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Whose country is this, anyway?

How illegal immigrant Dreamers amassed power to force government shutdown By Stephen Dinan – “It’s a stunning display of political leverage for a group that, at most, numbers several million, can’t vote now, and even under the most generous proposals wouldn’t be able to cast ballots for another decade.”

“Yet they have amassed an extraordinary amount of power, comparable to the much larger tea party movement that helped precipitate the last shutdown in 2013.

In the wake of Friday’s shutdown vote in the Senate, which dozens of Dreamers watched from the public viewing galleries, they claimed victory.

Dreamers began setting up the shutdown showdown last year, soon after President Trump announced a phaseout of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty that protects some 690,000 of them. They told Democrats to use their filibuster powers in the Senate to deny government funding unless Dreamers were accorded full legal status.

The Dreamers’ march to power has been nothing short of stunning.

Schumer’s shutdown reveals: Democrats will destroy America just to spite Trump By Tommy Hicks, Jr – “The Schumer shutdown has revealed the totality of the Democrats’ agenda: animosity and amnesty.”

“Never before in American history has a major political party put the interests of lawbreaking foreign nationals ahead of the interests of law abiding Americans. Yet that is exactly what the Democrats have done in holding the government hostage to extract special favors for illegal immigrants.

This is a remarkable achievement — and it’s the only achievement the Democrats can claim since blowing their “sure thing” election in 2016.

They call Americans “deplorables” and illegal immigrants “Dreamers.” That tells you everything you need to know about the Democrats’ upside-down world view.

Mythologies of Illegal Immigration by Victor Davis Hanson – “It’s a tiresome ploy by the Democrats, abetted by their allies in the media, using deceptive language to paint a false picture that blurs the distinction between legal and illegal, citizen and foreigner, justice and injustice.”

“Ethnic tribunes support illegal immigration. If the border were closed and the melting pot allowed to work, the façade of identity politics would vanish in a generation.

Most of the vocabulary surrounding illegal immigration is both politicized and weaponized—as we have seen with “Dreamers.”

“Sanctuary city” is not an abstract philosophical term. None of the current sanctuary cities would agree in principle with other jurisdictions in similar fashion nullifying federal laws that advanced left-wing policy objectives. The sobriquet is a euphemism for 1850s-style proto-Confederate, states-rights chauvinism, dressed up similarly in pseudo-moralistic terms.

“Undocumented” replaced the adjective “illegal,” just as “immigrant” (and increasingly just “migrant”) superseded the noun “alien.” That is, when the Democratic Party realized that swelling Latino populations began to vote en masse and could salvage what its failing message could not.

Strange, too, are the outward theatrics and themes of illegal alien activism—the frequent waving of Mexican flags, the often loud criticism of a generous host country, the usual demands made upon a foreign nation—mysteriously coupled with the overwhelming desire of millions to enter or remain in the supposedly demonic United States. Waving a flag of a country that one does not wish to return to while shunning the flag of a country in which one very much wishes to reside is incoherent.

What, then, exactly makes a naturally rich Mexico rather poor and naturally poor New Mexico rather rich? Why is Venezuela a mess and Colorado is not? Has anyone prohibited Mexico from reformatting its constitution to ensure an independent judiciary, the rule of law, a free-market economy, the protection and free sale of private property, a bill of rights, unfettered free speech, a meritocratic civil service, transparency in law enforcement, and an ethnically blind culture?

The question is not just mindless American boosterism. In the past, immigrants accepted that they had left Ireland, Italy, or Poland because habits, customs, and government in their home countries were deemed wanting and unworkable, and therefore it was necessary to embrace their antitheses in the United States.

Why do these mythologies abound? Largely because Americans, the hosts, either cannot anymore even define their own civilization to would-be immigrants, or are so intimidated that they are terrified to even try.

Say, this shutdown could hurt the Democrats, says… the Washington Post? By Jazz Shaw – “Most of the debate playing out on the floor of the Senate an at cable news desks has less to do with the specifics of how the government shutdown happened than a fight over the language that’s used to describe it.” Shaw emphasizes VDH’s point.

“ Language matters, and if we’re not all using the same terms in a meaningful debate it can cloud the issue. But the two sides aren’t fighting the battle of words on equal footing because the pro-amnesty crowd is putting forward a rather weak argument. On the right, the choice of saying “illegal alien” comes from both the Constitution and long-standing federal law. Saying “amnesty” is not only not offensive, but it’s a given. What’s being discussed is simply the textbook description of amnesty for a person who has broken the law. I’ll grant you that “chain migration” is probably a newer phrase for many observers, but the meaning is fairly clear and, again, accurate.

On the other side of Nakamura’s argument is the language of the pro-amnesty forces. As we’ve discussed here before, “undocumented immigrant” is a pompous and inaccurate term.

The language may be bogged down at times, but the Democrats are going to have to invent a bunch of new words if they want to talk their way out of this mess. The only reason the government is closed right now is because Senate Democrats refused to vote for a funding bill which contained nothing they seriously objected to in the past.

Great Video Explanation – “Operation Trump” – Former Federal Prosecutor Outlines Scope of FBI and DOJ Corruption by sundance – “Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova outlines the majority of the events behind the unlawful surveillance of Donald Trump and each of the participating members within the FBI and DOJ corruption.”

The Key to Understanding Uranium One, Russia, and the Clintons by Charles Ortel – “There are limited supplies around the world of the precious element required for nuclear weapons and power plants.”

“n coming weeks, we should learn that the Uranium One scandal was less about cornering the uranium market — and more about corruption and fraud that strangely may have been covered up by officials within the FBI, Justice Department, IRS, and offices in many other governments.

Advice to Young Ladies in This Very, Very Stupid Era by Kurt Schlichter Kurt Schlichter – it’s daddy speaking …

Psychiatrists against Trump: A Strategy to Make Soviets Proud by Daniel Ashman – “We don’t need citizens electing a president; instead, Democrats and “nonpartisan” doctors can work it out for us.”

“It’s not as if Lee were a lone crank. She is actually backed up by an entire team of Ph.D. psychiatrists. Democrat congresspeople are thrilled to work with her, or, as she described it, “I was astonished by the level of eagerness to speak with us.”

Various people – such as Professor Alan Dershowitz and Twitter personalities Thomas Wictor and James Jesus Angleton – independently responded to this new assault on Trump by pointing out that using psychiatry to attack political opponents is a Soviet tactic.

let’s turn to the autobiography of heroic Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky. He spent over a decade in prisons, labor camps, and psychiatric wards. Later, he documented his struggle against communism in the superb book To Build a Castle. Let’s see if there are parallels between how the Soviet system punished Bukovsky and how the American establishment is trying to take down Trump.

Groundhog Day in America by Salena Zito – “There is no limit to what we can achieve when we set free the dreams of our incredible people,” President Trump said to a crowd of supporters …

“It is unlikely that many outside of that room heard the words of what was without question the best speech he has given in his presidency; it was sharp, concise, to the point, and both filled with information on the benefits of his tax reform bill and aspirational for his supporters.

But for those who were there, it just reinforced the hope and confidence that his supporters derive from him, when he delivers to his highest potential.

Blinded by hatred is surpassing a blindness by ignorance. Both are so blatant and widespread as to be frightening.

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Corruption exposed. Does anyone care?

Corrupt, biased U.S. elites launch rebellion with one cause By L. Todd Wood – “Progressive agenda is Trump’s enemy.”

“It is obvious that the Obama years were nothing but a limitless spree of highly organized crime. Mr. Obama used the agencies of the state to go after his political enemies. He installed moles in the security services to prevent the election of a man he did not want to become president. When that didn’t work, these traitors plotted and seditiously schemed against a duly-elected president of the United States. They were caught doing so with released emails. This was only the tip of the iceberg. This behavior was also treason. In the past these kind of people would be lined up against a wall and shot.

The Deep State is using the Trump-Russia meme to hide their organized crime wave. Trump must defeat them. Vladimir Putin is no more dangerous than an FBI Director who is corrupt, or a White House that illegally spies on Americans for political gain. There is a reason a military officer swears to defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies “foreign and domestic.” Lady Liberty’s domestic enemies are powerful.

When it comes to our adversaries overseas, we can’t ignore the fact that Russia and China are

actively attempting to destroy our way of life, our democratic institutions and our moral clarity with active measures and hybrid warfare. I would not be surprised if a lot of this communist,

culturally Marxist doctrine is being bought and paid for by some Deep State elements of our adversaries’ intelligence services, as a way to bring America down after our victory in the Cold War.

The problem for us is, it is working. The millennial generation has been sold a bill of goods in their university re-education camps, and for the most part they have bought into it — hook, line and sinker.

James Clapper will skate on his perjury to Congress if not charged by March 13 By Thomas Lifson – “Deep State stalwart James Clapper provably lied to Congress on a matter of substantive importance, yet he was never charged with perjury.”

NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve By Josh Gerstein – “The agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and ‘sincerely regrets its failure.’

#RELEASETHEMEMO Update: Up To 200 Members Of Congress Have Read The Memo And NO LEAKS = Devastating To Dems – “It was never “Russian Collusion.” It was our own government/the Obama administration/Deep State, attempting to choose the next president – Hillary Clinton.”

What The Shutdown Tells Us About Modern Democrats By David Harsanyi – “Minority, majority, process, or norms, it doesn’t really matter. Democrats believe they should always be in control.”

“No matter what position they find themselves in, however, it seems that Democrats treat all their positions as moral imperatives, and any pushback as apostasy rather than disagreement. They think of policy aims as you might think of natural rights.

Erin Burnett to Senate Dem: Aren’t you being total hypocrites in shutting down the government over a pet issue? By Allahpundit – “Now here we are, five years later, and Democrats are prepared to deny those same services because they haven’t gotten their way on a DREAM amnesty with essentially no strings attached.”

“The basic problem with the current funding standoff is the same basic problem in all negotiations that touch on immigration: Democrats are simply too radical on the issue to agree to meaningful compromise. In that one sense, immigration politics reminds me of abortion politics. There too Republicans are knocked as radicals and absolutists when in reality Democrats are at least as extreme in their own beliefs. Heavy majorities of the public agree that abortion should be banned after 20 weeks yet it’s basic dogma among most Democratic pols — certainly ones with national ambitions — that abortion should be completely unrestricted, essentially up to the moment of birth. Even Doug Jones, running for a Senate seat in a red state in the deep south, wouldn’t move off that position. That’s fanaticism.

The “absolutist” GOP, led by its “nativist” president, is openly declaring its willingness to rubber-stamp DREAM. They just want a down payment on real controls over new immigration. Democrats won’t do it because, demographics being what they are, they’ve increasingly adopted a fanatic stance on open borders for their own political gain. It really is as simple as that.

Weaponizing the Shutdown by Mark Steyn – “Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, said that this time round they’d be working to minimize the impact of the shutdown – whereas, last time round [2013], for political reasons, the White House set out to maximize it.” Remember?

“Forty percent of the state of California is supposedly federal land, and thus officially closed to the people of the state. The geyser stasi of the National Park Service have in effect repealed the Charter of the Forest. President Obama and his enforcers have the same concept of the royal forest that King John did. The government does not own this land; the Park Service are merely the janitorial staff of “we the people” (to revive an obsolescent concept). No harm will befall the rocks and rivers by posting a sign at the entrance saying “No park ranger on duty during government shutdown. Proceed beyond this point at your own risk.” And, at the urban monuments, you don’t even need that: It is disturbing that minor state officials even presume to have the right to prevent the citizenry walking past the Vietnam Wall.

Trump’s got them by the tweets by Don Surber “This ultimately doomed quest by the Royalty of Journalism to reverse the last election is nearly unfathomable in its depth.”

“So the good people at the once-respectable Wall Street Journal have been following President Donald Trump’s tweets for a year now, reading them like the entrails of a goat to divine some sort of evidence that will once and forever end the presidency of a man the snobs of journalism decided is unfit for office.

What the Wall Street Journal found is nothing.

Interesting times.

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The cauldron is simmering

New York court breaks rules, refuses investigation into James Comey by Stephen Dinan – “and several other major figures involved in the Clinton email scandal, seemingly breaking their own rules in the process.”

“Ty Clevenger, a lawyer, had filed grievances against Mr. Comey and three others saying they violated fundamental rules of lawyers’ ethics by the way they handled the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The New York grievance commission, in a letter dated earlier this month, rejected all of the complaints without comment.

Under the commission’s own rules it is supposed to provide “a brief description of the basis for the determination,” so the move to dismiss the grievances without any reason was striking.

Supreme Court halts lower court order to redraw N.C. electoral map By Alex Swoyer – “The Supreme Court has suggested that there is a limit to how much partisanship can go into drawing legislative lines, but has never set that line.”

CFPB director a new hero on the right by Rick Moran – “The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), former congressman Mick Mulvaney, has submitted a budget request that may be a first in the history of government. … shocked official Washington by making a budget request for zero dollars.”

“In essence, the agency “protects” consumers from their own stupidity and ignorance. The CFPB was born of a myth that the financial and housing crisis was caused by unscrupulous lenders who tricked consumers into getting bad loans. Surely there were a few of those. But most foreclosures were not caused by evil lenders but by people who either took on too much debt or didn’t understand the terms and conditions of the loan.

It raises an interesting question: Should the federal government protect us from ourselves? The Obama administration believed so, but Mulvaney and many conservatives are skeptical.

The Evidence Inside The “House Intel Committee Four Page FISA Memo” by sundance – “As the year-long story has unfolded, there are two central components at the heart of the political corruption and weaponization of the DOJ and FBI:” It’s the Big Ugly and a rundown on conspiracy for a palace coup.

Does the California Model Really Work? by Jonah Goldberg – “For many progressives, California’s metastasizing liberalism proves you can have Scandinavian-style social policies and tax rates and still have robust economic growth.”

“The point is that California attracts an enormous number of rich people who think it’s worth the high taxes, awful traffic, and even the threat of tectonic annihilation to live there — for reasons that literally have nothing to do with the state’s liberal policies. Indeed, most of the Californians I know live there despite those policies, not because of them.

there’s a new data point to inform the debate that hopefully will be more difficult to ignore: California is the poverty capital of America.

Which Is Worse: Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Awards, Or The Media’s Reaction To It? By John Merline – “reporters say the “fake news” label is unfair because these news outlets issued corrections and occasionally reprimanded reporters and editors involved. Or they say that it doesn’t matter because Trump lies all the time, thereby committing the logical fallacy of “tu quoque”.”

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The most anticipated awards show

Cory Booker completely loses it at DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen by M. Catharine Evans – “Equal to Booker’s overt violation of Nielsen’s right to be treated without hostility and intimidation was the deranged content of his tirade.” Many of the headlines, though, were about Nielsen being accused of lying.

“Booker’s feigned emotional breakdown over a word he has heard many times as mayor of Newark was laughable.

Booker then rolled out the “white supremacy” charge, with examples of white criminals and their crimes, as if Nielsen, by the fact of her skin color, had committed them.

The senator’s fake outrage and predictable race-baiting do not lessen the seriousness of threatening and harassing a female Cabinet member.

Booker’s lunatic bellowing requires a mental health examination.

Why media companies should take Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ very seriously by Larry O’Connor – “the president highlighted a series of false reports from mainstream news outlets during the first year of his presidency.”

“Most media outlets ignored or mocked the damaging list of false reports. Or, they employed the tactic of pointing out falsehoods perpetuated by the Trump White House over the past year. Apparently “Whataboutism” is an appropriate and legitimate debating tactic if one is defending the media and attacking Trump. Good to know.

In any basic quality system employed by most worldwide industries (from ISO to QS to Six Sigma) companies are called to constantly self-examine and evaluate their quality systems, their manufacturing process and their customer feedback. And the CEO’s of the major corporations that own America’s broadcast and print media outlets know this very well.

The sad and embarrassing list of serious factual errors pointed out by Trump is a clear example of an industry whose primary focus has drifted well past the desire to produce a high-quality, reliable product. And the manufacturers of this product don’t seem to care.

It reminds one of the big three auto makers in the late 1970s when they saw cheaper, high quality foreign cars starting to dent their market share.

I mean, no one will really take these “Fakie Awards” seriously. This is just Trump being ridiculous and obscene. Everyone knows Trump is a liar and the Republicans are complicit enablers and Manhattan and New York journalists are the only true arbiters of what this nation should stand for, right?

It’s just that kind of thinking that persuaded 57 of 59 major publications to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and we see how that turned out. Kinda like the AMC Pacer.

Allahpundit called the Fake News list mostly just a matter of a few errors. That’s a denial that could be expected. Paul Mirengoff, in How the liberal media portrays the GPS Fusion scandal describes another example of evading reality for comparison and contrast.

“Today, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius served up the establishment’s version of the GPS Fusion-FBI story. His column is called “The truth about the FBI’s Russia probe.”

I present the column because I think it’s important to know how the other side is portraying the matter. Let it never be said that we’re living on a different planet.

… First, Ignatius is offering the side of the story told to him by his contacts at the FBI. These are not disinterested sources. … Second, Ignatius isn’t telling the whole the truth. … Third, Ignatius, though doing his best to prop up Steele as a reliable good source … Fourth, Ignatius avoids the question of whether the FBI used uncorroborated information from Steele’s dossier to obtain warrants to engage in surveillance of Trump campaign staffers.

Psychologist leaves reporter speechless after her ‘right not to be offended’ remark: ‘Gotcha’ by Douglas Ernst – “Clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s online popularity is likely to grow after his recent performance with British journalist Cathy Newman.”

“Because in order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive. I mean, look at the conversation we’re having right now,” the psychologist answered, The Daily Wire reported Wednesday. “You’re certainly willing to risk offending me in the pursuit of truth. Why should you have the right to do that? It’s been rather uncomfortable. […] You’re doing what you should do, which is digging a bit to see what the hell is going on. And that is what you should do. But you’re exercising your freedom of speech to certainly risk offending me, and that’s fine. More power to you, as far as I’m concerned.”

Under the New Trump Standard, Why Wasn’t Obama Impeached? By Larry Elder – “If policy disagreement is the new standard for impeachment in the Trump era, wouldn’t Obama’s Iraq bug-out qualify?” in 1975 it was a Democrat congress. In 2011 if was a Democrat president. The results in both cases was a tragedy.

“As to the Joint Chiefs’ opposition to what became known as the “Iraq bug-out,” now-retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said: “I go back to the work we did in 2007 (through) 2010, and we got into a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction. … We thought we had it going exactly in the right direction, but now we watch it fall apart. It’s frustrating. … I think, maybe, if we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have prevented it.”

Ace: “Trump’s Basic Instincts About the Political War Are Essentially Right, and The Establishment’s Sense of It Is Essentially Wrong” – Very good piece by Joe Katzman for the Daily Caller. – Short version: The right attempts political persuasion. The left, on the other hand, attempts social persuasion

“most people don’t really care enough about these issues to really engage with them on an intellectual level; they just want to know what to claim to believe so that other people won’t think they’re weird, and deem them unfriendable, undatable, and poor candidates for promotion inside The Corporation.

Trump’s manner of engaging with The Blob of left-wing virtue-signalling and status-conferring is to attempt to degrade the left wing cultural Borg of its own social status, thereby reducing its ability to set tastes, serve as “gatekeepers” of what the right-minded people agree are proper attitudes and beliefs, and demonize dissenters.

This is often ugly — but that’s how the sausage gets made.

New York Times stunned to discover some people actually like Trump by Jazz Shaw – “Rather than simply accepting the letters at face value, we should note that what this single paragraph actually represents is an open admission to the world that, over the course of the past year (and most of the 2016 campaign, frankly), the New York Times has not been doing their job.”

“Yes, this is a remarkable moment for the New York Times, but not for the reasons they suggest. I only hope that their regular readership doesn’t collapse from shock upon finding out that some people actually support the President, or at least his agenda. Based on recent polls and the current population of the country, there are somewhere in the range of 135 million people who don’t see the world the same way as the editors at the Gray Lady when it comes to this presidency. But if this newspaper was your only source of information you’d never know it. And judging by that editorial introduction, this situation is completely by design.

Then there’s Betsy Newmark showing a Trump bias by presumption of guilt – “Is anyone surprised to learn that Donald Trump supposedly had an affair with a porn star right after Melania gave birth to this fifth child? It’s all very distasteful to think about and one of the many, many reasons why I never supported him in the race for president.” Contrast this with neo-neocon, Stormy Daniels told tales of Trump – “Not only is Trump cognitively challenged and ill and old and crazy, but he had an affair with a porn star (“Stormy Daniels”) eleven years ago … Except that maybe he didn’t.”

Then there’s NPR. Majority Of Americans See Trump’s First Year As A Failure – “And by an almost 2-to-1 margin (61 to 32 percent), Americans said they believe Trump has divided the country since his election.” The views about the tax plan make it very clear that the poll reflects the success of the Democrat propaganda more than it does anything about Trump. How long it will take reality to sink in, bigger paychecks, higher employment (especially among minorities), less expensive health insurance, and so on is the question. Note that this NPR article is an expression of the ‘vox populi’ logical fallacy that expresses a confirmation bias.

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Racism news and thoughts on the table today

NFL’s kneeling comes to abrupt halt: Protesters miss playoffs By Valerie Richardson – “It appears that NFL players are no longer taking a knee during the national anthem, namely because none of the teams with still-active protesters has qualified for the postseason.” Losers. Again. And the explaining and rationalizing begins. The destruction of misbehavior is insidious and sometimes as hard to pin down as its causes.

“None of those franchises made the playoffs, even though four of the five did so in the previous season, leading to speculation about whether the take-a-knee protests wound up dragging down team performance along with TV ratings.

“By their actions, the kneelers brought controversy into the locker rooms, and this kind of distraction is always going to be detrimental to team cohesiveness,” said Robert Kuykendall, a spokesman for the conservative corporate watchdog 2ndVote.

“They unfairly put their own teammates in the tough position, especially the players who believe the national anthem and the flag should be respected,” he said. “Obviously, teams without the distraction were going to be more focused on the game, and that is a catalyst for success.”

Democrats decree death in the swamp for the Dreamers by Wesley Pruden – “Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and their Democratic followers laid a careful trap for their Republican tormentors, and then fell in it.”

“Determined not to recognize the results of the 2016 election, as if they were the losers of an election in a third-world backwater, the losers set out to put their candidate on the throne by “any means necessary.” The Democrats established not the usual loyal opposition, but a “resistance.” A resistance does not try to make a government work, but to thwart it by fair means or foul.

But the Democratic strategy admits of no compromise, ever, on anything. Mr. Schumer and Miss Pelosi are proud of the fact that no Democrats urged compromise, which if they had they might have saved several tax breaks dear to the hearts (and pockets) of rich donors to Democratic campaigns.

Elections have consequences, and the Democrats, who did a little dreaming of their own about Hillary Clinton, just can’t understand why they can’t have it their way, anyway.

Trump’s point is well-taken; the rest is Durbin noise by Ralph Z. Hallow – “What Mr. Durbin did was an astonishing betrayal of the commonly accepted confidence expected in private meetings.”

“Over the last six decades, I’ve talked privately or in small groups with friends and acquaintances of color who are citizens of Third World countries, including Haiti, other Caribbean countries, Central and South America and much of sub-Sahara Africa.

These friends and acquaintances commonly referred to their own countries in the exact words that a U.S. senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, told the world Mr. Trump had used in their meeting.

A person of color blasting the elites in his own country in a private talk with me would feel ambushed and betrayed if I publicly revealed his “s–hole” comment that he had uttered out of consternation, not disrespect for his native land.

Still Looking for Tax Disaster, Democrats Are in for a Surprise by Jack Hellner – “It’s a stupid thing for Democrats to keep holding onto this mythology, because they are about to be swamped by events.”

“The Democrats and their media allies did everything they could to defeat Trump’s tax cuts and reforms. They continually lied to the public in a bid to make them believe that less than half of the taxpayers would actually get cuts and that the bill was meant to benefit only big, rich corporations. Therefore, we got all sorts of articles, obviously fed to journalists by left-wing think-tanks and Democratic politicos, claiming that the tax cuts aren’t good or aren’t performing as promised.

So, two weeks into a ten-year program, we are now hearing whining that all the promises of the broad-based reform haven’t been fulfilled yet. (Eight years into Obamacare with nothing close to what was promised hasn’t caught their attention – they’re still telling us how good it is.)

It is a shame that the Democrats wouldn’t go along with the cuts and reform, which is why the individual rates can’t be permanent, but at least the corporate rates are permanent. Corporations need permanent rates to be competitive and make long-term decisions.

We will see the media continually, on behalf of Democrats, diminish the effects of tax reform and cuts on economic growth, because, after all, there is always an election coming up. People and businesses doing well do not help the Democrats win. That is the goal: power for the Democrats instead of the people.

I can’t think of any other government program where the results of such a revolutionary reform have been challenged within two weeks of inception. Democrats are in for a surprise.

No, Jaylen Brown, Racism Is Not Why Blacks Underperform in School by D. C. McAllister – “something he says is the reason blacks underperform in today’s education system even after years of affirmative action.” Denial is heavy on this topic.

“While all minorities express some level of mistrust in white Americans, blacks are more concerned about how they’re treated by the teachers than they are with the teachers’ ability to provide them with an education that will make them productive citizens. One is purely subjective, the other is objective.

This implies that if there’s a bias, it’s on the part of blacks toward the white education system, not whites toward blacks. If the white education were truly riddled with subtle racism, then no other minority would be able to succeed.

But blacks have more trouble because they perceive that the system is against them. Instead of simply using the system as a tool to prepare for higher education and life, as other minorities do, they’re looking for an environment that reflects their image and treats them as they expect to be treated. When those subjective expectations don’t happen, they cry racism.

But why do they feel this way?

Because blacks don’t trust or value education due to its “whiteness,” students flounder. The result of this is devastating to black self-esteem. Black students feel like they’re “intellectually inferior to whites,” and because of this self-doubt, “they often eliminate themselves from higher-level courses.”

Ogbu’s data raised the question, not of how white education can “stop being racist,” but “how the black community and schools can work to minimize this type of ambivalence and dismantle the perception of certain attitudes and behaviors as racialized.” In other words, can blacks stop seeing everything through the lenses of race?

When athletes like Brown and others dismiss findings such as these and simply blame the failure and struggles of black students on racism in the white community, they are contributing to the problem that creates a culture of low achievement in the first place — distrust of whites and the American education system.

End Judicial Tyranny with One Single Word by John D. Donaldson – “We now have a cadre of Obama appointed far-left judges who are prepared to exercise their political ideology over their sworn constitutional duties.”

“We now have a cadre of Obama appointed far-left judges who are prepared to exercise their political ideology over their sworn constitutional duties. Some of these individuals in fact might have been more suitable for ambassadorships than lifetime judicial appointees, for their primary qualifications appear to be their history of donating or bundling money for a sitting president plus their demonstrated talent in the writing of legal fiction.

The Constitution is a document where definitions have been used to bend society on a political basis. Defining a single word, “ministers” in Article 3, as suggested here will end the ability of a politicized judiciary to resist the will of the people being exercised by their elected officials. This can be done without all the bitter and useless efforts to impeach individual judges or to “pack” that branch of government. Congress would thereby remove delay as a tactic while still giving all groups “their day in court” – and ending the current judicial tyranny.

Donald Trump Is Shrinking The Government. Everything Else Is Noise By Michael J. Knowles – “Keep calm, and fire bureaucrats.” and a listing of other Trump ‘errors’ (depending upon POV).

“President Trump is shrinking the size and scope of the federal government. You might have missed that little news item amid anti-Trump conservatives’ breathless reporting of each and every non-troversy the mainstream media manages to gin up. … Trump in just his first year has cut Health and Human Services by 0.5%, Defense by 1.1%, Transportation by 1.4%, Justice by 1.5%, Energy by 2.3%, Commerce by 3.1%, Housing and Urban Development by 3.3%, State by 3.8%, Labor by 4.6% Education by 4.8%, and Treasury by a whopping 7.5%.

President Nobama by Victor Davis Hanson – “Trump is commonsensically undoing, piece by piece, the main components of Obama’s legacy.” and VDH dissects the effort, piece by piece. Heavy Stuff.

“the Trump team figuratively paused, examined its inheritance from the prior administration, and apparently concluded something like “this is unhinged.” Then it proceeded, to the degree possible, to undo it.

Fake News and Toxic Media Bias Are Nothing New – Just Worse by Peter Barry Chowka – “The mainstream media’s coverage of President Donald Trump is unprecedented in its lack of fairness and its constant negativity.” Propaganda campaigns have always been around, but not like this.

“It represents the ultimate weaponization of big reporting that’s in sync with efforts by the shadow government to mobilize the national security apparatus and the other entrenched Deep State bureaucracies for the purpose of weakening and ultimately taking down the 45th president of the United States.

As bad and biased as the reporting is today, it really is nothing new – just more of the same, only much worse. It’s become fake news on steroids.

The two Martin Luther King Jrs by Paul Mirengoff – “In the later phase of his career, King radicalized his theory of civil disobedience.”

“Previously, he had stipulated that civil disobedience needed to be for reasons clearly supported by the natural law philosophy exemplified in the U.S. constitutional tradition. Later, he argued that it should be employed not just to overturn unjust laws, but to bring about socioeconomic equality across lines of class and color. This imperative finds no support in the U.S. constitutional tradition.

Moreover, civil disobedience, though it still had to be non-violent, no longer needed to be demonstrative or persuasive in character. Instead, it should be be disruptive and coercive, e.g., blocking traffic and thereby infringing on a right of access to a public road. This would entail violating not merely unjust laws, but also just laws ones that facilitate normal functioning.

There is a contrast. Many of these racist protests, back then and even now, are ‘in your face’ and conducted by finding a location for greatest offense. Contrast that with the Mormons who fled persecution by heading west or the many blacks who headed north. It is a difference between seeking conflict or seeking influence.

Playing telephone: are we tired of s***holeGate yet? by neo-neocon – “To the best of my recollection, that didn’t used to be the standard for journalism. It’s basically a little game of political telephone.”

“Perhaps the WaPo likes to play games of telephone (especially against the right and/or Trump). But personally, I don’t, and it doesn’t matter who is being quoted or misquoted, or what party that person might be from.

One of the activities that led to my political change was the fact that I could find people’s actual words online—the complete text of a speech, for example—and could come to my own conclusions about what that person had really said rather than to rely on what the MSM (or some other informant with a bone to pick) had told me the person had said. I was naive enough at the beginning to be surprised to learn that my favorite news outlets quite often twisted or in some way misrepresented the words of people they didn’t like. But long long ago that ceased surprising me.

The Unequal Rules of the Anti-Trump Blame Game by Doris O’Brien – “Donald Trump has become more than a distraction to Democrats. He has become an obsession – and an object of unswerving ridicule and hate.”

“The anti-Trump blame game is played with a special set of unequal rules. On the one hand, Democrats righteously pose as sensitive, high-minded scolds when rebuking Trump’s remarks. On the other, they feel justified in verbally brutalizing him – and sometimes his family – with obscenities that would make a sailor blush.

The way Democrats truculently confront Trump stands in ironic contrast to the manner in which they behave toward other world leaders. The murderous mullahs of Iran are feared and bribed. The Middle Eastern princes are bowed to. The presidents of European countries are gushed over for their perceived egalitarianism. The North Korean butcher is gingerly humored.

So the battle has been joined between the Democrats and their nemesis. Their emotional arsenals stand loaded to the rafters with their weapon of choice: hate.

Many Republican are sick of all the hatred from the left, which they seem to find shallow-rooted, temporary, and void of reason. I fear they underestimate it, for the roots have only extended deeper and are now spread wider over the political landscape. As to the question of whether such hatred is “reasonable,” it hardly matters.

As long as race is first in some people’s minds, it will be a barrier and hindrance towards the goals they espouse.

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California Leading and Media Imagining

Why California is the ‘poverty capital of the America’ by Rick Moran – “According to the Census Bureau, one out of five California residents is poor.” This is where an honest person would go to examine all the ‘inequality’ claims.

“This despite the state’s per capita GDP rising twice as fast in the last five years as the national average. From 1992 to 2015, state and local governments spent nearly $1 trillion to help the poor. The state, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

Jackson then reaches the not so astonishing conclusion: “The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.”

Lawmakers in Sacramento should take a close look at Illinois. This is their future – a nearly failed state, deeply in debt, with taxes so high that tens of thousands of residents are leaving the state every year. With so many resources, as well as Hollywood and Silicon Valley to pay for the state’s generosity toward the poor, California has been able to avoid judgment day.

But eventually, the state will run out of other people’s money, and the piper will have to be paid.

No, Medicaid Work Requirements Aren’t Racist or Cruel by David Catron – “The usual suspects trot out the usual lies about a policy proven to work.”

“House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the position of her congressional accomplices by vehemently denouncing the new CMS policy as “mean-spirited,” “cynical,” and “spiteful.” And USA Today captured the gist of the “news” coverage with a work of fiction titled, “Medicaid work requirements are a throwback to rejected racial stereotypes.”

Never mind that the announcement contains no reference or allusion to ethnicity in any context whatsoever, unless one counts its explicit stipulation that participating states “must comply with federal civil rights laws.” Forget that the primary architect of the new policy is an Indian-American, CMS administrator Seema Verma, who cannot be characterized by any honest, or even sane, observer as a white supremacist. USA Today nonetheless advises its readers, without offering the smallest scrap of supporting evidence, that the policy is an “attempt to perpetuate myths that stereotype people of color and stigmatize popular public programs that opponents simply don’t like.”

The USA Today op-ed constitutes a classic example of the smug ignorance for which progressives are so notorious.

Democrat/MSM propaganda notwithstanding, the CMS decision to support states that wish to use a work requirement as a prerequisite for continued Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied adults seems eminently reasonable. Medicaid reform is one of the nation’s most pressing domestic issues and the Trump administration is simply allowing the states to bring their creative energy to bear on the problem. This is not racist. This is not mean-spirited. It is an all-too-rare commodity called “leadership.”

‘Don’t Be Evil’? Google Is Becoming A Police State By Robert Tracinski – “Google employees are creating their own enclave of mandatory wokeness, but they’re not content to keep this ideological policing within their own walls.”

“The problem is that their motto didn’t define what constitutes evil, so it left an opening for narrow-minded zealots to commandeer company resources in a witch hunt against whatever they define as the forces of wickedness. That’s what has happened at Google, which has adopted a corporate culture of quasi-totalitarian ideological uniformity that it is now starting to impose on everyone who uses its services

What company in its right mind would encourage its employees to treat each other this way? Well, maybe a company that is not in its right mind.

All of this is part of a wider trend in Silicon Valley toward enforcing political conformity.

Google is a private company and can create its own little enclave of mandatory wokeness if it likes, Damore’s lawsuit notwithstanding. The problem is that Googlers are not content to keep this ideological policing within their own walls.

But what happens when the Left inveighs against “fake news”? What happens is what Google just did to conservative websites

Internally, Google has the hallmarks of a company being run for its employees, to accommodate their private agendas, petty political vendettas, and weird psychological dysfunction—not to serve the interests of its shareholders, customers, or users.

Bloomberg wins Fake News of the week by Don Surber – also see Things journalists believe that are untrue. “The symbiotic nature of the press and the government is one reason why most Americans no longer trust the news media.”

Trump: I never told the WSJ I had a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un — and I have tape to prove it by Allahpundit – “Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…” This times is the WSJ that is not listening carefully and taking off on distorted misperceptions and a negative bias. It’s really sad when you have to record meetings and conversations because you can’t trust participants.

The not so honorable Dick Durbin by Paul Mirengoff – sourcing Fake News™ to “one of the slimiest members of the Senate” with examples and background.

Associated Press: People Don’t Trust the Media, But We Can’t Figure Out Why by John Hinderaker – “The Associated Press headlines: “Trust and truth under Trump: Americans are in a quandary.” Well, the AP is, anyway.”

“Many would say that we are a year into the liberal press’s fact-bending, Trump-bashing orgy. But that doesn’t seem to occur to the AP. This is one of those articles where the AP quotes six or eight seemingly random people from across the country. You always wonder how they come up with “truck driver Chris Gromek,” “Democrat Kathy Tibbits of Tahlequah, Oklahoma,” “Victoria Steel, 50, of Cheyenne, Wyoming,” and so on. This article’s cast of characters seems reasonably well-balanced, but the AP’s commentary isn’t. This is how the AP sees the “warping of facts.”

These are actually examples of where Trump, while characteristically imprecise, was far more accurate than his critics.

Competing claims to veracity have been a major part of political life for centuries, if not millennia. There is nothing new about the fact that voters have to sort out competing claims and decide what they think is right. What is somewhat new, at least in the last 15 years, is that left-wing outfits like the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC don’t have the field to themselves. It is curious to see the AP puzzling over this fact in 2018, and doing its best to associate the public’s lack of confidence in the media–“8 percent in 2016,” as the AP acknowledges–to the nefarious Donald Trump.

Mike Rowe schools a woman who labels him an “anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative.” Reason and integrity versus something else. Do read Rowe’s essay responding to a viewer who doesn’t like his views or opinions.

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Did it really happen? Did you stop and think first?

Take a step back: Did Trump really even say the s-word? by Tom Trinko – “We also know that the leakers were willing to hurt the U.S. in order to gain a partisan political advantage.”

“Two leakers say he used the term “s—holes” to describe Haiti and African countries. However, the only person corroborating that as this is being written is a Democrat. Given that Harry Reid gleefully admitted to lying about Mitt Romney not paying taxes, it’s not irrational to question that Democrat’s veracity.

The leakers knew that whether they were telling the truth or not, it would hurt the U.S. and that didn’t slow them down a bit. That indicates a lack of trustworthiness.

We further know that the leakers were wrong in that already Jake Tapper is saying Trump didn’t attack Haiti in the way the leakers said Trump did.

There are two trustworthy Republican senators who say they didn’t hear Trump say what the leakers claim.

The reality is that Trump probably used coarse language to make a valid point: why are we letting people with no skills and whose allegiance is to their tribe, not their country in when we’re keeping people with skills and whose allegiance is to the rule of law out?

Apparently, only when Trump uses a pejorative to describe countries do the media go into a hissy fit.

The whole attack on Trump is simply a disinformation campaign to distract Americans from the Democrats’ plan to remake America in the image of those third-world hellholes, with the Democrats being the kleptocrats who live large off the labors of others.

Confusing Dossier Chaff with Wheat by Clarice Feldman – “A hallmark of the Democrats – and the Clintons in particular – is that, with the aid of a complaisant press, they hide their wrongdoings with countless obfuscations and distractions so that the truth of consequential matters is buried in chaff and hard to see.”

“Tomorrow, we expect the Department of Justice’s inspector general to release the first part of his report to congressional investigators. The report is expected to cover the alleged bias and malfeasance by the FBI, among other things.

If you know about the dossier and its work only through TV and major press accounts, you know nothing. I’m sorry to say. For example, there has been a “blizzard of lies” about Christopher Steele, who was the Fusion GPS source on Russia.

Any decent investigation of what took place should, at a minimum, involve a number of high officials in multiple counts of illegal leaking of classified information, along with perjury before Congress. At a minimum, the penalties for misusing FISA databases and a more stringent means of addressing privacy concerns should be getting far more attention in Congress than they have as it races to reauthorize FISA.

Hack alert: Letterman interviews Obama by Paul Mirengoff – “Obama: One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts.”

“Obama has it backwards. Having a common baseline of facts supplied by a monolithic media is more deleterious to democracy than the situation Obama describes. Residents of the Soviet Union had a common baseline of facts. Dictatorships are like that.

Did CIA Use Entertainers to Smear Trump? [Updated] by John Hinderaker – “The biggest scandal of our time is the manner in which the Democratic Party, under Barack Obama, weaponized the intelligence agencies and the FBI for political purposes.”

Another changer worth reading about by neo-neocon – “I bid him welcome and invite him to read all my posts on the topic of political change, many of which deal with the social ostracism factor. It’s not an easy thing to experience, and it can be a real shock.”

Immigration: the heart of the matter by neo-neocon notes the Roger Kimball essay cited earlier and concludes that he skirts the primary point about “what should our immigration policy be?” To that point is 1 Timothy 5:8, King James Bible, 1611: “But if any prouide not for his owne, & specially for those of his owne house, hee hath denied the faith, and is worse then an infidel.”

Memorandum cites Dan Balz at the Washington Post with another favorite anti-Trump meme. The problem is that the assertion that Trump does more damage to himself than his opponents ever manage to do fails when the facts are examined with objectivity. The only damage being done is from the ongoing onslaught of Fake News, negative perspectives, hateful rhetoric, misperceptions, and wishful fantasies from places like Wapo, NYT, and CNN.

Of Crudeness and Truth by Andrew Klavan – “Thoughts on President Trump’s latest verbal tempest.”

“Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock, like Margaret Dumont after a Groucho Marx wisecrack. This is racism! This is sexism! This is some sort of phobia! I’m shocked, shocked to find facts being spoken in polite company!

No one is really shocked, of course. This is simply a form of bullying. The Left has co-opted our good manners and our good will in order to silence our opposition to their bad policies. The idea is to make it seem impolite and immoral to mention the obvious.

For all the bad language, for all the loose talk, I would rather hear a man speak as a man without fear of the Nurse Ratcheds in the press and the academy than have him neutered and gagged by a system of good manners that has been misused as a form of oppression. Better impoliteness than silence. Better crudeness than lies.

Anatomy of a Farce by Andrew C. McCarthy – “Fusion GPS founder’s testimony shows how we got the collusion narrative . . . and why it won’t go away.”

“All trial lawyers must be versed in this dark art — hopefully more to guard against than practice it. It is a particular danger with prosecutors. That is why the law builds in due-process safeguards like reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence, and the right to counsel. The ability to make nothing look like something sinister is why it is famously observed that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich in the grand jury, where these safeguards do not apply.

You know where else those safeguards have no application? In the black hole we call “counterintelligence investigations” — such as Trump–Russia. And in investigative journalism.

Glenn Simpson made a number of mistakes, but the main one is a habit of smart people: He ignored the wisdom he urged on others.

It is the anatomy of a farce. The frantic churning of hearsay and innuendo about bad guys who, being bad guys, must have been doing bad things. But at the core, there is no concrete, admissible evidence of an espionage or corruption conspiracy; no solid identified sources, no verifiable wrongdoing. A circle of relentless suspicion with a hole in the middle where the crime is supposed to be.

And the beat goes on …

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Backed into a corner

Cheryl K. Chumley

“Thing is: Democrats really don’t care what Trump said.

They only care about how they can use what they said to attack him politically.

There’s Democratic hatred, though, and there’s leftist-fueled deep desire to see this president impeached. And that, and that alone, is why all this angst over Trump’s rhetoric. It’s simply food for Democrats to distract from real agendas, in order to chip away at this president’s platform, policies and standing with the American people a bit more.

What do Trump, Obama, and Lindsey Graham have in common? by Paul Mirengoff – “we’re starting to hear, inevitably, about comparable remarks made by others.”

“if doing so hurt America, then Sen. Durbin and others in the room should have kept Trump’s statement to themselves. No patriotic American would hurt this country’s international standing just to embarrass the president or in the hope of gaining a little leverage in negotiations (which, I’m pretty sure, Durbin has failed to do).

But patriotism has never been Dick Durbin’s long suit. During the Bush administration, he compared American soldiers to Nazis, Soviets, and Pol Pot.

Obama’s profane disparagement of Libya received little attention, …

Lindsey Graham used language less profane but equally disparaging to describe Mexico

Way too much is being made of Trump’s alleged remarks.

And if I’m wrong about this — if Trump’s comments have materially harmed the U.S. in its foreign relations — then Dick Durbin should not have let word of the comment leave the room.

‘Shithole’-gate and Toxic Double Standards By Deion Kathawa – “In the wake of President Trump’s “shithole” comment (which may have been misreported), CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked a predictably leading question of Republican “strategist” Ana Navarro on his show Thursday night: “[I]s there any other way to interpret this comment other than being just racist?

“After taking a few potshots at Trump’s alleged “pattern” of bigotry, she unloaded: “We have a racist, a shameless racist, who has hijacked the Republican Party, who has hijacked the Oval Office, and this country needs to stand up against this and tell him that we will not let him divide us by color, by race, by ethnicity, by class . . .”

Navarro likely hasn’t given much thought to the implications of what she said, let alone examined her premises. But if she’s so outraged and offended by Trump’s alleged divisiveness, she might want to have a look around CNN’s studios or the greater Beltway area. Division is rampant, and its source isn’t the man at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or the Right more generally.

Is not division “by color, by race, by ethnicity, by class” the modus operandi of today’s progressives?

When the Left spews such despicable, divisive language, hardly anyone seems to care. Certainly “strategist” Navarro doesn’t. But as soon as a deplorable right-winger makes a simple and obviously true observation—its crass wording notwithstanding—the political class and smart set lose their marbles. Why?

Thus, the fierce counterattack that started on November 8, 2016, and hasn’t halted, explained. Trump, for all his faults, has awakened a sense of the stakes for certain of us on the Right. We now realize that to win this war of ideas—this struggle for the very soul of America—we will have to grind the Left down and fight them to a draw. Because it’s only after we have forced a stalemate that we will be able to sue for peace and set the terms of a liveable truce, a truce within which ideological poison, no matter its pedigree, dare not be uttered.

There are many who are coming to the conclusion Rush had years ago: a draw won’t do it. Total and utter humiliating defeat might. Maybe.

Of Home Truths and Shitholes By Roger Kimball – “Outrage … is a dour beast. It glowers. It fulminates. It glories in moral indignation, which it eagerly manufactures whenever it is in short supply.” He notes the talking heads at CNN acting like a four year old that has discovered a new potty word.

“Sometimes, the experience of outrage, and its accompanying moral indignation, is essentially a feeling of displeasure—at a wrong done or suffered, an injustice or cruelty observed, etc.

But sometimes, outrage is but a patina of indignation whose chief motive is incontinent delight. Which is it for the talking heads at CNN?

And here we come to a second curiosity in the preening and ecstatic outrage over the president’s comment. Everyone, near enough, knows that he was telling a home truth. It was outrageous not because he said something crude that was untrue. Quite the contrary: it was outrageous precisely because it was true but intolerable to progressive sensitivities.

We live in a surreal moment when it becomes ever harder to tell the truth about sensitive subjects. Donald Trump has strutted across our timid landscape like a wrecking ball, telling truths, putting noses out of joint. The toffs will never forgive him, but I suspect the American people have stronger stomachs and are up to the task.

Ben Shapiro on media’s ‘sh—hole’ storm: ‘A Rorschach test on how you view the president’ by Douglas Ernst – and it might be based on Fake News, too.

“The editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire asserted Friday that Mr. Trump’s alleged “sh—hole” comments during recent policy negotiations may give his critics another opportunity to howl, but the affair ultimately constitutes a “Rorschach test” for millions of Americans.

“To be fair to the president, some countries are really crappy

Of Trump, Holes, and Our Real Immigration Scandals by Jeremy Carl – “In his usual blunt way, Trump cut to the core of the debate.”

“But that doesn’t mean there aren’t profound geography-related differences in how successful our immigrants are.

A great deal of the justified anger of the immigration patriot community is that we are told again and again by the media and politicians that we’re not allowed to care that say, the average El Salvadoran immigrant may be three times more likely as the average Norwegian immigrant or four times more likely than the average Indian immigrant to be on welfare, supported by the U.S. taxpayer. We’re outraged like Donald Trump was when he saw the truly offensive deal conjured up by Senators Graham, Flake and Gardner in conjunction with Democratic leaders

Furthermore, it’s a scandal that the GOP has yet to launch entirely justified impeachment proceedings against the San Francisco activist judge whose outrageous and blatantly illegal ruling is currently stopping the president from ending the DACA amnesty.

Finally, it’s a scandal that the Democrats are so dead-set on bringing in millions more government-dependent voters through amnesty that they’ve completely abandoned even the pretense of caring about border security and rule of law that they used to feign even a decade ago.

The pathetic results of the NFL kneeling spree by Monica Showalter – “it’s hard to protest The Man’s power when you yourself are now the man.”

“People go to football games to be entertained, not to be lectured by their supposed betters in another dreary virtue-signaling game.

This is why longtime cultural observer and critic Shelby Steele thinks black protests have lost their power in his must-read op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.

As Steele puts it, freedom has arrived, and with freedom, accountability. Black protesters must now be judged on the actual merit of their protests, instead of just the identity reality the protesters’ black race, which up until now, has pretty much sent whites scurrying. They aren’t scurrying anymore in deference to the protests; they just aren’t buying tickets.

Freedom means accountability, which is where black protests of today fail to produce any results.

Next Week Will Be A Very Bad Week For Democrats and Their Media by sundance –

“The U.S. DOJ Has Begun Taking down the low hanging fruit on the Uranium One Tree – SEE HERE

The Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, Has Begun releasing a years-worth of Investigative Documents to the House Judiciary Committee – SEE HERE

Even Sean Hannity has discovered the BIGGER STORY behind the OIG Report – HERE

And Chairman Devin Nunes is now openly telling his colleagues in congress that the Obama, Lynch and Comey DOJ and FBI FISA violations are beyond their imaginings

Trump Lawyer Releases Letter From Porn Star Denying Affair With POTUS by Chuck Ross – one way to respond to Fake News.

CNN’s Stephen Miller incident proves how fake news ignorantly smears conservatives by Charles Hurt – “White House adviser does not play mental footsie with fools.”

“The latest drive-by character assassination of White House adviser Stephen Miller began, as it so often does, in a fact-free live TV orgy of public posturing by a journalist eager to display his virgin-snow virtue when it comes to unalloyed hatred of President Donald Trump.

When Mr. Miller refused to engage in Mr. Tapper’s conspiracy fantasy, the anchor changed his mind and decided he no longer wanted Mr. Miller on his show.

Jeff Sessions is on the right track By Jenny Beth Martin – “Attorney general is standing firm and leading on immigration and other fronts.”

“For conservatives who wanted the Justice Department cleaned up, that’s good news. The criticisms leveled at Sessions from leftist groups are reassuring. Sessions must be on the right track if he is getting this much pushback.

In the span of less than one year, Sessions has managed to draw the ire of nearly every liberal organization in the country. Liberals are apoplectic that Sessions, at the helm of the Justice Department, has managed to accomplish so many key aspects of Trump’s agenda.

In another stark contrast with Obama policies, Sessions has directed the Justice Department to partner with states as they work to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Unlike the Obama Justice Department – which treated states as adversaries if they worked to uphold our nation’s immigration policies – Trump’s Justice Department has wisely decided to work closely with states in the shared goal of enforcing our immigration laws, including sharing information between the federal and state governments.

What all of these policy changes demonstrate is that Sessions is, first and foremost, interested in the rule of law.

In order to understand Sessions’ accomplishments in context, it is important to take stock of the rampant lawlessness and corruption in the Obama Justice Department.

The Judicial Rebellion by Tom Trinko – “We are witnessing a treasonous rebellion by leftist judges who are declaring the last election null and void.”

“At the core of these traitors’ arguments is the belief that the people do not have the right to express their views through the electoral process.

Essentially, these courts are declaring that President Trump doesn’t have the same authority as his predecessor and that the powers of the executive branch are constrained by what the judiciary thinks is good policy.

what we’re seeing is nothing less than a rebellion by judges who reject the idea that elections have consequences and believe they can impose their beliefs on the people. The judges are declaring that Democracy exists in the U.S. only to the extent that viewpoints that judges consider acceptable can result from an election.

At the core of the #Resistance movement is the idea that America is more a tyranny than a representative republic. By saying elections are legitimate only so long as leftists approve of them, they are declaring that power flows not from the people, as declared by the Constitution, but from the unelected elites.

America cannot continue to exist as a free country if the ever changing opinions of leftists carry the same authority as the Constitution and the laws passed by the people’s representatives in Congress.

Like all acts of open rebellion in America, these actions by judges are nothing less than a declaration that some people in America are worth less than others.

The reality is that when faced with a direct rejection of the principles upon which America is based, extreme measures are needed to stomp out the rebellion.

It’s time for Republicans to impeach judges who obviously overstep their authority.

Whatever mechanism we use, the reality is that if we don’t crush the rebellion in the judiciary we will lose all our freedoms and America may be headed toward an armed conflict.

The chance for real violence becomes greatest when people are backed into a corner and told they must reject their own beliefs.

That’s why it’s imperative to take peaceful steps now to defuse the crisis.

Wisconsin’s Comey-over by Scott Johnson – “Recently the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DoJ) conducted a criminal investigation into the illegal leak of court sealed John Doe records and found the Wisconsin Ethics Commission had not complied with the court’s order.” This, and the dismissal of the Bundy case, illustrate that it’s not just the courts and it’s not just at the federal level where the corruption of justice is under examination.

“A friend of mine calls the FBI’s report regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails a “Comey-over.” It appears Wisconsin’s ethics officials are trying to cover their bald spot. Expect more judges, lawyers, state legislators and attorneys general to get involved before this shameful episode finally concludes.

Just who is getting backed into a corner here?

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What Next?

Standing up to the lynch mob by Gary Anderson – “The first anniversary of the Trump presidency draws out new deranged foes.”

“ It is obvious to me that a decision was made days after the election that the president would be impeached, and not just by Democrats. The only question was how long it would take Mr. Trump’s enemies to find a charge. … I like the fact that, rather than trying to placate them as did Richard Nixon and the Bushes, Mr. Trump hits back hard.

he hires good people and holds them publicly accountable when they don’t produce the results that he wants. This is consistent with his advertised business management style. The fact that he lets his chief of staff and national security team manage day-to-day military affairs is encouraging. The president has not gotten us into any new wars and seems content to let the professionals handle the ones he has inherited.

In the area of foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has not made unnecessary enemies.

Some pundits are openly talking about a legal coup based on the 25th Amendment; that is a very slippery slope. The lynch mob has formed and is looking for a rope and tree … sad.

Psychiatrists: Discussing President Trump’s mental state is how we’ll prevent the rise of another Hitler by John Sexton – “Psychiatrists Brandy Lee and Leonard Glass are leading a campaign to convince the public that President Trump is a danger to the country.” Godwin’s Law and Reductio ad Hitlerum comes to mind, too.

“All of this would be a lot more convincing if progressives hadn’t spent years making similar claims about George W. Bush (who was also compared to Hitler), Ronald Reagan, and, yes, Barry Goldwater. It all seems to be part of a script. The constant agitation about the danger presented by giving Trump the nuclear codes dates back to this infamous political ad from 1964. In hindsight, most people realize this sort of thing is simply fear-mongering but I’m sure the doctors who condemned Goldwater (and thus prompted the Goldwater rule) didn’t see it that way at the time.

Formerly admired press watchdog names Trump top global press oppressor by Jazz Shaw – “This is a complete break from the traditional role of the CPJ, which formerly provided a useful service fighting actual press suppression and acts of violence in legitimately authoritarian regimes around the globe.”

“It’s truly a shame to see an organization like CPJ beclowning themselves in this fashion just to bolster their credentials with the #RESIST crowd. The fact is that their stated mission and fundamental raison d’etre is still badly needed in today’s world. In the “about” section of their website, they can find an important reminder of what it was they originally set out to do. “Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For more than 35 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.”

Yes, we understand that your feelings were hurt when the President coined the term “fake news.” And no, it’s certainly no fun when media analysts point out mistakes made by your colleagues or the incredibly unbalanced level of attacks on Donald Trump in particular and conservatives in general when compared to the loving embrace you gave to Barack Obama and continue to offer to Democrats and the #RESIST movement today. But there are actual battles out there for you to be fighting.

In Russia, the government doesn’t just complain about fake news and hurt your feelings. They have journalists murdered.

Here in the United States, there is an absolute dearth of journalists being murdered by the government. As for throwing them in jail, I don’t recall any significant jail time for U.S. reporters since Josh Wolf and Judith Miller, and neither of them was imprisoned to “stop them from reporting” on the government. Those were instances of reporters refusing to divulge information relating to ongoing criminal cases. And who has Trump thrown in jail? Heck, he couldn’t even figure out how to lock up Hillary Clinton. I seriously doubt he’ll manage it with Jake Tapper.

Forced to dance the tax-cut tune, Trump is giving Elizabeth Warren the willies by Monica Showalter – “The roaring success of President Trump’s tax cuts have made every Democrat squirm uncomfortably.” The Ivy League isn’t doing so well with one professor getting lambasted for lack of license and ethics and anther …

“Let’s get that straight one more time: She actually said she wanted to get rid of the tax cuts, unable to grasp that the tax cuts were the exact instrument that enabled the energy company to cut rates for consumers. Warren was supposed to be smart enough to be a Harvard professor?

It’s got to be painful to contort herself this way.

Confirmation: DOJ and FBI Used “Steele Dossier” for Application To FISA Court for Search Authority on Trump Campaign by sundance – “As reported by Sara Carter and Fox News, the DOJ and FBI used the sketchy ‘Steele Dossier’ as the foundation for their FISA application.”

“The ENTIRE SYSTEM of surveillance and data collection was weaponized against a political campaign. They used the FISA Court to gain access to private data in order to monitor the Trump campaign and conduct surveillance on the officials therein.

The left is pushing Dems over a cliff as government shutdown looms by Rick Moran – “activists appear willing to push the Democrats over the cliff, threatening to withhold support if the party compromises on immigration.”

How to Get Kicked Off YouTube by Colin Flaherty – “Not to worry, all you lovers of racial venom. YouTube still has plenty of material to satisfy even your most vitriolic yearnings.” This is another Google problem (see yesterday’s post) as Google owns YouTube.

“These and thousands of other videos make YouTube a favorite place to spread black hostility, hate, and violence – you know, the same kind that is easy to find every day on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, and whatever else we are calling the conglomeration of reporters and public officials hopelessly devoted to spreading the greatest lie of our generation: the hoax of black victimization.

But what YouTube will not be spreading around anymore are videos that apparently are way worse than that. Videos by me, good ol’ Colin, refuting that lie.

I do not know why Nelson Mandela and lots and lots of rappers preaching black-on-white racial violence have such a hard time getting kicked off YouTube. It’s easy. I’ve done it four times for way less.

As with all my videos, there is no racism, no rancor, no apologies. Neither is there obscenity or vulgarity of any kind. No matter: that video came down.

And if they are not true, it should be the easiest thing in the world to show. Instead, the dominant reaction from the trolls is 1) that is not happening; 2) white people do it, too; 3) white people deserve it; and 4) let’s hammer YouTube until Colin is removed.

Not for lying. But for telling the truth.

YouTube might be the biggest game in town, but it is not the only place to put videos. Good ol’ Colin found a new home at minds.com, where my videos are now easy to find. And still impossible to refute.

A Ludicrous Ruling That Trump Can’t End DACA by Josh Blackman – “The Supreme Court has reversed this judge’s DACA decisions before, and it will do so again.” The judge must have watched Galaxy Quest too many times.

“On January 20, 2017, the executive power peacefully transitioned from President Obama to President Trump. At least one judge in San Francisco didn’t get the memo. Yesterday, Judge William Alsup ordered the Trump administration to keep its predecessor’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place. This remarkable 49-page order has all the aesthetics of a judicial decision but is, at heart, an amateur act of punditry.

These talking points could have been plagiarized from the MSNBC chyron. Such rhetoric in a judicial decision would have been unthinkable barely a year ago. But now it passes for the new normal.

Judge Alsup, who continues a disturbing recent trend, failed to afford the deference due to a coordinate branch of government in making legal determinations. Trump has the electoral mandate to reverse the decisions of his predecessor and the constitutional obligation to assess the constitutionality of his actions. … I am unable to think of any decision where a court has ordered a president to exercise discretionary authority he has deemed unconstitutional.

This now-common fait accompli, where judges demand access to internal deliberative documents, and when rebuffed rule against the president anyway, evinces the feeling of a show trial. It is no wonder the Supreme Court took the unusual step of intervening in a discovery dispute.

From Resistance to Nullification to What Next? by Victor Davis Hanson – “Trump’s critics ratchet up to insurrection, but Trump’s tax reforms and our growing economy could derail their dreams.”

“Recent Democrats emeriti — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama — apparently had a different vision of the post-presidency, unlike the quiet retirement of Lyndon Johnson back to his ranch in 1969. The three saw politics in more Manichean terms, as an existential struggle far too important to cease at the end of a presidential tenure.

we have never quite seen anything like the opposition of the so-called Resistance to the elected presidency that followed the Obama tenure.

There were the initial false charges that pro-Trump Russians had shut down power grids in Vermont. There were frivolous suits claiming that voting machines in three states were rigged. There was an organized, anti-constitutional effort to subvert the Electoral College so that it would not reflect the vote tallies of individual states. On Inauguration Day, there were congressional boycotts of the swearing-in ceremony. There were demonstrations at which, to take one example, Madonna envisioned blowing up the Trump White House.

An entire genre of assassination chic followed.

The frustrated Resistance is starting to morph into a more serious crisis of nullification, if not insurrection.

What Next, Indeed

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There is a lot of sand in the gearbox

Google. Yesterday it was a discrimination complaint (CBS News). Today, Google caught in the censorship cookie jar again? by Monica Showalter – “Does Google ever learn?

“The Daily Caller reports that Google has taken to throwing shade on almost exclusively conservative websites through its search engine mechanism, using a sort of ‘fact-checking’ system to discredit certain news providers so that no one will want to click on them. … it’s not the first time the Silicon Valley giant has been accused of disguised censorship against conservative news outlets under the guise of the war on fake news.

something is funny with the company, given that Fox News’s Tucker Carlson just interviewed fired Google engineer, James Damore, who described the scope of the problem:

One thing is certain, however: The culture wars are blazing hot at Google, oblivous to how it cuts into business and draws the attention of angry legislators. And yet that doesn’t stop some of them. All the same, there are likely top people who know what the stakes are and know that Silicon Valley is unpopular with both right and left. There wouldn’t even be any leftists to defend them if there were consequences to this kind of censorship.

In the Wolff Trap by George Neumayr – “His book is a window on the bastardization of news.”

“In another age, a gossip columnist pontificating on what amount to deep questions of political philosophy would have a bucket of water dumped on his head. Wolff’s schlock act would be dismissed as the comic opportunism of a greedy little knave. But in a culture that turns jesters into kings — where Joy Behar is a political analyst, Jimmy Kimmel is a health care expert, and Oprah Winfrey is presidential timber — Wolff saw his big chance. Since all journalism, he figured, is now just gossipy propaganda anyways, why not weave an anti-Trump fantasy perfectly calibrated to the tastes of the ruling class?

Much of their censorious coverage of Trump is based on the premise that he shouldn’t hold any opinions at all, even as they opine wildly and substitute their own judgments for those of their readers or viewers. Mika Brzezinski once said that it is “our job,” not Trump’s, to “control exactly what people think.”

That is the organizing principle of all Trump press coverage at this point. Notice the endless segments on this or that “controversy” which upon closer inspection revolves around an utterly conventional use of executive power.

Tapper can dish it out, but he can’t take it. The more obvious servility was on his side, as he danced to the tune of CNN producers yelling in his ear to cut off a segment in which Miller was effectively roasting CNN for bias.

Even as the sonorous phonies on CNN and MSNBC pretend to want “depth” from the Trump administration, they recoil from figures like Miller who provide some. The last thing they want is for Trump to receive a robust and intelligent defense. And so they kick Miller off the set and bring Wolff on to it, and then sit at his feet as he tells them that “100 percent of the people” around Trump won’t defend him.

The biggest Hillary Clinton scandal no one’s talking about by Ted Harvey – “she must now grapple with a new scandal: An ongoing Federal Election Commission investigation into an alleged $84 million money laundering scheme orchestrated by the Hillary Victory Fund.”

“Based on former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile’s public comments, a memo by former Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook, and months of reviewing FEC reports, the Committee to Defend the President has filed an FEC complaint accusing the Democratic establishment of using state chapters as straw men to circumvent campaign donation limits and launder money to Clinton’s campaign. The Hillary Victory Fund solicited six-figure donations from major donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, “papered” them through state parties en route to DNC and then the Clinton campaign.

In reality, the fund either never transferred $84 million to state parties, sending the funds straight to the DNC, or it made the transfers without state parties having actual control of the money. In either case, the fund violated campaign finance laws in precisely the way the Supreme Court deemed illegal in its 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC ruling. And that’s only the tip of allegations in this particular iceberg.

If and when the allegations are confirmed by the FEC, Clinton’s $84 million money laundering scheme will go down as the single largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.

Of course, the New York Times has not devoted a single drop of ink to the $84 million scandal. While MSNBC’s lack of coverage is hardly surprising, CNN’s radio silence is deafening and once again contradicts the network’s self-described nonpartisanship. Even the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, the only mainstream reporter to cover the scandal, acknowledged “most coverage of the FEC complaint had appeared in conservative media” before he covered it.

Can you imagine the media outrage if Republicans oversaw an $84 million money laundering scheme?

if the media won’t do its job, then it falls on us as concerned citizens to hold our political leaders accountable. And hold them accountable we will: The FEC’s investigation of the latest Clinton scandal is already underway and could result in significant legal jeopardy for the Democratic establishment, their major donors, and Clinton herself.

Clinton will answer for her actions — whether the media covers it or not.

That new soda tax in Seattle is working out about as well as Chicago’s by Jazz Shaw – “in one of the more creative and admirable moves by a retail chain in recent memory, Costco took to changing their price signs, showing how much the beverages should cost, and then tacking on the new tax as a separate line item” and suggested an out of town store alternative, too. The story is about how the new tax is rationalized. It’s just another example of the phenomena described above.

“This is yet another example of the theory of the frog in a boiling pot of water. People are used to having their taxes increased if they live in cities run by Democrats. It’s just a fact of life. And if you increase the tax slowly over time, let’s say by twenty cents per year, many of them will adapt to it. (That’s how they did it with tobacco in most places.) But if you literally double the price overnight, that horse is going to buck.

Seattle hasn’t run into the same constitutional issues that the Chicago soda tax was brought down by, but the level of failure here is just as massive.

Another San Francisco judge orders Trump to revive DACA by Jazz Shaw – “Where the court finds the authority to force the White House to do something, rather than preventing them from doing something, remains a mystery.”

“Shortly after President Trump requested scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast this morning, a federal judge in San Francisco issued an injunction against the request, ordering the chef to bring him oatmeal instead. That ruling was followed by a national ban on the serving of either egg or sausage products for breakfast until a comprehensive study can determine the overall impact of pork and poultry farming on climate change.

Okay… that’s not actually what happened, but at this point I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if we see it in the near future. Another judge in San Francisco, this time U.S. District Judge William Alsup, has amazingly issued an order for the White House to continue parts of the DACA program.

On the surface, this looks like little more than another day in the #RESIST movement. If Donald Trump wants to do something – anything – you can find a judge in the northwest who will issue an order to stop him. But if we stop and consider the particulars of this ruling, it’s actually quite remarkable.

The fact that this Clinton-appointed judge is actually ordering the White House to do something rather than preventing an action which might be questionable on constitutional grounds is remarkable. But at the same time, it’s the new normal in the era of Trump. Whatever the President wants to attempt is defined by liberals as A Bad Thing, and by shopping around in the right jurisdiction they can find a judge to back them up.

Allahpundit stuggles with the disease as well. See David Brooks: Let’s face it, the anti-Trump movement is getting dumber – “Mm, I don’t know that it’s getting “dumber” so much as it’s getting more febrile, which has made it more susceptible to confirmation bias.” When it comes to allegations that Trump “casually diminish the office”, Allahpundit might take some history lessons from Victor David Hanson. Then there’s Trump and his “facts” with the only thing offered is the birther comments presented as a Trump obsession. “No one does their best thinking when they’re suffering from a fever.” Allahpundit should examine his own fever before he starts speculating about others.

Betsy Newmark suffers the same problem in trying to understand Trump at his White House DACA meeting. She cites Yuval Lenin to diminish Trump. “He several times said one thing and then its opposite” … “This malleability on his part in turn defined everyone else’s behavior around Trump.” What they miss is that you don’t lead a meeting by taking sides, you don’t enter negotiations by showing all your cards, and you do prompt participants by exploring different views. Trump was not being “pliable” or subject to “maleability” as he was not making decisions and pronouncements. He was negotiating. It seems that this sort of thing is unknown to people like Newmark and Levin and Allahpundit and many others whose horizons have been limited by the swamp.

Then there’s the release of confidential senate committee testimony by the minority leader. Glen Reynolds puts it this way: “Now all the other witnesses know what to say without being told directly: Feinstein posts testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder.” This gets back to Limbaugh’s comment that much of the Obama administration coordination wasn’t conspiracy but rather that they just knew what to do. This is one method to let the troops know what to do without being ordered directly.

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It’s a mess. Where will it go?

Trump’s insane? Democrats the party of lies, sex and rape by Cheryl K. Chumley – “Well frankly, this whole line of mental instability aimed at the president is both weak and tiresome.”

“calling out Trump for mental instability because he speaks tough on foreign leaders, or fails to soften his rhetoric on Twitter, or outright engages in public spats with those who insult him or his family, is not only hypocritical. It’s also disingenuous.

After all, in a contest of mental fitness that compares, say, a liar, a rapist and Trump, most sane-minded would choose Option Three, the president — a frequent tweeter who happens to have a bulldog approach to politicking.

Democrats ought to look to their own camp to root out the nut jobs. There’s plenty there, it would seem, to keep the psychiatrists busy.

As Investigations Of Misconduct Mount, Can Hillary Clinton Avoid Jail? Investor’s Business Daily editorial – “As the media focus on Donald Trump’s mental condition and whether he can be kicked out of office using the 25th Amendment, something far more significant is taking place

“In recent weeks, new developments have made it shockingly clear that questions about Clinton’s possibly criminal conduct are growing. All of these have come in the last month: …

unlike past investigations, which covered up the magnitude of Clinton’s actions and their likely criminal content, the latest ones are not being conducted by Democratic Party partisans from the Deep State who have, in communications revealed to the public, expressed open disdain for their soon-to-be president Trump and fought a rear-guard action to keep Hillary Clinton out of legal danger.

All Americans should root for the same thing: the truth. Based on current investigations and from what we now know of her past actions, which we have written on extensively here, Hillary Clinton will be very lucky indeed to escape not just prosecution, but incarceration.

Here’s Ace: Huma Abedin Backed Up Classified Emails to Anthony Weiner’s Computer, Despite Telling the FBI She Had Not Done So. Judge Dismisses Charges Against Clive Bundy and His Sons With Prejudice, Citing “Outrageous” Prosecutorial Conduct – “A sharp rebuke to how government agents were operating under Obama, and still are.” A New Method for Determining Historical Earth Temperature Finds That Earth Warmed… Only 0.1 Degree Celsius Over Past 50 Years. The Left Is Nothing More Than A Temper-Tantrum-Throwing Child – “An obstinate refusal to accept reality is the hallmark of children.”

Climate Change: California Hypocrisy Turned up to 11 by Steven Hayward – “these California cities are lying in one of these legal matters—the lawsuit claim or their bond disclosures.

“The motion ExxonMobil filed yesterday in Texas identifies 16 individuals who it believes conspired to get the attorneys general to bring this action. Some evidence of this collaboration may have been destroyed. ExxonMobil wishes to depose these 16.

Schumer succeeds in obstructing key DOJ nominees by Paul Mirengoff – “Chuck Schumer is earning his pay. Senate Republicans, not so much.”

Why Liberals Need to Look Down on Conservatives by Selwyn Duke – “A common theme among progressives is that conservatives aren’t just wrong; they’re dumb.”

“The reason for this arrogance isn’t as simple as many may think. Rather, it relates to a deep psychological phenomenon that makes it difficult for those afflicted to evolve out of the leftist primordial soup.

any challenge to this idea struck directly at an intractable self-image, threatening to upset his ego’s world order, which had him, through group association, at its very pinnacle.

This phenomenon is common. It’s often exhibited by those considering themselves part of a “master race” or any kind of special group. It can be comforting: a person may not be accomplished, intelligent, or gifted and might otherwise feel inadequate. But his group association saves his psyche’s day, for whatever he is or isn’t, at least he’s not like those other people, those untouchables.

the phenomenon in question here is a deeply emotional one.

For this reason, it’s wholly resistant to intellectual appeals. You can’t logically talk someone out of something irrational on which his self-worth is based. In fact, if it begins to dawn on such a person that his notions of superiority – and hence his self-image – rest on a lie, it will be intensely painful and depressing. The individual will thus have a strong incentive to rationalize away this realization.

This phenomenon is exacerbated by two related factors. First, liberals are generally dysfunctional, vice-ridden people who embrace what we call liberalism because its underlying relativism and nihilism help them justify their sins. … Simultaneously, liberalism allows these virtue-bereft people to virtue-signal by paying homage to the day’s fashionable values. …

Second, conservatives are more likely to have authentic faith, while liberals tend be to avowed or de facto atheists, which is why church attendance is one of the best predictors of voting patterns.

I’m Back. Here’s Where I’ve Been by Dennis Prager – “I have believed all my life that the primary crisis in America and the West is the abandonment of Judeo-Christian values, or, one might say, the dismissal of the Bible.”

“Our society, one of whose mottos is “In God We Trust,” is becoming as godless as Western Europe — and, consequently, as morally confused and unwise as Europe. Just as most professors regard most Bible believers as foolish, I have more or less the same view of most college professors in the liberal arts. When I hear that someone has a Ph.D. in sociology, anthropology, political science or English, let alone women’s studies or gender studies, I assume that he or she is morally confused and bereft of wisdom. Some are not, of course. But they constitute a small minority.

In America, there is an epidemic of children who no longer talk one or both of their parents. In a few cases, this is warranted. But in most cases, adult children are inflicting terrible, unfair pain upon their parent. This is one of a myriad of examples where believing in a God-based text is transformative. Secular callers tell me that they hardly need the Ten Commandments to desist from murdering anyone. That may well be true. But apparently, a lot of people could use the Ten Commandments to avoid inflicting terrible pain on (admittedly, flawed) parents.

My ultimate aim is to help make the Bible America’s book once again.

The foundation has been neglected.

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Crazy? (again)

 

Is Trump Really Crazy? by Victor Davis Hanson – “no sane president should ever have let a writer with Wolff’s dubious and often discredited background into the White House.”

“Wolff’s disclosures, if a few are even marginally true, are messy and the stuff of caricature—but not as funny and depressing as the fact that someone of Trump’s background and temperament saw more clearly than his supposed betters where the country should be headed and who might lead it in such a direction.

If that be chaos, then Trump made the most of it—and at least for now the result is preferable to the mannered mediocrity of the past. Such an admission says lots more about those who think they should be in power than it does those who voted for their antitheses.

Who’s Crazy? Trump Or The Anti-Trump Shrinks? By Daniel Greenfield – “Lefty shrinks and Hawaiian gods are angry at Trump.”

“If only the organizers had put a fraction of their obsessive delusions into actually trying to justify the claim on their shiny blue banner that, “Trump is psychologically unfit to lead this country.”

Everyone in the book agrees that Trump is bad. They just can’t agree on a diagnosis.

Michael Tansey claims it’s a delusional disorder. Laurence Dodes blames sociopathy. Craig Malkin argues it’s narcissism. David Reiss pushes for dementia and cognitive impartment. Steve Wruble claims he has daddy issues. That is, he claims that both he and Trump have daddy issues.

Thomas Singer believes Trump mirrors “our collective attention deficit disorder, our sociopathy” and we must “recognize our own pathology.” Not only is Trump crazy, but we’re crazy for electing him.

It’s not medical science, but leftist politics, that’s calling the shots here.

Many of the essays don’t even attempt to diagnose Trump. Instead they self-diagnose the political trauma that Trump inflicted on them.

Trump isn’t crazy. But his accusers often don’t seem too sane.

The crazy left think Trump is mentally unbalanced by Karen Townsend – “It may feel like a new line of attack on Trump but this question began mere days after the inauguration.”

“It appears this action was the result of Trump’s travel ban. Liberal psychologists and others in the mental health service industry decided Trump is mentally unbalanced because he was attempting to fulfill a campaign promise and constitutional requirement to do everything in his power to keep Americans safe at home. Fortunately, not all in the field are so crippled by partisan ideology and a divide was forming in the community.

What about the Goldwater Rule? Hold on, the Trump haters have an answer for that, too.

It is common for Democrats and the media to claim Republicans are crazy. Remember, for example, the treatment Ronald Reagan received from them? There is an argument to be made that Trump is not a typical president. There has been nothing to prove he is a clear and present danger to America unless the goal of bringing Trump down has taken over your own brain.

Liberals Have Become Tragically Addicted To “Impeachment Porn” DC Whispers – “The New York Post noted today how so much of the Trump Impeachment Porn is based upon wild conjecture and/or outright lies and in the end, exploits those obsessing over it as much as regular porn would do.”

“Nothing Donald Trump has done comes close to qualifying for impeachment – that is unless helping to create millions of jobs, (including record low unemployment for minorities) lowering taxes, destroying ISIS, signing off on multi-billion dollar America-First trade deals, etc., are impeachable offenses. They aren’t of course. Not to any sane mind.

And yet, here is the globalist establishment pushing the impeachment fantasy over and over again, determined to turn fantasy into reality.

Resistance Madness by Tom Maguire – “The editors of the flailing NY Times have lost the plot and lost their minds.” … “ OK, they hate Trump but really – what has happened to decades of progressive orthodoxy regarding “tax the rich”? weird.”

If President Trump Is Mentally Unstable, Let’s Hope It’s Contagious by Jeff Dunetz – “if having a screw loose makes people as successful as Donald Trump was during the past eleven and a half months, we should pray it’s contagious and that everyone in Congress and the federal bureaucracy catches it (and me also).”

“none of the people questioning the president’s capacity address the most important point. Are president Trump’s incredible set of accomplishments during his first year in the White House a result of his supposed madness? Or do the accomplishments prove the armchair psychiatrists and shrinks who never examined the POTUS are the ones who are a bit “fruit loops?”

Cosa Sinistra: The Left as Crime Family by David Prentice – “Let’s face it: Republicans have their share of corruption, but what the left has become is not tinged with the normal shortcomings of humanity. It’s become criminal.”

“We don’t know a lot of the details, but the greatest political sting in history is ongoing. It’s been dripping out for over a month and will continue to do so. It’s going to be epic. And it will devastate the Democratic Party and its base.

But America will rejoice. Criminals are going to be brought to their knees.

Jeff Sessions’s Reefer Madness by Brian C. Joondeph – “The AG this past week announced very simply that federal law regarding marijuana will be enforced. The left is apoplectic,”

“the Obama Administration chose to ignore federal law, giving the marijuana industry a pass. Reefer madness and no surprise. Much of Obamacare was dictated via executive order rather than following statutory law passed by Congress.

Despite the outrage from states with legal weed, now including California, AG Sessions’ action is anything but outrageous. Since when can states decide which federal laws they want to ignore?

Madness comes in many forms.

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Who you calling a stupid idiot moron?

Trump has put Schumer in a no-win situation on DACA by Thomas Lifson – “How do Democrats explain to themselves the way they keep getting outsmarted by a man they claim is a moron

“The Senate Democrats have been able to enforce a remarkable degree of party solidarity, far more discipline than the GOP. That is a huge bargaining asset for Schumer, already empowered by his party’s pickup in Alabama. But DACA looks like it could be a wedge issue destroying that disciplinary power.

This is a no-win situation. Harvard graduate Schumer should be asking himself how he got himself into this situation. But of course, he won’t. Either he alienates his base, or he risks adding to the GOP Senate majority by shutting down the government and having Trump fighting back in ways yhat never would have occurred to Presidents Bush or any establishment Republicans.

The liberal media have all the facts! Except when they don’t. by Jack Hellner –

“The article said 2017 was the warmest year on record except for El Niño years, which means that it was not the warmest on record. The article could have been in The Onion for how worthless it was. The intent was to make people believe that 2017 was the warmest on record.

The article should say that El Niño, La Niña, the Jet Stream, polar vortices, solar activity, and other natural phenomena control the weather and climate. Meanwhile, a significant number of us repeat over and over again that the climate is cyclical and natural, as it always has been, and we are called stupid.

Search for illegal, “loophole” online gun sales fails spectacularly by Jazz Shaw – “Following a seemingly endless series of claims made by Michael Bloomberg and other Second Amendment opponents, three Democrats from the House and Senate pushed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to commission a report on internet gun sales.” Combine a fishing expedition with a witch hunt all based on bad faith efforts and what do you get?

“So undercover agents went fishing for online advertisers offering to sell firearms and attempted to get them to complete the transaction even after suggesting that they lived in a different state, couldn’t provide ID or wouldn’t be able to pass a background check. This happened 72 times over a period of more than two years. And in all 72 instances they failed to get anyone to sell them a weapon. Is this the plague of “loophole” gun sales that we keep hearing about?

The same thing happened when officials looked into the so-called “gun show loophole.” It’s a myth. But it makes for great campaign ads for Democratic candidates, so why let a little thing like reality rain on your parade? The sad part of all this is that there really is a problem with illegal gun sales in this country and the federal government (in league with state and municipal authorities) could definitely be doing more about it. One study after another by law enforcement officials has revealed that at least 40% of criminals convicted of gun crimes got their weapons on the black market, purchasing unregistered guns from other criminals. The same linked study found that another 37% had gotten their guns on the so-called “gray market” using straw purchasers who are, themselves, also criminals by definition.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t do any good for liberals in the government who want to pass new laws making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms legally. It would mean getting their hands dirty and going after the actual criminals. And nobody wants to waste any time with that, right?

For Liberals, Every Damn Thing In the World Is About Trump by John Hinderaker – Another indicator of an unhealthy obsession.

“Liberals have been seized by a sort of dementia in which their obsessive hatred for President Trump blinds them to reality and causes them to say things, every day, that are inexplicably stupid. The Associated Press, unfortunately, has succumbed to that dementia.

Have Trump’s critics lost their sense of humor? by neo-neocon – “all Frum and so many others see in Trump is a serious, deluded, angry, dangerous, dunce—and not an amiable one, at that.”

“I am puzzled as to why anyone would see these tweets as a temper tantrum from an unstable guy. Can’t they see the sarcasm? Can’t they understand the deftness of the historical reference to Reagan? These tweets are crafted, and if Trump doesn’t exactly wield a stiletto, it’s still a pretty effective knife that usually finds its mark.

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The radicals become fanatics

The Torment of Ajit Pai by Noah Rothman – “The radicals become fanatics.” Sad to say, even the web hosting service used for this website, Dreamhost, has joined in on the personal attacks and irrationality – from their recent newsletter: “it now seems clear that brain parasites have taken our beloved FCC chairman away from us.”

“At some point predating Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency, political activism evolved from a civic exercise into a lifestyle. For the initiated, traditional forms of political organizing are too passive. In the activists’ minds, the objects of their fixations represent an existential threat, and there aren’t many behaviors that are proscribed in a fight for survival. For the fanatical opposition to Donald Trump, in particular, even the most mundane aspects of governance are inflated into a struggle for our very way of life. This is how opposition to an arcane, bureaucratic decision by the Federal Communications Commission transformed from a liberal cause into an obsession. This is also how the FCC’s chairman, Ajit Pai, became the subject of almost daily persecution.

The so-called “Resistance” latched onto the net-neutrality issue early in the Trump presidency and went about expressing their opposition to the repeal of this regulation in the most contemptible fashion imaginable.

Pai’s treatment is an outrage and a disgrace. It would be a national scandal in the press but for the fact that so many of the country’s opinion-makers and media professionals agree with the activists’ cause, if not their methods.

For all his autonomy, Pai and his family have nevertheless endured a campaign of stalking and intimidation for merely serving the country in his capacity as FCC chairman. This sorry display is unbecoming of a mature republic. The activist left is incubating the kind of potentially violent radicalism that they cannot control. If Democrats truly fret for the norms of civil conduct that are supposedly being lost in the Trump era, they might devote some attention to their own supporters.

Also see Ace, Judge Denies Fusion GPS’ Motion to Block Congress From Seeing Its Financial Records; Fusion GPS Files Emergency Motion to Appeals Court, Hoping for Reversal – “Boy, the Democrats’ favorite smear-shop really doesn’t want Congress to know who’s paying it or who they’re paying.

Mark Levin rips AP on Trump story: ‘You persist in your false reporting’ by Douglas Ernst – ‘This is why your profession has already been severely damaged.

Usurping the president’s constitutional authority by James A. Lyons – “It needs to be understood that judges do not have the constitutional authority to make policy for the military, nor to countermand the president’s constitutional authority. Failing to protect the president’s constitutional authority could very likely have more serious consequences in the future with issues involving our national security.”

Why hasn’t Michael Wolff’s dementia-Trump ever been seen in public? by Eddie Scarry – “President Trump is on TV and in newspapers more than any human on earth, and yet Michael Wolff, based on his time gossiping, has convinced the national media that grandpa got away and is now drooling in the Oval Office.”

“Citing an impossible-to-understand mix of conversations, Wolff otherwise says Trump is mentally diminished. And reporters believe it, despite what we’ve all seen with our own eyes over the course of two years.

But they don’t believe it because they know it’s true. They believe it because they want it to be.

Oh, and don’t forget the gorilla channel episode. Ace wonders Guy Prints Up Hilarious Parody “Quote” From Michael Wolff Book; A Blue Checkmarker Falls For It.

His Job is Done – Admiral Mike Rogers Announces His Retirement by sundance – “Reuters is reporting that NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers has announced to his staff he is resigning, and that a nominee will be announced to replace him shortly.” Do read the ‘defeat the corruption’ link where sundance refers to Operation Condor for an outline of the “story of how the FBI Counterintelligence Division and DOJ National Security Division were weaponized.” Also note the Trump handling of this breaking scandal as another example of what Eddie Scarry was talking about.

“In hindsight it appears that President Trump was fully aware when the tide would change. The moment when an empowered group of congressional people would develop the coordinated plan to defeat the corruption amid a corrupt intelligence apparatus Admiral Rogers had been holding back for the past several years.

This is scary stuff about trying to straighten out governance gone awry.

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Revealing character

Note to NeverTrumps: Trump’s Character Is Admirable By Karin McQuillan – “Trump voters often preface their satisfaction with Trump’s actions by criticizing his tweets or his personality.” It’s the ‘yeah, but’ phenomena that is being inspected by McQuillan.

“Here’s an alternate take on things: Trump’s character is responsible for his outstanding performance in his first year as president. If you want to know who someone is, you look at what he does. What we have: a booming economy, growing jobs, more lawful governance, fewer regulations, more global security. What character traits this took: hard work, focus, commitment, courage, honesty, independence, incorruptibility, self-confidence, love of excellence. The list of Trump’s positive character traits goes on and on. You don’t get achievements independent of character.

Trump’s integrity in office is outstanding – the first politician in my memory who is sticking to his promises to voters. We are hugely benefiting from his promise-keeping.

The importance of character to effectiveness cannot be overstated. Trump has other character traits of achievers. He is not discouraged by failures and mistakes; he learns from them. He doesn’t just set goals; he follows up on results. He faces reality.

In the midst of the hysterical name-calling, Stephens doesn’t point to a single bigoted word or action by Trump. He can’t. There is none. The accusations are partisan nonsense. In Stephens’s alternate universe, Trump’s evident competence, his love, respect, and commitment to help his fellow Americans, goes invisible, and we are left with a racist, fascist caricature born of leftist agitprop.

It is a sorry reflection on our polite society that they are having conniption fits over Trump’s character.

Trump’s Unnoticed Great First-Year Accomplishment by Lloyd Marcus – “Trump repeatedly spoke the truth about issues when fake news media demanded that we either embrace their lies or stay silent. Singlehandedly, Trump has opened the door for Americans to freely speak truth again.”

Scorning the Left by Dawn Merrill – “Have you ever been laughed at publicly? Mocked? Ridiculed? Shown scorn in a social or professional setting? … In today’s culture, these weapons have become something gleefully utilized by the left. It is standard practice.” Ever wonder why Rush Limbaugh does so well with his talk show?

“Ridicule has immense power. Saul Alinsky knew it and codified it in his Rules for Radicals. President Trump clearly knows it and utilizes ridicule often, with great efficacy. We on the right need to relearn this fine art. If we used this weapon as effectively as the left does, we could pull this country back onto the right track far faster than President Trump can do it on his own.

Laugh, mock, ridicule, and shower scorn upon these insane lefties. We know that reason won’t work. We know that results won’t work. … We have not fought back with the same weapon. We have been content to “bring a knife to a gunfight.”

Until President Trump. Whether you know it or not, his controversial tweets are really a license – a license to do to them exactly what they’ve done to us.

Scorn, after all, should be a two-way street. The left richly deserves, and regularly invites, mockery. Let’s oblige. Ridicule is so easy under the circumstances as to be…well, laughable. Let the laughter begin!

Walls Close In Around DOJ and FBI “Small Group” Participants by sundance – “Several stories broke yesterday …

“It is easy to get stuck in the weeds on any individual storyline within the larger network of ongoing investigations. However, the bigger picture is found in the commonality all of these investigations hold.

The single thread that binds all of these stories together is the political use of the FBI and DOJ by former and current officials within each department….

On January 1st I expressed optimism because I can see how this methodical investigative approach makes the most sense. There is a clear plan, a coordinated plan, visible within the sequencing. The current headlines solidify that perspective.

Ace on Charles Grassley: The Memos James Comey Illegally Leaked to His Buddy (To Leak to the NYT) Are So Sensitive That I Could Only View Them in a SCIF – “Grassley has written a letter to conspirator Rod Rosenstein, demanding answers to questions about Comey’s lawbreaking, but of course Rosenstein will ignore these questions, as he ignores all questions about the DOJ’s and FBI’s behavior in this matter.” Maybe not. The pressure is on. We can hope.

Democrats’ dishonest scramble to disown the Trump ‘dossier’ by Paul Sperry – “Democrats have been quoting from the infamous anti-Trump “Steele dossier” as if it were gospel.”

“but now that Hillary Clinton has been revealed as its paymaster and a Hillary-friendly FBI is under investigation for possibly launching the Trump-Russia “collusion” probe under its false pretenses, they are suddenly in full retreat from it.

Their credibility is in tatters along with the discredited document.

Democrats’ new mission is to bury the dossier, and the media are providing them the shovel.

shameless Democratic promoters got everyone lathered up over a false conspiracy theory, and now they’re realizing they overreached and are running for the exits, revising history, recasting narratives, covering their keisters.

They led the nation on a wild goose chase, and now they fear the reckoning.

It is a tangled web some weave (re Walter Scott) and the unraveling is continuing apace. 

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Denial and other psychological defenses

Note that the Washington Times website has turned into nagware with all the honor of a blackmailer – pay them once and the demands still don’t quit.

Liberal leaders back away from anti-Trump dossier by Rowan Scarborough – “A new liberal narrative has arisen since Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, launched a probe to find out who funded the salacious, unverified dossier and how the FBI used it against Trump people.” The sordid saga provides an example of how the Left plays scandals. When one narrative fails due to falsehoods and lack of evidence, create another and then repeat as necessary until the victim gets tired and gives up. Bald faced lies and complete turnarounds are peddled with aplomb. Rationalizations are offered and supported as if no skepticism can exist. Scarborough describes the antics in the latest scandal.

Fusion GPS’ ‘Fake Investigation’ — And Hillary Clinton’s Real Russian Collusion, an IBD editorial – “Someone forgot to tell the investigative duo: Intelligence without proof is merely gossip. And that’s exactly what they’ve sold.”

“In a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday titled “The Republicans’ Fake Investigations,” the two founders of Fusion GPS desperately try to clear their names, restore their business’ tarnished reputation and revive their sordid Russia collusion tale about Trump to “correct the record.” They fail on all counts.

Maybe proof isn’t the idea at all. Rather it’s about finding a way to hobble a highly effective conservative president who seems dead set on changing Washington for good and for the better. Talk about a real threat to the progressive Democrats and their allies in the Deep State.

Trump pushes need for voter ID laws after dissolving commission on voter integrity by Sally Persons – “President Trump pushed the need for voter ID on Thursday after dissolving his commission on voter integrity due to legal challenges.” Another case illustrating tactics involving state supported civil disorder, this time with counter-tactics.

“The president decided the commission was a waste of money and time, and he reallocated its work to the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of the commission was to investigate voter fraud claims in the 2016 election and review voter-roll data. Several states refused to hand over the data and filed lawsuits to prevent the committee from achieving its goal.

But Mr. Trump said that voter fraud, and namely voter ID, will still be a priority.

Uncovering vote fraud: Plan B begins by Thomas Lifson – “Before progressives start celebrating the dissolution of the Election Integrity Commission, they had better figure out what lies ahead.”

“If the left thinks it’s home free, and that this announcement is a victory, it had better remember whom it is dealing with: a man who is accustomed to encountering obstacles and overcoming them

I think the left has outsmarted itself by making alleged “Russian hacking” of the election a national security issue. This opens the door for DHS – armed with far more investigatory power than any commission might exercise – to go full bore at election fraud. President Trump tried it the nice way, only to encounter obstruction. Now it is time for Plan B, and I am pretty sure that Democrats will not like it at all.

Those running the progressive left understand the stakes in vote fraud: their power. That is why this move toward energetic investigation under the mantle of national security may be far more fateful than it appears on the surface.

Now We Know: FBI Ignored Lawbreaking To Exonerate Hillary Clinton, IBD editorial – “Each new revelation about how the FBI handled — or, more appropriately, mishandled — the Clinton email scandal makes it that much clearer that politics trumped law enforcement, even when it involved matters of national security.”

“Democrats dismiss these new revelations as nothing more than “Republicans’ outsized obsession with Hillary Clinton’s emails two years after the fact,” as Rep. Jerrold Nadler put it.

This is standard operating procedure for Democrats. Deny any wrongdoing. Stonewall investigators. Count on mainstream reporters not to lift a finger to do any investigative reporting on their own. Then claim it’s all old news.

But in this case, there is more at stake than the question of whether Clinton broke the law many years ago — even though it seems pretty obvious that she did. The real question that must be answered is whether and how the FBI let politics drive its investigation and its decision-making.

When law enforcement becomes an arm of a political party, it’s called a police state. Democrats should be just as eager as Republicans to make sure the FBI comes clean about any political corruption, and that it cleans house.

Democrats, treason, projection by L. Todd Wood – “Liberals project their sins on Republicans.”

“So in the spirit of the new year, why don’t we all just be honest for a day? The Democrats, and I’m referring to the Obama administration and all its minions, including the Hillary organization, are guilty of treason and subversion against the United States. They are also guilty of a huge cover up of said actions. They are also guilty of using the agencies of the federal government against their political opposition. This abuse of power frighteningly included the intelligence services of the United States, which have been hopelessly politicized.

The list of their crimes is long. Colluding with Iran to give the Islamic theocracy nuclear weapons, colluding with Russia to go after Donald Trump, using the IRS against the Tea party, selling our uranium to Russia for a large sum of money, are just a few of the more horrific examples of their dirty deeds. The list is long and sordid.

The Democrats and the Left are horrified that all of this will be brought out into the open.

Trump scares the crap out of them.

Sen. Grassley’s spokesman to Fusion GPS: If you wanted transparency, why did you plead the Fifth? By John Sexton – “Fusion GPS is attacking the Senate investigation in ways that are indistinguishable from the demands being made by Democrats on the House Intel committee this week.”

“Earlier today I wrote about the NY Times op-ed by Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch in which they attacked Republicans and demanded the transcript of their closed-door testimony be released. That op-ed has resulted in a response from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley who points out that Simpson requested the closed-door session and that during the session a lawyer for Fusion GPS explicitly asked that the transcript not be released by the committee.

Disinformation, Fusion GPS style by Scott Johnson – “McCarthy demonstrates that Simpson and Fritsch are on a mission akin to that of their man Christopher Steele with his dossier. That is, they are peddling disinformation.”

Desperate Comey Sees Scheme Unraveling – And Chuck Grassley Enters Righteous Foray by sundance – “The most dangerous time for a rescue swimmer is the moment he reaches a desperate drowning man

“Former FBI Director James Comey is sending out signals for anyone to back him up. He’s desperate.

The mindset here is the same he carried while in office. That mindset claims the FBI is above scrutiny, a system of law unto itself, and we must blindly owe it respect. THAT is exactly the view that fertilizes the seeds of politicization of offices. His arrogant and condescending viewpoint is exactly what allowed FBI gross misconduct to happen.

Contrast that perspective with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, one of the two representative committees that hold oversight over the FBI and DOJ.

Chairman Nunes Confirms Agreement – DOJ Will Provide “All Requested Information” by sundance – “Nunes will get all the requested documents and be given a schedule for the interviews with FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI Attorney Lisa Page and DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr. Whoot. Giddy up.”

“Your Honor, the President Is Acting Like He’s in Charge and We Want It Stopped” by Joe Bob Briggs – “Small children on the playground know that if you can’t win an argument any other way, you always play the faulty-research card.”

“Every time the president signs an executive order, somebody files a suit against him, claiming the right to investigate why he’s doing what he’s doing and whether he’s doing it for the right reasons or because he has sinister intentions caused by demonic fake-news sources.

You might disagree with what Trump is doing, but the way to change what he’s doing would be to change the law. That’s not how he’s being challenged. There were five—count ’em, five—major lawsuits filed against the president for changing this purely administrative policy.

All five of the requests for information are asking the childish question, “Where did you get your information?”

It doesn’t matter where he got his information.

These lawsuits—and I’m only dealing with one batch of them—are the very definition of bad faith. They challenge the right of the president to be president. They are attempts to use the courts to shape executive decisions. Do we really intend to do this for the rest of recorded history? Are we going to look at the emails and tweets and backroom conversations of every future president before we “allow” him to make a decision?

Taki’s Magazine provides a plea on every cut and paste to share by link rather than “paste an article” in order that due credit is provided and authors can “get paid for their work.” This is reasonable. It is why only highlights are posted here rather than entire articles. The hope is that the reader will see enough to pique interest and go read the cited article.

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Trying to find a way out but keep the alternate reality alive

On the scandal front, the more that is revealed, the more it is apparent that the perpetrators are trying to find a way out. Here is the McCarthy analysis and review of the latest NYT efforts to maintain a narrative on Russian Collusion,

As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale by Andrew C. McCarthy — “The totality of the evidence undermines the Times’ collusion narrative.”

Well, it turns out the Page angle and thus the collusion narrative itself is beset by an Obama-administration scandal: Slowly but surely, it has emerged that the Justice Department and FBI very likely targeted Page because of the Steele dossier, a Clinton-campaign opposition-research screed disguised as intelligence reporting. Increasingly, it appears that the Bureau failed to verify Steele’s allegations before the DOJ used some of them to bolster an application for a spying warrant from the FISA court (i.e., the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court).
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 It is an explosive problem, this use of the dossier by the Obama Justice Department and the FBI in an application to the FISA court for authority to spy on Trump’s associates. Politically, it suggests that the collusion narrative peddled by Democrats and the media since Trump’s victory in the November election was substantially driven by partisan propaganda. Legally, it raises the distinct possibilities that (a) the FBI did not adequately verify the claims in the dossier before using them in an application to the secret federal court; and (b) the Justice Department of the then-incumbent Democratic administration did not disclose to the court that the dossier was produced by the Democratic presidential campaign for use against the rival Republican candidate.

 

Next up is the DOJ and FBI subpoena for documents that they said didn’t exist but were found to actually exist after months of stonewalling Congressional investigation.  The problem with constructing stories is keeping things consistent when there is no solid referent in reality. 

Former FBI director Comey tweets that maybe we’ll see turn towards more moral leadership in 2018. Glen Reynolds responds that we’ve already seen a good start on this with Comey being fired in 2017.

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acknowledge reality? it’s tough, sometimes.

Consider the war against smoking – tobacco – but not pot. Maybe that has something to do with it as many in the press seem to be high on something.

A newspaper editor confronts AP over fake news by Thomas Lifson – “The story of how much time and effort it took is expressive of how deep the biases against President Trump go.” cites Frank Miele as a must read. It provides a good insight into the insidious propaganda the president faces.

“Then I broached the topic of the “falsehoods” that the president was supposedly passing along willy-nilly. I pointed out that the reporter’s claim of finding such “falsehoods” amounted to planting evidence as she substituted Trump’s actual language (“Clinton Puppets”) with her own imaginary language (“Clinton”) and then established conclusively that Trump had not proven what he had never said in the first place.

Let the reader beware. Eternal vigilance is the price of not just liberty, but also truth.

Another example is 2017: The year angry populists rose to the top — and fell on their faces by the Washington Examiner – “Just in the past week, some of the vacuous populists have revealed the emptiness and ultimate impotence of their anger.” The word “anger” is used over and over again in the opinion. Any reader who is vigilant will look around to find that anger and only see it in opposition to the ‘populist movement’ that has “actually won a national election and gained real political power.” i.e. the ‘anger’ in the opinion piece is a fabrication of the writer’s warped perceptions.

Or consider this: “With Trump’s inauguration this year, this destruction-only populism gained real power. And with nothing left to destroy, it took down itself.” Who is it that is attempting to destroy to nothing by blocking government reform and the restoration of law? Who is rioting in the streets? Who is promoting evidence absent scandal and blocking evidence laden scandal?

Confronting this sort of bias is what prompted Miele to take one small step.

The Times Diversion by Scott Johnson provides another example – “In collusion news today, the New York Times has devoted six reporters to producing the “news” that the previously obscure Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos lies at the heart of the putative case.”

“I think the story is ludicrous on its face. The Times has served as a prime purveyor of the Trump/Russia hysteria. Yet reality has deflated it. Now the Times returns to pump it up. The names have changed, but the song remains the same.

How can any informed observer take this seriously? We await the disclosure of genuine evidence rather than obvious spin.

Betsy Newmark leads with another example – “With limited reporting out of Iran and misleading stories from some major media outlets, Twitter has actually become almost indispensable in following the story since we can see videos of the protests with translations of what people are chanting.”

Trump Is Right About the Obamacare Insurance Mandate by David Catron – “Its elimination won’t kill the law overnight, but it is definitely a poison pill.” This was a Congressional correction to a case where SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts twisted himself in knots that provides another example of trying to distort reality in allegations of lies. The deceit in trying to support such allegations is astounding.

“Trump merely reiterated the oft-stated opinion of countless Obamacare supporters concerning the mandate’s importance to the success of “reform.” Yet the very people who have repeatedly warned us that repealing the individual mandate would kill “reform” suddenly executed a vertigo-inducing pirouette.

President Trump was widely ridiculed by the left for his remark and the “ignorance” it revealed concerning Obamacare. And, of course, the intrepid “fact checkers” at PolitiFact joined the chorus by braying: “We rate Trump’s claim False.” But if the President is wrong, what about Professor Chemerinsky? Is he making a “false” claim when he describes the mandate’s demise thus:

In other words, as President Trump’s remark reminded everyone, a three-legged stool can’t stand on two legs.

It Is Time To Pull The Plug On Never-Trumpism by John Hinderaker – “As President Trump’s first year in office draws to a close, even the Democrats have been forced to admit that he has accomplished quite a lot.”

“I agree that from a particular point of view, a conservative can rationally be a Never Trumper. It requires a belief that the tone of our politics is important, and that the president contributes greatly toward setting that tone. I am fine with those views. But it requires something more: a belief that the tone (or style) issue is so important that it outweighs all of the policy fronts on which the Trump administration has moved the conservative ball forward.

To come to this conclusion requires, I think, a certain disconnection from reality. The Never Trumper cannot take seriously the possibility that North Korea might drop a nuclear bomb on San Francisco. He cannot find much to worry about in Iran’s potential domination over the Middle East. He must be blind to the critical difference between 1.5% economic growth and 3% economic growth, not to the nation’s elites, who will be fine either way, but to the middle class. He must fail to apprehend the dire threat to the rule of law posed by politicians, professors and–most important–judges who despise the Constitution and believe that law is merely another avenue for the exercise of power. The list goes on.

In short, Never Trumpism can make sense only if you don’t take seriously the importance of the issues with which the president grapples, and on which President Trump has made, I think, remarkable progress in the last 11 months.

It is time for the Never Trumpers to gain a sense of perspective, to throw in the towel, and to acknowledge reality.

NASA’s Rubber Ruler: An Update By Randall Hoven – “When you go to the NASA website, you can download temperature anomalies “1880-present.” But those data change every month.” NASA isn’t media but the same phenomena of distortion and deceit is still evident.

“NASA adjusts it. You cannot find any older versions. NASA makes available only its most recent version. And NASA does not explain how it adjusts the data. You must simply trust it.

I still have the data from 2012 only because I downloaded them to a spreadsheet and kept that spreadsheet.

How does one validate a climate model using temperature observations, if those “observations” were themselves adjusted using models? Real science means using the scientific method, which means using physical measurements to test a hypothesis.

The simple explanation is that NASA is reversing that method. It apparently uses the global warming hypothesis to adjust physical measurements. That is not science. It is the opposite of science.

The “temperature record” is not a record of thermometer readings. It is a summary of what government-funded people with science degrees think is OK for us to see.

“Raw water”: The latest dangerous “natural health” fad by David Gorski – “As an old year fades into its final days and a new year approaches, I always wonder what new quackery will make an appearance in the new year.”

“In pseudoscience, the naturalistic fallacy is everywhere. It’s not surprising, then, that there is profit to be made selling “raw” (i.e., untreated) water at very high prices for its nonexistent health benefits, those benefits all claimed to be due to the “naturalness” of the water. I can’t help but note that cholera, Giardia, amoebic dysentery, and a wide variety of waterborne illnesses prevented by modern water treatment techniques are all very, very “natural.”

Thanks to the New York Times the other day, I might know. It’s variant of many forms of pseudoscience based on the naturalistic fallacy (i.e., that if it’s “natural” it must be better, safer, and healthier, and that many of humanity’s health most intractable health issues are due to the products of modernity, such as industry and pesky public health measures that protect against disease, such as vaccines, pure water, and pasteurization), but it’s also yet another variety of a common form of nonsense that I like to refer to as water woo.

White House Press Secretary triggers haters with shotgun photo by Karen Townsend – “The woman is learning to master her Twitter account and the left falls for it every time.”

“One of the reasons I appreciate Sarah Huckabee Sanders as press secretary is her ability to set off her critics, which inevitably does not end well for them. It seems a well-rounded Southern woman brings out the worst of the left. The first working mom to hold the title of White House Press Secretary also bakes and shoots skeet. I like that.

She’s got a master for a mentor.

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Not even moral?

This is a case not often made. Avoiding GMOs isn’t just anti-science. It’s immoral By Mitch Daniels — 

“Of the several claims of “anti-science” that clutter our national debates these days, none can be more flagrantly clear than the campaign against modern agricultural technology, most specifically the use of molecular techniques to create genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Here, there are no credibly conflicting studies, no arguments about the validity of computer models, no disruption of an ecosystem nor any adverse human health or even digestive problems, after 5 billion acres have been cultivated cumulatively and trillions of meals consumed.

And yet a concerted, deep-pockets campaign, as relentless as it is baseless, has persuaded a high percentage of Americans and Europeans to avoid GMO products, and to pay premium prices for “non-GMO” or “organic” foods that may in some cases be less safe and less nutritious. 
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This is the kind of foolishness that rich societies can afford to indulge. But when they attempt to inflict their superstitions on the poor and hungry peoples of the planet, the cost shifts from affordable to dangerous and the debate from scientific to moral.
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It’s not that the legitimate scientific community doesn’t understand the seriousness of the problem or the distortions of the naysayers. But too many keep what they know to themselves or, when they engage, observe the Marquis of Queensbury rules in what is essentially a street brawl. One can understand their reticence, facing an aggressive, often self-interested anti-GMO lobby that is indifferent to the facts and quick with ad hominem attacks.

The zealotry, tactics, and blindness as described here are all common traits seen in arguments like this, arguments that can only be sustained by a wealth that minimizes direct experience with the reality of the phenomena. 

 

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grappling with reality

A president unafraid of the press by Don Surber – “People who last week bitched about no year-end press conference showed open hostility to the president talking to a reporter unguarded by his flacks.” It was an opportunity, a feeding, for Trump material to twist, distort, and demean by the Left’s Propaganda Machine and that it did.

“The power of the press is gone. A Republican president no longer is afraid of the press. In fact, Trump is the most accessible president in my lifetime — because he really doesn’t care what they write. Oh he tweets. It entertains his troops and has the press chasing its tail.

The American news media is fixated on Trump. No one wants to risk ratings or clicks by talking about anyone else. There also is a strange desire to be hated by Trump. It is some sort of stamp of approval in the media.

The interview was such a waste that it yielded a dozen different story lines for reporters in the worst week for reporters. Trump knows how to feed the trolls.

The press made personal attacks on the president. Some were doozies.

After more than a year of million-dollar investigations there is not one scintilla of evidence of collusion.

Which is why Trump keeps talking about it, because the Russian story makes the press look like desperate partisans rather than competent referees.

Wise people would have gone back to the basics last year, played it straight, and given Donald Trump a chance.

Reading these accounts — these desperate attempts to revive an industry — saddens me. It’s not what was that is the tragedy; it is what might have been.

Transparent DOJ and FBI Desperation: New York Times Attempts “Trump Operation” Justification… by sundance – “The New York Times, via Clinton’s favorite voice Maggie Haberman, pushes out an article attempting to cloud, obfuscate and justify the joint FBI and DOJ surveillance operation against Trump.”

“The timing, content and presentation of the disinformation is transparent in the intended motive. More and more people are recognizing the FBI application to the FISA court was based on political information, the Steele Dossier, assembled by political operatives and used by political operatives within the DOJ National Security Division and FBI Counterintelligence Division.

As to the substance of the NYT justification it is absurd on its face. Claiming George Papadopoulos speaking to an Australian politician in London mid May 2016, and a conversation about Russians having dirt on Hillary Clinton, as the origin of the FBI’s Russian probe is silly.

FBI Chapter of Hillary Clinton Fan Club Probes President Trump by Deroy Murdock – “It’s simply incredible what the Mueller team is being allowed to get away with.”

“At worst, this is judicial corruption, rooted in bottomless affection for the subject of one inquiry and boundless disdain for the target of a different probe.

At best, this creates the appearance of corruption, whereby Mueller’s team and their FBI and DOJ colleagues seem so pro-Hillary and so anti-Trump that even their totally even-handed and perfectly honest conclusions would be attacked as either a phony exoneration of Hillary, a fake prosecution of Trump, or an over-reaction to criticism that prompted the opposite results. With Drano-like efficiency, these outcomes would corrode confidence in federal law-enforcement agencies and the rule of law.

Mueller’s inquest is terminally compromised, as these details demonstrate:

The DOJ and FBI rot from the head down. So who’s the head? by Brian C. Joondeph – “The Trump-Russia collusion investigation is on life support.”

“With 90 percent of media coverage negative toward President Trump, you can be certain that if Trump conspired with Russia to hack the election, these same media would have long ago found evidence of collusion. But they haven’t, have they? Instead, they hyperventilate over nonsense, such as a truck blocking their view of Trump’s golf course, now a three-day story for CNN.

The conspiracy was legion, with many agency heads and upper managers working together to undermine an election. … These players could not have behaved as they did without the approval of the head of the fish, the occupant of the Oval Office – none other than President Barack Obama. Whether explicit or implicit, his directions were crystal-clear to his underlings – his attorney general, his FBI director, his IRS commissioner, and all the other agency heads serving at his pleasure.

No one working in the Obama administration would take on such chicanery and corruption on his own. This all had the blessing of the boss.

But make no mistake that none of this would have happened without the approval of the boss man in the Oval Office. If his standard were to respect law and electoral tradition, none of this would have happened.

As Cell Service Expands, National Parks Become Digital Battlegrounds by Stuart Leavenworth – “First responders support the plans, as do some park officials, who argue that better cell coverage will help attract a new generation of visitors. Critics fear it will lead to more noisy distractions in places designed to be an escape from the modern world.” As usual, one side wants a tech, government, top down fix and the other says that the problem belongs to the individual’s needs and desires.

“these days at Yosemite National Park, hikers to Half Dome are likely to encounter people talking on cellphones as they climb to the top. For visitors to the parks, the call of the outdoors increasingly comes with crisp 4G service, and not everyone is wild about that.

Yet advocates for increased cell service, including many NPS officials, say the parks can’t cling to an earlier era. Expanded cellular and broadband coverage, they argue, helps rescue teams respond to emergencies and are necessary to draw a new generation to the parks.

Juggling public demands has always been difficult in the national parks, especially those that draw big crowds and include large expanses of designated wilderness.

“This shouldn’t be an issue,” said Huffman. “If you want to avoid distractions in the wilderness, you can just turn off your phone. But you might also want to be able to turn on that phone and make a call if you broke your arm and needed help.”

First responders and other safety officials agree that enhanced cell service helps in many outdoor rescues. But the issue is complicated

It’s a matter of personal choice. Do you want it enforced from the top down or from the bottom up? Do you want to remove the option by government edict or do you want to deal with abuse by ignorant idiots? One clue is the situation now:

“People will go into the backcountry and think the cellphone will be their savior,” said Newbern. “Sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way.”

People assume things whether or not the top down choice has been made for them.

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