere with customer service and being able to see their associates’ smiles. Incidentally, for those who have hearing problems, they make it almost impossible to understand what a person is saying by muffling the sound and hiding the lips.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/07/19/leftists-call-to-boycott-in-n-out-over-new-mask-policy/

I imagine most customers cheered this return to normalcy and sanity. But that leaves liberals, who are having their daily meltdown over it. They tweeted out calls for a boycott from their hermetically-sealed apartments where they live alone, wearing masks 24/7. So no leftists will be at In ‘N’ Out Burger, which is one more reason to eat there.

If it helps, the mask ban will not apply in Democrat-dominated California, where masks are still necessary to block out the smell of human feces from the sidewalks.


The Issues

The media love to carp about how the presidential candidates aren’t talking about “the issues,” but when they do, the media ignore it and fixate on personal attacks and horse race polls. Well, around here, we think that voters should consider a candidate’s ideas (or in Biden’s case, lack of them.) So here’s an article about the “Mission First Military,” Ron DeSantis’ plan for restoring America’s military that’s being hollowed out by woke top brass. Discuss.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2023/07/19/ron-desantis-mission-first-military-plan-would-put-the-armed-forces-on-the-path-to-success-n778935


“Try That in a Small Town”

If there were a Nobel Prize for Hypocrisy, there would be so many contenders, it would be impossible to pick a winner. But I might be rooting for it to be one of the many liberals who constantly accuse other people of racism on the flimsiest pretext while launching shocking and blatant racist attacks on black conservatives.

This has become so common that the past two days alone brought us several examples. Liberals flew into a Code Red righteous rage at country star Jason Aldean for his song, “Try That in a Small Town.” Aldean has been outspoken about his conservative views, and the song is about how people in small towns have strong communities, they help each other, and they wouldn’t tolerate the rioters and criminals that big cities allow to run amok (if you disagree, I’ll point you to video of Antifa thugs trying to intimidate some suburban veterans and getting their rear ends kicked until they run away.)

BLM apologists shrieked that Aldean was endorsing lynching, which isn’t mentioned nor depicted in the song or video, and most of the criminals depicted in it are white. But it was filmed at a courthouse where a black man was lynched in 1927! Yes, and so were countless other movies and videos, and Aldean didn’t even pick the location. CMT (Country Music Television), showing a strange idea of who they think their viewers are, yielded to the liberal cancel mob and yanked the video. Meanwhile, the song rocketed to #1 on iTunes and other platforms, and country music fans are talking about a Bud Light-style boycott of CMT. Well, Jason did try to warn them that that leftist garbage doesn’t fly with country people.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/bitter-irony-democrats-latest-racist-attack-clarence-thomas

Meanwhile, all the liberals having a fit over the imaginary racism in a county music video didn’t have a single syllable of criticism for far-left Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who launched the latest in an endless series of racist smears against SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas. It’s too vile to repeat, so I’ll just link to the full story.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/bitter-irony-democrats-latest-racist-attack-clarence-thomas

As Jonathan Turley points out in that article, Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre just this week denounced Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for suggesting that COVID-19 may have been engineered to spare Jewish and Chinese people and declared that "it is important that we essentially speak out" when racist or anti-Semitic comments are made.

Couldn’t agree more! So how many liberals have condemned Ellison’s disgusting racist attack on Thomas? Zip, zero, nada. About the same number as have ever condemned any of the disgusting racist attacks on Clarence Thomas, Tim Scott, Condoleezza Rice or any other black conservative.

So to clarify: the current Democratic Party policy is that it is important to speak out against racism – unless it’s their own.

Related: Sheryl Crow also found out that it’s not a good idea to attack Jason Aldean for opposing rioters and criminals.

https://summit.news/2023/07/20/sheryl-crow-takes-brunt-of-backlash-defending-try-that-in-a-small-town-song/

Incidentally, when you consider all the songs that glorify violence, why is it that the only one that liberals criticize is one about not tolerating violent criminals?


America the Beautiful

God's creation is all around us.  We are blessed with his bounty.  Take a moment to enjoy it.


GOP Senators complain to The Hill

The Hill newspaper reported that several “Republican” Senators are complaining that they might not be able to remain in the party and might become Democrats because they’re so horrified by all the extremist, America First populists who’ve taken over. You know, GOP voters who actually expect the people they elect to put the good of America and its people ahead of the wishes of party leaders, globalists, the Deep State and corporate donors. Why, the nerve of those peasants!

This link will tell you who these Senators are, but I’ll bet you’ve already guessed.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2023/07/17/lisa-murkowski-threatens-to-leave-republican-party-and-join-democrats-several-republican-senators-including-thune-romney-cornyn-and-young-agree/


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Bad news for President Trump

Wednesday, former President Trump got bad news from two court rulings. First, Clinton-appointed federal Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein rejected his bid to move his hush money case from New York State court to federal courts. The judge ruled that the allegations pertained to Trump’s personal life, not his official presidential duties, so it belongs in state court. This will set the stage for a trial in Trump-hating New York in the middle of the presidential primary season, providing the election interference that was obviously the whole basis for the case. I find this ruling particularly galling, considering that the only way D.A. Alvin Bragg was able to bring these charges was to twist federal law into a state case, the state charges having already passed the statute of limitations.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-nixes-trump-s-bid-to-move-hush-money-criminal-case-keeping-it-in-new-york-state-court/ar-AA1e5cXW

Also from the story: “Hellerstein rejected Trump’s argument that the indictment could be moved to federal court because it was ‘politically motivated’ and the product of ‘state hostility.’ Hellerstein said there was ‘no reason to believe that the New York judicial system would not be fair and give Trump equal justice under the law.’” I will give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor before continuing.

Ready?

In other bad court news for Trump, another New York judge rejected his appeal for a new trial and to reduce the $5 million damage award in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case. This case has gotten extremely convoluted, and the details aren’t something I want to go into here, so I’ll link to this explanation by attorney Susie Moore, who attempts to untangle and explain it.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2023/07/19/judge-goes-out-of-his-way-to-deny-trump-new-trial-in-e-jean-carroll-case-n779034


Report: SPR is at its lowest level in decades

Remember when President Biden was patting himself on the back for his genius in taking all that oil out of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve that Trump had topped off, to artificially lower gas prices before the last election, and then he was going to refill it at lower prices? GENIUS!!!

Well, here’s how it worked out in reality: The energy news site OilPrice.com reports that the SPR is at its lowest level in decades, and oil prices are too high to refill it. Even at $70 a barrel, we’d have to buy 300 million barrels for $21 billion. But worse than that, the SPR is kept in salt caverns that were intended to hold the oil intact, not have it constantly sucked out and pumped back in, which dissolves the salt. That means we might not be able to replenish it because the caverns were never intended to handle regular withdrawals like an oil ATM.

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/The-SPR-Could-Stay-Half-Empty-Forever.html

Please pardon me while I express my opinion of this Administration in a word…

IDIOTS!!!

Stephen Green at PJ Media has some more thoughts on this story that I think we can all agree with, and a chart that might shock you.

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2023/07/19/well-biden-screwed-us-forever-on-another-damn-thing-n1711962


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Must-Read:

Jennifer Van Laar at Redstate.com compiled a helpful list of all the most important and (in the case of the Democrats) cringe-inducing moments from Wednesday's Hunter Biden/IRS whistleblower hearing.

https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2023/07/20/key-takeaways-and-memorable-moments-from-the-irs-whistleblower-hearing-n778998

Pay particular attention to how Rep. Dan Goldman, in attempting to run cover for Joe Biden, inadvertently made the case for appointing a special counsel to investigate him.


Israel’s President speaks to Congress

I told you that Israeli President Isaac Herzog would be making a speech to Congress. Here is a write-up of what he said, along with video.

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2023/07/19/israeli-president-herzog-receives-standing-ovation-for-speech-to-congress-progressive-caucus-members-boycott-n779038

And in a line that deserves special notice because it appeared to be aimed at the leftist Congress members who constantly slam Israel and who boycotted the speech, Herzog said it’s fine to criticize Israel, but it “must not cross the line into negation of the state of Israel’s right to exist. Questioning the Jewish people’s right to self-determination is not legitimate diplomacy. It is antisemitism.”

 


FBI “1023” alleges Bidens “coerced” Burisma exec to pay them $10 million

Apologies in advance for linking to yet another headline with the word “bombshell” in it.  So many stories get called bombshells these days that we’re hesitant to use the word ourselves --- it’s like “The walls are closing in!!” --- but this one does seem to fall into the bombshell category.  A sitting President, Joe Biden, has been very credibly accused of public corruption on a massive scale, and the FBI/DOJ knew about this and hid the evidence away.

Sen. Chuck Grassley has released the slightly-redacted FBI “1023” it took him months to get from the Bureau.  Recall that this document contained notes from an interview in June 2020 with an FBI confidential human source (CHS) who alleged that Ukrainian oligarch and Burisma Holdings founder Mykola Zlochevsky had paid Hunter and Joe Biden a cool $5 million each.

That part we knew, but today we get a fuller picture from descriptions of four separate conversations the CHS had with Zlochevsky, starting with a meeting near Kyiv in 2015.  The White House would love to say (and no doubt will) that these are just hearsay allegations made by one person, but according to the CHS, all of the conversations took place in the presence of the man who had introduced them, Alexander Ostapenko, who, according to the notes, “works in some office for the administration of [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy.”

(NOTE:  It occurs to us that if someone working at all closely with President Zelenskyy was privy to these conversations between the CHS and Zlochevsky, he might have shared the information with Zelenskyy.  And if Zelenskyy knew about the payments to the Bidens, that presumably would have given him a lot of sway over Biden once Biden was President.  Just a thought that might help explain a lot.)

We also already knew that Zlochevsky is alleged to have told the CHS he has 17 recordings of conversations he had with the Bidens, two of these with Joe Biden, as well as “many text messages” and financial records of two payments he made to the Bidens.

It should be mentioned that according to the House Oversight Committee, the 2020 FBI file on this CHS was created after the FBI found a record from 2017 from the same CHS about the malfeasance.  Sen. Grassley describes him as a Ukrainian-American who has been a trusted, highly credible FBI source for over a decade and been paid “six figures” for his information.

So let’s pick up where we left off, with details of one of these conversations.  The CHS told the FBI he’d met Zlochevsky at a coffee shop in Vienna in 2016 and they apparently had quite a conversation about the Bidens.  Zlochevsky, he said, had told him he was “coerced” into giving the Bidens that money.  According to notes in the “1023,” the CHS told them “Zlochevsky made some comment that although Hunter Biden ‘was stupid, and his (Zlochevsky’s) dog was smarter,’ Zlochevsky would have to keep Hunter (on Burisma’s board) ‘so everything will be okay.’”

The source told the FBI he’d asked Zlochevsky whether Joe or Hunter Biden had told him he should “retain” Hunter on the board.  Zlochevsky allegedly said, “They both did.”

According to the CHS, Zelensky told him the recordings he’d made and other evidence showed he was “somehow coerced into paying the Bidens to ensure Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma Holdings, was fired.”

So there’s your quid pro quo.  When Joe Biden later bragged onstage about getting the Ukrainian president to fire his lead prosecutor by threatening the loss of a billion dollars in US aid, this was apparently the backstory.  By this account, Joe was leveraging U.S. taxpayer money to earn his own private payment of $5 million from Zlochevsky, with another $5 million going to son Hunter.

The source’s last conversation with Zlochevsky was on the phone in 2019, during which the oligarch allegedly told him that he (the informant) had been an “oracle” for warning against partnering with the Bidens because of their political controversy in the U.S.  When the informant told him he might have difficulty explaining the suspicious wire transfers reflecting illicit payments to the Bidens, Zlochevsky explained that he hadn’t sent funds directly to “the Big Guy,” adding that with the various companies and bank accounts he (Zlochevsky) controlled, it would take investigators 10 years to find the illicit payments.

Note that according to the CHS, Zlochevsky DID use the words “the Big Guy.”  The informant took that to be a reference to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

The NEW YORK POST report shows the actual pages of the “1023.” quite minimally redacted, so I encourage you read through it, for the details and also (we promise) the unintended entertainment value.   According to the source, during the very first meeting he’d had with this group, Burisma CFO Vadym Pozharsky said Burisma had hired Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems,” though he said Pozharsky didn’t elaborate.

(Aside:  Pozharsky was present at that now-infamous dinner at DC’s Cafe Milano in 2015, attended by both Joe and Hunter.)

Pozharsky said, too, that Hunter is “not smart,” so they wanted “additional counsel.”  Hunter’s lack of smarts seems to have been a recurring theme; hence, the entertainment value.  The POST also includes a number of additional breakout quotes from the document, as well as the lame response from White House spokesperson Ian Sams, who is getting to be known for those.  (They’ve also included a few related stories in the sidebar.)  A must-read…

https://nypost.com/2023/07/20/biden-bribe-file-released-burisma-chief-said-both-joe-and-hunter-involved/

Thursday evening, John Solomon appeared with FOX NEWS’ Sean Hannity to look at the key take-aways from this “1023,” along with legal analyst Greg Jarrett and former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.  Great, must-see segment.  Many will be surprised to learn from Jarrett that even if it can’t be proved that Joe Biden personally was paid off, it’s legally a bribe and a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act if one’s family benefits.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6331584819112

There’s no better source on the Biden deals (particularly in Ukraine) than Solomon, so here’s the link to his page with a list of the most recent updates.

https://justthenews.com/john-solomon

We told you yesterday that in Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, New York Rep. Dan Goldman (who might not be as smart as Zlochevsky’s dog, either) unintentionally let it get into the record that Joe Biden did discuss business with son Hunter.  Law professor Jonathan Turley says in a new column that Goldman’s failed line of questioning inflicted “Dresden-level damage” to any defense of Biden while opening the door for a potential special counsel.  (Still, it’s hard to picture AG Merrick Garland appointing one of those.)  Goldman is very fortunate the clock ran out, or it could have been worse.

The especially delightful part of this piece at TOWNHALL is the exchange between Turley and Goldman after Turley wrote a column for the NEW YORK POST about how disastrous this was.  Goldman just made himself look even more obtuse.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/07/20/dems-friendly-fire-incident-during-irs-whistleblower-hearing-caused-dresden-level-damage-to-biden-n2626021

 

 

RELATED READING:

Since we’re headed into a weekend and there’s so much to this story, here are some suggestions for further reading, if you’re so inclined.  You’ll pick up a few more bits and pieces from these.  And be advised that former Hunter business partner Devon Archer is supposed to testify next week.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/07/20/release-of-the-fbis-fd-1023-on-biden-corruption-allegations-provides-ample-basis-for-impeachment-n2626002

 

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/07/20/burisma-ceo-told-informant-he-was-coerced-into-paying-bidens-10-million-bribe-n1712300

 

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/07/20/fbi-informant-form-dont-worry-hunter-will-take-care-of-all-of-those-issues-through-his-dad/

 

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/07/20/shocking-release-of-fd-1023-reveals-egregious-attempt-by-the-fbi-to-cover-for-the-bidens-n779381

 

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/07/20/new-irs-whistleblower-joseph-zielger-battles-jake-tappers-bias-in-revealing-interview-n779536

 

https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2023/07/20/fbi-gives-laughable-statement-after-sen-grassley-releases-fd-1023-biden-bribery-form-n779512

 

It’s also fun to read about the Democrats’ reactions.  They’ve lost control and are losing their freaking minds.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/07/20/house-dem-whip-hunter-whistleblower-hearing-dangerous/

 

Here’s Goldman showing off his obtuseness again by blasting the whistleblowers for not considering that their revelations of high crimes might impact the 2024 election. This is especially hilarious coming from the very people who would indict Trump for wearing white after Labor Day. Goldman proves once again that, like Hunter, he’s not as smart as Zlochevsky’s dog.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/07/20/dem-rep-goldman-whistleblowers-didnt-consider-joe-biden-was-on-ballot-if-hunter-probe-hamstrung-barr-did-it/

 

Dan Goldman is seemingly everywhere right now. The radical left heir to the Levi Strauss fortune who’s never had to work a real job in his life also arrogantly smeared Emma Jo Morris for working as a journalist for Breitbart News, which he considers not a “real” news outlet like one of the DNC stenographic pools that takes him seriously. This lug is just begging for a cream pie right in the face.

https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2023/07/20/russian-collusion-hoaxer-rep-goldman-baselessly-attacks-breitbart-newss-emma-jo-morris-fringe-journalist/

 

Lacking a pie, the journalist he dismissed as “fringe” LAUGHED in his face.

https://rumble.com/v318hyg-emma-jo-morris-cant-stop-laughing-during-testimony-when-reading-politico-hu.html

 

 


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