Mid-Day Snapshot · June 15, 2021

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Biden Embarrasses Us at the G7

The American president is utterly ill-equipped for the world stage.

Douglas Andrews

It’s not hard to imagine Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants sharing some hearty laughs at our expense. After all, he’s just seen Joe Biden’s embarrassing performance at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England.

Putin is prepping for tomorrow’s one-on-one meeting with Biden, the least formidable U.S. president since Jimmy Carter. (Yeah, we know: Barack Obama was a red-line-erasing pushover. But at least he could string a coherent sentence together when the cameras were rolling.)

Biden is also the most cognitively challenged president since the stroke-addled Woodrow Wilson of a century ago. “The man’s mental capacity is obviously inadequate to fulfill his job responsibilities,” noted Power Line’s John Hinderaker without a hint of humor. “The press can avoid talking about Biden’s rapid decline, but they can’t prevent either our allies or our adversaries from noticing it.”

Ah, yes, our allies. There was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the G7 host, introducing the world leaders at a roundtable discussion, then correcting the American president for having reintroduced the president of South Africa.

And the press. There was Biden, briefly going off-menu to take a question from a reporter who wasn’t on his handler-approved cue card. “When you’re having these conversations,” the reporter began, “with European allies who are very concerned about these [Trump-era] sanctions, how do you justify that? And what are your plans for…”

“A hundred and twenty days,” Biden snapped. “Give me a break. Need time.”

Biden has been president for 145 spirit-sapping days, but who’s counting?

And our adversaries. Fresh off that gaffe-riddled, ultra-embarrassing performance at the G7 summit, Joseph Robinette “Scranton Joe” Biden now heads to Geneva to get rolled by the Russian killer and ex-KGBer.

As the Washington Examiner reports, “The president did say he will ‘make clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate if he chooses, and if he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past, relating to cybersecurity and some other activities, then we will respond in kind.’”

Uh-huh.

Biden also slammed his domestic political opposition while at the G7, showing that politics don’t necessarily end at the water’s edge. He took a swipe at Donald Trump’s “phony populism,” then said, “The Republican Party is vastly diminished in numbers, the leadership of the Republican Party is fractured, and the Trump wing of the party is the bulk of the party, but it makes up a significant minority of the American people.”

The Republican Party is fractured?

Seventy-four million. That’s how many votes Donald Trump tallied in the 2020 election. And that’s despite all the efforts of the deep-state bureaucrats, the media lickspittles, the academics, the Hollywood ignoramuses, the NBAers, and so many others who did their darnedest to make anyone and everyone hate Trump as much as they do.

To the American people who voted for Biden and the Trump-deranged media that refused to cover him honestly during the campaign: All can say is, We hope you’re happy.

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CRT Is the Front Line of the Culture War

A majority of teachers who know CRT favor it, whereas a majority of parents reject it.

Thomas Gallatin

A recent report from the Heritage Foundation has found that a majority of teachers familiar with Critical Race Theory support it, while at the same time a majority of parents are unfamiliar with this ideology. However, of those parents who are familiar with CRT, the majority are either undecided or reject it.

The study observed that 43% of teachers are familiar with CRT and, of those, 55% believe it should be taught in schools. Meanwhile, some 65% of parents are unaware of or unfamiliar with CRT. Adam Kissel, senior fellow at the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia, observed, “A lot of parents and teachers remain unaware of the Critical Race Theory in American classrooms, but that has started to change with the great work of parent organizations such as Moms for Liberty and Parents Defending Education.” Lack of awareness is where much of the problem lies.

In fact, we’d question whether most of the teachers who “support” CRT actually understand it. Either way, it’s dangerous.

While ignorance may be bliss, at least for a time, the ramifications of this ignorance have started hitting Americans and parents specifically in ways they may never have imagined. In short, we’re witnessing a new generation that has been groomed to essentially hate America and what it stands for. In schools across the nation, children are being indoctrinated by a “social justice” worldview that condemns America as a “systemically racist” nation developed primarily to promote a system of perpetual white supremacy.

“Fundamentally,” argues National Review’s Michael Brendan Dougherty, “the conflict is about whether students should be educated to have an allegiance to the historic American nation and its institutions, or whether they should be educated to have an allegiance to a notion of ‘justice’ and to an egalitarian ethic that fundamentally seeks to critique those institutions, radically reform them, or replace them altogether.”

We have noted that parents are beginning to awaken to the “woke” ideology of CRT being propagated in their local schools and are starting to speak out against it. Loudoun County, Virginia, is one recent example. The difficulty is the increasingly prevalent dynamic in which teachers, specifically represented by their unions, have become increasingly antagonistic toward parents and their concerns. When parents voice their objections to CRT, the common response from the teachers unions is to assert that parents really don’t understand it and are being misled by right-wing conspiracists.

Yet as the Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke notes, “One of the big take-aways from this survey is the need for transparency around what is taught in taxpayer-funded K-12 schools across the country.” She adds, “Too often, it is difficult for parents to get clear information about the curriculum and materials employed in their children’s schools.”

The Heritage study puts it this way: “Young Americans are taught not to be proud of their country, but to see it as an oppressor. In order to reverse this destructive and dangerous trend, it is essential that schools teach America’s founding principles, while at the same time build strong relationships between parents and teachers.” This requires parents to educate themselves on CRT with its Marxist ethic and intentionally destructive agenda. It also may necessitate that parents remove their children from schools that have so embraced CRT as to become little other than centers for “woke” indoctrination.

The fact of the matter is that CRT is the front line of the culture war that is raging across this nation, and the leftist proponents of CRT are targeting America’s youth to indoctrinate and to add to their ranks.

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The ChiCom ‘Wet Market’ Lie

The evidence points to a Wuhan lab, not a wet market, as the source of the pandemic.

Thomas Gallatin

When news of a novel coronavirus out of Wuhan, China, first began making the headlines early last year, the theory of its origin was quickly tied to a local wet market in which exotic meats were sold. The fact that some Chinese cuisine — like bat soup — seems rather strange to Western sensibilities served to make more plausible the entirely natural origin of the virus.

That bats were quickly associated with the wet market origin theory was an easy assumption due to the fact that bats are notorious carriers of coronaviruses. Furthermore, it served Beijing to have the focus of a suddenly spreading potential pandemic — along with any culpability — directed at nature instead of the ChiCom regime. It’s almost as if it were planned that way.

Of course, once the wet market theory became orthodoxy, any questions or suggestions to the contrary were deemed as the insane conspiracy theory ramblings of the tinfoil hat club. Leftmedia outlets refused to cover the lab theory without adding supposedly discrediting qualifiers, and social media outlets suppressed and blocked all such content. It got so bad that, now, even a few members of the mainstream media are admitting that their rabid opposition to Donald Trump so clouded their judgment that they essentially stopped doing their jobs, instead reflexively rejecting any information he presented out of spite. That was deadly behavior.

The press ran from the lab leak theory in part because some people had speculated about COVID being a manufactured super-virus or bioweapon, rather than the result of the Wuhan lab studying (or conducting gain-of-function research on) a naturally occurring virus found in bats that had led to the deaths of three Chinese miners in 2013. The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2016 released a report regarding its study of the virus that had killed and sickened the miners, noting that there were several variants of bat-caused coronaviruses:

We found a high frequency of infection by a diverse group of coronaviruses in different bat species in the mineshaft. … The surveillance identified two unclassified betacoronaviruses, one new strain of SARS-like coronavirus, and one potentially new betacoronavirus species. Furthermore, coronavirus co-infection was detected in all six bat species, a phenomenon that fosters recombination and promotes the emergence of novel virus strains.

The fact that a Biosafety Level Four lab, the highest level of safety and security, just happened to be studying bat-based coronaviruses in the very city from which the novel virus emerged — Wuhan — should have piqued everyone’s attention. Not only that, but it was discovered, albeit not widely reported at the time, that the Wuhan wet market did not sell bat meat.

In other words, the notion that the wet market where no bats were sold or eaten was the point of origin for a bat-based coronavirus seemed dubious.

There was also a 2018 memo from Jamison Fouss and Rick Switzer, members of the U.S. consul general in Wuhan, expressing concerns over the WIV: “During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory.”

But for the Leftmedia’s Trump Derangement Syndrome, these factors may have garnered deserved focus and turned the public’s attention onto the Wuhan lab, where it should have been from the beginning. Of course, the lab leak theory still remains a theory — and one into which Beijing will do everything in its power to obstruct any serious examination. See the joke that was WHO’s “investigation.”

Yet some of us won’t be fooled. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is one of them. “It’s not close in terms of which is more credible,” he says. “The lab leak is significantly more credible than the zoonotic transmission theory at this point.”

Now that compelling circumstantial evidence has continued to point more strongly to a lab leak, G7 leaders are calling for another WHO-led investigation. Yet, as the Wall Street Journal editorial board observes, “Why does anyone think a ‘Phase 2’ probe would have any more access and do any better under the auspices of a WHO that remains heavily compromised on China?” Why indeed.

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Pandemic Fraud Pays Handsomely

When our government offers up free money, we shouldn’t be surprised if the crooks beat us to it.

Douglas Andrews

The least we could’ve done was set up this money-grab so good ol’ American crooks could steal the taxpayers’ money. Instead, it appears we shipped these lucrative jobs overseas.

“Unemployment fraud surged during the coronavirus pandemic,” reports Fox Business, “with billions of dollars likely ending up in the hands of foreign crime syndicates based in China, Russia and other countries, experts say.”

Total damage? Around $400 billion lost to fraud, according to estimates.

We get it. When one’s country is more than $28 t-t-t-trillion in debt (that’s $85 thousand per citizen, $226 thousand per taxpayer), one tends to become indifferent to stories about fraud, waste, and abuse. But the amount we’re talking about here is hardly chump change. Indeed, $400 billion is nearly four times the annual budget of Texas, more than 10 times the annual budget of Tennessee, and about 80 times the annual budget of South Dakota.

The U.S. treasury must look like prime rib to these fraudsters, given that one of the most noticeable characteristics of our bloated bureaucracy is its incompetence. After all, when a schlub can’t possibly be fired for poor performance, he tends to pursue the path of least resistance.

Hmm … this here claim seems kinda fishy. But not fishy enough.

Still, even the most competent and conscientious of agencies would’ve been overwhelmed by the perfect storm of pandemic shutdowns, pandemic stimulus, and pandemic unemployment claims that hit the states last April. The graph below, built by Axios using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, gives us a good sense of the weekly claims onslaught.

Thus, with state agencies overwhelmed by requests for free money, is it any wonder that fraudsters foreign and domestic had a field day? Unemployment fraud was never as lucrative as, say, healthcare fraud, but all that changed last year. Now scammers steal or trick us into allowing them access to our personal info, then they use it to make fraudulent claims. Simple. And with President Joe Biden still paying people not to work, and still spending money faster than his presses can print it, is there any end in sight?

“In the most predictable story of the Covid era,” writes the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman, “it turns out that federal relief programs have been plagued with fraud and abuse. As for waste, well, that was always sort of the point. Shutting down much of the economy and attempting to replace it with federal spending, borrowing and money creation is not a strategy for productivity.”

The Biden administration was, predictably, quick to point the finger. “Widespread fraud at the state level in pandemic unemployment insurance during the previous administration is one of the most serious challenges we inherited,” said White House economist Gene Sperling, who also coordinates the so-called “White House American Rescue Plan.”

Right, Gene. “This is a howler,” as Freeman notes, “as if candidate Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress spent 2020 seeking to block Covid spending bills because they lacked robust accounting systems. In 2021, Mr. Biden enacted nearly $2 trillion in additional Covid-related spending even after it was clear the plan was no longer needed.”

James Madison would’ve seen this coming. “I cannot undertake,” he said, “to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

Sometimes, the most basic constitutional principles are the toughest to abide by.

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ProPublica’s Tax Heist and Social Media Double Standards

The way the illegally obtained info was handled by Big Tech was once again hypocritical.

Harold Hutchison

Grassroots Patriots have many reasons to doubt that the 2020 election was fair. One of the biggest reasons are the actions of Silicon Valley titans, whose campaign of censorship was a massive in-kind contribution to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. The most notable was the way social media throttled the New York Post’s bombshells surrounding Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Well, the recent leak of tax data from some of America’s richest has revealed the double standard again.

While this leak, which is politically helpful to the Left, is one more reason to question just how politicized the Internal Revenue Service has become, it should be noted that such leaks are illegal. Twitter, though, has let ProPublica keep posting the data, even though its story was based on an illegal leak of confidential and protected tax records — the very kind of thing Twitter ostensibly bans.

We’ve discussed how double standards erode confidence in the best of circumstances, and how they are metastasizing into a two-tiered system of rules. This ProPublica stunt also reveals a blatant double standard — and it is one that can and should be used to hold Silicon Valley accountable.

Let’s face it: Facebook, Twitter, and Google are, if not outright monopolies, at least ever-present. Google, Apple, and Amazon have reached a point where they were able to force Parler to choose between destruction or bending the knee. Tech companies like Facebook already have much to answer for when it comes to their part in not just the COVID cover-up but in trying to squelch debate over the lockdowns while “science” played favorites.

Anthony Fauci might have a huge paycheck, but he is still part of the federal government, and if Facebook and other social media companies blocked certain comments on the coronavirus at his behest, then there are very grave First Amendment implications involved. If Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were coaxed, cajoled, bribed, or threatened by government officials into silencing opposing viewpoints, then there is an ample body of First Amendment case law that can be cited, and Section 230 isn’t relevant for that.

Grassroots Patriots also know that this is not a one-time occurrence. Whether it’s been civilitynorms and standards, or even how members of Congress conduct themselves (Maxine Waters can threaten a riot while Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib can be Hamas cheerleaders, but somehow we’re supposed to believe Marjorie Taylor Greene is the big threat to democracy), double standards are becoming the norm.

The thing is, as we have noted before, these double standards and censorship are not winning over any converts. They are not convincing a single Trump voter that Trump was wrong. Because truth will eventually come out one way or another, and sooner or later, double standards eventually crumble. The only question will be whether it will be the easy way or the hard way.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Kamala Harris loyalists think border crisis was “a sh—ty assignment because the president doesn’t want to do it himself” (Daily Caller)
  • Justice Department will toughen rules for seizing lawmakers’ data (NY Times)
  • Feds investigating Chinese spies’ early return to U.S. ahead of COVID travel ban (Free Beacon)
  • Senate confirms DC Circuit nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Merrick Garland (Washington Post)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • New Jersey school district wipes holidays off calendar to be “inclusive and equitable” (Washington Times)
  • Survey: Most teachers who have heard of Critical Race Theory support it (The Federalist)
  • North Korean defector says “even North Korea was not this nuts” after attending Ivy League school (Fox News)

Around the Nation

  • Georgia investigating Fulton County ballot drop box forms from 2020 election (Washington Examiner)
  • North Carolina’s COVID emergency order extended through July (Washington Examiner)
  • Number of small businesses has fallen nearly 40% due to lockdowns (Bongino.com)
  • Suicide attempts among adolescents inevitably skyrocketed during pandemic (Daily Caller)

Around the World

  • New Israel prime minister rightfully says renewing Iran nuclear deal a “mistake” (Just the News)
  • No rest for the weary: Chinese nuclear plant likely leaking near 126 million people (AMN)

Odds & Ends

  • NY Times retracts claim that smeared The Babylon Bee as “far-right misinformation” (PM)
  • Oil prices reach highest level in over two years as demand rebounds (Fox Business)
  • On the other hand, lumber prices post biggest-ever weekly drop with buyers balking (Bloomberg)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Civics studies: Why they matter, what parents and teachers think, and how they can reclaim truth (Heritage Foundation)
  • Humor: In honor of “Pride Month,” Biden announces he will also sniff men’s hair (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.” —Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Re: The Left: “Why does critical race theory peddle bigoted and obviously false assumptions about individuals based on their skin color? Not pure racial hatred. Racialism is a tactic, a tool used by critical race theorists to tear down American institutions. Their aims: abolish the nuclear family, abolish gender, defund the police, abolish the border, abolish prisons, abolish the Senate, abolish the Electoral College, abolish ICE, abolish voter ID, abolish capitalism, abolish private/charter schools, abolish religious freedom, abolish free speech, abolish rights, abolish objective truth, abolish reality. Sound familiar? Democratic political agenda items are textbook critical race theory. We should reject its reduction of people to the color of their skin. It’s a tool with a dangerously clear purpose: to impose simple, unadulterated Marxism in the United States of America. We must overwhelmingly reject it in its entirety on the basis of what it really is.” —Liz Wheeler

Food for thought: “I’m finding increasingly in my travels that with regard to the matter of professing believers in Christ understanding (or not) Critical Race Theory, the greater concern is not that they don’t understand Critical Race Theory, but that they don’t understand the gospel.” —Darrell B. Harrison

For the record: “A remarkable sequence from Joe Biden this week on investigating COVID-19 origins. He cancels an independent probe last week… and now this week announces he wants a G7 investigation led by the WHO, who blatantly covered for China’s lies and cost millions of lives. Outrageous.” —Mark Meadows

Non compos mentis: “We all need to look at one another and ask ourselves, ‘What do we need to do better next time?’ And in many respects, being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives [is] going to be essential. And it’s something that I think we all could have done a little bit better on.” —ex-COVID adviser Andy Slavitt (Because literally shutting down a huge portion of the economy and being confined to our homes for months on end wasn’t sacrificial enough…)

Globalist birds of a feather: “It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and willing to cooperate.” —French President Emmanuel Macron

Greasing the skids: “I don’t give up on Joe Manchin [who put a fork in the Dems’ HR 1 power grab]. When he was governor and secretary of state in West Virginia, he initiated many of the initial ideas that are in … the For the People Act.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Lack of self-awareness: “Republicans across the country are undermining our democracy, suppressing the vote, ignoring the sanctity of the vote which is the basis for our democracy. We cannot let that stand.” —Nancy Pelosi

The BIG Lie: “We need to talk about Jan. 6. I’m talking about Jan. 6, 2025. That’s when the U.S. Congress will meet to certify the winner of the 2024 presidential election. ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ was a recent TV crime show. As the 2024 race approaches, the Trump-GOP’s current weekly drama is titled ‘How to Get Away with Murdering Democracy.’” —Juan Williams

And last… “AOC says HR 1 must be passed because it’s not enough for Democrats to ‘rely solely on a wish of winning elections.’ To be clear, is AOC suggesting that HR 1 would guarantee Democrats winning elections?” —Charlie Kirk

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