Irony Alert: Peter Daszak Will Lead The Lancet’s Task Force to Investigate the Origins of COVID

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Ever since it became “acceptable” to say the coronavirus may have leaked out of the lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that had been conducting gain-of-function research with bat-virus strains, one name in particular keeps popping up. That would be Peter Daszak.

Daszak is a zoologist and the President of the EcoHealth Alliance, an organization which describes itself as “a global environmental health nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and public health from the emergence of disease.”

EcoHealth received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2014. His organization was involved with the WIV and it is believed that Daszak passed on some portion of that grant to subsidize gain-of-function research at WIV.

Daszak stands at the center of the effort to mislead the world as to the origin of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, we learned that Daszak emailed Dr. Anthony Fauci on April 18, 2020 to essentially thank him for lying to protect the group’s effort to deceive Americans about how the virus may have begun. I posted about that here.

On Thursday, we learned that Daszak was the writer and the organizer of the joint statement signed by 27 renowned public health scientists that was published in the elite medical journal called The Lancet on Feb. 19, 2020. This letter, which was scolding in nature, effectively shut down debate over where COVID’s origins – just as it was intended to.

It read: “The rapid, open, and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumours and misinformation around its origins. We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin. Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2),1 and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife.”

These so-called “experts” did the world a great disservice by signing on to this statement. They allowed China to avoid blame for the virus – for a time anyway. It was this letter that did more than anything else to turn the tide away from the lab leak theory.

The media would point to this letter from the “experts” and ridicule anyone who mentioned the lab leak theory. ‘See, see the letter signed by 27 experts.’

Now we’re learning that The Lancet has set up a task force to investigate the origins of COVID and they’ve selected Daszak to lead it. This is akin to asking Jen Psaki to lead a probe into possible fraud in the 2020 election.

Summit News’ Steve Watson wrote “ANYBODY but this guy would be more suitable. … Dr Peter Daszak, who is heading up this task force, is perhaps the least suitable scientist on the planet to objectively analyse the data, given his track record.”

Daszak also works for the World Health Organisation. He was the lead investigator on the World Health Organization team that traveled to Wuhan in February to determine if the virus had escaped from the lab. Predictably, they concluded it had likely originated in nature. Watson wrote that Daszak reached that conclusion within three hours.

In the video below, recorded on December 9, 2019, shortly before the world found out about the coronavirus, Daszak is being interviewed by virologist Vincent Racaniello. Daszak tells Racaniello:

“You can manipulate them [coronaviruses] in the lab pretty easily. … The spiked proteins drive a lot about what happens. You can get the sequence you can build the protein, we work with Ralph Baric at UNC to do this, insert into the backbone of another virus and do some work in a lab.” (29:54 in the video)

Watson reports that “Daszak was later employed as an ‘expert fact checker’ by Facebook when it was monitoring and removing ‘misinformation’ about the origins of COVID on its platform, much of which was credible scientific research. Facebook has since reversed the policy of banning any posts containing information suggesting COVID-19 was “man-made”.”

Okay, so Daszak has funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab, he led the WHO’s February investigation, he persuaded 27 respected scientists to sign onto a letter which derides, without offering any scientific evidence, anyone who thinks the virus could have escaped from the lab, and now he’s been appointed to lead The Lancet’s investigation.

Why?

Last spring, Gilles Demaneuf, a data scientist working for the Bank of New Zealand in Auckland wondered the same thing and began with a research project of his own. He ultimately assembled a group of researchers which became known as DRASTIC. He told his fascinating story to a Vanity Fair reporter. And I will write about it tomorrow.

Memo to Democrats: Most European Governments Require Voter ID and Ban Absentee Voting

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The pandemic provided Democrats with the perfect excuse to loosen voting laws and to expand mail-in voting across the U.S. They were so delighted with the result, they’ve been on a crusade to make these dangerous measures permanent ever since.

The left claims the voting reform laws recently passed in Georgia and Florida to curb the abuses that many of us believe led to widespread fraud in the November 2020 election, as racist.

President Joe Biden has referred to Georgia’s requirement of voter ID for absentee ballots as an “atrocity.” He called the law “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “a blatant attack on the Constitution,” according to the BBC.

RealClearInvestigations‘ John R. Lott, Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. His organization recently put together a database of worldwide voting rules which quite clearly shows that U.S. voting requirements are among the most lenient. He summarized his findings in an article entitled, “America the Outlier: Voter Photo IDs Are the Rule in Europe and Elsewhere.”

Contrary to what the Democrats would have us believe, most countries require voters to show identification before casting a ballot. Lott found that “election integrity measures [voter ID requirements] are widely accepted globally, and have often been adopted by countries after they’ve experienced fraud under looser voting regimes.”

Furthermore, Lott learned that, in some countries, a driver’s license is deemed to be an insufficient form of ID. “The Czech Republic and Russia require passports or military-issued IDs and others use national identity cards. Others go even further: Colombia and Mexico each require a biometric ID to cast a ballot.”

“Of 47 nations surveyed in Europe — a place where, on other matters, American progressives often look to with envy — all but one country requires a government-issued photo voter ID to vote.” Lott notes that “The exception is the U.K., and even there, voter IDs are mandatory in Northern Ireland for all elections and in parts of England for local elections. Moreover, [UK Prime Minister] Boris Johnson’s government recently introduced legislation to have the rest of the country follow suit.”

In fact, Lott cites a recent comment from the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, Kirsten Oswald, that sounds remarkably familiar to the attacks lobbed at Republicans in the U.S.

Oswald claimed that “Boris Johnson’s Trump-like plans to disenfranchise thousands of voters across Scotland and the UK are an act of blatant Tory voter suppression – and must be stopped.” She opined, “There is a very real danger that many lower income, ethnic minority and younger people will be prevented from voting to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. These laws are designed to suppress votes among groups that traditionally vote against the Tories. It’s a disgrace.”

And, like many progressives in the U.S., she would like to open up voting to 16 and 17-year-olds, “refugees and foreign nationals with leave to remain.”

The rest of the world views the practice of mail-in voting even more harshly than the U.S. Lott discovered that “74 percent of European countries entirely ban absentee voting for citizens who reside domestically. Another 6% limit it to those hospitalized or in the military, and they require third-party verification and a photo voter ID. Another 15% require a photo ID for absentee voting.”

Although voter IDs are not required in Japan, Lott explains the Japanese government “provides each voter with tickets that bear unique bar codes. If the voter loses the ticket or accidentally brings the ticket for another family member, polling staff verifies the voter’s name and address using a computer with access to the city’s database.” In that case, the voter would be required to show “government-issued photo identification.”

As I see it, having to present a ticket with a unique bar code is a variation on a voter ID requirement. It’s simply a different way to ensure that one citizen gets one vote.

New Zealand also provides its citizens with a unique code.

According to Lott, “Australia has by far the loosest rules. …  a photo ID is required to register to vote” only.

I would be willing to bet that before too long, after witnessing the problems created in the U.S. by lax voter ID requirements, the Australians tighten up their rules.

Most developed countries, Lott says, did not enact emergency voting measures because of the pandemic. Poland was an exception. They allowed universal mail-in ballots. “Poland’s rushed plan played out so poorly it dissuaded other countries from following suit.”

The Democrats’ argument that asking a voter to show ID is racist, as I see it, is itself racist, and I’m surprised that minorities don’t criticize them for it. It implies that minority voters are too dumb and too incapable to obtain an ID. How racist is that?

Asking a voter to prove that they are who they say they are is essential for election integrity. Those who oppose voter ID laws do so only because it opens up the opportunity for voter fraud. I am convinced that the unprecedented expansion of mail-in voting and the loss of accountability that followed, cost former President Donald Trump the presidency.

Democrats often point to the super progressive governments of European countries as something the U.S. should emulate. With the exception of the U.K. which is in the process of passing voter ID legislation, all European governments require voters to show IDs at the ballot box. There’s a reason for that – Europe values secure elections.

Next time a liberal begins criticizing voter ID requirements, show them Lott’s article.

Revelations in Dr. Fauci’s Newly Released Emails Support Lab Leak Theory

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On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News published over 3,200 pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s email communications from January through June 2020. The records were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The emails can be viewed here.

The Washington Post obtained and 896 additional pages of Fauci’s email messages from that period as well which can be viewed here.

Two of the emails will make it pretty hard for Fauci to deny he knew very early on that the virus was likely engineered in the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.

The first is an email from Kristian G. Andersen, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research Institute. On Jan. 31, 2020, Andersen wrote:

[Emphasis added]

“Hi Tony: Thanks for sharing. Yes, I saw this earlier today and both Eddie and myself are actually quoted in it. It’s a great article, but the problem is that our phylogenetic analyses aren’t able to answer whether the sequences are unusual at individual residues, except if they are completely off. On a phylogenetic tree the virus looks totally normal and the close clustering with bats suggest that bats serve as the reservoir.

“The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered.

“We have a good team lined up to look very critically at this, so we should know much more at the end of the weekend. I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory. But we have to look at this much more closely and there are still further analyses to be done, so those opinions could still change.”

RedState’s Scott Hounsell reported that in a later paper, Andersen was on board with the “natural origin” theory. He also pointed out that Andersen “sits on a US committee called the “Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health” with Peter Daszak, whom we will meet in the next significant email. I suppose the scientific community is a rather small one and that they all know of each other, at the very least.

Hounsell wrote:

Andersen later published a paper identifying the result of the studies, and suddenly they were convinced that the virus was of a likely natural origin, stating that no virus could have been used as the backbone to SARS-CoV-2.  While I certainly am no virologist, you’d think that a virus that shares 96.4% of its genomic code as well as nearly 29,000 nucleotides, would have provided an excellent backbone for SARS-CoV-2.  That virus, RaTG13, was discovered in a bat-infested cave in China in 2013 after it infected several miners, killing three (meaning, it had already made the leap from bats to humans).

Additionally, according to the very article that Dr. Fauci sent to Andersen, Wuhan Institute of Virology scientists were able to create 5 genetically altered versions of RaTG13 in 2019, the year before the pandemic outbreak, including WIV2, WIV4, WIV5, WIV6 and WIV7. Could it be there was an additional virus created (SARS-CoV-2) and then accidentally released?  If we can say they were definitely conducting gain-of-function research on these new viruses, why is it so hard that they may have created SARS-CoV-2 at the same time?

Peter Daszak, is a zoologist and the president of EcoHealth Alliance. According to The Scientist, EcoHealth describes itself as “a global environmental health nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and public health from the emergence of disease.”

Daszak was also a member of the team of World Health Organization investigators who traveled to Wuhan in February to determine if the virus had escaped from the lab. They concluded that it had likely originated in nature.

EcoHealth received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2014. His organization was involved with the WIV and it is believed that Daszak passed on some portion of that grant to subsidize WIV’s gain-of-function research.

In an email dated April 18, 2020, Daszak wrote to Fauci:

“As the Pl of the ROl grant publicly targeted by Fox News reporters at the Presidential press briefing last night, I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’ origins. Once this pandemic’s over I look forward thanking you in person and let you know how important your comments are to us all.”

On April 19, Fauci replied: “Many thanks for your kind note.”

Finally, there is a video recorded on Dec. 9, 2019, shortly before the world found out about the coronavirus, of Daszak being interviewed by virologist Vincent Racaniello. An article in a foreign science journal describes their discussion and provides the video. Daszak tells Racaniello, “You can manipulate them [coronaviruses] in the lab pretty easily.”

Daszak at the 29:54 mark appears to reveal that the goal of the GoF experiments was to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine for many different types of coronaviruses.

Based on his response, it is evident that just before the start of the pandemic, the WIV was modifying coronaviruses in the lab. “You can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily.” What he then mentioned has become the telltale trait of SARS-CoV-2, its spike protein: “Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, zoonotic risk.”

Daszak mentions the WIV’s collaboration with Baric: “and we work with Ralph Baric at UNC [University of North Carolina] to do this.” As has been suggested by proponents that SARS-CoV-2 is a chimera made in a lab, he speaks of inserting the spike protein “into a backbone of another virus” and then doing “some work in the lab.”

So, did they all know that the virus had likely been engineered in a lab, but decided to keep the world from finding out? Did a small group of leaders at the top of the world scientific community make a judgment call about what we should and should not be told regarding the origins of this virus?

Why did they try to hide it? Were they worried that government funding for gain-of-function research would stop if the world heard the truth or were they protecting China? Why were they protecting China?

Dr. Fauci, Peter Daszak, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organization, and so many others need to be questioned under oath about the newly discovered information.

The growing body of circumstantial evidence supporting the lab leak theory has now reached epic proportions.

Stunning New Video Shows US Capitol Police Allowing Jan. 6 Protestors to ‘Peacefully Assemble’ Inside Capitol

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American Greatness‘ Julie Kelly published an amazing video on Sunday showing Jan. 6 protestors speaking with U.S. Capitol Police officers inside the Capitol building. One officer is heard telling them, “We’re not against . . . you need to show us . . . here’s what you need to show … you understand … no attacking, no assault, remain calm.” This blows a rather large hole in the Democrats’ Capitol insurrection story and makes the U.S. media look like Pravda.

The officer, “identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely’s group they won’t stop them from entering the building,” according to Kelly.

Kelly reports:

The video directly contradicts what government prosecutors allege in a complaint filed January 8 against Chansley: “Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders.”

Chansley later is seen entering the Senate chambers with a police officer behind him; he led several protesters in prayer and sat in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair. (The man in the yellow sweatshirt is William Watson, a drug dealer out on bond. He was arrested in January.)

Chansley is not charged with assaulting an officer; he faces several counts for trespassing and disorderly conduct. He has been incarcerated since January, denied bail awaiting trial. He has no criminal record.

Watson takes a microphone and tells protestors, “Listen up. The police here are willing to work with us and cooperate peacefully like our First Amendment allows. Gather more Americans under the condition that they will come and gather peacefully to discuss what needs to be done to save our country. … We’re going to be heard. This must be peaceful.”

Jacob Chansley, better known as the man wearing the Viking horns, or the “QAnon Shaman,” shouts to the others, “This has to be peaceful. We have the right to peacefully assemble.”

Kelly writes that she obtained the video from RMG News and that it is alleged to be a portion “of a much longer video that has yet to be released.”

I’ll post additional video as I find it.

Richard Edward in the Garden of Politics

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I am on my second cup of coffee and I still can’t face the day (sorry Mr. Lightfoot). Why? I am scheduled to witness, firsthand, the premier of manual labor, a play I would rather not attend. Since the fourth First Lady’s acquisition of an unusually large garden plot, the task of clean-up and planting preparation has been hanging over my head. I run through my mental checklist before leaving for the plot …

Irrigation? Check. Not designed and installed yet, but those soaker hoses and that timer you bought yesterday should work. At least there is a hose bib with running water.

Planter beds? Check. Not installed yet, but those raised bed kits that you bought yesterday shouldn’t take too much effort to assemble and fill with steer poop.

Crop cage? Check. Framework installed and in relatively good shape, except for all those places where the chicken wire overlaps and needs to be secured.  Those zip ties and wire clips you purchased should come in handy.

Oh well, glance at the watch, it’s not quite yet gotten to be 100° before noon, so it could be worse.

As I run through my checklist, I notice that my cat awakens from her nocturnal slumber, perched upon the counter-height chair, visions of rogue mice beginning to fade from her cat brain. She glances my direction, slow blinks, jumps from her perch and immediately begins her morning routine of cat yoga….assuming her favorite position of downward feline.

Mr. Narrator (interrupts): “Richard Edward, it’s not getting any cooler outside. Quit stalling, get your tools together and get on with the garden site prep.”

Richard Edward: “You’re right Mr. Narrator. I’ve been putting this off. There really is so much work to be done, even before the actual work of planting and harvesting, that the reward of organic vegetables appears diminished. Anyway, I’ll grab the rakes and hoes and meet you and the fourth first at the car.”

As I step into my garage, the lizard portion of my cortex lights up. Rakes and hoes, why does that seem so familiar? Then I realize that the ‘rakes and hoes’ tools that I seek now are in reality, those very political actors that I loathe so much. Now I understand why I don’t want to do this; these tools of the garden are simply representations; its really about the bogeymen of my political awareness — professional politicians.

Mr. Narrator (interrupts again): “Richard Edward, stop! Not all politicians are rakes and hoes. While I do see some similarities with the current administration’s leadership, many of those political actors are not solely consigned to behave like the ‘lower tools’ in life’s garden. Rakes and hoes may be basic tools, but it doesn’t mean that they are base. There are some honest folks in Washington.”

I hate when Mr. Narrator makes word play.

Richard Edward: “Ok, I’ll play your garden word game. You just might be correct. But even so, in the garden that is D.C., there really are tools, rakes, hoes and more than a few weeds that need to be removed.”

“Rakes? I’d nominate Slick Willy, Hunter Biden and yes, even Joey Robinette in his younger days. John Kennedy was also reputed to be something of a rake, no?”

“Hoes? Well, there are far too many to mention in gentlemanly conversation, but how many pols have you seen that will do anything for a (lobbyist) buck? While its not the world’s oldest profession (navigators will tell you that someone first had to lead the customer to find them), it appears that many legislators and those in the administration have decided that selling one’s integrity is a profitable enterprise. I mean, how many folks on the CDC staff are eligible for royalties from drug patents?”

“Tools? The list is long Mr. Narrator. Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Fang Fang Swalwell, ‘Guam” Johnson and that shifty, bug-eyed dude from CA who always has the ‘goods’ on everyone but just never delivers, Mitt Romney and then any Democrat member of any oversight committee. So many tools they could open a big box garden store. C’mon man, name one Democratic legislator who is smarter than a hand trowel?”

“Weeds? Don’t get me started! Toxic, strangling the life out of legitimate political endeavors. … The weeds could be the worst of the bunch in the political garden; spreading poison amongst the legitimate programs that are trying to bear fruit. Weeds compete with good crops for water, soil, sunlight, nourishment and yet they produce nothing. (Looking at you AOC, Bernie Sanders, Auntie Maxine, Ilhan Omar.)”

Mr. Narrator: “Okay, Richard Edward, enough.  You’ve made your point. We obviously need a new master gardener in D.C.”

Richard Edward: “Yes, Mr. Narrator, I knew in my knower that you’d see my point of view. Good gardeners help create life-sustaining environments, tend and care for both seedlings and mature plants, ensure access to water and food, make sure every plant in their garden has its own space and place to grow, and they keep the weeds from choking the good plants.”

“Good legislators do kind of the same things for their constituents. They help create lawful and peaceful environments, promote legislation and administrative programs that benefit the young and the old, help their constituents stay employed, stay in school and ensure that they have access to programs that are designed to promote personal and/or professional growth. As always, the good ones try to keep the weeds from showing up in their districts.

If you think about who represents you, maybe its time to pull a few weeds and if you have to, hire a new gardener.”

“If you think that good gardeners might make good legislators, please let Richard Edward and Mr. Narrator know why you think so. … And if you have one, happy gardening!

— Richard Edward Tracy

New Report: Yes ‘The Laptop’ Belonged to Hunter Biden and The Daily Mail Has Access to its Contents

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Remember that laptop? The one that a person who looked an awful lot like man-child Hunter Biden dropped off at a Wilmington, Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019? The one that turned out to have emails to his family, friends and business associates, pictures of his friends and family members and even sex videos on it? A new exclusive in The Daily Mail, written by Josh Boswell, claims that forensic experts have proven the MacBook Pro did indeed belong to Hunter Biden.

And they have access to its contents.

According to The Mail:

The bombshell cache of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, more than 2,000 photos and dozens of videos are packed with revelations conveniently missing from the memoir, including:

How he begged his father to run for president in 2019 to salvage Hunter’s own reputation

How he repeatedly dodged police action against him, despite constantly dealing with drug pushers and prostitutes and having multiple run-ins with law enforcement

Hunter was guarded by a Secret Service agent while on a 2018 drug and prostitute binge in Hollywood, despite not being entitled to protection at the time and amid denials from the federal agency

Joe Biden was afraid his text conversations with Hunter were being hacked even as they discussed his White House bid

How Hunter’s laptop is brimming with evidence of apparent criminal activity by Hunter and his associates including drug trafficking and prostitution

The story provides a treasure trove of text messages, family photos, and very compromising photos.

Boswell writes that “Hunter’s laptop is a pandora’s box of shocking revelations, explicit photos and intimate communications.” He will be providing even more material from the laptop as it becomes available. It will reveal:

How Hunter blew hundreds of thousands on prostitutes, drugs and luxury cars, leaving him scrambling to avoid jail for $320k in unpaid taxes

How five members of the Biden family have been to rehab for drug or alcohol abuse – and a stunning admission by Joe to his son

The OTHER Biden family member planning to buy and cook crack, after falling into the disastrous addiction with Hunter

Hunter’s unconventional and unlikely relationship with his well-known psychiatrist

The whispered bedroom conversation with a prostitute caught on Hunter’s webcam, in which he confesses he had a previous laptop stolen – by Russians for blackmail

I never realized I was this nosy!

Read the whole story here.

The View From Down Under: Australian News Anchor Delivers a Second Brutal Review of the Biden Administration [Update]

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Update: Another Sky News Australia anchor torches Biden. Scroll down for Alan Jones’ monolog.

It’s time for the Biden Administration and the U.S. establishment media to understand that they aren’t fooling the rest of the world with the farce they work so hard, day in and day out, to perpetuate. The world knows that President Joe Biden has dementia and that the media is working hard to cover up for him.

In February, Sky News anchor (and former member of parliament from South Australia) Cory Bernardi took aim at Biden for the first time. He began his monolog by telling viewers, “Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised. It’s clear to me at the least that US President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do.” (Australian TV Host Delivers Brutally Honest Report on Biden’s Dementia: Calls Out US Media for ‘Biden Protection Racket’)

Two weeks later, another Sky News anchor, also from Australia, went off on Biden. (Second Australian Anchor Smokes the U.S. Media’s ‘Errant Hypocrisy’ Regarding Biden; Biden Just ‘Blunders On’)

Shortly after that, a Brit hopped on the bandwagon. (Two Honest Aussies, and Now a Brit, Report What Our Own Media Will Not.)

A couple of days ago, Bernardi was back with a progress report. Suffice it to say that neither Biden, nor his inner circle, fared any better this time around.

In the video below, Bernardi offers his second scathing assessment of the Biden Administration which he calls a true to life mockumentary.

He unmercifully critiques everyone from “Cackling Kamala” to “Crazy Nancy” and does not hesitate to point out the oddities and hypocrisies that the U.S. media refuses to touch. Watch the video below and you’ll wish Bernardi worked for CNN.

(Spoiler: Biden has not improved the United States’ standing in the eyes of the world.)

Lo and behold, as I was clicking around for news, I came across an update from Alan Jones, the other Australian anchor to torch Biden last month. Jones said that the “Leader of the Free World is incoherent, having to be propped up physically and intellectually … After the stumble, the websites of MSNBC, CBS News, the Washington Post, Lost Angeles Times and the New York Times all had no mention of Biden’s stumbling incident.”

Jones continued: “To prove the Trump point, when it came to airtime on television, CNN devoted 15 seconds to the incident. … But when Trump walked slowly down a ramp after he delivered a graduation address last June, CNN devoted 22 minutes to Trump’s walk, the media pushing the line that Trump – 74 – was facing serious health question.”

The U.S. media and the current occupant of the White House are international laughing stocks.

Despite the Indignation From the Left, New AP Poll Shows 72% of Americans Approve of Voter ID Laws

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Democrats have beclowned themselves this week over the passage of voter reform measures by the Georgia State Legislature. Despite the theatrics from the left, you might be surprised to hear that a strong majority of Americans support voter ID laws. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 72 percent of respondents believe photo identification should be required in order to vote.

The poll showed that only 13 percent opposed voter ID laws and 14 percent neither supported nor opposed them.

Even among Democrats, 56 percent favored photo identification requirements, 24 percent opposed and 20 percent took no position.

As you would expect, 91 percent of Republicans supported these measures.

The poll, conducted March 26-29, surveyed 1,166 adults and has a margin of error of 3.6 percent.

The AP/NORC results bolster the results of a Rasmussen telephone and internet survey conducted last month, which found that 69 percent of black voters and 75 percent of overall voters supported photo ID requirements. Only 21 percent were opposed.

Rasmussen reported that support for voter ID laws “has actually increased since 2018, when 67% said voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote.”

And the Rasmussen results were extremely close to the newly reported AP/NORC poll. According to Rasmussen, 89 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of independents believe voters should be required to show photo ID.

Nevertheless, Democrats are working feverishly to find a way to pass the ironically named “For the People Act of 2021,” (H.R. 1/S. 1). If this unfortunate bill becomes law, it will nullify the voting reform measures recently passed by state legislatures. So much for federalism.

Described as the “Democrats’ only chance to stop the GOP assault on voting rights” by The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein, it is designed to nearly guarantee one-party rule in the U.S. for generations to come.

Brownstein writes, “If the party doesn’t pass new protections, it could lose the House, Senate, and White House within the next four years.” He sums up the hyperbole of the left in one paragraph.

It’s no exaggeration to say that future Americans could view the resolution of this struggle as a turning point in the history of U.S. democracy. The outcome could not only shape the balance of power between the parties, but determine whether that democracy grows more inclusive or exclusionary. To many civil-rights advocates and democracy scholars I’ve spoken with, this new wave of state-level bills constitutes the greatest assault on Americans’ right to vote since the Jim Crow era’s barriers to the ballot.

Not even the far-left Washington Post believes the recent measures taken by state lawmakers to bolster photo ID requirements bear any resemblance to Jim Crow voting laws. When we start sending out snarling attack dogs and go after minorities with fire hoses, Democrats can start making those comparisons. But until then, Brownstein just sounds like a liar and his editors, fools.

We can only hope that Democrats have crossed the line so unequivocally over the last few months, that maybe even some within their own party will recognize it and wake up.

After the massive amount of damage the Biden Administration has already inflicted on this country, Democrats don’t deserve to ever hold power again.

Chris Wallace Makes an Astute Observation as Psaki Stonewalls Him: ‘You Are Being Less Transparent Than the Trump Administration’

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The Trump administration was often painted as doing nefarious things just out of the media’s eye despite the press being given access to many areas and events. The Biden administration is actively blocking reporters from covering the border crisis in person and stonewalling every attempt by journalists to get answers for the American people.

It took about a nanosecond for Fox News host Chris Wallace to realize that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was not going to answer his questions either, prompting him to say, “You are being less transparent than the Trump Administration.”

Wallace opened the interview with a quote from President Joe Biden on the border crisis. Last week, Biden insisted, “Nothing has changed. … It happens every year.”

Wallace then read a comment from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who said, “We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.”

“So, who’s wrong,” he asked. “The DHS Secretary or the President?”

When Psaki begins an answer with “Well, first factually,” one knows that what follows will be a whopper and it was.

“There was an increase of about 31 percent of people coming to the border during the final months of the Trump Administration. It’s been about a 29 percent increase since Biden took office. But our focus is on solutions,” Psaki told him. Dodging the question, she then went on to enumerate all of the steps they are taking to protect children.

Well aware that immigrants likely began planning their journeys on Nov. 4, and the 31 percent figure Psaki quoted belonged to Biden, Wallace said, “You can play with percentages, but in absolute numbers, these are record numbers. There are now 18,000 unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody. …”

“Well, Chris. Our objective is to take a different approach from the last administration,” Psaki replied. “We are not going to send children under the age of 18, kids under the age of 18 back on this treacherous journey. They are fleeing challenging economic circumstances, hurricanes, prosecution in some scenarios. It does not mean they get to stay in the United States. It means their cases are adjudicated. …”

Pivoting to the administration’s pledges of transparency, Wallace played a clip of Biden at last Thursday’s press conference. “You’ll have full access to everything once we get this thing moving.” Asked how soon that would be, Biden said, “I don’t know.”

He then showed a series of photos taken last week by members of Congress who had traveled to the border. “Jen, these kids are living in these conditions now. They’re not living in these conditions some indeterminate time from now when the President says everything will be fixed, so why not allow reporters and camera crews in, on a pool basis, safely to take pictures and show the American people what’s happening in those border patrol facilities right now.”

“Chris, we are absolutely committed to that. The President is committed to that. I’m committed to that. Secretary Mayorkas is committed to that,” she insisted. “Just last week we had a pool camera providing footage to Fox News, just last week into the shelters. We want to provide access into the Border Patrol facilities. We are mindful of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We want to keep these kids safe, keep the staff safe. We are absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media … and we’re working to get that done as soon as we can.”

Wallace wasn’t going to let Psaki’s disingenuous statement slide. “Just to clarify Jen. You allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities. What we’re talking about here are the border patrol facilities, the detention cells. … There is a law – let me just finish – that they are not allowed to be there for more than 72 hours. Many of them are there for ten days. At this point, in terms of allowing access to border patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump Administration.”

“The Trump administration was turning away kids at the border and sending them back on the treacherous journey, or they were ripping kids from the arms of their parents. We’re not doing that. We are committed to allowing cameras into the border patrol facilities, absolutely. We are committed to solutions.” Psaki said.

However, according to a March 17 report, two CBP officials told The Washington Examiner that “Biden Homeland Security officials have muzzled spokespersons and top officials at the Customs and Border Protection agency from speaking with the media about the situation on the border. … Officials have been placed under a sort of “gag order,” and they said they were told verbally not to communicate with media beyond statements approved from the top.”

Switching gears, Wallace said, “The president has come out strongly for the voting rights bill that has passed the House and is now being deliberated by the Senate. But look at some of the things that are in H.R. 1, the House voting rights bill. It creates public financing of congressional campaigns. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and it opens the door to D.C. becoming a state.”

He asks Psaki, “Now, you can argue whether these are good ideas or bad ideas, but to get bipartisan agreement, to get compromise with Republicans, would the president consider supporting, taking some of those elements out and focusing just on voting rights?”

The press secretary delivers another non-answer. “Well, the president is absolutely open to the idea from Republicans, from Democrats, to make any piece of legislation better and stronger. But what he is not going to allow for is efforts to make it more difficult and harder to vote. And efforts to do that, people should question whether they have – why they would be doing that? If they have the best ideas, they should make it easier for people to vote. But you know, this is the process of a bill becoming a law – .”

“Chris, if Republicans want to come to the table have a discussion about what kind of package they can support to make voting more easy, easier and more accessible, the president is absolutely open to having that discussion.”

Wallace moved on to the filibuster. He noted that some Democrats were trying to convince Biden “to push to kill the Senate filibuster in order to pass legislation to protect voting rights.”

He played a clip of Biden from his press conference. “If there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”

Referencing Biden’s current characterization of the filibuster as “a relic of the Jim Crow era,” Wallace played a clip of Sen. Joe Biden when he supported the measure.

Biden said, “At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill. It’s about compromise and moderation.”

Pressing further, Wallace reminded Psaki that, “Just last year, Kamala Harris, when she was in the Senate, led the filibuster against Republican Senator Tim Scott, an African American, his plan for police reform. So, is the filibuster racist? Is it wrong?”

Psaki replied, “As the president said just last week, Chris, it’s been abused, and in the first 50 years of the filibuster being around, it was used about 50 times. It was used five times that many last year. The president doesn’t think that’s how the filibuster should be used.”

The Democrats often used the filibuster to block civil rights legislation. But no one is supposed to remind them of those days. Regarding its frequent use last year, it looks like Psaki forgot which party was in the minority.

Psaki continued with her deflection. “There’s an easy solution here, though, which the president would certainly advocate for, which is Democrats and Republicans, Republicans coming to the table with a willingness and an openness to discussing how we get things done. They want to come the table and talk about how to make voting easier, more accessible, let’s have that conversation. The president is eager to have it.”

“He’s not eager to move with destroying the filibuster,” she added. “He’s eager to get things done for the American people, but he’s also not going to stand by and prevent forward moving progress from happening. So that’s what people heard from him last week.”

Wallace rightly points out the obvious, “If you’re talking about abuse of the filibuster over the last two years, the Democrats were in the minority, so they were the ones abusing it.”

Could it be that the radical transformation of the U.S. government under the Biden Administration has become too much even for anti-Trumper Chris Wallace?

We learned nothing from this interview. From the get-go, Psaki was in defense mode. She struggled to provide cover for an administration whose real motive is to amass power for the Democratic Party and make it difficult for Republicans to ever win another presidential election.

We are witnessing the most flagrant power grab by a political party in American history. The Trump years left the Democrats emboldened. They paid no consequences for perpetrating a plot to frame then-President Donald Trump for crimes they knew were false, two bogus impeachments and so much more. Now that they control the White House and both chambers of Congress, they’re looking to consolidate that power so they can control the U.S. for generations to come.

TX GOP Candidate Knows ‘How to Handle Nancy Pelosi and Stop Her Bullsh**’

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A former professional wrestler from Las Vegas has thrown his hat into the very large ring of candidates vying for the vacant seat of the late Republican Texas Rep. Ron Wright.

The Daily Caller reports that six-foot-seven Dan Rodimer entered the race at the last minute. “The special election has 22 other candidates including Wright’s widow.” The former WWE wrestler is a father of six, and a law school graduate.

In his campaign ad below, “Big Dan” tells voters, “Texas has big problems. We need a big fighter to solve those problems.” Here are some of the highlights:

The commies in D.C. are ruining America. We have a big problems … I know how to handle Nancy Pelosi and stop her bullsh**.

(Steps into a pile of manure) I’ll put a boot right in her socialist platform.

Men in women’s bathrooms, boys in girls’ sports, higher taxes, higher gas prices. They’re building a wall around D.C., but they’re not protecting our borders. They’re laughing at us. Now they’re going to try to take away our guns. (Sound of a gun being cocked.) Oh, hell no.

I moved my family of seven back to Texas because I want to raise my kids in Constitution friendly state. Here in Texas, we are free. We live free.

“The communists in D.C. want to shut down our churches, close our businesses, indoctrinate our children, communism in our classrooms, make our daughters unsafe in sports and school, destroy American borders and our American history. We must stop them.”

“Hire me to represent you and I’ll go to D.C. and kick some left-wing a**.”

Rodimer is brash and a bit over-the-top, but this is what we need in Washington. Although their personalities are different, his “in your face” manner would ruffle liberals feathers in a big way.

The problem in D.C. is that Republicans are too timid. For some, that may be politeness, but for others, it looks like fear. Democrats need to be called out and utterly humiliated for the actions they’ve taken over the last few months.

Republicans would be wise to take a lesson from the Biden Administration’s absolute mortification in Alaska at the hands of the Chinese. Rather than being cowed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s (accurate) accusations, top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi gave as good as he got. He shot right back with a list of America’s shortcomings. When it was Yang’s turn to speak, Blinken inexplicably dismissed the press. This prompted Yang to embarrass him by asking why did that. After all, Yang chided, America was a democracy. In a recent post about these talks, I wrote that Yang had neither fear, nor respect for Blinken or anyone else in the Biden Administration.

We need strong politicians to fight back against the Democrats’ massive power grab.

If I lived in Texas, Rodimer would have my vote.

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Here are a few posts from Rodimer’s Twitter page: