December 20, 2021

“Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling has been the subject of a furious cancel campaign by trans activists for defending women’s rights against the erosion of them by men “identifying” as women. She says she’s gotten enough death threats to paper her house (what a great example of tolerance these people are.) But bless her, she refuses to shut up and bend the knee. Having that “Harry Potter” money probably helps. And now, she's doubled down on speaking common sense to power.

When a British politician introduced an insane new proposal that would require police to book accused rapists as females if they claim to identify as female, Rowling responded with a tweet so brilliant and brutal that it set off yet another storm of Twitter mob outrage.

But from the way the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling quickly started trending, maybe this is a hopeful sign that people are finally getting fed up with having to hold their tongues and nod along in the face of absolute lunacy, like the crowd in the fairy tale pretending that the emperor isn’t really naked (except for his high heels.)

Mad at Manchin

December 20, 2021

Speaking of communism and Senators from New England, Bernie Sanders is very ticked at Sen. Joe Manchin for not going along with the massive “Build Back Better” spending bill. Sanders called Manchin “arrogant” for blocking what 48 other Senate Democrats want to do (never mind that the vast majority of his West Virginia constituents oppose the bill.)

Okay, let’s unpack that. First of all, 48 Senators isn’t a majority of the Senate. Even if Manchin caved, Kyrsten Sinema still opposes it, so that would make it 49…which is STILL a minority. Even if they had 50 votes, forcing massive spending and transformative government changes onto an unwilling public via a phony “budget reconciliation” bill that passes by one tie-breaking vote is pure arrogance.

But as Kennedy pointed out on Fox News’ “The Five,” Bernie’s beloved socialism itself is the epitome of arrogance. It’s the belief that you have the right to take other people’s money and property on grounds that you can spend and use it better than they can, and they should be grateful to you for it.

Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised because Bernie is the poster child for arrogance. He’s never held a successful private sector job in his life, yet he’s convinced that he knows more about running the US economy and every business and industry in America than the people who actually founded and run them. If his ego were any more inflated, he could finally get a successful private sector job as a Macy’s Parade balloon.

Related: Bernie first tasted the sweet life of getting rich in socialist politics when he landed his first elected position as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Those folks apparently didn’t learn their lesson, because they bought into the “defund the police” idiocy. And even in a town like Burlington, it’s had predictable results.

UPDATE:  Manchin announced on Fox News this morning that he will not vote for BBB.

When George Carlin was arrested for doing his “Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television” bit, at least the words were actual curse words. Canada has just issued a list of 18 (!) words people are no longer allowed to say because they might offend someone, and some of them have people baffled as to who would be offended by them or why. Terms like “blackmail,” “grandfathered in,” “tone-deaf” and “first world problem.”

If you get horribly offended by these words, then you are a perfect example of someone with a “first world problem.” But as Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge notes, this is only scratching the surface. If we’re going to purge the language of every word anyone might possibly find offensive, we’ve got a long way to go, and he offers some examples.

Warning: he points out that there are 279 words alone in the English language that include the letters “black,” so by the time we’re finished censoring all the words, everyone will just be grunting and pointing. All conversations will sound like Tim Allen monologs.

On Friday, former Perkins Coie partner and Hillary/DNC attorney Marc Elias tweeted this revealing message:

“Republicans are worse than ever and their attack on democracy continues. For 2022-24, our best hope remains new federal legislation and aggressive litigation.”

Recall that Perkins Coie is the firm that brought us the fake Steele “dossier” in 2016. And now, with these words, Elias shows his hand, revealing once again that the real “attack on democracy” is coming from Democrats, notably HIM. (At least he seems to have shelved for the moment the tired but no doubt focus-group-tested leftist phrase “our democracy.” And we live in a republic, folks.) If you can’t prevent Republicans from winning by the will of the people, he rationalizes, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to change the law to make manipulating the outcome a cinch. And you’ve got to do this at the federal level, in a bill like the Democrats’ proposed H.R. 1, even though the Constitution clearly gives the authority to run elections to state legislatures.

In the months leading up to November 3, 2020, Elias did an end-run around state legislatures, jetting around from one battleground state to another with a huge team of attorneys --- generally not even licensed to practice in that state --- and legal staff to file suit at both state and county levels. The goal: to force universal "no-excuse" mail-in voting and the lifting of safeguards against dirty tricks, such as traditional restrictions on ballot harvesting. They overwhelmed the Republicans. These changes were designed to lead to chaos --- I’d call it “targeted chaos.” This has become known as the “sue till blue” strategy.

The real attack on democracy was what Elias and his cohorts did to make it easier to cheat and almost impossible to detect the cheating. The chaos they created made that possible.

After the election, Elias made a strategic exit from Perkins Coie and started an “independent” law firm, The Elias Firm, dedicated to getting more Democrats elected and "progressive" legislation passed. So his tweet above really could be taken as his mission statement for the next few years.

Elias’ tweet caught the attention of Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist, who literally wrote the book on the 2020 election, a comprehensive analysis entitled “RIGGED: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.” As you might imagine, Perkins Coie and partners Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann (who has been indicted by Special Counsel John Durham for not telling the FBI that he was working for Hillary when he was peddling the “dossier”) figure prominently.

She tweeted back: “Marc Elias, who ran the destructive Russia collusion lie operation in 2016, says the quiet part out loud --- decreasing the security and safeguards for elections is Democrats’ ‘best hope’ for winning future elections.”

“This is nonsense,” he responded, “but I did like the part of your book where you wrote about how effective I was in beating the GOP in court in 2020. How’d it sell?”

Only a hack attorney like Elias would take what she said about him in the book as a compliment. It wasn’t meant that way.

She continued: “Oh, I don’t believe I ever wrote about your efforts against election security. But I believe I mentioned that you were sanctioned by the 5th Circuit for your dishonesty.”

Sure enough, starting on page 14 of RIGGED –- a must-read for anyone curious about the 2020 election –- she outlines Elias’ history of working to elect Democrats by changing voting laws, saying that’s his “real passion.” It’s quite a resume. Politico has called him “a dominant force in U.S. election law,” and he certainly proved that in 2020. The proof is in the pudding, which is to say the current pudding-for-brains occupying the White House as a result of his efforts. Hemingway notes that Elias was in charge of the legal challenges in 2008 that put Al Franken in the U.S. Senate in Minnesota and made it possible for the Democrats to pass Obamacare. (“The Republicans never knew what hit them,” she wrote.) She describes in detail how this was engineered. And, yes, she does mention that “the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sanctioned him [Elias] in March 2021 after he filed a supplemental motion challenging Texas voting laws that was nearly identical to one he’d filed months earlier. The first motion had been denied, and he didn’t disclose the previous denial to the judges.”

Perhaps Mollie could cut Elias a little slack, considering he filed SO MANY challenges to voting laws in different states that he might have honestly forgotten filing that one. Kidding --- one has to wonder if he’s ever “honestly” done anything. Perhaps if he thought he could win an election honestly, he might actually do that, but he’s essentially admitted he has to do it by hook or by crook. Besides, Democrat attorneys are already cut way too much slack --- by each other, as I illustrated yesterday with the failure of the DC Bar to disbar convicted felon Kevin Clinesmith, who falsified a document used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page.

Anyway, Hemingway also took the opportunity to engage in a bit of well-deserved self-promotion, which we will gladly pass along: “Marc Elias was just reminding me to remind you to purchase my best-selling book. His role in running not just the Russia collusion hoax that so damaged the country in 2016, but also the chaos and confusion of 2020’s election administration is covered well.”

Speaking of Dems trying to overhaul election law to make it easier to cheat, the Democrat Party of Virginia has been trying to block the state Constitution’s requirement for social security numbers but is facing pushback from the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), headed by J. Christian Adams.. PILF maintains that this attempt is a “partisan swipe” at a requirement that has been in place for 50 years. “This lawsuit is an attack on basic election integrity measures,” Adams said in a statement. “These rules exist to protect the right to vote and must always be followed to ensure free and fair elections.”

Well, of course, they do --- why does anyone think Marc Elias and the DNC want to get rid of them?

It will be hard to pass BBB

December 18, 2021

With Americans fighting galloping inflation and soured on any more inflationary government spending, hopes are high in some circles that President Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” bill is now a dead whale. And as more Americans find out what’s in it, the harder it will be to pass it.

For instance, the bill took another blow Thursday when the Senate parliamentarian ruled that it could not include the part that would have provided work and travel permits and a pathway to citizenship for 6.5 million illegal immigrants.

Senate Democrats protested that the ruling was unfair, illegitimate, etc. I think the word they were grasping for is “OBVIOUS!” It’s “obvious” why the parliamentarian said they can’t put massive, transformative immigration reform into a budget reconciliation bill that requires only a simple majority vote. Because it’s got nothing to do with the budget, other than busting it.

The BBB bill will also be damaged by a new study by the Penn-Wharton Budget Model which found that inflation is already so bad that it’s causing Americans’ standard of living to shrink noticeably. This should strengthen Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to it.

The report found that in 2021, due to the “hidden tax” of inflation, the average American family had to spend $3500 more just to buy the same goods and services as they did in 2020. That’s $3500 right out of your bank account, and it hurts low- and middle-income families the most. Even the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman (the same genius who declared on the day of Trump’s election that markets would “never recover”) has actually admitted that he was wrong about inflation being transitory and not a serious problem, and that we may be facing something similar to the stagflation of the 1970s.

I’ve been saying that for months, and even accurately predicted for a year prior what would happen if Biden got elected. The Pulitzer Committee can send my prize to my TV studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

And how about a little religious discrimination with your socialism? One more thing that should make the BBB bill go belly up is that it’s finally being reported that its government-paid child care entitlement (we don’t know how to pay for Social Security and Medicare, but Democrats are creating new entitlements) specifically, and possibly illegally, excludes payments to child care facilities run by religious organizations.

You’d think all this would sink any bill, but the Democrats have 11 more months before they are hopefully washed out of power in a red wave. And as they’ve proven before with Obamacare, when they get the power to shove their agenda down the throats of an unwilling public, they will move Heaven and Earth to do it, no matter the consequences. In 2022, expect them to keep pushing this bill, even if it becomes the legislative version of Custer’s Last Stand.