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An abhorrent mix of demanded obeisance, willful duplicity, and wishful thinking.

Fake news scores another one: Crying migrant child in photo never separated from her mother by Monica Showalter – “Score one for the power of fake news.”

“We already know it was going on with the manufactured crisis over child separations of people caught breaking U.S. law by entering the country illegally. The policies were Democrat policies, yet Democrats and Jeb Bush-style #NeverTrumps were decrying it as a product of President Trump’s heartlessness, separating parents from children entering illegally as families, in order to keep the children out of their parents’ jail. Yet they were President Obama’s and President Bush’s and President Clinton’s policies, dating to 1997. The press pounded the drumbeat nonstop for days that President Trump was heartless and evil – the same way they did for President Reagan.

Best of all in this feeding frenzy, there were the photos: The crying toddler, crying as toddlers do, wildly, for all the universe to hear them.

Those crying toddlers were nothing but a bid to force President Trump to end his zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossers by falsely portraying him as heartless.

Now the facts come out, and pretty quickly, too.

Any questions as to why the mainstream media is held in such low regard by the American public? Memo to the left: As the fake news filters out, this is how you get More Trump.

The Ignorance of Trump’s Moralizing Critics by Christopher DeGroot – “If there is one thing we can count on in our age of expert ignorance, it is that experts in their intellectual and moral smugness will offer opinions that, if acted on, would simplify complex issues and therefore harm the national good.”

“Let’s start with the claim that separating children from their families is “needless and cruel.” This is facile,

Henderson Daniel finds this process “needless and cruel.” The trouble with such moralizing is that it’s not only ignorant of the law, it overlooks how difficult the illegal immigration problem is.

As I argued in my column “Immigration and the Tragic Sense of Life,” the immigration problem is essentially tragic, like life itself. We are torn between the need to put our own citizens first and pity for people who, for whatever reason, wish to leave their native countries to live here. These ends are not wholly compatible, so assigning primacy to the first (as we surely must do) requires that we do much less for needful immigrants—a category that numbers millions if not billions, potentially.

It is precisely because it is tragic that nobody wants to see the immigration problem for what it is. How much easier it is to take refuge in utopian delusion.

Neither have the critics shown any appreciation for Trump’s efforts to restore law and order, although that is one of the major reasons he was elected. For being grounded in reality, the president is lambasted by those who, like petulant children, demand comforting lies. What he will never get from such persons is gratitude. There is a lesson here about human nature itself, and it is not a pretty one.

About that Time Magazine “crying girl” cover … by Ed Morrissey – “The picture of a crying Honduran girl has become the symbol of family separation outcomes from border enforcement.”

“In other words, like so much of the media coverage of this issue, Crying Girl actually represents the opposite of the assumptions blasted around by outlets like Time. We’ve experienced a deluge of misinformation and a complete lack of context over the past week or so from media outlets that are clearly more interested in an agenda than an informed debate. Yanela Varela Hernandez is the poster girl for media’s appetite for activism over truth. And they wonder why people continue to accuse them of peddling “fake news”?

NY City Mayor Turned Away From Detention Center In Texas by John Sexton – “I’m guessing this publicity effort was put together a few days ago when it seemed this could drag on for weeks.”

“Trump’s signing of an executive order yesterday probably meant a lot of speeches had to be reworked in the last 24-hours. The executive order did get mentioned during the press conference but only as an incomplete effort. The point, as Move On and others were already noting yesterday, is to keep pushing and demand more and, most importantly, to keep this story in the news as long as possible.

Nancy Pelosi in 2014: Let’s not politicize all of these children in detention facilities by John Sexton – that was then. This is now.

UN accidentally rips Obama by Don Surber – “UN poverty report blasting Trump, US for ‘hatred for the poor’ uses data from last year of Obama’s presidency,” … another episode of trying to re-write history by being careless about timelines.

“The international anti-Americans are just as incompetent as their domestic counterparts, who used horrific pictures of children in custody — taken from Obama’s concentration camps for youths.

“The U.N. report’s main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party …

“But, wait a minute: the U.N. report’s main contentions are based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure data for 2016 – the last full year of President Obama’s second term. So it would be absurd to say that private citizen Donald Trump had any responsibility for the many shortcomings of the Obama administration or any other administration in power before he became president.”

Of course, extreme poverty in America is considered middle class elsewhere in the world.

Media Lining Up to Defend Black Teen Shot in Carjacking, Attempted Murder by Taylor Lewis – “What’s it like to feel powerless?” Remember that SPLC story from a few days ago? Same idea.

“A lieutenant in the Chicago Fire Department may find out. The fireman committed the grave sin of defending himself and his property from an aggressor. Now he is the target of a social media campaign to ex post facto punish him for having the audacity to protect what is rightfully his.

After investigating the lieutenant’s actions, the Chicago Fire Department found no rule violation or wrongdoing.

That wasn’t enough justice for Macklin’s sister, Janique. In a glowing profile that reads more like a KCNA summary of Kim Jong-un’s latest trip abroad than a real news account, the Chicago Tribune provided a platform for Janique’s feeling of unfairness. “When has it ever become legal to shoot someone because they’re pulling off in your car?” she asks, either unaware that her brother tried to run down the owner of the car he was jacking or dismissing the official police report entirely.

Then comes the most revealing quote: “Even if [Macklin] did that, if he did steal the car. You’ve got insurance – let him go to jail. I would’ve rather had to get a call to go bail him out of jail than to get a phone call that he’s dead.”

This is an abhorrent mix of demanded obeisance, willful duplicity, and wishful thinking.

Macklin had a choice. He didn’t have to steal the vehicle. He didn’t have to threaten the lieutenant’s life with his own vehicle. He didn’t have to die.

That he did, and that there is credibility being lent to his sister’s dubious narrative of events, shows just how debased our conception of human life has become. Asking someone to lie down and die for the sake of another’s choice isn’t sympathy or understanding – it’s crude barbarity disguised as false compassion.

So IRS Tea Party persecutor Lois Lerner had help all along: John McCain by Monica Showalter – “Up until now, I had always been under the impression that some conservatives’ negative view of McCain was overblown, and he was far more good than bad. I was wrong.”

“How’s this for sneaky? Sen. John McCain, not too long after seeking conservative and Republican votes in his failed 2008 bid for the presidency, went right after those same conservative voters without telling them, by egging on the IRS to ruin them.”

Trump’s Message: Full Transparency to Restore Trust by Ned Ryun – A former presidential writer’s own manner of expressing frustration with the ‘deep state’ revelations. But, despite allegations from his opponents, dictat is not Trump’s style. He seems to understanding that educating the public takes much more than just transparency.

What You Missed from Michael Horowitz’s Testimony by Julie Kelly – “Horowitz’s public statements and responses this week should ease suspicions that he is yet another D.C. swamp creature playing politics at the expense of truth and transparency. He was candid and appeared more than willing to cooperate with Congress, a rare trait in this Justice Department.”

“But one reason Horowitz might have punted in his recent report is because he knows the real bombshells are yet to come: He is investigating the FISA warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page; the cozy relationship between Justice and FBI officials and the media, including perks for scoops; ex-FBI Director James Comey’s handling of classified information; and the potential doctoring of official documents.

The Real Lesson of the Inspector General’s Report by Tadas Klimas – “You missed it. But that’s all right: everyone else missed it, too.”

“For whatever reason, it is clear from the report that the structure of the FBI/DOJ’s Clinton investigation was all off: the FBI was reduced to providing a set of runners (perhaps willing and even avid, because of their demonstrated bias, runners, but runners just the same) for DOJ attorneys.

Now, in our system of justice, this is not unlawful. It is “merely” highly unusual.

Did The FBI Frame Flynn? By John Hinderaker – “The criminal case against Gen. Michael Flynn for lying to FBI agents was incredibly weak.”

“Not too many years ago, a claim that the FBI fabricated evidence to facilitate a prosecution would have seemed incredible. Today, given what we know of the corruption of the Bureau under the Obama administration, such a claim appears entirely plausible. This is just one more thread in the slowly unraveling story of the misuse of intelligence and law enforcement agencies by the Democrats to try to frustrate the candidacy of Donald Trump, and to destroy his administration after his election. Whether it will come to anything remains to be seen, but in my opinion, there is little doubt that General Flynn was railroaded into a confession that was likely false by the brute force of federal power.

Liberals Are Crazy. Will Voters Notice? By John Hinderaker – “Over the last few days we have reached peak insanity, especially on Twitter. I can’t begin to recount all of the outrages.”

“This is a phenomenon we have seen repeatedly over the last year and a half. Liberals try to rule any support for President Trump out of bounds. Anyone who expresses even the mildest support for Trump is read out of polite society. He is shunned; he should be fired from his job; if he writes anything, it shouldn’t be printed; he is publicly denounced and inundated with hate; his home, in some instances, is besieged and his children terrorized. If he ventures out into public, he is harassed by bullies. This is the essence of 21st century liberalism.

And it is evil. It is incompatible with democracy or any kind of civil society. And, above all, it is completely crazy.

And it is evil. It is false witness.

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It’s a war of attrition where one side isn’t concerned about collateral damage.

The Big Immigration Charade by Roger L Simon – “If you sought to preserve the violent, reactionary and undemocratic regimes of countries like El Salvador and Honduras — and, to a great extent, Mexico — into perpetuity, how would you do it?”

“One way would be by providing a permanent U.S. safety valve for all their poor and downtrodden, the victims.

Just as with Europe and the Middle East, open borders can salve the soul and make us all feel good about ourselves, but they come with a price.

With everything for propaganda and almost nothing for reality, I don’t see the logjam being broken any time soon.

The real agendas behind the ‘separation of families’ PsyOp meme by Peter Barry Chowka – “This recent wave of immigrants, coming from poor countries with repressive backward regimes, as a rule do not believe in the laws and the importance and supremacy of the founding documents of this country, including the Constitution.”

“Our domestic politics are increasingly manipulated by, and now follow and reflect, this profound demographic shift. Soon, living in the United States will totally be like living in the s—t hole countries of Mexico and Central America. (In 2017, the most powerful Democrat in the California legislature — open borders activist and California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon — bragged that “‘half his family’ was in the country illegally, using false documents, and eligible for deportation.” De Léon is now challenging fellow Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein from the left in the November election.)

As we have seen in recent years, law breaking from the streets to the political suites no longer carries consequences for the preferred classes — whether they are entrenched politicians, high-level Deep State bureaucrats, or illegal immigrant invaders. Just ask Kate Steinle’s surviving relatives about that.

Top Senate Democrat Shoots Down Cruz’s Proposal to End the Family Separation Democrats and the Media Supposedly Care So Much About, In Order to “Keep the Focus on Trump” – spite is more important than solution.

The White House press corps is broken beyond repair by Joseph Curl – “His aggressiveness (read: bad behavior) made Donaldson one of the first “star” reporters at the White House.”

“And now, with Donald Trump as president, it’s all exploded. There’s no decorum at all at the White House anymore. “Journalists” routinely go on extended rants, yell at the press secretary, and grandstand in the briefing room with lengthy (and heavily biased) speeches.

The new paradigm is attack — as crudely and profanely as possible — in the esteemed mission to “ask questions for those that have no voice.”

The idea now is, make headlines. BE the news. Yes, America, that’s the state of journalism today. Fake news indeed.

News Fatigue? Join the Club by Bob Maistros – “why wouldn’t the public be emotionally expended from the anger and accusations, bullying and backbiting, “fake news” and “fact checks,” insults and innuendo, posturing and protests, threats and trolling, and virtue-signaling and violent rhetoric and imagery spewed from every direction today?” The data is there in front of him yet still he cannot see and falls into ‘both sides are the same’ trap.

“And my educated guess is that the reason news fatigue affects one party more is that for most of that time, one side — progressives, abetted by allies in the media — has dominated this “perpetual outrage cycle” to wear down opposition to once-radical ideas and erode adherence to traditional American values.

In fact, as I once observed (presciently, if I do say so myself) in the same-sex marriage context, the whole idea of the left’s unabated and uninhibited assault is not to win debates. It’s to extend them ad infinitum, ad absurdum and ad nauseam, alongside extortion and intimidation — until opponents lose their grip on certainty and collapse in confusion, exhaustion and disarray.

It may seem that the objective in this unyielding, any-means-to-an-end onslaught is the triumph of liberal ideas. But it’s really power. Progressives recognize that by deploying rage to sow social and economic chaos, they open the door for Big Government “solutions.”

The Time I Got Punished for Hate Speech by Don Fisher, Jr. – “Hate speech changes on a whim, which is why we need self-appointed overlords to guide us toward correct and approved conversations.”

“So I rode out my time in Facebook jail, commiserating with friends via old-fashioned email because my Facebook Messenger was also turned off during this time, lest I spread more of my “hate speech.” Did I learn anything during my virtual incarceration? Yes. The Facebook admins are every bit as authoritarian and repressive in this digital world as the Gestapo were during their time, but without the spiffy uniforms. Will I modify my speech and behavior? Not a chance.

Mueller Has Strzok Out by George Neumayr – “The only thing Trump obstructed was a partisan railroading.”

“The other night MSNBC ran a fawning documentary about James Comey. It was full of howlers about the unfathomable depths of his “integrity.” None of the clips age well, but one in particular captured the utter lunacy of Comey serving as Mueller’s presumed chief witness — a clip in which Comey accuses Trump of “lies, plain and simple” for describing the FBI as “poorly led” and in “disarray.” Here is a former FBI director categorizing Trump’s opinion, and a manifestly correct one at that, as “lies.”

That’s the fatuous, un-rigorous level on which Mueller’s probe is proceeding. His forthcoming report will consist largely of his close friend’s hyperventilating grievances against Trump, as if the wounded ego of one of the worst FBI directors in American history, an FBI director the Justice Department’s Inspector General has found to be unprofessional and reckless, counts as a “constitutional crisis.”

The Mueller probe is like a Soviet show trial revolving around the hurt feelings of a pampered commissar.

The toxic origins of the Mueller probe are impossible to expunge. His report will represent nothing more than the fulfillment of the “insurance policy” Strzok and his mistress discussed in Andrew McCabe’s office a few doors down from Comey’s — a plot to impeach Trump via harassing investigation if they couldn’t defeat him at the ballot box.

and this morning, Rush Limbaugh is talking about the wages of hate …

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Hysteria: global order, guns, race, chemicalz

The Rocket Man and the Dotard by Richard Fernandez – “The public acrimony following the conclusion of the recent G7 summit only confirmed the breakup of the ‘international world order’.”

“No longer do people believe that Hillary Clinton’s defeat and Brexit’s passage was a fluke. They accept it as part of something larger.

What went horribly wrong for Soros in 2018 was the future he believed in and poured his fortune into creating disappeared. The real future, to the anxious anticipation of Angela Merkel and many ordinary citizens is about to make its appearance. What will it be?

WOW – POTUS Trump Just Promised An End To The New World Order (VIDEO) by DCWhispers – “This bit of video is remarkable on so many levels. No U.S. president has so openly and boldly challenged the New World Order status-quo as is done here following Mr. Trump’s short visit to the G7 Summit.”

“He calls out the favorite news media tool of the globalists, CNN, and then proceeds to declare the old ways are done, that the United States will no longer allow the needs of its own people to be secondary to the manipulative demands of the globalists.

This man puts himself at terrible risk for saying such things. It is why his supporters revere him and why his enemies despise and fear him so much.

Credit service shuts down payments on all gun purchases by Lois Weiss – “Several gun-related businesses were suddenly — and without warning — disrupted in recent weeks when Intuit stopped processing credit card payments because sales were gun-related.” Intuit has gone bonkers with anti gun hysteria.

50 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List by Sharyl Attkisson – “We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet.”

“That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.” …

Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.

What’s worse, we defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we (sometimes) correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we’re getting so much wrong.

Another Big Obama Lie by Jed Babbin – “And now Iran is bragging about its contribution to 9/11 — just the thing to keep in mind in Singapore.”

“The periodic revelations of scandalous behavior, usually to the detriment of our national security, provide needed remedial courses in the legacy of Barack Obama. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ report last week, showing how Team Obama lied to Congress about money going to Iran for the 2015 nuclear weapons deal, is more instructive than most.

Trump, the NFL players, and the pardons by neo-neocon – “Although I often agree with Mirengoff, we’re going to have to disagree on this one.” You can’t interpret what Trump does without allowing for a nuance that went right past your considerations.

Booker: Trump the One ‘Playing the Race Card from the Very Start’ by Nicholas Ballasy – “a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, pushed back against critics who have told him he’s “playing the race card” when speaking out against racial injustice.” Racism is when everything you see has a racist tint and it becomes an obsession.

“Booker said one of the best ways to tackle racial injustice is to have an “honest conversation and dialogue.”

Booker explained why he supports removing about a dozen Confederate statues from the Capitol building.

Why Democrats Hear a Secret Racist Dog Whistle and Republicans Don’t by Scott Adams – “Hardly a day goes by without some stranger on Twitter telling me in ominous tones that I will someday pay dearly for being a racist “apologist.” They assume I see President Trump the same way they see him.”

“In my book Win Bigly, I describe how the public is watching two movies on one screen. In Movie 1, Trump is a monster with many flaws, racism being at the top of the list. In Movie 2, President Trump ran on a platform of being a Republican who disdains political correctness, and the predictable outcome of that is non-stop accusations of racism. As a public service, I compiled some of the plot differences in the two movies, roughly in the order they happened, so you can compare the two scripts. I won’t try to convince you to switch movies. I’m only making the point that Trump supporters literally don’t see what anti-Trumpers regard as obvious.

As I often say, we humans are not good at knowing which movie is the “real” one because the facts in evidence often fit more than one explanation of the past. So instead of looking to the past, I recommend seeing which movie best predicts future scenes.

I realize no one reading this post will change movies because of it. My only point today is that mainstream Trump supporters are not knowingly supporting someone they believe to be a racist. It only looks that way to the folks trapped in Movie 1.

Movie 1 is where you see everything and anything from the ‘other side’ with the presumption it’s racist.

Sacramento County Votes To Cancel ICE Contract by Jazz Shaw – “This latest incident of Trump Derangement Syndrome is not only ineffective in terms of “protecting immigrants” but imposes yet another burden on the budget of the county which is home to the state legislature.”

“The contract they are canceling was worth millions of dollars per year to the already cash-strapped district. And all they had to do to collect the federal funds was briefly house criminal illegal aliens in a facility which was already in place and in need of funding to sustain it.

When asked how they would justify this refusal of federal funds, one county supervisor simply said, “Our budgets are reflective of our values.” That’s rather odd considering how hard Sacramento is fighting to demand federal funds continue to flow their way in the form of Justice Department grants which may be canceled due to noncompliance.

If Sacramento County wishes to make this decision it’s up to them. ICE can simply haul the illegal aliens off to another facility, moving them even further away from their families, legal representation and support networks as their cases are processed. Good job, Sacramento. You’ve certainly shown President Trump who the boss is now, haven’t you?

The latest “boys beat girls in track event” story by Jazz Shaw – “One student not only took first place in both events but set new state records in each. The second place finisher was also head and shoulders above the rest of the field. The problem is that both of those competitors were boys, though they “identify” as girls.” It’s a war against girls as scholarships and honors are at stake.

99.99% Of The Pesticides We Eat Are Made By Plants by Josh Bloom – “If you are dwelling under the illusion that you can prance into Whole Foods and overpay for a bunch organic stuff without pesticides, this article will disabuse you of that fallacy.” Another obsession assigning evil to a ‘race’ which, in this example, is the human race.

“The divide between “natural” and “artificial” chemicals is meaningless – something many Americans do not know. The origin of a chemical is irrelevant. Your body cannot tell what is natural or synthetic – only the properties of the chemical matter.

It is hard to blame consumers; the organic food industry and Internet quacks have done a masterful job in creating a narrative that maintains that we are all being poisoned by tiny quantities of thousands of man-made chemicals, and the way to avoid this is to buy so-called “natural” products because they don’t contain chemicals. But the narrative is dead wrong. Great marketing. Terrible science.

Science-based medicine versus other ways of knowing by David Gorski – “Those who promote pseudoscientific or prescientific medicine, however, frequently appeal to other ways of knowing, often ancient knowledge from other cultures and pointing out deficiencies in SBM to justify promoting their treatments. Do their justifications hold water?”

“Unfortunately, promoting rigorous science remains as difficult now, if not more so, as it was in 2008. Scientifically unfounded health scares, antivaccine views, anti-GMO activism, and the increasing respectability of quackery like acupuncture, energy medicine, and the like leave SBM under assault as never before.

proponents of integrating pseudoscience into medicine—of course, that is not how they would characterize themselves—can’t win on the science, at least not when it is accurately represented. So instead they use other techniques, and one of the most common tropes to which they resort is the appeal to other ways of knowing.

Unfortunately, there is one form of this special pleading that is gaining some currency, and that’s basically carving out an exception to the requirement for rigorous science for “traditional medicine,”

Many of the cultures whose medicine is being promoted have a long history of having suffered predation and oppression under the colonialism of European and American powers. This cannot be denied and is a powerful force making claims for IWK sound more compelling.

This is the basic narrative of IWK: “Western” biomedical science is a cultural construct whose dominance is due not to its success in diagnosing, treating, and, in some cases, eradicating disease but rather to past imperialism and colonization by European powers.

There’s also more than a little bit of a racist tendency that has been called the “cult of the noble savage,” wherein indigenous peoples are romanticized as being “purer,” more in tune with nature.

I also can’t help but point out that embracing other ways of knowing about medicine has become a business opportunity

Scott Pruitt and the Chemical Industry Collude to Deregulate Toxics by Steve Cohen – “At the end of the Obama Administration, Congress enacted its first significant piece of environmental law since the 1990s by revising the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act and requiring the assessment of the toxicity of a small number of new chemicals.” Notice the ad hominem, the anti-industry implications, and the ‘collude’ to see the bias. This is from a major university website yet intellectual integrity and evidence based conclusion are missing.

“Last week, the chemical industry colluded with Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Destruction Agency and proposed gutting the new law by limiting the assessment of risk to direct exposure and ignoring the persistence of chemicals in water, air, food or land. …

It is clear that America’s chemical companies are unwilling to allow the public the right to determine if their products are poisons that should be banned or in some way limited. It is also clear that Pruitt and Trump do not care if toxics are deregulated. Their actions put the health of Americans at greater risk.

While climate change is the big dramatic issue that has captured so much of our attention and generates a wide range of emotional response, toxic chemicals may well be an equally pervasive problem in the modern world.

It’s all there, even the climate hysteria, population bomb, and evil politicians from the other party.

If you want to know why ‘civil discussion’ is just a pipe dream, see the reports about De Niro at the Tony Awards show and the audience reaction. Just how can you discuss anything with a hysteric? See also Bill Maher hopes for a recession, audience applauds by Karen Townsend – “Maher wishes an economic recession upon his fellow countrymen” and the audience applauds?

 

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Why is it so easy to sell snake oil?

Suddenly the media cares about privacy by Don Surber – “Seizing the records of President Donald John Trump’s lawyer — breaking lawyer-client privilege — is OK, but somehow a journalist’s records are sacrosanct.”

“Or better yet, what about Barack Obama wiretapping and planting spies on the Trump campaign? Are they not “damaging intrusions.”

As for “protecting news gathering,” her news gathering involved being Monica Lewinsky to a man twice her age. Watkins has not denied trading sex for secrets.

Serious journalists should condemn her. As Noah Pollak of the Washington Free Beacon tweeted: “She was dating her most important source, Senate Intel staffer now indicted for flagrant, years-long lawbreaking. Were her employers, Buzzfeed & NYT, aware of how she got her stories

Seized records? She is fortunate not to be under arrest.

G7 is Donald Trump and the Six Dwarfs by Don Surber – “President Trump is pushing back in the trade war, which no American president has done since maybe Teddy Roosevelt.”

“The truth is, we are the Big Fish in the tiny G7 pond. Our economy outweighs the rest of them combined.

We defend Europe through NATO, and Germany and others do not have the common decency to fulfill their promises to build their own defenses. The Cold War ended 27 years ago. We have no need to be in NATO. None.

Every one of those six G7 countries has protective tariffs slapped on the United States. Now they cry foul when we retaliate.

Wonder about capitalism? Here are two examples where the ‘market’ keeps alive fraud and deceit and people spend money towards their own destruction. That is what stimulates the idea that maybe somebody smarter should make decisions for them. That ‘cure’ is even worse than the disease.

Fact-challenged Michael Wolff fails upward, rewarded with a new book contract by Monica Showalter – “Is the publishing world overdue for a hosing out, or what? … You’d think someone who got that many things wrong on his first run would be a pariah in the book-publishing world, especially from a respected publishing house such as Henry Holt.

“Why is Allen giving a serial fabricator like Wolff the time of day?

Well, probably for the same reason Holt is giving him a new contract: Wolff sells a lot of books.

Obviously, for these guys, the rules about facts, credibility and a plan of action go out the window whenever the topic is President Trump. Trump has shaken up the political establishment in Washington. He’s also rattled the Hollywood establishment with the defection of Kanye West. But who could have guessed he’d shake up the publishing establishment, making it ruin its high standards in the interest of catering to the fears and fever dreams of leftists, all under the erroneous category of non-fiction? Have they gone nuts? Their credibility is on the line, and with Trump living rent-free inside their heads, they don’t seem to be perturbed in the least.

A New Low for Dr. Oz by Derek Lowe – “Nothing that a person like me can say will derail that juggernaut of TV viewership, publicity, and money. Sweet, sweet money. Oz has a fan base of the credulous and the underinformed

“when he comes on his show talking about the latest all-natural extract that will Melt The Pounds Off or perhaps Fight Cancer, product moves off the shelves. And that’s what’s important, right? As long as the rubes reach into their pockets?

It was Cicero who wondered how one fortuneteller could pass another in the street and keep a straight face. But that’s Dr. Oz’s main qualification – he keeps a straight face no matter what he’s holding up to the camera.

You Don’t Get to Rewrite the Constitution Because You Dislike Trump by David Harsanyi – “The president is actually strengthening the constitutional checks and balances undermined by the previous administration.” Harsanyi doesn’t like the Trump ‘style’ but he hasn’t bought the Wolf/Oz type dishonesty.

“At National Review, Victor Davis Hanson has it right when he argues that “elites” often seem more concerned about the “mellifluous” tone of leaders rather than their abuse of power.

Partisans tend to conflate their own policy preferences with the rule of law, or with democracy or patriotism. But the pervasive claim that the Trump administration has uniquely undermined the law, a claim that dominates coverage, typically amounts to concerns about how he comports himself.

Now, any defense of the Trump administration will, of course, meet charges of sycophancy and “anti-anti-Trumpism.” But none of this is to argue that the Trump administration is a paragon of lawfulness. It’s far from it. So stop exaggerating. The astoundingly terrible and hypocritical arguments of the president’s detractors often make it imperative to defend neutral principles and process.

You don’t get to fabricate a new Constitution every time there’s a president you dislike. American patriotism isn’t predicated on pretending that Russia can flip our election with a few Facebook ads, but it is certainly grounded in the idea that we all hold consistent constitutional principles.

Ace of Spades: “The Press Is Determined to Claim Trump Is “Polticizing” Football. Have They Not Noticed Their Leftist Allies Politicizing Football, and Everything Else, For a Decade? Half of the country is broken and in the middle of a nervous breakdown, and they can’t understand why the rest of us are sick of hearing their endless conniptions.”

“By the way, this isn’t just about the anthem: The NFL has, like the NBA, threatened states and cities that they might not get to host a championship game or even a draft if they do not toe the line of the NFL’s preferred Corporate Left politics.

When billion dollar heavily taxpayer subsidized corporations start threatening citizens and coercing them to political positions they reject, I think it’s time we started threatening these billion-dollar heavily taxpayer subsidized corporations right the hell back.

How do you get people to think?

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Media, leaks, propaganda, meddling, paradoxes

Jeff Sessions Delivers: DOJ Nails Senate Intel Committee’s Security Chief as Deep State Leaker by Ian Mason at Breitbart. James A. Wolfe: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know by Jessica McBride at Heavy. Mata Hari journalism? Veteran Senate Intelligence Committee staffer, in romantic relationship with NYT reporter, arrested in probe of leaks by Thomas Lifson at American Thinker.

“This story has all the elements of a compelling drama, one that does not appear congenial to the major media. Watching the way this plays out will be one thread in what promises to be a summer of major revelations, including the release next week of the DOJ Inspector General’s report.

Leak Wars: A NY Times source is exposed by Jazz Shaw – “This was all the buzz last night on social media and for good reason.”

“The arrest is what it is, really. At least one of the subjects Wolfe is accused of leaking relates to the Russia investigation, which has been leaking like a sieve since the beginning. It’s a serious charge, and if proven, Mr. Wolfe is potentially facing some dire consequences.

What’s more interesting to me is the reporter’s role in all of this and the reaction coming from the media. Ali Watkins “declined to comment” last night, but she’s supposedly the one who had been dating Wolfe and then conveniently coming up with some big scoops. The seizure of her phone and other records related to her source brought swift condemnation from the Gray Lady, which released a statement saying such an intrusion would “endanger reporters’ ability to promise confidentiality to their sources and, ultimately, undermine the ability of a free press to shine a much needed light on government actions.”

The Freedom of the Press Foundation piled on with their own accusation, saying, “All leak investigations — whether they directly target reporters or not — are a grave threat to press freedom. Whistleblowers are the lifeblood of reporting, and the Trump administration is directly attacking journalists’ rights by bringing these cases.”

That seems to be the go-to allegation from the media when something like this happens.

Digging out secrets from a committee engaged in that sort of work before they were finished and ready to release their findings isn’t whistleblowing or protecting the public. It’s damaging the process and risking other sources, all apparently in the name of generating bad headlines for the White House. I’m having a hard time feeling too much sympathy for either Wolfe or Watkins this morning, honestly.

The White House Press Corps: Pull their credentials by Earick Ward – “The White House Press Corps has jumped the shark and needs to be reined in.”

“Having a White House press credential is not a right; it is a privilege. The First Amendment prevents Congress from making any law … abridging the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press. It does not grant license to media sycophants to drive their agenda in the people’s house. For far too long, we’ve allowed the left free rein. It is time to take charge of the narrative and make it known that we will no longer tolerate the press obfuscating the news.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders needs to make an example of one or more of the Press Corps by yanking their credentials.

In the past week, we have seen at least three incidents where this action was more than justified.

The lawless, porn-respecting , MS-13-loving, humorless American left by Patricia McCarthy – “No one can be surprised that most members of the Democratic Party and its media farceurs have lost any semblance of a sense of humor.”

“As the brilliant Salena Zito wrote during the campaign, the left takes Trump literally but not seriously. His supporters take him seriously but not literally. Guess who is the smarter group!

This observation was the most astute of the entire campaign and election. But the lefties never learn. They still believe in their coming blue wave. Pelosi says the low unemployment is meaningless, the tax cuts are “crumbs,” and that consumer confidence is low despite it being at an 18-year high. They see, hear, think, and propagate what they want to be true, not what is true.

One thing is certain. The American left has moved so far to the deranged radical left that even former liberals, like Alan Dershowitz, Mark Penn, and Doug Schoen, are frightened. So irrationally revolted by Trump’s election win, the Democrats have lost all sense of reason and reality. They are now motivated only by pure hate. They relentlessly accuse Trump of what they do as a rule: lie, cheat, and propagandize.

Our left cannot abide the fact that the character traits they have assigned to Trump are false. They are in fact the left’s own habits of mind – projection and dissemblance, day in and day out.

Let us all pray that enough voters wake up to the fact of what the left has become by the 2018 midterm election. These crazy, humorless, gang-loving, porn star-adoring people must not be in charge of anything or anyone, least of all the greatest country on the planet.

Panic time at Camp Mueller By Wesley Pruden – “Some lawyers who have followed Mr. Mueller’s meandering pursuit of the president understand what he’s trying to do but are puzzled about how he’s going about it.” … “Drill deeper and it gets even thinner.”

“Direct evidence of witness-tampering against Mr. Manafort, in Prof. Rosenzweig’s telling, is mostly vapor. “Saying ‘we should talk’ is hardly the stuff that true witness-tampering charges are made of. More to the point, if the entire conversation in which Manafort participated lasted for less than a minute and a half, he would have to be a very, very fast talker to have accomplished anything.”

But Mr. Mueller can’t blame the rest of us for wanting to know what he’s got. Indicting Paul Manafort again, or even sending him to jail to sweat out the needed evidence, won’t satisfy. The reason he’s having so much trouble finding evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians to cook the 2016 election may be because there isn’t any.

The Spying That Dare Not Speak Its Name by George Neumayr – “Be sure to read the fine print in the media’s propaganda. The media’s pooh-poohing coverage of Spygate grows more laughable by the day.”

“As stupid as this coverage is, it is still worth dissecting, if only for its propagandistic shadings, telling omissions, and inadvertent revelations.

A spy who infiltrated the Trump campaign using means of low deceit is thus turned into a “source” who “reached out” to it.

The reporters on the piece obviously had access to the government officials who know the whole story about Halper. So why don’t they tell it?

Mexico launches a new round of meddling in US elections by Monica Showalter – “For all the talk about Russia meddling in our elections, the real meddler, Mexico, is at it again.”

“The Mexican government is specifically striking out at Trump voters.

Vox, which seems to like this sort of news, has the report:

Mexico has done amazing amounts of meddling in our elections, particularly the last one. It was the only nation that openly advertised to its nationals to come over to its diplomatic consulates (not places U.S. nationals are allowed to go to) and register to vote in U.S. elections, something that in California undoubtedly led to a lot of Mexican nationals voting and the resulting cancelation of Americans’ votes, meaning the disenfranchisement of American voters. That’s a foreign policy objective for them.

California, understand, does not check if voters are illegal and on its voter signature form and has slyly changed its “I certify I am a U.S. citizen” to “I certify I am a U.S. resident” to avoid prosecuting illegals for voting. Mexico knows this well.

Ten Paradoxes Of Our Age by Victor Davis Hanson – “The 21st century is reminding of us of some uncomfortable truths.”

“The Western world is in turmoil largely because of the widening gap between what the people see as true and the “truth” that their governing classes impose on them for the purported greater moral good. The result is a schizophrenia like that seen before the collapse of the Soviet Empire, in which no one believed that the reality they lived had anything to do with the reality delivered by the media and the state. Trumpism and popular movements in Europe are simply symptoms of another problem—that what the ruling elite said was true was often a lie.

Notice the “widening gap” and its relationship to intellectual integrity and cognitive dissonance. Exposing the gap and clarifying its parameters is very difficult for many to take.

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Besotted is no way to play poker

Fake newsers never learn as Trump plays them again by Don Surber – “The president once again played the media for fools. He baited them. They snapped at it. They swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.”

“In short, Trump through Giuliani is saying either impeach or get off the pot. His plan for the midterm is to make it a referendum on impeaching him — and the press corps is ecstatic about that.

Just like they enjoyed making the 2016 election a referendum on Trump.

Slam-dunk video exposes CNN-MSNBC idiocy on Trump by Thomas Lifson – “Cable news Trump-haters, besotted with outrage, don’t sweat the details when it comes to venting their spleen on President Trump.” … “Watch the one-minute video from the GOP below and be rewarded with a dose of exquisite schadenfreude.”

Press in 2016: If Indicted, Hillary Could Pardon Herself by Don Surber – “Law and Crime reported on October 28, 2016. The piece came as Jimmy the Weasel Comey re-opened Hillarygate v7.0.”

Trump disinvites Super Bowl champs to White House reception. But, holy cow, he didn’t stop there! by Frieda Powers – “The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better,” the president continued, announcing an even better plan.”

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” Trump said in a statement on Monday, according to The Daily Caller.

“These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony—one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America,” he added.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney did not take kindly to the president disinviting the Super Bowl champions, and rudely blasted Trump as a “fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size.”

Naturally, Pennsylvania Democrats fell right in line, acting more childish in their attempts to outdo Trump.

Then there’s NASCAR. Read Yo, Philly! Trump says your Eagles can go take a knee somewhere else by Andrew Malcolm – “This afternoon watch for Democrats on Capitol Hill to invite some Eagles over for a protest of Trump. Given the unexpected endurance of this fight, even more NFL fans may be disinviting the NFL into their homes come fall.” Last week it was protecting violent gangs. This week it is celebrating anti-patriotism. Then there’s opposing tax cuts, employment, law enforcement, and on and on.

Epitaph by Richard Fernandez – “Without fanfare elements of a new cold war are being put into place by the Trump administration, the European Union and China.”

“Although the disconnected components separately make headlines, the underlying pattern is evident despite the carnival-like distractions of the Mueller investigation and the reluctance to declare the old order dead.

The most obvious indicators are military.

A second indicator is the growing restriction on the international movement of data, scientific personnel and the re-officialization of news.

Even the nascent trade war has a cold war dimension.

It did not happen overnight. The roots of today’s new tensions have roots deep in Obama’s and even George W. Bush’s term. Yet so great was the establishment’s commitment the post Cold War order it seemed irresponsible or unlucky to admit things were breaking down even when they manifestly were.

California and Conservatism by Victor Davis Hanson – “I share some of the sentiments of Jay Nordlinger’s Corner post expressing confidence that some day in the future there may be hope for California conservatism.” but the picture he paints right now is rather dismal.

Why Communism Always Devolves Into Heavy-Handed Authoritarianism at the Coyote Blog – “Every time one points out a historic failure of communism (most recently, for example, in Venezuela), Marxists will argue “well, that is not true communism.” Somehow they think that communism without heavy-handed exercise of state power is possible. It is not. Here is the latest example, from our own peoples’ republic in California.” It’s about water.

Something happening here? By Scott Johnson – “Lee Smith draws attention to “an important find in the Strzok-Page texts … Was it an investigation or a sting operation? There is so much we don’t know and so much those who know don’t want us to know.”

The Prison-House of Political Language by Neema Parvini – “Of all the stunningly awful attempts to explain away the reasons why the 2016 US Presidential election did not produce the result that the elites wanted, perhaps the worst – and certainly one of the most persistent – has been the claim that Donald J. Trump is a would-be Hitler leading his Nazi followers to power.”

“George Orwell once said that the “English intelligentsia…can swallow totalitarianism because they have no experience of anything except liberalism…So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.”

if you are trapped in an echo chamber without anyone to challenge your ideas, it is difficult to be self-aware because there is no motivation to do anything other than revel in the righteousness of your cause.

Given this fact, people who are part of the “Rebel Alliance” develop a way of speaking designed to circumvent the possibility of debate or even the introduction of evidence.

Indeed, one of the ironies of Ridley’s piece is that he is forced to use the term “right” for “opponent of the left,” but I am not convinced that the “right-wing” exists except as a weapon of ridicule for the left to wield; it is a smear-word, another linguistic kill shot, a way of dismissing any counterpoint without the burden of engaging with the substance of what is actually being said.

One side effect of dealing with political opponents in this manner is that the left has become increasingly accepting of straw man fallacies created out of their own righteous bigotry and refusal to respectfully address counterpoints.

In the following table, I chart some of the newspeak ardent leftists have used over the years in order to avoid arguments, counterpoints and facts.

His idea of how to respond is strictly logical and rational. That approach doesn’t work when trying to address irrational intellectuall dishonesty as there is no common basis.

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Gaslight, Propaganda, etc.

Gaslight means “manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity” see Psychology Today: 11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting and compare the list to what you can see in the news every day. A problem is that when you attempt to deceive others, you often have to start with yourself.

Gaslighting Themselves: Why Trump Critics Miss the Obvious by Henry Olsen – “they have little to no sense of why people might disagree with them and why Trump’s ultimate demise is far from the smug certainty they assume it is.”

“anti-Trumpers like Kristol would be well served if they took the reasons for Trump support seriously and spent more time addressing them and less time assaulting every maladroit tweet the president sends.

If the last few years of populist movements have taught us anything, it is that the people of any democratic nation know when they are being condescended to and dismissed. When such condescension rises to the level of being perceived as a “long train of abuses and usurpations,” they will invariably “provide new guards for their future security.” Those who claim to be defending American institutions against Trump’s purported depredations ought to be the first to recognize that treating the people with respect as one’s equals is the first, and the most important, principle of American democracy. The fact that this too often seems to be overlooked is perhaps the biggest reason for his rise and his continued—and perhaps his future—success.

NY Times: Sorry for missing 80% of Trump’s rally audience by John Sexton – “God knows mistakes happen when writing stories on a deadline. You really, really don’t have to convince me that can happen. And yet, and yet…

“The accidents and errors made by reporters appear to be systemic and partisan, i.e. they arise from bias built into the media system. We know that because these errors don’t arise randomly without any consistent partisan thrust. Instead, they always occur in one direction. You never see a story like this that over-estimates Trump’s crowd size by 80%. If Davis had overestimated the crowd by as much as she under-estimated it, she’d have claimed there were 10,000 people there. In fact, that’s pretty much what Trump himself did, suggesting the crowd may have been 12,000, which is more than the venue holds.

It’s a given that Trump is a political partisan, especially about his own rallies. What’s the NY Times’ excuse?

The fact that Davis corrected the error is great, but this sort of thing wouldn’t happen if the NY Times had even a few reporters who were mildly sympathetic to the President. I’m not talking about die-hard Trump boosters, just someone who isn’t quietly part of the resistance bubble. But of course, you don’t have those people at the NY Times and so we get errors like this that always cut in one direction.

Maybe the NFL anthem protests aren’t about the anthem after all by Jazz Shaw – “Our friend Andrew Malcolm, writing at McClatchy, tackles that question this week. In particular, he looks at the fan reaction to the protests, showing up in the form of falling stadium attendance, reduced merchandise sales and sagging television ratings.” An attempt at gaslighting seems to be encountering problems.

“when millionaire football players began taking a knee in front of the Stars and Stripes as the National Anthem played and their billionaire team owners refused to do anything about it, the simmering resentment found a ready outlet. The press was quick to take the side of Kaepernick and his buddies, hurling insults that those who were offended. The fans weren’t seeing players protesting racial inequity. They saw a group of spoiled, elite, professional athletes spitting on Old Glory.

I think Andrew Malcolm is onto something here. And I think most of the media gets this equation precisely wrong. Rather than trivializing the issues that the kneeling players claim to be bringing to light, you might find a surprising number of us joining in and agreeing that there’s more to be done in terms of racial divisiveness in the country if they would just take their protest off the field and do it during a press conference or at some other venue.

The left’s defense of evil by Katie Pavlich – “Over the past few weeks, Trump derangement syndrome reached new levels after the left openly defended some of the most vicious, evil human elements around the globe in fruitless opposition to the president’s administration.”

“In the worst form of partisanship, the left has been defending evil for the sake of opposing President Trump. This strategy emboldens the wicked, including MS-13 and Hamas, while resulting in choosing wrong over right.

Enviro-Thugs Sue To Keep Natural Food Flavors Out Of Food by Josh Bloom – “EWG has teamed up with another bunch of geniuses from seven other groups (1) to sue the FDA for allowing food to be added to food. That’s not precisely true, but it’s pretty damn close.”

“The fact that a chemical is a chemical regardless of its source is misunderstood by most Americans, with the help of the organic food and supplements industries. While it may be brilliant marketing, scientifically it is an abomination. There is no difference between a chemical that is isolated from a plant and the same chemical synthesized in a lab. None.

What Earthinjustice is doing will not make a single person healthier or unhealthier. But the bank accounts of EWG, NRDC, and the others will be much healthier once the lawyers get done twisting the science.

That is all this suit is about. Power and money, science be damned.

Rudy sheds light on Trump’s legal strategy – and has some fun, too by Peter Barry Chowka – “Among the topics touched on with new clarity were the validity of the Mueller investigation itself, the disagreements about whether the FBI’s tactics in 2016 entailed spying, the perception that the Trump team is planning a major PR campaign as part of its defense, and the question of whether or not President Trump will testify under oath.”

“So, you got a group there that’s a lynching mob, so let them do their job and, boy, we’re ready to knock the heck out of you with our report, which will be authoritative. It will be backed up. It will be backed up with law and facts. And we’ll let the American people decide this.

i.e. it’s a lynch mob trying to use gaslighting techniques in order to make their case.

More Evidence Of Mueller’s Overreach by Paul Mirengoff – Earlier today, Scott put the matter this way: “The Mueller team apparently thinks that Trump can be guilty of a crime for the exercise of one of his constitutional powers (or not!).”

“Looking at the bigger picture, the notion of a prosecutor investigating a president’s personnel decisions (e.g., the firing of Comey) or interactions with cabinet members (e.g., Sessions) is troublesome. I’m not denying the possibility that a president could, in the course of making a request of officials in his government, commit a crime. If there were reason to believe Trump had requested that Sessions shoot Mueller, that would warrant investigating.

But a request that a cabinet member exercise his normal duties is light years away from that.

Mueller isn’t just nit-picking, he’s constraining the president’s exercise of his proper powers.

And it’s not just Mueller. Consider some of the judges issuing injunctions to stop the President.

Trey Gowdy Didn’t Even See Documents He Claims Exonerate FBI On Spygate: Reports By Mollie Hemingway – “Gowdy claimed that the FBI’s use of spies against the Trump campaign was perfectly proper, but multiple reports indicate he never even saw the full records Congress subpoenaed on the matter.” This is the sort of thing that creates questions as things don’t fit together.

“The actual dispute is not whether the FBI used at least one person to spy — or secretly collect information — on people in Trump’s orbit, but whether this is something routinely done against Republican candidates and should be accepted uncritically, or whether it should be fully investigated by the media, the public, government watchdogs, and elected lawmakers obligated by the Constitution to conduct oversight on the agencies to which they appropriate taxpayer funding.

Gowdy’s curious exoneration of the FBI caught many by surprise given his work on the previous HPSCI report that found widespread abuse of surveillance procedures targeting the Trump campaign.

Gowdy seemed confused or mistaken about simple facts related to the investigation.

“Right to try” somehow makes it into law by Jazz Shaw – “allowing terminally ill patients an easier path to attempt experimental drugs and treatments which were not yet approved by the government for general use. I’ve never been sure why this is controversial as long as there are guidelines for when and how doctors can determine when someone is beyond hope of recovery through conventional treatments.”

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Israel, Russia, Racism,, Propaganda, etc.

The Obama Administration’s Hypocritical Pretext for Spying on the Trump Campaign by Andrew C. McCarthy – “Where was its concern about Russia during its eight years in power?”

“Assuming the Obama administration told the FISA court that Page was a clandestine agent of Russia, I’d make two observations: First, the only publicly known allegations that Page was engaged in such clandestine activities come from the Steele dossier, and appear to be unverified.

Second, Page has never been charged with a crime, which would be odd if the FBI had been able to verify its FISA application claims — posited four times over a year of surveillance — that he was engaged in activities that appeared to be federal crimes.

while the law liberally permits criminal investigators and intelligence officers to use informants, there are situations in which spying is resisted. Among the most important are those involving our politics, particularly elections.

The question of what amounts to egregious misconduct in the context of Russia cannot be answered in a Trump vacuum. It must be informed by history.

The point, however, is that after 30 years of embracing and empowering Moscow, it is not credible — particularly for an administration that was among the worst offenders — to say, “We had to use spies and FISA surveillance against the Trump campaign due to suspicion that Trump might embrace and empower Moscow.”

the Obama administration decided to use its counterintelligence powers to spy on the Trump campaign, using at least one covert informant, electronic monitoring of communications, and other intelligence-gathering tactics. It ignored the norm against deploying such tactics against political opponents, not based on evidence of a Trump-Russia criminal conspiracy, but on speculation about the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts and Russia sympathies. Speculation by a government, an administration, and a Democratic-party nominee with their own abysmal histories of Russia contacts and Russia sympathies.

Why the ‘Racist America’ Meme is Collapsing by Pedro Gonzalez – “There is a very specific narrative being crafted by mass media and for good reason.”

“What does the media have to say about all this? More of the same. They must portray America as a nation in which minorities are perpetually victimized and incapable of being aggressors, while marginalizing dissident voices. This narrative is convenient not only to the Left but for establishment Republicans as well.

The Left fears that it might be losing control of their minority auxiliaries, without whom their narrative falls apart, and with its collapse goes their cultural hegemony. …

The media and the elites embedded in and aligned with it constitute the opposition party. The product of their agenda is an America divided along racial, ethnic, and cultural subnational lines—all in conflict against the very principles of this nation, elevating “group rights” above individual rights on the pretense of anti-racism.

For as long as we let Democrats carry out its business of polarizing the nation—a crime it has yet to be held accountable for—America will continue to be, as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. warned, a cult of squabbling nationalities, “against the original theory of America as ‘one people,’ a common culture, a single nation.”

Congressional Republicans’ Secret Weapon by Fred Barnes – “In mid-May, senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a bill to kill the CRA. There was no fanfare or excitement, and no angry vows of resistance.” This is a matter of Congressional oversight and part of a larger struggle to inhibit such oversight as a means to get around Congress.

“Republicans have been using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to wipe out Obama-era regulations since the Trump presidency began. And Democrats, responding groggily, have just gotten around to doing something about it.

The CRA allows Congress to look back at regulations adopted in the dying days of a president’s tenure and, if it so chooses, vote them down. In effect, this requires one party to be in control. And they better be Republicans. Democrats adore regulation.

There are limits on CRA power. The act applies only to rules and regulations put into effect in the prior 60 legislative days.

But it has significant advantages. To kill a regulation, only a simple majority is needed. So filibusters are of no use. And a CRA vote is an official act of Congress, though the regulation under review is not. Reversing a CRA vote would take congressional action. A presidential order—Obama’s favorite way to govern—wouldn’t do the job.

The clock may have expired on many egregious Obama regulations. But the CRA appears to have a long­er lifespan than the 60-day timetable might suggest. … olks at CFPB didn’t abide by the proper procedures and failed to submit the document to Congress, which is what starts the CRA consideration clock.

Elon Musk continued squabbling with the media over the weekend by John Sexton – “When I wrote about Musk’s idea last week I said I didn’t think it would work. But even if it won’t work, it’s still instructive how angry many in the media have become at Musk for suggesting they need improvement. They are reacting to his Pravda idea like vampires to garlic. What are they so worried about?”

OPCW: Call us crazy, but maybe Syria didn’t give up their chemical weapons after all by Ed Morrissey – “Here’s an explanation: you got played.” This is related to the McCarthy item cited above.

“Five years after the Nobel committee granted the OPCW its Peace prize for certifying the elimination Syria’s chemical warfare munitions, the head of the organization that bought Bashar al-Assad’s claim has had second thoughts.

Uzumcu and his organization aren’t the only ones who got played, of course. Barack Obama and John Kerry got played too, by both Assad and Vladimir Putin, after having punted the chemical-weapons issue to Russia

Rehov Removed by Scott Johnson – “Rehov’s video revealed the reality of the so-called “peaceful demonstrations” against Israel’s alleged “blockade” of Gaza. Rehov exposed the “demonstrations” as terrorist assaults on Israel staged by Hamas.” There are several of these ‘anti-Israel’ revelations on Powerline today. Scary descriptions of how the propaganda is being promulgated.

“Rehov’s videos have now been removed from YouTube and Rehov’s account shuttered “for violating YouTube’s community guidelines.” What is happening here?

The United Nations, Beyond ParodyIDF Strikes GazaAll They Are SayingThe Italian Crisis—And OursSocialism’s Victory Tour – Read and weap. Or worry. Or hope the word is getting out.

An English Teacher’s Incorrect Correction of a Trump Letter Illustrates His Critics’ Reflexive Condescension by Jacob Sullum – “Let’s argue about the president’s policies instead of his “grammar & style.” The English teacher got a few minutes of fame for the effort to contribute to a “a continuing series on what a huge doofus the president is.” Like the assertions of ‘liar’ as a character trait sans any substance, this fits the pattern: petty, vindictive, and irrelevant.

“Mason’s showy but erroneous pedantry illustrates the tendency of Trump’s opponents to cast policy disagreements as questions of competence and to delight in everything that reflects badly on him, even when that thing is not, strictly speaking, true.

Almost all of Mason’s corrections are complaints about capitalization.

“Secret Science” Regulation: A Time for Truth by cbeisner – “What would you say if a major government agency imposed regulations on the basis of “scientific studies” that couldn’t be tested because their authors wouldn’t make the data, methods, and computer codes available?”

“For decades, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has built new regulations on studies whose authors refuse to grant access to their data, computer code, and methodology. Such studies are not subject to replication by other scientists. Falsifiablility is the essence of physical science, and replication is the acid test of scientific research. But for over two decades we’ve been in an irreproducibility crisis. Over and over, published studies, even in peer-reviewed journals, have turned non-replicable.

“Secret science” has been especially common as the basis for regulation related to one of the most politicized, controversial branches of modern science, anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

At last, though, a solution may be in sight. Last month EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requested public comment on a new rule, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” (STRS), designed to solve that problem.

Distortions, Misdirections, and Lack of Accountability Continue to Plague Climate Science by Dr. Tim Ball – “Over the period from 1930 to 1970 a new applied mathematical technique called statistics developed and was applied to all the social sciences. This was when the conflict developed between, the ‘hard’ sciences and the application of the scientific method and techniques to other disciplines.” Some interesting tidbits of history as well as the science and the political corruption.

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Scandal Free? Really. Separating fact from Fiction

‘Scandal-free’ Obama is daring Trump to bust corrupt members of his administration by Monica Showalter – “Mouthing an old trope dating from his time in office and ever since, former President Obama declared at a Vegas conference that he had a scandal-free administration, quite unlike President Trump.”

“he made that mendacious claim just as he was being paid big dollars at the Las Vegas conference itself, which as most Americans know, is typically a disguised bribe for some favors performed earlier, and in itself a scandal. His fees are reportedly $400,000, which is nice money for a few minutes of speaking work.

It was rife with crony business deals, described here. There were major policy scandals, such as the subordination of embassy security abroad to the need to shill a ‘narrative’ about al-Qaida being on the run in time for elections, as happened in Benghazi. There was the monstrous Solyndra green energy scandal where business cronies left taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars and made out like bandits themselves. There was the gunrunning scandal of Fast and Furious which allowed guns to move into the hands of Mexican cartels, leading to the death of a U.S. border agent. Nobody was punished, of course. There was the scandal of the emails at the Environmental Protection Agency, where officials illegally used pseudonyms to evade Freedom of Information Act laws and got away with it. There was Hillary Clinton’s illegal private server set up to evade laws the same way and created a vast opening for foreign hackers and espionage of top secrets, with Obama willingly participating in it the communications. There was the IRS targeting of political dissidents and the lies to cover it up, again, completely unpunished. There were the ‘lost’ emails – of the FBI, of the IRS, and Hillary Clinton herself while she was at the Department of State. There were the smashing of Blackberries with hammers, again, to evade transparency laws and lawmen, too. There was Clinton’s pay-to-play foundation-State Department nexus, corruption of the highest variety, and an investigation squelched due to Obama’s politicization of the FBI. There was Obama’s politicization of intelligence reports to say what he wanted on the war front, as well as his weaponization of the intelligence agencies to spy on political opponents and reporters. It turns out some of his people did go to jail, or were headed there for leaks – and he pardoned them to keep them out. Such as his “favorite” general here.

But according to Obama, the fact that no one was ever punished is the actual justification for his claim that he never had scandals. The fact that no one was ever punished is perhaps the biggest scandal of his administration.

Obama claims he had no scandals because he allowed any consequences, no matter what anyone ever did, no matter what laws they broke, which is not an argument to claim he had no scandals.

With the stream of lies about a scandal-free administration, the path is now clear that it’s time to clean house on the continuous lawbreaking of Obama officials that hasn’t been punished a whit. It’s time to create consequences for those who thumb their nose at the law, justified only by a compliant press and their own leftwingery. Obama just gave President Trump the green light.

Not so fast Obama, your biggest scandal is unfolding before our eyes by Larry O’Connor – “The notion is obviously absurd on the face of it, for anyone who paid unbiased attention over the eight years of his presidency.”

“The fact that these troubling episodes have not risen (in some people’s minds) to the level of the multiple “Generic-Gate” scandals that crippled presidencies of the past is less a testament to Obama’s ethics than it is commentary on the two institutions charged with monitoring and exposing these dramas.

From everything we are learning (and we have just begun to scratch the surface) one of the most disturbing aspects of Spygate is that, it appears, at no time did anyone in any position of authority in the DOJ, the FBI, the White House or the intelligence community raise an objection or even a concern over the actions they were taking. This tells you just how programmed these stalwart institutions had been in their blind allegiance to the political goals of President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Of all of the scandals, abuses of power and miscarriages of justice seen during the eight years of Obama’s lackluster (and shockingly unmemorable) presidency, the biggest and most outrageous one is still in its infancy. Let’s let Spygate play itself out before we start polishing up the marble for President Obama’s monument.

Jarrett and Obama are Behind Spygate by Daniel John Sobieski – “Unless we assume the FBI went completely rogue, it is inconceivable that the deployments of personnel to spy on the Trump campaign and make provocative contact with its lesser members could have occurred without the full knowledge and control of the occupants of the Oval Office.”

Ace of Spades notes that FBI spending $70 on a conference table was withheld from Congress because they thought it was a “national security” concern. Then there’s the John McCain mea culpa on the Iraq war – “Ah, #MuhPrinciples. How they doth mutate and transform.” The problem is a good idea corrupted by bad politics that drove it into being something it was not supposed to be as illustrated by the corruption now being used by the corruptors for personal leverage. Vietnam was like this, too.

Five Ways to Know if You Can Talk to Someone about Climate by Charlie Martin – “Since we first covered the Climategate Files here at PJ Media in 2009, the controversy has continued, but with some interesting changes.”

“Of course, the more the climate dogma is disputed, the more the climate change cultists resist. On the other hand, we’ve seen a lot more people coming out as thinking maybe, just maybe, there are some points of responsible dispute in the argument about climate change.

On the other hand, there are a lot of dogmatists who simply can’t be productively argued with

He dips his toe into the ‘both sides do it (sans evidence)’ thing but then goes on to list five specific questions that can discriminate between the sides. The apologia for PC is contradicted by the case he makes.

A Reminder: Why the US Rail System Is At Least as Good As the European System if You Care About Energy Use at Coyote Blog – “I know that the supposedly pro-science global warming alarmists sometimes are not actually very focused on science, but this is pretty simple to think about.”

“Most of the intellectual elites and nearly all the global warming alarmists deride the US for not having the supposedly superior rail system that France and Germany have. They are blinded by the vision of admittedly beautiful high speed trains, and have frittered away billions of dollars trying to pursue various high speed rail visions in the US.

Jordan Peterson and the left-wing smear machine by John Sexton – “Horton says the social pressure was so intense that she felt scared to speak up with her opinion. She believes that pressure to conform to a narrow, approved view is a much bigger problem for the left.” Peterson is a Canadian psychologist who dared to talk about actual reality and, hence, has become a poster boy for Leftist bullying.

“The hyperbolic uniformity of the leftist attack on Peterson is emblematic of the growing tendency to reduce left-of-center thought to the status of a rigidly simplistic ideology. Increasingly, what passes for progressive political thought today offers little more than a scripted set of weaponized hashtags (you must be pro- #metoo and anti-patriarchy, no further thought required). This narrowing of our public discourse is disturbing, and worrisome on multiple, mutually reinforcing levels…

“The Left’s attack on Peterson is so unrelenting, so superficial, and quite frequently so vicious, that many of us who work and/or live in left-leaning social environments feel scared to speak up against it…

“I realize that Peterson has at times said things that I disagree with and might even find offensive. But I’m much more concerned with—and disgusted by—the endless stream of tendentious and dishonest articles from leftists critics that grab onto such statements and blow them out of proportion, while aggressively erasing everything else the man has ever said or done from the record.

Carol Horton is correct. The left isn’t listening to Jordan Peterson, they’re just trying to destroy him as efficiently and quickly as possible. That dynamic says a lot about the left, none of it very good. Kudos to Horton for having the courage to stand up to the mob.

The Left And The Right Aren’t Hearing The Same Jordan Peterson by David Marcus – “A New York Times Magazine hit piece says more about the mainstream media than it says about Jordan Peterson.”

“In fact, much of Peterson’s insistence that we listen to, and understand, our ancient myths, legends, and stories is not because they tell us how we should be, but because they tell us how we have been. These old narratives give us insight into what our ancestors thought about being human, where humanity had been, where humanity wanted to go. This is an essential tool for understanding western thought and ideas — assuming we still wish to be human.

The DOJ’s defiance of Congress by neo-neocon – “Kimberly Strassel in the WSJ on the real constitutional crisis that’s going on

“the Democrats and the press (redundant, I know) would have us believe that it’s Congress and the right who are out of line for questioning or doubting the DOJ and its veracity and fine intentions, despite all the reasons there are to doubt that veracity and those fine intentions (and as though the left itself doesn’t doubt that veracity and those fine intentions when it suits the left’s purposes).

none of this investigation of the excesses of the DOJ re the Trump campaign would be going on if the GOP didn’t control Congress. This fact should be driven home by every GOP participant in the Congressional campaign for 2018, because I believe most people don’t connect those dots and realize what the effect of a Democrat-controlled Congress would be (and by “most people” I include a lot of people who call themselves conservatives and are angry at what they call the GOPe).

As Strassel wrote, “congressional Republicans worry about losing their oversight authority in the midterms,” and well they should. In fact, we should all worry about it.

Two different worlds: If you look at the MSM, you’d think Trump was doing very very poorly by neo-neocon – “And that has been true for his entire presidency. … So take a look at a sampler for today at memeorandum.”

“Nothing unusual about today; it’s very typical. Trump doing badly vis a vis North Korea. Trump “venting anger” at this and that (often, it’s Trump “raging” and/or “out of control”). “Concerned by Trump, some Republicans Quietly Align With Democrats” (although funny thing, what I’ve seen most of the time is a few concerned Democrats quietly aligning with Republicans). Sad tales of separated “immigrant families” (i.e. illegal immigrants). Focus on a weirdo 9-11-truther GOP candidate for Congress in a district in Illinois in which the Republican primary was uncontested and the Democrat is virtually certain to win anyway. Hit piece du jour on Jordan Peterson. Seahawk wide receiver saying “Trump is an idiot, plain and simple.” Featured op-ed in the WaPo entitled, “Are Republicans abetting a demagogue—or something worse?” And perhaps my personal favorite: “The Chilling Effect of Trump’s War on the FBI.”

Trump Moves the Narrative Football by Andrew Klavan – “I see no free speech violation, even in spirit, in the NFL’s ruling that players should not disrespect the flag during the National Anthem. The players were taking that action on company time, in company uniform, while doing the company’s business, representing the company and, clearly, hurting the company’s bottom line.”

“The NFL anthem controversy is a prime example of how Donald Trump is doing something of yuge importance that conservatives never think to do, and that intellectual conservatives don’t even seem to understand needs doing. He is challenging — and often changing — the left’s narrative.

The narrative is essentially a set of assumptions so pervasive that people are afraid to oppose them. They think they are alone in disagreeing with those assumptions and they fear they will be deemed immoral by the majority. For a long time, the left has controlled this narrative by dominating and censoring the means of communication: social media, the news networks, Hollywood and the academies.

Trump makes it easier to fire deficient govt workers… finally by Jazz Shaw – “The latest executive order news coming out of the White House addresses some long overdue questions about government workers and their unions.”

“Some of the biggest (and best) changes address policies which we’ve been carping about here for years. The first one shortens the period of Performance Improvement Plans (where the misbehaving or underperforming worker is given time to straighten up and fly right) to 30 days across all agencies. Under the old system, these PIPs could last up to half a year.

The next change really hits the motherload, though. Trump is clamping down on so-called “official time” where employees who are union officials can spend unlimited time doing union work while they are on the clock, sometimes doing zero work for the public. They also get to use offices and other government equipment for union work at no cost. Trump is clamping down on that, ordering that no union officials spend more than 25% of their work hours on union business and ordering a new agreement where the unions can use their own facilities or pay rent for using government offices. These changes are long, long overdue.

Separating fact from fiction in the FIRST STEP Act before Congress by Taylor Millard – “The House of Representatives is signing off on a bill which appears to be a good measure in the push for justice reform on the federal level.” Another bit of ‘hidden’ news that is also plagued by dishonest claims. Millard explains.

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Characteristic behaviors. Compare and Contrast.

ABC seethes over Trump presidency by Don Surber – “What his state of mind was when he tweeted, no one can say.” Hyperbolic adjectives are a clue that a reporter has a problem.

“These are hot words. Seeth means “to be violently excited or agitated.”

What evidence of seething do they have? Did he throw an ashtray at his husband for being caught cheating?

Tirade means “a long angry speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.”

Trump was not speaking. I suppose colloquially we can say that of a string of tweets, but where is the anger or denunciation?

His was not a diatribe but rather a statement of facts.

Fake News tries to portray him as an out-of-control nut, casting every tweet in the worst possible manner.

No insane person would get to where he is.

Trump’s excellent letter to Kim by Paul Mirengoff – “Trump’s letter to Kim is a fine piece of one-upsmanship, but it’s more than just that.” contrast reality to media headlines.

Raging leftist spits on Chicago cops as they hold pro-police rally. Is this part of a disturbing pattern? by Frieda Powers – “During a pro-police march on City Hall, demonstrators displayed their vulgar and unhinged reactions as one woman literally spit on Chicago police officers.”

“Pearl-clutching liberals feign shock and horror over President Donald Trump referring to brutal MS-13 gang members as “animals,” but then resort to vulgar outbursts at anything even remotely conservative.

Here’s The NRA Video Calling For ‘Common Sense Media Control’ That’s Causing A Stir by James Barrett – “many sounding the alarm over it either failed to watch the whole video or failed to get the point.”

“Noir begins by underscoring the role fame plays in inspiring mass shootings (video below). “Can anyone tell me the last time a mass school shooter left a manifesto, a comment on social media, or a video where they said they were inspired to commit their atrocity because of a firearm?” he asks. … as much as the media love to pivot the conversation after a mass school shooting to gun control, the pen is still mightier than the sword.

“These kids aren’t being inspired by inert hunk of plastic and metal lying on a table,” he continues. “They’re inspired by the infamous glory of past shooters, who they relate to. And no entity on the planet does a better job, whether directly or indirectly, of glorifying these killers and thereby providing the inspiration for the next one.”

Trump cracks his whip: Now North Korea wants to talk by Thomas Lifson – “you don’t play chicken with Donald Trump

“Trump validated his earlier statements that while he prefers negotiations, if necessary, he will take action to accomplish his goals (i.e., destroy the North Korean facilities) in the event that negotiations don’t work.

His many, highly vocal, TDS-suffering critics – the ones who claim he is “insane,” impetuous, and “dangerous” and will “blunder into nuclear war” – turn out to be his unwilling allies in the effort to make the North Korans believe that his threats are real.

It was no coincidence that yesterday, the House of Representative passed legislation authorizing a new generation of tactical nuclear weapons launched from submarines – with the support of 131 Democrats. But the TDS gang was right there, doing its part to scare North Korea and China

From the standpoint of domestic politics, Democrats stepped up yesterday to cover their own faces with egg.

There will be more twists and turns, but President Trump’s perceived willingness to use military force if talks fail is his Trump Card. Yes, he is breaking the norms of diplomacy – the norms that have gotten North Korea to the brink of a nuclear arsenal that can be delivered to our shores. Those who mock his willingness to change the game do so at their own peril.

How to Create a Cooperative and Mutually Beneficial Environment, Even When Dealing With People Who are Uncooperative and Sneaky by Ace of Spades –

“I don’t like social justice mobbing. Or boycotts. Or the rest of the coercions — rather than persuasions — that are currently the default method of political “argumentation” in this country in Current Year.

But: The way to stop this regime is to inflict the same tactics on our enemies (and yes, I think “enemies” is an apt term at this point) until they stop using those tactics against us.

There is a famous study — look it up — about how to push noncooperative opponents into behaving cooperatively, how to force them to start acting in a fair way instead of a self-serving, aggressive, hostile way.

Spare me your crocodile tears about the new NFL Anthem rule by Jazz Shaw – “This has long since passed the point of being merely tiresome.”

The Great German Meltdown by Victor Davis Hanson – “Every 20 to 50 years in Germany, things start unraveling.”

“In a perfect world, Germany would address its frustrations through introspection. After all, no one forced Berlin to take in over a million problematic refugees from the Middle East. No one forced it to export goods on easy credit to leveraged buyers who visibly lived far above their means. No one forced it to renege on its NATO defense promises and responsibilities. No one forced it to have a long and catastrophic history with the Jewish people. And no one forces it to expect perpetual U.S. military protection while continually setting record trade surpluses.

Despite the long postwar history of U.S.-German friendship, and despite Germany’s financial and economic power, the country is becoming psychologically isolated, if not unhinged. While Germans broadcast their anti-Americanism, they seem oblivious that Americans may likewise be tiring of German petulance.

If we are entering yet another historical period of dangerous German resentment, the ensuing result will bode ill for everyone involved.

James Clapper deceives again by Paul Mirengoff – “In short, cracker barrel speculation entitled to no weight is masquerading as akin to intelligence. And for purely partisan purposes.” Another dissection contrasting with the empty allegation.

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A tangled web untangles slowly

Mueller caught in a trap of his own making by Thomas Lifson – “If the defendant is demanding a speedy trial, there ought to be a very good reason for denying that right. And Mueller’s excuse is – let’s be blunt – not merely lame, but due to his own misbehavior.”

“I am no lawyer, but the problem with this excuse is obvious to even me: if the case is so complex that extra time is required, then why was the indictment brought in the first place? Why did the special counsel rush the indictment when he now confesses that it was too complex to go to trial?

Andrew McCarthy, who is a brilliant and distinguished attorney and ex-federal prosecutor, agrees with my less well informed opinion that it is too late to make the complexity excuse. He adds an important note about whose rights would be violated

Again, being blunt, it looks to me as though Mueller was showboating, using the justice system for propaganda purposes but without an apparent actual case ready to go forward. I am no expert at all on the canons of legal ethics, but this does sound like an abuse of the federal courts if there was no intent to proceed with a prosecution on a timely basis within the requirements of the law.

Jared Kushner finally gets his permanent security clearance (and what that means about the Mueller investigation) by John Sexton – “there’s no scandal to be found here. Mueller didn’t find any (with regard to Kushner) and Trump kept his word and didn’t show special favoritism. And if the reporting is accurate, Mueller may be wrapping up this part of his inquiry.” Instapundit also cites an Opinion on the Constitutionality of Robert Mueller’s Appointment that argues that there are problems.

Progressives on the Brink by Jeffrey Folks – “Because they view President Trump in these extreme terms, progressives view themselves not as violent extremists, but as “the resistance.” But resistance implies that there exists something worthy of resisting.”

“The resistance was not engendered by anything Trump had actually done. It was just a refusal to accept any candidate who varied from the left’s own line of thinking.

That sort of reaction, reminiscent of what happened with the election of George W. Bush, is a dangerous turn in American politics. It implies that the left refuses to accept any political action that does not accord with their own ideology. The left now demands the right to govern permanently and without opposition, regardless of the outcome of elections. This is evidence that the left today has lost respect for democratic institutions and that, if they were ever to find themselves firmly in control of government, leftists would not willingly relinquish power, even if voted out in a fair election.

One only has to look at the recent election in Venezuela to see his point.

“No American, regardless of party preference, should fail to see the seriousness of these events. The Watergate break-in and the cover-up that followed made for a serious crime, but it was nothing compared to what is now alleged on the part of members of the Obama administration or on the part of Obama himself. Disclosures are at last moving forward, with House committees pressing for FBI and Justice documents and Sen. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requesting communications among Bruce Ohr, Christopher Steele, and others relating to the anti-Trump dossier.

It’s also possible, and more likely, that progressives will dismiss the seriousness of whatever crimes have been committed and engage in even more desperate measures. If that happens, only the political will of the American people will stand in their way.

Media Goes Ballistic As It Scrambles To Protect Obama From Growing Spygate Scandal by DCWhispers – “the Establishment Media is desperate to insulate Mr. Obama from being directly implicated in what is quickly turning into the single greatest political scandal in U.S. history.”

“All of the major news outlets are minimizing the shocking implications of Spygate while aggressively pushing third-tier stories involving Michael Cohen and the like. It is their hope the American public will once again fail to pay attention to what is really going on. They are counting on ignorance winning the day.

Some Democrats are said to now be literally screaming at Robert Mueller to do something to stop the mounting Spygate scandal that is encircling Mr. Obama and a number of his media accomplices. Another shoe is sure to fall soon. On whose head remains to be seen.

Ace of Spades notes the absurdity in a Federal Judge Rules That Trump Cannot Block People From His Twitter Feed – “We seem to have nothing but Hawaiian judges now.” and the clarity in the NFL wich comes with a sprinkling of absurdity also – “Last year’s plummet in attendance clearly freaked out the NFL ownership.”

“Our future as conservatives depends on how we respond to left wing cultural and institutional dominance. Are we going to shrug and say that’s just the way it is or at least start taking some small steps toward fighting back?

Is It Really Illegal for Trump to Block People on Twitter Now? By Declan McCullagh – “to rule in favor of the plaintiffs, Buchwald had to find a way to declare @realDonaldTrump to be an official government account.”

“The judge’s logic turns the traditional way of viewing the First Amendment on its head: Your right to free speech doesn’t extend to a right to make someone else, even a politician you have good reason to loathe, listen to you. The Supreme Court expanded on this in a 1984 case, ruling that a “person’s right to speak is not infringed when government simply ignores that person while listening to others.”

In other words, being ignored may hurt your feelings or make you feel sad, but it does not necessarily rise to the level of a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

More Trump: We might need a “phase-in” period for North Korea denuclearization; Update: Trump cancels summit by Ed Morrissey – “It didn’t get quite as much notice as his suggestion for protesting NFL players, but Donald Trump’s comments on North Korea held much more significance.”

“Trump said he preferred an immediate denuclearization of North Korea as the goal of his upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un. However, Trump allowed that it might require more time, suggesting that the US might negotiate a series of steps from both sides — assuming the summit takes place at all:

The significance of these comments is in Trump’s signal of flexibility on process, but not on outcomes

Trump: “Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem by Ed Morrissey – “Now that Donald Trump has endorsed it, get ready for all sorts of posturing on all sides before the kickoffs in September.” Morrissey ridicules Trump but does see what is happening.

“That last part about leaving the country is Trump’s typical hyperbole. It’s silly, but it resonates among those truly offended by players turning the anthem and the flag into political footballs, so to speak. And let’s not forget that leaving the country was and is a favorite theme among the celebrity ranks of La Résistance, too. That kind of hyperbole plays both ways, unfortunately. At any rate, it’s possible to criticize the players for these displays without having the head of state suggesting they don’t belong in the country at all, just as it is possible to dislike a president without having to declare “America is over!” while making millions from it.

Trump’s undeniably right about one thing: the NFL owners should have addressed this issue when it first started. Rather than deal with a threat to their business model when it first arose, they first hemmed and hawed, and then appeased the activists. Now no one’s happy and their product is being overshadowed by the controversies surrounding it. This rule change won’t improve matters, and Trump’s happy to keep the controversy going for his own purposes. How many times will Trump bring this up in the midterms, especially in the final eight weeks or so when NFL play begins? Every chance he gets.

why such hate for the country that feeds them?

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Concern Trolling v Spygate

The Collapse of the Collusion Narrative by Conrad Black – “No serious person could find anything in the conduct of the president that could be construed as obstruction of justice, the all-purpose catch-all of American prosecutors, who can conjure that charge from the most mundane acts.”

“The Trump-impeachers, shuffling grimly forward into the desert like Old Testament slaves to the chant of the ineffable millionaire congresswoman Maxine Waters: “Impeach 45!” will perish in the sand. The vultures will pick their bones in an Ozymandian setting. … After two years of exhaustive legal investigation accompanied by intense media innuendos about everything President Trump and his family have done more ambitious than putting on their shoes in the morning (unlike the Clinton case and much closer to the relentless media badgering and defaming of Richard Nixon in the Watergate affair), there is nothing to impeach with, or about.

The early righteousness of the anti-Trump lynch-mob was deflated when the Steele dossier was revealed as defamatory lies assembled and paid for by the Clinton campaign.

It also seems to be clear that Comey, and former National Intelligence and Central Intelligence directors James Clapper and John Brennan, were involved in improper leaks of confidential information and in coordinating their activities to mislead the president-elect. All three also appear to have misled congressional committees while under oath.

As the rot spreads and evidence of the questionable involvement of elements of the Obama administration in the sand-bag job on Trump appears at earlier dates, before the 2016 political conventions, demands from congressional committees for more information from the Justice Department are becoming more extensive and insistent.

The Biggest Threat to America’s Future Is the Media by Rick Hayes – “with the odds of any real threat of invasion to the U.S. coming from a foreign country at near zero, the only possible way the American people can lose their freedom is through an internal collapse – a breakdown not only of the rule of law, culture, and language, but Judeo-Christian values upon which America built its foundation.”

“If there is a playbook on the specific steps needed to dismantle America from within, it is indeed in use today. There is no secret how the left has been amazingly successful in such a short period.

Outnumbered and without supporting evidence or facts to back up its globalist, anti-American rhetoric, the left relies entirely on the full support of the media. Today, the media in the United States are not objective seekers and disseminators of truth. In truth, the media serve as the propagandist and protector of the forces that want to change America from a constitutional republic to a socialist state.

The media can no longer hide behind the benign image of a sometimes left-leaning communications entity because they have exposed themselves for what indeed they are: active participants in the dismantling of traditional American values.

Don SurberTrump let the Left outsmart itself. “the Left thought a little witch hunt would doom the Trump presidency. The trouble is, sooner or later you have to produce a witch. And the Left does not have one.” Press hypocrisy of the day. “The more names atop the story, the sloppier it will be because no one is taking responsibility for the piece.” This one is about using standard phones to access Twitter rather than super secure whatevers. But then, the press considers the President on Twitter as sworn testimony and fascist dictator orders rather than public communication.

“The problem is media is the media has focused on Russia, Russia, Russia, while Donald Trump has focused on being president of the United States. He is succeeding. People notice.

A press that blew off a secretary of State placing 33,000 sensitive emails on her server — possibly for sale to foreign governments — is concerned that someone may hack into Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

This is concern trolling.

They hate him, and his Twitter account because he uses Twitter to get around their beastly lies.

Thomas LifsonClapper’s desperation revealed in appearance on ‘The View’. “James Clapper has a brand new book to sell, which must be his excuse for forgetting Denis Healey’s First Law of Holes.Coming attractions: FBI agents speaking out about the abuses of Comey and McCabe. “Despite the best efforts of the Trump-hatting, Russia/Stormy Daniels-obsessed media to ignore it, the story is going to build into a major factor in the coming midterm elections and far beyond.”

“In 2013 Sen. Ron Wyden asked Clapper: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?”

He did not ask Clapper about a specific program. Wyden simply asked if the NSA was collecting any data at all on millions of Americans, and Clapper said no. As it turns out, his response was a lie, plain and simple. Instead of fessing up and admitting that he lied before Congress five years ago, he’s doubling down.

there will be a cascade of evidence coming our way. The DOJ Inspector General’s report is one source, and potential criminal referrals from that report could provide far more grist for the wheels of justice to grind. But the wheels of justice move slowly. Before that happens, there will other drama playing out.

Keep in mind that Watergate took a very long time to unfold. In today’s media environment of social media and cable news, the pace is faster, but still requires time. A vast transition in psychology is part of the reason for this pace. Potential whistleblowers need to feel safe, which requires a body of supportive evidence exist before they can take that risk. And the general public has to be acclimated to the notion that that something very wrong has taken place.

Criminal Lobby is Rolling in Cash—Thank Soros by Lloyd Billingsley – “California Governor Jerry Brown tweeted that Trump “is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA,” though the short-timer chief executive offered no details.” Typical example: don’t like being called on your behavior so you claim “LIE.” It’s called denial.

“President Trump last week met with California public officials who oppose the state’s sanctuary law which, as the president said, “provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members putting innocent men, women and children at the mercy of sadistic criminals.”

California Democrats claim they are not protecting criminals but they keep federal official from the jails where false-documented illegals are already in custody. State Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye objects to federal ICE agents “stalking” illegals in courthouses. Public officials who swear to uphold the Constitution have instead become a criminals’ lobby.

This is not a new development in the Golden State.

As the Sacramento Bee reports, “Soros has funneled about $400,000 to Phillips through his California Justice & Public Safety PAC” and has been “spending heavily this year to flip district attorney races for progressive candidates all over California and in several other states.”

Jerry Brown, proud citizen of the world’s fifth-largest economy, has no problem with that. Neither does the state’s former state attorney general, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who got her start under Willie Brown (literally) and received $5,400 from Soros for her 2016 senate campaign. Clearly, “justice” doesn’t come cheap.

Family that took in Parkland shooter being sued by Jazz Shaw – “They took in a kid they perceived as being in crisis (as well as being a friend of their own son) who had just been left orphaned. Sure, he turned out to be a monster, but they were still only just getting to know him. This doesn’t really sound like justice to me.”

While Allahpundit asserts that the President is “gaslighting people about fake news,” There is this one: The Problem With CNN’s School Shooting Count by Stephen Gutowski – “Nearly half of incidents identified this year are unlikely to be recognized by most as school shootings.” Compare and contrast to see the difference in values about what is important, misleading, and deceitful.

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Helping the public understand

It’s about describing things in a way that the public can understand them. It’s made particularly difficult by the efforts of the news sources much of the public depends upon obfuscating, distorting, and ignoring events.

Bombshell: More Obama admin spies attempted to insert selves into Trump campaign by Thomas Lifson – “The eye-opening disclosure came at the end of a highly informative discussion with Cater Page about his interactions with Stefan Halper, the informant already believed to have pumped members of the campaign for information.”

“Up until the revelations of spies (or “informants” as the New York Times and other anti-Trumpers call them) worming their way into the Trump campaign, it was fiendishly complex explaining to members of the general public what went on. But everyone understands the words spy, secret agent, and informant.

The revelation that the Obama administration security apparatus was spying on the Trump campaign is easy to understand and outrageous on its face.

It Depends on What Your Definition of ‘Spy’ Is by Eric Felten – “So that no one misses the message, it’s right there in the headline: “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.

“Is this an outrage, as the president has tweeted? If the spying—yes, I said it, because that’s what it was, in any normal use of the word—turned up a conspiracy between Team Trump and the Kremlin, the enormity of the president’s offense will make any question of how the evidence was collected fade away. But if no such conspiracy is uncovered, efforts to spy on the campaign will appear to be a gross abuse of the FBI’s investigative powers.

Could it be that the insistence that a spy not be called a spy is born of a concern that there might not be proof to be had of the sort of conspiracy that would make Americans accept the spying as justified?

When did Trump-Russia probe begin? Investigators focus on mystery months by Byron York – “Revelations that an FBI informant insinuated himself into the Trump campaign have led some congressional investigators to rethink their theories on how and why former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department began investigating the 2016 Trump presidential effort.”

A few weeks before the opening of the investigation — those are the words that have raised eyebrows among Hill investigators. If it was before the investigation, then what was an FBI informant doing gathering undercover information when there was not yet an investigation?

The question has pointed investigators back to the issue of when the probe began — not when a piece of paper was formally signed but when the FBI, and perhaps other U.S. intelligence agencies, began investigating the Trump campaign.

Investor’s Business Daily, As Evidence Piles Up, The Media Ignore The ‘Other’ Trump-Russia Scandal – “There have been two major ongoing investigations involving President Trump. One is looking into whether Trump colluded with Russia. It’s borne no fruit. The other involves abuse of power at the highest levels of government to hurt Trump and is producing damning evidence by the bushel. Guess which one the press is ignoring?”

“A good reporter, or at least one who isn’t hopelessly biased, would be able to see that the real story isn’t the go-nowhere Mueller investigation, but the more troubling story of abuse of power by Obama administration officials to protect Hillary Clinton and then derail the Trump presidency.

Concealed FISA Docs May Hold Key to Trump Surveillance by Sara Carter – “President Trump meets with FBI, DOJ and DNI

“this meeting is crucial because it will be a major opportunity for the President to order the Justice Department and FBI to turn over classified information requested by the House Intelligence Committee that may finally lead to the answers related to the scope of the FBI’s surveillance on the Trump campaign. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be at the White House to discuss the classified nature of the request by the committee and they will argue against the disclosure of the documents.

So what can Trump do to ensure a proper review of these documents and what could be one of the biggest scandals in modern American politics?

Over the past week, a mountain of leaks regarding classified information regarding the FBI’s operation into the Trump campaign have been shared with The Washington Post and The New York Times. Many lawmakers and sources closely connected to the FBI and DOJ this reporter has spoken with believe the leaks came from the DOJ and Bureau in an effort to stay ahead of the story and frame the narrative.

The former senior U.S. intelligence official, who worked as a clandestine officer, told this reporter that it is imperative an investigation be conducted into the Bureau and Obama Department of Justice.

“It appears the FBI created the probable cause to trigger an investigation,” he said. “I would have never believed in my life that this would occur in America. We never in our history have had armed representatives of the state involved in usurping the wishes and the actions of the public at large to unseat a duly elected president. You can’t overstate the importance of this because they have weaponized the national security tools that are designed to protect the US from external enemies and weaponized it to go after a campaign and sitting president.”

Ace of Spades: Derek Hunter: I Used to be Skeptical of the Existence of a “Deep State.” I’m All Out of Skepticism Now. – Extraordinary claims require extraodinary proofs. – We now have extraordinary proofs. Follow the links! … Former Clinton Pollster Mark Penn: To Save the Republic, Robert Mueller and the Deep State Must be Stopped and DefeatedA sensible opinion, coming from a completely unexpected speaker. And yet more links to relevant material.

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Seattle socialism; John Brennan exposed; and the usual media problems

Investor’s Business Daily has two worth considering today: Seattle Makes Amazon, Starbucks Pay For Its Own Housing Blunders – a case study in how socialism works. “Big businesses in Seattle face a substantial new tax to build more affordable housing. This is after the city thwarted private developers who were building affordable housing on their own dime.”

“Seattle’s leaders don’t seem to understand that taxing success to reward government failure won’t work for long. Eventually, Starbucks and Amazon and other businesses will simply pick up and move to places with friendlier, more-competent governments.

Seattle might solve its housing shortage, but it will end up creating a new one: A shortage of jobs and opportunity.

Media Bias: How Media Turn U.S., Israel Into Villains By Misreporting Gaza ‘Protesters’ Violence – “You might think that national news outlets would be extra careful not to sensationalize or distort what’s happening in Gaza and the West Bank in response to the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. But if you did, you would be incredibly naive.” Bias, propaganda, whatever. It falls into the rubric of Fake News in that it is not ‘the whole truth’ and uses innuendo and allegation to create news rather than to report it.

“The media have a lot to answer for in their bias and misreporting and distortion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Let’s just leave it at this: By not telling the truth, the media have contributed to the pain and misery of Palestinians, who will never have a homeland unless they recognize Israel’s right to exist and to live within secure, defensible borders.

John Brennan’s ‘Exceptionally Sensitive’ Issue by George Neumayr – “Under John Brennan, the CIA operated as an opposition research outfit for the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

“It appears from leaked news stories in the British press that Brennan’s oafish spying on Trump began around April 2016, right after Trump’s biggest primary victories. As it became urgently clear to Brennan that Trump was going to face off against Hillary, Brennan turned to “intelligence partners” in Europe for dirt on Trump. But they didn’t have any, save some pretty skimpy material on “contacts” between Trump campaign officials and Russians.

In his own clumsy way, Brennan knew that he was treading on a political minefield. He referred to the FBI/CIA’s spying on the Trump campaign as an “exceptionally, exceptionally sensitive issue.” That helpful crumb comes from Russian Roulette, the book by David Corn and Michael Isikoff.

What’s valuable about the Corn/Isikoff account is that it inadvertently provides a picture of Brennan running an anti-Trump spying operation right out of Langley.

So until election day, the “working group at Langley” was trying to dig up dirt on the Trump campaign and wasn’t coming up with any.

Many questions in all of this remain unanswered, but this much is clear: John Brennan’s transformation of the CIA into a branch office of the Hillary campaign will go down as one of the grossest abuses in the agency’s history.

Peter Strzok was selected by John Brennan to help author the ICA, based partly on the Steele dossier by John Sexton – “Real Clear Investigations has a story up today which sheds some light on Former CIA Director John Brennan and the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) which he helped produce.” But, wait, there’s more! …

Ace of Spades – “Two Colleagues Contradict Onetime Communist Party Voter John Brennan’s Claims About His Non-Use of the Dossier … When intelligence officials lie, what use is their alleged intelligence?” Then there’s the questionShould Mueller Recuse Himself Due to His Prior Dealings with Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska?” – “Alan Derschowitz questions not only Mueller’s conflict of interest, but asks the question: If Paul Manafort was indicted for colluding with Deripaska, why was Deripaska himself left out of the indictment?

And, if you wonder about the FBI’s credibility problem, consider that Almost a Year After the Political Assassination at the Baseball Field, and Our Upright and Truth-Telling FBI Still Won’t Admit The Obviously-Politically-Motivated Attack Was Politically Motivated.

“This appears nowhere in the law defining “terrorism” nor in the common understanding the term. It’s a made-up requirement so that the FBI can pretend away certain crimes they wish to make go away — much like the FBI made up the “intent” requirement of the Espionage Act to specifically absolve Hillary.

The organization has been turned away from the mission of Justice and now exists almost entirely to serve as the Armed Wing of the Democrat Party.

Why Trump Is a President Like No Other by Victor Davis Hanson – “Black’s aim is to illustrate how much of what Trump has done since announcing his presidential candidacy in summer 2015 is hardly mysterious. Instead, Trump’s methods are fully explicable by what he has always done in the past—in the sometimes troubling, but more often reassuring, sense.”

“Conrad Black’s erudite biography of Donald J. Trump is different from the usual in mediis rebus accounts of first-year presidents. He avoids the Bob Woodward fly-on-the-wall unattributed anecdote, and “they say” gossip mongering.

Black is neither a hagiographer nor an ankle-biter. He seeks to understand Trump within the three prominent landscapes in which Americans had come to know their new president: politics, the celebrity world, and the cannibalistic arena of high-stakes Manhattan real estate and finance.

Black instinctively captures the essence of the Trump paradox: How did someone supposedly so crude, so mercantile, and so insensitive display a sensitivity to the forgotten people that was lost both on his Republican competitors and Hillary Clinton?

Three final themes make Black’s book different. One, he writes at times from firsthand experience as one who has known—and liked—Trump as an acquaintance rather than as a partner or adversary. … Second, Black knows what it is like to be targeted by an overzealous prosecutor, and how the criminal justice system can be warped well before the advent of a formal trial. … Finally, Black is a singular prose stylist of what in the ancient world would be called the Asiatic, or florid and decorative, style

Most readers, like myself, have never met either Conrad Black nor Donald J. Trump. But after reading this engaging biography, those of any political persuasion would wish to do both.

CRB: The Vietnam War revisited – by Scott Johnson – “the essay/review “The Vietnam War revisited” by Mackubin Thomas Owens. It is a retrospective occasioned by the Ken Burns documentary history of the war” … Yet another first hand account of Burns gone off the rails in allowing ideology to flavor history.

Don’t blame Trump for the violence at the Gaza border by Paul Mirengoff – “Steven Schmidt, the Republican strategist, says that President Trump has blood on his hands for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Former CIA director John Brennan seems to agree.” It’s another example of the Left attempting to distort history to appease their need for emotional comfort.

“It’s true that the same day the new U.S. embassy opened in Jerusalem, Israeli forces killed approximately 60 Palestinians who were part of a mob engaged in violent acts and trying to breach a border fence. But to blame the deaths on Trump’s decision regarding the embassy ignores both facts and logic.

First, as Nikki Haley said at the U.N., “the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy.”

Second, blaming the embassy decision ignores the fact that the events of May 14 were part of an extended protest that apparently had nothing to do with the U.S. embassy.

PR victories are nice. But when they are founded on the death of your people and you have nothing else to offer them, what have you actually won?

At the AP, the News Is What Didn’t Happen by John Hinderaker – “Got that? The AP thinks the most important thing about the meeting is the topics that didn’t come up, because there was no reason why they should.” Three examples at PowerLine in one day! Three different examples all with the common theme of attempting to create a history that doesn’t exist.

Why Real Conversation Has Become Increasingly Impossible by Patterico – “Shapiro says the “loss of common values” like “human reason and objective truth” have been lost, and that we no longer have a common framework for conversation.” It is good to see this in discussion but Patterico does more to illustrate the problem than clarify it. He does describe the phenomena at issue but does not examine his own behavior in light of his descriptions. This is a hubris – assuming it is the other guy that has the problem and not one’s self. Self awareness is always a first important base for productive communications.

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Word of the day: schadenfreude

Schneider schadenfreude surplus by Thomas Lifson – The headlines this morning are about a New York AG and long time Trump nemesis who became a victim of the #metoo movement.

“I am already running into a related non-problem: so much schadenfreude over the disgrace and resignation of New York AG Eric Schneiderman that I am overwhelmed with shameful joy in the richly deserved reckoning for an uber-hypocrite. Best of all, two separate groups are deeply compromised: abortion-worshiping feminists and the get Trump cabal.

Schneiderman joins Andrew McCabe and James Comey in needing to lawyer up for prosecutions that seem inevitable now. The Manhattan district attorney has already opened an investigation. Schneiderman has been working with Robert Mueller to indict the president on some state level beef where Trump’s pardon power does not work.

This morning in Fox & Friends, Judge Andrew Napolitano noted that Schneiderman took part in some of the meetings mentioned by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in their text messages.

Schneiderman has been an arch-enemy of Donald Trump for a long, long time. In a prophetic tweet from almost 8 years ago, Trump eerily forecast yesterday’s demise

Why the Media Are Mum About Comedy Central’s 2011 Trump Roast by Jack Cashill – projection? Reputation? Legacy? Reality?

“When asked today why they hate Trump so intensely, political adversaries are still citing Trump’s willingness to mock a disabled reporter; his Access Hollywood “p—-” tape; and, of course, his presumed racism and imaginary dabbling in white supremacy.

Nothing Trump has ever said or done, however, measures up to the relentless vulgarity on seemingly hilarious display at the Comedy Central roast.

How it must pain these clowns that Trump gets to run their circus.

The Trump Land Mine by Victor Davis Hanson – “Explosives require careful handling. Sometimes they blow up in your face.”

“Give it credit, the Washington apparat quite imaginatively pulled out all the stops: implanting Obama holdover appointees all over the Trump executive branch; filing lawsuits and judge shopping; organizing the Resistance; pursuing impeachment writs; warping the FISA courts; weaponizing the DOJ and FBI; attempting to disrupt the Electoral College; angling for enactment of the 25th Amendment or the emoluments clause; and unleashing Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley and many in Wall Street to suffocate the Trump presidency in its infancy.

But now the administrative state’s multifaceted efforts are starting to unwind, and perhaps even boomerang, on the perpetrators.

The reputation of Big Tech is one of hyper-partisan politics, data miners, snoops, Bowdlerizers and censors, monopolists, progressive multibillionaires, and adolescents in arrested development who exempt themselves from the consequences of what their ideologies inflict on others.

In Wizard of Oz fashion, it’s as if the public is no longer frightened of the omnipotent imperial faces on their screens

Donald Trump proved to be a catalyst for much of the implosion of the deep state.

the government, the political apparat, the media, tech, and entertainment conglomerates sought to reduce Trump to some monstrous entity deserving of hanging, stabbing, decapitation, incineration, and shooting. It sought to indict, impeach, and remove a sitting president, as the ancien régime rushed to break federal law with assumed ethical exemption — tapping, surveilling, lying, and leaking with impunity, assured that supposedly morally superior ends justified any means necessary to achieve them.

In other words, the custodians of the status quo arrogantly grabbed up the Trump land mine and thought they could easily toss it away — as it has blown them sky-high.

Outrageous Redactions to the Russia Report by Andrew C. McCarthy – “The FBI and DOJ have been burying the investigators’ questionable judgments and information helpful to Flynn.” … “What happened with these redactions is inexcusable.”

“Cute how this works: Kick off the week with some “the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted” bombast from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, by which he rationalizes that his defiance of subpoenas and slow-walking document production to Congress — which is probing investigative irregularities related to the 2016 campaign — is required by DOJ policy and “the rule of law.” Then end the week with the Friday-night bad-news dump: the grudging removal of DOJ and FBI redactions from a House Intelligence Committee report on Russia’s election meddling.

They tell us that their lack of transparency is necessary for the protection of national security, vital intelligence, and investigative operations. But what we find out is that they were concealing their own questionable judgments and conflicting explanations for their actions

It is a fact of life that the precious commodity of a good reputation takes much less time to lose than to build.

There is no defending the redactions that have now been disclosed. Especially in light of recent history, this powerfully suggests that there is no justification for withholding much else that the Justice Department refuses to reveal.

Republican committees can carp all they like about Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. The buck stops with the president.

This last is true, theoretically, but not in context. It misses why the media is so obsessed by the idea of Trump firing the special prosecutor or his boss or on up the chain of command. McCarthy is still enamored with a presumption of an honorable nature in the thieves he describes and is having trouble grasping the depth and breadth of the swamp they live in.

Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Makes Stuff Up About Probe Into Trump’s Lawyer by Caroline Court – “In less than two months, Avenatti appeared on CNN 59 times.”

I do hope alleged Donald Trump paramour Stormy Daniels is Michael Avenatti’s only client, because I find it difficult to believe he’s not neglecting his other cases and clients.

“As we all now know, these statements are completely false. I’ve been saying for weeks this is a clown show, and this was certainly a well-deserved pie to the face. An attorney just making stuff up as he goes is beyond embarrassing to the profession. I hope this guy gets his TV show and never practices a day of law again. If you haven’t heard, Vanity Fair reported that Avenatti asked MSNBC President Phil Griffin for his own show. Indeed, I’ve recently been told he is close to signing an agent.

It’s no secret that for five years Avenatti worked at a political opposition and media firm run by Rahm Emanuel, who we all know went on to become Obama’s chief of staff.

Avenatti won’t disclose who referred Daniels to him, and he certainly is not disclosing who is paying his bills.

Ace comments on another revelation. “Let me go on record: I think it’s fine that John McCain doesn’t want Trump at his funeral. I think it’s fine to tell the White House that.” … “The surprising thing would be for McCain to rise above it. But he’s never been known for that.” The prompt was Jake Tapper at CNN grabbing onto McCain to impugn Trump, but that’s getting old, too.

Reuters: Dems getting pretty dismayed over Trump’s success in judiciary, or something by Ed Morrissey – “Sauce for the goose … what comes around, goes around … be careful what you wish for … Pick your proverb, adage, or cliché” but Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley doesn’t quite get it.

“Exactly who was it that set aside long-standing Senate tradition in order to force presidential nominees to the bench through to confirmation? That would be Harry Reid, who changed the rules and ended precedent unilaterally to thwart the Republican obstruction of nominees that had followed the Democratic obstruction during the Bush administration to which Hurley refers. It was his nuclear option in 2013 that allowed Barack Obama to stack the DC appellate court and eliminate the GOP minority’s ability to slow down the process. He also changed the rules on all other kinds of presidential appointments, which caused Democrats a lot of “dismay” when Trump selected his cabinet officials.

How many times does the name Harry Reid come up in Hurley’s account? Zero.

Basically, Democrats find themselves dismayed from being hoist with their own petard.

The real problem with Bank of America’s anti-gun decision By Frank Miniter – “Fomenting division and wasting resources.”

The real trouble though is this isn’t just a story about a financial institution making a political decision. By blaming gun manufacturers for the actions of criminals, Bank of America has become part of a diversion taking the national focus away from real solutions to a chronic problem.

Like the Pope thinking that eliminating all arms will solve humanity’s sins, simple solutions generally result in drastic failures.

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Grappling with a paradigm shift

Media lies are the real scandal by Don Surber – “Most voters are numb because we no longer believe the media.”

“John C. Harwood at CNBC wrote a piece, “Most voters have become numb to each new Trump scandal because they don’t believe what he says anyway.”

Since Trump’s election on November 8, 2016, the media has reported lie after lie after lie about him and his supporters.

Harwood and others just allege ‘liar’ without anything solid to back it up as a character attribute. As with much of the character assassination epithets hurled at Trump, evidence and reason, comparison and contrast, cause concern about the accuser and not the accused. Surber provides a list to illustrate this.

April Ryan shows that the victimized media are faking it by Eddie Scarry – “The moaning from the national media about the Trump administration inciting violence against reporters has always been a lie, and now everyone knows.” Claiming victimhood is the last realm of scoundrels. Here is a case study. It’s another ‘compare and contrast’ of reality versus fantasy.

“To date, however, there has not been a single act of violence against a reporter that can be directly traced to Trump calling the media “fake news” or Sanders, who has complained about the “tone” some reporters take in their questions.

Media indifference to Hillary’s money-laundering by Jack Hellner – “Can the media think of any other porn star who has been treated as pure as the driven snow by the media because of one unsubstantiated claim of a seven-hour rendezvous twelve years ago?”

“Meanwhile, escaping the media’s gaze is over $10 million funneled through a law firm from the DNC and the Hillary campaign to pay Fusion GPS to pay Christopher Steele to create a false Russian dossier by paying Russian sources to destroy Trump.

The goal every day by people in the bureaucracy and in the media is obviously to destroy Trump. Facts haven’t mattered for a long time.

Busted! FBI-DOJ caught using redactions of House Intel Committee Report to protect their posteriors by Thomas Lifson – “The release of a less redacted version of the House Intelligence Committee Report on Russian active measures (AKA “collusion”) has exposed abuse of the redaction process to protect the bureaucrats at the FBI and Department of Justice.”

“In theory, redacting of official documents prior to public release is supposed to be solely to protect confidential sources, or protect ongoing prosecutions, or otherwise serve legitimate government interests. Redactions to prevent embarrassment or potentially illegal activities on the part of federal officials is not legitimate.

Yet that is clearly what happened when the House Intelligence Committee report was first redacted by the DOJ and FBI.

It is now clear beyond dispute that the agents of the Deep State are afraid of exposure and are abusing the powers of their offices to prevent their perfidy from being exposed.

Judge Ellis Wants to See Mueller’s Hunting License by Clarice Feldman – “Rosenstein’s hat is no longer white, either.” The pot is boiling and mud splatters are being dissected. Will justice prevail? Will the rule of law mean anything to the courts? Some glimmers show but hope is still rather dim.

Why All the Secrecy? By Andrew C. McCarthy – “It’s time to level with the public about the basis for Mueller’s investigation.”

“A prosecutor has the power to subpoena virtually anyone. In our system, there are very few limits on what the grand jury may investigate. A comparison usefully illustrates this point. I’ve frequently observed that by appointing Mueller without first establishing a basis to believe a crime warranting investigation had been committed, Rosenstein violated regulations that govern special-counsel appointments. By contrast, the grand jury has no such constraints — it can investigate pretty much anything. There is no proof hurdle — such as “probable cause” or “reasonable suspicion” — that has to be surmounted. In fact, a grand jury is free to investigate even if it just wants to satisfy itself that a crime has not been committed.

So a prosecutor who is using the grand jury has sweeping investigative authority. That includes broad subpoena power. There is a big difference, however, between the power to issue a subpoena to a person and the power to make that person testify.

Bottom line: The question is not whether a prosecutor has the power to issue a subpoena. It is whether the person he wants to subpoena has a privilege that would allow him to refuse to testify.

Now, why does our law grant such privileges? Because we recognize that in a society based on ordered liberty, some things are simply more important than the search for truth in a criminal investigation.

There are thus very good reasons why Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein should step in and prevent Special Counsel Mueller from seeking to question the president. But I want to leave you with a different thought. How are we supposed to grapple with whether the president should be compelled to testify when we don’t know what Mueller is alleging? What crime does Mueller want to ask the president about? And if there isn’t one, why are we even talking about an interview, let alone a subpoena?

Mueller probe is a political counter-revolution to overthrow TrumpIt must be defeated by Steve Hilton – “Denying the facts is exactly what the elitists are trying to do.”

“The elitists in Washington (including – frighteningly – current and former leadership in our law enforcement and security bureaucracy) are monumentally aggrieved that the people had the temerity to elect a populist outsider to the White House. And they’re not prepared to wait for the 2020 election to try to replace populist Donald Trump.

The Mueller probe is political warfare through legal means – not surprising when you consider that the Democrats are the party of lawyers, funded by lawyers.

They don’t care how their political counter-revolution gets President Trump out – whether it’s proving the original, fabricated claim about collusion; or by some legal process misstep by the president and his team; or by something to do with Stormy Daniels. As long as it gets President Trump out of the Oval Office before 2020, it’s fine with the counter-revolutionaries.

But this all-out effort by the establishment to remove a president who was legitimately elected according to the Constitution is doing terrible damage to the United States.

The 2016 election was far from a fluke By Salena Zito – “America’s political experts got it wrong in 2016 — not because they took too few polls, but because they made the false assumption that American elections are immune to societal change.” It’s called a paradigm shift.

“Trump was not the cause of this movement, he was the result of it. In order to fully appreciate his rise to the White House, you need focus on the people who put him there.
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Far from a fluke, the 2016 election was a product of the tectonic plate-grinding of our society — a backlash against globalism, secularism and coastal elitism.

New York Post: The insanely complex and pointless court war over DACA – “Sadly, the Dreamers’ best hope now is that Congress will do its job once the court games end.” There shouldn’t be ‘court games’ but the judiciary cannot agree on what is law and what is political ideology and has it priorities in strange places.

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Fish in a barrel

What’s it like serving in the Trump Administration? How about asking a fish in a barrel. It appears that anyone in the Administration is a target for the media and the only way out is to get as far away as possible. What is implied by this media and #resistance effort as far as governance and the future of the country?

Smut Night at the Press Dinner by Patrick J. Buchanan – “Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who “speak truth to power,” has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps.”

Comedian Michelle Wolf, the guest speaker, recited one filthy joke after another at the expense of President Trump and his people, using words that would have gotten her kicked out of school not so long ago.

Media critic Howard Kurtz said he had “never seen a performance like that,”

While the journalistic elite at the black-tie dinner was reveling in the raw sewage served up by Wolf, Trump had just wrapped up a rally in Michigan.

The contrast between the two assemblies could not have been more stark. We are truly two Americas now.

Guilt Trip: NBC Paints America as the Villain Thwarting Caravan Progress by Nicholas Fondacaro – “NBC Nightly News cast America in a negative light as they portrayed us as a moral conundrum.

“By describing how far in their journey they’ve come, how close they were to getting into the U.S., and how the process was bound to send them home, this NBC report painted America as the one ruining their lives.

Alan Dershowitz: Robert Mueller’s questions aimed at tripping Trump up by Naomi Lim – “Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Monday the list of open-ended questions special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask President Trump may have been specifically drafted to trip Trump up if he provides long-winded responses.” The real question is how this list leaked to the NYT – Trump caught that (Trump rips leak of special counsel Mueller’s questions).

What Israeli Spies Just Pulled Off on Iran is Absolutely Nuts by Katie Pavlich – “Netanyahu described the collection and extradition of the information as a “great intelligence achievement.” It was a major, seemingly impossible intelligence success.”

The Obama Disaster, And The Tweet Of The Day by John Hinderaker – “With today’s bombshell about Iran’s ongoing nuclear weapons program, the wreckage of Barack Obama’s foreign policy is coming into focus.”

NYT worships Karl Marx, Luboš Motl on a tear! –

“On May 5th, it will have been 200 years from the birth of Karl Marx, a plagiarist, the architect of the greatest genocide in the modern history of the mankind, the world’s first brain-dead Marxist, and the role model for all modern pseudointellectual parasites and aggressive social scientific crackpots. To some extent, every offensive hard left activist or pseudointellectual – a multiculturalist, a climate alarmist, and many others – is a clone of Karl Marx’s.

The New York Times, one of America’s most famous dailies, expressed its attitude rather clearly with an op-ed

When all you can see is a target, anything goes. That anything includes things you depend upon. Just ask a Venezuelan. 

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Empty allegations of “lies” are telling (projection?)

Don’t Be Mad at Wolf’s Sanders Jokes if You’ve Never Been Mad at Trump by Katherine Timpf – “He has gone just as low, but she’s a comedian, not president, so she does deserve a bit more leeway when it comes to making jokes.” This is the typical apologia for the White House Correspondence Dinner – Trump does it so it’s OK. The problem is not President versus comedienne but rather one of accuracy in perceptions and an inability to make critical distinctions in tone, tenor, context, and accuracy. Then there’s the moral preening on top of logical fallacies.

“You don’t have to like all of her jokes, and you can think that some of them were too mean. You cannot, however, only have a problem with jokes when they’re making fun of the other side and consider yourself to be logically sound.

My Take on the “Comedy” Routine at the White House Correspondence Dinner Is Simple by Patterico illustrates the social problem – “I enjoyed watching Sarah Sanders called out for lying, on account of her being a paid liar.” He misses the hate and vulgarity and commits the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy in casting a judgment that is not supportable in any meaningful sense.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner Is Everything Wrong With The Media by Daniel Greenfield – “The free press has been tied up and locked in the basement by the crooked media.”

“The Dinner is, in theory, a charity event. But the only people who know that are reporters and Jeopardy trivia champions. In between the celebrity appearances and the obscene taunts aimed at women who work in the Trump administration, the media orgy is supposed to be fundraising to send kids to college.

The Dinner does much better when the president shows up. That’s why the media is fuming that Trump stood them up twice. If the President is a Dem, he merits a bootlicking. If he’s a Republican, then his daughter gets compared to a box of tampons.

The WHCD and the WHCA have the same relationship to good journalism that vampires have to sunlight.

The crooked media of a corrupt party knows its business. Smear the opposition and get feted.

Trump chose wisely, ignoring the White House Correspondents Association hatefest by Patricia McCarthy – “As everyone knows, the night is meaningless, an open-mic night for anti-Republican jokes that are really just insults. But the jokes have become cruder and ruder year after year.”

“One thing about the left is certain, written in stone: they are vicious, malicious and filled with hatred for all things not radically leftist. This year was, as last year, a doubling down on the vulgar.

Nothing Michelle Wolf said last night can be quoted here. She should not be quoted anywhere. Her verbal abuse of the President and the people in the room was nothing short of degenerate. The left has always been caustic when attacking conservatives, but with this event they crossed a line into gutter obscenity. Ms. Wolf is an embarrassment not only to the left but to all of America.

Dickens pretty much summed up the political mess that is the American scene today. While Trump was raising the spirits of his supporters in Michigan, Michelle Wolf was hoping for a winter of despair and a season of darkness. Only when Americans are desolate, is the left happy and proud.

For the sake of journalism, stop the White House correspondents’ dinner by Margaret Sullivan – “It never has been a particularly good idea for journalists to don their fanciest clothes and cozy up to the people they cover, alongside Hollywood celebrities who have ventured to wonky Washington to join the fun.” Sullivan has a point although she shows her anti-Trump bias (“Trump rarely sets a good example for anyone”) and blindness (“Journalists do not present false stories. When they get something wrong, they correct it.”) so her point on the WHCD misses the mark. Again, excuses absent reality: “They are simply trying to do their jobs of informing the public, a job often made difficult by the obfuscation from the briefing room podium and the president’s own lies.” She thinks “are in the trenches digging out the truth. Not schmoozing in the swamp while the president hustles the heartland.” and that rather misses the WCHD vulgar hatefest demonstration that destroys the credibility of the media. Glen Reynolds, in response to a Glenn Greenwald ‘Trump v media’ Tweet says “All they have to do to be immune to Trump’s attacks is to not be preening, brazenly partisan, and openly crazy. And they can’t even do that.”

The New York Times’ Hatchet Job On Devin Nunes Is Riddled With Errors By Mollie Hemingway – “The New York Times article is riddled with errors that multiple sources publicly deny. It fails to include information easily found in the public record.” This is another example of the blindness Sullivan illustrates above. Hemmingway provides a case study of digging out the truth by dissecting a MSM report that was more about ignoring and obfuscating truth to provide propaganda support. Compare and contrast this analysis and its support with what you see from the likes of Margaret Sullivan.

“Jason Zengerle publicly announced his profile of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., in today’s New York Times Sunday Magazine with the snarky tweet, “My latest for the @NYTmag on Devin Nunes, who’s been propagating, not to mention falling for, conspiracy theories since before the Deep State was even in a gleam in Donald Trump’s eye.”

It’s an accurate summation of the hit he attempted to place on Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). The only problem is the case he attempts to make is riddled with errors and full of embarrassing and deliberate material omissions

Not only did Nunes not come up empty-handed in his dogged pursuit of transparency with the bin Laden cache, he was completely vindicated about the need to not bend the knee to intelligence officials when they claim to know better than their congressional overseers about transparency.

The campaign against Nunes by the media and Democrats can be traced to his announcement that the Obama administration had engaged in worrisome collection and distribution of information on the Trump team during the transition.

Many in the media responded by downplaying or denigrating his news, distracting with process complaints or quickly thrown-together stories from anonymous sources with no evidence claiming more breathless wrongdoing with Russia.

Showdown builds between Comey, House: Just what did FBI director say about Michael Flynn? by Byron York – “so far, the intelligence community has prevented that proof from seeing the light of day.” This is related to the objections about the redactions that were made to the House committee report. It may also be related to the recalcitrance to comply with FISA requests and Congressional subpoenas.

“In addition, Republicans pointed out that the intelligence community quickly removed proposed redactions from the House Intel Democrats’ counter-report. “The Democrats got all the redactions on their minority views lifted within a day,” said House Intel spokesman Jack Langer Sunday evening, “while we’re still struggling to get our concerns addressed.”

Now, in light of what Comey has said in recent interviews, Republicans are particularly eager to remove the blackouts. If that happens, the public will finally learn just what Comey said to the committee in March of last year.

Campaign 2018: Nevada Dems file 5th complaint against Heller by Ramona Giwargis – “Nevada Democrats filed another ethics complaint against U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, alleging the Republican is exploiting his official position to boost his campaign for re-election.” It’s a lot easier to smear and slander than it is to persuade and win elections.

“This latest frivolous complaint shows just how weak Nevada Democrats perceive their anointed candidate, Jacky Rosen,” Heller spokesman Keith Schipper said. “If Rosen respected our tax dollars, she would demand her political party quit wasting them in shameless attempts to distract Nevadans from the fact that she has been a complete failure in Congress.”

It also illustrates how Democrats assume guilt and go to any extreme to prove their point no matter how petty.

Here Are Three Scary FBI Scandal Factors You Must Know by Mark Tapscott – “There’s an old Washington maxim about being careful because ‘what goes around almost always comes back around‘”

“During the three years between Holder’s blatant subversion of the 1978 Inspectors General Act and passage of the 2016 law, James Comey succeeded Mueller as FBI chief. He continued, however, to wall off Horowitz’s access to documents essential to doing his job until the new law was passed.

As more facts are uncovered about the lengths to which former FBI Director James Comey, his then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and a half-dozen other pro-Hillary Clinton bureau insiders went to protect the Democratic nominee in her email scandal, the least discussed element is Obama’s role in the affair.

A David Horowitz Hillsdale lecture Rules for Radicals: What Constitutional Conservatives Should Know About Saul Alinsky (YouTube February 2014)) identifies the nature of the conflict. He notes that conservatives accept the fallen nature of man and seek government that will limit human faults. Heaven is left to the hereafter. Liberals thinks government can avoid human frailties and bring about heaven on earth. The implication that the end is ‘heaven on earth’ justifies any means to achieve it and that separates the two camps in this social conflict.

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Moral turpitude, who’s who?

The air is full of “Trump morally unfit” assertions what with the Comey book but it is difficult to figure out what exactly these people consider support for their views. Here are two – immigration and tax policy. Another looks to be opposition to abortion. The sad part is that these people disagree not by challenging opinions and values but by casting judgment. Surber lists 52 examples of this despicable behavior by Trump opponents. Let’s start with a counter example.

Parkland Survivor’s Mom: Trump Hugged Him, but School Didn’t Even Know He’d Been Shot by Tom Knighton – “The media has focused plenty of attention on Parkland survivors since the February 14 massacre, but mostly on the survivors who A) were not wounded and B) demand gun control.”

“I actually had to show a district staff member Williams x-rays to verify them. How could the district fail to contact each of the students in the classrooms where murders and injuries occurred. This borders on negligence.”

I have to disagree with her. It “borders” on nothing. It is negligence.

Lisa Olsen sure appears to have the evidence for her criticism. We’ve seen non-stop media squabbles rather than a total focus on all the kids with physical wounds and emotional struggles.

Apparently this district’s priorities were so off that administrators needed x-rays for proof, somehow missing that President Trump had visited him in the hospital.

Starbucks feels the Trump Effect by Don Surber – “Starbucks is the latest to learn not to mess with Trump.”

“When the president imposed a legal and constitutional moratorium on visas from six countries, Schultz attacked Trump.

The instant backlash forced Starbucks to promise to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses.

Then Schultz attacked the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

‘Global warming’ claims a victim by Thomas Lifson – “After some reflection, I see that this is a tragedy the Greek sense of the word, being based on a fatal human flaw.” These Trump haters take it seriously, even to the point of self immolation.

“Buckel was no loser with no prospects. He is someone who had a big hand in changing the way American law and public opinion regard same sex marriage

Reportedly, Buckel recently “turned his attention” to apocalyptic predictions of climate disaster, which he fully bought into, presumably based on the phony scientific consensus propagated by the fraudsters who have to “adjust” real data in order to make their hypothesis slightly plausible. The fraudsters know well that the human mind is vulnerable to predictions of apocalypse, and that encouraging panic is a great way to generate money.

I am actually very sad for Buckel, and for his friends and families. He is a victim of hucksters who scared him and countless school children into panic. The fraudsters continue to fly on private jets and occupy multiple lavish residences, which people genuinely convinced that the end is near would shun. His death is tragic, but it is also really, really stupid, once again proving that smart people, when beyond their sphere of expertise, can be deeply dumb, because they have no humility. The Greeks called it “hubris.”

Sen. Cory Booker Violating Constitution: Voting Against Pompeo for Religious Beliefs by Ken Klukowski – “announced on Friday that he will vote against CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become secretary of state because of Pompeo’s beliefs on marriage and sexuality — beliefs consistent with Pompeo’s Christian faith.”

“Booker sharply questioned Pompeo on Thursday during the nominee’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, referring to words Pompeo spoke at a church in his district when the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was still serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution provides, “No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office of public Trust under the United States.”

Trail of James Comey’s Dirt on Loretta Lynch Discovered Within IG Report on Andrew McCabe by sundance – “keep in mind, that at the time the book was written, Mr. Comey had no idea exactly where the ongoing Inspector General investigation might lead; nor did he know the timing of release.” The analytic examination of recently released evidence in the greater context is explained.

Comey’s last stand for the deep state by Mark Penn – “The post-election actions of these former officials makes suspect their actions as officials.”

“They were among the most powerful men of the last decade. They commanded armies of armed agents, had the ability to bug and wiretap almost anyone, and had virtually unlimited budgets. They were the leadership of the FBI, the CIA and the director of national intelligence under President Obama. Each day, it becomes clearer that they are the real abusers of power in this drama.

The book by former FBI Director James Comey and the daily hyperbolic John Brennan sound bites are perhaps the final reveal of just how much hubris and vitriol they had. Comey’s book, according to reports, contains nothing new of legal consequence to Trump (while suggesting that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has something to worry about), but it unmasks the hatred that Comey had for Donald Trump from the beginning. It impeaches Comey’s fitness to have ever held high, nonpartisan office.

The Mueller investigation bears all of the hallmarks of prosecutorial overreach: pre-dawn raids, denial of reasonable bail, threats to prosecute family members, investigations of unrelated business matters. He didn’t appropriately subpoena selected transition emails but collected every email in the entire transition without notice, prying them from holdover employees at the General Services Administration.

Moreover, the double standards being applied here are undermining the rule of law.

As these deep staters turn into paid talking heads profiting through books, speeches and clicks, they undermine any notion that they acted professionally instead of politically while in office, and the evidence continues to mount that the foundation for turning the country upside down for the last year was most likely two parts politically tinged hubris and one part sketchy evidence.

Max Boot: Sure Andrew McCabe lied under oath…but Trump by John Sexton – “When FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired, Boot was one of the people who came out swinging.” Illustrating confusion about what is moral and what isn’t?

“In short, there was nothing that could possibly justify the firing of Andrew McCabe. It was a Trumpian plot. So when the DOJ Inspector General released his damning report on McCabe which concluded he had lied to James Comey, to FBI investigators while under oath, to the IG, and had even lied about his lies to FBI investigators when changing his story, suddenly Max Boot had some backtracking to do.

The recommendation from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility was that McCabe should be canned for his repeated and intentional “lack of candor.” And that’s what happened. But having already blasted this as an attempt to “undermine the FBI” etc., Max Boot couldn’t bring himself to admit he got this one wrong. Instead, he wrote a blog post yesterday titled “Sure, McCabe and Comey made mistakes. But that’s not why they were fired.”

I think the problem here is that Boot insists on treating everything as a subset of the one story that he is focused on: blasting President Trump. It doesn’t seem to occur to him that two things could be independently true here. First, Trump really did go after McCabe and celebrate his firing. Second, McCabe is a self-serving liar who deserved to be fired.

About that Syrian scientific research center by Paul Mirengoff – a bit more about the response to Syrian use of chemical weapons. This one isn’t headed towards “aspirin factory” irrelevance.

Claudia Rosett takes up the question for PJ Media. Based on the Pentagon’s description, she believes with a very high level of confidence that the target was the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC).

According to Rosett, the SSRC is “an incredibly high-value target, an outfit central to some of the worst depravities of Assad’s weapons programs, and — as it happens — a longtime client of North Korea and Iran.”

Trump pacifies Cory Gardner on marijuana issue by Paul Mirengoff – There was a story that Trump instructed Sessions to back off on marijuana law enforcement in states that legalized the recreational drug. Here’s another part of the story. It has something to say about what Trump’s opponents consider moral and honorable and valuable.

“For months, Sen. Cory Gardner has been blocking the Trump administration from staffing key positions at the DOJ. Among these position are Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division; Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division; Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division; and, until Gardner was finally shamed into relenting, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division. In all, around 20 positions reportedly were affected.

You might think that Gardner’s obstruction leaves these key divisions directionless, or at least without the degree of direction they should have. It’s actually worse worse than that. As Christian Adams has shown, the absence of presidential appointees at the Assistant Attorney General level can leave left-wing Obama holdovers with enormous sway at the Justice Department.

Why has Gardner done this significant favor for the left? Because of marijuana.

Instapundit on Carl Cannon: Special Prosecutorial Abuse.Since the day Trump entered political life, liberals, Democratic activists, and media pundits have issued ominous warnings about the coming authoritarianism.”

Feminists don’t care about the gender gap in ballet. Why should we care about the one in tech? – Publications – AEI by Mark Perry – “That’s the excellent title of an excellent op-ed in the Washington Examiner by ballet dancer Madison Breshears”

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Peak Comey; IG report reveals; Dealing with Dissonance

Jim Comey’s bid for vengeance is ruining his reputation, New York Post – “There are two important things worth noting about fired FBI Director James Comey’s new tell-all

“First, it has almost nothing in the way of real news. No bombshells, almost no dramatic factual revelations. The book, for all intents and purposes, simply repeats his past congressional testimony.

Second, all the headline-grabbing details are either Comey’s petty criticism of President Trump’s tan, height and hand size; unpleasant and deeply personal denigrations of his character; or dishonest or salacious (and unprovable) speculation about the state of his marriage and his sex habits.

The book, in short, is a work of revenge by someone convinced he was badly wronged for trying to save the country from an unworthy president.

In the end, Comey’s “Higher Loyalty” looks to be fully devoted to his own ego.

It’s all downhill for Comey now by Thomas Lifson – “The day that James Comey cashed the multi-million dollar advance check from MacMillan Publishers will turn out to mark the date that we can call “Peak Comey.”

“ He and his ghost writer suddenly faced the unenviable task of making him look like the righteous warrior he had always portended to be, but with the need to fill 300 pages with something. Self-serving rationalizations can’t sustain reader interest over that many words, so apparently they decided that prose about physical appearances drawn from the bodice-ripper school of novels grafted onto Trump-hatred would do the trick.

The result was so awful that even the Washington Post, owned by arch-enemy of Trump Jeff Bezos, felt the need for a satire.

Comey, after a career of manipulating, backstabbing, and ingratiating his way up the federal legal and law enforcement bureaucracy, is discovering that karma does eventually catch up to you. So far as I know, Reinhold Niebuhr never contemplated that concept.

IG Report Outlines How Obama DOJ Worked To Shut Down Investigation Into Clinton Crime Syndicate, DCWhispers – “Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitten caught the Clinton Foundation information within the IG report and is doing his best to get the word out even as the Establishment Media covers the eyes and ears of the American public in order to keep that information largely unknown

“Lost in the haze of the Syria bombing, the Establishment Media’s purposeful ignorance, and the ongoing ripples following the stunning FBI raid on the offices of President Trump’s longtime attorney, is the scathing outline by the Inspector General regarding how the Obama Department of Justice aggressively shut down what was to be a widespread investigation into the Clinton Foundation looking into allegations of widespread financial crimes.

The Deep State continues to believe it controls the narrative. It’s up to all of you to prove them wrong.

Investigators reveal bias against Trump, Boston Herald – “While the Russian collusion investigation seems to be withering away, having yielded no evidence that might impugn President Trump, a new investigation has been spun off in New York City, targeting his attorney, Michael Cohen.”

“It is best that these investigations continue to play out in public view. What we have already learned about the integrity of our intelligence services, the ethical lapses of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, as well as the dubious maneuverings of the Obama administration, is that Washington, D.C., rewards nefarious behavior.

It is ugly to witness, and Americans across the spectrum reject it when it is exposed, as it is now.

The perpetrators are so deeply entrenched and comfortable in their day-to-day shadiness that they’ve stopped cloaking themselves for public consumption.

What’s been splayed out in front of the American people is a sham political investigation and third-rate propagandizing by a complicit media.

It’s all nonsense. We are so far from anything to do with Russian collusion that the pursuit of Trump has become almost comical.

Let the media, Democrats and Washington bureaucrats keep piling on him in clear view. It reveals more about them than him. Right now, investigators are looking into Michael Cohen’s time in the taxi cab business years ago.

The swamp is investigating taxis.

The president is lowering taxes.

We will make our conclusions based on the indisputable facts in the light of day.

Trump’s Red Line by Clarice Feldman – “The Mueller Special Counsel appointment is predicated on the notion that President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to assure the defeat of Hillary Clinton — a notion so ludicrous only a Democrat could fall for it.”

Typical of the biased coverage, however, which uniformly ignored the stated basis and sound facts underlying the pardon, was Saturday’s Washington Post front-page article authored by Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, and Matt Zapotsky, The hard copy headline states “Critics question the pardon of Libby.” In the online version, the header is more blatantly partisan: “Trump grants pardon to former Bush official; some say he is using the law as a political tool”

The lead sentence is a model of partisan opinion masking as news:

The latest nonsense from the special counsel’s office includes interfering with the press again.

The next person who suggests the appointment of a special counsel under the now existing law where there is no court oversight ought to be committed. Twice now they’ve devolved into unconstitutional, partisan witch-hunts.

Mick Mulvaney teaches Elizabeth Warren some constitutional law, Washington Examiner – “Mulvaney has earned Warren’s ire because he is the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was her brainchild. While she hasn’t backed down in their colorful exchanges, Mulvaney has been winning on points.”

“When the senator lobbed the tired accusation that Mulvaney was forgoing stricter regulations because payday lenders had bought the GOP, (for the record, the payday industry spends about half as much on politics as, say, the abortion lobby) Mulvaney responded wryly: “Prior to receiving your letter, I never would have thought to consider, for instance, whether your vote against repealing the bureau’s arbitration rule was influenced by campaign donations you may have received from trial lawyers or other parties who stood to gain financially from the rule. Perhaps I should reconsider.”

Mulvaney is a rare public official with the wit to match Warren in both policy and dramatic flourishes, which is why it would be entertaining to have him stand toe-to-toe with every Senate committee featuring a Democratic presidential wannabe. If he can run the CFPB while heading the Office of Management and Budget, why not give Mulvaney some more jobs?

Ambitious Democrats deserve someone willing and able to trade blows with them. You know, to test their mettle.

But here’s the serious point about Mulvaney’s sparring with Warren. The Senate also deserves answers and accountability from federal agencies such as the CFPB. That’s because Congress, under our Constitution, is supposed to oversee the federal government.

That authority, however, was denied to Congress deliberately when Warren and her ilk established the CFPB.

The Real Investigation by Andrew C. Mccarthy – “as an alum who spent nearly 20 years as an SDNY prosecutor, I’m always inclined to assume my old office is up to serious business.”

“The one in the Southern District of New York, involving Michael Cohen and apparent hush-money payoffs, is a serious peril for Trump.

I’ve never thought “collusion with Russia” posed jeopardy.

I’ve also never thought Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s other known angle, obstruction, posed a great risk.

Much of the commentary about the SDNY investigation puts the cart before the horse.

It seems evident that prosecutors are investigating on the theory that Clifford, McDougal, and perhaps others were defrauded or extorted into silence. The fact that they accepted money does not foreclose the possibility that their agreement to remain silent was procured, in part, by trickery or threats.

No wrongdoing has been established at this point. But the SDNY investigation is a serious matter.

McCarthy is struggling with dissonance as many with close ties to the swamp do. His friends and colleagues are doing strange things and it is difficult to believe these things might not be all above board and honest. As he points out, this latest ‘investigation’ is a third attempt to get Trump via malicious prosecution. The pains he goes through to try to rationalize what he sees is an indicator of just how far afield the efforts have gone. His warning, though, is worth considering. Just ask Scooter Libby or some of Mueller’s current victims.

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