Abuse of Power

This AP Photo by Alan Diaz won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography

Since when does the Attorney General of the United States get involved in child custody cases?
Since when are automatic weapons required to settle such cases?

Funk & Wagnall's, 1949
In 1949, this definition of "terrorism" could be found on page 1346 of
Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dictionary of the English Language.

Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1970.
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1970, page 911.

This page is written for the benefit of people who have absolute faith and trust in the government.  Perhaps you know people who believe the government can do no wrong.  People who believe that the government never lies.  People who believe that every good and perfect thing comes from the federal government.  One fellow I know comes to mind.  When the government declares it illegal to inhale, he will be the first person in town to turn blue.  And he will probably be the first person in town with a bar code on his forehead.  He will take the government's side in any argument, because the government is his god.  To him, and others like him, the situation shown in the photo above is perfectly normal.

Here is some of the evidence that the federal government and some state governments have too much power and too little restraint.  In fact, much of this web site is devoted to the never-ending task of spotlighting abusive government and bad ideas.  Tyranny is defined as cruel and oppressive government, and that is exactly what is described in some of the news items shown below.


The Road to Tyranny is All Downhill From Here
Abuse of Power by Ordinary Cops
      The War on Little Kids with Lemonade Stands
      Videotaping the police
Money Down the Drain
Domestic surveillance
The FBI raid on Trump's home at Mar-A-Lago
Abusive and Invasive Searches at the Airport
Snitch on Your Neighbor
      The TIPS program
      Know Your Customer
      Obama's "snitch on your neighbor" program:  The 2013 version.
      Government Hostility Toward the Right Wing
Incompetence and Absurd Application of the Law
      Uncle Sam loses stuff — especially guns and laptop computers.
      Uncle Sam is afraid to say what he means
      The Steven Hatfill / Anthrax Investigation
Threats to the Constitution
The Bill of Rights is Taking a Beating
The Prosecution of the Duke Lacrosse Team
Civil Disobedience Related to Same-Sex Marriage Laws
Property Rights and Property Seizures ... including commentary about the Supreme Court's Kelo decision.
Invasion of Privacy   (includes numerous subtopics)
The Government's Role as Overprotective Nanny
      ... including The Smoking Section
      ... and Governor Perry's Vaccination Mandate
The use of Traffic Signals as Fundraisers ... as well as seat belt laws and speed traps.
The use and abuse of Tasers
The use of the IRS as a weapon,
      ... and The loss of Lois Lerner's most important emails at the most convenient moment.
Taxes in general, specifically, Cigarette taxes  and  The Proposed "Odometer Tax"
The Americans with Disabilities Act
The Endangered Species Act
The USA Patriot Act
Waco II
Ruby Ridge
FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Other Items of Interest

Additional pages on similar subjects:

The incident at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021
Attorney General Merrick Garland
Zero Tolerance
The Invasion of the Food Police
The War vs. Liberty and Freedom
Gun Control
Pork Barrel Politics
Carnivore & Echelon
Hate Crime Laws
The Proposed National ID Card

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Note:  There is also a page about the January 6 incident at the US Capitol, located here

Societal Looters.  [Scroll down]  The question then is, what is the greater wrong?  Is it more wrong to act without all of the facts, without being absolutely sure in our hearts that we know the truth, if our actions intercede in child trafficking?  What if our actions, even if arrived at through flawed reasoning, prevent the invasion of our nation; the rape of innocent women and children; the hundreds of thousands of drug deaths related to fentanyl?  Is it more wrong to rid ourselves of this government if it leads to chaos and death if allowing it to continue only leads to chaos and death?  At present there literally is no difference in outcome, but one path, the continued path of this corrupt and evil government can only lead to destruction while ridding ourselves of it holds the promise of renewal and order after a period of chaos and death.  Their intent is known, demonstrated over and over.  The purpose of the government as it is, is to put the burden of costs on the backs of the poorest, hardest-working and most miserable of us to provide jets and yachts to their selves and their cronies.  They are, as I have stated many times, merely looting the treasury of our tax dollars.

What can you do if the government declares you dead?  This probably sounds like one of those "funny" stories that wind up in various skits, but it's something that actually happens and can have serious results.  What happens to a U.S. citizen if the government declares them to be legally dead while they are still alive and well?  The results can be incredibly damaging if the situation isn't corrected promptly.  In the case of Madeline-Michelle Carthen of St.  Louis, Missouri, she learned that making that correction can be daunting or perhaps impossible.  In 2007, while preparing for an overseas internship, she learned that her social security number had been added to a federal database of deceased persons.  Her life has essentially been a nightmare ever since, despite endless efforts to prove that she is, in fact, still alive.

Slouching Towards 1984.  Sadly, in the U.S. both political parties have contributed to the growth of the surveillance and controlling state.  Here are some examples:
  •   The PATRIOT Act permitted increased government surveillance over individuals in response to an unprecedented terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland.
  •   Joe Biden tried but failed to institute a Disinformation Governance Board.  His administration also pressured social media companies to restrict access to posts it deemed untruthful or otherwise harmful. [...]
  •   Various levels of government mandated mask wearing and vaccinations as well as mandatory business closures that created increased dependency on government largesse.
  •   Leftist high-density gatherings were encouraged during Covid's peak while conservative gatherings were prohibited for reasons of public safety.
  •   Particular scientific theories are deemed settled, while scientists with opposing views are defunded and ridiculed despite having ample evidence backing up their claims. [...]

New York Judge Rules Without Trial, Jury or Verdict, That President Trump Must Dissolve All Business Interests in State.  This is John Galt level government targeting.  A New York State judge has arbitrarily ruled, no trial — no jury, that President Trump overvalued his real estate holdings in New York, which means he paid too much in taxes, in order to secure financing and loans.  All the banks and lenders did their own due diligence on the financing.  All operational loans and business loans were paid back.  There were no defaults or banking interests adversely impacted.  There are no victims of what the State calls "fraud," yet the judge is ruling the Trump organization must dissolve all business interests in the state and exit within 10 days.  New York Attorney General Latisha James campaigned for office with promises to target the Trump Organization and Donald Trump himself.  This is malicious lawfare in the extreme.

Ken Paxton's salary was CUT OFF even though the law forbade it.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted by the Texas Senate on Saturday on 16 articles of impeachment, and Sara Gonzales is thrilled.  "What a sight to behold, our elected attorney general sitting in his office with the sign behind him," Gonzales tells Paxton.  While Paxton is thrilled to be back as well, he admits that it's been anything but easy — and his detractors were working overtime to make sure they got him while he was down.  "I lost all my resources, I had no campaign money left, because we'd been through a moratorium during session.  I spent all my money during the campaign to win, so they knew they had me at a disadvantage," he tells Gonzales.

Did Soros 'Republicans' make it ILLEGAL for Texas AG Ken Paxton to prosecute voter fraud?  Ken Paxton was acquitted by the Texas Senate on Saturday on 16 articles of impeachment, and some are not so happy about it.  A recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece written by the outlet's entire editorial board states, "Mr. Paxton's defenders are spinning that he was saved by a populist national conservative groundswell to put an end to the 'Bush era' in Texas.  What a joke."  "The acquittal," the piece continues, "may not play out so well for Texas Republicans in the longer run.  A federal investigation into Mr. Paxton is continuing amid reports that a grand jury has been impaneled."  "I've been investigated ever since the day I walked into this office," Paxton tells Glenn Beck.  "I have no doubt that the Biden administration would love to find some way — they've been working on it for years to get rid of me, and part of that process was the impeachment."

Communism, Fascism, Globalism — What's the Difference?  At the end of the day, we are talking about a system of government in which centralized power belongs to a small group of elites who use their control over economic, military, and intelligence-collecting institutions to rule over everyone else.  Whether it is a government run by Mussolini, a king, the self-described "proletariat," or an international cabal of central banks and corporations — it is a dictatorship all the same. [...] Administrators, bureaucrats, and political leaders love to talk about "democracy" because doing so buttresses their pretense that the people are actually in control.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  It is the "ruling class" that hoards power, and the more any elite member speaks of "democracy," the more certain you can be that the elites are actively betraying the overall will of the people.

Biden Lays a Booby Trap for a Republican President.  The Biden administration is setting a booby trap in case a Republican wins the presidency in 2024.  On Friday, the White House unveiled a proposed rule that would make it even harder than in the past for an incoming Republican president to wrestle control of the left-leaning federal bureaucracy and actually implement the conservative policies promised to voters.  Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees.  The rest stay in their jobs, from one administration to the next, protected by rules that make it nearly impossible to discipline or replace them.  They overwhelmingly favor the Left.  A staggering 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates give to Democrats, according to Open Secrets.  Only a tiny 5% support Republicans.  Some federal workers in high positions slow-walk or even derail a Republican president's agenda — and get away with it.  Why bother to vote if the left-leaning deep state stays in charge no matter who wins the presidency?

The Biden administration wants to make it hard to fire career bureaucrats.  The Democrat party's strength exists primarily in its control over the federal workforce, most of whom are Democrat party loyalists.  Trump promised in 2016 to pare down the Deep State but failed.  Instead, it pared him down.  Now, Republican candidates are again promising to cut back on the federal workforce, with Vivek Ramaswamy believing that he can fire whole departments and agencies.  Naturally, that mindset represents a huge threat to the Democrats, so it's being reported that the Biden administration is trying to create rules to prevent any future Republican from destroying the Deep State bureaucracy.

Tony Buzbee Discusses Background of Sham Impeachment Effort Against AG Ken Paxton.  Do not let it escape your notice that not a single professional Republican entity has stood up to show their support for Texas AG Ken Paxton or congratulate him on the clear and decisive impeachment victory against the corrupt UniParty system in the Lone Star state.  Not a word from The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), or any other professional Republican group.  Instead, only President Donald Trump and the overwhelming majority of the MAGA base have stood strong with Paxton — before, during and after the smear campaign to remove him.  Keep this BIG UGLY data point in mind.  On the federal side, with Obama-Biden flooding the border with illegal aliens, Ken Paxton was considered a threat from both the White House and the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott.  [Video clip]

American Pravda:  The White House tells the newspapers what to publish and what to omit.
White House Sending Letter to News Outlets Urging them to 'Ramp Up' Scrutiny of GOP Over Impeachment Inquiry.  The White House intends to urge the top executives of several mainstream news outlets to "ramp up" their scrutiny of House Republicans one day after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy opened an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, according to a draft letter obtained by CNN.  "It's time for the media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies," Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House Counsel's Office, wrote in the draft letter, which is expected to be sent on Wednesday.  The letter does not include the list of media organizations, although a separate White House official reportedly said it will be sent to CNN, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, CBS News, and other outlets.

From Trump On Down, Democrats Are Silencing The Opposition.  We Americans must understand that the cabal can and will use mob rule, lawfare, and bureaucratic fiats to effect its agenda, even when doing so is clearly politically motivated, invalid and unconstitutional, with the process itself often intended to ensure that political opponents yield to the cabal's force.  Nothing will stop them.  If you are an outspoken journalist, the IRS will be sent to your home.  If you are a concerned citizen who shows up to silently protest one of the cabal's pet missions, you will be arrested.  If you speak up at a school board meeting because your daughter was sexually assaulted by a transgendered assailant, you might be tackled and cuffed.  If a given school actually tries to remove damaging wokism from its system all together, the feds will investigate it for civil rights violations.  If you produce effective conservative messaging for Google and YouTube (which together control some 90% of worldwide internet searches), the courts won't stop Google and YouTube from restricting or banning you entirely.

Fulton County DA Accused of Burying Evidence That Could Derail Trump RICO Case.  Sidney Powell's defense attorney in the Fulton County, Georgia, RICO case regarding an alleged effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state accused county prosecutors Thursday of withholding exculpatory evidence in violation of the law.  Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee also made a key ruling in the case severing Powell's and pro-Trump attorney Kenneth Chesebro's cases from those of former President Donald Trump and the 16 other defendants, CNN reported.  Both Powell, a former Trump campaign attorney, and Chesebro sought a speedy trial, consistent with their Sixth Amendment right, while Trump and the other defendants want the case slowed down to better prepare their defenses.

Now Biden Wants to Deny Your Consumer's Choice in Water Heaters.  President Joe Biden's proposed energy efficiency standards for water heaters, released July 21 by the Energy Department, not only would raise the cost of water heaters for consumers but take certain products off the market.  One popular tankless natural gas water heater, made by Rinnai in Griffin, Georgia, would have to be discontinued.  The public has until Sept. 26 to file comments.  Beginning in 2029, the Energy Department's proposed regulation would set government standards for all types of water heaters, including gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, and instantaneous tankless water heaters.  The proposed rule would raise standards disproportionately for tankless, gas-fired water heaters to over 91% efficiency.  Trouble is, achieving this level of efficiency with noncondensing technology is impossible to do.

Likely!  Not certainly, just likely?
Biden Administration Likely Violated First Amendment with Social-Media Censorship, Appeals Court Rules.  A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Biden administration likely violated the First Amendment by pressuring social-media platforms to censor posts about Covid-19 and elections.  The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling says that the White House likely "coerced the platforms to make their moderation decisions by way of intimidating messages and threats of adverse consequences."  The panel of three judges found that the administration "significantly encouraged the platforms' decisions by commandeering their decision-making processes, both in violation of the First Amendment."  A lower court previously placed restrictions on the Biden administration's communications with social-media platforms; those restrictions applied to a number of government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Department, Homeland Security, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Levin: The Democrat Party's fetish for the 14th Amendment is a vile attack on our elections.  The modern Democrat Party has an unhealthy fetish for the 14th Amendment, one of the three post-Civil War constitutional amendments.  Democrats are constantly and relentlessly trying to rewrite it to accommodate their political ends.  A few months ago, Joe Biden and his party insisted that Section 4 of the 14th Amendment granted the president power to unilaterally increase the debt ceiling, which would destroy Congress's sole power under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to tax, spend, and borrow.  Of course, Section 4 of the 14th Amendment does no such thing, and there is nothing in the history of the amendment that supports such an interpretation.

The Weaponized Left Is Completely Out of Control.  In 2009 and 2010, conservatives and small-government Americans from across the country came together in protest of President Barack Obama's big spending projects and plan to upend the U.S. healthcare system through Obamacare.  They were opposed to this fundamental transformation of the country and decided to exercise their First Amendment rights by peacefully organizing against it.  The Tea Party was born.  The Obama administration didn't like the opposition, especially ahead of the 2010 midterm elections, and used the IRS to silence everyday Americans with phone calls, harassment and threats of imprisonment.  "The fact that officials at the IRS wielded their power to target certain Americans for their political views is both outrageous and contrary to our nation's values.  Our government is supposed to work for all Americans, not for a particular partisan agenda.  As a result of the IRS' targeting, conservative groups were singled out across the nation, resulting in lengthy paperwork requirements, overly burdensome information requests, and lengthy, unwarranted delays in their applications," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a 2013 statement when Republicans were investigating the matter.  That was just the beginning.  Fast forward to the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, and the left has supercharged their efforts by criminalizing the contesting of elections.  Not for Democrats but for Republicans, with the Department of Justice and local prosecutors leading the charge.

Fani Willis Possesses Evidence Exonerating Georgia's Alternate Electors.  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis possesses evidence that exonerates several Republicans she's targeting in her legal crusade against former President Donald Trump and other Republicans for their lawful contesting of Georgia's flawed 2020 election.  In her Aug. 14 indictment, Willis alleged the existence of Republican electors for Trump constituted an unlawful "conspiracy" to overturn the Peach State's 2020 election results.  Among those charged for partaking in this so-called "conspiracy" are David Shafer, one of Georgia's 2020 Republican electors, and Ray Smith, who served as one of Trump's lawyers at the time of the contest.  Specifically, Willis claimed Shafer and the other alternate electors "unlawfully falsely held themselves out" as Georgia's "duly elected and qualified" presidential electors.  She further insisted these electors — with Smith's assistance — intentionally attempted to "mislead" figures such as then-Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger "into believing that they actually were such officers."  However, among the documents Willis obtained during her years-long investigation of Republicans was a meeting transcript refuting her allegations.

31 Years After Ruby Ridge, the FBI Is Still Killing Americans with Impunity.  As Republicans and Democrats waste time and political capital focusing on how the FBI treats Donald Trump or Hunter Biden, four men in the last three weeks have been shot to death by the FBI, three of them in questionable pre-dawn raids.  Two of the men were white and right-wing, one was an Arab, and another was a black suspected for a string of robberies.  In a typical FBI related raid leading up to a shooting, federal agents make painstaking efforts to destroy any visible cameras on a targeted property, seldom wear body cameras, and refuse to inform family members why they felt they had to shoot their loved one or what they were suspected of.  In some cases, the FBI will even refuse to confirm their involvement in a killing.  In these controversial shoots, the Bureau has the laughable ability to investigate itself, which predictably, means that they rule every killing as justified.  The FBI then cordons off the scene and bans the family from entering their own residence for days as staff is dispatched to collect evidence, providing them ample opportunity to tamper with or eliminate any evidence of malfeasance or error.  In virtually every case, an agent who shoots a suspect in a contentious encounter is granted the informal right to forever remain anonymous by both the media and government officials — a perk not extended to local police officers in similar circumstances.  If public outrage begins to grow, unrelated videos and information intended to characterize the person who was shot as a dangerous menace suddenly leaks to the press even as the FBI publicly keeps its lips sealed.  The way these incidents unfold is akin to how death squads or assassins operate rather than a legitimate law enforcement agency subject to civilian oversight.

The game is afoot.  [Scroll down]  But in all their scheming and plotting, they forgot one of the basic axioms of politics:  avoid the boomerang.  The boomerang in this case being there are not only blue states with double digit IQ fascists running things, there are also red states, where inner cities are not broken, where mayors allow their district attorneys to prosecute criminals and whose attorneys general actually know the law and follow it.  They don't invent and project crimes on their opponents.  They don't corrupt the federal government to imprison political opponents.  And they don't cry RICO when the true RICO crime boss is one of their own — blatantly and shamelessly using his political position as president as a global piggy bank.

Using the Dictator's — and the Mafia's — Playbook.  There are two ways to best understand the current Democrat Party.  The first way is to think of any dictatorship in the last 100 years (Cuba, Soviet Union, North Korea, China, Russia, and most Islamic countries are examples).  The second way is to view the Dems as the organized criminal enterprise they have become.  Biden, Hillary, Obama, et al. are totalitarians/authoritarians that operate as organized criminals raking in millions of dollars very much like the mafia dons and mafia families of the 1920s-1970s.  First, think of the above listed dictators and how they operate.  The mission of an authoritarian regime is to remain in power.  To do so, they must control the institutions of power.  In no particular order, because each is equally important, you must control the media and press, the legal system, law enforcement, the universities, and the bureaucracy.  With control of those institutions, you rule any country.

Save the Rule of Law By Destroying It?  Americans ask themselves questions whose answers are never given.  Why are all these Trump prosecutors leftwing or with Democratic connections?  Would any of the 90 something indictments for "crimes" of years past have been lodged against a citizen Trump who had retired from politics?  Why are these indictments of alleged wrongdoing of years ago now in summer 2023 suddenly both being synchronized in leftwing jurisdictions of New York, Washington, Miami, and Atlanta with the beginning of the 2024 election cycle?  Are any of the indictments against Trump also applicable to others?  Alvin Bragg's charge of campaign finance violations (Hillary Clinton, 2016)?  Jack Smith's allegations of encouraging mass civil unrest (Kamala Harris, 2020)?  Illegally removing and possessing classified federal documents (Joe Biden 2009-2022)?  Letitia James's lawsuit alleging financial irregularities and fraud (Al Sharpton 2009-2014)?  Fani Willis's claim that Trump was seeking to sabotage the constitutional duties of state electors (Martin Sheen, and an array of B-list Hollywood actors, 2016) and colluding to interfere with an election (Fani Willis 2003-4)?

This Political Prosecution Scheme Is Going To Backfire Hard.  Yuck it up, you morons who think it's cool to try to frame political opponents because your mug shots are coming soon enough.  And maybe not just mugshots.  You've genuinely screwed yourselves.  You can't control what you have unleashed.  And you're celebrating.  You shouldn't. [...] And you ought to hope it's only mug shots.  I hope it's only mug shots, not for your sake, but for my country's sake.  You've screwed up my country, and it's not clear that the wounds you caused are not mortal.  This is now a country where we lock up political opponents.  I just want to get that out there again, and I want you to understand what has changed.  This is now a country where we lock up political opponents.  And it's inevitable that very soon, you're going to realize that you are some people's political opponents too.

Steve Bannon Outlines National American Destiny as Attached to Trump Destiny.  Steve Bannon did an excellent monologue today [8/25/2023] outlining how President Donald Trump is one of only three people who have the destiny of the nation attached to their own destiny.  Together with President Abraham Lincoln and President George Washington, the destiny of our constitutional Republic as intrinsically tied to President Donald Trump.  [Video clip]

Emails Reveal Manipulated Biden Wikipedia Entries.  A new report revealed Wikipedia's permissive role in the concerted effort to protect President Joe Biden by blocking Americans from reading politically-negative information tied to his embattled son.  According to data entries reviewed by independent journalist Lee Fang, Wikipedia allowed special consultants "hired" by Hunter Biden to manipulate the "Hunter Biden" page with "stealth edits."  Wikipedia, a site funded by leftist billionaire George Soros, seemingly stood idly by as entries tying Hunter to damning bribery scandals were edited "without any fingerprints."  As reported by Fang, Hunter ordered FTI Consulting, a crisis management public relations firm, in 2014 to help him and his dad save face by keeping Americans from accessing the Bidens' ties to shady business dealings on Wikipedia.

The Deliberate Destruction of Post-War Generations.  This is the third in an August series about the loose association of monsters trying to affect one world government, or fascism with a smiley face.  In this essay, I draw together the evidence that from the 60's on, their goal was to break the children of three generations, (ending with gender reassignment surgery), destroy their minds, stunt their futures, ruin their families, attempt to persuade them that having children was bad, and that growth, prosperity and self-government was impossible, even destructive.  From the Kennedy assassination onwards, a series of horrifying events was engineered to destabilize American culture and confidence.  From military and hospital laboratories all over the US and Canada, psychiatrists ran experiments and devised actions to set community groups against each other, deliberately destroying civic peace.  The environmental movement was created in these labs and seminar rooms, as was second wave feminism.  All of it was anti-human, meant to draw down the population, and ensure that the rest were docile to the point of submission.  Operation Paperclip, Operation Bluebird, Operation Mockingbird, MKUltra were and continue to be real, heavily funded, and weaponized against us.

The Democrats are Certain They Will Never be Held Accountable for the Trump Indictments and Biden Cover-Up.  Never in the 235 years since the ratification of the Constitution has an administration premeditatively and blatantly prosecuted, on specious and conjecturable charges, the titular leader of the opposition party and leading candidate for president.  And doing so while overtly flaunting their egregious actions to protect and cover-up for the incumbent president who has been exposed as potentially complicit in massive bribery and fraud.  In any previous election cycle, these overt and unabashed actions would have been the death knell for the incumbent president's campaign and his party.  Yet the Democrats are blatantly unconcerned, supremely confident that they will prevail in 2024 regardless of who they nominate.

Biden Declares War On Your Appliances.  President Biden's unelected bureaucrats were never going to stop at taking away your light bulbs.  Your gas stove is next, followed by your dishwasher and your water heater — then finally your car.  And it's not members of Congress who are doing this, so you can't vote them out of office.  This isn't conjecture.  This year the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have announced proposed rules that would force you to give up your current appliances and cars.  Additional regulations to pressure companies not to fund American energy have come from the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The FDA can't be sued for providing false or dishonest information.  The gist of a current court case that you've likely never heard of, is that three heroic doctors are suing the FDA about the loss of their jobs, about their careers being derailed, about the loss of their reputation — all because their professional, scientific opinion as to what was in the best interest of their patients, was different than the political agenda of the FDA.  What is at stake here could not be more significant, and it applies across the board to EVERY federal agency.  The question is:  do federal agencies have the unsupervised right to replace Science with political science?  Put another way:  can they act dishonestly, incompetently, etc. with essentially no meaningful consequences?

FDA Admits Guidance on Ivermectin was Illegal, Invokes 'Sovereign Immunity' for Misleading Statements.  This Substack has chronicled the illegal war on PSYOP-19 early treatment therapies by the very perpetrators of the "pandemic," and their associated criminal mandates.  It is no surprise that the most vilified early treatment repurposed drug Ivermectin has also been by far the most effective: [...] The reason that the captured FDA along with their partners-in-crime the CDC, WHO, UN, WEF, CFR, DoD, Pentagon, CIA, the illegitimate Federal government, Rockefeller and Gates "nonprofits," et al. have targeted Ivermectin is threefold:  it is exceptionally effective as an early C-19 treatment, mass administration would have resulted in plummeting global (turbo) cancer rates, and this wonder drug attenuates and reverses the slow kill bioweapon DEATHVAX damage.  A landmark lawsuit filed against the FDA by doctors Mary Talley Bowden, Paul Marik, and Robert Apter was heard in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday [8/8/2023].  Part of this lawsuit against the FDA was specific to fraudulent and illicit claims made by the agency against Ivermectin.

Americans are Not Fooled:  Two Thirds of Americans Believe 2020 Election was Rigged, The Feds Incited Jan 6, and the Bidens are a Crime Family.  Two out of three Americans are awake and not woke.  They see that truth behind the many lies from the Democrats and their corrupt media and Big Tech.  In April, a poll at Rasmussen Reports reported that two-thirds of Americans suspect that the Feds incited the Jan 6 riots.  This poll was before the former head of the Capitol Police spoke with Tucker Carlson and shared that Jan 6 was all a setup to get President Trump.  In May, a poll by Rasmussen Reports found that 62% of Americans believed that the 2020 Election was stolen.  This number has grown over time.  Also in May, a super majority of Americans per a Rasmussen poll showed that they believed the Biden gang's crimes related to foreign influence peddling were a big deal.

Introducing Contempt of Public.  We have all heard about contempt of court and contempt of Congress.  They are offenses for which one may be fined or jailed.  But what about contempt of public?  What's the penalty for that?  I don't know that you will find contempt of public in the statute books.  If not I offer up the phrase free and for nothing to the bureaucrats who look after such things.  I think it should be added to our vocabulary if not to our code of laws.  It names a grievous assault on the community.  By making a travesty of the rules and institutions that undergird our social life, contempt of public threatens to undermine that essential if often hard-to-define societal lubricant:  trust.

The Weaponization of Justice.  Jack Smith, with a long history of partisan conduct, is the prosecuting attorney in the case in the District of Columbia charging Trump with disinformation regarding the 2020 election, a confection of dubious legal basis.  This week, the parties argued before District Court judge Tanya Chutkin the prosecution's right to muzzle Trump during his campaign as he and his team poison public opinion and a potential jury pool with leaks and accusations of wrongdoing.  Judge Chutkin has a history of sentencing J6 defendants to longer sentences than even the prosecution requested.  She warned counsel for Trump that politics had no place in her courtroom, but in at least one transcribed exchange with one of those defendants she tipped her hand, expressing her view that it was wrong that Trump was not yet jailed:  [Transcript]

Evil Never Takes a Holiday.  There is a reason the permanent Deep State now resorts to sham trials, censorship, and political persecution:  it no longer has the time to pretend to respect free speech or the rule of law.  A century of slow but steady marching toward a Marxist technocratic super-state has given way to overt public harassment, coercion, and easily recognizable propaganda.  The left's deceptive veil has been lifted, and tyranny now has a face in all those politicians who openly support punishing dissent and constructing a modern-day Ministry of (dis)Information.  The petty totalitarians have moved from a marathon's pace to a sprint not because the finish line is just ahead, but because too many ordinary people have begun to figure out what is going on around them.

Biden's crime family is all of DC.  Joe Biden himself bragged five years ago about withholding aid to get the prosecutor fired.  Here's the video.  Republicans did nothing about Biden admitting to doing what RINOs and other Democrats falsely accused Trump of doing.  Nothing has come out of Biden storing classified secrets in his garage.  There is no way Joe will be impeached or Hunter will do any jail time because if they go down, all of Washington will go with them.  Washington protects its own because they fear if one goes to jail, he will bring them all down.  Hillary said she would bring DC down with her.  Guess what?  She never was indicted even though she forwarded state secrets via email to foreign donors to her fake charity when she was secretary of state.

Federal Indictment of Donald Trump Is Weaponization of American Political System.  The indictment of former President Donald Trump by special counsel Jack Smith — with the full approval of Attorney General Merrick Garland — is an attack on the American political system and fundamental rights protected by the First Amendment to freely discuss, debate, and contest serious election and political issues.  It represents the ultimate weaponization of the Justice Department, a transformation started by President Barack Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, and completed by Garland, to take out a viable political opponent of Garland's boss and political patron, President Joe Biden.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Trump is charged with four felony counts under three federal statutes — 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1512, and 241 — for supposedly conspiring to defraud the U.S., obstruct an official proceeding, and suppress the right of Americans to vote.  Why?  Because he "spread lies" questioning the outcome of the 2020 election by claiming "that he had actually won," according to the indictment, thus creating a "national atmosphere of mistrust and anger" and "erod[ing] public faith in the administration of the election."  That's the kind of language you would normally see in an editorial from The New York Times, not in a criminal indictment.  It is an opinion, not an actual rendition of facts.

A Florida Trial and a D.C. Grand Jury for Trump.  The elites may have to hold one of their show trials in Florida, but the grand jury had to be in D.C.  ["]Judge Aileen Cannon on Monday asked the Justice Department to explain its use of an out-of-state grand jury in the Mar-a-Lago case.  While the Mar-a-Lago case is being handled out of her Fort Pierce, Fla., courtroom, much of the grand jury work ahead of the indictment was conducted through a Washington, D.C., grand jury.["]  A D.C. grand jury is an obvious rubber stamp for political prosecutors.  A D.C. grand jury would indict a ham sandwich, as long as it was a Republican.  That's why the real show is in Washington D.C.  Going down to Florida is a bit inconvenient because it's one of those provinces of the empire.

Was COVID response a coup by the intelligence community?  Michael Senger wrote a piece this weekend arguing that the response to COVID-19 was devised by the intelligence community to perform what amounted to a coup.  You can see his point.  The IC has been deeply involved in both the censorship regime and the spread of sketchy information that was pushed out.  It helped monitor the flow of information, the implementation of draconian policies that limited people's liberties, and infiltrated social media companies and search engines to manipulate public perception and acceptance of hitherto unheard-of policies that fundamentally altered Western Culture.  Senger's thesis hinges on the notion that the Western response, after initially rejecting the absurd Chinese response to COVID that was only possible in a totalitarian society, reversed course in February/March 2020. The IC was deeply involved in the discussions regarding the response, and there clearly was a campaign to pretty up China's involvement in and response to COVID.

Conservative groups sue Biden for new plan to forgive $39 billion in student loans.  President Joe Biden has again been accused of abusing his power with his bid to wipe $39 billion in student loan debt.  Conservative groups are suing the Biden administration and demanded a federal court block the new income-driven repayment plans.  The White House had to draft new proposals to forgive student loan debts after the Supreme Court struck down his plan weeks ago.

Democrats Are Dancing the Totalitarian Two-Step.  [Scroll down]  Matt Margolis provided a timeline suggesting that indictments are dropped against Biden's political opponent whenever Biden or his family are implicated in another scandal.  This convenient distraction is actually election interference, what Trump is accused of in the most recent indictment.  The party in power has arrested and wants to imprison its political opposition, banana republic-style.  The same day that the FBI released bribery allegations against Joe Biden, Trump was indicted over supposed mishandling of classified documents.  When Hunter Biden's plea deal fell apart, the next day Special Counsel Jack Smith added a superseding indictment in the classified documents case.  Then right on schedule, the day after Devon Archer confirmed Hunter Biden's foreign influence-peddling with Father Joe's knowledge and participation, Smith indicted Trump for challenging the 2020 presidential election results, conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.  What Biden's DOJ is doing is out of the totalitarianism playbook, eliminating political opposition, outlawing opposition to the state and pushing its claims through state-controlled media.

Throw All the Bums Out.  I don't think the federal government will exist in its current form much longer.  The reason is simple:  if Marxist globalists get their way, then sovereign U.S. powers will continue to be unlawfully delegated to the U.N., the WHO, and other international monstrosities until some Obama-type tyrant is ruling over us all from Turtle Bay or a stately castle outside Brussels.  If freedom-minded people succeed in reining in the federal government and reimposing the Constitution's limited delegation of powers, then the monstrosity that is already with us will radically diminish or disappear.  Either the current beast lording it over us will transform into something even more menacing, or it will be sapped of its blood-thirst for unconstitutional overreach and brought to heel. [...] If we were still abiding by the Constitution, then 99% of today's federal government would be chucked to the bottom of the Potomac.

Biden Is Turning U.S. into Putin's Russia with Trump Indictments.  Last week, the country's main opposition leader was hit with a new prosecution that could see him serve an effective life sentence in prison.  The charges were vague, and political in nature.  He was accused of inciting extremism and encouraging other people to break the law.  He is being railroaded through a judicial system that is deferential to the government.  He cannot appeal to public opinion in his own defense:  the country's media are hostile to him, and he has been censored on most platforms in any case.  The country in question was not the United States, but Russia.  The opposition leader was not Donald Trump, but Aleksey Navalny.  Yet increasingly, it is difficult to tell the difference between the two, at least when it comes to the administration of justice.

Joe Biden's DOJ: Where Justice Goes to Die.  The Department of Justice should be honest and call itself Biden Campaign Headquarters.  As a fearsome whiff of East Germany wafts through its windows, this Cabinet agency persecutes Donald Trump, the president's chief political rival, and keeps the heat off of the Bidens.  Regardless, temperatures are hotter than July.  Special counsel Jack Smith's four-count indictment du jour, unveiled Tuesday, aims to jail Trump for using First Amendment-protected free speech to challenge the validity of the 2020 election.  Never mind that Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, and countless other Democrats challenged the validity of the 2016 election.  They called Trump illegitimate and, for three years, screamed the knowingly false claim that he won only with Vladimir Putin's help.  When will Smith indict these Democrats?  Never.

A Country Descending into Madness.  [Scroll down]  Make no mistake: today's voluntarily enslaved press adores totalitarianism just as much as the totalitarians in office do.  I do not like the current state of our nation.  Our government spies on us without cause.  The administrative bureaucracy enforces regulatory edicts without any constitutional authority or consent from the people.  Heavily armed federal agencies intimidate Americans with the threat of physical violence.  The corrupt Department of (in)Justice continues to wage legal warfare against the ruling regime's political enemies.  These are all forms of tyranny that America's Founders risked their lives to reject.  Such injustices will not stand.  I am glad to be alive during this moment in history — when ordinary people have a chance to rectify past abuses and set America back upon a righteous course.  Our adversaries talk about a "Great Reset" that will launch the United States and other Western nations into a new era of technocratic State control over citizens.

Indicting Trump for 'knowingly false statements' about election sets US on dangerous path.  Special counsel Jack Smith made history on Tuesday [8/1/2023].  It wasn't just the federal indictment of a former president.  Smith already did that in June with the indictment of Donald Trump on charges that he mishandled classified documents.  No, Smith and his team have made history in the worst way by attempting to fully criminalize disinformation by seeking the incarceration for a politician on false claims made during and after an election.  The hatred for Trump is so all-encompassing that legal experts on the political left have ignored the chilling implications of this indictment.  This complaint is based largely on statements that are protected under the First Amendment.  It would eviscerate free speech and could allow the government to arrest those who are accused of spreading disinformation in elections.

The Merging of Intent — Community Organizing and Main Justice.  Until the era of Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the efforts of the community activists were to excuse and absolve the transparently guilty.  It was only when Barack Obama and Eric Holder moved into office that things changed; the inflection point was achieved.  What we now consider the weaponization of the DOJ is actually the outcome of Main Justice merging with community activism.  Instead of the long-standing method of absolving the transparently guilty, the justice system was repurposed to accuse the transparently innocent.  Only one voice noticed the changed activity as it was taking place and called my attention to it, that voice was author Jack Cashill.

DOJ Indictment Of Trump Is A Declaration Of War Against American Voters.  On Tuesday, President Joe Biden's Justice Department took the unprecedented step of indicting former President Donald Trump — Biden's chief rival in the upcoming 2024 election — for repeatedly expressing his opinion that the last election was stolen, rigged, and unfair.  It's an opinion millions of Americans share, and to which they are unquestionably entitled thanks to the First Amendment.  That includes Trump, who has said repeatedly (and recently) that the 2020 election was stolen.  He'll probably keep saying it until his dying day, and he has every right to do so.  The idea that our Justice Department can indict someone, especially the sitting president's main political rival, over speech that's protected by the First Amendment is simply insane.  It puts us firmly into banana republic territory, where tinpot dictators jail their political opponents ahead of election day to ensure their "reelection."  Simply put, this indictment is nothing more than a declaration of war against American voters and their constitutional right to free speech.

The Trump Indictment Criminalizes Political Dissent.  The serial indictments and investigations of former President Trump are meant to rig the 2024 presidential election, but the latest indictment is unique in rigging even its aftermath.  Previous indictments of the former president had broken all sorts of new legal ground by turning misdemeanors into felonies and deciding that the statute of limitations is just a suggestion, but the Jan 6 indictment by Democrat special counsel Jack Smith criminalizes election challenges.  Or at least election challenges against Democrats.  And along with that, all political dissent.  The Jan 6 indictment contends that Trump's election challenges were a crime.  What does this latest indictment offer that the previous indictments did not?  This one is designed to intimidate any Republicans who might seek to challenge the outcome of the 2024 presidential election.

Nothing Says Guilt Quite Like These DOJ Cleanup Efforts.  Nothing highlights a guilty intent quite like Main Justice backtracking to tell the judge their prior request was really, double dog swear, not intended to intimidate a congressional witness just a few hours before the testimony. [...] We all know what this is.  The weaponization of the DOJ is the #1 topic of national discussion; even when they pretend not to notice the weaponization of the justice system is the #1 topic of national discussion.  Main Justice, a network of affiliated Lawfare minds, runs in an echo-chamber of ideological group think.  There's no one in the room to say, 'hey guys, um, hold up — this looks like weaponization, targeting and witness intimidation', because they really are weaponizing, targeting and intimidating witnesses.

DOJ's Dirty Deeds.  It has been a week of scandalous doings on Attorney General Merrick Garland's watch.  Congress seems paralyzed to intervene with more than hearings, and so far, only federal district court Judge Maryellen Noreika has tried.  As I explain, it's questionable whether her conduct will prevent the Justice Department from exonerating Hunter Biden from laundering what may be as much as $50 million in bribes from countries, including China, Ukraine, and Romania, into his family's pockets.  Through Jack Smith it has corralled President Trump's valet and the Mar-a-Largo maintenance worker into the ridiculous documents case.  Finally, it dropped another case against crypto scammer Sam Bankman-Fried, who contributed as much as $90 million dollars of ill-gotten funds almost entirely to Democratic candidates and their action committees.

It's time to prosecute the prosecutors.  The farther we drift from the constitutional rule in this country, the less shocking the shocking will become. [...] Imagine Ronald Reagan prosecuting Walter Mondale, or George H.W. Bush prosecuting Bill Clinton, or Bill Clinton prosecuting Bob Dole.  The shocking thought of such foolishness would never have been tolerated by the American people.  But no more.  Once the shock value wears off, and once the wide gates of banana republicanism are thrown open, there's no turning back.  How ironic that Putin-obsessed Democrats are acting just like him.

Maskless churchgoer settles lawsuit over 2020 arrest, calls liberalism a 'modern-day cult'.  Idaho resident Gabriel Rench was awarded a hefty settlement for his 2020 arrest during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rench spoke out about his case Monday and argued his arrest was the result of liberalism and cancel culture.  Rench was arrested in September 2020 along with two other churchgoers for not wearing masks to an outdoor worship service.  The three brought the lawsuit forward the following year, alleging their First and Fourth Amendment rights were violated.  The city of Moscow ultimately agreed to settle for $300,000.

Professors urge Biden to defy 'mistaken' rulings by 'MAGA' Supreme Court justices.  President Biden should find ways to defy the rulings of "MAGA justices" for their "gravely mistaken" constitutional interpretations, university professors urged in a letter on Wednesday.  Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet and San Francisco State University political scientist Aaron Belkin penned "An Open Letter to the Biden Administration on Popular Constitutionalism" to respond to what Biden has called "not a normal court" following high-profile cases.  "We urge President Biden to restrain MAGA justices immediately by announcing that if and when they issue rulings that are based on gravely mistaken interpretations of the Constitution that undermine our most fundamental commitments, the Administration will be guided by its own constitutional interpretations," they wrote.

Hemingway: DOJ Playing With Fire Trying To "Literally Imprison" The President's Top Political Rival.  "The Federalist" senior editor Mollie Hemingway, during an appearance Sunday on FNC's "Media Buzz, drives home the point that with the indictment of Donald Trump on federal charges over the January 6 riot, the Department of Justice is "working to literally imprison the top political opponent of the current president" over an issue of political speech.  She said Trump not being allowed to "do what everybody else was always allowed to do, which is protest election results and challenge election results" is "very dangerous."  "To criminalize that act, something the Democrats have done every single election since Reagan... The Department of Justice is acting in a very reckless fashion, and a competent media would be accurately talking about that, what a problem it poses to the very existence of our republic."

Michigan Charges 16 People — Average Age 69 — for Believing Trump Won.  Sixteen Republicans in Michigan — including former state co-chairwoman Meshawn Maddock — are being prosecuted by Democrat Attorney General Dana Nessel for putting themselves forward as alternative electors after the 2020 election results were contested.  AG Nessel accuses the would-be electors — who average out at 69 years old between them — of having "undermined the public's faith in the integrity of our elections," and has hit each of them with eight felonies, among them forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, and election law forgery.  Several of the charges carry prison terms of up to 14 years.  "Undoubtedly, there will be those who claim these charges are political in nature, but where there is overwhelming evidence of guilt in respect to multiple crimes, the most political act I could engage in as a prosecutor would be to take no action at all," the Democrat claimed.

Boston mayor under fire after sending list of critics and protesters to police.  Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, a Democrat, is facing criticism for "Nixonian tactics" after her administration admitted to creating a list of her most vocal critics and providing it to local authorities.  "The list was made in response to a request from the Boston Police Department after the Mayor had been harassed and physically intimidated by individuals for several months outside her home, at city functions such as the annual neighborhood parks coffee hours, and at other public events," Wu spokesman Ricardo Patron said in a statement to the Boston Herald.  The acknowledgment by the administration that it had compiled the document came after the list was uncovered in an email obtained through a public records request by Wu's opponents, the outlet noted.

Biden Waves His Magic Wand and Makes $39 Billion in Student Loan Debt Disappear.  With a disinterested flick of his magic wand, Biden has been able to make $39 billion in student loan debt disappear.  How can he do this, you might ask?  Like all magic tricks, it's a big secret.  But we know how he didn't do it:  He didn't ask Congress to pass a bill forgiving the debt.  That sort of thing is only important to old fuddy-duddy conservatives who think when the Supreme Court says the president can't forgive $400 billion in student loan debt, they mean it.  The Biden administration imposed a moratorium on the repayment of student loan debt in March 2021.  But that doesn't mean that the borrowers weren't paying back the money.  Biden used more magic to make all those monthly payments disappear.

Veteran feds cry foul on White House cocaine probe: 'This is a cover-up'.  The conclusion of an 11-day Secret Service probe that failed to find which White House staff member or visitor left cocaine in the West Wing looks like a whitewash, former federal investigators told The [New York] Post Thursday.  "This is a cover-up.  How can they say they have no leads?" one ex-agent said.  "It is a restricted area and they have a log book, you don't have to be Columbo to figure out who was there.  "Suppose it was anthrax," the same person raged.  "Would they have the same answer?"  "We have a tale of two countries," another former fed said.  "They identified hundreds of people who were in the Capitol building on Jan. 6 after an extensive investigation, but they don't know who left something in an 8 x 10 room in the White House?"  The Secret Service concluded its inquiry Thursday without identifying a suspect, citing "a lack of physical evidence" after FBI forensic testing yielded no fingerprints and insufficient DNA evidence.

Secret Service sacrificing its reputation to protect drug offender in the White House.  Another formerly revered federal agency joins in disgrace the politicized FBI, IRS, and Department of Justice.  The Secret Service took just 11 days to close its investigation of the class A illegal drug, cocaine, found in the White House with a figurative shrug of the shoulders and a mumbled "I dunno."  Following a classified briefing for members of Congress, the federal protective agency issued an official statement claiming:  ["]There was no surveillance video footage found that provided investigative leads or any other means for investigators to identify who may have deposited the found substance in this area.  Without physical evidence, the investigation will not be able to single out a person of interest from the hundreds of individuals who passed through the vestibule where the cocaine was discovered.  At this time, the Secret Service's investigation is closed due to a lack of physical evidence.["] This does not pass the giggle test.  Taking only 11 days to investigate a very serious matter like this and then closing the investigation without interrogating and drug testing the very limited number of people who could have left anything in the locker in question bespeaks a desire to avoid finding the culprit.  Considering the vast ongoing effort to identify anyone who could have approached the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the lack of curiosity, paucity of resources employed, and the speed in wrapping up the investigation with no suspect, there is no other conclusion than a cover up is likely underway.

Two-Tiered 'Justice' Intended to Incite Rebellion.  The Department of (in)Justice and federal law enforcement routinely look the other way whenever Antifa and Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists rough up citizens and destroy small businesses.  Then a bunch of patriotic Americans without criminal records show up at the U.S. Capitol to protest the fraudulent 2020 election, and the Stasi FBI immediately labels every grandparent and veteran within miles an "insurrectionist."  While Soros-aligned prosecutors award the left's paramilitary brigades with accolades instead of incarcerations, the Feds have dragged J6 protesters through unfair criminal proceedings, inflicted unnecessary suffering, and forced political prisoners to languish without bail.  When political prisoners finally do face trial, the government hides potentially exonerating video evidence and records under fabricated claims of "national security," prosecutors flippantly throw around terms like "treason" and "rebellion" in front of juries, and partisan judges are all too willing to hand down excessive sentences as an unconscionable form of political revenge.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Utopia.  The Left craftily calculated that they could use our beloved institutions against us.  In their view, all things are simply tools for the advancement of the agenda.  Why not repurpose education for indoctrination, commerce for control, entertainment for reprogramming?  Well, in all candor, our institutions, beloved or not, are nothing more than tools.  Now they are broken tools, after being employed in a manner never intended.  There are only two options for a broken tool, mend it or cast it away.  DEI is quickly becoming a pariah term in the world of investing.  The people have spoken, to Bud Light, to Target, to NASCAR, to the NFL, and others.  We will see if they listen.  Citizens are voting with their feet, loading up U-Hauls to flee California, Oregon, New York, and Illinois.  The value of university degrees which aren't STEM-related is dissipating like the morning dew.  Incensed parents are wearily retaking school boards, to shoulder a task thought safely in competent hands.  The alphabet agencies are currently sprouting whistleblowers like flowers in spring, telling tales of the two tiers of "justice."  Each institution will be reformed or written off, depending upon degree of damage and cost of repair.

Mark Levin Goes Nuclear: 'We Must Break the Back of the DOJ!'  In his weekly show on Fox, "Life, Liberty, and Levin," Mark Levin opened his show this Sunday [7/9/2023] breathing fire in his monologue.  Levin started by calling the Department of Justice under President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland a rogue operation, controlled by the Democrat party and the radical left.  By the time he got to the first commercial break, one could almost see smoke wafting in the studio.  Levin's anger at the weaponization of the federal government under Biden and Garland has clearly caused him grave concern for the future of the republic.  "If we don't BREAK THE BACK of the Department of Justice," he declared, "it will destroy this country!"

Grassley highlighted the numerous ways Delaware Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf appeared to have obstructed the investigation into Hunter Biden's potentially criminal business activities.  A Delaware assistant U.S. attorney was briefed in October 2020 that a confidential human source (CHS) had reported Hunter and Joe Biden each received $5 million in bribes, Sen. Chuck Grassley revealed Sunday in a letter to Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss.  A source familiar with that briefing has now confirmed to The Federalist that the Pittsburgh office told the Delaware office the CHS's reporting appeared credible and merited further investigation.  That added detail increases the significance of Grassley's Sunday letter and his question to Weiss about whether his deputy thwarted the investigation.  "On October 23, 2020, Justice Department and FBI Special Agents from the Pittsburgh Field Office briefed Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf, one of your top prosecutors, and FBI Special Agents from the Baltimore Field Office with respect to the contents of the FBI-generated FD-1023 alleging a criminal bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and Hunter Biden," Grassley's letter said.  "What steps have the Justice Department and FBI taken to investigate the allegations?" the Iowa senator asked before noting his concerns about Wolf's involvement.

Comer Accuses DOJ of High Level 'Cover Up,' Vows Accountability.  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., vowed to hold the U.S. Department of Justice accountable in an alleged high-level cover-up that may have protected the Biden family from feeling the sting of equal justice.  In an interview on Fox News, Comer spoke about IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley's allegation that his team was hindered from investigating Hunter Biden and that DOJ prosecutors directed them to avoid asking questions about the "Big Guy."  Rep. Comer explained, "It's another example of the Department of Justice meddling to have a cover-up.  This is a cover-up of public corruption at the highest level.  And if you go back to when we bought the general counsel for the National Archives in for a transcribed interview in the House Oversight Committee, they said the DOJ told them to stand down."

The Traitor Class.  What America is up against is unlike anything we have ever encountered or experienced.  It has the potential of being more bloody than the Civil War and more threatening than both world wars.  But now we face an army of traitors... a traitor class, domestic enemies working behind the scenes in shadow.  They are dividing our country, destroying our freedom, our democratic republic, our sovereignty, our Judeo Christian values, our morality, the family unit, our culture, even our monuments to American heroes.  They are spending us into oblivion as Cloward and Piven envisioned.  The traitors are accomplishing this because they are getting no opposition.  A lot of people are confused.  They think it is just politics.  It is not just politics.  The Left is planning to deliver The United States to the New World Order in the next very few years and they are on schedule.  They are globalists, more loyal to their political party and to globalism than they are to their country.  They number in the many hundreds, maybe thousands.  They have taken over the Executive Branch, the Justice Department, certainly the FBI.  Half of the Senate and half of the House.  Almost the entire school system is teaching values contrary to our culture and religion

A New America: Only After Liberals Break Everything.  All of a sudden, I am reading a bunch of attacks on the administrative state.  [Examples omitted for brevity.]  Okay. so what is prompting this?  The glorious failure of the administrative state during COVID, you think? [...] The only way that conservatives get a chance to fix things is after our present rulers actually break America.  And there is another thing that I can mention, as an unashamed sexist, because I never expect to apply for a job again.  It is Women.  I noticed, from the start of the late COVID crisis, that women were all aboard masking and lockdowns and social distancing and vaccinations in a New York minute.  Why?  Because women expect to be protected, and when some manly government shows up and gins up a COVID Pandemic and announces: do what we say or everyone will die, women instinctively do what they are told, and are glad to do so.  Because they expect to be protected.  So I declare that nothing will change until America breaks, and not just for white working-class men as at present, but for women and especially educated liberal women.  Then, and only then will we get regime change, and the chance to staff the bureaucracy with our own guys, and then write the history.

Four Ways the Deep State Betrays Americans.  Do you think it is an accident that the Deep State has worked so hard to protect the Biden family from prosecution when the Chinese bought Joe long ago?  Do you think it is a coincidence that the Deep State is trying to put President Trump in prison for the rest of his days, when he has been the lone voice on the national stage calling for American independence from reliance upon foreign dictators?  Could the Deep State make it any more obvious that it works against Americans' interests and for the interests of World Economic Forum scum such as Klaus Schwab, George Soros, Bill Gates, and all the other anti-American, Marxist globalists?  For all intents and purposes, the Uniparty occupying D.C. is a wholly owned and operated corporate subsidiary of the communist Chinese.

"Blatant Political Corruption": The Rot In America's Democracy Explained In Under 1000 Words.  Over the last several weeks and months, a deluge of [embarrassing] breadcrumbs have been revealed by various whistleblowers, congressional investigators, and investigative reporters, the entirety of which has been a shotgun blast of information overload.  When put together, they paint a picture of such shocking corruption, that one can only conclude that the period we've lived through, between the 2020 US election, the funding, origins, and coverup of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the overt corruption of the Biden family, one can only conclude that we're living through one of the worst, if not the worst, periods of political scandals and institutional rot in American history.

The Left destroys people.  Cancel culture, doxxing, deplatforming, and shadow banning are all synonyms for left-wing character destruction, an updated electronic form of Trostkyization and Lavrentiy Beria-style "show me the man and I'll show you the crime" persecutions.  Anyone who strays — a Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Matt Taibbi, or an Elon Musk — will be targeted by the woke bureaucracies, libeled in the media, and ostracized by the popular culture.  The message is one of deterrence:  stay properly left and you are accorded the James Comey/Andrew McCabe/James Clapper/John Brennan/Anthony Fauci/Hunter Biden/2020 rioters exemptions from legal accountability for lying under oath, rank profiteering, or abject violent rioting.  Swerve improperly rightward, and you will be vaporized by the long arm of the politicized law.

Why is the Clinton Special Counsel Delaying Start of Trump Trial?  Usually trying to delay a trial is done to give your side more time to prepare.  Jack Smith, the Clinton-linked special counsel targeting Trump, is strangely asking for a significant delay on behalf of Trump's people. [...] Why is Smith filing motions on behalf of the defense?  If Trump's legal team wants to delay the case, they're capable of asking to do so.  And Smith's arguments perhaps provide them with grounds for doing so.  What's strange is the red team asking for a delay on behalf of the blue team.  It's a safe bet that Smith's concerns that Trump's lawyers have the time they need are not the real story.  Smith rushed to indict Trump, but now he wants to slow down.  Pushing the trial to December will, along with inevitable further delays, will take the trial into the primary season[,] as it's intended to do.  This isn't about winning the case, it's about, much as with Russiagate, keeping the case in the public eye.

'Someone's got to go to prison'.  When will any of these low-down thugs who have a grip on our nation go to prison?  Probably never.  They lie with impunity and most of the Republicans in Congress are such squishes that the few that lobby for justice get nowhere when they try to make a Democrat pay for his or her crime.  We do have a two-tiered system of justice, and everyone knows it.  In this administration's view, patriots and good Samaritans must go to prison, not drug dealers, car-jackers, shoplifters, murderers or pedophiles.  To our now far, far Marxist left, those folks are victims of white supremacy and must be spared the inconveniences of abiding by the rule of law.  Sadly, there are too many Soros-seated judges who go along with the pro-criminal, anti-victim agenda of the left.

Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud.  Government heavy-handedness should never be mistaken as a demonstration of enduring strength, but rather as a telltale sign that the State is weakening.  Central bank digital currencies, automated fact-checking, "vaccine" passports, social credit scores — these are the actions of governments in fear of losing their control.  Healthy, respected, self-sustaining institutions do not construct digital prisons, treat citizens like cattle, or use heavily armed revenue agents as shock troops for intimidation.  Like a star expanding into a red giant before finally shrinking into a white dwarf, dying political powers expand into totalitarian monstrosities before their despotic bluster wanes.  In between monster and minion, it is normal citizens who drain the State's powers and reclaim them as their own.

Resistance.  It's obvious to a great many that the legislature exists only to funnel tax dollars into the pockets of their political allies for which they are endowed with great sums come election time.  In this way they do not represent the people, but their donors and the whole of the government is corrupt.  I don't expect this declaration or designation to mean very much to people while they can still go along to get along.  This post is more to point the way, to establish the understanding of our situation once the banking failures take place, or the war is brought to our shores through their mismanagement of forces and budgets that have been designed for no other purpose than to provide generals with subsequent employment.  It's a wholesale betrayal we're enduring: betrayal of our military leadership, of our legislative bodies, the medical profession, the teaching profession, but more specifically and more intentionally the economic system.

Hunter Biden's plea deal is proof Democrats are 'The Untouchables' in Joe's America.  Santa Claus is more real than the integrity of the FBI and Justice Department under Joe Biden.  Friend and family discounts have never been so obvious — and odious.  For the other side of the coin, see the FBI's tracking of parents who dared to criticize progressive school boards, and agents who were willing to carry out an armed visit to the home of an anti-abortion protester.  Traditional Catholics also were singled out for undercover surveillance.  Then there's the history-making takedown of Donald Trump, which gives rise to the most poignant phrase of the day — a two-tiered system of justice.  That's another way of saying there is no justice system.  For the word "justice" implies fairness and impartiality for all comers before the law.  Those requirements are absent when the guilty son of the sitting president gets the equivalent of jaywalking citations for a life lived notoriously outside the law and the leader of the opposition party gets buried in a felony landslide.

Rule by Decree: The Emergency State's Plot to Override the Constitution.  We have become a nation in a permanent state of emergency.  Power-hungry and lawless, the government has weaponized one national crisis after another in order to expand its powers and justify all manner of government tyranny in the so-called name of national security.  COVID-19, for example, served as the driving force behind what Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch characterized as "the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country."  In a statement attached to the Supreme Court's ruling in Arizona v.  Mayorkas, a case that challenged whether the government could continue to use it pandemic powers even after declaring the public health emergency over, Gorsuch provided a catalog of the many ways in which the government used COVID-19 to massively overreach its authority and suppress civil liberties: [...]

Previous Target of DOJ's Trump Legal Hit Squad Alleges Witness Payoff Scheme.  Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith is overseeing the current investigation into and indictment of Donald Trump.  But as USA Today reported, Smith "built [his] reputation" in his previous role overseeing the prosecution of former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.).  And according to Renzi himself, in exclusive comments to PJ Media, there's evidence tying Smith to illegal wiretaps, jury influencing, payoffs for false testimony, and other highly questionable behavior.  The newly published allegations led Donald Trump to call Smith "deranged."

Beyond a Banana Republic.  As radio personality Jesse Kelly remarks on Twitter, there are two ways to view what is happening with Donald Trump right now:  ["]Either you see what's happening to Trump as being about Trump or you see it being about a weaponized government planning to make any opposition a crime.  Only one of those views is correct.  You don't have to be a Trump fan to see it's the latter.["]  For most Americans who've paid the slightest bit of attention these past years, that's an obvious statement.  But as George Orwell said of his own time, we've "sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."  That particular phrase derives from a 1939 review of the book Power: A Social Analysis (1938), by Bertrand Russell.  What makes his observations interesting, and why it serves as another example of Orwell's prescience, is how precisely his commentary reflects what we are witnessing at this moment.

Tearing Apart the Governing Consensus.  We hear a lot about the loss of "institutional legitimacy" these days.  One of the great ironies attendant on that loss is a revolution in sentiment among many — but by no means all — people who think of themselves as conservative.  Hitherto, such people would have been staunch supporters of those institutions that, traditionally, had represented the rule of law, the continuity of our culture, etc.  Nowadays, they look with a jaundiced eye upon once-respected institutions like the Department of Justice, the FBI, the CIA, and the rest of the national security/surveillance apparat.  How could it be otherwise?  Recent revelations that scores if not hundreds of figures from that world had insinuated themselves into media, social and otherwise, to push a partisan agenda must give us pause.

The real reason the left is persecuting Trump.  The number-one rule for understanding the fascist far left is that they will always accuse the pro-freedom right of what they are doing.  And they take charges of hypocrisy as indications of success in this endeavor. [...] What better way of making people mad than continually going after the people from the pro-freedom right while they laud the far left?  How many times do they have to repeat the cliché "no one is above the law" when anyone with common sense knows that doesn't apply to the anti-liberty left side of the aisle?  Would it shock anyone to find out later that they were just saying that to provoke the pro-freedom right?  The nation's socialist media spent a stunning 291 Minutes on Trump Indictment, 0 Seconds on Biden Burisma Bribery on June 8, demonstrating that they no longer care about objectivity, much less if Biden is "above the law."  If that doesn't infuriate the fair-minded, nothing will.

6 Reasons DOJ's 'Get Trump' Documents Case Is Seriously Flawed.  [#3] Walt Nauta and DOJ Misconduct:  Far and away the most troubling side story to emerge from this saga so far are the allegations made by Trump aide and co-defendant Walt Nauta's lawyer last week.  You may have missed it if you blinked.  Not surprisingly, the corporate media have mostly buried this one.  Nauta's lawyer, Stanley Woodward, alleged in a court filing that during a meeting with prosecutors about his client's case, the head of the Counterintelligence Section of DOJ's National Security Division Jay Bratt "suggested Woodward's judicial application [for a DC Superior Court judgeship] might be considered more favorably if he and his client cooperated against Trump."  If true, and I find it hard to believe that Woodward just made the whole thing up, this is wild misconduct.  Truly wild.  It could undermine the entire case against both Trump and Nauta.  It could end careers at DOJ if fairly investigated.  Woodward is a highly accomplished lawyer.  He spent a decade at Akin Gump, a top law firm, clerked on the D.C. Circuit, and has very substantial experience in government investigations.  This is not some fly-by-night TV lawyer.  He is a legal heavyweight, and he is leveling an extremely serious allegation of misconduct against a senior official at DOJ.

Trump is Charged Under a Law Meant to Suppress Political Opposition.  A year after the start of WWI, President Woodrow Wilson addressed his message to Congress and warned that the "gravest threats against our national peace and safety" did not come from "other governments", but from "within our own borders".  "Citizens of the United States," Wilson continued, "born under other flags but welcomed under our generous naturalization laws to the full freedom and opportunity of America, who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life."  Wilson, a notorious racist and a supporter of the KKK who had contempt for a wide variety of other peoples, likely had German immigrants, but not just them, in mind when he called for what would become the Espionage Act so that "we may be purged of their corrupt distempers."  "I need not suggest the terms in which they may be dealt with," Wilson concluded.  While there were indeed pro-German terrorist conspiracies in those days, including the Black Tom bombing which damaged the Statue of Liberty and a plot to infect the country's horses, the Espionage Act of 1917 went far beyond prosecuting criminal activities.  Wilson had sought, but not received, the power to censor the press, he did get the power to censor the mail.

Indict Walt Nauta?  Why Not the Biggest Liars First?  Walt Nauta is a 10-year-Navy veteran and served as an aide to former President Trump both in and out of office.  Special Counsel Jack Smith has now indicted him for allegedly "making false statements in interviews with the FBI."  The indictment's subtext is that Nauta refused to cooperate with, and turn state's evidence to, the special counsel in its efforts to convict the former president.  But why stop the indictments with a man who loyally served and followed the orders of the former president of the United States, was a Navy veteran, and a hard-working immigrant from Guam?  Are there not far bigger fish to fry to remind Americans that justice is blind?

Biden, progressives and the perpetual-emergency presidency.  Progressive lawmakers are once again calling on President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency, which would give him sweeping new executive powers to do pretty much whatever he wants.  It is just one more example of how progressives, who are constantly lecturing the country about the threats to democracy, are eager to ignore the democratically elected members of Congress — and the U.S. Constitution — in order to get their way.  According to Bloomberg, "An emergency declaration by President Joe Biden would unlock sweeping executive powers, including blocking crude oil exports and placing other limits on fossil fuels."  The catalyst for the latest climate-emergency demand was Canadian wildfire smoke that settled on much of the northeast, including New York City and Washington, D.C.  But progressives don't really need a catalyst — they just use that to get more media attention.  They have been calling on Biden to declare a climate emergency for at least a year.

Biden admin turned American democracy into Pakistani fascism.  With former President Donald Trump criminally indicted, America, once the beacon of democracy, has crossed the Rubicon.  With the administration's weaponization of our now dual system of justice under President Biden, our nation is headed straight to Pakistani fascist hell.  The parallels between former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Mr. Trump are indeed frightening.  Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Khan ran as a populist economic nationalist.  Victorious, Mr. Khan immediately came under attack from deep state elements in the Pakistani government, including a powerful military — and he was ousted in April 2022.  Fearful Mr. Khan might rise again in the next election, Pakistan's equivalent of America's FBI arrested Mr. Khan on trumped-up charges.  Even after being set free by Pakistan's Supreme Court, Mr. Khan is now "legally" forbidden to run for president — the same goal of the current Trump witch hunts.

Former Head of FBI J6 Pipe Bomb Investigation Comes Clean With Stunning Admission: "I Don't Want Any Conspiracy Theories, Right?".  We recently reported on the remarkable fact that former senior FBI official Steven D'Antuono voluntarily submitted himself before the judiciary committee and raised powerful objections to the Mar a Lago raid that serves as the basis of the sham indictment of President Trump.  We reported that the most remarkable part of this story is not the objections themselves, but Steven D'Antuono's identity — indeed, D'Antuono has long been a subject of Revolver News' reporting as the man who oversaw the investigation into the infamous entrapment operation known as the Michigan Kidnapping plot and the equally bogus investigation into the so-called January 6 pipe bombs.  Finally, we said that we haven't heard the last from Mr. D'Antuono.  Now, we are in a position to reveal that Mar-a-Lago is not the only subject matter D'Antuono discussed with the committee, and that Revolver News' Darren Beattie worked with Congressman Thomas Massie to produce questions concerning the pipe bomb investigation for D'Antuono to answer.  A letter recently published by Jim Jordan alludes to some of the stunning results of this interrogation.

Steven D'Antuono: The FBI's Hatchet Man.  Defense attorneys representing two men recently convicted for conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 are seeking a new federal trial for their clients amid claims of jury and judicial misconduct.  (The men, Adam Fox and Barry Croft were found guilty in August in a second trial; a jury in April failed to reach a verdict on them.  Two co-defendants were acquitted after jurors concluded the men had been entrapped by the FBI.)  A separate state trial for three other men accused of participating in the scheme is now underway in Jackson, Michigan.  The ongoing legal drama is a reminder of the handiwork of Steven D'Antuono, former head of the Detroit FBI field office, which was primarily responsible for hatching and executing the Whitmer fednapping hoax.  Supervising and undercover agents working out of that Detroit office and its satellite branches managed the day-to-day details of the wide-ranging operation such as handling the main FBI informant, Dan Chappel, who was compensated at least $60,000 in cash and personal items paid by the FBI for luring the men into the trap.

The CIA Is Begging Congress to Please Keep Spying on U.S. Citizens Legal.  High-level officials from the CIA, FBI, and NSA are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, asking Congress to continue allowing the agency to spy on the communications of US citizens.  They are urging Congress to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — one of the nation's most hotly contested government surveillance programs.  Intelligence agencies have long cited the powerful 2008 FISA provision as an invaluable tool to effectively combat global terrorism, but critics, including an increasing number of lawmakers from both parties, say those same agencies have morphed the provision into an unchecked, warrantless domestic spying tool.  The provision is set to expire at the end of this year.  Federal agents urged lawmakers to reauthorize 702 without adding new reforms that could potentially slow down or impair operators' access to intelligence.

US Intel Is Stockpiling Dirt on All Its Citizens.  Wired reports that the United States government has been secretly amassing a large amount of sensitive and intimate information on its own citizens.  A group of senior advisers informed April Haines, the DNI, more than a year ago that they are accumulating data on the most minute details of Americans' lives.  In late 2021 Haines told her advisers to untangle a web of secretive business arrangements between commercial data brokers and you, US intelligence community members, reports Wired.

Report: Intelligence Agencies Buying 'Sensitive and Intimate' Data of American Citizens.  Arecently-declassified report alleges that multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have been actively "flouting the law" by gathering massive collections of "sensitive and intimate" data on American citizens.  According to the New York Post, the claims were made in a report to Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines, which was only recently declassified and is now being amplified by watchdog groups and privacy advocates.  The report details a loophole that has allowed intelligence agencies, including the FBI, DHS, and NSA, to simply buy large troves of cell phone data for tracking purposes without needing a warrant.  If the information was paid for, the report notes, then it is technically considered "publicly available."  The government only needs to ask for a warrant if they are asking to access a cell phone's location, and thus would raise Fourth Amendment concerns necessitating a judge's approval.

When are enough Americans going to realize our government is a criminal enterprise?  How corrupt is our Department of Justice?  In order to take Trump off the board, they have indicted President Trump on a long list of made-up, fabricated crimes regarding the documents confiscated in that misguided, illegitimate raid on Mar-A-Lago.  These charges are ludicrous, and a decent judge would and may well toss them.  The thoroughly corrupt Jack Smith has chosen to ignore all the precedents that should apply.  Tapes stored in Clinton's sock drawer?  Legal.  Sandy Berger stole docs from the National Archives?  Slap on the wrist.  Biden's many hundreds of documents and Pence's possession of "classified" docs?  Ignored by the DOJ.  Comey's disingenuous decision to give Hillary a pass for her oh-so-many and far more serious crimes got a pass.  So terrified of the most pro-America president since Reagan, the left has gone to extreme and illegal lengths to destroy the best President since Reagan. Biden's two years in office have brought the US to the brink of an abyss.  This indictment of Trump only proves the unfairness of our two-tiered system of justice.

After The Last Seven Years, No One Believes The DOJ Is Acting In Good Faith.  Mollie Hemingway: ["]The larger context here is so important.  I do think people would have be enwilling to hear from the Department of Justice that they need to indict their top political opponent, and hear that in good faith, if we had not experienced what we have from the past six years from this Department of Justice.  We have a Department of Justice that had Hillary Clinton, who was never president and will never be a president, mishandling classified information and they invented a new legal standard to simply to let her go.  We have all the paperwork disputes with President Obama, and President Clinton, we have thefts of documents from the National Archives by a Clinton associate, and nothing has happened to those people.  We have the Russia-gate collusion-hoax in which the Department of Justice invented and participated in a Democrat-invented conspiracy theory see to say Donald Trump was a traitor.  This week, we learned that Joe Biden was credibly accused by a very serious whistleblower of a $ million bribery scheme and the FBI worked to cover it up.["]

Mark Levin: Out Of Control DOJ Has "Destroyed The Next Election".  By now, you've heard a lot about this.  This is the indictment, the various charges against President Trump.  It is 49 pages long.  There are 38 charges, 37 involving President Trump, the one against Walt Nauta, who's a Navy vet, and an aide to President Trump is in here in order to try and pressure him to turn on Donald Trump.  That's why they put it in here.  Now, some people are very impressed by this.  I'm very troubled by this.  Thirty-seven counts against the former president and the leading Republican nominee right now for the Republican nomination for president, 31 having to deal with document retention.  Why would you pile on 31 counts when it could be one count, or three counts or five counts?  [Video clip]

Mrs. Obama — we're looking for the Fast & Furious files.  We've crossed two dangerous lines in the last year.  First, the FBI showed up at Mr. Trump's home looking for files.  Second, a Special Counsel followed up with an indictment about those files.  Why hadn't this happened before?  Maybe it's because the people who came before us were smart enough to know that political passions go both ways. [...] Before Trump, no one would have dared consider that.  After Trump, anything can happen and probably will.  This is why I believe that this indictment against President Trump is going to backfire.  Yes, Trump, like Biden, made mistakes.  However, an indictment is over the top.  This is to going to blow up in their faces.

The playbook is always the same for most of the media and other Democrats.  They target political opponents they want to destroy, whether it is Sarah Palin, Justice Kavanaugh, Justice Thomas, Ron DeSantis, or Donald Trump.  They relentlessly set out to destroy them, whatever they have to do.  They will even create fictitious stories like Russian collusion, without evidence, and then repeat the fake stories for years and have endless investigations based on nothing.  Destroying the target in the minds of the public is all they care about because their goal is to maintain power and infect the country with radical leftist policies to expand government power and control of the people.  It also helps tremendously when so many government bureaucrats seek to destroy the same people.  The endless investigations and criminal proceedings have nothing to do with applying laws equally.  Instead, they weaponize the Justice Department, or IRS, or DHS, or CFPB, or EPA to destroy people whose policies they don't like.  The truth is irrelevant when they set out to destroy someone.

One Nation, Two Sets of Laws.  When Barack Obama announced that he was unilaterally legalizing millions of illegal aliens while further opening the border, he described it as using "discretion about whom to prosecute".  In the years since, pro-crime prosecutors have virtually dismantled the justice system in some jurisdictions by using their "discretion" not to prosecute thieves, drug dealers and violent criminals.  Some prosecutors announced that they wouldn't prosecute rioters and looters, others that they would stop prosecuting prostitution, public urination or thefts of under $1,000.  In the decade since Obama announced his exercise in prosecutorial discretion, the country has been overrun with criminals and illegal aliens who benefited from that "discretion".  But prosecutorial discretion, like most leftist policies, works both ways.

Presidential Power Is Surging And Making Congress Obsolete.  Since President Washington issued the first executive order directing the heads of executive departments to submit reports about their operations, virtually every President has issued executive orders.  The sheer number and wide-ranging scope of executive orders, however, has grown immensely under recent presidents and continues to expand with President Biden.  They represent the "usurpations" of power that Madison feared.  [James] Madison issued only a single executive order in eight years as president while modern presidents each have issued hundreds.  Indeed, reflecting this presidential arrogance, then President Obama boldly declared, "We can't wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job.  Where they won't act, I will."  Executive orders are directives issued by the President with the force and effect of law.  There is, however, no mention of executive orders in the Constitution.  Rather, this presidential authority is implied from the Constitution, which vests executive power in the President, or as expressly or impliedly granted by Congress through statutes.


Who's Destroying Civic Norms Again?  Trump?  [Scroll down]  At this point, anybody not being attacked or politically persecuted should be presumed as secretly working for some shady enterprise hostile to the best interest of the United States.  Yet somehow special counsel Jack Smith has the temerity to stand before the American people, announce the federal government's continuing crusade to keep President Trump from office, and shamelessly declare, "We have one set of laws in this country."  Right.  What he really means is, "The Deep State controls America, and if you mess with those gangsters, we'll lock you up and throw away the key."  Jack Smith — like Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, so many inspectors general who ignore crimes under their purview, and too many partisan political operatives posing as judges — is just another thug enforcer sent out to protect the ruling regime.  Well done, Jack!  Collect your thirty pieces of silver and career advancement as your reward!

Dershowitz: Dems Who Opposed 'Dangerous' and 'Unconstitutional' Espionage Act Now 'Rooting for it to Be Applied Broadly'.  On Friday's broadcast of Newsmax TV's "The Record," Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz commented on the indictment against former President Donald Trump and the Espionage Act charges contained in the indictment by saying that the Espionage Act "is one of the most dangerous and unconstitutional statutes ever passed" that was passed with the intent to jail dissidents.  And that for several decades, "every liberal, every progressive, every Democrat I know was against this statute" but now they are "all rooting for it to be applied broadly to conduct that has nothing to do with espionage" and didn't put national security at risk.

Biden's DOJ attempts to take out the GOP frontrunner.  The inevitability has finally been realized (if reports are true): Donald Trump has been indicted by the Biden DOJ. [...] After years and years of prosecutorial and investigative abuses and crimes, the Department of Justice has finally indicted Trump.  In doing so, the DOJ has inserted itself into the 2024 presidential election, again disenfranchising millions of voters.  It's a sad day for the country and a sobering day for those who wish for the equal administration of justice.  This story is still developing.  The New York Times states there are seven counts; we expect these to concern various provisions of the Espionage Act (18 USC 793), such as the dissemination of national security information and the unauthorized retention of national security documents.  We understand that the indictment has been filed in the Federal District Court in Miami.  Quick analysis: this is a comparatively good venue for Trump, given the support he has in Florida and in the Miami community.  It is much better than DC, where Trump would face unfavorable judges and a Democrat jury pool.

Russiagate: The Scandal That Became Business as Usual.  Special Counsel John Durham may have issued his final report last month, but the Russiagate scandal is far from over.  This is not because there is no more to learn about the years-long effort by the Democratic Party, the FBI, CIA, and major news outlets to advance the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump teamed with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election.  Rather it's because Russiagate never ended.  Unlike political scandals of the past — from the XYZ Affair to Watergate and Iran-Contra — it is not a discrete set of events with a beginning, middle, and end.  Instead, it has become a form of governing in which the entrenched forces of the Washington bureaucracy punish their enemies, protect their friends and interfere in elections with impunity.  A continuous thread connects the schemes to deny the results of the 2016 election, to cover up the Biden family's influence-peddling schemes during the 2020 election, and the ongoing effort to tar President Biden's opponents as extremists or racists.  Ironically, all of this is especially dangerous because it is out in the open.  The profound misdeeds are not hidden in the dark web; they are part of the public record.

Biden's DOJ Tried to Bribe Attorney for Trump's Valet in Exchange for Testimony Against Trump.  On Thursday The Guardian reported that Joe Biden's DOJ attempted to bribe the attorney for Trump valet driver in exchange for testimony against Donald Trump.  Clearly, this is an illegal act and it should threaten the case against President Trump.  The only criminal act in this entire case is the actions by the Biden DOJ!

Hawley rips judicial nominee for arguing religious Americans more likely to spread COVID.  Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said he won't vote for one of President Joe Biden's judicial nominees Wednesday due to arguments she made that religious Americans were more likely to spread COVID-19.  Loren AliKhan, Biden's nominee for United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday [6/7/2023] but was confronted by Hawley about her previous arguments regarding religious discrimination.  Hawley asked if AliKhan believed it was wrong to discriminate against religious communities and questioned her previous comments about the COVID-19 pandemic.  "Do you think it's wrong to discriminate on the basis of religious faith?" Hawley asked.  "Absolutely," AliKhan said.  "Then why did you argue that religious services and religious people pose a greater risk of infection than people gathered to argue for defunding the police," Hawley replied.

Churches MUST NOT criticize the government!  Elections have been stolen.  Our borders are wide open.  Innocent Americans are in Gulags.  Our bureaucracies have been weaponized.  A show trial is underway for a former U.S President.  Free speech has been silenced.  Courts and prosecutors are corrupted.  The age Orwell predicted is upon us.  We face a new type of war.  The FBI has signaled in the clearest possible manner it does not care what the people or their elected representatives think.  It will do what it pleases, [the consequences notwithstanding.]  The recently released Durham report paints a graphic picture of an agency out of control.  The FBI did not blunder into an investigation of Donald Trump, his campaign, and his associates.  The FBI undertook to deliberately destroy Trump and those around him including General Flynn.  The FBI took unto itself the power to decide who could be President.  The FBI no longer answers to the elected representatives of the American people, nor does it care what they think.  It did not get sloppy.  It did not make some errors in judgment.  Its leaders decided that they were entitled to do whatever they chose and to ignore our laws, our traditions, and the judgment of the nation's citizens.

What State Harassment and Institutional Terror in Woke America Looks Like.  A federal court ruling likely to drop this month should provide a good indication as to whether America still has a fully functioning First World justice system.  The case, involving an investigation from New York Attorney General Letitia James into the supposed mismanagement of controversial news outlet VDare.com, has received zero media coverage so far, despite it being as crude, brutish, and nakedly political as James' other lawfare campaigns (notably against former President Trump and the NRA).  In fact, it's arguably worse, as it was clearly designed to dox VDare's writers and volunteers and bankrupt the tiny outlet out of existence.  In a recent column about James' investigation, VDare founder and editor Peter Brimelow recounts with frustration the increasing difficulty his outlet has had in spreading its advocacy of "immigration patriotism" over the years.  This includes being blocked by social media and payment processors, potential advertisers being subjected to Anti-Defamation League-style intimidation campaigns, and even lawyers and accountants being unwilling to help the group publicly.

How Not to Become a Sociopath: The "Rest of America" and the Role of Joy.  Since 2020, we have witnessed charming, well-educated, "civilized" people all around us — especially from what my husband calls (as others do) "the laptop class" — reveal, during 'lockdowns" and medical tyranny — a side that is, bare teeth and all, nakedly sadistic.  Now, as our stunned society slowly tries to set itself upright from having wallowed for nearly three years in an irrational, animalistic seizure of hatred and cruelty — as it struggles to settle its hat and to brush the dust and mire of the gutter off of its suit, and to straighten its necktie — few indeed from that group want to glance back at the Lord of the Flies-type scenes of savagery that these "civilized" people cheered on.  But we who were targeted know what happened and cannot forget it.  We click, sometimes ruminatively, on compilations in social media of "respectable" politicians, comedians, talk show hosts, and thought leaders, avidly stating that they wished we would just die, that we should be denied medical care, that we should be locked indoors forever, lose our jobs, and so on.  We — the targeted — must reckon with the traumatizing fact that we were on the receiving end of cruelty which the perpetrators seemed really to enjoy.

Judge in Missouri v Biden ain't buying what the government's shoveling.  The Missouri v Biden lawsuit sprang from underhanded censorship dealings the Biden administration began with the social media companies almost the second they ascended to the throne.  Everyone from COVID lockdown, vax and masking critics to scientists who had conflicting data in their hands, and just wanted to present it to the public — such as the signers of the Great Barrington Declaration — were driven from view, pilloried from the public square, many times hounded out of their jobs and livelihoods their long established, spotless professional reputations were in tatters.  All to promote the government's approved narrative, their chosen treatments, and favored pharmaceutical partners.  There were no allowances made for First Amendment Rights in their dogged pursuit of complete control of the information flow.  Posts, memes, papers and tweets that were contrary to that goal, even if correct were flagged as "disinformation," and smothered or completely removed, and the author blocked from whatever the site was after said "infraction" were theatrically deemed either enough or so serious action must be taken to protect the public.

Time to abolish the FBI.  That the FBI exists means you and I live in a post-constitutional America.  The FBI has to be done away with.  To find our way back to the republic of liberty the Founders gave us, we must dismantle the Leviathan headquartered in Washington, D.C. The FBI has corrupted our political system and our system of justice.  The Department of Education has ruined American education — once a shining example to the world — and done so in a remarkably brief time.  The CDC imposed a brutal COVID absolutism that violated our rights and destroyed countless small businesses.  The list goes on and on.  Every Progressive innovation brings ruin.  Their fatal flaw: concentration of power by design.

How corrupt is the DOJ? This corrupt.  The Department of Justice under the Biden Administration has become nothing but a tool of the regime.  Actually, the Justice Department under both Obama and Trump was already a corrupt organization, and by the regime, I don't mean the elected officials in office, but the permanent government that has come to be characterized as the "Deep State."  The Deep State isn't a cabal, per se.  They aren't gathering a (now marijuana) smoke-filled room plotting the downfall of America.  Rather, they are a bunch of high-level bureaucrats who believe that they have the wisdom and the power to run the country, all the way down to what you are allowed and not allowed to say.  They are America's nomenklatura.  The Elite run things regardless of who is in power, although they work hard to make sure that Democrats are in power since that party is happier to expand the money and power the nomenklatura have.  The DOJ is at the top of the heap because they control the levers of coercive power, although you may have noticed that even the IRS and EPA now have heavily armed agents to bully citizens.

Rep. Jim Jordan: DHS Weaponizing Tax Dollars Is 'Really Scary,' But 'Frankly Consistent'.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) weighed in on an explosive MRC report on Fox Business, calling the MRC's discovery that the Department of Homeland Security funded anti-terrorism efforts targeting Americans "really scary," but "consistent."  Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo brought up findings from a new Media Research Center report.  "[MRC] obtained documents that show that the Department of Homeland Security is using a program meant to fight terrorists and they're likening groups like the Heritage Foundation, MAGA, Fox News, the RNC and they're comparing all of those to Nazis."  Jordan responded saying that the revelation is "really scary," but "frankly, consistent," with the seemingly non-stop reports of government corruption and weaponization. "This is now this pattern, this mindset that I think exists in way too many of the top people in these federal agencies," he said.

ATF: Amend or Abolish?  The Biden administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2024 increases funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 7.4 percent, to $1.9 billion, in order to "expand multijurisdictional gun trafficking strike forces with additional personnel, increase regulation of the firearms industry, and implement the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act."  Reading that, I'm reminded of James Madison's musings in The Federalist No. 46, regarding his disbelief that Americans would ever allow tyranny to take hold here, much less continue to fund it once it developed.

The Left Has Pushed the Envelope.  The Left is waging a full-fledged cultural revolution against traditional America.  And the Maoist results are often as absurd as they are terrifying.  Special-counsel John Durham just issued his final report on wrongdoing within the FBI, CIA, and the Department of Justice.  The summary confirms that our premier investigatory and intelligence agencies interfered in the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.  Directors and high-ranking FBI officials lied under oath.  They misled Congress.  They altered court documents and deceived federal judges.  The FBI hired a foreign national to gather dirt on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign — while he was being paid by the rival Hillary Clinton campaign.  The FBI contracted Twitter to suppress news stories.  It kept the Hunter Biden laptop under wraps, even as former intelligence officials flat out lied it was likely "Russian disinformation."  That was a blatant effort to aid the 2020 Biden campaign.  The IRS just conceded whistleblowers were correct and the agency fired its entire multi-year audit team responsible for investigating Hunter Biden's purported tax irregularities.  The agency claimed it was ordered to do so by the Department of Justice, headed by Biden's appointee Merrick Garland.

North Carolina's governor, who sent his own kid to private school, just issued a state of emergency over Republicans pushing school choice.  This is an emergency!  People with lower incomes in North Carolina, particularly people of color, may soon be able to enroll in private schools soon, ruining the party for the rich kids!!  Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper seriously thinks this is an emergency[.]  [Tweet]  The North Carolina House just passed a school voucher bill that would more than double the funding for school vouchers, opening opportunities for kids to get out of failing public schools.  School voucher programs give money to students instead of school systems and allow students who otherwise couldn't afford it access to private schools.  Democrats, of course, oppose this because they want kids in government schools because they're Democrat propaganda machines and activist training grounds.  They don't want poor kids to become less dependent on the government.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declares 'state of emergency' over school choice bill.  Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a "state of emergency" on Monday [5/22/2023] in an attempt to stop a school choice bill from passing the state legislature.  Cooper released a video announcement where he declared a state of emergency, arguing that the state of public education is "no less important" than other emergencies.  "It’s time to declare a State of Emergency for public education in North Carolina.  There’s no Executive Order like with a hurricane or the pandemic, but it’s no less important," Cooper stated.

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The three-year Covid "emergency" worked so well, it's now a tool that will be used whenever the socialits meet insurmountable political resistance.  An impending political defeat in the legislature is not an emergency.  Moreover, any adverse developments in the public schools have taken place over the last several years.

After Covid: Twelve Challenges for a Shattered World.  [Scroll down]  It is no longer possible to discern which is the hand and which is the glove: government or big business.  This is true for every department in government, including the war machine which operates at the behest of the munitions manufacturers.  The SEC is run by the securities industry.  The Department of Labor is captured by the labor unions.  HUD is captive of the housing developers.  The Department of Agriculture rules at the behest of large agriculture interests while blocking access to markets for local farmers and ranchers.  And so on.  Have we yet come to terms with this on the left or right?  Have libertarians grappled with this?  I suspect not.  This reality has massively reshuffled the political layout.  We have completely left the clarity of the 1980s and entered into a new world of grave complexity and corruption at all levels.

DOJ Opted Not to Prosecute Radical U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Despite Inspector General's Referral.  President Joe Biden's Department of Justice (DOJ) opted not to prosecute U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Rachael Rollins after the Office of the Inspector General determined that she lied under oath and referred its allegation to the DOJ.  The OIG released the results of an investigation into Rollins, who the Heritage Foundation notes was previously backed by left-wing billionaire George Soros, on multiple fronts on Wednesday, finding that she allegedly attempted to influence the Suffolk County District Attorney's race last year and subsequently lied under oath during an investigation into the matter.  Although the watchdog referred their findings to the Department of Justice, it opted not to pursue prosecution.

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch says the use of emergency powers during COVID harmed civil liberties.  Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch called the emergency powers that were used during the COVID-19 pandemic a mass intrusion of civil liberties earlier this week.  "Since March 2020, we may have experienced the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country.  Executive officials across the country issued emergency decrees on a breathtaking scale," Gorsuch wrote in a statement.  The statement was attached to a case that the Supreme Court dismissed as moot earlier this week that sought to keep Title 42 in place.  Title 42 allowed the U.S. to quickly deport asylum-seekers to contain the spread of COVID, but it was ended earlier this month.  Gorsuch has been a frequent critic of how government officials during the pandemic used laws granting expanded executive authority during emergencies, arguing that COVID was unjustifiably being used as a pretext.

Durham Report Is [Bad], So Where Are All The Indictments?  Just for the record, this is far worse than Watergate.  And that ended Richard Nixon's presidency, even though he neither planned nor approved of the break-ins against the Democratic Party offices in the famed Watergate Hotel.  What will the perpetrators of this crime get?  The FBI launched its now-infamous "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation of alleged Russian "influence" on the Trump campaign in July 2016. The premise for the investigation was a "dossier" of information from former British spy Christopher Steele that implicated Donald Trump and several of his supporters as being improperly influenced by Russia's government.  The only problem:  The dossier was found to be false, "misinformation" of the worst kind, but nonetheless reported as the "truth" by nearly all mainstream media outlets.

The Union Is Not a Suicide Pact.  Now that Mr. Durham has gotten around to confirming what most of us have known for nearly seven years — namely, that Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Brennan, Jim Comey, James Clapper, and the State-aligned press corps doing the Intelligence Community's bidding all conspired to push the fraudulent Russian collusion narrative in an attempt to take down a duly elected president — there are quite a few people calling for the FBI to be either reformed or disbanded.  Surprisingly, some of these people now calling for the FBI's demolition are even elected officials.  My response is simple: that should be just the beginning.  The federal government is rotten to its core.  By the terms of the U.S. Constitution, it has accumulated powers and authorities far beyond anything enumerated and vested to it.  It funds a massive administrative state that should not exist.

How Corrupt Is Our Current Situation?  It's Worse Than Most Can Fathom.  Everything that preceded the 2020 federal election was a complex system of control by a network of ideologues, federal agencies, allies in the private sector, financial stakeholders and corrupt interests all working toward a common goal.  There's no need to go through the background of how the election was manipulated and how the government and private sector, specifically social media, worked to influence the 2020 outcome because you have all seen it.  Whether it was local election officials working to control outcomes, federal agencies working to support them (CISA, FBI, DHS), financial interests working to fund them (Zuckerberg et al), or social media platforms controlling the visible content and discussion (Twitter Files, Google, Facebook etc.), the objective was all the same.  It was a massive one-sided operation against the freewill of the American voter.

By The Standards Democrats Applied To Trump, Joe Biden Is A Traitor.  The Biden administration is also ignoring South American drug cartels' highly profitable war on the U.S. border.  That war is boosted by the same Chinese government whose officials also reportedly bought Biden family influence.  Funny how foreign payouts seem to manifest everywhere the United States is bleeding out.  It's farcical for Republicans to demand that the Biden-corrupted Department of Justice investigate the president of the party on whose behalf they've been repeatedly ignoring congressional oversight, protecting corrupt politicians, raiding opposition party leaders' homes, leaving opposition court justices' homes surrounded, and endlessly leaking lies to media outlets.  It's the height of political wankery to complain for TV about rogue federal agencies Republicans ridiculously keep pretending have any legitimacy and agreeing to fund. [...] All I'm asking is for Republicans to apply to the Bidens the same alleged standards Democrats cynically brandished against Trump.  It's not that complicated.  Here are a few ideas in the right direction that could be refined by congressional lawyers:  Tell Democrats no votes for any federal judicial nominees until the U.S. Department of "Justice" enforces federal law against the agitators menacing the homes of U.S. Supreme Court justices.  Defunding every department, grant, and personnel member involved in suppressing Americans' speech as "misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation" is now a non-negotiable precondition for voting on any federal spending bill.

Alvin Bragg didn't trust a grand jury to indict Daniel Penny for the death of Jordan Neely.  In New York City, everybody but the richest few percent rides the subway, and they know how bad things have gotten in the wake Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg treating arrests as inequitable since African Americans are disproportionately arrested.  Jordan Neely died in a hospital after being subdued by Marine Corps veteran Daniel Penny with the help of two other passengers (who have not been charged).  Neely "avoid[ed] prison for allegedly slugging a 67-year-old woman in November 2021 during a psychotic episode" by agreeing to a plea deal.  Despite a record of more than forty previous arrests, he was allowed to roam the streets, though he was to stay at Harbor House, where he could receive services.  When he left there, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben signed a warrant for his arrest on February 23.  Perhaps because police officers realize that arresting any black person can cause enormous career grief, Neely evaded arrest, even while riding subways and being visible on the streets.  The justice system, in other words, completely failed to protect the public from a deranged, violent man.  So, when riding the subway on May first and threatening passengers with violence, and assaulting some by throwing trash, it was only Daniel Penny who first took action to protect himself and fellow passengers.

The Staggering Flaws of the Biden Family.  Good government should be non-partisan, competent, and trustworthy.  (It hasn't been for a long time.)  Democrat partisans overwhelmingly populate the vast majority of government departments, and no Republican administration has been able to put a dent in that political slant.  Constant leaks have become the story instead of relaying the accomplishments of Republican presidents.  Democrats don't have to use overt bias to enforce a progressive liberal bureaucracy to do their bidding; instead, they step aside and watch a parade of bias and salacious leaks flow endlessly to a media too willing to use unnamed sources.  President Trump faced an average of two leaks a day in his first 100 days, and to this day, virtually no one was punished in any government agency, including agency heads, for any leaks to reporters.

Feds Started A Dangerous Game With Hunter Biden's Laptop, But GOP Lawmakers Can Finish It.  The interim report of the House Intelligence Committee and Weaponization Subcommittee released Wednesday established extensive coordination between the Biden campaign and those behind the statement signed by 51 former intelligence officials that painted the Hunter Biden laptop as Russian disinformation.  More explosive, however, is the fact, first reported on Tuesday by The Federalist, that a Central Intelligence Agency employee solicited a former CIA officer to sign the statement.  Yet there is still much more to unravel to expose the breadth and depth of the info op painting the infamous laptop as Russian disinformation and the government actors involved.  Here are five threads that will lead to the truth.  [#1] Subpoena All 51 Signatories:  As its title stated, the House's report focused on "How Senior Intelligence Community Officials and the Biden Campaign Worked to Mislead American Voters."  While the October 2020 letter signed by the former intelligence officials is only part of the scandal, it's a solid entry point to learning the identity of many of those involved.

Build Back Borderless, Bankrupt, and Broken.  The federal government is a malicious enterprise that routinely treats Americans as second-class citizens.  It prosecutes foreign wars in their name without their consent.  It sends their jobs overseas, shutters their factory towns, and bankrupts their futures in exchange for cheap imported trinkets and shoulder-patting promises of "progress."  It ignores the cries of Americans in pain and their desire for political change and instead locks up those who earnestly protest.  Yet of all the ways the U.S. government betrays American citizens, its utter disregard for border security and decades-long criminal operation to flood the country with illegal aliens is the most contemptible because the same government saboteurs who aid and abet vile crimes then turn around to scold Americans who object to the resulting destruction as being "racist."  For the federal government to intentionally harm Americans and then shame them for noticing is enough to make a sane person wonder who the real enemy is.

FBI Used Congressional Staff as Confidential Informants and Human Assets to Build Case Against Congressman George Santos.  Congressman George Santos was indicted on thirteen counts of wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and lying on financial disclosure forms during his short period in Congress.  He was taken into custody Wednesday in New York.  By most accounts and even his own words, Santos is a generally sketchy person, and I doubt there will be too many defenders of his character or the issues at stake.  However, [...] It was not that long ago when the EXECUTIVE branch, using confidential human sources to investigate the LEGISLATIVE branch, would have been a matter of incredible controversy reserved for only the most serious of criminal possibilities.  An FBI informant penetrating the congressional office to relay information back to the FBI is quite remarkable.  However, it appears we are in an era of justice administration where anything is just flippantly asserted inside the mechanisms of government.  In the big picture, beyond the selfish issues of George Santos, when we consider the Fourth Branch of Government operating to protect itself against sunlight and scrutiny, this example of the FBI operating in the shadows of congress should start to make everyone uncomfortable.

The Government Is Funding Trainings Intended to Target Conservative Americans.  Today [5/8/2023], America First Legal (AFL) released documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that reveal shocking internal documents from the Office of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) regarding so-called domestic terrorism.  An internal memo dated January 29, 2021, just eight days after Joe Biden was sworn in as President, reveals a "Choose Your Own Adventure" game-like memo for individuals to make "real-life decisions" based on "radicalization" scenarios with various fictitious characters.  The scenarios describe political viewpoints like opinions on abortion and expanded government.

American Despotism.  Many neoliberals aspired to a global aristocracy, magnificent men and women flipping quarters to grateful peasants.  Oligarchs brokered the outsourcing of U.S. industry in return for financial control under the dollar, even as they engineered technologies for a new information age.  But today's globalist American empire is a kleptocracy filled with princelings of the political and corporate elite who inherited — and now drain — the wealthiest and most powerful empire in history.  It consolidates market share and outsources its technologies to foreign companies for its private benefit.  It despotically introduces a permanent state of exception to the law to rule in its own interests.  In fear of the subjects off whom it feeds, it assigns legal identities to groups to determine their privileges.  In this civil war between Western whites, the kleptocrats claim science's authority to subdue the populace, and they enlist an identity politics priesthood to stoke racial hatred against middle-class whites, who suffer indignities, humiliations, and loyalty tests.

Biden Unleashes The Regulatory Kraken — And There's No Land In Sight.  In the span of a few weeks, the Biden administration has proposed regulations that would effectively ban gas stoves, force a massive shift to electric cars, sharply raise the cost of dishwashers, increase loan costs for frugal borrowers, regulate puddles as "navigable waters," and limit hunting and fishing across the country.  It will soon release a proposed rule targeting power plants with hugely expensive carbon capture mandates.  This is just the tip of the spear.  As the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Clyde Wayne Crews put it recently, "President Biden is leading an unprecedented expansion of the administrative state.  In two years, his administration has imposed 517 regulatory actions with some $318 billion in total costs."  The newest attack on freedom, Biden's dishwasher regulation, would require new machines to use 27% less power and 34% less water, making already barely functioning dishwashers virtually useless.

The Hellscape of the Administrative State Functionary.  Let's be clear here, they created that debt, for promising to solve problems and then not solving them.  Everything they do fails.  Their media is only working because they censor and subsidize, but every week, another propaganda outfit bites the dust.  That's why they are miserable. [...] Our new class of monster reductionists, who get all their prestige and money from delimiting the lives of others, have been living under a tsunami of threat ever since Trump and Brexit, or as it is known, "the worst decisions ever made".  This requires that all future elections be stolen.  It is impressive how lockstep they remain.

Is the Bureau of Land Management Breaking The Law Again?  Since the federal government no longer operates as three separate branches with the legislative branch assigned to creating laws, the Executive Branch and unconstitutional administrative rulemaking process now create laws that Americans are subjected to without any congressional involvement.  Quite notorious are rules that are written under the Department of Interior (DOI).  Given that the federal government now operates in bed with corporations and non-government organizations (NGO), many of the rules are created for the benefit of those groups and not us.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its buddy corporations and environmental groups have been busy creating a new "rule" that will economically benefit the BLM, serve the ideology of environmental groups, and help the corporate world advance renewable energy projects.  Not only are the Executive Branch and DOI handing over "public" land to corporations for renewable energy projects, but with BLM's full participation, this proposed rule also advances the White House 30x30 agenda, a goal of conserving 30% of land by 2030.  It is the rewriting of a regulatory framework that will put public land under the 30x30 classification for land conservation.  30x30 isn't even a federal law passed by Congress, it is a dictate from the White House that meets an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) goal, a United Nations participant.  That alone should negate any participation in 30x30, or through illegal rulings by the BLM.

Biden DOJ 'Actively' Tried to 'Dissuade' Marshals From Enforcing the Law to Protect Supreme Court Justices, Senators Say.  Republicans are accusing the Department of Justice of "actively" seeking to "dissuade" the U.S. Marshals Service from enforcing 18 USC 1507 to protect the Supreme Court justices.  In a May 3 letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Sens. Katie Britt of Alabama, Tom Cotton of Iowa, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah reveal that they have obtained "post orders" dated May 19, 2022, that claim "USMS is not in a position to enforce" federal and state law.  "This is the exact kind of thing from the Biden DOJ that continues to cause people across Alabama and America to fear that there is a two-tiered system of justice in our country," Britt said in an emailed statement to The Daily Signal.  "The simple fact of the matter is that the Administration agreed with the protestors' politics and willfully chose not to enforce the law."  The U.S. Marshals Service should not engage protesters "unless they attempt to enter private property," the post orders said, according to the senators.

Position Reversed Again — Nashville Police Refuse to Release Transgender Audrey Hale Christian Murder Manifesto.  Long-time readers of CTH research will remember a very specific agency inside government, the Dept of Justice Community Relations Service (DOJ-CRS).  This little-known, quasi legislatively authorized, Eric Holder weaponized, silo inside the justice system operates to control information that would be deemed 'adverse to the peace and tranquility interests of the nation.'  In non-pretending terms, the DOJ-CRS controls any information in the criminal justice system that doesn't fit the agenda of the radical communists and left-wing activists within it.  The CRS controlled the George Zimmerman case.  The CRS controlled the Darren Wilson case (Ferguson).  The CRS controlled the Baltimore-Six case.  The CRS controlled the Stephen Paddock case (Las Vegas).  There are many more.  The CRS, also known colloquially as the "peacekeepers" can reach into any system of justice, local, state, federal, including courts, judges, trials and law enforcement agencies, and control the information that is at the center of their topic, charge or investigation.  The CRS is an omnipotent smaller agency, with incredible power within the Dept of Justice, that has full control over anything they identify as needed to retain the "domestic tranquility," including instructions to federal and state judges.  Almost no one knows about the CRS, and no one is permitted to talk about their true mission.

Nashville Police Reverse Course on Releasing Shooter's Manifesto, Citing Pending Litigation.  The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) has reversed course from a previous statement to The Epoch Times, when the agency said the so-called manifesto and writings of Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale would be released to the public soon.  The department cited the advice of legal counsel amid litigation filed this week for those same documents to be released.  The Epoch Times contacted MNPD on May 3, but officials would not comment, citing the pending litigation.  The story regarding MNPD readying the documents for public release was published April 27.  On May 1, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) filed a lawsuit against MNPD over a previously denied public records request for the Hale documents to be released.

Trans Massacre Manifesto [is] Still a Mystery.  "The investigation has advanced to the point that writings from the Covenant shooter are now being reviewed for public release and that process is underway and will take a little time."  That was a spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department speaking to the New York Post last Thursday.  That day marked one month since Audrey Hale, a woman who thought she was a man, murdered Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, Mike Hill, 61, William Kinney, 9, Katherine Koonce, 60, Cynthia Peak, 61, and Hallie Scruggs, 9, at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee.  Nashville police "could not give a firm date when the writings would be released."  Shortly after the murders, Nashville city councilman Robert Swope told reporters "the manifesto is going to be released.  It's just a matter of when."  In the meantime, the FBI is reportedly "processing" the material.  "It's really not even a manifesto," according to Nashville city council member Courtney Johnson. "It's diaries of a mentally ill person."  The councilwoman, a real-estate agent, did not explain how she was qualified to diagnose Audrey Hale, who carefully planned the attack for months.  "What I was told is, her manifesto was a blueprint on total destruction, and it was so, so detailed at the level of what she had planned."

The Crazy Contours of the Crazier 2024 Election.  A Jacobin crowd, whose agenda does not poll 50 percent on any issue, is now running the country.  Joe Biden is its ancient, happy-face emoji.  It has managed in two years to wreck the border, destroy energy autonomy, fuel racial tensions, create an entirely new cause of the aggrieved "transgender community," tank the economy, spike crime, and put America into rapid decline abroad beneath the Biden façade — and call it all "progress."  The wherewithal in lieu of popular support came from huge amounts of tech and corporate cash, and the fealty of most of our cultural institutions, from Silicon Valley and the media to the corporate boardroom, academia, K-12, professional sports, entertainment, and the weaponization of the federal bureaucracy including the FBI, Justice Department, Pentagon, CIA, and IRS.  In other words, for the Left having no president at all certainly has its advantages.  No one in the Oval Office is warning the socialists, "You guys are crazy and will cost me the election if you keep it up!"  Instead, with no one in charge, everyone is in charge.

Chairman Jim Jordan Subpoenas CDC and Other Agencies After Allegations of Government Censorship.  Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has issued subpoenas to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the State Department's Global Engagement Center (GEC).  The chairman hopes to obtain documents and communications related to the Committee's investigation into allegations of federal government coercion and collusion with private companies and third-party groups to censor speech.  Recent public reporting, including The Twitter Files, has revealed the extent to which the federal government has exerted pressure and collaborated with Big Tech and other intermediaries to suppress certain viewpoints, a practice that violates the First Amendment principles.

'Too Big to Fail' Is Too Big Period.  A recent Gallup poll found that public confidence in our institutions is collapsing.  The only institutions that still garner majority confidence are the military and small businesses.  Nearly three quarters of Americans have lost confidence in government, big business, academia, and the media (among others).  The vast majority of our institutions are failing.  They aren't failing to survive.  They're failing to meet our expectations — which means they're failing to satisfy their reason for being. [...] Government hasn't lost our confidence because it isn't doing enough.  It has lost our confidence because it's doing too much.  Regulation, surveillance, oversight, and bureaucratic burden all work to restrict our freedoms.

Matt Taibbi rips media silence after Dem threat: 'Can you imagine' if GOP threatened to jail CNN's Jim Acosta?  Independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who was threatened with jail time by a top Democrat on Capitol Hill over testimony he gave about his reporting on the Twitter Files, feels the media would have lost its minds if Republicans did the same to CNN's Jim Acosta.  "Can you imagine if something like this had happened in the Trump years?  If Republicans had threatened someone like Jim Acosta with five years in prison over a minor error?  That he didn't even make in testimony before Congress?  You would have had every human rights organization on earth complaining about it but not a peep from my so-called colleagues in mainstream media," Taibbi said Monday on "FOX & Friends."  "It doesn't matter what journalist it is, they should be upset about it because it could be them next," Taibbi added.

Emerging Consensus On The Blinken Hoax?  Yesterday I wrote that the real question regarding Deep State Mike Morrell's testimony that throws Little Tony Blinken under the bus — blames him for the patent hoax claim that the Hunter laptop is a Russian disinformation op — is whether Morrell spilled the beans with Deep State blessing.  The letter that Morrell orchestrated was an obvious hoax.  The only question was who perpetrated the hoax — was it independent action by the Deep State, or ... what?  Morrell confirms that it was Deep State action at the direct behest of the Zhou campaign, through Blinken.

The Marriage of the Media and the Security State.  t is now all too obvious that the corporate media colluded with corrupt elements of the security state to alter the outcomes of two presidential elections.  Their first foray into election interference failed because, in 2016, they underestimated the power of social media and allowed Donald Trump to speak directly to the voters.  They fixed that problem in 2020 by convincing Facebook and Twitter to censor legitimate news stories while disseminating disinformation.  And it is no coincidence that former Obama and current Biden administration officials were involved in both interference schemes.  One such official, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell, testified before Congress last week that he facilitated the cover-up of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal at the request of then-Biden campaign advisor Antony Blinken.

Biden, Blinken Orchestrated Letter to Undermine Hunter Biden Laptop Story Ahead of 2020 Election.  President Joe Biden allegedly promoted a debunked letter from 51 former intelligence officials that was put into plan by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to falsely undermine a New York Post story about Hunter Biden's laptop as supposed Russian disinformation. [...] Earlier this week, former CIA Director Michael Morell testified that Blinken, a then a Biden campaign adviser, contacted a former CIA official and "set in motion" the false statement debunking the Post's story as "Russian disinformation."  Weeks before the 2020 election, dozens of ex-national security officials signed a letter claiming that Hunter's laptop had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) sent a letter to Blinken on Thursday to notify him that the lawmakers are conducting oversight of the situation.

Former Intel Officials Who Signed The Infamous Hunter Biden Laptop Letter Landed Jobs In The Biden Admin.  After Biden campaign officials coordinated a letter signed by 51 former intelligence officers casting doubt about the authenticity of Hunter Biden's laptop before the 2020 presidential election, several signatories ended up with roles in the president's administration.  Former Deputy Director of the CIA Michael Morrell testified to the House Judiciary Committee that then-Biden senior adviser and current Secretary of State Tony Blinken contacted him and "triggered" the creation of the letter.  Former CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash, who signed the letter, put Morrell in touch with Biden campaign Chairman Steve Richetti, who thanked him for orchestrating it; Biden later appointed Bash to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board in 2022.

Getting Off the Roller Coaster to Bondage.  It's not as if the ruling class's "cult of expertise" provides any comfort.  We have a president who long ago lost his marbles, a vice president who succeeded in the political profession by excelling in the oldest one, a secretary of defense committed to promoting men in dresses, a health bureaucracy pumping citizens full of experimental drugs, a Treasury Department endlessly printing money, a Commerce Department prioritizing inflation-inducing "green" windmills over real economic growth, a homeland security chief dedicated to keeping the nation insecure, and a national police force that treats half the country as "domestic enemies."  It's almost as if whoever installed these yahoos into the highest positions of authority wanted obvious "fall guys" for when everything, well, falls down.

NYPD employee relations boss Lisa White drives workers away with 'crazy stuff': sources.  The NYPD commissioner in charge of employee relations is having a difficult time — with her employee relations.  More than 10 cops working under Deputy Commissioner Lisa White — who's in charge of officer morale in the 35,000 uniformed member force — have either transferred or asked to be transferred out of her office because of her off-the-wall shenanigans, including claiming there are ghosts in her office and that workers are bugging her phone, police sources told The [New York] Post.  The final straw for one of them, a detective assigned to drive her in a department-assigned Ford SUV, came when White, 61, ordered the cop to turn on the lights and sirens because she was late for work.  When the detective refused, White ordered her out, hopped into the driver's seat and took over, barreling from her Crown Heights apartment to One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan like a bat out of hell, the sources said.

Did a 21-year-old air guardsman expose Biden's violation of the War Powers Act?  Last week, the mainstream media gleefully reported the arrest of a low-ranking, 21-year-old Air National Guardsman from Massachusetts named Jack Teixeira, who apparently, on an internet chat site, divulged state secrets in violation of the Espionage Act and embarrassed the Biden administration. [...] Among the information spilled are revelations of the Biden administration spying on friends and foes alike.  But bigger questions surround this case, hot-potato questions the media won't touch, with the hottest being this: Do the Teixeira revelations expose a violation of the War Powers Act by Biden?  But most disturbing, are claims of United States Special Forces inside the red-hot Ukrainian war zone, months after Biden boasted there will be "no boots on the ground," a boast perhaps as credible as his blathering that "if you take the vax, you won't get COVID."  If United States Special Forces advisors are on the ground, in the midst of a kinetic war, supporting Ukraine's military against Russia, not only do Americans have a right to know, as major wars have been ignited by the slightest of hair triggers, but a larger question must now be examined:  Has Joe Biden violated the War Powers Act?

Harriet Hageman Blasts Spy Letter Discrediting Hunter Biden Laptop Story: 'Coverup Was Starting'.  Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-WY) told Breitbart News Saturday that the 2020 spy letter allegedly organized by the Biden campaign to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story was the beginning of the coverup.  "When this came out in October [of 2020], anybody with a lick of sense out in the rest of the United States knew number one, that the letter from the 51 so-called intelligence officials was wrong.  We knew it," Hageman said.  On Thursday, news broke that former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell testified to Republican investigators that current Secretary of State Antony Blinken — formerly a Biden campaign official — had contacted Morell regarding the New York Post's Hunter laptop story, which "set in motion the events that led to the issuance of a public statement" by 51 former intelligence officials who discredited the story as Russian disinformation.

Hunter Biden laptop letter was the real disinformation all along.  The dishonor of our intelligence community, and most of the media, is now complete.  It turns out the "51 intel experts" letter implying Hunter Biden's 100% authentic laptop was a Russian fake, and the ensuing efforts to kill Post reporting on it, were the actual disinfo operation.  Veteran spook and former acting CIA Director Mike Morrell masterminded it, as he swore under oath, to "help Vice President Biden ... because I wanted him to win the election" — at the behest of campaign flunky (now Secretary of State) Antony Blinken.  And Morell plainly also did it in hopes a victorious Biden would hand him the top CIA job.  Not only was there no intricate Russian plot, there was never any evidence suggesting one — only a Biden campaign conspiracy to bury the truth under a tissue of lies.

Spy letter about Hunter Biden shows how Dems are undermining democracy.  In the closing address at last month's Summit for Democracy, Secretary of State Antony Blinken piously proclaimed, "As President Biden has said, democracy doesn't happen by accident.  "It requires constant effort."  Or in the case of the 2020 election, it required deceiving American voters.  The House Judiciary Committee revealed that Blinken, then a top Biden adviser, orchestrated the letter from 51 top intelligence officials claiming that Hunter Biden's laptop was nothing but a Russian disinformation campaign.  Blinken contacted former acting CIA chief Mike Morell, who swayed scores of other former top officials — including three ex-CIA chiefs — to sign that letter to debunk the biggest threat to the Biden presidential campaign.

The Biden administration's attack on free speech.  There are two things to remember.  First, America is not at war with Russia.  Congress has not declared war against Russia, nor has the Biden administration pretended that it has.  Russia may be a geopolitical enemy, but it's not a wartime enemy.  Second, as Tucker and Glenn Greenwald discussed, violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act have routinely been treated as minor problems, with fines as the primary punishment.  For the government to go after penny-ante black socialist organizations that are saying exactly what others who oppose the war have been saying represents an escalation against speech unseen in modern America.  It has the smell of a totalitarian political regime cracking down on speech that offends it.  This is especially true when you consider the leeway the administration gives to Chinese control over speech, via TikTok.  China, after all, is another geopolitical opponent.  It's also revolting when you consider the information coming out about the Biden family's profiting from China, Ukraine, and other countries at America's expense.

Two Top Republicans Say Blinken Should Be Impeached Over Biden Laptop Role, Good Luck Making That Happen.  Former CIA Director Mike Morell has told the House Judiciary Committee that it was Secretary of State Antony (with no "h") Blinken who, while acting as a senior campaign adviser for Joe Biden, enlisted him to organize the letter from former intelligence officials labeling the material from Hunter Biden's laptop Russian dezinformatsiya.  According to an exclusive in the New York Post, Morell had no intention of writing a letter or soliciting others to either write or sign a letter plainly lying about Hunter Biden's laptop until Blinken put the thought in his minds. [...] This is a significant revelation from several standpoints.  First and foremost, it shows that the Biden campaign did not believe Hunter's laptop was a Russian plant.  Second, it shows the people who signed the letter were bad-faith actors who knew the Russian disinformation story was bogus but set about to deceive the American people for political purposes.  As an aside, the lack of qualms by any of the signers indicates that they were used to lying to America to push their own agenda; this is something the next GOP president should keep in mind.  Most concerning is that the prime mover behind the story, Antony Blinken, was made Secretary of State.

House Judiciary Committee Releases Evidence of U.S. Intelligence Community Conducting Domestic Political Disinformation Campaign.  The House Judiciary Committee has released evidence, gained from a transcribed interview with former Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, showing a coordinated plan by former and current Intelligence Community officials (both parties) to work with the political campaign of Joe Biden in order to influence the 2020 election outcome.  Within the transcribed interview, Mike Morell admits to receiving a phone call from current Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, with a request to create disinformation and protect Joe Biden from scrutiny over the Hunter Biden laptop revelations.  Morell then coordinated with 50 intelligence officials to fabricate a claim that Russians had created the Biden laptop story as a disinformation campaign.  The reality was that Morell organized the U.S. intelligence community to create disinformation on behalf of Joe Biden.

Two key Republicans call for Secretary of State Blinken to resign over Hunter Biden revelations.  Two high-profile Republicans who have probed the Biden family scandal are calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to resign or face impeachment over allegations he helped trigger an intelligence community letter during the 2020 election that falsely portrayed Hunter Biden's laptop contents as Russian disinformation.  The rebukes of Blinken by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) came after the release Thursday night of testimony from former CIA chief Michael Morell that Blinken had spurred him to organize the now-infamous October 2020 letter to benefit the Biden campaign.  Morell testified he agreed to do so because Blinken reached out to him and he wanted to influence the election in Joe Biden's favor.  "This, in my opinion, probably disqualifies him to serve as the Secretary of State," Biggs told Just the News in a wide-ranging interview Friday on the John Solomon Reports podcast.  "And I know people keep saying, 'Andy, you want to impeach everybody?' Well, you know, Tony Blinken probably should be impeached, just like [Homeland Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas should be impeached.

50 ways to protect our Joe?  Remember that letter that hit the front pages about Russia disinformation and the Hunter Biden laptop?  It was signed by 50 intelligence experts and now we are learning that it was a bit fishy.  Could it be that the whole thing was set up to find 50 to protect the presidential candidate before the second debate? [...] The issue here is that a letter was signed giving credibility to Biden's message that the whole thing was disinformation.  That smells bad and every one of the 50 should be brought before the Congress to explain their signature.

State Department Dodges Questions on Blinken Discrediting Hunter Biden Laptop Story Ahead of 2020.  The State Department refused to comment on whether Secretary of State Antony Blinken disputed Republicans' assertions that as a senior adviser to the 2020 Biden presidential campaign he was involved in recruiting former intelligence officials in an effort to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the election.  When asked specifically if Blinken disputed the accuracy of the assertions and if he planned to comply with Republican lawmakers' request for more information, State Department Deputy Press Secretary Vedant Patel responded, "That is not a State Department issue, so I don't have a comment for you on that."

Of Course Democrats Are Threatening to Imprison Matt Taibbi Over a Typo.  The Twitter Files have been rankling a lot of feathers on the left since they began months ago.  The revelations that have come from these releases have exposed all kinds of malfeasance on the part of Big Tech leaders and the government.  It can be no surprise, then, that the authoritarian left would seek to punish those involved in the exposure of the government's efforts to suppress dissenting voices on the internet.  This is why Democrats are threatening to use the power of the state to punish journalist Matt Taibbi, who was instrumental in distributing the information found behind the scenes at Twitter.  Del.  Stacey Plaskett (D-VI), a ranking member of the Weaponization subcommittee, has threatened to have Taibbi arrested and thrown in a cage for supposedly committing perjury.  According to RedState's Nick Arama, Plaskett "sent a letter to Taibbi accusing him of committing perjury during his testimony because he supposedly made an error referring to the CISA (the government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) when he meant to refer to the CIS (the Center for Internet Security)."

Top Dem Threatens Matt Taibbi With Jail in Despicable Move, Proving the Very Point He Was Making.  During a Congressional hearing about the Twitter Files and the government's involvement in the censorship of speech on Twitter, Democrats were doing all they could to attack and try to smear the journalists who were involved in the reporting including an independent journalist, Matt Taibbi.  Not only did they smear the Twitter Files reporters, but they also tried to find out their sources.  So much for freedom of the press.  Then Taibbi found out that on that same day, the IRS showed up on his doorstep.  That's chilling when you have to have such concerns about the government being weaponized against you because the Democrats don't like that you're challenging their control or calling out their narrative.  But that's not all.  They're still trying to come after Taibbi — they're threatening him with jail time now because of his testimony before Congress.  Del.  Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) is the ranking member of the Weaponization Subcommittee.  She was involved in the attack on Taibbi during the hearing; she tried to get his sources and smeared him as a "so-called journalist".

Appeals Court Grants Bragg's Request to Temporarily Freeze House Subpeona.  The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on April 20 issued a temporary administrative hold on the return date of the House Judiciary Committee's congressional subpoena to Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office.  Pomerantz investigated former President Donald Trump's finances before leaving Bragg's office in February 2022 in protest of Bragg's initial unwillingness to bring an indictment against Trump.  Bragg then brought the indictment against Trump in late March, prompting Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to initiate a probe into what Jordan calls a "politically motivated" prosecution against a former president.  Jordan subpoenaed Pomerantz to seek his testimony.  In response, Bragg sued the House Judiciary Committee and Pomerantz to prevent Pomerantz from testifying.  The appeals court's April 20 order temporarily froze a lower court's ruling on April 19 that declined Bragg's request to block Pomerantz from testifying to Congress.

Bragg's Obsession To Pin A Crime On Trump Deserves Disbarment And More.  The consensus — even among Democrats who despise Donald Trump — is that Alvin Bragg has made a colossal mess of things.  Recently, the Manhattan District Attorney compounded one legal blunder with another.  This should surprise no one.  Bragg is the kind of guy who could screw up a free lunch.  Incompetence is his métier.  In his brief tenure as DA, he has managed to increase the number of criminals terrorizing the streets of New York City by refusing to prosecute many of them or dropping serious felonies to petty misdemeanors.  Innocent victims of the rampant crime fume and rage against Bragg, while prosecutors in his charge have abandoned ship.  Like the crazed captain in Moby Dick, Bragg is obsessed with harpooning Trump, his white whale.  In the DA's twisted mind, all evil in the world is personified by the former president.

The Unfortunate Partisanship of the Prosecutor's Office.  Prosecutors should not carry partisan labels.  We didn't really need a Trump indictment to assert that point.  There's never been any rationale to affix party labels to elections for any administrative or enforcement role.  Whether it's secretary of state races, county clerk contests, or elections for local sheriffs or prosecutors, a person's party affiliation should have nothing to do with their application of the law.  Moreover, when partisanship influences law enforcement, and the perception of it, it undermines faith in the criminal justice system — with unfortunate consequences.  Indicting Trump brings this issue into stark relief.  Whether or not one views the New York County attorney's indictment of Trump as being politically motivated apparently depends on the party affiliation of the person being asked.

Judge Denies Bragg's Attempt to Stop Subpoena, Dealing Win to Jordan.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) will get to question a former prosecutor of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office after a judge ruled Wednesday that a subpoena Jordan issued to the prosecutor was enforceable.  U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil wrote that the subpoena, which Jordan sent to Mark Pomerantz two weeks ago, had a "valid legislative purpose."  "It is not the role of the federal judiciary to dictate what legislation Congress may consider or how it should conduct its deliberations in that connection," Vyskocil wrote.  "Mr. Pomerantz must appear for the congressional deposition.  No one is above the law."

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Ri-i-i-ight.  No one is above the law, except Hillary Clinton, Barack H. Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, the guy who broke Jeffrey Epstein's neck, and 30 million illegal aliens.

Pandemic and Panopticon: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State.  The pandemic of 2020 saw the imposition of shocking restrictions.  For the first time, healthy people were confined to their homes.  Vaccines cleared for emergency use — meaning not rigorously tested — were forced on all citizens.  Debate, even by scientists, was censored.  Refusal to obey these arbitrary impositions could mean arrest, legal action, or, as Dr. Aaron Kheriaty found out, losing one's job.  A psychiatry professor in good standing at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), Dr. Kheriaty became persona non grata when he demurred to the mandatory vaccine policy, claiming natural immunity as a Covid-recovered individual.  Not caring for scientific debate, the university declared him a "threat to the health and safety of the community," suspended him without pay, barred him from campus, and eventually fired him. [...] Uncowed, Dr. Kheriaty sued the university.  In a more far-reaching action, he authored The New Abnormal: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State, a sober analysis and exposure of the tyranny of pandemic policies and the devastation they wrought.

Republicans Step into the 'Do Something' Trap.  New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg has certainly gotten everyone excited with his application of the Beria gambit.  His "show me the man and I'll show you the crime" approach to election interference — while calling it law enforcement — has raised eyebrows across the political spectrum.  He has even triggered the Republicans to propose legislation protecting current and former presidents from politically motivated prosecution.  Unfortunately, the proposed legislation fails the same logic test that almost all gun-control proposals fail.  Advocates of gun control can never explain how their proposals would have prevented the last headline shooting.  Similarly, the Republican proposal would not have prevented the Alvin Bragg circus either.

Can you convict a ham sandwich?  For the first time in history, a state prosecutor has filed criminal charges against a former U.S. president.  Alvin Bragg has charged former president Donald Trump with 34 counts of the same crime: falsifying business records — which is normally a misdemeanor.  To be clear, Bragg has seriously overstepped his authority by having a grand jury indict Donald Trump for what can be tried as a federal crime in a courtroom only under the jurisdiction of the Federal Elections Commission, which has already declined to pursue the case.  Let's get one thing straight:  Donald Trump is the quintessential ham sandwich. [...] Against all odds, he ran against and defeated the Clinton political machine.  He survived a conspiracy far worse than Watergate that attempted a coup d'état of his fairly elected administration that essentially continued for his entire term in office.  Only the most avid Donald Trump-haters hold any real hope for a conviction produced by the efforts of Alvin Bragg.

House Republicans to Introduce Legislation to Block State, Local Prosecution of Former Presidents.  As the controversy continues over Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's politically motivated indictment of former President Donald Trump in a case that no sane prosecutor would bring against anyone not named Donald Trump, House Republicans are about to introduce multiple bills that would restrict state and local prosecutors from prosecuting current or former presidents.  Any such cases could instead be moved to federal court, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan told Just the News on Thursday.  Jordan said the lead bill would give current and former presidents the option to change venues.  The lead bill is slated to be introduced early next week at the latest.

Do Not Fall for the Normalcy Presumption - Nothing Is Normal Anymore.  Let's look at the phenomenon of the Soros DAs.  Why did the leftist zillionaire decide to spend a ton of money in otherwise obscure local races?  Because he found a weakness in the American political system and decided to exploit it knowing that dumb conservatives would be slow to understand how his actions destroyed the system and keep acting as if the old system was still in effect long after it had been demolished.  Here's how it works.  District attorneys, and other prosecutors, have incredible discretion to charge or not charge crimes.  In normal times, this was not a problem, because while a prosecutor position was typically an elected office, it was not a political position in the usual sense.  Republican, Democrat, whatever — the DAs usually prosecuted bad guys relatively fairly and squarely.  Sure, sometimes they got stupid and went after enemies, but generally they were not partisan. [...] Get it through your thick squish heads — there is no justice system to preserve or protect anymore.

Bragg vs. the Windmills.  European leftists have often been true intellectuals — people who do the reading, who are open to debate, who believe in ideas.  But American lefties are simply punks.  They think only in terms of slogans.  They can't reconcile experience and ideas.  They can't read or understand the historical record, or even grasp why it has any connection to the current situation — which strongly argues for a lack of understanding of simple cause and effect.  They can't come up with any kind of rational program.  They almost always wind up sabotaging themselves.  They are their own worst enemies.  Which brings us to Alvin Bragg, the dumbest attorney in the United States of America.  Bragg has always been clear that his major goal is the destruction, both political and personal, of Donald Trump.  With the April 4 indictment, he has thrown down the gauntlet, pinning his own career on the outcome.

The West Declares War on Itself.  For Americans who cherish self-government, free speech, and personal liberty, the reality of today's America is jolting.  How can Hillary Clinton's campaign, Barack Obama's FBI, and an assortment of sordid Intelligence Community actors conspire to frame Donald Trump as a Russian spy in a veritable coup d'état without suffering any legal consequences?  How can the IRS target Americans for their political viewpoints and be rewarded with bigger budgets and more armed agents?  How can the FBI illegally spy on a presidential campaign, target parents concerned over the content of their children's public education, and label half of America "extremists," and not be disbanded?  How can the Department of (in)Justice seek to punish Americans' speech and religious faith as impermissible expressions of "hate" and deprive Americans of their Second Amendment protections without being immediately defunded as a threat to the Bill of Rights?

Jim Jordan Responds to Alvin Bragg Lawsuit as Manhattan DA Tries to Block Congressional Investigation and Review.  In the BIG PICTURE a local New York City District Attorney has created a criminal case, structured on a federal crime, that the federal government has stated was not a crime.  This is the Rubicon that has been crossed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.  In essence this is extreme Lawfare in action.  In response to the jurisdictional issue; in addition to the substantive political construct of the case; the largest mechanism within congress, the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed officials from the District Attorney's office to answer questions about the construct of the case.  A return-fire lawfare response.  In reaction to the federal response and inquiry, DA Alvin Bragg filed a lawsuit against the House Judiciary Committee.  District Attorney Bragg also asked for intervention against the subpoena, an injunction against the authority of the House oversight, that was immediately DENIED by the court.  Alvin Bragg really doesn't want the House to investigate his case.

Court Rejects Bragg's Request for Restraining Order Against Jordan.  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's urgent request to enter a restraining order against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was rejected on April 11, the same day it was filed.  U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, a Trump appointee, turned down Bragg's emergency request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Jordan.  "The Court declines to enter the proposed Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause," Vyskocil said, noting that she hadn't yet received several documents that were referenced in Bragg's filings.  She ordered Jordan and other defendants in the case to respond to the lawsuit and scheduled a hearing for April 19.  On April 11, Bragg sued Jordan for allegedly infringing on state sovereignty.

Joe Biden Knew Everything — The Regime Worked with the FBI Prior to the Raid of President Trump's Home.  In August as the FBI was raiding his father's home at Mar-a-Lago, an unprecedented abuse on a former US President, Eric Trump told FOX News that this only took place with Joe Biden and his handler's explicit approval.  [Tweet]  And Eric was right!  On Monday [4/10/2023] America First Legal revealed that the Biden White House was involved in the unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.  The DOJ and Biden White House then lied about their efforts.

Government Is Marketing Censorship Tools To Big Tech To Gag Conservatives.  The federal government peddled technology to Big Tech companies to assist them in censoring Americans' speech on social media in the run-up to the 2020 election, according to emails Missouri and Louisiana uncovered in their First Amendment lawsuit against the Biden administration.  Specifically, the State Department marketed this censorship technology through its Global Engagement Center.  In other words, our tax dollars not only funded the development of tools to silence speech that dissented from the regime's narrative.  They also paid for government employees to act as sales reps pitching the censorship products to Big Tech.

Yes, The Statute Of Limitations Has Passed On Bragg's 'Get Trump' Case.  We have recently learned a few more things about the charges brought by District Attorney Alvin Bragg against former President Donald Trump.  One thing is for sure.  The D.A.'s team checked some of their basic knowledge of the law at the door.  In New York, misdemeanors must be prosecuted within two years of the date of the offense.  Felonies like those Bragg has alleged must be prosecuted within five years or be forever barred by the statute of limitations.  These are not new, complex, or difficult-to-manage rules and deadlines.  Team Bragg is aware.  The D.A. has charged Trump with felonies for a variety of reasons, one of which is to trigger the five- rather than two-year limitations period on bad bookkeeping crimes.  Felonies often bring jail time, which is the left's fever dream for Trump.  Statutes of limitations are firm dates.  There is little leeway for a prosecutor to ask a judge to set aside the statute to allow a time-barred charge to still proceed to trial.

Alvin Bragg Has Opened Pandora's Box.  And then there's the Pandora's box he just opened.  Unless the courts put a rapid end to this clown show, he has put the Clintons, Bidens, Obamas, and Pelosis in legal jeopardy — by forever changing the rules of political discourse and criminal justice in America.  If the Dems are going to change the rules in their rabid pursuit of The Donald, it's only appropriate that we review our tactics in light of the new rules.  By the way, did you hear that Barack Obama may have received millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions from the Chinese?  I hope he doesn't have a bunch of campaign paperwork errors that can be stacked on top of that.  Here's my question: does any of Alvin Bragg's treatment of President Trump constitute a civil rights violation?  We actually have a law against that.  Its title is "MISCONDUCT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT & OTHER GOVERNMENT ACTORS — Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law"  (18 USC §242).

Is It Time to Panic Yet Over the State of America?  What kind of country weaponizes its judicial system to indict and arrest the leading opponent of the political party in power?  When other countries do this, we send in Jimmy Carter and organize a color revolution to throw out the corrupt and tyrannical government.  In America, the ruling class makes excuses, and the opposition party says little.  A rogue D.A. accuses a former president of covering up nonexistent crimes and the media claps like seals at "upholding democracy" while Republicans mutter about "letting the process play out."  Republicans bring a nerf gun to a real gun fight and wonder why they lose.  An FEC commissioner asserted about Trump's supposed crimes, "It's not a campaign finance violation.  It's not a reporting violation of any kind."  In a banana republic, those in charge define crimes, and it is situational, applying only to Trump and not Clinton or Biden.

Who's "They"?  If you think "Republicans" are the solution, then you don't understand the construct of the 'Big Club.'  Political parties were created to present you with:  (1) a controlled outlet for your focus (pro-tip the Big Club "they" control it); and (2) the illusion of choice.  Now there are some differences between the two political parties — between the two wings of the same DC vulture.
  •   The DNC wants power.  The RNC wants money.
  •   The DNC uses money to get power.  The RNC use power to get money.
  •   The ideology of the DNC drives their donor activity.  The ideology of the donors drives the RNC ideology.
This is the essential difference in their business models.  This is also how the system works when you think about 'money' and raw 'ideological power'.

Bragg violated Trump's 6th Amendment rights in refusing to disclose underlying crime:  legal expert.  Former President Donald Trump's Sixth Amendment rights may have been violated when New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg refused to disclose the underlying crime the defendant intended to conceal through his alleged falsification of business records, legal experts opined Wednesday.  The Sixth Amendment provides in part for the right of a criminal defendant to "be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor..."  When questioned by a reporter as to what the underlying crime the indictment fails to name is, Bragg replied in New York State, he does not have to.

What Would a Real Manchurian Candidate Do Differently than Joe Biden?  The Biden regime's emphasis on identity politics (particularly as relates to pushing the LGBTQI agenda), critical race theory, diversity-equity-inclusion, and other Marxist policies have replaced meritocracy, experience, and competency in hiring and promotion decision-making.  The weaponizing of federal agencies against Democrat political enemies has been put on steroids over the past two years, with the FBI's continuing pursuit of J6 protestors moving into its third year.  The FBI's raid on former President Trump's private residence and opening of yet another special counsel investigation has exacerbated the mistrust of the federal government among many Americans.  The lack of the FBI's focused pursuit of violent antifa and BLM protestors stands in contrast to early morning raids of the homes of peaceful pro-life protestors.  The rule of law and equal justice under the law have been diminished by the highly politicized Biden Dept of Justice.

If Rule Of Law Dies, So Does Our Republic.  A number of columns and editorials in recent weeks have openly wondered if the notion of a nation ruled by laws — fair laws reasonably interpreted by well-trained, unbiased, disinterested judges — was dying.  Sorry, but it might already be dead.  The overtly political mugging of Donald Trump by a Soros-backed New York district attorney wielding a risible 34-count felony indictment that could put the ex-president behind bars for more than 100 years is bad enough.  But the absurd nature of the accusations make clear the legal charges have nothing to do with the law, and everything to do with Democratic politics.

Bragg's Lawfare Tears Apart A Thousand Years of Anglo-American Jurisprudence.  Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's indictment of Donald Trump is a constitutional obscenity.  Bragg crafted an indictment that denies Trump his most fundamental constitutional right — one going back 1,000 years in Anglo-American jurisprudence — to know the criminal charges against him.  Bragg goes still, rewriting New York law to "get Trump."  If this power grab isn't stopped, with everyone involved in the case punished under the law, nothing will stand in the way of the leftist drive for total power.  [Tweet]  In the video below, Alan Dershowitz discusses most of the fatal substantive problems with Bragg's indictment:  [Video clip]

John Ratcliffe Slams Alvin Bragg: Law Schools Will Use Indictment as Example of 'Prosecutorial Abuse of Discretion'.  Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said the indictment of Donald Trump is actually an indictment of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg because the unsealed document so clearly demonstrates "political persecution."  "Alvin Bragg's unsealed indictment is an indictment of Alvin Bragg.  Legitimate law schools will forever use this indictment to teach the concept of prosecutorial abuse of discretion," Ratcliffe tweeted on Tuesday in response to a post by Mike Cernovich, who called the indictment "laughable in any other circumstance" and "the same offense copied and pasted 34 times."

Trump's Indictment Is a Blunder of Historic Proportions.  There is little doubt that news of former President Donald Trump's indictment and pending arraignment will be met with jubilation on the Left.  The reality, however, is that the Left and the Right — the United States as a whole — will suffer the consequences of this blunder of historic proportions.  New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg's decision to bring charges will be a moment that historians, and society more broadly, will look back upon as a societal turning point.  The immediate reaction to the first criminal indictment of a former U.S. president has largely focused on the legalities, with charges related to the hush money allegedly paid to former porn star Stormy Daniels.  If this is true — and with the indictment still under seal, we don't yet know — it makes the situation worse not merely for Alvin Bragg, but for the entire country.

Could Trump Prosecutor Alvin Bragg Go to Prison?  It's Possible.  On Monday night, it was leaked that Donald Trump will be charged with 34 felony counts for allegedly falsifying business records.  The details of the indictment were not supposed to be released, and Trump quickly called out District Attorney Alvin Bragg for illegally leaking the details of the indictment. [...] Bragg certainly won't indict himself, but, as Tucker Carlson noted, leaking details from Trump's sealed indictment is bigger than the crimes for which Trump has been indicted.  After pointing out that Bragg "stitched together a Frankenstein legal theory to justify" his prosecution of Trump after the statute of limitations had passed, the leak of Donald Trump's grand jury indictment to the media "in itself is a crime under the law in New York, in fact, a much bigger crime than those under which Donald Trump is being charged."

Who is pulling the puppet strings in Washington, DC?  [Scroll down]  Clearly, these elected representatives are being handled by invisible agents: i.e. puppet masters.  For the establishment in D.C., these puppets are a dream come true.  The puppets probably rest all day during office hours owing to their condition or indifference or incapability.  Their legacy and how history will judge them is the least of their concern.  When they appear in public, they read from prepared notes and vote or sign based on orders without any pushback.  This enables them to push unpopular measures through Congress and beyond.  Perhaps there are many more such puppets in D.C. and beyond who simply follow orders.  In exchange there are myriad inducements for the puppet and his/her family — they will retire as multi-millionaires even if they serve for one term.  The least a citizen can expect in a democracy is that the individual who secures the maximum votes will be the one making the key decisions when in office.  But a puppet eliminates accountability, which is an essential tenet of democracy.  Installing puppets and running governmental affairs via proxy is what occurs in third-world countries or military dictatorships or communist regimes or in ancient monarchies[.]  Leaders who become puppets owing to their health situation or their indifference or their corrupt proclivities have no place in the world's leading democracy.

We send politicians to stop the madness of government, but nothing changes.  Why?  Washington DC is a Potemkin village.  We focus on the visible but the constructs that impact us do not originate from the false facade.  There's something behind that facade, and what we see is — entirely — a facade.  That's why sending the politicians doesn't change the outcome.  To get to the core of the issue, we must first stop looking at the Potemkin village and instead look behind it.  Legislation, rules, regulations and laws are not written by congress.  The paperwork comes from the assembly of legal and lobbyist foot soldiers on K-Street.  That's where the ink is put to the paper and the legislative outcomes first originate.  K-Street is where the corporations, multinationals and financial organizations control the process.  If the corporations behind the DC facade want to shift the money, they proactively write the rules, regulations and laws that steer the actual policy outcomes to their financial target or destination.  Their wealth expands and they reward the participants, the politicians.  Most of the entry level politicians are oblivious to where the corporations have proactively moved; however, a few of the politicians — the leadership groups — know exactly where the destination of the legislative intent is going.  The latter are tenured in the power structure behind the facade.

Crisis breeds fascism.  Democrats and RINOs never let a crisis go to waste because a crisis allows them to expand their powers.  9/11 is just one example.  Bush and company used it to add a Cabinet-level department, make the unpatriotic PATRIOT Act law, and start two wars they later would abandon.  Washington does not wait for a crisis to come along.  The deep state turned President Trump's actually peaceful protest on the National Mall on January 6 into what they called an insurrection.  DC now has the power to jail dissidents.  They also beta-tested their facial recognition apparatus.  The border crisis allows Democrats to flood Republican states with illegal aliens by sending them to Wyoming and other states instead of sending them home.  I don't know where to begin in enumerating the extensions of power under covid.  It was overplayed by DC which jacked up the numbers by giving hospitals cash incentives to label deaths as being with (not necessarily from) covid.

Even If You Hate Trump, You Should Be Standing With Him Now.  The indictment of Donald Trump places America decisively on the path to becoming an authoritarian regime in which dissent is forbidden, the opposition is a sham that is run by the people in power, and those who oppose the elites are arrested, tried, and imprisoned on the flimsiest of pretexts.  Actually, we are already quite far along on that path.  That is why everyone who loves freedom should be standing with Donald Trump today.  Love him or hate him, he is now the last man standing against those who are trying to destroy the last vestiges of America as a free society.

Welcome to the Banana Republic of America.  America has officially descended from Ronald Reagan's "shining city upon the hill" to a banana republic on par with Cuba, Venezuela, or the former Soviet Union. [...] This past week illustrated the precarious state of America as a beacon of freedom and liberty.  Start with the indictment of former President Donald Trump.  A Manhattan district attorney turned a misdemeanor, long past the statute of limitations, into a federal crime which his Manhattan D.A. predecessor, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the former New York Attorney General, and the Federal Election Commission deemed to not be a crime and declined to prosecute.  Principal players including Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen, in written statements, made clear that even the misdemeanor didn't happen.  Yet here we are with the Democrat party and its weaponized judicial system choosing to indict their political opponent who will be the likely Republican presidential candidate next year.

Time to Take Off the Gloves.  The Democrats' assault can be stopped only by a healthy dose of their own medicine.  Let's start investigating prominent Democrats with an eye toward bringing criminal charges against them.  Most of America's district attorneys, those that have a political affiliation, are no doubt Republicans.  Likewise, most attorneys general are Republicans.  They all should think about Democrats who can be charged in their jurisdictions.  The Biden crime family is an obvious target.  The evidence on Hunter Biden's laptop shows that he spends (or spent) most of his time communicating with pimps and drug dealers to arrange purchases of prostitutes and illegal drugs.  He did this across the country, and his activities are already documented.  There are many counties in which criminal charges could be brought against him.  Then we have the other Bidens, including Jim and Hallie.  As I understand it, criminal charges against Joe can't be pursued until he is out of office, but all of the other members of the crime family are exposed.

The Framework for Laundering Money With Immunity.  To understand the threat that comes along with granting organizations the power to operate outside of laws and constitutions, it helps to understand how deep the layers of immunity go.  The International Organizations Immunities Act (IOIA), passed by the U.S. Congress in 1945, granted dozens of organizations with privileges that equate to that of diplomats.  Each organization's headquarters receives additional protections from the government of the country in which it's located, via "headquarters agreements."  Further, the protected organizations can extend their immunities to individuals, organizations or banks working with them, including family members of staff.

The Trump Indictment: Making History in the Worst Possible Way.  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has finally made history.  He has indicted former President Donald Trump as part of an investigation, possibly for hush money payments.  We are all waiting to see the text of the indictment to confirm the basis for this unprecedented act.  But history in this case — and in this country — is not on Bragg's side.  The only crime that has been discussed in this case is an unprecedented attempt to revive a misdemeanor for falsifying business documents that expired years ago.  If that is still the basis of Thursday's indictment, Bragg could not have raised a weaker basis to prosecute a former president.  If reports are accurate, he may attempt to "bootstrap" the misdemeanor into a felony (and longer statute of limitations) by alleging an effort to evade federal election charges.  While Trump will be the first former president indicted, he will not be the last if that is the standard for prosecution.

If 'No One Is Above The Law,' Democrats And Their Partisan Pawns Would Be Arraigned, Not Trump.  America's two-tiered justice system status was solidified on Thursday after a Manhattan grand jury voted to hit former President Donald Trump with a felony indictment and the threat of imprisonment.  Cue the chorus of Democrats and corporate media mouthpieces who spent all of Thursday night on Twitter condescendingly warning: "no one is above the law, not even the former president."  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the anti-Trump Adams, former Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep. Adam Schiff, and even Trump's ex-attorney Michael Cohen say Trump — or anyone else — doesn't just get a free pass because he's a 2024 presidential candidate.  Yet, it doesn't take an expert to know that the sole reason Trump ever faced indictment is because his political enemies requested it.  In addition to suggesting that Trump is not "above the law," former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed that the former president has the opportunity to "prove innocence" in court.  Of course, the law, smugly touted by Pelosi, dictates that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty- not the other way around.

The Trump Indictment Accelerates America's National Divorce.  New York's top prosecutors have overseen a massive crime wave due to their pro-crime policies even while targeting their political opponents.  Even before Trump, Attorney General Letitia James went after the NRA.  Why?  Because the NRA had made the mistake of incorporating in New York.  Trump, a New Yorker whose family business interests were centered in the city, had fewer options for avoiding the problem, but the indictment, inevitable and doomed to fail, shows the costs of non-Democrats doing business in New York.  And hyperpartisan one-party states dominated by radicals.

Tucker Carlson — Dual Justice Hits Free Speech.  For his opening monologue tonight, Fox News host Tucker Carlson highlights the increased visibility of the dual justice system as it has shown up in just the past 48 hours.  Using the Douglass Mackey conviction and the Donald Trump indictment, both from the state of New York, Carlson puts an exclamation point on the toxic nature of the two-tiered system of justice; accurately noting they are not trying to hide it, because the visibility of it is the point.  The leftists in control of power positions want Americans to see their weaponization of that position in order to create fear and anxiety.  The provocation is the point.  [Video clip]

A State of Never-Ending Crisis: The Government Is Fomenting Mass Hysteria.  We have become guinea pigs in a ruthlessly calculated, carefully orchestrated, chillingly cold-blooded experiment in how to control a population and advance a political agenda without much opposition from the citizenry.  This is mind-control in its most sinister form.  With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the country, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry.  This is all part of the Deep State's master plan.  Ask yourselves: why are we being bombarded with crises, distractions, fake news and reality TV politics?  We're being conditioned like lab mice to subsist on a steady diet of bread-and-circus politics and an endless spate of crises.  Caught up in this "crisis of the now," the average person has a hard time keeping up with and remembering all of the "events," manufactured or otherwise, which occur like clockwork in order to keep us distracted, deluded, amused, and insulated from reality.  All the while, the government continues to amass more power and authority over the citizenry.

Finance and the 'Great Reset'.  We know we are in a communist-type revolution because we are being deceived by our government and legacy and social media, which are largely captured.  And the deceit concerns the very things that are vital to our nation's welfare and survival:
  •   Lies about our insecure southern border facilitating an explosion of illegal immigrants, terrorists, criminals, and Chinese agents coming into the U.S.
  •   Lack of transparency behind the dangerous biological gain-of-function research funded by the U.S. that hatched COVID-19.
  •   Lies from U.S. public health care agency administrators, who imposed mandates on face masks, social distancing, lockdowns and then the untested "emergency use authorization" vaccines on the people.
  •   Attempted denial of the rights of parents in the care and education of their children.
  •   Censorship, FBI harassment, and political demonization of anyone questioning, discussing, and investigating vote and election fraud and its effect on the stature and legitimacy of our present government.
Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Academia, Big Government, and its Media Complex have all failed us.

How Much Longer Can Western Governments Spit on Their People?  Western governments today have committed themselves to expanding centralized authority and global institutions, while dismissing individual nations' concerns and the public's cries to have their wants and needs be heard.  Rather than recalling the lessons from two disastrous world wars that demonstrated, among other things, the dangerous consequences of glorifying empire at the expense of respecting personal freedoms, Western nations are galloping once again toward a renewed era of popular confrontation and rebellion.

Time to End the Veil of Secrecy Inside D.C. Kangaroo Court.  Judge Beryl Howell [...], appointed to the D.C. District Court by Barack Obama in 2010 and elevated to the court's highest post in 2016 — just in time to oversee numerous criminal investigations into Donald Trump — finished up her seven-year stint as chief judge earlier this month.  Colleagues and staff assembled in her courtroom as the proverbial torch was passed to Judge James Boasberg, another Obama appointee.  But according to Politico, the retirement celebration turned into a "roast" of sorts as one judge after another chided Howell for her closed-doors dealings.  "Howell seemed to freeze in her seat as the most senior jurist on the court, Judge Paul Friedman, publicly described her still-secret rulings in grand jury-related matters," reporters Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney wrote on March 17.  "[Her] fellow judges made clear they were as tantalized as the rest of the political world by Howell's secret work presiding over grand juries that could lead to charges against former President Donald Trump."

Woman, 50, faces criminal trial in France after being arrested for 'publicly insulting' President Macron.  A woman has been arrested in France and faces a criminal trial for posting a slogan referring to President Emmanuel Macron as 'garbage' on social media.  The 50-year-old, who asked to be referred to by her first name of Valerie, was placed in police custody for the alleged offence.  She is accused of 'publicly insulting' the French President, who has witnessed millions take to the streets in protest to his controversial move to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 without a parliamentary vote.

Alvin Bragg's Chief Assistant District Attorney Who Is Allegedly Running the Office Is a Raging Trump-Hater and Proud Of It.  The Gateway Pundit reported earlier in the month that Deputy New York City DA Meg Reiss may be behind the latest legal assault on President Trump.  Former NYPD officer and political pundit John Cardillo posted a string of tweets suggesting current Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg isn't "smart enough" to orchestrate an indictment against Trump but rather Soros-connected Deputy DA Meg Reiss is the one pushing for Trump to be indicted.  [Tweet]  Cardillo's statements come after he obtained intel from his New York Law Enforcement sources.  The former NYPD officer's statements hold weight, because after investigating Reiss' Twitter account it does appear she has a deep disdain towards President Trump.

Overcoming America's Political Paralysis.  We are finding it hard to believe that a rich country doesn't mean less corruption; it means more.  America is the prize of all prizes.  There is more to steal, and there are more sophisticated ways to steal it.  When crooks are caught, the legal system can be bought off if you "know the right people."  Lobbyists actually write our laws!  Admitting that we've been victims of a massive con, where our everyday lives are tainted by corruption, is extremely difficult.  From the politicians we have voted for and their undelivered promises to government bureaucrats who really run things, it's hard to admit that everything we thought about our noble country was a sham. [...] We must now realize that in our corrupt government, everything they say is a lie.  Their job is to divert the American people from the truth of the scam so they can keep stealing.  We are now in the final stage, where the corruption is made permanent so nothing can be done to end our slavery.

Sixteen Out-of-State ATF Agents Visit and Intimidate Popular Gun Store in Smyrna, GA.  Sixteen ATF out-of-state agents reportedly visited Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, GA, to conduct a "routine" inspection of the popular longtime gun dealer on Monday morning. [...] Brian Glenn of Right Side Broadcasting Network shared the news Monday morning, calling it a "raid" and said they would continue to monitor the story.  Marjorie Taylor Greene can be seen telling off an ATF Public Information Officer below, saying, "it's very odd for them to be treated this way."

While Matt Taibbi Was Testifying Before Weaponization of Government Committee, the IRS Knocked on His Door.  While Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi was in Washington, D.C. on March 9 testifying before the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, his home in New Jersey had a curious visitor — an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent.  Now, the House Judiciary Committee chair, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), is demanding that the IRS explain why.  According to the Wall Street Journal, whose editors have seen the document, Jordan sent a letter Monday to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen asking why Taibbi was the target of the unannounced and unusual home visit.  During that hearing, Taibbi was grilled by Democrats who attempted to get him to reveal his sources, in total ignorance of the First Amendment.  The same week, FTC Chair Lina Khan demanded that Twitter produce a list of all journalists who'd been given access to the Twitter Files as part of their investigation into Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter, a move Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jordan pushed back on.  [Tweet]

IRS pays a visit to Matt Taibbi on same day he testifies before Congress on government abuses.  [Scroll down]  This is how police states work.  Oh, sure, they will say it's just a coincidence that they sent an agent to Taibbi's home, but they'll have to explain themselves better than that.  They've already gotten away with Lois Lerner and her shady tactics against Tea Party groups, they must have more agents just like her in that agency, willing to act on ideological motives to silence government critics.  Who are they taking orders from?  In the Lerner case, it was likely the White House.  And why do they think they can get away with this, against an opposition-led Congress, no less?  Is this what Joe Biden's $80 billion monster funding of the IRS has brought us?  Is this what it was about?  If I recall correctly, John Hinderaker at Power Line speculated that newly beefed up IRS, far from targeting billionaires as Biden promoted to win the bill's congressional passage, would use the new cash infusion to target conservatives and other inconvenient people.  Looks like they did, and Hinderaker was right on the money.

Fat, Stupid, and Diverse.  [Alvin] Bragg — who badly wants to carve up Donald J. Trump, but won't — was boosted into office in November 2021 in yet another spasm of virtue signaling by the Rotted Apple's smart set, and whose campaign was lubed by dollars from George Soros to the aptly named "Color of Change PAC."  Bragg is another swell diversity hire.  They abound in America's deteriorating cities.  And not incidentally — in fact, importantly — he's a Soros and establishment sock puppet.  In going after Trump — and as of this writing, flailing conspicuously in his gambit — he's paying his dues to the Man.  Diversity hire's only requirement is doing the Man's bidding.  Alvin is trying.  Bragg is a Happy Meal for the "diversity, inclusion, and equity" crowd.  Nothing brings bigger smiles to their faces than foisting unintelligent, untalented, poorly skilled "of color" or gender box checks on mostly "of color" Democrat-ruined urban communities around the country.

The FBI's Work in Mass Shootings Is Not Pretty.  Former FBI director James Comey was in charge of finding what — and who — led up to some renowned, rather horrific mass shootings, which included Sandy Hook (2012), San Bernardino (2015), and Las Vegas (2017). [...] The FBI's continued failure to decipher key signals in mass shootings seems to point to a deliberate effort to cover for the billion-dollar behavioral health industry, which manages to obtain millions of dollars in state and federal funding after every single one of these mass murders.  Critical evidence that most shooters have been found to be on a cocktail of psychiatric drugs magically disappears from the FBI investigations and findings. [...] The bottom line is that the FBI enjoys a level of secrecy on so many levels.  With this level of power, the Bureau has the ability to conceal toxicology reports and mental health treatment records that are pertinent to finding the actual common denominator that drive these "mission-oriented killings."  Why does the FBI not disclose each shooter's history of long-term mental health treatment?  Is it because the public would question these treatments and possibly choose alternatives?

Government Isn't the Victim; It's the Perpetrator.  Around the country, almost every problem Americans endure is a result of Big Government action or inaction.  Government overspending and central bank money-printing have crushed the value of ordinary Americans' income and savings.  The Intelligence Community's use of the PATRIOT Act and other unconstitutional tools to violate Americans' Fourth Amendment rights against warrantless searches has not only eliminated privacy, but also made every citizen a suspect.  The Biden administration's choice to leave America's borders wide open has exacerbated crime, drug addiction, and identity theft while breaking city budgets and local communities.  Washington, D.C.'s endless bureaucratic rule-making touches every part of every American's life.  What products can be bought and sold?  What can a citizen do on or with his private property?  What speech should be censored because the government judges its content "hateful" or unacceptably contrary to the bureaucracy's official point of view?  While Congress never stops passing laws, agencies never stop exponentially compounding those laws with new standards, rules, and regulations that micromanage everything Americans do.

This is an 'Us vs Them' Conflict — And There are More of Us Than Them.  In many ways, We The People are in an abusive relationship with government.  If you do not agree with the agenda as it is controlled by a small a powerful self-described elitist class, then we become the problem.  The division is not determined by our definitions, the conniving and corrupt administrators of the system are the ones creating the division we are accused of perpetrating.  However, there is no division in a social context as clear as the division between the working class and the investment class rulers who consider themselves above such arbitrary labels.  When you peel the issues down to their essential core, what you will always find, always find, is the money of the thing.  The created system of control is maintained through economics, and any America-First policy that threatens to close the divide between the 'haves and have-nots' is viewed against their interests.  This is the essential core of the opposition we face.

Trump could be in more danger than you think.  One of the things I often have to remind people about, including lawyers who should know better, is that each state has its own unique laws and procedures.  What is no big deal in most places may be a fiasco in another.  For Donald Trump, the upcoming New York "falsifying business records" charge he may be facing would be laughed out of court almost everywhere, as no money was stolen and no harm to anyone seems to have been done.  Unfortunately for him, he is stuck in the Empire State.  And as unfair as it sounds, I think Mr. Trump is in some real trouble.  The plan the Manhattan D.A. has is to convict him on a trivial offense, then hope a vindictive judge will throw the book at him.  This happens all the time to suspected mafiosi in New York courts, and it may be what's going on here.

It was not a mistake: A video reminding us to not allow a way out for the perpetrators.  [Video clip]  We will soon see institutions and governments admitting they were wrong about the vaccines and Covid measures.  People will learn the truth by increments.  Slowly, they will admit mistakes were made.  Alongside the video above, we must not take those admissions as being a victory.  The issue is not that those of us who reasoned that the vaxx was a bad idea and Covid was not as advertised, but that the governments had no right to do what they did EVEN IF THEY WERE RIGHT.  So there must be no satisfaction in their admission that they were wrong and we skeptics are correct.  Because this will just give permission to use the same illegal-now-legal methods for the next pseudo-crisis.  'They were wrong about the last thing but this time...'.  In a way, from a certain point of view it would almost be better if we were wrong[,] because the state was STILL WRONG to take away all our rights no matter how things were.  At least then we would be arguing the real issue.  But we were right about it all.  Yet we must remember the point.  That the state must never have or take the power it did to do the things to us it did do.

Donald Trump, Regime Foe.  The funniest thing I have read in, well, at least the last several hours, comes from Manhattan's George Soros-funded affirmative-action district attorney, Alvin Bragg.  Responding to the uproar that greeted Donald Trump's all-caps Truth Social warning that he would be "arrested" on Tuesday, Bragg sent 'round a memo to his staff informing them, and the world, that "This office is full of the finest public servants in the country."  The comedy didn't end there, however.  "I am committed to maintaining a safe work environment where everyone is able to continue to serve the public with the same diligence and professionalism [!] that make this institution so renowned.  In the meantime, as with all of our investigations, we will continue to apply the law evenly and fairly ..."  What a card!  And, yes, that's my emphasis but his credulity-breaking bluster.  "Evenly and fairly," forsooth.  Everyone knows that Alvin Bragg does not apply the law at all evenly or fairly.

Soros-Funded DA Alvin Bragg [was] Caught Hiding Nearly 600 Pages of Exculpatory Evidence from NY Grand Jury in Trump Case.  Attorney Robert Costello, the former legal adviser to Michael Cohen, spoke to Tucker Carlson on Monday night after he testified to the Manhattan Grand Jury investigating President Donald Trump.  Costello told the FOX News audience that he testified for two hours in front of Alvin Bragg's Manhattan Grand Jury.  Robert Costello told Tucker Carlson, "I spoke to the jury for two hours... It was clear to me the Manhattan Grand Jury did not want to get to the truth."

Manhattan DA Behind Trump Indictment Responds to GOP With the Self-awareness of a Brick.  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the Democrat attempting to arrest Donald Trump on charges related to the hush money he paid to Stormy Daniels, has responded to the GOP after Republicans began organizing a Judicial Committee hearing around the lawyer.  According to Fox News, a spokesperson for Bragg spoke with Fox News Digital, saying that his office will not be intimidated by the GOP. Hilariously, the response from Bragg's office is about as hypocritical as it gets: [...] Bragg is currently attempting to turn what even other Democrats acknowledge is a misdemeanor into a felony.  The likelihood of that happening is slim, and many Democrats fear that this weak attempt to arrest Trump will only strengthen his standing among Republican and Independent voters.  Their fears are likely to come true.

Stop the Administrative State by Using the Administrative Procedures Act.  Where is the coordinated national-level Republican counterattack against Joe Biden's myriad leftwing executive orders and presidential memoranda?  Where is the Republican National Committee?  Where is the national Republican communication strategy, including daily press conferences, that exposes the unconstitutional actions being pursued by the Biden administration?  As noted in the Federal Register, Joe Biden signed 77 executive orders in 2021 and 27 in 2022.  He has also signed out 77 total presidential memoranda to date, as well as dozens of presidential determinations and administrative orders.  Executive orders are official presidential directives that generally have the force of law.  They are intended to direct actions within federal agencies (the "Executive Branch" of the federal government).  All executive orders are supposed to identify whether the order is based on the constitutionally granted powers or those delegated to a president by Congress.  They are subject to legal review, and federal courts can cancel those determined to be unconstitutional — or which violate existing federal law.  Congress can also revoke an executive order through passage of superseding legislation.  Presidential memoranda are similar in purpose and intent but are not required to be reported in the Federal Register nor are they required to include a justification of presidential authority, as noted [elsew]here.

Alvin Bragg's End Run Around the Constitution.  We've endured four years of Mueller's failed "Russiagate" hoax, two failed, politically-driven impeachment trials from radical House Democrats in Congress driven by Nancy Pelosi, not to mention the highly-partisan "January 6" Committee that failed to call a single witness adverse to their pre-cooked "it-was-an-insurrection" narrative, and a host of other Trump-related political prosecutions.  But now, this weekend's announcement from President Trump that he expects to be indicted on Tuesday in Manhattan forecasts the most radical tactic yet that the Democrats will use to block Trump's return to power: lawfare with unfounded charges in the criminal courts.  Let's be clear.  The feds have already declined to prosecute anything surrounding Trump's civil settlement with Stormy Daniels.  Perhaps that is because confidentiality clauses are part of millions of civil settlements in lawsuits around the country every day.  I've seen hundreds in my own career as a civil litigator.  In other words, nothing to see here.

Turns Out all You Need is 38,000 Demons to Destroy the World.  The brutalism of government during the last three years was anomalous in western democracies.  First of all, it was irrational, it contravened common sense, which almost everyone possesses, and it destroyed millions of household economies and small businesses.  It impoverished and starved a billion people in the developing world.  It killed the old, brutally, refusing them affection in their last days.  It divided us and is still dividing us.  The virus was engineered by the government and paid for by the people it was unleashed upon.  And then the fiends forced injections upon anyone with a job and a family to feed, via relentless propaganda, where it too contravened basic reason (acquired immunity, tiny effect on people under 70), and then the shot started to kill.  And the deaths were ignored, records hidden, and the press was quiescent.  Who did this?  This wasn't normal government behavior. [...] Who drew up the plan, instituted it in every country, bullied every citizenry, devised the advertising, instituted the protocols?  What operation has that level of power, of discipline?

Who's Running America?  Last week the Senate Democrat majority was hospitalized with Senator John Fetterman dispatched to a psych ward and Senator Dianne Feinstein, who doesn't seem to know where she is, hospitalized for shingles. [...] The New York Times claims that Senator Fetterman "runs his Senate operation" from a psych ward.  Photos have been released of him vaguely looking at pieces of paper.  No satirist could have come up with a bleaker metaphor for the country than that one of the Senate's deciding votes has been hospitalized in a psych ward for his own safety, but is still running everything.  The paper tells us that, "since Mr. Fetterman checked in to the hospital, he has co-sponsored a bipartisan bill designed to help prevent future train derailment disasters, opened new district offices across Pennsylvania and hired four new staff members.  On Wednesday, Mr. Fetterman sent a letter to the agriculture secretary."  With productivity like that, maybe we should stick all of Congress in a mental institution.  Fetterman was so badly off that couldn't feed himself in a city filled with eateries, but is now in a position to write legislation that will change the country.

House Democrats anoint 'so-called' member of Congress to sabotage hearings, trash whistleblowers.  Now that Democrats are in the minority in the House and unable to abuse their power as easily as they have for the last two years, they are resorting to shameless lies to sabotage oversight hearings and trash whistleblowers and other inconvenient witnesses.  As queen of this disinformation operation, they have anointed a little-known Democrat named Stacey Plaskett, who is not even a full-fledged member of Congress.  Plaskett's favorite adjective is "so-called," which is ironic since she is a so-called member of Congress.  She does not have voting rights as the "at-large" delegate for the US Virgin Islands.  Yet she is a ranking member of the Select Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government, the first time a nonvoting delegate has occupied such a lofty post.

Mark Kelly Wastes No Time Revealing Himself to Be a Nightmare.  I left California five years ago for a variety of reasons, the politics there being a big part of what made me cut out after more than two decades. [...] Nine months after I returned, Kyrsten Sinema was elected to the Senate.  Arizona hadn't had a Democrat there in over 20 years.  That was an adjustment.  Things got worse when Mark "I'M AN ASTRONAUT!" Kelly was elected to fill the remainder of the late John McCain's term.  I consoled myself with the fact that it was only for two years and that we could sweep him out of office during the 2022 midterms.  Yeah, about that.  Kelly was able to sneak into a full term by essentially hiding under Kyrsten Sinema's skirts for the first two years, doing nothing to call attention to himself.  Conservatives here knew that there was a gun-grabbing nightmare just waiting to bust out if he was given six years.  Well, his first move wasn't against the Second Amendment; it was even creepier.

NOAA and BOEM; Ignorance is Bliss.  For about twenty years the Natural Resources Defense Council [NRDC] engaged the US Navy in a legal battle over the effects of the Navy's use of Mid Frequency Sonar in training exercises and its impact on marine mammals and other creatures, with one case even reaching the US Supreme court.  While there are many different aspects of NRDC's legal actions, the results of the litigation have produced an enormous amount of scientific data and research regarding the effects of underwater sound on marine creatures, with an emphasis on Sonar and marine mammals.  They forced the Navy to admit that their use of sonar had resulted in the unintentional mass strandings of many different marine Mammals in a dozen different instances around the world, primarily involving Beaked whales, that are classified as being low to mid frequency cetaceans.  These mammals communicate, navigate and feed using low to mid frequency sounds.

Liberating Ourselves from Dystopia.  I have no interest in this kind of future, but the first step to liberating ourselves from certain dystopia is understanding and accepting that the government is always lying.  It does not consider telling the truth a civic or moral duty; rather, it believes in disseminating "narratives" that are most beneficial to its own grip on power.  Those who advance farthest in government are not honest people, and their trickle-down dishonesty corrupts everyone around them.  In politics and war, the lowest common denominator tends to win out.  There is a race to the bottom in which ruthless violence and abject immorality succeed while honor and principle are rejected. [...] When President Kennedy urged Americans during his Inaugural Address to "ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country," he was "defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger." Today's politicians demand that Americans do what they say and have made government our maximum danger.

The John Fetterman Situation Just Got Much Weirder.  Despite a "recovery" from the stroke that is clearly going in the wrong direction, talk of Fetterman resigning has been dismissed as ableism. [...] The New York Times wrote a full spread actually suggesting that it is normal for a senator to co-sponsor legislation that he's not even aware of.  That's the best defense they could come up with for a guy who not only can't perform the duties of his office, but can't even hold a conversation with someone.  The entire point of electing a representative is that they make decisions in the interests of their constituents.  In all my time covering politics, I have never once heard of a Senate staff co-sponsoring legislation for their boss without his or her knowledge.  That's so insane and contrary to the electoral system as to be scandalous all on its own.  We aren't supposed to be a government run by staff proxies.

FBI May Have Used FISA To Spy On The Congressman Overseeing FISA, Whose Renewal Is 'Top Legislative Priority' For Biden.  The FBI may have abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on the very congressman tasked with overseeing FISA, according to revelations at a congressional hearing Thursday.  Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said at a committee hearing that he has reason to believe that he is the unnamed congressman who, a recently declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) admitted, FBI agents wrongfully conducted a search on.  LaHood is leading a working group tasked with oversight and renewal of Section 702 of FISA, Fox News reported.  Last month, President Joe Biden asked Congress to reauthorize FISA provisions, calling it a "top legislative priority."  "I want to make clear the FBI's inappropriate querying of a duly elected member of Congress is egregious and a violation not only that degrades the trust in FISA, but is viewed as a threat to the separation of powers," LaHood said at the hearing, according to Fox.  "I have had the opportunity to review the classified summary of this violation, and it is my opinion that the member of Congress that was wrongfully queried multiple times solely by his name was in fact me," he said.

Prevent Federal Overreach by Empowering the States.  Our federal government is out of control.  That fact is no longer even debatable.  Numerous groups are looking for ways to remedy that situation before it's too late.  One such group is the Convention of States movement.  They're working to bring our government to heel by using Article V of the Constitution to implement amendments for
  •   fiscal accountability,
  •   term limits, and
  •   constraints on government overreach.
There are numerous straightforward ideas to achieve fiscal accountability and term limits.  However, that "constraining government overreach" one is tricky.  What is overreach?  How can it be prevented in a legally enforceable way?  I have a modest proposal.  There is no greater form of government overreach than federal officials using the power of their offices to violate our Constitutionally protected rights.  Fortunately, there's already a statute that criminalizes such actions.

Shellenberger on Censorship: It's No Longer a Slippery Slope.  Shellenberger: "Seeing this censorship industry go from, well, we're just fighting ISIS to well, we're just fighting Russian disinformation bots to well, now we need to fight domestic misinformation, which is just saying we need to fight against people who are saying things we disagree with online, that's all that means.  And I — I mean, it's not a slippery slope.  It's an immediate leap into a terrifying mechanism that I — we only see in totalitarian societies of attempting to gain control over what the social media platforms are allow — are allowing."  [Video clip]

Michael Shellenberger Outlines Deep State Psychological Operations Being Conducted Against Americans.  After his review of the Twitter Files, Michael Shellenberger is beginning to take a big picture approach to each of the discoveries.  Shellenberger, appears on Tucker Carlson tonight to discuss how in the big picture the U.S. government is conducting psychological warfare against domestic citizens through the auspices of Twitter and likely other social media platforms.  He's not wrong, we've been calling it out in real time.  [Video clip]

Weaponized FTC Demands Twitter Hand Over Journalists' Work.  The FTC, led by Democrats, sent twelve letters to Twitter and its lawyers since Mr. Musk took over on October 27.  Mr. Musk told Twitter employees in November the company would do whatever it takes to follow both the letter and the spirit of the FTC order, the [Wall Street] Journal reported at the time.  The FTC also seeks to depose Mr. Musk in connection with the probe.  The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee obtained the so-called demand letters, which published excerpts of them Tuesday in a staff report about the FTC's investigation.  According to the Journal, the letters indicate Twitter responded to the FTC but that the agency, as of late January, felt the company was engaging in a "troubling pattern of ongoing delay" that raises "serious concerns about its compliance."  The Judiciary panel's report, the first by a new subcommittee examining what Republicans call the "weaponization" of federal agencies, accused the FTC of overstepping its authority at the urging of progressive groups unhappy with Mr. Musk's acquisition of the company.  "There is no logical reason, for example, why the FTC needs to know the identities of journalists engaging with Twitter," the report said.

Life Among the Ruins.  Need we say anything about the lack of efficacy or morality of the Department of Justice, FBI, or CIA?  Or rather is there anything the FBI will not do?  Doctor court evidence?  Hire Twitter to suppress the news?  Monitor parents at school board meetings?  Allow directors to lie under oath or "misremember" before Congress?  Swiping clean subpoenaed phones?  Hiring fakers to compile dirt on a presidential candidate — and then using that known smear to hoodwink a judge to allow spying on Americans?  Suppressing evidence on a laptop to warp an election?  Raiding an ex-president's home with a SWAT-like team?  Spying on Catholics in mass?  Storming a home full of children of a man accused of a politically incorrect misdemeanor?

Americans need this Amendment more than ever right now.  The need for America to re-affirm the First Amendment and its principles has once again been underscored by the recent findings coming out about the origins and impact of the coronavirus.  The most important problem we have as a society is not misinformation but the suppression of non-conforming opinions that often (but not always) turn out to be true.  Americans sense this already.  They are concerned about what tech companies have been doing to censor content, with 61% of voters in a recent Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll believing that the government and tech companies worked together to enforce political censorship.

Just how unjust is our system of justice?  The CIA and FBI have turned away from investigating foreign threats (like China) and against law-abiding Americans, especially conservative and/or Christian Americans.  Turns out the Church Committee did not effectively reform those institutions as promised.  The FBI/DOJ/CIA/DNC complex robbed Trump of his 2020 victory because he was and remains a threat to their personal wealth and power.  Now our blighted and corrupt administration is fighting a proxy war with Russia over the national security of their eastern border which is insignificant to America.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says this is the most important issue on the planet?  China is our most dangerous adversary, not Russia.

Schumer Threatens Fox, Says He Has 'Right' To Tell Them 'What to Do'.  We've seen that Democrats don't seem to understand some of the basic principles of the Constitution.  Or perhaps, more accurately, don't seem to care about complying with it.  We've also seen that they don't understand that Joe Biden isn't king.  He doesn't get to declare, by unilateral fiat, the cancellation of student debt.  That's not within his Constitutional power, no matter what Democratic politicians may think.  But they wanted to do it to pay off their base for their votes.  So, they threw a tantrum on the steps of the Supreme Court.  All they understand is that they should get to do what they want to hold onto their control.  We saw another serious Constitutional problem again — with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, as he spoke to CNN and MSNBC over the last day.  Listen as Schumer tells CNN's John Berman that he thinks they have a "right" to tell Fox News what to do.  [Tweet]

Has Someone Taken Over Fetterman's Office Because He Can't Do What Was Just Announced.  What is going on at Sen. John Fetterman's (D-PA) office?  I ask because the senator, who hospitalized and under medical observation, is apparently joining legislative efforts and co-signing legislation.  Someone the people of Pennsylvania didn't elect is acting in Fetterman's capacity.  It's not shocking that Democrats are pushing a new framework to enhance train safety after the horrific derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, which could devolve into an environmental fiasco.  What is eyebrow-raising is Fetterman saying he's joined this effort while being sidelined for possibly a month due to clinical depression.  And if you ask his staff on Twitter about it, they reportedly block you. [...] Who is running the office and signing off on lawmaking efforts?  Because it's not John right now.  We have an unelected imposter serving the Keystone State, and that's a scandal.

Fetterman Is Sponsoring Bills, Signing Legislation from a Psych Ward Now.  No one knows how John Fetterman is, and the last report we had was from a conservative journalist John Cardillo who heard Mr. Fetterman is essentially brain-dead in the medical sense.  We know that Sen. Fetterman is locked away in a psych ward for severe depression and other issues and couldn't be doing what they say he is doing.  Somehow, he sponsors bills, writes letters, and conducts Senate business from his locked psych ward.  So, we just let people run government policies and sponsor bills from psych wards now?  He could be terminally brain-dead, and how would we know?

Injustice of the Court.  I was encouraged to look at sacrifice for my nation as the highest honor.  I saluted the flag, got choked up at the sound of the national anthem.  Now, I have to ask what purpose would my sacrifice serve?  Would it be to keep Hunter's diary a secret?  Would it be to hide all the crimes of pedophilia among our representatives, senators, presidents and judges?  Would my sacrifice be to see drag queens in Kindergarten?  Would it be to keep political prisoners of the current regime?  Would it be to fund extortion and brutality of parents concerned about their children and the schools they go to?  The problem that has been created is that as a patriotic son of the founding ideals, I would have to fight against all of that, against the crooked institutions of today.  I could not, in good conscience fight to sustain this treason.  It's a paradox created by their lies and deceit that I could not fight for the government of my nation, but am forced to try and bring it to heel, to bring it back under control.

Twitter Coordinated with Intel Agencies.  Over the course of some 15 "Twitter Files" exposés, independent journalists also revealed the tech giant worked closely with intelligence agencies, resulting in the censorship of more speech.  As Matt Taibbi put it:  ["]The files show the FBI acting as doorman to a vast program of social media surveillance and censorship, encompassing agencies across the federal government — from the State Department to the Pentagon to the CIA.["]  "Requests poured in from FBI offices all over the country, day after day, hour after hour: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Baltimore," Taibbi wrote, with Twitter "taking requests from every conceivable government agency, from state officials in Wyoming, Georgia, Minnesota, Connecticut, California, and others to the NSA, FBI, DHS, DOD, DOJ, and many others."  And although Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, could only share Twitter's internal communications, that material showed the CIA — referred to under the euphemism "Other Government Agencies" in the emails — "ended up sharing intelligence through the FBI and FITF [Foreign Influence Task Force] not just with Twitter, but with Yahoo!, Twitch, Cloudfare, LinkedIn, even Wikimedia."

A Partisan Judge's Parting Rampage.  Efforts to uncover election irregularities or lawfully object to the outcome are under criminal investigation resulting in the unprecedented weaponization of legal and judicial authority conducted by unaccountable prosecutors and judges.  Enabling this farce in the nation's capital is Beryl Howell, the chief judge of the D.C.  District Court.  A former Democratic staffer on Capitol Hill, Howell was appointed to the bench by Barack Obama in 2010 and elevated to chief judge in 2016.  Since then, Howell has steered the government's yearslong effort to put Trump in handcuffs.  She managed the grand jury proceedings for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and is currently overseeing the Justice Department's latest iteration of its "Get Trump" campaign — a sweeping investigation into alleged attempts to "overturn" the 2020 election.  Her latest broadside is aimed at Representative Scott Perry (R-Pa.).  FBI agents, acting at the direction of the rogue Washington Field Office, stole Perry's cell phone on August 9, 2022, the day after the same office executed an armed raid at Mar-a-Lago.  Perry was traveling with his family in New Jersey at the time when agents seized his phone, copied its contents, and returned the device.

Biden Unites the Feds with DEI.  How are we to understand the Biden administration's executive order to go full DEI for the whole federal government?  I mean, if we need to purge the federal government from stem to stern of systemic racism and enforce diversity, equity, and inclusion, the federal government must be a veritable hornet's nest of racism, sexism, homophobia, and hate.  Otherwise we wouldn't need a whole-of-government effort to stamp it out.  And, of course, we are talking about Democrats.  No Republican has had a shot at a Fed job for a generation.  But how can this be?  Our liberal friends have been running the federal government, man and boy — and now gender non-binary — for not less than 90 years, at least since FDR was inaugurated and cranked up the federal government to ramming speed with a ton of new liberal programs.  Our liberal friends have run a race program — fighting systemic racism! — for the last 55 years, from quotas to Affirmative Action to Diversity to Reparations.  And that's not enough?

Five Lessons from Three Years of Authoritarianism.  Three years ago few of us knew the impending storm that was brewing; one that would upend the very fabric of global democracy, destroy whole communities, businesses and families and cause a vast number of children and adolescents to become unmoored and disengage from society, among many other deleterious outcomes.  Perhaps most chilling of all has been the sinister turn in those three years of what was once seemingly a force for good, "public health;" which changed into a punitive and authoritarian entity that wilfully engages in iatrogenesis and the disenfranchisement of those skeptical of the medical-industrial complex through widespread and draconian vaccine mandates.  In retrospect, America in February of 2020 seems like a libertarian, innocent age compared to our current one.  We did not live under the shadow of possible nuclear holocaust.  Everyday life was devoid of the nanny-state elements of our current age.  Many of us had gone through life never quite knowing what the destructive power of a government run amok looked like.  Now we know.

DoD politicization scandal expands: Files on two more House Republicans leaked to Dem oppo-research group.  [Scroll down] This raises serious questions about politicization of the federal bureaucracy, and especially at the DoD, which is supposed to be scrupulously non-partisan.  Even more generally, though, the use of confidential federal files in political campaigns calls into question the entire usefulness of civil-service status, which is supposed to keep the federal bureaucracy non-partisan.  That almost seems quaint at this point, given the clear partisan tilt of the public employee unions that represent most of the 2 million-plus federal employees, but the exploitation of access to confidential materials for partisan electoral advantage utterly eviscerates the argument for the civil-service protections now in place that restrict accountability.

How A Texas Lawsuit Over Proxy Voting Could Nuke Biden's Entire $1.7 Trillion Spending Spree.  Joe Biden's Dec. 29 signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was invalid because the House never actually passed the omnibus spending bill the president purportedly signed into law.  At least, that's what Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claims in a little-noticed lawsuit he filed last week against the Biden administration.  If a court agrees, the taxpayer-funded $1.7 trillion federal spending spree — and every other aspect of that bill — could be rendered void.  While the "if" in that sentence does some heavy lifting, it is not because Paxton's lawsuit is weak on either the facts or the law.  On the contrary, his complaint in Paxton v. Department of Justice makes a seemingly unassailable case that the House of Representatives lacked the constitutionally mandated quorum to pass the appropriations act.  Nonetheless, the enormity of a court striking an omnibus spending bill may leave the judicial branch shrinking from its constitutional duty.

Biden decides to give the WHO authority over U.S. sovereignty.  The World Health Organization, a subsidiary of the United Nations run by a team of bureaucrats in Geneva, soon could have the power to dictate lockdowns, vaccination mandates, social distancing and much more in the United States.  Even surveillance of citizens.  A new report from the Epoch Times explains Joe Biden is getting ready to sign the U.S. up to a "legally binding" deal that would give international politicians authority to make decisions for America during a pandemic.  And he's maneuvering so it won't require approval by the U.S Senate.

I've Been Down A Deep Rabbit Hole This Morning.  [One piece of the puzzle:]  Did you know the CDC, after 17 years, decided to update the profile of Vinyl Chloride?  11 Days before the train crash.  [Another piece:]  The Biden administration is preparing to sign up the United States to a "legally binding" accord with the World Health Organization (WHO) that would give this Geneva-based UN subsidiary the authority to dictate America's policies during a pandemic.

Religious pro-lifers prevented from viewing Bill of Rights because National Archives forbids free speech.  They're coming for you next:  Students and parents and others who had just attended the January 20, 2023 March for Life event in Washington were told by numerous National Archives security officials that day that they must remove or cover any pro-life shirts, jackets, hats, or buttons or they would be ejected from the museum. [...] This same intolerance was also done to other pro-life individuals attempting to view the Bill of Rights, by numerous different security guards in different locations at the museum.  All were threatened with eviction if they did not cover or remove the shirts, jackets, or hats that had pro-life statements on them.  In one case a group of 30-40 students were ordered by several guards to remove their pro-life shirts[.]

State Department Funded Foreign Think Tank Working To Censor Americans.  The U.S. State Department funds and partners with a U.K.-based think tank that collaborates with online platforms to censor perceived mis- and disinformation.  The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) is a British nongovernmental organization that styles itself as a research group working in partnership with several online platforms to combat extremism, hate and disinformation.  However, the organization frequently classifies typical conservative discourse and journalism as hate and/or disinformation and has received funding from the U.S. government.  The State Department awarded the organization a grant in September 2021 to "advance the development of promising and innovative technologies against disinformation and propaganda" in Europe and the U.K. after it won the U.S.-Paris Tech Challenge.  The event, which was held in collaboration with the "U.S. Embassy Paris, the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) [and] the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)," was also won by the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), an organization which reportedly seeks to demonetize conservative news sites.

State Dept Operative and USAID Administrator Samantha Power is in Hungary, Seeding Another Color Revolution — Deep State Ukraine 2.0.  Hungary has been in the crosshairs of the Biden/Obama administration ever since Prime Minister Viktor Orban refused to align with the WEF Western Democracies in their quest for regime change in Russia.  As the NATO led western alliance assembled to use Ukraine as a proxy war against Russia, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban would not join.  In early April 2022, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was overwhelmingly reelected, despite the massive efforts against him by the European Union, western and euro-centric multinational globalists.  As a result of the victory, Brussels was furious at the Hungarian people.

The American Legal System Is Becoming An Instrument Of Injustice.  America once was a nation of laws, real laws that protected life, liberty, and property.  Now, though, the laws are immoral in both purpose and effect.  For example:  The DOJ enforces search warrants against political enemies with excessive but legal force.  These personal enemies are arrested in the most publicly embarrassing manner possible.  A pro-life activist is arrested in his home using massed, armed federal police and accused of violating a law that a state court concluded was not violated.  The jury acquitted him. [...] The IRS uses financial force to coerce compliance just within the bounds of the law.  And when politics call, the IRS will illegally punish opponents, as it did with Tea Party groups.  The TSA and Homeland Security push the limits of legality with No-Fly lists and searches in the name of safety.  The law is specifically designed to protect this plunder of liberty. [...] It never ends.  The persecution of Masterpiece Bakery, gas stove bans, EV mandates, drag queen story hours, teaching CRT, ESG scores, creative ballot collection, and unenforced borders all stretch the bounds of legality under perverted law.  The law that is supposed to protect life, liberty, and property is used to take them away.  The persecution under the law pushes to the edge of legality and quite often past it.  The elites designed the limits under which they operate.  They chose the limits purposefully to use them to excess.

[The] Secret Service [is being] accused of a 'cover-up'.  The Secret Service has been accused of a 'cover-up' over its alleged involvement in a police investigation when Hunter Biden's lover dumped his gun in a trash can near a school in 2018.  Judicial Watch, a justice watchdog nonprofit, announced on Friday that it received 487 pages of Secret Service (USSS) records over the incident, and says the documents cast further doubt over the agency's claims that it was not involved.  Hunter's lover and brother's widow, Hallie Biden, left his .38 handgun at the top of a trash can at Jansens supermarket in Wilmington, Delaware in October 2018, sparking a police probe.

The Stench of Fascism Is Suffocating our Democracy.  ... but nobody wants to talk about it.  We sanitize our language so that classified documents strewn over unsecured garages and centers of Chinese influence are talked about as though it's a matter of carelessness and not design.  The indisputable brute fact is this:  our commander-in-chief and his family have made themselves wealthy by taking bribes from foreign powers, chief among them our mortal enemy Communist China.  Nobody seems to be asking, but how exactly were the inexplicable decisions to turn Afghanistan over to China and the Taliban made, and what American interest was served by this?  In classic fascist fashion, the Biden administration has suborned the intelligence community and the Department of Justice to censor and harass its political opponents.  These include school parents and Capitol trespassers whom it libels and imprisons as "domestic terrorists" and (unarmed) "insurrectionists."  In typical fascist moves, it has suborned corporate America into spying on its political opponents with the goal of cancelling them and silencing their opinions.  Just this week AT&T shut down the fastest growing and fourth largest cable news network, Newsmax TV, depriving 13 million viewers of access to its reporting.  This attack on the First Amendment came on the heels of Twitter's exposure of the way the FBI had put its platform on the federal payroll and dictated its censorship of tweets that could have changed the results of the last presidential election.  The same fascistic arrangement was made with other tech social media giants like Facebook.

Will Jordan's Subcommittee Be Able to Achieve What the 'Church Committee' Couldn't?  Important and laudable as it was at the time (1975), we must conclude that the Senate's vaunted "Church Committee," under Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), ultimately failed in its mission to reform the CIA, FBI, IRS, and the National Security Agency (NSA) anywhere near permanently. [...] I hesitate to use Wikipedia, given its reflexive bias, but its summary of what the Church group found seems accurate:  "The most shocking revelations of the committee include Operation MKULTRA involving the drugging and torture of unwitting US citizens as part of human experimentation on mind control; COINTELPRO involving the surveillance and infiltration of American political and civil-rights organizations; Family Jewels, a CIA program to covertly assassinate foreign leaders; Operation Mockingbird as a systematic propaganda campaign with domestic and foreign journalists operating as CIA assets and dozens of US news organizations providing cover for CIA activity.  "It also unearthed Project SHAMROCK, in which the major telecommunications companies shared their traffic with the NSA (while officially confirming the existence of this signals intelligence agency to the public for the first time)."  Does any of this sound familiar?  More exactly, what part of this doesn't sound familiar?

Arizona Regime Is Investigating Kari Lake For Exposing Election Fraud.  The newly selected regime heading up Arizona's top statewide offices is now targeting Kari Lake with potential felony charges for speaking out against the rigged election in Arizona.  Questionably elected Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, a former lawyer for Mexican drug cartels, sent out a new letter on Monday, asking questionably elected Attorney General Kris Mayes to "investigate and take appropriate enforcement action against Kari Lake" for sounding the alarm about the stolen 2022 Election.

The CIA and Intelligence Community are Very Worried About the House Subcommittee on Federal Government Weaponization.  The website Just Security, author former CIA operative Douglas Johnson, is very concerned about the House Subcommittee on Federal Government Weaponization.  The concern is clouded under the auspices of fearing politicization by questioning the intelligence community about weaponized government.  The article is a mainstream bureaucratic outlook where the professional intelligence apparatus views themselves as beyond being accountable to the elected public officials, specifically the House members of the committee.  The permanent unelected officials have a self-perception above the reach of the elected officials.  In essence, there is no public accountability model within their view of their operation.  There can only be concealment, secret briefings, darkness and 'trust us' type reviews of their authorities.  It's quite a remarkable thing to read.

Who does Represtative Maria Salazar represent?  When a citizen is elected to Congress, they are conferred the title of "representative," with each "representative" elected to a two-year term "serving the people of their specific congressional district."  So it was disconcerting to hear Representative Maria Elvira Salazar, a Republican from Florida's 27th district, address the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, in her official congressional capacity and declare that she "represents" the millions of migrants presently inside the sovereign borders of this nation illegally.  Speaking as part of a bipartisan panel discussing "the reshaped legislative landscape in the United States as it relates to domestic and foreign policy," the crux of her remarks to the attendees was that she wanted to give "dignity" to illegal migrants that are living inside the United States."

Keywords: Slow walking, stonewalling, obstruction of Congress.
Biden Treasury Department Uses Comical Excuse to Block House Request for Hunter's Bank RecordsAlmost as bad as the Biden administration's manipulation of federal agencies to do the bidding of the Biden Family Business is the blatant way they do it.  Comical?  Yes, in a way.  Unacceptable, for which there should be consequences?  You betcha.  Will it ever happen?  I seriously doubt it.  In Team Biden's latest example of a "conflict of interest," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has "delayed" (blocked, at least temporarily) a House Republican request for information on Biden family financial transactions that may have been marked as suspicious, reports The Hill, saying it must first determine whether the disclosure of the records is consistent with "longstanding Executive Branch interests."

Our lawsuit uncovers more shocking evidence Team Biden used Big Tech to censor.  The First Amendment is the bedrock of American liberty.  Our citizens have the right, if not civic duty, to engage in open, dynamic discourse, and no government has the right to limit, suppress, censor or otherwise control it.  Yet as we dig deeper into discovery in our Big Tech censorship case — Missouri and Louisiana v. Biden — we uncover ever-more truly appalling abuses of power that President Joe Biden's director of digital strategy, Rob Flaherty, admitted come from "the highest (and I mean highest) levels of the" White House.  Such evidence proves the Biden administration is leveraging its power to coerce social-media companies to suppress the speech of thousands, if not millions, of Americans who disagree with its political narratives.  Naturally, the First Amendment prohibits censorship.  Yet the Biden team has worked to circumvent this fundamental constitutional protection by inducing, threatening and colluding with private companies to suppress speech.  It's illegal; but when Big Government enters into such a conspiracy with Big Business to violate your rights, it's also known by another name:  fascism.

To Save America, Repeal the 19th Amendment.  With Jacinda Ardern's welcome exit from the ranks of world political leaders, leaving a shambles of constitutional freedom and human rights in her wake, now is perhaps an opportune time to reconsider the passage of the 19th amendment in American politics as part of our ongoing series of "To Save America" modest proposals advocating repeal of the most destructive tamperings with the original Constitution. [...] To take Ardern as an example, her reaction to a single case of the imaginary disease known as "Covid-19" was quintessentially female and maternal: she immediately shut down her entire country, then instituted a breathtaking regime of ruthless totalitarianism involving lockdowns and forcible "vaccinations."  (She had previously displayed these same panicky instincts in the wake of the 2019 mosque shootings, when she almost instantly imposed a draconian anti-gun policy nationwide.)  In other words, she acted according to stereotype, her policies not the product of calm thinking and reasoned judgment but of inflamed emotions absent any rational thought.  After which she walked away from the chaos complaining of burnout.

The American intelligence community has no accountability — so how can it keep us safe?  The revelation that President Biden had stacks of classified documents stashed in his garage — alongside jugs of anti-freeze and piles of cleaning rags — comes as little surprise.  For several years I have been working on a new book, "SpyFail," that examines the collapse of the country's counterintelligence and security operations.  And by far, no administration has had a more disastrous record than those of Barack Obama and Biden.  For years, insiders at the hyper-secret National Security Agency were able to walk out the door with more than half a billion pages of documents classified higher than top secret, some dealing with nuclear weapons and many of which ended up in Russia.  And that was after the supposed crackdown following the million or so documents removed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also on Obama and Biden's watch.  Still another NSA insider was able to steal nearly all of the agency's highly dangerous cyberweapons — the tech equivalent of loose nukes — and put them up for auction on the internet in 2016.  Eventually, the weapons ended up in Russia and North Korea, where they were used to cause a worldwide cyber pandemic that shut down hospitals and medical facilities all over the world, including in the US, thus turning our own weapons against us.

From student loans to masks, why does Biden want to keep us in a perpetual 'emergency'?  We've made it to 2023, nearly three years since the pandemic hit the United States in full force.  The virus is less deadly, we have effective vaccines and life is pretty much back to normal for most of us.  If you're President Joe Biden, however, the COVID-19 "emergency" is still front and center.  Don't get me wrong.  I don't think Biden actually believes we are still in a state of emergency.  He admitted as much in September when he declared the pandemic was "over."  Yet the president and his administration have enjoyed the extra powers that have accompanied the national emergency declaration.  And they are working hard to cling to this authority, which has granted the executive branch broader control over our lives.

You Must Assume That All Information Put Out By Our Government Is Corrupt.  Throughout the agencies of our federal government, an important function is to issue data and information about the state of the country.  These data cover a vast array of topics such as population, demographics, income and poverty, the state of the economy, the GDP, employment and unemployment, activities of foreign adversaries, weather and climate, energy production and use, and much, much more.  The Congress and states use this information in making important public policy decisions, and the people use it to make decisions for their everyday lives.  Not the least of those decisions is how to vote.  So is the information issued by the government basically honest and reliable for important decisions?  Or, instead, is the output of official information cynically manipulated and corrupted by a government interested mainly in perpetuating and increasing its own power?  And given that the federal bureaucracy is 90+% Democrat in political orientation, to what extent does that bureaucracy manipulate the information it issues to further the election of Democrats?  The evidence of data manipulation in favor of Democrats is so pervasive that we have to assume that essentially all information put out by the government is corrupt.

The Empress Wears No Clothes.  Catherine E. Lhamon is the current Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Despite the unassuming title, her position wields enormous power.  The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, at her sole discretion, can cut off federal funding (and has threatened to do so) from any recipient educational institution she deems unwoke or patriarchal.  Lhamon once quipped about how she enjoys carrying the "big stick of the federal government" to further her agenda.  Lhamon is best known for abusing her authority to create an illiberal ecosystem of administrative law during the Obama administration, eviscerating due-process protections for students accused of sexual harassment.

Like Paul Revere, a Massachusetts Republican Sends Warning.  [Scroll down] How do progressives govern?  During the COVID debacle, we got a good look at progressive blue state governors and then a progressive president in action.  They govern like absolute monarchs, decreeing mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and destructive lockdowns.  They abusively utilize 'emergency powers' that have no end date.  They impose unconstitutional executive orders that bypass legislative approval.  Elon Musk has done the country a great service by releasing the 'Twitter Files'.  We now know that the FBI, the CIA, and the DOJ (among other agencies) have been corrupted by installing progressive leadership.  These agencies are now weaponized against conservatives.  They are now used to defend progressives and their policies.  They have co-opted all mainstream news media and big tech, preventing accurate information from getting to the people.  They've worked to silence conservative voices, suppressing all opposition.  Even the White House is in on it.

America's Animal Farm.  [Scroll down] It is not American for an unelected bureaucracy to create rules out of thin air and enforce them upon the people through agency prerogative and regulation.  It is not American for presidents to legislate through executive order.  It is not American for congresses to conduct show trials against American citizens or to demand that tech companies censor points of view.  It is not American for courts to scribble over the Constitution whenever expedient.  It is not American for the Department of (in)Justice to persecute citizens for their political beliefs or for the FBI to act as a lethal enforcer against the regime's political enemies.  It is not American for there to be so many criminal statutes that no American could possibly know them all, let alone confidently act without fear of sanction.  It is not American for there to be so many government agencies and divisions that no American could capably draw a diagram listing their roles and functions.  It is not American for the government to champion its secular religion over the moral tenets of Americans' spiritual faiths.  It is not American for the government to ignore the will of its citizens and subvert immigration law by leaving its borders unprotected and wide open.  It is not American for an amorphous Intelligence Community to spy on American citizens with neither warrant nor probable cause.  It is not American for the news media to be so co-opted by the State that they almost universally support the government's talking points — no matter how ludicrous and unsupported — while taking aim at dissenting citizens' debate.

Over this weekend, a lot of very important legal happenings have occurred.  [Thread reader]  Last term, a case came before the US Supreme Court, where West Virginia sued the EPA for egregious changes to the clean air act that essentially rewrote the law with much tougher restrictions.  This was done at the Biden admin's direction to directly target the WV Coal industry.  In West Virginia v EPA, the crux of the matter was Exec Branch Agencies abusing Chevron Deference legal standard to exceed their regulatory authority to essentially rewrite laws for political reasons, by changing their regulatory definitions & rules.  In deciding WV v EPA, SCOTUS ruled that EPA exceeded its authority & that chevron deference DOES NOT permit an agency to make rule changes that effectly modifies existing laws or would create new law.  The Supreme Court ruled that in drastically changing the clean air act standards to punish coal & oil industries, the EPA was rewriting the law, which only congress can do.

Liberal media is trying to protect the FBI from hard questions about illegal surveillance.  Besides addressing the crisis at the southern border, there is no more urgent matter for the new Republican House majority to direct its attention to than the conversion of the federal government into a progressive cudgel against civil rights.  And there is nothing less surprising than the media-Democrat complex's determination to strangle the probe in its cradle.  In the left's playbook, everything is either about race or Donald Trump — if not both.  So as night follows day, with House Republicans poised to establish a much needed Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Democrats and their press accomplices are framing the panel as an adjunct of the 2024 Trump presidential campaign.  They can't be allowed to get away with that.  To make sure they don't, Republicans must take pains not to help.  That means going about it carefully, methodically and in a way that makes clear the weaponization's victims are the American people, not a sinking pol who is unpopular with a solid majority of the American people.

Let's Find Out What The Democrats Have Been Up To.  The 15-round vote to finally elect a speaker of the House was, we were told by the political left, an embarrassment and evidence that the Republicans are untrustworthy.  It was in reality our system in action and it produced at least two important outcomes, both of which will cause discomfort for the Democrats and their communications wing known as the mainstream media.  Over the weekend, we learned that in order for Rep. Kevin McCarthy to earn their votes, the 20 holdout GOP lawmakers got a promise from the California moderate that two special investigative panels would be created.  One would look into "the origins of the COVID-19 virus," the other at the "weaponization" of federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Justice Department and FBI, Just The News reported.  The panels will be select subcommittees, one in the House Judiciary Committee, the other in the House Oversight Committee.  As important as both of those subcommittees will be, there is great need for more probes.  There are decades of Democratic corruption and malfeasance that need to be exposed to the public, untangled and then removed.

Journalist Paul Sperry Has More to Say, as Adam Schiff Starts Acting Nervous.  Journalist Paul Sperry is not going quietly into the night — as we reported, he's been calling out the effort by Rep. Adam Schiff's office to silence him, to get him suspended from Twitter as well as to shut down his reporting about things that Schiff didn't want to be exposed. [...] Then Sperry laid out the timeline of events that led to his suspension and you can see how even though they initially said "no," he was banned shortly after the Schiff people demanded it, and after they upped the game using Jan. 6 and potential "violence" as some sort of justification.  [Tweet]  This is every danger to freedom of speech right there and this is how they were misusing Jan. 6 to shut down speech that exposed them.  That alone is shameful, but as we see from what Schiff has done in the past, he has no shame.  Sperry has indicated that he is looking into what legal options he has regarding what happened and against Schiff.  As we noted, if he does that, he could get all kinds of things in discovery that could open up what Schiff's office had been doing.  But Congress also should be taking action against Schiff for what he did and now that the Republicans have taken over, they can.

Nancy Mace Declares She Is a Purple Republican Who Is "On The Fence Right Now" About Supporting House Rule Changes.  The true enemy of a constitutional republic are the Mitch McConnell's and Nancy Mace's of the professional political class who build systems to undermine the will of the people under the pretense of representing them.  These are the abusers, the professional abusers, the psychologically Machiavellian and inherently evil people within the system of power who operate on false pretense.  They are smiley-faced fascists and liars, period.

Nancy Pelosi calls House Democrats 'The greatest collection of intellect, integrity, and imagination assembled.  Just when one thinks one has heard everything, one is proven wrong.  Outgoing speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently wrote her last "Dear Colleague" letter to her Democrat co-conspirators/comrades.  In this missive, she stated, "During the 117th Congress, President Biden and Congressional Democrats have put forth a shining vision of justice for all.  Together, we have worked tirelessly to infuse this value into our legislative efforts.  We can all take immense pride in our achievements toward that goal, which is making a real difference in the lives of the American people."  Justice?  For all?  Tell that to all those still rotting in prison, without conviction or charge, for strolling through the People's House on January 6, 2021.  Tell that to those who were snatched from their homes in the wee hours of the morning by armed feds when a simple summons to appear would have sufficed.  Tell that to all those whose jobs were considered unessential.  Tell that to all those in the military who were discharged because they wouldn't accept an experimental substance into their bodies.  Tell that to all those who have lost loved ones to violent crime, rates of which skyrocketed in the past two years due to Democrat policies — or to those who have lost loved ones to fentanyl because Democrats absolutely refuse to police our southern border.  And tell it to America's rapidly dwindling middle class, beset by historic inflation, supply chain problems, and rising taxes.

How Is The Uniparty Destroying America?  Let Me Count The Ways.  We are seeing the foundations laid for a revolution.  Whether that revolution is peaceful or violent remains to be seen.  In virtually every society, over time, a few elites accumulate most of the power.  Those elites, in turn, run the nation as their personal fiefdom, where they utilize the machinery of the state to enrich themselves, accumulate more power, and use trifles to appease the exponentially larger population of serfs whom they rule.  This reality applies to monarchies, Communist tyrannies, "democracies," theocracies, and even, as we're coming to discover, republics.  It doesn't have anything to do with economics either, as it occurs in capitalist states, socialist states, Communist states, and mercantile states.  The only difference is how long it takes for the structure to collapse.  It took the Roman Republic 500 years to collapse, the French monarchy 1,000 years, the Soviet Union 70 years, and the EU is shaky after just 30 years.  Closer to home, the American Republic finds itself on a precipice of collapse after less than 250 years.  We're seeing it unfold right in front of us.

Rebellion Against the People.  While it's important to justify one's position, to provide proof and evidence of crimes, betrayals and treason, I believe we're past the discovery phase and need to move on to the resolution.  What more do we need to know than the CIA has been involved in some of the most treacherous acts committed against the republic, that they've had their hands in the dirtiest of business?  What more do we need to know than the FBI has worked with social media companies to install a worthless, feckless president, perpetrating a treasonous coup in the guise of an election?  All of this, while recently verified, was information we had long since accepted as true.  Such villainous acts were known in 1992 when Vicki Weaver was shot down by a government sniper while holding her infant at Ruby Ridge.  Does that not speak of the inhumanity with which the government views all of us with dissenting views, those who will not simply obey every outrageous law or dictate?  To domestic enemies, patriots are scum.  This is a division between the people and those entrusted with power that cannot be ignored without the absolute destruction of the republic in all but name.  That is the current state of the union and has been, I would venture, since 1963.

CDC colluded with gun-grabbing groups to "cook the numbers" on defensive use of firearms.  Let's face facts, shall we?  It has become painfully clear that the American people can no longer trust a word that comes out of "official" Washington, DC.  From the FBI to the CIA, the White House to the CDC, it's clear that whatever sewage emanates from the swamp must be taken with a giant grain of salt mixed with an even bigger dose of suspicion and skepticism.  The latest example comes to us courtesy of the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), which reported last month that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which we found during the COVID situation has as much credibility as the National Enquirer, "cooked the books" so to speak when it comes to defensive use of firearms.

2022, Perhaps the Apex Year for an Era of Pretending.  History provides reference points, and prolonged pretending never ends up in a good place.  So, there is room for optimism on a couple of points.  First, there is more support than ever for the 'burn it all down' approach.  Whereby we keep the basic U.S. Constitution in place and shred every other institution created that has nothing whatsoever to do with it.  This includes both the DNC and RNC wings of the UniParty apparatus.  I mean, really, at the core of it, what do we have to lose?  Why not just get rid of the dysfunctional systems that abuse us.  Second, in a weird way, we are in a rare space where we can feel the history around us.  Normally we would have to look in retrospect at the events as they unfolded to recognize the inflection point historians would use — not now.  We can look around us right now and have full confidence the most influential voice in the next two decades will be the man, woman or entity that starts openly and publicly calling out this ridiculous pretending.

Government by Gimmick Won't Last.  We are right now in an interim period that might best be called a kind of government by gimmick.  Nothing our "leaders" say is bound by much truth.  Three years of pandemic lockdowns, forced experimental injections, government-sanctioned censorship, and other unconstitutional COVID-1984 measures were moronically justified as necessary because government health bureaucrats and politicians were acting at the "speed of science."  What kind of nonsense is that?  When has real science ever been anything but methodical and slow?  Yet that authoritarian policy directive has justified three years of reckless tyranny across the West, and too many minds squeezed by Marxism's weeds simply complied.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security habitually lies about America's borders being "secure," even though illegal immigration has never been worse, and so long as corporate media parrot government lies, reality is ridiculously distorted.  Climate change, which is an immutable planetary phenomenon, has been transformed into irrefutable proof that centralized government authority must intervene in all economic activity — the exact policy objective, coincidentally enough, that forms the foundations of Marxist power.  When Elon Musk's recent "Twitter Files" release confirmed that the FBI has been actively directing policies of censorship and speech punishment against the American people, the lawless law enforcement agency accused anybody with eyes and brain sufficient to comprehend the Bureau's constitutional betrayals of being "conspiracy theorists" pushing "misinformation."  Why should federal police confess to crimes when only they, not the people, have the power to make arrests?

Strange Deep State Bedfellows.  Victor Davis Hanson's recent mordant comments about the degree to which the FBI will go to influence elections and its shameless defense of this interference caused me to think about the surveillance state's endgame.  These somber thoughts came, not incidentally, after I had immersed myself in reading about the possible (perhaps likely) CIA involvement in the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  As Jim Douglass shows in JFK and the Unspeakable, a work to which Tucker Carlson recently referred in discussing the unwillingness of the Biden Administration to release CIA documents related to the assassination, the Warren Report released in 1964 to explain the killing in Dallas was a cover-up.  Kennedy, it seems, was concerned about the CIA's largely uncontrolled exercise of power and planned to rein it in or possibly even dismantle it.  Plentiful hints lead to the conclusion that the agency knew of the planned assassination and then worked to cover up evidence about its origin and participants.

The Globalist Uniparty Murdered the American Constitutional Republic.  The U.S. government is a corrupt, one-party authoritarian state controlled by a Globalist Uniparty of Democrats and Republicans, who steal from the American people on behalf of rich and powerful multinational interests and use the federal bureaucracy, particularly the national security agencies, to suppress dissent and deny individual rights guaranteed under the Constitution.  The American Constitutional Republic died in Arizona from yet another stolen election, the kill shot being administered by Maricopa County Super Court Judge Peter Thompson, who just dismissed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's lawsuit despite overwhelming evidence of election law violations and malicious intent.  The Globalist Uniparty has been injecting lethal poison into the body politic of the American Constitutional Republic ever since the American people defied Globalist Uniparty dictates and practiced actual democracy by electing Donald Trump as President.  Recognizing that democracy was a existential threat to its survival and its iron grip control of the U.S. government, the Globalist Uniparty did everything in its power, to not only undermine the Trump Presidency, but took measures to ensure that the American people would never again pose a threat to its absolute power.

The Omnibus Spending Bill Scam.  The Pew Research Center explains what's supposed to happen:  Per the 1974 Congressional Budget Act, the Senate and House Budget bills are supposed to be voted on by April 15 each year.  They are supposed to pass a series of separate bills funding various federal agencies/activities (e.g., for the past decade, the number of spending bills has been 12, one for each subcommittee of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, such as Agriculture, Defense, Labor, et al).  If those bills aren't passed by September 30 (end of fiscal year), then Congress uses Continuing Resolutions (CRs) to temporarily fund the government.  If Congress followed its own process, they would avoid this annual "crisis" of having to vote on a bill that nobody has read except the handful of "leaders" like Schumer and his minions, or McConnell and his.  But that's exactly the point, isn't it?  This avoids the open debate needed for each of those appropriations bills, where each would have to stand or fail on its own merits, and our representatives would have to defend their votes to their constituents... you know, how it's supposed to be.  Instead, all those bills are packed into an "omnibus spending bill" that is presented the week before Christmas, usually with only a day (or maybe just hours) for the members to read the bill.  But a flurry of earmarks are doled out to senators and congressmen to secure the necessary votes, then the monstrosity of pork, waste, and woke madness is voted on.

Omnibus Fraud.  The nefarious $1.7 trillion Omnibus spending bill was passed by progressives in both parties.  This bill funds bigger government for fiscal year 2023 through September.  The bad news is that progressives seized on an initiative to eviscerate the incoming Republican House majority for half of their term.  The good news is this bill should not stand because it is unconstitutional.  The best news will be when something is done about that.  The House has authority to initiate spending under the Origination Clause of our Constitution which is Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1.  This clause gives power to the House of Representatives to originate revenue bills and supply government.  Obviously, it is a power revolving in time, coincidental with terms of office.  The House, being elected politicians closest to the people because of their short term of office, has authority and responsibility to tailor government spending to best match the will of voters.  The 117th United States Congress has exceeded their authority past their term limit by usurping the authority of the 118th Congress.  Once the 117th Congress has been succeeded in the New Year, they no longer meet, they no longer legislate, they are history.  The same is true of their bills becoming laws.  Constitutionally, this means appropriations bills can't extend past their time in office.  Otherwise, they are legislating extra officium.

Don't Buy What Democrats Are Selling as Reality.  Under their new pseudo-reality, the Democrats would have us believe there is equal justice under the law, while the truth is that conservative Americans are regularly charged, convicted, and sentenced to maximum penalties.  Conversely, Democrats like the great majority of BLM and Antifa rioters go scot-free after committing felonious crimes.  Democrats like Hunter Biden are not prosecuted at all in the face of overwhelming evidence of significant criminal wrongdoing.  There is no longer equal justice under the law in our country.  It is now an unequal, two-tiered justice system.

How the FBI Used Twitter to Lie to You.  The FBI we know is a creation of Hollywood.  From the beginning, J. Edgar Hoover sought to insert the bureau into movies and TV shows, to portray the agency as grounded in American values, and special agents as righteous competence personified. [...] This image of the FBI fails to highlight an important fact.  The FBI is allowed to lie to you.  They can lie to acquire information or encourage a confession. [...] But the most remarkable thing about the agency is that Theodore Roosevelt created the FBI via executive order after Congress refused his request to create a national police agency.  Now that agency, born in defiance of congressmen who saw no constitutional place for a national police force, is staffed by people who think it's their right to use any means they can find or develop, to override the constitutional procedure for choosing our president.

The pandemic is over, but laziness lasts a lifetime.
The 226 lawmakers who used Pelosi's proxy policy to skip $1.7T spending bill vote.  They shaped the future of America's long-term spending from the comfort of their La-Z-Boy recliners.  More than half the members of the House of Representatives called out sick Friday when the lower chamber passed the massive $1.7 trillion spending bill — instead opting to take advantage of the widely-abused COVID-era proxy voting system.  A bipartisan group of 226 congressional lawmakers filed proxy letters with the House clerk before Friday's vote, giving notice that they will designate a colleague to vote in their place.  The pandemic-era policy allowing lawmakers to choose a representative to vote in their stead was instituted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2020, ostensibly as a temporary measure to reduce the health risks associated with COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic.

From 'Free Speech' to Elon Musk.  Today, as evident by the treatment of Elon Musk's recent disclosures at Twitter, we have seen the entire Left do a complete 180 regarding Free speech government secrecy and collusions with big business.  Many people who may have been around back in the 60s and 70s, may be confused on this whole Elon Musk/Twitter kerfuffle. [...] What changes have we seen in such people, the ones who proclaimed to stand for integrity and an open governance since those turbulent days?  They have in fact done a compete 180 having turned themselves into a Nixon on steroids like clone of secrecy, vengeance, and retribution.  They have kept information from the public.  They have used the FBI, CIA, and IRS as well as highly partisan congressional "investigations," to punish and go after their enemies.  They have turned fair law into "lawfare."  They told Facebook, Twitter, and Google what information was to be held from the American people.  Those in charge within the high-tech Industry dutifully obeyed state orders and coordinated their efforts with the FBI.  The Left was now revealing its true beliefs:  the people have no right to such information, but only to the information approved by the government authorities who they now control.

House GOP to Investigate Biden's Secretive Order on Voting.  The House's new Republican majority is poised to investigate the Biden administration's secretive, all-of-government effort to get out the vote.  President Joe Biden's executive order of March 2021 calls for every federal agency, in partnership with private organizations, to "consider ways to expand citizens' opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process."  With some exceptions, most federal agencies haven't provided records on implementation of Biden's executive order after requests for public records were made by Congress, news organizations, and government watchdog groups.  In October, the Justice Department invoked "presidential privilege" to shield related documents.  "Our federal agencies should never be utilized for partisan, political purposes," Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wis., a member of the House Administration Committee, told The Daily Signal in a statement.

The Jan. 6 Committee's Referral Is Unconstitutional.  The Jan. 6 Committee has voted to refer former President Donald Trump to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution.  This referral violates both the letter and spirit of the Constitution for at least two reasons.  First, Article 1 of the Constitution grants Congress "all legislative powers" and only "legislative powers."  Under our system of separation of powers, the power to prosecute lies exclusively with the executive branch through the justice department.  Congress has no authority to refer specific individuals for prosecution.  It is beyond the scope of its constitutional authority.  Second, Congress is specifically denied the power to pass any "bill of attainder."  Prior to America's independence, the British parliament enacted such bills that prosecuted named individuals.  Our Constitution prohibited Congress from prosecuting named individuals.  The power of Congress is limited to passing laws of general application that can be applied to specific individuals only by the justice department and a grand jury.  A congressional committee officially voting to refer a named individual for prosecution violates the spirit of the explicit prohibition against congressional bills of attainder.

To Mitigate Risks to the DOJ and FBI Narrative, Special Counsel Lead Andrew Weissmann Snooped on Congress.  In order to present an accurate record of events, it is important to remain focused on specifics.  During the period from May, 2017, through April of 2019, Main Justice in Washington DC was split into two divisions.  In one division there was the Special Counsel Robert Mueller team in control of everything related to DOJ and FBI activity around the 2016 election, with emphasis on the Trump-Russia headlines.  This division handled 100% of everything that was sucking up the oxygen in Washington DC.  Andrew Weissmann was in charge of this division.  In the second division, there was everything else the DOJ was doing, which is to say not much.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions was heading this division.

Fifth Circuit rejects Biden admin's "nearly unlimited authority" claims, blocks vaccine mandate.  Joe Biden's executive orders continue to die on the appellate-court vine, especially in the Fifth Circuit.  Late yesterday, a 2-1 decision kept an injunction in place against Biden's order that all federal contractors get COVID vaccines to enter their workplaces.  It's the latest pandemic mandate struck down by the courts, and a common theme runs through all of these decisions.  Courts aren't buying an imperial presidency untethered from explicit congressional grants of authority: [...] By the way, the court never does get to one of the core issues in this mandate — the fact that the extant vaccines neither stop transmission nor uptake.  They do have a demonstrated positive effect in minimizing acute and severe cases of COVID, but that's not the issue in workplace vaccine requirements.  The only reason to impose such an order would be to stop transmission of an infectious disease, which none of the vaccines actually do.  The only effect is personal and individual, and so the choice should be personal as well — just as with the tobacco analogy the Fifth Circuit wisely uses for demonstration.  The administration is fighting a battle they will lose on multiple fronts, in other words.

DOJ snooped on House Intelligence Committee investigators during Russia probe, subpoenas show.  In an extraordinary intrusion on congressional oversight, the Justice Department used grand jury subpoenas to secretly obtain the personal email and phone data of at least two top House Intelligence Committee investigators back in November 2017 just as they and their boss, then-Chairman Devin Nunes, were assembling bombshell evidence of FBI abuses in the Russia collusion probe, Just the News has learned.  The subpoenas, obtained by Just the News, show the DOJ demanded that Google turn over personal email and phone data from the two senior staffers on Nov. 20, 2017 and that responsive materials were to be returned to DOJ by Dec. 5, 2017.  The subpoenas were delivered during a critical time frame in the committee's effort to expose the Donald Trump-Russia collusion investigation as having been driven by an uncorroborated political opposition dossier funded by Hillary Clinton.  Nunes' committee was locked at the time in a bitter struggle to force the FBI and DOJ to turn over records to the committee.

Why Just Mayorkas?  Leave it to Republicans to fall short, either from nearsightedness, timidity, or both.  Case in point, Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas.  Twenty House conservatives, led by the quixotic speaker-aspirant Andy Biggs (R-AZ), are calling for Mayorkas' impeachment.  Their intentions are good, but their call is a little like calling for the arrest of Bonnie Parker but letting Clyde Barrow and his gang run free.  Bonnie was nothing without Clyde. [...] It's these elites who must stand accused in the court of public opinion of crimes against the American people... who lend not just their assent to the debauching of the southern border and, since January 2021, the ensuing deluge of an estimated 5.5 million illegals into the country, but whose voices, dollars, and institutional heft weigh heavily in this unprecedented assault on the nation's integrity, security, and welfare.  But, of course, it's outside the scope of the soon-to-be House Republican majority to pursue that extra-governmental supporting cast.

Has American Democracy Been a Hallucination for Nearly 60 Years?  Call it a democracy, call it a democratic republic, call it a constitutional republic, call it anything you want — it doesn't really matter what America is if there is truth to what Tucker Carlson was reporting the other night via a source who had "direct knowledge" of still-hidden documents concerning the Kennedy assassination, implicating the CIA.  If indeed the CIA was in any way involved in the assassination of JFK on Nov. 22, 1963, then anything that has happened in the public sphere in our country since that day has basically been a hallucination created by an intelligence agency far deeper than most of us — certainly me, since I was never much given to conspiracy theories — ever imagined. [...] That former CIA director Mike Pompeo declined to appear on Carlson's show to discuss this is not insignificant.  We all know about 51 intelligence officials — John Brennan and others who fallaciously claimed two years ago the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation.  They have to have known otherwise.  Now this?

10 Steps to Save America.  Americans distrust the "swamp," administrative state, or deep state.  Call what you will, the Washington nexus of bureaucracies, media, and lobbyists has created a huge, unelected permanent army of auditors, regulators, investigators, and punishers, all mostly exempt from audit and accountability and without fear of their elected overseers.  The easiest solution is to break up concentrations of power.  Transfer out of Washington, in this age of zoom and telecommunications, major cabinet departments like Health and Human Services, Energy, or Agriculture into the hinterland.  Restore the idea that lying to Congress, feigning amnesia, or pleading ignorance under oath to Congress or federal investigators or in depositions is a prosecutable felony with jail time.

Biden-trafficked Minors Provide Child Labor to U.S. Factories.  This isn't the first time PJ Media has reported on the sad fates of the human beings trafficked into our country by cynical globalist-socialists, and it won't be the last.  Still, it's particularly disheartening when minor children, placed in peril by the Biden administration's extralegal immigration and national transformation machine, are taken advantage of.

DHS Redacted Critical Details About 'Anti-Disinformation' Activities: Sens. Grassley, Hawley.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has neglected to provide in full certain disclosures requested by members of the U.S. Senate relating to the department's growing role in "counter-disinformation" activities, and this failure is particularly egregious in light of the co-equal roles of the executive and legislative branches of the government, two senators have charged in a Dec. 15 letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.  Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) charge the DHS with ignoring or downplaying their "serious concerns" about the DHS's "growing counter-disinformation efforts" as conveyed previously in a letter of June 7, which formally requested "information necessary to inform our congressional oversight of DHS activities."

Grassley, Hawley slam DHS for redactions of disinfo docs: 'The people's business ought to be public'.  Two Republican senators this week slammed the Department of Homeland Security for what they said were overzealous redaction decisions pursuant to an oversight request made by the senators themselves.  In their letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley criticized the department for its response to a request for documentation the two lodged in June of this year.  Of the two responses the senators received, they wrote, one "did not answer any of the ten questions" they originally posed, while the other consisted of "two documents already in the public domain" and "500 pages of material, approximately half of which are mostly or entirely redacted."  "We remind you that the oversight letters we send to the Executive Branch are signed in our capacity as sitting members of Congress, a separate and co-equal branch of government," the senators wrote.

Biden Justice Department's Vanita Gupta admits to targeting pro-lifers as payback for Supreme Court ruling on Roe.  The Department of Justice's associate attorney general, Vanita Gupta, the number three offical at that agency, loudly vowed at her confirmation hearing to serve an an impartial, non-partisan official, following revelations of a string of vile tweets directed at Republicans. [...] One such example of her 26 scalps is the case of Mark Houck, a pro-life rosary-sayer who got into an altercation with a clinic "escort" in front of an abortion clinic, after the latter began shouting at and intimidating and violating the space of his 12 year-old son.  It happened several years ago, and even Pennsylvania's woke prosecutors declined to prosecute the case because it was so flimsy.  But Vanita Gupta, enraged at the decision on Roe, had a partisan agenda, and instead of prosecute the leftist clinic escort who got in the child's face (turns out he had quite a previous rap sheet), which also would have been applicable under the FACE act, she sent in the SWAT team with 15 squad cars to haul Houck away in front of his terrified kids.

The Democrats' Slow Motion Insurrection.  The Jan. 6 Capitol ruckus is not one of our country's greatest moments.  But if the objective of a few of the protesters was to overthrow the federal government, they planned and executed poorly.  The same can't be said of the Democrats.  Their mostly bloodless coup to suspend constitutional limits and seize unchallenged power has been thoroughly calculated and expertly executed.  For decades Democrats at all levels have been moving the U.S. from the civil society it was designed to be to the political (that is, coercive) society they want to be in control of.  They have waged outright war on the first, second and 10th amendments to the Constitution; robbed us of our economic liberty through punitive taxation and strangling regulation; created environmental policies that have made innocent men criminals for making use of their own property and taken that property whenever possible; and destroyed independence by fostering more dependence on the state.  They spend other people's money as if it were, well, other people's money and there is therefore no governor on their actions.  "The Democrat Party has a long history of ignoring the Constitution when it impedes their government-expansionist objectives.  Which is nigh constantly — as the Constitution is a government-limiting document," says Seton Motley, president of Less Government, who cites some of the more egregious examples in a Heartland Institute essay.

The 'election interference' that Democrats favor.  Our intelligence apparatus — or "the deep state," in former President Donald Trump's words — has meddled in two presidential elections acting on behalf of the Democratic Party.  Instead of reporting on it, the mainstream media have served as willing pawns of these bureaucratic actors to amplify misinformation.  Congress has done nothing about it.  And no one in any federal agency has been held accountable.  How can this happen in a country that prides itself on its "free and fair" elections?  Elon Musk's "Twitter Files," which have been released by independent journalists in a series of tweets, shed light on how pervasively corrupt America's intelligence agencies are — especially when it comes to favoring one political party over another.

DOJ Official Admits Targeting Pro-Lifers Is Response to Overturn of Roe.  The Justice Department has been targeting pro-life activists through the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act as a response to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, according to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.  Gupta delivered remarks at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division's 65th Anniversary earlier this month.  The associate attorney general described the overturn of Roe v. Wade as a "devastating blow to women throughout the country" that took away "the constitutional right to abortion" and increased "the urgency" of the DOJ's work — including the "enforcement of the FACE Act, to ensure continued lawful access to reproductive services."

Controlling the Department of Justice.  The unabashed political persecution and unconscionable years of pre-trial incarceration for some January 6th protestors in direct violation of the Sixth Amendment.  The near-psychotic obsession to indict and convict Donald Trump of any specious federal crime.  The admission by the FBI that they instructed social media companies prior to the 2020 election to censor stories unfavorable to Joe Biden.  These actions, among many others over the years, have confirmed that the Department of Justice is teeming with politicized prosecutors and a federal police force that is allied with one political party and is browbeating the citizenry on their behalf.  No Republican president or Congress will succeed in stopping this nation's relentless march toward one-party tyranny as long as the Department of Justice, which has been systematically weaponized since its formation in 1870, continues to exist as part of the Executive Branch.  The Founders of this nation would never have agreed to the creation of the Department of Justice.  They were extraordinarily skeptical of a large federal government and adamantly opposed to a federal law enforcement role.  Except for treason, the concept of federal crimes was not even mentioned in the Constitution.

The United States of Fascist America.  [Scroll down]  Take for example the recent Twitter File revelations.  The federal government took control of big tech and social media giants to control free speech and dissent.  It was more than simply the Biden campaign pressuring Twitter.  The FBI had weekly meetings with social media corporations to warn them of "Russian interference" or "hack and leak operations," which they knew very well were nothing of the sort.  And despite denials, Biden administration officials may still be meeting with media executives.  Who is on President Biden's guest list during the many weeks he is at one of his Delaware vacation homes?  The result was social media suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, which would have likely altered the 2020 presidential election outcome.  Specifically, "16% of Biden voters would have voted differently if Hunter Biden laptop story was not suppressed by media, big tech."  In an election decided by about 50,000 votes in a few swing districts, this was obvious election interference.  And it wasn't only the FBI, but also the Department of Homeland Security.

McCarthy vows subpoenas for 51 intel-agents who signed letter saying Hunter laptop story was Russian collusion.  House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said that as Speaker of the House, he would issue subpoenas for the 51 intelligence officials who signed a letter weeks before the 2020 election claiming the Hunter Biden laptop story looked like Russian disinformation.  During a Fox interview over the weekend, McCarthy - who will likely become the lower chamber's next leader - said Republicans, under his leadership, will 'bring the (the intelligence agents) before committee' and ask them 'why did they lie to the American public?'  'Those 51 intel agents that signed a letter that said the Hunter Biden information was all wrong - was Russia collusion - many of them have a security clearance,' he said.

Sellin: If Corrupt Tyrants Intend to Govern Illegitimately, Then Stand Up Against the Tyrants.  Despite clear maladministration, if not intentional voter suppression and fraud, the Maricopa County, Arizona Board of Supervisors is expected to soon certify the 2022 Election results.  This will likely take place this morning.  Corruption in government is a solvable problem, but not without free and fair elections.  So, what do you do when rigged elections won't let citizens "vote out" a corrupt tyrannical political aristocracy?

2020: The Year the Ruling Class Took ControlManipulation is the key word when it comes to the Democrats.  Calls to pack the Supreme Court and the Senate, eliminate the filibuster, and change the way the Electoral College works all point to the fact the Democrats and the Left never rest in their nonstop efforts to manipulate the political and judicial systems to their advantage.  In a way, they really are geniuses in identifying ways to manipulate the system.  They're not always successful, but they're always trying, and for now they've succeeded in changing the way elections work in many states by making mail-in voting, ballot drop boxes, and ballot harvesting legal.  Democrats can get away with these ongoing shenanigans, especially the coverup of the coverup of the Hunter Biden laptop story, is because nearly every major institution in the country is controlled by progressives in positions of authority at those institutions, most in the corporate mainstream media.

WSJ: Musk's Twitter files shows real "disinformation" threat is America's former intel leaders.  Point of order:  Didn't we learn that in 2013 when James Clapper perjured himself before Congress?  And didn't we learn that the American media enthusiastically facilitated that disinformation potential by hiring Clapper and former FBI executive Andrew McCabe after getting fired for lying to investigators?  Among dozens of others?  We did indeed, but the editors of the Wall Street Journal want to underscore that point in the release of Twitter's files on the Hunter Biden laptop story.  They also note the media's complicity in promoting this "disinformation," even in the face of independent corroboration.

Rogue Virginia ABC Sends Police to Enforce COVID Lockdown.  Virginia has a famous Republican Governor, Glenn Youngkin, who has made his opposition to arbitrary COVID-19 mandates clear.  But his predecessor, Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, although out of office for ten months, apparently still calls the shots at the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board.  He does so through board members he appointed.  Indeed, every one of them, including Board Chair Maria J. K. Everett and Board CEO Travis Hill, are rogue agents bent on enforcing Northam's infamous Executive Order 72 even after it was withdrawn in May of 2021.  For the current members of the Virginia ABC Board, elections appear to be irrelevant.  So long as the Board members have the power to contradict one of Governor Youngkin's key policy positions, they appear intent on doing so.  And so it is that in all their fulsome Democrat glory, they authorized a police raid the early morning of December 2 against an honest, hard-working veteran who owns one of Fredericksburg, Virginia's most popular restaurants, Gourmeltz.  That owner, Matt Strickland, is a prominent Republican, a popular prospective candidate for the Virginia State Senate, and a party opponent of the Board members.

Justin Trudeau praises China's anti-COVID lockdown protestors — but not Canada's truckers.  How's this for hypocrisy?  At a time when celebrities, tech barons, and the White House are laying low about the gargantuan anti-COVID lockdown protests spreading throughout China, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is loudly virtue-signalling:  [Tweet]  Trudeau, recall, just last February employed pepper spray, tow trucks, bank account freezes, Bitcoin seizures, child removals from homes, and arrests of protest leaders to end a Canadian truck strike for the exact same group of causes — vaxx mandates and continuous lockdowns, through unprecedented tactics that could only rival what the ChiCom goons and their "big whites" beating protestors into "health" are doing now.

London mayor to impose daily fines on motorists.  Sadiq Khan, current Mayor of London and WEF member, is set to impose £12.50 daily fines to all motorists who enter or commute through the greater city of London.  The Mayor has announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded across all London boroughs from August 2023, as per the Greater London Authority website.  London commuters and residents who drive 'non-compliant' vehicles will be dinged daily.  Khan described the decision as "one of the toughest decisions" he's taken as mayor, but insisted millions from the bustling city will benefit from the cleaner air.  The Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ for short, was introduced in 2019 as a means to ensure that vehicles meet emission standards set for the city, lest their drivers pay a daily surcharge.  Though pollution levels have decreased since the introduction of ULEZ, Khan claims that there is still "far too much toxic air pollution permanently damaging the health of young Londoners and leading to thousands of early deaths every year."

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Is the air in London really that bad, or is this just a way to skim money from nearly everybody?  This decree might be about control, or money, or electric cars, but I doubt if it's really about air quality.

Ohio Cops Decide First Amendment Doesn't Exist, Arrest Newspaper Editor For Committing Journalism.  Ohio cops just can't seem to get their head around First Amendment protections.  A case hopefully en route to a Supreme Court review involves Parma, Ohio cops who decided it was completely legal to arrest a town resident for creating a clearly satirical Facebook page that suggested the Parma PD was offering free abortions in a roaming van and promoting a "pedophile reform" event.  In another case, a cop temporarily managed to obtain an injunction forbidding people from publishing his name while he sued several Cincinnati residents for libel for suggesting he might be a racist.  That cop's name is Ryan Olthaus and he has a long history of use of force complaints.  And, in yet another case, a woman was arrested by Ohio cops for repeating a false rumor that a gun had been found at a school.  She did not originate the rumor.  She just repeated it.  And for that, she was sentenced to 180 days in jail and stripped of access to social media sites for a year.

Apple Turned Off Protest Communication Tool Right Before Anti-Lockdown Uprising in China.  As it mulls kicking Elon Musk's Twitter off the app store, it has now been revealed that Apple restricted the use of AirDrop in China, a move that harmed the organizational efforts of demonstrators protesting against the CCP's lockdowns.  Over the past week, multiple major cities across China have seen massive protests against lockdowns, with the normally compliant Chinese exploding into rage in response to their government's 'zero COVID' policy.  Much of the unrest blew up in response to an incident in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, where at least 10 people, some say up to 40, were killed during an apartment fire because lockdown rules stopped residents from fleeing the burning building.  Most of the city's residents have been prevented from leaving their homes for over 100 days as a result of the draconian rules, which are still in place nearly three years after the pandemic began.  With Beijing now trying to contain what some are calling the most serious mass uprising since Tiananmen Square, Apple is apparently helping them to crush dissent.

The Bureaucracy's Democrat Majority Made America a One-Party Government.  When former President Trump, Gov. DeSantis, and Senator Ted Cruz, among others, endorsed rolling back the power of bureaucrats and their administrative state, Democrats panicked.  Senator Dianne Feinstein and Hillary's former running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, introduced a countermeasure which they called, "Preventing a Patronage System Act" according to Kaine, to "protect the merit-based hiring system for our federal workforce".  Media editorialists claimed that making it easier to get rid of federal employees would bring back patronage or the spoils system.  The problem is that patronage never left.  We have spent generations living under a permanent patronage system.  The spoils system, as bad as it was, kept one party from permanently packing its supporters into the government.  Removing it just meant that the Democrats have permanently packed the federal bureaucracy.  That's how America became a one-party government at the federal level in Washington D.C.  Politicians of both parties come and go, but it's the Democrat bureaucrats who call the shots.

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Four nefariously managed events meant to harm us.  [#2] Government's war on its own citizens.  I'd date this for the sake of simplicity to the DOJ's and FBI's campaign to defenestrate Donald Trump starting in 2016 for the crime of winning an election.  What began as the Russia collusion prank morphed into RussiaGate, another [self-protection] extravaganza in which public officialdom gave itself blanket permission to lie about everything it was doing.  The likes of James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Barack Obama's girl squad in the White House — to name just a few of many participants — also managed to hook in the mainstream news media under the supposition that they were the good guys fighting a disgusting, [...] supervillain, which disposed the news media to go along with all the FBI and DOJ lies, and also stranded the media in an endless loop of [self-protection] they are still locked into.  Bottom line:  all involved came to recognize that there was no accountability for their wicked deeds and lying about them, and that became an all-purpose license for everyone in public life to lie about everything and anything ever after — including Dr. Fauci and his colleagues, who watched RussiaGate roll out for four years before the debut of Covid-19.  This license to act wrongfully and lie about it extends, by the way, to the epic election mischief carried out programmatically by the Democratic Party's Lawfare arm in 2020 and 2022, and the installation of a fake president.

From a Time When Communism Was Taught Right.  We have seen social media platforms ban freedom of speech.  We have seen certain journalists excluded from press conferences in Arizona and then watched the journalists be herded off government property by deputy sheriffs.  Later, these same journalists were tracked by flying drones like what we have seen the Chinese Communist Party employ against its COVID-19 dissidents.  The American news media frequently slant or omit the true news of the day.  The American viewer has been fed a steady diet of propaganda.  We have seen false stories about "Russia, Russia, Russia"; the "Big Lie"; and "J6."  Peaceful American citizens, including many veterans who fought to protect our rights, are being held in the District of Columbia jail in terrible conditions and without being formally charged.  Over two years have passed, and many still have not had a speedy trial.

Turns out Joe Biden was the shadowy hand behind Justin Trudeau's tyrannical acts against Canadian truckers.  When Justin Trudeau shut down Canada's spectacular 3,000-strong convoy of "freedom" truckers opposed to Canada's COVID vaccine mandates, most were appalled at the tyrannical steps taken to stop it.  After all, the country was Canada, not Cuba.  Son-of-Castro invoked Canada's "Emergencies Act," on "Freedom Convoy 2022," on February 14, freezing trucker bank accounts, imprisoning their leaders, shutting down a GoFundMe account for truckers, banning travel to the protests, which had attracted 15,000 people, hauling off and termininating parental rights of truckers to their own children, and expropriating their trucks.  All that, over a peaceful trucker protest over a vaccine mandate.  We know it was outrageous.  We know it was something Castro would do.  But now as Trudeau is called to Canada's parliament to testify about what [...] he thought it was doing, word has gotten out about who was really calling the shots on this lunacy.

Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have shown themselves to be petty dictators.  Up until the Liberal politicians showed up, the Emergencies Act (EA) hearings were going quite well.  I know, you are shocked to hear that when politicians show up things go awry.  In the first few weeks, it was mainly participants of the Freedom Convoy and law enforcement officials who took the stand.  As was expected, the participants were an earnest, albeit motley crew of normal Canucks who simply attested to their participation in the event based on the principles of personal liberty.  For their part, the law enforcement officials were easy enough to listen to.  Canadian police are well trained in keeping their cool, and they answered the questions they were asked with short replies, keeping things to a simple "yes" or "no" for the most part.  But, as the Liberal Party hacks have entered the arena, we have now witnessed the insane mental gymnastics that seemingly constitute the "logic" that emanates from the top-brass.  It has been revealing, however, especially after watching Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and the prime minister himself, Justin Trudeau.

Hard Truths and Radical Possibilities.  As a treatise on constitutional government, The Federalist is and will always be a classic work of political science, with many enduring insights.  But in terms of supplying a guide to how our federal government works, The Federalist has become the owner's manual to a car that no longer runs, or was stolen long ago.  What Publius describes about the functions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches — as well as the countervailing powers of the states — has almost no connection with current reality.  Congress doesn't write, the executive does not enforce, and the judiciary does not interpret the laws.  Power and wealth have become massively centralized in Washington, D.C. Federalism, judicial review, executive authority, the legislative process, appropriations — none of this remains operational in a way James Madison would recognize.  And now, the country's most powerful corporations are in active collusion with the federal security apparatus to enforce the regime's authority.  That's practically the definition of fascism.

Are You Freer than You Were Two Years Ago?  U.S. federal spending (excluding Social Security and Post Office expense) in 1901 was $588 million; it remained at approximately this level until 1917 and especially 1919, when the overhang of wartime spending drove it to $5.13 billion.  Spending cooled under the Republican administrations of Harding and Coolidge but exploded under FDR to a height of $44 billion in 1945.  One might expect that wartime number to decline, but by 1970, it was $159 billion.  It first reached one trillion in 1995 and is $6.27 trillion in 2022.  As these figure show, federal government spending has grown by a factor of nearly 11,000 over the past 120 years, and it continues growing exponentially.  There is only one possible outcome:  government consumption of nearly all income and control of nearly all economic and personal activity.  That is the definition of what Jefferson called "despotism" and what, in our time, is called totalitarianism.  Despotism can be reversed only by a concerted effort to cut government spending substantially at the federal and state levels, but this seems unlikely.

Are You Freer than You Were Two Years Ago?  Make no mistake:  it is despotism that we face in Biden's proposal to double the size of the IRS; in the political weaponization of the FBI, CIA, and DOJ; in the amassing of information by technology giants; in the corporate surrender to woke ideologies; in the takeover of schools by progressive activists; in the proliferation of "hate speech" laws; in the self-censorship that so many Americans practice to appease political correctness; and in the influence of media on our thinking.  We live in an age of fear and conformity, and those who are weak have become enslaved and have willingly relinquished their freedom to the powerful forces of government, media, "expert" opinion, and corporate venality.  The practical effects of this despotism can be seen everywhere.  Rising taxes are used to transfer more and more of an individual's earnings to government, where it is used with little accountability to enrich those who support ever greater government spending and who make campaign donations to ensure this happens.

Fraudulent, Illegal, Unconstitutional, Unconscionable, And False: A Short Tour Of Government In Action.  All governments are bad — always necessary, often useful, occasionally better than most, rarely genuinely helpful to all, but still bad.  From Athens to Zaire, from commune to kingdom, from democracy to dictatorship, when people come together to form a society there will always be those who take advantage, who prey, who scheme, who profit from their position.  Every government ever has violated its own laws, flouted its own rules, changed long-standing practices for immediate gain, side-stepped its foundational concepts and strictures, dismissed societal codes of conduct, and ignored the basic ethical standards of humanity.  Here in the United States — which actually has one of the best governmental systems and surely the best foundational governmental theory — we are not immune to these issues.

Free America: We're already dealing with a fascist regime.  Republicans were talking about inflation, which is important, and the border, which is also important.  But where were the Republicans calling attention to the fact that this is a fascist administration that's against our fundamental freedoms?  This is an administration that is trying to foreclose on legitimate political discourse.  This is an administration that is consciously aping the institution of authoritarian totalitarian regimes in recent historical memory.  Yet no one even mentioned it.  Nonetheless, it's very clear.  They have sicced the FBI on parents protesting at school board meetings.  They keep saying white supremacists are the biggest terror threat that the nation faces, despite the fact that we see very few incidents of white supremacist terror.  What they mean is that MAGA Republicans are white supremacists, and they are going to take away the franchise from those white supremacists and destroy them utterly.  The plan may not work.  One of the reasons why we have had mass migration into the United States was because the Democrats assumed that Hispanics would be completely on board with them, and would give them a reliable voting majority for the foreseeable future.  That has all fallen apart.  And it will continue to fall apart.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete the Totalitarian State.  There are three government narratives pushed today that are not real:  (1) fraud-free elections, (2) a looming climate apocalypse, and (3) a COVID health emergency requiring total government control.  If you see through only one, then you're not looking hard enough.  Or as Bill Engvall might say, "If you now believe COVID is mostly a hoax but are still terrified of global warming, here's your sign."  Conversely, if you do see through them, you're likely being censored for expressing those points of view.  Here's our impasse: when governments claim to have a monopoly on truth, then citizens are expected to accept preposterous fantasies, no matter how much opposing evidence they might see.  The narrative is absolute.  Dissent is forbidden.  Total obedience is the objective.  Last century, free Westerners understood these features as telltale signs of totalitarianism.  Today, much less free Westerners have been taught to embrace — without scrutiny or wisdom — the government's fairy tales as part of our required, if not sacred, deference to the bureaucratic State's cult of expertise.

Is Your Body the Legal Property of Big Pharma?  [Video clip]  In the video above, Glenn Beck interviews investigative journalist Whitney Webb about her book, "One Nation Under Blackmail: The Sordid Union Between Intelligence and Crime That Gave Rise to Jeffrey Epstein," Parts 1 and 2.  These books provide the necessary framework to understand not just Jeffrey Epstein's geopolitical role and function, but also, more broadly, the deep connections between the U.S. intelligence community and organized crime.  The political corruption we see today grew out of this unholy alliance, which has led to blackmail and bribery being two key strategies by which the wealthy self-described "elites" maintain power and influence from behind the scenes. [...] Epstein's pedophilia and sexual blackmail enterprise was a central cog in this network of corruption for decades.  He was also involved in many other questionable and/or criminal enterprises, including financial crimes, but he wasn't necessarily at the top level in any of them.  Webb describes him more as a middle-management-type of character, carrying out orders from higher-ups, including U.S. intelligence.  Overall, these "higher-ups" are people who favor globalism and global governance, and who don't want the United States to have a monopoly on power.  This is part of why the power of the U.S. is now being dismantled before our eyes, but the undermining and infiltration have been going on for decades.

It's Time to Speak the Truth About Ukraine.  Joe Biden, the military-industrial-congressional complex, State Department neocons, the War Party comprised of all Democrats and many corporate Republicans, and Western globalist elites have the United States and NATO in a Ukrainian proxy war against Russia.  The warmongers are obsessed with destroying Russia.  To achieve it, they are determined to fight to the last Ukrainian.  In eight months, Congress has wasted $69 billion of American taxpayer money to fund their proxy war.  That's about $8 billion more than Russia's entire annual military budget.  And to the delight of the American arms industry, there is no end in sight.  Biden is soon expected to request another $50 billion.  Meanwhile, Biden and Congress have betrayed the American people — doing next to nothing to solve the crises of inflation, self-inflicted shortages of fuel and food, an invasion of five-and-a-half million illegal aliens, out-of-control violent crime, and a fentanyl epidemic imported from China and Mexico that is killing 100,000 Americans every year.

Key Takeaways from the FBI Whistleblowers Report.  On November 4, 2022, the Republican staff of the House Judiciary Committee published a report based primarily on whistleblower testimony, describing how the FBI and the Justice Department have become politically weaponized against conservatives. [...] I think we can draw several obvious conclusions from the report.
  [#1]   The FBI and the Justice Department have become hopelessly politically corrupted against conservatives.  The corruption is particularly dangerous because the FBI and the Justice Department have such enormous power.  They can destroy just about anyone they target because they essentially have unlimited resources.  They almost destroyed President Trump and General Flynn.  Think what happens when they come after someone with far fewer resources to fight back.
  [#2]   The scope of the corruption is so great and has lasted for such a long time that Christopher Wray and Merrick Garland had to know about it.  If they knew about it and did nothing to stop it, then they approved it.
  [#3]   The FBI simply cannot be trusted, and anyone who is being questioned by them must use extreme caution.  As the prominent attorney Harmeet Dhillon has recommended, "never speak to the FBI without your attorney present, and never speak to the FBI without making an audio or video recording of the entire conversation."

Humpty Dumpty's government of no consent.  You may say we still have the U.S. Constitution and the consent of the governed through popular elections.  Perhaps we do on the formal surface of things.  Perhaps we do on parchment and paper.  Yet, below the surface and between the lines, America's Humpty Dumpty elite sit on high and make the U.S. Constitution and the "consent of the governed" mean just what they choose it to mean — neither more nor less.  I know I personally have never given my consent for most of what our supposed democracy does every day.  I have never consented to most U.S. government programs (programs often conceived decades before my own conception), yet the government persists in charging me taxes for their administration.  Even when the government doesn't break my bank directly through taxation, it takes out debts in my name and sees fit to counterfeit more and more currency by means of its monopoly on the production of money.

Biden Says He's 'Making Sure' Trump Will Not Become President Again.  Old Joe Biden, the ostensible president of the United States, on Wednesday held one of his Potemkin press conferences before the gathering of sycophants and propagandists known as the White House press corps.  When a reporter said that Trump's movement was "still very strong," Biden laughed derisively and said, "Oh yeah?"  He added, "Well, we just have to demonstrate that he will not take power by — if we — if he does run.  I'm making sure he, under legitimate efforts of our Constitution, does not become the next President again."  How can he make sure of that?  He didn't say, and of course the sycophants didn't ask.

Prepare for even more abuses of power.  Joe Biden has been a serial power abuser.  He has sent the FBI against his political opponents.  He has, in the student loan forgiveness program, implemented a policy he acknowledges is unconstitutional, and he has used his power as head of the administrative state to threaten his political opponents.  In his post-election news conference he explicitly put a target on the back of one of his political enemies:  Elon Musk.  When asked about whether Musk is a national security threat — an absurdity if there ever was one — Biden laughed and said it would be worth looking at.  "There's a lot of ways."  [Tweet]

The Democrats Told Us Who They Were When They Locked Us Down.  The Democrats and their media accomplices keep telling us the Republicans are the fascists and autocrats hungry for power.  But just the opposite is true.  The Democrats themselves made it clear during the pandemic that they are the party of authoritarianism.  In the spring of 2020, this country went into a lockdown.  As Jeffrey Tucker of the Brownstone Institute has noted, government officials canceled public worship services, segregated the large cities, abolished in-person education, foisted masks on all the kids, destroyed millions of businesses, and censored speech "so that we could barely discover facts."  They shut down concerts, imposed limits on house parties, scrapped weddings and funerals, locked the elderly into their homes and blocked visitation, ended dentistry, and imposed travel restrictions across state borders, says Tucker.  Some officials, however, saw that the rules were oppressive and restored liberty in their states.  None of them are Democrats.

House Republicans release a scathing report alleging politicization of the DOJ and the FBI.  On Friday [11/4/2022], the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee released 1050 page report detailing the claims made by myriad whistleblowers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the abuse of power and politicization of the nation's foremost law enforcement authority.  They called it "the first comprehensive accounting of the FBI's problems to date, which undermine the FBI's fundamental law-enforcement mission."  The following are the key details of the report.  The report states that Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray are willing participants in the Biden Administration's weaponization and politicization of law enforcement[.]  The whistleblowers describe the FBI's D.C. leadership as "rotted at its core," with a "systemic culture of unaccountability," and full of "rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse" and that "the problem lies not with the majority of front-line agents who serve our country, but with the FBI's politicized bureaucracy."

Democrats Declared War on Democracy Through COVID Tyranny.  Some of us were sounding the alarms on COVID tyranny when it was first starting.  Lockdown policies were never about saving lives but a test to see how many liberties and rights the government could take away without much pushback by the population.  Fear is the main path tyrants take in trying to strip freedom from their citizens.  Scare citizens enough and they will enslave themselves to whatever dictates the dear savior will come up with.  This is replaying itself as we approach the November 8 election.  Democrats destroyed entire families through their COVID lockdown policies which eliminated businesses, put stress on homes, and harmed the intellectual development of children.  Those are years that will be hard to recover, if at all.  COVID tyrants are hoping Americans forget their debacle in handling the pandemic and the tyranny that so many experienced because of it.  Families were unable to visit loved ones.  Churches were shut down, some never to reopen.  Businesses, once staples and pillars of the community, suddenly vanished and are now vacant and rotting with overgrown weeds and mold.

Using Emergency Alert System to Remind People to Vote is a Bad Idea.  President Joe Biden and actor Jason Bateman debated the best way to encourage Americans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.  On the Wednesday edition of the SmartLess podcast, Biden sat down with hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett to discuss his career and current state of the country. [...] The actor would clarify that the alert would not advocate for either party but serve as a helpful reminder ahead of Election Day.  "Could I ask you to commit to consider over the next few days using your unique power as president to utilize the emergency alert system?" Bateman asked.

Desperate Netflix Star Urges Biden to Activate Emergency Alert System to Encourage People to Vote Democrat.  [Scroll down] First, Republican voters aren't a monolithic group of mindless people who universally believe the 2020 presidential election was "rigged" or "stolen."  Moreover, I suspect a sizeable percentage of objective Republicans don't believe substantive proof has been presented to support the claim, but feel pressured to say they do, fearing retribution from "you know who" and his unchangeable loyalists.  Second, Bateman's "This is what they're saying that their plan is" is a nonsensical [pack of lies].  Bateman did acknowledge the purpose of the Emergency Alert System, but then played the Democrats' go-to "existential threat" card:  ["]It's usually for the weather or killers or kidnapping, whatever.  But I don't think it's an exaggeration to categorize this as, as a light crisis, an existential threat.["]  He then argued that a simple 20-second card flashing on the screen would be enough to encourage voters to "get out and let their voices be heard" (vote Democrat and save the Republic).

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This sounds like a "trial balloon."  The use of the Emergency Alert System for purely political purposes is a revolting misuse of a system that is in place to warn the general public about impending danger — usually tornado warnings.  (EAS is the latest version of CONELRAD, which was a system that was set up in 1951 to warn of incoming enemy invasions or missiles.)  EAS messages can't be muted or ignored on your TV or your cell phone.  (When I'm President, all that will change!)  If a politician had suggested this idea, it would have been politically costly to him and his party.  But if a celebrity brings it up, and for whatever reason there isn't widespread outrage, then the politicians can pick up the ball and run with it.  To anyone with common sense, the election of Republicans — the ones who can overcome Democrat election fraud — is not an emergency.  The poorly-educated leftists act like this whole country is a big toy that the President can play with in any way he chooses.

How the government hid the truth behind Hunter Biden's laptop.  The more we find out about the collusion that has been going on among the Biden administration, the security agencies and Big Tech, the more alarming it is — and the more unrepentant they are.  The latest bombshell from the Intercept, based on communications unveiled in the federal lawsuit Missouri v.  Biden, shows that the Department of Homeland Security has been having monthly meetings with Facebook and Twitter to pressure them to censor social media posts about topics such as the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, the origins of COVID-19, the efficacy of COVID vaccines, racial justice and US support for the war in Ukraine — in other words, anything that could be detrimental to public support for the Biden administration.  We already know that the FBI was involved in efforts to censor and bury information that might have harmed Joe Biden's candidacy back in 2020, including The Post's exclusive about Hunter Biden's laptop in October 2020. That amounted to election interference, which prevented the American people from doing the necessary due diligence on one of the two candidates for president.  So successful was the strategy that the Biden administration appears to have expanded it.

RCMP top cop considered using military troops disguised as Mounties at Freedom Convoy.  An ongoing inquiry into the merit of the Trudeau government invoking the Emergencies Act has now shown just how far the Trudeau government and certain allied elements are willing to go.  Despite the Canadian government's insistence that the military would not be deployed during the Freedom Convoy protests, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Thomas Carrique and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Brenda Lucki discussed Lucki's clandestine plan to have military troops disguised as Mounties — an underhanded method to manage a protest that was peaceful to begin with.  Trudeau was so mortified by the protests and desperate to shut them down that he lied about police requesting that he invoke the Emergency Measures Act.

True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht, former board member Arrested for not outing informant.  True the Vote leaders Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips were taken into custody by US Marshalls on Monday for refusing to identify a confidential informant to a judge.  Federal Judge Kenneth Hoyt found both of them in contempt of court after they declined to out the informant, according to independent journalist Ivory Hecker. [...] The judge ordered that Engelbrecht and Phillips be held in custody for at least 24 hours or until they give up the informant, according to The Post Millennial.

Catherine Englebrecht and Gregg Phillips [have been] Put in Jail for Refusing to Outline Sources Who Revealed Konnech U.S. Election Data Transfer to China.  True the Vote founder Catherine Englebrecht and election data security analyst, Gregg Phillips, have been held in contempt of court and placed in jail for failing to outline the participants in a 2020 hotel discussion that revealed the Konnech election data compromise that was transmitted to Chinese networks.  On October 4th, the CEO of Konnech — a company specializing in proprietary PollChief software to manage election workers — was arrested.  Konnech Corporation Chief Executive Officer Eugene Yu was arrested for exploiting access to U.S. election data, including election worker information, and transferring the files to China.  The information that led to Yu's arrest was the information given to the FBI and first revealed to Englebrecht and Phillips.  However, the Konnech corporation filed a civil lawsuit against Englebrecht and Phillips claiming defamation.  A Texas federal judge allowed the civil lawsuit to continue despite the arrest of Eugene Yu.

The City of Charlottesville's new online speech restrictions for employees is likely unconstitutional.  The City of Charlottesville passed a new policy for city workers that prohibits them from commenting, offline and online, about a wide range of topics.  The policy is a potential violation of employees' First Amendment free speech rights.  The policy was passed in response to how the city handled Allen Groat, an analyst for the fire and police department, for his involvement in the January 6 2021 riot at the US Capitol.  Groat tweeted that he would engage in a "show of force," and posted a photo of himself and former head of the Proud Boys.  [Tweet]  Groat was investigated but was not criminally charged.  Mayor Lloyd Snook said that Groat was not going to be fired because he had not been criminally charged.

DOJ's election plan raises threat of 'selective enforcement' against red states, watchdog warns.  The Justice Department this week outlined the steps it will take on Election Day to ensure a fair election process, but a government watchdog is warning that the plan leaves out critical details that open the door to selective enforcement against red states.  The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) said the lack of detail in the DOJ announcement likely means "selective transparency and selective enforcement, something we've come to expect from the Biden administration's two-tiered approach to justice."  The Justice Department released a summary of its "comprehensive" Election Day plan Wednesday and said it is aimed at ensuring that "all qualified voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots and have their votes counted free of discrimination, intimidation or fraud in the election process.

North America Goes South: The Plan To Dismantle USA.  People are starting to realize that the collapse of the American border is not an accident.  It can't be.  When the vice president of the United States says the border is "secure" at the same time that illegal border crossings have surged to more than a million a year, then one of two things must be true. [...] Unfortunately, there was no way to determine what the Biden administration was up to — until now.  Two weeks ago, we learned that Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken is actively engaged in a campaign to break down all barriers between the United States and Mexico.  In other words, the huge influx of Mexicans and other foreigners across the U.S. border is just the first stage in a globalist effort to blur the lines between not just the United States and Mexico, but also Canada.

No longer a 'two-tiered' system, there is no justice in America.  Now it is easy to see why people have come to believe that the once-vaunted justice system in the US became two-tiered; one for favored elites and one for those the elites loathe.  There are countless examples of this:  peaceful pro-life demonstrators have been raided and charged with serious crimes that they did not commit, while those who fire-bomb pregnancy centers are not even investigated, let alone charged.  Among the hundreds of violent protesters who burned their own cities down in the wake of the George Floyd debacle, few were charged with the crimes they committed and most of those that were had the charges dropped. [...] Now we must face the fact that there is actually no justice to be had in America in 2022.  Trump Derangement Syndrome has led inexorably to what we now see occurring daily in our once great nation:  The proven guilty go free and the innocent have their homes raided by a pack of armed FBI agents who seem to delight in traumatizing law-abiding citizens.

The Civilization That Knew Too Much.  [Scroll down] A generation ago, public perception of the interior of institutions was low-resolution, almost pixellated.  The average person could not know the details of what went on inside religious, law-enforcement, educational, corporate, or scientific organizations, he simply saw them through the lens of reputation.  Reputation can be thought of as a kind of data compression process that reduces a vast and complex reality into what in some cases is a single number.  People relying on indexes like the US News ranking of the Top Ten universities often need know nothing about an organization other than that it is Number X in a particular category.  But it was enough for many.  In that old world, people thought law enforcement mostly upright, churches mostly holy, educators largely trustworthy, journalists largely truthful and Washington occasionally honest, not because they knew the details, but because they accepted the Number.

Former FBI Official Will Testify About White House Pressure to Inflate Domestic Extremism Numbers.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee announced on Thursday that they would be calling a former top FBI official to testify before Congress to address claims that the Biden administration pressured agents to label cases as domestic extremism or a white supremacist threat even if they did not meet that criteria in order to match Joe Biden's rhetoric.  Last month, current and former FBI agents came forward claiming the Biden administration has been deliberately exaggerating the danger posed by white supremacists.  According to the whistleblowers, high-ranking FBI officials were pressuring field agents to fabricate domestic terrorism cases and label people as white supremacists in order to "meet internal metrics."  "The demand for white supremacy" coming from FBI brass "vastly outstrips the supply of white supremacy," one agent told the Washington Times. "We have more people assigned to investigate white supremacists than we can actually find."

Biden Pressured Democrat Border Mayor Not to Declare Emergency over Illegal Immigration.  President Joe Biden's administration reportedly pressured El Paso, Texas, Mayor Oscar Leeser (D) not to declare a state of emergency over illegal immigration, even as thousands arrive in the small city every few days.  According to an exclusive report from the New York Post, El Paso officials privately and publicly say the Biden administration urged Leeser to hold off on calling a state of emergency over the issue of illegal immigration, which has hit historic levels this year.

DOJ Is Hiding How It's Complying with Biden's Voter Registration Drive, Rep. Norman Says.  Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) is demanding answers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) after the agency refused to release all documents regarding how it intended to implement a 2021 executive order on expanding voter access.  Republicans have opposed this order as an unlawful exercise of federal power over elections.  In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order (EO 14019) directing the head of every federal agency, including the DOJ, to come up with a strategic plan on how to "promote voter registration and voter participation."  Their plans should be submitted to Susan Rice, the president's domestic policy adviser.  The executive order also mandates that these agencies work with "approved" third-party organizations to provide voter registration services on federal agency premises.  Since then, Republican lawmakers have questioned whether the administration has the constitutional and statutory authority to enact such an order.

FBI Whistleblower: Bureau Taking Steps to Ensure that 'Process is the Punishment'.  According to Just The News, FBI Special Agent Steve Friend, who is based out of Florida, said that his security clearance was recently suspended as a result of his whistleblowing efforts, thus leaving him without any pay.  In his formal whistleblower complaint filed to Congress, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Friend claims that the FBI is systematically violating the 6th and 8th Amendment rights of all the prisoners who have been arrested for peacefully protesting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.  He also accused the bureau of deliberately inflating the number of alleged acts of "domestic extremism" in the country, in order to make right-wing terrorism seem like a greater threat than it actually is.

Christopher Wray certainly seems to be enjoying the FBI's private jet.  FBI Director Christopher Wray certainly gets around. [...] But then again, he's in charge of the nation's largest federal law enforcement agency, so I'm sure he's got a lot on his plate.  The question surrounding his activities this week, however, has less to do with how often he travels than it does with how he travels.  It seems that Wray has been making very liberal use of the FBI's private jet when he needs to get away from the Beltway.  On at least one occasion he used it to head to his family's vacation home in the Adirondack Mountains.  And another series of trips to the Atlanta area is also under scrutiny.  The problem is that Congress never authorized that jet for personal use.  It's only supposed to be used for counterterrorism purposes.

Eric Swalwell's Spending Report for First Nine Months of Year Is Raising a Lot of Questions.  Rob Pyers is the Research Director for California Target Book, a group that provides information on congressional and state legislative election campaigns in California.  Pyers posted some intriguing information about Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Twitter that our friends over at Twitchy picked up.  [Tweets]  "Dem Eric Swalwell, who has submitted the 2nd-highest number of 'I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency' proxy letters, spent $250K+ on travel & car service in the 1st 9 months of the year," Pyers said.  Let me explain to those who may not know what the "proxy letters" are.  During the pandemic, the House started offering its members the opportunity to have other members vote for them because of the "ongoing public health emergency."  That might have been understandable when people were freaked out initially in the early days of the pandemic, although I don't think they ever should have done it.  But it's been more than two years now, kids.  Joe Biden has declared the pandemic over.  Why is this still on?  It's an excuse for people not to show up to do their job and skip out if they have other things to do.

Biden Regime Calls for North American Union.  Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known by his initials AMLO, recently announced that US Secretary of State Tony Blinken proposed opening all borders between the US, Mexico, and Canada.  President Obrador: "I think that Mr. Blinken spoke about consolidating the region of North America.  And we agree on that."  The plan would open up our borders permanently to the drug cartels running Mexico today.  It is the latest insanity proposed by the Biden regime to permanently destroy the United States.

Absolutely Shameful: Covid Dictators Still Unwilling To Let Go Of Power In Australia.  More than two years of lockdown hell — especially in Melbourne — has taken its toll.  Relationship breakdowns, suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, business collapse, and so on have been the result.  Nobody wants to go through all that again: we are totally fed up with the Big State doing its best to emulate Big Brother.  Thankfully it is more or less over — or so it seems.  But just as a rapacious carnivore wants ever more after having acquired a taste for blood, so too our state leaders have loved the power and control they so easily were able to obtain over the past few years.  They do not want to give it up.  Indeed, they want more!

Arizona AG asks FBI, IRS to investigate election integrity watchdog True the Vote.  Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has asked the IRS and FBI to review the financials of the conservative nonprofit group True The Vote for allegedly raising money on false statements about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.  In a letter obtained Friday by Fox News Digital, Chief Special Agent Reggie Grigsby of the Special Investigations Section for Brnovich's office accused True The Vote (TTV) of repeatedly failing to provide promised information about alleged ballot stuffing and voter fraud to his office while publicly asserting they did so in order to raise funds.

The Democrat Party Is Crumbling.  The Democrats thought they could steal our freedoms away under the guise of COVID-19.  Actually, they did steal them.  Embarrassingly, many Americans were only too happy to lock down, wear the useless Fauci face diaper, and stand on science-free stickers at the grocery store.  You know, to save grandma.  Remember, communism always comes disguised as virtue.  Many of us caught on quickly and recognized that the Democrats were using the Hong Kong Fluey lockdown flapdoodle as a dress rehearsal for communism — and worse.

The federal war on pro-life activists.  The federal government is at war with pro-life activists.  By that I don't mean that Democrat politicians are doing everything they can to extend the so-called "right" to abortion until birth.  That is politics, and for better or worse in the United States political decisions about when life begins and constitutional protections for human beings is afforded to a fetus belong to the states. [...] The federal government is currently exercising powers that legitimately should belong to states, and doing so for the explicit political purpose of intimidating and punishing people for exercising their rights to freely assemble and peacefully protest in favor of saving lives.

How Biden and IRS Unlawfully Expanded Obamacare.  President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his administration had expanded Obamacare.  Congress didn't legislate the expansion.  The Internal Revenue Service did.  The IRS scrapped an Obama administration regulation that faithfully implemented the Obamacare statute, officially called the Affordable Care Act, which became law in 2010 on a party-line vote.  At issue is whether dependents of a worker with an offer of employer-sponsored coverage can shun that coverage and claim premium tax subsidies for Obamacare policies instead.  The statute and the Obama administration regulation were clear on this point.  Such dependents qualify for tax-subsidized policies only if the cost of self-only employer-sponsored coverage exceeds 9.5% of the worker's household income.  If not, neither the worker nor her dependents could receive Obamacare premium subsidies.

Biden renews COVID "emergency" for another 90 daysNever let a crisis go to waste, Rahm Emanuel once advised.  Add to that this new axiom:  Never let your emergency powers expire.  As incompetent as Joe Biden might otherwise be, he's proven adept at following both. [...] In his 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley less than four weeks ago, Biden walked around the Detroit auto show without a mask, and remarked about how normal it seemed, and how "everybody seems to be in pretty good shape":  [Tweet]  That was just three weeks ago.  What makes this an "emergency" now?  Even with the CDC still reporting correlative data rather than causative, ER visits with COVID diagnoses are near a year-long low and dropping.  Reported cases are bottoming out as well, as are correlated deaths (still no breakout for causation), as are correlated hospital admissions.  Even wastewater surveillance — which would take place regardless of emergency status — shows a decline in prevalence despite the addition of many new sites in the mix.  So why is the pandemic over but not the emergency?  For one thing, Biden still wants emergency cash from Congress.

WSJ: 2,600+ Federal Officials Trade Stock in Companies Their Agencies Oversee -- Especially Big Tech.  More than 2,600 federal officials either own or have traded stock in companies their agencies oversee, according to a damning report by the Wall Street Journal.  The report also found that officials frequently traded stock in companies shortly before their agencies announced enforcement actions that affected the price of those companies.  At the Department of Defense for example, some officials held stock in Chinese companies that the U.S. was considering blacklisting.

Wife Supremacy.  Monica P. Medina is the new "Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources," the State Department recently announced, without noting that Medina is also the wife of Ron Klain, chief of staff to Joe Biden.  The Washington Post story, headlined, "In a first, U.S. appoints a diplomat for plants and animals," also failed to note the Klain connection.  This sort of nepotism, coupled with media malpractice, has surrounded Joe Biden for a long time. "Ambassador Cathy Russell has been a trusted and indispensable advisor to Jill and me for nearly 30 years," Biden announced last December, as the UN chose Russell to be executive director of UNICEF.  As Biden proclaimed, Russell had served as "Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.  She sat on the Advisory Board of the Biden-Harris Transition Team and served as Vice Chair of the Biden-Harris Campaign."

November Surprise?  Case-in-point: the John Durham Special Counsel Investigation on the origin of the RussiaGate fraud.  It now apparently terminates in the prosecution of the tiniest minnow (Igor Danchenko) in that vast inland sea of corruption.  Some of the figures who carried out the perfidious seditions of RussiaGate are still employed in the Department of Justice and the FBI, and to this day are active in the continued cover-up of the crimes committed to overthrow President Trump, notably: Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and others.  Mr. Durham is supposedly among the highest officers of the federal courts charged with enforcing a very particular region of criminality.  His staff must be marinated in evidence of the RussiaGate misdeeds — reams of which have been independently documented in the public record, ranging from (just for example) the nefarious activities of figures like Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ higher-up Bruce Ohr, working as go-between with Christopher Steele and the FBI, to the spectacular failures of Judge James Boasberg and his FISA court, not to mention the well-known machinations of Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Dana Boente, James Baker, Andrew Weissmann, Jeannie Rhee, Aaron Zebley, Brandon Van Grack, Robert Mueller, and other top officials who worked sedulously against the public interest.  All these remain apparently off-the-hook for their sketchy activities.

A massive indictment of the Democrat party.  The U.S. Constitution, by limiting federal power, is designed to protect the individual citizen from external coercion. [...] By supporting big government at the expense of the individual, Democrats threaten to transform America into a totalitarian nightmare.  President Biden has declared that the "most lethal elements" in our society are political conservatives.  In true Stalinist fashion, the DoJ, the FBI, and the media are being weaponized to go after Biden's political opponents.  Armed FBI agents raided the homes of Roger Stone, James O'Keefe, Paul Manafort, and dozens of other Trump-supporters, to say nothing of the raid on Mar-a-Lago.  "The FBI is now an organization solely focused on destroying the domestic enemies of the Democratic Party," said radio host Jesse Kelly.  The implication is that if you distrust Biden's government, you are considered a terrorist and must be hunted down.  Democrats will not hesitate to deprive you of your basic rights if it suits their purpose.  In their war on free speech, Democrats have attempted to silence anyone who denies global warming, criticizes Islamic terrorism, advocates a stronger military, or questions the validity of the 2020 election.

National Archives Scraps 'Transparency' Mission When It Comes to Trump Documents.  The Biden administration has turned what should be the most transparent of government agencies, the National Archives and Records Administration, into one of the least transparent agencies — rivaling even the FBI.  Established in 1934, the National Archives has a mission to identify, protect, preserve, and make publicly available all historically valuable records.  But the National Archives has become politicized by the Biden administration and no longer provides transparency in public records.  Jodi Foor, the National Archives' deputy Freedom of Information Act officer, would not answer a FOIA request from The Heritage Foundation's Oversight Project for records related to the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's Florida home within the statutory timeline.  This inaction forced The Heritage Foundation to sue to get a response to our request.

Outsourced censorship: Feds used private entity to target millions of social posts in 2020.  A consortium of four private groups worked with the departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State to censor massive numbers of social media posts they considered misinformation during the 2020 election, and its members then got rewarded with millions of federal dollars from the Biden administration afterwards, according to interviews and documents obtained by Just the News.  The Election Integrity Partnership is back in action again for the 2022 midterm elections, raising concerns among civil libertarians that a chilling new form of public-private partnership to evade the First Amendment's prohibition of government censorship may be expanding.  The consortium is comprised of four member organizations: Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO), the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public, the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, and social media analytics firm Graphika.  It set up a concierge-like service in 2020 that allowed federal agencies like Homeland's Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and State's Global Engagement Center to file "tickets" requesting that online story links and social media posts be censored or flagged by Big Tech.

How authorities are invoking crises to exercise unprecedented power.  Days after the 2008 election, Rahm Emanuel famously issued what's known today as Rahm's rule.  "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," said Emanuel, then chief of staff to President-elect Barack Obama. "And what I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."  Emanuel argued the 2008 financial crisis afforded the Obama administration a window to promptly address problems that had previously been deferred indefinitely pending the long-term ripening of political consensus.  Fourteen years later, Emanuel's now-famous phrase on crises has become standard practice in Washington, D.C., as officials in power regularly use what they deem "emergencies" — from viral pandemics to purported threats to democracy — to push controversial measures and restrictions on civil liberties that otherwise might fail due to pushback.  This trend was recently highlighted by President Biden declaring the COVID-19 pandemic over while still maintaining the national emergency declaration on the pandemic as his administration used COVID-19 to justify major executive action.

Liberty Wept.  In Federalist 45, Madison noted that the powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government were "few and defined." Those powers, he said, pertained mostly to "external objects" like war, peace, and foreign commerce.  Somehow, neither climate change nor transgender bathrooms nor "unlawful acts of hate" — the latest wheeze from the executive branch — made the cut when Madison was enumerating the powers of the federal government.  He did, however, have a lot to say about the powers delegated to the individual states.  Those powers, he said, were "numerous and indefinite," extending to "all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."  Is that still the case?

DC Bar Does Democrats' Dirty Work By Tarring Opponents Right Before Midterms.  In an unprecedented move, the D.C. Bar opened an investigation into a former top Justice Department lawyer for advice he gave former President Donald Trump, with documents indicating a Democrat senator prompted the probe.  The timing of the procedures, and the complicity between elected officials and the bar, suggest a concerted attempt to create an October surprise.  Even more troubling than this election interference, however, is how dangerous the threat of punishing executive-branch attorneys for providing a legal opinion is to the country.  The Democrats' ploy also risks irreparably cementing America's partisan divide in the governance of our great country.

Thanks for nothing, John Durham.  [Scroll down] FBI directors Comey, Mueller, and Wray are all sitting down to a nice dinner about now, not a care in the world.  Even though they tried mightily to take down a sitting, duly elected president.  Proven liars and co-conspirators like Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page are probably smiling at this moment as they review their bank statements.  Vile trolls like the CIA's John Brennan and James Clapper, although furiously promoting every rumor, falsehood, and slander under the sun against Pres.  Trump, are no doubt busy scheduling their next high-paying TV gigs.  Barry and Hillary, undoubtedly the prime movers of those seditious and anti-American plots, are surely relaxing in their luxe mansions at this very moment, contemplating their next lucrative podcast or appearance.  All the Democrat pols, their billionaire donors, Big Tech, and our mendacious left-wing media, haven't a care in the world.  They conspired to remove one of the most effective presidents in my lifetime, and they know they've gotten away with it.

Radical DOJ Lawyer Kristen Clarke Targeted Pro-Life Dad and Other Conservatives.  Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) warned us about Kristen Clarke.  Cruz called the radical lawyer "completely unfit to serve," but serve she does as the Biden Administration's chief of the civil rights division of the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Her department is where equal justice now goes to die.  Clarke considers her calling in Biden's Justice Department one of score-settling for past decisions, holding contemporaries responsible for historical injustices, and chasing ghosts of the past.  She greenlit the federal case against Mark Houck, a Pennsylvania Catholic pro-life author, whose seven children screamed for mercy for their "best friend," their dad, as an estimated 20-25 FBI agents trained their rifles on him after beating on the family's door at seven in the morning last Friday.  According to LifeSiteNews, Houck was already aware that the Feds were after him and had offered to come in and talk with them.  But gun-toting agents dragged him out and took him to a federal facility.

Inflation, Shutdowns, and Trending Authoritarianism — Yes, They Are Connected.  Inflation has been summed up as "too much money chasing too few goods."  Some contend that the recent uptick in price inflation is the result of an expansion of the money supply, and they date the start of that expansion back to the Spring of 2020.  That's when the Federal Reserve began pumping trillions of newly-minted Fed dollars into the economy.  The Fed's money printing continued into 2022.  Our current inflation, it would then seem, might just be due to "too much money."  If you recall, the reason for the Fed's massive money-printing was the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The trillions in new money were for the government shutdowns of the economy.  Keep in mind that it was the states that shut down the economy, not the federal government.  No government can deny people their ability to make a living without giving them the means to survive.  Unlike the federal government, the states don't have a central bank that can create money.  But with the $2.2 trillion Cares Act, Congress rode to the rescue and accommodated the states with the money to pay for their shutdowns.  So, the states shut down their economies, Congress backstopped the states, and the Fed provided the money.

Pritzker Suffocates Free Speech.  Should any powerful elected official in America use his influence to have an opposition newspaper canceled?  Is it allowable for a president or governor to have such a paper literally taken out of print?  Well, it happened.  In Illinois.  At least temporarily.  This sad episode in the heartland speaks to a larger dangerous trend in America.  Increasingly, the permanent political class and corporate elites cooperate to suppress our rights of free speech and a free press.  For example, the Biden White House directly intervened with Big Tech to censor voices like Alex Berenson.  What was the online "crime" of this former New York Times reporter?  Well, Berenson dared to document reasons for skepticism regarding the experimental vaccines produced by Big Pharma that were forced upon millions of Americans via government, employment, and educational mandates.

Analysis: Nord Stream Pipelines Sabotaged, and Only One Country Benefits.  Three deep-water explosions destroyed the Nord Stream pipelines under the Baltic Sea on Monday.  While the MSM and governments reported "leaks" in the pipelines following sudden pressure drops to zero, Swedish seismologists knew better. [...] First, the US became the number one exporter of liquified natural gas to Europe once Russia cut off the flow.  German dependence on US LNG is a carrot to keep German in the sanction alliance.  With winter approaching and German unrest on the rise, the State Department would have been concerned the Germans would go wobbly, reduce sanctions, cut off arms to Ukraine, and beg Putin for energy.  The loss of the Nord Stream pipelines eliminates that path to renewed gas imports to Germany.  Second, the Biden family has long been tangled up in natural gas and Ukraine.  Hunter Biden was on the board of Ukraine's largest natural gas company — a position that provided Ukrainian oligarchs with access to Joe Biden.  Hunter, who has no experience in energy, made millions from the deal, and Ukraine got a bought-and-paid-for President of the United States.  Third, the Democrat Biden needs to stanch the popularity bleeding that threatens to kill Democrat control of Congress come November.  So, only the United States has a compelling reason to destroy Europe's energy lifeline from Russia.  Only the United States has both the means and the motive.

The Pandemic was a Grand Rehearsal for the Great Reset.  Fear is the key to obtaining compliance.  And by obtaining mass compliance during the pandemic, the global elite — operating through political leaders, international bodies, NGOs, and a vast network of "experts" and bureaucrats — audaciously tested ground for the Great Reset.  "Populations have overwhelmingly shown a willingness to make sacrifices," said Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  "The changes we have seen in response to COVID-19 prove that a reset of our economic and social foundations is possible."  In his new book The Great Reset: Global Elites and the Permanent Lockdown, Marc Morano lays bare how "15 days to slow the spread" was actually "15 days to begin your conditioning to accept a new level of tyranny."  He shows how the agenda was set decades before the pandemic and was given momentum during the post-9/11 War on Terror.  The signs of long preparation for the Great Reset are now quite evident.

Why The FBI's Raid On A Christian Family Is Its Most Dangerous Abuse Yet.  This isn't easy for conservatives to understand.  Most of us, by disposition, respect hierarchy.  A father at the head of the family, a boss at the head of a company, a president at the head of a country, a pope at the head of a church, and so on.  So it's natural for us to imagine that everyone looks at the world this way.  That's one reason why when we see some new left-wing front open up in the culture war, we try to find the hidden hand controlling it — the George Soros, or the Michael Bloomberg, or Joe Biden.  But most of the time, the left doesn't think this way.  More importantly, the left doesn't act this way.  This phenomenon of ground-up left-wing governance can be seen all around us.  It's happening in corporate America, where far from leading the charge, left-wing CEOs increasingly find themselves held captive to radical employees.  It's true in the federal government, too.

Is DeSantis next on the SWAT list?  Democrat Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security committee, sent a letter to the knucklehead Biden appointed as Secretary of Homeland Security, demanding that the department investigate Republican Governor Ron DeSantis over the deportation of illegal aliens to Martha's Vineyard.  This is the latest effort by Democrats to use the Fascist Bureau of Intimidation to criminalize political dissent.  They spied on Trump when he was a candidate.  They turned a peaceful protest at the National Mall into a Fake Insurrection by opening the heavy Capitol doors to protesters.  They confiscated the cellphones of dozens of Trump officials.  They SWAT-ed a pro-lifer for a year-old local charge that was dismissed by the courts.  And of course, they raided Mar-a-Lago over what amounts to an overdue library book that may not have been the library's to begin with.  The excesses of the FBI should force Republicans to end its power to arrest, surveil or execute warrants because the FBI has abused each privilege.  The constitutionality of this agency is at best vague.  Thompson clearly wants the FBI to SWAT DeSantis.

'The most outrageous intimidation effort in history': Mark Levin's electoral deep dive.  In this video, Mark Levin broke down key details that he described as the "most outrageous intimidation effort in history."  Mark covered:
  •   A U.S. attorney's Office in Washington D.C. that issues subpoenas like lollipops on Republican offices
  •   Crushing the Constitution and shredding attorney-client privilege
  •   Casting a broad net trying to get Trump Republicans and Republican state legislatures caught up in a massive criminal conspiracy
While much of the political attention seems to focus on "fake electors," Mark turned to the Constitution to see what the law states about the role of the state legislature's the electoral process, the proper process, and why it could seem to folks that perhaps maybe Democrats either do not understand the law or they are deliberately deceiving the American people ... theoretically, of course.  [Video clip]

There is raw evil in the top levels of power in the USA, using federal agencies to terrify America's best citizens.  [Scroll down] Many FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security and other law enforcement and intelligence agents, other civil servants and military personnel — who still have a conscience, and we should assume most do — have to be encouraged to NEVER participate in any way in these on-going, unconstitutional, criminal actions against the people.  We don't just need them to not obey these unjust orders: we need them to actively help us save the United States from those who are obviously committed to destroying it from within.

All It Takes Is One Hero.  [Scroll down] [M]illions of people are only now awakening to the mounting dangers around them and are left terrified by what they finally see.  Why now?  Perhaps it was the unprecedented COVID lockdowns and school closures that ruined livelihoods and educations. [...] Perhaps it was the ballooning recognition that State-funded schools indoctrinate young students with leftist curricula dipped in racism, sexual libertinism, and outright Marxism.  Perhaps it was the growing disparity between how the IRS, EPA, DOJ, and FBI treat left-leaning political allies and how they treat their conservative opponents.  Perhaps it was the abominable two-tiered criminal justice system giving Black Lives Matter and Antifa foot soldiers slaps on the wrist for years while hunting down J6 political protesters as "domestic terrorists" and abandoning them in due process — free purgatories without trial or prospect of bail.  Perhaps it was the increasingly suffocating blanket of government-directed censorship stifling debate, subverting free speech, and justifying politically animated professional punishments and firings.

New Details In The Biden DOJ Targeting Of Pro-Life Activist, Father Of Seven Mark Houck.  New details are emerging in the Department of Justice targeting of a pro-life activist and Catholic father of seven who was arrested at his home in Pennsylvania on Friday.  Some 25 armed FBI agents in 15 vehicles raided the residence of Mark Houck, who leads a nonprofit group that provides sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics in Philadelphia, over an incident last year involving his then-12-year-old son at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, the family says.  Houck protected his son from an aggressive Planned Parenthood escort harassing the 12-year-old, Pennsylvania pro-life activist Ashley Garecht told The Daily Wire, noting that the case was dismissed by a federal court in Philadelphia when the escort tried to press charges.

The time has come to reform the FBI.  Friday mornings are usually the cheeriest time of the week, just hours away from the weekend.  Alas for pro-life advocate, Mark Houck, and his family, last Friday was anything but joyous.  At 7 a.m., the father of seven was awakened by a SWAT team of heavily armed FBI agents.  Mark's wife, Ryan-Marie, said she pleaded with the FBI agents to be calm, owing to the presence of the couple's seven young children.  Alas, those pleas fell on deaf ears. [...] The FBI agents said they were there to arrest Mark.  When Ryan-Marie asked for their warrant, "they said that they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not."  When Ryan-Marie protested, saying: "you can't just come to a person's house and kidnap them at gunpoint," the FBI agreed to get the warrant from one of their vehicles.

Did the FBI Finally Go Too Far?  On reading about the Saturday arrest of pro-life activist Mark Houck, I thought the author at this alternative site had to be exaggerating.  It struck me as beyond belief that two dozen or so armed FBI agents would swarm the house of a Catholic father of seven, rifles drawn, and arrest him in front of his weeping children for anything short of murder.  I have had to recalibrate my belief system.  The "crime" fell quite a bit short of murder.  On October 13, 2021, Houck brought his 12-year-old son with him for his weekly sidewalk counseling outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Philadelphia.  A volunteer escort at the abortion clinic reportedly called Houck's son a "fag" among other insults and threatened him.  Houck pushed the man away from his son, and the man fell.  Houck, the founder of an organization that promotes Christian virtue among men, was not charged with a crime.  However petty the incident, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, had Houck seized at gunpoint nearly a year later and bragged about the arrest.

In raid on home with seven children, FBI again acts dangerously thuggish.  If the FBI and the Justice Department want critics to stop portraying the bureau as a menace to society, maybe FBI leaders and agents should stop acting like menaces.  Conservative social media is blowing up this weekend about a sickeningly abusive, armed FBI raid on the child-filled home of a pro-life activist in Pennsylvania.  And with good reason.  Once again, the FBI has gone dangerously overboard with an unnecessary show of force.  When faced with orders to participate in such hugely unnecessary armed raids, individual agents should register official protests with their superiors.

Democrats move to criminalize opposition.  A hallmark of banana republics is that those who lose power are apt to wind up in prison, or on the wrong end of a firing squad.  Even more advanced countries, like Israel, sometimes have a regrettable tendency to prosecute former political leaders.  It is hard to think of anything more destructive to a democracy, and yet the Democrats are going down that path.  It seems clear that they intend to bring criminal charges against President Trump over his keeping some White House documents at Mar-a-Lago — a trivial offense, as far as anyone knows.  And that's not all.  The Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to a large number of people who were associated in some way with the Trump campaign or administration.  They generally seek information about efforts to challenge the reported election results in several states. [...] Nearly all of the documents relate to activities that are plainly lawful.  Alleging or denying the existence of fraud in the 2020 election, offering evidence of such fraud or the absence of such fraud, planning to have someone serve as a Trump elector, arguing that the vice president has important constitutional powers in the context of certifying a presidential election, discussing strategies whereby Donald Trump might be found, legally, to have won the 2020 election — these are all legal activities that have long been engaged in by members of both parties.  There are also requests relating to the funding of efforts to contest the 2020 election and for the rally that occurred on January 6, 2021.  These, too, were perfectly legal activities.

DOJ Harasses Citizens for Exercising Their First Amendment Rights.  The Justice Department has hit the Eagle Forum of Alabama with a voluminous subpoena that violates the organization's First Amendment rights to speak freely, engage in the political process, and talk to their elected representatives.  It's an intimidation tactic, pure and simple, and shows just how partisan the department has become.  This out-of-control behavior should scare every citizen and volunteer organization, no matter where they stand on the political or social spectrum.  Eagle Forum is a very small non-profit in Alabama.  It only has one full-time employee and a second, part-time employee.  Virtually all of its work on issues of interest to its members is done by volunteers.

FBI hero paying the price for exposing unjust 'persecution' of conservative Americans.  Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and using an "overzealous" January 6 investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.  Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.  He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 subjects accused of misdemeanor offenses.  This American hero, the father of two small children, has blown up his "dream career" because he could not live with his conscience if he continued to be part of what he sees as the unjust persecution of conservative Americans.

DOJ Internal Misconduct Shrouded in Veil of Secrecy.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz was busy this week, releasing three separate reports on Monday alone.  Each detailed misconduct by a different assistant United States attorney:  One finds a federal lawyer trying to use his position to avoid a drunk driving charge; another finds a government attorney getting drunk and physically belligerent at a meeting with foreign officials; the third, and most disturbing, finds an assistant U.S. attorney exposing his genitals "in a public place," and sexually assaulting a "civilian" on a date.  Who were these federal prosecutors?  The summary reports don't say.  A spokesperson for the Office of the Inspector General told RealClearPolitics that it could not release their names.  RCP has filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for their identities.  The Justice Department doesn't hesitate to publicize the names of those it accuses of wrongdoing.  At least when those accused do not work for Justice.

Equal Justice, They Said.  What once distinguished the United States from illiberal regimes following the Orwellian mantra "some are more equal than others" was the hallowed American idea of "equal justice under the law."  The phrase is engraved above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court — an ideal that took centuries to achieve.  Yet it is an ancient concept — what the Greeks called isonomia that distinguished classical democratic Athens from its anti-democratic rivals.  Isonomia later became enshrined as the central criterion of all Western consensual governments.  Does it still exist in Joe Biden's America?  In many ways, no — due both to state and private vendettas as well as state efforts to destroy rather than merely defeat political opponents.  Is the law equally applied at the border?  Ask yourself whether you are more likely to be hounded by the federal government for not being vaccinated if you are a citizen in the U.S. military, or illegally violating federal immigration law as you storm the southern border?  Who needs a passport to leave and enter the United States — a citizen or an illegal alien?

Biden Demands White Supremacy.  FBI whistleblowers — in this case, the term is probably warranted — have come forward to say that the Bureau is pressuring them to come up with "white supremacists" to investigate, in order to advance the Biden administration's agenda: [...] To the best of my knowledge, I have never met a white supremacist, so this doesn't surprise me.  What ought to surprise all of us is that the FBI's politicized hierarchy is so willing to do the corrupt bidding of the Democratic Party.

Why Is the DOJ Trying to Destroy Mike Lindell, the Pillow Guy?  [Scroll down] [Mike] Lindell was tracked down by FBI agents, corralled at a Hardee's of all places, served a subpoena, and ordered to turn over his cell phone. [...] It's impossible to give Merrick Garland's Department of Justice even the slightest benefit of the doubt in this day and age, as they have subpoenaed virtually half the free world and raided former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on a seemingly endless fishing expedition.  Pillow Guy's story is equally murky; there are a lot of suspicions and dark insinuations thrown about by the FBI, but little in the way of facts that make you go, "oh man! Lindell really crossed the line on that one!"  Without boring the heck out of you, I'll try to sum it up quickly:  Lindell has been an outspoken critic of the 2020 presidential election and has regularly said he believes the outcome was fraudulent.  This would appear to be his worst crime.  But did he breach voting data machines?

Biden Reportedly Pressuring FBI to 'Cook Up' White Supremacy Cases.  The Biden administration has asserted one of the top security threats facing the nation comes from domestic extremists.  Supporting such a claim, however, requires cases, but rank-and-file FBI agents are saying the threat is way overblown.  According to The Washington Times, current and former FBI agents say the bureau is getting pressured to come up with domestic terror cases and find white supremacists in order to meet internal quotas.  "The demand for White supremacy" coming from FBI headquarters "vastly outstrips the supply of White supremacy," said one agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  "We have more people assigned to investigate White supremacists than we can actually find."  The claim comes as President Biden hosted a United We Stand summit at the White House on Thursday where he announced a new initiative on "hate-motivated violence."

Facebook spied on private messages of Americans who questioned 2020 election.  Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.  Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.  "It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause," alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.  "Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena."

A Time of Evil.  What we have seen the last two years, and especially the last few months can only be explained in one word.  Evil.  For this is a time of evil. [...] Why would Biden refuse to protect our southern border?  Why would Biden knowingly allow in fentanyl, human trafficking, cartels, and terrorists?  Why would Biden allow child predators and unaccompanied minors to cross our borders?  Why would Biden make it very clear to our enemies in China, Iran, and Russia that we will not fight for our borders and we are not a sovereign country?  Why would the occupier of the White House display our weaknesses to friend and foe?  Why would the placeholder of the White House purposely make America weaker militarily and economically?  Why would Biden's FBI and Department of Justice cover up obvious felony crimes on Hunter Biden's laptop, yet search the bedroom of President Trump's teenage son?  Why would the FBI and DoJ ignore the 4th and 5th Amendments in their illegal raid on President Trump's private home?  Why would the FBI/CIA/NSA disregard all precedents, all laws, all tradition, the Constitution, and all common sense in their illegal attacks on President Trump since he came down the golden escalators?  Why has the FBI/CIA/NSA abused and misused the Patriot Act in their attack on Biden's political enemies?  And why has the ACLU remained totally silent and mute as these Third Reich tactics have been used on the American people?  Why has Biden/FBI/Justice Department carried out Stasi police state raids on many of President Trump's closest supporters?

Election Interference: DOJ/FBI Carpet-Bombed Subpoenas An Attempt To Freeze Political Opposition In Runup To Midterms.  In recent days, the U.S. Department of Justice has served upwards of 40 subpoenas on people affiliated with Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, many of whom continue to associate with or support him. [...] Assume, for the sake of argument only, that such subpoenas were proper and necessary to investigate alleged crimes associated with the January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill riot.  That's a big assumption, but it proves the point, which is why now, some 18 months later?  If these subpoenas were so necessary to the investigation, why did DOJ/FBI wait a year and half until we are in the thick of the runup to the midterms?  These subpoenas are a big freeze not only on Trumpworld, but conservative and Republican worlds.  When people know that dozens are being subpoenaed by the feds regarding hundreds of people or entities, people stop talking to each other and engaging in perfectly lawful political activity out of fear that they will be next.  Lawful political communication with the wrong person could find you on the receiving end of a DOJ subpoena and FBI home visit, or as just happend to Mike Lindell and others, being confronted on the street or in public by FBI agents.  It's a way to shut down a political movement without having to arrest, indict, or prosecute anyone.

The Biden Administration Isn't Interested In Governing But In Criminalizing The Opposition.  It is going to be hard to forget the spectacle of President Joe Biden "celebrating" the passage of his woefully-named Inflation Reduction Act while the stock market plummeted in real time, dropping nearly 1,300 points Tuesday while Biden crowed about his great achievement.  The cable news clips were surreal.  There was old man Biden, shaking his fist and shouting at the sky, while in the corner of the screen the Wall Street tracker kept ticking down, stocks plunging in reaction to persistent and worsening inflation.  Even CNN had to interrupt coverage of Biden's remarks to note that the stock market was tanking.  [Tweet]  It takes a special kind of hubris to throw a White House victory party (with boomer icon James Taylor performing "Fire and Rain," no less) for a bill allegedly meant to curb inflation amid the worst inflation in 40 years and the worst day for the stock market since Biden's presidency began. [...] None of it is real.  It is pure theater — a farce.

Student loans and the decline of Social Security.  Last month, the Biden administration announced that it would wipe out an estimated $1 trillion owed to the county.  No vote, nor authorization from Congress.  The money simply appeared as if by magic.  While the administration's decision is limited to student loans, the existence of magic money is apt to cause problems for the broader government.  Specifically, it is likely going to be a problem for Social Security and those who depend upon the program.  In the case of Social Security, the program's finances have deteriorated over decades primarily because Congress has been unable to build any consensus on a suitable mix of higher taxes and benefits reductions.  As difficult as it has been to find that middle ground in the past, compromise will only become more elusive as voters seek to add more magic and less sacrifice.

Attacking the Rule of Law.  One of the most hallowed traditions of the U.S. republic is a commitment to the ideal of the Rule of Law.  Therefore, one of the most dystopic aspects of our current politics is that this ideal is under deliberate attack.  The list of assaults is long and varied.  Consider:
  •   Biden's cancelation of student loan debt and the EPA rule recently struck down by the Supreme Court, both of which are instances of the habitual efforts of the Executive to seize upon supposed statutory ambiguities to claim vast powers never contemplated by Congress, and to use this to transfer resources to favored constituencies.
  •   The treatment of the January 6 defendants, who are being deprived of constitutional rights; subjected to harsh punishments for trivial offenses; and railroaded by politically motivated prosecutors, judges, and juries.
In these cases, and in a host of others, it is not believable that the contempt for the Rule of Law is an accident or oversight.

Whistleblower Reveals FBI Labeled Veteran-Led Organization as Domestic Terrorist Group.  A whistleblower revealed the FBI labeled a veteran-led organization as a domestic terrorist group.  Ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) in a letter to FBI Director Wray said a whistleblower came forward and revealed a 'woke' analyst labeled American Contingency, a veteran-led group, a "domestic violent extremism" organization.  The veteran-led group was already cleared by the FBI as a 'non-threat' in 2020, but the woke analyst decided to target the group again.  Rep. Jordan's letter referenced Project Veritas' recent report on the FBI's 'domestic terrorism symbols guide' on 'militia violent extremists.'

Mike Lindell Is Suing the FBI and the Government for Violating His Rights.  Pay Attention.  Mike Lindell wants more than just his phone back.  Following the incident in Minnesota during which agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation blocked his vehicle at a Hardee's drive-through and seized his phone, Lindell made an appearance on Steve Bannon's War Room.  He announced that he was filing a lawsuit against the FBI and the government.  You can watch Lindell's conversation with Bannon posted by The Post Millennial below.  [Video clip]

CBP sparks privacy fears after it's revealed that 2,700 of its officers have warrantless access to travelers' confiscated phones.  Thousands of US government officials have unlimited access to as many as 10,000 devices which are seized from travelers moving across the country.  Electronic devices such as cellphones, iPads and laptops taken from those going through airports, seaports and border crossings are being mined for data.  The leader of the Customs and Border Protection told congressional staff that the massive database can be accessed by 2,700 CBP officers without a warrant.  During a briefing, which took place in the summer, officials also said that the data is maintained for 15 years.  It has raised alarms in Congress about what the government is using the information or, with many of the devices taken from people not suspected of any criminal activity.

Facebook Worked With FBI to Spy on Americans Who Questioned 2020 Election.  According to Department of Justice sources, Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of Americans who questioned the 2020 election results and reporting them to the FBI.  Since the election, Facebook has worked in conjunction with the FBI to report on "subversive" private messages, sending them to the FBI's domestic terrorism operational unit, supposedly in redacted form, a direct violation of Americans' First and Fourth Amendment rights.  "It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause," one of the sources told the New York Post.  "Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena."  According to the Post, "These private messages then have been farmed out as 'leads' to FBI field offices around the country, which subsequently requested subpoenas from the partner US Attorney's Office in their district to officially obtain the private conversations that Facebook already had shown them."

COVID Fascism Fizzles Out in New Zealand.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (she/her) held such promise.  In the spring of 2020, the then 39-year-old New Zealand prime minister emerged on the world stage as the COVID drama's anti-Trump.  Ardern was calm, we were told, where Trump was capricious, compassionate where Trump was callous, and disciplined where Trump was improvisational.  She was, in short, the modern major general of the emerging fascist new world order, and the media swooned. [...] After seven weeks into a three-day Lockdown, Ardern finally abandoned her increasingly futile zero-COVID policy, and the virus ran through New Zealand's population in 2021-2022 much as it had done the rest of the world a year earlier.  Despite a vaccination rate of 77 percent and 18 months to prepare for an epidemic, more than one out of three New Zealanders contracted the disease, including Ardern herself.  Nearly 2,000 died.  As the cases mounted, the "swift and decisive" Ardern rotated her nation once more through the various levels of oppression.  To Ardern's seeming surprise, the gratuitous restrictions and mandates caused a major public backlash.

The Regime's 'Operation MAGA Fascist' Gains Ground.  After nearly two years of lies related to the events of January 6, 2021, the regime finally has admitted the truth:  The widening legal dragnet to scoop up Donald Trump, his associates, and his voters has nothing to do with the four-hour disturbance on Capitol Hill that afternoon.  It is, rather, a thus-far successful crusade to criminalize wrongthink about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.  A barrage of subpoenas issued recently by the Department of Justice — U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves' office specifically — against Trump aides is not seeking information about the Capitol protest but personal communications discussing what happened with the election and plans to fight the results. [...] Of course, this is what the January 6 hysteria has always been about.  As the chaos unfolded on January 6, Joe Biden and his apparatchiks immediately denounced believers of the so-called "Big Lie" — the claim the election had been rigged, if not stolen, by powerful interests who wanted nothing more than to defeat Trump — and vowed revenge would come swiftly.

Why FBI Agents Jumped MyPillow's Mike Lindell at a Hardee's Drive-Thru.  Do you sense that the Biden Department of Justice is getting desperate?  The clock is winding down to getting something significant on any of their ludicrous investigations into Donald Trump and his inner circle.  The FBI's August 8 raid adds more pressure to the charged climate since federal agents found nothing supporting the allegations of criminal intent regarding classified materials.  No evidence backs any justification for the raid.  All the documents the FBI seized aren't smoking guns, as the president of the United States has the indisputable authority to declassify any record.  We're not talking about Hillary Clinton, who is guilty of mishandling classified information, transmitting it through an unapproved and unsecured email server, and deleting 33,000 emails under federal subpoena.  With the special master ruling motion made by the Trump team granted by Judge Aileen Cannon and a Justice Department appeal filed — this Mar-a-Lago theater could last several months.  This story has hit the sandbar, and it's beached until further notice.  In the meantime, the Justice Department has issued at least 40 subpoenas relating to its January 6 investigation.

97 members of Congress or their families bought or sold stock that may have been a conflict of interest.  Nearly 100 members of Congress bought or sold financial assets that intersected with the work of the committees they sit on, according to a New York Times report.  Of the 435 House members, 183 traded stocks through themselves or their immediate family members from 2019 to 2021.  At least 97 bought or sold stocks, bonds or other financial assets through themselves or their spouses that directly intersected with their congressional work.  US lawmakers are not yet banned from making any stock trades, though insider trading is illegal for everyone.

DOJ Conceals Records About Biden's Use Of Federal Agencies To Influence Elections.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is concealing key documents related to President Joe Biden's March 2021 order that directed executive agencies to develop plans for federal interference in state election administration.  On Sept. 8, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) was scheduled to receive a series of government records from the DOJ that detailed how the agency is complying with Executive Order 14019.  That order mandated all federal departments to "consider ways to expand citizens' opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process."  Among these included the DOJ's 15-page "strategic plan" on how the agency intends to comply with Biden's executive order.  Instead of releasing the documents FGA requested pursuant to federal open records laws, however, the Biden DOJ released only a few records pertaining to the order, most of which were heavily redacted.

Tucker Carlson warns that Biden is actively criminalizing political opposition.  When I started watching Tucker Carlson, one of the things that made him enjoyable was that he always kept a little bit of an ironic distance from what he was covering.  In recent months, though, that has changed.  Tucker's angry, and righteously so.  Monday night's monologue may have been his most fiery yet, because he focused on something we've all seen from the moment Biden swore an oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States": as all totalitarian regimes do, Biden is using the instruments of government to persecute his political opponents.  We saw it when Biden and his armed bureaucrats characterized a large protest and an accompanying small riot at the United States Capitol (especially compared to past Democrat and BLM riots) as an "insurrection."  We saw it when they imprisoned those people who had entered the Capitol (many under the impression that they were allowed to be there) and proceeded to hold them without bail, charges, or trial.

Tucker Carlson Discusses the Continued DOJ Targeting of Joe Biden Political Opposition.  During his opening monologue today [9/13/2022], Fox News host Tucker Carlson outlined the history of the Biden administration targeting the democrat political opposition by using the Dept of Justice and FBI.  During one part of the lengthy segment, Carlson outlined the recent subpoenas to people within the MAGA movement.  [Video clip]  The technique most often deployed, is for the DOJ/FBI to claim an anonymous source has provided information against the subpoena target, and therefore the target must prove their innocence against the "sources" claims.  Having received one of these DC subpoenas directly, my experience with the construct leads me to believe the DOJ is just making up the "anonymous sources."  However, if you refuse to participate in the bizarre demand to prove your innocence, the lack of cooperation becomes the Lawfare angle used to entrap the target.  The process is something like this:  It is unlawful to rob banks.  We were told you rob banks.  Prove you do not rob banks or be subject to arrest for being unresponsive.

Mainstream Media Finally Admits: DOJ Subpoenaed Over 40 Trump Associates, Seized Two Top Advisors' Phones.  The Justice Department continues to ramp up its war with former President Donald Trump and his associates, issuing over 40 subpoenas to his associates over the last week and seizing the phones of at least two top advisors.  Many outlets are reporting this as breaking news, but RedState's Nick Arama had already reported a lot of it going as back as far as Friday. [...] The newest revelation is that Federal agents took phones from Boris Epshteyn, an in-house counsel for Trump, and Mike Roman, a campaign strategist for the Trump campaign in 2020.  This intensification of the Department of Justice's battle to get Trump would appear unrelated to the recent raid of the former president's residence, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, and the subsequent, ongoing legal battles regarding the materials seized there.

The FBI's Apex Bureaucracy Is Dangerous.  Here's a truth that tens of millions of Americans understand:  if the sweeping criminal enforcement arm of the federal Leviathan disappeared tomorrow, life for the vast majority of citizens would go unchanged.  It might even improve.  We are spoon-fed this Big Government fallacy from kindergarten on up that absolute chaos lurks behind every corner if not for the protections provided from our beneficent bureaucratic masters who maintain order and peace.  That's absurd propaganda meant to keep Americans conditioned into accepting total government control.  The infantile dependence on government agents for security and survival is a recent phenomenon that does nothing but legitimize limitless State power.

Never Forget the COVID Fascists.  If ever the American government viewed its authority as "absolute," if even individual Americans were under the notion that they were "only to be conceived of in their relation to the State," it was shortly after COVID-19 entered the U.S.  I submit to you that the COVID policies — shutdowns and lockdowns; "stay home, stay safe;" mandatory masking, social distancing, testing, and vaccines; and so on — perpetuated by the American left and those like-minded were the greatest demonstration of fascism the United States has ever known.  In the nearly 250-year history of the U.S., never before has the American government exercised such power over its citizenry as it did in the name of "slowing the spread," "following the science," and the like.  And never before in the history of the U.S. has the exercise of government power been so misinformed and misguided, with such disastrous results.

The DoJ Argues that the Intelligence Community Overrides the Judiciary.  At this point in time I have no regard for the probity or competence of the Intelligence Community and neither, apparently, does Judge Aileen Cannon, who earlier this week ordered the appointment of a Special Master to review those documents seized in the Mar-a-Lago raid, which it claims are classified.  The Department of Justice appears to have been surprised that it has lost credibility and filed a motion seeking a stay on that portion of the order and a Notice of Appeal to the Eleventh Circuit indicating its intention to file an interlocutory appeal.  I don't think the trial judge who issued a very well-considered order will grant the stay.  I don't think the Eleventh Circuit will, either.  I don't think the Eleventh Circuit will even grant an interlocutory appeal on this matter.  I do think all of these pleadings reveal the weakness of the grounds for a search and seizure of materials at the home Donald J. Trump, the overreach of the warrant, and the expansive search itself.  Worse for the DoJ and FBI, I believe their actions amount to a claim that under no circumstances does the judiciary have a right to question anything the Intelligence committee does as long as it makes a claim of "national security."  Such a claim is scary and should be — and I think will be — denied.

Sen. Hawley Shreds Biden for Criminalizing the Political Opposition.  It wasn't just the DOJ and its attempts to boost Biden by raiding Trump that Hannity discussed on his show yesterday, though he did a good job discussing that with Trump's lawyer.  He also had on Sen. Josh Hawley, who ripped into Biden for wielding law enforcement like a political club and attempting to intimidate the political opposition with it.  Speaking on that, Hawley used examples of the criminal chaos spreading around the country to show that Team Biden and the other leftist hacks running things care not about law and order, but rather just about using LEOs to enforce their political agenda and wield power.

New York AG Twists the Knife Into Steve Bannon.  Steve Bannon was arrested on Thursday on money laundering and conspiracy charges stemming from a fundraising scheme to build a wall on the Southern border.  Bannon, who is the self-proclaimed leader of the "MAGA grassroots movement," surrendered himself in New York City to prosecutors following the indictment.  Apparently, New York AG Letecia James wasn't satisfied, though.  Later in the day, after Bannon had turned himself in, he was put in chains and perp walked down a long line of prepositioned media for his arraignment.  [Tweet]

When Must a Good Citizen Become a Dissident?  Is it when the FBI and other Deep State truth-twisters manufacture crises and manipulate elections?  Is it when free speech comes under attack under the guise of State-labeled "misinformation"?  Perhaps it is when the president-in-name-only reads carefully scripted messages (written by those who control his office from the shadows) attacking half the country's citizens as "fascists."  Or when government and media "elites" falsely frame political protest as "insurrection" in order to justify criminal persecution and imprisonment of opponents of the ruling regime.  Or maybe when the endless declaration of fake "emergencies" is used to justify the steady imposition of extraordinary State power over each citizen's livelihood.  Maybe it's when the Intelligence Community operates a massive domestic surveillance network targeting Americans who have committed no crimes.  Maybe it's when secretly collected information mined from supposedly independent social media conglomerates and too-big-to-fail private banks is used to track and trace unsuspecting citizens.  Maybe it's when the value of the U.S. dollar is intentionally chipped away by central bank authorities enabling tax-and-spend legislators to expand institutional power at current and future Americans' expense.  Perhaps it is when the same federal government that insists on fighting wars all over the world in defense of other nations' borders staunchly refuses to protect America's own borders from invasion.

GOP Attorneys General Demand DOJ Reveal Federal Gov't's Communications With Social Media Giants.  The man who may become Missouri's next GOP senator has targeted President Biden's Department of Justice, asking a court to force the DOJ to reveal communications between high-ranking Biden Administration officials and major social media companies.  Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the GOP senatorial candidate, joined Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to file a Joint Statement on Discovery Disputes, to ask the Louisiana District Court to force the communications between officials in the White House and Department of State and major social media companies to be revealed.  "Missouri and Louisiana filed a landmark lawsuit back in May that seeks to expose how top Biden Administration officials allegedly colluded with social media companies to censor freedom of speech on a number of topics, including COVID-19.  We won in court in July, and the Court required the Biden Administration to turn over communications between federal officials and social media companies," Schmitt stated.

These Back-Busting Americans Paid For College Themselves And Think You Should, Too.  Upon news that Joe Biden had decided to completely ignore U.S. laws to attempt to force taxpayers to assume the debts of people who chose to attend college, I reached out to Federalist writers for stories of how other Americans paid their own way.  Calling this particular pile of government handouts for the privileged "forgiveness" is just a way to try to hide the fact that it's fundamentally wrong and unfair.  As the Bible says, he who doesn't work shouldn't eat.  He who takes on obligations should pay them.  Taking something without paying for it is stealing.  Forcing other people to work so you can enjoy luxuries is called enslavement.

Biden's Teetering House of Cards.  Biden has abrogated numerous of our basic liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the First and Second Amendments to be sure; our speech is censored by big tech, he promises to take our guns.  Migrants are installed in hotels and motels; this seems to violate the Third Amendment.  The raid on Mar-a-Lago certainly violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.  Judges selected for certain trials violate the Fifth Amendment.  In the recent re-trial of the two remaining defendants in the FBI-concocted Whitmer kidnapping case, their defense lawyers were given a time limit and many of the facts that had been revealed in the first trial were not admitted by the judge, a clear violation of their rights.  These two men, chosen by FBI operatives for their potential for manipulation, were found guilty.  Well of course they were; that was the plan but they were set up by the FBI.

Biden can't decide whether or not we're still in a pandemic.  President Joe Biden made a campaign promise to "shut the virus down."  He made this claim repeatedly because his advisers thought he had stumbled into a clever saying about not shutting down the country again.  Now, almost two full years into his term, Biden is using presidential authority he believes he has under the 2003 HEROES Act to suspend student loan payments once again and, on top of that, attempt unilaterally to waive up to $20,000 in Pell Grant student loans or $10,000 in other loans.  It was on March 13, 2020, that President Donald Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of the Stafford Act, making the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency.  Biden, in abusing this power, is going against his own administration's legal arguments concerning the declaration from earlier this year.

Three Signs We're in a Banana Republic.  In the summer before the 2016 presidential election, FBI Director James Comey publicly articulated Hillary Clinton's criminal culpability for storing classified emails on a private, unsecured server kept in a spare bathroom before declaring imperiously that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case against her.  Obama's IRS got caught targeting conservatives for their political beliefs, but the president assured the nation that the obvious scandal revealed "not even a smidgeon of corruption" within his administration.  Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama's self-anointed "wingman," was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun-running conspiracy, yet his Department of Justice unsurprisingly declined to pursue criminal charges.  In contrast, Americans have watched for six years as President Trump and his associates (including Steve Bannon, who was recently convicted for the same crime Eric Holder effortlessly eluded) have been hounded by an irredeemably corrupt DOJ and FBI, malicious state prosecutors, and a petty, Machiavellian Congress running shameless show trials devoid of due process, impartiality, or fairness.

Is Biden even able to bail out student loans?  As almost everyone has heard, Biden announced his plan to spend $360 billion to forgive student loans for up to 43 million Americans.  Groups estimate that the actual cost may be $440 to $600 billion, but who's counting?  Legal experts have reported that although Biden may have some authority to postpone payments, he clearly doesn't have the power to cancel debts. [...] The reaction from many different sides to his plan has been overwhelmingly negative.  People who have already paid off their student loans are angry because they did the right thing and kept to their obligations, and people who didn't get loans, or didn't go to college at all, are even angrier at the idea of paying more taxes to fund doctors, lawyers, and academics who should be able to pay what they owe.  The inflationary aspects of the debt forgiveness mean that the $7,000 Americans are paying extra each year for Biden's high prices will continue to increase, with no end in sight — and this includes the people getting the cash in the first place.

The Lawless Executive.  Biden thinks he can get away with tossing three hundred billion dollars, more or less, on the taxpayer's tab with his "student loan" cancelation order.  He's relying on a post-9/11 law which applies to times of national emergency and attempting to piggyback on the Covid one which was declared in 2020 along with the HEROES act — and of course that "emergency" has not been lifted. [...] I would expect that in any fair hearing this goes up in smoke in the courts.  But — there's a problem:  Standing to sue.  You see, to bring a case before the courts you must have particularized injury.

America Was a Better Place When the FBI Didn't Rig Elections.  Well over a year ago, I wrote in the Briefing that Donald Trump's biggest failure was not doing a thorough housecleaning at the FBI.  No doubt Trump agrees with me, given all that has been going on lately.  Yesterday's news revealed a double-whammy that added more clarity to just how heavy the Bureau's thumb was on the 2020 presidential election scale, and all of it has to do with Joe Biden's sleazebag progeny, Hunter.  It appears that the FBI was working overtime to make sure voters didn't have information about Hunter Biden's cocaine-and-hookers criminal antics.

Zuckerberg Revelation Shows FBI Interfered for Biden in 2020 Election.  Surprise, surprise.  It wasn't the social media platforms alone that censored the Hunter Biden laptop story before the election.  No, the FBI asked Facebook to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election, calling it Russian disinformation.  Indeed, FBI investigators knew the laptop and its disgusting contents were all too real because they'd held possession of the laptop since 2019.  The laptop contained the disgusting details of Hunter's sex and drug life, business dealings, and evidence of big paydays from Ukraine and China — all of which presented a national security risk to the U.S.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told podcaster Joe Rogan on Thursday that the FBI put Facebook "on high alert" to, wink, censor the Biden laptop story, wink, before the 2020 election.

Biden [Claims] That the "Emergency" Powers He Has Due to Covid Allow Him to Act As a Tyrant, Apparently Forever.  Note that Biden already declared an end to the covid emergency when he canceled Trump's Remain in Mexico policy, and his CDC just announced that we're effectively back to normal.  But Biden won't formally say the "emergency" is over — so he can continue acting as tyrant when he finds it politically useful to do so. [...] [D]idn't this Republic used to require Congress to pass laws?  Didn't NeverTrump used to caution about the "authoritarian" Trump assuming the powers of a tyrant?  And yet... they're all supportive of this, or silent about it.

How To Tame a Bureaucracy? Get Rid of It.  Any serious effort to end the crisis must deal with the problem of the administrative state and the bureaucratic power thereof.  Without that focus, no reform effort can get anywhere.  That is surely a main takeaway from the trauma of our times.  The solution has to be drastic and it has to work.  The reason is simple:  a free and functioning society cannot coexist with an undemocratic beast like this on the loose, making its own laws and running roughshod over rights and liberties with zero oversight from elected leaders.  Until the administrative state is defanged and disempowered, there will be no representative government and no hope for change.

Dems' war on ex-President Donald Trump is without precedent.  When you cross the Rubicon, there is no going back.  Democrats are getting very close to that fateful moment.  Their dream to indict Donald Trump has turned into determination, putting them on a collision course with history.  No president has ever been prosecuted after leaving office, with even Richard Nixon escaping that infamy after Watergate because of how it would tear America apart.  Yet day by day, the evidence shows Dems have liberated themselves from such concerns and are resolved that this time will be different.  The number and fervor of their army of prosecutors reveal a contagious fever, and it often appears they are competing to be the first to file charges.  Will it be Attorney General Merrick Garland, who approved the raid on Mar-a-Lago and also has a separate investigation of Trump regarding events before and after Jan. 6?  Or will the first shot come from Georgia, where the Fulton County district attorney is using a special-purpose grand jury to investigate "election interference" in the state by Trump and his associates after the 2020 election?

The Parasites and the Have-Nots.  In communist societies, people in power act to preserve their best interest and the interests those closest to them, which screws everybody else and gives rise to a bifurcated society of "haves" and "have-nots."  This happens every time socialism/communism is implemented — without exception. [...] The purest form of this in the West today is the U.S.  federal government.  The higher the position, the more its occupant got there as a result of enabling his superiors, benefactors, and family to siphon off as much as they could from the public till.  This has been the case since World War 2, which was the event that precipitated the metastatic expansion of our federal bureaucracy.  After all, who could resist or object to something that was part of the "war effort," even if that something was completely outside the range of authority of the bureaucrat who thought it up?  That's how it was done then and how it's still done today — just like the "temporary expedient" of employer tax withholding, which brings home the bacon and, therefore, has been with us ever since.

Think the FBI Deserves the Benefit of the Doubt?  The presence of Vice President Mike Pence and then-Sen. Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol has been the basis for nearly 800 people being charged with at least one count of violating 18 U.S. Code, section 1752, according to Kelly, which indicates that any building or complex hosting the vice president is a restricted area and therefore closed to the public.  "But the Justice Department recently was forced to admit that Harris was not in the building for most of the day on January 6," Kelly reported, highlighting that Harris, at the time, remained a U.S. senator, not vice president.  In the late morning, Harris was moved to the DNC headquarters where a pipe bomb had supposedly been planted.  "Prosecutors have begun amending language in court filings to reflect the fact Harris was not inside the Capitol despite making the assertion in thousands of charging documents," Kelly wrote.

The Justice System Has Gone Beria.  The DOJ's and FBI's recent actions have opened my eyes.  American justice isn't blind.  The system is rigged, no longer along racial (or religious) lines but along political ideology.  The DOJ has a two-tiered justice system — one system that targets and is onerously harsh on Republicans and conservatives while being lax and protective of Democrats and liberals.  This unequal justice has been in place for at least 10 years but has gotten much worse since President Trump's arrival.  A recent survey (last week) by the Trafalgar Group found that 79% of Americans believe we have two tiers of justice — one system for politicians and D.C. insiders and another system for everyone else.  The belief in unequal justice holds true for Democrats (67%), Republicans (88%), and Independents (77%).  Unequal justice is not just in law enforcement, it's everywhere — every major institution is aligned to empower, and keep in power, the Democrat regime.  The entire federal bureaucracy, media, academia, business, Big Tech, Big Pharma, and the military are fully aligned to keep Democrats in power.

The Rule of Law and a Vulnerable Former President.  If by rule of law we mean a principle of governance in which legal standards are clear, are duly enforced by public officials, and are validated and maintained by an impartial and timely judicial system, leading to public trust in fair legal consistency and public order, then we can say that today the rule of law no longer applies, or applies only selectively, in a constitutional republic like the U.S. or a parliamentary democracy like Canada. [...] The U.S. under the Obama and Biden administrations is likely in worse shape than its northern neighbor.  The rule of law has become a figment of the political imagination, a process that has been developing over many administrations but has now reached its nadir.  Those who serve or are affiliated with the political Left, that is, the Democrat party and its outriders, need never fear retribution for crimes, felonies, misdemeanors, or breaches of the Constitution, for ignoring Congressional summonses or destroying potentially incriminating evidence.  Its opponents, on the other hand, have no such immunity or legal redress from arbitrary government-inspired reprisals, vendettas, and raids carried out on the flimsiest of pretexts against its own citizens.  Examples abound, and no savvy individual can be unaware of them.

FBI Raid Warrant Demanded Seizure Of Literally Any Record Trump Ever Saw During 4-Year Presidential Term.  The FBI search warrant authorizing a government raid of former President Donald Trump's Florida residence sought an exhaustive list of any White House records the president ever came in contact with, according to the document obtained by The Federalist.  Outlining the "property to be seized" by the more than 30 agents who rummaged through the former president's Mar-a-Lago mansion, the warrant demanded confiscation of any document Trump ever saw, read, or created for the entirety of his four years as commander-in-chief.  "All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation" of federal statutes governing records possession, the warrant reads, were to be seized.  Records extended to "Any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021."  In other words, had Trump written something down on a napkin, federal officials were authorized to raid the former president's home and capture it.

The Attempt to Prosecute Donald Trump Is Unleashing More Than Our Political System Can Handle.  With the recent FBI raid on Donald Trump's Florida home, the Democrats and the Biden administration have raised the political stakes to a level from which this country as we have known it may never return.  All one can say to those that are demanding a criminal prosecution of the former president is:  Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.  Although the raid ostensibly was to see if Trump took classified documents from the White House when he left in a chaotic move in January 2021, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy believes the Biden administration was again attempting to find that proverbial "smoking gun" tying Trump to the January 6 Capitol riot.  Whether or not Attorney General Merrick Garland is able to grab the brass ring and prosecute Trump after yet one more fishing expedition is another story, although I doubt that any president has seen as many resources used to investigate him as has Donald Trump, but the Department of Justice has not filed charges yet.  Understand that anyone reading this article has committed a federal crime at some point, perhaps more than once.

Pelosi-Biden's Inflation Bill Passed with 35 Percent of the House Voting Remotely and the CBO Not Finished Scoring Its Impact.  It was a mad rush to pass Biden's "Inflation Reduction Act" and now we know why.  This act from the corrupt and now communist left is named like other bills they manufacture in that it is the opposite of what it claims.  This bill will not reduce inflation and will likely add to it.  The funding will occur by taxing Americans of all classes and increasing the US debt. [...] According to Redstate around 35 percent of those voting, did so remotely.  But the bill charged ahead.  Now you have to wonder what's really in it.

Abuse of the citizenry:  Is it ending or expanding?  It can be validly argued that the present trend toward self-rule was already well underway in 1776, but it never culminated, as would slavery almost ninety years later.  Indeed, after 1865, the idea of self-rule began, in practice, to be reversed, as the powers of the several states gave way to the ever-increasing authority of the victorious central government in Washington, D.C.  That authority is now poised, and this is no exaggeration, at the brink of totalitarian control.  All of this helps to explain the present: the impending climax of that historic struggle is nigh upon us.  The grand experiment in self-government is facing its greatest challenge since (metaphorically speaking) the Battle of Bunker Hill.  As George Washington put it, "the time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves."  Our Founders recognized this struggle, and resolved it — on paper, but their solution soon began to unravel during a series of crises, including the issue of slavery.

FBI, R.I.P?  The FBI interferes with and warps national elections.  It hires complete frauds as informants who are far worse than its targets.  It humiliates or exempts government and elected officials based on their politics.  It violates the civil liberties of individual American citizens.  The FBI's highest officials now routinely mislead Congress.  They have erased or altered court and subpoenaed evidence.  They illegally leak confidential material to the media.  And they have lied under oath to federal investigators.  The agency has become dangerous to Americans and an existential threat to their democracy and rule of law.  The FBI should be dispersing its investigatory responsibilities to other government investigative agencies that have not yet lost the public's trust.

The White House has declared war on its own citizens — and, shockingly, America has never been closer to a police state.  America is spiraling out of control.  From the unprecedented raid on Mar-a-Lago, to the seizure of a congressman's phone, to our doddering commander-in-chief, who increasingly seems like a man who doesn't have the sense or stamina to serve out his term.  And now, America is on the edge of another political nightmare.  We are less than 100 days away from the election of a new Congress to run the country — while the de facto leader of the Republican base delights in stoking his supporters' darkest suspicions under the shadow of a sincerely suspect investigation.

Secret Service detail blocks off handicap parking for 20 minutes while Kamala Harris' husband Doug Emhoff shops at Whole Foods in Los Angeles.  The Secret Service detail protecting Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff has been spotted blocking access to handicap-designated parking outside a Whole Foods in Los Angeles.  Emhoff was running errands on Wednesday in the Westside neighborhood of Brentwood when his two-vehicle motorcade blocked the accessible parking for about 20 minutes, a witness told DailyMail.com.  As Emhoff did some shopping at Whole Foods, the two black Chevrolet Suburbans bearing Department of Homeland Security plates parked diagonally across a parking space designated for people with disabilities, photos of the incident show.

Stop Assuming the Legitimacy of the Corrupt Establishment's Actions.  [Scroll down]  This was an atrocity, a disgraceful, disgusting, and dangerous escalation of the War on the Normals by our enemies designed to frame Trump and send a message to his supporters that we are second class citizens.  There's no hidden, secret Trump crime that the garbage FBI and the garbage DOJ are investigating.  They spent the last six years trying to frame Donald Trump, but right — this time it's for realsies!  It would only be too perfect if it really was over possessing classified info, which apparently is illegal again now.  Here's the truth — it's all a lie designed to make sure President Trump can never be elected again and finish what he started.  I know it.  You know it.  They know it.  But some Republicans refuse to accept it.  Instead, they still fall for this nonsense, pretending that there's no way a government agency could be politicized and weaponized.

The Federal Government Refuses to Listen.  A mere four years from the 250th anniversary of the thirteen colonies' Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, and much of America now sees history repeating again.  A tyrannical system of government that rules imperiously from its royal city walls has become every bit a threat to human liberty today as it was two and a half centuries ago.  A faceless, unelected, and unaccountable administrative army makes and enforces its own rules and uses its byzantine system of regulation and taxation to intimidate ordinary Americans into compliance and submission.  A nefariously partisan DOJ and FBI hunt political opponents and citizen-dissenters as enemies of the state.  An independent and obscure collection of intelligence agencies use their obscene powers not to keep the United States safe from foreign attacks, but rather to keep the American people under a constant state of surveillance.  With every tool for silencing public debate at its disposal, the United States government seeks to make itself impervious to the will of America's voters.

Schumer Warned In 2017 The FBI Would Have 'Six Ways' Of Getting Back At Trump.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted in 2017 that the intelligence community would have "six ways" to get back at former President Donald Trump after Trump pushed back against allegations of Russian interference in the election.  Trump had tweeted that an intelligence briefing over Russia's alleged interference into the 2016 election had been delayed because the agency needed more time "to build a case," according to The Hill.  The tweet came after authorities said Russia tried to interfere in the election.  "You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, so even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he's being really dumb to do this," Schumer said to Rachel Maddow while speaking on MSNBC.

The FBI And DOJ Criminalizing Opposition To The Regime Is How The Republic Ends.  This is the core danger of the administrative state:  Its now open propensity to go rogue.  It is apparently hellbent now on turning the United States into a banana republic.  Democrats called Donald Trump a fascist, authoritarian, and wannabe dictator for chants at his rallies of "Lock her up," referring to his opponent Hillary Clinton.  At the time, leftists pointed out that imprisoning, interrogating, investigating, and otherwise using government resources to harass and prosecute one's political opponents was the mark of tyrannical regimes such as Vladimir Putin's and Adolf Hitler.  "Democracies don't lock up political opponents," the Washington Post editorial board told us in 2016.  That is still true when the ones pushing the interrogations, investigations, entrapments into committing felonies, show trials in unusual venues with no cross-examination or due process, early morning home raids, excessive detainment, and asymmetrical punishments are Democrats.  Democrats are trashing republican institutions, expectations, and guarantees for political purposes, most visibly now in their Jan. 6 effort to destroy the lives of protestors largely charged with misdemeanors and to expand Spygate tactics more broadly.

Steve Bannon calls to Scrap the Federal Reserve saying it has 'Usurped' the power of the people.  Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon demanded the end of the Federal Reserve in a rabble-rousing speech to conservatives on Friday night, saying fat cat bankers had taken too much power[.]  Instead he demanded that control of the bank be handed back to the American people and slammed the way it had freely been printing money through the pandemic.  'We don't need to audit the Fed,' said.  'We need to end the Federal Reserve.  'The Federal Reserve has usurped its power and the power of the American people and our elected representatives.'  He laid down a fiery call to arms at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Lessons from Ruby Ridge.  For those too young to remember, it was thirty years ago this month that the DOJ entrapped Randy Weaver for his Christian beliefs, issued a death warrant, killed his dog, son, and wife, and shot Weaver and his friend.  Surely, the DOJ doesn't just execute innocent people.  Yet, as we learned at trial:  ["]He had no propensity to commit crimes.  Never even had a traffic ticket.  Never been charged with a crime of any kind and honorably served his country.["]  While living in Iowa, Weaver learned it was illegal to homeschool his children independently, so he moved his family to a cabin in remote Idaho, Ruby Ridge.  Weaver attended Aryan Nation meetings three times, meeting not far from Ruby Ridge, "to exchange ideas, talk to people, I usually ended up arguing."  That's where Gus Magisano befriended Weaver and tried to involve him in illicit activity.  Weaver refused.  But after three years of coaxing, Weaver finally agreed to make two sawed-off shotguns.  Magisano was a fed.

Trust the Artificial Intelligence Part One.  Even before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, faith in institutions was at an all-time low — and falling.  In 2022, trust in organized religion was more than four times higher than in Congress.  No branch of government was trusted by more than 50% of the public except the military, not even the police.  Yet this loss in institutional trust coincided with unprecedented demands by institutions for a vast increase in power.  These included the power to regulate nearly anything in the name of stopping the climate from changing; the power to redefine society by proclaiming new 'Woke' values; and the power to control mass movement and require mandatory medication to control a pandemic.  Finally, institutions demanded the power to 'check facts' in any speech and 'de-platform' anyone suspected of uttering misinformation, thus insulating themselves against criticism.

A Corrupt and Rigged Government.  Why have so many lost faith in our government to the point that armed rebellion is being considered?  Double standards, that's why.  Americans see them and they're rightfully furious.  They see the despicable treatment afforded President Trump, whose term in office surely seems like the good old days when compared to the turmoil Democrats have unleashed in just a year and a half at the helm.  They watched the press question Trump's mental fitness and acuity while staunchly supporting the corrupt, dried-up turnip currently occupying the Oval Office.  They observed the media constantly demonizing Trump's family and then totally supporting "Dr." Jill and the hapless, hopeless Biden spawn.  They've seen every aspect of the Donald's financial dealings examined with a fine-tooth comb, while the Big Guy (Hunter's nickname for Crusty Joe) gets half of his crack and sex-addled son's ill-gotten millions with impunity.

Presidential emergency powers are a serious problem.  News is coming out that the Occupier in Chief is planning to use emergency powers to promote abortion and to implement the "Build Back Bankrupt" agenda he cannot get through Congress.  The reason both of these cannot pass Congress is because there are not enough stupid people in the Senate to vote for them.  Further, implementation of the Build Back Bankrupt agenda will distress the country to such a point that chaos will ensue, much like what's happened in Sri Lanka over the past months.  First, let's look at emergency powers in the United States.  There are 123 statutory powers that might be available to a president when he declares a national emergency.  An additional thirteen would require a declaration from Congress.  The most recent emergency power law is the National Emergencies Act, enacted in 1976, which ended all previous national emergencies and formalized the powers of the president.  Under this law, repealing an emergency power would take two thirds of both houses of Congress.

Judge Grants Request for Discovery Phase in Social Media Collusion Lawsuit Against Biden Admin.  A federal court has granted a request by Missouri and Louisiana officials to obtain information and documents from top-ranking officials in the Biden administration over its alleged collusion with social media giants in an effort to censor and suppress free speech.  Eric Schmitt, Missouri's Republican attorney general, announced on social media on July 13 that Terry Doughty, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, had ruled in favor of the request for the discovery process.  The ruling paves the way for the attorneys general to collect documents from top-ranking Biden administration officials and social media giants.  In court documents shared by Schmitt, Doughty wrote that there is "good cause" for an expedited preliminary injunction discovery.

Fighting back against COVID and Climate Change tyranny.  The phrase "New World Order" ("NWO") is a loaded term.  For starters, the people who are pushing for a single world government prefer to call it "The Great Reset."  Additionally, NWO sounds like the ultimate conspiracy theory, complete with indivisible dots, imaginary lines, and tin foil hats.  And yet there's no doubt that the self-anointed elites across the world have coalesced around a single vision that involves ending fossil fuel and achieving total control over individuals to "protect" them from COVID.  Still, people across the globe are pushing back and one group has a global vision of what this pushback can look like.  During COVID's first two years, we learned that most First World governments happily embraced tyranny.  Even in the face of mountains of evidence that the lockdowns and mask and vaccine mandates did nothing to improve the situation, governments not only didn't stop, but they also dug in deeper, systematically taking away people's rights.

The Transformed United States Government.  The United States in the 1950s transformed into a non-constitutional form of government, where federal departments collectively hold more authority than elected officials.  The transformation broadened in the 1960s and leveled off during the 1990s.  The ability to transition back to three branches of government as defined in the U.S. Constitution is the intent of the growing citizen majority today.  The increasing friction among all involved parties for restoring the constitutional form of government is heating to a flashpoint by way of strife.  Dwight Eisenhower cautioned against this transformation during his farewell speech with his warning of the military-industrial complex growing beyond manageability.

'Intimidate, humiliate, and embarrass': Growing outcry against DOJ strong-arming of Biden critics.  The FBI and the Justice Department are violating civil liberties and using brutish tactics during politically motivated and highly publicized raids and arrests targeting critics of the Biden administration, according to legal experts.  These displays of force, which some observers have claimed are unnecessary and designed to humiliate those arrested and intimidate others, appear to have at least one thing in common:  the person of interest supported former President Donald Trump.  "Law enforcement seems to be using arrest tactics on Trump supporters that are generally reserved for violent and/or fleeing suspects," said Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School.  "They do not seem justified in many of these cases."  The most recent case occurred late last month, when federal agents searched the Virginia home of former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark, surprising the one-time Trump administration official in the morning.

Obviously feds:
100 Patriot Front white supremacist group members march along Boston's Freedom Trail on July Fourth Weekend to 'reclaim America'.  A large group of white supremacists marched along Boston's Freedom Trail ahead of the Fourth of July in protest that allegedly turned violent.  Patriot Front led nearly 100 members carrying white nationalist flags and shields through the Massachusetts capital on Saturday as part of their efforts to 'reclaim America.'  Video shows the group walking step with a snare drum, with flags and banners in hand, as they made their way to the Old State House and City Hall Plaza.

Who Are the Real Insurrectionists?  [Scroll down]  Former Obama Administration Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan both lied under oath — without legal consequences — to the Congress.  The FBI itself has descended into a sort of revolutionary police force rather than a disinterested investigative body focusing mostly on intrastate and federal crimes.  The fired former Director James Comey feigned amnesia or ignorance 245 times in his responses under oath to a House committee.  The subsequent interim director Andrew McCabe admittedly lied three times to federal investigators and likely discussed wearing a wire to entrap the president of the United States.  He was never charged with any federal crime.  An FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith altered a federal affidavit to warp a FISA court hearing.  Former FBI Director Robert Mueller claimed under oath that he had no idea what the Steele dossier or Fusion GPS was, even though, arguably, they were the goads that prompted his own 22-month-long investigation.

Tyranny through Complexity.  Consider how the government's tyranny through complexity makes answering even the simplest questions quite difficult:
[1] Have you broken any laws today?
[2] How many departments or agencies exert power over you?
[3] Is saving money wise?
[4] What does the Constitution say?
In a society governed by reason and rationality, these four questions should be rudimentary for any citizen.  Instead, they are outrageously vexing.

Seattle Police Justify The "Defund the Police" Movement by Arresting a Preacher for Reading His Bible Too Close to a Gay Pride Event.  I'm going to return to a theme that I've harped on in the past.  Too many conservatives have bought into the "back the blue" nonsense in response to the "defund the police" movement and BLM rioting.  This is misguided.  Police aren't guarantors of freedom; they are the enforcers of the administrative state.  Police unions and cliques of senior police officers are one of the major forces against gun rights.  Time and again, you find the police cheerfully enforcing the most shameful regulations.  During the "pandemic," police in (at least) New York and New Jersey broke up funerals and gatherings in private homes.  They arrested people in empty parks and on deserted beaches.  They arrested people for not wearing masks.  Their record on protecting the First Amendment rights of Christians is similarly checkered.  Dearborn, Michigan, had to pay a substantial settlement because the police arrested Christian preachers outside the venue of a Muslim street fair.

Biden: 'I Don't Count Drunk Driving as a Felony' for Illegal Immigrants.  A recently rediscovered video shows Joe Biden as a 2020 presidential candidate inexplicably declaring, "I don't count drunk driving as a felony," to the astonishment of his stunned interviewers.  To put his statement in context, Biden's baffling declaration of the insignificance of DUI for illegal immigrants came during a VICE news town hall on minority issues.  He was asked about his stance on illegal immigration and deportation of immigrants who have been convicted or charged with felony law-breaking while in the United States.  The Democratic candidate promised listeners that if he was elected to the White House in 2020, he would waste no time issuing an executive order (EO) that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents from deporting any illegal immigrant who had not committed a felony.  In essence, Biden said he would decide the seriousness of a crime, not law enforcement.

The Mighty Gorsuch vs. the Administrative State:  Quotes from West Virginia vs.  EPA.  Dealing with this problem absolutely requires that we get back to fundamentals on what kind of society we want and what is the role of government.  These issues are newly alive, and have come up with a Supreme Court decision in West Virginia vs. Environmental Protection Agency.  The EPA had long imposed an expansive view of its discretion under the Clean Air Act.  The court said no:  the EPA has been acting illegally all along.  This decision echoes a similar federal court decision in Florida concerning the CDC's mask mandate.  The court said the CDC is acting illegally.  Just because the EPA is tasked with certain acts of administration doesn't mean it can do whatever it wants in service of the goal.  "We would not expect the Department of Homeland Security to make trade or foreign policy even though doing so could decrease illegal immigration," said the main opinion.  Clearly we have a problem that cries out for a mighty rethinking of everything.  Just such a statement has been made in the concurring opinion of Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Biden Has Weaponized the FBI and DOJ Against His Political Opponents — The GOP Needs To End It.  On June 23, federal agents stormed the Virginia home of former Department of Justice official and legal scholar Jeffrey Clark in the early morning hours, searching his house and seizing multiple electronic devices in the process.  And on June 27, news broke of the FBI executing a search warrant on June 22 against legal scholar and professor John Eastman for his role in advising the Trump administration on legally contesting the 2020 presidential elections.  (Eastman has filed a motion for return of property, claiming that the federal agent refused to show him their search warrant before seizing his cell phone, as required by the law.)  Clark and Eastman, like tens of millions of other Americans, wanted to determine if voter irregularities may have played a role in the 2020 presidential election.  Clark, as a member of the Justice Department, and Eastman as a Trump advisor, explored legal remedies that involved fielding alternate electors in states with contested elections.  That they should or should not have done this is open to opinion, but it was not at all illegal.

The Invisible Power Controlling the US Government.  I have written extensively on inverted totalitarianism, that being the once nascent, now entrenched form of government that truly controls the levers of federal power in the United States.  This behemoth has turned the USA into a "managed democracy"; a bureaucracy which cannot be held accountable by the elected representatives of the people.  Sometimes called the 4th estate, this monster is also referred to as the "deep state" the civil service, or the administrative state.  Inverted totalitarianism does not have an authoritarian leader, but instead is run by a non-transparent group of bureaucrats.  This unelected, invisible ruling class runs the country from within.  They are easily influenced by corporate interests due to both the lure of powerful jobs after federal employment and the capture of our legislative bodies by the lobbyists serving concealed corporate interests.

The Astonishing Implications of Schedule F.  The administrative state for the better part of a century, and really dating back to the Pendleton Act of 1883, has designed policy, made policy, structured policy, implemented policy, and interpreted policy while operating outside the control of Congress, the president, and the judiciary. [...] From 2020 and onward, the American people got to know this administrative state well.  They ordered us to wear masks.  They deployed their influence to close small businesses and churches.  They limited how many people we could have in our homes.  They festooned our businesses with plexiglass and told everyone to stay six-feet apart.  They demanded two weeks of quarantine when crossing state borders.  They decided which medical procedures were elective and non-elective.  And they finally demanded compliance with vaccine mandates at the penalty of job loss.  None of this was ordered by legislation.  It was all invented on the spot by the permanent staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We had no idea they had such power.  But they do.  And that same power which allowed those egregious attacks on rights and liberties also belongs to the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, and all the rest.

FBI Raids Target Democrats' Political Foes Instead Of True Criminals.  The only apparent criterion the FBI needs to raid the homes of American citizens is that those citizens have ever supported former President Donald Trump.  Here are the names of some of the political leaders on the right that the FBI has targeted:  Roger Stone, Rudy Giuliani, James O'Keefe, and Jeff Clark.  The FBI is now also engaging in raids on private homes of elderly Americans who peacefully attended the Capitol protest on Jan. 6, 2020.  Compare this treatment to that of actual criminals affiliated with Democrats, such as Hunter Biden, Andy McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Michael Sussmann.  The latter have seen no personal visit from the FBI since their crimes were committed or exposed.

Supreme Court Decides Suing the Feds is Mission: Impossible.  The Supreme Court recently gave the cold shoulder to an American assaulted by a Border Patrol agent.  No matter what party or ideology you ascribe to, this should set off alarm bells.  Too often, conversations about U.S. border policy are swept up into culture war rhetoric and stick firmly to partisan lines.  This pattern plays directly into the hands of bureaucrats who wish to centralize power, shred the Constitution, and build an apparatus that can ultimately inflict more harm on American citizens than on those attempting to cross the border.  The recent Supreme Court 6-3 ruling in Egbert v. Boule is yet another example of this, as it strikes a blow to U.S. citizens seeking recourse when federal agents behave badly.  While law enforcement officials deserve recognition for choosing a job that can put their life on the line, it is also true that the vast majority of Americans favor recourse for citizens wronged when those officials are negligent in their duties to protect and serve.

A mass exodus from the Democrats' America.  As the Washington Examiner reported this week, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic has done nothing to arrest the trend of people fleeing large cities in liberal coastal states for more pleasant and orderly locales, particularly in the Mountain West and the Sun Belt.  A mixture of unreasonable pandemic restrictions, rising crime, lawlessness, and hostility toward employers has forced this continued urban exodus. [...] It is hardly a coincidence that all 15 of the 15 fastest-growing cities and towns between July 2020 and July 2021 are in states that Republicans govern:  Arizona, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and Idaho.  And 14 out of the 15 fastest-declining cities during the same period were in states that Democrats governed at the time.  What towns and cities gaining population generally have in common both before and during COVID-19 is that they live under laws made by Republicans.  What towns and cities losing population have in common is that they live under laws made by Democrats.  Not all Democratic states and cities are equally anti-business, but COVID-19 helped bring out the totalitarian side of many state and city governments, driving away and keeping away many former and prospective residents.

The Pentagon Announces It Will Refuse to Follow Any State Laws Restricting Abortion Access.  The Pentagon has made the announcement that it will refuse to recognize any abortion laws springing from the Supreme Court's decision that there is no guaranteed right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution.  Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued a statement on on Friday regarding the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.  "Nothing is more important to me or to this Department than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce and DOD families," the Pentagon chief announced.  "I am committed to taking care of our people and ensuring the readiness and resilience of our Force.  The Department is examining this decision closely and evaluating our policies to ensure we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as permitted by federal law."

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Makes Ridiculous Pledge in Response to Roe Ruling.  It comes as no surprise that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has issued a statement all but condemning Friday's overturn of Roe — by pledging that the United States military "be all that it can be" [sarcasm] and will do all it can in support of "seamless access to reproductive health care [on-demand abortion]."  What is a bit of a surprise — Austin's apparent ignorance of federal law — is laughable.  In a statement posted on the Department of Defense website, Austin pledged the U.S. military's "readiness and resilience" to, in effect, "continue to provide access" to abortion.

Lloyd Austin needs to resign as Secretary of Defense.  Since the announcement of the decision in Dobbs on Friday, elected officials and media personalities across the board have been weighing in with their own takes as you would expect.  But one of the last people I would have expected to dive into the public debate was Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.  And yet he somehow made the decision to wade into the Roe v Wade issue up to his hips.  This turned out to be a very poor decision for several reasons, [...] but the question here goes far beyond one retired military officer's personal views.  The spectacle Austin created was simply damaging and Lloyd Austin needs to either resign or be fired, not that Joe Biden will make any such move.

The Editor says...
When was the last time a black employee of the federal government was fired?  As long as Lloyd Austin remains black, he is untouchable.  And he knows it.  He is also immune to criticism.

Five Reasons to Impeach Joe Biden.  [#4] Biden is directing the enforcement branches of the federal government against his political enemies.  Biden believes that "domestic political extremism" is "the most urgent terrorism threat" facing the U.S.  "The Biden administration declared that the 'most lethal elements' of today's domestic terror threat are political conservatives," said Tucker Carlson.  Biden has compared Americans who disagree with him — at least half the country — to racists and terrorists.  Consequently, Biden is empowering the DoJ and FBI to go after Republicans.  "The FBI is now an organization solely focused on destroying the domestic enemies of the Democratic Party," said talk show host Jesse Kelly.  Biden is also enlisting the media in his war against political opponents.  "What Joe Biden is telling media companies to do today is to censor their content so it doesn't contradict his decrees," said Tucker Carlson. "[Biden is calling for] censorship of political opinions.  What you're seeing here is far more dangerous than the domestic terror threat they've been bloviating about.  It contravenes the First Amendment."

Queens DA Melinda Katz uses security detail 'as her personal car service': sources.  Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz used members of her taxpayer-funded security detail to help her move to her new million-dollar digs — potentially running afoul of ethics rules, The [New York] Post has learned.  The borough's top prosecutor was spotted wearing her gold DA's badge on her hip last week as she carried four boxes of belongings to a black Ford Expedition parked outside the Forest Hills house where she's been temporarily living since selling her former childhood home for $1.05 million in February.  She then climbed into the official vehicle and was driven about 1.2 miles by a pair of plainclothes NYPD cops to her new three-bedroom, 2-1/2 bathroom Colonial-style house, which city records show she bought late last month for $1.1 million.  The trip was one of four that The Post saw Katz, 56, and her detail make between her old and new homes Tuesday morning.

Biden May Declare 'National Public Health Emergency' If Roe v Wade Is Overturned.  Joe Biden is considering announcing a "national public health emergency" if Roe v Wade is overturned by the US Supreme Court in the coming days.  This authoritarian move by the Biden regime would allegedly help women in red states obtain abortions despite the court ruling and the laws of the state. [...] Since a draft opinion was leaked last month indicating that the Supreme Court was prepared to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision — an action that would prompt at least 20 states to prohibit or severely curtail access to abortion — abortion rights advocates have been lobbying the White House to take extraordinary steps to mitigate the effect.

The Citizenry's Willingness to Surrender their Freedoms Risks a Potential Dissolution or Civil War.  Over the past two decades, far too many citizens of the United States have willingly surrendered their rights and freedoms and now they are on the cusp of being unrestorable.  This erosion and voluntary forfeiture have empowered the ruling elites/radical left.  Ominous societal conditions have been created that risk national dissolution or a civil war.  Three events in the past twenty-one years have been the primary catalysts that have accelerated and exacerbated this seemingly irreversible outcome.  The first: the reaction to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001; the second: the election of Barack Obama; and the third: the lockdown and medical tyranny of the Chinese Coronavirus Pandemic.  After the events of September 11, 2001, Congress, with no outcry from the populace and near unanimous agreement from both political parties, passed the Patriot Act and other legislation.  These laws expanded the definition of terrorism and the government's ability to define, at their whim, what "terrorism" is.  Further, the government was granted near unlimited power to combat whatever was defined as "terrorism."  Within less than ten years that power was turned against the American people and new catch phrases began to be used by the ruling class: "white supremacy" and "domestic terrorism".  A new era was spawned which allowed the government to use its newly acquired powers to spy on and intimidate innocent Americans at home and abroad.

Biden threatens oil companies with 'emergency powers' if they don't increase their supply while they've 'tripled' profits.  Joe Biden is calling on seven of the top oil companies to do something to help quell surging gas prices after accusing them of intentionally exacerbating the strain on Americans' pocketbooks after the average price per gallon surpassed $5.00.  The president is sending letters Wednesday to Marathon Petroleum Corp., Valero Energy Corp., ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Chevron, BP, and Shell to demand action on lowering gas prices at the corporate level and account for the surge.  In a letter to Exxon obtained by Axios, Biden wrote that the difference 'of more than 15% at the pump is the result of the historically high profit margins for refining oil into gasoline, diesel and other refined products.'

Biden Is Threatening Oil Companies With Use of Emergency Powers Against Them.  Joe Biden has tried to blame everyone but himself for inflation and skyrocketing gas prices.  His most common excuse for the rise in gas prices has been that it is "Putin's price hike" because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  But the gas prices were going up long before Putin invaded in February 2022 — they've been going up ever since Joe Biden came into office.  They've doubled since Biden took office and J.P. Morgan analysts are predicting gas may be $6.00 a gallon by August.  It's over $5.00 now and the experts are predicting that it will continue to be a problem.  It's not hard to understand why, given Biden's attack on the fossil fuel industry.  When he ran, he promised that he would push the country to do away with fossil fuels.  [Video clip]  But now, Biden is trying to place the blame on another source — the oil companies.

The Subordinate Citizen.  We have developed entire classes of American elite citizens who are not subject to the enforcement of the law — at least as it is applied to others either less influential or ideologically incorrect.  Federal prosecutors sought to jail Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for six months for not telling the truth to federal agents.  They put another Trump subordinate, George Papadopoulos, in jail for two weeks for lying to federal prosecutors.  Recently the FBI stormed into an airport to arrest former Trump adviser Peter Navarro for contempt of a congressional subpoena.  OK, defying federal law has consequences.  Or does it?  Former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder brazenly defied congressional subpoenas and was found in contempt — a historic first.  Did the FBI ever arrest Holder, much less as he boarded an airplane?  James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, confessed he flat-out lied under oath to a congressional committee.  So did former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan — twice!  Andrew McCabe repeatedly lied to federal investigators as acting director of the FBI.  Were any of them arrested or tried in the manner of Flynn, Papadopoulos, or Navarro?  If not, what then is left of the foundation of U.S. citizenship — universal equal treatment under the law?

Disinformation Panels, Corrupt FBI Activity, Govt Control over Speech in Social Media, The J6 Propaganda Effort, it is One Long Continuum.  The people who created the Fourth Branch of Government used every tool in their arsenal to outlast and remove Donald Trump; then they turned to the one cognitively challenged candidate who would not be a threat to the construct, Joe Biden, and installed him through fraud and mail-in ballots.  Everything is downstream from this construct. [...] Washington DC created the modern national security apparatus immediately and hurriedly after 9/11/01.  DHS came along in 2002 and within the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 the ODNI was formed.  When Barack Obama and Eric Holder arrived a few years later, those newly formed institutions were viewed as opportunities to create a very specific national security apparatus that would focus almost exclusively against their political opposition.  The preexisting Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Dept of Justice (DOJ) were then repurposed to become two of the four pillars of the domestic national security apparatus.  However, this new construct would have a targeting mechanism based on political ideology.

Homeland Security Issues Another Security Bulletin to Drive Narrative.  Are the threats facing America changing that rapidly, or is the administration using the bulletin as a tool for some other purpose?  Timing is everything in life and especially in Washington, D.C.  To help answer this question about why so many Biden administration advisory bulletins coming out of the Department of Homeland Security, one need only look at what else has been happening the past few weeks as we begin the summer, when the left needs voters energized to vote in the November midterms.  Given the very selective threats and priorities included in the bulletin, set against known and suspected terrorists entering the U.S. through the southern border, numerous mass shootings, and violent pro-abortion supporters firebombing pregnancy centers and protesting at conservative Supreme Court justices' homes and churches, the answer clearly appears to be that the Biden administration is using the terrorism bulletin to advance its chosen narrative:  White supremacy is everywhere (the administration chooses to focus).

Gov Of New York Just Announced A New Bill That Would Make 'Hate Speech' Illegal, Whatever That Means.  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of gun reform legislation on Monday [6/6/2022] that will increase the age to buy a rifle to 21, restrict the sale of body armor to specific professions, and revise the state's red flag law.  The gun reforms come less than a month after an 18-year-old gunman allegedly used an AR-15 style rifle to murder 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket in what officials called a racist attack.  "In New York, we are taking bold, strong action.  We're tightening the red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people," Hochul said a press conference on Monday.  [Video clip]

Progressive America is the Twilight Zone.  Thanks to our scheming, corrupt elites, we can no longer take what any federal government department or agency says at face value.  Ask Peter Navarro about the gross injustice of Biden's Justice Department.  Michael Sussman walked free from a D.C. court presided over by a Democrat-appointed judge (who cut the defendant slack via admissibility of evidence) and a D.C. jury populated with Democrats, including some Hillary Clinton contributors and one or two with casual connections to the defendant.  The nation's leadership class has destroyed trust in government, and when trust vanishes, we're playing a dangerously unpredictable game loaded with wild cards.

Biden Administration Declare National Emergency for Clean Energy Production.  Joe Biden shut down domestic energy development, cancelled pipelines, cancelled leases, retracted the ability to drill in ANWAR (Alaska), and triggered massive new regulatory approaches from the Commerce, Interior and Energy departments.  The resulting increases in oil, natural gas, gasoline, electricity and energy costs overall — which became fuel on the furnace of inflation, have now created the energy crisis that Joe Biden is declaring a national emergency to solve.  Biden himself has no idea what is happening; he is simply following the instructions of the policy operators who are in control of the administration.  It is the people in the circles of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and the climate change activists within the DC bureaucracy that are executing the nuts-and-bolts shifts.  They tell Biden what to do, and he cluelessly does it.  We are the people who end up paying the price for their effort.

Be aware of major attacks on free speech from Democrats.  Democrats own Washington D.C. and should be in hog heaven.  But as Shakespeare wrote, "uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."  Certainly, the Democrats know that, as the country and the world lurch from bad to worse under their aegis, their hold on the country is weakening.  What especially worries them is conservative media's popularity.  Now, Dan Pfeiffer, a former "senior advisor" to Obama, has said it out loud:  Alternative viewpoints are a "problem for democracy."  Expect the Democrats to act to counter that "problem."  Here are three representative news stories showing the Democrats' collapsing control over the political narrative: [...]

Biden [is] finally taking executive action to up domestic energy production — of solar energy.  Whether it be his continued efforts to "deter" Russian President Vladimir Putin after the invasion of Ukraine had already begun or responding to the baby formula shortage after shelves had gone bare, President Joe Biden's reactionary leadership has been putting America last for nearly a year and a half now, and his latest move to ramp up domestic energy production is sure to do the same.  On Monday [6/6/2022], the White House announced that the president will be invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) along with other executive actions to try to combat the overwhelming reality that the Democratic policy initiatives are crippling the American economy.  With the average price for a gallon of gas more than double since Biden was inaugurated and experts warning of rolling blackouts throughout the summer because the energy grid is not suited to meet the expected demand, the president has decided to double down.  The news broke late Sunday that he would be pushing solar projects stalled by a Commerce Department tariff probe and promoting other clean energy projects.

The Sovietization of American Life.  Entire professions have now nearly been lost to radical progressive ideology.  Do we remember those stellar economists who swore at a time of Biden's vast government borrowing, increases in the monetary supply, incentivizing labor non-participation, and supply chain interruptions that there was no threat of inflation?  Were they adherents of ideological "modern monetary theory"?  Did they ignore their own training and experience in fealty to progressive creeds?  What about the Stanford doctors who signed a groupthink letter attacking their former colleague, Dr. Scott Atlas, because he questioned the orthodoxies of Dr. Anthony Fauci and the state bureaucracies — who we now know hid their own involvement with channeling funding to deadly gain-of-function research in Wuhan?  Did they reject his views on empirical grounds and welcome a give-and-take shared inquiry — or simply wish to silence an ideological outlier and advisor to a despised counterrevolutionary?  Or how about the 50 retired intelligence "experts" who swore that Hunter Biden's laptop was not genuine but likely Russian disinformation?  Did they really rely on hundreds of years of collective expertise to adjudicate the laptop or did they simply wish to be rewarded with something comparable to a "Hero of Woke America" award?

Dismantle the D.C. Company Town.  The real issue here is something I have been harping on for the last couple of years:  the issue of the decaying legitimacy of our institutions.  Increasingly, once-respected institutions like the FBI, Congress, the Justice Department, to say nothing of the educational establishment and corporate culture, have lost their claim on the people's allegiance.  That allegiance is not something that can be repaired by diktat.  It is part of the largely unspoken compact that all social institutions require if they are to remain vital.  The decay of that allegiance, and, consequently, the decay of institutional legitimacy has been evolving since at least since "the Sixties," understanding that term more as an existential than a chronological marker.  The neo-puritanism of political correctness and other manifestations of "woke" intolerance hastened that process.  And it is a curious contingency that the advent of Donald Trump as a political force stripped the camouflaging veils off the process.

One Way Government.  Whenever the Left consolidates power and creates a new agency, it is immediately staffed with diehard progressive bureaucrats.  In many cases, it is literally required by law that experts be placed in key positions of authority, who are all but guaranteed to be leftwing zealots.  And the vast majority of this staff does not rotate out or get laid off when a Republican administration or legislature comes to power.  Protected by their status as credentialed experts, the ideological foot soldiers of the bureaucracy stay firmly entrenched in the deep state.  That's why things always seem to sprint left when progressives are in charge and at best grind to a halt when the GOP has its turn at the wheel.

The Mafia Tactic that Brought Down CNN.  [Scroll down]  The right thing to do is always what the State is promoting at the current moment, even when radically incompatible with what the State promoted a day earlier.  So one moment, every American is bound to stay home and Save Lives!  The next moment, Americans are not only permitted, but practically obliged to protest in large numbers against Racial Injustice!  Protesting for any other cause, however, rendered one a depraved "freedumb person."  But "freedom" recovers its status as a foundational moral value (and its traditional spelling) in the context of promoting Ukrainian Freedom!  And so it goes.

Deeper in the Coverup, Early 2018 Andrew Weissmann Instructed Everyone on Special Counsel Team to Wipe Their Cell Phones.  In the aftermath of the late summer 2017 Page/Strzok cell phone text messages, which started to identify the DOJ and FBI targeting operation against Donald Trump, the DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) decided he better look at the communications inside the rest of the Mueller-Weissmann team.  Early in 2018 IG Horowitz asked for all of the special counsel cell phones.  Andrew Weissmann knew there would be trouble, the special counsel operation was at a critical juncture so he instructed the team to wipe them clean, quickly.  Eventually records were released in 2020 showing how the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel team "accidentally" wiped 15 iPhones of all data early in 2018 after the phones were requested by the OIG office for review.  Mueller's lead investigator Andrew Weissmann said he "accidentally" wiped two phones himself; through a lengthy process of entering the wrong passcode several times over a period of three hours; removing data to show his activity during the special counsel.

Biden is trampling on separation of powers — courts should rein him in.  Even as a federal appeals court was ruling that the executive branch may not take the place of an independent judiciary, President Joe Biden was trying to rig the game the other way.  He is playing a dangerous anti-democracy game that must be stopped.  On May 18, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case of Jarkesy v. Securities and Exchange Commission.  George Jarkesy was accused by the SEC of securities fraud, an SEC administrative law judge, not a real judge but a bureaucrat, found him guilty, and the SEC commissioners affirmed the decision.  Jarkesy was never allowed to present his defense in an actual court of law.  The 5th Circuit ruled that this arrangement violated Jarkesy's right to trial by jury, among other constitutional deficiencies in the system.  And the 5th Circuit is right.  In a speech seven years ago this month, former SEC Chairman Christopher Cox cogently and comprehensively explained why the agency's administrative law system is suspect.  Again, this is a former chairman of the SEC who was saying the agency's powers had grown too great.  "We've seen the development of administrative actions that take the place of trials," Cox said.  "These proceedings bear little resemblance to civil courts and their accustomed rules of civil procedure."

Illinois Gas Station Owners Sue Over Having to Post Democrat Propaganda.  Gas prices are high everywhere.  They've risen so much that several states have suspended their gas tax, while others are considering doing so.  And then there's Illinois.  The Democrat-dominated legislature in Illinois is so magnanimous that they're not suspending their gas tax, but they're delaying increasing it until the end of the year. [...] Not only that but the Democrats also required gas stations to post signs that are "clearly visible" — four by eight inches or larger, with a bold font — reading "As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois has suspended the inflation adjustment to the motor fuel tax through December 31, 2022."  No big deal, right?  Well, if a station refuses, the owner faces a fine of $500 a day.  And the signs are clearly meant to be propaganda that screams, "LOOK AT WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE DOING FOR YOU PEONS!"

Drain The Swamp.  The bureaucratic mire in DC is full of predatory beasts, noxious insects, and other unseen hazards.  Directives from the White House are apt to be ignored because there is no one translating those directives into marching orders for the lower floors of government-owned buildings.  This leaves the denizens of departments to their own devices, none of whom are the slightest bit concerned with anything beyond the office water cooler. [...] If the Secretary of Department X decides to go full MAGA, little or nothing will actually happen, since most of his underlings frankly don't [care].  They are protected by Civil Service rules and can't be fired short of the next millennium.  In other words, it's hopeless.  Yes, I know, Donald Trump claims to know what he did wrong and will do things differently next time.  It all sounds good, but so do all the claims from every politician.  After all, they're "fighting for you!"  But actually, they're mostly trying to baffle you [...] so you'll vote for them again.

5th Circuit Slaps Down Joe Biden's SEC, Liberals Promptly Lose Their Minds.  "Everything I don't like is a threat to democracy" has become the new slogan of the Democrat Party, and it was put on display again this week after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals slapped down Joe Biden's SEC.  In a ruling that restored constitutional protections and left Democrats screaming bloody murder, the court found that the SEC does not have the power to internally decide to seize assets from those they feel have committed a crime.  [Tweet]  Some might be asking how the SEC ever gained such power in the first place, where an internal, administrative judge can unilaterally steal people's property.  After all, doesn't the Seventh Amendment guarantee the right to a jury trial?

National School Boards Association Admits to Colluding with Biden Administration on 'Domestic Terrorism' Letter.  The National School Boards Association (NSBA) admitted Friday [5/20/2022] to colluding with senior White House officials to develop a letter asking the federal government to investigate concerned parents speaking at school board meetings as "domestic terrorists."  The admission comes after an internal review, which was prompted by significant backlash to the letter that led Attorney General Merrick Garland to sic the FBI on parents and use "counterterrorism tools" to investigate them.

NBC National Security Analyst:  Hey, Everybody, Trump Supporters Are Just Like 'Violent Jihadists'.  The establishment Left seems determined to tar its opponents as "terrorists."  There's the Jan. 6 Committee, which continues to investigate what the Democrats insist was an "insurrection," despite a complete lack of evidence.  There's the repeated claim (that Biden, Garland, and Christopher Wray, among others, have repeated) that "white supremacists," by which is meant "Trump supporters," are the nation's biggest terror threat.  And now a former FBI counterintelligence official has gone the whole way and likened Trump supporters to "violent jihadists."  Frank Figliuzzi is a national security analyst for NBC News, and would seem to have a fine resume for the job, having served as the assistant FBI director for counterintelligence for nearly a year and a half during the Obama administration.  But like so many Obama/Biden appointees, he seems more interested in playing partisan politics and smearing the administration's opposition as terrorists than in assessing actual threats to national security.

Supreme Court's 9-0 flag-flying decision startles, dismays wokesters in Vermont public schools.  National outrage over George Floyd's death was particularly virulent in super-progressive ("woke") Vermont, where schools widely displayed the BLM flag beside the American flag.  Unconcerned that this was a blatantly illegal government endorsement of an overtly partisan organization, proponents donned the "hear no evil from constitutionalists" earmuffs and prided themselves on agitating their neighbors by violating the Constitution.  Many Vermonters have complained publicly that this is obvious abuse by government, but school officials have stonewalled, gaslighted, and suppressed all efforts to assert this axiomatic constitutional truth.  The state's capital city of Montpelier shamelessly painted BLM on the road in front of the Vermont State House and condemned as racist an effort to display "Liberty and Justice For All" beside it.  This is a cohesive, deliberate drive to eliminate basic constitutional guarantees to be replaced with an anti-constitutional ideology:  the BLM flag is elevated as a superior symbol.

'42 National Emergencies': How The WHO And Globalists Are Gaining Control.  [Video clip only.]

Scottsdale parents who discovered secret dossier compiled to silence their speech announce lawsuit.  Three parents in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) sued the district, former SUSD governing board President Jann-Michael Greenburg, his father and his father's wife over the maintenance of a "dossier" allegedly aimed at intimidating them into silence after they had criticized Greenburg.  The parents — Amanda Wray, Kimberly Stafford, and Edmond Richard — allege in the Marciopa County Superior Court complaint that the Greenburgs and the district conspired "to silence and punish dissenting voices and frighten away other potential speakers who might dare express an opposing point of view."  Greenburg and his father reportedly kept a dossier on 47 parents who dared to speak out against his policies at school board meetings — a dossier complete with Social Security numbers, background checks, a divorce paper, mortgage documents, trade certifications, and screenshots of Facebook posts.  The lawsuit claims that the defendants "misused District resources and what should have been private, protected parent communications to the District to retaliate against Plaintiffs for their protected speech."

The United States Has Committed Numerous Acts of War Against Russia.  The United States has committed numerous Acts of War against Russia this year.  This is not a value judgment.  I make no claim here about whether the United States has acted wisely, or has acted with justification.  I simply note it.  And the world may now be tumbling into an interlocking cycle of escalation beyond control and foreseeable consequences, just as it did in 1914.  That the United States has committed Acts of War in no way justifies Russia's actions; neither is it to say therefore that World War III and nuclear war have become inevitable, though Russian state media are openly speculating about the real risk of these.  Countries often commit Acts of War against other countries, and no war breaks out when the offended party chooses for whatever reason not to respond.  But they can respond, and that is the point here.

Congressman says watchdog found police entered his office for 'criminal' probe, not open door.  Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls says a forthcoming Inspector General report will show he was "under criminal investigation" when Capitol Police officers entered his Capitol Hill office and began taking photos in November 2021.  In February, Nehls publicly disclosed that Capitol Police had told him he was not the subject to an investigation after the Nov. 20 and 22 incidents in which officers entering his office.  Nehls said Friday [5/6/2022] on the John Solomon Reports podcast that a "full report" from the Capitol Police Inspector General's Office on the matter will be released to him next week after having recently received an "executive summary" of the report.  He alleges that on Nov. 20, a Capitol Police officer entered his office without his knowledge and photographed "confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause" of the Constitution," purportedly on a whiteboard.

Why is the White House Bragging About Conducting Military Operations in Ukraine to Kill Russians?  Does Joe Biden intend to take the U.S. into a direct war with Russia?  Perhaps because the only historic way out of a deep economic recession is a war or housing starts?  Perhaps, because they need a bigger distraction from the political impact of their own policies?  Those questions need to be asked and answered quickly, because the White House is about to flip the switch from a "proxy war" into an actual hot war between the United States and Russia.  How do we know?  Because the Biden administration is openly bragging about their specific military operations inside Ukraine that are killing Russians.

Intelligence Community Claims Responsibility for Killing Russian Generals Because It Didn't Happen Unless You Know They Did It.  Over the weekend, an intriguing rumor bubbled up from several sources that Russia's top military officer, General Valery Gerasimov, had been wounded in a Ukrainian artillery strike on a Russian command post in the Izium salient west of Kharkiv.  Gerasimov was at a frontline command post because Russian President Vladimir Putin had shaken up the command structure of his invasion of Ukraine and made Gerasimov the field commander.  There have been contradictory reports on whether Gerasimov was wounded or if he was even in the command post during the artillery strike, but Gerasimov has not been seen in public since the reports.

Is the left agitating for war with Russia so it can cement domestic tyranny?  It has been odd and alarming watching the powers-that-be relentlessly escalate the proxy war our government is waging against Russia.  It's not just that we're sending billions of dollars of weapons into Ukraine, are calling Vladimir Putin a war criminal and issuing other fightin' words, are training Ukrainian troops, and are trying to effect Moscow's economic destruction.  It's also that, senior American officials have now revealed, via intelligence aid, the U.S. has helped to:
  •   kill Moscow's generals,
  •   down a plane carrying Russian soldiers, and
  •   sink one of Putin's warships.
The kicker:  By revealing this publicly — perhaps as strikingly inappropriate as leaking a Supreme Court draft opinion — Biden administration officials appear to be bragging about these "exploits" and rubbing the Russians' noses in them.  If you wanted to provoke a hot war, this is exactly how you'd do it.

Biden's climate advisor threatens airlines they better comply or 'they're gonna be outta here!'.  White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy openly threatened airlines in true "Godfather" fashion on Friday during a forum at Tufts University, warning that they will no longer exist if they don't follow President Joe Biden's Green New Deal-style rules.  "Who woulda thunk that [airlines would] be all in?" McCarthy remarked.  "But they better be or they're gonna be out of here."  The White House is promoting exceedingly unrealistic policies that claim to increase sustainable jet fuel by three billion gallons and reduce aviation emissions by 20 percent by 2030.  McCarthy boasted that the Biden administration will be issuing over 100 new rules this year to regulate appliances.

The CDC Spied on Americans by Purchasing Location Data for Tens of Millions of Phones.  "I always feel like somebody's watching me," sang Rockwell in his catchy '80s hit.  If you feel the same way, you're probably right.  A Vice Motherboard report published Tuesday claims that the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) bought cell phone data for tens of millions of phones owned by Americans to track compliance with COVID lockdown orders and vaccination efforts.  You know things have jumped the shark when a government organization ostensibly set up to control disease resorts to spying on Americans.

Dick Durbin Mocks Americans, While Schumer Threatens the Supreme Court.  The meltdowns of the Democrats were something to behold on Tuesday over the leaked draft opinion, suggesting that the Supreme Court was going to overturn Roe v. Wade.  But they were also stoking anger against the Court, threatening and trying to intimidate the justices, and undermine another branch of the government.  Never let Democrats ever argue they're "preserving norms" — all they ever are trying to do is preserve their power, and they don't care what they have to do to hold onto that power.

Do We Draw the Line at a US Ministry of Truth?  The whole farce of setting up an all-powerful Department of Disinformation (whose only purpose will be to spread disinformation) would be downright comical if we were given a moment's rest to laugh in between the Biden regime's outrageous daily attacks on what's left of the Constitution.  The First Amendment — right at the top, so no future tyrants could miss it — is obviously meaningless if government censors must first approve acceptable speech.  By far and without equivocation, the most important speech deserving of protection from the treachery of government overreach is that speech which the government decries as disinformation!  The First Amendment isn't there for the protection of cookie recipes and weather reports (although those are protected, too).  It's there to make sure that when officials in the federal government betray their oaths and seize illegitimate power for themselves, there are opposing voices that can beat those usurpers down with words before violence becomes inevitable.

Fauci's worst soundbite of the pandemic.  Ed flagged this earlier but I want to give it more exposure.  It's an amazing insight into how authoritarian the public health bureaucracy has become during the pandemic.  One could dismiss Fauci's reasoning here by saying, "Look, he's a doctor, not a lawyer.  He's not supposed to know the ins-and-outs of how policy is made."  Okay, well, he's been the head of a federal agency for nearly 40 years.  One would hope that he's picked up a passing acquaintance with the niceties of the process during that time.  Besides, you don't need legal training to grasp the problem with the idea that courts shouldn't have power to review the lawfulness of federal policy provided that it's endorsed by scientists.  All you need is a third-grade-level civics education.  If you made it to the day in class where the teacher explained the three branches of government, congratulations, you're equipped to spot the problem here.  [Tweet]

Americans Don't Like Being Told What to Do.  When we say emphatically, "All men are created equal," there is no boilerplate fine print for us down below qualifying, "Except for corrupt politicians, noble leftovers from the days of medieval feudalism, corporate oligarchs, or communist dictators, all of whom are obviously superior to and entitled to rule over the rest of us in perpetuity."  No siree!  We have about as much use for a permanent ruling class as Dr. Fauci has for an introductory ethics textbook — that is to say, none at all!  Ever since COVID-1984 mania was unleashed (intentionally or unintentionally — maybe time will tell) upon the world, the hypnotic drumbeat emanating from the Davos Druids has been steady:  trust the experts.  Obey.  Mandates will set you free.  None in the media dare call it "reprogramming," but that's clearly what it has been.

US congressman reveals seats on committees are 'literally' bought.  In a video that circulated online on Friday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks told supporters that an entrenched system of corruption prevents Congress from passing legislation that would benefit the average American.  Brooks said that both parties charge their members $1 million and beyond for chairmanships of committees, and that only those taking donations from lobbyists can afford these seats.  "Special interest groups run Washington, and I don't mean that metaphorically.  I mean literally," Brooks told supporters at an event in March, video footage of which was shared on Friday by conservative pundit Lauren Windsor.  [Tweet]  According to Brooks, lawmakers who want to be chairman of a major committee "have to purchase it."  Either the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) or Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will charge members of Congress a fee to chair a committee for two years.  The fee varies depending on how important the committee is, but bidding for a top-tier chairmanship starts at $1 million, Brooks claimed.

Michigan's AG Refuses to Enforce Laws She Doesn't Like.  In anticipation of a possible U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v.  Wade, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state's radical attorney general, Democrat Dana Nessel, have launched a pre-emptive two-pronged attack on the existing state law that criminalizes most abortions.  Last Thursday, Whitmer filed a lawsuit demanding judicial recognition of abortion as a protected right under the Michigan constitution.  The same day, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of the 1931 law, naming Nessel, in her capacity as attorney general, as defendant.  In transparent coordination with Whitmer and Planned Parenthood, Nessel, the same day, announced in an "impromptu" press conference her refusal to defend against Planned Parenthood's lawsuit.  In a move described as "highly unusual," she also said "she will not even set up a conflict wall in her office to defend the case, not unless or until she is ordered by a court."

One Industry Insider Suggests The U.S. Government Plays A HUGE Role In Twitter.  There aren't a lot of new insights I come across where I sit dumbfounded, but this was one of them.  A huge kudos to Sundance over at Conservative Treehouse for shedding some light on the mostly-unknown world of Big Tech.  As bad as Twitter and the entire tech oligarchy is, it would appear that the situation is worse than even imagned.  Shadow banning of conservatives isn't fair — or legal, if Twitter is indeed the new public square — but things are about to really heat up if Sundance's insights and Elon's recent actions prove meaningful.  In short, Musk either intentionally or unintentionally stumbled upon the fact that Twitter's servers might be, or probably are, owned by several world governments and almost assuredly our own.  The next time you consider the fact that the sitting President of the United States was banned, just imagine THOSE ramifications.

If It Feels Like You're Being Manipulated, It's Because You Are.  If you've got a gut feeling that your rulers are working to control your perception of the war in Ukraine, it is safe to trust that feeling.  If you feel like there's been a concerted effort from the most powerful government and media institutions in the western world to manipulate your understanding of what's going on with this war, it's because that's exactly what has been happening.  If you can't recall ever seeing such intense mass media spin about a war before, it's because you haven't.  If you get the distinct impression that this may be the most aggressively perception-managed and psyop-intensive war in human history, it's because it is.  If it looks like Silicon Valley platforms are controlling the content that people see to give them a perspective on this war that is wildly biased in favor of the US narrative, it's because that is indeed the case.

A regime based on fraud and media collusion.  The unmasking of Dr. Anthony Fauci is the straw that I think will break the back of the camel of an evil cabal.  Everyone in the United States was directly and personally affected by the fraud and cover-up that obscured the origins of COVID-19 in the laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, imposed unnecessary lockdowns, and denied effective therapies to those infected with the virus.  It brought home to Americans the untrustworthiness of the ruling class and its media servants that have covered up numerous frauds in recent years:
  •   Fast and Furious: [...]
  •   Benghazi: [...]
  •   Pay to Play by Hillary: [...]
  •   The bathroom server: [...]
  •   Comey's presser:  The FBI director indicted Hillary and then said no intent could be shown.  These charges do not require intent [...]
  •   Bill Clinton met on the Phoenix Airport tarmac with A.G. Lynch just before Comey's exoneration of his wife.
  •   Russiagate never was anything other than a domestic disinformation operation run by the CIA with the FBI doing the grunt work.  Comey, Clapper, and Brennan also lied to Congress.  Hillary had to have an excuse for why she lost.  She was a very poor candidate, and Trump ran circles around her. [...]
The election was a full-court press using COVID as an excuse to illegally allow mail-in ballots with no identity verification on ballots to be cast.  Where is Hunter Biden's laptop that was put in the memory hole in the FBI, that the FBI is apparently not doing anything about?  And there's the issue of Ukraine and China with the big guy, Uncle Joe.  And let's not forget that Eric Swalwell and Hunter Biden were both compromised by Chinese honey traps.  How many others are there?

Illinois Dems' Outrageous Strong Arming Of Small Businesses.  Late on Friday night, when most of us were either sound asleep or out kicking off the weekend with some partying, Democrats at the Illinois statehouse in Springfield were busy trying to save their jobs by bullying owners of gas stations.  In the wee hours of Saturday morning, lawmakers in the Land of Lincoln put forth and passed a controversial and probably unconstitutional bill requiring gas stations to post stickers on their gasoline pumps.  The stickers will laud the efforts of the Democrat-controlled legislature by stating the following; [...]

Texas Land Office eyes Big Tech ad buy on public dime as agency head George P. Bush seeks AG nod.  The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is seeking to use taxpayer money to buy Twitter and Facebook ads touting its work just weeks before Land Commissioner George P. Bush squares off in a primary runoff for state attorney general.  The timing raises questions about whether the ad push is politically motivated and meant to boost Bush's campaign for attorney general on the taxpayers' dime.  Last month, the GLO sought to purchase ads on Twitter and Facebook to promote the agency's activities.  According to the notices of intent for the bids, the purpose is for Twitter and Facebook "to provide strategically placed advertisements for the Texas General Land Office on [their] social media platforms.  These advertisements shall focus on the Texas General Land Office's initiatives and missions.  These advertisements will also have a strategic focus on serving the citizens of the State of Texas by promoting the GLO's programs."

Deep State Operatives Are Lying To Americans And The Press About Intelligence Because They Can.  U.S. deep-state operatives are lying about the legitimacy of sensitive national security intelligence to secure political outcomes.  Under President Joe Biden's direction, intelligence officials have begun a declassifying spree that leverages information "even when the confidence in the accuracy of the information wasn't high" to influence foreign and domestic policy.  The Biden administration is using "rarely definitive" intelligence to deal with foreign threats such as Russia and China.  "The administration has done so even when the intelligence wasn't rock solid, officials said, to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin off balance," argues an article penned by Ken Dilanian, NBC's intelligence and national security correspondent, and others.

The Constitution Creates a Republic, not a Democracy.  Leading Democrats advocate rule by their President through executive order without resort to Congress.  They favor elimination of the electoral college as "anti-democratic."  They favor adding to the number of justices on the Supreme Court those preferred by Democrats until they dilute the conservative majority and render the Court reflective of the will of Congress and no longer independent.  They support speech codes on college campuses to eliminate dissenting conservative views.  They support cancel culture and Big Tech censorship as a means of ensuring that voices dissenting from their orthodoxies are suppressed.  They support expansion of administrative state regulation to circumvent Congress so that climate change and social engineering initiatives may proceed at the will of the executive branch beyond the extent palatable to the American people.  In short in the struggle between state power and individual liberty, they favor biased application of state power (supporting it in violation of rights whenever they favor the ends, and opposing it whenever they oppose the ends).

The DOJ is a swamp.  [Thread reader]  Under Obama, the DOJ was fundamentally pushed to the left by Attorney General Eric Holder and then by his successor, Loretta Lynch.  Sally Yates rounded out the Obama appointed DOJ leadership.  Holder came up w/process for doling out settlements from the financial crisis to activist groups.  Holder presided over unlawful investigation of certain members of media.  Under Holder's control, DOJ secretly obtained two months of telephone records of AP reporters & editors.  DOJ also monitored the personal email and phone of Fox News reporter James Rosen.  And it was Holder who refused to prosecute anyone in the IRS targeting of 426 conservative groups during the Obama Administration.  The FBI found Hillary Clinton guilty of essentially every act they investigated.  Despite these findings, Comey cleared Clinton by making a statement that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case".  This allowed Loretta Lynch at DOJ to announce the matter closed.

A concerned mother who questioned NY Mayor Adams on toddler mask mandate fired from city job.  A few days ago the New York Post reported that a New York City mom, Daniela Jampel, who works for the New York City Law Department was fired from her job mere hours after she questioned Mayor Eric Adams about his decision not to unmask toddlers.  Jampel worked for the law department for years as assistant corporation counsel.  It all began when Jampel attended a press conference in the City Hall building in Lower Manhattan. [...] Jampel did not personally or physically attack the mayor, and neither did she use foul language.  She did not interrupt the Mayor's remarks.  She spoke only when questions were allowed.  Any mother overcome with concern for the wellbeing of their child will understandably be emotional and that Jampel was.  She did not profit in any way owing to her office, she did not misuse or abuse her power, and she did not reveal any confidential information.  All she did is question authority.

How many saw it coming?  The new elites seem incapable of rules-based debating.  They abide with their possessions and positions and influence and power and pass or cheerlead the issuance of executive orders, passage of law after law, and sign or cheer the signing of resolutions and edicts that disregard the voices of the people[.]  The newest platforms and small media outlets may not be enough to overcome the continuing strong hands of the elite keeping more and more voices of ordinary people hushed or silent, intimidated by the potential to be punished if they step out of line.  Many people owe their employment or receipt of subsidies to not stepping out of line and can see the risk of being put at the end of the line.  Many communities have long waiting lists for subsidized housing.  More and more programs claim to help all but cannot or do not.  The left-leaning subsidy administrators seem to thrive on maintaining a critical mass of the left out.  And the left out cannot imagine that their left-out status is a political tool.

Tucker Carlson reports spying allegations in Congress.  Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported that two members of Congress are being "spied on" by the U.S. intelligence apparatus.  The top-rated cable news personality, who accused the National Security Agency of spying on him last year, made the comment during an interview Friday with Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart.  The congressman has introduced legislation to better protect U.S. citizens from domestic surveillance activities.  Carlson said he's "spoken directly to two sitting members of Congress" tasked with overseeing the intelligence community, and he heard they "were being spied on by the intel agencies, and they didn't do anything about it."

The New Authoritarians.  The TV production of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale premiered on April 26, 2017, and was widely touted in liberal media outlets as a "prescient" "mirror" of the country under Trump.  Journalists warned that the United States was on the precipice of becoming a Gilead-like dystopia where human rights would be nonexistent.  Yet based on the domineering COVID-era behavior of the show's own target audience, The Handmaid's Tale appears to have been less of a warning to viewers and more of a handbook.  Forced and coercive medical procedures, adoption of mandatory new garbs, censorship, and frozen bank accounts were central to the totalitarian state depicted in the novel and the show.  In the end, this program found its real-world parallel not in autocratic moves from the right, but in liberal-approved measures like vaccine mandates, mask requirements of dubious medical value, restrictions on speech, and seizure of protesters' financial assets — all of which were vocally supported by the affluent laptop class.

What the Forever Crises Are Really About.  Thomas Hobbes wrote that people are willing to surrender their liberties to government out of fear.  Fear is what compels us to flee to the foot "of the mortal god" that is the state for the promises of protection and security.  Free us from the danger of harm is the impetus of the slow growth of authoritarian government that becomes totalitarian government over the course of time: government's totalizing control over all aspects of our lives.  And what has the century of perpetual crisis revealed?  Precisely this.  If we consent to the government solution in all these crises, we will be free from the danger and harm that threatens our lives.  So we are inundated by the media and the rhetoric of our politicians with the constant threats which rely on a sense of fear to surrender our liberties.  If we do not, then they employ the fear of social and moral shaming:  how dare you not have compassion for your neighbor or grandma!

The COVID Hall of Shame — So Far.  Not long ago, we trusted our doctors to advise us in our best interest.  They took the Hippocratic Oath.  They worked for us, the patients.  No longer.  Most are now employed by large corporations funded by the government and answer to them, or it.  They are beholden to the powers that issue their paychecks and licenses.  Their convictions are not their own.  They told us COVID-19 is fatal, even to children, knowing it is 98% survivable overall, and dangerous in proportion to age and comorbidities.  They touted mask mandates, knowing they were of little or no value.  They supported wholesale shutdown of schools, small businesses, churches, and community activities, well aware the dangers to mental health and economic well-being were great, and the risk small.  They advocated coerced administration of untried and dangerous vaccines that have shown disastrous consequences: blood clots, heart attacks and strokes among the young and healthy, miscarriages, and an unprecedented number of outright deaths.  The ill-effects will multiply in the future.

The Democrats' radical, undemocratic agenda.  For all their talk about protecting democracy, Democrats sure are proving quick to abandon it by sidelining Congress and pushing President Joe Biden to enact a far-left agenda unilaterally through executive action.  Last week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released "Recommendations for Executive Action," a six-page document outlining policies that left-wing Democrats failed to persuade even a Democratic-controlled Congress to pass.  They now want Biden to use presidential power alone to implement what has been rejected by the representatives of the wider public.  Can there be a more crystalline example of elitism over equality?

Will the real US President please stand up?  Presidential Impersonator Biden does not have the authority either to choose a question or to answer it without a script.  Jen Psaki does have both of those authorities.  So it is obvious that Psaki is above Biden in the non Biden white house administration.  It is equally obvious the Joe Biden is not the true President of the US.  It is apparent, from his many senior moments, that he does not have the intellectual capacity to be the commander in chief of the US armed forces.  If he cannot fend off a question from a journalist, then neither can he repel a military adversary.  This is the most obvious democratic fraud I have seen in my life and nobody treats it as such.  I am not talking about the vote rigging fraud of the 2020 US election.  I am talking about a hidden president who did not get one vote.  The true President of the United States, whoever he or she is, is the most obvious electoral fraud in the history of democracy.

From 15 Days to Two Years.  In March 2020, once-free citizens around the world surrendered their liberty and livelihoods in a futile attempt to "stop" a virus.  The most technologically advanced civilization in the history of mankind quickly adopted medieval fixes that bordered on quackery, sold by snake oil salesmen in the credentialied class and news media, codified through executive fiat by elected leaders of both parties.  "Just 15 days," we were told on March 16, 2020, "to slow the spread."  Do your part to promote the "common good" — the historical rallying cry of every wannabe despot — or be branded a heartless heretic.  And it worked, far better than the original architects probably anticipated.

For Whom the Horns Honk.  [Scroll down]  During the two and a half weeks before our dispersal, there was a campaign of fear to dissuade new arrivals and the broadcast of threats to persuade truckers to leave. [...] A list of 92,000 donors to the convoy was published in which names, email addresses, and postal codes were circulated online and amplified through the state press. [...] Two crowdfunding platforms were sanctioned, withholding millions of dollars, under the terrorist financing rules.  Canada's financial intelligence agency FinTRAC was given new permanent powers in monitoring online donations.  The personal bank accounts of organizers and donors were frozen; some are still unable to access their funds.  A class action lawsuit was filed seeking CAD $306 million in damages.  The Ottawa Police, with the help of a crisis management firm called Navigator Limited, began issuing menacing statements over their Twitter page, citing their ability to use cellphone location services, drone surveillance, and facial recognition software to identify protestors for "months to come" with the guarantee of criminal and financial charges.  Parents were warned about the imminent removal of their children by child protection services.  The police apprehended supporters caught furnishing supplies.  Several organizers were arrested, some released without charge, while others continue to be detained for petty infractions.  Every scare tactic failed.  Most backfired.  It is unlikely that Canadian financial institutions will recover anytime soon — reputationally, anyway — because the de-banking of political activists is a new market risk that had previously never existed.

States sue Biden admin over FBI surveillance of parents protesting school boards.  Thirteen states have signed on to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking Biden administration records on any FBI surveillance of parents protesting school boards.  Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, a former member of Congress, has taken the lead in the lawsuit against President Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, citing a failure of U.S. officials to honor FOIA requests.  The Indiana attorney general previously demanded all communications and records relating to the FBI's decision to investigate violent threats against local education officials.  "We just want the facts," Rokita told Fox News Digital.

A School District Spied on Parents and Reported Social Media Activity to Their Employers.  Apparently, we have a school district that spied on parents, compiled a dossier of their social media activity, and reported such activity to the employers of these problematic parents.  And by 'problematic', I mean, they were politically conservative.  This little spy game was conducted by Rochester Schools, which is located outside Detroit.  Elena Dinverno, a parent, filed a lawsuit in 2021.  The Center Square has more, but this operation is straight-up insane.  Dinverno alleges that the school district's harassment led to her employment being terminated.

Rochester Schools collect dossier, call employers on critical parents.  Rochester Community School (RCS) officials were sued for compiling a dossier on parents who commented negatively on the school's virtual learning policy.  One official even called a parent's employer, which possibly resulted in the parent's termination.  Parent Elena Dinverno sued the district in 2021, claiming school officials called her place of work in the fall of 2020, and told her employer Dinverno was part of a group threatening the school district.  She was fired in December 2020.  The Detroit News first reported the story.  A lawsuit filed on May 3, 2021, claims Dinverno advocated on two separate Facebook groups to reopen schools in-person:  "RCS Parents for In-Person Education" and "Conservative Parents for Rochester."  Dinverno asked other parents for video testimony of how virtual school was hurting kids.

Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee Won't Give Up Authoritarian COVID Emergency Powers Because ... Trump.  The Governor of Washington refuses to give up the COVID-19 emergency powers he's clung to for two years despite several appeals by Republicans and, lately, Democrats.  And the reason he refuses to relinquish that extraordinary power is that Donald Trump is living rent-free in his mind.  Republicans and others have demanded he give up his emergency powers and resume regular order with old-fashioned checks and balances.  Even though Democrats dominate both houses, Inslee has refused.

Everything Is Fine.  Some Americans may look north and worry, but they should be reassured.  That can and will never happen here... and it isn't even that bad up there.  Order must be maintained, after all.  No one has a right to block the streets or disrupt traffic.  What might have happened had the trucks prevented emergency vehicles from getting to the scene of some crime or accident?  Granted, that didn't happen, but it might have.  Pointing out the fact that the protesters would likely have just moved — one Canadian police chief called them the most cooperative and reasonable protesters he'd ever encountered — well, that's excusing insurrection.  And pointing out the fact that no one raised this concern about BLM is "whataboutism," which is a rightwing trope.  More to the point, BLM and Antifa have every right to block streets (and to stand cheek-by-jowl in the middle of a pandemic when everyone else is in lockdown) because their cause is noble.  As Mitt Romney helpfully explained, when Antifa beats people and burns cities, that is good, because they are fighting Nazis.  Besides, it's hypocritical to be against BLM looting and burning cities but in favor of truckers blocking streets.  What are you, a hypocrite?

The Plague You Should Be Freaking Out About Is Government Abuse Of Power.  For anyone still naïve, stubborn, or fanatical enough to believe the Covid tyranny we've been suffocating under for the past two years is about a virus, let the events unfolding in Canada disabuse you of that illusion.  Invoking the Emergencies Act to freeze bank accounts, conduct mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators and protest organizers, target reporters and photographers, and establish "red zones" and checkpoints, all in response to a mobilized citizenry that is weary of ineffective, illiberal, and discriminatory Covid restrictions — this all smacks of dictatorship, not democracy.  It certainly has nothing to do with public health. [...] Meanwhile, jurisdictions around the world are hastily rolling back Covid edicts, lamely pointing to the usual fake science.  Behind the scenes, governments understand what their counterparts in places like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and France seem determined to ignore: the people are no longer buying their narrative.

Did Justin Trudeau Just Destroy "Social Credit System" Logic?  [I]t seems that both working class as well as high net worth people really do not like the threat of having their money stolen or frozen by government bureaucrats on a political crusade.  Who would have guessed?  So, what to do when what you previously thought was a safe harbor turns out to be plagued by arbitrary and capricious currents?  Get out of there, pronto.

Are Canadian Banks About to be Massively Sued?  Here's a segment from one of Viva Frei's recent livestreams.  Cutting to the chase, a curious question has arisen:  The Emergencies Act never legally came into effect.  It was being debated by the Canadian Senate when Dear Leader revoked it.  So, before the Act ever came into effect, Canadian banks reportedly took it upon themselves to investigate the bank accounts of private Canadians citizens and then eventually freeze some of them.  [Video clip]  Under what legal legislation did employees at these banks do what they did?  Given that the forthcoming Emergencies Act invocation, which they believed was coming into effect, but never did, have they not, in fact, committed egregious illegal actions punishable by severe fines and possibly prison sentences?

We won't soon forget Trudeau's affair with totalitarianism.  What in the world is going on in Canada?  Just last night, P.M. Trudeau revoked the Emergencies Act that he'd been using since last Monday to crack down on protesters.  But the Parliament had approved those "emergency" measures, as we saw in news reports.  ["]The Emergencies Act was approved in parliament by 185 to 151, with the minority Liberal government getting support from left-leaning New Democrats.  The special measures, announced by Trudeau a week ago, have been deemed unnecessary and an abuse of power by some opposition politicians.["]  Am I the only person who thinks it's insane to do something this large on a purely party vote?  Furthermore, the precedent set is dangerous by allowing authorities to declare certain areas as "no-go zones," allowing police to freeze truckers' personal and corporate bank accounts, and compelling tow truck companies to haul away vehicles.  Also, some of the leaders were denied bail.

Leftists Want To Control Your Money So They Can Control You.  Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the suspension of Canadians' rights last week in his invocation of the Emergencies Act to stop the Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa and elsewhere. [...] According to news reports, "credit card processors and fund-raising services will be required to report any blockade-related campaigns to Canada's anti-money laundering agency."  Canadian banks quickly fell in line with the decrees, with Toronto-Dominion Bank freezing two personal bank accounts containing C$1.4 million ($1.1 million) they said was intended to support the truckers.  It bears a striking resemblance to the Biden administration's recent efforts to intensely monitor what goes in and out of Americans' bank accounts.  The president's expected announcement this week of an executive order to explore greater regulation of cryptocurrency is likewise an attempt to stick the state's nose ever deeper into the average citizen's business.

Canada's new dictator condemns authoritarianism.  Canada just demonstrated that, in a technologically sophisticated Western country, it's very easy to become a dictator. [...] On Valentine's Day, Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, giving himself complete power because truckers were honking their horns in Ottawa.  At his orders, the entire financial system was used punitively against not just the truckers but against anybody who dared to support them — and mind you, this included making donations to the truckers when there was nothing illegal about doing so.  In addition, Trudeau unleashed police on the truckers and their supporters.  The police reacted enthusiastically, beating peaceful people, trampling an old woman under a horse (and laughing about it), and bullying people whenever and wherever they could.  Then, two days ago, despite the police having brutally stopped the truckers' protest, Canada's leftist-controlled Parliament voted to extend Trudeau's unlimited powers.  They voted mindlessly along straight party lines.

The Gathering Storm in the West.  Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week invoked martial law to arrest and financially destroy truckers on the charge that their largely peaceful protests are "dismantling the Canadian economy" that had already been dismantled for two years under some of the most draconian lockdowns in the world.  The trucker "sect," Trudeau added, is guilty of felonious "unacceptable views."  But his rhetoric still cannot square the circle of demonizing vital workers while conceding he cannot run his country without them.  He has invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in the law's 34-year history, even as the highly infectious Omicron variant wanes after spreading natural immunity and yet proving relatively mild in its effects.  Trudeau has neither science nor good governance on his side, especially given how civil the protests have been.  The truckers, who more or less work in solitary cabs, are better informed about the "science" and are themselves mostly vaccinated.  Whether by accident or intent, the truckers have now become iconic of far larger issues.  Their resistance to government vaccination mandates transcends them.

Decorated Canadian Veteran And Pastor:  Trudeau Has Declared War On His Own People.  [Scroll down]  The convoy began when the Canadian government started enforcing vaccine passports on truckers and others at its border with the United States.  "We prayed to hold those who have done bad, who need to repent and take account for wrongdoing, that they be held accountable for their sins and receive the mercy of God," [Harold] Ristau told The Federalist.  "We prayed that there be no injuries, that no one here would have a hateful thought in our hearts, that our hearts would be filled with love."  Ristau noted that before police closed in on the protesters, the demonstration had a sort of market fair attitude, with bouncy castles for children, soup kitchens for the hungry, and organized cleanups of public property.  When there were complaints about the truckers' noise and local disruptions, they stopped making noise after 6 p.m., local news accounts confirm.  He also witnessed that the truckers kept emergency lanes open during their protest to protect locals.  For his peaceful participation in this public assembly, Ristau has faced criticism and threats from fellow pastors, fellow citizens, the government-run Canadian media, and the government itself.  On Feb. 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, which he claims allows the Canadian government to seize the children and property of anyone who attended the protest, without a court order or even proceeding.

Bitcoin Companies' Response to Canada's Request to Freeze Protester Accounts Is Pure Gold.  We've seen a lot of troubling civil liberties questions regarding the Freedom Convoy, particularly after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act.  Among the most concerning: banning of protests at the whim of the government, conscripted labor — the government telling tow truck workers that they would be forced to work for the government against the Convoy — and even the freezing of bank accounts for the grievous sin of being involved in a protest against government mandates.  As we reported, you even had Trudeau's deputy prime minister, Chrystia Freeland laughing about seizing accounts.  She is asked not just about the protesters' accounts being seized but about the accounts of the people who donated to the protesters.  She doesn't give a clear answer about whether the donors' accounts would also be affected.

UN Planes In Ontario, North Bay - Shocked Canadians Believe They Carry The "Green Shirt" Officers In Ottawa.  Who would have thought that Canada would ever be a spark plug for a freedom movement against tyranny?  Everything started when Ottawa's police chief was ousted amid criticism of his inaction against the trucker protests that have paralyzed Canada's capital for over two weeks, while the number of blockades maintained by demonstrators at the U.S. border dropped to just one.  The twin developments came a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked Canada's Emergencies Act and threatened to take tough legal and financial measures to end the unrest in Ottawa and beyond by protesters decrying the country's COVID-19 restrictions and Trudeau's government.  Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly lost his job after failing to move decisively against the bumper-to-bumper demonstration by hundreds of truck drivers according to the mainstream media.  Local sources alleged that he just didn't want to follow orders that would require stomping on Canada's democracy!

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The Reason for the Police Violence in Ottawa is Not What You Think.  The black clad army of mercenaries and police brutalizing a peaceful protest in Ottawa this weekend has been planned for years.  It is overkill for a reason.  It is theatre.  It is an othering, a willful flagrant statement on the future of the working class everywhere.  It instructs them:  you will die.  If not now, then sometime in the next ten years.  Your towns will be gutted, your jobs will evaporate, you will scramble for pennies until you fall over dead and your children will have nothing to look forward to.  You are Tutsi, you are Jew, you are Kulak, you are compromador, you are Othered.  You are headed for the slagheap of history.  Fight back and you will be deemed domestic terrorists and encamped indefinitely.  This week, Canada's intelligentsia unmasked themselves as fully on side of this demonic enterprise, competing to hate on the truckers.

More Leftist Insanity:  About That Trampling Horse In Ottawa... Don't Worry, The Horse Is OK.  There has been no series of events more indicative of government tyranny in the name of COVID than what we've seen with the protest by truckers in Canada over the past several weeks.  Truck drivers who spend the vast majority of their workdays isolated in their vehicles were mandated to receive the controversial COVID vaccines, and they objected.  Since then, the movement has increased in intensity and participants are no longer limited to merely truckdrivers.  Arrests have been made, livelihoods have been lost, and bank accounts have been seized.  And for what purpose?  To force folks to receive a vaccination that doesn't stop the spread of an endemic virus.  Never mind that government authoritarians in Canada appear to be succeeding in destroying basic human freedoms of their citizens.  Pay no attention to the legitimate concerns folks may have about receiving the vaccine, it's what the government believes that matters.  And forget about the permanent damage that's been inflicted on so many of our neighbors, there are more important things to worry about.  Like whether or not a horse was injured during a police crackdown last week.

Decision to put Pelosi's metal fence back up ahead of Biden SOTU prompts hilarious scrutiny.  U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) announced that fencing will once again be installed around the Capitol building ahead of President Biden's first State of the Union address, leaving many wondering, "who cares?"  The USCP released a statement on Friday describing how they are working closely with "local, state and federal law enforcement agencies" like the United States Secret Service and D.C. National Guard and they "are aware of plans for a series of truck convoys arriving in Washington, DC around the time" of Biden's address.  Though the Friday statement said that a decision had not been made for the "temporary inner-perimeter fence," Fox News confirmed Sunday that it would be installed.  Despite the suggestion that an American trucker convoy is on its way, the question remains if anyone is interested in the speech.

Capitol perimeter fence erected after January 6 riot will be reinstalled ahead of Biden's State of the Union address on March 1.  The fencing that surrounded the Capitol complex for much of 2021 will be reinstalled next week as Congress prepares to host President Joe Biden for his first State of the Union address on March 1.  U.S. Capitol Police are preparing for truckers protesting the mask and vaccine mandates as the 'Freedom Convoy' heads to Washington, D.C. after demonstrating in Canada for weeks and causing major blockades.  The protesters were able to block the Ambassador Bridge border crossing between Windsor and Detroit as they expressed their distaste with COVID-19 mandates related to mask wearing and compulsory vaccinations.

Another Day Another Canadian Jackboot Thug Trampling A Peaceful Protester With His Horse.  Just another day in baby Fidel's Canada.  Watch as this woman, whose only crime is holding a sign, gets run over by a cop on a horse in Ottawa.  Rebel News got a hold of text messages between Ottawa police and they clearly show great joy and enthusiasm towards abusing peaceful protesters.  In the chat, RCMP Musical Ride member, Andrew Nixon sends a picture of a pint of beer hoping for his chance to abuse protesters:  "Don't kick all of them out until next weeks group gets our turn"  [Video clip]

Biden Declares 'National Emergency' Ahead of Freedom Convoy Heading Towards Washington D.C..  Joe Biden is extending the declaration of a Covid "national emergency" ahead of an expected People's Convoy heading towards Washington D.C.  The move echoes beleaguered Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's invocation of the Emergencies Act to carry out a police crackdown on Freedom Convoy protesters under the color of martial law. [...] The declaration of national emergency comes amid Justin Trudeau's brutal authoritarian crackdown on the peaceful Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa, the capitol of Canada.  Police in riot gear with no nametag or unit identification violently suppressed the protest, and arrested over a 100 of the protesters.  Canadian Prime Minister has given the greenlight for the Ottawa Police to compile an "enemies list" to target anyone who was standing up for their basic human rights in the Freedom Convoy protests.

Ottawa: The Charge of the Woke Brigade.  There's a reason why heads of state like the Kaiser and Joe Stalin and Mao Zedong — and even Prime Minister Winston Churchill during WWII — like to dress up in military uniforms.  You'll have noticed that male members of the British Royal Family do the same.  It's because.  So think of poor Justin Trudeau, whose only encounter with warpaint is that blackface photo that we've all sneered about.  What if he could send the Canadian cavalry charging into a crowd of rebels and insurrectionists with sabers drawn and sharpened?  Why, then he could really stand with the great and powerful Oz.  Unfortunately, in another proof of God's existence, all that the fierce masked Canadian Flashmen could manage — I assume they wore traditional cavalry mustaches under their masks — was to knock over a little old lady on a mobility scooter — now identified as an indigenous elder.  Oh dear.

Canada really is turning into a police state before our eyes.  One of the hallmarks of liberty is a reliable legal system.  In totalitarian countries, one of the ways you control people is to keep them perpetually off-balance.  The law and its application are utterly unpredictable.  People become paralyzed and dare not do anything that might offend the regime, lest they get destroyed.  And that's what we're seeing in Canada, where the newly dictatorial government is making no pretense of abiding by the rule of law.  A very specific aspect of the rule of law is that new laws are not applied retroactively.  In a free country, one with a safe, reliable legal system, if it was legal for you to buy a croissant on Monday, the fact that the law changed on Tuesday to make croissants illegal does not mean that the police can come and arrest you for that Monday croissant.  In a police state, of course, the police can arrest you at any time for anything, including engaging in conduct that was legal when you engaged in it.

The Gathering Storm in the West.  Canada is now governed by absurdism, and it is symptomatic of an ailing Western elite.  Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week invoked martial law to arrest and financially destroy truckers on the charge that their largely peaceful protests are "dismantling the Canadian economy" that had already been dismantled for two years under some of the most draconian lockdowns in the world.  The trucker "sect," Trudeau added, is guilty of felonious "unacceptable views."  But his rhetoric still cannot square the circle of demonizing vital workers while conceding he cannot run his country without them.  He has invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in the law's 34-year history, even as the highly infectious Omicron variant wanes after spreading natural immunity and yet proving relatively mild in its effects.  Trudeau has neither science nor good governance on his side, especially given how civil the protests have been.  The truckers, who more or less work in solitary cabs, are better informed about the "science" and are themselves mostly vaccinated.

Member of the European Parliament Gives Amazing Speech Against Trudeau and For Freedom.  Justin Trudeau has a highly inflated opinion of himself, without cause.  But he's about to get ripped apart on Monday in the vote on the Emergencies Act, and over the horrible actions of both his government and the actions of police in Ottawa [elsew]here.  The evisceration which is coming will all be richly and justifiably deserved.  Trudeau has falsely attacked and demonized the Freedom Convoy, in much the same way that Joe Biden has demonized the unvaccinated.  Then with triggering of the Emergencies Act, Trudeau has even taken away their ability to peacefully object to his tyrannical mandates, and penalized them for daring to do so by going after their bank accounts.  But someone who comes from a country that knows something about Communist dictatorships, Romanian Member of the European Parliament Cristian Terhes, had a few things to say about Trudeau and his crackdown on the Freedom Convoy.

Ottawa Police Get Grilled About 'Bicycle' They Claimed Was Thrown.  We reported the story about the man and a woman on a mobility scooter, who were run over by the police with their horses in Ottawa.  The police complained about "misinformation" going out about the incident, including people spreading the rumor that the woman had died.  [Video clip]  So, now the police say they're going to "monitor" journalists and media reports.  And decide what is misinformation?  Just a little more fascism there.  But, while media certainly shouldn't be claiming someone died if they haven't confirmed it, you know what else is true?  Police shouldn't be lying about a bicycle being thrown at a horse, suggesting it precipitated the incident.  Or claiming that no protesters had been hurt, particularly after not only the horse incident, but multiple videos came out of them beating people.

Here's More on the Ottawa Freedom Convoy Woman Run Over by Police With Their Horses.  We brought you the story of the woman who was run over by the police on their horses at the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa.  We wanted to update readers on what happened to her because there had been false rumors about her death, and false statements from the police about the incident that it involved someone throwing a bicycle at the horse.  We saw videos — starting from the moment that they approached the crowd to the woman being knocked to the ground — no bicycle was thrown.  As we noted earlier, the police weren't even able to back up that claim when asked by the CBC about it, even as they decried other reports about the incident being "misinformation."  [Video clip]

Crackdown Sparks Even More Massive Protests Across Canada, Crisis for Trudeau.  The protesters in Ottawa are hoping to make it through the weekend until the Senate convenes.  They want to make it to Monday because the Emergencies Act has to be approved by the Parliament within seven days of it being called for, which was on February 14.  So it has to be approved by tomorrow.  They are hoping that the legislators will not approve it, the police will back off, and the Parliament will address their concerns.  There were still hundreds of protesters out Saturday [2/19/2022] in Ottawa, more even than there were earlier when there was a lot of police action against them.  And some of them may even be the people who were "arrested" earlier.  [Tweets]

The Power of the Powerless Is Real.  Does anyone think the perverse and heavy-handed responses by the American government to the January 6 election protesters is a sign of strength? [...] Western governments are terrified of their people today.  They are terrified of what their people believe, or else they wouldn't feel compelled to criminalize thoughts as "hateful."  They are scared to death of what their people might say to each other, or else they wouldn't engage in mass surveillance and blatant censorship.  They are fearful of free and fair elections, or else they wouldn't work so hard to manipulate and undermine them.  And they are absolutely petrified of a future where cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies free their citizens from the consolidated control imposed by central banks and spendthrift treasuries.

Ottawa's Police Chief Makes a Big Tactical Error.  Things are escalating in Ottawa as the Freedom Convoy protesters continue to fight against Canada's draconian COVID-19 measures.  But while the focus started on the message, it is now firmly on the behavior of the Ottawa Police Department.  As RedState has chronicled, numerous videos of mistreatment and violence perpetrated by police on peaceful protesters have emerged.  Perhaps the most stunning example was the trampling of a disabled woman by officers on horseback.  In response, the police lied, claiming a bike had been thrown at the horses.  That was quickly debunked, showing how valuable it is that people are videoing what's happening.  On Saturday [2/19/2022], Ottawa's chief of police gave a press conference where he dutifully played the role authoritarians assigned to him. [...]

When Fascism Comes To America, It Will Look Like Justin Trudeau's Canada.  If Justin Trudeau had merely removed trucks from blocking a bridge in protest of vaccine mandates, it would be no big deal.  Protesters for various causes routinely get removed from blocking traffic.  But that's not all Justin Trudeau did.  He suspended civil liberties in Canada, targeting peaceful protesters and anyone who supports them.  Not because those supporters committed a crime, but because they supported the political opposition to Trudeau's government.  Trudeau ordered all financial institutions to freeze the assets of his political opposition without court order and with full immunity from liability, and no financial asset was spared.  "The names of both individuals and entities as well as crypto wallets have been shared by the RCMP with financial institutions and accounts have been frozen and more accounts will be frozen."

Time for Trudeau to Concede:  The Truckers Have Won.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has embarrassed himself and his government with his response to the Freedom Convoy, and however it ends now, there's no way for him to save face.  From the start, Trudeau has dismissed the truckers' concerns and tried to discredit them by claiming they're a fringe minority with "unacceptable views."  Yet, a recent poll suggested that 46% of Canadians have some sympathy with the truckers, even if most disapprove of their methods.  That's higher than Trudeau's own approval rating.  Rather than meeting with the truckers or even considering some concession or compromise, Trudeau fled Parliament Hill and dug his heels in.  Protecting himself from a peaceful democratic protest while doubling down on mandates and restrictions paints a fitting image of the virtue signaling that has characterized his COVID-19 response.  Trudeau should have realized that, regardless of whether he meets the protestors' demands before or after they disband (or are disbanded), their demands will be met in the near future.

Video Evidence So We Never Forget What Happened To The Canadian Truckers.  [Threat reader]  Here is a thread of footage of Tyrant Trudeau's crackdown on the peaceful Freedom Convoy in Ottawa today:  [Numerous video clips.]

'Freedom Convoy' Exposes Canada's Hollow Liberal Universalism.  Canada has seen its third week of so-called trucker protests that mostly have centered on downtown Ottawa, adjacent to Parliament.  Last weekend, authorities ended the blocking of traffic on the Ambassador Bridge connecting Ontario and Michigan.  And now Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will use the tools of its Emergencies Act to end truckers' "Freedom Convoy," or so it hopes.  This effort involves dragooning private parties to assist the government in removing trucks, seizing property and accounts without a court order, and using state coercion beyond the formal channels of due process.  This entire situation, obviously, is a rapidly moving one and it could turn against the key players, depending on how events emerge.  Canadian lawmakers created the Emergencies Act for truly harrowing situations of national security, and it seems ill-fitting to what is a large and peaceful protest in the streets of Ottawa.

Why are the police we revere doing the tyrants' bidding?  The outrageous mismanagement of COVID as an instrument of population control will go down as the second worst political crime against the American people in U.S. history.  The first is the Hillary Clinton-conceived Russia hoax.  She and her cohorts belong in prison as do Fauci, Collins, Birx, and all those who pushed unsafe, ineffective injections on the millions of people who believed their lies about COVID.  Each of those bureaucrats abused his position of power over the people and has blood on his hands. [...] So how do we explain the fact that in countries around the world, Australia, the U.K., the U.S., France, Belgium, Austria, and Canada, the police, those who were not fired for refusing the vaccine, have taken the opportunity to act like tyranny's handmaidens rather than protectors of the people, their essential charge, the reason they signed up for the job?  In Canada, a few have sided with the truck drivers' cause, but the rest seem to enjoy the opportunity to roust good, law-abiding, non-violent protesters.

Justin Cracks Down.  The blockades by Canadian truckers that had completely shut down the U.S.-Canada border crossing at Detroit have been cleared by reopening the Ambassador Bridge, and as of Friday, Ottawa police have begun moving against truckers occupying central Ottawa.  Despite these actions on the part of the Canadian government, the truckers comprising the "Freedom Convoy" hold their ground in defiance of threats of a police crackdown as they continue to disrupt other trade routes and cities, occupying the country's capital for a third week.  The members of the Freedom Convoy appear unyielding despite days of warnings from police and the government — risking arrest and having their rigs seized and bank accounts frozen.  Unfortunately for the truckers, the government crackdown began early in the week of February 13th, when the Canadian Prime Minister invoked Canada's Emergencies Act, enabling law enforcement agencies to declare the blockades illegal, tow away their trucks, arrest the drivers and suspend their licenses.

Police horses trample demonstrators at Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa.  Turns out the lasting image of the Freedom Convoy protest at Parliament Hill will not be bouncy castles but that of a woman with a walker being trampled by a police horse.  The violence the Prime Minister has expressed concern about during the three-week protest in Ottawa didn't unfold until Justin Trudeau's Emergencies Act police army was sent in to disperse the crowd.  The three major incidents Friday, under a form of martial law, were grotesque.  Video of Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers charging into the crowd and at least one horse trampling multiple people — including an elderly woman with a walker — was disturbing.  [Video clip]

Woman Trampled By Horse in Canada, and Police Have Gall to Say At Least Nobody Died or Was 'Seriously Injured'.  Each new development from what Canada has become as its government tries to stop peaceful demonstrators who are part of the "Freedom Convoy" protesting COVID restrictions is scarier than before.  In this digital age, there's footage to provide proof, too.  This was the case in the instance of a woman being knocked over and trampled by a police horse on Friday night.  The image and video clip below may be upsetting to some and the video clip contains strong language.  Images also show another man having been trampled, who appears to have been trying to help the woman.

Cryptocurrency expert says US should watch what Canadian government is doing to protesters: 'No one is safe'.  A cryptocurrency expert is sounding the alarm on how the Canadian government is freezing the crypto wallets of Freedom Convoy protesters and said that it's something that can "very realistically" happen in the United States.  In an effort to take action against participants of the Freedom Convoy protests in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act on Monday, giving the government power to clear protests by towing vehicles and even more direct measures like freezing personal bank accounts.  Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said during a press conference on Thursday that crypto wallets have been frozen.

Trudeau government to start abducting truckers' pets.  Evil has a new face.  It is the face of an entitled pajama boy and wannabe dictator.  It is a face that once was painted black as part of a costume for an "Arabian Nights" party.  It is the face of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.  Trudeau recently invoked the Emergencies Act, the first time it has ever been utilized, to indiscriminately punish the truckers who constitute the Freedom Convoy.  (In 1988, Canada's existing "War Measures Act" was repealed and replaced by the Emergencies Act, which was to be invoked only during similar security emergencies.)  The act will allow Trudeau to direct that truckers be arrested, their trucks seized, and their bank accounts frozen... all without a warrant.  If a protester is detained for more than eight days, that person's dog or other pet could be taken from him.  The same fate could befall those individuals who could no longer care for their pets because they had their bank accounts frozen due to the Trudeau government's tyrannical and unconstitutional actions.

California Prosecutors Attempt To Ban Exculpatory Evidence From Pro-Life Journalist's Criminal Trial.  California prosecutors in the upcoming criminal trial of David Daleiden, who could face jail time for recording conversations with Planned Parenthood employees about baby body part trafficking, filed a pretrial motion requesting specific evidence be barred from the trial.  Friday afternoon, Daleiden and his legal team filed a response to that motion, arguing that prosecutors are attempting to ban exculpatory evidence that proves his undercover videos were indeed legal.  Attorney General Rob Bonta's office is prosecuting Daleiden as if the charges against him include violating National Abortion Federation (NAF) policies when he recorded conversations at their convention.  Daleiden's counsel argues that NAF's policies and procedures are irrelevant because he was seeking evidence of criminal activity, in accordance with California law.

Watch As Trudeau's Jack Boot Thugs Beat A Freedom Convoy Protester With The Butt Of A Rifle.  A disturbing video shared on social media shows a protester behind a police line repeatedly being smashed with an officer's rifle.  Convoy organizer Benjamin Dichter also told the Toronto Sun "one of drivers had his truck windows smashed by Ottawa Police (with) guns drawn and (he was) dragged out of his vehicle by force."  [Video clip]

Cowardly Canadian Police Target Senior Citizens to Arrest in Freedom Convoy Protests.  As if these police listening to their wannabe dictator can't look anymore pathetic, watch as they throw down senior citizens, including war vets, into the snow while arresting peaceful protesters.  This is tyranny.  This is what life in communist nations look like.  [Video clip]

Canada Goes Tyrannical.  This week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the lightweight, unpopular elected leader of a country with a 93% vaccination rate for those over 60 and a total vaccination rate of 84%, announced that he would invoke the Emergencies Act in order to crack down on the Freedom Convoy — a group of protesters opposed to government vaccination mandates for truckers.  Trudeau breathily announced that invocation of the law was in fact "reasonable and proportionate."  His public safety minister, Marco Mendicino, said that the actions were required thanks to "intimidation, harassment, and expressions of hate."  Why the government would need to invoke emergency powers in order to move some trucks remains beyond understanding; after all, the police had just removed trucks from the Ambassador Bridge, reopening that trade artery with the United States.  Meanwhile, provinces across Canada have already begun alleviating their COVID-19 restrictions, from vaccine passports to masking.

Seven of Canada's 10 provinces now oppose Trudeau's Emergencies Act declaration.  Seven Canadian provinces now oppose an Emergencies Act declaration made Monday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who claims it is needed to stop the peaceful Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa.  The Premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec were the first to oppose the extreme measures made by Trudeau.  Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Monday that his government does "not support the Trudeau government invoking the Emergencies Act."  Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday that he told "Prime Minister Trudeau that Alberta's Government is opposed to the invocation of the federal Emergencies Act."  Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson said Trudeau's declaration of the Emergencies Act was an "unnecessary" thing to do.

'A new low!' Ottawa police reamed for warning dissenters what will happen to their pets.  Ottawa, Ontario, authorities, who already have warned peaceful, anti-COVID-mandate Freedom Convoy protesters to leave the downtown area or face severe penalties, appear to be threatening to hold the dissidents' dogs hostage and then schedule them for a fast-track adoption.  Or maybe something worse. [...] For supporters of anti-mandate demonstrations, which includes many truckers and others who are fully COVID vaccinated, these developments suggest that authoritarian regimes have vitiated police-community relations in the context of civil liberties during the pandemic era.  Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and various European cities are unfortunate examples.

Doxing Day in Canada.  This week, one of the most popular small-donor fundraising sites for the Canadian truckers protesting the COVID vaccine mandates, GiveSendGo, was hacked.  The names of donors were shared with the public.  We know about this mostly because erstwhile news organizations, such as Reuters, have showered attention on the breach as if they were providing a public service.  Indeed, many of the same outlets that refused to report specifics about the Hunter Biden email scoop in 2020 (though the story was obtained in a completely ethical journalistic manner) or share specifics from the Democratic National Committee email hacks in 2016 (illegally obtained, but with high news value) have no compunction highlighting a site that takes aim at ordinary people who have done nothing but engage in political dissent.  In Canada, the doxing has already begun.

Canada Police to Send Names of Trucker Protesters to Financial Institutions.  Canadian banks will receive the names of people involved in "Freedom Convoy" protests that have descended on the nation's capital, a first step in a promised financial crackdown on demonstrators being instituted by the far-left government of Justin Trudeau.  Bloomberg reports the Canadian Bankers Association confirmed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has alerted banks to a list of names and made it available.  The institutions are reportedly still seeking clarity from law enforcement on how to handle the alleged protesters' accounts, according to people familiar with the matter.  But Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said some accounts have already been frozen, the news outlet reported.

Canadian Martial Law:  Trudeau Redux.  [Scroll down]  It's rich that the ethically challenged Justin Trudeau has warned the truckers and their supporters that they were breaking the law and would be punished accordingly.  Early on he asked the army to clear the convoy out but at least for now they have refused to do so.  Of course, they were breaking the law, a law based on emergency powers that had particularly been promulgated to target, control and punish them.  So too had Gandhi and his followers been breaking the law when they went to the sea to make salt.  So too had the legendary freedom riders of the American civil rights movement broken the law when they refused to sit in the back of the bus and insisted on being served at lunch counters.  That's what civil disobedience is all about, breaking unjust Jim Crow type laws, but breaking them in a non-violent, peaceful manner.  As it turns out, recent polls show that the truckers have more support among Canadians than does Trudeau's Liberal Party.

Trudeau Dreams Of Being A Dictator On Camera — This Is The Last Video Trudeau Wants You To See After He Invoked The Emergencies Act.  Justin Trudeau (who is definitely not Fidel Castro's son!) cannot explain the legal basis for invoking the Emergencies Act, but he's got his finance minister out there announcing that banks can freeze your account without a court order anyway if you donate to the truckers.  After Trudeau authorized the Canadian government's use of the Emergencies Act, giving the government much broader powers to deal with anti-vaccine mandate protests in his country, it might be useful to recall that in 2013, asked what country he most admired besides Canada, he selected communist China, even while admitting they had a "basic dictatorship."

Trudeau Authorizes Bank Accounts Frozen for Social Media Posts in Support of Freedom Protests.  The triggering of an official invocation of the Canadian Emergency Measures Act to eliminate protests is stunning.  Using the Emergency Act to target individual citizens in Canada, and their bank accounts, is yet again another level of astonishing. [...] I am carefully reviewing the details of the authorization because according to the public statements by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, they have authorized banks, financial institutions and insurance carriers to suspend the accounts of Canadian citizens based on their social media postings.

Canada Begins Using Military and Armored Police Cars against Seniors to Stop them from Peacefully Protesting for Freedom.  The Canadian government controlled by leftists are doing all they can to stop the peaceful protests from happening.  The same government that allowed BLM to destroy cities across the country due to something that happened in a completely different country is suddenly concerned about protests.  Look as military members and heavily armed police using military vehicles roll in and arrest senior citizens who dared to help the protesters.  [Video clip]

Trudeau Goes Nuclear:  Invokes Never-Before-Used Emergencies Act to Crush Freedom Convoy.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in an unprecedented action, announced on Monday [2/14/2022] that he is invoking the never-before-used Emergencies Act to try and put a stop to the Freedom Convoys that have shut down traffic — and much of the commerce — in Canada.  The truckers, protesting vaccine mandates, have clogged roads, leading to chaos on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.  Among other actions, the Canadian government will freeze the assets of truck owners participating in the protests and suspend their insurance policies.  In addition, the prime minister said that, under the Emergencies Act, the government will have the power to "compel" tow-truck drivers to remove rigs blocking roads, which sounds an awful lot like forced labor, i.e. slavery. [...] The protests were prompted by a requirement that all truckers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or quarantine for 14 days, after crossing into Canada from the U.S.

Pelosi's Watergate.  There has been much written lately about the similarity of Watergate and Special Counsel John Durham's revelations about the Clinton campaign and others spying on Donald Trump, both as a candidate and a sitting president.  There is also the entry into the offices of Rep. Troy Nehls by the Capitol Police.  They are under the control of Nancy Pelosi, of whom Rep. Nehls has been critical regarding her so-called J-6 investigation.  The Capitol Police allegedly entered the congressman's office without his knowledge or permission and photographed sensitive documents.  They then allegedly returned a few days later dressed as construction workers and began grilling a staffer about the contents of the illegally photographed documents.  This, of course, rivals Watergate, but it may also open the door for a means of bringing these Gestapo tactics before the public where they belong.  The actions of the Capitol Police may well have violated the rights protected under the provisions of 42 U.S.C. §1983.  It is also conceivable that the civil provisions of the RICO Act could have been triggered.

1984 is Somewhat Here, The Left Has Just Cleverly Disguised Government Control as Private Actors.  Conservatives have sat in paralysis for a good part of the past 25 years now not knowing how to address the left's radical transformation of society that is canceling conservatives and forcing the left's rules on everyone.  Amazon bans our books and only a few people who are ridiculed compare it to George Orwell's 1984.  It's because we think the takeover is being done by private corporations and actors in a free society, so we don't know how to react.  Most of us aren't ready to call it communism or socialism; it doesn't seem to violate the Constitution.  The reality is, while on the surface the new situation may appear to involve private actors, the truth is much more sinister.  And it's been done deliberately this way, in order to sneak it past the scrutiny of half of society that believes in a free society and the Constitution.  We're basically being ruled by a hybrid oligarchy of government and large corporations.

The ruling elites of the western nations are now heading for political suicide.  They seized upon the unknown consequences of the new and fast-spreading Wuhan virus for political gain.  They used it to exceed their constitutional powers — locked down their citizens and demanded compliance with various vaccine mandates and treatment protocols and then clung on to those powers long after the deleterious effect of those mandates exceeded the virus's harm.  Never, to my knowledge, has any country before this quarantined the healthy along with the sick.  Never.  (And I remind you that while locking down the young, the robust, and the otherwise healthy New Yorkers, Governor Andrew Cuomo went so far as to quarantine the stricken with the healthy but most vulnerable elderly — the result was thousands of deaths of oldsters otherwise far less likely to have become infected.)  Never to my knowledge has the public health establishment so ruined its own credibility.  Doubt me?  Look to our own country for a prime and early example:  The CDC endorsing lockdowns while cheering on the BLM protests.

The Surveillance and Political Spying Operations Highlighted by John Durham are the Tip of the Iceberg.  Barack Obama and Eric Holder did not create a weaponized DOJ and FBI; instead, what they did was take the preexisting system and retool it, so the weapons only targeted one side of the political continuum.  Together they recalibrated the domestic surveillance capabilities, the internal spying systems, so that only their political opposition would be targeted.  This point is where many people understandably get confused.  In the era shortly after 9/11, the DC national security apparatus was constructed to preserve continuity of government and simultaneously view all Americans as potential threats.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) were created specifically for this purpose.  What Barack Obama and Eric Holder did with that new construct was refine the internal targeting mechanisms so that only their ideological opposition became the target of the new national security system.

The Great International Convoy Fiasco.  [Scroll down]  Now that the "Freedom Convoy" is inspiring similar protests not just in the United States but in France, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, and other places, it's clear every Western leader from Biden to Emmanuel Macron on down wants Trudeau, rather than any of them, to take the political hit that would ensue from any use-of-force resolution to this crisis.  All of these leaders seem equally to be laboring under the delusion that a decisive enough [defeat] in the Great White North will make this all go away.  Until then, there seems to be no plan in any country that doesn't involve tear gas, truncheons, or getting Facebook to blame troll farms in Bangladesh for stirring up the "discord":  [Video clip]

French Riot Police Resort to Gas Attacks, Smashing Windows and Random Beatings of 'Freedom Convoy' Protesters.  Here is a 5 minute compilation Vidmax has put together in order to show France riot police acting like Hitler's goons, the crime you ask?  They dare hold a freedom convoy that is protesting the vaccine mandates as tyrannical overreach of government.  The Macron governments response to that?  Act like Communist China and brutally crackdown on the protesters so they become more irate against the riot police.  [Video clip]

Oligarchy's Response to the Freedom Convoy Bodes Ill for Them.  As I write, Canadian police, many dressed in military garb and supported by armored vehicles and snipers(!), are moving in to enforce several court orders and demands of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and others that the "Freedom Convoy" of Canadian truckers stop blocking the Ambassador Bridge, the major artery between the United States and Canada, and disperse.  Some of the protestors are leaving while many others are standing their ground.  Will the heavy hand of the state succeed in crushing the protest?  In the short term, perhaps. [...] But impotence comes in long-term and short-term varieties.  Long-term, I think [Tucker] Carlson is right.  Officialdom's response to the Freedom Convey is a desperate effort to put the genie of liberty back in the bottle.  Ultimately, it will not work.  But on the way to that failure there will be plenty of opportunities for the coercive power of the state to manifest itself.

We Are All Truckers Now.  As momentum from the Freedom Convoy in Canada mounts and works its way into the US, and similar convoys spring up in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, people are collectively standing up to two years of COVID restrictions, lies, misery, and abuse at the hands of our government masters.  And we owe it all to Canada's truckers. [...] And what's the reaction of the officials both in Canada and the US?  To pressure GoFundMe to cancel the $10 million raised for the Freedom Convoy; freeze out truckers and their children by having police remove their fuel cans in sub-freezing weather; arrest an old man for honking his horn; and starve out truckers and their families by threatening to arrest people who bring them food and drink.  Meanwhile, the Biden administration and Pete Buttigieg plot to find alternate routes around bridges facing long delays because of the truck convoy and the state of Michigan brandishes the possibility of forcibly removing the big rigs and their supporters from the Ambassador Bridge.

They're Coming For You.  You Know That, Right?  [Scroll down]  But the Democrats' destructive war on the country isn't simply limited to COVID.  Last month they tried to take over the way we conduct elections from the states while threatening some of their own party who wouldn't go along.  George Soros-funded Democrat district attorneys refuse to prosecute theft and violence in major American cities.  Homicides are through the roof.  Retail and auto theft is through the roof.  Homeless, drug-addicted zombies lay waste to city streets.  Worse, the Democrats who run these cities have gone to war with and called to defund and strip authority from the police officers that remain the single thin, blue line between anarchy and their residents.  Joe Biden's Department of Justice has conspired to frame Americans for wild, politically motivated schemes.  They currently hold many in federal custody without formal charges related to undefined law breaking on January 6th, 2021.  Two Republican members of Congress have accused the DOJ of going through their constituent mail and interrogating their staff.  They've threatened to deploy resources to school board meetings to keep an eye on parents who get too uppity.  Democrats want a peek into your bank accounts if you have $600 bucks or more.

Is This Proof Capitol Police Lied About Why They Entered Rep. Nehls's Office?  Earlier this week, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger released a statement in response to a complaint from Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), who says the USCP illegally entered his office, took photos, and later interrogated his staff.  According to Manger, "The weekend before Thanksgiving, one of our vigilant officers spotted the Congressman's door was wide open."  As such, Manger said it is the responsibility of the USCP to document the incident and secure the office.  There's just one problem with this explanation:  [Video clip]  As the video above makes clear, the door to Nehls' congressional office suite has an automatic closer on it.  Is it possible the door was propped open by Nehl or his staff?  This is unlikely, as the sign on the door states it is not for public use, but for the member and his staff only.

The United States Government Is "Desperate to Hide the Truth"How are Americans going to respond when Washington D.C, the Fourth Branch of the security and surveillance state, and all the institutions of the United States government, officially declare that Donald John Trump will not be permitted to run for office? If you have not thought about that question, we had better hurry up and get that conversation front and center.  It's about to happen, and President Trump knows it.

Inspector General Opens Investigation Into U.S. Capitol Police Following Allegations Of Spying On Members Of Congress, Staff.  The inspector general for the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) has opened a formal investigation into whether the law enforcement agency tasked with securing the Capitol has been inappropriately surveilling elected members of Congress, their staff, and visitors to their offices, The Federalist has learned.  The opening of the investigation follows news reports and accusations from lawmakers that USCP has overstepped its bounds as it tries to recover from the January 6 riots that tarnished both the Capitol and the reputation of the law enforcement agency that was supposed to keep it safe.  USCP Chief J. Thomas Manger confirmed the opening of the inspector general investigation in his response to congressional inquiries about USCP police tactics, reported in a January 24 article published by Politico, including surveilling and compiling intelligence dossiers on members of Congress, their staff, and visitors.

Capitol Police Issue an Unbelievable Statement After Accusations of Spying on Congress.  We have previously reported on the troubling stories of the Capitol Police surveilling Republican members of Congress, their staff, and even people with whom they are meeting.  Republicans are now calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chairwoman on House Administration Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to investigate, noting that this raises serious constitutional concerns. [...] Now, unfortunately, asking Pelosi to look into this is probably not the best idea, because not only can't you believe anything she says, but one has to ask why the Capitol Police were doing this, to begin with — and who might be behind it.  The Capitol Police didn't deny it, they just tried to justify it in a statement as necessary for security reasons.  "The more public information we have, the better we can understand what kind and how much security is necessary," the statement said.  Uh, yeah, no.  None of what they are allegedly doing sounds justifiable by trying to ensure security.

Fuming GOP rep accuses Capitol Police of 'illegally' investigating his office, says staffer 'caught them in the act'.  Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) claimed Tuesday [2/8/2022] that the United States Capitol Police "illegally" entered his office twice during Thanksgiving week while conducting an alleged investigation and one of his staffers caught them in the act.  While the officers were there they reportedly photographed sensitive legislative items according to The Daily Caller.  Nehl characterized the entries as "illegally" executed and unconstitutional.  "Upon discovering a member of my staff, special agents dressed like construction workers began to question him as to the contents of a photograph taken illegally two days earlier," he asserted, adding that Capitol Police "never informed myself or senior-level staff of their investigation."

Fed Scandal Bigger Than Watergate?  Fed Chair Powell — who is supposed to serve in the public interest and avoid even the appearance of conflicts — traded millions in personal stocks and bonds while obstructing required public disclosures about those trades for years.  Yet, the information that has slipped out is [bad].  It shows Powell made trades during the restricted blackout period for pivotal Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings.  This is a shocking revelation and constitutes grave and inexcusable misconduct by a high-ranking U.S. government official.  Moreover, Powell directed policy decisions that directly advantaged his personal bond holdings despite longstanding federal conflicts of interest law, 18 U.S.C. § 208.  And then he apparently told a brazen lie about it to the press by suggesting the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) said his holdings posed no conflict.  FOIA requests confirm that OGE provided no such guidance in writing.

Capitol Police Surveillance Operation Is Really a Full-Blown Spy Operation.  In January, we discussed how the Capitol Police were going to do background checks on certain visitors who visited Congress.  It's the post-January 6 regime.  Is it spying?  They claim that they will only use public information.  The punchline was that they likened these reviews to journalists doing background research.  They may not call it spying, but almost everyone will feel like their privacy has been violated.  It's meant to chill constituents meeting with their elected leaders.  Period.  Now, we find out that this little operation may go way beyond just a simple social media review.  GOP Congressman Troy Nehls (R-TX) had a lengthy Twitter thread about how his office was illegally spied on by the Capitol Police.  They accessed his office when Congress was in recess last year and took photographs of confidential legislative documents illegally.  Days later, Capitol Police officers dressed as construction workers tried to enter his office again but were caught by a member of his staff.  Neither Congressman Nehls nor his senior staff was informed that they were the subjects of an investigation.

Capitol Police Caught Spying in Republican Congressional Office, Investigation Launched.  In late January, news broke of multiple instances of the Capitol Police appearing to spy on Republican congressional members.  Those actions followed the rank politicization of the force that took place after January 6th, including the expansion of its intelligence-gathering mission in areas that are, at best, questionable. [...] While vetting of contacts is not necessarily nefarious, it is supposed to be done out in the open and in conjunction with lawmakers.  Instead, the Capitol Police have instituted a system that remains in shadows, conveniently only seeming to target Republicans.  Another disturbing example of that has emerged via The Federalist, this time involving Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX).  According to a police report filed by a USCP officer, Nehls' office was entered without permission and his work materials were photographed because they appeared "suspicious."

Inspector General Opens Investigation Into U.S. Capitol Police Following Allegations Of Spying On Members Of Congress, Staff.  The inspector general for the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) has opened a formal investigation into whether the law enforcement agency tasked with securing the Capitol has been inappropriately surveilling elected members of Congress, their staff, and visitors to their offices, The Federalist has learned.  The opening of the investigation follows news reports and accusations from lawmakers that USCP has overstepped its bounds as it tries to recover from the January 6 riots that tarnished both the Capitol and the reputation of the law enforcement agency that was supposed to keep it safe.  USCP Chief J. Thomas Manger confirmed the opening of the inspector general investigation in his response to congressional inquiries about USCP police tactics, reported in a January 24 article published by Politico, including surveilling and compiling intelligence dossiers on members of Congress, their staff, and visitors.

Pelosi's Capitol Cops Tried to Sneak Into GOP Congressman's Office Dressed as Construction Workers, Illegally Took Photos of Legislative Documents.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Capitol Police are alleged to have illegally entered the office of Congressman Troy Nehls (R-TX), photographing confidential legislative products and grilling staff, according to reports.  The police — now under formal investigation — stand accused of dressing up as construction workers and attempting another entry just two days later.  The stunning, Watergate-style scandal comes after almost a year of warnings that Speaker Pelosi and Democrats in Congress were politicizing the Capitol Police, using them as a Stasi-style enforcement unit against GOP opponents.  Reports suggest Capitol Police have built intelligence dossiers on those illegally investigated.  The documents photographed, says Nehls, are "protected by the Speech and Debate clause enshrined in the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6".

Justin goes Castro on Canada's truck protestors.  For a while there, the far-left Canadian government contented itself with deplatforming and defunding the striking Canadian truckers who are in Ottawa protesting the country's vaccine mandate.  That didn't work, so now they've gotten worse. [...] Peaceful protests?  Freedom of assembly?  Canada must have some version of these but not with this kind of talk.  Someone taking sides here?  It calls to mind that the bulk of the strike is centered in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, and Canada's prime minister has disappeared, supposedly after a diagnosis of COVID, (a disease which didn't seem to pay much attention to his triple-vaxxing), but has put out hateful dispatches insulting the overwhelmingly peaceful protestors bringing their petitions to the capital as "fringe" and "extremist" and unrepresentative of Canada.

Bannon Accuses the Feds of Snooping on One of His Lawyers in Explosive Court Filing.  Former Breitbart head and Trump advisor Steve Bannon is under investigation by the feds and it looks like his already unenviable situation might be even worse than it looks on its face.  Now, according to a recently filed court document, the very feds that are charging him are also attacking his ability to defend himself by snooping on one of his lawyers.  That document, a motion to compel discovery on the issue of whether his lawyer is, in fact, being spied upon by the government includes numerous shocking claims, which, if true, shine a light on just how far Team Brandon will go to attack political dissidents.

Do You Trust the U.S. Government?  o you trust the U.S. government?  I don't recommend it.  Consider what John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said a couple of days ago at a press briefing.  "We believe," Kirby said, that Russia is planning to stage a fake attack by Ukrainian military or intelligence forces against Russian sovereign territory, or against Russian speaking people," in order to justify an invasion of Ukraine.  Kirby had lots of details:  "We believe that Russia would produce a very graphic propaganda video, which would include corpses and actors that would be depicting mourners, and images of destroyed locations, as well as military equipment, at the hands of Ukraine or the West." [...] Should we be worried?  Yes.  But not necessarily for the reasons that Kirby and his puppet masters want you to be worried.  The United States is sending troops and arms to aid Ukraine, so of course there needs to be an emergency to justify that action.  John Kirby just outlined a scary scenario.  But inquiring minds want to know:  What's his evidence for this dramatic claim?  That was the burden of the remarkable exchange between State Department spokesman (and former CIA operative) Ned Price and veteran AP reporter Matt Lee.

Victory for Freedom in Some Areas in Canada, but Ottawa Official Has Ominous Words for Truckers.  [Scroll down]  Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau is not one of those with common sense, and some of the officials in Ottawa are — in a word — insane.  The Ottawa city council police board met today.  The chair of the board, Diane Deans, was completely out to lunch, calling it a "threat to democracy" and "nationwide insurrection."  She said it "must end," and she wanted more police force brought to bear, which would not end well.

Is the Coronavirus the Greatest Crime Against Humanity?  China hid the outbreak of Covid-19 from the world for months. [...] Possibly as a reward for their efforts to conceal the true origin of SARS-CoV-2, the scientists who shaped the "natural origins" narrative received over $50 million in NIAD funding in 2020 - 2021.  Remarkably, one of the scientists had told the group of scientists who participated in Fauci's teleconference, "I just can't figure out how this gets accomplished in nature."  He recently admitted that he had been advised not to mention the possibility of a lab origin.  As we enter the third year of the pandemic, a cover-up seems more and more certain.  It is entirely plausible that American taxpayers ended up funding a dangerous gain-of-function project in conjunction with the CCP. In the words of Reiner Füllmich, founder of the German Corona Investigative Committee that's suing the CDC, WHO and the World Economic Forum for violating the Nuremberg Code, the corona scandal is "the greatest crime against humanity ever committed."

Justin Trudeau Shows How Manipulative and Pathetic the Global Elites Are.  When thousands of truckers drove toward Ottawa in protest against the vaccine mandates, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described them as "the small fringe minority" holding "unacceptable views."  As the movement gained momentum and the truckers were joined and cheered on by scores of their compatriots objecting to Canada's regime of Covid oppression, Trudeau implied that they were racists and Nazis.  This he added on top of his earlier characterization of those who object to his policies as misogynists, science deniers, purveyors of misinformation, and conspiracy theorists.  By doing this he followed the standard line of the woke elites when dealing with those who do not want to go along with their dehumanizing and exploitative agendas.  Rather than meeting the other side in rational discussion, they simply hurl insults that are void of any substance.  "Racist," "Nazi," "conspiracy theorist," and "misogynist" are their slurs of choice.  It does not matter to them that such characterizations are baseless.  Their wanton abuse of language and truth shows just how pathetic and detached from reality the elitists really are.

Quebec City Canada Officially Proclaims, The Peasants are Revolting.  It really does seem like something out of a modern-day Monty Python skit.  Officials in the city of Quebec City, Canada were fearful the pesky unwashed peasants might make their way to the parliament buildings, so they blocked the passages and sent guards to ensure no one could traverse the ramparts.  Good grief, if the politicians only had a drawbridge, you could be sure they would have pulled it up to keep the peasants away and survive the siege.  In an effort to retain their tenuous grip on power, Canadian officials have become a modern parody of medieval times.

Symbols of Shame.  [Scroll down]  What our government and the sycophantic corporations are asking of us is not only dangerous but totally silly.  It's not like we don't know that these drastic measures do nothing to combat the disease.  It's not like this is still an emergency; emergencies are sudden, require instant, often uninformed decisions.  But it's been two years.  There has never been a two-year emergency — a two-year recovery period, sure, but the predicament is, should be, short-lived and any government worthy of being called a government shouldn't take this long to figure things out.  It's time we called foul on this one.

From 1984 to 2022.  [Scroll down]  In 2022, embattled Americans are beginning to understand the parallels.  America's liberty and prosperity have drawn immigrants from around the world.  When liberty and prosperity were thriving as never before, Governor Andrew Cuomo countered that America was "never that great," but for the political class there was more to it.  From the start, they contend, America was nothing more than a bastion of racist oppression, founded to preserve and expand slavery.  Like the Party's take on capitalism, America had never produced anything of value.  So down came the statues, inscriptions and "anything that might throw light on the past."  As in 1984, America's founding documents are pure crimethink.  Teacher unions now force feed this propaganda in the schools and when parents object, the Department of Justice calls them domestic terrorists.  The January 6 protesters are held without bail and without trial.  Embattled Americans now face shortages of basic goods, surging energy prices, and rampant inflation.

This Is Not America, Part II.  A little more than a year ago, about nine months into the pandemic, we expressed concern about what had become of our country.  Had it become a nation of elitists vs. the rest?  A culture that had given up on itself?  A land of censorship?  A nation in which policies and political orientation are not merely matters of disagreement but causes of internal and irreconcilable turmoil? [...] The pandemic turned out to be the ideal opportunity for the authoritarians and smug self-appointed superiors among us to continue to split us apart, accrue more power unto themselves, marginalize dissenters, force compliance with a narrative of the deranged, crack down on speech, and use fear as a means of control.  No longer does the U.S. reflect the founders' vision of a nation of free people.  It more closely resembles a junior high school, where status is craved, and the unpopular kids are bullied and cast aside.

The Greatest Government Failure in American History.  The tally for how much the federal government spent to combat COVID-19 is now estimated to be $5 trillion.  It is more than the combined costs of World Wars I and II.  The left is celebrating that politicians in Washington saved us.  Really?  From what exactly?  Two years later, it is time for an honest assessment.  Could things have worsened for the country if the government had spent nothing and done nothing?  What would have happened if we had not shut down our businesses?  Our churches, schools and restaurants.  Our parks, basketball courts and playgrounds.  Would the public have made worse decisions regarding protecting its health and the health of its families and its employees than the politicians have made?

Meet the Capitol Police's New Spy Chief.  When most Americans hear the term "Capitol Police," they likely conjure visions of uniformed officers manning metal detectors at the numerous congressional buildings or helping tourists navigate the sprawling Capitol grounds:  a D.C. version of a mall cop.  That imagery, however, is in stark contrast to reality as Democrats have weaponized yet another federal agency to target their political enemies on the Right.  After January 6, 2021, Capitol Police officials announced plans to expand beyond the legislatively authorized purview of the agency and open offices in Florida and California, as well as in other states.  Congress overwhelmingly supported a bill last year to fork over $2.1 billion in new funding to the Capitol Police.  Now flush with cash and immune from any serious public oversight, the agency is returning the favor by spying on dissidents of the Biden regime.  According to Politico, Capitol Police investigators are preparing secret dossiers on lawmakers, congressional staff, donors, and even constituents who visit their representatives in public or in private.

Department of Homeland Security Warns That Domestic Terrorists With Hammers and Power Saws Are Plotting to Destroy the Power Grid.  [The] Department of Homeland Security is a joke.  It exists solely as a jobs program for paranoids specializing in manufacturing [specious] threats while ignoring real ones. [...] According to the FBI toad, domestic violent extremists have two things in common.  They are driven by racial hate... and they are Donald Trump supporters.  These alerts exist for one purpose.  They create a patina of proof for the fear-and-smear campaign the Biden junta is carrying out on its domestic opponents.  Relentlessly tying real people and real patriots who are concerned about the erosion of civil liberties under the illegal and unnecessary Wuhan virus regulations to potential terrorist acts is not only dishonest, it sets a predicate for treating them like terrorists and incarcerating them for long periods of time without any real intention of trying them for a crime... sort of like the January 6 political prisoners.

Congress's 1/6 Committee Claims Absolute Power as it Investigates Citizens With No Judicial Limits.  In its ongoing attempt to investigate and gather information about private U.S. citizens, the Congressional 1/6 Committee is claiming virtually absolute powers that not even the FBI or other law enforcement agencies enjoy.  Indeed, lawyers for the committee have been explicitly arguing that nothing proscribes or limits their authority to obtain data regarding whichever citizens they target and, even more radically, that the checks imposed on the FBI (such as the requirement to obtain judicial authorization for secret subpoenas) do not apply to the committee.  As we have previously reported and as civil liberties groups have warned, there are serious constitutional doubts about the existence of the committee itself.  Under the Constitution and McCarthy-era Supreme Court cases interpreting it, the power to investigate crimes lies with the executive branch, supervised by the judiciary, and not with Congress.  Congress does have the power to conduct investigations, but that power is limited to two narrow categories:  1) when doing so is designed to assist in its law-making duties (e.g., directing executives of oil companies to testify when considering new environmental laws) and 2) in order to exert oversight over the executive branch.  What Congress is barred from doing, as two McCarthy-era Supreme Court cases ruled, is exactly what the 1/6 committee is now doing: conducting a separate, parallel criminal investigation in order to uncover political crimes committed by private citizens. [...] This abuse of power is not merely abstract.  The Congressional 1/6 Committee has been secretly obtaining private information about American citizens en masse:  telephone records, email logs, internet and browsing history, and banking transactions.  And it has done so without any limitations or safeguards:  no judicial oversight, no need for warrants, no legal limitations of any kind.

My Time in the Tank.  With Paul Manafort's explosive new book, Political Prisoner, we finally have a full and honest detailed account of how the U.S. government, the not-so-special Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and particularly the FBI treated anyone and everyone connected to Donald Trump.  The plain truth is they were after him — and would stop at nothing in their quest of subversion.  I would know, because I, too, was in their sights.  Detained at Boston's Logan Airport, the FBI grilled me about the 2016 campaign, specific persons involved, Wikileaks, Roger Stone, Nigel Farage, and Russia.  It was evident that while they had a very thick file on me, and two warrants to confiscate my iPhone and laptop — which meant they had been surveilling me for some time — they knew I knew nothing of real value.  This was an act of intimidation of a patriotic U.S. citizen, one with a former Top Secret and Codeword security clearance, who had held senior positions in the government and served informally and without payment on the Trump presidential election campaign.

Second Democrat, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Arrested within a Day for Speaking Out Against Joe Biden's Failures.  Two Democrats have been arrested within a day of speaking out against wannabe Dictator Joe Biden.  This time black NY Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman.  Bownman was one of the dozen or so leftists Democrats who are staging a hunger strike outfront of the White House against Joe Biden after Biden once again failed to get a bill Democrats need to pass to steal elections indefinitely.  [Video clip]

FBI raid jeopardizes Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar's reelection bid.  House Republicans are spying a surprise opportunity to flip another Democratic-held district after the Laredo, Texas, home and campaign office of Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Wednesday.  Cuellar, 66, a centrist and frequent target of Republicans and the Left, has been impossible to dislodge since winning a seat in Congress in 2004. But Cuellar could be unexpectedly vulnerable beginning March 1, when he stands for renomination against a liberal challenger in the Democratic primary — or this fall, against a Republican, if it turns out the congressman is the target of a federal investigation and the inquiry extends deep into the election year.

Prominent Democrat, Publicly Critical of Joe Biden Border Policy, Gets a Visit from FBI Jackboots.  The political motives behind this FBI effort are, yet again, brutally transparent.  The FBI are for Joe Biden what the Russian FSB is for Vladimir Putin.  That's what they are.  That's all they are.  That's what they do.  How many dozens of examples does it take before people realize the FBI are criminal enforcers targeting any voices who rise in opposition to the DC system?  Seriously, when is enough, enough?  This should be a bipartisan issue.  Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar represents Texas' 28th Congressional District, which extends to the U.S.- Mexico border, and has been in Congress since 2005.  Cuellar has been very public and very critical of how Joe Biden has collapsed the U.S-Mexico border enforcement.  Suddenly, Cuellar becomes the target of the FBI.

The FBI goes after a Democrat who opposes Biden's border policies.  Ask any Democrat or other leftist whether the FBI was corrupt under J. Edgar Hoover and he or she will eagerly agree.  Hoover, an ardent Republican, not only used the agency to capture genuine criminals, but he also turned it into a spy agency tracking anyone he thought might be a communist.  Now, though, it appears that the FBI, with help from the DOJ, is going Hoover one better, and using all the old powers plus modern technology to investigate and arrest people who fail to support the Biden administration.  The FBI's latest target is Texas Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, who spoke out against Biden's illegal acts erasing America's southern border.  It's likely that most Americans, and especially most conservative Americans, had no idea who Henry Cuellar was before Biden entered the White House.  However, things changed when Biden issued a series of orders that effectively erased the southern border.

Biden's FBI Gestapo Raid the Home of a Fellow Democrat Days After he Turned on Biden's Border Policies.  More than two dozen FBI agents descended on Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar's Laredo, Texas home on Wednesday, just a day after he spoke out against Biden's border policy failures. [...] Democrats are quickly realizing that fellow Democrats care less about them once they're in power and will do absolutely anything to ensure they stay subservient, even if it means having the FBI raid your house to keep you quiet.  [Video clip]

The authoritarians must be stopped.  Since time immemorial, The Left has been about one thing and one thing only: power.  To wit:  does anybody truly believe those that want to ostracize the unvaccinated, tax them, fine them, take away their livelihoods, and confine them to "camps" really wish to do so out of concern for the unvaccinated?  Or for anybody — or anything — else but their own power?  Is this why people in need of life-saving organ transplants are being sent away if they haven't acquiesced to the jab?  Is this why those that so loudly profess deep concern for their fellow man so often make comments about those with whom they disagree like, "let them die?"  Democrats and "progressives," and authoritarians of all stripes, have imposed their will on the rest of us for two years now, in the form of mask and vaccine mandates.  At times they have told us we can't go to work or leave our homes, have our family over for Christmas, attend church, go to weddings, visit dying relatives, or even allow more than a handful of people to grieve with us at their funerals.

After COVID, Never Again.  Two years ago, how many people would have predicted that tennis's number one ranked player would be banned from competing in Australia and France for refusing to allow their governments to decide what is injected into his body?  How many people would have predicted the construction of internment camps to house citizens who similarly refuse to comply?  How many would have predicted that national leaders of "democratic" countries would demand censorship of dissenting points of view?  How many would have predicted that tech and media companies would eagerly jump at those calls for censorship by actively deleting from the public square any voices contrary to the official narratives sanctioned by those in power?  Whatever threat to human health the China Virus poses, it has been dwarfed by the threats to peace, stability, and freedom caused by two years of government tyranny run amok. [...] All of this leads to a [condemnatory] question:  why have so few people with power stood up during these last two years to call out this COVID-1984 madness for what it is — the greatest and most organized attack on human freedom in nearly a century?

Covid: A Collision of Historical and Scientific Illiteracy.  [Scroll down]  How has the public's willful ignorance been established so easily?  The Covid crimes were carefully practiced beforehand through a series of exercises conducted by governments and corporations since 9/11.  And the operation builds upon elements utilized in all the previous government crimes against humanity.  Here are three primary components.
  [#1]   As has been demonstrated through all of history, the most effective way to dumb down a population is through fear.  Communism, terrorism, WMDs, virus... it all works the same way.  This basic feature of the Covid scare is one of many features and outcomes that it shares with previous psychological operations.
  [#2]   Censorship is another hallmark of authoritarian tyranny and we are seeing it raised to a new level in the media today.  Any doctor or scientist who has spoken out about the obvious lack of scientific scrutiny applied to the Covid scare has been blocked on social media and ignored or smeared on television, radio, and in print.
  [#3]   In America the most useful tool driving willful ignorance has been the narrative behind the phony 2-party system in politics.  The Covid scare works in part because many Americans are easily controlled through the farcical theater of "right-left" identity politics.  Today if you want "the left" to take a position, all that is needed is to frame it as opposition to Trump.  Control of "the right" is just as easy.  This works despite the fact that we are ruled by an oligarchy that does the same things no matter who is in office.

Judge fines cancer patient, 72, for overgrown lawn: 'I'd give jail time if I could'.  A hardline judge has fined and ridiculed a 72-year-old Michigan man with lymphoma, ruling that he "should be ashamed" of being too weak to mow his overgrown lawn.  Burhan Chowdhury of Hamtramck, a community about six miles north of Detroit, admittedly fell behind in yard maintenance after he was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes in 2019.  His overgrown property prompted local officials to subpoena Chowdhury.  In now-viral footage of the Zoom court hearing on Jan. 10, Chowdhury's breathing appeared labored as Judge Alexis G. Krot of the 31st District Court berated him.  "You should be ashamed of yourself," says Krot, in a video shared Jan. 12 on social media, and viewed more than 37,500 times as of Thursday morning.  "If I could give you jail time on this, I would."

The FBI's Broken Relationship with Us.  All large organizations suffer from the occasional presence of bad actors.  The FBI is no exception.  But it managed to retain a good relationship with the public in spite of its flaws, because it was still solving rather than creating crimes.  But something fundamentally changed in the last five years. [...] This would have been the thinking of lunatic conspiracy theorists just a few years ago.  With the targeting of protesting parents and Trump-supporters we've seen in recent years, it is entirely plausible.  The FBI will cease being the "plumbers" (the nickname for Nixon's henchmen) for the Democrats and become the enemy of both parties.  Then either it or America will die.  A free people cannot coexist with a secret police force, using investigations for purposes other than law enforcement.  The contest will be epic.

Wrongly Imprisoned Real Estate Broker Demands Investigation of Ohio Prosecutors.  The Obama administration targeted sole proprietors and small businesses in the real estate industry after the crash of 2008, while letting the big banks off the hook with bailouts.  One of most horrific cases involved Republican real estate broker Tony Viola, who served nine and a half years in prison as a juicy target of Ohio Democratic prosecutor Dan Kasaris.  He was convicted of supposedly tricking banks into offering mortgages with no money down.  But in reality, the banks were knowingly offering those loans — evidence the prosecution withheld from him.  Viola only got out of prison due to an employee of the prosecution, Dawn Pasela, becoming so disgusted with the suppression of evidence showing the banks weren't tricked and other corruption such as missing computers full of evidence that she changed sides, helping Viola conduct a successful appeal pro se from prison.

The Federal Government Has Become Pablo Escobar.  In reflecting upon the crises collectivists and globalists have unleashed on civilization, Brandon Smith over at Alt-Market asks an important question:  "Is there a way to prevent psychopaths from getting into positions of power?"  He rightly sees free societies as being under sustained attack by a collection of narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths who have effectively taken over government and today conspire for "mutual gain" at the expense of those governed, "much like a pack of wolves" hunting and tearing apart their prey.  He sagely notes that our current situation is ironic because the construction of democratic institutions over the last three centuries was intended, among other things, to liberate populations living under daily threats of death and turmoil brought by the rule of royal dynasties genetically predisposed to psychopathy and self-grandeur.  Democratic institutions, in contrast, were supposed to provide strong mechanisms for "weed[ing] out aberrant individuals" through transparent elections.  Looking around today at who runs for office and holds power, though, it would seem that having an "aberrant" personality is more of a requirement than a disqualification.

The real insurrection began on Jan. 5 ... 2017.  Merriam-Webster defines "insurrection" as "an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government."  This being so, the one real insurrection within anyone's memory was hatched on Jan. 5, 2017.  The conspirators met in the White House on that day to plot a quiet coup against President-elect Donald Trump.  Presiding was President Barack Obama.  Joining him was his national security team including all the usual suspects: the FBI's Jim Comey, the CIA's John Brennan, Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.  Following the meeting, Obama asked Yates and Comey to stick around along with Rice, his trusted scribe and factotum.  Obama had a reason for singling out Comey and Yates.  Unlike the others, they were staying on in their jobs.

The FTC's rebellion against the judiciary.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) must be held accountable for its open defiance of the Supreme Court's directives.  For decades, the FTC relied on a statute authorizing "permanent injunctions" to obtain monetary fines.  That always seemed strange.  After all, neighboring sections of the law allow the commission to seek limited monetary penalties, while injunctions normally only prevent future action and do not entail an award of any damages.  Yet "disgorgement" awards — the return payment of supposedly illegal gains — became so pervasive that in 2019, for example, courts ordered that $723.2 million be paid to the government in such awards.  The Supreme Court seemingly put that practice to an end in April, in AMG Capital Management, LLC v. FTC, when it unanimously held that the statute never allowed the "Commission to seek, and a court to award, equitable monetary relief such as restitution or disgorgement."  Disgorgement was just an illegal power grab.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his Brother Dawid [have been] Arrested after Peaceful Protest.  Artur Pawlowski, the Pastor of the Cave of Adullam Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada was swarmed by police and arrested in May 2021 after holding an "illegal" church service on that Saturday.  You may remember Pawlowski was the brave Canadian Christian Pastor who shouted down police officers who interrupted his church service during Holy Week.

Pentagon Issues Guidelines to Crack Down on Domestic and Patriotic "Extremism" Within Military Ranks.  As our nation's greatest enemies build their military might and actively threaten to launch attacks, US Military and Defense leaders are focusing on the important things — mainly, purging the ranks of all dissenters and pushing the Left's radical ideology.  On Monday [12/20/2021], as over 28,000 world-class men and women await their dishonorable discharge for refusing to take the experimental vaccine, the Pentagon issued detailed new guidelines that prohibit service members from engaging in a wide range of activities, citing concerns of increased "domestic violent extremism" within the military over the past few months.

Tapper Calls Out Pelosi's Opposition to Making Congress More Ethical.  Subverting the expectations of some of his critics and going back to how he used to do things, CNN's Jake Tapper spent over eight minutes on Thursday's edition of The Lead going after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her opposition to measures that would make Congress more ethical and crackdown on insider trading.  He even brought on the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub to take her to task.  Immediately after returning from a commercial break, Tapper announced it was time for a "conflict of interest watch."  He then likely made her fan base unhappy by warning that "Ethics experts" were "sounding the alarm today after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not support a ban on members of Congress and their spouses from trading stocks while in office."  Chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju joined him and noted the Business Insider investigation that found "found that 49 Members of Congress and 182 senior-level congressional staffers" were in direct violation of the 2012 STOCK Act that was passed in an attempt to keep insider trading from occurring.

America Is Much More than Its Government.  An honest politician, as if any existed, would tell you politicians are in the business of creating problems where none exists, so that they can solve them, declare victory, and parade around as heroes.  While they are fast to proclaim poverty, their vocation is entirely about pecuniary gain.  They engage in the kind of insider trading and quid pro quo that would send anybody else in America straight to prison.  Many of them enter office with lint in their pockets, and many retire as millionaires.  Taxpayers, in effect, pay criminals to represent their interests, and to nobody's surprise, the criminals fleece the taxpayers silly and drop new problems at their doorsteps along the way.  It's all grift and gripe for personal glory.

The Rule of Law Has Been Replaced by One Set of Rules for the Left and Another for the Right.  One of the founding ideals of the United States was that the same system of laws would apply to everyone equally.  Two people convicted of the same or similar offense, all things being equal, should receive approximately the same punishment.  It doesn't always work that way; wealth and fame do have a way of making crimes, like murder, go away, but those instances are anomalies.  Over the last four years, though, things have started to come unglued.  The courts willingly cooperated with the obscene persecution of Michael Flynn.  Department of Justice functionary Andrew Weissmann was able to weaponize the judicial apparatus to carry out his personal vendetta against Paul Manafort and President Trump.  Since the summer of 2020, though, it has become blatantly obvious that we have a two-tiered justice system in this country, and your personal politics determines how the courts treat you.

Nancy Pelosi defends members of Congress trading stocks after report said 49 have violated conflict of interest law.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to face blowback for her comments defending lawmakers who trade in stocks even while having access to potentially market-moving information.  'We are a free-market economy.  They should be able to participate in that,' Pelosi responded Wednesday when asked whether Members of Congress and their spouses should be banned from trading individual stocks.  She was responding to questions about a Business Insider report on dozens of lawmakers who have failed to meet requirements of the STOCK Act by failing turn in timely reports on their asset sales and purchases.

Why Nancy Pelosi is wrong about lawmakers trading in stocks.  A few days back, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that lawmakers should not be prevented from trading stocks.  "We are a free market economy.  They should be able to participate in that," Pelosi said.  Her remarks are probably owing to the fact that Pelosi's husband holds stocks and options worth tens of millions of dollars. [...] Pelosi insisted that she had no involvement or prior knowledge of her husband's stock investments.  She also stated that she had no stock on her name.  However, the fact that Pelosi's husband made millions from various big tech firms that she is supposed to regulate, at the very least is a huge conflict of interest.  But Pelosi is not the only one.  Back in April, a study by the Campaign Legal Center discovered that both Republican and Democratic lawmakers bought and sold stocks hundreds of times throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  Many lawmakers had invested in industries whose importance and relevance were elevated owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They also sold their stocks from the hospitality industry, restaurants, and other sectors that were adversely affected by the pandemic.

Pelosi On Why Congress Should Be Allowed To Trade Stock After Dozens Broke Law:  We 'Should Be Able To'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brushed off questions on Wednesday about why Members of Congress should be allowed to trade stock when a recent report found that dozens allegedly broke insider trading laws.  "Madam Speaker, Insider just completed a five-month investigation finding that 49 Members of Congress and 182 senior Congressional staffers have violated the STOCK Act, the insider trading law," a reporter said.  "I'm wondering if you have any reaction to that." [...] "Why shouldn't they be banned?" the reporter asked.  "Because this is a free market and people — we are a free market economy," Pelosi responded.  "They should be able to participate in that."  Pelosi's husband, investor Paul Pelosi, reportedly trades large volumes of stocks on a regular basis, according to Business Insider.  Pelosi has a net worth of nearly $50 million, according to a separate report from Business Insider.

Congress and top Capitol Hill staff have violated the STOCK Act hundreds of times.  But the consequences are minimal.  Congress has a spotty and inconsistent method for collecting fines from members and top staffers who break a federal law designed to stop insider trading and conflicts of interest, an Insider investigation found.  Insider's investigation of financial disclosures found that 49 members of Congress and at least 182 of the highest-paid Capitol Hill staffers were late in filing their stock trades during 2020 and 2021.  Lawmakers and senior congressional staffers who blow past the deadlines established by the 2012 Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act are supposed to pay a late fee of $200 the first time.  Increasingly higher fines follow if they continue to be late — potentially costing tens of thousands of dollars in extreme cases.  But accountability and transparency are decidedly lacking.

Do Not Doubt Me.  [Scroll down]  So remember:  if you heard it from the head of one of our Deep State alphabet bureaucracies it is most likely not true.  The primary reason these agencies exist anymore is to propagate the Left's Big Lies. e.g.
  •   CDC: COVID
  •   DOJ: January 6 Insurrection
  •   FBI: Russian Collusion
  •   FEMA: Climate Change
  •   IRS: Targeting Political Enemies
The Left will remain in perpetual crisis mode not just because it's good for the Legacy Media's bottom line but because its the truest, shortest path to power and control.

The Account That Posted The Viral Patriot Front Video Yesterday Was Fake Created Days Ago.  This viral video of the Patriot Front marchers from the now-suspended "@SherylLewellen" account, which was created just days ago, had over 1 million views!  [Video clip]  Now, if you saw this video earlier on Twitter, the account might have looked a little different.  And that's because the profile photo used to be of an attractive blonde woman whose bio claimed she was a digital/print journo with a love of avocados:  [Tweets]

"Patriot Front" FEDS Dressed As A "Radical White Supremacy" Group March On Washington DC — Police Helps Them To Get Into Their U-Hauls And Illegally Drive Away.  Raws Alerts, "a fast and accurate nonprofit news outlet" with 31,000 followers, is reporting that a group of 150 to 200 people calling themselves the Patriot Front are currently marching on the National Mall on their way to the US Capitol.  [Tweet with video clip]  A group of alleged white supremacists stormed through downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, bearing American flags and mildly menacing plastic shields while marching to the beat of a snare drum down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  But after chanting aggressively about their plans to "reclaim America," their intended show of force stalled spectacularly when they lost their ride.  While the group had marched through the city with threatening chants about their plan to "reclaim America," by the end of the night it was not even clear how they intended to reclaim their U-Haul. [...] However more videos surfaced and people accused the alleged hate group of being full of undercover federal agents:  [More tweets]  Watch DC Police direct traffic around a Uhaul so that definitely not Feds the "Patriot Front" can load 30 deep and then totally-not-illegally drive away.  Apparently, this happened with multiple U-Hauls.

A 'Right-Wing' Group Marches on the Capitol — and Leaves a Lot of Questions.  Last night, videos began to circulate of a largely unheard of "right-wing" group called the "Patriot Front" marching in costume toward the US Capitol Building.  Reports put their numbers at around 100-200 people. [...] The entire thing was just weird.  Typically, when these white supremacist groups demonstrate, they make a big deal about it, advertise it, etc. because the entire point is to put eyes on their grotesque ideology.  They also don't typically hide their identities.  In this case, a group of masked individuals show up to march with fake shields and then quickly retreat to box trucks?  It's actually illegal to ride in the back of a truck like that in DC.  Why didn't the USCP give out tickets?  Or arrest anyone?

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Domestic Travel Ban for Unvaccinated 'Not Off the Table' Says Psaki.  Even though Biden suspended his vaccine mandate for federal workers to save himself a few approval points, he's nevertheless looking for alternative ways to "force" people to get vaccinated, and a domestic travel ban is one such possibility. [...] However, like his vaccine mandate, a ban on domestic travel is also unconstitutional, as it is guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment.  Unfortunately, the Biden administration doesn't even consider the Constitution as a guideline, let alone a set of rules.

Consequences Needed for Rittenhouse Prosecutors.  Prosecutors, especially those with political ambitions, will latch on to socially popular issues such as fear of witches in the seventeenth century or sex crimes and racially-charged controversies today.  [Examples omitted for brevity.]  If they can do this to Rittenhouse, the Amiraults, Grant Snowden, the Duke Lacrosse players, and countless others, then they can do it to you and me.  This is why there needs to be social consequences for prosecutorial overreach even if the overreach does not violate the ABA's Rules of Professional Conduct.

How Judicial Misbehavior Skates in America.  We have a serious problem within the federal Judiciary in how it protects itself from malfeasance issues when people file judicial misconduct complaints against judges.  The Judicial Conduct and Disability Act allows "[a]ny person alleging that a judge has engaged in conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts" to file a complaint against the judge.  And then when a complaint is filed, everything simply goes out the window in terms of transparency and accountability — and yes, even the ultimate goal of justice, due to built-in rules designed to muzzle the public and prevent an actual meaningful proceeding.  First, there is a law dictating that with a few exceptions, all papers, documents, and records of proceedings relating to judicial misconduct complaints shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed by any person in any proceeding.  In other words, when a person has information about judicial corruption done by a federal judge, once that person files a complaint against that judge, that person cannot make any public statements about the judicial malfeasance.

Lawsuits challenge agency courts that issue ruinous fines, flout separation of powers.  an the U.S. compel a business to pay more than half a million dollars in fines just because a government agency says so?  A lawsuit on behalf of a New Jersey family farm aims to whittle down the powers of administrative courts, whose judges are employed by federal agencies and answer to their leaders, and force the feds to prove their case "in a real court."  Joe and Russell Marino lost five years of challenges before Labor Department employees who acted as "prosecutor, judge and jury," according to the Institute for Justice (IJ), which is representing the brothers and their Sun Valley Orchards.  Trial and appellate administrative law judges (ALJs) upheld $550,000 in fines, most of that based on a "single paperwork violation."  Just $10,000 concerned "actual working conditions," mostly from workers driving farm vehicles without U.S. driver's licenses, IJ said.  The agency classified $200,000 as a penalty and $350,000 as "back wages" that are not actually owed to employees but largely stem from the farm's failure to disclose its "meal plan" on its H-2A visa program application in 2015, when it first sought migrant workers.

Alan Dershowitz's stark warning:  Justice system becoming infected by critical race theory.  lan Dershowitz, the famed law scholar and appellate lawyer, has a stark warning for judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers:  America's justice system is being corrupted by identity politics and critical race theory.  In an interview with Just the News, Dershowitz deplored the growing trend in recent criminal cases toward political agendas supplanting the neutral consideration of evidence and law that has been the lifeblood of U.S. jurisprudence for more than two centuries.  "It's becoming much more responsive, unfortunately, to critical race theory, basically, everything's about race," Dershowitz told the John Solomon Reports podcast in an interview aired this week.  "Everything's about race or politics.["]

California School Presses Kidnapping, Burglary Charges Against a Mom Who Legally Signed Her Child Out of School.  Brittany Sheehan escaped an abusive relationship and played by the rules regarding custody of her daughter and for protection against domestic violence and abuse.  For that, she's being rewarded with criminal charges for kidnapping and burglary after signing her daughter out of school.

Onward Into Darkness.  [Scroll down]  Next was the FBI's invasion of Project Veritas chief James O'Keefe's home in a case involving "Joe Biden's" daughter Ashley Biden's personal diary, which Project Veritas was alleged to be holding, and which supposedly contained some entries about sketchy father-and-daughter showers together.  Bad optics for a floundering president already suspected of being a bit free with his touch, shall we say, around the little ones (not to mention the florid pornographic exploits self-documented by son Hunter).  Instead of defending Mr. O'Keefe's first amendment rights, the legacy news media piled on him as "not a real journalist."  More to the point, though, within hours of the FBI confiscating Mr. O'Keefe's cell phones and other devices, Mr. O'Keefe's private communications with his attorneys turned up in the hands of The New York Times, which published some of the material.  Of course, James O'Keefe is in the middle of a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times.  And wasn't it a fortuitous coincidence that the newspaper came into possession of their adversary's privileged information?  The thing is (of course), that the info could have only been provided to The Times by one possible source:  the FBI, investigative arm of the DOJ.  Days later, Judge Analisa Torres from the Southern District of New York ordered the FBI to stop extracting data from the phones — as if they hadn't already downloaded every last shred and made a zillion copies.  Where is the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz?  Where is the DOJ's ethics office?  Why has the leaker not been outed and arraigned?

Police arrest two moms opposing mask mandates at Georgia school board meeting.  Two mothers who oppose school mask mandates and the teaching of Critical Race Theory to children have been arrested by police at a school board meeting after one failed to wear a mask and the other was found in possession of a pair of scissors.  The arrests took place Thursday [11/18/2021] at the Gwinnett County Public Schools district headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia, as the two moms were passing through a security checkpoint with metal detectors.

Americans are enduring a Biden reign of terror.  Prisoners with no criminal history are being held without bail or due process in the D.C. jail where they are regularly abused by guards.  Parents who show up at school board meetings to address their concerns about COVID mandates or the CRT curriculum are being tagged as domestic terrorists.  Moms who have become active in election integrity campaigns have had their front doors broken down with battering rams by an FBI SWAT team, their homes searched, their electronics confiscated, all without an explanation or civil attempt to contact their legal representation.  Journalist James O'Keefe of Project Veritas had his home raided by the FBI, his home searched for hours, his personal property confiscated and leaked to the NYT.  Many people who were merely present at the January 6 rally in DC have endured police state tactics.

School Board Calls Police Over Lawyer's Maskless Lollipop Eating.  The Lodi School District official who asked police to respond to an orderly school board meeting earlier this month said police presence would make a board member "feel better."  "We would like to have a Lodi officer up at the district office," Maureen Palmer, administrative assistant to District Administrator Vince Breunig says in a 911 call November 8 to the Columbia County Sheriff's Department.  The audio was obtained by Empower Wisconsin.  "He does not have to come lights and sirens, we just want to have him present at our board meeting the way it's going," Palmer says.  "Is it becoming disorderly?  Do you feel like it might?" the dispatcher asks.  It wasn't, but district officials felt like it could, according to Palmer.  "We would just like his presence here, just come and be present for a while," Palmer added.

How Did Ordinary American People Become Domestic Terrorists in The Eyes of The Deep State.  Barack Obama and Eric Holder did not create a weaponized DOJ and FBI; the institutions were already weaponized by the Patriot Act.  Instead, what Obama and Holder did was to take the preexisting system and retool it so the weapons of government only targeted one side of the political continuum. [...] What Barack Obama and Eric Holder did with that new construct was refine the internal targeting mechanisms so that only their ideological opposition became the target of the new national security system.  This is very important to understand as you dig deeper into this research outline.  Washington DC created the modern national security apparatus immediately and hurriedly after 9/11/01.  DHS came along in 2002, and within the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 the ODNI was formed.  When Barack Obama and Eric Holder arrived a few years later, those newly formed institutions were viewed as opportunities to create a very specific national security apparatus that would focus almost exclusively against their political opposition.

Rand Paul Urges Whistleblowers to Expose Biden Administration Abuses of Civil Liberties.  Sen. Rand Paul sharply criticized the "politicized" FBI and the Department of Justice, calling for more whistleblowers to expose government trampling of American liberties.  "I think anytime someone is breaking the law in government, it's a good idea to hear about it," the Kentucky Republican said in a Thursday interview with The Daily Signal.  "And so, frankly, yes, I think it is a good idea for people to reveal when the government's breaking the rules."  Paul's remarks follow news that the head of the FBI's Criminal and Counterterrorism divisions reportedly ordered agents Oct. 20 to identify threats against school board members and teachers with a "threat tag" — although Attorney General Merrick Garland told lawmakers the next day that the FBI was not using counterintelligence tools to target parents.

The Rittenhouse trial:  Our corporate media and big tech are truly sinister.  Under the radar, several of our law-enforcement and other institutions, like the IRS, were weaponized during the Obama administration.  Obama used the DOJ, the FBI, the CIA, the IRS, the Departments of Education and Agriculture, the FEC and the rest of our alphabet bureaus to torment his administration's opposition in various ways.  Duly weaponized, those institutions took their cues from Obama and Hillary Clinton, a veteran of vicious political opposition, and doubled down to destroy President Trump using the dirtiest tricks in their kit bags.  And now that the wretched Joe Biden is their front man, the snakes who make their nests in those alphabet syndicates no longer feel any need to conduct their shady operations in secret.  Now they carry out their Stalinist machinations right out in the open.  Parents who show up to speak at school board meetings?  Domestic terrorists.  Question the 2020 election results?  Crazed conspiracy theorist.  Be a known Trump supporter in DC on January 6?  Lock them up and throw away the key.  How is it possible that these agencies entrusted to enforce the law and uphold the Constitution are getting away with all this thuggery?

DOJ Inspector General Says Department Must Address Concerns About Politicization.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) must address deepening concerns that it's not insulated from political influence, the agency's watchdog stated in a new report.  The DOJ failed to follow policies and procedures designed to protect it from accusations that it's politicized or partially applying the law in a number of cases, including while investigating Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election and in leaks to the media, Inspector General Michael Horowitz noted.  "Numerous national events in the past year have crystalized the urgency for the department to address this challenge in a meaningful way," he wrote, including the discovery that the DOJ under the Trump administration obtained communications to and from members of Congress and accusations that protesters were cleared from Lafayette Square in Washington on June 1, 2020, for political purposes.  Such events "have all raised questions about the department's objectivity and impartiality" and "negatively impacted the perception of the department as a fair administrator of justice," Horowitz said.

FBI's Damage Control on Investigation of Parents Makes Things Even Worse.  We reported yesterday that an FBI whistleblower had leaked some disturbing information to Congress.  The information was an email showing that, contrary to Attorney General Merrick Garland's testimony before Congress that the DOJ/FBI wasn't treating parents objecting to school board actions as "domestic terrorists," their Counterterrorism unit was in fact involved in looking into the issue, and putting "threat tags" on all "investigations and assessments of threats specifically directed against school board administrations, board members, teachers, and staff."  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) demanded that Garland answer why this was different from Garland's prior testimony, and asked that he come back before Congress to explain all this.

Whistleblower revealed FBI used counter-terrorism tactics to investigate parents complaining about CRT.  House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed Joe Biden's Justice Department for an 'egregious abuse of power' on Tuesday and demanded Attorney General Merrick Garland testify before Congress about the counterterrorism tactics the FBI is using to investigate parents.  'In an egregious abuse of power with the potential to unfairly track Americans' activities, President Biden's Department of Justice is using FBI criminal and counterterrorism resources to target parents,' McCarthy said in a statement.  'Attorney General Garland must return to Congress to address, under oath, in detail, the discrepancies regarding the directives he issued involving investigating America's parents,' he demanded.

FBI Whistleblower Claims DOJ Used Counterterrorism Tools against Parents in Response to School-Board Memo.  Citing an internal email provided by an FBI whistleblower, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee revealed Tuesday [11/16/2021] that the Bureau has created a system to track threats against school board officials and administrators, and accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of misleading lawmakers when he was asked about the subject during his previous testimony before the committee.  The FBI's "Counterterrorism and Criminal Divisions created a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of related threats," according to the email.  "The purpose of the threat tag is to help scope this threat on a national level and provide an opportunity for comprehensive analysis of the threat picture for effective engagement with law enforcement."  The email was signed by Counterterrorism Division assistant director Timothy Langan, and former Criminal Division assistant director Calvin Shivers, who retired earlier this month.

Rep. Jim Jordan:  Email Shows FBI Using 'Counterterrorism Tools' Against 'Concerned Parents'.  The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is asking Attorney General Merrick Garland about his October testimony to that same committee, citing a document unearthed by a whistleblower that shows the FBI started using a specific tag to track threats related to schools.  "We are now in receipt of a protected disclosure from a [Justice] Department whistleblower showing that the FBI's counterterrorism division is compiling and categorizing threat assessments related to parents, including a document directing FBI personnel to use a specific 'threat tag' to track potential investigations," writes Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in a Nov. 16 letter to Garland.  "This disclosure provides specific evidence that federal law enforcement operationalized counterterrorism tools at the behest of a left-wing special-interest group against concerned parents," Jordan adds, referring to the National School Boards Association.

DOJ says it will 'vigorously defend' Biden OSHA COVID-19 vaccine mandate in court.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) says it will "vigorously defend" the guidelines laid out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which seek to enforce vaccine requirements on all businesses with 100 employees or more by Jan. 4, 2022.  Following the Friday [11/12/2021] decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a stay on the OSHA order a DOJ spokesperson said the Biden administration would fight back.  "This decision is just the beginning of the process for review of this important OSHA standard," a spokesperson told Fox News.  "The Department will continue to vigorously defend the standard and looks forward to obtaining a definitive resolution following consolidation of all of the pending cases for further review."

Fifth Circuit Slams Zhou Regime's Mandate.  While much of the attention of the nation remains on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, there is good news from the frontline of the battle against the Covid Regime.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed it's stay on the Mandate.  Such stays are issued when it appears that the petitioners are likely to succeed on the merits of their case.  In the 21 page opinion — which you can read [elsew]here — the Court explains exactly why they think the petitioners will succeed.  What I've done below is provide excerpts from the opinion, basically from the introduction to the detailed legal analysis.  In this limited selection an overall picture of the reasoning to come is sketched out.  I've deleted most citations for the sake of readability.  I've retained the footnotes (sans citations) on one page because they're substantive to the argument.  The rest of the editing should be pretty obvious pagination.  What's notable, and gratifying, about this opinion is that to my eyes it is dripping with contempt for this regime and its figurehead who fronts for it.  The Court is clearly highly offended at the openly proclaimed intent of the regime to find a "work-around" for, basically, the rule of law as we know it.  Seen in this light — as it should be — this case is fundamentally important to the preservation of a free nation under law.

Arizona School Board Officials Kept Secret Dossier on Dissident Parents and Employed a Private Investigator to Gather Oppo Research on Them.  Over the last six months or so, it has become more and more common to read stories about school boards that have essentially gone to war with the parents of the children in the school system they oversee.  Ground zero of the war zone was Loudoun County, Virginia.  Loudoun County is one of those Virginia counties that used to be reliably Republican but now has been overrun by leftist scum working for federal contractors and the federal government and has turned hard left.  I hope Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott keep this in mind when trying to entice Silicon Valley and Wall Street companies to relocate to their states.  The flashpoint was the efforts by the Loudoun County school board, without any debate or input from parents, to mainstream transgenderism.  Along with this dangerous nonsense, the school board adopted outright racism tarted up in pseudo-academic language, obscured from view as "critical race theory," and imposed by "diversity, inclusion, and equity" mandates, the standard operating philosophy for the county schools.

Arizona school board member had 'dossier' of private information on 'wacko' parents.  The president of the Scottsdale, Arizona, school board had a Google Drive full of private information, including Social Security numbers, of parents who had expressed their opposition to school mask mandates.  The drive, which the Washington Examiner reviewed, contains numerous financial records from several of the parents involved in the group, including mortgage statements, bankruptcy filings, and divorce filings.  Included on those forms are portions of Social Security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers of parents who had expressed opposition to school mask mandates and critical race theory.

Scottsdale Unified Assures Parents Of Privacy In Aftermath Of Secret Dossier Discovery, Parents Call For Greenburg Resignation.  The Scottsdale Unified School District's administration is scrambling to do damage control after a group of mothers discovered Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg had access to a Google Drive full of personal information, documents, and photos of about 47 people, including children.  An email sent out Wednesday evening by the SUSD's Communications Office sought to assure families that their personal and educational data is safe.  However, the district also solely blamed the discovered digital dossier* site on Mark Greenburg, the father of Jann-Michael Greenburg.  The damage control appears to be too little too late for many parents in the Scottsdale Unified School District, including Amy Carney, a mother of six, who is among those calling for Greenburg to step down.

The Rittenhouse case highlights tyrannical prosecutors.  America is suffering from a rash of prosecutors who are petty tyrants bent on fundamentally changing America by nullifying our duly enacted laws.  That is as unconstitutional at the county and state level as it is at the federal level.  Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the conduct of the prosecutors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.  Prosecutors are part of the executive branch and it is their sworn duty to uphold all laws.  They have no power to nullify laws they don't like, whether it be bail, property crimes, or the laws governing illegal aliens and immigration.  A particularly damaging example of this is occurring in Wisconsin, where the fundamental right to keep and bear arms in self-defense is under attack by an outrageously abusive district attorney's office.

With help from the DOJ, the National Archives enters the political fray.  The Select Committee investigating the events on January 6, when Donald Trump was still president, is asking the White House to produce documents relating to that day.  Trump has filed a motion asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction on the ground that these documents are both private and privileged and should not be produced.  Then, on October 30, 2021, something peculiar happened: the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), acting through the DOJ, filed a brief opposing Trump's motion.  NARA should never have done this, and the court should rightfully ignore it.  "Non-partisan" government entities should not be writing and submitting opposition briefs in politically fraught lawsuits.  Doing so only leads to the further politicization of every aspect of our government. [...] To clarify, NARA has one job:  to be the custodian of records.  Simply put, the statute does not give it any other function.

Purposeful Crisis Keeps Unfolding as Biden's Irrelevant Polling Keeps Collapsing.  We are witnessing a very specific type of electoral frustration caused by officials within a system attempting to stop a communist style fundamental change by taking action within the same system simultaneously collapsing through the actions of the communists. [...] The Obama plan to use Biden as a disposable figure was designed for one specific four year term of maximum damage.  The polling is irrelevant.  Evidence of this purpose is found in the White House telling businesses to continue operating as if the vaccine mandate is legally authorized, despite a court ordered injunction against it.  We are in a post-constitutional system now where the traditional checks and balances are ignored.  This is a very Machiavellian approach being deployed against the American people.

The Pentagon investigates itself, finds no crime.  Fresh off their recent success in fleeing Afghanistan with their tails between their legs, leaving hundreds of Americans and billions of dollars in arms and munitions behind, the Pentagon was in a celebratory mood and decided to drone some ISIS-K terrorists. [...] So, the best and brightest among us decided to rain hellfire on a car in Kabul, reducing the occupants to greasy spots and causing the world to sit up and take notice of America's righteous wrath.  General Mark Milley, the beribboned chairman on the Joint Chiefs, declared the attack a "righteous strike" that probably saved U.S. troops from another terrorist attack.  Like the one at Kabul airport that Milley and his pals in "intelligence" failed to stop.  Sadly, it turns out Gen. Milley and his drone operators were too busy worrying about climate change and white supremacists in the military to properly verify their target.  He and his boys had in fact obliterated a car containing Afghan aid workers and seven children.

One Minute Before Midnight.  No one gets to tell you what your job is worth.  No one gets to tell you what you must allow into your body.  No one gets to tell you that you have no right to interfere with what they wish to "teach" your kids.  Period.  The Founders would alternately laugh and cry at this madness.  No one should be allowed to abridge your right to free speech, to defend yourself, or to believe and worship as you wish, and your conscience dictates.  No faceless, unelected bureaucrat should be allowed to essentially make laws that seriously impact your life.  And no one in power should be able to ignore, overturn or otherwise negate your vote.  (Those who preposterously pretend that there was absolutely no malfeasance in the 2020 presidential election are either complicit, ignorant, hiding behind a wall of deception, or insane.)

Who Eventually Won the Cold War?  Pause for a minute to recall the recent past:  Did the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff unlawfully intervene in the chain of command to reroute decisions of nuclear weapon readiness through himself?  Did he really contact his Chinese Communist counterpart to promise him that China would be warned of possible U.S. aggression?  Did the lead medical authority on America's COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, deny under oath the fact that he routed U.S. aid money, through a third party, to the ground-zero Wuhan virology lab to enhance gain-of-function viral research?  Did Attorney General Merrick Garland sic the FBI on parents complaining about critical race theory — on the concocted accusation from a school board group, in part cooked up with White House staffer help, that the parents were likely "domestic terrorists"?  Did we really spend 22 months and $40 million chasing the "Russian collusion" hoax, a myth ginned up by the left-wing media and its enablers in the FBI and CIA?  Does the public really believe our current ministry of information that the "border is closed"?  Or that high gas prices are good?  Or that empty shelves reflect strong demand and will result in a more mature public no longer needing to buy superfluous goods?  Or that spiraling inflation is proof of a strong economy?  Or that the road to the Kabul airport was open to anyone with a U.S. passport who wished to leave?  Or that the accidental U.S. drone killing of a family in Kabul was a "righteous strike"?

Biden and the Democrats are Undermining the Rule of Law.  An intriguing and distressing feature of the Biden administration and congressional Democrats is both having a propensity for law breaking and lawmaking.  They're different sides of the same coin. [...] Now let's take a quick look at Democrats' lawbreaking.  It accelerated in 2016 with Hillary Clinton's collusion with the DoJ, FBI, and CIA, principally, in trying to smear Donald Trump and derail his presidential campaign.  This criminal effort continued and doubled down during Trump's presidency — an effort replete with a special counsel (led by Robert Mueller), relentless harassment, and culminating in two unwarranted impeachments.  Whereas blue America may take smug satisfaction from their politicians conspiring with top federal appointees and bureaucrats to try to destroy a duly elected president, half or better of America took notes.  If the system can be weaponized to attempt to down a blameless president, what says that the feds can't waylay ordinary citizens — like parents whose "crime" is objecting to curriculum at local school board meetings?  Aren't those folk domestic terrorists, Merrick Garland?

Governments Love Inflation, and They Won't Do Anything to Stop It.  No government looking to massively expand its size in the economy and monetize a soaring deficit is going to act against rising prices, despite claiming the opposite.  One of the things that surprises citizens in Argentina or Turkey is that their populist governments always talk about the middle classes and helping the poor, yet inflation still soars, making everyone poorer.  Inflation is the gradual erosion of the purchasing power of the currency.  Governments will always use different excuses to justify inflation:  soaring demand, "supply chain disruptions," or evil corporations' greed.  However, most of the times these are excuses.  Inflation is always a monetary phenomenon.  Prices soar because money supply rises massively above real output and real money demand.

Meet Ray Epps:  The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol.  In a House hearing on Thursday [10/21/2021], Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) questioned AG Merrick Garland about a mysterious man, Ray Epps, instructing protesters to enter the US Capitol building on January 5, and who later shepherded crowds towards the Capitol on January 6.  [Tweet with video clip]  The story of the mystery man, Ray Epps, featured in Rep. Massie's video above is in fact far more shocking than even the good Congressman implies in the hearing.  It's a story so strange, and so scandalous at every turn, that it threatens to shatter the entire official narrative of the "Capitol Breach" and expose yet another dimension of proactive federal involvement in the so-called "insurrection" of January 6th.  If Revolver News's previous reporting points to a proactive role of the federal government in relation to the conspiracy cases against Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, the Ray Epps story that follows suggests a similar, yet more egregious, explicit, direct and immediate degree of federal involvement in the breach of the Capitol itself.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell sold up to $5 million worth of stock options just before Dow Jones tanked last year.  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sold between $1 million and $5 million worth of stock options that he owned just before the stock market tanked last year because the government failed to pass a stimulus measure, it has been reported.  Powell's stock sale was reported just weeks after two top officials with the central bank resigned and a third came under fire for making multi-million dollar stock trades during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He made the stock sales on October 1, 2020 — just as talks between Congress and the Trump White House over a new stimulus package broke down while COVID case counts, deaths, and hospitalizations were spiking, according to Prospect.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State.  Six or seven years ago, "Deep State" was a term you would only see in left-leaning media.  Bill Moyers explored the theme on his site from time to time, and when The Nation asked Edward Snowden about it, he said, "There's definitely a deep state.  Trust me, I've been there."  The "deep state" was on the liberal left's front burner then because a spate of horrendously ugly revelations put it there.  We learned via Snowden that the NSA was collecting the communications of people all around the world in secret (Carollo might want to mark down that congress wasn't informed) in a program the U.S. Court of Appeals just last year declared illegal.  We found out top intelligence officials like CIA chief John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to congress, among other things about the warrantless surveillance program, and got away without perjury charges despite a furious outcry from legislators (another useful factoid for [Ben] Carollo, on the oversight front).  We learned about the CIA's systematic use of torture techniques, ranging from anal feeding to threatening to rape and murder relatives to induced hypothermia, another fun set of pastimes the agency decided not to burden congress with knowledge of.

The EPA head shows who's really in charge in America.  When our Founders drafted the Constitution, they were excessively concerned lest one branch of government gain disproportionate power, turning into a tyranny.  The Constitution, therefore, spreads out power among othe Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial Branches, with each institution checking the power of the two others.  However, in the ensuing 240 years, America gained something the Founders never imagined:  an administrative state that, while ostensibly part of the Executive Branch, has also taken on the legislative powers of a lazy Congress that is big on showboating and small on doing the hard work of actually governing.  Most of the rules that burden Americans, whether individually or through their businesses, come from the uncontrolled, permanent, hard-left regulatory state.

The Traits of the Authoritarians Among Us.  There are two irrefutable and intertwined realities of authoritarianism that the citizens of any democratic nation must recognize and understand.  First, any political party that espouses ever greater power for the central government, socialist-centric economic policies and continual erosion of individual freedom is an existential threat to the nation.  Second, the leaders of these political parties and their disciples will lie incessantly and, under no circumstances, will they alter their policies or tactics, as they can never be wrong in their pursuit of unbridled political power.  Perhaps nothing better defines this mindset of infallibility and pathological lying than the deliberate mismanagement of the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic.  Since March of 2020, the governing/professional class and its accomplices in the medical establishment have regurgitated innumerable falsehoods and have been responsible for a variety of catastrophic mistakes.  Not only has there been no acknowledgment that errors were made but they were compounded by abject refusals to change course.

Keywords:  Police state, jackboots, gunpoint, nose rape.
Massachusetts Governor Activates National Guard to Test School Children For Covid.  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) on Tuesday announced he activated the National Guard to help test school children for Covid.  Baker activated 450 members of the Massachusetts National Guard for two missions:  200 members will support Covid testing in K-12 schools and up to 250 member will be used to offset staffing shortages at the Department of Correction (DOC), the governor's office said. [...] Last month Governor Baker activated the National Guard to take children to school amid a massive shortage of bus drivers.  Up to 250 Guard troops were activated mid-September to fill the shortage.  Dozens of state trooper have also resigned because of Governor Baker's mandatory vaccine mandate.

The Rise of Weak Men is Killing American Innovation and Prosperity.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates that federal regulation alone costs the US almost $2 trillion per year in lost productivity. [...] And it's directly related to regulation.  The Code of Federal Regulations contains every law and rule of the federal government.  In 1938 it was 18,193 pages.  After dropping down to 9,745 pages in 1950 it shot up to 56,720 pages in 1972 and by 2019 it stood at 185,984 pages.  On every one of those pages are rules that govern Americans' lives.  From what goes into their food to the employment conditions of every person who manufactured or transported or sold every single product they buy.  From reporting rules for companies to bank deposit info to what's printed on the side of a can of corn or a box of cereal.  Then there's who you can or must rent your home to, how much energy your computer monitor uses, what you pay for gas and, now, what you have to put into your body.

Officials in all three branches of government [have been] implicated in breaking stock laws.  The Fed revelations caught the attention of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, who separately called for a ban on Fed officials from owning individual stocks.  Brown's call came with the promise of new legislation which, while not yet published, will presumably focus on the Fed, a quasi-private institution in the federal government that governs US monetary policy, including setting interest rates and managing the money supply.  Senator Warren insisted the Fed take direct action to bar its senior officials from making those kinds of trades.  But history suggests she has much more ambitious reforms in mind.  In the wake of allegations of potential COVID-19 related insider trading by several Senators from both parties, including Richard Burr from North Carolina and Diane Feinstein from California, Warren reintroduced a bill, the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act, to capitalize on the political fallout.

'Arrest Me!': Mom Challenges Attorney General's Call for Probing Threats to School Boards.  Rhode Island mom Nicole Solas says she is just one of many parents "with legitimate concerns about our kids' education."  Solas drew national attention earlier this year when her local school board in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, threatened to sue her over public record requests she made to learn what her local school district was teaching students.  The school board ultimately opted against taking legal action against her.  But Solas made headlines again in August when a teachers union, the National Education Association Rhode Island, filed a lawsuit against her over the records requests.  Solas made the requests to determine whether her child would be taught about gender identity and critical race theory ideology, two controversial issues that have led to an increase in parental attendance at school board meetings across the country this year.

American fascism?  [A] broad working definition of fascism can be found by going to the source — Benito Mussolini, the father of 20th-century fascism.  Mussolini said:  "Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."  Looking out over the American landscape, isn't this almost exactly what we see today, an unholy marriage between the state and big business?  To understand the scope of this, understand that the state is far more than just elected officials.  It also includes the massive unelected and mostly unaccountable government bureaucracies which are permanently in place.  As for corporations, it includes the mainstream media which could properly be called the corporate media.  In the U.S. today, six media behemoths control a whopping 90% of what Americans read, watch, and listen to.  They are GE, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Timer-Warner, and CBS.  Other corporate players include the tech companies, the big banks, and international corporations which are too numerous to mention.

Tucker Carlson Outlines How the DOJ-NSD Has Morphed Into a Political Targeting Operation.  Some CTH readers may remember how the DOJ-NSD refused to accept inspector general oversight as led by AG Eric Holder and DAG Sally Yates.  More readers will remember the DOJ-NSD is the epicenter of FISA abuses.  It is the DOJ-NSD where Main Justice can operate in the shadows, because they use the shield of national security; a key strategy of the Fourth Branch of government.  The DOJ-NSD is the targeting center of Main Justice where folks like John Carlin, Mary McCord, Bruce Ohr, Andrew Weissmann, David Laufmann, George Toscas (and later Dana Boente) were operating against the incoming Trump administration and later the Trump presidency.  The DOJ-NSD is where selective Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) violations are used against political enemies like Michael Flynn, while people like the Podesta brothers are ignored.

How is Tucker Carlson still alive?  Let's look at some very recent history.  How about Seth Rich, Vince Foster, and Jeffrey Epstein?  How about the five-year coup against President Trump, from his candidacy through his last days in office?  How about treasonous General Milley telling China he would give them a heads-up if an attack were coming?  How about the bugging and wire-tapping of Trump Tower when Trump was president-elect?  How about the Supreme Court's refusal to hear any 2020 election cases — just plain refused to hear anything?  How about the J-6 MAGA protesters still in jail, in solitary confinement, for trespassing?  What of a China COVID virus that Washington, D.C. unexplainably refuses to say came from China?  What of a vaccine, which really isn't a vaccine, but more of a therapeutic?  How about vaccine mandates that are clearly unconstitutional?  What about the Biden cabal completely leaving open our borders, which violates the U.S. Constitution? [...] Patriots remember how Fox treated President Trump on Election Night and then the next day.  Patriots still do not trust Fox and thus have not returned to Fox.  But the exception on Fox is Tucker.  Without Tucker Carlson, FOX would look a lot like CNN lite.

The Government Is Not Your Friend, No Matter What Politicians Tell You.  The dirty little secret about government is that its purpose is not really to make the lives of citizens better but, rather, to accumulate power at the expense of citizens.  Not sure about that?  Ask yourself, how many government agencies have put themselves out of a job because they succeeded?  There're a few that technology left behind, like the Steamboat Inspection Service; others that served their purpose, like the Defense Homes Corporation; while others were merged into other agencies like the General Land Office, subsumed into the Department of Interior.  In our history, there have been fewer than 100 federal agencies that have actually been shuttered, and most of those existed in the early 20th century to deal with the Depression or the two world wars.

The COVID Caste System.  [Scroll down]  Nowhere, however, is the new American caste system more evident than with COVID-19.  Did you see Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) at the Met Gala?  The publicity focused on her "Tax the Rich" dress, but just as notable was the video, released by Vogue magazine, of AOC in full Cinderella mode, flanked by multiple attendants, straightening her hair, fixing her dress, holding up the long train, adjusting her heels.  They were all masked; she was not.  This was hardly an isolated case.  Shortly before the Met Gala, the Obamas held a massive party to celebrate Barack Obama's 60th birthday.  Again, the guests that included political leaders, business moguls, and Hollywood celebrities were all unmasked.  The chefs, the servers, the valets, and the other staff were all masked.  An upper caste and a lower caste, both playing their roles in Obama's large tent.  Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, also just had a birthday, and video showed a small, unventilated room in which Jayapal and her maskless friends all partied together.  It was the same story with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who violated her own mask mandate while partying at a club.  The Emmys, too, featured clip after clip of unmasked actors, producers, and directors walking the press photo line, and only when they crossed over to the other side could you see all the staff and attendants, masked, of course, taking them back to their seats.

Is America Heading Towards Authoritarianism?  The occupant of the White House is possibly senile and certainly incompetent.  He cluelessly wades from one crisis to another.  It began with the illegal immigration crisis on the Southern border where there was a mass influx of illegal immigrants.  They were then surreptitiously transferred to other states. [...] COVID-19 is being used as an excuse to infringe upon civil liberties, restrict movement, mandate masks, and mandate vaccines.  Employees in government and beyond being compelled to be vaccinated to retain employment.  School children are compelled to wear masks.  Landlords were prevented from the eviction of tenants during the pandemic. [...] There are civilians in jail for the Jan. 6 demonstrations on Capitol Hill with reports that they are in Gitmo-like conditions. [...] To summarize, the governing class now believes that they are the ruling class who own the power.  They look at the public as subjects who need to be permanently controlled.  They see freedom as a luxury they grant to obedient citizens rather than the right of every citizen.  They look at their opposition among the citizenry with disdain as pests who need to be crushed.

Our 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' Government.  A 74-year-old woman lies on her back, writhing in pain and clearly in distress on a blacktop road in Melbourne, Australia.  Two police officers stand over her.  Are they coming to her rescue and bringing her to her feet?  No, they're dousing her with two separate streams of pepper-spray while keeping their free hands on military batons in case the tortured septuagenarian somehow springs up in attack mode to wrestle down the pair of twenty-something jackboots "just following orders."  The woman had been participating in a freedom march against Australia's COVID-1984 insanity, but the government proved that Grandma was no match for goon squad brute force.  Forget chivalry and common sense. [...] You can't scare schoolchildren into wearing face masks for the next ten years in order to "save Granny" while getting caught clubbing and macing Granny in the street.  That contradiction just won't do.  Yet contradictions abound, and normal people are opening their eyes long enough to notice.  That's no good for the powers that be. [...] An avalanche of mendacity and treachery landing on them all at once, and the narrative engineers have real problems on their hands.  You knock Granny on the pavement and nearly kill her for "her own good," however, and the jig is up.

FNC's Melugin:  New FAA Rule Keeps Us from Filming Del Rio Situation with Drone, We've Used It at Border for Seven Months Without Issue.  On Thursday's [9/16/2021] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Fox News National Correspondent Bill Melugin reported that the FAA has imposed a temporary flight restriction for the area around the bridge where thousands of migrants are congregating near Del Rio, TX, and as a result, Fox can't use its drone to capture aerial footage of the situation around the bridge.  Melugin also said they've used the drone around the border for seven months and it hasn't been a problem until now.  Melugin said, "We've been using our drone to show everybody these remarkable pictures. ... We just learned that the FAA has put out a temporary flight restriction, a TFR, in the area immediately around the port of entry where that bridge is.  What does that mean?  It means our drone can no longer fly and show those images. [...]"

No Fly Zone:  FAA Shuts Down Fox News Drone Exposing Border Crisis.  In an apparent attempt to cover up the border crisis, the Biden administration has shut down Fox News's ability to fly their drone over the U.S.-Mexico border to report on the border crisis, which swelled in August and again in the last 24 hours.  On Thursday's [9/16/2021] Special Report, national correspondent Bill Melugin showed the over 9,000-person crowd of illegals under the international bridge.  But on Tucker Carlson Tonight, two hours later, he was forced to report that the FAA had issued a temporary flight restriction or TFR over the entire area.  "Stunning footage out of Del Rio, Texas on Thursday.  As our Fox Flight Team drone shows thousands of migrants crammed under the international bridge waiting to be processed after crossing illegally into the United States," he reported on Special Report.

Members of Congress [are] exempt from Biden's vaccine mandate, [but] average Americans [are] expected to comply.  There is one sure way to get around President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate:  Be part of either the legislative or judicial branches of the federal government.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the mandate does not apply to members of the House, according to Newsweek.  "She's saying she cannot force Members to be vaccinated, which is true," a statement from Pelosi's office said.  The New York Times reported that the vaccine edict issued by Biden does not apply to the federal court system either.  The vaccine mandate has triggered howls of protest.  Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York said Biden exceeded his executive authority with the mandate, which relies upon a liberal interpretation of the rule-making powers of the Department of Labor.

Tyrannizing The Common Good.  President Biden has lost patience.  After months of telling Americans that vaccine mandates aren't necessary, Biden announced on Thursday a federal vaccination mandate affecting 100 million Americans.  Not only did he not bother to provide citizens with a coherent rationale, but the rationale he did provide seemed to suggest that the mandate was necessary because vaccinated people need to be protected from unvaccinated people — a rationale that implies that the vaccine being mandated doesn't work!  Biden's patience has worn too thin.  Rather than make a clear case for the necessity of a mandate with his legitimate executive power, constrained by law, Biden has chosen to utilize ideologically aligned corporate power and OSHA safety regulations as political "work-arounds" to achieve by executive dictat that which had proved too difficult: to demonstrate that the mandate is reasonable, legal, and necessary.  As with his remarks this summer on his novel use of the CDC to place a moratorium on evictions — "maybe it's illegal, but it's worth it" — the key to Mr. Biden's political strategy seems to be rooted neither in reason nor justice, but in the sheer will to power in the name of "the common good," immediately revealing how the very notion of the common good can be abused.  Some red-state attorneys general have announced that they intend to use their own powers to resist federal overreach.  Are they then against the common good?  Partisans will answer that question differently.

Open Letter to the Tyrant.  Some of the people may have voted for Joe Biden.  No one voted for mandatory vaccines.  No representative of the people so voted.  It was never put up for a vote.  It was ordered.  That is not America, anymore.  Americans are thus relieved of any obligation to obey.  The time has come to resist.  Not with violence.  With something more powerful.  Refusal.  We will not submit to this.  It is not negotiable.  You have neither the authority nor the right to order people to submit to any medical procedure, to take any drug.  To force people to submit their children for medical procedures and to take drugs of dubious palliative value that are known to cause harm.  We are not livestock, to be ear-tagged and injected at your pleasure.  And America is not a hospital.  The tyrant who now occupies the White House believes he can force his will upon you by threatening to remove your livelihood, using threats of financial ruin applied to employers by his regulatory apparat.

Biden Declares Himself Medical Dictator, Threatens to Nullify States' Rights and Coerce the Entire Population into Taking Deadly Vaccine Jabs Against Their Will.  We should be celebrating this moment of clarity, for Biden's audacious actions have just turned half of America into a powerful new vaccine resistance movement.  As the following map shows, state leaders in about half the states have openly declared their resistance against Biden's authoritarian power grab.  Many states have announced their intent to file lawsuits, and Texas Governor Abbott has already issued an executive order protecting medical choice for Texans. [...] As part of his dictatorial decree, fake president Joe Biden declared that he would remove governors from power if they don't comply with his vaccine mandates.  This is, of course, an act of treason and war against the United States of America, and it opens the window for the white hats in the US military to remove Biden from office and declare his "rule" to be an unconstitutional occupation.  From Biden:  "If they'll not help — if these governors won't help us beat the pandemic, I'll use my power as President to get them out of the way."  Of course, "get them out of the way" means Biden plans to try to arrest and remove the governors, then rule of America as a dictatorial tyrant.

Travis County DA Garza, Austin Acting Police Chief Accused of Retaliation in High-Profile Shooting Case.  Retaliation.  Witness tampering.  Felony criminal conduct.  These charges are being aimed at the man Travis County, Texas, voters elected to prosecute criminals in November 2020.  And the charges stem from one of José Garza's highest-profile and most controversial cases.

Fauci's entire dishonest house of cards just collapsed.  [Scroll down]  Assuming America survives as a democratic republic operating under our Constitution, Americans must take stock of everything they've assumed since the Cold War's end.  Here are some of those lessons:
  •   Cultural Marxism is the road to totalitarianism.
  •   Democrats are fascists under Mussolini's ultimate definition of fascism:  "All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state."
  •   The tech tyrants must be reined in for they are the primary vehicle through which Democrats implement fascism.
  •   The mainstream media, which collaborates with the tech outlets, is another fascism facilitator.  Ditto Hollywood.
  •   Almost all American schools, whether K-12 or colleges and universities, do not educate, they indoctrinate.
  •   Borders matter.
  •   Scientism, which is a form of blind worship, is entirely different from science, which is a methodology using reproducible experiments to prove theories that are never immune to challenges.
  •   Government must be radically downsized to preserve liberty.
And one more thing: Dr. Fauci needs to go to jail for the rest of his life because, through his funding illegal gain-of-function research, followed by his non-stop stream of dangerous lies, he has the blood of hundreds of thousands of Americans on his hands.

Biden Weaponizes Dept. of Education to Become the COVID Mask Gestapo.  They get creepier by the hour.  Seriously, these people need to be rounded up and put in some sort of leper colony for fascists.  They will be free to keep the masks on their enraged faces all they want.  They're empowered by a government that is now in the hands of people who are all too casual about using its might against any citizens who don't agree with them.  I'm not talking about criminals, I'm talking about law-abiding Americans who are merely running afoul of the liberal narrative du jour.  We saw it happen when Barack Obama was president and he sent the IRS after conservative tea party groups.  Now, President Sniffsakid has directed the Dept. of Education — the most useless of all the Cabinet agencies — to legally harass the states that aren't trying to suffocate school children with masks.

Democrats' Jan. 6 subpoena-palooza sets dangerous precedent.  "We have quite an exhaustive list of people.  I won't tell you who they are."  With those words, House Select Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) confirmed that a subpoena storm was about to be unleashed in the investigation of the Jan. 6 riot in Congress.  The targets would include Republican members, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who have already been told to preserve their phone records to be surrendered to the committee.  The Democrats are reportedly trying to prove their prior claims that Republicans conspired or assisted "insurrectionists," even though the FBI reportedly found no evidence of a planned insurrection.  The Democrats' move to investigate members of the opposing party is a dangerous precedent in an institution that has always protected the privacy and confidentiality of phone and office records.

FBI show up at mans property over Facebook group.  [Three video clips]

The Masked Ball of Cowardice.  [Scroll down]  Likewise, in October 2020, the WHO's peer-reviewed bulletin showed COVID-19's overall IFR across all age groups to be about 0.23%.  John Ioannidis, the world's most-cited physician, believes the IFR (infection fatality rate) to be lower and published his own peer-reviewed study showing the overall IFR to be about 0.15%.  But in a poll conducted by the Menzies Research Centre, by June 2021 Australians on average estimated their chance of dying if they contracted the virus to be 38%, an overestimation of more than 160-fold.  For the public to be so egregiously misinformed about their actual risk from COVID-19 renders democratic accountability for lockdown measures impossible.  Even more so because, as a study by Cardiff University demonstrated, the primary factor by which citizens judge the threat of COVID-19 is their own government's decision to employ drastic lockdown measures.  "We found that people judge the severity of the COVID-19 threat based on the fact the government imposed a lockdown — in other words, they thought, 'it must be bad if government's taking such drastic measures.'  We also found that the more they judged the risk in this way, the more they supported lockdown."  The policies thus create a feedback loop in which the measures themselves sow the fear that makes citizens to believe their risk of dying from COVID-19 is hundreds of times greater than it really is, which in turn causes them to support more lockdown measures.

Cook County judge strips mother of parental rights over vaccination status.  A Chicago mother says a Cook County judge has taken away her parental rights after learning that she is not vaccinated against COVID-19.  In what all parties agree is a very unusual and perhaps unprecedented step, a judge at Chicago's Daley Center has stripped Rebecca Firlit of custody because she refuses to get a vaccination shot.

Representative Madison Cawthorn Warned by House Chair Not To Insult Dear Leader.  Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) delivered a very strong speech on the House floor against Joe Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal and the subsequent crisis he has created.  After his remarks, Mr. Cawthorn was warned by the House Chair, not to insult Dear Leader.  [Video clip]

Boosters? I Don't Want Your Stinkin' Boosters!  Our government — the current administration and its president — is now announcing those who took COVID-19 vaccines must take a booster.  But who can trust the opinion of our government — any part of it, all those self-perpetuating enclaves of moribund bureaucrats — given what's going on in Afghanistan?  It's laughable.  It's not just the "gang who couldn't shoot straight."  It's the "gang that shoots its own people" and leaves millions of women to suffer the most brutal oppression on the planet.  Trust them?  That this booster announcement was made now, in the face of the monstrous Afghanistan debacle, is an all-too-transparent attempt to say don't look there, look here — here being, as always, COVID, the ever-ready pandemic that has been used to manipulate and prevent the American people from living anything close to normal lives for going on two years.

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan.  "The Taliban regime is coming to an end," announced President George W. Bush at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on December 12, 2001 — almost twenty years ago today.  Five months later, Bush vowed:  "In the United States of America, the terrorists have chosen a foe unlike they have faced before. ... We will stay until the mission is done."  Four years after that, in August of 2006, Bush announced:  "Al Qaeda and the Taliban lost a coveted base in Afghanistan and they know they will never reclaim it when democracy succeeds. ... The days of the Taliban are over.  The future of Afghanistan belongs to the people of Afghanistan."  For two decades, the message Americans heard from their political and military leaders about the country's longest war was the same.  America is winning.  The Taliban is on the verge of permanent obliteration.  The U.S. is fortifying the Afghan security forces, which are close to being able to stand on their own and defend the government and the country. [...] Similar assurances have been given by the U.S. Government and military leadership to the American people since the start of the war.

Is the federal government torturing Brian Kolfage?  Brian Kolfage, an airman who survived losing both legs and an arm in Iraq, started a fundraiser to build a wall on our Southern border.  The project took off, a lot of money flowed in, and the federal government promptly went after Kolfage, accusing him of defrauding those who donated money.  This post is not about Kolfage's guilt or innocence on the charges against him.  It is, instead, about allegations that the government is effectively torturing him by denying him access to a medicine that controls the nerve pain resulting from his leg amputations.  We know that the government has been exceptionally vicious in its prosecution against Kolfage.  It started when based federal agents operating out of the Southern District of New York arrested this family man, who lives in a Florida home with his wife and two young children.  On August 20, 2020, the United States Postal Inspection Service sent 15 people to arrest Kolfage.  Think about that for a moment:  This is a triple amputee in a wheelchair, and they sent 15 armed officers to take him down.  They then dragged Kolfage into a car that was not ADA compliant, leaving behind his wheelchair and his prosthetic limbs.

Family Court Corruption Scandal Explodes in Hollywood.  [Scroll down]  How long can this injustice continue to be completely ignored by the elected bodies whose job it is to check the overreaching power of the judiciary?  Instead of a system of checks and balances, the legislatures have abdicated their checking power to panels of other judges and lawyers, who are all members of the same club of bar associations, and tasked them with the vital job of balancing our government.  It's the definition of the fox guarding the henhouse.

On DOJ's Election-Integrity-Suppression Efforts.  The DOJ would appear to be seeking to dissuade states from doing more audits like Arizona's.  Recent actions rare positively goonish: threatening states if they do independent audits?  Treating the petition of government for redress of grievance (by rallying in support of audits, for example) might be prosecuted as voter intimidation?  That's nuts.

Time to impeach Biden.  After having appointed a special counsel, or in place of it, under 5 U.S. Code §1212 — Powers and functions of the Office of Special Counsel, specifically under (a) (aB), (a3), Congress must act to impeach this president for high crimes and misdemeanors, gross mismanagement, violating the nation's laws, and endangering the public health and safety of citizens. [...] Congress must begin impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden, V.P. Kamala Harris, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, and his deputies, who likely have knowledge of the events that squashed investigations into the nation's murderous governors.  The investigations should include the governors, secretaries of state, and attorneys general of New York and Michigan.  Charges include, but are not limited to, obstruction of justice, abuse of authority, abuse of power, abuse of office, covering up criminal activity, conspiracy, and criminal self-dealing.  Considering allegations of potential collusion among these individuals and associates to cover up crimes that resulted in the deaths of citizens, provisions of the RICO Act for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud shall be attached.  Investigative subpoenas to the staffs of these politicians must be prepared immediately to protect the integrity of the nation's justice and political systems, primarily its national security to protect America's citizens from harm.

America R.I.P..  In my days as a Wall Street Journal editor, I reviewed a book by a historian who said the sack of Rome by barbarians occurred because the Roman citizens feared the terrors of the barbarians less than they feared the terrors of their own government and opened the gates of the city to the barbarians.  With all its talk of domestic terrorists, this seems what Washington fears.  Patriots see Washington as the enemy and are now the danger that Washington faces.  New York Democrats have confiscated Rudy Giuliani's law license because he defended President Trump and presented signed affidavits of electoral fraud in the 2020 election.  New York Democrats are framing Donald Trump by building a false case against Trump's business manager, which will be dropped when Trump's business manager turns false witness against Trump.  535 Trump supporters are rotting in jail despite habeas corpus awaiting their frame ups for being "Trump insurrectionists" and entering Congress under the tutelage of FBI agents pretending to be "insurrectionists."  What real American can support a government this corrupt?  If the moronic zionist neoconservatives who populate the illegitimate Biden Regime get us into a war with Russia or China or even Iran, we are done for.

Texas Rangers May Be Investigating Witness Tampering Allegation Against Travis County's DA in Austin Protest Shooting Case.  On Wednesday, after PJ Media exclusively reported that Austin police detective David Fugitt accused Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza's office of felony witness tampering in the Sgt. Daniel Perry case, a hearing was held in the 147th Criminal District Court.  Fugitt made the allegation in a sworn affidavit.  Sgt. Perry's defense attorneys filed a motion to hold a hearing on Garza's conduct as alleged in Fugitt's affidavit.  In that filing, Perry's defense attorneys say Det.  Fugitt found that Perry shot Foster on the night of July 25, 2020, in self-defense and that Foster "was a criminal killed in commission of a crime."  District Attorney Garza nevertheless took the case to an Austin grand jury, which indicted Perry.  Perry is an Army sergeant serving at Ft. Hood.  Austin is a Democrat stronghold.

A Ministry of Fear Rules America.  In just a few short months since the mysterious elevation of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., inexplicably elected the 46th president of the United States, our country has undergone a stunning rapid devolution from a confident, economic powerhouse to a shabby debtor nation afraid of its own shadow.  The American Ministry of Fear, however, is not located in the Chancellery of the National Socialist German Workers Party in Berlin, but in every petty federal, state, and local bureaucracy, doctor's office, TV news station, big-city newspaper, college and university in the country.  From the start of the COVID-19 manufactured panic, these agents of influence have waged a relentless war on the American psyche.  And now, despite their miniscule majorities in Congress, they rule with an iron fist that brooks no demurral.

Aussie Government Sends Military Helicopter To Chase Away Kids Playing Basketball.  Whenever you think it can't get any worse, it gets much worse.  Australia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Sydney to help enforce a Covid lockdown.  This is on top of hundreds of police in vehicles and paddy wagons that were filmed Friday getting ready to arrest those Aussies who dare venture outside of their homes or [...] stop and visit each other for a coffee.  [Video clip]

Senate Votes to Advance Unwritten Infrastructure Bill as Biden Hints HR-3684 Will Include Amnesty in Reconciliation Process.  As the nation is distracted by various COVID-centered discussion and media debate amid headlines of forced vaccinations, mask mandates and various other COVID compliance fiats, there is something rather troubling happening in congress.  Earlier today [7/30/2021], the UniParty Senate (Democrats and Republicans) voted to approve cloture on HR-3684 the Senate version of the House infrastructure bill.  The cloture vote now means the bill will be debated and opens the Senate floor for amendments to the bill.  However, this cloture vote is odd because the [...] Senate bill isn't even written yet!

The Military Plays No Part in the Constitution's 'Checks and Balances'.  Recent reports demonstrate a frightening willingness by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley and other high-ranking generals to undermine President Trump during the final year of his administration.  These efforts began with some grumbling about the use of the military to enforce law and order during the Black Lives Matter riots of last summer.  They reached a fever pitch during the uncertain period between the election of 2020 and the inauguration of Joe Biden.  Milley expressed contempt for protesters supporting President Trump, comparing them to "Brownshirts" and "Nazis." He described Trump's challenges to election results as a "Reichstag moment."  He even tried to say something profound:  "Everything's going to be OK.  We're going to have a peaceful transfer of power.  We're going to land this plane safely.  This is America.  It's strong.  The institutions are bending, but it won't break."  It is apparent top military officers conceive of the military as a critical part of the Constitution's checks and balances, with a duty to review, rank, or resist the president's orders as they deem appropriate. [...] While Milley and others wrap their power grab in the rhetoric of upholding constitutional principles, a cursory review of the Constitution and the founders' writings shows that this is just a pose.

Nancy Pelosi Orders the Arrest of Those Without Masks and the Capitol Police Play Along.  Throughout the "back the blue" craze of the Trump era, one thing became abundantly clear that largely quelled it — police follow orders.  That includes orders that are patently absurd and violate the basic freedoms of individuals.  Yes, law enforcement officers generally do good work and are to be respected for that, but if you are expecting them to stand up to their authorities to protect the rights of individuals, they are almost always going to disappoint you.  Take that revelation and do with it what you will. [...] Another example of that has emerged within the Capitol of the United States.  Nancy Pelosi has ordered the Capitol Police to arrest people who aren't wearing masks.  [Tweet]  If the USCP weren't such a ridiculously politicized department, they'd scoff at the notion of using manpower to arrest people for not wearing masks, especially when the edict is coming from a purely political place.  There is no science behind the idea of further mask-mandates anywhere.  That's especially true regarding the Capitol Building, where almost every person in attendance is vaccinated and has lasting protection from the effects of COVID.  Pelosi put this mask-mandate back into place for one reason — to poke at Republicans.  No data exists to actually supports the mandating of masks, much less in the Capitol.

Complaint Filed Against Gretchen Whitmer Over Charter Jet Trip to Florida Last March.  The 49th Governor of the State of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, had to know this was coming.  You can't try to sneak away on a chartered jet during a pandemic that you are crying wolf about and expect no one to notice. [...] Now comes word that a group by the name of Michigan Rising Action has filed a complaint with the Michigan Bureau of Elections for a violation of campaign finance laws.

How Intelligent Is Our Intelligence Community, Really?  The Conservative Treehouse began a series on "The Fourth Branch of Government, the Intelligence Community."  That series, along with Tucker Carlson's revelation that the NSA possibly spied on him and at the very least illegally unmasked him, has brought the Intelligence Community center stage.  I usually do not think too much about the various security and intelligence functions of the government, other than to marvel that they have managed to prevent a second 9/11.  In doing a bit of research, however, I have come to realize that the security function of our country is a tangled web of bureaucracy.  Is that really what it takes to protect U.S. citizens, or is this a turf-building and protection operation?

House Republicans accuse Joe Biden of behaving like a 'Cuban dictator' with efforts to control social media spread of public health 'misinformation'.  Joe Biden has been accused of acting like 'a Cuban dictator' in a letter signed by 190 House Republicans, after his administration moved to force tech companies to clamp down on coronavirus misinformation.  A letter to the president was written on Thursday by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the three top Republicans in the House — Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik.  'The federal government's ongoing efforts to pressure private companies to censor speech that it disagrees with is alarming and an affront to the First Amendment,' they wrote, in a letter obtained by Fox News.

Baltimore's attorney attempts, and fails, to get FCC to silence and censor local Fox radio station.  Blacklists are back and the Democrats got 'em!  On May 5, 2021 the office of Baltimore's state attorney, Democrat Marilyn Mosby, filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against a local Fox news station, demanding that the FCC censor and shut down the station because it has repeatedly published stories that were critical of Mosby and her policies. [...] The blatent oppressive nature of this demand — in utter violation of the first amendment of the Constitution and all that America has stood for during its first two hundred plus years — should be somewhat shocking, but sadly it has become so common from Democratic Party politicians and many of their supporters in the past five years that it hardly made the news when it happened in early May.  Think about it however.  The office of an elected state's attorney for Baltimore wishes to use the power of government to silence a specific news outlet because that attorney does not like the outlet's news reporting.  Only dictators like Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini would celebrate such actions.  And Americans once in mass would have been horrified, and risen up to get Mosby removed from office immediately.  No more.  Her office's actions barely made the news, which is why I post this story again.

White House Communications Director Admits They're Trying to Censor Conservative News Sites.  During an interview with CNN this week, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield admitted the Biden administration's censorship efforts are specifically targeting conservative news sites for publishing "misinformation."  "You've heard the president speak very aggressively about this.  He understands this is an important piece of the ecosystem but its also the other thing, the president has pointed out and spoke to when he was asked about this yesterday, it is also the responsibility of the people creating the content and again I would go back to, there are conservative news outlets who are creating irresponsible content that's sharing misinformation about the virus," Bedingfield said.

Hunter Biden's Prosecutor Rejected Legal Actions That Would've Revealed Investigation During Election.  Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss decided against taking certain legal actions — like issuing search warrants and grand jury subpoenas — that would have alerted the American public to the fact that then-Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was under federal criminal investigation during the 2020 presidential election campaign.  Politico reports that the investigation reached a point last summer, months before Election Day, where investigators could have made moves that would have ultimately alerted the public to the fact that Joe Biden's son was under criminal investigation, but Weiss decided against that.

Anaheim officials have a very peculiar notion about free speech.  Anaheim, California, home to Disneyland, has an ugly, fantasy view of the First Amendment.  How else can one explain why Anaheim, after boasting about its respect for free speech, canceled an America First rally at which Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz were appearing because of the town's "duty" to oppose speech it doesn't like?  To date, Southern California has been hostile to America First.  On July 9, an American First rally set for an event center in Laguna Hills, at which Gaetz and Greene were to appear, had been canceled.  The news reported that the hotel's general manager wanted to avoid any controversies.

Hunter Biden prosecutor paused investigation before election: report.  The top federal prosecutor in Delaware decided to pause a criminal investigation of Hunter Biden months before the 2020 election to prevent the public from learning about it, according to a report.  US Attorney David Weiss, appointed by former President Donald Trump, decided not to seek search warrants or issue grand jury subpoenas so as not to "alert the public to the existence of the case in the middle of a presidential election," Politico reports.  The prosecutor's office reportedly was torn over whether to continue its probe or pause it due to the election, and Weiss, who remains in his job leading the case, sided with those who wanted to wait.  "To his credit, he listened," an unnamed source told the publication.

Federal Prosecutor Deliberately Delayed Hunter Biden Probe To Shield 2020 Election.  U.S. Department of Justice officials deliberately delayed an investigation into Hunter Biden's potential tax law violations and sketchy overseas business dealings because of the effect it could have on the presidential election, according to a Politico report.  Delaware's U.S. Attorney David Weiss allegedly postponed allowing prosecutors to obtain search warrants and issue grand jury subpoenas last summer, after facing pressure from other officials who feared the investigation's influence on the 2020 presidential election and now-President Joe Biden's campaign.

Michigan Attorney General is Now Using State Police to Go After Those Who Allege Election Fraud in 2020.  Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel is once again finding herself at the center of an abuse of power controversy.  Gretchen Whitmer's right-hand woman is deploying the Michigan State Police to assist with finding those who are asserting election fraud in the 2020 election.  "The Michigan Attorney General's office said Thursday it will investigate allegations that people are profiting off of false claims that the November 2020 presidential election was stolen," News Channel 3 reported.  The draconian persecution of political dissidents comes at the behest of the Republican majority state senate, according to the office's announcement.

Georgia SOS Raffensperger Investigating All Key 2020 Election Whistle Blowers.  For the past several months the office of Georgia Secretary of State (SOS) Brad Raffensperger has been quietly investigating whistle blowers who believe they detected potential fraud in the November 2020 election.  That's right.  The Raffensperger's Inspector General office has an active investigation into the key witnesses who testified before the Georgia General Assembly and signed affidavits for the exhibits of the Fulton County ballot inspection lawsuit!  These witnesses swore they detected potentially counterfeit ballots in the Fulton County hand count audit that occurred on November 14th and 15th.  They also observed a variety of other anomalies.  The November 2020 election was certified by December 11th and Raffensperger told the Wall Street Journal on December 12th, 2020 that:  "November's election was the most secure in history.  In Georgia, there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud and no significant issues with absentee ballots."  Of course, none of that is true.  Reports of many counterfeit mail-in ballots, thousands of missing test ballots, several Dominion voting system malfunctions, numerous missing chain of custody forms, major hand count audit errors and even foreign interference into Georgia county election servers have dominated the news.

Nobody Ever Expects Authoritarian Imposition!  Consider how our D.C. despots, with their stern expressions of disapproval and general sense of entitlement, have responded to 75 million Trump voters who insist on auditing the 2020 election.  Have they done so with transparency, calm reason, compassion for those governed, and steadfast respect for the rule of law?  Nope.  They've decided to defend tyranny in the name of liberty and protect self-government by denying the people their chance to consent.  They've embraced Monty Python levels of absurdity by pretending free people can be free only if the authorities say so.  Questioning the legitimacy of an election is treason! (fear)  To "protect democracy," some people must be imprisoned for their political beliefs! (surprise)  In order to protect freedom, the Intelligence Community must work with Silicon Valley to label defenders of the Bill of Rights as "domestic extremists"!  (ruthless efficiency)  Patriotic Americans are enemies of the state because Antifa and BLM say so!  (fanatical devotion to the woke)

Biden Does Not Need A Domestic "Terrorism" Agenda Unless He Is About To Violate American Rights.  The federal government is a kind of self perpetuating blob; a cannibalistic creature that must continue to feed on the public and the systems around it in order to survive, but it also must create reasons for its existence so that it may go on feeding uninterrupted. [...] There are only two real mandates for the government, only two reasons for its existence in our republic:  To secure America's borders from invasion and to protect the freedoms of the citizenry.  That's it.  It is not the job of the government to compel you to take an experimental and questionable covid vaccine over a virus that 99.7% of people will easily survive.  It is not the job of the government to create artificial "social equity" by favoring one group or ethnicity over another.  It is not the job of the government to spy on millions of Americans because they do not agree with the leftist ideology.  It is not the job of government to make war on the very people it is mandated to protect.  Yet, this is exactly what the government is doing today while its totalitarianism is disguised as "humanitarianism".  In other words, they are essentially arguing that they must make war on the people in order to protect the people from themselves.

The NSA Leaked Details of Their Tucker Carlson Surveillance to Allied Deep State Media.  This is a great example of how the Intelligence Branch of the U.S. government now operates.  Not only did the NSA conduct surveillance of Tucker Carlson's electronic communication, but the NSA also leaked Carlson's emails to allied intelligence media (Axios, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post) who operate as PR firms on behalf of the Intelligence Branch.  [Video clip]

Durkan administration rejected requests to pay for improving Seattle's handling, archiving of officials' texts.  At least twice in recent years, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's administration rejected budget proposals to improve the city's handling and preservation of text messages, shooting down detailed plans that staff said could help employees comply with state law and save the city from costly penalties for destroying public records.  Now the mayor and other high-ranking officials are embroiled in controversy over months' worth of texts that have been deleted, including messages exchanged during the tumultuous weeks last June when Seattle police tear-gassed racial justice demonstrators and abandoned the city's East Precinct station.  For Seattle's 2019 and 2020 budgets, Durkan's budget office rejected proposals by the city's Finance and Administrative Services and IT departments to fund text-archiving projects, budget records show.

Rudy Giuliani's Law License in Washington Suspended.  A U.S. appeals court ruled on July 7 that Rudy Giuliani can't practice law in Washington, a move that follows the suspension of Giuliani's New York law license two weeks ago.  The order from the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals comes after Giuliani, who served as the personal attorney for former President Donald Trump, had his law license revoked for making what the New York Supreme Court described as "false and misleading" statements following the Nov. 3 presidential election.  Giuliani is "suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia pending final disposition of this proceeding, effective on the date of entry of this order," the July 7 order states.  The filing cites the suspension of Giuliani's New York law license and says that his Washington license is revoked pending the result of disciplinary proceedings in New York.

After a False Abuse Allegation, Child Services Took This Mom's 3 Children Away.  Patti Krueger is a stay-at-home mom in Decatur, Illinois.  Her husband is a house painter.  The couple's second son, Wyatt, was born in 2017 with severe breathing difficulties.  "He was blue," says Krueger.  Wyatt spent nine days in neonatal intensive care.  Over the next two years his breathing problems necessitated oxygen treatments, tubes in his ears, and four surgeries, according to Krueger.  Some of his treatments were at a nearby hospital in Peoria.  Many hospitals today have a Child Abuse Pediatrician (CAP), a doctor on contract with child protective services.  Their job is to be on the lookout for child abuse, including abuse other doctors may have missed.  While the CAP at this hospital never met Krueger or worked directly with Wyatt, she reviewed his file and accused the mother of Munchausen syndrome by proxy — in other words, causing or faking a child's illness to get attention.  This CAP's report was all it took for Illinois' Department of Child and Family Services to put into place a "safety plan" to remove the Kruegers' kids.  These plans do not require any kind of court order because ostensibly the family "agrees" to it, on pain of potentially having no say over what happens next to their kids.

Noem: Biden Refused to Issue Mount Rushmore Fireworks Permits, Provided no Explanation Why.  During a Thursday [7/1/2021] interview on FNC's "Fox & Friends," South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) revealed that President Joe Biden refused to issue the permits this year for the Mount Rushmore Fourth of July celebration.  Noem said the celebration was brought back by President Donald Trump after President Barack Obama took it away for environmental concerns, and now Biden is canceling it again without providing an explanation.

The Fourth Branch of Government, The Intelligence Branch.  Factually, the modern intelligence apparatus uses checks and balances in their favor.  The checks create silos of proprietary information that works around oversight issues.  That's part of the problem.  Ironically the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was created in the aftermath of 9/11/01 expressly to eliminate the silos of information which they felt led to a domestic terrorist attack that could have been prevented.  The ODNI was created specifically upon the recommendation of the 9/11 commission.  The intent was to create a central hub of intelligence information, inside the executive branch, where the CIA, NSA, DoD, DoS, and DIA could deposit their unique intelligence products and a repository would be created so that domestic intelligence operations, like the DOJ and FBI could access them when needed to analyze threats to the U.S.  This, they hoped, would ensure the obvious flags missed in the 9/11 attacks would not be missed again.  The DNI office created a problem for those who operate in the shadows of proprietary information.

The War on Reality.  On March 13, 2020, the public school district where I teach announced that all classrooms and buildings would be closed for two weeks.  Then two weeks turned into two months, and two months turned into over a full year without in-person instruction. [...] "Public health" and "the safety of our children" came to mean students Zooming from homeless encampments, experiencing severe abuse, regressing academically, falling into depression, going hungry, struggling through catastrophic learning loss, and, in the saddest cases, not making it through the year alive.  Despite consistent evidence that schools were not sites of high transmission for COVID-19, many teachers failed to put aside baseless fears about classroom superspreading and rampant infection.  As a result, many of the most vulnerable children in our society suffered outrageous hardships, while their affluent peers attended private schools in person.  We've all been told that school closures and lockdowns were mandated by science, but what if these mandates were immoral?  What if they were based on a series of lies?  In fact, what if the entire rationale for most restrictions was actually rotten to the core?

Are US Spy Services Monitoring the Opposition's Communications?  Fox News host Tucker Carlson has reported during the last week about a whistleblower who told him that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been monitoring his electronic communications with the intention of leaking them to get his show taken off the air.  While most of the prestige press has dismissed Carlson's claims, the whistleblower may have struck just the tip of the iceberg — it's possible that along with Carlson much of the leadership of the American opposition movement is also under surveillance.  The NSA denied that Carlson is "an intelligence target of the Agency."  It explained on its Twitter account that the "NSA has a foreign intelligence mission.  We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that may harm the United States.  With limited exceptions ... NSA may not target US citizens without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting."  As absurd as it sounds, it's not hard to imagine U.S. officials presenting phony evidence to a secret court to try to show that an American TV star is actually a foreign spy.  They did it when the former host of "Celebrity Apprentice" ran for president in 2016.

Capitol, symbol of democracy, off-limits on Independence Day.  As it has been for nearly 16 months, longer than any time in the nation's history, the U.S. Capitol is closed to most public visitors.  The one-two punch of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered the Capitol's doors in the spring of 2020 and the deadly insurrection by then-President Donald Trump's supporters on Jan. 6 has left the icon of American democracy unopen to all but a select few.

The Power and Paranoia of the Left.  As of June 2021, the DOJ has charged more than 450 people with taking part in the 01/06/21 Capitol riot.  In D.C., 1,500 inmates have been confined to prison cells 22 hours a day for months.  Most have been placed in maximum security conditions.  Many have not been tried in court.  Biden's repression of the political opposition is unprecedented (with one exception) in American history, as is the Biden regime's systematic contravention of due process and constitutional rights. [...] Neo-Marxist American political culture has used media and social media to neutralize and destroy political opposition in a more effective, flexible manner than could have been achieved solely by the "legal power" of the Deep State and now the federal government.  Police state tactics like FBI home invasions have been widely reported.  The DOJ and FBI publicize these grotesque constitutional violations for the desired effect: general fear and political intimidation.

Cy Vance's Trump case is straight from a banana republic — punish your political enemies.  Donald Trump has long claimed that investigations of him are a partisan "witch hunt." Manhattan DA Cy Vance seems determined to make Trump's point for him by indicting the Trump Organization along with its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.  The 15-count indictment throws a kitchen sink of charges, including grand larceny, conspiracy, scheme to defraud,and tax fraud.  But the whole thing comes down to paying perks to Weisselberg — such as his parking garage fees, tuition for family members and reimbursement of holiday gratuities — and not reporting them as taxable income, or reporting that the wrong Trump entity paid them.  For this they slapped Weisselberg in handcuffs Thursday and paraded him in front of the media — a stage-managed political show trial.

Giuliani's Suspension:  Questionable Statements, But Not by Him.  On motion by an Attorney Grievance Committee, a New York Appellate Court suspended Rudy Giuliani, a member of President Donald Trump's personal legal team, from the practice of law for making supposedly false claims about the 2020 U.S. presidential election.  Most of the public will read headlines and short articles about the foregoing and assume that Giuliani was proven to a court's satisfaction to have knowingly lied.  But upon closer examination of the ruling by the New York appellate court, we see clearly questionable statements — not by Giuliani, but about him.  What was bizarre about this ruling, especially to any experienced lawyer, is that Giuliani was suspended before it was even determined preliminarily that an investigation of him should be opened.  The court disqualified Giuliani on an emergency ad hoc basis, implicating Trump's Sixth Amendment right to counsel and Giuliani's First Amendment right to free speech.

Gov. Lujan Grisham killed 40% of New Mexico small businesses with her lockdowns.  According to the "Economic Recovery Dashboard" on the New Mexico Tourism Department website, embattled Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's harsh lockdown during the pandemic resulted in an economic catastrophe, including the closure of 40% of New Mexico's small businesses, a devastating figure.  The figures show that in the food service and accommodations industry, nearly 60% of small businesses in that sector have been killed by Lujan Grisham's lockdowns.

Trump tears into 'radical left New York prosecutors' who have 'Failed' to find a crime against him and wasted 'millions in taxpayer funds'.  Donald Trump won't be personally charged in the Manhattan district attorney's case against the former president's business organization when the first indictment comes down, his attorney claimed.  Trump, in a lengthy and rambling statement issued on Monday, called the DA's investigation 'a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt of all time' and claimed prosecutors 'failed' to find a crime even as 'millions of dollars of taxpayer funds wasted.'  His words came as an indictment against the business that made his fame and fortune, The Trump Organization, grows closer.

'They Leak, They Lie': Trump Says Opponents Are Committing 'Prosecutorial Misconduct' At 'Levels Rarely Seen Before'.  Former President Donald Trump slammed New York state and city prosecutors in a statement Monday, alleging that prosecutors are "in search of a crime" to charge him with.  Trump made the claim as Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance and New York State Attorney General Leticia James continue to weigh criminal charges against top executives from the Trump Organization.  A grand jury was convened in May by Vance's office as part of their criminal probe into the Trump Organization.

Tucker Carlson Announces Whistleblower Confirmed the NSA is Plotting to Leak Info and Get His Show Pulled Off Air.  Tucker Carlson has revealed that a whistleblower told his show that the National Security Agency is spying on him and plotting to leak information in an effort to have him pulled off the air.  Carlson announced the shocking news on Monday evening's episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight.  "The NSA is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off air," Carlson said, admitting that it is a shocking claim and normally he would be skeptical of it, as it is illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens.  However, Carlson explained that the whistleblower even provided details about a story that the show was working on, which someone would only know from looking at his personal texts and emails.

Justice Department's Lawsuit Against Georgia Is Completely Partisan.  The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, headed by new, radical Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, filed a lawsuit on June 25 against Georgia.  The Justice Department claimed the state's recently enacted election reform law, SB 202, violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act because it discriminates against black Georgia voters.  The complaint reads like a press release drafted by the Democratic National Committee instead of a serious lawsuit by an apolitical Justice Department.  Clarke claims the new law has a discriminatory effect and that Georgia legislators "intended to deny or abridge the right of black Georgians to vote."  These claims are without merit and appear to be driven by the Biden administration's disagreements with Georgia's policy choices.  The law does not discriminate under the Voting Rights Act.  For example, contrary to the Justice Department's claim, there is nothing remotely discriminatory about requiring individuals to request an absentee ballot at least 11 days before Election Day instead of the prior deadline of only four days.

Politics by other means?  Giuliani suspension should worry all lawyers.  This week, New York's Supreme Court took the extraordinary step of suspending Rudy Giuliani, former federal prosecutor and counsel to former President Trump, from practicing law. [...] However, the fluid standard applied in Giuliani's case raises serious concerns over how and when such suspensions will be imposed against lawyers in public controversies.  Indeed, the Giuliani standard would seem to implicate a wide array of attorneys who straddle the line of legal and political advocacy.  The 33-page opinion is [...] deeply concerning in its heavy reliance on Giuliani's statements out of court.  While lawyers have been disciplined for out-of-court statements in some cases, this suspension seems primarily a judgment on Giuliani's public advocacy.  The court states that when he uses "his large megaphone, the harm is magnified. ... One only has to look at the ongoing present public discord over the 2020 election, which erupted into violence, insurrection and death on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol, to understand the extent of the damage that can be done when the public is misled by false information about the elections. [...]"

Loudoun County School Board Meeting Goes Full Fascist When Over 200 Parents Confront Them Over Critical Race Theory.  The embattled school board of Virginia's Loudoun County cut off public comment during a fiery meeting Tuesday as residents traded barbs over new transgender policy proposals Tuesday following weeks of protests from district parents opposed to some of the measures, which they have criticized as potential left-wing indoctrination and a violation of parental rights.  The policies affect transgender student rights, privacy and restroom accommodations and would require Loudoun County Public Schools employees to use students' preferred names or pronouns.  An official school board vote on the proposal is not expected until at least Aug. 10.  [Video clip]

Concerned Parents Protesting CRT Arrested After Virginia School Board Meeting Declared Unlawful Assembly.  Parents were arrested while protesting against Critical Race Theory (CRT) and a transgender policy at a Virginia school board meeting Tuesday [6/22/2021].  The meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia abruptly ended after the crowd became too rowdy and was later declared an unlawful assembly, footage posted to Twitter showed.  Two arrests were reportedly made for trespassing after some parents refused to leave.  [Video clip]

Things Explode at School Board Meeting Over CRT, Arrests Are Made.  Things are popping off in Loudon County, VA tonight as the debates over critical race theory and transgender issues in schools heat up.  Over 200 parents signed up to give public comments at a local school board meeting, and things just got crazier from there.  Eventually, an unlawful assembly was declared and several arrests were made. [...] All the crowd did was clap in support of someone's comment.  That's literally the extent of their "eruption," but that was enough for the little tyrants on the school board to shut down the meeting and get the cops involved.

Democrats Are Turning 'Homeland Security' Into A Political Weapon.  When a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence says directly into a camera that fighting terror may now mean arresting members of Congress, the blood sport of politics has been taken to a new and more dangerous level.  Speaking on MSNBC recently, Frank Figliuzzi opined to Chuck Todd that:  "Arresting low-level operatives is merely a speed bump, not a road block.  In order to really tackle terrorism ... and this time domestically ... you've got to attack and dismantle the command-and-control element of the terrorist group, and unfortunately, and I know this is painful to hear ... that may mean people sitting in Congress right now, people in and around the former president."

Malibu Man Fined $4.2 Million Over Disputed Beachfront Gate.  When Warren and Henny Lent bought their Malibu beach house in 2002, it was the realization of a lifelong goal. [...] It was "a dream come true which lasted about two months," Lent says.  That was when the Lents learned, via a casual conversation with a neighbor, that their house had a five-foot-wide public access easement along its eastern side that people could use to get down to the water.  These easements aren't uncommon, and at first, the Lents didn't think much about the fact that their home had one too. [...] Nevertheless, this easement put the Lents on a collision course with one of the most powerful agencies in the state, and one with a history of antagonizing property owners: the California Coastal Commission (CCC).

Never Ever "Cooperate" With a Federal Law Enforcement Agent.  I have said it before and I will say it again.  You never, ever "cooperate" (talk) to any Federal or state law enforcement agent, period.  You also do not cooperate with any but benign and obvious local police requests, on the order of kids breaking into cars in the driveways of your neighborhood.  You may think you are being a good citizen and, maybe, their questions are legitimate and for a worthy purpose.  Maybe.  But you do not know that.  That professional agent may be a good, patriotic American doing noble work, like catching Chinese spies.  Maybe.  But you do not know that.  I have been involved in two extremely serious "investigations" at the Federal level.  I had done nothing at all wrong but one was politically driven (from the White House) and one was driven by ambitious bureaucrats.  In the first instance I got (expensive) legal help before I hanged myself.  If I had not, I would have lost my job at the very least.  In the second my wife and I were being set up for a totally false obstruction of justice charge.

White House encourages July 4 celebrations, except at Mount Rushmore.  South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted out a letter Tuesday from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs which read in part:  "Thanks to the Biden administration's whole of government pandemic response, the United States has made incredible progress in vaccinating Americans and getting our country back on track [...] On July 4, because of our strong response, America will mark independence from the virus by celebrating with events across the country ...," the letter continued.  "We welcome you to join us by hosting your own events to honor our freedom, salute those who have been serving on the frontlines, and celebrate our progress in fighting this pandemic."  "What a hypocrite," Noem tweeted.  "President @JoeBiden wants 'a summer of freedom' where we 'mark independence from the virus by celebrating with events across the country.' Translation:  fireworks are fine at the White House, but not at Mount Rushmore."

Joe Biden's Most Terrifying Move Is One No One Is Talking About.  Elected officials are often just weak quasi-celebrities with little ability to propagate any real change.  Meanwhile, a determined group of bureaucrats can make regulations, target their political enemies with state power, and generally enact massive societal change — and you won't even know their names.  The Founders never intended for such a corrupt system to become the country's standard procedure, but here we are, and Democrats are keen to take advantage of it.  We saw what the often-called "deep state" was capable of during the Donald Trump era.  Now, Biden is looking to super-size that effort, and it should terrify you.

Gov. Newsom won't lift virus 'state of emergency'.  While California will end most of its coronavirus restrictions on June 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he will not lift the statewide "state of emergency" that gives him broad powers to either suspend or declare new rules and regulations.  California has been under a state of emergency since March 4, 2020.  Since then, Newsom has authorized billions of dollars in emergency spending and issued at least 47 executive orders to alter or suspend 200 state laws and regulations because of the virus, according to a resolution authored by Republican state senators.

Is a "Climate Lockdown" on the horizon?  If and when the powers-that-be decide to move on from their pandemic narrative, lockdowns won't be going anywhere.  Instead it looks like they'll be rebranded as "climate lockdowns", and either enforced or simply held threateningly over the public's head.  At least, according to an article written by an employee of the WHO, and published by a mega-coporate think-tank.  The report, titled "Avoiding a climate lockdown", was written by Mariana Mazzucato, a professor of economics at University College London, and head of something called the Council on the Economics of Health for All, a division of the World Health Organization.  It was first published in October 2020 by Project Syndicate, a non-profit media organization that is (predictably) funded through grants from the Open society Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many, many others.

Emergency!.  The Covid war is over, but Minnesota Governor Tim Walz carries on the fight.  Tomorrow he will continue his one-man rule of the state by declaring another "emergency."  He will accordingly extend his emergency powers for another 30 days.  Doing the arithmetic, Alpha News reports that this makes it the fifteenth month in a row that Governor Walz has ruled with emergency powers.  The relevant statute limits the circumstances under which the governor is delegated the power to declare an emergency:  "A peacetime declaration of emergency may be declared only when an act of nature, a technological failure or malfunction, a terrorist incident, an industrial accident, a hazardous materials accident, or a civil disturbance endangers life and property and local government resources are inadequate to handle the situation."  The circumstances that might justify the declaration of an emergency have not obtained for a long time, if ever.  The continued "emergency" is utterly lawless.

When the State Comes for Your Kids.  [Scroll down]  Here, for instance, are the powers granted to a 13-year-old child by the state of Washington.  Minors age 13 and up are entitled to admit themselves for inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment without parental consent.  Health insurers are forbidden from disclosing to the insured parents' sensitive medical information of minor children — such as that regarding "gender dysphoria [and] gender affirming care."  Minors aged 13 to 18 can withhold mental health records from parents for "sensitive" conditions, which include both "gender dysphoria" and "gender-affirming care."  Insurers in Washington must cover a wide array of "gender-affirming treatments" from tracheal shaves to double mastectomies.  Put these together, and a seventh grader could be entitled to embark on "gender affirming care" — which may include anything from a provider using the child's name and pronouns to the kid preparing to receive a course of hormones — without her parents' permission, against her parents' wishes, covered by her parents' insurance, and with the parents kept in the dark by insurance companies and medical providers.  Lest you wonder whether there is some madcap elixir polluting the groundwater of Washington State alone, in 2015, Oregon passed a law permitting minors 15 and older to obtain puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries at taxpayers' expense — all without parental consent.

Why Are All the Experts Such Dopes?  We normals are now expected to defer and submit to the commands of unelected functionaries bossing us around for our own good, though this is only good for those said experts and their fellow travelers in the ruling class.  Over about 250 years, America has gone from its leaders being selected on the basis of the divine right of kings to its leaders being selected by on the basis of the divine right of nerds with advanced degrees from Yale.

Are our federal intelligence agencies compromised?  A lot of people have been wondering why, suddenly, the leftist establishment is embracing the idea that COVID came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (which is tied to the Chinese military) after denying the possibility for so long.  The answer may lie in the fact that the Defense Intelligence Agency has for months been debriefing a high-level Chinese Communist Party defector — but withheld the information from other agencies until recently because of fears that those agencies are compromised.  In other words, it's a twofer:  China did create and release the virus, and our federal government cannot be trusted.

The New Domestic War on Terror Has Already Begun — Even Without the New Laws Biden Wants.  The Department of Homeland Security on Friday [5/28/2021] issued a new warning bulletin, alerting Americans that domestic extremists may well use violence on the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre.  This was at least the fourth such bulletin issued this year by Homeland Security (DHS) warning of the same danger and, thus far, none of the fears it is trying to instill into the American population has materialized. [...] Just like the first War on Terror, these threats are issued with virtually no specificity.  They are just generalized warnings designed to put people in fear about their fellow citizens and to justify aggressive deployment of military and law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country.

The New Secession Crisis: The Democrats have already left the Union.  The Democrats have already seceded from America's historic conception of nationhood in many respects: [...] THEY have used instruments of the state such as the IRS (under Lois Lerner) the FBI (Russiagate) and the Department of Defense (attacking Tucker Carlson) and numerous other agencies to attack political opponents.  Political allies of President Trump were investigated and prosecuted by the government in ways that were transparently focused on taking down the duly elected president.

Time for a Coalition of Free American States.  Although America's constitutional form of limited government was designed specifically to maximize the liberty of citizens and maximize the power of states at the expense of the federal government, the accumulation of power has flowed only in one direction — away from individual states and individual citizens and toward the national government in D.C.  This phenomenon is so natural throughout history that it was a chief concern of the Founding Fathers themselves.  Thomas Jefferson, a shrewd student of human nature, was blunt:  "Experience hath shewn [sic], that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."  Let's be honest:  the federal government hasn't looked in tip-top shape for a long time, and now it's a train wreck waiting to happen.  It's made up of millions of petty bureaucrats who couldn't care less about "serving the public."

Child Welfare Caught Stealing Social Security Checks From Disabled and Orphaned Foster Kids.  NPR has done an in-depth investigative series exposing a child-welfare money-making scheme that targets children receiving Social Security benefits for the enrichment of social services.  This is a pattern that I've seen repeat during my years investigating CPS/DSS and other child-welfare offices around the country. [...] Not only do they target children who are receiving benefits but in some of the cases I've covered, the employees of the county encouraged the parent to sign up for the benefits while pretending to "help" the family.  Once the benefits are secured, the child welfare agency takes the children — and the Social Security checks — with trumped-up charges like "Munchausen syndrome by proxy" or nebulous charges of "neglect."  This exact scenario happened to a mom in Colorado who must remain anonymous because of pending litigation.

Michigan Prosecutors Determined to Destroy Young Conservative's Entire Life After Posting a "Snowflake" Joke in Private Snapchat Group.  Lucas Gerhard is a 21-year-old man.  Instead of celebrating his graduation from Lake Superior State University in Sault St. Marie, MI, in the criminal justice field and looking for a job in law enforcement, Lucas is locked down in his father's home, wearing an ankle bracelet. [...] The story we are about to tell you is truly one of the most remarkable cases of injustice you will ever read.  It's a story of how easily two intolerant, liberal students, with the help of the police, school administrators, and an overly zealous prosecutor, can cancel the life of a young man, all while trampling on his First and Second Amendment Rights.

What Trump Meant to Millions.  I loved President Trump because he stood up for the ordinary people of America, those who for so long had been kept in cultural servitude by the political elite.  Trump endowed ordinary Americans with a sense of possibilities by returning manufacturing jobs to America, restoring our sovereignty as a nation free of global institutions, and, above all, ending the atmosphere of political correctness that had choked free expression for decades.  Then, when the elite saw everyday Americans rising above their station, it decided to put them back in their servitude by depriving Trump of a second term, by whatever means necessary.  Now the high-paying jobs are disappearing, we are bowing to the UN, IPCC, and WHO once again, and every word that comes out of the White House has to do with "social and racial justice."  The Capitol riot of Jan. 6 gave them an excuse, and now ordinary Americans are back on the cultural plantation.

Scott Atlas:  Lockdowns Not Only a 'Heinous Abuse' of Power, They Also Failed to Protect the Elderly.  The lockdowns implemented to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in the United States and across the globe have not only been a "heinous abuse of power," but they have also failed to protect the elderly and vulnerable, according to former White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Scott Atlas.  In an interview for Epoch TV's "American Thought Leaders," Atlas, a public health policy expert, suggested that the consequences of lockdowns, which he believes have been largely fear-driven, will be felt in the country for decades to come.  "We will have a massive price to pay for what was done in the United States," said Atlas.  "The consequences of the lockdowns have been enormously harmful and they will last for decades after this pandemic is completely finished."

12 Lessons Learned from Covid-19.  [#6] The government will use any crisis to disregard the Constitution.  Freedom of religion, speech, press, or assembly anyone?  How about depriving citizens of life, liberty, or property without due process of law?  [#7] Politicians will use crises to spend money on things that have nothing to do with the instigating event, rewarding their campaign contributors in the process.  Very little of the trillions spent on the Covid "stimulus" packages has went to individuals or Covid-related medical costs.  The vast majority went to big business "bailouts."  [#8] Government should be kept as far away as possible from our health care system as possible.  Have you ever seen such incompetence in simply distributing personal protection equipment and test kits?  Do you think anyone in the private sector could have done it more cheaply and efficiently?  Half the Covid official deaths are related to incompetent governor mandates related to nursing homes.

Biden's Department of Homeland Security Posts $500,000 Grant for Company to Hunt Down 'Extremists' in Law Enforcement.  The Biden administration is posting a reward for anyone who can tell it how to find violent extremists in law enforcement.  The Department of Homeland Security has put $500,000 on the table to fund research projects aimed at determining how violent extremists are infiltrating the police.  "The goal of this solicitation is to contribute to a comprehensive and extensive understanding of insider threats facing domestic law enforcement agencies," the request for proposals posted on grants.gov reads.

California overkill.  The F-15C Eagle, a jet fighter of the U.S. Air Force, can hit speeds of 1,875 mph (Mach 2.4) and boasts a range of 3,450 miles.  With its M-16AI cannon and Sidewinder missiles, the Eagle is designed for air-to-air combat.  But somebody thought the fighter might prove more versatile.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the California National Guard put an F-15C fighter on standby to "buzz" any crowds daring to resist stay-at-home orders at the outset of the pandemic last year.  Four National Guard members, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Times the orders were allegedly handed down orally or through text messages rather than in the official manner.  "We do not use our planes to frighten or intimidate civilians," National Guard Lt. Col. Jonathan Shiroma told the Times, but there was more to the story.

How a confederate flag painted on a rock could cost a mom her kid.  A New York mom is caught between a rock and an appellate court.  The upstate woman has been told she needs to ditch a driveway decoration painted with a confederate flag or risk losing custody of her mixed race child — even though a family court judge didn't consider it to be an issue when it was raised during trial.  "Given that the child is of mixed race, it would seem apparent that the presence of the flag is not in the child's best interests, as the mother must encourage and teach the child to embrace her mixed race identity, rather than thrust her into a world that only makes sense through the tortured lens of cognitive dissonance," judges with the Appellate Division's Third Department in Albany wrote in a ruling released Thursday.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Reportedly Borrowed A Private Jet For Secret Florida Trip During Lockdown.  A spokesman for Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed in April that Whitmer flew to Florida while instructing Michiganders to stay home while under COVID-19 lockdown orders.  Now, a new report indicates Whitmer contacted wealthy Detroit businessmen to lend a private plane.  Spokesman Bobby Leddy said the governor traveled on three occasions to Florida to visit her elderly father.  The governor's office claimed taxpayer money was not used for travel.  Deadline Detroit reports Whitmer avoided a private plane fee in the range of $10,000 to $20,000 by asking billionaires to provide a charter.  The jet she took would have allegedly ran her a fee of $40,000, an estimated 25 percent of Whitmer's salary before taxes.

Michigan Gov Sneaked off to Florida in a Billionaires' Jet and No One Seems to Care.  [Michigan] is lagging behind almost all other states around us in the Great Lakes region in how we have been dealing with the COVID-19 situation. [...] Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, for over a year, has beseeched the citizens of the Mitten State to follow the rules she has laid out, and together we will defeat this.  If we just wear our masks and social distance and wear our masks in a car alone, we will whip this thing.  Really, this is based on science — or something that they still will not release.  Oh and don't travel to one of those southern states that her good pal Joe Biden said had "Neanderthal thinking" for deciding to open up their states and ditching the fear-driven drivel of despair.  Unless, of course, it is the Governor going on a secret visit to see her Dad.  In Florida.  On a gaggle of billionaires' jet.  Without alerting Florida authorities as a courtesy to let them know one of the 50 state governors was visiting in case something happened while she was there.  Without having had one of the COVID-19 "vaccine" shots given to her.

Parents Have Had Enough — South Salt Lake City School Board Shuts Down Parents During Meeting.  School boards are where mini-dictators are grown.  Thus the latest exhibit comes from South Salt Lake, Utah and the Granite School District Board of Education meeting.  The board was going to hear proposals of removing the mask mandate for K-12 students.  However, they would only allow one parent to speak during "citizen participation time", a control method for keeping the pesky proles from expressing their opinion of board policy.  After the board allowed a mask advocate from the state to speak, the School board said that's it, no more discussion.  Parents became infuriated, things got ugly.  The board ended the meeting and escaped out the back-door of the building.  [Video clip]

Whitmer Mooches Billionaires' Plane As Father Makes Miraculous Recovery.  When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was outed last month for a secretive trip to Florida in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her office claimed Michigan taxpayers did not foot the bill.  What they did not tell us, however, is that Whitmer asked a group of wealthy Detroit businessmen to provide a private plane they share.  Those businessmen have major dealings in and with the state of Michigan.  "We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter," said one of the plane's owners, who exchanged his candor for confidentiality.  "You can't tell a governor no.  Who needs that kind of trouble?"

Oligarchy, and Remedies.  What are hundreds of America's biggest corporations doing as they browbeat the public to abolish the requirement of identification for voting?  What are Twitter, Facebook, et al. doing when they prohibit people from sharing facts that are inconvenient to government policy or (and) the Democratic Party?  What did banks do when they turned over to the FBI the records of persons who happened to have traveled to D.C. near January 6?  And what about all those big retail stores — you know, the ones that the government designated "essential," the ones that thrived under the lockdowns — what are they doing when they continue to demand that you wear masks on their property regardless of vaccination?  What are colleges and universities, even K-12 schools doing when they deprive of opportunities young people who do not fit woke profiles?  And what do all of them do when they dismiss complaints that they are violating your Constitutional rights by telling you that they are exercising their own private rights?  Are they simply fronting for the government or, specifically, for the Democratic Party?

Our Quasi-Soviet States of America.  The federal Department of Justice and state-level law enforcement in jurisdictions taken over by the left are lenient with common criminals but savagely oppressive against political protesters when an excuse can be found, or manufactured, to charge them with a crime.  That fate fell on many allies of Trump.  Rudy Giuliani was visited by a gang of FBI agents at 6 A.M. equipped with dubious search warrants.  Vote-stealing activities during the last election were ignored and not even investigated because they helped the left.  In San Francisco, thefts of less than $950 are not prosecuted, giving criminals a free pass to terrorize small businesses and respectable people. [...] Abolishing or neutering the police allows the dregs of society to form political enforcement gangs to terrorize individuals considered political enemies.  These gangs are instruments of the regime but officially are low-level criminals not under the control of the regime.

The Never-ending Hunt for a Trump Crime.  Was this an off-the-book operation by rogue agents?  I mean, if these people feel free to constantly leak to the press sensitive material, how far off the reservation have FBI agents gone?  Or was this shoved under the carpet as a national security matter and the DNI was responsible and kept Barr in the dark?  A mystery of significant importance.  Did they have a FISA warrant to do this?  If so, ever more reason to scrap this monstrosity.  If you are not yet concerned about the FBI's counterintelligence operations, its incompetency and KGB-type operations, you just aren't paying attention.

The Real Reasons Behind the Rudy Giuliani Raid.  Expectations that the FBI was investigating possible crimes documented on Hunter Biden's laptop were laid to rest earlier this week when agents raided the home and office of Rudolph Giuliani, the man who made news of the laptop public.  According to reports, federal investigators are looking for evidence that the former Mayor of New York City violated the foreign agents registration act (FARA) by illegally lobbying on behalf of Ukrainian officials.  But that's just a pretext to search his communications and records to find something with which to take revenge against a man who helped uncover the corruption of America's first family.  The compromising photos, emails, and texts found on Hunter's laptop include accounts of financial arrangements with a Chinese businessman he called the "spy chief of China."  The documents, confirmed by a former Biden associate, implicate other members of the Biden clan, including it seems the president.  And so to hunt Giuliani, the commander-in-chief has deployed federal law enforcement authorities, which have their own reason to retaliate against one of the Department of Justice's most famous former prosecutors.  Giuliani helped thwart the FBI and DOJ's plot to topple an American president.

FBI raid on innocent couple shows lawlessness at Department of Justice.  Wednesday's rogue FBI raid on an innocent couple in Homer is an example of what happens when a lawless and completely illegitimate political party and administration come to power.  The Democrats are utilizing the proven techniques of communism and fascism, and weaponizing federal law enforcement for political purposes.  They are now reaping the fruits of the November's fake election.  Its aftermath spells the end of freedom in America.  It is no longer a threat.  It is here, and none of us are safe.  Paul and Marilyn Hueper went to DC on Jan. 6 to listen to Donald Trump's speech.  Like other Alaskans, they were at the very foot of the stage and in front of a million people in the Washington Mall, but when they were dismissed by Trump to "Peacefully and patriotically protest", they suddenly found themselves at the back of a very long line.  They got lost, they bought a hot dog, they started up the steps, but they never got within a hundred yards of entering the capitol building.

DOJ Targets Journalist Investigating Biden Family Ukraine Scandals.  As part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Biden Justice Department is seizing communications between the former mayor and a journalist investigating President Joe Biden's business dealings with Ukraine.  Agents from the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office and the FBI raided the New York residence of Giuliani early Wednesday morning.  The investigation stems from at least a two-year-old probe into potential crimes of federal lobbying laws.  Federal investigators seized Giuliani's electronic devices.  The warrant presented, however, according to Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, raises questions surrounding the scope and motivation behind the investigation, where prosecutors began issuing subpoenas around the same time of Trump's first impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats centered on conduct in Ukraine in 2019.

Biden's DOJ Plotted Political Stunt Courthouse Arrest of George Floyd Cop.  The Obama DOJ is back and that means pushing black supremacist politics and going after the police.  But even by Obama standards, a political stunt like a courthouse arrest of the cop who was on the scene when George Floyd died of a drug overdose is really something. [...] Arresting Chauvin at the courthouse was a publicity stunt.  Chauvin wasn't going to fly to Brazil even if he were exonerated.  But you just know the Obama DOJ people plotting this had been coordinating with CNN to have the cameras running on the scene.

Not a single person of honor or integrity can survive inside the DC institutions.  [Thread reader]  I still held the belief there were three branches of government, and there were "checks and balances", and there had to be some way for a good person to expose corruption.  He quickly dispatched those beliefs (with examples).  He explained the "checks and balances" I spoke of did exist at a time when there were three branches of government.  However, that time has long passed.  There is only one overarching DC eco-system now.  The three branch concept is gone.  Doesn't exist.  As he explained, the levers of power are all controlled by the same system, and behind that system are positions — not people.  "Positions."  People are evaluated based on their ability to support and protect the system.  Their skill level is what moves them into position.  Position.  Evaluation.  Next Position.  Evaluation.  Etc.  The system more like an institution.  Within the institution there are divisions.  The divisions are what we used to call "branches".  The divisions (branches) are not independent from the institution of DC.  The divisions are operated by people in power who hold positions.  He identified the timeline of this institutional creation as a slow build (over decades), but most visibly increasing in publicity after 9/11/01 and the patriot act.  Once the patriot act made the government responsible for total safety; the previously embedded bad actors took full control.  One office of particular note was the creation of the ODNI.  As he noted the amassing of surveillance power.  [O]nce that Rubicon was crossed, everything after was downstream and unstoppable.  The institution of the total intelligence apparatus now had full control...

Giuliani claims materials seized by FBI are 'exculpatory' evidence.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday he "never ever represented any foreign national" after the FBI raided his apartment and seized his electronic devices earlier this week.  Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump's personal attorney, has reportedly been eyed by federal authorities over whether he illegally lobbied the previous administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs while searching for damaging information on Trump's political rivals, including President Joe Biden, then the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.  He told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday that seven FBI agents knocked on his door at 6 a.m. on Wednesday serving a warrant for electronics, adding he told federal agents:  "This is extraordinary because I've offered to give these to the government and talk it over them for two years."  "I could have destroyed the evidence years ago," Giuliani said, but he claimed that he didn't because the evidence is "exculpatory" and proves himself, Trump, and "all of us are innocent."

Rudy Giuliani responds to FBI search warrant raid and goes on the offensive.  The highly publicized early morning raid on the apartment and office of Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of the 45th President of the United States, was an outrage.  Thanks to a 10+ minute interview last night on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the nation's highest-rated cable news program, we have a better grasp of the dimensions of the scandalous behavior of the Department of Justice.  [Video clip]  I urge readers to view the entire interview if they did not see it on the broadcast.  It is embedded below.  Keep in mind that before he was Mayor of New York, he was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the very office that is now conducting the investigation targeting him.  He therefore knows the ins and outs of all aspects of federal prosecution, including the execution of search warrants.

The dark night of fascism has finally landed in the United States.  On Wednesday [4/28/2021], Federal agents flashing open-ended warrants conducted a 6 a.m. raid on former New York mayor current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to seize his electronics.  The ostensible reason was that Giuliani violated a law requiring Americans who represent foreign nationals to register as foreign agents.  This is a law that is enforced only against Republicans close to Trump — and Giuliani is adamant that he's never represented foreign nationals.  The agents ostentatiously refused to seize copies of Hunter Biden's hard drives, which Giuliani possessed, even though they were obvious electronic devices.  Giuliani contends that the hard drives' contents establish not only that Hunter and Joe Biden acted as unregistered foreign agents, but also that Joe Biden and his family took millions in bribes over the years and that Hunter Biden was engaged in child pornography.  Since Giuliani still has the hard drives, perhaps he should make all the information on the drives public. [...] On the evidence available, what's happening to Giuliani looks like typical fascism:  an incoming regime uses unequally applied law and a complete absence of due process to purge all political opposition.

Feds search Giuliani apartment in Ukraine investigation: report.  Federal investigators have executed a search warrant on former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, seizing electronic devices, sources confirmed to Fox News.  The raid on Giuliani, which was first reported by the New York Times, comes as federal authorities were investigating whether he violated the law by lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials in 2019. Giuliani has served as former President Donald Trump's personal attorney on a number of high-profile matters.  According to Giuliani's attorney Robert Costello, seven FBI agents arrived at the apartment at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, and remained for roughly two hours.  The agents seized several electronic devices including laptops and cell phones.

Federal agents raid Rudy Giuliani's NYC apartment.  The moves were tied to an investigation into Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine, according to reports.  A resident of Giuliani's Upper East Side building on East 66th Street said the doorman described greeting the agents at 6 a.m. and letting them pass when they displayed a search warrant.  The raid marked an escalation in the feds' probe of the former mayor, who is being investigated over whether he illegally lobbied former President Donald Trump on behalf of officials and oligarchs in Ukraine, according to the New York Times.  The Ukrainian officials were also reportedly helping Giuliani dig up dirt on Trump's political rivals, including then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Furious Andrew Giuliani slams DOJ's 'political' raids on his father's NYC home and office as part of Ukraine probe.  Rudy Giuliani's son Andrew has accused the Department of Justice of raiding his father's New York apartment and office for political reasons — and claims agents didn't want to take allegedly incriminating evidence involving Hunter Biden.  'Any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today, by the continued politicization,' furious Andrew, 35, told reporters in the Upper East Side on Wednesday [4/28/2021].  'The only piece of evidence that they did not take up there today was the only piece of incriminating evidence that is in there — and it does not belong to my father, it belongs to the current president's son,' he added.

Rudy Giuliani responds to the feds raiding his NYC apartment.  Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday accused federal agents of ignoring copies of Hunter Biden's computer hard drives when they raided his apartment — and blamed the investigation into his dealings in Ukraine on "Trump Derangement Syndrome."  In a statement released by his lawyer, Giuliani said the FBI "steadfastly declined" to take the hard drives when he "offered them on several occasions."  "Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani's word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden's hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani," the statement said.  "Their reliance on Mr. Giuliani's credibility tells you everything you need to know about this case."

FBI Abused Secretive Surveillance Program, Court Finds.  The FBI continued abusing the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act program, including searching for information on people who had gone to the bureau to report they were victims of a crime, a newly declassified document shows.  One FBI information specialist between April 11, 2019, and July 8, 2019, conducted approximately 124 queries of information obtained through secretive methods under the act, or FISA, which permits warrantless surveillance of foreigners outside of the United States.  The surveillance can and has been used to ultimately obtain information on Americans.  The searches included looking at information for people who had requested to participate in a bureau-run citizens academy, a program for local leaders designed to foster greater understanding of the role of law enforcement, and people who needed to enter the field office the FBI worker was based in to conduct work, such as a repair, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reported in the newly released document.  In other cases, people who entered the field office, which was not named, to report they were victims of the crime were subjected to the background search.

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As I have said before, when you go to the cops for help, the first thing they investigate is YOU.

The FISA Court is Compromised — Presiding Judge James Boasberg Hires Former DOJ-NSD Head, Mary McCord, as Amici Curiae to Advise The Court.  I hate to write this, but there is just no good way to look at this.  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, specifically Presiding Judge James Boasberg, has hired former DOJ National Security Division head, Mary McCord, as amici curiae advisor to the court.  The placement was first noted by an announcement from Georgetown Law ICAP.  Presiding Judge James Boasberg, is the decision-maker in the appointment of Amici Curiae to the FISA court.  There is no way, NO WAY, Judge Boasberg does not know Mary McCord was at the epicenter of the fraudulent FISA application used against Carter Page.

Agency underground.  Since last year, the department tasked with overseeing foster care and child welfare in New Mexico has been encrypting and routinely deleting its communications, making much of its work essentially untraceable.  The leadership of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) has directed staff to use Signal, a secure communication app, and has set chats to automatically delete.  In contrast to standard text messages or emails — which could be accessed by attorneys, reporters and members of the public under the state's open records laws — messages sent via Signal are all but impossible to retrieve.  Once deleted, virtually no trace of a Signal conversation remains, even on the company's server.  Attorneys and child advocates say the practice likely violates state open-records laws and could hamper any investigation into the department, which has been subject to lawsuits and massive criticism for its management of the foster-care system.

Biden's 100-Day Rampage.  Not since 1932, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first 100 days as president set a benchmark for presidential performance, has any president done so much so quickly as Joe Biden.  In fact, Biden is surpassing Roosevelt significantly in imposing massive damaging changes on America that may not be reversible.  Unlike Roosevelt, Biden isn't only relying on Congress to pass legislation.  Biden is achieving his goals by making international agreements, imposing executive orders and policy decisions, and working hard to undo everything his predecessor did.  Biden will brag about his accomplishments later this week in a speech to a joint session of Congress.  We can expect to hear about his rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and his promise last week to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030. [...] If we analyze what these "successes" mean to us, our national security, and our economy, it's quite clear that Biden defines success in terms of his ability to diminish our economy and national security.

Gretchen Whitmer and Other Michigan Lunatics Tell 2-Year-Olds To Mask Up.  Starting today across the state of Michigan, two-year-olds at daycare facilities will be required to mask up, thanks to an order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Kids from ages 2 [to] 4 will now be subjected to mask requirements just like the rest of Michigan citizens, according to MDHHS representative Bob Wheaton, who told MLive.com that two-year-olds will be required to wear a mask at a park just like 18-year-old senior in high school.  The new rules will require daycare workers to keep masks on two-year-olds.  One daycare worker told Mid-Michigan Now that she's concerned for the two-year-olds who are learning from teacher facial expressions and expressions from classmates.  "Something might be super exciting and fun, but they can't see that so they don't know how to react," Nicole Bellanger from Lady Di Daycare told the news channel.  Bellanger added that three-year-olds at the facility are speaking less since they started wearing face masks.

Biden Threatens To Cancel 4th Of July If Americans Don't Get "The Jab".  Whoever is writing Joe Biden's material doesn't appear to have a working knowledge of why it is that Americans celebrate the Fourth Of July, or as it is otherwise known Independence Day.  On Wednesday [4/21/2021], the nation's 46th president reiterated his tired threat:  If people don't march down to their local vaccination site and roll up their sleeves, that they would not be able to celebrate July 4th.  Even to get together in "small gatherings" to commemorate the day when our forefathers broke free of the tyranny of a king.  Biden's mass vaccination push has gotten stuck in the mud now that those who were eager to take "the jab" have done so.  That leaves tens of millions of Americans who are understandably wary of being injected with vaccines that were rushed into distribution under emergency use approval.  Without the standard years of clinical and animal trials that show safety and effectiveness long-term.

Roger Stone:  Why Am I Being Treated Differently than Hunter Biden and the Rev. Al Sharpton?  Call it Witch Hunt 3.0 The civil suit for $2 Million (!) in back taxes announced by the Biden Department of Justice against me and my wife when we have neither under-reported income nor hidden any assets and they know we have no assets.  This is a politically motivated harassment fueled by the partisan prosecutors' fury and liberal hysteria over the fact that President Trump saw the clear corruption of my trial and had the strength and the courage to correct this injustice by issuing me a grant of clemency and a full and unconditional pardon.  Now, Robert Mueller, I am not a convicted felon nor did you have any evidence against me as you were forced to admit by the court in the long-hidden sections of your report.  That was Witch Hunt 1.0.  Please recognize the Justice Department filed their civil suit at 6 PM on a Friday with no notice whatsoever to my tax attorneys with whom they have been in regular contact.  This demonstrates the political motivation of these highly contrived charges.  In fact, months of ongoing good-faith negotiations between my tax attorney and the IRS to settle this debt went silent the day after the Inauguration of Joe Biden and after we submitted a MOUNTAIN of updated financial information in ongoing settlement negotiations.  The claim in the lawsuit that the IRS terminated my settlement agreement is false and a fraud upon the Court.  My tax attorney formally informed them when I was simply unable to pay.

Americans Exiled within America.  [Scroll down]  A corrupt voting process has deprived millions of meaningful participation within their republic.  Meanwhile, integrity of citizenship itself is imperiled by the erasure of the nation's boundaries and the granting of privileges to non-citizens.  Second, Americans have been deprived of their property, which has essentially been confiscated by the State in the interest of public "health."  Businesses have been shut down and, when partly opened, managed by bureaucrats who dictate how a business such as a restaurant may be run. [...] But most importantly, like individuals who are removed from their country, exiled Americans have experienced loss of community and communication.  The forced isolation of Americans and the shutdown of nearly all institutions have deprived Americans of supportive communities.  Churches, schools, museums, concert halls, political groups, and even family gatherings such as funerals and weddings have become tightly regulated.  Many communities have either disappeared altogether or retreated into cyberspace.

Meet Kimberly Gardner, the Rogue Prosecutor Whose Policies Are Wreaking Havoc in St. Louis.  Kimberly Gardner, the beleaguered rogue prosecutor (called the "circuit attorney") for the city of St. Louis, Missouri, has made a national name for herself.  Unfortunately, as we demonstrate below, her national reputation comes from her radical pro-criminal, anti-victim policies and a series of high-profile missteps she has made.  Like many other rogue prosecutors around the country, she was swept into office by winning her 2016 election with a wave of money from George Soros and tech billionaire-funded entities, who again contributed heavily to help her win reelection in 2020.

Who Is Freer These Days?  Putin has his enemies jailed, but that's now official policy in America.  In the case of Putin, he does not relish in the torment of his opponents.  There is some hint of shame there.  In America, members of the regime take pleasure in tormenting those who speak out against them.  Take, for example, the case of Alexey Navalny, the CIA-sponsored critic of Putin who is now in jail.  He claims poor treatment at the hands of the government, but he is able to speak to the media about it.  In contrast, there are an unknown number of people in jail right now over the January protests.  One was beaten by guards to the point where he lost sight in one eye.  Unlike with Alexey Navalny, The New York Times and The Washington Post are not demanding Ronald Sandlin be set free.  The great and the good are not calling him a political prisoner, despite the fact he is literally in jail for politics.  The folks who tell us "democracy dies in darkness" are happy that Ronald Sandlin now lives in darkness at the hands of the state.  The political prisoners being held by the Biden regime envy Alexey Navalny.

Due process is no more in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.  [Scroll down]  Due process is the underpinning of the rule of law:  Those in power cannot treat people in an arbitrary and capricious manner.  Instead, there are rules for dealing with problematic situations, whether criminal accusations or workplace wrongdoing, especially in the context of government employment.  Due process is a double-sided shield that, in addition to protecting Americans from those in power, also protects them from the passions of the mob[.]  A man like this, who can stand for the rule of law when the mob is baying for blood, is a treasure and should be cherished.  In a fraught situation, he placed profoundly important principles ahead of any personal feelings he might have had regarding the events that just put his city on the map.  It turned out that the City Council would have liked to cherish him but the members were too frightened to do so.  Immediately after the conference, the Council convened in an emergency session and promptly fired [City Manager Curt] Boganey.  As one council member stated explicitly, the council's decision was made entirely to appease the mob.

Daunte Wright shooting:  Brooklyn Center city manager fired after call for due process for police officer.  Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey was fired on Monday evening, hours after he publicly disagreed with Mayor Mike Elliott's assertion that the police officer who fatally shot a Black man in the Minneapolis suburb should be immediately fired in response to the incident.  "Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward," Elliott wrote on Twitter.  "I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government."

California city erects fence outside COVID mandate-defying restaurant.  A California city erected a fence outside a restaurant that has repeatedly flouted coronavirus health orders, a report said.  The fencing was put up Saturday outside Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Burbank after a court ordered the establishment's electricity be shut off, according to an NBC Los Angeles report.  The eatery has racked up nearly $50,000 in fines since the start of the pandemic for violating public health orders, allowing outdoor dining at a time when the practice was banned by the county, according to the Los Angeles Times.  A judge on Friday ruled the restaurant cannot reopen without new permits.  The city had previously placed sandbags outside the business in a bid to keep it closed.

January 6 Is the New Russiagate Lie.  The manufactured deception about the events of January 6 quickly is approaching Russiagate levels.  The formula is familiar:  Find a catchy phrase — in this case it's "insurrection" instead of "collusion" — then fertilize the information ecosystem with the term and watch it grow like a weed.  Get political leaders including former presidents and top lawmakers of both parties to use the description, giving it immediate legitimacy.  Issue dire warnings about the "threat to democracy" and "rule of law." Identify the villain — Donald Trump, of course — and make solemn pledges to hunt down every perpetrator until justice is done.  Sympathy-inducing optics are helpful but not always necessary.  Critical cogs in this sort of performative outrage are government authorities who use their offices to convince the public the whole thing is on the square.  This is precisely what happened with the now discredited trope that five people died as a result of the chaos on January 6.  A brief report issued Wednesday by the office of the D.C. medical examiner confirmed only one person, Ashli Babbitt, was killed that day.

John Ratcliffe Discusses Severe Political Compromise Within U.S. Intelligence Community.  Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe appears with Maria Bartiromo [4/11/2021] to discuss the issues with Hunter Biden's laptop and the severity of political compromise within the U.S. intelligence apparatus.  Ratcliffe notes how politicized the intelligence community and national security have become specifically in defense of lies being perpetrated by those behind the Biden administration.  Misinformation and disinformation is rampant as the Nat Sec community and Intel Community use their political ideology to advance false assertions.  [Video clip]

Letting Hunter Biden Off Is A Message To Us Peasants.  [Scroll down]  It has a deeper and more cynical purpose — to show us that our overlords are unaccountable and that the law is now merely another implement in the regime's toolkit of oppression.  They are telling us that they and their scumbag progeny can do whatever they want, but that we can't.  In the short term, this is infuriating.  In the long term, it could bring down the system our garbage ruling caste inherited.  They are throwing it in our faces, thinking it's a good plan to force us to submit.  Right now, hundreds of Americans are being prosecuted for trespassing inside their own Capitol building, and eager agents of the American Stasi are salivating at the idea of charging them with "sedition" for doing exactly what hordes of leftist dirtbags did in the past.  Of course, none of the leftist dirtbags were shot dead while unarmed by some cop whose name we still don't know.  That's another message.

The FBI / DOJ is MIA on Hunter Biden, Seth Rich, Anthony Weiner laptops.  The FBI and DOJ have been missing in action for years.  Failing in disclosing and acting on the information in the Hunter Biden, Seth Rich, and Anthony Weiner laptops.  The two-tiered system of American justice has never been more hypocritical on display.  Democrats and the deep state lie, cover-up and protect the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hunter Biden, and the Biden crime family.  Yet the full weight and power of the government are brought against any Republican connected to Donald Trump.  The story of the Hunter Biden, Seth Rich, and Anthony Weiner laptops is a tale of just how debased and corrupt our Government institutions and modern media have become.

Police Officers Pay Visit to Home of Anti-War Activist Over Harmless Tweet Criticizing AOC.  Two plainclothes California police officers showed up to the home of an anti-war activist over a harmless tweet criticizing Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  The police officers were sent to the Los Angeles home of Ryan Wentz, an anti-war activist on April 8 on behalf of the Capitol Police.  AOC denies any involvement, however many are asking who initiated the phone call to the Capitol Police.

9 Things You Need to Know About Biden's 'Infrastructure' Spending Plan.  [#6] $700 billion in corporate welfare and tax credits.  While the stated top-line goal of the spending plan is "jobs," an alternate way of describing it would be "some jobs are more equal than others."  The broad corporate tax hike would necessarily shrink the private sector relative to what it would otherwise be.  In a classic "take with one hand, give with the other" maneuver, the spending plan would shower hundreds of billions of dollars on favored sectors, including "green" energy, politically selected manufacturing, and thinly disguised slush funds.  Rather than learning from Obama administration failures like the Solyndra scandal, the Biden administration seems determined to repeat the same mistakes on a larger scale.

D.C. Statehood? How About A Declaration Of Independence From Washington Instead.  The Democrats are agitating for a 51st state that would be the District of Columbia, not for reasons of fairness but to build their party into an unchallengeable political power.  America would be better off declaring its independence from the capital.  As it says in this nation's founding document, the Declaration of Independence, we believe our Creator endowed us with certain unalienable rights:  life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  But the ruling class in Washington does not believe as we do. [...]
  •   America's ruling class has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass and tax out their substance.
  •   It co-opted the military to gaslight the nation with the ultimate goal being the crushing of dissent.
  •   It has endeavored to foment civil war by enabling and encouraging racial division, riots, wokeness, and the relentless cancel culture.
  •   It has plundered our future with unnecessary aid in the present.
  •   It has constrained our fellow citizens through counterproductive, falsely premised lockdowns.
  •   It has excited domestic insurrections among us in service of its objectives.
  •   It has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving its assent to acts of pretended legislation.
  •   It wishes to abolish our most valuable election laws, and alter fundamentally the forms of our governments.
  •   It wishes to suspend our Constitution, and declare itself invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  •   It has repeatedly attempted to dissolve elections legitimately won by political rivals.

New York Prosecutors Subpoena the Personal Bank Records of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer.  Let's be clear about the motives of a fully weaponized DOJ here.  The DOJ is looking for any way to destroy Donald J Trump.  As long as he exists in the sphere of political influence, he represents a risk to their objectives.  Direct targeting of Donald Trump has not succeeded.  Direct attacks against Donald Trump and his organization and personal finances have not succeeded.  The DOJ is not getting the results they need.  So now they need a backdoor, some leverage, from somewhere, anywhere, where they can use that leverage to destroy their enemy.  THAT is what's going on.

The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America.  There are 10 new ideas that are changing America, maybe permanently.  [#1] Money is a construct.  It can be created from thin air.  Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.  Prior presidents ran up huge annual deficits, but at least there were some concessions that the money was real and had to be paid back.  Not now.  As we near $30 trillion in national debt and 110 percent of annual GDP, our elites either believe permanent zero interest rates make the cascading obligation irrelevant, or the larger the debt, the more likely we will be forced to address needed income redistribution.

Let's Celebrate the Federal Government on April Fools' Day.  Let's celebrate the federal government every April Fools' Day.  How fitting a holiday to toast a byzantine, irresponsible, and largely untouchable system of red-tape rule-makers and above-the-law actors who do little for the American people other than overpromise, underperform, and charge a hundred times more than they're worth for the service.  This is a bureaucratic leviathan so corrupt that it requires a cottage industry of lobbyists to enrich the "public servants," so unserious in its missions that it can't finish one war before starting the next, so anti-American in its sentiments that it routinely proclaims its citizens the most villainous racists and rubes on Earth, and so incompetent in executing its long-term strategies that its reckless spending of borrowed monies has pushed the dollar to the brink of collapse.

Nick Searcy's Viral Video Shows City of Burbank Padlocking Tinhorn Flats Restaurant:  "This Is What Totalitarianism Looks Like".  Actor-Director-Producer Nick Searcy is at Tinhorn Flats Burbank videoing the fascistic actions by Los Angeles County and the City of Burbank against this family-owned business.  Searcy posted to Twitter his viral video of a locksmith padlocking the doors of Tinhorn Flats in Burbank, California.  Two police officers stand to the side watching the locksmith and looking around.  According to Searcy, they are here to arrest owner Lucas Lepejian because he continues to operate his family restaurant despite temporary restraining orders issued by the Superior Court of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Health pulling the restaurant's health permit, and the City of Burbank revoking its conditional-use permit, while cutting off the building's electricity.  Lepejian has been operating with generators supplied by patrons and supporters, and has kept the business open, despite the City's insistence on shutting it down.

Pelosi-Backed Push to Steal Iowa House Seat Fails, and the Reason Why Should Be Heeded by the GOP.  The dispute in Congress over Iowa's 2nd Congressional District race is now officially over.  Democrat nominee Rita Hart, who took her case to the Democrat-controlled House in December, instead of the courts, after losing the election by 6 votes to her Republican opponent, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, released a statement on Twitter just minutes ago declaring that she was withdrawing her petition to the House Administration Committee because she couldn't effectively combat the wave of negative PR she and her fellow Democrats brought on themselves over the issue.

An FBI so corrupt it lets mass shooters rampage needs to go.  [Scroll down]  While the FBI has been failing to stop terrorist attacks by known threats like these, it has conducted numerous political operations on behalf of Democrats.  The ones we know about include Crossfire Hurricane's use of federal spy power to affect election outcomes and prevent effective governance by elected Republicans.  That operation included spying on Fox News.  In 2020, the FBI sent 15 agents to investigate a rope tied in a loop that hysterical people alleged was a "noose" after a black NASCAR driver was assigned a garage with the rope as its door pull.  The FBI investigation determined the rope had been in the same shape and spot since at least 2019.  In 2019, the FBI executed operation "Varsity Blues" to shame rich people who attempted to buy their children entry into ruling class universities by means other than gobsmackingly expensive prep schools and SAT tutors.  The FBI also appears to have entrapped people into a ridiculous plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, by inserting agents into their social group who presented the plan and got them to appear to go along, at least on FBI recordings.  The same appears to be happening with Democrats using the Jan. 6 riot to have the FBI investigate and prosecute their political opponents among the hoi polloi.

The Dawn of a New Age of Tyranny Is Upon Us.  If you're bewildered by the breakneck pace of "change" since the inauguration of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., back on Jan. 20, you're not alone.  Average Americans have been puzzled and, in many case, chagrined by the flurry of executive orders, ukases, policy prescriptions, social proscriptions, vengeful rollbacks, and other government meddling in the lives of our citizens.  Conservatives, meanwhile, understand that all this activity has one overarching purpose:  to punish the bad Orange Man and the country that voted for him.  And make sure he never happens again.  To that end, the string of top-down bossiness has been designed to look, and be, punitive.  Every major Donald Trump initiative or accomplishment must be negated and anathematized.  His supporters who unwisely marched on the Capitol on Jan. 6 — what did they hope to accomplish? — should not just be deplored but hunted down by the FBI for "sedition"; there's even a tip line for junior Stasis-in-training to rat out their friends and neighbors.

Joe Biden's Rule By Decree:  How Far Can He Go?  President Joe Biden's candidacy was built on the idea that he was an old, experienced, centrist in Washington, someone who could bring two sides together.  So far, with his penchant for issuing "executive orders" to fundamentally change America, he's governing precisely as a socialist dictator would.  Is that what Americans voted for? [...] He has power, and he plans to use it.  He's already issued more than 50 executive orders, including 22 reversals of previous Trump policies.  Even his aides have gotten in on the imperious act:  Last weekend one of Biden's public relations people physically interfered with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's efforts to film the conditions of migrants at the U.S. border.  Is this the Soviet Union?  Biden's ready to do more — a lot more.

The vaccine passport idiocy.  [Thread reader] [F]or the past year, Justice Roberts has allowed the fed courts to turn away hundreds of Constitutional & legal challenges to COVID government overreach in the name of emergency powers.  This is the civil right crisis of our time.  In the last year, I appeared before federal judges in several states from HI to CA to VA to NJ.  One after the other they gaveled down challenges to the blocking of prayer, protect, small business, schools, outdoor sports — even beaches! — despite the dearth of science to back it.  At @Liberty_Ctr my year and that of many other attorneys was an extended triage to determine which of thousands of civil rights violations was the worst.  Was it the violations of the constitutional requirements for how we make voting laws?  Or was it governors telling hundreds of millions they could only pray by video conference, forget about getting married baptized or burying your loved ones?  Was it telling poor and disabled children, "no school for you — the teacher's union said it's unsafe"?  Was it praising a 100,000-person BLM march in Los Angeles while telling 100 anti-shutdown protestors in Sacramento they would be arrested if they exercised their First Amendment rights peacefully and safely?

No Storm, No Reckoning, No Nothing.  For years we have been hearing about a coming storm.  It was to be biblical and would bring pain to members of the deep state ruling class who, after exposure, would not be able to walk down the streets.  The storm was to begin with spygate, a coordinated effort among top officials in the nation's justice and intelligence agencies, to prevent Donald Trump's election; then after failing, to undermine his transition, cripple his presidency, then stop his reelection, the latter goals achieved.  Then there were crimes against humanity:  child abuse, trafficking, and the like, all to be exposed via the Anthony Weiner laptop or the Jeffrey Epstein cabal.  Both seem distant memories now.  In fact, we are now going in the opposite direction with the Biden administration suspending FBI background checks for migrant children caregivers.  We have lived in the "calm before the storm" for years and to this day it remains calm.  There are no storm clouds building, nothing on the horizon.

States are trying to get Biden to enforce the 'public charge rule'.  Under the Constitution, Congress passes the laws, which reside in the United States Code, and it's the President's job to oversee their enforcement.  Federal agencies, which are the vehicles by which the president enforces the laws that Congress enacts, can create rules describing the details of enforcing the laws.  These rules are published in the Code of Federal Regulations or CFR.  The CFR is an obscenely huge document (as of 2014, it had 175,268 [pages]) that exists as a trap for the unwary.  In theory, the CFR is merely a how-to manual for enforcing the laws.  It's the laws behind the manual that matter.  Unfortunately, in reality, Congressional laziness has resulted in barebones laws, with regulatory agencies filling in the blanks.  As often as not, regulations that have nothing to do with Congress, have the force of law.  That's not quite the issue here, but every American should understand that most of the "laws" that control them are in fact regulations of dubious constitutional validity.

Can the GOP stop Democrats from trashing the country?  After having brazenly installed a feeble, geriatric president through a dubious (at best) election process, and almost three months after that mostly peaceful demonstration on January 6, the Democrats still surround the Capitol grounds with thousands of troops and razor wire fencing.  Are those props — befitting the palace grounds of a tinpot dictatorship — evidence of the Democrats' insecurity, of their need to reinforce the notion that they are in charge?

President Trump Asks a Question.  [Scroll down]  The staff of the legislative bodies have/had no intent to actually facilitate any sunlight upon the FISA, DOJ-FBI corruption that took place over three years.  How do I know that?  Well, first having sat in a room with the legislative staff, top people who actually write the briefs and inform both congressional representatives on House Committees and Senate Committees, including the chiefs-of-staff for the chairs, it was clear they did not even know the information from within their own research when spread over time.  Accepting this reality leads one to a natural conclusion... they don't know, because they choose not to know... & they choose not to know, because everything is a pantomime for public display.  The system of DC is based on a series of unwritten rules:  "You don't out me, and I will not out you... and that will protect us both."  These rules cross over both parties to the extent they usually have a common enemy, us.  The staff of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson and even the staff of House Oversight Ranking Member Jim Jordan are purposefully and willfully blind.  They choose not to know things; or at least they claim not to know and do an exceptional job of purposeful pretend.

The U.S. Intelligence Community, Flouting Laws, is Increasingly Involving Itself in Domestic Politics.  A report declassified last Wednesday [3/17/2021(?)] by the Department of Homeland Security is raising serious concerns about the possibly illegal involvement by the intelligence community in U.S. domestic political affairs.  Entitled "Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021," the March 1 Report from the Director of National Intelligence states that it was prepared "in consultation with the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security — and was drafted by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with contributions from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)."  Its primary point is this:  "The IC [intelligence community] assesses that domestic violent extremists (DVEs) who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021."

Marine Corps Officer Warns Congress Against Classifying Christians in Military as 'Religious Extremists'.  A slide used in a Department of Defense (DOD) training manual identifies Catholics and evangelical Christians as "religious extremists," along with members of the Ku Klux Klan, al-Qaeda, and Hamas, according to a Marine Corps officer.  "First Liberty also obtained a screenshot of an unclassified slide from a U.S. Army training manual.  The slide is entitled 'Religious Extremism' and it purports to identify religious extremists," Michael Berry told the House Armed Services Committee, during a hearing on March 24 titled "Extremism in the Military."  Berry is general counsel to the First Liberty Institute (FLI), a Plano, Texas-based public interest law firm that specializes in First Amendment and religious freedom cases.  Berry is also an officer in the Marine Corps Reserves, although he presented his testimony in his capacity as a civilian.

The Iowa steal:  To Democrats, 'democracy' means unbridled majority power.  Democratic candidate Rita Hart is trying to steal a U.S. House seat in Iowa.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is helping her do it.  Pelosi wants to overturn Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks's very narrow win in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.  Her efforts are so blatantly partisan, dishonest, and anti-democratic that a few members of Pelosi's own party caucus have come out against her.  "Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats," wrote Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, the first congressional Democrat to voice firm opposition to this scheme.  "But overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America.  Just because a majority can, does not mean a majority should."

The Social Cost of Carbon and Climate Sensitivity Is Model Manipulation at Its Finest.  The "social cost of carbon" is a calculation that the Biden administration is looking to use to justify stringent regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.  Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt — joined by Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah — have now filed a lawsuit, arguing that the use of this metric in policy would constitute an overreach of government power.  Carbon dioxide is an odorless gas that is the basis for almost all plant life on earth.  Of course, carbon dioxide emissions have slightly warmed the surface temperature of the planet, but on the other hand, access to plentiful energy has been accompanied by a doubling of life expectancy in the developed world and an elevenfold growth in personal wealth, as noted in the 2016 book "Lukewarming."

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The warming effect of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is far less than the warming effect of water vapor in the atmosphere.  So much less, that it is all but completely futile to even try eliminate carbon dioxide from the air — which (even if it were possible) would kill all plant life, and us with it.

Read the Shocking Pentagon Training Materials Targeting Conservatives in the Military.  I have obtained a copy of all the materials regarding the sudden new threat of "Extremism" used for training in the United States military.  Throughout the services, service members have been shocked at the Biden blitz to root out ideas and people who stand in the way of the administration's transformative agenda.  One individual in the training told me, "The military is one of the last institutions left that hasn't been radicalized by the progressives.  That's why it is being targeted now."  All personnel are being subjected to a PowerPoint presentation packed with progressive ideology and misstatements of the Constitution.  Designated officers are conducting the training on bases, stations, and ships at sea.  The slides contain misstatements of the law and warped characterizations of fellow citizens who believe in constitutional principles.

Dem lawmaker breaks from Pelosi, voices concern over possible bid to steal Iowa GOP seat.  A moderate California Democrat and member of the shrinking "Blue Dog Coalition" has broken with his party and is expressing concerns over a review by the House Administration Committee of a very close Iowa election won by a GOP candidate and certified by state officials.  Rep. Lou Correa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has said he wants to "look at the facts" regarding Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks' six-vote win in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, though a majority of his party is supportive of the panel's investigation.  Correa's concerns center on "what motivates Congress to look at something that should be a state issue," CNN reported on Thursday [3/18/2021].

Biden giving media 'zero access' to border operations: photojournalist.  Award-winning photojournalist John Moore blasted the Biden administration for giving "zero access" to the media to observe Customs and Border Protection operations at the southern border.  Moore took to Twitter to lament the lack of transparency as a surge of migrants trying to enter the country has put a strain on resources.  "I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations," Moore tweeted Friday.  "I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now - zero access is granted to media.  These long lens images taken from the Mexican side."  Moore, a Getty Images correspondent, won the World Press Photo Foundation's 2019 photo of the year for his image of a Honduran toddler crying while her mother is detained by Border Patrol agents.

The Battle of Burbank.  Tinhorn Flats is a family-operated bar and restaurant in Burbank.  Burbank has had a death rate from the Wuhan virus of 2.8 percent of which 80 percent were of those over 65 who had, on average three co-morbidities.  Despite this, and disregarding the substantial sums restaurant and bar owners had shelled out to keep outdoor patrons safe, on December 6 the city council ordered all restaurants closed.  Tinhorn refused and continued to serve patrons outdoors.  Six days later their health permit was revoked.  Tinhorn continued its outdoor service, ignoring the city's revocation of its permit.  In response, the L.A. County Department of Health cited the restaurant 13 times for operating without a permit.  Tinhorn stayed open.  The L.A. County Attorney filed a cease and desist order.  Tinhorn stayed open.  After a few more legal forays the Burbank City Council filed suit against the restaurant and obtained a temporary restraining order.  Tinhorn stayed open.  The city cut power to the restaurant and patrons and fans donated generators and equipment so the restaurant could continue operations.  The city council padlocked the front doors.  Tinhorn removed the doors and stayed open.  When the padlocked doors were somehow reinstalled, the restaurant posted on Facebook a picture showing a side door open.  Tinhorn stayed open.  Another L.A. County judge required the county to prove that the ban on outdoor dining was necessary.  The county failed to do so, but inexplicably the judge refused to lift the ban.

Since the cops in New York have nothing else to do...
De Blasio Wants NYPD Cops To Confront People Who Hurt Others' Feelings.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said that New York Police Department (NYPD) officers should confront people who say mean or offensive things even if their conduct isn't criminal.  De Blasio made the remarks during a press conference on March 18 when the subject of hate crimes and a discrimination against Asian Americans in New York City was brought up, WLNY reported.  The mayor encouraged those who felt they were victims of discrimination or hate speech to report it to the police.

Who Is Our Military's Enemy?  The U.S. military has now turned its wrath inward on Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  The new secretary of defense relayed his "revulsion" for Carlson's questioning the role of women in combat — a position that had been the military's centuries-long orthodoxy until about seven years ago.  Pentagon spokesman John Kirby even compared Carlson to the Communist Chinese military:  "What we absolutely won't do is take personnel advice from a talk show host, or the Chinese military."  The now-cocky Department of Defense website further boasted, "Press Secretary Smites Fox Host."  So what was the biblically "smitten" Carlson's crime?  He objected to the military's fixation on race and gender in high-profile appointments — and questioned whether standards were relaxed to permit women in combat units.  He objected to the military's fixation on race and gender in high-profile appointments — and questioned whether standards were relaxed to permit women in combat units.  Carlson objected that the Capitol is currently domestically militarized.  More troops are on guard against purported American "insurrectionists" than are currently serving in war zones in Afghanistan.

Tucker Carlson-Military Spat Shows Left's Long March Reaching Dangerous Apex.  Is the military more focused on winning wars, or Wokeism?  Americans should not have to ask this question.  But on account of doings of the Biden-led Department of Defense (DoD), Fox News' Tucker Carlson was rightly compelled to proffer it.  That he received any DoD response — and no less an almost parodic scolding, rather than an assurance that the military is singularly focused on crushing our enemies — demonstrates an existential problem for our country.  It shows that the progressives' Long March through our institutions is reaching its dangerous apex.

Until Lambs Become Lions.  [Scroll down]  We arrived in our current situation because our ruling elites painstakingly prepared the battleground in advance.  In 2012, they amended the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act to permit the domestic dissemination of government propaganda into American newsfeeds.  In 2015, they passed the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Act, which created a cottage industry of government-funded, progressive-leaning CVE consultants and think tanks dedicated to pushing the myth of right-wing "domestic extremism" and "white supremacy."  Employing teachers, healthcare professionals, first responders, and community leaders, the Obama-era CVE mania built a federally controlled and funded local surveillance and intelligence collection apparatus that spans from grade schools to the workplace to the doctor's office.  An apparatus that still uses debunked pseudoscience to classify ordinary Americans' constitutionally protected speech and activities as "pre-terrorism indicators."  Under the pretext of keeping us safe, they passed multiple counterterrorism laws such as the 2001 USA Patriot Act, the 2015 USA Freedom Act, and the various FISA Amendment Acts (2008, 2017, 2018, 2020), which, taken together, authorize warrantless mass surveillance of all American's communications, activities, associations, and business transactions.  In addition to these legislative actions, Americans became apathetic and lost the will to hold their government leaders accountable.  The multi-tier justice system under which we now suffer has been years in the making.

The Dangers of Direct Checks From the Government.  Over the past year, the U.S. government has sent out three waves of direct checks to the vast majority of Americans.  So far, most Americans (89 percent of adults according to the Tax Foundation) will have received up to $3,200 in "free money" from Uncle Sam.  There are many reasons this could be very dangerous to the future of the republic.  First, it's akin to buying votes.  Now that the precedent has been set and Americans realize that politicians are willing and able to send them money, we're almost assured that in the future politicians will run on the promise of "free money."  In fact, we're already seeing this take place.  Many on the far left are calling for recurring direct checks.

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Social Security payments are another form of direct payments to individuals.  The difference is that nearly everybody pays more into the Social Security system than they get out of it.

Why Did The Guam National Guard Visit Marjorie Taylor Greene's Office At The Capitol Yesterday?  I can't understand how anyone involved in this thought it was a good idea but it's not the first time lately that the military has bent the rules against service members playing politics while in uniform in order to embarrass a populist Republican.  The Marine Corps had to apologize for unprofessional behavior a few days ago when one of its social-media accounts started snarking at Tucker Carlson for wondering why pregnant women are allowed to serve.  The Pentagon went so far as to issue a press release responding to Carlson with the clickbait-y headline, "Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military."  A Twitter pal recently observed that the U.S. military has received withering criticism in the post-9/11 age about life-and-death matters like the occupation of Iraq and counterterrorist drone strikes in remote lands and they've endured it (mostly) in silence, which is proper in a country where civilians are in charge.  Cross certain lines of wokeness, though, and it turns out that even the Marines have their breaking point.  When did owning the cons become part of the defense department's mission?

Friendly 'diplomacy' or intimidation?  Guam Nat'l guard visits MTG's office after calling them foreign.  At the Conservative Political Action Conference, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene mistakenly referred to Guam, which is a U.S. territory, as a foreign land and that earned her a visit from the Guam National Guard, replete with cookies.  "I'm a regular person.  And I wanted to take my regular-person, normal, everyday American values, which is, we love our country.  We believe our hard-earned tax dollars should just go for America, not for what?  China, Russia, the Middle East, Guam, whatever, wherever," Greene stated in February at CPAC.  "If we want to build roads, if we want to put money into schools, if we want to build border walls, we want it right here at home.  This is easy to me; it's easy to us, but it's not easy to Washington."  In response, Guam Rep. Michael San Nicolas and a whole contingent of the Guam National Guard were recorded traipsing towards Greene's office on Monday where, unfortunately for them, she was not in attendance.  That did not stop them from leaving cookies as a reminder that they are part of the U.S.  They called it "cookie diplomacy."

US Military:  Social Justice Warriors.  I still struggle to process the meaning of the Pentagon's propaganda blitzkrieg against Tucker Carlson.  Even if you think Carlson is wrong in his criticism of the woke military (see here for some of it), the fact that the Defense Department has reacted so aggressively is extraordinarily troubling.  I would have been troubled by it had the DoD hit out at left-wing media critics like this.  But to my knowledge, they never have.  They reserved this kind of response for a conservative media figure who questioned the military's new wokeness.  This tells us something.

A politicized US military should horrify all Americans.  We expect politicians with partisan agendas to spar with journalists.  Not so much members of the armed forces speaking in their official capacity, which is what happened last week after Tucker Carlson of Fox News dared to comment about the role of women in the military.  The Second Marine Expeditionary Force responded with a snotty, childish tweet, telling Carlson:  "Come back when you've served and been pregnant."  Generals, other currently serving officers and the Pentagon's press secretary joined in the ensuing sortie.  The implication was clear:  Civilians who dare to criticize military policy should expect to be harshly rebuked, not by their fellow citizens or even by elected politicians, but by members of the armed forces in their official capacity.

Understanding the military's attack on Tucker Carlson.  There are limits to how far leftward our elites can push this country without buy-in, or at least acquiescence, from the military.  And the military is limited in this regard by the extent to which those who fill its ranks buy in or at at least acquiesce.  The woke left can never firmly control America if there is a disconnect between its agenda and that of the military.  It can never confidently control America if there is a disconnect between its agenda and the views and attitudes of the military rank-and-file.  Hence, the imperative that the rank-and-file be made woke through indoctrination and, if necessary, purging.  Hence, the indoctrination.

Democrat congressman marches National Guard troops to GOP representative's office.  Democrat Congressman San Nicolas, of Guam, marched National Guard troops from his home territory through the halls of Congress, leading them straight to the office door of an opposing party congressperson.  [Quoting tweet:]  ["]Interesting timing, considering all weekend we were talking about the politicization of the military.  They don't [care] how it looks.["]  Rep. Nicolas stopped his 20 or so troops to office door of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.  As majestic music plays, since this was all done with pride on the part of Rep. Nicolas, he stands in the hallway outside Rep. Greene's office with a gift basket, flanked by troops in camo fatigues.  Nicolas approached the door, and an aide knocks briefly before entering the office unannounced.

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What remarkably poor judgment!  What was to be gained from this stunt?  The politicization of the military is unwise, to say the least.  How did that work out in Venezuela, or Zimbabwe, or Burma?

The Sovereign Crime of Industrial Scale Vote Fraud.  [Scroll down]  Sovereign crime means your government was a participant, active or passive, enabling vote fraud.  Governors and secretaries of state refusing to cleanse voter rolls, refusing to check signatures for mail-in ballots — even during recounts, changing the voting rules weeks before an election, qualifies as your government messing with your vote.  The national government refusing to investigate the most egregious examples of voter fraud like hundreds of thousands of more ballots than voters in several states, that is a pretty good indicator that they are passive participants in industrial level vote fraud.  The refusal of the FBI to fully investigate Jesse Morgan's truck with the hundreds of thousands of ballots going from New York to Pennsylvania — yet dispatching agents to a NASCAR location to investigate a garage pull-down they hoped was a noose — well, that's a good indicator, too.  Wait, we're not done here.  The United States Postal Service managers telling employees to backdate ballots so they could be counted illegally.  Does that sound like your government — sovereign government — participating in vote fraud?

The U.S. Military Just Became A Political Attack Machine Against Joe Biden's Opponents.  Last week, Fox cable host Tucker Carlson called out DoD for introducing a flight suit for visibly pregnant women.  Flight suits are worn by pilots to wage our nation's wars.  It seemed incongruous that the military would issue flight suits to pregnant women, who most assuredly do not fight our nation's wars.  When the unit I served with in Iraq learned that two of our female soldiers were pregnant, the U.S. military put them on the highest priority to be evacuated back to the United States.  Within 24 hours, they were sent home.  They wanted to stay — God bless them! — but the DoD would not hear of having pregnant women in a war zone.  Whether Carlson was right or wrong or presented his views in a strident manner is immaterial.  He had an absolute right to say it.  The Department of Defense's leaders disagreed.  What should have been a one-line refutation in a run-of-the-mill daily press briefing became an all-hands public affairs campaign to destroy Carlson.

Did Biden Establish the Military's First 'Virtue Signal' Corps?  [Scroll down]  The social media airstrikes on [Tucker] Carlson over the past several days disturbed me quite a bit.  It was public affairs that initiated the attack on Tucker Carlson, straight from the Pentagon.  That's the top of command information on the public-facing side. [...] What we saw over the weekend appears to represent a new species of the military:  the volunteer Virtue Signal Corps.  It combines SigInt with command information, both trained on U.S. citizens.  This is not a positive development in my opinion, having served in the command information component of the United States Air Force.

Will FBI 'Chats' Send Conservatives to Prison?  Across the nation, FBI agents are swooping down upon conservative activists, Trump supporters, and anyone suspected of any tie to the January 6 clash at the Capitol.  Conservative author Candace Owens tweeted on March 3:  "About 10 of my friends who attended Trump's speech but DID NOT go to Capitol building thereafter have had the FBI turn up at their door to ask them why they went to D.C. ... Our FBI is trying to scare conservatives against ever gathering in the future."  Actually, the potential problem is far worse for people targeted by the feds.  FBI chief Christopher Wray, who is scrambling to deliver the indictments that will please his congressional overlords, says the agency is conducting 2,000 domestic terrorism investigations.  Few Americans recognize how badly the legal playing field is tilted against them.  When FBI agents knock on their doors, many Americans won't hesitate to open up because they assume "those who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear."  But along with Bureau procedures that are a travesty of due process, the FBI is exploiting a sweeping law that criminalizes casual comments.  Federal agents have the right to lie to you and to put you in prison if you lie to them.  Any citizen who makes even a single-word ("no" or "yes") false utterance to a federal agent faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Official Outrage Over Tucker Carlson's Critique of Joe Biden's Military Shows Just How Lost Our Military Is.  Friday [3/12/2021], Tucker Carlson kicked off a firestorm.  His monologue focused n the barking shambles that Joe Biden has made of the Department of Defense in less than two months.  His theme was the degree to which the Biden bunch is focusing on making the military a test bed for woke orthodoxy and putting combat readiness, particularly readiness to confront Joe Biden's paymasters in Beijing, in its rearview mirror.  He took, as a point of departure, Biden's mumblings on the occasion of "International Women's Day."  Carlson's strongest point was directed at Biden's decision to appoint a secretary of defense who is not only beholden to the defense industry but a rabid partisan[.]

Now Tucker Carlson Has Angered the U.S. Space Command.  [A]t this point I barely pay attention to the outrage du jour Tucker has kicked up.  That's his job, and there's nobody better.  Making libs mad is his business, and business is good.  But this latest one is flabbergasting.  Now he's actually got Democrats defending... the military? [...] So far, this has been just another phony outrage.  But here's where my eyebrows went up:  a uniformed Space Command guy just called out Tucker.  Ladies and gentlemen:  U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott H. Stalker.  [Video clip] [...] And doesn't the military have regulations about uniformed personnel making political statements?  Isn't that one of the things you give up when you join?  Isn't that the whole point of having civilian oversight of the military?

Sen. Cruz:  US Military 'Launching Political Attacks' Against Tucker Carlson, Requests Meeting.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he requested a meeting with the head of the U.S. Marine Corps after one of its units tweeted statements insulting Tucker Carlson, along with unusually bellicose comments about the Fox News host.  "Under Biden, the military is launching political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians who criticize their policy decisions," Cruz wrote on Twitter, saying he requested a meeting with the commandant of the Marines.  "Officials in uniform are being used for the campaign.  I've demanded a meeting with the Commandant of the USMC to put a stop to it."  Over the weekend, a U.S. Marine Corps unit's Twitter account — the II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group — stated it "messed up" in its comments when responding to Carlson after the Fox host said the military should be focused more on adversaries like China rather than social issues.

Varieties of Legal Corruption.  PJ Media's Megan Fox has a very disturbing six-part series on alleged judicial corruption in St. Louis, Missouri.  The first five detail how family court guardians and psychologists are misusing their positions to siphon off money from parents in custody disputes while the St.  Louis judges ignore the fraud and collude with them, by, for example, ordering children's visits with sexual molesters and/or otherwise abusive parents in order to compel the other parent to keep paying lawyers to appeal the decisions and change the arrangements.  One might expect that bar examiners, judicial conduct boards, the state attorney general, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS would register some interest in what appears to be appalling legal violations by officers of the court and the judges , but I don't see anything happening yet to check these outrages.  In many ways this alleged corruption is as bad if not worse than the case a few years ago of two Pennsylvania judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan, who routinely sent poor kids who had committed minor offenses to private detention centers in return for kickbacks from the owners of those jails.  They were finally sentenced for their kids for cash scheme.

More evidence that Obama is in charge again:
Biden Admin Brings Back Operation Rushbo Against Tucker Carlson.  One of the dumber campaigns by the Obama administration was Operation Rushbo.  Operation Rushbo was a campaign by Obama's people to target Rush Limbaugh personally, as the most outspoken voice in the conservative movement, and to, seemingly 'destroy' the conservative movement by making Limbaugh into its public face.  As I said, it was the kind of dumb idea by urban lefties who lived in a social echo chamber and had no idea why anyone might want to listen to Rush.  Now, the Biden administration has decided to relaunch Operation Rushbo to target Tucker Carlson:  the most prominent figure on FOX News.

Pelosi Hit With Lawsuit Over Phone Call To General Trying To Prevent Trump From Accessing Nuclear Codes.  Government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for access to a telephone call between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and General Mark Milley shortly after the Capitol riots.  The call was revealed in a letter from Pelosi to Democrat lawmakers in which she described an attempt to prevent an "unhinged" President Trump from accessing the nuclear codes at the time.  Judicial Watch alleges that the Department of Defense has not provided any response to their FOIA request, which was filed on January 11th.

Regarding Democrats Stealing the House Seat in Iowa — It's Not Like the Democrats Haven't Stolen An Election This Same Way Before.  [Scroll down]  The Democrat challenger, Rita Hart, made a deliberate decision after the recount of ballots to NOT file any election contest in the Iowa courts as was authorized by Iowa law.  Instead, she filed the petition with the House that is now pending to have the "winning" candidate — as identified by Iowa election officials — Mariannette Miller-Meeks, disqualified from holding the seat on the basis that she did not receive a greater number of votes than Hart received.  The House has the final say under the Constitution with respect to the qualifications of any individual to serve as a member.  Under the statute authorizing the petition filed by Hart, the Committee conducts an investigation.  It can hear from witnesses, accept documentary evidence, conduct interviews in Iowa, and even conduct a recount of all the ballots on its own to come up with its own final vote tally.  Remarkably, if the Committee chooses to recount the ballots itself, the standards for what constitutes a "valid" ballot under Iowa law do not apply to such a recount by the House.  Democrats who have majority control of the committee can fashion their own standards as to what should be deemed a "valid" vote, and may freely choose to ignore any limitations on the process established by Iowa law and court precedent.

Pelosi: House could unseat Iowa Republican who narrowly won race.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House could ultimately vote to unseat Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who won Iowa's 2nd Congressional District seat by just six votes out of more than 394,000 cast.  Pelosi told reporters that the Democratic-led House Administration Committee "is following the law," in its review of the election, and it could ultimately result in a move to force out the first-term Iowa Republican.  "We will see where that takes us, but there could be a scenario to that extent," Pelosi said.  Democratic candidate Rita Hart has contested her narrow loss to Miller-Meeks, leaving the House Administration Committee to decide her case.  Hart believes 22 ballots were wrongfully discarded, and if they were counted, she would have a nine-vote victory.  House Administration Republicans want Democrats to dismiss Hart's case, but the committee voted Wednesday [3/10/2021] to table a motion to dismiss Hart's claim.

Rule by Left-Wing Lunatics.  A governing principle of the Democratic Party is to ask, "Who is in the dock?" before deciding whether to enforce the law.  As we have seen throughout the last year of antifa/BLM riots, in blue states, it's now legal to commit arson, attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer and destruction of property — provided the perp is antifa or antifa-friendly.  Andy Ngo's smash bestseller "Unmasked" gives chapter and verse on antifa's shocking violence untouched by criminal penalty.  On the other hand, if you're a conservative, don't commit a misdemeanor in a blue state.  Proud Boys, Capitol Hill protesters, police and other presumed Trump supporters are getting more prison time than actual murderers for minor infractions.  Even a couple of personal injury lawyers (liberals) are being criminally prosecuted in St. Louis for brandishing guns at violent looters coming toward their home.  The rioters, you see, were BLM protesters.  In all these cases, local Democratic officials gleefully announce that they are locking up "white supremacists."

Masks Are Just Part of the Socialists' Uniform.  [Scroll down]  In a sense, mask mandates have become nothing more than dress code loyalty oaths to the same state and local governments that have claimed for themselves the extraconstitutional powers to restrict free speech, religious liberty, personal commerce, and voluntary movement beyond the home in the name of a virus.  They represent Americans' symbolic acquiescence to government's mass lockdowns and economic shutdowns and their tacit acceptance that government's unconstitutional power grabs are somehow legitimate.  This symbolism, not the statistically insignificant decrease in infection and death rates in areas with strict mask mandates, is what actually animates those Americans who insist on controlling what covers other Americans' faces.  An American who refuses to participate in virus virtue-signaling is an American who refuses to believe that the economic, educational, and social carnage of the last year was justified.  And that repudiation is just too much for proponents of bigger and more intrusive government to take in stride.

The #BlueAnon Dossier:  The Conspiracies Promoted by the Conspiracy-Hating Press.  This past Thursday, on March 4, Washington was paralyzed.  The National Guard troops were placed on high-alert with their unloaded weapons, the security fencing surrounding the Capitol was fortified, and Congress suspended its daily schedule.  This was all done in preparation for a renewed assault on our nation's capital and our democracy.  The reason?  The devotees of Qanon — that amorphous and overhyped cabal of political zealotry — were supposedly claiming that is the true inaugural date and that a failure of a Trump swearing-in ceremony would lead to renewed violence. [...] This non-episode reveals two details on the whole Qanon issue.  One is that the press is intent to use this group as a political tool to attack conservatives, presenting their crackpot theories as mainstream thought within the movement.  This attempt however exposes the other issue.  In order to wield this weapon, the media needs to both pay close attention to Q theories, and then they need to broadcast them.  What takes place then is the press taking these conspiracies far more seriously than anyone on the right; almost anytime I have heard of a Q talking point it is being promoted by someone in the press[.]

Alarming some officials
For Much Public Spending:  Everything's Coming Up COVID.  For some special interests, a fading coronavirus pandemic poses a problem, but not always an insurmountable one.  Big Labor and its acolytes cite the virus as a compelling reason for doubling the minimum wage and forcing businesses to provide more paid sick leave, while the Biden administration is using the pandemic as part of its justification for overhauling immigration toward eventual amnesty for undocumented migrants.  Meanwhile, the left-leaning Brookings Institution has successfully persuaded the federal government to allocate more money to child-care programs in the name of pandemic safety.  These changes have long been on the policy wish lists of advocates, but in a time of pandemic they evoke words widely attributed to Winston Churchill:  "Never let a good crisis go to waste."  Or as a headline this week might sum up a new urgency:  "The U.S. Is Edging Toward Normal, Alarming Some Officials."

Jill Biden, the Meghan Markle in the WH, is egregiously guilty of elder abuse.  [Scroll down]  And what of the ridiculous transformation of our Capitol?  DC now resembles the Green Zone the Americans built in Iraq to keep out terrorists.  Nancy Pelosi feels no qualms about abusing all those patriotic National Guard troops who are being fed virtually inedible food and are being asked to stand around and freeze as props for her farcical fear of "right-wing extremists" like QAnon, a shadowy online "group" of two or three people that no conservative ever took seriously.  So invested in that inane conspiracy theory she and her fellow fearmongers have made even bigger fools of themselves.

Retired Purple Heart Veteran in Arizona Who Dove In Dumpster and Found Shredded Ballots Is Now Being Threatened.  A retired Purple Heart veteran who took a dive in a dumpster on Saturday and found illegally shredded ballots in Maricopa County is now reportedly a wanted man.  Yesterday [3/7/2021] it was reported that a man by the name of Earl S, who found shredded ballots in a dumpster backed up to the loading dock outside of the Maricopa County Tabulation Center, is now a wanted man.

Gaslighting, Unending Lockdowns And Climate Change.  [Video clip]

The Imaginary Government.  We have long been in a post-constitutional democracy, one that recognizes no individual rights, but simply who has the most votes, or, more accurately, the most ballots.  It is as destructive to the United States as it was to France, minus the guillotines, for now.  Driving home the fact of the stolen election is pointless.  Everyone knows it was stolen, especially those who benefitted from the steal.  They also understand the value of keeping up the illusion of legitimacy.  Equal to that value is the importance of never conceding that point.  The larger question, the most important question, is how do we expose the fraud in a real way?  Recognizing it is good, pushing back on the legitimacy narrative is good, but it's just filed away as two competing political voices urging the middle to move their way.  Lost is the importance of the stolen election.  The inability of the federal government to faithfully prosecute a free and fair election destroys its authority.  They gloss over this fact, because it suits both political parties to pretend that the election was legitimate, knowing that if it was not.  They no longer hold authority until a free and fair election can be held.  In essence, they are actors on a stage and as long as the people suspend disbelief, they can continue in that role. [...] A government that no longer needs the actual votes of the people is free to unleash all manner of unlawful assaults upon them.

Angry at Trump, Liberals Propose Unconstitutional Bill to Punish Him.  Democrats have twice impeached Donald Trump in the House and twice failed to convict him in the Senate.  They're angry about failing, and double angry about failing twice.  That's understandable.  Nobody likes to fail.  But they've now fallen into the trap of letting their anger get the better of their reason and their oaths to uphold the Constitution.  The result is a legislative temper tantrum in a bill dubbed the No Glory for Hate Act.  The act is petty and petulant, and it inspires a strong temptation to laugh and mock.  It is, however, an unconstitutional abuse of power, and that transforms an amusing little fit into a worrisome precedent.  The bill targets "any former President that has been twice impeached" — excuse me while I take a moment to figure out all the presidents that it applies to — and says that no federal funds may be used to commemorate all those presidents.

10 Big Warning Signs Biden is the 'Missing' President.  [#6] Biden is an executive order-signing machine:  President Biden entered office and immediately issued a record-setting flurry of executive orders, which he signed as if he were a human auto-pen.  Those orders were reportedly drafted and fast-tracked with the aid of a DOJ office under the supervision of former Attorney General William Barr, according to former Trump adviser Peter Navarro.  "Trump's last Attorney General actually also turns out to be Joe Biden's first Attorney General," Navarro said.  "Because here is what was happening.  We had over 30 executive orders queued after election day, ready to go.  But we kept running into all of these roadblocks and roadblocks and hurdles.  It turns out that Bill Barr's office of legal counsel was fast-tracking all of these Biden EOs."  [Video clip]  Of course, President Biden could not have had all of these executive orders ready to go by himself on day one.  They were drafted for him and merely handed to him to sign.

The Progressives are the extremists.  The Progressives, in their extreme denial of the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause, shut down churches, synagogues, and choirs.  And if not totally shut down, they limited church attendance in most of these.  Totalitarian governments do not like large groups of people assembled together, whether it is at church or at a Trump MAGA rally.  Hypocritically, they did not have any problems with Antifa nor Black Lives Matter riots.

House Democrats' Attempt to Pressure TV Carriers Could Trigger Lawsuit:  Dershowitz.  The attempt by several House Democrats to pressure television carriers to deplatform certain news organizations could trigger a lawsuit, law professor Alan Dershowitz said Saturday [2/27/2021].  "When the First Amendment says Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, it's been interpreted to mean, take no action, it doesn't have to be law.  The First Amendment applies to presidents to governors to mayors to anybody who can abridge the freedom of speech.  And I think these letters abridge the freedom of speech," Dershowitz said during an appearance on Newsmax TV.  Reps.  Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) sent a dozen letters to 12 different carriers this week urging them to deplatform or otherwise take action against Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News for allegedly spreading misleading information about the Jan. 6 Capitol breach and the COVID-19 pandemic.  They pointedly asked the carriers if they were planning on carrying the networks "both now and beyond any contract renewal date."  "That's not a question.  That's a threat," Dershowitz said.

The Biden administration is systematically erasing Trump.  Biden is undoing every single executive order Trump signed, regardless of whether a given order made sense or not.  The goal isn't to benefit America or Americans, it's to destroy any vestige of Trump in the American government (and, as a pleasant byproduct, to replace the American population which a more malleable one).  The Victory Girls blog caught up with the seven executive orders that Biden signed on Wednesday [2/24/2021].  What's noteworthy is how innocuous or pro-American the Trump executive orders were.  It's clear that, for the Democrats now in power, the substance of Trump's executive orders is irrelevant.  The only thing that matters is getting rid of them.  This is the executive order equivalent of fumigation.  Or to put Biden's conduct in its proper historical context, we are witnessing the American version of the damnatio memoriae — or condemnation of memory.  It's how a successor government erases the predecessor from every official record.  It's a very primitive action, as well as being one that totalitarians embrace.  (Stalin was famous for it.)  You may draw your own conclusions about the Biden administration's motives.

The Lies Aren't Secret.  Secrecy is the ultimateentitlement program for the Deep State.  The federal government is creating trillions of pages of new secrets every year.  The more documents bureaucrats classify, the more lies politicians and government officials can tell.  In Washington, deniability is prized far more than truth.  At the end of the Trump era, the Deep State is triumphant at home and abroad.  Trump's epic clashes with federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies helped cripple his administration, and they illustrate the continued danger of Deep State secrecy.  If all of the FBI's shenanigans on Russiagate came to light, it would be far more difficult for the FBI to manipulate American politics and presidents in the future.  If CIA records on Syrian rebels were exposed, the Biden administration would have far more difficulty dragging America back into the Syrian civil war.  But both seem unlikely.  Recent court rulings make clear how badly Trump failed to drain the swamp.

A short primer on the importance of our Second Amendment rights.  Without the Second Amendment, there is no Bill of Rights.  As we're learning, the Bill of Rights is a leash on the government and has meaning only if the government accepts that leash.  If it throws off the leash and flexes its police power, the only recourse is to yield or fight — and you can't fight without weapons.  Incidentally, let me be clear:  We have not reached the physical fighting point.  Thankfully, we are still a civil society with multiple civil, legal, and non-violent means for asserting our rights.  Resisting now through these lawful mechanisms will ensure continued peace in America.  Still, an armed society is a society respected by its own government.

More than 35% of US Dollars Ever Printed [were] Made in 2020.  The Federal Reserve system printed more than 35% of the dollars ever printed in the year 2020 alone.  A graphic from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve reveals the severe increase in printing, with dollar printed dramatically exceeding the number produced in previous years.  The increase in printing and spending was spurred by the coronavirus, with the federal government moving to deliver two financial stimulus packages in the year which relieved the American taxpayer.  Leaders of both political parties agreed the stimulus spending was necessary, with the virus spurring an unprecedented recession.  However, the inflationary effects on the dollar from the print and spend approach are unavoidable.  The volume of US dollars circulating throughout the economy went from just over $15 trillion to over $19 trillion in one year alone.

Democrats take first steps to censor conservative TV channels OANN, Newsmax and Fox News.  In a shocking development in the ongoing censorship debate, two influential Democrat members of the House of Representatives have taken the first steps to challenge the continued availability of conservative channels Newsmax, OANN, and Fox News on mainstream cable, satellite, and streaming television platforms. [...] Among other things, the letter to the companies by [Rep. Anna] Eshoo and [Rep. Jerry] McNerney attacked the three conservative news channels as "misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm."

House Democrats are Going After Cable Providers and Streaming Services for Hosting Channels Like Fox News and OANN.  When going after advertisers wasn't enough to sink channels that hold conservative opinions, Democrats began shifting their attention to other methods of fascistically silencing their ideological opposition.  According to The Hill, Democrats are now going after streaming services and cable providers for playing host to what they call "misinformation" and for breeding "radicalized individuals."  The companies they're going after include Comcast and Verizon, as well as streaming companies like Hulu and Roku to question their "ethical principles".

Donations 'Requested' by Newsom Exploded as His Emergency Powers Ballooned.  In 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office reported that individuals or organizations made $226 million in private donations to organizations at Newsom's request.  These "behested payments" were a record-setting haul eclipsing all prior donations on record by nearly $100 million.  While most donations supported COVID-19 relief efforts, a closer look suggests Newsom's fundraising was supercharged not just by the pandemic, but also by the broad emergency powers the Democratic governor has assumed because of it.  Behested payments are a unique feature of California politics.  State law defines a behested payment as a donation to a government program or charity made "at the request, suggestion, or solicitation of, or made in cooperation, consultation, coordination or concert" with a public official.  While payments of $5,000 or more are disclosed to the public, they remain an overlooked portion of politicians' finances, even though contributions often come from businesses with interests in the state government.  Last year, Newsom raised a combined $45 million from insurance giants Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente for Project Homekey, his housing initiative.  Newsom had selected Blue Shield CEO Paul Markovich to co-chair California's task force on COVID-19 testing.  In January, the governor again tapped Blue Shield, with assistance from Kaiser Permanente, to manage vaccine distribution across the state.

How to Push Back Against a Bully.  Did a Minneapolis policeman's decision to sit on the neck of George Floyd on May 25 really "cause" the summer of violence, namely the one that Antifa, BLM, and their Democratic sponsors unleashed in every major American city?  Did a single killing in Minneapolis cause organized wars against "systemic racism" here and in Canada and then in Western Europe, with accompanying looting and burning?  Were people cancelled and fired, statues toppled, streets and buildings renamed according to quickly ratcheted-up standards of political correctness all because of an event in Minneapolis last spring?  The obvious answer is no.  Crises are generated when those in power decide to generate them.  The media can throw oil on the flames whenever they decide it is in their interest to do so.  Universities and other "institutions of learning" will then join the fray, together with their comrades in the deep state, who are always eager to fight "prejudice."  The fact is, we are dealing with a power complex that can turn even minor incidents into violent demonstrations and calls for government action to end "discrimination" and to ferret out and punish "white supremacists."

2020 made it really hard to take Washington seriously.  One is hard pressed to imagine how a former president can be impeached.  The term doesn't even make sense, as the whole idea of impeachment is to remove a president from office.  If said president isn't even in office, there's no squaring the circle.  The notion seems to be to close any avenue Donald Trump may use to re-establish himself in national politics.  Not a thing constitutional about it.  That Pelosi & Company fear Trump even out of office is beyond dispute.  He is a threat to their crooked lives because America is no longer blind to the extraordinary criminality that has Washington by the throat.  The hope that was America for centuries was predicated on sincere efforts to hamstring the corruption that otherwise ran rampant across the world.  Now the whole world has seen that not even America can stand honestly in the sunshine.

Power Crazed:  Inspector Dances with Glee While Shutting Down Los Angeles County Brewery Restaurant.  Moments after shutting down the Bravery Brewing Company for allowing customers to pick up prior to the Super Bowl rather than delivering, the LA County Health Inspector does a little happy dance.  Surveillance footage shows Los Angeles County inspector Jatinder Chhabra entering the building just over half an hour after they opened.  They had to shut down right now, she informed the employee, who was ringing up two customers at that moment.  Why?  No food truck.  [Video clip]

The Grand Illusion.  The federal government is illegitimate.  I can unwind that all you want, but it's a fact.  It's a fact to such an extent that they have put up a twelve-foot-high fence around the capitol with razor wire crowning the structure.  They've posted twenty-thousand troops near at hand in case too many of us figure it out.  They are afraid of us and they should be.  If I had defied the will of the people and installed a mentally deficient old man instead of the people's choice, I'd be worried about the anger of the American people, too.

A Freedom-Loving People Needs to Call the Bluff of Those Instilling Fear.  While it took the combined elements of the New Deal and American mobilization during World War II, the land of the free and the home of the brave eventually reasserted itself and America won through to victory — over straitened economic circumstances and the combined military might of National Socialist Germany and Imperial Japan.  What followed was two decades of prosperity, social harmony, and relative peace.  Today, that country has nearly vanished into history, defeated by a combination of "progressive" assaults on the nation-as-founded, and a concomitant loss of self-confidence and even legitimacy.  Worst of all, the fear that FDR warned of has now inculcated itself as the new American default mode: everything terrifies us, and sends us scurrying for the imagined security of "safe spaces."  Which are, of course, really prisons for a people no longer capable of governing themselves.  Exhibit A is COVID-19, China's gift to the world, the overreaction to which has elevated "civil servants" to the status of dictators, abrogated the Constitution, destroyed the economy, and encouraged the citizenry to shun their fellow men as if they were radioactive.  It has terrified a country grown ever more effeminate in its mannerisms and speech patterns, and fearful of engagement with everyday life.  It has created the absurd spectacle of once-free citizens habitually masked and shuffling along like the captive residents of a communist country, tethered to their iPhones, bombarded daily with government and Google propaganda, and accepting the notion that this is somehow the New Normal — and ought to be.

Free Thy Mind.  The federal government is a body of dictators.  They recognize no higher authority than themselves.  It isn't much better at the state, county or city levels.  The stolen election was just one more way to sideline the people, take them out of the equation for anything other than tax assets.  That's why a lot of Republicans failed to seek an audit of the election, or even individual state elections.  They didn't want to upset the process of removing your voice from future elections as well.  They have a nifty little game going on up there and they don't want principle to stand in the way of their power.  That power is to operate a money-laundering scheme wherein contributors to their "re-election" provide the slush fund from which the individual candidate is allowed to draw and return that cash to their donors through favorable legislation with a crumb or two aimed at the citizens.  This was most obviously the case with every "Covid relief" bill they have or will pass.  A few pennies to the people, a few billion to their global partners.

Lee Smith Nails It, The Elites "Want Us To Know" They Hold all Power and Control.  Adam Townsend had a great podcast interview with journalist Lee Smith last week, and for the first time Smith eloquently hit on something CTH has discussed for several years.  The "elites" writ large are so open in their current proclamations of being beyond reach, because they want us to know their power removes them from any accountability.  Often we see people ask 'why are they so openly admitting to their wrongdoing'?  Within the answer I have written frequently 'they simply do not care'...  It is not a sense of boundless hypocrisy that drives them to showcase their disconnect, the disconnect is purposefully part of the ideological advancement of their goal.

How Your Government Really Works.  [Scroll down]  It is almost impossible for prominent people to conceal their behavior.  The late Senator John McCain's wife Cindy claimed, "Epstein was hiding in plain sight.  We all knew about him.  We all knew what he was doing, but we had no one that was — no legal aspect that would go after him.  They were afraid of him.  For whatever reason, they were afraid of him."  The important part of this statement is:  "We all knew about him."  Jeffrey Epstein was prostituting young girls and Cindy McCain knew about it.  She did not report it.  What was she afraid of?  Vladimir Bukovsky pointed out one of the problems with exposing people:  "The movers and shakers of today have little interest in digging for the truth.  Who knows what one may come up with?  You may start out with the communists and end up with yourself."

ABC Now Looks to State and Federal Prosecutors to Get Trump in Court.  Only after former President Trump was acquitted for the second time in an impeachment trial did ABC finally give any form of credence to the Republican argument that the Senate was not the right place to hold a former president accountable.  And during Valentine's Day Sunday, Good Morning America was trying to count the ways and charges Trump could face and the federal and state levels to bar him from running for office ever again.  "In his speech after the vote to acquit, after he, in fact, voted to acquit, [Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-KY] said, Trump, and I'm quoting here, 'didn't get away with anything, yet,'" co-anchor Dan Harris noted to legal analyst Dan Abrams.  "So, what legal consequences could Trump still face?  Could there be state charges, federal charges?  What do you think?"  According to Abrams, federal prosecutors would be too intimidated by the "political imagery" to prosecute Trump for inciting the Capitol insurrection.  So, he looked to the states: [...]

Trump Acquittal Shows Congress Is Not Exempt From The Constitution.  House impeachment managers argued Saturday, as throughout former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, that Congress is exempt from the Constitution.  Lead manager Rep. Raskin (D-MD) said that because this was not a criminal trial, the legal requirements for "incitement" did not apply, the right to due process did not apply, and even the cherished First Amendment did not apply.  In effect, Raskin argued, Congress was exempt from following constitutional principles. [...] Raskin, Schiff, and the Democrats told the Senate that they should ignore the principles of the Bill of Rights.  As Trump's lawyers noted in their rebuttal Friday, the House managers were effectively asking the Senators to violate their own oaths of office.  That may or may not have been the reason the Senate ultimately acquitted Trump, both times.

Worshipping At The Altar Of Power.  On Wednesday, January 6th, a mob of aggrieved voters from across the political spectrum stormed the Capitol, [...] But more important than the unfortunate event itself was the way our political and cultural leaders described it.  Both former First Lady Michelle Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, among others, described the storming of the capitol as a desecration, meaning that that mob had defiled a sacred place.  Obama and Pelosi, it is assumed, believe that the capitol building is hallowed ground; that it is a sacred representation of our democracy.  While we might agree that it represents our democracy, it would be foolish and dangerous to consider it sacred.  Yes, our country was founded on sacred principles and transcendent truths, but these truths are not to be found in the seat of power, but rather where the founding fathers knew they resided, in our Creator.  Our Leadership class does not believe in the God of our founders.  They do not fear God the Creator nor kneel for his forgiveness and blessing.  Instead, they kneel and bow their heads for BLM or, rather, they supplicate themselves to the power it represents.  Power is what they crave, strive for, and worship.

Public Servants or Parasites?  When did politicians and federal employees start calling themselves "public servants"?  Even more importantly, why are we letting them?  It's almost as if they're trying to claim the mantle of nobility for making a sacrifice in the public interest.  But I don't understand what that sacrifice is.  They're paid better and have better benefits than most private-sector employees.  They're rarely held accountable for their performance.  Why do we treat them as if they're serving a higher calling than any other profession in the country?

Why are Democrats Pushing Impeachment?  Nancy Pelosi is one of the snidest and most petty representatives in Congress.  I have personally heard from several Democratic representatives their beliefs that Pelosi held up critical immigration and COVID legislation that they privately supported, for no other reason than that it might help Trump look good.  They supported the holdups because they feared retribution from Pelosi.  If you want to hear Pelosi's partisanship, listen for yourself to her opening comments during the beginning of the House debate on Arizona's electoral votes.  Pelosi is sufficiently petty to demand impeachment as a final boot out the door.  This is my personally favored reason and stands as a testament to the characters of Chuck Schumer, Adam Kinzinger, Liz Cheney and others who have joined them.  While several junior Democrats may have done so out of fear, Democratic leaders and Republicans had no good excuses.  But there could be another reason; one that fits well with Democrats' recent militarization of D.C. and gross violations of our 1st Amendment rights to speech and to assemble and the redress of grievances. [...]

Lawyers Are Facing Reprisal for Representing Trump.  This Is Un-American.  "So... you represented Trump?" That question is unfairly haunting a number of the former president's lawyers.  Because of his legal counsel to former President Donald Trump, constitutional scholar and law professor John Eastman — the former dean of the law school no less — was pushed out of Chapman University, where he spent his entire, very distinguished academic career.  The same thing happened to Cleta Mitchell, a well-known and highly respected Washington, D.C. lawyer who had practiced with Foley and Lardner for decades.  Now, Michigan lawyers Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom, and Stefanie Junttila, who represented the Trump campaign in election litigation in the state, are being unfairly and unjustly targeted for disbarment by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Biden's Banana Republic.  [Scroll down]  [Under the Biden] administration, this country is shaping up as a banana republic.  Think about:
  •   How the Democrats want to turn the economy into one that's "operated as a private commercial enterprise for the exclusive profit of the ruling class."
  •   The Democrats' retribution-filled, Reichstag-fire response to the breach of the U.S. Capitol by a group made up mostly of odd characters and some everyday Americans who got overheated and were shocked by their own behavior, all of them apparently unarmed.
  •   How a summer of real riots was tacitly, and at times, overtly supported by Biden's party.
  •   The second impeachment of Trump that is not an attempt to seek justice but a campaign to prevent him from running again for president and marginalizing his supporters.
  •   The lies about the promise of unity.
  •   Phony charges against political opponents designed to dehumanize them. [...]
  •   Government by executive command rather than through proper legislative channels.
  •   Shutting down politically unfavorable businesses. [...]
  •   The leader of a national government deciding alone what the property role of that government is. [...]
From any reasonable point of view, it's clear America is in a decline that might not be as steep as Biden's cognitive fade, but is just as real.

The FBI's Campaign Against Some Rightwing Groups Looks Exactly Like J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO Scandal.  [Scroll down]  For the past four years, we've been appalled by the FBI and the Intelligence Community working hand-in-glove to insert informers into a presidential campaign and transition team.  We saw an obviously faked dossier laundered by the CIA and FBI through press leaks to create the pretext for a special counsel.  Over the past month, I've posted about the alarming pattern of "militia" and "extremist" arrests with a common thread.  A group meets.  Someone in the group brings up the bright idea to commit a federal felony.  Discussion ensues.  An outsider with the means to carry out the felony is introduced to the group.  Some inciting act is taken, like purchasing an illegal device, and the FBI descends on the group.  There is a press conference and indictments and much blathering about the enemy within and the danger of extremists. [...] You have groups opposed in some fundamental way to the direction the elites want the nation to go.  They are targeted for no other reason than their dissent.  From there, it is a short jump to creating facts that enable law enforcement to suppress that dissent. [...] If federal law enforcement continues to push informants and provocateurs into otherwise peaceful organizations and engage in what a layperson would characterize as entrapment, then they build a case for having entire groups labeled as violent extremists.  As we saw in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, that kind of labeling can be used to prevent people from traveling (the 'no-fly" list).  It can keep them from renting housing (AirBNB canceling reservations).  It can get financial institutions to make it impossible to use a credit card or other payment system.  And on and on.

Slowing Killing The American Frog.  [Scroll down]  By harassing President Trump from the start of his term, Democrats kept him, and us, just enough off balance to keep on moving the pieces into place.  A big part of that was forcing us to accept, incrementally, things we knew to be wrong.  We knew to be untrue the Russian and Ukrainian plots Trump supposedly perpetrated.  By contrast, we had irrefutable proof that Biden plotted with Ukraine, but our institutions ignored that.  We were force-fed a 'new reality.'  Watching General Flynn, Carter Page and Roger Stone (among others) accused as criminals and destroyed financially added to the unease.  None of the accusations were credible.  A 5 a.m. raid on Stone with a SWAT team and a TV crew was chilling.  Why was it done?  To undermine our belief in reality!  We had to swallow each indignity.  We never knew what or who might be sacrificed next.  We thought the Democrat actors in Congress were evil fools but watched in horror as they got away with every outrageous ploy.  We will never see indictments for the plotters.

10 Years in Prison for a Meme?  The Department of Justice is showing that it has become a political weapon in the earliest days of the Biden Presidency.  The F.B.I. has arrested a pro-Trump meme maker (artist), who now faces a 10-year sentence for p