“You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. . . .”
—Morpheus to Neo, in the 1999 science fiction thriller The Matrix
I had occasion to be in a medical office, in Orange County, California, and the Matrix was the furthest thing from my mind. But I soon found myself in an unexpected conversation with the receptionist. After making small talk about new technologies on the horizon, this receptionist made the startling statement that he thought the government could not be trusted in its role to protect us from any harmful effects of these technologies but would likely end up regulating them only in ways that benefit the political class.
I was somewhat taken aback by such a startling statement in a place of business. Indeed, there were many people in the office, yet no one protested what the receptionist had said. Having experienced living in California myself, the situation struck me as atypical. It is true that the last ten years I domiciled in the state, there had been, in practice, no free speech, except among friends in a private gathering. It was at this point that I posed the Matrix question: “Are you able to see the Matrix?” It is a coded question I ask to people, when I want to find out whether they are able to see through the media hypnosis and the Big Lies of the Left. (I can always say, “Never mind,” if a person is confused by my query, and move on.)
“I took the red pill a while back,” the receptionist responded, indicating that he was not under the spell of the media; this prompted me to follow up by asking if there was an Agent Smith about (an indoctrinated Leftist inclined to object or make trouble). “No,” he replied, “you can speak freely.” At this point an office co-worker approached, eagerly volunteering that he had also taken the red pill. None of people waiting to see the doctor batted an eyelash. Was it because I was in Orange County, traditionally a bastion of conservatism? To be sure, the OC had become less conservative over the last decade, but perhaps the OC’s native conservatism was making a comeback. Something was afoot in California, and I suppose it made sense that it would begin in the OC, the first county where multiple communities had stood up against the predator-enabling sanctuary state. It would appear that the people of Orange County were beginning to see the Matrix.
What Is the Matrix?
“The Matrix is everywhere,” explains Morpheus to Neo, “It is all around us, even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work . . . when you go to church . . . when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth—a prison for your mind.” In acknowledging how shocking the real world can be to people who have been living within the Matrix, Morpheus offers Neo a choice in the form of two pills: “You take the blue pill . . . the story ends; you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill . . . you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Thus begins the eye-opening journey of the novice Neo—who does indeed choose the red pill being proffered—after being initiated into what change-agent Morpheus refers to, tongue-in-cheek, as Wonderland.
The Matrix, a 1999 science fiction movie, posits a dystopian reality where sentient machines—which are all a part of the artificial-intelligence hive known as the Matrix—utilize the body heat of human beings as an energy source. To this purpose, the human population is kept in a state of perpetual slumber and made to believe that their Matrix-facilitated dreams are an actual representation of reality.
Neo, the hero of The Matrix, is a man with a dual life who is a perfectly legitimate computer-programmer by day and a shady criminal cyber-hacker by night. Neo is in the process of catching on to the truth that the world he lives in daily is not based upon reality, but is mere appearance. Upon being rescued by Morpheus and his agents from falling victim to one Agent Smith, an operative who protects the Matrix, Neo is eventually offered the red pill and takes it, thereby discovering a reality-based rebellion that has taken up arms against the false narratives of the Matrix. But before Neo ingests the red pill, Morpheus issues him a warning: “All I am offering is the truth, nothing more,” says Morpheus. It is an important admonition, for Morpheus will not be able to make reality easily palatable for those who do choose the red pill. (Read more about The Matrix here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Matrix or, better yet, actually treat yourself to a viewing of this incredible film narrative: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/the+matrix+movie?_requestid=12599737.)
The Red-Pill Cultural Rebellion
American conservatives have, since 1999, adopted the vocabulary associated with The Matrix as an appropriate set of metaphors to describe the almost universal control that the Leftist cultural narrative of Big Lies has exercised over American media, through its ownership of five out of six major media companies (https://www.morriscreative.com/6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america/), with News Corp, the owner of Fox News, being the notable exception; News Corp is, generally-speaking, a red-pill, reality-based enterprise—in contrast to the more propaganda-based media outlets of the Left—although even viewers of Fox must always remain vigilant and practice the old Reagan maxim of “trust but verify” when it comes to believing any media story. Recent red-pill additions to the rebellion against the Matrix include, but are not limited to, the following online outlets for fact-based news and cultural commentary: Eagle Rising (https://eaglerising.com/), Breitbart News (http://www.breitbart.com/), The Gateway Pundit (https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/), The Federalist (http://thefederalist.com/), and CNS News(https://www.cnsnews.com/). It has become the goal of the Matrix to shut these media outlets down by means of the so-called “net neutrality” policies that, in reality, are only a mask for government censorship of conservative media on the Internet. Blue-pill Democrats are already shutting down red-pill, conservative speech on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other blue-pill sites.
The Matrix, metaphorically speaking, is fighting to maintain an illusory world where all white conservatives are racists and all black conservatives are “Uncle Toms.” Any other conservative minorities are “race traitors.” And, of course, all women who have failed to support Hillary Clinton are “traitors to their gender.” According to the terminology of The Matrix, the politically-progressive narrative is “the world that is pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” And it is the acolytes of the Left who help the Matrix to reinforce this worldview at every turn—even to the point of self-censorship. When asked if they would ever consider watching Fox News or reading Eagle Rising or Breitbart, those who religiously and regularly take the blue pill almost uniformly answer, “Oh, no! I would never watch Fox News!” or “I wouldn’t be caught dead reading Breitbart!”
Politics Is Downstream from Culture
Andrew Breitbart (the creator of Breitbart News) used to say, “Politics is downstream from culture.” Breitbart was a red-pill gonzo journalist who believed that people’s political opinions were often heavily influenced by what they thought of as being cool or impressive to their friends. Memberships in certain worship communities, bowling leagues, or gun clubs were more likely, in Breitbart’s view, to influence people than almost anything else. Younger people, especially, would tend to get their information from their circles of friends and social networks. This is why the Left works so hard to enlist pro athletes and celebrity actors in their cause. For those who refuse to do the bidding of the Matrix, blacklisting awaits, along with the loss of their TV shows (think Tim Allen of Last Man Standing and Roseanne Barr of Roseanne) as well as their future film roles (think James Wood and Antonio Sabato). This is how the Matrix works. Anyone who seeks to “red-pill” others, or who supports “red-pill” politicians like President Trump, is shut down to the greatest extent possible by the leftwing Agent Smiths of the Matrix.
The Mysterious Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Andrew Breitbart
Andrew Breitbart, the founder of Breitbart News, died mysteriously in 2012 at the young age of 43, after announcing that he would soon be releasing “game-changing” information that could alter the course of the 2012 presidential election. After the L.A. Coroner rushed to judgment by issuing a “death by natural causes” verdict, before an accurate toxicology report could be obtained, Michael Cormier, the forensic technician responsible for finding the true cause of death, reportedly died himself by means of arsenic poisoning on the precise day he was scheduled to release Breitbart’s official cause of death (https://www.infowars.com/breitbart-coroner-turns-up-dead-before-final-cause-of-death-report-is-released/), leading many to speculate that an Agent Smith must have gotten to both Andrew Breitbart and Michael Cormier.
In Hollywood, Most People Are Not Ready to Be Unplugged from the Matrix
In Los Angeles and its environs, where so many families are tied into the Hollywood media culture and so many jobs depend on the money generated by it, blue-pill sleepwalking is naturally and easily reinforced. Other important blue-pill cultural centers are New York, Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Hawaii—as well as the “satellite states” of Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont. These are places where it is often difficult to reason with others, since people have largely been taught to decide matters emotionally, with a heavier reliance on blue-pill media messaging. As Morpheus has said, “Most of these people are not ready to be unplugged, and many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
Candace Owens Realizes Progressive Reporters Are “Hired Hit Men”
Candace Owens, who was involved with an anti-bullying project back in 2016, found herself in the position of having the Left attempt to shut her project down. During an interview with Dave Rubin, Owens, aka “Red Pill Black,” shared her story about how she found herself being threatened by journalists from established media outlets.
Apparently, by offering to help stop bullying online, Owens had made herself into a target of a woman on Twitter whose victimhood Owens wanted to address. As it turned out, the woman was lying about having been bullied, and she feared discovery by Owens. Thus, she tried to get Owens to abort her anti-bullying project. When Owens refused, Owens immediately found herself being bullied, via email, by people claiming to be white supremacists who wanted Owens to stop. Owens realized this was all connected to the woman at Twitter; the woman had lied about being bullied and was, in fact, a bully herself. That is when Owens experienced an important red-pill moment: “I realized that liberals were actually the racists,” Owens affirmed; “Trump is on the [TV] screen saying that the media is lying, that CNN is fake. . . . I began to realize that everything he was saying was true. So, I no longer bought into this idea that he was a racist, a rapist, a white nationalist—everything—I bought none of it, because I knew that the media are hired hitmen, and they were doing the most ridiculous hit job on Donald Trump, from start to finish, of his campaign. . . .”
When President Trump Says “Fake News,” He Is Calling Out the Matrix
Perhaps the biggest red-pill personality alive is President Donald Trump. Trump breaks the taboo daily of exposing the Matrix, a habit which led to President Obama’s weaponizing of the entire Intelligence Community against Trump, in order to spy on his presidential campaign (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/26/7-ways-spy-chief-obama-spied-trump/); the Clintons’ hiring of intelligence operative Christopher Steele, to frame Trump with a false Russian-dossier narrative (https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/rep-jordan-fbi-used-garbage-dossier-get-warrants-spy-americans-associated); and the infiltration of the White House by anti-Trump staffers and Secret Service personnel, to cause a huge number of security leaks to occur during the early days of Trump’s administration (https://www.teaparty.org/new-deep-state-leaks-secret-service-leaks-full-transcipts-trumps-calls-mexico-australia-256646/).
The more President Trump does and the more he accomplishes for the good of all Americans, the smaller the red pill that is necessary for people to swallow, in order to be able to see the Matrix. The black community, with the help of people like Larry Elder (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsIiTWpqh6k), Candace Owens (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILQXW2Ob1PU), and Kanye West (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swQWUa5-9TM)—not to mention the likes of Senator Tim Scott and Housing Secretary Ben Carson—is beginning to wake up to the reality of the Matrix.
The Blue-Pill Brainwash: “People Are a Cancer of the Planet”
“Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague, and we are the cure,” says Agent Smith to Morpheus while interrogating him, in an attempt to break him down. These words could have been spoken by any blue-pill conspiracy-media hack who treats red-pill conservatism as the problem and blue-pill socialism as the cure. Red-pill people believe that economic regulation of the market is not the answer—that the answer lies in fact-based education (rather than ideological indoctrination), in order to create a marketplace for the kinds of conservation technologies and inventions that will help the environment. Blue-pill zombies deny this reality, although the free-market approach has worked historically; these devotees of the Matrix do not trust other people, choosing instead to put their faith in government bureaucrats as the guarantors of environmental protection. However, trust in government is almost always misplaced, because bureaucrats have no real accountability, in terms of being incentivized to maintain or improve the environment the way private individuals are. Private individuals are almost always better stewards of the planet than government bureaucrats who remain cut off from connection to any land that they actively love or care for in a tangible way.
A Truth Hidden by the Matrix: Capitalism Has Improved Environmental Protection over Time
Blue-pill Operatives do not know—or if they do, they fail to cite—historical facts that argue against environmental socialism. For example, John Rockefeller helped to save the whales by developing fossil fuel as an energy source, thereby replacing the need for whale oil (http://naturespathways.com/herb-blurb/item/4027-how-john-d-rockefeller-oil-magnate-helped-save-the-whales#.WxwD-yBlDIU). It was the profit motive that incentivized Rockefeller to find a cheaper, more reliable source of energy. It is also true that collectivist economies generally harm the environment, whereas private ownership protects it. This is important to understand, since “social-justice” taxation to “save” the environment is one of the biggest scams perpetrated by the Left. Not only does socialist policy fail, but it actually tends to increase environmental damage. The Matrix, however, fights against historical facts, since the people running the Matrix enjoy exercising power over people by depriving them of their economic means to be free to make independent financial decisions. The easiest way to do this is to convince people they must sacrifice—by means of government taxation—to the environment, lest they kill the planet by withholding their money and, in turn, wind up killing themselves.
Why Socialism Fails to Protect the Environment: Or, The Tragedy of the Commons
In socialist economies, no one owns property, so there is no incentive to care for the land, to preserve its value. The forest next to my home is owned by everyone in common, rather than being owned by me or some individual incentivized by private ownership to responsibly maintain the land. So, if I cannot own the land, and it cannot belong to my neighbor, then, realistically, I should hunt the deer before my neighbor does; I had better extricate the fish from the lake, as well, before my neighbor does; for, if I try to conserve the wildlife, it will make no difference, since it will only be my neighbor who hunts and fishes the animals to extinction, whereas, if I do it, the same result accrues, but with me as the beneficiary. The destruction of commonly-owned property that is held in trust for everyone by the government is referred to by economists as the Tragedy of the Commons (https://eaglerising.com/8392/capitalism-saves-communism-kills/). It is a phenomenon that is hidden, in large part, by the operatives of the Matrix.
Capitalism Provides the Cheapest Way to Develop Newer & Better Sources of Energy
The development of renewable energy sources has benefited from the use of fossil-fuel technology. The availability of cheap, plentiful fossil fuel has helped enormously to allow the inexpensive research and development necessary to make renewable energy more profitable. A good example is ExxonMobil’s continuing efforts to conduct research on advanced biofuels, which, according to the energy company (http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/research-and-technology/advanced-biofuels/advanced-biofuels-and-algae-research), is “part of our many investments in new technologies with the transformative potential to increase energy supplies, reduce emissions and improve operational efficiencies.” Profits affect spending on these kinds of projects; so, in a capitalistic, low-regulation, free-market competitive economy, developments that would be beneficial for the environment can happen that could not occur under a sluggish socialistic economic regime devoid of incentives for helping the environment.
The Matrix Promotes Death-Dealing Socialism in General
What the Matrix has removed from media representations and educational curricula is the teaching of real history. The truth is that, throughout history, socialist oligarchies always become tyrannical, something the Big Lies of the Matrix narrative block people from knowing. However, when, under socialism, people are not allowed to benefit from their jobs more than anyone else benefits, people generally quit the harder jobs. This is how socialism ultimately leads to shortages of life-preserving foodstuffs and technologies, while capitalism always finds ways to create abundance. Socialism is run by people who are greedy for power, who never do without, while their countrymen experience scarcity and often go hungry, even to the point of starvation. How greedy one can be is limited in capitalism, since, in a competition-driven free market, nobody can force you to buy anything, so greedy vendors demanding prices that are too high cannot survive. The eventual by-product of the scarcity that comes about under socialism, by the way, is the plundering and pillaging of natural resources to point of what often becomes irreparable environmental damage, for when food and other resources are in too-short supply, people poach animals of every variety and spoil the land and water to gain whatever advantage they need to survive.
Food for Thought: Unmaskers of the Matrix Façade
There is a great deal of discussion online with regard to the taking the red pill and waking up to Matrix. Here are some video options to help people learn more about it: John Stossel Talks about the Red Pill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1_6DZ21P3M); Brandon Tatum Discusses Digesting the Red Pill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRxxM287xzY); Anthony Brian Logan Reveals His Red Pill Moment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWj7nsx8Ld8); Candace Owens Tells about Her Character Assassination by Media Thought Police (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyyutMSd6hc); Larry Elder Gives Dave Rubin a Red Pill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phPXTWJhnYM); The Common Sense of Economist Thomas Sowell Is a Red Pill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5daNMXer2UQ).Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.
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Former Van Halen Lead Sammy Hagar Blasts Coronavirus Lockdowns, Refuses to Comply
Rock legend and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar says he is no longer willing to abide by the left’s coronavirus lockdowns.
Rock-N-Roll legend and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar says he is no longer willing to abide by the left’s coronavirus lockdowns.
Hagar sat down with KSHE-FM radio on Friday and said that he is “not locking down anymore.”
The now 72-year-old rocker said that when he first heard of the virus and how it was so devastating for people over 60, he was like “Whoa, whoa, whoa!”
“I got a little nervous,” he told the audience.
“And then I thought about it, and after three weeks of lockdown, I was really getting bored, but I also started kind of liking it,” he continued.
But as the days ticked by, Hagar realized he was missing those close to him in his life.
“My whole life I worked every day of my life,” he said. “Sunday, it may be the Lord’s day off, but it’s not Sammy Hagar’s day off. I worked every freakin’ day of my life in some fashion on one of my projects. Either I’m recording, or I’m writing, or whatever. So all of a sudden, I went, ‘Man, I don’t have anything to do.'”
After a few weeks he woke up to a new realization.
“[Y]ou know what I thought of?” he said. “I thought, ‘You know what? I’ve had the best life of any human being on this planet. If the damn thing wants to come and get me and kill me, let it be. Life isn’t gonna be any better from this day on for the rest of my life than it has been.”
“I swear to you: I came to grips with it, and I was not afraid. I didn’t want to get anyone else contagious if I had it, but I don’t have it — I’m healthy as a freakin’ tick,” Hagar said.
The whole thing got him thinking about the plight others have found themselves in because of this virus nonsense.
“[T]hen I got jumped up about it,” he exclaimed. “I said, ‘This is bullcrap, people being afraid and staying away from their own children and their own parents.’ It just took the love out of families. I hate it. I don’t say the word ‘hate’ very much, but I hate this freakin’ coronavirus crap. And I’m not afraid of it, and I’m not locking down anymore.”
The “I Can’t Drive 55” singer concluded that he now refuses to live in fear and is ready to go about living his life.
“I’m not afraid of it anymore,” he insisted. “That’s all I’m saying. Everybody, be their own self. I’m not trying to sway anyone any direction. But Sammy Hagar, I’m not afraid of it. There you go.”
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Memorial Day Special: Never Forget What American Troops Are Made Of
To honor our troops for Memorial Day this year, I am going to share this story about their mettle. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly made to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. While leading his platoon on a combat patrol, Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly was only 29-years-old.
Giving Thanks for Our Warriors
“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….
“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
“The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: ‘Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass. You clear?’ I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: ‘Yes, Sergeant,’ with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, ‘No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.’ They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.
“A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way–perhaps 60-70 yards in length–and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms…
“What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as [Iraqi policemen on the scene] had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.
“You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: ‘Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.’ The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.
“It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were–some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.
“For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing nonstop… the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore into the body of the son-of-a-beech who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers–American and Iraqi–bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe… because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.
“The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty… into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight–for you.”
(Originally published by The Weekly Standard in December of 2010)
Tales like this are legion in the annuls of the military history of the United States of America. Our citizen soldiers are some of the best ever seen by mankind. This Memorial Day, please do remember them, pray for them, support them.
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Judge Sullivan Hires High-Profile Attorney To Argue His Reasons For Not Dropping Flynn Case
The federal judge Emmet Sullivan overseeing the case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn has hired a high-profile attorney to help with his response to an appeals court, The Washington Post reported.
The judge was ordered by an appeals court this week to explain his unorthodox handling of Michael Flynn’s ongoing case in district court. The DOJ this month moved to drop its case against Flynn, but Sullivan declined to immediately do so, instead, he’s appointing a retired judge to argue against dismissing the case.
He has retained Beth Wilkinson to represent him in defending his decision to a federal appeals court in Washington, according to a person familiar with the hire who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
— Michael Dorstewitz (@MikeDorstewitz) May 23, 2020
As you know by now, the Department of Justice moved to drop the federal government’s case against Michael Flynn in light of new evidence, but the presiding judge in the case, Judge Emmet Sullivan, has resisted. He opened the case to public comment and appointed a retired judge, John Gleeson, to look into the possibility of trying Flynn for contempt of court for perjury. Gleeson had said he’d have his amicus brief filed by June 10, but on Thursday, a three-judge appeals court panel gave Sullivan until June 1 to explain his reasoning for not dropping the case.
Now it looks like Sullivan is pushing back even harder, as he’s hired a prominent trial lawyer to argue his desire to investigate whether dropping the case would be legal and ethical.
Sullivan is looking for all the help he can get not to dismiss the case and to charge Flynn with contempt of court. The Washington Post reports:
The federal judge who refused a Justice Department request to immediately drop the prosecution of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn has hired a high-profile trial lawyer to argue his reasons for investigating whether dismissing the case is legally or ethically appropriate. More
You know I am not an attorney, but if a very experienced sitting Judge can’t articulate the reasons that he made a decision or order then the decision/order is probably unfounded.
Also, if a very experienced sitting federal judge needs to hire a high-profile attorney to shield himself then the order/decision is probably not just unfounded but possibly illegal too.
Coronavirus Death Counts Found Wildly Over Reported
The number of people who have died from the coronavirus have been inflated by states hoping to milk the deaths for federal dollars.
More proof is coming out each week that the number of people who have actually died from the coronavirus have been greatly inflated by states hoping to milk the deaths for federal dollars.
On Saturday, it was reported that Colorado had to amend its death count because the reported numbers were far higher than the really are.
Per Fox News:
The change came after Colorado’s Department of Public Health admitted that its COVID-19 death toll was counting those who tested positive for the coronavirus but had died of other causes, Fox 31 Denver reported late Friday.
The department now says 1,150 Coloradoans who died had COVID-19 but only 878 of those deaths were “due to” COVID-19.
“We have been reporting at the state, deaths among people who had COVID-19 at the time of death and the cause of that death may or may not have been COVID-19,” said Dr. Eric France, the health state department’s chief medical officer.
France noted that state officials began hearing from hospitals, medical examiners, doctors, and others that the numbers were suspect.
One such story emerged from Montezuma County where a 35-year-old man was added to the coronavirus death rolls, but who didn’t actually die from the virus.
“The state is reporting that death as a COVID death, but our health department wanted to let people know that even though the person did have the virus, they did not die from it,” county officials said.
The numbers in Michigan have also come under a cloud.
“I think a lot of clinicians are putting that condition (COVID-19) on death certificates when it might not be accurate because they died with coronavirus and not of coronavirus,” Macomb County, Mich., Chief Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz told the Ann Arbor News last month.
“Are they entirely accurate? No,” Spitz said. “Are people dying of it? Absolutely. Are people dying of other things and coronavirus is maybe getting credit? Yeah, probably.”
Similar miscounting is occurring in states across the nation.
Per Fox News:
Illinois has been accused of skewing its COVID-19 death count. The CDC on Friday reported 3,792 coronavirus deaths in Illinois, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.
In April, the state’s Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike told a coronavirus news briefing that the state’s COVID-19 death toll was counting those who died of “a clear alternate cause” but had the virus at the same time.
Another death in Arkansas was tallied as a COVID-29 death despite the truth of the matter.
In Arkansas, where 97 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, the count includes a woman who died at a nursing home in April.
But KTHV-TV reported interviewing the woman’s daughter, who had questions about including her mother in the count.
“My mother was 91 when she passed,” the daughter, who requested anonymity, said. “She had been in hospice since January. I feel the diagnosis of ‘respiratory failure due to COVID-19’ is not true. To add a death due to the virus just to inflate the numbers is not right.”
Indeed, San Diego recently had to admit that it has had only six actually COVID-19 deaths despite recent claims.
This sort of nonsense is going on everywhere.
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Secret Service Busts Nigerian Crooks Defrauding U.S. Unemployment System for Hundreds of Millions
The U.S. Secret Service has busted a Nigerian fraud ring bilking America for “hundreds of millions” in fraudulent unemployment payments.
The U.S. Secret Service has busted a Nigerian fraud ring that has been bilking America for “hundreds of millions” in fraudulent unemployment payments.
As if the U.S. isn’t bankrupting itself fast enough with the massive loss of jobs amid this coronavirus hysteria, now we find the Nigerians stealing millions from us with our obviously easily defrauded unemployment benefit system.
A Secret Service memo obtained by the New York Times described the attack as a well-organized Nigerian fraud ring that may be stealing “hundreds of millions of dollars.”
“We are actively running down every lead we are getting,” Roy Dotson, a special agent who specializes in financial fraud at the Secret Service, told the paper.
The foreign crooks are using stolen Social Security numbers and other personal information likely purchased by hackers to file for unearned benefits.
The fraud ring jumped into action thanks to the millions of lost jobs because of the coronavirus lockdowns.
The first place the growing fraud was seen was in the State of Washington where people who did not file for unemployment found that their names were being used to file for fraudulent benefits.
The Secret Service noted that the fraud is slowing down response time for people who are legally filing for benefits.
At Bellingham, Washington’s Western Washington University, more than 400 of 2,500 employees have been targeted with fake unemployment claims, the university’s spokesman told the Times.
“This is a gut punch,” said Suzi LeVine, the commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department.
The Secret Service said they are also finding evidence of the fake claims in Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Wyoming.
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Nancy Pelosi Admits What Democrats Want Would Cost An “Endless Amount Of Money”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admits that the coronavirus relief measures that the Democrats are planning would cost an “endless amount of money.” From an interview on CNN with host Jake Tapper.
Who will pay for it since everyone is being asked to stay at home and not work?
— TheFunKris (@thefunkris) May 12, 2020
— KalLeBlanc (@cloudedison) May 12, 2020
The democrats’ frivolous spending has got to stop. There are numerous democrat mayors raising taxes during these hard times. Shameful
— Tree417 (@Tree417711) May 14, 2020
I guess we should be thankful she only wants 3 TRILLION more dollars?
Spending like this simply cannot be sustained. “Drunken sailor” doesn’t even begin to describe this. It is literal (and I do mean literal) insanity. Let us somehow bring reason (and term limits) to Washington.
— November Fox (@NovemberFox4) May 12, 2020
— ffj (@ivenetennessee) May 12, 2020
Just look at the tired look on Tappers face.
— C’mon man (@golfguyphilly) May 13, 2020
As long as @SpeakerPelosi can get her ice cream
— rm (@rossmaclennang1) May 12, 2020
is that how the Tapper guy always looks?
he looks so depressed if he was sitting in my office I would get a 72 hr emergency hold in a psych unit….
— Deb (@esqlegaleagle) May 12, 2020
good excuse. save it. by the time you get to it, 50 million will be unemployed.
— richard bulman (@starchief27) May 12, 2020
Why does Pelosi think she owns the checkbook that belongs to the American people. pic.twitter.com/6sZWXcpq5b
— Never Vote Democrat! (@hirt_gary) May 13, 2020
And there you have. The Dems and their wishlist. Question during this COVID crisis what do the people who voted her in time and time and time again have on their wishlist?
— Hubs (@Raptorup) May 12, 2020
These Communist democrats are ruining the country and we need to all wake up and do our part to protest around the country, to show that we’re not going to take this abuse any longer!! @realDonaldTrump these democrats put an anti voter ID amendment in there new Stimulus bill!
— SA (@shawn_anand) May 12, 2020
@SpeakerPelosi is such an idiot. Oh, and a National Disgrace.
— John in Houston (@JohninHouston2) May 12, 2020
Outrageous: Now Leftist L.A. Mayor Proclaims that City ‘Will Never Completely Open’
The left-wing mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has issued the shocking proclamation that the city will “never” fully re-open because of the coronavirus.
The liberal mayor insisted this week that the city will never fully reopen until there is a “cure” for the feared coronavirus.
This, though, is an utterly unscientific proclamation because science has yet to cure many viruses like the coronavirus. So, if Garcetti is going to wait for a “cure,” he may never be ready to allow his city to reopen.
These outrageous comments come on the heels of his decision to keep much of L.A. shuttered through August.
In a rambling interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Garcetti attempted to clarify comments made by county public health director Barbara Ferrer that initially suggested the coronavirus lockdown would stretch into August.
Garcetti scolded residents telling them not to “overreact” to Ferrer’s comments, but added that L.A. would “never be completely open” until there is a vaccine for COVID-19.
“I think we have to all recognize that we’re not moving beyond COVID-19,” Garcetti exclaimed. “We’re learning to live with it.”
“We’ve never been fully closed, we’ll never be completely open until we have cure,” he said.
“We all have to all recognize that we’re not moving beyond COVID-19, we’re learning to live with it,” @MayorOfLA Eric Garcetti weighs in on latest stay-at-home orders. https://t.co/oCtlM8IWmi pic.twitter.com/Cyr5MlBbvM
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 13, 2020
But even the left-wing media’s favorite doctor, Anthony Fauci, noted that there may never be am effective vaccine. “There’s no guarantee that the vaccine is actually going to be effective,” he said.
So, if Garcetti intends to shut down L.A. permanently, the city will be entirely destroyed.
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