It’s Mob Rule

American Democracy has devolved into Mob Rule. Life in the United States has dramatically morphed into something akin to life in a third-world country. There are those in leadership that have literally tossed out reliance on the U.S. Constitution as the roadmap to governing. Their choice? Mob Rule.

Gone is the Bill of Rights; gone is the Rule of Law; gone is “Liberty and Justice for All.” All of these tenets of the United States of America have been replaced with a new process of governing: rule by a political few who make the rules as they go, force their rules on the American people, and shake their fists in the faces of all of us who still believe that America is a nation of laws.

America is a country ruled by political elitism determined ONLY by the politically elite.

Who are the Purveyors of this Elitism?

Oddly enough, this group is comprised primarily of formerly genuine public servants who have been swept into what many conservatives now call the Swamp or the Deep State. The flow of governing from these places is driven by an overpowering quest for power. It is unclear if there is an individual or a small group who “run the show,” but if its leadership is held by more than one person, that group is small in number, but vast in power.

I won’t speculate on who those may be. But what is evident in a greater way today is the duplicity of government being implemented and enforced by this Mob that has set one set of standards for its adherents and another for everyone else.

No where else is that duplicity more evident than in the rules, the enforcement (or lack of enforcement) of those rules by the Mob, and how determination of the classes of Americans are set. There really are only two classes. And one is comprised of liberals, progressives, or Democrats — the other of conservatives or Republicans.

Center political stage illustrating how this elitism works are the several current examples of male sexual attacks or allegations of sexual misconduct. Let’s start here:

That is the former girlfriend of Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison who besides being a Congressman is vice-chair of the Democrat Party. There are police reports and eyewitness testimony of Ellison’s physical, mental, and emotional abuse of her. The Mob has done nothing to punish the Congressman. In fact, he made a decision to not run for re-election to Congress. Instead he just won a primary in his quest to be elected as Minnesota’s next Attorney General and is the darling of the Democrat Party.

Then there’s Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ):

I know that this newspaper column written by Booker may be hard to read. It was published in 1992. In it, the Senator details a New Years Eve interlude he had with a young woman in which he confesses to have groped her despite her rebuffs.

This is the Senator Cory Booker — or “Spartacus” — who famously invited censorship by the Senate for his releasing confidential documents regarding the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Booker (and every other Democrat Senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee), before interviews with the nominee or any hearings by the Committee where even held, declared he would not vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation .

Further Booker excoriated Kavanaugh when recent allegations of an identical interlude as Booker detailed in that column were made against Kavanaugh for an alleged incident witnessed by no one 35 years ago.

Why should Booker be given a pass for something he admitted and then declare Kavanaugh unfit to serve based solely on an allegation that has NO evidence in support of it? Answer: Mob Rule.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

On MSNBC, Gillibrand illustrates Mob Rule when she was asked should Kavanaugh’s accuser appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee: (click to listen)

Gillibrand illustrates best just how this new Mob Rule really works: two sets of rules — two sets of standards. There’s one for Democrats in D.C. and another for Republicans. Republicans are damned based solely on allegations while Democrats are given free passes for the same things Republicans are accused of but that Democrats either admit or overwhelming evidence confirms their guilt!

Remember Bill Clinton, Paula Jones, Juanita Broderick, and Monica Lewinsky? Overwhelming evidence of his sexual improprieties and even allegations of rape were totally overlooked by Dems. But let’s get back to today and the current Mob Rule ruling regarding allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

What’s craziest about Gillibrand’s statement regarding the accuser’s invitation to testify is that Kavanaugh has undergone extensive FBI background investigations multiple times. Even though as of this writing it appears Ford and her attorney may have backed away from the FBI investigation demand, understand THE FBI INVESTIGATION ALREADY HAPPENED! For Senate nominees in every case, the FBI does this:

  • Examines every bit of public and private historical information available about the nominee. That includes financial records, driving records, criminal records, any previous and current civil actions, social media records, and employment records;
  • Interviews immediate and extended family members, current and former fellow employees, current and former employers;
  • Conducts an exhaustive investigation of educational history, including academics, social and civil involvement in attended schools, interviews with former classmates, teachers, and professors when possible;
  • Conducts door-to-door interviews with current and former neighbors as far back as possible;
  • Conducts investigations of newspaper reports about or including the nominee in all localities in which he/she lived;
  • Meets with any church or other religious organizations in which the nominee attended or participated in/with.

With this extensive and exhaustive investigation process undertaken by the FBI 6 previous times, and with Brett Kavanaugh’s extensive role within the federal government, one must ask, “How could any such alleged sexual misconduct on the part of the nominee NOT be mentioned by someone during the FBI investigations? Knowing the nominee was the subject of such important federal appointments, wouldn’t somebody in his life who participated in these investigations feel obligated to share his conduct with the FBI if such conduct existed?

Summary

We are immersed in a Swamp in which the Mob is finally showing how it operates. It did not just happen. It has summarily evolved over years, quietly working behind the scenes. The Swamp creatures have stealthily stretched their tentacles into every part of American government and have slowly, quietly, but steadily squeezed the life from Lady Liberty, replacing that life with the stench of Mob Rule.

So what is about to happen?

  1. Conservatives in the Senate will either stand up for the Rule of Law, reject what the Mob is demanding, and send the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the floor of the Senate for a vote, or
  2. Conservatives will cave to the Mob who all are hoping for the return of control of both the House and Senate to Democrats in the midterm elections. If that happens, there will be NO Kavanaugh confirmation and certainly a liberal judge will be confirmed to the Court as soon as the Mob can force that to happen.
  3. With a Democrat controlled Congress, we will see almost immediately impeachment proceedings initiated to roll-back the results of the 2016 election to remove Trump from office.
  4. The Mob will cancel the tax cuts put in place by Trump, and will further raise taxes on the wealthiest of Americans to previously unseen levels, doing so as punishment of conservatives.
  5. There will be NO immigration reform, and real border control will disappear. Massive numbers of illegals will be granted full amnesty with American citizenship, and the U.S. will have only virtual borders that are not enforced.

Our only hope is for those folks in D.C. that wear the white hats to either develop (or draw from hidden) intestinal fortitude to stand in the gap for democracy and the American Rule of Law, and summarily reject the Mob and Mob Rule. Hopefully the investigators in the Justice Department together with Utah’s federal prosecutor will quickly conclude their work and bring more indictments, arrests, and prosecutions of those members of the Mob who have violated innumerable federal laws over the last decade or so. There are so many of those it would take hours to name in this story. But believe this: there are thousands who have already been identified and have federal warrants issued against them that are currently sealed.

This is a developing situation that is changing almost momentarily. But know this: there are a number of Americans that have for a longtime been watching those perpetrators, and a plan has been developed and implemented to correct this push toward Mob Rule.

Let’s pray it is in time.

 

 

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The “Other” Kavanaugh Woman

Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct that dates to the 1980s when both of them were in high school. Because the Supreme Court nomination is so politicized, some people are wondering about Christine Ford’s politics. Is Christine Ford a Democrat or Republican? What are her politics?

Ford graduated with an undergrad degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to receive her Master’s in psychology from Pepperdine University and a Master’s degree in education from Stanford University. She also has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California. She teaches graduate students in clinical psychology, specializing in statistical models for research projects. She’s also a visiting professor at Pepperdine University, a professor at Stanford School of Medicine, and a research psychologist for Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry.

Ford married her husband, Russell Ford, in 2002. He is a senior director at Zosano Pharma, and also received a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Stanford. The couple has two sons.

Years after the alleged sexual assault she stated was perpetrated by Kavanaugh, she began to show signs of symptoms and “had increasing anxiety.” Before meeting her husband, she also struggled with relationships with men: “I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years. I was very ill-equipped to forge those kinds of relationships,” she said.

Her Professional Career and Politics

Ford is a registered Democrat, according to The Washington Post. In addition, The Mercury News reported that a friend of Ford’s says Ford attended a women’s march protesting Donald Trump.

Ford works as a professor at Palo Alto University and teaches in consortium with Stanford University. She has written or helped write more than 50 journals, book chapters, and other articles. One study focused on trauma as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A 2017 article in the San Jose Mercury News says that she was planning to attend a science march wearing a knitted brain hat that was supposed to resemble the pink vagina hats that many have used to protest Donald Trump and advocate for women’s rights.

Ford has made contributions in the past to various Democrat candidates and causes. The federal campaign donation website lists these donations for Christine Blasey, which is how Ford is known professionally. Among them: In 2017 she made 3 donations each for less than $30, 2 in 2014 for $35 and $3.50: one earmarked for the Democratic National Committee, one designated for Bernie Sanders.

Ford’s attorney — Debra Katz —  says Ford would testify in a public hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a hearing in which to hear Ford for Monday, September 24, but as of this writing has not received confirmation from Ford or her attorney about appearing at that hearing. On September 16th, after the Washington Post published an article with Ford’s first public description of the alleged incident, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, questioned how Democrat members handled a confidential letter from Katz detailing her side of the story but also said he would gather more information.

Just for a point of political perspective, Debra Katz is vice chair of the Project on Government Oversight, an organization that has been directly funded by Geroge Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

Katz is also a hefty Democratic donor, giving thousands of dollars over the years to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other leftist candidates.

The accuser initially did not want to talk publicly about the allegations because she viewed Kavanaugh’s nomination as extremely “politicized” and because she feared doing so would put herself and her family at risk, Katz said. To that end, since the Post article published, Ford has received “hostile threats” and “recrimination.”

Her intent in sending the confidential letter to members of California’s congressional delegation, including Judiciary ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, was to provide information about Kavanaugh’s character. Feinstein did not ask the nominee about the letter or its allegations during her 50 minutes of allotted time to question him during a confirmation hearing earlier this month. But after the existence of the letter surfaced in media reports, then subsequent articles detailed the charges, “that decision was taken from her,” Katz told CNN.

Christine Ford came forward on September 16, 2018, to The Washington Post and revealed that she was the anonymous woman who has accused Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school – accusations that Kavanaugh has strenuously denied. Ford, 51, says she instantly thought Kavanaugh might “inadvertently kill” her during a party in the early 1980s after he and a friend corralled her in a bedroom and the Supreme Court nominee pinned her to a bed and groped her over a one-piece bathing suit. Kavanaugh denies the allegation. She says another high school friend of Kavanaugh’s named Mark Judge was in the room. Judge, a D.C.-based writer, previously told The Weekly Standard – before Christine Blasey Ford was named – that the account was false.

Ford’s Facebook page and LinkedIn page appear to have been deleted, although it’s not clear when.

Ford’s Actions in Revelation

In her letter which was read to The Post, Ford described the incident and said she expected her story to be kept confidential. She signed the letter as Christine Blasey, the name she uses professionally.

Though Ford had contacted The Post, she declined to speak on the record for weeks as she grappled with concerns about what going public would mean for her and her family — and what she said was her duty as a citizen to tell the story.

In 2012 while in couples therapy, she reportedly discussed a sexual incident that occurred when she was in high school. She released those notes to the Washington Post. The Post story said Ms. Ford told her therapist about the alleged incident during couples therapy with her husband in 2012. The therapist’s notes do not mention Judge Kavanaugh by name but say she was attacked by students “from an elitist boys’ school” who went on to become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.” There are some discrepancies in the therapist’s notes and the interview with The Post, which Ms. Ford blamed on the therapist.

Ms. Ford told The Post that she said nothing at the time, not even apparently to her girlfriends because she didn’t want her parents to know she had been at an underage drinking party.

Conservative Ben Shapiro after examining the therapy notes and hearing Ford’s explanation of the incident detailed the differences:

“Ford showed her therapist’s notes to The Washington Post. Those notes conflict with her account. The notes don’t include names, instead stating that the alleged perpetrators were ‘from an elitist boys’ school,’ and had since become ‘highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.’ The notes also state that four boys were involved, not two; she says her therapist got it wrong, and that there were four boys at the party but only two boys involved. Another therapy session the following year includes the charge that Ford underwent a ‘rape attempt’ in ‘her late teens,’ but she was allegedly 15 – not late teens – when this incident occurred. Her husband, who was present for the first therapy session, said Kavanaugh’s name was raised, but the Post account doesn’t say that Kavanaugh was called the alleged perpetrator.”

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hoopla

“Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a nearly two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn’t share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions. It raises a lot of questions about Democrats’ tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee’s attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way,” Judiciary Committee Republicans said. That apparently won’t be enough for Senator Feinstein.

“There’s a lot of information we don’t know, and the FBI should have the time it needs to investigate this new material. Staff calls aren’t the appropriate way to handle this,” she told Bloomberg News.

Even though the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a meeting in which to hear from both Ford and Kavanaugh, Ford has not accepted an invitation to appear. (In our summary below, we analyze that fact and what specifics are playing into this event and its expected outcome)

“Men will be Men”

What is all this really about? Is it about wrongdoing of men who sexually assault women? Or is it about a conservative Supreme Court Justice nominee and Democrats fighting to defeat his confirmation as they did of Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in 1991?

November 20, 2017, we published a narrative titled “Men Will Be Men.” http://truthnewsnet.org/men-will-be-men/  It detailed exactly what we face today with not just the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, but the environment that fosters these sexual abuse problems and the problems they initiate.

In it, we stated this: “It appears that in Washington D.C. a culture of sexual harassment has been thriving in the highly charged atmosphere in which some of the most powerful people in the World live and work. We now have learned that for some time, the House of Representatives has maintained a ‘Sexual Harassment Slush Fund’ comprised of taxpayer dollars. It is used specifically to payoff interns, pages, and some junior staff members who have been sexually abused or harassed by their bosses and/or other House members and senior staffers. We do not yet have any of the details of the fund, dollar amounts, who has used it, or how it has been specifically used, but media calls for those details are ringing out. Do not be surprised for a Freedom of Information Act court order to obtain the House release of that information during the holidays. Obviously, members of Congress probably are not going to take the lead on stopping the longstanding practices involving sexual impropriety and abuses among their ranks.

Here’s the 900-pound gorilla in this room: Lady Liberty. Problem is, the #1 thing that makes America the greatest nation in human history is the fact that the government does not impose its thoughts, ideas, rights, and wrongs on U.S. citizens. Our “Bible” is the Constitution. While the landmark separation of how the government treats its citizens in right and wrong disputes — at least in criminal cases — is ‘innocent until proven guilty.” We each have the “presumption of innocence.’ No, that legally does not apply to civil matters. But its reality reaches far into Americans’ discernment of rights and wrongs.

The dilemma is this: how can an absolute answer be found in most of these cases when evidence that can prove or disprove sexual harassment and abuse allegations that have been buried sometimes for decades? Should we in the cases of these most often hidden transgressions decide based on a default position of guilt or should the accused be ‘innocent until proven guilty? And who would make that determination? Lady Liberty — long the symbol of American fairness in such determinations — wears a blindfold while holding a scale. When if ever is it right for someone — anyone — to with a finger change the balance between guilt and innocence?”

Summary

There are two travesties being committed in this “circus” as we labeled it in yesterday’s story. One is that this is an attack on the due process of the determination of guilt and innocence in the U.S. No, these allegations are probably not regarding criminal activity. If not criminal, they would certainly be civil in nature. But in either case, those charged with wrongdoing in the United States have always had the commitment from the American people to be “innocent until proven guilty.” Once again, in the world of American politics, Leftists are endeavoring to take away that right and determine guilt by allegations, no facts, and no evidence.

Do you know what is really going on here? Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and other Senate Democrats have joined forces with their House counterparts Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters to do anything and everything they can to not just prevent Brett Kavanaugh from becoming the next Supreme Court Justice. They are doing everything they can to change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election!

We have seen it again and again. Democrats were devastated by the election results. Every Democrat — from DNC leadership to rank and file Dems — just knew the White House would be home to Hillary and Bill for another 8 years. And they do not lay that loss at the feet of the American voters who are the ones who thwarted their dreams of another near-decade of “liberal euphoria.” They lay that loss at the feet of members of the Republican Party and House and Senate leadership.

What we are witnessing is the all-out move of the Left to summarily and steadily undo the constitutional method of choosing those who govern in the United States. Don’t think for a moment Hillary’s comments about Trump supporters coming from her “basket of deplorables” as her solo opinion of conservative Americans. We see again and again Leftists thumbing their noses at the concept of a representative republic, the electoral college, the free market system, capitalism, AND liberty and justice for all.

Leftists are today more than ever committed to Socialism in America even though it has never succeeded in any country on Earth!

I’ll finish this with this example of what I state in the above paragraphs:

Debra Katz — Ford’s attorney who is known as a leading legal advocate for those women who allege sexual attacks from others — made it clear on Tuesday that her client has NO obligation to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee or any other group. Why? In her words (paraphrased): “My client has no responsibility to prove that what she is saying is true. It is incumbent on Brett Kavanaugh and Republicans to prove that she is NOT telling the truth!”

Imagine for a moment what that world would look like: there would never be any need for anyone to run for political office. Why? No matter how committed or qualified a candidate would be IF the political elite were in charge of who might be unqualified based simply on alleged wrongdoing, those elitists would decide who governs in the U.S.

Our forefathers traveled half-way around the world to escape such a system. European countries were each run in that same manner. A “ruling class” unilaterally determined what was right and what was wrong, who was “eligible” to be in their class and who was not. It was a reprehensible life for most. America gave those early settlers a chance at a new life: one that offered justice for all and equal opportunity.

This Kavanaugh confirmation circus is evidence that the Politically Elitists on the Left want to take the United States back to that place in World history.

The question is simply this: will Americans standby idly and let that happen?

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The “Kavanaugh Circus Hiccup”

Today was to be a day in which we mused over the extensive qualifications of the incoming Supreme Court Justice. Sadly, we are NOT discussing his over-qualification for the position today. We are NOT discussing how balanced the Court will be with him on the bench with the other 8 justices. Instead, not just us, but the entire country is being forced to take sides in a senseless, unfair, and untimely smear campaign strategically put together as a hail-mary disruptive pass thrown by a senior Democrat Senator to at best delay, at worst derail Kavanaugh’s donning the robes of SCOTUS. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) chose to throw a wrench in the confirmation of Kavanaugh by releasing that she holds a letter from an anonymous source that reveals a sexual travesty perpetrated by Kavanaugh more than 30 years ago while in high school.

There are a plethora of questionable elements to Feinstein’s release of this information along with the alleged victim almost immediately stepping forward out of the “anonymous” shadows to go on-the-record — this in spite of her purported pleas to Feinstein to allow her to remain anonymous and that she did NOT want to step forward.

Questions? Does anyone besides the investigative staff at TruthNewsNet.org have any questions? Share some of ours, and maybe as we answer those we may be answering yours’ as well.

Questions about the “Kavanaugh Circus” Hiccup

♦  Every circus has a ringmaster. Who is the ringmaster of the “Kavanaugh Circus Hiccup?”

That’s an easy one to answer: it’s Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Although he has played no active role in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Schumer has not just been quietly waiting to cast his vote against Kavanaugh when his confirmation vote comes to the full Senate. He has been working diligently behind the scenes to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Senator Schumer (D-NY)

Why? Maybe it’s because he went nuts when Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Senate Majority Leader prevented hearings for Obama’s last SCOTUS nominee — Merritt Garland — and he wants to pay Republicans back for their blocking Garland’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Maybe it’s because Democrats in Congress are frantic, trying to find any way possible to short-circuit any appointment of any conservative judge to the Court, certain that whoever gets that 9th seat would be the determiner of the future of Roe v. Wade. Maybe it’s simply because Schumer is mad: mad about not being Senate Majority Leader, not ever considered as a Democrat vice-president running mate, or because he has been unable to railroad several of President Trump’s signature legislative agenda items. Whatever the reason or reasons, Schumer is in the ring, controlling the circus, and had one of his circus clowns throw a new trick into the ring that has everyone breathlessly looking in.

♦  What is the claim of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh all about?

Senator Feinstein (D-CA) announced Thursday, September 13, 2018, “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”

The FBI, which is responsible for background research on judicial nominees and other presidential appointments, said in a statement that it had included the information in Kavanaugh’s background file after receiving it from Feinstein on September 12, but would not be investigating the 35-year-old claims. Details of the allegations first came out in The New Yorker in a piece by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, who wrote, in part; “The allegation dates back to the early 1980s, when Kavanaugh was a high school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school.”

“She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.”

♦  If Feinstein received the letter in July, why did she not immediately turn it over to the FBI?

That’s the million dollar question. It answers? Let’s look at a few possibilities:

First, Feinstein met privately with Kavanaugh in her Senate offices and took a considerable amount of time questioning the nominee about a myriad of important elements regarding his appointment to the high court. One would think that during such an interview, Feinstein would have broached such a dynamic issue with the nominee. She did not question him about it nor did she even mention.

In Kavanaugh’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein asked Kavanaugh numerous questions. But she did not mention in her questioning anything about the abhorrent charges made against him.

Feinstein has not explained why she waited so long to refer the letter to the FBI nor why she did not question Kavanaugh about the alleged incident. So what could her reason(s) be for not doing so?

Simple answer: political expediency. The “new” way in Congress for the minority party to influence any and all issues that come before it is to whenever necessary play whatever card it takes to upset whatever the opposing party is endeavoring to accomplish. We see it almost daily since the G.O.P. hold majorities in both Houses. Democrats find all sorts of ways to obstruct normal governing in Congress. This is no different and should have been expected.

♦  Can this stop Judge Kavanaugh from becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice?

The allegation alone cannot stop his confirmation. What CAN stop it (and what Democrats are holding out for) is to put doubt in the minds of a handful of Republican Senators sufficient to fall short of the majority necessary for his confirmation. Republicans hold just a slim margin in their majority. There are several Senators who already were unsure about Kavanaugh — primarily based on the fear that he is anti-abortion and might be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if a case came to the High Court to do just that. Those Senators are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

Additionally, Democrat hopefuls hope that Kavanaugh will tire of this unforeseen pressure and attack on his integrity and will simply withdraw from consideration for the spot. President Trump could too request that Kavanaugh withdraw.

♦  Has there been any other case similar to this in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

There is a case that is eerily similar to this. In 1991, Clarence Thomas was a Supreme Court nominee. A former associate of his — Anita Hill — came forward and accused Thomas of sexual assault against her. There was no evidence proving or disproving her claim. In very ugly public hearings, Democrats and Republicans alike sparred back and forth regarding the validity of her claim.

There we no women on the Senate Judiciary Committee that was chaired by former Senator and Vice President Joe Biden. The Committee failed to via committee vote endorse a full Senate vote on the nominee. The full Senate voted on Thomas’ confirmation without committee approval. Thomas was confirmed.

It is noteworthy that NO such case has ever been brought forth in a case involving a liberal/Democrat justice nominee. This appears to be still another way for the minority party to throw a curve ball in this process that they find necessary because of lacking control in the confirmation process.

♦  What role is the Media playing in this happening?

That is probably the easiest question to answer: they are all going bonkers!

One can just imagine which networks and newspapers are being objective while giving Americans the facts of the story and which are “in the tank.” It’s the usual lot: FOX News, the Drudge Report, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, the Washington Times, are all simply passing out facts while CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, the New York Times and Washington Post are wall-papering their news reporting 24/7 with not news, but their “perspectives” on all things to do with this. It is so ridiculous, it is almost funny.

Andrea Mitchell of NBC Nightly News gives us an example in this report:

Summary

This story is far from over. No doubt even with the obvious delaying tactics being used by Democrats Kavanaugh should still be confirmed. But the process is not going to play out so quickly. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee want to interview the woman and Kavanaugh in a hearing in which they are both under oath. The committee is scheduled for a vote on moving his nomination to the full Senate this Thursday. That is unlikely at this point. I expect for the Committee to have testimony from her and Kavanaugh both before a vote is taken.

It is important to note that Democrats are the solo artists of turning the presidential appointment — confirmation process into a simple majority. Former Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) changed the rules that formerly required a 60-vote majority to a simple majority. Obviously, if that old rule was still in place, confirmation of Kavanaugh would be almost impossible. This latest hiccup brings that possibility back into play.

Who is the woman?

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“The lights in the kitchen have been turned on…and the roaches are scrambling for cover!”

There are many things going on in D.C. part of this story and part of “other” stuff there. Stay with us: it’s getting deeper and deeper!

 

 

 

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Puerto Rico “Death-tistics”

Looks like we coined a new word: “Death-tistics.” The furor that has escalated about the number of deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico begs some explanation. Pretty much every news organization has — just as they always do — created the stories about the death-tistics, re-buffed the original “official” report of deaths from the hurricane that  were given by the Puerto Rican government, and launched a crazy string of “new” reports stating a much higher number of Maria-related deaths, Breitbart News weighed in with “The Rest of Story.” Let’s look-in:

(Breitbart News) On Thursday morning, President Trump pushed back on Twitter, alleging that Democrats had inflated the death toll “in order to make me look as bad as possible.” That led to more criticism, with the Associated Press accusing Trump of making claims “without evidence.”

But Trump is correct.

His opponents — including the media — have strained for more than a year to turn Hurricane Maria into his version of Hurricane Katrina, the devastating 2005 storm that prompted criticism of President George W. Bush’s response — even though state and local authorities had been far worse — and foreshadowed a Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006. Leading the charge was CNN, which made a special effort to link Hurricane Maria in 2017 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and made a temporary media sensation of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who accused the Trump administration of neglect.

However, the media’s effort at the time was frustrated by several factors.

  • First, experts praised the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria, which posed special challenges because Puerto Rico is so far from the mainland U.S.
  • Second, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló himself praised the federal government’s response: “The president and the administration, every time we’ve asked them to execute, they’ve executed quickly,” he told Fox News in September 2017.
  • Third, Puerto Rico was already something of a disaster before the hurricane hit, thanks to mismanagement by the territory’s government that led to a debt crisis in recent years. (Mayor Cruz herself is reportedly under FBI investigation for corruption.)

However, Trump’s critics did not give up. Over the past several months, they have attempted to cite several new studies that created new estimates of the “real” death toll of Hurricane Maria — based on statistical models, not on actual death counts.

Many studies addressed a real concern that the Puerto Rican government lacked the competence to do an accurate death count, but much of the media hype around the results were clearly motivated by the attempt to damage the Trump administration. The Washington Post noted just some of the studies as of June 2018 (original links):

  • The New York Times calculated 1,052 deaths through October.
  • The Center for Investigative Reporting calculated 985 through October.
  • University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez professors calculated 822, with a 95 percent confidence range that the total was somewhere between 605 and 1,039.
  • Pennsylvania State University professors calculated excess deaths of about 500 in September, or a total of 1,085 if the same pattern held in October. That estimate was based on six weeks of mortality records.
  • A Latino USA analysis, using updated data from Puerto Rico’s Department of Health, calculated 1,194 excess deaths in September and October.
  • The Washington Post noted that the new estimates hovered around the 1,000 mark.

Then, in June, a Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated the number of deaths from Hurricane Maria at 4,645 instead of the official figure of 64. The researchers had conducted a survey and extrapolated the results — an extremely sloppy methodology. The number was highly inflammatory. Puerto Rican opponents of the president cited it to accuse him of “genocide.” Much of the media hyped those claims: the caption that accompanies a Getty/AFP photograph reads: “Hurricane Maria, which pummeled Puerto Rico in September 2017, is likely responsible for the deaths of more than 4,600 people, some 70 times more than official estimates, US researchers said Tuesday.”

Even the Washington Post was skeptical of the absurdly high estimate: “This is not a verified number, unlike body counts in wars. The Harvard study offers only an estimate – a midpoint along a broad range of possibilities. It is not based on death records, only estimates of deaths from people who were interviewed in a survey.”

Last month, a new study was produced by George Washington University that estimated the “excess mortality” from Hurricane Maria over a six-month period at 2,975 within a 95% confidence interval of 2,658-3,290 “excess” deaths. This was the second-highest estimate after the faulty Harvard study and was based on a statistical model that subtracted the number of people who theoretically should have died over the same period from the number of people who actually died during that time. It is also a rather useless way of comparing death tolls, because, in order to evaluate the relative scale of Hurricane Maria, the same method would have to be used to measure other natural disasters, likely increasing their estimated death tolls as well.

The media reported the new estimate as if it were an actually confirmed death toll — with CNN taking care to note that the new number was released near the anniversary of Katrina. The Puerto Rican governor, under heavy political pressure due to the slow pace of the island’s recovery, officially revised the death toll to match the estimate. That gave the media an excuse to throw out science and statistics, and to report the 2.975 number as an established fact — even though it was just an estimate based on a statistical model, and three times higher than all but one of the previous estimates.

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that “3,000 people died in Puerto Rico” in Hurricane Maria — as if it were a proven fact. It did not indicate that the number was simply one estimate among many and that its evidence was a controversial statistical model.

On Thursday, the AP — with a touch of chutzpah — accused the president of stating “without evidence” that the “Puerto Rico hurricane death count is a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.”

(Update: National Public Radio weighed in to accuse Trump of “falsely” claiming Democrats had inflated the numbers.)

Setting aside the AP’s odd effort to “fact-check” an opinion, the evidence is ample that the Democrats — and much of the media — did exactly what Trump accused them of doing. Their goal, and the goal of Democrats who are hyping probable outliers as established facts are to take down the Republican Party in the 2018 midterm elections by linking Trump with Bush’s alleged failures in Hurricane Katrina.

Actual Puerto Rico “Death-tistics” in 2017

The graph below shows actual total Puerto Rican deaths from 2010 through 2017, as computed by the Puerto Rico government. Take a look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This graph shows the “official” statistics of total deaths during September, October, November, and December in Puerto Rico by year from 2010 through 2017. These are important comparison numbers when discussing Puertican deaths directly attributable to Hurricane Maria, for it hit Puerto Rico September 17, 2017. By any realistic comparison of deaths, directly and indirectly, attributable to Maria, AND ancillary deaths during the 3 months following the hurricane, (which is what the purveyors of the death-tistics number of 3000-4000 are doing) there were 326 more total deaths in Puerto Rico during those 4 months in 2017 than in 2016. Even assuming every one of those increased deaths to Maria, there is no way to “factually” state there were several thousand deaths in Puerto Rico from Maria, and certainly, no way to claim those were because of Trump’s mismanagement of the disaster.

So What’s Going on Here?

Have you ever seen in recent history any scenario where Democrats and others on the Left do not find ways to blame President Trump for everything wrong and/or bad in America — and, for that matter, any bad thing anywhere in the World? Brexit was his fault, immigrants overrunning Europe was his fault, separation of babies from illegal immigrant parents during processing in 2014 was his fault, icebergs are his fault, every hurricane for the balance of World history will be his fault because he pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Accords, MS-13 is his fault, etc.

It is safe to say the insanity in New York and Washington D.C. among the liberal news media has reached epic proportions. I have stated before many times that it exists and will escalate — especially heading into the mid-term elections. The truth is insignificant and irrelative when it comes to political narrative. And the only political narrative that matters is this: Destroy Donald Trump.

Summary

Have you stopped to consider exactly why this lunacy not only exists but continues to ramp-up? Is there any other plausible explanation for it other than to do and say anything and everything to 1) win back the House of Representatives, and 2) set the stage for a Trump re-election White House bid upset in 2020? I don’t think there is.

Nevertheless, I feel strongly that even if the House turns blue and the U.S. Senate turns bluer, it will only make Trump’s message to the public during the next two years stronger, easier to understand, and much more obvious that the truth means nothing to Dems and other liberals. They will try to ram meaningless legislation through the House that all will attack President Trump and his agenda, take back those tax cuts, reinstall regulations, and will do everything within their power to do away with immigration as we know to open our borders.

If and when that happens, it is my opinion that it will open the eyes of more and more Americans to the horrors conservatives have been warning about. That will make the 2020 elections nationally and on the state and local levels a red bloodbath.

Americans are not stupid. Americans understand that Mainstream media does not present factual and unadulterated news to the American people. The Hurricane Maria deathtoll reports in Puerto Rico are prime examples of how corrupt the MSM is and will continue to be. And that’s all right. Americans understand that the truth is out there — somewhere. More and more Americans are spending the time necessary to find the truth and put it in place of the current political agenda being crammed down their throats by the lies of the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Associated Press (AP) and others.

It’s just a matter of time!

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Obama’s Department of Justice: Corruption at its Worst

Notice the total absence of those former arguments about the “alleged” corruption in the Obama Department of Justice? I honestly believe there may be two reasons for the current lack of anger about those: people grew tired of the repetitious news coverage of pieces of evidence of corruption and just “turned off;” and/or the Media has purposely ratcheted up their already deafening attacks on President Trump in an effort to make Americans forget.

But with the daily revelations of MORE Obama DOJ corruption, it seems to be appropriate for us to simply remind everyone of just a few of instances of Obama Department of Justice corruption as it appears to have been even deeper and more widespread than first thought:

Obama Era DOJ Corruption Before Trump

  • Eric Holder was the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt of Congress when he stonewalled committee probes of the Fast and Furious investigation. Fast and Furious itself was a scandal, involving the government’s reckless abuse of investigative powers for the purpose of fabricating an anti-gun narrative. Instead, its “gun walking” resulted in the killing of a federal agent, among other violent crimes.
  • Attorney General Holder made misleading representations about both Fast and Furious and the investigation of Fox News journalist James Rosen.
  • The IRS’s intimidation and abuse of President Obama’s political opponents, and the cover-up thereof resulted in no charges and little apparent investigation.
  • There were politicized prosecutions against Dinesh D’Souza (an Obama critic whose minor campaign-finance infraction was treated as a major felony when more-serious violations are typically disposed of by administrative fine), and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (the anti-Muslim video producer scapegoated by the Obama administration for the Benghazi massacre).
  • Recall the misrepresentations by Justice Department lawyers to a federal court in the litigation over Obama’s lawless immigration non-enforcement programs (DACA and DAPA) — lies the judge found to be “intentional, serious and material.”
  • The Department of Justice reportedly refused to impanel a grand jury in either the e-mail case or in connection with the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play allegations. “The problem here is this investigation was never a real investigation,” former assistant FBI director James Kallstrom said. “That’s the problem. They never had a grand jury impaneled, and the reason they never had a grand jury impaneled, I’m sure, is Loretta Lynch would not go along with that.” Further, the Department of Justice reportedly refused to allow the FBI to issue subpoenas to gather more evidence in connection with its investigation of the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play allegations.
  • Then there were the Justice Department’s outrageous misconduct and serial lies in a prosecution of New Orleans police, which a federal judge variously described as “bizarre,” “appalling,” and “grotesque” — conclusions upheld by the Fifth Circuit appeals court.
  • And, of course, the Clinton e-mails investigation, featuring: Justice Department collusion with Clinton-camp lawyers; inexplicable immunity deals; suspects who received immunity permitted to appear as lawyers for other suspects; no prosecutions despite significant evidence, several immunity grants, and patently misleading statements during FBI interviews; a furtive tarmac tête-à-tête between the attorney general and the main suspect’s husband (the former U.S. president who just happened to have launched the attorney general into public prominence, and who was positioned to influence whether the attorney general got to keep her job in an anticipated Hillary Clinton administration) just days before it was announced — surprise! — that there would be no indictment of Hillary Clinton; and startling public commentary by the FBI regarding an uncharged case that bore heavily on a presidential election.
  • Subsequent to that “chat” aboard Clinton’s jet in Arizona, it was learned that Attorney General Lynch was conducting official DOJ business via an alias name and email address: “Elizabeth Carlisle, ecarlisle@jmd.usdoj.gov.” Why would an Attorney General use an alias and communicate via a secret email address other than to hide from the public certain actions taken if those actions were legal and above-board?

Obama Era DOJ Corruption Carryover to Trump Administration

How many and who in the DOJ that were Obama “carryovers” have resigned, retired, been demoted, or fired since the Obama Administration? (We formerly shared from this list, but the names have been added to)

Department of Justice (Non-FBI):

  • John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – announced resignation on September 27, 2016, after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing does not disclose known FISA Abuses. Carlin is aware NSA Rogers is conducting a compliance review which will uncover the FISA Abuse. Trump surveillance originated under Carlin’s tenure.
  • Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General (replacing Loretta Lynch – 10 days) – fired January 30, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.
  • Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division (replacing John Carlin) – announced resignation on April 17, 2017 – Left on May 11, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.
  • Bruce Ohr – Associate Deputy Attorney General – demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS.
  • David Laufman, DOJ National Security Division, Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence – resigned on February 7, 2018. Laufman “played a leading role in the Clinton email server and Russian hacking investigations.”
  • Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General – number three official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein – resigned February 9, 2018. Takes top legal position at Walmart. Brand “played a critical role in Congress’ re-authorization” of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
  • Trisha Beth Anderson, the office of legal counsel for FBI (demoted or reassigned)
  • Peter Kadzik, assistant attorney general, congressional liaison (resigned)
  • Matthew Axelrod, principal assistant to deputy attorney general (resigned)
  • Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney, SDNY (fired along with 45 other U.S. attorneys)
  • Sharon McGowan, civil rights division (resigned)
  • Diana Flynn, litigation director for LGBTQ civil rights (resigned)
  • Vanita Gupta, civil rights division (resigned)
  • Joel McElvain, assistant branch director of the civil division (resigned)

FBI:

  • James Comey, FBI Director – fired May 9, 2017. Oversaw all FBI operations – including exoneration of Clinton and Trump-Russia Investigation. Reported to AG Lynch.
  • Peter Strzok, Deputy Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterintelligence – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017, to FBI’s Human Resources. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Strzok involved in all facets of Clinton exoneration. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Strozk was fired August 13, 2018.
  • Lisa Page, FBI/DOJ Lawyer – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017, to parts unknown. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Resigned May 4, 2018.
  • James Baker, FBI General Counsel – demoted and reassigned on December 20, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Senior-most legal counsel at FBI. Resigned May 4, 2018.
  • James Rybicki, Chief of Staff to FBI Director James Comey & successor Chris Wray – resigned/forced out January 23, 2018. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.
  • Andrew McCabe, Deputy FBI Director – on December 23, 2017, announced retirement effective March 22, 2018. Forced to resign on January 29, 2018. Involved in all aspects. Reported to Comey.
  • Josh Campbell – Special Assistant to James Comey – resigned on February 2, 2018. Writes an op-ed in New York Times on why he is leaving but does not disclose in the op-ed that he was Special Assistant to Comey – or that he had been offered lucrative CNN job. Takes a job with CNN on February 5, 2018.
  • Michael Kortan, FBI Asst. Director of Public Affairs – resigned on February 8, 2018 – effective February 15, 2018. Kortan served as assistant director for public affairs, an influential job that controlled media access.
  • Bill Priestap, Assistant Director – Head of FBI Counterintelligence – Holds the same position. Strzok’s former boss – reported directly to McCabe.
  • Greg Bower, assistant director for the office of congressional affairs (resigned)
  • Michael Steinbach, executive assistant director (resigned)
  • John Giacalone, executive assistant director (resigned)
  • James Turgal, executive assistant director (resigned)

There are others that unofficially are being “watched” regarding the continuation of their employment with the DOJ.

Summary

We could spend the day discussing in detail all of the “known” investigations underway that include those above and others. But most of them and the details of their alleged wrongdoing are on already public knowledge. What remains unknown is just how deep and wide are the methods and the people who have been (and are) part of a concerted plan to destroy President Donald Trump and his administration, his implemented and pending policies, and to stall his appointments — including that of Judge Brett Kavanaugh who is almost surely a shoo-in as the replacement on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

What is amazing to me is that everyone who plays any role in this coordinated effort to end the Trump White House actually felt that any and all of the illegal, unethical, and immoral acts they committed — and in some cases are still being committed — were/are justified because of the worthy goal of ridding the nation of President Trump.

What is MORE amazing to me is that everyone who played these roles honestly felt they were going to be successful in their quest to unseat a duly elected president and do it without the American public knowing about it! If any American is not incensed at the fact that appointed and hired individuals who work for the American people would participate in this “political coup,” you have no loyalty to your country.

You know what’s almost humorous? All those on the Left led by their media mouthpieces — those who have invented, implemented, and have maintained the bogus Russia collusion case — are actually guilty of the same crimes they invented and alleged perpetrated by the Trump Campaign. They were confident they would be successful getting rid of Donald Trump. There IS no Russia collusion. But there IS collusion. Let me explain:

The American public has yet to be shown the evidence that Intelligence Community individuals and several in Congress claim that verifies Russian attempted hacking of the 2016 election. Even if it does really exist, (and I have my doubts) there obviously was no involvement with the Trump Campaign. But there is verified collusion between the “other” campaign and the Russians: the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Hillary’s campaign funded the Steele Dossier knowing it was full of false information, had it promoted by James Clapper and James Comey to instigate the fake Russia collusion story and subsequent investigation of Donald Trump.

Further, more and more information leaks out daily showing just how “in the tank” members of senior FBI management were in the action to derail the Trump presidency. Peter Strozk and Lisa Page as more of their private texts and emails are revealed show there were intense actions initiated and managed by upper-level management members of both the FBI and DOJ to accomplish that objective.

What is going to happen and when? I have no idea. I have my suspicions, and they involved execution of a bunch of those 50,000+ sealed federal indictments on stand-by in federal district courts around the nation. I suspect Fall of 2018 is going to initiate the peeling of the onion of corruption that obviously dwarfs that ever witnessed in the United States government.

In the meantime: Donald Trump caused the hurricane headed for the Carolinas, Trump put those illegal immigrant children (in that picture that actually was taken during the Obama’s presidency), he single-handedly created global warming that will destroy Earth if he is not immediately kicked out of the Oval Office. To summarize it: EVERYTHING that is bad in the United States — and the World, for that matter — is the direct responsibility of President Trump.

Oh, one more thing: all of the good economic news in America is proof of the amazing accomplishments of Barack Obama. After all, nothing good could ever happen in America that wasn’t directly attributable to his knowledge, understanding, likability, and compassion!

What’s next?

STAY TUNED!

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Violence Runs Rampant

The Left is either there or going INSANE!

I knew some anti-Trumpsters in the G.O.P., members of the Democrat Party and Socialists further left than Dems, have turned into mind-bots bent on the destruction of President Trump and all he stands for. But what is playing out almost daily was unimaginable a couple of years ago. We are actually seeing violence — severe violence (if there is such a thing as “non-severe” violence!) — playing out on a national stage from Leftists not directly at Mr. Trump, but at those who work with and for him, visibly support his agenda, or are simply NOT Democrats. Sure, he won the election and many don’t like that. But is that a sufficient reason for people to morph into Apocalyptic zombies who attack anyone who supports this President?

Want a few examples?

Las Vegas, Nevada

A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes. Mark J. Bird, 69, was charged last month with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, court records show. He was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building. Inside the bathroom, campus police found a $100 bill taped to a mirror along with a note that said, “For the janitor,” according to Bird’s arrest report. On the floor of the restroom were a black-and-white, .22-caliber pistol and one spent shell casing. The sociology professor was hired Aug. 26, 1993, and was an emeritus faculty member at the time of the shooting, college spokesman Richard Lake said. Bird was not scheduled to teach any courses during the fall 2018 semester.

Northern California

A Castro Valley, California man shouting profanities about President Trump attacked a Republican congressional candidate who was working an election booth at a town festival, threatening him and trying to stab him with a switchblade, authorities and the candidate said Tuesday.
Farzad Vincent Fazeli, 35, was jailed after the alleged Sunday attack on Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival. Alameda County prosecutors charged Fazeli on Tuesday with a felony count of making criminal threats and misdemeanor counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon and possessing a switchblade.

Berkley

(Los Angeles TIMES) There can be no justification for the violence perpetrated by a group of leftist protesters who attacked supporters of President Trump and others during an otherwise peaceful “rally against hate” in Berkeley.

Whether they are described as “black bloc” or anarchists — the nomenclature isn’t important — the masked, black-clad protesters are criminals, not the vanguard of a righteous resistance to fascism. They also are traitors to the thousands of peaceful demonstrators who gathered in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park to counter a “No to Marxism in America” rally — a non-event that drew a relatively small contingent of right-wingers after its organizer, fearing violence, had urged supporters to stay home.

The punches black bloc protesters are throwing are injuring their own side.

This is thuggery, not activism. And it has become too familiar a phenomenon in Berkeley, belying its reputation as a citadel of free speech. In February, for example, 150 black-clad agitators caused $100,000 worth of damage when they smashed through the city protesting a planned UC Berkeley speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The speech was canceled.

All Across America

Every day brings new examples of the supposedly open-minded, inclusive, tolerant, peace-loving Left threatening or attacking Trump administration officials or Trump supporters. Hatred and intolerance have been the standard operating procedure on the extreme Left. But thanks to enablers among Democrats and the press, it’s quickly becoming dangerously “mainstream.”

Here are some of the ways in just the past few days that the left has expressed its tolerance for those it disagrees with:

  • Martin Astrof went to the campaign headquarters of Rep. Lee Zeldin and then threatened to kill Zeldin and Trump supporters generally, according to news accounts of the incident. As he left, he nearly ran over a campaign staffer with his car.
  • An angry Trump critic allegedly punched a homeowner in Boynton Beach, Fla., for having a Trump flag in his front yard, and then dragged the homeowner 30 feet while driving away.
  • A bookstore owner in Richmond, Va., called the cops after a woman started harassing former Trump advisor Steven Bannon, who was browsing in the store. Former Clinton aide Philippe Reines later tweeted out the bookstore owner’s contact information, in a thinly veiled attempt to encourage attacks on the store. Reines defended the tweet, saying, “I’m providing a service.”
  • A group of “protesters” following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell out of a restaurant in Kentucky shouted “vote you out” and “we know where you live, bitch.”
  • Brandon Straka — a gay former liberal who posted a video complaining that “the Left devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric” and sparked the #walkaway Twitter trend — says a local camera store refused to serve him. Thereby proving his point. “I’m shaking right now,” Straka tweeted Thursday. “I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc., and they recognized me from TV. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt-right’ purposes.”
  • Alan Dershowitz, once the darling of the liberal left until he started to question the merits of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, says that a woman at a party on Martha’s Vineyard was heard saying, “if Dershowitz were here tonight, I’d stab him through the heart.”
  • Horror novelist and reliable Trump-hater Steven King sent a tweet over July 4 encouraging progressives to “go find a Trump-supporting friend — the one you haven’t spoken to since November of 2016 — and give him or her a hug. Trumpies, find a ‘liberal snowflake’ friend and do the same. Just for today, let’s all be Americans.” The response was an outpouring of outrage at King, with one woman tweeting that it was “The scariest thing you’ve ever written.”
    A Fast-Growing List

Breitbart News recently started compiling what it characterizes as “acts of media-approved violence and harassment against Trump supporters.” The list is now up to 258 — and climbing fast. So far this month, Breitbart counts more than two dozen incidents of threats, intimidation, and violence against Trump officials and supporters, or mainstream journalists excusing such actions. That’s likely just scratching the surface since no doubt many cases of abuse go unreported.

Not Just Physical Violence

Is Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins being bribed to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh? That’s what she and others are saying.

A Crowdpac crowdfunding campaign to encourage Collins to vote against Kavanaugh has the senator and others sounding the alarm. The conservative-leaning news site Newsmax reported on Monday that a prominent Republican elections lawyer is calling for an investigation into what it described as a more than $1 million “threat” hanging over Collins’s head, depending on her vote on Kavanaugh. In a statement to Newsmax, Collins said she believed there was an attempt to “bribe” her vote and said she wouldn’t be the target of “quid pro quo fundraising.”

Summary

Where did this all begin? When did it all begin?

Beginning with the Obama campaign ahead of the 2008 election, the division between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, began to ramp up. Obama represented drastic and dramatic changes for American voters to contemplate: and not just racially. He brought to the campaign radical new ideas that heretofore had never been a big part of any presidential campaign. There were socialist candidates and even Communist candidates on past ballots. But all past non-traditional political representatives drew sparse support among voters.

Obama represented something new and different for a new and different generation. For generations, Americans had experienced the same structured, starchy, tired political process in which pretty much old, pontificating politicians campaigned every two years with promises of the moon. When elected, all voters received were moonbeams and a bigger tax bill: Oh, and a smaller paycheck.

Obama was different. He had a fresh new way to package some historically old political principles that had been summarily rejected in the past. But he didn’t call his ideas Socialism or Communism. And his young, refreshing, and vibrant way of delivery made him an instant rockstar. He was amazingly effective selling a bottle of your grandmother’s rose water that had been repackaged and labeled “Excellante Parfume.”

The packaging was good enough to draw enough from the “past” generation to join those politically disenfranchised from the “new” generation to elect and then re-elect him.

After the 2012 election, Obama realized something: “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.” He re-packaged his politics, but he didn’t quite get the results he thought he should. But he was successful at turning the heads of a young generation of Americans who knew very little else politically other than his politics. He had sowed the seed of breaking away, of demanding change and going after it. He was the first president since Reagan to give Americans a new direction and then leading the country in that direction.

Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, she could not maintain the cloud of optimism he created above Millennials — the sun burnt it away to reveal the truth. There were no jobs, no big salaries. College was expensive, and so was living on your own. Employers expected employees to work before “earning” paid vacations. Cell phones and cars and house rent or house payments cost a lot. The “Obama-phone” and “Cash for Clunkers” and Billion Dollar government handouts to Solyndra and those shovel-ready jobs were never really there or never worked. People became angry because the gravy-train was either gone or it never existed.

Enter Donald Trump.

There were enough of those who remembered the old “reap and sow” principle upon which America was founded: “You get out of life equal to what you put in,” there are NO free rides, everyone has to work to eat, to not just listen to his campaign speeches, but to believe he could and would do what he promised if elected.

Many didn’t like that: after all, it was an unpopular truth he talked about.  And when they went to get answers, those Mainstream news outlets that they had turned to gave them reinforcement for their anger at things not being what was promised. Things like this:

NY POST

President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people” are close to sparking violence that could lead to journalists being attacked around the world, the outgoing United Nations human rights commissioner said, according to a report Monday.
“We began to see a campaign against the media … that could have potentially, and still can, set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work and potentially some self-censorship,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said, the Guardian reported.
“And in that context, it’s getting very close to incitement to violence,” he said.

CNN

Three people who were pushed and shoved while protesting at a 2016 Donald Trump campaign rally cannot sue the President for inciting the crowd, a federal appeals court has ruled. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of the President, saying that Trump saying “Get ’em out of here” during the rally in Louisville, Kentucky, was not a valid claim of “incitement to riot,” which is a misdemeanor under Kentucky law.

Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau attended a rally for Trump on March 1, 2016, to “peacefully protest” the then-candidate. Nwanguma was carrying a sign with Trump’s head on a pig’s body, according to multiple news reports.

After Trump said “Get ’em out of here,” several members of the audience — including Matthew Heimbach, a representative of the white nationalist Traditionalist Workers Party, and Alvin Bamberger — began to attack the protesters, according to a judge’s ruling last year.

The three protesters accused Heimbach and Bamberger of assault and battery and pressed charges of incitement to riot, negligence, gross negligence and recklessness against the Trump campaign. The negligence claims arising from the plaintiffs’ allegations that Trump knew his supporters would attack protesters. In particular, the complaint says that Trump’s directive to eject Nwanguma, a black woman, was reckless, given the presence of a white nationalist group in the audience.

Where are We?

The Left defends such actions as justified because of Trump’s policies or his actions. The truth is, this is how extremists on the left always respond to politicians and policies they disagree with. They threaten, intimidate and try to shut them down. If you don’t think so, try attending a speech by a conservative speaker at any liberal college in the U.S. Yes, we know, there are haters on the Right. And Trump can be crude and abusive. But that’s the point. Even a whiff of hatred or intolerance on the Right always — and correctly — receives widespread condemnation, including by Republicans. The same is not true on the Left — not even close.

Instead, Democrats and their handmaidens in the press are busy normalizing violent, abusive, intolerant behavior … when not encouraging more of it. They seem to have forgotten that we live in a representative democracy, where we settle debates over public policies — peacefully — at the voting booth.

We have a chance to settle that dispute again in November. The Media will not accept anything else but a bloodbath at the expense of Republicans. But it seems that even that will not stop the anger and violence. That doesn’t all come from angry young Americans. Sure, much of it does come from those youngsters. But they’re joined by many 1960’s radicals that bear the mark of the last move of Anarchy in the U.S.: marches, bombings, riots, campus shootings, increases in violent crime.

There are only two ways to change the tide: vote and pray.

The prayer needs to start now — WAY before election day.

In fact, I surely hope it has already started.

 

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Mueller Bullet Points: 10 Reasons to Dislike the Guy”

With the appointment as Special Counsel by his buddy Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller has become just about the most powerful man in the U.S., making him just about the most powerful man on Earth. With his convoluted appointment that violates all types of moral and legal ethics, breaks every rule regarding conflict of interest, and has given him and his group of legal henchmen an unlimited budget with no time restraints whatsoever, this Russia collusion hoax has morphed into what President Trump calls a Witch Hunt.

In this atmosphere, it is easy to see the political, social, moral, and cultural divide steadily widen as this probe forces most Americans to pick a side: Mueller or President Trump. Very few Americans have taken the time and given the effort to research who Mueller is, his political and legal history, and researched the actual basis for this investigation, which is unquestionably based on a false legal premise. For a Special Counsel to even be appointed, the process requires actual evidence of a crime to be present to justify such an appointment. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s named justification for the appoint was “collusion with Russians by members of the Trump Campaign to change the results of the 2016 election.”

Rosenstein was given NO evidence of any collusion that would justify Mueller’s appointment. And even if there was, there is no federal law regarding collusion except in Anti-Trust proceedings! And after 18 months, Mueller has turned up NO collusion with Russia.

Many Americans are steamed about this probe. In fact, a majority who have been polled say this investigation needs to end. And many Americans have negative feelings about Mueller and don’t appreciate what he’s doing.

Instead of our traditional “Bullet Points,” today we are going to look at “10 Reasons to Dislike Robert Mueller,” even if you don’t know him. Let’s get going:

1. The guy’s a leaker.

Breitbart says so. Sure, Mueller’s got a rep for rarely speaking in public or giving interviews. But behind the scenes he’s obviously spending day and night dishing dirt on Donald Trump and the president’s oh-so-honorable colleagues to any reporter who will listen. The deluge of daily stories disparaging President Trump, after all, began the day Mueller was appointed; before Mueller, Trump press coverage was constant sunshine and rainbows. Plus, it’s clearly to Mueller’s strategic advantage to have his investigative steps aired to the public in real time. Besides, who else would leak this kind of stuff? Only Mueller and his team have a motive. The White House isn’t a factionalist den of vipers; the president’s legal team is a well-oiled machine that never leaks; defense lawyers are paragons of virtue. Don’t even get us started on tight-lipped congressional staff — those guys never talk. The only logical explanation here is information about the investigation is coming from Mueller.

2. Mueller is a highly political actor.

Thank God, Newt Gingrich has seen through Mueller’s act. He tweeted recently that “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he has hired. (check FEC reports) Time to rethink.” It’s quite a rethink. Mueller is so political that he’s spent his entire career going back and forth between politicians. He worked in the first George H.W. Bush administration as an assistant attorney general, then he was a prosecutor on murder cases in Washington, D.C., after running the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and then he flip-flopped back to be a U.S. attorney in the Bill Clinton administration. Get this: He then goes on to run the FBI for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama (a bipartisan Congress even extended his term for two years at Obama’s request). The guy is so political he can’t even decide which side he’s on.

3. Mueller is too thorough and taking too long.

This thing is seriously taking forever. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke for all of us in saying that, “the president is frustrated by the continued witch hunt of the Russia investigation and he’d love for this to come to a full conclusion so that everyone can focus fully on the thing that he was elected to do.” You and me, both, friend. Could Mueller go any slower? It’s as if he’s a highly methodical actor systematically gathering strings on multiple broad areas simultaneously: Trump-Russia collusion, Trump Organization business dealings, misconduct in the Trump campaign, and obstruction of justice. He needs to hurry this thing along. Trump just wants to be cleared without the fuss of an investigation. Wouldn’t you? The president knows he is innocent and only wishes to spare us all the pain of this drawn-out ordeal. Of course, Trump recently told the New York Times that “I’m not under investigation. For what? I didn’t do anything wrong.” It’s completely reasonable of Trump to be frustrated that this investigation — which doesn’t exist — is taking so long and that Mueller is being so thorough about it.

4. Mueller is too aggressive and is moving too fast.

Slow down, buddy. The New York Times reported that “The moves against Mr. Manafort are just a glimpse of the aggressive tactics used by Mr. Mueller and his team of prosecutors” and their “shock-and-awe tactics.” When Mueller isn’t moving at a glacial pace, he’s being unprecedentedly aggressive. The Times reported clucking in the defense bar:

Some lawyers defending people who have been caught up in Mr. Mueller’s investigation privately complain that the special counsel’s team is unwilling to engage in the usual back-and-forth that precedes — or substitutes for — grand jury testimony. They argue that the team’s more aggressive tactics might end up being counterproductive, especially if some grand jury witnesses turn out to be more guarded than they would have been in a more informal setting or invoke the Fifth Amendment.

This well-meaning concern among defense lawyers for the effectiveness of Mueller’s investigation is touching. When they aren’t overwhelmed with concern Mueller is moving too slowly, they’re worried sick that he’s going too fast for his own good.

5. He’s hiring bad people with conflicts of interest.

Trump warned us that Mueller’s staff comprises “some very bad and conflicted people.” Fact check: True. Some of Mueller’s staff attorneys have indeed committed the iniquitous crime of donating to Democratic candidates. This is what matters. Ignore their famed careers as prosecutors or appellate lawyers. Ignore the Supreme Court clerkships. Mueller’s staff actually are just human embodiments of contributions to Democratic candidates. No previous special prosecutor has ever employed people with political affiliations. We can’t recall any Republicans in sight for Kenneth Starr’s investigation, and Democrats absolutely fled from working for the Watergate special prosecutor and in the Iran-Contra investigation. If Mueller’s team isn’t wearing #MAGA t-shirts to work underneath their suits, the whole endeavor is hopelessly biased.

6. Mueller himself has conflicts of interest.

Mueller is the most conflicted one of all. Trump astutely pointed out that he’d even agreed to discuss becoming FBI director again following Comey’s dismissal: “He was up here and he wanted the job,” Trump told the New York Times. After he was named as special prosecutor, “I said, ‘What the hell is this all about?’ Talk about conflicts. But he was interviewing for the job.” Plus, Mueller’s old firm also had clients involved in the investigation. The Justice Department reviewed those and found no problem with Mueller’s current role, but what do those guys know anyway? And there’s even more! Trump told the Times that “There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point.” When he does tell us, everyone is going to feel very foolish about trusting this Mueller guy.

7. Mueller keeps expanding his investigation.

The president warned Mueller that his investigation “is about Russia” and it would cross a red line if he strays into areas like Trump-family finances. And yet, the prosecutor keeps having the temerity to stray beyond the lines that Trump — the conduct of whose campaign and company is the investigation’s very subject — thinks he should be examining. It’s possible Mueller just got confused by his capacious mandate from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which gives him authority not merely over “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” but also over “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and any attempt obstruct the investigation. But clearly, Mueller is trampling the time-honored legal principle that the subjects of investigations get to say which parts the police are allowed to investigate.

8. Mueller is best friends with Comey.

A lot of people say this. Here’s Republican Rep. Trent Franks: “Bob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties. Those who worked under them have attested he and Jim Comey possess a close friendship, and they have delivered on-the-record statements effusing praise of one another.” Here is blogger and law professor Glenn Reynolds: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a problem. He has a disqualifying conflict of interest regarding a large part of his work. It involves a choice between investigating or relying on former FBI director James Comey, a longtime close friend of Mueller’s.”

Sure, their actual premise is wrong and Comey and Mueller are not close friends. But never mind that. If we say it enough times, it will become true.

Mueller and Comey certainly know each other. They ran the same federal law enforcement agency in sequence. They worked together when one of them was deputy attorney general and the other was running the FBI. And they appear to have a mutually respectful relationship. They’ve probably even had lunch. And just as all of us maintain intimate personal friendships and unfailing loyalty towards all our former co-workers, so too is Mueller in the tank for Comey and incapable of remaining objective about President Trump.

9. Mueller is a problem because he was appointed by Rod Rosenstein, who is a problem because he appointed Mueller.

No less a figure than the estimable Sean Hannity made this decidedly sensible — and certainly not circular — argument by way of arguing both that Mueller’s probe has gone on too long and that it was exceeding its jurisdictional boundaries, both points discussed above. Rosenstein, you see, is suspect because, among other things, “Rosenstein is … the guy who appointed Robert Mueller and apparently either didn’t know or didn’t care about the fact that the day before he was named special counsel, Mueller interviewed with President Trump for the FBI director’s job.” Mueller, thus, is suspect because his investigation is being overseen by the guy who is suspect for having appointed him. “You can’t make this up,” Hannity writes.

Indeed you cannot.

10. Mueller is respected and admired at the FBI, and the FBI is the depths of the Deep State.

Do you need a better reason to dislike him than that?

Summary

I don’t think anyone knows for certain how this Mueller thing is going to play out — even Mueller himself. But in the midst of the strangest and most obviously evil federal investigation I know of in American history, something certainly IS about to happen. Only time will tell what it is.

Regardless of its outcome, one thing has been lighted like Rockefeller Center during Christmas holidays: there is a large number of evil folks in our government in D.C. And there is a very large volume of evil that needs to be identified, rooted out, and “turned” out — whether it’s laws, policies, government employees or elected legislators. The bad stuff and people must go.

If this Mueller probe does nothing more than simply shine a light on all of this wrongdoing, isn’t that enough? The light is on in the kitchen and the roaches are scrambling for cover. This is not a political thing. This is a good vs. evil thing. And the war has just begun.

This American for one hopes the guys wearing the white hats win this one.

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Tuesday Bullet Points

 

NOTE: There is no podcast for today’s chapter. I am dealing with lung issues that turned my voice into Fat Albert’s! I hope it’s temporary. (Maybe you wish it was permanent!)

In today’s “Bullet Points,” we are simply going to ask questions that are very applicable to the current state in which we find our nation. After each question, we’ll provide at least one possible/probable answer. Be patient. There are so many appropriate questions about the state of the Union, we cannot touch on each in just one session. We’ll play by ear how to proceed with this Q&A process over the next few days and weeks. We’ll call today’s “Bullet Point” selection: “56 Days.” Of course, that is the number of days remaining before the midterm elections. Let’s get going!

Day 56

  • Are the polls that say Democrats probably going to gain seats in the House of Representatives and maybe win enough to take control of the House?
  • Nobody but the pollsters know that for sure. There are many variables in polling that determine results: the size of the sample taken, the political mix of those respondents, the questions asked by pollsters and even the way they pose their questions, the wording of the asked questions, demographics of respondents, all play into the actual results. Remember this: only one poll of dozens of national reputable polls were accurate in predictions of the outcome of the 2016 elections. There are quite a number of factors that play into polls. But the number one election factor that determines results of every election is voter turnout. And polls can determine turnout. Polling companies that hold one political slant can use political agenda in developing questions but can also manipulate results that when released will often impact voter turnout. To help candidates of one party, polling can be skewed to discourage voters on the other side from even voting — “your vote doesn’t matter. Don’t waste your time. Our candidate is so far in front your vote doesn’t matter.
  • President Obama has proclaimed that today’s economic numbers are the exact same numbers we saw during his administration in 2015. Is that true?
  • In the fall of 2015, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 2.1%; the latest 2018 GDP number from June was 4.2%. Federal Reserve estimates are for this quarter’s GDP to be slightly higher. 2015 Poverty rate: 14.8%; 2018: 12.7%; food stamp recipients: 2015: 46 million (when Obama took office that number was 38 million); 2018: 3rd quarter numbers pending, but 4 million left the food stamp program in 2017 and went to work;  2015 employed Americans: 123.76 million; 2018: 130.64 million. 2015 median household income: $56,515; 2018: $62,175. Federal total revenue in 2015: $3.2 trillion; 2018: $3.4 trillion; And finally, the 2015 unemployment rate. 5.1%; 2018: as of June 30th, 2018: 3.9%
  • Why do we not see national television and hear national radio ads by Republicans putting these numbers out for the public? We see and hear Democrat attacking current economic results all the time?
  • The G.O.P. has always struggled with clear, consistent, and factual messaging on the same level and in a similar manner as Democrats. I really don’t have a single answer for it, but I think it is due primarily to two factors: one is that Establishment Republicans are almost as likely as Democrats to not want “Trump” economic numbers to mark the dramatic success that they are today; the second is that I am certain the G.O.P. is going to ramp up this information nationally in the next 57 days to get this message out to all Americans. (Let’s hope so!)
  • Do those Republicans that are part of the Establishment really want to see President Trump out of office and the Congress returned to Democrat control?
  • Sadly there are quite a few Republicans that feel that exact way. We have here reported several times to our partners that which party controls Congress is immaterial to these Establishment members. Why? They only care to keep the balance of power consistent, knowing that whichever House is in control will certainly at some point cede control to their counterparts. And when that happens, they want THAT party to “play fair” with them in committee appointments, perks of Congress, and go soft on possible retribution for the losing party’s members. In Congress, it is about power and control….period. It’s not about voting constituents’ legislative desires. I had one freshman Republican member of Congress tell me that the expectation was a group of 200+ conservatives pushing the Republican agenda. According to this member of Congress, there are barely 2 dozen “real” conservatives in the House.
  • If Democrats take control of the House, will they attempt to impeach President Trump?
  • No one but Democrat Party leaders — especially Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) know that for sure. When pondering this, ponder this: the Democrat Party as of today has NO real agenda to attract votes in November other than to “Dump Trump” and destroy all policies implemented on his watch. 60 House members have already voted to impeach the President in total disregard of Constitutional provisions that qualify for a president’s removal. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is riding the impeachment horse really hard and has a group of followers that always take her approach. However, “if” the House turns Democrat and “if” Pelosi could marshal enough support to vote articles of impeachment, it is unlikely the Senate would remove him. It would take a 2/3 rds majority to do so.

Summary

There are dozens and dozens of other questions that beg for answers. Instead of continuing today, let’s reconvene tomorrow to do “Bullet Points Day 55.” Tomorrow we will take the entire time to discuss the Mueller Investigation with questions and answers about every part of it from its inception. As of this writing, more extremely incriminating information of the almost innumerable fallacies of this “witch hunt” — as President Trump calls it — that boggle the minds of reasoning and intelligent Americans. We have many, many questions and some answers for contributing elements of this investigation that implicate the Department of Justice, the FBI, and even members of the Executive Branch of the Obama Administration.

Irony of All Ironies

Former President Obama took to the midterm campaign trail to do something he showed he’s pretty good at: campaigning. Unfortunately for the former Campaigner in Chief, he continued what he constantly did in speeches around the world during his 8-year occupancy of the White House: he took credit for things he did not do and deflected any responsibility for negative results of presidential actions taken during his administration that he was solely responsible for.

Obama spoke in Chicago at the University of Illinois where he went to receive the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government. In the eyes of millions in the U.S., that an award given to him for any type of ethics was not just the irony of all ironies, but was an oxymoron. The veil of deception for the horrors perpetrated by his government is just now being pulled back to the revelations of it all. We will not waste your time to chronicle them, but it is safe to draw a few conclusions from his speech in Chicago Friday for receiving an ethics award beg a response:

  1. Even though he several times while President claimed his administration was free from any scandal, his administration was rife with scandals. His claiming there were none illustrates not only how untruthful he was and is, but shows his disdain for Americans that recognize the evils he authorized as scandals;
  2. Once again Obama took credit for the Trump economy. His doing so is a process not unfamiliar to Americans. For the entire 8 years of his tenure as president, he assigned responsibility for everything negative that happened in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016 as the responsibility of George W. Bush. But Obama always took credit for any of the good that happened, never assigning even partial credit to HIS predecessor. Those who watched closely understood his actions were not unusual: after all, narcissistic people doing such things is commonplace. In his Chicago speech, he referred to himself 102 times;
  3. Obama still rejects any notion that his actions as president and the devastating results they brought to middle-class Americans were the reasons Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the White House — that and the fact that Americans outside of those from the coastal states despised her. He often showed his disdain for Hillary and made very few attempts to help her during her campaign.
  4. Shown below is a segment of Obama’s 1 hour + speech at his first “Anti-Trump” campaign rally. Watch it below (or simply listen on the Podcast). This segment is about 2 minutes long. But before you do, it is very important that as you watch or listen, you notice these: As a candidate and president, Obama mastered the art of “speech deflection.” He reveals what it is exactly in this speech. Listen to the allegations he makes against Republicans and President Trump. “Speech deflection” is the art of blaming others for things that you yourself are guilty of. If a speaker in a matter-of-fact way accuses another of perpetrating some atrocity, most times it is an effort of the speaker to hide the reality — that the speaker is the actual perpetrator! Watch and listen as Obama shows that art he has perfected:

What were his “Speech Deflections?”

  1. He first stated he was about to attack Trump as a citizen and not a former President. He repeats that. Why? To prevent any listener from assuming he is “just another politician.” He tricks listeners into believing what he is saying comes from a regular person.
  2. Trump is a symptom and not the cause. The cause is people who “wrongly” fight against good policies because they want to keep the status quo.
  3. “We” — everyday Americans — stand against bullies and “certainly call bad people what they are. How can we not say Nazis are bad?”

His tactics parrot others on the Left who keep calling Trump a bully. How? By stating lies as facts and calling facts lies. President Trump never endorsed Nazis or White Supremacy or totalitarianism. I could play multiple soundbites hear in which he clearly denigrates any and all people who denigrate others on racial, economic, sexual, or religious basis. Obama used “speech deflections” in attacking Trump.

Obama’s claims about that while president he stood up to bullies is an exact illustration of this. Obama NEVER stood up to Putin — a former KGB (and Russian President) bully. Remember Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary taking that reset button to Russia, opening the door to Russia and the Obama U.S. working closely together? Remember Obama’s open microphone message to Putin given through the former Russian President to give Putin a message? In it, Americans heard Obama promise that after his U.S. re-election he would be in a better spot to work “more closely” with Russia?

Remember Obama’s famous Syria red line? He threatened Bashar Assad  — the Syrian president — that if Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, the U.S. under Obama would take action.  Assad ignored Obama’s threat and moved forward using chemical weapons to kill thousands of Syrian innocents. What did Obama do for that bully crossing that “fake” redline? Nothing.

While Iranian leaders were crafting nuclear weapons, starving their own citizens to death, holding numbers of Americans hostage, funding Middle Eastern terror attacks that killed Israelis and other Middle Eastern innocents, Obama paid Iran $150 Billion and signed a deal that allows Iran to continue nuclear proliferation with no international checks in place.

How ridiculous is Obama callingTrump a bully! Trump no doubt is sometimes rude and abrasive, but he has NO record of bullying. Obama may have not bullied while in office, but he certainly did NOT stand up to bullies.

“Speech Deflections:” Symbolism over Substance.

End of an Era

We should turn a page in history together. The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, Obama receiving an award for ethics, his speech in which he took at least partial credit for the U.S. dramatic economic improvements under Trump, all illustrate that American politics as were lived by our parents, by their parents, and even in our early adulthood are gone. The millennials are showing Generation X-ers and Baby Boomers that there’s a new group of Americans assuming political might in the nation. And they don’t do things the same way. We live in a new world — economically, politically, and socially. “Things are a-changing!”

Remember how radical it was when you made and/or received your first cell phone call? Who thought such things would ever happen or COULD ever happen outside of the Jetsons cartoon show? Today our adult kids don’t remember a time that to make or receive phone calls, we had to stop at our office, a pay phone, or run home in a hurry — and then we used a rotary-dial phone to make that call! We NEVER considered being able to make a call from our car.

And what about the internet?  The internet has changed almost every aspect of our lives. There would be no “online” purchasing, banking, texting, surfing, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, eBay, or Amazon without it. What would our world be without those?

During one very short period of time, I flew from Louisiana through Dallas and London to Switzerland. From Switzerland, I flew through Muscat, Oman to Malaysia. From Malaysia, I flew back to Louisiana with a stop in Hong Kong and another in Dallas. I circled the globe on that trip — a  trip my parents could never have taken or even envisioned in the 50’s!

Transition

We ARE in a new era — or at least we are on the threshold of another. And the transition is  from era-to-era is difficult at best. Extremism in pretty much every part of our lives is becoming more and more normal daily. We seem to push to the limits in every area.

No doubt the U.S. after WWII became a country whose citizens grew together around one common cause: to excel, exploit individual and collective opportunity in the American marketplace of ideas, and make the U.S. the greatest and most respected country on Earth. Then the Generation X children grew up. That drive for excellence relaxed and those young adults started living the “going with the flow” and “fly by the seat of your pants” methodology of living in America. Millennials relaxed it to an even lower level.

In this “new” America, the objective no longer seems to be that of building and working together. It, at least on its surface, appears to be a hodge-podge of ideas, policies, plans, and objectives of individualism — of becoming all that “I” can become, achieving all that “I” can achieve, and getting out of the World all that “I” want. The unifying cry of becoming better, smarter and stronger as a nation have seemingly disappeared.

Obviously, the transition America is experiencing is not all good. Politicians have learned many different ways to impact the political process to achieve objectives that often are not those expected by the people who elect them. Obama saw an opportunity to take advantage of the change in younger Americans’ thinking and initiated a plan that he promised would “fundamentally change our nation.” He knew it would be virtually impossible to fool Americans to change governmental structure without amending the Consititution — which is virtually impossible.  How could they move the lawmaking process toward their side of the scale? Obama figured out that if politicians cannot control Congress and trust for the normal legislative process to give them political results they want, they could turn to the judiciary.

Obama appointed several hundred federal judges in his eight years. Although the norm in nominating judges has long been to ignore political leanings of judicial candidates, Obama implemented a process of choosing judges who possessed a known political bias toward liberalism and away from conservatism. He loaded federal courts to accomplish one thing: thwart the lawmaking process of a conservative Congress even when it has a conservative majority. How? Simply use those and other judges to attack laws that liberals opposed and to uphold laws liberals embraced, thus giving liberal policies green lights while holding conservative policies in check. And it worked: his fundamental change of America got wheels and raced forward toward full-blown Socialism.

Enter Donald Trump. Transition made a sharp turn to the right.

Summary

We live in a scary time. We have open violence playing out daily all across the nation. Our national politicians accomplish very little in the way of meaningful legislation while wasting trillions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. Government leaders ignore the tenets of the U.S. Consitution spending huge national resources to find ways to skirt duly passed laws. Our re-shaped judiciary has implemented a process in which Americans sadly watch as judges become lawmakers, choosing to tell lawmakers what laws SHOULD say rather than doing ONLY as the Consitution provided — determining if existing laws are legal or not.

Obama claims to be a uniter. Once again, “speech deflection” becomes front and center. NOTHING about anything he said or did was ever designed or implemented to unite Americans. His purpose — though otherwise stated — has always been to divide the country into economic, racial, religious and social groups. He perfected the art of using political class warfare to do it.

And he’s taken to the campaign trail to once again sow his seeds of division, watering those seeds with political class warfare and elitism.

He along with his compadres on the Left still believe that Middle Americans are too ignorant to understand that methodology. They believe that will fuel a mid-term and 2020 victory. They thought the same thing in 2016. Hillary Clinton revealed just how deep and bitter their disdain for anyone and everyone who do not subscribe to the beliefs of the Left really is. And that remains today.

Middle Americans showed them just how ignorant they are with a real trouncing at the ballot box in 2016. Will those same people remain engaged to repeat that message in November? Or have the Lapdogs of the Left — the Mainstream Media — been successful in carrying out the mandate of their masters and convinced those Americans that conservatism is dead?

 

 

 

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The “Latest” NY Times Anonymous Source

Yep. The hits just keep on coming! The New York Times insulted every pensive, reflective, and intelligent American with their “current” bombshell allegedly based on inside information provided by a senior White House Source. Before we dig into all this, here’s the actual Op-Ed:

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. President Trump is facing a test of his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall. The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic. That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more. But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective. From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims. Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier. The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t. The result is a two-track presidency. Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations. Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals. On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over. The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

Facts

Let’s put this all in perspective with Bullet Points!

  • “Anonymous” Think about the fact that such a derogatory Op-ed would be printed in a national newspaper that is supposed to be impartial, honest, and transparent. It contains a series of negative attacks against a sitting President, and is supposedly to be penned by a senior member of that president’s staff! “Anonymous” source? Who reading/listening to this really feels there’s something fishy about this entire process AND the opinion piece? It’s no secret that the owner, publisher, editors, columnists, and reporters at the New York Times despise Donald Trump. It’s no secret they have taken every opportunity to print horrendous stories that contain every conceivable type of nasty allegation against Mr. Trump. Over and over again, this paper has printed “factual” stories that have on numerous occasions been exposed to be complete fabrications. Yet with that history, the Times expects Americans to ignore their history of purposely telling lies and to simply believe that an anonymous White House senior staffer not only wrote this Op-ed for publication but is working with an entire segment of the White House staff surreptitiously actually running the policies of the White House behind the President’s back!
  • For a moment let’s assume someone there really did write and submit this to the New York Times. Look at the content and the claims made. According to this source, this group of staffers sees themselves as knowing what’s best for Americans, what presidential policy should look like, are quietly framing legislation and policy on all fronts, and as American heroes are “steering the administration in the right direction until — one way or the other — it’s over.”
  • The “right direction.” I am trying to understand what direction that might be. Obviously, this “group” does not believe in the Constitutional right of every American to vote their conscience in each election and those elected are then legally empowered to fulfill the responsibilities of the office for which they were elected. They obviously don’t trust that Americans had the sense or prudence to elect this president, are too stupid to understand what craziness would result in America if his campaign promises were fulfilled. Those policies were revealed to Americans months and even years before those staffers ever thought they had a chance to work in the White House. Oh….the President HAS implemented dozens of those policies (I guess over their hard work to thwart behind-the-scenes his doing so) that have resulted in the unequaled and never-before-achieved employment numbers, tremendous corporate expansions, hirings, implementation of new technology, billions of corporate dollars kept abroad re-patriated back to the U.S. to fuel expansion, growth, employee raises and bonuses. That doesn’t sound like the work of some back-office pirates contemplating mutiny OR a deranged politician who apparently cannot even complete sentences in a conversation or make a phone call.
  • This person is (with all of this animus, anger, regret, and frustration) still working in the White House. Why? Purportedly to steer the ship — the U.S. — out of the Trump troubled waters back into the waters they have empowered themselves to determine as “safe.”

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If you have not yet surmised this: I don’t believe this “anonymous” source even exists. I feel strongly — especially with the ridiculous past exposures of New York Times reporters’ fabrication of stories — this is a non-existent source with outrageous manufactured story elements.

How many times does it take for you to hear lies from a liar before you question the viability of everything the liar says? How many times will the Times lie before you refuse to believe what they publish — especially an Op-ed replete with bombastic allegations that heretofore are unreported and unconfirmed. But wait: using “anonymous” sources allows one to say anything, quote anyone, make numerous allegations, and expecting benign acceptance of a willing public. I am confident that is what we are experiencing with this.

We have reported extensively — as have numerous other reputable news sources  — of the danger of reliance upon anonymous news sources. Those who use those sources claim that without identification protection, details of a presidential administration wrongdoing, illegal and/or inappropirate actions of government agencies and individuals, and even their illegal activities would remain unknown. In a way, I can “kind of” agree with that. (hey: “kind of” agree with sounds a bit like being “kind of” pregnant!) But then I remember this: Congress crafted a federal whistleblower program that not only protects those who step forward with information such as that revealed in this Op-ed, but the whistleblower is rewarded financially for doing so. Why then would the New York Times “anonymous source” want to remain in the shadows? Any reasonable person in the White House would know that with the release of this Op-ed, their identity will certainly be ferreted out and they will be exposed and almost certainly terminated.

But that should never be necessary. This person — if they exist — should immediately resign their position. No American who really believes in the American political system, the structure and operation of the presidency, and the sensitive nature of running a White House, would even consider working under such conditions as are alleged in this story.

The release of this Op-ed has begun another Trump feeding frenzy — especially in the Media. Here’s how it works:

Bubba Gump Newspaper” prints a story that quotes an anonymous source who said Jack and Jill went up the hill. Then “Barney Fife News Network” airs a television breaking news story that says: “According to confirmed sources, we have verified that Jack and Jill went up the hill.” Barney Fife Network did not verify the source or the accuracy of the story. Their “confirmed source” was “Bubba Gump Newspaper!”

This is how today’s Mainstream Media functions. One will release a story. The others may half-heartedly make attempts to confirm independently from a reputable source the truth of the story. But usually, they simply use the news outlet that originated the story as their “confirmed source!” It happens every day.

In fact, regarding the Trump-Russia FISA warrant, the basis was at least in part based on such a process:

The FBI leaked information about Carter Page and his Russian contacts to a news source so that news source would publish it. When published, other news sources immediately picked up that story and ran with it. Then the FBI went to the FISC requesting a FISA warrant, stating in the warrant application that “multiple sources have confirmed that Carter Page actually met with Russians promoting a meeting between Trump and Russian President Putin.” Their “multiple sources” were the news agencies that re-published the original story leaked by the FBI! The original source was not a source, but was the FBI.

Today’s media cannot be trusted to tell the truth. That’s sad but true.

Let’s hope those 45,000 sealed indictments (yep: the number is up to 45,000 now) begin being unsealed and executed soon. “Aren’t you afraid there are indictments in there of President Trump, his campaign members, his family members, and Republican lawmakers?” You know what: I REALLY DON’T CARE! I want the truth on the street. I want the discontinuance of news releases based on information obtained from “anonymous” sources. I want complete transparency without hiding anything.

Mr. or Ms. White House senior staff member anonymous source: either be quiet and trust the decision made by your bosses — the American people — to make Donald Trump the American CEO to operate the business of the country, or resign and sell your story — with supporting and verifiable evidence — to the New York Times.

Maybe you already have sold it to them.

If I was you I would have.

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