Saturday, December 14, 2019

Adoption time!

Communicating with elected officials!

True!

Sweeping clean is a good thing!

Intel experts

Hillary's new look



The Daily Mail is just raving about it here.

Oh, thanks for explaining

FBI: UNM student from Saudi Arabia had kill list

From KOB4 in Albuquerque:
A UNM student from Saudi Arabia is charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm.

According to a criminal complaint, filed in federal court, Hassan Alqahtani, 28, was arrested after the FBI received a tip that Alqahtani had a “list of people who he wants to kill before he leaves the U.S.”

The complaint says the list includes professors from UNM.

The FBI searched Alqahtani’s residence and reportedly found a .380 firearm and ammunition.

Alqahtani’s girlfriend claimed the firearms was hers, according to the complaint.

However, the FBI believes she was possibly conspiring with Alqahtani to conceal his possession of the firearm.

It was not immediately clear whether Alqahtani's girlfriend was also facing charges.

According to the Department of Justice, Alqahtani was in the country legally on a student visa.

He has a detention hearing on Dec. 16, and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Obama administration spying on the Trump team

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance embarks upon another effort to educate us. He writes in part,
Early in 2016 NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers was alerted of a significant uptick in FISA-702(17) “About” queries using the FBI/NSA database that holds all metadata records on every form of electronic communication.

The NSA compliance officer alerted Admiral Mike Rogers who then initiated a full compliance audit on/around March 9th, 2016, for the period of November 1st, 2015, through May 1st, 2016.

While the audit was ongoing, due to the severity of the results that were identified, Admiral Mike Rogers stopped anyone from using the 702(17) “about query” option, and went to the extraordinary step of blocking all FBI contractor access to the database on April 18, 2016 (keep these dates in mind).

Here are some significant segments:
The key takeaway from these first paragraphs is how the search query results were exported from the NSA database to users who were not authorized to see the material. The FBI contractors were conducting searches and then removing, or ‘exporting’, the results. Later on, the FBI said all of the exported material was deleted.

...The operators were searching “U.S Persons”. The review of November 1, 2015, to May 1, 2016, showed “eighty-five percent of those queries” were unlawful or “non-compliant”.

...We can tell from the space of the redaction the number of searches were between 1,000 and 9,999 [five digits]. If we take the middle number of 5,000 – that means 4,250 unlawful searches out of 5,000.

2012 is an important date in this database abuse because a network of specific interests is assembled that also shows up in 2016/2017:

Who was 2012 FBI Director? Robert Mueller, who was selected by the FBI group to become special prosecutor in 2017.
Who was Mueller’ chief-of-staff? Aaron Zebley, who became one of the lead lawyers on the Mueller special counsel.
Who was 2012 CIA Director? John Brennan (remember the ouster of Gen Petraeus)
Who was ODNI? James Clapper.
Remember, the NSA is inside the Pentagon (Defense Dept) command structure. Who was Defense Secretary? Ash Carter
Who wanted NSA Director Mike Rogers fired? Brennan, Clapper and Carter.
And finally, who wrote and signed-off-on the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment and then lied about the use of the Steele Dossier? John Brennan, James Clapper
Read more here.

Anti-male, but also anti-female!

Andrew Klavan explains why he disagrees with feminists.

"17 instances of outrageous deliberate falsehoods and misrepresentations: all against President Trump!"

Celebrating the season

The real collusion

Release declassified documents!

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance goes into great detail about the many yet-to-be-released declassified documents in the coup investigation.
Yes, it is good the FISA investigation report was released December 9th, but if all of the underlying documents are not declassified there is a risk the information therein is subject to interpretation and/or manipulation.

There is a lot of material the public is aware of, and if the DOJ IG doesn’t release the underlying material then what exactly was the purpose of AG Bill Barr asking President Trump for the declassification authority?

Declassification authority is not internal. The purpose of declassifying documents is to allow a public release… Accountability requires transparency.

If you wonder why FBI Director Christopher Wray is still employed… that lack of transparency is exactly why there’s a lack of accountability.

Read more here.

The Left not accepting election results. Where have we seen that before?

Sundance reports in the Conservative Treehouse that the progressive Left is rioting in Britain after losing the election to the conservatives.
The inability of the progressive left to accept the outcome of an election is identical in both the U.K and the U.S. Calling Boris Johnson a racist and attempting to delegitimize the election outcome has a ring of familiarity for Americans.

The decades of their united globalist efforts to tear at the very fabric of nationalism is being eliminated. The radical socialists have nothing to lose; the media is sympathetic to their objectives; their desperate need for a collectivist society is visible within their apoplexy. They are afraid of the individual accountability that comes with freedom, and they’re damn sure displaying it.

Do not look away.
Read more here and view photos and videos.

Begin with the weakest link

In Real Clear Politics, Charles Lipson writes,
The way to unravel a criminal conspiracy is to begin with the weakest links, the ones already doomed by convincing evidence. Knowing they face serious jail time, these “weak links” have powerful reasons to cooperate with law enforcement. Flipping on their fellow conspirators is the best way, perhaps the only way, to lessen their own sentences.

...Clinesmith, for one, has compelling incentives to say who knew what and when. He was apparently caught red-handed changing official documents. His lawyer ought to be seeking ways to lessen the criminal consequences. The only way to do that is to come clean.

Anybody who worked with Clinesmith should be thinking the same thing. It would be good for them and it would be good for the country.
Read more here.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Mark Steyn's take on Boris Johnson's victory

Mark Steyn congratulates Boris Johnson, but calls him an unprincipled opportunist here.

50 Jewish students were the intended target?

The mayor of Jersey City believes the shooters were intending to go into a Yeshiva where 50 Jewish students were attending school. Read more here.

School bus bullies pummel boy who wore MAGA hat to school

The Daily Mail has a story and videos of three females and two males attacking a young boy on a Florida school bus. He had purchased from a flea market and worn a MAGA hat to school. His attackers were all black and he is white. Watch videos and read story here.

"If the Navy can't protect a Navy base, how can it protect America?"

In THE LATEST, Laurence Jarvik asks,
If the Navy can't protect a Navy base, how can it protect America?
Read more here.

Time to cancel Netflix?

In the Daily Caller, Mary Margaret Olohan reports,
More than one million people have signed a petition against a Netflix movie that implies Jesus Christ is gay.

“The First Temptation of Christ” is reportedly a satirical representation of Jesus Christ, his mother Mary, and his father Joseph, in which Jesus returns home for his birthday party with a friend named Orlando, according to the New York Daily News. The publication reports that Orlando continuously hints in the film that he and Jesus are more than friends.

Netflix advertises the Brazil-produced film as a Christmas special, the Daily News reports, and it aired on Netflix Brazil on Dec. 3.

The comedy group Porta dos Fundos (which translates to Back Door) created “The First Temptation of Christ” following their International Emmy Award-winning production of “The Last Hangover,” a movie which satirizes the biblical Last Supper, the last meal Jesus Christ shared with his disciples before he was crucified.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 1.4 million people had signed a Change.org petition demanding that the film be removed from Netflix and saying that the film “seriously offended Christians.”

Porta dos Fundos defended the film in a statement to Yahoo News.

Ace of Spades suggests it is time for us to cancel our Netflix accounts. Read his thoughts here.

What will future trade deals with the UK, EU, and US look like?

The blogger who knows the most about economics has some thoughts about future trade deals in light of last night's conservative victory in Great Britain. Sundance writes in part in the Conservative Treehouse,
Once the U.K exits the European Union, President Trump can provide trade incentives for EU products that come from the U.K. – that do not come from the EU itself. No U.S. tariffs on Great Britain, while Trump, Ross and Lighthizer put heavy tariffs on the EU.

The result of this process would push EU manufacturers and suppliers into the U.K. as a trade hub for access to North America, specifically the United States. EU companies wanting to avoid the U.S. tariffs against the EU could distribute their products through operations within the U.K.

As described this trade network provides PM Boris Johnson with the ability to pick and choose the EU entities that he would permit to operate in the U.K. In essence, this provides Prime Minister Boris Johnson with leverage against the EU for “other issues” of importance.

It’s all about the economics.

Without money to finance a big government ideology, everything stops.

All of the above stated, this is another reason why Nancy Pelosi and the ideological leftists were trying to stall the USMCA. The North American Trade agreement is the trade fulcrum for a massive global economic reset that impacts Asia and Europe.

The corporate multinational profit schemes that exploit China/Asia, and the political ideology behind the socialists/leftists that align with the EU (ie. “share the wealth”), are both weakened by a North American trade alliance, USMCA, that establishes the best return on international investment in North America.

At the center of this realignment is “America First“. A reestablished economic leverage that can reward allies and punish adversaries. Globalism becomes a thing of the past and is replaced by economic nationalism; an international tide to lift all boats – peacefully.

“Economic security is national security”…
Read more here.

Major victory for the president in China trade!

The party left them!

In the American Spectator, Dov Fischer writes about last night's election victory by Boris Johnson and his Conservatives in Great Britain. But, what is his prediction for our election in America?
So many of these factors at play in the British vote parallel American electoral realities. The Democrats of John Kennedy, Daniel Moynihan, and Henry Jackson days are long gone. The party has gone off the deep end, and many Independents explain that they never left the party — the party left them. The Democrat Congress has wasted the nation’s year, failing to do the “People’s Business” but instead dallying over an impeachment that is dead on arrival. The public is disgusted. Many voters who have their concerns about aspects of President Trump’s personality and who may feel comfortable criticizing him in polls will be voting for him and down the Republican line in November because the Democrat alternative will be unfathomable and intolerable. The ethnic Catholic blue-collar working class of the Rust Belt states of the Midwest, often thought of comprising a Democrat “impenetrable blue wall,” have returned to the Republicans as they did during the years of the Reagan coalition. The same has happened in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Iowa. If Americans value freedom as Brits do, the Dems are chopped meat in November. But thanks to the Trump economy, there should many fine bartender job openings available for their brightest stars to return to.
Read about the British election here.

"Abuse of power" and "Obstruction of Congress"

Dov Fischer writes in the American Spectator,
That’s it? You mean, after more than three years of impeaching President Donald J. Trump, all the Pelosi Dems could come up with is “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress”? What a joke!

The Constitution is clear:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Article II, Section 4. That’s what the thing says. Those are the rules, the criminal code. That’s it.

After three years, they could not find any treason charge to throw at him. Turns out that, unlike Adam Schiff’s lies echoed by the Corrupt Journalist Corps, neither Trump nor his campaign colluded with the Russians. Unlike John Brennan, the communist advocate who voted for Gus Hall for president and whom Obama predictably named head of the CIA, Trump always has been an American patriot. So no treason.

But no bribery? Three years to find bribery — searching into the hotels, casinos, and golf courses. Maybe bribery in a phone call to Ukraine? Nope. No bribery.

...Are we talking about a Clinton or Kennedy who abuses his power to assault vulnerable women? Or an Obama who abuses his power to weaponize the IRS against his political opponents, to declare criminals innocent before they are investigated, who sneaks 400 million dollars in cash on a plane to Iran, who conveys a message to Vladimir Putin that he will make all kinds of unilateral concessions right after he gets finished with the inconvenience of elections, who has reporters and news agencies like the Associated Press secretly investigated, who earmarks more than a million dollars to a hospital that paid his wife for a $316,962 job that never existed before she was hired to hold the position and that disappeared when she did? Who became one of the richest people in the world by starting with accepting favors from the felon Tony Rezko? Oh, and how about Obama closing down the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the D-Day Memorial, and even setting up cones along a South Dakota highway to block viewing of Mount Rushmore?

Abuse of power?

Or how about an Adam Schiff lying in congressional testimony, falsifying a critical telephone call? Or claiming fraudulently yet publicly that, because of his unique access to secret information as then-ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, he had seen hard evidence that proves conclusively that Trump conspired with the Russians? Or, later as chair of that committee, holding secret hearings outside the purview of the American people, then holding public hearings that deny half the Congress their rights to call rebuttal witnesses and a wide range of other procedural rights?

Abuse of power? Where does such an amorphous allegation begin and where does it end? Is it an abuse of power for Pelosi to hold up the USMCA trade deal for a year, finally flinching and blinking when survey polls show conclusively that the American public is sick of the impeachment and wants the Pelosi Congress finally to accomplish something, anything, besides just naming post offices and libraries? Is it an abuse of power for Pelosi to begin an impeachment circus in the House Intelligence Committee rather than in the House Judiciary Committee because Schiff is a more shameless and pathological liar than is Nadler, and because the Intelligence Committee can meet in secret? Is it an abuse of power for Nadler to conduct a screwy impeachment process that focuses on having three Trump-hating law professors rant and rant, with one even mocking the very name of Trump’s boy? (And what would she say about a woman who wants to blow up the White House, who named herself “Madonna”?) For a generation that grew up watching the Peter Rodino House Judiciary Committee conduct impeachment hearings during the Nixon presidency — even for those of us who would have wanted Nixon acquitted if he had stuck in it for a Senate trial — what a stark difference the two proceedings have been! There was a bipartisan air of legitimacy throughout the Rodino version. Before Nixon, there was a formal Leon Jaworski report; before Clinton, the Ken Starr report. By contrast, the much-awaited Robert Mueller report proved to be a dud, exonerating President Trump. So the Nadler version is a joke. The guy literally is giving “impeachment” a bad name.

If we are talking about “abuse of power,” the whole lot of them belong in prison. By contrast — and this really is fascinating — Trump is a constitutionalist. He faces the most unimaginably biased federal court system, with case after case being cherry-picked for Obama and Clinton judges who will impose national injunctions that are so very much beyond their constitutional power to order — and yet he always obeys the judges. He dutifully appeals haplessly to the Ninth Circuit, a most unappealing option. He predictably loses — d’uh! And then he waits patiently, watching the grass grow, for matters to reach the Supreme Court for final adjudication. President Trump plays by the rules of the Constitution. He lives with the Pelosi Congress persecuting him day and night, while a real tyrant or dictator long ago would have closed down Congress and had the bunch of them arrested and then shot … or shot and then arrested. The Left gets so absorbed in its own diction and propaganda, amplified by their Corrupt Journalist Corps, that they have no idea how absurd it is to accuse Trump of abusing his power.

From the day he became president, Trump has followed the rules. Yes, he has pushed his legal advisers with questions of “Can’t we do this?” and “Can’t we do that?” And when his attorneys have told him no, he has accepted their bottom lines. It is no crime, not even a wrong, to ask and plead with attorneys, in a brainstorming attorney-client-privileged communication, to do things that go beyond the law — as long as the relationship is rooted in the bottom-line acceptance that, if the attorney says it is illegal, then that ends it.

There has been no abuse of power in the executive branch, but there has been a ton of it in the Democrat Pelosi Congress and in the prior Obama eight-year national mistake.

Likewise, to find “obstruction of Congress,” one need look no further than the three-headed monster: Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler. It is they who have obstructed Congress from doing anything useful since the Democrats were elected to the House majority a whole year ago. They obstructed USMCA for a year. They are the ones who held secret committee meetings from which other congressional representatives even were barred. It is all such hypocrisy. Oh, for goodness sakes — it was they who called themselves “the Resistance.” Honestly, that word literally is synonymous with obstruction. When you resist, you obstruct. Look it up. Go to freethesaurus.com. Go to collinsdictionary.com. Go ahead to thesaurus.com. Look for synonyms for “resistance.” The word “obstruction” is there. I didn’t call them “the Resistance.” You didn’t. They did. They literally called themselves “the Resistance,” to wit — the Obstructors of Congress.
Read more here.

Will people start reading books again?

"Like end-stage addicts, they simply cannot stop the behavior that is consuming them."

In PJ Media, Victor Davis Hanson gives us his views of the impeachment farce to date.
Trump's many enemies fear he will be re-elected in 2020, given a booming economy and peace abroad. They know that they cannot remove him from office. And yet they fear that the more they try to stain him with impeachment, the more frustrated and unpopular they will become.

Yet, like end-stage addicts, they simply cannot stop the behavior that is consuming them.
Read more here.

Need a Russian collusion conspiracy? We'll cook you up one!

Now that the left has lost the election in Britain, the same people who sold their services to develop the Russian collusion myth in America are now offering their services to Britain's Leftists. Ace of Spades takes a look at it here.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

"Durham has the power to convene grand juries and seek indictments."

In Real Clear Politics, Charles Lipson writes in part,
...As a U.S. attorney, appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to continue the investigation, Durham has the power to convene grand juries and seek indictments. We know he has already transformed his inquiry into a criminal investigation, looked at multiple branches of the Obama administration, and traveled abroad to take witnesses’ testimony. He is serious and relentless, a nonpartisan professional who has worked for years on high-profile corruption cases, including those involving FBI agents.
Read more here.

"all jokes must be explained and labeled with a disclaimer for those who have been diagnosed with a humor-related psychological disorder."

From the satirical Babylon Bee:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Democrats today announced a new plan to ensure Trump wins the White House again in 2020.

"We hereby unveil these articles of impeachment, which clearly lay out the undeniable fact that we will not win the White House back next year," said Rep. Jerry Nadler. "We have found Trump guilty of absolutely nothing, but we already started this whole process and it would look bad to back out now, so here we are."

"I declare here and now that Trump will be in the White House for at least another four years."

Some questioned if this was the best strategy, but Democrats pointed out that with four more years of Trump, they will be able to generate far more outrage than if they took back the White House. "It's a lot more fun to be extremists and scream at the sky for years and years instead of proposing policies that most Americans support and actually win elections."

Then, writes Paula Bolyard in PJ Media,
It all started when Jenna Ellis, senior White House legal counsel, tweeted out a Babylon Bee story with the comment, "The Bee mocking the Dems: 'We have found Trump guilty of absolutely nothing, but we already started this whole process and it would look bad to back out now, so here we are.'" She added several lighthearted emojis and everyone thought it was hilarious, including President Trump, who retweeted Ellis, along with four thousand other Twitter users.

...Here's what the breathless crack reporter from Snopes had a burning desire to know: "President Trump recently retweeted a post from @JennaEllisEsq containing a fake quote from an entertainment article. Was President Trump aware that this quote was fake when he sent it? If so, why wasn't it accompanied by a message labeling the quote as fiction?"

Uh, yeah, Dan, everyone (who doesn't work for Snopes) is "aware" that the ubiquitous Babylon Bee is a purveyor of satire, and no one except the very earnest and sober-minded journalists at Snopes believes all jokes must be explained and labeled with a disclaimer for those who have been diagnosed with a humor-related psychological disorder.

"This is yet another idiotic instance of 'fact-checking' the president for his excellent sense of humor," Jenna Ellis told Disrn. "The fake news media refuses to show the wonderfully kind, fun, and generous side of our president. Instead, they pompously pretend they have to take every tweet or joke at a rally seriously." She rightly noted that "America loves [Trump's] honesty and direct calling out of fake news."

Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, told Disrn: "I'm not surprised by this at all. They don't like conservatives, so they're intent on painting us as a fake news outlet, rather than the well-known satire publication that we are."

Dillon said Snopes is concerned that the article may have duped Trump, "or that the president might be duping others because he didn't attach a disclaimer" to the article. "It's just one more example of their bristling at humor they don't like," he added.

It's not just conservatives Snopes doesn't like. They hate humor and they're ideologically opposed to fun—they actually excel at sucking the fun out of literally everything. (Go ahead, make my day and fact-check that, Snopes.)

My advice to the folks at Snopes: Lighten up, laugh a little. It'll do your hearts, which are two sizes too small, good.
Read more here.

Russia's only aircraft carrier catches fire

Tyler Durden reports in Zero Hedge,
According to TASS News and social media footage, a fire has erupted onboard Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, at a naval dock in Murmansk, northwest Russia. The aircraft carrier was undergoing repairs and maintenance when fuel tanks caught fire.
Read more here.

"Have your camera ready!" (and maybe some extra skin)

Rachel DeSantis reports in People,
1,300 Square Feet of Skin Being Shipped from U.S. to N.Z. to Help Burned Volcano Victims Survive
Following the Monday eruption, 24 patients are currently in critical condition.

...An archived version of Royal Caribbean’s website from Dec. 4 features a description of an adventurous shore excursion where guests could partake in “a scenic boat ride along the picturesque Bay of Plenty to White Island for an unforgettable guided tour of New Zealand’s most active volcano.”

“Gas masks/breathing apparatus helps you get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid,” the page reads. “And the vivid hues of yellow and orange resulting from all sulfur on the island make for remarkable photos, so have your camera ready.”
Read more here.

Will you see this tonight?



via Misanthropic Humanitarian

Will you go see "Richard Jewell" and "No Safe Spaces"?

Two movies that are available for viewing this weekend. If conservatives support them, maybe Hollywood will notice. Read more here.

"...corruption and lost faith in our system of justice"

In the American Spectator, Dov Fischer begins a two-part series on our judicial system and how it was supposed to work before it was corrupted and perverted.
...In recent decades, our system has been brutally corrupted, in that the legislatures have abandoned their jobs. They fear voting for laws that might be what our society desperately needs but that might lose them votes. Dentists save our teeth when they drill cavities, but they do not make most of their friends that way. Teachers develop our minds when they assign us homework, but we do not appreciate them for it at the time. Similarly, legislators are so desperate not to alienate voters that they have abandoned their primary constitutional purpose: to make laws. Instead, like kids at recess, they play around, do whatever they feel like, and even get “timeouts” to cool off. With no foreman to check their hours or evaluate their work, they get junket trips abroad at taxpayer expense for fact-finding, conduct investigations of people they don’t like, appear on TV talk shows, and spend all day on Twitter tweeting their disapproval of President Trump’s use of social media. Compounding the corruption, it is impossible to pass laws with a 60-vote supermajority when one of the two parties declares “the Resistance,” blocking everything. So nothing can get passed except for naming post offices.

Laws need to be made sometimes. Someone has to make them, but Congress has abandoned its primary constitutional duty — to legislate. In corrupting and perverting the system, by playing “the Resistance” and choosing to investigate instead of legislate, House members have punted lawmaking (i) to the courts even though judges are flat-out not authorized to make laws, and (ii) to the executive-branch administrative agencies of federal and state government. This especially corrupts the entire American constitutional system because, unlike what transpired in medieval and King George’s England, from which we broke away, our laws are supposed to be crafted by people whom we elect and who therefore are answerable to us. Instead, the laws now are made by unelected judges and unelected agency bureaucrats. All while the House spends the day playing “Clue.” (Psst, Schiff: It was Col. Mustard with the candlestick in the Conservatory.)

To review: The legislature (e.g., the House and Senate) exists to make laws. The executive (e.g., president or governors) exists to carry out the laws enacted by the legislature. The administrative agencies exist to help the executive carry out and administer the laws that he promised the people who elected him. The courts exist to help settle disagreements over how a law is to be interpreted or applied, and to help determine actual facts when litigants are unable to agree on exactly what happened in their dispute.

As soon as people begin to perceive that judges are not following pre-established and properly enacted rules of the game but instead simply are “making up rules they personally prefer,” the entire system of justice collapses amid a general sense that the system is rigged and unfair. That is how the Soviet Union operated. It’s how China and Iran operate. It’s how most of communism and the Muslim Arab countries operate. Unfortunately, we now live in a time when our fair system of law and rules never has been more in peril. For example, we saw that Hillary Clinton, who absolutely should be in prison, never even was prosecuted. At least O. J. was tried and acquitted by a jury. Hillary spoliated evidence discoverable in a legal investigation. She disclosed and mismanaged secret and confidential federal government records in the identical way that repeatedly has landed others into prison, even though they disclosed far less and manifested far more noble character. Indeed, the entire investigation of her crimes was conducted in a crooked manner. Critical witnesses were accorded immunity from prosecution up front, so they had no motivations to cut deals and disclose truths to save their skins. Others were allowed into a room together to hear questions being asked of each other, thus educating liars not to contradict others’ answers. Her questioning was not conducted under oath, so her lies could not be prosecuted as perjurious. It was rigged and unfair.

Even as we’ve awaited the results of the investigations conducted by Inspector General Michael Horowitz and United States Attorney John Durham, so very many of us have become so disgusted and disillusioned with the bottom-feeders in the D.C. Swamp that we hold little hope or expectation that those investigations will result in much.

Against this entire backdrop of corruption and lost faith in our system of justice, we next will address perhaps the single most toxic aspect of the past three years: the abuse and corruption of American law through the widespread nonstop three-year manipulation and leveraging of the Obama Judges. Stay tuned for Part Two.
Read more here.

More on the Black Hebrew Israelites

Ace of Spades has an important post today on the Black Hebrew Israelites and their supporters at the New York Times and Washington Post here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Prison time for this FBI lawyer

Senator Ted Cruz: "A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email, that is in turn used as the basis for a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?"

IG Horowitz: "That is correct, that is what occurred."

(via The Hill on Twitter)

"Illegal surveillance"

Sen. Lindsey Graham on FBI surveilling the Trump campaign: “Let’s put it this way, if you don’t have a legal foundation to surveil somebody and you keep doing it is that bad?”

IG Michael Horowitz: “Absolutely.”

Graham: ”Is that spying?”

Horowitz: “It’s illegal surveillance.”

(Via Steven Cheung on Twitter)

" Nancy Pelosi does not fool non-Catholics when she does her “as a Catholic” charade. She is pure hatred. She “prays for him every day”? Yeah, right. She preys for him every day."

In the American Spectator, Dov Fischer writes in part,
In essence, among several “takeaways” from Pelosi’s “as a Catholic” gambit, two are especially pertinent here:

Any time a hate-driven, narcissistic, power-hungry politician says “as a Catholic,” you can tune out the rest of it. Do not blame Catholics for what the politician says next. It is baloney, confirming the old adage that you can always tell exactly the moment a politician is lying to you: namely, when their lips start to move.
You just cannot stereotype people. The fact that some of America’s most influential and outspoken leftists are Catholic does not mean much different from the fact that some of America’s most influential and outspoken solid conservatives are Catholic.

...Many of the “as a Jews” actually are anti-Semites of Jewish ancestry. Hard to believe? Really? Have you never seen a Catholic publicly desecrate and execrate Catholicism? How about this iconic moment? And so Karl Marx’s father started as a Jew, then converted to Christianity, the religion in which he reared his Jew-hating son, Karl. Karl Marx devoted much of his life to hating Jews and Judaism. He was like a Hitler, only without the power. But closer to home, it has been an American “as a Jew” powerless communist, Bernie Sanders, who opened the doors for anti-Israel prejudice to find a newly honored place in the Democrat party. He made anti-Israel bigotry an acceptable position to take because “as a Jew” he gave it credence. “As a Jew” he responds to each anti-Semitic rant by Rashida Tlaib and says it is fine. “As a Jew” he regularly gives his blessing to Ilhan Omar’s Jew-hate. And the Jew-haters then reciprocally endorse Sanders. Res ipsa loquitur — the thing speaks for itself. Dov Hikind, a New York assemblyman of 35 years, recently has written,

"[A]rming antisemites with one’s Jewishness is perhaps the greatest and most vile of sins one Jew can commit against another. That’s why Bernie Sanders rightfully deserves to be called an antisemite.… But what absolutely confirms that Bernie is a self-hating Jew who uses his identity to provide cover to the worst kind of Jew-haters like Linda “don’t humanize Israelis” Sarsour, his proud presidential campaign surrogate, is his lack of reaction to her latest antisemitic tirade.… Instead, he’s reinforced the notion that even a Jew can be an antisemite, and when they are, they end up being worse than the antisemites themselves. With Jews like Bernie, who needs antisemites?"

Even Sanders’ staffers include Jew-haters. Thus, Darius Khalil Gordon was named deputy director of constituency organizing for Sanders. His tweets were exposed by other media as so anti-Semitic that Sanders had to fire him. What does it say about whether or not Sanders is an anti-Semite when Jew-haters like Linda Sarsour, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib all race to endorse him among 20 choices for president while other Jew-haters sign up to play leading roles on his staff and as campaign surrogates? Sanders is part of a long line of “as a Jew” renegades and apostates going back to the Middle Ages and before. In Bernie’s beloved former Soviet Union, where the communist economy resulted in extraordinarily long bread lines that he praised as a “good thing,” Jewish anti-Semites worked in association with Stalin to destroy and eradicate Judaism and Jewish culture, closing down synagogues, banning Hebrew and male circumcision, arresting, imprisoning, and murdering rabbis. In time, fittingly, these “as a Jew” anti-Semites, organized by Stalin in the “Yevesektsiya” of the Communist Party, ultimately “got theirs.” After doing Stalin’s dirty work for him, they were closed down in 1929, and most of their leaders were murdered during the Soviet Great Purges of the 1930s. Even as they were being shot they never figured out that Stalin, the communist Hitler, actually had targeted each one of them “as a Jew.”

Nancy Pelosi does not fool non-Catholics when she does her “as a Catholic” charade. She is pure hatred. She “prays for him every day”? Yeah, right. She preys for him every day. Likewise, non-Jews should not be fooled by “as a Jew” theological miscreants and outright apostates. They agitate against Israel. They call Israel’s duly elected government and leaders by horrible names. They play footsie with Ilhan Omar, sympathize with Rashida Tlaib, and endeavor to force their utterly non-Judaic values onto Israel, as though they have earned a say in Israel’s internal affairs. That is why Israelis and we observant and other politically conservative American Jews know that our best friends in America include so many scores upon scores of millions of Christians all throughout the United States, but not the “as a Jews.” The “as a Jews,” from Bernie Sanders and George Soros to J Street and the “as a Jew” tenured professors who boycott Israel and brainwash college students to hate Israel, all are a disgrace. Moreover, they never have figured out that, in the end, others do not respect people who do not respect themselves. Thus, all their wonderful friends — Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg — are in the front tier of attacking Israel and its democratically elected leaders and policies with contempt for their “as a Jew” apostates but ever eager to pick their pockets in exchange for a selfie.

Nancy, I see through you. And I see through Bernie Sanders and his ilk. As a Jew.
Read more here.

"What was their agenda?"

What it is all about!

Hearings on Horowitz report not being covered by CNN or MSNBC

Ace of Spades reports that CNN and MSNBC are not covering the hearings on the Horowitz report, despite the fact that they gave the Schiff and Nadler hearings endless coverage. Read more here.

"We are insanely great!"

"But they're black, not white, and affiliated with leftwing politics, not Trump, so we won't hear about this anymore, and the only thing we will hear about is not hate, but GUNS."

Ace of Spades has good coverage of yesterday's murderous attacks on a Kosher deli in Jersey City. He includes several clarifying tweets by Ben Shapiro. Ace writes,
But they're black, not white, and affiliated with leftwing politics, not Trump, so we won't hear about this anymore, and the only thing we will hear about is not hate, but GUNS.

Ben Shapiro made that point last week -- whenever the killer is someone associated with part of the Democrat coalition, or expresses leftwing sentiments online, suddenly the media doesn't want to talk about hatred or political rhetoric inspiring violence, but only Deadly Demon-Guns.
Read more here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Parsing the crap

Andrew Klavan clearly explains the importance of the Horowitz Report.
The report is about a Democratic administration (Obama's) spying on a Republican presidential campaign. Obama was an utter failure and his utter failure exposed the utter failure of the Leftist academic philosophy and the deep dishonesty of the media who have supported the Left and covered for them. More than anything, the Left cannot forgive Trump for exposing with his success the failures of Obama.

Please do watch this brilliant explanation of Obama's failures.

Also in this video: "Our freedom trumps the expertise of the bureaucrats in the State Department!"

Well, aren't you a hotshot!

Beth Mole reports in Ars Technica about a dentist who pulled a woman's tooth while riding on a hoverboard. Read more here.

He picked the wrong student!

In PJ Media, Jim Treacher has the story of a female Michigan high school student who alleges that a male teacher tore off the Women for Trump pin she was wearing on her shirt. Read it here and watch the student tell her story to a local t.v. reporter.

Scott Adams wants to see an effort by the GOP to get Schiff and Nadler removed from Congress.

She's back on top again!



The Daily Mail reports,
Hillary Clinton would be leading the race for the Democratic nomination for president if she declared her candidacy, according to a new poll.

The online survey by Harris Poll which was released by Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies shows the former secretary of state in first place with 21 per cent of the vote.

Joe Biden, the current frontrunner, would receive 20 per cent while Senator Bernie Sanders is at 12 per cent.
Read more here.

"The pundits are lamenting that the American people are not taking this revolution seriously."

Television ratings for the House's impeachment inquiry have cratered. I have heard absolutely nobody in the real world gushing breathlessly over Trump's pending downfall. The pundits are lamenting that the American people are not taking this revolution seriously.

Those same pundits neglect to accept that the revolution already happened. It came in 2016, when the long-ignored hinterlands turned against their “betters” in Washington.

So, let's clarify something: the present effort to impeach Donald Trump is not a revolution. It is a counter-revolution.
Read more here.

Whose land?

In the American Thinker, William Sullivan writes,
I’d wager that there are few square miles of inhabitable land on the face of this planet over which some human beings were not, at some time or another in human history, killed in order to determine ownership of it. Only in modern times, and largely only in the West, is the prevailing belief that the best way to settle ownership of land is not through violence, but to allow noncitizen foreigners to make a legal petition for citizenship, which allows them to take part in the lawful acquirement of property in America through free exchanges of value while enjoying the rights of citizenship and equal protection under the law.

Who among us would argue that this is not a giant leap forward for humankind, accomplished within a tiny fraction of human history?

Unfortunately for us, in this tiny fraction of human history exist millions of young people who’ve never considered, at least with any serious or historically contextual thought, any period of time which existed before their own.

But the simple truth is that America stands as a shining beacon of humanity’s moral progress. It is not some unique testament to the supposed barbarism of a colonial past, however much the progressive Left might try to convince you otherwise.
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Why Schiff is dangerous

Adam Mill writes in American Greatness,
Adam Schiff Better Have a Warrant.
It’s time to stop mocking the House Intelligence Committee chairman as some harmless tin pot. He’s dangerous—and Republicans had better wake up to his authoritarian tendencies while there is still time.

As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is supposed to be the lawmaker in charge of protecting Americans from the government snooping on our phone records. He’s not supposed to be using his position to snoop around in the phone records of Americans. We have no oversight committee to protect Americans from Schiff’s spying.

...By publishing Nunes’ phone records, Schiff has now made it less likely that sources will cooperate with Nunes to turn over information relevant to legislative purposes. Nunes used his position to uncover invaluable information about public corruption. Journalist Lee Smith recently penned an entire book cataloging how Nunes led the team that exposed Clinton’s funding of the dossier used to frame Trump (just one example of the many revelations uncovered thanks to Nunes).

Now that the world knows that Schiff has no problem spying on his ranking member, potential witnesses have reason to fear Schiff will dox them for talking to Nunes. This, of course, was exactly the point of revealing the information. It’s a gross infringement upon the rights of the minority to gather relevant information.

This is a big deal. By closing off fact-gathering, Schiff is attempting to blind the minority and force it to accept the distorted facts Schiff presents. Bad facts make bad laws and lead to bad legislative acts-like this flimsy impeachment.

...John Solomon is the undisputed king of investigative journalism. He has exploded hoax after hoax with unshakable investigative journalism. His freedom to use confidential sourcing is essential to our freedom from a tyrannical government. By letting the world know that Schiff is monitoring Solomon’s phone calls, there is the potential to discourage sources from cooperating with him.

Under some applications of federal law, Schiff might have been required to give Solomon notice and the opportunity to challenge the search and release of records of his phone calls. Solomon has been a thorn in Schiff’s side throughout the Russia collusion hoax and now during the Ukraine farce. It’s highly disturbing that Schiff would use his position as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to interfere with Solomon’s guarantee of confidentiality to sources. Solomon can’t expose the truth if Schiff intimidates sources who want to remain anonymous.

Schiff is out of control. He should be reining in the gross abuses of American civil liberties that are being perpetrated by the intelligence community, not joining in the effort. Obviously, there’s no hope that he will protect our constitutional rights if he cannot resist the temptation to use his own power to spy on Americans.
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Brilliant...just brilliant!

In the Ace of Spades blog, Coblogger CBD writes this about Iran:
Iran is the world's foremost enabler of terror (Islamic and otherwise), conductor of terror, and creator of religious unrest throughout the Middle East and other parts of the world. It should be a pariah among nations, and the world should join together to end the 40-year reign of terror by the mullahs who rule it. Yet the world likes Iran's oil, and likes the idea of another large market to which they can sell their machine tools and exotic metal alloys and electronic components and other goods with which Iran is busily building a nuclear weapons infrastructure with the singular and fanatically focused goal of building nuclear weapons to use On Israel (Little Satan) and America (Great Satan).

Iran Dispatches a Senior Commander of the Shiite Foreign Legion to Southern Lebanon
Iran is implementing its strategic aim of turning Syria into a zone of Iranian influence. Ultimately, Iran wants to build a military infrastructure so that it can pursue its jihad against Israel on two fronts: the Lebanese border and the Golan Heights. Here, too, Iran prefers to make use of a proxy. In addition to Hizbullah, Iran is laying the groundwork to absorb tens of thousands of fighters of the Shiite Legion as they wind up the war against the Islamic State to the region from the outskirts of Damascus to the Golan Heights.

This is exactly how they do it, and how they have been doing it for two generations. They provide advisors and matériel and funds (thanks Obama!) and funnel fundamentalist Islamic "fighters" wherever they are needed. They provide political protection, bribe, blackmail or murder their opponents, and generally destabilize every single country in which they have a presence.

Every single day that goes by without the World, specifically the West vigorously pushing back against Iranian expansion and influence is a day closer to their end game, which is global war and the arrival of the 12th Imam.

Yup. They relish chaos and war and all of the things that modern society tries to avoid. Because they believe in an apocalyptic version of Islam that requires global conflagration before their version of the Messiah returns.

And the world keeps trying to buy their oil and relax the sanctions and sell them modern technology.

Brilliant...just brilliant!

Mark Dice covers the lowlights of the impeachment hearings

Monday, December 09, 2019

You got it, Rush!

"a scheming rat cornered and angered she couldn’t find the next turn in the maze."

In Ricochet, Ole Summers writes about Speaker Pelosi,
For several reasons, in that flash of time when Madame Speaker wheeled on Rosen, I didn’t see a devout Catholic defending her love for all mankind (except, of course, for those in their first, second, or third trimester – or maybe a few minutes past), I saw a scheming rat cornered and angered she couldn’t find the next turn in the maze.
Read more here.

Hugs from our President

"President Trump has instructed military base commanders to rethink policies about allowing military personnel on bases to be armed."

In PowerLine, John Hinderaker writes,
It is still not clear whether Pensacola murderer Mohammed Alshamrani was part of an extremist Muslim cell or acted alone, although some of his fellow Saudis evidently shared his political views and bloodthirstiness. For now, I want to salute the contribution of Joshua Watson, 23 years old, who was one of Alshamrani’s three victims.

Watson graduated from the Naval Academy in June and was stationed at Pensacola because he wanted to be a Navy pilot. He was the “officer on deck” when Alshamrani’s rampage took place and apparently was in or near the classroom when Alshamrani began shooting. Despite being shot multiple times–at least five, according to his father–Watson was able to get away from the classroom and connect with first responders who were arriving at the base. He told them where the attack was taking place and gave them a description of the terrorist before dying.

The first responders were local policemen because the Pensacola Navy base is, like most U.S. military facilities, a gun-free zone. Joshua Watson was a rifle team captain at the Naval Academy. If he had been armed when Alshamrani began his rampage the outcome likely would have been different. Many, many other servicemen and women at Pensacola are perfectly competent to carry arms and do so away from the base. Bizarrely, not even the guards at Pensacola were armed. Glenn Reynolds says succinctly: “An unarmed guard isn’t a guard at all, but something more like a hall monitor.”

President Trump has instructed military base commanders to rethink policies about allowing military personnel on bases to be armed. Like so many reforms of the Trump era, it is long overdue.

"It will take strong men like Durham and Barr, not an obfuscater like Horowitz, to make sure it doesn’t happen again."

Roger L. Simon writes in the Epoch Times that Inspector General Horowitz's report has been made public today.
...Except, within hours of the release of the report, along comes U.S. Attorney John Durham—who has been investigating much of the same territory but with a wider berth and prosecutorial powers— to spoil the occasion:

“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,”

Predication is, of course, the heart of the matter. Just why did the FBI open an investigation of Trump-Russia collusion that proved, after nearly two years, to be non-existent? Was there real justification somewhere, no matter how obscure, as the IG suggests, or was it a set-up, as implied in Lee Smith’s recent “The Plot Against the President”?

Durham apparently has found evidence of something untoward. He advised Horowitz of his information at least a month ago, but the IG apparently ignored it or disagreed. This is not a minor difference of opinion. It’s the essence.

So who’s right here?

I’m betting on Durham. Government employees—people in his position—almost never speak out at moments like this, unless they have the goods. It’s not the least bit collegial and could cost them their career. Durham must have been extremely disturbed and concerned the public was being misinformed.

He and his boss AG William Barr have been journeying to Europe on several occasions, gathering pertinent information from intelligence agencies. As Durham points out:

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.”

We will have to wait for details of what Durham learned in Italy and the U. K. and elsewhere, but I would suggest it’s time to step back and apply Occam’s Razor (i. e. common sense).

An investigation about which nothing occurred went on for years. What started it? It could have been an accident, though I’m not sure how. It could have been a trigger of some unknown sort, but a “low bar,” as Horowitz infers. Or it could have been deception. Whatever it was—it was wrong. It will take strong men like Durham and Barr, not an obfuscater like Horowitz, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Big endorsement for Bernie

"These people are dangerous. They make ruthlessness seem reasonable."

In Ricochet, Dr. Bastiat writes,
There are many facets of the global warming fraud that I find concerning, but what bothers me the most about it is that its adherents claim to on a mission to save the world. Ok, so what would you not do to save the world? At that point, any action could be considered, right? Even horrible side effects are worthwhile in this case because the patient is dying and we’re desperate. So no action, no matter how drastic, is off the table.

It’s easy to chuckle when a self-important 16-year-old girl explains that the world is ending. It’s ridiculous.

Well, it may be ridiculous, but it’s not funny.

These people are dangerous. Their polarizing extremism encourages ruthless actions that would otherwise be unthinkable. Just ask a dead German Jew from 1943.

...A leftist politician no longer has to explain why socialism has never worked anywhere else, and how exactly it will work here. That’s a tough sell. All he/she has to do is convince voters that Republicans are evil capitalists who want to get rich by destroying the world, like a James Bond villain. And then convince those voters that global catastrophe is certain unless they vote for the leftist, who cares for the environment. Skip the details, just paint the picture.

At that point, no actions, no matter how drastic or ruthless, are off the table. Confronting and shaming people in public. Scaring the families of prominent conservatives. Arresting elderly nobodies like Roger Stone in SWAT raids in the middle of the night, with CNN along to broadcast it worldwide. It seems vicious, but hey, we’re trying to save the world here, so it’s ok. Really. Are you with us, or against us? Are you evil, or nice?

...These people are dangerous. They make ruthlessness seem reasonable.
Read more here.

Torturing Barry's ego

In PJ Media, Jim Treacher writes,
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is turning out to be a dream candidate, if only for fans of cringe comedy. Again and again, Joe's bumbling missteps and cranky hostility make even his most dedicated opponents say: "For God's sake, isn't there somebody who can help this poor old man?" It seems cruel to subject this addled old-timer to the rigors of a presidential campaign, but it sure beats watching him play shuffleboard.

Last week, Joe went nuts on an Iowa voter who asked him a question he didn't like. Today, we've been gifted with an interview Biden just gave to NPR's Rachel Martin. She climbed aboard the No Malarkey bus and got an earful of Joe's pure, unadulterated malarkey:

...Biden: Name me somebody who's gonna be able to stand on the world stage and immediately command the respect of everyone in the world, our enemies as well as our adversar-- as well as our allies. I know all these people. This is the only reason why I'm running this time, is because of my experience.
Martin: Well, Barack Obama was able to do it, and he didn't have very much experience at all.
Biden: No, that's not true. Think about it. That's not true. What happened was, one of the reasons Barack Obama picked me as vice president is because he lacked the background in foreign policy. He's a brilliant guy. He knew what he wanted to do. He knew how to get it done. But notice, every time we had a problem on Capitol Hill, who went up and got it fixed? Answer the question. Who went up and got it fixed? See, you're not. You know the truth.
Martin: It's not my job to answer questions.
Biden: I know it's not your job to answer.
Martin: I appreciate the sentiment.

...Everything about this is wonderfully cringey: the close-talking, the intensity of Joe's delusions, his demand of his interviewer to answer his question. It's the same energy as a young woman visiting her grandfather in the nursing home and getting an earful about his high-school football career as a backup QB. The only way this could be any better is if he said, "Look here, little lady."

What you're looking at here is a 77-year-old man who passed up his best shot at winning the presidency because he was afraid of Hillary Clinton. Now he's desperately struggling to make up for that monumental mistake, while trying to hold onto his rapidly fading mental faculties. Even if you don't like Donald Trump, you should be rooting for the Dems to nominate this guy. If he's this hilarious now, how much fun will he be when the pressure really gets cranked up?

I wish I could be a fly on the wall when Barry watches Joe spewing this nonsense. Biden was Obama's insurance policy for eight years -- Who would ever want to assassinate him, if the alternative was this clown? -- and now Biden has convinced himself he was the one running the show the whole time. It must be torture to Barry's ego. Tee-hee!

"Battleground states?"

While impeachment hearings move forward in the House, Firehouse Strategies shows how Trump has moved ahead of any and all Democrat opponents in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Results of the Firehouse polling here.

How it works

In the American Thinker, Monica Showalter discusses how
Obama gave Pearson Publishing $350 million to create Common core text and Pearson gave Obama a $65 million dollar book deal in return.
Read more here.

Truth is treason!



From JJ Sefton's Morning Report:
Good morning kids. Start of a new week and the top stories are the release of the IG Horowitz Report and the House Judiciary Committee set to charge President Trump with treason. Yes, gentle reader, you read that right: T-R-E-A-S-O-N. These people are truly sick. They are doing more than just playing games; they are playing with fire, here. If I had the ability to hold back and not slam my fist into Jerrold Nadler's gaping maw, I would certainly displace the perpetual slab of pastrami with a microphone and try to get him on record to answer the question "do you realize treason is a capital crime?" Okay, I get it. You turds are doing anything and everything you can to sabotage the President while covering up for your own crimes of sabotaging 2016 and then Trump's nascent presidency, which for the record, come within a red nether-hair's breadth of actual dictionary definition treason. Meanwhile, we still have hearings set for today, which you gave the Republicans on the committee essentially zero time to prepare for, dumping thousands of pages of evidence at the last minute. Not that that would matter since the committees are a farce of both fairness and legal precedent.

The Democrats have ensnared themselves in their own trap. For over three years, everything they have done to rig the election and then sabotage this president has failed, and spectacularly so. And since impeachment was promised even before Trump took the oath of office, impeachment is what they are going to have to deliver. But invoking treason is truly crossing a line. For argument's sake, let's say the House votes to impeach - and the jury is still out on if they even have the votes (although I suspect they do and the scuttlebutt that they don't is a head-fake), and then he is exonerated in the Senate. What then? Forget the shmoo-like bespectacled "G-d-cursed chimptato hybrid" screaming at the clouds. Will the Antifarians turn into Weathermen 2, Electric Boogaloo? I almost feel the Democrats would cheer that on, if not intentionally engaging in all of this to enable exactly that. As I said, they are playing with fire here.
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Devout

Sunday, December 08, 2019

On the 39th anniversary of John Lennon's death

Who is catching whom?

"...maybe this impeachment brainstorm was not the bestest idea there ever was."

In Town Hall, Kurt Schlichter has written his funniest post ever, in my humble opinion!
Well, the gibbering, babbling left wanted an impeachment, and now they’re getting it good and hard. To the surprise of no one who isn’t a blue city pol, a media hack, or an insufferable Fredocon sissy, the American people are not particularly impressed by the genius idea of replacing our president a year before an election because he allegedly expressed curiosity about why the coke-sniffing, stripper-impregnating, dead brother’s wife-trifling, Navy-rejected loser son of Vice President Gropey O’Definitelynotsenile scored a $50K+ a month gig on a Ukrainian gas board. And it’s just dawning on some of them they maybe this impeachment brainstorm was not the bestest idea there ever was.
That is just the first paragraph. Read the rest here.

Dismantling the Adam Schiff impeachment hoax

"How many more Americans must die before law enforcement and intelligence officials dare to examine and discard the comforting falsehoods and fantasies they have embraced regarding Islam and jihad?"

In PJ Media, Robert Spencer writes about the jihad massacre in Pensacola.
Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, an aviation officer in the Saudi Air Force, opened fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday, killing four people and wounding many others. In doing so, he showed yet again that the prevailing politically correct obfuscation and denial regarding the jihad threat is not only wrong, it’s dangerous. If we had a realistic approach to the jihad threat, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani’s victims would be alive today.

...Alshamrani was in the country to get aviation training. No one flagged him as a potential jihadi. No one would even have dared to question him to try to ascertain his thoughts about the United States and the global jihad. Any effort to have done so would have been denounced as “Islamophobic,” and would have been career suicide for whoever did the questioning.

...Thirteen people died at Fort Hood because of the politically correct assumption that Islam is a religion of peace and that to raise suspicions about any Muslim is “Islamophobic” and evidence of nothing more than bigotry and racism. Four more people have now died at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola because in the ten years since the Fort Hood jihad attack, we have learned nothing. All the same taboos are still firmly in place. To point out that there is no reliable way to distinguish genuine friend from concealed foe among our “allies” from Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan or anywhere else will do nothing but invite scorn and derision, and earn one a place on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate” list.

How many more Americans must die before law enforcement and intelligence officials dare to examine and discard the comforting falsehoods and fantasies they have embraced regarding Islam and jihad? How many more Mohammed Saeed Alshamranis must there be before our government and military authorities recognize that Islam is not actually a religion of peace at all, but one that teaches warfare against unbelievers in its core texts, and consequently that any devout and knowledgeable Muslim may believe that it is a good and even holy thing under certain circumstances to kill those unbelievers?

This is an unpleasant but readily demonstrable fact. It does not mean that every devout Muslim is or ever will be a jihadist. It does mean that we must be realistic and careful regarding the sentiments of the personnel we train from countries where the teachings of Islam are well known and revered. If we aren’t, nothing is more certain than the fact that there will be more massacres in America like the one in Pensacola on Friday.
Read more here.

Unequal application of the law

In the American Thinker, David Guardiola writes in part,
...Democratic Party policies today support the idea that adhering to the rule of law is no longer obligatory for several designated and politically favored groups selected by them. Progressive politics is attempting to move Americans to accept and adopt a multi-tier justice system based on the unequal application of the law, whereby treatment by the system is increasingly dependent on subjective political considerations.

On a local level in many cities and communities, Democrats in power are by their actions undermining the rule of law. For example, expected compliance with the law in several of our leading cities run by Democratic Party leaders, including most notably New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, is now often based on a person's economic and immigration status, race, sex, sexual orientation, and increasingly an indication of a person's political and religious affiliations. The reason for these exemptions being granted is based on the dual ideologies of identity politics and social justice.

...As a nation, we can look back at the great success the implementation of broken windows enforcement policies and practices as a potential guide to current-day challenges of maintaining a just and civil society both in Washington and across our nation. The crucial and pragmatic next steps in re-creating a proper environment of deterrence in our country against lawless conduct, including misconduct by government officials, will be the impending actions of Attorney General William Barr and U.S. attorney John Durham.

The key question is whether their lengthy investigations of improper activities associated with attempts to remove President Trump from office will lead to the suitable punishment of all the players responsible without exception. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Deep State wins, and all our freedoms are at risk. A lack of decisive action against these participants will signal to many in government that they are free to operate outside the rule of law with impunity in their pursuit of political power. At risk is our Founders' design for an enduring nation, in which the rule of law would prevail and be applied equally to citizens from all walks of life — and also would act as an ongoing restraint on the power of our government.
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A reality divide

Dennis Prager writes in his website that the Left-Right divide is unbridgeable because we cannot agree on reality.
The left believes socialism is economically superior to capitalism. But the reality is that only capitalism has lifted billions of people out of poverty. This is, therefore, not an opinion divide — “You prefer capitalism. I prefer socialism” — but a reality divide.

The reason this is so frightening is that it means one side has lost its grip on reality. If half of this country cannot distinguish truth from falsehood, that is not a good sign for the nation’s future. On that point, ironically, left and right can agree.
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A pathetic clown show!

Roger Kimball writes in the American Spectator,
...At the moment, Donald Trump is presiding over the most robust economy the US has seen in decades. Unemployment, especially minority unemployment is at historic lows. Wages, especially at the lower end, are rising. Consumer confidence is high. We are at peace. Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is something like 90 percent. His support among Blacks and Hispanics is rising. As James Piereson recently pointed out, it is well nigh impossible to impeach a president in such circumstances.

The Democrats’ latest strategy — will they finally pack it in once, it, too, fails? — is to deliberately confuse the use of power, which is something Trump, like every president, does, with the abuse of power, which is something else and something for which we have no evidence.

...Were this a reality TV show, the resounding verdict would be ‘You’re fired.’
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"Richard Jewell"

In the Chicago Tribune, Michael Phillips reviews Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell" movie which opens in theaters next Thursday. Read his review here.

Save that tape!

It works for rats!

Gretchen Reynolds writes in the New York Times about a new study in which rats who did resistance training
gained strength and also changed the cellular environment inside their brains, improving their ability to think.

Journalism jobs disappearing

Business Insider has a story detailing the phenomenal amount of journalism jobs that have been eliminated so far this year. 7,700 jobs all across the country. Meanwhile, the rest of our economy added over 200,000 jobs! Read more here.

Civility

Daniel McGraw covered the Oberlin College vs. Gibson Bakery case for Legal Insurrection,
“All Oberlin had to do,” Gibson told me in September, “was to say we weren’t racists and there would have been no trial. What I didn’t understand is that they didn’t have the civility to do so. The basic civility we all try to live by. They didn’t seem to understand that.”

...Following the verdict in June, I wrote about the case for Quillette in an attempt to explain why an anodyne shoplifting incident had blown into a vicious racial scandal, and a cultural standoff between town and gown. The community that once joined the college and its environs no longer exists. What happened to David Gibson and his family is evidence of a resentful meanness that always lurked in the background, but which polarizing cultural and political pressures have inflamed.

As I reported at the time, David Gibson testified that the school had offered to allow the bakery’s food back in the university cafeteria on two conditions: that Gibson’s drop the shoplifting charges, and agree to report all future instances of theft by students to the university and not the police. Gibson refused. “They didn’t want to move forward until we agreed to special treatment for students shoplifting,” he told the jury. “But I kept telling them that we have to be consistent and call the police no matter who is stealing.” Only later did he realize that the school administrators might be using the controversy to launder their own reputations. “[The school administration] had been accused of being racists by students in the previous year,” he testified, “and I think they used us to deflect from that problem they had. I believe they were using us as a target so that their racial problems with their students would go away.”

David Gibson has not lived to see the end of this distressing saga. In late 2018, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and, on November 16 of this year, he passed away aged 65. At his funeral, there were no bitter condemnations of the school’s administrators. Instead, friends and family spoke fondly of his kindness, his volunteer work helping the marginalized to find jobs and addiction treatment, his unpaid service on various local boards, and how his family had been active members of the Oberlin community since the late 1800s. But Eddie Holoway, a longtime family friend and one of many African Americans who attended the service, did address the point that almost everyone else had tactfully avoided. “The environment today is where name-calling is quite popular,” he said. “Words do matter. The names put upon him weren’t very pleasant. But he wanted to see a healing point. David had made peace with this before he died … his main concern wasn’t himself, but for everyone in this town. This [lawsuit] was about damag[e to] his reputation, but all of us who knew him knew what his reputation is. He had a good heart and helped everyone he could and that was priceless.”

...This is the man Oberlin students and faculty vilified as a racist, who Oberlin College punished by cancelling his cafeteria contract, and who is now accused, even in death, of attacking free speech for attempting to clear his family name. The Gibson family aren’t racists, they were just grist to a political mill. And as I watched all this all unfold in court, I was stunned by how unnecessary and senselessly destructive the whole episode had been.
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Our meritless meritocracy

Glenn Reynolds saw it coming. After one month of the Trump presidency, Glenn wrote in USA Today,
Strong nations can fail when their leadership class, or a part of it, succumbs to pettiness, and places its narrow factional interests above those of the nation. Americans have often assumed that we are immune to such things. Perhaps earlier Americas, with a more disciplined, more patriotic ruling class, were. But today’s America is not. Beware.

...In the United States, the result has been Trump. In Britain, the result was Brexit. In both cases, the allegedly elite — who are supposed to be cool, considered, and above the vulgar passions of the masses — went more or less crazy. From conspiracy theories (it was the Russians!) to bizarre escape fantasies (A Brexit vote redo! A military coup to oust Trump!) the cognitive elite suddenly didn’t seem especially elite, or for that matter particularly cognitive.
Read more here.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Firearms on U.S. military bases

Did you know there were two mass shootings at U.S. military bases this week? Grabien brings us this from NBC News.
Two mass shootings at U.S. military installations in one week, including one in which the perpetrator was a foreign national, have prompted questions over firearm use on American bases.

Friday's shooting by a Saudi national who was in the United States for navy training left three people dead and eight injured at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. It came two days after a sailor shot two civilian Defense Department workers dead at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii before killing himself.

Simon moves to the Epoch Times

Roger L. Simon has left PJ Media and is now writing for the Epoch Times. He writes here about impeachment and what the government could be doing if it weren't totally focused on impeachment.

Banned in California

Keep the tusks away from Biden!

As he introduced this week's Narwhal tusk edition of This Week in Pictures in PowerLine, Steven Hayward wrote,
As we learned last week, the ever-resourceful British deployed a narwhal whale tusk to dispatch a terrorist, and now I want one too! But I suspect before long, Michael Bloomberg and other Democrats will be calling for “common sense” narwhal tusk control, and you can’t really blame them, can you? Just imagine what Joe Biden would have done if he’d had one handy in Iowa this week. No doubt he would have confused the orotund gentleman who challenged him with a seagoing mammal, and responded inappropriately.

You go girl!

We shall see



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Decoupling from China

In the indispensable Conservative Treehouse, Sundance writes,
In the dynamic of the denuclearization of North Korea, the projected Beijing narrative was Chairman Xi Jinping playing the role of magnanimous panda and *guiding* Chairman Kim Jong Un into the world of nations. This strategy was pure cunning; as it would look magnanimous to the world, but Xi would always retain control over Kim…

The Magnanimous Panda ploy was a false optic; and President Trump through direct contact with Chairman Kim knew it.

President Trump portrayed himself as buying-in to the Magnanimous Panda scheme of Chairman Xi. However, the unorthodox approach of having frequent contact and direct communication with Chairman Kim Jong-un muted Beijing’s control as puppeteer.

The Beijing central authority, while negotiating with President Trump over trade issues, did not initially realize that President Trump was also wearing a panda mask.

President Trump looked like he was being earnest, deliberate and patient; but in reality President Trump was achieving his goal. Here’s the ‘ah-ha’ moment.

….The current status with China was the final objective.

President Trump is not currently engaged in a substantive trade agreement in the formal way people are thinking about it. Instead “Phase-One” is simply President Trump negotiating the terms of a big Agricultural purchase commitment from Beijing, and also protecting some very specific U.S. business interests (think Apple Co.) in the process.

The actual goal of President Trump’s U.S-China trade reset is a complete decoupling of U.S. critical manufacturing within China. President Trump does not express angst, frustration, or even disappointment over the U.S-China trade discussions because the decoupling is well underway.

...China is suffering a slow death by a thousand paper-cuts. The bleeding of cash in combination with the direct loss of $75 billion in annualized exported products that U.S. companies have now sourced from alternative ASEAN nations is biting hard.

The direct outcome is also a drop in China’s purchasing of industrial goods they would normally use in the manufacturing process. This lack of Chinese purchasing is one of the top reasons for the stall in the European economy.

Donald Trump spent 30-years openly advocating for the principle of restoring American wealth. That meant the economic pressure would continue until China was decoupled from influence over the U.S. economy.

President Trump used tariffs and threatened more consequential action as it relates to non-tariff barriers, IP protection, forced technology transfers etc as a result of China reneging on their May 2019 agreement.

Additionally, President Trump was openly engaged with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un throughout; telling the world North Korea was already no longer a threat, and muting the ability of Beijing to use DPRK aggression against the economic confrontation.

...In hindsight every move since early 2017 including: (1) the warm welcome of Chairman Xi Jinping to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate; (2) the vociferous praise poured upon Xi; (3) the U.N. sanctions where China and Russia agreed; (4) the November 2017 “golden ticket’ tour of Asia; (5) the direct engagement with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un; (6) the strategic relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; and a host of smaller nuanced moves were all quietly building toward the goal of decoupling from China.

President Trump outmatched Chairman Xi in this economic confrontation by allowing Beijing to underestimate Trump’s resolve. While Chairman Xi thought he was outmaneuvering his rival, it was President Trump who was wearing the Panda mask all along.

There was always going to be a moment when China realized what was happening.

It was also predictable China would react to the realization by returning to their historic leverage against such economic confrontation.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Saturday that denuclearization is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.

Ambassador Kim Song’s comment appeared to go further than North Korea’s earlier warning that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the central focus of U.S. engagement with North Korea in the past two years, might have to be taken off the table given Washington’s refusal to offer concessions.

“We do not need to have lengthy talks with the U.S. now and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiating table,” he said in the statement made available to Reuters. (more)

On December 15th the next round of tariffs against China are likely to go into effect.

There will possibly be North Korean missile launches.

There will possibly be North Korean ICBM launches.

All of it is controlled by Beijing and all of the activity is in direct proportion to Chairman Xi realizing that President Trump is decoupling the U.S. from China.
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"Fools and their money are soon parted!"

Don Surber writes,
I see where billionaires Mini Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer are dumping tens of millions of bucks on ads. Fools and their money are soon parted. Political consultants are milking them like the cash cows they are.
Go here to read his post on political consultants and how Donald Trump wisely did not waste much of his money on them.

Cramer: "The best numbers ever!"

The bollardization of everything is all we get.

Mark Steyn on the most recent London Bridge terrorism: "We are tiptoeing very close to conscious child sacrifice in the cause of "diversity". Mark on the upcoming election in the United Kingdom:
In the early hours of December 13th, one of two men will become the United Kingdom's Prime Minister: on the one hand, Jeremy Corbyn, a man whose sympathies his entire adult life have lain with terrorists, whether Irish Republican or Islamic, and who is all for early release for persons he doesn't think should be banged up in the first place; and on the other, Boris Johnson, whose party talks tough on crime, immigration, terrorism and everything else, but under whose showboating butchness nothing ever changes.
Read more here.

Refusing to accept that elections have consequences

Unbearable self-righteousness. Faux prayerfulness. Fake religiosity. False piety.



Have we become too stupid to survive?

Mark Steyn writes,
I can no longer remember when I first used the line, but, as I've said many times before, sometimes a society becomes too stupid to survive.

Back when President Trump was Candidate Trump, he famously proposed a soi-disant "Muslim ban" on entry to the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on".

Which was a rationale to which I was rather partial - because a failure to "figure out what the hell is going on" is a big part of why we're where we are a generation after 9/11. Mohammed is now in the Top Ten boys' names in America, which means it will sooner than you think be, as it is in Europe, among the Top Five boys' names, and eventually the Number One. [UPDATE: See Michelle Stone's comment below.]

Well, the "Muslim ban" never happened, after being struck down by judges and filleted into meaninglessness by the lawyers of the permanent bureaucracy. But you would think, given the mountain of corpses piled up on 9/11, that at the very minimum Saudi nationals would no longer be being given pilot training in Florida. After all, fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, and half of those who flew the planes received their lessons in the Sunshine State.

Yet today Americans pick up their papers to read:

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Saudi Arabian military pilot training in the United States opened fire Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola, leaving three people dead and several others wounded before Florida sheriff's deputies shot and killed him.

Or as The New York Times headlined it:

Florida Shooting Updates: Authorities Say It's Too Early to Know if It's Terrorism

We know it's a Saudi national gunning down Americans, but it's "too early to know" if it's terrorism. Could be just "mental health issues" or "workplace violence" or "pre-traumatic stress disorder" or "involuntary self-radicalization" or whatever. Nothing to worry about and always remember (to reprise another old line of mine) that "Allahu Akbar" is Arabic for "Nothing to see here".

On "the day that everything changed" nothing changed - except the rate of Muslim immigration to the west, which doubled. A US immigration bureaucracy both cruel and stupid enough to ban a World War Two RAF pilot for life for staying with his wife until her death when she was stricken ill in the US and taken to a New Jersey hospital cannot stop itself admitting Saudi trainee pilots to kill Americans.

Recently, I marked (under the headline "Diversity unto Death") the tenth anniversary of the Fort Hood slaughter - the first mass murder in American history in which the perpetrator gave a PowerPoint presentation on what he intended to do, and to a roomful of military and mental-health professionals to boot. Some of whom felt a little queasy about what they heard, but not enough to prevent him going ahead and murdering everyone. And, in the course of our anniversary observances, I quoted Steyn Club member Kate Smyth's observation that "we'd rather die than be thought of as 'Islamophobic'". Which is, increasingly, literally true. And so it is that we go round in circles, so that this year's atrocities all seem like faded Xeroxes of last year's atrocities - an attack by Saudi pilots trained in Florida, an attack on a US military base, an attack on London Bridge, another attack on London Bridge, another Saudi pilot in Florida, another US military base...

A few days ago Kate Smyth identified another difference between the carbon copies and the originals. On the telly yakfests round about now, there'll be earnest conversations about whether this latest member of Local 347 of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves has any "links to Isis". As Kate put it re even "conservative" media outlets:

There's been a very obvious shift - no doubt a confirmation of Islamisation itself. No 'I' and no 'M', with discussions limited to terrorism... What's noticeable is that there's both censorship and self-censorship as part of this shift.

From the aforementioned link: 'As Ayaan Hirsi Ali explained, because of the West's obsession with terror, we have become blind to the broader threat of the dawa (Islamic proselytizing), the ideology behind the terror attacks — and what drives Muslims to Islamize us.'

It follows that, as long as terrorism is contained to an 'Acceptable Level of Violence', we won't hear about Islamic terrorism (let alone Islam).

There is a lot of truth to that. Indeed, it is one of the striking differences between atrocity coverage circa 2019 and atrocity coverage circa 2002. So we will admit more Saudi would-be pilots (for no district judge would countenance an end to the program) but also order up more bollards for US military bases, and longer security lines and more sophisticated latex gloves. And, whatever happens, it won't ever be anything to do with Islam, and not even anything to do with terrorism unless you're going to a dead-drop in the park to collect your orders from Isis High Command.

Oh, and even the "Muslim ban" guy is back to the usual "the Saudis are our friends" bollocks:

The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.

Yeah, sure. Aside from the three other Saudis who filmed the attack as it was in progress.

The flaw in Trump's "Muslim ban" was its conditionality on us "figuring out what the hell is going on". Actually, what the hell's going on isn't so difficult to figure out. But, as events at Fishmongers' Hall and the Pensacola Naval Air Station both underline, most of the western world would rather do anything than confront honestly "what the hell is going on".

And so the hell will go on, and the faded Xeroxes of faded Xeroxes will go on.

As I wrote all those years ago in America Alone, this is an opportunist infection: The likes of today's perp and last Friday's perp are able to do this to us because we're willing to have it done to us. We have not the will to resist even the most absurd provocations.