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This week’s buzz phrase is “death of democracy!” As in, if Republicans are elected to majorities in Congress, it will be the “death of democracy!”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-abc-cbs-democrats-fearmonger-gop-death-democracy

Only in the brainwashed Bizarro World of the left could putting power into the hands of the people's chosen elected representatives spell the “death of democracy.” When I hear them say “democracy,” I think of the famous quote from “The Princess Bride”: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Wednesday, special counsel John Durham scored another win in court when a judge in Washington denied Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussman’s request to throw out the charges against him for lying to the FBI. Sussman’s attorneys had argued that his false statements to the FBI about collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia weren’t “material” to them launching an investigation. Durham disagrees, and the judge ruled that that’s up to a jury to decide.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-criminal-case-clinton-campaign-lawyer-takes-big-step-forward-judge-issues-key-ruling/

(The judge also accidentally revealed that “Tech Executive II” is Rodney Joffe, as we’ve long assumed.)

While the ruling was predictable, it has to have the Clinton camp feeling as itchy as a man on a fuzzy tree, to quote the King.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/04/13/former-clinton-lawyer-gambit-to-dismiss-case-fails-miserably-now-hillary-has-to-be-sweating-n549978

As Nick Arama at Redstate.com points out, this ruling leaves Sussman with two options: risk going to trial and maybe facing jail time, plus having a lot more evidence about the Hillary campaign’s activities come out…or strike a plea deal and cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation. Neither of those is a very attractive option for Hillary, who is still dreaming of putting her hand on a Bible to be sworn in as President, not to testify in a federal trial.

Stay tuned, we’ll definitely have more coverage of this story.

New Podcast Episode

April 15, 2022

This week on The People’s Podcast, Governor Huckabee interviews Yale University’s aging expert Dr. Becca Levy about her new book Breaking the Age Code, in which she debunks the most common myths about aging and offers advice on how to age successfully and be liberated from the negativity around getting older.

LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE>>>

Gut Punch

April 15, 2022

This week brought a one-two punch in the gut with inflation news. Tuesday, the BLS reported that the Consumer Price Index’s annual inflation rate hit 8.5% in March, the highest in 40 years. Then on Wednesday, we learned that the producer price index, which measures inflation of wholesale prices before they reach consumers, hit 11.2% in March. That’s higher than the most pessimistic predictions, and the highest since this measure started being taken in 2010.

https://www.westernjournal.com/wholesale-inflation-shatters-expectations-hits-highest-level-ever-recorded/

That kind of inflation of wholesale prices means that consumers are in for even higher prices as it filters down to the retail level.

The White House has tried to blame everything but the policies of Biden and the Democrats for the galloping inflation. Biden blamed Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, even though inflation had been rising for over a year before that happened. And now, they’ve found a new culprit: it’s Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s fault.

Because of the flood of illegal immigrants (again, due to Biden’s policies), Abbott has ordered inspections of trucks coming in from Mexico. This has caused some traffic backups at the border. Psaki claimed that the inspections are “causing significant disruptions to the food and automobile supply chains, delaying manufacturing, impacting jobs, and raising prices for families in Texas and across the country.”

https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2022/04/13/move-over-vlad-buck-passing-biden-wh-now-blames-gov-abbott-for-raging-inflation-n549782

But as Mike Miller at Redstate.com points out, those inspections only went into effect last week. How have they already managed to delay manufacturing, impact jobs and cause the inflation rate that set a record last month?

If this keeps up, I suspect that next, Biden will try to blame it on the dog.

More details on yesterday’s late-breaking story about New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin surrendering to federal authorities on charges of bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy. He also resigned from his post, the #2 position in the state’s government.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2022/04/13/new-york-lt-gov-brian-benjamin-resigns-amid-federal-corruption-charges-n2605839

He was appointed less than a year ago by now-Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took office when Andrew Cuomo was forced to resign. Hochul’s Republican challenger in the November election, Rep. Lee Zeldin, blasted her for her bad judgement in picking Benjamin as her second-in-command, and Bob McManus in the New York Post concurs, explaining how the top echelons of the state’s government got so corrupt and incompetent.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/12/gov-hochuls-terrible-judgment-leads-to-one-terrible-day/

By the way, since the media don’t seem to be mentioning it, I should add that all of these people are Democrats.

Walmart is so desperate for reliable merchandise transport that they’re not only giving pay raises to their current in-house truck drivers, they’re raising the starting pay for new truck drivers to as much as $110,000 (minimum $95,000.) Their average starting salary was already $87,000.

https://www.outkick.com/walmart-to-pay-truckers-110000-a-year-more-than-double-average-college-grad-salary/

As Bobby Burack at Outkick.com reports, $110,000 is twice the average starting salary of college graduates. And without having to assume debt you can never repay or sit through leftist brainwashing by America-hating professors who’ve never spent a day in the real world. For some students, like those in medicine or STEM programs, college is a must. But for others, it’s becoming more of an anchor than an elevator.

There’s huge demand everywhere for truckers as well as other skilled trades, from welders to construction workers to furnace and A/C technicians. You know, people who actually know how to do something useful. Not so much for poli sci or gender studies majors, whom many of us would gladly pay to go away.

Mike Rowe is quoted in this article, pointing out that there are 7.3 million jobs open for skilled trades people. After you get those skills, you can immediately land a secure, good-paying job. And if you worry that elitist, leftist college grads will look down on you, then just don’t tip them when they serve you your coffee at Starbucks.

Here is today’s Fox News link to the latest bulletins on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-04-13-2022

Recapping the top stories: Russian troops attacked the city of Kharkiv with 53 artillery and rocket strikes in the past 24 hours. Ukraine is investigating claims that a Russian drone dropped a poisonous chemical weapon onto the city of Mariupol. The Presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia are traveling to Kyiv to meet with President Zelenskyy.

And in an escalation of his war of words, President Biden called the Russian invasion a “genocide” for the first time. He said, “It’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out even the idea of being Ukrainian. The evidence is mounting," adding that he would let the "lawyers" determine if it fits the definition of “genocide.” Once they define “genocide,” maybe he could also see if it applies to China.

Texas Follow-up

April 14, 2022

Here’s a follow-up to last week’s article about whether Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to bus illegal border crossers to Washington, DC, is unconstitutional (Abbott backed off a little by saying the busing would be “voluntary.”) It looks at some possible scenarios, and some worrisome potential outcomes if Biden opens up the border (unconstitutionally) and tries to prevent the states he’s destroying from doing anything about it.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/mark-ellis/2022/04/12/greg-abbotts-buses-a-second-look-n1589192

While some Democrats are gearing up to fight Abbott on this, others seem to understand the calamitous tsunami of illegal immigration that’s likely to hit if Biden goes through with his “Grandpa drove the Buick through a 7-11”-like plan to lift Title 42 COVID restrictions. They realize their reelection hopes may be trampled in the stampede and are trying to talk some sense into him. And how hard should it be to make him understand that he shouldn’t lift the border COVID restrictions when every Democrat he knows has COVID?

You won’t believe what social media tried to censor that was posted by a US Air Force veteran. This should stand as an infuriating Exhibit A in the case that what these platforms are censoring isn’t “disinformation,” it’s just anything that challenges the “progressive” left’s radical agenda.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/big-tech-linkedin-air-force-veteran-college-debt

And please note, this isn’t Twitter or Facebook, as you might expect. It’s the allegedly staid and professional business networking site, Linked In. How much would it cost Elon Musk to buy that? Surely, for him, the toll booth change in his Tesla would cover it.

My two writer/researchers, Pat and Laura, are bird lovers with a backyard full of bird feeders and a house full of rescued parrots. So I’ve been hearing from them ever since the push for “wind energy” that all those spinning wind turbine blades are “bird Cuisinarts” that are slaughtering millions of birds. Ironically, when this is pointed out to the greenies who claim to love nature so much, they dismiss it as a minor problem. The Obama Administration’s “solution” was to exempt wind farms from laws against killing endangered birds for 30 years. Problem solved!

Except it isn’t. Check out this article from the New American about a renewable energy company that was fined $8 million for killing over 150 bald and golden eagles – without a permit. The company claimed it didn’t think the government required a permit. Which is understandable.

https://thenewamerican.com/feds-fine-wind-farm-company-millions-for-killing-eagles-after-encouraging-wind-power/

This article also points out that nuclear power plants (which provide greater and more reliable energy 24/7 with no CO2 emissions) not only don’t kill birds, but “wind turbines, surprisingly, kill more people than nuclear plants.” Yale University professor Steven Novella said, “Nuclear power is the safest form of energy we have, if you consider deaths per megawatt of energy produced.”

And unlike wind farms, nuclear power plants don’t require the clear-cutting of massive tracts of forest land, further decimating the habitats of birds and other animals.

But then, to the green left, destroying the forests and all those animals and birds is worth it to save Mother Nature.

Twitter employees are enjoying an allegedly previously-scheduled “day of rest,” which a Bloomberg reporter described as “well-timed” because they’re been “super-stressed” by Elon Musk buying all that Twitter stock and the terrifying rumors that he might force them to respect users’ free speech rights again.

I hope their jangled widdle nerves were soothed. I also hope they spent that time contemplating the possibility of Musk buying 51% of Twitter’s stock and firing every last one of these snowflake dilettantes. Perhaps in their next job, if they ever find one, they’ll learn in most workplaces, temper tantrums aren’t tolerated and employees don’t tell their bosses what to do, nor do they banish thousands of customers for saying things they disagree with. If they think Musk was a shock to their delicate systems, imagine what they’d feel if they actually had to cope with reality.

A New York State of Mind

April 13, 2022

New York state Lieutenant Gov. Brian Benjamin has surrendered to authorities on multiple charges, including bribery, over an alleged plot to get campaign contributions in exchange for a state grant.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/04/12/breaking-new-york-lt-governor-arrested-n1589024

Benjamin was appointed to the office last year by Gov. Kathy Hochul after she replaced Andrew Cuomo, who had to step down amid accusations of sexual misconduct and killing nursing home patients with his COVID policies. It’s also the latest in a string of New York politician scandals that engulfed Sheldon Silver, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and more.

It’s no wonder New York’s politicians can’t get crime under control. They can’t even stop themselves from committing crimes. 

Parents who are thanking God that they were able to get their kids into charter schools should be aware that the Biden White House hid 13 pages of rules into a proposed federal funding bill that would put so many burdens and restrictions on charter schools that it would basically turn them into public schools.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2022/04/10/biden-administration-takes-aim-at-charter-schools-n548312

For the record, here's what public schools will soon be doing in New Jersey:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-jersey-second-graders-learn-gender-identity-alarming-parents

"Free-speechers"

April 13, 2022

Just as leftists have tried to make being patriotic, pro-life, capitalist, believing in a equality under the law and a colorblind meritocracy, and recognizing that men and women are different into horrific thought crimes, they’re now trying to convince us that defending free speech means you just want to use racist slurs in public. They’ve even come up with a derogatory pejorative for those who dare to defend the most basic, God-given, First Amendment right: we’re “free speechers.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/04/10/former-reddit-chief-uses-free-speechers-as-a-pejorative-term-n1588597

Well, I proudly wear your dumb pejorative as a badge of honor. While I may find your arguments destructive, misleading and frankly idiotic, I will defend to the death your right to voice them. After all, as the Founders intended, free speech not only lets us express great thoughts and criticize the government, it also allows us to identify the actual racists, Nazis, communists and others who would try to take away our rights on the flimsiest of pretexts. They just open their mouths, and they tell us.

I’ve long predicted that the day stock traders and other high-powered types in New York City realized that they could do the same job over the Internet from a mansion in a warm, safe, tax-free state like Florida, that would spell the beginning of the end of New York’s financial dominance. The pandemic supercharged that process, as did the disastrous “leadership” of socialist Mayor Bill DeBlasio. And that could spell big trouble for the state’s finances.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/09/millionaires-fleeing-south-from-new-york-tax-smack/

As Charlie Gasparino reports, the taxes, rampant crime, COVID lockdowns, dangerous homeless people and other side effects of leftwing rule have spurred a mass exodus of the rich people who were picking up the tax tab for all that government New York's leftist elites love. From 2018 to 2019, the number of New Yorkers with adjusted gross incomes of over $1 million dropped by 3.7%, even as the number of millionaires nationwide rose by 2.4%. AOC might be thrilled to know that leftist policies are driving all those evil rich people away, but as Gasparino explains, this is a very bad omen for New York when it comes to selling bonds to fund its government. Who's going to buy them?

Incidentally, it’s also probably not a good idea to drive away the taxpayers with the most money when your Governor wants to spend an extra $220 million to provide Medicaid to illegal immigrants over 65. There are an estimated 20,000 to whom it would apply, but once word gets out that New York is giving free taxpayer-paid health care to older illegal immigrants, I have a feeling that number would soon go way up.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/11/nyers-buy-medicaid-for-illegal-migrants-in-hochul-dems-budget/

"I Did That"

April 12, 2022

Democrats seem to have figured out just how potent the grassroots “I did that” Biden stickers are that people are leaving on gas pumps all over America. Those little stickers are the public’s way of fighting back against political and media narratives blaming everything but Biden for the high prices of gas. So now, the Dems are trying to fight back against those stickers and co-opt the idea for their own.

In Illinois, Democrats tucked a provision into a budget bill passed at 3 a.m. on Saturday to force gas stations to put stickers on their pumps to inform the public that the planned 2.2-cent gas tax increase that was set to begin on July 1st has been scrapped. I guess drivers are supposed to feel immense gratitude that they’re not going to add another 2.2 cents to the price of gas that’s already double what it was two years ago. Any station that doesn’t comply can be fined up to $500 a day, which I’m sure won’t raise the price of gas at all.

https://www.westernjournal.com/il-dems-pass-law-private-businesses-advertise-pay-500-day-fines/

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, a man who was putting “I did that” stickers on gas pumps was arrested on several charges. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone commit vandalism, although if the Dems claim graffiti is “street art” and looting is “peaceful protest,” then those Biden stickers could certainly be called free speech. I would recommend, though, that if you are going to do it, don’t do it the way this guy did. Sounds like he’s taking it to extremes.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/landonmion/2022/04/11/cops-arrest-man-for-placing-joe-biden-i-did-that-sticker-on-gas-pump-n26057

Having started his presidency by attempting to crush the domestic energy industry, President Biden soon found himself begging OPEC and nations hostile to the US to sell us more oil and help bring down the gas prices he sent skyrocketing. They said no. So recently, he’s turned to begging Canada to sell us more oil. Canada reportedly has more than enough oil to cover our needs.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-kept-keystone-open-instead-begging-dictators-oil-canadian-officials/

But Canadian officials say there’s a problem: how will it be transported to the US? Trucks and rail are expensive and could result in dangerous spills, and all existing pipelines are already at capacity. Say, do you know what could have solved this problem? If we’d finished building the Keystone XL Pipeline. If only someone hadn’t been dumb enough to shut that down.

As one industry analyst put it, “There’s not a limitation in terms of resource potential. There’s a limitation of capacity.” I’d say he’s correct, but the real problem is this Administration’s limitation of mental capacity.

Russia-Ukraine update

April 7, 2022

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

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-04-07-2022

Among the recent developments: The Senate voted to revive the World War II-era Lend-Lease program to lend or lease defense equipment to Ukraine. NATO is also urging member nations to send heavier weapons to Ukraine to help fight back against Russia. The Mariupol City Council accused Russian troops of using mobile crematoriums to destroy civilian bodies and hide the evidence of war crimes, calling it “the new Auschwitz.” German intelligence reported that they had intercepted radio messages of Russian troops discussing the killing of civilians in Bucha that Russian officials deny happened. And the FBI announced that it had disrupted a Russian military hacker network and taken control of thousands of devices they’d hijacked to set up a “botnet” to launch cyberattacks.

Twitter is making it clear that they don’t care that Elon Musk bought 12% of their stock, they will have no truck with any of that free speech nonsense, and they have no intention of allowing President Trump or any of the other conservatives they’ve banned back onto the platform.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/04/06/twitter-disregards-elon-musk-says-no-plans-to-bring-trump-back-n1587622

So that means that after 2024 when the restrictive terms of his purchase expire, Musk might have to buy another 39% of Twitter’s stock out of his couch cushion change. Of course, by then, Republicans might control both the White House and Congress, and forcibly reintroduce Twitter to the concept of free speech that it’s supposed to respect if it wants to continue enjoying immunity from the gigantic lawsuits it so richly deserves.

A feature story about Matthew McConaughey’s wife Alves. She grew up on a farm in Brazil, lived for a while with him in Malibu, and is now so much happier since their family moved to Texas, where she says people enjoy the outdoors, kids respect their parents, people say “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir,” and go to church on Sundays.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/camila-alves-mcconaughey-raising-family-texas

It should be required reading for all the Californians who are fleeing to Texas on how happy they can be if they just refrain from voting for the same idiocy that caused them to flee California.

Obama Returns

April 6, 2022

Former President Obama returned to the White House for the first time since 2017 for an event commemorating the passage of Obamacare. But even that turned into a disastrous embarrassment for President Biden, as both the televised visuals and the reactions of ident,” and it’s not entirely clear he was joking. The crowd cheered, and it’s not clear if that’s because they got the joke or liked the general idea.

Adding to the feeling of nostalgia was that in his brief speech, Obama referred to himself (“I, me, my,” etc.) 33 times.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/04/05/barack-obama-mentions-himself-33-times-in-white-house-speech/

As the assembled crowd hung on Obama’s every word, Biden and Kamala Harris stood in the background, looking like superfluous scenery. At one point, Biden took something out of his pocket, unwrapped it and ate it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-bizarre-moment-biden-pulls-something-pocket-eats-middle-obama-speech/

Afterwards, as everyone excitedly gathered around to talk to Obama, Biden was left on his own and wandered aimlessly around the stage, like a Roomba robot vacuum.

https://www.westernjournal.com/joe-biden-wanders-around-crowd-looking-totally-lost-everyone-around-completely-ignores/

It’s hard to imagine, but Biden has proven to be so incompetent and destructive, he might actually have made even some Republicans feel a twinge of nostalgia at seeing Obama back at the White House podium. They might disagree strongly with where he took the country, but at least you felt as if somebody had his hands on the wheel.

the reporters and guests made it clear how much everyone in the room wished he were still President instead of Biden. Biden even said, “I’m Barack Obama’s Vice Pres

Disney: Must-See Video

April 6, 2022

A former Disney artist who was fed up with what he describes as the “internal hostile takeover” of Disney by a small minority of leftist radicals began anonymously creating videos parodying Disney’s woke turn under the name PolitiZoid. With the recent public exposure of the company’s leftward lurch, he’s revealed his name: Bob Arvin.

https://www.glennbeck.com/articles/it-s-a-woke-disney-parody?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

Arvin told Glenn Beck at Blaze TV that this small cadre of leftists is emboldened and “using the smear campaign against the bill in Florida to push their agenda.” He said much like the nation itself, a small active minority is steering the ship, and the majority are either afraid to speak out or just waking up to what’s going on and trying to figure out how to fight it. As for Disney, Arvin said, "They are abandoning their core audience in favor of this agenda, and if they don't destroy it, it'll be damaged for a generation."

Click the link for more and to see Arvin’s brilliant animated parody of a trip through a theme park ride that reflects the current Disney culture: “It’s a Woke World.” Turn on the closed captions to catch every biting word. But I should warn you, just like with the real “It’s a Small World” ride, that earworm song may drive you nuttier than Disney’s CEO.

Related: Someone had a great observation on Twitter about Disney’s threats against Florida. Japan bans same sex marriage, yet somehow, there’s still a Tokyo Disneyland.

After buying a 12% stake in Twitter, Elon Musk had been on the board of directors for less than a day when Twitter announced a major change: they’re working on adding an “edit” button so that people can change posted Tweets, the way you can with Facebook posts. But Twitter claims this had nothing to do with Musk, even though he’d tweeted about that just before his surprise stock purchase.

https://time.com/6164702/twitter-edit-button-elon-musk/

Of course, the changes users really want to see from Musk are an end to the platform’s leftwing censorship of conservatives for “violating terms of service,” which usually means expressing an opinion – or fact – that contradicts leftist narratives. But while Musk can make, or at least suggest, changes, under the newly-released terms of the stock sale, his role is limited. For instance, he can’t buy more than 14.9% of Twitter until 2024. Here are more details on the deal:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/musk-may-change-twitter-but-cant-take-control-until-2024/ar-AAVTR2I

In the meantime, Twitter continues to allow genocidal dictators and violent leftist radicals to remain on Twitter while maintaining the suspensions of former President Trump, as well as the accounts of Tucker Carlson, Charlie Kirk and the satire site the Babylon Bee for the thought crime of calling HHS official Dr. Rachel Levine a biological man.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2022/04/05/tucker-carlson-charlie-kirk-babylon-bee-still-locked-twitter/

This is awesome

April 6, 2022

Big congratulations to gospel icon CeCe Winans, who won three Grammy Awards for her great album, “Believe For It,” bringing her lifetime total to fifteen. We’re not only proud of her for making so much inspiring, award-winning music, but also because this was her first live album. And if you look closely at this video, you might recognize the theater where it was recorded as the TBN “Huckabee” studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee!

https://youtu.be/fd24fpsF1Qw

You knew we had the best band on TV, but now you know our studio is Grammy-worthy, too.

A second suspect has been arrested in a terrible mass shooting in Sacramento Sunday that left six people dead and injured 12 others.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/sacramento-mass-shooting-suspect-released-prison-10-year-sentence

The suspect, Smiley Martin, is the brother of the first person arrested. As bad as this story is, it gets worse. Democrats like Sen. Diane Feinstein predictably reacted to news of the shooting by calling for more gun control laws, despite the fact that California already has most of the laws they were calling for and it made no difference. But here’s what would have made a difference: not letting Martin out of prison to kill people. No wonder the liberal politicians and the media are backing away from this story so quickly.

It was revealed that in 2018, Martin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for domestic violence and assault with great bodily injury. When he came up for parole last year, a Sacramento deputy district attorney wrote a letter to the parole board urging them not to release him. The letter described his long history of violent criminal behavior and warned that he "clearly has little regard for human life and the law." But that now being no reason to keep someone in jail in California, he was released in February anyway. Now, less than two months later, he’s back under arrest in connection with a mass shooting and for possession of a machine gun.

You know, I’m pretty sure those are also already illegal in California. So maybe instead of passing more gun laws, California’s Democrat officials could just stop releasing criminals who like to go around using illegal machine guns.

Russia-Ukraine war

April 5, 2022

Here’s today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated bulletins on Russia and Ukraine.

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-04-05-2022

Latest updates at this writing: Today, Ukrainian President Zelensky will address the UN Security Council for the first time since Russia invaded. The horrifying images of dead civilians and alleged Russian war crimes in towns like Bucha have shocked the world. A number of European nations are expelling Russian diplomats, including Italy, Germany, France, Sweden and Denmark. In Rubizhne, there was a report of Russian troops hitting a tank with nitric acid, which is being treated as equivalent to a chemical weapons attack.

If you’d like to go deeper than the headlines and see an assessment of what’s really happening on the ground and what might possibly happen next, check out the latest analysis from the Institute for the Study of War:

https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-april-3

Spoiler alert: Russian forces may be withdrawing, but this is “far from over,” and could still turn Russia’s way.

Meanwhile, David Goldman, who writes geopolitical analysis under the name “Spengler,” delivers the bad news that for all of President Biden’s talk of trying Putin for war crimes and destroying the ruble and Russia’s economy, the ruble has recovered almost all its value, Russia’s economy is doing better than you think, and Putin is at 78% approval and unlikely to go anywhere.

https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2022/04/03/putin-wont-go-russia-wont-collapse-so-what-will-biden-do-about-ukraine-n1586600

He also has a plan B for Ukraine: if they don’t surrender easily, he will completely demolish the country, and so far, that’s what he’s doing and the world doesn’t seem too interested in stopping him because pushing too hard could spark nuclear war. It’s a pretty grim assessment and will make you wish even harder that someone else was in charge in the White House.

While President Biden is ordering his second release of oil from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to try to temporarily lower gas prices that he’s been inflating since the day he took office, PJ Media’s Cameron Arcand reminds us that this is hardly the only shortsighted decision Democrats have made on this subject.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/cameronarcand/2022/04/01/flashback-democrats-blocked-trump-efforts-to-top-off-the-strategic-petroleum-reserve-n1586164

In a subscriber-only article, Arcand notes that Trump tried to top off the SPR in March, 2020, by buying 77 million barrels of crude when prices were low. Democrats blocked it, then put out a press release attacking Trump for wanting to give a “$3 billion bailout to big oil.”

Now, they’re using that exact same petroleum reserve as a tool to try to artificially lower gas prices before an election. They don’t seem to care about the “strategic” part: we maintain that reserve in case of national emergencies, like wars or natural disasters that might disrupt the flow of oil. They’re not only using it for cheap political advantage, they’re using it up. The entire SPR holds 568 million barrels of oil, and Biden just announced that he plans to release 180 million, at a time when Russia’s war and the sanctions have disrupted the oil market and made supplies unstable. As George W. Bush might say, he is not good at strategery.

Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked 11-11 on approving Biden SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Republicans have been deeply disturbed by her record of lenient sentencing for child predators, her professed inability to define “woman,” and her claim that she doesn’t know if Americans have natural rights, like the one enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

That deadlock vote means that she doesn’t have a favorable recommendation from the Committee. But thanks to “Republicans” Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the Senate voted 53-47 to discharge her from the Committee, setting up a confirmation vote later this week that she’s virtually certain to pass, again thanks to the announced support of those same three “Republicans.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-ketanji-brown-jackson-discharge-vote

As you might imagine, conservatives were not happy with these alleged “principled” votes, particularly Romney’s. As Sean Davis of the Federalist pointed out, Romney opposed Jackson’s appointment to a lower court less than a year ago, but now he thinks she’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court after learning she’s soft on pedophiles?

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2022/04/05/what-conservatives-found-peculiar-about-mitt-romneys-decision-on-ketanji-brown-j-n2605493

In yet another one of those “So now they tell us” stories, New York Magazine reports that the leaders of Black Lives Matter allegedly used donations to secretly buy a $6 million luxury mansion in Southern California.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/04/04/black-lives-matter-bought-luxury-mansion-6-million-donations/

With the nonprofit facing legal scrutiny over its handling of funds, a video reportedly showed three BLM leaders marking the anniversary of the death of George Floyd by sipping champagne on the patio of the mansion they secretly bought with donors’ money. They claim they plan to use the mansion as a “safe house” and staging ground for social media content creation.

While BLM’s leaders are trying to deflect suspicions by accusing critics of being racist, what sets off my radar is something that has nothing to do with race. As you’ll see in the linked story, it’s BLM’s involvement with notorious leftwing law firm Perkins Coie, “home of high-profile Democrat election lawyer Marc Elias.” Talk about being judged by the company you keep.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ strategy for dealing with the expected massive surge of illegal immigrants when Biden lifts the Title 42 COVID restrictions was leaked to Breitbart.com. They have all the details, but to put it in a nutshell, the plan is “Do everything we can to help as many of them as possible to stay here.”

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/04/05/mayorkas-title-42-strategy-ensure-migrants-get-any-way-to-stay/

Big tech food fight

April 5, 2022

Perhaps signaling that he does intend to take over Twitter and return it to being a neutral platform for free speech, Elon Musk has purchased 73.5 million shares of Twitter stock, or 9.2% of the company.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/elon-musk-purchases-stake-in-twitter-after-slamming-its-approach-to-free-speech

However, if Musk does buy Twitter, don’t expect the other leftist Big Tech giants to let him get away with restoring free speech without a fight (remember what they did to Parler?) Revolver has a timely warning of what lies ahead if Musk dares to try to break their power to censor speech they don’t like.

https://www.revolver.news/2022/04/elon-musk-buy-twitter-free-speech-tech-censorship-american-regime-war/

This is why bringing out of control tech billionaires to heel can’t be left up to a few patriotic rich guys or start-up competitors. It’s going to take Congressional action to put teeth into the laws they’re currently flouting and that the Democrats are letting them flout because it’s to their advantage politically. That’s going to take a big Congressional Republican majority – possibly a veto-proof one. So keep working and voting to make that happen.

Related: Former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey admitted he is “partially to blame” for the destruction of the Internet and now regrets it.

https://foxmetronews.com/news/former-twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-says-he-is-partially-to-blame-for-the-destruction-of-internet-today-and-regrets-it/

Gender X Follow-up

April 5, 2022

Following up on President Biden’s order to allow a third “X” gender designation on passports, Alex Parker at Redstate.com tried to calculate just how many people might actually check that box, to see the size of the group that’s apparently running the White House now.

https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/04/05/study-005-of-america-will-use-bidens-passport-provision-to-be-a-genderless-alien-n545663

All the math is at the link, but extrapolating from data in states that allow “X” gender designations on drivers’ licenses, he estimates that this passport change might be utilized by 0.005% of the US population.

And speaking of bending over backward and remaking all of society to pander to a group so tiny it’s barely there, here’s the latest new water mark in craziness:

https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2022/04/04/nyc-health-official-calls-white-women-birthing-people-black-and-hispanic-women-mothers-then-it-gets-crazy-n1586865

A top official in New York City’s Health Department came under fire for tweeting that “babies born to Black and Puerto Rican mothers in this city are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than babies born to non-Hispanic White birthing people.” When challenged on why Blacks and Puerto Ricans are “mothers” but Whites are “birthing people,” the health department quickly called it an “oversight” with no deeper meaning and apologized. Not for dissing white mothers, but “for inadvertently gendering Black and Puerto Rican birthing people.” Imagine the gall of assuming that someone who gives birth is a female-type mother!

Let’s all hope and pray that’s as crazy as this gets. For a welcome sign that perhaps some sanity is returning, here’s what some women (and yes, I can define that word) bicycle racers in Britain did when a male “trans” cyclist who only began hormone therapy last year tried to compete against them. This is what female college swimmers should’ve done a year ago, and maybe they’d still have a sport.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/transgender-female-cyclist-blocked-from-women-s-championship-race-boycott-threats-loomed

Gaffe Machine Joe

April 4, 2022

Over the weekend, I noticed that Fox News had a chyron onscreen reading something like, “White House corrects Biden gaffe.” I thought, “They must keep that on stand-by 24/7.” If you’re keeping track, here’s the latest: he confused Maxine Waters for Val Demings, Kwesie Mfume for Brandon Scott, and Michelle Obama for himself.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2022/04/02/joe-biden-had-us-once-more-questioning-his-mental-capacities-today-at-ceremonial-commissioning-event-n2605420

Oh, and it’s possible he might have fallen asleep standing up at a ship commissioning ceremony.

It’s all boosted calls for Biden to take a cognitive test. Former White House doctor, Rep. Ronny Jackson, has been calling for that for a long time, but as of this weekend, he’d moved past that to calling on Biden to resign. Lucky for Biden, he was asleep and didn't hear it.

In a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that California’s new law mandating that corporations diversify their boards with members of certain “under-represented” racial, ethnic or LGBT groups is unconstitutional.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-corporate-diversity-law-ruled-unconstitutional

The state argued that it was necessary to end discrimination, while the plaintiffs called it a violation of Equal Protection and a blatant attack on constitutional prohibitions against discrimination. The legislature passed it despite an analysis warning that it would be difficult to defend, and then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed it despite admitting it was likely to be overturned. But as we learned from Obama repeatedly saying he had no power to create DACA then doing it anyway, knowing something is unconstitutional is not a deal-breaker when those on the left want it badly enough.

Disrespect

April 4, 2022

It was bad enough for the military when the Obama Administration started replacing experienced military leaders in the Pentagon with academics, yes men and bureaucratic desk jockeys. But has there ever been a Commander-in-Chief who is so openly hostile to American troops and military veterans as Joe Biden? Some didn’t think it was such a big deal when he ignored protocol and helped himself to pizza that is traditionally served to enlisted members first. But that little show of disrespect was just symbolic of his general attitude toward the military. Here are the latest examples.

Florida Republican Rep. Greg Stuebe, a veteran, and other Republicans sent a letter to Secretary of Veteran Affairs Denis McDonough, demanding an explanation of a recent guidance threatening to withhold VA benefits and treatment from veterans who engage in “harassing, disruptive, abusive or violent behavior” toward anyone they encounter in a VA facility, requiring respect “regardless of race; color; religion; sex; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; age; physical or mental disability; or language."

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2022/04/03/rep-steube-sends-letter-to-va-demanding-answers-on-restricted-benefits-over-leftist-code-on-gender-issues-n2605436?utm_campaign=rightrailsticky2

The term “disruptive” is so vague and subjective that it would allow veterans to be deprived of needed benefits they earned by risking their lives to protect us all, if someone lodged a bogus complaint about them, say, not respecting their gender identity. It’s basically the VA-level equivalent of that medical student who claimed to have deliberately botched a medical procedure because the patient laughed at her “preferred pronoun” button.

Then again, veterans might not be able to get medical services at the VA anyway, since the Biden Administration is reportedly considering diverting doctors away from the VA system to help deal with vaccinating and treating the massive influx of up to 500,000 illegal immigrants expected to swarm across our Southern borders once Biden lifts the Title 42 restrictions.

https://www.westernjournal.com/report-biden-administration-considering-pulling-health-care-veterans-treat-illegal-aliens/

Odd, to me, the more intelligent solution would be to not lift Title 42 and to send more border guards to the border, not VA doctors. A number of states agree, so much so that they’ve filed a lawsuit to stop Biden from taking such a destructive action.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republican-states-sue-biden-title-42-lift

It’s hard to believe that any President would have such open disregard for the welfare and rights of our active duty troops and veterans. But then, this is the same President who forced countless members of the military to take a vaccine they objected to or else lose their careers and/or the military benefits that they earned by wearing the uniform he never donned.

Jen Psaki to switch jobs

April 4, 2022

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has apparently done such a bang-up job of covering up for the incompetent Democratic President that she will soon be leaving to continue the same duties for higher pay at MSNBC. They reportedly won a bidding war with CNN for her services.

https://www.westernjournal.com/psaki-grilled-ethics-negotiating-tv-deal-still-white-house/

That report has sparked criticism about the ethics of taking questions from reporters at a news outlet that she expects will soon be providing her with a paycheck. Apparently, this is within the letter of the ethics laws, but that link contains several biting commentaries from Twitter. My favorite is from Vernon Jones: “Apparently, Jen Psaki is leaving the Biden Administration to work for the Biden Administration.”

Great news out of Ohio

April 4, 2022

In a victory for everyone who’s ever been slandered by irresponsible leftist academics who smear people as racists without evidence, the Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals has upheld a massive judgement against Oberlin College by the family-owned Gibson’s Bakery.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/03/appeals-court-upholds-gibsons-bakery-massive-verdict-against-oberlin-college/

In a nutshell, Gibson's detained an Oberlin student who was shoplifting, and who later pleaded guilty. But because he was black, an Oberlin dean of students accused the bakery of racial profiling, got their business with the college canceled, called for a boycott and helped gin up angry protests outside their business. The plaintiffs accused Oberlin of dragging out the case because they knew the two family patriarchs were terminally ill, but the family kept fighting after their deaths.

The Court upheld the full award of $33 million in damages, punitive judgements and attorneys’ fees. The Court rejected Oberlin’s claim that they were being held responsible for the free speech of their students, finding that the protests were background and the issue was the defamatory statements that inspired them. Oberlin could appeal to the state Supreme Court, but there’s no guarantee that they would take the case or rule any differently.

Click the link to read the full details and prepare to get angry but feel satisfied at the results. If universities are going to actively promote the idea that racism is such a terrible thing that anyone accused of it should be targeted, attacked and destroyed, then that makes it even more vital that courts treat false and malicious accusations of racism as seriously as they would treat someone misusing a deadly weapon.

If you’re a longtime reader of this newsletter, the news you’re seeing elsewhere might seem awfully out of date. We were telling you about Hunter’s laptop and the bogusness of the “missing 7 hours of White House phone records” story long before the New York Times or CNN finally got around to reporting on them.

And now, another liberal media outlet has finally caught up: Vanity Fair magazine actually ran an investigative piece on EcoHealth Alliance, the murky nonprofit that my readers already knew was suspected of using NIH grants to fund gain-of-function research to make viruses more virulent at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The magazine found that EcoHealth operated under “murky grant agreements, flimsy oversight, and the pursuit of government funds for scientific advancement, in part by pitching research of steeply escalating risk.” It also reports that credentialed experts suspected COVID was created in a lab. And media messiah Dr. Anthony Fauci tried to discredit them and quash any evidence that the grants his agency approved might have funded the virus’ creation, pushing the narrative that that was a groundless conspiracy theory.

Here’s a write-up about the key findings of the article…

https://www.wndnewscenter.org/vanity-fair-fauci-silenced-lab-leak-theories-hid-evidence/

Here’s a link to the full, very lengthy original…

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/03/the-virus-hunting-nonprofit-at-the-center-of-the-lab-leak-controversy

Just for fun, here’s Sen. Rand Paul commenting on Dr. Fauci…

https://www.foxnews.com/media/fauci-adjacent-behavior-rand-paul-coronavirus

And as long as we’re talking about things that not long ago would’ve gotten you banned from social media just for mentioning them, here’s a newly-unearthed video from 2004, showing a younger Dr. Fauci saying that if you’ve had the flu, you don’t need to get vaccinated because natural immunity from prior infection is the most potent vaccination there is.

https://conservativefiringline.com/fauci-in-2004-you-dont-need-a-shot-if-youve-had-the-disease-video/

Friday morning, the government reported that core prices – a key measure of inflation used by the Fed that excludes food and energy prices – rose 5.4% in February from the previous February. That’s the 11th straight month that it’s been above the central bank’s target rate of 2%, and the biggest jump in core prices since 1982. And again, that doesn’t include food or fuel.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/federal-reserve-inflation-pce-consumer-prices-february-2022

This also answers the question, “Why does the President seem to want us to be talking about nothing but transgenderism?”

Fox News reports that today, Republicans on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will release a report revealing a CDC official’s testimony claiming that the CDC coordinated with teachers' unions at an extraordinary level in crafting its school reopening guidance, despite their claims that the coordination was routine and nonpolitical. Click the link for the full story:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republicans-uncommon-cdc-teachers-union-school-reopening-guidance

I thought the CDC was “following the science,” but if they were following the teachers’ union leaders, that’s hardly the same thing. Especially if they’re the same kind of teachers as the one in Massachusetts who teaches students in Biology class that sex is a social construct. Science!!

https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/03/29/high-school-biology-class-teaches-kids-biological-sex-is-a-social-construct-n542826

In a related subject, if we’re finally allowed to talk about COVID vaccines having side effects, then you should know that the World Health Organization revealed a new one, buried halfway through a 40-page report.

https://www.westernjournal.com/buried-halfway-40-page-report-reveals-new-vaccine-side-effect-many-yet-recover/

The potential side effects are hearing loss and tinnitus, an irritating ringing in the ears. Some patients also experienced headaches, dizziness and nausea. Some recovered quickly while others needed steroid treatments and said the tinnitus was “unrelenting and life-altering for months.” While tinnitus was rare (367 cases), it affected people of all ages, but nearly 75% of the sufferers were women.

It was revealed that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who proposed slashing $20 million from the police budget in 2020 despite a rising crime wave, has a personal police security detail of 71 officers to protect her. And guess whose fault that is. Why, Donald Trump’s, of course!

https://www.dailywire.com/news/chicago-mayor-lightfoot-has-71-person-police-unit-to-protect-her-blames-trump-for-being-in-danger

One good thing might come out of Will Smith’s shocking assault on comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars: it’s emboldened comedy clubs and other comedians to finally start speaking out to defend comedians’ right to freedom of speech without fear of being attacked for saying something that offends some thin-skinned hothead. We’ve been doing that here for several years now, but I'm happy to finally have them joining the fight.

https://redstate.com/kiradavis/2022/03/30/iconic-l-a-comedy-club-show-supports-for-chris-rock-with-marquee-change-n542852

Just in case you wondered where President Biden stood on the government endorsing doctors playing God and giving puberty-blocking hormones and irreversible surgery to gender-confused adolescents, he just made it clear that he’s all for that entire smorgasbord of child abuse.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-administration-transgender-agenda-youth-sex-change-hormone-therapy

And now, for another point of view, here’s the Governor of Oklahoma explaining why he signed the Save Women’s Sports Act. It means Oklahoma joins a dozen other states that have banned biological males from competing against girls in sports.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/oklahoma-governor-explains-save-womens-sports-act-addresses-bills-critics

Ukraine Updates

March 31, 2022

Here is today’s Fox News link to continually-updated bulletins on the Russia-Ukraine war.

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-03-31-2022

Latest developments: While heavy fighting and mass evacuations are still going on, Ukraine claims it took back three cities on Wednesday. But they warned that they will need more weapons soon, and argued that they’re paying a high price for being the defender of democracy. Also, the UN said it’s launching an investigation into alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

As many disturbing things as we’ve learned during the confirmation hearing for Biden SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, like her habitual lenient sentencing for child porn defendants and her inability to (really, terror of) defining what a “woman” is, I’ve always warned that she was likely a shoo-in to be confirmed.

Not just because it was always a longshot that Democrat Joe Manchin would oppose her (he’s not), but even if he did, she’d probably get enough votes from certain Republicans to squeak by. And no surprise, the usual dominoes are already starting to fall from right to left.

https://www.westernjournal.com/republican-senator-announces-support-controversial-supreme-court-nominee-ketanji-brown-jackson/

This story about a former media figure revealing how the government intimidated and colluded with the media to enforce its COVID narratives and silence any dissent or questions is from Great Britain. So it doesn’t exactly reflect what happened in the US, but it’s close enough for government work.

https://trendingpolitics.com/shock-former-news-exec-reveals-the-government-warning-given-to-networks-to-air-covid-propaganda-knab/

A Republican California Assemblyman introduced a bill to temporarily suspend the state’s 51-cent-a-gallon gas tax to give citizens a little relief from the highest gas prices in America. Democrats kept the bill’s name, but stripped out the tax suspension and replaced it with a bunch of new taxes.

https://redstate.com/kiradavis/2022/03/28/absolutely-disgraceful-california-dems-strip-bill-to-suspend-gas-tax-insert-tax-hikes-instead-n542377

Seriously, do NOT move to red states and vote for people like this.

Here’s how you can tell that the dire consequences of leftist policies have Democrats terrified of the November elections: after two years of Democrats defunding the police, defending rioters and looters, releasing criminals and prosecuting law-abiding citizens who try to defend themselves, President Biden is about to present a massive $5.8 trillion budget that not only has the biggest tax increase in history, it also includes $32 billion to…(drumroll)…fund the police!

https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/03/bidens-5-8-trillion-budget-asks-congress-for-32-billion-to-fund-the-police/

Biden declared that “We will secure our communities by putting more police on the street…” While it’s welcome news to hear that he’s finally starting to reconnect with reality (Now, try to define what a “woman” is), I still have questions:

Since the deadly crime waves are all in blue cities where leftist leaders were stupid enough to slash police budgets and empty the jails, why are the rest of us taxpayers in safe, sane red states expected to pick up the tab for cleaning up their self-inflicted mess by hiring their cops back? I already pay taxes to provide police officers in Arkansas. Why is it my responsibility to pay for them in Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle or Portland?

I’d suggest that if the people in those cities think they need more cops (and they definitely do), then they could free up some money in the budget by firing their mayors and city councils.

This is today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated bulletins on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-03-29-2022

The biggest development: Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister said Russia has agreed to "reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv direction" due to constructive negotiations on an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine. I’m glad to hear of any pullback on the military assault, but I can’t help wondering if that would be happening if Ukraine hadn’t turned out to be far more resolute and deadly in fighting back than Putin anticipated. But if this is a case of “Declare victory and get out,” then let Russia declare victory as long as they get out.

There’s been a lot of criticism that President Biden keeps saying things that are like pouring gasoline on the fire, and that encourage Putin to crack down harder. Not that anyone in the current Administration is familiar with military tactics or history, but many war strategists have noted that he’s ignoring Sun Tzu’s advice in “The Art of War” to “Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.” If Putin declares that he’s gotten what he wanted (even if he really didn’t) and pulls out, then please, Joe, don’t start boasting about how badly he was beaten. Just shut your pie hole and let him retreat already.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi fears for our democracy if Republicans win back the House in November.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/landonmion/2022/03/28/pelosi-says-she-fears-for-our-democracy-if-republicans-take-back-the-house-in-november-n2605173

I’ve long suspected that she has no idea what “democracy” means, and that it’s just become a vague buzzword, like “racist” or “fascist,” that Democrats throw out in lieu of making an actual argument. But this is the first time I’ve heard someone claim it would be the death of democracy if a majority of the voters went to the polls and chose their own Representatives.

High Gas Prices

March 30, 2022

If you read this newsletter, then I assume you are an intelligent person with excellent taste and a keen mind, so I shouldn’t have to debunk the really ludicrous claims from the left. For instance, I assume you would never buy that it’s Trump fault that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars. Or that gas prices have been rising for 15 months because Putin invaded Ukraine four weeks ago.

But just in case you have some unfortunate friends or relatives who get their news from sources like CNN, here’s something that might help dispel one of those delusions above.

https://www.westernjournal.com/blistering-new-report-takes-medias-gas-price-narrative-reveals-81-ways-biden-sent-prices-sky-high/

The Republican Study Committee put out a list of 81 separate actions that this Administration has taken over the past 15 months against the US oil and gas industries that have made it harder and more expensive for them to produce fuel, leading to shortages and higher prices. Accompanying these actions are the average prices of a gallon of gas each week, showing how it has steadily risen from $2.38 a gallon on Inauguration Day to $4.24 last week.

In other words, you’ll get more accurate news about gas prices from one of those Biden “I Did That” stickers on gas pumps than you will from the White House or liberal “news” outlets.

Of course, if Biden still wants to blame Russia for high gas prices, then we could invent a fictitious Russian conspiracy story and claim it was responsible for him becoming President. But who would be dumb enough to believe a tale like that?

Three people who had their Twitter and other social media accounts suspended are suing the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Director Xavier Becerra and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21542641-lawsuit-against-hhs-over-twitter

They say their First Amendment rights were violated because these government entities conspired with and pressured social media companies to censor what they labeled as “misinformation” about COVID. They argue that not only was what they wrote later proven correct, but the HHS has no legal or constitutional authority to collude with private media platforms to censor citizens’ speech. In addition, Murthy’s demand that Twitter and other platforms turn over information about “problematic” users to the government was done without legal authority and constitutes an illegal search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

A quick search turned up almost no coverage of this lawsuit in the media. They’re also studiously ignoring a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the HHS filed last week by Judicial Watch, demanding all emails related to COVID-19 vaccine side effects. It was filed after the FDA failed to supply the requested public records by last October.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/judicial-watch-sues-hhs-coronavirus-vaccine

Normally, I’m not a big fan of lawsuits, but when the people in government abuse their powers and refuse to abide by the laws that they’re responsible for enforcing, there’s only one way to bring them in line, and that’s by turning to the courts and asserting your Constitutional rights. No wonder leftists hate the Constitution so much and are so desperate to stack the courts.

More on Twitter

March 30, 2022

Speaking of Twitter, an intriguing idea has popped up online: urging maverick billionaire Elon Musk to buy Twitter and turn it back into a free speech platform. It started when Musk asked his Twitter followers to vote on whether Twitter adheres to the principle of free speech that’s essential to a functioning democracy (70% voted “no.”)

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/scottmorefield/2022/03/26/after-elon-musk-blasts-twitter-for-censorship-free-speech-lovers-call-on-him-to-take-action-n2605084

Musk’s comments have people speculating that he might be thinking of launching a rival platform. But there are already Twitter alternatives. So some suggested that instead of competing with Twitter, he should just buy it. It has a market value of $31 billion, and he’s worth over $200 billion, so he could afford it. And think of how much more profitable it might be if it added back both the people who’ve been banned for wrongthink and all the people who’ve quit because they’re so angry over the banning.

Besides, imagine what a novelty it would be for Twitter not only to respect free speech, but to be run by someone who actually cares more about satisfying customers than imposing leftist dogma?

You Pay for it

March 30, 2022

While I agree that President Biden’s idea of lowering the deficit by taxing “billionaires” while raising spending is economically illiterate pandering that would harm the economy while not lowering the deficit in the long run, I must admit that blogger Don Surber has a good point:

https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2022/03/soak-billionaires.html

He says that billionaires who expect conservatives to automatically rush to defend them from Biden tax increases should’ve thought of that before they gave so much money to elect Biden and other Democrats and to undermine every American value we care about (Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Jeff Bezos, the Twitter and Google gang, etc. etc. etc.) Surber’s message to them:

“If the billionaires aren't with us in opposing abortion, pedophilia and CRT, then why should we be with them on taxes?” And “We are for limited government and therefore limited taxes. But if the rich are now for unlimited government, then I have four words to say to them:

You pay for it.”

"Where's the beef?"

March 28, 2022

Is anyone old enough to remember Wendy’s “Where’s the beef?” commercials? (Bonus points if you remember the name of the lady who said it: Clara Peller.) Well, Bill Gates, who can afford all the beef he can eat, thinks you need to eat fake beef grown in labs.

Gates took a break from trying to force vaccines onto the entire world to promote a new scheme to save the planet: using government coercion and regulation to force people in wealthier nations to eat only “synthetic beef” (he assures us we’ll get used to the taste.) Lucky poor nations would still be allowed to eat real beef, but we’d replace their native livestock with genetically-modified animals that produce more beef per emissions.

https://www.westernjournal.com/bill-gates-wants-first-world-nations-offer-synthetic-beef-can-get-used-taste-difference/

No, I kid you not. This is not the plot of an old sci-fi dime novel. This is what happens to someone who has so much money, he starts mistaking himself for God.

If President Biden really wants to tax billionaires, I suggest that he tax a few billion from Bill Gates and use it to buy every American a Whopper, to repay us for the agony of having to deal with Windows and the hubristic emissions of Bill Gates.

Loosened Standards

March 25, 2022

The US Army announced that starting April 1, standards will be loosened for the Army Combat Fitness Test after it was found that only 52% of women enlistees could pass the original test, compared to 92% of male enlistees.

https://www.westernjournal.com/army-dumps-combat-fitness-test-event-females-struggled-hope-dont-need-bullets-start-flying/

I for one am shocked at the Army’s regressive transphobia in suggesting that males have an inherent advantage in terms of physical strength and endurance over females. If the test seems to prove that is the reality, then obviously, they need to alter reality.

The best suggestion for dealing with this came from Instapundit blog master, Prof. Glenn Reynolds, who asked, “Can’t they fix that by just identifying as men? I dunno, I’m not a biologist.”

Sad News

March 25, 2022

We are sad to report that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright died Wednesday of cancer at 84. She was surrounded by friends and her family, who called her a “tireless champion of democracy and human rights.” Their full statement and more information are here:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/madeleine-albright-dies

Secretary Albright came to the US in 1948, when her family fled a communist coup in Czechoslovakia. Three of her Jewish grandparents had died in concentration camps. Her family converted to Roman Catholicism, and she didn’t learn of her Jewish heritage until decades later. She served as UN Ambassador becoming the first woman Secretary of State, back when people actually knew what a “woman” was. She went on to become a professor at Georgetown University, wrote several books and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Our sincere condolences to her family.

I already wrote about this, but here’s more on the subject and it bears repeating and more publicity. It’s more information about that open letter by a group of anonymous Disney employees, describing how a cadre of leftist radicals has taken over the company, bullying and silencing anyone whose political or religious views differ from theirs, and creating an uncomfortable and hostile workplace for conservatives, Christians or anyone else who doesn’t embrace their radical “progressive” and LGBTQ ideology.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/disney-left-wing-activism-environment-fear-workers

I’d think Disney stockholders might especially want to pay attention to this story and let their concerns about it be known because when you start hearing words like “hostile work environment,” that sounds as if this could evolve from an anonymous complaint into a massive discrimination lawsuit.

Biden SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is virtually certain to be narrowly confirmed, but it won’t be with the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell said he went into the hearings with an open mind, but after hearing Jackson’s response to questions and studying her soft-on-crime record, he cannot support giving her a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mcconnell-says-he-will-oppose-jackson-nomination-supreme-court

Meanwhile, according to the hair-on-fire liberal media talking heads, when Republicans question Judge Jackson about her judicial philosophy and her own court rulings, they’re exhibiting “deeply offensive” racism, sexism and transphobia; promoting QAnon conspiracy theories; publicly “flogging” a black woman; exhibiting “McCarthyism at its worst;” and even committing a “hate crime.”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-cnn-gop-questioning-ketanji-brown-jackson-supreme-court-media

Wow, if they’re that overly sensitive to the questions aimed at SCOTUS nominees, I guess it’s a good thing they slept through the Kavanaugh and Barrett confirmation hearings!

Oh, wait, I take it back: the Washington Post claims to have watched the Kavanaugh hearings because they say Republicans are treating Jackson worse than Democrats treated Kavanaugh. No, on second thought, never mind. They obviously didn’t watch the Kavanaugh hearings…

https://www.westernjournal.com/wapo-republicans-treated-biden-scotus-nominee-worse-democrats-treated-kavanaugh/

p>Democrats in Congress, and in some blue states like California, are hoping to mitigate the anger among voters over skyrocketing gasoline prices by sending people free government money to help fill their tanks. In a scheme inspired by the COVID relief payment program (you remember, the one that resulted in $1.8 billion worth of fraud…)

https://victorygirlsblog.com/fraud-billions-in-covid-relief-used-for-perks-instead/

Democrats in Congress are pushing a bill to send $100 a month to every American to help pay for high priced gasoline (with today's prices, that's about one SUV fill-up)…

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/democrats-propose-bills-gas-rebates-americans-some-taxing-oil-companies

Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to send out “free” debit cards worth up to $800 to every driver (including those with electric cars, for some reason), and people who take the bus and other mass transit.

https://www.foxla.com/news/california-gas-rebate-what-to-know

This free money would be paid for by such typical Democrat sleight of hand as taxing energy companies, which in no way would result in even higher future gas prices that would offset the money they’re sending out to pay for the current high gas prices.

Or there’s a much simpler solution to bring down gas prices: replace these people with Republicans who will let the American oil and gas industry produce oil and gas again.

Out of touch elites

March 24, 2022

Our current set of government and cultural elites are so far out of touch with regular Americans, they make Marie Antoinette look like Tugboat Annie. They just can’t seem to comprehend why the peasants are all a-twitter over this “inflation” pish-posh.

First, we had “Transportation Secretary” Pete Buttigieg suggesting that record-high gas prices were a great incentive for everyone to buy an expensive electric vehicle. Then there was the Bloomberg Opinion writer who offered such tips as “Eat lentils instead of meat” and “you might want to rethink those costly pet medical needs.”

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/03/20/latest-inflation-advice-goes-from-insulting-to-psychotic-n538338

So we’re supposed to cope with rampaging inflation by letting our pets die instead of taking them to the vet? What’s next on your list of tips? Eating our pets? Don’t act offended: that’s exactly what the socialists brought to Venezuela.

Here’s a little reality check for them: a video went viral from a Tesla owner waiting in a long line of electric cars to get to a charging station for the loooong process of recharging his battery. Someone responded by posting a video of a man stopping to help the driver of a dead Tesla by pouring a can of gasoline into a portable electric generator to get him to the nearest charging station. If he’d had a gas-powered car, they could’ve eliminated the middle man.

https://www.westernjournal.com/reporter-posts-video-trying-charge-tesla-shows-electric-cars-wont-quickly-solve-gas-issue/

It’s a funny clip, but it brings up a serious point: where do these Dukes and Duchesses of Fantasyland think that all the electricity to power tens of millions of EVs is going to come from? Sunshine and stiff breezes? No, it will come from power plants fueled by the equivalent of a humongous can of gasoline.

Senate Republicans assuring SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson that she won’t be treated the way the Democrats treated Brett Kavanaugh has given liberals in the media an opening to repeat a new fact-free talking point: that Kavanaugh was “credibly accused” of sexual assault. No, he was accused. To paraphrase Clint Eastwood, “’Credibly’s’ got nothin’ to do with it.” Here’s a reminder...

https://www.foxnews.com/media/supreme-court-msnbc-abc-kavanaugh-assault

As noted at the link, Senate Republicans only brought up the way Democrats slander Republican nominees with no evidence to make it clear that they don’t do that, the other side does. Ironically, in their reaction to it, the Dems’ media mouthpieces are proving that point for them.

Justice Thomas' Health

March 24, 2022

When it was announced Friday that Justice Clarence Thomas had been hospitalized with a non-COVID infection, the seriousness of it was downplayed. It was said that he was already recovering and expected to be released Monday or Tuesday. But this week, he missed three days of oral arguments, and the SCOTUS refused to say Wednesday whether he remains hospitalized.

https://www.fox43.com/article/news/nation-world/clarence-thomas-illness-supreme-court/507-53f5ba7e-4413-4c67-a6de-387bc6f0e1ec

This is giving rise to ghoulish glee on the left and panic on the right about Justice Thomas’ health. I prefer to be optimistic and assume that he’s just following doctors’ advice and deserves some privacy while he recuperates fully. But it wouldn’t hurt to say a prayer for his complete recovery, just to be on the safe side.

“1619 Project” author Nikole Hannah-Jones (who actually won a Pulitzer Prize for that widely-debunked piece of historically illiterate claptrap) has found yet another thing that’s a racist legacy of slavery: tipping. She claims it arose after the Civil War as an excuse for underpaying black service workers, and that’s why “we tip in the US and nowhere else.”

https://victorygirlsblog.com/tipping-is-racist-says-1619-author-nikole-hannah-jones/

But as Nina Bookout at the Victory Girls blog points out, none of that is true. Service workers are all races and always have been. Tipping is common around the world, even in nations that aren’t multi-racial, and has been for centuries. She even reproduced a tweet from a real historian who scanned a page on tipping from a travel guide to Europe written in the 1730s.

The inexplicable popularity of Nikole Hannah-Jones and her obsession with finding slavery at the root of every subject in American history reminds me of something that the late Dr. Carl Sagan said about Eric von Däniken, the writer who popularized the idea of space aliens building all the wonders of the ancient world. He said that everything von Däniken doesn’t understand, he attributes to aliens, and unfortunately, there are a LOT of things he doesn’t understand. Sagan also said this, which is equally applicable to the “1619 Project” author:

“That writing as careless as von Däniken's, whose principal thesis is that our ancestors were dummies, should be so popular is a sober commentary on the credulousness and despair of our times…I know of no recent books so riddled with logical and factual errors as the works of von Däniken.”

Well, now we do.

Intriguing idea

March 24, 2022

I’m naturally skeptical of any voting system that involves the Internet, but this is at least an intriguing idea.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/kevindowneyjr/2022/03/22/finally-a-transparent-voting-process-that-cant-be-corrupted-hacked-or-cheated-democrats-will-hate-it-2-n1568630

A company called Redo Voting is touting its new ballot system based on the same security protocols as state lotteries. They say that while it’s technically possible to hack it, it would be so difficult that that’s why nobody has ever been able to rig a lottery. It would give every registered voter one ballot synched to their ID (if you lose it, it can be replaced, but you can’t vote twice.) You can vote from anywhere, the vote is tallied immediately, and anyone can look at the results to ensure they’re honest. There would be no chain-of-custody issues, no influence buying by tech billionaires, and no stopping ballot counts at midnight. They claim it’s transparent, unhackable and incorruptible.

If I were a betting man, I’d wager everything I own that the Democrats will fight it tooth and claw.

Despite the assumption that Biden SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is a shoe-in for Senate confirmation, Jackson’ own statements threw out a couple of red flags noticed by the public. One was her alleged leniency for sex offenders and child porn possessors…

https://www.westernjournal.com/hawley-goes-off-biden-scotus-nominee-sentencing-child-porn-offender-just-3-months-apologizing/

The other occurred when Jackson said something so bizarre that it went viral and sparked widespread debate and mockery. With so many cases sure to come in which “trans” people demand newly-created rights, Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked Jackson what should have been an easy question for a first grader: “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?”

Jackson’s response: “No, I can’t…I’m not a biologist.”

I refuse to be disrespectful enough to believe she’s really that ignorant, so I assume that answer means, “I refuse to confirm that I have a grasp of even the most basic realities of life because that will offend powerful Democrat voting blocs that demand we all deny reality."

That P.S. of “I’m not a biologist” came in for particular scrutiny, with one wag replying, “I’m not a veterinarian, but I know what a dog is.”

I could link to a lot of commentary on this, but for the most entertainment with your news, I’ll choose Kurt Schlichter.

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryoconnor/2022/03/23/biologists-determine-biology-so-n2604949

He also makes the salient point that by adding that “biologist” comment, Judge Jackson admitted under oath that the definition of a “woman” is a matter of biology, not attitude. So she should rule on any cases involving trans encroachment on women’s sports accordingly.

And in case you missed it: here’s Texas Sen. John Cornyn forcing Judge Jackson to admit that the right to same-sex marriage that the SCOTUS “found” in the Constitution isn’t actually there.

https://www.westernjournal.com/gop-senator-forces-jackson-admit-leftist-prized-right-not-actually-constitution/

Harrison Bergeron 2022

March 24, 2022

Parents are furious at the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado for doing away with the concept of a class Valedictorian because “learning is not a competition” and “class rank and Valedictorian status” are outdated.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/03/parents-furious-at-colorado-school-district-for-throwing-out-valedictorian-recognition/

I’m betting that nobody on that school board was class valedictorian.

In a story that I’m sure is totally unrelated, the New York Post reports that over 120,000 students and families have left the New York City public school system over the past five years.

https://amgreatness.com/2022/03/22/over-120000-students-and-families-have-left-nyc-public-schools-in-last-five-years/

Thursday Feel Good Story

March 24, 2022

We could use a positive, feel-good story right now. So a big salute to second grade teacher Kensey Jones of St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, for coming up with a great creative writing assignment for her class. And congratulations to the kids for doing such a good job of writing essays on behalf of the animals in the local shelter on why they want to and deserve to be adopted. Click the link; I guarantee this will move you and make you smile, and also make you hug your dog.

https://www.westernjournal.com/clever-teacher-gives-students-adorable-writing-assignment-help-pets-find-forever-homes/

Those who suspect that Kamala Harris is in over her head don’t even realize just how far off the deep end she is, at least according to a new book by two New York Times reporters.

https://www.westernjournal.com/kamala-harris-reportedly-irked-biden-staffers-walked-room/

In addition to the well-documented public fumbles and endless staff turnovers we’ve all seen, the book claims that Harris tortures her staff with diva-like behavior like complaining about the photo of her that appeared on the cover of Vogue (staffers warned that her griping would come across as the very definition of a “first world problem”), and demanding to know why everyone stood when Biden entered the room but not when she did (uh…because he’s the President and she’s not?)

Caveat: I tend to take any revelations from tell-all books, especially those involving anonymous sources and New York Times reporters, with a pillar of salt. There were a lot of those during the Trump years, and with my White House connections, I knew that many of the outrageous stories they peddled were complete garbage. As to whether the horror stories about Harris are true or not, I don’t have a clue. But I do know that the people pushing the anti-Trump books had a strong ulterior motive to harm and undermine him, while the same people are desperate to shore up support for Biden and Harris. If this is the best they can make her look, I can only imagine what it’s really like.

As is often the case when he goes off-prompter, President Biden said the part he was supposed to keep quiet out loud. He said, “There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it. And we’ve got to unite the rest of the free world in doing it.” You can read the full quote here:

https://www.westernjournal.com/quiet-part-loud-biden-says-going-new-world-order-got-lead/

This is another one of those mop-up jobs for the liberal “fact-checkers.” They have to go from declaring anyone who referred to a “new world order” as a conspiracy theorist spreading dangerous midinformation to explaining why the President saying there’s going to be a new world order is really no big thing.

I was on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last night and compared this push for globalism over individualism to Aldus Huxley’s chilling novel “Brave New World,” which predicted many of today’s globalist and leftist plans nine decades in advance. You can see that interview online at https://video.foxnews.com/v/6301563717001. A clip of the segment isn’t available yet, but it starts around the 12-minute mark.

Sincere best wishes for a speedy recovery to Hillary Clinton and White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who both tested positive for COVID. Both said they are experiencing mild symptoms. Hillary and Bill Clinton are quarantining together, so I also offer my best wishes and sympathies to him.

https://www.businessinsider.com/psaki-gives-netflix-tea-tips-hillary-clinton-both-recover-covid-2022-3

Ironically, both Hillary and Psaki expressed gratitude for the vaccines that they credited for preventing them from having more severe or even life-threatening symptoms. I will be sure to pass their heartfelt thanks along to former President Trump the next time I see him.

Even New Jersey House Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer slammed President Biden’s latest policy decision about Iran as being dangerous and making “zero sense.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/house-democrat-slams-bidens-potential-iran-deal-says-makes-zero-sense/

As part of his sucking up to Iran to get them to sign a new nuclear deal, Biden has taken Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps off of our list of terrorist organizations. Gottheimer says it makes no sense to let Iran sell oil and be flooded with billions of dollars that they can use to fund terrorism while removing sanctions on a clearly terrorist-supporting country.

He’s right, of course, and I do appreciate that he specified which part of Biden’s Iran nuclear deal he was referring to, since there are many aspects to it, every one of which is dangerous and makes zero sense.

Here’s a story major media outlets are trying desperately to ignore: the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals not only threw out porn actress Stormy Daniels’ long-festering lawsuit against Donald Trump, it ordered her to pay him $300,000 in attorneys’ fees and court costs. Trump had called the lawsuit baseless and frivolous, and now, it’s official.

https://www.westernjournal.com/9th-circuit-delivers-massive-victory-trump-stormy-daniels-ordered-pay-trump-300k/

Naturally, liberal media outlets don’t want to admit that Trump won yet another case that they claimed was going to finally “take him down.” They also probably don't want to remind viewers that they not only trumpeted this case but made a celebrity/pundit/potential Presidential candidate out of Daniels’ original attorney, Michael Avenatti. He’s since been convicted of several felonies, including cheating Daniels out of $300,000.

As for Daniels, she defiantly tweeted, “I will go to jail before I ever pay a penny.” I don’t know if that’s a statement of principle or just an accurate prediction of the future. I suspect Trump doesn’t care either way.

Here is today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated bulletins on the Russian invasion of Ukraine:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-03-22-2022

Among the major headlines of the last 24 hours: Ukraine’s President says that the city of Mariupol, which refused Putin’s demand to surrender, has been “completely destroyed” by Russian shelling, but his military is putting up a “fierce fight” against Russian troops. The US Embassy accused Russian troops of kidnapping nearly 2400 Ukrainian children. Putin downplayed suggestions that Russia is planning cyberattacks on the US. The Pentagon said there’s “clear evidence” that Russia has committed war crimes. They also said Russia is clearly frustrated with the unexpectedly slow, bloody invasion. They don’t know what Putin’s end game is, but analysts say reports of FSB agents and others being placed under house arrest suggest that Putin fears insiders are plotting against him.

The Russian forces are being slowed down not only by Ukrainian resistance, but by the weather, with thick mud preventing movement of troops and tanks, and deliveries of supplies. Supply lines are also reportedly being disrupted by sabotage attacks in Belarus.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2022/03/19/belarus-rail-lines-carrying-trains-with-supplies-for-the-russian-army-are-being-hit-by-sabotage-attacks-n538248

And a pro-Kremlin tabloid posted a story, then quickly removed it, which seemed to contain leaked Russian Ministry of Defense casualty numbers. It said that 9,861 Russian soldiers had died and 16,153 were injured so far. The last official KIA number they released on March 2nd was 498. If those leaked numbers are true (which can’t be verified), that would mean Russia has lost nearly two-thirds as many soldiers in less than a month than the 15,000 who died over 10 years in Afghanistan. Other estimates have Russia's KIA number even higher, up to more than 17,000.

https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2022/03/21/did-the-true-number-of-russian-troop-deaths-in-ukraine-just-leak-n456903

One of the standard questions anyone running for reelection will have to face from opponents is “Are you better off now than you were a year ago?” A new Issues & Insights/TIPP poll asked Americans that question, and the answer doesn’t bode well for the Democrats who’ve been completely in charge of the government since January 2020.

https://issuesinsights.com/2022/03/21/ii-tipp-poll-are-you-better-off-today-than-a-year-ago-by-4-to-1-americans-say-no/

42% said they’re worse off, 36% said they’re “about the same” (and remember what a year ago was like), and fewer than 20% said they were better off.

As noted at the link, Biden told fellow Democrats earlier this month that under him, the US has experienced the “best economic growth in the last four decades,” claiming, “We did it alone. Without one single solitary Republican vote. It was the Democrats — it was you — that brought us back.”

It’s interesting how he phrased that – “brought us back” – because that’s the only part of that claim that’s true, and this poll shows the vast majority of Americans know it. It was the Democrats who led the push to artificially shut down the booming Trump economy, and it was red states who led the way in ending those lockdowns and bringing that economy back. Americans aren’t idiots; they know that allowing businesses to reopen is NOT “economic growth,” nor is letting people finally go back to work “creating jobs.”

And what he’s bragging about Democrats passing with no Republican votes were massive spending bills that flooded the economy with dollars and helped fan inflation, so that even though wages are up by an average of 5%, inflation since last year has hit 7.9%, so spending power has dropped. That’s called “being worse off” than you were a year ago.

There’s more from the poll at the link, but it was already summed up long ago by Abe Lincoln, who observed that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

In case you're not a regular reader of this newsletter or just could use an easy-to-follow summary on a complicated and ever-expanding story, here's the perfect solution, from Margot Cleveland.

She's put together what she calls "Spygate 101," summarizing the whole "Russia collusion" hoax in big-picture fashion.  Without getting too deep in minutiae, it covers the so-called hacking of the DNC emails, the morphing of that scandal into a fake "Trump/Russia" scandal, the co-opting of that narrative by Hillary's campaign, the peddling of the fake story to the FBI, and the spying on Trump and associates, which continued into Trump's presidency.

Cleveland does her usual outstanding job telling this story in an understandable way, so we'd like to pass it along to you.  If you know people who "don't get" the significance of it or throw up their hands trying to comprehend it all, they'd no doubt appreciate her effort, too.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/18/spygate-101-a-primer-on-the-russia-collusion-hoaxs-years-long-plot-to-take-down-trump/

PS.  A personal note to reader Al P., who wrote to us on the subject of Durham's investigation of the DNC "hack":  Yes, you are over the target.

Ohio Victory

March 21, 2022

I’ve written before about how activist judges keep striking down Republican-drawn Congressional districts while allowing Democrat-gerrymandered districts to stand, making it harder for the Republicans to win back the House. But occasionally, a victory can be snatched from a defeat. That just happened in Ohio.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/03/18/pain-and-loathing-commence-after-surprise-ohio-redistricting-decision-n537764

Democrats were celebrating the state Supreme Court striking down the Republican-drawn Congressional map, but then they discovered that the Court issued the ruling as a final judgement. That means if the Republicans draw up a replacement map, opponents can’t run crying back to the Supreme Court. They have to file a whole new lawsuit, which couldn’t possibly make it all the way to the Supreme Court before the November elections.

This means that Democrats will suffer the unspeakable tragedy of having to run in districts drawn by the elected representatives of the people rather than unelected judges. How can they possibly defend “democracy” under conditions like that?!

Here’s a little positive news to think about as you’re driving to church on Sunday: a study by the research firm Barna Group discovered that people’s relationships are better when they regularly attend church. The study’s leader said they found that “individuals whose lives are grounded in faith and who maintain a connection to an active church community are more likely to flourish in the other key dimensions of life.”

https://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/15284/20220316/people-s-relationships-are-better-when-they-regularly-go-to-church.htm

Read the whole thing. But don’t let it make you late for church.

Excellent article by Sister Toldjah at Redstate.com, about how the transgender encroachment on women’s sports is destroying a century’s worth of hard-won women’s rights. 

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2022/03/18/the-most-important-thing-to-remember-in-the-lia-thomas-debate-n537772

It’s now led to the same situation that early suffragettes fought to overcome: men telling women that their views are wrong and irrelevant, and they need to sit down and shut up. Only now, it’s LGBTQ activists saying that to feminists who dare to speak up against men taking over women’s sports and private spaces. It’s also the most glaring example yet of something leftists claim is a cardinal sin: cultural appropriation.

Here’s why the term “trusted public health officials” has become an oxymoron. After forcing mask mandates and vaccines onto young children against their wills and their parents’ wishes, the CDC just quietly removed 30,000 COVID deaths from its total, which reduced the number of pediatric deaths used to justify those policies by 24%. They blamed a “coding error.”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/03/18/well-well-well-cdc-slashes-24-of-child-covid-deaths-after-they-advised-vax-for-kids-n1567618

By their own data, children are far more likely to die of drowning, car accidents, flu, cancer, cardiovascular disease, homicide and even suicide than from COVID. I wonder if the draconian COVID measures they’re imposing on kids have any connection with why they’re more likely to die of suicide than COVID.

One of the few remaining moderate Democrats in the House is retiring from Congress at 43. She says there is no middle ground anymore, and the party is under the control of radicals with the leadership trying to “beat moderates into submission.” She was also being opposed by several Democrat interest groups for supporting law and order and legal immigration.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2022/03/18/retiring-moderate-democrat-unloads-on-her-partys-extremists-n1567548

It’s a cautionary tale for those who dislike the far-left lurch of the national Democratic Party but think their local Democratic Representative is different. That might be true, but once they get to Washington and are put under tremendous pressure by the Party leaders, you’ll find that almost every radical left bill passes on a party line vote. If you don’t want your Representative to be on the left side of that line, there’s only one way to make sure they’re not subject to pressure from the Democratic leaders, and that’s to elect a Republican.

We’ve been hearing predictions from DNC PR media outlets for a while now that President Biden’s State of the Union Address was going to give him a big bounce and raise his basement-level approval ratings. Then we heard that the “rally ‘round the President” effect of the Russian-Ukrainian war would boost his approval. But it now seems official that he didn’t even get a dead cat bounce from either.

The new Rasmussen poll finds Biden at an all-time low approval rating of 38%. Sixty percent disapprove, and 50% “strongly disapprove.” Those aren’t the kind of numbers that tend to bounce back. They’re more like a deflated soccer ball. With a brick inside.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/washington-secrets/worst-yet-60-disapprove-50-strongly-of-biden

Overall, the latest Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Biden at 41.5% approval, 53.5% disapproval.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2022/03/18/polls-any-possible-biden-bounce-is-gone-n2604736

That second linked story also includes a number of reminders of media outlets that assured us the Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation and buried it to keep voters from knowing about it. Personally, I think that every story from now on should include a list like that, until the people responsible quit their jobs, don sackcloth and ashes, whip themselves, and beg the public’s forgiveness.

Here is the link to today’s breaking news bulletins on the Russia-Ukraine war:

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/ukraine-russia-live-updates-03-18-2022

The top story from the last 24 hours: Vladimir Putin gave a speech that suggested he’s not thinking about any ceasefire or peace agreements so much as doubling down on the bogus claims of Ukraine’s threat to Russia and cracking down on his own people who don’t support his attack. 

In an ominous echo of the old paranoid Stalin days, he’s already ordered the arrests of some of his own top military officers who’ve shown insufficient loyalty and made it clear there’s more purging to come. He both attempted to rally Russian support for his invasion and threatened Russian oligarchs, or anyone else, who doesn’t support him fully, referring to them as “scum and traitors.”

The question is whether this projects the iron fisted control that Putin thinks it does or signals that he’s secretly terrified that he’s made a big mistake and has to bluster his way out of it to survive. Redstate.com has a good analysis of the speech, plus video and a full transcript. Fair warning, it’s via Google Translate, so maybe don’t take every word literally.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2022/03/17/putins-scum-and-traitors-speech-sounds-more-like-flop-sweat-and-desperation-than-bold-confident-leadership-n537363

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