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On Covid and Texas, Biden Courts a Constitutional Crisis


When Donald Trump was president, we heard a lot about Norms® and Standards. Trump was accused of violating this vague collection of unwritten rules, a convenient tactic when they couldn’t prove actual crimes. The good news was that Biden’s election would restore this Beltway-approved system of etiquette. How refreshing.

Eight months into his administration, Biden has folded, spindled, and mutilated our Norms® and Standards, even those mandated by the Constitution. Trump was erratic but Biden is openly courting a constitutional crisis.

Pressured by far-left backbencher Cori Bush in August, the White House reinstated an eviction ban already declared illegal by the Supreme Court. Biden knew it was a violation but said: “by the time it gets litigated, it will probably give some additional time.”

Vexing Vax Performance Puzzles


justice and COVID-19Bloomberg is hardly right-wing conspiracy central, nor is it a Hollyweird lefty anti-vax, anti-fluoride media organ. So, their recent straight reporting article on the comparative efficacy of natural versus vaccine-induced COVID-19 immunity against the Delta variant is a noteworthy from the leftist scientism party line. Bloomberg reports on a very large sample study of the Israeli population, and commendably links directly to the medRxiv paper.

While not conclusive, this study reinforces a century or more of human experience and underlines the abject failure of every single Republican executive, from your favorite governor to President Trump and Vice President Pence, to compel truth-telling in public health bureaucracy web graphics. From Day 1, we should have seen a steadily increasing number of Americans with naturally acquired immunity, eventually joined by a faster-growing number of Americans with vaccine-induced immunity. The first governor to force this truth into the open will be the prohibitive favorite for presidential nomination in 2024.

medRxiv is “the preprint server for health services.” All papers, and the web portal, bear the proper notice:

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After the shameful American surrender and withdrawal in Afghanistan over the past 2 weeks – leaving Americans behind after an armed conflict for the first time in US history – President Biden and Democrats understandably want to change the subject. Source: RasmussenReports.com Preview Open

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The Great Texas Abortion Law Freak Out


By now, those of you who are paying even a smidgen of attention to the news are aware that legislation titled the Texas Heartbeat Act (S.B. No. 8) went into effect yesterday.  The law prohibits a physician from performing an abortion, absent a medical emergency, “if the physician detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child.”  This occurs at about six weeks from conception.   Of most interest is the fact that the law–unlike some other state attempts–does not permit state officers to enforce it.  In a rather unique piece of draftsmanship, it permits a private party to sue in state court against anyone who violates the law or aids and abets in the violation.  If the plaintiff is successful, they are entitled to injunctive relief, attorney’s fees, and at least $10,000 in damages.

There is a somewhat complex procedural history leading up to yesterday’s Supreme Court action which I’m not going to track here.  The bottom line is that, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court denied abortion providers’ request for an emergency injunction preventing the law from going into effect.  This is not a decision “on the merits”–on the ultimate constitutionality of the law, but only a determination that the defendants in the suit–Texas officials (including the Attorney General) and a citizen activist–were not attempting to enforce the law, so there was (among other things) no “case or controversy” to be resolved.  That is, or should have been, a fairly simple resolution.  But not so fast.  It’s abortion.

Join Jim and Greg as they look at the good, bad, and crazy performances of the media in just the past 24 hours. They cheer Matt Lee of the Associated Press for doggedly asking an important question that the State Department refuses to answer. They also roll their eyes as much of the mainstream media honor the Biden administration’s wishes and push the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan much lower in their coverage. And they blast CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin – for several reasons – over his hysterical evaluation of the Supreme Court refusing to block pro-life legislation in Texas from taking effect.

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Click here to listen to the podcast On this episode of The Resistance Library Podcast, Sam and Dave discuss Davy Crocket and the forgotten history of the King of the Wild Frontier and the Battle of Alamo. David Hawkins Stern Crockett, fondly remembered as Davy Crockett, was born in eastern Tennessee to pioneer parents on […]

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Human Tragedy on the Texas Border


By any account, the situation along the Texas-Mexican border is spiraling out of control.  For each of the past three months, at least 170,000 illegal immigrants—the statutory term—have been stopped at the border. Thousands of them are unaccompanied children.  Some have been turned back. Some are held in various detention facilities. Some 50,000 have been released, without a court date, but with general instructions to report at some time to some Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) office—only about 13 percent have complied. Many suffer from COVID-19. Yet any plans to vaccinate this group have been delayed by the usual administrative disasters. Recent data about the number of cases suggest that a portion of the recent increase in COVID-19 has possibly been spread by a cross-section of these individuals.

The disquieting disconnect between COVID-19 at the border and COVID-19 everywhere else has sparked extensive commentary, largely negative. While American citizens are told to mask up or get vaccinated, illegal immigrants have received, by default, special privileges, in a peculiar reversal in immigration priorities. In response to the looming crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden’s border czar, has proposed a five-point plan to address the “root causes” of the crisis. Her menu includes such worthy objectives as “addressing economic insecurity and inequality” in Central America, fighting corruption, strengthening the rule of law, promoting human rights, and attacking local violence, including sexual abuse.

Sadly, her high-sounding roadmap misses the entire point. The United States has at most modest leverage over how these endemic issues will play out in different countries, given that we also seek to influence these countries on various drug-related issues. In the unlikely event that the United States could get local leaders to do its bidding, years would pass before any of these reforms take hold. The Harris plan is as likely to solve the current border crisis as defunding the police and hiring social workers is likely to counter short-term violence by teen gangs. Both are too little, too late. Indeed, the only medium-term strategy with a possible short-term effect is US trade liberalization, if, just perhaps, greater economic opportunity at home might reduce the incentives for Central Americans to knock on our doors. But realistically, unless the United States pulls up the welcome mat with barriers at the border, the immigrant surge will continue.

Rob Long is in for Jim. Today, Rob and Greg serve up two good martinis, plus a bad and a crazy.  They start by getting a kick out of the Texas Dems’ PR stunt getting more bizarre, as five members test positive for COVID while they remain on the lam.  They welcome public denunciation of China’s destructive hacking efforts but wonder just how tough the world will get in confronting Beijing.  They also fire back at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for suggesting that a user who is banned on one social platform for “misinformation” should be banned on all of them. And they get a kick out of the government renaming animals like Asian carp and gypsy moths to avoid offending someone.

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US Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and his colleagues are right to be upset over negotiations with Democrats in the White House and Congress over infrastructure spending. But the Senior Senator from South Carolina’s short-term prescription for playing hardball – denying the Senate a quorum to conduct business – probably isn’t going to work. Here’s why. […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they enjoying watching the Texas Senate pass a voting reform bill despite the publicity stunt from Democrats. They also unload on President Biden for absurdly calling state elections legislation the worst threat to our democracy since the Civil War. And they shake their heads as Senate Democrats start pushing a $3.5 trillion spending bill to accomplish many more horrible policy goals once the infrastructure deal is done.

Join Jim and Greg as they hammer Democrats in Texas for fleeing to Washington to avoid voting on an election reform bill. They also note how the media has very different views depending on whether Republicans or Democrats are trying to block legislation. They also rip the Biden administration for even thinking about injecting “fact check” messages into our texting threads to counter alleged disinformation. And they groan as the World Health Organization keeps catering to China, this time by buying 110 million doses of Chinese COVID vaccines that don’t work very well.

When Silicon Valley Values Meet West Texas


Texas ranching has been under economic siege almost since it began. It has always offered an opportunity to make a small fortune, nowadays by starting with a large one. Yet for all its flaws, ranching is addictive. So is abandoning ranching.

“The Big Empty,” a novel by Loren Steffy, steals one of the classic tropes of Texas letters: modern technology displacing ranching. The oil industry is the traditional disrupter. Set at the dawn of the 21st century, Steffy makes high tech, computers, and the internet ranching’s competitor. He adds a spin. The ranchers are rooting for high tech to win.

Conquistador is a dying West Texas cattle town. While not at the end of the world, on the flat West Texas plains it might as well be. Ranching is fading as a business. Conquistador’s residents are desperately seeking new industry to draw jobs there. They even tried getting the state to build a prison, just for the jobs, only to be turned down. Conquistador is too remote even for prisons.

Greg and guest host Chad Benson appreciate New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang being the only one to admit that mentally ill people committing violent acts are a problem for the city and that residents have the right to not be assaulted. They also cringe as Iran prepares to install a new president who is already under U.S. sanctions for leading the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s. And they react to Sen. Ted Cruz saying that he hopes actor Matthew McConnaughey does not run for governor in Texas because he would be a very formidable candidate.



The State of Texas is the epicenter of the illegal immigration crisis and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been setting the example for how states can challenge the illegality of Biden administration immigration policies. In this week’s episode, Paxton describes how his office has so far filed five lawsuits challenging Biden immigration policies and says more are likely. He also describes what he has seen and heard from law enforcement and local officials during several recent trips to the border.

In his Closing Commentary, Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director and host of Parsing Immigration Policy, addresses Vice President Harris’s plea to potential migrants in Central America not to make the journey to the U.S. border, claiming that they will be turned back. But the country’s actions matter more than Harris’s words. The message has already gotten back to Central America and beyond that her rhetoric is not true – the U.S. is not, in fact, enforcing its laws or securing its border.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for taking action on the border crisis while the Biden administration dithers. They also react to the explosive Vanity Fair story exposing how State Department officials and scientists furiously tried to stop investigations into whether COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab. And they sympathize with residents in eastern Oregon who want to secede to Idaho. While they think the likelihood of that happening is low, they also devise an incentive system for state governments to improve.


Todd Bensman, the Center’s Senior National Security Fellow, traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas to investigate how the Border Patrol, Texas National Guard, and Texas Department of Public Safety are handling the influx of illegal immigrants. Having viewed this area – ground zero for illegal immigration crossings – by water, air, and land, Bensman shares his observations on enforcement at the border, where federal law enforcement has been ordered by the Biden administration to stand down, and now spends more time processing and welcoming illegal immigrants than apprehending them. Bensman and the host of Parsing Immigration Policy, CIS executive director Mark Krikorian, share their views on the normalization of federal agents passively observing and even facilitating mass illegal entry. Is the federal government in effect running an enterprise jointly with the Mexican smugglers?

Krikorian concludes this episode by highlighting a recent push by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, possibly the most powerful lobby group in the nation, to expand the U.S. workforce through immigration at a time when millions of adult Americans are looking for work or not even in the job market at all. Just a reminder that the lobbying forces behind the push for high immigration do not advocate for American workers.

Jim and Greg separate fact from fiction as Texas Democrats try to kill election integrity legislation. They’re also glad to see the media admit they were wrong to dismiss the Wuhan lab leak theory. And they roll their eyes as the WHO names COVID variants after Greek letters so their names aren’t “stigmatizing” to the places they were first found.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer Texas lawmakers or advancing legislation on several key conservative priorities. They also discuss the cyber attack that shut down a key fuel pipeline to the eastern U.S. They break down the latest scandal engulfing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And they remember the wit and conservative wisdom of the late Pete du Pont.

Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate two Republicans reaching the runoff for an open congressional seat in Texas and parents fighting back against the “anti-racism” push in school board races. They also applaud Sen. Joe Manchin for opposing the lefty push for D.C. statehood. And they discuss the Biden administration’s efforts to ban menthol cigarettes in an effort to protect minority communities and the fierce opposition from the ACLU and others who argue it will only create more criminals.