• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Stupid Joe Knows So Little About Fascist Russia!

MARCH 26, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

REGIME CHANGE IN RUSSIA

Earlier today, Joe Biden delivered a fiery speech in Warsaw, in which he harkened back to the anti-Communist leadership of Pope John Paul II. At the end of his speech, in what must have been an unscripted moment, he called for Vladimir Putin to be overthrown: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power. God bless you all and may God defend our freedom.”

Here is the speech:

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The White House quickly released a statement saying that Biden was not calling for regime change in Russia:

“The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” a statement attributed to a senior White House official read. “He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

Of course that isn’t what Biden said. He seems to have gotten carried away by his own speech, perhaps blurting out “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power” much as he concluded the State of the Union with a bizarre “Go get him!”

Breitbart News reminds us that this is the third time the White House has had to clean up after Biden in just the few days of his European trip:

This is the third time the White House has had to clarify Biden’s remarks during his trip to Europe.

On Friday, the White House reassured people that Biden would not send American troops into Ukraine, even after the president spoke with the troops about what they would see when they got to the country.

On Thursday, the White House had to clarify that Biden did not mean the United States would use chemical weapons when he said that if Putin used them the United States and NATO would respond “in kind.”

In a time of international crisis, it is great to have a steady hand at the tiller.

A Remembrance From Mark Waldeland!

Adam Confused By New Creature God Put In Garden As He Is Not A Biologist

https://babylonbee.com/news/adam-confused-by-new-creature-god-put-in-garden-as-he-is-not-a-biologist?appView=ios

[…] “This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh,” began Adam. “She shall be called, um… gosh, I really can’t say. I’m no scientist here.” He then stammered and stuttered for 10 minutes causing the feminine-looking bipedal humanoid creature to roll its eyes.

“Ah crap, was it something I said?” said Adam, scratching his head. “I don’t know what this creature—who looks very much like me except better in every conceivable way—identifies as! Oh! If there was only a peer-reviewed biologist or gender studies professor who could make this clear to me!” 

(It is very healthy to a society when JudeoChristians have a good sense of human humor!) ghr

Thank you, Mark!

Explosive Humor Of Forty Years AGO FOLKS!

MARCH 26, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD  at PowerLine:

“I WANT TO BE A WOMAN!”

When Monty Python’s Life of Brian came out in 1979, the film was controversial among many religious conservatives who thought the film blasphemous for its implied attack on Jesus and Christianity, and although there is a certain mockery of religion in the movie, it is subordinate to the stronger satire of a certain kind of familiar extremism and utopianism (“What have the Romans ever done for us?” “Brought peace?”)

I have posted the scene below, but not for a long time, and given recent events, it seems worthy of posting again. I doubt this scene would make it past a studio review today—the woke studio staff would go on strike—and it would surely be cut. No one said a word about in 1979: today it would cause a firestorm. And no one would have patience for complaints about its supposed mockery of Christianity.

Note from Glenn: I do know that the human’s humor in gift and taste is not always equally shared. (I was a public high school teacher for twelve years).

I haven’t thought much about the “Monte Python” era for a couple of decades….and do NOT WATCH SUCH CRAPPY HUMOR THAT DOMINATES THESE LAST DECADES OF FASCIST AMERICA TASTE.

Humor Is Filled With Variety! But, for about ten years of “Python” on television from Britain, my wife and I were equally overwhelmed with exhausting collapses of body and mind from laughing, NEVER BEFORE AND NEVER AFTER, overwhelmed by television or any other place we met. Memory that caused laughing as I am now!….and am sad it’s gone!

Remember….the above invented and demonstrated their schemes over a generation ago…..before the RISE OF OBAMA DEMS FASCIST AMERICA!

Ouch, OR HURRAY, WITH THE HUMANITIES? BUT WHAT IF THEY LIE?

I forget which leftist thinker remarked some years ago that conservatives stormed Washington, while leftists stormed the English Department. While the first half of this statement may be contested, the second half is dead on the mark. There are few traditional  academic disciplines today that have fallen further into the fever swaps of leftist ideology than English literature, which has had the effect of driving students away from the field en masse

The Washington Post last week ran a long feature about the Modern Language Association (MLA), the major academic body for English literature and related disciplines (such as foreign languages). The story, written by Jacob Brogan, who has a Ph.D in English from Cornell but works at the Post’s Outlook page no doubt because an academic post was not forthcoming, does its best to obscure the leftist rot in English departments, but can’t quite pull it off. Some samples:

The panel in progress — “Lessing and the Intersectionality of Gender and Cultural Diversity” — had another 20 minutes to go, just enough time for questions. But no hands were raised, and no one was holding forth. In fact, the room was free of any sign of life. The seats were empty, the table uncluttered by notes or napkins. Even the hotel corridor outside, lined with rooms hosting other sessions, was silent.

Who would sit through such drivel, unless you are one of panelists needing a venue to spout your drivel?

[ . . .]

. . .Hiring last peaked in 2007-2008, when the MLA’s jobs report recorded 3,506 openings across English and other languages. By 2019-2020, the most recent year for which data is available, that number had fallen to 1,411 — only half of which were for tenured or tenure track positions — even as graduate programs continued to award new PhDs. Attendance at the MLA fell at a similar rate, a decline only compounded as departments began to shift interviews online even before the pandemic: In 1968, the conference’s attendance swelled to 11,750. By 2020, only 4,395 attendees showed up.

I wonder if it ever occurs to anyone in the field that maybe it was something they said—have been saying for 30 years now? Is it merely a coincidence that the handful of conservative professors of literature tend to have over-subscribed lecture courses (like Gary Saul Morson at Northwestern)?

(Article above sent by Mark Waldeland.)

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AMERICA’S LOVING MOTHERS!?!

MARCH 26, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at PowerLine:

OH, THE HUMANITIES!

I forget which leftist thinker remarked some years ago that conservatives stormed Washington, while leftists stormed the English Department. While the first half of this statement may be contested, the second half is dead on the mark. There are few traditional  academic disciplines today that have fallen further into the fever swaps of leftist ideology than English literature, which has had the effect of driving students away from the field en masse.

The Washington Post last week ran a long feature about the Modern Language Association (MLA), the major academic body for English literature and related disciplines (such as foreign languages). The story, written by Jacob Brogan, who has a Ph.D in English from Cornell but works at the Post’s Outlook page no doubt because an academic post was not forthcoming, does its best to obscure the leftist rot in English departments, but can’t quite pull it off. Some samples:

The panel in progress — “Lessing and the Intersectionality of Gender and Cultural Diversity” — had another 20 minutes to go, just enough time for questions. But no hands were raised, and no one was holding forth. In fact, the room was free of any sign of life. The seats were empty, the table uncluttered by notes or napkins. Even the hotel corridor outside, lined with rooms hosting other sessions, was silent.

Who would sit through such drivel, unless you are one of panelists needing a venue to spout your drivel?

For decades, the conference was the ground zero of professional life for literature scholars. Thousands descended on it to engage with the latest research and catch wind of the newest trends while listening to papers. . .   It was here, too, that rising scholars would meet with acquisition editors from the various university presses, pitching them on books that could make them into stars — or at least earn them tenure.

Even in the good years, the convention was a bad place for graduate students searching for work. . . But those jobs mostly don’t exist anymore. Thanks to shrinking department budgets, declining enrollments, and other, more malignant antipathies, tenure track openings have evaporated, leaving many casting about for underpaid adjunct employment. That process has been underway for years, but it has only accelerated in the past decade. Hiring last peaked in 2007-2008, when the MLA’s jobs report recorded 3,506 openings across English and other languages. By 2019-2020, the most recent year for which data is available, that number had fallen to 1,411 — only half of which were for tenured or tenure track positions — even as graduate programs continued to award new PhDs. Attendance at the MLA fell at a similar rate, a decline only compounded as departments began to shift interviews online even before the pandemic: In 1968, the conference’s attendance swelled to 11,750. By 2020, only 4,395 attendees showed up.

I wonder if it ever occurs to anyone in the field that maybe it was something they said—have been saying for 30 years now? Is it merely a coincidence that the handful of conservative professors of literature tend to have over-subscribed lecture courses (like Gary Saul Morson at Northwestern)?

NOTE FROM GLENN: HOW IS IT THE AMERICAN DEPARTMENTS OF HUMANITIES ARE SO FASCTIC? SO ARROGANT AND ISOLATED? SO IGNORANT? SO FEMINIZED? from coast to American coast and the past generation or two?

WHY HAS AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL BECOME SO UGLY?…..ESPECIALLY DEMS?

THINK for a change, PLEASE! where and when did America the Beautiful begin its strangulations to lead to stupids, like our today’s president…..that Biden crook and drip? the late 1960s….the arrival of boss female and disappearance of LOVING MOTHERS?

Are Minnesotans “DEMS ONLY?” Is Its Bureaucracy? ….. ARE TODAY’S AMERICANS BECOMING FASCIST …to be taken care of like Russians?

Minnesota Voters Alliance ■ P.O. Box 4602 ■ Saint Paul, MN 55104 
www.mnvoters.org ■  info@mnvoters.org ■ 612-990-2533Minnesota Voters Alliance Gets Important Clarity on the Role of Election Judges on Absentee Ballot BoardsSupreme Court decision in opposition to Secretary of State’s 
argument that ballot boards do not need election judges
 
Dear Friends, The March 16 Minnesota Supreme Court decision in MVA v. Ramsey & Olmsted Counties, confirms that only election judges may perform the critical task of signature matching on absentee ballot boards. The Court also held that a sufficient number of election judges must be included on the ballot board to perform this task.  Writing the opinion for the Court, Justice G. Barry Anderson explained that the critical task of verifying signatures after an identification number mismatch between absentee ballot applications and ballot envelopes “is committed to election judges alone, and the absentee ballot board must therefore include a sufficient number of election judges to handle this duty.” This is a crucial safeguard for election security.  Justice Anderson also noted that “It may well be…that some or all of the specific duties of the ballot board would be best performed by election judges balanced by political party…”  

This decision rejected the Secretary of State’s baseless argument in his amicus curiae brief that ballot boards can consist of only hand-picked staff, and no election judges.  

Thus, while the Court technically affirmed the decision below and did not grant all of the relief Minnesota Voters Alliance (“MVA”) sought, the text of the decision provides important clarification that was lacking before this lawsuit.  

In Minnesota, when voters apply for an absentee ballot, they provide an identification number, such as the last four digits of a Social Security number and sign the application. Later, when they cast that ballot, they provide that same number for verification and sign the ballot signature envelope. Ballot board members reviewing the envelope must determine whether the number on the application and the signature envelope match. If they do not, then election judges, who by law must be balanced by party, must examine the signatures on both to determine whether the voter actually did cast the ballot.  MVA believes, based on discussions with election judges and ballot board members across the state, that mismatches of identification numbers constitute a substantial portion of “problem ballots” during ballot processing. Thus, the Court’s clarification is very important for election security.  This decision has a huge practical effect on absentee ballot boards. Election officials can no longer appoint only persons from one political party to the ballot boards, and party-balanced election judges must have some involvement in the accepting and rejecting process.  

The true impact of our lawsuits has already shown good progress, even prior to this ruling. Several major counties including Ramsey, Olmsted and Anoka have already taken steps to employ a full slate of election judges from different political parties to accept and reject all the ballots. These changes will bring bi-partisan oversight to our elections and thus deliver some much needed assurance to Minnesota’s voters, half of whom don’t believe the 2020 Election result was accurate.  For the Supreme Court Opinion click here.

Above article sent by civil conservative, Mark Waldeland!

Have You Ever Met THAT GUY NAMED JOE BIDEN?

 MARCH 25, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN ENERGY POLICY

TWEET OF THE DAY

My Texan daughter sent me this:

I think this may have been pump number 9. It should have been, anyway:

The biggest problem the Democrats face as we approach the midterms is the cost of energy. That, and the fact that a large majority of voters understand that the Biden administration has tried to suppress American production of gas and oil. Thus the desperate attempts in several states to mail checks to voters to help make up for the price of gasoline. Spoiler alert: it won’t work.

Uncle Sam’s Top Fascists Of MY Lifetime: HILLARY AND BARACK!

The real Russiagate smoking gun

All these years later, the walls are closing in on Hillary

March 23, 2022 | 10:10 pm

barack obama national emergency

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Written by: Peter Van Buren at the Spectator:

Hard as the programmers try and tell us there is only one story at a time — Ukraine for now — or that a trite phrase like “but her emails” dismisses one of the most important political events of our time, something sinister happened in the United States which demands our attention. If we remain distracted, it will happen again in 2024.

We are looking for two smoking guns now in connection with Russiagate. Today’s Part I will show that Hillary Clinton herself sat atop a large-scale conspiracy to use the tools of modern espionage to create and disseminate false information about Donald Trump. Part II to follow will show that the FBI was an active participant in that conspiracy. In the mainstream media vernacular, we are bearing witness.

In summer of 2016, Hillary Clinton’s private email server and her improper handling of classified information was the political story. Consensus was that the election was Hillary’s to lose — that her opponents in general and the Trump clown show in particular could not stop her.

But despite the mainstream media’s heroic attempts to downplay the importance of the emails, the issue lingered in the public mind, often aided by Hillary’s own contradictory statements. The emails nagged at the Clinton campaign — her unsecured server lay exposed during her State Department trips to Russia and China, and the deepest fear was that her internal communications and all that they had to say about things like the Clinton Foundation might appear any day on Wikileaks, ending her career. That is what really mattered, lost in a cloud of mumbo jumbo over whether having classified material on an unclassified server was actionable or not. It is also why Julian Assange will never leave prison alive.

Clinton tried to get ahead of the story. The initial shot was fired on July 24, 2016 by campaign manager Robby Mook, who was the first to claim there was a quid pro quo between Trump and Russia. “It was very concerning last week that Donald Trump changed the Republican platform to become what some experts would regard as pro-Russian,” Mook said, referring to a false story from the GOP convention just a few days earlier. (Fun fact: the media this past month revived this fully-negated story, claiming it demonstrated that Trump and Putin were in cahoots over Ukraine early on.)

The New York Times sent up a warning flare to all mainstream media the next day announcing Clinton was making the Trump-Russia allegation a “theme” of the campaign. As if she knew just what was coming next, Hillary took that as her cue to claim the Russians were trying to destroy her campaign, a theme which soon morphed into the narrative that the Russians were trying to help Trump. That soon changed again as themes were crowd-tested, and the theme settled on the notion that Trump and Putin were working in collusion to elect Trump as a Manchurian candidate.

A prime driver behind all this was a mysterious “dossier,” including a “pee tape” — kompromat that Moscow supposedly held to control Trump. Word was a former MI6 intelligence officer named Christopher Steele compiled the dossier, giving the whole thing Bond-like credibility. American media openly speculated on Trump’s imminent arrest for treason even as he won the election. The FBI’s James Comey and CIA’s John Brennan briefed/threatened president-elect Trump on the dossier as the full contents spilled into the media. Talk shifted to impeachment.

We know now the dossier was fiction. Steele’s raw information was provided by the Clinton campaign, with his chief source working for the Brookings Institute. Steele worked as a double agent, feeding Clinton-bought fake info to the FBI while pretending he was an FBI informant with sources deep inside Russia. The dossier was fully a product of the Clinton campaign.

We also now know the Clinton campaign, via one of its lawyers, Michael Sussmann, gathered internet DNS data on Trump and used that to create a completely fictional story about Trump using a secret server connected to the Alfa Bank to communicate with his Russian “handlers.” It turns out some of the academics who investigated the DNC server break-in were the same ones who fed Sussmann data on Alfa Bank. And get this — they were paid by the Pentagon. Sussmann was the bridge between the two ops, working for the DNC to pin the server hack on Russia and facilitating the Alfa Bank story behind the scenes.

Sussmann also peddled a false story about Russian smartphones connecting into the Trump White House. Sussmann hid his relationship to Clinton from the FBI, pretending to be a “concerned citizen.” Sussmann is under indictment by Special Counsel John Durham, and he does not dispute these basic facts in his own defense filing. He only claims his lying was immaterial. His most recent effort to throw out evidence leading to his indictment failed.

Both the dossier op and the DNS op were funded by Clinton campaign money laundered through its lawyers at Perkins Coie and then contractors Fusion GPS and Orbis. In both instances the false information created was peddled to the FBI (and CIA) by a Clinton-paid stooge pretending not to be affiliated with the campaign. As noted, Steele posed as an FBI informant and Sussmann as a “concerned citizen.”

Both ops used a sophisticated information sub-op, feeding the media as if Steele and Sussmann were not the source and then having Steele and Sussmann step in to serve as anonymous confirmers: an inside loop. In both instances the FBI took the bait and opened unprecedented full-spectrum investigations into first candidate Trump, and then president Trump.

There was one more route into the FBI: Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr. Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, the front company for Steele, having previously done contract work for the CIA. Nellie passed the Steele dossier to her husband to hand-carry the work into the FBI. Bruce Ohr, despite acknowledging that it broke all rules of evidence handling, did just that on July 30, 2016. The FBI issued infiltration orders to Stephan Halper to start running operation Crossfire Hurricane against Trump staffers.

Four years after all that, on October 6, 2020, then-director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified documents revealing that then-CIA director John Brennan briefed then-president Obama on or about July 28, 2016 on Hillary Clinton’s plan to tie candidate Trump to Russia as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.

The highly-redacted document states, “We’re getting additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED]. Cite alleged approved by Hillary Clinton on July 26 a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”

Ratcliffe in 2020 also revealed that in September 2016, the CIA forwarded to the FBI an investigative referral on Hillary Clinton approving “a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections in order to distract the public from her email scandal.”

The mainstream media at the time dismissed these two important disclosures as unverified disinformation. The problem with simply waving away these documents is the very high threshold for information to actually reach the president. Every day a near-infinite amount of information is collected by the CIA. A tiny percentage of that is culled for the standing agency briefings the president receives. An even tinier subset is seen as important and credible enough to be personally briefed by the CIA director face-to-face with the president.

Rarely is there near-time “verification” with intelligence. There is, however, “confidence” — how sure the CIA is that the information is true. The director would not waste his boss’s time with intelligence of low or medium confidence (and neither would the agency do the same in sending its referral on to the FBI.)

Knowing what we know now about the Clinton campaign funding of the ops and Clinton personnel involvement, Brennan’s confidence is better understood. And it is important to remember that Brennan openly supported Hillary; he was not the guy to dish dirt on her. He was just making sure his boss, Barack Obama, had a heads up if the whole thing was ever exposed.

Both ops ran on Clinton’s money and Clinton’s people. Both ops used the same tradecraft. And the smoking gun of Brennan’s notes ties it all to Hillary herself.

By Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi PeopleHooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99 Percent.

(Title comment was positioned by Glenn H. Ray.)

Wonder How Many STATE Voting Rules WERE CORRUPTED In 2020 WHEN CROOKED BIDEN SWIPED AN ELECTION?

Exclusive: Zuckerberg-Connected Nonprofit Helped Shift Michigan’s 2020 Voting Rules

BY: LOGAN WASHBURN at the Federalist:

MARCH 25, 2022

Absentee ballot open

This private organization, with ties to Zuckerberg’s CTCL, gained access to absentee ballots and edged public officials out of the election process.

Author Logan Washburn profile

Anonprofit connected to Mark Zuckerberg-funded groups worked with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to influence state elections ahead of 2020. The changes include getting the state to alter how it used absentee ballots without an act of the state legislature.

Documents exclusively obtained by The Federalist through an open records request show National Vote at Home Institute CEO Amber McReynolds working with Benson to change Michigan elections policy. NVAHI shares leadership ties with the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a group that shuttled money from Zuckerberg to government election agencies ahead of the 2020 election, as The Federalist previously reported. In several instances, NVAHI and CTCL worked together to influence the 2020 election.

The documents also show that the private organization funded by Facebook tycoon Zuckerberg exists to push states to adopt mass mail-in balloting of the kind that made chaos of the 2020 election.

Mail-in ballots are proven to be significantly more susceptible to fraud, as a bipartisan federal election integrity commission chaired by former President Jimmy Carter concluded in 2005. That’s because mail-in ballots provide more opportunities to influence, obtain, and traffic in ballots.

In one recent example, during a 2017 city council election in Dallas, Texas, investigators found one person had fraudulently signed 700 mail-in ballots—more than the total vote difference between competing candidates at the time. During the 2020 election in Wisconsin, officials took part in ballot trafficking and used drop-boxes for mail-in ballots, which a judge later ruled violated state law.

Private Groups Telling Public Employees What To Do

In Michigan, this highly partisan organization directly affected voting rules, the new documents show. In the emails, McReynolds suggested that Benson use administrative rulemaking to implement a permanent absentee voting option in the state. Administrative rulemaking means making regulations based on an interpretation of the law, often yielding regulations that differ from the law’s original intent and sometimes its explicit text.

“I was thinking that you may have rule-making authority,” McReynolds wrote in an email on Feb. 5, 2019. “The language below indicates that voters have a right to vote without giving a reason, which to me has left open the possibility of permanent or election specific absentee requests. To me, this means you do not likely need a legislative change.”

“Thanks Amber,” Benson replied, “Looping in Jonathan Brater and Mike Brady from our legal and policy team to explore.”

Brater served as Benson’s legal policy director in 2019, and Brady began working as her chief legal director in February 2019, according to LinkedIn. Benson named Brater director of elections in November 2019.

Benson spokesman Jake Rollow said Benson’s actions conformed to state law.

“Michigan’s voters enshrined the right to vote absentee in our state constitution in 2018, and upon being sworn in to office Secretary Benson went to work implementing the will of the voters,” Rollow said.

Private, Zuckerberg-Connected Group Affects Election Policy

The National Vote At Home Institute focused its 2020 work in Michigan on its top goal of increasing mass mail-in balloting. By January 2020, NVAHI had “hired a lobbyist to quietly push for an administrative fix that would speed up the ballot processing and counting in Michigan,” according to a 2020 presentation obtained through The Federalist’s open records request. NVAHI detailed a five-step plan to push universal absentee ballots, according to meeting material from 2019.

The states that receive one star from NVAHI’s rating system are those that require a valid excuse to vote outside a private booth on election day. States with five stars, its highest rating, had achieved NVAHI’s end goal of “Full Vote at Home.”

NVAHI developed four strategies to push 100 percent mail-in balloting policy in all 50 states, according to 2019 meeting material. The materials say the organization uses the first strategy to eliminate state safeguards on mail-in ballots: “Strategy 1: Reduce the number of Step 1 and Step 2 (excuse required) States to zero. We can achieve this through federal legislation or state by state (legislature or where possible– ballot initiatives),” meeting material reads.

The group’s second strategy is to increase the number of states with a permanent absentee ballot option: “Strategy 2: Increase the number of states that are Step 4 (permanent absentee). So, move current no-excuse states (IL, FL, MN, OH, MI, NM, and others) to Step 4,” the meeting material reads.

NVAHI’s third strategy is to increase the number of mail-in-only states: “Strategy 3: Increase the number of states that are Step 5 (full VAH). CA and UT are in process. We anticipate other states will move in this direction,” say the meeting materials.

The group’s final strategy is to affect how government election offices process absentee ballots: “Strategy 4: Work with states to improve their current procedures with regards to processing mail ballots. This includes a variety of reforms that improve the current process,” meeting material reads.

In 2020, NVAHI’s Circle of Advisors provided an update on the group’s national policy efforts, according to the Federalist-obtained public documents. A map in this update claimed progress in Michigan during 2018/2019 with “no excuse absentee,” but even more was planned for 2020, including “fixes to allow for earlier processing of ballots.”

According to the emails obtained by The Federalist’s records request, McReynolds met with Benson about Michigan elections multiple times in 2019.

“I would like to connect with you about some follow-up items from my visit,” McReynolds wrote in an email on Jan. 26, 2019. “Perhaps a quick chat at some point while you are at NASS [National Association of Secretaries of State].”

After a previous visit, the emails show, McReynolds planned to meet with Benson and several other secretaries of state at the NASS conference in Washington, D.C.

“I wanted to see if we could connect in DC [sic] during NASS,” McReynolds wrote in a Jan. 28, 2019 email. “I was hoping to spend an hour discussing a few topics.”

McReynolds also asked to meet with Benson privately in D.C. to discuss Michigan elections, and Benson agreed, the emails show.

“Perhaps you and I can chat about Michigan specifically on our own,” McReynolds said in an email on Jan. 30, 2019. “Sounds good!” Benson replied.

In February 2019, Benson took advice about absentee ballot applications from both McReynolds and Stephen Silberstein. Silberstein is a left-leaning donor connected with Democracy Alliance and National Popular Vote, according to InfluenceWatch.

“This is very helpful,” Benson said. “We will be implementing many of your suggestions.”

Shortly after their January 2019 meeting in D.C., McReynolds offered Benson and former Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R-Wash.) the position of co-chairs of NVAHI’s new Circle of Advisors, the emails show.

“I am happy to serve,” Benson replied on Feb. 19, 2019. Wyman, however, is not currently listed as a member of the group.

Benson’s Spokesman Denies Private Influence

Rollow claimed McReynolds had “limited and minimal” interactions with McReynolds.

“She was asked to join NVAHI’s circle of advisors, but her direct interactions with McReynolds have been limited and minimal,” Rollow said.

Benson joined Tiana Epps-Johnson, the founder and director of the Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life, on NVAHI’s Circle of Advisors. In 2020, CTCL funneled approximately half a billion dollars from Zuckerberg to public election agencies in 2020, as The Federalist previously reported.

Partisan Employees Running Public Elections

After officials accepted CTCL grants, NVAHI “grant mentors” sometimes gained access to absentee ballots and edged public officials out of the election process. In Wisconsin, NVAHI’s State Lead Michael-Spitzer Rubenstein—who previously worked for Democrat political campaigns—personally accessed absentee ballots, over Green Bay City Clerk Kris Teske’s objections.

Teske later resigned due to frustration over election intervention by third-party groups like CTCL and NVAHI.

“I don’t know what to do anymore. I am trying to explain the process but it isn’t heard,” Teske said. “I don’t understand how people who don’t have knowledge of the process can tell us how to manage the election.”

The Federalist reached out to McReynolds for comment but did not receive a response.

Logan Washburn is studying politics and journalism at Hillsdale College. He is a correspondent for Campus Reform and an outreach assistant for the Freedom Foundation.

“IT FEELS TOO STUPID TO BE REAL!”

The insane North Korean missile launch hype video

ALLAHPUNDIT Mar 25, 2022 at HotAir:

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This clip captures not just the essence of North Korea but of the entire global geopolitical zeitgeist in 2022.

It’s ridiculous to the point of absurdity yet threatening to a terrifying degree. Like COVID and its attendant culture-war politics in the U.S. or Putin’s sub-moronic war in Ukraine, it feels too stupid to be real.

But it could also end up killing you before you know it.

Being a gentleman of a certain age, the cringy music and slo-mo take me back to my youth. This is what a B-movie (or straight-to-video) action flick looked and sounded like in the 1980s. Which makes sense, as that may be the most recent exposure an outfit as isolated as the North Korean leadership has had to American culture.

Either that or this level of production was all they could afford after having blown their budget on nuclear missiles.

You’re going to see the dictator himself whip off his sunglasses and stare at the camera as the missile launches in a moment so suffused with melodramatic tough-guy bravado that you’ll come away convinced the video is an elaborate troll. And it is! It was surely made with western audiences in mind (“there has been virtually nothing like this on North Korean screens before,” the BBC reports). Whether Kim truly believes he looks bad-ass or is just aping dumb American stereotypes of what looking like a bad-ass involves is beside the point. He’s acting regardless, to unintended comic effect.

But the star of the show is no joke. That’s a Hwasong-17 ICBM, unveiled by North Korea 18 months ago and test-fired here for the first time. Reuters:

Thursday’s launch was the first full ICBM test by nuclear-armed North Korea since 2017. Flight data indicated the missile flew higher and longer than any of North Korea’s previous tests before crashing into the sea west of Japan. read more

What North Korea calls the Hwasong-17 would be the largest liquid-fuelled missile ever launched by any country from a road-mobile launcher, analysts say.

Its range and size suggest North Korea plans to tip it with multiple warheads that could hit several targets or with decoys to confuse missile defences, they say.

Mobile launchers are critical for North Korea, which fears a U.S. preemptive attack. If their nukes are all based in silos, we could theoretically take them all out in a first strike. If their nukes are mobile, that’s a problem. If their nukes are mobile *and* fitted atop extremely large missiles with intercontinental range, that’s more of a problem.

According to the Japanese ministry of defense, the Hwasong-17’s range includes the entire continental United States. Assuming North Korea can make it hit the target, what you’re seeing in this clip is Kim’s trump card in the event of hostilities between the DPRK and the U.S.

Ridiculous, yet terrifying.

Watch at least the first few minutes, as that’s the cheesiest part. Although if you ditch out early, you’ll miss the slow-motion applause at around 6:30. Look on the bright side: You don’t need to worry about Putin nuking us over Ukraine anymore. North Korea nuking us is far likelier.