The Brew: Abortion Drugs, Mail-In Ballots … and the Pope Walks Into a Room Full of Comedians

By Al Perrotta Published on June 14, 2024

Happy Friday … and a Happy Father’s Day (in advance)!

Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Challenge to FDA’s Approval of Abortion Pill

The abortion pill mifepristone can still do its dirty work. In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday rejected a challenge to the FDA’s approval of the drug. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the opinion, saying that the plaintiffs who brought the suit, the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, did not have standing to challenge the FDA’s decision.

Dorothy Kane, president of the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses (NAPN), blasted the decision. “This ruling is a devastating blow to women’s health, ignoring the mounting evidence of the significant risks associated with these drugs,” she said.

Abortion drugs now account for two-thirds of the abortions performed in the U.S.

It’s interesting how The Associated Press and others refer to mifepristone as a “medication.” The FDA’s prime definition of “medication” is “a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.”

Mifepristone is used to exterminate life. Babies are humans, not diseases. Pregnancy is a state of being, not a sickness.

Election Integrity Roundup

Michigan Nixes Election-Fixing Effort

Good news out of Michigan. Thanks to a key court decision, the Great Lakes State’s election this November will be harder for its Soros-funded secretary of state to rig. A judge ruled that guidelines Joycelyn Benson sent to local election officials are unconstitutional. Basically, contrary to the law, she wanted local officials to assume every mail-in ballot is legitimate, unless there’s clear reason not to do so. Instead, the requirement is to apply stringent signature-verification measures to ensure the ballot is legal.

Between rulings making it harder to cheat, auto union workers who aren’t happy about Joe Biden’s efforts to throw their jobs away in favor of electric vehicles, and a large number of Muslims in Dearborn who also are unhappy with the president for other reasons, Michigan is definitely in play this November.

But do not underestimate Benson’s determination to fix the election (what the Left tends to call “protecting democracy”). In 2020, Benson’s buddies called it “fortifying the election.” Check out this clip from March.

Connecticut Mail-In Ballot Fraud

Meanwhile, have you heard about this case in Connecticut? Four Democratic leaders have been charged with mail-in ballot fraud in connection with a 2019 mayoral primary in Bridgeport. They were stuffing ballot boxes like grandma stuffs a Thanksgiving turkey.

And the media wants you to think this didn’t happen all over the country in the 2020 presidential election?

Puerto Rico Unhappy with Dominion Voting Machines

Puerto Rico is reconsidering its contract with Dominion Voting Systems after hundreds of discrepancies were uncovered in recent primaries. For example, 120 polling stations reported there were zero votes cast.

The Associated Press, which routinely calls challenges to the 2020 election and questions about voting machines “false,” tiptoes very carefully here.

While no one is contesting the results from the June 2 primary that correctly identify the winners, machine-reported vote counts were lower than the paper ones in some cases, and some machines reversed certain totals or reported zero votes for some candidates.

To us, that sounds like, “No harm, no foul, baby!”

Jessika Padilla, the interim head of Puerto Rico’s election commission, isn’t so nonchalant. “The concern is that we obviously have elections in November, and we must provide the (citizens) not only with the assurance that the machine produces a correct result, but also that the result it produces is the same one that is reported.”

Puerto Ricans don’t vote in the U.S. presidential election, but Dominion will still be a key player in it this year.

World Leaders or Caregivers?

We mentioned on yesterday’s Afternoon Tea that the White House might as well release the audio tape from Joe Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur because it’s not going to be any worse than what Biden does in front of the cameras at public appearances all over the world stage.

Yesterday at the G7 Summit, he had another of his perplexing moments. As the other G7 leaders paid close attention to a paratrooper who had just landed in front of them, Biden turned his back on the group, then wandered away. In his defense, the president may have had his eye on another paratrooper folding up his parachute. But that’s not the point. Clearly the other world leaders who noticed him thought something was amiss and didn’t quite know what to do about it. Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni, however, did not hesitate. She quickly fetched the leader of the free world and guided him back to the others.

Perhaps Meloni promised to give him some gelato.

Fake News Alert

We are now less than two weeks away from the first presidential debate. But crazy season is already upon us. Yesterday, Donald Trump met with GOP House and Senate leaders. During the House meeting, Jake Sherman of PunchBowlNews tweeted that Trump had said, “Milwaukee, where we are having our convention, is a horrible city.” Just like the “Nazis are fine people” hoax, or the claim that Trump disparaged our vets while over in Europe, this also turned out to be bogus. According to those in the room, Trump didn’t disparage Milwaukee. He was speaking of it in the context of election integrity and crime.

But that didn’t stop the Biden-Harris campaign from tweeting about it.

Remember the First Law of Snake News: “Any story about Trump that has the media hyperventilating will be proven false, usually within 24 hours.”

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Expect a constant stream of fiction between now and November, especially in light of new polling from Reuters/Ipsos. It has Trump with a two-point lead, 41%-39%, over Biden. The previous poll taken after Trump was convicted of felony charges in a New York courtroom had him down by two. Obviously, this is still within the margin of error, but is further indication that the lawfare strategy against him did not work.

Pope Gathers Comedians at Vatican

Today in Rome, Pope Francis is welcoming more than 100 comedians from around the world. Vatican News notes Francis “has acknowledged the power the art of comedy has to contribute to a more empathetic and sympathetic world.”

The American contingent includes the once-funny Whoopi Goldberg, the still-funny Chris Rock and Jim Gaffigan, and late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, and Stephen Colbert. (Though what Fallon and Colbert have to do with humor these days is anybody’s guess.) Openly gay Tig Notaro is also going.

Whoopi explained the event Thursday on The View: “Pope Francis, as you may or may not know, has invited a bunch of funny people from all over the world to celebrate the beauty of human diversity and to recognize the significant impact that the art of comedy has on the world of contemporary culture, so I’m heading to the Vatican today.”

According to the Washington Examiner, Francis has often remarked that he daily prays a prayer from Sir Thomas More: “Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.”

That’s a good prayer.

One question: If the Pope tells a joke, are you obligated to laugh?

Along The Stream

Very exciting news! Our Nancy Flory has begun a new weekly feature called “Ripple Effects.” As the debut entry says, it’s “A New Serving of Positive News.” Look for it around lunchtime every Wednesday going forward!

Wanda Alger returns at 7 a.m. Eastern Time with “The Rising Ekklesia and Kingdom Authority.”

Also coming out today, John Zmirak discusses election strategy with “To Win, Trump Needs to Repent of the Vax…


Al Perrotta, Jr. is the son of Al Perrotta, Sr.

Have a Happy Father’s Day!

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