Your Friend The Handgun

Number 343 of a Series

In Texas we have what is called Constitutional Carry. It appears to be working out just fine.

17-year-old accused of shooting teen to death after prank gone wrong in northwest Harris County

By Mycah Hatfield
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 7:57PM

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The 17-year-old, who was killed at a northwest Harris County home on Monday, tried to play a joke on his friend who ultimately shot him to death, according to court documents read aloud on Tuesday.

Reginald Smalls, 17, is charged with manslaughter in the killing of Dominique McCoy on Labor Day morning.

Officials said McCoy was visiting a home in the 4300 block of Stuebner Hill Drive.

A judge said during probable cause court on Tuesday afternoon that McCoy was hiding in the bathroom of the home and jumped out to scare Smalls in a joking way. Smalls shot and killed his friend allegedly as a reaction.

Are there rumors next year we will have compulsory carry? Heaven can wait.

The Comical Conservative

Number 83 in a series

American conservatives do provide a nice supply of comedy, except sometimes it is hard to tell what they are talking about.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene @RepMTG

.@KamalaHarris hurricanes do not target people based on the color of their skin. Hurricanes do not discriminate. And neither should the federal government giving aid to people suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Ian. Is your husband’s life worth less bc he’s white?

10:12 AM · Oct 3, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

If anybody knows what this is about, please let me know. In the meantime I will enjoy the laugh.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Abusing Science

Number 170 of a series

Creationists are back to entertain us again. This is from the Discovery Institute’s Evolution News site.

Michael Denton Explains the Miracle of Your Heart

David Klinghoffer August 17, 2022, 12:39 PM

The human heart was a wonder before humans knew much of anything scientifically or medically about it. It is the organ in our body most often turned into a metaphor: to “have a heart” (as distinguished from “having heart,” which means something different), “of pure heart,” “light of heart,” “a heart bursting with…,” and more. As we feel it working in our chest, it can tell us things before we register them consciously. Different kinds of palpitations may alert us to the presence of an enemy or predator, or before we realize it, that we are in love.

First some background. Michael Denton made a splash in 1985 with his book Evolution: A Theory in CrisisFull disclosure: I have a copy of the book. From Wikipedia.

Denton gained a medical degree from Bristol University in 1969 and a PhD in biochemistry from King’s College London in 1974. He was a senior research fellow in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand from 1990 to 2005. He later became a scientific researcher in the field of genetic eye diseases. He has spoken worldwide on genetics, evolution and the anthropic argument for design. Denton’s current interests include defending the “anti-Darwinian evolutionary position” and the design hypothesis formulated in his book Nature’s Destiny. Denton described himself as an agnostic. He is currently a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute‘s Center for Science and Culture.

The book got law professor Phillip Johnson and biochemist Michael Behe to thinking about Intelligent Design, which is today the main focus of the Discovery Institute’s CSC. Continuing…

Now add to this the wonders revealed by science about this biological pump. A new video, “The Miracle of the Human Heart Explained by Biologist Michael Denton,” notes that if we live to be 80 years old, it will have beat 2 billion notes of life. Each beat, Dr. Denton points out, pumps a hundred billion red blood cells: “By the heart’s unceasing activity, it ensures a bountiful supply of oxygen to provide us with the vital energy of life.” No human invention can compare with it.

But there is still more that most people – probably most scientists – have never even considered, and that seals the case for the heart’s intelligent design. As Denton explains in his recent book, The Miracle of Man, nature was specially crafted — he calls it “prior fitness” — to make the work of the heart possible. Here, he mentions just three illustrations: the prior fitness of light, of water, and of transition metals. A proper accounting of nature’s prior fitness for human life would “fill many volumes.” This brief video gives only a hint of that. The Miracle of Man gives more than a hint. Learn about the miracle and share it with friends and family:

David Klinghoffer’s article centers on the video mentioned. The video is short, and it explains all the wonders of the (human) heart and the cardio-pulmonary system. Those workings really are amazing to behold.

But on concluding, the video dives into what is behind these wonders, and we are reminded of three nice circumstances.

  1. Prior fitness of light
  2. Prior fitness of water [see above]
  3. Prior fitness of transition metals

Light, we are reminded, has just the correct quantum energy bands for photosynthesis to produce food for living things. Without water we would be… Well we would be up the creek without a paddle. And Denton’s short commentary on transition metals leaves me scratching my head. With them, he says, there would be no way to employ oxidation to produce metabolic energy. A diagram of an atom is pictured along with “Co.” the symbol for cobalt.

Cobalt is the active center of a group of coenzymes called cobalamins. Vitamin B12, the best-known example of the type, is an essential vitamin for all animals. Cobalt in inorganic form is also a micronutrient for bacteria, algae, and fungi.

The total is these entities were manifest prior to their being necessary for life. My interpretation: he wants us to know somebody was planning ahead.

Denton proclaims himself an agnostic, so you might not want to count him as one of those attributing all this to a god adopted by an ancient Hebrew tribe as a political device to build national unity. Even if Denton does not attribute these prior conditions to a magical entity in the sky, he apparently wants to believe that we, people and other living things, are so chosen that some external intelligence is behind the shape of the Universe. What Denton does not find a reasonable explanation is that light, water, metals are they way they are, and life took advantage of the existing world, which is the way a dispassionate scientist would view the situation.

Crime Family

Number 12 of a Series

I swear, I will miss him when he is gone.

Donald J. Trumpwww.donaldjtrump.com

This is a GIANT scam.

Donald J. Trump <contact@win.donaldjtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com 
Mon, Oct 3 at 6:53 AM

ICYMI: THE REAL STORY ON THE DOCUMENT HOAX

WATCH HERE >>

Friend,

We are living in dark and scary times…

This is a GIANT Scam, a SICK continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in United States history. 

The FBI raid of my home was a complete weaponization of the Justice Department, FBI, Democrat District Attorneys, and Attorney Generals. It was controlled by the VERY SAME PEOPLE that brought you Russia, Russia, Russia, Mueller, Impeachment Hoax 1, Impeachment Hoax 2, and more.

This is unlike ANYTHING that has ever happened to a former President, and the American people will not stand for “Weaponization” any longer. 

Friend, you have been with me since the very beginning, so I am calling on you to PUBLICLY STAND WITH ME. 

Together, Republicans will WIN in November, and we will END these corrupt WITCH HUNTS against YOUR President. 

I’m counting on you, Friend. The Democrats don’t want us to win – they want to stay in power and control you. WE CAN’T LET THEM!

Please contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY to make a statement that the Left will NEVER take me down. >>

Right!!

Sure, Donald. We believe you.

Just kidding. You are a fake and a crook, and you have been nearly your entire life. You want me to give you money? Really?

And did I forget to mention you are a bald-face liar?

Loser

Part 126 The League of Losers

I am telling you people, a real financial genius. For example…

Parent Company For ‘Truth Social’ Moves Address To UPS Store

By Gloria Christie – September 26, 2022

One of Donald Trump’s special purpose acquisition (SPAC) companies found it necessary to move its mailing address from a Miami office building to a UPS mailbox store, according to The Financial Times. It appears that the bad publicity about the ex-POTUS has negatively affected his businesses.
A SPAC is also known as a “blank-check” company. On Friday, DWAC “lost $138.5 million of its $1 billion in private financing,” according to CNBC:

‘[THE SHELL CORPORATION WAS LISTED] ON A STOCK EXCHANGE WITH THE PURPOSE OF ACQUIRING A PRIVATE COMPANY, THUS MAKING IT PUBLIC WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE TRADITIONAL INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING PROCESS.’

Trump’s DWAC change-of-address was shown on its regulatory form when the shell company filed its financial losses. After DWAC lost more than 10 percent of its private investor financing in public equity (PIPE) used to finance Trump Media following the merger:

‘SHARES OF DWAC WERE TRADING AROUND $16 MONDAY AFTERNOON, DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY FROM ITS $97 PEAK IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR.’

The investors were contractually obligated to provide funds for the ex-president’s media company. But after Trump’s deal expired last week, the investors were free to “pull their funding.”

CNBC reported that one of the private investors got out, because there were so many “legal obstacles facing the company.” In addition, this investor was not excited about Trump’s Media Truth Social app lack of followers.

Meanwhile, Allen Weisselberg, former Trump Organization CFO, is heading to prison for cooking the books for Trump. New York is following up and has sued to dissolve Trump businesses in the state and to prevent Trump, Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka from running a business there. Genius, I tell you. Pure genius.

Bad Joke of the Week

Number 522 of a Series

From a Facebook posting

Little Billy and Lucy are only 12 years old, But they know they are in love One day they decide that they want to get married. Billy goes to Lucy’s father to ask him for her hand, Billy bravely walks up to him and says. “Mr. Smith, me and Lucy are in love. I want to ask you for her hand in marriage.”
Thinking that this was just the cutest thing. Mr. Smith replies…. “Well Billy, you’re only 12. Where will you two live?”
Without even taking a moment to think about it, Billy replies…. “In Lucy’s room. It’s bigger than mine. We can both fit there nicely.”
Still thinking this is just adorable. Mr. Smith says with a huge grin….
“Okay, then how will you live? You’re not old enough to get a job. You’ll need to support Lucy.”
Again, Billy instantly replies…. “Our pocket money, Lucy gets five dollars a week and I get 8 dollars’ that’s about 52 dollars a month. So that should do us just fine.”
Mr. Smith is impressed Billy has put so much thought into this…. “Well Billy, It seems like you have everything worked out. I just have one more question. What will you do if the two of you should have Little children of your own?”
Billy just shrugs his shoulders and says…. “Well, we’ve been lucky so far.”

Codswallop 201

Number 34 in a series

Suppose you go to college, and you learn a lot of stuff. You learn about the three branches of the United States government, and you learn about the expansion of the United States into the western part of the North American continent. Eventually the professor gets around to explaining that Barack Obama was not a legitimate president, because he was born in Kenya. At some point you get to wondering about what your professor is telling you, and you wonder about what kind of college you have enrolled in.

Now suppose you have enrolled in Hillsdale College in Michigan, and you are taking their class that I will call Codswallop 201. The prerequisite was Codswallop 101. Your teacher explains this.

Recently, Mr. Blanton, I had a long conversation with someone about our country’s difficulties.

They were especially concerned about critical race theory and how “progressives” are pushing this dangerous ideology into American schools, businesses, and even the military.

They kept asking me, “what can I do?”

That may be a question you’re asking yourself right now as well.

Mr. Blanton, my answer is always the same—EDUCATION!

That’s because education is our surest defense against radical ideologies like critical race theory.

By supporting our educational outreach efforts, you’re reaching and teaching millions on behalf of liberty.

But, if you want to do something closer to home, we’ve recently printed thousands of copies of our issue of Imprimis, “Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It,” for you to share with your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

That’s because there’s a good chance that your neighbors have never heard of critical race theory, even if it’s happening in your local schools.

To make it easier for you, we’ve wrapped the copies in packs of ten, and we’ll send you one for your generous tax-deductible gift of any amount.

The print issue is perfect for leaving at a doctor’s office or sending to teachers in your local schools.

So, not only will you support the expansion of effective outreach efforts like free online courses, classical K-12 education, and of course, Imprimis, with your gift, but you can also have an effect in your neighborhood.

To give a gift and receive your ten copies of Imprimis, “Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It,” to hand out, visit the secure link below:

https://secured.hillsdale.edu/hillsdale/fight-critical-race-theory-10-pack

Mr. Blanton, please allow me to extend my heartfelt thanks for everything you do to preserve and defend liberty for future generations.

You’re countering the far-Left’s aggressive efforts to destroy informed patriotism nationwide and in your own backyard. We greatly appreciate what you’re doing!

With gratitude,

Bill Gray ’01
Vice President
National Donor Outreach
Hillsdale College

At what point do you realize your teachers are lying to you? Refer to the above.

That is an email I received from Bill Gray on behalf of Hillsdale College, and the first thing I want to point out is if you want me to give you money, then it is best if your do not start by lying to me. Particularly note the reference to critical race theory.

Bill Gray states that critical race theory is being taught to school kids. It is not. Critical race theory is an abstract concept incorporated into advanced graduate studies. It is for people who want to learn about the concept, and it is not a belief that is taught. Bill Gray’s assertion that critical race theory is being taught to kids is a bald face lie.

From all appearances, what Bill Gray and others like him are doing is taking some aspects of school curricula, such as teaching the sadder parts of history and teaching kids the importance of treating others with respect, and he is pasting the critical race theory label on them and using this approach to subvert the public school system. In particular, Hillsdale’s outreach program is directly targeting schools hundreds of miles from its Michigan campus. From Slate.

Schools, famously, are Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ No. 1 priority; the primary means by which he’s gained his new national profile is by working with the Florida Legislature upend the state’s public school curriculum last year. The changes to Florida’s educational system over the past year have been pretty breathtaking—and it turns out, all the attention-grabbing education bills DeSantis has been passing were years in the making. They’re part of a larger project being driven not just by Florida but by a small liberal arts college in Michigan known as Hillsdale. The Christian school has been described as a “citadel of American conservatism”; Donald Trump has connections there, Ted Cruz and Clarence Thomas have been commencement speakers, and the school has started a series of “leadership seminars” that sound like right-wing TED Talks. Hillsdale is also a champion of what it calls “patriotic education”: When the New York Times’ 1619 Project became a conservative lightning rod, officials at the school worked with the Trump administration to lead what was called the 1776 commission and rebut the project. They then put together a classroom companion titled “the 1776 curriculum.” The connection between Florida’s school laws and Hillsdale’s influence was uncovered by Sommer Brugal, a K–12 education reporter for the Miami Herald. On Tuesday’s episode of What Next, I spoke with Brugal about how Florida got here, what Hillsdale has been doing, and whether this is all just beginning. Our conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Follow the link and read the complete article. And welcome to Hillsdale’s Codswallop 201.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 342 of a Series

There are times in your life when negotiations have to end, and you need to take real action.

University of West Georgia professor, 47, is charged with MURDER of student, 18, after firing multiple shots into her car following argument with man at pizza restaurant

A university professor has been charged with murder after he shot and killed an 18-year-old girl who was poised to begin her studies at his college in the fall, according to police.

Richard Sigman, a business lecturer at the University of West Georgia, got into an argument with a man at Leopold’s pizza restaurant in Carrollton late on Friday night and threatened to shoot him.

Fearing for his life, the man alerted security guards at the restaurant around midnight, who understood Sigman was carrying a concealed weapon and asked him to leave. 

Incensed, the 47-year-old university professor stormed outside and into the parking lot and fired multiple shots into a car, where recent high school graduate Anna Jones was sitting. 

Be thankful the National Rifle Association is looking out for your right to go off half cocked.

Abusing Science

Number 169 of a series

Here is a post from the site Is Genesis History?

“We have some purposes given for the stars…to mark time, to rule over the night, to be for signs and seasons.”  – Danny Faulkner, Astronomer at Chino Valley, Arizona

Our sense of the passage of time is based on our relationship with the sun, moon, and stars.

God put these celestial bodies in place on the fourth day of creation as providers of energy, sources of light, and consistent timekeepers. They are also a source of wonder for everyone who studies them, from the unique nature of solar eclipses, to the beauty of galaxies and nebulae, to the sheer immensity of space.

The size of the universe and the distances between stars has led the conventional view to interpret the entire universe as very old, but scientists working within the Genesis paradigm have come up with different explanations for the presence of the stars, including rapidly bringing light to the earth on the fourth day.

The truth is that no one theory seems to explain everything. Even the current cornerstone of the conventional view, the Big Bang cosmology, has changed greatly during its 60-year history. More recently it has been publicly rejected by hundreds of physicists and astronomers. No scientific theory is able to penetrate exactly what happened during the six days of the Creation epoch.

First of all, who is Danny Faulkner? I had to look it up.

Danny Faulkner is a young Earth creationist with actual scientific qualifications (astronomy) but like Jason Lisle he fails to comprehend how physics actually works. He did some actual research in astronomy relating to binary stars. Faulkner was a professor of astronomy and physics at an actual university (University of South Carolina) but he retired to work for the creationist  and pseudoscience organization Answers in Genesis. Faulkner was an employee at the Institute for Creation Research where he put on a façade where he thought he was doing real research. He was previously the “Dean” of the Astro/Geophysics department at the ICR Graduate “School” where he was pretending to teach Astronomy and Physics.

And speaking of the ICR.

The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has been around in some form since 1970, when Henry M. Morris, and Nell and Kelly Segraves organized the Creation Science Research Center in Santee, California.

Recently I came across this item on the ICR Web site. It had the following title:

Should Evolution be Immune from Critical Analysis in the Science Classroom?

Michigan State physiology professor Robert S. Root-Bernstein wrote regarding his introductory course on evolution: “I encourage [students] to be skeptical—as long as their skepticism is based on logic and evidence. . . . Questions are what drives science, not answers. . . . Take nothing for granted, I counsel my students: that is what makes a scientist” (“Darwin’s Rib,” in Discover, September 1995, pp. 38–41).

Taking a cue from professor Root-Bernstein that “questions are what drives science, not answers,” what follows is a partial list of questions that could be used to critically examine and evaluate evolutionary theory.

These questions would make good classroom discussions, initiated by either teacher or student, or good student research assignments.

There follows a list of 33 questions that, presumably, creationist should ask in a biology class. So far I’ve had a quick look at them, and most of them are already quite familiar to me and to others. If these ever came out on a CD the disk might be titled The Best of the ICR. I call them the best of the ICR, because this kind of thing is about the best the ICR can come up with.

Since this is a lot of stuff I have posted my responses to each of David Buckna’s 33 questions on the Skeptical Analysis blog.

Anyhow, I visited the ICR site in California in 1995 and again about ten years later. They told me they were moving to Dallas. Since I lived in Dallas, I went by to check them out. See the photo above.

The sole source for “God put these celestial bodies in place…” comes from the Bible, which was written by people in the eastern Mediterranean region about 2900 years ago. It is a book in which snakes and donkey’s talk to people, so enough said for its being a reliable source. Faulkner further states no one theory explains everything, as though that were an argument against modern cosmology. He also mentions there are scientists who do not agree with the big bang theory, implying if the theory is false a biblical explanation could be substituted. His statement “No scientific theory is able to penetrate exactly what happened during the six days of the Creation epoch” is correct. The “Creation epoch” is a false premise, and science is not required to explain things that do not/did not exist.

 

The Comical Conservative

Number 82 in a series

Some people have short memories. Or perhaps they never studied history.

Lauren Boebert @laurenboebert

US House candidate, CO-03

This month, Sweden voted for a right-wing government. Now, Italy voted for a strong right-wing government. The entire world is beginning to understand that the Woke Left does nothing but destroy. Nov 8 is coming soon & the USA will fix our House and Senate! Let freedom reign!

6:51 PM · Sep 25, 2022·Twitter Web App

Maybe not so funny.

Quiz Question

Number 380 of a series

The questions have been too easy recently. Here is one to give you a mathematical workout. Start with what everybody should know.

1, 2, 3, 4, etc. are integers. A rational number is one that can be expressed as the quotient of two integers. For example:

45/37

Prove √2 is not rational. That is there are no integers a and b such that a/b = √2.

This problem was solved by the ancient Greeks, and the solution is on-line. Enter your solution in the comments section below before going to Google.

The Comical Conservative

Number 81 in a series

This theme gets a lot of mileage, and it is scheduled to get a bunch more. Start with this email.

Leadership Instituteleadershipinstitute.org

How leftists reproduce

Morton Blackwell <morton@email.leadershipinstitute.org>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com 
Sat, Sep 24 at 11:16 AM

John,

The left relies on your children and grandchildren to reproduce.

They seldom have as many children as conservative families do. So they steal as many of ours as they can, using schools, colleges, and universities as their indoctrination factories.

John, I hope your family hasn’t experienced such tragedy. The horror stories I hear would break your heart.

You and I must put a stop to the left’s indoctrination and brainwashing. We must create strong, young Leaders for America who stand up for the conservative principles you and I hold dear.

Will you help me save young Americans from the terrible fate the left has in store for them?

Of course Morton Blackwell switches to asking for money. He is the Virginia national committeeman on the Republican National Committee.

And guess what. Blackwell is likely correct in describing how “Leftists” reproduce. He claims conservatives have more children. I can picture that.

We are advised we must stop the indoctrination and the brainwashing. “We must create strong, young Leaders for America who stand up for the conservative principles you and I hold dear.” Yes, that, on its face, appears to be the right approach. That being considered, what are the conservative principles you and I hold dear? Let’s take a look. Begin with the screen shot at the top of this post. Here is what we have to look forward to if we avoid the fate the left has in store for us.

Oh, the glory that could be ours if only we can keep leftists from indoctrinating our kids. And, yes, that is comical.

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 46 of a series

This from Texas Senator John Cornyn.

You Still Have Questions

Team Cornyn <info@johncornyn.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com 
Fri, Sep 23 at 3:05 PM

John,

Senator John Cornyn knows that you still have questions about Hunter Biden’s corruption.

He’s fighting tirelessly to deliver answers, and your help could make the difference.

Senator Cornyn is pushing on the Biden administration to restore confidence in the DOJ and remove all politicization from the Hunter Biden investigation.

Right!

The Department of Justice is investigating attempts to overturn the 2020 elections, prosecuting people who attacked the United States government to halt the counting of votes, and the theft and retention of classified documents. What Senator Cornyn wants to emphasize are legal troubles attached to Hunter Biden, son of the President and not a government official. Here is a snippet of the Hunter Biden controversy.

The article’s veracity was strongly questioned by most mainstream media outlets, analysts and intelligence officials, due to the unknown chain of custody of the laptop and its contents, and suspicion that it may have been part of a Russian disinformation campaign. As of 2022, Vox reported that no evidence had ever emerged “that the laptop’s leak was a Russian plot.” In March 2022, The New York Times reported that they found emails “from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop.” Also in March, The Washington Post reported that two security experts confirmed the veracity of thousands of emails purportedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop. However, “The vast majority of the data — and most of the nearly 129,000 emails it contained — could not be verified by either of the two security experts who reviewed the data for The Post.” Among the emails that The Washington Post was able to authenticate was the Pozharskyi email that formed the basis of the New York Post’s original article. In May, NBC News published an analysis of a copy of the hard drive they received from Giuliani and documents released by Republicans on two Senate committees. The analysis found that Biden’s firm took in $11 million from 2013 to 2018 and spent the money quickly. The analysis also found that few of Biden’s deals ever came to fruition.

Despite Senator Cornyn’s fondest wishes, there is no indication that Hunter Biden is getting a soft ride from the DOJ. Here is somebody who did get a soft ride.

But from start to finish, over the whole course of my tenure at SDNY, there were too many times when it did not work that way and obstacles were put in our path. These were not bureaucratic snafus. They were attempts to aid the president’s friends and punish his enemies. Some, though not all, of those roadblocks were put up by William P. Barr, who became attorney general on February 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day.

Berman, Geoffrey. Holding the Line (pp. xiii-xiv). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

I will not be faulted if I conclude Senator Cornyn is not concerned so much about confidence in the DOJ as he is about pushing a political narrative. And, yes, we do have a problem.

Bad Joke of the Week

Number 521 of a Series

Stolen from a Facebook posting

Snow White, Superman and Pinocchio are out for a stroll in town one day,

As they walk, they come across a sign: “Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world.”
“I’m entering” says Snow White.

After half an hour she comes out and they ask her, “Well, how did you do?”

“First Place,” says Snow White.

They continue walking and they see a sign: “Contest for the strongest man in the world.”

“I’m entering,” says Superman.

After half an hour he returns and they ask him, “How did you make out?”

“First Place,” answers Superman. “Did you ever doubt?”

They continue walking when they see a sign: “Contest! Who is the greatest liar in the world?”

Pinocchio says “this is mine”

Half an hour later, he returns with tears in his eyes. “What happened?” they ask.

“Who the hell is Donald Trump?” asks Pinocchio.

Codswallop 201

Number 33 in a series

Hillsdale College in Michigan was established in 1844 by Free Will Baptists. It currently serves as a propaganda mill for everything conservative in American politics, while absolute truth is currently a stranger at Hillsdale. Their monthly publication is Imprimis, and I receive copies regularly, including by email. The August issue fronts an article titled “The Politicization of the Department of Justice.” It is by Harmeet K. Dhillon, Dhillon Law Group, Inc. You should follow the link and read it. Here are some pertinent excerpts.

The seal of the U.S. Department of Justice reads, “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur”—“Who prosecutes for Lady Justice.” Depictions of Lady Justice are as familiar as they are instructive: she stands blindfolded while holding the scales of justice, representing her unyielding devotion to equal justice under the law. Contrary to this ideal, the DOJ today appears to be increasingly motivated by partisanship. Compounding the problem, it has access to the powers of the modern surveillance state. As someone passionate about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I believe there is no higher priority than addressing this danger. 

Mar-a-Lago Raid

Although I have represented and continue to represent President Trump in several matters, I do not represent him on the matter of the DOJ’s raid on his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago. But that raid is significant and worth some attention.

Consider first the raid’s timing. President Biden’s approval ratings have been abysmal, and it is a mid-term election year. Bloomberg reports that the DOJ will likely delay “charging” Trump with anything arising from the raid on his home until after the mid-terms. The effect of this is to create a cloud of perceived guilt running up to November 8, and use that as a political tool to smear pro-Trump voters and candidates. The DOJ hides behind its longstanding policy of not taking politically portentous actions close to an election—but how could the raid itself be construed as anything but such a portentous action?

Yes, “close to an election.” What Harmeet Dhillon needs to keep in mind is this country holds elections for national offices every two years in addition to special elections to fill vacancies at odd times. Additionally there are local elections at odd years and at odd months. If Republican Party official Dhillon wants the DOJ to avoid cracking down on criminals at times inconvenient to the Republican Party, then she needs to schedule crimes committed by Party principals so the DOJ can take legal action when it is more convenient. Which gets us around to the scheduling of the raid on Donald Trump’s home in August, three months prior to a congressional election.

Upon departing the White House in January 2021, Trump transported a large volume of presidential records to Mar-a-Lago, despite storage of such materials being subject to the Presidential Records Act. Seeking to preserve presidential communications and correspondence with world leaders, the National Archives and Records Administration arranged to retrieve 15 boxes of material from Mar-a-Lago in January 2022. These included documents clearly marked as classified, prompting the Department of Justice to restrict any details regarding the contents of the 15 boxes.

On May 11, 2022, the Justice Department sent Trump a grand jury subpoena, requesting any additional documents marked classified. A later subpoena requested surveillance footage from the club. On August 8, 2022, FBI agents presented a search warrant and searched Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago, part of the continuing investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents. The Secret Service “facilitated access” for the FBI, and one of Trump’s lawyers was present for the search.

Now review the timeline. Trump stole the documents in January 2021. After some months NARA determined the documents were definitely missing and retrieved 15 boxes in January 2022. The problem was, the Trump ensemble failed to return all the missing documents. In May of this year the DOJ requested the remaining documents. In June a lawyer for Trump in a signed notification certified all the stolen documents had been returned. This was not true. Somebody had committed perjury. In August the DOJ submitted their findings to a federal judge and obtained a warrant to search the Trump property and to seize the remaining stolen documents.

At any time from January 2021 forward Donald Trump could have returned the purloined items, and that would have been it. There would have been no search and seizure by the FBI three months prior to a mid-term election. If attorney Dhillon is actually interested in why the DOJ ended up taking action so close to an election, she needs to consult with Donald Trump.

“Contrary to this ideal, the DOJ today appears to be increasingly motivated by partisanship.” Yes, let’s discuss political partisanship as wielded by the DOJ.

This episode was not a one-off. It was part of a pattern. Throughout my tenure as US attorney, Trump’s Justice Department kept demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept declining—in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired.

Berman, Geoffrey. Holding the Line (p. x). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

That is Geoffrey Berman, an American attorney who served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2018 to 2020, telling of his dealings with Donald Trumps Attorney General William Barr.

But from start to finish, over the whole course of my tenure at SDNY, there were too many times when it did not work that way and obstacles were put in our path. These were not bureaucratic snafus. They were attempts to aid the president’s friends and punish his enemies. Some, though not all, of those roadblocks were put up by William P. Barr, who became attorney general on February 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day.

Berman, Geoffrey. Holding the Line (pp. xiii-xiv). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Dhillon’s diatribe goes beyond accusations of DOJ political partisanship. She participates in the false narrative of a fraudulent election.

Consider Georgia. The midnight ballot dump that pushed Biden ahead of Trump had all the appearances of manipulative ballot stuffing. That was followed by days of uncertainty about who won. Reports soon surfaced of massive ballot harvesting—illegal in Georgia—as well as deeply concerning evidence that Mark Zuckerberg-funded nonprofits had placed personnel in election operations in blue counties with the effect of decreasing signature-matching efforts.

She states the above without mentioning that all this speculation and outright fabrication have been thoroughly refuted. The point cannot be missed that Harmeet Dhillon’s sole aim is to prop up a felonious political movement. My point being…

This does not rise to the level of civic duty. Rather this is Hillsdale’s Codswallop 201.