More Reporting on Rebekah Jones

Charles C. W. Cooke has a good summary post up at NRO that explains why the conspiracy theories being spun by Rebekah Jones are bunk. More people are starting to catch on to her scam.

Eventually, though, her luck is going to run out. And when it does, no amount of flailing or distraction is going to prevent the bills from coming due.

Yep. It may take a while, but everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

 

Quote of the Day

There is no business like show business, Irving Berlin once proclaimed, and thirty years ago he may have been right, but not anymore. Nowadays almost every business is like show business, including politics, which has become more like show business than show business is.

—Russell Baker

Racism in America

During his speech last night, Tim Scott said that America is not a racist country. He’s correct. It’s interesting that many Leftists are acting as if he claimed there is no racism in America. He didn’t say that, and if he had, he would have been wrong. It’s clear that there are still some individuals, most of whom seem to be on the left side of politics, who judge others on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. But America, the country as a whole, has moved away from much of its racism over my lifetime.

Racism isn’t dead; it’s on life support, kept alive by politicians in need of an issue, professional do-gooders in need of a clientele to serve/manage, and grifters running new plays on an old con. The Gentle Reader should note that it was after minority unemployment reached a record low and minority incomes achieved massive growth, that the current round of unrest popped up. Note also that its the woke grifters who have bought nice houses while properties such as an affordable housing project were burned by rioters.

The real issue isn’t racism per se. Racism is just a tool used to acquire and manipulate power. As we get closer to a full implementation of Martin Luther King’s vision of seeing each other based on our character, the more we will understand how those who would divide us are poisonous to our society and should be kept from positions of leadership and authority.

That’s what they’re afraid of.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

In a speech this evening before a mostly empty chamber of the House of Representatives, Joe Xiden described the 6 January brouhaha at the Capitol as “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

None of the American citizens of Japanese ancestry interred during the Roosevelt administration were available for comment.

Another Tall Tale?

Rebekah Jones tweeted this yesterday—I doubt that Christina Pushaw has tweeted 254 times about Jones since the interim peace order was issued on 7 April.

Furthermore, I doubt that the Montgomery County Police have dedicated the necessary resources to tracking all of the various Twitter accounts that Jones claims to be operated by Ms. Pushaw. Based on my experience as both a complainant and a defendant in Maryland peace order cases, it seems more likely that Jones has complained to the police about 254 tweets she imagines originated from Ms. Pushaw than than the police reported that number to her.

I have received a CD of the courtroom audio from the temporary peace order hearing. During the hearing, the judge told Jones that she could file an additional complaint if she had evidence of further violations. After the hearing, she left the building without stopping by the Commissioner’s Office to file. There are no additional cases shown in the Maryland Judiciary Case Search. The existing criminal case is for violation of the interim order. If the police have evidence of a violation temporary order, they should have filed a second case.

Even if someone were writing about Jones with respect to her Florida or Maryland legal cases, the Maryland harassment statute specifically exempts “a peaceable activity intended to express a political view or provide information to others.” Jones has raised questions about how politics may be affecting public health. She’s triggered a robust discussion of her claims and her qualifications to make them. Jones may not find it flattering, but it isn’t harassment to publish documented reporting about her and her previous activities.

In 2012, a District Court Judge in Montgomery County granted a peace order with an unconstitutional gag order attached based on a similar complaint. The order was overturned on appeal, and the judge was reprimanded by the Maryland Commission of Judicial Disabilities. In 2015, I was the respondent in a similar case. The District Court dismissed that petition, and the Circuit Court upheld the dismissal on appeal. The related criminal complaint was dismissed for lack of evidence.

During my cases, my Twitter accounts were suspended. This isn’t the place to go through all the details, but I seem to be back on Twitter, and Twitter has been more careful about such cases ever since. That may be why they haven’t suspended any accounts yet.

On Xiden’s “Infrastructure” Program

After reviewing the basics of Joe Xiden’s “infrastructure” proposals, it seems to me that the principal deficiency relates to the management of the various schemes. Almost none of the effort is under the government department with related expertise. Clearly, any program based on organic fertilizer should be run by the Department of Agriculture.

Don’t Know Much About History

Breitbart has a piece up about Steve Cohen, the Democrat who represents Memphis in Congress, claiming that the 6 January Capitol disturbance was as bad as the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I knew Steve Cohen when he was an undergraduate at Vanderbilt. He struck me as a lightweight activist wannabe then, but he’s managed to work his way up the Left’s food chain.

Article IV, Section 4

Article IV of the Constitution deals with the relationship between the United States and the individual states. Section 4 requires that the United States “…  shall protect each of them [the states] against Invasion[.]”

Would this create a cause of action for a state on the southern border against the federal government because of that state being flooded with foreign nationals who the feds are allowing to enter the country illegally?

How Confident Are They?

During last year’s elections, the Democrats managed to get their guy into the White House, just barely flipped control of the Senate, and maintained a slim margin of control of the House. OTOH, they did not do well in state races, and they will not be in control of the reapportionment of House districts coming before the next election. Moreover, many states are reforming their election laws to improve election integrity. 2022 could be a challenging election year for the Democrats.

Looking at the Democrats’ legislative agenda, it appears that they are trying to ram as much of their wish list through as quickly as possible, regardless of the political cost. For example, their pending “infrastructure” bill spends a couple of trillion dollars with less than half going to actual infrastructure projects. The bulk of the bill simply directs government spending into the pockets of favored businesses and not-for-profits.

They’re proposing the biggest tax increase in almost 30 years to pay for their schemes. Now, Joe Xiden was in the Senate in the 1990s, and if his mental faculties were intact, he should remember that tax increases and gun control were what caused the Democrats to lose control of the House in the 1994 midterm elections. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi managed to keep their House seats in ’94, but they should remember that loss and what caused it. So why are they pushing legislation that’s likely to ensure a similar loss in 2022?

It could be that they don’t remember or that they discount the possibility of an electoral backlash because they believe America has changed. They thought that was the case when they rammed Obamacare through on a party line vote, and they lost the House in the next election, but they may think that this time will be different.

Perhaps, but I believe that Xiden (78), Pelosi (81), and Schumer (70) see this Congress as their last chance. They see handwriting on the electoral wall for 2022, and they want to get as much of their agenda passed while they still can.

Whether because of arrogance or desperation, we should expect the Democrats to act recklessly.

Is it 2023 yet?

A Change in Staffing

CNN (they haven’t folded yet) reports that Richard Torres-Estrada has been reassigned from his recently hired job of head of diversity and inclusion at US Special Operations Command. Questions have arisen about his qualifications for the position following the circulation of a photoshopped image that compared Donald Trump with Adolph Hitler.

Actually, I’m surprised by this development. I had supposed that the image in question demonstrated Torres-Estrada’s qualification for such a post in the Xiden Administration.

Hmmmm.

A Lawless Lawmaker

Speaker Pelosi thinks she has the power not to seat a duly elected member of the House.

She’s wrong, and that’s not just my opinion. The Supreme Court has already ruled the Speaker, indeed the whole House, does not have that power. Powell v. McCormack, 395 U.S. 486 (1969). Unless the House can show that the winner of an election does not meet the constitutional qualifications for office (for example, isn’t at least 25 years old or isn’t a resident of the state represented), the member must be seated.

Once a member is seated, he or she can be expelled, but that requires a 2/3 vote. Pelosi doesn’t have the supermajority necessary to expel Mariannette Miller-Meeks, so she doesn’t appear to have a lawful means of stealing the Iowa Second District seat for the Democrats.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the arrogant overreach that has been on display thus far this session won’t lead her to do something foolish.

Stay tuned.

The Glenn Kirschner Pledge

Glenn Kirschner is a former federal prosecutor. He has launched a campaign to compel “every business in America” to take a pledge averring that “[t]he 2020 presidential election was free and fair, and produced accurate, reliable results.” Based on the currently available evidence, Hogewash! cannot in good conscience take such a pledge.

Even if the available evidence clearly supported the belief expressed in that pledge, Hogewash! would not take it under duress. Previous efforts by others to change or control the editorial policy of this blog through harassment and intimidation have failed. Mr. Kirschner should expect his to fail as well.

Making Votes Count

One of the House elections in Iowa last year was very close. After careful counting, the Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner by a 6 vote margin, and she was subsequently seated in the House. Now, the House Democrats want to vote on whether she should remain a member.

I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.

—Joseph Stalin

Sanctioning America’s Allies

Last week, the Xiden Administration threatened to impose sanctions against Germany and India. Germany has been a key NATO ally for decades, and India is a member of the Quad (with America, Australia, and Japan) seeking to constraint Chinese aggressiveness in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Why?

It seems that the Germans are on the verge of completing a natural gas pipeline from Russia that will provide 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year, mostly at the expense of the 87 billion cubic meters now flowing through a Ukrainian pipeline.

India is planning to purchase a Russian S400 air defense system which would increase its ability to defend against Pakistani or Chinese aircraft.

Now, a reasonable argument can be made for opposing those deals because of their benefits to Russia. OTOH, another common denominator between them is their potential adverse effects on Xiden family allies—Ukraine and China.

Hmmm.

Trying to Bully a Bully

In a thoroughly incompetent attempt to look tough, Secretary of State Blinken and National Security Advisor Sullivan made a point of insulting the Chinese delegation during a joint press conference prior to a high-level meeting in Anchorage this week. They were surprised when the Chinese responded, in kind and more effectively.

The Gentle Reader who has followed this blog for a while will surely remember that I advocate giving bullies a dose of their own medicine. However, if one doesn’t have the means to strike back effectively, a weak response will only encourage the bully’s belief in his own superiority and entitlement. If one cannot strike effectively, one should hold until an effective response is possible. Joe Xiden’s team wound up demonstrating to the Chinese just how weak and incompetent the new U.S. foreign policy team is.

Fred Fleitz has a post reviewing the disaster in Alaska. He notes

[t]he Alaska press event was a debacle that will build a perception that the US is returning to Jimmy Carter-like incompetence in foreign policy. It also confirms claims by Biden critics that his foreign policy team is headed by inept second and third-string Obama retreads.

America’s enemies are watching and planning how to cash in on President Biden’s weak and incompetent foreign policy.

Is it 2025 yet?

UPDATE—I hate autocorrupt. I fixed the first sentence. It now reads “look tough.”