Archive for April, 2019

Why adhere to the ludicrous?

The Left Continues to Peddle the Lie that Trump Represents a Threat to Press Freedom. William Sullivan – “the organizers of the event dropped the façade of humor in favor of a “funerary tone” led by a historian rather than the traditional choice of a comedian.

“For the record, Trump has never threatened to imprison a journalist or prevent a citizen journalist from reentering the country from abroad. If Knox were an honest man, he might have told his son: “No, son, none of that will happen. You only believe that because a lot of people make their living by making up such nonsensical stories about how this president might do such things.”

But he certainly wouldn’t say that, because those are the lies upon which this entire event was centered. There was a calculated effort to portray this administration as uniquely at odds with a free and critical press in the scope of American history.

The difference is that Trump hasn’t used his power to clamp down on his opposition in the press beyond offering harsh criticism.

But with some other presidents in American history, such a threat might have been very real.

And yet, the same leftist media mouthpieces claiming that Trump is some monumental threat to press freedom were oddly silent during Obama’s presidency while all of that was going on.

Members of the media today suggesting that Donald Trump represents some uniquely dangerous presidential threat to our free press are either in desperate need of education, or they knowingly lack an interest in truth. And all of the evidence suggests the latter, and that they are willing to sell lies in order to claim some specious mantle of victimhood.

Son, It Was Obama We Journalists Had to Fear. Jack Cashill – “In May 2013, the illusion of an unfettered press disappeared like a magician’s bunny.

“Unlike Richard Nixon, who had good reason to distrust the media, Obama has no apparent motive for his secrecy other than that it gave him the space to do as he pleased and get away with it.

It has been said that a political incident becomes a scandal only when the Times calls it a “scandal” on its front page. Despite Obama’s shocking disregard of his commitment and the media’s acknowledgement of the same, the Times editors chose to reserve the S-word for bigger things like, say, a president’s failure to attend a dinner where even eleven-year-olds get to ding him.

Former Ken Starr aide gets it wildly wrong. Paul Mirengoff – “By how many fold would Trump’s alleged attempts at obstruction be blunter than Clinton’s if Trump had perjured himself before a grand jury and during a deposition? … Wait! That’s what Starr found Clinton did.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Trump, under the pressure of an investigation into allegations of collusion he knew to be false, behaved badly in a number of ways. But Rosenzweig’s suggestion that Trump behaved a thousandfold worse than Clinton is ludicrous, and the less extreme claim that he behaved as badly as “Slick Willy” lacks merit.

Gingrich Battles ‘The View’ Over Charlottesville: You Are ‘Intellectually Dishonest’. Pam Key – “There’s this myth on the left that’s not true. If you go back and look at what Trump said, Trump says clearly that he was opposed to white supremacists, that he’s opposed to Klansmen, that he’s opposed to Nazis. He says it clearly.” And that gets into a no he didn’t versus yes he did argument. Perceptions should bias towards the positive but, for many in the media, not when it comes to Trump. There, guilty until proven innocent or else it is and there is no way to prove innocence in any acceptable way for them.

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Base emotions: greed, envy, hubris confronted with trust and gullibility yield disaster

It’s Not Trump Derangement Syndrome. Karin McQuillan – “It’s not derangement, it’s war.”

“The Democrats’ onslaught against Trump—the only force that stands in their way—is a testament to their will to power. President Trump didn’t cause the crazy attacks on him. The Russian collusion hoax was foisted on the country by the highest levels of the Obama Administration (likely including Obama himself, although no one will state the obvious) before Trump even entered the Oval Office.

This isn’t delusional or deranged behavior, it is deliberate political behavior aimed directly at the same old political end: power. Democrats—voters as well as party hacks—followed their leaders into the moral abyss because they didn’t care about undoing a legitimate election. They just wanted to win, at any cost to America and to our democracy.

Democrats are not deranged—their tactics work, and work well. They are not well meaning. Do not believe their moral preening. They are power hungry.

A political movement based on a sense of moral monopoly and it’s own unquestioned right to rule is anti-American at its core.

ObamaGate: No Misdemeanors, Only High Crimes. Sebastian Gorka – “we cannot move on as though nothing of significance has happened here. We must not.

“It would be impossible to detail in this one article all of the things the Obama Administration did to subvert the Trump campaign through the use of the intelligence community (IC) for political ends. Moreover, we are only just beginning to chronicle of the depth and breadth of the corruption involved.

Simply put: the Obama Administration used the most powerful intelligence capabilities in the world to attempt a penetration and subversion of the presidential campaign of the the opposing party.

The Adolescent Progressive Mind. Victor Davis Hanson – “one moment a player in the Trump removal intrigue is deemed by the media-progressive nexus a demigod. The next moment, he’s a devil.

“The common denominator in progressive fluidity is not traditional worry about government surveillance of American citizens, unchecked government power, or the use of informants to spy on American citizens, but whether a bureaucrat can prove a temporarily useful idiot in the grand design of removing Donald J. Trump before the 2020 election.

Who do we follow? Do we know where they lead us? Do we care? Are we useful idiots or can we plot our own course?

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Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?

yes, it is that stupid. If you don’t see it, perhaps you need better glasses. Here are a few case studies to illustrate the phenomena.

BBC and Attenborough Accused of Fake News Misinformation on ‘Climate Change: The Facts’. James Delingpole – “The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has made a formal complaint to the BBC about the series of gross inaccuracies in its recent documentary.” This silver tongue is also a forked one.

“As wags have quipped, the programme presented by Sir David Attenborough was so riddled with errors it really should have been called Climate: Change The Facts.

Now the GWPF has written to the BBC Complaints department listing just a few of them. The letter can be read here.

According to the GPWF, the programme “went far beyond its remit to present the facts about climate change, instead broadcasting a highly politicised manifesto in favour of renewable energy and unjustified alarm.”

This is the second #fakenews scandal to embroil Sir David Attenborough in the space of a fortnight.

6 Pieces Of Evidence Anita Hill Was Lying. Amanda Prestigiacomo – “Despite all this, the Left, through HBO, continues to smear Thomas for the irredeemable sin of being conservative while being black.

Battling the Democrats’ big lie about Donald Trump. Michael Goodwin – No doubt you’ve heard a Democrat or two declare that President Trump is a “threat to our democracy.”

“The suggestion that the president is the personification of evil and is destroying all that makes America exceptional has become so routine that it’s easy to ignore it. In fact, it’s an extraordinary charge, even for our nasty, turbulent times.

More remarkable, the charge and related talking points continue to thrive on the left despite the lack of facts to support them.

In Lieu Of Comedy, Whcd Opens With Dark Sermon On Trump Endangering Journalists. Tom Elliott – My son asked me, “Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?” Yet it was the previous administration that jailed journalists … perhaps if they engaged in less ‘False Witness’ their fears about the current administration might carry more weight (see Proverbs 6:16-19). This gets into the Trump lies meme but, as in this case of FUD mongering, one should start with the hyperbole, ad hominem, and  lack of evidence as a starting point to finding reality. Elliot and others are being called out and they have no defense but to lash out at a convenient target with a storm of rage, hate, and self deceit. 

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It’s hard work to dig out Truth

American Ignorance. Greg Crosby – “One thing I’ve learned over time is that the progressive left does not engage in truth nor does it traffic in honor.

“The future of President Trump ultimately hinges on the court of public opinion presided over by my fellow Americans. And that is what frightens me most.

If it were only about facts, truth, and honesty I wouldn’t have a care in the world because President Trump did nothing wrong. But too many in this country are ignorant of the facts and are capable of being swayed by the media, who are 90% (or more) against Trump.

I’m reminded of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” when the ghost of Christmas Present folds back his robe uncovering two abject, miserable children. When Scrooge asks if they belong to the ghost he says no, “They are Man’s. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”

Ignorance is a powerfully destructive thing. Facts won’t bring down President Trump; the facts are on his side. But the media is against him and the media wants to keep America ignorant of the facts.

If anything takes Trump down it will be because of public ignorance.

Here are two of the latest examples illustrating why this fear has significance.

Joe Biden is running on the media’s Charlottesville lie about Trump. Eddie Scarry – “His primary motivation to run for president was apparently not so much a belief he had the right ideas on healthcare or immigration or the judiciary, but a blatantly out-of-context quote from Trump that the media played out years ago.

“He said there were, quote, ‘Some very fine people on both sides,’” said Biden. “Very fine people on both sides? With those words the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it and in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any other I’d seen in my lifetime.”

Out of more than 15 minutes of questions and answers, the press glommed onto the three seconds where Trump said “You also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” It was made to look as though Trump had equated white supremacists who hijacked the event and liberals who were there to counterprotest.

This is precisely the opposite of what Trump said.

What inspired Biden to run is a tired, old media lie.

Biden’s Latest Malarkey: Obama Administration Had ‘Not One Single Whisper of Scandal’. Jim Treacher – “If you’re gonna tell a lie, make it a big one. Make it so astonishing, so blatant, that you cause the listener to question his own grasp on reality.” Treacher shows his dislike for Trump by inserting an irrelevant and unnecessary dig of the ‘both sides the same’ sort that provides an opportunity for compare and contrast. But that aside, what is actually on the table is rather hard to ignore.

“Operation Fast and Furious. Sending the IRS after conservative groups. Sending the DOJ after reporters. Benghazi. Solyndra. Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban Five. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Palettes of cash to Iran. Standing idly by while Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and then blaming it on Trump. Anything you’d call a scandal, none of it actually happened during the Obama administration.

And even if it did, so what? What are you, some kind of racist? #ObamaIsAwesome!

It’s not enough that they got their own way for eight years. Now they have to lie about all the lies.

Fox: Strzok-Page texts sure look like FBI was attempting to spy on incoming Trump admin. Ed Morrissey – “At best, these texts look like a sloppy overlap between Operation Crossfire Hurricane and normal coordination between the FBI and the incoming administration. At worst, it sounds as though Strzok and Page contemplated running an intelligence operation against the elected leader of the United States.

“Well, maybe. It’s certainly true that one is more likely to find scrutiny of the FBI in conservative media these days, but is it unwarranted? The outcome of Robert Mueller’s investigations leaves a lot of unanswered questions about how exactly the FBI undertook its unprecedented intrusion into a presidential election. There may be good answers to those questions, but no one will get them without someone asking.

And it’s not just conservative media and Trump who find these questions troubling, and the texts suggestive of misconduct:

Those are questions worth pursuing, even if the only media outlets paying much attention to them are conservative. That seems more of an indictment of the other media outlets than Fox News, especially since most of the others spared no pixel in attacking the Bush administration over its counterterrorism operations that never intruded into US electoral politics. Something very clearly went wrong in this investigation to leave everyone under the impression for two years that Trump was some sort of Russian agent. It’s worth investigating how that happened, given its outside political impact, and whether the FBI played an improper role in creating that impression.

Propaganda is powerful as it promotes the easy road and takes diligence and effort to detect and correct.

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a turn in the tide?

Massachusetts judge busted for playing ‘coyote’ to a deportable illegal. Monica Showalter – “Predictably, the Left is yelling about the indictment, not the criminal getting let out to prey on citizens, hollering that it’s a problem of President Trump interfering in the justice process.

“Justice apparently isn’t blind in a leftist place like Massachusetts.

And it’s pretty clear that a leftist judge decided that laws were there to be broken. Expect a lot of rubbish from the press about the whole thing being a matter of President Trump’s ‘hard-line’ stance on immigration or ‘racism’ or other leftist talking points. The issue is whether the law means anything at all and whether the lawmen have a right to enforce the law. The U.S. Attorney who brought the case says it’s not about Trump, it’s about law. He’s right. This bust signals a turn in the tide and one hopes a leftwing judge is about to learn about that the hard way.

Trump speaks of ‘attempted coup’ and previews coming storm headed toward the plotters. Thomas Lifson – “President Trump has gone on the record that the plotters against him in what he called an “attempted coup” are going to be exposed and brought to justice for their misdeeds, and that it is happening faster than most people believe.”

5 Times The Mueller Probe Broke Prosecutorial Rules That Ensure Justice. Adam Mill – “There are rules against using the power and authority of a prosecutor to smear a defendant without giving him his day in court.”

“Like Aesop’s scorpion on the frog’s back, the partisans on Mueller’s team just couldn’t help themselves. The Mueller report poisons public opinion without bringing charges. It should have been written on a postcard, because the outcome of a criminal proceeding is binary: Guilty or not guilty. There’s no middle ground under constitutional principles. President Trump is not guilty until the Senate convicts him otherwise.

Rosenstein: The “previous Administration” didn’t tell us the whole truth, and don’t get me started on Comey. Ed Morrissey – “If this valediction is any hint of what might come in the future, then a whole new set of people should be concerned about what he’ll say once freed of the constraints of his current office.

Mueller Investigation Was Driven by Pious Hypocrisy. Victor Davis Hanson – “Mueller’s team went down every blind alley relating to its investigation—except where Obama-era officials were likely culpable for relevant unethical or illegal behavior.

“The problem with the Muller investigation, and with former intelligence officials such as Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe, is pious hypocrisy. Those who have lectured America on Trump’s unproven crimes have written books and appeared on TV to publicize their own superior virtue. Yet they themselves have engaged in all sorts of unethical and illegal behavior.

The only mystery left is whether our elite investigators actually believe their own delusions. Or were they constantly broadcasting their virtue as a preventive defense against growing evidence of their own moral lapses?

An Antidote to Leftist History Textbooks. Steven Hayward – “this account does not assume that the mistakes and shortcomings of America define the whole of America, as does every leftist who has drunk deeply of sour, third rate Zinnfandel.

National Trend to Mandate Renewable Energy as Major Power Source is Ill-Conceived and Foolish. Nancy Thorner – “Even someone as cynical as I am would never have imagined that the con men and women would still be able to pass off this nonsense as gospel after all this time. The old line about whether you’re going to believe me or your lying eyes seems to sum up the situation pretty well.

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engage in the battle

Propaganda, Trust, and the Media. Rick Hayes – “So destroying the President with extreme dishonesty is a penalty-free propaganda activity for the leftist media who are also interested in systematically eliminating the first amendment.

CBO Report: 1.4 Million Lost Health Insurance Since 2016 — And Obamacare Is To Blame. John Merline – “those on the left to blame the Trump administration for its Obamacare “sabotage.” … But the data in that report — which was released on the same day the Mueller report came out and largely ignored — tells an entirely different story.” The behavior is no longer considered odd or unusual.

“All of the increase in the uninsured over the past two years — all of it — is the result of the massive rate increases Obamacare’s mandates and regulations caused. According to the Health and Human Services Dept., premiums in the individual insurance market doubled from 2013 to 2017. They shot up again in 2018.

25 Questions for Robert Mueller. Julie Kelly Liz Sheld – “The 448-page document is filled with innuendo that has nothing to do with collusion (the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape is mentioned a few times for no apparent reason); it cites irrelevant articles planted by Trump foes as evidence, including this egregious National Review hit piece on Carter Page from April 2016; and it intentionally omits material facts, including key details about the Russian lobbyists involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

Elijah Cummings Won’t Let Witness Have Lawyer. Paul Mirengoff – “Barr is right to attach this condition, one that, according to a Department of Justice spokesperson, is consistent with longstanding DOJ policy.” Some might say this is a setup in collusion with the Press to impugn the President.

“Clearly, obtaining information from Gore is not the priority of Cummings and his fellow Democrats. Otherwise, they would permit a lawyer to accompany Gore, get what information they can, and (if necessary) fight any battles that may arise over executive privilege in court.

But that course of action wouldn’t maximize the Democrats’ real priority — feeding their narrative that the Trump administration is defying Congress without justification.

The Washington Post duly parrots this narrative in this article under the headline “Trump’s defiance puts pressure on Congress’s ability to check the president.”

That’s dishonest reporting. As noted, the DOJ is willing to have Gore testify. It just wants him to have a lawyer present. The Post fails to inform its readers of the real nature of this dispute.

The pattern is all too familiar. The Democrats decide on their anti-Trump theme de jour. Their media allies peddle that theme leaving out any facts that might call it into question.

If “democracy dies in darkness,” the Washington Post is doing its best to kill it.

Mueller Investigation Was Driven by Pious Hypocrisy. Victor Davis Hanson – “Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president.

“Mueller’s team went down every blind alley relating to its investigation — except where Obama-era officials were likely culpable for relevant unethical or illegal behavior.

Some of the collusion narrative Muller examined was based on FBI informants’ unverified stories. Yet strangely, the Mueller team did not investigate whether it was legal in the first place for the FBI, possibly with CIA help, to use informants to spy on a presidential campaign.

What bothers many Americans about the collusion hoax is the accompanying sanctimony of the so-called investigators.

The problem with the Muller investigation, and with former intelligence officials such as Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe, is pious hypocrisy. Those who have lectured America on Trump’s unproven crimes have written books and appeared on TV to publicize their own superior virtue. Yet they themselves have engaged in all sorts of unethical and illegal behavior.

The only mystery left is whether our elite investigators actually believe their own delusions. Or were they constantly broadcasting their virtue as a preventive defense against growing evidence of their own moral lapses?

The ideologue who wrote the textbook calling Trump and his supporters “racists” Paul Mirengoff – “It’s scandalous that the international education giant Pearson entrusted a relentlessly leftist ideologue and admirer of Communist era Eastern European textbooks with the task of writing its AP U.S. History book. Any school in which the book is used should be the target of vigorous protests. The political blowback should be fierce.

Did President Trump obstruct justice? Judge Andrew P. Napolitano – “On obstruction, the report concluded that notwithstanding numerous obstructive events engaged in by the president personally, the special counsel would not charge the president and would leave the resolution of obstruction of justice to Congress.” The Judge presents the Democrat case but misses on two critical issues. First is that he takes the report as gospel and second he conflates speech with actions. As others have noted, the report is highly biased and has no provision for any cross examination or rebuttal. The idea that discussing options is equal to implementing decisions is also very dangerous territory for jumping to conclusions. Napolitano does illustrate just how difficult it can be to honor integrity.

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care free attitude in regard to fair play

The walls are closing in on Obama. Thomas Lifson – “The truth of violations of law by the Obama White House, long buried, is being excavated by two private groups.”

“Judicial Watch has obtained testimony from a top FBI official that Hillary home brew server emails were found in the White House. This means that Barrack Obama’s illegal handling of classified information contained in those emails is closer to being exposed. This implicates him in the same felonies committed by Hillary Clinton that James Comey falsely claimed “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue.

A second scandal threat for the Obama administration is also slowly being excavated. Proof is piling up that White House operatives exploited the NSA’s surveillance of all electronic communications in the United States to monitor political opponents.

The Obama Use of FISA-702 as a Domestic Political Surveillance Program…. sundance – “Now that we have significant research files on the 2015 and 2016 political surveillance program; which includes the trail evident within the Weissmann/Mueller report; in combination with the Obama-era DOJ “secret research project” (their words, not mine); we are able to overlay the entire objective and gain a full understanding of how political surveillance was conducted over a period of approximately four to six years.

“Unfortunately, due to intelligence terminology Judge Collyer’s brief and ruling is not an easy read for anyone unfamiliar with the FISA processes outlined. The complexity also helps the media avoid discussing, and as a result most Americans have no idea the scale and scope of the issues. So we’ll try to break down the language.

The key takeaway from these first paragraphs is how the search query results were exported from the NSA database to users who were not authorized to see the material. The FBI contractors were conducting searches and then removing, or ‘exporting’, the results. Later on, the FBI said all of the exported material was deleted.

Tens of thousands of searches over four years (since 2012), and 85% of them are illegal.

Private contractors with access to “raw FISA information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to FBI’s requests”:

All of this is laid out inside this 99-page opinion from FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer who also noted that none of this FISA abuse was accidental in a footnote on page 87: “deliberate decisionmaking

Impeaching Trump. William L. Gensert – “Mueller is a man who has built his career on destroying the careers, families, and lives of people with little regard for guilt or innocence — or the law and the truth for that matter. He was a perfect choice to tee up the ball for the Democrats in the House.”

“It’s not as if Americans are going to see it as unfair persecution of a man who did nothing wrong, much like themselves. And maybe it will take voter’s minds off Democrat plans to seize their guns, cars, free speech rights, most of their money, and every other little thing the Democrats want to do to destroy the people in order to save the nation.

Obama crony Eric Holder should stop lecturing William Barr on legal ethics. Deroy Murdock – there’s a lot on the record to examine.

“Are you gonna stay around for all four years?” radio host Tom Joyner asked Holder on April 4, 2013, early in Obama’s second term.

“I’m still the president’s wingman,” Holder replied. “So, I’m here with my boy.”

The “president’s wingman” was the president’s lawyer, and got nailed for it. Holder was held in contempt of Congress for not surrendering documents on the Fast and Furious scandal. This involved some 2,000 marked guns that Holder and Obama leeched into Mexico. They hoped that these weapons would lead them to drug cartels south of the border.

When Congress investigated this disaster, Holder refused to yield relevant documents. So, on June 28, 2012, the U.S. House voted 255-67 for a criminal-contempt resolution. Seventeen Democrats voted Yes. Earlier, the House approved a civil-contempt measure, 258-95. Twenty-one Democrats concurred.

But wait. There’s more.

WaPo’s Latest Weapon. Baldilocks (ht Hinderaker) that cites Everything I don’t like is far-right. Arthur Chrenkoff – “The Washington Post (“Democracy Dies in Darkness”) spends the whole article discussing how various “far-right” figures and forces, from France’s Marine Le Pen to Germany’s Alternative for Germany, got angry at the coordinated Islamist terrorist attacks that targeted churches among other locations and killed some 300 people.”

“And so we increasingly live in a world where, if you believe the media, everywhere you turn there’s the “far right”. Mainstream centre-right ideas and concerns are now being redefined as being somehow associated with and tainted by extremism. If you are worried about the violence against and the persecution of Christians you might be far right. If you value the cultural and philosophical heritage of the Western civilisation you might be far right. If you don’t believe in an open borders immigration policy you might be far right. If you prefer local democracy to transnational institutions you might be far right. If you are defending your country from an armed invasion by another country you might be far right too. If these are all to be the indicators of far right extremism, then what exactly is the “normal” right right now?

This effort to use language as a cudgel has several sinister implications. … For every action there is eventually an equal and opposite reaction. The left might think it’s courageously defanging the fascist dragon but instead it’s just sowing its teeth.

A Response to Checks & Balances’ Press Release on the Mueller Report. Seth Barrett Tillman – I think a more prudent approach might have been for the Press Release’s signatories to await a review of the process that launched the Special Counsel’s investigation before describing its conduct as “lawful.” This is a succinct description of the ‘when did you stop beating your wife’ approach to politics, justice, and law on display in the assault on the President. Supposedly reasonable and mature thinkers are tossing out wild accusations and allegations without any effective support or rationale nor any apparent awareness of the consequences of their actions.

The Press Release also states: “The facts contained in the report reveal that the President engaged in persistent conduct intended to derail, undermine and obstruct ongoing federal investigations.” It is unclear what specific allegations within the report the Press Release is relying on. Whether those allegations are, in reality, “facts” or not has not been established by anything like an unbiased or independent decision-maker—like an Article III judge—after both parties have had notice and an opportunity to be heard. By contrast, the Special Counsel’s report is merely a prosecutors office’s memorandum which attempts to marshal one side of the evidence, where the object of the investigation has had no opportunity to respond. As far as I know, the Special Counsel’s report is not even sworn to, as one would swear (or affirm) to any ordinary affidavit or declaration offered into evidence. Yet the Press Release relies on this report in arriving at far-reaching conclusions about the President’s conduct. Checks & Balances’ care free attitude in regard to fair play (a/k/a due process) is somewhat odd for an organization named “Checks & Balances.”

Finally, the Press Release speaks to “the President’s violations of his oath, including but not limited to [1] his denigration of the free press, [2] verbal attacks on members of the judiciary, [3] encouragement of law enforcement officers to violate the law, and [4] incessant lying to the American people.” Examples of [1], [2], and [4] are not specified. Absent some specific examples, I will posit that the Press Release’s signatories (which includes several legal academics) are merely characterizing lawfully protected free speech as constitutional violations by the President. Likewise, no example in regard to [3] is specified—if it refers to the President’s exercise of his pardon power, then the critique amounts to just a mundane political disagreement in regard to who should be the object of the President’s bounty—a matter entirely committed to the President’s discretion. All the allegations, mentioned above, from the Press Release amount to [1] constitutionally protected free speech; [2] internal Executive Branch deliberations (and legal advice) about policy during policy formation; and, [3] normal politics—being recharacterized as a constitutional wrong, tort, or crime. Indeed, the Press Release concludes by supporting an investigation of the President based upon his having had engaged in First Amendment protected free speech and his exercise of the pardon power (which remains lawful even when exercised to achieve contested or political purposes). If this is not the criminalization of democratic politics, it is too close for comfort.

At Instapundit – KYLE LAMB: I Fought In The Battle Of Mogadishu. Here’s What Rep. Ilhan Omar Gets Wrong About ‘Black Hawk Down.’“Ingrate” would be the nicest possible thing you could say about Omar.

somewhat odd? massive dose of somewhat odd at hand.

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Greatest lie ever told …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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inverting justice

They Were All Lying!” Tyler Durden – “this has nothing to do with defending Trump, it’s about defending and maintaining my own sanity and yours, and the rule of law.

The Climate Cult. Steven Hayward – “someone writing as “Will” over at The Medium has done me one better in calling attention to how the climate change fanatics resemble nothing so much as a full-blown religious cult. … here are the ten signs and his introductory description to each, based on the indicators developed by the Cult Education Institute:

The Mueller Report, the persistence of Russiagate, and the conspiracy theory phenomenon. Neo – “Lots of people on the right are talking about what’s going on, but my favorite go-to-guy for anything legal, Andrew C. McCarthy says it soberly but says it best

“This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof: The constitutional right of every American to force the government to prove a crime has been committed, rather than to have to prove his or her own innocence.

Instapundit on those dripping contempt for the president: “I like David French, but this is ahistorical bullshit:” and then there’s Romney …

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Unpleasant truths

now the eye of slander is focused on AG Barr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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