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AUGUST 13-14,  2023

NOW WE KNOW WHAT "ORWELLIAN" MEANS:  Yeah, George Orwell would have loved that performance by the Atlanta DA, late at night, announcing her grand jury's indictment of the immediate world, including, of course, former President Donald Trump.

Look, I'm not a lawyer, but I'm a citizen who thinks the justice system has to play it straight.  I'm not feelin' that right now.

Consider this:  President Trump has now been hit by his fourth set of indictments.  And ain't it the truth – all four sets have arrived in a small number of months, right before the start of a presidential election campaign.  Just dedicated law-enforcement professionals doing their job.  Stop laughing please.

Alfred Hitchcock, the great suspense director, once said something that is relevant here.  He was asked about the idea of coincidence in a motion picture.  He replied that people will accept a coincidence at the start of a story, but not at the end.  And what are we seeing now?  We are seeing the end of two stories in our political theater – the story of Donald Trump, and the story of Joe Biden.  We will know the fate of both men in not many months.  And as these stories end, the American people are being subjected to that long list of indictments.  I can imagine a guy in Brooklyn looking at his TV – remember Hitchcock's admonition – and asking, "Are you kiddin' me?  Are you tellin' me that this is all a coincidence?  You think I'm a damned fool?"  And you can be sure that millions of voters, probably tens of millions, are already thinking the same thing.  Are you kiddin' me?

That is the paradox here.  As the legal attacks on Trump become more strident, his supporters become more defiant.  This is one of the great political stories of our country's history.  Will Trump survive as a candidate, and even go on to win the presidency again, or will he be forced out of the race?  Will Biden, despite his physical frailty, win another term, with the public knowing that his Justice Department destroyed his main opponent, Donald Trump?

It has never happened before.

In "All About Eve," Bette Davis announced, "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night."  For America, that describes the next year.

August 14,  2023     Permalink

 

NO, JOE, THIS ISN'T GOING AWAY:  His disgraceful withdrawal from Afghanistan is coming back to haunt Joe Biden, just as his presidential campaign is starting.  This is not a good look.  And grieving families still want answers.  From Daily Mail:

In the days before a suicide bomber killed 13 service personnel at Kabul airport in 2021, U.S. military commanders were aware of the threat and twice missed chances to take out the deadly terrorist network behind the plot, according to a new book.

The Taliban, who had seized control of Afghanistan, refused a request to raid a hotel that was a known staging post for ISIS-K, who carried out the atrocity. 

And at around the same time, superior officers vetoed a plan for a drone strike elsewhere because of the 'negative response' of the Taliban to such a raid.

Taken together, the shocking conclusion is that the bloodiest moment in President Joe Biden's presidency might have been avoided if American troops had not been reliant on their enemy for protection in the final days of the evacuation. 

A total of 183 people were killed in the blast, including the bomber. 

The details are set out in 'Kabul: The Untold Story of Biden's Fiasco and the American Warriors Who Fought to the End,' which is published by Center Street on Tuesday — the two-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover.

It describes how the effort to bring home American troops from a 20-year-war collapsed into confusion, as Taliban gunmen raced through the country and seized Kabul in a matter of weeks.

Tens of thousands of people descended on Hamid Karzai International Airport trying to flee the country's brutal new rulers.

With the Taliban in control of Kabul, U.S. forces made a deal with their foe of two decades, relying on their enemy to help keep the airport safe.

It ended in bloodshed. A suicide bomber with the Islamic State's local affiliate detonated his deadly payload on August 26 at the airport's Abbey Gate, where U.S. Marines were stationed to handle the crush of people.

'Our findings — tucked away in the Pentagon’s own documents and in the own words of military officers personally involved in the Afghanistan evacuation — provide more damning evidence about the dangerous stupidity of relying upon terrorists like the Taliban to provide security at Kabul airport,' said Jerry Dunleavy, one of the book authors and an investigator. He is helping lead the Afghanistan withdrawal investigation for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, although he wrote the book in a personal capacity.

He and co-author James Hasson, a former Army officer who served in Afghanistan, pieced together the story with interviews and information that in some cases was hiding in plain sight.

COMMENT:  Horrible in every way, although much of the press will either ignore the revelations or protect Biden from blame. Add to this the fact that the Hunter Biden scandal will not go away.  If these stories build, and the GOP will do whatever it takes to keep them before the public, Biden's campaign can be seriously damaged, if not destroyed. 

Our side is always fighting on two fronts – against the political opposition, and against the leftist press.  It is not an easy fight, and with Donald Trump facing a whole regiment of judges, our side is not in great shape.

August 13,  2023     Permalink 



 

AUGUST 11-12,  2023

I LOVE IT.  A NATIVE AMERICAN GROUP IS SHOWING THAT "LEADERS" MAY NOT SPEAK FOR THEIR PEOPLE AT ALL.  WELCOME TO REALITY.  FROM WESTERN JOURNAL: 

A Native American advocacy group urged the NFL’s Washington Commanders to change their name back to the “Washington Redskins,” threatening a Bud Light-style boycott if its request goes ignored.

Eunice Davidson, the founder and president of the Native American Guardians Association, made the demand in a sternly worded letter Monday addressed to the team’s new owners and key leadership.

“As the NFL franchise representing the nation’s capital, you have a distinct opportunity to recognize the history and value of the American Indian,” Davidson wrote in the letter to Commanders managing partner Josh Harris, team president Jason Wright, head coach Ron Rivera and 14 limited partners.

“At this moment in history,” she said, “we are formally requesting that the team revitalize its relationship with the American Indian community by (i) changing the name back to ‘The Redskins,’ which recognizes America’s original inhabitants and (ii) using the team’s historic name and legacy to encourage Americans to learn about, not cancel, the history of America’s tribes and our role in the founding of this Great Nation.”

TERRIFIC!

NAGA threatened to launch a devastating nationwide boycott — akin to the crushing conservative boycott of Bud Light — if its demand for the name change is not met.

"Should we need to encourage a national boycott similar to what happened with Anheuser Busch (Bud Light) which is now down $27 billion (note, not one brick thrown, not one highway blocked, not one bridge burned) — WE WILL DO JUST THAT,” wrote Davidson, whom the NAGA website describes as “a full-blood Dakota Sioux and an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Tribe from North Dakota.”

Essentially, NAGA said it objected to the name change because doing so erased the distinguished, longstanding association the Native American community had with the three-time Super Bowl champs.

“As you are undoubtedly aware, the Redskins had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the American Indian community, dating back to their founding in 1932,” Davidson wrote.

She said the Native American Guardians Association never objected to the moniker “Redskins” because the term was not racist or offensive.

Indeed, the group argued, having a prominent championship NFL team use a name that invokes the proud history of Native Americans was a badge of honor.

“We are passionate supporters of the Washington Redskins and its rich history. We write to you today as a collective voice, urging you to reconsider the recent name change from the Redskins to the Commanders,” Davidson wrote.

“We believe that restoring the original name, the Redskins, is the right decision for the team, its loyal fanbase, and the legacy it represents.”

In 2020, the Washington franchise — then owned by Daniel Snyder — decided to change its name amid ongoing pressure from left-wing mobs who claimed the term was racist and offensive.

In February 2022, the team unveiled its insipid new name: the Commanders.

Like many longtime fans of the team, NAGA objected to the name change and wants to see it changed back.

In June, group member Daniel Fazzolare started an online petition to bring back the Washington Redskins.

“The name ‘Redskins’ carries deep cultural, historical, and emotional significance, honoring the bravery, resilience, and warrior spirit associated with Native American culture,” the petition says. “It was never intended as a derogatory or offensive term but as a symbol of respect and admiration."

COMMENT:  This is the kind of thing that can take off.  Note the bluntness, and even some threats.  I hope this is the first of many incidents where people say, "Those leaders don't speak for me." 

Let's watch the WOKE crowd start to sweat.  I'll bring my camera.

August 12, 2023      Permalink

 

CERTAIN THINGS BECOME OBVIOUS:  Can the Dems still pretend that President Biden is lofty and above us all?  Things are closing in, with the possibility that the president could decide not to run next year if his legal situation deteriorates further.  It is reported that Kamala Harris is taking English as a first language.  From ace lawyer Jonathan Turley in the New York Post: 

This week, President Joe Biden responded to calls for greater access to the media with a blockbuster interview with . . . the Weather Channel.

The interview immediately prompted critics to speculate that the president wanted to continue to talk about the weather — the same claim made after the disclosure of his participation in various dinners with his son’s foreign associates.

As the number of these dinners, meetings and outings increase, Joe Biden appears to have covered more meteorological subjects than Al Roker.

The problem is that conditions are worsening in Washington.

This week, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer released a third report on the ongoing investigations into the Biden corruption scandal.

The latest bank records indicate the Biden family has received more than $20 million, including from corrupt Kazakh figures.

Some of this money provided Hunter Biden with extravagant toys. On April 22, 2014, Kazakh oligarch Kenes Rakishev wired $142,300 to the Rosemont Seneca Bohai bank account.

That account then shows the exact same amount being wired to a New Jersey car dealership for a Fisker sports car for Hunter. Finding the Fisker unsuitable, Hunter traded it in for a Porsche.

Notably, these payments often coincided with dinners and meetings with Joe Biden.
Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, the widow of Moscow ex-Mayor Yury Luzhkov, wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton Feb. 14, 2014.

She later attended a dinner with Joe and Hunter Biden at Washington, DC, hotspot Café Milano.

For weeks, Joe Biden’s prior claims have been collapsing as his allies in the media and Congress struggle for an alternative spin on these new disclosures.

The president’s denials of any knowledge of his son’s foreign dealings has finally have been exposed as a lie.

Even the Washington Post has acknowledged Biden lied when he insisted that Hunter never made any money in China.

COMMENT:  When you lose the Washington Post, you lose the healthy-food crowd, and that's the end for a Democrat.  Common sense tells us that Joe Biden has been improperly gifted, to coin a phrase.  The issue is how much that will mean to the American people, and, importantly, the American press.  

Read the rest of the piece.  Can't America do better?  Or are we defining deviancy down, Pat Moynihan's description of a nation that gets used to low standards?

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