By Charlie Johnston
I have had a wonderful visit in Jackson, Michigan. My next presentation will be in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. For information contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then on Wednesday, June 19, I will be in the Albany, New York area at the Queensbury Knights Hall. They could still use a few last-minute volunteers there. For info or to help contact Sean at email@example.com. For updated info on all future events, click on the menu button at the top right of the page, then select “Travels With Charlie” from the drop-down menu. It’s been hectic. Yesterday was the first day I have had since being on the road where I did not have to travel or be at an event. Catching up can be hard to do.
The world keeps getting weirder and weirder. The conventional wisdom coming from the establishment media isn’t…either wisdom or conventional. Like the Red Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass, they try to convince us of six impossible things before breakfast each day – and then really get rolling.
The left says give them all the power and most of the money and they will save the planet. They HAVE had all the power and most of the money in many cities in this country for over half a century. Before setting out to save the planet, might they first practice by tidying up San Francisco? It’s so filthy even the dogs there watch where they are stepping.
The left says confiscate all the guns so that only government has them and we will all be safer and happier. Yet if a Martian came to earth and wanted a quick way to determine where the most dangerous areas are, all he would need to do is know the gun control laws of an area. The stricter they are, the more people are killed by gun violence. Turns out criminals don’t care about gun laws because they are (wait for it)…criminals. Disarming victims is the dumbest way to fight crime ever.
Socialism is all the rage on the left. Yet everywhere it is tried, freedom dies, starvation ensues, and tyrants murder their own citizens. In Venezuela, formerly the most prosperous country in South America, they went with socialism and now are eating their pets and selling children into sex slavery to survive. In 2,000 years of Christianity, the estimates of how many people were killed in Christian wars range from two to 15 million. Almost all killed were enemy combatants. Let’s take a generous estimate of 10 million. In just over a century, Socialist tyrants have killed about 127 million people – mostly their own citizens who dissented from the party line. That means that for every enemy combatant killed in a Christian war, 100 people were murdered by their own socialist governments. Why is ANYONE taking socialism seriously – except for raw ignorance or a drunken lust for power?
Leftists love to talk about how socialism has worked in some Nordic countries. As usual, the leftists don’t know what they are talking about. Several of those countries have maintained a welfare state, but ALL have regulated business less than the United States. Sweden privatized its version of social security over 20 years ago – because it was unsustainable. It also de-regulated its economy dramatically, fearing it would all collapse if it didn’t.
The single most important factor in a country’s environmental pollution is how developed it is. The more advanced, the less it pollutes. So what is the left’s program? Return all world economies to a primitive state. Why in heavens would you adopt the model that produces the most heavy pollution in order to be “green”?
George Orwell said that some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them. You should see how stupid pseudo-intellectuals, experts without expertise, can get. Those “experts” who want to take absolute power over all us folksies and most of our money should at least get a few dire predictions right before anyone takes them seriously, much less abrogate either power or money to them.
These are really stupid times. Unsustainable, you might say.
I was astonished to see John Dean testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in its ongoing efforts to oust Pres. Trump. I was merely 18 years old the summer Dean electrified the country with his nearly week-long testimony before the Watergate Committee. At the time, I was a volunteer aide to Congressman Robert McClory, the 2nd-ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee and the author of the Third Article of Impeachment against Richard Nixon. I supported impeachment at the time, but have had deep second thoughts since. Dean’s testimony was a brutal indictment of Nixon and many of Dean’s Colleagues in the West Wing. Compelling stuff. But he testified before anyone knew about the White House tapes.
After the White House tapes were revealed and then released, the momentum for getting rid of Nixon had reached critical mass. Reading them, though, gave me my first misgivings about the whole affair. It turned out that Dean’s testimony before Congress had been a pack of self-serving lies from start to finish. Nixon had tasked Dean with keeping him apprised of what was happening – and to inform him if any high officials were involved. The tapes proved that Dean lied consistently to the president – and was, himself, the architect of the cover-up which he had been assuring Nixon was not happening. The first time Dean leveled with Nixon was on May 21, 1973 in the famous “cancer on the presidency” tape. After revealing to Nixon that there WAS a cover-up and that Dean had been running it from the start, Dean had the temerity to demand that Nixon pardon him. Nixon refused. So Dean went and started peddling what the tapes later proved was a malicious pack of lies. Dean conceived the cover-up, recruited conspirators, ran the cover-up, all while lying to the president about it.
I was not as knowledgeable at 18 as I later became – but I was smart enough to know John Dean was a serial, malicious, inveterate, self-serving liar – and that without Dean and his lies, Watergate may not ever have amounted to anything more than a third-rate burglary. He was no hero – he was the chief villain of the whole thing. Frankly, John Dean makes Michael Avenatti look like a choir boy. I was baffled then how the press could make this sleazeball into a hero. I am befuddled now that Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee want to make him the poster boy for their ongoing coup attempt. Birds of a feather, I guess.
I have had several people ask me about a $195,000 fine they think the courts recently imposed on David Daleiden. There is a lot of confusion going around about it. The fine is from two years ago, in September of 2017 for putting up a three-minute preview of hundreds of hours of tapes Daleiden had from the National Abortion Federation Annual Conference.
San Francisco Federal Judge William Orrick (the judge who is an open enthusiast and committed supporter of Planned Parenthood who relishes playing the role of resister – he also made a national injunction against Trump’s initial travel ban) had put an injunction against playing any of the videos publicly – but also promised not to interfere with their use in the state criminal case. The San Francisco Superior State Court released an unsealed filing which included the video as a matter of public record. Thus, it had entered public domain, and Daleiden’s lawyers put the preview up on their website. Judge Orrick had a fit. He charged both Daleiden and his lawyers with contempt – and issued this huge fine, much of which was supposed to go to abortionists for “damages” to their reputations. (The whole thing was the abortionists’ words. A simple rule: if you don’t want to damage your reputation, don’t say vile, evil things that will offend normal peoples’ conscience. But in the People’s Republic of California, you don’t get punished for saying left-wing vile, evil things: you get punished for faithfully and truthfully reporting what the vile, evil people said).
The lawyers, of course, appealed this sanction. The decision by the Ninth Circuit last week denied the appeal. But the denial was not on the merits, just that such an appeal is not ripe yet and won’t be until the main civil action is concluded. There is no new fine and there has been no substantive rejection of the claims of the appeal – just that it cannot be filed until after the main action is decided.
I imagine the abortionists will try to force Daleiden to come up with the money in an escrow account, pending the outcome of the case. Their strategy from the beginning has been to try to either bankrupt him or scare him into capitulation. But no actual new ground was broken here.
There has been real panic in Planned Parenthood and their fellow travelers in the California legal community. The criminal case is imploding on them all. I think it will lead to serious criminal charges against Planned Parenthood that may well destroy their viability as an ongoing concern. I also think the California Atty. Gen.’s office is badly exposed – and if they can’t figure out a way to withdraw from this case, some in that office may be headed to prison. This is deadly serious stuff and many officials at both offices are fully aware of how much trouble they could be in. Amusingly, neither most Democrats nor any of the establishment media have any idea that Planned Parenthood has entered into an existential crisis.
Luckily, some of the mass of evidence is very likely to start breaking this week. I know that John Solomon of The Hill has received a large document dump with some compelling evidence of the atrocities going on at Planned Parenthood and its partners. I think it likely it will start dropping on either the Hannity Show or Tucker Carlson later this week or early next – as well as in Solomon’s reporting at The Hill.
When it begins, it will be like the first rock dropping in a landslide. The abortion power is about to take the biggest hit to its power and influence since Roe v Wade was decided in 1973. If I get a heads up on when it is going to break on a major news show, I will write a short bulletin to let you know so you can tune in.