On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) determined that Twitter did not violate election laws by suppressing a damaging story about then-candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter. While speaking to the FEC, the head of Twitter’s Site Integrity Team, Yoel Roth, said U.S. intelligence officials had shared “rumors” of the possibility that Joe Biden was in danger of being hacked. The Washington Free Beacon’s Chuck Ross reported that Roth used these “rumors” to justify the social media giant’s suppression of the Hunter Biden story, which was initially broken by the New York Post. The Post had obtained a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter that had been left at a computer repair shop in Delaware. On Wednesday, the FEC released documents relating to its decision to dismiss the complaint against Twitter, which was filed by a conservative group. All six members of the commission, which includes Democrats and Republicans, voted to dismiss the complaint. “The commission pointed to Roth’s testimony that U.S. officials warned him individuals close to political campaigns would likely be targeted in ‘hack-and-leak’ operations close to the election.”
Politics & Economics
Provinces with populations in the millions being ‘crippled’ by a few hundred people in the ICU raises extremely disturbing questions. Not long ago, Jason Kenney said vaccine passports were illegal. Of course, we now know that Kenney has introduced a vaccine passport in Alberta. He’s calling it the ‘restriction exemption program,’ as if that Orwellian phrase will somehow trick people into not seeing that it’s a vaccine passport. How could it have been illegal before, but not illegal now? Did the laws change? Was new legislation passed? Of course not. Turns out, politicians can make it up as they go along, with the ‘laws’ and our ‘rights’ being nothing but putty in their hands to be manipulated and contorted into whatever shape they desire. Why the reversal from Kenney? Why such a humiliating and likely career-ending climb-down for him? Well, the ostensible reason is ICU capacity in the province, the same reason that has been used to ‘justify’ these draconian restrictions all through the pandemic. […] In a province of nearly 4.4 million people, we are expected to believe that 218 people in the ICU is about to cripple and collapse the system?
Michael Horowitz, Department of Justice inspector general, dropped a bomb during the Senate hearing to get to the bottom of the hideous and inexplicable FBI cover-up of sexual abuse of the women’s USA gymnastics team that led to the molestation of hundreds of female athletes. […] The DOJ inexplicably refused to prosecute and refused to even send a representative to be questioned by the Senate panel. […] Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Horowitz if the FBI employees misrepresented the facts of the investigation. Horowitz answered, “They did. We found that both the person who wrote the report that Ms. Maroney testified about falsely testified to us about what he did in connection with that report. And Special Agent in charge [Jay] Abbott made false statements to us about steps that he took in 2015 when these allegations came in but also about his job-seeking efforts with the U.S. Olympic committee.” Excuse me? The special agent in charge of the FBI listened to witness statements that Larry Nassar was fingering little girls and he didn’t arrest anyone, but instead tried to get a job with Nassar’s employer. Is that what I am hearing?
Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is this position important? The Senate parliamentarian is a supposedly nonpartisan figure who arbitrates disagreements over Senate rules and guides the Senate through a myriad of regulations. The current Senate parliamentarian is Elizabeth MacDonough. Democrats want to include 8 million green cards in their monstrous $3.5 trillion package. They need MacDonough’s approval. Here is where it gets a little complicated. Senate Democrats need MacDonough’s approval to pull off what is referred to as the “reconciliation process,” a procedure that was added to the Senate’s rules in the early 1970s. The roughly 45-year-old process allows some types of budget bills to pass through the upper chamber with just a simple majority. It allows the bypassing of filibusters by opponents. Ultimately, MacDonough, whose job it is to protect the rights of both parties, will decided what is and is not acceptable with regard to the procedures. Democrat senators are obviously gung-ho about handing over 8 million green cards to illegal immigrants who have crossed our southern border, as it almost guarantees 8 million new Democrat voters.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, went outside the chain of command in calling his Communist Chinese counterpart to deliver a warning about Donald Trump based solely and exclusively on his personal interpretation of political events. Milley called People’s Liberation Army General Li Zuocheng on October 30, 2020, and January 8, 2021, according to a story in Bob Woodward’s new book, Peril, to assure the Communist general that he would give him advance warning if the U.S. chose to attack. Milley was giving an assessment of domestic political events in issuing his “warning.” It was beyond his purview and, obviously, his expertise. The political implications of Milley’s actions are totally beside the point. What’s at stake is nothing less than the supremacy of civilian authority over the military. And yet, Joe Biden has chosen to keep Milley as JCOS chair. The Pentagon itself is closing ranks to defend the general. “The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia,” Colonel Dave Butler, Milley’s spokesman, said in a statement on Wednesday.
In August, for the first time since Joe Biden took office, border crossings did not go up. The brutally hot weather in the Southwest might have deterred a few illegals from attempting to cross the border, but there were still 208,000 people arrested trying to enter the U.S. illegally. That number is slightly down from July’s record 212,000 attempted border crossings, but still close to the record number of crossings from 21 years ago. These are not “normal seasonal patterns,” as Joe Biden claimed the massive increase in attempts at border crossings to be. They are the result of Biden administration policies that have given millions of Central Americans hope that they will be welcomed into the United States if they make the journey. Title 42 is being used less frequently to immediately deport illegal aliens from the border. And the rest? They were released into the U.S., many never to be seen again. It’s just as bad with family units. There were 86,487 family unit members detained in August; just 19 percent were sent back under Title 42. Title 42 does not apply to illegal alien minors, 18,800 of whom were stopped at the border.