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Americans are dreamers, too

In California, Coffee Causes Cancer And Lawyers Collect The Fee By Alex Berezow – “A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer.”

“Think about that. We live in a society where judges and lawyers — not medical doctors, scientists, or even a group of really clever AP biology high school students — get to determine the credibility of biomedical research.
One may be tempted to conclude that Californians deserve the government that they get. That might be true, but the rest of the country doesn’t deserve it.

Because California is such a large state, what happens in California doesn’t stay in California. … The notion that a handful of activists in California can dictate science and health policy for 320 million Americans is, quite frankly, obscene.

Yet, that’s where we find ourselves. Lawyers who are hellbent on destroying science to make a quick buck can find plenty of fertile ground and ample opportunity in California.

Flaunting lawlessness in the Capitol By Charles Hurt – “Never in the history of this Republic has there been such a jubilant celebration of lawlessness in the heart of our government as we saw at President Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress.”

“Under the gaze of Moses, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson and all the great champions of law from history, today’s current crop of “lawgivers” in America sneered, mocked and ridiculed the mere notion that we might have laws.

That these laws might mean anything.

That these laws might be enforced with equality.

That’s because also gazing down on our modern “lawgivers” in the chamber were an untold number of illegal aliens. These illegal aliens were actually invited to illegally come into the House chamber — the sacred nursery of America’s laws — to sit in sneering judgement of a nation built on the promise that no man (or woman or child) is above the law.

Across the street, enthroned in the pediment of the Supreme Court above the words “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW,” Justice wept.
As is the case with such lawlessness, it necessarily metastasizes. One becomes many.

The Democratic betrayal of the Dreamers By The Washington Times – “The ferocity of the Democratic opposition to a plan that would make Dreamer dreams come true, and assure citizenship and eventually voting rights to 1.8 million illegal immigrants, is a bit puzzling.”

“They know that without getting the money for the wall, President Trump will not agree to the amnesty the Democrats seek. But terrified of the party base that moves ever farther to the left, the Democrats must keep the issue unresolved and boiling. They want no restrictions at all on illegal immigration, and seek nothing less than the Californication of the rest of the country. The Dreamers can see the resolution of their predicament, if only the Democrats will let them have it.

Trump just took ‘telling ordinary Americans’ stories’ to a whole new level By John Podhoretz – “The true inspiration for Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech was not Ronald Reagan or Abraham Lincoln. It was Paul Harvey.”

“His five-minute daily show, “The Rest of the Story,” featured beautifully told tales of individual Americans and the challenges they overcame from a populist right-wing perspective.
The only thing anyone is going to remember about this speech are the stories he told about the people his administration invited to sit in the Capitol gallery.
Trump took it to a new level last night — to a Paul Harvey level.

Speaking From The Heart, Trump’s Speech Was All Democrats Feared It Would Be, IBD – “President Trump, defying expectations that he would give a speech filled with concessions to the bitterly angry Democrats, gave a full-throated, detailed (and long) defense of his first year in office and offered a vision for the future. It was a bravura performance, one of the best in recent history.”

“After hearing Trump demonized and vilified in the media for the better part of a year, average Americans were no doubt surprised to hear a confident president with an extensive resume of successes express his love, admiration and, yes, devotion to the country he plainly loves a great deal.
We don’t know for sure how average Americans viewed his speech. But we do know that it was the kind of speech that Americans like. It was clear and plain-spoken. His ideas were based on common sense and normal American decency, not weird ideologies that bear no relevance to every-day American life.
based on the Democrats sour reaction even when Trump announced initiatives, such as infrastructure rebuilding, that are at the core of Democratic politics, it didn’t really matter. The assembled Democratic politicians looked like they had just bitten into a lemon. They, apparently, have decided not to cooperate with Trump on anything — and signaled it loudly on Tuesday.
Such stunning economic success should be celebrated. That it isn’t, especially by those who pretend to represent the African-American and Hispanic communities, only shows how poisoned the Democratic Party has become by its own extreme ideology.
In any case a lot of Americans were probably surprised by what they saw and heard after a year of nonstop Trump demonization: A man in full, flawed but street-smart, full of love of country, ready to defend it, full of ideas, and eager to go forward. An American.
But any Americans who were listening with an open heart and open mind no doubt heard much to like, and even more to deeply admire: A president who loves his country, is avidly fixing its problems, and wants the continued help and support of the American people to do so.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a president like that.

The Shabby, Sophomoric Behavior of Democrats at the SOTU By Patricia McCarthy – “It is difficult to imagine a more galling demonstration of incivility than the Democrats in the room for Trump’s SOTU speech.”

“They scowled, frowned, and sat on their hands throughout the speech. They could hardly be bothered to acknowledge the heroes in the audience when they were introduced. While the Dems brought illegal immigrants, Trump invited actual paragons of American character and the families of victims of illegal immigrant crimes, as well as a victim of North Korea. It was embarrassing, like watching the anti-Semites in the UN stomp out of the room when Benjamin Netanyahu speaks. How is it any different? Our Democrats behave exactly like the most racist, intolerant people on the planet, and in their own Capitol.
How and why have the leftists among us become so anti-American, so contemptuous of the Constitution, the Founders, and American heroism? When did they get to be so rude?
It was truly shocking for all to see how disrespectful were the Democrats in attendance. Do they think their bad manners will endear them to the American people, most of whom have been taught basic manners and probably agree with nearly every word Trump spoke tonight?
The fact that the Democrats in Congress loathe Trump more than they love their country or the American people is a tragedy … Generally speaking, enmity and rancor do not win over voters. Optimism and success for all does. Love of country does. Trump loves the country and all of its people. That was the message of the night, loud and clear.

5 Things Democrats Refused To Applaud During SOTU by Amber Athey – “Democrats refused to stand during a number of key moments in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, showing their disrespect for veterans, Americans receiving tax cuts and more.”

“We’ve compiled a list of the worst times Democrats chose not to stand for Trump’s speech. … 1. The National Anthem … 2. ‘In God We Trust’ … 3. Tax Cuts … 4. Record Low In Black Unemployment … 5. Veterans

Spot the stupidest MSM SOTU television commentary By Thomas Lifson – “There is a lot of competition for the most inane commentary on the triumphant State of the Union Address that President Trump delivered last night.”

The jiu jitsu SOTU speech by neo-neocon – “In his SOTU speech Trump caught them flat-footed by being almost 100% the Happy Warrior.”

“If you spend a lot of time hammering home the idea that your opponent is stupid, crazy, and/or senile, then every time he acts smart, sane, and competent it makes you look stupid, crazy, and/or like a lying propagandist. If your opponent gets to show himself to the American people and he’s not as you’ve described, who ends up looking foolish?

A special kind of sleazy: Andrew McCabe’s sneaky set-up of Reince Priebus By Monica Showalter – “McCabe took advantage of Reince’s open, honest, honorable nature … and screwed him over for having it.”

“McCabe is suspected of leaking damaging information about Trump and Russia to the press, not because there was anything there, but because there wasn’t. He just wanted to inflict pain.
So here Priebus was, with information exonerating the Trump administration, and he wanted to honor McCabe’s request, as if the truth itself out there was McCabe’s personal possession, safer in McCabe’s hands. O.K., that was a bit weak, but it was understandable. Priebus’s real problem was that he didn’t know he was dealing with a snake.
What kind of a person does that to someone trying to protect him and keep open lines of communication? What kind of a sleazy operative or power player? Priebus was dealing with a swamp thing, not just of manners, but morals. And this is the guy James Comey claimed ‘stood tall’ against all the “small people” who got wise to his games and got rid of him.

Does the FBI need a good hosing out or what? These are dangerous, underhanded people who play unfathomably lowdown, dirty games.

FBI Scandal: McCabe’s Resignation Is Only The Beginning, IBD – “Was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s sudden departure from the nation’s premier law enforcement agency a one-off move by a disgruntled and politically harassed bureaucrat?”

“McCabe was forced out of the No. 2 FBI power post on Monday just before the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a top secret memo detailing possible extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses during the Obama administration.

McCabe was no coincidence. FBI Director Christopher Wray read the memo Sunday, and by Monday afternoon McCabe was gone.
McCabe is at the center of what increasingly appears to be a cabal of FBI officials dedicated to undermining Trump’s presidency. If so, and a congressional memo is not in and of itself proof, it would signal a major scandal that ultimately could lead to firings, fines and even prison terms.
As Congress and the president mull releasing even more information on this sad affair for American democracy, it’s important to note that this is potentially bigger than even Watergate. If in fact a circle of government employees worked to subvert American law and the political process, it’s not a firing offense — it’s a criminal offense.

Democracy’s Highest Crime and Misdemeanor by Scott S. Powell – “Every week brings new revelations and details about a cabal in the federal government whose actions border on both sedition and conspiracy.”

“The United States is now at a defining moment. Will there be a restoration of the rule of law, or will Washington’s elite continue to give cover and a pass to fellow members of the Ruling Class (a descriptive phrase coined in these pages by Angelo Codevilla)?
The U.S. is unique in human history being the only nation founded solely on moral ideas and principles and a noble vision of man’s potential for good, but also a recognition of his sinful propensities for selfishness and abuse of power.

America was founded in revolution against oppression, and then tested, forged, and reaffirmed by bloody sacrifice in civil war and successive foreign wars right up to the present — fought to uphold the cause of freedom and its attendant rights and duties inexorably tied to natural and civil law. If we give a pass to a cabal of lawbreakers in today’s Ruling Class, we betray our heritage, our ideals and vision, and the blood of so many patriots.

This kind of law breaking — the attempt to subvert the will of the American people in the 2016 election and its aftermath — is the highest crime and misdemeanor, akin to treason. So what to do?
Failing to hold Ruling Class lawbreakers accountable is not an option, for the next stage of ruin on that slippery slope we’ve been on looks more like a police state than a country club.

Yes, Americans dream … and are characterized by how they make these dreams come true. This president knows that better than many.

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Update: the civil war in process.

There is a story of the Tet Offensive 50 years on that notes that it was a military victory and a propaganda defeat (Cronkite’s Fake News™). What made it special and different was that it was a coordinated attack on many fronts with regular communist troops. The current civil war may not have regular troops but it does have the propaganda and many fronts. Rozenman touches on a few of the conflicts.

“Where federal law supervenes, state statutes — like those of Colorado and a number of other states, plus the entity known as the District of Columbia — cannot go. A civil war was fought once to settle the matter over another issue some states felt rather strongly about.”

When the Constitution is a ‘buzz-kill’ by Eric Rozenman – “since Lee surrendered to Grant in 1865, nullification has been a very dead letter in U.S. legal theory. However, in 2013 the Obama administration advised federal prosecutors to downgrade if not ignore enforcement of marijuana laws, ostensibly in favor of other crime-fighting priorities.”

“To review: In 1830, Sen. Robert Hayne of South Carolina and Sen. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, staged their famous debate over states’ rights versus national authority, Hayne defending the theory of nullification. Tariff disagreements were the immediate issue, but at bottom the South hoped to establish nullification to protect slavery in individual states from restriction by congressional Northerners.

President Andrew Jackson asserted that nullification amounted to treason, and Congress backed him with the 1833 “Force Bill,” affirming the president’s authority to use the Army to ensure state obedience to federal law. One of Kentucky Sen. Henry Clay’s artful compromises managed to dodge the crisis. Secession would wait another generation.
Ironically, the marijuana legalization effort spread just as the country was in the final throes of its decades-long public health push to tax and stigmatize tobacco use into near extinction.
if not over the putative right to get high by any means convenient, then perhaps school segregation? Establishment of religion?

When rule of law is sacrificed to clamorous infatuation, ugliness issues from Pandora’s box of political expedience. One could imagine a situation in which states and municipalities chose to ignore lawful federal authority on immigration matters and declare themselves “sanctuaries.”
Lincoln was right. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Neither can one with a post-Union mash-up of local, state and federal spheres. Absent those spheres, properly balanced, rule of law can become increasingly nominal, with both union and liberty wafting away on each additional toke over the line.

Does the Washington Post understand the ‘rule of law’? By Jack Hellner – “For eight years the Washington Post and most of the media not only never cared as Obama and Democrats undermined the rule of law; they supported them as they did it.”

“Here is a partial list of things the Post never gave a darn about clear violations of law and Democrats not holding the President to account:
But now the Washington Post is outraged that Republicans are undermining the rule of law because heaven forbid they are asking the Justice Department to explain what they did.
The actual constitutional crisis is when we had a president and others surrounding him that continually ignored the rule of law or actually violated the rule of law and a Justice Department which chose who to prosecute not based on rule of law but based on an agenda or party affiliation.

The Washington Post and others should stop pretending they care about laws or equal treatment under the law based on all their writings the past nine years.

Executive Branch Now Has Custody of Intel Memo For Review Prior to Release by sundance – the war is being fought and steps being taken to recover lost ground.

“The media narrative engineers are busy at work attempting to cloud the constitutional framework behind the accurate, lawful, sequence of steps surrounding the Nunes House Intel Memo. Don’t fall for the tricks.

The legislative branch has now voted in committee to declassify the House Intelligence Memo on FISA-702 abuse, and systemic fraudulent DOJ/FBI use therein. The memo has been sent to the executive branch for review and public release approval.

Memo war: GOP to release memo aimed at Justice Department, while Dems push memo aimed at GOP by Byron York – “Every Republican voted to make the GOP memo public, while every Democrat voted against it.”

“But there was also a rare moment of bipartisanship for the bitterly divided panel. At the same meeting, Republicans and Democrats voted unanimously to make the Democratic memo — the counter-memo to the Republican document — available to all members of the House.
To no one’s surprise, ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was the first to make it to the cameras after the meeting Monday. He noted that the committee had voted to make the Democratic memo available to “members of the House that have been misled by the majority’s memorandum.” But he also spoke in a way that might have led a casual listener to conclude Republicans had voted to keep the memo completely under wraps. At one point he referred to “if and when the majority allows the minority memorandum to see the light of day.”
The Democratic memo, which like the Republican memo is classified and can only be viewed in a secure room, is an attempt to discredit the GOP document without making any larger point about the Trump-Russia investigation, said Republicans who have seen it.

“It was written by attorneys as a rebuttal to our memo, but it’s not going to move their argument forward,” noted one Republican member who has read the Democratic paper. “It’s too detailed, too confusing, and far more personal — they go after [Nunes] again and again.
For their part, committee Democrats called their memo “a counter-argument to all of the errors and inaccuracies in the majority memo” (Rep. Denny Heck of Washington) and “a mountain of evidence in the Trump-Russia investigation” (Rep. Eric Swalwell of California) and “an accurate rendition of the underlying facts” (Schiff).

It’s in everyone’s interest for both the Republican and Democratic memos to ultimately become public. Voters deserve to see the best case that Nunes can make versus the best case that Schiff can make. In addition, the public will need to see at least some of the underlying intelligence to be confident that each side is using that intelligence honestly. To some degree, the credibility of the larger Trump-Russia investigation depends on it.

Put it in front of the people. They are the ones fundamentally accountable and also those who will feel the consequences. Think Venezuela for the latest example of where complacency will take you.

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Subversion as Plain as Day

This Civil War – My South Carolina Tea Party Convention Speech by Daniel Greenfield – “it’s not guns that make a civil war. It’s politics. … Guns are how a civil war ends. Politics is how it begins.”

“How do civil wars happen?

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.

That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.
The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this.
What do sure odds of the Dems rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win.

It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

That’s a civil war.
The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to the left, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate.
The left lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats.

Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.
There’s no consistent legal standard. Only a political one.
You can’t pin it down. There’s no one office or one guy. It’s a network of them. It’s an ideological dictatorship. Some people call it the deep state. But that doesn’t even begin to capture what it is.

To understand it, you have to think about things like the Cold War and Communist infiltration.
This is a war over who runs the country. Do the people who vote run the country or does this network that can lose an election, but still get its agenda through, run the country?
Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.

That’s not a free country.
We’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and leftist professional government.

The pros have made it clear that they’re not going to accept election results anymore. They’re just going to make us do whatever they want. They’re in charge and we better do what they say.
This is a civil war over whether the American people are going to govern themselves. Or are they going to be governed.
The Trump years are going to decide if America survives. When his time in office is done, we’re either going to be California or a free nation once again.

The civil war is out in the open now and we need to fight the good fight. And we must fight to win.

Making the Trump tax cuts permanent, now by Stephen Moore – “Most of the cuts for the middle class — including the lower income tax rates, the doubling of the standard deduction, and the additional $500 per child tax credit — will expire after 2024 because of arcane budget rules.”

“This raised the indignation of liberal Democrats who started shouting “tax hikes for the middle class.” Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, ranted that the Trump tax plan “would provide permanent tax cuts for multi-millionaires and billionaires,” while “all middle-class families will eventually face a tax increase.”

But fixing that problem is easy by voting to make the tax cuts permanent so no one faces a tax hike. Many Democrats would be back with their chants of “tax cuts for the rich,” except that most of what would be permanent, put money in the pockets of the middle class.
In other words, this would be a re-vote on the tax bill that passed with only Republican yes votes in the Senate in December. All the Democrats voted no — effectively following their leaders Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer off a cliff to nowhere.

As Democrats Cave, More Obamacare Taxes Put on Ice by David Catron – “The GOP disarms three more financial time bombs about to blow up your personal budget.” These are suspensions for a year or two that will need attention in the future.

“Part of the price paid by the Democrats to get out of the hole they dug for themselves when they forced the shutdown was the suspension of three onerous Obamacare taxes — the medical device tax, the tax on premium (Cadillac) health plans, and the health insurance (HIT) tax. All three were wildly unpopular with the voters, due to go into effect imminently, and would have made medical care even more expensive.
Regardless of how far those bills get, however, the recent budget deal forced by the ham-handed Democratic shutdown charade has resulted in welcome tax breaks that will save Americans a lot of money. Combined with the elimination of the individual mandate in the tax reform bill passed in December, the delayed implementation of the medical device tax, the Cadillac tax, and the HIT tax moves the ball down the field. Obamacare’s opponents are winning the game one yard at a time. It’s not as dramatic as a successful Hail Mary, but the result is the same.

Home Depot Co-Founder Asks Democrats To Put Politics Aside And Think About ‘Lifting Up The Lives Of The American People’ by Frank Camp – “Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus … slammed the Democratic politicians who opposed the GOP tax bill”

“Marcus lambasted politicians who repeatedly refer to the bonuses being handed out by companies following the passage of the tax bill as “crumbs,” adding that while we hear about all the large companies like Home Depot and Google, what matters even more are “the 30 million small businesses in America.”

The Home Depot co-founder then recounted to Cavuto his conversations with two small business owners who planned on hiring more workers, noting that what may appear minor becomes something major when “you start adding that up to millions of businesses.”

Trump Just Did Something Obama Never Could — Deliver On Promised GDP Growth by John Merline – This is about correcting those “Trump is a liar” claims as well as some reality about the economy and who really has the picture straight.

The Week Ahead Promises an Awful Lot by Peter Barry Chowka – “another leftist “people’s” mass demonstration today, President Trump’s first State of the Union address to the Congress and the nation on Tuesday, and the expected release of the House Republicans’ FISA memo after that.”

“ To head it off, the Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have been casting the memo as a flawed partisan Republican document whose purpose is to deflect attention from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Democrats opposed to releasing the memo also insist that it has the potential of harming government intelligence agencies and compromising national security.

From Conspiracy Theories to Conspiracies by Victor Davis Hanson – “did anyone believe that in the year 2017 the losing side in an American election would immediately dub itself the “Resistance”—channeling the World War II nomenclature of the guerrilla campaign against the Nazi occupation of France?” Read this and the go re-read Greenfield’s case for calling it a civil war.

“One ingredient for removing a president would entail a nonstop effort by the opposition to use the courts, the legislative branch, the investigatory agencies, and the administrative state to discredit, undermine, and remove an elected government. In modern terms, that might entail opponents suing to challenge the legitimacy of the election, perhaps by charging in court that according to “experts,” voting machines were dysfunctional and thus some state tallies were null and void.

The effort might embrace trying to subvert the Constitution by pressuring state electors not to honor their constitutionally defined responsibilities to vote in accordance with the popular vote in their respective states. It might also include an effort to introduce articles of impeachment in the House.
In fact, in just Trump’s first year we have seen all these things and more.
If any of these efforts were undertaken in 2009 to subvert the presidency of Barack Obama popular outrage might well have led to criminal indictments.
Everyone should be keen to distinguish conspiracies from conspiracy theories. The above are real events, not the tales told by the paranoid.

Why aren’t the Democrats horrified by the corruption at the FBI and DOJ? By Patricia McCarthy – “It is becoming clearer by the day, after over a year of investigations, that the Obama administration did indeed weaponize the DOJ, the FBI, the CIA, the ATF, the IRS and the NSA.”

“Over those eight years, each of the above agencies was transformed into an arm of the Democratic Party tasked with crippling the opposition and abrogating the Constitution.
Those law enforcement institutions in which Americans have put their trust and faith for many decades have been thoroughly compromised by a group of bad actors at the top, self-appointed arbiters of electoral politics. Besides sullying the reputations of their institutions, this “secret society” of persons who believe themselves to be above the law has lethally betrayed the rank and file employees of those agencies.

The public has seen only a fraction of the material that, according to those who have seen it, proves higher-ups at the DOJ and FBI colluded to clear Hillary Clinton of any responsibility for her many crimes.
Are there no essential values among these persons privileged to wield power over the rest of us?
Information is being released in dribs and drabs, but enough has been made public for all to know that this is the biggest political scandal in American history.
What is so distressing is that no elected Democrat, not one, has expressed shock or concern that these agencies have been so corrupted. Given what we know so far, every member of Congress and every member of the press should be equally horrified. This level of criminality should offend everyone, every citizen and every elected official. But to the left, it’s just another dust-up created by those rascally Republicans. Use our law enforcement agencies to destroy a campaign and/or to bring about the impeachment of a President? “So what” seems to be the attitude on the left. The Constitution be damned.
Shouldn’t the Democrats be as angry about this as Republicans? Has their hatred for Trump so impaired their judgment that they have sacrificed their integrity, their respect for ethics and the law? How else to explain their full engagement in the cover-up, fueled by their wholesale denial of the facts?

To Protect Illegals from Deportation, Denver Decriminalizes Pooping on the Pavement by Jeannie DeAngelis – “Although a bit uncivilized, it stands to reason that Denver, the first US city to legalize social marijuana, felt it was imperative to decriminalize the non-violent act of urinating or pooping on the pavement.”

“Unlike criminal vacuum-borrowers and lawless rock-desecrators, henceforth, in Denver, vagrant illegals, who came to America from countries Donald Trump less-than-tactfully described as sewers, will be able to freely spread diversity like organic fertilizer in a multicultural garden.
Instead of raising the standard, Denver city leaders lowered the bar and opened their minds by allowing destitute illegal immigrants to open their bowels on the sidewalk. The result of this particular progressive legislation is that another American city is being turned into the type of feces-strewn sewer those on the left incessantly argue Americans are responsible to help illegal immigrants escape.
And so, once again, liberal politicians have aided and abetted the progressive destruction of cities where pooping on the pavement is no longer considered a crime but an inescapable expression of cultural diversity.

Just what can one individual do? To combat these issues, it seems you have to form a gang.

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A distorted mind; strange perceptions

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Trump at Davos by neo-neocon – “No, Trump’s not the emperor without clothes. He’s the kid who points and says the obvious about the naked emperor, “But he hasn’t got anything on!”

Then there are headlines like this: The Obstruction Case Is Getting Solid but when you go to look to see why, you find reporting that says “The aborted attempt to dismiss Mueller shows that Trump has sought to control the Russia investigation, that he has faked his reasons for disrupting it, and that he has ignored warnings that his behavior could be illegal.” In other words, the idea of ‘solid’ is based on something that did not happen, no evidence of any defined crime or illegal activity, and a boss mulling over firing an employee where, if that actually happened, that boss listed to, and acted on, reasonable cases presented by advisers. Just who is mentally deranged and unable to grapple reality here? Who is showing indications of obsessive behavior?

Doomsday Clock scream of ‘danger!’ falls flat on anti-Trump face by Cheryl K. Chumley – “One of the clock setters’ biggest concerns seems to be President Donald Trump’s rhetoric. – Seriously.” It’s about personality based paranoia.

“Sift through the parsed language and what these clock watchers are really getting at is that Trump’s manner of speaking — his manner of matching mockery with mockery, attack with attack, threat and intimidation with threat and intimidation — has brought the world to the brink of self-destruction.
To Doomsdayers, the Trump era, which has only been one year, by the way, has nonetheless ushered in more dangers than September 11, 2001, and the terror attacks on the United States — when the clock didn’t budge from its 1998 setting of nine minutes to midnight — and more dangers than seen during the entire diplomatic-at-all-costs Barack Obama administration, when the clock shifted from six minutes to midnight, to five minutes to midnight in 2012 and three minutes to midnight in 2015 and 2016.

This Trump talk — it’s a real killer all right.

Then there’s the Fake Newsâ„¢ scandal mongering. Huffington Post Smears Ryan Zinke With Fake Charge by Frank Miele – “The fake news media took another scalp this week, er, I mean, they distorted another story in order to smear the Trump administration.” AND Melania Trump’s favorability trends upward despite scandal-seeking news coverage by Jennifer Harper – “Some wonder why ‘liberal feminists’ have not come to her defense.” AND The Stormy Daniels outrage shows the media still don’t get Trump and why he won by Eddie Scarry – “It’s confounding reporters and TV commentators without critical thinking skills (take your pick off the “Morning Joe” set) that people just don’t seem to care about Stormy Daniels, the porn actress President Trump allegedly paid off to keep quiet before the 2016 election.”

Then there’s the real scandal. Grassley Pursues America’s Biggest Scandal by John Hinderaker – “While the Democratic Party press tries to pump life into Bob Mueller’s going-nowhere-fast Russia investigation, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley continues to burrow into the real scandal: the corruption of the Department of Justice and the FBI by Barack Obama, the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.” One reason it is as big a scandal as it is is due to the solidarity and nature of the partisan response.

“Here, we simply have a letter requesting information. The Democrats to whom it is addressed will either ignore it, respond in risibly inadequate fashion, or lie. And there probably isn’t anything the Senate Judiciary Committee can do about it. Still, it is good to see that Grassley and Graham are at least trying to get at the truth with regard to what shapes up as the biggest scandal in American political history.

will the scandals of the past decade ever be resolved?

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First does not mean alone.

Ed Morrissey has the ying and the yang this morning. In Davos pitch: “America first is not America alone” he mentions that Trump’s comments about Fake News was met with derision. Then there’s The Economist concedes, sort of: Actually, Trump’s not been bad for the economy after all illustrating a pernicious flavor of Fake News.

“This particular part of the editorial almost beggars belief. Trump’s attacks on free trade agreements and on key trading partners didn’t make me happy during the campaign either, but it’s beyond churlish to ignore Trump’s purpose in making them. He used those threats to force our trading partners to renegotiate these pacts, none of whom were otherwise inclined to do so. In fact, when Trump began making those threats, all three of these countries declared that they would not renegotiate. The very reason why the talks are in motion for both of these pacts is because Trump threatened to pull out. He had always planned to renegotiate; Trump played hardball to get them to the table.

They make a similarly willful statement of ignorance on the tax reform package, too.
At some point, The Economist — and Democrats — might be forced to admit that Trump and Republicans had it right on the economy all along. Don’t hold your breath waiting for that day, but feel free to spend your money.

“Journalist” helped suppress 2005 photo of Obama with Farrakhan for fear it would hurt his political career by Allahpundit – “If you’re suppressing truthful information, you don’t get to be called a “journalist” without scare quotes” … “The Obama-Farrakhan thing isn’t about whether the photo would’ve mattered, it’s a story because a journalist admitted to burying it so it wouldn’t hurt him politically.”

False missile alert “button pusher” goes silent with investigators by Jazz Shaw – “This story was supposed to be over, except for the ongoing review of how the mistake was made and what can be done to prevent it in the future.”

“Just so we don’t get bogged down in any “fake news” tags here, this isn’t coming from unnamed sources. It’s been confirmed by both the FCC and HI-EMA. The latter has two separate internal investigations going on and the FCC is flying people out to the islands to conduct interviews, but our button-pusher is completely clamming up.
Stay tuned. If the mistake of the century turns out to be something more than a mistake, this story could be heating up again very quickly.

The new champion of Net Neutrality is…Burger King? by Taylor Millard – “Burger King is going all hip by putting together a PSA(?) explaining the “evils” of no Net Neutrality to customers in a video called Whopper Neutrality.”

“First off, it’s pretty shocking there are any Burger King customers still alive since the repeal of Net Neutrality killed everyone, followed by the tax cuts, followed by the three-day shut down of 17ish% of the U.S. government. The only reason I’m writing is Odin blessed me with plenty of vim and vigor, and a nearby village perfect for raiding parties.

But, second off, Burger King is completely missing the mark when it comes to criticizing no Net Neutrality. Proponents of Net Neutrality say the government needs to make sure there’ s a level playing field, because of huge corporations like Comcast, Charter, and AT&T.
There a certain irony Burger King’s decision to get involved in the Net Neutrality fight. FreedomWorks Director of Policy Patrick Hedger mentioned to me BK, “doesn’t sell Pepsi products, they have an exclusive deal with Coca-Cola. Not very neutral of them. How dare they block Pepsi’s market access on their infrastructure.”
BK’s got every right to try to promote Whopper Neutrality or Net Neutrality, they just need to be honest about it. Of course, given the shrill comments from Net Neutrality supporters on the issue, it shouldn’t be surprising to see a bunch of hyperbolic commentary, complete with factual inaccuracies, coming out. The facts are this: Net Neutrality hindered competition and was anti-free market. It gave the government too much control over the Internet, especially at a time when FISA is, and remains, a big issue in this country. A truly free market system would keep telecoms and ISPs from getting kickbacks from the government, and force them to fight for every customer’s dollar through lower costs, and faster speeds.

Or to quote the hip kids these days, “Can I haz actual free market?”

There was something Reagan may have said: “don’t worry. I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.” Too many don’t get his point.

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Evidence accumulates towards and ugly message

Evidence mounts of Obama involvement in Dinesh D’Souza’s selective prosecution by Monica Showalter – “Would President Obama have been that petty to target a critic for draconian law enforcement over a movie? The way the Soviet KGB might have targeted a dissident?” Looks that way.

“It’s creepy to think there are lawmen with that little integrity out there to have not spoken out about such a blatant abuse of police power for political purposes. And it suggests that law enforcement agencies are shot through with leftists, which would mean no diversity of thought in the ranks, same as welfare, public defender, and other leftwing agencies.

What this vast expansion of resources – $100,000 for a $20,000 at most violation – also shows that Obama’s claims to “prioritization of resources” such as he claimed when he enabled the open border and its “child migrants” – was spoken with a forked tongue.

Alexa is no longer going to take your sexist abuse by John Sexton – “Over at the Atlantic, there’s a piece arguing that Alexa—the female voice associated with Amazon’s voice-activated, home automation product—is a victim of oppression, or maybe a setback for feminism, or something.” This is the kind of thing that feeds phenomena such as described by Brent Ledger in Seniors want to know whom they can trust online.

More skewed immigration reporting from the New York Times by Paul Mirengoff – “It isn’t lack of intelligence that distorts the Times’ reporting, it’s lack of objectivity. Haberman and her colleagues are rooting so hard against Trump, and for illegal immigrants, that it bends their reporting, sometimes to the point of incoherence.”

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Basic Management and Basic Scandal

Scott Adams has been using the current political war to illustrate the ideas in his new book Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter. Don Surber comes up with another, ‘amateur’ Jay Fivekiller, observer with “DACA is not a bargaining chip, it’s a wedge.” Fivekiller posted a series of 30 tweets where he laid out his view. It’s quite an analysis. For Surber it is also a reminder that those who think Trump is going in the right direction and knows more about how to get there than anyone might expect are not alone.

“30. So, once again, remember the Three Rules of the Trumpening.

  1. Always trust Trump.
  2. Never bet against Trump.
  3. Don’t get tired of winning.

“Now those are the observations of some guy who had 2,031 followers as of 9 PM last night.
I began assuring readers in August 2016 we are not alone, back when everyone wrote off The Donald.

And then 13 months later, in September 2017, I assured readers that Ann Coulter, Patrick Buchanan, and the rest were wrong about Trump’s meeting with Nancy and Chuck.

What we saw in Trump that they did not see by Don Surber – “Any honest man must admit that Donald Trump has proved in just one year to be a far better president than his predecessor.”

“We the voters are not surprised by Trump’s competence. Beneath the maelstrom and headlines lies a rather boring and casebook management style.

Congress acting downright childish By Joseph Curl – “When senators from both parties gathered over the weekend to privately discuss how to end the government shutdown, they were forced to resort to using a “talking stick.” Hold the talking stick, only you can talk. Everyone else has to put on their listening hats.”

“The three-day shutdown of the government was the most childish in history. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer had no end game at all, he simply wanted to shut it all down. And you want to know the real reason? Because he couldn’t stand the idea that President Trump was heading down to Mar-a-Lago to host a big party to celebrate his anniversary (which was Saturday).
“Today we enter the third day of the Trump Shutdown, the first ever real shutdown to occur when one party controls the entire legislative process,” Mr. Schumer said Monday. “The Republican Party controls the House, the Senate, and the presidency, and yet they were unable to keep the government open for the American people.”

The claim was, as usual, disingenuous. The Senate needed 60 votes to move forward, and there are only 54 Republicans in the chamber. Mr. Schumer knows that, which makes the “claim” a “lie.”

Howard Kurtz: Trump and the media now in a battle over truth, and who owns it By Jennifer Harper – the hype and the author don’t seem to be in sync. What seems to be missing is the problem of distinguishing between truth and pecadillo, putting a focus on ‘mistakes’ rather than the truth of the message.

“These are not easy words for me to write. I am a lifelong journalist with ink in my veins. And for all my criticism of the media’s errors and excesses, I have always believed in the mission of aggressive reporting and holding politicians accountable. But the past two years have radicalized me. I am increasingly troubled by how many of my colleagues have decided to abandon any semblance of fairness out of a conviction that they must save the country from Trump,” Mr. Kurtz said in a excerpt published Tuesday by the Hollywood Reporter.

“I first got to know Donald Trump three decades ago and never made the blunder of underestimating him during the campaign. I saw all his weaknesses — the bluster, the bullying, the refusal to admit mistakes — but I also saw strengths that most of my colleagues missed, especially an ability to channel the anger of millions of voters who despise the press — including the old-guard conservative press — and other elite institutions,” the author wrote. “This is, at bottom, a battle over the truth. Who owns it, who controls it, who can sell their version to a polarized public that increasingly cannot agree on basic facts.”

Media lying about McConnell to help save face for Chuck Schumer By Ed Lasky – “Chuck Schumer has a huge problem, but his friends in the mainstream media are pitching in to help – with lies. … instead of reporting on the disarray among the Democrats, the narrative just has to be that the evil Republicans engaged in perfidy.”

“This fake news is intended to sow distrust of McConnell among populists and some Republicans and set him up, should he not bring up the issue, for the media propagating the false narrative that Republicans are lying about bringing up DACA by the first week of February.

Fake, Fake, Fake.

Paraphrasing Groucho Marx’s immortal question: Who ya gonna believe, the media or your own eyes?

Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree by George Neumayr – “His investigation is hopelessly compromised.”

“Once again, Trump’s criticisms are vindicated. Go back and look at even his most inflammatory tweets about Obamagate and they all hold up. His campaign was wire-tapped; FBI agents were plotting against him; Obama’s FBI director was leaking to the press; the FBI was collaborating with Hillary’s opposition researchers; the FBI/Justice Department exoneration of Hillary was rigged.

The great villain in the media’s tale of collusion turns out to be the victim.
What emerges from all this evidence of astonishing bias is a probe that didn’t seek to discover a crime but create one.
This is not the slow unfolding of justice but scenes from a show trial, one in which the only serious crimes are committed by abusive prosecutors and investigators, so intoxicated by their own political self-righteousness that they can brag to their paramours about the “fix” on Trump.

Prosecutorial Collusion in the Fourth Estate: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 4 by Mark Pulliam – “The special prosecutors’ deceitful collusion with the news media reveals the poisonous motives of both.” This is about another case with eerie parallels.

“Among the many parallels between the abuses of mercenary “special prosecutors” Kent Schaffer and Brian Wice and the out-of-control investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is the prevalence of media leaks, planted stories, and outright collusion between government officials — servants of justice, supposedly — and the overwhelmingly-biased press corps. This marks an ominous development in the pattern of prosecutorial abuse that Glenn Reynolds has termed Ham Sandwich Nation; the Fourth Estate, instead of constraining such abuse, has become an accomplice to it.
The worst aspect of this grotesque miscarriage of justice, however, is the ignominious role played by a hyper-partisan, supine, and incurious press corps, which served as the special prosecutors’ obsequious PR flacks. If abusive lawfare is to be prevented, a free and independent news media must play the role of watch dog, not lap dog. The Fourth Estate has become a Fifth Column — a tool of overreaching, scheming, and manipulative prosecutors. Shame on them.

Did The Obama Administration Abuse FISA To Spy On The Trump Campaign? We’ll Have To Wait 19 Days; UPDATE: Maybe Not by Matt Vespa – It’s about that 4 page memo and when the rest of us can see what upsets so many who have cleared security to read it. Top that with lost communications from a critical period and you can understand why things are getting interesting. “Things are moving with the speed of an espionage leak.” BREAKING: FBI Text Said To “Directly” Link Obama To Illegal 2016 Election Tampering …

NBC: Did McCabe sandbag Flynn into an obstruction charge? By Ed Morrissey – “How did Michael Flynn get caught in an obstruction of justice charge resulting from an FBI interrogation? The answer should serve as a warning signal to anyone who gets a call from law enforcement seeking a meeting.” It’s about using implied false pretenses to sandbag a victim for a manufactured process crime.

What Do We Do About the FBI? By Roger L Simon – “should “lying to the FBI” be a crime, when the FBI itself lies?”

“So if — and it’s not that big an if anymore — this story out of a spy novel (the density of Le Carré coupled with the outlandishness of Fleming) is indeed the truth, what do we do about it? The answer is not easy. At minimum it would necessitate a massive over-hauling, possibly even a dismantling, of the FBI and the Department of Justice. But how would we do that? That too will not be simple.

Critics of the FBI often acknowledge, seemingly paying obeisance, that there are many good people at the heart of the organization. Can we assume that to be accurate? Undoubtedly there are a significant number, but how do we determine who is who in an organization so adept at, and wedded to, stonewalling? Moreover, we can assume that the perpetrators at the top will be backed up and supported — some of the time anyway — by leaders of other investigative and intelligence branches, notably the CIA and the NSA, that have been similarly infiltrated over the years.
So many issues are at play here it’s mind-boggling. How do we deal with the dishonesty of our officials and bureaucrats when those same people are the keepers of our secrets and the enforcers of our laws (both of which are related)? When is transparency necessary? When is secrecy justified? Who will watch the watchers? Are the congressional oversight committees enough? Do they have sufficient power?

Ace: Peter Strzok on Joining Mueller’s RUSSIA Investigation: “My Gut Says There’s No Big ‘There’ There,” But Then, It May be a Chance to “Fix It and Finish It” –

“Despite his gut telling him that there was no “there” there on the Russia claims, Strzok nevertheless discussed “fix[ing] things” — he seems to have felt that even a rigged Hillary fake-investigation was too much, and wanted to “fix” that — and his possible Rendezvous With History if he joined Mueller’s team … Maybe we can start calling this guy Mr. Fix-It.

Diagnosing the president disrespects those who truly have mental illnesses by Michael Kirsch, MD – “In the past month, the Goldwater Rule has appeared in our newspapers and all over cable news and commentary programs.”

“It is beyond obvious that many of these “mental health experts” are simply using a new tool to attack a president whom they oppose politically or despise personally. I oppose this practice both as a physician and as a citizen. We cannot normalize average citizens or medical professionals on the sidelines offering psychiatric assessments of folks they don’t really know. If this objectionable process were to become accepted, then it would be ultimately applied throughout society. There would be an inexorable mission creep that would make all of us potential targets of these inquisitions. If a boss at work, a teacher, an athlete or a customer started arguing, might this individual be labeled by onlookers as having a condition?
The wisdom of keeping silent is aged and timeless. “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” – Proverbs 22:23.

There are those who notice the childish behavior and many are getting rather concerned. Maybe. We can hope.

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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, 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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