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Acosta Is His Own Worst ‘Enemy’. Frank Miele – “The grifter’s trick is to show you one thing while making you think you’re seeing another.

“Of course, the facts don’t matter to people like Donaldson and Acosta; they have their anti-Trump narrative already worked out, and they can make any facts fit that narrative with a little stretching and shadow play.

There was another writer a long time ago who warned us not to believe the pretty pictures that dance alluringly in front of us. The parable of Plato’s cave tells us that sometimes we are seeing only what someone else wants us to see. I bet that Jim Acosta has read the parable of the cave. I also bet he hopes you haven’t.

Only with Real Transparency Will the FBI Ever Be Trusted Again. Roger L. Simon – “The media (and the Democrats, of course) deliberately missed the point because you would have to be seriously intellectually challenged not to get why Trump might have been hesitant or ambivalent about going to the FBI.

“Given their behavior, Wray and the others trying to damp down the investigation of the predicate of the Mueller probe are terrified the results will not be good for the FBI or for Mueller, not to mention Clapper, Brennan, etc., etc., and on upwards. We will hear and are hearing a great deal about “sources and methods” and “lives at risk.” They will do anything to hide the truth.

Although investigators should be careful, much of this is self-serving nonsense.

The Morning Briefing: Trump Fires His Leaking Pollsters. Liz Sheld – “Do you ever see these kinds of shenanigans coming from the Democrats: people supposedly “on their side” sabotaging their candidate or their president with leaks?

“No, we see people “on their side” lying under oath to protect their candidate, we see them smashing phones to hide evidence, deleting emails after they were subpoenaed, or even using the government surveillance apparatus in the service of “their” side. Maybe the internal saboteurs aren’t really on our side?

Peace Time: Elusive Virtues. – “Many of the failed states were never unified nations with effective governments.

“This plethora of cultural identities were the main reason there were few unified states, like ancient Ethiopia, in the region. There had been local kingdoms but they rarely lasted long because of the preference for kin based government based on clans or tribes. Nations with borders was considered a novel, and alien, idea. But the colonial period showed it could work and since the 1960s several African states, like Botswana and the island state of Seychelles and Cape Verde have remained unified, peaceful and prospering. Island states have an easier time of it in general and among those hundreds of separate cultures in Africa there were many that absorbed the lessons of successful statehood their European colonizers offered.

No one has come up with a quick, or easy, solution for failed states. It’s all a matter of effective local leadership, and that frequently fails to show up.

Failing to show up seems to be a big problem.

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FUD Mongering as a political weapon

Environmental group claims weed killer still contaminates most cereals. Kelcie Willis – “CNN reported that the Environmental Working Group, which receives financial and other support from organic food companies and others, found all but four products it tested have levels of glyphosate, a weed killer.

“According to EWG, the herbicide was at levels the group’s scientists say are too high for children’s health, leading to cancer risks.

Despite the group’s claims, the Environmental Protection Agency said in April that the herbicide poses no public health risk. “EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen,” the agency said April 30. “The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies.

Mitch McConnell: I am the ‘Grim Reaper’ of Nancy Pelosi’s Socialist Agenda. Sara Carter – “Pelosi unveiled a “McConnell’s Graveyard” poster, listing several legislative items, written on tombstones, the list included the For the People Act, the Equality Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act and Gun Violence Prevention.” It’s a good summary of the Democrat’s platform. Whether the list represents “commonsense solutions” presenting action on priorities of Americans may be something of a question.

MSM Jumps on ABC’s Trump Interview. Jennie Taer – “I wish the media would take the time to look at the full clip,” said White House Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley

“Yet again, the MSM, otherwise known as the mainstream media machine, is attacking President Trump following an interview with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos Wednesday. They latched on to one phrase and ran with it. It happens quite often in the anti-Trump circles, administration officials say. Well, they are right.

Gidley reiterated to Fox News’ Sandra Smith that it was then-candidate Hillary Clinton who weaponized alleged dirt on President Trump to prevent him from every winning the 2016 election.

The Left’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. Patricia McCarthy – “This bunch cared not a bit whom they damaged or destroyed; their goal was a worthy one even if it was seditious. Even as the depth and breadth of their insidious plan is exposed, they remain defiant, certain they will escape indictments.

“They forgot to remember that, unlike previous Republican presidents, Trump is a fighter. He pushes back, and this time, a small group of Republicans in the House and Senate and another small group of intrepid actual journalists kept digging for the truth and found it. Mainstream media outlets have steadfastly refused to report the facts as they’ve been unearthed so that when A.G. Barr was asked before House committee if there was spying on the Trump campaign and he answered yes, there was an immediate meltdown among Democrats. How dare he suggest such a thing? By then, it was common knowledge among those paying attention.

The Left colludes with whomever it wants if leftists deem it necessary to their desired ends.

The Left has thoroughly discarded any concerns it may have once had for American citizens and their neighborhoods. Leftists are one hundred percent in support of anything that will foil Trump’s promise to put a stop to the massive illegal immigration now taking place.

So it was well and truly amusing to hear the parade of outraged leftists, from Pelosi to every single host and guest on CNN and MSNBC, express their horror at Trump’s honest answer to war-room thug Stephanopoulos. They give new meaning to the word “hyperbole”!

The Selective Prosecution of Kellyanne Conway. Roger L. Simon – “These unknown bureaucrats and/or legal eagles want Kellyanne fired for…. wait for it… making political comments while in the White House

“What utter garbage! What member of any administration since any of us have been alive could not be accused of making political comments while in the White House, overtly or covertly? At least when they’re doing it overtly we can see what they’re up to. Kudos to Kellyanne for that.

So why Conway and why now? Well, first we might want to know the names of those behind this smear. Who is their Andrew Weissmann? Second, we might want to examine the timing as the Inspector General’s report is about to come out, Barr has appointed John Durham to investigate the investigators, and all Hades is about to break loose.

Trump: I’ll defend freedom of speech by not firing Kellyanne Conway. Ed Morrissey – “Perhaps the issuing of multiple reports on Conway’s behavior reflects less on her than it does on the application of this statute to her office. The only option for a person in that position would be to never speak publicly. Trump may be overstating the free-speech issues here, but it’s not by much.” This is another effort like the Mueller Dossier to attempt to shut down the executive branch’s ability to deliberate and discuss issues before them by using threats and actual efforts to impose criminality on words and thoughts.

Extremes. Judith Curry – “I’m sure many would dismiss this conclusion as ‘denial’, in spite of the extensive documentation and logic of my arguments.

“If you are unfamiliar with the details of all this, they are quite chilling. RPJr has prepared a twitter thread on his talk ‘Extreme Weather and Extreme Politics” which is a must read.

The AGW activists now had new weapon in their arsenal — attributing extreme weather events to manmade climate change. The ‘will to act’ seemed tied to alarmism about extreme weather events. Which provides a key political role for unsupported ‘storylines’ about extreme weather events.

A corollary to this activist strategy is to scare school children, and enlist their help in politicizing the issue of climate change and extreme events and also convincing their parents.

The obvious issue is that teachers should educate children about climate science and not scare them witless about the apocalypse. The less obvious issue is the harm done by scaring children.

The shenanigans of activists and politicians in this regard are not surprising. What is horrifying is the way that schoolchildren are being used (and arguably harmed) in the interests of supporting the activists’ propaganda.

And finally, the silence of scientists who should know better, especially among those who have a vocal public presence (e.g. media interviews, twitter) is very disturbing. Although who among them would want to suffer the hassles and osctracism suffered by RPJr, myself and others.

The ‘establishment’ community of climate scientist activists has much to answer for. But insatiable media market for ‘fake news’ regarding extreme weather events assures them of a path of continued professional success for spouting alarmism regarding extreme weather events.

FUD mongering works well when applied to children.

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There needs to be some accounting for what happened here

Lawfare Strategy – Pelosi House Sets Contempt Vote Against AG Barr for June11th…sundance – “In essence Pelosi is setting up her own Legislative Branch division of justice, to fight against the Executive Branch U.S. Department of Justice if needed.

“Their collective goal is to use a legislative vote to open a civil lawsuit against Bill Barr for his failure to deliver the fully unredacted Mueller report to them. Additionally, the contempt vote will be written so that any other arbitrary Trump administration official can also be held in contempt, without a committee vote, and thereby initiate a civil lawsuit against the executive officer that will have to be defended in court.

If they can win a civil award (they will carefully select the judge) Pelosi and Nadler can start issuing civil fines for contempt against individual cabinet members. Adam Schiff has previously stated his recommended target amount would be $25,000 per day/per person.

This has been their plan all along. Pelosi’s poo-pooing of impeachment was always a head-fake to the compliant media, designed to fabricate a narrative around unlikely impeachment, and throw people off the scent of a plan that was designed even before the mid-term election of 2018.

So now it’s OK to destroy lives in the name of fighting Trump? Rich Lowry – “Journalists usually imagine themselves holding the powerful to account but now they are happy to punch down — and congratulate themselves on punching down — if their targets are politically uncongenial.

Liberals are gunning for your 401(k). Ken Blackwell – “Shareholder activists are taking direct aim at companies — such as oil companies and gun-manufacturers — by abusing rules that publicly traded companies must follow to promote a far-left agenda.

“Instead of trying to pass gun control laws through Congress, they are forcing public companies to bend to their will. What they are doing is dangerous.

Other asset-managers and hedge fund leaders are willing to cave to activists — in the form of “virtue-signaling” — because they fear retribution and take actions not in the shareholders’ best interest.

These shareholder activists are taking it a step farther, by sponsoring legislation (H.R. 2364) that would turn the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) into a political policing operation by forcing financial institutions to disclose significant investments with gun and ammunition manufacturers. The goal is to embarrass those investors while harming the manufacturers’ bottom line.

The reckless game played by shareholder activists makes it dangerous for shareholders who invest money that they will need to carry them through retirement.

FBI Failed to Document Four Clinton Witness Interviews. Barr Should Reopen Clinton Probe. Sara Carter – “These findings are significant, as they come at a crucial time when the Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr is investigating the bureau’s handling of both the Clinton probe and the investigation into the origination of the bureau’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign alleged – now debunked – ties to Russia.”

“The information obtained by Judicial Watch coincides with documents obtained by Congressional investigations. For example, Rep. John Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox New’s Maria Bartiromo Sunday that Strzok’s involvement in the Trump campaign’s defensive briefing mired in conflict.

Dowd dings Mueller. Scott Johnson – “The report smears Dowd, we now know, by means of a deceptively edited voicemail message left by Dowd with Flynn counsel Robert Kelner. Following an order promulgated by Judge Emmet Sullivan in Flynn’s case, prosecutors filed the full transcript of the voicemail message with the court on Friday.

“There needs to be some accounting for what happened here. The first step is fully understanding what the report does to Dowd.

Turley turns on Mueller … neo – “With Mueller recently, both Dershowitz and Turley have been deeply shocked by the behavior of a man they used to respect and have spent some time defending.” But the public will never hear this so why should Mueller worry?

It is interesting to note that, once again, Democrats are in full throat and solid block to defend their own to prevent proper consequence for political misbehavior.

Federal Judge Rejects House Bid To Stop Trump’s Border Wall. Kevin Daley – “While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the executive branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority

“Congress has several political arrows in its quiver to counter perceived threats to its sphere of power,” McFadden explained elsewhere in the decision. “These tools show that this lawsuit is not a last resort for the House. And this fact is also exemplified by the many other cases across the country challenging the administration’s planned construction of the border wall.”

“The court rightly ruled that the House of Representatives cannot ask the judiciary to take its side in political disputes and cannot use federal courts to accomplish through litigation what it cannot achieve using the tools the Constitution gives to Congress,” a DOJ spokesman said. “The Department looks forward to continuing to defend the administration’s lawful actions to address the crisis at the southern border.”

There’s a tremendous flaw (actually, several) in the reasoning of this article in Reason, comparing Trump’s tariffs to the Berlin Wall … neo – “What’s wrong with this? Let me count the ways (and I’ll probably miss a few).” Ilya Somin is a distinguished professor with a record on the Volokh Conspiracy as a pundit. His analogy in Reason only reinforces the view that he is grossly ideologically biased in his legal arguments. Here’s a case study to illustrate the point.

“Author Ilya Somin probably chose “Berlin Wall” as an analogy because it raises an emotional response; just about everyone knows something about the Berlin Wall and that is that it was a bad thing. But for the sake of accuracy, he should have at least written about the Inner German border which was the actual Cold War border between the countries of East and West Germany. It was a dangerous line to cross, and could (and did) get people shot:

Interesting how many of these gross distortions were in the media this week: taking “nasty” out of context to apply it to a person rather than a behavior, Trump’s hairstyle after a golf session, the missing bride of the prince, the Trump baby balloon… what else? Maybe this Brietbart headline provides a clue? NPR Fact Checks Trump: Sadiq Khan Isn’t ‘Half the Height’ of de Blasio, That’s Only 3 Feet!

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Something was very very wrong, and I didn’t know what it was, but I could feel it all around me

Robert Mueller: Dishonest, deceptive and diabolical. Patricia McCarthy – “Once all the facts are revealed, it is likely that he will be permanently tainted by his deceptive machinations for personal or political reasons many times over the course of his career in law. The same goes for James Comey.”

“It will be interesting to see if any of the plotters has a sense of decency and expresses profound regret for his part in this obscene project. On this Memorial Day weekend, it would be wise for them to remember how this nation survived as long as it has. We owe our safety and security to the untold thousands of great men and women who have died to protect and preserve it. These scoundrels, Mueller, Comey, Brennan, Clapper, and the rest of them, have dishonored their service and sacrifice.

Declassification and Cognitive Dissonance in the Media. David Catron – “How the media stopped worrying and learned to love the CIA.”

“The Times has executed a particularly dizzying pirouette. The editors of the newspaper that published the Pentagon Papers — and countless subsequent stories containing illegally leaked government secrets — have evidently had a road to Damascus experience with regard to the necessity of protecting classified information. In an article titled, “Potential Clash Over Secrets Looms Between Justice Dept. and C.I.A,” Julian E. Barnes and David E. Sanger admit that “the ultimate power to declassify documents rests with the president.” Yet they worry that Trump’s order will (heaven forefend) render the CIA impotent in bureaucratic territorial disputes

At the Washington Post, meanwhile, Jeff Bezos’ team of seasoned editors and crack reporters has apparently concluded that democracy thrives in darkness.

Consequently, the media must report the “news” in a way that requires them to claim two contradictory “facts” are both true: The President and AG Barr are engaged in a cover-up but are also involved in a nefarious plot to declassify and release as much information as possible.

As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics. Byron York – “Many others echoed Brennan’s and Schiff’s and Holder’s sentiments. The problem is, they were wrong then, and they are likely wrong again now.

“Indeed, after the release of the Nunes memo, there was little discussion of any specific damage it had done to U.S. national security.

Now, there is another fight about declassification. Nunes himself has heard this all before. “Every time we have tried to get information on the Russia hoax, the Left as well as the media and their leakers claimed it would devastate national security,” Nunes said in a text exchange. “Now we hear the same argument from the same reporters, leakers, and leftists, even though all their previous doomsday warnings proved false. These people simply use national security as a false justification to hide information that would reveal their abuses.”

Nunes summed up with one more line: “Democracy dies in darkness.”

Now, if anything might endanger such a source, it would be exposure in the New York Times. But the story showed that the intelligence world will push back hard against this new effort to investigate its record. The fight could be messy. But Barr, like Devin Nunes, has heard such threats before. It’s time to find out what the CIA, FBI, and other agencies did in those difficult days of the 2016 campaign.

Tears of the Times. Scott Johnson – “Barnes and Sanger somehow overlooked the many cases in which the Times itself stripped the CIA of “its most critical power,” and did so without the color of law.

One doesn’t have to call up the ancient history of the Times’s unauthorized disclosure of the highly classified anti-terror programs I discussed in the 2006 Weekly Standard column “Exposure” or in related Power Line posts such as “When Bush begged the Times.” More recently, with a little help from “current and former intelligence officials,” the Times’s Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman called out Michael D’Andrea, the CIA officer newly appointed to run the agency’s Iran operations.

One begins to suspect that the tears of Barnes and Sanger over the stripping of the CIA’s “most critical power” by the president are of the variety known as crocodile. For a definitive takedown of the Times on this score, see Eric Felten’s Weekly Standard column “Why Is the NYT Suddenly Opposed to Declassifying the FISA Docs?” Barnes and Sanger’s current story gives us another example of history repeating itself.

Did It Start With Israel? John Hinderaker – “This is really extraordinary. Power was not an intelligence official, she was the U.N. Ambassador. Why was she unmasking anyone, let alone making hundreds of such requests? And why would she keep up this feverish pace right up to the moment she departed the White House?”

“The context was U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which stated that Israel’s settlements on the West Bank are a “flagrant violation” of international law with “no legal validity.” The incoming Trump administration was urging the Obama administration to veto the resolution. In addition, at appears that members of Trump’s team were lobbying allies to defer the vote, or to vote against the resolution. It sounds as though the Obama administration was lobbying allies in the other direction, trying to undermine the policy of the new administration, although this isn’t entirely clear.

These reports raise several obvious questions. First, why were Obama administration officials so concerned with the U.N. vote as to unmask communications of U.S. citizens on 300 occasions? The Obama administration didn’t come out in favor of the resolution, and it abstained when the resolution came up for a vote. So why would it be so concerned about the possibility that incoming Trump officials might convince allies to defer the vote, or block it altogether?

I can’t think of any reason other than the obsessive hatred of Israel that is so common on the Left. But it is bizarre, in my view, for lame duck Obama minions to carry out a vendetta against Israel, one that apparently was given high priority, through their last days in power. Maybe I am missing something here, but I can’t think what it could be.

I don’t begin to understand how these pieces fit together. We can only hope that as Attorney General Barr pursues his investigation, the true story will come out.

Liberal media attack Constitution and democratic institutions. Dan Gainor – “The people who most want to undermine the United States are on the left – and the liberal news media are helping them. Liberals are attacking our Constitution, Supreme Court, bicameral legislature and our very electoral system.

“It’s understandable that both political parties try to work government to their advantage. This is different. It’s a concerted effort to manipulate key parts of our government so the left wins. It’s not just a few statues drawing protests, or Democratic candidates bashing Thomas Jefferson. The entire American experiment is at risk.

These threats aren’t theoretical. Many are being openly discussed by Democratic presidential candidates and pushed by the liberal media. They are part of a winner-take-all attitude to democracy. Americans better wake up to the real threats to our republic before it is too late.

Massive Victory for Conservative Nationalists in European Elections… sundance – “Polls are all closed. Election results are beginning to come in fast. The overall result in the European (EU) Parliamentary Election reflects massive gains for conservative nationalists in Italy, Greece, France, Poland, Hungary, Austria, U.K. and others…”

“Brussels consensus” suffers setback in EU elections. Paul Mirengoff – “Together, the center-right and center-left parties look like controlling about 43 percent of the parliamentary seats. That’s down considerably from their current share of 53 percent.

“As I argued here, because the European Parliament has been a “sign off” body — one in which the center-right and center-left parties consent to pretty much whatever the EU leaders and their bureaucrats want — the big question in this election wasn’t how the the center-right and the center-left parties would fare in competition between the two. Rather, the big question was whether the center-right and center-left parties would, together, win enough seats to keep signing off on the EU agenda — “the Brussels consensus” as it is called.

They did not. To keep rubber stamping the Brussels consensus, the big center-right and center-left parties will need help.

How marijuana legalization affected the outlaw growers of Humboldt County. neo – “At the age of nineteen he already knew a lot of dead people, and this was a long long long time ago.

“Something was very very wrong, and I didn’t know what it was, but I could feel it all around me. It wasn’t simply the economy; the town was located in proximity to a factory that was still bustling at the time and employed a lot of local people. No, it was something more difficult to define: a general aimlessness, a cultural anomie that even I, as a visitor, could sense.

Let’s Call the Russian Collusion ‘Hoax’ What it Really Is. Roger Kimball – “George Orwell made a kindred observation about the importance of having the courage to call things by their real names. Euphemism, the counterfeit of good manners, is the enemy of truth, which is the only ally worth having.

“I myself have deployed the term “hoax” to describe what happened to Donald Trump and his colleagues—and to the American people—during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. But a couple of friends have pointed out how inadequate the term “hoax” is for what just happened and—to at least some extent—is still happening in the machinery of our government.

But thinking about it, I conclude that the term “hoax” is wholly inadequate to describe the enormity of the political scandal that was perpetrated against Donald Trump, against the office of the president, and ultimately against the American people.

One of the remarkable things about this story is how many people it has involved and how long it has taken to get a full headcount of the anti-Trump team.

Barr’s arrival on the scene has made me rethink my resignation. But whatever happens to those individuals, it now seems clear that Barr’s investigation will reveal for all to see that what began in 2016 or even 2015 and continued until and beyond the day that Robert Mueller deposited his nearly 500-page report clearing the president of “collusion” was not a hoax at all. It was an attempted coup.

We should face up to that unpleasant fact and call things by their real names. The actions taken by the Obama Administration threatened not just Donald Trump and his presidency but the very processes and protocols by which the peaceful transition of power has been effected in the United States. As L.J. Keith observed, “Even in the most contentious elections and after disputed results, there was never been this sort of dangerous, systematic, deliberate rejection of the will of the people. The abrogation of the constitution to use extrajudicial methods to destroy the incoming president. It is the very definition of a coup.”

Something was very very wrong, and I didn’t know what it was, but I could feel it all around me” — maybe we will find out what is ‘very very wrong’ to be able to do something about it.

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Tribal protection in the deep state

There is no middle ground for deep disagreements about facts. Klemens Kappel – “We are used to the idea that respectfully accommodating the views of fellow citizens, whose intelligence and sincerity is not in doubt, requires some degree of moderation on our part. We cannot, it seems, both fully respect others, regard them as intelligent and sincere, and still be fully convinced that we are right and they are completely wrong, unless we simply agree to disagree. But on a societal level we cannot do that, since ultimately some decision must be made.” A professor in the department of media cognition and communication at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark uses homeopathic medicine and climate change to argue his point. The choice of examples destroys his argument. The professor plays games with the meanings of words such as facts and evidence and makes up new ones, such as “deep disagreements” to salve his dissonance. He describes a problem and illustrates in his own essay why it is so pernicious. Old values of scholarship about maintaining intellectual integrity do not appear.

NPR’s guidelines on talking about abortion are really… something. Jazz Shaw – “have you ever noticed that the language being used in news articles seems to have a decidedly pro-abortion slant to it? It’s not just your imagination and this isn’t happening by accident.

“You’ve probably noticed it already, but it’s not just a series of choices made by individual liberal reporters. It’s right in the style guides. Terminology commonly used by “opponents” (pro-life people are referred to as “opponents” in all of these documents) is not allowed. The standards are in place to speak of pro-abortion activists favorably.

Obama Appointees in the Communist Orbit. Karin McQuillan – “Joking about support for Communism is not all that funny in the Obama administration.

“Obama choose Communists and Marxists for the highest, most powerful positions in our land, including his closest political advisors, and his head of the CIA. These facts are not in dispute. Most are openly admitted by the people in question, as necessary damage control. Our press chooses not to report them.
Is it any surprise that collusion with Russia, according to Victor David Hanson, was a eature of the Obama presidency?

The Obama administration colluded with Rusian agents who produced the Steele Dossier. It was paid for by Clinton, but it was Obama’s minions at the FBI, CIA and White House who weaponized this soviet disinformation against President Trump.

We are all victims of the Obama cabal’s collusion with Russia – President Trump’s voters and all Americans who believe in our free and fair election process.

How is this not colluding with America’s enemies? David Harsanyi – “Imagine, for a moment, what the political reaction would be if a leading Republican senator met with an antagonistic foreign power, say Russia, in the midst of high-tension standoff between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin?

“Such a scenario seems nearly ­inconceivable. Yet, it’s exactly the situation Sen. Dianne Feinstein created when hosting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for dinner a few weeks ago.

Feinstein isn’t merely just any senator, either. She is one of the leading proponents of reinstituting the Obama administration’s failed Iran deal.

Though Democrats have yet to come to terms with the harsh reality of a President Trump, negotiating deals with foreign powers is his jurisdiction. And, though the Obama administration regularly circumvented this process, the Senate’s job is ratify or reject those deals.

So while it’s one thing to debate the merits of foreign policy domestically — not only acceptable but essential in matters of potential conflict — it’s quite another for an opposition senator to shadow negotiate with a foreign minister who recently “warned” the United States on CNN and demanded our “respect.”

The Deep State Just Killed Space Force—and Endangered Us All. Brandon J. Weichert – “The congressman is a war hero. His service is unimpeachable and I maintain a deep respect for his commitment to our country. Yet his responses to my questions were flippant, painfully uninformed, and dangerously rooted in a reflexive NeverTrumpism that is unworthy of the man.

“Tragically, a group of powerful interests have aligned in Washington to prevent the creation of a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces. Those interests are roughly comprised of the usual suspects behind all of the stymying of Trump’s policies since his historic election three years ago: the permanent bipartisan fusion party.

Ironically, this same group has, in the past, supported calls for the creation of a space force. Yet, because the dreaded Donald Trump has urged the creation of such a force; because “orange man bad!” is the battle cry in Washington today, the space force is being squelched by a bipartisan “Resistance” coalition in Congress.

The “Deep State” not only threatens the president with a #FakeNews story of Russia “collusion.” They are now seriously undermining American national security all in the name of “resisting” the dreaded “Orange Man” president. Sad!

Will The Media Ever Pay A Price For Its Irresponsibility? Steven Hayward – “because he was saying what the media wanted to hear (Trump is a horrible human being), the media were willing overlook all of the slime this reptile was leaving in media green rooms and on TV sets.

CJR: Obama admin surveillance of reporters “broader than previously known” Ed Morrissey – “For a look at what a realwar on journalism looks like, however, we can turn to an earlier report today from the Columbia Journalism Review and its analysis of actions taken by the Obama administration seven years ago.

“What wasn’t known until now was the astounding breadth of that effort … new report obtained by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Freedom of the Press Foundation

The report comes from the Office of Professional Responsibility, and consists of fifty-two pages that recount the DoJ’s leak probe, a four-page appendix, and a one-page cover letter that stretches into two pages with signatures. Both the report and the cover letter note that OPR “prepared its report relying on only unclassified documents or unclassified portions of classified documents,” but even a cursory scan shows significant redactions throughout. About half of the cover letter itself is redacted, and even a quarter of the Subject line is blacked out.

You have to see this juxtaposition to grasp the absurdity. On page three, the authors redact even the purpose of the investigation, then note that they didn’t use any classified information:

If we are going to criticize attacks on journalism, then let’s be clear on the identities of the most malevolent actors in that war. And let’s also be clear on which DoJ took redaction responsibilities seriously and which abused that power to hide its own wrongdoing.

Americans Are in Desperate Need of a Lesson on the History of Slavery. William Sullivan – “As Pete Buttigieg tries to erase Thomas Jefferson from history, liberals show how much they need to learn about how the Founders viewed slavery.

“In other words, these prominent men having turned against an institution that had been normal throughout human history was an expression of a revolutionary idea. To imagine that the idea that slavery is morally wrong would be embraced by everyone overnight, in such a world, is nothing short of childish fantasy.

The Founders knew that such change would require not only time, but a practical argument against the institution as well. Moreover, it would require proof that slavery is harmful.

Perhaps, rather than focusing on the fact that some Founders owned slaves, we would do better to remember their uniqueness in morally opposing slavery in their time and for having presented the economic formula through which it was expunged from American society forever.

Slavery and socialism, in other words, could be considered synonymous. Liberty is something else entirely. Our Founders should be continually celebrated for having recognized that there’s a difference between the two things and for advocating liberty over slavery.

American Suicide: A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Trump Problem. Steven Kessler – “Blowing up the Electoral College will have consequences the Left refuses to foresee.

“The problem with these moves is that they are a permanent solution to the Left’s temporary Trump problem. While these legislative acts are understood in the present as an effort to beat Trump in the next election, the authors of these bills fail to understand that the move may have long-term consequences that could come back to hurt them. As Edmund Burke once said, “Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear” (2).

Long-term legislation designed to fight a temporary issue that has no long-term possibilities is a mistake.

Uh oh: Does second ruling signify open season on Trump financial records? Ed Morrissey – “The long term consequence of this will be that no outsider will run for president ever again. And it’s not outside of the realm of possibility that this very outcome is at least a small part of the motivation driving this circus.

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aggressive and somewhat sinister terms

Those pouncing, attacking, seizing, warring Republicans … neo – “It’s become obvious and commonplace: when Democrats do something for which they can be heartily criticized, instead of criticizing them the MSM attacks and pounces and seizes on the Republican reaction and characterizes it in aggressive and somewhat sinister terms such as the aforementioned attacking and pouncing and seizing, as well as warring.

EVs vs ICEs, NOx, critics of science as thought police, Ponzi scheme, Soph. Luboš Motl – “Those special attributes don’t seem to matter to the journalists anymore. Random angry activists and hecklers who are allies of the journalists are often made more visible.” It’s quite a long rant …

“The critics say it’s very important that they’re receiving supportive e-mail from other scientifically illiterate laymen and the journalist implicitly agrees with that. Meanwhile, Robbert is correctly pointing out that research works when it’s not constrained by a thought police. These witch hunts against physics are obviously just another part of the thought police that is gaining strength in our society – and theoretical physics is naturally another expected target of the far left movement, as something evil because it has been overwhelmingly built by the white males. People who don’t have the ability to do meaningful science are being happily hired by the fake news media as the inquisitors who are presented as equal to the top physicists.

This anti-meritocratic distortion of the life, Universe, and everything in the media affects all fields and all age groups.

Rashida Tlaib’s Latest: Not Anti-Semitic But Blatantly False. Paul Mirengoff – “David Harsanyi at The Federalist sets the record straight

“To call Tlaib’s account of what happened post-Holocaust “revisionist” doesn’t do it justice. It’s a bald-face lie.

Does Tlaib believe her account? That’s the most charitable interpretation — that she’s been brainwashed.

The alternative explanation is she’s flat out lying about what happened immediately after Hitler tried to wipe out the Jews. That’s no way to “celebrate,” um “remember,” the Holocaust.

Yet people believe.

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Propaganda and the reputation of Pravda

Journalism is Dead—Long Live the Media! Victor Davis Hanson –

“Fake news” is not just a Trump talking point or obsession. It is a factual account of what journalism has become—so often an arm of the progressive movement and an incestuous and inbred group of New York and Washington coastal elite mediocrities, or what former Obama official Ben Rhodes cynically wrote off as an “echo chamber” of greenhorn know-nothings.

WaPo: Trump launched “all-out war” with Congress … after 20+ “investigations”. Ed Morrissey – “Their lead seems a bit less contradictory but still lays all the blame at Trump’s feet

“I screencapped it in case the Post suddenly finds an answer to the chicken-egg question they raised. Unlike that purely philosophical argument, it’s possible in this instance to determine which one came first. Democrats have launched an unprecedented number of investigations into Donald Trump, and not just his actions in office but also his personal business and finances. There’s an all-out war going on, all right, but it wasn’t Trump that launched it. One might think that a Beltway editor would see the “more than 20 separate Democratic probes” part of the story and figure that much out.

As Paul Mirengoff explains at Power Line, a significant part of their story relies on spin, too. For instance, in two cases cited by the Post, the administration has been open to appearances before House committees, but under normal operating procedures.

Media and journalism no longer correlate.

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Self deceit, studied ignorance, distorted perception

Why the Left Mocks the Bible. Dennis Prager – “on virtually every important value in life, the left and the Bible are diametrically opposed.

Jerry Nadler is just blowing smoke. New York Post Editorial Board – “Years of media hysteria left the Democratic base addicted to “news” about Trump wrongdoing. Rather than face junkies gone cold turkey, Nadler & Co. keep cooking up more junk.”

“Never mind that Barr by law can’t release grand jury testimony to the public. Or that Nadler and other committee members are free to view the report privately whenever they like. Or that handing over the complete Mueller files would be unprecedented.”

Omar: Israel’s occupation of Gaza causes rockets to fire and children to be killed, or something. Ed Morrissey – “The fighting has stopped for now, but the ignorance continues unabated.

“The rockets fired because of an occupation? That’s a neat trick, considering that the occupation of Gaza ended in 2005. It’s been fourteen years since Ariel Sharon dismantled all of the Israeli settlements in Gaza — to a loud outcry at home — and pulled the IDF out of the strip, leaving the Gazans to their own devices. Sharon’s government had to forcibly evict some settlers from their homes in the area, and ended up relocating thousands of Israelis back into Israel proper. Gaza held elections the next year and, despite warnings from all over the world, elected Hamas to govern the territory. The rest is history, as is any prospect of improvement while Gazans cling to terrorists as their leaders. Israel imposed a full blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas won that election, but it’s not an occupation, even if Hamas calls it that.

In this iteration of the decades-long terrorist war on Israel, it wasn’t “occupation” that started the rockets firing. Hamas wanted money, wasn’t getting it, and worried about an uprising because of it:

If Omar wants “peace and justice,” she should call for the end of Hamas rule in Gaza and the emergence of leadership that actually desires peace and justice.

Irony: New York blocked a new pipeline and guess what they just found out. Jazz Shaw – “The state could be producing its own natural gas and supplying New York City more cheaply, but they’re refusing to do it out of spite. And now they’ve outstripped their fuel supply. This entire situation would be hilarious if it weren’t creating such a massive SNAFU for the energy grid.

Should Journalists Who Propagated the Russia Collusion Hoax Be Jailed? John Hinderaker – “In the end, Roger isn’t serious about jailing journalists, much as they might deserve it. But I would add this observation: Why is it that journalists who lied about Russia collusion will no doubt “get off scot-free,” while proudly displaying Pulitzers on their mantels? Why is it that the media organizations that employ them and share their political biases feel no need to sanction them in any way, let alone fire them?

“But when it comes to defamation, we don’t have a sane legal environment. The U.S. Supreme Court has seen to that in a series of decisions that deserve to be controversial. Wherever you think the boundaries of defamation law should properly be drawn, I think it is almost indisputable that our current legal regime goes too far in immunizing reporters, editors, newspapers and cable news networks against the consequences of negligently or maliciously propagating career-destroying and life-destroying falsehoods about public figures and matters of public interest.

Maybe if President Trump gets another Supreme Court appointment our extremist defamation jurisprudence will be moderated so that there is at least a possibility of holding journalists accountable.

VDH dissects Comey. Neo – “Recall—as Hanson points out—that Comey’s problem isn’t mere Trump Drerangement Syndrome (although there’s that). He showed his troubling characteristics even before Trump even became president, during the Hillary Clinton email investigation

“I can tell you one thing: I am almost certain that most Democrats don’t read Victor Davis Hanson. But I also am almost certain that, were most Democrats to do so, they would look at the facts detailed in that article with very different eyes than those of us on the right do. Would they be shocked, because they’re reading them for the first time and realizing how deep the rot goes? Or would they just say that Hanson is making stuff up, and deeply mistaken and/or lying?

I think the latter. A mind is a difficult thing to change.

The Mueller report and the assault on the AG provide an example.

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Consequences even possible?

Should Journalists Go to Jail for Spreading Russia Lies? Roger L. Simon – “As a First Amendment maximalist, I am inclined to reply an automatic “no” to my own headline … But a penalty of some kind, indeed a serious one, should certainly be levied for misinforming the public on the most important subject of our day

“And when these prevarications can be shown to have been deliberate, to have been done knowingly, difficult as that may be to prove, the line to sedition may have been crossed and there is an argument the reporters involved should face legal consequences. They should also be fired.

Unfortunately, because reporting is an occupation with no official standards like law or medicine, no professional organizations to disbar them, and because, as A. J. Liebling wrote long ago, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one,” with media operations like CNN and NBC often encouraging those very lies, this is unlikely to happen.

Unjust? Of course, it is. And not so deep down, the media outlets know this. I was not the only person to think the NYT was engaged in CYA when it reported (finally admitted) the other day there was indeed actual “spying” being done on the Trump campaign. The paper has done that before, reported bad or inconvenient news in advance, aware that revelations to come may not be flattering to their work.

Will these journalists have learned a lesson and change their habits? Not likely. For the most part, they are moral narcissists, primed to feel confident of the righteousness of their cause even when faced with countervailing reality. And in any case, to change would lead to personality disintegration, loss of friends and family and, worse, being fired by the profiteers who run their companies. That’s the way of the media world today.

Time for the rest of us to learn new ways of getting our news, if we already haven’t. And we probably have. Will those sources too be biased? Of course. All news is. It’s written by humans. But at least it won’t be criminal — or seditious.

The Voter Suppression Myth. Steven Hayward – “Bottom line: Democrats are lying about this and know they are lying about this.

Get Ready For More Global Warming Hysteria. John Hinderaker – “You might think that after decades of wrong predictions, global warming alarmists would back off and try to make their claims more realistic. But you would be wrong. The Science and Environmental Policy Project explains

Those MAGA-hatted Asians attacked in DC were North Korean defectors. Neo – “This incident encapsulates so many things that are wrong with the left today, but in particular its dangerous and many-pronged assault on free speech.

“It is often remarked on by those who escaped from totalitarian leftist countries that they came to the US for that very freedom, and lately it pains them tremendously to see the same threats to liberty occurring with increasing frequency. This incident may have been small in terms of actual physical harm done, but it is ominous for what it says about the state of our nation.

The FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation Was Formally Opened on False Pretenses. Andrew C. McCarthy – “Chicanery was the force behind the formal opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.”

“The investigative theory on which the FBI formally opened the foreign-counterintelligence probe code-named “Crossfire Hurricane” on July 31, 2016, held that the Trump campaign knew about, and was potentially complicit in, Russia’s possession of hacked emails that would compromise Hillary Clinton; and that, in order to help Donald Trump, the Kremlin planned to disseminate these emails anonymously (through a third party) at a time maximally damaging to Clinton’s campaign.

There are thus two components to this theory: the emails and Russia’s intentions.

The State Department’s report to the FBI claiming that Papadopoulos had “suggested” these things to Downer was manufactured to portray a false connection between (a) what Papadopoulos told Downer and (b) the hacking and publication of the DNC emails. That false connection then became the rationale for formally opening the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation — paper cover for an investigation of the Trump campaign that was already under way.

Then there’s Omar’s rationalization of hundreds of missiles fired at Israeli citizens or the Democrat Party’s presidential hopefuls claiming the economic boom is due to Obama. Deception and self delusion run deep.

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intellectual gymnastics … The irony, it burns.

About That Letter That Mueller Wrote To Barr… Tyler Durden – “Another deep state “leak” has hit the tape, and as usual it has gone to the WaPo and NYT almost at the exact same time… but this it’s even more laughable than usual.

“So, Mueller felt there was confusion… but he did not think the memo was inaccurate. Wait, what’s going on here and how is this even a story? Well, if we read the rest of the above sentence, we find the true object of Mueller’s “complaint”: …

Which means that, as the WaPo itself reports, what Mueller was really angry with was the coverage of his report by media such as… the WaPo and the NYT?? The irony, it burns.

Biden must answer for the lies sold to the American people by Team Obama. David N. Bossie – “the problem with nostalgia” – to quote former Sen. John Edwards as he described the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton in 2007 – “is what we tend to do is only remember what you like and you forget the parts you didn’t like.”

Biden, one of the prime supporters of the disaster that was disingenuously marketed as the Affordable Care Act, must answer for the lies told by the Obama team to sell the plan to the American people.

The mainstream media cannot allow Biden to rewrite history when it comes to the Obama administration’s cozy Russia policy.

Biden must also be investigated fully over his alleged actions in Ukraine

On the all-important issue of fighting for the American worker and manufacturing jobs, let’s remember that the position of the Obama-Biden administration on lost manufacturing jobs was – as Obama put it – that “some of those jobs of the past are just not going come back.”

That destructive attitude, along with an outrageous regulatory regime, caused a net loss of nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs as a result of the lack of leadership of Obama and Biden.

The failed Obama-Biden mindset of “you didn’t build that” – so critical of America’s entrepreneurial spirit – must never be forgotten.

Obama and Biden gave up the store on a deal that put an exclamation point on their failed eight-year policy of apologizing for America around the world.

You can’t finish an analysis of Biden’s record as Obama’s vice president without asking this all-important question: When it comes to the Obama administration’s efforts to try to stop Donald Trump from being elected president, what did Biden know and when did he know it?

Washington Post’s 10,000 Trump untruths is about 25% fake news. Steve Goldstein – “‘Literally true’ comments can be misleading, fact checker says” … this is about relativity in reality and truth. The trouble is that there is no Einsteinian model to equate frames of reference. In the media, the differing reference frames are entirely independent and often at odds with reality.

“The Washington Post’s count of what it calls “false and misleading statements,” and what other media outlets quickly short-handed to “lies” by Trump, is itself inflated.

Sensing that the fact checkers are a bit too quick on the draw, I decided to review a series of contentions made by Glenn Kessler and the fact-checking team at the Washington Post. …

Sometimes Kessler seems to be assuming words Trump said that the president did not. Other times he seems to demand a level of surrounding context that most would not insist from any other politician.

Kessler also said the newspaper has only used the word “lie” once — about Trump’s comments on Stormy Daniels hush money — and tries to distance its assessments from that word.

It’s also important to stress, that the Washington Post exaggerating the truth about Trump is not to say that the president isn’t uniquely untruthful.

But it also seems that fact checkers, like Kessler, have a reflexive bias toward declaring Trump comments as untrue.

WaPo writer: James Holzhauer has become “a menace”. Jazz Shaw – “But there’s one thing Lane doesn’t accuse Holzhauer of: cheating. Because he’s not cheating.” It’s a story about success envy, the kind that drives socialist ideologies to trash and bash capitalism.

Prominent clergy, scholars accuse Pope Francis of heresy in open letter. Maike Hickson – “They ask the bishops of the Catholic Church, to whom the open letter is addressed, to “take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation” of a pope committing this crime.

“The authors base their charge of heresy on the manifold manifestations of Pope Francis’ embrace of positions contrary to the faith and his dubious support of prelates who in their lives have shown themselves to have a clear disrespect for the Church’s faith and morals.

The 20-page document is a follow-up to the 2017 Filial Correction of Pope Francis that was signed originally by 62 scholars and which stated that the Pope has “effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church,” especially in light of his 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The authors first present in detail – and with theological references to substantiate their claims – the different positions against the faith Pope Francis has shown himself to hold, propagate, or support, including “seven propositions contradicting divinely revealed truth.”

If nothing else, this provides a comparison and contrast to how the Democrats are attempting impeachment.

A Fantasy for the Sexes. Daphne Patai – “Not by accident, verbal therapies in this society archetypically began with men listening and women speaking.

“Studies are done on the economic costs of smoking and poor health, but not of the costs of women’s work habits.

Somehow it is always men who are to blame. Even in the schoolyard, little boys suffer from puzzlement, pain, and ostracism as little girls make comments and express expectations boys cannot quite grasp or respond to.

The constant pressure on men to tell personal stories and focus on the analysis of their feelings is finally recognized for what it is: a gender gambit designed to maintain female superiority by reminding men of their place and of their vulnerability to women’s more high-powered emotional and verbal style. Mass culture is rewritten, and all those strong silent types in film and fiction are now understood to be men damaged by matriarchal values.

so much, so confused … it is necessary to read carefully with an appropriate degree of skepticism and to be careful about jumping to conclusions and engaging in other, similar, intellectual gymnastics.

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Greatest lie ever told …

Understanding Jesus’s Mission. Trevor Thomas – One of the most important questions in the history of the universe is “Why did Jesus have to die?”

“One of the greatest lies ever told is that your (and my) sin is not really sin. One of the greatest debates within the church today surrounds the question of what is sin. If we can’t answer that question well and accurately, then we will fall short of understanding and appreciating all that Jesus did for us.

The Mueller Report’s Active and Passive Idiots. Gary Gindler – “an unusual television interview was held by former President Obama’s director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. A fantastic phrase came from his mouth: “If there was no active collusion proven, then I think what we have here is a case of passive collusion.”

“The entire Mueller Report is written in such a way that it becomes immediately apparent that it is not designed for the one to whom it was originally intended by law: the U.S. attorney general. It is clearly intended not for a legal, but a political effect from its publication. This farce with the Mueller investigation had purely political goals from the very beginning.

Things the Media Ignored in the Mueller Report. Clarice Feldman – “there are two important things underplayed or ignored: the ubiquitous nature of Russian interference from 2014 on, which Obama ignored, and the real target of the witch hunt — General Michael Flynn (and why).

“It’s not unreasonable to believe this entire $30 million hoax of an investigation was not only to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s victory over Hillary, but as well to cover up Obama’s failures to respond to Russian interference to protect his crackpot nuclear deal with Iran.

It’s Easter Sunday and Passover. For those who value truth, hang on. I think it has been slow in coming, but coming it is.

What Trump is guilty of. Andrew Benjamin – “Donald Trump, the president of the United States, behaved as any innocent man would, behave having been framed by fabricated propaganda prepared by foreign intelligence agents and paid for by his political enemies.”

“This is the injustice against his person, integrity, and performance, the injustice of being framed by greedy, self-dealing, soulless, and cowardly criminals not fit to shine his shoes. These are criminals who paid for the fabricated pack of lies and evidence illegally obtained. They deliberately and speciously persecuted him, knowing he was innocent. They, along with their media associates, coordinated, colluded, and conspired among themselves and with foreign agents to give the false impression to the nation that the president obstructed justice by vocally objecting to the three-year-long witch hunt against him, his family and associates, and the American people.

The Mueller Report And The Starr Report: Compare And Contrast. Paul Mirengoff – There is a difference and both sides are not the same.

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Unpleasant truths

now the eye of slander is focused on AG Barr

Robert Mueller Interviewed President Trump Six Days After Criminal “Obstruction” Investigation Began. sundance – “with new revelations from Andrew McCabe, John Dowd and Mueller officials overlayed on the previous Strzok/Page texts; we can now clearly reconcile the May 16th, 2017, meeting between President Trump, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller.

Mueller’s Despicable Parthian Shot. David Catron – “No one’s calling the lowly Robert Mueller a boy scout now.”

“When special counsel Robert Mueller finally finished his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, he produced a report that confirms much of the criticism President Trump has leveled at him during the past two years. It clearly reveals that Mueller’s partisan investigators were determined to “get Trump,” and that they were frustrated by their inability to do so. This is most obvious in the section dealing with obstruction of justice. As it is phrased in the Introduction to Volume II, “[T]his report does not conclude that the President committed a crime.” An honest evaluation would have stopped there.

In the end, the Mueller probe was an investigation looking for a crime. Thus, it produced nothing but a few process crimes and useless indictments of foreign nationals who will never be brought to trial. It was also conducted by partisan hacks, like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, whose primary goal was to bring down the President. That failed. So, like all cowards in retreat, Mueller and his minions attempted to do as much damage as possible to the President as they departed. That’s why they refused to exonerate him despite finding no real evidence for obstruction of justice. The whole exercise was utterly despicable.

Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’. Byron York – “Now, the public has Mueller’s 448-page report, and it tends to support the president’s assessment.

“The report covers a lot of ground. Everyone knew, or should have known, that it would include details that Trump’s detractors could use against him and details the president’s supporters could cite in his defense. And it does. Certainly some House Democrats hope to use it as a road map to impeachment, and many, many Democrats hope to use it as a road map to defeating Trump in 2020.

But remember what the investigation was about. It was about something that did not happen. And that should matter now that Mueller has finished his work.

‘Orange Man Bad!’ Robert Stacy McCain – “For approximately 3 million people, nothing in the Mueller report could exonerate President Trump of “Russian collusion,” obstruction of justice, and various other high crimes and misdemeanors of which they are certain he is guilty.

“CNN went into complete meltdown mode Thursday afternoon, led by the network’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who declared the Mueller report was “pretty bad” and “very damaging” for Trump. CNN commentator Ana Navarro ranted on Twitter that Barr is “complicit… duplicitous” and “disloyal to the Constitution,” and harrumphed: “I don’t know how anyone can read [the] Mueller Report and conclude Trump did not attempt time and time again to obstruct justice.” Things were no better on MSNBC, where Chris Matthews reacted to Trump’s written answers to Mueller’s questions: “My God, it was like he had failed an Alzheimer’s competency test.” MSNBC commentator and former CIA director John Brennan, who’s spent two years promoting the Russian collusion narrative, claimed that the Mueller report, which effectively exonerated Trump, nonetheless contained “really quite extensive” information supporting his own view. Brennan said the Mueller report showed Trump’s “conduct was unethical, unprincipled, dishonest and I would say it really does back up political corruption.”

Their minds are made up, and mere facts cannot penetrate their ironclad certainty about Trump’s maliciousness.

What can be done about the anti-Trump cult? It’s obvious that they cannot be persuaded by rational argument to abandon their paranoid delusions, and they’ll still be ranting about Russia until the day Trump leaves office.

it has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results, and this is exactly what Trump’s media enemies seem to be doing.

Rep. Meadows: ‘Would You be Happy About Being Accused…Investigated for a Crime You Didn’t Commit?’ Craig Bannister – “In a Twitter post, Rep. Meadows disputed the reasoning that, if Trump was unhappy about the investigation, he must be guilty” … but if the assumption of guilt is paramount, any behavior is seen as indicating guilt to rationalize the false witness.

Outbreak of Colorblindness Strikes Chicago Reporters. Colin Flaherty – “If local media is to be believed, race had nothing to do with the fact that every single one of the rioters was black.

“This is probably a better analysis than the one tendered by the former police superintendent Gary McCarthy, who told a black radio audience that black violence in Chicago was caused by the racist “Pilgrims.”

But not quite as good as the explanation from the former head of the local teachers’ union, Karen Lewis, who told us Chicago “belongs” to black people. Not “rich white people.”

This is worse that it appears. Not only are they experiencing periodic colorblindness, but these same folks are apparently also afflicted with acute amnesia.

The denial of the real source of racism destroys the credibility of complaints. It diverts efforts to solve problems in non-productive directions. So many issues fall this way and that results in massive destruction and cost. What can be done about these cults?

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What will it take?

What will it take for journalists and other Democrats to tell the truth to the public? Jack Hellner – “The next time Russia is accused of spying, they should say, “No that is authorized surveillance.”

“The Founding Fathers gave the press freedom to hold the powerful to account, not to protect people they liked no matter what they did while seeking to destroy others they didn’t like with no evidence.

Bill Barr, Dirty Cops, and the O.J. Simpson Trial. Charles Lipson – “The Democrats’ ferocious pushback confirms the gravity of the issue. Their fears are well-founded.

“The Obama administration politicized the Department of Justice, FBI, and intelligence agencies, and a serious investigation is very likely to find criminal wrong-doing. The response of top Democrats is to smear Barr as a partisan hack.

The mainstream media, predictably, adopted the Democratic perspective, even in their “hard news” coverage.

What is so striking is not just the starkly different partisan views of Barr’s testimony and, worse, his integrity. After all, that chasm is now the defining characteristic of American political life. What is striking—and truly disturbing—is how each side thinks the other’s views are so obviously wrong that they must be corrupt and dishonest, explicable only by “bad faith” and malevolent intentions.

These accusations of bad faith raise another troubling question: In this hyper-partisan environment, will both parties accept the evidence Barr and Horowitz find? If they do not, if Democrats continue to say everything is the malign work of partisan hacks, then, Lord help us, we’re in for another special counsel.

As has been seen, any special counsel or investigation is irrelevant when evidence and reason are overwhelmed by bad faith. And, no, both sides are not the same when it comes to acepting evidence and reality.

9 Apocalyptic Lies Fed To Americans About The Republican Tax Bill. Madeline Osburn – “What falsities did these liberal opponents tell the American people would happen pending the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? Here are a few of the most outrageous examples of fear-mongering.

EPIC: Sean Davis Absolutely Destroys Media Hypocrisy Over Barr’s Use Of The Term “Spying”. Bonchie – “The media have this odd way of moving the goalposts on verbiage depending on who’s in office.

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All the Progressive Plotters. Victor Davis Hanson – “When that did not work … ” time after time, case after case, here it is. “Are such efforts in the future to be institutionalized?

“America over the last half century had been nursed on the dogma that the Left was the guarantor of civil liberties. That was the old message of the battles supposedly waged on our behalf by the ACLU, the free-speech areas on campuses, and the Earl Warren Court.

Not now. The left believes that almost any means necessary, extra-legal and anti-constitutional or not, are justified to achieve their noble ends. Progressive luminaries at CNN and the New York Times have lectured us that reporters need not be disinterested any more in the age of Trump—or that it might be a crime to shout “lock her up” at a Trump rally. Will those standards apply to coverage of future Democratic presidents?

No reporter seems to care that Hillary Clinton hired a foreign national to work with other foreign nationals to sabotage, first, her opponent’s campaign, then his transition and his presidency, along with the wink and nod help from key Obama officials at the Department of Justice, State Department, National Security Council, FBI and CIA.

The final irony? If the CIA, FBI, and DOJ have gone the banana republic way of Lois Lerner’s IRS and shredded the Constitution, they still failed to remove Donald Trump.

Democrat Diogenes looking for honest members of his party. Rick Moran – “A small group of Trump haters in key positions in the Justice Department tried to invalidate the election results in 2016. And they abused the full force and power of the national security state in the attempt.”

“If Democrats in power were as honest as Kerrey, McCabe, Rosenstein, Comey and the rest of them would be facing their own investigation. But Kerrey’s Democratic party is gone. Rationalism and the Midwestern values held by the former Senator have been replaced with radicalism and hate.

It’s doubtful that even a shellacking at the polls would empower Democrats like Kerrey to retake their party.

Raw, stinky progressive BS needs a reckoning. Rick Swenson – “Reasonable citizens of our republic are frustrated. They tire of progressive politics invading every simple moment, ruining things that used to be fun, injecting anger and politically correct nonsense where it should not go.”

“Ask your (remaining) lefty friends to describe a few blessings they enjoy by living in America. You and I might go on for minutes — we know why the USA is that Shining City on the Hill. But your lefty friends probably will not. You should gently ask, Why, then, do so many people from all corners of the world still want to emigrate here?

No doubt there were multiple felonies committed, leading up to and during this terrible episode of U.S. history, and the necessary prosecutions of them will be messy. We did not ask for this, but we frustrated citizens are ready. Now needs come the reckoning.

Trump is Popping in the Polls. Brian C. Joondeph – “Watch most cable or network news shows and the message is clear — President Donald Trump is unpopular

“Outside the bubble, the picture is far different, even if the smart set at MSNBC and the New York Times choose not to see it. What do opinion polls say?

Rasmussen has the well-deserved reputation as the most accurate pollster, based on being the closest of all major polling organization in predicting the results of the 2016 presidential election.

In their daily presidential tracking poll, as of Friday April 5, President Trump had a 51 percent total approval number.

As some point, readers and listeners begin believing that Trump’s days are numbered. It’s the Stockholm syndrome for those of us held hostage by the mainstream media.

In fleeting moments of honesty, some news organizations admit the obvious. From the Atlantic, “Why Trump is the favorite in 2020.” Or from another far-left news outlet the Daily Beast, “Trump should have a 70 percent chance of winning in 2020.”

This election is his to lose and despite the incessant whinging from Democrats and the media, his poll numbers and momentum favor a big win in 2020.

New Mexico legislature votes to circumvent the Electoral College. Neo – “Believe me, those pushing for this are very serious and very organized (as well as well-funded, I’m going to assume).”

“Notice how far this movement has gotten without all that much fanfare, considering the enormous changes it would wreak on our entire political system. For example, this just happened, and it doesn’t seem to be that heavily covered …

If this sort of thing were to pass only in blue states, it probably wouldn’t end up mattering much in terms of electoral results. But New Mexico is sometimes considered to be a swing state—although it’s been trending blue for quite a while.

I see that John Hinderaker has written on the same topic today. Good. He has a lot more traffic than I do, and I hope his post gets a lot of publicity and raises the alarm. His piece also contains a lengthy discussion of possible constitutionality issues connected with this movement.

Every vote counts! Except when you give it away.

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Collateral damage and the Gadarene stampede

Muellergate & The Discreet Lies Of The Bourgeoisie. Tyler Durden – “The capacity of the mainstream media repeatedly to promote the myth that Russia caused Clinton’s defeat, while never mentioning what the information was that had been so damaging to Hillary, should be alarming to anybody under the illusion that we have a working “free media”.

“There are literally hundreds of thousands of mainstream media articles and broadcasts, from every single one of the very biggest names in the Western media, which were predicated on the complete nonsense that Russia had conspired to install Donald Trump as President of the United States.

In general, since the Mueller report confirmed that $50 million worth of investigation had been unable to uncover any evidence of Russiagate collusion, the media has been astonishingly unrepentant about the absolute rubbish they have been churning out for years.

Mueller Express Fails to Deliver, Democrats Head for the Abyss. Clarice Feldman – “To be sure the Congressional Democrats are floating a series of moves with more public relations impact than likely success.”

“The plotters were too sure of their success to completely cover their tracks and frankly too bumbling to succeed. And the equally incompetent and unlikeable Hillary Clinton failed to make it over the finish line to cover up for them after the fact. In the meantime, the party that relied on these clowns is now heading for the abyss.

Glenn Beck thinks The Arrogance of the Left Has Finally Overplayed its Hand (YouTube). One can hope.

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Trump ‘attacks’ and Republicans pounce?

The Battle Between Information and Chaos. Richard Fernandez – “Trouble is turning a handsome profit for the Kremlin, which John Bolton says “continues to sell arms and energy in exchange for votes at the United Nations — votes that keep strongmen in power, undermine peace and security and run counter to the best interests of the African people.”

“The empire of chaos was not created by accident. The Gatestone Institute suggests the old Cold War adversaries are back in the Third World, no longer aiming at revolution, but markets and resources. But Russia at least may be intent on exporting chaos to the West. “In both Latin America and Africa … Russia has been less involved in the race for natural resources, but its increased visibility, especially in our hemisphere, [is] part and parcel of Putin’s efforts to reassert Russia’s presence as in Cold War days.”

The threat of bad information is more subtle. ISIS and 9/11 showed that “super-empowered small groups and individuals” could be as disruptive as millions of refugees if given “incredibly powerful, cheap, small tools — for cyberwarfare, election hacking and financial hacking — into the hands of small units … so they can have outsize impacts through deep fake, deep surveillance, deep cyber theft… and all three have weaponized the new technology, hacking the U.S. and Europe and, in the case of Russia, even interfering with an American election.”

Just how lethal these weapons can be is expressed in two words: collusion or hoax.

The second decade of the 21st century is shaping up to be a battle between information and chaos. But it may be some time before the public realizes what is happening.

Ungrateful? Ilhan Omar, Somali refugee, trashes living in USA: ‘It’s an everyday assault’. Samantha Chang – “It’s an everyday assault,” Omar told Vogue Arabia. “Every day, a part of your identity is threatened, demonized, and vilified.” Ungrateful is the wrong word.

“Keep in mind that in Saudi Arabia and in many Muslim countries, Omar wouldn’t be allowed to leave the house without a male chaperone, drive, work, or vote.

And she certainly wouldn’t be a member of the federal government. Also, wife-beating is acceptable — and even encouraged.

The question that America-bashing leftists never answer is this: If the United States is so racist and evil, why do millions of people risk their lives trying to come here? And why do they stay here?

How the freedom of the 1990s didn’t last. Luboš Motl – “When the communism fell, we were speculating what our country and the world would do in the next 20 or 30 years.

“one prediction of mine from the 1990s that looks incredibly wrong and naive with the hindsight was my prediction that the freedom would be here to stay. I just couldn’t imagine any possible dynamics that would lead to the reversal back towards non-freedom. Isn’t it so much obvious that the freedom – especially like that in 1918-1938 or the 1990s – is so much better for everybody? Isn’t it obvious that people will do a lot to keep it?

Like other nations, we’re tamed by indoctrination of kids at schools, climate hysteria, multiculturalism, feminism, transgenderism, inclusion, mindless worshiping of empty clichés, and lots of other things. Increasingly frequently, our movies, newspapers, and Internet pages are being either self-censored or directly censored by some “big censors” outside.

Now, will the recent trends continue? Will they accelerate and become much worse? Or will they slow down and/or reverse back towards freedom? I don’t know. …

I do believe that much of the weakness of freedom, common sense, and traditional European values is an illusion and/or self-inflicted injury of ours. Many of us are just terrified by the sheer volume of aggressive insanity around us. But much of the gap could totally disappear if we weren’t afraid, if we spoke, and if we communicated with our soulmates much like the enemies of the freedom do.

What we learned from the Mueller report is relevant to the climate change debate. Theo Knights – “The Mueller report shows that the US media can easily be dominated by a single false idea — in this case the notion that President Trump colluded with Russia in order to win the presidency. So it is time to examine another idee fixe of the US media that has received too little attention: the widespread acceptance of the danger of human-caused climate change and the refusal to entertain or publicize contrary information.”

“Two elements of the collusion affair bear important similarities to the climate change debate: vicious personal attacks on those who publicly questioned that collusion had taken place (see Alan Dershowitz’s statement on his “blacklisting” and recent articles by Matt Taibbi and Steven F. Cohen about their treatment by the media), and a refusal by the major news networks and print media to publish material that contradicted the view that the president or his campaign had colluded with Russia. As a result, when the Mueller report apparently concluded that the collusion charge could not be substantiated, many Americans were shocked. They had been misled by the media, which — in abandoning its claims of objectivity — had allowed its revulsion toward Donald Trump to distort its reporting.

The problem with the media’s coverage of the climate change issue is the same as the problem with the coverage of Russia collusion — it took sides and refused to allow dissenting views into the public square.

Berkeley Law School Dean Says Trump’s Free Speech Executive Order is Unconstitutional. Mike LaChance – “order is so vague and ambiguous, it makes compliance by colleges and universities extremely difficult” – “It’s a bit hard to take this from someone at Berkeley. Has this dean seen what’s been happening at his school in recent years?” Deny. Attack. No matter how ridiculous or disingenuous.

RSS Is Better Than Twitter. Patrick Howell O’Neill – “In 2019, social media is water in our lungs (I’m sorry, I’m sorry, that’s the last one). With so many of us contemplating deleting our accounts or at least cutting down on that screen time, it’s time to reconsider something that feels lost in this era of algorithm-fueled newsfeeds and timelines: RSS.

“Invented exactly 20 years ago this month on the back-end of a feverish dot-com boom, RSS (Real Simple Syndication) has persisted as a technology …

Here’s what’s important: RSS is very much still here. Better yet, RSS can be a healthy alternative

At the end of the day, we’re probably not going to be able to escape social media entirely. I couldn’t even if I wanted to since it’s part of my job, as it may be part of yours. For us poor souls—and those of you who are, for some reason, online all day by choice—know that it’s okay to slow down. You’re not missing anything.

At ABC News, the headline is “As Trump attacked Mueller.” Note how criticism is elevated. This is another example of the ‘Republicans Pounce’ meme. Bias overwhelms reasoned judgments …

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Careful. A cornered animal has nothing on these guys

The case of Carter Page. Scott Johnson – “The political corruption of the FBI and the intelligence agencies by the Obama administration was to remain a deep, dark secret. If the the American people had not had the temerity to elect Donald Trump along with a Republican Congress in 2016, we would have remained in blissful ignorance. After such knowledge what forgiveness?

Media amplified Schiff’s voice, shouted down the truth. Charles Hurt – “The job of newspapers was once to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Today, that job seems to be to give voice to liars and shout down the truth.”

“But the lying politicians are not the only ones deserving our contempt and scorn. Merchants of lies in the media deserve even more contempt and scorn. The New York Times and The Washington Post led the way. Dunces at CNN and MSNBC trotted right behind.

Used to be that reporters took enormous pride in the depth of their skepticism. They would talk about how finely tuned their “BS-detectors” are. They had a nose for when somebody was peddling lies.

All that evaporated in the Age of Trump, when anything goes — so long as it slimes the president.

Democrats, the Media, and the Big Lie. Steve McCann – “How were the Democrats, and their allies in the mainstream media able to suspend rationality and manipulate the emotions of so many Americans for so long?

“In 1925 Adolf Hitler in his screed entitled Mein Kampf coined the term “The Big Lie.” A principal tool of propaganda defined as the use of a lie so colossal that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” The execution of this strategy and the mindset of those prone to utilize it can be summarized in a report issued by the Office of Strategic Services during World War II:

His [Hitler’s] primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

Little did the author of the report, Walter C. Langer, realize that in analyzing the tactics of Hitler, he had laid out the roadmap for all those with a totalitarian bent, including the modern American Left and the Democratic Party, to use in propagandizing and fomenting unrest among the populace.

The Democrats in Congress, undeterred by ethics or the laws of slander and defamation, were free to fabricate or leak stories regarding Russian collusion that were accepted at face value by their allies in the media.

Whether it is the fabricated dire consequences of so-called climate change, the myth of rampant white nationalism, the fabrication that this is a virulently racist nation, the fictitious wonders of socialism, the destruction of any semblance of free speech and the single-minded obliteration of anyone who dares oppose them. The failure to crucify Donald Trump on the altar of “The Big Lie” has exposed the American Left, the mainstream media and the Democratic Party for who they are: the heirs to the Fascist mentality that first reared its ugly head in Italy in 1922.

The “soft coup”: killing a king. neo – “the problem is that this situation is not really some sort of tit-for-tat, any more than the police trying to find a cop-killer is tit-for-tat.” Too many see current affairs as if ‘both sides are the same’ and that leads to improper comparisons and suggestions. That is the big lie. Neo gets this.

So this really was an effort first to discredit Trump the candidate and then, when that didn’t work well enough, an attempted coup on Trump the president. If it was that—and I think it’s clear that it was—Trump can’t just let bygones be bygones. The precedent would be awful. The perpetrators of what amounts to a several years long attempt at a frameup have to be made to think they will be caught and cannot get away with it.

And yet, as Richard Fernandez says in his post that I quoted at the outset, an investigation of the investigators could help to destroy the peaceful transition process that America has seemingly enjoyed till 2016. But it was the previous administration that actually destroyed it, and we can’t pretend that didn’t happen.

The Resistance tried to kill the king. They may not like the king—you may not like the king, either—but that’s not the point. The effort cannot be allowed to stand, and it must be driven home to the American people what actually happened and what the dangers are. And we certainly can’t count on the MSM to do that, since they were in on the conspiracy.

That’s not tinfoil hat territory. That’s just the way it was and the way it is.

The perils of the ‘Chicken Little’ approach to fighting climate change. Jonah Goldberg – “Climate change is a real concern, but if we did absolutely nothing to stop it, the planet would still be here in a dozen years. So would the human race and many other living things.”

“The problem is that we have heard these things before. In 1989, a UN official predicted “entire ­nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not ­reversed by the year 2000.” In 2008, Al Gore warned that the northern polar ice cap could be gone in five years due to global warming.

The reasons this is a political problem for climate-change warriors should be obvious. First, they are their own worst enemy when it comes to maintaining credibility.

Another problem, which compounds the first, is that they get greedy.

Breakout Box Office Hit: Pro-Life Film ‘Unplanned’ Edges Out ‘Captain Marvel’ In Key Screening Stat. Amanda Prestigiacomo – “Despite intense media opposition, an “R” rating from the MPAA, and big tech censorship, pro-life film “Unplanned” is wildly outperforming expectations at the box office.”

“The pro-life film, unsurprisingly, has been thrown one obstacle after another due to its exposure of Planned Parenthood and the reality of abortion. “Unplanned” was hit with a controversial R rating from the MPAA and TV networks refused the film’s ads. On Saturday, Twitter inexplicably suspended the official account for the movie, however, after swift backlash, the “error” was fixed and the account was restored.

The Tables Turn in Russian Collusion Hunt. Victor Davis Hanson – “The irony of the entire Russian collusion hoax is that accusers who cried the loudest about leaking, collusion, lying, and obstruction are themselves soon very likely to be accused of just those crimes.”

Another airport drops Chick-fil-A after Democrats complain. Jazz Shaw – “Nobody has even suggested that Chick-fil-A doesn’t meet standards for food safety, sanitary conditions, hiring practices or anything else. Their only complaint is based on the opinions and religious beliefs of the company’s CEO. And for that, they are being strongarmed out of the marketplace. All of this is happening in plain view, but thus far there seems to be nothing to be done about it.”

Statistics And Probability In Scientific Research Is Immensely Complicated, And Is Almost Always Misinterpreted By The Media And Especially By Juries. CBD – “The current brouhaha over Round-Up is a colossal failure of our legal system and, perhaps even more catastrophic, our scientific education in America.” The post refers to Glyphosate Vs. Caffeine: Acute and Chronic Toxicity Assessments Explained. Alison Bernstein – “Fear of chemicals in our food has taken on an outsized role in the food discussion. Too much of the debate have become … let’s say – a bit light on the facts and long on emotion.

OS/2 Warp Community Announces It’s Merging With the Flat Earth Society. – “From now on our communities will merge to became one single point of contact for OS/2 users and people investigating the truth about our planet earth,” OS2World announced today. OS2World’s news master martiniturbide, also a Slashdot reader, writes: The OS/2 community expects that this action will benefit the platform by getting the funds to finally create an open source clone of OS/2. OS2World asks every OS/2 user to start believing that the earth is flat to get the “big bucks” that will finally turn the operating system into a Windows 10, Ubuntu, MacOS X and Android competitor in the final OS Wars of all ages.(note the date).

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Many layers bring peeled back.Patience needed.

Trump Was Not Just Spied Upon But Entrapped. Roger L. Simon – “I mean something more subtle and LeCarré-like coming from the depths of our intelligence communities. It raises once more the question of the power of such agencies in a free society, a conundrum with no easy answers but of great significance to our lives.

“I suggest that an attempt was being made to implant Halper in the Trump campaign, one way or another, not just for spying purposes but actually to help create this collusion of the campaign with Russia–that is, to help manufacture it.

Putting it another way, someone or some group wanted to create — or, more subtly, to encourage the creation — of Trump-Russia collusion from the inside in order to destroy Trump before, or failing that, after he was elected.

How’s that for a nefarious plot? Worthy of LeCarré or maybe even Graham Greene. But is it true? I wouldn’t bet against it. Something close anyway.

Fake news is going to get it in the teeth in 2020. Monica Showalter – “Republicans are raring to go after the mainstream media, using their atrocious strings of lies and “narratives” that fell apart after the Mueller report on the fake Russian collusion. They will do it when the press starts reporting biased dreck about Trump himself, citing their tattered credibility.

“There’s also the fact that the mainstream media are getting away with it. Two years of lies, false leaks, fake sources, and artificially damping President Trump’s popularity ratings, not to mention wrecking what could be an important Russia-U.S. relationship to check a rising and ravenous China that sees no accountability. Nobody got fired in the wake of this performance; nobody criticized anyone else; nobody paid any price for it. On the contrary, they seem to be praising themselves for it and awarding each other Pulitzers. They have yet to get the memo that they have disgraced themselves again.

They could have stuck to the truth, that very truth that is required in their stated profession. It might not have led to the facts they liked, but they wouldn’t have suffered the reputational loss they are looking at now. But it was so much easier to go with the stories they liked, their bias out there, yet their claims to objectivity intact in all those Pulitzers and conference engagements. They had been getting away with it up until now.

Except that now, the price they will pay is that Trump has them, not the socialist cookie-cutter Democrats, in his electoral gun sights.

Mexico bows to Pres. Trump on ‘containment’ of illegal aliens. Chriss Street – “AMLO must have been confident that President Trump’s hands were tied by the “Russiagate” investigation. He probably assumed that Democrats would either squeeze Trump out of office or continue to emasculate his ability to take major retaliatory actions.

“But after Trump was exonerated by the special counsel, AMLO quickly dispatched his interior secretary, Olga Sánchez-Cordero, to meet with U.S. secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen in Miami on March 27.

Secretary Sánchez offered a Mexican Federal Police and military “containment” belt across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the narrowest part of the country and very close to the southern border with Guatemala.

The usually bombastic President López-Obrador sought to calmly reassure the Trump administration that Mexico is now committed to a “very respectful relationship” with the United States to stop immigrant-smuggling. He added: “We are going to do everything we can to help. We don’t in any way want a confrontation with the U.S. government.”

Texas Attorney General pounces: Come and take our Chick-fil-A. Karen Townsend – “It was a bone-headed move, to be sure, based on the religious-ideological bigotry of the left. San Antonio, your nation’s seventh largest city is like other large cities in that it is governed by liberals.

“To San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg the attorney general wrote, “The City of San Antonio’s decision to exclude a respected vendor based on the religious beliefs associated with that company and its owners is the opposite of tolerance.” This is something conservatives continually notice coming from the Left: the intolerance of Judeo-Christian religious beliefs. I daresay if the founder of Chick-fil-A was a man of Muslim faith, he would not have faced such a vote, though that religion is stridently anti-LGBT. Just a thought.

Also, the presence of a bazillion Starbucks coffee shops or displays of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the freezer section of local grocery stores have yet to set off votes to ban these liberal companies. Democrats prove over and over again how intolerant they are of freedom of thought or religion while scolding Republicans as our moral superiors. It’s the height of hypocrisy.

Atlantic: The publication of the Steele dossier by Buzzfeed was a mistake. John Sexton – “In Graham’s view the publication of the dossier is disappointing because it made everything that was discovered later—the Trump Tower meeting, the plans for a Trump tower in Russia, etc—seem pale by comparison to the salacious but unproven details in the dossier.” It is very difficult to raise the anchors and start sailing the seas of reality when those anchors are buried so deeply in the muck at the sea bottom.

“While I agree with Graham about the irresponsibility of Buzzfeed publishing the dossier (and said so at the time), I think he’s wrong to suggest Buzzfeed is responsible for letting down the broader effort to sack Trump. In fact, it’s almost the opposite of the truth. Buzzfeed’s decision to publish genuine fake news is best seen as perhaps the most egregious example of a trend that has continued ever since. There have been numerous stories published and then retracted by allegedly more responsible outlets in the years since. The phenomenon of overreach with regard to Trump may have peaked with Buzzfeed but it didn’t start or end there.

The problem was never just this document it was the left wanting to tear down Trump by any means necessary. Remember the “not my president” meme that circulated after his election? That was the animating force in its raw form. The dossier was ultimately just a handy excuse to justify the feeling that the righteous people had unfairly lost an election to the deplorables.

Proposed Voting Changes Are About Power, Not Principles. Victor Davis Hanson – “The 2016 victory of Donald Trump shocked the Left.

“Progressive candidates and new Democratic representatives have offered lots of radical new proposals lately about voting and voters. They include scrapping the 215-year-old Electoral College. Progressives also talk of extending the vote to 16- or 17-year-olds and ex-felons. They wish to further relax requirements for voter identification, same-day registration and voting, and undocumented immigrants voting in local elections.

The Electoral College balances out the popular vote.

The founders were also terrified of radical democracies of the past, especially their frenzied tendencies to adopt mob-like tactics.

Expanding and changing the present voter base and altering how we vote is mostly about power, not principles. Without these radical changes, a majority of American voters, in traditional and time-honored elections, will likely not vote for the unpopular progressive agenda.

Illinois prosecutors are mighty angry about the disposition of the Smollett case. neo – “The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association has some words for Kim Foxx, her office, and you:

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sideswiped. no regrets.

Sideswiped by the New Yorker. Scott Johnson – drive by media: it’s what they do. it’s what they are. Here’s another case history.

78 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List. Sharyl Attkisson – “We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about.

“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.

And it doesn’t stop: “Karoun Demirjian Washington Post: Attorney general expected to miss deadline for giving Mueller report to Congress, will not commit to releasing it in full — Attorney General William P. Barr is expected to miss House Democrats’ deadline to provide Congress the full report documenting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation …” Note the “expected” and the “in full” comment. It can’t be released in full because it is not legal to release grand jury proceedings. The anticipation of the future isn’t reporting but rather presumption of guilt. Ignorance and bias are on parade.

5G Wireless Apocalypse: The RF Health-Risk Conspiracy. Wayde Robson — “Perhaps my strongest personal bias is that I am instinctively mistrustful of absolute certainty on any complex issue. But if RF caused physical harm to humans, I assume we’d be in the midst of an epidemic. Perhaps we are, I await the proof.” It’s another target that’s been around for a while. Robson provides an insight into the next cell phone technology and the FUD mongering it stimulates.

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Retcon. Grasping at straws.

Retroactive continuity is not a good way forward.

Make No Mistake: The Mueller Investigation Was All About Flynn. Michael Ledeen – “I think it began on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, when Flynn changed the way we did intelligence against the likes of Zarqawi, bin Laden, the Taliban, and their allies.”

“General Flynn saw that our battlefield intelligence was too slow. We collected information from the Middle East and sent it back to Washington, where men with stars on their shoulders and others at the civilian intel agencies chewed it over, decided what to do, and sent instructions back to the war zone. By the time all that happened, the battlefield had changed. Flynn short-circuited this cumbersome bureaucratic procedure and moved the whole enterprise to the war itself. The new methods were light years faster. Intel went to local analysts, new actions were ordered from men on the battlefield (Flynn famously didn’t care about rank or status) and the war shifted in our favor.

This earned him a following among some who worked for or with him, but it also gained him the enmity of those who had been cut out of “the chain of command.”

The operation against Flynn provided the model for the anti-Trump assault. …

The accusations against Flynn were fanciful from the outset, and need to be undone.

Mueller’s conclusions expose disgrace of Obama’s spy chiefs. New York Post – “Of all the reputations in tatters now that Robert Mueller has exploded the Russian-collusion fantasy, Obama-era spy chiefs John Brennan and James Clapper stand out.”

“These two weren’t average citizens: They spoke with the authority of having headed federal intel operations. Brennan even cited his training as an “intelligence professional” as the basis for his views.

By milking that status for brutal hits on Trump, they not only misled and divided the country, they damaged the credibility of the US intel community.

Of course, they were crossing the line while in office, running interference for President Barack Obama’s disastrous Iran deal and other policies.

But America’s top spooks are supposed to steer clear of politics completely once they leave office. By ignoring that rule (as well as basic honesty) for purely partisan ends, Clapper and Brennan violated their duty — despicably.

The tarnish on the Bush family goes apace, too – Barbara Bush blamed Trump for ‘heart attack’ – sad. Very sad.

Rep. Swalwell: Why, yes, I still think Trump is a ‘Russian agent’. John Sexton – “When you have an inconsistency in your storyline you just tell people that the old story didn’t mean what it meant or didn’t happen the way you told them it happened. You retcon the mistake.”

“If you thought that at this point Swalwell might decide to stop playing games and be a bit more forthcoming, you’re going to be disappointed. For the second time in this segment, he compared the collusion narrative to the Jussie Smollett story. But as MacCallum pointed out, the Smollett case didn’t have the top cop giving the all clear after two years of investigation. On the contrary, in Smollett’s case, the cops and even the Deputy SA who dropped the charges all said Smollett committed a hoax. That’s not what Mueller said about Trump.

But according to Swalwell, not only is Trump still a Russian agent, the entire Russia dossier is still entirely credible. Again, MacCallum is struggling to believe what she’s hearing and I don’t blame her.

Yes, we need to talk about this Jussie Smollett debacle. Jazz Shaw – “after more and more facts and opinions began trickling out, it clearly appeared that this was a case of the Chicago Way on steroids.” Racial overtones and an Obama connection also play into the story. Also, neo: Prosecutor attempts to explain the dropping of charges against Smollett. “No wonder Chicago police are angry. This isn’t the first time they’ve had the rug pulled out from under them in a case on which they’ve worked hard.

Profiles in courage: Senate Dems wimp out, vote “present” as Green New Deal gets zero votes. Allahpundit – “Vox explains, or tries to explain, the Democratic reasoning.” See also John Hinderaker: Democrats Punt on the Green New Deal. “There are several serious problems with global warming alarmism. One of them is the disconnect between the problem, as described by alarmists, and their proposed solutions.”

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