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25 October 2020

Senate votes to limit debate on Barrett Supreme Court nomination, move toward final vote Monday evening

The Senate voted 51-48 Sunday afternoon to limit debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a vote on her confirmation for Monday evening.  Sunday's vote limited debate over President Trump's court appointee to 30 hours, meaning the full Senate will be able to hold a confirmation vote Monday beginning at approximately 7:26 p.m. ET.

"Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is a stellar nominee in every single respect.  Her intellectual brilliance is unquestioned.  Her command of the law is remarkable.  Her integrity is above reproach."

Previously, Supreme Court justices needed to clear a 60-vote threshold to advance to the high court, a tradition that forced nominees to win bipartisan support.  But McConnell changed the standard in 2017 to allow for a simple majority, a move that allowed for the confirmation of President Trump's previous two nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.  Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., first eliminated the 60-vote threshold in 2013 to overcome GOP stonewalling of President Obama's nominations to the lower courts and the executive branch.  Known as invoking the "nuclear option" at the time, Reid kept the higher standard in place for the Supreme Court.

Unseen and Unsaid:  The MOST Telling Character Difference Between Trump and Biden

Biden to Iowa voter:  "You're a damn liar."  "Lunch-bucket Joe," has this "Aw, shucks!" image as a nice guy.  But the 84-year-old retired farmer who questioned him at an event last year may not agree.  He's the guy Biden immediately got aggressive with, called a "damn liar."

Then there was the time, earlier this year, when Biden told a worker who questioned him on the Second Amendment, "You're full of s***."  It's classic Biden:  When the "little people" don't show the expected obeisance, he slaps them down hard.

While President Trump is fabulously wealthy, he's more Main Street than Wall Street.  He has taken up the cudgels for the little guy, combatting the big-money interests, establishment vultures and foreign predators that have been raping the middle class and crushing the American dream.

Al Qaeda's second in command killed in Afghanistan

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf follows weeks of violence, including a suicide bombing.

Afghan special forces led by the intelligence agency raided Kunsaf, which he described as being under Taliban control.  On the village's outskirts, they stormed an isolated home and killed seven suspected militants in a firefight, including al-Rauf.

Kamrani alleged, without providing evidence, that the Taliban had been offering shelter and protection to al-Rauf.  The Taliban told the AP on Sunday they are investigating the incident.  If the Taliban had provided protection for al-Rauf, it would violate the terms of its Feb. 29 deal with the U.S. that jump-started the Afghan peace talks.  That deal saw the Taliban agree "not to cooperate with groups or individuals threatening the security of the United States and its allies," which includes Al Qaeda.

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Facebook doesn't like it when the tables are turned.

Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world's dominant social media platform.  The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation.

A Facebook executive demanded they disable a special plug-in for Chrome and Firefox browsers used by 6,500 volunteers across the United States and delete the data obtained.  The plug-in lets researchers see which ads are shown to each volunteer; Facebook lets advertisers tailor ads based on specific demographics that go far beyond race, age, gender and political preference.

The outcry over Facebook's threat was immediate after The Wall Street Journal first reported the news Friday considering the valuable insights the "Ad Observer" tool provides.

"That Facebook is trying to shut down a tool crucial to exposing disinformation in the run up to one of the most consequential elections in U.S. history is alarming.  The public has a right to know what political ads are being run and how they are being targeted. Facebook shouldn't be allowed to be the gatekeeper to information necessary to safeguard our democracy."  The tool lets researchers see how some Facebook advertisers use data gathered by the company to profile citizens "and send them misinformation about candidates and policies that are designed to influence or even suppress their vote."

The tool lets researchers see how some Facebook advertisers use data gathered by the company to profile citizens "and send them misinformation about candidates and policies that are designed to influence or even suppress their vote,"

Last year, more than 200 researchers signed a letter to Facebook calling on it to lift restrictions on public-interest research and journalism that would permit automated digital collection of data from the platform.

24 October 2020

Piers Morgan Obliterates Media Silence On Hunter Biden With 9 Perfect Words: 'Imagine If The Story Was About Donald Trump Jr'

Piers also said that journalists have an obligation to reports news fairly and that potentially important claims should be investigated.  He said, "[I]t doesn't matter what side you're on here. Journalism, freedom of speech, dictates — the First Amendment dictates — that when a story like this drops, and it's not being denied by the people it's accusing for six days now, clearly, there is something there that they want to hide."

Morgan considers himself a "liberal" but wonders what has happened to the left-wing political movement.  "What is going on when liberals want to attack and suppress freedom of speech?" Morgan questioned.  Morgan called the situation a "conspiracy."

Eric Trump:  'Polls are wrong,' Trump enthusiasm is massive compared to Biden

Eric Trump, who has been campaigning for his father, told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo he's never seen the kind of enthusiasm for President Trump than he's seen in recent weeks.  Responding to national polls that show Joe Biden leading Trump just days ahead of the Nov. 3 election, the president's son claimed the polls are wrong.

Traveling to Pittsburgh, Penn., Thursday, Trump said he visited a bakery selling sweets for each candidate, and noted the business said they sold over 13,500 Trump cookies versus 1,900 for Biden.

Trump and Biden faced off in their final presidential debate Thursday night.  "Biden really hurt himself yesterday with the oil and gas comment," Eric Trump said.  "It's the difference between a guy that's stuck in his basement and doesn't understand the real world versus a guy who really understands this country," he said.

US Jewish Groups Overjoyed by Israel-Sudan Peace Announcement

"We applaud the beginning of the process of normalizing relations between the State of Israel and the Republic of Sudan, which deserves universal support by all who seek peace in the Middle East.  Sudan is the third Arab country to make peace with Israel in the past two months, the significance of which cannot be overstated."

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) hailed the agreement as an accomplishment for US President Donald Trump.

"This is very welcome news, and the Trump administration deserves tremendous credit for this diplomatic success," former US Senator Norm Coleman - RJC national chairman - said in a statement.  "Today, Muslim countries are entering into diplomatic, trade, and other relations with the State of Israel.  These amazing changes will bring greater peace, stability, security, and opportunity to millions of people.  And the credit for bringing those historic achievements to fruition goes to President Donald Trump."

US business activity hits 20-month high

U.S. business activity increased to a 20-month high in October, but the pace of new business growth and new orders eased slightly amid the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and caution ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

23 October 2020

Hunter's ex-partner recounts meeting Joe Biden, claims family 'paranoid' about hiding former VP's involvement

'I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public, this information -- it would bury all of us, man.'

Hunter Biden's ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski confirmed on Thursday that he met with former Vice President Joe Biden regarding his son's business dealings and alleged that someone involved with the controversy had warned him about coming forward.

Bobulinski went on to accuse the former vice president of lying about his involvement with his son's business dealings, and indicated that his family sought to conceal his activities.  Specifically, Bobulinski alleges he met with the former vice president on May 2, 2017, introduced by his son, Hunter and brother, Jim.  "At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night we discussed the Bidens' history, the Bidens' family business plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar, at least at a high level," Bobulinski said.

"In fact, Hunter often referred to his father as the big guy or 'my chairman.'  On numerous occasions, it was made clear to me that Joe Biden's involvement was not to be mentioned in writing but only face-to-face.

His latest comments came just before the final presidential debate.

What Trump and Biden tax policies could mean for your paycheck, tax return, investments and retirement savings

Almost 80% of registered voters told the Pew Research Center that the economy was a very important issue in this highly-charged election.  Seventy-seven percent of voters told YouGov that domestic issues were most important; the economy was the second top priority behind the coronavirus outbreak and response.

Trump has a first-term record that includes the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an overhaul that reduced income tax rates while expanding some credits and exemptions as it capped others.  Major features, like the paired-down income brackets and heightened estate tax exemption are currently set to expire at the end of 2025.  Taxpayers paid almost $64 billion less in income taxes during the first year under the new tax rules than they did the year before that, IRS statistics show.

"The basic Biden story is if you're rich or if you're a corporation, you're going to pay more tax.  If you're middle-income or lower-income, you'll pay either what you pay now, or you'll pay less depending on your specific circumstances," said Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

"With tax cuts and deregulation President Trump has fought to protect the paychecks of everyday Americans from an overburdensome federal government," said Trump campaign spokesman Ken Farnaso.  "Joe Biden wants to overturn that progress and tack on a $4 trillion tax hike and his version of a Green New Deal.  Whether it be the payroll tax cut or the highly successful Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, President Trump has never stopped fighting to preserve our economic freedoms."

Biden is calling for a 26% refundable tax credit that applies for each dollar contributed to an IRA or 401(k).  "The tax credit would be deposited into the taxpayer's retirement account as a matching contribution," explained Garrett Watson, Senior Policy Analyst at the right-leaning Tax Foundation.  Under current law, 401(k) contributions come right off the top of a person's taxable income.  But the tax benefit accrues more to the higher earners taxed at higher rates.  "Compared to current law, the flat credit would provide a larger benefit to lower-income earners and reduce the benefit to higher-income earners," Watson wrote.  Biden's plan would not touch contribution limits or affect the rules on Roth IRAs, where after-tax money goes into the account and is withdrawn tax-free.

22 October 2020

Hunter Biden business partner calls email 'genuine,' says Hunter sought dad's advice on deals

Tony Bobulinski, who was listed as the recipient of an email published by the New York Post that appeared to detail a business arrangement involving a Chinese company and members of the Biden family, has confirmed that the email is "genuine" and provided more information regarding the Bidens' role in the deal.  Bobulinski went on to say he does not believe Joe Biden's past claim that he and Hunter did not discuss his son Hunter's business, claiming that Hunter "frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals."

"I've seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business.  I've seen firsthand that that's not true.  The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China."

The Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees requested that he turn over "all documents relating to my business affairs with the Biden family as well as various foreign entities and individuals," and that he intends to fully cooperate.  "I have extensive relevant records and communications and I intend to produce those items to both Committees in the immediate future."

NPR slammed for dismissing coverage of Hunter Biden laptop scandal as a 'waste of time'

NPR has ignored the ongoing scandal surrounding a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden - which contained emails revealing his foreign business dealings, first reported by the New York Post.

"Defund NPR. American taxpayer dollars should not be out there being utilized to push false propaganda and cover up for Joe Biden's corruption!  It's been corroborated with a third-party witness who is on the emails what a disgrace NPR has become."

"From 'this is blocked on social media' to 'it's Russian disinformation' to 'ok yeah it's all true but in our editorial judgment its not really a story' in just over a week.  You can't be more dishonest and fraudulent than national political media.  It's not possible."

GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump's pick on track for confirmation before the Nov. 3 election.

All 12 Republicans on the committee voted in favor of Barrett, a conservative judge.  Senators plan to convene a rare weekend session before a final confirmation vote expected Monday.

With Republicans holding a 53-47 majority in the Senate, Trump's pick for the court is almost certain to be confirmed.  All Democrats are expected to oppose Barrett's confirmation.

20 October 2020

Senate GOP Introduce Constitutional Amendment 'to Stop 'Supreme Court Packing'

Senator Ted Cruz and at least 5 other Republicans introduced a Constitutional Amendment this week that would effectively ban "packing" - or adding additional seats- to the Supreme Court at any point in the future.

The proposed amendment is just one sentence long, stating "The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices."

In order to pass, the proposal would need to be supported by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress and three-fourths - or 38 - of the country's 50 states.

Hunter Biden's computer contains photos that show illegal activities

Hunter Biden, who is a very serious…degenerate.

Giuliani says the FBI also has a copy of Hunter's hard drive along with his own legal team.  The evidence of the Biden's corruption overseas is under review.

Both Bannon and Giuliani have claimed more evidence on the corruption scheme will be released in the coming days.

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19 October 2020

2020 Projected Electoral Votes
 

Fake-Poll Alert: Proof Biden Is Not Winning

Despite all the faulty polls showing a double-digit loss, I believe President Trump is on his way to a landslide electoral victory (slightly bigger than that in 2016).

This election looks like a carbon copy of 2016.  Every poll back then showed Trump headed for disaster.  But I had a secret weapon.  I called it The Taxi Poll.  My buddy drove a taxi in Las Vegas.  Every person who got in her taxi was told, "I'm doing a poll.  It's 100% confidential.  I don't even know your name.  So, tell me, who are you voting for?"  The results were overwhelmingly for Trump.  I knew then what was about to happen.  Today, I have what I call The Truckers Poll.  But it's not just my trucker fans; it's my fans who drive cross-country in their RVs.  All of them report the same phenomenon.  In Middle America, there are thousands and thousands of Trump lawn signs.  But where are the Biden signs?

What matters is only the votes of people in a few key battleground states, in particular Florida and the Midwestern states of Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. My fans tell me these states are 100 percent Trump country. In small towns and outer suburbs, you can't find any support for Biden.

A new Gallup poll reports 56% of Americans say they are better off now under Trump than they were four years ago under then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden.  Every expert knows what clinches elections -- "It's the economy, stupid."  A solid majority of Americans feel better off today than four years ago, despite COVID-19.  You think they're voting for Biden?  That 56% is the highest number in the history of Gallup asking, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"  Ronald Reagan got 44% in the Gallup poll and won the election in a landslide.  Trump is at 56%.

Finally:  if Americans aren't yet convinced Trump is great for the economy, on Oct. 29, five days before the election, the third-quarter gross domestic product will be released.  The Atlanta Fed estimates it will be 34.6% economic growth, the highest in the history of America -- since 1776.

18 October 2020

Hunter Biden Business Associate Flips From Prison, Releases Emails Detailing China Influence-Peddling Operation

Emails from a former business associate of Hunter Biden's inner-circle who's serving time in prison for a 2016 investment scheme reveal that Hunter and his colleagues used their access to the Obama administration to peddle influence to potential Chinese clients and investors - including securing a private, off-the-books meeting with the former Vice President.

The emails, given to investigative journalist Peter Schweizer by former Biden associate Bevan Cooney and published by Breitbart also reveal that in 2011, the younger Biden and his business associates discussed strengthening relations with "China Inc." as part of a "new push on soft diplomacy for the Chinese."

These emails are completely unconnected to the Hunter Biden emails released by the New York Post.

Fake-Poll Alert:  Proof Biden Is Not Winning

This election looks like a carbon copy of 2016.  Every poll back then showed Trump headed for disaster.

All of them report the same phenomenon.  In Middle America, there are thousands and thousands of Trump lawn signs.  But where are the Biden signs?  There are almost none to be found.

What matters is only the votes of people in a few key battleground states, in particular Florida and the Midwestern states of Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.  These states are 100 percent Trump country.  In small towns and outer suburbs, you can't find any support for Biden.  The Democracy Institute Sunday Express poll from this week that showed Trump beating Biden 46% to 45% and winning almost all battleground states by a healthy margin.  That poll didn't oversample Democrats by a mile (as most other polls do) and polled only likely voters.  Likely voters in battleground states are all that matter.

Every expert knows what clinches elections -- "It's the economy, stupid."  A solid majority of Americans feel better off today than four years ago, despite COVID-19.  You think they're voting for Biden?  By the way, that 56% is the highest number in the history of Gallup asking, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"  Ronald Reagan got 44% in the Gallup poll and won the election in a landslide.  Trump is at 56%.

If Americans aren't yet convinced Trump is great for the economy, on Oct. 29, five days before the election, the third-quarter gross domestic product will be released.  The Atlanta Fed estimates it will be 34.6% economic growth, the highest in the history of America -- since 1776.

SCOTUS to consider removal of illegal immigrants from census

The Supreme Court plans to hear President Trump's case on why he believes illegal immigrants should be excluded from the census counts used to create congressional districts.  On Friday, the court announced that it will review the case at the end of November after a lower court panel of judges attempted to block the President's initiative.  The federal court panel said as long as undocumented citizens reside in a region, they must be counted.

This comes after President Trump signed a memorandum in July, directing the Department of Commerce to use all resources available in order to determine the amount of non-citizens included in the census.  The President said he believes the additional information would allow for a more accurate tally of citizens in the country, which could alter the mapping of congressional districts. Congressional districts are the designated regions within a state used to determine how many representatives a state is allowed to have in the House of Representatives.

If the Supreme Court rules to uphold the President's memorandum, some states such as California could stand to lose representatives.

Biden blue wave sends bearish signal to stocks

High-fliers like Apple Inc., Amazon Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have all climbed at least 250% since President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.  Those gains have been fueled by earnings generated under the president's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which dropped the top U.S. corporate rate from 35% to 21%, among the lowest in the world.

New presidents typically "don't care" about the economy during their first year in office because voters pay more attention to years three and four.

17 October 2020

President Trump announces CVS, Walgreens free coronavirus vaccines deal to help seniors

Two major pharmacies will help distribute a pending coronavirus vaccine to American seniors once it becomes available, the Trump administration announced on Friday.  Residents in all types of long-term care facilities will be able to access the vaccine at no charge.

CVS and Walgreens will coordinate on-site clinic dates with facilities, which will likely include three total visits over the course of two months.

Source on alleged Hunter Biden email chain verifies message about Chinese investment firm

One of the people on an explosive email thread allegedly involving Hunter Biden has corroborated the veracity of the messages, which appear to outline a payout for former Vice President Joe Biden as part of a deal with a Chinese energy firm.  The source said that "the big guy" is a reference to the former vice president.

Another email from May of 2014 shows Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma's board, allegedly shows him asking for the younger Biden's advice on how to stop "politically motivated actions."  Biden's campaign has denied wrongdoing and claimed that the former vice president's schedule showed no meeting taking place, though the campaign wouldn't rule out the possibility that the former vice president had an informal interaction with Pozharskyi.

Biden's plan to overhaul 401(k) tax breaks could force some companies to cut retirement benefits

Tens of millions of people could lose their plans as a result of the proposed change.  A frequently overlooked part of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's platform would upend the traditional tax preferences of retirement accounts like 401(k) plans — a change that industry experts warned could force some small companies to cut those benefits.

"If you take the tax deduction away and reduce the tax benefit, without also addressing the nondiscrimination rules, you've blown up the bargain."  Employers who make contributions to a 401(k) must offer that same benefit to their workers.  Under Biden's plan, business owners would have to reduce their own tax benefit, while continuing to contribute on behalf of their employees, which is expensive.

Small businesses, which would be the most affected by the new rules, employ roughly 58.9 million people, or 47.5% of the nation's workforce.

Seattle mayor who praised CHOP, supported police cuts, is now 'deeply concerned' as more than 100 officers have left the force

Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan — who once called the police-free autonomous zone in her city a "block party" amid a "summer of love" — is now "deeply concerned" over the mass exodus taking place within the city's police department.

The exodus is part of a continuing trend that has resulted in at least 118 officers leaving the force this year.  He added that "even this number is misleading" because "many officers are using their accrued sick time as they begin their escape to other agencies or wait for retirement."

The total number of officers in the department now sits at just over 1,200, which is on par with police staffing levels in the early 1990s, even though the city's population has grown 44% since then.  As a result, 911 call response times have been increasing and police investigative services have been crippled.

The exodus follows the City Council's decision in September to override a mayoral veto and slash the city's police budget, leading to the cutting of as many as 100 officer positions and the elimination of the Navigation Team, which cleared homeless encampments.  The mayor, who is in favor diverting police funds to social programs, only vetoed the measure because it lacked "the type of collaboration" she desired.

16 October 2020

Man who had bombshell info on Hunter Biden feared for his life:  "I'm pretty vocal about not wanting to get murdered"

He wasn't sure what to do with the laptop that had been dropped off at his shop.  Once he realized it contained sexually explicit and drug-related photos of the former vice president's son, along with suspicious emails between Hunter Biden and Ukrainian and Chinese business executives, he had no idea what to do.

"I was afraid, I reached out to some people that I trusted, that could possibly get me in touch with the FBI," said Mac Isaac.  "Then they showed up. They probably knew I had a copy because I was pretty vocal about not wanting to get murdered."

When asked if he feared Joe Biden might seek to harm him, Mac Isaac replied, "People that work for him, sure."

Biden can't have it both ways on Paris climate accord

Biden has to decide:  will he really work to prevent China from gaming the system or will he cave in to a treaty that institutionalizes it?  He can't have it both ways.

In his climate change plan Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden says that the United States will "re-enter the Paris Agreement on day one of the Biden Administration."  The former vice-president reassures readers in his "Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice" that he will "not allow other nations, including China, to game the system by becoming destination economies for polluters…

The Paris Agreement is one of the primary tools with which China is gaming the system.

Restricting CO2 emissions in developing nations would almost certainly involve significantly reducing the use of coal, the source of well over half of China's electricity, for example. As coal is the cheapest source of power in most of the world, restricting CO2 emissions by reducing coal use would obviously interfere with development priorities. So, no matter what emission reductions they promise, China and many other developing countries are unlikely to follow their commitments, citing UNFCCC Article 4 as their excuse.

Facebook, Twitter Donated Over 91% to Dem Federal Candidates

Facebook and Twitter likely restricted the spread of a New York Post story alleging Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to an executive at a Ukrainian energy firm, because their employees and PACs shelled out millions for Democrat federal candidates in the 2020 election cycle.

According to donation records, Twitter individuals donated $347,270 (98.99%) to Democrat federal candidates and $3,556 (1.01%) to Republicans.  Facebook individuals and PACs gave $2.4 million (91.68%) to Democrat federal candidates and $218,576 (8.32%) to Republicans.

Reason and Individualism: The Antidote to Racism

Viewing people as individuals rather than simply as members of a collective would be an important antidote to racism.  This would require educating people to judge others, in accordance with Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, according to their character rather than their skin color.  Such judgments require actual thinking, not just sense perception.

What would be a more objective way of looking at people than as racial clones?  My favorite quote is from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech where he expressed the hope that children (implying all people) "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."  Character, I submit, and I think King would agree, is individual; it is not determined by race.

People should be taught introspection and how to judge others as individuals from a young age.

15 October 2020

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"Joe Biden is a liar who has been ripping off this country for years."

Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad

Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails

At right:  federal subpoena showing the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI

Obama conference call leaked to Burisma, Biden emails show

Emails show the Obama administration let a Democratic p.r. company that worked for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma take part in a conference call about an upcoming visit to Ukraine by then-Vice President Joe Biden.  The memo, sent shortly after the Dec. 2, 2015, call, also "outlined the trip's agenda and addressed several questions regarding US policy toward Ukraine."

The trip, in December 2015, turned out to be the one during which Biden later bragged about forcing Ukrainian officials to fire a state prosecutor who was investigating Burisma by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee.

Hunter Biden introduced Burisma adviser to VP dad before Ukraine pressure, email shows

The correspondence is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop.

Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails.

"Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It's realty [sic] an honor and pleasure," the email reads.

The blockbuster correspondence flies in the face of Joe Biden's claim that he's "never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings."

Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who's admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.

Inside Hunter Biden's murky history of business dealings in China

Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm

Hunter Biden pursued lucrative deals involving China's largest private energy company — including one that he said would be "interesting for me and my family."

In addition, the email outlined a "provisional agreement" under which 80 percent of the "equity," or shares in the new company, would be split equally among four people whose initials correspond to the sender and three recipients, with "H" apparently referring to Biden.  The deal also listed "10 Jim" and "10 held by H for the big guy?"

Senate Committee Reportedly Investigating "Smoking Gun" Email on Joe Biden, Hunter & Burisma

Hunter Biden's laptop was abandoned at a Delaware computer repair store.  The FBI seized it on Dec 17, 2019.

That was the day before Nancy Pelosi held the vote to impeach the President.  Someone from the store had contacted the FBI about the laptop, but also made a copy of the drive that he gave to Robert Costello, an attorney for Rudi Giuliani.  Giuliani just released the information to the New York Post.  Why did the FBI never make this information public?

Senate Judiciary to consider Barrett ahead of vote next week

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to take the first steps toward approving Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett following two long days of Senate testimony in which she stressed that she would be her own judge.

Barrett's confirmation would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the court and would be the most pronounced ideological change in 30 years, from the liberal icon to the conservative appeals court judge.

Democrats' disgraceful demagoguery at the Amy Coney Barrett hearings

Senate Democrats are trying to turn the confirmation hearing on Amy Coney Barrett into a political victory for their party, but so far they've failed miserably.  Barrett is the poster-woman the GOP needs to attract college-educated female voters and help close the gender gap come November.

Democrats warned Barrett that "her participation in any case involving Donald Trump's election would immediately do explosive harm to the court's legitimacy and to your own credibility."  Yet blame the Democratic Party for the increasing likelihood that the election will land in the Supreme Court.  Democratic groups across the country are aggressively suing in lower state and federal courts demanding that ballots arriving after Nov. 3 be counted, contrary to state laws.  In effect, canceling the finality of Election Day.  That strategy is already being challenged in the US Supreme Court.  The court could resolve the issue before the election or afterward.

Asking Barrett to recuse herself makes no sense.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't recuse herself in a case involving President Bill Clinton, though he named her to the high court.

Democrats argued that "it's simplistic to think" being a justice is a "robotic performance."  But as Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) pointed out at the beginning of Tuesday's hearing, "no one ever questions whether our liberal friends can set aside their views."

On a more humorous note  . . .

ACB Calmly Answers Questions While Typing Up Appellate Court Decision And Cooking Dinner For 9

At publishing time, Judge Barrett had gotten out her knitting.

14 October 2020

Hunter Biden emails under investigation by Senate Homeland Security Committee after hard drive report emerges

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is investigating newly released emails that reveal that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2015 at Hunter's request.

An email from May 2014 also showed Pozharskyi, reportedly a top Burisma executive, asking Hunter for "advice on how you could use your influence" on the company's behalf  The meeting took place less than a year before the former vice president purportedly pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin.  "I looked at them and said: I'm leaving in six hours.  If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money," Biden infamously said to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.

A List of Biden Flip-Flops Over the Years

A list of Scandals During the Obama Administration

13 October 2020

How Modern Education Makes Good Little Marxists

Universities in the 1960s began to become training centers for "activists," much like Marxist in the 1930s, who learned they could utilize legitimate current issues in order to manipulate the masses into cooperation, oblivious to incoherent, illogical ideologies.  Berkeley's "student rebellion" of 1964 engaged in violation of property and physical assaults, even of police, justifying itself by hiding behind a false mantle of civil rights, smearing opposition as racist, all the while receiving outside money and resources to help achieve its goal: the seizure of power.  Sound familiar?

These activists would later plant themselves in education, media, and politics, or even serve as muscle on the streets to work toward indoctrinated ideological objectives.

"The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow."

In the 20th century, the American public education system was heavily influenced by Progressive philosopher John Dewey (1859-1952).  In Dewey's own words in his My Pedagogic Creed, he lays out his ultimate vision and goal for American education. He states:

"I believe that the social life of the child is the basis of concentration in all of his training or growth[.] ... I believe, therefore, that the true centre of correlation of the school subjects is not science, nor literature, nor history, nor geography, but the child's own social act.  I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.  I believe, finally, that the teacher is engaged, not simply in the training of individuals, but in the formation of the proper social life ... the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth."  (Pestritto & Atto, 129-134).

In other words, he simply wants to train 1) social activists aligned with his ideology and 2) masses of people, not knowing any better, who feel compelled to go along.

Fields within the humanities at large, not just subfields such as Critical Theory, the grievance studies, Postmodernism, etc., have always intertwined themselves with the various flavors of socialism.

"Young people do seek a comprehensive view of life, i.e., a philosophy, they do seek meaning, purpose, ideals — and most of them take what they get[.] ... [T]he majority are open to the voice of philosophy for a few brief years.  These last are the permanent, if not innocent, victims of modern philosophy."

Thought for the Day

12 October 2020

President Trump back on campaign trail as Biden dodges questions, panders in Nevada

Biden / Harris Hold Campaign Event In AZ NOBODY Showed Up

Navy veteran Joe Collins targets Democrat Maxine Waters' home in campaign ad

U.S. Navy veteran Joe Collins on Saturday released a scathing campaign ad attacking Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for living in a multi-million dollar mansion while representing a district plagued by crime and poverty.

"Do you know where I am right now?  Maxine Waters' six million-dollar mansion," Collins asks.  "Do you know where I'm not right now?  Maxine Waters' district."

See Joe Collins speak here.

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11 October 2020

Anarchists Who Firebombed Police Vehicles Are Now All Facing MAJOR JUSTICE

Two lawyers, Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, are accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a parked NYPD vehicle during the riots in late May in Brooklyn.  When they were caught, explosive materials were found in their car.  The feds have now brought seven charges each against the pair.  Those charges include "the use of explosives, arson, use of explosives to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder, and making or possessing a destructive device."  Samantha Shader is also being accused of targeting an NYPD vehicle which was occupied by four police officers at the time that she threw a Molotov cocktail at it.  The same seven charges were lodged against her.  All three are now eligible for sentences that include life sentences.

U.S. Attorney for the EDNY Richard Donoghue said, "Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest.  Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such."

10 October 2020

President Trump indicates AG Barr has enough evidence to charge Obama admin officials — including Obama and Biden — with spying on his campaign

Attorney General William Barr has more than enough evidence to indict members of the Obama administration for spying on the Trump campaign in 2016, including former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.

"These people should be indicted, this was the greatest political crime in the history of our country, and that includes Obama and it includes Biden," the president said.  "These are people that spied on my campaign — and we have everything — and now they say 'we have much more,' and I say, 'Bill, we got plenty, you don't need anymore,'" Trump continued.

With the general election in 26 days, any major indictments are unlikely.  But should charges be formally announced against a high-ranking member of the Obama administration it would certainly send shockwaves through Washington and across the country.

Trump can return to 'public engagements' this weekend, White House physician says

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley sent out a memorandum on Thursday stating that President Trump will be able to return to public engagements this weekend.

It will be ten days since Trump was first diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, Conley anticipates that Trump can return to his usual schedule by Saturday.  Trump has responded "extremely well to treatment" and there is no sign of "adverse therapeutic effects."  "Today the President has completed his course of therapy for COVID-19 as prescribed by his team of physicans."

Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at this point include senior adviser Hope Hicks and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna.  Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also tested positive for COVID-19.  Former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has also tested positive and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who participated in debate prep with the president recently, did too and was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.

The Centers for Disease Control says people "with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset.  People with more severe symptoms can remain infectious for longer.

San Francisco tax revenue plunge points to resident exodus

San Francisco experienced a 43% year-over-year decline in sales tax revenues during the pandemic, which has been credited to an exodus from the expensive city.

Data supports an exodus of residents from San Francisco - as remote work guidelines allow some workers more freedom in choosing where to live.  The latest report from United Van Lines shows that outbound moving requests from the city were 128% above the national average at the start of September.

Data also showed a continued yearly decline of 20.3% in median rent prices in San Francisco this month, which was among the largest yearly decline ever recorded - and marked a milestone as prices dropped below $3,000 for a one-bedroom.

Details of Amy Coney Barrett's Monday confirmation hearing released

Two U.S. senators from Indiana and a former law professor will introduce Judge Amy Coney Barrett to America on Monday as the Supreme Court nominee's high-stakes Senate confirmation hearings get underway.

Senators Todd Young and Michael Braun, both Republicans, and Patricia O'Hara, a former Notre Dame Law School professor, will speak at the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, according to new details released by the committee Friday night.  O'Hara is a former dean of the Law School and a mentor and friend to Barrett.  In an article about O'Hara's retirement, Barrett praised O'Hara's encouragement and kindness.  "Despite her many responsibilities, she visited me with gifts when my children were born and never forgets a birthday," Barrett, a mother of seven, said of her mentor.

Barrett, a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge, will then deliver her opening remarks to the committee to cap off the first day of her confirmation hearings.

Questioning of Barrett will start in earnest Tuesday when Senate Democrats on the committee are expected to grill her on issues related to health care, abortion and gun rights.

Barrett graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1997.  After clerking for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and working in private practice, she returned to Notre Dame in 2002 as a law school professor.  Her fellow Fighting Irish faculty supported her successful 2017 nomination to the federal appeals court.

Monday's hearing will kick off an ambitious schedule set by Senate Republicans to confirm Trump's third Supreme Court pick by the Nov. 3 election.  Republicans hold a 53-47 majority over 45 Democrats and two independents in the upper chamber and the GOP appears to have the votes to approve Barrett, despite Democrats' outcry that the process is illegitimate just days before Americans will decide control of the White House and Senate.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will preside over the hearing.  The hearings are expected to run through Thursday, with an anticipated Oct. 22 committee vote on advancing Barrett's nomination to the Senate floor.

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"Voters don't deserve to know whether I will pack the Courts" - Sleepy Joe Biden.

Joe Biden Sets a New Totalitarian Precedent

Democrats lecture the rest of us about HATE?

'Trump Was Right': Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of 'Crossfire Hurricane' Investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election were so concerned about the agency's potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show.

9 October 2020

NASA generated more than $64B in total economic output in fiscal 2019

NASA supported more than 312,000 jobs, and also generated an estimated $7 billion in federal, state and local taxes.

7 October 2020

President Trump authorizes declassification of all Russia collusion, Hillary Clinton email probe documents

"I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax.  Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal.  No redactions!"

Allies of the president, including Republicans on Capitol Hill leading their own investigations into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, have criticized officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, claiming that the directors have been blocking the release of documents.

The president's move come after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified documents that revealed former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton's purported "plan" to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as "a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server" ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

A source familiar with the documents said that "this information has been sought by hundreds of congressional requests for legitimate oversight purposes and was withheld for political spite—and the belief that they'd never get caught."

Last week, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, then-FBI Director James Comey was asked whether he received an investigative referral on Clinton from 2016, but he said it didn't "ring any bells."    "You don't remember getting an investigatory lead from the intelligence community?  Sept. 7, 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to James Comey and Strzok regarding Clinton's approval of a plan [about] Trump…as a means of distraction?" Graham asked Comey.  "That doesn't ring any bells with me," Comey said.

More on the story:  Trump's call to declassify Russia collusion, Clinton documents sparks fierce debate online.  The president's announcement led to fierce exchanges on social media.

6 October 2020

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4 October 2020

Messages for Sick Trump Split Between 'Get Well' and 'Told You So'

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And the Democrats can't stand that - it runs counter to left-wing politics.

3 October 2020

Dr. Qanta Ahmed: Trump COVID-19 hospitalization doesn't mean he's seriously ill — I expect his full recovery

The odds are extremely favorable for Trump's full and complete recovery.

President Trump is now reported by the White House to be mildly symptomatic with fatigue.  He walked independently and with a strong stride to the helicopter taking him to Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland on Friday night, and was not receiving oxygen.  He spoke on a brief video shortly before he headed for the hospital and did not appear short of breath.

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2 October 2020

Surprising percentage of college students find violent censorship 'acceptable' to some degree

The poll - conducted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Real Clear Education and College Pulse - asked 20,000 students at 55 campuses across the nation questions regarding free speech issues and comfort. The question measured such elements as tolerance, openness and self-expression.  On a question about options for "action to protest a campus speaker," the students answered how acceptable it is to remove flyers or ads for an upcoming event, shout down a speaker or block them from speaking, block other students from entering the event or even use violence to stop a speech.  The percentage of "never acceptable" responses increased with the more violent an action became, but with 82% of students answering "never" for "using violence," that means 17-18% of students responded that violence was in some form acceptable.

Top schools among the 55 polled with higher scores of overall perceived Freedom of Speech included the University of Chicago, Kansas State University, Texas A&M University, University of California - Los Angeles, and Arizona State University.

The study noted that colleges at both ends of the rankings have suffered free-speech controversies - likely the reason they were selected for the study.  One example from the University of Chicago - with the highest Free Speech score - noted that a student responded to a prompt "I vote because..." with "the coronavirus won't destroy America, but socialism will."  For this, she was widely denounced by her peers, threatened with violence, and told that she did not belong at the University of Chicago because of her beliefs.

President Trump, First Lady test positive for coronavirus, set to quarantine at White House

The President is expected to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on taking names

1 October 2020

Biden refuses again to state court packing position, mangles Constitution's rules for Supreme Court

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden once again avoided giving a straight answer on whether he would support packing the Supreme Court if elected.

"The Constitution says that the American people - I taught constitutional law for over 20 years - says the American people get an opportunity to choose who they want on the Supreme Court by who they pick as their senator and their president," said Biden.  However, the Constitution, which discusses the Supreme Court in Article III, says nothing about the people getting to choose who sits on it.

Biden would open 'flood gates' to terrorism, Trump says

Remarks came as State Department announced a 15,000-refugee admissions cap.

"Biden has even pledged to terminate our travel ban on Jihadist regions, opening the flood gates to radical Islamic terrorism."   Biden would turn Minnesota "into a refugee camp," "overwhelming public resources, overcrowded schools and inundating your hospitals" in reference to the former vice president's plan to raise a refugee admissions ceiling in the U.S. from 15,000 people to 125,000.  Former President Obama set an annual cap of 110,000 refugees in 2017.

Trump also brought up Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, saying, "I've been reading these reports for over two years about how corrupt and crooked she is," then asking the crowd:  "How the hell did Minnesota elect her?  What the hell is wrong with you people?"  The president suggested during an earlier Sept. 22 rally in Minneapolis that Omar would help him win the election, saying, "How about Omar of Minnesota?  We're going to win the state Minnesota because of her, they say."

Minnesota has the largest population of Somali-Americans than any other state with 69,000 people who claim Somali ancestry, or 40% of the entire Somali-American U.S. population, according to local news outlet WCCO.

30 September 2020

Hillary implicated in Spygate collusion

Boeing to move all 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina

Earlier this year, Boeing said it would slash production of passenger jets and cut its workforce by about 10%.  As the pandemic worsened in the U.S. and air-travel demand remained deeply depressed, Boeing said it was weighing cuts beyond the 19,000 already earmarked.  Boeing has assembled the 787 Dreamliner in Everett, Wash., since the first of the popular widebodies rolled off the line there over a decade ago.  It announced plans in 2009 for a second line in North Charleston, S.C., a right-to-work state where attempts to unionize the workforce haven't succeeded.

Consolidating Dreamliner production in South Carolina would mark another step in the shift of the U.S. aerospace industry to southern states from the West Coast.  Companies have already shed thousands of jobs in California while states including the Carolinas, Florida and Alabama have attracted aerospace businesses with less-clogged infrastructure and cheaper, nonunionized labor.

Boeing employs more than 7,000 workers in North Charleston, where it also has an engine-research facility.  That compares with almost 70,000 staff in Washington, including around 30,000 at the sprawling Everett plant.  The Everett plant, where Boeing also produces 767s and 747s, produced around 15 widebody jets a month at its peak, which would drop to around six and fall further with the 747 program due to end in 2022 and output of the new 777X reduced as Boeing delayed first deliveries until 2022.

After boosting Dreamliner production last year to 14 a month—split evenly between Everett and South Carolina—Boeing has reduced output to 10 and plans to make six a month next year.

With the narrow-body 737 MAX grounded for over a year since two fatal crashes, building and selling more 787s has been crucial to Boeing's financial recovery.  The company has orders for 526 of the planes and has delivered almost 1,000.  The twin-engine plane overcame years of delays and cost overruns to become a bestseller and is expected to overtake Boeing's 777 and the Airbus A330 as the most popular wide body jet by 2023, according to analysts at Jefferies.  Airlines are retiring older 777s and A330s in favor of the smaller 787 and Airbus A350.

29 September 2020

Voter Fraud in Ilhan Omar's District

A Somali whistleblower working in the sheriff's office helped O'Keefe record evidence of a cash-for-votes scheme.

A "ballot broker" boasts about keeping hundreds of absentee ballots in his car trunk.  He brags about them being filled in by people other than the voters.  Often, money changes hands.  Witnesses tie the rampant fraud to the campaign chairman of a prominent member of the radical "squad" in the U.S. House. Loose election laws allow people to come from out of state, vote, and then leave again.  It's been captured on video.

A concerted effort is being made to use the coronavirus as an excuse to transform how we vote in elections by shifting to mail-in or absentee ballots.

"Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud," concluded the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter.  Allowing such ballots "increases the risks of fraud and of contested elections."  In 2012, a grand jury in Miami-Dade County warned about the risks of absentee voting: "Once that ballot is out of the hands of the elector, we have no idea what happens to it. The possibilities are numerous and scary."

Alan Schulkin, Manhattan's Democratic election commissioner, said, "It's absurd. There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud." He explained, "They put [people] in a bus and go from poll site to poll site." Schulkin was promptly fired for his candor by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

Massive ongoing voter-fraud scheme is occurring in Minneapolis.  It is linked to the political machine of Ilhan Omar, the congresswoman from Minnesota's fifth district (Minneapolis) and a close ally of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the U.S. House.  Omar's complete domination of the district's politics is rooted in her machine's ability to fool, seduce, or bribe members of her Somali community into committing voter fraud.

28 September 2020

Biden's tax plan could destroy 3M jobs and reduce the nation's GDP by about 4% to 5%

Joe Biden's proposal to hike taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans could dramatically shrink the nation's economy and destroy millions of jobs, according to new projections from President Trump's former chief economist.  The Democratic presidential candidate's plan would increase the tax rates on capital and labor income, ultimately resulting in about 3 million fewer full-time employees and reducing the nation's GDP by about 4% to 5%.

"Although Biden asserts that his plan 'rewards work,' economic analysis of the plan belies that claim."

Biden has pledged to hike the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% on "day one" if he wins.  Biden has promised to roll back other changes made by Trump in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including restoring the top individual income tax bracket to 39.6% from 37% for those earning more than $400,000 annually.

That would result in an average tax increase of nearly $300,000 for households in the top 1% of the country, compared with a $260 per year increase for those in the middle.

Amy Coney Barrett will be a pro-growth voice on the Supreme Court

Exceptional jurists like the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia know judges need to be humble and allow the Constitution and the law, not personal feelings or political pressure, dictate their rulings.

Judge Barrett has shown a strong commitment to originalism and goes wherever the law may lead her, even if it results in unpopular outcomes.  In her legal writing, she consistently argues for the value of judicial restraint and understands a judge's role is not to legislate from the bench.  She sees her job as calling balls and strikes, not imposing her policy wishes on the American people.

She has shown an acute awareness of the negative consequences of government regulation.  In 2017, she wrote, "Nearly every government regulation comes at some price to individual liberty.  Determining whether a government regulation truly serves the public interest, therefore, requires determining whether the price is worth paying."  Clearly, Judge Barrett is grappling with the thorny issue of when to roll back government regulation. She correctly places the Constitution itself above regulations, above acts of Congress, and above past Court decisions.

Barrett argues large chunks of the administrative state may need review to make sure they follow the Constitution. But she states that Courts need to be pragmatic about when they review decisions.  Her judicial views are grounded deeply in the Constitution as opposed to the overreaching Beltway bureaucracy. Barrett's principles guide her when she is evaluating difficult legal questions.

In Orchard Hill Building Co. v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, Judge Barrett joined with the majority in ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had acted too broadly in claiming the Warmke wetlands were "waters of the United States," even though they were over ten miles away from the nearest navigable river.

It is impossible to deny Barrett's qualifications and character objectively, but already her opponents are trying to demonize her religious faith and her adherence to the Constitution and free-market policies.

27 September 2020

Trump says he wanted to choose a textualist for Supreme Court

"Mostly, I'm looking for somebody that can interpret the Constitution as written."

Nominee Amy Cohen Barrett said Saturday in accepting the nomination that she has the same judicial philosophy as the late Justice Antonin Scalia, which is to "apply the law as written."

It's not just the Supreme Court on which the president will have a lasting effect, but the lower courts, as well.  "By the end of the term, we'll have almost 300 federal judges and Court of Appeals judges, which is a record.  So we will have had a great impact on the court system going forward," Trump said.

Trump has publicly pressured Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to release his own list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court.  Biden will have a chance to respond to Trump on Tuesday in the first presidential debate.  The debate which will cover both candidates' records, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence in cities, and the integrity of the election.

"We've done a great job. We created the greatest economy in history," Trump said.  "And now it's coming back.  We closed it.  We saved millions and millions of lives by doing what I did.  And now we're bringing it back."

Several Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have said that Biden shouldn't debate Trump, but Biden has rejected those calls.

Democrats snubbing SCOTUS confirmation process

Democrat Senators on the Judicial Committee say they won't meet with Amy Coney Barrett.

Sen. Blumenthal said he refuses 'to treat this process as legitimate.'  "I will not be meeting with her, I will take the opportunity to question her when she is under oath," Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii said.

Confirming SCOTUS nominees in an election year has always been common practice for American Presidents.

25 September 2020

FBI official on Mueller team said Flynn prosecution had 'get Trump' attitude, collusion probe was 'not there'

William Barnett, an FBI official who served on Robert Mueller's team said he believed the special counsel's prosecution of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn was part of an attitude to "get Trump,"" and that he did not wish to pursue a Trump-Russia collusion investigation as it was "not there"" and considered it to be a "dead end."

The role of grand juries in the American legal system

A grand jury is composed of people drawn randomly from the community, similar to a trial jury.  Together they must decide whether there is enough evidence to bring an indictment, or a formal criminal charge.

In proceedings closed to the public and members of the media, grand jurors listen to evidence presented by prosecutors and hear from witnesses.  There is no judge present nor anyone representing the accused, and prosecutors do not have to offer any evidence favorable to the defense.  A single grand jury can sit for months and will typically be tasked with several cases.  Grand juries exist in the federal court system and in nearly every state.  In some states, prosecutors must go to grand juries to bring felony charges. In other states, prosecutors are free to file those charges themselves.  Unlike juries that hear a trial, grand juries don't decide whether someone is guilty or innocent.  They only decide whether there is sufficient evidence for someone to be charged.  In Kentucky, nine of the 12 jurors must agree there is enough evidence for the panel to issue an indictment.  In the federal court system, grand juries are made of 16 to 23 people, and at least 12 jurors must find there is probable cause to indict someone.

Centuries-old rules have kept grand juries under wraps to protect the reputations of people who end up not being charged and to encourage reluctant witnesses to testify.  The U.S. Supreme Court has also said that making grand jury proceedings public would carry the risk that "those about to be indicted would flee, or would try to influence individual grand jurors to vote against indictment."

Defenders say the process is a crucial safeguard against politically motivated prosecutions.

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24 September 2020

GOP senators share plan to move SCOTUS nominee from committee to floor vote, approve of Amy Barrett's record

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Democrats are willing to vilify these women based on their spirituality, in an effort to derail Trump's nominee out of spite.  "If you are a conservative woman in DC, you are treated like a fourth-class citizen."

"Democrats don't respect the Constitution because they want to act like 2016 and 2020 are the same and they're totally different.  In 2016 we had divided government with different parties in the White House and Senate.  They want to use the Constitution when it's convenient for them and not use it when it's not convenient for them," said Florida's Senator Rick Scott.

"I want to see a judge who understands their proper role.  And that is they're not there to make law," Montana's Senator Steve Daines aidd. "They're there to take laws that Congress passes and determine whether they're Constitutional or not.  They've got to stay in their Constitutional lane."

Kremlin critic Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital, full recovery 'possible'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, has been discharged from hospital after just over a month.

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner fell ill after boarding a plane in Siberia last month and was hospitalised there before being flown to Berlin. He spent 32 days in the Berlin hospital, including 24 days in intensive care, before his release.

German toxicology tests provide "unequivocal proof" that the critic of President Vladimir Putin had been poisoned by the Soviet-era military-grade nerve agent, which was also used in a separate poisoning in 2018 on ex-double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, Britain.  France and Sweden ran tests independently that corroborate Germany's conclusions.

23 September 2020

Sen. Romney announces support for holding vote on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

The Utah Republican noted that historically an election year nomination is for the Senate to confirm if they are made by a president of the same party.

"At this stage, I think it's appropriate to look at the Constitution and to look at the precedent which has existed over - well since the beginning of this country," he stated.  "And in a circumstance where a nominee of a president is from a different party than the Senate, then more often than not the Senate does not confirm, so the Garland decision was consistent with that."

Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed the President will announce his Supreme Court pick this Saturday.  In an interview Tuesday, he said the White House and Republicans have not made a decision yet on the timetable for the confirmation process.  However, Meadows said senators are engaged and ready to get to work on the President's pick.  He also noted he's confident the President's nominee will have enough votes to be confirmed either before the election or shortly after.

US household wealth hits record despite coronavirus pandemic

American households' collective net worth climbed nearly 7% in the April-June quarter to $119T.

According to new data released Monday by the Federal Reserve, American households' collective net worth climbed nearly 7% in the April-June quarter to $119 trillion. That's up from $111 trillion in the first quarter, when the pandemic triggered an unprecedented shutdown of the nation's economy, cratering the financial markets.

But other parts of the economy have been slower to recover.  Government data released at the beginning of September shows the labor market is far from pre-coronavirus levels: Employers added 1.4 million jobs in August and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%, but there are still 11.5 million more out-of-work Americans than there were in February.  The employment rate among the country's highest earners has dropped by 1.6% compared to January, while employment among the lowest-earners is down 16.1% from January.

Senate committees release interim report on Hunter Biden, Burisma probe

Obama administration 'ignored the glaring warning signs' when Biden's son joined board of the company.

The 87-page report stated that Obama administration officials "knew" that Hunter Biden's position on the board of Burisma was "problematic" and that it interfered "in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine."  During the time Biden was on the board the company's board, then-Vice President Joe Biden was running U.S.-Ukraine relations and policy for the Obama administration.

The report also stated that Hunter Biden "formed significant and consistent financial relationships" with the founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, and that his and his business partner Devon Archer's firms "made millions of dollars from that association" while his father was vice president.

Hunter Biden "sent thousands of dollars" to individuals who have "either been involved in transactions consistent with possible human trafficking; an association with the adult entertainment industry; or potential association with prostitution."

Senate investigators found millions of dollars in "questionable financial transactions" between Hunter Biden and his associates and foreign individuals, including the wife of the former mayor of Moscow as well as individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.  Not just Hunter Biden but other members of the Biden family "were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe."  Hunter Biden "opened a bank account" with a Chinese national linked to China's communist government, which "financed a $100,000 global spending spree" for the former vice president's brother, James Biden, and his wife, Sara Biden.

'Defund the police' activist Alyssa Milano calls 911

A massive police presence in her quiet California neighborhood was the result of her claim that an armed an gunman was on her property.  But it was really a teen shooting at squirrels with an air gun.

At least seven Ventura County Sheriffs' vehicles, one K-9 unit, a police helicopter and one Los Angeles Fire Department team sat down the street on standby.

'It turned out it was a neighborhood teen with an air gun shooting at squirrels,' a resident said.

21 September 2020

Democrats Have No One But Themselves, And Her, To Blame for The Ginsburg Vacancy

Democrats have made no mystery of their plans should they ever obtain power again, and it's not good for fans of individual liberty, personal responsibility, or just being left the hell alone by the government.  That's why Republicans need to move quickly and deliberately to replace her.  So much of the progressive agenda is dependent upon twisting the plain language of the Constitution into a rat's nest of snarls and bastardizing words to the point of unrecognizability.

Still in shock, Democrats are scrambling to find a way to block any nomination.  They don't have one.  They changed the rules under the Obama administration so they could stack liberals on the courts and their chickens have come home to roost.

Reports of her dying wish - that she not be replaced until after the election, in the hope of a Democrat being able to do it - showed who and what she really was.  When the news of Ginsberg's death broke, the threats of violence started.  Threats of violence show who leftists really are.

Democrats were already talking about getting rid of the filibuster to ram through their bills, packing the courts to ensure whatever they pass is ruled legal, and creating new states to solidify power in the Senate.  if you believe them, there is little choice but to act preemptively to prevent their naked power grabs by quickly confirming a new Justice. You know they'd do the same.


20 September 2020

Trump rally crowd chants 'Fill that seat!' as Supreme Court choice looms

If the crowd at President Trump's Saturday rally in North Carolina was any indicator, the president's supporters have already decided what he should do about the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.  "Fill that seat!" the crowd chanted as the president spoke at Fayetteville Regional Airport about who he might nominate to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation's highest court.

"It will be a woman -- a very talented, very brilliant woman," Trump told the crowd of his potential choice.

He later told reporters his announcement could come as early as this week.

Graham — an institutionalist turned Trump loyalist — will play a central role in Supreme Court battle

Graham is chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee charged with processing Supreme Court nominees, and he is in the midst of a competitive reelection campaign that could factor closely into the fight for control of the upper chamber.

His comments Saturday, coming after less-decisive statements in the hours after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday, amounted to the latest indication of how Republican leaders are rallying quickly around a strategy of seeking to fill her seat this year.  "The trade-off for Trump's unorthodoxy has always been that he will support conservative judges," said Matt Moore, a former South Carolina Republican Party chairman and consultant for the Graham campaign.  "The president's nominee has the potential to really animate the Republican Party base in South Carolina."

Republican leaders appeared determined to press ahead swiftly to fill the court vacancy with a conservative jurist. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised Trump during a Friday phone call that his nominee would get a vote in the Senate.  Trump told McConnell he liked Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the 11th Circuit.

If Republican leaders are successful, they could move the court to the right for generations and leave a deep impact on laws governing abortion, guns and other divisive issues.

Graham also pointed on social media to recent comments in which he said he was prepared to move ahead with a Supreme Court nominee this year. "After Kavanaugh, the rules have changed as far as I'm concerned."  It was clear on Saturday that partisan rancor that has seized the Senate in recent years was only likely to intensify in the wake of the court vacancy.

The $88 Trillion World Economy in One Chart

Some details worth noting:

Call it "Western Culture" if you will, say it with disdain if you like.  But freedom and its economic extension capitalism work better than anything else.

18 September 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, was known for her soft-spoken demeanor that masked an analytical mind, a deep concern for the rights of every American and a commitment to upholding the Constitution.

"She changed the way the Supreme Court views the issue, and she changed millions of people's lives in the process," said David Schizer, who served as a law clerk during Ginsburg's first year on the high court bench in 1993.   "She did it with her soft-spoken, quiet manner. She understood if you're trying to do something momentous, you should present it as quite ordinary."  Her strategy was to take a measured approach, carefully choosing cases that would promote equality but not appear radical to often skeptical federal courts.

"No door should be closed to people willing to spend the hours of effort needed to make dreams come true." - Justice Ginsberg

Kosovo gives Trump Order of Freedom for his role in securing deal with Serbia

Trump was given the award for his 'exceptional' contribution to freedom in Kosovo.  Kosovo gave President Trump one of its highest honors on Friday for his role in an historic economic normalization deal with Serbia earlier this month.

While most Western nations have recognized Kosovo's independence, Serbia, Russia and China have not — keeping tensions high in the Balkan region.

Trump was praised for the deal, and even received another nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.  Magnus Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish Parliament, said he was nominating Trump along with Serbia and Kosovo "for their joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House."

'1776 Unites' releases Black history curriculum to counter New York Times' 1619 Project

1776 Unites, a group that says it wants to "shape the American future by drawing on the best of its past," released its first curriculum program this week in part to counter the New York Times' 1619 Project.  A group of historians led by Princeton professor Sean Wilentz wrote a letter to the New York Times that cites multiple factual errors in the 1619 Project.

The curriculum, developed by civil rights leader Bob Woodson and American Enterprise Institute scholar Ian Rowe, offers lesson plans, activities, reading guides and other resources to illustrate what 1776 Unites calls a "more complete and inspiring story of the history of African-Americans in the United States."  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praised the 1776 Unites curriculum.

"1776 Unites maintains a special focus on stories that celebrate black excellence, reject victimhood culture, and showcase African-Americans who have prospered by embracing America's founding ideals."

17 September 2020

'Pivot of History' in Middle East Heralded at Israel-UAE-Bahrain Signing Ceremony

Leaders from three Middle Eastern nations gathered on the White House's South Lawn to herald what was called a "pivot of history" in the region.  In an address ahead of the signing of normalization agreements by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the host of Tuesday's event — US President Donald Trump — remarked, "We're here this afternoon to change the course of history.  After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East."

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said, "We are witnessing today a new trend that will create a better path for the Middle East."

Trump's Mideast Strategy of Bypassing Palestinians Praised by Ex-UN Envoy Nikki Haley

The Israel-UAE-Bahrain normalization agreements were made possible by a concerted strategy adopted by President Donald Trump that bypassed the Palestinians, concentrated on Iran, emphasized unapologetic support for the Jewish state and won the trust of Arab leaders.

Asked what was different about the president's strategy from his predecessors' unsuccessful efforts, Haley replied, "The difference was, go back to the first foreign policy speech the president gave, it was to the Arab community, and he said:  Let us all work together in the name of peace.  And he did something no other president has done.  Rather than focus on the Palestinians, which is what every president has thought they had to do to negotiate peace, he focused on Iran."  They trusted him because he got out of the Iran deal.

"It was bringing them together in the name of:  Let's do away with terrorism.  The number one sponsor of terrorism is Iran, and if we're going to all get together and do this, we have to start acknowledging the truth.  And that's what the president did."

'When the Dust Settles, the Israeli-Arab Conflict Will Be Over'

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Wednesday that recent regional developments, and especially the peace treaties between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, mark the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Friedman said that many more countries would soon follow suit and normalize relations with the Jewish state.

As for the impact of the developments on the Palestinians, Friedman said the Palestinian people are not being served by their leadership.  "I believe the people in Judea and Samaria want a better life," he said, adding that the Palestinian people need to understand it's possible for them to attain such a goal.

Will Kosovo and Serbia Establish Embassies in Jerusalem?  Not If the EU Has Its Way

It was announced last week that Serbia and Kosovo planned to establish their embassies in Israel's capital — much to the consternation of the European Union.  The European Union warned Serbia and Kosovo that they could undermine their EU membership hopes by moving their Israeli embassies to Jerusalem.

"There is no EU member state with an embassy in Jerusalem," said European Commission spokesman Peter Stano.  "Any diplomatic steps that could call into question the EU's common position on Jerusalem are a matter of serious concern and regret."

Malawi announced that it will establish an embassy in Jerusalem — the first African nation to do so.  Honduras also aims to move its embassy to Jerusalem, and Oman, Sudan and Morocco could be next.  The EU will be left behind.

Minneapolis Marxists now cry at the Marxism they brought

Minneapolis City Council, eat crow.  In the face of rising crime, the socialist-slash-Marxist-slash-unicorn-dreaming delusional of local government — the ones who spent oh-so-long denouncing police, defunding police, trying to replace police with some sort of soft and fuzzy enforcement team armed only with "Time Out" cards to slap on criminals — in the face of real crime hazards, these guys now want to cry for the police.

Jamal Osman, one of the newest members of the Minneapolis Marxist society called the City Council, said to the local police chief, Medaria Arradondo, at a special work session held this week: "Residents are asking, 'Where are the police?'"  "[The police department] is the only public safety option they have at the moment," Osman went on. "MPD.  They rely on MPD.  And [the residents] are saying they are nowhere to be seen."  There's the "no duh" moment.

If you tell police they can't do their jobs, if you strip police of the ability to do their jobs.

China sees Joe Biden as 'a pushover'

"Everybody knows what they're gonna get with a Biden administration. It's exactly what they got under the Obama administration.  There's a reason China wants Biden to win.  They see [Biden] as going along with any trade deal just to say they did it."

"Let's face it.  We can't have a man who is shot because, you know, who is not shot:  Putin, President Xi, Kim Jong Un, they're not shot.  They're world-class chess players.  {Biden] is shot.  Everyone knows it," President Trump said.

President Trump "has a record of strength and success," Haley said.  "The former vice president has a record of weakness and failure.  Joe Biden is good for Iran and ISIS, great for Communist China, and he's a godsend to everyone who wants America to apologize, abstain and abandon our values."

Trump Takes First Ever National Lead Over Biden in the President's Favorite Poll

President Donald Trump reached a 1-point lead over Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in mid-September, according to a new Rasmussen Reports weekly survey.

Thanks, Fox News, for reminding us of the Soros role in creating America's riot-coddling DAs

Fox News has drawn our attention to the fact that George Soros is bankrolling the leftist district attorneys who are fostering so much rioting in America's blue cities, based on their refusal to prosecute looters and rioters.  But probably not in the way the network meant to.

They invited Newt Gingrich on, they asked him his take on the leftist riots in America's blue cities, and they got an answer:  Gingrich pointed out that the riots were happening because of district attorneys, financed by George Soros, who refuse to prosecute rioting.  Fox News itself had reported it.

Fox News's commentary show, at least one of them, maybe more, seems to be on some kind of mission to protect Soros from scrutiny, which is rather unfitting for a news outfit that calls itself "fair and balanced."

If you read #openbordersinc, you remember that Fox banned the great Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch in 2018 for reporting on Soros-funded NGOs propping up illegal alien caravans.  If you've been paying attention to Fox's ever-expanding blacklist, none of this is a surprise.

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, The Defence of Fort McHenry, his ode to Freedom, to the great country where Freedom was born, the United States of America, and to those great people who defend it.  The poem would one day be put to music and become America's National Anthem, the beautiful, poignant, and unforgettable The Star-Spangled Banner.

16 September 2020

Senate Homeland Security Committee authorizes subpoenas for testimony from Obama officials as part of Russia probe

Includes John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey

The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday voted to authorize subpoenas for former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, and other Obama administration officials as part of its broad review into the origins of the Russia investigation.  The committee also authorized subpoenas for Sidney Blumenthal, former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, former FBI counsel Lisa Page, former FBI agent Joe Pientka, former ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, former White House national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith - who pleaded guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign - among others.

The committee further authorized subpoenas for "the production of all records" related to the FBI's original Russia investigation and the Department of Justice Inspector General's probe, as well as the process of "unmasking" for James Baker, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, DOJ official Bruce Ohr, FBI case agent Steven Somma, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Teftt, former deputy assistant attorney general Tashina Gauhar; and Stefan Halper.

Republicans demand answers on Mueller team wiping phones, suggest 'anticipatory obstruction of justice'

Congressional Republicans call the purported accidental "wiping" an "amazing coincidence", and suggested this could amount to "anticipatory obstruction of justice."

President Trump weighed in on the matter Saturday morning.  "ALERT: So now we find out that the entire Mueller 'hit squad' illegally wiped their phones clean just prior to the investigation of them, all using the same really dumb reason for this 'accident,'" Trump wrote on Twitter.  "Just like Crooked Hillary smashing her phones with a hammer, & DELETING HER EMAILS!"  "All that time and money spent, and it turns out that the Mueller Investigation was a total SCAM!" Trump later added.

Newly released records from the Justice Department showed that at least several dozen phones belonging to members of Mueller's team were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons—all before the Justice Department inspector general's office could review the devices.

Liberal 9th Circuit Court gives Trump victory, green light to proceed with deportation of 300,000 illegal immigrants

One of the main focus for President Trump and his initial run for president in the 2016 election was immigration reform.  Since being elected, the President and his legal team have relentlessly fought to keep illegal aliens out of the country, while accepting those who came into the country legally.  Now, the President, with a recent US appeals court, has just scored a major legal victory which may enable the administration to deport hundreds of thousands.

The United States 9th Circuit of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, reversed a lower court ruling which had previously blocked the President's attempts at phasing out what has been known as the Temporary Protected Status.  This status typically applies to people from Sudan, Haiti, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

"The Secretary's discretion to make TPS determinations, while not without check, is undoubtedly broad and unique in nature.  The decision to designate any foreign country for TPS begins and ends with the Secretary, so long as certain limited statutory criteria are met."

The TPS is supposed to allow asylum seekers to come into the country and work legally while their home country is experiencing some type of turmoil.  The TPS is supposed to be temporary and must be renewed occasionally six to 18 months at a time.

President Trumps administration has argued against renewing TPS, stating that the majority of lawful reasons for those people to be here have rectified.  Instead of removing those provisions and ordering the people back to their own countries, they have been allowed to remain in the United States seemingly endlessly.

14 September 2020

The Gun-Toting, Millennial Restaurant Owner Trying to Ride the Covid Backlash to Congress

Lauren Boebert pulled off a stunning primary victory after defying government shutdown orders.  But could she lose a GOP seat?

In June, Boebert pulled off a stunning upset of a five-term incumbent in the Republican primary — the first time an incumbent member of Congress had lost a primary in Colorado in almost a half-century.  The owner of a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters Grill in the town of Rifle, Boebert went into the race with scant experience, money and national support.

In early May, with Colorado under stay-at-home orders from Democratic Governor Jared Polis, Boebert defied state policy and reopened her cafe.  After Garfield County obtained a temporary restraining order to stop her from serving dine-in customers, she moved tables outside, leading officials to suspend her restaurant license.  The dispute generated headlines — and free publicity for Boebert's campaign — during the crucial final weeks leading into the primary, as the candidate denounced "the heavy hand of government to make us do whatever they want."

In her stump speech, Boebert exhorted attendees to protest COVID measures by voting her into Congress.  "They want to take away our freedoms, our rights, our liberties," she told the crowd.  "They want to tell you where you can shop, when you can shop, what time of day and what you have to wear."

"This isn't the proper role of government," she continued, as attendees shouted, "No way!"  "It's government's role to inform us of risks and let us use personal responsibility to evaluate that risk ourselves."

The GOP alternative to millenials like AOC, Ilhan Omar, etc.
Support Lauren Boebert for Congress.

MASSIVE Cubans For Trump caravan takes place in Miami

Hundreds of cars decked out with Trump flags and American flags are rolling through Miami as part of HUGE 'Cubans for Trump' caravan.

It's a big rally, and not only is Florida critical to the election, the shift in the Hispanic vote toward Trump is both confounding and terrifying Democrats.

Then we have the Democrats' election campaign plan.

The devolution of Trey Gowdy, SC congressman

13 September 2020

Overlooking the Obvious

12 September 2020

Remembering the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed 4 Americans:  'The US will never forget this outrage'

Friday is not only a day for solemn memorials for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but it's also the somber remembrance of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.  On Sept. 11, 2012, a mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery nightlong attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex in Libya.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors and former Navy SEALs Glen "Bub" Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed when the compound was ambushed in a coordinated attack by the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia.

The Benghazi attacks and their aftermath quickly became a divisive political issue in American politics. Republicans accused then-President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of intentionally misleading the public and stonewalling congressional investigators.  Ahmed Abu Khattala, the head of an Islamist extremist militia who directed the attacks, was convicted in 2017 on terrorism-related charges but acquitted of murder. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

St. Louis BLM protesters from McCloskey confrontation cited for trespassing

Nine Black Lives Matter protesters who were confronted by an armed St. Louis couple on their lawn have been issued citations for trespassing, officials told Fox News.

The June 28 encounter between the demonstrators, and Mark and Patricia McCloskey made headlines as the country was gripped by nationwide protests over police brutality.  The couple -- both personal injury lawyers -- were seen on video and in photos pointing a handgun and a rifle as demonstrators moved through their neighborhood.  No shots were fired.

The protesters could face up to $500 in fines and up to 90 days in jail.  However, Bush told NPR it was rare for anyone to receive such penalties for a municipal ordinance violation.

The incident landed the couple an appearance during the first night of the Republican National Convention last month, where they asserted their Second Amendment right to defend themselves.  "The radicals are not content just marching in the streets," Mark McCloskey said during a virtual speech.  "They want to walk the halls of Congress.  They want power.  This is Joe Biden's party.  These are the people who will be in charge."

The protesters were tresspassing the moment they broke down the gate - which was destruction of private property.

11 September 2020

Trump announces deal between Bahrain, Israel to normalize relations in push for Mideast peace

President Trump on Friday announced that Bahrain has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, another diplomatic win for the president coming after a similar agreement with the United Arab Emirates just last month.

The region "will become more secure and prosperous" as a result of the diplomatic moves.

Israel had also affirmed that all Muslims may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem's other holy sites will remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths.

The leaders of Israel and Bahrain praised Trump for "his dedication to peace in the region, his focus on shared challenges, and the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to bringing their nations together."  The agreement makes Bahrain the fourth Arab country, after Egypt, Jordan and the UAE, to have full diplomatic ties with Israel.

White House adviser Jared Kushner said that it took Israel 72 years to form its first two peace agreements, and there have been two more in the last 29 days -- describing it as a sign that the region is changing.

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10 September 2020

Trump supporters tell Lawrence Jones why they crashed Biden event in Michigan:  'We love the president'

Ex-VP Biden is 'trying to hide from the people because he is not actually representing the people.'

Groups of Trump supporters greeted the Democratic nominee with signs and loud chants of "four more years" as he arrived in the Detroit suburb of Warren.

Biden's Michigan visit was centered around the auto industry and unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  But Michigan residents expressed little faith in the former vice president's ability to facilitate economic recovery in the state.

Biden "is not actually representing the people.  The people have different views than what he is actually pushing."

"China owns Joe Biden," one woman said.


NYC Democrat runs campaign ad calling de Blasio 'worst mayor' in history of the city

A New York congressman has a very simple message for his constituents:  Mayor Bill de Blasio is the worst.

Earlier this year, Rose bashed Democrats for opposing all of President Trump's foreign policy moves.  "I am perpetually concerned that the Democrats' foreign policy is just being opposed to whatever the president does," the freshman lawmaker said in March, shortly after the U.S. signed a peace treaty with the Taliban.  "We should all be rallying behind this, making it a bipartisan solution and putting the country first," Rose said.

Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat who represents Staten Island and parts of south Brooklyn, released a campaign ad that makes his feelings towards the mayor crystal clear.  "Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City.  That's the whole ad," Rose said in the six second long video.

9 September 2020

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian official, citing Israel-UAE peace deal

Just weeks after helping to broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), President Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

The nomination submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, lauded Trump for his efforts toward resolving protracted conflicts worldwide.  "For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees," said Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of Parliament.  "As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity."

Also cited in the letter was the president's "key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea."

"The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts - not on the way he behaves sometimes.  The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump.  For example, Barack Obama did nothing."

Chicago murder rate cut 'roughly in half' since before Operation LeGend — AG Barr

"The results of those actions speak for themselves: over the first five weeks of Operation LeGend in Chicago, murders dropped by 50% over the previous five weeks. August ultimately saw a 45% decrease in murders compared to July, and a 35% decrease compared to June."

The federal government through Operation LeGend has "reversed" Chicago's surge in violence, making more than 500 arrests and charging 124 people with federal criminal charges since it started.

At least 400 federal agents have been assigned to the Illinois city as part of Operation LeGend - roughly 200 of whom were already working there but whose roles were repurposed, and the remainder being deployed from elsewhere - and over one-thousand in total have been dispatched nationwide.

"Bringing federal charges is significant because defendants arrested for violent crimes are often detained before trial, unlike state defendants who are too often released," Barr said.  "In addition, federal defendants will face serious sentences if convicted, with a real possibility of long-term imprisonment ... knowing that, many of the arrestees cooperate with the government and lead to even more violent offenders."

Delaware women accused of stealing MAGA hat indicted on robbery, hate crime charges

Olivia Winslow, left, and Camryn Amy, both 21, face charges in connection with a Thursday incident in Wilmington, Delaware.

Two Delaware women accused of stealing a MAGA hat outside the Democratic National Convention were indicted Tuesday on charges including second-degree robbery and felony hate crimes.  Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, both 21, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree assault, attempted third-degree assault, offensive touching and felony hate crimes, a spokesperson for Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings confirmed to Fox News.  Three of the charges are felonies, and the two women could spend a total of 15 years in prison, the spokesperson said.

See the video here.

Trump's Supreme Court list:  President reveals names of 20 more people he'd consider nominating

The list included sitting GOP Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley.

The president said the 20 new names are being added to his previous list of 25 judges.

At the same time, Trump used the announcement to hit his opponent for not releasing his own list of potential nominees.  He said Joe Biden had not released names because "they are so far left [they] could never withstand scrutiny."

"Unfortunately, there is a growing radical left movement that rejects the principle of equal treatment under the law," he said.  "If this extreme movement is granted a majority on the Supreme Court, it will fundamentally transform America without a single vote of Congress."

6 September 2020

Six Democrat Mayors Reveal They Will Be Voting Trump

Over the past few months, it has become painfully obvious that the Democrat party no longer even pretends to care about Americans.  Democrats only care about power, and they'll get it by any means necessary.

The right thing to do for any Democrat who disagrees with their party's platform but is still hanging on would be to get out while they still can.  Following in dissenting Democrat Congressman Vernon Jones' footsteps, six Minnesota Democrat mayors, plus one Independent, wrote a powerful letter to the American people explaining their decision to endorse President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for re-election this November.

"Like many in our region, we have voted for Democrats over many decades," but, "by putting tariffs on our products and supporting bad trade deals, politicians like Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class."

"Today, we don't recognize the Democratic Party.  It has been moved so far to the Left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class."

Trump Signs Memo To DEFUND Portland, Seattle, NYC, and Washington, DC

The president never fails to put his biggest enemies in check, and that's certainly what happened this week.  Rather than invoking the Insurrection Act or overstepping state boundaries, Trump has acted within his legal rights as president, instructing the federal government to slash funding to multiple cities under siege by radical Leftists.

The memo asks federal agencies to report to the OMB all funds that can be redirected away from the cities, which could amount to billions of dollars.  The OMB will then have 30 days to restrict the identified federal grants "to the maximum extent permitted by law".

"My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones.  it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America's cities."

Portland rioter throws Molotov cocktail at police, misses, sets comrade on fire

A rioter in Portland tried to chuck a Molotov cocktail at a line of police on Saturday night.  His attempt came up laughably short, and he ended up setting one of his comrades on fire. 

That gives a new meaning to the term "friendly fire".

5 September 2020

Black conservative men praise President Trump, lambaste leftists who accuse him of racism in high-octane, viral video

'As you can see, black conservatism is the new punk rock!'

MAGA Hulk said those who call Trump a racist "have no facts on their side."  "They can't answer the question because they have no facts on their side.  They have no facts.  They don't do any research.  They don't ... do any type of higher learning when it comes to what they believe.  All they know is what the media narrative tells them to believe, and that's all they parrot."

"I personally believe the [Black Lives Matter] movement is fake.  It has nothing to do with advancing the lives of black people."

End the stupidity of "Critical Race Theory"

As November looms, the White House has opened another front in the culture war.  At the direction of the president, the Office of Management and Budget is ordering all federal agencies to "cease and desist" any government training programs that include any reference to "critical race theory" or "white privilege."

The theory has long been in vogue within academics.  Among the ideas underpinning CRT, now formally condemned by the White House, is that the law and all accompanying legal institutions are inherently racist, and that race itself has no biological grounds.  The concept of ethnicity is, instead, the product of a white society that uses systems and institutions to advance its own interests at the expense of minorities.

"The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government."

The Critical Race Theory is ... RACIST!

Minnesota Senate candidate says 'crazy' urban liberals driving people to Trump, could flip state red

President Trump could flip Minnesota -- a state that has been blue since 1972

"It's sort of a microcosm of the entire country.  As the urban liberals become a little bit more crazy, it drives everybody else into Trump country and red country."

"Public order is issue Number One."

"Dems have no intention of accepting second Trump term"

'If you think that they were sore losers in 2016, you ain't seen anything yet.'

It's what Socialists do ...

4 September 2020

Utah police union blasts 'political indoctrination' in classroom

A Utah police union is demanding that the state Board of Education denounce what it calls anti-police "political indoctrination" in classrooms.

The union cited an unnamed elementary school teacher who it said wore a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and made "disparaging comments" about police to her students.  "If teachers want to protest police, then it needs to be on their own time," the Utah Fraternal Order of Police wrote to the board Tuesday. "The classroom is NOT the place for political indoctrination or social engineering based upon the political leanings of the teacher."

Suspect in Portland fatal Patriot Prayer shooting has been killed

The killer was a frequent participant in the nightly protests in Portland and was reportedly involved in several confrontations.  In an online post from June 16, he described himself as being "100 % ANTIFA all the way!"

The suspect was shot by law enforcement after drawing a gun on officers.

3 September 2020

Did House Speaker Pelosi break the law?

Republicans want AG to determine whether Pelosi committed criminal act for ripping up Trump speech

The GOP lawmakers believe Pelosi could have violated 18 U.S.C. § 2071 which deals with the mutilation of official federal records and sets a criminal penalty of destroying documents of up to three years in prison.

Operation LeGend leads to 2,000 arrests since July, including nearly 150 wanted for murder

The anti-crime Operation LeGend is 'fully underway across the country'.

More than 470 people have been charged with federal crimes in major metropolitan cities, including nearly 150 people wanted for murder.

"We are not just arresting people for low-level warrants here," U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said. "We're talking about very violent fugitives, very violent criminals and we're getting them off the streets of these nine cities across the country."

First launched in Kansas City, Operation LeGend expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque on July 22; to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee on July 29; to St. Louis and Memphis on Aug. 6; and to Indianapolis on Aug. 14.

Attorney General William Barr launched Operation Legend as "a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime,"

"2,000 violent fugitives and violent criminals" are now "off the streets because we have the support of the community.  We've taken over 500 guns off the street, we've charged almost 500 people federally under Operation LeGend, we've even taken seven kilos of fentanyl off the street and that's enough fentanyl to kill the entire population of Chicago and Detroit combined."

The operation is named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept in the early morning of June 29 in Kansas City, Mo.  "LeGend is a symbol of the many hundreds of innocent lives that have been taken in the recent upsurge of crime in many of our urban areas," Barr said at a press conference in Kansas City.  "His life mattered and the lives of all of those victims matter.  His name should be remembered and his senseless death, like those of all the other innocent victims in this recent surge, should be unacceptable to all Americans."

Multiple Democrat mayorrs flee homes as protesters target them where they live

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has not been living at home following protests there.  "We did it to deescalate the situation, to save police resources, and importantly because our neighbors were being disturbed and threatened.  I ran for this job -- my neighbors did not."

Homes of mayors in other U.S. cities have attracted protesters.   In Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler is looking for a new place to live as the condo building he currently resides in has become a flashpoint for protests over the past few months.  And in Washington, D.C., demonstrators reportedly massed outside the home of Mayor Muriel Bowser last night following a police-involved shooting in that city.

Interestingly, no problems are reported in towns with Republican mayors.

Microsoft takes on 'deepfakes' to stop election disinformation

Deepfakes are described by Microsoft as "photos, videos or audio files manipulated by artificial intelligence (AI) in hard-to-detect ways."

The technology can detect manipulated content with the goal of assuring people that the content they're viewing is real.  Microsoft cited research from Princeton University professor Jacob Shapiro that cataloged foreign influence campaigns using social media to defame people and "polarize debates." Microsoft said 26% of these campaigns targeted the U.S. and 74% "distorted objectively verifiable facts."

"They could appear to make people say things they didn't or to be places they weren't."

"The only realistic way to mitigate the risk of deepfakes is through technology."  However, "the bad guys will do their best to beat any tech that companies like Microsoft throw at them.  They will adjust, adapt, and refine on their end.  It is a perpetual game of cat and mouse."

2 September 2020

The Face Of The Democratic Party Isn't Joe Biden, It's The Raging Mob

It's too late for Biden to denounce the rioters and looters.  And anyway, why would he?  He needs their votes.

Too many months of inaction and equivocation about "mostly peaceful protests" have branded the Democrats as the party that's okay with street violence and mob action.

The images from Kenosha, Portland, and Washington, D.C., say, loud and clear, that Democrats think rioting and looting and violence are okay, under the circumstances.

The Democratic National Convention was conspicuously silent about the riots earlier this month.  They know — as we all do — that many of those rioting are part of the Democratic Party's left-wing base.  Biden isn't about to denounce them.

The mob is now a core Democratic Party constituency.

Everyone — even The New York Times and The Atlantic, which have been starting to sound the alarm — knows these mobs belong to the Democratic Party.  That's one reason the mainstream media have released no battleground state polls, zero, since the Kenosha riots began on August 23.  Given that a Zogby poll last week showed Trump with a 52 percent approval rating, a new high, one can surmise that major media polls right now are showing a decisive shift in Trump's favor, which is why they're not releasing them.

Democratic State Rep. John DeBerry Shames Rioters, asks, "What Kind Of People Have We Become?"

"If we don't start standing for something don't you know that the people that are looking at what's happening in Washington, in Detroit, in Portland, in Seattle, they're getting emboldened because we act like a bunch of punks.  Too frightened to stand up and protect our own stuff.  You tell me that somebody has the right to tear down property that Tennessee taxpayers paid for?  That American taxpayers paid for?  And somebody has the right to destroy it, deface it, and tear it down?  What kind of people have we become?"

"Peaceful protests ends peacefully, anarchy ends in chaos."

DeBerry predicted possible consequences of his words saying, "I'm sure everything I say is going to be misconstrued and misquoted and used against me in November.  Fine, fine, because I stand for my father's legacy."

The consequences DeBerry mentions are very real this election year.  In May, the Tennessee Democratic Party's State Executive Committee voted to remove DeBerry from the Democratic primary ballot after 26 years in office.  One of the committee members who voted to remove him said that DeBerry wasn't "exemplifying the basic Democratic principles."

Biden:  The Violent Riots Will Continue Unless You Vote Democrat

Biden's failure to call on elected officials in his own party to stop allowing murder and looting in the cities they run shows you how weak he is.

Now that polls won't let them ignore the rioting, looting, murder, and arson this summer in Democrat-run American cities, openly cheered on by leftists like the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times author Nikole Hannah-Jones, Democrats have made a hard pivot to — what else? — "Blame Trump."

"Nice place you've got there, it'd be a shame if someone burned it down.  Now pay up that protection money."

"Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?" — Joe Biden.

Markey Holds Off Joseph Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate Race

Senator Edward J. Markey turned back a primary challenge Tuesday from Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, handing the Kennedy family its first-ever electoral loss in Massachusetts and demonstrating the growing strength of the progressive left.

1 September 2020

Rioters pre-party in a parking lot before 'big show of destruction'

"Looting is fun!"

These things do start to fit a pattern.

More than 36 street gangs in Chicago reportedly vow to shoot on sight any cop who has a weapon drawn in public

The FBI has reportedly told Chicago-area law enforcement to be on the lookout for dangerous gang members just looking for a reason to kill cops.

Chicago's strict gun-control laws do not work — and cannot solve this problem.

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