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How the Left Censors Dissent, From NBC to the Dane County Board [Up Against the Wall]

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Yes, leadership counts. Why state the obvious? Because there are still moderate, reasonable liberals out there that I know will vote for Biden. No matter how much they suffer, no matter the number of wars, the environmental pollution from the wars, high prices, and more, these people will still support Biden. I can only imagine how bad it really has to get before they vote for someone else.

Ronna McDaniel – Wow. That was fast. I got whiplash watching that trainwreck. Once again, the leftists on NBC simply cannot tolerate anyone, not even one, dissenting voice or person of reason that might disagree with them. And it clearly shows the inmates are running the asylum.

Dane County Board – And much like NBC and McDaniel, the liberals that control 36 seats out of 37 (yes, it’s one of the largest boards in the nation, and no, they shouldn’t be proud of that) can’t stand the idea of even a single voice of dissent on the board, so they are trying hard to get rid of the only conservative voice, Jeff Weigand, District 20. Think about that. They’re so obsessed with promoting their leftist agenda that they can’t let anyone disagree with their false facts and fake news. For anyone who lived when the Soviet Union and East Germany existed, you know what I mean, but our younger generation must be told stories about those times for them to learn.

I visited East Germany within months of the Berlin Wall coming down; we slept overnight in a ‘hotel’ (if you can call it that) in East Berlin. What an experience. The left on our county board reminds me so much of East Germany and the Stasi. You weren’t allowed to say even a single word that disagreed with the state’s stated position, or you would be ‘disappeared’. We drove through (for 30 miles) a Soviet military base in East Germany. (The base was so big that they provided a road through the middle (fenced in) to allow drives to cut through. Soviet soldiers were standing around, not sure what to do because they hadn’t been ordered home yet.

The rule for leftists is always to eliminate any dissenting voice because one lone voice can rally the people to rise and overthrow their dictator rulers. There was no free speech, in fact, no speech of any kind, period. No free assembly, no free press, no freedom at all. You did what the state told you to do, or you were gone.

Same with the Dane County board, they simply cannot allow Weigand to call out their false
claims, to lie to the public, to manipulate, etc. How ironic for those who claim to want diversity to not allow any diversity of thought or speech. Sorry Jeff, there’s no DEI to step in and protect you as a conservative minority on the board.

But we’re here to support that lone voice. Stand up and be heard. Scream it out from the balconies. Don’t give any ground. TikTok – Some people argue that threatening to ban TikTok or forcing the Communist party to sell it (“divest”) is an infringement on TikTok’s right to free speech. While corporations are recognized as people under the Constitution, TikTok, and its Chinese Communist Party owners are not entitled to protection under our Constitution.

They are not citizens of the U.S., and the company is not headquartered here (regardless of what they say, decision-making is made in China by the communist party owners.) To give TikTok the same rights as U.S. citizens would be to allow the company and the CCP to also issue open records requests of our government and make all kinds of demands on our government and life in the U.S. that they themselves would never allow in China.

Don’t be fooled, the CCP is not entitled to rights that they themselves don’t give others nor do they believe in such rights. We’re at war with these people, not just over our culture, but for the freedom and liberty of the world. Don’t play by their rules.

Gun Control – Have you ever noticed that the highest crime areas are where the most restricted gun control exists? (Likewise, with the denial of your second amendment rights.) Illinois, New York, Mexico, and other locations allow gangs and cartels (in cahoots with government officials) to carry guns and terrorize residents, but residents are not allowed to carry a gun to defend themselves.

Government Censorship – The Supreme Court case involving Crazy Uncle Joe’s administration conspiring with the tech oligarchs to censor Biden’s opposition, raised the question of when does government pressure on social media companies amount to free speech or coercion. If I heard this right, one lefty Supreme Court justice argued that restraining the government from having tech companies do its censoring for the government would be infringing on the “government’s right to free speech.”

Excuse me? Now, she’s no dummy, so that means she’s deliberately trying to deceive the American public. The First Amendment was created to restrain exactly this kind of government action; it was written to protect the public from the heavy hand of government. The liberals are trying to turn that upside down by twisting the Constitution to try to protect the government’s heavy hand at the cost of censoring us.

When the government suggests that a company do something, it’s always coercion because it’s the government. It’s no different than the mob “asking” your store to make weekly payments for your security and well-being; we all know what will happen if we don’t – and the payments aren’t voluntary just because they ‘ask’ nice.

Haiti – Well, I never anticipated another war – this time right out our back door in Haiti. What else can go wrong under Biden’s “leadership”? It’s a small island, err, excuse me, half an island, not far off our coastline. But you know Biden, Mr. Do Nothing Until It’s Too Late and then make excuses. He’ll wait until it really gets bad, and then Blinkidy-blank will write another stern letter to the criminal gang leader. Ooo, scary. I’m sure the guy is shaken’ in his boots.

If Biden waits long enough, which I am sure is his plan, he can count on millions of Haitian refugees flooding our shores. (I hope DeSantis has a backup plan.) Next stop, Taiwan or Korea.

State Senate & Lobbyists—Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, said, “You don’t have to agree on everything to work together on something.”

Realtors—Realtors are forgetting about the recent run-up in home prices, pushing pricing 30%—50% or even 70% higher in many cases. That means that if the same percent commission is applied, Realtors will receive a much larger dollar commission amount on those higher prices. The good news for home consumers is that commissions should start to come down.

UW System – President Rothman is closing campuses that are not operationally feasible any
longer due to declining enrollment. Good. Campuses that can’t attract customers should be
closed. Why should taxpayers keep funding universities that are failing? It’s like any
government program; once the money starts flowing, it’s almost impossible to cut it off when the need is no longer there. In contrast, Greg Lampe and Steven Wildeck, both former vice-chancellors, argue against the closings. Seriously? The brainwashing at the university system has become so outrageous that the university elites have become a cancer on our children.

The good news is that fewer young adults will be suckered into taking on massive debt to be able to attend overpriced, sub-tier universities, and instead will make the wise choice to attend a tech school or start their careers without a higher degree.

Watergate – The Biden family crime syndicate and its receipt of foreign money and failure to pay taxes on it and the conflicts of interest it creates, and oh yea, the attempted cover ups (and actual cover ups for years – interfering with the justice department investigations) is far, far worse than Watergate. Watergate was a simple, straightforward but botched break-in of the Democratic Party headquarters with a superficial coverup. Bidengate is far more extensive, more complicated, involving foreign government payments, foreign corporation payments, Biden’s own bragging that he got a Ukraine prosecutor fired to stop the guy from pursuing charges against his son, Hunter Biden, is proof enough. The constant, years-long cover-up, not to mention the faux Russian hoax put out by the Democrat Party, are all part of it. Shall I go on?

Boeing—How bad does this have to get? Remember when Boeing moved its headquarters to Chicago, away from its manufacturing base? Now I hear they’re moving the headquarters again. When they announced their move to Chicago (who on earth would move to Chicago?), I speculated that they would lose track of their manufacturing and suffer the consequences.

Now that has come true. When the leaders move away from the base of the real operations
and they won’t spend time walking the plant floor, they’re bound to lose oversight. I’m sure
some bean counter thought it would yield big savings by moving a lot of their manufacturing overseas too. Of course, prior management got rewarded by boosting the stock price by reducing costs (temporarily), but now everyone is suffering as a result of that shortsighted decision.

COVID – Well, the real data is finally out. Kids got hurt badly during the COVID / government mandated shut-downs. Well, dah.

Housing & Biden Attacks – Now Biden is attacking landlords, a/k/a, you know, those evil guys and gals that actually provide housing for the rest of us. He claims they are “conspiring to charge more.” First, there’s no conspiring going on, because that would be anti-trust. Every landlord knows they can’t talk about rents to another competing landlord. Second, you, Mr. Biden, caused the higher rents. Stop blaming others for your screw-ups.

DEI – In Business magazine had an interesting article on 40 Under 40 and one of them, Dr.
William T.L. Cox has a consultant company that “provides an evidence-based approach to
diversity, equity, and inclusion”. Hmm, okay, what does that mean? Cox says evidence shows “that the $8 billion DEI industry (yes, $8 with a B) has little meaningful impact.”

Interestingly, so here’s a so-called expert saying that DEI is really a bunch of crap. My words, not his. I give him credit for trying to improve it, but in reality, what this really says is that DEI is not needed, is a waste of taxpayer money, and worse, that there is a massive industry built up around it now that will be difficult to take down. Scary sh*t.

California and Squatters – Only in California; squatters (i.e. trespassers and criminals) are
pushing homeowners out of their own homes by breaking in and taking over their homes.
Supposedly, homeless people and illegal aliens are doing this, which means this problem stems directly from Biden’s open border policy. My thought – boot them out at gunpoint and don’t call the police. I’m so sick of criminals being protected while good, honest, hard-working people suffer.

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against any candidate or issue. On October 18 and November 23, 2023 Donald Trump tweeted out on Trump’s Truth Social account T. Wall’s October 6th column on Trump’s property valuations. T. Wall holds a degree from the UW in economics and an M.S. in real estate analysis and valuation and is a real estate developer. Disclaimer: The opinions
of the writer are not necessarily those of this publication or the left!

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Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the first-ever criminal trial of a former U.S. president.

Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts related to charges he paid hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels through a lawyer and covered it up as a legal expense before being elected president.

Trump has attempted to delay the start of the New York state trial several times, including three longshot tactics judges rejected this week.

What charges does Trump face in the New York hush money case?

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records related to money paid to Daniels and another woman, former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Bragg has alleged Trump broke New York law when he falsified with the intent to commit or conceal another crime.

Prosecutors allege Trump falsified internal records kept by his company, hiding the true nature of payments that involve Daniels ($130,000), McDougal ($150,000), and Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen ($420,000). Prosecutors allege the money was logged as legal expenses, not reimbursements. Both Cohen and Daniels are expected to testify.

Cohen is expected to be a key witness in the trial. Daniels has said she expects to testify.

Former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Bragg's predecessor, did not bring the case to trial.

What happens on Monday?

Prosecutors, defense attorneys and Donald Trump are expected to be present when the trial before Judge Juan Merchan gets started Monday. The first step will be picking a jury, a process that could take a week or more depending on how things progress. The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will select 12 jurors and six alternates from a pool of potentially hundreds of people. Each juror will answer 42 questions designed to determine if they can be impartial in the high-profile trial of a polarizing former president. The jurors will remain anonymous because of security concerns.

Once a jury is seated, it's on to opening statements where prosecutors and defense attorneys will get to address the jury about what they plan to show during the trial.

What is Trump's defense to the charges?

Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong and has accused Bragg of bringing a politically motivated case involving conduct in 2016 during a presidential election year as Trump faces incumbent Joe Biden in a rematch of the 2020 election.

Trump has spoken out against the judge, the district attorney and other involved in the case repeatedly. Trump's comments prompted a gag order from the judge who said Trump can't talk publicly about certain people involved in the case and their families.

"The White House Thugs should not be allowed to have these dangerous and unfair Biden Trials during my campaign for President. All of them, civil and criminal, could have been brought more than three years ago. It is an illegal attack on a Political Opponent. It is Communism at its worst, and Election Interference at its Best. No such thing has ever happened in our Country before," Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social this week. "On Monday I will be forced to sit, GAGGED, before a HIGHLY CONFLICTED & CORRUPT JUDGE, whose hatred for me has no bounds. All of these New York and D.C. 'Judges' and Prosecutors have the same MINDSET. Nobody but this Soros Prosecutor, Alvin Bragg, wanted to take this ridiculous case. All legal scholars say it is a sham. BIDEN'S DOJ IS RUNNING THE CASE. Just think of it, these animals want to put the former President of the United States (who got more votes than any sitting President!), & the PARTY'S REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, IN JAIL, for doing absolutely nothing wrong. It is a RUSH TO THE FINISH. SO UNFAIR!"

Will Trump take the stand?

That's not clear yet. Trump said last month that he'd be willing to testify at trial if needed.

Could Trump go to jail?

It's too earlier to tell what will happen if Trump is convicted. Under New York state law, falsifying business records in the first degree is a Class E felony that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Trump's age and lack of any prior criminal convictions could work in his favor at sentencing if he's convicted. His attacks on the judge could have the opposite effect at sentencing. Before sentencing, the judge would look at sentencing guidelines, recommendations from prosecutors and any other pre-sentence reports.

In late March, Trump said that he wasn't worried about a conviction when asked if he thought a conviction could hurt his chances of returning to the White House.

"It could also make me more popular because the people know it's a scam," he said. "It's a Biden trial, there is no trial, there's a Biden trial."

Whatever happens during the trial, Trump will be protected by the U.S. Secret Service.

Even if convicted and sentenced to jail, Trump could continue his campaign to re-take the White House.

"The Constitution does not bar felons from serving as President," said Richard Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Trump could not pardon himself from any state charges, Hasen said.

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(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s next supreme court race could be even more contentious and even more expensive than the last one.

Liberal Justice Anne Walsh Bradley on Thursday surprised the state when she announced she will not run for re-election next year.

"My decision has not come lightly. It is made after careful consideration and reflection. I know I can do the job and do it well. I know I can win re-election, should I run. But it's just time to pass the torch, bring fresh perspectives to the court," Walsh Bradley said in a statement.

She is one of Wisconsin’s longest serving justices, serving her third 10-year term on the court.

“In the 177-year history of the court, only four justices have served longer than my length of service,” she wrote.

Walsh Bradley’s decision means the next election will be open.

Former Republican attorney general, and current Waukesha County judge, Brad Schimel has already jumped into the race. There aren’t any declared Democrats yet.

Schimel on Thursday said Walsh Bradley’s decision isn’t changing anything for him.

“From the beginning of my campaign, I made it clear that I’m not just running against one person, I’m running against this Court’s leftist majority,” Schimel said. “I wish Justice Ann Walsh Bradley well in retirement after decades of public service. I look forward to continuing the fight to bring integrity and respect for the Constitution back to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin’s last race for the supreme court, in April of 2023, set records for spending. The race between Justice Janet Protasiewicz and former Justice Dan Kelly cost more than $56 million. That makes the 2023 Wisconsin race the most expensive judicial race in American history. Many court observers and politicos in Wisconsin say the 2025 race could be just as expensive, or even more expensive.

Protasiewicz’s victory flipped the Wisconsin Supreme Court to a 4-3 liberal majority for the first time in 15 years.

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(The Center Square) – The State Bar of Wisconsin isn’t ending its diversity clerkship that faced a federal discrimination lawsuit, instead it is changing the definition of diversity.

The State Bar agreed to tweak the program and make it about the diversity of ideas and experiences, rather than base the clerkship on race and gender.

“The settlement clarifies the definition of ‘diversity’ but makes no changes to the program,” State Bar Executive Director Larry Martin said. “The Diversity Clerkship Program, which has been creating opportunities for Wisconsin-based law students for three decades, will continue to exist and to operate in its current form.”

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty sued, saying it’s against the law to hire anyone based on race or gender.

WILL Associate Counsel Skylar Croy said they have had to make it a habit to remind people of that fact.

“Defeating unconstitutional DEI programs has become WILL’s area of expertise, and we are not stopping here,” Croy said in a statement. “While we are pleased with this victory, we know the fight is far from over. In fact, this is only the beginning of a movement, and our lawsuit will provide a roadmap for future victories in all 50 states.”

WILL has also sued over DEI programs at the University of Wisconsin that it says are race-based.

The bar said the only thing that is changing about the Diversity Clerkship is the focus on race in its definition of diversity.

“Under the settlement, the new definition states: Diversity means including people with differing characteristics, beliefs, experiences, interests, and viewpoints. Diversity promotes an environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their differences and without regard to stereotypes, and helps to ensure a better understanding and consideration of the needs and viewpoints of others with whom we interact,” the bar added.

WILL sued on behalf of Daniel Suhr, who is a lawyer in the state and is required to be a member of the bar.

After the settlement, Suhr said the new definition is the first step toward restoring fairness to the Diversity Clerkship.

“Premier internship opportunities should be available to students based on merit – not race. I am proud to partner with WILL to set a strong precedent for the next generation of law students,” he said in a statement.

The Diversity Clerkship Program is a 10-week, paid summer job where first-year Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School students are matched with law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies.

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Lawmakers plan to interrogate the head of Eco Health Alliance, the group accused of conducting dangerous coronavirus research in Wuhan, China just before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic will hold a public hearing May 1 where Dr. Peter Daszak is expected to testify. Daszak is the president of Eco Health Alliance, a U.S. nonprofit health research company that used taxpayer-funded grants to conduct coronavirus research.

The lawmakers on the committee also allege that newly obtained documents show Daszak’s previous testimony misled the committee or misrepresented the facts.

“These revelations undermine your credibility as well as every factual assertion you made during your transcribed interview,” the letter said. “The Committees have a right and an obligation to protect the integrity of their investigations, including the accuracy of testimony during a transcribed interview. We invite you to correct the record.”

One of those obtained documents appears to show Daszak saying he plans to work with Wuhan researchers.

A federal grant database shows that Eco Health Alliance received millions of dollars since 2014 from the federal government to study coronaviruses that originate in animals and in some cases can transfer to humans, with an emphasis on China.

A key and highly disputed part of the inquiry is whether Eco Health Alliance’ research included making coronaviruses more dangerous,.

Under former President Donald Trump, the federal National Institutes of Health cut all funding to the group in question over the controversy.

Under the Biden administration, funding has been restored, and NIH has emphatically stated that Eco Health Alliance did not play a role in the start of the pandemic.

“Unfortunately, in the absence of a definitive answer, misinformation and disinformation are filling the void, which does more harm than good,” NIH said in a 2021 statement. “NIH wants to set the record straight on NIH-supported research to understand naturally occurring bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, funded through a subaward from NIH grantee EcoHealth Alliance. Analysis of published genomic data and other documents from the grantee demonstrate that the naturally occurring bat coronaviruses studied under the NIH grant are genetically far distant from SARS-CoV-2 and could not possibly have caused the COVID-19 pandemic. Any claims to the contrary are demonstrably false.”

In 2022 and 2023 NIH awarded Eco Health Alliance a total of at least $1,230,594 to research “the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.”

The idea that the COVID-19 virus began in a Wuahn lab was once denounced as a conspiracy theory but has now gotten more widespread credibility.

The FBI announced last year after its investigation that COVID-19 most likely came from a Wuhan lab. That news came just after the Department of Energy also said the Wuhan lab was most likely the origin of COVID-19, though neither agency expressed a high degree of confidence in that theory.

Other groups have suggested it came from the Wuhan wet market, though no definitive answer has been settled on.

Trump's First Criminal Trial

Trump Calls for Sanctions, Censure of Special Counsel Jack Smith

Former President Donald Trump called for special counsel Jack Smith to be sanctioned or censured for "attacking" the judge in Trump's classified documents case.

Trump's comments on Thursday come after Smith and his team of prosecutors made it clear they think Judge Aileen Cannon's latest ruling was based on "an unstated and fundamentally flawed legal premise." Prosecutors objected to Cannon's order to produce proposed jury instructions under two different legal scenarios. Smith said both legal scenarios were flawed.

In response to the judge's order, prosecutors said they need clarification on Cannon's position so they can appeal if needed. They asked the judge to decide before the trial if the Presidential Records Act "has an impact on the element of unauthorized possession" of classified documents. Failure to do so could make it impossible to prosecute Trump because of the double jeopardy clause in the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits anyone from being prosecuted twice for the same crime.

Trump lashed out Thursday morning.

"Deranged 'Special' Counsel Jack Smith, who has a long record of failure as a prosecutor, including a unanimous decision against him in the U.S. Supreme Court, should be sanctioned or censured for the way he is attacking a highly respected Judge, Aileen Cannon, who is presiding over his FAKE Documents Hoax case in Florida," Trump wrote in a message posted to Truth Social.

Trump also said Smith shouldn't be on the case.

"He shouldn’t even be allowed to participate in this sham case, where I, unlike Crooked Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and all the rest, come under the Presidential Records Act," Trump wrote. "I DID NOTHING WRONG, BUT BIDEN DID, AND THEY LET HIM OFF SCOT-FREE. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN, JACK? A TWO TIERED SYSTEM OF JUSTICE. ELECTION INTERFERENCE!"

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 40 felony counts that allege he kept sensitive military documents, shared them with people who didn't have security clearance and tried to get around the government's attempts to get them back.

Trump faces a rematch against President Joe Biden in this year's presidential election. Trump also faces three other criminal cases in New York, Georgia and another federal case in Washington D.C. He's used millions of dollars in campaign contributions to pay his mounting legal bills.

Trump also is appealing a $464 million fine in a civil case in New York. He posted a $175 million bond to appeal that decision.

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Biden Cancels Replenishment of Strategic Oil Reserves

The Biden administration will pause its replenishment of the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves because oil has become too expensive, the White House said.

Earlier in his term, Biden drained about half of the U.S. oil reserves down to their lowest level in decades in order to try to lower gas prices, which surpassed a record national average of more than $5 per gallon in 2022 before coming back down. Now, Biden’s effort to replenish those reserves have been stalled.

Critics warn that lower oil reserves are a national security issue for the U.S. If the reserves are low when a larger war or crisis occurs, refilling the reserves could be much more difficult and certainly more expensive.

“It’s pure insanity to watch the Biden Administration cut American oil production and then claim they can’t refill our critical reserve because of the price,” Daniel Turner, founder and executive director for Power The Future, said in a statement. “Joe Biden drained the SPR for political reasons, cut our domestic production for his climate agenda and now he’s leaving our critical reserve more vulnerable because he’s incompetent. As a result, Americans are paying more at the pump, more at the grocery store and our SPR is less full during a time of rising turmoil in the Middle East.”

Biden has taken fire from Republicans for hindering U.S. oil production and lowering the reserves. The Biden administration has increased regulatory pushback for oil domestic production while raising ongoing concerns about climate change.

“The Biden administration’s war on U.S. energy is crippling hardworking Americans and has led to our Strategic Petroleum Reserves being at their lowest levels since the 1908s,” U.S. Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “Reverse course and restore U.S. energy dominance!"