Cheney Makes Irrefutable Case

By: John Semmens

The January 6 insurrection show trial opened with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) making an irrefutable case for Trump’s guilt.

“First, we have his own words spoken just minutes before his mob of supporters telling them ‘to peacefully and patriotically march to the Capitol and make your voices heard,’” Cheney pointed out. “These are code words—dog whistles if you prefer—instructing them to violently and treasonously attack Congress.”

“Second, the claim that these insurrectionists were unarmed is a distraction,” she argued. “They knew that the Capitol Police had weapons and could have easily overwhelmed them and seized those weapons. That’s why the Capitol Police had to be ready to use all reasonable force to quell the rebellion. Luckily, Ashley Babbitt was the only one who had to be killed in order to maintain the peace.”

“Third, Trump’s offer on January 2nd to send 20,000 National Guard troops to protect the Capitol was thwarted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi who cleverly refused to allow these troops to be put at her disposal. She remembered how Russian troops refused to fire on citizens protesting a coup against the Yeltsin government seeking to reestablish the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Rather than being saddled with troops that might refuse orders to shoot the insurrectionists she expected to enter the Capitol, she wisely relied upon the Capitol Police’s loyalty and was proved correct.”

Confident that Trump will be found guilty, Cheney has been soliciting donations for her reelection campaign from former Trump Administration aides that have been subpoenaed by Committee to appear as witnesses. “I’m giving these rats a fair chance to desert a sinking ship and save themselves from going to jail by joining the winning team,” she explained.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called Cheney’s solicitation “witness tampering. It is not something an honest person would do. At best, it is improper conduct. Some might suspect it conveys more than a hint of extortion or intimidation. I can’t imagine that any money she might get out of this would overcome the revulsion that the voters of her state must feel toward such tactics.”

City Raises Taxes to Fund “Free Housing”

By: John Semmens

The City of Portland, Maine has opted to raise property taxes in order to provide free housing for asylum seekers. The average home price in the City is $475, 000. Up to now the tax on such a house has been $5,200. The expected additional annual levy is in the $350 range.

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder said “so-called asylum seekers are being sent here without us being consulted or even getting any prior notice from the Biden Administration. Housing them has become a significant financial burden.”

“The property tax hike was just one of the options the City Council considered,” the Mayor admitted. “Other suggestions from citizens attending the Council meeting included putting them on buses to DC like like some Republican governors have done, asking them to get jobs and pay their own bills, or requisitioning vacant space in homes too large for the current inhabitants like was done in New England in the 1770s.”

The Mayor contends that two of the suggested alternatives “are too inhospitable. Asking people to pay their own way or sending them to the nation’s capital is something that Republicans would do. Well, we’re not Republicans. Requisitioning excess space in people’s homes would be equitable, but would require too much work. Squeezing taxpayers for a few hundred dollars more each year is the most efficient course of action.”

USA Today Alters Op Ed Policy

By: John Semmens

The largest newspaper chain in the US has told its editors to modify their op ed publication policy. CEO Mike Reed cited reader complaints for the policy shift, saying “our effort to fit in with the unity theme of the Biden Administration has not set well among our readers. They don’t want our papers to tell them how to think. They suggest that we hire writers who are not left-wing activists.”

“The big problem is that the number of subscribers is declining,” Reed continued. “While 80% of our readers who are Democrats express trust and confidence, only 35% of our readers who are Republicans do. Six years ago the trust and confidence numbers for the two groups was 80% and 70%, respectively. Clearly, preaching to the choir is not a viable business strategy. We need to rectify this.”

Reed indicated that “the basic approach will to leave pages devoted to political news blank with only neutral sounding words like ‘Inflation: Curse or Blessing?’ ‘Criminals: Let Them All Go Free or Kill Them?’ or ‘Is Nuclear War the Answer?’ as the headlines. Readers can then fill in the blank spaces with whatever content they want. I think readers will feel more a part of the process than they do now with our predominately left-wing slant. Uniform political rhetoric will be replaced with a wider array of ideas, some of them crazy, some of them new and innovative. Satisfaction rates among our readers should go up and more subscriptions be sold. Since our readers will be writing for free we’ll also save the money we were paying the left-wing activists to write for us.”

Biden Administration Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called USA Today‘s change in policy “a disturbing threat to the unity the President has been seeking to inflict on the American people. Who knows what kind of nonsense will show up in the blank spaces provided? Filling those pages with the words of left-wing activists was a main bulwark for preserving our peoples’ democratic republic. The President may be forced to issue an order to shut the USA Today chain down.”

Media Alarmed Democrats May Lose Elections

By: John Semmens

This week the Associated Press (AP) published a dire warning that white Cristian nationalists “may drastically alter the composition of the American government this November by voting against Democrats. By cunningly confining their tactics to the completely legal option of voting against those in power they could force changes that would upset the unity President Biden has arduously struggled to achieve.”

MSNBC talking head Joy Reid hailed the AP warning, calling it “a timely and desperately needed alert. We in the mainstream media need to take a stronger stand against these enemies of democracy. We can’t afford to keep pretending to objectively present opposing views. Christian nationalism poses a very real threat to American national security and social cohesion. If we sit by and allow them to elect the kind of people who will favor their values the right to an abortion will be seriously curtailed. The progress that has been made to normalize LGBTQ values will be derailed. And the premise of universal white guilt will be undermined.”

Writer David Bates cautioned “don’t let their peaceful methods and demeanor fool you. They will go after every office and seat, from the White House to school boards, city councils, even library boards—voting in massive numbers unlike we have ever seen before. This is what fascism looks like in America in the 21st century. We must not forget that Hitler was elected to office and used that office’s authority to declare an emergency that allowed him to rule by decree. Any tactic that can thwart them is justifiable.”

The irony is that many of the Democrats who might be voted out of office have cunningly used the democratic system to gain power. They vote in large numbers. Sometimes their fear of losing has driven them to vote more than once or even after they’re dead. Once their favored candidates are in office they have used that office’s authority to declare emergencies and ruled by decree—labeling opposing views disinformation and demanded these views be censored.

In related news, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued an alert warning that “Dominion voting machines have software vulnerabilities that leave them susceptible to hacking.” An example of what could happen was demonstrated in the recent Democratic primary in DeKalb County Georgia. The Dominion machines made Marshall Orson the winner. Third place finisher Michelle Long Spears called for a hand count after numerous precincts showed her getting zero votes. The hand count showed she was the winner and Orson the third place finisher. Fraud is suspected.

Arming Teachers Would Save Lives

By: John Semmens

Research carried out by the Homeland Security Institute at Purdue University shows that the presence of an armed school resource officer and having 5% to 10% of the teachers and staff trained to carry and use firearms can reduce fatalities in an active shooter situation by 80%. Furthermore, a recent poll by the Trafalgar Group found that 57% of voters say the absence of armed school staff members makes schools more dangerous. Thirty-one percent disagreed.

In Ohio they have a program called FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response). It was established after the 2012 mass shooting of students at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. In the decade since the FASTER program began there has never been an incident of an accidental discharge of a firearm by a teacher. Neither has there been an instance of a gun being taken by a student. Colorado has a similar program.

Despite the research results and voter support for this approach, most Democrats oppose arming any school staff. President Biden insists “it’s time we ban all assault weapons. This is not about taking away anyone’s guns. It’s about making it illegal to own them.”

In Texas, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke called for “confiscating all AR-15 and AK-47 rifles. If I were governor instead of the do-nothing Abbott, the shootings in the Uvalde elementary school would never have happened. I’m confident that the voters won’t make the mistake of reelecting this dud in November.”

In Florida, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist promised “to outlaw assault weapons the day I take office. I agree with Rep. Cicilline (D-RI). Spare me the bullshit about constitutional rights. Anyone who’s not insane knows it’s past time that we disarm those who have no need to own guns. When the police and armed forces are the only ones with guns no unauthorized mass shootings will be possible. Everyone who wants a safer future must vote Democrat this year.”

Presidential Nonsense

By: John Semmens

In a speech to the graduating class of the US Naval Academy, President Biden revealed that in 1965 Sen. Senator J. Caleb Boggs (R-Del) signed a letter recommending him for admission to the Naval Academy. Biden said he decided not to go to the Academy because his desire to play starting quarterback on the football team was blocked by Roger Staubach—the greatest player to ever play for Navy and later MVP for the Superbowl winning Dallas Cowboys. Biden played football in high school, but graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965 with no varsity football experience.

In a speech to the Coast Guard during a change of command ceremony, the President warned that “global warming will soon shift the American coastline hundreds of miles inland from where it is now. Scranton—my hometown—will become the major eastern seaport of the country. Washington, DC will be completely submerged. It’s no joke.”

CBS News White House correspondent Ed O’Keefe asked Biden’s new Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if she could clarify what the President was trying to say, but she rebuffed his request, saying “I don’t pay no attention to what that crazy white dude says. None of it makes any sense. I would advise you to do likewise.”

Biden Not Getting the Credit He Deserves

By: John Semmens

Plunging poll numbers have President Biden in a snit. He’s particularly irked that his intended “ultra MAGA” smear tactic has backfired as Trump proudly appropriated the phrase for his own use saying “after a year-and-a-half of ultra Biden incompetence and disaster the American people are eager for a return of the policies that had this country on track for record-breaking prosperity.”

“The runaway prosperity that Trump inflicted on the American people was wrecking the environment,” Biden complained. “I don’t understand why I’m not getting more credit for reversing course. It’s as if voters prefer selfish personal gains over ecological virtue. I can’t believe this is true. All my advisers assure me that what this country needs is a return to the simpler life humanity enjoyed before capitalism ruined it.”

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), a man many now credit for elevating the demented Biden to the presidency by endorsing him in the 2020 Democratic primary as “the only one who could unite the country,” seconded the President’s anger over his declining support in the polls. “I blame white supremacist terrorists and their media minions for turning the middle class against the best friend they’ve ever had in the White House.

Treasury Secretary Confesses: “I Don’t Understand Inflation”

By: John Semmens

During an interview aired on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Biden Administration Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen admitted “I don’t understand inflation. Everyone in the Administration is dead set against inflation. It’s not like there are disagreements regarding its negative effects. Yet, despite this unanimity among those of us making economic policy inflation is wrecking the lives of ordinary Americans.”

Yellen’s admission was stunning considering she has a PhD in economics from Harvard University, spent nearly twenty years at the Federal Reserve—serving as its Chairperson for five years—helping manage the nation’s money supply, and was on President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.

“I mean, how can gasoline prices be rising when the President has decreed the nation must transition to green energy?” the Secretary wondered. “If the government is in the process of making fossil fuels illegal and obsolete why aren’t gasoline prices collapsing like the prices of other obsolete energy sources like whale oil collapsed? The only credible explanation is price-gouging by the greedy manufacturers.”

“Clearly, we need to bring back the price controls that worked in the 1970s under Nixon, Ford, and Carter,” she asserted. “This policy was so successful it was dubbed ‘stagflation’ because it stagnated the inflation. The whole country was unified behind a comprehensive system that brought Republicans and Democrats together in a common goal to whip inflation. The long lines to purchase gas were a much more effective means of encouraging conservation because time is more valuable than money. It was reluctance to pay the high time cost of obtaining fuel that broke the back of inflation then and could do it again today, 50 years later.”

“Of course, the real wild card is the possibility of nuclear war between Russia and us over the Ukraine situation,” Yellen observed. “On the one hand, hundreds of millions of people would die and the entire industrial foundations of modern life would be destroyed. On the other hand, a return to a pre-civilized mode of living would force us to reevaluate our materialistic habits and live more naturally constantly on the brink of starvation. The ills of a sedentary life style—obesity, diabetes, heart disease—would fade away, as would the burdens of caring for the elderly. We might actually be better off in the long run if this did happen.”

Treasury Secretary Confesses: “I Don’t Understand Inflation”

During an interview aired on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Biden Administration Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen admitted “I don’t understand inflation. Everyone in the Administration is dead set against inflation. It’s not like there are disagreements regarding its negative effects. Yet, despite this unanimity among those of us making economic policy inflation is wrecking the lives of ordinary Americans.”

Yellen’s admission was stunning considering she has a PhD in economics from Harvard University, spent nearly twenty years at the Federal Reserve—serving as its Chairperson for five years—helping manage the nation’s money supply, and was on President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.

“I mean, how can gasoline prices be rising when the President has decreed the nation must transition to green energy?” the Secretary wondered. “If the government is in the process of making fossil fuels illegal and obsolete why aren’t gasoline prices collapsing like the prices of other obsolete energy sources like whale oil collapsed? The only credible explanation is price-gouging by the greedy manufacturers.”

“Clearly, we need to bring back the price controls that worked in the 1970s under Nixon, Ford, and Carter,” she asserted. “This policy was so successful it was dubbed ‘stagflation’ because it stagnated the inflation. The whole country was unified behind a comprehensive system that brought Republicans and Democrats together in a common goal to whip inflation. The long lines to purchase gas were a much more effective means of encouraging conservation because time is more valuable than money. It was reluctance to pay the high time cost of obtaining fuel that broke the back of inflation then and could do it again today, 50 years later.”

“Of course, the real wild card is the possibility of nuclear war between Russia and us over the Ukraine situation,” Yellen observed. “On the one hand, hundreds of millions of people would die and the entire industrial foundations of modern life would be destroyed. On the other hand, a return to a pre-civilized mode of living would force us to reevaluate our materialistic habits and live more naturally constantly on the brink of starvation. The ills of a sedentary life style—obesity, diabetes, heart disease—would fade away, as would the burdens of caring for the elderly. We might actually be better off in the long run if this did happen.”

AZ Governor’s Race Tightens to 4%: Kari (27%) Karrin (23%) Undecided (31%)

Recent polling in the Arizona Gubernatorial race shows support for Kari Lake decreasing and support for Karrin Taylor Robson increasing.

Last month, Kari Lake’s team released polling saying that she had increased her lead over the other candidates by significant margins (see figure 1). Insiders were quick to point out that the polling firm used only online panels, which are considered less accurate than live caller polls, and that the firm, Cygnal, was relatively new and had ties to Lake allies.

Bad polling is a contributing factor to the almost 20% swing away from Kari but the ads highlighting Kari Lake’s donations and campaigning for President Obama, lying about an NRA Lifetime Membership and supporting giving illegal immigrants mass amnesty were a major factor as well.

The trend lines are clear though, Karrin Taylor Robson continues to make increases among those undecided voters where Kari Lake seems to be stalling. The primary is just under 2 months away with early ballots being sent out on July 6th and anything could happen but its becoming very clear that it’s a two person race.

Figure 1

Harsh Treatment of Jan 6 Detainees Justified

John Semmens

Despite the Constitution’s affirmation of a right to a speedy trial, persons suspected of crimes committed during the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol building continue to languish in jail. Part of this pre-trial and conviction punishment includes isolation from outside visitors. Living conditions are degraded by unsanitary conditions.

Brandon Fellows has been in the DC jail for almost a year. His alleged crime was smoking marijuana in the Capitol on Jan 6. A video of him in prison was smuggled out. In it he conducts a tour of his cell revealing frayed electric wires, mold, and an overflowing toilet. Neither he nor other Jan 6 inmates are allowed access to the cafeteria, gym, classrooms, outdoor areas, barber shop or religious services.

Attorney General Merrick Garland called the imprisonment of these individuals “warranted given the circumstances. The fact that Fellows may not be implicated in any insurrectionist activity doesn’t change the fact that he was in the building at the same time as others who may ultimately be charged with treason were. He could be a witness against them. The hardships he faces may help persuade him to testify against those who are guilty of insurrection. The complaint that the Jan 6 prisoners are being treated worse than the accused rapists and murderers in the jail is undeserved. None of these rapists and murderers pose as much danger to democracy as the Jan 6 traitors.”