The Worst Job on Earth

You think your job is tough? There’s always someone else a little worse off than you no matter how tough your job gets……like this guy. He sent this note to his sister after a pretty bad day at the “office.”

“Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother.
 Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you’ve been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it’s not so bad after all.
Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. 
As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It’s a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool.

So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater.This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. 
It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose.

Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I’ve used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit. This floods my whole suit with warm water.  It’s like working in a Jacuzzi.

Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch.  So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. 
Within a few seconds my rear started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. 
In agony I realized what had happened.

The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don’t have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn’t stick to it. However, my butt crack was not as fortunate.

 When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into my crack. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator.
 His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically.
 Needless to say, I aborted the dive.

I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet.

As I climbed out of the water, the medic, (with tears of laughter running down his face) handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn’t crap for two days because my butt was swollen shut.

So, next time you’re having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your rear.

Now repeat to yourself, ‘I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.’ “

Tuesday Bullet Points: 12/12/2017

Bulletpoints today are limited to today’s Alabama Senatorial election, it’s surrounding details and it’s “not so obvious” results. 

  • Republican Judge Roy Moore or Democrat Doug Jones: pick your poison. Seems like both have good and bad — the bad in each is the good in the other and vice versa. Let’s look:
  • Roy Moore is a “drain the swamp” anti-establishment conservative. He’s pro-Trump to say the least;
  • Doug Jones is a liberal Democrat who is against the border wall, against tax reform, and is pro abortion;
  • Sexual allegations that have appeared with a vengeance against Moore never surfaced during his lengthy government service or six previous campaigns. They suddenly erupted immediately after his win in the Alabama Senatorial primary;
  • Well known “sexual misconduct” victims’ attorney Gloria Allred Is representing one of the alleged Moore victims. Questions surround a high school yearbook of the victim in which she claims is a signed congratulatory message from Moore. At least part of the message is fake. Allred will not allow signature authentication. Moore denies its his message or that he even knew the girl;
  • The Doug Jones campaign has released numerous ads that attack Moore on one front only: his worthiness to serve as Senator, all because of the sexual allegations against him. The Jones Campaign ads virtually ignore any Moore qualifications;
  • Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby announced he voted early and not for Moore. He said he wrote in a name of “a worthy Alabama Republican;”
  • The Establishment Republicans have gone all-in against Moore led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). Even President Trump until several weeks ago indicated NO support for the Alabama Republican and only recently voiced support his for Moore. In doing so the President has couched it to be “voting for Roy Moore is keeping Leftist extremist Jones out of the Senate;”
  • Polling has been all over the place. Yesterday Fox News released a poll showing Jones with a 10 point lead. Surprisingly the usually conservative news outlet failed to mention that although Trump won Alabama by a 28% margin, their poll was weighted with just a 2% margin of Republicans. Obviously the Fox News poll does NOT represent the overwhelming Republican voter margin in Alabama;

Summary

Make no mistake about this election: it is critical to the Nation. Whoever wins that Senate seat will likely cast the deciding vote in the Senate for who will be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, whether or not we will pass a comprehensive immigration bill, if there can be a unified healthcare plan to replace the crashing Obamacare healthcare plan, and if we will really get a true Tax Reform plan implemented. There is much at stake. No wonder there is such emphasis on the election outcome.

I will go on record here to say that I do not believe the issue that Senators Shelby, Mitch McConnell, other GOP Congressional members and many in other political positions around the country find with Roy Moore is for any alleged sexual misconduct. That is a smoke screen for something more sinister — in fact two more things.

The first is probably the most obvious: don’t think for a minute that Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is the only U.S. Senator guilty of sexual misconduct, if he IS guilty. We have already learned of the decades-old House slush fund that has paid out millions of dollars to the victims of sexual harassment by current and former House members. You can bet their comrades in the Senate share some similar guilt. The reason? There is truth in the saying that ‘unfettered political power corrupts.” There is something about the current atmosphere of power, authority, and impunity that permeates the Halls of Congress. In doing so those guilty of donning that robe of power — no matter if a Senator or Congressman — find themselves drunk with the permission it gives those who wear it to do anything they want with little or no consequences. Let’s face it: human nature itself dictates feeding its appetites for whatever it wants — especially when doing so has little or no cost.

The second thing at stake is hidden deep behind the smoke of this uproar in Alabama. And it has very little at all to do with Alabama. It is about the Deep State that we now know exists for certain and is in cahoots with Establishment Republicans. They view Roy Moore as a threat to their existence and all the power that comes with that. Judge Moore made it clear to voters in Alabama that his desire is to do nothing else in D.C. but link arms with the President to drain the swamp. These establishment lawmakers and others of the Deep State swamp critters do not want to see their evictions from their longtime places of residence and power. Think about it: pigs don’t view mud as something nasty or dirty. They’ve been in the mud for so long they love nothing more than wallowing in it. Swamp creatures love living in the swamp and are comfortable doing so. They don’t want to leave. Roy Moore moving in scares them. His ONLY objective in winning that Senate seat — and he’s made it clear again and again — is to help Donald Trump “Drain the Swamp.”

You know what is ironic? Mitch McConnell nor Senator Shelby have any right to tell Alabama voters who they should or should not vote for. Every Alabama citizen has a Constitutional right to cast their vote for whom they choose. Politicians and others who attempt to demean and denigrate voters in Alabama (including the Governor) who intend to vote for Moore (or for Doug Jones for that matter) illustrate an elitist attitude that simply illustrates how vile and evil the atmosphere in the swamp of Washington has become. NOTHING matters in this election other than the will of Alabama voters.

I believe those voters have the understanding and will act accordingly when voting for the best person to represent Alabama voters in the U.S. Senate. They have the same or even better understanding of ALL the applicable issues to be weighed when casting those votes. To that end I have a message for Washington: “Shut up and let Alabama voters make their choice.”

And McConnell: don’t even think about pulling some Senate shenanigans to attempt to withhold that seat from Roy Moore if he wins. YOU don’t decide who will be an Alabama Senator. Alabama voters will. If they choose Doug Jones: so be it. But the same holds true for Roy Moore.

P.S.

No one has presented any evidence supporting any of the alleged Moore sexual allegations. He may have done one or all of them. He may be innocent of one or all. The U.S. is NOT a totalitarian government where an elite group of government officials  place in office those they like in disregard of citizen voters. The “presumption of innocence” has never been more appropriate than it is in Alabama right now.

Let the Democratic process work!

Faye Gary: Who is She?

With Tuesday’s Alabama special Senatorial election upon us, what will Alabamans do about the “accused” sex predator on the ballot?

The key word in that question is “accused.” Yes, there are eight women who have come forward with various accusations against the former judge. None has presented any evidence. Granted, retaining hard evidence for as many years as would be necessary in this case would almost be impossible. Yet there is a massive cloud of doubt that surrounds these allegations against Roy Moore. He has run for office no less than six times through the years, yet none of these have ever stepped forward…until now. And none did so until after the primary a couple of months ago. Not stepping up in all those years and then all doing so now thickens that cloud of doubt.

Faye Gary, a former police officer with the Gadsden Police Department in Alabama, has been featured in the news in recent days making the unsubstantiated claim that she was told to protect young cheerleaders from Roy Moore at local ballgames. Speaking in a Breitbart News interview on Wednesday, Gary falsely claimed that Moore “wanted to keep segregation here in the South.” She then claimed that Moore “hates Jews. He hates blacks. He hates Muslims. He hates gays.” When challenged for specifics, Gary conceded that “I don’t know exactly what he said about Jews, but he doesn’t like Muslims. I know he doesn’t like Muslims. It is my personal feeling that he doesn’t like blacks.”

When further petitioned to support her charges, especially her claim that Moore “hates blacks” and supports segregation, Gary further admitted, “I am not sure. That is my feeling.” The news media in recent days uncritically featured Gary making the undocumented claim on MSNBC that as a police officer “we were also told to watch him at the ball games to make sure that he didn’t hang around the cheerleaders.”

The news media seemingly failed to vet Gary, with numerous articles and the MSNBC interview not mentioning that Moore was the prosecutor in an 1982 high profile case that sent her brother, Jimmy Wright, to prison on charges of possession of a controlled substance. This after a second charge — unlawful sale of a controlled substance — was dropped.

What’s at Stake

The outcome of the Alabama election is not all that is at stake here. What is currently being tried in the Court of Public Opinion is the basic premise of American government that almost solely separates our nation from all others: the presumption of innocence.

Heretofore that benefit has applied solely to criminal cases. Civil cases most often vary based on the particular circumstances of each. But even with that, most Americans have universally adopted the philosophy of “innocent until proven guilty” pretty much in every area of life, including civil and criminal matters. Is that attitude changing?

What is simultaneously being tried today that is NOT associated with the Alabama election is Political Correctness. No one has named PC as a defendant in any action, but it is front and center in the public courtroom. Quietly Americans who heretofore maintained silence about most issues that did not personally impact their lives, now — especially in politics — more have become vocal about Political Correctness in the U.S. The 2016 presidential election put PC front and center, and it has become the dog whistle of the Left.

We have discussed previously the quandary of who has the authority to determine what is politically correct and what is not; who is politically correct and who is not; and whatever the penalties are for violators. That argument over PC is dramatically feeding the feeding frenzy between Americans on the political front not seen in decades if ever. And it is very uncomfortable.

Which Is Correct: PC or Presumption of Innocence?

To be honest, the latter has proven to be more effective, more consistent in dealing with basic human nature, and fulfills the Constitutional tenet of “equal justice for all,” which PC fails to do. Political Correctness seems to be at its roots a way for intellectual supremacists to denigrate others with no justification for doing so other than some self-assumed moral authority, all in the name of “Social Justice.” It simply does not work.

Think about Senator Al Franken (D-Mn). A host of women stepped forward with sexual harassment claims against the former comedian. He held his ground for almost two weeks as one after another came out against him. But when more than two dozen fellow Democrats unified in their cry for his resignation from the Senate, he complied. Although most believe all or some of the allegations, think about this: “IF” they were not true, Minnesotans are losing a duly elected U.S. Senator for acts he may not have committed. And in this there has been no presumption of innocence. Until recently, this practice has been non-existent in the U.S. What’s driving this “new norm?” This is a slippery slope that I don’t think Americans want to go down. Take the example of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

No doubt Dr. King was one of the greatest American leaders of the 20th Century. But just like JFK, the President’s brother Teddy, and many other famous leaders of the past century, he had faults. Some of their faults were with the opposite sex. President Kennedy had trysts with multiple women, reportedly sometimes carried out in the White House. Ted Kennedy — known at his death as the “Lion of the Senate” — drove a car into the water that resulted in the drowning of a young lady not his wife who was carrying his child. And there was Dr. King.

According to research writer Cord Jefferson:

“Dr. King had many women on the road, the privilege of a male celebrity who needs lots of sex to boost his ego and calm his nerves. (It was a standard perk for big-time black preachers, in any case.) Indeed, according to his biographers, he was about to tell Mrs. King before he died that one mistress had become a favorite and that they ought to divorce. (If the biographies are accurate, it seems unlikely their marriage would have survived into the 1970’s, had Dr. King not been assassinated.)

The Washington Post, on the 43rd anniversary of King’s assassination, writer Hampton Sides makes the very important, oft-overlooked point that a man’s flaws don’t necessarily outweigh their contributions to the world. After noting that one of King’s mistresses had spent the night with King the evening before he was killed, Sides writes, ‘King was a human being: flawed, vulnerable, uncertain about the future, subject to appetites and buffeted by the extraordinary stresses of his position. His civil rights cause was holy, but he was a sinner.'”

This in an important lesson that should probably be applied to all of our national heroes: A person needn’t be perfect to be great. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. As pointed out above, John F. Kennedy had multiple affairs, and his brother, Ted, got off scot-free for wrecking his car and killing a woman. Yet all three accomplished major things in their lifetimes, things whose legacies positively impact us to this day.

Beyond that, it seems self-defeating to want our heroes to be perfect, because we aren’t perfect ourselves. As Sides says, “By calling our heroes superhuman we also let ourselves off the hook: Why do the hard work of bettering the world if that’s something only saints do?”

Saints

In 21st century America, the only saints are those that wear black and gold and play football in New Orleans. Everyone else is pure, to-the-bone human. Humans err; humans make mistakes. Humans fail and hurt other humans.

If our choices for Congress, other offices in D.C., and even local political and other public offices can include only those who have no mistakes in their pasts, the list of qualified applicants for those jobs will be really short. In some cases the list of qualified applicants would be blank.

Please do not interpret this as my endorsement of any person who takes advantage of others — especially politicians who are guilty of taking sexual advantage of younger, much less mature and worldly boys and girls using their power and position to “close the deal.” There is NO excuse. NONE is allowable.

Regarding who is and who is NOT qualified, I refer you to the story in John Chapter 4 where Jesus met a Samaritan woman who had been married multiple times, was currently unmarried, and was actually prostituting herself at the time. As they were talking, a group of Samaritan men who held the moral authority to determine the fate of that young woman confronted Jesus and the woman. They intended to stone her to death for her sin. Jesus bent over and picked up a stone. Holding it up he said this to those men,” Let the man who has no fault and has not messed up be the first to throw a stone at her.”

If anyone intends to stone me to death, you need a BUNCH of stones. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and bad decisions.

Facts About Hillary’s Popular Vote Win

Hillary Clinton really DID win the 2016 Presidential election popular vote.

Are you like me tired of having that rubbed in our faces even now a year+ after the election? Those same people who constantly point that out are quick to cry for the dismantling of the electoral college. I too for a while thought that might be a good idea. But this past election shows just how smart our nation’s founders were with the establishment of the electoral college. Let me explain.

Even though there was NO California at the time, (which meant no Los Angeles and no San Francisco) and there was no Chicago, Illinois, those brilliant forefathers had looked into their political crystal ball and saw a potential trap ahead regarding national elections. They knew from watching other countries struggle for equality for all people just how easy it was for cities and states that were and would become large population centers to control elections by sheer number of votes. And they saw that in such a scenario it would be inevitable that the citizens of those dense populated urban cities would certainly vote for national legislators and presidents who would favor those urban areas in passing laws and in establishment and maintenance of everything necessary for this fledgling country to grow.

I am not certain who of those geniuses envisioned the concept of the electoral college and was able to explain its function to the other leaders, but whoever did so is responsible for keeping this nation from being “owned” by voters from New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other major U.S. cities.

If that had not happened, in election after election, Americans who had moved west from the first cities in the East would pretty much have been left out of the representative republic process established with the U.S. Constitution. They would have been able to vote, and would have certainly voted for candidates who best represented their thoughts and ideals. But seldom if ever would any of those candidates been elected because of the power of the urban votes.

The next time someone throws in your face the fact that Hillary won the popular vote which means more Americans wanted her as President than Americans who wanted a President Trump, remind them of the purpose for the establishment of the electoral college. And if they still argue about the need for the electoral college and claim it should be abolished, give them the following information:

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
Trump won 3,084 of them.
Clinton won 57.
There are 62 counties in New York State.
Trump won 46 of them.
Clinton won 16.
Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)
Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of every national election.

Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country

The Capital of Israel: Jerusalem

The political world is aghast after President Trump announced the United States now recognizes that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel.

Trump ordered the State Department to begin the planning process to within the next few years move the U.S. Embassy now located in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem where the U.S. now has just a consulate. And leaders from all over the world have lined up to offer up their criticism for President Trump’s actions in doing so. There is much irony and even some comedy in that criticism. I’ll share that in a moment. But first, let’s take a look back in history as to why and how we arrived at this point regarding Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

U.S. Israeli History re: Jerusalem as Capital

United States policy on Jerusalem refers specifically to the geographic boundaries of the “City of Jerusalem” based on the UN’s corpus separatum proposal.  Jerusalem is part of the Palestine Mandate and has not been under sovereignty of any country since.

The United States voted for the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine in November 1947, and United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 in December 1948, following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, but voted against Resolution 303 in December 1949 that reaffirmed that Jerusalem be established a corpus separatum under a special international regime to be administered by the United Nations, Why? Because the U.S. regarded the plan as no longer feasible after both Israel and Jordan had established a political presence in the city.

The U.S. opposed Israel moving its capital from Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem following Israel’s declaration of Jerusalem as its capital in 1949, and opposed Jordan’s plan to make Jerusalem its second capital announced in 1950. The U.S. opposed Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem after the 1967 war. The United States has proposed that the future of Jerusalem should be the subject of a negotiated settlement. Subsequent administrations have maintained the same policy that Jerusalem’s future not be the subject of unilateral actions that could prejudice negotiations such as moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which declared, as a statement of policy, that “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.”

In 2002, passed as part of the “Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003” Congress said, “For purposes of the registration of birth, certification of nationality, or issuance of a passport of a United States citizen born in the city of Jerusalem, the Secretary shall, upon the request of the citizen or the citizen’s legal guardian, record the place of birth as Israel,” although Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama did not allow it. A federal appeals court declared the 2002 law invalid on July 23, 2013. On June 8, 2015, The Supreme Court in a 6-3 ruling struck down Section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2003, citing the law as an overreach of Congressional power into foreign policy.

President George H. W. Bush (1989–1993) stated that the United States does not believe new settlements should be built in East Jerusalem and that it does not want to see Jerusalem “divided.” The Obama administration condemned expansion of Gilo and Ramat Shlomo as well as evictions and house demolitions affecting Palestinians living in East Jerusalem.

The United States has maintained a consulate in Jerusalem that deals primarily with the Palestinian Authority, while relations with the Israeli government are handled from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. The U.S. consulate is not accredited to the Israeli government. The U.S. has six buildings in Jerusalem with a staff of 471.

The Jerusalem Uproar

Let’s face it: Biblically, Jerusalem has since the founding of the Jewish people as a nation been their Capital. That changed several times through history because of wars and invasions and re-settlements. But that’s been pretty much the case for every country in Europe and the Middle East. I have in my lifetime struggled to understand who gave anyone on Earth the authority to question Israel as a sovereign nation having the right to determine which city would be their nation’s Capital. Yet that has always been a political and religious issue.

The principle objection is centered around claims the Palestinian people make regarding Palestinian rights to land contained in the nation of Israel. Again, similar claims that have resulted in some of the most brutal wars in world history have resulted from nation boundary claims. With the 1967 war, it was pretty much settled that Israel’s current borders are the permanent ones. Most thought that settled it. But they were wrong. Palestinians spend billions of dollars and thousands of lives in continued efforts to drive the Jewish people out of Israel and take that land as theirs.

That fight has pretty much devolved into one of Muslim against Jew. And it has been boiling for centuries.

Today’s Ironies and Comedies

It has been hilarious to listen to American politicians and even some European politicians weigh-in on President Trump’s actions  — American politicos most of all. Folks like Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin have each made public statements calling the President’s actions “unnecessary, unadvisable, untimely, ridiculous, and stupid.” Those statements are both ironic and funny at the same time. Why? Most of these that were in office in 1995 voted FOR the Jerusalem Embassy Act which stated the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel!

Who was President when that act was passed? Bill Clinton, who in his campaign for both his first and second terms as President promised Americans he would support moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He never did. Bush 43 promised in campaigns for his two terms to do so as well. Barack Obama did the same. NONE DID!

Part of the uproar today came from Bush 43 who — in spite of his “campaign” promises on the move — never had the guts to follow through. He said that President Trump was wrong in initiating the action because it will “severely damage the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.”

Summary

“Israeli-Palestinian peace process?” There IS no peace process. Supposedly the two entities are working on a plan that would give each a geographical foothold within current Israeli geography that each could call their own, and Palestine would be a nation. That would include a split Jerusalem. They have been arguing and fighting about that same thing for years!

Historically the first thing that always happens when two entities that are at war with each other decide to strike a peace deal is that there is a cease-fire. Although cease-fires have been negotiated and implemented numerous times by and between the two, none has ever lasted. They always terminate with the lobbing of missiles at the other or car bombings and/or explosions of buildings.

In my opinion, the disagreement will never be resolved between the Israelis and Palestinians. Why? Even though Jewish people have made it clear again and again they will agree to recognize Palestine, they will continue to allow free religious practices throughout their nation for Jews, Christians and Muslims, and even allow a split Jerusalem for each to take half as their Capital, the Palestinians never seem to agree to such terms. The reason? The fundamental building block of their founding documents is that any peaceful resolution that may come in the future requires the total annihilation of the nation of Israel and all Jewish people.

One final note: if it was not so ridiculous it would be funny that anyone in the U.S. feels our nation has the say-so about where Israel locates its Capital — or for any other country in the World! “Sovereign” means that a country that IS sovereign has the unfettered right to do so along with creating and operating its own political, economical, and social infrastructure as it sees fit.

Why should Israel be any different?

Tuesday Bullet Points: 12/5/2017

Could there be anymore appropriate bullet points than those which deal with the Mueller/FBI/Comey/Clinton/Flynn debacles currently playing out? Is the U.S. becoming a “Banana Republic? Let’s get started.

  • It was revealed that a top FBI investigation agent was reassigned. The agent, Peter Strzok, was considered one of the most experienced and trusted F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators. He helped lead the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton had mishandled classified information on her private email server, and then played a major role in the investigation into links between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Agent Strzok was the agent who led the FBI interview with Hillary. He edited the Comey press conference speech draft that originally accused Clinton with mishandling of confidential information on her server as “grossly negligent” which WAS criminal, to “extremely careless,” which is not actionable criminally. Strzok led the investigation into classified emails on Huma Abedin’s laptop. No action was taken. It is reported that Strzok was also responsible for the FBI investigation of the fake anti-Trump Russian dossier. He also made a surprise visit to the White House to interview Michael Flynn that apparently resulted in Flynn’s indictment. It is notable that apparently Flynn spoke with Strzok and another agent during that meeting without an attorney present. Reportedly Flynn was not read his rights at that meeting.
  • Reports of Mueller’s investigative team being die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters in the wake of Strzok’s removal based on Clinton bias has brought to light Mueller investigators’ 2016 presidential election campaign contributions: James Quarles — $30,050; Jeannie Rhee — $9,150; Andrew Weissman — $4,300; Greg Andres — $3,700; Andrew Goldstein — $3,300; Elizabeth Prelogar  — $500; Brandon Van Grack — $486.77; Rush Atkinson — $200. All these donations were to Hillary’s campaign — none to the Trump campaign.
  • Katherine Harris of FOX News reported today that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is the FBI official that Congress so desperately wants to interview about that dossier. McCabe is scheduled to testify later this week, but has let leak he probably will not show to testify before Congress.
  • Friday, December 1st, ABC’s Brian Ross broke into midday programming to report that Michael Flynn had agreed to give Mueller evidence that during the campaign, Donald Trump told him to speak to Russians about political issues. That would be collusion and illegal. The stock market tanked on that news. Later that day facts appeared that countered the Ross story in that Flynn was ordered to visit with Russians, but not during the campaign. His Russian conversations were after the election and before the inauguration. All elected presidents during their administration transition speak to multiple country leaders preparing foreign policy operations. ABC apologized the next day and announced a 30-day suspension of Ross. It is notable that multiple similar incidents occurred previously in which Ross broadcast news reports that were factually untrue.
  • Mueller’s chief investigator Andrew Weissmann has at best a speckled past. During the Enron federal investigation, it was Weissman who brought an obstruction of justice charge against the Enron accounting firm Arthur Anderson. That obstruction of justice charge and conviction eventually put the accounting firm out of business which cost tens of thousands of employees their jobs. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned that obstruction of justice conviction by a unanimous vote of 9-0 which is seldom heard of. Additionally a similar charge against Merrill Lynch in the investigation sent dozens of people to jail. Those were also overturned by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Weissmann has been accused by witnesses of severe intimidation, creating fake evidence, hiding evidence from defense attorneys, and prosecuting for crimes that did not exist.
  • The U.S. Senate passed their version of Tax Reform with no Democrat votes and all but one Republican voting “yes.” That GOP no vote was cast by Bob Corker (R-TN). There are differences between the Senate bill and the House bill in seven separate areas. Senators and House members feel certain in Conference they will be able to hammer out the differences  during the next week and have a bill on the President’s desk to sign into law by January 1.

Summary

There are so many things happening with all of these issues it becomes clearer every day what Candidate Trump meant when he created the catch phrase: “Drain the Swamp.” Few if any in America had any idea of how deep, nasty, and corrupt the political swamp in Washington D.C. really is. I am certain the President and those senior officials in his administration are in lock step in their commitment to do everything it takes to begin what probably will be a long, slow process to right the ship of America.

While we watch this soap opera play out, keep this in mind: what would be happening today — one year after the election — if Hillary Clinton was President?

  • There would be no tax reform bill in process;
  • James Comey would be the FBI Director;
  • We would have a new Supreme Court Justice that would be farther left liberal in every way than Trump SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch;
  • We would not have 2 million new jobs in the U.S.;
  • We would have seen rising interest rates and inflation;
  • The stock market would have probably been flat if not significantly lower because of no good economic news;
  • U.S. debt would have increased by $2-$5 Trillion dollars;
  • Obamacare premiums would have doubled nationwide purposefully to usher in single payer healthcare;
  • The Iran multi-billion dollar payoff would be unknown because of a cover-up;
  • Federal regulations would have exploded instead of being significantly reduced and would have stifled American business operations further;
  • The U.S. would be far along the road to see its government turn the nation into a “Banana Republic.”

“Banana Republic: a banana republic is a country that has a society of stratified social classes, usually a great, poor working class and a ruling-class plutocracy, composed of the business, political and military elites of that society.”

And the plot thickens! Stay tuned….

There’s NO Truth There

Is anyone but me happy that the media and political lies are now being daily exposed?

Political Folks

James Comey: the former FBI Director has been now caught in multiple lies, several of which were told under oath before Congress. I know, lying before Congress even under oath is not a criminal offense. But lying is lying…period. Do Americans now accept that our politicians, political appointees, and members of the Intelligence Community can lie with impunity? Comey’s lies: there is no proof that the President asked Comey to stop the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn; no proof the President asked for Comey’s loyalty; no pr0of that the President asked Comey to not investigate Russian collusion; Comey stated publicly that the FBI had investigated and interviewed everyone involved in the Clinton email scandal when, in fact, he had already prepared his speech absolving Clinton of any criminal actions two months before she and other witnesses were even interviewed; under oath he testified that he had information he could not reveal to Congress that proved Sessions would be required to recuse himself from any Russia investigation. All of these plus the fact that Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, and the current FBI Director under the Special Counsel law are REQUIRED based on their own specific conflicts of interest to recuse themselves from any involvement in this investigation.

Hillary Clinton: where to begin…..while a New York Senator, later as Secretary of State and Presidential candidate, Ms. Clinton told a documented string of lies on numerous occasions and did so nonchalantly and with obvious disdain for the truth. That impunity is the result of decades of receiving free passes for saying anything she chose to say that in her mind was applicable to that particular circumstance. I could list dozens and dozens of examples here. But all that would do would just bore you. Everyone has heard her lies as they have been exposed ad nauseum through the years. But her latest takes the cake. Speaking to a large group of young people at a Vogue Teen Symposium, she patently declared that the pending Tax Reform plan will strip middle class Americans of multiple rights, raise their taxes, and give massive tax breaks to the wealthy. She accused the GOP and the President of stealing from the poor and giving to the rich. To top it off, she illustrated her claim with an example of such a “travesty:” currently school teachers who purchase school supplies for needy children can deduct the cost of those purchases. She claimed that the Tax Reform bill takes that deduction away. Because of that she says, Trump and the Republicans in Congress are robbing from the poorest people in the U.S. The truth: the House Bill did take that deduction away. The Senate Bill, however, not only replaced that deduction, but doubles it! Once again, Hillary never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.

Nancy Pelosi: She like Hillary has too many historical lies of monstrous proportion to detail here. You know most of them. Regarding the Tax Reform Bill, she has told a whopper or two. The GOP tax plan “Sabotages the health care of 13 MILLION Americans,” Pelosi’s political team wrote on Twitter on Nov. 27, 2017 as part of a longer list of criticisms of the bill. In saying that, Pelosi and her staff ignores the fact that a large portion of the 13 million people she claims would “lose” would voluntarily drop their plans and would not see a direct health impact. Also, under Obamacare, 7 million people who did not want insurance were forced to either buy it or to pay the penalty for not buying it. Those Americans would not have to buy insurance and would not pay a penalty if they do not want to under the Tax Reform Plan!

Let’s don’t forget that famous statement from then House Speaker Pelosi regarding Obamacare: “We must pass the bill before we know what’s in the bill.” Several trillion dollars later, she and every other Democrat in the House at that time (and NO Republicans) started the steep and rapid destruction of the greatest healthcare in the World by passing Obamacare.

Media Folks

ABC News’ Brian Ross: Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, reported Friday (12/1/17) that then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians. That would have been an explosive development in the ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election. But hours later, Ross clarified his report on the ABC evening news, saying that his source now said Trump had done so not as a candidate, but as president-elect. At that point, he said, Trump had asked Flynn to contact the Russians about issues including working together to fight ISIS, which was legal and was a process practiced by all or most incoming presidential transition team.

Not until the next day did ABC News issue this correction: “We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” the network said in a statement Saturday. “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process. As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online.” For this untruth reported mid-morning on Saturday, Ross was suspended without pay for one month.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe:” Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough attacked President Donald Trump on the air Thursday morning by claiming “people close to him during the campaign told me he had early stages of dementia.” Trump is “completely detached from reality,” Scarborough said. “You have somebody inside the White House that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit, that people close to him say is mentally unfit.”

Scarborough’s latest lie was NOT about the President but about Senator Orrin Hatch. Read Joe’s tweet:

@SenOrrinHatch talking about children’s health care: “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger – and expect the federal government to do everything.” — Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) December 3, 2017

Here’s how dishonest Scarborough is. Hatch DID say those words. But his sentence did not end there. Add the following to the sentence Scarborough tweeted above: “…the Democrats and their liberal agenda have created millions of people who do nothing but expect the federal government to pick up the tab for everything, choosing to ignore taking advantage of the multiple opportunities this great nation has created for them.” Lies go around the World before the Truth can even get up and put its pants on to start a day!

CNN’s Anchor Anderson Cooper: Cooper simply hates Donald Trump. He slips when reporting the news into an obvious perspective of “I hate Trump so I’ll slant every story I report with my personal feelings.” Example: In an on-air interviews with Trump Production’s head Andy Dean, Cooper went into attack mode regarding a town hall meeting held recently and stated in that town hall, then Candidate Trump said this: “We’re going to be looking at that, we’re going to be looking at the Muslims in America,’” Cooper told Dean.

Cooper was referring to the following Q & A between Trump and an attendee at that town hall. Here’s the segment in question:

Questioner: We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.

Trump: Right.

Questioner: But anyway, we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of ’em?

Trump: We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. A lot of people are saying that, and you know, a lot of people are saying bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.

It’s clear from the man’s question that he was referring to training camps — the possibility that terrorists training camps are operating on American soil. He did not say the government under his administration would be “looking at Muslims in America.” This is just one example of how Anderson Cooper and other CNN reporters and anchors blatantly lie on-air about the President, members of his administration, and any other politicians with whom they fundamentally disagree.

Summary

It has become obvious that the more positive things happen under the Trump Administration, the angrier and louder Mainstream Media members become with their reporting. It is virtually impossible for Americans to turn on the radio or television or grab their daily paper and get real honest, unbiased, objective news of the day in Washington D.C. Why? The Mainstream Media continue their witch hunt to get rid of President Donald Trump.

It’s not a new show at all. But Friday on The View, co-host Joy Bahar giggled in glee as she read a story handed to her that said Lt. General Michael Flynn had plead guilty of lying to the FBI and was willing to testify that Donald Trump had told him to discuss political issues with the Russians — “collusion” if true. Her audience burst out into shouts of joy and applause. Of course it was the untrue Brian Ross report.

I’ll make a prediction: although the Mainstream Media has of late been living in a decades-long atmosphere of Americans’ benign acceptance of the factual basis for their reports, Americans have awakened to the fact that members of the Mainstream Media are “in the tank” for anything and everything anti-Trump. These Americans have decided to not simply take it all in stride and have begun to strike back. That will continue. And we will begin to see a slow but steady increase of the exposure of media lies, attempts at entrapment, and media collusion in the fabrication of stories to paint the President and his administration as inept, dishonest, mentally unstable, and incapable of leading the Nation.

It has started. Americans will finish it.

The MSM is dying the same slow death as Establishment Republicans.

 

 

A Time to Kneel

I did not write this, but as we go into another NFL weekend, I thought it appropriate and that you would relate to it.

A Time to Kneel

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience.

Then take a knee.

Then, take a knee on the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces …. the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. From Khe San to Saigon … anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well, and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat .. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress. Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

There are a lot of places to take a knee where Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken .. but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains .. every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans … just American men and women … delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us … blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.” You haven’t any inkling of what it took to get you where you are … but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all…because He is the one who provides those things. But there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this .. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

Composed by Ted Nugent