Bi-Weekly Morning Brief

Three new narratives to watch as you start the week

The Victorian theater of the first January 6th hearing is today and I’ll bring you any big news from the proceedings. Expect to see a lot of soundbites from the officers testifying on cable news — and note that such a stage was never offered to any of the police officers that protected the numerous burning cities from last year.

Narratives to watch:

🚩 ANOTHER OPERATION CHOKEHOLD: This is a growing problem what won’t end with PayPal:

Venmo was bought by PayPal in 2013, so it will likely extend to those transactions, too. So a left-leaning group has the authority to determine whether or not you can participate in the marketplace (some online vendors only take PayPal) or have a social media account? More from PJ Media:

PayPal and ADL teamed up with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) — which supports sanctuary cities — and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., who spent years building a case against the Trump Organization

While the ADL’s record is not nearly as horrific as that of the SPLC, it does exaggerate accusations of anti-Semitism on the Right. Earlier this year, the ADL called for Fox News host Tucker Carlson to resign because Carlson complained about the prospect of illegal immigrants voting. The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) rebuked the ADL for “grossly misplaced charges of anti-Semitism.”

“There is nothing supremacist, much less antisemitic, about concerns that voting by illegal immigrants is a negation of America’s electoral system and a violation of our democracy,” Rabbi Yaakov Menken, CJV’s managing director, told PJ Media in April.

In a letter to Greenblatt, CJV warned that the ADL “has become markedly partisan under your leadership. Your organization published the guide, Naming the Hate, which features obscure neo-Nazis of the ‘alt-right,’ yet says nothing regarding the far more dangerous, leftist adherents of radical Islam. Similarly, the ADL denounced Brett Kavanaugh, but not Linda Sarsour.”

There is an argument on the right as to how best mitigate the impact of this on conservatives who might be classified as “hate” because they wear a red hat or promote dissenting ideas about policy online. Is anti-trust the way to go? You can’t very well tell people to create their own platform; Parler tried to do that but all the services from AWS to the Apple store colluded and took Parler offline for a significant period that coincided with Trump’s ban from Twitter.

➡️ COVID: Not a single one of these social media accounts had the smarts to at least rewrite the tweet using their own words:

➡️ “THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS RACIST”:

Yes, throughout American history white, racist Democrats opposed free citizens’s right to bear arms because of skin color. Never forget that Democrats barred black American citizens from even owning dogs, much less firearms during Reconstruction. Perhaps the biggest self-own: Democrat Roger Taney’s bigoted opinion in the Dred Scott case, where he claimed Scott couldn’t be a full citizen because he wasn’t afforded rights like the right to bear arms, inadvertently reaffirmed 2A as an individual right — a right for all.

Political moves:

➡️ Texas AG Ken Paxton wins the coveted Trump endorsement over George P. Bush. (I spoke with Bush back in June and asked him about his AG race, the Trump endorsement, and The Alamo.) This could change the race considerably; it’ snows secret that Bush desires higher office and going from Texas Land Commissioner to a higher elected office is certainly the historic path to doing it, but hot much will this endorsement in his opponents

Must watch:

➡️ BIDEN: More from that laptop: This is reportedly a video of Hunter Biden arguing with his brother’s widow while smoking crack:

Keep in mind that Biden continued using different names and an unsecured email address to send government business to his son while serving as Vice-President of the United States.

➡️ 2A: Joe Biden’s ATF nominee is “frustrated” that your free speech is a check on his desire to disarm you:

Must read:

➡️ CHINA’S coal-fired climate trap:

China’s recently announced carbon-trading marketplace, created literally out of thin air, is intentionally focused on its own companies, which the communist government increasingly regulates. Starting with the world’s dirtiest power sector and later expected to expand into metals, chemicals, and aviation, the Chinese government will claim emissions reductions that will lack credibility like so much else out of the communist regime.”

Until the U.S. develops self-sustaining mining of rare earth elements that power electric vehicles, computer chips, semi conductors, etc. we will continue to fund not just the CCP but the bad environmental practices and worker treatment in China.

What I’m …

Watching: “Attack on Titan”

As I’ve discussed on air, thanks to my oldest child, I got into anime during lockdown and haven’t looked back. There are some I like better than others, and “Attack on Titan” is a fan favorite. One of the cooler aspects about it is that the one-on-one fights scenes incorporate actual mixed martial arts into the action sequences making them even more realistic (despite the fact that it’s basically a cartoon).

Bonus points for it being banned in China.

Listening to: The single “I’m In Heavenby Andrew W.K. from his forthcoming album “God Is Partying” out September 10th. It’s super heavy and awesome.

Reading: Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement Is Hijacking the Gospel - and the Way to Stop It


GUESTS TODAY:

2nd hour: Missouri AG Eric Schmitt on his suit against the St. Louis County mask mandate

3rd hour: My friend Ben Shapiro, whose new book THE AUTHORITARIAN MOMENT: How the Left Weaponized America's Institutions Against Dissent drops today

Later this week: Fox’s Charles Payne on Thursday.