When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was outed last month for a secretive trip to Florida in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, her office claimed Michigan taxpayers did not foot the bill.
What they did not tell us, however, is that Whitmer asked a group of wealthy Detroit businessmen to provide a private plane they share.
Those businessmen have major dealings in and with the state of Michigan.
“We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter,” said one of the plane's owners, who exchanged his candor for confidentiality. “You can't tell a governor no. Who needs that kind of trouble?”
Had Whitmer booked a round trip flight from Lansing to West Palm Beach through a private charter company, it would likely have cost $10,000 to $20,000, or a whopping $40,000 for the actual jet she took, according to private jet websites. The latter is more than 25 percent of the governor's salary -- before taxes.
It is unclear whether Whitmer reimbursed the company – Air Eagle – which manages the aircraft owned by the businessmen. And, if so, at what price and from which bank account?
Attorneys Phil Ellison and Matt Gronda sued the Secretary of State over her policy of impeding poll challengers, which was settled just 6 days before Election Day with the Secretary of State agreeing to reverse her policy and allow poll challengers to do their jobs.
Now, they're going back to court against Jocelyn Benson. They also discuss their lawsuit against Michigan lockdowns, and their case against the most obscene prosecution in Michigan, against a young man facing charges of terrorism for joking that his legal rifle would "make snowflakes melt."
Ever since Tucker Carlson Tonight first aired, Carlson's commentary has always been among the best in America, with The American Conservative rightly dubbing him "the Populist Paladin of Primetime."
But last night's monologue was something much greater: it was a rallying call to action, remniscient of Peter Finch's epic monologue in the movie Network, in which the newscaster Howard Beale tells his audience to shout from their windows: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Carlson began with a righteous tirade against our evil government officials having issued tyrannical orders that the public wear masks, even when outdoors, when science has known for over a year that the Chinese coronavirus doesn't spread outdoors.
Most importantly, he called out the American people's shameful inaction. Too few of us fought back.
Carlson noted that we have known the government's orders were all based on lies since last June, "when America's so-called public health community united as one to tell us that coronavirus restrictions do not apply to BLM rioters. They're exempt from the virus!
"You're still not allowed to get married, or go to church, or see your elderly parents as they die alone, but if you break things on behalf of the Democratic Party's power structure, you can loot the dollar store, and no one gets sick. That's science!"
Tucker continued: "And the second they told us that, we knew for certain they weren't serious.
"So why did we keep playing along? That is a sincere question. We should ponder that question. We acquiesced to their power grab. We let it happen."
After another round of observing the sheer lunacy of so many government orders, including demanding children wear masks when playing tennis and standing 30 feet away from anyone, Carlson repeated:
"Future generations will mock us for this, but we allowed it."
And then, Tucker Carlson told his audience that it's time to stop being meek and start calling out the Cult of the Mask when we see them in public.
The only people who wear masks voluntarily outside are zealots and neurotics.
How neurotic are they? Well, we know. A Pew survey from last March found that 64 percent of white Americans who classify themselves as "liberal" or "very liberal" have been diagnosed with an actual mental health condition.
And you see them everywhere, when you walk down the street in any major city. If you dare to go on foot from Union Station to the Capitol, for example, in Washington without wearing a mask, angry Biden voters will snort at you and judge you.
"How could you?" They're saying from behind the gauze.
How could you?
That's the question that we should be asking of them in return.
The rest of us should be snorting at them first. They’re the aggressors. It’s our job to brush them back and restore the society we were born in. So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, "Would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable."
We should do that and we should keep doing it until wearing a mask outside is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro on an elevator. It’s repulsive. Don’t do it around other people.
That’s the message we should send because it's true.
As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal. Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives. What you're looking at is abuse, it's child abuse, and you are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.
If it's your own children being abused, then act accordingly. Let's say your kid's school emailed you and announced that every day after lunch, your sixth-grader was going to get punched in the face by a teacher.
How would you respond to that?
That's precisely how you should respond when they tell you that your kids have to wear masks on the soccer field. That is unacceptable, it is dangerous, and we should act like it, because it is.
Tucker is right, and as the most prominent conservative figure in the American media, if ever there was a call to action that the conservative movement should amplify and breathe life into, this is it.
It's time to stop being meek toward the mask cultists. And it's time to encourage our fellow citizens to stop obeying them.
But one thing Tucker Carlson missed: While direct, personal action is needed to snap our fellow citizens out of the mask mind control, what is also needed is effective political mobilization to remove from power every politician that has supported and condoned this barbarity.
That is why Rescue Michigan is asking every citizen to organize right in your own community. That is why we give you the tools and training to organize and mobilize.
That is the only path to victory.
As Tucker said: "They will not stop until we make them stop."
Children age 2 to 4 will be required to wear face masks in gatherings starting April 26 under a new epidemic order issued Friday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Previous orders had exempted all children under the age of 5.
At an age when children are just learning to socialize, Whitmer orders their noses cut off from the air and their faces hidden: turned into walking billboards for fear. The damage will be life-long.
Whitmer has imposed among the most vicious and draconian policies in the nation, and Michigan has ranked among the worsts state for the Covid outbreak. Every one of her policies has been a failure as well as a crime against the people of Michigan.
For all the talk about all the myriad ways the Democrats conspired to rig the election, it's easy to focus on the election itself and forget that the biggest source of votes stolen from Donald Trump was the mass media's endless campaign to destroy him with fabricated scandals while doing everything in their power, vastly beyond journalistic ethics, to protect Joe Biden from his real scandals. That, and the social media companies' shocking manipulation of what news the American people were permitted to read on their platforms.
Trying to track of every incident of mass media manipulation would be about as sensible as trying to track particles of sand in a tornado, but one incident rose above all the others: the revelation that Joe Biden's son Hunter's laptop, abandoned at a computer repair shop (doubtless during a drug binge), contained numerous emails detailing Joe and Hunter Biden's corrupt dealings in China and Ukraine.
The story broke in mid-October, shortly before the election and when many Americans were already voting by mail. The details of the extent of Joe Biden's corruption might have changed the outcome of the election -- and indeed, a study showed that it would.
Other than Fox News and outlets to their right, every major network, including the supposedly "neutral" ones like ABC, Associate Press, etc., refused to cover the story. Worse still, social media banned the news coverage, to the point of shutting down the New York Post's coverage of the explosive information.
Even as individuals named in the emails came forward to confirm their contents were authentic, the mass media endlessly repeated the lie that it was some sort of "Russian disinformation" campaign.
It was most egregious case of political censorship in American history.
Now that Joe Biden is safely installed as President, the networks are starting to admit that yes, the laptop was authentic, as they knew all along.
Even when Fox News reported the story about the laptop, they reported on the Biden family's corruption but left out the sordid details of Hunter's personal life.
It's a painful reminder that the biggest enemy of free and fair election in America is the mass media, and what this means for all conservatives is that we must reach voters across America with the information that Big Tech and the establishment media will hide from them.
The best way to do that, the most methodical way to do that, is grassroots leadership: building local organizations that reach every voter in your community.
Add up all major news networks and combined they don't reach 10% of the public on any given day. Your posts on social media are shadowbanned. Your emails are likely only reaching your like-minded friends.
The only effective way to counter the mass media's lies is to organize locally and build relationships with voters in your community.
The Regents of the University of Michigan have censured Ron Weiser, the sole Republican on their board, and stripped him of his committee assignments, for telling an appropriate joke in a private setting.
In the wake of Major League Baseball, Coca Cola, Delta, and other major companies calling for a boycott of Georgia – in response to the state enacting a law to protect election integrity – President Donald Trump and many others are calling for the companies themselves to be boycotted.
"Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck. Don't go back to their products until they relent. We can play the game better than them. [...] The Radical Left will destroy our Country if we let them. We will not become a Socialist Nation. Happy Easter!" Trump said in an April 3 statement.
Agreed. Of the companies he named, Coca Cola is the one more people can choose whether or not to buy on a daily basis.
If corporations want to invade and attack the very essence of our constitutional republic by seeking to punish entire states for protecting their election laws, we should never give them our money again.
Last summer, in one of his most important monologues, Tucker Carlson raised the question: "Can the left lead a country they hate?"
Can you really lead a country that you hate?
Ask yourself: What kind of parent would you be if you hated your children? What kind of officer would you make if you didn't care about your troops?
It would be awful. The results would be ugly. It would not work.
Loving the people you lead – caring deeply about them – is the most basic prerequisite of leadership. The leaders of today's Democrat Party do not. They despise this country. They have said so. They continue to.
That is shocking. But it is also disqualifying. We cannot let them run this nation because they hate it. Imagine what they would do to it.
Tragically, the left was able to seize power, and now we know exactly how they would govern this nation they despise.
Georgia's supposed crime was passing a law to improve the security of its own elections.
Never passing an opportunity to stoke the flames of racial hatred, Biden, without evidence, called the law "Jim Crow on steroids."
For enacting public policy he disagrees with, the President of the United States openly endorsed calls for Major League Baseball to move its all-star game out of Atlanta: collective punishment against the people of an American state.
Collective punishment is one of the most repulsive and dangerous ideas in world history. It is a plague on human civilization.
It shocks the conscience twofold: first, that a President could make such a hideous and treacherous pronouncement at all, and second, that our major media is so totally controlled by the radical left that their response ranged from ignoring it to downright praising it.
Throughout President Trump's term of office, he endured the false accusation that he was dividing America, when in fact, his accusers on the left were projecting the result of their own divisive words and actions onto him.
The left's tried-and-true tactic of accusing their opponent of what they are actually themselves doing succeeded.
Now that America-hating sociopaths are in control, it was only a matter of time before they began making war on the American public.
The people of Georgia will be their first victims, but not the last.
The question is whether the American people will tolerate it.
And, if their un-American gambit succeeds in moving the all-star game out of Georgia, will any of the players have the courage speak out against being used as pawns in the radical left's political games?
Tragically, the answer to the latter is probably no.
Which is why it is so vital that all patriotic Americans speak out.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor’s statewide mask mandate in a 4-3 ruling on Wednesday, liberating citizens of the state from mandatory mask-wearing.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court took objection to Democrat Governor Tony Evers' legal standing to demand that every man and woman in the state wear a mask.
“The question in this case is not whether the governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully. We conclude he did not,” wrote Justice Brian Hagedorn in his ruling. Evers had issued an entirely new statewide mask mandate after Republican state legislators repealed it in February, claiming he has the authority to issue as many mandatory mask mandates as he wants.”
Michigan courts reached a similar conclusion when they ruled the 1976 "Emergency Management Act," which gives the governor 28 days to act under "emergency" conditions before requiring legislative approval for the actions, could not be applied to the ongoing "emergency" of the Chinese coronavirus in Michigan.
It was a unanimous decision that "emergency" powers couldn't just be renewed again and again to thwart the expiration or revocation of emergency authority.
This is now a second state Supreme Court decision against abuse of emergency powers.
The story in The Hill is worth dissecting line by line:
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that employees on former President Trump's 2016 campaign had to sign is unenforceable.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Gardephe, a George W. Bush appointee, found that the language of the far-reaching contract was so vague that it was invalid under New York contract law, Politico reports.
"The vagueness and breadth of the provision is such that a Campaign employee would have no way of what may be disclosed, and, accordingly, Campaign employees are not free to speak about anything concerning the Campaign," Gardephe wrote in his decision. "The non-disclosure provision is thus much broader than what the Campaign asserts is necessary to protect its legitimate interests, and, therefore, is not reasonable."
Right off the bat, the decision is patently absurd.
It's obvious what the contract meant. It was meant to be all-encompassing: "You may not disclose anything about the campaign at all, period." That's not vague, and there is no prohibition against contracts of such breadth. They are written that way intentionally: to be catch-alls.
Gardephe also found fault in the non-disparagement clause of the agreement, Politico reports, writing that the contract showed the Trump campaign did not operate "in good faith."
"The evidence before the Court instead demonstrates that the Campaign has repeatedly sought to enforce the non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions to suppress speech that it finds detrimental to its interests," Gardephe added.
The whole point of non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions is to suppress speech a party finds detrimental to its interests.
It would be bad enough for a court to nullify a contract on the sole basis that a party intended to enforce the opposing party's breach, but George W. Bush appointee Paul Gardephe goes even further by labeling the Trump campaign's legitimate efforts to enforce the contract "not in good faith." I.e. "in bad faith." That is a serious, heinous allegation made by the judge, with no support.
The outlet notes that the Trump campaign had asked Gardephe to edit the provisions in the contract if he found them unenforceable, but the judge declined to do so.
Demonstrating the real bad faith was the judge's. Trump's campaign said "OK, you edit the contract to say what is right" and the judge responded by declaring the entire contract (and therefore all other contracts with Trump campaign employees) illegal.
It was an intentional move to legalize all breaches of contract for any Trump campaign staff to badmouth the campaign.
The Hill has reached out to Trump's office for comment on the ruling.
The ruling by Gardephe was issued in a case brought by Jessica Denson, a Hispanic outreach director on Trump's 2016 campaign. Denson is accusing the campaign of sex discrimination, Politico reports.
"I'm overjoyed," Denson told Politico, regarding Gardephe's ruling. "This president ... former president spent all four years aspiring to autocracy while claiming that he was champion of freedom and free speech. ... There's many people out there who have seen cases like mine and were terrified to speak out."
This is not the statement of a wronged employee.
This is the statement of a committed Trump-hater.
Jessica Denson was a Hispanic outreach director for Trump's 2016 campaign, and her bombshell allegation was that the 2016 campaign engaged in "sex discrimination"?
This is a transparent smear attempt that is exactly the kind of thing campaigns try to prevent through non-disclosure agreements, because insiders badmouthing a campaign--especially Trump's campaign--have a huge financial incentive to do so.
The article closes with a whimper:
However, a representative for Trump disagreed with the ruling.
"We believe the court reached the wrong decision and President Trump's lawyers are examining all potential appeals," an unnamed aide to Trump told Politico.
This is certainly a bad result for the Trump campaign, but more importantly, this is a bad result for contract law and non-disclosure agreements.
A court threw out an entire contract, ostensibly because it was "too broad" but obviously because it was a contract with the Trump campaign. The pretext will become precedent.
This is an example of the damage to the legal system being done by the anti-Trump malice of judges.