Archive for June, 2018

These guys are sick

Hit Gas, Not Brakes, On Spygate by George Neumayr – “From the beginning of this farce, the Obama administration has shifted back and forth between taking pride in the spying and denying its existence. We are back in the denial phase.”

“So far the “evidence” justifying the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign has been stunning in its simpleminded crudity. The “evidence” includes: candidate Trump didn’t condemn Putin enough, Trump once jokingly told Russia to look for Hillary’s deleted emails, the RNC strengthened (but not sufficiently so to the satisfaction of the media) a Russian plank in its platform, Stefan Halper saw Michael Flynn talking to a Russian woman at Cambridge back in 2014, Carter Page gave a speech in Moscow, Russian government officials were overheard talking about the Trump campaign (this is non-evidence hyped as worrisome “signals intelligence” that is common about any presidential campaign), and an Australian diplomat had a chat at a London bar with a Trump campaign volunteer who said something speculative that anybody reading the newspaper could have also ventured.

Is the threshold for something as significant as spying on an opposing presidential campaign really this low? The answer is yes, if those with the power to start the probe are partisans in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The capacity of John Brennan and Jim Comey to believe the worst about Trump lies at the root of this debacle and explains why they would treat his campaign as a criminal enterprise to be infiltrated.
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Naturally, the Stupid Party is hitting the brakes, not gas, on this outrageous scandal. Leave it to the Marco Rubios and Trey Gowdys to sanitize the worst spying on the GOP ever.
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How the ruling class closes ranks around lying incompetents, then tries to hector Americans into not seeing what is in front of their noses, is amazing to watch. That major figures of the GOP would join in this charade is sickening but typical and tells you where all of this is headed if the rank-and-file don’t light a fire under GOP leaders. Left to their own cowardly, doltish instincts, they will succumb to the media’s propaganda and attach Trump’s neck to the albatross that by rights should be Obama’s.

Is the FBI Lying about the Australian Diplomat’s Claims, Too? Ace of Spades – “Why are the early days of this investigation always… conveniently overseas, where the John Brennan’s CIA was not forbidden by US law to operate?”

“Jonathan Solomon is also curious why so much of this story — the parts that are still hidden by the CIA and FBI — took place in foreign countries where the CIA was permitted to do all sorts of things that it could not do in America.

Chuck Todd: Isn’t Trump sort of responsible for Samantha Bee’s tone? By Allahpundit gets into the ‘both sides do it’ thang. The problem is that Trump doesn’t use words that need a lot of asterisks to quote and the “Access Hollywood” tape used to support the ‘vulgar Trump’ meme was a private ‘locker room’ conversation from years ago, not a current TV show. The ‘tone’ on the Left, like its attempts to divert and deny, say more about the Left than it does about the Right.

Samantha Bee flashback: Some things will be off limits ‘if we’re going to find the humanity on the other side’ by John Sexton – “What the hell happened to that Samantha Bee?”

“How did she get from “straight-up decency” to calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” in 18 months? Allahpundit’s explanation, which features a Forrest Gump reference, seems like a good one (‘It’s just this stupid war…’). As is so often the case, left-wing misbehavior is always caused by right-wing provocation. In this case, a photo of Ivanka holding her baby and looking happy, was just too much for Bee’s decency to withstand.

But there’s another possible explanation which goes beyond Bee as an individual. As Erik Wemple notes at the Washington Post, Bee’s remarks seemed to delight her audience:
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Samantha Bee isn’t really the core of the problem here, she’s just a symptom. Her vile language is giving voice to lots of angry members of the resistance whose only regret is that she backed down. If Bee went from common decency to vile nut in 18 months it’s probably because she’s chasing her audience.

13 year old reporter causes Sarah Sanders to choke up at WH briefing by Karen Townsend – “The reporter for TIME for Kids magazine asked what President Trump planned to do about school shootings.”

“Naturally, the press lapped up the fact that a child was asking about school shootings and took the opportunity to editorialize that “nothing” has been done.
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I guess Jon Karl at ABC missed President Trump unveiling his proposals back in March and some individual state governors have put into law measures to counter school shootings.
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Note to Jon Karl: Governor Greg Abbott in Texas is also actively working on finding solutions in preventing school shootings and was set to announce his plans just before the Santa Fe school tragedy happened. He announced a 40 point plan this week.

Dear Ex-Friends in #TheResistance by Julie Kelly – “As the whole charade you have been suckered into over the last 18 months starts to fall apart—that Trump would not survive his presidency; he would be betrayed by his own staff, family, and/or political party; he would destroy the Republican Party; he would be declared mentally ill and removed from office; he would be handcuffed and dragged out of the White House by Robert Mueller for “colluding” with Russia—let me remind you what complete fools you have made of yourselves. Not to mention how you’ve been fooled by the media, the Democratic Party, and your new heroes on the NeverTrump Right.”

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The Framer’s remedy for an exercise in gratuitous severity

A long game that’s taking too long by Paul Mirengoff – “Though McConnell is sometimes criticized by conservatives for lack of legislative successes, Senate Republicans have accomplished quite a bit under his leadership, notwithstanding the slimness of their majority.”

“There is one area, though, where McConnell has come up short — confirming nominees for key positions in the Trump administration, especially in the Department of Justice. Currently, nominees are pending for four key Assistant Attorney General position: for the Criminal Division, the Civil Division, the Civil Rights Division, and the Environmental & Natural Resources Division.

The Civil Rights Division is ground-zero for issues of major concern to conservatives, including racial preferences and quotas, voting, local police practices, religious freedom, transgender issues, and much more. In the absence of Trump’s nominee to head the division, Eric Dreiband, liberals still call the tune there to a distressing degree.

The Environmental & Natural Resources Division is a critical partner of the EPA in the rolling back of oppressive and needless regulations. Every stride Scott Pruitt’s EPA has made will be challenged in court. Unless the Justice Department is able successfully to defend these actions, Pruitt’s efforts will be for naught.
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Here’s where Mitch McConnell shoulders some of the blame. The Senate is working basically part-time, often just three days a week. With so few hours of floor time available, with frequent recesses, and with Democrats insisting on 30 hours of floor debate on so many nominees, the confirmation process is moving at a snail’s pace.

Dem investigations into Scott Pruitt have officially jumped the shark (Another rant) by Jazz Shaw – “The Democrats and their media enablers have been on the warpath against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pretty much since the day he was nominated for the post. ” It’s why the DOJ appointments are important.

“the Left has had an especially fierce ax to grind with Scott Pruitt right from the start. It’s not tough to imagine why. He’s been one of the most staunch defenders of Trump’s agenda, making him particularly irksome to many in the media. Also, since one of the President’s top priorities was to roll back regulations, a lot of that work took place in the EPA. Pruitt is widely viewed as Trump’s hired gun who is “undermining the Obama legacy” by rolling back burdensome environmental regulations. Many of these same people are also upset that Pruitt changed EPA policy, forbidding the use of “secret science” when considering regulations and demanding transparency.

All of this has led to one media or Democratic investigation after another. You’ll recall when the press turned Pruitt’s trip to the G-7 in Italy into a scandal over how much it cost while ignoring the fact that his predecessor in the Obama administration took the exact same trip at nearly twice the price. But this latest question really takes the cake. If you want to begin looking into illegal gifts, has anyone been keeping tabs on all of the free opposition research and deceptive advertising the Washington Post, the New York Times and MSNBC have been doing for the DNC during the runup to the 2018 and 2020 elections? Those kinds of services don’t come cheap in the private sector and it’s looking more and more like an in-kind contribution to the Democrats at this point.

A Worthy Pardon for Dinesh D’Souza by Andrew C. McCarthy – “The selective, politicized prosecution of conservative author, producer, and activist Dinesh D’Souza was an exercise in gratuitous severity. President Trump’s pardon of D’Souza, announced today, is the remedy the Framers had in mind.”

“The Obama Justice Department’s extortionate tactic of turning a regulatory violation into a potential seven-year felony put enormous pressure on D’Souza to plead guilty. When he did, rather than just accept its pound of flesh, the Justice Department aggressively pushed for a prison sentence. A bravura performance at the sentencing proceeding by D’Souza’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, convinced the sentencing judge not to imprison him; but D’Souza was still confined to a halfway house for several months — a ridiculous imposition since a halfway house is supposed to be a way-station where incarcerated inmates are transferred for integration back into society. No matter what you think of D’Souza’s politics, his treatment was abusive.

President Trump’s pardon of Dinesh D’Souza is just.

Compare this to Betsy Newmark’s view: “It just looks tawdry.” … “If I were a Trump adviser, I’d have him issue a series of pardons to the usual sorts of people that normally receive presidential pardons – poor unfortunates who got a raw deal.” As McCarthy points out, that is exactly what Trump is doing. So why is Newmark so off the mark? She cites McCarthy. “So maybe D”Souza deserved a pardon. I just wish Trump would temper his Trumpiness when it comes to pardons and add to the list of reasons explaining his pardons a general sense of decency and clemency.” The implication is that her reasoning is tainted by TDS, not reality. The quality of the case succumbs to “Trumpiness” and that is sad.

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