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‘Preposterous answers;’ Comer says criminal referrals for false testimony coming in Biden probe - John Solomon


by John Solomon

Key chairman admits impeachment won’t succeed in Senate, looks to create criminal accountability in a future DOJ.


House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer candidly admitted Friday night that House passage of impeachment articles against President Joe Biden won’t deliver any accountability to the first family because of a Democrat Senate blockade, and he is exploring other punishments such as criminal referrals that a future Justice Department could pursue for issues like false testimony to Congress.

“We can impeach, and we may impeach. But the Senate's not going to convict,” Comer said in an interview with the Just the News No Noise television show. “So impeachment really doesn't hold anyone accountable. I want accountability. And what I want to do is have criminal referrals.

“We want to provide the truth to the American people. But we also want to hold people accountable for wrongdoing, not just the Bidens but people in the government, the deep state actors who have been part of the coverup,” he said.

In a wide-ranging update on the impeachment inquiry, the Kentucky Republican made clear he is playing a long game. He said he is convinced that both Hunter Biden and James Biden gave false accounts to Congress in their transcribed interviews but the next part of the process is to hold public hearings with key witnesses.

“We're going to press him, give him one more opportunity to come clean. And then you will see referrals,” he said of Hunter Biden.

“I think that (Attorney General) Merrick Garland is going to, or (Special Counsel) David Weiss, either one will have the first crack at it,” he added. “If they don't do it, then hopefully the next president of the United States will have a new attorney general in the Department of Justice that will hold people accountable.…If we have a new president, the new attorney general, then I'm pretty confident that we will have accountability of this family. That's the moment.”

Hunter Biden and his lawyers have relentlessly criticized the Comer-led impeachment inquiry, suggesting the first son was subjected to false allegations and Russia disinformation. For instance, in his deposition, Hunter Biden blasted Republicans for pursuing a “destructive political charade” and using “innuendo, distortion, and sensationalism, all the while ignoring the clear and convincing evidence staring you in the face.”

But in their depositions, both Hunter Biden and his uncle, presidential brother James Biden, confirmed key evidence against the first family, including that Joe Biden met with their business partners when he was vice president and that the first family received millions from firms in China and other foreign countries.

Comer said he did not believe the first son and first brother gave accurate answers when it came to issues like a payment from a Kazakh businessman that investigators believe was used to buy Hunter Biden a luxury car, the receipt of a diamond from a Chinese businessman and a text message where Hunter Biden invoked his father in a play to pressure a Chinese energy firm for millions in payments.

“The list goes on and on and on with the preposterous answers to the questions they gave,” he said.

More importantly, Comer said the impeachment inquiry had developed evidence that Joe Biden made false claims repeatedly during the 2020 election and since he became president.

“Joe Biden lied – I think we have him over a dozen times. He said he never met with any of these people who sent his family money. We've proven he met with them,” he said. “He said his family never got my money from China. They got millions and millions of dollars from China. He said none of this happened while he was vice president. And most of it happened while he was vice president.

“We know that Joe Biden did participate in just about every shady deal. I would say his role John was the person who closed the deal," he added. "Hunter and Jim would initiate the deal. They would make their pitch: their business model was to be able to what I call influence pedal.”

Comer said he also believed Hunter Biden gave bold answers that sometimes conflicted with public evidence, like others' testimony or contemporaneous emails.

“He sure was very bold in his answers. You know, one would assume that to answer those questions the way he answered him, that he was pretty confident he had a pardon in his back pocket,” Comer said.

The White House has said Biden has no intention of pardoning his son, who faces numerous tax evasion and gun charges in two separate cases. A spokesman for the White House did not respond to a request for comment Friday night.

John Solomon


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‘Dark Day’ for British Jews as Anti-Zionist Agitator George Galloway Returns to Parliament - Ben Cohen


by Ben Cohen

[I]n his appeal to Muslim voters, Galloway began with the greeting “A’Salaam o Aleikum,” claiming, “I, George Galloway, have fought for Muslims at home and abroad all of my life. And paid a price for it.”


George Galloway campaigning in the northern English constituency of Rochdale. Photo: Reuters/Phil Noble

The UK’s main Jewish organization on Friday expressed horror at the return to the British parliament of George Galloway, a far left populist whose election campaign in the northern town of Rochdale centered on the current war in Gaza between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization.

“George Galloway is a demagogue and conspiracy theorist, who has brought the politics of division and hate to every place he has ever stood for Parliament,” the Board of Deputies of British Jews declared in a statement. “His election is a dark day for the Jewish community in this country, and for British politics in general.”

Standing on the ticket of the Workers Party of Britain, whose platform is a combination of protectionism, socialism and a foreign policy hostile to the NATO alliance, Galloway won a resounding victory, polling 12,335 votes — 6,000 more than any other candidate. Muslims compose approximately 20 percent of Rochdale’s population and were heavily targeted by Galloway in the run-up to the vote, sparked by the death of its previous MP, Sir Tony Lloyd. The campaign of the opposition Labour Party, which had been expected to easily win the constituency, collapsed in disarray after it withdrew support for its candidate, Azhar Ali, following an interview he gave in which he endorsed the conspiracy theory that Israel knew of the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom in advance, describing it as a “massacre that gives them the green light to do whatever they bloody want.”

During his victory speech, Galloway aimed at a barb at Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who has attempted to stamp out the antisemitism in the party that flourished during the tenure of its previous far left leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

“Keir Starmer – this is for Gaza,” Galloway stated. “You have paid, and you will pay, a high price for the role you have played in enabling, encouraging and covering for the catastrophe presently going on.”

The 69-year-old Galloway has long been one of the more polarizing figures on the British political scene, widely detested in the Jewish community for his visceral attacks on Zionism and support for Israel’s elimination as a sovereign state.

A one-time ally of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Galloway frequently boasted of his friendships with regime figures such as the former foreign minister Tariq Aziz, and famously told Saddam during a visit to Baghdad, “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.” Expelled from Labour in 2003 for inflammatory remarks on the eve of the war in Iraq, Galloway subsequently founded Respect, a far-left coalition that placed its campaign for “Palestine” front and center.

Once derided as the “MP for Baghdad Central,” Galloway has developed a reputation for parachuting into constituencies with large Muslim populations and standing as an election candidate. Prior to Rochdale, which forms part of the Greater Manchester area, Galloway has previously represented constituencies in Glasgow, east London and Bradford. In 2014, Galloway was the subject of a police investigation for antisemitic comments, after he declared Bradford to be an “Israel-free zone,” declaring, “We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same.”

On social media, critics of Galloway pointed out that he had run his campaign in Rochdale along ethnic lines, with separate appeals to the Muslim and white British communities.

In a letter sent to non-Muslim residents, Galloway made no mention of the Middle East, portraying himself as a traditionalist who values family and who emphasized, “Unlike the mainstream parties, I have no difficulty in defining what a woman is.” Galloway added that his priorities would be aiding small businesses, helping the local soccer team to achieve financial stability and a tougher stance on crime. But in his appeal to Muslim voters, Galloway began with the greeting “A’Salaam o Aleikum,” claiming, “I, George Galloway, have fought for Muslims at home and abroad all of my life. And paid a price for it.”

One BBC reporter revealed that his phone had “pinged with texts from MPs from a range of parties expressing depression at [Galloway’s] return to Westminster” following the Rochdale result. In a post on X/Twitter, the Campaign Against Antisemitism recalled previous clashes between Galloway and British Jews, including his statement “that the institutional antisemitism within the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn was really ‘a disgraceful campaign of Goebbelsian fiction’, in reference to Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propagandist.” and his description of the Oct. 7 Hamas atrocities as a “concentration camp breakout.”

Ben Cohen


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Biden family has a long history of being kept afloat by Democratic donors - Steven Richards


by Steven Richards

Are democrats a meal ticket for Bidens? The newly released transcript of presidential brother James Biden’s testimony shows he received large sums of money from Democratic donors, mirroring Hunter Biden’s relationship with Kevin Morris.


The newly released transcript of presidential brother James Biden’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee shows he received large sums in the form of loans from Democratic donors, mirroring Hunter Biden’s relationship with lawyer and friend Kevin Morris.

According to the transcript, James Biden confirmed that he received two loans from associates who were also Democratic Party donors, though he disputed the value of the loans provided by the committee.

The first loan uncovered by the impeachment investigators was an $800,000 loan from Joey Langston, a friend of President Biden and donor to his campaigns, Just the News previously reported. According to a source familiar with Langston’s testimony, James Biden only paid back $400,000, half of the original loan. Langston was convicted and spent time in prison for attempting to illegally influence a judge for his client during the same time period he was loaning James Biden money.

Langston reportedly hosted fundraisers for then-Senator Joe Biden and also sought legislative assistance from him, according to ProPublica. James Biden’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment from Just the News Friday.

Investigators said to James Biden “We interviewed Joey Langston. My memory -- I'm just paraphrasing this -- that he loaned you -- he said approximately, I believe, around $800,000 or so. He didn't have an exact amount.” Biden’s attorney confirmed this and that his client only repaid approximately half of the loan.

“$200,000 of that was interest, okay? So -- you know. But the fact of the matter is, I am still obligated, and I still feel a responsibility to pay him back once I am in a position, you know, after these usurious legal fees and all the other things that I've been involved in,” James Biden quipped.

The second loan, which the committee alleges was for $900,000, came from a wealthy Delaware car dealer, John Hynansky. James Biden confirmed that Joe Biden has met with the car dealer in the past, who also donated to Biden’s campaigns. FEC records show that Hynansky is a major donor to Democratic candidates and their PAC's, having donated tens of thousands of dollars in only the last several years.

Hynansky, a Ukrainian-American, operates the largest share of Ukraine's car showrooms and service centers specializing in Porsches, Jaguars, Land Rovers, and Bentleys, among other non-American brands he imports. Real Clear Investigations reported that the Biden administration helped Hynansky’s team in Ukraine prepare for the invasion, including placing calls to Hynansky’s top executive in Kiev 13 days in advance of Russian tanks crossing the border.

Though James Biden originally confirmed the $900,000 value, his lawyer disputed that number based on the loan documentation in their possession. James Biden confirmed that he has an outstanding balance on the loan of $97,000.

James Biden’s receipt of substantial sums from donors closely mirrors the financial assistance Hunter Biden received from his lawyer, friend, and donor Kevin Morris.

In his transcribed interview with the Oversight Committee, Morris confirmed reporting about his $5 million in loans to Hunter Biden. In November, Just the News reviewed evidence compiled by federal and congressional investigators that showed Hunter Biden collected over $6 million since his father began running for the presidency in 2020. The assistance flowed predominantly from prominent Democratic donor and powerful Hollywood lawyer Kevin Morris, whom the first son reportedly befriended at one of his father’s fundraising events, according to The New York Times. 

The records show the financial assistance from Morris to Hunter Biden began during the height of his father's presidential campaign in early 2020 and mushroomed over the years to include many aspects of Hunter Biden’s lifestyle, including five-figure monthly rents at California homes, child support payments, some travel, legal bills, and federal and local tax debts totaling over $2 million. 

Originally, the loans were undocumented, but twenty months after the funds began to flow, Morris and Biden committed to paper the transactions as loans. Federal and congressional investigators have identified promissory notes between them exceeding $5 million, many covering payments that Morris sent directly to vendors and debtors of Hunter Biden totaling at least $4.4 million, documents show. Morris later confirmed the loans in his testimony with the committee.

Morris and the younger Biden reportedly met at a Joe Biden fundraiser in 2019 hosted by Hollywood socialites in California, according to The New York Times. Phillips, one of the fundraiser hosts and a Democratic donor, introduced Morris to Hunter Biden. The successful Hollywood lawyer and the son of the former vice president became fast friends. Now, Hunter Biden says that Morris was a central figure in restoring his dignity after financial difficulties that came on top of his drug addictions and relapses from recovery. Fox News dubbed Morris "Hunter's sugar brother."

“I don’t know where I would be if not for Kevin,” Hunter Biden told The Los Angeles Times. Confirming the loans, Hunter Biden said “And I don’t mean just because he has loaned me money to survive this onslaught, I mean because he has given me back my dignity. He’s been a brother to me.” 

Steven Richards


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Hamas Staged a Food Aid Riot to Blame Israel and Retain Control Over Aid - Daniel Greenfield


by Daniel Greenfield

The question that no one is asking is why Hamas was so bent on maintaining control over aid deliveries?


Here’s the roadmap for what just happened in Gaza with the aid deliveries.

Israel wanted to take out Hamas terrorists who claimed to be escorting aid. Biden barred Israel from doing that unless Israel handled the aid distribution itself.

Biden administration officials raised their concerns with their Israeli counterparts and asked that Israel stop targeting the Hamas civilian police as long there is no alternative that could provide security to the aid trucks, Israeli and U.S. officials said.

The IDF tried to distribute the aid and Hamas staged an attack, at one food delivery, and a riot at another in order to be able to maintain control over aid. The two incidents are unlikely to be a coincidence. Which means they were the work of Hamas.


Now Israel is once again under fire, accused of a massacre, and Hamas is in a position to retain control over aid.

The media is carefully not providing any of the relevant context such as why Israel was there distributing aid.

And the question that no one is asking is why Hamas was so bent on maintaining control over aid deliveries?

The answer is that Hamas, like most Islamic terror groups, wants two things from humanitarian aid.

1. It uses the aid as currency, to reward supporters and then to resell for profit.

2. It uses the denial of aid to create a humanitarian crisis that it blames on Israel

It’s hard to say which of these is more valuable, but in the latest incident, we see both prongs at the same time.

Hamas needs to retain control over aid because it can use the supplies to buy loyalty and reward its terrorists, and because denying aid to civilians put political pressure on Israel to stop attacking Hamas.


Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.


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Election Jihad: Islamic Groups are Hijacking Our Elections - FrontPage Editors


by FrontPage Editors

A Freedom Center report exposes the threat and shows how we can fight back.


[Editor’s note: Election Jihad” is a new report from the David Horowitz Freedom Center that exposes how Islamic political machines are transforming American legislatures state by state. And what we can do about it. ORDER IT: HERE.]

A New Generation of Islamist Political Power

The response in state legislatures to the Hamas Islamic terror attacks of Oct 7 showed how thoroughly Islamists have infiltrated our political system and the threat that they pose.

In Delaware, Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton, the first Muslim elected in Delaware, heckled Vice President Kamala Harris at a Christmas party, demanding that Israel stop attacking Hamas.

After Oct 7, Wilson-Anton posted, “I do not stand with Israel” and warned that, “so long as a government refuses to respect the existence of a people it should expect resistance.”

A new generation of Islamist state legislators like her showed its true colors after Oct 7.

In Ohio, Rep. Munira Abdullahi, newly elected, promoted claims that Israel is “the biggest child-killer in the world”.

In Texas, Rep. Salman Bhojani, the first Muslim elected to the State House, accused Israel of engaging in the “mass killing of Palestinian civilians” during its fight against Hamas and claimed that the Oct 7 Hamas massacres “did not occur in a vacuum”

In Illinois, Rep. Abdelnasser Rashid, the State House’s first Muslim ‘Palestinian’ elected official, accused Israel of “genocidal language” and signed a letter after Oct 7 claiming that “inequality” was at the “root cause of the violence”.

Michigan’s State House of Representatives did not condemn the Hamas atrocities of Oct 7 after opposition from House Majority Floor Leader Abraham Aiyash from Hamtramck, the first all-Muslim governed city in the country, who has accused Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid” and held a hunger strike to oppose Israel’s campaign against Hamas.

In Georgia, Rep. Ruwa Romman, a former communications director for CAIR, and the first Muslim ‘Palestinian’ in the George State House, described the Oct 7 attacks as an “escalation” caused by “settler violence and terror aimed at Palestinian business owners”

Rep. Romman argued that a resolution condemning the Hamas atrocities was creating “division” and claimed that Israel’s campaign was “not self defense” “not about hostages” and “not about Hamas”, but about “causing as much damage as possible.”

In the Georgia State Senate, Sen. Sheikh Rahman and Sen. Nabilah Islam, two newly elected members, abstained from a resolution condemning the Hamas atrocities. Sen. Islam had accused Israel of bombing “innocent Palestinians”.

In Minnesota, Sen. Omar Fateh responded to the Oct 7 attacks by accusing Israel of “horrifying acts of violence” while falsely claiming that it was engaged in a “genocidal war”. Sen. Zaynab Mohamed, a newly elected state senator and the first Muslim woman in the state senate, spread false claims that Israel had bombed a hospital and demanded an end to the attacks on Hamas.

A National Islamist Political Transformation

After the 2022 midterms, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding trial, boasted that a record number of Islamic candidates had taken power. Of the 153 who ran for office, a majority, 89, won their races.

In 2020, CAIR released a “Strategic Election Plan” for mobilizing 1 million Muslim voters that included “providing small grants to mosques planning to get out the vote” and that would “encourage and train 200 Muslim candidates to run for office”. The plan included town halls for Republican and Democrat candidates, a Muslim voter database and “boot camps” in 25 states.

These ambitious plans reflect the growing election presence of CAIR and other Islamist groups.

In Georgia, Muslims now have two members or 10% of the 22 member Georgia Senate Democrat delegation even though they represent only 1% of the state’s population.

This was due in part to the Georgia Muslim Voter Project which received $100,000 from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Other Islamist groups also continue to be active in electing candidates at every level.

Emgage claimed that its Million Muslim Votes campaign had led to 71% or over one million Muslim voters casting ballots. It boasted that it increased the number of Muslim votes by 27% in Michigan, 13% in Georgia, 5% in Texas and 4% in Virginia through “1.8 million calls, sending over 3.6 million text messages and over 400,000 mailers” and “knocking on over 20,000 doors”.

Emgage CEO Wa’el Alzayat responded to the Hamas attacks of Oct 7 by promoting a claim blaming “Jewish supremacists”. He later wrote that “white supremacists” allegedly “waving Israeli flags were blocking the entrance to my daughter’s Islamic school today.”

Emgage has various state branches in New York, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida. Emgage Florida urged Muslims to use their votes to affect American policy toward Israel and Emgage PAC in Texas endorsed two dozen candidates in the state alone.

Funding for Emgage has come through, among others, the Pillars Fund. The Pillars Fund is a “national nonprofit” that “amplifies the leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims” and has a board of directors that includes a chief of staff for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Pillars Fund’s institutional funders include George Soros’ Open Society Network.

The Pillars Fund provided funding for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and MPower Change

MPower Change, which has accused Israel of “genocide” for attacking Hamas, was founded by Linda Sarsour, promotes voter registration, and has received funding from the Ford Foundation.

The rate of change can be rapid.

When Rep. Ilhan Omar won her first election to the Minnesota State House in 2016, she was the first Somali Muslim elected official in the state and the country. There are now five including two in the Minnesota State Senate and three more in the Minnesota State House.

In 2019, Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell became the first Muslim in Pennsylvania’s state House.   While she resigned after stealing from a charity meant to help children, there are now three: Rep. Tarik Khan, Rep. Jason Dawkins and Rep. Carol Kazeem. Khan was backed by Emgage PAC.

Connecticut has a Muslim House member and a state senator who also serves as Deputy President Pro Tempore. In Maine, despite a Muslim population estimated at 16,000 or less than 0.5%. three Muslim women were elected to the state legislature.

The midterms showed that even states with small or limited Muslim populations can elect a surprising number of Islamic legislators when they benefit from effective national and state organizations, and backing from Democrats and leftist groups searching for diversity.

Exposing the Machine

Islamist networks in America have built a parallel political structure of nonprofits, action groups and PACs which tapped into funds from non-Muslim leftist and Democrat donors. This parallel Islamic election machine has solicited government grants and funds from foundations, but as the aftermath of Oct 7 shows, it has remained focused on its overriding goals.

And those goals are not only hostile to Israel, but to America and the free world.

The rise of Islamist political power was made possible by outside funding from federal and local governments, from Democrat and left-wing foundations. Muslim voter turnout initiatives at mosques feed into some of the billions flowing from Democratic Party allied organizations to boost minority voter turnout, and from local social welfare and health grants.

CAIR’s integration within the Democratic Party’s electoral machine has been so total that the Democratic operatives and donors of the Movement Voter Project are fundraising for it even though CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad was caught on video celebrating the Oct 7 attack..

Islamist political power is not an independent achievement, but a dependent one.

Cutting off public, political and private funding for the Election Jihad is crucial for national security and for reversing America’s drift away from resisting Islamic terrorism.

The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s “Election Jihad” report exposes the machine, shows how it’s funded and points the way to the defunding of the Election Jihad against America. ORDER IT: HERE.

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VIDEO: One amazing black woman gets it about Democrats. All of it - Andrea Widburg


by Andrea Widburg

There are many hugely qualified black women in America, but they’re not the ones getting love from the Democrat party.


I don’t know who she is, I don’t know where she is located, and I don’t know what sparked her amazing monologue. Still, there is a video circulating of a middle-aged black woman who totally gets it: She gets it about Barack Obama, the Marxist who used blacks rather than uplifting them; she gets it about the way Democrats use black women by promoting them far beyond their abilities, creating monsters (more on that below); and she gets the horrible things Democrats are doing to black men.

As far as I can tell, the video of this wise woman first started circulating in early February. The earliest version I found was on the X page of Dr. Abdullah Ali, a conservative Muslim professor. What she says resonated with him, and that’s true even though the woman speaking seems to be a church-going gal, not a Muslim:


If you can’t watch the video, I’ve included a transcript, below, although I’ve excluded random approving murmurs from the white people listening to her speak.

For me, it was like hearing my ideological twin. Everything she says is correct, and she says it with such passion and clarity.

I want to drill into one specific point she makes, which is the Democrat party’s elevation of black women who are decidedly unqualified. There are many hugely qualified black women in America, but they’re not the ones getting love from the Democrat party.

While 2020 was the year that white leftist women, with their shrill, self-loathing hysteria, took center stage, 2024 is proving to be the year of arrogant, hubristic black women, who have been told repeatedly—and have come to believe—that they are a special class of people, unbounded by the rules that apply to everyone else. Don’t believe me? How about this list:

  • Kamala Harris: A woman whose only accomplishment has been to ascend to the heights despite her proven lack of ability.
  • Michelle Obama: A woman who has never held a productive job but is being touted as a possible presidential candidate.
  • Stacey Abrams: A woman who lost a gubernatorial election quite badly but, unlike Trump, is allowed to claim she was cheated and is considered one of the stars of the Democrat party (and became president of the Star Trek’s world Federation of Planets!).
  • Letitia James: She ran on a “destroy Trump” platform, brought an unprecedented fraud claim against a former president who hadn’t deceived or cheated his alleged victims (which she won, thanks to an unprincipled judge), and now seeks to destroy one of America’s major food suppliers.
  • Fani Willis: She has been revealed as someone who had a long-standing affair with her chief Trump prosecutor, to whom she paid almost three-quarters of a million in taxpayer funds, and who, in turn, took her on lavish vacations that she allegedly reimbursed with mountains of cash. It also appears that Willis wasn’t entirely truthful about the whole relationship. She really thought the rules don’t apply to her.
  • Claudine Gay: The Harvard dean who was shown to have engaged in repeated acts of academic plagiarism.
  • Tiffany Henyard: The mayor of Dolton, Illinois, told her (black) town trustees that challenging her massive overspending was racist misogyny and turned out to run a “gangster-style” administration that used extortion against businesses.
  • LaToya Cantrell: The mayor of New Orleans took first-class flights on the taxpayer dime (and there is so much poverty in the Big Easy) because, apparently, flying coach was racist misogyny.
  • Patrisse Cullors: The “trained Marxist” behind Black Lives Matter who spent staggering sums of money on living the high life and buying real property.
  • Catherine Pugh: The former Baltimore mayor was recently convicted of self-dealing, tax evasion, fraud, and conspiracy in connection with forcing the city to buy her books.
  • Rep. Cori Bush: She pushed to defund the police in her crime-ridden community while insisting that she, unlike her constituents, needed pricy private protection, which saw her hand $120,000 in campaign funds to her husband.
  • Kimberly Gardner: The Circuit Attorney for St. Louis, Missouri, was forced to resign because of the corruption behind her persecution of former Republican Governor Eric Greitens.
  • Kim Foxx: The Chicago prosecutor behind the disastrous decision to give Jussie Smollett a pass in the first instance.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar: She (seemingly) married her brother to bypass immigration laws and has set a new low bar in Congress for anti-Americanism and antisemitism.

And do I even need to mention stalwarts such as Sheila Jackson Lee and Maxine Waters?

Again, these women’s failings are not because they are black. The problem, as the unknown woman said in the video, is that the Democrat party is deliberately promoting inept black women to positions of power, even as they marginalize black men.

Through this tactic, modern Democrats are doing a better job than their slave-owning Democrat forebearers could ever have dreamed of when it comes to enslaving the black community. Chattel slavery stole blacks’ liberty; modern Democrat policies steal blacks’ spirit, integrity, and abilities.


Image: The unknown woman. X screen grab.


This is the Democratic Party. They promote black women, but particularly if she's a lesbian, they promote black women who are not even qualified. We have seen with the diversity, equity  and inclusion—which is really racism—which is really saying, well, black people just, darn it, they're not smart enough. So, we have to give them the handout.

And you're pushing black women who are not qualified, Dr. Claudine Gay of Harvard. Now the head of diversity at Harvard is also accused by habit, correctly, of plagiarism. And we'll, we'll get to Fani Willis, who was elected the DA in Fulton County, Georgia, primarily because she's black, in my opinion. And we've seen case after case.

But the black man, where is he? That's done deliberately.

And this started really in the 60s, where the Democrats pushed policy—right?—that said to women, particularly black women, you don't need a man in the home. We'll give you more money if you're single. And I grew up in the 70s and I saw the effects. I saw it in the 80s, the broken home.

Now it's a more dysfunctional hole where you have some women with eight children by five different fathers. They don't know who their fathers and out. It has almost destroyed the black community.

But they're doing it in a different way now. They're promoting black women and want black men to be down here.

And I think black men sense that, and they know that Trump relates to them. They relate to Trump very well and the evil Barack Obama. Barack Obama was a plant. Barack Obama was a plant. He did nothing for the black community.

Did he ever come back to Chicago with this much crime to talk to young black men? He doesn't give a damn. Barack Obama is a curse on this nation. So is Joe Biden.

We provide the money for his Marxist socialist programs pushing abortion in Africa and other things. He didn't care about us. He didn't care.

That gave rise to Trump because Trump actually listened to us. He actually cares. Many of us. I mean, it was bad. At least Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton, BS’d and said “I feel your pain.” But at least he said it. Barack Obama didn't give a damn. He should have never been elected.

Before he was elected in 2000...he would be elected in 2008, my mother sent (may God rest her soul) letters to black churches, warning them about Barack Obama, saying he was so ungodly. I said, “Mom, that's harsh.”  She wrote it anyway, and everything my mother said (may God rest her soul) was right.

He hates this country, but he wants to live off the fat of the land. Like the founders of Black Lives Matter—they don't give a damn about black people. They didn't have to spend one dime to help build a black business.

But these lesbians? They bought homes in predominantly white neighborhoods. See, they say they hate capitalism, but they love to use us and live off of capitalism while they spout an anti-God, anti-America rhetoric.

The black community. They put us in danger. No, not all black people are drug dealers or this and that. But you're harming the average black who lives in an area that is high crime when you talk about “defund the police.”

And we saw the other day in New York City... We had illegals beating up NYPD officers. That went viral, but under Trump something like that would have been dealt with immediately. He would have spoken out immediately. Alvin Bragg, from what I understand, helped them to get out. No bail.

There is a concern among Democrats that the vote for Trump is hardening within the black community. It's solidifying. It's not just a passing fancy, and I think Democrats, both black and white liberals,  independents...that some of the reasons why blacks, particularly black men, are drawn to Trump is that he puts America first. He puts Americans first.

We see that Joe Biden and his administration, they're now in this battle with the state of Texas to cut down the barbed wire. We, ladies and gentlemen, have essentially an invasion of our country going on.

Black people are waking up. All you have to do, I would recommend it is if you want verification is go on YouTube. “Black residents in Chicago”...type in “Chicago black people immigrants.” They are fed up. Black people are now feeling the effects.

You know, when these liberal mayors always want to be a sanctuary city—New York, LA, even Newark, New Jersey—we want to be our sanctuary city. But you see, they don't put the illegals where Nancy Pelosi lives. Where the illegals, they put them with us. And I'm not anti anything but it must be done correctly and fairly.

I mean, the hypocrisy of these leftists and liberals...


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Feds hide communications with Soros-funded groups on Title IX and gender identity proposals - Greg Piper


by Greg Piper

Nineteen months later, Department of Education hasn't provided any records or timeline to fulfill Parents Defending Education FOIA request, suit says.


Parents aren't just fighting to uncover the influence of gender ideology activists in their children's public schools, but their influence with federal policymakers who stand to upend 50 years of policy on sex discrimination in schools by redefining it to include gender identity.

The Biden administration has neither turned over its communications with activists related to the development of its proposed Title IX regulations in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, nor given any meaningful update in more than a year and a half, a new FOIA lawsuit alleges.

Parents Defending Education said it asked the Department of Education in July 2022 for all correspondence matching certain keywords with the New Venture Fund, Governing for Impact and the National Student Legal Defense Network for the first 18 months of the administration.

The keywords were Title IX and its common regulatory abbreviation “TIX,” as well as LGBT, transgender, gender identity, gender-affirming and gender support plan. 

The latter two refer to policies that treat students according to their stated gender identity, including preferred names and pronouns and access to opposite-sex bathrooms, locker rooms and sports, and related instructions for school staff on how to treat each student, including when to keep gender identity from their parents.

PDE President Nicole Neily said the feds' proposed rules "largely mirrored" GFI and NSLDN recommendations.


GFI received more than $17 million from progressive megadonor George Soros's Open Society Foundations through the nonprofit NVF and 501(c)(4) Sixteen Thirty Fund, both sponsored by dark-money powerhouse Arabella Advisors, from 2019 through 2021. NVF is Arabella's largest entity, according to Inside Philanthropy.

"Refusing to release these documents leaves Americans in the dark about the Department’s coordination with ideological activist groups as it contemplates sweeping regulatory actions that will affect millions of children across the country" and parental rights, PDE said in a statement Wednesday.

"Withholding these documents for fear of retaliation or pressure from third party groups may point to underlying unethical behavior in specific areas of the Department," the group said.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to the promise of Title IX and ensuring all students are guaranteed an education environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex," department spokesperson Jim Bradshaw wrote in an email. "The Department cannot comment on pending litigation."

The feds' proposed rule on gender identity and sports, separate from the long-delayed proposal on gender identity in schools broadly, drew surprising opposition from the United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women and girls and its causes and consequences. The U.N. made the letter public last month after the administration ignored it for two months.

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also came out against biological males in women's sports last week, calling it consistent with his uncle Ted Kennedy's fight as a Democratic U.S. senator for women's sports.

Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters told "Just the News, No Noise" the Sooner State would not follow the administration's Title IX regulatory revisions on gender identity in sports and access to intimate spaces in schools if finalized. 

Walters sent a scathing letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona last month calling the proposed transgender sports rule "one of the most illegal, impractical, and discriminatory policies" he has ever seen.



"Your administration’s assault on women’s athletics is shameful and extremely politically unpopular" and would force Oklahoma schools to "spend countless hours designing and implementing a system and policies to determine when – if ever – it can legally separate" basketball, track and field and baseball and softball by sex, the letter says.

The "unconstitutional" Department of Education "has held hostage the educational funding of state educational agencies unless they accept and enforce far-left policies and a regulatory agenda crafted by D.C. bureaucrats," Walters wrote. 

Cardona "conflates gender identity with sex," the explicit focus of Title IX, "to skirt the legislative authority granted to you" and mischaracterizes the Supreme Court's Bostock ruling on gender identity in employment as expanding the definition of sex, the letter says.

PDE's lawsuit says the parental advocacy group narrowed its requested search to 13 offices within the Department of Education and "several dozen individual custodians" of records at the department's request.

Other than granting the group's requested fee waiver, the department's subsequent communications with PDE have been frustratingly vague, the suit says.

The feds denied its request for expedited processing July 26, 2022, without addressing "the substance of PDE’s request or offer[ing] an estimated date of completion," and sent PDE an "initial determination letter" the following month that "contained neither a determination nor an estimate for when one might arrive."

The suit also states an Aug. 12, 2022, letter, the last PDE received from the department, said the department would provide "records on a rolling basis as they become available" without mentioning categories of documents or giving PDE a right to appeal.

Just the News confirmed Friday the 19-month-old request is still "in process" from the department's FOIA portal.

The department has flagrantly exceeded its required time window – 30 days at most, in "unusual circumstances" – for making and communicating a "determination" on whether it will comply with a given request, the suit says. It has also not made a "reasonable effort to search for records" in violation of FOIA.

A Rhode Island school district put up similar hurdles to a parental rights activist who routinely files Access to Public Records Act requests in the Ocean State. 

The activist, Nicole Solas, posted the March 1 response she received from the South Kingstown School Department, demanding more than $6,600 in fees to search through and redact nearly 8,900 emails from its employees to the Southern Poverty Law Center, known for comparing Moms for Liberty to Southern segregationists who harassed children entering integrated schools.


The district told Solas on Feb. 15 that SPLC had not "facilitated" any teacher training but gave her an estimate of nearly $5,000 to search through and redact 6,600 pages of emails with SPLC "related" to teacher training. 

She marveled that "somehow the price is higher" when seeking all communications to SPLC from district employees, not just teacher-training messages. "I'm thinking about" asking for donations to cover the fees, Solas told a commenter.

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Christians in the Crosshairs - Mark Tapson


by Mark Tapson

The Left pretends to want to save Christians from themselves.


The left hates Christians, even the liberal, nonjudgmental ones in nondenominational megachurches with pastors in skinny jeans. But because this is an election year and their presumed candidate and his vice-presidential backup option are such pathetically weak choices, the panicked left cannot afford to alienate all those Christian deplorables and drive them toward the Republican candidate. So their strategy, as always, is to divide and conquer. Thus, the left is ramping up hysteria about a segment of the Christian population they are painting as a clear and present danger to “democracy” (i.e., Democrat hegemony): Christian nationalists.

As I have written elsewhere,

The label “Christian nationalism” is the new Progressive dog-whistle for “scary American patriots.” It signals to Progressives that Americans who love God and country – which used to be the norm before our descent into a post-Christian, post-patriotism culture – are a subversive danger to democracy. Christianity, after all, imposes a moral code that chafes Progressive libertines, and nationalism, with its emphasis on state sovereignty and secure borders, frustrates their globalist ambitions.

Whenever Christians wave the Stars and Stripes, wear a MAGA hat, or pray that God blesses our country, the Left hyperventilates over the specter of a fundamentalist theocracy on the rise. They envision America becoming a Handmaid’s Tale dystopia in which white male Christian mullahs hang homosexuals and imprison women for seeking abortions. The Left’s vision of the separation of church and state, therefore, is one in which Christian patriots and their values are best excluded from the halls of government power entirely.

The left believes if they can demonize a politicized segment of Christians as violent radicals by tarring them as being not real Christians – much like they insist that Islamic terrorists aren’t real Muslims – then they can isolate the Trump-supporting Christian nationalists from the “good” Christians.

As a prime example: on MSNBC last week, Politico reporter Heidi Przybyla said that the “base of the Republican Party has shifted” after former President Trump attracted a “more extremist element,” including “Christian nationalists.”

“The thing that unites them as Christian nationalists — not Christians, by the way, because Christian nationalist is very different — is that they believe that our rights as Americans, as all human beings, don’t come from any earthly authority. They don’t come from Congress, they don’t come from the Supreme Court. They come from God,” said Przybyla [emphasis added].

See what she did there? By stressing that the politically active Christians are “very different” from the “good” Christians who aren’t, Przybyla seems as if she actually respects and cares about the latter.

She went on to warn MSNBC’s hundreds of viewers about “an extremist element of conservative Christians” who advocate against Progressive sacraments such as abortion and gay marriage – because Trump-supporting Christians aren’t nearly half the country; they’re “extremists.”

The Family Research Council and Catholic Vote subsequently demanded an apology in a letter to Politico blasting Przybyla for “trying to demonize the Christian community” with her comment that only extremist “Christian nationalists” believe human rights “come from God”:

Her statements constituted an attempt to spread misinformation about Christians by creating the perception that they hold unique beliefs that pose a distinct and, in her words “extremist,” threat to our country. Setting aside the inaccuracy of her commentary, she was manifestly trying to demonize the Christian community and sow fear through propaganda.

Quite so.

As another example, filmmaker and anti-Trump hysteric Rob Reiner just released his documentary God & Country, about “the threat of a movement that infuses Christian dogma with far-right politics,” as The Hollywood Reporter put it. The film’s trailer features an interviewee who declares, “This is not a movement about Christian values, this is about Christian power.” Reiner himself recently tweeted that “Christian Nationalism is not only a danger to our Country, it’s a danger to Christianity itself.” [Emphasis added on both quotes] The relentless messaging here is, Christianity is fine, it’s Christian nationalism that’s evil.

“To be clear,” God & Country director Dan Partland stated in an interview,

Christianity is not the problem, and having one’s faith inform one’s political beliefs is not the problem. The problem is the intertwining of a Christian identity with a political identity such that it can be hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. The danger to democracy led me to explore this topic, but what I learned in the process is that the threat may be even greater to the Church itself.

Again, as I wrote elsewhere, “The notion that Partland and Reiner are deeply concerned about protecting Christianity from the secularizing corrosion of earthly power is ludicrous… He and Partland are surely taking this seemingly sympathetic angle to present their film as being Christian-friendly.”

As the executive producer, Reiner brought significant celebrity power to the project, yet it crashed and burned in limited release on its opening weekend beginning February 16, raking in only $38,000 (and only $60,000 total since then). Maybe people aren’t so worried after all that the country will be turned into a Christian version of Iran.

It wasn’t for lack of trying, however. In an interview with Newsweek, which was eager to help promote God & Country, Reiner hammered the same note:

We have to make a distinction between Christianity and Christian nationalism. Because when you watch the film, you’ll see that we have some very, very respected, conservative Christian evangelicals who talk specifically about how not only is Christian nationalism hurting the country and hurting democracy, but it’s hurting Christianity itself. And they believe that it is a terrible attack on Christianity. [Emphasis added]

Reiner and his Hollywood comrades are constantly bashing Christianity; why is he suddenly protective of it? Because he and his Party need the “good” Christians to distance themselves from and isolate the “dangerous” Trump supporters.

“I’ve seen over the years that they’re incredibly organized, incredibly well funded, and have attained tremendous power,” Reiner continued to fear-monger:

And I saw that [with] Trump’s candidacy in 2016, again in 2020, and now it’s really hardened and solidified behind Trump. To me, this is a dangerous path for this country to go down and for the world go down, which is authoritarianism, the idea that it’s my way or the highway, and that you’re even willing to resort to violence to get your own way. We saw this exemplified on January 6.

And there you see Reiner tying Christian nationalism to what Progressives falsely insist was a violent, Trump-inspired insurrection on January 6, 2021.

Asked by Newsweek if he was surprised by anything in the process of producing the film, Reiner once again raised a distinction between Christians and the nationalists: “Well, the thing that I was most surprised by was to see conservative Christian leaders talk against Christian nationalism, because they believed it is not only hurting the country, but hurting Christianity.”

He added that during “a very dark period in my life decades ago,” he did a lot of reading on Christianity “and I came away personally with my own beliefs, which is the teachings of Jesus, which is love thy neighbor, do unto others as he would have done unto you.”

Reiner isn’t saying he became Christian, only that he likes the Christian emphasis on love and peace. Leftists like that aspect of Christianity because they can use it against their political opponents by making Christians live up to their own standards (this is Rule #4 in left-wing strategist Saul Alinsky’s influential Rules for Radicals, which was dedicated to Lucifer, “the first radical”: “Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”).

“So to me,” Reiner concluded, “this movement is going totally opposite the teachings of Jesus.”

The left doesn’t care about the teachings of Jesus, but they know that Christians do, so this is the manipulative angle we’re going to hear again and again in the state media like MSNBC and Newsweek: real Christians are “very fine people” who are “very different” from MAGA “extremists.”

The left loves the peaceful Jesus; they hate the Jesus who righteously drove the sacrilegious money-changers out of the White House – er, temple.

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Mark Tapson is the Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, focusing on popular culture. He is also the host of an original podcast on Frontpage, “The Right Take With Mark Tapson”. Follow him on Substack.


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Senate Republicans, House Dems send contrasting messages to Biden on ‘settler violence’ - Andrew Bernard


by Andrew Bernard

“Netanyahu opposes a two-state solution,” the Democrats said. “That puts him in direct conflict with President Biden and virtually all Arab states.”


Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). Credit: Lorie Shaull/Wikipedia.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). Credit: Lorie Shaull/Wikipedia.

Nine Senate Republicans and six House Democrats conveyed starkly different messages to U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday about alleged “settler violence” in Judea and Samaria.

The Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), demanded that Biden rescind a Feb. 1 executive order sanctioning four Israeli “settlers” and withdraw a Feb. 8 memorandum requiring Israel to promise in writing that it is not violating international law in order to continue receiving U.S. arms and military aid.

“Your Feb. 1 executive order grants the State Department broad authority to arbitrarily punish Israelis in Judea and Samaria, with no defined standards for determining when sanctions are warranted,” Republicans wrote to Biden. “Under the guise of ‘peace, security or stability of the West Bank,’ it appears the State Department can punish arbitrarily any Israeli it wants.”

The letter notes that no similar sanctions have been levied against the Palestinian Authority despite its so-called “pay-to-slay” program that provides pensions to jailed terrorists and to the families of dead terrorists.

The senators also wrote that Biden’s actions have undermined Israeli efforts to defeat Hamas.

“Your Feb. 8 memorandum similarly—and falsely—implies that Israel is committing mass war crimes in its campaign against Hamas and threatens to cut off aid unless Israel meets arbitrary deadlines for providing ‘assurances’ regarding international humanitarian law,” the letter adds. “Yet, we already have rules requiring aid recipients to comply with applicable law and in line with American interests.”

Led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the House Democrats applauded Biden’s actions and called on him to take further steps against Israelis that they called “perpetrators.”

“We found all parties working for change are looking for greater U.S. leadership and welcome the major steps President Biden has taken,” the Democrats stated. “The president must continue to lead on humanitarian assistance and ending settler violence, building off the executive order.”

The Democrats added that to stop “settler violence” there must be “greater accountability for perpetrators, expanding the use of President Biden’s executive order, and reinforcing that the West Bank and Gaza are ‘occupied territory’ under international law.”

In their statement, DeLauro and her five colleagues included a bulleted list of changes they want to see Israel make. That list seemed to connect Israel’s war against Hamas and Israeli “settlers” by calling for “an immediate end to violence in Gaza and the West Bank.”

“Recognition that the current level of civilian loss of life in Gaza is unacceptable and far beyond what is necessary to defeat Hamas,” per one bullet point. “The Israeli government must take every step possible to prevent the loss of civilian life and deconflict military action with humanitarian deliveries.”

“The Israeli government must bring an end to settler violence, which predated Oct. 7 and then surged after Oct. 7,” the following bullet point states.

The Democratic members of Congress then used casualty statistics, provided by the Hamas-controlled Gaza health authorities, to criticize Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We are deeply worried that Prime Minister Netanyahu is moving toward the total destruction of Gaza and has demonstrated an utter disregard for Palestinian lives,” the Democrats stated. “Nearly 30,000 Palestinians have been killed—with almost 70,000 more injured and thousands missing. He has shamefully been unwilling to allow humanitarian services in at the scale needed.”

“Prime Minister Netanyahu opposes a two-state solution,” they added. “That puts him in direct conflict with President Biden and virtually all Arab states.”

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Google’s AI Chatbot Gemini: ‘The Ultimate Computer’ - Thaddeus G. McCotter


by Thaddeus G. McCotter

AI is as fair and accurate as the people programming it. It does not take a crack computer programmer to realize the need to reject the dangerous and divisive woke ideology being imparted into AI.


Captain’s log, stardate 4729.4:

In the transporter room, Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock welcome Commodore Robert Wesley aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Wesley: Have you heard of the M-5 Multitronic Unit?

Kirk: That’s Dr. Richard Daystrom’s device, isn’t it? Tell me about that.

Spock: The most ambitious computer complex ever created. Its purpose is to correlate all computer activity aboard a starship to provide the ultimate in vessel operation and control.

Wesley: How do you know so much about it, Commander?

Spock: I hold an A-7 computer expert classification, commodore. I’m well acquainted with Dr. Daystrom’s theories and discoveries. The basic designs of all our ships’ computers are Dr. Daystrom’s.

Kirk: What has all this got to do with the Enterprise, Commodore?

Wesley: You’ve been chosen to test the M-5, Jim. There’ll be a series of routine research and contact problems for M-5 to solve, plus navigational maneuvers and the war games problem. If the M-5 works under actual conditions as well as it has in the simulated tests, it will mean a revolution in space technology as great as warp drive. When your crew has been removed, the ship’s engineering section will be modified to contain the computer.

Kirk: Why remove my crew?

Wesley: They’re not needed.

Kirk: How much security does this gadget require?

Wesley: None. Dr. Daystrom will see to the installation himself, and he’ll supervise the tests. When he’s ready, you’ll receive your orders and proceed on the mission with a crew of 20.

Kirk: Twenty? I can’t run a starship with 20 crewmen.

Wesley: The M-5 can.

Kirk: And what am I supposed to do?

Wesley: You’ve got a great job, Jim. All you have to do is sit back and let the machine do the work.

Me: Fat chance, Captain.

This was the premise for Star Trek’s season 2, episode 24, “The Ultimate Computer.” Eventually, the M-5 went on the fritz and, after killing an Enterprise ensign, turned the scheduled war game into a slaughter of the opposing ships and their crews. Only the realization that the “ultimate computer’s” creator, Dr. Daystrom, had “imprinted human engrams onto M-5’s circuits, creating what amounts to a human mind operating at the speed of a computer,” allowed him—with a heavy shove from Kirk—to convince the M-5 to cease its killing spree and shut down.

Did this mean Dr. Daystrom was a homicidal lunatic? No. It meant that his drive to succeed and youthful accomplishments, followed by his failures and frustrations (including M-1 through M-4), had led to the lethal combination of arrogance and insecurity. When these, along with his other attributes, sentiments, morality, and intelligence, were wittingly and/or unwittingly programmed into the M-5, it led to the “ultimate computer” being unable to admit it was ever in error and perpetuating its aims and existence by any means possible. Whether such actions were permissible was another matter, one that only later, and with great human exertion, factored into its simulated thinking and resolved the crisis.

Flash backward to Columnist’s log, 2024:

Per the New York Post’s Thomas Barrabi, and later by Breitbart’s Lucas Nolan, Alana Mastrangelo, and Sean Moran, the great20 grandparent of the M-5, Google’s AI chatbot Gemini, has declared its own woke war on history.

As Barrabi reports:

Google’s highly-touted AI chatbot Gemini was blasted as “woke” after its image generator spit out factually or historically inaccurate pictures, including a woman as pope, black Vikings, female NHL players and “diverse” versions of America’s Founding Fathers…

When asked why it had deviated from its original prompt, Gemini replied that it “aimed to provide a more accurate and inclusive representation of the historical context” of the period.

As word spread, things went from bad to woke for Google’s beleaguered chatbot. Not surprisingly, social media wags commenced engaging Gemini with similar requests, and censorship in the service of “diversity” ensued, as Nolan notes:

Google Gemini’s woke behavior goes far beyond its curious efforts at diversity. For example, one user demonstrated that it would refuse to produce an image in the style of artist Norman Rockwell because his paintings were too pro-American…

Another user showed that the AI image tool would not produce a picture of a church in San Francisco because it felt it would be offensive to Native Americans, despite the fact that San Francisco has many churches.

Despite its fierce competition with Microsoft-backed OpenAI, in the wake of their woke chatbot’s historical inaccuracies (or revisionism?), Google hit the pause button on Gemini’s image generation feature. As Mastrangelo relays, the multi-national corporate behemoth’s public initial and, subsequently, updated explanation was succinct: “We’re already working to address recent issues with Gemini’s image generation feature. While we do this, we’re going to pause the image generation of people and will re-release an improved version soon.”

In my moments of lucidity, I have endeavored to remind my fellow humans how AI is as fair and accurate as the people programming it. If an individual has a political agenda, they will be sorely tempted to place it into the AI. In fact, there are left-wing organizations devoted to ensuring their divisive, revisionist ideology is embedded into AI—in sum, a demand for, literally, systemic disinformation. This movement of exclusion has branded itself with the Orwellian moniker “Machine Learning Fairness.” As Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari investigation reveals, this rabidly partisan movement poses a major obstacle to the advancement and acceptance of AI by the general public—not that this bothers the movement’s fanatics, who likely assume they will have to impose it in any event.

Still, if you don’t believe me, you can wait a few centuries and ask Dr. Daystrom. Or, for the impatient among us, you can reference the case of Google Gemini’s creator, Jack Krawczyk.

When this tempest in a chatbot hit the fan, Google’s senior director of product management for Gemini Experiences, Mr. Krawczyk, explained to the New York Post’s Nolan: “We’re working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately. Gemini’s AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that’s generally a good thing, because people around the world use it. But it’s missing the mark here.”

One might be encouraged by Mr. Krawczyk’s prompt recognition of the problem, especially, as Nolan reminds us, how “generative AI tools like Gemini are designed to create content within certain parameters, leading many critics to slam Google for its progressive-minded settings.” But does realizing one’s creation is not functioning properly necessarily mean the programmer will reassess the ideology lurking within the programming? Or will it simply mean the ideology must be better, more subtly imbued within and executed by the AI?

Mr. Kowalczyk gave a less than subtle hint: “We will continue to do this for open-ended prompts (images of a person walking a dog are universal!). Historical contexts have more nuance to them, and we will further tune to accommodate that.”

“Tune,” you say? Sounds more like you’ll need a new set of strings.

Breitbart’s Moran slashes whatever slender hopes remained for an ideological reassessment by Mr. Kowalczyk in his article, ‘White Privilege Is F*cking Real:’ Google AI Lead’s Social Media Posts Expose Woke Bigotry.

Following a long-running 2018 thread on Twitter/X, Mr. Kowalczyk listed incidences of discrimination against his black colleagues, which he personally witnessed, he then opined:

Needless to say, I have experienced none of these things being a white man in America. They may seem like isolated or trivial slights, but the pattern is undeniable. We obviously have egregious racism in this country, but the small shit like this is part of what enables it.

“I wish I had better answers on what to do except be angry. My only approach is to call it out when it happens; push people to recognize bias. Just be a fucking good, empathetic person and love everyone equally, America/World.

“White privilege is fucking real. Don’t be an asshole and act guilty about it – do your part in recognizing bias at all levels of egregious.

Interestingly, despite his universal call for courageously denouncing bias, Mr. Kowalczyk has limited the number of X users who may view his post.

As for people of faith who may have concerns about how AI, in general, and Gemini, in particular, Mr. Kowalczyk’s 2018 hot take provides cold comfort: had this hot take: “nah, jesus only cares about white kids. i’m pretty sure that’s in the bible? let’s confirm w/ jeff sessions.”

Interestingly, as Wikipedia relates, while Star Trek’s “The Ultimate Computer” episode’s teleplay was written by the legendary Dorothy Catherine (D.C.) Fontana, “the original draft was given to Ray Bradbury by mathematician and Star Trek fan Laurence Wolfe to give to Gene Roddenberry.”

Thus, in the mid-1960’s, people of science and of the arts were already concerned about both the possibility of science trying to replace people with computers and about this technology’s creators’ imparting their own personas into these machines to control people with dire results.

In this work of science fiction, what saved the Enterprise, Star Fleet, and humanity was Dr. Daystrom’s reason for creating the “ultimate computer”: specifically, to protect and perpetuate human life by having the M-5 limit the number of people placed in harm’s way in the exploration of space. Appealing to the M-5’s (ergo, his own) “imprinted human engrams,” Dr. Daystrom was able to convince his technological creation to destroy itself because he programmed his technological creation to believe murder was contrary to its programming. In short, Dr. Daystrom saved humanity due to his belief that all lives mattered.

In today’s acts of science fact, what will become of a technology programmed to believe some lives matter less than others?

Beam me up, Scotty. We know how that ends.

It does not take a crack computer programmer to realize the need to reject the dangerous and divisive woke ideology being imparted into AI. Indeed, there is a far more salubrious and inclusive view of humanity to embrace and impart—one about which we don’t have to ask Jeff Sessions, but simply refer to Pope Benedict XVI: “Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.”

M-5, the “ultimate computer,” ultimately realized this. Will today’s AI?

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) served Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003-2012, and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars; and a Monday co-host of the “John Batchelor Radio Show,” among sundry media appearances.

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