Cold Fury

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More Mueller means more fun!

Instead of appending these as updates to other posts, I figured it was time for a new one.

Well, I am going to miss the full-bore SWAT-team raids at dawn against aging political factota like Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. It was really very courteous of CNN to have been parked outside the homes of those hapless victims so that television audiences all across the country could all be edified by these exhibitions of the coercive arm of state power in action. Mr Mueller could just have had one of his 17 Obama-and-Hillary supporting prosecutors ring up the latest mark and ask him to pop down to headquarters. But that would not have been as dramatic, as expensive, or as cruel.

All good things come to an end, however, and yesterday, after 674 days, the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, G-Man extraordinaire, finally came to an end when he filed his long-awaited report with the Attorney General, William Barr.

All we really know at this point pertains not the the contents of the report per se but rather to the future action of the Special Counsel. There will be no more indictments.

How that announcement must have stung the NeverTrump fraternity. Here they were, huddled around Bill Kristol’s Twitter feed for the last two-plus years, praying, predicting, posturing that very soon now, any day in fact, Robert Mueller would descend into their midst, the deus ex machina through whose instrumentality they were to be delivered at long last from the nightmare of Donald Trump and his unacceptable record of robust economic growth, hundreds of constitutionally-minded judicial appointments, rising wages, historically low unemployment, a more rational and business-friendly regulatory environment, deeper ties with Israel, a revitalized military, and serious attention to our immigration crisis and the growing threat of an increasing militant China. Yes, it’s been a bad couple of years for the NeverTrumpers.

The question is, however, what comes next?

Hoft makes what I think is the perfect suggestion regarding that:

There are some terrific ways to deliver justice to the coup plotters short of capital punishment. Obama/Clinton/Carter/Page/Rosenstein and many others should enjoy lengthy public trials, but no matter the outcome one thing should be on the coming agenda post 2020… IMPEACH OBAMA!

That’s right. Impeach the illegal spying coup leader. He doesn’t have to be in office in order to be impeached and tried in the Senate. It’s happened before to a Cabinet Secretary.

The Constitution allows only two penalties as a result of impeachment: removal from office, and being banned from holding future federal office.

Technically, it is probably the case that Congress could impeach a President who had left office in order to prevent them from holding future office in the Federal government. This would not only prevent a one-term president from returning to seek another term at a later time but would prevent a former president from running for Congress or serving in the cabinet of a future president or as a federal judge or Supreme Court justice.

…there is some precedent for the idea. In the 1870s, Ulysses S. Grant’s Secretary of War, William Belknap, was impeached on charges of corruption and bribery. He resigned his cabinet post before the House could actually vote to impeach him, but the House went ahead and impeached him anyway. There was a lengthy debate in the Senate over whether it had the power to put Belknap on trial for the charges brought by the House, since Belknap had resigned. In the end the trial went forward…

Republicans should make this their 2020 election platform. Elect us so that we can finally deliver a shred of justice, at long last, and make sure the enemy domestic can never hold any public office for the rest of his miserable life.

Republicans tend to be useless so we’re not holding our breath.

Too true, too true. But a man can dream, can’t he? Elsewhere, Ross compiles a shit-ton of thrice-worthy Twitter blasts from, of all people, our old blog-foe Gleen Grenwald. I won’t embed any of ’em here on account of I’m tired and lazy; just go on and have a look.

Lastly for now: somebody please wake up Hispanic-of-convenience mental giant Robert “Call me Pedro Kennedy” O’Rourke, will ya? He seems to have fallen facedown into a puddle of stale beer and his own vomit again.

You have a president who, in my opinion, beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, no matter how ham-handedly, to collude with the Russian government, a foreign power to undermine and influence our elections. The sanctity of the ballot box, the ability of each and every single one of us to make informed decisions about those who seek to represent us and hold positions of public trust.

“Beyond a shadow of a doubt” is it, bright boy? Unremarkable for him, I suppose, except for the inconvenient truth that he apparently burped this up yesterday. Bitter clinger much, Bobby? But when it comes to bitter clingers, Roberto is but a mere piker, an amateur, compared with gormless nitwit and True Conservative™ Hillary-supporter David Frum:

No matter what Attorney General William Barr reveals—or doesn’t—about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, everything Congress needed to know about Donald Trump and Russia was already clear.

It’s not a theory but a matter of historical record that Vladimir Putin’s Russia hacked American emails and used them to help elect Trump to the presidency.

It’s not a theory but a matter of historical record that agents purporting to represent Putin’s Russia approached the Trump campaign to ask whether help would be welcome, to which Donald Trump Jr. replied, “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

It’s not a theory but a matter of historical record that Donald Trump publicly welcomed this help: “I love WikiLeaks!”

It’s solid political science that this help from Russia via WikiLeaks was crucial, possibly decisive, to Trump’s success in the Electoral College in November 2016.

One more time: Podesta’s emails weren’t “hacked”; he was stupid enough to fall for a phishing scam, whereupon the emails got posted to Wikileaks and things went on from there. Nor is there one iota of evidence that even one fucking vote was altered by any mythical “Russian hacking,” a paltry hundred grand in Facebook ads, or anything else.

No point in bothering further with this tripe; Mueller’s inability to conjure up any “collusion” charges yanks the credibility out from under such wobbly assertions better than any words of mine could ever do. Frum is an idiot, holding onto his worn-out NeverNeverNeverNeverNeverNEVERTRUMP!!! delusions with all the mindless tenacity of a deer tick on an old hound.

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The powerlust is strong with this one

Well, that sure didn’t take long.

What a difference a day makes.

Hillary Clinton made headlines Monday when she told a local New York news channel that she would not runfor president in 2020.

“I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe,” the former presidential nominee told News 12 Westchester. She insisted that she would remain relevant and has no plans of “going anywhere.”

But late Tuesday, Maggie Haberman, a political reporter for the New York Times, tweeted that she spoke with a person close to the former secretary of state. The unnamed source said Clinton was not trying to “be emphatic and close the door on running” with the comment and was apparently “surprised” at the reaction.

“The person also says [Clinton] is extremely unlikely to run, but that she remains bothered that she’s expected to close the door on it when, say, John Kerry isn’t. She has told her team she is waiting at least to see the Mueller report,” Haberman tweeted.

Yeah, I can see that mattering to her quite a lot. For one thing, if the Koup Klux Klowns can’t pull something at least resembling a win out of the flaming dumpster against all odds, then what hope does she have? Plus, there’s still the small related matter of her, Obama’s, and their Deep State unindicted co-conspirators’ sedition possibly being brought fully to light as an unintended consequence of the Mueller shitshow, and of something resembling justice being visited upon at least some of them in consequence. She’ll definitely want to weigh the odds of being manacled and frogmarched off of a campaign-stop stage to begin a long term of Rockin’ Orange in her 2020 deliberations.

I’m sure Trump would greatly enjoy whipping her doddering, gin-soaked ass a second time—he’s Tweeted to that effect, I believe—and should I manage to not croak or go senile by then, I’ll get a lot of laughs out of making further sport of the shambolic old trainwreck myself. But seriously, folks: isn’t about time for the Clintons to just go away?

How can you tell she’s lying update! Hey, didn’t a bunch of people lecture the hell out of Trump that it was critically crucially vitally crucially critical that he unequivocally pledge to accept the results of the election, no matter how fraudulent or rigged it may have been, at a debate somewhere? Or did I just dream it?

“I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act, and I will tell you, it makes a really big difference. And it doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia; it made a difference in Wisconsin, where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40 [thousand] and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.”
— Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, at the annual “Bloody Sunday” commemorative service, Selma, Ala., March 3, 2019

“Just think about it: Between 2012, the prior presidential election where we still had the Voting Rights Act, and 2016, when my name was on the ballot, there were fewer voters registered in Georgia than there had been those prior four years.”

Astoundingly, the WaPo’s Fact Checker checked, and the fact is every word of that was a lie. Including “and” and “the.”

Wisconsin was not one of the states covered by Section 4 (the only part of the VRA that was struck down—M) when the court ruled in 2013, so, right off the bat, Clinton’s claim that this “made a difference in Wisconsin” is unfounded. Georgia was covered by Section 4, but Clinton’s claim that total voter registration declined in that state from 2012 to 2016 is false; it increased.

At the high end of the scale, the UW-Madison study estimates that 23,252 voters were “deterred” by the voter ID requirement. That’s just a hair above Trump’s 22,748 margin in the state. Mayer and DeCrescenzo did not ask survey respondents whom they would have voted for because their research was funded by the office of the Dane County clerk. In any case, Clinton said 40,000, not 23,000.

Where does Clinton get the 80,000 figure for the high end of her estimate?

She made it up, natch. Because that’s what she does. Because she’s an inveterate, congenital liar. At this point, she’s probably gotten herself on the outside of enough high-proof popskull over the years that she doesn’t even know whether her statements are true or not; she needs them to be true, they make her feel better, so they’re true to her. Ed Morrissey points out another problem with Her Herness’s increasingly pathetic, self-serving rationalizations:

But what about the “best studies” that showed voter-ID deterring up to 80,000 Wisconsin voters? That claim was based on a study done in two counties with a sample of fewer than 300 voters. The study’s authors warned readers not to extrapolate their findings statewide, but that fell on deaf ears. It also ignores an inconvenient fact for Hillary, which is that she didn’t generate much enthusiasm among African-American voters anywhere, in states with or without voter-ID laws.

Nor was this phenomenon limited to black voters. Four months ago, I noted in a column at The Week that Donald Trump didn’t win the blue-wall states as much as Hillary lost them. This wasn’t a voter-ID issue — it was a candidate-ID issue.

Oh, voters ID’d her all right—as a vile, powermad, dishonest, narcissistic hack with nothing but contempt for the “little people” she fraudulently claims to care so very deeply about. Despite the orchestrated “outrage” over it, Trump was no more than perfectly honest and accurate when he said she was “such a nasty woman.” Ace blasts away at another problem, with another set of loathsome phonies:

And yet a certain breed of “True Conservative” still thinks this creature was an upstanding and honest candidate for President who should have been elected rather than the Drumpfenkonig.

If you’re feeling as if you might need a shower after getting all grubby from this immersion in sleaze, well, I sympathize. But I gotta also say I’m happy that Hillary!™ has apparently decided to ditch those boring, unflattering Soviet-style pantsuits and tunics of hers in favor of an attractive new look for Failed Campaign 2020 that better suits her personality and style, as you can see from this pic of Her Herness on a recent likker-store run:

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That’s the stuff, Hills! Nice dress, and I’m digging the gauntlets too. You never looked better, like real Presidential material. No, really—you go, girl.

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Fat Lip at Nuremberg

AND OTHER TALL TALES OFF SHORT PIERS

Congratulations to the Navy SEALs, acquitted all. And Lt. Col. Bill Russell is closing in on the People’s congressional seat once held by Jack Murtha. A good week for the good guys.

Maybe we should give those SEALs the proposed “Courageous Restraint” medal–they showed a helluva lot more than I probably would have.

Speaking of beer and elections, Prof. Jacobson has this Jumping in Pools link:

Andrew Griffiths won in a 12 year dominated Labour district, with 44.5% of the vote, due in part for running a campaign based on beer. I’m not kidding, this issue was substantial in his election, even his campaign website has Supporting the Brewing Industry number two on his issues page, I just can’t believe it. Apparently 33% of the price of every pint of beer goes towards taxation in Britain, forcing local Pubs to close on a regular basis, while punishing casual beer drinkers for the problems of hostile alcoholics.

As Steyn noted here, the English pub is also under assault by mass Muslim immigration.

And on the Subprime Bomber:

Incidentally, one way of falling behind with your house payments is to take half a year off to go to Pakistan and train in a terrorist camp. Perhaps Congress could pass some sort of jihadist housing credit?

It’s dangerous to joke like that, Mark; this Congress enacts the punchlines.

Speaking of celebrations, I hope you celebrated Hard Hat Riot Day with Kathy Shaidle yesterday:

On May 8, 1970, New York mayor John Lindsay ordered all flags on city buildings lowered to half staff, in memory of the students who’d died in the Kent State shootings four days earlier.

Construction workers at the World Trade Center building site got wind of the plan. When anti-war protester assembled at the George Washington statue on Wall Street that day — complete with Viet Cong flags — suits and hard hats joined forces against the hippies, in one of the weirdest 70s events you’ve never heard of: the Hard Hat Riot.

It brought a tear to my eye, *sniff*–and it’s not just the tear gas this time.

And speaking of sentimental favorites, call your Mom.

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The Smear du Jour…Hey, Bubba; what’s a “Dew Shoe-er”?

OR, “When Billy Ray Met T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII”

Taranto:

First it was “AstroTurf” (i.e., fake grass-roots). Then it was extremist, with Nancy Pelosi seeing swastikas. Then it was racist, with still-unsubstantiated claims of invidious slurs. And it was about to turn violent, with Bill Clinton reliving his Oklahoma City glory days.

The Washington’s Post’s E.J. Dionne is trying yet another new tack. He opens his latest column by saying this movement is really a big nothing:

The Tea Party is nothing new. It represents a relatively small minority of Americans on the right end of politics, and it will not determine the outcome of the 2010 elections.

Don’t bother voting, guys. E.J. and his friends have that taken care of–and if you don’t believe it, just ask Gov. Jon Corzine and Sen. Martha Coakley. But here’s the new anti-tea-party theme:

Their findings suggest that the Tea Party is essentially the reappearance of an old anti-government far right that has always been with us and accounts for about one-fifth of the country. The Times reported that Tea Party supporters “tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.” They are also more affluent and better educated than Americans as a whole. This is the populism of the privileged.

“Privileged”? I was already one Frank Rich’s Stalinist McCarthy-ites.

Or to be more precise, a seditious Talibani, Shi’ite, witch-burning, book-burning, leaf-burning, Communist, Anti-Communist, Nazi, Anti-Nazi, Holocaust-Denying, Warming-Denying, “N”-Word-Denying, Denial-of-Service-denying, Neo-Con, Neo-Confederate McVeigh, McCain, McChimpy, McBush, McCarthy-ite MacDonald’s militia-member…and now I’m a member of the country club, too? Yee-haw!

Is this a great country, or what? One day, you’re a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal…and the next day, you’re the museum curator! One day, you’re Junior Johnson, and the next day, you’re Enzo Ferrari!

Mr. E.J. Diane has done found us out, boys; we dwell in our double-wides by day, just to fool CNN reporters and maintain our cover as the “poor, undereducated and easily led”. But at night, we come out to drive our yachts around the marina basin. Or is it “pilot”? I’ll ask my butler.

I do have a butler, don’t I, E.J.? I should.

After all, I’m one of the Tea Party’s new-fangled “privileged” six-figure “populists” who pretends to speak for the working man.

Just like you, E.J.!

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Before the Glory Fades…

THE CURE

“The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv’d them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas’d them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath’d to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. – Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.” It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.”–Sam Adams in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771

“What a glorious morning this is!”–to John Hancock at the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775

A glorious morning…in which I get my first quote by Glenn at Instapundit and link by Capt. Ed at Hot Air, regarding this.

I’m such a show-off. I really should be ashamed. And I will be.

But first, I’d like to thank the Academy…

Cheers!

UPDATE: Speaking of spanking the Academy

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Veggie-heads more…uhh, stupider

Well, this sure explains a lot:

MELBOURNE: Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.

There’s a sting in the tail, though:

Brain scans of more than 1,800 people found that people who downed 14 drinks or more a week had 1.6% more brain shrinkage than teetotallers. Women in their seventies were the most at risk.

Beer does less damage than wine according to a study in Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Well, damn. Not a beer guy, never will be. Not a wine guy either. I’m screwed, I guess. What was it we were talking about again?

Update! Typos fixed. I’m apparently getting stupiderer by the minute here.

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We Now Return

TO OUR REGULARLY-SCHEDULED GREEK TRAGEDY

No, I don’t mean this evening’s “Barack Onassis–Live at Caesar’s Palace!”-show. Or even Arianna’s love life.

No, I’m talking about ‘The Keith ‘n Chrissie Show’ on the Olbermann Channel, LOLNBC.

Keith and his sidekick, 300-lb. Samoan political commentator Chris Matthews are quickly descending into Hunter S. Thompson-land, an Altered Reality vacation destination fueled by yohimbe bark, Pabst Blue Ribbon and the remnants of Ed Muskie’s ibogaine stash. I think I just saw Keith licking a psychotropic toad coming out of commercial break.

Chris and Keith are the political equivalent of an O.J. low-speed Bronco chase. Their ‘Fear and Loathing in Denver’-act has become Must-See TV. But for those who care about Keith, one word–“intervention”.

By the way, when Marcus Obamis announces his plan for defeat in Iraq tonight at his Big, Fat, Greek Coronation, can we call the plan “Plato’s Retreat”?

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Read a book!

Steven H. Graham, that inimitable whiner at Hog On Ice, has finally published the pinnacle of Western Literature.  This book deserves to be right up there with other required reading like triple Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism.

I speak, of course, of Eat What You Want and Die Like a Man, a book that should under no circumstances be read by a liberal, as it might cause their wee little noggin to explode.

Get it here.

Be a total fool and pay upwards of $80.00 for the original version here.

Oddly enough, Gabby McGabberson remains silent on the subject.  Maybe Steve should send him a copy.

I started reading this book the other night and couldn’t put it down.  Thankfully I work closing shift, because I didn’t get to bed until 2AM.  Go ye forthe and do the same.

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First they came for the yachts…

…but I didn’t stand up because I didn’t own one.

Then they came for the porn, but I didn’t stand up because I gave that up when I got married.

Then they came for the beer. And I didn’t stand up because I was drunk.

Almost all of the Democrats’ ideas are being met with some degree of scorn.

“Some people are e-mailing, threatening to come and slug me,” said Assemblyman Jim Beall (D-San Jose), who hopes to see a $1.80 tax added to the price of every six-pack of beer sold in the state. “We’re getting some pretty nasty comments.”

As well they should Jimbo. Didn’t Jefferson say something about…ah yes….”The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

C’mon Jim! Stand up for liberty! Water the tree!

Yet another Dem politico standing up for the little guy.

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I just saw God.

Oh.

Oh.

Oh. My. God.

This beer is better than anything else I’ve ever had, foreign or domestic, in my entire life. I was in the Air Force over 9 years, with the traveling that entails. I’ve had my fair share of beer. With apologies to Denis Leary, I’ve had your share and his share and their share…I’ve had a lot.

And I didn’t even chill it first.

Have I committed a crime against the brewing arts? One of you beer nerds help me out here. Am I supposed to chill this divine nectar of the very gods before I drink it?

I dunno. Seems like that would reduce the impact of the aroma and flavor. Somebody lay some knowledge on me. Because I swear by all I hold holy, if I haven’t already, I’m going to enjoy this ambrosia the way it’s supposed to be, or die trying.

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