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JULY 1-2,  2023

AS JULY 4TH APPROACHES:  We can celebrate all we wish, and Americans always have something important to celebrate, but much of the world is a mess this weekend, and the U.S. is clearly losing influence.  Our Founders would disapprove.

Consider:  In France, an uprising largely made up of Muslim immigrants is threatening the stability of the nation.  It's the heart of the tourist season, and trotting off to Paris might not be the best idea.

In the Mideast, tensions are rising between the Israelis and Palestinians, with Israel making it clear it will defend the lives of its people.  Our weak government frowns at such bravado, hardly a way to side with an ally.

In our own country, the air is filled once again with the refuse of Canadian fires.  And imagine, only yesterday we were being told that almost all global warming was caused by American Buicks.  I don't know how CNN will handle the current climate truth.  They apparently know that Trump is to blame.

And look at this:  the war in Ukraine, perhaps the hottest hot spot in the world, is getting hotter.  From the New York Post: 

Ukraine is reportedly “preparing for a nuclear explosion” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, heightening tensions in the wake of Russia’s first overnight drone attack on Kyiv in 12 days.

Worries over a potential blast have prompted training to prepare residents for what might occur, according to Kira Rudik, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament.

“I still cannot process that in the 21st century, this is what is happening. We are preparing for a nuclear explosion and the whole world is watching and there is nothing that can be done,” Rudik told Sky News.

It is “unprecedented” that Russia has not allowed UN officials into the power plant to carry out checks, according to Rudik, who noted Ukrainian officials called several times to make the plant a neutral zone, but “Russia never agreed to that.”

Russian troops have been ordered to leave the power plant — which has been under Russian control since March 2022 — by July 5, according to the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine.

"The latest data indicates that the occupying forces are gradually leaving the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Three employees of Rosatom, who led the Russians’ actions, were among the first to leave the facility,” DIU said on Telegram.
Rosatom is a Russian state corporation specializing in nuclear energy.

“Ukrainian employees who have signed a contract with Rosatom have also been advised to evacuate. Under the instructions received, they should leave by 5 July,” DIU said.
Russian troops ordered to remain in the area have allegedly been instructed to “blame Ukraine in the event of any emergency,” Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

As the Zaporizhzhia region readies for the situation to possibly go nuclear, Russia launched an overnight drone attack on Kyiv and the surrounding region, Ukrainian military officials said Sunday.

COMMENT:  Americans seem to be forgetting Ukraine,  where a true European shooting war, just as in the good old days, is actually being fought.  We forget at our peril.  Russia has an estimated 5,000 nuclear warheads, and with political and military power unstable within the country, we must be physically ready for any contingency.

Have a happy fourth.  The best fireworks appear to be somewhere else.

July 2, 2023      Permalink

 

ANOTHER SCANDAL?  AH, SIGH, YES:  There is something new, and possibly ugly, brewing in Washington.  Readers are advised to follow this latest bubble in our nation's once glowing capital.

The story involves Robert Malley.  Sound familiar?  He was a good buddy of Barack Obama.  Despite his leftist views, a family leftist pedigree, and a tendency to cozy up to Iran, Obama stunned Washington by appointing Malley to head the American group negotiating with Iran for a nuclear restraint treaty.  This was 2015, and the result was an agreement so tilted in Iran's favor that Obama could not possibly get it through the Senate as a treaty, and so made it an executive agreement with Iran.   Iran got plenty of money.  We got some promises from Iran to restrict its nuclear weapons program.  And you know what that was worth.

President Trump correctly scrapped the agreement.

Flash forward to the age of Biden.  Joe wanted to get back into the agreement and needed a new negotiating team to work out the details.  And who did he pick to head it?  Why, Robert "Tehran Bob" Malley.  Why do I feel Barack Obama was pulling the strings?

And now, suddenly, Malley is in big trouble.  His security clearance has been suspended, one of the worst things that can happen to anyone involved with national security, a personal and political humiliation.  Members of Congress found out, and are showing extreme concern.  From the Jerusalem Post.   

US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley’s suspension over his handling of classified documents raised concerns that the Biden administration was misleading the public and lied to Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said on Friday.

Malley told media last week: “I have been informed that my security clearance is under review. I have not been provided any further information, but I expect the investigation to be resolved favorably and soon. In the meantime, I am on leave.”

The envoy’s suspension without pay came amid a State Department diplomatic security probe into the alleged mishandling of classified documents, according to US media reports.

McCaul said, “these reports raise serious concerns both regarding Malley’s conduct and whether the State Department misled Congress and the American public.”

The House Foreign Affairs Committee repeatedly requested Malley’s testimony since April 11, 2023, to no avail.

Rather than inform McCaul of the reason Malley was unavailable, “Senior State Department officials informed the Committee that Special Envoy Malley was unable to testify or brief because of a close family member, for which my staff expressed sympathy,” McCaul wrote.

“At no point did the Department indicate that Special Envoy Malley’s security clearance was suspended or under review, or that he was being investigated for potential misconduct...The Department’s failure to inform Congress of this matter demonstrates at best a lack of candor and at worst represents deliberate and potentially unlawful misinformation.”

Malley gave interviews about Iran as late as May 30, which was around the time much of his involvement stopped, a diplomatic source said.

The source pointed out that White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk was the leading figure in advancing a new, pared-down deal with Iran in which Tehran would put its uranium enrichment on hold, but not roll it back, in exchange for the US lifting sanctions.

The deal was not meant to be put in writing, in order to avoid congressional review.

McCaul said the proximity of these events “underscores the importance of Congressional oversight on Iran negotiations and policy, and for transparency and accountability on the part of the State Department and the rest of the Biden administration.”

COMMENT:  This is serious stuff, especially considering Malley's leftist background, his sympathy for Iran, and his record in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, which was a solid win for the wrong side. 

What precisely did Malley do?  How did he not get protected by the Biden administration?  Is it that bad?  The key here is to keep Republican heat on the whole sordid affair, and to refuse to allow the Biden press to bury the story.  I want to know everything.

July 2, 2023       Permalink

 

 

JUNE 29-30,  2023

FRANCE IN CRISIS:  The violence in and around Paris reminds us of our country during the pandemic.  Unfortunately, political correctness rules the day, and the night, and we aren't being told exactly who's doing the rioting, but we can make it out.  Should the rioting grow, France could be in serious danger of collapsing.  From Fox:

Officials in France are deploying 45,000 police officers and armored vehicles as a fourth night of riots approaches stemming from a fatal police-involved shooting of a teenager during a traffic stop.

The unrest has hit many cities in France including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg and Lille.

Nahel M., a 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in the Nanterre suburb of Paris. The incident was captured on video, and ignited the riots that are being seen around the European country.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that 270 people were arrested on Friday night, with a total of 1,100 people arrested since the protests began.

In Marseille, rioters robbed a gun store, taking some of their hunting rifles but didn't steal ammunition.

Marseille Mayor Benoit Payan on Friday tweeted that the French government needs to send more troops, saying "The scenes of pillaging and violence are unacceptable."

Darmanin requested that local authorities stop bus and tram traffic after 9 p.m., adding that 45,000 officers are being deployed.

"The next hours will be decisive and I know I can count on your flawless efforts," he wrote to the country's firefighters and police officers.

When asked on a TV News channel if the government would declare a state of emergency, he said "Quite simply, we're not ruling out any hypothesis and we'll see after tonight what the President of the Republic chooses."

COMMENT:   I hope France handles its riots with more skill than we have.  I think of a hundred nights of violence in Portland as an example of our lack of will and lack of seriousness.  We will be watching Paris.  If France is weakened, it can have a domino effect throughout Europe.  The left is inspired by America's lack of will and directionless leadership.

June 30, 2023       Permalink

 

WHAT IS THERE TO SAY?  The U.S. Supreme Court has just banned the use of race in college admissions.  It is long overdue.  The Court ruled that race preferences violate the Constitution, end of statement. 

And the reaction was entirely predictable.  The usual suspects are out in force, announcing that the Court has now proved that the United States is a racist society.  No doubt about it.  We will now be barred from the world.

The fact is that eight states have already banned race-based affirmative action:  California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Idaho.  The world has not collapsed, nor are U.S. Army troops being sent to occupy these obvious race hating entities.  In fact, they've all survived.

Throughout today's swirl of formal statements and displays of anguish, one person's comments stand out.  He is Republican Senator Tim Scott, of South Carolina, a presidential candidate, and an African-American.  Scott has more wisdom than the rest of the chattering class put together.  From Fox: 

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Thursday that the Supreme Court's decision to overrule affirmative action in colleges should be celebrated. On "The Faulkner Focus," the 2024 presidential candidate also hit back at former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who said "my heart breaks" for young people who are "wondering what their future holds" after the decision. Scott said the Obamas and others on the left are pushing lies "from the pit of hell" about opportunity in America.

TIM SCOTT: Well, the good news is we're going to have another African-American president. His name will be Tim Scott. And this is January 2025. Here's what I would say to America today: that I am excited about who we are as a nation. I'm excited about the progress that we've seen in the rearview mirror. But what excites me the most about America is that when you look at the windshield of our future, it is bright for all of our kids. Unfortunately, the radical left have been co-opted by the teachers' unions. And so making sure that we get back to providing quality education in every single zip code in this nation K through 12 means that with quality education K through 12, your child can go to the most elite colleges in America. If we fix public education, we will make sure that every generation going forward will have access to opportunities. And oh, by the way, I'm not sure that going to an elite university is the path to prosperity. It is actually going as high as your character, your grit and your talent will take you. That means whether you go to Harvard, Charleston Southern, or whether you want to be a plumber or a welder, you too can experience your version of the American dream. 

I'm running for president because I know America can do for anyone what she has done for me. But sending the message that somehow the color of your skin means that you will not be able to achieve your goals from an educational perspective, from an income perspective or family formation, that is a lie from the pit of hell. We will not be judged solely by the color of our skin. That's what the ruling said today. But that is the story of America. That is a story of American progress and we can all celebrate that today. 

The Supreme Court on Thursday handed down a major ruling on affirmative action, rejecting the use of race as a factor in college admissions as a violation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.

In a 6-3 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion that a "benefit to a student who overcame racial discrimination, for example, must be tied to that student’s courage and determination."

"Or a benefit to a student whose heritage or culture motivated him or her to assume a leadership role or attain a particular goal must be tied to that student’s unique ability to contribute to the university. In other words, the student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual — not on the basis of race," the opinion reads.

COMMENT:   The Democrats will milk this for whatever it's worth.  They will try to scare the pants off the entire black population.  Joe Biden once told African Americans, during an election campaign, that the Republicans would put them back into slavery if they won.  So expect stuff of that type.  And expect it to have some effect, especially on college campuses, where the intellectual level is approaching that of a 12-year-old. 

June 30, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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