It was nice. Actually, it was glorious. What was the “it” of which I speak? .. it was my journey to real America – a land before masks where human beings shake hands. I got the hell out of the Washington, DC, area, and spent a week in Michigan.
On the way to Michigan, we spent the night in Sandusky, Ohio, and got our first taste of life beyond the confines of paranoia and overreaction. No one in the hotel wore a mask. It didn’t even feel like the staff had one handy, just in case the boss showed up, or something. It was just people smiling and talking, conducting life.
The next day, we had breakfast with a friend of mine the public knows as “Joe the Plumber.” Yes, the real guy. We met back in 2008 and remain friends. His house is on the way and it was a good chance to catch up. No masks, just handshakes and hugs. It was great to see our kids playing together, able to breathe, while we and our wives caught up. It was…normal.
A trip to Mackinac Island sealed the deal. It’s traditionally tough to get on the island in summer, and by “tough” I mean crowded. We only went over for the day, to get a sense of how the economy was recovering – a holiday weekend with great weather. It was actually quite nice. The same was true for Traverse City, another tourist Mecca, especially during the National Cherry Festival.
It still exists, that real America .. just real people with jobs and families simply going about their business the way adults always have, at least before last year.
I don’t know how that will translate when it comes to voting next year or in three years, but every political sign I saw, and I mean every single one, was a Trump sign still up and clearly maintained.
Real America is back.
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Blaming 'climate change' .. Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has asked residents and businesses to cut their water use by 15 percent as the state faces an ongoing drought. Facing an upcoming recall election, Newsome said;
"The hots are getting hotter & the dries are getting drier - that is the reality of climate change."
The new state of emergency adds to Newsom’s still-existent emergency COVID powers, which he extended back in May. While all Californians across the state are being asked to reduce water consumption, large Democrat-led cities including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are not included under the emergency proclamation. MORE
"Maintaining basic order and the rule of law is the first duty of government; a healthy society depends on people feeling secure. Secure people are free to pursue their dreams. Florida is America’s freest state, according to a Cato Institute survey: No. 1 in fiscal freedom, No. 1 in educational freedom."
Life can vary greatly in America depending on where you sit. Those differences are growing into a chasm of philosophical and practical contrasts between two basic models for the American future. On many critical questions facing our culture, our economy and our society, California and Florida offer radically different answers.
Call them the California Way or the Florida Way.
- Should lots of new housing be built in the interest of affordability? California says no, Florida says yes.
- Should homeless people be allowed to turn public spaces into tent cities? California says yes, Florida says no.
- Should public elementary schools teach critical race theory? California says yes, Florida says no.
- Should gas be $4 a gallon? California says yes, Florida says no.
- Should biological males be allowed to dominate girls’ sports? Florida says no. California not only says yes, but it is trolling Florida by forbidding its employees to take state-funded trips to Florida, as well as 16 other states.
People are voting on all of this with their U-Hauls. California’s population in 2020 shrank for the first time ever, by 180,000 people, whereas Florida had the second-highest increase in population, after Texas.
During the pandemic, California introduced some of the harshest lockdown measures in the country, crashing its economy, while Florida was among the first states to begin reopening, way back in May of 2020, and has been almost entirely open since September.
It wasn’t long ago that America looked to California for guidance; even Ronald Reagan implicitly promised to spread the California way across the nation. Now California is a model only for dysfunction.
President Trump's lawsuit is asking the U.S. District Court to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal censorship of the American people,” and demanding an end to shadow banning, silencing, blacklisting, and banishing.
In the past year, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have permanently banned Trump. Trump supporters and conservative news outlets alike, have also experienced routine censorship for airing Trump rallies and freely expressing support for the 45th president.
Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz reacted to President Trump announcing a class action lawsuit against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (left) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right).
“What’s going on with high tech is unacceptable. I wrote a book about this exact subject, ‘The Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech,’ so I’m deeply involved in this issue, and I was also asked to be an expert witness. And I did submit an affidavit for this lawsuit, so I’m not simply an observer.”
“This is a complicated case because these are not just ordinary private companies. They have special exemption under Section 230, and therefore they partake of some kind of government action, and the courts will have to parse this issue. How much of what they do is private? How much of what they do partakes of being public? I think this lawsuit will shake things up considerably." (MORE)
The lawsuit will be filed in Florida by the America First Policy Institute, a non-profit focused on aiding Trump’s legal efforts, to protect freedom of speech for every American.
“President Trump often remarked that if Big Tech is out to get him, it’s because they’re out to get the American people — and he was just standing in the way,” said Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of AFPI. ALL Americans need Donald Trump to win — not for what it will mean for him, but for what it will mean for every American man, woman, and child.”
The Supreme Court’s response to the arguments made in attacking Arizona’s voting-integrity provisions expose the folly of the Biden administration’s lawsuit against Georgia.
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States can now be confident they will be able to pass sensible election laws to prevent voter fraud without undue judicial interference.
The case the Supreme Court decided involved two of Arizona’s voting-related restrictions that opponents claimed violated Section 2. (Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 bars any law that discriminates in voting based on race).
On July 1st, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court majority interpreted the Section 2 “effects” clause to apply only when the challenged restriction imposes a substantial burden with a significantly disparate impact on members of different racial groups.
One of the restrictions required the invalidation of ballots cast in person in the wrong precinct.
The other restriction prohibited vote harvesting, where third parties such as campaign workers, community activists, etc. go around and collect ballots from multiple voters in different households and deliver them to official polling stations or election offices.
“Mere inconvenience cannot be enough,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority, describing common sense “guideposts” for dealing with Section 2 challenges. The decision treats blacks and other people of color as adults who are capable of taking advantage of the same multiple ways to vote that are available to everyone else.
Now we need more volunteers out there helping us.
State Director of Voter Registration
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Voter Registration Analysis
The Supervisor of Elections posted the latest voter registration totals on 07/01/2021. This update covers the period from 05/28/2021 through 07/01/2021.
The relevant numbers for this period’s registrations are as follows:
Democrats -------140243 --191 --140434
Republicans --158802 -- 727 - 159529
NPAs -------------123395 -- 772 -- 124167
Others --------------8075 -- 46 -- 8121
Totals: ---------- 430515 -- 1736 -- 432251
- Our lead over the donkeys in total registrations now stands at 19095
- Our lead over the donkeys in total active registrations is 20760.
h/t Mike Casey
Because he paid attention to the details and didn’t accept at face value the claims even colleagues surely fed him and his staff. What a concept: Checking the fine print before you sign on the dotted line.
“SB 146 presents a test for Governor DeSantis. Signing this bill would authorize and fund precisely the politicized and radical activism he has pledged to remove from Florida’s education system. I don’t doubt that few of Florida’s legislators realized this when they voted for SB 146,” wrote Stanley Kurtz last month as the bill hit DeSantis’s desk.
Kurtz detailed how the bill would fund political activism in the name of “civics education,” as do the majority of initiatives with such labels currently, including bipartisan federal legislation. In the deceitful names of “civic engagement” and “civic literacy,” the Florida bill would have essentially sent state funds to two outfits that coordinate youth political activism and openly endorse far-left causes, including the new racism.
The DeSantis veto of S.B. 146 shows that the push-back against protest civics has truly gained traction. It can’t have been easy to veto a bill that passed unanimously. But knowledge of the troublesome practice of protest civics is spreading, and surely this helped to sink the bill.
Grassroots education groups in Florida called on DeSantis to veto S.B. 146, and even a short time ago conservatives wouldn’t have known enough about protest civics to even notice a bill like this. With the grassroots rebellion sweeping the country on education issues, all of that has changed.
This veto is every bit as much a tribute to the parents across Florida now fighting against politicized schools as it is to Governor DeSantis.
As we learned from the Common Core fight a decade ago, and Goals 2000 and so forth before that, the time for autopilot education and autopilot education governance is long over for those who love America as it was founded and want it long to endure. The barbarians are not only inside the gates, they control the commanding heights.
DeSantis says: Not in Florida.
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President Trump and Governor Abbott hold a roundtable briefing.
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"We're doing all that we can for one reason, and that's because the way that the people on the border are having their lives turned upside down," Abbott said.
“I cannot tell you the number of stories that I’ve heard from people who have had guns put to their heads or guns brandished at them in their ranches, in their homes, in their neighborhoods. They’re afraid to have their children go play in their yards. The ranchers have their homes invaded, their fences ripped up, their livestock lost, their game lost. It is a far more dangerous situation than it’s ever been.”
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"I mean the real question is do they really want opens borders or are they just incompetent? Because you're either incompetent or for some reason you have a screw loose and want to have open borders."
Then he roasted vegetable Biden, saying he cannot pass a cognitive test. “I’d like to see Biden ace it — he won’t,” Trump said to his White House doctor-turned Congressman Ronny Jackson.