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SEPTEMBER 10-11,  2023

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, AND DAY OF BETRAYAL:  What a White House we have.  Not only was the president absent from the continental United States on 9-11, but his administration chose this day to announce an act of betrayal of all we have been fighting for since the planes hit the towers.  It's hard to believe this.  From Fox: 

The Biden administration has struck a deal with Iran to swap prisoners and release $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds. 

Per the deal, Iran will release five American citizens detained in Iran and the U.S. release five Iranian citizens being held in the U.S. 

The deal creates a blanket waiver to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money from South Korea to Qatar without fear of violating U.S. sanctions. The United States classifies Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed off on the deal late last week, but Congress was not notified of the decision until Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the notification, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

The transfer of the $6 billion was the critical element in the prisoner release deal, which saw four of the five American detainees transferred from Iranian jails into house arrest last month. The fifth detainee had already been under house arrest.

Due to numerous U.S. sanctions on foreign banks that engage in transactions aimed at benefitting Iran, several European countries had balked at participating in the transfer. Blinken's waiver is aimed at easing their concerns about any risk of U.S. sanctions.

The deal has already begun to garner some criticism. Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who focuses on Iranian security, argued that releasing the funds "will only feed Tehran's appetite to keep taking hostages." 

"And as the case of the recently revealed Swedish diplomat illustrates, dual-nationals and foreign citizens are not the only targets. Tehran even intends to extort foreign government officials!" he said. 

"Indeed, the Islamic Republic showcased for the world a willingness to take hostages less than a year since its inception. Worse, freeing-up the $6 billion forgets why it was frozen in the first place. Even the Obama administration, who signed sanctions bills into law creating those escrow accounts, did not trust Iran to stop funding its nuclear or military programs using oil money."

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, argued that the $6 billion "payout" will go to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its proxies. 

COMMENT:  What an insult to the 9-11 families, and all the families of service members killed since the attacks.  And to make the announcement on the anniversary of 9-11?  What kind of government officials are we dealing with here? 

Why does the name "Barack Obama" come to mind when we see sickening policies like this announced?  Because they come right out of his playbook.  Remember that he was the guy who wanted to drop the term "Islamic terrorism" from our vocabulary.  He wanted to rename terrorist attacks as "manmade disasters." 

We can only imagine how the Iranians will use the funds we just freed up for them.  You know, it's impossible to predict the exact names of the casualties, but casualties there will be, and some are likely to be Americans.

Great style, President Biden.  Great style.

September 11, 2023       Permalinks

 

OH NOT AGAIN:  The president of the United States is a chronic liar, but our press, the "watchdog of democracy" (choke), just doesn't care.  From Fox: 

President Biden claimed Monday, without evidence, that he stood at Ground Zero in New York City viewing the damage from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks just one day later, despite records showing he was in Washington, D.C. that day.

"Ground Zero in New York — I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building. I felt like I was looking through the gates of Hell, it looked so devastating because the way you could — from where you could stand," Biden said during his speech at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska marking the devastating acts of terrorism 22 years ago.

However, according to C-SPAN coverage of U.S. Senate proceedings on September 12, 2001, Biden was in Washington, D.C. and gave a speech on the floor of the Senate. Records show the Senate met in the morning, and a classified briefing was held for all senators that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET. 

Records also show Biden participated in a joint resolution vote condemning the terrorist attacks later that afternoon. Biden was the Democratic manager of the resolution.

According to a report by The New York Post, Biden also contradicted his own claim in his autobiography detailing his actions after the attacks. Biden said in the book that he "headed back to the Capitol" on September 12, and made no mention of visiting Ground Zero that day.

The report also noted a Gannett News Wire report from Sept. 12, 2001 stating, "Delaware Sen. Joe Biden spent Wednesday exactly where he wanted — in the U.S. Senate."

Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for comment, but its response pointed to Biden's visit to Ground Zero on September 20, 2001, and did not respond to questions pertaining to his claim he was there on September 12, 2001.

COMMENT:  Biden's history of making up things is well documented.  He probably can't be repaired.  But the casual acceptance of lies by a news organization can be repaired, but it will only happen if readers and viewers shut off that news organization.  The market works.  If a news outlet is failing in its basic function, to give the news without fear or favor, shut it down.

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SEPTEMBER 8-9,  2023

ET TU 007?  IS NOTHING SACRED?  I ASK YOU, IS NOTHING SACRED?  OUR CIVILIZATION IS COLLAPSING.  FROM THE NEW YORK POST: 

Multiple conservative critics condemned a recent James Bond novel for vilifying former President Trump and other conservative politicians in a story about a dastardly international plot against King Charles III.

Author Charlie Higson had been authorized by Ian Fleming Publications, who own the rights to the James Bond franchise, to write a new book to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation.

Higson touted that his new book, “On His Majesty’s Secret Service,” would feature “sex, violence, cars, a colorful villain with a nasty henchman, and of course, Bond himself, so well-known and yet so unknowable.”

But in early September, conservative culture critics from multiple outlets condemned the novel as yet another beloved franchise that has been corrupted by modern “woke” political messaging.

The New York Times opinion columnist Ross Douthat scorched the novel in a piece headlined “How America Made James Bond ‘Woke,’” warning that it juxtaposes a progressive version of the globetrotting spy against a caricature of conservatism, “007 is charged with protecting King Charles III from a dastardly plot hatched by a super villain,” Aethelstan of Wessex, who can be described as a “Brexiteer, a right-wing populist, apparently the true and natural heir to Goldfinger and Blofeld.”

He goes on to note that Bond, known for womanizing in the past, is in a romantic “situationship” with an immigration lawyer he permits to sleep with other men, and that his mission is that he “must travel to Viktor Orban’s Hungary to infiltrate the vast right-wing conspiracy and avert a terrorist attack at Charles’s coronation.”

Douthat lamented it as yet another example of “American-style wokeness” asserting its power throughout the Anglosphere or countries culturally and linguistically connected to England. 

Joel Abbott of NotTheBee, the real news offshoot of the satirical humor website The Babylon Bee, wrote a similar review mocking the book for pandering to far-left cultural politics.

UK politician David Kurten posted an excerpt from the novel where Bond sees a villainous conservative among a gathering of evildoers, the book describing him as being “famous for promoting COVID/vaccines/mask-wearing/5G conspiracy theories, which had spilled over into the usual anti-immigrant, anti-EU, anti-BBC, anti-MSM, anti-cultural Marxist, Climate Change Denial pronouncements,” noting that this villainous Englishman had made an infamous “anti-trans diatribe.”

On that same page, Bond notices that this villainous gathering has a lack of “diversity” or “disabled” representation.

COMMENT: We must crush this literary rebellion, no matter the cost.  There are standards that must never be violated.

This is it – the final battle.

September 9, 2023       Permalinks

 

BACK ON THE TRAIL:  Like him or not, you've got to give former President Trump great credit for the sheer stamina he shows in his drive to be re-elected, while at the same time battling one legal challenge after the other.  From Daily Caller: 

Former President Donald Trump predicted a “monumental victory” during a South Dakota speech on Friday, slamming COVID-19 lockdowns, the nation’s migrant crisis and the apparent politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Ahead of the former president’s speech, Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem endorsed Trump in the 2024 presidential election which sparked repeated chants of “USA.”

Trump called Noem “one of the most successful governors” in the country, claiming she did not lock down her state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re racing toward a monumental victory,” Trump said Friday. “This is the most important election we’ve ever had because our country is going to hell.”

“Together we’re going to defeat crooked Joe Biden, the most crooked president in history,” the former president continued. “The most incompetent president in history.”

Trump slammed sex reassignment surgeries for minors that are being performed by hospitals and doctors throughout the country while arguing that the “Marxists, fascists and communists” are “dismantling” the nation’s borders.

The former president also took a jab at President Joe Biden’s economic record and the rising inflation rate in the country. The unemployment rate rose to 3.8% in August, increasing from 3.5% in July while the economy added 187,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. The Consumer Price Index hit a high of 9.1% in June 2022 and was 3.2% in July.

Trump has been indicted four times, the most recent in August after a grand jury ruled that the former president and some aides should be indicted for their alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. The president’s other indictments focused on charges relating to alleged actions on Jan. 6, documents kept at Mar-a-Lago and alleged hush money paid to former porn star Stormy Daniels.

The former president said on Wednesday that he would “absolutely” testify in a trial court over the 30 charges brought against him for storing 300,000 classified documents in his private residence at Mar-a-Lago.

“If we don’t take it back in ’24 I really believe we’re not gonna have a country left,” Trump said in South Dakota.

COMMENT:   As everyone now knows, Trump gets more popular every time he's hit with a new indictment.  The reason is pretty clear – the belief by millions that the legal barrage against him is a maneuver to keep him out of the presidential campaign, and, also, that the charges against him are absurd.

Although Trump is a billionaire, he is seen by his supporters as the guy who "sticks it to the man," the former president who is fighting back against the establishment,  

The anti-Trump forces believe that Trump will be destroyed, and spend years, or his life, in jail.  But...what if the whole thing backfires?  What if Trump is not convicted on the most serious charges against him?  He doesn't have to be found "not guilty."  It takes only one juror to hang a jury.  Yes, what if that happens, over and over?  It could prompt a political revolution, with Trump emerging as a true folk hero, the guy who beat the machine.  Of course, we'll have to see if that happens, but, if it does, you'd have the political story of the century.  Major motion picture to follow. 

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