Mid-Day Digest

May 11, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience.” —Thomas Jefferson (1782)

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Obama Laments DOJ Dropping Flynn Case, Trump Hits ‘Obamagate’

Thomas Gallatin

The Justice Department dropped its case against Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, as a result of recently released FBI documents that revealed a plot to entrap Flynn. Naturally, Barack Obama decided to weigh in. Obama blasted the DOJ’s decision, claiming, “There is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.” Obama is concerned about Rule of Law? Please.

Oh, and somebody get Bill Clinton on the phone. We seem to recall he got off scot-free despite a perjury charge.

On Sunday, Trump pointedly hit back at his predecessor by dubbing the recent FBI revelations as simply “OBAMAGATE!” Trump justifiably called the investigation into his campaign and the subsequent attempt to bring down his presidency “the biggest political crime in American history, by far!” He noted that Obama “used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration.”

Indeed, these latest revelations make abundantly clear that the true threat to Rule of Law can be traced directly back to Obama. Specifically, it was the actions taken by members of his Justice Department, who smeared Trump’s 2016 campaign with the Russia-collusion hoax and then undermined his presidency after his surprise election victory.

In order to keep their nefarious plot covered up, Obama’s DOJ deep-state cabal needed to “get Flynn fired.” As Andrew McCarthy explains, “I think the best way to look at this is what the FBI and the Obama Administration wanted to do here was really audacious if you think about it in terms of the idea of trying to continue an investigation after a new president has come into power and is in a position to shut down the investigation — when the president ultimately is the target of the investigation.”

McCarthy further notes: “I think what happened specifically with General Flynn is that while the president brought in a lot of people into his original administration who had various types of expertise, he was kind of short on people with a lot of national security and foreign relations background. General Flynn was an exception. He had been the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, he knew how the FBI worked in conjunction with the intelligence community and it is inconceivable to me, if you wanted to continue an investigation of the president during the president’s administration, that they could have pulled that off with a sophisticated intelligence actor being the national security advisor and being loyal to the president.”

McCarthy also observes, “[Flynn] would necessarily have found out that they had investigated the Trump campaign. He would’ve found out, for example, that they were in the FISA court conducting surveillance on Trump campaign advisors. And he would’ve been able to figure out pretty easily that President Trump was the ultimate quarry that they had in connection with the investigation.”

As the most “scandal free” administration in U.S. history is being exposed for having instigated and orchestrated a political scandal that makes Watergate look like child’s play, a clearly worried Obama is doing his best spin job. As the paper trail of the insidious plot by Obama and members of his DOJ to undermine Trump’s presidency is being uncovered, Obama feigned concern about Rule of Law. It’s as disingenuous as the whole Russia-collusion hoax, but count on the Leftmedia dutifully running the propaganda.

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That Horrendous Cold-Blooded Murder In…

Mark Alexander

By now you have heard about that horrible murder in … Delaware. You thought I was referring to the latest race-bait case in Georgia. Well, there was a tragic confrontation in Georgia, too, that resulted in the death of a black man killed by two white men. More on that in a minute.

First, the case you most likely did not hear about. According to the Delaware State Police, on Friday morning, a 29-year-old black man, Sheldon Francis, shot an elderly Elkton, Maryland, couple while they were visiting a gravesite in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The 85-year-old woman was dead on the scene when police arrived, and her 86-year-old husband died of his injuries a day later. Police identified Francis as the assailant after they exchanged gunfire with him at the scene. He was found dead in the nearby woods a few hours after the incident.

As of this morning’s deadline, three days after the murders, the Delaware State Police still report, “Identification of both victims is pending notification of next of kin.” So the identities and race of the victims have not been released, but regardless of whether the Delaware attack was black-on-white or black-on-black, it was not even a blip on the mass-media radar.

The MSM’s latest clickbait lure is the Brunswick, Georgia, shooting of Ahmaud Arbery by two white men — a white-on-black case that is much less common than black-on-white or black-on-black murders. The Georgia case is saturating media outlets because it checks all the boxes for an election-year race-bait feeding frenzy for the Democrat Party and its Leftmedia publicists. Demos are desperately trying to keep their black constituents in line — the voting line.

The Brunswick case is newsworthy. On 23 February, 25-year-old Arbery was pursued, shot, and killed by a former police officer, Gregory McMichael, and his son, Travis McMichael. No charges were filed at the time. The father and son claim they were responding to reports of a burglary in their neighborhood and it may be that Arbery did enter a home in that neighborhood just prior to the altercation. Gregory McMichael was familiar with Arbery, having been involved with an earlier prosecution of him. The media portrayal of Arbery as a nice young man out for a jog may not be completely accurate — he has prior criminal charges, including attempting to enter a high-school sporting event with a loaded handgun and evading police before being captured.

The Arbery case was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when the Georgia prosecutor who would have handled the case recused himself after declaring the case a “justifiable homicide.” Subsequently, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked for the Department of Justice to take over the case in order to ensure “a complete and transparent review of how the Ahmaud Arbery case was handled from the outset.” Given the racially charged nature of this incident, that is the right thing to do.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ensured the case would stay in the headlines by calling Arbery’s death a “lynching” — “It’s 2020 and this was a lynching of an African American man.” To maintain the Demo political narrative, predictably, she then blamed President Donald Trump: “With the rhetoric we hear coming out of the White House, many who are prone to being racist are given permission to do it in an overt way we wouldn’t see in 2020.”

She did not mention how many young black men have murdered other young black men in Atlanta and around the nation in the months since Ahmaud Arbery’s death. Expect the so-called Southern Poverty Law Center hate hustlers to start fundraising on this case soon!

(When the identity of the Delaware couple is finally released, I will update this report.)

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A Tale of Two States — New York and Georgia

Nate Jackson

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been hailed as a hero for how he’s handled the coronavirus pandemic, while Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has been mocked and vilified for reopening “too soon.” Yet New York has suffered over 21,000 COVID-19 deaths (one-fourth of the U.S. total), while Georgia has had less than 1,400. Clearly, media treatment improves with a “D” after your name.

There are a number of reasons for New York’s dramatic numbers that have little to do with Cuomo — primarily the population density of New York City. With 26,000 people per square mile, the disease is simply going to spread faster there, and it has so far killed more than 19,000 people in the city.

But other factors lay at Cuomo’s feet, including many of the 5,300 coronavirus deaths in New York’s nursing homes. “We’ve tried everything to keep it out of a nursing home,” he complained, “but it’s virtually impossible.” Especially when you order nursing homes to admit recovering COVID patients, as Cuomo did, ensuring its deadly spread. He then refused to provide personal protective gear to those nursing homes, saying, “It’s not our job.” And it wasn’t until six weeks had passed and the death toll surpassed 5,000 that he finally reversed his March 25 order and allowed nursing homes options when admitting residents.

Naturally, he did so while smugly insisting that he was right all along. “First of all, if you look at the facts, which is always fun, you can test your hypothesis on what’s flawed,” he said. “Look at how many residents we have in nursing homes. Look at the percentage of our deaths in our nursing homes vis-a-vie other states. We’re down by like number 34. So, whatever we’re doing has worked on the facts.” Well, skewed and deceptive “facts,” anyway.

Meanwhile, down in Georgia, the outcry over Kemp’s April 24 reopening was so great that even President Donald Trump threw him under the bus. Even with greatly increased testing in the state, however, The Wall Street Journal reports good news: “The virus curve flattened in the Peach State. Data from the last 14 days show a welcome trend of declining new cases and deaths.”

Kemp said on Saturday, “Today marks the lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized statewide (1,203) since hospitals began reporting this data on April 8th.”

That isn’t to say that any state is out of the woods yet. But Cuomo has been particularly critical of other states for opening up, all while his state is mired in a terrible death toll that is partly of his own making. Perhaps he shouldn’t throw stones from a glass house.

Ultimately, this contrast matters because the entire American economy has been devastated by onerous lockdown orders. In many cases, Democrat-run states with the harshest orders have the highest death tolls. Yet millions of Americans in states with far lower death rates have lost their livelihoods and suffered mental-health consequences because the future is bleak. Is it any wonder that governors in those states are reopening and hoping it’s not too late?

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A Hairdresser Shall Lead Them

Arnold Ahlert

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” —Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775, addressing the Second Virginia Convention

“I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be. But I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m selfish, because feeding my kids is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision, but I am not going to shut the salon.” —Dallas hairdresser Shelley Luther’s response to Judge Eric V. Moyé of the 14th Civil District Court of Dallas. Moyé subsequently sentenced Luther to seven days in jail and fined her $7,000.

Every crisis has a seminal moment. Henry’s speech galvanized Virginians and convinced them to provide troops for the American Revolution. Luther, who represents millions of decent Americans wanting to stand on their own two feet and provide for their children, has seemingly galvanized the nation in a similar manner.

Henry’s speech was far longer than most Americans know. But it addressed the very same elitist contempt and heavy-handedness to which Luther was subjected. “Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none,” Henry warned. “They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging.”

As modern day Americans have been witnessing, the Democrat/Media Complex and its bureaucratic allies are using the current pandemic as the means to bind and rivet the nation to a similar group of arrogant elitists, who’ve unilaterally decided the Constitution can be suspended when they deem it necessary to do so.

Judge Moyé is one such elitist. In his imperiousness, he gave Shelly a chance to avoid jail — if she apologized. “If you would like to take this opportunity now to acknowledge: that your actions were selfish, putting your own interests ahead of those in the community in which you live,” Moyé lectured, “this court will consider the payment of a fine in lieu of the incarceration that you have demonstrated that you have so clearly earned.”

Moyé himself has earned a reputation as a racial arsonist. In 2007, he circulated a letter written by A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., chief judge emeritus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. It described Higginbotham’s take on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which Higginbotham himself illuminated during a 1994 lecture at the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. “I can only think of one Supreme Court justice during this century who was worse than Justice Clarence Thomas: James McReynolds, a white supremacist who referred to blacks as ‘niggers,’” he stated.

As for elitism, the same New York Times article described Moyé as a man “with a weakness for Cuban cigars and the finest steaks.”

And why not? Moyé earns $158,000 per year. Thus, he remains well paid — and currently employed.

Luther? Not so much. “We were shut down March 22, so it had been several weeks that the government was kind of telling us the [small business] money was coming,” she told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “The Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins, kept pushing back the date of when we would open weeks out in advance, before we would hear any new comings of what was going on with masks or whatever. When he finally pushed it back a final time I just woke up one day and I said, ‘I have to open, my stylists are calling me, they’re not making their mortgage.’”

Angry Americans woke up as well. As of this writing, the Shelley Luther Fund at the Go Fund Me website has raised a whopping $500,085, and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick reportedly paid Luther’s $7,000 fine. Moreover, last Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton put Moyé’s decision in the proper perspective, stating, “I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table.”

Dallas has indeed begun releasing more than 1,000 inmates from the county jail, including those with serious felonies. Unfortunately, it’s hardly alone in that regard. Thousands more inmates, and more violent offenders, have been released throughout the nation.

Remarkably, no one has asked a simple question: Why are lockdowns bad for convicts, but good for law-abiding citizens?

Moreover, why are law-abiding citizens being treated like convicts? Several protesters opposing draconian shutdown orders have been arrested.

“We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament,” Henry stated. “Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne!”

All throughout the nation, America’s equally arrogant Ruling Class, every one of whom remain largely immune to the consequences of their utterly capricious decisions, have demonstrated ample amounts of similarly elitist contempt for their fellow Americans. Americans trapped in an unemployment pandemic every bit as bad — if not worse — than the viral one.

Such realities apparently resonated with both Gov. Greg Abbott and the Supreme Court of Texas. Last Wednesday, Abbot amended his executive order. “I am eliminating jail for violating an order, retroactive to April 2, superseding local orders,” Abbott stated. “Criminals shouldn’t be released to prevent COVID-19 just to put business owners in their place.” A day later, the Court ordered Shelly’s release.

“If we wish to be free,” Henry stated, “if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained — we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!”

Two hundred and forty five years later, nothing has changed. Americans must once again fight to defend our Liberty. There is no nobler struggle than that. Kudos to Shelly Luther for reminding us.

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Kimmel on Pence: Fake Jab and Phony Apology

Nate Jackson

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has already “won” awards for serial misogyny and for hypocrisy and narcissism. So why not add fake news to the list?

The Dispatch relays the basic facts:

During the monologue of his show Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel shared a clip of Vice President Mike Pence at Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria, Virginia, earlier that day. In the video, the vice president assists in unloading personal protective equipment from a truck and upon being told that they were finished aside from a few empty boxes, Pence asks: “Well can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?”

Kimmel pounded Pence, saying, “Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPE’s into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he’s doing: a big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing.” Supposedly legitimate news sources picked up on Kimmel’s “report” as real news.

The trouble for the alleged comedian is that, well, he missed the joke — Pence was kidding. The full video reveals that Pence had already been carrying full boxes and was merely light-heartedly teasing about the photo-op.

Later on social media, Kimmel offered a backhanded “apology,” saying, “It would appear that [Vice President Pence] was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth.”

This administration is not the problem. Leftmedia loudmouths like Kimmel clearly detest the truth so long as they can make the Trump administration look bad. The truth? That’s Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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More Great Analysis

Robin Smith weighs in on the Supreme Court case involving the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Thomas Gallatin hits Senate Democrats for their latest redistribution scheme.

Patrick Hampton offers grassroots perspective: In Memory of the #MeToo Movement.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • German intelligence has determined that in late January, Chinese dictator Xi Jinping beseeched the World Health Organization to not only conceal knowledge of COVID-19’s human-to-human transmission but to hold off on declaring a global pandemic. Sen. Tom Cotton responded, “I don’t know about all the specific details of those reports, but there’s no question that Xi Jinping and senior officials in the Chinese Communist Party were pressuring the WHO all the way back to December to undersell the risk of this virus.”

Government & Politics

  • Attorney General William Barr’s office shreds NBC’s Chuck Todd for “deceptive editing” of Barr’s comments (The Daily Wire)

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly drafting a $750 billion bill to aid state and local governments; Republicans aren’t happy (Fox News)

  • Office of Special Counsel blocks removal of HHS whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright to investigate claim of “political retaliation” (National Review)

  • Encouraging illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. is a crime, the Supreme Court rules unanimously (The Daily Caller)

Other Notables

  • Georgia attorney general asks for DOJ probe into handling of Ahmaud Arbery case (NPR)

  • Rhode Island becomes first in Northeast bloc to lift stay-at-home order (Fox News)

  • Field hospitals stand down, most without treating any coronavirus patients (NPR)

  • Joe Biden’s virtual rally in Tampa goes hilariously wrong (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

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VIDEOS

Satire Video: Biden v. Kavanaugh: Public Opinion Court — FreedomToons caricatures the Left’s unequal approach to due process.

Video: Open the Economy Safely, Smartly, and Now — Economist Stephen Moore says, “We need to immediately find a way to open the economy back up now.

Video: New White House Press Secretary Unloads on Media — Kayleigh McEnany demolishes the Leftmedia with its own reporting.

Video: Wrong Time to Repeal ObamaCare? — Bill Whittle says we must first develop a transition path back to a free-market system.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: ”[The Democrats] say that the United States has had its days in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view.“ —Ronald Reagan

For the record: "If presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden were forced to live by the standards he wants to set for college students accused of sexual misconduct, he would already have been presumed guilty, been denied a genuine opportunity to refute the charges leveled against him by Tara Reade, and had his life ruined.” —David Harsanyi

Non sequitur: “They’re treating the Michael Flynn story like it’s a bigger deal than the deaths of 2,000 Americans a day.” —CNN’s Brian Stelter

Non compos mentis: “There is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.” —co-conspirator Barack Obama on Michael Flynn’s vindication

Village idiot: “He’s gotten away with assaulting women, breaking laws, violating the Constitution and letting US die. The vote in Nov. is our last chance to hold him accountable. He knows if we’re allowed to vote by mail, he loses in a landslide. We all know what needs to be done.” —Rob Reiner

Braying jackass: “It’s 2020 and [Ahmaud Arbery’s death] was a lynching of an African-American man. … With the rhetoric we hear coming out of the White House, many who are prone to being racist are given permission to do it in an overt way we wouldn’t see in 2020.” —Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

And last… “A shocking number of Americans do not want to be free. They want a nanny.” —Todd Starnes

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