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Politics intrudes

May 27, 2022

The politicizing of the tragic shooting began almost immediately, with Democrats claiming Republicans had “blood on their hands” and demanding more gun control laws, whether they would have prevented this or not. Some of the most blatant politicizing ranged from former President Obama invoking George Floyd in his comments…

https://www.foxnews.com/media/uvalde-texas-school-shooting-obama-links-george-floyd-murder

...To Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate “Beto” O’Rourke, who staged one of the most disgusting stunts I’ve ever seen when he interrupted Gov. Greg Abbott’s news conference with Uvalde’s Mayor Don McLaughlin to try to blame Abbott for the shooting. He was immediately escorted out by police. The Mayor had requested that people not politicize this meeting, and he angrily shouted, “You’re out of line” and called O’Rourke a “sick son-of-a-b****.” Later, he told Fox News, “If he wants to have that discussion, that's fine. But today at that conference was not the time or place to do that."

https://www.westernjournal.com/beto-orourke-disrupts-abbotts-press-conference-school-shooting-mayor-calls-sick-son-b/

I can’t imagine what O’Rourke thought he would accomplish with that tasteless, ghoulish stunt. Other than letting Texans know that he’s gone from “Hell, yes, we’ll take your guns” to no, he won't take your guns, back to “Hell, yes, we’ll take your guns” again

Memo to Georgia voters

May 27, 2022

Stacey Abrams, your Democratic candidate for Governor, has been trying to distance herself from the “Defund the Police” movement. But she’s still a board member and governing person for a Seattle foundation that was tweeting “Defund The Police” as recently as March, and “Abolish the police” as recently as February. Abrams claims she does not hold the same views as the foundation, which I guess is…why she’s on their board?...

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/stacey-abrams-governor-foundation-abolish-police

The CDC reported that there were 4,368 deaths by gunfire among US children and adolescents in 2020, the vast majority of them homicides. That means gun deaths inched past vehicle accidents as the #1 cause of death in that group.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/guns-leading-cause-death-children-cdc

I have a feeling that statistic is going to be widely quoted in the media. It’s important to note, however, that the CDC defines “children and adolescents” as anyone age 19 and under, which stretches well into legal adulthood and includes teenage gang members who account for the vast majority of shootings. Any gun deaths of young people are tragic and unacceptable, but if we’re going to find solutions, we first have to understand what the real problems and causes are.

Unpopular idea

May 27, 2022

The ideas of doing away with the Senate filibuster and packing the Supreme Court might be popular fever dreams on the left, but not with most Americans. The First Liberty Institute conducted a survey and found that voters opposed killing the filibuster by 54-37% and opposed court packing by 68-27%.

https://supremecoup.com/poll

But here’s the poll finding that’s most likely to make a difference in Congress: 54% said they would be less likely to vote to reelect a Senator who supported packing the court and killing the filibuster. Some Senators might dream of packing the court, but the last thing they want to have to do is pack their bags.

My friend Mike Rowe is the latest to allegedly be targeted by the government for his political beliefs – even though he doesn’t even talk about his political beliefs!

https://www.theblaze.com/news/mike-rowe-dirty-jobs-permit

Mike says he was all set to shoot an episode of his show “Dirty Jobs” on boilermakers when the Government Services Administration suddenly yanked permits they’d had for months, claiming vague “security concerns.” It ruined months of costly preparation, caused his freelance crew to lose work and have no time to line up other jobs, and kept the boilermakers from being able to show America what they do.

Mike said he’s shot shows in all sorts of sensitive government environments, from the Capitol to a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and never had a problem. Then he said he got a call from someone high up in the GSA, telling him that another GSA higher-up didn’t like his “personal politics” and deliberately strung him along just to yank the permits at the last possible second.

If true, this is not only yet another example of politicized bureaucrats arrogantly abusing their power, it’s also stupid. Mike Rowe doesn’t discuss his personal politics, and he pointed out that his foundation is “aggressively nonpartisan” and gives scholarships to liberals and conservatives alike. All he can figure is that the petty tyrant doesn’t like the fact that his show “How America Works” airs on Fox Business.

I’ll add that his great show “The Story Behind the Story” airs right after “Huckabee” Saturday nights on TBN. Maybe that’s why the GSA jerk’s nose was out of joint. I spend too much time telling you the sleazy stories behind how Washington works. And now, we have another one.

UPDATE on the Michigan scandal in which five leading Republican challengers to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were barred from the ballot over alleged fake signatures on their petitions. A whistleblower spoke to 100percentfedup.com and provided what is claimed to be background on how petition scammers work and how not just these campaigns but many others of both parties have been victimized by them.

https://100percentfedup.com/breaking-bombshell-whistleblower-explains-how-mi-petition-ringleader-allegedly-gathered-fraudulent-ballot-signatures-for-five-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-he-also-worked-for-three-dem-congressional/

You’d think that after her ham-handed mishandling of the pandemic that crushed her state’s economy and its people’s rights, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would be running for the hills rather than for reelection. But lo: a “miracle” seems to have occurred that will give her a distinct advantage. The Michigan Bureau of Elections has ruled that half of her 10 GOP challengers, including all the presumptive frontrunners, are ineligible to appear on the ballot.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/disaster-strikes-michigan-gop-candidates-challenging-gov-gretchen-whitmer

The reason is that they failed to produce enough valid petition signatures because too many of the signatures were fake. Now, some are saying this smells like a filthy Democrat dirty trick in which people who submitted petitions deliberately filled them with fake names to sabotage the other party. But why would anyone think that Democrats would sink so low as to try to undermine our democracy by rigging an election? That’s a “big lie,” when we know that blue states have the cleanest, most transparent, most trustworthy elections ever. And Gretchen Whitmer is the “kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

Okay, Google, does that pass muster with you?

If you think it was outrageous that the National School Board Association wanted the DOJ to treat parents upset over the teaching of Critical Race Theory as domestic terrorists (it was, and even more outrageous that the feds are actually doing it), that wasn’t the original idea.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/nsba-letter-called-national-guard-military-deployed

An independent investigation by the NSBA found that an earlier draft of the letter to the government called parents who speak out at school board meetings "plotters who are targeting schools and educators" and asked that the Army National Guard and military police be deployed to monitor school board meetings. Talk about declaring war on parents! 

And in an extremely related story, Texas just became the 20th state to officially withdraw from the NSBA, out of 29 that originally distanced themselves from the group.

https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2022/05/24/losing-influence-the-texas-school-board-association-ditches-the-national-school-board-association-n569062

It looks as if the White House is preparing for another wave of COVID to strike coincidentally just before the midterm elections. So even though it's now in the endemic, no-worse-than-a-cold-for-most-people phase, and we're just talking about case numbers and not rising death numbers, it will still be necessary to have mass mail-in ballots and thousands of unattended drop boxes. And be sure to wear surgical gloves before you stuff a ballot (or ballots) into those boxes. For the sake of public health!

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2022/05/22/white-house-looks-to-be-planning-for-wave-of-infection-just-in-time-for-midterms-n2607629

It seems that New York City school officials have finally found a situation under which they will allow references to Jesus in public schools. They’re stocking school libraries with a children’s book called “What You Don’t Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood.” In it, a gay black child doesn’t like church because he feels shamed there until Jesus (who is apparently a Democrat) appears to tell him that “everyone is invited to love and be loved,” even Mitch McConnell, who is depicted in the book.

The kid asks Jesus, “Are you gonna punish the people of Earth who hate me and blame it on you?” The book promises that “we will rewrite the rules we live by and love the world into balance.” It ends “happily” with the child and his parents watching the radical socialist “Squad” on TV. I wonder how Jesus feels about that, considering He was Jewish and some of the “Squad” members are blatant anti-Semites.

https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/05/23/schoolbook-for-10-year-olds-razes-rancorous-religion-promotes-pro-gay-jesus-and-sells-socialist-salvation-n568766

As Alex Parker at Redstate.com notes, the messages of the book appear to be that religion is mean, God’s Son encourages homosexuality, opposing someone’s beliefs is hatred, and “AOC should control your destiny.”

Again, I’ll point out that the New York City school system has lost 1.2 million pupils over the past few years, and school officials claim that they’re baffled as to why.

Click the link to read more about this book and others in the curriculum that’s called “Mosaic.” But I warn you: before you do, take your blood pressure medicine, or at least a couple of Rolaids.

The Archbishop of San Francisco wants to make it clear that his decision to bar self-proclaimed devout Catholic Nancy Pelosi from taking Holy Communions due to her abortion views was not in response to the recent leak of the Roe v. Wade draft decision. He said he’s tried to talk to her about this for a long time and debated it in his conscience for years. But he finally had to draw the line because “more recently, her advocacy for codifying the Roe decision into federal law—it’s becoming more and more extreme and more and more aggressive."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-communion-ban-supreme-court-leak-archbishop

Why, how is this possible? I’ve been assured by experts that it’s the Republicans who’ve gotten more rightwing and extreme, and the Democrats are the same slightly-left-of-center moderates they’ve always been. I guess as an Archbishop, he must be too sensitive about this issue, so he actually thinks that passing a law to legalize abortion up to the moment of birth is somehow “more extreme” than the Party used to be.

Biden in Asia

May 23, 2022

President Biden is in Asia, where he’s trying to undo some of the signals of weakness that China appeared to be taking advantage of. Asked if the US would militarily defend Taiwan if China attacked, Biden said, “Yes.” China isn’t happy about that.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-troops-defend-taiwan-china-invades-biden

For all of China’s alleged fury, I can’t help thinking that privately, they are less concerned about the slim likelihood of Biden standing up to them than they are about Taiwan turning out to be what Ukraine is to Russia: a lot harder to conquer than they anticipated. That tends to happen when you’re fighting for your homeland and your family and not just for a paycheck.

#Walkaway Rally news

May 23, 2022

Saturday afternoon in Beverly Hills, Brendan Straka held his first #WalkAway rally since getting past the ordeal of being treated like a domestic terrorist by the Biden DOJ for standing outside the Capitol on January 6th.

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2022/05/22/walkaway-founder-reignites-movement-with-first-rally-in-two-years-n568064

That link has more about the rally, and I wish him well in reigniting that movement (although the way things are going now, he might want to rename it the RunAway from the Democratic Party movement.)

If you haven’t seen it, you must watch my recent interview with Brandon where he details exactly what happened on that day and the yearlong nightmare he was forced to endure. This should never be allowed to happen in America.

https://youtu.be/ouesaYreJEU

When my writers tried to see the documentary film 2,000 MULES in a theater in advance of its streaming premiere, the showings for that week were already essentially sold out, across the entire Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. They had to wait until the weekend and watch it streaming at home.

They assumed it was too late to ever see it in the theater, with a crowd. But this movie has been doing so well that filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza is announcing a return to theaters!

Starting this Friday, May 20, 2,000 MULES is, as they say in the movie biz, “going wide.” Around 400 theaters will have a typical wide release, with ticket sales for showings throughout the day.

This is a great way for groups to get together and see the film. D’Souza says they’ve been “bombarded with people trying to organize groups.”

Would you like to see 2,000 MULES in a movie theater? I know that’s what my writers will be doing this weekend.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/watch-dinesh-dsouzas-2000-mules-returns-to-theaters-for-a-typical-release

I don’t think it’s fair to judge people too harshly during their first day on the job. On the other hand, with some jobs, you need to be really prepared before you start. You don’t want to hear your surgeon say, “Sorry if my hands are a little shaky, it’s my first day.”

White House Press Secretary is one of those jobs where you need to be ready to answer questions on your first day, or you might end up with a nickname like the one Jen Psaki earned for repeatedly saying she’d have to “circle back” to that question (and then never coming back to it.) On her first day, new Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was brought up short by Fox News’ Peter Doocy, who asked if she could explain a tweet from President Biden that made no sense (his claim that to bring down inflation, we need to make corporations pay more taxes.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/psakis-replacement-bombs-first-day-doocy-stumps-question-even-eyes-glued-notes/

Doocy kept repeatedly asking how making companies pay more taxes could lower prices, but all she could come up with was some boilerplate about how they’re working on inflation every day, the rich must pay their fair share, climate change, and yada-yada-yada (a lot of DNC talking points that had nothing to do with the question.) It made her look unprepared and not up to the job.

But I’m going to defend her. It was not only her first day, but she was being asked to do the impossible: provide a rational explanation for a Joe Biden economic policy. That’s like asking someone to explain how cows can fly when clearly, only a crazy man would think they can. The problem is, explaining impossibly false things is now her job. I’m sure that, like Jen Psaki, she’ll eventually get good enough at it to land a job at MSNBC.

Over the weekend, FOX News continued its streak of not discussing the new documentary about election fraud, 2,000 MULES. I know we’re not supposed to pay attention to the man behind the curtain, but somebody back there pulling the levers is doing his darnedest to keep you from hearing about it, anywhere on TV. Incredibly, even the outspoken Dan Bongino did not mention it on his weekend show UNFILTERED, and that must have taken some doing. See no fraud, hear no fraud, speak no fraud.

In spite of this, I’m happy to say that the eye-opening documentary film from Dinesh D’Souza and True The Vote has done blockbuster business for a political documentary. It’s the most successful film of that genre since D’Souza’s OBAMA’S AMERICA, released a decade ago. It’s also been a huge boost for alternative social media platforms Rumble and Locals, which, of course, didn’t exist a decade ago.

Despite the shameful mainstream (and major conservative) media blackout, 2,000 MULES is becoming not just a financial success but also a cultural influence, according to D’Souza. “It’s the most talked-about movie out there,” he said, “making headlines in multiple publications, and is trending extremely high on social media.”

Of course, some of those headlines are for attempts to debunk the film. We’ve discussed those here and also pointed to other articles that derail the so-called “fact”-checks point by point.

Assaf Lev, president of Locals, said, “Supporting creative independence is core to our values, and we are thrilled to offer creators a new way to distribute and sell movies independently.”

How great to discover there are ways around the attempts to silence free speech, and that the audience has been starving for courageous, independent points of view. Enterprising filmmakers will be heartened to know their work has some popular and growing outlets, regardless of whether they're approved by Twitter, Facebook and the White House.

https://reclaimthenet.org/2000-mules-confirmed-as-a-huge-hit-for-rumble-and-locals/

Project Veritas has released another undercover expose video that shows two things:

1. Conservatives aren’t paranoid when they think Twitter’s censors hate free speech and are politically biased against them.

2. James O’Keefe of Project Veritas was allegedly banned from Twitter for operating fake accounts, which he denies; but it seems more likely that he was banned for spreading too much truth.

https://www.projectveritas.com/news/twitter-senior-engineer-talks-elon-musk-takeover-in-new-undercover-video/

PV’s new undercover video allegedly features senior Twitter engineer Siru Murugesan talking about how Twitter employees “hate” Elon Musk because he believes in free speech and “Twitter does not believe in free speech.” Also, “Our jobs are at stake, he's a capitalist and we weren't really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like, we're all like commie as f***.”

He also said that many Twitter employees are saying if Musk takes over, it will be their last day on the job (I’m not certain if that will be their choice or Musk’s.) He also said they’re so worried that they’re “stress-eating.”

If it’s any consolation, here’s some good news for them: because they don’t actually live in a communist country, there should be food for them to eat. Although they should be worrying less about Twitter users they disagree with having freedom of speech than about the empty store shelves that started appearing after we allowed even a little socialism to worm its way in.

A judge in Los Angeles struck down as unconstitutional California’s recent law requiring a certain number of women to be on the boards of publicly-owned companies. Like so many laws passed by liberals, it attempted to fight discrimination by overreaching the government’s powers and imposing discrimination. And before the howling about the patriarchy starts, please note that it was a female judge.

https://justthenews.com/nation/states/center-square/judge-strikes-down-californias-women-corporate-boards-quota

One interesting aspect to this story is that even before the state legislature passed it, an analysis by their own legal experts warned that it would “likely be challenged on equal protection grounds.” They passed it anyway. As he was signing the bill, former Gov. Jerry Brown said there were “serious legal concerns” about it. But he signed it anyway.

Yet after it was struck down, the bill’s co-author, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, said the ruling was “disappointing,” and that “More women on corporate boards means better decisions and businesses that outperform the competition – that’s a studied, proven fact. We believe this law remains important – despite the disheartening ruling from the Los Angeles Superior Court – and it exemplifies equal access and opportunity, the very bedrock of our democracy.”

Okay, three things: it doesn’t exemplify equal access and opportunity, it VIOLATES that principle by requiring the hiring of people based solely on gender rather than qualifications. Thinking something is good doesn’t give politicians the power or authority to order companies to do it, particularly when it violates the law and the Constitution. And the ruling to strike it down shouldn’t be described as “disappointing” or “disheartening.” I think the more accurate term is “utterly predictable.”

Over the past couple of weeks, we've had plenty to say about the evidence presented by True The Vote and Dinesh D'Souza in their documentary film 2,000 MULES, as well as the failure of FOX News to step up and even allow their opinion hosts to cover the movie and pose questions about it.

So now, we'll let President Trump speak for himself...

https://therightscoop.com/trump-slams-no-longer-fox-news-for-ignoring-most-impactful-documentary-of-our-time-dsouzas-2000-mules/

I hate to raise your blood pressure, but this has to be shared: Florida Rep. Kat Cammack released a photo she says was sent to her by a 30-year veteran border agent. It shows that while American mothers are frantically searching stores to find baby formula (the agent said his own kids can't get it for his grandchildren), the Biden Administration has been sending pallets of baby formula to a migrant processing center in McAllen, Texas, where it's being provided free to illegal immigrants.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/athena-thorne/2022/05/12/outrageous-american-infants-go-hungry-while-biden-sends-baby-formula-to-illegals-n1597321

I wonder if Mexico would be willing to trade Presidents with us? Biden seems far more concerned with helping citizens of other nations than Americans, and I can't imagine that the President of Mexico would do a worse job as our President than he is.

The journal “People and Nature” declared virtually every name in the US Parks system, such as Yosemite Valley, to “perpetuate settler colonial mythologies, including white supremacy.” Therefore, the names must all be changed, which is, of course, just a first step toward returning all the land to indigenous peoples.

https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/05/12/nature-journal-rips-americas-national-park-names-for-honoring-white-supremacy-n563400

Why do I get the impression that the closest these idiots have ever come to a national park are the cannabis plants under the Grow-Lights in their dens?

Blogger Robert Zimmerman rounded up a number of the latest studies that indicate “the utter failure of all COVID mandates.” They not only didn’t help, in many cases, they came with unintended (?) side effects that were arguably worse than the disease.

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/the-evidence-keeps-pouring-in-showing-the-utter-failure-of-all-covid-mandates/

(And here’s yet another example of that):

https://redstate.com/bobhoge/2022/05/11/border-crisis-covid-policy-behind-massive-spike-in-overdoses-n563277

I’ve noticed that many people react to criticism of government COVID mandates by claiming they don’t listen to bloggers, they only take medical advice from their family doctors. For them, Zimmerman finishes his round-up of studies with a commentary from his own family doctor, listing various claims about COVID and vaccines and ranking them as fact or fiction. Turns out the people who want to police disinformation have been pushing an awful lot of fiction on us.

Tuesday, President Biden gave a speech about how dealing with skyrocketing inflation is his “top domestic priority.” But as for what he’s actually doing about it, judging from the speech…not much.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-reveals-bold-new-plan-fight-sky-high-inflation-blame-gop-not-plan-fight-inflation/

He blamed inflation on everything and everyone under the sun except his own policies. He claimed that the Democrats hold power in “all three branches of government” (Fact-check: the Democrats don’t run the judicial branch.) He blamed Republicans for not having a plan to fix the inflation his party is causing (they actually do: just do the opposite of what he’s doing. Hey, it was working great until he came along. Besides, isn't it the majority party's job to come up with plans?) And he claimed the GOP plan to fight inflation is to raise taxes on the middle class, a false claim that was debunked by the National Desk a month ago. If you can see how any of this will bring down inflation, please write it on a postcard, attach a $40 stamp, and mail it to me.

But I think the most telling fact about how hopelessly at sea this White House is has to be Biden’s boasting about his only positive achievement: under him, the deficit is going down. Yes, but that’s because before he took office, there was massive deficit spending on pandemic relief bills. The deficit is only going down now because Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin blocked Biden’s plan to spend trillions more on his “Build Back Better” boondoggle. He’s praising himself for the positive results of his own policies not being put into effect.

Someone should explain that to him. Maybe he’d start endorsing the idea of blocking all his policies, and things would finally begin to improve.

Elon Musk said Tuesday that Twitter’s permanent ban on former President Trump would be lifted after Musk takes over. He went even further, calling the ban “morally wrong” and “flat-out stupid” (wow, freely speaking the truth IS making a comeback!) Musk said banning Trump from Twitter only amplified his voice among the right and alienated a large part of the country. He added, “Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or spam, scam accounts.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-musk-makes-major-trump-announcement-changes-everything/

I might add that if Twitter is going to ban real people, the Iranian Mullahs and various terrorist leaders and despots might be more worthy than former US Presidents whose policies Silicon Valley leftists disagree with.

Interestingly, former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted agreement with Musk, calling the Trump ban a “business decision” that “shouldn’t have been.” Dorsey called permanent bans of individuals a “failure” that don’t work and “directionally wrong,” except for rare exceptions like child sexual exploitation, illegal behavior or spamming.

https://www.businessinsider.com/jack-dorsey-elon-musk-permanent-twitter-bans-donald-trump-2022-5

As to whether Trump will return to Twitter: he’s said that he won’t, and he now has his own site to promote, Truth Social. On the other hand, Twitter has the biggest reach if he wants to run again, and it might be hard to resist the lure of a “triumphant return” story. Stay tuned.

No, contrary to the nonsense being spread by the left on social media, Justice Amy Coney Barrett never used the phrase “domestic supply of infants” to justify forcing women to give birth to meet the demand for adoptions. She said no such thing, and the “domestic supply of infants” quote is from the CDC.

https://www.westernjournal.com/lefts-viral-lie-amy-coney-barrett-bad-even-ap-fact-check/

It was a lie about a conservative that was so egregiously wrong that even the A.P. reluctantly “fact-checked” and debunked it. You could tell their hearts weren’t in it, though, from the headline: “Posts misattribute CDC quote in Supreme Court draft on abortion.” Might be nice if, when you’re correcting slander against a public official, you actually mention the victim’s name.

Some men look forward all year to receiving Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue because they just can’t get enough of its relentless social justice messaging. That is why men buy it, right? The publisher had better hope so, because that’s what they’re using to sell it now.

https://pjmedia.com/culture/chris-queen/2022/05/10/sports-illustrated-thinks-their-swimsuit-issue-is-the-perfect-place-to-highlight-social-justice-issues-n1596635

In the best news for “our democracy” that I’ve heard in months, the Washington Free Beacon reports that Marc Elias, the Democrat “superlawyer” and scourge of election integrity measures, has suffered a string of legal backfires that are actually making the laws he’s trying to undermine even tougher.

https://freebeacon.com/democrats/the-decline-and-fall-of-a-democratic-superlawyer/

In his latest defeat, a Clinton-appointed district judge threw out Elias’ lawsuit over New York's redistricting lines, ruling that it impinged on both “free, open, rational elections [and] respect for the courts.” This follows several other setbacks detailed in the linked article.

Fellow Democrats are turning their backs on Elias, who uses unlimited funds from partisan donors to foolishly press weak challenges of local laws all the way to the Supreme Court, giving the SCOTUS the opportunity to make such laws clearer and stronger nationwide. As Oliver Hardy used to tell Stan Laurel, Democrats are now telling Elias, “Stop trying to HELP me!”

Sussmann trial update

May 11, 2022

As we were going to press, the Epoch Times released a subscriber-only report on some newly-released notes from a 2017 meeting of top DOJ and FBI officials.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/new-doj-notes-reveal-fbi-panic-after-trump-tweeted-he-knew-he-was-being-spied-on_4455950.html

The notes are part of documents filed in the trial of Hillary Clinton lawyer Michael Sussman. At the time, President Trump had just tweeted that Obama had wire-tapped Trump Tower. The notes suggest that FBI officials panicked over how much Trump might know about their efforts to tie him to Russian collusion allegations they knew were false, and wanted to cover their tracks. One of the participants was then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, later sold to Americans as a heroic symbol of truth and integrity by academia and liberal news networks. Reminder: under a settlement of his “wrongful termination” lawsuit, we taxpayers got the tab for his benefits, pension and legal fees.

We’ll dig into this deeper and have a more thorough report on it tomorrow. I assume we will not be reporting anything that really surprises us.

The left tries to depict Trump supporters as a mindless cult doing whatever Trump tells them. They can’t seem to comprehend that people voted for Trump because he was saying what they’ve long thought and the elites in DC kept ignoring them, not because Trump was telling them what to think. They’ve previously shown that even strong Trump supporters who attend his rallies will make their disagreements with him known. They’ve done it before when he boasted about the COVID vaccines, and at a rally Friday in Pennsylvania, many in the crowd booed Dr. Oz, the Senate candidate Trump endorsed.

https://www.toddstarnes.com/politics/trump-supporters-boo-heckle-dr-oz-at-pennsylvania-rally/

Todd Starnes has video that should convince anyone that Trump supporters are not mindless followers. They follow Trump when he’s leading where they want America to go, but if he wanders off the trail, they’ll let him know pretty loudly.

Changes at Twitter

May 9, 2022

Elon Musk isn’t just determined to make Twitter free again, he’s also making it interesting again.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/05/09/elon-lights-up-the-internet-with-tweet-about-dying-under-mysterious-circumstances-n561954

Musk also revealed his plans for Twitter’s future. He plans to quintuple Twitter’s revenues by reducing reliance on advertising and offering a premium Twitter Blue service for $3 a month that he thinks will attract 69 million subscribers by 2025. And while he plans thousands of new hires, mostly in engineering, over the next few years, he also plans to almost immediately fire 1,000 people. If those are the right 1,000 people, then Twitter might be worth $3 a month to me.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10791425/Elon-Musk-plans-fire-1-000-Twitter-staff-quintuple-revenue-69-million-users-paying-3-month.html

Did you think it wasn’t possible for Nina Jankowicz, the leftwing musical theater wannabe who’s going to be our new Speech Monitor, to get any worse? Then brace yourself for her latest unearthed TikTok video, where she informs us that “gender disinformation is a threat to national security.”

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/05/06/ministry-of-truth-director-shares-thoughts-on-gender-disinformation-in-eyebrow-lifting-video-n560785

And what is this alleged “gender disinformation” that threatens to sink the republic? Not clear, but you can bet that none of it involves sexist attacks by the left on Republican or pro-life women. Those apparently don’t exist.

Bonus points: there’s a pretty good chance that the “disinformation” she gives as an example is true.

Former Trump Defense Secretary Mark Esper has an unflattering memoir coming out, and he appeared on “60 Minutes” where his accusations against Trump found an eager audience. But you didn’t really think that Trump would let that pass without comment, did you? Bonus: we learn that, yes, Trump did give him a demeaning nickname.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/totally-weak-and-ineffective-trump-blasts-esper-following-60-minutes-appearance

Saturday, school board elections were held in four suburban school districts around Fort Worth, Texas. There were ten seats. Candidates backed by a conservative parents’ organization that opposes racist Critical Race Theory and other politicized indoctrination of children won all 10 races and ousted three incumbents.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2022/05/08/conservative-parents-sweep-texas-school-board-elections-on-a-theme-of-transparency-no-masks-and-no-crt-in-the-classroom-n561755

I think that maybe Americans have finally woken up to the horrible damage that can be wrought when voters ignore local races. That leaves them open for leftists to move in like termites and bring down the whole structure. Whether it’s school boards filling kids’ heads with anti-American propaganda or DA’s filling the streets with criminals, those “small” local races that can cause big problems if the wrong people win due to low turnout and voter disinterest. It’s great to see that voters have finally realized where the termites are getting in, and they’re plugging up the entry points.

Former President Trump responded to President Biden’s latest pool of brain drool about the MAGA movement (you know: you, your family and your neighbors who have red “Make America Great Again" caps) being the most dangerous extremist group in recent history. Trump makes a pretty good case that that title doesn’t belong to MAGA, and maybe not even to Antifa, but to the gang of dangerous, destructive extremists known collectively as ”the Biden Administration.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-responds-biden-calls-maga-extremist-maga-saving-america/

Here are some more solid arguments for that proposition.

https://www.westernjournal.com/op-ed-bidens-response-roe-v-wade-threaten-constitutional-rights/

And here’s a little compare-and-contrast between MAGA and genuine dangerous extremist groups on the left.

https://www.westernjournal.com/psaki-confirms-biden-meant-called-large-portion-americans-extremist-group/

There’s been a lot of speculation about Russia’s May 9th holiday commemorating victory in World War II. There’s been talk that Putin is ramping up attacks in Ukraine to full scale, “total war against the West” mode so that Russians won’t think the nation looks weak on that day. This seems likely since the Kremlin’s chief propagandist categorically denied it.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/russia-war-ukraine-electro-magnetic-pulse-rebekah-koffler

There are also questions about how Russians would view a necessarily-scaled down military parade. Russia loves to show off its massive array of intimidating armaments. But this year, many of them are in Ukraine, and quite a few are spread all over the landscape. Also, the parade might spotlight the credibility gap between Russia’s projection of its all-powerful military and the way it’s struggling in Ukraine, which would undermine Russia’s international image even more.

The latest word is that Putin hopes to scare Europe and the US by filling the parade with military vehicles that can carry nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/doomsday-russia-putin-hopes-deter-west-grandiose-wwii-parade

But just to make sure that the nuclear threat isn’t taken seriously by nations that also have nukes that they could fire back, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson insisted that Russia will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. I guess they're just the Russian equivalent of Macy's parade floats.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/russia-says-it-wont-use-nuclear-weapons-in-ukraine

For the latest updates on the invasion of Ukraine, here is a Fox News link:

https://www.foxnews.com/category/world/conflicts/ukraine

Having failed in their attempts to use their political influence to stop Elon Musk from bringing free speech back to Twitter, a coalition of leftist groups is trying to pressure corporations to pull their advertising from Twitter, claiming it will become a cesspool of rightwing extremism and disinformation. So, basically, the rightwing version of MSNBC.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/05/05/musk-doesnt-blink-as-groups-backed-by-soros-former-clinton-operatives-target-his-twitter-effort-n560241

Fortunately, Musk isn’t backing down but is challenging them head-on. I get the feeling that he had no conservative political leanings and just thought that owning Twitter and returning it to its free speech roots would be cool, good for America and a good investment. But having seen the vicious fury of the left and their willingness to slander and destroy anyone who stands in their way, he may be getting red-pilled fast.

This coalition, by the way, involves such sterling avatars of truth and honesty as Media Matters, BLM, and people once associated with Bill (the truth depends on what the meaning of “is” is) and Hillary (Russian dossier) Clinton, and George Soros, whose other altruistic works to improve America include funding of open borders and prosecutors who release all the criminals into the streets.

Musk tweeted, “Who funds these organizations who want to control your access to information? Let’s investigate… Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” He also invited George Soros to “please slide into my DMs” (direct message him.)

For the record: socialist billionaire Soros has an estimated fortune of $8.6 billion, and as of yesterday, Musk’s net worth is around $248 billion. If he really wanted to help America, he’d just buy George Soros and lock him away in a storage facility.

Wednesday, federal Judge T. Kent Wetherell rejected the Biden Administration’s request to dismiss a lawsuit by the state of Florida over its releasing illegal immigrants into the state. The judge’s ruling was the legal equivalent of a trip to the woodshed. Noting that the Administration was claiming that it had the power to interpret immigration laws as meaning anything it wanted and no state or court had the power to stop them, the judge wrote:

“This position is as remarkable as it is wrong because it is well established that no one, not even the President, is above the law and the court unquestionably has the authority to say what the law is and to invalidate action of the executive branch that contravenes the law and/or the Constitution. Thus, if Florida’s allegations that defendants are essentially flaunting the immigration laws are proven to be true, the court most certainly can (and will) do something about it.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/jeff-reynolds/2022/05/05/federal-judge-in-florida-issues-epic-beat-down-of-biden-admin-in-suit-over-illegal-aliens-n1595579

Since some in the White House are already talking about simply ignoring the Supreme Court if it strikes down Roe v. Wade, let’s hope this is a long-overdue warning shot that the White House is not all three branches of government rolled into one, and it will be held accountable for its lawless and unconstitutional actions.

There’s a report by the Washington Post that Chief Justice John Roberts, who has become famous for being the Court’s swinging door, tried (and may still be trying) to persuade conservative Justices Kavanaugh and Barrett to side with him on a compromise. It would uphold the 15-week Mississippi abortion law, but not overturn Roe v. Wade.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/05/08/new-report-gives-big-update-on-overturning-of-roe-v-wade-and-shows-what-a-coward-john-roberts-is-n561730

According to anonymous conservative “sources,” Roberts failed on that but is still trying to convince someone to flip to a compromise that would keep Roe but remove the viability standard (Roe only legalized abortion up to mid-pregnancy.) But as Bonchie at Redstate.com points out, without the viability standard, there’s nothing enforceable left to Roe, so what’s the point of upholding a gutted, meaningless ruling conservatives believe is unconstitutional?

Roberts’ waffling, if true, would hardly be surprising, but the most important aspect of the story is this: while the leaked ruling is from February 10th and has likely been altered and amended since then, apparently, the five-vote majority to overturn Roe must be intact or Roberts wouldn’t still be trying to convince someone to “compromise” – something that’s now even less likely, since it would be seen as caving to mob threats and intimidation. So the loudest bullies might just be shooting themselves in the foot.

Disturbing stories

May 9, 2022

Alex Parker at Redstate.com has a round-up of disturbing stories that suggest the leaders of many Christian universities are either confused or hostile to the basic tenets of Christianity.

https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/05/08/christian-university-directs-students-to-islamic-center-allegedly-offers-the-quran-to-praying-students-n561900

How do you become the administrators of a Christian university without ever reading John 14:6? “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He didn't say you get there by "praying to the great Queer One," who's a "drag queen and trans man."

Former President Trump suffered a loss in court when a federal judge in San Francisco dismissed his lawsuit against Twitter for banning him from the platform (and can you guess why Twitter sought to have the case moved to San Francisco? Why, because that’s where they’re headquartered; did you suspect some other reason?) You can read all the legalities at the link.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2022/05/06/trumps-lawsuit-against-twitter-ban-is-dismissed-n2606898

The judge left Trump an opening to file an amended complaint, but I’m not sure if it would be worth the cost and effort, between Elon Musk buying Twitter and lifting the speech bans and Trump announcing that he has no plans to return anyway, since he now has his own site, Truth Social. My attitude is, “Don’t feed the lawyers, if you can possibly help it.”

Recently, the Democrat-run House held a hearing into why gas is so expensive. I’m sure you could tell them, but you can guess from the hearing’s name where they pointed the finger of blame: “Gouged at the Gas Station: Big Oil and America’s Pain at the Pump.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/op-ed-congress-pulled-nasty-trick-american-people-gouged-gas-station-hearing/

Yes, they actually held a hearing to blame oil companies for not finding and producing more oil under the heavy restrictions that President Biden put on oil companies to stop them from finding and producing more oil.

Tip to the Democrats: the answer to why energy is so expensive doesn’t require a hearing. It just requires a seeing, as in, “Look in the mirror.”

PJ Media took a look at the disturbing series of fires and explosions at American food processing plants and the question of whether there’s something nefarious going on to spark a deliberate food shortage or if it’s just coincidental, caused by things like the pandemic disrupting regular maintenance and creating a shortage of experienced, trained workers.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/jeff-reynolds/2022/05/02/update-on-food-plants-more-fires-fbi-alert-one-off-the-wall-explanation-n1594505

I’m not qualified to venture an opinion, but I will pass this along. Last weekend, one of my writers spoke to his cousin who’s a retired chief arson investigator for a mid-sized city fire department. She’s still in close contact with her former colleagues nationwide, and she’s very suspicious. She said, “First lesson of fire investigations: Don’t believe in coincidences.” She said these plants are extremely secure with multiple layers of fire protection, because there are so many dangerous chemicals like ammonia that are used for cleaning. She also said she was told that some of the young squirts in one federal office set out to “fact-check and debunk” the conspiracy theories by proving it was nothing unusual, and were shocked to discover there had never been this many such incidents in such a short time.

That’s just, as the media says, “anecdotal,” but I hope there are rigorous investigations going on, and that precautions at all other food processing plants have been greatly beefed up.

Latine from Latinx

May 5, 2022

Latinos and Latinas both hate “Latinx,” the awkward gender-neutral collective term that the woke crowd tried to hang on them. So they’re back with another lame attempt to make the language more PC. This time, they’re pushing the made-up term, “Latine.” It's like "Latin," only with an "e" for no apparent reason.

https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=19483

I’m sure Latinos will love being called by a name that’s just one “r” away from “Latrine.”

If you recall, my first comment on hearing Sen. Bernie Sanders call for killing the filibuster to jam a national pro-abortion law down Americans’ throats was “Good luck getting that past Joe Manchin.” Well, Bernie's kamikaze attempt to evade the SCOTUS is already dead, and not just courtesy of Manchin, but Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, too.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2022/05/04/manchin-and-sinema-on-fillibuster-if-roe-gets-overturned-n2606700

Sinema is an abortion rights supporter, but unlike some of her colleagues, she’s not an idiot. She realizes how crazy it would be to destroy the minority’s leverage in the Senate over one issue when the Dems are likely poised to become the minority in less than a year. Socialists like Bernie have never been famous for their ability to foresee longterm consequences, but her Party is lucky that Sen. Sinema can. Of course, that won’t stop them from telling her they hate her, like a bratty kid screaming at his mom because she wouldn’t let him jump off the roof for a YouTube video.

Here is today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated feed of Russia-Ukraine news:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-putin-zelenskyy-live

Some recent developments: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said Russia has resorted to attacking civilians because its leaders know they can’t beat Ukraine. He thanked Italy for providing arms and for putting sanctions on Russia, including an oil embargo. He also warned Poland’s President that Russia has already started an "energy war" with the whole of Europe.

If only there were some other nation that had the energy resources to replace that Russian oil! But who?!

Other liberals took the ball from Swalwell and (understandably) ran fast and far, all the way down the Hallway of Hysteria.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/05/03/new-leftist-talking-point-it-wont-stop-with-abortion-the-right-is-going-to-take-all-our-toys-away-n1594868

According to them, if abortion goes back to the states to decide, Republicans will next ban interracial marriage, then gay marriage, then consensual sex, then contraceptives, then school desegregation (Uh, guys?...You’re the ones bringing back segregated schools (https://redstate.com/jeffc/2022/02/10/woke-segregation-is-still-segregation-n520212), then…I don’t know, the internal combustion engine? No, I forgot, that’s also their ban.

The Daily Signal has a handy list of six outrageous and nonsensical claims the left is making about the SCOTUS and Roe v. Wade. Welcome to Bizarro World…

https://www.dailysignal.com/2022/05/03/fact-checking-6-outrageous-claims-about-leaked-supreme-court-draft-overturning-roe-v-wade/

And Legal Insurrection looks at their unhinged rants about expanding and stacking the Supreme Court.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/05/expand-the-supreme-court-the-left-goes-crazy-because-roe-v-wade-might-go-away/

Law Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit had the perfect suggestion: “Expand the Supreme Court? Yes, let each Governor appoint a member.”

Yesterday, primary elections were held in Ohio and Indiana. Here’s a link to results of all the races:

https://www.foxnews.com/elections

While many of the races were uncontested, a couple made big news. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine won the GOP nomination for a second term, defeating three Trump-supporting candidates who challenged him from the right.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/may/3/mike-dewine-wins-gop-primary-ohio-governor/

But the biggest story was the Ohio GOP Senate primary, where venture capitalist and “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance, an anti-establishment populist, topped a five-candidate field with 32.2% of the vote. He’ll face Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Ohio has been trending redder, and it went for Trump by 8 points. Republicans plan to hit Ryan for talking like a moderate who bucks his own party, but who has voted 100% of the time for the Biden/Harris agenda.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/polls-now-closed-in-ohio-where-the-gop-senate-primary-is-seen-a-key-test-of-trumps-gop-clout

Vance had former President Trump’s endorsement, and he’s embraced that fully, saying in his victory speech, "I have absolutely got to thank the 45th President of the United States." As recently as a few weeks ago, Vance was in fourth place in some polls. Many are saying this shows the clout Trump still has with the GOP base, despite the Democrats’ and the media’s (same difference) efforts to bury him.

In fact, all 22 candidates Trump endorsed won on Tuesday. Added to the 33 winners he endorsed in Texas, he now has a perfect record of 55-0. What really matters, though, is how many of them win in November, so keep working and don’t get complacent.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/05/03/election-night-livewire-ohio-indiana-primaries-set-tone-future-gop-test-trump-endorsement-strength/

Democrats knew that President Biden’s uncontrolled mouth would be a problem for them, and he just destroyed a half-century’s worth of abortion propaganda by saying out loud that Roe v. Wade is about who gets to make the judgement to “abort a child.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2022/05/04/three-words-biden-ruined-dem-messaging-abortion-n2606740

So he finally recognized that a baby in the womb is a child! Maybe next, he’ll be struck with the realization that a man in a woman’s swimsuit is still a man.

Related: A PBS “journalist” expressed sympathy and concern for poor women who might not be able to get abortions and will have “pregnancies that will then turn into children.”

https://www.theblaze.com/news/pbs-alcindor-mocked-roe-wade

The “party of science,” ladies and gentlemen!

RIP Naomi Judd

May 2, 2022

All of us at the newsletter and the “Huckabee” show were shocked and saddened to hear that Naomi Judd has died at 76. Her daughters Wynonna and Ashley announced Saturday that she died of mental illness, but released no other details, and we will respect their privacy and not speculate further. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them. The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and had just announced their first arena tour in years to begin this fall, so they obviously had no idea this was coming.

Both Wynonna and Naomi appeared on my TBN show, and I have great affection and respect for both of them as people and as major talents. Naomi was my guest a few years ago to talk about the fact that even someone like her, who was so blessed in so many ways, could suffer privately from crippling depression. She’d written a book about it because she was the kind of person who wanted to help others who were dealing with the same struggles.

https://youtu.be/zVXFfirYNhk

Many of the biggest names in country music are also expressing their shock and grief and paying tribute to Naomi Judd, as you can see here:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/naomi-judd-dead-music-world-reacts

Rest in peace to a great talent and a wonderful lady.

Friday, the stock market wrapped up one of its worst months in a long time. The Dow dropped over 900 points, the S&P 500 notched up its worst month since the pandemic began in March 2020, and the NASDAQ closed out its worst month since the 2008 financial meltdown. As Aaron Kliegman at Just The News reports, the plunge was led by big tech stocks, including Netflix, Facebook, Google and Amazon, whose earnings reports have ranged from “disappointing” to “dismal.”

https://justthenews.com/nation/economy/stock-market-tumbles-woke-companies-hit-especially-hard

While there are all sorts of excuses being given for the bad reports (COVID, Russia, you know the drill), some analysts are finally starting to wake up to the obvious: “Get woke, go broke.” These companies have jettisoned political neutrality and gone all in on wokeness, and their customers finally noticed. The former CEO of Best Buy said what’s been lost is the idea that you don’t get involved in divisive political stances because you want to attract customers of all different persuasions. He said, "I can't imagine as a CEO that you want to go fire half your customers."

But these companies stupidly did. Now they’re finding out what happens when half of their customers fire them.

Here’s today’s Fox News link to continually-updated Russia-Ukraine headlines.

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-putin-zelenskyy-live

The latest: A group of Ukrainian civilians who’d been trapped for weeks in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol were finally evacuated. In a stunning report, the UK estimated that of the 120 battalion tactical groups Russia committed at the start of the invasion, which is approximately 65% of Russia’s entire ground combat strength, more than a quarter of Russia’s troops in Ukraine are now believed to be “combat ineffective.” That would bolster a claim by Ukraine’s Security Service that it intercepted a Russian radio transmission indicating Russia's military is intentionally transporting corpses at night to try to hide their heavy losses.

I’m seeing a lot of articles these days about Democrat panic over a drop in support among African-Americans. I suspect that they’re just fed up with being told Republicans are racists as the Democrats take their votes for granted and make their lives worse year after year. There’s seldom been a more obvious A-B comparison of the effects of each party’s policies than two years ago under Trump, when there was record-low black unemployment and rising real wages for the first time in decades, compared to today's inflation and the huge jump in crime and murder rates in black neighborhoods of Democrat-run cities.

Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears also has some blunt comments about why black poll support for Democrats has dropped 20 points since Biden’s election. In a nutshell: “We're not falling for the okey-doke anymore."

https://www.foxnews.com/media/virginia-lt-gov-winsome-sears-biden-hemorrhaging-black-support-emperor-no-clothes

Sunday in Portland, Oregon, some Republican volunteers gathered for an event for GOP gubernatorial candidate Stan Pulliam, who supports re-funding the police. Some masked Antifa goons attacked the group, aiming smoke grenades, paint-filled balloons and fireworks at them, including elderly people and families with small children. At least two people were injured. Naturally, the underfunded police didn’t show up in time to stop them.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/antifa-assaults-portland-gop-rallygoers-understaffed-police-struggle-respond

Compare this to the story of Christopher Quaglin, the first person charged in the January 6th Capitol riot. He’s been held pending trial for over a year. His attorneys have just filed a habeas corpus petition claiming his constitutional rights have been repeatedly violated. They said Quaglin, who has celiac disease, has been denied the gluten-free diet he requires, gone days without food and lost 68 pounds. He’s been kept indoors for months, held in solitary confinement, and put in cells with rats and black mold. He’s had his right to consult with his attorney violated and prevented from seeing the discovery materials in his own case. The attorneys make five different arguments for his release and say any one should be sufficient grounds. But he’s still in jail while Antifa thugs continue to assault people at will and go free.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21772198-habeas-corpus-filing

Maybe we should all forward the story of the attack in Portland to our Director of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who seems to think the biggest threat of violent terrorism in America is Trump voters. We could also send it to the members of Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th Kangaroo Kommittee. They’re so zealous to identify and lock away anyone who would use violence to impede the sacred electoral processes of “our democracy,” so here you go. Sic ‘em!

First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Romania and Slovakia, where she will spend Mother's Day with Ukrainian mothers and their children.

And take this with a grain of salt, since it’s attributed to an anonymous Kremlin “insider,” but there’s a claim that Vladimir Putin will temporarily hand over the reins of power to his deputy Nikolai Patrushev while he undergoes a cancer operation. It won’t be an improvement: Patrushev is reportedly the official who convinced Putin that Kyiv was full of neo-Nazis and he’s described as one of the leading advocates and “thinkers” (odd term) behind the idea of Russia invading Ukraine.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/putin-russia-cancer-surgery

Wow, here’s something you almost never see anymore: a unanimous Supreme Court decision! And on a religious freedom case.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2022/05/02/scotus-issues-9-0-decision-regarding-free-speech-n558754

All nine Justices agreed that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it refused to fly the flag of a Christian group outside City Hall, even though it allowed the flags of other outside groups to fly there. More details at the link. Let’s hope it's a good omen for future religious freedom cases that when the First Amendment was run up the flagpole, every Justice saluted.

Rep. Lauren Boebert has already authored a bill to block funding of the DHS’s “Disinformation Governance Board.” It likely won’t pass a Democrat Congress, but with any luck, and with the good sense of American voters, that won’t be an issue much longer.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/lauren-boebert-defund-disinformation-board

While they’re at it, they might want to take a hard look at the DHS’ funding beyond its Ministry Of Truth. It seems that lately, they’ve been doing a lot of things they shouldn’t and very few of the things they’re supposed to do. I don’t see why we should keep paying for that.

DOJ is suing Alabama

May 2, 2022

Just to show how radical the Democrats have become, the Biden DOJ (backed by a slew of leftwing legal groups such as the ACLU, SPLC and Human Rights Campaign) are suing Alabama to overturn a new law making it illegal to give puberty-blocking medications to minors.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-sues-alabama-law-transgender-treatments-for-children

The lawsuit claims that these dangerous chemicals, which can have irreversible negative impacts on the patients’ health and physical development, are ”medically necessary care” for gender-confused minors. Where are those Disinformation Police when you need them?

If our current Democrat government actually did care about fighting “misinformation,” then it would stop the Department of Education from promoting Miseducation. As part of our never-ending stories on the left’s assault on science, common sense and the English language, check out this DOE training video. It shows a lesson about pregnancy by an alleged biology teacher who strains credulity by trying to convince us that women don’t produce eggs. “Ovaries” do. If only there were a simple biological term for people with ovaries!

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/04/27/department-of-education-training-video-features-biology-teacher-saying-ovaries-produce-eggs-not-women/

The “teacher” says, “We can show our support for trans and non-binary students just to clean up that language, be more precise. We can be more accurate and be more inclusive. So I would say, no, it’s not women that produce eggs. It’s ovaries that produce eggs. That’s accurate, that’s precise. We’re acknowledging that not all women produce eggs and also, not all egg producers are women, for example.”

Okay, if you want to be accurate and precise: it’s true that not all women produce eggs. Not women who are infertile, or who’ve gone through menopause. But sorry: all egg producers are women. The “pregnant man” is not a biological fact, it’s a laughable emoji.

But if we’re going to have a federal speech police that cracks down on “disinformation,” I’ll need its phone number because I have some disinformation to report.

This morning, the Commerce Department reported that the US economy shrank by an annualized rate of 1.4% in the first quarter of the year, from January through March. Economists had predicted it would grow by 1.1%. But weighed down by record high inflation, the supply chain crisis and labor shortages, the economy notched its worst quarter since the spring of 2020, when the COVID lockdowns were in full swing.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/us-economic-growth-gdp-first-quarter

GDP also declined by 0.3% from the last quarter. I hope I’m wrong, but needless to say, this is how recessions start.

In a story that I believe is related, Democrats seem stunned to discover that voters have bigger things to worry about and don’t really care about a 90-minute riot that happened in the Capitol 15 months ago.

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2022/04/27/heartbreak-on-capitol-hill-as-democrats-come-to-a-realization-about-jan-6-committee-n556886

Democrats looking for some actual Biden accomplishment that they can tout before the election could try this: in a letter to the Senate, front line border state sheriffs report that due to Biden’s policies eliminating all efforts to keep illegal immigrants out of the US, “We simply have no border left in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, or Southern California.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/washington-secrets/sheriffs-shocker-no-border-left

You must admit, that’s something that no other President ever has – or would ever want to – accomplish.

Another Fauci Flip-flop

April 29, 2022

Dr. Fauci has become famous for flip-flopping, but he might have set a new land speed record this week. He declared that the pandemic phase of COVID is over, then less than 24 hours later, claimed that the pandemic isn’t over. His excuse is that the key word is “phase”: just because the “pandemic phase” is over doesn’t mean the pandemic is over.

https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2022/04/27/fauci-reverses-by-no-means-is-this-pandemic-over-n465423

Some suspect that the real “science” behind this is political science, and that he probably got a call from the White House telling him that it wasn’t convenient for their narratives to admit that the pandemic is over, hence the double-quick hair-splitting.

That linked article also talks about the mixed messages of Biden wanting to keep forcing everyone to wear masks while he plans to attend this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which some are betting will be another super-spreader event like the Gridiron Dinner, where all the Democrats caught COVID but none of them seemed to get sick. If he really wants us to believe that he still considers COVID to be an existential threat, then it’s probably not a good idea to imply that it’s worth the risk of dying to hear Trevor Noah’s jokes.

Here’s today’s link to Fox News’ continually updated Russia-Ukraine news:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-putin-zelenskyy-live

The latest: The Kremlin claimed there have been acts of “terrorism” in Moldova, which was taken as an excuse for Putin to expand his invasion beyond Ukraine. Putin warned the West that any outside interference would lead to "lightning"-fast retaliatory strikes, and Ukrainian officials said Russia is increasing the pace of its offensive operations. But despite Putin’s threats, the head of NATO said Finland and Sweden will be warmly and quickly welcomed into NATO if they decide to join.

No wonder the leftist Twitter mobs are so twitterpated over the idea of allowing conservative journalists like James O’Keefe of Project Veritas to have freedom of speech: O'Keefe obtained a recording of the “all-hands” meeting at Twitter to discuss Elon Musk buying the company, and he released it.

https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2022/04/26/breaking-project-veritas-releases-leaked-audio-from-twitter-all-hands-meeting-n556684

It reveals that the current CEO (I stress the adjective “current”) seems to think he can “moderate” Musk’s promise to bring back freedom of speech. They also spoke in soothing tones to the melting down employees, as if trying to calm a toddler during a thunderstorm (and that’s a remarkably apt analogy.)

https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2022/04/26/breaking-project-veritas-releases-leaked-audio-from-twitter-all-hands-meeting-n556684

Twitter’s top lawyer, one of the instigators behind booting President Trump from the platform and censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story, broke down crying.

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2022/04/26/twitters-totally-grown-lawyer-broke-down-crying-meeting-musk

See what interesting things you learn when journalists aren’t prevented from reporting the truth?

Incidentally, Elon Musk’s latest response to Twitter’s laptop censorship also bodes well for Twitter’s future, but not for that lawyer’s future with Twitter.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/04/27/elon-musk-responds-to-russian-collusion-hoaxer-currently-working-at-twitter-points-to-big-changes-n556806

Food shortages

April 27, 2022

Between the supply chain crisis that the Biden Administration still appears to be doing very little about (can you imagine Trump letting this problem fester for 15 months without rallying a massive government-private sector response to fix it?) and the Russia-Ukraine war and sanctions, experts are warning to brace for serious food shortages. And of course, the “Green” movement is fighting efforts to mitigate it, like temporarily cultivating farmland that was being returned to the wild.

There are already a lot of empty shelves in American grocery stores, which was unthinkable just a couple of years ago, but as a great man once said, “Never underestimate Joe (Biden’s) ability to (bleep) things up.” However, Instapundit blogmaster Prof. Glenn Reynolds warns that those random semi-empty shelves may just be the tip of the iceberg.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/17/looming-food-shortages-is-worlds-next-slow-moving-disaster/

The shortages are already impacting food pantries, which serve those “most vulnerable among us” that leftists claim to care so much about.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/food-pantries-across-the-ozarks-taking-a-hit-from-inflation-and-supply-shortages/ar-AAWAG5R?ocid=BingNewsSearch

And a reminder: it’s not just human food that could be in short supply. We also have to feed livestock and pets. I’m told by friends who own cats that they’ve recently had to go to several stores to find any canned cat food on the pet aisles. Trader Joe’s, which carries its own house brands, announced that due to shortages, it’s discontinuing four types of cat food and two types of dog food.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/trader-joe-s-is-discontinuing-these-items-amid-shortages/ar-AAWD4T8?ocid=BingNewsSearch

I recently reported that polls showed the only demographic group that's actually increased its support of President Biden is single, college-educated, Democratic women. If those women go to Trader Joe’s and find no food for their 14 cats, it’s over for Biden.

Here’s today’s Fox News feed of continually-updated Russia-Ukraine news:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-putin-zelenskyy-live

The top stories: Marine veteran Trevor Reed, who was being held in jail in Moscow, is back home after the White House worked out a prisoner swap for him in exchange for a Russian drug trafficker. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy called for global controls to be imposed on the Kremlin’s nuclear capabilities because of their “completely irresponsible actions” such as firing missiles around nuclear power plants. And the head of the EU accused Russia of blackmail after it cut gas access to Poland and Bulgaria for refusing to pay in rubles.

Oh, if only there were some other country that could produce more oil and gas and undercut Russia’s power to blackmail other nations. But sadly, there’s not. At least, there won’t be until at least 2024.

https://news.yahoo.com/biden-administration-shrinks-area-eligible-224231066.html

House Republicans are reportedly preparing for only the second impeachment of a Cabinet official (the first was in 1876.) Unlike the Trump impeachments, this would be for actual reasons. This time, it’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-republicans-reportedly-gearing-impeach-key-biden-administration-official/

133 House members sent Mayorkas a letter accusing him of violating his oath of office, undermining American sovereignty and the rule of law, and endangering American citizens by his continuing refusal to do his job, which legally requires him to maintain operational control of the border and detain illegal aliens.

Mayorkas is set to testify for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. I’ll be eager to see if he will try to refute those accusations, or just put them on his resume.

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford has released his 6th annual “Federal Fumbles” report on "wasteful, ineffective, or duplicative" government spending. This year’s report lists over $10.5 trillion in wasteful spending at a time when the national debt has topped $30 trillion, and President Biden and the Democrats are pushing to spend trillions more.

https://www.lankford.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Federal_Fumbles_Vol_6.pdf

Among the ways your tax money is being flushed down the toilet:

$2 billion given to contractors NOT to finish building the border wall…

A $29 billion slush fund for the EPA…

$2.5 billion to plant trees to increase “tree equity”…

And a plethora of pork projects, including $47 million to promote travel in the US; $765,000 to Maine to study the future of the lobster industry; $2 million for indigenous coffee producers in Columbia; $500,000 to revamp a state-owned ski jump in New Hampshire; $2 million to renovate an RV park in Oregon; an unspecified “bucket” of money to expand Internet access for felons in prison; a $1.2 million NIH grant to develop “sun safety programs” for people with tattoos; $120,000 to two authors to write a book about Russian art; $606,000 to China’s CDC to research “the global risk of noble infections throughout China” (don’t we already know that?); and a number of arts grants, such as $15,000 for a puppet opera called “Monkey: A Kung Fu Parable” and $16,000 to produce “Fat Pig,” an opera that “tells the story of a plus-sized woman who falls in love with a man who has a ‘normal’ body.” I assume that opera is over when the fat lady sings.

Here’s some commentary from Jesse Watters’ Fox News show by the colorful Sen. John Kennedy on what he calls this “spending porn,” and how it’s not just Democrats who are protecting it. He says that Republicans have also resisted ending even the most outrageous wastes of money, including sending checks to dead people. And they're Democrat voters.

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6305209381001#sp=show-clips

As part of the never-ending fishing expedition by New York’s liberal “justice” establishment, a judge found former President Trump in contempt of court and fined him $10,000 a day until he hands over his business records to rabidly anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/04/25/new-york-judge-finds-donald-trump-in-contempt-of-court-fining-him-10000-a-day/

Trump’s attorneys said they plan to appeal because there are no more business records to turn over. They say Trump doesn’t text, email or use a business computer, so there’s nothing more to provide that hasn’t already been provided, so how can he be in contempt of court?

I don’t know, but I admit, I’m feeling a bit of contempt for New York courts. Oh well, $10,000 a day sounds harsh, but it makes me think of the famous line from “Citizen Kane,” where the wealthy newspaper publisher Kane says he’s losing a million dollars a year printing what he wants, and at that rate, he’ll have to shut down…in 60 years.

Senior Biden adviser Cedric Richmond is leaving the White House for a job at the DNC, one day after it was reported that after the 2020 election, he blasted AOC and her fellow “Squad” members as “(bleeping) idiots” and was one of Administrations’ leading critics of the far-left progressive wing. Too bad he’s leaving; sounds as if he’s one of the few people there with a brain.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cedric-richmond-white-house-biden-dnc

Speaking of AOC, she’s the genius who thought Democrats should severely punish Sen. Joe Manchin for blocking Biden’s big spending agenda. Which would just encourage him to switch parties and take away the Democrat’s majority (see Cedric Richmond’s assessment of her above.) Well, it appears that Manchin doesn’t have to be too concerned with whether AOC approves of him. According to a new Morning Consult poll, guess who’s seen the largest gain in his approval rating of any Senator?

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2022/04/26/one-democrats-approval-rating-has-skyrocketed-since-biden-took-office-n2606358?utm_campaign=rightrailsticky3

You wondered who was inside that Easter Bunny costume and was leading President Biden around? Turns out it was George Soros.

Many Americans who were sold a bill of goods on Biden being a moderate centrist, only to get one far-left, America-destroying policy after another, are asking who’s really making the decisions in this White House because it can’t be Joe. Well, this could be the answer:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/secretive-soros-funded-group-works-behind-scenes-biden-admin-policy-documents

Documents reviewed by Fox News show that a secretive group called GFI (Governing For Impact) that’s funded by millions of dollars from socialist billionaire George Soros, has been working behind the scenes with Biden’s Administration to reverse Trump policies and enact its leftist agenda. Their internal memos boast that they’ve already implemented more than 20 of their agenda items. The head of Soros’ Open Society Foundations (an odd name for a group that operates in secret) said, "Open Society is proud to support Governing for Impact's efforts to protect American workers, consumers, patients, students and the environment through policy reform."

Governing For Impact is reportedly zeroing in on education, environmental, health care, housing and labor issues. Do you like anything the Biden White House is doing on any of those issues? I’d say they’re having an impact on America, all right, the same way a bulldozer has an impact on a house’s foundations.

Show of hands: how many people voted in 2020 to have America run by George Soros and a secret cabal of radical leftists?

For all the transparently phony hyperventilating about the dangers of free speech to “our democracy,” here’s the real reason why leftists are melting down over losing control of Twitter: A study by the Media Research Center found that over a two-year period, from the 2020 campaign through the 14th month of the Biden presidency, Big Tech censored Biden’s critics 646 times.

https://www.westernjournal.com/media-watchdog-big-tech-stepped-censor-news-biden-646-times-just-2-years/

That includes 140 instances of censorship over Hunter Biden’s laptop alone (stories that were true, by the way), with Twitter being the worst offender. It offered an array of excuses for censoring Biden’s critics, many divorced from reality, like claiming the posts contained “malicious links that could steal personal information or harm electronic devices,” “spammy links,” or “violent or misleading content that could lead to real-world harm.”

Ironically, in censoring the true Hunter Biden laptop story as “disinformation,” it was Twitter that engaged in misleading content that’s led to a lot of real-world harm.

It’s not just anonymous trolls on Twitter who are having conniption fits at the idea of “our democracy” being imperiled by the people having free speech rights. Some major organizations are outing themselves as enemies of free speech, and you should definitely remember them for future reference. They include Amnesty International, the ACLU and Human Rights Watch.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/04/25/human-rights-watch-aclu-amnesty-international-clutch-their-pearls-in-horror-at-elon-musks-purchase-of-twitter-n1592725

Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media takes a look at the very bad week America’s “woke” tyrants are having, from Elon Musk buying Twitter; to the fortunes of Disney, Netflix and CNN+; to parents and states fighting back against radical left education officials; to the newly-woke Jon Stewart’s new show tanking.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2022/04/25/the-morning-briefing-has-woke-worn-out-its-welcome-for-some-lefties-n1592423

It is a very welcome trend. As previously noted, maybe ExxonMobil’s banning of outside political flags like the BLM and rainbow flags is a harbinger of business leaders standing up to the tiny but loud leftist mobs and saying, “We’ve had enough of you. You’re done.”

In honor of this, I think it’s about time we retired the word “woke.” It served its purpose, but it was always misleading. The people pushing this divisive radicalism thought they were more conscious than the rest of us, but it’s become obvious that they just live in a homogenous echo chamber and don’t know or care about anyone who’s at all different from them.

I suggest that instead of “woke,” we call them by the far more accurate term, “hypnotized.” That’s what you call someone who appears to be awake but is actually sleepwalking, and just doing and saying ridiculous things because someone else is controlling their brains.

Any discombobulated leftists who are terrified that Twitter won’t be acting as speech police anymore might want to try switching to writing letters to each other on Google Docs. Google is adding a new “feature” that will nag you as you type, telling you whenever you’ve used a word or phrase that isn’t diverse or inclusive enough or that someone somewhere might find offensive, and suggesting more woke alternatives.

https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/04/26/big-tech-to-the-rescue-google-will-now-inclusively-convert-your-words-to-wokeness-n556118

To make sure Google is up on all the latest “offensive” terms, I should let them know that they need to block all the people who use Google Docs to create digital whiteboards because “whiteboards” are apparently racist now.

https://campusreform.org/article?id=19429

And not just because they have the word “white” in them. There’s an even more convoluted reason that you can read at the link. But be warned: to understand it, you have to be either a liberal college professor or a complete drooling moron. Or both, as so many are.

Oh, and it might also make sense to you if you’re high on marijuana. Except that you also can’t use the word “marijuana” anymore because that’s apparently racist now, too.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/04/25/washington-state-bans-the-word-marijuana-from-legislation-can-you-guess-why-n1592450

Washington State will officially refer to it as “cannabis” instead. I hate to tell them this, but that word can be traced back to Eastern European origins, so it’s probably racist, too. To avoid offending anyone, I would suggest they call it “Wacky Tobacky.”

Here is today’s link to Fox News’ feed of Russia-Ukraine news:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-putin-zelenskyy-live

The latest: In a major policy shift, Germany has approved the shipment of anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine. The Pentagon doubled down on this weekend’s statement that it wants to see Russia come out of this as a weakened nation that’s unable to carry out another illegal invasion. Russia may postpone or cancel upcoming local governors’ elections out of fear that low turnout will telegraph the public turning on Putin, despite heavy propaganda efforts.

Interesting interview with my friend Pat Boone about how Hollywood has removed moral values from movies and is destroying America’s image.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/pat-boone-moral-values-hollywood-movies-the-mulligan

He also talks about his new faith-based movie “The Mulligan.” I had his co-star Eric Close on my show recently to discuss that and show a clip:

https://youtu.be/58zDtkkmYkI

By the way, Pat mentions that one of his golf pals is rock star Alice Cooper, which I guess means there’s only one degree of separation between Alice Cooper and Mike Huckabee. But that’s actually not as weird as you might think…

https://www.theblaze.com/news/alice-cooper-christian-bible

RIP Orrin Hatch

April 25, 2022

I’m sad to have to report that former Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch died Saturday at 88 at home in Salt Lake City, surrounded by family. He was one of the most respected Senators of the past century, the former President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the longest-serving Senator in Utah history, serving from 1977 to 2019.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/longtime-utah-republican-senator-orrin-hatch-dead-at-88

Sen. Hatch was described as the personification of the American Dream, a man who rose from an impoverished childhood to the US Senate, and who made it his mission to expand freedom and opportunity for others. He was renowned for his ability to reach across the aisle to get things done and for protecting religious freedom. He was a truly great man and public servant. You might not know that he was also a gifted songwriter and musician. He was a strong advocate for music and the arts, something we shared in conferences for the arts.

Tributes to Sen. Hatch are pouring in. Here are some from various political figures.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/political-world-reacts-orrin-hatch-death

All of us on the Huckabee team extend our prayers and condolences to Sen. Hatch’s wife Elaine and their six children.

A ludicrous legal attempt by a Democrat group to keep some Republicans off the ballot for reelection has gone down in flames, and rightly so.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/04/22/effort-to-block-gop-reps-from-running-because-of-jan-6-goes-down-to-withering-defeat-n554723

They were trying to claim they were ineligible to run because they’re “insurrectionists” for attending Trump’s January 6th rally or opposing certification of the 2020 vote, which is entirely within their power to do. If questioning an election result is insurrection, then we’d better arrest all the Democrats who did the same thing to Bush in 2000 and 2004, and to Trump in 2016. Not to mention all the Hollywood celebrities who made that cringe-inducing YouTube video calling on Trump electors to vote for Hillary instead (yes, I remember that, no matter how hard I’ve tried to flush it from my mind.)

Unfortunately, Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene is still having to deal with this idiocy because she got a liberal judge who allowed it to proceed, despite a day of testimony that brought to mind the Three Stooges film, “Disorder in the Court.” I’m not kidding: you have to read this to believe it.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/04/22/marjorie-taylor-greenes-court-appearance-for-alleged-insurrection-was-absolutely-bonkers-n554593

Let’s hope the judge doesn’t prove to be a complete knucklehead and tosses this lamebrain case. But he could actually rule in favor of the Democrat law firm of Larry, Moe and Curly, which would mean Greene would have to appeal a case that should never have sullied the interior of a courtroom.

Texas Hero

April 25, 2022

As of this writing, an intense search is still underway for the Texas National Guardsman who dived into the Rio Grande River to save some migrants who were in danger of drowning while trying to cross the border illegally. The water is muddy, deep and more treacherous than it looks. The migrants were saved, but the Guardsman who risked his life to save them has yet to be found and is believed dead.

The heroic Guardsman has now been identified as Specialist Bishop Evans, 22, an Arlington native who served in Kuwait and Iraq.

https://www.breitbart.com/border/2022/04/24/texas-national-guardsman-missing-in-rio-grande-identified/

Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott honored him as a hero “who risked his life in service to Texas and America.”

That story also includes some furious reactions from both Republicans and Democrat veteran Tulsi Gabbard, roasting the Biden Administration for encouraging waves of illegal immigration that are putting both Americans and the migrants at risk. Making it even worse was a report that the two illegal migrants Specialist Evans lost his life trying to save were both involved in the illegal narcotics trade. They survived to try to get in again, and thanks to this Administration, they most likely will.

When I comment on legal cases, I often remind readers that I’m not a lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV, like the legal analysts on CNN and MSNBC. But I sometimes feel as if I – or just about anybody, really – must know more about the law than some very prominent lawyers in the news. Like former Trump attorney-turned-Trump attacker and convicted fraudster Michael Cohen.

https://jonathanturley.org/2022/04/21/indict-trump-or-im-gone-michael-cohen-lays-down-bizarre-ultimatum-for-prosecutors/

As I said, I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t think you get grand juries to indict former Presidents by threatening them.

Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the appeal of a Washington State high school football coach who lost his job due to a dispute over his practice of praying on the field after games. It’s a complex case with a lot of claims and counterclaims, so check out the link for full details.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-religious-liberty-school-coach

He’s lost in all the lower courts, but he might have a "Hail Mary play" chance in the 6-3 conservative SCOTUS. The SCOTUS initially turned down this case in 2019, but four conservative Justices warned that the appeals courts’ "understanding of the free speech rights of public school teachers is troubling and may justify review in the future." There’s a chance, at least, that Monday may finally signal an end to the long wait for some clarity on issues of freedom of speech and religion.

Update: It appears that there really is a tape of House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy telling other Republicans on a phone meeting after the January 6th riot that he’d “had it with this guy” (Trump) and was thinking of asking him to resign. That contradicts what he's previously said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/04/21/mccarthy-disputes-report-that-he-privately-vowed-confront-trump-after-jan-6

McCarthy said Friday that he was just walking through “different scenarios” and didn’t actually want Trump to resign. As of this writing, Trump has yet to comment publicly, but he reportedly talked to McCarthy Thursday and said he wasn’t upset and was glad McCarthy didn’t follow through. Conservatives who have long been suspicious of McCarthy’s allegiance to Trump or to conservative principles say that if Trump changes his mind and publicly denounces McCarthy, it would likely kill his ambitions to become House Speaker. So the ball is in Trump’s court.

Incidentally, Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested that notorious anti-Trumper Liz Cheney, who was in the call, could have leaked the tape to the New York Times, but she denied recording or leaking it.

A Trump-appointed federal judge has put Kentucky’s new law restricting abortion on hold. But before anyone makes too much of this, the judge made it clear that the ruling had nothing to do with the constitutionality of the law. She said the problem was with the enforcibility of it: abortion providers can't prove they’re in compliance because the monitoring system it requires doesn’t exist yet.

https://redstate.com/beccalower/2022/04/21/fed-judge-puts-hold-on-new-kentucky-abortion-law-n554159

More details at the link, but for now, this looks less like a roadblock than a bump in the road.

The Biden Administration announced reforms to student loan forgiveness programs that will result in at least 40,000 people getting immediate forgiveness for their loans.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-democrats-begin-student-loan-payoff-announce-forgiveness-thousands-student-loan-payments/

It’s a complicated reform, so check out the link for the full details. I’ve said before that I have no problem with making some reforms to the process to help make it easier for people to pay off their loans. But the problem with “forgiving” debt that people willingly assumed is that debt doesn’t just magically disappear. You can let someone off the hook for paying back money they borrowed, but it’s still owed. Someone has to pay it back. And if you can’t guess who will eventually get the bill, then take a look in the nearest mirror, sucker.

The Ace of Spades blog reports that a lot of people are noticing that the Biden White House thinks we’re still in such a dire COVID emergency that we can’t let Americans stop wearing masks…but we’re also so far beyond the COVID emergency that we can drop Title 22 and let tens of thousands of illegal migrants swarm across the border, and there’s no need to deport them.

https://ace.mu.nu/archives/398774.php

Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” But a foolish inconsistency is the hallmark of the modern left.

And speaking of foolish inconsistency, Democrats are furious that Florida’s legislature gave final approval to revoking Disney’s power to run its own government.

https://www.westernjournal.com/florida-legislature-votes-strip-disney-self-governing-powers-democrats-shriek-protest/

Here’s Dana Loesch on how leftists who claim to hate corporations and think they have too much power are throwing temper tantrums because Florida is finally making mega-corporation Disney obey the same rules as every other company in the state.

https://danaloesch.substack.com/p/disney-losing-their-corporate-welfare?s=r

In fact, Democrats are acting so much like five-year-olds over this that maybe Disney will endorse teaching them about kinky sex.

Congratulations to Sean Hannity. Last night, he marked a consecutive 25 years, six months and 15 days on Fox News, which broke Larry King’s record as the longest-running host on a single cable news network. He first joined Fox News prime time as co-host of “Hannity and Colmes” in 1996. He’s also been #1 in his time slot for 13 consecutive years.

https://www.westernjournal.com/hannity-surpasses-tv-legend-become-longest-serving-primetime-host-cable-news-history/

Now, let’s hope he’ll really drive liberals crazy by breaking Larry King’s record of continuing to host TV shows until he was 87 years old.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s ambitions to become House Speaker might have hit a serious obstacle, thanks to a new book by two New York Times writers called, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future.” McCarthy has been publicly supportive of former President Trump, but the book’s authors claim that in an audio recording of a meeting of Republican leaders shortly after the January 6th riot, McCarthy said of Trump, “I’ve had it with this guy,” and said he would push Trump to resign immediately.

https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2022/04/22/gop-leader-kevin-mccarthy-caught-on-tape-says-he-would-convince-trump-that-he-should-resign-n554228

At this writing, I’ve yet to hear McCarthy’s side of the story. And before anyone leaps to judgement, I will point out that I didn’t just say that an audio recording proves he said that. I said that a book by TWO NEW YORK TIMES WRITERS claims that there’s a recording of him saying that. Experience has shown that what Republicans actually say and what New York Times writers say they said can be very different things. So I’m taking a “wait and see” attitude on this one.

As I’ve said, I don’t call attention to all of President Biden’s “gaffes,” because we all get it, and it’s both sad and scary to dwell on it. But when he can’t even keep two of the major issues he’s supposed to be dealing with straight, this situation is becoming impossible and too dangerous to ignore.

https://www.westernjournal.com/devastating-biden-gaffe-potus-asked-title-42-starts-babbling-something-totally-different/

CNN+ is shutting down

April 22, 2022

It’s official: after less than one month, CNN’s new paid streaming service, CNN+, is shutting down.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/21/media/cnn-shutting-down/index.html

Perhaps we should call it "CNN-Minus" because it subtracted a lot of money from CNN. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars on it, but even at deep discount subscription rates, it attracted only about 10,000 daily users.

So stow this away for future reference: Charging people for something they refuse to watch for free is NOT a smart business model. Who knew?

A Trump-appointed federal judge has put Kentucky’s new law restricting abortion on hold. But before anyone makes too much of this, the judge made it clear that the ruling had nothing to do with the constitutionality of the law. She said the problem was with the enforcibility of it: abortion providers can't prove they’re in compliance because the monitoring system it requires doesn’t exist yet.

https://redstate.com/beccalower/2022/04/21/fed-judge-puts-hold-on-new-kentucky-abortion-law-n554159

More details at the link, but for now, this looks less like a roadblock than a bump in the road.

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