Forest of babble

Because Random People Must Be Punished. David Thompson – “And at which point, what you’re seeing isn’t politics or protest. It’s sociopathy.

New York Times Narrative Engineers Start Positioning DOJ/FBI “Small Group” Coup-Plotters as Victims of CIA and Intelligence Community Manipulation… sundance – “Apparently, this is the big picture defense they will use when the IG report drops.”

CIA Analysts Lawyer Up As Brennan, Clapper Ensnared In Expanding Russiagate Probe. Tyler Durden – “NBC learned of the ‘lawyering up’ from three former CIA officials “familiar with the matter,” while two more anonymous leakers claim there’s tension between the Justice Department and the CIA over what classified documents Durham has access to.” interesting, the owner of that information has provided carte blanche to the DOJ regarding its use. Does the CIA realize who it works for?

David Stockman: How The US Went From America First To Empire First. Fasten your seat belts before you get into this one … “The second thing is this whole Russia-gate issue from 2016. It has essentially neutered the Democratic Party as a rational voice in foreign affairs and the restraint that it historically had on the warfare state.” … “It’s all on behalf of a big, slick lobbying operation that’s created this pro-empire mentality. It got us in the middle of all of these conflicts in the Middle East, but also Ukraine.”

Escobar: Syria May Be The Biggest Defeat For The CIA Since Vietnam. A history lesson … “The first major game-changer was the spectacular Russian entrance in the summer of 2015.” … “The CIA will be after Trump’s scalp till Kingdom Come.” … “Talk about a cultural misunderstanding. As much as the Syrian Kurds believed U.S. protection amounted to an endorsement of their independence dreams, Americans never seemed to understand that throughout the “Greater Middle East” you cannot buy a tribe.”

“The reconstruction of Syria may cost as much as $200 billion. Damascus has already made it very clear that the U.S. and the EU are not welcome. China will be in the forefront, along with Russia and Iran; this will be a project strictly following the Eurasia integration playbook — with the Chinese aiming to revive Syria’s strategic positioning in the Ancient Silk Road.

The war may not have been totally won, of course. But against all odds, it’s clear a unified, sovereign Syrian nation is bound to prevail over every perverted strand of geopolitical molotov cocktails concocted in sinister NATO/GCC labs. History will eventually tell us that, as an example to the whole Global South, this will remain the ultimate game-changer.

The Endgame in Syria. Matthew Continetti – “The pattern was established well before Donald Trump took office. It will persist after he departs. There is nothing so consistent as American ambivalence toward our superpower status. Most great powers covet hegemony. We hate it. The costs are too high, the demands too stressful.”

Trump didn’t sell out the Kurds by pulling out of Syria. Kenneth R. Timmerman – “let’s be clear about US goals, too. Our advisors were not in northern Syria to defend a Kurdish government but to fight ISIS. The fight to smash the ISIS caliphate is over, and we won.” … “The Kurds are paying a heavy price in this battle — not because of a US betrayal — but because they remain stateless and thus powerless.” … it’s tribes, again.

Democrats’ ‘Immigrants First’ Policy. Betsy McCaughey – “President Donald Trump’s key immigration rule change, to discourage immigrants from relying on public health programs, food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare, got derailed on Friday by three federal judges.” … “Judge Daniels has his facts wrong.

“Democrats oppose any limits on immigration, tarring those who disagree as “racists.” That name-calling divides the nation. We need a civil debate over how to welcome migrants to keep our economy growing yet still put our own needy first.

Napolitano Wrong Again: Schiff Inquiry a Kangaroo Court. Daniel John Sobieski – “But, as Napolitano himself notes, the House has rules, and one of those rules says that in the absence of a clear legal guideline, House precedent should be honored. The House may not have trials, but it is capable of witch hunts and inquisitions.” … “The Founding Fathers intended impeachment for real high crimes and misdemeanors — not for policy differences or whatever the House says it is.

Adam Schiff Flip-Flopped On Whistleblower Testimony After Reports Of Coordination. Mollie Hemingway – “After news broke that Schiff’s staff had secretly worked with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being lodged, Schiff moved to prevent the whistleblower’s testimony.”

Seeing Some Trees in the Forest of Babble. Clarice Feldman – “With candidates whose platform is socialism, unrestricted abortion, higher taxes, nationalized medicine, open borders, ridiculous restrictions on energy production and use and such, it’s questionable how this sideshow will serve them at all in 2020.

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Learning communist behavior for a True government

Is America Becoming Sinicized? Victor Davis Hanson [at RealClear Politics, no hassle reading] – “Deng’s revolution came at a cost of terrible environmental damage, the rampant destruction of local communities and continued political repression. A more efficient economy empowered dictatorship.

Belated Realization: The Old World Order Is in Shambles. Richard Fernandez – “Events on the Turkish-Syrian border revealed how fragile the security arrangements of the last century have become.” … “Problems that were once papered over have burst into the open.

“The old world order is in shambles. By October 31 the EU will lose one of its most powerful members. In Washington, the political class is paralyzed, unable to adapt to changing circumstances. Even Democratic candidates can’t agree on what constitutes a vital American interest in the Middle East. This implies that the trouble in Kurdistan is only symptomatic of greater geopolitical shifts, a small part of a larger fracture. If Turkey was willing to bomb U.S. positions, menace Incirlik’s nukes, and threaten the EU, the tripwire of U.S. lives was not the sure shield it was assumed to be.

The last few years have been one of belated realization. The cans which for decades had been kicked down the road now constitute a giant metal wall. The realities of the 21st century have outrun the politics of the 20th.

How the media blew the Syria story. Don Surber – “Once again, the press got the story all wrong. President Trump knew what he was doing and succeeded where his predecessors had failed.

Democrats now holding ‘Soviet-style’ impeachment hearings. Monica Showalter – “Secrecy has always been a pretty effective incubator for corruption,” … “Now we have the reason for the secrecy from the Washington Examiner:” Compare and contrast to the rationalizations provided by Rep. Dina Titus responding to Amodei sees lack of credibility in impeachment inquiry by Humberto Sanchez. Avoid a ‘circus’ or provide a filter so the testimony says what you want it to say? For Titus and the others who use the circus rationalization there is a need to make it clear that their behavior is a circus act.

“Is it any wonder that Republicans are starting to call this a “Soviet” impeachment? Far from this being about finding any truth, these secret hearings are to distort, reverse, or lie about actual witness testimony. Any witness whose words don’t match what Schiff wants to hear in those secret hearings not only gets browbeaten by Schiff, but may get his testimony “purged,” effectively becoming the equivalent of a Soviet “non-person.” It’s a matter of forcing a Vishinsky-like submission on all players to Get Trump. That’s the message with this latest Washington Examiner revelation.

Dr. Strangesсhiff, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Impeachment. Gary Gindler – “Who could have guessed that the words of Soviet secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria to Joseph Stalin, “Show me the man, and I will show you the crime,” would be strangely embodied in American politics and jurisprudence in the 21st century?

“When presenting the case of impeachment to his committee, Chairman Strangesсhiff used a specially written parody of the conversation between Orange Man and the president of Ukraine instead of the declassified and officially published text. The word “clowning” comes to mind, but the Strangeschiff clan never joke. …

Nevertheless, the actions of the self-appointed troika are getting funnier every day. Recently, they began to invite witnesses, who at the time of the “committing of the crime” had not been White House employees for a long time. …

There is no formal impeachment process because nobody has voted for it. Therefore, the Strangeschiff troika does not even have the legal authority to subpoena anyone to testify. …

Over the past three years, Democrats have called for a recession, stock market crash, nuclear war, the assassination of the president and his family, the rape of his daughter, the rape of his wife, the bombing of the White House, impeachment and rioting, all to fuel the process of the Sovietization of America. …

Is everything happening in the basement of the Capitol a mockery of the impeachment process? Of course. However, most of all, Americans are interested in only one question: what kind of trick will the Democrats come up with after the hocus-pocus of a permanent palace coup, permanent impeachment, and permanent figureheads fails again?

Hysterical reaction to AG Barr’s landmark speech at Notre Dame. Chuck Donovan – “What could the serene, almost sedate General Barr have said that drove certain left-of-center pundits into the rhetorical ditch?

“A Washington Post columnist found the Barr speech “terrifying” and a call for the abolition of the separation of church and state. But Barr’s examples had everything to do with attempts by government to coerce religious people to implement portions of the progressive creed and to abolish moral norms. In the past decade, Barr noted, the federal government has sought to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraceptives and abortifacients in their employee health plans. He decried the attempt by the state of California to force pro-life pregnancy help centers there “to provide notices of abortion rights.”

The Nation magazine went so far as to attack General Barr’s involvement with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Hysterical reactions often miss reality.

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An army of hobgoblins, policy contortions required

sundance: Democrats Denounce President Trump For Ending Syrian War They Never Authorized then McCarthy and McCaul: Bipartisan Briefing on Syria Improved After Speaker Pelosi Meltdown and Exit. “If Pelosi wants to have a war with Syria, then declare one. Or, Pelosi could call a resolution to the House floor to condemn Turkish President Erdogan for invading Syria. Instead, the House votes to denounce President Trump for getting our military out of the way.” … “Apparently once Nancy Pelosi finished her political meltdown and stomped out of the briefing, the remaining democrats and republicans engaged in a healthy discussion with U.S. military leadership and President Trump about the purpose of the U.S. draw-down.

Trump, Turkey, and the Kurds… neo – “In the current mess in Turkey with the Kurds, it’s even more apparent that most people are reacting in kneejerk fashion without much knowledge.” VDH is cited for balance but the cite is to the nagware National Review.

All Democrats are saying is, Give War a Chance. Tom Knepper – “Democrats, always reliably anti-Trump, have now carved out a position for themselves of being the party of Pro-War Protest.” and many Republicans have joined them.

“Now Donald Trump has changed all that. Driven nearly insane by their hatred of the man, and by their continued failure at bringing him down by lies and coup attempts, Democratic leadership is switching sides on the issue of continuing U.S. intervention in what was once the country of Syria. Conveniently forgetting that the blunders of the Obama/Hillary administration were in large part responsible for the Syrian civil war turning into a bloodbath, and that it was the Orange Man who was responsible for the decisive leadership that decimated ISIS, Democrats are now pretending Trump’s plan to withdraw our troops from that region would lead to catastrophe.

The bottom line is that no policy contortion is too extreme for Democrats to undergo in order to maintain their always and forever anti-Trump position.

Journalists Have Become Hoaxers. Brian C. Joondeph – “For the Washington Post, “Democracy dies in darkness” yet for the American people, their faith and trust in media is dying, not in darkness, but in the light of day, right before our eyes.

This is more of the “Orange Man Bad” filter through which virtually every news report is presented. The incompetent president is creating chaos in the Middle East by removing a handful of troops from Syria. ABC was mum when, “President Obama ignored general’s pleas to keep American military forces in Iraq.”

That last bit is hypocrisy, not a hoax, holding Democrats and Republicans to far different standards. Instead the hoax is that the video was not of the Turkish military, as reported by ABC, but instead a, “military gun shoot” at a Kentucky gun range.

journalism has been replaced by fiction writing, so-called reporters parroting partisan talking points, deliberately doctoring audio and video, ignoring inconvenient facts and contradictions, all to push a political narrative. It is, to borrow a line from FBI hoaxer James Comey, their “higher calling” to thwart the will of the people in favor of their preferences as to who leads our country.

Global Warming Alarmism Deflated By The Dem Debate. I & I Editorial Board – “While a large slice of America sees this as a feature, the Democrats’ allies in the press thought it was a bug.

“Is it possible the Democrats have ginned so many phony issues that if they bite off too many in one debate the public will suffer from an overload of nonsense? Did CNN intentionally steer clear of the subject to help Democrats avoid looking completely loony?

For once we’d like to see some healthy skepticism of the narrative among Democrats. But they will never take that road, any more than they would admit that poverty isn’t solved by government programs, that society’s ills aren’t cured by invasive public policy, or that a utopia cannot be established by the state if only the right people are issuing the directives.

The Democrats need the hobgoblin of warming to raise cash, raise political visibility, and raise the temperature of the electorate — which would be the only thing that’s getting hotter.

Hobgoblins called for reinforcements?

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We need a proper conscience even it seems missing in so many quarters

Australia’s Future and Its Enemies. Mervyn F Bendle – “The National Farmers Federation has announced that it will implement a long-term public relations campaign to mobilise public and political support for a major expansion of the agricultural industry in Australia and combat the zealotry of animal rights activists and green extremists.” It’s a shared problem by the grown, and successful, children of the British empire.

“Tragically, Australia is afflicted with deeply entrenched anti-development forces. It must therefore re-affirm its national identity as a frontier society, ready to engage in nation-building projects on a continental scale, and prepared systematically to harness the natural and human resources required to develop a thriving, highly productive society. This is a battle that must be won in the realm of culture, and it can no more be ignored than the financial or physical infrastructure requirements of this gigantic project can be ignored.

Australia is a country where radical environmentalists have had a free ride for decades, shutting down innumerable worthwhile projects and strangling many others in green tape and with ‘law-fare’ designed to make their successful completion uneconom or even impossible, as has been demonstrated with the Adani mine and in the Hunter Valley. Investors will retreat once they realize that their complex, capital-intensive projects will be slandered, stymied, suffocated, and sabotaged by a well-resourced cadre of cosseted vandals (‘protesters’) aided and protected by an array of political, legal, judicial, academic, and media supporters.

Babylon Bee: Trump Vows To Cut Foreign Aid To California.

The Democrats’ Debate Was Unconstitutional. Thomas McArdle – “The Constitution protects private property from the greedy hand of government. The Fourth Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects” – i.e. their property — from search not based on reasonable suspicion of a crime.

Anderson Cooper Casually Vindicates Hunter Biden. Emily Jashinsky – “Perhaps he thought it was clever to say Trump falsely accused the junior Biden of wrongdoing “while serving” on the board.” It’s these questionable base presumptions that indicate just how deep and severe, and dangerous, the bias at CNN and elsewhere really is. “Stating is as an unimpeachable fact that “no evidence of wrongdoing” exists to implicate Hunter or Joe Biden is wrong. It’s really wrong coming from the purportedly objective moderator of a presidential debate.

George Orwell – “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

Fraud Continues – Nancy Pelosi Promises House Impeachment Subpoenas Will Not Have Legal Penalties – House Will Not Authorize Impeachment Inquiry… sundance – “It is likely, highly likely, Nancy Pelosi does not have the votes to proceed with a full House impeachment authorization; so Pelosi, Schiff, Engel and Cummings have to rely on the duplicity of the media to help them hide their scheme. So far the media is complying.

Bill Barr’s Brilliant Touchdown Run at Notre Dame. Terence P. Jeffrey – “And to control willful human beings with an infinite capacity to rationalize, those moral values must rest on an authority independent of men’s wills,

“They must flow from the transcendent Supreme Being. In short, in the framers’ view, free government was only suitable and sustainable for a religious people, a people who recognized that there was a transcendent moral order antecedent to both the state and to manmade laws and had the discipline to control themselves according to those enduring principles.”

Yes, that is exactly why John Adams said: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious People.”

Barr argued that “secularists” are now attacking the moral order that is the foundation of our liberty and threatening religious freedom in pursuit of their cause.

“We cannot have a moral renaissance,” he concluded, “unless we succeed in passing to the next generation our faith and values in full vigor.”

The People’s POTUS… sundance – “We interrupt our worries and fret-filled daily programming for a brief respite.” … “Remember when President Trump had the boys and girls Little League champs at the White House last week?… There’s a whole lot of fun happening there

“Come to think of it, President Trump has a remarkable ability to focus on the big picture amid circumstances that would likely overwhelm most people. His ability to live in the moment and compartmentalize challenges is a very significant strength.

It would be challenging for anyone to face complex global issues and geopolitics, while simultaneously battling domestic political adversaries…. let alone, stop mid-day and give 100% of your attentive self to celebrate with a group of kids and ensure they understood how valuable and important they are…. Yup, President Donald Trump can do that.

You have to really look to find any balance to the propaganda onslaught.

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What’s your reference?

Make Columbus Day Great Again. Stephen Kruiser – “Christopher Columbus was one of the first victims of Cancel Culture before it was even called Cancel Culture.”

“Now I’m supposed to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples Day,” … There is also the fact that many of them weren’t any nicer than Columbus, so if we’re canceling people for being awful, they’re as cancel-worthy as our intrepid Italian.

The Strategies of Targeting Trump. Victor Davis Hanson – “We are headed for a train wreck. No one knows for certain which outcome is most likely.”

“After failing with the voting machine gambit, the Logan Act, the 25th Amendment, the emoluments clause, the McCabe-Rosenstein faux-coup, the Comey memos farce, the “resistance” efforts outlined by the New York Times anonymous op-ed writer, the campaign finance violations accusations, Stormy, tax returns, whistleblowers, leakers, the Mueller 22 months charade, and now impeachment 2.0, what exactly is the point of impeaching Trump just 13 months before the election?

There doesn’t have to be a point to impeachment. Democrats loathe Trump. That is enough.

Sane observers see impeachment as a travesty without either moral or legal grounds to justify removing an elected president 13 months before the 2020 election. But sanity means nothing these days, given the hatred of Trump, the volatility of the electorate, and the furious bias of the media.

But I think the piece worth highlighting today is from the Wall Street Journal editorial board, who, like Matt Drudge (have you seen the Drudge Report lately?), appears to have had it with the dunce cap model in the Oval:” This one is from Patterico and illustrates the nonsense in ad hominem judgment that defies reality. “Dunce cap” for a man who won a presidential election and then had such a positive impact on the economy and international trade? Then there’s the vox populi [Merriam-Webster] logical fallacy … With so many blinded like this, is it any wonder Trump wins?

Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy. Byron York – “A week ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.

“In his much-criticized letter to Congress, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democratic handling of the impeachment investigation “violates fundamental fairness.” He meant fairness toward the target of the proceeding, President Trump. But there is also the question of fairness toward the American people trying to follow an impeachment process shrouded in secrecy. Don’t they have the right to know what the president’s accusers say?

 

Scientists Gone Mad. J. Frank Bullitt – “Worse, they’re ignorant, and overly willing dupes. They’ve fallen for what is so obviously an exaggeration if not an outright fraud. And they should be, as British columnist Brendan O’Neill suggests, “criticized and ridiculed out of existence.”

Glyphosate Doesn’t Cause Cancer. It Saves Native Ecosystems. Ted Williams – “Misinformation has created a lucrative business for ambulance-chasing lawyers and NGOs.” What’s this doing on Slate?

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what exactly is honorable about pretending?

Rep. Jim Jordan Asks 17 Awkward Questions About Pelosi’s “Impeachment Inquiry”. Tyler Durden – “Rep. Jim Jordan has been among the most outspoken critics of the farce that is the Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry,” and tonight, in a series of tweets, the Ohio congressman asks the uncomfortable questions that the media seems unwilling to.

Nolte: Good Riddance to Shepard Smith – “Tell me, what exactly is honorable about pretending to be an unbiased journalist whose only job is to inform the public when you are, in reality, just another far-left talking head spreading conspiracy theories, just another leftist having narcissistic temper tantrums in public about guns and gay marriage, just another propagandist serially misleading your viewers with crazed conspiracy theories as a means to grind your sorry little ax… just another sanctimonious, blow-dried, fake news grifter?

Trump’s Foreign Policy Deals Properly with Tyrants. Roger Kimball – “Trump’s coddling of the dictatorial mind is not capitulation but a steely eyed gambit to get part—he hopes all, or a lot, but at least some—of what he and what the United States wants.”

“The bottom like, however, is this. Trump’s actions are “a strategy.” (“Obviously,” says Roger. It is obvious to me. But is it obvious to Bill Kristol, to Pastor David French, to Jonah Goldberg?) It is indeed true, as Roger acknowledges that “It’s not clear the extent to which it will work.” But here’s payday: “if it does even some of the time, it’s miles ahead of what his predecessors ever did.”

It’s especially rich that some of the sharpest criticism of Trump on this issue is coming from some of the architects and enablers of that litany of self-absorption and failure. Meanwhile, what if Trump strikes a big trade deal with China? What if he manages to get Kim to denuclearize? What if he lures the mad mullahs in Iran into the 21st century? He hasn’t managed it yet. But so far he’s had a lot more success than did Obama with his spineless habit of “leading from behind.”

Trump, Ukraine, and Justice. Jesse Richman – “Even if we assume the worst, Trump did nothing wrong in Ukraine, and nothing more than his duty.”

“Those who claim that a request from the head of one state to the head of the other constitutes a crime may perhaps be imagining that the positive response to such a request would in this context constitute a “campaign contribution” and hence it would be in violation of campaign finance law. To see how little sense it makes to stretch campaign finance law this far, let’s reflect on it for a minute.

Producers of the Flailing Impeachment Inquiry. Clarice Feldman – “The whistleblower tale has crumbled and the backup witnesses the Democrats are relying on only confirm the Deep State bureaucrats and Democrats believe that they, not the elected president, have a lock on executive powers.”

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without malicious intent?

Has the Time Come to Put Down Lawlessness, Insurrection and Rebellion? David Solway – “The issue, however, is whether the great purge of unsavory and dissident institutions, organizations, and power brokers can succeed via discursive, procedural, and electoral means or whether something far more dramatic is needed to prevent the end of the unique republican experiment that is the United States of America.” The people will speak, even if they say nothing. The question is about what they will say and how they will say it.

FISA Judges Collyer and Boasberg Both Identified NSA Databases Used for Political Surveillance… sundance – “One of the weird aspects to both Collyer and Boasberg is that both FISC judges did not ever seek to ask the “why” question: why are all these unauthorized database searches taking place? Instead, both judges focus on process issues and technical procedural questions, seemingly from a position that all unauthorized searches were done without malicious intent.

Little League Champs “Catch a Ride Home” With President Trump – Video… sundance – wonder what the malicious intent was on that?

Morning Greatness: Urine, Spitting, Violence from Trump Rally Protestors in Minneapolis. Liz Sheld – “On Thursday, the president held a rally in Minneapolis and the violent left showed up to riot because our culture is laden with feeble-minded adultchildren who can’t control themselves and lash out violently when presented with something they don’t want to hear. And then they are rewarded.

“I can’t imagine it will be long now before some of these targets will fight back. The police are handcuffed by the Trump-deranged liberal local government that insists on facilitating this violence and can’t really control the riots. It’s a powder keg especially with the campaign season ramping up.

Last Night, We Saw Fascism In the Streets [Updated]. John Hinderaker – “These leftists are identical to the Nazi Brownshirts of the 1930s. But make no mistake–they represent today’s Democratic Party. A sitting Democratic State Representative, Aisha Gomez (DFL-Minneapolis), was seen among the fascists, dressed in black like an Antifa hoodlum.” … “The facts are very, very bad for the Left and for the Democratic Party. We need to bring those facts to light before it is too late.

Will We Ever Prosecute? Gordon Wysong – “Can anyone hold to the faith in American justice? Those who support the rule of law feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football. It’s coming — oh, wait, it’s coming…oh, wait…

“The full scope of what has gone on will never be known, but the lessons for future participants in such a scheme is essential. The next time, the prosecution will be more severe, more certain, and more expedient. Protecting the Constitution is more important than perfect justice. Some miscreants will escape, but they will never sleep well again. The lesson must be taught.

A DOJ that fails to move loses its credibility and its honor. The foundation of the Republic is placed at risk. Without the rule of law, what do we have?

At some point, deferral of prosecution is dereliction or abetting. Has it reached that point?

A Star Is Born in the Battle Over Trump’s Tax Returns. Editorial of The New York Sun – “She reckons that the way House is going after Mr. Trump violates the constitutional prohibition against bills of attainder.” The knee jerk response to her opinion described in this editorial is indicative to the point that she hits a nerve. It addresses those who should know better like Mirengoff or Wallace.

“Rather, Judge Rao quotes case law to suggest that the prohibition of attainder bills was intended “as an implementation of the separation of powers, a general safeguard against legislative exercise of the judicial function, or more simply—trial by legislature.” She reckons the Framers “understood the importance of prohibiting Congress from turning its substantial powers against an individual.”

As usual, California goes too far with new red flag law. Jazz Shaw – “California Governor Gavin Newsom kept himself busy yesterday by signing a new red flag gun control bill into law. (This was only one of fifteen new gun control laws.) The strange part of this story is that the Golden State already had a red flag law on the books, similar to those in sixteen other states and the District of Columbia. But now they’re going much further.

A Sensible Take on Syria. John Hinderaker – “James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation and the Institute of World Politics gave an interview to the Daily Signal that gives the best take I have seen on Trump’s recent Syria move.” See also the earlier citation of Richard Fernandez on this. Both Fernandez and Carafano provide a bit of balance to the anti-Trump knee jerk responses.

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Where’s the Love?

Left-wing Rioters Attack Trump Supporters Leaving Minneapolis Rally. Joel B. Pollak – “A protestor can be seen waving the Chinese flag in front of riot police. While people in Hong Kong wave American flags for freedom, we wave Chinese flags.

“The scene was reminiscent of the riot outside a convention center in San Jose in June 2016, when anti-Trump rioters attacked Trump supporters leaving the venue in full view of the media — and Mayor Sam Liccardo blamed Trump.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed Thursday as “Love Trumps Hate Day” in the city, in solidarity with protests against Trump. Evidently, however, some of those among the “protesters” felt “hate” trumped “love.”

Who has the love here? Who puts the hate on parade? Mayors cannot see?

Are all Dems above the law? J. F. Gaski – “In the present Ukraine matter, the mainstream media propaganda machine is missing something very basic. The error is exposed by the uniform and diversionary way the Trump-Ukraine accusation is framed:” … another case of very clear factual evidence being turned upside down in false witness by non-fringe actors.

“The explanation is that to assume one of an infinite number of potential motives is face-invalid and unreasonable. All one must do to falsify such a pseudo-argument is identify a single plausible alternative motivation, and a big one is readily at hand: As the chief law-enforcement officer of the United States, Donald Trump has a constitutional obligation to investigate illegal behavior, especially when committed at the highest level of our government.

How convenient that the Democrat position in the latest faux scandal reduces to this: All Dems are above the law.

The Democrats and the MSM have gotten bolder about lying… neo – “Why would the Democrats think this would be effective? And why would they think the public will buy their statements that, if Trump doesn’t co-operate with their “inquiry” and letters of request for testimony, he is obstructing justice?” … “The combination of the takeover of our educational system by the left and a press that is completely dedicated to being political rather than telling the truth allows the Democrats to feel invulnerable.

Sustainability Is Baked Right Into the Heart of Capitalism. Coyote Blog – “the company [Tesla] can’t be very sustainable because it spends far more than it earns, ie it consumes more valuable resources than it produces (a ratio made even worse if one factors in all the taxpayer subsidies the company consumes as revenue).

“I would argue that financial stability has everything to do with environmental sustainability (though I will admit that this comparison is a bit hard since environmentalists seem to bend over backwards to NOT define “sustainability” very precisely). In fact, I think that sustainability is baked right into the heart of capitalism.

The reason for this comes back to the magic of prices. Of all the amazing, wondrous things we celebrate in the world, prices may be the most overlooked. Just think of it: with no governing structure or top down ruling board, a single number encapsulates everything most everyone in the world knows about a particular product: both its utility and relative scarcity, both now and as anticipated in the future. It is a consensus derived voluntarily between millions of people who never meet with each other and likely never communicate with each other.

Syria Risks Becoming Erdogan’s Vietnam. Richard Fernandez – “Turkey’s border offensive against the Kurds, far from being a blitzkrieg, is limited by the resources available to Ankara’s forces.” Here’s a bit of reality on the latest anti-Trump tirades.

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How can you understand this? (Never Trumpers and their ilk)

Is the Pope a Catholic? Mark Powell – “Committed Catholics have been increasingly concerned about many of the Pope’s statements regarding divorce and remarriage, homosexuality (‘Who am I to judge?’), capital punishment, the existence of hell, and even the re-wording of the Lord’s Prayer.”

“But the reason I address this is because it is the responsibilities of leaders to uphold the values of the institutions which employ them. If they can’t continue to do that then they should have the integrity to resign. As Gillette has found out the hard way, once you go woke you quickly go broke. Which is precisely the direction the Church of Rome is heading under its current theologically progressive leadership.

Bottom Lining the Democrat-manufactured Trump-Ukraine Scandal. Judi McLeod – “When the Democrats Investigate Trump For Over 2 Years; And The Only Thing They Can Uncover Is Their Own Crimes.” … “Problem with that is that all the perps in the ongoing pumped-up scandal are comfortably nestled and protected inside a most devious Congress.

If Anyone Should Be Impeached, It’s the Liberal Media. Trevor Thomas – “Contrary to their sacred duty to provide what is truthful, they have willfully presented false and misleading information to the public at large concerning, but not limited to, the following:

No, the Electoral College Isn’t “Electoral Affirmative Action” for Rural States. John W. York, Ph.D. – “The reason Trump was able to win the presidency while losing the popular vote has nothing to do with “affirmative action” for rural states. It has everything to do with the way states choose to apportion their delegates.” … “It is a nod to a historical reality: When large swaths of a vast country feel they have been forgotten, dark days are likely to be on the horizon.

Zelensky: “This is not corruption, it was just a call” Ed Morrissey – “it’s tough to build a case of quid pro quo and corruption when the two players in the alleged act both say nothing of the sort occurred — and the record backs that up.” … doesn’t matter to House Democrats or their propaganda machine (or Volokh Conspiracy lawyers, see below), though.

Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0? Victor Davis Hanson – “The particular narrative is not all that important, at least compared with a general overriding theme: We are in a virtual civil war, and the Left believes that it can win over the hearts and minds of 20 to 30 percent of the swing voters in the United States with therapeutic tales of racism, sexism, unearned white privilege, and right-wing greed and selfishness, and also by destroying the elected president.

The Bluffpeachment. Gary Gindler – “The current situation in Washington is, in the language of poker, a bluff. The Democrats are bluffing; they have only weak cards in their hand. They actually have nothing against Trump. That’s all they have ever had.” Gindler also notes: “The U.S. Constitution empowers only the entire House of Representatives with the impeachment authority, not just the speaker of the House or the chairmen of the committees of the House.” This is interesting in light of the argument that the Constitution is vague on the issue and, therefore, the House can use whatever process it wants. That starts playing games on what one means by House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress. (See Volokh Conspiracy post and the following assertions)

New Statement from Checks and Balances on President Trump’s Abuse of Office. Jonathan H. Adler – “We believe the acts revealed publicly over the past several weeks are fundamentally incompatible with the president’s oath of office, his duties as commander in chief, and his constitutional obligation to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’” This is signed by a number of rather prestigious lawyers and is a conclusion based on their reading of the Ukraine matter. What these lawyers are saying is that chasing corruption in the affairs of U.S. elected officials involving other nations is “fundamentally incompatible with the president’s oath of office.” Trying to wrap one’s head around that, even when dressed up in a lawyerly sounding epistle such as this, is a difficult task. The base logic is just the expressed part of the problem. The context (i.e. Mueller findings) and the reference in long established precedent are missing and very likely it is because they show this official sounding pronouncement to be a farce. But why would such a distinguished collection of lawyers expose themselves like this?

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Can we get back to normal?

Trumperman and the Joker Legions. Peter Smith – “But, disdain doesn’t nearly do it to for the Left. Republican presidents are always demonised by the Left but this time is different. The hate is palpable and unremitting.

“Of course, as progressivism wreaks its havoc, Islam or China or both are waiting in the wings. But progressives being deficient in the cognitive ability of weighing consequences can’t see that far.

Will Trump prove decisive in turning the tide? Will they get him first? In any event, is even two terms enough time? I don’t know but we better hope he prevails. No one else is in sight.

Trump is unique; a very special, one-off leader. A cometh-the-moment figure like Churchill in 1940. His achievements are remarkable; even more so when every day with unheard of fortitude he bats away the indefatigable baying media mob.

Where Trump gets the strength is completely beyond me. I don’t believe anything quite like it has happened before. If he isn’t a superhero he makes a good fist of acting like one.

Babylon Bee: God Working On Backup Plan To Accomplish His Will Just In Case Trump Doesn’t Get Reelected.

More Evidence That Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Working. John Merline – “How would you describe a year in which the amount of money that corporations paid in taxes shot up by 12%? Believe it or not, Democrats are calling it a giveaway to corporate fat cats. For everyone else, it’s a sign that the Trump tax cuts are working as promised.

How Unreasoned Impeachment Dysfunction Is Trashing Democrats. Lewis K. Uhler and Peter J. Ferrara – “it is unpopular because it is so unreasoned in trying to impeach Trump for the corruption of Biden, just as it was Hillary who actually colluded with Russians. Yet it will dominate the political landscape for many months, highlighting the role of the socialist progressives most dangerous to the future of the traditionally blue-collar Democrat Party.”

Rod Rosenstein “Unindicted Co-Conspirator”? – Durham Expands Timeline for Probe… sundance – “One aspect heavily monitored by CTH surrounds frequent redactions to ongoing DOJ releases that touch upon former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“We’ve always said that Attorney General Bill Barr’s biggest challenge would not be gathering evidence of what took place; the evidence is so obvious there have been books written about it. The real challenge for AG Barr is navigating through what We The People are already aware of; against a likely disposition that Barr would not want to believe it, and certainly would be conflicted in facing it.

White House Background Outline on Rebuttal Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Effort… sundance – “This is the first time ever that someone — that a House has tried to pursue such an inquiry while denying the minority that right.” The questions from media personnel quoted here do not reflect well on the media.

“It’s a political stratagem because the Democrats want to overturn the results of the 2016 election and they want to use impeachment as a political strategy to influence the results of the 2020 election. And this, again, is unprecedented in the history of our nation to use such a grave constitutional proceeding for such raw political ends.

And the letter concludes by explaining that, given these constitutional flaws and the President’s obligations under the Constitution and to future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, that he cannot have his administration participate in this unconstitutional procedure, and that, under the current circumstances, at least as currently framed, that he and his administration will not participate in this process.

Protesters Swarm Max Rose’s Office Over His Support of Impeachment. Hannah Bleau – “I will support and I will defend the United States Constitution, and it is for that reason that I intend to fully support this impeachment inquiry and follow the facts,” he told supporters at a town hall last week. Compare and contrast this canard with another story: Seems James Clapper just admitted Obama ordered him to ignore 2016 Russian election interference. Jack Hellner – “Somehow, the complicit media have never been interested in connecting the very clear dots”. When Rose adds emphasis that “I’m gonna follow these facts wherever they lead, no matter the consequences,” he makes it very clear that he would rather follow ghosts rather than facts that attempt to lead him in directions he doesn’t want to follow. That is what his constituents are trying to tell him in swarming his office but he, like others in his party, express denial and further alienate those they are supposed to represent.

Today’s Democrats or the Deep State. Ned Ryun – “If you’re wondering how all of this stops, how we return to normal, I will tell you what a friend told me: “There is no normal. There is only Clausewitz.”

“Like a child with a box of matches, deranged Democrats seem to think they have their hands on a good idea. Their thinking goes something like this: “If we can’t be in control, let’s burn it all down, destroy norms, throw an epic political tantrum, hold the American people hostage! That’ll show the irredeemable deplorables to question their betters!”

There is only absolute and total political war on this axis we face until we beat them into an unconditional surrender. The Left wants it that way because they think they can win. They want no holds barred total political war. Since we can’t escape it, I say we give it to them measure for measure.

For those who think there is some middle ground with the Left, there isn’t. There’s no negotiating with them until they sue for terms. Time to man up and fight: the future of our constitutional republic depends on it.

Trump is Winning the Great Game of American Political Football. Conrad Black – “Trump has gained full control of his party, has held at least 45 percent of the country solidly behind him, and is threatening to derail the liberal slide of post-Reagan America and to pulverize and convert or expel the “OBushinton” cadres of the political class.”

“Some drama is being generated because the Bush Republicans resent Trump’s trashing of them and are unctuously saying he was improper, though not impeachable in his conversation with Zelensky, and because even the relatively professional media love a crisis and the thought that the president could be in real trouble. If the media do not pull themselves together and start treating this burlesque professionally, they will suffer severe and durable harm. Whatever they do, the contrast will be vivid between this fabricated crisis and the long-awaited official and impartial view of the Democrats’ conduct in and after the last presidential election campaign. Russians and Ukrainians didn’t seriously threaten U.S. democracy; Americans angry about the results of it have done that, and the guilty will not hide for long behind this fatuous Ukrainian carnival of false righteousness. The system can punish venal politicians on election day; a national press corps that can’t distinguish real from false assaults on democracy is an almost inoperable malignancy. The media is on trial now, not the president, or even his accusers—though some of them soon will be.

Elizabeth Warren: Leading Liar in the Party of Liars. Fletch Daniels – “Warren has surpassed Joe Biden in more than the polls. She has also eclipsed his role as the race’s most shameless prevaricator, which is practically a job requirement in today’s Democratic Party.” Compare and contrast the case here to what you get in the accusations like this aimed at the President.

The left’s encouraging “whistleblowers” from the intelligence community to file complaints for political reasons has a long history… neo – “Those who believe that the current push of the left against Trump is mainly about Trump himself would do well to ponder this history. The left is neither stupid nor lazy, and they have been working hard at this for a long long time.

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Echoes of Watergate provide contrast

The Madness of Progressive Projection. Victor Davis Hanson – “What is behind this strange collective psychological condition of projecting one’s own guilt on to another?

Nixon: Victim of a Media Riot. Ben Stein – “For friends who ask, here’s the man I knew. And please remember him especially on Yom Kippur.”

Lee Smith: It’s not all about the Bidens. Scott Johnson – “Once again, much of the media seem to be treating every allegation against Trump as probable fact, while dismissing any questions and concerns as conspiracy theories.”

“Thus the panicked clamor coursing through the press at present is not about Joe Biden or his son or Trump’s alleged commerce with foreign powers. Rather, it is the fear that the Russiagate bubble is likely to burst. And the fear that none of the reporters, intelligence officials, and political operatives responsible for pushing the largest and most destructive conspiracy theory in American history will escape the ruin.

Trump’s exaggerations stand in stark contrast to Democrats’ actual lies. Howard J. Warner – a few examples …

“The media tells us regularly about President Donald Trump’s exaggerations and overstatements. Some keep count on what they call “lies” and they number these in the thousands. Trump’s hyperbole is well understood especially when he claims to be the “best” or “greatest” on any subject (such as the crowd at the inaugural). However, these kind of statements are not material lies that adversely affect policy or citizens (such as the promise that President Obama assured would allow us to keep our doctor or insurance plan). The same cannot be said about statements from many of the Democratic opposition. Unfortunately, the media’s prejudice is demonstrated by their lack of reporting on these issues.

Intel Community IG Stonewalling Congress On Backdated Whistleblower Rule Changes. Sean Davis – “Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for U.S. intelligence agencies, acknowledged that his office secretly changed key whistleblower forms and rules in September, but refused to explain to lawmakers why those changes were backdated to August.”

And then there’s Hillary Clinton: on impeachment, Watergate, and Whistlegate… neo – “The difference between the process then and the process now is extreme. During Watergate, Congress was reacting to an event, and launched a bipartisan investigation. Now, one party is using the intelligence corps to create the appearance of an event, with the long-stated goal – one made clear even before Donald Trump became president – of removing this president from office.”

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Gruber, Dickens, Sun Tzu, Mr. Smith

Nancy Pelosi is “Grubering” The American Electorate on Impeachment – Committee Requests, aka “Subpoenas”, Constructed to Manufacture “Obstruction”… sundance – “these are political subpoenas, demand letters as weapons; constructed for optimal political value, and framed to create obstruction articles of impeachment. This is a carefully constructed subversion of the constitutional processes and procedures.” … “These letters from congress, they are calling ‘subpoenas’, are specifically designed to avoid the courts because of the unilateral nature of the investigations which underpin their content.

Mr. Trump Goes to Washington. Clarice Feldman – “To me, this is a modern-day replay of the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

States Are Depriving Innocent People of Their Second Amendment Rights. Jacob Sullum – “One thing is certain: Taking away people’s guns based on predictions of what they might do with them raises thorny due process concerns.” … “In practice, he says, red flag laws mean “you’re guilty until you prove yourself innocent.”

Marco Rubio Is Right About Trump Playing The Press. Emily Jashinsky – this one is notable for the pattern: judgment of the President as “categorically stupid and indefensible” and then explaining why it wasn’t. It is an illustration of a common media pattern of expressing hyperbolic judgment out of ignorant disagreement to impugn the President while telling a story that contradicts their own thesis.

‘The Leprosy of Unreality’ and the Demise of the Left. Diana Mary Sitek – “The people’s house has become the charnel house of counterfeit Democrat prerogative. Is it a last-ditch attempt to seclude suspected skullduggery from public notice?

Trump’s Godfather moment. Jeffrey A. Friedberg – “I have never seen anything like the apparently crazed condition of Democrats.”

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The assault, allegations, projection

The IPCC’s Seldom Mentioned ‘Uncertainties’. Michael Kile – “The real mystery here, however, is not the climate. It is why so many researchers chose to remain silent about the veracity of modeller “forecasts”, especially decades or centuries ahead, even when the consequence is climate hysteria.

“So be vigilant when perusing an IPCC climate report. Read between the lines, especially the Press Release and Summary for Policymakers. For the Devil — or uncertainty monster — is indeed in the detail.

Who would have thought there are (page 173): “critical gaps in knowledge concerning interactions between the atmosphere and specific elements of the polar ocean and cryosphere”?

For me, one comment – the last in the SPM – reveals the UN’s real purpose here: co-opt the IPCC to develop a “scientific” argument validating its 17 Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while trumpeting the need for urgent “transformative change”.

Babylon Bee: Dems Worried If Impeachment Fails They’ll Have To Nominate Electable Candidate.

At saraacarter.com a quote illustrating unsupportable hyperbole and nonsense. Susan Rice: Our democracy is under assault from Trump’s White House. Passed off with aplomb but no substance and no awareness of the explicit and stated effort to undermine or dismiss elections.

This is not a war against Trump, Democrats wants to change the American system. Sara Carter – “This isn’t about Ukraine and Trump’s telephone conversation with Zelensky, it’s about removing a duly elected president from office. They attempt to do this by twisting the facts, leaking and targeting every aspect and person within the Trump administration to the detriment of the American political system and the American people who elected Trump to office.” Contrast to Susan Rice’s argument …

On the current state of Whistlegate… neo – “Any corrupt official who wants to evade investigation need only run for president on the Democratic side and he’s immune, apparently. Who knew?” She gets it. Mirengoff at Powerline doesn’t.

Adam Schiff’s m.o. … neo – “So he issues those lies, both Big and Small, to do their work. Schiff is not stupid. His lies are not told in error. They are a tactic in a long-term strategy, and he believes that strategy will be successful in creating enough smoke to convince a great many people that there’s a big fire.

“That’s the way it keeps going. The lie is put out there, often using the person’s own words but leaving out the exculpatory part. The implication is always of Trump’s guilt. The lies pile up, over and over and over. The liar (Schiff in this case, as is often the case) counts on the cooperation of the MSM. He also counts on the idea that most people only read the initial story and never read any corrections if in fact any are ever issued (often they are not). Schiff also knows that alternate sources of information are usually not read by Democrats or even by a great many independents.

The government is indeed under assault and it is clear who is rejecting elections – they even say so – who is changing the rules and running roughshod over the minority, and who is pushing a false reality.

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Everything a right for the Left

Massive $7.5 Billion U.S. Award From WTO in Airbus Subsidy Case – Sets Stage for Countervailing Duties Against EU… sundance – “This win sets the stage for President Trump to deploy $7.5 billion in countervailing duties against products from the EU. Keep in mind, a final WTO ruling means the EU cannot retaliate against any WTO-authorized countermeasures.

“In the bigger picture this is why President Trump is the most transformative economic President in the last 75 years. The post-WWII Marshall Plan was set up to allow Europe and Asia to place tariffs on exported American industrial products. Those tariffs were used by the EU and Japan to rebuild their infrastructure after a devastating war. However, there was never a built in mechanism to end the tariffs…. until President Trump came along and said: “it’s over”!

Disappointing State Department IG Meeting Deflates U.S. Media… sundance – “Well, the super-anticipated ‘closed door’ briefing was held today, and the IG handed out packets of information related to revelations of Democrats colluding with the Ukraine government. The exact opposite of what the media and the professional left anticipated.

Impeachment probe: Schiff plays dirty, doesn’t allow equal participation of Republicans in Kurt Volker testimony – shenanigans described at saraacarter.com

So the whistleblower went to Adam Schiff first, not the designated intelligence authorities? Monica Showalter – “President Trump was very right to have called this another case of a spy or traitor because this is what it was.

“It leaves the current whistleblower system’s credibility now in tatters. Why go through official channels when you’ve got Adam Schiff? Who’d bother with official channels now that this leaker has gotten away with oversharing classified information with Democrats in Congress first? Eric Felton at RealClearInvestigations has much more here about the full scope of the problem here.

The failure to follow procedures though, now makes him or her a leaker, a political manipulator, a partisan operative, a person who uses secret intelligence to his own personal ends, not a whistleblower.

Schiff’s lies about no advance knowledge of Whistleblower complaint make the impeachment efforts look like a conspiracy. Thomas Lifson – “when people with no visible connection with each other work together in secret to accomplish some goal and then lie about their collaboration, the dreaded word “conspiracy” becomes completely appropriate.

According To Democrats, Everything Is A ‘Right!’ Except Owning A Firearm. Tristan Justice – “At the forum, sponsored by MSNBC with the gun control groups March for Our Lives and Giffords, Democrats pushed for far stricter federal gun laws than Democrats have ever supported in the past, including several candidates openly endorsing a gun confiscation program.

Andrew C. McCarthy: Do Republicans see the strategy to discredit the Barr investigation? Neo – “But they still might not be able to respond effectively for the simple reason that they have to somehow cut through the fog of media lies and/or obfuscation on the issue. The example he gives earlier in his piece – of how the MSM pretends that the “favor” Trump asked about was in relation to Biden whereas it was actually related to the investigation of the 2016 election interference – is a good example of the ways in which the MSM will distort its reportage in an attempt to obscure any message the GOP might want to get to the public.

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Recognizing and rejecting gaslighting

Stand… sundance – “Cold Anger is not hatred, it is far more purposeful.” It is a call to arms describing a feeling perceived to be shared by many. It is another indication that perhaps there is a simmering pot resulting from the continuous heat applied by the Left and this pot is about ready to blow its lid.

“Foolishness and betrayal of our nation have served to reveal dangers within our present condition. Misplaced corrective action, regardless of intent, is neither safe nor wise. We know exactly who Donald Trump is, and we also know what he is not. He is exactly what we need at this moment. He is a necessary glorious bastard.

Cold Anger perceives deception the way the long-term battered absorb a blow in the hours prior to the pre-planned exit; with purpose.

We are patient, but also purposeful. Pushed far enough, decisions are reached. Throw aside the sense of discomfort and bear witness to the evil we oppose. Do not turn your eyes from the hatred focused in our direction. Stand firm amid the solace of our number and resolve to the task at hand.

Those who oppose our efforts are merely vile parasites quivering as they stare into the Cold Anger furnace of righteousness.

Who fuels that furnace?

…..US !

Schiff’s Impeachment Push Is Detrimental To Intelligence Committee’s Oversight Role. Sara Carter – “Schiff, D-CA, supported by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and his colleagues, are not focused on a bipartisan investigation of the facts that is required as part of their roles on the House Intelligence Committee , but instead, on an endgame: to ensure Trump is impeached.”

“A current military intelligence official told this reporter that “weaponizing the intelligence committee is detrimental to the committee’s function of oversight. The intelligence community should not be used as a political football to target the administration and it should never be used as a foundation to throw out lies against a duly elected president.”

“The issue here is they’re going to face massive public scrutiny over how all of this is being handled,” said Hoffman. “But it doesn’t appear they are going to stop and they are going to drive the intelligence community through the meat grinder.

Full Report of Inspector General of the Intelligence Community on Whistleblower is linked at SaraCarter.com. It is a PSA intended to address suspicions about the Uraine teleconference complaint. It bypasses the fundamental issue that the complaint contradicted what it was complaining about in its proclamation of innocence and moral superiority.

“In summary, regarding the instant matter, the whistleblower submitted the appropriate Disclosure of Urgent Concern form that was in effect as of August 12, 2019, and had been used by the ICIG since May 24, 2018. The whistleblower stated on the form that he or she possessed both first-hand and other information. The ICIG reviewed the information provided as well as other information gathered and determined that the complaint was both urgent and that it appeared credible. From the moment the ICIG received the whistleblower’s filing, the ICIG has worked to effectuate Congress’s intent, and the whistleblower’s intent, within the rule of law. The ICIG will continue in those efforts on behalf of all whistleblowers in the Intelligence Community.

Americans Have Every Reason To Be Suspicious Of The Whistleblower Complaint. John Daniel Davidson – “The emerging Ukraine narrative is eerily similar to the Russian collusion hoax. Dismissing questions about its origins isn’t going to cut it.” He goes into detail about issues with the ICIG report linked by Sara Carter above.

“Just like the Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier that launched the Russia probe, the Ukraine complaint is based entirely on hearsay and contains blatant falsehoods and misstatements of fact.

In fact, everything about the Ukraine affair thus far has the same stink as the origins of the Russia probe—the suspicious actions of unelected intelligence community bureaucrats, the hysterical proclamations of congressional Democrats, the uniform efforts of the media to distort every aspect of the story in the service of an impeachment narrative.

But here’s the thing: hand-waving all this away as a conspiracy theory isn’t going to work. The American people have every reason to be suspicious of the emerging Ukraine narrative, and simply appealing to the authority of current and former intelligence officials, many of whom lied to Congress and illegally leaked to the press, isn’t going to change anyone’s mind.

Many Americans no longer trust those people because they have proven untrustworthy. After the fiasco of the Russia investigation, they’re going to need more than assurances from our political and media elites that this time, really, honestly, Trump is guilty of an impeachable offense.

National security risks… neo – “Democrats and the MSM seem completely unconcerned with the risks inherent in divulging a president’s – any president’s – phone calls with foreign leaders.”

“It is my strong suspicion that if such calls of other presidents had been leaked, most presidents (of either party) would have been guilty of far worse than anything in any of Trump’s leaked calls. Not only could no president on earth stand up to such scrutiny, but no president has ever had to.

Why is that? I believe that it’s only recently that a large enough number of people in the federal bureaucracy and in the press believe that the ends justify the means, and that it is perfectly okay to jeopardize the security of the US and the world in order to harm a president they don’t like.

It’s not that no one felt that way before. But I believe it has reached a critical mass. And it has destroyed trust – on the right but not limited to the right – in all government institutions.

This is a terrible development, but such trust is no longer warranted. I realize that’s not a new thing; it’s been building for decades. But now, even people who have long resisted the notion cannot deny it any more.

Global Warming Fraud Exposed In Pictures. Tyler Durden – “When you want to mislead people with statistics picking the start date is very important.” See also Violent Crime Rate in 2018 Lowest Since 1971. AWR Hawkins – “Ironically, one of the greatest differences between 1971 and 2018 is that there are exponentially more privately-owned firearms now than there were when the 1970s began.” Misleading people is an art and it doesn’t seem to need a lot of skill to succeed.

Gaslighting the Voters. Tom Knepper – “It refers to the technique used by a narcissist to convince his victim that what he sees with his own eyes is not true, and hence, he must be going crazy.”

“If the victim catches the narcissist in the act of some foul deed or betrayal, the narcissist will deny his guilt with such passion and apparent sincerity that the victim is tempted to believe him, despite the evidence of his own eyes. The technique is especially effective as a long-term strategy — the victim or enabler is worn down by repeated assertions that what he just saw or knows to be true is actually false, to the point where he doesn’t have the strength to resist anymore.

The beginning of the Trump administration has truly been an education on just how deeply the elites and the media have dug their claws into what was supposed to be a system of self-government, and how desperately and viciously they fight when someone who was elected by the voters to take away their power seeks to do so. But they miscalculated due to hubris, underestimating both Trump’s intelligence and his ability to withstand the whirlwind of lies they have generated against him. Their gaslighting efforts are not working for large segments of the population. We can expect the coup attempts and the tsunami of lies to increase leading up to the 2020 election, where I firmly believe the public will reject such manipulation by reelecting Donald Trump.

Gaslighting only works on the sane whose main flaw is a bit too much trust in others. It is a sad day when trust dissolves.

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narrative busting

Downer Comes in from the Cold. Daryl McCann – “But now that we know that these righteous folks had it exactly wrong, where does that leave us?” The Australian view of his countryman’s role in the Trump coup attempt based on the book Ball of Collusion by former US federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy.

Babylon Bee: Adam Schiff Revealed To Be Parody Of Actual Congressman.

Releasing More Call Transcripts Will Cripple Future Presidents. Thomas McArdle – “Schiff’s stretch of the facts is worthy of rubber-limbed comic superhero and scientific genius Reed “Mister Fantastic” Richards of the Fantastic Four, who can reshape his arms and legs at will and “stretch around a problem and expand upon the perfect solution.” Unlike Richards, however, Schiff is not “the smartest man in the Marvel Comics universe.

“The Zelensky call provides no evidence of wrongdoing, and so Schiff promises, “We’re gonna find out what other communications were also improperly hidden in this classified system that’s meant to contain the most highly sensitive, classified information involving covert action, not the president’s misconduct.”

So as Schiff and House Democrats push hard to discover and disclose something more convincing than the Zelensky nothingburger, Trump has the defense of executive privilege within a landmark, unanimous Supreme Court ruling on his side.

And he has something more: a solemn responsibility to preserve for future presidents the ability to conduct candid discussions with foreign allies, friends — even enemies. A president must be able to engage in “persuasion, badgering, flattery, threats, reminders of past favors and future advantages,” as the Washington Post’s Mary McGrory described Lyndon Johnson’s no-holds-barred style of leadership even before becoming president. And it can’t work when it’s in the public eye.

Smart Move – Flynn Lawyer Tells Judge Motive Behind Why Flynn Took Guilty Plea… sundance – “As a result of prior cases showing malicious prosecutions under false FARA pretenses, Flynn’s defense doesn’t have to try and convince Judge Sullivan that Michael Flynn and Mike Flynn Jr. were being threatened by those same heavy-handed DOJ tactics. It is now self-evident those tactics were deployed; the prosecution would be silly to try and deny their threats were present.” See also Margot Cleveland’s take on this: “These facts reek of prosecutorial blackmail.

sundance also goes into detail on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and its role in the coup scandal. Then there is a look at Intelligence Community Inspector General rationalizing rules changes to label gossip and hearsay as whistleblowing – “Yes, that means Michael Atkinson was Senior Counsel for the DOJ-NSD, at the very epicenter of the political weaponization and FISA abuse.” Then there is another busted NYT narrative.

No One Noticed When Clinton and Obama Abused Whistleblowers. Jack Cashill – “Here are two unfortunate realities: the first is that whistleblowing becomes virtuous only when a Republican is the one being whistled on; the second is that deep state Democrats have a habit of manipulating whistleblower laws when it suits their purposes.

Ron Paul Asks: “Impeachment… Or CIA Coup?” Tyler Durden – “You don’t need to be a supporter of President Trump to be concerned about the efforts to remove him from office.

Top Motivation For Hating Capitalism Isn’t Compassion, It’s Resentment. Emily Ekins – “Statistical tests reveal resentment of the successful has about twice the effect of compassion in predicting support for increasing top marginal tax rates, wealth redistribution, hostility to capitalism, and believing billionaires should not exist. Notably, however, compassion and resentment both equally predict support for socialism.

Why the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump. Victor Davis Hanson // National Review – “Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama.

Global Climate Intelligence Group: Getting the Science Back In. rbradley – “The emotionalization and politicization of the physical science of climate change has inspired the formation of a new international organization, The Global Climate Intelligence Group.

“Seven principles compose the opening declaration of the GCIG:

There is no climate emergency …

Natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming …

Warming is far slower than predicted …

Climate policy relies on inadequate models …

CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth …

Global warming has not increased natural disasters …

Climate policy must respect scientific and economic realities …

Reasonable doesn’t seem to satisfy many these days.

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Not above the law? For thee, not me, surely.

Democrats’ Campaign Promise: We’ll Destroy America’s Energy Sector … And Economy. J. Frank Bullitt – “First, let’s get it straight why the political left hates hydraulic fracturing. It’s not because it’s an environmental threat.

“So they are comfortable perpetuating myths, as Sanders’ aide did when he declared “fracking is a danger to our water supply. It’s a danger to the air we breathe. It has resulted in more earthquakes” and is “highly explosive.” These claims have all the credibility of a Bill Clinton denial, and the gravitas of playground logic. Yet they are currency in a Democratic Party that should be embarrassed rather then emboldened by them.

American, British And Israeli Elites To The People: There’s No Going Back. Bob Maistros – “The only objective on one side: impeachment. On the other: simple survival.” … “In short, the world’s three most important democracies, all rendered ungovernable.

“Everywhere, the family is in crisis.

The church is plummeting in power and influence.

Even a cohesive society as a countervailing force has been obliterated, in particular by demographic change.

Culture- and economically-shocked voters in all three countries have responded with revolts against government power — uprisings now being brutally suppressed.

The message from elites in all three countries: there’s no going back. We will not relinquish the reins of power, and will shut down your governments to ensure our control over them — and you.

Righteously Angered – Mark Levin Discusses The Sneaky Construct of Pelosi’s Impeachment Plan… sundance – “Thankfully word is getting out; people are starting to recognize the construct behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s highly political impeachment plan. [CTH will have more on the plan details soon because key democrats are leaving distinct fingerprints.]”

“In the first four minutes of this interview Mark Levin outlines how Speaker Pelosi is throwing out customs, traditions, processes and protocols within the House impeachment scheme. This is not a flaw of their plan, this is a key feature. …

Additionally, Mr. Levin accurately calls-out Fox reporter Ed Henry for promoting the false narrative, containing Democrat talking points, about the Trump-Ukraine phone call.

President Trump Tweets About The Pelosi/Schiff Anonymous Complaint Impeachment Plan… sundance – “The reason why Nancy Pelosi didn’t hold a Full House vote to initiate an ‘Articles of Impeachment’ inquiry is simple: if she did follow the formal process, the minority party (republicans) would have rights in the process; so too would the executive branch.” … “The House of Representatives cannot construct articles of impeachment through the utilization of anonymous accusations (ie. ‘whistleblower), and hearsay. These tweets are not just POTUS lashing out; these tweets have a very material purpose…

Jim Jordan: ‘When Hunter Biden’s company is under investigation in Ukraine…Daddy comes to the rescue’ at SaraCarter.com – “Who are you going to believe? The guy who had firsthand knowledge and who was on the call, President Zelensky… or the guy who didn’t have first-hand knowledge and had a motive against the president?” Jordan asked.

CIA, Climate, And Conspiracy: More Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. Tyler Durden – “Never call anyone from the CIA a “whistleblower” unless they are actually whistleblowing on the CIA, without the CIA’s permission, in a way that inconveniences the CIA.” [Luke 6:41 warning]]Some truth but the message is destroyed by the anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, climate alarmism example he provides wherein he illustrates the problem himself. He does not distinguish between the media, the deep state, and the elites. Confusion abounds in his argument. Here’s another jewel, though:

“The deployment of a bomb or missile doesn’t begin when a pilot pushes a button, it begins when propaganda narratives used to promote those operations start circulating in public attention. If you help circulate war propaganda, you’re as complicit as the one who pushes the button.

Many believe that the mass media just tell whole-cloth, outright lies all the time, but that’s not usually how it works. What they do is selectively omit inconvenient facts, disproportionately amplify convenient facts, and uncritically report on dubious government assertions. Basically they only tell the truth when it’s convenient for them, and when it’s inconvenient they are silent. Only telling the truth when it’s convenient for you is effectively the same as lying all the time, only you can get away with it a lot easier.

Impeachment Coup Analytics. Victor Davis Hanson – “The Democrats have exhausted every other mechanism for destroying Trump—and they are running out of time before November 2020 election.”

“recently Representative Al Green (D-Texas) reminded us why the Democrats are trying to impeach the president rather than just defeat him in the 2020 general election.

“To defeat him at the polls would do history a disservice, would do our nation a disservice,” Green said. “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach the president, he will get re-elected.”

Be prepared for a half-dozen Christine Blasey Ford-type witnesses to pop up, and 20 or so unhinged Cory Booker-esque “I am Spartacus” performance acts, along with a whole slew of new Steele dossiers—all interspersed with breathless CNN bulletins announcing new fake news developments with “the walls are closing in” and “the end is near” prognostications. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is already reading fantasies to the House Intelligence Committee and passing them off as the text of Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s new president. Only after he was called on such absurdities did he describe his performance as a parody.

The Left is hellbent on impeachment and the absence of a case won’t matter. They do not care if they will sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

This stinks: A biased press is mauling Trump’s TV defenders. Monica Showalter – “As leftists and anti-Trumpsters glide right through interviews with zero probing, Trump defenders, in contrast, are getting the third degree.”

“Apparently, it’s not just enough to attack President Trump any more.

The mainstream media is doing its level best to attack anyone defending Trump, too. They’ve got venom to burn and nowhere was it more obvious than on the Sunday talk shows.

Just look at how bad it was over the weekend – here’s a list.

What are we looking at with this mass media effort to silence not just Trump but Trump’s defenders? It’s astonishing how strong the double standards are, and some of the maulings were quite egregious.

In short, a ‘narrative’ is being created, with conservatives silenced and muzzled, and leftists skating. This is how we get ‘narratives,’ and it’s pretty clear the classic Obama-era narrative-making is now in action. Any questions as to why at least half the public despises the mainstream media? Democratic operatives with bylines means pro-Trump Republicans have almost as many obstacles to being heard as President Trump does. To repeat what Graham says: ‘It stinks.’

In Trump impeachment, ‘no one is above the law’ could backfire on Democrats. Byron York – “The reason is, by stressing that Trump is not “above the law,” Democrats are basing their case against the president on the argument that he broke the law and must be held accountable. But it’s not at all clear that Trump broke any laws

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furious sounds of backpedaling?

Anti-Religious AG Twisted the Law Against This Catholic Agency. Tyler O’Neil – “The judge’s ruling made no decision as to the full merits of the case, but merely by recounting the facts of the case, it shows why St. Vincent Catholic Charities should prevail.” … “The facts in this case demonstrate that leftists with anti-religious animus will target even adoption agencies that enjoy very limited exemptions in the least defensible cases.

AG Barr’s trip to Italy on ‘official business’ may be a key to unmasking deep state entrapment of George Papadopoulos by CIA asset Joseph Mifsud. Thomas Lifson – it doesn’t seem to be a vacation and the right people are tossing mud.

The Little Engine That Couldn’t. Roger Kimball – “The Democrats think the very fact that a president is impeached is enough tarnish his reputation and diminish his chances of success in the election. Don’t bet on it.”

“In general, one tends to admire perseverance. We like to think it betokens a certain seriousness of purpose. We remember The Little Engine That Could from our childhood and want to root for the blundering but stalwart underdog. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” But in this case, the Democrats are not bringing the Christmas presents of impeachment and the destruction of a duly elected president they dislike to the boys and girls on the other side of the mountain. On the contrary, they are making fools of themselves. What we are seeing unfold before our eyes is not a reprise of The Little Engine That Could but a signal illustration of Chesterton’s observation that madness means “using mental activity so as to reach mental helplessness.”

Already, pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa, you can hear the furious sounds of backpedaling as a dim consciousness of what they have done with their impeachment frenzy steals over the reptilian brains of the impeachment choristers.

But it is actually worse than that, much worse. I think Thomas Lifson, writing for The American Thinker, is right. The whoops of the impeachment war dance are echoing in an otherwise silent and most severe chamber. All this frenetic activity—the screaming front-page headlines, the salivating attacks on Trump in the now-routinely anti-Trump Drudge Report—all that, as Lifson says, is but the “prelude to the coming time bombs about to explode in their faces.”

What has been happening these last three years is not just an effort to destroy Donald Trump. That, indeed, is merely incidental to the larger project of destroying the fundamental American consensus. I do not think it will succeed. But I am sufficiently disillusioned to realize just how grave a threat these forces pose to what we used to be able to call, without irony, the American dream.

Adam Schiff’s Impeachment Fun Playhouse. Clarice Feldman – “As Daniel Greenfield persuasively argues, these investigations are attempts to delegitimize the President and his Administration, and I predict people are sick of this nonsense.” There’s a lot of ‘there’ there and Feldman provides a summary.

“There’s a treaty signed by then President Bill Clinton and ratified on October 18, 2000 which provides that the U.S. and Ukraine are to mutually assist one another in “the prosecution of a wide variety of crimes” …

The fired prosecutor has written a notarized statement dated September 4 of this year stating that he was fired because of Joe Biden’s demand that he be removed …

Less attention has been paid to the letter in May of last year that 3 Democrat senators, Robert Menendez, Richard Durbin, and Patrick Leahy, wrote to Ukraine’s prosecutor general … This letter is in direct contrast to Speaker Pelosi’s claim this week

The last year has seen an avalanche of fake news — about one major story a month by my count. In my view they have only further discredited the already on its last legs major media and the Democratic Party they promote. I’m inclined to agree with Scott Adams that the political and media elites cannot fathom that their globalist worldviews were wrong, and that Trump was right.

Donald Trump now has to battle CIA spies in Dems’ war against him. Michael Goodwin – “CIA agents are supposed to spy on foreign adversaries. This one spied on the president, then cloaked himself in whistleblower camouflage. His sources are presumably still at work and perhaps planning another run at the president.”

If The Case For Trump’s Impeachment Is So Strong, Why Are Liberals Lying About It? Derek Hunter – “Almost everything about the allegations that have Democrats moving toward impeachment of the President is a lie, a proven lie. And they don’t care.” … “Trump Derangement Syndrome is the Kool-Aid at Jonestown.

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Changing the rules for the desire of the moment

Just How Far Will The Press Go To Defend The Impeachment Narrative? John Merline – “The Washington Post ran a story on Friday with the declarative headline: “Four debunked talking points used to discredit the whistleblower complaint.” The story then goes on to confirm all four.

“So, the entire exercise by the Washington Post is not about “debunking” anything. It’s about trying to defend the original impeachment narrative, even as the facts themselves fail to do so.

This is your “unbiased” press at work. Expect to see a lot of this now that Democrats and their media handmaidens can almost taste an impeachment victory.

Pelosi’s House Rule Changes are Key Part of “Articles of Impeachment”, Being Drafted Over Next Two Weeks… sundance – “With the House going into a scheduled calendar recess, those rules are now being used to subvert historic processes and construct the articles of impeachment.” … “The minority will have no voice. This is quite a design.

Breaking – ICIG Whistleblower Form Recently Modified to Permit Complaint “Heard From Others”… sundance – “Folks, this “Ukraine Whistleblower” event was a pre-planned event.” … “Prior to the current “whistleblower complaint” the Intelligence Community Inspector General did not accept whistle-blower claims without first hand knowledge. However, the ICIG revised the protocol in August 2019 allowing for the EXACT type of complaint now registered from the CIA whistleblower.” See also Intel Community Quietly Scrapped Requirement For “First-Hand Knowledge” Before CIA ‘Rumorblower’ Relied On Hearsay.

How about a Bipartisan Treaty against the Criminalization of Elections? Andrew C. Mccarthy – he is caught in a disagreement between two friends, Andrew Napolitano and Joe DiGenova. As he works through his angst, you can gain insight into the basis for the disagreement. The crux of the issue has history.

“Most of the commentary on this has been very politicized (surprise!). For dyed-in-the-wool anti-Trumpers, no technicality is too trifling to be a felony. For the Trump base, it’s all a witch hunt. In light of this, the most helpful source we can turn to is the Mueller Report. (File in: Sentences I’d Have Bet My Life I’d Never Write.)

To hear the media-Democrat complex tell it, DOJ declined because it is beholden to the president and Attorney General Barr is acting as Trump’s lawyer, not the government’s chief prosecutor. No one who actually took five minutes to read the relevant section of the Mueller Report would see it that way. Moreover, the fact that the president is president complicates matters not only politically but legally.

it is a commonplace for the government to seek assistance from foreign counterparts for ongoing federal investigations.

There was no impropriety in President Trump’s asking Ukraine’s president to assist the Justice Department’s investigation of Russiagate’s origins. Okay, you say, but what does that have to do with Biden?

Judge Napolitano’s Descent into Foolishness. Daniel John Sobieski – no dissonance here. “Napolitano’s comments constituted as much of a parody of the truth as the fable spun by House Intelligence Committee chairman Schiff’s recent interrogation of acting director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire over the transcript of the call, which suggests nothing of the sort.

“It’s not the first time Napolitano has done a mind melt with the Deep State swamp creatures, insisting earlier that despite the failure of the Mueller probe to show it, President Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice in the Russiagate investigation. This goofy claim was roundly debunked and repudiated by none other than legal scholar and Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz.

And it would help if there was actually a crime being investigated.

John Solomon on Biden/Shokin/Ukraine … neo – “it’s also troubling that most people in this country will probably never look at it.

Conveniently changing the rules: blowing that second-hand whistle, hard … neo – “This is terrible. Even if there had been no whistleblower allegation against Trump’s Ukraine call, this sets a very dangerous precedent and allows mere gossip to become whistleblower material.

The whistleblower is Christopher Steele 2.0 … neo – “I may have missed it, but did a single Democrat criticize Schiff’s little performance yesterday in which he falsely “paraphrased” Trump’s call and then, when criticized by Republicans, stated that it was a parody? I have never seen such behavior in a hearing of that type, and it is part and parcel of the same disinformation campaign.

“The American people are exhausted by this” … neo – “When I listen to discussions like that, the first thing that comes over me is that aforementioned weariness at the persistence of such beliefs in the face of hard evidence to the contrary. I am also tired of being the lone voice speaking some difference of opinion to a group uninterested in hearing it – and most groups of a single persuasion are uninterested in hearing evidence that contradicts their strongly-held viewpoints. And sometimes not just uninterested, but hostile.

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Hyperbolic hysterics and still the reality languishes. The Lawfare sedition

Anonymous Whistleblower Complaint Released… sundance – “If you have read any of the documents that came from Fusion-GPS, Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele, you will likely find an amazing amount of similarity to the format and writing in this “whistleblower” complaint.”

And The Ukraine Whistleblower Is … Oliver Stone. Thomas McArdle – “The nine-page complaint regarding President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from a, so far, anonymous CIA “whistleblower” is like something from Hollywood’s favorite conspiracy-peddling director.

“Because of its wording and structure, two things become clear early on in reading the jump cut-filled missive:

1. Its politicized purpose

2. The impossibility of it being the work of a single individual

… Only an outright partisan on a mission to have Trump impeached would consider a phone call to which “I was not a direct witness” to be absolute evidence of guilt, as this letter asserts.

Which brings us to the second clear characteristic of the whistleblower’s tract that becomes evident immediately in reading it: that these nine pages are the obvious work of a team of Democratic Party lawyers.

back on August 28, the panel’s chairman, Democrat Adam Schiff of California, had an astounding premonition of the blowing of the whistle, as he made “almost identical complaints” in a tweet.

As Fleitz said, “this is one of the most unusual whistleblowing complaints I’ve ever seen; I’ve seen a bunch of them. Not only was it perfectly written, but it was written with long legal citations, suggesting that it was written by a team of attorneys.”

The establishment media will now dutifully project this Oliver Stone cinematic entertainment onto their screens.

Over 60% of Americans still prefer the anti-American, Putin-loving director’s myth about the JFK slaying, based on half-century-old communist disinformation, rather than what the easily-accessible facts show to be true. As 2020 beckons, President Trump’s enemies think the voters will believe the plot of this motion picture too.

Adam Schiff, ‘artist of evil’. Patricia McCarthy – “After watching Adam Schiff’s reprehensible performance in his committee hearing Thursday morning, it is clear we are benighted by yet another sinister, scheming member of the House who, like Shakespeare’s Iago[i], is adept at (and enjoys) ruining lives.”

“Each successive ploy the Left rolled out has failed, so Schiff and company invented a new accusation, one that has obviously been carefully crafted by a group of Iagos like those who devised the Russia-collusion hoax and managed Blasey-Ford’s phony allegations. This one has clearly been in the works for months. The leaker is not a legitimate whistleblower, because the president is not a member of any intelligence agency. It’s certain he or she was carefully chosen by this cabal of Trump haters just as Blasey-Ford was selected to be the front woman of the Kavanaugh confirmation ruse. It’s been reported that he/she is CIA and was planted in the White House, probably by Brennan, to find something to use against the President. He or she did not, could not, so this phone call to the Ukrainian president, which contained nothing illegal, no quid pro quo, by default became the nucleus of this latest con. And what a con it is. The snitch’s “complaint” is an obvious group effort, written by lawyers, not the snitch. …

Schiff’s opening statement in the hearing was beyond the pale.

Schiff has been one of the stars of this depraved show, but he has many partners in crime behind the scenes.

His constituents deserve to be furious; he has become an embarrassment. His capacity for cruelty and duplicity appears to be limitless. Schiff is not nearly as clever as Iago, but he certainly is as vicious. He has embraced his role of villain with relish.

Sean Davis puts the pieces together: “whistleblower” plus leaks plus media plus Adam Schiff plus… neo – “Sean Davis went further, in this Twitter thread. The m.o. he describes may start to sound rather familiar:” … “The whole thing has been a Fusion GPS-style info op from the very beginning.

The Congressman Who Cried Wolf. Daniel J. Flynn – “If the Democrats were serious, Adam Schiff would not be their face on impeachment.”

“After failing to substantiate loud claims of “direct,” “significant,” “clear,” and “ample” evidence of Donald Trump colluding with Russians to steal the presidency, Schiff follows up by accusing the president of forcing a foreign government to “manufacture dirt” on a political opponent.

Schiff and other Democrats safely ensconced in districts where elections act as mere formalities mislead their party into enduring consequences that they themselves do not suffer. The prominence of a conspiracy theorist prone to fantasy (redundant?) essentially running the impeachment inquiry hurts Democrats, not Trump.

In some versions of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” only the sheep get eaten. In others, the liar does, too.

Jon Voight: Impeachment Effort Against Trump Is ‘War Against Truths’. David Ng – “This is a crime that the left are trying to force. This is a disgrace by such ignorant followers that have no truth of what truly has been brought back to our country,” he said. “We have gained greatness. We have gained jobs. We have gained more than any president has promised.

Kremlin to Trump: About our conversations and transcripts … Ed Morrissey – “This episode will do considerable damage. If it uncovered profound wrongdoing, it might well have been worth it — but so far it looks like just another attempt to seek revenge over a bitter election loss.

via Instapundit: Former CIA official on whistleblower: ‘How could this be an intelligence matter?’I’m more worried, however, that this latest instance of blatant politicization of intelligence by Trump haters will do long term damage to the relationship between the intelligence community and US presidents for many years to come.

Pro tip from Pelosi: Barr’s gone rogue Ed Morrissey – “Here’s the main problem with all of this: how can we know there was a cover-up when no one has corroborated any of the complaint yet?”

Impeachment Just Another Means For Democrats To Rip The Country Apart. J. Frank Bullitt – “Hawaii’s Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Tuesday that impeaching President Donald Trump would be “terribly divisive” for the country. She’s right. And that’s exactly what her party wants. The Democrats have been tearing America apart for some time.”

“By segragating America into two parts — vile, retrograde deplorables who can’t be trusted, and educated, forward-looking progressives — Democrats are setting up a society in which they wouldn’t govern under constitutional limits but rule by political mandate. All power must be turned over to them to keep the barbarians outside the gates. Just as the Cloward-Piven strategy was to create a financial/institutional/societal crisis so profound that it required radical government intervention, seeding the specter of racism and white supremacy is designed to yield a permanent Democratic regime.

Climate Worship Is Nothing More Than Rebranded Paganism. Sumantra Maitra – “We’re seeing sexualized dances, hallucinogens, worshiping nature, confessing sins in pagan animism, worshiping purified teen saints, all to promote a supposedly greater cause.”

“The reality is, of course, completely different. Much less than destroying the planet, climate change isn’t even a settled science. Conservatives don’t disagree that climate is changing. That is a straw man. Conservatives, however, are opposed to hysteria, have skepticism about the rate of the climate change, and would like to see an actual cost-benefit analysis of the radical changes being demanded.

More important than that, conservatives understand that climate change is cynically used by a certain section of people to justify their political goals of steering the West away from its way of life, a way they perceive to be evil and harmful, hetero-patriarchal, and capitalist. How? Appealing to the faith-based part of human brains, the need for subservience, and propping up children as human shields.

The modern left is a combination of two of the worst impulses in human history. First are the ultra-privileged bourgeoisie, which, having lost their old Judeo-Christian faith, are instinctively attracted to pre-civilized rituals, from overt sexuality to fewer familial ties. Consider Late Roman public orgies, and you get an idea. At the same time, human minds feel a gaping void that still needs to be filled by an alternate faith. It is in that intersection where this occultist, apocalyptic climate paganism comes from. It gives some privileged people a noble purpose.

Understanding the climate movement: the impotence of science. Paul Rossiter – “Like many other ethical and well-meaning scientists, I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the climate “science” debate.

“By resorting to rigorous measurement and analysis of real data, we have a reasonable (but perhaps naïve) expectation that the facts will determine the outcome of the AGW argument. And yet, despite the huge amount of information available, much of it through sites such as WUWT, it appears that the popular debate is clearly being won by the alarmists. Seemingly reputable organisations like IPCC, WHO, WWF, NASA, NOAA, CSIRO, EPA keep issuing reports heralding pending climate doom that appear to be at odds with any unbiased examination of the facts. And when they do, they are immediately picked up by an opportunistic mainstream press and amplified through social media, leading to widespread fear amongst the population, clearly evident in the recent “strikes for the climate”. Ill-informed adolescents become the new Messiahs, preaching the climate doom gospel and given standing ovations in the fact-free climate gab-fests.

That the ethical scientific community appears to be losing the debate indicates that there are much more potent forces at play, both ideological and financial. It appears that the whole climate debate is little more than a convenient vehicle to push a deeper agenda. Scientific fact, of which there is much debate in WUWT, is little more than a bye-line.

Pope Francis’ message to UN NYC climate summit: ‘The problem of climate change is related to issues of ethics, equity & social justice’. Marc Morano.

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