Biden Regime Poised to Use Private ‘Research Firms’ to Surveil American Citizens Online

Biden Regime Poised to Use Private ‘Research Firms’ to Surveil American Citizens Online. By Debra Heine.

The Biden administration is reportedly planning to revive an Obama-era surveillance work-around that will allow the government to spy on American citizens (under the pretense of “tracking extremist chatter” online).

Because privacy laws prevent the Department of Homeland Security from infiltrating private chat groups of political adversaries, DHS is considering a plan to use outside entities to legally access private groups on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, according to CNN.

This wouldn’t be the first time a Democrat administration has used outside actors to target political adversaries. The Obama administration infamously used intelligence gathered by former British spy Christopher Steele — who was working for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS — to obtain surveillance warrants on Donald Trump in 2016. …

DHS reportedly plans to use foreign “research firms and non-profit groups” that use fake identities to infiltrate private social media groups used by alleged “domestic extremists,” purportedly to get “a better sense of ‘narratives’ that might lead to violence as they emerge.”

Those who live under oligarchies are not citizens

Those who live under oligarchies are not citizens. By Angelo Codevilla.

What is the Biden Administration doing when it swears disinterest in “vaccine passports” to regulate ordinary people’s access to travel, careers, etc. but works with airlines, theaters, big retailers, and universities to help them impose such passports? Is the government—in practice, the political party that controls the government—fronting for corporations, or do the corporations front for the Party? …

Understanding what is happening in America begins with dismissing such silly questions. Focus, instead, on the fact that those who rule us in all these matters are essentially the same people. They are interchangeable, with near-identical interests, loves, hates, and tastes. Often, they are friends and colleagues, and are united about coercing whomever is not on their own sociopolitical side.

 

 

In 21st century America, this oligarchy erased the distinction between public and private powers, and replaced it with the distinction between those who are and are not part of the ruling class. The privatization of public power is oligarchy’s essence.

Because government is by the ruling class few, and is for that class’s interest, the oligarchs can wield the coercive powers of government without legal limits, as if they were dealing with their own private affairs.

Those who live under oligarchies are not citizens — because oligarchy validates itself, decides for itself, within itself, and because it is committed above all to negating the people’s capacity to rule itself.

Many conservatives still haven’t caught up to the new reality:

Americans struggle to understand what is happening because we still regard ourselves as citizens, and imagine that those who run our republican institutions still respect them to some extent.

We see persons whom the ruling class favors committing crimes with impunity, and complain of “a two-tiered justice system.” But this is not mere corruption.

We see corporations wielding government powers and complain that power is being franchised to favorites. But these are not mere favorites of the regime.

This is the new regime being itself. Such things are not deviations from republican legality. They are the assertion of oligarchic reality. This is oligarchic justice, oligarchic normality. The republic was yesterday. The oligarchy is today.

“At First Quietly, Then Much Less Quietly”

“At First Quietly, Then Much Less Quietly.” By David Cole.

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense, was launched in 1971 as the Defense Race Relations Institute (it changed to DEOMI in 1979). But whatever the name, the mandate’s always been the same: pollute the armed forces with propaganda about how America is racist, sexist, “homophobic,” and an all-around evil place filled with Klansmen and Himmlers.

DEOMI employs a trickle-down methodology, indoctrinating base commanders who then pass along the propagandizing to their rank-and-file service members. …

The recent, successful change of leftist strategy that we now see all around us:

Via DEOMI, an arm of the DOD that practically no one had ever heard of, leftists tried to institutionalize critical race theory/white privilege back in 2011. They did it quietly. They were exposed, and they retreated.

In 2013, via DEOMI, leftists tried to preach that a white must never harm a black even if he’s about to slaughter an innocent person. They did it quietly. They were exposed, and they retreated. …

“Quiet” kept leading to defeats. As long as these anti-white, anti-West fanatics were operating under the radar and not “supported by a broader coalition,” GOPs and mainstream conservatives were willing to fight back.

“Quietly” basically cedes that what you’re doing would be unpopular were it done loudly. Thus, you’re essentially admitting that your foes have the public behind them. That emboldens your foes. An emboldened mainstream right happily and successfully went after opponents who seemed frightened of exposure to daylight.

So the critical race theorists and the Soros minions switched to “much less quietly.” They formed that “broad coalition” with like-minded institutions and they started acting with the balls-out roaring confidence of people with popular support (even though they didn’t have it).

If you’re confronted by a bear in the woods, you’re supposed to raise your arms high, because the dumb animal, thinking you’ve grown bigger, will run away. Because it has a small brain. But not as small as that of the average establishment Republican. So when the Western civilization-destroyers raised their arms and screamed, “Grrrrrrr! We’re huge! We speak for all people of color!” the GOP bears of little brain backed down.

We might offend all blacks! We’ll lose votes! We’ll be history’s villains! Corporate America’s tiny-brained mammals caved in a similar fashion.

DEOMI was a no-risk target. But Soros, BLM, and critical race theorists…gaaaaah! Look how TALL they are!

And now there’s no more need for DEOMI. Because there’s no need for “trickle down” anymore. All service members of every rank in all branches of the military are force-fed woke ideology (as conservative critics are attacked publicly, not privately). And “don’t shoot a stabby black person” is being forced upon police departments nationwide.

Loud worked.

Indeed, Soros often lost when he was acting quietly. But once his minions began screaming “defund the police” and “end incarceration” and “white privilege” at the top of their lungs with confidence, he started racking up win after win, not because his agenda had become more agreeable to voters, but because the boldness of his acolytes scared the GOP into thinking it had.

Go big and boisterous; act like you have a mandate. The days of the quiet, stealthy leftist conspirator are over now that it’s clear the GOP is so easily cowed by the illusion of “bigness.”

We should do the same. After all, the numbers truly are on our side.

Silicon Valley Algorithm Manipulation Is The Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive

Silicon Valley Algorithm Manipulation Is The Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive. By Caitlin Johnstone.

The emergence of the internet was met with hope and enthusiasm by people who understood that the plutocrat-controlled mainstream media were manipulating public opinion to manufacture consent for the status quo. The democratization of information-sharing was going to give rise to a public consciousness that is emancipated from the domination of plutocratic narrative control, thereby opening up the possibility of revolutionary change to our society’s corrupt systems.

But it never happened. Internet use has become commonplace around the world and humanity is able to network and share information like never before, yet we remain firmly under the thumb of the same power structures we’ve been ruled by for generations, both politically and psychologically. Even the dominant media institutions are somehow still the same.

So what went wrong? Nobody’s buying newspapers anymore, and the audiences for television and radio are dwindling. How is it possible that those same imperialist oligarchic institutions are still controlling the way most people think about their world?

The answer is algorithm manipulation.

Last month a very informative interview saw the CEO of YouTube, which is owned by Google, candidly discussing the way the platform uses algorithms to elevate mainstream news outlets and suppress independent content.

In addition to banning content deemed harmful, YouTube has also created a category labeled “borderline content” which it algorithmically de-boosts so that it won’t show up as a recommended video to viewers who are interested in that topic …

Google itself also uses algorithms to artificially boost empire media in its searches. In 2017 World Socialist Website (WSWS) began documenting the fact that it, along with other leftist and antiwar outlets, had suddenly experienced a dramatic drop in traffic from Google searches. In 2019 the Wall Street Journal confirmed WSWS claims, reporting that “Despite publicly denying doing so, Google keeps blacklists to remove certain sites or prevent others from surfacing in certain types of results.” In 2020 the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet admitted to censoring WSWS at a Senate hearing in response to one senator’s suggestion that Google only censors right wing content. …

Then you’ve got Facebook, where a third of Americans regularly get their news. Facebook is a bit less evasive about its status quo-enforcing censorship practices, openly enlisting the government-and-plutocrat-funded imperialist narrative management firm The Atlantic Council to help it determine what content to censor and what to boost. Facebook has stated that if its “fact checkers” like The Atlantic Council deem a page or domain guilty of spreading false information, it will “dramatically reduce the distribution of all of their Page-level or domain-level content on Facebook.” …

If not for these deliberate acts of sabotage and manipulation by Silicon Valley megacorporations, the mainstream media which have deceived us into war after war and which manufacture consent for an oppressive status quo would have been replaced by independent media years ago. These tech giants are the life support system of corporate media propaganda.

Seems about right.

The Wentworth Report pretty much offers only “borderline content” — material that is interesting and true but which is deliberately ignored or denied by the mainstream media. We were  downranked by Google just after the US 2020 election, as evidenced by a sudden massive drop in traffic. We now get almost no incoming traffic from Google — because we are next to invisible on Google.

Wokery Is Snobbery; How the Populist Right Can Win the New Class War

Wokery Is Snobbery; How the Populist Right Can Win the New Class War. By James Pinkerton. The next phase of the great re-alignment.

James Carville is a well-known Democratic operative, and yet he’s also capable of causing trouble for Democrats.That’s what happened in an April 27 interview, when he declared, “Wokeness is a problem, and we all know it.”A problem, that is, for the Democratic Party.

As Carville explained:

You ever get the sense that people in faculty lounges in fancy colleges use a different language than ordinary people? They come up with a word like “Latinx” that no one else uses. Or they use a phrase like “communities of color.” I don’t know anyone who speaks like that. I don’t know anyone who lives in a “community of color.” I know lots of white and Black and brown people and they all live in . . .neighborhoods.

We might pay special attention to some of Carville’s word-choices: “people in faculty lounges in fancy colleges.” There’s a stereotype that leading Democrats hang out in the Ivy League and other posh colleges — and Carville agrees with it.

Indeed, he went on to attack “jargon-y language that’s unrecognizable to most people — including most Black people.” Picking up on his theme of a snobby dimension to leftist thinking, Carville added, “This ‘too cool for school’ [bleep] doesn’t work, and we have to stop it.”

Here we can pause to quote conservative Scott Alexander, who wrote earlier this year, “Wokeness is a made-up mystery religion that college-educated people invented so they could feel superior to you.”

Continuing, Alexander added, “The whole point is that the only way not to be racist is to master an inscrutable and constantly-changing collection of fashionable shibboleths and opinions which are secretly class norms.”

So we can see: Alexander is agreeing with Carville; the whole essence of wokeness is that it’s a status symbol. Just as some people choose to raise themselves — at least in their own estimation — by gaining an affected accent, others seek to gain status by becoming fluent in woke.

Wokeness is a status symbol above all. So the woke are always a minority — because, obviously, a status symbol doesn’t work if the majority have it. Hence, wokeness is doomed to fail electorally in the long run. Perhaps realizing that, the US Democrats now rig the demography, the media, voting, and even vote counting.

Then Carville [… says] “I think it’s because large parts of the country view us as an urban, coastal, arrogant party.”

We can also add: “rich.” Of the ten richest states (including the District of Columbia), as measured by per capita income, Joe Biden carried eight last year; of the ten poorest states, Donald Trump carried nine. Drilling down a bit, we can also see that Democrats represent 41 of the 50 most affluent districts in the U.S. House.

Yet it’s not just that Democrats are woke and wealthy. In addition, some of their best-known policy ideas are way-y-y out of touch with ordinary people. But don’t take my world for it — here’s Carville: “Maybe tweeting that we should abolish the police isn’t the smartest thing to do because almost [bleeping] no one wants to do that.” …

Self-defeating virtue signaling:

For years now, political scientist Zach Goldberg has tracked the ideology of elite, opinion-leading Democrats, most of them White. … According to Goldberg’s data, White leftists and their “pro-outgroup bias” are, literally, self-loathing.  And we can readily see how that sort of mental malformation would make for unpopular politics. Continuing, Goldberg added:

As woke ideology has accelerated, a growing faction of white liberals have pulled away from the average opinions held by the rest of the coalition of Democratic voters — including minority groups in the party.  The revolution in moral sentiment among this one segment of American voters has led to a cascade of consequences ranging from changes in the norms and attitudes expressed in media and popular culture, to the adoption of new political rhetoric and electoral strategies of the Democratic Party.

The Democrats’ dilemma:

If wokeness was just a matter of words, it’s possible that Democrats could change those words; after all, when the word “liberal” became a negative, they simply took up a new phrase, “progressive,” and carried right along.

And yet unfortunately for Democrats, wokeness is more than just wordplay; it’s also policy. …

To illustrate, we might consider some of the favorite phrases of Democrats these days: “structural racism,” “Black Lives Matter,” “mass incarceration,” “transgender,” “trans women are women,” “trans men are men,” “reproductive rights” — and yes, in certain noisy circles, “defund the police.”

We can quickly see that each of these phrases has a policy program attached to it. And most often, those policies come straight from some faculty lounge or some other equally left-wing lair. …

Joe Biden was a Trojan Horse (not that this wasn’t widely suspected before the “election”):

Joe Biden was elected to the White House in 2020 precisely because he was not woke; he was different, or at least he said he was. And yet now that he’s in the Oval Office, the wokesters seem to be winning most of the internal policy debates — and that’s exactly what Carville was warning about….

The strongest statistical indicator of whether someone votes Democrat or Republican nowadays is whether their family income is over $100k. The great re-alignment applies here — Democrat voters are increasingly the ones with the larger incomes.

As Carville said, the country increasingly views the Democrats as the “urban, coastal, arrogant party.”

The coasts, of course, are where the money is, including New York City, Silicon Valley, and Powertown, Washington, D.C. And politically, these places are where Democrats predominate.

Thus we see that there’s been a political inversion from the old stereotype of the Republican Party as the party of the rich: Today, Democrats are the plutocrats.

More precisely, the plutocrats and the professional class that serves them are now mostly Democrats.

This inversion trend has been evident for some time …

The decisive hinge came in 2016, with the candidacy of Donald Trump. Although wealthy himself, Trump could make a simple calculation: There are a lot more non-rich people than rich people, so why not side with the non-rich?

Of course, Trump being Trump, he went further than that: His message included a serrated edge of anger and resentment at the coastal elites — and folks in Ohio and Oklahoma loved him for it. …

Through most of U.S. history, majorities of voters have been hostile to the rich. In the old days, that class hostility had benefited populist Democrats; in these new days, that class hostility is helping populist Republicans, who have been repositioning themselves as the home for workers, soldiers, first responders, and homemakers….

Democrats have captured both big money and big culture:

Democrats represent more than just Big Money. They also represent Big Culture, and as such, they must answer for its excesses.

Big Culture is larger than just the Main Stream Media, big as that is; Big Culture is also Hollywood, book publishing, and the newest recruit to wokeness, pro sports.

By this reckoning, if Big Money is an elitist One Percent, then Big Culture is a second elitist One Percent. Yes, the Democrats and the left control both.

Without a doubt, that’s a lot of power, both financial and cultural.

However, as Carville suggests, such power might not be enough. After all, Big Money and Big Culture — those two One Percents — don’t represent a lot of people, also known as voters.

In addition, the two One Percents bring with them baggage, even backlash; as Carville says, they are “arrogant” and self-consciously “too cool for school.” Regular people don’t like being talked down to, let alone being outright insulted.

So, time to do away with real democracy, obviously.

The New Republicans:

So what should Republicans do? The answer seems obvious enough: If they sense Democratic weakness on wokeness, they should keep pressing their anti-woke advantage. And that means standing against crime, standing with the police, and standing up new laws as needed.

For instance, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been working hard to make the Sunshine State an Antifa-free zone. … DeSantis played his cards well, framing the issue as a choice between wokesters plus rioters, on the one hand, and law and order, on the other. De Santis won that fight, of course, and on April 19 he signed into law the bluntly titled “Anti-Riot Bill.” Florida is now a safer place. …

Republicans must rally the non-woken, of all colors, into an avowedly anti-woke coalition.

In response, of course, woke types will say that Republicans are playing the race card. But that’s nonsensical because nobody but a crazy likes disorder.

Instead, Republicans are playing a class card on behalf of the rainbow of people who uphold the homey virtues of family, tradition, and normalcy. That’s a good platform to attract normal people of all colors, and they are the majority.

An anti-woke coalition will form a large majority, and the wokesters know it. Which is why they are so busy rigging the “democracy”.

Good News — The Racist Left Will Never See It Coming

Good News — The Racist Left Will Never See It Coming. By Noah Rothman.

Over the weekend, residents of a prosperous, well-educated suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth went to the polls to vote in municipal elections. There, races for local offices revolved around a controversial plan to institutionalize the precepts of Critical Race Theory in education. And for proponents of that plan, it was an absolute shellacking.

Those who backed the teaching of post-liberal racial thought in American classrooms had big plans.

  • They sought to force both teachers and students into mandatory cultural-sensitivity training programs and empower a “director of equity and inclusion” to oversee it all.
  • They wanted to create a formal database to track incidences of racism, discrimination, and harassment.
  • They hoped to introduce a zero-tolerance policy for episodes of racism and discrimination, on or off-campus.
  • And they intended to establish an archive of “microaggressions,” which are exactly what they sound like: minor, probably unintentional slights that could conceivably be construed as racial even when likelier and more convincing explanations for individual acts of thoughtlessness exist.

Opponents of this philosophy won, and by no small margin. The slate of candidates arrayed against these ideas beat out opponents by roughly 70 to 30 percent, taking two school board seats, two city council seats, and the mayoralty. What’s more, turnout in this unconventionally timed race ballooned by as much as three times the rate at which voters typically participate in Southlake, Texas municipal elections. …

The media spin insults most of us:

NBC News framed the revolutionary proposals on which Texans were asked to vote as nothing more than “diversity and inclusion training requirements.” Its critics, NBC reported, claimed that the new methodology would “institutionalize discrimination,” but the vote against this “pro-diversity plan” was generally dismissed as the verdict of a “historically conservative city” where “74 percent of residents are white.” As one member of the small minority of parents who supported these efforts mourned, “it feels like hate wins.” …

Immune to reality, but for how long?

If election results in Southlake are any indication, this is a losing issue for the left. For the moment, Democrats seem constitutionally incapable of taking the hint.

Chauvin Juror Confession: I Was Worried About ‘Rioting And Destruction’ And ‘People Coming To My House’ To Protest Verdict

Chauvin Juror Confession: I Was Worried About ‘Rioting And Destruction’ And ‘People Coming To My House’ To Protest Verdict. By Jordan Davidson.

An alternate juror who sat in on the trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin said she worried about future “rioting and destruction” and even personal harm if the jury did not agree to a guilty verdict.

When asked by a KARE 11 reporter if she wanted to be a juror, Juror 96 Lisa Christensen said she had “mixed feelings” due to the threat of social unrest that came with the case.

Duh. As usual, the truth starts coming out only after the political and media circus has had their propaganda moment and moved on.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival: so woke you want to call for blood tests

The Sydney Writers’ Festival: so woke you want to call for blood tests. By Alexandra Marshall.

Locals rarely engage with the Australian literary scene since it swan dived off into hardcore racism right around the time the government started throwing millions of dollars at it with no interest in the quality of its investment.

It is an open secret that arts funding is political, bestowed upon creators who uphold the preferred outrage rather than being genuinely talented or interesting. The result is a pile of well-funded political dogma masquerading as culture.

Naturally, the wider community shun the hundreds of authors who play a ‘Marco Polo’ game of screeching, calling to each other for affirmation across the abyss between the pages of their books. …

Example 1:

Woke? Those glasses are a clue.

“The parliaments are overstocked with both male and pale, what’s worse is it’s the direct inverse of who dies in our jails.” — Annabel Crabb

Says ABC presenter Annabel Crabb, in a racist and sexist remark. Don’t worry though, there is no chance whatsoever that our taxpayer-funded ABC is pushing fringe agendas for political activists. …

Example 2:

’Senate’ is from a Latin word that means ‘old man’.” — Mehreen Faruqi with Osman Faruqi.

Indeed, and thanks to those old men of the ancient world who began humanity’s path toward democracy, people like Mehreen can represent the people and be paid handsomely for her work – which appears to involve an endless tirade on Twitter about how much she hates Australia its democracy. A little gratitude for her historical betters might do Mehreen some good. …

Privileged people pretending to be oppressed:

The one thing that is clear from glancing at the content of The Sydney Writers’ Festival, is that everyone thinks they are oppressed while at the same time being adorned with money, awards, and fame for doing whatever they want.

It is an incredible type of ‘oppression’ to have a whinge platform sponsored by the New South Wales government, the City of Sydney, and the Australia Council for the Arts. Not to mention the accompanying list of ambassadors, champion patrons, platinum patrons, gold patrons, silver patrons, normal patrons, festival supporters, the board and staff. …

Meanwhile, their conservative literary peers are nowhere to be seen — shunned and silenced by the same community that preaches tolerance in print while creating a regime of ideological intolerance.

Critical race theory (aka anti-white racism) is the latest class marker, and a great way to get money from taxpayers.

Australia’s Debt Is Never Going To Be Repaid

Australia’s Debt Is Never Going To Be Repaid. By Philip Barton.

Add $975 billion by governments (federal, state and territory) as their response to WuFlu.

That is a total of, near enough, $10 trillion.

There are 13.1m employed Australians (of a total of almost 26 million), so the total debt is $763 k per working person. Average earnings are now a touch over $90 k per year.

Does anybody seriously believe that this can ever be paid back?

All debts are eventually settled — either by re-payment or default.

Australia too has crossed the Rubicon, where the debt is never going to repaid in a meaningful way (that is, where the dollar is worth about what it is today).

The US crossed that river decades ago. The unfunded liabilities of the US Government, for instance, are generally reckoned to be in the vicinity of US$100 trillion, or about US$2 million per worker. Way beyond repayment.

Then there’s the covid response and the spreading attitude of MMT. Sven Henrich:

The amount of liquidity pumped into the markets and the economy in the last year dwarfs anything we’ve seen in history.

In the US alone 55% of GDP, $12.3 trillion in just 13 months. There is no precedence for this. None. And consider the context: By the end of this year US [Federal Government] debt will stand at $30 trillion up from $10 trillion in 2008. 66% of the US’s entire historical debt load will have been added in just 13 years. …

Keep dreaming it’s all consequence free.

All that perpetual debt gives governments a huge incentive to keep interest rates near zero. But low interest rates and easy money since 1982 has in turn caused the biggest asset bubble ever:

The whole world has the loosest financial conditions ever.

I maintain the Fed is playing with fire and in their arrogance they are way too confident with their talk of “tools” to be able to contain inflation.

It’s coming to a head “soon”. If we are lucky, it will only be a 1970s style inflation.

Juror who vowed impartiality in George Floyd case, despite donning BLM shirt, now touts jury duty as activism

Juror who vowed impartiality in George Floyd case, despite donning BLM shirt, now touts jury duty as activism. By RT.

One of the jurors in the murder trial of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin … said in an interview that serving on such panels is a form of community activism.

Brandon Mitchell, the first juror to come out publicly and do media interviews about the Chauvin trial, told syndicated radio host Erica Campbell this week that serving on juries is important “if we wanna see change, we wanna see some things going different.” He added, “We gotta get out there and get into these avenues, get into these rooms to try to spark some change. Jury duty is one of those things – jury duty, voting. All of those things we gotta do.” …

Mitchell, a 31-year-old black man who coaches high school basketball in Minneapolis, where Floyd’s infamous death occurred, reportedly told Judge Peter Cahill during jury selection in March that he hadn’t heard anything about the George Floyd civil case. He said he may have heard some basic information in news reports about trial dates and whatnot, but nothing that would prevent him from serving as an impartial juror.

Mitchell also told Chauvin’s defense lawyer during questioning that he didn’t know whether Chauvin did anything wrong and that he believed the officer had no intention of harming anyone.

However, a Facebook post last August by Travis Mitchell, uncle of Brandon Mitchell, appears to show the future juror wearing a BLM hat and a BLM T-shirt with a message that alluded specifically to the George Floyd incident: “Get your knee off our necks.”

Lies and corruption. When the dishonest and less able outweigh the honest and able, society suffers.

Here’s looking particularly at BLM, who so far have a perfect track record of lying (Trayvon Martin, hands up don’t shoot, and George Floyd), and have wrought only destruction, division, and the Biden regime.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The Deep State is Back

The Deep State is Back. By Christopher Roach.

When Biden says “America is back” and praises “our democracy,” it’s clear he means a return to the pre-Trump status quo, including the meddlesome and ungoverned Deep State.

Recently, the FBI searched Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment. … In his dealings with Ukraine, Giuliani says he acted as President Trump’s emissary and lawyer. …

Hunter Biden’s role in that company, and that of then-Vice President Biden, does appear fishy, not least because Joe bragged about how he withheld American aid to strong-arm the Ukrainians into firing the prosecutor investigating Burisma while Hunter Biden was on the company’s board.

Ukraine appears for many years to have been the “Star Wars Cantina” of Europe, a poorly governed ex-Soviet Republic, where second-tier American politicos and their loser kids made a ton of money. …

[Ukraine is also] a proxy for whether Americans favor a renewed Cold War with Russia.

The Deep State has a strong view on the subject. Trump did not hide his completely reasonable and openly stated desire for better relations with Russia in his 2016 campaign. In fact, Hillary made a big show of it. But the American people voted for peace.

For the Deep State, scaling back commitments is not allowed, even when it’s ratified by an election. It was hostile to Trump across the board, extending to the unprecedented spying on his campaign during and after the 2016 election. They lied about many things to do this.

Getting Giuliani’s documents and computers will allow various people with their toes in Ukraine — including the Biden family — to figure out what Trump and Giuliani know. It will also allow Biden’s protectors to seal up incriminating documents as confidential because of the ongoing investigation, and to figure out who else may have dirt on the Bidens.

Coupled with the denial of bail and dragnet-style round-up of nonviolent offenders from the Capitol Protest, the Giuliani shakedown is another sign of the hardball, take-no-prisoners approach of the Democrats in power. No customary or formal restraint will have any effect, and the media will act not as a check, but rather as a cheerleader, of government overreach.

The swamp drained Trump, not the other way around:

One of Trump’s biggest problems was that he never fully controlled the executive branch. We pretend we are a democracy and a changing of the guard matters, but vast swaths of the government are unelected.

Career civil servants are not necessarily a problem if they do what they are told by the elected officials who are supposed to be in charge, but they have institutional interests and agendas of their own. The permanent members of the government — particularly at the Justice Department, FBI, CIA, and other law enforcement and intelligence branches — made a big show of this early in Trump’s Administration and labeled their lawless and undemocratic obstruction “The Resistance.” …

Biden only appears more in control of the government than Trump did because he empowers and augments the Deep State. …

Trump, for all his tough talk, was a bit naïve about how the government works. He gave little thought to who to put in key positions, often staffing them with anti-Trump, GOP hacks. …

When Biden says “America is back” and praises “our democracy,” it’s clear he means a return to the pre-Trump status quo, including the meddlesome and ungoverned Deep State.

Lies and corruption, all the way down.

It’s not illegal yet, but opposing woke can put you on the no-fly list

It’s not illegal yet, but opposing woke can put you on the no-fly list. By Michelle Malkin.

“America First” host Nick Fuentes has been banned by all the usual Big Tech suspects, along with livestream service DLive, Coinbase, “and every payment processor” for his forceful advocacy of populism, an end to mass migration and protection of the nuclear family.

He was scheduled to join Loomer, former Delaware GOP Senate candidate Lauren Witzke (banned from Twitter for calling a pedophilia-flirting transgender activist “demonic”), and me in Palm Beach Tuesday at a rally to push for loophole-free legislation holding Silicon Valley accountable for discriminatory deplatforming.

But Fuentes never got off the ground, because two airlines and Joe Biden’s TSA informed him that he didn’t have “clearance” to fly. He has been charged with no crimes and was blocked from exercising his First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.

“The United States is now a country that persecutes its own citizens for political dissent. My placement on the no-fly list constitutes a grave escalation by the federal government against American conservatives,” Fuentes told me. It’s “all the more reason why our Republican representatives in state and federal government must get serious and pass strong legislation that protects the civil liberties of the 75 million people that voted for Donald Trump.”

basementhomebrewer:

Fuentes has never called for violence, attended any event that turned into a riot or committed a violent act himself.

Now, consider that BLM activists were traveling freely from city to city to stir up riots last year. None were ever put on the no fly list.

America is becoming like China. Say the wrong things — not illegal, but just non woke — or go to the wrong protest, and you might get put on a no-fly list. Social credit is coming to keep you in line, if the woke are allowed to have their way with us.

Complacency an enemy as reality of conflict sets in

Complacency an enemy as reality of conflict sets in. By Jim Molan, former chief of operations for coalition forces in Iraq.

The second-most powerful nation (China) wants to overtake the most powerful nation (the US). This has happened 16 times in the past 500 years and war has resulted on 12 of those occasions. These odds are poor enough for us to at least start planning. …

China is approaching high readiness and would be monumentally stupid to telegraph its punches by incremental actions. When China acts, it will act decisively, mainly against US bases in the region, as the Commander of the Indo-Pacific Command has indicated, with allies as collateral, at least in the initial stage. …

A direct attack on Australia by China without the involvement of the US is highly unlikely, but attacks on Australia as collateral through cyber, sea mines, or missile attack within a China/US war are more than likely. Subsequent military action depends upon who wins the main battles and whether the US is forced out of our region.

The US is not confident it can win, given its reduced world military capability since the Cold War ended. We might be on our own.

So, is there any hope? In a word, yes. Australia has more defence potential than any nation, we just elect not to realise it. If Israel can defend itself and become more secure over decades against millions of enemies across land borders and no strategic depth, we can do as well if not better.

hat-tip Stephen Neil