The Great Epstein Cover-Up

. . .Barry Krischer was the first prosecutor to let Epstein off for child molestation. The local police presented then-Palm Beach state attorney Krischer with bales of evidence. They had affidavits from dozens of witnesses: girls abused by the pederast, the women who recruited them, the butler who cleaned up sex toys after the “massages,” as well as records of Epstein’s molestation appointments, one delayed because of a victim’s “soccer practice.”

Pretty much everything we know today about Epstein’s sex ring was unearthed by the Palm Beach Police back in 2005 and handed to Krischer on a silver platter.

Five underage girls had given police sworn statements that Epstein had sexually abused them, backed by 17 other witnesses, but when Krischer brought the case to the grand jury, weirdly, he allowed only one of the girls to testify — and then attacked her on the stand! (Epstein’s attorneys had helpfully provided Krischer’s office with the girl’s posts on MySpace, where she talked about boys and drinking, the little harlot.)

According to an extensive review by The Palm Beach Post, most of Krischer’s 2,800-page investigative file on the case consists of dirt against the teens — and against the police — given to him by Epstein’s lawyers. (Thanks, Epstein attorneys! Do we owe you anything?)

The grand jurors, who’d been meticulously kept in the dark by Krischer, ended up voting only for a single charge of “solicitation of prostitution” against Epstein in 2006. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years’ probation. No jail time, no record as a sex offender — no criminal record whatsoever. (Read more from “The Great Epstein Cover-Up” HERE)

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No, Those Who Pushed Lockdowns Can’t Hide From the Consequences Now

Americans are starting to feel the increasing collateral damage from our unprecedented, ineffective, and ill-advised Covid lockdowns. It was known before March 2020 that lockdowns would cause lifelong and avoidable damage to billions, yet the world’s ruling classes who claim to have earned their place atop a “meritocracy” strenuously demanded such damage be inflicted especially on children and other vulnerable people.

This ruling class used all their massive financial, communications, and government powers to ensure these tragic outcomes, even though anyone who was an actual expert—or, like me, just someone who reads and has common sense—predicted this false “cure” would hurt worse than the disease.

Now that people are beginning to more deeply feel the foreseeable evil consequences of ruling class responses to a novel virus, that ruling class is pulling what propaganda experts call a “limited hangout.” That’s admitting to bits of the truth in order to re-establish yourself as a credible authority while attempting to keep the whole truth hidden.

So we have outlets such as The Atlantic and The New York Times, which have throughout the Covid era worked as government butt-coverers, now publishing articles admitting that lockdowns and continued rolling blackouts of school instruction is irrevocably damaging Americans, especially children and even more especially the poorest. The kids, as I pointed out in April 2020 and numerous times thereafter, will never as a generation recover.

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The Loss of Trust

If there is no trust, we cannot function as a society.

Do you trust your doctor’s mainstream medicine advice anymore?

Do you trust the mainstream educational agenda?

Do you trust the mainstream military leadership?

Do you trust your mainstream religious leaders?

Do you trust your favorite mainstream sports heroes?

Do you trust the mainstream media?

Do you trust mainstream political leadership?

Locally, we might just have more trust with our political leadership. And not just on the municipal or borough level, but even on the state level. Alaska is, after all, a small state in population. We are neighbors, if not friends. If we see our state officials in a parking lot, they know that giving up a little of their time comes with the job. That the eyes are “the windows to the soul” is not just a piece of folklore or a shopworn cliché.

Telling a bald-faced lie in such circumstances usually cannot work. Body posture, facial countenance, sidelong glances are read within our human experience and subliminally communicate to us in a way that is palpable.

Let us ask our officials a final question about trust:

Do you trust the integrity of our elections, both state and nationwide?

Our national and state mainstream politicians have danced around this for over a year. The media tells us to trust them. Michigan, under the control of Marxist/feminist tyrants, has been threatening to disbar any lawyer who enjoins a lawsuit that questions election integrity.

And now we have Washington state, our neighbor to the south, doing worse: threatening to make questioning election integrity a crime! And at the same time a bill is introduced to send unvaccinated citizens into concentration camps.

Without election integrity, we might as well despair of any human remedy to our cultural crisis. Elections are the safety valve of a republic. The concept of “majority rules with minority rights” is utterly lost if they are rigged. If the old-fashioned Chicago-style ballot-stuffing and bribery seemed quaint and even humorous, those days are gone. We are now into full-fledged tyranny.

Worse yet, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, along with the election bureaucracy, basically admitted that election integrity has been compromised, and over a year ago. No, not with the Dominion voting machines or the data-base breach, which is suspicious enough to make us skeptical of their claims. It is through the lack of witness signatures for mail-in ballots, which both Meyer and the division of elections roundly denounced.

And how did this come about? Surprise! Through a court order.

Gov. Dunleavy was told, twice in private meetings backed up by constitutional experts, that he need not obey a court opinion. The discussion was over abortion funding, but the point was made that when one caves in to the false paradigm that “The constitution means whatever the judiciary says it means”, they have forfeited the proper superiority of the executive and legislative branches to the judiciary in all things.

His oath is not to defend judicial opinions, but to defend the state constitution. He might have intercepted this overthrow by the judiciary. Even Meyer might have, for he is empowered to supervise the Division of Elections.

For that matter, every single conservative lawmaker ought to have made a fuss over this, but except for a few conservative lawmakers, they did not. The legislature might easily have provided, with the witness signature statute, that the judiciary was to be removed from review. But they were intimidated by the propaganda of Covid fears and the mainstream media.

Voting machines are absurd. We have seen where local and state election results are going to take weeks to sort out in many cases. Why not use paper ballots, then? People were suspicious of machines, and from both sides of the aisle, long before 2020.

Our Alaska elections have been rigged for a long time, although the official histories totally ignore it. Our statehood vote was compromised by permitting the non-resident military personnel to participate, and were under actual orders to vote for statehood. Walter Hickel’s 1978 primary loss against Jay Hammond was a long, drawn-out melodrama of the worst Chicago-style kind. The vote to finance the capital move from Juneau was literally shot to pieces by a high-powered rifle blasting away at an electrical substation at the hour of highest voter turn-out in the area most likely to favor it by huge majorities. If you think Lisa Murkowski won the write-in vote against Joe Miller, you probably believe that Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump, too.

And the erosion of the “red-tide” of a conservative state house suspiciously melted away after election night. And it led to the train-wreck of Ranked-Choice Voting, which will likely eliminate third-parties and damage the healthy participation of citizen-activism in the larger ones. It will create a mess beyond imagining if it is implemented.

But there is still time: the legislature could demand a statute that only paper ballots be permitted, and remove the judiciary from review. The legislature might post-date a repeal of RCV when the constitutionally mandated two-year restraint expires. The Governor could decide that RCV violates the state constitution on any number of grounds, the judicial opinions — still pending on appeal — be damned.

Our freedom melts away daily in shockingly larger doses. Act and speak up now, for while you might not be interested in dictatorship, dictatorship is very interested in you.

Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

The unimaginable has become reality in the United States. Buffoonish mobs desecrating the U.S. Capitol building, tanks parading down the streets of Washington, running battles between protesters and militias, armed rebels attempting to kidnap sitting governors, uncertainty about the peaceful transition of power—if you read about them in another country, you would think a civil war had already begun. The basic truth is the United States might be on the brink of such a war today. Americans must now take the proposition seriously, not just as a political warning but as a probable military scenario—and a potential catastrophe. . .

Only a spark is needed, one major domestic terrorist event that shifts the perception of the country—an anti-government patriot who takes his rage against the federal authority and finds expression in flying a drone loaded with explosives into the Capitol dome or a sheriff who decides to take up arms to defend the doctrine of interposition. It’s even possible, though unlikely, that a left-wing rejection of the police, like the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, might force military action. Retired U.S. Army Col. Peter Mansoor, a professor of military history at the Ohio State University, is a veteran of the Iraq War who now studies the insurgencies of the past. He doesn’t have any difficulty picturing a contemporary U.S. equivalent to civil wars elsewhere. “It would not be like the first Civil War, with armies maneuvering on the battlefield,” he said. “I think it would very much be a free-for-all, neighbor on neighbor, based on beliefs and skin colors and religion. And it would be horrific.” . . .

Under the conditions of the Insurrection Act, the Justice Department is the lead federal agency in cases of homeland pacification. In practice, this means the president would appoint a senior civilian representative of the attorney general to oversee military operations. The two-tier authority that results—inherent in the double role of police action and military action—would crush intelligence-gathering efforts. The Reagan administration explicitly decreed in Executive Order 12333 that the military is only allowed, in the case of U.S. citizens, to gather enough information for situational awareness. The nub of the problem is coming up with an effective definition of the phrase “essential to meet operational requirements,” as the Defense Department terms it. Any failure to uphold the constitutional rights of the rebels would justify their claim that the government is illegitimate.

The struggle would take place under conditions of greater scrutiny than any U.S. military operation in history. Information operations are the great weakness of the U.S. military; control over the subtle but all-powerful narratives that give governments legitimacy have always eluded even the most brilliant American soldiers. Four-star Army Gen. John Galvin, back in 1986, described the military mind as “uncomfortable with warfare’s societal dimension.” Every general who has written a new counterinsurgency operating manual—or reported on the reasons for the failures in Afghanistan and Iraq, including retired Army Gens. David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal—has mentioned the same weakness in understanding the interplay of culture and conflict. Military leaders are, by nature, technicians rather than humanists. They are deliberately not politicians. The Joint Chiefs of Staff’s failure to address the informational nature of conflict in the 21st century is another example of the oldest crisis in warfare. The generals are always preparing for the last war.

During a domestic operation, the military information support officer would be more important than anyone in the intelligence preparation of the battlefield process or any of the engineering officers. Whatever actions are undertaken will be in the context of a highly active and highly polarized media and in the context of a highly polarized legal system with diminishing legitimacy. For half the country, the military engagement against insurrectionists or terrorists will be necessary to preserve democracy and the rule of law. For the other half, it will be the desecration of individual liberty. The beginning of any action, of any sort, by a U.S. military force against U.S. citizens would create an automatic sense of illegitimacy. The already incipient legitimacy crisis would be exacerbated. (Read more from “Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War” HERE)

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The Tide Is Turning in Freedom’s Favor

Looking backwards in a few years, it is entirely possible that we will see that December 2021 was the high-water mark of the great progressive coup, when leftists reached out for the brass ring, but their soft, girlish hands were too weak to grasp it. It is likely all downhill for them from here, though that is not entirely clear to us right now. When Gandalf returned from getting balrogged in the Lord of the Rings flicks, he says, “I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide.” Except all their big battles were still ahead. And even if the tide has turned for us too, so are ours.

But perhaps this epic elf opera, as my pal Kenny dubbed the genre, has some wisdom to impart. We have huge fights before us, and we can still lose. Yet, if you look at the trends, if you look at the correlations of forces, in retrospect we might wonder why the hell we were so worried. Sometimes, when a jury comes back and the verdict goes my way, it seems to me that, looking back, it could not have done otherwise. But now we are in the moment, in the struggle, and it’s hard to get clarity even as we keep taking casualties. The fog of war is thick and opaque, but as we enter a new year, the odds grow ever in our favor.

Look at President Asterisk, at least on the few occasions they let him out to stagger about muttering incoherently. This guy is polling lower than Kamala’s dating standards. It’s not just us activists who are sick of him. It’s everyone. . .

Biden promised us a return to normalcy. If this is normal, give us more of those mean tweets. Afghans fall from airplanes as our grocery bills rise. China and Russian are shaking us down for lunch money. Kids come home from their garbage public schools crying because their unionized teacher told them they were privileged. College grads are frustrated that * failed to keep his promise about making the rest of us pay for their Oppression Studies degrees. Everything on Netflix is woke crap. Men are taking women’s swim records and the chick Jeopardy championship.

Did he fail to beat COVID as promised? Yeah. Is the media trying to convince you that he never said he would beat COVID? Yeah. Is it going to work? Nah. (Read more from “The Tide Is Turning in Freedom’s Favor” HERE)

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Why the Omicron Variant Is Good News

The new omicron Covid-19 variant is good news. Probably.

Pushed by media panic, some governments are cracking down, again, as the omicron strain spreads. But while omicron seems to be very contagious, it also appears to be significantly less dangerous than either the original recipe coronavirus or the delta variant.

How much of this change is due to increased population resistance from vaccines and prior infections, and how much is due to differences between viral strains, is still being studied, but there are reasons to believe omicron is intrinsically less likely to cause serious illness or death. This is not, of course, to say that omicron is harmless, only that it is, on average, less harmful.

Of course, all the usual caveats about early days and early data apply to our understanding of the variant. Back in March 2020, I laid out some reasons we could not count on a milder COVID-19 variant to bail us out of the pandemic, and for nearly two (very long) years this counsel held true.

But now the right mutation may have happened at the right moment. Still, it is reasonable for scientists, doctors, and officials to want better data before making optimistic pronouncements. (Read more from “Why the Omicron Variant Is Good News” HERE)

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With More COVID Deaths in 2021 Than ‘20, When Does Trump Get His Apology?

The fullness of time and now the Omicron wave have made it obvious how preposterous the chief lines of criticism against Donald Trump were during the pandemic.

It has been said, over and over, that Trump almost single-handedly killed Americans. MSNBC host Chris Hayes a couple of months ago called for a truth-and-reconciliation-commission-type inquiry into how the former president “willfully got hundreds of thousands of people killed.” Willfully!

During one of the 2020 presidential debates, Joe Biden said of Trump, “Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.”

Why, then, does Biden get to stay in office? Tragically, more people died of the coronavirus in 2021 than in 2020. Indeed, if you simply look at the progression of cases and deaths in the United States over time, you’d have no idea that a new president took office in January 2021.

That line from Biden in the debate, by the way, wasn’t a one-off; it was one of his main themes. “If this president is reelected, we know what will happen,” Biden said of Trump at the Democratic convention. “Cases and deaths will remain far too high.” (Read more from “With More COVID Deaths in 2021 Than ‘20, When Does Trump Get His Apology?” HERE)

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What Did Black Lives Matter Really Accomplish in 2021?

If there’s one thing we can take away from 2021, it’s that the Black Lives Matter movement and all of its hype men in the media are full of it.

What exactly did any of them accomplish this past year? Aside from putting two arguably innocent people in prison, the track record is remarkably poor, considering all of the destruction it took to get us here. . .

Major cities are back to re-funding their police departments after the ridiculous attempt to appease the BLM idiots, which led to the appalling but woefully predictable surge in violent crime across the country.

Jussie Smollett’s claims of assault at the hands of racist Trump supporters are now officially recognized by the law to have been a fraud.

Kamala Harris, America’s first affirmative action vice president, is a complete national embarrassment. (Read more from “What Did Black Lives Matter Really Accomplish in 2021?” HERE)

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Is the West Becoming Pagan Again?

This year, at the height of what used to be called the Christmas season, a Pew Research Center poll on religion revealed that only slightly more Americans described themselves as Roman Catholics (21 percent) than as believers in “nothing in particular” (20 percent). The millennial generation, which includes most adult Americans under 40, is the first one in which Christians are a minority.

Many Americans have a sense that their country is less religious than it used to be. But is it really? The interplay among institutions, behaviors and beliefs is notoriously hard to chart. Even if we could determine that religious sentiment was in flux, it would be hard to say whether we were talking about this year’s fad or this century’s trend.

Or perhaps we are dealing with an even deeper process. That is the argument of a much-discussed book published in Paris this fall. In it, the French political theorist Chantal Delsol contends that we are living through the end of Christian civilization — a civilization that began (roughly) with the Roman rout of pagan holdouts in the late fourth century and ended (roughly) with Pope John XXIII’s embrace of religious pluralism and the West’s legalization of abortion.

The book is called “La Fin de la Chrétienté,” which might be translated as “The End of the Christian World.” Ms. Delsol is quite clear that what is ending is not the Christian faith, with its rites and dogmas, but only Christian culture — the way Christian societies are governed and the art, philosophy and lore that have arisen under Christianity’s influence.

That is still quite a lot. In the West, Christian society is the source of our cultural norms and moral proscriptions, not to mention the territory of our present-day culture wars, with their strident arguments over pronouns and statues and gay bridegrooms and pedophile priests. (Read more from “Is the West Becoming Pagan Again?” HERE)

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What Happened When I Decided to Get My Tree From the Mountains on Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve a few years back and I’m shopping for presents for my wife and kids in a Flying J truck stop near Idaho Falls, Idaho, choosing among an array of camo hoodies, American eagle-themed insulated cups, Duck Dynasty ball caps, saw-back hunting knives, and heavy-duty jumper cables. Poor holiday planning has put me in a jam. . .

It’s ten at night and six degrees when I reach the alpine forest. With my high beams switched on, all alone on the dark road, I cruise along and look for a good spot to park on the shoulder and launch my hunt. No spot appears much better than any other, so I pull off at random and search inside my car for gloves or mittens and a winter hat.

No luck; I didn’t need them in California. I decide this is fine because I shouldn’t be out long. I unfold the saw and zip up my light coat and step out into the powdery new snow. It’s packed flat near the car, but once I enter the woods it reaches almost to my knees.

The profusion of suitable trees I expected isn’t evident at first. Some are the proper height but lack girth. Others have girth but are only three feet tall. Most are ten feet tall, or taller, and block the pale trickle of moonlight as I trudge on.

Up ahead, I discern a promising candidate, but when I walk up beside it and examine it, I discover it has no boughs on its backside. Luckily, there’s a nicer one further on, so I head off in its direction. By now I’m suppressing shivers, and my sneakers – canvas; I put them on when I left Malibu — are icy stiff and hard to lift. And the tree turns out to be ugly. Hideous. (Read more from “What Happened When I Decided to Get My Tree From the Mountains on Christmas Eve” HERE)

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