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Democrats: 'Let's Do the Time Warp Again'


Looking back on the week’s events, it occurs to me that the Democrats’ new theme song should be “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” as they reprise the demagogic lies and smear tactics that once worked for them but are now failing for anyone with a memory longer than a week or two.  On the other hand, watching the Russian collusion fizzle, it might be “I’m Waiting for Ships that Never Come In.” 

Let’s start with Hurricane Florence.  It’s doing a lot of damage, and we naturally share concern for the well-being of those in its path.  But it was no sooner announced than the usual demagogues claimed falsely that it was the result of climate change and somehow pulling us out of the economically devastating and factually pointless Paris Accords made the president responsible for the devastation.  In any event, Florence quickly dropped from a Category 5 hurricane to a Category 1.  I’m waiting for these same critics to credit Trump for that turn of events.

Perhaps in recognition of the storm’s force downturn, they sprang a new lie, this time claiming that 3,000 people had died in Puerto Rico because the president’s response to that hurricane was inadequate.  In fact, the number was about a fifty times too great, the hawkers of this tale counting every death for any reason there for months afterward.

Doubtless, some frail people died because of lack of supplies and transport, but it’s not that FEMA failed.  It’s that a collapsing infrastructure and grossly corrupt local government failed its duty in the face of a hurricane.

I’m reminded of the gross exaggerations when Katrina hit New Orleans while G.W. Bush was president and the mayor and governor did not do their jobs.  It’s not the only comparison between the two incidents that fits.  This week, we learned that a raid on the local power company revealed that equipment delivered there to rebuild the plant and get the island up and running had been hoarded and never distributed or put into service.  Once again, the media ignored that competent federal efforts to relieve suffering were hampered by a corrupt, incompetent local Democratic establishment.

While we’re on the subject, television coverage of these storms is again exposed as comedic.  In this case, the Weather Channel shot a scene of a reporter seeming to struggle to retain his balance in the face of strong winds – a shot undermined by casual passersby strolling nonchalantly behind him. 

It reminds me of earlier storm coverage on the Today Show in which a reporter sat in a canoe paddling through what we were supposed to believe were high waters.  Behind her walked some people in what was about an ankle-deep stream.   

That’s the problem with TV news.  It’s visual, so reporters need visual effects and most of them are cropped, staged, and acted and often – more often than not – utter baloney.

Speaking of baloney, the Russian collusion story has completely fizzled out.  Even Bob Woodward, who apparently can interview a comatose witness (William Casey), says he studied this for two years and found no evidence of all of such collusion. 

But the press, so deeply wedded to the idea of collusion, had a hard time honestly reporting on Paul Manafort’s plea deal this week.  In fact, Manafort’s plea implicated Greg Craig, Barack Obama’s former White House counsel; Tony Podesta (brother of Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta); the law firm Skadden Arps; and former congressman Vin Weber’s Mercury Group.  In any event, in a sign that Mueller is about to shut down the witch hunt, Manafort has agreed to testify before the grand juries in D.C. and elsewhere about the activities of these people and outfits.  The inquiries into Podesta, Mercury Public Affairs, and Skadden Arps are being conducted by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York, not by the Mueller team.

Politico reported (probably through tears) that as part of his pro-Ukraine campaign (which, like Tony Podesta, he’d failed to properly register), Manafort’s group met with President Obama; Vice President Biden; and, as had been previously reported, “dozens of members of Congress, congressional staffers, and Obama administration officials.”

The cooperation agreement Manafort entered into won’t be about the Trump campaign, which even NPR concedes.

Rob Reiner, Hollywood’s resident political genius, jumped the gun and tweeted:

Sorry, Rob. Foiled by facts again.

Over at Powerline blog, Steve Hayward has more weather news for the Democrats:

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm by the time it made landfall, which means it’s but a puny thing compared to Hurricane Trump, the Category 5 storm that hit Washington DC on January 20, 2017, and whose wind speed hasn’t abated yet.  Talk about a stalled-out storm system!  The winds of change can be like that sometimes.  (Pssst, liberals: I’ve got more heavy weather news for you.  Hurricane Kavanaugh will make landfall at the Supreme Court next week.  Definitely a Cat 5.)

In a Hail Mary play so transparent that it will forever tarnish her reputation, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she’d received a concerning anonymous report about Brett Kavanaugh’s conduct in high school, which she was referring to the FBI.  The account was preposterous.  Let me satirize it and apply it to her:

I have a letter sent me by an anonymous person, which he received, from someone unnamed about a witness who will refuse to come forward about some peccadillo involving DiFi, her husband, and a Chinese spy when they were in high school.  Should I publicly announce that I’m sending it to the FBI?

Clearly, she hoped the announcement would help her in her tough nomination fight against someone farther to the left than she, or maybe it might persuade some weak-kneed Republican to agree to further hearings and delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterms, when – with the same religious intensity with which they believed in Russian collusion – they might retake Congress and kill it altogether.

Those at the FBI responded that they weren’t investigating it and would put it in the file for the president’s consideration. 

Her eleventh-hour smear attempt (she had the letter in July) fell flat and didn’t seem to assuage the left’s bloodlust.

At TheBlaze, Michael Tomasky either missed the point of her ploy or is feeding stale candy to his readers. 

Did she think she’d be able to sit on this letter forever and not even refer it to the FBI?  Hot documents have a way of getting out in this town.  At the very least, when her colleagues started asking her about it, she should have owned up and told them the truth and shared it with them and asked their advice.


And now where are we?  She’s made an absolute disaster of things.  It got out anyway.  If anything, by holding it so long, she has helped facilitate the discrediting of the woman who is accusing Kavanaugh here, because it looks desperate and eleventh-hour, whereas if she’d made this public before, people would have had time to process it and Republicans couldn’t have made that accusation.

Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denounced the “highly partisan show” that these confirmation hearings have become since she was confirmed, though she wasn’t asked about the outrageous Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas hearings, which preceded it and were certainly of a piece. 

Elections have consequences, and so does judicial overreach.  When the Supreme Court decisions are based on the text of the law, not subjective emotion (“emanations ” and “penumbras”), these confirmation hearings will be less irksome, confined to the question of competence.  And when Democrats decide to abide by the election results, they and we will be better off by far.

Speaking of which, it looks as though Congress will appropriate $5 billion to build the wall right after the midterms, and the Senate has already locked in $1.6 billion in construction funding. 

Why after the election?  Because otherwise, the Democrats would use this as a budget bargaining chip for their latest extravagant funding notions.

Looking back on the week’s events, it occurs to me that the Democrats’ new theme song should be “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” as they reprise the demagogic lies and smear tactics that once worked for them but are now failing for anyone with a memory longer than a week or two.  On the other hand, watching the Russian collusion fizzle, it might be “I’m Waiting for Ships that Never Come In.” 

Let’s start with Hurricane Florence.  It’s doing a lot of damage, and we naturally share concern for the well-being of those in its path.  But it was no sooner announced than the usual demagogues claimed falsely that it was the result of climate change and somehow pulling us out of the economically devastating and factually pointless Paris Accords made the president responsible for the devastation.  In any event, Florence quickly dropped from a Category 5 hurricane to a Category 1.  I’m waiting for these same critics to credit Trump for that turn of events.

Perhaps in recognition of the storm’s force downturn, they sprang a new lie, this time claiming that 3,000 people had died in Puerto Rico because the president’s response to that hurricane was inadequate.  In fact, the number was about a fifty times too great, the hawkers of this tale counting every death for any reason there for months afterward.

Doubtless, some frail people died because of lack of supplies and transport, but it’s not that FEMA failed.  It’s that a collapsing infrastructure and grossly corrupt local government failed its duty in the face of a hurricane.

I’m reminded of the gross exaggerations when Katrina hit New Orleans while G.W. Bush was president and the mayor and governor did not do their jobs.  It’s not the only comparison between the two incidents that fits.  This week, we learned that a raid on the local power company revealed that equipment delivered there to rebuild the plant and get the island up and running had been hoarded and never distributed or put into service.  Once again, the media ignored that competent federal efforts to relieve suffering were hampered by a corrupt, incompetent local Democratic establishment.

While we’re on the subject, television coverage of these storms is again exposed as comedic.  In this case, the Weather Channel shot a scene of a reporter seeming to struggle to retain his balance in the face of strong winds – a shot undermined by casual passersby strolling nonchalantly behind him. 

It reminds me of earlier storm coverage on the Today Show in which a reporter sat in a canoe paddling through what we were supposed to believe were high waters.  Behind her walked some people in what was about an ankle-deep stream.   

That’s the problem with TV news.  It’s visual, so reporters need visual effects and most of them are cropped, staged, and acted and often – more often than not – utter baloney.

Speaking of baloney, the Russian collusion story has completely fizzled out.  Even Bob Woodward, who apparently can interview a comatose witness (William Casey), says he studied this for two years and found no evidence of all of such collusion. 

But the press, so deeply wedded to the idea of collusion, had a hard time honestly reporting on Paul Manafort’s plea deal this week.  In fact, Manafort’s plea implicated Greg Craig, Barack Obama’s former White House counsel; Tony Podesta (brother of Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta); the law firm Skadden Arps; and former congressman Vin Weber’s Mercury Group.  In any event, in a sign that Mueller is about to shut down the witch hunt, Manafort has agreed to testify before the grand juries in D.C. and elsewhere about the activities of these people and outfits.  The inquiries into Podesta, Mercury Public Affairs, and Skadden Arps are being conducted by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York, not by the Mueller team.

Politico reported (probably through tears) that as part of his pro-Ukraine campaign (which, like Tony Podesta, he’d failed to properly register), Manafort’s group met with President Obama; Vice President Biden; and, as had been previously reported, “dozens of members of Congress, congressional staffers, and Obama administration officials.”

The cooperation agreement Manafort entered into won’t be about the Trump campaign, which even NPR concedes.

Rob Reiner, Hollywood’s resident political genius, jumped the gun and tweeted:

Sorry, Rob. Foiled by facts again.

Over at Powerline blog, Steve Hayward has more weather news for the Democrats:

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm by the time it made landfall, which means it’s but a puny thing compared to Hurricane Trump, the Category 5 storm that hit Washington DC on January 20, 2017, and whose wind speed hasn’t abated yet.  Talk about a stalled-out storm system!  The winds of change can be like that sometimes.  (Pssst, liberals: I’ve got more heavy weather news for you.  Hurricane Kavanaugh will make landfall at the Supreme Court next week.  Definitely a Cat 5.)

In a Hail Mary play so transparent that it will forever tarnish her reputation, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she’d received a concerning anonymous report about Brett Kavanaugh’s conduct in high school, which she was referring to the FBI.  The account was preposterous.  Let me satirize it and apply it to her:

I have a letter sent me by an anonymous person, which he received, from someone unnamed about a witness who will refuse to come forward about some peccadillo involving DiFi, her husband, and a Chinese spy when they were in high school.  Should I publicly announce that I’m sending it to the FBI?

Clearly, she hoped the announcement would help her in her tough nomination fight against someone farther to the left than she, or maybe it might persuade some weak-kneed Republican to agree to further hearings and delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterms, when – with the same religious intensity with which they believed in Russian collusion – they might retake Congress and kill it altogether.

Those at the FBI responded that they weren’t investigating it and would put it in the file for the president’s consideration. 

Her eleventh-hour smear attempt (she had the letter in July) fell flat and didn’t seem to assuage the left’s bloodlust.

At TheBlaze, Michael Tomasky either missed the point of her ploy or is feeding stale candy to his readers. 

Did she think she’d be able to sit on this letter forever and not even refer it to the FBI?  Hot documents have a way of getting out in this town.  At the very least, when her colleagues started asking her about it, she should have owned up and told them the truth and shared it with them and asked their advice.


And now where are we?  She’s made an absolute disaster of things.  It got out anyway.  If anything, by holding it so long, she has helped facilitate the discrediting of the woman who is accusing Kavanaugh here, because it looks desperate and eleventh-hour, whereas if she’d made this public before, people would have had time to process it and Republicans couldn’t have made that accusation.

Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denounced the “highly partisan show” that these confirmation hearings have become since she was confirmed, though she wasn’t asked about the outrageous Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas hearings, which preceded it and were certainly of a piece. 

Elections have consequences, and so does judicial overreach.  When the Supreme Court decisions are based on the text of the law, not subjective emotion (“emanations ” and “penumbras”), these confirmation hearings will be less irksome, confined to the question of competence.  And when Democrats decide to abide by the election results, they and we will be better off by far.

Speaking of which, it looks as though Congress will appropriate $5 billion to build the wall right after the midterms, and the Senate has already locked in $1.6 billion in construction funding. 

Why after the election?  Because otherwise, the Democrats would use this as a budget bargaining chip for their latest extravagant funding notions.



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Rough Beasts Slouching toward the White House


American wages unexpectedly…


Unexpectedly! 


…climbed in August by the most since the recession ended in 2009 and hiring rose by more than forecast, keeping the Federal Reserve on track to lift interest rates this month and making another hike in December more likely.


Average hourly earnings for private workers increased 2.9 percent from a year earlier, a Labor Department report showed Friday, exceeding all estimates in a Bloomberg survey and the median projection for 2.7 percent.  Nonfarm payrolls rose 201,000 from the prior month, topping the median forecast for 190,000 jobs.


This is reality.  The Democrats’ clown show is fantasy.  Fortunately, most people care more about reality than fantasy.  Still, both confusing the facts and distracting people from them are tactics at which the Left excels. 


A Democratic Congress never would have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  In fact, not a single Democrat voted for it.  And Hillary Clinton never would have signed it.  The progress the U.S. economy has made since Donald Trump took the helm from the hapless Barack Obama is an ongoing rebuke to the Democrats’ anti-growth policies.  This is one reason the Democrats are so anxious to regain control over the House in November.  With the House in Democrat hands, they won’t be able to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but they will be able to guarantee that no more pro-growth, pro-worker legislation will be enacted.  They will focus on impeaching President Trump instead. 


In other words, if they get their way, fantasy will triumph over reality.

In the face of this reality, the “enemies” (he refuses to call them “adversaries”) of the president have revealed they are in a political death match with the president that they’ve already lost, says Conrad Black in a most convincing article that I urge you to read in its entirety:  

American election campaigns normally begin right after Labor Day, and on the first day this year, there were three blockbuster events.  First, the start of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice-designate Brett Kavanaugh identified the Democrats implicitly with the shrieking hecklers who were evicted from the committee room.  And Senator Richard Durbin’s effort to stigmatize Judge Kavanaugh because he was chosen by “Donald John Trump,” who is (apparently) demonstratively “contemptuous of the rule of law,” and similar essays of enraged self-puffery by some of his colleagues, won’t fly.  The softer edge of the anti-Trump Resistance knows that despite frenzied efforts to extort and suborn evidence against Trump for two years, none has been found. …


Also on Tuesday, the Democrats fired an instantly fizzling cannon with the inevitable Bob Woodward’s customary pastiche of fabrications, unsourced misquotations, and malicious gossip.  Woodward’s credibility has been impugned by almost all of the last nine presidents; his original co-mythmaker Carl Bernstein has almost battered himself into insensibility with his pronouncements in the last six months that Trump was finished because under the 25th Amendment he was mentally incompetent and then because the Manafort and Cohen cases put him into the legal self-ejection seat.  Woodward, the old sniper who never dies, on Tuesday had the distinction of being called a liar by two four-star Marine generals, John Kelly and James Mattis, both among the very few holders of high public office in living memory whose integrity could not be and never has been questioned.  In this toxic atmosphere they were confirmed in the Senate last year by a combined vote of 186 to 12, nonpartisanship’s last gasp, for a while. … In a democracy, somebody will pay for this, and it is unlikely to be Donald John Trump, the principal accuser of the others.  Woodward should never have survived as an author after inventing the deathbed confession of a comatose William Casey in his nasty novel Veil about the Iran-Contra fiasco, but this time he took one for the losing team and shot himself in the head with a howitzer.  Sending him into battle to win it for the Democrats two months before the election is like dispatching a small brigade of very aged arsonists to fight one of the California summer forest fires that the new prophet of the Democrats, Bernie Sanders, says was caused by this president’s opinion of climate change.


Finally (still on the first day of the campaign), Robert Mueller accepted written answers to questions from the president on collusion matters.  Inspector Javert is hanging up his badge.  This is a concession that he can’t subpoena the president and has no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and no chance of a perjury trap.  The thought, expressed by many in the media, that Mueller could still hang tough on questioning of the president about obstruction of justice is, like the Democratic-media echo chamber’s joyous ululations over the Woodward drivel, rubbish.  That circus has flopped; strike the tents.  Day One was a disaster for the Democrats.

It may well be time to change the fairly recent innovation of having Supreme Court confirmation hearings or, at a minimum, hearings in which the nominee testifies.  After all, since the hearing of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the rule is that nominees cannot and will not answer questions respecting any “hints,” “forecasts” or “previews” – as into how they might rule on matters which may come before them.

So these hearings have simply become a means by which the Democrats try to tar otherwise sterling, well qualified nominees.

The results of the Kavanaugh confirmation process were certain before the hearings began.  He’s a well respected jurist with a spotless reputation.  Nothing has changed this, and with Senator Jon Kyl having been sworn into office by the vice president, and McConnell’s assurance of confirmation, he will certainly be seated by the time the Supreme Court begins its new term on October 1.  Nothing in this fiasco of a hearing has changed that. 

What has changed, I should think, is any serious notion that Cory Booker or Kamala Harris has a national political future after their outrageous performances this week.  Booker has exposed himself as an idiot, claiming he was like Spartacus in revealing classified information which had already been declassified, and which, in any event, showed that the judge had opposed “profiling.” 

Newt Gingrich said it best:

Cory Booker should study history before he tries to use it.  Calling a Senate publicity stunt his “Spartacus” moment was absurd.  Spartacus was a gladiator slave who rebelled, lost, was crucified.  Booker studied at Stanford, Oxford, Yale Law School.  His only risk is being ridiculed[.]

Kamala Harris’s unsubstantiated charge that the judge had discussed the Mueller investigation with an unnamed lawyer in a private firm at some unnamed date along with bullying the witness again demonstrates that she lacks the character and wit to hold even the senatorial seat, let alone higher office.

Worse, for the Democrats, the often paid and completely outrageous effort to bully the Judiciary Committee has to drive any moderate even farther from its ranks.  Latest reports say 200 people were arrested for their disruptive tactics.  They include this person who bloodied his crotch for the display, which was supposed to mean what?  And outside the hearing room, nitwits wearing costumes from The Handmaids Tale – again, for what end? 

If you’re wondering what all these cheap theatrics were about, in a series of tweets, here compressed for readability, Wretchard offers a rational explanation:

The new liberal strategy is not to argue but to confuse.  Create phantom objects, devise imaginary plots, sow intrigue, all with the view of giving Trump “a taste of his own medicine”.  They reckon that by reducing the battle to pure noise output the Mighty Wurlitzer will win.


The problem with this approach is that it multiplies chaos and essentially fries the normal comm[unication] channels.  Nobody gets the “word” because there is no word, unless that word is Noooooooo!!!


There is a second component to the liberal strategy: a deliberate attempt to be unpleasant, increase anxiety and induce an atmosphere of crisis.  The goal is to inflict deliberate pain, a pain that will only go away if you give them what they want.


The Constitutional Crisis will not go away, indeed it will get intolerably worse until they get what they want.  A judge once asked Charlie Sheen asked him why a man like him would pay for sex, he replied: “I don’t pay them for sex.  I pay them to leave”.

Also this week, the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by someone it identified as a “senior official” bragging about how, despite the achievements of the administration, Trump is a wild card whose orders the bureaucratic resistance thwarts at every turn.  Who knows who this person is or what position he holds.  (In the past, someone quoted by the NYT as a “senior official” turned out to be an intern.) 

Of course, without Trump as president, none of these achievements would have occurred.  In any event, numerous real senior officials discounted the claims.  The best of which was the incredible Nikki Haley. 

By making sweeping, but mostly unspecific, anonymous claims, the author creates many problems.  Taking this course sows mistrust among the thousands of government workers who do their jobs honestly every day.  It unfairly casts doubt on the president in a way that cannot be directly refuted because the anonymous accuser’s credibility and knowledge cannot be judged.  It encourages U.S. adversaries to promote their hostile claims about the stability of our government.


What’s more, by throwing gas on a fire of endless distraction, the author and the frenzied media reaction to the op-ed have hurt all of us trying to do our jobs for the country.


Dissent is as American as apple pie.  If you don’t like this president, you are free to say so, and people do that quite frequently and loudly.  But in the spirit of civility that the anonymous author claims to support, every American should want to see this administration succeed.  If it does, it’s a win for the American people.


As a former governor, I find it absolutely chilling to imagine that a high-ranking member of my team would secretly try to thwart my agenda.  That is not the American way.  It is fundamentally disloyal, not just to the chief executive, but to our country and our values. 


To Mr. or Ms. Anonymous, I say: Step up and help the administration do great things for the country.  If you disagree with some policies, make your case directly to the president.  If that doesn’t work, and you are truly bothered by the direction of the administration, then resign on principle.  There is no shame in that.  But do not stay in your position and secretly undermine the president and the rest of our team.  It is cowardly, it is anti-democratic, and it is a disservice to our country.

In the meantime, Barack Obama has hit the campaign trail violating the tradition that ex-presidents keep silent about those who follow them (a tradition G.W. Bush followed during Obama’s eight years and then also violated after his brother lost the nomination).  Reprising his logic-free, emotional straw-man gambits, Obama attacked the president.  This, the insane Kavanaugh hearing display, the Woodward book, and the anonymous op-ed all make me think the curtain is about to fall on the opposition party, the media and their lies.  Conrad Black thinks so, too.

Black suggests that Trump, having made Sessions the hero to the Democrats by publicly attacking his recusal and sloth, will leave them hard pressed to attack him when Sessions’s appointee John Huber brings charges against those former officials in the FBI and CIA who manipulated FISA to spy on the Trump campaign and the many people implicated in the Clinton foundation-Uranium One scandals which the previous administration swept aside.

Should I be wrong about the disgust rational people should bear against Trump’s political enemies, and the Democrats retake the House, they have no chance to impeach the president.  If I’m right, however, like Black, I hope Trump “will grind his heel in the faces of his rabid enemies,” the slouching beasts of chaos.  And the president is certainly campaigning around the country, in an unprecedentedly determined way, so I think that’s his plan, too.

Pardon me for the reference to Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,” but events this week reminded me of the poem and this line: “the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

On the one hand, we have the most effective president in my lifetime, who has, as John Hinderaker details, pulled this country out of the economic doldrums, which were the direct result of the idiotic policies of his predecessor in office:

American wages unexpectedly…


Unexpectedly! 


…climbed in August by the most since the recession ended in 2009 and hiring rose by more than forecast, keeping the Federal Reserve on track to lift interest rates this month and making another hike in December more likely.


Average hourly earnings for private workers increased 2.9 percent from a year earlier, a Labor Department report showed Friday, exceeding all estimates in a Bloomberg survey and the median projection for 2.7 percent.  Nonfarm payrolls rose 201,000 from the prior month, topping the median forecast for 190,000 jobs.


This is reality.  The Democrats’ clown show is fantasy.  Fortunately, most people care more about reality than fantasy.  Still, both confusing the facts and distracting people from them are tactics at which the Left excels. 


A Democratic Congress never would have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  In fact, not a single Democrat voted for it.  And Hillary Clinton never would have signed it.  The progress the U.S. economy has made since Donald Trump took the helm from the hapless Barack Obama is an ongoing rebuke to the Democrats’ anti-growth policies.  This is one reason the Democrats are so anxious to regain control over the House in November.  With the House in Democrat hands, they won’t be able to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but they will be able to guarantee that no more pro-growth, pro-worker legislation will be enacted.  They will focus on impeaching President Trump instead. 


In other words, if they get their way, fantasy will triumph over reality.

In the face of this reality, the “enemies” (he refuses to call them “adversaries”) of the president have revealed they are in a political death match with the president that they’ve already lost, says Conrad Black in a most convincing article that I urge you to read in its entirety:  

American election campaigns normally begin right after Labor Day, and on the first day this year, there were three blockbuster events.  First, the start of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice-designate Brett Kavanaugh identified the Democrats implicitly with the shrieking hecklers who were evicted from the committee room.  And Senator Richard Durbin’s effort to stigmatize Judge Kavanaugh because he was chosen by “Donald John Trump,” who is (apparently) demonstratively “contemptuous of the rule of law,” and similar essays of enraged self-puffery by some of his colleagues, won’t fly.  The softer edge of the anti-Trump Resistance knows that despite frenzied efforts to extort and suborn evidence against Trump for two years, none has been found. …


Also on Tuesday, the Democrats fired an instantly fizzling cannon with the inevitable Bob Woodward’s customary pastiche of fabrications, unsourced misquotations, and malicious gossip.  Woodward’s credibility has been impugned by almost all of the last nine presidents; his original co-mythmaker Carl Bernstein has almost battered himself into insensibility with his pronouncements in the last six months that Trump was finished because under the 25th Amendment he was mentally incompetent and then because the Manafort and Cohen cases put him into the legal self-ejection seat.  Woodward, the old sniper who never dies, on Tuesday had the distinction of being called a liar by two four-star Marine generals, John Kelly and James Mattis, both among the very few holders of high public office in living memory whose integrity could not be and never has been questioned.  In this toxic atmosphere they were confirmed in the Senate last year by a combined vote of 186 to 12, nonpartisanship’s last gasp, for a while. … In a democracy, somebody will pay for this, and it is unlikely to be Donald John Trump, the principal accuser of the others.  Woodward should never have survived as an author after inventing the deathbed confession of a comatose William Casey in his nasty novel Veil about the Iran-Contra fiasco, but this time he took one for the losing team and shot himself in the head with a howitzer.  Sending him into battle to win it for the Democrats two months before the election is like dispatching a small brigade of very aged arsonists to fight one of the California summer forest fires that the new prophet of the Democrats, Bernie Sanders, says was caused by this president’s opinion of climate change.


Finally (still on the first day of the campaign), Robert Mueller accepted written answers to questions from the president on collusion matters.  Inspector Javert is hanging up his badge.  This is a concession that he can’t subpoena the president and has no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and no chance of a perjury trap.  The thought, expressed by many in the media, that Mueller could still hang tough on questioning of the president about obstruction of justice is, like the Democratic-media echo chamber’s joyous ululations over the Woodward drivel, rubbish.  That circus has flopped; strike the tents.  Day One was a disaster for the Democrats.

It may well be time to change the fairly recent innovation of having Supreme Court confirmation hearings or, at a minimum, hearings in which the nominee testifies.  After all, since the hearing of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the rule is that nominees cannot and will not answer questions respecting any “hints,” “forecasts” or “previews” – as into how they might rule on matters which may come before them.

So these hearings have simply become a means by which the Democrats try to tar otherwise sterling, well qualified nominees.

The results of the Kavanaugh confirmation process were certain before the hearings began.  He’s a well respected jurist with a spotless reputation.  Nothing has changed this, and with Senator Jon Kyl having been sworn into office by the vice president, and McConnell’s assurance of confirmation, he will certainly be seated by the time the Supreme Court begins its new term on October 1.  Nothing in this fiasco of a hearing has changed that. 

What has changed, I should think, is any serious notion that Cory Booker or Kamala Harris has a national political future after their outrageous performances this week.  Booker has exposed himself as an idiot, claiming he was like Spartacus in revealing classified information which had already been declassified, and which, in any event, showed that the judge had opposed “profiling.” 

Newt Gingrich said it best:

Cory Booker should study history before he tries to use it.  Calling a Senate publicity stunt his “Spartacus” moment was absurd.  Spartacus was a gladiator slave who rebelled, lost, was crucified.  Booker studied at Stanford, Oxford, Yale Law School.  His only risk is being ridiculed[.]

Kamala Harris’s unsubstantiated charge that the judge had discussed the Mueller investigation with an unnamed lawyer in a private firm at some unnamed date along with bullying the witness again demonstrates that she lacks the character and wit to hold even the senatorial seat, let alone higher office.

Worse, for the Democrats, the often paid and completely outrageous effort to bully the Judiciary Committee has to drive any moderate even farther from its ranks.  Latest reports say 200 people were arrested for their disruptive tactics.  They include this person who bloodied his crotch for the display, which was supposed to mean what?  And outside the hearing room, nitwits wearing costumes from The Handmaids Tale – again, for what end? 

If you’re wondering what all these cheap theatrics were about, in a series of tweets, here compressed for readability, Wretchard offers a rational explanation:

The new liberal strategy is not to argue but to confuse.  Create phantom objects, devise imaginary plots, sow intrigue, all with the view of giving Trump “a taste of his own medicine”.  They reckon that by reducing the battle to pure noise output the Mighty Wurlitzer will win.


The problem with this approach is that it multiplies chaos and essentially fries the normal comm[unication] channels.  Nobody gets the “word” because there is no word, unless that word is Noooooooo!!!


There is a second component to the liberal strategy: a deliberate attempt to be unpleasant, increase anxiety and induce an atmosphere of crisis.  The goal is to inflict deliberate pain, a pain that will only go away if you give them what they want.


The Constitutional Crisis will not go away, indeed it will get intolerably worse until they get what they want.  A judge once asked Charlie Sheen asked him why a man like him would pay for sex, he replied: “I don’t pay them for sex.  I pay them to leave”.

Also this week, the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by someone it identified as a “senior official” bragging about how, despite the achievements of the administration, Trump is a wild card whose orders the bureaucratic resistance thwarts at every turn.  Who knows who this person is or what position he holds.  (In the past, someone quoted by the NYT as a “senior official” turned out to be an intern.) 

Of course, without Trump as president, none of these achievements would have occurred.  In any event, numerous real senior officials discounted the claims.  The best of which was the incredible Nikki Haley. 

By making sweeping, but mostly unspecific, anonymous claims, the author creates many problems.  Taking this course sows mistrust among the thousands of government workers who do their jobs honestly every day.  It unfairly casts doubt on the president in a way that cannot be directly refuted because the anonymous accuser’s credibility and knowledge cannot be judged.  It encourages U.S. adversaries to promote their hostile claims about the stability of our government.


What’s more, by throwing gas on a fire of endless distraction, the author and the frenzied media reaction to the op-ed have hurt all of us trying to do our jobs for the country.


Dissent is as American as apple pie.  If you don’t like this president, you are free to say so, and people do that quite frequently and loudly.  But in the spirit of civility that the anonymous author claims to support, every American should want to see this administration succeed.  If it does, it’s a win for the American people.


As a former governor, I find it absolutely chilling to imagine that a high-ranking member of my team would secretly try to thwart my agenda.  That is not the American way.  It is fundamentally disloyal, not just to the chief executive, but to our country and our values. 


To Mr. or Ms. Anonymous, I say: Step up and help the administration do great things for the country.  If you disagree with some policies, make your case directly to the president.  If that doesn’t work, and you are truly bothered by the direction of the administration, then resign on principle.  There is no shame in that.  But do not stay in your position and secretly undermine the president and the rest of our team.  It is cowardly, it is anti-democratic, and it is a disservice to our country.

In the meantime, Barack Obama has hit the campaign trail violating the tradition that ex-presidents keep silent about those who follow them (a tradition G.W. Bush followed during Obama’s eight years and then also violated after his brother lost the nomination).  Reprising his logic-free, emotional straw-man gambits, Obama attacked the president.  This, the insane Kavanaugh hearing display, the Woodward book, and the anonymous op-ed all make me think the curtain is about to fall on the opposition party, the media and their lies.  Conrad Black thinks so, too.

Black suggests that Trump, having made Sessions the hero to the Democrats by publicly attacking his recusal and sloth, will leave them hard pressed to attack him when Sessions’s appointee John Huber brings charges against those former officials in the FBI and CIA who manipulated FISA to spy on the Trump campaign and the many people implicated in the Clinton foundation-Uranium One scandals which the previous administration swept aside.

Should I be wrong about the disgust rational people should bear against Trump’s political enemies, and the Democrats retake the House, they have no chance to impeach the president.  If I’m right, however, like Black, I hope Trump “will grind his heel in the faces of his rabid enemies,” the slouching beasts of chaos.  And the president is certainly campaigning around the country, in an unprecedentedly determined way, so I think that’s his plan, too.



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Two Funerals and a Missing Cardinal


The Mueller investigation continues without hitting paydirt and further diminishing the reputation of the special counsel and Clintonite team.  I expect the president to shortly (maybe even this week) declassify the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant on Carter Page.  This warrant provided the means to spy on the president and his campaign.  We learned this week that the warrant, which triggered this partisan witch hunt, was signed by the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) without any hearing whatsoever.  We already know that it was based on lies scrounged up by a Hillary Clinton-paid former newsman and passed on by corruptocrats in the FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice.

It is amusing to recall the defense of the FISC when it first was instituted and the assertion that such an unverified, politically motivated piece of junk never would be allowed to invade the privacy of dozens of Americans.

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton detailed the explosive news:

In response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Department of Justice (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.


[National Security Division] FOIA consulted [Office of Intelligence] … to identify and locate records responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request[.] … [Office of Intelligence] determined … that there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request with regard to Carter Page.  [Office of Intelligence] further confirmed that the [Foreign Surveillance Court] considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings.


The warrants were first issued in 2016 and subsequently renewed three times.


The Department of Justice previously released to us the heavily redacted Page warrant applications.  The initial Page FISA warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election.


The DOJ filing is in response to our lawsuit for the FISA transcripts (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01050)).


In February, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo criticizing the FISA targeting of Carter Page.  The memo details how the “minimally corroborated” Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.


We recently filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the transcripts of all hearings related to the surveillance of Carter Page.


It is disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubber-stamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing on these extraordinary requests to spy on the Trump team.


Perhaps the court can now hold hearings on how justice was corrupted by material omissions that Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, a conflicted Bruce Ohr, a compromised Christopher Steele, and anti-Trumper Peter Strzok were all behind the ‘intelligence’ used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team.

Gregg Jarrett, author of the bestselling The Russia Hoax, says Chief Justice Roberts must get involved, as he appointed the FISC judges and has oversight responsibilities for its operations.  He calls for the FISC to hold contempt hearings against the DOJ and FBI officials who pulled the wool over its eyes.  Whether it happens as he says it should or not, I expect the Court to amend its ways or FISA to be substantially amended when this is all over.

As the Mueller juggernaut keeps dropping bolts and rumbling to a final crash, we were temporarily distracted by the funerals of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and “Maverick” senator from Arizona.

In both cases, the pageantry was over the top.

Aretha’s open gilded casket was on display for four days, with the remains clothed in new flashy garb each of them.  Pink Cadillacs in tribute to her lined the streets of Detroit.  Celebrities attended, and some managed to throw in a tribute to the deceased in speeches largely praising themselves and attacking the president.  Former president Bill Clinton spoke, claiming he and “no ways tired” Hillary had been her groupies forever.  He also quite obviously ogled the young singer Ariana Grande.  On the stage in the front row were Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan, though MSNBC and CNN edited the latter out of the photos they ran.

The Maverick’s five-day funeral rites were reportedly planned in every detail by the departed and reflected his bitter, vindictive streak.  In particular, he disinvited Sarah Palin, his running mate in his unsuccessful run for the presidency, and the family made this gesture public.  To my mind, without her, his campaign would have been an even bigger failure.

Chadwick Moore reflected quite well my thoughts on the snub and on the press volte face on McCain:     

Forget hating McCain, the Democratic Party’s new poster boy, for singlehandedly crushing the Republican dream of repealing ObamaCare, along with his many other sins against the people who made him their choice for Presidential contender in 2008, I dislike him more for being a petty, ungrateful old b‑‑‑‑ I wouldn’t want to be in the same room with for two minutes. … After the 2008 election Palin and McCain went down different paths, with Palin become a hero of the Tea Party movement, a movement McCain later said was filled with “wacko birds.”  By explicitly refusing to invite Palin to his funeral, McCain, called “a quiet man of faith” by the media, and a lifelong Episcopalian, apparently was dragged into the hereafter clutching with gnarled hooves onto his earthly failures and disputes, presenting to Saint Peter a soul coffee-stained with bitterness. …


As for McCain, I didn’t feel the need to attack him after his death.  I was, however, enjoying a good laugh as the myopic leftwing media turned him into a saint, hoping their crocodile tears might somehow convince Conservatives to run back to those simpler days before Trump, when they always lost.  Mostly, I didn’t feel the need to attack McCain because he was gone, game over, and now I never have to think of him again.  Or, in a nod to a famous line from our Commander-in-Chief regarding the late McCain, I like people who aren’t dead.

Julie Kelly summed it up succinctly:

Partisan attacks at a funeral by folks bemoaning partisan attacks is quite the spectacle[.]

And then there’s the missing cardinal to make the crazy week even weirder.  Pope Francis was under attack for failing to act on countless documented cases of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.  The Vatican’s ex-ambassador to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, fired the first salvo, detailing the misconduct of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and Cardinal Donald Wuerl and calling on the pope to resign.  Ricochet had the best wrap-up of the crisis in the church and the Lavender Mafia flourishing under Pope Francis.

Unfortunately, however, Benedict’s successor was Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina – the man who calls himself Pope Francis.  As a Belgian cardinal named Gottfried Daneels [sic] – who had been removed as an archbishop because he had covered up pederasty on the part of another Belgian cardinal and had come out in support of contraception, divorce, gay marriage, euthanasia, and abortion – revealed in his memoirs, Bergoglio’s candidacy was promoted by the St. Gallen Group, a part of what Catholics call “the Lavender Mafia.”  This disgraced figure stood on the balcony with Bergoglio after he was elected Pope; he was chosen to say the prayer at the new Pope’s inauguration; and there was joy in the ranks of those inclined to break the vow of celibacy.


If you want to get a sense of what such people thought, I suggest that you read “The Vatican’s Secret Life,” an article that appeared in Vanity Fair in December 2013.  It is an eye-opener.  Its author, Michael Joseph Gross, is not scandalized by what he found.  He celebrates it; and, tellingly, he never once mentions, even under the guise of pedophilia, the propensity of prominent priests to indulge in pederasty.  As Gross observes,


At the Vatican, a significant number of gay prelates and other gay clerics are in positions of great authority.  They may not act as a collective but are aware of one another’s existence.  And they inhabit a secretive netherworld, because homosexuality is officially condemned.  Though the number of gay priests in general, and specifically among the Curia in Rome, is unknown, the proportion is much higher than in the general population.  Between 20 and 60 percent of all Catholic priests are gay, according to one estimate cited by Donald B. Cozzens in his well-regarded The Changing Face of the Priesthood.  For gay clerics at the Vatican, one fundamental condition of their power, and of their priesthood, is silence, at least in public, about who they really are.


… They had reason to be delighted.  Since his election, Pope Francis has done everything within his power to soften and subvert the Church’s teaching concerning human sexuality.  He put the Lavender Mafia in charge of the two Synods on the Family held in 2014 and 2015.  They tried to push through their agenda; and, when the assembled bishops balked, they got a tongue-lashing from the Pope, and he inserted in the final report without comment two paragraphs that had not received the requisite two-thirds vote.  All of this – including the machinations of the St. Gallen Group and the role played by Cardinal Daneels [sic] – is laid out in detail by an English Catholic, who was in Rome during the early year of this papacy, and who writes under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna.  The title is The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy.

There are calls for Cardinal Wuerl to resign and he appears to have gone missing, with rumors that he was spirited out of the country to avoid prosecution.

Certainly all this turmoil in our justice system and the Church is unsettling.  But it’s a useful reminder that in all hierarchies, sooner or later, the mission of the organization becomes the protection of the hierarchy, not the stated mission, and every now and then, a thorough housecleaning is in order.

In the meantime, the president goes about his business.  This week, he seems to have brought Canada to heel on trade policies, and choked Hamas by cutting off funds to the corrupt UNRWA, which sustains those murderers.  He is squeezing China on tariffs – I think as much to ensure fairer trade policies as to make Xi stop pressuring North Korea to avoid denuclearizing.  He certainly has set a pattern of using all the economic tools at his disposal to settle issues instead of the warm bodies of our men and women in the military.

The Mueller investigation continues without hitting paydirt and further diminishing the reputation of the special counsel and Clintonite team.  I expect the president to shortly (maybe even this week) declassify the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant on Carter Page.  This warrant provided the means to spy on the president and his campaign.  We learned this week that the warrant, which triggered this partisan witch hunt, was signed by the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) without any hearing whatsoever.  We already know that it was based on lies scrounged up by a Hillary Clinton-paid former newsman and passed on by corruptocrats in the FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice.

It is amusing to recall the defense of the FISC when it first was instituted and the assertion that such an unverified, politically motivated piece of junk never would be allowed to invade the privacy of dozens of Americans.

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton detailed the explosive news:

In response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Department of Justice (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.


[National Security Division] FOIA consulted [Office of Intelligence] … to identify and locate records responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request[.] … [Office of Intelligence] determined … that there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request with regard to Carter Page.  [Office of Intelligence] further confirmed that the [Foreign Surveillance Court] considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings.


The warrants were first issued in 2016 and subsequently renewed three times.


The Department of Justice previously released to us the heavily redacted Page warrant applications.  The initial Page FISA warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election.


The DOJ filing is in response to our lawsuit for the FISA transcripts (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-01050)).


In February, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo criticizing the FISA targeting of Carter Page.  The memo details how the “minimally corroborated” Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.


We recently filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the transcripts of all hearings related to the surveillance of Carter Page.


It is disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubber-stamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing on these extraordinary requests to spy on the Trump team.


Perhaps the court can now hold hearings on how justice was corrupted by material omissions that Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, a conflicted Bruce Ohr, a compromised Christopher Steele, and anti-Trumper Peter Strzok were all behind the ‘intelligence’ used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team.

Gregg Jarrett, author of the bestselling The Russia Hoax, says Chief Justice Roberts must get involved, as he appointed the FISC judges and has oversight responsibilities for its operations.  He calls for the FISC to hold contempt hearings against the DOJ and FBI officials who pulled the wool over its eyes.  Whether it happens as he says it should or not, I expect the Court to amend its ways or FISA to be substantially amended when this is all over.

As the Mueller juggernaut keeps dropping bolts and rumbling to a final crash, we were temporarily distracted by the funerals of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and “Maverick” senator from Arizona.

In both cases, the pageantry was over the top.

Aretha’s open gilded casket was on display for four days, with the remains clothed in new flashy garb each of them.  Pink Cadillacs in tribute to her lined the streets of Detroit.  Celebrities attended, and some managed to throw in a tribute to the deceased in speeches largely praising themselves and attacking the president.  Former president Bill Clinton spoke, claiming he and “no ways tired” Hillary had been her groupies forever.  He also quite obviously ogled the young singer Ariana Grande.  On the stage in the front row were Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan, though MSNBC and CNN edited the latter out of the photos they ran.

The Maverick’s five-day funeral rites were reportedly planned in every detail by the departed and reflected his bitter, vindictive streak.  In particular, he disinvited Sarah Palin, his running mate in his unsuccessful run for the presidency, and the family made this gesture public.  To my mind, without her, his campaign would have been an even bigger failure.

Chadwick Moore reflected quite well my thoughts on the snub and on the press volte face on McCain:     

Forget hating McCain, the Democratic Party’s new poster boy, for singlehandedly crushing the Republican dream of repealing ObamaCare, along with his many other sins against the people who made him their choice for Presidential contender in 2008, I dislike him more for being a petty, ungrateful old b‑‑‑‑ I wouldn’t want to be in the same room with for two minutes. … After the 2008 election Palin and McCain went down different paths, with Palin become a hero of the Tea Party movement, a movement McCain later said was filled with “wacko birds.”  By explicitly refusing to invite Palin to his funeral, McCain, called “a quiet man of faith” by the media, and a lifelong Episcopalian, apparently was dragged into the hereafter clutching with gnarled hooves onto his earthly failures and disputes, presenting to Saint Peter a soul coffee-stained with bitterness. …


As for McCain, I didn’t feel the need to attack him after his death.  I was, however, enjoying a good laugh as the myopic leftwing media turned him into a saint, hoping their crocodile tears might somehow convince Conservatives to run back to those simpler days before Trump, when they always lost.  Mostly, I didn’t feel the need to attack McCain because he was gone, game over, and now I never have to think of him again.  Or, in a nod to a famous line from our Commander-in-Chief regarding the late McCain, I like people who aren’t dead.

Julie Kelly summed it up succinctly:

Partisan attacks at a funeral by folks bemoaning partisan attacks is quite the spectacle[.]

And then there’s the missing cardinal to make the crazy week even weirder.  Pope Francis was under attack for failing to act on countless documented cases of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.  The Vatican’s ex-ambassador to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, fired the first salvo, detailing the misconduct of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and Cardinal Donald Wuerl and calling on the pope to resign.  Ricochet had the best wrap-up of the crisis in the church and the Lavender Mafia flourishing under Pope Francis.

Unfortunately, however, Benedict’s successor was Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina – the man who calls himself Pope Francis.  As a Belgian cardinal named Gottfried Daneels [sic] – who had been removed as an archbishop because he had covered up pederasty on the part of another Belgian cardinal and had come out in support of contraception, divorce, gay marriage, euthanasia, and abortion – revealed in his memoirs, Bergoglio’s candidacy was promoted by the St. Gallen Group, a part of what Catholics call “the Lavender Mafia.”  This disgraced figure stood on the balcony with Bergoglio after he was elected Pope; he was chosen to say the prayer at the new Pope’s inauguration; and there was joy in the ranks of those inclined to break the vow of celibacy.


If you want to get a sense of what such people thought, I suggest that you read “The Vatican’s Secret Life,” an article that appeared in Vanity Fair in December 2013.  It is an eye-opener.  Its author, Michael Joseph Gross, is not scandalized by what he found.  He celebrates it; and, tellingly, he never once mentions, even under the guise of pedophilia, the propensity of prominent priests to indulge in pederasty.  As Gross observes,


At the Vatican, a significant number of gay prelates and other gay clerics are in positions of great authority.  They may not act as a collective but are aware of one another’s existence.  And they inhabit a secretive netherworld, because homosexuality is officially condemned.  Though the number of gay priests in general, and specifically among the Curia in Rome, is unknown, the proportion is much higher than in the general population.  Between 20 and 60 percent of all Catholic priests are gay, according to one estimate cited by Donald B. Cozzens in his well-regarded The Changing Face of the Priesthood.  For gay clerics at the Vatican, one fundamental condition of their power, and of their priesthood, is silence, at least in public, about who they really are.


… They had reason to be delighted.  Since his election, Pope Francis has done everything within his power to soften and subvert the Church’s teaching concerning human sexuality.  He put the Lavender Mafia in charge of the two Synods on the Family held in 2014 and 2015.  They tried to push through their agenda; and, when the assembled bishops balked, they got a tongue-lashing from the Pope, and he inserted in the final report without comment two paragraphs that had not received the requisite two-thirds vote.  All of this – including the machinations of the St. Gallen Group and the role played by Cardinal Daneels [sic] – is laid out in detail by an English Catholic, who was in Rome during the early year of this papacy, and who writes under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna.  The title is The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy.

There are calls for Cardinal Wuerl to resign and he appears to have gone missing, with rumors that he was spirited out of the country to avoid prosecution.

Certainly all this turmoil in our justice system and the Church is unsettling.  But it’s a useful reminder that in all hierarchies, sooner or later, the mission of the organization becomes the protection of the hierarchy, not the stated mission, and every now and then, a thorough housecleaning is in order.

In the meantime, the president goes about his business.  This week, he seems to have brought Canada to heel on trade policies, and choked Hamas by cutting off funds to the corrupt UNRWA, which sustains those murderers.  He is squeezing China on tariffs – I think as much to ensure fairer trade policies as to make Xi stop pressuring North Korea to avoid denuclearizing.  He certainly has set a pattern of using all the economic tools at his disposal to settle issues instead of the warm bodies of our men and women in the military.



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Exposed: the Deep State's Authorship and Publication of the Dossier


He concludes, after a long, substantive, technologically adept investigation:

The real dossier story is not the scandalous insinuations that it makes, but rather it’s the funding sources, the teams that worked on it, and its compilation and distribution channels. At peak capacity, the dossier team must have consisted of at least 25 individuals who worked on it for over 6-12 months. Assuming a modest $200 per hour rate per person, some first/business class travel and accommodations, media, consulting, IT, and legal services, this project most have cost an upwards of 5-10 million dollars. According to Simpson’s testimony and documents, Fusion GPS was only paid about a million dollars by the DNC and Clinton campaign, which begs the questions of what was Hakluyt’s [Ed: another private UK intelligence operation closely connected to Hillary Clinton  cut and where did the rest of the money go?]

For today’s purposes, I will simply note the highlights, but the article really deserves the attention of readers, investigators, and reporters. Using open source intelligence materials, he’s pinpointed the source(s) of the deeply flawed Steele Dossier, which formed the basis for the FISA warrants used by the FBI and Department of Justice to gather intelligence on the President and his associates.

He details the organization and staffing of GPS Fusion and reports:

The political makeup of the team was exclusively democratic with many of the employees and interns having a strong political connection to the Clinton or Obama administrations. Jason Raymond, the Research Director, came from John Kerry’s press office and was affiliated with USAID; Laura Seago, a senior analyst, came from the Brennan Center for Justice and was also affiliated with USAID …the senior management had a documented history of misconduct and ethical-related issues. Glenn Simpson has a Profane Cursing and Public Intoxication conviction; Jason Felch, a former reporter and the managing partner of the LA office, was fired from the LA Times for deceitful reporting. He was also cheating on his wife on multiple occasions with his Occidental College investigative source.

As for the main author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, Apelbaum details his MI6 background and his connection along with fellow MI6-retiree Chris Burrows and Nicholas Butcher to other outfits after his cover was blown as a British spy. Also contributing to the Dossier was Nellie Hauke Ohr, wife of Bruce Ohr, and a British-French national, Edward Emil Baumgartner, who also has his own private intelligence consulting business in the UK,

Using a variety of methods and tools which he describes, Apelbaum has shown the interconnections between media figures and the dossier authors.

His research indicates:

The [Dossier] network graph analysis indicates that the fellowship of the dossier is a close-knit group; everyone knew each other long before embarking on the quest to find the alleged Russian collusion. All of the project key players are related through marriage, family relations, or work affiliations. [Snip] this team collaborated in various member configurations on many other ‘dossier projects’ and utilized the same collection methods, materials, resources, political network, and publication channels. 

He has a detailed chart of the Dossier participants.

And he documents their work with intelligence operatives inside and outside U.S.  channels. For example: 

Halper, Clarke, Downer, Smith, Dearlove, Crawford, Lobban, MI6, LAD, and Hakluyt Linkage


Steele worked with the FBI as early as 2010 on the FIFA investigation. In 2016, he met them several times including at two meetings with agent Michael Gaeta, a leading FBI ‘Russia corruption expert’, in Rome and in London to discuss the dossier. Gaeta coordinated and got clearance for these meetings from Victoria Nuland at the State Department. Gaeta was the FBI case officer in Europe and controlled Orbis, Stefan Halper, and the Hakluyt dossier assets. [snip] Baumgartner, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, and David Kramer are all Harvard alumni. Nellie Ohr knew Stefan Halper since at least 2000. Nellie Ohr also worked in the MITRE Corporation with Halper’s son Marin Halper for six years from 2002-2008.

He establishes Hillary Clinton’s close associate Sidney Blumenthal’s connections to and contacts with media, which promoted the dossier charges. Glenn Simpson’s wife, Mary Jacoby, also had extensive contacts with key figures in the media and federal apparatus., including Blumenthal, with whom she had worked at Salon.

Two months before the Dossier was released, Jacoby spent several hours in the White House with five people (Apelbaum identifies them) all of whom were related to the dossier team.

Key figures in Democratic circles, detailed by the author, were heavily involved in promoting Ukrainian interests here. Also passing around unverified dirt was Strobe Talbott, who handed off Cody Shearer’s trash dossier (he’s Shearer’s brother in law, a former deputy Secretary of State for Bill Clinton and the husband of Brooke Shearer known to have dug up dirt against Bill Clinton’s accusers.)

He notes the continued mischaracterizations in the FISA warrant application of Steele’s motivation and role in an earlier FIFA investigation, for which Steele himself did no investigative work but merely repackaged work done by others but was paid $270,000 by the FBI. This is critical because in the application, these omissions undercut the credibility of the work on which the application was based.

In fact, in producing the Dossier, Steele had no direct contacts inside Russia. He relied on “[Nellie] Ohr, Baumgartner, and Ukrainian sources to generate his so-called ‘raw intelligence’.”

Almost from the start, the Dossier operatives, through their friends, were feeding tidbits of this unverified nonsense to willing accomplices in the New York Times, the Washington PostYahoo! News, MSNBC, The New Yorker, and CNN.”

As for the many ways the dossier was spread to the press — not only were people like Baumgartner and Steele posting about it. 

One thing worth noting is that just like in the case of the core dossier network, many of these ‘receptive’ reporters such, David Corn, Joe Palazzolo, David Cay Johnston, Scott Dworkin and Evan Perez (images 32-33) had long incestuous relationships with Fusion GPS and it’s team members. [snip]


Moreover, [Evan] Perez’s, [Jake] Tapper’s, [Jim] Sciutto’s, and [Carl] Bernstein’s tweets [snip] strongly suggest that they also had early and direct access to the dossier team and were actively distributing its content as it was being written.”

Fusion appears, in fact, to have paid reporters five-digit figures in three cases. We still don’t know which publications or reporters were on the take. 

Molly Hemingway’s tweet is on point: 

@MZHemingway

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Some media fell hook, line and sinker for the Clinton/DNC information campaign — CNN, WP, NYT, NBC among them. They are understandably embarrassed to cover the real story. But they should. Better late than never.


12:06 PM – 11 Aug 2018

As for Nellie Ohr’s ham radio license, he reveals that it only allowed her to operate in a 10-mile radius and was obviously designed to preclude NSA from recording her contacts over the phone or internet. The range of her operations was sufficient to allow her to communicate with all the offices of the federal government located in downtown D.C. And she could extend its reach up to 20 miles if she needed to.

Once you see the vast network of Democratic operatives, officials, former officials, media, foreign intelligence operatives, and former operatives involved in this Big Lie and how they used it to spy on the opposition and tar and beset the President you can only wish that the reports that he’s about to declassify what so far has remained obscured, especially the FISA warrant applications, comes to pass sooner, rather than later.

Chairman Bob Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee reportedly is subpoenaing Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, and GPS cofounder Glenn Simpson, as well as former FBI and DOJ officials including Jim Baker, Jonathan Moffa, and George Tosca.

If the Department of Justice balks at permitting the testimony of those still in its employ, Rod Rosenstein should be forced to give an open explanation of why this cover-up is continuing. If it’s to hide malfeasance and incompetence in the agency, as it appears to be, the President should and likely will declassify and release it all. This game has gone on too long.

Indeed, the majority of Americans want this Mueller dog and pony show (now floundering in yet another court in the Manafort “non-collusion” case) over. 

The longer this goes on, the more the FBI suffers public disaffection. 

Donald J. Trump

‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump


Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers! 

It’s impossible for me not to agree with the President’s sentiments.

The Internet is full of information, some of it not well researched or considered, but every now and then a star appears on the horizon. To my mind the new star is Yaacov Apelbaum, who, using his considerable technical skills, has produced a masterpiece of well-documented analysis underscoring the nonsensical and partisan nature of the Mueller operation. He compares this effort by the anti-Trumpers to the plot line of the Dreyfus affair, where falsified evidence and suppressed evidence led to  Captain Alfred Dreyfus’s conviction for treason. 

It’s lengthy and detailed and on a lovely Sunday in summer you may not want to study it completely, but if this subject is of interest to you, I strongly suggest you bookmark the article and study it at your leisure.  I cannot do it justice in any summary, but I’ll try to hit the main points.

He concludes, after a long, substantive, technologically adept investigation:

The real dossier story is not the scandalous insinuations that it makes, but rather it’s the funding sources, the teams that worked on it, and its compilation and distribution channels. At peak capacity, the dossier team must have consisted of at least 25 individuals who worked on it for over 6-12 months. Assuming a modest $200 per hour rate per person, some first/business class travel and accommodations, media, consulting, IT, and legal services, this project most have cost an upwards of 5-10 million dollars. According to Simpson’s testimony and documents, Fusion GPS was only paid about a million dollars by the DNC and Clinton campaign, which begs the questions of what was Hakluyt’s [Ed: another private UK intelligence operation closely connected to Hillary Clinton  cut and where did the rest of the money go?]

For today’s purposes, I will simply note the highlights, but the article really deserves the attention of readers, investigators, and reporters. Using open source intelligence materials, he’s pinpointed the source(s) of the deeply flawed Steele Dossier, which formed the basis for the FISA warrants used by the FBI and Department of Justice to gather intelligence on the President and his associates.

He details the organization and staffing of GPS Fusion and reports:

The political makeup of the team was exclusively democratic with many of the employees and interns having a strong political connection to the Clinton or Obama administrations. Jason Raymond, the Research Director, came from John Kerry’s press office and was affiliated with USAID; Laura Seago, a senior analyst, came from the Brennan Center for Justice and was also affiliated with USAID …the senior management had a documented history of misconduct and ethical-related issues. Glenn Simpson has a Profane Cursing and Public Intoxication conviction; Jason Felch, a former reporter and the managing partner of the LA office, was fired from the LA Times for deceitful reporting. He was also cheating on his wife on multiple occasions with his Occidental College investigative source.

As for the main author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, Apelbaum details his MI6 background and his connection along with fellow MI6-retiree Chris Burrows and Nicholas Butcher to other outfits after his cover was blown as a British spy. Also contributing to the Dossier was Nellie Hauke Ohr, wife of Bruce Ohr, and a British-French national, Edward Emil Baumgartner, who also has his own private intelligence consulting business in the UK,

Using a variety of methods and tools which he describes, Apelbaum has shown the interconnections between media figures and the dossier authors.

His research indicates:

The [Dossier] network graph analysis indicates that the fellowship of the dossier is a close-knit group; everyone knew each other long before embarking on the quest to find the alleged Russian collusion. All of the project key players are related through marriage, family relations, or work affiliations. [Snip] this team collaborated in various member configurations on many other ‘dossier projects’ and utilized the same collection methods, materials, resources, political network, and publication channels. 

He has a detailed chart of the Dossier participants.

And he documents their work with intelligence operatives inside and outside U.S.  channels. For example: 

Halper, Clarke, Downer, Smith, Dearlove, Crawford, Lobban, MI6, LAD, and Hakluyt Linkage


Steele worked with the FBI as early as 2010 on the FIFA investigation. In 2016, he met them several times including at two meetings with agent Michael Gaeta, a leading FBI ‘Russia corruption expert’, in Rome and in London to discuss the dossier. Gaeta coordinated and got clearance for these meetings from Victoria Nuland at the State Department. Gaeta was the FBI case officer in Europe and controlled Orbis, Stefan Halper, and the Hakluyt dossier assets. [snip] Baumgartner, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, and David Kramer are all Harvard alumni. Nellie Ohr knew Stefan Halper since at least 2000. Nellie Ohr also worked in the MITRE Corporation with Halper’s son Marin Halper for six years from 2002-2008.

He establishes Hillary Clinton’s close associate Sidney Blumenthal’s connections to and contacts with media, which promoted the dossier charges. Glenn Simpson’s wife, Mary Jacoby, also had extensive contacts with key figures in the media and federal apparatus., including Blumenthal, with whom she had worked at Salon.

Two months before the Dossier was released, Jacoby spent several hours in the White House with five people (Apelbaum identifies them) all of whom were related to the dossier team.

Key figures in Democratic circles, detailed by the author, were heavily involved in promoting Ukrainian interests here. Also passing around unverified dirt was Strobe Talbott, who handed off Cody Shearer’s trash dossier (he’s Shearer’s brother in law, a former deputy Secretary of State for Bill Clinton and the husband of Brooke Shearer known to have dug up dirt against Bill Clinton’s accusers.)

He notes the continued mischaracterizations in the FISA warrant application of Steele’s motivation and role in an earlier FIFA investigation, for which Steele himself did no investigative work but merely repackaged work done by others but was paid $270,000 by the FBI. This is critical because in the application, these omissions undercut the credibility of the work on which the application was based.

In fact, in producing the Dossier, Steele had no direct contacts inside Russia. He relied on “[Nellie] Ohr, Baumgartner, and Ukrainian sources to generate his so-called ‘raw intelligence’.”

Almost from the start, the Dossier operatives, through their friends, were feeding tidbits of this unverified nonsense to willing accomplices in the New York Times, the Washington PostYahoo! News, MSNBC, The New Yorker, and CNN.”

As for the many ways the dossier was spread to the press — not only were people like Baumgartner and Steele posting about it. 

One thing worth noting is that just like in the case of the core dossier network, many of these ‘receptive’ reporters such, David Corn, Joe Palazzolo, David Cay Johnston, Scott Dworkin and Evan Perez (images 32-33) had long incestuous relationships with Fusion GPS and it’s team members. [snip]


Moreover, [Evan] Perez’s, [Jake] Tapper’s, [Jim] Sciutto’s, and [Carl] Bernstein’s tweets [snip] strongly suggest that they also had early and direct access to the dossier team and were actively distributing its content as it was being written.”

Fusion appears, in fact, to have paid reporters five-digit figures in three cases. We still don’t know which publications or reporters were on the take. 

Molly Hemingway’s tweet is on point: 

@MZHemingway

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Some media fell hook, line and sinker for the Clinton/DNC information campaign — CNN, WP, NYT, NBC among them. They are understandably embarrassed to cover the real story. But they should. Better late than never.


12:06 PM – 11 Aug 2018

As for Nellie Ohr’s ham radio license, he reveals that it only allowed her to operate in a 10-mile radius and was obviously designed to preclude NSA from recording her contacts over the phone or internet. The range of her operations was sufficient to allow her to communicate with all the offices of the federal government located in downtown D.C. And she could extend its reach up to 20 miles if she needed to.

Once you see the vast network of Democratic operatives, officials, former officials, media, foreign intelligence operatives, and former operatives involved in this Big Lie and how they used it to spy on the opposition and tar and beset the President you can only wish that the reports that he’s about to declassify what so far has remained obscured, especially the FISA warrant applications, comes to pass sooner, rather than later.

Chairman Bob Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee reportedly is subpoenaing Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, and GPS cofounder Glenn Simpson, as well as former FBI and DOJ officials including Jim Baker, Jonathan Moffa, and George Tosca.

If the Department of Justice balks at permitting the testimony of those still in its employ, Rod Rosenstein should be forced to give an open explanation of why this cover-up is continuing. If it’s to hide malfeasance and incompetence in the agency, as it appears to be, the President should and likely will declassify and release it all. This game has gone on too long.

Indeed, the majority of Americans want this Mueller dog and pony show (now floundering in yet another court in the Manafort “non-collusion” case) over. 

The longer this goes on, the more the FBI suffers public disaffection. 

Donald J. Trump

‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump


Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers! 

It’s impossible for me not to agree with the President’s sentiments.



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Dennis Miller sets it out simply so we can see how preposterous a notion this is:

Dennis Miller✔@DennisDMZ


Obviously Trump is a Russian Agent. Sent to a Soviet Front military school in US and then from age 18 on chasing tail while becoming the quintessential capitalist billionaire. All for that moment at age 70 when Putin flipped the Red Queen and activated the Ghost in the Machine.

Despite this absurdity (and the fact that the Clintons had far more and very lucrative documented links to Russia), it was the predicate of an effort to topple the President, or, at a minimum, cripple what is becoming nevertheless a very consequential presidency.

In much the same way, a handful of miscreants, aided by a partisan press and Democratic leaders, tried to use the office of the special counsel to persuade the public that the war in Iraq — which the Democrats voted for on the same basis of information in President Bush’s hands — was based on lies. The specific target was Vice-President Richard Cheney. Every rotten trick in the book was used to convict Lewis Libby, Cheney’s top aide, as well to hide the fact that Libby was not a leaker and Valerie Plame was not at the time a covert agent. Richard Armitage was the leaker, something that Patrick Fitzgerald, along with the head of the FBI Robert Mueller and the acting Attorney General James Comey, knew before they sicced him on his witch-hunt. On these pages, I documented the course of that trial. In the Weekly Standard, I reported what was known at the time of Libby’s conviction. 

It is a dark mark against the former president George W. Bush that he only commuted the jail portion of the sentence Libby received, and failed to fully pardon him. This week, the President rectified that, noting that the D.C. Court of Appeals that reinstated Libby’s law license had fully investigated the matter and found there was “credible evidence to support Libby’s claim of innocence of the crime for which he had been charged.” 

In 2015, one of the key witnesses against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony, stating publicly that she believes the prosecutor withheld relevant information from her during interviews that would have altered significantly what she said.  The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law.  The Court agreed with the District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel, who stated that Mr. Libby had presented “credible evidence” in support of his innocence, including evidence that a key prosecution witness had “changed her recollection of the events in question.”

News accounts of this pardon have been willfully misleading, from the AP and NY Daily News to the tweets of Jake Tapper and David Gregory. (In contrast to my policy of giving links to sources — these are such disgusting spectacles of rotten journalism I don’t want to increase even by my small readership the traffic on their sites.)

Typical of the biased coverage, however, which uniformly ignored the stated basis and sound facts underlying the pardon, was Saturday’s Washington Post front-page article authored by Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, and Matt Zapotsky, The hard copy headline states “Critics question the pardon of Libby.” In the online version, the header is more blatantly partisan: “Trump grants pardon to former Bush official; some say he is using the law as a political tool”

The lead sentence is a model of partisan opinion masking as news:

In his decision Friday to pardon a former Bush administration official convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, President Trump telegraphed his open hostility to the criminal justice system and his desire to use the power of the presidency as a personal political tool.

In support of this non-news news, the paper’s sources were Valerie Plame, the anti-Semitic blonde who was the putative “victim” of the leak BY ARMITAGE, and Patrick Fitzgerald, who by imputation the D.C. Court of Appeals had considered the perpetrator of the unjust conviction of Lewis Libby.

In contrast, we have the editors of the Wall Street Journal, a paper that closely and fairly reported on the events at the time:

Mr. Fitzgerald knew from his first days on the job that Mr. Libby hadn’t leaked Ms. Plame’s name. Yet rather than close up shop, he pursued dubious obstruction of justice charges based on the flimsiest of evidence. For two years Mr. Fitzgerald also let the country think a crime may have been committed by people close to President Bush or President Cheney when he already knew better.


As it happens, Mr. Fitzgerald was appointed by his good friend, James Comey, who was then Deputy Attorney General. This is the Jim Comey who told Congress last year that his goal in leaking information to the press about his conversations with Donald Trump after he was fired was to trigger a special counsel investigation that is now led by Mr. Mueller. This special counsel’s work isn’t done, but the Fitzgerald episode is worth keeping in mind as it unfolds.

The Washington Post Saturday front-page (Bezos’ vanity press, it seems) also shows a marked contrast to what Richard Cohen, writing for the Post in 2007, noted:

With the sentencing of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Fitzgerald has apparently finished his work, which was, not to put too fine a point on it, to make a mountain out of a molehill. At the urging of the liberal press (especially the New York Times), he was appointed to look into a run-of-the-mill leak and wound up prosecuting not the leaker — Richard Armitage of the State Department — but Libby, convicted in the end of lying. [snip]


The upshot was a train wreck — mile after mile of shame, infamy, embarrassment and occasional farce, all of it described in the forthcoming “Off the Record,” a vigorously written account of what went wrong, by Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s former editor in chief. The special counsel used the immense power of the government to jail Judith Miller and to compel other journalists, including Time’s Matt Cooper, to suspend their various and sacred vows of silence just so they could, understandably, avoid jail. The press held itself up to mockery, wantonly promising confidentiality, anonymity — what’s the diff, anyway? — and virtual life after death to anyone with a piece of gossip to peddle. Much heroic braying turned into cries for mercy as the government bore down. As any prosecutor knows — and Martha Stewart can attest — white-collar types tend to have a morbid fear of jail.


As Fitzgerald worked his wonders, threatening jail and going after government gossips with splendid pluck, many opponents of the Iraq war cheered. They thought — if “thought” can be used in this context — that if the thread was pulled on who had leaked the identity of Valerie Plame to Robert D. Novak, the effort to snooker an entire nation into war would unravel and this would show… who knows? Something. For some odd reason, the same people who were so appalled about government snooping, the USA Patriot Act and other such threats to civil liberties cheered as the special prosecutor weed-whacked the press jailed a reporter and now will send a previously obscure government official to prison for 30 months.

The latest nonsense from the special counsel’s office includes interfering with the press again.

Just as Fitzgerald overreached in jailing its own reporter Judith Miller, the New York Times thinks the feds can ignore the First Amendment and beset the National Enquirer.

Making fun of the NYT suggestion that it’s okay for the special counsel to look into the Enquirer’s editorial decisions and payment of sources, Tom Maguire observes:  

Hmm. Is paying for stories a “legitimate press function”? That is how the National Enquirer broke the case of the murderer of Bill Cosby’s son. They also paid Rush Limbaugh’s housekeeper for the scoop that got Rush busted for his oxycontin habit — I bet that looked legit to Common Cause.


To paraphrase slightly, the dark night of fascism is always descending on the right yet arriving from the left.

As for Mueller’s conduct in getting a local prosecutor to seize Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s records, that seems to be devolving into farce. The President has been allowed to intervene to protect his interests as Cohen’s client and Cohen has argued he cannot be compelled to testify in the former porn star’s case respecting breach of her nondisclosure agreement because of his Fifth Amendment privilege. Will the next step be Stormy Daniel’s lawyer seeking to intervene and quash the search and seizure warrant on Cohen as having been improperly entered?

And the prosecutorial leaks continue — McClatchy suggesting there was a basis to go after Cohen because of a purported meeting he had in Prague, something long discredited.

Cohen’s response:

Michael Cohen

‏Verified account @MichaelCohen212

8m8 minutes ago


Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone @McClatchyDC. No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!

But the press falls for this nonsense every time. 

The next person who suggests the appointment of a special counsel under the now existing law where there is no court oversight ought to be committed. Twice now they’ve devolved into unconstitutional, partisan witch-hunts.

My suspicion is that the raid on Cohen’s office is more related to his suit against GPS Fusion than it is against anything else. A correspondent shares my belief:

This is an old story that’s been completely debunked. The claim that Cohen traveled to Prague was part of the Steele “dossier” that was put out by Fusion GPS = The Hillary Campaign. It turns out that there is more than one Michael Cohen in the world — yes, imagine that! A different Michael Cohen went to Prague. And that’s where things get interesting.


Have you ever tried to access the travel records of another person? Yeah, good luck with that, right?​ Well, then, how did Fusion GPS manage to do that? It turns out, via a FISA Court report, that the FBI employed “private contractors” who weren’t cleared and gave them extensive access to government records. Yep. Fusion GPS was a “private contractor,” meaning the FBI had given them access to just about everything in order to do oppo research for Hillary. Are you comfortable with that? Fusion GPS’s big mistake in keeping this from coming out is that they didn’t check to make sure they had the right Michael Cohen and went with the attempted smear.


So, what does Michael Cohen do? In very early January of this year he filed a defamation law suit against Fusion GPS! Uh oh! Imagine the stuff he’s gonna be asking for in discovery! What happens next? Mueller’s jackbooted FBI break down the doors to every place associated with Cohen, seize all his records, and start leaking accusations against him.


Does this sound like the whole Mueller operation is really just a coverup for Hillary and the Deep State? It does to me.

B. Trump tweets, the Russians Turn Tail

In the meantime as Scott Adams (the creator of “Dilbert”) writes:

After he wrote that, the President masterfully played Bashar Assad, Russia, and Iran with tweets suggesting he had proof that Assad was behind the chemical attack on civilians and that we had big missiles to deal with this. The Russians skedaddled from the major port and the chemical weapon production sites and the Iranians hightailed it back home along with, it is reported, Assad and his family. We did nothing for a few days but certainly learned a lot of valuable information about the operations of the Iranians and Russians there as we listened in to their communications and watched their movements. In the meantime, Trump got the French and British to join us and wiped out specific targets:

The Pentagon said Saturday that the U.S.-led allied missile strikes in Syria successfully hit all three targets and have “significantly crippled” Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to make more chemical weapons.


“I think we dealt them a severe blow,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Pentagon after the overnight bombing. “We’ve attacked the heart of the Syrians’ chemical weapons program.”


McKenzie identified the targets as Barzah Research and Development, the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site and the Him Shinshar Bunker Facility. He also said 105 missiles were launched by air and sea.

The fabled Soviet anti-missile systems didn’t seem to work, nor did their radar, This should be a blow to their weapons sales and a message to Iran and Syria which bought this equipment encouraged in their aggression by the now proven false belief that they are immune from counterattack.

It all reminds me of those Spanish language novellas. Trump tweets, the mother-in-law (in this case the MSM, Democrats, and the market) faint, and in the next episode all is well and they sit down to dinner. He does not want to invade Syria. He wants to allow the Syrians to take charge of their fate without outside interference or attacks on the innocent. Period. How can anyone complain? Trump waited until we had evidence that Assad’s troops were responsible. The chemical weapons were not supposed to be there: Assad, John F. Kerry when Secretary of State, and the Russians told us they’d all been destroyed. Are we now to hear complaints about destroying what we were assured did not exist?

On Facebook, Harry Lewis sums it up nicely:

Trump’s missile strikes on Syria (with British and French support) expose three truths devastating to the Syrians, Iranians, Russians, and Democrats (America’s adversaries): (1) unlike Obama, under the right circumstances, Trump will pull the trigger; (2) Russia lied to John Kerry and Obama about disposing of Assad’s chemical weapons in exchange for American inaction, and until Trump, we never called Russia or Syria on their lies; (3) the Russian anti-missile systems for which Syria and Iran paid high prices are useless, and were a waste of money, a huge loss of face for Moscow.

And Syria is unlikely to pull such atrocities off again:

@Sunrise51052

5m5 minutes ago


Nikki Haley to UN: I spoke with a President Trump this morning, he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded. When our president draws a red line, our President enforces the red line.

This is the way to show Never Again, not by marching or diplomatic cant. This president will not allow such things to occur again whenever we have evidence they are occurring and we are in a position to end it.

A. Droogs in Blue Suits and Their Press Accomplices

The Mueller Special Counsel appointment is predicated on the notion that President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to assure the defeat of Hillary Clinton — a notion so ludicrous only a Democrat could fall for it.

Dennis Miller sets it out simply so we can see how preposterous a notion this is:

Dennis Miller✔@DennisDMZ


Obviously Trump is a Russian Agent. Sent to a Soviet Front military school in US and then from age 18 on chasing tail while becoming the quintessential capitalist billionaire. All for that moment at age 70 when Putin flipped the Red Queen and activated the Ghost in the Machine.

Despite this absurdity (and the fact that the Clintons had far more and very lucrative documented links to Russia), it was the predicate of an effort to topple the President, or, at a minimum, cripple what is becoming nevertheless a very consequential presidency.

In much the same way, a handful of miscreants, aided by a partisan press and Democratic leaders, tried to use the office of the special counsel to persuade the public that the war in Iraq — which the Democrats voted for on the same basis of information in President Bush’s hands — was based on lies. The specific target was Vice-President Richard Cheney. Every rotten trick in the book was used to convict Lewis Libby, Cheney’s top aide, as well to hide the fact that Libby was not a leaker and Valerie Plame was not at the time a covert agent. Richard Armitage was the leaker, something that Patrick Fitzgerald, along with the head of the FBI Robert Mueller and the acting Attorney General James Comey, knew before they sicced him on his witch-hunt. On these pages, I documented the course of that trial. In the Weekly Standard, I reported what was known at the time of Libby’s conviction. 

It is a dark mark against the former president George W. Bush that he only commuted the jail portion of the sentence Libby received, and failed to fully pardon him. This week, the President rectified that, noting that the D.C. Court of Appeals that reinstated Libby’s law license had fully investigated the matter and found there was “credible evidence to support Libby’s claim of innocence of the crime for which he had been charged.” 

In 2015, one of the key witnesses against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony, stating publicly that she believes the prosecutor withheld relevant information from her during interviews that would have altered significantly what she said.  The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law.  The Court agreed with the District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel, who stated that Mr. Libby had presented “credible evidence” in support of his innocence, including evidence that a key prosecution witness had “changed her recollection of the events in question.”

News accounts of this pardon have been willfully misleading, from the AP and NY Daily News to the tweets of Jake Tapper and David Gregory. (In contrast to my policy of giving links to sources — these are such disgusting spectacles of rotten journalism I don’t want to increase even by my small readership the traffic on their sites.)

Typical of the biased coverage, however, which uniformly ignored the stated basis and sound facts underlying the pardon, was Saturday’s Washington Post front-page article authored by Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, and Matt Zapotsky, The hard copy headline states “Critics question the pardon of Libby.” In the online version, the header is more blatantly partisan: “Trump grants pardon to former Bush official; some say he is using the law as a political tool”

The lead sentence is a model of partisan opinion masking as news:

In his decision Friday to pardon a former Bush administration official convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, President Trump telegraphed his open hostility to the criminal justice system and his desire to use the power of the presidency as a personal political tool.

In support of this non-news news, the paper’s sources were Valerie Plame, the anti-Semitic blonde who was the putative “victim” of the leak BY ARMITAGE, and Patrick Fitzgerald, who by imputation the D.C. Court of Appeals had considered the perpetrator of the unjust conviction of Lewis Libby.

In contrast, we have the editors of the Wall Street Journal, a paper that closely and fairly reported on the events at the time:

Mr. Fitzgerald knew from his first days on the job that Mr. Libby hadn’t leaked Ms. Plame’s name. Yet rather than close up shop, he pursued dubious obstruction of justice charges based on the flimsiest of evidence. For two years Mr. Fitzgerald also let the country think a crime may have been committed by people close to President Bush or President Cheney when he already knew better.


As it happens, Mr. Fitzgerald was appointed by his good friend, James Comey, who was then Deputy Attorney General. This is the Jim Comey who told Congress last year that his goal in leaking information to the press about his conversations with Donald Trump after he was fired was to trigger a special counsel investigation that is now led by Mr. Mueller. This special counsel’s work isn’t done, but the Fitzgerald episode is worth keeping in mind as it unfolds.

The Washington Post Saturday front-page (Bezos’ vanity press, it seems) also shows a marked contrast to what Richard Cohen, writing for the Post in 2007, noted:

With the sentencing of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Fitzgerald has apparently finished his work, which was, not to put too fine a point on it, to make a mountain out of a molehill. At the urging of the liberal press (especially the New York Times), he was appointed to look into a run-of-the-mill leak and wound up prosecuting not the leaker — Richard Armitage of the State Department — but Libby, convicted in the end of lying. [snip]


The upshot was a train wreck — mile after mile of shame, infamy, embarrassment and occasional farce, all of it described in the forthcoming “Off the Record,” a vigorously written account of what went wrong, by Norman Pearlstine, Time Inc.’s former editor in chief. The special counsel used the immense power of the government to jail Judith Miller and to compel other journalists, including Time’s Matt Cooper, to suspend their various and sacred vows of silence just so they could, understandably, avoid jail. The press held itself up to mockery, wantonly promising confidentiality, anonymity — what’s the diff, anyway? — and virtual life after death to anyone with a piece of gossip to peddle. Much heroic braying turned into cries for mercy as the government bore down. As any prosecutor knows — and Martha Stewart can attest — white-collar types tend to have a morbid fear of jail.


As Fitzgerald worked his wonders, threatening jail and going after government gossips with splendid pluck, many opponents of the Iraq war cheered. They thought — if “thought” can be used in this context — that if the thread was pulled on who had leaked the identity of Valerie Plame to Robert D. Novak, the effort to snooker an entire nation into war would unravel and this would show… who knows? Something. For some odd reason, the same people who were so appalled about government snooping, the USA Patriot Act and other such threats to civil liberties cheered as the special prosecutor weed-whacked the press jailed a reporter and now will send a previously obscure government official to prison for 30 months.

The latest nonsense from the special counsel’s office includes interfering with the press again.

Just as Fitzgerald overreached in jailing its own reporter Judith Miller, the New York Times thinks the feds can ignore the First Amendment and beset the National Enquirer.

Making fun of the NYT suggestion that it’s okay for the special counsel to look into the Enquirer’s editorial decisions and payment of sources, Tom Maguire observes:  

Hmm. Is paying for stories a “legitimate press function”? That is how the National Enquirer broke the case of the murderer of Bill Cosby’s son. They also paid Rush Limbaugh’s housekeeper for the scoop that got Rush busted for his oxycontin habit — I bet that looked legit to Common Cause.


To paraphrase slightly, the dark night of fascism is always descending on the right yet arriving from the left.

As for Mueller’s conduct in getting a local prosecutor to seize Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s records, that seems to be devolving into farce. The President has been allowed to intervene to protect his interests as Cohen’s client and Cohen has argued he cannot be compelled to testify in the former porn star’s case respecting breach of her nondisclosure agreement because of his Fifth Amendment privilege. Will the next step be Stormy Daniel’s lawyer seeking to intervene and quash the search and seizure warrant on Cohen as having been improperly entered?

And the prosecutorial leaks continue — McClatchy suggesting there was a basis to go after Cohen because of a purported meeting he had in Prague, something long discredited.

Cohen’s response:

Michael Cohen

‏Verified account @MichaelCohen212

8m8 minutes ago


Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone @McClatchyDC. No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!

But the press falls for this nonsense every time. 

The next person who suggests the appointment of a special counsel under the now existing law where there is no court oversight ought to be committed. Twice now they’ve devolved into unconstitutional, partisan witch-hunts.

My suspicion is that the raid on Cohen’s office is more related to his suit against GPS Fusion than it is against anything else. A correspondent shares my belief:

This is an old story that’s been completely debunked. The claim that Cohen traveled to Prague was part of the Steele “dossier” that was put out by Fusion GPS = The Hillary Campaign. It turns out that there is more than one Michael Cohen in the world — yes, imagine that! A different Michael Cohen went to Prague. And that’s where things get interesting.


Have you ever tried to access the travel records of another person? Yeah, good luck with that, right?​ Well, then, how did Fusion GPS manage to do that? It turns out, via a FISA Court report, that the FBI employed “private contractors” who weren’t cleared and gave them extensive access to government records. Yep. Fusion GPS was a “private contractor,” meaning the FBI had given them access to just about everything in order to do oppo research for Hillary. Are you comfortable with that? Fusion GPS’s big mistake in keeping this from coming out is that they didn’t check to make sure they had the right Michael Cohen and went with the attempted smear.


So, what does Michael Cohen do? In very early January of this year he filed a defamation law suit against Fusion GPS! Uh oh! Imagine the stuff he’s gonna be asking for in discovery! What happens next? Mueller’s jackbooted FBI break down the doors to every place associated with Cohen, seize all his records, and start leaking accusations against him.


Does this sound like the whole Mueller operation is really just a coverup for Hillary and the Deep State? It does to me.

B. Trump tweets, the Russians Turn Tail

In the meantime as Scott Adams (the creator of “Dilbert”) writes:

After he wrote that, the President masterfully played Bashar Assad, Russia, and Iran with tweets suggesting he had proof that Assad was behind the chemical attack on civilians and that we had big missiles to deal with this. The Russians skedaddled from the major port and the chemical weapon production sites and the Iranians hightailed it back home along with, it is reported, Assad and his family. We did nothing for a few days but certainly learned a lot of valuable information about the operations of the Iranians and Russians there as we listened in to their communications and watched their movements. In the meantime, Trump got the French and British to join us and wiped out specific targets:

The Pentagon said Saturday that the U.S.-led allied missile strikes in Syria successfully hit all three targets and have “significantly crippled” Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to make more chemical weapons.


“I think we dealt them a severe blow,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Pentagon after the overnight bombing. “We’ve attacked the heart of the Syrians’ chemical weapons program.”


McKenzie identified the targets as Barzah Research and Development, the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site and the Him Shinshar Bunker Facility. He also said 105 missiles were launched by air and sea.

The fabled Soviet anti-missile systems didn’t seem to work, nor did their radar, This should be a blow to their weapons sales and a message to Iran and Syria which bought this equipment encouraged in their aggression by the now proven false belief that they are immune from counterattack.

It all reminds me of those Spanish language novellas. Trump tweets, the mother-in-law (in this case the MSM, Democrats, and the market) faint, and in the next episode all is well and they sit down to dinner. He does not want to invade Syria. He wants to allow the Syrians to take charge of their fate without outside interference or attacks on the innocent. Period. How can anyone complain? Trump waited until we had evidence that Assad’s troops were responsible. The chemical weapons were not supposed to be there: Assad, John F. Kerry when Secretary of State, and the Russians told us they’d all been destroyed. Are we now to hear complaints about destroying what we were assured did not exist?

On Facebook, Harry Lewis sums it up nicely:

Trump’s missile strikes on Syria (with British and French support) expose three truths devastating to the Syrians, Iranians, Russians, and Democrats (America’s adversaries): (1) unlike Obama, under the right circumstances, Trump will pull the trigger; (2) Russia lied to John Kerry and Obama about disposing of Assad’s chemical weapons in exchange for American inaction, and until Trump, we never called Russia or Syria on their lies; (3) the Russian anti-missile systems for which Syria and Iran paid high prices are useless, and were a waste of money, a huge loss of face for Moscow.

And Syria is unlikely to pull such atrocities off again:

@Sunrise51052

5m5 minutes ago


Nikki Haley to UN: I spoke with a President Trump this morning, he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded. When our president draws a red line, our President enforces the red line.

This is the way to show Never Again, not by marching or diplomatic cant. This president will not allow such things to occur again whenever we have evidence they are occurring and we are in a position to end it.



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Springing Forward


Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, unhampered because of the filibuster rule, which allows them to block any budget not supported by a Senate supermajority of 60, and aware of the desperate need of our military for funding, publicly rejoiced that they were able to force through Congress a ridiculously extravagant budget.  Fiscal conservatives were furious, but the president had little choice but to sign the bill into law.  “He who laughs last laughs best” is the saying, and in this case, there may be no joy in Demville.  James Freedman at the Wall Street Journal explains:

The political left is getting nervous because a virtuous and lawful reduction in federal spending is suddenly looking much more likely.  This column is told that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) is now on board.


Specifically, Mr. Ryan likes the idea of paring back the huge spending hikes in the recently enacted budget bill.  While the budget required 60 votes in the Senate and therefore Democratic support, a “rescission” bill to repeal the spending increases needs only a simple majority in each house. …


It’s a chance for Republicans to honor their promises of spending restraint and redeem themselves with a base turned off by the omnibus blowout.  It’s an opening for the GOP to highlight the degree to which Democrats used the bill to hold the military hostage to their own domestic boondoggles.  And it’s a chance for Mr. Trump to present himself again as an outsider, willing to use unconventional means to change Washington’s spending culture.


It’s called the 1974 Impoundment Act, which allows the president to order the rescission of specific funds, so long as Congress approves those cuts within 45 days. …


The Senate being a clubby place, one might think the rescission bill would languish in committee there.  But the budget law gives spending cutters super powers.  A discharge motion is made automatically in order, and in the Senate it is a privileged motion.  (This means it can cut in front of other business.)  The motion is limited to one hour of debate – really fast work for the Senate. 


But wait, there’s more: in the House, where there are also the Republicans, the Democrats, and the Appropriators (the latter of whom can be counted on to scuttle rescissions if they can get away with it), there are fast-track procedures, too. It takes only one-fifth of the Members of the House to force a floor vote on a rescission bill. When the bill comes to the floor the motion to proceed is “highly privileged” (that is, it takes precedence over all pending business)…


Getting 50 Republican votes in the Senate will be made easier because they will be forced into an up-or-down vote – not the usual forest of complexity where they can hide in the tall grass.  Ditto for House Republican appropriators.


This week a number of media outlets reported that President Trump has been talking about rescission with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.).  Mr. Ryan’s support, if paired with an endorsement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), would make it extremely difficult for appropriators to resist. 

Upset about the budget deal?  Get on the phone to your congressmen and senators and support rescission.

Illegal Immigration

Never say never to President Trump.  Despite the best efforts of the Democrats to keep our borders wide open and to block legislation to deal with the issue, he is determined to preserve national security and sovereignty by controlling who enters the country and how.

Friday the president ordered an end to the “catch and release” Obama policy, where border-jumpers were captured and released with a rarely kept promise to return for an immigration hearing to determine whether they had a legal basis to remain here.

The attorney general explained the new policy – border-jumpers are going to be held and criminally prosecuted.

As part of the order, Trump is requesting “a detailed list of all existing facilities, including military facilities, that could be used, modified, or repurposed to detain aliens for violations of immigration law at or near the borders of the United States.”

Trump has also directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security’s Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to identify any other resources or steps “that may be needed to expeditiously end ‘catch and release’ practices.”

National Guard troops are being deployed at the border to supplement and assist the Border Patrol.  The president last year he added 50 immigration judges to handle the work.  This year, it is anticipated that another 75 will join the roster, and they are being given quotas to process these cases more rapidly. 

The Congressional-FBI/DOJ Standoff Is Broken

Sundance at Conservative Treehouse broke the welcome news early Saturday morning.

Until today the only people allowed to review the full Title-1 FISA application were Trey Gowdy, Adam Schiff, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep John Ratcliffe.


In an interesting development, the Department of Justice has responded to HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes notifying him the DOJ will allow all members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees full access to review the unredacted FBI/DOJ FISA application used to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant against U.S. citizen Carter Page.


According to CNN: ‘Separately, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said the department on Monday will supplement its document production to the House Judiciary Committee by producing another 1,000 pages of materials in response to a subpoena issued by committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.’

He surmises, not unreasonably, that the willingness to share this information more broadly suggests that the FISA application may soon be declassified.  More importantly, it hints that the OIG and Sessions’s designated prosecutor, U.S. attorney John Huber, have completed their own investigation into the content and sourcing of the FISA warrant application that permitted the surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Corrupt International Charity Network Faces Countless Legal Challenges

Charles Ortel, a retired investment banker, has been doggedly researching the Clinton Foundation and international charity frauds and reporting on his findings on his blog and elsewhere.  He has been assiduously tracing the Clintons’ many false filings and substantial conduct violative of federal, state, and international laws relating to charities.

To take but one example: Since May of 2014, Haitians have been complaining about the work of both Clintons in Haiti while she was secretary of state and he was working with the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission.

For the Clintons, doing a bad job of it is no barrier – they regularly build on failure.  Charles Ortel explains and documents stranger, and certainly illegal transactions involving “charity” in Haiti, this time involving not only the Clintons but also their new best friends forever, the Bush family.  He focuses on a missing $37 million from the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund sent to a post office box in Baltimore where the fund had no office. 

The story of the Clintons’ misuse of charity solicitation, reporting, and accounting laws begins in 1997 and continues on past Clinton’s term as president where people familiar to us in the present DOJ-FBI investigations failed to prosecute the Clintons for obvious charity fraud and violation of federal and state law on charitable solicitations.  The most recent investigation of the Clinton foundation took place under Rod Rosenstein, then U.S. attorney for Baltimore.  He utterly flubbed the task, as Ortel notes.

Records available through the FBI vault confirm that the FBI and DOJ attorneys conducted investigations, empaneled grand juries, and issued subpoenas, yet they were unable to bring indictments or gain convictions against the many individuals and entities linked to the Clinton charity, which clearly engaged in a raft of frauds, across state lines, and in numerous nations.


These FBI records, many of which are heavily redacted even now, clearly show that former FBI Director James Comey played “leadership” roles in these epic failures and that Comey’s predecessor as FBI chief, Robert Mueller, was personally aware of the course of these ineffective efforts after he assumed his duties in September 2001. … 


Claims by the Clinton Foundation concerning its supposed grant to CBHF [Clinton Bush Haiti Fund] do not and cannot be squared with CBHF filings. Someone here is lying and many people are doing their best to cover up what looks like a crystal-clear instance of charity fraud and other serious crimes.


How much money did the Clinton Foundation actually receive during 2010, while soliciting to help poor Haitians after their devastating earthquake?  More important, where did the money raised for Haiti by Clinton, Bush, and their associates actually go?  And remember, 2010 was a key election year, with much at stake for Democrats.


We certainly will never know the answer to that question if we must rely on Rosenstein, Mueller and Comey, who, it must be remembered, were failing to catch obvious frauds during those early years.

At the moment, some state attorneys general are investigating Clinton foundation fraud and illegality.  So are some foreign governments whose laws were violated by the foundation.  While in the U.S. opportunities to prosecute longstanding frauds may be barred by the passage of time and the statute of limitations, this latest Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund transaction seems not to be.  If I were to speculate, I’d suggest that it is not unlikely (now that the Clintons are fairly politically neutered) that whistleblowers inside the foundation, the donors’ offices, and the government – particularly the IRS – may come forward, at long last, to expose the frauds which Rosenstein, Mueller, and Comey seem to have lacked the integrity and guts to do.

What seemed as though it was going to be a dull news week – punctuated by sometimes fanciful articles from “sources” about what Special Counsel Mueller was up to – ended with a plethora of important news late Friday.  To spare you having to wade through the mounds of drivel to get to it, I’m highlighting what I think is the important stuff, so you can enjoy this spring weekend.

The Budget

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, unhampered because of the filibuster rule, which allows them to block any budget not supported by a Senate supermajority of 60, and aware of the desperate need of our military for funding, publicly rejoiced that they were able to force through Congress a ridiculously extravagant budget.  Fiscal conservatives were furious, but the president had little choice but to sign the bill into law.  “He who laughs last laughs best” is the saying, and in this case, there may be no joy in Demville.  James Freedman at the Wall Street Journal explains:

The political left is getting nervous because a virtuous and lawful reduction in federal spending is suddenly looking much more likely.  This column is told that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) is now on board.


Specifically, Mr. Ryan likes the idea of paring back the huge spending hikes in the recently enacted budget bill.  While the budget required 60 votes in the Senate and therefore Democratic support, a “rescission” bill to repeal the spending increases needs only a simple majority in each house. …


It’s a chance for Republicans to honor their promises of spending restraint and redeem themselves with a base turned off by the omnibus blowout.  It’s an opening for the GOP to highlight the degree to which Democrats used the bill to hold the military hostage to their own domestic boondoggles.  And it’s a chance for Mr. Trump to present himself again as an outsider, willing to use unconventional means to change Washington’s spending culture.


It’s called the 1974 Impoundment Act, which allows the president to order the rescission of specific funds, so long as Congress approves those cuts within 45 days. …


The Senate being a clubby place, one might think the rescission bill would languish in committee there.  But the budget law gives spending cutters super powers.  A discharge motion is made automatically in order, and in the Senate it is a privileged motion.  (This means it can cut in front of other business.)  The motion is limited to one hour of debate – really fast work for the Senate. 


But wait, there’s more: in the House, where there are also the Republicans, the Democrats, and the Appropriators (the latter of whom can be counted on to scuttle rescissions if they can get away with it), there are fast-track procedures, too. It takes only one-fifth of the Members of the House to force a floor vote on a rescission bill. When the bill comes to the floor the motion to proceed is “highly privileged” (that is, it takes precedence over all pending business)…


Getting 50 Republican votes in the Senate will be made easier because they will be forced into an up-or-down vote – not the usual forest of complexity where they can hide in the tall grass.  Ditto for House Republican appropriators.


This week a number of media outlets reported that President Trump has been talking about rescission with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.).  Mr. Ryan’s support, if paired with an endorsement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), would make it extremely difficult for appropriators to resist. 

Upset about the budget deal?  Get on the phone to your congressmen and senators and support rescission.

Illegal Immigration

Never say never to President Trump.  Despite the best efforts of the Democrats to keep our borders wide open and to block legislation to deal with the issue, he is determined to preserve national security and sovereignty by controlling who enters the country and how.

Friday the president ordered an end to the “catch and release” Obama policy, where border-jumpers were captured and released with a rarely kept promise to return for an immigration hearing to determine whether they had a legal basis to remain here.

The attorney general explained the new policy – border-jumpers are going to be held and criminally prosecuted.

As part of the order, Trump is requesting “a detailed list of all existing facilities, including military facilities, that could be used, modified, or repurposed to detain aliens for violations of immigration law at or near the borders of the United States.”

Trump has also directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security’s Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to identify any other resources or steps “that may be needed to expeditiously end ‘catch and release’ practices.”

National Guard troops are being deployed at the border to supplement and assist the Border Patrol.  The president last year he added 50 immigration judges to handle the work.  This year, it is anticipated that another 75 will join the roster, and they are being given quotas to process these cases more rapidly. 

The Congressional-FBI/DOJ Standoff Is Broken

Sundance at Conservative Treehouse broke the welcome news early Saturday morning.

Until today the only people allowed to review the full Title-1 FISA application were Trey Gowdy, Adam Schiff, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep John Ratcliffe.


In an interesting development, the Department of Justice has responded to HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes notifying him the DOJ will allow all members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees full access to review the unredacted FBI/DOJ FISA application used to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant against U.S. citizen Carter Page.


According to CNN: ‘Separately, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said the department on Monday will supplement its document production to the House Judiciary Committee by producing another 1,000 pages of materials in response to a subpoena issued by committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.’

He surmises, not unreasonably, that the willingness to share this information more broadly suggests that the FISA application may soon be declassified.  More importantly, it hints that the OIG and Sessions’s designated prosecutor, U.S. attorney John Huber, have completed their own investigation into the content and sourcing of the FISA warrant application that permitted the surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Corrupt International Charity Network Faces Countless Legal Challenges

Charles Ortel, a retired investment banker, has been doggedly researching the Clinton Foundation and international charity frauds and reporting on his findings on his blog and elsewhere.  He has been assiduously tracing the Clintons’ many false filings and substantial conduct violative of federal, state, and international laws relating to charities.

To take but one example: Since May of 2014, Haitians have been complaining about the work of both Clintons in Haiti while she was secretary of state and he was working with the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission.

For the Clintons, doing a bad job of it is no barrier – they regularly build on failure.  Charles Ortel explains and documents stranger, and certainly illegal transactions involving “charity” in Haiti, this time involving not only the Clintons but also their new best friends forever, the Bush family.  He focuses on a missing $37 million from the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund sent to a post office box in Baltimore where the fund had no office. 

The story of the Clintons’ misuse of charity solicitation, reporting, and accounting laws begins in 1997 and continues on past Clinton’s term as president where people familiar to us in the present DOJ-FBI investigations failed to prosecute the Clintons for obvious charity fraud and violation of federal and state law on charitable solicitations.  The most recent investigation of the Clinton foundation took place under Rod Rosenstein, then U.S. attorney for Baltimore.  He utterly flubbed the task, as Ortel notes.

Records available through the FBI vault confirm that the FBI and DOJ attorneys conducted investigations, empaneled grand juries, and issued subpoenas, yet they were unable to bring indictments or gain convictions against the many individuals and entities linked to the Clinton charity, which clearly engaged in a raft of frauds, across state lines, and in numerous nations.


These FBI records, many of which are heavily redacted even now, clearly show that former FBI Director James Comey played “leadership” roles in these epic failures and that Comey’s predecessor as FBI chief, Robert Mueller, was personally aware of the course of these ineffective efforts after he assumed his duties in September 2001. … 


Claims by the Clinton Foundation concerning its supposed grant to CBHF [Clinton Bush Haiti Fund] do not and cannot be squared with CBHF filings. Someone here is lying and many people are doing their best to cover up what looks like a crystal-clear instance of charity fraud and other serious crimes.


How much money did the Clinton Foundation actually receive during 2010, while soliciting to help poor Haitians after their devastating earthquake?  More important, where did the money raised for Haiti by Clinton, Bush, and their associates actually go?  And remember, 2010 was a key election year, with much at stake for Democrats.


We certainly will never know the answer to that question if we must rely on Rosenstein, Mueller and Comey, who, it must be remembered, were failing to catch obvious frauds during those early years.

At the moment, some state attorneys general are investigating Clinton foundation fraud and illegality.  So are some foreign governments whose laws were violated by the foundation.  While in the U.S. opportunities to prosecute longstanding frauds may be barred by the passage of time and the statute of limitations, this latest Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund transaction seems not to be.  If I were to speculate, I’d suggest that it is not unlikely (now that the Clintons are fairly politically neutered) that whistleblowers inside the foundation, the donors’ offices, and the government – particularly the IRS – may come forward, at long last, to expose the frauds which Rosenstein, Mueller, and Comey seem to have lacked the integrity and guts to do.



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Faithless in Holy Week


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has authority over the FBI. If he’s paying attention, he might notice how far that agency’s credibility has fallen. This week, the Noor Salman jury refused to find her (the wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter) guilty of obstruction of justice and providing material support to a terrorist act. The jury foreman explained why, and if Sessions is paying attention, he can do something immediately to help restore faith in the agency. (Recall that the jury learned that the shooter’s father had been a longtime FBI informant and had persuaded the agency to disregard the obvious signs of his son’s intent.)

In the foreman’s post-verdict statement, he said: “I wish that the FBI had recorded their interviews with Ms. Salman as there were several significant inconsistencies with the written summaries of her statements.”

This is something FBI watchers have long criticized. The notion that in this age, it is sufficient to prosecute people based on an agent’s self-serving notes (302’s) sometimes written a considerable time after interviews, is ridiculous.  We have read that 302’s forming the basis of some of Mueller’s investigations were changed by supervisors and the originals lost; we know that in the Libby case one agent present at his interview conceded at trial that the 302 of her co-agent (retired just as trial began) was inconsistent with her recollections, Videos of interviews are easy to do. They are used by police forces throughout the country and, to the best of my knowledge by Western law enforcement agencies outside the U.S. The attorney general should issue a directive scrapping further use of this 302 gambit. How would you like to face a grand jury with only your word versus the written account of the FBI agent who handled the interview? I wouldn’t. I’d never agree to an interview that was not videographed or transcribed by a stenographer.

Something Congress Can and Should Do

Shut down the FBI’s National Security Branch or force the FBI to significantly reshape its operations — it’s useless and inconsistent with the FBI’s crimefighting mission where what’s important is not stopping crime, but gathering prosecution evidence of crime.

In 2005 the FBI was restructured to emphasize counterintelligence: As Robert Mueller (then head of the FBI) noted:

The National Security Branch structure took effect on September 12, 2005, in response to a directive from the President to the Attorney General. The NSB consists of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division (CTD), the Counterintelligence Division (CD), the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), and the new Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate. Combining our national security workforce and mission under one leadership umbrella enhances our contribution to the national intelligence effort and provides us with the opportunity to leverage resources from our U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) partners, as well as our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners.


Counterterrorism Division


The mission of the Counterterrorism Division is to identify and disrupt potential terrorist plots by individuals or terror cells, freezing terrorist finances, sharing information with law enforcement and intelligence partners worldwide, and providing strategic and operational threat analysis to the wider intelligence community. Since the September 11 attacks, we have dramatically strengthened our ability to combat terrorism and have had success identifying, disrupting, and dismantling terrorist threats.

The FBI, which has in its ranks many good accountants, has apparently done a reasonable job on tracking terrorist finances. It has been a bust in “disrupting” terrorism. As noted, they missed the Pulse shooter. The undercover agent assigned to the group that tried to kill Pamela Geller encouraged them and never did a thing to stop them or even to alert authorities to the attack. Then there was the Tsarnaev case, where ignoring Russian warnings, the FBI sat by and the brothers murdered three men (and got away with it due to fumbling by the Boston law enforcement agencies) and proceeded in time to bomb a marathon route,

I won’t even go into the number of times where the FBI agents entrapped mentally deficient men into acts for which they then took credit for stopping. But there have been many such incidents: Jerry Drake Varnell, a paranoid schizphrenic, in 2017, the depressive Aby Rayyan in 2016,  the delunsional Sami Osmakac in 2012, and Peyton Pruitt, who suffers from “mental retardation, autism, and attention deficit disorder,” in 2015

One former agent claims it is because the FBI is overwhelmed with investigating reports of insignificant threats: 

The Tsarnaev case is prime example. The Justice Department Inspector General criticized shortcomings concerning the FBI’s assessment of Tsarnaev, most significantly the failure to ask about his travel plans to Russia or his knowledge of Chechen terrorist groups. Both the FBI and CIA placed Tsarnaev on watchlists, and though they “pinged” to alert authorities when he bought airline tickets, traveled to, and returned from Russia, he was not re-investigated or screened as requested at the airport because there were too many other watchlisted people of higher priority traveling that day.


These cases show an overloaded system unable to adequately track and capture the real terrorist threats in this country. Which is why it’s time to rethink how the FBI does its job.


Giving FBI agents more resources might be helpful, but only if the FBI’s investigative guidelines are tightened up to ensure they are focusing on real threats rather than chasing false alarms. Restoring standards requiring a reasonable factual indication of wrongdoing before conducting intrusive, resource intensive investigations will make the FBI more efficient — and more effective.


As an FBI undercover agent in the 1990s, I infiltrated neo-Nazi and anti-government militia groups. The investigations were initiated based on a reasonable indication that people were engaging in precursor crimes, such as trafficking in illegal firearms and manufacturing explosives. This evidentiary standard forced me to focus on the people I had a reasonable basis to believe were engaging in criminal activity — rather than the thousands who were saying things I didn’t like. Those cases successfully prevented terrorism by focusing on those most likely to commit it.

That’s one explanation. Another might be that the head of the agency was so eager to curry favor with President Obama and the phony islamophobia charges by radical Islamist groups that he purged from the FBI manual references to Islamic terrorism and field officers went along with the fictional peaceful intentions of those who went on to attack us. 

As FBI director, Mueller bent over backwards to please radical Islamist groups and caved into their demands. The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties to terrorism. Among them were two organizations — Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) — named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case. CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.


The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands. Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide. The purge was part of a broader Islamist operation designed to influence the opinions and actions of persons, institutions, governments and the public at-large…


Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of “offensive” training documents: “Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.” It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation. Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is “clearly linked” to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on.


Mueller’s actions have had a widespread effect because many local law enforcement agencies followed the FBI’s lead in allowing Islamic groups like CAIR to dictate what anti-terrorism material could be used to train officers. 

And last but not least, the counterintelligence function was instrumental in the coordinated FBI-DOJ forwarding to the FISC the nonsensical Steele dossier (certainly a product in large part of Russian disinformation) to surveil the Trump campaign.

In sum, the FBI appears to have been has been more efficient at creating make-believe boogeymen than it has been at stopping real jihadists on our soil.

Cleaning Up the Corruption in the FBI

The same man – Mueller — who headed the agency when all this was going on keeps chasing the nonexistent  Russian collusion with Trump. This week, the FBI confronted Ted Malloch as he returned from a trip to London, separating him from his wife as they interrogated him, and seizing his mobile phone.

In the meantime the attorney general announced that he had appointed the U.S. Attorney from Utah, John Huber, to lead a federal investigation into the sale of Uranium One, the Clinton Foundation, and acts by the DOJ and FBI in 2016-2017 which seem to have abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He is not appointing a special counsel now but has reserved the right to do so if the facts warrant it. Reactions to this announcement have been mixed. Personally I think the entire notion of a special counsel — at least under the present law (which unlike the one under which Ken Starr operated which was overseen by a panel of the Court of Appeals) — is a monstrous distortion of the Constitution, so I’m inclined to believe the OIG, congressional committees, and the operation of our criminal justice system should be sufficient to deal with what appears to have been substantial illegality in the DOJ and FBI, the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One. Apparently the grand jury, which Huber is managing here in the District of Columbia, is getting cooperation from a number of people inside the Deep State.

We now know Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DAG Rod Rosenstein assigned federal prosecutor John W. Huber to that task.  However, even without knowing his name, we always knew the existence of the parallel prosecutor because the fingerprints of his tasks were evident.


The IG couldn’t simultaneously report on his discovery of criminal conduct and yet construct the parameters for cooperation and compliance with his investigation.  IG Horowitz doesn’t have that authority, that’s a federal prosecutors job.


So if people within the FBI and DOJ were cooperating with an internal investigation that was discovering criminal conduct, someone from within the DOJ had to be cutting the deals. Jeff Sessions told us yesterday that person is John Huber.[snip]


COOPERATING GROUP — FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI/DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, DOJ Attorney Bruce Ohr, DOJ-NSD Deputy Asst. Attorney General George Toscas; FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker and Asst. FBI Director in charge of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap, are all still employed within the system.  Strzok, Page, Ohr, and Baker have been removed from responsibilities, but there are still there.  Bill Priestap is still in responsibility and still there.


NOT COOPERATING GROUP — FBI Communications Director Mike Kortan (quit), DOJ-NSD Deputy Asst. Attorney General David Laufman (quit), AG Loretta Lynch AAG Sally Yates, DOJ-NSD Asst Attorney General Mary McCord (quit), FBI Director James Comey (fired), Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe (fired), FBI Director Chief-of-staff James Rybicki (quit).

Like Professor Jonathan Turley, I’m inclined to think this is a smart move, but we shall have to wait and see how this shakes out. In the meantime Robert Mueller, with the same doggedness and blind faith which caused him to pursue the wrong man, Hatfill, in the anthrax case, wasting millions of man-hours and our money, continues on like Inspector Clouseau.  

While Jews and Christians celebrate Passover and Easter this week, it is increasingly obvious that large numbers of Americans are losing faith in our institutions and the people who have been running them. A bit of skepticism about government is always a healthy thing, to my way of thinking, but the cynicism and distrust is now at a higher level than I can recall.

Something the Attorney General Can Correct Right Now 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has authority over the FBI. If he’s paying attention, he might notice how far that agency’s credibility has fallen. This week, the Noor Salman jury refused to find her (the wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter) guilty of obstruction of justice and providing material support to a terrorist act. The jury foreman explained why, and if Sessions is paying attention, he can do something immediately to help restore faith in the agency. (Recall that the jury learned that the shooter’s father had been a longtime FBI informant and had persuaded the agency to disregard the obvious signs of his son’s intent.)

In the foreman’s post-verdict statement, he said: “I wish that the FBI had recorded their interviews with Ms. Salman as there were several significant inconsistencies with the written summaries of her statements.”

This is something FBI watchers have long criticized. The notion that in this age, it is sufficient to prosecute people based on an agent’s self-serving notes (302’s) sometimes written a considerable time after interviews, is ridiculous.  We have read that 302’s forming the basis of some of Mueller’s investigations were changed by supervisors and the originals lost; we know that in the Libby case one agent present at his interview conceded at trial that the 302 of her co-agent (retired just as trial began) was inconsistent with her recollections, Videos of interviews are easy to do. They are used by police forces throughout the country and, to the best of my knowledge by Western law enforcement agencies outside the U.S. The attorney general should issue a directive scrapping further use of this 302 gambit. How would you like to face a grand jury with only your word versus the written account of the FBI agent who handled the interview? I wouldn’t. I’d never agree to an interview that was not videographed or transcribed by a stenographer.

Something Congress Can and Should Do

Shut down the FBI’s National Security Branch or force the FBI to significantly reshape its operations — it’s useless and inconsistent with the FBI’s crimefighting mission where what’s important is not stopping crime, but gathering prosecution evidence of crime.

In 2005 the FBI was restructured to emphasize counterintelligence: As Robert Mueller (then head of the FBI) noted:

The National Security Branch structure took effect on September 12, 2005, in response to a directive from the President to the Attorney General. The NSB consists of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division (CTD), the Counterintelligence Division (CD), the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), and the new Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate. Combining our national security workforce and mission under one leadership umbrella enhances our contribution to the national intelligence effort and provides us with the opportunity to leverage resources from our U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) partners, as well as our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners.


Counterterrorism Division


The mission of the Counterterrorism Division is to identify and disrupt potential terrorist plots by individuals or terror cells, freezing terrorist finances, sharing information with law enforcement and intelligence partners worldwide, and providing strategic and operational threat analysis to the wider intelligence community. Since the September 11 attacks, we have dramatically strengthened our ability to combat terrorism and have had success identifying, disrupting, and dismantling terrorist threats.

The FBI, which has in its ranks many good accountants, has apparently done a reasonable job on tracking terrorist finances. It has been a bust in “disrupting” terrorism. As noted, they missed the Pulse shooter. The undercover agent assigned to the group that tried to kill Pamela Geller encouraged them and never did a thing to stop them or even to alert authorities to the attack. Then there was the Tsarnaev case, where ignoring Russian warnings, the FBI sat by and the brothers murdered three men (and got away with it due to fumbling by the Boston law enforcement agencies) and proceeded in time to bomb a marathon route,

I won’t even go into the number of times where the FBI agents entrapped mentally deficient men into acts for which they then took credit for stopping. But there have been many such incidents: Jerry Drake Varnell, a paranoid schizphrenic, in 2017, the depressive Aby Rayyan in 2016,  the delunsional Sami Osmakac in 2012, and Peyton Pruitt, who suffers from “mental retardation, autism, and attention deficit disorder,” in 2015

One former agent claims it is because the FBI is overwhelmed with investigating reports of insignificant threats: 

The Tsarnaev case is prime example. The Justice Department Inspector General criticized shortcomings concerning the FBI’s assessment of Tsarnaev, most significantly the failure to ask about his travel plans to Russia or his knowledge of Chechen terrorist groups. Both the FBI and CIA placed Tsarnaev on watchlists, and though they “pinged” to alert authorities when he bought airline tickets, traveled to, and returned from Russia, he was not re-investigated or screened as requested at the airport because there were too many other watchlisted people of higher priority traveling that day.


These cases show an overloaded system unable to adequately track and capture the real terrorist threats in this country. Which is why it’s time to rethink how the FBI does its job.


Giving FBI agents more resources might be helpful, but only if the FBI’s investigative guidelines are tightened up to ensure they are focusing on real threats rather than chasing false alarms. Restoring standards requiring a reasonable factual indication of wrongdoing before conducting intrusive, resource intensive investigations will make the FBI more efficient — and more effective.


As an FBI undercover agent in the 1990s, I infiltrated neo-Nazi and anti-government militia groups. The investigations were initiated based on a reasonable indication that people were engaging in precursor crimes, such as trafficking in illegal firearms and manufacturing explosives. This evidentiary standard forced me to focus on the people I had a reasonable basis to believe were engaging in criminal activity — rather than the thousands who were saying things I didn’t like. Those cases successfully prevented terrorism by focusing on those most likely to commit it.

That’s one explanation. Another might be that the head of the agency was so eager to curry favor with President Obama and the phony islamophobia charges by radical Islamist groups that he purged from the FBI manual references to Islamic terrorism and field officers went along with the fictional peaceful intentions of those who went on to attack us. 

As FBI director, Mueller bent over backwards to please radical Islamist groups and caved into their demands. The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties to terrorism. Among them were two organizations — Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) — named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case. CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.


The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands. Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide. The purge was part of a broader Islamist operation designed to influence the opinions and actions of persons, institutions, governments and the public at-large…


Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of “offensive” training documents: “Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.” It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation. Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is “clearly linked” to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on.


Mueller’s actions have had a widespread effect because many local law enforcement agencies followed the FBI’s lead in allowing Islamic groups like CAIR to dictate what anti-terrorism material could be used to train officers. 

And last but not least, the counterintelligence function was instrumental in the coordinated FBI-DOJ forwarding to the FISC the nonsensical Steele dossier (certainly a product in large part of Russian disinformation) to surveil the Trump campaign.

In sum, the FBI appears to have been has been more efficient at creating make-believe boogeymen than it has been at stopping real jihadists on our soil.

Cleaning Up the Corruption in the FBI

The same man – Mueller — who headed the agency when all this was going on keeps chasing the nonexistent  Russian collusion with Trump. This week, the FBI confronted Ted Malloch as he returned from a trip to London, separating him from his wife as they interrogated him, and seizing his mobile phone.

In the meantime the attorney general announced that he had appointed the U.S. Attorney from Utah, John Huber, to lead a federal investigation into the sale of Uranium One, the Clinton Foundation, and acts by the DOJ and FBI in 2016-2017 which seem to have abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He is not appointing a special counsel now but has reserved the right to do so if the facts warrant it. Reactions to this announcement have been mixed. Personally I think the entire notion of a special counsel — at least under the present law (which unlike the one under which Ken Starr operated which was overseen by a panel of the Court of Appeals) — is a monstrous distortion of the Constitution, so I’m inclined to believe the OIG, congressional committees, and the operation of our criminal justice system should be sufficient to deal with what appears to have been substantial illegality in the DOJ and FBI, the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One. Apparently the grand jury, which Huber is managing here in the District of Columbia, is getting cooperation from a number of people inside the Deep State.

We now know Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DAG Rod Rosenstein assigned federal prosecutor John W. Huber to that task.  However, even without knowing his name, we always knew the existence of the parallel prosecutor because the fingerprints of his tasks were evident.


The IG couldn’t simultaneously report on his discovery of criminal conduct and yet construct the parameters for cooperation and compliance with his investigation.  IG Horowitz doesn’t have that authority, that’s a federal prosecutors job.


So if people within the FBI and DOJ were cooperating with an internal investigation that was discovering criminal conduct, someone from within the DOJ had to be cutting the deals. Jeff Sessions told us yesterday that person is John Huber.[snip]


COOPERATING GROUP — FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI/DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, DOJ Attorney Bruce Ohr, DOJ-NSD Deputy Asst. Attorney General George Toscas; FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker and Asst. FBI Director in charge of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap, are all still employed within the system.  Strzok, Page, Ohr, and Baker have been removed from responsibilities, but there are still there.  Bill Priestap is still in responsibility and still there.


NOT COOPERATING GROUP — FBI Communications Director Mike Kortan (quit), DOJ-NSD Deputy Asst. Attorney General David Laufman (quit), AG Loretta Lynch AAG Sally Yates, DOJ-NSD Asst Attorney General Mary McCord (quit), FBI Director James Comey (fired), Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe (fired), FBI Director Chief-of-staff James Rybicki (quit).

Like Professor Jonathan Turley, I’m inclined to think this is a smart move, but we shall have to wait and see how this shakes out. In the meantime Robert Mueller, with the same doggedness and blind faith which caused him to pursue the wrong man, Hatfill, in the anthrax case, wasting millions of man-hours and our money, continues on like Inspector Clouseau.  



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Zhee Whiz


Looking for Hate in the Wrong Places

Expanding on the growing institutional campaign to use gender-neutral pronouns, the University of Tennessee has confected up some new ones:

Students are increasingly coming to college ill prepared to do the work required, and the (overstaffed) administrations are still piddling about inventing new ways to tongue-tie pupils, ignoring that the English language – unlike, for example, Romance-based ones, Hebrew, Greek, and German – is remarkably devoid of gender specificity except for the basic pronouns, which clarify meaning.  Try this out with zhee: Tom and Mary went to school.  Zhee passed; zhee flunked out.  Who?

Not tongue-tied is the odious Louis Farrakhan, friend of many top Democrats, including Keith Ellison, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Democratic Congressman Danny Davis, and former president Obama.

This past week, Farrakhan unleashed a ridiculous diatribe to an audience, which included one of the leaders of the upcoming Women’s March (several of whom have allied with him)…to silence from Democrats and those who find aggressions and microaggressions even in ordinary grammar:

During the speech in Chicago, Farrakhan made several anti-Semitic comments, including, “the powerful Jews are my enemy.”


“White folks are going down.  And Satan is going down.  And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” he later said.

It’s impossible for me to take issue with Jake Tapper’s tweeted observation:

The difference between Farrakhan and some members of the alt-reich whose heinous bigotry has received a lot of attention this past year: Farrakhan has a much larger following and elected officials meet with him openly.

Congressman Don Young remarked this week that had European Jews been armed, they might have defended themselves and been able to save many.

The ADL responded by asserting that it is “offensive for anyone to manipulate the history of the Holocaust to score political points.”

“It is mind-bending to suggest that personal firearms in the hands of the small number of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000 remaining in Germany in 1938) could have stopped the totalitarian onslaught of Nazi Germany when the armies of Poland, France, Belgium and numerous other countries were overwhelmed by the Third Reich,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s chief executive, in a statement to The Washington Post.

Young’s statement is strikingly like Condoleezza Rice’s remarks on The View that had the people in her black neighborhood been forced to register their arms, Bull Connor would have confiscated them, and the community would have been defenseless against the Night Riders who beset them. 

And Greenblatt’s perfervid retort came in the same week we learned the leaders of Israel’s Jews had been begging for weapons to join the British in fighting off the Nazis:

Two days after Churchill assumed office, [Chaim] Weizmann published a proclamation in The Times of London that the Jewish people stood ready to assist Britain, and he proposed a Jewish force of 50,000 men.  [Ze’ev] Jabotinsky cabled Churchill directly, offering to organize an army of 100,000 from the half-million stateless Jews in the world and Jewish volunteers.  Ben-Gurion told the British there were “tens of thousands of young Jews” in Palestine eager to fight as British allies.


Ten days after these offers, Churchill directed his cabinet that the Jews in Palestine “be armed in their own defense, and properly organized as speedily as possible,” because Churchill wanted “to liberate the eleven battalions of excellent Regular [British] troops who are now tethered” in Palestine, charged with preventing Arab attacks on the Jews, and move those British battalions elsewhere, where they were desperately needed. …


Jabotinsky told the crowd that “every division may now prove decisive,” and that an army of 100,000 Jewish soldiers could be formed – “even without counting American Jews.”  There was still time, he said, for decisive changes, provided “we all remember the principle by which all great nations live … the principle which is the secret of our own Jewish people’s survival through all these centuries of torture: No Surrender.”  The Times quoted him as challenging Jewish youth throughout the world to “demand the right of fighting the giant rattlesnake.”


Weizmann, Jabotinsky and Ben-Gurion spent a total of 11 months in America during 1940, pursuing support for a Jewish army to join the fight against Hitler.  They didn’t succeed, in part because of a fractured Zionist movement; in part because of British bureaucratic resistance; and in part because much of American Jewry was worried – not without cause – about false accusations of “warmongering” and “dual loyalty” from anti-Semites such as Charles Lindbergh, Father Coughlin, Henry Ford and similar influential American figures.


What bears remembering, however, is not the result, but the heroic effort.  The 1940 campaign to assist Britain, at the lowest military moment of World War II, to join what the Zionist leaders knew was an existential fight not only for Britain but Jewry as well, and indeed for Western civilization, is an important part of the saga of the war – a little-known story from the time when the Jewish people faced their own darkest hour.

The Game of Victims and Oppressors

The pretzeling of language to fit ideas of victims and oppressors is part and parcel of the simplistic reordering of the world into victims and oppressors, noted by Victor Davis Hanson, who had a fine piece this past week in American Greatness.  Reviewing the circular firing squads aimed at Nancy Pelosi, Tavis Smiley, and the producers of Black Panther, he argues:

The concept of “disparate impact” is asterisked by the disproportional “meritocracy” of the NFL or NBA.  Yet meritocratic Asian admittances at UC Berkeley are seen as some sort of unnatural “overrepresentation,” and thus in the past were carefully and stealthily trimmed.  (Isn’t a professional sports billet considered far more lucrative than an undergraduate slot at Berkeley?)


Cultural appropriation aimed at whites is not reciprocal.  The doctrine does not absurdly mean that Latinas should not dye their hair blond, or that talented African-Americans should not become great violinists or opera singers, or that Asian actors should not play Hamlet or Lady Macbeth.  But strangely, it does mean that those who are not minorities should not play minority roles, or even adopt for their own the fashions and styles of nonwhite peoples.


We are told that the concealing and carrying of firearms should be outlawed.  Armed guards at schools only ensure greater violence.  Mace and pepper spray suffice instead of bullets.


Yet politicians, celebrities and marquee athletes require well-armed bodyguards, on the premise that in their unique cases, guns really do both deter and in extremis protect the important.  Do armed guards protect or provoke?


Post-Freddie Grey Baltimore has become a far more dangerous place for African-Americans and for small business owners – even as once oppressive and supposedly Neanderthal police became more socially aware and adopted enlightened reforms.


There are a few common denominators to all these paradoxes that overwhelm the daily news.


One, people are people, unique individuals, not monolithic cut-outs of classes, races, or religions.


Two, in comparative global terms, it is hard for anyone to be oppressed in a free-wheeling, rich, and leisured 21st-century America.  The efforts to appear so can hinge on the embarrassing.


Three, when movements, such as the identity politics core of progressivism, rely on shared oppressions, and when the categories of the oppressed in many demographic groups outnumber the available oppressors, we should expect a confused competition of grievances.


Four, victimhood cannot serve as the basis of a viable political movement.  Contemporary oppression requires a Byzantine regulatory handbook of qualifications, exceptions, and nuances to rank competing reparatory claims on society and culture.  How else to account for things like multibillionaire Oprah Winfrey being “discriminated” against in a Swiss boutique on the basis of supposedly not easily being accorded a customer’s look at a $38,000 crocodile-skin handbag?  And is such a luxury even permissible in the era of PETA.

Years ago, Sultan Knish predicted this:

The Victim Value Index is calculated based on one overriding factor: Disruptiveness. Those who are most disruptive go to the head of the line.  This can be mistaken for a “Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease” phenomenon, and occasionally in the micro it is, but in the macro it goes to the question of why progressives value minorities and for what purpose.


To be a progressive is to be committed to perpetual reform in the name of perpetual grievance for perpetual power.”

Speaking of circular firing squads, former community organizer Barack Obama’s plan for a Memorial Mesoamerican Ballgame and Basketball Court library without books is running into heavy opposition from Chicago community organizers who are using the same tactics he used against “the establishment” against him.

Looking for Hate in the Wrong Places

Expanding on the growing institutional campaign to use gender-neutral pronouns, the University of Tennessee has confected up some new ones:

Students are increasingly coming to college ill prepared to do the work required, and the (overstaffed) administrations are still piddling about inventing new ways to tongue-tie pupils, ignoring that the English language – unlike, for example, Romance-based ones, Hebrew, Greek, and German – is remarkably devoid of gender specificity except for the basic pronouns, which clarify meaning.  Try this out with zhee: Tom and Mary went to school.  Zhee passed; zhee flunked out.  Who?

Not tongue-tied is the odious Louis Farrakhan, friend of many top Democrats, including Keith Ellison, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Democratic Congressman Danny Davis, and former president Obama.

This past week, Farrakhan unleashed a ridiculous diatribe to an audience, which included one of the leaders of the upcoming Women’s March (several of whom have allied with him)…to silence from Democrats and those who find aggressions and microaggressions even in ordinary grammar:

During the speech in Chicago, Farrakhan made several anti-Semitic comments, including, “the powerful Jews are my enemy.”


“White folks are going down.  And Satan is going down.  And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” he later said.

It’s impossible for me to take issue with Jake Tapper’s tweeted observation:

The difference between Farrakhan and some members of the alt-reich whose heinous bigotry has received a lot of attention this past year: Farrakhan has a much larger following and elected officials meet with him openly.

Congressman Don Young remarked this week that had European Jews been armed, they might have defended themselves and been able to save many.

The ADL responded by asserting that it is “offensive for anyone to manipulate the history of the Holocaust to score political points.”

“It is mind-bending to suggest that personal firearms in the hands of the small number of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000 remaining in Germany in 1938) could have stopped the totalitarian onslaught of Nazi Germany when the armies of Poland, France, Belgium and numerous other countries were overwhelmed by the Third Reich,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s chief executive, in a statement to The Washington Post.

Young’s statement is strikingly like Condoleezza Rice’s remarks on The View that had the people in her black neighborhood been forced to register their arms, Bull Connor would have confiscated them, and the community would have been defenseless against the Night Riders who beset them. 

And Greenblatt’s perfervid retort came in the same week we learned the leaders of Israel’s Jews had been begging for weapons to join the British in fighting off the Nazis:

Two days after Churchill assumed office, [Chaim] Weizmann published a proclamation in The Times of London that the Jewish people stood ready to assist Britain, and he proposed a Jewish force of 50,000 men.  [Ze’ev] Jabotinsky cabled Churchill directly, offering to organize an army of 100,000 from the half-million stateless Jews in the world and Jewish volunteers.  Ben-Gurion told the British there were “tens of thousands of young Jews” in Palestine eager to fight as British allies.


Ten days after these offers, Churchill directed his cabinet that the Jews in Palestine “be armed in their own defense, and properly organized as speedily as possible,” because Churchill wanted “to liberate the eleven battalions of excellent Regular [British] troops who are now tethered” in Palestine, charged with preventing Arab attacks on the Jews, and move those British battalions elsewhere, where they were desperately needed. …


Jabotinsky told the crowd that “every division may now prove decisive,” and that an army of 100,000 Jewish soldiers could be formed – “even without counting American Jews.”  There was still time, he said, for decisive changes, provided “we all remember the principle by which all great nations live … the principle which is the secret of our own Jewish people’s survival through all these centuries of torture: No Surrender.”  The Times quoted him as challenging Jewish youth throughout the world to “demand the right of fighting the giant rattlesnake.”


Weizmann, Jabotinsky and Ben-Gurion spent a total of 11 months in America during 1940, pursuing support for a Jewish army to join the fight against Hitler.  They didn’t succeed, in part because of a fractured Zionist movement; in part because of British bureaucratic resistance; and in part because much of American Jewry was worried – not without cause – about false accusations of “warmongering” and “dual loyalty” from anti-Semites such as Charles Lindbergh, Father Coughlin, Henry Ford and similar influential American figures.


What bears remembering, however, is not the result, but the heroic effort.  The 1940 campaign to assist Britain, at the lowest military moment of World War II, to join what the Zionist leaders knew was an existential fight not only for Britain but Jewry as well, and indeed for Western civilization, is an important part of the saga of the war – a little-known story from the time when the Jewish people faced their own darkest hour.

The Game of Victims and Oppressors

The pretzeling of language to fit ideas of victims and oppressors is part and parcel of the simplistic reordering of the world into victims and oppressors, noted by Victor Davis Hanson, who had a fine piece this past week in American Greatness.  Reviewing the circular firing squads aimed at Nancy Pelosi, Tavis Smiley, and the producers of Black Panther, he argues:

The concept of “disparate impact” is asterisked by the disproportional “meritocracy” of the NFL or NBA.  Yet meritocratic Asian admittances at UC Berkeley are seen as some sort of unnatural “overrepresentation,” and thus in the past were carefully and stealthily trimmed.  (Isn’t a professional sports billet considered far more lucrative than an undergraduate slot at Berkeley?)


Cultural appropriation aimed at whites is not reciprocal.  The doctrine does not absurdly mean that Latinas should not dye their hair blond, or that talented African-Americans should not become great violinists or opera singers, or that Asian actors should not play Hamlet or Lady Macbeth.  But strangely, it does mean that those who are not minorities should not play minority roles, or even adopt for their own the fashions and styles of nonwhite peoples.


We are told that the concealing and carrying of firearms should be outlawed.  Armed guards at schools only ensure greater violence.  Mace and pepper spray suffice instead of bullets.


Yet politicians, celebrities and marquee athletes require well-armed bodyguards, on the premise that in their unique cases, guns really do both deter and in extremis protect the important.  Do armed guards protect or provoke?


Post-Freddie Grey Baltimore has become a far more dangerous place for African-Americans and for small business owners – even as once oppressive and supposedly Neanderthal police became more socially aware and adopted enlightened reforms.


There are a few common denominators to all these paradoxes that overwhelm the daily news.


One, people are people, unique individuals, not monolithic cut-outs of classes, races, or religions.


Two, in comparative global terms, it is hard for anyone to be oppressed in a free-wheeling, rich, and leisured 21st-century America.  The efforts to appear so can hinge on the embarrassing.


Three, when movements, such as the identity politics core of progressivism, rely on shared oppressions, and when the categories of the oppressed in many demographic groups outnumber the available oppressors, we should expect a confused competition of grievances.


Four, victimhood cannot serve as the basis of a viable political movement.  Contemporary oppression requires a Byzantine regulatory handbook of qualifications, exceptions, and nuances to rank competing reparatory claims on society and culture.  How else to account for things like multibillionaire Oprah Winfrey being “discriminated” against in a Swiss boutique on the basis of supposedly not easily being accorded a customer’s look at a $38,000 crocodile-skin handbag?  And is such a luxury even permissible in the era of PETA.

Years ago, Sultan Knish predicted this:

The Victim Value Index is calculated based on one overriding factor: Disruptiveness. Those who are most disruptive go to the head of the line.  This can be mistaken for a “Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease” phenomenon, and occasionally in the micro it is, but in the macro it goes to the question of why progressives value minorities and for what purpose.


To be a progressive is to be committed to perpetual reform in the name of perpetual grievance for perpetual power.”

Speaking of circular firing squads, former community organizer Barack Obama’s plan for a Memorial Mesoamerican Ballgame and Basketball Court library without books is running into heavy opposition from Chicago community organizers who are using the same tactics he used against “the establishment” against him.



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The Democrats' Hard Candy Christmas


The Democrats’ idea of economic stimulation runs like this: Give the government more money and they will invest it in useless projects like Solyndra, urban streetcars, and fast trains to nowhere, which eventually get scrapped because, as I said, they are useless and of benefit only to the Democrat politicians’ donors. The Republicans’ idea has been to let you keep more of your money and spend it in ways that meet your needs. The contrast could not have been clearer this week, for as soon as the law was passed, companies like ATT, Boeing, Fifth Third, Wells Fargo, and Comcast announced salary increases, major investment plans, increased philanthropic spending, tagging the shift to the tax cuts. And this has and will continue to cascade to more and more businesses and this money will help more and more communities as money is spent to supply the needs and wants of those who earned it.

Of course, the president gamed this ahead of time with the CEOs of these large companies. Unless you have a 1930s comic book outlook on the world, CEOs, unlike Daddy Warbucks, do not just hand out millions of dollars without first coordinating this with their boards, and they could not do this all within 24 hours. The President, like Patton explaining how he knew Rommel’s strategy, read the book. In this case, the Democrats have played true to form: class, race, and sex warfare. So they were sure to scream this was a payoff to the rich at the expense of the poor. A coordinated response like this shows it was not. It was a masterful refutation of the presciently anticipated left-wing response to the cuts.

Even apart from that, beginning with the first paychecks in January, taxpayers who pay attention should notice a reduction in their withholding. Happy New Year! CBS, for example, picked three families with differing incomes from different areas of the country to see how the cuts would affect them, doubtless hoping it would evince proof of the Pelosi-Schumer-media poppycock. An accountant examining the families’ returns last year and assuming their incomes would be stable, found to their surprise each and every one would get a welcome tax cut.

Younger, healthier people will probably forego paying mortgage-sized ObamaCare insurance payments for policies with such high deductibles they constitute only a payoff to the insurance companies and a subsidy to others. Now there’s no tax penalty for refusing to play.

Foreign Policy

Just as the President has been dismantling the socialist narrative and policies of Obama and the media, he has been working to undo and right the feckless foreign policies of his “leading from behind” predecessor whose aim, it appears, was to diminish us on the world’s stage, not further national interests. I’ve not seen a better explication of this than Commentary Magazine’s:

Even as early as March of 2017, it was clear that the Obama administration’s foreign-policy professionals were quite insecure about how posterity would remember their stewardship of American interests abroad. They had every reason to be. For now, at least, the Trump administration has declined to govern as Trump campaigned; not as a populist firebrand but a conventional Republican. Susan Rice and her former White House colleagues have every reason to worry, but not for the United States. Their reputations, however, are another matter entirely. 

Aided by our first-rate UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, he fired a shot at the anti-American corruptocrats of the United Nations this week, too. Thieves, tyrants, and the moronic weaklings of the West who the great Iowahawk accurately described in a tweet as “the He-Man Jew Haters club.”

In this respect, Josh Meyer of Politico (decidedly not a right-wing publication) had the blockbuster revelation of the week on Project Cassandra. In a meticulously researched piece, he describes how Obama halted an investigation into and prosecution of drug trafficking by the Iranian-supported Hezb’allah as it was funneling cocaine into the U.S. And he did it because he feared the investigation might interfere with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Consider this — the messiah of the black community refused to halt a drug operation that had its greatest negative impact on those communities which most strongly supported him.

And what was the deal? Pallets of cash and numerous concessions for what? To permit Iran to control the Middle East.

As a former FBI agent who agrees with strategists that Iran doesn’t actually want to develop nuclear weapons noted to me:

So why would Iran enter into the Nuclear Deal with Obama, if they don’t actually intend to go nuclear? Well… It’s an excellent opportunity to shake down the US. Play hard to get, get everything they can get for a deal that doesn’t actually change their policies. A pass for Hezbollah, etc. What’s in it for Obama? Adulation from globalists? Sure. Money? That’s an interesting concept. After all, I’m sure there were plenty of US strategists to second what those Israeli strategists were saying, have been saying, for years. There really never was anything in the deal for the US, since Iran wouldn’t actually be giving up anything that it really wants and would only be collecting concessions. It even probably gives Iran political leverage with the US if it wants it. So would the adulation be worth it for Obama? For a narcissist like him, maybe. But adulation measured in money might be a very interesting path to explore.

Indeed. If we’re looking for a dollar payoff, I’d start with the unprecedented $60-million-dollar advance the Obamas received from the German giant publishing house Bertelsmann which, among other things, owns 75% of Penguin Random House. Bertelsmann is privately owned in Germany, so its finances are not readily transparent. Earlier this year, this publication ran a well-researched article on how George Soros and Bertelsmann are moving to control not only the media but the book publishing business in the U.S. as well, to advance German interests in the U.S.

The books it published had earlier given a huge boost to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The Wall Street Journal reported when the deal was announced “The company is courting potential minority investors, mainly “long-term funds, including pension funds, family offices and the like, Mr. Rabe [Bertelsmann’s chief executive] said, adding that there was “plenty of interest” in the U.S. and the U.K.” Maybe one of those was Iran. Of course, I could be wrong. It could be that readers around the world really will buy $60 million worth of ghost-written books praising the work of a man whose minor “achievements” are being erased day by day. What do I know as opposed to these publishing moguls? Maybe the Iranians just pre-purchased millions of dollars of this pap to shield their nuclear facilities.

The Deep State

Mueller keeps chugging along, and I agree with Kurt Schlichter that the President should just leave him there. He’s eviscerating his own reputation all by himself.

Surely, the rest of us are moving to an inescapable conclusion that the absurd, unverified Dossier paid for by the opposition, and perhaps even the FBI, was the basis for the FISA warrant that led to the spying on Trump. And by law, that warrant had to be signed by then Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who would never conceivably have done this without consultation with Obama.

This farce is grinding to a halt, threats that Mueller may try to drag it out for another year notwithstanding. Improperly seizing the transition emails was not a flexing of Mueller’s atrophied muscles but a confession that he is spinning his wheels. The transition, you know, came after the election that was supposedly influenced by all this invisible “collusion.” But hey — perhaps someone sent an email on a .gov account saying, “Gee, remember how we worked with Vlad to get him to buy $100,000 of Facebook ads promoting the ‘Hillary wants to outlaw the flag’ story from ‘Truz Newz’ targeted at working class whites in Wisconsin and how that won the election? Good times!” Unlikely. Even Team Smartest Woman In The World Who Still Lost To Donald Trump was smart enough to use its own servers for its illegal activities.


Mueller and his Loretta Lynch mob don’t have squat. They know it. We know it. Even somewhere in the back of their minds, past the voices and the demons, the Never Trumpers know it. The Grand Marshal of the HIPAA Court is not going to arrest everyone in the White House for treason. Mueller is going to come out with a report with lots of innuendo and a few outright lies, but no yellow scalp. A year from now — three years from now, and if the wins keep coming, seven years from now — Donald Trump will still be president.


Don’t fire him, Mr. President, at least not yet. Do something even crueler. Let Mueller and his pack of Democrat clowns keep making fools of themselves.

The Counteroffensive

Timing, as the saying does, is everything. Well, maybe timing plus persistence and preparation, and now that the tax bill is done and our military operations against ISIS are proving successful, among other things, the counteroffensive against the corrupt Deep State is taking place. Attorney General Session announced he is probing the Cassandra Project revealed by Meyers, Uranium One, and the Clinton Foundation.

James Baker, the FBI general counsel, was demoted. It was reported that he contacted David Corn about the Dossier. (Corn is the propagandist who, by the way, crafted the notion that Valerie Plame was a covert agent deliberately outed to punish her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson for claiming Bush lied to get us into war.) Corn has denied that Baker was his source. And that’s probably true. Most likely the contacts were to introduce his cutout to peddle this nonsense and maybe follow up to thank him for taking the meeting. One expects the FBI’s general counsel to be smart enough to use flunkies to do this.

Even more importantly, this week, the White House announced an executive order under the Magnitsky Act, which should raise even more alarm bells in the Deep State.

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems. Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets. The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.


I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.

The list of persons and entities whose property will be frozen reads a lot like a list of Clinton and Clinton Foundation contributors, a compendium of international crooks. And there’s still the mysterious Pakistani-born Awan Brothers case pending, made even more intriguing by a report that a virus found inside the DNC server is linked to a company based in Pakistan.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who overpaid the Awan Brothers and gave them access to many key Democrats’ online accounts and emails, should also be having a hard candy Christmas.

I hope you won’t. The next year looks even better for the U.S. as the rot which has been exposed in the media, Hollywood, and now the Deep State, gets a thorough excision by our consequential president and his talented cabinet which my online friend “Miss Marple” has dubbed the living Justice League.

In the “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” the working girls sing that the shuttering of the brothel will mean a hard candy Christmas for them. The passage of the tax bill and the other steps taken this week by the administration which I will summarize means this will be a hard candy Christmas for them, too.

The Tax Cut

The Democrats’ idea of economic stimulation runs like this: Give the government more money and they will invest it in useless projects like Solyndra, urban streetcars, and fast trains to nowhere, which eventually get scrapped because, as I said, they are useless and of benefit only to the Democrat politicians’ donors. The Republicans’ idea has been to let you keep more of your money and spend it in ways that meet your needs. The contrast could not have been clearer this week, for as soon as the law was passed, companies like ATT, Boeing, Fifth Third, Wells Fargo, and Comcast announced salary increases, major investment plans, increased philanthropic spending, tagging the shift to the tax cuts. And this has and will continue to cascade to more and more businesses and this money will help more and more communities as money is spent to supply the needs and wants of those who earned it.

Of course, the president gamed this ahead of time with the CEOs of these large companies. Unless you have a 1930s comic book outlook on the world, CEOs, unlike Daddy Warbucks, do not just hand out millions of dollars without first coordinating this with their boards, and they could not do this all within 24 hours. The President, like Patton explaining how he knew Rommel’s strategy, read the book. In this case, the Democrats have played true to form: class, race, and sex warfare. So they were sure to scream this was a payoff to the rich at the expense of the poor. A coordinated response like this shows it was not. It was a masterful refutation of the presciently anticipated left-wing response to the cuts.

Even apart from that, beginning with the first paychecks in January, taxpayers who pay attention should notice a reduction in their withholding. Happy New Year! CBS, for example, picked three families with differing incomes from different areas of the country to see how the cuts would affect them, doubtless hoping it would evince proof of the Pelosi-Schumer-media poppycock. An accountant examining the families’ returns last year and assuming their incomes would be stable, found to their surprise each and every one would get a welcome tax cut.

Younger, healthier people will probably forego paying mortgage-sized ObamaCare insurance payments for policies with such high deductibles they constitute only a payoff to the insurance companies and a subsidy to others. Now there’s no tax penalty for refusing to play.

Foreign Policy

Just as the President has been dismantling the socialist narrative and policies of Obama and the media, he has been working to undo and right the feckless foreign policies of his “leading from behind” predecessor whose aim, it appears, was to diminish us on the world’s stage, not further national interests. I’ve not seen a better explication of this than Commentary Magazine’s:

Even as early as March of 2017, it was clear that the Obama administration’s foreign-policy professionals were quite insecure about how posterity would remember their stewardship of American interests abroad. They had every reason to be. For now, at least, the Trump administration has declined to govern as Trump campaigned; not as a populist firebrand but a conventional Republican. Susan Rice and her former White House colleagues have every reason to worry, but not for the United States. Their reputations, however, are another matter entirely. 

Aided by our first-rate UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, he fired a shot at the anti-American corruptocrats of the United Nations this week, too. Thieves, tyrants, and the moronic weaklings of the West who the great Iowahawk accurately described in a tweet as “the He-Man Jew Haters club.”

In this respect, Josh Meyer of Politico (decidedly not a right-wing publication) had the blockbuster revelation of the week on Project Cassandra. In a meticulously researched piece, he describes how Obama halted an investigation into and prosecution of drug trafficking by the Iranian-supported Hezb’allah as it was funneling cocaine into the U.S. And he did it because he feared the investigation might interfere with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Consider this — the messiah of the black community refused to halt a drug operation that had its greatest negative impact on those communities which most strongly supported him.

And what was the deal? Pallets of cash and numerous concessions for what? To permit Iran to control the Middle East.

As a former FBI agent who agrees with strategists that Iran doesn’t actually want to develop nuclear weapons noted to me:

So why would Iran enter into the Nuclear Deal with Obama, if they don’t actually intend to go nuclear? Well… It’s an excellent opportunity to shake down the US. Play hard to get, get everything they can get for a deal that doesn’t actually change their policies. A pass for Hezbollah, etc. What’s in it for Obama? Adulation from globalists? Sure. Money? That’s an interesting concept. After all, I’m sure there were plenty of US strategists to second what those Israeli strategists were saying, have been saying, for years. There really never was anything in the deal for the US, since Iran wouldn’t actually be giving up anything that it really wants and would only be collecting concessions. It even probably gives Iran political leverage with the US if it wants it. So would the adulation be worth it for Obama? For a narcissist like him, maybe. But adulation measured in money might be a very interesting path to explore.

Indeed. If we’re looking for a dollar payoff, I’d start with the unprecedented $60-million-dollar advance the Obamas received from the German giant publishing house Bertelsmann which, among other things, owns 75% of Penguin Random House. Bertelsmann is privately owned in Germany, so its finances are not readily transparent. Earlier this year, this publication ran a well-researched article on how George Soros and Bertelsmann are moving to control not only the media but the book publishing business in the U.S. as well, to advance German interests in the U.S.

The books it published had earlier given a huge boost to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The Wall Street Journal reported when the deal was announced “The company is courting potential minority investors, mainly “long-term funds, including pension funds, family offices and the like, Mr. Rabe [Bertelsmann’s chief executive] said, adding that there was “plenty of interest” in the U.S. and the U.K.” Maybe one of those was Iran. Of course, I could be wrong. It could be that readers around the world really will buy $60 million worth of ghost-written books praising the work of a man whose minor “achievements” are being erased day by day. What do I know as opposed to these publishing moguls? Maybe the Iranians just pre-purchased millions of dollars of this pap to shield their nuclear facilities.

The Deep State

Mueller keeps chugging along, and I agree with Kurt Schlichter that the President should just leave him there. He’s eviscerating his own reputation all by himself.

Surely, the rest of us are moving to an inescapable conclusion that the absurd, unverified Dossier paid for by the opposition, and perhaps even the FBI, was the basis for the FISA warrant that led to the spying on Trump. And by law, that warrant had to be signed by then Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who would never conceivably have done this without consultation with Obama.

This farce is grinding to a halt, threats that Mueller may try to drag it out for another year notwithstanding. Improperly seizing the transition emails was not a flexing of Mueller’s atrophied muscles but a confession that he is spinning his wheels. The transition, you know, came after the election that was supposedly influenced by all this invisible “collusion.” But hey — perhaps someone sent an email on a .gov account saying, “Gee, remember how we worked with Vlad to get him to buy $100,000 of Facebook ads promoting the ‘Hillary wants to outlaw the flag’ story from ‘Truz Newz’ targeted at working class whites in Wisconsin and how that won the election? Good times!” Unlikely. Even Team Smartest Woman In The World Who Still Lost To Donald Trump was smart enough to use its own servers for its illegal activities.


Mueller and his Loretta Lynch mob don’t have squat. They know it. We know it. Even somewhere in the back of their minds, past the voices and the demons, the Never Trumpers know it. The Grand Marshal of the HIPAA Court is not going to arrest everyone in the White House for treason. Mueller is going to come out with a report with lots of innuendo and a few outright lies, but no yellow scalp. A year from now — three years from now, and if the wins keep coming, seven years from now — Donald Trump will still be president.


Don’t fire him, Mr. President, at least not yet. Do something even crueler. Let Mueller and his pack of Democrat clowns keep making fools of themselves.

The Counteroffensive

Timing, as the saying does, is everything. Well, maybe timing plus persistence and preparation, and now that the tax bill is done and our military operations against ISIS are proving successful, among other things, the counteroffensive against the corrupt Deep State is taking place. Attorney General Session announced he is probing the Cassandra Project revealed by Meyers, Uranium One, and the Clinton Foundation.

James Baker, the FBI general counsel, was demoted. It was reported that he contacted David Corn about the Dossier. (Corn is the propagandist who, by the way, crafted the notion that Valerie Plame was a covert agent deliberately outed to punish her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson for claiming Bush lied to get us into war.) Corn has denied that Baker was his source. And that’s probably true. Most likely the contacts were to introduce his cutout to peddle this nonsense and maybe follow up to thank him for taking the meeting. One expects the FBI’s general counsel to be smart enough to use flunkies to do this.

Even more importantly, this week, the White House announced an executive order under the Magnitsky Act, which should raise even more alarm bells in the Deep State.

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems. Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets. The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.


I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.

The list of persons and entities whose property will be frozen reads a lot like a list of Clinton and Clinton Foundation contributors, a compendium of international crooks. And there’s still the mysterious Pakistani-born Awan Brothers case pending, made even more intriguing by a report that a virus found inside the DNC server is linked to a company based in Pakistan.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who overpaid the Awan Brothers and gave them access to many key Democrats’ online accounts and emails, should also be having a hard candy Christmas.

I hope you won’t. The next year looks even better for the U.S. as the rot which has been exposed in the media, Hollywood, and now the Deep State, gets a thorough excision by our consequential president and his talented cabinet which my online friend “Miss Marple” has dubbed the living Justice League.



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Midnight at the Democracy Dies in Darkness Café


The Democracy Dies in Darkness Café is located conveniently near the Capitol, the Hill and the FBI headquarters. It’s open all night and I stopped in for a late-night coffee with my friend, a fiction novelist who was depressed. “I spent a year writing about a coup attempt against an outsider who by strategic brilliance defeated the handpicked candidate of a cabal of establishment powerhouses. It involved the highest officials of the FBI and Department of Justice. They manipulated a FISA Court into letting them electronically surveil the candidate and all who worked with him, unmasked their names, leaked what they found, and they still couldn’t beat him. Then they engineered the recusal of the attorney general, got his deputy to appoint their bestest pal to be special counsel. Given free rein, he hired fierce partisans of the defeated candidate, used the ill-gotten information against her opponents to prosecute three people with minimal connection to the campaign — one for a dubious process crime dependent on the notes of an FBI agent who had earlier orchestrated lies about Benghazi, covered up for the misuse of classified information by the losing candidate, and oversaw the investigation into the president.”

“Sounds great,” I said, so why are you depressed?”

“Every publisher I sent it to rejected it as being too implausible to sell to readers.”

It was hard to talk much as the place was rocking. There was a private room to the side, packed with white collar criminal defense counsels drinking champagne and downing tenderloin. Every single one of them had fat retainers to defend the accused, the top brass of the FBI and former Department of Justice officials.

In another corner sat a well-known “women’s advocate” (against Republicans only) and her daughter. They looked morose, probably because it had just been revealed that donations had been sought to pay “victims” of the president, as if paying them to come forward publicly wasn’t paying them to lie. In any event, those they found had offered up stories so weak as to be risible, like the gal who claimed he’d seen her when she was in a robe, whining that she was naked under it. I mean aren’t we all naked under our clothing? And it didn’t escape attention that a few moments later she was going on a catwalk in a string bikini under which she was still naked.

At the bar sat what were a group of FBI agents belting down drinks at a rapid pace. They were talking so softly in all that din I could barely hear them. 

“Why was the judge recused in the Flynn case?” asked one. “Isn’t he one of the judges on the FISA court?”

“Do you suppose the Inspector General asked him why the warrant was issued? Do you think they’re onto the fact the phony Dossier was the basis and the likelihood that the cases may have to be ditched because they were the fruit of an illegal search?”

Another piped up, “Judge Sullivan is now handling the Flynn case. Remember how furious he was about all the shenanigans we pulled in the Ted Stevens case?”

“How much longer are we going to get away with refusing to do video interrogations and relying on 302 agent recollections — which in the Stevens case were written years later and backdated or never written at all if they were exculpatory, and in the Lewis Libby case were in conflict with the recollections of the second agent who was present?

“We all loved it when It was only our word against theirs. I’m sure that’s about to end. Hell, it’s hard enough to get anyone to even talk to us without a lawyer these days except when they are off guard and think the visit is about some other thing altogether.”

“How much longer after this mess will the FBI even have a counterintelligence portfolio? I mean those who have been arguing for years that the two missions are incompatible — one is to prosecute crimes and the other to keep track of foreign threats? Using the instruments of surveillance to play politics should finally end it. Heck, that’s what I thought after Garland, Texas, where to keep his cover, the idiot agent did nothing to stop the jihadis from trying to murder people.”

I had to move my chair to the other side of the table we were sitting at. The folks at the media table were so sloshed they were falling on the floor next to me mumbling stuff about fake news and the folly of using Adam Schiff as a source.

And then a dozen Congressmen walked in with their staffs trying desperately to console them They sat down and it was clear they were working to help their top staff find new jobs after they were going to resign as the sex harassment slush fund story was due to break. “Frankly, “observed one, it’s going to be hard to do. You can be sure there are no slots you can get in this Administration, the NGO’s are suffering cutbacks, the press is laying off people, the Democrat lobbyists aren’t hiring. If our replacements don’t hire you, maybe Amazon needs drivers.”

Equally morose was the passel of “public interest” honchos who fear the new tax law, which reduces the incentive to make contributions, would shutter their doors or at least trim their sails, the “green” operations who were cut off from the old EPA sue-and-settle scam, and the professional race baiters and agitators no longer being financed by the CFPB.

It wasn’t all sadness and gloom, though. The gang in the MAGA hats were having a great time of it.

The Democracy Dies in Darkness Café is located conveniently near the Capitol, the Hill and the FBI headquarters. It’s open all night and I stopped in for a late-night coffee with my friend, a fiction novelist who was depressed. “I spent a year writing about a coup attempt against an outsider who by strategic brilliance defeated the handpicked candidate of a cabal of establishment powerhouses. It involved the highest officials of the FBI and Department of Justice. They manipulated a FISA Court into letting them electronically surveil the candidate and all who worked with him, unmasked their names, leaked what they found, and they still couldn’t beat him. Then they engineered the recusal of the attorney general, got his deputy to appoint their bestest pal to be special counsel. Given free rein, he hired fierce partisans of the defeated candidate, used the ill-gotten information against her opponents to prosecute three people with minimal connection to the campaign — one for a dubious process crime dependent on the notes of an FBI agent who had earlier orchestrated lies about Benghazi, covered up for the misuse of classified information by the losing candidate, and oversaw the investigation into the president.”

“Sounds great,” I said, so why are you depressed?”

“Every publisher I sent it to rejected it as being too implausible to sell to readers.”

It was hard to talk much as the place was rocking. There was a private room to the side, packed with white collar criminal defense counsels drinking champagne and downing tenderloin. Every single one of them had fat retainers to defend the accused, the top brass of the FBI and former Department of Justice officials.

In another corner sat a well-known “women’s advocate” (against Republicans only) and her daughter. They looked morose, probably because it had just been revealed that donations had been sought to pay “victims” of the president, as if paying them to come forward publicly wasn’t paying them to lie. In any event, those they found had offered up stories so weak as to be risible, like the gal who claimed he’d seen her when she was in a robe, whining that she was naked under it. I mean aren’t we all naked under our clothing? And it didn’t escape attention that a few moments later she was going on a catwalk in a string bikini under which she was still naked.

At the bar sat what were a group of FBI agents belting down drinks at a rapid pace. They were talking so softly in all that din I could barely hear them. 

“Why was the judge recused in the Flynn case?” asked one. “Isn’t he one of the judges on the FISA court?”

“Do you suppose the Inspector General asked him why the warrant was issued? Do you think they’re onto the fact the phony Dossier was the basis and the likelihood that the cases may have to be ditched because they were the fruit of an illegal search?”

Another piped up, “Judge Sullivan is now handling the Flynn case. Remember how furious he was about all the shenanigans we pulled in the Ted Stevens case?”

“How much longer are we going to get away with refusing to do video interrogations and relying on 302 agent recollections — which in the Stevens case were written years later and backdated or never written at all if they were exculpatory, and in the Lewis Libby case were in conflict with the recollections of the second agent who was present?

“We all loved it when It was only our word against theirs. I’m sure that’s about to end. Hell, it’s hard enough to get anyone to even talk to us without a lawyer these days except when they are off guard and think the visit is about some other thing altogether.”

“How much longer after this mess will the FBI even have a counterintelligence portfolio? I mean those who have been arguing for years that the two missions are incompatible — one is to prosecute crimes and the other to keep track of foreign threats? Using the instruments of surveillance to play politics should finally end it. Heck, that’s what I thought after Garland, Texas, where to keep his cover, the idiot agent did nothing to stop the jihadis from trying to murder people.”

I had to move my chair to the other side of the table we were sitting at. The folks at the media table were so sloshed they were falling on the floor next to me mumbling stuff about fake news and the folly of using Adam Schiff as a source.

And then a dozen Congressmen walked in with their staffs trying desperately to console them They sat down and it was clear they were working to help their top staff find new jobs after they were going to resign as the sex harassment slush fund story was due to break. “Frankly, “observed one, it’s going to be hard to do. You can be sure there are no slots you can get in this Administration, the NGO’s are suffering cutbacks, the press is laying off people, the Democrat lobbyists aren’t hiring. If our replacements don’t hire you, maybe Amazon needs drivers.”

Equally morose was the passel of “public interest” honchos who fear the new tax law, which reduces the incentive to make contributions, would shutter their doors or at least trim their sails, the “green” operations who were cut off from the old EPA sue-and-settle scam, and the professional race baiters and agitators no longer being financed by the CFPB.

It wasn’t all sadness and gloom, though. The gang in the MAGA hats were having a great time of it.



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