The Brew: Did Biden’s Military Shoot Down ‘Benign’ Objects? And Who’s That Talking to James and Betty?


By Al Perrotta Published on February 15, 2023

Happy Wednesday?

Or as we like to call it, “The day grocery stores mark down their Valentine’s Day candies 50%.”

The Stream got a Valentine’s Day treat last night. Bossman James Robison and wife Betty had a chance to chat with new Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders. What a thrill for all. Sarah’s dad’s first job out of college was working for James, so James and Betty have known Sarah her whole life. And now she’s followed her father’s footsteps into the Governor’s Mansion.

But there’s serious business behind the smiles. Discussing the state of the nation today and the role of the church in building a stronger America.


So What Did Biden Shoot Down and When’s He Going to Talk About It?

Three objects were shot down in three days by our military. So what were they? Dangerous spy balloons or drones? WMD? ET on a joyride? According to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, they may well be nothing much at all.

“The intelligence community’s considering as a leading explanation that these could just be balloons tied to some commercial or benign purpose.”

So after the hubbub over Biden letting a bona fide Chinese spy balloon tour the country like Bruce Springsteen, he ordered the military to shoot down flying objects as innocent as Dumbo? What next? Aerial performers from Cirque du Soleil?

Of course, Kirby adds, we won’t know for sure until we get hold of the debris in each of the three cases.

Meanwhile, another day has gone by without Joe Biden addressing the nation about the spy balloon and these other objects. “China Pop was a bad dude. And it ran in a bad windstream.” The full Senate, however, will receive a classified briefing today.

Sen. Fetterman won’t be the only one in the room incapable of understanding what’s going on.

Sen. Diane Feinstein Doesn’t Seem to Know She Announced Her Retirement

Eighty-nine-year-old California Senator Diane Feinstein announced Tuesday that she is not running for re-election. However, it seems nobody bothered to tell Sen. Feinstein. Feinstein was asked about her retirement and, according to widespread reports, declared, “I haven’t made that decision. I haven’t released anything.”

Then informed by staffers a statement had been released, Sen. Feinstein said, “I didn’t know they put it out” (Other reports say she said “I should have known they put it out.”) Just two weeks ago, Feinstein told Matt Laslo she wouldn’t announce her 2024 plans until 2024.

For years now, Feinstein has been dogged by reports that she has become mentally incapacitated.

Mayor Pete FINALLY Responds to Ohio Train Derailment Disaster

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the Alfred E. Neuman of the Administration, finally responded Monday to the Ohio train derailment and unfolding environmental disaster. He issued a statement.

Took him 10 full days — and being goaded about his lack of interest. By contrast, he responded in just 12 hours to the mass shooting at Michigan State. He wasted no time at all Monday complaining about the number of white construction workers.

Taking care of the rail system is part of his gig. But like the supply chain issues, massive airline issues, and the spiked gas prices issue, Mayor Pete is too busy talking about racist roads, climate change, and his distaste for the Second Amendment to do the job he’s being paid to do.

Quick question. Is there any element of our transportation system that’s operating better than it was on January 1, 2021? I’m waiting for some oddball in the administration to declare that astral projection is up 42% since Inauguration Day.


Former MSNBC Host Says She Had to Get Permission to Criticize Hillary Clinton

A wild admission from former MSNBC host Krystal Ball. She claims that after doing a monologue critical of Hillary’s 2016 presidential bid, she was hauled in by the network’s then-president Phil Griffen. Ball tells Joe Rogan, “Afterwards I get pulled into an office and you know, [I was told] ‘Great monologue, everything’s fine. But next time you do any commentary on Hillary Clinton, it has to get approved by the president of the network.’”

You can look at this two ways. Either the network was in the tank for Hillary or Phillips was concerned Ball would be “Epsteined” if she took too many shots at Clinton. … You’re right. In the tank all the way!


Former DNI James Clapper Claims He Never Said Hunter’s Laptop Was Russian Misinformation

James Clapper’s tongue is so forked that if he stuck it out it would look like he had a handlebar mustache.

The former DNI James Clapper is now claiming he never said Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian misinformation. No. He just signed a letter that stated the New York Post laptop story had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

But, Clapper now says, paragraph five makes clear they didn’t “know” it was misinformation:

We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails, provided to the New York Post by President [Donald] Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement.

Yeah. Paragraph five. A hiccup in a document that spends every paragraph before and every paragraph after screaming “Russia, Russia, Russia. We’re the experts. Russia, Russia, Russia!” The media had all it needed. 50 top intelligence officials think the laptop is Russian misinformation. Ignore the fact there was zero evidence behind Clapper’s assessment. Clapper and associates knew that would be the result of the letter. That was the entire purpose.

Read it yourself. Tell me if anywhere in there Clapper and comrades note that the information on the laptop indicating Biden influence peddling was entirely consistent with what had been known about Biden, Inc, for forty years. Or that Hunter’s business dealings had been flagged dozens of time by Treasury for suspected impropriety.

How about:

Since we have no evidence anything on this laptop is false, and we have ample evidence of China’s worldwide effort to purchase foreign influence via the family members of political leaders, as intelligence officials, we have to take seriously the likelihood that candidate Joe Biden is hopelessly compromised. And certainly lying about his knowledge of Hunter’s business affairs.

No? Nothing like that?

Besides, as Epoch Times noted, Clapper sounded pretty convinced this was all the work of Russia talking to CNN about the laptop, right before the election.

To me, this is just classic, textbook soviet, Russian tradecraft at work. The Russians have analyzed the target; they understand the president [Trump] and his enablers crave dirt on Vice President Biden, whether it’s real or contrived, it doesn’t matter to them. And so all of a sudden, two-and-a-half weeks before the election, this laptop appears, somehow, with emails on it without any metadata. It’s just all very curious.

For that matter, when Biden said during his debate with Trump that 50 intelligence officials had debunked the NY Post laptop story, did he jump on CNN and shout “No, no we did not!”? Sure. And Eagles fans are holding a “Ref Appreciation Night” tonight.

James Clapper deliberately misled the American people before the 2020 Election to kill the story that may well have killed Joe Biden’s candidacy. He used his previous office to interfere in the election and steal the White House from the duly elected president.

You know what, Clapper? You have all the classic earmarks of a traitor.


Nikki Haley Makes It Official. She’s Running for President

Former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is officially taking on her old boss. Haley formally announced she is running for president, which means she is running in the GOP primary against former president Donald Trump.

Haley had famously said she wouldn’t run if Trump was running. Not too good a look to break a campaign promise on your first day. But Trump apparently gave her his blessing. Told her to “follow your heart.” Trump’s PAC dismissed Haley as “a career politician whose only fulfilled commitment is to herself.”

Interestingly, Haley was an accountant before entering politics. Good. (Hey, Trump. Put her in charge of accounting for all the money shoveled to Ukraine and in COVID spending.)

Her entry makes the path to the nomination harder for Ron DeSantis should he get in the race, as he will have to fight Haley for the “Not Donald Trump” vote. Sure, Haley’s polling is in single digits, but she’s a more dynamic figure who isn’t going to have the media beating on her as they will DeSantis.

Plus she’s the former governor of South Carolina, a crucial early primary state.

Finally, Haley has an unspoken advantage that can’t be ignored. Whoever is elected in 2024 will be president in 2026, when America celebrates its 250th birthday. There’d be a certain poetry in America kicking off its next quarter of a millennium with the female daughter of immigrants who brought the Confederate flag down in South Carolina.

The downside for Haley is the Biden administration has proven how disastrous it is to elect and select people based on their sex, ethnicity or race. It’d be up to Haley to prove she has the chops.

Of course, if she defeats Trump for the nomination, taking down DeSantis in the process, no one will question whether she’s got the goods. Take down those two and Xi and Putin are easy pickin’s.

Yeah, Haley’s a long shot. Reuters/Ipso poll has her at about 4% right now. The View’s Whoopi Goldberg thinks “You lost your mind.” But If Whoopi thinks you’re crazy, then your odds are better than you think.

Still, a safer bet is Nikki Haley ending up the VP nominee for Trump or DeSantis. But guaranteed the GOP race just got more interesting.

Along The Stream

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