Archive for April, 2019

Priorities?

House Dems Sign Secret MOUs To Target Trump. Sara Carter – “Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Elijah Cummings and Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters executed a secret Memorandum of Understanding to “target” President Trump and subpoena all his financial and banking records, according to a letter sent to Cummings from ranking committee member Rep. Jim Jordan.

“On Monday, Jordan sent a memorandum explaining his objections to the partisan behavior of Cummings and “unprecedented subpoena to Mazars USA LLP,” as reported by SaraACarter.com.

“We’d describe (the MOUs) as an agreement to conspire and coordinate their efforts to attack and investigate POTUS,” said a congressional official with knowledge of the MOUs. “This is not how committee’s normally operate. Dems aren’t interested in legislating. Only attacking POTUS.”

Jordan emphatically objected to the secret MOUs and excoriated Democrats who “did not consult with Republican Members of the Committee or allow Members to consider and debate the terms of your MOU before executing the MOU with Chairwoman Waters. You did not disclose the MOU’s existence to Members or the American people until after I raised the matter.”

In the letter Jordan asks Cummings to “provide greater transparency around your secretive conduct.” …

“If you intend to continue to use the Committee’s limited resources to attack President Trump for political gain, I hope that you will at least be transparent about your actions,” said Jordan at the end of his letter. “Your ability to function as a fair and unbiased finder of fact is now at grave risk. The Members of the Committee—and, more importantly, the American citizens we represent—deserve to know exactly how you are leading this Committee. I look forward to your detailed answers to these questions.”

Obama turned the FBI into the KGB. Don Surber – “In the eyes of our myopic media, Obama could do no wrong, and President Trump can do no right.

“McCarthy wrote in the New York Post, “There is no doubt that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign. As Barr made clear, the real question is: What predicated the spying? Was there a valid reason for it, strong enough to overcome our norm against political spying? Or was it done rashly? Was a politically motivated decision made to use highly intrusive investigative tactics when a more measured response would have sufficed, such as a ‘defensive briefing’ that would have warned the Trump campaign of possible Russian infiltration?”

Ah, McCarthy knows the answer. There is no valid reason for a president to spy on a political opponent.

Nixon had his team of plumbers to fix press leaks.

Obama had the FBI.

That is Obama’s true legacy.

Woman who assaulted Kellyanne Conway skates. Paul Mirengoff – “The message sent by McCormick is clear: Montgomery County residents can assault conservatives and Trump administration officials with impunity here. There has been a wave of confrontations by leftists of such figures in the Washington, D.C. area. Montgomery County is saying that it’s okay during these confrontations to grab and shake the target.

Climategate Remembered: The Need for a Second Opinion (new panel taking shape). Rbradley – “While Climategate has been the subject of several dedicated posts at MasterResource, Bell’s retelling is particularly relevant to what has been going on behind closed doors by a band of mostly deep-ecologist academic climatologists who work from an agenda of climate alarm and Malthusianism.” … “A March 20 article co-authored by Mann and Bob Ward in The Guardian equated the planned NSC panel to Stalinist repression.” hyperbolic evidence starved ad hominem tells the story.

2019 Update: “For every 100 girls…..” Mark Perry – “I’ve updated the original list with the most recent data available and added some new items that demonstrate empirically the many significant differences between boys (men) and girls (women) on many measures of health outcomes, educational outcomes, educational and learning disabilities, suicide and homicide rates, incarceration rates, alcohol and drug abuse frequency, behavior problems leading to suspension or expulsion in school, etc.

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What will it take?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where will it end?

Democrats’ railings about Barr and spying are going to end badly for them. Patricia McCarthy – “It has for nearly two years been clear, proven beyond all doubt, that a self-important faction at the FBI and DOJ, with covert approval of then-President Obama, conspired to see that Trump would not be elected.

“The facts are in. It was all a grand scam to deprive voters of their duly-elected President who these self-appointed tyrants could not abide. And the dems cannot accept the facts. They’ve been exposed. The truth is coming out, in dribs and drabs that will soon be a tsunami. … Our leftists have allowed themselves to be deceived by a mountain of obvious facts. The nation has suffered tremendously for their crimes and history will judge them harshly.

Barr is right, spying on Trump campaign did occur. Byron York – “Democrats and some in the media expressed shock and outrage when Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Pro-Life Propaganda, or Just the Truth? Alicia Colon – “Ms. Johnson may have been cold-blooded enough to handle the remains of an aborted child but it took viewing the sonogram of a live baby fighting for its life before being sucked away by a powerful vacuum to wake her up to the truth.

“Perhaps the liberal Variety writer thinks Unplanned is propaganda, but I prefer to see it as providing the truth exposing Planned Parenthood as one organization that should not get taxpayer funding anymore.  My definition of propaganda are films like Vera DrakeThe Cider House Rules; and If these Walls Could Talk and other films that show abortionists to be doctors with intact souls. Fake, fake, fake.

Overwhelming denial of reality.

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nightmares

William Barr Is the Democrats’ Worst Nightmare. Roger L. Simon – “Barr’s obviously been paying attention to the larger situation and that is bad news indeed for Democrats.

“The big story was the affirmative answer he gave to a question about whether he was planning to investigate the provenance of the Russia probe itself. That would, of course, include the FISA court scandal and the Steele dossier, not to mention strange–let’s call them spooky– occurrences in the UK well before the election. Barr noted he also would look at the eight criminal referrals of DOJ personnel and others coming from Devin Nunes. He further noted we could expect the inspector general’s report on these matters in May or June. He was filled with such news, much of it spontaneously given. Perhaps even John Huber will surface.

More are undoubtedly coming. Is it an accident Judicial Watch was finally able to uncover “422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of ‘cover-up’ discussions related to the Clinton email system” just the other day? Or does it have something to do with the installation of Barr? Impossible to know at this juncture, but what is clear is we will be dealing with this a long time, all the way, it’s quite likely, to election 2020. For the Democrats, this is the original “be careful what you wish for,” especially if the investigation leads where many think it will–to the top of their party.

If I’m right, and correcting this massive malfeasance in the DOJ and FBI (with obvious encouragement from “upstairs”) is what he’s after, we should all be behind Bill Barr with all our might. He’s going to need everyone’s support.

Candace Owens Nukes Nadler’s ‘Hate Crime’ Hearing. David Catron – “The hearing today is not about “white nationalism” or “hate crimes.” It’s about fear-mongering, power and control. It’s a preview of the 2020 Democrat election strategy

“And this is by no means the only feature of Owens’ biography that the media have neglected to report. She is hardly a typical “conservative activist.” First, unlike the absurd Jussie Smollett, she has actually been the victim of a genuine hate crime. Moreover, she is a registered Democrat. However, her strong support for President Trump precludes fair coverage by the legacy media. That heresy inspired them to parrot the absurd BuzzFeed “news” story claiming that she is a Nazi apologist. Inevitably, California Democrat Ted Lieu raised this absurd claim Tuesday to smear Owens. She incinerated him:

the outrageous behavior of Nadler, Lieu, and their accomplices on the House Judiciary Committee was worse than a crime, to coin a phrase, it was a blunder. When black voters, who never see these parasites until a few days before some crucial election, watch Tuesday’s videos of Candace Owens taking these characters to school, they will begin to wonder what the Democrats have done for them lately.

The Russia Hoax was originally aimed at Flynn, not Trump. Michael Kennedy – “I am more and more coming around to the opinion of David Goldman and Michael Ledeen.

“The Russia hoax was aimed at Michael Flynn and his role as a Trump advisor.

It was all about General Flynn. I think it began on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, when Flynn changed the way we did intelligence against the likes of Zarqawi, bin Laden, the Taliban, and their allies.

Why did the Deep State throw caution to the winds in an desperate effort to frame Donald Trump for alleged collusion with Russia–and failing that, to entrap him in an obstruction of justice case? There are a lot reasons for the Establishment to hate Donald Trump, but one of them stands out. During the campaign, Donald Trump denounced the Obama administration for having created ISIS. That claim drew ridicule from the mainstream media, but it is entirely correct. Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump’s campaign adviser, was head of Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 when the DIA blew the whistle on CIA backing for Sunni Islamists fighting the Assad regime during the then-raging Syrian civil war. As my friend Michael Ledeen wrote at PJ Media on March 26, the Mueller investigation was all about Flynn.

Flynn was bankrupted by Mueller at the urging of the Intelligence Community, led by Brennan and Clapper.

Who Is To Blame For The Rise Of Radical Partisanship In Congress? Madeline Osburn – “Historians’ rose-colored glasses see the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s as times when members’ kids played baseball together and civility reigned. It’s the ’80s that are credited with the rise of temper tantrums and personal attacks.” 80’s? Indicative. There’s more to the story.

“Portteus argues that evidence suggests the radicalization of Congress and more frequent ill treatment of the other side actually began a decade earlier than Gingrich’s arrival. After the Watergate election in the mid-1970s, the Republican Party was in shambles and Democrats gained one of the largest majorities in Congress any party had ever seen.

Even as Republicans won back seats after Jimmy Carter was elected president, the Democratic leadership maintained minuscule roles for Republicans. They used forceful tactics in exerting their power

These events in the late 1970s led Republicans believe that not only did Democrats have no interest in working together, but they were also willing to steal elections to maintain power. Democrats were actually the original inventors of procedural tricks and stubborn sleight-of-hands that conventional wisdom now blames the Gingrich coalition for.

Scholars often imply that when Democrats are in control, they behave like civil moderates, but the evidence suggests otherwise. …

But perhaps it’s not just the major parties who are to fully shoulder the blame for the radicalization of their tribes. The American people themselves have become polarized, and that is reflected in our legislature. We have two camps with fundamentally different views of justice, the role of government, and identity politics — and each camp sends representatives to D.C. to fight for their side. It seems Congress will not be to able find a middle ground until their voters do.

But the evidence? Reality? Reason? Integrity? Wither art thou?

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The easiest mark …

Awards and honoring, whether in the press or in other venues, are a means to establish credibility where it doesn’t belong. Many are tarnished by the Left’s attempts to impress the victims of their scams.

Bill Clinton Honoree Thrown In Jail Over “Biggest Clean Energy Scam In American History”. Tyler Durden – “Instead of high returns, the over 300 victims of this fraud unwittingly invested in uninhabitable land and a bogus trash-to-green energy business idea based on bogus scientific methodology, said US Attorney William McSwain last October after McKelvy’s conviction.

“Of the $54 million thought to have been invested in Mantria, $17 million was returned to early investors to keep the Ponzi scheme going, while misleading new investors into thinking the venture was hugely profitable. By the time they were shut down by the SEC in 2009, Mantria had just $790,000 of the remaining $37 million.

Google Bigots and the High-Tech Lynching of Kay James. Jeffrey Lord – “Among other things the outrage mob of over 2000 Google employees accused Kay James of being a “white supremacist.” Kay is an African-American. With a gay son. But Google quickly caved to the mob, dismissing Kay and then dissolving the board entirely.

“Ms. James, after laughingly mentioning the charge of white supremacy by saying that for her entire life the first thing she does in the morning is “put on black face,” became quite serious when she spoke about the American Left’s intolerance and mob outrage designed to silence free speech.

What we have here — as Kay James specifically took time to note in her PLC speech — is an all-out assault on free speech. If you are conservative — on a college campus, at Google, on Fox News or anywhere else — the mob is coming for you. And if you are black — or Hispanic or a woman or gay — their fury knows no bounds.

The cultural revolution has arrived at Google. Where intolerance reigns. And in the case of Kay Cole James, out and out racism as thick as it can be cut.

In sum? In sum what we are witnessing in Google culture and on too many college campuses is what Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the first head of the then-new Soviet Union’s secret police known as the Cheka, described this way: “We represent in ourselves organized terror — this must be said very clearly.” And that “organized terror,” Dzerzhinsky emphasized, involved “the terrorization, arrests, and extermination of enemies of the revolution on the basis of their class affiliation or of their pre-revolutionary roles.” Or, as in the case of Kay James, the mother of an openly gay son, her race.

Kay James just had an up-close and personal encounter with this totalitarian mindset — from a major American high-tech company. The organized terror of a Google lynch mob came for her. The quite deliberate message for the rest of America from Google is: Watch out. The next time it could be you.

The Unlawful Campaign against Chick-fil-A. National Review – “The immediate justification for the bans was a ThinkProgress allegation that the Chick-fil-A foundation supported “groups with a record of anti-LGBTQ” discrimination.”

“Simply put, there is a fundamental difference between enforcing a valid anti-discrimination or public-accommodations statute — such as a law prohibiting discrimination in the provision of services — and blocking a restaurant that complies with anti-discrimination law simply to punish the politics (and faith) of its owners.

Second, it’s worth pointing out the sheer extremism and intolerance of San Antonio’s and Buffalo’s actions.

The virus of public reprisal against private expression is spreading. For example, the Los Angeles City Council now requires contractors to disclose any ties with the National Rifle Association. In 2017 it passed an ordinance requiring contractors to disclose if they’d submitted bids to work on President Trump’s border wall.

It is the role of government to protect liberty, not promote ideological conformity by punishing dissent. San Antonio and Buffalo are on the leading edge of a dangerous trend, and if they don’t relent, then Chick-fil-A should sue. It’s time to make unlawful retaliation costly for America’s most intolerant cities.

Court Filing Reveals Numerous Comey Memos Including Investigative Meetings, Sources, Methods and Contacts. sundance – “The documents surface as part of the FOIA case

“Exhibit A” is a filing from the FBI on January 31st, 2018, essentially supporting an earlier “in camera ex parte declaration” requesting continuance of a prior court order to keep the background material sealed from public view. In essence, the FBI didn’t want the public to know what was/is contained within the Comey memos (including the scale thereof).

“Exhibit B” is where the action is.

The next section gets to the heart of why the FBI wants to keep the Comey memos hidden and not released.

There’s also really good news in here. Think about it. Now we know the entire anti-Trump operation is memorialized in writing. There is documentary evidence of the entire operation within these memos. We did not know that before this moment.

Socialist Venezuela now an exploding supernova of spreading infectious disease. Monica Showalter – “So much for all that free health care. … Now for what it looks like up close:” but a judge in New York has decreed that the health department cannot require vaccinations for those in public spaces during an outbreak.

“So as the West is forced to admit Venezuelan refugees (and unlike the Central Americans, these are real ones), each and every one of them is potentially a carrier, if not openly suffering from, of some of the most awful and once-thought-eradicated diseases from the 19th century. Next time a socialist speaks of ‘progress’ remember that this is what socialists deliver on their ‘progress.’

It amounts to biological warfare on the West, given that people outside Venezuela’s socialist zone of misery are going to die from these diseases which had long been eradicated from the capitalist West up until now.

Obama judge blocks Trump from keeping illegals in Mexico. Don Surber – “Democrat obstruction of the presidency continues as Obama-appointee Judge Richard Seeborg sided with a liberal group

“Seeborg is the same obstructionist judge who earlier blocked the Trump administration from restoring the citizenship question on the census that Obama had unilaterally removed in the 2010 Census. That unconstitutional decision is on appeal.

How did Motel 6 wind up owing millions for cooperating with ICE? Jazz Shaw – “since when is it okay to refuse law enforcement when they request information in the course of investigating a possible crime? Well, this is Washington State we’re talking about, and it’s all sanctuary city rules I suppose

“Let’s just cut to the chase here. If those people were detained and then deported, they were in the country illegally. And they were presumably staying in the hotel with other patrons who were legal residents of the United States. Exactly who are we trying to protect by going after Motel 6 in this scenario?

Strangely, the motel chain reiterated its privacy policy in their statement about the settlement. In it, they include the fact that they don’t share guest information with law enforcement, “except in cases where a judicially enforceable warrant or subpoena is present or local law requires release of the information.”

WaPo op-ed: Let’s face it, the Electoral College is an utter failure. Ed Morrissey – “The Articles of Confederation failed because of the lack of federal authority, which meant creating an executive. The states still wanted the executive to be chosen by the states rather than by popular election in a manner which gave each state enough influence to have a reasonable say in the choice.

A second California glyphosate verdict. Walter Olson – “Our system lets trial lawyers win jackpot jury verdicts even when science is not on their side.” Evidence and intellectual integrity seem to take a back seat in the courtroom these days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every vote counts! Except when you give it away.

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Collateral damage and the Gadarene stampede

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Witch hunt getting desparate.

Devin Nunes Op-Ed Reflects Intelligence Dance to Thread a Needle. sundance – “there is a stark absence within Nunes outline; there is something completely mssing, “the second operation“. The operation that originated from within the U.S. government in early 2016. The CIA operation started by John Brennan.” … “HPSCI Ranking Member Devin Nunes has an excellent op-ed today in the Washington Examiner” (recommended reading)

“I can understand why Devin Nunes would want to avoid attention on the second ‘inside government’ operation due to collateral damage that might hit our intelligence capabilities, ie. FISA. Indeed, with Mr. Nunes in charge of keeping those intelligence capabilities intact, he has somewhat of a conflicted professional interest in full exposure.

However, let me state clearly I’m very concerned the U.S. intelligence system is going to take the same approach toward defending their conflicted interests that Devin Nunes is taking inside this op-ed.

Trump lawyer sends letter to Treasury: You shouldn’t hand over his tax returns to House Democrats. Allahpundit – “A strong letter, worth reading in full. Click on the images here to read the separate pages. There are legal arguments made and precedents cited but at the heart of it is a simple prudential question: Why should Congress be able to use the IRS to gather dirt on its political enemies?

“The linchpin for that argument is a 1957 case, Watkins v. United States, in which the House Un-American Activities Committee demanded to know from a witness during testimony whether certain other people were members of the Communist Party. The witness refused to answer, arguing that such questions were outside the proper scope of the committee’s activities, and was held in contempt of Congress. The Warren Court ruled for the witness and vacated the conviction.

Richard Neal and House Democrats will claim that the Watkins case doesn’t apply because Trump hasn’t been found in contempt of Congress or suffered any other penalty. They’re not seeking to violate his First Amendment or Fifth Amendment rights by compelling him to testify before the House, as was the case in Watkins. All they’re asking for is a copy of a document he was already required by law to provide, and did provide, under a statute that already authorized them to obtain that document.

It’s not quite as simple as Allahpundit describes it, though.

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They play a dangerous game

Top Dems Demand Capital One Turn Over Trump Records, Kept Republicans In The Dark. Sara Carter – “House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, along with two other Democratic Committee chairpersons, sent a letter in early March demanding Capital One Financial Corporation turn over all of President Donald Trump’s financial documents pertaining to trusts, businesses, real estate and any foreign investments” … breathtaking. Overturns the entire idea of presumption of innocence, the idea that a crime should come before a prosecution, and the basis of equal justice under the law.

“Brent M. Timberlake, Vice President, Senior Associate General Counsel Card Litigation, Subpoena and Intake at Capital One, responded to Cummings demands on March 21.

Timberlake said get a “subpoena.”

“As requested, we are preserving the documents and materials listed in the request attached to your letter,” said Timberlake in a letter. “Given the confidentiality obligations we have as a financial institution, including under state and federal law, we respectfully request that any production of materials be made pursuant to a subpoena rather than an informal request.”

Republican members were not consulted on the Democratic inquiry Trump’s financial institution, according to a letter sent by Ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC.

The letter sent by Meadows and Jordan stressed concerns that over the Democrats exceeding their authority in gaining access to the private financial documents.

Ineffective Democrat Subpoenas. Paul Mirengoff – “Democrats are holding a losing hand. This subpoena, like all the others House Democrats are thinking about issuing, cannot, in all likelihood, be effectively enforced.”

“If Democrats try this move, we can expect Republicans to behave similarly when they control the House. We will be well down the road to becoming a banana republic.

Meanwhile, I hope Republicans remember Katyal’s recommendation when, almost inevitably, some Democratic president nominates him for a job requiring Senate confirmation.

Prayers For President Trump During West Coast Travel. sundance – “With anxiety visible amid the DC crew now contemplating accountability for their failed soft-coup attempt, we enter a dangerous phase.”

“After all, 40 federal law enforcement agents openly participated in the effort; along with more than a dozen members of the Department of Justice. What does that tell us about the fidelity of the FBI and DOJ to their oath of office? What does that tell us about their current intentions?

The Full Story of How Obama, Hillary and Brennan Carried Out The Crime of the Century. DCWhispers – “It’s just that this time because President Trump fights so hard, refuses to give up, and his tens of millions of supporters stand by him, that the Deep State was caught in the act.

“This article will firmly demonstrate the following:

-Hillary Clinton’s campaign used the Christopher Steele dossier before their involvement was covered up

-Senior Obama administration officials secretly plotted to involve senators in the “Russia” conspiracy

-James Clapper tried to use the “Russia” narrative to get the Supreme Court to invalidate Trump’s presidency

-Natalia Veselnitskaya was a Fusion GPS set-up agent who worked out of an Obama official’s office in D.C.

-Peter Strzok ran point on destroying General Flynn and covering up for Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama used foreign powers to keep the scheme going, even after he left the Oval Office to President Trump

Your Family Can Save Our Civilization. Sebastian Gorka – “That’s when I understood the value of freedom, I understood what human dignity is, and for the rest of my life, I understood why the truth matters. And that is the essence of our civilization. It is a civilization to which both Hungary and America are a party— our shared Judeo-Christian civilization. We are proud of being part of that civilization.

“A key part of that speech is where the president asked a question. He asks the only question that matters right now, which is: “Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it” That is the question. What are the core values of that civilization?

Judeo-Christian civilization believes that true freedom, the true realization of Man’s worth, his value, his objective essence is when you are given freely the choice to decide by your God, and you use that power to do the right thing—which is rarely the easy thing. …

And then lastly justice. This word has nothing to do with “social justice” or with SJW idiocy. This has to do with objective truth. Objective justice. Our civilization believes that truth exists outside of humankind. Truth is immutable. A man is a man, a woman is a woman, good is good, bad is bad. And we strive to create manmade justice systems that reflect that objective reality, not the capricious systems we see outside our civilization.

Romney self owns. Don Surber – “Well, Romney wanted to be the thorn in the Republican hide like his buddy (and 2008 nominee) John McCain.” Neither of these former Republican nominees for president has distinguished himself post election. “President Trump appointed Cain because he has experience.” It appears many of his opponents are totally unaware of the resume.

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Reap what you sow. It sometimes just takes a while.

The Blatant Left. Ed Rosalie – “The Left uses or manipulates the civility and personal responsibility of those not with it to insure its own invincibility.”

“The rabidity of TDS is relentless, to the point that some of its zealots are turning on Mueller for not providing the desired outcome, and subsequent schemes for Trump’s destruction are already being aggressively pursued.

Almost as frightening as the Left’s overt attack on our democracy and its traditions is everyone else’s seeming aversion to seeking revenge or even accountability.

The left has no fear, thus it doesn’t need to operate in the dark, because it knows those who are not with them do not have the same focus. The Left knows that negative impacts and even shock at their blatancy is diluted for those rubes on the other side who are more focused with living their lives, caring for their families, and keeping their heads above water. Those others don’t have time to spend their lives plotting and scheming and obsessing over how to undermine and overthrow those who do not agree with them politically. That stuff takes time.

The Left is neither shy nor inhibited nor possessed of a conscience.

The actions of the Left are reminiscent of the Middle Ages and most dictators: use the ignorance or lethargy of the masses to keep them inert and diminish any threat they might offer. Today, the Left uses or manipulates the civility and personal responsibility of those not with them to insure their own invincibility while its own well-armed miscreants blatantly and indomitably strut their stuff in full view, fully aware that they can pretty much do as they wish. …and woe to those who warrant their ire or oppose them in any way.

Read this if you believe that you will never need a semi-automatic rifle. hedgeless_horseman – “Day in and day out I observe that The Rule of Law is being eroded in America, especially the Highest Law of the Land.”

John Brennan, the Russia lie ringleader?’ Monica Crowley – “Over the past two years, one of their biggest “tells” has been their hyper-aggressive and gratuitous attacks on the president. Given that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no collusion or obstruction of justice, their constant broadsides now look, in retrospect, like calculated pre-emptive strikes to deflect attention and culpability away from themselves.

“Any investigation into the origins and execution of the Big Lie must focus on Mr. Brennan, whose job as the nation’s chief spook would have prohibited him, by law, from engaging in any domestic political spy games.

Of course, the law didn’t stop him from illegally spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee by hacking into its computers and lying repeatedly about it, prompting Democratic senators to call for his resignation.

If the devil is in the details, Mr. Brennan is all over the details.

No wonder he — and his fellow caballers — have been so loud. They doth protest too much.

Dems Have Vastly More to Fear from Full Mueller Report than GOP. Roger L. Simon – “Likely Nadler is secretly praying Barr redacts the whole damn thing or ties things up in the courts for long enough for the investigation to disappear at least somewhat down the memory hole.

“The natural question will then be — what was all this for? Cui bono? A full airing of the report, what Nadler claims he wants, will instead “open the door,” as they say in court, more than ever for an investigation of why this probe was launched in the first place, by whom and for what reason. The results of that investigation will be quite scary, if not humiliating, for Democrats because they will lead close to, if not over, their highest doorstep — the portals of the Oval Office during the previous administration.

… Nadler has to be very careful not to anger Barr too much because the attorney general has within his control the ability to appoint a special counsel and make life miserable for the Democratic Party straight to the election of 2020 and beyond.

Meanwhile, besides whatever Barr decides to do, several other vectors are pointing at the Democrats and their DOJ/FBI/media allies.

So many unanswered questions are sitting there crying out for answers. Even the most reluctant investigator or prosecutor may be constrained to deal with them or face historical disdain.

Finally! Mitch McConnell shuts down Democrats’ obstruction of confirmation of Trump appointees. Thomas Lifson – “Because of unprecedented abuse of Senate rules, two-and-a-half years into his presidency, President Trump has not been able to put all of his own qualified, confirmable appointees into senior-level positions. This obstructionism has allowed Obama administration holdovers to obstruct and sabotage implementation of his policies (and to leak to the media).” There are consequences to being irresponsible.

“Senate Democrats have cynically exploited the Senate rules allowing 30 hours of debate of each appointee to slow down the staffing of his administration. Finally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday pushed through a majority-vote measure that changes those rules, limiting debate to two hours per appointment.

The same trick has been used to limit the confirmation of federal judges, and those rules also have been changed.

Naturally, Politico’s coverage of the story is long onDemocrat taling points, nd short on examination of the unprecedented obstructionism of the Dems

The lesson for Dems and their media lickspittles is simple: abuse the rules of the Senate and those rules will be changed.

Gone fishing. Six years of Trump’s tax returns? Jazz Shaw – “if Richard Neal does manage to have Trump’s tax returns delivered to him and any of that information makes its way out into open hearings or to the press, he will have committed a felony. There’s also the question of the validity of a request such as this. In general terms, you only conduct an investigation when there has been a crime committed and you have reasonable cause to believe that such a disclosure would be fruitful in resolving the matter.

“What specific crime took place that might be resolved by viewing Donald Trump’s tax returns? The idea of proving some sort of conflict of interest is a fascinating one, because it would essentially set a precedent saying that anyone with any business interests should be barred from running for the presidency. After all, every decision the White House makes could arguably impact any business in the country in some way or another. The Democrats would also apparently like to claim that if anyone from a foreign country spends the night at a Trump hotel they’ve committed some sort of “collusion.”

The more you read through the details of this request, the more it begins to look like this is yet another fishing expedition. But the Democrats in the House are playing with fire on this one. They would obviously like to find some dirt in Trump’s tax returns and air it out in the media to gain an advantage in the next elections. But if they do, the Justice Department might have quite a few things to say about that.

That’s two blatant attempts to skirt the law for political dirt by Democratic leaders in the house. The change of rules in the Senate show what happens when you behave irresponsibly like this.

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Trump ‘attacks’ and Republicans pounce?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Careful. A cornered animal has nothing on these guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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