Saturday, January 25, 2020

Delicacies?

Lia Eustachewich reports in the New York Post,
The Chinese market at the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak sold live animals — including wolf pups, foxes, rats and peacocks — to eat, according to a new report.

The wild animals were among 112 items that were peddled at the Huanan Seafood Market in the central city of Wuhan, Agence France-Press reported.

Other wildlife sold at the market, which has since been shuttered, included crocodiles, giant salamanders, snakes, porcupines and camel meat.

“Freshly slaughtered, frozen and delivered to your door,” said the price list for the vendor, “Wild Game Animal Husbandry for the Masses.”

The disturbing list circulated widely on China’s internet but could not be independently verified by AFP.

Chinese health officials believe the mysterious virus — which has so far killed at least 17 people and sickened hundreds more — originated from “wild animals at the seafood market.”

It has since been confirmed to spread via human-to-human contact, as fears mount that it could become a global pandemic.

The coronavirus, which causes flu-like symptoms, has spread to four other countries, including the US, where a case was detected in Washington state.

Previous deadly epidemics, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), have been linked to Chinese consumption of civet meat.

Exotic species like the cat-like civets, rats and bats are considered a delicacy in China and other Asian countries.

Ironic

Big time!

Friday, January 24, 2020

China quarantines 40 million people!

Lisa Du reports for Bloomberg that 40 million people have now been quarantined in China as a proposed solution to the spread of the coronavirus. Will it work? Read more here.

Today's March for Life

Here is a time-lapse video of today's March for Life in Washington D.C.


The vile hatred President Trump's Press Secretary has had to endure



In Breitbart, Matthew Boyle brings us details of an inundation of incredibly vulgar hate messages that have been sent to President Trump's Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham. Then, Matthew documents how the hate has been fueled by members of the media. Read more here.

"Hey c'mon; this is the wrong black guy. Just say it!"

This is the trailer for the documentary that is coming out at the end of this month on the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Rudy Giuliani is on fire!

Unbelievable hypocrisy!

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst points out the incredible hypocrisy of Democrat impeachment managers who voted against sending lethal aid to Ukraine after Ukraine was attacked by Russia. Obama sent blankets. Trump sent weapons they could use to defend themselves!

Trial by Charlatons

In the American Spectator George Neumayr writes in part,
Leave it to the Democrats, the party of projection, to crucify Trump for a “high crime” they alone committed, under a Constitution they long ago disregarded.
Read more here.

"the FBI is slowly being forced to acknowledge its terrible mistakes while James Comey and his crew ran the bureau."

The Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal writes,
Well, what do you know. The Justice Department now believes that at least two of its four secret surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause.

That striking admission was disclosed in a Jan. 7 judicial order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that was declassified Thursday. Presiding FISA Judge James Boasberg wrote that “DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679, ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.’”

Those were warrants sought by the FBI that we now know, thanks to reporting by our Kimberley Strassel and Inspector General Michael Horowitz, were based in major part on false information ginned up by Christopher Steele, who was financed by Democrats. Judge Boasberg’s order says Justice doesn’t “take a position” on the other two FISA warrants on Mr. Page, which could mean they are still being investigated by U.S. Attorney John Durham.

Recall that the fourth warrant was approved in June 2017, after Robert Mueller was named special counsel. That could affect the legality of information he collected under the order and may have used in prosecutions. Recall, too, the media sneers at anyone who questioned the provenance of the warrants.

This is good news for Mr. Page and the country. The former adviser is getting his reputation back after three years of smears, and the FBI is slowly being forced to acknowledge its terrible mistakes while James Comey and his crew ran the bureau. Let’s hope there is more transparency and accountability to come, including the public release of much more information related to the FISA warrants and the genesis of the counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign.
Read more here.

Trump's March for Life speech today

Paul Goldberg has the video and full transcript of President Trump's speech today at the March for Life. View or read it here.

Trump's tweet today



Spygate: What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Are you eating bugs and bats?

March for Life today

Oregon Muse has some astute observations today, as always.
"So today is the day of the annual pro-life march in Washington DC. It has been held every year on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973.
"Most of you probably know about this annual march. Perhaps some of you have attended one or more of them. But those of you who have never heard of it can be excused for not knowing about it, because even though it routinely draws over a hundred thousand participants, the media, in years past, didn't report it. They just pretended that a march consisting of tens of thousands of people, men, women, and children, didn't happen. Not until recent years, when the growth of conservative media forced their hand.

"Anyway, media coverage is not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is that, for the first time in its history, the president of the United States is one of the march's scheduled speakers.

"And this is a remarkable thing. Not just that a president is doing this, but who that president is. Donald Trump, of all presidents. Who would've believed five years ago that the first president to address the biggest annual gathering of pro-life people in the country would be Donald J freakin' Trump?

"We have had other pro-life presidents. But I've been of the impression that they don't really like us all that much. I mean, those of us who consider ourselves social conservatives. They like our votes, and they do appoint mainly conservative judges, but it's not like they do much else, and it's like they're holding us at arm's length. George Bush 1 definitely didn't really want to have anything to do with us, and I think even Reagan was kind of stand-offish. Planned Parenthood routinely gets funded, year after year. It's been mostly lip service and failure theater.

"So the only president who ever diminished Planned Parenthood's funding is the thrice married, perhaps adulterous, not-known-for-being-particularly-conservative-until-his-election Donald Trump. He also sent an ambassador to the U.N. to tell the global elites, sorry no, abortion is not a human right.

"And now, perhaps even as you're reading this, President Trump is addressing the March for Life crowd. He went out of his way to be seen with us, to be identified with us, and to signal his support us in a very public way, and not just him, but his entire administration.

"How is this possible? I know this isn't a religious blog, so I crave your indulgence here, but the only explanation I have for this is that God made it happen.

"I think God is giving us what we want, only He is doing it in such a way that we can't take credit for it ourselves. Because if Trump were a SuperConservative president doing SuperConservative things because he was elected by SuperConservatives like us, we would boast in the wonderfulness of our SuperConservative policies and positions and say, look at the wonderful thing we did. But we can't do that, because Trump is no SuperConservative and heck, we didn't even LIKE the guy and only voted for him because the only alternative was a corrupt old drunk. And this is something the NeverTrumpers and the French Davidians can't understand and get all huffy because of all the support a president they despise enjoys. And so they join with the left in cursing his supporters, which, you know, is probably not going to endear you to them, but you've now burned pretty much all of the bridges, so have a nice life trying to grift from your new pals on the left. Anyway, look, Donald Trump is a very flawed man, we all can see that, but God can draw straight with crooked lines, and that's what we're seeing.

"I've always liked this quote from Ben Franklin, so it is what I'll leave you with:

"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?"

When did he become pro-life?
I'd like to hear your stories on this, so I'll prime the pump by telling you mine: I was during my first or second year at college and I live on a "co-ed" dorm floor, and the girl next door to me had lots of boyfriends, some of a temporary nature. I wasn't one of them, but we liked to talk and one time she happened to mention that she didn't like taking the pill (I forget why), but she didn't like her boyfriends to use condoms, either, because she didn't like how they felt. So naturally, I asked her what she would do if she got pregnant. "Oh, I'd just get an abortion", she said. I was stunned. At that time in my young life, about age 20-21, I was an idiot and a hedonist who believed in nothing but doing whatever brought me immediate gratification, but something about the casual, flippant way she said she'd take a human life chilled me to the bone. That was when I decided I had to be pro-life and that was over 40 years ago.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"Watergate was amateur hour. Obama's Spygate is Big Brother done by professionals."

In his blog, Don Surber writes in part,
What we really need is for Congress to take a sober and unflinching review of Obama's Spygate, in which an American president used the FBI to spy on a political opponent. To get that power, the FBI lied 17 times to a federal judge. Not only that, but the FBI tried to entrap Donald John Trump's son and his son-in-law at Trump Tower in June 2016. Not only that but when Devin Nunes later informed the judge the FBI lied, she ignored it.

This is the constitutional crisis we need to address because if we fail to put in place strict penalties for using the FBI to spy, the next Democrat president will do even worse.

To be sure, John Durham is investigating but he's a Department of Justice lifer. He was supposed to start indicting in June. I am tired of waiting. I give up on him. He is the bus that will never arrive. I may as well start walking.

Watergate was amateur hour. Obama's Spygate is Big Brother done by professionals. I would like to say that they almost got away with it, but because there has been no public outcry, I must tell the truth.

They got away with it.

But I am cheered when I realize that the one constant in my life is that Good eventually triumphs over Evil. When things are at their darkest, that is when the sun begins to rise. Perhaps in a second term, enough of the guilty will be punished to protect our republic from a repeat of this treachery.
Read more here.

Will the American people tamper with the next election?



From the Babylon Bee:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his opening statement at Trump's impeachment trial, Rep. Adam Schiff reminded the Senate of their solemn duty and the gravity of just what it is they will be discussing at the trial.

Schiff warned that if Trump is not impeached, the American people may have a chance to tamper with the next election.

"If President Trump is not impeached, the American people might get a say in who is president," Schiff said gravely. "We simply can't allow that to happen. We must diligently defend our electoral process against electoral outcomes we do not like. If that means seizing power through a sham impeachment trial, so be it."

"When the Founders wrote that founding document thing, they never imagined there would be electoral outcomes that Democrats did not agree with."

Democrats also said they even have hard evidence that the 2016 election was compromised by Republicans voting for Trump.

"We know this horrible outcome could happen, because it's already happened once before."

Some hope for old guys

Do you want to be a wise guy into your old age?
Taking testosterone supplements can boost men's brain health into old age, a new research review has found.

Co-author of the study Associate Professor Hamid Sohrabi, from ECU's Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Research and Care, and Murdoch University School of Psychology and Exercise Science said his analysis of previous clinical trials found strong evidence that testosterone supplementation improves decision-making, judgment and problem-solving ability in older men.
Read more here.

Will the coronavirus be contained?


People in Shenzhen, China, waiting at a train station on Jan. 22. Photo: Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Jacob Knutson and Marisa Fernandez report in Axios,
25 people have died from an outbreak of a new coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China, including the first outside the immediate area, provincial authorities said Thursday.

China has over 500 known cases. The U.S. has one.
Read more here.

Getting rid of cancer cells

Hank Berrien reports in the Daily Wire,
British scientists may have discovered a cure for cancer — by accident.

As The Telegraph reports, “Researchers at Cardiff University were analyzing blood from a bank in Wales, looking for immune cells that could fight bacteria, when they found an entirely new type of T-cell. That new immune cell carries a never-before-seen receptor which acts like a grappling hook, latching on to most human cancers, while ignoring healthy cells.”
Read more here.

Trump breaks with his predecessors on Israel and Iran

In FrontPage Magazine, Carolyn Glick gives us some history of American policies toward Iran and Israel.
...As far as Iran is concerned, as journalist Lee Smith explained in Tablet online magazine this week, when Iranian “students” seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, they placed the Carter administration in a dilemma: If President Jimmy Carter acknowledged that the “students” weren’t students, but soldiers of Iran’s dictator Ayatollah Khomeini, the United States would be compelled to fight back. And Carter and his advisers didn’t want to do that.

So rather than admit the truth, Carter accepted the absurd fiction spun by the regime that Khomeini was an innocent bystander who, try as he might, couldn’t get a bunch of “students” in central Tehran to free the hostages.

At the base of their decision to prefer fantasy to reality with regard to Iran was the hope that Khomeini and his “students” would be satisfied with a pound or two of American flesh and wouldn’t cause Washington too many other problems.

...Khomeini and his “Death to America”-shouting followers got the message. They understood that Washington had given them a green light to attack Americans in moderate and, as Smith put it, “plausibly deniable” doses. it. For the next 40 years, Iran maintained its aggression against America. And from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, every president since Carter accepted and kept faith with Carter’s decision not to hold the Iranian regime responsible for the acts of aggression and war it carried out against America through proxies.

During the Iraq War from 2003-2011, Iran’s aggression reached new heights. Iran organized the Shi’ite militias that waged war against the U.S. forces in Iraq. It also supported Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which organized in Iran and used Iran as its logistical base for operations.

More than six hundred American forces were killed and thousands were wounded in attacks carried out with Iranian-made improvised explosive devices, (IEDs). Yet rather than confront Iran and take action against it, the Bush administration tried to make a deal with the mullahs.

Under Obama, reaching an accord with Iran was the singular goal of U.S. foreign policy. Every other goal was subordinated to Obama’s burning desire to appease Iran at the expense of Israel and the United States’ Sunni Arab allies.

This then brings us to President Trump. Trump’s decision to kill Qassem Soleimani—who as commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force was the head of all of Iran’s regional and global terror apparatuses—destroyed the Carter administration’s Iran narrative.

Soleimani was killed in Baghdad along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the commander of one of the Soleimani-controlled Shi’ite militias in Iraq. Iraqi protesters, who have been demonstrating against Iran’s control over their government since last October, claim that Soleimani was the one who ordered al-Muhandis to kill the demonstrators. More than 500 demonstrators have been killed by those forces in Iraq over the past three months.

By killing the two together, the Americans exposed the big lie at the root of 40 years of deliberate American blindness to the reality of Iranian culpability and responsibility for the acts of terror and aggression its surrogates have carried out against America and its allies.

By killing Soleimani, Trump made clear that the blank check for aggression the previous six presidents gave Tehran is now canceled. From now on, the regime will be held responsible for its actions. From now on, U.S. policy towards Iran will be based on reality and not on escapism.

The second false narrative that has formed the basis of U.S. Middle East policy since Carter is that Israel and the so-called “occupation” are responsible for the absence of peace in the Middle East. Moved largely by Carter’s hostility towards the Jewish state, his administration was the first to call Israel’s control over Judea and Samaria an “occupation.” It determined, through a 1978 memo authored by Herbert Hansell, the State Department’s legal adviser, that the mere existence of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria constituted a breach of international law.

Because the Hansell memo was based on a wholly specious interpretation of the Fourth Geneva Convention from 1949, and had no basis in actual international law, the Reagan administration refused to adopt it.

But that didn’t stop Ronald Reagan from adopting the anti-Israel substance of Carter’s policy narrative. Just as Reagan turned a blind eye to Iran’s responsibility for the terror attacks its proxies carried out against the United States—including the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in April 1983 and the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in November 1983—so he substantively accepted Carter’s anti-Israel narrative, which blamed Israel for the absence of Middle East peace.

Reagan appointed veteran diplomat Philip Habib to serve as his special envoy for Middle East peace. Habib put together a “peace plan” predicated on the notion of Israeli guilt.

The first Bush administration, the Clinton administration, the second Bush administration and of course the Obama administration all held to the Carter line that blamed Israel and its control over Judea and Samaria (and Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, and—until 2005—Gaza), for the unrest and instability of the region. Obama, of course, went full circle. He adopted the Hansell memo as U.S. official policy and enabled the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution criminalizing the existence of Jewish communities beyond the 1949 armistice lines.

The fact that the Carter narrative was self-evidently ridiculous and destabilizing made no impression on these successive administrations. PLO aggression and refusal to either disavow terrorism or accept Israel’s right to exist in any borders were brushed aside as irrelevant and unwelcome information.

Israel’s profound concessions for peace were pocketed, pooh-poohed and forgotten.

In November, the Trump administration put paid to the phony narrative of Israeli avarice with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the administration was disavowing the Hansell memo and replacing it with the accurate, international law-based assessment that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are not inherently illegal.

Wednesday, while the world was awaiting Trump’s response to Iran’s failed missile attack against Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces, the Kohelet Policy Forum held a conference in Jerusalem on the legal and diplomatic significance of Pompeo’s announcement. In a pre-recorded message for the conference, Pompeo briefly explained why he decided to disavow the Hansell memo. His explanation could be equally applied to the Trump administration’s policy towards Iran.

In Pompeo’s words, “It is important that we speak the truth when the facts lead us to it. And that’s what we’ve done.”

For the American foreign policy establishment, Trump’s refusal to continue their 40-year marriage of policy to delusion is an unforgivable transgression, and a threat. Not only has he committed the crime of rejecting their collective “wisdom,” his reality-based policies might actually be working. The threat to them is obvious.

If Trump’s reality-based policies succeed, he will dismantle their foreign policy legacy. All their protestations of wisdom, all their fancy resumes and titles as former senior officials will lose their allure and market value.

Since Pompeo’s statement regarding the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria related to an issue which, while critical, is less in the headlines today than it was under Obama, aside from a few peremptory condemnations the foreign-policy aristocrats ignored it. As they saw it, once they return to power and start working with an Israeli government led by someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu, the phony anti-Israel narrative will be restored to its rightful place as the foundation of U.S. policy.

The Iran story is different. Days before the drone strike that killed him, Soleimani tried to re-enact the 1979 “student” takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran with “protesters” in Baghdad. But this time it didn’t work. And Soleimani paid with his life for his failure. Iran’s half-hearted, failed missile attack against U.S. forces in Iraq showed that the Iranian regime is terrified of Trump and their reversal of fortune.

Trump’s policies expose the mendacity and rank insanity of his predecessors’ policies towards Iran and Israel. Since Obama’s policies were particularly radical, divorced from reality and devastating, Trump has reasonably singled them out for particular rebuke and condemnation. Among other things, reasonably, Trump said the missiles Iran shot at U.S. forces in Iraq were paid for by the $150 billion in sanctions relief and $1.8 billion in cash that flowed to the coffers of the IRGC through the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Rather than keep quiet as their signature policy was exposed as a strategic disaster, Obama administration officials and their supporters in Congress and the media went into very public paroxysms of rage. Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser and chief propagandist, who sold the nuclear deal to a credulous and eager media, said Trump’s move would lead to war. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the U.S. strike against Soleimani was “disproportionate,” hinting it was a war crime to kill the terrorist who had just ordered the seizure of a U.S. Embassy. She scheduled a congressional session to curb Trump’s power to confront Iranian aggression and nuclear proliferation.

On cue, a group of psychiatrists wrote an open letter to Congress insisting that Trump is crazy and must be restrained. (The same group has written several nearly identical letters since Trump took office.)

To protect and preserve their 40-year-old delusion-based policy, Trump’s domestic opponents are effectively supporting the Iranian regime against the United States. And as they see it, they have no choice. They are in a race against time. The more successful Trump’s reality-based policies towards Iran on the one hand and Israel on the other are, the harder it will be for the foreign policy establishment to restore their delusion-based policies when he leaves power. Given the stakes, we can assume that their attempts to clip Trump’s wings and debase him will increase in intensity, churlishness and irrationality as time goes by and as his successes mount.
Read more here.

Above the law?

Elizabeth Rosner and Tamar Lapin report in the New York Post,


Hunter Biden allegedly blew a deadline to hand over financial materials in his child support case — and now must appear in Arkansas court next week and explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The son of former Vice President Joe Biden missed the Jan. 16 deadline to provide discovery, including financial disclosures, in the case brought by a former stripper with whom he has a 17-month-old, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Lawyers for 28-year-old Lunden Alexis Roberts — who, as The Post exclusively revealed in November, was a stripper at a Washington, DC, club Biden once frequented — said he failed to submit a slew of discovery materials, including his phone number, address and the address of his 32-year-old wife Melissa Cohen Biden, with whom he is expecting his fifth child.

He also allegedly didn’t hand in a copy of his 2017 and 2018 tax returns, a list of the companies he owns, a list of all his sources of income and other financial documents.

Biden, 49, must come to Independence County Circuit Court on Jan. 29 and “show cause, if any exists, as to why he should not be held in contempt for any of the alleged violations of this court’s orders,” Judge Holly Meyer ordered.

Biden has missed two previous court dates.

Earlier this month, the judge officially deemed Biden “the biological and legal father,” of Roberts’ baby and ordered for him to be officially recorded as the dad on the kid’s birth certificate.

Biden initially denied paternity in the case until a DNA test proved he was the baby’s dad, according to court papers.

The parents are now sparring over child support.

“The defendant continues to act as though he has no respect for this court and its orders … or the needs of his child for support,” Ronberts’ attorneys wrote.

The judge has granted a request for a protective order by Biden’s attorney that would keep their client’s financial situation under wraps.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

U.S. troops block Russian forces from capturing a Syrian oil field

Did you know that U.S. troops prevented Russian troops from capturing a Syrian oil field last Saturday? Ben Wolfgang reports the story for the Washington Times here.

Are more Americans unhappy than ever before?

In American Greatness, Dennis Prager shares some things that are disturbing.
Though people have more money, better health care, better health, better housing, and more education, and live longer than at any time in history, they—especially young people—are unhappier than at any time since data collection began.

Why has this happened?

There is a number of reasons. Increased use of illicit drugs and prescription drug abuse, and less human interaction because of constant cellphone use are two widely offered, valid explanations.

But the biggest reason may be the almost-complete loss of values and meaning over the last half-century.

Let’s begin with values.
Read more here.

President Trump to attend and speak at the March for Life Friday

In News Thud, Paul Goldberg reports that this Friday President Trump will be the first president in history to attend and speak at the March for Life. Read more here.

Liars come in handy to lawyers trying to get an acquittal for their client.

In the Federalist, Caroline Court writes about a woman who lied in order to get on the jury hearing the case against Harvey Weinstein. Caroline imagines here that Weintein's lawyers are happy about that.

Today President Trump and Melania celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.


The facts about Biden's corruption in his dealings with Ukraine

Superb investigative reporter John Soloman writes,
Joe Biden’s ‘conspiracy theory’ memo to U.S. media doesn’t match the facts.

Here are the facts, with links to public evidence, so you can decide for yourself.

Fact: Joe Biden admitted to forcing Shokin’s firing in March 2016.

Fact: Shokin’s prosecutors were actively investigating Burisma when he was fired.

Fact: Burisma’s lawyers in 2016 were pressing U.S. and Ukrainian authorities to end the corruption investigations.

Fact: Federal Ethics rules require government officials to avoid taking policy actions affecting close relatives.

Fact: Multiple State Department officials testified the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine created the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Fact: Hunter Biden acknowleged he may have gotten his Burisma job solely because of his last name.

Fact: Ukraine law enforcement reopened the Burisma investigation in early 2019, well before President Trump mentioned the matter to Ukraine’s new president Vlodymyr Zelensky.
Soloman backs up each of these facts here.

Where are they going to put people?

Paul Goldberg reports in News Thud that over one hundred thousand requests have been received for tickets to a Trump rally next week in New Jersey. The arena only holds 7,500 people! Read more here.

"history gave way to histrionics."

In the New York Post, Michael Goodwin does not think much of what Senator Schumer had to say in the impeachment trial.
Schumer’s bare-knuckle approach immediately dashed the faintest hope that the proceedings would reflect the gravity of the moment and explain the unprecedented effort to remove a president in an election year.

Instead, Schumer picked up exactly where the House left off, injecting venom into every sentence and inflating his accusations far beyond what is contained in the actual articles of impeachment.
Read more here.

"Democrats haven't impeached Trump. Instead, they've impeached impeachment."

Oregon Muse writes this morning in his Morning Rant column in the Ace of Spades blog,
"As I ranted on Monday, with Pelosi walking around in an impeachment skin and demanding respect, she doesn't seem to know (or care) that her fellow Democrats haven't impeached Trump. Instead, they've impeached impeachment.
"The Democrats have completely diluted 'impeachment' down to nothing. It's not going to be Trump's presidency that has an asterisk, it will be impeachment itself.

"Remember this, next time they try to pretend they were “prayerfully” or “reluctantly” impeaching Donald Trump. They weren’t.

"It's just like the Iran deal. There was never any deal. There was no vote in the Senate, no treaty produced, Iran didn't sign anything. It was just the Obama administration trying to appease the crazed mullahs. They wanted an agreement with the force of a treaty even though one was never signed. Because that requires hard work and a Senate vote.

"Just like an actual impeachment trial requires actual crimes, actual evidence, and actual witnesses, none of which the Democrats actually have. With this trifecta of suck the only thing they've got going for them, their strategy appears to be simply demanding that the impeachment be settled by a summary judgment and a complete restoration of the status quo ante, i.e. Trump gone, and a return to the unquestioned comfortable corruption, incompetence without consequence, and inexorable march toward some sort of shabby socialism and a diminished America where prices are high, gains are low, and Jim Acosta is taken seriously as a journalist."

Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton

Tulsi Gabbard is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation because Hillary accused her of being a Russian asset. Read all about it here.

2017: Today's "Whistleblower" talking about "taking out" Trump

Neon Nettle reports in News Thud,
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff‘s Ukraine “whistleblower” – whose complaint led to impeachment proceedings against the president – was allegedly overheard discussing how to “take out” Donald Trump in 2017, according to a bombshell new report.
Read more here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"adopting a whole new approach centered entirely on the well-being of the American worker."



Don Surber brings us remarks made by President Trump today in Davos Switzerland at the World Economic Forum.
President Donald John Trump's address at Davos this morning was a lesson on governance by a man who entered politics less than 5 years ago.

Our president said, "America’s newfound prosperity is undeniable, unprecedented and unmatched anywhere in the world. America achieved this stunning turnaround not by making minor changes to a handful of policies, but by adopting a whole new approach centered entirely on the well-being of the American worker."

That is incredible. A billionaire spoke to fellow billionaires, fellow world leaders, and academics not about the swell digs they were staying at or the lush cuisine they enjoyed.

President Trump talked about actually serving the people who entrusted them with power.

He said, "Every decision we make on taxes, trade, regulation, energy, immigration, education and more is focused on improving the lives of everyday Americans. Only when governments put their own citizens first will people be fully invested in their national futures."

The president went through all the economic numbers. 3.5% unemployment. Consumer confidence up. Records shattered in the stock market. But his remarks on governing -- words that the press will largely ignore -- underscored the point that he indeed is the people's president.
Read more here.

100 years ago

2020 is the Centennial of two correlated events. Do you know what they are? Prohibition and Suffrage! Go here to read Buck Throckmorton's explanation of how the two historical events are correlated.

Avenatti not happy in prison

Michael Avenatti does not like prison, even though he was given the same cell previously enjoyed by billionaire El Chapo who is now in supermax in Colorado. Read more here.

Unifying forces and heroes

Dov Fischer writes in part in the Spectator,
We now know why Nancy Pelosi delayed submitting the articles of her Stillborn Impeachment. Her delay, her obstruction of Congress, her abuse of power, had not made much sense. But then we divined that she simply was waiting for the shipment of her commemorative pens. You cannot sign off on an impeachment without the Royal Pen — and without several dozen identical ones to hand out as Christmas gifts and birthday party favors. The Doddering Dowager obviously had ordered her pens during the height of Christmas season and, like so many other mid-December orders submitted by procrastinators, hers presumably was back-ordered. They finally arrived. That allowed her to make a short doddering speech, explaining the somberness of the moment, the sorrow and the pity, and then to bring out the ice cream, the cake, the noisemakers, and the souvenir pens. Meanwhile, the Homeless who line the sidewalks of her district freeze during the very cold California nights, starve, shoot up their veins, defecate on the streets, and urinate on so many public walkways that new meaning is given to The Golden State. Hopefully her homeless hordes will not be forgotten by their House Representative so that each of them, too, will get his or her own personal pen to urinate on in San Francisco.
Dov then goes on a rant about the British monarchy that is a must-read, but he concludes,
On second thought, then, maybe we do not need this in America after all. Besides, we already have our own uniquely American royal leeches. Chelsea Clinton hired by NBC for $600,000 a year as a “special correspondent,” then another $9 million in stock shares for sitting on the board of a company run by her parents’ friend. Hunter Biden, despite being thrown out of the armed forces for drug use and being an overall mess-up, now litigating against his once-beloved pole-dancing stripper whose child-support obligation now seeks some of that $50,000–$83,000 a month (annualized at $600,000–$1 million per year) that Hunter got for sitting on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while Veep Daddy Joe was in charge of deciding when and whether to give Ukraine $1 billion of our tax money. So that is the other side of royalty. Yes, it would be nice to have a public unifying figure in this country, but we have no Babe Ruth today. No Eleanor Roosevelt. When the great “hero” of basketball in fact is a gutless coward, the great “hero” of football cheats on pumping up the football, the great “heroes” of baseball cheat by using new technology to steal opposing teams’ signs, perhaps we need to turn elsewhere for our national heroes and unifying forces.

So take the picture of the Suchess of Dussex and of Prince William or Harry or Charles or George, and run it through the shredder. Print out a picture of Pelosi with her pen, of Chelsea and her money, of Hunter and a pole, and run it through the shredder. And then look at your husband or at your wife, at your mom or your dad — or at all of them. In the America that I love, those are our gilded unifying forces and heroes.

"The attempted coup and the concomitant attempt at impeachment means we have a political party and movement that will stop at nothing to attain power."

In the Ace of Spades blog, JJ Sefton introduces his Morning Report with some remarks about the shampeachment circus.
Good morning kids. Tuesday and along with yesterday's massive and massively successful pro-second amendment rally in Richmond, the big story is of course the trial phase of sham-peachment begins today. At the risk of being repetitive, it should be noted that impeachment is not a criminal proceeding; it's an entirely political process, intended by the founders/framers as an extremely rare means by which a provably criminal president could be removed from office by Congress. The other salient point is that those who would have him removed needed not only a clear bipartisan consensus for both impeachment in the House and then conviction and removal in the Senate, but most importantly the overwhelming support of the people in order to even proceed. American politicians have respected those prerequisites to the extent that only twice in 227 years (Nixon resigned before the process ever got going) have they ever resorted to attempt to remove a siting president. That is until the coming of Donald J. Trump.

The case to remove President Trump is so utterly lacking in any specific, actual and verifiable actions that even remotely in this or any other universe resemble "high crimes or misdemeanors," bipartisan support and most crucially the support of an overwhelming majority of the American people. Yet the only reason that the Democrat Party alone is going down this road to hell is because Donald Trump is, in point of fact, "guilty" of two things: winning the 2016 presidential election and surviving (even thriving) the ongoing attempted coup against him. So, precedent, the Constitution, the orderly transfer of power, and the will of the people be damned. The Democrat Party is so utterly bereft of any sense of decency, shame and self-awareness. Drunk on a toxic mix of craving power at any price as well as the Kool-Aid about who they think they are, we and Trump are and their general weltanschauung about this country, where it's been and where they demand it goes, they have crossed yet another Rubicon and a pretty damned big one at that.

I have to wonder, would we be going down this road if instead of Trump, it was a President Cruz, Paul, Rubio or Bush III? Obviously, there's no way knowing but I don't think so. The reason is that Trump is and remains an outsider. He is transformational, and his transformation involves stopping the 100-plus-year march to dismantle America as founded. From the economy to immigration to foreign affairs to the resetting of the judiciary to the intangibles of his personality and the will to fight back twice as hard that have exposed America's internal enemies to those who have eyes to see and minds to reason, I don't think any of the aforementioned would have ever come anywhere near to the Trump benchmark. They would have amounted to little more than what other elected Republicans since the end of World War Two (with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan) have ever been; seat-warmers until the next Democrat won the presidency with strict orders never to hit the brakes let alone throw it into reverse.

So here we are. On a granular level, I cannot imagine the Democrats succeeding in peeling away not just two or three but 20 GOP senators in order to reach a two-thirds majority for conviction and removal. Despite the Democrats attempt to paint McConnell as a Russian agent and/or rigging the trial in Trump's favor, this too like everything else before will blow up in their face. And yet, they will continue with more smears, more charges and more attempts to sabotage the President and sway voters from now all the way to November. That's all they have. They have no candidates or positions that even remotely reflect the politics of the average American citizen. They know it and we know it. The only thing left is to either replace the American people with illiterate peasantry from south of the border or, failing that, round us all up and put us in gulags or mass graves.

The big question remains whither America in a post-Trump (that is, post 1/20/25) landscape? The attempted coup and the concomitant attempt at impeachment means we have a political party and movement that will stop at nothing to attain power. And that means absolute power going forward. The Constitution when it is to be observed will be used as both shield and cudgel, or more than likely abandoned entirely. There is no way to use legal methods and regular order or precedent to thwart them. It is refreshing to see anecdotal things like Martha McSally calling out Manure Raju, Lindsey Graham calling out the Dems' lust for power during the attempted high tech lynching of Justice Kavanaugh, and more substantively Mitch McConnell going pedal to the metal to confirm as many Trump judicial picks as possible. I hope it's a bellwether of things to come, and of a dam bursting wide open with an unrelenting torrent of same from now on. Because, sure as G-d made little green apples, the next time the Democrats gain the White House, it'll be lights out for sure.

Ugh.
Read his links here.

Virginians support Second Amendment

Neon Nettle writes a comprehensive report about yesterday's Second Amendment rally in Richmond. It was a diverse crowd. Read more and watch videos here.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Only two sexes?

Jon Caldera has been fired as a columnist for the Denver Post. His crime?
"My column is not a soft-voiced, sticky sweet NPR-styled piece which employs the language now mandated by the victim-centric, identity politics driven media," he said in a Facebook post. "What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn’t allowed) we must lose our right to free speech."
Read more here.

Wouldn't you like the presidential debates to be more fun?


From the Babylon Bee:

Every election, The Babylon Bee editorial board sees fit to endorse the very best choice for the nation. In 2016, back before Seth Dillon bought the site and stopped us from doing Christian satire, we endorsed Kirk Cameron. In 2018, we endorsed the cast of The West Wing for Congress. This was ultimately a mistake because it turns out they are actors and not actual politicians. Oura culpa.

This year, we are taking the unprecedented step of endorsing someone who's not even running: that lady who screamed during Trump's inauguration.

We feel that this hopelessly triggered androgynous human yelling at the sky in an act of protest against some perceived persecution is the perfect encapsulation of the modern Democratic Party, and thus, she would be the ideal candidate to take on President Trump in 2020.

While others only have empty policy proposals and expensive healthcare plans, Screaming at Sky Lady has the ideal solution for everything: just screaming at the sky. Other candidates' ideas could harm the country and send us plummeting into a socialist nightmare. Screaming at the sky, by way of contrast, never hurt anyone and is fun to watch.

Or take an issue like the border crisis: President Trump wants to build a hateful wall. Other Democrats want to welcome immigrants with open arms. Screaming at the Sky Lady will just scream at the sky. The end result is the same, of course, but again, at least we'll get to laugh instead of addressing the issue.

Also, just think about how fun the presidential debates would be.

The rally in Virginia was peaceful, much to the dismay of the media

22,000 peaceful people attended a Second Amendment rally today at the Virginia capitol in Richmond. Sundance has photos and a report here.

Not fair!


From the Babylon Bee,
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Mitch McConnell felt bad for Nancy Pelosi after watching her get forced to impeach the president by the radical wing of her party, then impeach him and sit on the articles of impeachment for weeks. So, he decided to cheer her up a bit.

McConnell had his staffers deliver Pelosi a shirt reading "I Impeached The President And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt." Pelosi did not seem to understand the nice gift, pointing her finger sternly and lecturing the McConnell staffer: "Don't mess with me." Though her dentures fell out before she could finish her rant, sadly.

"It's the least I could do," McConnell said, a grin slowly spreading across his face. "I feel bad for the poor girl -- so much work on impeachment for nothing. Everyone needs a little consolation prize, a little affirmation. A participation trophy, you might say."

As an offended Pelosi held a press conference condemning the shirt as a "slap in the face," Mitch McConnell hurriedly confirmed hundreds more conservative judges.




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Lebanon on the brink of becoming a failed state

Rick Moran reports in PJ Media,
Lebanon is on the brink of becoming a failed state -- just another sad reminder of the price Middle Easterners are paying for extremism.
Read more here.

Hoisted by their own petard

Victor Davis Hanson writes in part in American Greatness,
Since at least 2016, CNN has mostly ceased being a news agency, but that hasn’t stopped it from being an active participant in #TheResistance.

...The common denominator has been the new journalistic ethos that aborting the Trump presidency justifies any means necessary to achieve such noble ends. Throughout CNN’s descent into parody, progressives still smiled at the usefulness of CNN for the larger project of delegitimizing the Trump presidency. Few understood the Thucydidean concept that once nihilists destroy norms and protocols of ethical behavior for perceived short-term advantage, they usually rue the loss when they themselves become victims of their own biased zealotry and are in dire need of the civilizational help they recently ruined.

Perhaps if the Democratic candidates lived by the rules they had enforced on universities or other public agencies, then an underrepresented Cory Booker or Julian Castro would have been by fiat reinstated on the debate stage and an “overrepresented” Bernie Sanders or Pete Buttigieg, the beneficiaries of centuries of “white privilege,” would be passed over from the opportunity—for the greater societal good of diversity.

...Democrats may also be hoisted by their own petard in the ongoing impeachment psychodrama. They more or less rigged the House impeachment proceeding, by using their majority to depart from past practice. They monopolized the witness lists, selectively leaked, and rushed to indict Trump on the theory that every day the president was not impeached was another day the country was endangered.

Then when bipartisan support never appeared, when there was no special counsel’s damning report, when there was no public majority support, and when there was not the appearance of constitutional indictments for treason, bribery, and specific high crimes and misdemeanors, the impeachment writs simply sat, ossifying as if the House prosecutors suddenly wished to be sober, judicious, and reflective, when in truth they were finagling ways to fortify their anemic writs before what they feared would be a disastrous and embarrassing Senate acquittal.

...These are strange times, in which progressives grow near quiet when courageous Iranians hit the streets to protest a murderous government, but express remorse over the killing of one of the most murderous of all Iranian autocrats.

For years, leftists have decried the bipartisan kid-gloves treatment of China, as its mercantilism systematically hollowed out the old Democratic blue-collar base in the Midwest—only to blast the first president who agreed that China had to be confronted before it eroded what was left of the American industrial heartland.

...Of all the strange symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome, progressive self-immolation is the strangest.
Read more here.

Some of Trump's accomplishments

Don Surber reports in his blog a huge list of President Trump's accomplishments.
has a huge list of his accomplishments. On this, the third anniversary of his inauguration, let us review the highlights.

Senate confirms Trump's 170th Federal Judge with even more to come. He stuck by Brett Kavanaugh when things were darkest. 50 of the nation's 179 appellate judges (28%) are President Trump appointees. This is a quick return to sanity, thanks also to Mitch McConnell.

Bills President Trump signed into law include Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, the Future Act (restoring funding for historically black colleges), the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, the Autism CARES Act, an $867 billion farm bill with Welfare Reform Work Requirements (the USDA doles out food stamps), opioid legislation (aimed at ending abuse), the Music Modernization Act (copyright law), the Criminal Justice Reform Act, and many, many more.

The 2017 tax cuts boosted an already growing economy that is the best this nation has had in 50 years. For the first time in 70 years, the United States is the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas. In a little over 3 years since his election, Donald Trump has added 11,000 or so points to the Dow Jones Industrial Average -- by far the most points added by any president and a 61% increase.

Deportations are up. The Wall is under construction. And Mexico is protecting our border.

The president has reached new trade agreements with the four largest trading partners: Canada, Mexico, Red China, and Japan, as well as No. 7 South Korea. Once it leaves the EU, Great Britain plans to reach a new trade agreement with the USA.

All our NATO allies are starting to fulfill their military funding obligations. The top 4 terrorist leaders have collected their virgins in the last six months.

Republicans know actions speak louder than words. When you talk as loud and as often as Donald Trump, you had better be able to deliver the goods. He has and he does.

The only problem on his third anniversary is that it means there are only five years left in his presidency.

These are the best eight years of our lives. Enjoy them.

Trump goes after Bloomberg

John Bowden reports in part in the Hill,
President Trump lashed out at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday over comments Bloomberg made about a man who killed a gunman in a Texas church shooting by returning fire with his own weapon.

...Bloomberg addressed the December shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ during an address in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 1 as he focuses his attention on states set to vote later in the primary schedule.

"It may be true that someone in the congregation had his own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people, but it’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot," the former mayor said earlier this month, adding, "You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place."

President Trump then lashed out at Bloomberg in a tweet:
"Now Mini Mike Bloomberg is critical of Jack Wilson, who saved perhaps hundreds of people in a Church because he was carrying a gun, and knew how to use it. Jack quickly killed the shooter, who was beginning a rampage. Mini is against the 2nd A. His ads are Fake, just like him!" Trump tweeted.
Read more here.



In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day honoring Martin Luther King Jr., let's read his famous letter from a Birmingham Jail. He wrote it to eight Alabama Christian and Jewish clergy who had expressed in a statement that they deplored the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham for which Dr. King had been arrested and incarcerated.

It is a powerful and moving letter. If you have never read it, I recommend it highly. You can read it here.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Amazing!

Criminals are really victims?

In December, Christopher DeGroot wrote in part in Taki's Magazine,
Like The New York Times and other leading liberal newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer frequently publishes articles which seek to persuade readers that criminals are really victims, and that, therefore, what they deserve is not retribution but “treatment.”
Read more here.

Dead people voting in Colorado

Superb investigative reporter Brian Maass uncovers several instances of dead people voting in Colorado here.

Gamesmanship

In National Review, Andy McCarthy writes in part,
...The Framers expected presidents to abuse their powers from time to time. And not just presidents. Our Constitution’s theory of the human condition, and thus of governance, is that power is apt to corrupt anyone. It needs to be divided, and the peer components need to be incentivized to check each other. The operating assumption is that, otherwise, one component would accumulate too much power and inevitably fall prey to the tyrannical temptation. But as Madison observed, men are not angels. Separation of powers arms us against inevitable abuse, it does not prevent abuse from happening. Abuse is a given: Congress uses lawmaking power to encroach on the other branches’ prerogatives; judges legislate from the bench, presidents leverage their awesome powers for political advantage. The expectation is not that government officials will never overreach; it is that when one branch does overreach, the others will bring it into line.

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That is the norm: corrective action or inaction, political pressure, naming and shaming, power of the purse, and so on. We expect to criticize, inveigh, even censure. We don’t leap from abuse to expulsion. We don’t expect routinely to expel members of Congress or impeach presidents and judges. That is reserved for historically extraordinary wrongs.

On Ukraine, nothing of consequence came of President Trump’s bull-in-a-china-shop excesses. Sure, they ought to be a 2020 campaign issue. Democrats, instead, would have us exaggerate them into historically extraordinary wrongs. For that, you need gamesmanship. If there were real impeachable misconduct, there would be no time or place for games.

Read more here.

Two of the best Americans: Maria Bartiromo and Jim Jordan

What does the Left have planned for Virginia tomorrow?

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance gives us a well-written warning about tomorrow's rally in Virginia.

There is a remarkable confluence of data-points surrounding a second amendment rally in Virginia this holiday weekend that bear a strong note of caution. Something akin to an astroturf event appears in the background. ♦ Data-points:

♦ Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is running for President. Bloomberg has funded the majority of Virginia anti-gun legislators who are now proposing considerable restrictions on lawful gun ownership in the commonwealth.

♦ It is also worth noting in the wake of the astroturfed Charlottesville narrative, the professional political messaging of the Democrat apparatus, via Joe Biden, proclaimed in April 2019 that Charlottesville represented “the battle for the soul of this nation.”

If there is one consistent aspect to DNC activists (Occupy Wall Street, Antifa etc.), it’s that they use the same playbook.

♦ Provoking civil unrest to achieve political objectives is a well-known strategy of the Alinsky wing of the apparatus. ie. “never let a crisis go to waste”; and they are very good at creating the appearance of an organic crisis. It’s usually in hindsight when the astroturf originating the crisis is identified.


The reason the Antifa mob was able to attack the peaceful marchers was ONLY because the Charlottesville Police were ordered to stand down by the far-left Democratic Mayor and Governor (link)

As it was noted in the Charlottesville example, the authorities in Virginia purposefully funneled two activist groups together to create the conflict and crisis (‘Unite the Right’ and Antifa). Consider the possibility of the same play-book being deployed this weekend for the second amendment rally at the Virginia capitol.

Situational Awareness – Take a look at how the authorities in Virginia have literally used chain link fences to fence-in the current demonstration venue. One entrance, few exits:
Read more here.

No, thanks!

Tucker Carlson's show has been in California recently because he thinks the 2020 Democrats want our government policies to look like California's. Read more here.

Above the law

"The scandal hiding in plain sight is our intelligence establishment’s misuse of its authority to muck around in the 2016 election."

Holman Jenkins writes in the Wall Street Journal,
The scandal hiding in plain sight is our intelligence establishment’s misuse of its authority to muck around in the 2016 election.

...Let’s call a spade a spade. The media is a big part of the coverup. When the Justice Department inspector general issued his damning report on Mr. Comey, not one media outlet in the Factiva database told its readers about the existence of its classified appendix except this column and Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid.

...And while flogging fake revelations from the nonexistent Trump-Russia conspiracy, the mainstream press ignored a public plea, uttered before Congress, by the Justice Department’s own inspector general that the secret Comey information be declassified so the people and their representatives can know the truth about 2016.

...The mainstream media has been uncharacteristically silent about all this for too long—and you’re about to find out why. Whether from design or myopia, it allowed itself to be instrumental in suppressing real news in favor of a fairy tale about Mr. Trump and the Russians. That’s the deeper message of the Times’s weirdly conflicted handling of its scoop about Mr. Comey.

...Leaking secret intelligence, if that’s what Mr. Comey did, is a crime. But even more palpable is something else: The information remains officially classified not to protect national security but to protect the national-security establishment from embarrassment.

The story here truly contains something for everybody. If you think Mr. Trump never should have been president, blame Mr. Comey. If you think the “deep state” is running amok, here’s your evidence. If you think the intelligence establishment is incompetent and needs a Trumpian kick in the derrière, even more so.

Alas, every revelation about this matter turns out to be a revelation also about the deviousness and expediency of Mr. Comey, the nation’s former FBI director. What should happen now? More than ever, Attorney General William Barr should act on the authority Mr. Trump has given him and declassify the inspector general’s report as well any material describing the role of other agencies including John Brennan’s CIA in Mr. Comey’s election-meddling escapades.

Read more here.

"Democrats make two critical mischaracterizations about Trump, Republicans, and 2016. One is flat-out wrong, while the other is misleading."

Byron York writes in part in the Washington Examiner,
...Democrats insist on Trump's immediate removal because, they argue, he was the knowing beneficiary of Russian help in the 2016 election, and if he is not thrown out of office right now, he will do it again. But in making their argument, Democrats make two critical mischaracterizations about Trump, Republicans, and 2016. One is flat-out wrong, while the other is misleading.
Read more here.

"The narcissism of small differences"

In American Greatness, Roger Kimball writes about CNN's support of Elizabeth Warren against Bernie Sanders and Kimball's expectation that Trump will win reelection. Read it here.

Virginia: "Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-gun protesters are expected for the Monday morning event."

Paul Bedard reports in the Washington Examiner,
In the 2019 elections, Virginia voted to put Democrats in charge of the legislature, and they moved fast to approve three gun control measures in a state that is home to the NRA and that has ignored gun control pushes in other states.

...Dismissing rhetoric from Democrats that armed Second Amendment supporters are threatening to stir up a Monday rally at the Virginia Capitol, activists ordered to disarm to get close to the protest site are asking armed friends and family to “watch over us.”

Under rules set in place by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and endorsed by state courts, guns will be banned inside a large fenced-in area around the Capitol, even for those with carry permits.

Outside the area, however, guns will be allowed.

As a result, one of the groups leading the annual “lobby day” rally has asked that those who are legally armed protect those unarmed inside the “cage" should any anti-gun activist group cause a fight.

“If you can commit to being one of our needed 10,000 unarmed members inside the fence, please help us by asking several of your family and friends to be your designated armed escort to the gates and to stand outside the fenced area to watch over us,” said an alert from the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

“Stand with us, legally armed if you so choose, just outside the fence and watch over your brothers and sisters inside the fence,” said the group. Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-gun protesters are expected for the Monday morning event.
Read more here.

"Iran's regime is fragile"

Spengler writes in part in Asia Times,
Iranians face desperate conditions, if not actual hunger, due to the effect of economic sanctions. Add to this the long-term effects of mismanagement of the country’s scarce water resources. Afshin Shahi wrote recently in the Journal of Asian Affairs: “Approximately 97% of the country is experiencing drought conditions. Due to gross water mismanagement and its damaging impact on the country, Iran faces the worst situation in the water resources of any industrialized nation. Tens of thousands of villages have been deserted and most of the major urban centers have passed their limits to absorb new rural migrants. Some officials predict that in less than 25 years, 50 million Iranians would be displaced from their current homes because of the pressing ecological conditions.”

Few countries have endured this level of deprivation outside of full war mobilization, and few have seen such a drastic decline in the number of births. The only modern comparison is Venezuela. Governments with a monopoly of economic resources and the willingness to kill significant numbers of their own citizens can stay in power for quite some time, but there seems no question that Iran’s regime is fragile and prone to destabilization.
Read more here.

From McSweeney's Internet Tendency

DANTE’S NINE CIRCLES OF HELL, REIMAGINED FOR LINGUISTIC TRANSGRESSIONS
by JOHN RAUSCHENBERG

First Circle (Limbo):
Autocorrect
Here wander the otherwise virtuous souls who were forced into grievous errors by autocorrect programs. They sit in silent masturbation, only rising once every hour to chant eerie koans such as “ducking auto cat rectal.”

Second Circle:
The Serial Comma
One half of this circle is populated by souls who are cursed to make arguments that nobody cares about except their own mothers, howling gorgons and the infernal mistresses of hell. The other half are cursed to make arguments that nobody cares about except their own mothers, howling gorgons, and the infernal mistresses of hell. The difference between these two situations seems to matter a lot to both halves. Neither side will listen to you when you suggest that they could avoid this level entirely.

Third Circle:
Unnecessary Use of Quote Marks

"This is not a book to simply read in total and digest--yes, do that--but it is also a work to return to in parts whenever necessary. It's a book to ingest like medicine."
—Rion Scott
They may think they’re getting off the “hook,” but in this level quote marks are used as cavalierly as these souls used them in life. Does “groin-dissolving” in quotes indicate that your treatment is not really groin-dissolving, or are the quotes merely being used in the place of italics, you’ll wonder? More importantly, is the “seafood” buffet on “Sundays” “fresh” and “free”?

Fourth Circle:
Hated Abbreviations
ICYMI, this level is for people who use OPAs (off-putting abbreviations) to show off their supposed hipness and/or needlessly confuse others. New abbreviations are constantly being invented and CASJ dropped into conversation. The souls are expected to KTOS (know them or suffer). Good luck with your KLRDT (Keats-like rapidly degenerative tuberculosis) as you’re also subjected to MMMTDs (massively multi-personal medieval torture devices). Are you doing OK? No. You’re doing AWACBE (as well as can be expected), given the MNNTKUWNVECD (mind numbing need to keep up with non-vocabulary-extending cultural dross). In short (but is it really?), it’s annoying AF.

Fifth Circle:
Meaningless Truisms
This level is what it is. You be you.*

*Naturally, forced to embrace reality and themselves exactly as they are, souls on this level experience extremely high levels of depression, even for hell.

Sixth Circle:
Misused Apostrophes

"It's going to take lots of energy for us to grapple with the challenge we're facing, and some of it is on vivid display in these pages." —Bill McKibben
Most souls on this level are cursed to endlessly hunt for things that they mistakenly stated belonged to someone or something. Where is Kid’s party? What about Nacho’s $5.75? This entire level has lost it’s way.

Seventh Circle:
Using Emojis To Sum Up Feelings or Events
That Are Way Too Complicated for Emojis To Sum Up
So you thought you were being “economical” and “Hemingwayesque” by leaving others wondering what the shit you meant by your cryptic emojis? You’re now cursed to be eternally robbed of resolution. The results of your recent chlamydia screening? 😶 And what was that “seafood” you had in the third circle? 🦄

Eighth Circle:
Needless Correctors
The souls in this circle often toured the other circles, mocking the poor souls who suffered there for their poor command of the English language. Little did they know that one of the worst circles was reserved for them and their grating tendency to overcorrect English usage at every opportunity. These are the people who can’t watch an episode of Star Trek without pointing out that “to boldly go” splits the infinitive, who cause you to cringe the instant after you say “I don’t know which restaurant we’re going to.” They are forced to compose tweets for President Trump. The punishment for writing any tweet that is even close to grammatically correct is needless physical corrections to the offender’s body. Very physical and very needless.

Ninth Circle:
Literally, the Ninth Circle
It is literally the worst circle ever.

Why was it necessary for the DOJ to raid the home of a Clinton Foundation whistleblower?

A federal court refuses to unseal the documents to the public. Gateway Pundit reports,
The Daily Caller exclusively reported that the whistleblower, Dennis Nathan Cain, had given these documents to Inspector General Horowitz and both the House and Senate Intel Committees.

Over a dozen FBI agents rifled through Dennis Nathan Cain’s home for over six hours even though he had already given the documents to the proper investigative channels, according to his lawyer.

The documents reveal then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate criminal misconduct by Rosatam, the Russian nuclear firm that purchased 20% of the US’s Uranium.
Read more here.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

"A once in a lifetime opportunity!"


From the Babylon Bee,

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nancy Pelosi has announced a new creative fundraiser for Dems in 2020: auctioning off limited-edition replicas of the dentures she wore during Trump's impeachment.

The dentures have Pelosi's signature emblazoned in gold across the gums. Only 300 sets were made, so you'll need to jump on this opportunity to get this coveted souvenir from Trump's somber impeachment ceremony.

The bidding starts at $1,000.00 per pair, with all proceeds going to help Dems campaign on impeachment. Excited Democrats began bidding on the dentures, driving the price up into the tens of thousands of dollars immediately.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a historic relic from this somber, very serious impeachment trial," Pelosi said in a speech, pulling back her lips to show the emblazoning on her official, original pair of historic dentures. "The plating on the signatures is authentic, 24K gold." You can even customize your dentures with "bling" like gold or silver teeth with messages like "ORANGE MAN BAD" or "IMPEACH 45."

The Speaker of the House also said that if you act fast, you'll get a collector's edition plate and coin absolutely free. You're also able to "buy it now" with financing options of just 30% of your income for the rest of your life.

Pelosi is also auctioning off a limited number of empty vodka bottles, the contents of which were consumed during the impeachment proceedings.

Culture of Corruption

Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, now has a new book entitled Culture of Corruption. He excerpts it in the New York Post, explaining how Joe Biden's brothers, sister, son-in-law, and son benefitted from Joe's political career. Read it here.

Have you noticed negative effects from the tariffs? I didn't think so!

Don Surber brings us this story from the Washington Post:
"Headlines last year proclaimed Trump’s tariffs could cost the typical American family $1,000 more a year. The eye-popping number came from a JPMorgan analysis that assumed the full cost of the tariffs would be passed on to consumers, which is what is generally taught in introductory economics classes.

"But that is not what’s been happening. The evidence so far indicates that most American firms passed only a fraction of the cost increase on to consumers — more in the range of $100 per family a year…

"But a recent study by economists at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston went a step further, examining data from two large retailers on prices of similar goods, some of which face tariffs and some that do not. The economists found a 'quite modest' price difference, suggesting that U.S. companies and retailers are eating a lot of the costs and making lower profits.

"The price hike for affected dishes, furniture, linens, toaster ovens, towels and umbrellas was less than 1 percent, the study found. And the price for electronics only went up by 1.4 percent."

I said that all along. President Trump wrote the book on negotiating. (Well, dictated it to a scribe.) Tariffs give him an edge. By the way, all he gave Red China in this deal was a promise not raise tariffs. The tariffs are still on.

"Only an idiot would consider these monsters the JV squad."

Don Surber brings us this story from Associated Press:
"The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is 'Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old…. Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon.'

"The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons and tactical gear. It was shared with the Associated Press by an activist with the minority Yazidi community, whose women and children are being held as sex slaves by the extremists.

"While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves. In a fusion of ancient barbaric practices and modern technology, IS sells the women like chattel on smartphone apps and shares databases that contain their photographs and the names of their owners to prevent their escape through IS checkpoints. The fighters are assassinating smugglers who rescue the captives, just as funds to buy the women out of slavery are drying up."

Only an idiot would consider these monsters the JV squad.

How to get threatened by your social studies teacher

Don Surber brings us this story from Summit News:
"A middle schooler who wore a sweatshirt featuring the words ‘Virginity Rocks’ said administrators threatened him with suspension if he wore it again.

"Seventh-grader Londyn Piglowski said he was told by his social studies teacher to turn the hoodie inside out or take it off 'or else they would have to take action.'

"The Wentzville School District dress code prohibits clothing that promotes 'immoral, illegal, sexual or violent behavior,' none of which applies to Piglowski’s sweatshirt.

"Piglowski was threatened with suspension if he wore the hoodie at school again."



Nice to know school officials believe virginity is immoral.

Where is the ACLU?

Magic trees

She has had it rough!

Apocalypse now current



via Liberty Nation
https://www.libertynation.com/laugh-cry-sigh-this-week-in-memes-1-18-20/

Trump to be off negotiating more economic benefits for us while impeachment begins

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance writes in part,
While the first week is unfolding in the Senate, President Trump will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and negotiating more economic benefits for the U.S. Quite a remarkable contrast.
Read more here.

What commenters are saying

What are blog-readers commenting about today? Let's start with those in The Conservative Treehouse.

Trapper writes,
Here is the even better news that not everyone understands. Those 1,000 steel jobs carry an employment multiplier of about 9.24. That means !,000 new steel jobs in Lorain will ultimately create and support 9,237 new jobs in and around Lorain. See line 49 in the table in the article linked below.

That’s why, in a little town of around 10,000 people, the whole town dies when a factory employing only a few hundred closes. The employment multiplier is what keeps it all going. That manufacturing payroll circulates through a town’s economy day after day, year after year, and keeps the town alive. Manufacturing is the lifeblood of a community.

By the way, look at vehicle manufacturing, line 80. A multiplier over 14 !!! Get why car plants are so important?

https://www.epi.org/publication/updated-employment-multipliers-for-the-u-s-economy/

Nobodysfool writes about the impeachment hearings,
Having John Roberts presiding over this is like having Trump-hating George W Bush preside. Bush showed his true colors and Roberts is his clone. Bush picked Roberts and Roberts now is loyal to the Bush mindset on Trump. Bush never challenged anything Obama said or did, Roberts got in line and let Obamacare go through. Two peas in a pod.

Leaving writes,
At this point reality and logic doesn’t matter, only power. Those in power are not and do not have to acknowledge reality because they have the power to define it.

If those in power say that Trump ate babies and tortured old people therefore we are removing him as president, who would stop them? The media would go along, most of the Federal government would go along. They would proceed as though it were all true.

I’m not advocating for any specific action but I think it is important that we recognize how those in power are operating.

cjcak writes,
Interesting for the Dems to have to listen to one of their own school them on the Constitution and impeachment. Brilliant move for the legal team of PT.
Read more here.

Iran's underground missile cities

Leon Sverdlov reports in the Jerusalem Post,
The Iranian Tansim news agency released images of the Islamic Republic's underground "missile cities," which hold hundreds of missiles and solid-fuel rockets ready-to-fire under five levels of concrete, Radio Farda reported on Tuesday.

According to Radio Farda, Tansim also reported that two out of the 15 missiles that were fired at Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq and the Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan targeting US troops fell on the republic's territory.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Airspace Force Commander Ali Hajizadeh claimed that Iran's missile depots were scattered around various parts of the country and are held in bunkers hidden 500 meters (1640 feet) underground in the state's mountains.
Read more here.

Jeffrey Lord's staff posts photos here.

"Consider how many powerful ideas Donald Trump has cast into the national consciousness."

JB Shurk writes in American Thinker,
Consider how many powerful ideas Donald Trump has cast into the national consciousness. He has exposed both major parties as socialist globalist cults more concerned with government health care and foreign nation-building than a policy for American freedom. He has exposed how free trade can never be free when based on slave labor. He has exposed how the silent destruction of towns across the Midwest came not from China's comparative advantage, but from American companies' use of slavery by proxy. He has redirected investment away from Wall Street and toward Main Street for the first time in over thirty years and has unleashed three decades' worth of pent up entrepreneurial energy in the very towns long deemed dead. He has questioned how the federal government can have any legitimacy if it fails at enforcing its very own immigration laws.

Not one Nobel laureate imagined this American renaissance of GDP and stock market surge, record-low unemployment, wage growth, and low inflation in one bubbling cauldron. It took a change agent. Not one foreign policy mandarin suggested unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of the American oil man in order to destroy our enemies' power over us permanently. It took a change agent. Not one State Department official questioned why the United States was still subsidizing Europe's generous socialist welfare system seventy years after WWII. It took a change agent. Nobody wondered why we were enriching China at our own expense and preparing for a world where a communist dictator would lead. It took Donald Trump.

Consider how many powerful ideas Donald Trump has cast into the national consciousness. He has exposed both major parties as socialist globalist cults more concerned with government health care and foreign nation-building than a policy for American freedom. He has exposed how free trade can never be free when based on slave labor. He has exposed how the silent destruction of towns across the Midwest came not from China's comparative advantage, but from American companies' use of slavery by proxy. He has redirected investment away from Wall Street and toward Main Street for the first time in over thirty years and has unleashed three decades' worth of pent up entrepreneurial energy in the very towns long deemed dead. He has questioned how the federal government can have any legitimacy if it fails at enforcing its very own immigration laws.

The world has noticed. It is Donald Trump to whom Nigerian Christians turn for survival from Islamic terror. It is Donald Trump who has strengthened Israel by keeping promises his predecessors lacked the fortitude to see through. It is Donald Trump whose name is often whispered by freedom-fighters in Venezuela, whose American flag is respected by regime protesters in Iran, and whose image is waved by thousands demanding freedom in Hong Kong. Nobody clamoring for freedom is waving pictures of Angela Merkel in the air, but in Hong Kong and Taiwan, a photoshopped image of Donald Trump as Rocky Balboa is easy to find. At a time when the German chancellor argues for limiting free expression, those people most desperate to escape China's yoke see the American president as the only fighter who might help set them free. He is our American president, but he belongs to the world now, too.
Read more here.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Which option makes the most sense to you?



Via Mark Tapscott in Instapundit

From the comments...
Farcourt writes,
... Jesus to take the burden of all of the world's sins upon himself and die on the cross as payment so that believers can have eternal life.

I don't mean this disrespectfully, but I've never understood the logic of that claim. How did the crucifixion place all the world's sins on Christ's shoulders? And how does believing so confer everlasting life on believers?

I'm a pretty well-seasoned adult now, but I've been asking this ever since I was a child, and I have yet to get an understandable explanation from anyone. Again, I am not ridiculing your belief. I'm just trying to make sense of it. If anyone can point me toward an explanation, I would appreciate it.

WSPurdy replied,
I never understood the logic either until I finally understood it is so because He said so. Simple as that.

Anon Person wrote,
Given a billion years, or two, or three, and proper chemical, temperature, pressure, light, & weather conditions, it is more likely that life will occur than not. Life is organic chemistry followed by evolution. Put a planet in the liquid water zone of a star, give it an atmosphere, let water collect, and in a few billion years you get life.

Or if you can't wait around that long, go to God for a faster version.

Lincoln Annie wrote,
I am convinced that God's will for us is to find joy, a golden, rich, multi-hued joy like a double-weave silk made from the ever-changing lightways of a perfect day, to fill us with its shimmering from the souls of our feet to the crowns of our heads and overflowing, surging, swelling, spilling to share with all around us, channeling the heart of God Himself.

I've glimpsed it once or twice. Just a scant peek, you understand - a hint, just enough to know it is real. It makes ordinary life seem suddenly to be a very dark place, like a cellar with a 25-watt bulb keeping the cave-crickets to the shadows.
Read much more here.