Sept 2018

Oren Paris III gets three years for Christian college kickback scheme

Paris, the former president of Ecclesia College, pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks in return for state money funneled to the college.…
May 2018

Former AR state Senator Jon Woods, and former Rep Micah Neal, convicted of honest services mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy.

Then-Senator Woods directed $400,000 to Ecclesia College in return for kickbacks paid through Neal’s company.…
Sept 2018

Jon Woods sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison

Woods, a Republican, was convicted in May of 15 counts of fraud for a bribery scheme ... he and another state legislator worked to steer state money to a private Christian college.…
Aug 2020

Oren Paris and Milton “Rusty” Cranford have been released from federal prison to home confinement or a halfway house despite having significant time left on their sentences.… Image
Oren Paris was a member of the Council for National Policy - the CNP - when he was indicted for bribing public officials to funnel $400,000 in state funds to his Christian school, Ecclesia College.… Image
Dec 28, 2020

Townhall published an op-ed by Rachel Alexander, calling for Trump to pardon Jon Woods, claiming that he is “a Victim of Process Crimes Like Michael Flynn.”

She says that money laundering, wire fraud, and mail fraud are “no real crime.”… ImageImage
Oh look, Josh Duggar was on the Board of Regents for Ecclesia.

And he provided a van to Jon Woods for his 2012 campaign.

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3 May
Chris Wray,

Why did the FBI reportedly help Proud Boys schedule their rallies, and use Proud Boys as informants against ‘Antifa,’ while simultaneously ignoring the clear threat that the Proud Boys represented leading up to Jan. 6th?

From @DickDurbin:… ImageImage
Joe Biggs of the Proud Boys says he started meeting with the FBI in July, 2020.

Did the FBI source information from the Proud Boys as part of Trump & Barr’s efforts to generate a false threat equivalency around Antifa through the last half of 2020?

We deserve answers.
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Remember, the GOP was silent on this:

“The federal investigation [into the plot against Governor Whitmer] dates to early [2020] when the FBI learned through social media that individuals were discussing the violent overthrow of several state governments and law enforcement.”
When Trump tear gassed protestors so he could hold a Bible for photos, Republican Senators were asked to go on the record about it.

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Trump’s DOJ appointees had been blocking the investigators’ requests.

“After Merrick B. Garland was confirmed, [DOJ] lifted its objection to the search.”

h/t @Ginger624…
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h/t @satirehat…
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27 Apr
.@JamesCarville gave an excellent interview to @seanilling.

He’s right about the faculty lounge messaging.

But Illing trapped him into a ‘wokeness’ question, and used it for a clickbait headline, guaranteeing that the people who need to read this won’t.…
TBF, it was probably an editor who chose the headline, but the point still stands.
On Dems’ messaging weakness, and “Faculty lounge” politics - he is absolutely, 100% right about this.

Much of the language Dems use has an underlying assumption built into it - that voters already get the way our understanding has evolved and led to these terms.

They don’t.
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It’s difficult to imagine that events like these are actually organic.

As far as I know, reporters never ask attendees what Facebook groups they joined in order to learn about the events they participate in.

That would be useful to know.
And the actions that these folks engage in are so offensive that they are essentially designed to go viral, amplifying the “culture war,” and essentially speaking it into existence.

Lots of accounts here on social media are happy to help.
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