How Bush “Misspoke the Truth” about War and Disinformation

Letting governments manage “the narrative” can have deadly consequences.


During his presidency, George W. Bush became known for his “Bushisms,” which Wikipedia describes as “unconventional statements, phrases, pronunciations, Freudian slips, malapropisms, as well as semantic or linguistic errors in the public speaking of former President of the United States George W. Bush.”

On Thursday, Bush gave us yet another Bushism, and it was one for the history books.

While delivering a speech in Dallas, Bush condemned “the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq… I mean of Ukraine.” He then joked about his gaffe, saying “Iraq too. Anyway…I’m 75,” drawing laughter from the audience.

Though he tried to downplay it as a senior moment, Bush’s latest Bushism was more likely a Freudian slip. In misspeaking, he spoke the truth.

After all, it was President George W. Bush who actually launched the invasion of Iraq, which, like Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, was indeed “wholly unjustified and brutal.”

As for its brutality, the Iraq War killed tens (maybe even hundreds) of thousands and involved such war crimes as the use of torture in Abu Ghraib, the Haditha and Nisour Square massacres, and the use of white phosphorous as an incendiary weapon in Fallujah.

And, as most now recognize, the invasion of Iraq was indeed wholly unjustified.

As the BBC noted in its report on Bush’s gaffe, “Mr Bush was president during the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 over weapons of mass destruction that were never found.”

His administration’s showcase performance in its push for the war was Secretary of State Colin Powell’s dramatic presentation to the UN security council of alleged evidence of Saddam Hussein actively developing WMDs.

Later, President Bush performed a comedy bit about never being able to find those WMDs at a White House Correspondents Dinner. As he demonstrated again yesterday, Bush seems to have a knack for playing up his guilt in an atrocity for chuckles.

A second major justification for the Iraq War also proved false: as a 2021 article published by the Brookings Institution noted, “the Bush administration misled the American public into believing that Iraq was connected to the Sept. 11 attacks…”

The US government, crucially abetted by the establishment media, lied America into a brutal and unjustified war by propagating a false narrative that was insulated from independent critique until it was too late. And it was neither the first nor the last time that happened.

That is essential for Americans to keep in mind in the face of today’s wars and in light of today’s campaign against “misinformation.” Governments and establishment media companies (including Big Tech companies) are pushing relentlessly for more centralized narrative control, especially concerning war.

See, for example, the Department of Homeland Security’s recently announced Disinformation Governance Board, nicknamed the “Ministry of Truth” by critics whose outraged response caused the Biden administration to “pause” the new agency.

According to AP News, the Board’s purpose was to…

“…monitor and prepare for Russian disinformation threats as this year’s midterm elections near and the Kremlin continues an aggressive disinformation campaign around the war in Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly waged misinformation campaigns aimed at U.S. audiences to further divisions around election time and spread conspiracy theories around U.S. COVID-19 vaccines.”

And yesterday, Twitter introduced its new “crisis misinformation policy,” which will be harmonized with the United Nations and major NGOs and will especially focus on “misinformation” related to armed conflicts, including:

  • “False coverage or event reporting, or information that mischaracterizes conditions on the ground as a conflict evolves;
  • False allegations regarding use of force, incursions on territorial sovereignty, or around the use of weapons;
  • Demonstrably false or misleading allegations of war crimes or mass atrocities against specific populations;
  • False information regarding international community response, sanctions, defensive actions, or humanitarian operations.”

The announcement notes that, “this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine…”

Countering “disinformation” and “misinformation” may sound like a sensible, responsible policy. But, as we saw with the Iraq War and in countless other instances, governments and government-tied media companies are not to be trusted with managing “the narrative,” especially concerning war.

As Sen. Rand Paul said recently while grilling DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his agency’s Disinformation Governance Board, “I don’t trust government to figure out what the truth is. Government is largely disseminating disinformation.’”

The more that public discourse is centrally managed, the easier it will be for governments to manipulate the public, and especially to lie us into “brutal and unjustified” wars again.

The former president’s Freudian Bushism may betray a guilty conscience tormented by the ghosts of Iraq. To a degree, we should all be haunted by that war’s bloody legacy. But, we can partially redeem that tragic atrocity by rejecting policies that pave the way for future ones.

AUTHOR

Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez is the Director of Content at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and the editor-in chief of FEE.org.

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America Has a Crime and Mental Health Problem, Not a White Supremacy Problem

Just take a close look at the official stats compiled by the FBI.


Within hours of the Buffalo, New York, mass shooting on May 14 that claimed the lives of ten innocent black people, top Democratic officials were already citing the incident as proof that the number one social problem facing America is “white supremacy” and “white nationalism.”

The reason: the mentally ill Buffalo shooter, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, in addition to being openly racist against black Americans, also objected to unrestricted mass immigration and said so in a rambling 181-page manifesto on the subject.

The problem is, upwards of 60 percent of Americans – including Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders until about 2015 – have voiced concerns about open border policies, such as those now being openly implemented by the Biden Administration.

Favoring tighter immigration policies does not make you a potential mass shooter or a terrorist, yet that is precisely the inference Democrat Party apparatchiks – not wanting to let a serious crisis ever go to waste – were inviting the American public to draw.

The victims had not even been transported to morgues before some of these officials and media commentators began calling for the firing of Fox News TV anchor Tucker Carlson for his reporting on how demographic changes in America have impacted the political balance of the country.

The problem with the claim that the political beliefs of a criminal should result in the blanket scrutiny of everyone espousing those same beliefs – even if held by otherwise sane people – is that it is not, predictably, consistently applied.

  • In 2017, a far-left Democrat and supporter of Bernie Sanders, James Hodgkinson, opened fire on a couple of dozen Congressional Republicans during softball practice, seriously wounding Representative Steve Scalise and lobbyist Mike Mika. Yet at no point did members of the Democratic Party or the corporate media begin clamoring for investigations into the dangers of socialism or of far-left Democratic Party activism.
  • Just a year earlier, a deranged black nationalist and Black Lives Matter supporter named Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed a group of police officers in Dallas. Armed with a Saiga AK-74 assault rifle, the Afghanistan veteran was able to shoot five officers dead and wounded nine others in the deadliest incident against law enforcement since 9/11. Yet there was not a single report on CNN and NBC News calling for investigations into the openly racist ideology behind Black Lives Matter or into the black nationalism that Johnson espoused.
  • In 2019, 24-year-old Connor Betts shot and killed nine people and wounded 17 others in Dayton, Ohio – an incident the media labeled as an act of racist white supremacy. The problem was, investigations quickly revealed that Betts was an avowed Satanist and supporter of far-left Antifa who hated Donald Trump and urged all his friends to vote only for Democrats.

The truth is, when you examine crime statistics you quickly find that out that mass shootings in America are perpetrated by mentally ill people of all colors and creeds.

When news broke about a mass shooting that killed ten people last year in Boulder, Colorado, USA Today’s “race and inclusion” editor Hemal Jhaveri tweeted out, “It’s always an angry white man. Always.”

Inconveniently for the media class, it turned out the shooter was Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year old immigrant from Syria.

Despite the claims of America’s corporate media and far-left Democrats, mass shootings are not disproportionately carried out by angry white men. In fact, just the opposite is the case.

The statistics show that mass shootings, when examined by the ethnic background of the shooter, roughly parallel the ethnic makeup of America. If anything, white men are actually slightly less likely to commit mass shootings than their proportion of the population would indicate.

When the legal blogger Eugene Volokh examined the data on the 121 mass shootings in America between 1982 and 2021, compiled by Mother Jones Magazine, he found that 54 percent of the shooters were white even though whites are actually 62.6 percent of the population.

However, 17.4 percent of mass shooters were black despite blacks being only 12.4 percent of the population, and 6.6 percent were Asians even though Asians are only 3.3 percent of the population. In other words, Asians, as a group, were two times more likely to be mass shooters than they are a percentage of the population.

For example, just one day after the Buffalo atrocity, on May 15, a Chinese immigrant named David Chou, 68, walked into a church hall in Laguna Niguel, California, and began opening fire, killing one and wounding five others, all of them Taiwanese. Chou apparently was motivated by a hatred for Taiwanese people.

The case for an “epidemic” of white supremacist violent crime becomes even weaker when you look at crime statistics generally rather than just at mass shootings. (The Mother Jones database defines a “mass shooting” as “a single attack in a public place in which four or more victims were killed.”)

According to FBI statistics, most violent crimes are not racially motivated.

Just 8 percent of the reported murders of Black people in 2017 were committed by white offenders (264 out of a total of 2,970) while 88.9 percent were committed by Black offenders (2,627). The same pattern is true of white victims: 80 percent of the 3,567 white victims of murder in 2017 were killed by fellow whites (2,861) while blacks represented 16 percent (576) of the offenders.

A similar pattern can be seen in designated “hate crimes.” Contrary to what the corporate media and Democrat activists claim, whites are not disproportionately committing hate crimes. In fact, they are significantly less likely to commit hate crimes than other groups.

According to official FBI statistics, in 2020 there were 11,549 designated hate crimes committed in the US– including 4,381 acts of intimidation, 2,433 acts of destruction of property, 2,197 acts of simple assault, 1,407 acts of aggravated assault, 22 murders or negligent manslaughter, and 12 rapes.

While whites are 62.4 percent of the overall population, they committed only 55 percent of the hate crimes (3,823), according to the FBI statistics. Blacks, who are 12.4 percent of the population, committed 21 percent of hate crimes. The rest were committed by “unknown” (16 percent), multi-ethnic (6 percent), Asian (1 percent) or Native American and Hawaiian (1 percent).

Thus, the entire media and Biden Administration narrative – that there is an “epidemic” of white supremacy and racial hate crimes – is simply not supported by the evidence.

Of course, there have been self-avowed white supremacists who are mentally ill and have gone on shooting rampages, such as Dylann Roof in 2015 and the Buffalo shooter in 2022. But there have also been mentally ill Bernie Sanders supporters who have killed dozens of people, and mentally ill Muslims who have killed dozens – such as the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 dead and 22 injured.

The truth is, America has a crime problem and a mental health problem, not a white supremacy problem. The media and Democrats activists are taking advantage of real tragedies in order to attack their political opponents and advance an extreme agenda the majority of Americans reject.

AUTHOR

Robert J. Hutchinson writes about the intersection of politics and ideas. He latest book is What… More by Robert Hutchinson

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Election Fraud a Misdemeanor?

In Evansville, Indiana, a local Democrat elections office worker, Janet Reed, was indicted and tried in a so called court on charges of sending illegally pre-marked mailings to voters ahead of the 2020 primary elections.

Yes. Pre-marked out absentee ballot mailings to democrat voters she got from the voters roll. Easily obtained as she worked on the campaign of then-candidate Democrat E. Thomasina Marsili’s campaign challenging Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon. She had been in a tight three way primary race before getting the democrats nomination, helped by Janet Reed and I am sure, others.

The illegal mailings were all absentee ballot applications that Janet Reed sent with the Democratic Party pre-selected in the section where voters were supposed to choose whether to receive a ballot for the Democratic or Republican primary election. She marked the applications with notes that the sections needed no action!! Obviously not as they were all filled in already! So convenient!

It appears elections officials and the local Democrat party members warned her to stop as she was being investigated by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office prior to the charging in May 2020! Yes – two years ago!

Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Judge David Kiely got the case. However, this oath breaking sorry excuse for a political lackey Judge, sentenced her to serve 18 months of probation for one count of unauthorized absentee ballot, a level 6 felony, to which she pleaded guilty in May. Yes! No jail time! Can you imagine if she had done that for President Trump? We all know the answer to that.

She was facing between six months to two-and-a-half years in prison for this felony offense. She was also fined $2740 for restitution!

She was ordered to not undertake any work related to the elections office for the duration of her 18 month probation. Yep! You got it! She can go right back to her election job in 18 months before the 2024 election.

Wanna hear something else the Judge gave her? If she completes her 18 month probation, pays her fine, her felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor. You couldn’t make this crap up.

The elections board discarded, they say, around 400 returned absentee ballots. I believe she mailed out a lot more than that.

How can we claim to hold free and fair elections when those involved in the system cheat, are caught, then given a light slap on the back of the hand as long as they were cheating for the DemonRats and not the GOP?

We all know in our hearts that the 2020 election was fraudulently stolen by the Biden camp. Purposely and with a great deal of pre thought and malice. The imbecilic fool hiding in the White House basement is a usurper.

HE IS NOT, NOR WILL HE EVER BE, MY PRESIDENT. HE IS A TRAITOR. HE IS A PERVERT. HE IS A CROOK. HE IS A LIAR. BUT ON TOP OF THAT HE IS DELIBERATELY AND METHODICALLY DESTROYING MY COUNTRY.

©Fred Brownbill. All rights reserved.

Reps. Smith and Palmer Blast Becerra for Race-Based Medical Misinformation

Reps. Jason Smith (R-MO) and Gary Palmer (R-AL) have blasted Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for spreading “misinformation to the American people” about the government incentivizing doctors to provide race-based medical care.

“We write to express our deep disappointment with your testimony … where you twice denied the existence of a rule to incentivize physician practices to implement so-called ‘anti-racism’ plans,” their letter states. “Rather than giving us answers about why your department is encouraging these prejudicial practices, you instead spread misinformation to the American people.”

The letter comes after Becerra repeatedly testified before Congress that the federal government does not doctors to implement “anti-racism” policies in exchange for more government funding.

“The Biden Administration has decided to force doctors to implement a radical political ideology under the guise of improving patient care,” Smith said in a press release. “The fact of the matter is that under this new rule, doctors will be forced to incorporate a political agenda into their practices that not only dismisses medical facts, but seeks to indoctrinate physicians. It speaks volumes that instead of defending this rule in public testimony, Secretary Becerra instead chose to deny its existence and obfuscate the truth. When it comes to health care, we need doctors focused on caring for patients, not on woke activism.”

“Based on your on-the-record denials of this measure’s existence, we are forced to conclude that you are either unaware of your own department’s activity or intentionally obfuscating about this activity to hide a radical political agenda from the American people,” the congressmen write. “Either action on your part is completely unacceptable.”


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Becerra Is Confronted by Senator Rand Paul for Mocking COVID Survivors Who Refuse Vaccine As “Flat Earthers”

During a September 21, 2021 online forum sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Becerra characterized people who refused to be injected with COVID-19 vaccines as “flat earthers” who “choose to peddle fiction” — i.e., deniers of what the congressman portrayed as the scientifically proven superiority of the vaccines in comparison to the naturally acquired immunity present in people who had actually contracted COVID and survived it. “Flat earthers — meet delta,” Becerra said in reference to the so-called Delta variant of coronavirus.

Nine days later, during a September 30, 2021 hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Republican Senator Rand Paul, a medical doctor, asked Becerra if he was familiar with an Israeli study involving 2.5 million patients, which found that vaccinated individuals were “actually seven times more likely to get infected with COVID than the people who had gotten COVID naturally.” Becerra admitted he was not familiar with the study, prompting Paul to say:  “I think you might want to be [familiar with it] if you’re going to travel the country insulting the millions of Americans … who have had COVID, recovered, look at a study with 2.5 million people, and say, well, you know what, it looks like my immunity is as good as a vaccine or not. And in a free country, maybe ought to be able to make that decision. Instead, you’ve chosen to travel the country calling people like [those], myself included, ‘flat-earthers.’ We find that very insulting. It goes against the science.”

Paul then asked: “Are you a doctor, a medical doctor?” Becerra replied: “I’ve worked over 30 years on heath policy.” Paul retorted: “You’re not a medical doctor. Do you have a science degree?” When Becerra did not reply, thereby indicating that he possessed no such degree, Paul continued:  “And yet you travel the country, calling people ‘flat earthers’ who have had COVID, looked at studies of millions of people and made their own personal decision, that their immunity they naturally acquired is sufficient. But you presume, somehow, to tell over 100 million Americans who have survived COVID, that we have no right to determine our own medical care. You alone are on high and you’ve made these decisions. A lawyer with no scientific background, no medical degree. This is an arrogance coupled with an authoritarianism that is unseemly and un-American.”

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Here We Go: Liberal Media NBC Attacks DeSantis, ’Clearer Danger Than Trump’

Every one of us who make a positive impact are shredded, defamed, libeled and destroyed. DeSantis is the most effective Republican serving in the GOP – they are going to go nuclear on him. They are going to do a trump on DeSantis. Protect him at all costs.

Liberal Loon Cracks: DeSantis is a’ Clearer Danger Than Trump’

By: Daphne Moon, The Patriot Chronicles, May 18, 2022:

An NBC News opinion column asserted Wednesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to ban CRT and protect young children from being taught about gender and sexuality in inappropriate ways in public schools, represents “thought control that has happened” in “Nazi Germany” or “today’s China.”

Written by former federal prosecutor Dennis Aftergut, the opinion piece, titled “Ron DeSantis has taken Trump’s playbook — and made it much more dangerous,” discussed how the Florida Republican has turned Trump’s “divisive talk into real (and really harmful) action” that mirrors action done in “totalitarian societies.”

Aftergut’s reasoning included a variety of DeSantis’ recent policy decisions including the enactment of the Parental Rights in Education Bill, but he was really focused on the governor’s latest initiative, which Aftergut described as, “censoring math books.”

He wrote, “So it’s come to this in Florida: censoring math books. Last Saturday, the state’s education board banned 54 of 132 books submitted for inclusion in public schools’ math curricula.”

He added, “The board said it had decided to reject more than half of the math textbooks submitted because they included ‘prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.’”

Aftergut snarked, “Were the textbooks’ algebraic equations somehow encoded with secret woke messages, like CRT Trojan horses?” and responded, “I won’t hold my breath for answers.”

The state of Florida released several examples from the rejected math textbooks. One described the Implicit Association Test which measures levels of ‘racial prejudice’ while displaying a graph suggesting conservatives are more inclined to be racially biased.

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Demands to Defrock Washington

First, they came for the George Washington mural in a school in San Francisco—because our first president had been a slaveowner. Later they came for his name on the same school, and as of last count, the name survived.

Then, they came for the statues of the father of our country during the summer of statue-toppling.

Now, the left wants to strip his name from his eponymous university.

Commentator Nick Nolte (not the actor) notes that The Washington Post, named after you-know-who, has published the opinion of a student at George Washington University, which is in the city of you-know-who, District of Columbia.

Nolte sums up the student’s article thusly: “This university is racist, and George Washington was racist, and while I didn’t find this offensive enough to pass up attending school here, harrumph, harrumph, harrumph, half-truth, half-truth, half-truth, I’m so virtuous, I’m so virtuous, I’m so virtuous…”

That student even wants Winston Churchill’s name removed from the library.

This is just another indication of how the left is at war with Western Civilization. If we continue down this path, there would be virtually nothing left of the great traditions of freedom and flourishing that the West has enjoyed, primarily because of our Judeo-Christian tradition.

Was George Washington a hero or a villain? Well, consider this. William Wilberforce was often called “The George Washington of Humanity.”

Alas, many don’t know who Wilberforce was. But he was a committed Christian statesman who served as a long-time Member of Parliament. With a team of colleagues and friends, he bitterly fought against slavery in the British Empire—and succeeded.

It took him more than half a century to accomplish this. And he did it in two stages. First, he fought against the slave trade itself. This stopped British ships from going to Africa, paying for slaves from Muslim slave-traders, who got them from other conquering African tribes.

Step one stopped the bleeding. Although they get virtually no credit for it, the founding fathers of America beat Britain in passing a law to stop the importation of slaves. As part of the original Constitution, they stipulated that in 20 years (1808) from the document being ratified (1788), there would be no more importation of slaves into the United States.

Step two in Wilberforce’s Christian crusade was to get all the slaves in the British Empire to be freed. He retired from Parliament in 1825, but others kept his crusade going through completion. Wilberforce received the news of the complete abolition of slavery in the British Empire on his deathbed in 1833.

Historian, retired professor, and bestselling author Dr. Paul L. Maier noted in our D. James Kennedy Ministries television special, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? that Wilberforce’s successful crusade helped ultimately lead to the end of slavery in America.

Maier says, “And then we also in our country on the basis of Christian principles, Abraham Lincoln and others, were able to do the same thing.”

William Wilberforce was one of history’s greatest heroes. And, again, this humanitarian leader was called “the George Washington of Humanity.”

What does that say about George Washington? That speaks volumes of our first president. He helped give birth to a nation that stands for freedom, under God. The Constitution he helped create had within it the seeds to one day overthrow the evil of slavery. And it happened.

At the cost of the lives of 700,000 men, but it happened.

Keep in mind a few facts about the father of our country. Washington voluntarily served his country when called on, relying on God to help him throughout.

Dr. Peter Lillback and I wrote a book many years ago about the faith of our first president,

George Washington’s Sacred Fire.

Lillback, the founding president of Providence Forum (for which I now serve as executive director), notes that Washington was a fourth-generation Virginia gentleman farmer. Slavery was built into that system. Washington inherited slaves by birth and later by marriage. When he died, Washington freed his slaves and made provision for them. He broke the cycle.

Both Washington and Wilberforce saw Jesus Christ as the ultimate hero. George Washington said in a famous letter that what America needs most is to imitate Jesus, “the Divine Author of our blessed Religion.” If we don’t, he warned, we can never hope to be a “happy nation.”

The Marxist iconoclasts of today, such as the triggered student at George Washington University, or the editors at The Washington Post, who promulgated such ideas to a wider audience, have no appreciation for the sacrificial contributions of those who went before us, that we might be free.

First, they came to remove Washington murals, then topple his statues. Now they want to rename the university named in his honor. What’s next? A call to rename the capital city?

©Jerry Newcombe. All rights reserved.

Replace the Great Replacement Theory, If You Can…

Big media outlets are doing backflips after the Buffalo shooting trying to convince you the Great Replacement theory is just a right-wing conspiracy.  NPR is going all out, doing 18 one-sided propaganda pieces on it since the shooting.  There’s just one problem – several, actually.  A number of Left-wing activists and politicians have openly talked about replacing the existing American population with third-worlders to create a permanent political majority for the Democrats.  The Great Replacement is the admitted goal of an actual left-wing conspiracy, not a fantasy of the Right.

Senator Dick Durbin trumpeted the changing demographics of the country in a floor speech and how all the new voters were moving away from the Republican Party.  Democrat operatives talked openly at a 2019 conference about working to make demographics ‘destiny’ to amass power for their party.  The Leftist Center for American Progress said in 2013 that “[s]upporting real immigration reform that contains a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is the only way to maintain electoral strength in the future.”  Left-wing Salon wrote in 2008 the growing Hispanic population turned New Mexico blue and would establish a permanent lock on the White House for Democrats.  Similar comments have been made by other Democrat politicians and in the pages of the left-wing Los Angeles Times and New York Times.  Democrats never miss an opportunity to celebrate demographic change.

So don’t tell me the Right is just imagining things.  The gaslighting by NPR and others is not appreciated.  Not when newly obtained government documents show Joe Biden knows his border policies are enriching the human smuggling cartels and endangering the United States.  And not when no other satisfactory explanation has been offered for the numerous policy changes the Biden administration has instituted to open the border, numerous policy changes I’ve compiled and documented in previous commentaries [Daily Skirmish – 4/28/22].   The only other explanation that’s been attempted – prioritizing ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ – smacks of racism and aligns closely with Great Replacement.    So if you’ve got an alternate explanation for why the Biden administration keeps taking steps to open the border despite all the problems they know it’s causing, let’ hear it.  I’m all ears.  I first asked for an alternate explanation half a year ago [Daily Skirmish – 10/14/21), but nobody has given me one.

Speaking of problems, there are fresh reports of untrammeled illegal immigration overwhelming border towns, threatening the safety of border farmers, bringing more drugs into the country, fueling the overdose crisis, and allowing terrorists to walk free inside the country.  You’d think all this would be enough to get a sane administration to reverse course but, in the twisted mind of the Biden administration, all is going according to plan.  They hate the country as currently constituted and are trying to destroy it.  This is why illegal aliens get baby formula and panicked ordinary Americans can’t find any.

The numbers are staggering – one and a half million illegal aliens have flooded the country since January, including 100,000 who were released into the country in April.   No wonder Arizona is busing illegal aliens to D.C., just like Texas.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott said his state might challenge the Supreme Court decision giving free public education to all illegal alien children.  Growing public discontent finally got Sweden’s political elite to reverse course and admit open immigration drains resources and causes crime.  It’s too much to hope that a frank recognition of the problems will get the Biden administration to reverse course, not when Great Replacement is the plan.  I put more hope in the idea new arrivals can eventually be convinced the Democrats are the wrong choice.  Sound impossible?  A number of stories have appeared recently about the Democrats losing support among Hispanics over inflation, crime, religion, and other issues.  Democrats seeking a permanent political majority by opening the borders are chasing a mirage.  There are no permanent victories in politics.

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10 Things More Valuable Than The U.S. Dollar

The US dollar is losing value as a result of burgeoning Biden-flation. Before we all end up homeless, let’s take some time to reflect on some things that are more valuable than the money in your bank account. Maybe you can barter for some of these killer items before it’s too late!

Here are ten fanciful items worth more than the US dollar:

1) Your beanie baby collection: It’s been sitting in a box for the last twenty years. Now’s the time to cash in!

2) Bitcoin: Oh wait—never mind.

3) An NFT of a picture of a dollar: Currently worth $343 billion dollars.

4) Dating advice from your dad: UGHhhh Dad STOOOOP!

5) The word of a Spaniard: We’ve known too many Spaniards.

6) Schrute Bucks: Now worth 10,000 dollars, 12 unicorns, or 3 leprechauns. NICE!

7) String of Chuck E. Cheese tickets from the skeeball game: They can earn you a stuffed Pikachu.

8) Brian Stelter’s sources: Not as reliable as we thought, but surprisingly still worth slightly more than a dollar.

9) Chris Wallace autographed CNN+ poster: We had such high hopes…

10) Ron Paul’s jean shorts: Priceless.

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The Diversity Narrative Is Against the Law

Three cheers for equal protection of the law. Agitators pushing the Left’s phony diversity narrative just got doused with reality.  They’re finding out that a lot of what they want to do violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had wanted to grant one-on-one interviews to “black and brown” journalists only, because the evil white people are oppressors.  After she got sued for violating equal protection of the law, she doubled down, saying she “absolutely” would continue discriminating. Well, the case just got settled, with the Mayor backing down completely, agreeing to drop her racist policy against white journalists.

California had wanted to mandate women be given a certain number of corporate board seats, because assuring equal outcomes for women is the important thing, even if we have to beat people into submission to achieve it.  A California judge just struck down the gender quota because it violates equal protection.  The judge ruled the state failed to prove women had been the victims of actual discrimination, thus taking direct aim at one of the principal tenets of the diversity faith:  that everyone should be tarred and feathered to assure equal outcomes even if they didn’t do anything wrong.  The diversity nuts believe the whole system is rotten – systemic racism, systemic sexism, blah, blah, blah – and this judge is saying, ‘sorry, not good enough, you actually have to prove your case.’

Separate dorms and separate graduation ceremonies for every stripe of the rainbow are all the rage on campus these days but, guess what, they’re illegal.  A U.S. civil rights official warned two colleges that segregated graduation ceremonies for Black, LGBTQ, and other minority students violate federal anti-discrimination laws.  Imagine if white students insisted on their own graduation ceremony.  People would be up in arms, and rightly so.  I have a dream that, one day, every graduate will be able to attend a single, non-divisive, nondiscriminatory graduation ceremony.

Staying on campus for a moment, Texas had a law requiring out-of-state students to pay higher tuition than illegal aliens residing in Texas.  A federal judge used equal protection principles to knock down the state law.  A federal law specifically bars states from giving illegal aliens any postsecondary education benefits that are not offered to U.S. citizens on equal terms, including citizens from other states.  The judge ruled the federal law preempted the Texas law, dealing another blow to the phony diversity narrative which mindlessly holds we must hand our country over to illegal aliens because we’re so guilty of whatever.

That guilt trip is what’s motivating leaders in the medical field to toy with the idea of dispensing medical services on the basis of race, as I mentioned yesterday.  It all goes back to what used to be called ‘compensatory equal protection’ which, as applied in this context, means white people got the best care in the past so other people should be compensated with the best care now, no matter who is sick today.  That kind of thinking is on full display in Utah, where public health officials were warned dispensing COVID drugs based on race was illegal, but did it anyway with the Biden administration cheering them on.  The state health officials didn’t even bother getting a legal review, but just plowed ahead.  Well, you can have compensation, or you can have equal protection, but you can’t have both at the same time; ‘compensatory equal protection’ is an oxymoron.

The phony diversity narrative has a blind spot when it comes to race and sex that blanks out all other considerations, including equal protection of the law.  The exclusion of all other values is what makes the diversity narrative fundamentally crazy.  It will not endure.  Other values will reassert themselves, as equal protection of the law is now.  Eventually, rationality will carry the day, a balance between competing considerations will be restored, and the race hustlers pushing the poisonous Woke garbage to line their own pockets will have to find another gig.

You want to compensate disadvantaged groups for past injustices?  Find another way.  Just don’t misuse the government or the law to do it.

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EBERHART: Biden’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Numbers

President Joe Biden has a numbers problem. No matter how aggressively the White House attempts to deflect blame when it comes to the current state of the policy landscape, the numbers refuse to bend to their will.

To put it another way, one set of numbers keeps going up: consumer prices, the cost of a gallon of fuel, and so many more measures of our nation’s economic health. Unsurprisingly, another set of numbers keeps going down: the stock market and Biden’s approval ratings.

No wonder Democrats on Capitol Hill and in state capitols across the country are sweating bullets headed into the midterms.

The latest Consumer Price Index showed an increase of 8.3%. That is a stunning number — one of the highest ever recorded. But in a classic case of whistling past the graveyard, some headlines suggested that the data was somehow encouraging, with inflation “slowing” from the previous month’s high of 8.5%.

A slowing of 0.2% from the highest number recorded in 40 years isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of Biden’s economic agenda.

Sensing the danger to Democrats’ chances in the midterms, the White House went into damage control mode immediately after the CPI numbers were released. The administration announced a plan to tackle inflation by making energy more affordable, reducing the cost of prescription drugs and health care, supporting farmers, lowering childcare costs and more.

There’s a lot of broad, populist appeal in addressing these challenges. Unfortunately, while the plan is long on talking points, it’s short on the policy minutia needed to impact the systemic challenges facing American families.

I’ve been no fan of the White House’s handling of the economy over the last two years, to be sure. But make no mistake: concerns about the state of affairs aren’t limited to my corner of the political spectrum.

The Washington Post — famous for its staunch conservatism — lambasted Biden in a scathing editorial. Yes, that Washington Post — the same outlet that also ran a column that same week, calling for George Washington University to be renamed due to concerns about our first president’s morality.

The Post editorial board accused the Biden administration of “magical thinking” on inflation. The editorial reminded readers of the White House’s early efforts to dismiss concerns over rising consumer prices when the president and his team insisted that high prices would be short-lived.

The editorial board called the administration’s attempts to blame “corporate greed” for the country’s current financial quagmire unproductive. And it insisted that Biden’s efforts to pin inflation on Republicans, specifically Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, were particularly removed from reality.

Again, this wasn’t some sort of an “opposing views” piece — this was the Washington Post editorial board. When a Democratic White House loses the support of the Washington Post, it’s got serious problems.

President Biden’s advisors don’t need the Post’s editorial board to tell them they’re in hot water, though. Biden’s free-falling poll numbers have summed up his poor political standing with the American people for months.

There’s little reason to believe the factors driving inflation will be alleviated between now and election day, and that spells serious trouble for Democrats seeking to hold onto slim majorities in Congress.

Fixing runaway inflation is no simple matter. It’s complicated. It takes time. It takes conscious, earnest effort to arrive at a solution. No one can accuse the Biden administration of ignoring an apparent silver bullet capable of unwinding months of supply chain chaos, the most serious armed conflict in Europe since World War II, and a pandemic that continues to weigh on global productivity.

Unfortunately, President Biden isn’t equal to the task. The best Biden has to offer is bullet points and more finger-pointing. Voters won’t buy that. And odds are, Biden’s bad numbers will continue to show as much as November approaches.

Dan Eberhart, a high-profile GOP donor, serves as the CEO of Canary, LLC., an oil services company with crews around the country from North Dakota to Arizona.

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CEO, Canary, LLC

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‘All Of It Is Poison’: Tucker Carlson Warns Political Leaders Will Use ‘Race Politics’ To ‘Make Us Hate Each Other’

Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson warned Monday of the potential “destruction” political leaders will cause by pushing “race politics.”

Carlson said Democrats created a “coordinated campaign” to blame the Saturday shooting in Buffalo, New York, on their political opponents, and are using it to justify the restriction of “hate speech” to silence anyone who disagrees with them politically.

“Professional Democrats had begun a coordinated campaign to blame those murders on their political opponents. ‘They did it,’ they said immediately. Payton Gendron was the heir to Donald Trump, they told us. Trumpism committed mass murder in Buffalo. And for that reason, it followed logically, we must suspend the First Amendment. … So what is hate speech? Well, it’s speech that our leaders hate. So, because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to express your political views out loud.”

The Daily Caller co-founder then pointed to President Joe Biden’s planned visit to the shooting location Tuesday, alleging the president will likely “attack” the Republican Party when addressing the incident that killed 10 people. Carlson read a report by Politico alleging Biden told his aides he views the Republican Party as “an existential threat to the nation’s democracy.”

“People who disagree with Joe Biden, according to Joe Biden, are now [an] ‘existential threat to the nation’ like al Qaeda or climate change. A threat that by definition is so profound we must declare war upon it if we’re to survive. Now, keep in mind, this threat that Biden is referring to is you. He’s talking about his fellow Americans. No president has ever spoken like this, ever.”

Carlson then warned that Biden will use race politics to his political advantage while addressing the shooting that “dehumanizes” people and erases the primary focus on “initiative and decency.”

“But the most painful and destructive of all, Biden is likely use racial wounds in order to make his point,” he continued. “There is no behavior worse than this. All race politics is bad, no matter what flavor those politics happen to be. No race politics is better than any other. All of it is poison. Race politics subsumes the individual into the group. It erases people, it dehumanizes them.”

“Race politics always makes us hate each other and always in a very predictable way,” Carlson added.

Carlson further noted it is race politics that leads to the emergence of “white identity politics,” for which political leaders only have themselves to blame.

“Race politics always leads to violence and death,” Carlson said. He cited identity politics as the leading cause of genocide that killed approximately 800,000 people in Rwanda. He said the U.S. should emulate Rwanda’s response by eliminating the focus on racial identifications and instead form a “colorblind meritocracy.”

“There is only one answer to rising racial tension, and that’s to de-escalate,” he said. “We have a moral duty to do this because all people have equal, moral value no matter what they look like. All lives matter, period. That’s not the determination of the U.S. government, that’s the determination of God and it’s true.”

The host concluded saying the nation’s political leaders are leading Americans down the path of “destruction” by blocking the ability to move toward a meritocracy.

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Man Who Uncovered Hunter Biden Laptop to Rally with Oklahoma U.S. Senate Candidate

The Delaware computer repair shop owner who blew the whistle on Hunter Biden’s “Laptop From Hell,” is coming to Oklahoma for two rallies with U.S. Senate candidate Jackson Lahmeyer on May 21st in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. 


TULSA, Oklahoma/PRNewswire/ — Jackson Lahmeyer, the Businessman and Pastor who is seeking to unseat establishment GOP Senator James Lankford in Oklahoma will be feature alongside John Paul Mac Isaac, the whistleblower who gained national prominence in the lead up to the 2020 election when he sounded the alarm about the content he discovered on a laptop left at his computer repair shop by Hunter Biden. Lahmeyer has previously appeared at rallies and secured the endorsements of Trump advisors Roger Stone and General Michael Flynn.

John Paul Mac Isaac first went to the FBI with the hard drive from Hunter’s “laptop from hell,” but was dismayed when he realized that the Bureau did not want anything to do with the laptop President Biden’s son abandoned at Mac Isaac’s computer repair shop. When the contents were eventually leaked, the mainstream media, Democrats, and their allies in Big Tech, claimed it was all a hoax and “Russian disinformation or propaganda.” Just a few weeks ago, the New York Times confirmed that the laptop was indeed real and the contents were not a hoax.

“To have someone as courageous and brave as Mr. Mac Isaac in Oklahoma to support our campaign is a great honor. When he came forward with the laptop from hell, he was doxxed and harassed by powerful billion-dollar media conglomerates. This led to threats against his livelihood and his personal safety. I think it’s very important for Oklahomans to hear his story. When I am elected to the United States Senate, I will fight for more expansive and responsive protections for whistleblowers like John Paul Mac Isaac, who is an American hero. Whether you are exposing corporate greed or government corruption, you should be afforded respect and protection from the United States, even when you are exposing the wayward son of a former Vice President who was at the time campaigning for President,” explained Lahmeyer.

There will be two rallies with Mac Issac and Lahmeyer on May 21st, the first occurring at 2pm in Oklahoma City and then another at 6pm at Sheridan Church in Tulsa (4121 S. Sheridan Road). You can get tickets here.

Give It a Rest, Bernie

Bernie Sanders reintroduced Medicare for All legislation in the Senate, recently.  He should give it a rest.  His single payer proposal hasn’t gotten any better with time.  Witnesses and Republican senators tore it to shreds in a hearing last week.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pointed to the government’s “miserable failures” on testing, restrictions on treatment, and its other sorry responses to the COVID pandemic. “Why in the world would anybody put government more in charge of health care?,” he asked. He said there will be more bureaucracy, not less, if the government takes over all healthcare, producing less innovation and higher costs.

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Bernie’s plan would abolish Medicare and private insurance.  Worse, it would “have the federal government deciding which procedures you get and when you get them. Think about that…Do you want the government to make these choices for you?”

A healthcare policy expert testified Bernie’s plan to pay doctors and hospitals 30 to 40 percent less would force many physician practices and hospitals to close or significantly cut back on services (p.11).  If you think we have a doctor shortage now, just wait. She further testified Bernie’s plan would also cut access to new medications and pull the rug out from under new drug development, including new cancer treatments (p.13). She noted single payer supporters keep saying nationalized healthcare would cut administrative costs, but claims would still need to be processed which means the administrative cost differential would largely be a wash (p. 13).

A budget expert testified the additional cost of Bernie’s 2017 plan, over and above current federal healthcare spending, would be around $38 trillion in the first 10 years (p.2).  If you add in current spending, the total cost is more like $60 trillion (p.3). You could double all personal and corporate income taxes, and it still wouldn’t be enough to pay for single payer (p.2).   As I’ve commented before, there’s never enough money to pay for single payer.  The National Health Service in Britain is always running out of money and asking for more.

The arguments for and against single payer haven’t changed much in years.  Arguments against single payer coming back around recently include it would raise taxes thereby reducing GDP and the incentives to work and invest; produce massive fraud; and lead inescapably to rationing and long wait times as other countries have found out.  Most insidious of all, though, is how single payer will completely politicize all of medicine.  The kind of care you get will depend on who you know in high places.  Care will be doled out to privileged classes, perhaps even by race and ethnicity. The federal government is already moving in that direction, now requiring private insurers selling Medicare Advantage plans or Obamacare plans through government exchanges to report race and ethnicity data beginning in 2023 (p. 1).

Bernie and his supporters know all about these problems, but never talk about them.   All you get from them is happy talk.  That should make you deeply suspicious of their motives. Do they really want better healthcare for all, or are they just looking for a way to control the people, as a congressman let slip during the Obamacare fight?

When Bernie and other single payer supporters stop the happy talk and start addressing the very real problems their proposals will cause, then I might start to listen.  Until then, my message to them is ‘in the future, you will control no one and be happy.’

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FLORIDA: Political Prisoner Jeremy Brown receives enough petitions to get on the ballot for House District 62

Tampa Bay, FL – Jeremy Brown’s supporters have collected far beyond the number of petitions needed for him to qualify to run for Florida House of Representatives in District 62 while awaiting trial at Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Florida.

Their support stems from a growing belief among Americans that our country and its Constitutional foundation are under assault. In this regard, it is worth noting that citizens from over 20 Florida counties have supported getting Jeremy on the ballot with qualifying petitions. They see Jeremy’s run for office as one of their last best chances to highlight what they perceive as systemic improprieties in his case, that of the January 6 defendants in general, and the criminal justice system as a whole.

Jeremy Brown is a highly-decorated retired 20-year Green Beret with four war zone deployments in defense of his country. In March 2021 Jeremy became a whistleblower after the FBI attempted to recruit him to be a confidential informant to spy on Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. He refused, recorded the entire conversation, and exposed the FBI’s plan. Having been denied bail, he now sits in jail defending his Constitutional rights and those of all Americans, from the very institutions once established to protect those rights.

A Retired Special Forces Combat Veteran and volunteer firefighter born in Kentucky to a single mother, Jeremy was raised in North Carolina by his WWII Veteran Grandfather. Stationed across the country and having served around the world throughout his military career, Jeremy retired from the United States Army in Tampa where he’s been living for the past fourteen years. During that time, he has been a successful entrepreneur and ran for United States Congress in 2020, dropping out as a result of lack of funds and COVID restrictions.

The proud father of five daughters, Jeremy was preparing for a comfortable retirement with his girlfriend of eight years, exploring the American countryside by RV. Those plans were derailed on September 30, 2021 upon his arrest. Now Jeremy prepares to represent the rights of his fellow citizens as he launches a campaign that promises to be like no other.

ABOUT JERRMY BROWN 

Jeremy is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Master Sergeant and volunteer Firefighter/EMT.

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Light at the end of the American tunnel will shine in November

Originally published by Arab News 


Nov. 8, 2022, is the magic date for the US, which suffers from broad divisions politically, economically and socially due to the rise of the radical left movement and its theories that are very different from the nature of American society.

With the 2022 Congressional midterm elections six months away, key decisive issues have not changed much.

The latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist national poll showed that Republican candidates have a 47 percent advantage over the Democrat’s 44 percent nationally.

“On the economy, controlling inflation, crime, national security, and gun policy, pluralities of Americans perceive the Republican Party to be the party which would be better able to handle these issues. Americans express these views as President Joe Biden’s job approval rating remains upside down. His ratings on the economy and the crisis in Ukraine take on water,” the poll read.

The poll found that three times as many independents believe that Republicans would better control inflation than Democrats. These numbers should concern the Democrats since 34 Senate seats, and all 435 House seats, are up for grabs.

Commenting on the poll, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, Lee M. Miringoff, said that the road to the midterms has the Republican Party in the driver’s seat.

Traditionally, the president’s party loses seats in the midterms, and it seems that President Joe Biden will not be the exception in November. Back in 2018, Republicans lost 41 seats to the Democrats under former President Donald Trump, while in 2014, Democrats led by former President Barack Obama lost 63 seats in the House of Representatives.

Just as many predicted that the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan would not be a factor in the elections, the war in Ukraine will not help Biden and his party either.

The American memory is short, and their preoccupation with essential issues that affect their daily lives directly removes Ukraine from the voters’ list of critical problems.

The last four monthly Gallup polls showed that the country’s most critical problems are inflation at 17 percent, the economy in general at 11 percent, and fuel/oil prices at 4 percent. Even though the left blames the Russian invasion for inflation and high prices, the economic troubles had begun a long time before, and the Biden administration’s stimulus package has further worsened the financial situation.

Neither Democrats nor Biden’s leadership in the economy can be trusted. A bad economy leads to insufficient security.

According to a report published by the Council on Criminal Justice, homicides in 2020 were up 44 percent from 2019, and that number rose by 5 percent in 2020. The drastic increase in violent crimes in 2021 is an important issue that worries liberals since most of the high crime rate cities are governed by Democrats. However, the same topic will be used by the left to push for gun control laws in the country.

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Dalia Al-Aqidi

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