Why Ray Epps Matters

September 29, 2022 American Greatness

or those who do not know who Ray Epps is and why he matters—and this includes most Democrats and many journalists—U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) served up a handy reference guide last

Why was the most conspicuous J-6 “insurrectionist” not arrested?

week. Gosar did this in the form of a resolution of inquiry (ROI) directing Attorney General Merrick Garland to hand over all documents relevant to the Epps case within 14 days.

“Multiple videos show Ray Epps repeatedly urging crowds of people in Washington, D.C. on January 5 and January 6, 2021, to go to the United States Capitol and breach the building,“ Gosar explained. “Epps is the one person seen on video directing people towards the Capitol seconds before violence broke out, yet he has never been arrested or charged with any crime while more than 800 others have and countless more remained jailed.”

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday of last week, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) went into more detail, showing numerous video clips and citing Epps’ own admission, captured on video, “I’ll probably go to jail for this. I’ll probably be arrested.” Epps had good reason to worry. In his red Trump hat and camo gear, a head taller than those around him, Epps was the most conspicuous of all the January 6 protestors. In fact, he was the only one caught on camera urging others to “go in to the Capitol,” which he did repeatedly on January 5. So suspicious was his behavior that his fellow protestors chanted “no, no, no” and “Fed, Fed, Fed,” over one of his many exhortations.

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Italian election was a win in the REAL World War III

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The days of beheading Christopher Columbus statues may be over.

War has engulfed the Western world, a cold war at this stage, but a war nonetheless. What makes this war different from any that preceded it is that alliances are joined not between nations but between peoples of those nations. The sides are drawn. The globalists have the resources. The nationalists have the will, and they also have a new heroine.

In the space of just a few days Italy’s Prime Minister-elect Giorgia Meloni has emerged as an international conservative superstar. A fiery Meloni speech has already attracted nearly 20 million viewers, the great majority of whom had not even heard of her a week ago.

“They attack national identity,” she said as translated. “They attack religious identity. They attack gender identity. They attack family identity.” The reason “they” do this, Meloni continued, is to make the individual “the perfect consumer.” Rarely has a political figure defined what a conservative does so precisely: “We will defend God, country and family,” said Meloni. “We will do it to defend our freedom.” Conservatives conserve.

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Did the FBI Finally Go Too Far?

September 26, 2022 American Thinker

On reading about the Saturday arrest of pro-life activist Mark Houck, I thought the author at this alternative site had to be exaggerating. It struck me as beyond belief that two dozen or so armed FBI agents would swarm the house of a Catholic father of seven, rifles drawn, and arrest him in front of his weeping children for anything short of murder.

I have had to recalibrate my belief system. The “crime” fell quite a bit short of murder. On October 13, 2021, Houck brought his 12-year-old son with him for his weekly sidewalk counseling outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Philadelphia. A volunteer escort at the abortion clinic reportedly called Houck’s son a “fag” among other insults and threatened him. Houck pushed the man away from his son, and the man fell. Houck, the founder of an organization that promotes Christian virtue among men, was not charged with a crime.

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Say his name: Cayler Ellingson

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“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” President Joe Biden warned America last month. Last week, Democratic Rep. Tim

Words have consequences

Ryan, running for U.S. Senate in Ohio, offered his opinion on what should be done about those who allegedly threaten the republic. As to “the extremists we are dealing with every day,” said Ryan, “We’ve got to kill and confront that movement.”

North Dakota man Shannon Brandt, 41, appears to have taken Biden’s warning and Ryan’s marching orders to heart. In the early morning hours Sunday, Brandt intentionally ran over 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson in his SUV following a political argument at a street dance. As reported in the Valley News, a North Dakota publication, “Brandt told State Radio that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group and that he was afraid they were ‘coming to get him.'”

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Can the GOP Accommodate Two Rock Stars?

American Thinker

Fresh from his deft Martha’s Vineyard gambit, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew into Kansas on Sunday to rally support for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, now running for governor against incumbent Democrat Laura Kelly.

Saul Alinsky, the acknowledged master of forcing poseurs to honor their own policies, could not have done better than DeSantis. No political stroke in memory has succeeded in exposing liberal hypocrisy quite so effortlessly and effectively. Had the Islanders taken the 50 illegal aliens in, they might have checked DeSantis’s move and saved a little face, but they didn’t. They lived up to their most ludicrous stereotypes, calling in the National Guard and deporting the hapless Venezuelans to some sterile Army base on the mainland. It will be years before “Martha’s Vineyard” is anything but a template for a meme or a punch line to a joke.

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What the Danchenko ‘Bombshell’ Tells Us About the Media

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Late Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon broke the explosive story that Igor Danchenko, the Russian analyst who lied to the FBI about his role in creating the discredited Steele dossier, stayed on the FBI

Journalism is as dead as my great-great grandfather

payroll as a confidential informant until just before the 2020 election.

A Google search 24 hours later features three news sources for this story in addition to the Free Beacon: Fox News, National Review, and Sky New Australia, whose headline describes the Danchenko revelation as a “bombshell announcement.” To this point, no mainstream media outlet has chosen to report on the “bombshell.”

The source for the Free Beacon’s information is a motion filed by Special Counsel John Durham in a U.S. district court in Virginia related to the admissibility of evidence in Danchenko’s upcoming trial for lying to the FBI. Buried in the motion is this provocative little gem: “In March 2017, the FBI signed the defendant up as a paid confidential human source of the FBI. The FBI terminated its source relationship with the defendant in October 2020.” The motion does not specify what Danchenko’s role was as an informant, but in a legitimate media environment — or even the kind you see in the movies — journalists would be scrambling to discover that answer first.

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FBI agents, is THIS what you signed up for?

September 15, 2022 WND

Big Brother is counting.

On the morning after President Joe Biden’s Nuremberg-worthy speech in Philadelphia a couple weeks back, the daughter of New Jerseyan Lisa Gallagher woke her mom with some startling news.

Three armed FBI agents were at her door. “I immediately tried to throw [on] clothes. I called my husband, I was crying, my knees were shaking,” Gallagher told Fox host Tucker Carlson.

“And even though I knew I had done nothing wrong, after seeing Joe Biden’s speech the night before, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is political.’

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COVID Fascism Fizzles Out in New Zealand

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (she/her) held such promise. In the spring of 2020, the then 39-year-old New Zealand prime

Everyone needs a role model.

minister emerged on the world stage as the COVID drama’s anti-Trump. Ardern was calm, we were told, where Trump was capricious, compassionate where Trump was callous, and disciplined where Trump was improvisational. She was, in short, the modern major general of the emerging fascist new world order, and the media swooned.

The New York Times headlined an April 2020 op-ed, “In a Crisis, True Leaders Stand Out: Swift action, compassion and trust in science mark the most effective responses to the coronavirus.” When the “liberal” Ardern promised “the most significant restrictions on New Zealanders’ movements in modern history,” the Times praised her for her “swift and decisive action.”

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Why Kansas City Celebrates Its Least Diverse Company

September 13, 2022 The Heartlander

In Kansas City, Sept. 9 was designated “Happy Red Friday Day.” I was first made aware of the event when I drove by what is now called the Spirit of Freedom Fountain and saw that the water had been dyed red. In Kansas City’s promotional literature, the fountain is the city’s most distinctive symbol. The J.C. Nichols family installed it in 1951, dedicated it to their founding father in 1960, and funded an extensive renovation in 2014. In the wake of the George Floyd mania in June 2020, an ungrateful city stripped the Nichols name from the fountain as well as from the street that runs past it. Nichols’s sin was that a century ago, some of the extraordinary neighborhoods he was developing had ethnically restrictive codes. Those codes were normative at the time.

Normative today are codes that compel companies to make hiring decisions based on the nebulous principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Curiously, the company Red Friday celebrates, the company on whose behalf the fountain flows red, openly flouts those norms. As to the racially sensitive civic leaders who dethroned J.C. Nichols, they lead the Red Friday celebration.

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Wow! Twitter Green Lights Anti-Trans Movement

American Thinker

In the history of American social movements, September 11 may take on new significance. September 11, 2022, is the day the powers that be allowed LGBWithoutTheT to trend on Twitter. In broad daylight, lesbians and gays disassociated themselves from the transgender movement, and Twitter gave them a platform. This was a major turnaround. Just a month earlier Twitter had banned “Gays Against Groomers” for “hateful conduct.”

For those not familiar with Twitter, at a given time about five or six stories are prominently featured as “trending.” Twitter claims that trends are “tailored for you based on your location and who you follow,” but then adds a critical disclaimer: “There will be many world and local news events and conversations that will appear in your trends regardless of your personalization.”

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