A weed with tangled and deep roots

Just how deep and entrenched is the Deep State?. Dennis Jamison – “Despite MSM silence, or follow up denial of the existence of the Deep State, American citizens are getting bits and pieces of the overall puzzle of this insidious un-American leviathan that exists in the core of the proverbial swamp in our nation’s capital city.

Leftism Makes People Meaner: Reflections on the Torture of Paul Manafort. Dennis Prager – “As Dershowitz said to me on my radio show, what Vance is doing reminds him of Stalin and Beria

One Year Later: The Internet Thrives Without ‘Net Neutrality’. I & I Editorial Board – One of the Democratic commissioners on the FCC predicted that the net neutrality repeal would “green light our nation’s largest broadband providers to engage in anti-consumer practices, including blocking, slowing down traffic, and paid prioritization of online applications and services.”

“The internet is still functioning. … download speeds shot up almost 36%, and upload speeds climbed 22% … There are more users than ever. … During President Trump’s first year in office, in fact, the number of people without access to a broadband connection dropped by 18%.

And as to the warnings about free speech: To the extent that free speech is being impeded on the internet, it isn’t coming from the Internet Service Providers like Comcast or Cox, but from Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter. They, not the ISPs, are the ones restricting access to content they don’t like, removing it altogether, or making it unprofitable.

Yet, incredibly, the net neutrality fight isn’t over.

Dozens of state attorneys general, advocacy groups and tech companies are suing the government to overturn the FCC’s repeal.

We can only hope that Congress remains gridlocked for the time being. After all, the case for imposing any net neutrality rules diminishes day by day as the horror stories about fail to materialize.

Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know. Marguerite Reardon – “A year after the Obama-era rules were wiped from the books, net neutrality supporters continue to pressure Congress and await a federal appeals court decision.” i.e. more lawfare based on imagined fears and ideological fantasies.

Jordan and Gaetz Expose Pelosi and Nadler’s Ridiculous Political Impeachment Stunt… sundance – “In an effort to create the appearance of hearing credibility the plan was to use testimony from former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean. The plan failed, miserably… Dean was showcased for what he is, a political prop for the left-wing base of MSNBC moonbats.

“Worth noting, Chairman Jerry Nadler has not requested the appearance of the proclaimed author of the Mueller report, Mr. Robert Mueller himself. The reasoning is transparent; they can’t bring Mueller before the committee because the questioning would show the entire investigation was a fraud from day-one!

Instapundit – Exit quote from Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA): “It was brought up when one of our candidates talked about Russia being a threat, & former president Obama said the 80s are asking for their foreign policy back. Well guess what, this committee is now hearing from the ‘70s, and they want their star witness back.

The Real Lesson of Watergate Ignored in John Dean’s Testimony and Media Commentary. John Dale Dunn – “the one real lesson of that era is still valid today: Don’t trust the government’s Administrative State bureaucracy — and in particular prosecutors, who are, too often, henchmen using their power and resources unethically, carelessly and ruthlessly.

“Geoff Shepard, who was a Nixon Defense team member during Watergate events and who has spent 20 years researching original documents and memoranda as well as investigative materials and judicial transcripts on Watergate affairs and events, has found and documented prosecutorial and judicial abuses that tainted the Watergate trials and the Watergate hearings that resulted in Richard Nixon’s resignation.

The Shepard books go into great detail on the treacherous, deceitful and dissembling John Dean, who set up the criminal intelligence activities, then ran a botched coverup, and when in trouble for his perfidy, jumped ship and turned witness against his bosses, and therefore was portrayed by the Nixon haters as some kind of virtuous hero. Dean was horrified by the prospect of jail and became a liar and false accuser, never spending a day in jail.

Mr. Shepard is disinclined to use the words “deep state,” since he points out, correctly I think, that the deep state of today is just the imbedded partisan and corrupt government bureaucracy of the past.

Shepard shows in his work that judges and prosecutors in the Watergate matter were culpably unethical and allowed partisanship to corrupt justice.

Page Tells Bartiromo He Was A Source For CIA But Later Used To Spin False Narrative Against Trump. Sara Carter – “Edits and Omissions in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Report regarding President Donald Trump and Russia are being scrutinized as more information exposes that the report was skewed to make it appear that there may have been obstruction by the administration.

“In God We Trust” to remain on our money. Jazz Shaw – “Newdow has been knocking around for going on twenty years at this point and always pushing variations of the same schtick. He mostly represents atheists and he doesn’t want the word “God” invoked anywhere in association with the government, citing freedom from religion being every bit as important as freedom of religion in constitutional terms.

Again: Masterpiece Cakeshop sued for third time for refusing to make a cake that conflicted with owner’s religious beliefs. Allahpundit – “This is what this guy has had to put up with, off and on, for years. He’s been trolled repeatedly in increasingly crass ways in the interest of creating a test case that might vindicate the principle that religious liberty is no answer to public accommodations laws.” There are two other cases heading toward the SCOTUS similar to this one. “I wonder how many Christian business owners will be driven to bankruptcy by fines and litigation expenses before the Court finally settles the matter.

Vatican: No, you can’t choose your gender. Jazz Shaw – “Reading through the details, this wasn’t really a document focused on transgender individuals so much as an expansion on the church’s teachings regarding marriage.” This emphasizes the the lawfare is indeed persecution of a religious minority

Mexico: We might have to adopt a “safe third country” protocol if this agreement doesn’t work. Ed Morrissey – “It’s fine to reserve judgment until we see whether this has any appreciable effect on the border crisis, but pretending — as the media has been all weekend — that nothing’s changed is silly beyond belief.

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