That satchel that Acting DNI Ric Grenell personally delivered to the Department of Justice on May 7, 2020 was far too big for just a list of the 39 Obama administration officials, including his chief of staff and ambassador to Italy. Those higher ups have been exposed as requesting the unmasking of General Flynn. But there must have been a lot more inside, and that material was voluminous to require a briefcase-sized container, and that is the key to exposing the real extent of the spy operation that President Obama carried out on his political enemies, and the unmasking of General Michael Flynn is just the tip of the iceberg.

Leawood, KS — Adlynn and Robert Harte and their two children had harmed no one and broken no laws when heavily armed militarized SWAT deputies with the Johnson County sheriff’s department stormed their home like it was an ISIS compound. The “hero” deputies were searching for evidence of marijuana production and use but they found none because the Harte’s don’t use or produce marijuana. They do grow vegetables, however, and they also drink tea.

The Montezuma County Coroner’s Office is disputing the state’s claim of a third fatal case of the coronavirus in Cortez, saying the person died of alcohol poisoning.

County Coroner George Deavers said the person tested positive for COVID-19, but an investigation by him and the pathologist determined the cause of death was ethanol toxicity. The person’s blood-alcohol content was 0.55, or almost seven times the legal driving limit of 0.08 in Colorado, Deavers said. A BAC of 0.3 is considered lethal.

MARYSVILLE, Calif. — Two counties are leading the resistance to California’s stay-at-home order that was put into place by Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 19 as a way to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

To the north of Sacramento, in Sutter County and Yuba County, many businesses were open on Monday — despite warnings and threats from Newsom’s administration.

The US Senate voted Wednesday on an amendment to the Patriot Act that would prevent law enforcement from seizing American’s internet browsing and search history without a warrant.

The bill required 60 supporting votes to pass and the final tally came up with only 59 ayes and 37 nays – but the failure was only due to a lack of attendance.

A woman was caught on camera masturbating while half-naked in a Chinese IKEA store, prompting the DIY furniture company to pledge stricter security.

Medical professionals and a patient in Michigan have filed a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the battles grow between her and those favoring relaxing the economic shutdown she has imposed in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Their lawsuit in federal court comes at a time when Ms. Whitmer continues to engage in a public spat with a 77-year-old barber, who has defied various orders and as of Thursday morning continued to cut hair at his Owosso shop.

The plaintiffs allege in federal court that Ms. Whitmer’s “drastic, unprecedented [and] unilateral executive actions” to cease economic activity that her office deemed nonessential were based on “grossly inaccurate” models that no longer apply and therefore should be lifted.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Three appeals court judges in Tennessee have ruled that it is not illegal to film women fully clothed in public without their permission.

In separate but identical opinions filed late last month, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judges D. Kelly Thomas Jr., James Curwood Witt Jr. and Thomas T. Woodall dismissed unlawful photography convictions against a man accused of filming women for sexual gratification, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Sunday.

Gerard links to a very important judicial decision out of Texas, on the limits of government interference in our rights in times of “crisis” such as this.

Go thee forth and read it all, of course.

This Judge boils it down to the proverbial rub:

“The Constitution is not suspended when the government declares a state of disaster.”

“All government power in this country, no matter how well-intentioned, derives only from the state and federal constitutions. Government power cannot be exercised in conflict with these constitutions, even in a pandemic.“

In the weeks since American governments began taking emergency measures in response to the corona virus, the sovereign people of this country have graciously and peacefully endured a suspension of their civil liberties without precedent in our nation’s history. In some parts of the country, churches have been closed by government decree, although Texas is a welcome exception. Nearly everywhere, the First Amendment ‘right of the people to peaceably assemble’ has been suspended altogether. In many places, people are forbidden to leave their homes without a government-approved reason.Tens of millions can no longer earn a living because the government has declared their employers or their businesses ‘non-essential.’“

Any government that has made the grave decision to suspend the liberties of a free people during a health emergency should welcome the opportunity to demonstrate — both to its citizens and to the courts — that its chosen measures are absolutely necessary to combat a threat of overwhelming severity. The government should also be expected to demonstrate that less restrictive measures cannot adequately address the threat. Whether it is strict scrutiny or some other rigorous form of review, courts must identify and apply a legal standard by which to judge the constitutional validity of the government’s anti-virus actions. When the present crisis began, perhaps not enough was known about the virus to second-guess the worst-case projections motivating the lockdowns. As more becomes known about the threat and about the less restrictive, more targeted ways to respond to it, continued burdens on constitutional liberties may not survive judicial scrutiny.

“Ideally, these debates would play out in the public square, not in courtrooms. No court should relish being asked to question the judgment of government officials who were elected to make difficult decisions in times such as these. However, when constitutional rights are at stake, courts cannot automatically defer to the judgments of other branches of government. When properly called upon, the judicial branch must not shrink from its duty to require the government’s anti-virus orders to comply with the Constitution and the law, no matter the circumstances.”

Here in California, the political leaders we have now have, especially statewide and in large cities, have forgotten most of this fundamental wisdom.

Just today, for example, Gavinator Gruesome, who presides over the sixth largest economy in the world, and the most highly taxed and regulated people in the union, and who started off with a purported 35 billion dollar rainy day fund, announced that money had become so tight that all state employees may have to accept as much as a 10% pay cut.

How’d it come to this, Gavin?

Let’s not even bring up the idiocy of LA’s mayor Garcetti telling everyone that they might have to stay in lockdown for another three months, by which time most small and medium businesses will be gone, and his tax base crushed.  He’ll be pleading for money then, won’t he?

Or even worse, if possible, there’s Gestapo Oberfuhrer Gretchen Whitler of Michigan, stating that “Michigan state police are “monitoring all of the conversations” of protesters planning to descend on the capitol Thursday.”  Javohl, mein Fuhrer!  

This kind of blindness in leaders, at the very, very least, should lead to the end of their political careers.  At most, they’ll inadvertently stumble into an armed insurrection.  Let’s hope it never comes to that, although some of these clowns are so drunk on their power that they just might.