There’s a bigger question to this: Mueller’s cliff, Obama’s Hezbollah, CDC’s words, John Doe in Wisconsin, and Trump

A Time for War: Deep State’s Strike and Trump’s Counter-Strike By David Prentice – “Many things are being hidden, some hidden in plain sight.” A case is made and judgment anticipated but that is the caveat: predicting what will happen is nowhere near as solid as observing what has happened.

“Trump knows his enemy. And fortuitously, the left thinks he’s stupid. Leftists have no clue he sees them for what they are. Blockbuster revelations are now seeping up through the ooze of the swamp. There is a set of facts and circumstances that show us that Trump now holds the high ground, that he has dug into strong positions, and that bombshell after bombshell is about to go off against the left.

This began with Trump’s tweet about being “wiretapped” – which, dear leftist media, was not literal. It got the point across. Look what has come out since.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fan is about to be hit. Operation Counter-Strike. Deceptive. Yet right in front of us all. The trap is sprung. The Hessians were drunk on their own self-righteousness and sleeping while the battle crept up on them. Planned by an orange oaf.

Mueller goes over the cliff By J.R. Dunn – “With the news that his people illegally obtained the Trump transition emails – many of them having no conceivable bearing on his “inquiry” — Robert Mueller’s investigation proceeds even further into disintegration.”

“The Mueller team’s lunge into criminality reveals exactly how desperate they’ve become. (and despite what you may have heard from Our Loyal Media, seizing those emails was in fact a crime – presidential transition materials remain private by federal statute. Mueller never should have been allowed near those messages.) Soon enough, they’ll be accused of more crimes than anybody they’re investigating

Was the FBI weaponized to take down the Trump presidency? By Todd Starnes – “It appears the Obama Administration weaponized the Federal Bureau of Investigation just like they weaponized the Internal Revenue Service.” … “There is no smoking gun just yet – but the evidence is staggering – it is simply staggering.”

Let’s Take a Stroll – Letter of Notice From Trump Transition To Congress Outlining Illegal Search and Seizure by Special Counsel Robert Mueller…. By sundance – “let’s take a stroll and explain to our neighbors exactly what this entire plot is all about and why they should care….

“It is my belief, based on mounting evidence, a specific cast of characters -within the Mueller “Russia Election Interference” probe- were placed there to protect people behind the FBI’s initial false claims. Those claims formed the basis for the counterintelligence operation against 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Amid firestorms, Trump has year of solid policy accomplishments. Can he keep going? by Byron York – “Something is happening in the final days of 2017. People are noticing that Donald Trump has gotten a lot done in his tumultuous first year in the White House.”

“candidate Trump promised he would hire only the “best people” if he were to win the White House.

A significant part of the problem is this: In the supercharged atmosphere of Washington, a prospective Trump aide (and his or her spouse) can face intense professional and social disapprobation from being associated with the president.

Personnel isn’t sexy. And the key person in Trump’s policy successes is Trump himself. But the president will need the actual “best people” if he is to make his second year as consequential as his first.

Instapundit notes several other realizations that, maybe, Trump has been effective. Also, on this front, is After net neutrality: Five key issues to watch at the FCC by Gus Hurwitz – “with the 2015 net neutrality rules sent to the regulatory dustbin, what purpose does the FCC serve? The answer is that there are many more, and much more important, things that the Commission does than net neutrality. Here are five issues to watch moving forward, each of which more directly affects most consumers than net neutrality.”

Virtueless prestige By Richard Fernandez – “Has the first year of the Trump administration been a retreat from the global agenda or paradoxically fueled its expansion?”

“Though the goal of a values-based foreign policy was ostensibly to make the world better by making it like America, in practice that meant making the world like Hollywood and the Beltway. That was not without its problems. When the image of elite virtue collapsed under a spate of scandal made possible by the Internet the old magic declined considerably. Calamities like Libya and the sudden exposure of American public icons may have undermined Elizabeth Shackleford’s quest far more fatally than Donald Trump’s Tweets.

The replacement for the status quo ante which may be emerging is what Francis Fukuyama termed adaptive order. Perhaps the “lack of centralized control is what makes the system more adaptive in the long run. In fact, most biological and social systems are anarchic, a condition that nonetheless permits substantial self-organization. This work is highly suggestive for the social sciences, offering an explanation why central planning has given way to markets. A further implication may be that there can be no deterministic model for the behavior of international systems, and that theorists who have been chasing elegant and highly reductionist models of international relations are doomed to fail.”

Is the world developing a new adaptive order?

In that new world American prestige and influence will not depend on the dubious virtue of any individual human institution nor on the soaring eloquence of the media but upon the industry, inventiveness and moral compass of the United States.

Guilt By Accusation Is The New Norm by Daniel Greenfield – “Don’t believe all women or all men.”

“Time has named #MeToo its ‘Person of the Year’ and every other day the hashtag lynch mob drags someone else in front of the spotlight. The accusations range from rape to harsh words. The evidence is hearsay. The target is shamed, fired from every job he ever held and purged from polite society.

Some are guilty. Some might be innocent. But we’ll never know because there’s no investigation. The time frame between accusation and purge is hours or days when it takes your average HR department a week to file a form. Just like in every totalitarian leftist state, the accusation is enough.

And then it’s on to the next one.

There’s nothing American about #MeToo. It’s the revolutionary justice of a leftist purge where random political violence against ideological enemies is used to heal social ills.

The difference between a lynch mob and a court of law is evidence. Lynch mobs don’t believe that victims can lie or that perpetrators can be innocent. They don’t believe that the justice system can be trusted. They don’t just want to punish. They want to terrorize as a tool of social improvement.

The American system believes in equal justice. The leftist system wants to ‘punch up’ at the powerful oppressors and not ‘punch down’ at the oppressed. Evidence doesn’t matter. Power relationships do.

Don’t believe all women or all men. Ask questions. Search for the truth.

Betsy Newmark – “We were told a few years ago that there was no problem about having females in the military and that they could go out on combat missions with men and sleep in tents or on submarines with them and nothing untoward would happen. How does that blithe assurance match up now with the moral panic we’re experiencing?”

“People freaked out when they heard of Mike Pence’s refusal to eat dinner with a woman alone and fretted about how that might damage a woman’s opportunities to advance while working with him. I never saw that as such a big deal, but what if it were extended to meeting alone with a woman to work on a project or write a report together? I know that, as a teacher, we’ve been warned to never meet alone with a student with the door closed even if we’re talking about personal matters. I’ve been warned, even as a middle-aged woman, that when I come back from Quiz Bowl trips and I’m waiting alone with a student for his parents to pick him up that I can’t sit on the same bench with him in case his parents get the wrong idea. It’s creepy and stupid, but such is the world we live in with accusations and lawsuits. And this will now spread to women in the workforce. How many times will an employer decide that it is just not worth it to hire a woman and risk that either someone will harass her or that she’ll make accusations of someone harassing her.

Shahriar stepped in it in his YouTube FAQ. He was trolled by the news reports that CDC was banning words. It’s a classic case of propaganda’s effect on even the smartest of us. See HHS denies banning words at CDC, says they’re “recommendations” by Taylor Millard – “The federal government is kinda, sorta pushing back at the notion it’s banning certain words within Centers for Disease Control halls by telling The New York Times they’re just suggestions.” The indications are that’s another wish fulfillment by the Deep State and the Left’s propaganda machine.

“Jazz has already looked at the stupidity of this, and he’s right. There’s no reason for HHS to say words like, “transgender,” “fetus,” or “entitlement,” should be banned from government documents. The fact this appears to be done to make sure the Republicans are okay with the budget is just beyond stupid. It’s catering to a certain sect of people who have issues with words, plus could be a way to make certain allocations of money more palatable to more budget hawks, who don’t want to appear hypocritical to voters. After all, it’s a lot easier for a GOP Congressman to say, “It’s not an entitlement program. Promise.”

The notion of word-banning has more to do with what the government tells its citizens what they can or cannot say, not necessarily what government agencies can use in their own documents. It’s still dull-witted, and should be reconsidered.

There’s a bigger question to this, which no one else is really asking. Why do HHS documents have to include these terms anyway?

The whole story isn’t clear, yet, but it does appear that this is a part of a Deep State budget fight to maintain funding for pet projects of the Left with a bit of smear tossed in for frosting. Here’s another example.

At The Washington Post, If It Misleads, It Leads By Paul Mirengoff – “The lead headline on the Washington Post’s web page right now is: ‘Putin thanks Trump for CIA intel that foiled a planned terrorist attack in Russia.’

“There is no reason why Trump and Putin shouldn’t be talking. There is no reason why they shouldn’t talk about North Korea, which probably poses the greatest threat to America’s security right now. There is no reason why Putin shouldn’t thank Trump for information that likely saved Russian lives and preserved a national treasure.

There is no reason, other than raw hatred of Trump, why the Washington Post should treat Putin’s latest call to Trump as “unusual” or provide a misleading account of Trump’s latest call to Putin.

When it comes to President Trump, if it misleads it leads at the Washington Post.

What Happened In Wisconsin: Sen. Tiffany Comments By Scott Johnson – “Senator Tiffany’s message updates and comments on the story so far.”

“You are correct, Scott, to ask the question if anyone is paying attention. The John Doe prosecutors and the leadership of the GAB have not been held fully accountable and quite honestly may never be to the extent warranted. However, the wheels of justice continue to turn. I believe the Wisconsin state senate is prepared to fulfill its constitutional obligation of advice and consent for the Ethics and Elections administrators.

How Obama Let Up On Hezbollah By Scott Johnson – “Late yesterday afternoon Politico posted Josh Meyer’s deeply reported account of our struggle with Hezbollah and its betrayal by the Obama administration.”

“If it didn’t reflect so poorly on the Obama administration, Meyer’s incredibly rich story might win a Pulitzer Prize. I hope you can find time for it despite the length. Here it is: “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook.”

There is no shortage of revelations of scandal suitable for outrage and new ones keep on coming. Maybe draining the swamp is more like the Yellowstone volcano process.

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