“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.” —James Madison (1787)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
The New York Post’s bombshell story exposing Hunter Biden’s laptop with its trove of emails and other compromising materials has been widely ignored and censored by the mainstream media with the excuse of it being “unverified.” Likewise, it’s been censored by social media on the equally dubious grounds of it being hacked material and possible disinformation. Yet the story is proving to be anything but fake news or a conspiracy theory.
On Thursday, the email the Post cited that purports to show a Burisma executive thanking Hunter Biden for setting up a meeting with his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, was confirmed by a well respected cybersecurity expert as authentic. Frankly, the email could be read ambiguously to conclude that the meeting was only set up, or that it actually happened. Either way, and tellingly, the Biden campaign has denied only that there was no official record of it on Biden’s calendar, and Team Biden has never denied the authenticity of the email itself, or anything else on the laptop for that matter. What Biden, Democrats, and the media have done is falsely dismiss it as a Russian disinformation campaign — an assertion U.S. intelligence authorities have debunked.
Also yesterday, the Justice Department confirmed that the FBI opened a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates in 2019 over possible money laundering and that the investigation “remains open and active today.” The DOJ’s admission lends further credibility to Biden associate Tony Bobulinski’s claim that Joe Biden is lying when he denies having ever spoken with Hunter regarding his foreign business deals. Bobulinski further alleged that not only was Joe Biden well aware of Hunter’s foreign business dealings, but he was directly involved in them.
Bobulinski confirmed that, following his whistleblowing press conference last week, the FBI interviewed him, searched his cellphones, and listed him as a “material witness” in its investigation. Investigative journalist John Solomon also reported on Thursday that “there is activity … of the FBI contacting witnesses [and] talking to people” regarding Hunter Biden and the data found on his laptop.
In his interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Bobulinski said that at one point during a meeting with Joe’s brother, he said, “I remember looking at Jim Biden and saying, ‘How are you guys getting away with this? Aren’t you concerned?’ He looked at me and he laughed a little bit and said, ‘Plausible deniability.’” That is precisely the strategy the Biden camp has employed, though it works only with a completely compliant news media that refuses to do any digging or even ask any questions.
Just how much impact this growing Biden corruption scandal will have on the outcome of the election with only four days to go is anybody’s guess. However, what is clear is that the mainstream media has decided to do everything in its power to ignore and downplay it through Election Day because of the erroneous and absolutely contradictory assertion that American democracy is at stake. Hopefully, a majority of Americans see through the lie.
On Thursday, journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote, “I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept, the news outlet I co-founded in 2013.” You might ask, So what? Some leftist reporter has called it quits. Well, he’s done so because of the rampant media censorship of stories investigating Joe Biden’s corruption. Greenwald explains:
The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.
The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.
I had no objection to their disagreement with my views of what this Biden evidence shows: as a last-ditch attempt to avoid being censored, I encouraged them to air their disagreements with me by writing their own articles that critique my perspectives and letting readers decide who is right, the way any confident and healthy media outlet would. But modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it. So censorship of my article, rather than engagement with it, was the path these Biden-supporting editors chose.
Greenwald expands that critique not only to The Intercept but to the Leftmedia as a whole:
Like anyone with young children, a family and numerous obligations, I do this with some trepidation, but also with the conviction that there is no other choice. I could not sleep at night knowing that I allowed any institution to censor what I want to say and believe — least of all a media outlet I co-founded with the explicit goal of ensuring this never happens to other journalists, let alone to me, let alone because I have written an article critical of a powerful Democratic politician vehemently supported by the editors in the imminent national election.
But the pathologies, illiberalism, and repressive mentality that led to the bizarre spectacle of my being censored by my own media outlet are ones that are by no means unique to The Intercept. These are the viruses that have contaminated virtually every mainstream center-left political organization, academic institution, and newsroom. I began writing about politics fifteen years ago with the goal of combatting media propaganda and repression, and — regardless of the risks involved — simply cannot accept any situation, no matter how secure or lucrative, that forces me to submit my journalism and right of free expression to its suffocating constraints and dogmatic dictates.
“Suffocating constraints and dogmatic dictates” — that about sums up the Left these days. And leftists are even silencing their friends if they dare to get “off message.” (Ask former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss.) Greenwald is no conservative (he was Edward Snowden’s pal on the NSA revelations), but he is a real journalist. And he published his Biden piece here, much of it centered on how the Leftmedia has become Biden’s Praetorian Guard, pushing demonstrably false information rather than asking even basic questions of the man who wants to become president of the United States.
What should journalists be curious about? Greenwald explains in his censored draft story:
All of these new materials [on Hunter Biden’s laptop], the authenticity of which has never been disputed by Hunter Biden or the Biden campaign, raise important questions about whether the former Vice President and current front-running presidential candidate was aware of efforts by his son to peddle influence with the Vice President for profit, and also whether the Vice President ever took actions in his official capacity with the intention, at least in part, of benefitting his son’s business associates. …
The publicly known facts, augmented by the recent emails, texts and on-the-record accounts, suggest serious sleaze by Joe Biden’s son Hunter in trying to peddle his influence with the Vice President for profit. But they also raise real questions about whether Joe Biden knew about and even himself engaged in a form of legalized corruption. Specifically, these newly revealed information suggest Biden was using his power to benefit his son’s business Ukrainian associates, and allowing his name to be traded on while Vice President for his son and brother to pursue business opportunities in China. These are questions which a minimally healthy press would want answered, not buried.
The Intercept’s response? Greenwald is a “grown person throwing a tantrum.” And it is he, not The Intercept, its editors claim, who has “strayed from his original journalistic roots.”
We quoted Greenwald’s friend and fellow real journalist Matt Taibbi earlier this week. Taibbi marveled, “The least curious people in the country right now appear to be the credentialed news media, a situation normally unique to tinpot authoritarian societies.”
Indeed, as we have written before, the corrupt alliance between the Democrat Party and the Leftmedia is the biggest threat to American Liberty we face today.
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We take no joy in reporting that Europe is once again locking itself down, this time to combat a second wave of the Wuhan Flu. Lockdowns have, after all, proved ruinous to both people and economies, but the Old Continent doesn’t seem to have learned this valuable lesson.
And globalism being what it is, Europe’s ignorance is causing the rest of us to pay the price with them. As The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes, “Global stock markets sold off Wednesday, as they have all week, on news of new government-ordered lockdowns in Europe amid rising Covid infections. As before, the shutdowns are a blunderbuss response that won’t eliminate the virus, but they will do considerable economic and public-health damage. Germany, which was supposed to be Europe’s anti-Covid model, ordered a one-month shutdown of restaurants, bars, fitness studies and theaters. Hotels won’t be able to host tourists, and public gatherings can’t be larger than 10 people from two households.”
Despite this, and despite coronavirus spikes here in the U.S., President Donald Trump isn’t inclined to follow suit. Speaking at a rally in Tampa, the president said, “We’re never gonna lock down again. We locked down, we understood the disease, and now we’re open for business.”
To the president’s point, why should we lock down? What evidence is there that such measures will work this time around? Besides, the U.S. economy grew at an eye-popping 33.1% during a third quarter when we were largely — though not entirely — reopened for business. And this was without a renewal of government stimulus spending and transfer payments.
As the Journal reports, “Thursday’s GDP report looks like the long-predicted V-shaped recovery after the second-quarter’s lockdown-induced collapse. The rebound was almost across the board. Personal consumption contributed 25.27 percentage points to growth, with 16.04 from services and 9.24 from goods. Industries most hurt by spring lockdowns bounced back strongly, including motor vehicles, health care, and even food services and recreation.”
How does our economic performance stack up against our G7 trading partners? In terms of GDP losses for the year, the U.S. is the envy of the bunch. Our forecasted drop of 3.6% pales in comparison to Germany’s 6%, Canada’s 7.1%, France’s 9.8%, the UK’s 9.8%, and Italy’s atrocious 10.6%.
As we wrote regarding the election yesterday, “It’s still the economy, stupid.”
The message is clear, and it has been for some time: The virus is both deadly and stubborn, but cowering in our basements as one candidate has done won’t make it go away. Instead, people and nations must face it head-on while protecting vulnerable populations. Only then will herd immunity be established and the virus denied fertile ground for further spread.
Here, the lesson of Sweden — and the lesson of the Great Barrington Declaration — looms large. As The Daily Wire’s Brooke Conrad writes, “Back in May, Sweden had the highest COVID-19 death rate (based on 7-day averages) of any country in the world and ranked 7th on the list of overall per capita death rate. But in the following months, Sweden’s daily death count steadily declined, in contrast to many of the countries embracing lockdown strategies. Now, Sweden sits at 17th, and despite previously having the highest death rate in the world, recorded only seven new COVID-19 deaths on October 27th, and just one death the day before.”
Conrad continues, “Generally, the scientific community is expected to welcome new ideas and engage in vigorous debate in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. But the vigor with which the media and scientific community have opposed the Great Barrington Declaration suggests that its opposition originates far beyond mere scientific disputes.”
This is clearly the case. The debate has long since moved past the realm of science, past any thoughtful discussion about the virtues of lockdowns versus herd immunity.
The coronavirus debate is now about one thing: control.
Depending on your preferred source of news, you may not have heard about the messy entanglements that Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his family are engaged in with our greatest geopolitical foe: China. Those business dealings have allegedly placed the Biden clan in the exclusive company of the 1%. But, more important for our nation’s security and prosperity, they’ve compromised a potential American administration to a brutal and ambitious communist Chinese regime. It’s reminiscent of the Soviet threat we felt for the latter half of the last century, which finally ended under the leadership of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
The Chinese are nothing if not shrewd students of history, so the lessons they learned by watching the Soviet Union during the Cold War have informed their efforts to undermine the United States, which has been a campaign of several stages. Nearly 50 years ago, when the Chinese opened up their nation to Richard Nixon, they saw the benefits of our capitalist system and soon afterward adopted the portions of it their regime could control. Beginning in the 1980s, American manufacturing began leaving the states and moving to China to take advantage of its low wages and lax environmental standards. This led to a massive influx of our capital — an influx that its government used in part to improve living standards for the average Chinese citizen.
That Western revenue stream, however, was also used for more nefarious purposes, and one of those is the subject of this story. This week the Department of Education finalized a report that showed American colleges and universities “failed to report $6.5 billion in foreign gifts and contracts.” As John Hinderaker of Power Line explained, “The Chinese Communist Party has spread billions of dollars among many American politicians and institutions, considering such spending to be a wise investment. With hindsight, it seems clear that they are right.”
The Chinese have also applied this Western funding toward students studying at American universities. About one-third of the 1.1 million student visa holders attending school here come from China, and while the vast majority are legitimately here to learn, an alarming number have hidden their connections to the Chinese Communist Party and its military in order to gain access to our research and steal our intellectual property. Six of those cases were recently documented by The Daily Signal.
Color us shocked that our mainstream media is taking a pass on these potential Pulitzers by keeping their collective heads in the sand. But perhaps there’s an explanation for that, too.
Sixteen years ago — when many of our journalists were coming up through college — the Chinese government began to place what are called Confucius Institutes within a number of our colleges and universities, ostensibly to promote Chinese language and culture. In practice, though, they provide an outlet for parroting Chinese government propaganda to students, softening them up to believe whatever the propagandistic party line happens to be. Thus, American students never hear about abuses such as those perpetrated against China’s Islamic Uyghur population in Tibet, or China’s essential role in the introduction and cover-up of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Back in April, as our Arnold Ahlert wrote about a Senate report, an affiliate of the Chinese government “provides colleges between $100,000 and $200,000 in start-up costs, and a large amount to teaching supplies. It also chooses a director and teachers at no cost to the university. Those teachers sign contracts pledging not to undermine China’s national interests, and the Chinese government gets to approve every teacher, event, and speaker at the institutes. ‘Such limitations,’ the report says, ‘attempt to export China’s censorship of political debate and prevent discussion of potentially politically sensitive topics.’” This product of a Homeland Security subcommittee also pointed out that China doesn’t allow a reciprocal organization promoting our American interests to operate in China.
When Ahlert wrote his article back in April, he noted there were 86 Confucius Institutes operating around the country. However, that figure has since been whittled down to 65, with more slated to close in the coming months.
China has taken full advantage of our open society in its effort to undermine us while hiding the flaws and abuses within its own system. Ever since President Nixon visited China in 1972, we’ve operated under the belief that exporting our culture and way of life to the massive communist country would bring it around, but China has instead worked to subvert us.
Donald Trump is the first president to take a harder stance against the Chinese in over a half-century. The communist Chinese regime, however, long ago purchased the services of Joe Biden. The question is whether that investment will pay off handsomely next Tuesday.
Brian Mark Weber
Coming November 26, Happy Thanksgiving to all!
All, that is, except those who live in California. There, the state’s Health and Human Services Agency has practically banned the all-American holiday. Sure, that may sound like a dystopian novel, but it’s reality.
The latest edict issued this month doesn’t specifically mention Thanksgiving, but the “Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings” will make Californians think twice about having their family and friends over to feast and give thanks.
As for the rules, er, guidelines, the state has limited to three the number of households gathering together. You might think, They’ll never know who or how many people are here. Oh, but they will, because the host must write down the names and contact information of everyone who walks through the front door.
Check that: Your guests aren’t even allowed to walk through the door. All events must be held outdoors. Just imagine Grandpa sharpening his knife and slicing through the roast turkey in the warm California sun amid the smoky haze of a nearby forest fire. (In fairness, it’s not like the power is guaranteed to be on inside either.)
Forget about passing around the bowl of mashed potatoes. Governor Gavin Newsom and his power-hungry associates have ordered that food be provided in single-serve containers.
Looking forward to catching up and sharing stories with Uncle Joe? Not a chance. Everyone must be seated six feet apart, which will make hand-holding during the prayer impossible. Then again, California banned religious gatherings long ago. At least you’ll be allowed to take off the mask if you have a medical condition.
Thank you, nanny state.
It gets worse. You must re-don your face mask after each bite. If you’re not eating or drinking in that moment, the mask must be on. And you’ll have to eat fast: Thanksgiving 2020 has a two-hour time limit.
Keep in mind, these are government orders. If they were merely helpful suggestions, Californians could laugh them off and do as they please.
The Family Research Council’s Joshua Arnold asks, “Does California recognize the privacy of the home anymore?” That’s a rhetorical question if there ever was one. Newsom and his commissars (and your potential new White House duo of Biden-Harris) envision a future American society where there’s no privacy, no family, no Liberty. Since the coronavirus outbreak, they’ve broken our culture, traditions, and institutions. And it’s not an accident.
Arnold adds, “Unless they think everyone should live in fear, those who created these rules possibly didn’t think about their impacts on Thanksgiving dinners.”
Let’s not give these people any credit. Of course the politicians and government bureaucrats who came up with these diktats know how they’re going to affect the citizens. They just don’t care what you think or how you feel. It’s all about exercising control and instilling fear.
The Newsom types know exactly what they’re doing. And that’s what makes all of this so sinister and so dangerous. As Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program this week, “They’re trying to destroy the definitions of this country. They’re trying to destroy everything that defines this country as unique and great. They’re trying to eliminate everything in this nation’s past that they find offensive.” This includes celebrating holidays, attending sporting events, expressing religious beliefs, or gathering for meals.
It’s all designed to make us forget what real freedom felt like.
So what’s a good Californian to do? One potential workaround might be to turn Thanksgiving into a Black Lives Matter protest. Or, on a more serious note, as Power Line’s John Hinderaker suggests, “The time has come for civil disobedience. Also, voting for freedom.”
That’s a good point. We do have an election coming up, and these tyrants turning our civilization upside down were actually voted into office.
We the people can just as surely vote them out. Here’s looking at you, Californians.
The Atlantic Basin hurricane season doesn’t wrap up until November 30, which leaves plenty of time for another storm or two. (That appears likely, by the way, so be forewarned). We are, however, close enough to the end of the season that we can begin to judge the results. Without question, we can say 2020 has been a doozy of a hurricane season, which got busy early and shows signs of ending late.
According to meteorologist and hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach, a record 11 named storms have made landfall on the continental U.S. this hurricane season. The previous record of nine landfalling storms occurred more than a century ago in 1916. So far, 27 named storms have formed in the Atlantic Basin during the 2020 season. Because the World Meteorological Organization’s predetermined list consists of just 21 names, that means we’ve had plenty enough activity to necessitate the implementation of the Greek alphabet, which serves as a “backup” list for rare seasons such as this.
So, yes, you’d be correct to assume that using the Greek alphabet for hurricanes is unusual. In fact, 2005 featured the only other hurricane season in which the Greek alphabet was used.
Most will recall that 2005 was likewise a doozy of a hurricane season. A record 28 storms formed in the Atlantic Basin that year, though 2020 seems destined to either tie or supersede that record. The big difference being that Florida was Ground Zero in 2005. This year it’s Louisiana. In any event, for 2020 to match or even exceed 2005 in any respect speaks volumes. From this standpoint alone, the 2020 season should be considered exceptional.
However, a few additional aspects must be taken into account, particularly since some alarmists are invariably blaming the severity of the season on anthropogenic global warming.
Seasonal influence. Even before the hurricane season began, meteorological enterprises in both the private and public sectors were virtually unanimous in forecasting a busy season. Their agreement was at least partially rooted in pattern recognition. A La Niña event — wherein cool water around the equatorial Pacific Ocean affects weather patterns — developed earlier this year, and history shows us these events typically foreshadow a busy hurricane season.
This warning sign was buoyed by computer guidance projecting other atmospheric elements conjoining to provide an extremely conducive environment for hurricane development. Warm water in itself isn’t enough to produce an unusually high number of hurricanes. Atmospheric “triggers,” such as sinking air over the Atlantic that suppresses wind (which in turn mitigates wind shear) and a favorable Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), are also required. On rare occasions, all of the ingredients align in almost perfect fashion. And, à la 2005, that’s exactly what happened in 2020.
Of course, the number of storms alone has many climate doomsayers heading for the fainting couch. But meteorologist Joe Bastardi thinks not only that global warming is natural but that it results in a lowering of barometric pressure at higher latitudes. This in turn distorts the surface pattern elsewhere and changes the global wind oscillation, both of which may be affecting the intensity of long-tracked storms, meaning they actually aren’t as strong overall as they are near the coast. (More on storm intensity below.) Conversely, he does also note that, given the right conditions, hurricanes that form close to land may indeed feed off the warmer ocean waters, which is why his company, WeatherBELL Analytics, was bullish on a high-impact year.
We’d also be remiss not to mention the astounding hurricane lull we experienced after the 2005 hurricane onslaught.
Technology. When all is said and done, 2005 and 2020 will hold the first- and second-place records (the order is still to be determined) for named storms. However, note that both of these years also fall in the satellite era (1965 and after). Pre-satellite-era hurricane archives aren’t necessarily inaccurate, but neither are they necessarily complete. To pretend as if we know exactly what all transpired during the hurricane season of, say, 1885 is like arguing that Hillary Clinton was a shoe-in for the 2016 election. You might think you know, but you never actually know. There are variables that we sometimes cannot see.
Overly ambitious on naming storms. This hurricane season, in addition to past years, featured a few named storms that had meteorologists scratching their heads. This was due to the fact that these “fish” storms, as they’re known, were named based on satellite presentation. The biggest problem with this method is that it risks the likelihood of unnecessarily inflating the number of storms in any given season. Because they often lack airplane reconnaissance, there’s a strong possibility that some of these oftentimes pathetic- and ragged-looking storms out in the middle of the ocean may fall under the actual tropical-naming threshold. This becomes even more of an issue in seasons like this when records and messaging are on the line.
Energy index isn’t all that impressive. Meteorologists use what’s called Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) to estimate the severity of a hurricane season in its totality. In an average year, storms generate an ACE index of roughly 95. To date, we’re in the neighborhood of 140. That’s a very big number, but it’s far below the 1933 record of approximately 259. Even the 2005 ACE index of 250 is considerably more than what we have so far in 2020. Furthermore, according to Bastardi, this season’s tropical systems are generating an average ACE index of just under 6. In the 1950s, the average was over 10 per storm. Amazingly, hurricanes during the 1926 season averaged an ACE of over 20. There were fewer storms during these timeframes, but they were also more intense. Keep in mind too that while we’re experiencing more storms in the 21st century, many of them are developing in the middle of the ocean, posing little or no threat to land.
Current major hurricane landfalls are historically infrequent. A major hurricane is defined as Category 3 or higher. Believe it or not, we’ve witnessed just four major hurricane hits this decade, which is tied for the lowest number in the last 100 years.
The bottom line is that we would all be wise to treat this season as nothing more than what it is: unusually active, but not an omen.
The leftist hate-labeling and race-baiting Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently released a guide for school teachers offering them ways to “manage their white fragility.” The guide, created by the SPLC’s ironically named “Teach Tolerance” division, claims, without evidence, that black teachers are unduly burdened in working against racism in large part because many white teachers have supposedly used their privilege to ignore the “problem.” The guide condemns white teachers for failing to adhere to the Left’s false systemic racism narrative as a means of guilting them into uncritically accepting its claim of their “white fragility.”
For example, the guide reads in part: “We know we all live in the same society of racism and white supremacy. We know white educators have the privilege to ignore these conditions and often do. … While all educators of color carry the burden of white supremacy, black teachers have even more weight placed on them.”
The guide claims that white teachers can demonstrate their commitment to the “anti-racism” cause by following and promoting the messages of woke activists and by shunning those fellow teachers and even students who refuse to accept their “anti-racist” training. To put it bluntly, it’s cultist.
Anna Miller, education policy analyst at the Idaho Freedom Foundation, predicted that the SPLC’s dubious “anti-racism” training guide would result in families “exit[ing] the system as public schools increasingly mandate anti-racist, anti-bias reeducation and teach children to hate their country.” She added, “Many poor and middle-class students, however, will remain trapped in a debased system void of educational value.”
However, for the SPLC and other “woke” organizations, “anti-racism” is big business. The Washington Free Beacon reports, “The group’s new guidelines come as similar companies are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in anti-racist consultancy fees. In Virginia’s Loudoun County, the school district spent $422,500 on equity and diversity training in less than two years.”
Miller further observes, “If black lives really matter to today’s institutions, as they should, there would be no greater purpose than cultivating students’ minds instead of demanding acquiescence to a corrupt political cause.” Exactly. Parents should demand education, not indoctrination.
At the turn of a new election year, America stands still and waits to see what this ballot vote will bring. Over the last four years we have witnessed a president do what he said he was going to do. According to the White House pre-COVID:
- Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
- More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
- We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
- Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
- Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
- New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
- Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
- African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
- Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
- Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
- Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
- Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
- Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
- Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
- Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
- The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
- 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future — the highest ever.
- Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
- Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back into the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
Listening to the lamestream media, you’d think the Trump administration’s one accomplishment was forming and spreading the coronavirus. Speaking of COVID-19, leftists have used it to usher in democratic socialism. They have used fearmongering tactics to scare the American people into believing they should choose socialism and communism over capitalism. Socialism has captured the leadership of the Democrat Party and entered the cultural mainstream. Michael Moore exclaims, “The old capitalism is gone. The new capitalism is a cruel and evil system.” Bernie Sanders said during his failed campaign, “We have a grotesque and immoral distribution of wealth and income.”
How do Democrats sell socialism to their zombie constituents? Free stuff. Free healthcare — any doctor they want, any hospital they want. Free childcare. Free college — either through free tuition or paid student loans. Of course, “free” means somebody else is footing the bill. Nothing in life is free. The wisest man who ever lived (King Solomon) gained his riches because he didn’t ask for them. In Thessalonians 3:10, the Bible tells us that we must work to eat. Ecclesiastes 5:18 sums it up: “Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.”
Jesus himself is a capitalist. God has given every one of us a gift — the power to make wealth. Matthew 25 demonstrates that mankind is expected to increase his wealth. The employee is also expected to increase his employers’ wealth in accordance with his ability. When he did not increase the wealth God had given him, he was stripped of everything. God chastised the man because he hid his talent instead of taking it and making a profit.
The bigger point? With this gift, God expects us to voluntarily help others, not compel them with government power.
Socialism creates drones, while capitalism creates jobs. In four days, let’s show up to the polls and show out. Let’s make this November one to remember. Trump 2020! SOCIALism distancing please.
Top of the Fold
- GOP wins one: Eighth Circuit says absentee ballots counted in Minnesota must be received by Election Night (The Daily Wire)
Leftmedia & Big Tech
- Don Lemon mocks Trump supporters, compares them to addicts (Fox News)
- Email marketing firm Mailchimp warns it may censor content (The Daily Signal)
Finding the Light
Elsewhere in Politics
- Imagine that… Tucker Carlson says UPS can’t explain how flash drive with Biden documents got separated from package (Washington Examiner)
- Add Florida to list of swing states where early voting data favors a Trump victory (Washington Examiner)
- Elizabeth Warren will make case to be Biden’s Treasury secretary (Politico) (So between Bernie Sanders being the Labor secretary and Warren heading up the Treasury, the economy would be in great socialist hands!)
- The Sky Is Falling: Episode 532: Election and COVID anxiety spark new run on grocery stores (The Hill)
- Twitter shares plunge as user growth slows — and for good reason (Fox Business)
- Weekly jobless claims total 751,000 vs. 778,000 expected (CNBC)
- Exxon to cut 14,000 jobs as pandemic hits oil demand (Reuters)
- Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million (AP)
- But the narrative! Man behind Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot also wanted to kill Trump (The Post Millennial)
- Top U.S. officials briefed on an active retaliatory threat against Pentagon leaders (NBC News)
- Democrats look to slash defense budget in 2021 (Politico)
- U.S. to allow Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as birthplace (The Washington Free Beacon)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
- Philadelphia Vietnamese Baptist Church is a “total loss” after thugs burned it Tuesday night (Disrn)
- California Trump supporters find “Racism Lives Here” signs planted on their properties (Disrn)
Around the Nation
- Daily COVID cases in the U.S. up by record 91,000 (Reuters)
- Walmart removes guns, ammunition from store displays ahead of election amid concerns of civil unrest (USA Today)
- Jerry Falwell Jr. disingenuously sues Liberty University over sex scandal-driven resignation (UPI)
Around the World
- Pakistani court sickeningly rules marriage of 13-year-old abducted Christian girl to 44-year-old Muslim man is legitimate (Disrn)
- Former Malaysia PM claims Muslims have a right to “kill millions of French people” (The Daily Wire)
- Bill before Canadian Parliament would prevent counselors from affirming patients who reject gender transition (Disrn)
Stranger Than Fiction
- State trooper dates Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter, gets transferred close to Canada (New York Post)
- Man falls 15 feet through New York City sidewalk sinkhole and into a rat infestation (Disrn)
- Ten-foot python found under hood of Ford Mustang in Florida (New York Post)
- Trump administration strips gray wolves of endangered species protection (Daily Mail)
- Trump rally attendee seated behind president tears up photos of Pelosi and Schumer (Washington Examiner)
- Policy: The results are in: Reopening fuels record economic expansion (The Daily Signal)
- Policy: Money supply vs. liquidity — what’s the difference? (Mises Institute)
- Humor: Ukraine treasury honors Joe Biden with a “zero cents” coin (Genesius Times)
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Don’t Fall for Joe Biden’s Sneaky Plan — Liz Wheeler warns against Swindling Joe’s very false sense of security.
BLM Is Making a Martyr of Yet Another Abuser — A few years ago, Walter Wallace Jr. was convicted for putting a gun to a woman’s head.
Humor: SJW Meltdown Challenge — Do you have what it takes?
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Insight: “Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities!” —Voltaire (1694-1778)
Food for thought, Part I: “President Trump’s behavior on Twitter and his divisive comments and sub-presidential behavior are an embarrassment to me. Constantly. His arrogance and ego and constant need for adulation drive me to distraction. But character is some strange combination of the personal, the principled, and the practical. Let me put it another way — I cannot accept the argument that a calm man who affirms the dismembering of babies in the womb has a superior character to a man who rants like Genghis Khan but acts to preserve that life. In my ideal world, I would vote for a candidate in whom the personal, the principled, and the practical earn my admiration. I do not live in that world. I live in this world, and I must act accordingly.” —theologian Albert Mohler
Food for thought, Part II: “I quickly lose respect for those who now endorse Joe Biden while claiming to save the pro-life cause or the conservative movement. As a classical conservative, I do not believe that conservative policies and principles can long survive without conservative virtues. But I see some who claim to be conservative falsely ascribing virtue to a Democratic candidate and failing to concede that a Biden election would lead to direct threats to conscience and religious liberty among American Christians. Think tank Washington will, for the most part, find a way to get along and go along, whatever political winds may come. It always does. There will be evangelicals who cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. I understand their predicament. But not voting for Donald Trump, though a political decision in itself, is not the same as voting for Joe Biden. This is beyond my moral imagination.” —Albert Mohler
Touché: “You know what GDP stands for? Grateful Donald’s President.” —Fox News’s Greg Gutfield
Déjà vu: “Trump has tightened virtually every one of these swing states. … The Trump vote is always being undercounted. … Whatever they’re saying the Biden lead is, cut it in half, right now, in your head. Cut it in half, and now you’re within the four-point margin of error. That’s how close this is! That’s how desperately close this is!” —Michael Moore
Braying jackass: “I had to get rid of a lot of people in my life because sometimes you’ve just got to let them go. I think they have to hit rock bottom like an addict, right? And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible not only for other people’s lives but for their lives.” —CNN’s Don Lemon on Trump supporters
And last… “The media spent more time investigating Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbook than investigating what’s on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Just saying.” —Gary Bauer
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