Does the argument hold together? Impeachment or AGW oxymoronic issues? Masterful.

sundance: Jim Jordan: “Adam Schiff’s ‘Abuse of Power’ is What The Founders Called ‘Separation of Power’”

Nick Arama: Watch ‘Objective’ Liberal Media Fall All Over Themselves to Praise Schiff, Get the Mocking of their Lives – “Grabien put together a great supercuts video, with some of Cillizza’s colleagues at CNN, as well as folks from MSNBC and elsewhere.” … “It’s enough to make one hurl. Yet not one of them will get/admit how compromised, how lacking in objectivity and how contrafactual they actually are.

David Catron: Same Schiff, Different Dais – “The media fawn over him, but he’s the same guy who bungled the House impeachment inquiry.” … “By some marvelous coincidence, dozens of major news organizations were able to conjure but one word to describe it: “masterful.”

“He is a masterful liar who long ago learned to control his body language and voice production such that his most outrageous lies seem plausible. Yet, as E. Donald Elliott wrote in this space Thursday, “Schiff provided absolutely no factual support for the crucial premise on which his entire case depends.” In the end, the evidence is against him and his mendacity will destroy his credibility. He’s the same Schiff on a different dais, and every senator knows it.

Eric Worrall: Nature Predicts Worsening Climate Driven Forest Fires – Burning What? – “My point is, predictions that fires will get worse apparently without limit are absurd.” There is another oxymoron buried in the argument that climate control is needed to prevent wildfires. Like with the ‘impeach Trump’ mania, the argument is deeply flawed but only for those who can exercise critical thinking.

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Where’s common ground if reality is dismissed?

William L. Gensert: Democrats Seek Civil War, But Will Get Revolution – “Democrats conspired with foreign agents, lied, cheated, and denied due process to Donald Trump. If they were willing to do that to a duly elected president in order to obtain power, what should Americans expect them to do to them should they refuse attempts to be disarmed?”

Michael Goodwin: Chuck Schumer, Democrats must have Founding Fathers rolling in their graves – “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.

Blackmail? A crime against democracy? His words constitute false advertising because the House charged the president only with “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”

In truth, the only crime against democracy is the Dems’ endless effort to overturn the 2016 election and use the impeachment process to help defeat Trump this year.

Joel B. Pollak: Fact check: no, President Trump did not say Article II gave him absolute power – “The House impeachment managers — all Democrats — argued Tuesday at the start of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate that Trump believed that Article II of the Constitution meant he can do “whatever I want.” Both Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) presented deceptively edited video that cur out the context of Trump’s words.” It’s just one egregious example of the in-your-face deception and deceit invoked in the assault on the President.

sundance: UPDATE – First Schumer Rules Amendment Defeated – House Managers Attempt To Rectify Inherent Impeachment Flaws… Explanation and background of the scheme, its history, and its challenges to help understand the current Senate arguments.

Scott Johnson: I can’t GAO for that – “It is the sort of well-timed hit from the deep state that has become so predictable it should produce groans, if not disgust.” Johnson cites Alan Dershowitz for a clear explanation of the absurdity of the GAO allegation and James Freeman for a bit of background on the shenanigans. Also see Paul Sperry: Whistleblower overheard for another deep state exposé.

John Hinderaker: Trump In the Lions’ Den – “Trump threw down the gauntlet before Europe’s governing classes, standing up for free enterprise, limited government, and an administration that cares about all of its citizens, not just plutocrats and bureaucrats.” It’s the Davos speech, another Trump home run. See also Don Surber: Trump’s remarkable remarks at Davos.

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Hubris knows what’s good for you

Byron York: Two deceptions at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment brief – “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.

“Neither mischaracterization in the Democratic brief is a mistake; Democratic prosecutors know full well what actually happened. But the mischaracterizations are necessary to build the case against the president, to show that he had corrupt motives in the Ukraine matter. They are, of course, not the entire case, but they are important. And they are wrong.

George Zimmerman: Man, Richard Jewell Hit Home! – “The film reminded me just how much heartache an accusation this heinous puts a parent through

“This movie hit home. I absolutely identified. Richard and I were both cop wannabes — or so the media told us. We were both gullible. We both believed law enforcement had our best interests at heart. We both believed reporters wanted the truth. We both believed everyone was basically good and then we both realized what fools we had been to believe all that.

Paul Mirengoff: The horror: Trump balked at being spoon fed conventional wisdom – “The excerpt describes how three of Trump’s then-top advisers — James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, and Gary Cohn — organized a session for the president designed to sell him on key aspects of conventional policy wisdom.” … “To get a true sense of the arrogance and condescension behind the Mattis, Tillerson, Cohn “tutorial” for Trump, consider this statement by a “senior official” who helped plan the meeting” – it is this hubris that is a telling characteristic of Deep State Denizens. They just know better than anyone else.

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Ban fundamental personal rights on a whim?

Jazz Shaw: Virginia State Supreme Court Rules On Governor’s Gun Ban For Rally – “What these rulings do is codify the idea that any Democratic governor, mayor or other officials can suspend the Second Amendment any time they feel like it simply by declaring a state of emergency.”

J. Frank Bullitt: America Is Deeply Divided Because The Left Has Become So Shallow – “the hostility toward Trump, and the inevitable division that it has created, is not based on political differences. It’s based on caricatures of the man, lies that have become accepted truth to many, and, of course, a media whose dishonest reporting drives a false narrative.”

Steven Hayward: Why People Hate the Media, Chapter 12,186 – “there are lots of other daily examples you can point to, such as this pairing of Politico headlines for the same story. Politico clearly changed the headline because the first one made Trump look too good:

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Do you celebrate what you did or what you achieved?

You can either celebrate a defeat and destruction of the enemy or the winning of the game played by the rules. Sportsmanship used to require the latter. Leftist politics honors the former as is being seen in the House Majority’s antics regarding impeachment.

Conrad Black: This Tawdry Impeachment Spectacle Must Run Its Course – “The cant and emotionalism that enshrouds this final doomed effort to undo the 2016 election probably require a full trial. The public relations battle must be fought to the end.” … “Since the legal case is nonsense and the outcome foreordained, it is only a public relations battle now.”

“The country will be curious to know whether it must expect this kind of nonsense to be a recurrent theme in its politics, a frequent dilatory and muck-raking procedure. Short of being warned off by the Supreme Court, only a revulsion in public opinion will apparently disabuse nasty and dishonest legislators like Nadler and Schiff from such irresponsible abuse of their positions as is now reaching its tawdry climax.

New York Post: Dems’ impeachment trial strategy: endless circus worse than Kavanaugh hearings – “All this is starting to seem like a farcical replay of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which had wrapped up until Democrats decided to play the Christine Blasey Ford card.” … “The House is supposed to finish its investigation before sending the case to the Senate — not demand the Senate do the real work. What’s to prevent Adam Schiff & Co. from coming up with more Parnases (and Avenattis) to stretch this out for months?

Victor Davis Hanson: The New Post-Trump Constitution (National Review) – “What is far scarier is the reaction to Trump, in both the constitutional and political sense. What follows are likely the new norms for the next generation of presidents, and they will probably be equally applied to Democrats who implemented them in the Trump era.

“We are now on new anti-constitutional grounds, and the United States will probably never return to the constitutional customs and traditions of its first 233 years. The architects of this revolution were not arrayed in sunglasses and epaulets, or in business suits and wing tips, with briefcases. They were hip, cool, and progressive, and they boasted that they did all of this for us, the proverbial people, to cheers from cultural icons, media heavyweights, and those with advanced degrees.

The United States, at least as we knew it, came to an end, not with a loud right-wing bang, but with an insidious progressive whimper.

Tyler Durden: The Virginia Gun Rights Conflict: Best And Worst Case Scenarios – “The current situation in Virginia remains a battle of political rhetoric and “fluid” interpretations of the law.”

“The question then arises: Are these laws worth dying for? I can say with some authority as a long time activist in the liberty movement that the majority of conservatives are willing to risk death to protect their rights. Are state authorities willing to risk death to enforce unconstitutional laws? Because that is where this situation is headed…

The best possible scenario would be that the state government of Virginia realizes that it’s not worth it to try to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, and that the risks are far too high to manage. …

The worst case scenario is that this is an establishment beta test for the rest of the country, and that they may WANT to start a conflict in the hopes that this will spread into a national civil war.

Thomas McArdle: Pelosi’s And Putin’s Remarkably Similar Abuses Of Power – “similar to Putin, Pelosi used a veneer of legitimacy to thwart her nation’s voters.” … “If voters recognize that Pelosi and Putin are applying the same debauched principle for purposes of wielding power, they will mark the common date of their deeds come this November as the day of infamy it was.

sundance: The IG Report Documentary: “FISA and Spying on Team Trump” – OAN Broadcast 7:00pm ET Tonight….The exceptionally well produced documentary called “FISA, Spying on Team Trump” is an hour long broadcast created by John Spiropoulos, a former MSM journalist and producer for Channel 7 in Washington DC (1979 – 1989).

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Connecting with the deplorables

John Merline: Why Trump’s Dishwasher Diatribe Matters – “This isn’t the first time Trump has brought up the impact government energy efficiency mandates have had on dishwashers. But this time, the pundit class responded as if he’d just committed another impeachable offense.” … “But the exuberant cheers at the rally suggest this issue resonates with those who do use this appliance every day. And for good reason.”

Sally Zelikovsky: For Pelosi’s Impeachment Democrats, It’s All about the Disruption – “They might not ultimately remove the president, but they’ll divide senators if they can, impact Senate rules on the trial if they can, and soil Trump for 2020, if they can.” … Destroy. Destruct. Smear.

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Iran, Israel, and forty years denying reality upended

Clarice Feldman: Trump Is Toto — pulling back the curtain “the President’s killing of Qassem Soleimani and the aftermath reveals the four-decades-long treatment of Iranian terrorism and Israel by the foreign-policy establishment — our presidents from Jimmy Carter up to now and Congress — was based on myths.” … “The brilliant Caroline Glick makes the case.”

She explains why the Trump refusal to join in the delusions has so upset the foreign policy establishment — “an unforgivable transgression” in her words. He’s rejected their “collective wisdom” with reality-based policies which might, unlike theirs, actually work. Their legacy is in the ash heap. “All their protestations, all their fancy resumes and titles as former officials will lose their allure and market value.”
 … 
There’s no shortage of rotten apples at the bottom of the cart that the president just overturned.

The climate change is evident as the winds driving the ships of the geopolitical elites are changing direction.

 

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Swamp smells: non-compliant journalist, campaign tactics, deceit in anti-US delusions

sundance: Whistleblower Provides Attkisson New Details to Name Rod Rosenstein and Shawn Henry (Crowdstrike) as Defendants in Lawsuit… “A very interesting development in the ongoing effort of former CBS investigative journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, to resolve the issue of who spied on her, planted spyware and infiltrated her computer systems for illegal surveillance.

Gary Gindler: Trump Is Masterfully Using Democrats’ Opposition against Them – “Not a single U.S. president has been exposed to attempts by such outright micromanagement by the Democrats as Trump.”

neo: Susan Hennessey: caught in the crossfire crossfire – “And since the starting point is chosen not because it’s the actual starting point but because it’s the way to blame that side, it’s an almost infinitely flexible way to mount an argument. Or it might seem that way, as long as you don’t stretch it so far that it breaks, as Susan Hennessey did here.” This sort of dishonesty is also quite prominent in climate change arguments. Distorting the meanings of words, selecting the starting point for a series to suit a narrative, and similar tactics are all used for deception.

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cheap shots, hyperbolic smear adjectives, and other tell-tells

John Hinderaker: Law and Order? Yes, Please [with comment by Paul] – “Another way to put it is that trying to deny obvious realities isn’t a good electoral strategy.” … “Ardent Democrats may be surprised that voters care about crime and the problems associated with homelessness, but no one else is. And the reference to Spiro Agnew and “demoniz[ing] racial minorities” is the kind of irrelevant cheap shot without which we wouldn’t recognize a liberal opinion piece.

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Pesky constitutional limitations

David Catron: Nancy Pelosi’s Delusions of Grandeur – “Madam Speaker is a greater threat to democracy than the man she impeached.”

“By presuming to dictate what the president and Senate Majority Leader “must” do, Pelosi is deliberately undermining the checks and balances built into the system by the Framers. The Constitution provides for the separation of powers among the three branches of the government, and none of the three is constitutionally permitted to usurp the prerogatives of the other two. Likewise, each house of Congress has powers that may not be arrogated by the other. All spending legislation must originate in the House, for example, and only the Senate has the power to approve judicial nominations. More to the point, only the Senate possesses the power to conduct an impeachment trial.

Nancy Pelosi has evidently lost patience with such pesky constitutional limitations.

Delusions of something but certainly not grandeur. …

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Will the complacent wake up? When?

Monica Showalter: Israeli think tank has Soleimani’s number – “Less than a week after the rubout of Iranian terrorist kingpin Qassem Soleiman, quite a few pundits are dishing opinions to the press. Some are good, and others, such as Ben Rhodes, are an embarrassment.” … “Some of the best stuff, though, comes from the people who watch the Iranians as a matter of survival – the Israelis.

“Eytan Gilboa writes that Iran was hit hard by the Soleimani rubout and foolishly wasted its advantages by crossing President Trump’s red lines. Both Trump and the Iranians wanted U.S. troops out of the Middle East, and the Iranians could have gotten it. Until they decided to make a lunge for another Benghazi. Their only hope now is if the U.S. elects another Democrat president.

Alex Joffe writes that the mullahs have a bright spot, over in the states, where the mainstream media and its Democratic allies are going to be making fools of themselves, seeking to throw Trump’s victory away.

Thomas McArdle: Democrats Are Now Incapable Of Protecting America – “There was a time when Democrats insisted that striking down terror strategists was what mattered.” … “Now, however, Democrat after Democrat hails talk and condemns military action against terrorism.” History is dragged out of its bunker, again, but seems to make no impression to the Orwellian Left who insist on ad hominem smears of the ugliest sort aimed at a convenient target to express their muddled mind.

Meanwhile, at ZeroHedge: “Optically Quite Dramatic” But Officials Confirm No US Casualties From Iranian Missile Strike and Stock Futures Stage Tremendous Rebound From Overnight Crash On Optimism Worst Of Iran Crisis Over – The FUD Mongering appears to have been egregiously overblown by the Left’s Propaganda machine, again.

Jeffrey Lord: The Schiff Effect – “Dems’ chickens come home to roost in lack of Soleimani consultation.” … “In a priceless post, conservative author, filmmaker, and ex-Reagan aide Dinesh D’Souza said this of Democrat Senate Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer’s complaint about not being consulted: Neither were the Iranians, and for pretty much the same reason.” … “the Schiff Effect has not only done serious damage to his party’s reputation for handling secret information — it is also helping to do the one thing his party says they are determined to prevent.”

Victor Davis Hanson: Rachel Maddow, Robert Mueller’s legal dream team, Paul Krugman all have lessons for 2020 – “At the very time Maddow was reassuring viewers that Christopher Steele was believable, populist talk radio and the much-criticized Fox News Channel were insisting that most of Steele’s allegations simply could not be true. Maddow was wrong. Her less degreed critics proved to be right.

“The point of these sharp contrasts is not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly.

Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers where an often sheltered and blinkered elite lives.

Daniel Di Martino: What Would a Democratic Socialist America Look Like? I Can Tell You—I’m Venezuelan. – “for Americans used to a liberal government, it can be hard to envision what a democratic-socialist America would really look like. … But I can. I’ve lived it.”

“I saw my home country go from prosperity to starvation in less than two decades. All because the people were tricked into voting for a candidate who sought to punish the rich and give everything away for free. Sound familiar?

If America buys into the ideas of the Sanders and Warrens of the world, things will go downhill just as quickly.

Given full power, Democratic-Socialists would thrust America into an economic nightmare from which it might never escape — not into some Nordic paradise. Venezuelans learned this the hard way. In 2020, Americans can avoid our fate by remembering that free markets, not socialism, lead to prosperity.

Will the complacent wake up? When?

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Soleimani indicators

David Catron: Tucker Carlson’s Inane Claims About the Soleimani Raid – “A talking head skips his meds.”

“All they have left, really, is their skill at manipulating American media and the hope that the latter can dull the public’s appetite for foreign conflict. That’s the beauty of Trump’s strategy of lopping off the heads of snakes like Soleimani. The Democrats and the media will protest, while talking heads like Tucker Carlson kvetch, but the public knows these people are two-dimensional showbiz personalities sweating beneath their make-up. If Trump reduces the number of Americans coming home in body bags by cleaning out the pit of vipers that is Iran, they will support him. This isn’t Afganistan or Iraq. It’s a decrepit theocracy whose days are numbered.

M. Catharine Evans: Iran: ‘Death to America!’ MSM, Democrats and Hollywood: ‘How can we help?’ – “For the record, Soleimani wasn’t in Iraq last week to take in the sights or recite his poetry.” … “The traitorous left in this country are openly aiding the enemies of America. Quoting President Trump, “these people are sick.”

 

Victor Davis Hanson: What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore? — “The United States is trying to square a circle, remaining strong and deterring dangerous elements, but to do so for U.S. interests—interests that increasingly seem to be fewer and fewer in the Middle East.” Jumping over sharks to proclaim quick solutions like Carlson has done is not fully in grips with reality.

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There is something wrong here, continued …

Roger Kimball: An Antidote to the Iran Hysterics – “Trump has always shown that he prefers diplomacy to military action. At the same time, he understands, as did Ronald Reagan, that diplomacy only works when it is backed up by military strength and a willingness to exercise it.”

Clarice Feldman: Double Exposure: The Dems Coddling of Criminals and Iranian Terrorists – “This week, the Democrats have been revealed as the party that exposes us to (1) criminal mayhem (often anti-Semitic) on the streets of New York and (2) terrorism everywhere as they consistently ignored it, indeed, paid off the perpetrators with pallets of airlifted unmarked bills and praised the worst of its perpetrators.” … “Hocus Pocus — once again Trump gets the Democrats to strip and expose their naked idiocy, hypocrisy, cupidity, and fecklessness.

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teaching hate and its result

J. Frank Bullitt: Triggering A Recession Tops The Dems’ Presidential Agendas – “The Democrats are shockingly insensitive to the harm their energy plans would inflict on Americans. Former Vice President “‘We’re all dead‘ if we don’t stop using fossil fuels” Biden told the crowd at a coal town earlier this week that miners can just learn code after Democrats kill their jobs. The callousness and arrogance are appalling.”

J.R. Dunn: 2019: The Left Goes Over the Edge – “The left has always been a movement in danger of going straight over the edge. You can see it in the rhetoric, the agenda, the public behavior, and the quality of people it attracts.” Chapter and verse, one can hope learning will occur and the public will pass its tests.

neo: Who cares about the actual truth… – “when you can teach children a higher truth, and especially one that makes them hate the US and its Founders?

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The dog didn’t bark and yet some are still afraid he’ll bite

Instapundit – responding to a USA Today op-ed:

“Well, here’s some stuff we know about the other armed parishioners that we allegedly know nothing about. First, they stood up to place their own bodies at risk (“Greater love hath no man,” etc. So the Bible says, and it still is news.) Second, when Jack Wilson put down the gunman with a single shot, they calmly reholstered their weapons. Nobody took any unnecessary shots, nobody shot anyone else by accident, and that was that. Honestly, this is better performance than you’d expect — or usually get — from a like number of law enforcement officers, who nowadays seldom seem to let things stop with one shot, and whose shooting ability seems well below what was displayed here.

Yet there are still people afraid, not of the sinful but rather of self defense tools in the hands of the God-fearing (and Bible following) ‘normal’ citizen.

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Acceptable religious bigotry

Julie Kelly: The Religious Bigotry of NeverTrumpers – “The very same propagandists responsible for spreading fake news and conspiracy theories about collusion between Team Trump and the Russians proceeded to scold the president, his advisors, and conservatives for allegedly spreading fake news and conspiracy theories.

“Evangelicals do not have to explain why they support for Donald Trump. They are not required to answer to people who hold them in contempt. Evangelicals do not need to explain their vote or defend their faith. To the contrary, the Left and NeverTrump Right should be called out for their own bigotry, which would not be tolerated against any other religious group.

What people believe … 

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There is no happy face to put on this episode.

James Jeffery: Bushfires and Climate Change: No Link Whatsoever – “Whilst the cataclysmic nature of the inferno is unanimously acknowledged, a chorus of Australians has hastened to the conclusion that global warming is the cause, and CO2 emissions the culprit. Sadly, this is exactly the sort of behaviour to expect in our post-Christian nation.

“Since we have abandoned God, we are constantly trying to find someone — some thing — to blame for the disasters that naturally and tragically occur. It is almost unbearable that we accept the reality that we live in a broken world in which nature is often hostile, and that this truth is more apparent at particular times in history. …

The truth is that the climate is,— and has always been — changing. Likewise, bushfires have always been part of Australia’s history, and the recent bushfires are not an historical anomaly. Long before the era of modern industrialisation, bushfires occurred sporadically due to factors beyond the control of humans

We live in an age when earnest debate is often exchanged for superficial slogans, and the climate change movement is a clear example of this. … let us not sacrifice our brains on the altar of a hysterical political movement. What the victims of these fires really need is not social commentators blaming ‘climate change’ for their suffering, but rather a helping hand to restore their lives.

Frank Watt: Two Possibilities in Trump Wiretapping, and Neither Is Good – “Either scenario should anger and frighten every fair minded citizen who takes the time to read the report and understand its implications. To comprehend the magnitude of the wrongdoing, consider the following”

Richard Fernandez: Death of Privacy and the Curse of Secret Investigations – “The reason why public business should be conducted in the open, according to Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times, is that abuse and conspiracy thrive in the dark.

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I rise committed to oppose the insidious forces which threaten our Republic

Tyler Durden: House Impeaches Trump For Abuse Of Power & Obstruction Of Congress – “Louisiana Republican Rep. Clay Higgins delivered the darkest, most ominous speech of the day.

“I have descended into the belly of the beast. I have witnessed the terror within, and I rise committed to oppose the insidious forces which threaten our Republic,” Higgins opened.

“America’s being severely injured by this betrayal, by this unjust and weaponized impeachment, brought upon us by the same socialists who threaten unborn life in the womb, who threaten First Amendment rights of Conservatives, who threaten Second Amendment protections of every American patriot, and who have long ago determined that they would organize and conspire to overthrow President Trump.”

“We don’t face this horror because the Democrats have all of a sudden become constitutionalists. We are not being devoured from within because of some surreal assertion of the socialists’ newfound love for the very flag that they trod upon.”

“They are deep established D.C.,” he continued.

“They call this Republican map flyover country. They call us deplorables. They fear our faith. They fear our strength. They fear our unity. They fear our vote, and they fear our president.”

“We will never surrender our nation to career establishment D.C. politicians and bureaucrats,” Higgins closed. “Our republic shall survive this threat from within. American patriots shall prevail.”

Thomas Lifson: Hilarious: Dems’ fake ‘solemnity’ exposed as Pelosi silences applause about impeachment vote with her evil eye and hand gesture – “It was an absolutely perfect crystallization of the phoniness of the Democrats’ impeachment rhetoric when Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to silence the spontaneous applause that started to break out as she announced the results of the vote on the first article of impeachment of President Trump.”

Paul Mirengoff: Impeachment Without A Crime – “The House has voted to impeach President Trump. The historical significance of this event lies mainly in the fact that, until now, no president has been impeached without some allegation in an article of impeachment that he committed a crime. This was also the first impeachment proceeding that had no support in the House from a single member of the president’s party.

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How can this be?

John Merline: This Isn’t The First Time The IG Denied Flagrant Bias At The FBI – “The notion that there was “no bias” at all is impossible to believe when you look at the evidence that Horowitz gathered.” “documentary or testimonial evidence” has now joined the legal weasel words hall of fame …

“First, what the IG report actually said was that it couldn’t find “documentary or testimonial evidence” that anti-Trump animus got the investigation going in the first place, saying it was “a discretionary judgment call left to the FBI.”

Basically, then, the IG is saying there was no memo saying flat out that Trump-hating FBI officials were taking on this investigation to sabotage the Trump candidacy and presidency, and no one would openly admit bias to the IG’s investigators.

In any case, this “no bias” language in the latest IG report is almost identical to what Horowitz said in his June 2018 report about the hopelessly biased FBI “investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of State.

Even Horowitz himself wouldn’t categorically deny that bias played a role in the FISA applications. As he told Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat, “it gets murkier … when you get to the FISA.”

“Murkier” is one way of putting it. “Deep state, anti-Trump bias” is another way. Just because an inspector general won’t say those words doesn’t mean it didn’t happen

Kevin R. Brock: Misfired ‘Hurricane’: Comey’s team abused Carter Page and the FBIImagine the Department of Justice inspector general (IG) conducting a review of the Jeffrey Epstein case. It might read something like this: “While it is clear that Mr. Epstein abused minor girls, there is no documentary or testimonial evidence that he was motivated by a deviant sexual interest in those young girls.”

“The report by IG Michael Horowitz is one long expose of a confluence of actors at the top of the FBI who, by their own words, despised Donald Trump

and came together to open and run an investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign, falsifying documents, withholding evidence and using a confidential source who had stated clearly that his goal was to prevent a Trump presidency.

Despite these flashing lights, the IG essentially stated that since no one admitted to being motivated by their personal biases, he could not reach that conclusion. Thanks for that, but most Americans unencumbered by a law degree can detect the obvious without a lot of effort.

William Sullivan: This Land is Whose Land? – “Of all the naïve nonsense that emits from the mouths of young people today, perhaps the most annoying is the constant and ignorant presumption that, somehow, the land within America’s borders doesn’t truly belong to the people who reside here,”

“It would be easy to lay the bulk of the blame for her ignorance at Sandy’s feet alone, but she had ample help from a public indoctrination campaign, which has been underway for many decades in public education, to brainwash our youth into believing that America’s very existence is illegitimate, and little more than a symbolic testament to a brutal colonial past.

Young Sandy was just 14 years old when the venerable Thomas Sowell observed and critiqued these efforts in our educational institutions which taught her such falsehoods. In his 2003 column, “Twisted History,” Sowell writes: …

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Flavors of propaganda and intellectual deceit

Thomas Lifson: Sharyl Attkisson compiles list of 101 notable media mistakes on Trump – “As the dominant media in the United States have degenerated into propaganda organs for the Left, a few honest reporters have distinguished themselves by sticking to the truth, even as it has cost them their high visibility posts.” … “It’s the Fake News Follies.” Compare and contrast to “lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies” of the President the media has compiled and publicized .

Victor Davis Hanson: How America’s Students Need to Get ‘Woke’ – “The progressive campus project is a mere veneer. It is a scab of sorts, overlaying a wound beneath of progressive exploitation and class privileges and hierarchies.”

In academia, the frog has been getting boiled for a long time. Increasing expense coupled with non-academic growth has crept in slowly enough to be accepted as normal. Perhaps the media problem is just example of the result.

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